Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 07-26-2017

Anne Brownell Anne Brownell of Bradenton died July 17. She was born Dec. 10, 1918. No service is planned. She is survived by a nephew who resides on Anna Maria Island.   Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Bolle Meaker Jacqueline “Jackie” Bolle Meaker of Holmes Beach, born May 7, 1932, died July 22, 2017. A memorial service will […]

Obituaries – 07-19-2017

Joseph Gregorzek Joseph Gregorzek, of Perico Island, died June 22 in Palmetto. He was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, July 25, 1936, to the late Peter and Mary (Orzechowski) Gregorzek.
 He formerly resided in Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey and moved to Florida in 1999. Joe attended CCSU in Connecticut and was a veteran of the […]

Obituaries – 07-12-2017

Harry Herbert ‘Herb’ Ditzel Jr. Harry Herbert ‘Herb’ Ditzel Jr. died June 28. He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in the family farm house in Cranford, New Jersey. He was a successful business-owner, with an egg route, nursery center, garden center, roadside stands and real estate. He was a student at Rutgers University and served […]

Obituaries – 07-05-2017

Patrick John Flannery Patrick John Flannery, “Mr. Showbiz,” 90, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died June 23. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Hollywood, California, to show business parents. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1976 after retiring from a long career at IBM. He served in the U.S. Army. He […]

Obituaries – 06-28-2017

Loretta Jean Hopps Loretta Jean Hopps of Anna Maria and Bradenton, died June 12. She was born April 11, 1942, in Harrison, Pennsylvania. She was a longtime island resident and business owner — owning Just Hair, Just Hair 2 and Lor-Ells beauty salons and also Just Tan tanning salon. She had many friends and customers […]

Obituaries – 06-21-2017

Craig Allan Nicks Craig Allan Nicks, 55, of Bradenton, having lived most of his life on Anna Maria Island, died June 18. He he was a commercial fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Army. A visitation will be held at 5 p.m. with service to follow at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Brown […]

Obituaries – 06-14-2017

Janet L. FitzGerald Janet L. FitzGerald of Holmes Beach died June 4. She was born in Ohio, the daughter of Esther Cain and Richard Murdock. The family moved to the Tampa area in the 1970s. Upon graduating high school, she attended Hillsborough Community College. She worked in the insurance field for almost 25 years and […]

Obituaries – 05-31-2017

Gregg Allman, legendary rocker dies at 69 Gregory LeNoir Allman, born Dec. 8, 1947, died May 27. Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He lived for a time in Holmes Beach. A statement on the musician’s website said, “Gregg struggled with many health issues over […]

Obituaries – 05-24-2017

Kenneth Rickett Kenneth Rickett, 79, of Anna Maria, died May 12. He was born June 11, 1937. He was an active real estate agent on Anna Maria Island for many years. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royal Drive, Holmes Beach.