Obituaries – 09-04-2013

Evelyn T. Garant

Evelyn T. Garant, 84, died Aug. 22. She was born in Windsor, Ontario, and her greatest passion was her family. She lived in Bradenton Beach for more than 20 years.

She and her late husband Raymond were avid dancers and enjoyed spending time with family and friends in Florida and Michigan, always near the water’s edge.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach and the American Legion, and was a parishioner at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

A memorial service is planned for March 2014.

Mrs. Garant is survived by her daughters, Lynn and husband Ron, Laurie and husband Doug, Luanne, and Lana and husband Chris; and grandchildren Julie, Raymond, Samantha, Brittany, Andrew and Bradley.


Rosalie Kobiela

Rosalie Kobiela, 74, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 10.

She was born in Onchan, Isle of Man, and grew up in Crewe, England. She moved to Sarasota in 1962 and to the north-end village of Longboat Key in 1976.

She was an avid abstract artist and former owner of Rosalie’s Boutique at Whitney Beach Plaza, Longboat Key. An original large-scale painting by Kobiela is featured in the lobby of the Manatee Players new playhouse in Bradenton, according to longtime friend Bunny Klein.

A celebration of life will be held 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Klein’s home in the Longboat Key village at 6920 Poinsettia Ave. A memorial service was held Aug. 14. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kobiela is survived by daughters Amanda L. Smith and husband David White of Waco, Texas, and Cheryl A. and husband Gary Honaker of Lincoln University, Pa.; and granddaughters Jillian and Amy.


Albert ‘Junie/Badge’ Mora Jr.

Albert ‘Junie/Badge’ Mora Jr., 83, of Bradenton, died August 29. He was born in Cortez, and was a lifelong resident of Manatee County.

Mr. Mora served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Visitation was to be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton,. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Mora is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy; sons Scott, Mark and Tracy and wife Becky all of Bradenton; brother Virgil of North Carolina; sisters Leatrice Eaton of North Carolina and Nola Jewel of Ocala; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

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