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Obituaries – 07-11-2018

William James ‘Bill’ Krauser

Holmes Beach resident William J. “Bill” Krauser, M.D., died May 22 in Bradenton. He was 94.

He was born April 1, 1924, an only child to Elba and Elizabeth in Bushnell, Illinois.

In 1947, he received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Illinois and performed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. During his studies, he fell in love at first sight with a young woman merrily playing a piano. Shortly thereafter, he and Dottie married June 15, 1947.

The couple later moved to El Paso, Texas, where Dr. Krauser served as a medical officer at William Beaumont Army Hospital during the Korean War.

In 1954, Dr. Krauser began to practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. By 1960, he and his family hadmoved to Durango, where he was recognized as the only orthopedic surgeon practicing in southwest Colorado.

Upon his retirement at age 72, Dr. Krauser and his wife became Florida residents and began enjoying the winters in Holmes Beach, while spending the summers in Durango and at their cabin at nearby Electra Lake.

Dr. Krauser was an avid oenophile and had passions for aerobic exercise and expanding his intellectual horizons. He was a prodigious reader and enjoyed collecting art and antiques, the performing arts, bicycling, racquetball, skiing, swimming and family activities. He was rightly proud of the 7,000 riding miles he accumulated on his bicycles in 2017.

A service was held in Durango. Later this summer, the family plans to hold a celebration of life.

Dr. Krauser is survived by his children Ellyn, Liese and John, all of Durango, and William of Bradenton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Allen Potter

Margaret “Peggy” Allen Potter, died July 3.

She was born Jan. 18, 1925, to Henry Butler and Ione Ralli and grew up in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, where she graduated from Springside Academy.

She pursued her natural talent in art with classes at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Moore School of Design, Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She also completed the Famous Artist Course in commercial art while raising four children.

She married Howard Spencer Potter in 1949 in Chestnut Hill and moved to Maryland while he finished his doctorate degree. In 1956, they relocated to Michigan, where he worked at Michigan State University. They lived in Haslett and East Lansing, Michigan, before moving permanently to Holmes Beach in 1986.

On the island, Mrs. Potter was active in the Episcopal Church Women and choir at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach. She was a founding member of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and served as president of AGAMI for a number of years. She loved her church, her many friends and painting various scenes of her beloved Anna Maria Island.

She helped design and paint the outdoor mural near the Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center.

There will be a private internment for family. A celebration of life will be held in the fall at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Potter is survived by her daughters, Tina Potter Evans and husband Dana of Kingsley, Michigan, and Megg Potter Faillace and husband Ralph of Bradenton; son Howard Spencer Jr. and wife Corinne of Sodus Point, New York; grandchildren Joel Rasho, Kelly Frantz, Jeremy Evans, Stephen Faillace, Eliza Faillace, Margot Horton, Michael and Matthew; great-granddaughter Isabelle; and many nieces and nephews.

Obituaries – 07-04-2018

Raymond Anthony Arado

Raymond Anthony Arado, 87, of Grand Junction, Michigan, died June 24. He was born Jan. 17, 1931. to Thomas and Mabel (Segale) in Chicago.

He worked at First National Bank of Chicago for 33 years. After retiring, he and wife Susan spent their years with family and dear friends in their Silver Lake and Anna Maria Island homes.

He was an amazing husband, dad and papa.

A Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. July 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Michigan. Burial will be at Grand Junction Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Caring Circle Hospice at Home, 05055 Blue Star Highway, South Haven MI 49090. Condolences may be shared online at www.filbrandtffh.com.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Susan Arado; children David Raymond and Lisa and husband Robert Goril; grandchildren Amber and husband Ben McNulty, Amanda and husband Steve Crowell, Amy and husband Toby Hasson, Bobby and wife Heather and Eric and wife Samantha Goril; and great-grandchildren Killian McNulty, Duke Crowell, Jade, Owen, and Ethan Hasson and Grayson Goril.

 

Julia Marguerite King Carrick

        Julia Marguerite King Carrick died July 1.

She was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Ocala to Ed and Fronie King.

She moved to York, South Carolina.

And later she and her mother moved to Baltimore, where she finished high school.

She worked for C & P Telephone Co. for 30 years.

She and her husband of 43 years, Robert, began yearly visits and walks on island beaches in 1971 and eventually the retired to the island.

Good Earth Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be planned.

 

Harriett Frances Dawson Keyser

Harriett Frances Dawson Keyser of Holmes Beach died June 17. She was 106.6.

She attended Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics.

In May 1934, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Keyser.

Moving to York, Maine, she remained at home to help raise their four children.

In 1954, the family moved to Port Clinton, Ohio, where they remained until retirement in 1976.

Their next adventure was running their boat, HAL IV, from Ohio to Anna Maria Island. They docked their boat at Galati’s Marina in Anna Maria and lived aboard it for 10 years.

In 1986, they purchased a home at on 65th Street in Holmes Beach. Then, in February 1989, after celebrating 63 years of marriage, Robert died.

Mrs. Keyser remained on the island and embraced her role as family matriarch. One of her favorite family attributes was having five generations of first-born girls all living close by — daughter Beryl Love, granddaughter Rosanne Tennyson, great-granddaughter Daneille Vulgan and great-great-granddaughter Emery Vulgan.

Memorial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box  247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or the American Cancer Society. A service will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

She is survived by children Beryl Love-Rosche, William and wife Joan, and Bruce and wife Sandi; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous step-family and spouses.

 

Babette S. Moore

Babette S. Moore, 49, of Holmes Beach, died April 5. She was born Dec. 30, 1968 in Polk County.

She did social work, specifically with adults with disabilities at Hanover Adult Center in Virginia.

She lived and loved the island life.

Brown and Sons Funeral Home of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her partner of 10 years, Stephanie Comfort.

 

John S. ‘Jack’ Weber

John S. “Jack” Weber, of Holmes Beach, died June 25. He was born March 1, 1929, to the late John Shea Weber Sr. and Alice G. Weber.

He was a 1947 graduate of Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean campaign where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge Commendation.

He was a member of and performed in the choir St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Longboat Key.

He was married to Evelyn Dreyfus Weber.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 21 St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

The family expressed appreciation for the kindness of Judy and Marion Duncan of Anna Maria Island.

Mr. Weber is survived by daughters Elizabeth A. Weber-Woodwell of Jensen Beach and Lynn Weber of Stuart; granddaughter Kristin Nichole Prussing; great-grandchildren Kyla Elizabeth Prussing and Liam Christopher Prussing; stepson Glen Gore and wife Carol; 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Obituaries – 06-20-2018

Holmes Beach honors partner, former Waste Pro liaison

Bob Baublitz volunteers at the grill, cooking burgers and dogs for the Holmes Beach Night Out event held on the field adjacent to city hall. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chief Bill Tokajer

By Terry O’Connor

Islander Reporter

Waste-collection workers tend to be noticed only if the garbage piles up.

The late Bob Baublitz, former lead operations supervisor for Waste Pro in Manatee County and an adjunct Holmes Beach city employee, broke the mold.

He used an outgoing personality seasoned with a great sense of humor to make a difference in Holmes Beach and beyond, according to Commissioner Pat Morton, who worked closely with Baublitz.

“He always tried to think positive about things,” Morton said. “His passing, it’s a really sad thing to lose a friend. It’s sad but he’s in a lot better place than he was down here. He was a good man.”

Born July 24, 1956, Robert E. “Bob” Baublitz, 61, of Bradenton, died June 8 after a short battle with cancer.

Morton announced at a May 22 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting that Baublitz had taken an early medical retirement.

A letter sent May 29 by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson reflected the high regard Baublitz inspired at city hall.

“The city of Holmes Beach was deeply saddened to learn of your recent retirement, and it is important to us that you know just how much we appreciate you as a faithful and loyal member of our staff at the city of Holmes Beach,” Johnson wrote.

Baublitz and Morton are credited with expediting the Holmes Beach recovery from Hurricane Irma damages in September 2017.

Morton said while some took issue with the speed of debris clearance, no one could have worked harder than Baublitz on behalf of residents.

“He was top-shelf with Irma,” he said. “We all caught flak over it. But he did an excellent job. He had Holmes Beach totally in his heart on that. I know other companies wish they had a guy like him.”

Morton said Baublitz was “an honest guy.”

“He was here for the city like it was more personal than this is just another corporate job,” Morton said. “He was always Johnny on the spot for calling me back.”

Johnson wrote Baublitz was the key to making the city franchise agreement work with Waste Pro. Johnson also praised Baublitz for Irma performance.

“We were the first to finish debris pickup in our region and the only company, Waste Pro, that submitted the proper documentation to FEMA securing our reimbursement,” Johnson wrote.
“We remember countless selfless deeds you have fulfilled for Holmes Beach residents and visitors,” Johnson wrote. “We thank you for the times you have sponsored city events with your fine culinary skills at the famous Waste Pro grill.”
Baublitz was a member of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 and Crime Stoppers. His hobbies included golf and grilling for family and friends.

“Bobby, you have made our city a better place to live and play,” concludes Johnson’s letter. “ You are honored and respected for all you have given us.”

A celebration of life was held June 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory Chapel, Bradenton.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Baublitz is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jaye-Lynn; sons Scott and wife Kelly and Brent and wife Samantha McConville; daughter Heather; mother Mildred; brother Sam; sisters Debbi Ross and Patricia Brooks; and grandchildren Dillan, Aydan and Addelyn.

 

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Dickinson

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Dickinson died June 6 in Holmes Beach.

He was born in Pittsburgh Jan. 19, 1934, to Roy Ezra and Atta (Hogaboom).

He was the last of five children.

He graduated from Dormont High School in 1951, the University of Pittsburgh in 1955 and Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1972.

After graduating from Pitt, he worked in the steel industry.

In 1968, he moved to Boston and went to law school at night at Suffolk University. Upon graduation, he worked as director of labor relations for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts until 1984, when he practiced law until his retirement.

For many years, until fall 2008, he and his wife, Dorothy M. “Dotty” Dickinson, wintered in Holmes Beach and summered in East Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In 2008, they became full-time residents of Florida.

They were members of the Key Royale Golf Club in Holmes Beach. For many years, they were members of Falmouth Newcomers and Encore clubs. He played golf for many years in East Falmouth and Sandwich.

They enjoyed biking the Shrining Sea Bikeway from Falmouth to Woods Hole and having lunch in Swope Hall in Woods Hole on Ell Pond. They were longtime members of the Falmouth Free Wheelers bike group and active members of the Square Riggers Square Dance Club and attended many conventions and raids on other clubs.

A celebration of life was held in Sandwich. A celebration of life also will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Shell Point Clubhouse, 6300 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. A luncheon reception will follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida, 1600 Southwest Archer Road, Gainesville FL 32603; and Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his stepson, Thomas J. Curtin; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Thomas Jr. and Michael; sister-in-law Helen Doherty; sister-in-law Gaye Carol Guinter and many nieces and nephews.

 

Julie Ann (Milks) Martin

Julie Ann (Milks) Martin, of Petersburg, Michigan and Bradenton Beach, died June 6.

Her final words were “perfect.”

She was a Christian and wanted it to be known not to blame God for her death but to praise him for the life she was given and celebrated.

She was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Adrian, Michigan. She attended Spring Arbor as well as UT College. She graduated with honors with a doctorate in law and criminal justice.

She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2017.

She was a fighter and spent her final time studying Scripture and writing to pass onto her loved ones. She was deeply loved and will be truly missed.

A celebration of life will be held in Petersburg. Any tributes should be made to Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton or Harvey Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach.

She is survived by her mother, Gloria Milks-Mayfield of Bradenton Beach; sister Janet Milks-Puska of Iron River, Michigan; husband Charlie; son Raymond and his wife Heather of Toledo, Ohio; son Shawn; and grandchildren Maverick and Jayden of Petersburg.

Obituaries – 06-13-2018

Doris McCrea Schember

Doris McCrea Schember, 100, formerly of Bradenton Beach, died May 30.

She was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Muskegon, Michigan, and moved to Grand Haven at the age of 3 with her parents, Frederick and Gladys McCrea, and her infant sister, Jane.

In 1935, she graduated from Grand Haven High School, went on to graduate from Hope College and later received a master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

On July 5, 1941, she married George Schember in Grand Haven. Their home was in Dayton. However, in 1952, they returned to Grand Haven and raised their three children in the home they built on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan.

While in Grand Haven, they were very active in community affairs and avid sports fans, with special loyalty to the University of Michigan. In 1955, the citizens of Grand Haven elected Mrs. Schember to a nine-member commission that wrote a new charter for the city. She also taught in Grand Haven Junior High School 1961-64, after which she and Mr. Schember returned to Dayton where she taught high school English and journalism.

After her husband’s death in 1968, Mrs. Schember moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be near her daughter and two sons. She trained as a remedial reading instructor and taught for nine years, after which she and her second husband, Benjamin Grosse, moved to Florida.

Mrs. Schember spent 25 years on Anna Maria Island. She was very active locally in environmental affairs, served several terms on a state water board and was involved with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Manasota-88, Save Anna Maria Inc. and so many other activities that she was often encouraged to run for elected office.

She was active at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

She also traveled the world.

In 2004, she returned to Grand Haven, became active in St. John’s Episcopal Church and enrolled as a volunteer tutor in the adult literacy program.

In October 2017, one of her granddaughters joined Mayo Brothers of Rochester, Minnesota, and settled in Austin, Minnesota. She asked Mrs.

Schember to join her family, and she did.

There will be no memorial service. Arrangements were by Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Remembrances may be made at klaassenfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Schember is survived by her children, Jane Schember Robertson of Bradenton Beach, Steven and wife Linda of Sarasota, and Daniel and wife Susan of Bethesda, Maryland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-daughter Barbara and husband John Ruark of Michigan; three step-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Freida Sclafani Williams

Freida Sclafani Williams of Lakeland and Anna Maria died June 3.

She was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Deland, the only child of Rosie and John Sclafani.

As a young girl, she was a talented dancer, with the skill and dedication to make it her profession. Instead, she forged one of the most successful court reporting careers in Florida. Court reporting piqued her interest at an early age. When she was 9, she placed carbon between sheets of paper to help her mother type transcripts for the court reporting firm then-named Rosie Sclafani and Associates.

After attending the University of South Florida, she became the judicial assistant to former Circuit Judge A. H. Lane. In 1962, she enrolled in the Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville and joined her mother’s firm as a court reporter in 1971.

In 1979, she was appointed a state court reporter and served in that position until 1995. During this time, she also oversaw operations of the Lakeland office. In 1980, the name of the firm was changed to Sclafani Williams Court Reporters.

Five years later, she became president of the company and continued her mother’s legacy. The business was the first in the area to integrate new technologies and, by the end of her career, she had opened six office locations.

Among her many recognitions and achievements, she served as FCRA president 1999-2000 and was awarded with the Florida Court Reporting Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002. She was the recipient of the National Association of Women’s Business Owners “Woman of Distinction Award” and Sclafani Williams Court Reporters was listed in 2003 and 2004 in the Tampa Bay Business Journals’ Top 75 women-owned businesses in the state of Florida.

More often than not, she wore black, red and white with a sparkling swan pin, symbolizing her love of Lakeland.

She will be remembered for her commitment to serving both the court reporting and Polk County communities while helping others achieve their dreams.

She was involved with the Florida Court Reporter Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Court Reporters Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the National Network Reporting Company, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and she provided pro bono video-conference services to the Polk Museum of Art.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at St Joseph Catholic Church , 210 W. Lemon St., Lakeland. A private celebration of life was held June 11 in Holmes Beach.

Obituaries – 06-06-2018

Geza E. Bankuty

Geza E. Bankuty, 91, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Budapest, Hungary, died May 24.

Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton.

 

Wayne L. Nield II

Wayne L. Nield II, of Canaan, New Hampshire, died April 20.

The only child of Wayne L. and Frances (Murray) Nield, he was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Baltimore.

A visual artist and historic preservationist, he held a bachelor’s degree in English and art from Towson State University and a master’s degree in American art history, with an emphasis on architecture, from the American University.

From 1978 to 1983 he was an instructor in the historic preservation program at Goucher College in Baltimore, teaching American architectural history and historic preservation.

He also served as a field historian and preservation planning consultant for numerous clients.

Many of his architectural photography projects from the 1980s, such as “Downtown My-town Comin’ Down All Around” (about the demolition of Baltimore’s architectural history), were incorporated into art installations that included sound, lighting, found objects and large, hand-colored photographs.

His creative approach to conservation issues led to significant artistic accomplishments, including “The Irish Shrine,” an homage to Baltimore’s Irish immigrants.

In the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, he spent his time in Florida, documenting the history of the threatened commercial fishing village of Cortez. Thanks to funding from a variety of sources, including the Florida Humanities Council, this documentation resulted in the comprehensive multi-media project, “Vanishing Cultures.”

All along, he also spent time on other creative projects.

By 2005, after fighting what he eventually came to consider a lost war (with a few victorious battles) in his efforts to preserve his Baltimore neighborhood, he settled into solitude in Tioga, Pennsylvania, a rural place in the Appalachian Mountains. There, he began to concentrate solely on painting.

When the fracking industry started to encroach upon the environment in which he was living, he decided in 2011 to visit friends in the Upper Valley. Among other places, he discovered AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was taken by the juxtaposition of a former factory building turned into a facility for contemporary art. In 2012, in order to be closer to what AVA had to offer, he moved to Canaan, New Hampshire.

In Spring 2014, a memorable exhibition of paintings from his “Wall of the Reliquary” series was featured at AVA.

A celebration of Wayne’s life will take place in Canaan June 30. Memorial donations may be made the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals or to a local humane society.

He is survived by several cousins in Baltimore; by his beloved dog, Tink; and by close friends.

Obituaries – 05-30-2018

Barbara Voorman Perdue
Barbara Voorman Perdue, 86, of Ramsey/Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Anna Maria, died May 18.

She was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and attended Collegiate School before moving to Ridgewood, where she graduated from Ridgewood High School.

There she met her husband of more than 50 years, Walter E. Perdue.

She attended Lasell Junior College in Newton, Massachusetts.

With her husband, she ran a much-loved sporting goods store in Ridgewood. She was an avid tennis player for more than 40 years and loved singing in many different choirs.

For the past 20 years, she and her husband loved their second home in Anna Maria.

No service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 S. Monroe St., Ridgewood NJ 07450, or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216-0247.

She is survived by her son, Mitchell, daughter Beth Perdue Sontag, son-in-law Thom Sontag, grandsons Charles and Maxwell Sontag, as well as many adoring nieces and nephews.

 

Marion Hanna Roberts
Marion Hanna Roberts (NEE Layton, Lichtenstein), 91, died April 14 in Washington, D.C.

She was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Hamburg, Germany, to Lucie (Munzer) and Kurt Lichtenstein.

She was a New Yorker at heart. Raised her family in Warren, Michigan, and found her ray of sunshine in Holmes Beach, where she was a snowbird from about 1990 to 2009.

A graduate of Ithaca College, she dedicated her career to helping children, serving for many years as a school psychologist in Warren.

A lover of life and full of energy, she completed 100-mile bike rides in her 60s (including a solo jaunt from Detroit to Schenectady, New York), dance roller-skated into her 80s and had a golf drive straight enough to be the envy of pros.

She never knew a stranger, making friends wherever she went.

Memorial donations may be made to Girls Golf at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/GirlsGolf/MarionRoberts.
She is survived by her daughter Cindy and husband Andy of Washington, D,C.; son Rick and wife Sondra; grandchildren Brooke and Alison of Colleyville, Texas; and her caregiver Phalese.

Obituaries – 05-23-2018

Jean Lee Sears
Jean Lee Sears, 83, of Holmes Beach, died May 8.

She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Boston and lived in Cohasset, Norwell, Scituate and Marshfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Florida in 1976.

She was a resident of Holmes Beach and summered in Port Clyde, Maine, for many years.

She was an honors graduate of the University of South Florida. Then a Realtor for more than 55 years in Scituate, Massachusetts, and on Anna Maria Island.

She was an accomplished equestrian and former member of the Hanover Hunt Club, where she met her husband of 44 years, Harold Sprague Sears.

No services are planned. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or Alzhiemers Association, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237. And, as the family requests, in her memory follow her example, do something kind for someone.

She is survived by her son, Gregory Poole and wife Wendy of Scituate; daughters Amy Lee Fasciano and husband Mark, Sue Ann Tobias and Laura Beth; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 05-16-2018

Daniel L. Anderson
Daniel L. Anderson, M.D., 77, of Cortez, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, died April 29.

He was born Nov. 8, 1940.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 1 at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.

 

Mary Alice Chakoumakos
Mary Alice Chakoumakos, 91, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died March 23.

She was a resident of Holmes Beach for 28 years, after having moved from Farmington, Maine, to retire with her husband Charles.

She grew up in Litchfield, Maine, graduated in 1948 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and, after getting married, lived briefly in New York.

She and her husband then settled in Maine to raise four freethinking children. She was active in the Maine Chapter of AAUW, the Farmington Planning Commission and also the Roser Women’s Guild in Anna Maria.

She was an avid reader, bird-watcher, bridge player and math whiz. She loved a good cocktail, her own excellent cooking and the perfect Key lime pie. She spent her final days in Santa Fe under the care of her daughter Alison and the watchful eye of her faithful cat, Miss Kitty.

Mrs. Chakoumakos is survived by her children, Scott, Bryan, Alison and Andrew; grandchildren Sara, Segue, Rowan, Madie, Egan and Sofia; great-grandchildren Lila and Otis; plus her dynamic extended family.

 

Isobel O’Conner
Isobel O’Conner, of Bradenton, died April 13.

She was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and grew up on Boston’s North Shore.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State College. After teaching high school in Vermont, she and her late former husband, Dan, sailed from Marblehead to Florida in a 50-year old Friendship Sloop.

She had a long business career as legal secretary and administration assistant/Realtor for Arvida Corp. on Longboat Key and Neal Communities.

She had a lifetime interest in sailing, windjammers, skiing and travel.

She was a strong supporter for animal welfare and the environment and volunteered for Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach.

A celebration of life will at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key.

 

Helen Aldrich White
Helen Aldrich White died May 7, two days before her 93rd birthday.

She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, to Helen and Burton Aldrich and had two brothers. She attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from the Albright Knox Art School in Buffalo.

She worked for JN Adams Department Store as a sketch artist in advertising. In 1961, she relocated to Anna Maria with her first husband Oliver “Buddy” Lawrence.

Together they owned the Sand Bar when it was just a tiny bar on Spring Street.

She continued her advertising career working for Burdines and commuting to Tampa. She then opened a gift shop on St. Armands Circle.

She started in real estate working for Mike Norman Realty and other local companies, including Neal & Neal.

In 2001, she formed SunCoast Real Estate on Anna Maria Island with three friends and worked as a Realtor/broker until her retirement in 2014.

She married John Parker White in 1981 and they were married 21 years until his death in 2002.

She was active in the Island Players, loved dogs and was a committed businesswoman with a customer-oriented approach to her sales.

She is survived by her niece through marriage, Kathryn Poppenberg Kridel of Cortez; Oliver L. Poppenberg of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Arnold C. Poppenberg Jr. of Denver; nine nieces and nephews; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Obituaries – 05-09-2018

Daniel L. Anderson

Daniel L. Anderson, M.D., 77, of Cortez, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, died April 29.

He was born Nov. 8, 1940.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 1 at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.

 

Nadine Byrne Mayer

Nadine Byrne Mayer died April 28.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia, to William C. and Alice (Farrar) Byrne.

She attended boarding schools in the East and graduated from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, and Southern Seminary College.

A promising ballet dancer until sidelined by an accident, she danced with the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine in her teens and was recruited by famed impresario Sol Hurok, credited with popularizing ballet in the United States, to guide visiting Russian dancers around New York City.

After raising her family in Connecticut, she relocated to the Florida Gulf Coast to further her career as a speech writer for various politicians.

Her passions included ATP Tennis, politics and community theater.

She was a volunteer for AIDS Hospice and Ringling Museum of Art.

An original resident of the Perico Bay Club, she enjoyed her Perico Island home for 30 years.

A Mass and celebration of life was held May 2 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

She is survived by her children, Hope and husband Lawrence Padalino of Morro Bay, California, D. Callaghan of St. Petersburg, Michael and wife Katie of Bethlehem, Connecticut, and surrogate daughter, Page and husband Ron Schaschwary of Crystal Lake, Illinois; grandchildren Margaret, Harry, Ross Padalino and Scott Padalino; and her beloved dog, Scupper.