Obituaries – 03-20-2013

Jean Foster

Jean Foster, 85, of Cortez, died March 11. she was born in Peoria, Ill.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree with a focus in geriatric social work from the University of Minnesota. She married Gramer Foster in 1947.

She worked as a geriatric social worker at the Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minn., where she was dedicated to helping the elderly.

She was known for her love of animals, took part in animal rescue organizations and welcomed many adopted pets into her home.

A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday, March 19, at St. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Share-A-Pet/Wildlife Club Program, Associated Humane Societies, PO Box 43, Forked River NJ 08731-0043. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Foster is survived by husband Gramer; daughter Carol; grandchildren Jesse, Dannielle and Garrett; and great-granddaughter Kali.


Vera Mae Workman

Vera Mae Workman, 75, of Bradenton Beach, died March 10. She was born July 23, 1937, in Cincinnati.

She married Terrell Nichols in 1955 and moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., where Terrell served in the U.S. Army Special Forces known as Green Berets. After his discharge, the family returned to Ohio where she was employed at the Cincinnati Veterans Hospital. She transferred to the Cleveland Veterans Administration in 1968 as executive secretary. In 1975, the family moved to Arizona to start a business, Nichols Hydraulics Inc. Ms. Workman served as secretary/treasurer as well as office manager.

Mr. Nichols was originally from Terra Ceia, and the couple commuted from Arizona to Bradenton Beach for many years until retirement in 1988.

Ms. Workman served on the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board was a volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory and other charities. Her pet project was caring for feral cats.

A service was held March 16 at Palma Sola Community Church, Bradenton.

Ms. Workman is survived by husband Terrell; son Terry and wife Linda; granddaughters Kelly and Kathy; grandsons Kris and Erik; five great-grandchildren; brother Howard and his wife Jayne Workman; nieces Leah, Sara, Libby and Barbara; nephew Gene; and her beloved house cats, Blue and Missy.


M.A. ‘Bo’ Warner Jr.

M.A. “Bo” Warner Jr., 93, of Bloomington, Minn. and Anna Maria Island, died March 8. He was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Minneapolis.

He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan. He served the U.S. Army as an officer in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He worked in the insurance business for 38 years, 23 at his own agency. He retired in 1978 and moved to Bozeman, Mont.

He was an avid sportsman, accomplished athlete and a dedicated Twins fan.

A service was held March 15 in Bloomington, Minn. Memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s research, or to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.

Mr. Warner is survived by wife Marlene; brother Henry “Tuck;” sons Greg and Mark; daughters Mary Withers, Nancy Myers and Pam Hamel; grandchildren, Anne Nastor Scott and Jack Warner, Ben Stout, Aaron and Laura Myers and Katie and Andy Hamel; great-granddaughter Brenna Nastor; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.


William ‘Bill’ Arnold

Former Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor William “Bill” Arnold, 83, of Bradenton, died March 1. The Arnolds moved to Anna Maria Island in 1990.

Mr. Arnold was first elected to serve Ward 1 on the Bradenton Beach City Commission in 1998. He was vice mayor 2000-03, when he was unsuccessful in a bid to take the mayor’s seat from John Chappie, who was elected to another term. Arnold also served the city on its charter review board.

Mr. Arnold worked for TRW in California on construction of the first unmanned space shuttle; owned a Duffy’s 500 Restaurant in San Bernadino; and retired from the GM plant in Oklahoma City in 1989.

He was a former member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and member of St. Joseph Parish, Bradenton.

Grandaughter Heather Mook wrote this epitaph, “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal; but love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Goodbye, my Pepere!”

A private memorial service was held at St. Joseph’s chapel March 6.

Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife of 61 years, Claudette “Rickie”; son Wayne; daughter Sharon and husband Jamey Schwegmann; grandchildren Laurie Umphries, Nicole Hennessey and Heather Mook; great-grandchild Sean Hennessey; and many friends and extended family members.



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