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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

obit-scott-boothScott Joseph Booth

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.


obit-snelgroveThomas ‘Tom,’ ‘Tommy’ Snelgrove

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.


Barbara L. Turner-GraceObit-turner-grace-090716-c

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.

Obituaries – 08-31-2016

Josephine ‘Josey’ Coarsey

Josephine ‘Josey’ Coarsey, 92, of Cortez, has died.

She was born in White Haven, Pennsylvania, to Chester and Julie Okrasinski and moved to Cortez 72 years ago.

She was married to Wyman Coarsey for 72 years and she raised six children.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral & Crematory in Bradenton.

Survivors include children Yvonne and husband Miles Lacey of Bradenton, Thomas and wife Sharon of Murphy, North Carolina; Donald and wife Carol of Palmetto, Debbie of Murphy, North Carolina, Mark and wife Becky of Bradenton, Tanya and husband Joe Bass of Manchester, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grands.

Obituaries – 08-24-2016

Emma S. Cayo

Emma S. Cayo, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Aug 15.

Born in Cuba, she moved to Holmes Beach in 1986 from Lakeland and attended St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Mass was celebrated Aug. 18 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sons Angelo B. of Holmes Beach and Luis A. of Simi Valley, California; daughter Rosemarie “Romy” of Bradenton and two grandchildren.


obit-pike-082416Donald L. Pike

The flag at city hall in Bradenton Beach was lowered to half mast in honor of Donald L. Pike Aug. 18-21. Pike, 91, of Bradenton and formerly of Janesville, Wisconsin, died Aug. 18. He was born March 31, 1925.

He was a veteran who served in the Navy during World War II as a machinist mate first class in the South Pacific from 1946-1946. He also served as master sergeant in the U.S. Army 1946-54 during the Korean Conflict.

Upon completion of his military service, he went to work for the Rock County Sheriff’s Department and also served as the civil defense director in Janesville.

He moved to Bradenton in 1973 and joined the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. He subsequently worked for the Bradenton Beach Police Department as a patrolman and served as chief of police 1973-79. He also worked for the Longboat Key Police Department as patrolman/detective and as a detective sergeant for the Holmes Beach Police Department. He completed his law enforcement career at the MCSO, serving civil and criminal warrants until his retirement in 1996.

After retirement, he worked part time as a ranger/starter at Waterlefe Golf Club until 2012, when he retired a final time.

He was a motorcycle enthusiast, safety instructor and a member of numerous motorcycle clubs. He traveled the country well into his 80s with his late son and grandson in pursuit of his hobby.

He was a life member of the Gold Wing Riders Association and Elks Lodge No. 1511. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 70 and AARP.

Memorial donations may be made to Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches, Moffitt Cancer Center or Tidewell Hospice.

He is survived by long-time companion Lois Mulnix, daughters Cheryl and Kristine and granddaughter Kim, all of Bradenton; grandson Stephen of Tampa; granddaughter Ashley of Trinity; half-sister Mary Alyce Paul of New Smyrna Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Obituaries – 08-17-2016

obit-burkhead-051116-cRuth Louise Starke Burkhead

Ruth Burkhead, died Aug. 7 at age 100. She was born March 20, 1916.

She was a long-time resident of Holmes Beach, as well as a resident of Arcadia in Michigan, Evanston in Illinois, and Marine on St. Croix in Minnesota. Since July 2015, she resided at Colby’s Orchard House, Frankfort, Michigan.

Ruth graduated from Arcadia High School, in a town founded by her great grandfather. In 1938, she graduated from Michigan State University, where she was named to Mortar Board and Tower Guard academic societies and in her graduating year was crowned queen.

She moved to the East Coast to attend Johns Hopkins University and complete her dietetics degree.

She worked at Monmouth Memorial Hospital in Long Branch, New Jersey, where she met Howard, a family practice doctor. They married in 1943 and raised their family in Long Branch and Evanston.

In retirement they enjoyed both Arcadia and Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Burkhead was active in local education, library and church organizations. She was president of the Evanston PTA, board member of the Evanston Public Library and representative to the presbytery and to Mission Council and General Council of Presbyterian Church. Her vanguard belief in recycling led to creation of the first of many annual used-book sales in Evanston and Arcadia.

She and her husband loved to host international students attending nearby Northwestern University and they traveled extensively, including to India, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Panama, Bahamas, Japan and they even climbed the Great Wall of China.

In retirement, Mrs. Burkhead founded the Arcadia Historical Society. On Anna Maria Island, she was a volunteer at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, Island Players and the Island Library.

She was a member of the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Her joys included watercolor painting and corresponding with her many friends around the world. When not volunteering, she could often be found reading in the local library.

Family members celebrated her life in a memorial service at Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Arcadia. Donations may be made to Friends of the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Survivors include son Curtis and wife Marcy of Florida; daughters Judith Weiner of Michigan and Nancy Hauschild of Minnesota; son Bob and wife Gloria of Hawaiil; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Davita Burkhead-Weiner of Michigan, John B. Hauschild and wife Rachel and their sons Henry and Samuel of Minnesota, James Hauschild and wife Katherine of Minnesota, Shannon of California, Matt of Arizona and Jake of California.


Betsy M. Faulkner

Betsy M. Faulkner, 66, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 6.

She had a master’s degree in archaeology but chose to leave her field to have a stable home. She then became self employed and was an accomplished caregiver. Betsy was a friendly and intelligent person.

She was a parishioner at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A service was held Aug. 12 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by fiance Walter Zahn; nephew Matthew Wilson; many friends; and her cat, Beni and dogs Boo and Bocci.


obit-hinsey-081716-cBirdie Hinsey

Birdie Hinsey died July 17.

She loved her job at Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant and made customers and co-workers feel great just by flashing her smile.

Survivors include daughters Ngaio, Tandara and husband Peter Husted and Fredina and husband Stephen Scoles; and granddaughters Camryn Scoles and Freida Husted.


Obit-mcdaniel-081716-cGlen Albert McDaniel

Glen Albert McDaniel, 47, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 1. He was born Jan. 8, 1969.

He worked at Shells restaurant for eight years as a waiter and even won a trip to the Kentucky Derby, where he sat next to Ivana Trump.

He loved animals and children, telling jokes and making people laugh. He was a great cook, singer and guitarist.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Bradenton.

Survivors include parents Alan and Kay Boyd Staymate and Glenn McDaniel; daughters Leandra McClellan and Dawn; son Shawn; granddaughter Alexis Hayes; sisters Melinda Powell and Amy Richter; longtime girlfriend Tricia Agle; and grandparents, four nephews, one niece, aunts, uncles and cousins.


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Robert Usborn “Bob” Nash, 85, of Anna Maria, died July 8.

He was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Salem, Ohio. He attended elementary and middle schools in Damascus, Ohio, and graduated from high school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He attended Youngstown University Youngstown, Ohio.

Immediately following his marriage to Margaret “Peggy” Menges Jan. 24, 1949, he went to work with his father and brother at L.W. Nash Company in East Palestine, Ohio, a firm that designed and manufactured machinery for the metals industry.

The company was purchased by Alcoa and later was moved to North Carolina. He retired as executive vice president with Alcoa and moved to Anna Maria in June 1977.

He worked for The Islander newspaper, H&R Block, with his wife in real estate, volunteered at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota and supported many outdoor conservation organizations and activities.

He received the Bradenton Herald’s Crosthwaite Award as Manatee County Outdoorsman of the Year in 1989 for his efforts to have tarpon tagged, not killed, at that time a common practice in tournaments.

When he no longer had a desire to fish for tarpon, he donated his tarpon boat to Mote to be for research.

He was very fond of ice cream and birds. He was a fan of all sports, especially Manatee High School Hurricanes football and the Tampa Bay Rays.

He enjoyed the theater, concerts, traveling to preserves, state and national parks and most of all fly-fishing for smallmouth bass in Canada and fishing for crappie and blue gill in Lake Manatee.

Mr. Nash was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

A service will be held in the chapel at Roser, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Memorial donations may be sent to Roser, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

He is survived by wife Peggy; sister Patricia Couchenour and husband Jim; sister-in-law Betty; sons Ken and wife Linda, Clark and wife Paula, Cliff and Brian and wife Martha; grandchildren Moorgun, Gretchen, Lacey, Chelsea and Tyler; great-grandchildren Alex, Samantha, Tiffany, Brandon, Sebastian, Stella and Eva; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

Obituaries – 08-10-2016

Judith Ruth AugsburgerObit-augsburger-081016-c

Judith Ruth Augsburger, 82, died Aug. 2, in Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Cortez, to the late John L. and Mamie Ruth (Bonnell) McDonald.

Raised in a commercial fishing family, she grew up eating mullet that her father provided from fishing and it was her favorite meal along with some grits.

On Feb. 12, 1956, she married Bill Augsburger, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1987.

She was a graduate of Manatee High School and a member of Samoset Baptist Church. She was a beautician, a housekeeper and along with her husband owned and operated the Horseshoe Bar in Bluffton.

She also was a Sunday school teacher and Girl Scouts leader.

Services were to be held Monday, Aug. 8, at Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E. Bradenton Florida. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Florida Maritime Museum, 4115 119th St. W., Cortez FL 34215. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include son John of Zebulon, North Carolina; daughter April Dorman of Bluffton; son Kevin of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Lois Bielobit-biel-081016-c

Lois Biel, 98, died July 30.

She was born May 23, 1918, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Roy and Elizabeth Forbeck.

After graduating high school, she attended Indiana State University, earning a degree in education. She worked as a social worker.

She married Robert Curry Biel of Terre Haute and they had one son, William Robert.

Mrs. Biel enjoyed her life in Terre Haute surrounded by many friends and family.

She and her husband retired to Anna Maria Island, where she spent lots of time golfing, volunteering in the box office for the Island Players theater in Anna Maria. She was known for her ability to recall seating preferences for season ticketholders at Island Players.

She was a member of the Key Royale Club and she walked many miles every day, well into her 90s, often from her home in Anna Maria to Minnie’s in Holmes Beach and back.

Mrs. Biel moved back to Indiana at the age of 93 to be closer to her son and other family.

There will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to the Island Players in Anna Maria or the Humane Society of Boone County, Indiana.

She is survived by son Bill and daughter-in-law Sherri; grandsons John and wife Chris and Samuel; niece Susan and husband John Moulton; and nephews Don and wife Peggy Kord and Kent and wife Shirley Biel.


Catherine Veronica S. ClarkeObit-Clarke-081016-ln

Catherine Veronica (Spitznagel) Clarke, 81, died Aug. 1.

She was the daughter of Maximilian Spitznagel and Marie Delia Murray. She was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Waverly, Maryland.

She graduated from Blessed Sacrament School and then went to Seton High School, where she graduated in 1952.

She married John Clarke in 1955 and, in 1957, they had a son, “John Jr.”

From 1952-56, Mrs. Clarke — or “Cass” as many knew her — worked for the C&P Telephone Co. She also was a devoted mother, wife and homemaker and the family did everything together.

Bowling was a passion. She and her husband were Maryland State champions and they bowled in events all over the United States.

In retirement, the couple followed their son from Catonsville and Abington, Maryland, to the Bradenton area, where they called Perico and Anna Maria islands home.

On April 21, 2006, Mrs. Clarke, after golfing for many years, scored a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Pinebrook Golf Course.

On June 25, 2005, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip with friends and family to Las Vegas. They repeated the Vegas trip even after Mrs. Clarke was inflicted with Polymyositis and Sjogren’s Disease. Every day was a struggle, as she was limited to walking one small, minor step at a time. But she did it daily.

A Mass will be offered at SS Peter and Paul the Apostles Church in Bradenton at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 10, with burial and a light lunch to follow on the property

Memorial donations may be made to Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland.

She is survived by son John Jr. and wife Jane Pratt and many nieces and nephews.


Glen Albert McDanielObit-mcdaniel-081016-c

Glen Albert McDaniel, 47, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 1. He was born Jan. 8, 1969.

He worked at Shells restaurant for eight years as a waiter and even won a trip to the Kentucky Derby, where he sat next to Ivana Trump.

He loved animals and children, telling jokes and making people laugh. He was a great cook, singer and guitarist.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Bradenton.

Survivors include parents Alan and Kay Boyd Staymate and Glenn McDaniel; daughters Leandra McClellan and Dawn; son Shawn; granddaughter Alexis Hayes; sisters Melinda Powell and Amy Richter; longtime girlfriend Tricia Agle; and grandparents, four nephews, one niece, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Obituaries – 08-03-2016

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By Dee Graham

Special to The Islander

      Richard Allen Grice, 60, died July 23 in Bradenton.

He was a 34-year resident of Holmes Beach and an artist known for his mixed-media, collages and provocative works.

A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Grice studied art at Gaston College in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

He was a familiar site at garage sales, where he collected odd items for repurposing in his creations. During one period, he utilized technology — CDs and computer wires — in his designs, including “Frank Trapped in the Art II,” which won second prize at the Longboat Key ClubExhibition in 2005.

His works often were exhibited at both the Anna Maria Island Art League, where he took the top prize in 2013 in the 19th Annual James Pay Exhibit with his mixed-media piece “Still Working.”

Also active in Bradenton’s Art Center Manatee, he took second place in June 2015, in the No Boundaries exhibit. The show dared artists to create work outside their comfort zones, to try something new, whether it be color, size/dimension, medium or subject.

His work can be seen at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, his final competition. Open until Aug. 13, the show is the 98th Anniversary Members’ Show at the gallery. Grice’s entry “The Critic,” is a consideration of heaven and hell.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date for early November.

Survivors include his partner of nearly 40 years, former islander Franklin Kittle, now of Bradenton; son Asaph Graham of Seminole; daughters Austin Judd and Charlotte Quandt of St. Petersburg; grandchildren Anthony Quandt Judd and Lila Shelby, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters; three brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.



Artist Rick Grice with his work “Frank Trapped in the Art II.” Islander Courtesy Photo


Artist Rick Grice stands with his mixed-media work “Still Working,” which won the top prize in the 19th Annual James Pay exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League.


Artist Richard Grice seated below his “No Boundaries” entry with daughters Austin Graham Judd, left, and Charlotte Quandt, right, and grandson Anthony Quandt Judd.

Thelma M. WeismillerObit-Weismiller-080316-c

Thelma M. Weismiller, 90, of Anna Maria, died July 22.

She was born in Detroit Oct. 31, 1925.

Donations may be made to TideWell Hospice. Condolences may be shared at www.griffithcline.com.

She is survived by daughter Carol Reeves and grandson Scott Franklin.