Obituaries – 01-15-2014

Rosemary S. Centerobit-Center,-Rosemary

Rosemary S. Center, 86, died Jan. 6. She was born in Chicago and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1979 from Los Angeles.

She was married 61 years to the late Charles E. Center.

A memorial service was held Jan, 11 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Center is survived by her children, Charles Jr. of Dover and Diane Boudro, Daniel, Tera Howard and Rosemary Balandra, all of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Jack Gloverobit-glover

Jack Glover, 91, of Bradenton Beach and Hart, Mich., died Jan. 6. He was born June 19, 1922, in Hart to the late Phil and Nellie (Ervin) Glover. He was a 60-year resident of the Sandpiper Resort mobile home park in Bradenton Beach.

Mr. Glover spent his lifetime farming the Glover Bros. Centennial Fruit Farm in Hart until retirement in 2001. He was a longtime Elks Lodge member. He loved to hunt and fish and was a railroad enthusiast. He collected vintage cars, many of which were Studebakers. He proudly displayed a steam engine and caboose outdoors at his Michigan home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.

Mr. Glover is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marianne (Seitz/Manz); step-daughters Helga Matos and Rosemarie Mundorff of Bradenton; a step-granddaughter, three step-great-grandchildren and nine step-great-great-grandchildren, all of Port Charlotte; nephews Tom McGuire of Mears, Mich., Garth Larson of Hart, Rodney Larson of Salt Lake City, Martin, David and John Jonassen of Michigan and Andrew Jonassen of Wisconsin; and nieces Nancy Hook of Toledo, Bonnie McCoy, Susan Bettys and Irene Jonassen, all of Michigan.


Walter John Gruen

Walter John Gruen of Holmes Beach died Jan. 6. He came to Anna Maria Island in 1995 from Land O’ Lakes.

Mr. Gruen was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served as an RM2C aboard the USS Pelican and was stationed three years in Panama.

He enjoyed being a ham radio operator, and he met people from all over the world and made many friends through the radio.

He retired from Tampa Electric Co., where he was a dispatcher.

No service is planned.

Mr. Gruen is survived by wife Olivia; son Karl F.; step-son Bob Willis Jr. and wife Barbara; step-daughter Olivia Willis; step-grandchildren Lauren Olivia Dipolita and Emma Terry; and step-great-granddaughter Leni Olivia Busiere.


Ramon Marraobit-marra

Ramon Marra, 79, of Bradenton Beach, died Jan. 4. He was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, and came to Florida in 1962 after being expelled by Fidel Castro’s government.

Mr. Marra served 18 months in a Cuban prison for anti-communist activities. He was proud to become an American citizen and was always grateful for America’s liberties and opportunities. At age 37, he earned a degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University, despite barely speaking English. He worked as an auditor for the city of Tampa and served as city auditor for four years before relocating to Bradenton.

He was a proud member of the Tampa Downtown Lions Club and the Tampa Cuban Civic Club. He retired in 2002 and spent time fishing, playing softball for the Bradenton Senior Softball League and enjoying his grandchildren. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and found every person a friend.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 11 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota FL 34232, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mr. Marra is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy; daughter, Teresa of Denver; daughter Nancy and husband Andre Perron of Bradenton; grandchildren Jeremy and Jacqueline Perron.


Joe Romeo

Joe Romeo, 86, died Jan. 9. He was born in Tampa and later retired to Anna Maria Island.

One of his favorite pastimes was fishing the beautiful flats in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico waters.

A service was held Jan. 11 at Church of the Cross, Bradenton. Covell Funeral Home of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Romeo is survived by two sons, Mark and Chris.


Frank Wheeler Wiley

Frank Wheeler Wiley, 91, a 30-year resident of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 3. He was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Bradenton to the late Ralph and Laurette Wheeler Wiley.

Mr. Wiley was proud to have been a graduate of Manatee High School. He worked for Southern Railway for 40 years.

The service and interment were at Manasota Memorial Park. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Wiley is survived by his son, Frank Jr.; daughters Loraine, Joan and husband Lew Humphrey and

Dorie; sisters Frances Hamilton, and Dorothy Thomas; and grandchildren Graham and wife Brandy Maddox, Edward Porter, Melanie, Lisa, and Patrick Geren, Nick and Margaret Gaba; two greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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