Tag Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 02-22-2017

Wanda Bindley Figari

Wanda Bindley Figari died Jan. 30.

She was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Fred and Ethel Damm and lived there throughout her childhood.

She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Indiana State University, where she also served as homecoming queen and president of Chi Omega, where she made many lifelong friends. She earned master degrees from both Ball State University and USF. She also was a appointee to the Kentucky Colonels.

She taught elementary school in Carmel, Indiana, and later in Bradenton. She also worked for the Manatee School Board as a reading specialist before retiring.

She loved living on Anna Maria Island and her Friday night “date nights” with husband Lou. Many people enjoyed her Indy 500 parties and Christmas sing-alongs.

A celebration of her life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of choice. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Survivors include son Michael Bindley of Holmes Beach; daughter Renee Bindley Weintraub and husband Larry of Bradenton; granddaughter Danielle Robert of Fort Myers; and grandson Airman Nathan Robert of Germany.


John Gilligan

John “Jack” Gilligan, 79, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, died Feb. 6. He was born Jan. 13, 1938.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended parochial grammar schools, St. Francis High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

He was a 26-year veteran of the New York Police Department, retiring at the rank of sergeant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and also a New York state trooper prior to joining the NYPD.

He and wife Kathy lived in Brooklyn for a short time after marrying in 1962, and they resided in Rockaway Beach, New York, for more than 30 years.

He became active in the Boy Scouts with his sons, attending scout meetings, chaperoning camping trips and helping with Scout projects.

After retirement, he and his wife followed the sun and split their time between Las Vegas and Anna Maria Island.

They eventually moved to Anna Maria Island, where he served on the board of his condominium association.

Although he was not a beach person, he enjoyed the relaxed beach lifestyle.

He also traveled with his wife, visiting 47 states, as well as various other locations.

Known for his sense of humor, keen wit, uncanny memory and an appetite for trivia, he always was the friendly guy people turned to for good conversation and debate.

Services were Feb. 18. Funeral arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton. He was to be buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

He is survived by wife Kathryn (nee Powers); children Patricia and husband Sean Lyons, John Patrick and wife Eileen, Edward and Randall; grandchildren Connor, Stephanie and John Patrick; sister Catherine Godkin; brother Raymond; in-laws John Powers and wife Vera, Maureen and husband Tom Brady, Anne and husband Tommy Hartnett and Barbara Lynch; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Lavonne J. Hager

Lavonne J. Hager, 91, of Cortez, died Feb. 10 in Sarasota.

She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to Carold and Frances McGugin.

She is the widow of Mathias Hager.

Burial and services will be later in Ohio. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Alma Cockerham and Joanne Body, both of Cortez.

Obituaries – 02-15-2017

Elizabeth Christie-Cline

Elizabeth Christie-Cline died Feb. 4.

She is remembered by her family as an amazing woman with a heart of gold.

Born Feb. 26, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, she grew as a young farm girl until she left the Midwest for the Florida west coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

She rooted her life on Anna Maria Island, where she found her heart and gave of it as an educator for 35 years at Manatee High School. She held a doctorate degree in eduction and students knew her as “Dr. Cline.”

She was the senior class sponsor for many years, chair of the business education department and an avid philanthropist. She was responsible for placing and overseeing many students into employment, as well.

She also dedicated time to the Anna Maria Island Privateers, going by the pirate nickname “Doc.” She served as treasurer for many years and participated in many events with a “hearty laugh” and a smile on her face. She initiated a Privateers teen club at MHS.

Privateer President John Swager said he has “lots of great memories of Doc. Working on the scholarship committee with Liz was a lot of fun, watching her run her kiss-a-pig campaign is a great memory and, in the last couple years, she would show up to chat while we got ready feed everyone after the Christmas Parade. She never wanted recognition and lead by example. She was a wonderful person that became a part of our family and Privateer lore.”

She was present with the Privateers many years for The Islander holiday open house, where she helped kids onto the sleigh for visits with Santa Claus. In the summer, she was on deck, helping kids at Snooks Adams Kids Day.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dick Cline. He also was a dedicated Privateer and they shared a passion for service to the community.

She was known for her great laugh, a love for animals and admiration of Jimmy Buffett’s music.

She loved sailing cruises, rock ’n’ roll, reading and having a good time with people.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a local animal rescue or to a Privateer college scholarship. Services were private. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Memorial donations dedicated to a Manatee High college-bound student may be made to the Privateers for the Liz “Doc” Christie Cline Memorial Scholarship, P.O. 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218.

She is survived by sons Steven and Jimmy Engleson and her grandchildren, as well as many friends.


Merritt W. Fineout

Merritt W. Fineout died Feb. 6 in Bradenton.

He was born  Sept. 15, 1941, in White Plains, New York, and grew up in Darien, Connecticut.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Babson College and then moved to Missouri, where he raised a family and founded a successful import business, MeraVic Inc.

After retirement in 1994, he and wife Karen Day moved to Anna Maria Island.

His kindness, generosity and zest for life, his love of golf and lively bright fashion, will be remembered by all.

He was extremely charitable, with the Salvation Army being his favorite charity.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

He is survived by wife Karen; daughters Devin and Jill Day; sons John and Alan and Aaron Day; grandchildren Jillian, Trenton, Taylen, Jack, Tommy and Ryan; and many dear friends.


Westwood ‘Wes’ Hugh Fletcher III

Westwood “Wes” Hugh Fletcher III, 55, of Bradenton, died Feb. 4. Wes was born March 4, 1961, in Apple Valley, California, to the late Capt. Westwood H. Jr. and Audrey J. (Lange) Fletcher.

He moved to Holmes Beach at a young age and resided on Anna Maria Island until 2011, when he moved to Bradenton.

He formerly worked as a machinist for Sun Hydraulics in Manatee County.

He also was a member of The Way Church of Bradenton.

Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Shelly (Hakeos); son Dylan McIntosh; daughters Heather Robuck and husband Chris Foley; Lauren and husband Andrew Bilan and Jordan “J-Bug,” all of Bradenton; sisters Joan and husband Danny Phippen Fletcher of Tamarac and Lynda D. and husband Eric Ray of Tampa; grandchildren Audrey, Veda, Azaelia, Zander, Alexander, Caitlin and Allison; sister-in-law Vicki Goodrich of Spokane, Washington; and many extended family members and friends.

Obituaries – 02-08-2017

Pauline ‘Polly’ W. Mooney

Pauline “Polly” W. Mooney, 97, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 27.

She was born Sept. 22, 1919, to the late Frank and Estella (Witherow) Wolford.

On July 3, 1942, she married Merle A. Mooney, who preceded her in death.

She graduated from Warren Business College in 1939 and from 1960-74 she was employed by Allegheny College, where she worked in various departments. While working at Allegheny and raising two sons, she returned to the classroom at age 44, graduating with a degree in 1972.

In 1974, she became the first director of the Crawford County Office for the Aging in Meadville.

Over the years, she was involved with the American Red Cross, Kiwanis, Rails to Trails and other initiatives and organizations.

After she retired, she spent winters in Florida, where she volunteered with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and was an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. She enjoyed walking on the beach.

Memorial donations may be made to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Bldg., 2121 Ward Court, NW, Washington D.C.  20037 or the Meadville Public Library, 848 N. Main St. Meadville, PA 16335.

Condolences may be made online at www.miznerfuneralhome.com.

She is survived by sons Mike and wife Barbara Cook of Cincinnati and Tom of Morristown, New Jersey; grandsons Zak and wife Emily of Frederick, Maryland, Chris and Peter of Cincinnati; Sean of New York City and Evan of Portland, Oregon; great-grandsons Max and Sam, several nieces and nephews; and an array of admiring and loving friends.


Jane Donovan Ryan

Jane Donovan Ryan, 84, died Jan. 28.

She was a founding member of the Anna Maria Island Ceili Irish Dancers, lifelong member of Christ the King Church in Chicago and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ the King School Foundation.

Survivors include children Kathleen and husband John Waite, Eileen and husband Hugh Spector, Maureen and husband Bob Pangrazio, William and wife Cheryl and Madonna and husband Dan Martin; grandchildren Ryan, Danny, Colin, Terisa, Sara, Dylan, John, Steve, Billy, Kate, Dan, Mike, Liam and Margaret Jane; great-grandchildren Annie, Jane, Molly, Donovan, Emelyn, Jack, Lauren and Mira; siblings Tom Donovan and wife Tini Campbell, John and wife Diana Donovan, Eileen “Beba” and husband Pat Donovan; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and lifelong friends.

Obituaries – 02-01-2017

Hazel Bugna

Hazel Bugna, a longtime islander, died Jan. 22. She was born April 28, 1939.

She will be missed.

Survivors include husband Bobby; daughters Kim Hoatland and Holly Wilson; sons Terry, Timmy and Bobby; grandchildren Madison, Mallory, Jenny, Susie, Matt, Phelica, Jaydin and Mitchelle.

Obituaries – 01-25-2017

Adeline M. Billings

Adeline M. Billings died Jan. 4.

She was born June 2, 1927, in Cleveland.

A resident of the West Winds Condominiums of Holmes Beach from the early 1990s to 2012, she lived with her brother, Ted, until his death in 2000.

As a graduate of Miami University with a degree in accounting, she couldn’t find work as an accountant in 1949 as those jobs went to men who had returned to the United States from fighting in World War II.

She went on to have a long career as a legal secretary in Cleveland and traveled the world with her legal secretaries’ association. Mexico was her favorite place to visit.

She enjoyed volunteering at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton and served as secretary on the board.

As a young woman, she traveled quite a few times to Florida with her parents and was lucky enough to retire here.

She is survived by niece Christine Tosun of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, and nephew John Billings, of Northfield, Ohio.

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Mattick died Jan. 10

thumb image
Anna Maria Commissioner JoAnn Mattick, center, who died Jan. 10, is remembered for seeing the 800-foot-long boardwalk at the city pier from concept to completion. The boardwalk opened Nov. 7, 2011. Islander File Photo
The late Anna Maria Commissioner JoAnn Mattick discusses matters with former Mayor Mike Selby in 2012 in chambers at city hall.

The U.S. flag at Anna Maria City Pier Park was lowered to half mast to honor former Commissioner JoAnn Mattick.

It was a fitting sight, the flag waving over the bayfront and the pier — so near and dear to Mattick.

Laura JoAnn Mattick, 81, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 10.

She served as Anna Maria city commissioner 2007-2012. Before even being elected to her first term, she wrote a grant to fund the Anna Maria City Pier boardwalk, pavilions and landscaping, the largest grant in the city’s history.

Later, as a commissioner, she participated in the planning and heralded the completion of the boardwalk.

Her goals were to beautify the Historic Anna Maria City Pier in a manner consistent with “old Florida charm” and to ensure a place for older and mobility-challenged people to enjoy Anna Maria’s waterfront vista. The Anna Maria pier was frequently named Manatee County’s No. 1 tourist attraction, when such records were tallied.

Other significant contributions during her tenure as a commissioner include the city’s purchase of the six lots at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection, the restructured Pine Avenue parking plan and the comprehensive plan amendment for the environmental and preservation zones.

She is remembered by island locals and small-business owners as a good friend and neighbor who fought to preserve the unique character and charm of the island.

She was born April 13, 1935, to Leola Evelyn and Joseph Fitch in Portsmouth, Ohio, and raised by Ralph and Dortha Sutterfield in Wilder, Kentucky. She married John Anthony Mattick Oct. 1, 1955.

They lived in Cincinnati, where they raised six daughters and one son: Laura, Kathryn Sally, Janet, Sandy, John Francis, Esther and Rebecca.

She fell in love with the tranquility and beauty of Anna Maria Island in the late 1990s, while visiting daughter Sally, who had recently relocated to Sarasota.

She purchased a vacant lot opposite the Rod & Reel Pier and built a home where she resided with her youngest daughter Becky, Becky’s husband David Bouchard and their children, Emma and Will.

It was not long before three more of her children and their families — daughters Sandy and Esther, son John and daughters-in-law Marcia and Tara — followed suit and relocated to her little piece of paradise.

Upon retirement from the city commission, she split her time between Anna Maria and Aurora, Indiana, where she shared a passion for gardening, artisanal crafts and bargain hunting with sister Reba Sue Weldon and her husband Delmar of Sunman, Indiana.

A celebration of life will be held on the island in the spring. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include children Laura and husband Michael Poirier, Kathryn Sally and husband George Fritz Stauffacher, Janet and husband David Brinton, Sandy, John Francis, Esther and wife Tara O’Brien and Rebecca and husband David Bouchard; daughter-in-law Marcia; grandchildren Fritzy, Alison, Erin, Max, Fred, Nick, Katie, JoJo, Sarah, Caroline, Paige, Michelle, Hallie, Jack, Emma, Will, Jackson and Chloe; two great-grandchildren; half-brother Michael Sutterfield of Cincinnati, Ohio; and step-brother Louis Richard Schardt Jr. of Union, Kentucky.

Obituaries – 01-18-2017

Matthew James Klym

Matthew James Klym, 46, formerly of Bradenton, died Dec. 27, 2016, in Veneta, Oregon.

He was born in April 12, 1970, in Pittsburgh to James and Dianne Klym,

He worked for about four years in the Holmes Beach public works department before he moved about 18 months ago to Oregon to be near family.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on the beach at the 77th Street access in Holmes Beach. Guests are asked to bring memories and a chair.

Survivors include wife Holly; mother Dianne; siblings Michael and wife Amy, Michelle Jones and husband Andy; nephews Tommy, Mitchell and Zachary Jones; nieces Carly Jones and Laurie; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Edward Stanley Rawson

Edward Stanley Rawson, 58, died Jan. 4 at home in Ellenton. He was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Warren, Ohio, to Marcella Rawson of Ellenton and the late Stanley Rawson of Anna Maria.

He possessed a larger than life personality and an adventurous spirit. He loved sailing Hobie cats in the Gulf of Mexico, owning planes and flying from Airport Manatee.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans’ Charitable Service Trust at www.dav.org.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 13 at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughter Kathryn; mother Marcella of Ellenton, and brother Rod of Parrish.

Obituaries – 01-11-2017

Walter S. Zahn

Walter S. Zahn, 84, died Jan. 5, one week before his 85th birthday.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he served in the Army Reserves for 10 years while earning his electrical engineering degree.

He moved to New Jersey and raised a family while working for Bell Labs in the telecommunications industry.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Anna Maria Island, where he enjoyed hobbies of ship building and model railroads. He also was active in Save Anna Maria Inc. during the fight to halt a mega-bridge to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge in the early 1990s.

A visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W. Bradenton. Online condolences may be made at http://www.shannonfuneralhomes.

He is survived by sons Christopher (Kent) and Scott (Joell); five grandchildren, nieces, nephews and multiple friends.


Edward Stanley Rawson

Edward Stanley Rawson, 58, died Jan. 4 at home in Ellenton. He was born Feb. 11, 1958 in Warren, Ohio, to Marcella Rawson of Ellenton and the late Stanley Rawson of Anna Maria.

He possessed a larger than life personality and an adventurous spirit. He loved sailing Hobie cats in the Gulf of Mexico, owning planes and flying from Airport Manatee.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans’ Charitable Service Trust at www.dav.org.

A celebration of life will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughter Kathryn and her mother, Rebecca, of Bradenton; his mother, Marcella, of Ellenton, and brother Rod of Parrish.

Obituaries – 01-04-2017

Pauline Willis Clum

Pauline Willis Clum, 78, died Dec. 21, 2016, while on a family Caribbean cruise.

She was the daughter of the late Judge Robert E. Willis Sr. and Dorothy Willis of Bradenton.

A lifetime resident of Manatee County, she lived in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island.

She was a member of the Manatee Hurricanes drill team and graduated from Manatee High School in 1956.

She was named Realtor Associate of the Year in Manatee County in 1979.

She loved walking on the beach, collecting seashells and watching beautiful sunsets.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. A memorial Service will be held in January. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Barbara and husband Dan Center  of Tallahassee and Mary Jo of Bradenton; brother Robert E. Jr. of Holmes Beach; daughter Melissa Perkins Nohava and husband Jim of Odessa and many cousins, nieces and nephews.


Gleonic ‘Junior’ Ibasfalean

Gleonic “Junior” Ibasfalean, 60, died Dec. 22.

He was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, and spent most of his life in the fishing village of Cortez.

To those who knew him, he was and will always remain a child of the Gulf Coast. It was there, near the waters of Palma Sola Bay, that he took in the warmth of a thousand sunsets through his bay window and watched the sailboats meander through the bay channel.

Over the course of his 60 years, he married twice, raised a family and maintained an unwavering love of being on the water.

To his friends, there are few people in the world who were more generous with their time, love and consideration.

To his parents, he was a playful, carefree soul who became a devoted and dutiful son.

To his brother, he was a best friend who would wade next to him, shoulder to shoulder, in the muddy waters of the bay on their way to the bus stop before school.

To his children, he was a constant and positive presence in their lives.

Arrangements were handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

He is survived by his sons Cody and wife Jessica of Ruskin, and Austin of New York City; parents Gleonic Sr. and Betty Lou of Cortez; brother Cleonic “Nick” and wife Debra of Cortez; grandsons Landon and Reece of Ruskin; and niece Yolanda.