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Obituaries – 12-04-2013

Bertha W. Heerema

Bertha W. Heerema, 95, of Bradenton, died Nov. 25.  She was born in Fremont, Mich., and lived in Bradenton 1952-1982, then moved to Fort Myers and then back to Bradenton in 2010.

She was the owner of the former Bradenton Beach Hardware Store.

A service at a later date will be in Grand Rapids, Mich.. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St. Chapel was in charge of arrangements locally. Memorial donations may be made to Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Condolences can be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Heerema is survived by her children, Ken and Patricia Waldo of Bradenton, Paul and Cynthia Waldo of Norcross, Ga., Dr. Mary and Michael Lynch of Nova Scotia, Canada, Edward Jr. and Ruth of Byron Center, Mich., Robert and Valerie of Guilford, Vt., and JoAnne and Franz of Hebron, N.H.; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


Norma Whitfield

Norma Whitfield, 73, a resident of Anna Maria from the late 1990s to early 2008, died Nov. 22 in her hometown of Louisville, Ky.

She grew up in Louisville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. She worked many years as a special education teacher. Mrs. Whitfield was a strong supporter of the arts.

Mrs. Whitfield is survived by her daughter, two sons and many grandchildren.


Mary Jo Zacchero-Smithobit-zsmith

Mary Jo Zacchero-Smith of Bradenton died Nov. 23. She was born in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., and formerly resided in Washington, D.C.

She graduated from Georgetown University in 1979. While still in college, she took a position in the Congressional Office of U.S. Rep. Doug Walgren of Rochester, N.Y. She also worked on the 1984 Walter Mondale presidential campaign. She was a special assistant to the director of the Department of Energy’s Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (now the National Energy Technology Laboratory). Several years later she transferred to the Department of Energy’s headquarters, Office of Fossil Energy, as a speech, congressional testimony and technical writer. Also during her tenure at the energy department, she was a writer and an executive assistant to the assistant secretaries for the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Environmental Safety and Health. She retired in 2005 and became a consultant for several health and safety organizations, focusing on the effects of radiation. Also following Georgetown, she received her certification from American University in Washington, D.C., to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Mrs. Zacchero-Smith was devoted to her family and friends, always willing to help someone in need. She loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers and attended many games with her father while growing up.

She studied the Italian language and spent a month in Italy improving her skills. A devotee of opera, she volunteered as an usher at the Sarasota Opera House. She loved travel and celebrated her 50th birthday in Lucca, Italy, with her husband and close friends.

She also traveled to France, Spain, Germany, England, Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Gibraltar, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, where she spent time cruising with her husband on their sailboat, Pinguino, named for her love of penguins.

She was active in the Bradenton Yacht Club, serving on the communications and membership committees, the entertainment committee and was part of the BYC Sail Cruisers. She was a member of the Georgetown Alumni Association and the Sarasota Opera.

A Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St., Bradenton. A celebration of life will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Zacchero-Smith is survived by her husband of almost 13 years, Brian M.; mother Frances Zacchero of Bradenton; brother Charles (Chuck) Zacchero of Holmes Beach; stepson Brian Jr. wife Maria and grandson, Dominic, of Phoenix; stepdaughters Quinn of Killeen, Texas, and Sidnie, PFC U.S. Army, currently stationed in South Korea; lifelong friends Ann Cecchetti of Bradenton and Stephen Lerner of Washington, D.C.; and many devoted friends from the Bradenton Yacht Club and around the world.

Island police blotter – 12-04-2013

Anna Maria

    • Nov. 18, 10000 block of Gulf Drive, fraud. A complainant reported a family member received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating someone attempted to file a tax return using her Social Security number. The tax return was rejected. A second conversation revealed the complainant is in college and is being claimed as a dependent and a second tax return might have been filed under the same Social Security number, which possibly caused the issue with the IRS.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

    • Nov. 20, 100 Gulf Drive N., Island Time Bar and Grill, battery. A man called the MCSO to report a shuttle service driver attacked him. The complainant said he was drinking at a bar and flagged down what he believed was a shuttle service, but changed his mind and wanted to leave upon arrival. The man said the driver pulled over and began punching him in the face, threw him to the ground and continued hitting him. The deputy observed a slightly swollen eye on the suspect, but no other injuries. According to the report, the complainant was “very intoxicated” and his story became inconsistent the more he told it. He admitted that he may have been belligerent, but said the driver should not have attacked him.

    Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Nov. 22, 4400 block of 123rd Street Court West, grand theft. A complainant reported that someone stole a hydraulic jack from his backyard while he was in the hospital.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• No reports available.

    Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013


COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728.

PAINT BALL GUN and value pack, new in box! Extra goggles, shirt, $95. 941-778-7003.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.

GAS GRILL WITH full tank, $60, shower seat, one year old, adjustable, $20. 941-730-0444.


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique jewelry including our very popular Mermaids Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pandora-style charms and various gift items from around the world. 941-730-1745.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. 404 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Costume jewelry, Fisher & Paykel washer and dryer, futon, wood lounge chairs, electric grill, leather sofa, Florida-style accessories, Harwich ships clock, Huffy bike, binoculars, dehumidifier, yard tools, marine items, hand tools, rope, file cabinet, craftsman chest, two come-a-longs, air compressor, battery charger, Little Giant ladder and others, large bird cage, fishing poles and gear, dock box, electric oil changer for boat, hydraulic jacks, gas cans, linens, and kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: ESTATESALES.NET.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. Open 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays for donations. Don’t forget to check our $1 sales racks!  511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7. Lots of treasures. 309 Tarpon, Anna Maria, around the corner from community center.


FOUND: BLACK WALLET belonging to Eric Hamilton Hicks, please call Bruce to identify. 630-278-9492.

FOUND: SILHOUETTE EYEGLASS. Found at 72nd Street and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 810-875-4459.

LOST: LADY’S PRESCRIPTION Silhouette eyeglasses. Call 941-778-2497.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while you’re out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.


FOR SALE: 2013 Gem Car e4. Loaded, garage-kept on Anna Maria Island. Call/text, 404-668-9397.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 


SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call 941-778-0414, leave message for Jim Johnston.

BACK ALLEY ON Bridge Street needs multi-tasker for weekend position in coffee/wine bar. Hard working individual capable of handling several tasks. Long term. Call or text Jan, 863-244-7745.

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-685-5213.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941-713-0284.

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

TINA MICCIO, LICENSED Massage Therapist. Christ Centered Wellness Center. Come to the well. 1820 59th St. W., Bradenton. Call today for appointment, 941-266-6906. MA49526 MM20745.

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-time Island couple seeks single-family home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.

1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-8478.

SEASONAL APARTMENTS AVAILABLE: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January through April. Second floor 2BR/2BA newly remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool. One block from public beach and town. Email ssmithyoga@gmail.com for serious inquiries.

VACATION RENTAL: STEPS to beach, spacious 3BR/3BA private, heated pool. Available now, for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. Flexible. $2,000/weekly/ Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

WARNER’S BAYOU: 2BR/2BA cottage with boat dock, $1,600/monthly. Carmen Pedota, Big Fish Real Estate, 941-284-2598.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.


PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

2BR/2BA 2003 CONDO in the gated main street at Bradenton complex on the Manatee River. Pool, fitness center, deeded covered parking, pets OK. $128,500. Call Linda at Keller Williams Realty, 813-334-7628.

DUPLEX ON 75×100-foot corner lot. 1.5 blocks to beach. For sale by owner. $340,000. Please leave message, 941-345-3716.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).

2BR/2BA, SECOND FLOOR, secluded corner condominium at Runaway bay, Anna Maria Island. Rented until May. $325,000. 941-778-4159.

FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.