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Obituaries – 01-10-2018

Mary Elizabeth Adams McGrath
Mary Elizabeth Adams McGrath, 87, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 23.

She was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Tallahassee to Sam and Alice Adams.

Her family moved in 1945 to Anna Maria, where they were active in the earlier days of Roser Church. After graduation from Manatee High School in the class of 1947, Mrs. McGrath moved to New York City where she began her secretarial career and subsequently completed college. She eventually moved with her family to the Milwaukee area, where her two sons were raised.

After marriage to Frank in Chicago, where they have a home at Sherwin on the Lake, she held medical secretarial positions.

She was a guardian ad litum and was an active supporter of her husband’s various involvements. Since retirement in 2000, they spent most of the year in Holmes Beach, where she resumed close family ties with her large family. She again became a guardian ad litum, supported the work of CITI Ministries and was a regular member of Inquiring Minds.

Throughout her life, she was always quick to assist and to respond to the perceived needs of all she came to know.

She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, where a liturgical service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. A reception will follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Contributions in her memory may be made to the churches or causes of your choice. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Francis “Frank” McGrath; sons Thomas Condie of Miami and Christopher and wife Nancy Condie of Seattle; brothers John and wife Laurie Adams of Holmes Beach, James and wife Judy Adams of Anna Maria and Rick and wife Peggy Adams of Atlanta; Joan and Jay Pruce of Sarasota; many nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law of Madeleine McGrath Grant.

 

Robert G. Taylor
Robert G. Taylor, 87, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 2, 2017.

A memorial service was held Jan. 6 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton. Condolences for may be made online at griffithcline.com.

Obituaries – 01-03-2018

Robert J. Herman

Robert J. Herman, 61, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 19.
He was born in Queens, New York, to Roman and Frances. He graduated from Chaminade High School on Long Island, New York, and later earned an engineering degree.

He was skilled in information and technology and. In many ways, he was a free spirit with an entrepreneurial mind. He admired creativity.

He and life partner Casey Hoffman were living the American dream. The two came to Anna Maria Island with a business plan, scratched in the sand, and started AMI Radio, an online streaming music service, and Zegway by the Bay, offering Segway tours.

He was passionate about people. His intention was to help make people famous. He was dedicated to helping creative people build their music careers and was determined to give them a voice and opportunities.

He lived by some of his favorite song lyrics: “I need never get old” and “Always be humble and kind.”

A celebration of life and concert will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. All are welcome to attend. Donations may be made to P.O. Box 267, Bradenton Beach FL 34217 or to GoFundMe — for which a link can be found on the AMI Radio Facebook page.

He is survived by his life partner, Casey Hoffman; children Robert and Lauren; siblings Raymond, Patricia, and Theresa of Pennsylvania and New York.

 

Robert Walter Elliott

Robert Walter Elliott, 102, of Holmes Beach died Dec. 22.

He was born Jan. 2, 1915, in Hartford, Connecticut, to the late Robert Walter and Isabel Degrouche Elliott.

Col. Elliott served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and completed his military career with the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of colonel.

He volunteered for some 40 years at the Key Royale Clubwhere he served the members in many ways, including shooting the starter pistol for tournaments.

A remembrance for Col. Elliott will be held 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.

Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Col. Elliott is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Beatrice (Giles).

 

Dr. Howard Irving Kortis

Dr. Howard Irving Kortis, 89, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 18, 2017.

He was born in the Bronx in New York City in 1928 to Rose and David of Brooklyn, New York.

He married his wife, Patricia, Feb. 25, 1972, in Plainfield, New Jersey.

He graduated from Midwood High School in three years and went on to the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Phi Kappa Phi honor society graduate. As an Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduate of SUNY DMC, he earned his medical degree and completed his internship, as well as an anesthesia residency at the Walter Reed Army Hospital.

He served as director of anesthesia at U.S. Army Hospital in Nurnberg, Germany, Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

In June 1956, he received the highest security clearance as the anesthesiologist for President Dwight David Eisenhower’s surgery.

He retired from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School while serving as professor of clinical anesthesia and clinical director.

His wife said, “Howard was hermetically sealed in the operating room and then turned his attentions toward golf, giving him a new zest for life.”

A service with a rifle salute will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota.

A celebration of life service will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to benefit anesthesiology students via the Alumni Association at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 450 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn NY 11203. Condolences may be offered online at nevergone.com.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia; sister Lori Mudrick of River Edge, New Jersey; and sons Phillip, Bryan and Edward.

 

Jeanne Taylor Rozamus

Jeanne Taylor Rozamus, 97, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 25.

She was the daughter of Harry E. and Helen Taylor.

She grew up in Honolulu, where she lived until her marriage in 1940.

She lived for many years in Alexandria, Virginia. When her husband Michael retired from the FBI in 1970, they moved to Holmes Beach, where they enjoyed an active retirement life.

She was beloved by family and friends and will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

She is survived by brother Harry E. Taylor Jr.; daughters Cynthia and Kathy and husband Bill Michaels; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 12-27-2017

Robert Walter Elliott

Robert Walter Elliott, 102, of Holmes Beach died Dec. 22.

He was born Jan. 2, 1915, in Hartford, Connecticut, to the late Robert Walter and Isabel Degrouche Elliott.

Col. Elliott served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and completed his military career with the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of colonel.

He volunteered for some 40 years at the Key Royale Clubwhere he served the members in many ways, including shooting the starter pistol for tournaments.

A remembrance for Col. Elliott will be held 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.

Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Col. Elliott is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Beatrice (Giles).

 

Mary Ann Schmidt

Mary Ann Schmidt, 73, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 17.
She was co-owner of Suncoast Real Estate in Holmes Beach.

Memorial donations may be made on behalf of Mrs. Schmidt to the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida online at http://lrrof.org/donate/make-a-donation/make-an-in-memory-donation/ or to hospice at https://hospicefoundation.org.  Condolences may be made online at www.GriffithCline.com.

Mrs. Schmidt is preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter Henry Schmidt.

She is survived by her son, Walter J. and wife Anne of Dallas; daughters Kristine and husband Kenny Lawson of Bradenton and Karen A. and husband Matt Bowes of Bradenton; and grandchildren Jesse and Riley Lawson, Matthew W., Elise N. and Thomas K. Bowes, and Andrew and Caroline Schmidt.

Obituaries – 12-20-2017

Arthur Nile ‘Ted’ Baird
Arthur Nile “Ted” Baird, 81, of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 21, in Wilmington, Delaware.

He was born Feb. 5, 1936, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Roland and Edna Hayes.

His childhood was spent in various towns in Idaho and Utah. He graduated in 1954 from Butte High School in Arco, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served 20 years during the Cold War on five submarines.

He retired from the Navy in 1974 having achieved the rank of master chief. He attended college at Idaho State College in Pocatello on a Phillips Petroleum scholarship, pursuing a degree in electronic engineering. He worked for Westinghouse as a nuclear engineer and spent seven years in South Korea as site manager of the Kori Nuclear Power facility. He moved to Millville, New Jersey, in 1987 and retired from Westinghouse in 1996.

After retirement, he and wife Luanne found a love for ballroom and country-line dancing, and he enjoyed playing the organ. He was a talented artist and published author. He was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge.

Memorial donations may be made to the Roser Food Pantry, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Condolences may be made online at chandlerfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Luanne; children Roye and wife Cyndie of DeFuniak, Brian and wife Cheri Baird of Tucson, Arizona, KC and wife Nanette of Clearfield, Utah, John and wife Christine of Idaho Falls, Kathy and husband Oscar Crober of Lockhart, Texas, Reginald and husband Bill Murphy of San Francisco, Regan and wife Cindy Kos of Marlton, New Jersey, Hart and husband David Rossmeisl of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Hayes and wife Mindy Courier of Clearwater; Myles and wife Melissa Cavazos of Dallas, Patti and husband Albert Marcacci Schmid of Vineland, New Jersey, Michelle Ernst of Vineland, New Jersey, Mark and wife Amy Ernst of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Lisa and husband Joe Bybel of Millville, New Jersey, Marlene and husband Curtis Cassotis of Kernersville, North Carolina, Lynn and husband Matt Hanna of Wilmington, Delaware, and Eric Ernst of Vineland, New Jersey; siblings Bruce and wife Harlene of Mud Lake, Idaho; Charlotte of La Verkin, Utah, Mike and wife Patsy of Idaho Falls, Rick and wife Karen of Tremonton, Utah; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

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.

Donations may be made to either the 1220-17 Research Foundation or to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, 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; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Dr. Joseph Nolan
Dr. Joseph Nolan, 93, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 8.

He practiced optometry in Illinois for more than 40 years, piloted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a band leader, trumpeter and singer among so many other accomplishments.

He was married to Helen Louise Kane for 69 years.

He was a wonderful man who will be missed by all.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Dec. 16 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Memorial donations can be made to St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

He is survived by three children, six grandchildren, 9.5 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

 

Robert George Taylor
Robert George Taylor died Nov. 2 in Bradenton.

He was born Jan. 27, 1930, to Joseph and Kay. He was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. After a brief and honorable service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1955, he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1956. The quintessential go-getter, he left his Canadian home for the graduate school of business at the University of Chicago, where he received his MBA and then his Ph.D. in 1963.

While pursuing his academic goals, he made the time to commute 400 miles on weekends from Chicago to London, Ontario, to court his future wife, Marian M. Volanski.

They married Sept. 6, 1958, and soon moved to South Bend, Indiana, where Mr. Taylor took a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame, and then moved to Boston, where he directed the development of the new graduate school of accounting at Northeastern University.

The next year, he launched and served as the executive director and then president of Associated Accounting Firms International in New York City and Washington, D.C., from 1966 until his retirement in 1994, fostering professional development among non-competing CPA firms in the United States, Canada and England for nearly 30 years.

His passion for accounting was matched by his enthusiasm for and prowess in racket sports, including badminton, squash, tennis, racquetball and, eventually, pickleball in Anna Maria.

He was a curious learner, and he could and would engage in lively conversations about all topics, from politics to sports and beyond. He also was a wonderful singer and an amazing whistler, carrying tunes in perfect pitch.

A memorial will be held at the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Mr. Taylor’s name.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marian; children Kathleen, Bob and Marsha and husband Kurt; grandsons Alex and Luke Trumble; granddaughter Taylor Trumble; brother Bill and wife Fran; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada and England.

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.