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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituary

John Henry Bingler

John Henry Bingler, 96, of Bradenton, died Jan. 26.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. Bingler came to Bradenton from there in 1973. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service, retiring as district director in western Pennsylvania, from 1934-65. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1946 and served as Master in 1954. He was a member of the Shriners and the Syria and Sahib Temples.

Memorial services were Jan. 29 at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Wilda; son John H. Jr. of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James 'Herb' Mulroy

James "Herb" Mulroy, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 26.

Born in New Hamburg, N.Y., Mr. Mulroy moved to Manatee County from Pownal, Vt., in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a former member and past president of Southern Duchess Country Club of Beacon, N.Y., a member of the Key Royale Golf Club, and the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. He was a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and Pownal Vermont Historical Society. He was a member and resident of the Vermont Outing Club of Pownal. He was a lifetime fly fisherman and a lake and stream fisherman and woodcarver of birds, fish and ducks. He was a student of the history of golf and the Civil War.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Marian.

Carrie McCrary Skoloda

Carrie McCrary Skoloda, 66, of Anna Maria City, died Jan. 29.

Born in Erie, Kan., she retired to Anna Maria Island in 1999. She left Erie and worked as a secretary in Kansas City, Kan., where she met and married her Robert E. Fries Jr.   They lived in several parts of the country before moving to Malvern, Pa. She was widowed at a young age and raised her two children. She owned "The London," a restaurant in Philadelphia. She met and married Thomas Skoloda in 1974, and lived in Lyndell, Pa., until moving to Florida. She was an award-winning artist, exhibiting in galleries in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, and was a collector of art and antiques and operated her gallery, the Lyndell Gallery and assisted in her husband's practice for more than 20 years.

In Anna Maria, she renovated and operated Yellow Bird Cottage and was an active member of the set crews at the Island Players theater. She was an avid athlete and competed in tennis, racquetball, running, triathlons and canoe and kayak races.

Friends are invited to gather at her home from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 775 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband Thomas; sister Janice McCoy of Erie; daughter Elizabeth Rene Fries of Kennett Square, Pa.; son Robert Eric Fries of Jacksonville; grandchildren Rylan Caspar of West Chester, Pa., Charlotte Casper Grady of Wolcott, Vt., Robert and Nathan Fries of Whing, Ill.; and great-grandchild Annabelle Grady of Wolcott, Vt.

Ralph F. Thayer

Ralph F. Thayer, 106, of Longboat Key, died Jan. 6.

Mr. Thayer moved to Longboat Key from Bethel, Conn., in 1999. He was a mechanic in the automobile parts industry, then a plumber before joining Dolan Co. in the heavy equipment industry in Bethel for 18 years. He was an owner of a Ford automotive agency in Bethel from 1949-65. He was a member of the Masonic Order and the Eastern Star. He was a member and past president of the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Bethel.

Memorial services were held in Bethel and on Jan. 16 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

He is survived by wife E. Muriel; daughter Patricia T. Walberg of Brookfield, Conn.; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

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