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BENEDETTO, John 66, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, April 22, 2013. John was a loving husband, a father, son, brother, uncle, teacher and coach. He is survived by his wife, Vanie; son, Giovanni Benedetto; his step-children, Brian Kerns & Melissa Hickok; sisters, Marian (Vincent) Santostefano & Patricia (Frank) Parisi; as well as five grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, April 27th, at Grace Family Church, 5101 Van Dyke Road, in Lutz, with a viewing at 10 am, followed by a memorial service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to Benedetto Family Scholarship through the Pasco Education Foundation.

BLAKE, Robert R. age 57, of Zephyrihills, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn; and his three grandchildren. Coastal Cremations, Inc.

BURKE, Rhoda 77, of New Port Richey, passed away April 25, 2013. She was active in many clubs and organizations at Timber Greens. Beloved wife of 62 years to Louis; loving mother to Richard (Evelyn), Gary (Judith), Patricia (John), Kathleen and David (Rosemarie); and loving grandmother to Matthew, Bryan, Kevin, Conor, Dillon, Colleen, Sean, Taryne, Kerrie, Alexandra, Brett, Jason, Daniel and Megan. Visitation will be 3-4 pm Monday, April 29, 2013 at Dobies Funeral Home, Old CR 54 where services will begin at 4 pm.

CARNES, Miriam L. Miriam passed away gently on April 20, 2013, at the age of 89. Born in Asbury Park, NJ, she cruised the world with her husband, Marion, and had a special fondness for the Inside Passage of Alaska. Miriam was a gourmet chef, a master seamstress, loved to sing, and enjoyed a unique bond with her Siamese cats. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Marion Carnes; four sons, John, Russell, Dan, and Geoffrey; four daughters-in- law; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held with her family, and take place at a later date.

CUNNINGHAM, James Brian 72, was born in Chicago, IL on April 1, 1941 and passed away on April 22, 2013. He was a loving and caring father, husband, and grandfather. Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew's Church, 1991 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven at 1 pm on May 3.

DesROCHERS, Henry Edward 63, of St. Petersburg, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Bay Pines V.A. Health Care Center. He was born July 29, 1949 in Marlborough, MA, the son of Donald (Ruby) DesRochers and the late Martha Couture Arundel. He was the Owner of DesRochers Express Moving Company and was a Marine Corps. veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #13 and American Legion Post #0400. He was an Aviation Pilot and enjoyed touring on his motorcycle. His hobbies included carpentry, music, art, and history. He is survived by his life partner, Cathy DesRochers; 3 daughters, Stephanie DesRochers of St. Petersburg, Catherine (Kasy) Copeland of Uniontown, PA, Melissa (Todd) Liberty of St. Mary's, GA; 2 sons, Cameron (Jenn) Bernard of St. Petersburg, and the late Jeffrey Bernard; 4 sisters, Margaret Wolf, Bonnie Gayheart, Mary Tibby, Linda McDonald; 5 brothers, Gordon Arundel, John Arundel, Peter Arundel, Gerald Arundel, and the late Donald DesRochers Jr; 9 grandchildren, Jennafer, Nicholas, Arianna, Christian, Audrey, Quaid, Ethan, Devin, and Jason. A graveside service with military honors will be 12:45 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Miami and Bay Pines VA Fisher Houses. Complete addresses can be found with the online memorial and guest book at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home - St. Petersburg (727)528-2880

DIONNE, Bill "Sup" 81, of Spring Hill died on April 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Rae; 6 children; sister, JoAnn; many grandchildren & great-grandchildren. National Cremation - Hudson

DRAWBAUGH, Virginia "Ginny" 87, of Clearwater died on April 24, 2013. Survived by two stepdaughters, Lynn Potter & Bonny Livernois.

EIFERT, Richard "Jim" 80, Plant City, U.S. Army-Korean War veteran died April 21, 2013. Celebration of Life is Sunday, 2 pm, May 5, at Walden Lakes Country Club. Visit guestbook

FARRELL, Arthur "Kenny" age 73, of St. Petersburg, passed away peacefully April 23, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. His wife, Linda survives him. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

FONTE FISHER, Angelina Virginia, age 87, of Apollo Beach, entered into rest on April 25, 2013. She was preceded in death by her son, Louis Robert Fisher. Survivors include her son, Nelson (Pamela) Fisher; daughters, Linda (Tommy) Guinn, Grace (Sherwood) Slott; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. A Funeral service will be at 3 pm, Monday, April 29th, at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Guestbook at:

GEORGE, Renee 89, of Port Richey, died April 24, 2013. She is survived by son, John; daughters, Ellie Warner, Rosemary Lacy and Lori Vandermolen; and 8 grands.

GILL, William T. 78, of Land O Lakes died April 24, 2013, (Ret.) Navy veteran 1957-1978. Survived by wife, Donna; sons Cory & Colby Gill. 7 grands; 3 brothers; 1 sister. National Cremation-Hudson

GOSIER, Elijah was born Dec. 15, 1949, the seventh child of Mack and Julia Gosier. A quiet, sensitive, gifted child, Elijah aspired from an early age to be a writer, a dream that would lead him to a distinguished journalism career. Elijah's 30-plus years in journalism began in the military where his unique abilities earned him many awards and recognitions, and assignment to the venerated newspaper Stars and Stripes. As the paper's bureau chief in Stuttgart, Germany, he directed coverage of the country's south-central region. After four years there, the Department of Defense tapped him to manage a campaign promoting the value of military race relations and equal opportunity programs. After editing a newspaper with a circulation of 30,000, Elijah left the military hoping to expand the scope of his work. He found that opportunity at Florida's largest newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times. As a columnist there, he used his platform to speak out boldly against injustice and give voice to those who otherwise would not have been heard. His advocacy contributed to the firing of a police chief deemed to be racist. His columns supporting a woman who was losing her property because of code violations that she couldn't afford to correct, changed the way the city enforced its codes and spared many residents from exorbitant fines and the loss of their property. The department changed from Code Enforcement to Code Assistance, with a team of workers who repaired deficiencies for property owners too poor to pay. His advocacy was not universally appreciated however, and a man was prosecuted for his role in a plot to have him killed. In most circles, though, his work earned praise and recognition. Florida editors consistently voted him among the top three columnists in the state, and he was recognized nationally as one of 10 semifinalists for the Pulitzer Prize for opinion writing. His peers selected him to be the first recipient of the Courageous Journalist Award from the Tampa Bay Society of Professional Journalists. St. Petersburg's prestigious Ambassador Club named him Citizen of the Year. During more than 30 years of writing, he witnessed history and history makers. He attended and covered the Million Man March and the Birmingham trial and conviction of the last klansman found guilty of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which killed four black girls. Elijah preferred to get to know his subjects face-to-face rather than over the phone. He spent three days with Johnnie Cochran during Cochran's stop in Philadelphia to promote his book, and joined Jesse Jackson for several days on his bus tour to register Florida voters. Although he often interviewed the well-known, such as historian John Hope Franklin and civil rights legend Rev. Joseph Lowery, Elijah enjoyed most being able to give voice to the people who otherwise would not be heard, those people often mistakenly called ordinary. But Elijah's work wasn't limited to the written word. Driven by a creed of "Stand up for justice and fairness, even when you won't benefit directly and may even suffer for your stand," he played pivotal roles in changing Valdosta State's mascot from the Confederate "Rebels" to the neutral "Blazers," and in pushing his employer Times Publishing Company to appoint its first black member to the board of directors and adopt a "Rooney Rule" in hiring, which requires that at least one qualified minority candidate be interviewed for each job opening. Elijah also had a lighter side. He competed against Europe as part of an eight-person U. S. chess team. And several times, he qualified for the national amateur billiards championship in Las Vegas. But he always considered his greatest accomplishment was in raising two sons who grew up to be intelligent men with character and integrity and a sense of duty to the family name. Elijah was preceded in death by two sons, Mack McKinley Gosier and Sabin Lamont Gosier. He is survived by a son, Elijah II, and a daughter, Connie Lee Cotton; Five grandchildren, Elijah III, Trevan Andrew Gosier, Kia Gary, Mardoni LaGuerre, Sunnah Maddox; a brother, Jimmy C. Gosier, two sisters, Alma Brown and Patricia Faison; six nieces, Marilyn Aunura Denson, Kemba Olabisi Gosier, Jameelah Brown Ferrell, Kameelah Spence (Maurice), Erica Dennard and Mary Stewart, Courtney Gosier and Erica Gosier; five nephews, Eddie Mack Gosier Jr.(Tammie), Christopher Gosier, Brandon Gosier, Eric Joyce & Warren Joyce, and host of relatives & friends.

HEADY, Rick 40, of New Port Richey died on April 22, 2013. Survived by his wife, Laurie; son, Brody; parents, George & Monika; sister, Heidi Heady. National Cremation Society - Hudson

HENDERSON, Ethelyn Watson, passed away April 21, 2013. Ethel married John Henderson in 1941. She is survived by son, Richard (Kim); grandchild, Erica; great-grand-children, Kristina, Mia, Olivia and Alison; her great-nephew and niece, Patrick & Patricia, and children; honorary grandchildren, Deanna and Davis; her honorary great-grandchild, Cason. She is predeceased by John; parents; siblings, Edna, Herbert and Everett. Ethel was very active in her church, community and condo association. Memorial service at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, St. PetersburgMay 23rd, 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Liver Foundation.

HUTCHINSON, Kenneth J. age 57, of Seminole, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013. Kenneth is survived by his loving family and friends. Reese Funeral Home (727)391-9954

JONES, James P. Sr. "Jim" died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, while in the loving hands of Suncoast Hospice after a brave and patient battle with lung cancer. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and leaves his legacy to his children, Linda Arnold, Lori Stevens, Susan Phillipp and James Jones Jr. and their spouses, who loved him as their own father, Gary Phillipp, Keith Stevens, Lucero Jones & Randy Arnold. He had his four loving children with Virginia Soler, who has continued to be a part of his life. He was known as "Pop-Pop" and "Grandpa" to his grandchildren, Timmy Murray, Daniel Arnold, Dustin Phillipp, Alessandra Jones, Adriana Jones, Samantha Stevens, Carson Phillipp, Brian Stevens and Angelina Jones; great-granddaughter, Elana Murray; other relatives & close friends who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his beloved, Rosie, and took comfort in knowing he would join her in Heaven. Born and raised in Sugar Tree, TN, he joined the Army and served in Korea. After serving in the Army, he was a Vice President of Barnett Bank and continued in banking for many years. After retiring from banking, he worked for several years at Tampa Bay Downs. He was proud of his hometown in Sugar Tree, TN, and frequently traveled back home. He had a passion for country music, southern food and cars. He loved to gamble on the slot machines and enjoyed going to Hard Rock weekly. Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering on Sunday, April 28th, 4-6 pm at the Blount & Curry West Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa, where celebration of life & eulogy will be shared at 5 pm. Burial at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell 11:30 am, April 29th, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made, if you prefer, in Jim's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Please view & sign our online guestbook at:

KENNEDY, Jeanne F. 76, of Tampa, died peacefully April 23, 2013. Jeanne was born in New Rochelle, NY, and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1954. She also graduated from Grasslands Hospital Valhalla, NY, with an RN degree. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, and retired after 30 years working in Pediatrics and Diabetes Education. After retiring, she continued on working at USF Health as a Diabetes Nurse Educator and retired in 2006. Jeanne loved working with children and caring for others in the field of medicine and Diabetes education. She loved animals, especially her Afghan Hounds that were so much a part of her adult life. She is survived by her children, James G. Jr. (Sonia), Shawn (Jennifer), her middle son, Scott (Kim) who passed away hours later on April 24, 2013; grandchildren, Erika and Nicole Kennedy; her siblings, Patricia Mitchell (Robert) and Leonard Immucci; many nieces & nephews. We will cherish her memory and legacy. A visitation will be held for both Jeanne & her son, Scott from 5-8 pm, Sunday, April 28th, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood, 3207 West Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618. A Funeral Mass will be held at Incarnation Catholic Church on April 29th, 10 am, with an Interment immediately following at Garden of Memories, Tampa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Life Path Hospice, Tampa, or Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute. Guestbook

KENNEDY, Scott G. 49, of Tampa, left us too soon April 24, 2013. He was born in Tampa & graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1981. He worked as a Microsoft Certified Instructor & was named instructor of the year in 2008 for Sharepoint. His passions included golfing & his beloved dogs. He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberlie; step-daughter, Devin; his father, James G. Kennedy; siblings, Shawn (Jennifer), James G. (Sonia); nieces, Erika and Nicole. The family mourns his loss and will honor his memory on Sunday, April 28th, 5-8 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618. A funeral mass will be held at Incarnation Catholic Church on April 29th, 10 am, with Interment to follow at Sunset Memory Gardens at 1:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Foundation, Tampa. View and sign the online guestbook at:

LATOUR, Rene J. 73, Clearwater, passed away April 24, 2013. Survivors include his wife; four children and their families. For full service information, please visit

LESLIE, Norma J. passed away at the age of 78, on April 21, 2013. She was a visitior of St. Petersburg, and she is survived by her loving family and friends. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc.

LINDZY, Lillian B. 73, of Zephyrhills, passed April 24, 2013. Survived by daughters, Beverly, Nancy, Ronda; sons, Chuck, Roy; 12 grands; 16 great-grands; 2 brothers; & 2 sisters. Coastal Cremations

LONDON, Don Charles 56, was called home on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Ft. White, FL. He is survived by his three children; one sister; three aunts; two uncles; three nieces; three nephews; and a host of grandchildren, family and friends. Visitation and Service will be April 27th 1 pm in Ft. White. Visit online guest book at

LOPEZ, Manuel 63, of St. Petersburg, passed April 12, 2013 at home. No known survivors. A Life Tribute Funeral Care

LORD, Etha A. 101, of Port Richey, passed April 25, 2013. Survived by 7 children; numerous grandchildren; her great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation-Hudson

MILLER, Edward 54, of Tampa, passed away April 20, 2013. He is survived by his brother, Paul Miller; family and friends. Edward will be deeply missed. Words of comfort may be expressed at Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

MITTEL, Randall 62, of St. Petersburg, died on Monday, April 22, 2013. He is survived by his loving family. Reese Funeral Home Seminole (727)391-9954

ORDOGH, Marianne 78, St. Petersburg, died April 17, 2013, at St. Pete General Hosp. No known survivors. Any info, please call A Life Tribute, Gulfport, (727)347-5521, M-F, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

PAKE, Royce B. 76, of Spring Hill, passed away on April 24, 2013. He was the owner and operator of Crossroads Service Station in Smyrna, NC, for 20 years. Please visit

PHIPPS, Linda Carol 66, of Lexington, SC, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Sunday, April 28, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Lexington, Barr Road, SC with interment in Lexington Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Mrs. Phipps was born March 3, 1947 in Miami, FL. She was a daughter of the late Charles Brammer, Sr. & Carolyn Beck Brammer. Linda experienced great joy in serving the Lord in the mission field. She enjoyed photography, music, hospitality and fellowship with others. Linda's greatest trait was the Spirit-filled recognition of the sanctity and preciousness of life. Mrs. Phipps is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Frank A. Phipps, III; son, Todd A. Phipps; daughter, Leah Marie Smith and her husband, Seth Smith who is loved as a son; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth "Emmie" Smith and Anna Rae Smith; sister-in-law, Geraldine Connelly and her family in Leesville, SC and Mary Lou McMillan and her family in Dunedin, FL. Memorials may be made to the choirs of First Baptist Church of Lexington on Barr Road, SC and Lexington Baptist Church on Main Street.

PITTS, Sally 52, of Tampa, passed away April 20, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Brandy Steward; family and friends. Sally will be forever missed. Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

REVELL, James E. 88, of Clearwater, passed April 25, 2013. Viewing Saturday, April 27th, 12 noon, Chapel service to follow at 1 pm at Moss Feaster Dunedin Chapel.

ROBSON, Irene C. 98, of Valrico, passed away on April 24, 2013. Irene was born in Indiana, PA, to George and Mary Uhron; and was one of twelve children. She is preceded in death by her husband, C. Clayton Robson. Irene is survived by her loving family, son, James Robson & his wife, Gayle; her brothers, Thomas Uhron and Robert Uhron; sister, Mary Anne Carruthers; and grandson, Lance Robson. There will be a private service at a later date in Pennsylvania. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park Funeral Home & Crematory (813)677-9494

ROHL, Timothy Allen age 45, of Inverness, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Survived by loving family. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Crematory, is in charge of the private arrangements.

ROSENBAUM, Timothy M. Sr 47, of New Port Richey, passed April 23, 2013. Survived by son, Timothy Jr; mother, Judy; sisters, Sandra & Crystal; 2 brothers, Dean & Joseph. Coastal Cremations, Inc.

ROSS, Mildred P. 80, of New Port Richey died April 24, 2013. She is survived her by 7 children; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grand children. National Cremation Society - Hudson

SANSONE, Patricia R. age 85, died April 22, 2013. Services at Wood Funeral Home in Branchville, NJ. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, is assisting the family locally with their arrangements.

SCHUMACHER, Doris M. 84, Largo died April 25, 2013, member of Southern Baptist. Survived by husband of 64 years, Russell; 1 son; 2 daughters; 2 brothers; 7 grands; 8 greats. Royal Palm

SNEDERKER, Linda age 61, of Tarpon Springs, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013, at Florida Hospital of North Pinellas. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare

STEECE, Nicholas Ryan succumbed to Leukemia on April 20, 2013, after a valiant eight month struggle; but his courage and resolve never diminished. Nick was born and raised in Tampa, and following high school went to college at American University in Washington D.C. He also attended Florida International in Miami, studied in Spain and had recently returned from a semester in Paris at Sciences Po College and University. He was a proud member of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity both at the Miami & Washington D.C. Chapters. Nick was beloved by his family & friends. His beautiful smile lighted the way for all of us and he will be dearly missed forever. A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28th, 2-3 pm, with a funeral service following at 3 pm, at Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, (813)968-2231. Online condolences may be left at:

THOMPSON, Eleanore age 85, of Spring Hill, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Eleanore is survived by her loving children and family. Turner F.H. (352)796-9661

WALKER, Zelphia age 95, of Clearwater, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at home with her family by her side. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home (727)796-1992

WILSON, Timothy Rudolph passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013. Professional services are entrusted to New Serenity Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. (352)563-1394