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Date of Issue: January 30, 2008

Obituaries

Donald L. Geeding

Donald L. Geeding, 67, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 28, 2007.

Born in Franklin, W.Va., Mr. Geeding was the former owner of 24/7 Cool in Bradenton. Visitation was Jan. 5 and services Jan 7. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lucinda “Cindy”; son David; and grandchildren Heather, Troy and Brandy.

 

Arthur E. Halvordson

Arthur E. Halvordson, 89, of Northport, N.Y., and formerly Cold Spring Harbor, died Jan. 16.

Mr. Halvordson was retired as an executive form R.H. Macy’s. He was a decorated veteran of World War II who received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions at the Battle of the Bulge.

Memorial services and burial were Jan. 20 and 21 in New York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Education Fund, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

He is survived by companion Margaret “Peg” Potter of Holmes Beach; daughter Donna Porter and husband Joe, Jane Grace and husband Jim; son Peter and wife Tricia; grandchildren Devin Crimmins, Greg and Andrew Porter, Tucker, Adam and Lukus Grace, Jeffrery and Christina Goldblum; Kyle, Casey, Kevin and Cooper; and great-grandchildren Tucker Jr., Bennett and Lawson Grace.

 

Mildred Mary Sulis Mansfield

Mildred Mary Sulis Mansfield, 97, died Jan. 17.

Mrs. Mansfield was born in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Memorial services were Jan. 19 at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Cremation and Funeral Center was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by daughter Margaret Frantz; sons Peter and Richard; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Carol Louise Agard Nunn

Carol Louise Agard Nunn, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 13.

Mrs. Nunn moved to Holmes Beach as a winter resident in 1963 and became a fulltime resident in 1975. She and her family owned and operated Taughannock Farms Inn overlooking Cayuga Lake, Near Ithaca, N.Y. She attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, where she helped with dinner dances, baking pies for bake sales and ushering during afternoon Masses.

A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with a reception to follow. For pictures and to sign the guest book, go to www.mem.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Talking Books, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34207; Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238; or Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by daughters Mary E. Maki and husband Raymond of Newtown, Conn., Michelle M. Jackson and husband Daniel of New Milford, Conn., daughter-in-law Virginia; grandchildren Stephen, Monica Van Handel, Melissa and Brennen Maki, Nicole and Philip Jackson; great-granddaughter Amanda Van Handel; and sister-in-law Beverly Agard. 

 

Joan Shaw Perry

Joan Shaw Perry, 68, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 15.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Perry moved to Holmes Beach in 1995. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton, and its Daughters of the King. She served on the board of directors of ManaSota-88, was a member of the Sierra Club and served as president of the Kentucky Conservation Committee. She was a member of Save Anna Maria Inc. She served as deputy county judge-executive in Madison County, Ky., for two terms. She was instrumental in founding the Madison County library system and was active in the Madison County League of Women Voters.

 She held a bachelor of arts degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in psychological counseling from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bunny Garst, one of the founders of SAM, worked with Mrs. Perry. “She was an absolutely remarkable woman,” she said. “She was extremely bright, and her death will be a great loss to the community. We’ll all miss her.”

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore remembered Mrs. Perry’s bids for public office in Holmes Beach. “She held us all accountable in government regarding growth and the environment,” Whitmore said. “She and her husband were very civically active.”

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Christ Episcopal Church,  4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34239, ManaSota-88, or the church.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jerry Paul; daughter Jessica of Richmond, Ky.; sons David and wife Cecilia of Charlotte, N.C., and Sean and wife Laura of Berea, Ky.; brother John W. Shaw and wife Libby of Saxonburg, Pa.; sister Susan Dalgleish and husband Dennis of Franklin, N.C.; aunt Martha Wilde of Bradenton; and grandchildren Katriel, Ashley, Michael-Tyler and Allen.

 

Mary F. Ryan

Mary F. Ryan, 81, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 15.

Ms. Ryan was formerly of Quincy, Mass.

Memorial services were Jan. 21 at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria City.

She is survived by brother Stephen Erwin; sister Deb Domino; niece Saralee Kramer; and cousin Helen Daugherty.

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