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BACKENSTOSE, Shirley F. of Zephyrhills, passed away April 1, 2014. Survived by her sons, Michael and Kirk; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Whitfield Funeral Home

BALOUGH, Harold O. 92, of Valrico, passed away April 1, 2014. He is survived by his daughters, Ann Darland and Susan Smith; and two grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home

BANASZAK, Peri Anne 51, passed away March 15, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, NC, after a long illness. Peri graduated from Brandon High School in 1980 with a cosmetologist license. She was passionate about being a hairstylist. Peri left Florida in 2002. She will be remembered as a spirited sister, a favorite Aunt Peri and a loving friend. A family service will be held at a later date.

BARBER, Suzanne Carol Heaven received another angel. Suzanne Carol Barber, of Indian Rocks Beach, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2014 at Largo Medical Center in Largo. Suzanne is survived by her two loving children, Theodore Barber, his wife Angela Barber, and Lauren Barber Heamon; and three grandchildren, Casey Watkins, her husband Cory Watkins, Teddi Rae Barber, and Nicholas Heamon. Suzanne was born on Feb. 11, 1933 in New York City. A devoted wife, an incredible mother and grandmother, a talented artist, a loyal friend, and an amazing woman, she will be missed by all those who had the honor of knowing her. In lieu of flowers, her family requests a donation made in Suzanne's memory to Suncoast Hospice. A memorial service is being planned at a later date.

BLANCHARD, Kimberly S. 51, of Wesley Chapel, died April 2, 2014. The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm on Sunday, April 6 at Whitfield Funeral Home in Zephyrhills.

BLISS, Earl 71, of Hudson, passed away April 4, 2014. Survived by daughter, Kimberly (Eric) Wickstrom; grandchildren, Courtney, Ron, Kendall, Paige and Natasha; siblings, Joan, Joyce, Barbara and Robert; godson, Todd. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 3pm at Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson Chapel 868-4441

BONTA, Loretta Verble Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grand-mother peacefully began her next journey Sunday, March 30, 2014 with her family by her side. Loretta was born Nov. 5, 1932 in St. Louis, MO to Ernest and Marie Verble and was a sister to Norma Jean Butler, Johnnie Ernest Verble, and Gary Lee Verble. In 1964 she moved her family to Tampa. She married Robert "Bob" Carl Bonta in 1987 and they enjoyed their life together in Thonotosassa, FL. Loretta is survived by her spouse, Bob and her five children, Sharon Marie (Raymond) Tapia, Linda Lea (Skip) Knopke, Carol Sue King, Carl Wayne (Susanne) LaMonte, and Brian Ernest LaMonte. She was the loving grandmother to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following cremation, the family will celebrate her life Sunday, April 13 in their home at 12421 Eloian Dr., Thonotosassa at 2 pm. Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society is handling her arrangements. Share a memory with the family at:

BURGHOLZER, Alfred A. 87, of Seminole, died on March 28, 2014 at Bay Pines VA Health Care System. He was an Army veteran of WWII. Full obituary and guestbook can be seen at

BURT, Sylvia E. 87, died March 29, 2014. Survived by daughter, Ana (John); granddaughter, Kaia. Pre-deceased by husband, Roger and son, Rodney. Whitfield Funeral Home

CAROTHERS, Shirley S. 88, of Clearwater, passed away Sunday March 30, 2014 at her home. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home (727) 796-1992 or for online guestbook.

CASTER, Christopher E. 63, Floral City, died April 4 2014 at Hospice of Citrus County. Service Sunday, April 27, 3 pm at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

CONROY, Elizabeth J. 92, passed April 4, 2014. Sur-vived by loving family. Visit April 7, 2-4 & 6-8, 280 Mariner Mass, St. Theresa, April 8, 10 am. Full obit: Brewer & Sons 352-688-4991

CONWAY, Mary E. 78, a Tampa native and Anheuser-Busch retiree, passed away on April 4, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Vicci Conway of the Austin, TX area. Per her request, there will be no services. 813-237-3345

CRADDOCK, Jean F. age 82, of Safety Harbor, died April 2, 2014. Survived by her loving family and friends. Oldsmar (813)855-2439

DEBRUYN, Jason Eric 29, of St Petersburg, passed away April 1, 2014. Son of Eric DeBruyn and the late Wanda Smith. Survivors include father, Eric and his wife Ginger; three sisters, Catrina, Megan, and Samantha DeBruyn; 1 brother, Joshua DeBruyn; stepsister, Starna McKinnon, all of Florida; maternal grandmother, Donna Smith of Brooksville, FL; additional survivors include his long time girlfriend, Amanda Jimenez; 3 children, Skyler and Lailani DeBruyn, stepson, David Hecke, of St. Petersburg; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. All family and friends are welcome to join in a celebration of life on Sunday, April 13th, 11 am at Fort Desoto Park Pavilion #5.

EDWARDS, John G. "Jack" 82, passed away March 12, 2014. Jack served in the Air Force during the Korean War and retired NY State Security Officer. Upon retiring, Jack moved to Florida and was involved in several veterans' organizations including the Korean War Veterans Asso-ciation (KWVA) in which he was founder and president of the Sunshine State Chapter, first president KWVA depart-ment of Florida and KWVA National Director for several years. Jack is survived by his wife, Jean of 60 years; daughter, Debbie; and sons, David, Dennis, Douglas, Darryl and Derek. Jack was preceded in death by his youngest child, Danny. There will be a mem-orial service and life cele-bration April 6th, 2-4 pm at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater.

ESPARZA, Joanne L. departed to Heaven on April 4, 2014, and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Esparza. She is survived by her five children; three step children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, which were her greatest accomplishment. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the funeral service, Funeral service will be 3 pm Monday April 7, 2014 at Sun City Center Funeral Home 1851 Ricken-backer Drive, Sun City Center. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, (813) 634-9900.

FAVA, Yves C. slipped quietly into heaven surrounded by her best friend and husband, Hugh Fava and close family members April 2, 2014. She was born in Newark, NJ May 19, 1934. She is survived by her husband and her two children, Robert Macculloch and Robin (Mac-culloch) Elsen, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grand-children. She was a member of the Church of the Isles and graced their choir with her heavenly voice for many years. She was a cherished member and treasurer of the Timeless Treasures Doll Club where she formed close relationships with other artisans and enthusiasts who shared her passion for the world of dolls. If you wish to honor Yves, in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Timeless Treasures Doll Club where it will be used to support the club's various local charity commitments. Services for Yves will be held at Hubbell Funeral Home Wednesday, April 9, at 1 pm with visitation one hour prior. Words of comfort may be expressed at: Hubbell Funeral Home 727-584-7671

FELDER, LEO of St. Petersburg, passed Thursday April 3, 2014. He is survived by his loving family. "A McRae Service"

FELTS, Marie L. 82, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Bayfront Medical Center. A Memorial service will be held at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home 2201 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, Tuesday April 8, at 11 am. Visit the personalized online Guestbook at:

FRIEDLEY, Dale L. 63, of St. Petersburg, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014. Survived by brothers, Darl and Dean; sister, D'Ann; and friends.

FRIER, Mary 76, passed away April 4, 2014. Her funeral service will take place Monday, April 7, 2014, 1pm, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to

GASSMAN, Grace F. 69, of Tampa, formerly of Levittown, Long Island, passed away in the presence of her loving family on March 29, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Walter; her children, daughter, Gina and husband, Louis Reyes; son, Keith; and her 4 adoring grandchildren, Kyra, Olivia, Dom and Nick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace's name to the Tampa Humane Society or the American Cancer Society. Visitation is private under supervision of Brewer & Sons Funeral Home Town & Country 813-887-4991.

GOODRICH, Elsa S. 71, of Lutz, went home to be with the Lord April 3, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Paul; her brother, Barry Schreibman and his two sons; sister-in-law, Winola Leach; nieces and nephews, Marilyn Thornton, Ronald Leach, Chris Leach, James Leach, and Darlene Neiman. She was a lover of animals and rescued all sorts of animals from birds to dogs. She and Paul traveled extensively throughout the world. She worked for IBM for over 25 years in computer programming and management. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 3 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Ave, Tampa. Friends and family will be received from 2-3 pm.

HALL, Beatrice E. 88, passed April 2, 2014. Survived by daughter, Judith Folde and loving family. Visit April 8, 10-10:30, 280 Mariner. Burial Florida National 12:30. Obit at

HOAGLAND, George Richard 67, of Tampa, died April 1, 2014. He is survived by his loving family. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home 813-237-3345

HOBBS, Donald Peyton "Donnie" born Nov. 11, 1995, left his temporary home to be in his permanent home with the Lord Jesus Christ April 2, 2014. His service will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 at Dobies Funeral Home, 8825 Old County Rd. 54, New Port Richey. Receiving of friends from 5-7 pm, service will follow from 7-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, please visit the website "" in honor of Donnie. Friends of Donnie's, if you wish to write him a letter/note or give him something sentimental, please feel free to do so and you may place it in his casket.

HOWARD, Phyllis A. 83, Inverness, died April 4, 2014 at Hospice of Citrus County. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness

HULLER, Frank Jonathan 28, passed away, April 2, 2014. Survived by loving family. Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Point Funeral Home. To view online guest book please see

JANI, Aldona Maria 95, passed April 1, 2014. Sur- vived by husband, Joe & loving family. Gathering, April 9, 10-10:30, 280 Mariner, Service at 10:30 at Brewer Chapel. Obit at 352-688-4991

JONES, Dennis C. died April 1, 2014 of natural causes, in his home. He was born May 23, 1951, and attended local schools. A Celebration of Life will be held at Weedon Island Saturday, April 12th, at 10:30 am.

JUDY, Betty Jean of St. Petersburg, left us for Paradise on March 16, 2014. A service was held March 21, at Grace Bible Church. She was loved and will be missed.

KAPRAK, Jan R. 56, passed April 2, 2014. Survived by daughters, Felicia & Jennifer; mother, Mildred; sib-lings David, Bob, Ervene; grandchildren Brien, Cynthia, Emily, predeceased by son John.

KAUPA, Louis A. 79, of Spring Hill, died March 25, 2014. Survived by wife, Marie; stepchildren, Maureen, Brian, & Kevin; sisters, Barbara, Rosemary, & Katie; and loving family. Dobies FH/Hudson

KEEHN, Gladys Emily 93, of Spring Hill, passed away April 2, 2014. Funeral service 11 am, April 7, at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson. Visitation one hour prior to service.

KOMINSKI, Carlene 88, of Holiday, died April 4, 2014. Survived by children, Joseph, Charles, Kathleen; 2 grandchildren, Ursula, Luke; 4 great-grands. Dobies FH

LaVOY, DeForest our most loved husband and father, passed away on March 28, 2014. He was born in Syracuse, NY, on April 18, 1930, the son of the late DeForest LaVoy and Anita Young LaVoy. He graduated from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, in 1947 and attended Oswego State College before moving to Tampa with his parents in 1949. He continued his education at the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English in 1952. While at the University, he was active in sports, rowing crew on the Tampa Great Team of "8" and participated in many regattas with other colleges on the East Coast. He was a member of the Beta Chi fraternity. After graduation from college he enlisted in the Navy and did three tours of duty in the Pacific during the Korean War. DeForest (DE) met his wife, Madge Kleinhammer a fellow University of Tampa student and they were married in 1953. They celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on Jan. 17, 2014. De had a very successful career in the insurance industry working with both commercial and personal lines of insurance. He retired from Florida Federal Savings and Loan in St. Petersburg in 1993 as Senior Vice President and Manager of Florida First service Cooperation, a subsidiary of Florida Federal. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Lodge 139 in St. Petersburg for 53 years, a member of the Scottish Rite in Tampa, and a member of the Egypt Temple Shrine where he was an active member of the Patrol and served on the Shriner's Hospital Committee for Crippled Children. He is survived by his wife, Madge; and his two wonderful children, Patricia LaVoy Fuller and her husband, John Fuller, and DeForest LaVoy III and his wife, Patti Wilsey LaVoy and their three children, DeForest LaVoy IV, Kirsten LaVoy and Brooke LaVoy. De was always fun loving and happy with a positive outlook on life. His reward in life was to reach out to others. He was an avid reader and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He and his wife Madge, loved to travel with friends and family reaching all 50 states, Europe and cruising the seas. In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriner's Hospitals for Children are appreciated at Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. A Celebration of Life for family and close friends will be held at a later date.

LEIPSKI, Hans Georg 90, of Seminole, passed away on April 3, 2014, with loving family by his side. For further details please see

LEMIEUX, Joyce L. age 88, died March 31, 2014. She is survived by one son, Gerald (Jerry) Lemieux, along with other family. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home.

MACEINA, Michele Emily age 43, of Hudson, has passed away and gone to Heaven with the Angels on March 31, 2014. Michele was born in Paterson, NJ and is survived by her son Austin; her parents, Donald and Shirley Maceina; as well as her siblings, Cristy and husband Tom McCall, Dawn, Beth, Donald; her nephew Joe. Michele was a free spirit and lived life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed and our Love will be with her always.

MAIRS, William Norton Jr. 84, of Seminole, died Thursday, March 27, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 9 am, April 12, at the St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, in Largo.

MARLER, Jean Elizabeth 74, of Tampa, passed away March 26, 2014 at the Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL. She was born in Danbury, CT, moved to Tampa in 1952, was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Her pride and joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Marler; sons, Edward Ward and Kenneth Ward; daughters, Sandra Marler and Debra Marler Duffy; sisters, Darlene Warner Crumley and Martha Rose; brothers, Edward Warner and Dennis Warner; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place at 7 pm Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Northgate Baptist Church, 1301 W. Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 33612. Condolences may be expressed online at MacDonald Funeral Home Tampa, FL 813-933-4950

MAY, Sandra K. 53, of Tampa, passed away on March 13, 2014 in Dunnellon. Sandra K. May was born in Tampa, to Edna and Walter Sawyer on July 12, 1960. She married Derrick May on Sept. 20, 1998. She graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School. She worked as a Client Services Supervisor for ADP for 19 years. Sandra is survived by her husband, Derrick May; and sons, Shane Wood, Christopher Wood and Richard May. On behalf of the May Wood family, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to be with us at Sandy's service held March 29, 2014. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home (813)887-4991

McLAREN, David Churchill 83, of Clearwater, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014. David was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Detroit, MI to Malcolm and Edna Cartwright McLaren. He grew up in Dearborn, MI and attended Greenfield Village Schools and Edison Institute. In 1939 he was selected by Ford to demonstrate, in front of 500 guests, the new Ford 9N Tractor and was featured with Henry Ford to plow a patch of soy beans at the Ford Estate in Dearborn showing that it was so easy to operate that an 8 year old could do it. In 1948 he moved to Belleair Beach with his parents and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1950. David is a USAF veteran, graduate of Southern Technical Institute and Nova University. He had his private pilot's license and volunteered within the community including at Everybody's Tabernacle. In 1986 David retired from GTE, Tampa after 29 years. Afterwards, he did consulting work with his company ITELA. He was a Life member and Past Regional Director of IEEE; he was a member, Deacon and Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. After retirement David enjoyed attending high school reunions, Clearwater Historical Society Fish Frys, traveling with his wife and his bicycle group, The Silver Riders. David is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lynn in 2013; and is survived by his children, Peter and his wife, Cindee, Carrie and her husband, Charles Star, Paul and his wife Karla; 4 grandsons, Malcolm, Sidney, Wesley, and Brad; his brother, John; nephew, Michael and nieces, Sue and Margaret. Visitation will be Friday, April 11, 6-8 pm at the funeral home, 693 S. Belcher Rd, Clearwater and service will be Saturday April 12, 11 am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater with interment to follow at Dunedin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Trinity Presbyterian Church. Please visit to view David's online memorial and sign the guest book. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Clearwater, FL

McTIER, Jacquez D. 19, of Seminole, passed away on March 28, 2014. Jacquez is survived by his loving family and friends.

MINER, Vivian Jean 93, of Odessa, passed away April 4, 2014. Vivian came to the USA from Canada as an infant. She taught 2nd grade in the Hillsborough County Public School system for 43 years. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Ray, Lala, Ruby, Etta, Perley, Dorothy, Walter, Ruth, and Arthur. She is survived by 2 nephews, 6 nieces, and several great-nephews and nieces. A graveside service will take place Wednesday, April 9, 2 pm at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to:

MINTERS, Arthur H. 81, of St. Petersburg, passed away on April 2, 2014. He is survived by a loving family.

MONTAGUE, Maude Nickols 98, of St. Petersburg died March 30, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born in Fabius, NY, on May 25, 1915 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1940. She is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, Dr. Richard Montague (S.U. 1940) whom she met her senior year. She is survived by three children, Stephen (London, England), John (Buffalo, NY), and Cynthia (Charleston, SC); grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. After previously living in the west, and in Tallahassee, she settled with her family in St. Petersburg in 1959. She was not only a loving mother but an excellent dress designer, homemaker, horsewoman, enthusiastic tennis player and musician. She enjoyed camping, canoeing and gardening. And, with her husband she travelled extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. As a long time resident of the Old Northeast she took an active interest in the city's architectural preservation and for many years has made the family home here a center for holiday gatherings. She will be sorely missed not only by her family and neighbors but by all who knew and loved her.

MOORE, Michael 46, of Holiday, died April 4, 2014. Survived by wife, Michele; children, Jessica, Chris, Corey; grands, Jayden, Nick; mother, Elizabeth; a brother; and 2 sisters.

NAJI, Kathryn S. 52, of Riverview, passed away April 3, 2014. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra Onstott. Survivors include her father, Robert Onstott; two brothers, Bobby Onstott and his wife, Mary and Rick Onstott and his wife, Chris; two sisters, Beth Dalrymple and her fiancé Mike Mountain, Karey Erickson and her husband, Eric; a niece, Autumn Erickson and a nephew, Eric Onstott. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900

NOBLE, Harrison H. 84, Largo, died March 30, 2014. Survived by wife, Maria S. Memorial service, April 10, at 10 am at Hubbell Funeral Home. Inurn-ment to follow at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

PARSONS, Giulia 70, of St. Petersburg died on March 29, 2014.She is survived by her loving family.Private arrangements by

PAUSTENBACH, Elizabeth "Liz" 83, of Riverview, entered into rest April 3, 2014. Coming from Arlington, VA, Liz has been a resident of the Brandon area since 1972. She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church where she sang in the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Joseph; parents, Frank and Gabriella Sobotka; seven brothers; and six sisters. Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Stowers Funeral Home, interment to follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Thursday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

PERKINS, Carl D. 55, of West Newton, MA, and Tarpon Springs, died March 24, 2014, see Boston Globe obit April 6, for more. Magni Funeral Home. Share a memory, email

PORLIDES, Irene age 88, of Tampa, passed away March 30, 2014. She was born in Jersey City, NJ. Predeceased by her husband, Simeon Porlides; and son, Christopher Porlides. Catholic by faith, she loved doing ceramics. She is survived by her loving sons, Richard Porlides (wife, Anna Marie), Gregory Porlides; grandsons, Nicolas Porlides, Mark Porlides; granddaughter, Kyra Porlides; 3 sisters and 1 brother; and many loving family and friends. Mass will be held at St. Francis Cab-rinis Church, at 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609 follow by Inurnment at Florida National Cemetery, 1:30 pm, at 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home (813)887-4991

POTENBERG, Marilyn Joy (Vogel), 50, of Oldsmar, died Sunday, March 30, 2014. She was born to Ruth (Vogel) Korn and the late Richard W. Vogel, Jan. 12, 1964, in Crugers, NY. Marilyn was a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School (1982) and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School (1983). She married Warren Potenberg of Oldsmar, FL in 1999. Marilyn was passionate about serving children; she was Children's Ministry Assistant at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, and served in previous roles as Director of Children's Ministry at Bethel Baptist Church in Vilas, NC and as Children's Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Warren Poten-berg; two children, Christian Potenberg (13) and Joshua Potenberg (12); mother, Ruth Korn (Albee Korn); sisters, Debra A. Vogel and Cynthia D. Stewart (Dana Stewart); brother, Richard S. Vogel (Stephanie Vogel); nephew, Jason W. Setzer (Meagan Setzer). She is also survived by nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 7 pm Thursday, April 10th at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. Interment will be held at 11 am Friday, April 11th at the Memorial Gardens at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas or Moffitt Cancer Center.

PRICKETT, Susann 54, of Zephyrhills, passed away April 2, 2014. She is survived by her loving family. Whifield Duneral Home

PRIOR, Douglas Lee of Fenton, MO, died peacefully on March 19, 2014 at the age of 71. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

PUIG, Ilka Munoz born 1940, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Zephyrhills, surrounded by her loving family. Ilka was born July 5, 1940 to parents Gilbert and Isabel Munoz, in Havana, Cuba and moved to Key West when she was a small child. She graduated from Key West High School in 1957. In 1975, the family moved to Land O'Lakes, where she established the Little Red Schoolhouse Montessori School. Ilka's love for teaching children inspired her to sell her business and return to college to earn her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ilka moved to Zephyrhills, in April of 1994 and began her teaching career in the Pasco County School District. Ilka taught English to the Spanish speaking children under the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program. In her endeavor to improve the education of these children, she extended her teaching to the parents of these children. She volunteered her spare time to adult literacy. Ilka's main passion was to help pregnant women who were lost in life. She became an advocate for these women and believed through her Christian faith that anything was possible through God. Ilka's dream was to one day see a facility built where these women could reside with their children and was instrumental in establishing the building fund for this cause. Through this non-profit corporation, she helped and inspired the women and their children that came through their center to better themselves through education. An avid traveler, Ilka enjoyed many trips to different areas around the world. She was a past member of Eastern Stars, member of Alpha Delta Kappa, and a member of the Alliance Church of Zephyrhills. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Isabel Munoz; and brother, Gibby Munoz. She is survived by her two sons, Mark Puig and his partner, Robert Collins of Orlando, and Steve Puig and his partner, Larry Shaw of Tampa; and daughter, Pamela Leonard, and husband, Chris of Pensacola; three sisters, Ceres Silva, Celia Munoz, and Niurka Burgess; granddaughter, Jessica; and grandson, Timothy; and two great-grandchildren, Robert Orlando and Madison Marie. A very special thanks to the outstanding Hospice staff who provided comfort and care during her last days. A Celebration Service will be held Saturday, April 12, from 12-1 pm at Zephyrhills Alliance Church, 6251 Fort King Road, with a luncheon afterwards to commemorate her life. Pastor Paul Bartnick of the Zephyrhills Alliance Church will officiate the Celebration Service. In lieu of flowers, Ilka requested donations be made to the Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center in her memory. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 925, Zephyrhills, FL 33539. Brandon Cremation & Funeral Services (813)654-4400

REIDER, John J. 87, passed away on April 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He resided in St. Peters burg for the last 46 years. He was a graduate of the University of Rochester, NY; and served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. He had a long and successful career with the Western Auto Company. Upon retirement, he opened the Den of Antiquity Tavern and was proprietor for 8 years. He was a past member of Loyal Order of Moose and served as governor of the Carpentersville, IL Lodge. He was a member of the American Legion Post 14, St. Petersburg. John enjoyed the pastimes of bowling, traveling and watching the Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers and Lightning. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Ann; and his son Kenneth (Lois) Reider; and daughter, Carol (Rick) Moran; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. In his wallet he carried the following quotes, "Every man's life ends the same way, and it is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguishes one man from the other." Ernest Hemmingway. "What you tolerate will continue." A private remembrance will be shared by his family. A Life Tribute, Gulfport.

RUTKOSKI, Joseph Jerome "Ski", 83, of St. Petersburg passed away March 27, 2014. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kay Lambert. He leaves behind his wife, Diana; daughters, Kem Kirkland and Karla McCaughey. A Memorial service will be held at 11 am Thursday, April 10, St. John's Vianney Catholic Church, 445 82nd Avenue, St. Petersburg.

SAMONS, Aduessa M. 67, died April 3, 2014. Visitation 5-7 pm, Thursday, April 10. Services 1 pm, Friday, April 11, at Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel. Burial Brooksville Cemetery.

SCAMBIO, Joseph M. 86, of Spring Hill, died April 3, 2014. A memorial mass will be 9:30 am Wednesday, April 9, at St. Frances Cabrini. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill

SCHWINGE, Arthur R. "Art" 83, of Spring Hill, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Born in Secaucus, NJ Jan. 8, 1931 to the late Ethyl and Arthur Schwinge, he was a Korean War veteran in the US Air Force. Art was a crackerjack mechanic who could fix anything and could frequently be found tinkering under the hood of his car or giving it a daily polish. He loved Nascar racing, the stock market, and lottery. Art is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elsie Schwinge; his sister, Jean Bujese of Homosassa; and three children, Jacqueline Slate, of Denver, CO, Laura Keller, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Arthur Lloyd Schwinge, of Maryville, TN. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brett Schwinge, Jenna Slate, Clayton Schwinge, and Casey Schwinge. A memorial service will be held at Downing Funeral Home, 11 am Monday, April 7.

SEIDEN, Patricia of Tampa, pas-sed away on March 30, 2014, at the age of 55. She was a wife to Paul Seiden and a proud mother of Deanna and Nicole Seiden. She was a registered Nurse loved by all and devoted to the constant delivery of compassionate care and to her two horses, Anna and Fancy. She was born in Baltimore, MD, to Matthew & Anna Haslbeck. She was Catholic. She is survived by her siblings, Barbara Haslbeck, Robert Haslbeck, Ronald Haslbeck, Kenneth Haslbeck, & James Haslbeck; her cousin, Christine Tavakoly; her nieces, Carrie Ewachiw, LeAnne Sta-ylor, Kaci Haslbeck, Amanda Haslbeck; and her nephew, Kirk Haslbeck. The family will receive friends 10-11 am, on Tuesday, April 8, followed by a funeral service at 11 am, in the chapel of MacDonald Funeral Home, 10520 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Interment will take place at 1:30 pm, Tuesday at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Condolences may be expre-ssed online at: MacDonald Funeral Home Tampa (813)933-4950

SEYMOUR, Lloyd Richard age 75, of Tierra Verde, passed a-way peacefully April 2, 2014. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Robin; daughter, Lauren; grandchildren, Amber, Dylan, and Kyle; and his beloved dog and angel, Freeman; extended family and friends. Lloyd was preceded in death by his son, Mark. He was born in Hartford, CT Oct. 23, 1938 to Lloyd Jarvis Seymour and Julia Senuta Seymour. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy and a lifetime Mason. He held various IT/Data processing positions while living in Connecticut until his move to St. Petersburg in the early 90's. A memorial service will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery April 25, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to The Brain Injury Association of Florida, Inc, to enable other T.B.I. survivors and caregivers to attend the annual summer camp T.B.I. this June. Beach Memorial Chapel

SLY, Robert Dell 59, Hudson, died April 4, 2014. Survivors, wife, Audrey; sons, Matthew and William Sly; granddaughter, Annika Sly; siblings, Judie Marchido, Linda Grow, Richard and Randall Sly. Dobies Funeral Home

SMITH, Harry C. 75, New Port Richey (and Springdale, AK), died March 30, 2014. Survived by brother, Allen (Tina); and family. Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care New Port Richey 727-645-6975

SNOW, Arthur L. Jr. "Roy" 76, of Tampa, went home on April 3, 2014. Roy served with the United States Air Force during Vietnam and retired in 1977 after 20 years of service. He was then an independent agent for American National Insurance Company. Roy was an active member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church and other memberships included Kairos, Emmaus, Gideons Northdale Camp, Global Ministries and a charter member of Northdale Tennis Club. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah "Debbie" Snow. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Anne-Lise Snow; son, Michael "Mik" Snow & his wife Vickie of Houston, TX; daughter, Angela "Angie" Snow of Tampa; grandchildren, Nikolas and Spencer Snow of Houston, TX, and LottieGrace Snow of Tampa; his sister, Annie-Mae Graham & her husband Carl of Lawrenceville, GA; A funeral service will take place 2 pm Saturday, April 12th at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, Tampa with a reception to follow. Interment with full military honors will take place at 4 pm Saturday at Lake Carroll Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Gideons Northdale Camp, PO Box 273727, Tampa 33688 or Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed online at MacDonald Funeral Home Tampa, FL 813-933-4950

ST. JOHN, Joseph Anthony age 101, was born in Schenectady, NY, in 1912. He is the last to survive of six children of Concetta (Vergine) and Ralph St. John (San Giovanni) who emigrated from the Compania province of Italy in the early 1900s. In 1960, he relocated to Tampa with his family. For 71 years, he has been married to Frances Szalinga St. John. They have three children: sons, David of Lithia, and Joseph of Nashville, TN, and a daughter, Donna St. John of the Washington, DC area and now living in St. Petersburg; also have 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grand-children, numerous nieces and nephews. A World War II veteran who served two tours of duty, Mr. St. John spent his entire, lengthy career in the food marketing business. He was transferred to Tampa in 1960 to become manager for a new chain of supermarkets in the Tampa Bay area. He retired at age 72 as collection manager for Li'l General. Previously, he was regional manager for Jackson Minit Markets. Following retirement, Mr. and Mrs. St. John enrolled in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, working at a Daystar Life Center (a local Catholic charity) for some 20 years. He also enjoyed traveling, visiting Europe and the Caribbean with his wife and, occasionally, with his grandson David. A longtime communicant of Christ the King Catholic Church and a member of the Rosary Makers. An Avid sports fan, who also loved to draw, creating original artworks on a near daily basis. Brewer & Son's Funeral Home - South Tampa Chapel

TALBOT, Marion Viola 96, Spring Hill, died April 2, 2014. Celebration on April 8 at 1 pm, First United Meth., 9344 Spring Hill Dr., burial at FL Hills Mem. Sign guest book at: 352-596-4991

TETT, Stanley J. "Stan" 88, of Clearwater, passed away April 2, 2014. A veteran of the Army Air Corps during WWII, he worked his entire career in the aerospace industry retiring as a Quality Assurance Manager for Fairchild Industries. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; daughter, Ginger Singh and son-in-law Paul; son, John Tett and daughter-in-law Mary; grandchildren, Anjuli and Jay Singh, Beckie, Ryan, Alison, and Adam Tett.

THORPE, Thomas I. 93, of Brandon, entered into rest April 4, 2014. A resident since 1961, Thomas came from Providence, RI. He was a member of Nativity Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Mother Seton Council #6724. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; son, Brad Van Buren. Survivors include his sons, Ronald Van Buren Karen), William Thorpe (Loretta); seven grandchildren, Lane, Clay, Lauren, Lyndsey, Kaitlyn, Ian, Rachel; three sisters, Bonnie Martindale, Ruth Ann Weiss, Patricia Wellham; three great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church. Interment to follow in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stowers Funeral Home. Please sign Thomas' guestbook at

TROTTIER, Linda Irene Loysch 68, of Plant City died of cancer Wednesday, April 3, 2014. Linda was born March 12, 1946 in Huntington, NY to Louis and Mabel Loysch. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jules Trottier; son, Richard (Kristine) Trottier of Plant City; daughter, Lisa Trottier of Brandon; brother, Tracy (Marcia) Loysch of Zephyrhills; loving grandmother to Kiana, Hannah and William Vire, Corbin and Christian Trottier. There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Trottier residence, 3301 Jap Tucker Rd, Plant City on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. Linda was loving, fun, supportive, creative and adventurous. Thank you to all her friends to come upon her path. Arrangements by Stowers Funeral Home. Please sign Linda's guestbook at

TYLER, Larry 73, of Dunedin, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014. He died peacefully with family and friends surrounding him. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Seabury; son, Jeff (Trina), Tyler; daughter, Sherri (Carl) Adams; and niece, Lisa (Tony) Herrera. He is also survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Penny Seabury , Karen Seabury; and grandchildren, Sara, Christen, Tyler and Frankie. A service will be held Saturday, April 12 at 2 pm at Moss Feaster in Dunedin. For online condolences vi-sit

VINCIGUERRA, Adelaide "Lalla", 88, of Pinellas Park, died April 2, 2014. She was born and raised in San Benedetto del Thonto, Italy. She moved to Chicago, IL in 1954 after her marriage to Ernest C. Vinciguerra, who preceded her in death in 2010. She worked as a meat packer for 35 years for the Carl Buddig Co. Survivors include her daughter, Roberta (Charles) Boyles; son, Ernest L. Vinciguerra; brother, Nino (Theresa) Marchionni; niece, Ernestine Bowen; other nieces and nephews and friends. A memorial service and interment will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery on Friday, April 25 at 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760 in memory of Adelaide.

VON PUSCH, Mark L. 57, of Temple Terrace, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014. He is survived by his loving family and many friends. Affinity Cremation

WELDEN, Elizabeth A. 55, Pinellas Park, died April 4, 2014. She is survived by her husband; son; and 5 siblings. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services 727-517-2340

WHEELUS, Georgia A. 83, formerly of Plant City, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. She was born in Sneads, Florida to the late Reason and Durwood Richards. Georgia is survived by her daughters, Hilda Jean Arvai and Harriet Vickie Decker; sons, Greg T. Wheelus and his wife Patricia, and Darrel Neil Wheelus; 10 grandchildren, Sharon, John Michael, Sherri, Rhonda, Gregory, David, Heather, Shelby, Alice and Josh; 11 great-grand-children; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She now joins in Heaven her beloved husband of 49 years, James Lee Wheelus; sons, James Lynn Wheelus and Marcus Wayne Wheelus; and daughters, Shirley Faye Wheelus, and Charlotte Ann Mooneyham. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Monday, April 7 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home of Brandon. Family will receive guests one hour prior to service. Georgia was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

WILSON, James Michael 70, of New Port Richey, FL, pas-sed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, peacefully at his home. He was raised in Brentwood, NY, and moved to Florida in 1978. He was a graduate of Long Island University. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Olga; daughter, Colleen; son, Brian; brothers, Fred and Paul; sister-in-law, Jackie; niece, Marcie; nephew, Steve; and their children, and many more brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Jim was an insurance agent and retired from Allstate Insurance after a successful 20 year career. He was devout Catholic and was a member St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hudson, FL. He loved to play gold and loved watching baseball and football. Jim was a kind and gentle man and more than anything, he enjoyed helping people and was always first in offering a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends and all the lives he has touched. Jim's graveside service will be held at North Meadowlawn Cemetery, 4244 Madison St., New Port Richey, FL, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11am.