Obituaries – 11-22-2017

James Louis Studenka

James Louis Studenka, 74, of Metamora, Ohio, and Anna Maria, died Nov. 6, at Ebied Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born May 15, 1943, in Adrian, Michigan, to the late Louis and Mary (Ricica).

He served in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and also worked for 29 years as a deputy for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

He was a lifetime member of the Catholic War Veterans Post No. 306 in Assumption, Ohio. Mr. Studenka also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 265, Evergreen Athletic Boosters and the Czech Dancers Polka Club.

He was a boy when he began coming to the island during the winter months and attended Anna Maria Elementary School. He was a longtime seasonal resident of Anna Maria, where his family owns a home. In his retirement years, he usually arrived to Anna Maria in early November and stayed through April. He only skipped going to sunset at the Sycamore Avenue deck when he was dining out — the German spots among his favorite destinations.

Services were Nov. 10 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora. Condolences may be made online at

He is survived by son Todd and wife Linda; daughter Jennifer Studenka Amos; grandchildren Blake and Logan Amos; sister Mary and husband Ed Gajdostik; and many islanders who considered him family.

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