Obituaries – 08-06-2014

Joen (Baker) Bird

Joen (Baker) Bird, 82, of Glenview, Illinois, died July 31.

Mrs. Bird and her late husband, Robert, loved to travel and spend time at their second home in Holmes Beach.

Service and interment were private. Arrangements were by N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 847-998-Glenview, Illinois.

Mrs. Bird is survived by sons Randall of Newport Beach, California, and Christopher and wife Anne of Kenilworth; grandsons Geoffrey and James; and brother Gary Baker of New Orleans.


Joshua Gene Hollinger

Joshua Gene Hollinger, a nationally known chef and restaurant consultant died July 24, after a brief illness at his home in Duck, North Carolina.

Local restaurateur Sean Murphy, owner of Beach Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach and Eat Here restaurants in Holmes Beach and Siesta Key, said, “Josh was one of the best chefs I ever worked with.

“He started with me as a sous chef before working with the Myriad Group in New York. He returned about two years ago and was my assistant at Beach Bistro and Eat Here.

“He had an incredible food knowledge, was a very talented chef and he had a great heart.”

Mr. Hollinger was born Sept. 21, 1972. He came from a rural farm family in Pennsylvania and grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area. He was torn between his love of the water and his interest in culinary arts, fostered by his father, a gourmet cook. He first graduated Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, Maryland, and spent his early career years traveling through 22 countries as a merchant marine.

Returning to cooking, he joined Drew Nieporent’s Myriad Restaurant Group as a chef de partie at New York City’s Tribecca Grill and became a consultant for Myriad’s many restaurant openings, including a stint as executive sous chef of the Coach House on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown.

When wanderlust returned, he moved on to cook in Europe, San Francisco and Florida, where he spent three years manning kitchens at the Smokin’ Martini restaurant in Palmetto and Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, known as one of Florida’s best restaurants. He then returned to the Coach House on Martha’s Vineyard.

As a leader in the move to buy local, he established relationships with area farmers, ranchers and fisherman on the Vineyard and in Duck, North Carolina, where he became executive chef for Sanderling Resort.

He was featured in numerous publications and on TV, including on the Today Show.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James Beard Foundation, 167 W. 12th St., New York NY 10011.

Mr. Hollinger is survived by daughter Grace of Sarasota; father Michael of Annapolis; mother Sherry Brinkman of North Carolina, grandparents Gene and Dottie; aunt Gayle Kosyk of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and step-brothers Kyle, Alex and Damon Smith.


Robert Sinclair Neilson

Robert Sinclair Neilson, 71, died July 21 at home on Anna Maria Island. He was born in Oakland, California in 1943.

He graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1960, followed by a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he achieved the status of “Permanent Private Neilson.”

In 1964, he was employed in sales for Grove Valve and Regulator Company in California, and later in Boston. In 1973, he formed Energy Products with a partner, and became its sole owner in 1986.

Mr. Neilson was an avid collector of wine and antique and sports automobiles, and had many years of enjoyment on the golf courses of many country clubs.

He loved life and prided himself on reading the San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Tribune cover to cover every day from the age of 12. He continued this two-paper daily habit in one form or another until approximately two weeks before he died.

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Mr. Neilson was preceded in death May 30 by his wife of 50 years, Joan Margaret. He is survived by brother Bruce and wife Susan of Lafayette, California; son, Duncan Sinclair and wife Stacey of Pittsburgh; daughters Seana Marie Long and husband Jeffery of Seattle, and Heather Neilson Dyke and husband John of Pittsburgh; and grandchildren Sophia, Amelia, Kirby, John IV, Cora and Harris.


William ‘Bill’ Yandowobit-Yandow,-William

William “Bill” Yandow, 71, of Avon, Connecticut, and Sarasota died July 25. He retired to Holmes Beach in 1999 and later moved to Sarasota.

He graduated Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington, in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations and began work in the family business as a salesperson in the Fowler & Hunting Company in Hartford, Connecticut.

He and his brother Moe took over the business in 1972 and sold it in 1994, although he remained a financial adviser.

Mr. Yandow enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard in 1965, rising from the rank of private to his retirement as a command sergeant major in 1993. During his service, he deployed five times to Turkey and once to Italy. His numerous awards include the National Defense Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal (four awards), Connecticut Long Service Medal, Armed Forces Overseas Training Ribbon (six awards), Connecticut Medal of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was a lifetime member of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. He was an overseer for the Bushnell Center of the Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut. During retirement, he became active with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservancy in Sarasota.

Services were July 30 in Avon. Memorial donations may be made to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford CT 06106, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Darling Drive, Avon CT 06001-4218, or the donor’s choice. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Yandow is survived by his former wife and lifelong partner Bonnie (Aust); sister-in-law Marilyn of Wethersfield and her children; brothers Kenneth and wife Jane of Rocky Hill, William and wife Laura of Cromwell, David and wife Joanne of Glastonbury, Robert and wife Julie of Wethersfield, and Thomas and wife Patty of South Glastonbury; sisters Elizabeth Lombardi and husband Michael of Wethersfield, and Jennifer DeNucci and husband Matthew of South Glastonbury.


Bettylee Fults Marquis

Bettylee Fults Marquis, 89, of Anna Maria, died August 1st. She was born Sept. 13, 1924, to J. Arthur and Louise Fults in Huntington, Indiana.

She was a 1946 graduate of Indiana University, earning Phi Beta Kappa membership via high scholastic achievement. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority, and Alpha Lambda Delta, Theta Alpha Phi, and Pi Lambda Theta organizations. While a student, she had leads in IU theater productions of “George Washington Slept Here,” “Pappa is All,” “Blythe Spirit” and “Beggar on Horseback.” She was president of the Motor Board of IU, vice president of the YWCA, a USO hostess, an undergraduate counselor, and subsequently a graduate teaching assistant.

She married Wayne H. Marquis June 13, 1946, in Bloomington, Indiana, upon his return from the World War II European Theater. They lived in Southern Indiana until the 1970s, when they purchased Smith Realtors of Holmes Beach and moved to Anna Maria.

She was a fashion model for Morton Frozen Foods and was featured on the cover of L&N magazines.

Mrs. Marquis was one of the first eight women industrial counselors at Goodyear Corp., and then worked 15 years as an English and literature teacher at New Albany High School. She was founder and director of developmental reading laboratories at the school and saw several articles published. During that period she completed work toward her master’s degree IU. Following her teaching career, she became public relations director at Marquis Realty Co. of New Albany, Indiana.

She was a past president of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) at the Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach and was voted by the ECW as Woman of the Year 2009.

She was predeceased by Mr. Marquis in 1998 and second husband, Robert E. Kral, in 2010.

A service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8, followed by a reception at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Parkinson Disease Foundation.

Mrs. Marquis is survived by son Wayne Drake; daughter, Darcy Lee and husband Tom Vaught; and grandson John Ryan.

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