Obituaries – 05-14-2014

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Betty Bruxvoort, 74, of Anna Maria, died April 20. She was born Dec. 12, 1939, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was a lifelong resident before coming to Anna Maria in 1993 with her husband, Irwin.

The couple split their time, seven months on Anna Maria Island and five months in Hudsonville, Michigan. They enjoyed bicycling and taking long walks on the beach and around the Island. They were members of CrossPointe Fellowship.  They supported Pastor Bill and Dora Cruz’ ministry outreach for migrant workers and their families at The Lord’s Lighthouse Ministry in Ruskin. They volunteered at the ministry headquarters each month while in Florida.

Mrs. Bruxvoort is survived by Irwin; children; Barbara Grant and husband Rich, Rick Vander Laan and wife Corine, Ron Vander Laan and wife Tina, James Van der Laan, and Sandy Berry and husband James; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Carmen P. Laurie

Carmen P. Laurie, 92, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Buffalo, New York, died May 3.

Catholic Mass will be celebrated with the Rev. David Bear at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Westminster Towers, 320 15th St. Court W., Bradenton.

Mrs. Laurie is survived by son Samuel A. of Raleigh, North Carolina.


November 14, 1921 to May 03, 2014

John Joseph Petruff

John J. Petruff, 92, of Bradenton and formerly of Miami, died May 3 in Bradenton. He was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Paterson, New Jersey, to Anna and Stephen J. Petruff.

Mr. Petruff served as a technician fifth grade in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Australia during World War II. After the war, he met and married Laurene in 1948 and moved to Miami in 1949.

He was a tinkerer who worked for Westinghouse as an X-ray technician. He opened his own electronics repair business in Miami in the 1960s. Petruff Electronics grew from TV and radio repair to include installation of master antennas, satellite dishes, cable TV, security cameras, alarm systems and controlled access systems at private homes, hotels and condominium complexes throughout the Miami area.

Mr. Petruff also was a pilot who, over the years, owned a number of small planes as well as a flying sign-towing business. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and was an active member of North Miami Elks Lodge 1835.

He loved music and was self-taught on the electric keyboard. He was an avid dancer who enjoyed treating women to a turn on the dance floor.

Interment will be private at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St E, Palmetto FL 34221. Condolences may be made online at

The family extends its love and appreciation to Mary E. Schulte of Coral Gables, Johnny’s friend, companion and dancing partner since 2005.

Mr. Petruff is survived by his three children and their families, John Petruff of Suffolk, Virginia, Patricia A. Petruff of Bradenton, and Laurie Delimon of San Jose, California; and several nephews and nieces.


Ed Warekois

Ed Warekois, 90, a long-time resident of Anna Maria, died April 29. He was born June 1, 1923, in Rockford, Illinois, and followed his career to Massachusetts, spending time in the Boston suburbs and Cape Cod before relocating to Anna Maria more than 20 years ago.

Mr. Warekois served a tour of duty assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Randolph as a naval radar and electronics officer 1944-1946.

He completed a master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. He graduated Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1944 and a master’s in physics in 1948. He spent his career working in the science field at ManLabs in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Lincoln Labs, a science research group associated with MIT; and with many industry associations, including the AIME, National Bureau of Standards and ARPA.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Warekois is survived by his sons, Tom of Thousand Oaks, California, and William of Montpelier, Virginia; grandchildren Ben and great grand-daughter Lilly of Tampa, Jennifer of Bradenton and Peter of Boulder, Colorado.


Susanna H.Wynne

Susanna H. Wynne, 78, of Cortez, died May 3. She was born Feb. 25, 1936, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to Cortez in 1982.

She moved to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 1960 with her husband, Basil H. Wynne, now deceased. Together, they were captain and crew for sailing yachts. She also was a water-ski instructor, worked for Pan Am and later became a travel agent. During her 22 years in the islands, she spent her time sailing, swimming, traveling and making friends.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

A celebration of life will be held at a to-be-determined date. To receive information and offer condolences, go to Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Red Cross Disaster Relief,

Mrs. Wynne is survived by daughter Tanya and husband Earl David Williams of Cortez; grandchildren Paul Arthur Williams and Sophie Inez Williams; and sisters Maria Vermaak and Elsie Viljoen, both of South Africa.

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