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Obituaries – 10-10-2018

Glen Alton Loudermilk

Glen Alton Loudermilk, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 10.

He was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Atlanta. He was raised in St. Simons Island and Brunswick, Georgia, with his best friend brother Steve. Their favorite things to do were fish with their dad and joyride in town.

He met Janis Kennedy, the love of his life, in college. She was attending the University of North Carolina, and he attended Duke University. Their schools were rivals, but that didn’t stand in the way of true love. They were engaged two months after they met on a blind date and married five months later. In the next 50 years, they had three children and four grandchildren.

He and his wife built their first house in Anna Maria in 1982 and they moved to Holmes Beach full-time in 1998, where he lived for 20 years.

He became a dentist and practiced until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1988.

In the years that followed, he and his family traveled around the country and around the world many times.

He was known for his quick wit and Duke T-shirts. He loved to live on the water, fish off the dock and take his boat out. He was a handy man, who enjoyed building and fixing things for his loved ones.

Mr. Loudermilk is survived by wife Janis; children Richard, Joel and Leah; and grandchildren Rebecca, Jillian, Trevor and Spencer.


Shirley L. Lightfoot

Shirley L. Lightfoot of Holmes Beach died Oct. 1

She was born June 25, 1935, in Blakely, Georgia, to John Redding and Gertha Jane Johnson.

She moved to Riverview in 1948 and was a 1953 graduate of Brandon High School.

After graduation, she worked for General Telephone for more than 45 years. After retiring from General Telephone, she worked part-time as a movie screening coordinator for several years and made many wonderful friends.

She lived in various cities in the Tampa Bay area, including Riverview, Temple Terrace, North Redington Beach, New Tampa and Odessa, before moving to Holmes Beach in 2010.

She loved couponing, soap operas, movies, playing slots, the beach, her iPad, ice cream, anything purple, talking inanimate objects and Christmas. She never met a stranger and had a heart of gold.

No service will be held. Donations can be made to the Bradenton Tidewell Hospice House at www.tidewellhospice.org/welcome/donors/donate-now/.

Mrs. Lightfoot is survived by her daughter Debi Wohlers and wife Lori Waggoner of Holmes Beach; daughter Cindy and husband Jimi Ippolito of Anna Maria; sister Jeanette and husband Charley Worley of Sarasota; grandson Ryan Ippolito of Bradenton; granddaughter Haley and husband Vasco Duke of Riverview; great-grandchildren Rosalyn and Harrison Duke; longtime friend Nancy Loeffler; and many friends and neighbors.


Donald Pampuch

Donald Pampuch, 76, of Bradenton, died Oct. 2.

He was a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island before a recent move to Bradenton.

He was born Sept. 25, 1942, in Wisconsin to John and Catherine.

He married wife Sheryl in 1968.

He attended the University of Wisconsin at Black River Falls and worked in real estate sales in Manatee County for 40 years.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.

He spent much of his time fishing, golfing and watching football.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Moose Lodge 2138, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.

Mr. Pampuch is survived by wife Sheryl; daughters Kimberly and husband Jeff Marcus and Nicole and husband Eddie Taylor Jr.; grandchildren Megan, Eddie, Noah and Tristin; great-grandson Christopher Brown Jr.; sister Irene Halvma; and brother Jerry.

Obituaries – 10-03-2018

Dave Bristow

Dave Bristow, 59, of Bradenton, died Sept. 24.

He was born Oct. 27, 1958, in Lincoln, Illinois, to Julius C. and Rosemary Logs-don. He was married to Lisa Elaine Kipp for 35 years.

He began his college career at Stetson University, where he played basketball before transferring to the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in broadcasting.

While at UF, he worked at WRUF in Gainesville on a radio show called “Dial-A-Score with Larry Vettel & Chuck Cooperstein.”

A family man, his greatest loves were his wife Lisa and daughters Courtney and Cara. Though, the Florida Gators and St. Louis Cardinals tied for second place.

In addition to his role as spokesman at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, he was an active member of the community. He was the voice of the Manatee Hurricanes, serving as the radio personality for the high school football team’s play-by-play since 1985 in the friendly confines of Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory in Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manatee Community Foundation to provide scholarships to Manatee High School seniors accepted to the University of Florida. Mail checks to MCF, 2820 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Bristow is survived by wife Lisa; daughters Courtney and Cara; brothers Michael and wife Karyn of Englewood, Colorado, Richard and wife Bridget of Anna Maria and James and wife Sue of North Palm Beach; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Obituaries – 09-26-2018

Donald Bruce ‘Don’ Dolan
Donald Bruce “Don” Dolan, 90, of Bradenton, died Sept. 12.

He was born July 28, 1928, in Skaneateles, New York, to William Russell and Edna Wilson.

Growing up on Skaneateles Lake, he excelled at competitive sailing.

After graduating from Hamilton College in 1950, he attended school at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a doctorate degree in dentistry in 1955.

He achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a dentist. He earned his master’s in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1967.

He practiced orthodontics and raised a family with his wife, JoAnn Jordan Dolan, in Lakeland.

He enjoyed reading nonfiction and listening to music from the Big Band era.

He encouraged his daughters’ musical interests and enthusiastically supported their education.

On moving to Anna Maria Island, he joined Roser Memorial Community Church and volunteered at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics by calling 401-349-4900.

Mr. Dolan is survived by his daughters, Emily Dolan Murray and husband Andrew, Elizabeth and husband Stephen Kish and Patricia and husband Matthew O’Neil; grandchildren Julia Murray, Thomas Murray, Emma Kautz and Liam O’Neil; and step-grandchildren Zachariah Kish and Sara O’Neil.


Donald C. Ferguson
Donald C. Ferguson, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 19, in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, he was a Trenton, New Jersey-area resident, before moving to Florida eight years ago.

In his youth, he enjoyed playing basketball, football and baseball.

He was in the U.S. Air Force, fought in the Korean War and was honorably discharged after serving 13 years.

He was a mechanical engineer and worked for Congoleum Corp. for 49 years, retiring as a vice president of engineering.

He held 21 patents and traveled all over the world helping manufacturing companies develop new technology for their plants.

He loved to spend time at the lake house he built with his family, friends and beloved dogs.

He was a devoted husband and beloved father.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida by visiting inmemoryof-memorial.org.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Renee; daughter Sandy and husband Richard Pearl; son Dave and wife Kathryn Fried; grandchildren, Hannah, Ashley and Brett; sister Carole and husband Ray Ovelman; and nephews, Dale, Daniel, Darren and Dwight.


William ‘Bill’ F. Snyder Jr.
William “Bill” F. Snyder Jr., 75, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 9.

He was born July 14, 1943, in Trenton, New Jersey, and moved to Bradenton in 1957 with his parents, William F. Sr. and Madeline G. Bennett.

His parents owned Manatee Lumber for several years and he was employed by his parents until going to work for IBM in 1966 and again in 1973.

He graduated from Manatee High School in 1961. In November 1969, he married Patricia M. Taylor and they had one son.

In 1973, he relocated to Delray Beach to work for IBM a second time, transferring with IBM to Burlington, Vermont, in 1980 and then to Manassas, Virginia, in 1986.

Following a divorce, Mr. Snyder met Sheralyn Glaser and they were married in 1989.

In 1992, the couple relocated to Holmes Beach.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the chapel at Mansion Memorial Park, also known as Groover Memorial Park.

Mr. Snyder is survived by wife Bev Goebel of Weeki Wachee; son Keith; step-son Mark and wife Heather of Warren, Ohio; step-son Scott and girlfriend Alyssa of Garrettsville, Ohio; two step-grandchildren; niece Kathleen Smith of Bradenton; nephews Charles “Mike” Gallagher and Christopher of Bradenton; and his dog, Maxwell Owen.

Obituaries – 09-19-2018

Bessie B. Gamber
Bessie B. Gamber, 94, of Englewood, died Sept. 6.

She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Collins, Arkansas, one of eight siblings born to Olen and Orah (Thompson) Christmas.

She was married in 1947 at Warm Springs, Georgia, to Earl D. Gamber. The couple resided in Homestead before moving their family to Englewood in 1963.

Mrs. Gamber was a hairdresser and a real estate broker. She enjoyed boating, gardening and travel to such destinations as Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Canada. Her pinnacle trip was to China with her sister.

As a Girl Scout leader, she shared her love of camping and hiking with her troop. She volunteered with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program and at the Humane Society Mountain Shelter Thrift Store in Blairsville, Georgia, the mountain retreat where she and husband Earl escaped Florida’s summers.

At Mrs. Gamber’s request, no service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St.,16th Floor, New York NY 10017.

Mrs. Gamber is survived by sons Wesley and wife Beverly of Largo and Earl R. “Rick” and wife Joy of Englewood and Independence, Virginia; daughters Linda and husband Donald Langford of Arcadia and Melanie and husband David McKeever of Holmes Beach; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Kimberly and Holly; grandson Thad; and seven great-grandchildren.


Kristopher ‘Kris’ 
Richard Morash
Kristopher “Kris” Richard Morash, 58, formerly of Anna Maria, died Sept. 3.

He was born Sept. 5, 1960, in West Virginia. He lived in Frostburg, Maryland, Long Island, New York, Cocoa Beach, Bradenton, Anna Maria and Sarasota before moving to Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Kris was an alter boy, Eagle Scout and participated on the swim team at Manatee High School. He graduated MHS in 1979 and graduated Manatee Junior College “where he took up space,”according to brother Kevin Morash. He met his “future ex-wife,” Cheryl Atkins, while working at Fast Eddie’s Restaurant in Anna Maria. They raised two boys.

He was manager of the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle and later worked at Patrick’s Restaurant in downtown Sarasota and AT&T in Nashville. He worked more recently as an insurance adjuster. He had a green thumb and his home was always lush with plants. He also liked to maintain a house “full of pets.”

He had a great laugh and his smile could light up any room. He had many friends, including long-time roommate Scott Overstreet.

He had numerous cousins and relatives and was quick with a joke or to light up your smoke. People would often say, “Man, what are you doing here?”

Brother Kevin added, “He will be missed.”

A service will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Morash is survived by his sons, Kristopher Jr. and Stephen; five grandchildren; father Richard, brothers Richard Jr. and Kevin; sister Kathleen; and nephew Sean.

Obituaries – 09-12-2018

Jason F. Officer

Jason F. Officer, 44, formerly of Bloomington, Minnesota, died Aug. 28.

Arrangements are by McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation in Shakopee, Minnesota.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen MacKenzie of Holmes Beach; father Frans and wife Sandy; sister Michelle; brother Darren; step-family Jennifer and husband Pete Psyck, Heather and husband Dan Kinsella, Christopher and wife Vivian MacKenzie, Kirk MacKenzie, Jackie, Leslie and Lacy Wilda.

Obituaries – 09-05-2018

Gerald R. ‘Jerry’ Kovaleski

Gerald R. “Jerry” Kovaleski, 78, of Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania, and Anna Maria Island, died July 26 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1940, to John and Elsie Dombroski Kovaleski.

He was a graduate of Kingston High School and King’s College, where he was a member of the century club and worked several years on the college telethon.

Upon graduation, he was employed by Uarco business Forms before starting his own company in the area, Basic Business Forms. He also was associated with his wife’s business, Thrifty Beverage in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, before her retirement.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He always was supportive, with a smile and a joke to tell. He was an avid fisherman and boater and enjoyed traveling. He often was affectionately called “The Captain” and often was seen with his faithful dog, Buddy.

A private funeral Mass was held Aug. 22 in Harvey’s Lake. Arrangements were by Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home in Shavertown.

Mr. Kovaleski is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rosemarie Smulowitz; sister JoAnne Demyun Royersford; brother-in-law Jack Smulowitz; nephew and nieces John and Stacy Smulowitz, Marc and Judy Smulowitz, Steve Smulowitz, Janci Demyun and Paul Demyun; and great-nieces and nephews Victoria and Alex Smulowitz and Lindsey and Eric Demyun.

Obituaries – 08-29-2018

James ‘Jim’ M. Meena

The Rev. James “Jim” M. Meena, 89, died Aug. 21, in South Carolina.

A graduate of Bob Jones University, he went on to earn master’s and specialist degrees in educational administration from Eastern Michigan University.

He was ordained as a minister in 1952.

He worked as a teacher for 29 years in Michigan, was a music director at several different churches and a chaplain at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and for the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

He was pastor at Island Baptist Church before it became Crosspointe Fellowship.

He resided in Michigan 1953-86, Holmes Beach 1986-2002 and northwest Bradenton 2002-18.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Burial was to be private at Rock Hill Memorial Gardens in Rock Hill. Donations may be to Grace Church, 4599A Burbank Road, Wooster OH 44691 or Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, 3326 Archdale Drive, Charlotte NC 28210. Condolences may be made online at basscares.com

The Rev. Meena is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Cecelia; children, Roxanne and husband Bob Fetterhoff of Wooster, Ohio; and Bill and wife Lynne of Fort Mill, South Carolina; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 08-22-2018

Richard ‘Scott’ Kissell

Richard “Scott” Kissell, 51, of Bradenton, died Aug. 8.

He was born Oct. 26, 1966, in New Jersey to Richard and Carol.

He lived in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, for 18 years, graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School before moving to Florida with his family in 1985.

He attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he was known as “Champion” to other students.

He later worked as general manager of several golf and country club communities on the Gulf Coast.

Mr. Kissell had many hobbies and interests, among them fishing, hunting, boating and motorcycle riding.

He enjoyed growing and caring for trees and foliage on his property.

And he was a man of many talents, who completely remodeled his home.

For some years, he worked on Anna Maria Island for Michael Saunders and Co.

Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Kissell is survived by his wife, Linda; children Devin and wife Kourtney, Tyler and wife Jamie, Brittney and son Matthew; grandchildren Emma, Elli, Elivia and Finnigan; father Richard and wife Amy; mother Carol Gazell; sister Debbie and spouse Dan; mother-in-law Mary and husband, and Gary LaNou; sister-in-law Karen and spouse Les; brother-in-law Matt and spouse Colleen; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Obituaries – 08-15-2018

Gerald S. Jackson

Gerald S. “Jerry” Jackson, 93, of Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 9.

He was born in Oneco and lived on Anna Maria Island for 30 years. He was married 49 years to Patricia Scott.

Mr. Jackson graduated from Hillsborough High School before he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942.

After serving in World War II, he attended the University of Tampa, where he played football and was nicknamed “Speedy Spartan” and earned a place in the UT Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame for football.

He served in the public school system for 35 years, was the head football coach at Brandon High School 1951-63, and in 1957 achieved a 10-0 season and a Tampa Bay Conference Championship. But more than wins and losses, Mr. Jackson remembered how his players helped construct Brandon’s new stadium in 1960. He said his players didn’t have to lift weights while they were lifting bags of cement every day.

Later, Mr. Jackson — known as “Coach.” — served as a coach and athletic director at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport and then returned to Brandon High School, where he retired as a guidance counselor.

On Anna Maria Island, he enjoyed walking the beach, working in his yard, smoking cigars and drinking manhattans.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Name Retirement Fund, 1061 New Scotland Ave., Albany NY 12208, in memory of Patricia Jackson. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Scott Jackson; his parents and 2 brothers, Raymond Jackson and Robert Jackson.

Mr. Jackson is survived by children Mary Pat and husband Joe Lavandera, Jerry and wife Lisa, Tim and wife Carol, David and wife Janet, Ann Geiger and husband Dave, Jane Charles and husband Ricky, and Kenneth of Anna Maria; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 08-08-2018

Robert Niles Rosas
Robert Niles Rosas, 95, of Holmes Beach, died July 26. He was born July 28, 1922, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Louis B. and Adella (Niles).

He was in Boy Scouts of America and attained the Eagle Scout Award. He was one of 16 scouts who bonded as Rovers for activities all through their lives.

He attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He joined the Naval ROTC, went into active service in 1943 and was assigned to the destroyer Hailey in the South Pacific April 1944 until his discharge in 1946.

He married Betty Lou Lindgren in 1949 in St. Paul.

He worked most of his career at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, ending in the bridge department before retiring in 1984.

He was active in many churches, where he served on boards and committees, and was a member of the Valley Creek Watershed Board in Afton, Minnesota, for 10 years.

Travel was a large part of his life and he visited all seven continents.

After retirement, he and his wife went on more than 20 mission trips.

He was an avid reader and was very interested in nature, becoming a Florida master naturalist in 2010. He also was a “fixer-upper” in many ways.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A burial service will be held in St. Paul in late August. Memorial donations may be made to CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 or Global Serve, 2102 SW 47th St., Cape Coral FL 33917.

Mr. Rosas is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter Janeen of Anna Maria Island; sons Steven and wife Marcie of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and Jeffrey and wife Nan of Eugene Oregon; daughter-in-law Sharon; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.