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ALVAREZ, Argelia "Nena" 92, of Pinellas Park passed away on Nov. 10, 2012 in the company of her loving family. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Damm (Tom) and Stella Alea (Michael); and grandchildren, Julie Morrison, Natalie Poth, Darryl Youngblood, Erica Alves, Beth Bocaniegra; and 6 great-grand children. A Mass will be held at St. Catherine-Siena Catholic Church, Belcher 1955 S. Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL, on Monday Nov. 19, at 9 am.

BALLOU, Beverly 75, of Tampa, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Affinity Cremation 813-684-7500

BERRES, Clifford Roman 85, of Spring Hill, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Born in Milwaukee, WI on Feb. 8, 1927. Served our Country with the U.S. Navy in WWII. Graduated from Marquette University with Masters Degree in 1958. Cliff had a 36-year career as a chemist with SC Johnson, before retiring in 1989 and relocating to Spring Hill in 1993. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Frances; their children, Mark (Jeanne) Berres of Piedmont, CA; Sharon (Chris) Hansen of Racine, WI; and Gregg (Lorre) Berres of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Evan and Mathew Berres; other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 10 am in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St. Racine, WI 53406. Visitation at church 9-10 am. Memorials to American Heart Association or the charity of one's choice. Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, 4600 County Line Rd. Racine, WI 53403, 262-552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com

BERRES, Clifford Roman 85, of Spring Hill, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Born in Milwaukee, WI on Feb. 8, 1927. Served our Country with the U.S. Navy in WWII. Graduated from Marquette University with Masters Degree in 1958. Cliff had a 36-year career as a chemist with SC Johnson, before retiring in 1989 and relocating to Spring Hill in 1993. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Frances; their children, Mark (Jeanne) Berres of Piedmont, CA; Sharon (Chris) Hansen of Racine, WI; and Gregg (Lorre) Berres of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Evan and Mathew Berres; other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 10 am in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St. Racine, WI 53406. Visitation at church 9-10 am. Memorials to American Heart Association or the charity of one's choice. Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, 4600 County Line Rd. Racine, WI 53403, 262-552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com

BODINE, Arlene May 63, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, with her family by her side. Please visit alifetribute.com for an online guest book & full obituary.

BOYD, Ella M. 77, of Tampa, passed away on Nov. 10, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 2, 1935 in Grundy, VA, to the late Joseph and Clara (Keene) Carter. Ella was the wife of Newton Boyd with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Ella had a green thumb and would always be working in her garden. Along with her husband, Ella is survived by a son, Larry (Moira) Boyd; two daughters, Faye (Larry) Whitehurst, and Patty (Larry) Hatfield; and a large circle of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ella was preceded in death by a son, Newton Boyd Jr.; and a daughter, Brenda Kay Watson. Ella deeply loved her family and will be missed by all that know her. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park Funeral Home & Crematory 813-677-9494

BRONSON, Willie 69, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Funeral services Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 11 am at Allen Temple AME Church. Cason Funeral & Cremation Services, Brooksville 352 796-7033

BROWN, Cloratee C. of Clearwater, died Nov.12, 2012. Memories cherished by 2 children, Mary Frances Mack and William Brown; 2 grands; 6 great-grands; 1 brother and sister. Young's 727-442-2388.

BULL, Rubye Smith was born Aug. 3 1920, the second of 4 children born to Willie Arthur and Viola Moorehead Smith in Union, SC. She attended South Carolina State College earning a BS degree in Elementary Education in 1940 and a Master's degree from New York University. She taught in the NY Public Schools until she returned to Spartanburg South Carolina to marry Dr. JC Bull MD. She continued her teaching career in Spartanburg County Schools retiring in 1982. She was a distinguished teacher, caring, dedicated and committed to her students. Rubye moved to St. Petersburg in 1993. She became a member of McCabe United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, and continued her membership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and as an Alumnae member of the Links Incorporated, St. Petersburg Chapter. She leaves to celebrate her life and legacy three daughters, Dr. Jonca Humphries (Derrick), Dr. Mendee Ligon (Reginald ), and Jewelle Chambliss (William ); 8 cherished and adored grandchildren, Shannon Ligon, Alexander Humphries, Auguste Humphries, Brian Ligon, Erica Simpson (father, Eric Simpson), Jonna Humphries, Evan Ligon, and William "Capers" Chambliss; nephews, Michael Sims, Dennis Sims, Stanley Smith and Vincent Smith; nieces, Shirley Jones and Linda Huntley; cherished special daughter, Michelle Ligon; devoted god-daughters, Tammy Strong and Vivian Russell Baker; beloved cousin, Marionette Daniels; and the Sanders family, beloved cousins, Albert and Helen Smith, the Smith and Lipsey families, the Humphries family, and the Pettis family. Rubye departed this life on Nov. 11, 2012. A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 am, at McCabe United Methodist Church, 2800 26th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. The family gratefully suggests contributions to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation in her memory, at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, Florida 33760. " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

BURGESS, Lamont Jerome 36, passed away Nov. 6, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Larry Burgess and Linda Dunbar; son, Lebron James Burgess; daughters, Labre' and Lauryn Burgess; 6 brothers, and 2 sisters; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends. Visitation on Friday, from 3-8:15 pm, with wake services 7:15-8:15 pm, at Lawson Funeral Home. Funeral services Saturday, Nov. 17th, 11 am, New Faith Free Methodist Church, 2427 Irving Ave. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

BURGHARDT, Harry White "Mr. Harry" 77, of Safety Harbor went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012 at Bay Pines VA Hospital. Harry was born in Abington, PA and moved to Treasure Island in 1944. He was an applications engineer with Sperry Microwave in Oldsmar and later Trak Microwave in Tampa before retiring from Component General in 1995. Harry served in the U.S. Navy as a Fire Control Technician on the U.S.S. Taylor DD/DDE 468 from 1951 to 1957. Harry was very involved with his church family. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor and drove the church bus for 35 years. He was also very active in Safety Harbor community. Harry was a board member of the Kiwanis Club, Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor, and Care Fest Tampa Bay. He was a volunteer on the Bounty, rode with the Florida West Coast Motorcycle Club, played drums with Liberty Fife and Drum Corp., and was voted a "Treasure of Safety Harbor." Harry was preceded in death by his parents Joann Elizabeth Burghardt and Arthur Whittlesey Burghardt, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Lynne Williams Burghardt of Safety Harbor; daughters Debra Castro and Lisa Lewis of Taylorsville, NC; stepchildren Sheri Hensley of Texas and Scott Williams of Valrico; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Friday Nov. 16th at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater. Funeral services will be held at 3 pm on Saturday Nov. 17th at the First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor, 525 14th Avenue South, Safety Harbor 34695. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor-Harry Burghardt Memorial Fund. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992

CHLEBISCH, Engelbert Robert, age 97, of Johnson City, TN, passed on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at the Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, TN. He was a native of Cleveland, OH, and a son of the late, Robert and Ana Zeleznik Chlebisch. Prior to returning to Johnson City, he lived in Brooksville. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded by his first wife, Ethel; and one grandson. Mr. Chlebisch was a tool and die maker in the automotive Industry prior to his retirement. Survivors include: his second wife, Lillian Chlebisch, of Brooksville; son, Eric Chlebisch, of Johnson City; three daughters, Coreen Krueger, of Sheffield Lake, OH, Cheryl Suhay, of Sevierville, TN, and Kim Crites, of Spring, TX; ten grandchildren; & eleven great-grandchildren. Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, is serving the Chlebisch family. (423) 282-1521 or www.morrisbaker.com.

CIEPLENSKI, Frances G. 90, of Brooksville died Nov. 13, 2012. Gathering 10:30-11:30 am Saturday, Service 11:30 am, Brooksville Chapel. Visit www.brewerfuneral.com Brewer & Sons 352-796-4991

CLARKE, Ernest James 87, died Nov. 4, 2012. Funeral services Nov. 17 at 11 am at MT. Pilgrim Baptist Church. Cason Funeral & Cremation Services, Brooksville 352 796-7033

COGGINS, Lois 81, of Pinellas Park, entered into eternal rest on Nov. 11, 2012, at 7:45 am. She was born on April 7, 1931 in Homestead, PA, to Edna and Joseph McCluskey. Lois Was Predeceased in death by her parents; her brother, Robert; her sisters, Mary Margaret McMCluskey and Patricia Gamble. Her husband James; daughter, Linda Yarrington & son-in-law, Michael Yarrin-gton; several nieces & nephews, survives her. Lois was an avid dancer, loved to bowl and golf. A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church.

COLBATH, William O. 78, Floral City, died Nov. 13. Mass of Christian Burial, Nov. 16, 10:30 am, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. Visit, 3-5 pm, Nov. 15, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.

COUPER, Ramona P. 79, of Shady Hills died Nov. 13, 2012. Survivors: children, Sandra, Sherri & Scott Loucks; sister, Patricia; 7 grands; 3 great-grands & loving friends. Dobies FH-Hudson

CRIPPS, Virginia Lee Hellems, 75, of Tampa, died on Nov. 8, 2012. Please visit www.veteransfuneralcare.com for funeral times, life story and guest book signing. Veterans Funeral Care, 727-524-9202

CUNNINGHAM, Nancy N. 83, of Ruskin, passed away on Nov. 12, 2012. She was a former member of the Riverview Moose Lodge and had worked at the Walmart in Gibsonton. Nancy is survived by her loving family, children, Scott Cunningham and Lisa Quiroz; and her husband, Rick; sisters, Doris Fischer and Shirley Renas; grandchildren, Haley Quiroz & Tyler Quiroz; great-grandson, Mason Quiroz; and niece, Adele Morris. There will be a visitation on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 12 pm at the funeral home. Nancy will be laid to rest at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park Funeral Home & Crematory (813)677-9494

DEAK, Louis H. 95, of Largo, died on Oct. 6, 2012. Mass: St. Jerome on Nov. 24 at 10 am; Military Honors: Sylvan Abbey at noon. NCS Clearwater

DeCANT, Helen M. of Clearwater, died Nov. 8, 2012. Survived by children, Sue, Vicky, Michele and Richard; six grands; 14 great-grands; & sister, Betty. Donations to St. Judes Hospital.

DOYLE, Michael J. 67, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 10, 2012. Mr. Doyle served honorably in the US Army. Survivors include his brother, Tony Doyle; sisters, Cynthia Gilmore and Nicia Doyle Williams and his daughter, Donna Doyle. Graveside services will be at 3 pm, Nov. 16, 2012, at Bay Pines Nat'l Cemetery. Gee & Sorensen FH

DUNN, Robert Eugene 82, seasonal resident from Brooksville, died Nov. 11, 2012. Survived by his loving family. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. Oldsmar, FL 813-855-2439

DURRICK, George T. Ph.D. 61, of Englewood, and formerly of Seminole, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. A native of Troy, NY, George was a music teacher in Hillsborough County Schools for 28 years, and an organist-choir director in several churches in Pinellas County. He founded a local choir festival, and served as Dean of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. George is survived by his partner, Charles Bradley; brothers, Michael T., Daniel and Michael J., their families, and many friends. A celebration of George's life will he held Saturday, Nov. 17, 5:15 pm, at the Pavilion (behind Paradise Grille) on Gulf Way at 10th Av, Passe-a-Grille Beach (across from the Hurricane Restaurant). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Englewood, FL, is in charge of arrangements.

DUSZ, Albert "Tom" 63, of Lutz, passed away Nov. 12, 2012. Tom is survived by his loving family and friends. Loyless Funeral Home 813-996-6610

EDMONDS, Russell Jr. 45, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 10, 2012 at Largo Medical Center. Born in Washington, D.C. He is survived by a loving family. "A McRaw Service"

EMMERT, John R. 84, died Nov. 5, 2009. Survived by a loving family and served honorably in the Army WWII. Graveside services at 2:15 pm, Nov. 23, 2012, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

ESSIG, A. Thelma 95, of St. Petersburg, went to be with the angels on Oct. 26, 2012. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and came to Florida in 1952. She was married to Joseph and had a son, Joseph Lee, whom both preceded her in death. Survived by her daughter, Jo Essig Trehy; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Thelma was a nurse for most of her life & a librarian in her late 80's until she became ill at 89. She enjoyed reading & being the librarian for Kenneth City. A memorial gravesite service on Nov. 24, 11 am, at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 5750 49th Street North.

FALANA, Clinton C. 88, entered into heavenly peace with Jesus on Nov. 5, 2012. He came to St. Petersburg in 1932 and was the city's first African American transit driver. He was a friend to all, devoted father and deacon. Visitation today, Nov. 15th at Zion Hill Mortuary 4-8 pm. Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16th, 11 am at First Baptist Institutional Church. Survivors are his children Clementine, Cynthia, Rosalyn, Sherman and Jacqueline. Online guestbook zionhillmortuary.com

FLOOD, Gary E. 62, of Baltimore, MD, formerly of Reddington Shores, passed away Nov. 8, 2012. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home Clearwater, FL 33759. Flowers, gifts & online tribute visit, Sylvanabbey.com

FOGARTY, John J. passed away peacefully following a long illness on Nov. 13, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 7, 1927 to Mary Agnes (May) McCabe and Peter Fogarty, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the waning days of WWII and was deployed to the Pacific, China and Japan. Following a brief stint with the Transit Police, he was appointed to the New York City Fire Department in 1951. He was a member of the Gene O'Kane Division of FDNY retired. He studied for and passed each civil service promotion exam as soon as he was eligible and rose rapidly through the ranks to Deputy Chief. Subsequently, he was appointed as Deputy Assistant Chief and later as Assistant Chief and Manhattan Borough Commander. John retired in 1984 and moved to his dream house beside a golf course. He enjoyed his retirement and was always ready to travel on a moment's notice. He married Florence Hayes in 1947 and they raised three children together, Jacqueline, Kevin and Allison; and enjoyed five grandchildren. John was a loving and generous father and husband, and a wise counselor to his friends and family. A devout Catholic, he was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and many friends & brother firefighters. A gathering will take place on Nov. 19th from 3-5 pm at the funeral home. The funeral mass will be on Nov. 20th, at 11 am, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Hudson. Please visit www.prevattfuneralhome.com

FORLINI, Virginia R. 77, of Palm Harbor, passed Nov. 11, 2012. Mother of Scott & Debbie; Nana to Lydia, Tara & Antonia; sister to Bruce & Ginny. Service, Highland Lakes Lodge, Nov. 17, 10 am.

FRYMAN, Scott David 25, Hudson, died Nov. 12, 2012. Native of Ft. Thomas KY. Survivors: daughter, Lily; mother & stepfather, Donna & Jeff Dixon; 4 brothers. Dobies FHHudson.dobiesfuneralhome.com

FULLER, Cornelia A. age 79, of Clearwater, passed away Nov. 12, 2012. Visitation 5-7 pm, Friday. Funeral Service 12 pm, Saturday, all held at St. John M.B.C. Internment Eternal Rest. Carnegie-Dallas Funeral Services

GERSON, Michelle Lazenby 65, of Tampa, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Born and raised in Tampa she graduated from Jefferson High School and St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bobby Collins. She is survived by her cousin, John Claytor and his sons Chris and Travis Claytor and her dear friend Cindy Clark. There will be a visitation on Thursday Nov. 15, 2012, from 6-7 pm with a funeral service at 7 pm both at the funeral home: Blount & Curry Funeral Home- MacDill Chapel, 605 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL, 33609. Visit the online guestbook at: www.BlountCurryMacDill.com

GILBERT, Mark 58, passed on Nov. 12, 2012. Survived by wife, Olga of 17 years; son, Adam and 3 daughters, Dusty, Stephanie and Michelle. Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay/ 813-235-0945

GREEN, Henry "Al" 66, died, Nov. 9, 2012, of St. Petersburg. Retired from the City of St. Petersburg. Survived by son, Alan (Demetria); 3 grandchildren. Visitation Friday 0-0. Service Saturday, 3 pm. Lawson Fuenral Home

GUSTAFSON, Charles E. 89, formerly of St. Petersburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep July 11, 2012. He was born in Thief River Falls, MN, on July 2nd, 1923. He was the devoted husband of Phyllis Jean Caldis for 58 years who preceded him in death in 2002; the loving father of Stephen E. Gustafson and his wife Tommie of Kingwood, TX, and Jan V. Kimble and her husband Jim of Arlington, TX; the cherished grandfather of Amanda and Amber, and great-grandsons Isaiah and Elijah, all of Arlington. He is also survived by an extraordinary friend, Barbara Carothers of St. Petersburg. Charles will be remembered by family and friends as a warm, loving and gentle soul. He had a quick wit and terrific sense of humor even as he struggled with Alzheimer's. A memorial service celebrating Charles' life will be held at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Ave, St. Pete Beach, on Friday, Nov. 16 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charles may be made to Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church or your local Alzheimer's Association.

HARMON, Edward Of Tampa and Chautauqua, NY. Beloved husband of Ellen; devoted father of Jon (Cindy), Amy Snodgrass (Jeff) and Jill Fairman (Frank), and loving grandfather to his nine grandchildren, died on Nov. 3, at age 86. Originally from New York City, Ed was a WWII veteran, a graduate of New York University and a Principal of P.S. 79 in Queens, NY. A renaissance man, Ed had a multitude of interests. An educational innovator, he also had a lifelong involvement in music both as a performer and aficionado. His keen sense of humor was clearly illustrated in his decades long work as a cartoonist. Ed published four books and his editorial cartoons were regularly featured in The Chautauqua Daily. All who knew Ed will miss him, each in a different and special way, for he touched all who were lucky enough to be his friend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association: FSH Society, Inc. BBRI R353, 64 Grove Street, Watertown, MA 02472 A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 pm; Aston Gardens, 11741 Lake Aston Ct., Tampa

HARRIS, Lillie Mae 87 of St. Petersburg, died on Nov. 10, 2012. She was a member of the Jehovah Witnesses Campbell Park Congregation. Survivors 5 daughters, Sandra C. and Pamela F. Harris, Sharon Harris Johnson, Phyllis H. Delaney and Rhonda Bullard; 4 sons, J.B. Harris Jr., Walter L. , Kenneth and Dennis C. Harris; 35 grandchildren; 41 great-grand- children; 12 great-great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was predeceased in death by husband J.B. Harris Sr.; sons, Mitchell Kitchen, Jerry Sr. and Anthony Harris; 12 siblings; Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 17th, 1 pm, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Campbell Park, 1454 16th St S. Share condolences www.smithfhinc.com. Smith Funeral Home 727-894-2266

HOLLINGSWORTH, Michael 49, of St. Petersburg, passed away Nov. 7, 2012. Ceremonies 10 am-12 pm, Saturday, Nov. 17th, at the Brett Funeral Home. Memorial & guestbook at: www.brettfuneralhome.net.

HORNING, Terry R. 87, New Port Richey, died Nov. 12, 2012. A WWII U.S. Army vet. Survived by brother, Allen D. Sr. (Margaret); nephews, Allen & David; & niece, Debbie Lees. Faupel FH/727-849-9964

HUDSON, Natalie E. 71, born March 6th, and a lifetime resident of Tampa. Her journey came to an end, Nov. 12, 2012, at home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Natalie was preceded by her husband, Richard Hudson; and leaves behind her mother, Mickey Erickson; two daughters, Heidi Hudson and Ericka Mondol; along with her two grandchildren, Hailey & Jacob Mondol. She loved and was loved by many. As a devoted teacher in Hillsborough County for 34 years, she touched many lives with her caring, compassion, and positive influence. She will be deeply missed. The family invites you to join them for a celebration of her life on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Blount & Curry, at 12690 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617. Family and friends will be received at 9:30 am and memorial to begin at 11 am. Words of comfort at: blountcurryterraceoaks.com.

JOHNSON, Alex passed away Nov. 11, 2012. Loving husband & devoted father. He will be missed by all. For more info & funeral times go to www.spcfamily.com. Dobies FH-Hudson

JOHNSON-WHITE, Helen Marie, 57, passed away Nov. 4, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Elijah White; sons, Rufus & Neakill Johnson; brothers, Robert, Leroy, and Mike Evans Johnson; sister, Agnes Pickney; two grandchildren; & one great-grandchild. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17th at 11 am, at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

JONES, Benjamin Lee age 66, of Tampa, passed away Nov. 2, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura; his children, Victoria and Angie; grandchildren; siblings; and other relatives. Viewing Friday, 3-6 pm, with the wake from 5-6 pm at Wilson Funeral Home. Service on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at 11 am at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. www.wilson-funeralhome.com

KAPELAK, Edward F. 87, died Nov. 4th. Visitation Friday 6-8, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. Memorial Service Saturday 9:30, St. Luke's the Evangelist Catholic Church. Mr. Kapelak was born April 23, 1925, to Frank and Mary Kapelak in Chicago, IL. He fought in WWII, 60th Infantry Company C. A business owner for over 47 years. Survived by wife of 63 years, Angie; sister, Irene Crampe'; 3 daughters, Kathy and Bob Cotter, Lyndy and Tom McGuffie and Shelley and Cary Cohrs; 6 grandchildren, Geoff, Brian, Courtney, Brianne, Ashley, Casey and 6 great-grandchildren Robert, Will, Franchesca, Harrison, Nicco. Preceded in death by sisters Valentyne and Delores.

KULP, JoAnn GROVE 87, died Sept. 28, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger Grove & Robert Kulp. Roger & JoAnn resided in St. Pete Beach 1968-1988 & were former owners of the Beach Lounge.

LUDWIG, Josephine Merle Born Jan. 22, 1941 in Urbana OH, died Nov. 10, 2012 in Clearwater. Ms. Ludwig moved to Clearwater more than 25 years ago. She was employed by Publix Supermarket. Ms. Ludwig never met a stranger, everyone was always welcome. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Young, Danna Painter, Tammy Painter; 8 grands; 5 great-grands. This world has lost an Angel and she is now with God looking over us. She will be truly missed but never forgotten. Viewing and service will be Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 am, Woody's Funeral Chapel, 800 S. MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Woody's Funeral Home

MACKENZIE, Carolyn Surratt PhD, clincal psychologist, 1922-2012, died Oct. 4, 2012, in St. Petersburg. Born Sept. 16, 1922, in Okmulgee, OK, to Steven Surratt and Louise McCarthy, she grew up in Pampa, TX. She attended Northwestern University (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) and the University of Maryland (PhD). In practice in Washington, D.C. from 1957-96, she retired in St. Petersburg and was active at Eckerd College. In 1953, she married Thayer Mills Mackenzie, who predeceased her on June 24, 2012. They had three daughters, two of whom survive her, Susan Mackenzie Runge, Elizabeth Hobson Bruvold and one of whom is deceased, Louise Mackenzie and her four grandchildren, Lynn, Colleen, Elizabeth and Carlisle. She was a lifelong political activist, first in the Peace Corps in the 1960's, then in the civil rights movement, at low cost clinics and the D.C. Shelter for Homeless Women. In St. Petersburg, she was active in the Eckerd Academy of Senior Professionals and with Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). Her employers included Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland, NIH, the Peace Corps, National Cathedral, Department of Labor, the C.C.N.V. Women's Homeless Shelter, the D.C. Institute of Mental Hygiene and Eckerd College. Donations to CASA, St. Petersburg, FL. (33731).

MAGLIACANO, Robert 54, of Port Richey, died Nov. 12, 2012. Survived by son, Robert; aunts, sister, nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. Dobies Funeral Home/7 Springs dobiesfuneralhome.com

MANSFIELD, Jerome 63, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Nov. 10, 2012. Survived by his father, Ruther Mansfield; brothers, Ralph and Harry Mansfield; his sister, Sabrina Jackson. Visitation Friday, 3-8 pm, with Funeral Services on Saturday, Nov. 17th, 1 pm at the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

McNAIR, Pearlie Mae Welch 71, passed away Nov. 9, 2012. Affectionately known as "Mama P". She was a member of New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Survivors include son, Kartharise (K.C.) Rentz Dallas; daughter, Pastor Nikita Welch; stepson, Billy McNair; two goddaughters, Roselyn Simmons & Denita Mitchell; her brother, Rev. Charles Welch, (Reatha); two sisters, Lenora Jones and Aline Mitchell; four grandchildren. Funeral services at 3:30 pm, Nov. 17 at New St. Mary's Baptist Church Alachua, FL. Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home, 18 N.W. 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL.

MEZEROWSKI, Kathryne Ann, 37, passed away at home Nov. 8, 2012. She graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic and was an avid Bucs and Red Sox fan. She enjoyed coaching as well as playing volleyball and softball. She is survived by her daughter, Monica; parents, Joel & Kay; sisters, Tanya (Derek), Melissa (Joe); nieces, Kayleigh, Erin and nephew Cael; best friend, Michelle and many more family members. Visitation will be Nov. 17, from 10-11 am at Mohn Funeral Home. A Mass at Noon will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established for Monica with PNC Bank titled" Memorial for Kathy Mezerowski". www.mohnfh.com Mohn Funeral Home 727-393-3481

MIDDLETON, Willie L. 40, passed away Nov. 11. 2012. He is survived by his father, Leroy Middleton; son, Willie L. Middleton Jr.; daughters, Akelah, Jalia, Jazmine, and Breniah Middleton; brothers, Leroy Middleton Jr. and David Middleton; his sisters, Tarra, Jancie, & Michelle Middleton; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends. Visitation Friday, 6-7 pm at Lawson Funeral Home, with Funeral services Saturday, Nov. 17th, 1 pm at St. Mark M.B. Church. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

MOWERY, Earl G. 89, of New Port Richey, died Nov. 11, 2012. Survived by wife Donna; daughter, Peggy (Steve) Brennenann; grandson, Joshua O'Rourke. National Cremation - Hudson

NELSON, Grace 98, of Clearwater, died Nov. 10, 2012. Graveside Services, Nov. 21, 11 am at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood, TN. Condolences may be offered at: mossfeasterlargo.com

NORKUS, Wayne W. 71, of Spring Hill, died Nov. 10, 2012. Survived by wife, Gerry; & sons, Chris, William & Timothy. Predeceased by children, Keith & Kerri. Faupel Funeral Home 727-849-9964

PAGAC, Joseph C. "Joe" 89, of Seminole, died Nov. 8, 2012, at Bay Pines VA Health Care System. Joe was a Marketing Director, Real Estate Broker and a longtime Volunteer at Bay Pines. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, WWII in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Marine Corps League, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, & Disabled American Veterans. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Hinds-Pagac; daughter, Tina; sons, Larry & Chris; sister, Peggy Ford; 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be with Military Honors, Graveside at 1:30 pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

PHELPS, Judy L. 74, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 9, 2012, of a heart attack at Angel Care ALF. A graveside service will be held in Mason City, IA. She worked for over 25 years at Morton Plant Hospital as a medical records secretary. Survivors include: her brother, Bill Phelps (Pat Kelly), twin brother, Gene Phelps and wife, Connie (Young); sisters, Nette (Phelps) Mammaro and husband, Bill, Betty (Phelps) Togersen and sister-in-law, Noreen (David) Phelps. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David. www.mossfeasterclearwater.com

PITA, Lidia J. 80, of Tampa, a native of Cuba, passed away on Nov. 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by her son, Mariano Jr.; and grandson, Gabriel. Lidia is survived by her husband, Mariano; her daughters, Ann Burket and Barbara Goff; son, John Pita; and nine grandchildren; and 2 precious dogs Starr & Chico. Lidia lived in Michigan for over 30 years and worked for General Motors for 15 years. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 5-9 pm, with service at 7 pm at the Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-931-1833.

POWERS, Patrick R. 54, passed away Nov. 10, 2012. Celebration of Life Nov. 16, 5 pm, at Gee & Sorensen F. H. 3180 30th Ave N., St. Petersburg. He is survived by Tim, Tyler Powers, & family.

RABEIRO, Jose J. 69, of Tampa, a native of Cuba, passed away on Nov. 11, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Meylin; son, Oscar; brother, Orlando; and many loving family members. During life, Jose enjoyed watching Western movie and Soap Operas. He was an owner operator truck driver for 30 years. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17th, from 5-9 pm, at Gonzalez Funeral Home, and service with burial Sunday, Nov. 18th at 10 am. Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 N Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33614, 813-931-1833.

ROLLINS, Cornelia I. 80, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 5, 2012. A native of Belleville, FL. She was a member of Galile M.B. Church. Survivors 4 sons; 5 daughters; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 17th, 11 am, Galilee M.B. Church. Visitation Friday, Nov. 16th, 4-7 pm, family will receive friends 6 pm at Smith Funeral Home 727-894-2266. Share condolences www.smithfhinc.com

SCHREFFLER, Charles E. Jr. 85, of Brooksville, passed away Nov. 12, 2012. He was a WWII, Korean and Vietnam vet. Survived by sister, Rosalyn Platt, and many nieces and nephews. National Cremation-Hudson

SELPH, Gary Arlen 72, passed away Nov. 5, 2012, born in Houston, TX. He lived in Largo and Dallax, TX. Loved the Dallas Cowboys. We will miss you Dad. Love, June, Tammy and Tim.

SHAVER, Miah Jean 3, died Nov. 12, 2012. Survivors: parents, Shannon Garza, Michael Shaver; her siblings, Joseph, Yolanda, Sarah,Sonya, Sasha, Suzanna;grandparents; aunts, uncles. Dobies FH-Hudson

SHAVER, Micah Ethan 3, died Nov. 12, 2012. Survivors: parents, Shannon Garza, Michael Shaver; his siblings, Joseph, Yolanda, Sarah,Sonya, Sasha, Suzanna;grandparents; aunts, uncles. Dobies FH-Hudson

SHEAROUSE, Carrie Edna 96, went to her heavenly home, Nov. 12, 2012. She was born in Millen, Georgia, and was raised in Statesboro, GA. Carrie Edna was a prior member of the First Baptist Church of Tampa where she taught five year-olds for many years. Since 1963, she has been a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Brandon where she served as their first Kindergarten Director. She was a Docent at Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds and member of the SilverTones Choir. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Aden and Idell Flanders; husband, Bill Shearouse; brother, Donald Flanders; and sister, Imogene Williams. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Pickern; sister, Dorothy Prosser; great-grandson of her heart, Hunter Ginn; and an extended loving family and friends. A funeral service will be at 2 pm, Friday, Nov. 16th at the First Baptist Church of Brandon. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband. Stowers Funeral Home www.stowersfh.com

SHELTON, Edith G. 88, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away Nov. 12, 2012. She retired as an elementary school teacher from the Pinellas County School System and as a real estate agent for the Bobby Byrd Real Estate Company. She was a member of St John the Divine Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Shelton, Sr.; her son, Henry Shelton, Jr.; and her great-grandson, Lukas Ledford. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer (Dennis) Ledford; her son, John (Ann) Shelton; five grandchildren, Keith (Kathryn) Ledford, Michael (Natascha) Ledford, Robert (Devany) Ledford, Sarah (Jake) Hellard and Josh Shelton; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10 am, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Boulevard East, Sun City Center, FL. Burial in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church Building Fund, 1015 Del Webb Boulevard East, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, FL 813-634-9900

SIMMONS, Hilda S. "Sami" 83, of Pinellas Park, died on Nov. 12, 2012. Please visit www.veteransfuneralcare.com for funeral times, life story and guest book signing. Veterans Funeral Care, 727-524-9202

SITTIG, Raymond C. former executive director of the Florida League of Cities and a leading defender of local home rule in Florida, died Monday at age 83, after a lengthy illness. Sittig joined the Florida League of Cities in 1959 and spent 36 years with the organization, serving as its top executive for 25 years before his retirement in 1995. "I'm saddened by the passing of Ray Sittig. I consider him to be a very good friend and a man of his word. You can't get much better of a guy than Ray," said former Florida Governor Reubin Askew. "Ray Sittig made an enormous contribution to the good government movement here in Florida. In particular, Ray gave the FLC the face of integrity in all of its dealings with state government, including the Legislature." Sittig became Executive Director of the Jacksonville-based Florida League of Municipalities in 1970, surpassing a long-time dream of helping residents of a single municipality by serving as a city manager. After taking the reins of the group, Sittig recommended changing the organization's name to the Florida League of Cities. On his watch, the League moved its headquarters from Jacksonville to Tallahassee to better represent cities before the Legislature and state agencies, and chartered counties became eligible for membership. As a cornerstone of his service, Sittig made promoting local government "home rule" and protecting cities from unfunded mandates priority issues. In 1989, Florida's Governor and Cabinet recognized Sittig for his service to the state's cities and commended him for championing the Home Rule Powers Act. "Ray Sittig was a true hero to anyone who believes the best government is the one closest to the people," said former Governor Bob Martinez, who previously served as President of the Florida League of Cities. "During my tenure as mayor of Tampa and president of the League of Cities, and then as Governor, I worked closely with Ray and found him to be an invaluable source of information, an insightful guide on policy matters, and a true friend. Under his expert leadership, the Florida League of Cities emerged as a leading voice for local governments across our state and became a force to be reckoned with in the capital. Ray will be missed by all who knew him and the countless Floridians who benefited from his dedicated service." Sittig was known to his friends and coworkers as an outstanding writer and wonderful storyteller, well-read with a great sense of humor. "He was the first Renaissance man I ever met," said League General Counsel Chip Morrison. Ray Sittig earned a reputation for unquestioned honesty and approached political issues from a perspective of what was best for Florida's cities, not what compromise would be easiest to reach. His underlying message to lawmakers, according to Morrison, was: "Give us the authority to fund our operations, and leave us alone." Sittig himself effectively summarized his philosophy of government when he once told an interviewer: "Citizens believe in their local decision-makers and want local decisions made right down the street, not hundreds of miles away in either Tallahassee or Washington, D.C." "Ray will forever be remembered as the pioneer of home rule in our state and for his instrumental role in increasing the influence of Florida's cities on the state and national stage," said Florida League of Cities President Manny Maroño. "Thanks to Ray Sittig's work, local governments are the ones most trusted by Floridians to address many of the challenges we face." Under Sittig's leadership, the Florida League of Cities experienced significant growth and now serves 410 cities, villages and municipalities across the state. Ahead of most experts, Sittig recognized that many of Florida's small- to medium-sized local governments were unable to secure affordable workers' compensation insurance coverage. He led the Florida League of Cities to create its first insurance program to address that problem. The Florida Municipal Insurance Trust, a pooled trust program, has been a model for others in Florida and nationally, and is a foundation for the League's growth. Sittig retired from the League in the 1990s but continued to play a role in promoting municipal government. Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham said, "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Ray Sittig, a passionate and tireless voice for Florida's communities. The concept of home rule came to the forefront during my years as Governor, and that important idea had no more effective advocate than Ray. Policy set in Tallahassee and Washington is often applied at the local level, and I could always rely on Ray's leadership to make sure Florida's municipal leaders understood the opportunities those policies presented. Ray also became a personal friend and Adele and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Sittig family." Raymond C. Sittig was born April 8, 1929, and was raised in Michigan as one of eight children. After serving in the Navy shortly after the end of World War II and during the Korean War, he attended Michigan State University. He initially planned to go to law school and enter politics, but eventually determined he would help people become more knowledgeable about their government by going into public administration. Sittig spent two and a half years as assistant city manager in Grand Rapids, MI, before applying for a position in Fernandina Beach. A former mayor of that city who was then executive director of the Florida League of Municipalities saw his application and urged him to come work with him at the League. Sittig said he didn't think he would be interested in the job because of his long-time desire to become a city manager so he could help people understand their city government. When the executive pointed out that a position with the League meant Sittig could work for all cities at once, his decision was inescapable. Ray Sittig began work at the Florida League of Municipalities on Feb. 1, 1959, and embarked on a lifetime of excellence in service to the diverse communities of Florida. Sittig is survived by his wife of six decades, Betty, and their five sons and daughter Michael, Mark, William, Ronald, Dennis and Paula, as well as many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild. Eldest son, Michael, is now executive director of the Florida League of Cities. A memorial service for Raymond Sittig will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 5 pm at Culley's Meadowwood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32303. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

SMITH, Bradley D. 1, died Nov. 8, 2012. Services at Spring Lake Community Bldg., 4184 Spring Lake Hwy., Brooksville, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 3 pm. Turner FH 352-796-3588

STARKS, Eddie passed away on Nov. 9, 2012. A wake will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 from 5-6:30 pm at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 14549 8th St, Dade City. Funeral services will be on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 11 am at the church. Interment will be at Indian Pond Cemetery. New Serenity Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 352-562-1394

STITZER, Lynnette Joan Anderson, 66, of St. Petersburg, passed away Nov. 11, 2012. She is survived by two brothers, Donald Douglas Anderson of Easton, CT, & Marlin Arthur Anderson of Tampa; and two sisters, Judith May Anderson of St. Petersburg and Alexis Anderson Reed of Seattle, WA. Lynn was born Feb. 27, 1946 in Ross, CA, to Donald Herbert and Alberta May Anderson. While she was still an infant the family moved to Houston, TX, then to her father's boyhood home in Elbow Lane, MN, where the family owned and operated an electric appliance business. She enjoyed tagging along with her siblings while they built snow forts in winter and explored the woods and fields in the summer. The family moved to St. Petersburg in 1955 where Lynn went to 54th Avenue Elementary School and graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1964. She was a good student and also artistically talented. After graduation she moved to Richmond, VA, where she found steady employment as a waitress and hostess in a popular Chinese restaurant. While there she met and married Frank Stitzer, a Richmond native. When she returned to St. Petersburg, she worked at Wendy's for a number of years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to AmericanRedCross.org. Memorial Park Funeral Home memorialparkfuneralhome.com

STONE, Gayle S. 58, of St. Petersburg, died on Nov. 11, 2012. She was a native Parrish, KY. Survivors 1 son; 1 daughter; 7 siblings; 10 grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 17th, 12 noon, Abundant Life Ministries, 2051 9th Ave So. Visitation Friday Nov. 16th, 4-8:15 pm, family will receive friends 7:15 pm at Smith Funeral Home 727-894-2266 Share condolences www.smithfhinc.com

THURSTON, Irene F. 64, died Nov. 13, 2012. Predeceased by husband of 40 years, Lawrence. Survived by one son; two daughters; two brothers; three sisters; and 12 grandchildren. Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay

VALENTINE, Katherine Louise Dorsey, 91, Went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2012. She was a Tennessee State Alumni, and a teacher for Pinellas County Schools. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Valentine; sister, Willa Dorsey Taylor; and a host of other relatives & friends. Visitation today 3-7 pm at Lawson Funeral Home, with Funeral services Friday, Nov. 16th, 1 pm, at McCabe U.M. Church. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

VOLZ, Rose Ann H. 74, of Wesley Chapel passed away Nov. 13, 2012. Rose Ann is survived by her loving family and friends. Loyless Funeral Home/ 813-996-6610

WAGNER, Edna M. 91, died Nov. 13, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Edward. Survived by daughters, Sandy DeArmas & Patricia Congalosi; 1 grandchild; and 2 great-grandchildren. NCS

WALTERS, Linda 65, of Wesley Chapel passed away Nov. 12, 2012. Linda is survived by her loving family and friends. Loyless Funeral Home 813-996-6610

WILLIS, Mary Fariday On June 23rd, 1919 an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL girl was born to Robert and Jessie Foster in Pattonsburg, MO. She was an only child. Mimi had crisp clear blue eyes, extremely long eye lashes, dark brown hair and a great set of legs! She was a delightful blend of European ancestry which includes: Welch, Irish and English. She was a humble celebrity with a great sense of humor, an eternal optimist, always direct, honest and had a smile that would light up an entire room. God created her with many gifts and talents. She was blessed to have danced since she was 8 years old when she won her first Dance Contest. She was a professional Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Singer and Actor. And as a professional Ballerina she enjoyed the freedom of expression and grace. She performed numerous roles on and off Broadway. Mimi was a Rockette. Mimi taught dance for over 70 years encouraging over 14,000 students to share in her passion. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the age of 93, Mary Fariday Willis ended her dancing here of 85 years and began her debut Dancing on the Clouds! She was preceded in death by her Mother, Jessie Foster; her Father, Robert Foster; her husband, Frank Fariday and husband, Dick Willis. She was survived by her only son, Lynn Chase; two grandsons, Terry L. Chase, Chris Chase; and great grandson, Ian Chase of the U. S. Air Force. A Memorial service will be at 6 pm, Saturday, Nov. 17th, at Trinity Christian Center located at 4416 E. County Rd 540A, Lakeland, FL 33813. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary's memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 115 S. Missouri Ave #500, Lakeland, FL 33815. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

WOODS, Patricia Ann of St. Petersburg, passed away on Nov. 11, 2012. She was a previous employee of Pinellas County Head Start for 34 years. She is survived by her husband, Richard Woods Sr.; stepson, Richard Woods Jr.; her daughters, Jenee Skipper (Jack), Madeline Isaac (Herb); & her step daughter, Denise (DeeDee Taylor), and Rosalyn Woods - Scarlette (Evance); her father, Willie L. Randall; 6 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives & sorrowing friends. Visitation Friday, 6-8 pm, with wake services 6-7 pm, at the church. Funeral services Saturday, Nov. 17th, 11 am at New Jerusalem M.B. Church, 1715 18th Ave South. Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

YOUNG, Mina 83, of Pinellas Park, Oct. 29, 2012. Visitation: Nov. 19th, 10 am at Global Mortuary, 7210 Ulmerton RD., Largo. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

ZUELZER, Marion G. 90, of Clearwater, died Nov. 13, 2012. Survived by daughters, Margaret Glazer, Kathryn Ruhf; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. www.curlewhills.com

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