Obituaries – 07-31-2013

DeAnn Davis

DeAnn Davis, 72, of Bradenton, died July 28. She was born in Pontiac, Mich., and moved to Bradenton in 1975 from Tampa.

Mrs. Davis was an Anna Maria Elementary School teacher, having retired from AME in 2010 after 34 years of teaching. She was active in the Manatee Education Association. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Bradenton.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Faith United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Elementary School- Parent Teacher Organization, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Davis is survived by her son, James R. Jr. and wife Beth of Bradenton; daughter Helen E. and husband Eric King of Bradenton; one brother; three sisters; and four grandchildren, Caitlin, Jamie, Kiley and Dalton.


Catherine Theresa Kiefer

Catherine Theresa Kiefer, 89, of Bradenton Beach, died July 21. She was born June 15, 1924, in Baltimore to the late George and Amanda (Grauer) Baummer.

Mrs. Kiefer moved to Florida in 1971 from Baltimore. She was a member of Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach, and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials donations may be made to TideWell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mrs. Kiefer is survived by her sons; Paul and wife Irene of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and John and wife Dolores of Bradenton; brothers Leo and wife Lola Baummer of Harrisburg, Penn., and Martin Baummer of Panama City, Fla.; sister, Elizabeth Stoval of Baltimore; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Richard ‘Dick’ Edson Rowse Jr.

Richard “Dick” Edson Rowse Jr., 88, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Grand Blanc, Mich., died July 26. He was born June 16, 1925, in Binghamton, N.Y. He was wed to Ursula Adams June 14, 1947.

Mr. Rowse was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He had a career for more than 40 years in wholesale pharmaceuticals and then sold real estate.

He was an active member of Flint Rotary Club, First Presbyterian Church of Flint and Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. He was a member and volunteer at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

A services was held July 30 in Flint, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
 Online condolences may be made at

Mr. Rowse is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ursula; children Janet R. and husband David Nyholm, Barbara R. and husband Jim VanDam, Sally R. and husband Sam Catanese and Richard E. III and wife Joni; grandchildren Jennifer, David, Christopher, Emily, James, Sam, Sarah, Joe, 
Richard IV, Tyler and Parker; great-grandchildren Robert, Megan, Luke, Henry, Bela, Nelson, Cooper and Gracie; sister Elizabeth Wilson; niece Elizabeth; and nephew Gary.


Frank G. Theer

Frank G. Theer of Holmes Beach, formerly of Trenton, N.J., died July 8.

Mr. Theer was a 30-year member of Local 89 Heat and Frost Insulators.

A celebration of his life was held July 25 at Villa Romanza in Hamilton, N.J.

Mr. Theer is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann Theer Kibler; grandsons David Burke Kibler V and Jackson Francis Kibler; son-in-law David Kibler IV; sisters Florence Termyna, Betty Nowalinski, Dorothy Cacase and Shirley Stephan; sister-in-law Rosemarie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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