Obituaries – 04-27-2011

Thelma Caveny Traylor
Thelma Caveny Traylor, 88, of York, S.C., died April 21.

She attended York schools and graduated from Kings College in Charlotte. She later worked at M. Lowenstein and Cannon Mills as a bookkeeper.

Service and burial were in York.

Mrs. Traylor is survived by daughters Margaret L. Caveny of Holmes Beach, Pat and husband Billy Benfield of Rock Hill, S.C., and Sandi and husband Freck Branch of McConnells, S.C.; sons Bill Caveny of York and Bobby and wife Barbara Caveny of York; brother Claude Youngblood; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Patricia ‘Patty’ Hurley Graham
Patricia “Patty” Hurley Graham, 71, a 21-year resident of Cortez, formerly of Guilford, Conn., died April 19 in Bradenton. She was born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 24, 1939.

Mrs. Graham was a parishioner of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was proud of her Irish heritage. and was known to be creative, artistic and especially revered for her cooking.

A family celebration of her life is being planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or online at

Arrangements were entrusted to Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Condolences to

She is surived by her husband of 42 years, Donald; son Lester Montgomery of Branford, Conn.; grandson Justin Montgomery, granddaughter Sharon Montgomery Tarantino of Bradenton; three “bonus” children, Pamela Graham Walz of Ellenboro, N.C., Jonathan Graham of Boiling Springs, S.C., and Debra Graham Rhodes of Cortez; seven additional grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and three nieces, Renee Boyington of Madison, Conn., and Janice Florio and Diana Panagrossi, both of Branford, Conn.

Gerhard John
Gerhard John, 80, of Anna Maria Island and Halstenbek, Germany, died Aug. 8, 2010.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive.

Mr. Gerhard is survived by wife Karin; son Dirk and wife Nicole; daughter Ute; and grandchildren Lara and Arne.

Joseph M. McDonald
Joseph M. McDonald, 76, of Cortez, died April 19 following an auto accident. He was born in Cortez Feb. 6, 1935, and was raised there.

Mr. McDonald served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a life-long commercial fisherman at Cortez. In his later years, he fished with nephew Harry Mofield, also a commercial fisherman.

A memorial luncheon to celebrate Mr. McDonald’s life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.

Mr. McDonald is survived by wife Patsy (Ort); daughter Peggy; grandchildren Patsy Powell, Travis Cox, John Foster and Josey; and siblings Jane (Treglown), John, Judy (Augsburger), Jacqueline (Mofield) and Joyce (Davis); and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Alice M. Platt
Alice M. (nee Connelley) Platt of Anna Maria Island, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died April 15.

Service was in West Seneca, N.Y.

Mrs. Platt is survived by her hustand of 64 years, William J.; son William J. and wife Patricia, Debra Anne and husband Richard Lawrence and Gary and wife Rita; grandchildren Brian and wife Julia, Christopher and wife Kristy Lawrence, Sean and Michael; and great-grandchildren Chase and Camryn Lawrence.

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