Obituaries – 04-24-2013

Barbara L. Berry

Barbara L. Berry, 81, died April 17.

Mrs. Berry and her family lived in the Cortez village 28 years. They owned and operated the Miss Cortez Deep Sea Fishing Fleet.

She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and Daughters of the King-St. Mary Our Blessed Mother Chapter. She served as electa and chaplain in the Order of the Eastern Star and was awarded the Cross of Colors, the highest honor given by the Rainbow Girls. She was a past president of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority and served as a Florida firearm safety instructor.

A celebration of life was held April 22 at Westminster Towers Chapel, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Berry is survived by her husband of 60 years, Capt. Jim; daughters Jadeana and Jamie; and grandson Capt. Derek Berry.


Helen Margaret Blaser

Helen Margaret Blaser, 100, of Holmes Beach, died April 16.

Mrs. Blaser moved to Holmes Beach from New London, N.H., in 2003 with her late husband, Albert G. Blaser.

Services will be in New Jersey. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may be made online at

She is survived by her son, Robert Warren, of Hamilton, N.J.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.


Ida Catherine DiBiase

Ida Catherine DiBiase, 96, of St. Petersburg and Bradenton, died April 16 at Bayfront Hospice. She was born in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1984 from Summit, Ill.

She was a seamstress and homemaker, enjoyed gardening and was the bookkeeper for her family’s home improvement business.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mrs. DiBiase is survived by daughters Kathleen and husband Ed Rawls and Bernadine and husband Joe DePaola of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Karen Russell, Kristin Schoenberger, Jason DePaola, Angela Guzzino-Ogburn, Aaron DePaola, and Lauren DePaola, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Betty Lee Meyers

Betty Lee Meyers, 95, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died April 14.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by the Good Earth Crematory.

Mrs. Meyers is survived by sons David, John, James and Mead; daughter Sally; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren


Elsie Tamson

Elsie Tamson, 89, of Bradenton Beach, died April 15.

She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach, and an artist.

Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton.

Mrs. Tamson is survived by her son, Diederik, of Bradenton.


Jane Frances Ward

Jane Frances Ward, 94, of Holmes Beach, died April 16. She was born Jan. 23, 1919, in Moline, Ill.

She graduated from high school in Geneseo, Ill. She loved Mah Jongg, bridge, reading, cooking and golf. She also was a cat lover.

She married Michael W. Ward in 1980 and they made their home in Holmes Beach. She was previously married to the late George VerBeke.

Services will be in Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary of Kanab, Utah.

Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, Mike; children Allan and wife Georgine VerBeke of Hillsdale, Ill., Steven and wife Linda VerBeke of Silvis, Ill., Denise and husband Mike Sheppard of Champaign, Ill., and Michael and wife Maria VerBeke of Hoopeston, Ill.; step-children Steve and wife Mary Jean of Millersville, Md., Daniel and wife Charlotte of Pomona, Ill., and Susan and husband Neil Sheppard, Hoopeston, Ill.; nine grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild born April 14, who shares her middle name.

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