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ANTCZAK, Virginia 80 of Weekie Wachee, died June 24, survived by brother Michael; daughters, Linda, Laura, Karen, Pamela, Paula & Kim; many grandchildren & great-grands. Nat'l Cremation

ASKINS, Mitchell "Butch" 63, of Indian Rocks Beach, passed peacefully June 20, 2010 after a long illness to be with our God Almighty. He will be loved forever and missed by many family and friends. Butch is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Linda Jo Askins; son Dennis Askins (Teresa); daughter Michelle Rossell (Brian); son John Huey Askins (Brittany); Michael Askins; Robert Askins; daughters Santana Sapp & Celetha Askins; brothers John Askins (Sharon), Mickey Askins (Jeanne), Mike Askins (Linda), Jimmy Askins; sister Bambi Lake (Steve); granddaughters, Nissa Askins, Aleshia Rossell, Carli Jo Rossell, Danielle Rossell, Hannah "Little Mickey" Askins; Shelby Askins; Alexis Sapp; Alissa Sapp; numerous nieces and nephews. The service will be held at 2 pm June 26, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Harborside, 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Suncoast Hospice or a charity of your choice.

BALONA, Capt. Meg U.S. Army (Ret.) left her temporary home to be with her Father in heaven on June 20, 2010. She served in the CBI Theater in WWII as a nurse. Every day of her life was devoted to her girls, Lori and Valerie. In 1991 she received her greatest gift, her grandson, Dakota who was the love of her life. She was the Mother and Grandmother most can only dream of having. She was born in Barre, VT and graduated from NYU. After hearing about the bombing at Pearl Harbor she enlisted. She fought in WWII, fought to have children, fought blindness, and being deaf. Her final fight she fought with courage and dignity. She loved life, but most of all she loved God. Thank you St. Jude, for being with her every step, and her nurses at Brandon Hospital who nurtured and cared for us during the three months mom spent in ICU. God Bless Dr. Lorch who fought to help us. My blessed mother is survived by daughters, Valerie Anderson, Lori Balona, son- in-law, Steve, and her little man Dakota Smith; her right hand, Maggie who was not only mom's caregiver but her guardian angel and best friend; and Sandra, who loved my mother as if she was her own; Francis and Leah Taft and Babe Aspeslagh. Mom, thank you is not enough to say, I love you is not enough to say. Stay with us and give us strength to go on until we meet again. The family will receive friends 3-5 pm Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Stowers Funeral Home. A mass will be celebrated at 11:30 am, Monday, June 28, 2010 at Nativity Catholic Church.

BARLOW, Carl Medford Sr. 89, of Dunedin, passed peacefully at Morton Plant Hospital on June 21, 2010. He was born in Moultrie, GA and lived in Pinellas County since 1921. Survivors include sons, Carl Jr. (Marsha), Davis (Maggie) & Derek Barlow; daughter Mona (Joel) Kehrer; the mother of his children Leonor Smith; stepchildren, Skip (Louisa), Rick (Fay) James, and Sandy (Tim) Houchin; and sisters, Mary McConnell of Jacksonville & Mildred Tyler of Eustis, FL; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Ann (Reba), brothers, Earl & Ralph, parents, Molly & Dan Barlow, grandson Kevin Kehrer. All services will be at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2653 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater: Visitation 6-8pm TODAY, June 25th; Graveside 3pm Saturday, June 26th.

BAUMILLER, Howard Norman, 65, of Plant City, passed away June 11, 2010. Howard was born Feb. 17, 1945 in Pittsburg, PA. He loved the ocean, roller coasters especially "Shekra". Most of all he loved his wife, Deborah and his other family members and friends. Howard enjoyed music "the oldies". His favorite sports were football "Pittsburgh Steelers" and hockey, the Pittsburgh Penquins. Howard had a great sense of humor and very loving and caring. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Raymond and Violet Baumiller. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Deborah; children, Denise, Dennis, Charles S. and wife, Darla, Howard E. and wife, Lori and Daniella Wolanin; grandchildren, William, Tabitha, Amanda, Tiffane, Todd, Travis, Justin and Amber; six great-grand-children; brothers, Charles Raymond Jr. and Lawrence "Larry" and wife, Ruth Anne; sister, Ruth Anne "Ruthie" McCay. A Memorial Service will be 12:15, Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Plant City South Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Plant City. Words of comfort may expressed at 813-237-2900

BROOKS, Robbye Johnson 63, of Tampa passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Robbye was born March 15, 1947 to Charles Tilman Sr. and Mary Sue (Baynard) Johnson in Spartanburg, SC. Before her death she was a Certified Nursing Assistant in at White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Rutherfordton, NC. She loved crossword puzzle books, reading, and especially loved and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda (Kenny) Dodds; sons, Bryan (Janet) Roberson and Kevin (Sharon) Roberson; grandchildren, Zachary, Hunter, Zeke, Drew, Malachi, Jennifer and Hayley; great-grandchildren, Noah and Seth; brother, Charlie Johnson; many other family members and friends. Words of comfort may be expressed at 813-237-2900

BUHRMAN, Judith passed away July 2, 2009 after battling lung cancer for several years. Judith was the real energy behind many environmental causes in Pinellas County. Judith served as the first president of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the first chairman of the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve. She was a huge part of St. Petersburg Audubon Society, and active in a great many environmental forums. She spent her final years tirelessly volunteering with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission to help restore a population of whooping cranes near Kissimmee. To honor her memory, a celebration of her life and legacy will be held on Saturday, July 3, at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. The event is sponsored by Judith's family, Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, and St. Petersburg Audubon Society. The event starts at 9 am with a short hike, followed by a program at 11 am, and lunch at noon. RSVP by June 30 to or 727-934-2680.

BURNS, Hugh L. Sr. of Sun City Center, passed away June 23 at Life Pass Hospice. Born in Ansonia, CT on Nov. 7,1927, he moved to Needham, MA in 1956 and worked for the VA for 30 years as a psychiatric social worker. He was a veteran of both WWII and Korea and graduated from Northeastern U and Boston College School of Social Work. He and his wife Betty retired to Sun City in 1987 where, despite failing health, he remained active in numerous civic, religious and social organizations right up to his death. He was Past President of SCC Lawn Bowlers Assoc, served on Security Patrol, member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and sat on the HHJsborough NAB for juvenile justice. A long time member of Prince of Peace RC Church, he was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and 1995 recipient of the KofC Family of the Year. He sang in the choir, served as Eucharistic minister and was Respect Life chairman for Parish and Deanery. In 2002 he set up an interfaith dialogue among Christians, Muslims and Jews to foster understanding. He formed the first Tampa Bay chapter of Voice of the Faithful in response to the abuse scandal in the Church. For 20 years he volunteered at Hillsborough Correctional in Balm. In 2009 the prison named the rose garden he initiated the "Hugh Burns Meditation Garden." In 2009 Bay News 9 gave him the " Every Day Hero" award. Married for 61 years, he is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Rev Hugh Burns, OP, of Pleasantville, NY; daughters, Betsy Burns of Sun City Center and Auburndale and Ellen and son-in-law, Christopher Avola of West Palm Beach. He took great joy in his role as mentor to many and advisor to his children. He will continue to inspire devoted family and friends with his integrity and wisdom. The family will receive friends 2- 5 pm Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Sun City Center Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held 11 am Monday, June 28, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Wimauma.

CAMPER, Francis E. "Buck" 90, of St Petersburg, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010. He was a resident of St. Petersburg since 1956. He was a WWII Army Air Corp Veteran. Memberships include Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Irene of 67 years; daughter, Patricia (Jack) Davis; son, Richard Camper; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation. A viewing will be held Monday June 28 from 10-11 am with a funeral service to follow at 11 am at Memorial Park Funeral Home 5750 49th St. N St. Petersburg, FL 33709

COLBATH, Jason Eugene 84, of Palm Harbor, died June 4, 2010. Born in Adrian, MI, "Jack" graduated from the University of Michigan. He retired from a Marketing career and the U.S. Postal Service. He was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII serving in the EAME Theater. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post #273, DAV, VFW. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Isabelle; two sons, Graham (Patti) and Edward (Judy); a daughter, Jane (Richard) Saunders; a brother, David (Rita); four step-daughters, Cheryl Vignali, Patricia Marchand, Deborah Manz, and Jacqueline Hesse; 9 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. He will be missed by all. Graveside services with honors will be at 12:30 pm on Friday, July 2, 2010 at Bay Pines National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, 33760. Please sign the registry at Veterans Funeral Care 524-9202

CONNER, Calvin Sr. "Doc" 90, of Old Town, and former longtime Hillsborough county resident passed away June 22, 2010. He was a member of the Pentecostal Praise and Worship Center in Old Town and a United States Navy veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Winnie Mae Vaughn Conner; sons, Calvin Jr. Myrtle) of Old Town, Jimmy (Glenda) of Plant City and Larry Sr. (Sandra) of Maplesville, AL. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and many friends. A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Stowers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pentecostal Praise and Worship Center, P.O. Box 1842, Old Town, FL 32680 or to The American Legion-Post 383, P.O. Box 220, Old Town, FL 32680.

CRANE, Muriel Degner 87, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 in the care of Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL after suffering from Alzheimer's illness. She was born in Haverstraw, NY, and moved to Elizabeth, NJ when she was 12. Attending Catholic School through her education, she married Neil J. Crane on May 1, 1943. Her husband was in the U.S. Army and stationed in Ft. Belvour, VA during WWII where she worked at the Army Post. After WWII, she and her husband moved back to Colonia, NJ where they raised two children until they moved to the Clearwater area in 1962. She retired from Gulf Machinery Co., in Safety Harbor. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Neil J. Crane; daughter, Margaret Waldorf; son, Andrew Crane; four grand-children, Laureen Waldorf James, Chad E. Waldorf, Inga Crane and Katie Crane; one great-grandchild, Margaret Lynn James. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 11 am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. The family will receive friends Monday, June 28, 2010 from 5-7 pm with Prayer Service at 6 pm with Fr. Emmanuel Pazhayapurackal officiating at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home West Area, 823 NW 143rd Street, Newberry, FL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606,, Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, Williams-Thomas Westarea 352-376-7556

DeCOSTA, William Francis 75, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Born in Newport, RI on May 21, 1935, he was the son of the late Georgeianna Pacheco DeCosta and Antone DeCosta of Newport, RI. Bill DeCosta served faithfully and honorably with the United Sates Air Force; he received three commendation medals. His meritorious services; as an Non-Commissioned Officer, 5th Bombardment Wing, Travis Air Force base, California; Supervisor, Jet Engine Field Maintenance, 8th Field Maintenance Squadron, Ubon Airfield, Thailand; and his commendable service as Quality Control Inspector, 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, as an Non-Commissioned Officer, First Tactical Fighter Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. The distinguished accomplishments of Sergeant DeCosta reflect credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force. He retired after 20 years' service, including a tour in Vietnam. Billy DeCosta was a 1954 graduate of Roger's High School of Newport, RI where he was notorious for his athletic ability and achievements. He was devoted as an official and umpire and lifetime member for the West Coast Officials Association in TTampa, FL for over 30 years. Bill officiated and umpired baseball, basketball and football, which included Little League to college level. He was President of the association for over 20 years and the Official Booking Commissioner for over 30 years. He umpired numerous state championship games in high school baseball and high school softball. Bill was honorably selected to officiate the Baseball College World Series. For several years, he also served as the on-field time keeper for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His handyman work was known throughout South Tampa for his honesty and integrity. He could build and fix anything. His on-going giving continued even during his most difficult days. Bill leaves behind his wife, Diane Lawton; three sons, William Frances DeCosta II, Brian Walter DeCosta and his wife Sophia, and Robert Wayne DeCosta both of Tampa; his daughters, Bethany DeCosta Davis and husband Mike of Atlanta, GA and Bonita Marie DeCosta of Tampa; the children's mother, Barbara Baer; two brothers, Edmond DeCosta and Joseph DeCosta, both of Newport, RI; sister, Gilda DeCosta; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as his two stepchildren, Corrie E. Goodwin and husband EO2 William P. Goodwin, U.S. Navy, and D. Brent Prizer. He was the brother of the late Jesse DeCosta, Antone DeCosta, Alice Massed, and Mary Dias and the adopted father of Brittney DeCosta. Bill will be remembered as devoted to his country and family and his legacy will live on. Family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Saturday, June 26th with a celebration of life service to follow at 4 pm both at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tampa Humane Society, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607 or LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St. Tampa, FL 33609. Please sign the online guestbook at Blount & Curry FH MacDill Avenue Chapel

DORKOWSKI, William F. "Bill" 73, of New Port Richey, passed away June 24, 2010. Survived by wife of 43 years, Dolores (nee Dunn); children, William J. (Gloria), Kathleen Ahern (Robert), Brian (Kathleen), Michael (Forest); grandchildren, Billy, Timmy and Reagan. Born at home, Staten Island, NY, only child of William A. & Eleanor (Leahy). Baptized Immaculate Conception Church, Stapleton. Attended parochial school. Graduated Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY. Served in the U.S. Air Force. Was proud to have been a New York City fireman and member of Gene O'Kane Division of FDNY Retired. Moved to Florida, 1976, where he served as an EMT and dispatcher of St. Joseph's Hospital med-evac helicopter. Loved sports, especially football. Coached PAL football. Avid Gator fan. Enjoyed travel. Cherished his cats. Fought the good fight. A member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where the Rite of Christian Burial will be conducted at 9am on June 28. Visitation 2-4pm & 6-8pm Sunday, June 27 at Morgan Funeral Home. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Morgan Funeral Home 6025 Trouble Creek Road New Port Richey, FL 34653 727-847-3999

DOS SANTOS, Jose 90, of Seminole, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Morton Plant Hospital. He was an active member of the Portuguese American Suncoast Association. Visitation will be June 27 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on June 28 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers donations to Suncoast Hospice. Reese Funeral Home 727-391-9954

EGAN, Robert W. Sr. 82, of Clearwater, passed away June 24, 2010. Survived by wife, 5 children, a brother, and 6 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo 727-517-2340

FERNANDEZ, Jonathan Lee 23, of Tampa, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2010. Jonathan was born Dec. 13, 1986 to Elaine Faye Fernandez in Tampa. Before his death Jonathan was a salesperson in the tree business. Born and raised in Tampa, Jonathan played little league baseball at Forrest Hill. He graduated from Center Academy in Lutz. He was currently attending Everest University on Hillsborough. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He had a great passion for the outdoors especially for fishing. Jonathan traveled the world, and especially his Alaskan fishing trip. Although his 23 years of life was cut short, his family and friends who knew him best, admired him for his heart of gold and willingness to help others whenever he was needed. He will remain in our hearts and loved and cherished forever. He is survived by his mother, Elaine Faye Fernandez; uncles, Lee Fernandez and wife, Debbie; Paul Fernandez and Steven Fernandez and wife, Jill; aunt, Sharon Corrado; loving cousins, Jason Fernandez, Craig Corrado, April Fernandez-Ciervo and husband, Jordan, Erin Fernandez, Joshua "JT" Thomas Fernandez and Eli Fernandez; many other loving family members and friends. A Mass will be 10:30, Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Tampa. The family will receive family members and friends from 9 until 10 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Words of comfort may be expressed at

FUNARI, Alessandro "Alex" Age 80, of Clearwater, went home to be with the Lord June 23, 2010. Formerly of Bluefield, WV, he was born in Pocahontas, VA a small coal mining town in southwest Virginia to Allessandro and Anna Funari. He belonged to the Varsity Club & Sigma Phi Epsilon at Marshall University. As a freshman at Marshall University, Alex started on both the offense and defense where he compiled a record of 22 unassisted tackles in one game which may be a record that still stands. He was a professional driver in the transportation industry. He is predeceased by parents and brothers Angelo and Jimmy. Many thanks to the following for always being there for Alex; Pat, his loving wife; Robert Lee, his surviving brother; his children, Steve, David, and Kelly; nieces, Melissa, Theresa, and Felicia; Robert and Gail Inman, his brother and sister-in-law; Alan & Cyndi Santos, brother and sister-in-law; David Madaasz, Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church; all the priests at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church; Sam Lazzara his long time friend; & Jack Nieporte and Pete Cupo, his breakfast buddies. Other surviving family and friends include Shalaine, Marcus, Sharon Kay, Marianne, Jimmy Lee, John Bob, sister- in-law Doris, Wanda, Helen Franz, and all of his Wednesday night poker buddies. And to the many friends and family to numerous to mention by name, we would like to thank you all for the love and support you have each given to Alex. Viewing and funeral services will be held at Crossroads Baptist Church, 2276 Curlew Road, Clearwater, FL 34686. Viewing will be held Saturday June 26th from 6-8 pm; funeral services will be held Sunday June 27th at 2 pm with a graveside service following at Sylvan Abbey Cemetery. Family and friends gathering will be sponsored by the family immediately following the graveside service at Sunset Grill located at 2328 Sunset Point Blvd., Clearwater, FL. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be sent to Hospice.

GLENNON, Joan F. 74, of New Port Richey, died June 17. A retired registered nurse, she is survived by sister, Mary Ann Post; 2 nieces and a nephew. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson 727-868-4441

GODDARD-ADAMS, Audrey Kathryn, 86, of Seminole, died Wednesday, June 23rd at Morton Plant Hospital. She was born in Richmond Hill, Long Island, NY and came here in 1958 from Mineola, Long Island, NY. She retired from Unisys Corporation, Clearwater, as Compensation & Benefit Manager. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Arnold; godson, Keith Gotzmer, Palm Bay; a step-brother, Wallace Ruoff, Beach Haven, NJ; two step-daughters, Kathyanne Easton, North Tonawanda, NY and Andrea DiCicco, Crystal Beach; two step-sons, Jeffrey DiCicco and Stephen DiCicco, both of Corona, CA; two nieces, Lori Hoy, Wellsville, KS and Rosemary Ruoff, Wrangell, AK and seven step-grandchildren. For those who wish, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, American Heart Fund, Suncoast Hospice or a favorite charity of your choice. A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 27th from 2 until 4 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place on Monday, June 28th at 2 pm in Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Barbara Brokhoff of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Largo officiating.

GORTLER, Ruth D. 82, died June 23, 2010. Survived by husband, Clifford; sons, Rodney, Russell,Ronald; brother, Alfred C. Reeves; sister, June Sherwood. Merritt F. H., Brooksville.

GRIFFITHS, Valerie Mae Celebration of Life: 5-8pm Monday, July 5, Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 1320 Main Street, Dunedin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice.

GULLEY, Shirley Ann of Largo passed June 18. Visitation Fri., 6-8p.m. Celebration of life Sat., June 26 at 2:00p.m. all services held at Shiloh M.B.C. Largo (13255 118th St. N.) Carnegie-Dallas Funeral Services (727) 330-7661

HALL, Glynn B. 79, of Plant City, went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Annifaye Hall; children, Randall Hall of Lakeland, Sandra Strobel (Gary) of Plant City, Marilyn Salisbury (Tony) of Plant City, and Teresa Hodum (Arnold) of Quitman, Georgia; sister, Roma Hall of Plant City; grandchildren, Miranda, Eric, Mariel, Andrew, Hannah, Garrett, and Daniel; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Visitation on Monday, June 28 from 6-8 pm at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 SR 39 S, Plant City. A Celebration of Life will be held at Faith Temple, 4240 North Frontage Road, Plant City on Tuesday, June 29 at 10 am. Interment to follow at Pelote Cemetery. Expressions of condolence at

HAYDEN, Barry W. 74, of Brooksville, fell asleep at home on June 21, 2010. Survived by loving family and friends. Turner FH/352-796-3588

HENNESSY, Irene M. 92, of Wilsonville OR, formerly of Largo, passed on June 20, 2010. Private interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. Cornwell Colonial Chapel at Wilsonville

HICKS, Sally C. 57, of Dunedin, died June 22, 2010. Born in England, she is survived by husband; 5 children; 4 grands; mother and sister. International Funeral Home 727-723-3020

KELLAM, Harvey L. 85, of Tampa, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010. He was born in Cairo, GA. Harvey was an investigator for the Water Department City of Tampa for 29 years. Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Winona; two sons, Howard and Mickey Kellam; three grandchildren, Becky Blanchard, Mickey Kellam, Jr., and Kenneth Kellam; six great grandchildren; sister, Kristine Adams. He was very loved and will be missed by all of his family and friends. Words of comfort may be expressed at 813-237-2900

KELLEY, James Patrick 47, of Valrico, passed away June 21, 2010. He was born in Williamsport, PA, and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was employed in automobile sales management. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; son, James; daughter, Ashley; parents, Francis and Blanche Kelley; brothers, Frank, Steve, Mike, and Rob; and sisters, Diana and Teresa. Final resting place will be in Pennsylvania. Stowers-Brandon

MARTINO, E. JoAnn Miller 79, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Born June 9, 1931 in Altoona, PA. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. JoAnn was married for 58 years to Joseph Martino, who predeceased her March of 2009. She is survived by her children, Kathy Bruno of Altoona, PA, Deborah Martino, Joseph M. Martino, Jr.; her grandchildren, Jennifer Bruno Smith (Randy) of Altoona, PA, David Bruno (Jamie) of Maryland, Nicholas Martino, Marisa Martino, Joseph Michael Martino, III of Clearwater; brother, John Miller of Pennsylvania, Dean Miller of Deleware; sister, Delores Miller of Pennsylvania. JoAnn and her husband owned/ operated several successful businesses in Altoona, PA before retiring to Florida. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She will be missed by her family, all whose lives she touched. Visitation and prayer services will be 10 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Funeral Mass will be at 12 pm on Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes. Donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or American Cancer Society. Rhodes Funeral Directors 727-446-3055

MAXEY, Malcom F. of Spring Hill, passed away June 22, 2010. Visitation from 10-11 am with Service at 11 am June 28, 2010, at Turner Funeral Homes, 14360 Spring Hill Dr. 352-76-9661

McPHERON, Helen C. 89, of New Port Richey, died June 24, 2010. Survived by sister Monica Wagner; several nieces & nephews. Service at 2pm Monday at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home 727-845-1957.

MECKEL, Stephen Aaron 63, chose to leave this world on his own terms Friday, June 11, 2010, at his home in Seminole, following a long struggle with chronic intractable pain that had 'become unimaginable'. In a note he stated "I am choosing when I end my life, not committing suicideMay God and the people I love Bless me." Stephen was born, Aug. 30, 1946, in Massachusetts. When he was two, his family moved to St. Petersburg where his late father, Dr. Aaron Meckel became pastor of the First Congregational Church in St. Petersburg and his late mother, Lillian was a dedicated minister's wife and loving mother. He was very close to his parents and his late Aunt Ella Schad throughout their lives. Always a maverick, Stephen started life as a troubled teen and despite his injuries he devoted his life-work to the rigors of teaching troubled young children. He was instrumental in developing a pre-kindergarten program based on Dr. John Bowlby's attachment theory; an unfamiliar concept to most at the time. But today the theory is widely accepted by the medical community and is finding its way into some innovative court programs. Like most teachers, Stephen spent more waking hours with his students than other significant adults did. He consciously created healthy trust relationships with his students and over time developed an applied-attachment model that became the core teaching curriculum. He extended that trust relationship among his students, while setting limits on behavior. Through attachment learning partnerships his students developed healthy interactions, became more readily able to learn and interact with others. He was well respected by staff and parents, and many of his students were ultimately integrated into regular education. He was the primary author of the "Attachment-Based Therapeutic Preschool Curriculum" which was published in 1989. Later, when he could no longer manage the rigors of the classroom he co-founded Attachment-based Education, Inc. He trained professionals throughout Florida and continued his hands-on direct work with parents and their children via one-on-one interactions by demonstrating in-the-moment interventions to break unhealthy interaction patterns. Stephen is survived by his sister, Valerie Laurain; niece, Linda Glassman and her children Stacey & Shane; nephews, Joseph Laurain and John Paul, and his dearest friends, Sharon (Mahoney Meckel) Gallagher and Chuck Gallagher. His extended families; the Mahoney & Gallagher clans considered him one of their own. You are missed beyond our capacity to express it. If friends wish to leave a blessing or comment regarding Stephen, please post on his face book page where a date & place for a memorial to be held in August, 2010 will be announced.

MESSER, Pearlie of Dunedin, passed away June 23, 2010. She is survived by a loving family. Visitation 4-6 pm Tuesday, funeral service at 6 pm both at Eternal Rest Funeral Home 727-733-2300.

MILLER, Ramona I. 81, passed away June 20, 2010. Preceded in death by her husband Richard Miller; survived by son Richard Miller II; daughters, Mary Zitzel-berger and Kathie Turnbull; 9 grand & 8 great-grandchildren. Bay Pines National Cemetery.

MOBLEY, Wilma 85, caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away June 17, 2010. A long time resident of Tampa, Wilma was predeceased by her first husband, Liston M. Richardson; and her twin sister, Norma Fuller. She is survived by her loving husband, John Mobley; sister, Lois Jackson; 4 children, Sherry, Bill, Brian, and Candace; 3 stepsons, Roger, Larry, and Randy; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many friends. Wilma was an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family and her cats and playing both the organ and piano. She and John married in 1983. Together, they spent their retirement years discovering the sights and sounds of America in their motor home. Wilma was greatly loved and will be missed. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life June 28th, 2 pm, at Oak Grove Methodist Church.The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wilma's name to the American Diabetic Association or Alzheimer's Association. Words of comfort may be expressed at Blount Curry Carrollwood Chapel 813-968-2231

MOGA, Maria I. A twenty year resident of On Top of the World in Clearwater died peacefully on June 22, 2010, her family nearby. Born on Nov. 28, 1921 in Dorsten, a small town in Westphalia, Germany, she was the third of four children of Hermann and Maria Gorny. Her father died of black lung when she was 12 and she left school to support the family. She was a secretary in the Ruhr Valley when the bombing started, but managed to get a permit and escaped to the safety of Gottingen, a university town that was not harmed. After the war, she met a student named Nicholas Moga, a former prisoner of war and officer in the Rumanian Navy; they married and moved to Paris, then to Brazil as refugees. He found work as a draftsman, she as a cleaning lady, and their only son was born in 1949. Nick built a construction company and Maria became a part-time secretary. Seven years later, Nick accepted a job as civil engineer with an American company building Freeport Harbor in Grand Bahama. From there, they moved to Savannah, then Baltimore, then New York, where Nick joined Alcoa International and they lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, then Puerto Rico, then finally to Company headquarters in Pittsburgh. Maria studied hard, passed the State of Pennsylvania civil service exam and got a job that lasted 12 years interviewing applicants for assistance. They retired to Florida in 1987. She became even more active taking cruises to the Mediterranean and down Russian rivers, going skiing with her sister at least once a year. But when she broke her leg the third time, the doctor told her she shouldn't do it any more, so she became a first class golfer, supporter of the Philosophy Club, and was infamous for riding her bicycle everywhere. Nick died in 2005 and four years later Maria moved to assisted living at Emeritus on Becket Lake. She is survived by her sister Lydia, nephew Bernd, niece Monika, her son Traian, his wife Camilla, her grandchildren Alex and Stephen, and great-grandchildren Vianeth, Victoria, and Nicholas. She was a fine lady with a strong spirit and a kind heart who will be missed by many. She will be honored in a small intimate service at home. Messages can be sent to

PAUL, Alan H. 51, of Holiday, died June 12, 2010. Survivors include his son, Jarrett D. Paul. Dobies F.H. - Tarpon Chapel

PELC, James S. 66, of Port Richey, died June 25. Survived by brothers and sisters of Illinois. Dobies FH/Hudson Chapel

PERKINS, Harold "Sam" 97, of Brooksville, passed on June 22, 2010. Survived by son Alan; 2 grands; 5 great-grands; brother. Memorial 11 am July 3rd, Lakeview Community Building. Downing FH

RAINEY, Charles E. 77, passed away June 23, 2010. Mr. Rainey was appointed to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 1967 by Governor Claude Kirk to fill the unexpired term of Robert Davis, who died while in office. He was re-elected without interruption and without opposition through 1994. After coming to Pinellas County in 1944 from Cleveland, OH, where he was born in 1932. Rainey attended the Florida Military Academy, Emory University and the University of Florida. He served two years in the U.S. Army before returning to Pinellas County in 1955. Rainey became an investment counselor and immediately became active in community affairs. He served as president of the Greater Pinellas County Republican Club, president of the Clearwater Lions Club, chairman of Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children, chairman of the Pinellas County unit of the American Cancer Society, chairman of the Eyesight Seal Fund, and chairman of the 1993-1994 Celebrity Waiter Celebration for the American Heart Association. In 1964, Rainey was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served until 1967. Rainey served as chairman of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, speaker of the house, vice chairman of the Committee on Elections, member of the Committee on State Government Organizations and Efficiency, member of the Judiciary Committee, and vice chairman of the Committee on Ad Valorem Taxation. Charles Rainey was appointed to additional committees and boards such as the National Urban Affairs Committee of State Governments (one of four Floridians to serve on this committee), the state Interim Committee on Local Government Efficiency and Organization, a gubernatorial appointment to the Governor's Council of Criminal Justice (Region V Planning Council), member of the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, chairman of the Pinellas County Industry Council, chairman of the Tourist Development Council, chairman of the Value Adjustment board, and chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, and 1993. On Oct. 17, 1982, the Clearwater Sun In giving its endorsement for his re-election, stated, "Rainey has been the strongest, smartest, and most politically astute commissioner in recent years... almost always learning more about what it takes to get and keep the county's business moving." Mr. Rainey retired from a long distinguished career with the Board of County Commissioners in 1996. He was a very compassionate, loving man, and inspirational father that gave from his heart to his friends and family with the same passion he put toward his public service. Mr. Rainey is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth M. Law and her husband, James; son, Charles E. Rainey III and his wife, Joanne; and 2 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 am to 12 Noon on Monday, June 28, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, with a Funeral Mass at 12 Noon. Donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612 or Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. On line memorial & guestbook @ Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321

SAPUTO, Deena Marie 55, of Dunedin, passed away June 18, 2010. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. More information at

SPERBER, George A. 94, beloved husband, of Seminole, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Hospice House Woodside. Born in Port Clinton, OH and spent most of his life in Cleveland where he worked for the Cleveland Police Department and retired after 28 years with the rank of Chief of Detectives. After retirement he served as a security advisor for several National Sports Organizations. He was a member of of the Suncoast Retired Police Club of Cleveland, the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Narcotic Officers Association and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife Norina; sister Arline R. Willenberg; nephew Dr. Max Fuhrman; loving sister-in-law Carmen Rivera; niece Camille (Bob) Bolash; and great-niece Jessie Bolash. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, June 29th 2pm in the chapel at Hospice House Woodside. ALifeTribute Largo 559-7793

SULLIVAN, Russell P. Jr. 69, of New Port Richey, died June 25, survived by2 sons, Kevin & Shawn; daughters, Kim Edlow & Lisa Rohrbacher; brother Robert; 8 grands; 3 great-grands. Morgan F.H.

WALKER, Josef Jr. 76, of Seminole, died June 24, 2010. He is survived by his wife; 5 children; 2 siblings; & 10 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Largo, FL 727-517-2340

WATSON, Kalen Margaret 17, passed from this life while surrounded by family at her home on June 23, 2010 after a valiant struggle against brain cancer. Kalen is the beloved daughter of Tami Sbar and Brent Watson, and granddaughter of Susan and Shelly Sbar of Tampa and Walter and Mary Watson of Gretna. Kalen is survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and her well-loved pets. Kalen's funeral will be held on Sunday, June 27th at 2 pm at Bayshore Baptist Church at the corner of MacDill and Morrison. In celebration of Kalen, wear something pink. In lieu of flowers, please make checks payable to the Kalen Watson Cancer Immunotherapy Fund (mailed to 2309 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629). We will hold Kalen in our hearts forever and no longer have to "Hope for Kalen" as we are comforted to know we now have Peace for Kalen, our beautiful angel. We love you always. Please sign the online guestbook at Blount & Curry MacDill Chapel 813-876-2421

WEAVER-HEGLAR, Mildred Louise 90, of St. Petersburg, died June 24, 2010, at Edward White Hospital. She is survived by her loving family & friends. Memorial Park Funeral Home 727-527-1196

WIECHMANN, Joel J. 61, died June 23, 2010. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on Nov. 12, 1948, and lived in Palm Harbor since 1988. Joel was a dedicated employee of Frito Lay for 20 years, a member of the New World Celts and the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. Joel is survived by his wife, Maggie (Hubbard); daughter, Melissa Lazio of Dunedin; son, John (Cindy) of Petal, MS; brother, Phil (Tracie) of Safety Harbor; sister, Peggy Carpenter (Larry) of Palm Harbor; brother, Tim of New York; grandchildren, Brent, Michael, Madison and Matthew; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No calling hours. Memorial information will follow at a later date.

WOOD, Lowell Forrest "Moe", 45, of Lithia, departed this life on June 24, 2010. He is survived by his daughter, Amber Wood of Clayton, AL; parents, William and Norene Wood of Lithia; and brother, Anthony "Tony" Jeff Wood of Lithia. A Celebration of Life on Monday, June 28 at 11 am at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 SR 39 S, Plant City, where the family will receive friends at 10 am. Interment to follow at Hopewell Memorial Gardens, Plant City. Expressions of condolence at

YASKOLKA, Richard J. 31, of Largo, passed away June 24, 2010. Survived by father, Richard R.; mother, Ann; sister, Jennifer. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo 727-517-2340

YOUNGBERG, Dr. Robert S. 78, of Clearwater, passed away June 22, 2010, at home with his family by his side. Robert was born in 1932, in Chicago, IL, proud to be a second generation American, and he is survived by his dear wife Catherine Fitzpatrick, and by his sons and daughters, Kevin Robert Youngberg of Clearwater, Melissa Catherine Delacroix (Claudio) of Clearwater, Margo Sarah Jenkins (Timothy) of Washington, D.C., and Brian Fitzpatrick Youngberg (Jeannie) of Orlando; five grandchildren Sarah Jane Pettingill (Christopher), Emily Anne Jenkins (Christopher Lussier), Eric Scott Rogers, and great grand daughter Cayli Hunter Pettingill. Following high school graduation in Grand Rapids, MI, Robert married his beloved Catherine and joined the US Army 25th Infantry Division. He went on to earn in Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois, his Master Degree from Wayne State University, and his Doctoral Degree from the University of Michigan. Robert retired in 1992 following a rewarding career as a public school educator, and a middle school and high school administrator. He also served as a High School Academic Evaluator for the United States Department of Education. During his tenure, he received recognition and accolades from President Reagan in the White House Rose Garden for his exemplary efforts as both a school evaluator and for being the principal of one of the top rated high schools in the United States. Robert thoroughly enjoyed his retirement in Florida, during which time he enjoyed time with family and friends, dining out, travel, racquetball and golf, and playing his baritone horn in two city concert bands. Robert was greatly loved and will be forever missed by his family and friends. In his full and far too short life, he was able to touch and nurture many lives, including students and adults with a kind, humorous and patient demeanor, but mostly his family is forever enriched by his unconditional love and guidance. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate this special person's life will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010, from 6:30- 8:30 pm at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday, July 3, 2010, at 3 pm at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home. Sylvan Abbey Funeral 2853 Sunset Point Road Clearwater, FL 33759. 727-796-1992

ZAMOR, Stephanie Rose 91, of Seminole, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Largo Medical Center. She is survived by a loving family. For service information, contact Reese Funeral Home 391-9954