Obituaries – 12-25-2013

obit-flemingSteven Glen Fleming

Steven Glen Fleming, 60, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 14. He was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Davenport, Iowa, to Dorothy and the late Jack Fleming.

After years of travel throughout the Southwest, Mr. Fleming settled in Florida in 1992, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1993.

Mr. Fleming will be missed by family and friends, as well as his dogs, Sky and Dylan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, and Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Fleming is survived by wife Karen; mother Dorothy; sisters Anne, Shauna, Jami and Robyn; brother Robert; nieces Lisa, Wendy and Laci; nephew Jordan; half-siblings Jeff, Matt and Sherry in Iowa and Illinois; stepson Taylor and wife Leihla Collins of Sarasota; and grandchildren Zander and Theron Collins.


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Phyllis Elfenbein, 84, a theater director and teacher, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 3.

Her life in the theater was long and varied, with training at the American Theater Wing. She began directing at Plays-in-the-Park in New Jersey in 1964 and retired as producing director in 1993.

She was director, set designer and performer for many years at the Island Players, where she was to direct her next play in December.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 7 in Anna Maria; and a memorial service was held Dec. 22 in New Jersey. Donations may be made to Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mrs. Elfenbein is survived by her children, Lee, Jay, and Debi; daughter-in-law Andrée; grandchildren Maddy and Gus; brother Fred; sister-in-law Margery; dear friends Gabe and Dot Simches, Claire Schmais, Fran Sorock and too many others to name.


Peter E. Voorhees

Peter E. Voorhees, 67, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 22.

Mr. Voorhees loved boating, entertaining, photography and practical jokes. He had an appreciation for antique cars, fine art, music and golf.

A private celebration of life was planned. Memorial donations may be made to Albany Academies, Ernie Steck Scholarship Fund, 135 Academy Road, Albany NY 12208.

Mr. Voorhees is surved by wife Pam, sisters Martha and husband Bob Blackman of Delmar, N.Y., and Carol of Niskayuna, N.Y.; mother Ruth E. of Slingerlands, N.Y.; mother-in-law Jeanette Haire of Humble, Texas; sister-in-law Karen Hull of Humble, Texas; brother-in-law Philip Haire of Lithia Springs, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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