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Holmes Beach woman dies of accidental gunshot

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach woman died June 6 from an accidental gunshot while cleaning her revolver.

Janice Louise Kratzert, 65, was found dead inside her home in the 300 block of 60th Street around 12:45 p.m., according to the report from the Holmes Beach Police Department.

A neighbor called 911 after looking through a window and seeing her body slumped in a chair and blood on her chest, according to the report.

The neighbor said he became curious when Kratzert did not come to the door as she normally does in the morning to give his dog a treat.

A team of emergency medical responders arrived at Kratzert’s home at 12:28 p.m. and she was pronounced dead.

An HBPD officer found a silver revolver on the table next to a cleaning kit, the report said.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said officers initially thought Kratzert may have died as the result of a suicide, however, they were able to determine Kratzert had been cleaning her gun and it had fired accidentally.

Locals knew Kratzert as “Scooter Jan” for the yellow motor scooter she drove.

On Sunday mornings, Kratzert’s scooter would frequently be seen outside D.Coy Ducks Tavern, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, where she took part in cribbage games.

“She was a very caring and giving person,” said Rhonda Gula, a bartender at D.Coys. “She had a huge heart and she would go out of her way for anyone.”

Gula said Kratzert often splurged on a friend’s birthday. “She’d get them pizza or order them a round,” Gula said. “She loved spoiling people on their day.”

“She was a wonderful person and she will be missed,” Gula added.

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