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Obituaries – 12-13-2017

Kent Chetlain

Kent Gladstone Chetlain “the second” died Dec. 4, at Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch.

He was a former Manatee County commissioner, Florida newsman, writer and, for 55 years, husband of Mary “Joanne” Chetlain, who died in 2007.

He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, Sept. 20, 1927, to Kent G. Sr. and Margaret Virginia Castle.

He grew up living on the North Shore area of Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago, until 1943, when the family purchased a farm and moved to Woodstock, Illinois. In 1945, they moved back to Glencoe. Mr. Chetlain graduated from New Trier High School in 1946.

He graduated from Gila Junior College in eastern Arizona in 1948 and the University of Miami in 1951, majoring in history and journalism.

He started his journalism career at the Miami Herald in 1951, where he met Joanne Lacey, who was working in the advertising department. They were married the same year.

He worked for a radio station in Arizona and for newspapers in Sanford and Orlando and a brief stint at Tropicana that brought the young couple to Bradenton in 1957.

He started at the Bradenton Herald in 1957, became sports editor in 1962 and remained in that position until 1969, when he accepted a job with the Tampa Tribune.

In 1971, he became the news editor for Florida Trend Magazine, also in Tampa, and, in 1973, the family moved back to Bradenton, where he again worked for the Bradenton Herald, as well as the Islander/Banner newspapers of Anna Maria. He also was records manager for the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

In 1982, he was elected to the board of Manatee County commissioners and served three consecutive terms for a total of 12 years.

During this time, he served as chairman of the board, as well as chairman of the West Coast Inland Navigation District, tourist development council, port authority and Sarasota/Manatee County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

After retiring in 1994 at age 67, he wrote a real estate column for the Longboat Key Observer for 13 years and, in 2009, at the age 81, he retired from his 43-year career as a journalist, politician and public servant.

A funeral service will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.

Memorial donations may be made to Employees of Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch or the Alzheimer’s Association, Manatee/Sarasota Chapter.

He is survived by daughters Mary Lou Zoback of Stanford, California, and Anna of St. Petersburg; sons Kent III of Sarasota and Paul of Bradenton; grandchildren Eli Zoback of Orinda, California, Megan Zoback of San Francisco, Joshua Knapek of Palmetto, Erika of Anna Maria and Abigail of Houston.


Charles H. Lohmeier

Charles H. Lohmeier, 90, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Stuart, Florida, and Maryland, died Dec. 7.

He loved his family, particularly his grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

There will visitation 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Donations may be made to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marilyn; sons Brenden and wife Arlette and Terry  and wife Margaret; brother Jim; daughter Linda Joy; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.


Nancy Evelyn MacVicar

Nancy Evelyn MacVicar, 82, of Bradenton, died Nov. 22.

She was born June 4, 1935, to Arthur and Eva Papworth, and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She attended Flint Northern High School, where she met the love of her life, James E MacVicar. The two went on to attend the University of Michigan.

While in Ann Arbor, she joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and became a lifelong Wolverine. She and Jim married June 18, 1955, and shared 62 years together.

For most of her life, she lived on Gull Lake in Richland, Michigan, where she co-founded the Travel Unlimited Travel Agency. As a dedicated member of the Service Club of Kalamazoo (Junior League) and the Pretty Lake Camp board of directors, she served the Southwest Michigan community for many years.

After retiring to Florida, she enjoyed her membership at the Key Royale Club, as well as several book and bridge groups on Anna Maria Island.

Throughout her life, she loved reading, quilting, swimming, traveling and entertaining. The MacVicar home was well-known for its frequent and generous hospitality.

Above all, she cherished the moments she shared with her family and friends.

She was a certified Stephens Minister and had a deep and abiding relationship with Christ. She was a devout member of the Gull Lake Area Community Church and Roser Memorial Community Church. She also enjoyed her association with the International Council of Community Churches, where she served as moderator of the Jordan Scholarship Committee for several years.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Roser Memorial Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

Survivors include husband Jim; children Neil and wife Sandy of Holt, Michigan, David and wife Kay of Seattle, and Laura and husband Clif of Mequon, Wisconsin; brother Russell Papworth of Vicksburg, Michigan; and grandchildren James, Neil and wife Alex, Matthew, Louis, Amanda Hooks, Grant Hooks and Caleb Fisher.

Obituaries – 12-06-2017

Joanne Marie Bonsall

Joanne Marie Bonsall (Lemont), 77, of Wallingford and Holmes Beach, died Nov. 23.

Born in Upper Darby and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she was daughter of the late William and Marie McDermott Lemont.

She built a home and raised her family in Wallingford before retiring to Holmes Beach in 1996.

After moving to Holmes Beach, she continued working part-time for Publix in Holmes Beach for almost 20 years, until she was forced to retire in 2015 due to illness.

Over the years, she enjoyed working at Publix, sewing, reading and the companionship of her rescue dogs.

Most of all she loved it when her four grandchildren would visit Anna Maria Island for family vacations.

A memorial service was Dec. 2, in Aston, Pennsylvania. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at team.kidney.org.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lewis C. III; children Karen Nega and husband Daniel of Huntingtown, Maryland, and Kevin and wife Paula of Aston, Pennsylvania, and grandchildren Zachary and Matthew Nega and Kevin and Emma.

Victor Dashiell Jr

Victor Dashiell Jr., a 30-year resident of Anna Maria, died Nov. 18.

He was born May 11, 1947, in Salisbury, Maryland. His family moved to Florida when he was 3 months old. He grew up in the Fort Myers and St. Petersburg areas and graduated high school from Admiral Farragut Naval Academy.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia. He attended the University of South Florida and received a degree in communications.

He worked for Channel 13 in Tampa for 10 years before starting his career as a freelance camera operator, filming mostly sporting events.

In 1987, he moved to Anna Maria, where he pursued his hobby of photography — taking many pictures of the beautiful beaches, sunsets and native birds.

He was a member of the Bridge Church in Bradenton.

No memorial service is scheduled.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jayne; daughter Kristin, of Bangkok, Thailand; sister Darlene and husband Bob Eanett of Lakeland; nephew Gene Eanett of Lakeland, and nephew Joey and wife Jill Eanett of Bowie, Maryland.


Sheldon Avery Maskin

Sheldon Avery Maskin, 93, died Nov. 19, at his home in Anna Maria.

He was born July 9, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, to Israel “Mac” Maskin and Anna (Schwarz) Maskin Levy.

He graduated from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York, and served in the Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he received his degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland, where he met Phyllis Klingman. They married in 1950 and had two sons, whom they raised in Long Beach, Plainview, Farmingville and Afton, New York. Phyllis died in 1983.

Mr. Maskin worked as a physical education teacher and later as a guidance counselor. He also coached varsity basketball and taught drivers’ ed. He met Kathy (Allyn) Miltz while teaching in Endicott, New York. The two married in 1990.

Mr. Maskin enjoyed an active lifestyle, with a particular love of playing tennis. He was talented in woodworking, making furniture and keepsakes, and even building the family house on Afton Lake in New York.

He was passionate about progressive politics, dedicating large amounts of his time to volunteering, calling his representatives and writing letters to the editor.

He was known for his phenomenal sense of humor, kindness and intelligence. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 27, 2018 at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International or the Children’s Guardian Fund of Sarasota.

He is survived by wife Kathy of Anna Maria; sons Daniel Maskin and partner Diane Georgeson of Oneonta, New York, and Alan Maskin and partner Brian McLaughlin of Port Townsend, Washington; stepson Jay Miltz, of Endicott New York; stepdaughter Kristin Kulik and husband Michael Kulik of Athens, Georgia; grandchildren Emily, Jessica, John Kulik, Zachary Kulik, Christopher Kulik and Katie Kulik; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Obituaries – 11-22-2017

James Louis Studenka

James Louis Studenka, 74, of Metamora, Ohio, and Anna Maria, died Nov. 6, at Ebied Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born May 15, 1943, in Adrian, Michigan, to the late Louis and Mary (Ricica).

He served in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and also worked for 29 years as a deputy for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

He was a lifetime member of the Catholic War Veterans Post No. 306 in Assumption, Ohio. Mr. Studenka also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 265, Evergreen Athletic Boosters and the Czech Dancers Polka Club.

He was a boy when he began coming to the island during the winter months and attended Anna Maria Elementary School. He was a longtime seasonal resident of Anna Maria, where his family owns a home. In his retirement years, he usually arrived to Anna Maria in early November and stayed through April. He only skipped going to sunset at the Sycamore Avenue deck when he was dining out — the German spots among his favorite destinations.

Services were Nov. 10 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora. Condolences may be made online at weigelfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by son Todd and wife Linda; daughter Jennifer Studenka Amos; grandchildren Blake and Logan Amos; sister Mary and husband Ed Gajdostik; and many islanders who considered him family.

Obituaries – 11-01-2017

James Robert “Jim” Bickal died Oct. 20.

He was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Fort Defiance, Arizona. In 1965, he moved his family to Holmes Beach from Denver.

He lived in Holmes Beach for 52 years and worked on the island for 30 years as an interior-exterior painter.

A private service will be held.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children Laurie and husband Jim Ferrara, Sherry and Mark; grandchildren Tori and husband Jerry, TJ and wife Denise, Tyson, Stevie and husband Brandon and Summer; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 10-11-2017

Nancy Moore Carson
Nancy Moore Carson of Holmes Beach died Aug. 23 at her summer home in Brevard, North Carolina.

She was born to Robert and Dolly Carson in Belmont, North Carolina, in 1933. She was the youngest of seven children.

She began her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in Brevard and completed her degree at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. She earned her master’s degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

She moved to Florida in 1957 to teach physical education at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton. She later became dean of girls and then assistant principal at Manatee High School.

In 1978, she was appointed the first principal of the new Martha B. King Middle School, becoming the first female principal of a secondary school in Manatee County. She held that post until she retired in 1995. She was loved and supported by her students, staff and colleagues.

After retirement, she divided her time between her beloved Anna Maria Island residence and her summer home in Brevard. In each location, she found pleasure and fulfillment in her volunteer activities.

She was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, often volunteering in the thrift shop, the food bank and for the service of holiday meals at the church.

In Brevard, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and a faithful volunteer for SAFE, an organization that provides shelter and assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and for Transylvania Regional Hospital.

A supporter of animal welfare, she was a devoted dog owner.

She was also a longtime member of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and Manatee County Retired Educators.

She always loved sports — as a coach, a competitor and a spectator. In her early years of teaching, she coached girls basketball. For several years, she was an avid tennis player, sometimes competing in local tournaments.

As a lifelong member of the Bradenton Runners Club, she finished many 5K, 10K and longer runs, often winning for her age group.

Her love for golf kept her playing regularly with friends in Florida and in a golf league at Connestee Falls in Brevard.

In recent years, she also competed in table tennis and horseshoes in the North Carolina Senior Games.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221, or www.guidedogs.org.

She is survived by her sister, Katherine C. Pitts of Raleigh, North Carolina; niece Amy Pitts of Raleigh; nephew Robert Pitts and wife Brenda of Raleigh; niece Mary Jo Wilder of Zebulon, North Carolina; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.


William Fred Paulsen
William Fred Paulsen died Sept. 18. He was born Jan. 17, 1919, in Moline, Illinois.

He was the second son born to Agnes Guthrie Johnson and Henry Jacob Paulsen.

After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1941, he accepted a job with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. and was immediately called into active duty with the U.S. Navy.

He served in the Navy 1941-1946 and, after the attack by Japan Dec. 7, 1941, was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He and one other lieutenant junior manned the large dock, evaluated damaged warships from the South Pacific and directed their repair.

While serving in the Navy, he attended Annapolis Naval Academy for a semester. He also earned a second bachelor’s degree in engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Working with DuPont for more than 35 years, he held several patents that enabled the timely manufacture of polyester, Dacron for DuPont. Two of his patents were among the 10 most guarded of the DuPont company. He was awarded the first-ever “Fellow of Fibers.”

He married Frances Winifred Trowbridge Oct. 14, 1944, in Annapolis, Maryland. They had three sons: William Frederick, George Trowbridge and Robert Caldwell. Frances died in 1962.

Mr. Paulsen married Virginia Turley Moseley of Kinston, North Carolina, Aug. 31, 1969. He welcomed Virginia’s three children into his family and heart. They custom-built a home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where they lived for more than 20 years until retiring to Bradenton, where Mr. Paulsen enjoyed fishing on Anna Maria Island with various members of his family, his caregiver, Debra Hubbard, and the regular pier fishers.

He is survived by wife Virginia; sons William and wife Laura of New York City, George and wife Karen of Oberlin, Ohio, and Robert of St. Paul, Minnesota; step-children Nancy Grainger Moseley Friel and husband Gary of Longs, South Carolina, John Wooten Moseley III of Wilmington, Delaware, and Marian VanLandingham Moseley and husband Frank Killian of Philadelphia; grandchildren Katharine and husband Mark, Caroline, Ryan, Kristen and husband Brandon, Ashley and husband Craig, Blair and husband Michael, Joseph and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren.


Sara Elizabeth Walton
Sara Elizabeth Walton, 38, of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 10.

She was born in Elk Horn, Wisconsin, July 25, 1979, and moved to Rising Son, Indiana, where she became a gifted athlete. She played center in basketball for her undefeated high school team. She also played volleyball.

She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, and her caring heart led her to a degree in social services.

She loved meeting people and, with her infectious laugh and vibrant smile, was quick to make friends. She was a passionate animal lover.

She moved to Holmes Beach four years ago and took a special interest in sea turtles.

A celebration of life will be held 5 p.m.-sunset Saturday, Oct. 14, on the beach near 72nd Street in Holmes Beach.

She is survived by her father, Roger; mother Sharon Robinson; brother Darin; sister Janella Pryce; grandmothers Bula Walton and Eloise Holland; boyfriend Jesse Candish; and her beloved dog, Mr. Biscuit.


Patricia Edwards Weingart
Patricia Edwards Weingart, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 1. She was born in 1924 in Detroit to Charles and Mrytle Edwards.

She married the late George Weingart in 1973 in Chicago. They enjoyed traveling together, as well as spending time with family and friends.

She was a longtime member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, where she loved to golf, play cards and dine with family and friends. She also volunteered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for several years.

A service was held Oct. 7 at the Unity Church in Bradenton, where she was a member for many years.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.