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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituary

Marguerite H. Becker

Marguerite H. Becker, 73, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 20.

Born in Nilan, W. Va., Mrs. Becker came to Manatee County from Michigan City, Ind., in 1979. She was a medical transcriptionist with Manatee Diagnostic Center for 16 years. She was founder of Florida Association of Medical Transcriptionists and a member of American Association of Medical Transcriptionists. She was Baptist.

Memorial services were Feb. 25. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulfcoast Chapter, 9365 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite B, Pinellas Park FL 33782. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband Samuel W. Jr.; daughters Candace Lin Becker Fleming of St. Augustine and Donna Mychelle Stackpole of Orange Springs, Fla.; sons David William of Chicago, Ill., and Richard Wayne of Holmes Beach; brother William Murphy of Hutchinson, Kan.; and six grandchildren.

Anthony Joseph Fialkowski

Anthony Joseph Fialkowski, 44, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 17.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady NY 12308.

He is survived by wife Tracy Reyome; parents Henry and Patricia; two brothers; and many close relatives.

Jack Frint

Jack Frint, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 24.

Born in Poplar Grove, Ill., Mr. Frint Moved to Manatee County in 1990 from Boone County, Ill. He owned and operated the Smak Drive In there with his wife Jeanette for 20 years. In Manatee County he drove a truck and was a courier at 1st National Bank and Trust. He served in the U.S. Army as a cook. He sang in the choir at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria City.

Visitation was Feb. 27 and services Feb. 28 at the church. Burial will be in Fogartyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roser Memorial Community Church Music Department, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Shannon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 52 years Jeanette; son Jefferey of Machesney Park, Ill.; daughter Julia Schultz of Bradenton; sister Darlene Coleman of Belvidere, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Charles Russell Haskins

Charles Russell Haskins, 65, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 28.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Haskins came to Manatee County from Clarkston, Mich., in 1993. He was an executive marketing director for various auto sales businesses. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

A private gathering of friends and family is planned this week. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by good friend Kathie Acocelli of Bradenton; former wife Dawn of Bradenton Beach; daughter Kelly Stonerock of Goodrich, Mich.; sons Christopher and Jeffrey, both of Davison, Mich.; brother Larry of Walled Lake, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren.

Mark Allen Knutson

Mark Allen Knutson, 42, of Andrews, S.C., and formerly Anna Maria City, died Feb. 17.

Born in Rockford, Ill., Mr. Knutson grew up on Anna Maria Island, attended school here and was a youth group leader at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach. He was a graduate of Newberry College and attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He was employed by Georgetown Auto Parts Inc. and was a former employee of Hill Tire Center. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Georgetown, S.C.

Memorial services were Feb. 22 in Georgetown. Memorials for the Knutson family may be made in care of the Mayer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2838,Georgetown SC 29442-2838. There is a guest book for Mr. Knutson onlineat www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by wife Melanie; son Joshua; daughters Melissa, Sara and Amanda; brother David of Louisville, Ky., presently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq; and mother Dolores Knutson Dunn of Anna Maria City.

Roy Lutz

Roy Lutz, 85, of Bradenton, died Feb. 21.

Mr. Lutz came to Manatee County from Charleston, W. Va., in 1976. He was a retired officer in the U.S. Army who served in the South Pacific, Philippines and Japan during World War II. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Charleston, Washington, D.C., and Erie, Pa., retiring as district manager for western Pennsylvania.

Covell Cremation and Funeral Center is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 57 years Joan; sons Roger of Holmes Beach and Eric of Charleston; daughter Jacqueline Dugan of Bora Bora, French Polynesia; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donald B. Thrasher

Donald B. Thrasher, 64, of Bradenton, died Feb. 20 in Chipley, Fla.

Born in Midland, Md., Mr. Thrasher came to Manatee County in 1962. He was owner of Thrasher Appliances, T&W Trailers and Thrasher's Cycle Supply. He was a member of Florida Trail Rider's Association, Sarasota Dirt Rider's Association, and was a lifetime member of Motorcycle Association.

Visitation and services were Feb. 25. Burial will be at Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by lifetime partner Vicki M. Wilcox; daughters Deborah of Holmes Beach and Cynthia; and sisters Patty Morton, Bonnie Shearer and Rosee Blubaugh.

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