Obituaries – 06-19-2013

Floyd E. Harnage Sr.

Floyd E. Harnage Sr., 92, Bradenton, died June 9. He was born in Valdosta, Ga., and moved to Bradenton in 1994 from Port Charlotte.

Mr. Harnage was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a volunteer at Freedom Village, former president of the resident council of Freedom Village and a member of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.

A committal service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Memorial donations may be made to the Freedom Village Scholarship Fund, 6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Harnage is survived by his son, Floyd E. Jr., and wife Kathy of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter Linda E. and husband Francis Myers of Lake Alfred, Fla.; sister Jenett Albritton of Wauchula, Fla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Steven Daniel Kaluza

Steven Daniel Kaluza, 58, of Anna Maria Island, died June 10. He was born May 5, 1955, in Superior, Wis.

He was a local building contractor with Paradise Improvements since 2000. He was an eclectic artist and candle sculptor. He was a loving husband, father and uncle.

A celebration of life was held June 15, at Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity at Condolences for the family may be made online at

He is survived by wife Frannie “Fancy Pants”; step-children Luke Andrews of Bradenton and Lane Andrews of Santa Monica, Calif.; father Dan of Superior, Wis.; sister Sondra and husband Dan Hirssig of Bradenton; brother Mike and wife Julie of Superior, Wis.; nieces Amber, Alicia, Jennifer and Ashley; nephew Richard; great-niece Larissa; and many extended family members.


Local couple killed in Panhandle vehicle crash

Moose Lodge members are among the many saddened by the deaths of a Tidy Island couple who were killed June 13 in a six-vehicle crash in the small town of Mary Esther near Fort Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle.

Kurt Graetzer, 66, and Pamela Graetzer, 63, died after their Honda Element was rammed from the rear while waiting in traffic on U.S. Highway 98 near the entrance to Eglin Air Force Base.

Moose Lodge 2188 administrator Ernie Casali Jr. sent lodge members an email about the loss.

Casali wrote: “It is with very deep sorrow, that I have to announce that our last year’s senior regent Pam Graetzer and her husband Kurt, who also was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, were both killed in an accident in the Panhandle of Florida yesterday.

“God Bless them both. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family.”

Kurt Graetzer was head of the National Fluid Milk Processor Education Program and directed the “Got Milk” celebrity campaign.

Kurt Graetzer gave the gift of life three years ago as a liver donor for his brother, Anthony Graetzer, of Bradenton.

Pam Graetzer operated Graetzer Communications, a public relations agency, for many years before taking up a career in real estate. She was an agent with Keller Williams of Bradenton.

They both were board members of Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida, and Pam Graetzer had organized the Island Run academy benefit in May in Anna Maria. Both were board members for United Way, and Kurt Graetzer was involved with the guardian ad litem program, advocating for children involved in court cases.

The couple is survived by Kurt’s brothers, Peter of Ridgewood, N.J.; Eric of Richmond, Va; and Anthony; and Pam’s son Jesse Pennant of Ringwood, N.J.


Richard Manders Ross Jr.

Richard Manders Ross Jr., 94, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died June 2. He was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Indianapolis, where he spent his childhood.

He was a member there of Fairfax Christian Church and attended Arsenal Technical High School. He attended Indiana University for a short period, where he met and married Alice Jeanette Grandstaff in 1940. They moved to North Manchester, Ind.

Mr. Ross enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1944 and was assigned to the 30th Division. He was discharged after the war on Dec. 20, 1945.

He was the owner of several laundries, was a commission agent for the former Railway Express Co., owned a gas station/newsstands and ran a Montgomery Ward catalog store.

After many visits to Anna Maria Island, in 1983 the couple became members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and, in 1984, moved permanently to Holmes Beach. He then worked part time for Christie’s Plumbing Co.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife all over the Indiana Territories, Hawaii, Seattle and Europe.  He flew on the Concorde to Europe.

Mr. Ross was a member of Kiwanis International and the American Legion Deming Lodge No. 88, York Rite No. 1845, North Masonic Jurisdiction; Fort Wayne Order of Eastern Star, and the Gulf Shrine Club.  He was a volunteer for the North Manchester Fire Department.

He moved to Freedom Village in 2005.

He will be missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Rev. Rosemary Backer will officiate.

Mr. Ross is survived by his children, Jeanette Ann Piott of Puyallup, Wash.; James Richard of Shelbyville, Ind.; and George Manders of Fitchburg, Wis.; five grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; and several cousins and friends.

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