Obituaries – 08-20-2014

Robert Kirk Balsai

Robert Kirk Balsai of Bradenton died Aug. 18. He was born to Irene and Andrew Balsai in New Jersey.

Mr. Balsai was a graduate of Manatee High School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Nimitz for four years.

He worked 26 years at the Sports Lounge in Bradenton Beach.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Mr. Balsai is survived by son Braun Robert Balsai; fiance Sherry Monteith; brother Andrew Balsai of Brick, New Jersey; many dear cousins, friends and the Brown family.


Charles Chakoumakos obit-chakoumakos

Charles Chakoumakos died July 21. He was a 26- year resident of Holmes Beach. He was born Nov. 6, 1925.

Mr. Chakoumakos came to Anna Maria Island after retiring from the University of Maine in Farmington, Maine, where he taught chemistry for 22 years.

Prior to that, he taught high school at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, and high school in Goshen, New York.

Mr. Chakoumakos served in the U.S. Army during World War II, including service at the “Battle of the Bulge” in Bastogne, Belgium.

He graduated Bates College with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1948 and earned a master’s in science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.

He published several highly cited research papers on the toxic effects of pollutants on rainbow trout, which were based on research he conducted over several summers at Montana State University in Bozeman. He also conducted numerous studies of the local water quality around Farmington, Maine, and authored with his students many reports on this subject.

In retirement on AMI, he sailed solo around Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and the Bahamas in a 26-foot boat. He enjoyed gardening, photography, fishing, and outdoor adventures.

Friends are invited to leave a tribute online at

Mr. Chakoumakos is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Alice; children Scott, Bryan, Alison and Andrew, grandchildren Sara, Segue, Rowan, Madison, Egan and Sofia; and great-grandchildren Lyla and Otis.

Mildred ‘Millie’ Rose Haas

Mildred “Millie” Rose Haas, 88, of Bradenton, died Aug. 15. She was born March 10, 1926, in Perrysburg, Ohio, to Everett A. Mahler and Bertha Pratt Mahler.

Mrs. Haas came to Bradenton in August 1960. She was a homemaker and mother of 12 children and a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton.

Eulogy will be at 12:15 p.m and Mass at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Burial will be at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Haas was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bernard P. She is survived by sister Doris Shiple; children Sandra K. Haas-Martens of Holmes Beach, Dale A. of Sarasota, Gerald A. of Fort Myers, Mark E. of Tampa, James J. of Bradenton, Elaine M. of Bradenton, Francis J. of Bradenton, Douglas P. of Palmetto, Cheryl A.

Gonzales of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bonnie R. Haas-Cumber of Tampa, and Laura L. Cleveland of Scottsburg, Indiana; 23 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Daniel David Ibasfalean

Daniel David Ibasfalean, 73, died Aug 17 at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton. He was born Dec. 26, 1940, to Cleonic and Virginia Flock Ibasfalean in Monroe, Michigan.

He graduated from Manatee High School in 1959, Manatee Junior College in 1962 and, in 1971 from the University of Florida College of Architecture and Fine Arts with a bachelor of architecture degree. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in Vietnam.

Mr. Ibasfalean was an architect and general contractor in Bradenton, Cortez, Longboat Key and on Anna Maria Island.

He was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, where he served on the church board of trustees.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug 23, at Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Roser Church, PO Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, for buildings and grounds improvements or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online to Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ibasfalean is survived by wife Bette; daughter Amanda; sisters Edna, Helen, and Mary; brothers Glen, George and John and their families. Dan also leaves behind his sweetheart of 54 years, Ginger Braune, and their dogs Heidi and Susie.


Faye Rosechild-Niermanobit-Rosechild-Nierman

Faye Rosechild-Nierman, 85, of Bradenton, died Aug. 9. She was born April 12, 1929 in Dearborn, Michigan.

She lived in Michigan and Ohio before she fell in love with the beaches surrounding Anna Maria Island and moved to Bradenton in 1995.

During the 1960s, she participated in marches and protested for civil rights. Throughout her life, she was a vocal supporter of women’s rights. She supported many organizations and her love of wolves was strongest in recent years.

She enjoyed a career as an artist for more than 55 years. Painting became her voice, a freedom that she practiced and protected. Her passion and compulsion to paint were fed by family and her love of music, fine art and theatre. She travelled extensively. She exhibited and worked 17 years for the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island, retiring as director in 2012.

Faye believed each us of play a role in affirming and supporting those who contribute both beauty and the vitally of ideas through art, especially young people. She willingly shared her extensive knowledge of art.

She loved her husband, her childhood sweetheart ,and her family. Her life was filled with a love of art, writing, poetry, books and laughter.

Mrs. Nierman earned much recognition and many awards. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

The Artists’ Guild has established a scholarship fund in her name to be awarded annually to deserving local area high school art students. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faye Rosechild-Nierman Scholarship Fund, attn: Wendall Graham, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

No formal service is planned.

Mrs. Nierman was predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 65 years, Donald R. She is survived by her children and their spouses; Dia Rogers (Larry), Colleen Green (Gary), Kevin Nierman (David), Kimn Nierman (Terri), Carla Nierman-Hamilton (Jim), & Kayley Nierman (Michele); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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