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ABBE, Virginia 91, Brooksville, died Jan. 20, 2012. Memorial service Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 am at Pinecrest Funeral Chapel. Cortez Blvd.; interment follows at Florida National Cemetery. Pinecrest FC

ADAMS, Billy 74, of Largo, died Jan. 24, 2012. Survived by wife, Rosemary Adams; 2 children and a sister. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral, Largo 727-517-2340

BACON, Mary Rose (nee Riley), 74, passed away at the Villas of Belleair on Jan. 24, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 50'years, Robert; 4 children: Elizabeth van Blaricom of Carpentersville, IL, Mary Kay Matossian of Ukiah, CA., Robert Bacon, Jr., of Largo, and Patricia of Lake Zurich, IL; and 4 grandchildren. Mary Rose was born and raised in Miami and moved here from Baltimore, MD in 1982. She graduated from Barry College of North Miami. She attended Anona Methodist Church, was a member of the choir there and also active in real estate, court recording, hearing aid installation, china painting, calligraphy, opera and dancing. Visitation will be from 2-3:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Hubbell Funeral Home 727-584-7671 www.hubbellfuneralhome.com

BARCA, James Joseph 67, of Pinellas Park, succumbed to cancer on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in New London, CT, He came here in 1947 with his parents Mariano and Angeline Curzio Barca. He retired as Manager of Administration Services and Emergency Management from the city of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department after 24 years of City service. He is a 1962 graduate of St. Petersburg High School and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. Jim worked for IBM (NASA) on the Apollo/Saturn moon launches. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from The University of Central Florida in 1972 and later worked for Honeywell Corporation in St. Petersburg. He is listed in the Who's Who of Southeast and America. Jim was a member of the Pinellas County Genealogy Society. He enjoyed working with computers, photography and music. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Janet (Shields) Barca; a brother, Jack J. Barca of E. Falmouth, MA; and several nieces; nephews; and cousins. There will be memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 2 pm with a reception to follow, both at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to the Salvation Army, 6015 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL, 33709 or the American Cancer Society, 4801 86th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33782. The family's personalized online guestbook at www.AndersonMcQueen.com Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes. 727-822-2059

BARR, Norma Louise Schumacher Born in Syracuse, NY, on Nov. 28, 1911, Norma married George Barr on Nov. 18, 1939, she died on Jan. 11, 2012, after a brief illness, in Dunedin, where she'd lived since the late 1970s. Predeceased by George, and son James, Norma is survived by son John and wife Rhonda, and grandsons Greg, Tom and Evan. A private family memorial service will be held in Iowa City, IA. Memorial donations may be sent to Section on Geriatrics Fund, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

BRENA, Indalecia 65, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 23, 2012. Survived by daughter Carla Ferrer; 2 siblings and 2 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral, Largo 727-517-2340

BROWN, Gertrude 88 of St. Petersburg passed away Monday Jan. 23, 2012. Born in Mercer, PA, she moved to St. Petersburg in 1959 with her husband and 2 daughters. Survived by 3 daughters, Julie, Carol, Diana; and a grandchild, Ashley. She is also survived by a sister, Marian of Arizona; and a half sister, Susan; and a half brother, George of Pennsylvania. She will be greatly missed. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 727 321-3321

CAPPADONA, Thomas Peter 51, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at home. He was born in Jersey City, NJ, and moved here in 1966, from Palisades Park, NJ. He enjoyed nature, gardening, cooking and riding his motorcycle. He was Catholic. He is survived by three sisters, Karen Todaro, Seminole, Kathy Jenkins, Pinellas Park, a sister in Florida; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Friends will be received at Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, on Friday Jan. 27, from 9 am 12:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be 1 pm Monday, at the Cathedral of St. Jude (Our Lady's Chapel). Online memorial and guest book at www.brettfuneralhome.net. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321

CHASE, Frederick Jr. 80, died on Jan. 3, 2012 in Waukegan, IL. He was the son of Virginia Gerould and Frederick Chase II. He attended Clearwater High School and Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from the U.F. law school, then practiced law for 37 years in New Port Richey, where he was a charter member of the Rotary Club. Fred was predeceased by one son, Nathan Chase. He is survived by his partner, Lynne Atherton of Waukegan, IL; sister, Beth Chase of Raleigh, NC; brother, John and wife Priscilla Chase of Palm Harbor; and son, Robert Chase of Denver, CO; also by Nathan's widow, Susan Chase; his former wife, Nancy Dickinson Chase; son, Daniel Chase with partner Jennifer Morgan; and two grandsons, Sam and Benjamin Chase, all of whom reside in Baltimore, MD. A celebration of Fred's life will be held at 2 pm, Feb 9th, by the Unitarian-Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Rd. His ashes will be interred in Hanover, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Power and Light, 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94104.

COAKLEY, Vincent 78, of Madeira Beach, passed away Jan. 18 surrounded by his loving family. Visitation, Saturday, Jan. 28 at Mohn Funeral Home, 2-4 pm with a funeral service at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FF Steven Coakley Foundation, P.O. Box 77002 Charlotte, N.C. 28271. www.mohnfuneralhomeand cremationservices.com 727-393-3481

COMBS, Shirley K. 88, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 18, 2012. Survived by her loving family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey

CONNINGTON, Robert F. "Bobby", 52, of Tarpon Springs, passed away Jan. 22 after a strong battle with brain cancer. Born in Perth Amboy, NJ, he moved here 25 years ago from E. Brunswick, NJ. He was a wonderfully amazing husband, father, brother & friend. Bobby was a mentor and a Tarpon Springs Little League Coach for many years. He will be sadly missed by many. Survived by his wife, Michelle; sons, Matthew and Zachary; sister, Diane Kapuscinski; nieces, Kelley and Christina Kapuscinski; nephews, Tyler and Devin Bischoff; father and mother-in-law, Art & Jean Bischoff; brothers and sister-in-law, Chris and Melissa Bischoff and Scott Bischoff; and many extended family. Visitation will be 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Dobies FH Tarpon Chapel. A mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor at 1 pm Friday, Jan. 27. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Bobby for his sons at Regions Bank, 40786 U.S. Hwy 19 N, Tarpon Springs FL 34689 727-934-5786 dobiesfuneralhome.com

CROSBY, Denise K. 37, of Pinellas Park, passed Jan. 23, 2012 at home supported by her loving family. Service time and full obit visit www.mohnfh.com

CROSS, Marcia "Daisy" 75, of Apollo Beach, passed away Jan. 22, 2012 after her 6 year battle with cancer. She was a cosmetologist and member of St. Anne Catholic Church where she was awarded the dioceses St. Jude medal for service as a Sacristan and Chairman of the Bereavement Committee for the Lazarus Society. Survivors include her husband, James Cross; two sons, Richard (Lucy) Cross and Stephen (Cindy) Cross; three daughters, Kelly (Paul) Ogels, Karen (Jerry) Rogich and Vicki (Chris) Netzband; a sister, Sandy Miner; a brother, Lawrence (Janice) Morse and 14 grandchildren and her faithful and loving canine companion, Moses. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 pm Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at St. Anne Catholic Church. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10 am Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Avenue, N.E., Ruskin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church Stain Glass Window Fund, 106th Ave., N.E., Ruskin, FL 33570. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home Sun City Center 813-634-9900

DABOLL, Belle S. "Billie" 92 of Dade City, passed Jan. 21, 2012. Services 11 am Jan. 25, at the 5th Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home.

DAVIS, Sandra Skipper "Dobbie", 55, Zephyrhills, passed away Jan. 21, 2012. Beloved Grammie remembered by family and friends. Hodges Funeral. 813-788-6100

DICAPRIO, Marie 75, passed Jan 17th. Survived by loving family. Memorial Gathering Jan 27th from 4-5:30 at 280 Mariner Blvd. Prayer service at 5:30 pm Brewer & Sons 352-688-4991

DODGE, Dorothy H. 84, of Tampa, passed away Jan. 21, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Palm River. Stowers Funeral Home www.stowersfh.com

ERTLE, Walter 85, of Largo died Jan. 21, 2012. Walter was born in Avella, PA and moved to Florida in 1995 from Weirton, WV. He graduated Avella High School; attended Bethany College, Bethany, WV; was a steel analyst with Weirton Steel for 45 years, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII; Presbyterian and a life member of American Legion Post #0643, Avella. Walter was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Wyman. He is survived by his wife, June Marie DeLong Batalo Ertle of 42 years; daughters, Janine (Mark) Batalo Jerrel, Weirton, WV and Holly (Jon) Ertle Heilman, Wake Forest, NC; sister, Ruth (Joseph McLaughlin, Eighty Four, PA and grandchildren, Kelson, Jayce and Kiri Jerrel and Nicholas and Nicole Heilman. For complete details please visit: www.mossfeasterlargo.com

FITZPATRICK, John Joseph "Jack" 79, passed away Jan. 22, 2012, at his home in New Port Richey. He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by 4 children, Lori Fitzpatrick (Randy Rebman), Jean (John Galanos), Tim (Debbie), and Tom; 8 grandchildren, Jason and Kevin Tall, Kyle and Amanda Fitzpatrick, and Shalla, Quinn, Mirista and Phillip Galanos; and 7 siblings. Visitation from 5-8 pm, Thursday Jan. 26, at Dobies Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at 10 am, Friday Jan. 27, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, New Port Richey. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Marine Corp League Detachment #567 building fund. Dobies Funeral Home, Congress Chapel dobiesfuneralhome.com 727- 841-7555

GOLD, Shelley I. of St. Petersburg, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Born Dec. 27, 1959 in No. Adams, MA, she was the daughter of Richard and Janice Gold. Shelley was employed for the last 22 years at Cody's Original Roadhouse, and considered Rick and Vicky Franklin and all of the employees and customers her extended family. In addition to her sister, Susan Bonin (Thomas), and her niece and nephew, Ashley and Andrew Bonin, she leaves her dear friend, Vivian Permuy, and all the Cody's customers and co-workers. A celebration of her life will be 10 am Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Cody's Original Roadhouse, 4360 Park St. N. On line memorial & guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321

GOMES, Maria 89, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 24. Survivors: children, Marlene (Paul) Golda & Kevin (Marie) Gomes; sister, Emily Lepizzera; & brother, John Seamans. Dobies F.H. Congress

GREENE, Mary age 91, of Odessa, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Mrs. Greene was born in Chicopee, MA and came to the bay area in 1950, from North Carolina. She was a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 30 years, Gene. Survivors include her son, Craig Scott of Cary, IL; stepson, Dr. Stuart Greene of Temple, TX; daughters, Gail Forrester, Cassleberry, and Carol Rumrill, Wesley Chapel; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (today), 2 pm at Segal Funeral Home, 3909 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33629. Entombment will follow in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Children's Home, P.O. BOX 262229, Tampa, FL 33685-2229. Condolences may be expressed online at www.segalfuneralhome.com.

HARVEY, Laura Marie 77, Inverness, died Jan. 23. Servicesat Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home, New Philadelphia, OH. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, in charge of local arrangements.

JALO, Susan 78, of Tampa, passed away Jan. 22, 2012. She was born in Kenton, OH. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Jalo. She is survived by her daughter, Susie Kennedy; sons, Michael Schaller, Ted Burk; eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; sister; Linda Call; brothers, Jim Wendorf, Peter Wendorf; family and friends. Susan was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Words of comfort may be expressed at floridamortuary.com Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

KELLY, Mary A. 81, of Palm Harbor, and formerly of Largo, died Jan 22, 2012. Mary was born in New York City and moved to Florida in 1980 from Carmel, NY. Before retirement, she was a secretary with the Largo Police Dept. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church. Mary enjoyed gardening and playing scrabble. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" (1977) a retired FDNY firefighter and her son, Gerard "Jerry" (2005). She is survived by her children, John (Linda) Kelly, Tampa, James (Susan) Kelly, Bradenton, Maureen (Christopher) Burke, Seminole and Thomas Kelly (Tampa); sister, Bridget Teresa O'Sullivan, O.P., the Bronx, NY and 9 grandchildren. Viewing will be 2-4 & 6-8 pm Friday at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Largo. A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 am Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. Burial will be in Brewster, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widow's and Children's Fund. For complete details please visit: www.mossfeasterlargo.com

KNAPP, Geoffrey 66, passed away Dec. 16, 2011. A memorial will be held at McKinney Park On Blind Pass Rd. Feb 14th, 3 pm Followed by gathering at McKinney Park.

KOLLEN, Anne Marinda 92, of St. Petersburg, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Anne was a lovely mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Magarity and her husband Russ; 3 grand-children, Jenn Keohane, Jeff, and Allison Schworm; and 3 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, A.J., and Taelyn and her dear friend Bob Schindler. Anderson McQueen Family Tribute Centers

LECHOWICZ, Violet C. 87, of Tarpon Springs, died Jan. 23. Survived by several nieces & nephews. Dobies F.H., Congress. DobiesFuneralHome.com

LEECH, Jean A. 84, of Palm Harbor, passed Jan. 23, 2012. Mrs. Leech is survived by her loving family. Send condolences at www.rlwilliams.com R. Lee Williams & Son 527-1177

MAHAN, Edward 60, of Ocala, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.

MARTIN, Walter W. 86, of Spring Hill, passed away Jan. 17th, 2012 at HPH Hospice Care Center in Brooksville. Born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, he came to the area in 1995 coming from Evanston, IL. Mr. Martin retired from the Newspaper Media Industry after many years. Walter was of the Catholic Faith. Walter was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Am-Vets, and a member of the 106th infantry. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was an EX-P.O.W. He was member of the Baseball and National Football Writers Association. He is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite R. Martin; son, Chris G. Martin; daughter, Laurie M. Wilson; brother, George Martin; 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson. "HE WAS A PROUD AMERICAN FOR FRIENDS AND COUNTRY" The Family has requested donations may be made to: American Ex-POW's Flordia State Chapter # 1 1120 Daleside Lane New Port Richey, FL 34655

MAYBROOK, William of Tampa, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, at home with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Sam (Sharon) Maybrook; loving father of Andrew of Washington, DC, and Jonathan (Emelie) of Las Vegas, NV, proud PapaBill of Coby and Dawson; dear brother of Ruth Potasky and caring uncle of Joni Potasky of Phoenix, AZ; devoted son of the late Harry and Babe; wonderful step father of Kristin (Paul) Scalpelli of Plainfield, IL, Michelle (Evan) Kaufman of Tampa, and proud step PapaBill to Samantha, Matthew and Michael; caring brother-in-law of Diana (Dr. Art) Costin and son-in-law of Lois Ashworth all of Bellefontaine, OH. And Bill was a cherished friend to many. Bill had a heart of gold and was known for his kindness, compassion, style, sweet smile, and dry sense of humor. He was a wonderful husband, father and stepdad who inspired those around him as a mensch through his caring and unconditional love. Born Aug. 6, 1933, in Chicago, Bill graduated from U of Illinois and was a member of the ZBT fraternity, maintaining close friendship with his fraternity brothers throughout his life. He served in the U.S. Navy before starting a family and career in Chicago. Bill was highly respected in the home building profession for his dedication to quality and innovation as sales and marketing manager for Lexington Homes and Concord Homes. He was past president of the Greater Chicago Homebuilders Association and recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He and Sam retired to Florida in 1998, where they met many new friends. He devoted time and care to the Cafe of Life food bank in Bonita Springs and to The Literary Council of Collier County. He loved fishing, boating, playing golf and keeping up on current events. Guests at Bill and Sam's dinner parties learned to make their own drinks, as Bill was a master of the art of conversation and would forget his bartender duties. He loved everyone he met and was truly interested in their lives. He also inspired those around him with his dignity and courage. Even when facing debilitating ALS, he never complained and always stressed the "need to look forward and live life" and proved it by taking classes at local colleges to the very end. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to the ALS Association (www.alsa.org) or Café of Life (www.cafeoflife.org). A special thank you to nurses Macaulay, Carla, and Nancy of Life Path Hospice, and to Reiko Chamberlin and Amanda Tyler for their compassionate care. On Thursday, Jan. 26, 12 noon, a memorial service will be held at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa 33602, and the family will receive friends at a reception following the service until 2 pm. Condolences may be expressed online at www.segalfuneralhome.com.

MELRATH, Ruth R. 77, passed away Jan. 22. Survived by husband Harry; children, Ernie, Cindy, Debra; 14 grand & 4 greats. She was a 3 year, Breast Cancer Survivor. Downing F.H. 352-684-5334

MITCHELL, Kenneth 55, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at home. There are no known survivors. ALife Tribute-Gulfport

NAGY, Carol May 67, Palm Harbor, passed away Jan. 19, 2012. Survivors include husband, Michael; son, Michael, Jr. (Angi); and 3 grandchildren. Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

NELSON, Martha J. 88, of Palm Harbor, passed away Thursday Jan. 19, 2012. Martha is survived by her loving family. Please visit sylvanabbey.com for extended obituary and guestbook.

NEWMAN, James Norman 77, of Riverview passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. He was born on April 30, 1934 in Boerne, TX to the late Lemuel and Mamie. James was predeceased by his son, James Edward Norman. Survivors i nclude his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Sible; sons, Roy Rose and his wife, Linda, Jesse Lemuel Newman and his wife, Theresa, and John Wesley Newman and his wife, Angela; daughters, Cyndi Helton and her husband, Kenneth and Felina Stanley and her husband, Allen; sister, Lorraine Hubble; 18 grand-children and 3 great-grand-children. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 7-9 pm. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 am both at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon. James will be deeply missed.

PATTEN, Pauline A. 89, passed Jan. 22. Survived by sisters, Marie Eagan, Jeanne Richard and many nieces and nephews. Service at later date in Ma. Brewer & Sons 352-688-4991

PHELPS, Brian M. 54, of Tampa, passed away Jan. 21, 2012. He was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Washington, D.C. He is preceded in death by his father, Mitchell Lee Phelps and survived by his wife, Mary Kay Phelps; children, Megan M. Phelps, Abigail M. Phelps and Brian E. Phelps; mother, Kathleen A. Phelps; brothers, Craig L. Phelps, Erin J. Phelps and Keith McCarthy Phelps; sister, Mary Michelle Gleason; and numerous nieces and nephews. He had tremendous faith and infinite love for all. He was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife and children vacationing, golfing, attending school activities and athletic events. Brian was always fond of dining out with friends and family. All were welcomed at the Phelps home, where he enjoyed hosting gatherings as well as cooking for others. Brian will be forever remembered as a benevolent man. A memorial service will take place at 7 pm on Saturday, at Florida Mortuary Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made at Chase Bank - Debra Pickering; fund in trust for Megan M. Phelps, Abigail M. Phelps, and Brian E. Phelps to benefit Brian's children. Donations may also be made to The American Cancer Society 2012 Relay for Life of Florida State University via his daughters fundraising website. Go to: www.relay for life.org/fsufl Under "donate" click on "support a participant." Type in Abby Phelps Words of comfort may be expressed at floridamortuary.com Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

POWELL, Vicky Shirelle of Seffner passed Jan. 20, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at 11 am at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 2101 N. Lowe St.. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Born Oct. 26, 1961 to the late Tom Powell and Delodis Williams, Miss "Vicky" was a native of Tampa and a resident for 50 years. She leaves to cherish her memory: sisters, Leola Shellman, Essie Coleman and Catherine Soarrey; and a host of other grieving relatives, truly devoted friends, and caregivers. The remains will repose from 9-11 am at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to Ray Williams Funeral Home, Rhodes & Northern, Owners, 301 N. Howard Ave. www.raywilliamsfuneralhome.com

POWERS, Emery Clayton Sr., passed away peacefully Jan. 23, 2012. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elsie; their three children, Clayton Powers (Denise), Lorraine Skelton (Bruce) and Linda Lewkowicz (Joe); grandchildren, Barry Powers (Malia), Jill Boria (Mike) and Emeri Lewkowicz; a great-grandson, Trip Boria; two sisters, Doris Killian and Mary Martina (John); a sister-in-law, Carol Carey and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Emmett Powers and two sisters, Avis Burnside and Desta Rozelle. Emery was born in Laurel, MD and grew up in Richmond, VA. He was a retired car dealer who made lasting friends. Emery and Elsie loved to travel, especially to places involving playing golf. He was always trying to perfect his left hand swing. He was a family man who loved driving North Carolina to enjoy the weather and scenery. Emery was a member of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club and the Tampa Bay Antique Vehicle Association. The family will receive friends at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, Friday Jan. 27, 2012 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by a Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations In Memory of Emery Powers to The College of the Ozarks (417) 334-6411 or The Shriners Hospitals for Children (800) 241-4438. Words of comfort can be expressed at gardenofmemoriestampa.com

PRESTON, Joan C. 75, widow of the late Leonard "Gene" Preston passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 in Charleston, SC. She is survived by her two children and son-in-law, Michael Preston, Tonya Clayton and her husband Donny, her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 1 pm. She will be greatly missed by all her knew her.

RAFFERTY, Robert R. 82, of Sun City Center, passed away Jan. 21, 2012 at home with his family. He was survived by his loving wife, Loys Reynolds Rafferty; 5 children, Ronald, Michael, Dorothy DesBrisay, Timothy and Robin Ariola, 8 grand- children and 2 great-grand- children. He was a career military officer retiring as a Lt. Col. who served at several overseas locations, 2 tours in VietNam, and with NATO. He was a professional author who published 9 non-fiction books, 2 children's screen plays and was also a well known comedy writer for cartoonists. Memorial services will be in a family gathering in Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to LifePath Hospice 12973 N. Telecom Parkway, Ste. 100, Temple Terrace FL 33637 www.lifepath-hospice.org. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr. Sun City Center

ROBERTSON, Martha "Karen" of Clearwater was pronounced dead Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Morton Plant Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Harrisburg, AR April 15, 1950, and moved to South Bend, IN where she graduated from Riley High School in 1968, later moving to Florida where she attended The Brewster Adult Technical School of Tampa, earning her Degree in 1979. She was later employed by Park, Ossian, Barnaky & Park, P.A. for 22 years. Karen was an active member of the Abundant Life Ministries serving the Lord faithfully donating her time joyfully as an End-time Handmaiden delivering hope to many in Haiti. She also brought a message of hope to many persons in jails and Prisons over 18 years, a ministry she loved above all else. Karen also served the Lord at Calvary Ministry, Largo Road Prison and working with young offenders at the Juvenile Detention Center. Karen always carried a song in her heart of praise and served singing in the choir at the Abundant Life Ministries. She is survived by her brother Richard Hammons; sister Marsha Gootee; daughter Tangi Chialastri; son Lonny Wilson; grandchildren Ian Hammons, Anthony and Carisa Chialastri, Brent Wilson and Alexandra James; great-grandchildren, Anessa and Jadon Hammons. She was preceded in death by her mother Johnnie Parker; father Lester Hammons and sister Faye Bakke. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Abundant Life Ministries 1550 Belcher Rd. South, Largo, FL 33771, followed by services at 3 pm with Pastor Anthony McDaniel officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Abundant Life Ministries.

ROMANOFF, John G. Jr. 68, of Norwell, MA and St. Petersburg, passed away on Jan. 20, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at Bayfront Medical Center. John graduated from the University of Rhode Island and worked as a Systems Analyst for IBM in Vermont. He was Town Selectman in Jericho, Vermont and active in community service for many years. He loved spending time with family and friends, enjoyed gardening, animals and international travel. John is survived by his devoted partner, John "Jack" MacInnis. He was the proud father of Tania Romanoff of Indonesia, Martina Connelly of Massachusetts, Nicola Wentworth of North Carolina, Maria Rand of Massachusetts and Mikhail Romanoff of Vermont; and loving grand-father of seven. Visiting hours will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home at 809 Main St., South Weymouth, MA on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4-8 pm. A memorial service will be held at the Union Mission Chapel, 315 Old Oaken Bucket Road, Scituate, MA on Friday, Jan. 27th at 11 am. His family would like to thank his wonderful health care providers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

RUBY, Vivian I. 73, of Spring Hill, died Jan. 20, 2012. Survived by children, Danny, Conrad & Suzanna; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; 4 sisters, 4 brothers.

RYBAK, Joseph F. 70, Citrus Springs, died Jan. 22, 2012 at his residence. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.

SCOLARO, Clementina T. 91, a lifelong resident of Tampa, passed away Jan. 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents Francesco and Giustina Traina; husband Sam Scolaro; siblings Josephine Scaglione, Tony and Sam Traina, Nina Valdes, and nephew Frank Traina. She is survived by her nephews and nieces, Jimmy (Frances) Scaglione, Frank Scaglione, Pete (Susan) Scaglione, Tom (Joyce) Traina, Sam (Lorraine) Traina, Marianne (John) Deal, and Margaret (Bill) Fuente; also numerous great-nephews and great-nieces. A graveside service will be held on Thursday morning, Jan. 26, at 11:30 am at L'Unione Italiana Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Hospice of your choice. Please send online condolences to www.jgrfuneralhome.com.

SCOTT, Vista M. 76, departed this life on Monday morning Jan. 23, 2012 at Suncoast Hospice House Bayfront after a brief illness. She was born on April 22, 1935, in Pontiac, MI to the late Marvin Jackson and Flora Churchwell Jackson. Preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Scott. She was employed at Clinton Valley Center for 12 years and General Motors for 15 years until retiring to St. Petersburg in 1994. She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Pontiac, MI. She leaves to cherish her memories, daughters, Robin Daniel (Barnes), Terry Scott, Brook Scott and Pipier Bewlay (John); brothers, Roger Jackson, Norris Jackson and Marvin Jackson Jr.; grand-children Taylor Boykins and Courtney Perdue; and a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives and loving friends. Memorial Service Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at 11 am at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, 727-894-2266. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate in memory of Vista Scott, to Suncoast Hospice Foundation at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33760. 727-523-2441. Share condolences www.smithfhinc.com

SHEETS, Dorotha 97, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 19, 2012. She was a school teacher. There are no known survivors. Coastal Cremations 727-645-6975

SPARKS, David C. 94, of Spring Hill, died Jan. 23. Survived by wife, Martha; son, David; stepchildren, Carl & Fatima; 13 grands; 25 great-grands; & 12 great-great-grands. Dobies FH Hudson

STANFORD, Patty Anne 50, of St. Petersburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Survived by her sons Gary and Frankie VanOrden; daughter, Alicia Stanford and a lot of loving family. ALife Gulfport

STRIBLE, Thelma 80, of Pinellas Park, died on Jan. 18. Services from Oakhurst United Methodist, 13400 Park Blvd., on Jan. 28, at 11:30 am. Full details at www.veteransfuneralcare.com

STUDEBAKER, Marion J. 89, of Zephyrhills, died Jan. 20, 2012. Survived by wife, Kathleen; 7 children, Megan, David, Billy, John, Betsy, Kathy, Ruthie, family & friends. Neptune Society

SZALAI, Irene 91, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 24, 2012. Survived by children, Joseph, Ernest & Deborah Szalai; one brother; five grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home 849-9964

SZUROVY, Edward 93, Hernando Beach, passed Jan. 23, 2012. Survived by son, Edward; daughter, Kristina Moore (John). Services Jan. 30, 11 am-1 pm at Downing F.H. 352-684-5334

THOMAS, William L. 60, formerly of Worcester, MA, died Jan. 21, 2012. Survived by wife, Joan Tessier-Thomas; 2 sons, 3 daughters, and 8 grands. www.nationalcremation.com

THOMPSON, Bobby Julian 81, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 23. Survived by wife, Frances; sons, Robert & Randell; siblings, Jean & Phillip; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Dobies F.H., Tarpon Chapel. Graveside services will be held 1:30 pm Friday, Jan. 27, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gulfside Hospice.

TORRES, Victor R. 51, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 15, 2012. Survived by a brother, David (Michelle); 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 1 great-nephew. Coastal Cremations 727-645-6975

WATERHOUSE, Betty Lee 86, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 21, 2012. Survived by grandson, Russell L. Schroeder of Wilton Manors, FL. www.nationalcremations.com

WEAR, Evelyn Mae 92, widow of the late Robert Porter Wear of Clearwater, died Jan. 19, 2012. Survived by her son, Luke Floyd (Patsy) Richmond, VA; 4 daughters, MaryAnn Clark (Co) Camden, SC, Betty Jennings (Bob) Parker, CO, Carol Cohen (Stu) Roswell, GA and Sharon Jarnagin (Tim) New Market, TN; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clearwater for 60 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to UT Hospice of Morristown, 1135 W. 3rd N. St., Suite B, Morristown, TN 37814.

WILLIS, Richard Lane 71, of Clearwater, died Jan. 24, 2012. Survived b wife, Patricia; 3 children, Robert, Rachel and Shannon; sister, Priscilla Peters; family and friends. Neptune Society.

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