Lee R. Edwards
Lee R. Edwards, 64, of Palmetto and formerly of Holmes Beach, died July 24. He was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to this area from there in 1970.
Mr. Edwards was a member of Westside Christian Church. He was the founding president of the West Bradenton Kiwanis Club in 1973 where he had more than 20 years of perfect attendance. He was instrumental in building Greenhouses for Girls Club, MARC and Jo Burta Bullock School. He started West Bradenton Kiwanis-Manatee Broncos in 1978 so more young kids could play youth football. He was a freshman football coach at Manatee High School. He was active in the Manatee High School Football Booster Club and helped remodel the stadium and weight room in the 1980s and 90s. He helped start up the Manasota Stars semi-pro football team. He built football and soccer buildings at G.T. Bray Park. He was instrumental in organizing the Christmas Party for the Jo Burta Bullock School for challenged children. He was a certified diver and an avid fisherman.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Westside Christian Church, 3512 15th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Memorial donations can be made to Westside Christian Church or Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St. Chapel is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences can be sent to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Survivors include his wife; Carla L.; son Troy of Bradenton; daughter Kimberly Edwards of Milton, Fla.; mother Betty Dial of Bradenton; brother Bill Edwards of Bradenton; sisters Joyce Thompson of San Antonio, Texas and Becky Surgenor of Jonesborough, Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Ashlie, Zachary and Bethany Odom and Adrienne Edwards.
James E. Hanson
Jim Hanson, a reporter for The Islander newspaper since 1995, died on the Fourth of July.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2990 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A memorial fund has been established in Jim’s name in care of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, with proceeds to go to a youth journalism scholarship. Checks should be made out to AMI Privateers and mailed to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217..
Vincent A. Kost Jr.
Vincent A. Kost Jr., 70, of Longboat Key, died July 20.
Mr. Vincent moved to Sarasota in 1994 and to Longboat Key in 2001. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from New Britain High School, New Britain, Conn., and graduated Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for United Illuminating Company of New Haven, Conn., until he retired in 1994.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105, and online at www.stjude.org. Arrangements are by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel.
He is survived by two sisters, Vivian A. Laskarzewski and husband Francis and Patricia A. Murad and husband Peter; brother Robert J. Kost and wife Joanne, all of Newtown, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Jon Timothy ‘Tim’ Lease
Jon Timothy Lease (Tim), 45, Bradenton, formerly of Holmes Beach, died July 16.
There will be a celebration of Tim’s life for all friends and family members from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. People are encouraged to bring photos of Tim and stories to share to complete a lasting memory for those who loved him.
Anna Mildred Marcheck
Anna Mildred Marcheck, 94, of Holmes Beach, died July 16. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the eldest of nine children.
As a young woman, Mildred became an accomplished seamstress. She married Joseph Marcheck on Aug. 29, 1940, and together they had five children. She taught third-grade at St. Margaret's Catholic School in Greentree from 1960 to 1980. She then began volunteering and working at Marian Manor, a Catholic nursing home in her community. She vacationed regularly on Anna Maria Island from 1984 to 1995. In May of 1996, Mildred moved to the home she would share with her daughter in Holmes Beach for the next 12 years.
Mrs. Marchek attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, where she served as a member of the Women's Guild and as a Eucharistic minister to those unable to attend mass. She also volunteered in the church office. Mildred also had volunteered with Hospice of Bradenton. She was passionate about baseball and faithfully supported the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Arrangements were made by William Slater II Funeral Services of Pittsburgh. A funeral Mass was held at St. Margaret's Catholic Church July 21. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Bernard Church in Holmes Beach at a future date.
She is survived by her son, William Marcheck and wife Helen; four daughters, Anne Doran and husband William, Joan Miller and husband William and Mary Catherine Amin, all of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Marcheck of Holmes Beach; and 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom is Drake Hugh Doran, born June 24, 2008.
William John Sandhoff Jr.
William John Sandhoff Jr., 80, of Bradenton, died July 25.
Mr. Sandhoff served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and Korea and for two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Sea-Bees. His great passions in life were his family, friends, his dog, Kingsley, softball and boating. He was a member of the VFW and a past member of the Power Squadron.
A memorial service was held July 28 at the Mixon Garden Oasis at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave E., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to Bayside Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 20997, Bradenton FL 34204 or to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Luci; daughter Janet Mixon and husband Dean of Anna Maria; sons Bill and wife Ginger of Bradenton, Don and wife Sue of Ellenton; and 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.