Tag Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 07-13-2016

Raymond Edward McGuireobit-mcguire.Ray

Raymond Edward McGuire of Anna Maria Island died June 27. He was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Coventry, Rhode Island, to Joseph Cornelius and Vera Dunham King.

Raymond was a civil engineer and graduated from the University of Rhode Island.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later entered the Foreign Service at the request of the State Department, a career that took him to countries around the globe, including Egypt, South Africa and the Philippines.

He was a member of Bent Tree Country Club, an avid golfer and bridge player. Once retired, he devoted his energies and charitable contributions to Special Olympics and various veterans’ organizations.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society and Bradenton Hospice.

He is survived by wife NJ Logan; children Lori McClintock, Robert and Susan Vanlandingham; grandchildren Robin Ross, John Dahlke, Danielle Lind and Callie Nanfito; nephew John Rensing; and nieces, nephews and cousins.


Virgil Mora

Virgil Mora , 91, died June 17 at his home in Morresville, North Carolina.

Mr. Mora was born in Cortez and lived most of his life in Bradenton.  He was the first son born to Albert and Estella Capo Mora.

He volunteered when World War II began in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy. He was one of only four Cortez veterans surviving in 2016.

Upon returning home from the Navy, he fished for some years and then went to work for the Manatee County Utilities Department for two decades.

Plans are being made for a memorial service in September in Cortez.

Mr. Mora is survived by his wife, Peggy; sister Nola Jewell; nieces Anna, Diane and Linda; nephews Tracy, Scott, Joseph, Phyllip and Richard.


Margaret Ann ‘Marge’ MorashObit-morash-071316-c

Margaret Ann “Marge” Morash, 81, of Anna Maria, died July 5.

She was born Oct. 12, 1934, in New York City to the late Charles and Josephine (McCann) Youngberg. She moved to Manatee County in 1971 and was a resident of Anna Maria for more than 40 years. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. She was a red wine enthusiast, and coined the phrase “Breakfast Wine.”

A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated July 11 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Interment was to follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview of Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

She is survived by husband Richard “Dick” of Anna Maria; daughter Kathleen of Anna Maria; sons Kristofer of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Richard and Kevin of Bradenton; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.


Doris ‘Maralee’ Relyea

      Doris “Maralee” Relyea died June 28 in Sunnyvale, California.

She was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Preble County, Ohio, to David Orville and Gladys F. Grise. She was the fifth of six children.

She married William T. Relyea in 1948. They resided in Cleveland, Ohio; Michigan City, Indiana; Silver Spring, Maryland; Galion, Ohio; Tucson, Arizona; and Holmes Beach, during their 44-year marriage.

Mrs. Relyea lived independently in Holmes Beach for another 24 years after the death of her husband in 1992, enjoying the company of her sister, Janice Coate, who lived in Bradenton, and her many island friends.

A homemaker, she was known for her pies. She was an avid reader and walker and loved the beach. She volunteered throughout her life, most recently for the Island Library in Holmes Beach and Pinnacle Medical Center in Bradenton.

Memorials will be held in Florida and Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the Island Library’s large-print fund and the Cancer Research Institute at cancerresearch.org.

She is survived by sister Janice; son Charles and wife Nanette; daughter Jane and husband Robert Welles; grandchildren Bryan and wife Holli, Jason and wife Jennifer, Jeffrey and Steve; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


William Edward ‘Billy’ Shelton Sr.

William Edward ‘Billy’ Shelton Sr. died July 6.

Mr. Shelton was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Haines City to Bessie Woods. He attended Manatee High School and grew up on Anna Maria Island. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was married to wife Patricia for 46 years and they raised three children. He was a proud and devoted “papa” to his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and resided at his Duette whenever he was able.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, and services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Committal service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, July 18, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by siblings Charles Cochran of Virginia, David Scholfil of Bradenton; Donna Gregory of Mississippi, and Jackie Woods Jr. of Bradenton; children and grandchildren: Shannon Shelton Jones and husband Mojo and their son Mason of Myakka City, William Edward Jr. and wife Corinne and their daughter Emma Grace of Bradenton, Amy Shelton Wilson and husband Richard and their children their children Cohen Jefferson, Charlotte Naomi and Camden William Wayne of Defuniak Springs.

Obituaries – 07-06-2016

David Craigobit-craig-070616-c

David Craig, 78, of Holmes Beach and Enfield, Connecticut, died June 24. He was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Boston.

No local services will be held. A memorial service will be held in Enfield at a later date. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s and Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton.

He is survived by wife Joan M.; children Susan Graham and husband Dave of Punta Gorda, Doreen Scibelli and husband Kevin of Somers, Connecticut, Steve and wife Karen of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Scott and wife Brandy of Columbia, Connecticut; grandchildren, Danny, Jessica, Nicole, Matt, Ryan, Taylor, Domonique, Megan, Michael and Ava; sister Fran Fifield of Shelby, Township, Michigan; brother Charlie Craig of Cinnaminson, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.


Stacy Collier Frankobit-frank-070616-c

Stacy Collier Frank, 61, of Anna Maria and Tampa, died June 25 in Tampa.

She was born in Washington, D.C., and came to Florida in 1961, where her father, Richard “Dick” Frank, began his labor law practice and her mother, Pat Frank, started a career in politics.

She was a lifelong fisherwoman, having received her first tackle box at age 7, and was captaining her own boat by 12. She was an excellent marksman.

She attended Plant High School and also attended Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and then Florida State University Law School, where she made law review. She became in-house counsel for TECO before going into private practice and later starting her business negotiating leases and construction of cell towers.

She was a member of the Athena Society, the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations, Florida Bar Association and the Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

A diehard Democrat who ran her mother’s political campaigns, she loved politics and opened her home and wallet to candidates and causes in which she believed. On her shelves were photos of her with Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and also Hillary Clinton.

At her Anna Maria beach house, she loved nothing more than opening her doors to friends, old and new, serving dinner and arguing politics over wine.

She always loved animals, especially her dog Ladybird.

A memorial event is being planned for July 20. Memorial donations may be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Stacy Frank Fund.

She is survived by mother Pat, of Tampa; sister Hillary and husband Michael Aubin of Jacksonville; sister Courtney of Tampa; aunt Lenore Shniderman; cousin Craig Shniderman and wife Judy of Washington D.C.; niece Courtney Weber; and nephew Collier Weber.


Doris White

Doris (Bazler) White, 89, of Cortez and formerly of Ewing Township, New Jersey died June 30. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Louis Bazler and wife Regina (Zimmerman).

Mrs. White came to Cortez in 1987 with her husband of 63 years, the late Bernard “Bernie” White.

She was a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford and attended the University of Texas. After raising her four children, she returned to college and received her degree in journalism in 1969 from Rutgers University/Douglas College. From 1970-1987, she was employed by the Hamilton, New Jersey, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid).

She volunteered at a woman’s shelter and was a contributing writer for the Mercer Messenger and the Alzheimer’s Association. She resided in Ewing Township 1964-1987.

After retirement in 1987, the couple sailed from New Jersey to their new home in Cortez, where she enjoyed aerobics, dancing, singing, playing the piano, knitting, cooking, cruising and sailing. She was a member of the Suncoast Yacht Club.

Mrs. White volunteered for the Democratic Party of Manatee, walking door-to-door to register voters and driving voters to the polls.

She was an active member of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, where she was the newsletter editor.

She also loved to write short stories and plays.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, aunt and grandmother.

Services were held in Connecticut. Donations may be made for research to the Lewy Body Association, www.Lbda.org or 912 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn GA 30947.

Mrs. White is survived by her children, Lewis and wife Shari of Rockaway, New Jersey, Clarke and wife Dinorah of Ivoryton, Connecticut, Cindi of Barnegat, New Jersey, and Scott and wife Eve of Montclair, New Jersey; grandchildren Seth, Kira, Zach, Mitchell, Jason, Daniel, Jonathan, Stephen, and Ben; brother Freddie of England; sister Ruth of Alaska; nieces Eva, Erika, Adrienne, Marilyn; and nephews Kenny and Aaron.

Obituaries – 06-22-2016

obit-wagner-mug-062216-cBilly Wagner

Billy Wagner, 62, of Bradenton Beach, died April 19.

He was born Jan. 30, 1954, to Dorothy “Dot” and Richard “Dick” Wagner and he grew up in Bradenton Beach.

A memorial will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Swordfish Grill, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.

Survivors include mother Dorothy; brother Richard; sister Donna and husband Michael Singer; niece Durga and husband Leore Spitaru; aunt Nancy Fenton; and cousins Jackie ad Michael Fenton and Amy and husband Robert Wallace.


Georgianna B. Beaulieu

Georgianna B. Beaulieu, 86, of Bradenton, and formerly of Leominster, Massachusetts, died May 7.

She was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Leominster to Alfred and Blanche (LaFave) Beaulieu.

She was raised in Leominster and was a graduate of Leominster High School class of 1948. She worked at Ray Plastics in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and was a tax preparer for many customers.

Funeral services were private. She will be interred in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Obituaries – 06-01-2016

Edward Joseph Dunnobit-dunn-060116-c

Edward Joseph Dunn, 65, of Anna Maria Island, died May 24.

A memorial service was held May 28 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at griffithcline.com.

He is survived by wife Dolores; sister Jo-Ann Drake; brother Michael; and many nieces and nephews.


Patricia ‘Patsy’ Finley Hutchinson

Patricia “Patsy” Finley Hutchinson, 95, died May 25, in Seattle. She was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Seattle.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1964. He was a Major League Baseball player.

Mrs. Hutchinson served as a sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Key Royale Club, where she was once the ladies champion. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Known to be generous with her time and knowledge, she was a loyal friend to all who knew her. She was instrumental in the 1950s in organizing and building the youth baseball stadium and the Anna Maria Island Youth Center — now The Center of Anna Maria Island. It was dedicated in 1961.

Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, www.fredhutch.org.

She is survived by sons Rick and wife Nina of Palm Beach, Jack of Milwaukee and Joe and wife Nancy of Holmes Beach; daughter Patty of Nevada City, Nevada; grandchildren, Ricky, John, Tom, Bonna, Jesse and Joey; and four great-grandchildren.


Obituaries – 05-25-2016

David John Frenchak

David John Frenchak, 74, of Chicago, a winter visitor to Holmes Beach, died May 15.

He was a pastor in Boston for eight years. He was part of Baptist General Conference and was a consultant in theological education at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

He was founding director of the seminary consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago for 36 years and he attended Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Services will be private. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory in Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, the American Heart Association or AMI Turtle Watch. Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Carol Ann McGibbon; daughters Karis Renee of Orlando and Janis Noelle and husband Farid Altaqi of Chicago; brothers James of Chesterfield, Virginia, and Steve of Clifton Park, New York; sister Marjorie Danylak of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada; grandchildren Kyle Martin Becerra and Gabriel Valentin Becerra.

Obituaries – 05-04-2016

Regina ‘Reggie’ Piencikowskiobit-piencikowski

Regina “Reggie” Piencikowski 73, of Holmes Beach, died May 4.

She retired in 2000 after working with DoDDS as a math teacher in Okinawa, Philippines and Germany.

Neptune Society handled arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

She is survived by sisters Barbara Lindemann and husband William and Beverly; nephews Christopher and Erik Lindemann and grand nephews Trent, Justin, Aiden and Daniel.

Obituaries – 05-11-2016

Business leader, Mixon Insurance founder dies May 4obit-mixon-051116-c

      Jimmy W. “Jim” Mixon died May 4.

He was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Augusta, Georgia, to Wade and Marie Mixon.

Mr. Mixon, along wife Patricia, founded Mixon Insurance in 1972, and together with son Mark have operated the business in Holmes Beach.

He was a former member of Rotary, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, past president and district governor’s representative. He was a former member of the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board and president of Island Co-Listing organization before MLS served Anna Maria Island. He also was a former member of the Hernando Desoto Historical Society, where he served as a crewe member for many years. He was one of the older members of Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach and the Newport Golf and Country Club in Newport, Vermont. He won the golf championship many times at both clubs and remained active until his death.

He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul of the Apostles Church in Bradenton.

Services were to be private. Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 1000 Pine Brook Road, Venice FL 34285, or a charity of choice.

Survivors include wife Trish, son Mark of Holmes Beach, daughter Kim Eresten and husband Alex of Munith, Michigan; sons Wade and wife Frieda of Augusta; Brian and wife Sandra of Savannah, Georgia; stepson Robert Ostroski of Bradenton; granddaughter Melissa and husband Jason Chambers of Palmetto; granddaughter and grandson Brooke and Tristan of Augusta; grandson Chase of Savannah; great grandchildren Landry and Harper Chambers of Palmetto and Hayden of Augusta; and sister Emily Pentacost of Gadsden, Alabama.


Michael R. Barton

Michael R. Barton, 73, of Holmes Beach, died April 13.

A celebration of life will be held May 15 at the Anchor Inn, 3007 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Survivors include wife Debra; Sister Sharon and husband Roberto Munoz-Flores, and nieces and nephews.


Ryan Michael Carlson

Ryan Michael Carlson, formerly of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Anna Maria Island, died March 4. He was born Feb. 16, 1985.

He was a devoted father to son Canaan and enjoyed spending his days off as “daddy day care.”

From a young age, he loved cooking and would stand on a chair in his grandmother’s kitchen, learning all he could, under the watchful eye of his grandfather. Starting from the age of 14, he was working in a kitchen, and he never left. His jobs took him to Colorado, Texas, Florida and most recently Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he met his fiancé, Anna.

When he wasn’t in the kitchen, he loved being on the golf course or the beach. He loved his time on Cape Cod and Anna Maria Island boat days.

He was a diehard Tampa Bay sports fan and loathed the New England Patriots. He loved playing sports, especially basketball, and won a Gus Macker tournament when he was 15.

A celebration of life will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with refreshments and food to be served. All are welcome.

A service was held in Mishawaka. Memorial donations may be made to the Canaan J. Carlson Trustee Account, c/o TD Bank, 249 Worcester Court, Falmouth MA 02540.

He is survived by son Canaan James; fiancé Anna Sabella of Oak Buff, Massachusetts; mother Kathy Talbot of Homes Beach; father Ted III of South Bend, Indiana; brother Ted IV and wife Maggie and their son Ted V of Homes Beach; sister Krystin of Homes Beach; sisters Rachael and Jillian both of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandmother Joyce Freed Mishawaka; grandfather Ted II and wife Donna Lee of Boca Raton; dear friend JD White; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Irma Garcia Elizarde

Irma Garcia Elizarde, 89, of Anna Maria, died May 6.

She graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa and retired from the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Visitation will be held 1-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Manasota Funeral Home 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Burial will follow at 2:30pm at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Arrangements were by Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Bradenton.

She is survived by son Joseph and wife Linda; daughter Valerie and husband Julio Rosas; grandchildren Vincent and wife Jenn, Steven and wife Maggie and Anthony Rosas and wife Crystal; great-grandchildren Jasmine, Joanna, Luke, Kyle, Drew, Jackson and Joseph; and nephew Kenny Suarez and wife Chris.


Edward ‘Ed’ A. Kerrobit-kerr-051116-c

Edward “Ed” A. Kerr, 76, died April 14.

He was born in 1939 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paul and Allie Kerr. He attended Young High in Knoxville, as well as the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His childhood in Knoxville solidified his lifetime love of the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

He worked many different jobs after college and was promoted from a “goldfish salesman and parakeet catcher” at the Sears store in Kingsport, Tennessee, to the Sears executive training program.

He and his wife and daughter moved to Chicago in 1966. They lived in the suburb of Warrenville, Illinois, and Mr. Kerr commuted to the Sears headquarters in downtown Chicago. He moved into the Sears Tower when it was completed in 1973, occupying an office on the seventh floor.

As a buyer of braided rugs, he traveled to Japan and other parts of Asia in the 1970s, developing a love of travel and Asian culture. He also met some of his best friends through his work and he stayed in touch regularly with them.

He was an active member of the Warrenville Zoning Board, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and outdoor sports aficionado.

He left Sears after 16 years and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, to manage a textile firm, Carolina Creations.

Mr. Kerr met and married his second wife, Carol Bettenhausen, and they lived in Greenville for almost 20 years.

He loved retail and ran a custom furniture store and eventually had several small outlet stores in North and South Carolina.

He also loved to boat and fish and owned several antique cars that he exhibited at shows around the southeast.

In retirement, he and his wife moved to Anna Maria Island,.

Mr. Kerr was a member of the Holmes Beach Planning Commission.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14,, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Condolences may be made to www.griffithcline.com. Memorial donations may be made to The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208.

Survivors include daughter Pamela Diwik and husband James; brother James and wife Judy; sister Lib Mitchell and husband Mike; granddaughter Alexandra Diwik; nephews David Kerr and Rick Mitchell; nieces Kelli Aguirre and Christy Kerr, as well as great nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his faithful dog, Kailey.