Obituaries – 05-29-2013

John P. ‘Jack’ Clark

John P. “Jack” Clark, 85, of Bradenton, died May 16. He was born in Scranton, Pa., and moved to Bradenton in 1987 from Clark Summit, Pa.

Mr. Clark was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired as a salesman for Endicott Johnson Shoe Company of Endicott, N.Y. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Bradenton; Masonic Union Lodge and Shriners of Scranton, Pa.; American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton; Moose Lodge of Bradenton Beach; and former member of Scranton Canoe Club; Pinebrook Golf Club; and Elks Lodge 1511 of Bradenton.

A memorial service was held May 26 at the Ironwood Recreation Hall No. 2 in Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice or Trinity United Methodist Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruth; daughter Gail J. of Scranton, Pa.; brother Gilbert and wife Ann of Afton, N.Y.; and sister DeEtta and husband Bill Edwards of Bradenton.


John Melvin ‘Mel’ Dietrich

John Melvin “Mel” Dietrich, died May 22. He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in State College, Pa. He came to to Key Royale in Holmes Beach in 1991 from St. Lucia, West Indies, before moving to Freedom Village in Bradenton in July 2011.

Mr. Dietrich retired as a sales manager from Borg Warner Chemicals in Chicago. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was recalled during the Korean War. He was an active member of the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, serving as treasurer 2001-10.

He was a Presbyterian.

Memorial donations may be made to the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron Memorial Fund in care of Cliff Root, treasurer, at 578 El Pentro, Longboat Key FL 34226, or Memorial Scholarship Fund of Freedom Village in care of Glenn Vergason at 6501 17th Ave. W., Apt. I 106, Bradenton FL 34209.


James N. Finn

James N. Finn, 88, of Bradenton, and formerly of Holmes Beach, Erie, Pa., and Findley Lake, N.Y., died May 16. He was born March 11, 1925, in Findley Lake, N.Y., to the late Dr. James J. and Katie Bowlin Finn.

He graduated from Clymer Central School, Clymer, N.Y., in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. He participated in the World War II invasion of Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa. At the end of the war, he served with the occupation forces in Japan.

Mr. Finn was most proud of serving his country and was pleased to be a part of an Honor Flight, sponsored by the Rotary Club in June 2012 to see the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was a featured member of the Greatest Generation column in The Islander.

He retired in 1987 after 24 years with Altman-Hall Associates, where he was a partner, production manager and secretary-treasurer. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Key Royale Club, both in Holmes Beach, Olive Lodge No. 575 and the Zem Zem Shrine. He enjoyed many years serving the Legion of Honor and the Royal Order of Jesters Court 58 in Erie.

He enjoyed reading, was an avid golfer and had a life-long love of the water.

A service was held May 23 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Erie, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1644 W. Eighth St., Erie PA 16505, or to the charity of one’s choice. Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory of Erie, Pa., was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Finn is survived by daughter Barbara J. and husband Donald Proctor of Erie; granddaughter Susan and husband Nick Martino of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandson Michael and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church, Va.; great granddaughters Julia and Giana Martino; and several nieces and nephews.


William E. ‘Bill’ Jackson

William “Bill” E. Jackson, 94, of Sarasota, died May 18. He was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Pleasant Plains, Ill., and came to Sarasota in 1956 from Waverly, Ill.

Mr. Jackson was a submarine veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served in World War II. He was a successful businessman, owning numerous mobile home communities in the Central Florida region, including the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach.

He was married 65 years to the late Audrey Bernice. His kindness, generosity and gentle spirit will be missed by all.

A service was held May 23 at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Interment was at Palms Memorial Park in Sarasota.

He is survived by sons Richard S. of Bradenton and William “Bill” A. and wife Melinda of Sarasota; grandchildren Richard “Rick” M. and wife Christie of Charleston, S.C., and Jamie and husband Nick Santello of Sarasota; and great-grandchildren Ashley Reagan of Charleston, S.C., and Brittany and Nick Santello of Sarasota.


Marion Marx Osborn

Marion Marx Osborn, 93, of Holmes Beach and Shelby, Mich., and formerly of Wilmette, Ill., died Tuesday, May 21. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Chicago to Jeanette Griese and Walter Blume. She was the adopted daughter of August R. Marx. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Larkin Osborn.

She graduated in 1937 from Shelby High School in Michigan and Northwestern University in 1941, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. She was a member of the Northwestern Associate Alumnae Board and was awarded the Northwestern Alumni Association Service Award in 1969. She was also a longtime member of the University Guild.

She was active in several groups in Wilmette, including PTA, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Wilmette Women’s Club. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston where she served on the Altar Guild.

She was employed at Northwestern University as an assistant to the director of student affairs and the Waa-Mu program and, later, was assistant manager of the athletic ticket office.

No services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Neurology Center, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 320 E. Superior, Chicago IL 60611 or Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon MI 49441. Condolences may be made online at Arrangements were by Harris Funeral Home in Shelby, Mich.

Mrs. Osborn is survived by children Rochelle and husband Louis Cain, David and wife Linda, and Robert and wife Jacqueline; grandchildren Christopher, Lauren Cain and Kristin; and two great-grandchildren Taylor and Emily.

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