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Obituaries – 01-25-2017

Adeline M. Billings

Adeline M. Billings died Jan. 4.

She was born June 2, 1927, in Cleveland.

A resident of the West Winds Condominiums of Holmes Beach from the early 1990s to 2012, she lived with her brother, Ted, until his death in 2000.

As a graduate of Miami University with a degree in accounting, she couldn’t find work as an accountant in 1949 as those jobs went to men who had returned to the United States from fighting in World War II.

She went on to have a long career as a legal secretary in Cleveland and traveled the world with her legal secretaries’ association. Mexico was her favorite place to visit.

She enjoyed volunteering at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton and served as secretary on the board.

As a young woman, she traveled quite a few times to Florida with her parents and was lucky enough to retire here.

She is survived by niece Christine Tosun of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, and nephew John Billings, of Northfield, Ohio.

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Mattick died Jan. 10

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Anna Maria Commissioner JoAnn Mattick, center, who died Jan. 10, is remembered for seeing the 800-foot-long boardwalk at the city pier from concept to completion. The boardwalk opened Nov. 7, 2011. Islander File Photo
The late Anna Maria Commissioner JoAnn Mattick discusses matters with former Mayor Mike Selby in 2012 in chambers at city hall.

The U.S. flag at Anna Maria City Pier Park was lowered to half mast to honor former Commissioner JoAnn Mattick.

It was a fitting sight, the flag waving over the bayfront and the pier — so near and dear to Mattick.

Laura JoAnn Mattick, 81, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 10.

She served as Anna Maria city commissioner 2007-2012. Before even being elected to her first term, she wrote a grant to fund the Anna Maria City Pier boardwalk, pavilions and landscaping, the largest grant in the city’s history.

Later, as a commissioner, she participated in the planning and heralded the completion of the boardwalk.

Her goals were to beautify the Historic Anna Maria City Pier in a manner consistent with “old Florida charm” and to ensure a place for older and mobility-challenged people to enjoy Anna Maria’s waterfront vista. The Anna Maria pier was frequently named Manatee County’s No. 1 tourist attraction, when such records were tallied.

Other significant contributions during her tenure as a commissioner include the city’s purchase of the six lots at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection, the restructured Pine Avenue parking plan and the comprehensive plan amendment for the environmental and preservation zones.

She is remembered by island locals and small-business owners as a good friend and neighbor who fought to preserve the unique character and charm of the island.

She was born April 13, 1935, to Leola Evelyn and Joseph Fitch in Portsmouth, Ohio, and raised by Ralph and Dortha Sutterfield in Wilder, Kentucky. She married John Anthony Mattick Oct. 1, 1955.

They lived in Cincinnati, where they raised six daughters and one son: Laura, Kathryn Sally, Janet, Sandy, John Francis, Esther and Rebecca.

She fell in love with the tranquility and beauty of Anna Maria Island in the late 1990s, while visiting daughter Sally, who had recently relocated to Sarasota.

She purchased a vacant lot opposite the Rod & Reel Pier and built a home where she resided with her youngest daughter Becky, Becky’s husband David Bouchard and their children, Emma and Will.

It was not long before three more of her children and their families — daughters Sandy and Esther, son John and daughters-in-law Marcia and Tara — followed suit and relocated to her little piece of paradise.

Upon retirement from the city commission, she split her time between Anna Maria and Aurora, Indiana, where she shared a passion for gardening, artisanal crafts and bargain hunting with sister Reba Sue Weldon and her husband Delmar of Sunman, Indiana.

A celebration of life will be held on the island in the spring. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include children Laura and husband Michael Poirier, Kathryn Sally and husband George Fritz Stauffacher, Janet and husband David Brinton, Sandy, John Francis, Esther and wife Tara O’Brien and Rebecca and husband David Bouchard; daughter-in-law Marcia; grandchildren Fritzy, Alison, Erin, Max, Fred, Nick, Katie, JoJo, Sarah, Caroline, Paige, Michelle, Hallie, Jack, Emma, Will, Jackson and Chloe; two great-grandchildren; half-brother Michael Sutterfield of Cincinnati, Ohio; and step-brother Louis Richard Schardt Jr. of Union, Kentucky.

Obituaries – 01-18-2017

Matthew James Klym

Matthew James Klym, 46, formerly of Bradenton, died Dec. 27, 2016, in Veneta, Oregon.

He was born in April 12, 1970, in Pittsburgh to James and Dianne Klym,

He worked for about four years in the Holmes Beach public works department before he moved about 18 months ago to Oregon to be near family.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on the beach at the 77th Street access in Holmes Beach. Guests are asked to bring memories and a chair.

Survivors include wife Holly; mother Dianne; siblings Michael and wife Amy, Michelle Jones and husband Andy; nephews Tommy, Mitchell and Zachary Jones; nieces Carly Jones and Laurie; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Edward Stanley Rawson

Edward Stanley Rawson, 58, died Jan. 4 at home in Ellenton. He was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Warren, Ohio, to Marcella Rawson of Ellenton and the late Stanley Rawson of Anna Maria.

He possessed a larger than life personality and an adventurous spirit. He loved sailing Hobie cats in the Gulf of Mexico, owning planes and flying from Airport Manatee.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans’ Charitable Service Trust at www.dav.org.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 13 at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughter Kathryn; mother Marcella of Ellenton, and brother Rod of Parrish.

Obituaries – 01-11-2017

Walter S. Zahn

Walter S. Zahn, 84, died Jan. 5, one week before his 85th birthday.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he served in the Army Reserves for 10 years while earning his electrical engineering degree.

He moved to New Jersey and raised a family while working for Bell Labs in the telecommunications industry.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Anna Maria Island, where he enjoyed hobbies of ship building and model railroads. He also was active in Save Anna Maria Inc. during the fight to halt a mega-bridge to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge in the early 1990s.

A visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W. Bradenton. Online condolences may be made at http://www.shannonfuneralhomes.

He is survived by sons Christopher (Kent) and Scott (Joell); five grandchildren, nieces, nephews and multiple friends.


Edward Stanley Rawson

Edward Stanley Rawson, 58, died Jan. 4 at home in Ellenton. He was born Feb. 11, 1958 in Warren, Ohio, to Marcella Rawson of Ellenton and the late Stanley Rawson of Anna Maria.

He possessed a larger than life personality and an adventurous spirit. He loved sailing Hobie cats in the Gulf of Mexico, owning planes and flying from Airport Manatee.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans’ Charitable Service Trust at www.dav.org.

A celebration of life will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughter Kathryn and her mother, Rebecca, of Bradenton; his mother, Marcella, of Ellenton, and brother Rod of Parrish.

Obituaries – 01-04-2017

Pauline Willis Clum

Pauline Willis Clum, 78, died Dec. 21, 2016, while on a family Caribbean cruise.

She was the daughter of the late Judge Robert E. Willis Sr. and Dorothy Willis of Bradenton.

A lifetime resident of Manatee County, she lived in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island.

She was a member of the Manatee Hurricanes drill team and graduated from Manatee High School in 1956.

She was named Realtor Associate of the Year in Manatee County in 1979.

She loved walking on the beach, collecting seashells and watching beautiful sunsets.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. A memorial Service will be held in January. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Barbara and husband Dan Center  of Tallahassee and Mary Jo of Bradenton; brother Robert E. Jr. of Holmes Beach; daughter Melissa Perkins Nohava and husband Jim of Odessa and many cousins, nieces and nephews.


Gleonic ‘Junior’ Ibasfalean

Gleonic “Junior” Ibasfalean, 60, died Dec. 22.

He was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, and spent most of his life in the fishing village of Cortez.

To those who knew him, he was and will always remain a child of the Gulf Coast. It was there, near the waters of Palma Sola Bay, that he took in the warmth of a thousand sunsets through his bay window and watched the sailboats meander through the bay channel.

Over the course of his 60 years, he married twice, raised a family and maintained an unwavering love of being on the water.

To his friends, there are few people in the world who were more generous with their time, love and consideration.

To his parents, he was a playful, carefree soul who became a devoted and dutiful son.

To his brother, he was a best friend who would wade next to him, shoulder to shoulder, in the muddy waters of the bay on their way to the bus stop before school.

To his children, he was a constant and positive presence in their lives.

Arrangements were handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

He is survived by his sons Cody and wife Jessica of Ruskin, and Austin of New York City; parents Gleonic Sr. and Betty Lou of Cortez; brother Cleonic “Nick” and wife Debra of Cortez; grandsons Landon and Reece of Ruskin; and niece Yolanda.

Obituaries – 12-21-2016

Marjorie Kendall

Marjorie Kendall (née Dawson), 96, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 7.

She was born in 1920 in England, where she learned to drive from her father, a Rolls Royce mechanic. She served as a driver in the Women’s Royal Navy during World War II. Proud of her time in the Wrens, she told stories of driving officers on urgent missions through fog and darkness on unlit roads, from which all signage had been removed, during bombing raids.

She also told stories of parties and dances with friends in the armed forces, describing her service in the most positive terms.

She died 51 weeks after losing her husband of 66 years, Dr. Colin “Digger” Kendall. She met him playing tennis while he was a medical student. They married in 1949 in London and moved in 1951 to Australia, his country of birth.

In 1954, they returned to England, then lived in Virginia, New York, Florida and New Jersey. In the 1990s, they retired to Anna Maria Island, where they had vacationed 30 years earlier.

A strong and loving soul, cheerful and talkative, Mrs. Kendall had many friends all over the world and she visited relatives and friends in England until she was in her 90s. She liked having visitors from overseas, liked entertaining and especially liked telling and hearing stories. She loved getting dressed up, loved shopping for clothes and never had a blond, wavy hair out of place.

Throughout her life, she worked as a proofreader, manuscript reader and editor for publishing houses in London and for Educational Testing Services in Princeton. An enthusiastic and avid reader, she kept a reading log including plot summaries and brief critiques. She could recite dozens of poems by heart.

She wrote stories, essays and poetry, earning the title of “Poet Laureate” of the Women’s Club.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing other games, such as Scrabble. She and her husband played tennis enthusiastically and well.

Her whole life, she loved going to the theater, especially in London and on Broadway. She also enjoyed acting, taking part in productions at school in England and in community and regional theater groups, including small roles in musicals. After moving to Anna Maria Island, she took part in the Off Stage Ladies.

She loved all animals, especially dogs, and donated generously to animal charities.

Despite suffering from dementia, she remained interested in current events and especially liked watching the BBC broadcast of the “real news,” by which she meant news from Europe. She used email to keep up with friends and family on three continents, and enjoyed watching “Downton Abbey,” singing along with showtunes, and going to watch the sunset near the Sandbar in Anna Maria. Her house was always decorated with flowers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, to be followed by an informal celebration of life at her home.

She is survived by son Colin; daughters Valerie Stern and Gillian “Jill”; grandchildren Lucy Riter, Chloe Kendall, John “Jack,” Laurie Stern and Jenna Stern.


Lee Anne Metz

Lee Anne Metz (nee Nordmann) died Dec. 15. She was born in 1945 in Sonoma, California. She moved to Sacramento, California, in her freshman high school year and showed her self reliance and independent spirit by emancipating herself while a high school junior and working nights and weekends at a hamburger stand.

She graduated from Sacramento State College summa cum laude in psychology and spent a trying year as a counselor in a delinquent girls’ home. She was then selected by Travelers Insurance to become one of the first two female claims adjustors in the United States. After several years, Travelers promoted her into their legal malpractice unit in San Diego.

Several years later, she became an investigator for the San Diego City Attorney’s office and retired in her mid-40s after 10 years there.

She met her husband, John, in her early 20s and they married on the 20th anniversary of their meeting.

In retirement, she became very involved in quilting and fascinated by batik fabric, a hand-dyed fabric utilizing a resist dye process and molten wax. She traveled to take batiking classes to Java and Bali, Indonesia, where the finest batik was made.

Intrigued by the batik paintings done on cotton she saw in Java, she began to import paintings to sell them to quilters, who would incorporate the designs into their quilts. What started as a hobby turned into a successful business and Lee Anne’s Batiks became the largest batik importer in retail and wholesale sales throughout the states. After five years, she sold the business and it continues today.

The batik itch disrupted her second retirement, and she started Batik Textiles, designing batik yardage used in quilts and clothing. That company had 60 dyers and craftsmen and a warehouse in Bali. It had more than 1,500 accounts in the United States, as well as distributors in Canada, Australia and Europe. She sold that company and retired again after five years.

A winter trip to Florida became a permanent move after she fell in love with the warm Gulf waters and sugar sand of Anna Maria Island. After only three years in Bradenton Beach, Mrs. Metz was diagnosed with end-stage cancer and passed after a difficult seven months of treatment.

She was active in dog rescue organizations in both California and Florida and a generous contributor for her cause.

A celebration of life is being planned in the spring.

Mrs. Metz is survived by her husband, John; niece Kim Johnson and her husband; three grand nieces and agrand nephew, all of Bradenton; and brother, Larry Nordmann, of Auburn, California.


Nicholas Todd Smith

Nicholas T. Smith, 26, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, died Dec. 14 in a work-related accident.

He was born Dec. 1, 1990, in Belleville, Illinois to Nancy Jarvis and Todd Smith. At the age of 5, he and his mother moved to Anna Maria Island, where his love of sports began. He excelled in soccer, football and basketball.

He graduated from Manatee High School in May 2009 and continued his education at Manatee Tech, where he received his associate degree.

He spent most of his childhood summers in Wisconsin and moved there permanently in 2013 to be closer to his father. He became a welder at A&B Process Systems Corporation in Stratford, Wisconsin.

He enjoyed camping with his family in Wisconsin and hanging out with family and friends when he was in Florida. Other hobbies included playing a round of golf, Sunday afternoon football and cooking up his own original creations. Most of all he loved spending time with his pride and joy, his son Jaxson. Also, his fiance Paige, his family and his beloved dog Mia.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Life Tributes Funeral Home in Spencer, Wisconsin. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Florida. Life Tributes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Share condolences at www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by father Todd of Marshfield, Wisconsin; mother Nancy Jarvis of Bradenton; fiancé Paige Schuh of Marshfield; son Jaxson Carter of Marshfield; step-mother Katie of Marshfield; sisters Dezirea and husband Dylan Hitt Leonard, Dakota, all of Marshfield, and Natalie and husband Chris Shaffer of Anna Maria Island; brother Nathan Rowe and wife Amie and their children of Bradenton; grandparents Kip and wife Sharon of Cuba, Missouri; aunt Kelly and husband Joseph Flynn of Dyer, Indiana; uncles Alan Jarvis of Collinsville, Illinois, Paul and wife Sue Jarvis of Troy, Illinois, John and wife Glynda Jarvis of Collinsville, Illinois; nephew Gaige and wife Leah Herranz Bailey and niece Paighton Hall, all of Florida; and his loyal dog Mia.


Sheridan Teachout III

Sheridan Teachout III, 78, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 15. He was born in Lakeland and had spent most of his life in Florida.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

There will be no local service at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rebecca; sons Steven Joseph and wife Michelle of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Robert David and wife Liu Hsin of Memphis, Tennessee; and two granddaughters.


Mercedes Kiniry Graham Thornburg

Mercedes Kiniry Graham Thornburg, 88, died Dec. 19.

She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Lillis High School and College of St. Teresa (Avila). She and her husband, Graydon, moved to Lake Tapawingo, Jackson County, Missouri, in 1955. Graydon died in 1980.

She and her second husband, Jon, moved to Anna Maria Island in 1985. They were founding members of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island. And she was active in local politics, running for Holmes Beach City Council in the 1990.

She was a consummate patriot and Democrat. She was a past president of the Friends of the Island Library, as well as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she had served on the council and vicar team and as an usher.

Services were to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 26th St. W. followed by a celebration of life at the Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive, Bradenton, between noon and 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Tidewell Hospice.

Survivors include daughters Gloria Graham Hickman, Gina Graham and husband Fred Chavez and Gilda Brinkley and husband Gregg; grandchildren Lacy McCluer, Dan Hilgedick, Casey Hickman, Lauren Mohart, Marin Chavez Collins, Kinsey and Elena Chavez, Max and Val Brinkley and five great-great grandchildren.

Obituaries – 12-14-2016

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Poindexter

Dorothy “Dottie” Poindexter of Bradenton, former Bradenton Beach public works director, died Dec. 9.

A funeral and visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Visitation for family and friends will be 5-7 p.m. and the service will be at 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Manatee County Animal Services.


Doyle Wayne Swann

Doyle Wayne Swann, 79, of Cortez, died Dec 12. He was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and moved to Cortez from Indianapolis in 1997.

He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer, sports enthusiast and member of the Moose Lodge of Anna Maria Island.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Cortez Club House, 12507 Cortez Road W., Cortez.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge or arrangements. Flowers will be accepted and donations may be made to the James P. Glidewell Jr. Scholarship Fund, 167 Waterview Lane, Albany KY 42602.

Condolences may be made online to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Patty; sons Brian and wife Sanjuana of Indianapolis and Tommy of Indianapolis; daughter Susan and husband Ken Perdue of Carmel, Indiana; step-daughters Jessica and husband Rob Payson of McCordsville, Indiana, and Sherry and husband Jim Glidewell, Albany, Kentucky; brother Keith of Pendleton, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Obituaries – 12-07-2016

Peggy Rauschl



Peggy Rauschl, of Cortez and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 20.

She was married to husband Dennis for 27 years. She had many friends. She was an ambitious and hard-working woman. She was the most important person in her husband’s life.

She earned a beautician’s license while in high school and, a year after graduation, she bought her first home. She ran her beauty salon for 30 years.

Boating was a big part of her life. Mrs. Rauschl started boating early, when she had a sailboat on a lake in Minnesota. She next power-boated on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, where she met her husband. They were part of the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary and conducted many missions with the auxiliary.

Together they built a business that at one time had 13 properties on Anna Maria Island that they maintained.

She also was a volunteer coordinator at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for several years.

In retirement, she and her husband purchased property in Tennessee, where they loved walking together on the trails and seeing the leaves change.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 28.

She is survived by husband Dennis; daughter Dena; son Todd; and sister Beverly.