Obituaries – 06-11-2014

Marian Mulroy

Marian Mulroy, 92, of Holmes Beach, died June 6. She was born Aug. 23, 1922.

She was a graduate of Wappingers High School in Wappingers Falls, New York.

Mrs. Mulroy had been employed as a personnel supervisor for 40 years by IBM.

She was an avid golfer who had won many awards. She was a member of the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach, Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Southern Dutchess Country Club in Beacon, New York.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday June 12, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Condolences may be made online at Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel of Bradenton.


Joan Margaret Neilson

Joan Margaret (Wiley) Neilson, 71, of Anna Maria Island, died May 30. She was born in 1943 in Portland, Oregon, and relocated soon after to the San Francisco Bay area, where she was raised.

Ms. Neilson and her husband, Robert Sinclair, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a lifetime lover of the culinary arts, and will be remembered for her kindness, talent and sharp wit.

Condolences may be made at

She is survived by her husband; sisters Helen and husband Dennis of Lincoln, California, and Lynne and husband Duff of Napa, California; brother Joseph of Livermore, California; son Duncan Sinclair and wife Stacey of Pittsburgh; daughters Seana Marie Long and husband Jeffrey of Seattle, and Heather Dyke and husband John of Pittsburgh; and grandchildren Sophia, Amelia, Kirby, John IV, Cora and Harris.



Longtime Bradenton Beach clerk diesobit-idso-061114

      Former Bradenton Beach city clerk Nora Idso, 64, of Bradenton, died June 9.

Idso, who officially retired April 30, was no longer able to work last fall, but officially left the clerk’s job on a negotiated retirement in April.

She was honored by the city, a former mayor and residents of the city at the June 5 city meeting for her dedication and service to the city.

Some people who worked with Idso during her city tenure shared their stories and experiences, which brought tears to the eyes of many in attendance.

Idso was hired by the city in 1999, and became city clerk in 2004.

Former Mayor Bob Bartelt, who was unable to attend the meeting, furnished a written sentiment:

“It is with great sadness that I learned of Nora’s health. I enjoyed working with her while I was mayor. She did her best to wear the many hats as can be required in a small city. I’m sure she will be remembered with fondness by those who worked with her.”

Former Commissioner Ric Gatehouse, longtime website technician for the city, said, “Nora dealt with the public, the staff and elected officials with grace and respect. She was the face of city hall, and that face always had a smile.”

Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Police Chief Sam Speciale also had kind words to say about Idso, and tears amid their statements.

Mrs. Idso was born July 24, 1949, in Forest Grove, Oregon.

She is survived by her husband, Terry, son Jason Beko of Seattle, daughter Deidra Maycumber of Fort Scott, Kansas, and four grandchildren.

A private memorial service is planned.

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