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Obituaries – 06-20-2012

Wesley J. ‘Mike’ Cantrall

Wesley J. “Mike” Cantrall, 73, of Holmes Beach, died June 8. He was born in Carlinville, Ill., and moved to Holmes Beach in 2009 from Round Hill, Va., where he lived from 1974-2009.

Mr. Cantrall was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he was a member of Loudoun Volunteer Care Givers, and he was past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.

Memorial Services will be at a later date in Virginia. Memorial donations may be made to Loudoun Volunteer Care Givers, 704 S. King St., Suite 2, Leesburg VA 20176 or online at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences

Mr. Cantrall is survived by wife Jane; sons Nelson Wayne Ellmore of Big Pool, Md., Jason Michael of Berryville, Va., James Wesley of Round Hill, Va., John Alexander of Round Hill, Va.; daughter Laura Jane Valle of Lucketts, Va.; sisters Alice Jean Shafer of Rock Island, Ill., Jane Marie Leigh of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Sara Elizabeth Vance Carner

Sara Elizabeth Vance Carner, 98, of Bradenton, formerly of DeLand, died June 11. She was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Fort Valley, Ga.

Mrs. Carner graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., where she met Gerald Carner and they were married in December 1936.  The couple served from 1937 to 1984 as missionaries in India where they ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished rural people. She was dearly loved by the Indian people with whom she worked, and they called her “Auntie.”

A service was held June 16 in Fort Valley, Ga. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Council of the Ramabai Mukti Mission, P.O. Box 4912, Clinton NJ 08809. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge or arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Carner is survived by her children, Laura Scribner, Ruth Richardson and husband, Alex of Holmes Beach, Gerald and wife Virginia, and David and wife Kay; 12 grandchildren  and 12 great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Maria Lombardo and the staff of the Lombardo Home.


Christopher Madden

Christopher Madden, 52, of Holmes Beach, died June 9. He was born Nov.12, 1959, in Sarasota.

Mr. Madden graduated Southeast High School, Bradenton, and earned his barber’s license in Sarasota.        According to his sister, Kelly Warne, “Christopher was a man of infinite style, from his hats to his cooking. He celebrated every day occasions with flair. He loved the outdoors, to camp, fish, surf, skateboard, bike, run, swim, and take part in triathlons. He was quick to smile and talk to whomever he would meet, including cats. Chris loved to take things apart and sometimes put them back together. He looked at the world in wonder, amazed to learn new things every day and find treasures to share. He loved his family and friends. They carried him through in his happiest and hardest times.

Family and friends will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, to remember Mr. Madden at Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Those attending are asked bring a story or a photo, and a dish of food to share. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Glens, 379 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton FL.

Mr. Madden is survived by his father Don, of Holmes Beach; mother Joy Madden Raynor of Bonaire, Ga.; brother Patrick Madden of Bradenton; and sister Kelly Madden Warne of Sarasota.


William M. Culhane

William M. “Willy” Culhane, 58, Bradenton, died June 5. He was born in Paterson, N.J., and moved in 1986 to Bradenton from Hawthorne, N.J.

Mr. Culhane was Catholic. He had previously been employed as a sous chef/day cook at Harry’s Continental Kitchens for 19 years until 2006.

Memorial services are to be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Culhane is survived by sons William of Bradenton and Shawn of Naperville, Ill.; daughters Christine of Bradenton and Cindy Connelly of Boston; brothers Paul of Port Charlotte, Michael of Bradenton, Edward of Totowa, N.J., and Timothy and wife Laurie of Hawthorne, N.J.; sister Kathy and husband Robert Kelley of Sarasota; three grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.


Norma Jean Dawson

Norma Jean Dawson, 84, of Bradenton, died June 11. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Newton Falls, Ohio.

Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Women of the Moose, Anna Maria Island Chapter, and the Red Hat Society.

There will be no services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Dawson is survived by husband John E.; son Bruce Schwartzmiller of Rootstown, Ohio; daughters Sandy Sumpter and Diana Richards, both of Warren, Ohio, and Donna Moree of Woodstock, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Thomas Joseph Harter

Thomas Joseph Harter, 51, of Bradenton, died June 5.  He was born Oct. 4 1960, to Rosemary Eileen and Robert Frederick Harter.

Tommy began and ended his life at Manatee Memorial Hospital, having lived his life always in the sight of water. His life was blessed; he will be missed; he left too soon. Tommy was many things and, most of all, he was memorable.

Tommy was born and raised in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, claiming to be as local as the oldest rattle snake. He attended Anna Maria Elementary, played Pee Wee football, and was an alter boy at St. Bernard Catholic Church – where he was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed.


Donald J. McSparran

Donald J. McSparran, 80, of Bradenton, died June 9. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. and moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Madison, Conn.

Mr. McSparran was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. He graduated St. Peters College in Jersey City, N.J., and he was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach, and American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, Bradenton.

Visitation and a wake were held June 15, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bradenton. Service was June 16 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church Pew Renovation Fund, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. McSparran is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane; sons Daniel of New London, Conn., and Peter of Buckeye, Ariz.; daughters Maureen Ruby of Madison, Conn., Mary Ellen Krom of Bristol, Conn., Jacqueline Cirillo of Overland Park, Kan.; and Kathleen Mendonca, and Theresa McSparran, both of Madison, Conn.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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