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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.

Obituaries – 04-13-2016

Jean A. Kingobit-king-041316-c

Jean A. King of Bradenton Beach died March 30.

She was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1942, and her childhood, as part of a military family, included stays in all parts of the country. However, she always felt Northern California, where she graduated from high school, was her childhood home.   As an adult, whether raising two kids or later, after joining the workforce as a business manager for a neonatal medical practice, she maintained a passion for art. She began with conventional pieces made with clay but quickly taught herself to create works with a variety of materials. She eventually presented sculptures in galleries in Sante Fe and Taos, New Mexico, as well as in Colorado.

Later in life, she focused more on collecting art, interior decorating and gardening.

She enjoyed kayaking, cycling and playing in the surf and she was so energetic she earned the nickname “Hummingbird.”

After retiring and moving to the Anna Maria Island area in 1997, she formed close friendships and adopted the island lifestyle.

A celebration of life will be held at the Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach on or around June 9, her birthday. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center, which can be found online at moffit.org/give-back/donate.

Survivors include son Jim and wife Lesley of Malabar; brother Jim Payne; and many friends.

Obituaries – 04-06-2016

Kathaleen Hineline

Kathaleen Hineline, 96, of Bradenton, died March 27.

She was born in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Bradenton in 2010 from Rochester, New York.

She was an Episcopalian and a member of the Eastern Star and the Woman’s Club in New York.

        There will be no local services. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sons Jack and wife Pam of Holmes Beach and Burton and wife Nancy of Port Richey; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Stanley Shaull

Stanley Shaull, 90, of Holmes Beach and formerly of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died March 31. He was born Aug. 8, 1925.

All services were to be held in Michigan. Funeral arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton.

 

Henry ‘Harry’ Sumner

Henry ‘Harry’ Sumner, 89, of Bradenton, died March 31.

He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Plainfield, New Jersey to Henry Barton and Alice Ellis Sumner and he lived his life in New Jersey before retiring to Anna Maria Island in 1987. He moved to the Perico Island community of Bradenton in 2003.

A 1944 graduate of North Plainfield High School, he served as a technician third-grade for the U.S. Army in the Philippine Islands during World War II, from 1945-46. Upon returning from service, he graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. He married his wife of 63 years, Winifred Anderson Sumner, April 25, 1953.

In business, he was employed in sales, logging in a million plus miles on the road before retiring from Reade Moore Inc. of New York City in 1987.

He was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey for 50 years and was an original member of the Rutgers Tri-County Alumni Association. A proud and devoted family man, his life was centered around his family and watching sunsets with his bride.

A graveside ceremony was to be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to The David Barton Sumner Scholarship Fund, Neumann University, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Winifred; children Henry Anderson and wife Kathleen of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Richard Ellis Sumner wife Sandra of St. Petersburg, Ellen Sumner Sandels of Bradenton and John Barton and wife Leslie of Ada, Michigan; grandchildren Richard, Katie, Carolyn, Beth, Meg, Edward Arthur and Abigail.

Obituaries – 03-30-2016

Dorothy Marie Dickinson

Dorothy Marie Dickinson, 79, of Bradenton, died March 16. She was born April 12, 1936.

She had wintered here since 1993 and was formerly from Massachusetts — East Falmouth and Cape Cod.

Celebrations of life will be held later in Holmes Beach and Sandwich, Massachusetts. Funeral arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel.

 

Gertrud Erika Mueller 

Gertrud Erika Mueller, 93, of Bradenton, died March 17.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or TideWell Hospice.

Mrs. Mueller is survived by son Reinhard and wife Ellen; grandsons Ronald and wife Elise and Eric and wife Marie; and great-granddaughter Erica.

Obituaries – 03-23-2016

Russell Heath Kennedy

Russell Heath Kennedy, 51, of Bradenton Beach, died Feb. 14. He was born Aug. 18, 1964.

Services were held March 19 at Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach. Memorial donations may be sent to Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Apprentice Scholarship Fund, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236.

 

James Melansonobit-melanson-032316-c

James “Big Jim” Melanson, 67, previously of Holmes Beach, died March 3.

He was born Aug. 12, 1949, and grew up in Boston.

He worked as a paint contractor, carpenter and plumber throughout his life. Living in Holmes Beach for nearly 20 years, he built a company that employed legions of local painters. One of the many contracts he secured in Manatee County was Tropicana, where he and his team painted for many years.

Later he joined family and helped to open Paradise Bagels Cafe and Catering in Holmes Beach, where patrons could always find him greeting them with a warm smile and a booming laugh.

He loved to spend his off time with family and friends, he loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, his truck, traveling, the beach, animals — especially his dog Bandit — and children.

A celebration of life was held March 18 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, followed by a reception at sunset at the 77th Street cabana. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of SW Florida.

He is survived by mother, Patti, of Port Richey; two sisters; nieces and nephews; former life partner Jackie Estes of Holmes Beach; and many friends.

 

Floyd J. Van Winkle

Floyd J. Van Winkle, 92, died March 11.

He was born in Connecticut to William and Arminda.

He enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II and was assigned active duty status.

He repaired lawnmowers and invented a blade to improve mowers. He also worked in construction and was known as “Van, the Aluminum Man.”

He was known for his quick wit and charismatic personality and was a religious man.

A memorial service was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. A memorial service with the Rev. Ed Moss officiating will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Arrangements were by Covell Funeral Home.

Survivors include daughters Cyndi Marie and husband Daniel Brindley of Bradenton, and Kathy and husband Bill Shafer of Anna Maria; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 03-16-2016

obit melanson 032316 cJames Melanson

James “Big Jim” Melanson, 67, previously of HolmesBeach, died March 3.

He was born Aug. 12, 1949, and grew up in Boston.

He worked as a paint contractor, carpenter and plumber throughout his life. Living in Holmes Beach for nearly 20 years, he built a company that employed legions of local painters. One of the many contracts he secured in Manatee County was Tropicana, where he and his team painted for many years.

Later he joined family and helped to open Paradise Bagels Cafe and Catering in Holmes Beach, where patrons could always find him greeting them with a warm smile and a booming laugh.

He loved to spend his off time with family and friends, he loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, his truck, traveling, the beach, animals — especially his dog Bandit — and children.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Followed by a reception at sunset at the 77th Street cabana. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of SW Florida.

He is survived by mother, Patti of Port Richey; two sisters; nieces and nephews; former life partner Jackie Estes of Holmes Beach, and many friends.

Obituaries – 03-09-2016

Ryan Michael CarlsonObit-CarlsonRyan2

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 fiance, 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.

Visitation will be held March 10 at Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka and a service will be held March 11 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Kevin Bauman officiating. 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.

 

Margaret Craig DeMott

Margaret Craig DeMott, 91, of Anna Maria, died March 3.

Arrangements are being handled by Mortuary Services of Florida.

 

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, her 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 was 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; stepson Richard and wife Kimberleigh.

 

Richard Papiniobit-papini

Richard Papini died Feb. 26. He was born June 5, 1947, in Chicago.

He was an engineer.

He moved to Florida from Chicago in 1979 and found his way to Anna Maria Island, where he became a member of the Key Royale Club and met many people, made many great friends and enjoyed his happiest years.

Survivors include wife Sharon, sons Brett and wife Anna of Colorado and Michael Webb and his fiancé of Brandon; and grandchildren Madison, Mikenzie and Logan.