Robert W. Nelson
Robert W. Nelson, 57, of St. Armands Key, died Oct. 6.
Mr. Nelson was a local broadcaster and, with his parents, founded WBRD-AM and WDUV-FM radio stations and Sarasota-based Channel 40 television. He began his broadcasting career at age 15 as program director of WBRD, and served as engineer and broadcaster for the stations. He had the honor of "throwing the switch" to start up the TV station for Channel 40 in October 1971. WDUV became the highest-rated "beautiful music" radio station in the country and is still the top-rated station in that genre in the Tampa Bay area.
A celebration of life was held Oct. 10 at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Toale Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Ellen Kay; daughters Catherine Bette Annis of Holmes Beach and Melanie Dawn of Tampa; sons Robert Wayne Jr. of Palmetto and Tyler Charles of Sarasota; sisters Christine Lee Todd of Bradenton and Kayla Elizabeth of Sarasota; step-brother Ryan Joseph Farley of Winston-Salem, N.C.; father Robert R. of Sarasota; and five grandchildren.
Jule Van Ostenbridge
Jule Van Ostenbridge, 73, of Bryson City, N.C., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Oct. 9.
Born in Patterson, N.J., Ms. Van Ostenbridge came to Manatee County from Clifton, N.J., in 1958, then moved to Bryson City in 1990. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Brush Creek Extension Club, both in Bryson City. She was a member of the Bryson City Presbyterian Church.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 508 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Shirley Esposito of Palmetto; son Ron of Bradenton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.