Obituaries – 04-02-2014

Henry ‘Jap’ Adams

Henry “Jap” Adams, 92, of Bradenton, died March 23.

Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army with Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army through North Africa, Italy, Sicily, Germany and France and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Following his military career, he returned to Cortez, where he was born and raised, and became a commercial fisherman.

Visitation and service were held March 28 at West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton. Burial was at Fogartyville Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Adams is survived by wife Pauline; brothers Clyde of Florida and Cleve of California; sister Mable of Sarasota; son Ernie of Bradenton; granddaughters Ronda and husband Chris Bishop of Parrish and Shelby and husband David Pittman of Fort White, Fla.; grandson Derrick and wife Jacquelyn of Myakka; and great-grandchildren Amanda McCain of Ellenton, Rayna and Christopher Bishop of Parrish, and Sarah, Savannah, David and Clayton Pittman of Fort White.


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James D. Lavaty, of Anna Maria, died March 14. He was born in 1943 in Port Chester, N.Y., to Barbara and Joe Lavaty.

He grew up in Port Chester, Wash., and graduated from University of Puget Sound in Washington in 1965. In April of 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a lieutenant. He served in Vietnam as a member of the Green Berets Special Forces 1968-69 and was awarded a Bronze Star.

He married Ceni Wheatland of Sanford, Fla., in 1970. He was in management at Jordan Marsh before taking a position as manager of a Jacobson’s specialty store in 1978 in Longwood, Fla.

Mr. Lavaty moved in 1997 to Anna Maria Island with his partner Marcia Brewer. He helped open the first Publix store on the island as a seafood specialist and spent the remainder of his semi-retirement boating and fishing. He was an avid sportsman and shared that love with his children and grandchildren. He was lovingly referred to by his grandchildren as “Papa Beach.”

He recently went for caregiving to live with daughter Heather Stelzer and her family in Sanford.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Mr. Lavaty is  survived by his son Jeff and wife Hayley; daughters Holly and husband Rich Garemore, Heather and husband Tom Stelzer; grandchildren Lucas, Mason, Max, Elise, Garrett, and Jack; sister Barbara and husband Gregg Olson; and longtime partner Marcia Brewer.


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Moore

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Moore, nee Brandlen, 84, of Collinsville, Ill., and Holmes Beach, died March 20. She was born March 2, 1930, in Collinsville.

Mrs. Moore was a partner with her husband for 30 years in Joe Moore & Associates, appraisers of heavy road building equipment. She was active in volunteer service, including for the East St. Louis Junior Women’s Club, the Brinkerhoff Home, St. Joseph The Worker Welcome Ministry and, recently with the St. Bernard Women’s Guild.

She was devoted to her family.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on April 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, Ill. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph The Worker, 700 E. Spruce St., Chatham IL 62629 or St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Guy Brandlen of Lewistown, Ill., and Julie Brandlen of Boston, Mass.; granddaughter Shelley and great-granddaughter Katie, both of Springfield, Ill.; three nieces; three nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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