Tag Archives: Obituaries

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.



Obituaries – 05-04-2016

Deena Jean Armstrongobit-armstrong

Deena Jean Armstrong, 61, of Palma Sola, died April 15. She was a long-time resident of Anna Maria Island.

She owned and operated Dinghy Deena’s Dinghys at the Anna Maria Yacht Basin and Marina in the 1980s and was a cook at Fast Eddie’s at the Anna Maria City Pier. She also was first mate for Capt. Tim O’Bryant of Let’s Go Fishin’ charters during the 1980s. She loved the ocean.

She also worked at the Holmes Beach post office during the 1970s.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Survivors include mother Betty Lou Armstrong, 91, of Palma Sola; sisters Gail Studeman of Washington state and Terrie Rodman of Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime friends and companion Raun O’Bryant of Bradenton and Karl McClellan of Palma Sola.

Obituaries – 04-27-2016

Emily Theaman Gross

Emily Theaman Gross, 67, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 29 after a six-year battle with cancer.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York.

She loved the color purple, walking the beach for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, weekly massages and dark chocolate with a glass of red wine.

She was an award-winning quilter who always chose tea over coffee and she proudly said her favorite recipe was making reservations.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She spent mornings at swim meets, evenings at band competitions and weekends at NASCAR races.

She was an active member of Vienna and McLean Quilters Unlimited, Vienna Night Owls, Sarasota Friendship Knot Quilters, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Manatee Patchworkers Quilters and Sunshine Stitchers of Holmes Beach.

Her energy and positive outlook were infectious.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St W, Cortez.

Memorial donations may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research at www.jimmyv.org or Tidewell Hospice at tidewellhospice.org.

Survivors include husband Pete; son Matthew and wife Jenny; father Milton; brother Josh; and stepson Richard and wife Kimberleigh.