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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.

Obituaries – 05-17-2017

William ‘Bill’ Hard

William “Bill” Hard, 65, of Ellenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 12.

He was born in Indiana to William and Joyce Basley Hard and grew up in Verplanck and Buchanan, New York.

He was an avid golfer and was blessed to have been able to fulfill his bucket list by going on a trip to Scotland, thanks to Jason Suzor and wife Leah, owners of the Waterfront Restaurant.

He also was a wine enthusiast and master entertainer and dearly loved orchestrating the wine tastings at The Waterfront in Anna Maria and the members of his Waterfront family.

Mr. Hard requested no service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

He is survived by fiancée Karen Breeding Robinson of Ellenton, with whom he enjoyed 25 years;  “adopted” son¨ Eric Holderby of Columbus, Ohio; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Robert J. McClannan Jr.

Robert J. McClannan Jr., age 70, of Bradenton Beach and Piqua, Ohio, died May 8 in Ohio.

He was born in Nurnberg, Germany, Aug. 31, 1946, to the late Robert J. and Pat I. Dills.

He graduated high school in Bradenton. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He worked in industrial maintenance and as a truck driver.

A graveside service was to be held May 16 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua. Arrangements are by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home of Piqua. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy OH 45373, or the charity of the donor’s choice Condolences may be made at www.melcher-sowers.com.

He is survived by brother Herbert of La Vista, Nebraska; and one grandchild.

 

Barbara Rodocker

Barbara Rodocker, a leader in the business community in Bradenton Beach, has died.

No notice was available as The Islander went to press May 15. The Islander learned of her death May 11 from Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon.

She was the owner of the BridgeWalk and Silver Surf motels in Bradenton Beach, a founder of the Bridge Street Merchants group, and formerly served on the city’s Scenic WAVES  and charter review committees and the county Tourist Development Council.

Obituaries – 05-03-2017

Wanda P. Fisher

Wanda P. Fisher, 90, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 18, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Henry T. Britten and Wilma O. (Short) Britten.

She attended high school in Ann Arbor. After graduation, she accepted a secretarial position with the U.S. Department of the Navy during World War II and moved to Washington, D.C.

In 1950, she became a stewardess for American Airlines and was assigned to fly from Chicago to Dallas. As was the custom then, she cut her career short upon her marriage to Hal W. Fisher of Howell, Michigan, in 1952.

She resided in Brighton, Michigan, for many years, raising daughter Bari and working for Brighton Area Schools until her husband died in 1986.

Always looking for adventure, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988 to live on the beach. She took up golf, adopted Chuck, her long-time furry companion, and sang in the choir at Roser Memorial Community Church.

After eight years of enjoying island life, she moved to The Villages. While living there until 2013, she enjoyed golfing, going to movies and game night with friends.

Health issues brought her back to Texas to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

There will be a private service in Howell, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Texas/Hospice House Downtown Fort Worth via chot.org.

She is survived by daughter Bari; son-in-law Bill; grandson Kevin and wife Jendi; and great-grandson Carson.

 

Donald John Jablonski

Donald John Jablonski, 82, of Anna Maria, died April 22. He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Essexville, Michigan, and was raised in Bay City, Michigan.

He also resided in Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Potomac, Maryland.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School in Michigan and a 1959 graduate of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

He served as president and treasurer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Exchange Club for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, assigned to the Naval Inspector General Office in the Pentagon.

He also worked as an auditor for Capital Airlines Inc., as senior accountant with Advanced Communications Engineering and costs accountant with Selma Field Engineering Services. He then moved to assistant comptroller with Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, senior associate executive vice president with the American College of Cardiology and his final position as the first executive director of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

In 1999, he developed Hodgkin’s disease and went through treatments. Over the next 17 years, he developed five more cancers.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Center and Research Institute in Tampa or a local veterans service organization. Mr. Jablonski also asked that memorials be made giving a flower or making a call to a relative or friend.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Hellen “Pat;” daughter Pamela Jablonski; son Tim Jablonski; grandson Lorenzo Whitfield; step-children Bernie Neumaster and Terry and husband David Neumaster; daughter-in-law Shelly; son-in-law Lorenzo H. Whitfield and son-in-law Randy Bell.

Obituaries – 05-03-2017

Wanda P. Fisher

Wanda P. Fisher, 90, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 18, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Henry T. Britten and Wilma O. (Short) Britten.

She attended high school in Ann Arbor. After graduation, she accepted a secretarial position with the U.S. Department of the Navy during World War II and moved to Washington, D.C.

In 1950, she became a stewardess for American Airlines and was assigned to fly from Chicago to Dallas. As was the custom then, she cut her career short upon her marriage to Hal W. Fisher of Howell, Michigan, in 1952.

She resided in Brighton, Michigan, for many years, raising daughter Bari and working for Brighton Area Schools until her husband died in 1986.

Always looking for adventure, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988 to live on the beach. She took up golf, adopted Chuck, her long-time furry companion, and sang in the choir at Roser Memorial Community Church.

After eight years of enjoying island life, she moved to The Villages. While living there until 2013, she enjoyed golfing, going to movies and game night with friends.

Health issues brought her back to Texas to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

There will be a private service in Howell, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Texas/Hospice House Downtown Fort Worth via chot.org.

She is survived by daughter Bari; son-in-law Bill; grandson Kevin and wife Jendi; and great-grandson Carson.

 

Donald John Jablonski

Donald John Jablonski, 82, of Anna Maria, died April 22. He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Essexville, Michigan, and was raised in Bay City, Michigan.

He also resided in Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Potomac, Maryland.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School in Michigan and a 1959 graduate of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

He served as president and treasurer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Exchange Club for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, assigned to the Naval Inspector General Office in the Pentagon.

He also worked as an auditor for Capital Airlines Inc., as senior accountant with Advanced Communications Engineering and costs accountant with Selma Field Engineering Services. He then moved to assistant comptroller with Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, senior associate executive vice president with the American College of Cardiology and his final position as the first executive director of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

In 1999, he developed Hodgkin’s disease and went through treatments. Over the next 17 years, he developed five more cancers.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Center and Research Institute in Tampa or a local veterans service organization. Mr. Jablonski also asked that memorials be made giving a flower or making a call to a relative or friend.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Hellen “Pat;” daughter Pamela Jablonski; son Tim Jablonski; grandson Lorenzo Whitfield; step-children Bernie Neumaster and Terry and husband David Neumaster; daughter-in-law Shelly; son-in-law Lorenzo H. Whitfield and son-in-law Randy Bell.

Obituaries – 04-26-2017

Duane R. Benedict

Duane R. Benedict, 82, Holmes Beach, died April 21.     Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Holmes Beach in 1997 from Gahanna, Ohio.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and active in the Boy Scouts in his youth. He also was a member of Lance’s Cruizin to the Hops.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. Condolences may be made to  www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet; son Richard Todd Benedict of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; daughter Michele and husband Marc McMurphy of Henniker, New Hampshire; sister Beverly Reed of Bradenton; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Edward Lawrence Mihm

Edward Lawrence Mihm, 96, of Bradenton Beach, died April 20.

Mr. Mihm was born in Philadelphia Nov. 28, 1920.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ashtabula as a ship fitter. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked for the Navy as a civilian until his retirement in 1976, when he moved to Bradenton Beach.

During his retirement years, he and his wife loved to travel and spent their summers in Chama, New Mexico.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Hoover; sons Edward of Lewes, Delaware, and William of Palmetto.

Obituaries – 04-19-2017

Charles M. ‘Mel’ Bennett,

Charles M. “Mel” Bennett, 85, Bradenton, died April 8.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met.

He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Heaters, West Virginia, to the late Alva Robinson and Mamie Gay (Singleton) Bennett.

He was married to Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, who died in 2014.

He served in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he worked as an automotive mechanic.

He was a long-time resident of Anna Maria Island.

Memorial donations may be made to Tracey Vita’s School of Dance for Scholarships, 4181 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by son Robert and wife Teri; daughters Lezlie and husband Jeff Nance and Kelly and husband Dale Stephenson; grandchildren Jeremy and wife Shawna, Kymberli, Alison, Abigail and Anabellel; great-grandchildren Carter and Lyla; sister-in-law Deloris “Butch” and husband Jim Carden; brother-in-law Richard and wife Gale Carter; niece Shirley and husband Clint Bradford Daniels and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

 

Robert Dale Raisch

Robert Dale Raisch, 90, of Bradenton, formerly Holmes Beach, died.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Nov. 21, 1926, to Alvin L. and Gertrude (Maschmidt).

He met Laverne Daume at S.E. Missouri State College in September 1946 and they married Dec. 21, 1947, in Jennings, Missouri. They celebrated 69 years of marriage in December 2016 at Freedom Village in Bradenton.

He was in the U.S. Navy in World War II, serving in the Pacific. He trained as a radioman and was aboard the U.S.S. Fon du Lac, an attack transport that was on its way to Japan. He would have been in the invasion, but for the dropping of the atomic bomb.

He attended S.E. Missouri State College and the University of Missouri, receiving a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1950.

The summer before his senior year, he worked as a ranger in the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho. He lived in an observation fire tower and was responsible for reporting and extinguishing any fires. He once saw lightning strike a tree miles in the distance and he had to go put it out before it spread to other trees.

He worked for the Missouri Conservation Commission as a farm forester.

In 1957, the family moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University while working as an assistant professor and a forester with both the Kansas State Extension Service and the Kansas Department of Forestry.

He and the family moved in 1962 to Indianapolis, where he went to work as state forester.

In 1968, he went to work for the U. S. Forest Service as director of state and private forestry and the family moved to Springfield, Virginia. This position required him to travel extensively throughout the country.

In 1972, the U. S. Forest Service transferred him to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

In 1980, he went to work as director of the South East Region in Atlanta, a post he held until he retired in 1982.

Upon retirement, he and Forest Service retiree Jim Sabin started “Turf and Tree.”

He fully retired in 1992 and in 2004 moved with Laverne to Anna Maria Island, where they had spent winters.

He enjoyed walking the beach, playing golf and tennis, was active in Kiwanis on the island and Roser Memorial Community Church, where he served as a deacon.

He also loved to draw and paint and published articles in several Gulf Coast Writer’s books.

He moved to Freedom Village in June 2016.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the auditorium at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.  Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by wife Laverne; children Nancy Acton and husband Dick, Steve and wife Kay, Janie Hulbert and Rebecca Smith and husband Scott; grandchildren Emily Steinbraker and husband George, Holly Acton, Brad Acton, Robert Smith and wife Michelle and Amy Smith; and great-grandchildren Casey and Riley Steinbraker.

Obituaries – 04-12-2017

David Hepburn Jr.

David R. Hepburn Jr. Ph.D., 75, died March 21. He was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to David R. Sr. and Lillie Williams.

He attended Memphis State University, working his way through by delivering newspapers, and earned degrees in mathematics and chemistry. He then went to Ole Miss University in Oxford on a scholarship and earned his doctorate in chemistry. He enjoyed a career as a research chemist until retiring in 2007.

He then moved to Bradenton with wife Nina Salley Hepburn (Siler) and joined a group of men dedicated to saving and restoring wooden boats. He volunteered at the boat shop in Cortez and his dedication to public service extended to an active membership in the USCG Auxiliary.

Interment will be in the memorial garden of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton. Donations may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Condolences may be made to www.griffithcline.com.

He is survived by wife Nina; sons David R. III and Dr. R. M. Salley and wife Linda; daughters Rachelle Carla and Angela Faye Stephens and husband Larry; sister Gloria; brother James and wife Ann; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Frank W. Hutchison

Frank W. Hutchison, 86, of Bradenton, died April 1.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Bradenton in 1978 from Bridgewater, North Carolina.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he received his master’s degree in business from the Wharton School, his master’s degree in divinity from McCormick Seminary of Chicago and he was a Presbyterian minister.

He was active in his community, active in the civil rights and peace movements and he was former pastor of Roser Memorial Community Church.

He is survived by wife Sylvia of Bradenton; daughters Barbara of Arlington, Virginia, Jane and husband Drew McNeely of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Lee Anne and husband Grant Neal of Manhattan, New York, and Jean and husband Bart Knox of Hendersonville, North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was April 17 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

 

Jack M. Neumayer

Jack M. Neumayer, 80, of Holmes Beach, died April 6.

Services will be at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

 

Damon J. Presswood

Damon Jolley Presswood, 48, of Bradenton, died unexpectedly at home April 5.

He was born Dec. 27, 1968, in DuQuoin, Illinois, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1975 with his mother and sister.

He was devoted to his daughter and he was a dedicated chef and food expert. He started his cooking career at age 13 on Longboat Key at Harry’s Continental Kitchens, followed by Ivo’s Fine Dining and the Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle, where he mentored under Chef August Mrozowski. In 13 years at the cafe, he had risen to sous chef.

He was assistant chef at the Bradenton Country Club before purchasing Chez André Restaurant in Holmes Beach in 1999. He was chef and co-owner and renamed the restaurant Ooh La La! Bistro. In 2008, the restaurant closed and he expanded his food interests as a restaurant/food service consultant and executive chef at Sysco Corp. in Palmetto.

Most recently, he worked at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier in Bradenton Beach.

He was a longtime member of Ski-A-Rees, a water-ski show team based on City Island in Sarasota, where he performed, drove his boat for show skiers and trained young skiers.

He inherited his paternal grandfather’s green thumb and had a penchant for growing herbs, vegetables and gardenias. He also loved animals and rescued and adopted many dogs over the years. He trained his companion, Ziggy, a deaf dog, in sign language.

Some 200 restaurant, food industry, ski and family friends attended a celebration of life April 9 at Fishermen’s Hall in Cortez. The family thanks all those who donated food and refreshments, particularly the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Beach Bistro.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Joselin get on her feet on her own and in her future endeavors.

Mr. Presswood is survived by his daughter, Joselin “Josey” Bonnie of Bradenton; mother Bonner Joy, Islander publisher, of Flamingo Cay; father Ronald and wife Sylvia of Ponoma, Illinois; sister Kendra and spouse Toni Lyon of Palmetto; half-brother Sevren of Michigan; uncle Kevin of DuQuoin, Illinois; uncle William Eller of Bradenton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and Ziggy.

 

Donald B. Sudnik

Donald B. Sudnik, of Holmes Beach and originally from Orchard Lake, Michigan, died Feb. 28.

He was born Nov. 25, 1926.

He was known in the advertising business as an award-winning photographer specializing in car photography throughout the automotive industry

He was a partner in the photo studio Sudnik & Overhardt.
In his early days, Mr. Sudnik served in the Army Air Force as a photographer mapping the Philippine Islands in 1944, just before the bombing in Japan. He also worked at the Detroit News as a sports photographer capturing the fall of the “Flying Wallendas” at the Fair Grounds in 1962.

He ws an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings and also enjoyed fishing, listening to jazz and mingling with musicians at local clubs. For those who knew and loved him, he was always positive and upbeat. When asked how he was the answer was always, “Sensational.”
He was married to Marilyn Demgen.

He is survived by children Steven, John and Lisa Sudnik Marklow; Joseph, Sarah Marklow Moore and Mary Marklow Clinton; great-grandchildren Miles Moore and Easton Clinton.

Obituaries – 04-05-2017

Lance R. Bergeron

Lance R. Bergeron, 59, died March 3.

He lived on the island for many years and worked at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach while raising his two sons as a single parent.

He was known for his sense of humor, love of sports — especially the Washington Redskins — and his loyalty to his family and friends.

Memorial services were private.

Mr. Bergeron is survived by daughter Michelle Wooten; sons Francis W. and Lee T.; mother Barbara Parkman; brother Dominique and wife Bonnie; sisters Terry Cappello and husband Michael and Linda; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Richard H. ‘Dick’ Cleveringa

Richard H. “Dick” Cleveringa, 86, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 28, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Muskegon, Michigan, where he began his lifelong passion for sailing on Lake Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, where he received both a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in business.

Following graduation, he spent two years in the U.S. Army in Texas. Once he completed his service, he began his business career working in management, first for general motors and then for Allstate Insurance, from which he later retired. While at Allstate, he transferred to Kentucky and it was there he met wife Joy. They were married April 1, 1979.   After living in Kentucky for several years, they bought a motor home and traveled extensively across the United States and Canada, before retiring to Holmes Beach in 1999.        They had many friends throughout his lifetime. He and his best friend, Ed Gehrke, shared wonderful days rambling on the back roads of Kentucky and Indiana, always looking for the best places to eat while sharing stories along the way.

With friend Don Steffan he shared some great adventures — exploring Vietnam, Machu Picchu, and boating down the Amazon River. They also enjoyed many wonderful Thursday evening dinners together.

He looked forward to Monday night poker with the guys. He will be remembered for many things, including being the handsomest man on Anna Maria Island. Then there was his ready smile, his kindness, his wittiness, his brilliant mind, his passion for books, his laughter, his sense of happiness and contentment, his love of food, of adventure, of golf, of Joy and of life itself.

No services are planned. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Donations to the American Cancer Society , the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Joy, to whom he was married 37 years; son Rick and wife Lisa of North Carolina; daughter Debbie Stringer of North Carolina; stepsons Chris and wife Lucy Cissell of South Carolina; Steve Cissell Smith of Kentucky; Terry and wife Candi Cissell of Tennessee; brother Ronald and wife Norma of Florida and sister Juanita and husband David Wikman of Michigan.

 

Phyllis Paige Kitchens

Phyllis Paige Kitchens, 52, of Bradenton, died March 24 at home. She was born Sept. 19, 1964, in Takoma Park, Maryland, to William Earl and Phyllis Erica (Wood) Austin.

She had been a resident of Manatee and Sarasota counties for many years, coming from Polk County. Locally she has lived in Venice, Anna Maria and Bradenton.

She worked as a waitress for several restaurants over the years and was an avid horticulturist. She was well known for the care and beauty of her various plants and flowers, and was a member of Friends of Bill.

A private family celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by husband Barry Keith of Lakeland; daughter Katherine of Lakeland; father William Earl Austin of Bradenton; brother William P. Austin of Spring Hill; sisters Christine Austin of New York City and Jennifer Beck of Sarasota; and many extended family members and friends.

 

David Martinez

David Martinez, 81, of Holmes Beach, died March 25. He was born July 15, 1935, in Susanville, California.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was the owner/operator of Somar Electrical of San Francisco. He was a member of the Lakeland Yacht Club. He loved his family and he enjoyed golfing and fixing and tinkering with anything.

A celebration of life was held March 31 at Hopewell Funeral Home in Plant City. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Condolences may be made online at www.hopewellfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janice McDonald; children Carole McDonald Wilson and husband Sam of Lakeland, Keith and wife Cecilia of Lakeland and Stephen and wife Jeanette of Winter Haven; grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Carl, Asa, Haylee, Alexander, Kenny and Erin; brother Jesus and wife Mayna; nephew Mauricio of Mexico; sister-in-law Ann; niece Elizabeth and nephews Danny and David of California; many great-nieces, nephews, family, friends; and Yorkies Alice and Stella.

 

Donna Lea Yohe

Donna Lea Yohe, 55, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in Bradenton and moved back to her hometown in 1991 from Pennsylvania.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a nurse at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was a member of the VFW and a Lutheran.

A private celebration of life was held March 30 at a residence. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include sons Michael Maggio and Daniel Maggio of Bradenton; daughter Shanna of Jacksonville; mother Maryjane Naeher of Holmes Beach; brothers Donnie Naeher of Sarasota, Danny Naeher of Holmes Beach, Doug Naeher of Holmes Beach, David Naeher of Bradenton and Dana Naeher of Apollo Beach; sisters Debbie Bradley of Bradenton, Denise Harrington of Bradenton and Diane Boak of Holmes Beach; and a granddaughter.

Obituaries – 03-29-2017

David Martinez

David Martinez, 81, of Holmes Beach, died March 25. He was born July 15, 1935, in Susanville, California.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was the owner/operator of Somar Electrical of San Francisco. He was a member of the Lakeland Yacht Club. He loved his family and he enjoyed golfing and fixing and tinkering with anything.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S., Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Committal to follow at Alderman Pelote Cemetery in Lithia. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be made online at www.hopewellfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janice McDonald; children Carole McDonald Wilson and husband Sam of Lakeland, Keith and wife Cecilia of Lakeland and Stephen and wife Jeanette of Winter Haven; grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Carl, Asa, Haylee, Alexander, Kenny and Erin; brother Jesus and wife Mayna; nephew Mauricio of Mexico; sister-in-law Ann; niece Elizabeth and nephews Danny and David of California; many great-nieces, nephews, family, friends; and Yorkies Alice and Stella.

 

Julia Anne Propas

Julia Anne Propas, 86, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, April 5, 1930, to Anthony and Julia (Perry) Silva, who immigrated to the United States in the early1920s.

She met her husband, Frederick, while working as a waitress at his father’s restaurant, The Mayflower, in Brockton, Massachusetts, where Frederick was the chef/baker.

They were married Feb. 10, 1948, and they had two children, Timothy and Kathy.

The couple formed a construction company in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where she did the paperwork and accounting, as well as interior decorating, for about 35 years.

She also opened an antique shop, built by her husband, as antiques were her passion.

In 1981, the couple retired to Tarpon Springs and she continued dealing in antiques for another 15 years.

After the death of her husband in 2012, Mrs. Propas moved to Holmes Beach with her daughter Kathy Smart and daughter-in-law Mary Doub, co-owners of Minnie’s Beach Cafe in Holmes Beach.

They purchased a larger home in Bradenton, where they resided together until Mrs. Propas’ health forced her to Heritage Park Rehab, a nursing home, in February.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.griffithcline.com.

Mrs. Propas is survived by daughter Kathy Smart and spouse Mary Doub of Bradenton; brothers Thomas Silva of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Manual Silva of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Anna Silva of Rochester, Massachusetts; many nieces, nephews and close friends, and special grand-dog, Rufus.

 

Donna Lea Yohe

Donna Lea Yohe, 55, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in Bradenton and moved back to her hometown in 1991 from Pennsylvania.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a nurse at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was a member of the VFW and a Lutheran.

A celebration of life will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at a private residence. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include sons Michael Maggio and Daniel Maggio of Bradenton; daughter Shanna of Jacksonville; mother Maryjane Naeher of Holmes Beach; brothers Donnie Naeher of Sarasota, Danny Naeher of Holmes Beach, Doug Naeher of Holmes Beach, David Naeher of Bradenton and Dana Naeher of Apollo Beach; sisters Debbie Bradley of Bradenton, Denise Harrington of Bradenton and Diane Boak of Holmes Beach; and a granddaughter.

Obituaries – 03-22-2017

Betty L. Guthrie

Betty L. Guthrie, 84, Cortez, died March 12.

She was born in Detroit and moved to Cortez in 1942 from Grand Ledge, Michigan.

She was an active member of Church of Christ Church in Cortez since 1952.

She was the owner/operator of Betty’s Beauty Salon for 17 years, an award-winning manager of JAFRA Cosmetics, president of the first Women’s Auxiliary for the Cortez Fire Department, n original member of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, as well as a member of the Sweet Adeline’s chorus.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Cortez Village Historical Society, P.O. Box 663, Cortez FL 34215. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, James “Junie” of Cortez; son Jimmy and wife Sandy of Riverview; daughters Carol and husband Allen Haas of Deatsville, Alabama, and Peggy and husband Steve Barr of Scottsville, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

 

Sophie Louise Isherwood

Sophie Louise Isherwood, 24, of Bradenton, died March 3 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was born May 14, 1992, in Gloucester, England, and has resided in the Bradenton-area for six years. She worked as a server at the Seafood Shack in Cortez.

A service was held March 9 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. A service will be held at a later date in England. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Miss. Isherwood is survived by her mother and step-father, Jennifer and Ken Moore of Bradenton; father Stephen Isherwood of England; brother Nathan Isherwood of England; sister Mellisa Moore of Bradenton; maternal grandparents Bill and Mai Upton of the United Kingdom; boyfriend James Fetters of Holmes Beach; and many extended family members and friends.

 

Samuel Keller Pollock

Samuel Keller Pollock, 99, of Holmes Beach, died March 12.

Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, he moved to Bradenton in 2010 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

There will be no local services at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Blake School in Minneapolis. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by son Alfred and wife Helen of Holmes Beach; daughter Mary Pollock Scott of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.