Obituaries – 02-22-2012

Patrice Conner

Patrice Conner, 55, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 8.

Service was Feb. 16 in Tampa. Garden of Memories Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mrs. Conner is survived by husband Jeffrey; sister Linda and husband David Blatt; a step-son and nephews and their families.


Patricia Hanahan Engman

Patricia Hanahan Engman, of Anna Maria, died Feb. 20. She was born May 1, 1942, at Camp Stuart in Hinesville, Ga., and grew up in Lakeland, Fla., where she attended Lakeland Senior High School.

Mrs. Engman received her A.B. degree, cum laude, in 1965 from Coker College, Hartsville, S.C., and her J.D. degree from the University of Florida Law School in 1969.

Following law school, she clerked for Judge David McCain of the Fourth District Court of Appeals of Florida.

In 1970, she was assistant to the campaign manager for Lawton Chiles during the first Walkin’ Lawton Campaign for the U.S. Senate. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1971 as a staff attorney for Senator Chiles. In following years, Mrs. Engman served as a congressional liaison officer for the Federal Trade Commission, counsel for legislative and administrative affairs for Bristol-Myers, and as the executive director at the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies. In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to a President’s Emergency Board.

She was active in numerous community and civic affairs in Washington and in her Florida retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C., and Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Washington Women’s Forum. She served on the board of trustees of Coker College 1993-1999 and received its distinguished alumni award. In her retirement, she sat on the board of Florida House and was a member of the Suncoast Women’s Forum. She was a member of Key Royale Club and the Bradenton Country Club.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mrs. Engman is survived by sons Geoffrey of Texas, Jonathan of Michigan and Richard of Florida; brother Dr. Ralph Bailey Hanahan IV; sisters Christy Hanahan Powell and Elizabeth (Lisa) Hanahan Taylor; eight grandchildren; and her fiancé, John Kolojeski.


Penny Anne Miller

Penny Anne Miller, 53, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 8.

She was born Sept. 8, 1958, in Allentown, Pa. She had moved to Florida in 1979.

Schaeffer Funeral Home, Lehighton, Pa., was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Miller is survived by her longtime companion, Ben Azerli, of Holmes Beach.


Vienna E. Miranda

Vienna E. Miranda, 93, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 18.

Vienna was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Women’s Auxiliary at the church.

Mrs. Miranda is survived by her sons, Frank Miranda of Tampa and Edward Miranda of Sarasota; sister, Edwina Letteriello of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandson, Michael Miranda and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Funeral mass will take place at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at St Bernard Catholic Church with burial to follow at Mansion Memorial Park.


Theresa J. Treni

Theresa J. Treni, 84, of Holmes Beach, formerly of Bradenton and Sarasota, died Feb. 16. She was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Altoona, Pa.

Mrs. Treni came to Florida in 1983 to Sarasota and Bradenton, and then to Holmes Beach. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic church, Holmes Beach.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated sometime after Easter at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Shannon Funeral Home-Westview Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mrs. Treni is survived by husband Henry; sons Michael of Ramsey, N.J., Stephen of Englewood, and Henry of Venice; daughters Rebecca of Beorne, Texas, and Tammy Riddle of Venice; sister Donna Stoltenberg of Altoona, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Peter Johnson Van Pelt

Peter Johnson Van Pelt, 74, of Bradenton, died Feb. 6, after an extended illness. He was born June 13, 1937, at Rockville Center, Long Island, N.Y.

Mr. Van Pelt served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1962 installing landing equipment. His career included work in management for W.T. Grant, Singer, WLFH Radio and Moval Management Corp. In 1974, he joined a team established by U.S. Rep. Donald Mitchell (N.Y.) to rescue the Library Bureau Inc. The team organized and purchased the Library Bureau. Mr. Van Pelt was its sales manager in Florida.

Mr. Van Pelt retired in 1991 to Bradenton, where he established two businesses, Birkey’s Cleaners and the Deli and Bagel Shop at Braden River Plaza, Bradenton.

He was a member of the Herkimer Area Development Corp., Lions Club and Kiwanis Club, a life-time member of the Elks Lodge and Roser Memorial Community Church.

A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Van Pelt is survived by his wife of 51 years, Louise (Smith); son Craig J. of Ilion, N.Y.; extended family and many friends.

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