ALAVAREZ, Julio Jr. 65, entered into rest on May 7, 2011. Julio was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gambling. He was preceded in death by his sister, Olga Guevarez, and brothers Raymond and Eliezer Berdequez. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Patricia Alvarez; sons, Julio Anthony Alavarez (Donna) and Raymond J. Alaverez; daughter, Taina Pettenger (Ken); brother, Rip Berdequez (Ruth); sisters, Dulce Pages (Dominick) and Ramona Quetell (Paul); grandchildren, Kayla, Brittany, and Tyler; and an extended loving family and friends. ulio was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held on May 10, 2011, from 7-9pm at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, with a funeral service to be held there as well on May 11, 2011, at 10am. Internment will immediately follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home 813-689-8121
ARANGO, John 86, of Bayonet Point, died May 7, 2011, survived by sons, John W., Robert Big B. and Raymond J. Arrangements by Neptune Society
BROWN, Judy 62, of New Port Richey, passed away May 5. Preceded in death by 2 sons, Kelly and Jason. Survivors include son, Daniel; ex-husband/friend, Rodney; 3 sisters, 2 brothers.
BUSCHENA, Arnold J. Jr (Arnie), 90, of Clearwater, passed away May 6, 2011. He was born in Winthrop, Mass. and was a veteran of WWII, severing in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. degree. He came to St. Pete in 1951 and came to Clearwater in 2001. He worked for Florida Power Corp; retiring after 31 years as a Transmissions Project Engineer. He was a 50 year volunteer in the B.S.A., were he held the Wood Badge and Silver Beaver Award. Survived by 2 sons Arnold J. III, Jacksonville, Paul F., Irvington, KY and a step-son Franklin C. Bowman, Clearwater. He had six grand children and eight great grand children.
CARAYIANIS, George J. 77, of Thonotosassa, died May 6. Survived by beloved partner, Carol; stepson, Glenn Pearson (Linda), & family; sister, Kay Martin, & family. National Cremation
CARROLL, Richard J. 74, of Largo, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Oswego, NY and has been a Florida resident since 1967 coming from New York State. For the past 25 years he has owned and operated Dick Carroll Inc Automotive Repair in Dunedin. He also previously worked as a store manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co in Largo. Mr. Carroll served in the Army National Guard in New York and was a member of St Patrick's Catholic Church, Madeira Beach American Legion, Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and former member of Sertoma Club of Largo. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie A. (Krawczyk) Carroll Largo; sons, John L. Carroll (Linda) Largo, Richard J. Carroll Jr. (Meaghan) Ozona; daughter, Catherine Carroll, Largo; brother, Patrick Carroll, Oswego NY; sisters, Helene Spaulding and Maryanne Miller (Ray) Oswego NY, and Margurite Aluzzo (John) Syracuse NY. He is also survived by four grandchildren. A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:30 am at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Largo. A reception will follow in the parish center. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Moss Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation 5771 Roosevelt Blvd Clearwater FL 33760. For additional information and condolences please visit www.mossfeasterlargo.com.
CHADEE, Nerish M. 49, passed away May 6. A Memorial service will be at The Word Church, 8216 N. 13th St., in Tampa, May 11, at 5 pm. Brewer & Sons 813-887-4991
CLARK, Gerald of Tarpon Springs. Aug. 13, 1931 to May 7, 2011. Gerald is survived by his wife, Tess; 3 daughters, Karen, Michelle and Tessa; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grand-children and 1 great-great- grandchild; 1 brother, Bill; 2 sisters, Mary & Jean. Gerald was an Air Force Veteran. He will be dearly missed by all of his family. Dobies FH Tarpon dobiesfuneralhome.com
COBLE, Luther J. 86, of Dunedin, passed away May 8, 2011. Survived by Rita his wife of 21 years; stepson, William; stepgrand, Alissa; step great-grand, Savannah. Curlew Hills FH
COMINS, Jay O. 55, of Lutz, passed away May 7. He is survived by his brother, Tom (Amy); niece, Sabrina; and grandniece, Angelina. Curlew Hills
DAVIES, Robert C. 65, of St Petersburg, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute-Gulfport
DeBLASIO, John W. 83, of New Port Richey, died May 8, survived by his 4 children, John, Joseph, Lisa and Debbie; sister Rosemarie; 5 grands and 1 great-grand. Faupel FH 727-849-9964
DOYLE, Jean S. 94, of Largo, died May 9th. Survivors include daughters, Debbie Burke, Sandy Trotta, and Leslie Doyle; and 7 grandchildren. www.mossfeasterdunedin.com
EDGE, Herman 88, of St. Petersburg, died on May 7, 2011 A native of Macon, GA, he retired from Kane Furniture after 30 years of service and was a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, serving with the Deacon and Trustee Ministries and Choir. Survivors, daughters, Faye Ford (Lawrence Lane) and Sharon Edge (Willie Lee); 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service Thursday, May 12th, 1 pm, St. Mark M.B. Church. Visitation Wednesday, May 11th, 4-8 pm, family will receive friends 6 pm at Smith Funeral Home 894-2266. Share condolences www smithfhinc.com
GEEGAN, William R. 88, passed away April 23, 2011 at Edward White Hospital. Born 1923 in Hibbing, MN, came to St. Petersburg in 1927. He was a retired WO1 in the Army Reserve. Survived by nephews Don, Jerry and Jim, niece Karen Reagan. Services Woodlaw Memorial Gardens at a later date.
GILES, Berdene "Bea" of Pinellas Park, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 7th at her daughter's home under the care of Hospice. She was originally from Harlen, IN, and was employed by GE of Fort Wayne, IN and later as a cook at the Hamilton House. She moved to Florida in 1963. She is survived by her daughter, Roberta and her husband Keith Cauthen, Clearwater; daughter Cheryll Wood, Sarasota; grandchildren, Christopher (Robin) Wood, Tyler, Katie and Jacob Cauthen; and a great-grandson Brennan Wood. Bea enjoyed gardening and won many recipe contests over the years. She will be remembered for her kindness to her grandchildren and animals. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Strays and The Suncoast Hospice. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 11th from 2 pm until service time at 3 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home 727-527-1196
GOELLER, Walter G. 66, of Spring Hill, died May 8, 2011. He is survived by 3 sisters, 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. Turner Funeral Home 352-796-9661
GOODWIN, Cecil 87, of Tampa, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2011, under hospice care. His is survived by two sons, Sam (Linda) and Ronnie (Gayle); two daughters, Sharon (Harry) and Linda (Tim); five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A graveside service will be conducted on May 14, 2011, at 10am, at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice. Adam & Jennings Funeral Home 813-237-3345 www.adams-jennings.com
HALSEY, Yola N. 88, of Holiday, died May 9. Survived by nephew, Raymond; nieces, Vicky, Rosemarie, and Patty Jean. dobiesfuneralhome.com Holiday 727-937-7555
HANYOK, Francis E. 78, of Tampa, died May 6. Survived by sons, Francis (Bubs) & Michael; daughters, Mary & Barbara; sister, Irene; 9 grands, 4 great-grands. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc.
HATCHER, Otis "Bub" passed away May 5. Otis was born in Pana, IL and had been a long-time resident of Pinellas County. He was an Army combat veteran of Viet- nam and died of a military related illness. He is survived by his wife Paula; three sons Casey Corban, Shannon Hatcher and Lou Copeland; daughter Robin Strickland; son-in-law David Strickland; four grandchildren and two sisters. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of The Bay Pines VA Hospice and Palliative Care Unit. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life May 14 at 2 pm at his home. Formal memorial services are to be held at a future date.
HAWKINS, John P. 45, of Clearwater, died May 8. Survived by 2 brothers, Michael Jr., Robert; and sister Christina. Abbey Affordable Cemation & Funeral Services, Inc.
HESS, Russell C. 75, of Hudson, died May 5, 2011. Survived by wife Patsy, children, Kimberley, Rusty, Shawn & Jay; 7 grandchildren. National Cremation & Burial Society - Hudson
HODGE, Mary Frances 95, died Sunday, May 8, 2011 after a brief illness. The second of three sisters, she was born in pringfield, OH to Anthony and Teresa Amato. She taught school in New Jersey where she lived for nearly 30 years and later, in Clearwater. She taught piano for 50 years both here and New Jersey. She was a devoted Catholic and attended daily mass for many years. Her greatest joy was being a mom and spending time with her children and grandchildren. One of her most memorable activities was taking all five of her children to the New York Worlds Fair in 1964-65 so many times. She also loved to travel, and took trips by car, bus and air to various places in the U.S. and abroad throughout her life. Her hobbies included art, cooking, sewing, reading and gardening. She is predeceased by her parents and her two sisters, Nena Larocco of Chicago and Helen Schifferli of Kokomo, IN as well as her daughter, Nina Hunt of Houston. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Helen Maran (Robert) of Clearwater; hers sons, John Hodge (Suzanne) of Ann Arbor, MI, Thomas Hodge (Janet) of Edison, NJ, James Hodge (Deborah) of Middletown, NJ; 15 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and her dog and constant companion of the past 10 years, "Little Bear". A Funeral Mass will be offered Tuesday (today) May 10, 2011 at 2 pm at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sylvan Abbey, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992 SylvanAbbey.com
HOWELL, Thomas W. 47, of Lutz, went to be with his Lord on May 3. 2011. He was an amazing son, fiancée, brother, uncle and will be dearly missed. He was an avid Miami Hurricanes fanatic. He loved playing poker, and was the adoring dad of his four legged buddy, Jake. He was preceded in death by his father, James Howell. He is survived by his beloved mother, Thelma; 3 brothers, Stephen (Dawn), Timothy, and Jeffrey; 3 nieces, Stephanie, Samantha, Jessica; his cherished fiancée Bonnie Kremske; and of course, his dog, Jake. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Wednesday, May 11, 12 pm, at Idlewild Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Thomas' name to Hospice or Moffitt Cancer Center or the American Liver Foundation. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.blountcurrycarrollwood.com
IVY, Micheline A. 86, of Palm Harbor, passed away on May 8. Prayer service Thursday will be held at Moss Feaster, beginning at 10am. www.mosfeaterpalmharbor.com
JARRETT, Arthur W. passed away May 6, 2011. Born in Columbus, GA, Jan. 7, 1949. Survived by his spouse, Penelope Jarrett; his mother, Marguerite E. Jarrett; his son, Jerome J. Burless (Tamara C.); 3 grandsons, Jerome III, Brett & Jackson Burless; daughter, Tiffany Bustle (Robert) and their 3 children, Christopher, Brooke and Kevin Bustle; 3 sisters, Patty Wiley, Theresa Thomas & Beverly Strickland; 1 brother Russell Jarrett.
JEHLE, Gloria D. 90, of Clearwater, continued her journey on April 30, 2011. Born in New York and formerly of California. Life-long animal lover/crusader and avid reader/writer. Member of Pinawor. Blessings abide with 2 daughters; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be shared through donations to local animal shelter.
JOHNSTON, Robert "Bob" 84, of Holiday, died May 8, 2011. He was an 8th grade graduate of the Monifiore School, where he was editor of their newspaper. He filed an application for the draft and was accepted into the Army. He served his training at Ft. Meade, AR and was stationed in the South Pacific. He served as a member of the 387th Motor Ambulance Co. Separate in Hiroshima, Japan. When his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he was denied emergency leave by the Red Cross, but his commanding officer, Lt. M. Geiger granted his leave within 24 hours. He was past president Grandview Park Boy's Club and Oak Lawn Sanitary District. He moved to Florida in 1979 and joined the American Legion Post #173 and was a past Commander in Chief. Survived by 4 children, Robert "Buck"; April Hanley, Michael and Wendy Unger; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Visitation Wednesday, May 11 from 6-8 pm with a service on Thursday, May 12 at 10 am at Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday Chapel dobiesfuneralhome.com 727-937-7555. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gulfside Hospice.
KING, Bob 88, widower of Elaine and WWII Veteran died May 7. He is survived by his brother and sister, 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 6 great- grandchildren. A viewing will be held on May 10 from 9-11 am at Reese Funeral Home with interment following at Florida National Cemetery.
LOFTUS, Oliver 79, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, May 8, 2011. He was born in County Clare, Ireland; served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was well known as Mr. Shamrock on Staten Island, NY where he ran a paint and wallpaper store. He moved to Tampa 3 years ago. Survivors include his wife, Catherine; children, Mary Vitello, Laura Loftus, Oliver Loftus, and 4 grand-children. There was no one like him, he will be sorely missed. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 9 am Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Christ The King Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Wednesday with the Wake service at 7 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Please sign the online guestbook at www.blountcurrymacdill.com
MARTH, Loretta Joan 75, of Port Richey, died May 7, 2011. Survived by husband, Ronald; son, Michael; daughter, Maureen J. Helm; 4 grands; 1 great grand. Faupel FH 727-849-9964
MELTON, Richard Adam 30, of Clearwater, passed away May 7. Survived by his loving family. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc Oldsmar / 813-855-2439
MILLER, Mildred Louise 89, of Valrico, passed away on May 4, 2011. Mildred was proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII from '42 to '46, where she served in the Philadelphia Shipyards. She had a passion for sewing and quilting. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernard F. Miller; and sister, Dorothy Irons. Mildred is survived by her loving family, son, Chris Miller; brothers, George, James and Richard Friend; sister, Betty Farnsworth; and grand- children, Jaime (Jeff), Daniel, Cayla and Tyler. There will be a visitation on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 5-7 pm at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 7 pm. Mildred will be laid to rest at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North in Hollywood.
MITCHELL, James J. "Jim" 85, of Brooksville, died Saturday, May 7, 2011. Graveside inurnment 10:30 am, May 24 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Turner/352-796-9661 turnerfuneralandcremation.com
MIYARES, Jorge H. DDS 80, passed away May 7, 2011. He was a Colonel for the U.S. Army Dental Corp. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elena H. Miyares; 4 sons, Jorge, Edward, Henry, & Andy; 2 daughters, Marta Carroll, and Tere Giblin; his brother, Enrique; 2 sisters, Conchita Soler, and Carmen Nunez; 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Our Lady's Chapel) Tuesday, May 10th from 5-7 pm with a Wake Service at 6 pm. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, May 11th at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Main Church). Burial at Calvary Cemetery. Donations to Day Star Life Center or Suncoast Hospice. On line Memorial & Guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net
MOYER, Lawson Auburn Jr. 92, of Harbor Bluffs died peacefully at home on May 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm. He was born in Spartanburg, SC and served in the Army in WWII. He received a law degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and subsequently worked for the Bureau of Intelligence Research at the U.S. Dept. of State. He retired in 1976 and moved with his wife, Marie Helmken Moyer, from their home in Northern Virginia to Harbor Bluffs. They were active members of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Mr. Moyer's wife, Marie, died in February, 2011. He leaves a son, Dr. Lawson Auburn Moyer, III, of NYC; a daughter, Marie Moyer Glucksman, of London, England, three grand- daughters, and a cousin, Homer E. Moyer of Washington, D.C. The family invites contributions to the Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater. Mr. Moyer will be intered at the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA beside his wife.
NIKOLAEV, Sonia passed away April 29. Survived by daughter, Elizabeth Anderson; son-in-law, Larry Anderson; 5 grands, 11 great-grands. Internment was in Natick, MA. everettfuneral.com
NORTHEN, Jean W. 64, of Largo,born July 30, 1946, died May 6, 2011. Funeral services are 3 pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1st Baptist Church of Indian Rocks (Main Building), Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33770. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 pm until service time. The burial will take place at 4:15 pm at Serenity Gardens, Largo. A native of Kingston, Jamaica she was a local resident since 1980, when she and her husband moved here from Haiti. Jean was a nurse for IMF and after locating to Pinellas County, she then worked as a nurse for Pinellas County. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Indian Rocks and was very active in all church activities. Preceded in death in 2006 by her husband, Thomas Northen and her parents; Gilbert and May Wong Chew Fuk, she is survived by her loving family, a son Paul Northen of Bear, DE; her daughters, Linda Brown of Clifton Park, NY and Bonnie Rutherford and her husband Mark, of Canton, MI; her seven grandchildren, Lauren Rutkoski and her husband, John, Zachary Northen and his wife, Jessie, Bethany Brown, David Brown and his wife, Erin, Christina Brown, Katelyn Rutherford and Andrew Rutherford and two great-grandchildren, Jonah Rutkoski and Naomi Northen and her brothers and sisters: The family requests, that in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the IMF in the Memory of Jean W. Northen. Please sign the guest book at www.veteransfuneralcare.com Veterans Funeral Care 727-524-9202
O'GRADY, Brian W. 34, of Port Richey, died May 7. Survived by father, Greg; brother, Michael; step-mother, Pat; uncle, Tom; grandmother, Vivian. www.prevattfuneralhome.com
ORNS, Jerry 87, of St. Petersburg, passed away May 9, 2011. Jerry was born in Brooklyn, NY, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a POW in WWII. He began his business career selling parts in the automotive aftermarket. He moved to Florida in 1956 from Highland Park, IL. Jerry was one of the founding Midas Muffler franchisees and expanded the business throughout the west coast of Florida while serving as President of the National Midas Dealers Association. Jerry was also a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater for 35 years. In January 2011, at the 25th anniversary celebration, Jerry was honored as one of the founders of Menorah Manor and was a founding member of the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Donna; son, Lonnie (Jennifer); daughters Jill Orns (Jeffrey Cotter), Pam (Dennis) Morris, and Ivy (David) Kitenplon; sister, Rosalyn Diener; sister-in-law Meryl Lachman; and 12 grandchildren. Services will be held 1 pm Wednesday, March 11th at the David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Largo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jerry's memory to the Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer's Institute, 4001 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL, 33613. Online guestbook at www.davidcgross.com David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave / 727-381-4911
PACCIONE, Catherine 90, of New Port Richey, died May 7th. Survived by husband of 46 yrs, Nick; son, Ronald Savarese; sister, Mae Mitchell. Dobies FH/7 Springs dobiesfuneralhome.com
PAINTER, Charles Lendon 81, of Seminole, passed May 7, 2011 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Born in Franklin County, TN. He was retired from the National Guard, Bell South Telephone and Jolly Trolly. A methodist and a member of the Masonic Order. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; 2 sons, Robert and Lee Painter of Tennessee; a daughter, Carol Driskell; 4 siblings, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and services will be held Thursday, May 12 at 10 am all at Mohn Funeral Home, 9700 Seminole Blvd., 393-3481, burial with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 1:30 pm. Because of family allergies, in lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's memory may be made to Tampa Bay Technology Alliance-Robotice Div. 11012 Maglaga Dr., Largo, FL 33774. www.mohnfuneralhome.com
PISTONE, Caroline L. (nee Hansen), 90, Beloved wife of Charles A. (deceased). Loving mother of Laura Ann Webb (husband Paul), Nancy Jo Riebau (husband Barry), Timothy J. (wife Sandra) and Thomas C. (deceased) (wife Jean). Dearest grandmother and great-grandmother.Dear sister of Marie Demeter, Kai Hansen and Clifford Hansen, all deceased. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL34613. Interment private. Memorial Service Monday, May 16, 2011 at 2 pm at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home 4450 Commerical Way, Spring Hill FL 34606 352-596-4991
PRIMROSE, Patricia 77, passed away May 4, 2011. She is survived by her children Thomas and Linda Curtain, James and Melinda Curtain and Patricia and Phillip Livengood; grandchildren Thomas, Angela, Thomas, Alix and Kaitlyn; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Jake; her nephews William, Thomas and John Ryan. Pat was an avid boater, bingo player and bowler. Neptune Society
REMY, John P. Sr. 63, of Spring Hill, died May 8, 2011. Visitation for friends will be from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm on May 11, 2011, at Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill 352-686-6649
RUPPEL, George 90, of Clearwater and Indian Shores, died peacefully at home on May 7, 2011. Despite his age, his death was unexpected. A casual gathering of friends and family to celebrate his life will be held at his long time residence, 3030 Union St., Clearwater, on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2-4 pm. All are welcome. A brother of 11, father of 8, grandfather of 18, and great-grandfather of 10, George was first and foremost about family. He was happiest during family gatherings with a baby on his lap. His considerable skill and success in business, was only surpassed by his life long ability to calm crying infants and shower unconditional love and support on his bride of 47 years, Sandy, and family and friends. George gently shared his considerable wisdom with even greater humility and taught by example the art of making choices, great and small, without regret and the predominant importance of treating all people with respect and love, free of discrimination. George was born in Sheboygan, WI on Sept. 2, 1920 and shared a rural beginning with his parents, Katherine and Christian. Humble beginnings of the family's flight from the communist revolution in Russia to Wisconsin and the need for all family members to work in the sugar beet fields to survive, taught lessons appreciated throughout his life. The family moved to Flint, MI to gain work in the growing auto industry. George entered the Army Air Corps, received basic training in Miami and completed fighter pilot training, just as Germany surrendered. He was discharged before deployment and returned to Flint. Utilizing his great aptitude for numbers worked in the accounting offices at AC Spark Plug. With his remarkable people skills he began sales for Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. The experience of being in Florida during the winter during basic training, led him in 1952 to bring his young family to Florida to join his brothers, John and Ernie, who had started a machine shop in Pinellas Park, Modern Tool and Die Company. He remained an officer, owner and director of MTD until it was sold in 2008. At the time he arrived, there was no bank in Pinellas Park. George joined his brothers and other local investors and founded First Park Bank in 1958 and served as president until it was sold in 1972. Banking became his primary career, and he joined with others to form Community Banks of Pinellas and Pasco, which became the largest banks in those counties. He served as Vice Chairman until those banks were sold in the mid 1980's. In 1986 he was a founding director of Marine Bank, St. Petersburg and served until its sale in 1998. He was a director for many years of Florida Power Corporation and then its holding company, Florida Progress and its various subsidiaries. One of his former co-directors once marveled at George's unique intellect which allowed him to master volumes of complex details of a business problem and yet focus on only those actions that could cause improvement with an essence of common sense. George was noted for his generosity among those who knew him and for his public service on behalf of those he did not know. He served as a Pinellas County Commissioner, a board member of Southwest Florida Water Management District and Anclote River Basin Board (1964-1968) and was one of the original members of the Florida Pollution Control Board in the 1970's which was the first statewide environmental protection agency. He served as chairman of the United Way of Pinellas County, a trustee of Eckerd College (fka Florida Presbyterian), an elder of Christ Presbyterian Church in Largo, and a founding member of the "Committee of Twelve", Clearwater Central Catholic High School. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sisters, Ester and Ruth; brother, Clarence; children, Judy Holmes, Dennis Ruppel, Karen Broerman, Randy Ruppel, Kim Seidl, Jamie Carpenter and Julie McNitt, 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Meg Elizabeth Ruppel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in George's honor to Eckerd College at 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711 Attn: Scott Rivinius, or to a charity of your choice.
RUST, James Dale 76, of Auburndale, passed away May 6. Survived by his loving family. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. Oldsmar / 813-855-2439
SARAGNGELO, Ralph M. 94, Inverness, died May 7, 2011. Funeral Mass on Friday in Cleveland, OH. Local arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
SAUL, Elizabeth of Hudson, died May 6. Survived by son, John; daughter, Margaret; 2 grandchildren. Dobies FH/Hudson dobiesfuneralhome.com
SCARANO, Jerry J. 96, of New Port Richey, died May 8. Survived by daughters, Ruth Ann, Kathleen; sisters, Rose, Emily; 5 grands; 2 great-grands. Dobies 372-2550 dobiesfuneralhome.com
SJOBERG, Geneva "Elaine" 84, of St. Petersburg, formerly of St. Johnsbury, VT, went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2011. She attended Pinellas Community Church here and Lyndon Bible Church in VT. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 62 years, Everett; one daughter, Sharon and Jim Rhoden; two sons, Dan and Deb Sjoberg and Jon and Pat Sjoberg; 6 grand-children, Kimberly, Kelly, Jimmy, Daneille, Derek, Zane, and 9 great-grandchildren Richie, Rowan, Zachary, Nathan, Seth, Cooper, Noah, Rachael and Allison. She and her husband were involved in Christian ministry in New England for more than 50 years.
SMITH, Irving B. 92, passed away on April 30, 2011 under the loving care of his family and Hospice. Irving is survived by his wife, Daisy; five children, David R. Smith (Linda), Judy Nigro, Thelma Hamilton (David), Ann Heffelfinger (predeceased Bill), and Lorna Hicks (Chris). He also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Born and raised in Collinsville, CT, he worked with his father in the family business, "Ben Smith's Clothing". In 1970 he moved to Naples, and later to Pinellas County in 1985. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in WWII. He was a proud member of the VFW Post 4252, American Legion Chapter 119, DAV Chapter 11 and the Forgotten Korean Vets Inc. Irving also worked and traveled with the Renaissance Festival alongside his wife for many years. He loved being active and never met a stranger. A memorial service will be held on May 16th at 10:45 am at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Suncoast Hospice Ivory Team. Veterans Funeral Care 524-9202
SMITHERS, Jewel 94,passed away May 9, 2011. Survived by 2 sons, Berkley & Tom; 1 daughter, Beverly; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Royal Palm North 577-0599
SOUPLEY, Charles Franklin "Charley" 86, of Monticello, IN, formerly of Kokomo, IN, passed away at 3:07 pm, Saturday, May 7, 2011 at his residence in Redington Shores. Arrangements are pending at Ellers Mortuary, Kokomo, IN
SPEARS, Lynn Beth 55, of Largo, died May 7, 2011 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park. Ms. Spears was born in Gainesville on Dec. 22, 1956 to parents James and Betty (Hyman) Thurston. She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty who passed away in 2004. Lynn was a lifelong resident of Pinellas County excepting 3 years in Fairfax County, VA. She was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church where she had the distinction of being the first baby baptized in the new church. Lynn was active in Girl Scouts, and graduated from Largo High School in 1975, and was a member of the renowned "Band of Gold" which toured Europe and was awarded a Gold Medal at the World Band Championships in Kierkrgaard Holland. As a high school senior Lynn was a member of the first Largo High girls track team. As an adult she was a banker and a loan processor. She is survived by her two children, Michael and Rachel Spears of Largo; father, James Thurston of Largo; twin sisters, Nancy Channell of Lake City and Deborah Sibley of New Orleans, LA; a brother, Michael Thurston of Bellingham, MA; 3 nieces and nephews. Visitation hours are scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th from 5-7 pm at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel Largo. Funeral services are set for Wednesday May 11th at 10:30 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the family estate in Dunedin Cemetery. For photos and condolences visit www.mossfeasterlargo.com
STAPLETON, Thomas "Tom" of Dunedin, born 1935 in Co. Kildare, Ireland, died May 6, 2011 at Brookside Hospice House, Palm Harbor. Loved by all who knew him, he was a true leprechaun. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 49 years; children, Mark (Penny), Dunedin, Colleen (Charlie), Atlanta, GA, Erin (Mary), Homestead; grand-children, Victoria, Mark, Devin, Kayla and Isabella; sisters, Betty (John) Maguire, Boston, MA, and Josephine (George) Reid, England. His mother, father, sister, Finola and brother, Jimmy precede him in death. Thank you to family and friends for continued support. Donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center or Suncoast Hospice.
STENQUIST, Kathryn B. 93, of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday May 8, 2011. Born in Lansing, MI, she came here in 1980 from Grand Rapids. She was a graduate of Michigan State University, and worked as an office supervisor for the state of Michigan for 29 years. She was a volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net
UNDERWOOD, Lois M. 89, of Riverview, formerly of Williamsville, NY, passed away May 5, 2011. She was born to William and Mary Lane on Dec. 13, 1921 in Menomonie, WI. She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William M. Underwood. She is survived by daughter, Donna and husband, Fred Bowen of Jacksonville; son, William and wife Elizabeth Underwood of Valrico; grandchildren, Molly, Ian, Laura and Brent. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren. A private family graveside service will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. Stowers Funeral Home Brandon, FL 813-689-1211
Van PORTFLIET, Devorah 53, of Lutz, died May 6, 2011. Survived by husband, Timothy; son, Michael; daughter, Danae, and by six siblings. Visit www.curlewhills.com.
VOJVODIC, Michael Neal 39, of Holiday, died May 7, 2011. He is survived by wife, Nichole; son, Andrew; daughters, Alexis, Allyson, and Emmalee; mother, Vinnie; and family. Michels & Lundquist
WARD, Rudolph "Weechie" 75, of Tallahassee died April 29th in Blountstown, FL. Arrangements by Richardson Family Funeral Care Tallahassee, FL
WASHINGTON, Michael J. 56, of Clearwater, died on Saturday May 7, 2011. Michael was born in the Bronx, NY. Survived by brothers, Bobby Martyand Robert; sisters, Patty and Kathy Murtaugh; one niece and two nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 24 pm and 68 pm, with services on Saturday May 14, 2011 at 10:30 am both at Sylvan Abbey 727-796-1992
WEBER, John 55, died Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Petersburg General Hospital. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute-Gulfport