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Obituaries – 11-09-2016

Virginia ‘Shirley’ Heatley

Virginia “Shirley” Zgorski Heatley, 85, of Ellenton, died Oct. 15.

She was born July 10, 1931, in Chicago.

She was married to William Edward Heatley for 52 years.

She lived in Chicago and moved to Holmes Beach in 1975 before moving to Ellenton in 2002.

She attended the Creiger School of Nursing in Chicago and began her career in 1968, nursing in obstetrics and office management for physicians. She was a devoted member of Harvest Field Community Church, and was active in leadership. She also was a devoted member of All Island Denominations and received the Myron Bunnell Award in 1997 for her humanitarian work on Anna Maria Island.

Services were Oct. 20 at Harvest Field Community Church in Parrish. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Harvest Field Community Church. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include children Debra Elizabeth, Dennis William and wife Linda, Michael Edward and wife Patricia, William Jeffrey and wife Susan, Jeffrey James and wife Kathryn and Richard Joseph aka Logan Seven; grandchildren Jennifer, Kerry Lynne, Shannon, Adam, Heather, Nicki and wife Shannon and Talitha; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Althea ‘Tedo’ Kendall

Althea “Tedo” Kendall (nee Jorgeson), 99, died Oct. 21. She was born April 5, 1917, in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Charles and Marjorie Allen Jorgeson. As a young girl she moved with her family to Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

She graduated from Glenbard High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics at Purdue University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and earned a master’s of library science from Rosary College.

On Nov. 22, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Ellis “Deac” Kendall. Their work took them to Panama during World War II, where they welcomed twin daughters Margaret and Karen. Upon returning to Glen Ellyn, they also welcomed son Edward.

Mrs. Kendall was a devoted mother, accomplished homemaker, Girl Scouts of America troop leader and active for all her adult life in PEO. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn and served many years on the library committee.

She and her husband divided their retirement between Fontana, Wisconsin, and Holmes Beach. In retirement, she was an active member of Fontana Community Church and was involved with preserving the Geneva Lake environment. She shared her love of swimming, reading, gardening, fishing, cooking and sewing with her grandchildren. At the lake, she swam every morning until the age of 90.

A service will be held Nov. 20, at Fontana Community Church in Fontana, Wisconsin. Arrangements were made by Toynton Funeral Home in Walworth, Wisconsin. Memorial donations maybe made to the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency, 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay WI 53191 or Fontana Community Church.

She is survived by her children, Margaret Zielske and husband Ronald, Karen and Edward and wife Kay; sister-in-law Barbara Zerby; grandchildren Catherine Neiswender and husband Eric, Anne Willett and husband Andrew, Laura Zimmermann and husband Geoff, Thomas and fiancée Marjorie White; ???xxxx great-grandchildren Amy, Christine, Randall, Michael and Robert Eckman; niece Susanne Jorgeson Brown; nephews Eric and Kent Jorgeson, Brent Jorgeson, Frank and Tim Mitchell and several XXX? great-great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 11-02-2016

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Janet Caswell, 90, of Sunapee, New Hampshire, and Holmes Beach, died Oct. 22 in New London, New Hampshire.

She was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Windsor, Ontario, to George and Christina Pilmer. Her bothers Robert and Colin were born soon after. The family had emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1922 to join the growing automobile industry and moved to Detroit in 1931. In 1937, with the Great Depression, they returned to Scotland.

Mrs. Caswell’s father died within four months of their arrival, leaving the family destitute but near extended family. She survived World War II in Edinburgh — with blackouts, bomb shelters and USO socials part of her daily routine as she developed shorthand skills.

At the end of the war, she “enhanced” her age to 21 to qualify for and join the British Army of the Rhine — occupying forces in Germany — and was initially stationed in Hamburg in 1946. Earning the rank of captain, she recorded minutes of German Reconstruction Forces and authorized material shipments. She had a front row to the unfolding Cold War when posted in Berlin during the airlift.

Later, she returned to Edinburgh and, after a year, followed her wanderlust on a new adventure — moving to Montreal in 1949. She took an executive secretary position for the chief buyer for Eaton’s, the pre-eminent department store in Canada. She helped her brothers emigrate from Scotland and become established. Over the next 12 years, she developed an extended and diverse set of friends in Montreal, eventually meeting her husband Charles.

They married in 1961, moving to Massachusetts. In the mid-1970s, they began their own company, providing computer automation to stock exchanges. During this period, they raised sons Douglas and Stuart and summered in Sunapee. They retired in 1992 and began life between Sunapee and Anna Maria Island.

Mrs. Caswell developed her talent for writing during this period, participating in writing groups and publishing in newspapers. She had a lifelong interest in performing arts and acted in stage productions, including “Brigadoon” and “Guys & Dolls.”

In midlife, she decided to pursue higher education, matriculating at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, with a focus on English and writing.

She always had a keen wit and sense of the ridiculous, an overriding optimism and a broad perspective — living a philosophy of “why not?”

A service was held Oct. 29 in New London. Memorial donations may be made to the Manatee County Alzheimer’s Association, the McGill Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) and the Kearsarge Presbyterian Community Church. Condolences may be shared at www.chadwickfuneralservice.com.

She is survived by husband Charles; sons Douglas of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Stuart of Sunapee; nephews David Pilmer and wife Ann of Boutiliers Point, Nova Scotia, Brian Pilmer of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Colin Pilmer and wife Fumico of Wainfleet, Ontario, Michael Pilmer and wife Heather of Markham Ontario; and niece Lorraine Hohloff of Sacramento, California.

 

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James O. “J.D.” Davis, 80, of Beaverton, Michigan, formerly of Davison, Michigan, and Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 23.

He was born in Monongah, West Virginia, Feb. 2, 1936, to Harold and Veronica (McDonald). He married Dorothy Ratajczak Aug. 24, 1963.

He worked at Chevrolet in the hole for 30 years. He was a lifelong member of the Eagles, the Moose, Arrow Cordials and UAW #659. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and euchre player.

A service was held Oct. 28 in Davison. Memorial donations may be made to the family or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Remembrances can be posted online at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com.

He is survived by wife Dorothy; children Colleen Brown and Mike Toms, and Glen Davis; grandchildren Dustin and wife Tara, Aaron  and wife Shanon, Zach, Ashley and husband Nathan, Tyler and Travis; great-grandchildren Rylen, Kingston, Maverick, Scarlett, Knightlee, Hawkins and Jasper; siblings Joann, Walter, Brenda, Danny, Dobbin; brothers-in-law Dan and wife Karen, Terry and wife Kathy; sister-in-law Ranae; many close friends, relatives and second kids.

 

Enrique Viera

Enrique Viera, 64, of Cortez, died Oct. 16. He was born May 6, 1952.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements were handled by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton.

 

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Gary Wilson, 74, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 22. He was born in December 1941 to James R. and Verna (Cole) in Hamilton, Ohio.

He worked a lifetime in construction, becoming a general superintendent in 1974, building notable projects throughout the Midwest, as well as in central and south Florida for Messer, Perin and Sundahl, Dugan and Meyers, Baker Concrete Construction, Frank J. Rooney, and for the past dozen years for Moss and Associates.

A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be made at www.griffithcline.com.

He is survived by his wife of more than 58 years, Marilyn; sons Wade and wife Melissa and Brad and wife Kathy; grandchildren Jennifer, Brittany, Abby and Joe; great-grandchildren J.V., Sierra, Matthew and Sean; and by his beloved puppies, Bibiana and Casita, who will miss the daily walks.

Obituaries – Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Virginia ‘Shirley’ Heatley

Virginia “Shirley” Zgorski Heatley, 85, of Ellenton, died Oct. 15.

She was born July 10, 1931, in Chicago.

She was married to William Edward Heatley for 52 years.

She lived in Chicago and moved to Holmes Beach in 1975 before moving to Ellenton in 2002.

She attended the Creiger School of Nursing in Chicago and began her career in 1968, nursing in obstetrics and office management for physicians. She was a devoted member of Harvest Field Community Church, and was active in leadership. She also was a devoted member of All Island Denominations and received the Myron Bunnell Award in 1997 for her humanitarian work on Anna Maria Island.

Services were Oct. 20 at Harvest Field Community Church in Parrish. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Harvest Field Community Church. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include children Debra Elizabeth, Dennis William and wife Linda, Michael Edward and wife Patricia, William Jeffrey and wife Susan, Jeffrey James and wife Kathryn and Richard Joseph aka Logan Seven; grandchildren Jennifer, Kerry Lynne, Shannon, Adam, Heather, Nicki and wife Shannon and Talitha; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg, 73, of Bradenton, died Oct. 16.

He was born April 20,1943, in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, and moved to Bradenton with his family at a young age. He graduated with the class of 1961 from Manatee High School and served in Vietnam with the 231st Transportation Company of the U.S. Army.

He was involved in various local family businesses with his father, Norman, and brother, Ron, including the Cotton Shop dress stores, Surplus Depot, Camp & Hike shop and Hirsh Sailing Yachts, to name just a few. He spent 21 years as a yacht broker with Galati Yacht Sales on Anna Maria Island.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed the outdoors and seized any opportunity he could to spend time with his friends and family. He loved camping, dancing, motorcycling and boating and was particularly fond of visiting national parks and monuments.

He was a wonderful and giving father, friend and confidant with a strong but gentle demeanor.

A private ceremony with military honors will be held Oct. 27 at Sarasota National Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a local hospice.

Survivors include mother Vivian; brother Ron; sister Darrell Ann; former spouse Diana; children David, Carrie Allen, Craig and Erica Carter; and grandchildren Victoria, Fin, Jake and Sara.

Obituaries – 10-19-2016

Sandra L. (Aldred) Feyh

Sandra “Sandy” L. Feyh, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 14 at the Bradenton Hospice House after a battle with cancer.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Leo and Juanita Aldred. She graduated from Whitehall Yearling and retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2007 to live on Anna Maria Island, her dream since her first visit in 1980.

For years, she walked nearly the entire island six days a week — and made many friends along the way. She loved relaxing on the beach or at her condo-community pool.

She also loved baking and could live in her kitchen preparing many delicious desserts for her family and friends.

She was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

She always greeted people with a smile and maintained a positive outlook that was infectious to others.

Her family would like to express gratitude and thanks to Dr. Brian Berry and staff at Florida Cancer Specialists of Bradenton and also the Bradenton Hospice House staff for care and kindness.

Private services were held in Ohio at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where she was laid to rest. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Cancer Research at OSU James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

She is survived by son Michael; grandsons Brandon and Nicholas and wife Melissa; great grandsons Aiden and Mason; and best friend of nearly 50 years, “MC” Mary Carol.

 

Obituaries – 10-12-2016

Richard Gordon Knapp

Richard Gordon Knapp, 80 and a winter resident of Anna Maria, died Oct. 1. He was born April 5, 1936.

He was an MBA graduate of Bishop’s and Queens Universities and had long career in the private and public sectors.

In retirement, he pursued his passions for duplicate bridge, travel and spending winters in Anna Maria, where he formed deep friendships over many years.

His intelligence, humor, warmth and interest in people were treasured by family and his extended community of friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Survivors include wife Carol; daughters Tambrae and husband Stephen Walker, Jennifer and Stephanie and husband Dave Muir and Shannon LaBelle; 10 grandchildren; siblings Barbara Lewis, William and Liz; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Norman Alcide Mansour

Norman Alcide Mansour died Oct. 2 in Frisco, Colorado.

He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Dover, New Hampshire and, until recently, resided in Anna Maria.

He obtained his BA in political science and MA in public administration from the University of South Florida. He worked for the Florida Department of Transportation and Hillsborough County Expressway Authority; the county of Hillsborough, where he was assistant county administrator general services; Paragon Group, where he was vice president of management services; and Florida Real Estate Advisors, where he was founding partner.

He was appointed to the Tampa Sports Authority, where he served as chairman; Florida Transportation Commission, where he served as commissioner; and served on the Florida High-Speed Rail Authority.

He was devoted to his faith, serving on the finance committee and as an usher at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. He also volunteered as an AARP Tax-Aide and served on the board of the Bradenton Country Club.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Following the service, the family was to receive friends at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton; Metropolitan Ministries; or Domis Pacis Famliy Respite. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cindi of Bradenton; daughter Ashley Mansour Miller and husband Dan of Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren Ethan and Kelsey Miller; sister Frances Mansour-Bergin, brothers Joseph and Michael; nephew John; and many other nieces and nephews, family in-laws, uncles and aunts.

Obituaries – 10-05-2016

Mark H. Burnett

Mark H. Burnett, 73, of Bradenton, died Sept. 29.

He was born Nov. 15, 1942. in Bradenton to Herman and Elizabeth Burnett.

He was raised in and around the Cortez area, was a lifelong resident of Bradenton, and a nurseryman.

He was a member of Elwood Baptist Church and the Florida Anthropology Society and Tampa Bay Fossil Club.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include wife Josephine; children Mike, John, Thomas, Dennis and Colleen, all of Bradenton; sister Sara Moore; step-children Mike, Chris and David Heath and Debra Osborne; grandchildren Michael, Chris, Austin, Sarah, Chelsea, Brandon, Josh, Cecelia and Michael.

Obituaries – 09-28-2016

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Scott Joseph Booth, 50, of Bradenton, died Sept. 17. He was born in North Miami and came to Bradenton in 1978.

Mr. Booth was a 1985 graduate of Manatee High School, went to college at North East Mississippi and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Gone Fishing. He was a Christian.

A celebration of Life will be held 5-7 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Swordfish Grill, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez, followed by a sunset gathering at the south end of Coquina Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Nemorial donations may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Booth is survived by his wife, Kimberly C.; sons Zachary and Brock and daughter Skyler Booth, all of Bradenton; mother Gail Booth-Petrie of Bradenton; father William J. of Bradenton; step-parents Alex & Betty Karras of Lakewood Ranch; and brothers William ”Wild Bill,” John and James, all of Bradenton.

 

Dolores Harrell

Dolores Harrell, 89, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Chicago Heights, Illinois, died Sept. 23 surrounded by her children and caregivers Nubia and Veronica Betancur.

She moved to Holmes Beach in 1992.

She lived a rich and full life. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach and was involved in many community organizations, including the Island Players, Eyeland Needlers, Anna Maria Tour of Homes, Cultural Connections and artsHOP.

She had the ability to develop deep, unique and sincere relationships with everyone she knew. Her love of cooking was legendary. She taught her children there is nothing more important than family. No one was kinder.

A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to the Center of Anna Maria Island summer drama camp for a scholarship for children to help fuel their interest in the arts. Donations may be sent to the Center of Anna Maria Island, PO Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Patrick “Red.” She is survived by children Peggy, Pat, Maureen, Tom, Jim, Kevin and John and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren

 

Justin Michael Knight

Justin Michael Knight, 35, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 19.

He was born Feb. 22, 1981.

He had been employed at Paradise Bay Motel, Bradenton.

Arrangements by Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services.

 

Donald S. Rowe

Donald S. Rowe, 69, a lifelong resident of the Bradenton area, died Sept. 16.

He grew up enjoying Boy Scouts, Little League, track and field and graduated from Manatee High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and served in Vietnam. After the service, he entered the construction industry. Mr. Rowe’s career, spanning more than 30 years, included building residential, commercial and church properties. He loved boating, fishing and golfing and music was his passion.

His greatest accomplishments were his children, raised in Parrish with his first wife, Donna. On marrying Vicky in 2001, they built a new home together in Palmetto, where their two families became one.

Mr. Rowe was a devout Christian, who loved his family and friends, and will be deeply missed. He also cherished ties with the Holmes family of Holmes Beach.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Bridge Church, 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Youth for Christ, 1901 30th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made online at  www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife of 15 years, Vicky; daughters Nichol Lancaster, Andrea and husband BJ Milgate, Lori and husband Kevin Seruchar; step-children Kayla, Thomas, and Kimberly Mannausa; sister Silvia Harris; brothers Arthur Jr. and Ronald; and four grandchildren.

 

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Thomas “Tom,” “Tommy” Snelgrove, 55, of Bradenton, died Sept. 1.

He was born Feb. 28, 1961, to Dorothy and John Snelgrove.

He was a family man and a devout Christian. His family remembers him for his sense of humor, contagious smile, compassion for others, persevering work ethic and his easy-going demeanor.

As a young man, he loved playing guitar, listening to music, riding motocross and fishing. Tom loved the outdoors and always found beauty and solace spending time in nature.

He was a jack-of-all-trades who traveled extensively across the United States. He worked as a mechanic, carpenter, heavy equipment operator, built seawalls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq, a trucker building ice roads and carrying goods across the tundra of Alaska, and an oil field worker in the Dakotas.

He spent the past the past two years battling cancer and living life to the fullest — fishing, biking, walking and relaxing on the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Marathon Key with his partner Karen Moroz and their many friends and family members.

Nothing made him more proud or happier than his daughters, watching them grow up as strong, resilient individuals, who, like him, have a deep connection to art, music and nature. His spirit will live on in them and in their memories.

A celebration of life and memorial dedication will be held at a later date in Marathon.

Mr. Snelgrove is survived by his daughters, Tiffany Way and Brittany; step-daughter Liv McKenzie; his beloved partner Karen Moroz; sister Dawn; brother John and wife Carla; nieces Candice Burrow, Melissa, Jillian Bennett, Sarah Strand and Lorelei Harris; and countless friends and co-workers whose lives he touched over the years.

Obituaries – 09-14-2016

Matthew ‘Matt’ Behan

Matthew “Matt” Behan, 82, of Bradenton, died Sept. 5.

He was born July 31, 1934, in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Christopher and Esther (Foster) Behan.

He grew up in Secaucus, New Jersey with four brothers, Martin, James, Christopher and Patrick.

He served in the U.S. Army 1954-56 in Germany.

On April 27, 1958, he married his Carol Pitkwitz of Union City, New Jersey. They resided in Palisades Park, New Jersey, where they were had two children, Thomas and Susan. They moved to Hopatcong, New Jersey, where they lived 41 years before moving to Bradenton in 2002.

He loved the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and visited the beach several days a week. He took up golf and played nearly every day at Key Royale Golf Club in Holmes Beach.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross for disaster relief assistance in Florida and Louisiana.

He is survived by wife Carol; son Thomas and wife Ann; daughter Susan and husband John; grandchildren Kylie, Andrew Shannon and Colleen.

 

Barbara F. Nally

Barbara F. Nally, 78, of Lakeland, died Sept. 9, 2016.

She was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Bartow to the late William and Ruth Frankenburger.

She remained a lifelong resident of Polk County, and was the owner and operator of Nally Properties. Mrs. Nally enjoyed travel and especially going to the beach.

Visitation was planned for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the funeral home chapel, followed by interment at Auburndale Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Mrs. Nally is survived by her husband, William F.; sisters Jean and husband David A. Huntley and Janet and husband Tom Seibel; aunt JoAnn and husband Richard Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituaries – 09-07-2016

Louis D. Figari

Louis D. Figari, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 25.

He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, March 15, 1950, to Marie and Louis Figari Sr. He lived in Closter, New Jersey, for 32 years, where he attended Northern Valley Regional High School. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 1972.

He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1982 and became a partner at Callaghan Tire, where he worked for more than 30 years. He was known for his generosity and his willingness to help others.

A celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the sunset pavilion at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, LaSalle University or Ducks Unlimited. Condolences may be made online at shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by wife Wanda; stepdaughter Renee Bindley Weintraub of Bradenton; stepson Michael Bindley of Holmes Beach; granddaughter Danielle Robert of Fort Myers; and grandson Airman Nathan Robert of Germany.

 

Dennis ‘DJ’ John Kelly

Dennis “DJ” John Kelly, 67, of Bradenton and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 29.

There will be no services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences maybe made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by brothers Kevin and wife Lorraine) of Toms River, New Jersey, and Gordon and wife Debra of Middletown, New York; and many nieces and nephews, including Brianne and Gordon.

 

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Barbara L. Turner-Grace of Bradenton and formerly of Bradenton Beach died Aug. 24.

She was born Aug. 7, 1935, in Waterloo, Iowa, and grew up in the small town of LaPorte City, Iowa.

She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and art education. She earned her master’s degree in administration and supervision from Nova Southeastern University.

She taught elementary school in St. Petersburg for two years and art in Hudson, Iowa, for seven years. She taught art and was the senior class sponsor at Manatee High School 1969-75 and was the art teacher and senior sponsor at Bayshore High School 1981-88. She was a Realtor in Manatee County 1989-2004 and then retired to travel, paint, give back to her community and spend time with her family.

She served as mayor of Bradenton Beach 1986-87 and on the Manatee County School Board 1992-96.

She was a talented artist and musician. She loved watching football and cheering for the Packers, Buccaneers and Gators while painting pet portraits.

She was involved in many organizations, including Women’s Council of Realtors, Pen Women of Sarasota, Women’s Resource Center, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Manatee, Manatee County Public Schools Foundation, Manatee Education Executive Committee, American Association of University Women, Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida, Manatee Riverfront Players Theater, Republican Women’s Forum and Manatee County Children’s Services Advisory Board.

A memorial service will be held at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Freedom Village Scholarship Fund, 6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

        She is survived by husband Walter “Charlie” Grace, a former Bradenton Beach commissioner; daughter Lisa and husband Todd Henson; granddaughters Genaveve and Annabe; stepson David and wife LuAnn; grandsons Richard and wife Sheri Fintel, Jason and wife Leighann Fintel and Richard and wife Billie Jo Fintel.