Obituaries – 12-22-2010

Patricia R. Cook

Patricia R. Cook, 76, Holmes Beach, died Dec. 19. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1998 from Fenton, Mich.

Mrs. Cook was a member of Crosspointe Fellowship, the Elkettes of BPOE 1511 and the Women’s Organization at Crosspointe Fellowship.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, with a service at 2 p.m. at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8608 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Cook is survived by husband Bruce W. of Holmes Beach; son Mitchell Huntley of High Point, N.C.; daughter Susan Lindsay of Melbourne, Fla.; step-sons Rodney of Vernon, Mich. and Todd of Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Albert Fuchs

Kenneth Albert Fuchs, 91, died Dec. 10. He was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Milwaukee.

Mr. Fuchs was a graduate of West Division High School. He spent 42 years employed with F.W. Woolworth Co., rising from stock boy, stock manager, district manager to buyer in the Woolworth executive office in New York City. He retired in 1980.

He and wife Celia lived in Manatee County for 30 years, and for 25 years at Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.

A service was held Dec. 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Inturnment was to be in Milwaukee with his wife.

Mr. Fuchs is survived by his daughters, Gail of Ventura, Calif., Diane of West Allis, Wis., and Sandy of San Antonio.

John Joseph Merrigan III

John Joseph Merrigan III, 45, also known as Judge and Chainsaw, died Dec. 3.

He was a surfer, hunter and a sea captain. His stories will be remembered forever.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. To leave memories or remarks, visit

Mr. Merrigan is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter Brittany Trauthwein; siblings Maureen, Colleen, Jamie and Chris; nieces and nephews Shaylee, Olivia, Samantha, Anna Maria, Reagan, Devon, Kyle and Bobby; grandmother Bea Alpaugh; sisters-in-law Shannon, Marji and Wendi; brother-in-law Ted; and parents Fran and Bob Fletcher and Sondra and Red Crager.

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