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Date of Issue: June 16, 2005

Obituary

William L. Aldrich

William L. Aldrich, 77, of Bradenton, former vice mayor and commissioner of Anna Maria, died in Bradenton June 7.

Born in Marion, Ohio, Mr. Aldrich attended Bradenton schools from fifth-grade onward, graduating from Bradenton High School in 1946 and the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was vice mayor of Anna Maria and city commissioner under Mayor Ernie Cagnina. He taught at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton and was science coordinator of Manatee District Schools.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Palmetto Historical Commission. He retired as owner of Aldrich Rug Co., Bradenton. 

Services were June 11 at Brown & Sons Funeral Home, with burial in Palmetto Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon’s Fund at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34208.

He is survived by wife of 54 years Jean; daughter Jeanne Paulsen of Palmetto; sons Mason McLean Aldrich of Bradenton and Mark Timothy Aldrich of Longboat Key; and four grandchildren.

Jessie June Stuart Gulbranson

Jessie June Stuart Gulbranson, 86, of Anna Maria, died May 27 in Kent, Ohio.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Gulbranson moved to Manatee County from Kent in 1971. She was a graduate of Talimadga High School and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Kent State University. She was a retired educator of the hearing impaired. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Kent and Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. A service was held in Kent earlier this month. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 34950 Chardon Road, Suite 102, Willoughby OH 44094, or to the American Heart Association, 2975 Bee Ridge Road, Suite B, Sarasota FL 34239.

She is survived by daughter Beverly June Leland of Kent;

sons Kenneth Stuart of Kernersville, N.C., and Adelbert Stuart of Kent; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several stepchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Patricia Hoefig

Patricia Hoefig, 76, of Holmes Beach. died June 9.

A native of New York, Mrs. Hoefig moved to Florida 12 years ago from Scotch Plains, N.J., after 30 years there, 17 of them directing and teaching preschool. She was a graduate of Notre Dame College of St. John’s University. She was president and program director of Friends of the Island Branch Library, was a cantor and director of the St. Bernard Catholic Church choir, and sang with the Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra.

Memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria FL 34217. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband Charles; daughter Nancy of Paris, France; sons Donald of Annandale, N.J., and Brian of Seattle; sister Marjory Connelly of New Jersey; and four grandchildren.

Carmen O. Torres

Carmen O. Torres, of Holmes Beach and Tampa, died June 8.

A visitor to the Island since 1920, she and husband Avelino retired to Holmes Beach and built and managed the former Bamboo Apartments.

Memorial Mass was held June 13 at Christ the King Church in Tampa.

She is survived by son A. Fernando and his wife Gladys of Tampa; granddaughter Alice Torres Sutton and her husband Stephen; great-grandsons William, John and Christopher; and niece Mercedes Coruio of Venezuela.

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