Obituaries – 04-30-2014

Frederick George Earl

Frederick George Earl, 84, of Auburndale, died April 22. He was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Louise (Hehn) and William Herbert Earl.

He had a 40-year career was with Knickerbocker Oldsmobile in Mt. Morris, Michigan. He was a lifetime member of the DAV. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 64 and the Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach.

He enjoyed going to the beach on Anna Maria Island, boating, watching movies and he was a Detroit Tigers season ticket holder for spring training in Lakeland.

A private service was held. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Good Shepherd Hospice (George C. Forsythe House) 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale FL 33823.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Coral (Fortune); daughter Chari and husband Rod Will of Auburndale; grandchildren Meghann Stone, Jillian Munoz and Sean Clark of Virginia, and Benjamin George Will and Jeffrey Frederick Will of Auburndale; and two great grandchildren.


Bonnie Collins Fort Strang

Bonnie Collins Fort Strang, age 70, of Bartow and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 21. She was born July 19, 1943, in Bartow.

She lived on Terra Ceia Island and in Bradenton, where she owned and operated several beauty salons. She was a successful real estate agent in Sebring and owned Breton’s Restaurant in Bartow. She moved to Toronto, Canada, in the late 1980s and led the choir at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church.

Memorial donations may be made to ALS, Bartow Firewalkers, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa FL 33619-0907. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Strang is survived by her son, Jeffrey Fort and wife Penny of Lakeland; grandsons Billy and wife Jessica Groover of Bartow and Cody Groover of North Carolina; grandaughter Scottie Fort of Texas; four great-grandchildren, sisters Evelyn McClelland, Laura Hall Smith, Doris Tharp, Alice McCaleb, Sally Kendrick and Jane Gardner; brothers M.L. Collins and Bob Collins; and eight step-grandchildren.

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