Obituaries – 05-28-2014

Bonnie Birke

Bonnie Birke, 85, of Anna Maria Island, died May 15. She was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Detroit.

Mrs. Birke was a devoted educator who taught in Hastings, Michigan, for 25 years. On retiring to Anna Maria, she took up art and became an accomplished watercolor artist. She enjoyed many dear and special friends in the area.

No service is planned. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Birke is survived by her husband, Robert J., and daughter Roberta.


Gordon Gottschalk

Gordon Gottschalk, 93, of Holmes Beach, died May 17. He was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He came to Anna Maria Island in 1986.

He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. In 1948, he married Jane Shannon.

He worked for Firestone in Akron, Ohio, Ford Motor Co. in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and later they moved to Sylvania, Ohio, for 30 years.

Mr. Gottschalk was an avid outdoorsman, fishing many locations in the United States and Canada.

No local service is planned. Burial will be in LaCrosse.

Mr. Gottschalk is survived by wife Jane; children David and wife Chris of Sylvania, Ohio, Peter and wife Holly of San Rafael, California, and Mary and husband Larry Jordan of Waconia, Minnesota; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


Evelyn Kay Mitchellobit-Mitchell-Evelyn

Evelyn Kay Mitchell, 75, of Reed City, Michigan, and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 18. She was born June 19, 1938, in Reed City as the third child of eight to Earl and Matilda Mitchell.

Mrs. Mitchell worked at Pioneer Publications in the circulation and accounting departments. In 1976, she moved to Anna Maria Island, where she was employed as a service representative in various banks. She was a real estate agent with Mike Norman Realty, Coldwell Banker and later with Green Realty.

She married the late Robert “Clam Bob” Mulholland in 1985.

Friends knew her as Evy, and her infectious smile and laughter filled the lives of so many who shared her company. She was a lifelong member of the Women of the Moose in Reed City and at the Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

She had hoped to be a retiring resident at Moose Haven in Florida but she moved instead to Reed City to be near family.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Reed City, Michigan, June 8. Memorial contributions may be made to the Women of the Moose for a one-time scholarship award. Arrangements were by the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her children, Roger, Susan and husband Norman Carpenter of Reed City, Steven of Paris, Sandra and husband Douglas Anderson of Paris, and Scott of Saranac; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; siblings, David and wife Betty, Delores and husband David VanPeeren, all of Reed City, Paul and wife Suzanne, and Jerry and wife Lynn, all of Hersey, and Luin of Georgia.


Georgene Frances (Zink) Rabrenraburn

Georgene Frances (Zink) Rabren, 52, of Bradenton, died May 17. She was born June 17, 1961, in Schenectady, New York.

She lived in Ballston Lake, New York, and Glenmont, New York, before moving to Adamo Acres, Florida. She worked at the Seabreeze Restaurant and Uni-First before moving to Bradenton in 2003.

A celebration of life and memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the VFW Post 10141, 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Mrs. Rabren is survived by her children, Stacy Lipson and David Rabren; mother Evelyn Zink; sisters Donna Leach, Laura Angier, Katherine Feuquay; brother David Zink; grandmother Ethel Kniskern; grandchildren Charlene, Noah and Hannah; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Matthew.



Mary Tenney ‘Cecy’ Richardsonobit-richardson-2-inches-wide

Mary Tenney “Cecy” Richardson, 74, of Cortez, died May 21. She was born April 18, 1939, in Concord Mass, California, and spent most of her life in Charlevoix, Michigan, where she raised her family.

She graduated in 1960 from North Western University in Chicago. She put herself through nursing school while raising her two daughters. She specialized in neonatal intensive care at UCLA County Harbor, Los Angeles.

Her first love was art, for which she was naturally talented and she concentrated on her artwork the last 10 years of her life.

She was a member of Singles On the Go, a travel group, a 12 year-volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory, and a hospice volunteer.


Cecy Richardson prepares to hang her artwork for a November

2013 show at Sidebar Gallery at The Islander newspaper.

Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

She was a member of Island Gallery West, a co-op gallery in Holmes Beach where she marketed her work. She was a featured artist at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, having claimed the prize in the festival poster contest several years in a row.

Fellow IGW artist Shirley Dean Rush said, “I met Cecy almost 20 years ago in a printmaking class we took at the Longboat Key Art Center with Jean Blackburn. We joined Art Uptown (in Sarasota) at the same time and then Cecy encouraged me to join Island Gallery West.”

Dean recalled working on projects together over the years and they spent time as “tent neighbors” at many of the Anna Maria Island Art League outdoor shows and at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

“We painted the mural on the building next to the gallery with the help of other members. She won many prizes and ‘Best of Show’ awards at local art shows, including AMI Art League, Art Centerobit-richardson-artwork

Manatee, Longboat Key Art Center and Sarasota Art Center. She also showed regularly at Longboat Key Town Hall.

“Cecy was always sketching and working on a project — she was the most prolific artist I knew,” Dean said.

She attributed Richardson’s quest to learn more about art to her nursing background. “It was probably because she was not formally trained as an artist that her work was so original and interesting,” Dean said.


Cecy Richardson’s watercolor butterfly was featured

at Sidebar in the November 2013 ArtWalk.


She added that Richardson’s work will remain throughout 2014 at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, where friends will help fill her obligation to staff the gallery.

A service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, with a reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society, American Red

Cross or Hospice.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by daughter Holly Chappuies and grandson Logan Chappuies of Sarasota.


Glenn Schwanbergobit-schwanberg

Glenn Schwanberg, 89, a longtime winter visitor to Anna Maria Island, died May 11. He was born April 22, 1925, in Milwaukee to Milton and Betty Schwanberg.

Mr. Schwanberg graduated from University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse, after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

He had a passion for life that he passed on to his children and his many friends. He was married to Suzanne Miller for 42 years. They made their home in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He loved to fish, play tennis, read, dance and travel. His love for the outdoors led him to fishing and canoeing expeditions to northern Minnesota and Canada. His love for tennis continued throughout his life.

A service will be held May 31 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1111 Cooper Ave. S., St. Cloud. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

He is survived by his children, Jennifer and Jeff of St. Cloud, Jerry and wife Paula of Boise, Idaho, Jon and wife Tammie of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jackie and husband Jeff of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren Tori, Alexis, Benjamin, Sophie, Sadie, Hannah, Lindsay, Allison, Sam, Izabella and Mika Glenn.



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