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BAILEY, Major Thomas (Ramu) 68, of CA, passed away on June 20, 2012. Survivors, sons, Rashomon & Kari; 2 daughters, Dadisi and Maia of CA; 8 brothers, William (Mary), Bernard, Oliver, James, Bobby (Tangela),Louis (Sheila), Milton and John; sisters, Loretta (Marvin), Margaret and Sharon; and other relatives and friends. Memorial service, 1 pm, Sat., June 30, 2012 at Mt. Zion Progressive M.B. Church

BALES, Claud Jr. 93, of Tampa, passed away June 23, 2012. He was born in Lanette, AL, in 1918. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara. He is survived by his three children, Peggy (William), Claud (Vickie), Patricia (Kenneth); five grandchildren; many great-grand-children; special grand-daughter, his dog, Alaska. Claud was loved and will be dearly missed. Words of comfort may be expressed at Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

BENDER, Vermell A. 88, New Port Richey, died June 23. Survivors children, Michael & Penny; sister Rae; 2 grands; 2 great; 1 great-great. Service Thursday 12 noon. Michels & Lundquist, 5228 Trouble Creek Rd.

BRENDLE, Earl Nevin 86, of Sarasota, was born in Phillipsburg, NJ on March 23, 1926, the son of Paul Nevin and Caroline Ann Brendle. He died June 22, 2012 in Sarasota. He had active service of 21 years in the U.S. Navy and Army Air Force. Earl also served in Air Force Reserve. He was predeceased by brothers, Paul and Dale. He is survived by brothers, Russell and Keith; and sister, Betty-Jane Dotzour. Viewing and service at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 - 9th St. N, St. Petersburg, Saturday, June 30, at 12 Noon.

BRONSON, Pamela Leah 34, of Brandon, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012. She was born in Reading, PA to Robert D. Pritchard and Celeste Colson. She was a loving wife and mother, who enjoyed working alongside her father at his car business in Tampa for many years. Pamela was preceded in death by her mother and father. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Bronson, daughters, Angel, Heavyn, Adrieanna and Pamela as well as an extended family in Pennsylvania. Visitation will be held at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 10 am-12 noon with funeral services to follow immediately at 12 noon. Pamela will be deeply missed and forever remembered by her family and friends.

BURNS, Diane Elizabeth Peterson 68, of St. Petersburg passed away unexpectedly of complications resulting from clostridium difficile at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA, June 20. She was surrounded by her five children at the time of her death. Diane was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Boston, MA, to Gordon and Virginia (Doucet) Peterson. A graduate of Wantagh High School, NY, she completed her LPN nursing education at Catherine Labouré College of Nursing in May 1964. Diane married Frank Burns the following August, and the two began their new life in St. Petersburg. Diane was a faithful member of St. Paul Catholic Church and school for 47 years, sang alto in the church choir for 37 years, and was part of the Columbiette sisterhood. She was a compassionate nurse for 20 years and a dedicated teacher's assistant to students with developmental disabilities for the past 16 years at Meadowlawn Middle School. She went above and beyond not only in her professional life, but also her personal life. Diane was a loving, devoted, and generous daughter, sister, wife, mommy, nana, and friend. She had a genuine love for life and shared it with the many lives she touched, a true example of unconditional love and strength. Words fail to express the loss her family and friends have experienced with her sudden passing. She is survived by her five eclectic children, Kathy, Michael, Isabelle, Patrick, and Mary; brothers, Gordon and Chris; sister-in-law Diana; son-in-law, Don Raymond; cousin, Carol Berry; several nieces and nephews, her grandchildren Kalleen and Janelle, and other family members. A memorial service was held June 23 at the Doane Beal & Ames funeral home in Hyannis, MA. A funeral mass will be held at 1 pm Saturday, July 14, at St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in her memory to: Special Olympics Florida, Inc 1915 Don Wickham Dr Clermont, FL 34711 Pinellas County Humane Society 3040 State Road 590 Clearwater, FL 33759

CLARKE, Frank Thomas following a lengthy illness, Frank passed away peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus, Ontario on June 23, 2012 in his 84th year. Frank will be forever missed by his wife, Margaret of Fergus, Ontario. Fondly remembered by his children Bob (Nancy), Janis (Book), Jean (Joe) and Barb (Don); and his stepchildren, Derek (Sharon) and Linda (Steve). Proud grandpa of 12 grandchildren; and 4 great-grand-children. Frank is survived by his brother, Lyle and his first wife Lucy. Predeceased by his stepson Kenneth. The family has chosen to have a private family service. Arrangements entrusted to Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home in Fergus, Ontario.

CLARKIN, Jacqueline "Jackie", 85, of Spring Hill, died June 26, 2012. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Turner FH 352-796-9661

CORRADO, Giovanni "John" 87, of Spring Hill, passed away peacefully at home, on Friday June 22, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Montemarano, Italy, then moved to Brooklyn, NY with his wife Nancy, who predeceased him on March 29, 1991. In Italy, he was a Brigadier in the Italian Army. He moved to Spring Hill in 1977. He owned and operated the Italian Deli in Brooksville. Survivors include his two beloved daughters, Maria Pienkos, and husband Bruce of Spring Hill, RoseAnn Hammock and husband Sam of Oldsmar; five cherished grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Nichole, and LCPL Thomas Adams, USMC and Samuel Giovanni Hammock. Visitation will be on June 28th, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at 280 Mariner Blvd. Funeral Mass June 29th at St. Frances Cabrini at 11 am. See full obit at

D'ALESIO, Joseph 88, a Navy vet having served in WWII, died June 25, 2012. Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Florence. Joe will be forever missed. NCS - Clearwater

DECOEUR, Emile A. 72, of Tampa, passed away June 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Larry of Tampa, Paul of California, Allen, David and Robert of Florida; daughters, LeAnn of New Mexico, Annette of Tampa and Cindy of Georgia; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; nephews, Robert and Marc a nd niece Cheryl all of Florida. A memorial service will be 1 pm Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the funeral home, 1602 W. Waters Ave, with visitation for family and friends one hour prior to service time. Swilley Funeral Home 813-932-6157

DEMERS, Edmond "Uncle Bucko" died June 18, 2012. Survived by 2 siblings and lots of nieces and nephews. Services July 8th at 12:30 pm at Wyoming Antelope Club.

DeWALD, Alma Erwin 91, of Tampa, died on June 22, 2012. She was born in Ocilla, GA. on May 22, 1921, and grew up in Tampa. She was the daughter of Daniel Tucker Erwin and Clara Belle Mann Erwin. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Reverend Allen G. DeWald, Sr.; sons, Allen G. DeWald Jr. and David E. DeWald; brother, Jackson M. Erwin; and sisters, Margaret E. Miller, Clara Erwin, Marion E. Tuggle, Carolyn E. Anderson, Elizabeth E. Burnside, and Martha E. Dickson. She is survived by her daughters-in- law, Elaine DeWald and Jean DeWald Brock; grandsons, Scott K. DeWald, Dion E. DeWald, Kris D. DeWald, David E. DeWald Jr.; grand-daughters, Danielle K. DeWald and Debra K. DeWald; two great-grandaughters, four great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. A memorial service will be held in the University Village Auditorium on Friday, June 29th at 2 pm.

ELGIN, Anthony 77, died Saturday, June 23, 2012. Memorial Service 12:30 pm, Friday, June 29, Florida National Cemetery. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville 352-796-6699.

FRANCIOSE, Ethel 96, of St. Petersburg, passed away June 25, 2012. She was a former resident of Westminster Shores. Ethel is survived by her sons, Ronald (Patti) and Robert (Marcia); 4 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Sam in 1994. Visitation will be Saturday, June 30 from 10:30 am until the time of service at 11 am. Burial will follow at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice.

GENTER, Camille J. 74, of Zephyrhills, passed away June 25, 2012. She is survived by her loving family. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home 813-237-3345

GOLDSMITH, Gene E. U.S. Army Korean War Veteran died June 22, 2012. Visit to sign the guestbook and funeral information.Veterans Funeral Care 727-524-9202

GOODWIN, Albert 76, Beverly Hills, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at his residence. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.

GULDE, Carl 54, of Lutz, died June 22. Survived by siblings, Bruce, Toni, Sheri, Susie and Sallee and companion, Peggy. Dobies FH-7 Springs

HARDING, Betty Durstock 91, of Largo, died Sunday, June 24, 2012. She is survived by a loving family. Reese Funeral Home 727-391-9954

HAYDEN, Jane Beatrice 60, of St. Petersburg, died Friday, June 22, 2012. She is survived by her children, Skip and Valerie; grandchildren, Aiden and Anna. Anderson McQueen

HERNANDEZ, Julio 68, of Dade City, passed June 22, 2012. Funeral services 5 pm June 28, 2012 at the 5th Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Visitation 3-5pm Thursday prior to service time.

INMAN, Eddie D. 62, of Nobleton, died June 25, 2012. Survived by wife, Melody; 5 children; 2 brothers; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Faupel FH 727-849-9964.

JAMES, Mary Frances 87, died June 19, 2012 Wake June 29, 2012 from 6-8 pm. Funeral June 30, 2012 at 11 am, both at St. John M.B. Church

KALOB, Helen V. 92, of Spring Hill, died June 24, 2012. She is survived by her children: John Adamczewski, Dennis Kalob & Diane Cox and other loving family. Merritt FH, Spring Hill

KLIMOVICH, John T. 54, of New Port Richey, died June 25, 2012. John was born in Staten Island, NY and moved to Florida in 1988. He was a letter carrier for the United States Post Office for 28 years. John enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises. He also enjoyed bowling and golf. He was a friend to many and always had a smile to brighten your day. John leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Michelle (Veccia) Klimovich; and his son, Michael Klimovich. Also surviving are his mother, Margaret Klimovich; brother, Nicholas Klimovich, both of Florida; and sister, Maureen (Klimovich) Cates of South Carolina; nieces and 4 nephews. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Trinity Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5-6 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the funeral home. A memorial service will follow, beginning at 6 pm in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the American Cancer Society or HPH Hospice Foundation, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667.

KOHL, Jacob D. "Dan" 82, CAPT. U.S. Navy (Ret) of Palm Harbor, passed peacefully on June 25, 2012. Born in Willoughby, OH, and a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Dan proudly served 31 years as a decorated officer in the U.S. Navy. An honors graduate of the Naval War College, Dan also studied at The Wharton School, Stanford, Harvard, and George Washington Universities. Dan is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jean (nee Applegate) and is survived by his daughter, Patti Koehler (George) and son, Kurt (Cathy) four loving gran-children, his dear companion, Jean Omero and innumerable friends around the world. A Highland Lakes resident since 1991, Dan was an avid golfer and bowler, as well as an active member of the community including the Highland Lakes Little Theater. Dan will be missed by all. Services at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to The Wounded Warrior Project or the USO in Dan's name. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Chapel, 727-942-0515

LEAVENS, Robert H. 76, of Tampa passed away June 24, 2012. He leaves his loving family to cherish his memory. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home 813-237-3345

MESSIER, Robert F. 91, of New Port Richey, died June 23, 2012, WWII Air Force. Survived by wife Virginia; daughter Jo Ann Bellone; son Donald; 5 grands; 4 greats. NCS - Hudson

MINISTERL, Mary Ann "Brafford", died June 21, 2012 in Tampa. She was born Aug. 18, 1947 in Shelbyville, IN to Jack and Betty Brafford. She grew up in Bloomington, IN, graduated from Westport High School in Louisville and attended Indiana University. She was a member of Civil Air Patrol for 45 years. She took her pilot's training with CAP and participated in search and rescue missions in Virginia after Hurricane Camille. She spent 22 years as an Air Force wife. She consistently won recognition and awards for service to the American Red Cross as Chairman of Volunteers at the MacDill Station, and later to the Family Support Center at MacDill Air Force Base. She is survived by her husband of 41 years James R. Minsterl, Tampa; mother, Betty S. Brafford; sister, Dorothy Shaw-McIntyre (Mel) of Louisville; nieces, Kimberly Shaw Peters (Kyle) of Tucson AZ, and Cynthia Shaw of Louisville. Memorial service will be held at Middletown United Methodist Church 11 am Friday, June 29. Visitation will be at the church from 10 am until time of service. Interment will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. A Memorial service will be held in Tampa at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Great Pyrenees Club, Metropolitan Ministries, Inc. or Disabled American Veterans. Gonzalez Funeral Home,

MOORE, Mary A. of Tampa passed away June 21, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Panama City but raised in Clearwater and graduated from the former Pinellas High School's class of 1966. She was a member of Bible Based Fellowship Church, Tampa. She was employed at St. Joseph's Hospital as a unit secretary and she was also employed at Young's Funeral Home. Memories will be cherished by her son, Dionte' L.; daughter, Valerie L.; grandchildren, Jasmine, Reginald, Isis, Zaki; one great-grandchild, Ammirah; sisters, Bettye McGlockton (Rev. Samuel Earl Sr.), Roberta Williams and Cora Dixon; brother, Joseph Williams (Mattie); sisters-in- law, Ollie M. and Alfonzer L. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends. Funeral services 11 am, Saturday June 30, 2012 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. Clearwater. Visitation will be held at Young's Funeral Home on Friday, June 29, 2012 from 6-8 pm.

MORRIS, Sydne R. 81, a South Tampa native passed away June 24, 2012. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Faith; daughters, Sydnee Kathy Voigt (Bernd), Rhonda Bethune (Mike), Renee Ingram (David); grandchildren, Shannon, Heather, Jack and Shelley; and 8 great-grandchildren. Syd was born in Tampa, graduated from Plant High School, and started a career in theatre. Interrupted by a tour in the Navy during the Korean conflict, serving on the USS WASP, he returned to work in theatre, movie production and commercials. He attended the University of Tampa and returned there teaching scenery construction, stage skills and techniques in the production of plays at the Falk Theatre. Syd was in charge of all stage production work at Curtis Hixon Center and McKay Auditorium and was Production Manager for the Florida Orchestra for many years. He worked on numerous movie sets including one with Elvis Presley. While working on a news crew with NBC, he chased hurricanes. He enjoyed filming the Sebring Race and racing back to Tampa in his Corvette to make the late news. He was a consultant on the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the new Tampa Convention Center, working there several years. Syd volunteered for over 15 years with Meals on Wheels, on the board, delivering meals and as route coordinator. He volunteered for years as sound and lighting engineer at his church. The family will receive visitors at 10 am Thursday, June 28, 2012 at New Beginnings Christian Church, 4100 S. Manhattan Ave. with funeral services at 11 am. Interment to follow at Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Melech Hospice House, 11125 52nd St. N, Temple Terrace 33617. Blount & Curry MacDill Avenue Chapel 813-876-2421 in charge of arrangements.

MUNRO, Sidney A. Sr. 87, of Ruskin, passed away June 22, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and retired from Pratt-Whitney Aircraft after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Ruskin United Methodist Church and the Ruskin United Methodist Church Men's Club and Ruskin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 6287. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Noreen Munro. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marianna; a daughter, Diane Esdon; a son and daughter-in- law, Sidney and Cathy Munro, Jr.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nine sisters and two brothers. Memorial services will be 11 am Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Ruskin United Methodist Church, 105 4th Avenue, NW, Ruskin, with Pastor Richard Nussel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ruskin United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, 813-634-9900

NIEDERMEYER, Carol 74, of Oldsmar, passed June 24, 2012. Carol is survived by sons, Joe & Leon; 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Holloway Funeral Home Inc. Oldsmar 813-855-2439

PEPIN-DONAT, Ron Aug. 23, 1936 - June 21, 2012 Husband Dad Grandpa Brother Writer Thank You All for a Great Life.

PHILLIPS, Collins "Phil" 65, of Seffner, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012. An Air Force veteran, he is survived by his loving family and many friends. Affinity Cremation

PHILLIPS, Richard Herbert 74, of Riverview passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Born in Greenfield, MA. Mr. Phillips had been a local resident since 1979. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and was a member of the American Legion Post #148 and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed watching TV. Survivors include his loving wife of 14 years, Dorothy; daughter, Cynthia Lee Phillips; and his granddaughter, Alyssa. A memorial serve will be held at The American Legion Post #148, 7240 U.S. Highway 301, Riverview, FL. 33569 on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 1 pm. Interment will be at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to The American Legion Post #148, P.O. Box 507, Riverview, FL. 33568 or to The Florida Society of Clinical Oncology, 10022 Water Works Lane, Riverview, FL 33578. Condolences may be offered at

PILCHER, Jeanette 79, of Clearwater, died June 26, 2012. Survived by a loving family. Funeral Services will be June 28, 2012 at 2 pm at Moss Feaster, Largo, 727-562-2080.

PRESSLEY, Lorrie Ann 45, passed June 24, 2012. Survived by husband Melvin; daughter Randi Dotter; father George Reese; mother Sandy Balestrieri; 1 grandchild.

REIFF, Everett H. "Poppy" 100, of St. Petersburg and Dunnellon, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012. Survived by loving family and friends. Details at:

RITCHIE, Peter 74, of Brooksville, died June 22, 2012. Memorial Gathering Friday, 5-6:30 pm, Brooksville Chapel with a Prayer Service to follow. Brewer & Sons 352-796-4991

ROHWER, Margaret 96 of Sun City Center, passed away June 24, 2012. There will be no services. Burial will be Acacia Cemetery, Chicago, IL. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.

ROOS, Christine C. 79, of Tampa passed away June 25, 2012 . She was born in Gordon, AL and moved to Tampa in 1956 from Auburndale. Predeceased by her husband, Ted Roos and grandson Chris Chabator. She was a member of New Beginnings Christian Church of Tampa. She was a volunteer at Life's Treasure Hospice thrift store and Meals on Wheels. Survived by her son, Doug Roos (Cyndi Davis) of Tallahassee; daughters, Pinki Goolsby of Sarasota and Tina Chabator (George) of Odessa; 4 grandchildren, Shane Keinz, Matt Holt, Josh Chabator, Nick Chabator. Visitation Friday, June 29, 2012, 5-7 pm. Service Saturday, June 30,2012, 10 am at 3328 S. Dale Mabry Highway and will be laid to rest at the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Flowers or donations to Hospice will be accepted. Online conolences can be made at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home South Tampa, 813-835-4991

ROUNTREE, Gertrude 87, died June 20, 2012. Wake June 29, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Milton Funeral Home. Services June 30, 2012, 2 pm at St. John M.B. Church

SCHLANGER, Dinah Gold 78, of Belleair Beach, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012. Dinah is survived by 3 children, 1 grandson. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo 727-517-2340

SELLINGER, John L. 87, Palm Harbor, passed June 25, 2012 at Brookside Hospice of Palm Harbor. He leaves behind his son, Lawrence and other extended family. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home

SHAW, Richard Lamar of St. Petersburg, age 41, "The Greatest Dad in the World", was murdered saving his son's life, June 19, 2012, during a home invasion. Rick is survived by his mom and dad, Kenneth and Patricia Shaw; his sons, Trevor Birt and Alex Shaw; his brothers, Wayne and Kenny Shaw; and his only niece and nephew, Katie and Patrick Shaw. Rick lived in St. Petersburg for over 20 years, graduating from Northeast High School in 1988. He loved the Florida Gators, the beach, working out, his family, and countless friends. Rick worked hard and would do anything for anyone. We the family find great comfort in knowing that Rick is with his beloved wife, Tory, who died one week prior from complications of cancer. Rick showed unwavering strength during Torys illness and never failed her. We loved them both and will miss them forever. The family would like to recognize Ricks employer, Dave Jerek of Absolutely Amazing Refinishing for his incredible kindness shown to Rick during Torys illness.

SIGNORINI, Tony 91, of Clearwater, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2012. Born Oct. 4, 1920, in Monongahela, PA, Tony married his high-school sweetheart, Elsie Scott, on June 29, 1942. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a flight engineer on B17, B24 and B29 bombers. At the end of the war, Tony & Elsie came to Clearwater on a two-week vacation and never returned north. Tony and Elsie immediately became integral parts of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater. Tony was awarded the inaugural St. Jude the Apostle Award, a diocesan acknowledgement of significant longtime service in the parish. From their arrival in 1945 on, Tony and Elsie were committed to serving the church in any way they could. Both were admired by many as models of faith and love both of God and each other. Tony was famous for being "The Clearwater Monster," a hoax that made national news during the late 40's and 50's and remained unsolved for decades. A set of large three-toed cast iron feet with sneakers bolted to the top were used to make what a famous cryptozoologist termed "giant penguin tracks" along local beaches. He and others declared the tracks "impossible to be a hoax." Tony worked at Auto Electric for 50 years as mechanic, service manager, partner and owner. Tony's hobbies included volunteering at Morton Plant Hospital (pushing the Pink Cart around the floors, always with a smile). His overriding love was always his high-school sweetheart, Elsie. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; brother, Dino; and sisters, Olga and Nina. He is survived by brother, Bill Signorini; sons, Bill (& Linda) Signorini; Scott (& Sarah) Signorini; Jeff (& Roxanne) Signorini; and daughter, Terry (& David) Premru; six grandkids and five great-grandkids. Wake services are Wednesday, June 27, 6-8 pm at St. Cecelia Church. Funeral Mass on Thursday, June 28 at 11 am. Tony will be missed greatly; men like him are few indeed.

SNEAD, Charles D. "Chuck" 78, of Tampa passed away June 21, 2012. He is survived by his loving family. A memorial service will take place at 2 pm Saturday, June 30 at Community of Christ, 17112 Livingston Ave., Lutz, FL 33559. Condolences may be expressed online at MacDonald Funeral Home Tampa, 813-933-4950

SOLTWISCH, Mary 77, of New Port Richey, died June 25, 2012. Survived by several friends. Dobies FH/Congress

SPEIR, Shirley Hudson 89, of Down Yonder Village in Largo, passed away, June 23, 2012. Born in Lynchburg, VA, Shirley worked as an army medical technician in WWII, and later as a teacher in Bedford, PA. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Reg Speir and is survived by her children, Reg Jr, Cheryl, and Lynn; as well as her 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grand-children. Services will be held in the Chapel of the Anona United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 27, at 1 pm. Donations may be made in her honor to The American Macular Degeneration Foundation at

STATHIS, Peter C. 58, Timber Pines, passed away June 24, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Theodore and Helen; siblings, Katherine (McAdoo), William, George, Alexander and Ariana (Tribble)

STEMMERMANN, Robert John of Sarasota and Largo, died June 21, 2012 of complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was 75 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Denyse Grennan Stemmermann; his sister, Joan Stemmermann of Sarasota; his daughter and her husband, Lynn and John Pfost of Tampa, and his daughter and her husband, Karen and Robert Larsen of Dunedin; grandchildren, Cara, Brianna, Luke and Carter Pfost and Ted, Melissa and Christopher Larsen also survive him. He was a faithful Roman Catholic, most recently a parishioner of St. Jude Catholic Church in Sarasota. Raised in Manhasset, NY, he graduated from Manhasset High School where he met his wife, Denny, and developed an affection for her that never ended. Mr. Stemmermann received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1958 where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon serving as its President. He served in the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. He worked for Merrill Lynch for 34 years retiring in 1996 as a Senior Resident Vice President. During his career he was a stockbroker in New York City for ten years after which he managed offices in Tampa and Lakeland, Poughkeepsie and Kingston, NY and Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. He served as arbitrator and Chairman of the Business Conduct Committee for the SE district for the NASD and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He served on numerous boards, actively supporting the communities in which he and Denyse lived, most notably as Trustee for Sarasota Memorial Hospital Foundation and as Trustee for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was an avid reader, enjoyed tennis, golf and travel and treasured time spent passing his love of these pursuits on to his seven grandchildren. Mr. Stemmerman remained a loyal, trusted friend to many throughout his lifetime and a respected mentor chosen for his integrity and intelligence. The courage and hope with which he faced his degenerative illness was an inspiration to all. Special thanks to the staff and residents of Cypress Palms of Largo, for their continued care and support. Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, June 30th, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 715 East Orange Street, Tarpon Springs. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to CURE PSP at give. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs

SURLS, William 74, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Survivors include sons, Robert and William Surls. Neptune Society

SYNSTAD, Wayne C. 74, of New Port Richey, passed away on June 22, 2012. Gathering of friends and family will commence at 4 pm on June 29th at North Meadowlawn Funeral Home and a service will be held starting at 5 pm. For information go to

TARAS, John 98, of Clearwater, passed away Sunday morning, June 24, 2012. He was born in Yonkers, NY, April 8, 1914, and also spent many years in Venice, after his retirement. John served proudly in the United States Navy. His distinguished career spanned 30 years. His deployments included duty on the USS Cincinnati and the USS Valley Forge while serving during WWII and Korean War. He was deeply loved by his family and his survivors include two sisters, Mary Boyce of Clearwater and Anne Fredericks of Roanoke, VA; nieces and nephews include, Cheryl Boyce and Jamie Boyce both from Clearwater, nephews, Douglas Boyce, Largo, William Tamraz, Yonkers, NY, and Jonathan Tamraz of Roanoke, VA. There are many great nieces and nephews, who will also greatly miss and fondly remember, Uncle John. Memorial arrangements have not been finalized. A marker will be placed at Bay Pines Cemetery and a separate Naval Ceremony with honors is being planned for his earthly cremains upon his burial at sea. International Funeral Home of Clearwater

TRUXAL, Anne T. 89, of Largo, formerly of Latrobe, PA, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Palm Gardens of Pinellas in Clearwater. She was born, January 27, 1923 in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Anastasia (Kalina) Tomashosky. She is survived by three children, William John Truxal and his wife Lisa of Largo, Joan Haase and her husband Ken of Youngstown, and Jill Clark and her husband David of Latrobe; eight grandchildren, William Truxal, Anna Truxal, Tara Barnhart (Harry Barbonus), Joshua Hays (Jamie), Heather Hays (Jacob Zeoli), Courtney Hays (Nick Levrio), Daniel Clark (Kerri), and Andrew Clark; seven great grandchildren, Lillian and Rocco Hays, Hayley and Reilly Barnhart, Zoey Zeoli, and Jenna and Kurt Baughman; a brother-in-law, David H. Truxal of Greensburg; numerous nieces and nephews and her special care giver, Sue Lewis and the staff of "Aging Wisely" for the compassionate and loving care given to Anne. Services and interment took place in Latrobe, PA. The Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc. in Latrobe was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to:

UPHAM, Richard H. Jr. "Rick" 41, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. He leaves behind two siblings, John and Sheila Upham; a nephew, Keith Cool and longtime girlfriend, Paula Vazquez. A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 2nd at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial Park Funeral Home. 727-527-1196

VANDENBURGH, Justin L. "DaJoker" 27, of St. Petersburg, was taken from us too soon on June 22, 2012. He was born on Jan. 21, 1985 and was a graduate of Pinellas Park High School. He is survived by his parents, Aime and Jennifer Waterman, Jr; his siblings, Allen, Steven, Amanda, Rebecca, Joshua, Faythe and Kim; his fiancee, Whitney; daughter, Lalaine and grandparents.

VELTEN, Charles 96, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012. A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, June 29th, 2 pm at Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, 15010 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. 352-796-1656

WILLIAMS, Elder Curley 72, passed June 21, 2012. Visitation Thursday 4-7 pm, Zion Hill Mortuary. Service Friday, 11 am at All Nations Church of God by Faith.

WYNN, Kathleen 67, of Clearwater, died June 25, 2012 at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo, 727-559-7793