She was born in Detroit and moved to Cortez in 1942 from Grand Ledge, Michigan.
She was an active member of Church of Christ Church in Cortez since 1952.
She was the owner/operator of Betty’s Beauty Salon for 17 years, an award-winning manager of JAFRA Cosmetics, president of the first Women’s Auxiliary for the Cortez Fire Department, n original member of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, as well as a member of the Sweet Adeline’s chorus.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Cortez Village Historical Society, P.O. Box 663, Cortez FL 34215. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, James “Junie” of Cortez; son Jimmy and wife Sandy of Riverview; daughters Carol and husband Allen Haas of Deatsville, Alabama, and Peggy and husband Steve Barr of Scottsville, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Sophie Louise Isherwood
Sophie Louise Isherwood, 24, of Bradenton, died March 3 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
She was born May 14, 1992, in Gloucester, England, and has resided in the Bradenton-area for six years. She worked as a server at the Seafood Shack in Cortez.
A service was held March 9 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. A service will be held at a later date in England. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Miss. Isherwood is survived by her mother and step-father, Jennifer and Ken Moore of Bradenton; father Stephen Isherwood of England; brother Nathan Isherwood of England; sister Mellisa Moore of Bradenton; maternal grandparents Bill and Mai Upton of the United Kingdom; boyfriend James Fetters of Holmes Beach; and many extended family members and friends.
Samuel Keller Pollock
Samuel Keller Pollock, 99, of Holmes Beach, died March 12.
Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, he moved to Bradenton in 2010 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
There will be no local services at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Blake School in Minneapolis. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
He is survived by son Alfred and wife Helen of Holmes Beach; daughter Mary Pollock Scott of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Alois Grant Beer, 75, died March 1. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, April 24, 1941, and was the oldest of two children of Alois “Allie” Beer and Betty Smith Beer.
He graduated from high school in Monroe in 1959. He attended Stout State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education in 1964 and a master’s degree in 1965. He taught industrial education at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin, until he moved his family to Anna Maria Island in 1971. He taught at Bradenton High School.
In 1972, he moved his family to Wisconsin Dells to become manager and owner of the Showboat Saloon until his sons graduated from college. He was an active member of the community and the Jaycees.
He moved to back to Florida to be with his mother in Bradenton and began doing home enhancements until his retirement.
He enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of the Moose lodge and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
He liked to travel with friends for Nascar events and with his sons to play golf and watch Green Bay Packers games.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at St. Joseph Church in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218; or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by sons Scott and wife Sarah of Lawrence, Kansas, and Tony and wife Andrea of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; granddaughters, Karly, Taylor and Morgan; niece Rebecca and husband Brian Folkerts; and fiancée Marlene Thebert.
Marie Franklin, 76 of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25.
She was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Tampa, to the late Bennie and Antoinette Scanio. She was a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, having moved here at the age of 5.
She attended Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, where she was married in 1960. She was the owner of Anna Maria Realty for many years and started working as a broker when the agency was known as Blassingame Realty.
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Norman M. in 2015, and a brother Benji Scanio.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 11, at Roser Memorial Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Paws for Patriots, 4210 77th St. E. Palmetto FL 34221. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
She is survived by daughters Dina Franklin of Anna Maria and Dawn and husband Dusty Bates of Bradenton; sister Rosemary and husband Roy Griscom of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Johnathon, Tiffany, Tyler and Travis; her faithful companion Zion; and many extended family members and friends.
James W. ‘Jim’ Kissick Jr
Retired U.S. Navy Cdr. James W. “Jim” Kissick Jr., 92, of Bradenton Beach, died Feb. 24.
A descendant of pioneers, including the individual responsible for the formation of Manatee County in 1855, and a grandfather who represented the steamship line serving the travel needs to Tampa from the 1880s until 1909, who then became director of the Seaboard Rail Line.
Mr. Kissick was born on Terra Ceia Island in 1924 to the late James W. and Mabel (Armstrong) Kissick. He graduated from Palmetto High School and entered the U.S. Navy in June 1942, and served as a combat air crewman in dive bombers over Japan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the battleship Yamato, and others.
He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in aviation operations engineering in 1948 and accepted a U.S. Navy commission. As a pilot he qualified in many props, all early jet fighters, as an airship commander, and extensively in anti-sub helicopters. In late 2014, he learned he was the only known quadruple-qualified pilot of all active/retired aviators.
His unusual military career also included carrier bridge qualifications to task-force level. During Vietnam, he served as staff operations officer of the Amphibious Ready Group, and later, in Southern Command, became the military assistance director for Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and many other awards. He also received several “Winged S” awards from Skikorsy Helicopters for saving lives and being saved by their aircraft.
Military retirement in 1967 led to piloting a helicopter for a newspaper in Illinois. Concurrently, he became technical editor, columnist, feature writer and test pilot for a world-class aviation magazine.
Returning to Florida in 1971, Mr. Kissick flew for corporations, operated his own aerial advertising business and was twice elected as city councilman in Bradenton Beach. For a period, he managed a helicopter company in Louisiana, and, later he led an airline/helo company serving the Bahamas.
In Manatee County, his memberships included the Veteran’s Council, Military Order of the World Wars, the Naval Aviation “Squadron,” the Military Officers Association, the American Legion, the Manatee County and Anna Maria historical societies and others. He also was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church and sang for 23 years in a Methodist choir.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with final honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Memorial donations may be made to Manasota Operation Troop Support, 4301 32nd St. W., Suite C-20, Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
He is survived by wife Marcella of Bradenton Beach; son James W. III of Bradenton; daughters Anita and husband Tony Walters of Springfield, Illinois, Peggy and husband Jerry Jamison of Denver, Ginger McLin and Mary Kay Vanasse both of Bradenton; step-son Thomas and wife Yvonne Tryon of Ellenton; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and friends.
Marie Elaine Vandeman
Marie Elaine Vandeman, 91, of Holmes Beach, died March 1.
She grew up in St. Clair, Michigan, the daughter of Theo and Myra Rose Southworth Eddy and sister of Ruth Eddy Harris and brother Paul.
She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1947. She was the first woman to serve as student body president.
After being widowed in 1968, she raised their three young sons and worked as a social worker.
In 1978, she met and married Ron Vandeman.
She and her husband moved to Henderson, Kentucky, in 1981 and began volunteering.
Upon retiring to Holmes Beach, she enjoyed volunteering with turtle watch and was active in Roser Memorial Community Church, chairing and participating on several committees and boards.
She became interested in watercolor and was known for her hand-painted Christmas cards.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St., Bradenton FL, 34205.
She is survived by husband Ron; sister Margaret Eddy Zimmer of Clive, Iowa; children Jim Drum and wife Nanci of Midlothian, Virginia, Dave Drum and wife Kate of Newport, Washington, Steve Drum and wife Diane of Burlington, Kentucky, Julie Vandeman Woeste and husband Ron of Springboro, Ohio and Steve Vandeman and wife Emilie of Vandalia, Ohio; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.
Jane Grossman, a woman who did it all and showed others how to live large, died in her island home Feb. 21.
She was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Elwood and Alma Shollenberger.
She resided in Holmes Beach and formerly in Sarasota and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
She had many journeys in life.
She led a life of many “firsts.” She was the first woman on the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, police force in 1959. She graduated from Bethlehem Business College and studied at Moravian College and the University of Pennsylvania Extension in Europe. She was a real estate agent and broker for 36 years and received many awards in that field. A true entrepreneur, she also held an insurance license, owned a beauty parlor, several boutiques, a bakery, several motels, an antique store, several commercial properties and acted as a marketing director for author, real estate developer and Italian carmaker Piero Rivolta.
She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. She was an activist and, in the early 1990s, she founded a nonprofit civil rights organization, Friends of Unity in the Community, in Sarasota. One of the many honors she received for her activism was the State of Florida Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Dedicated Community Service, which was presented by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles. She was extremely proud of this prestigious honor.
While in Sarasota, she was chair of the housing board for HUD. She had a special focus on helping women rise from challenging life circumstances. She was a guiding light for many women in her life. She also became very interested and active in politics and she ran 16 political campaigns at the local, state and federal level. And yes, she also was a Unitarian minister and ran a New Age Center called The Chapel of Light in Sarasota.
She also was an avid bridge player. She held master points and loved teaching her family and friends.
In 2000, she became semi-retired and moved to Holmes Beach with her husband, Marvin Grossman. For them, Anna Maria Island was paradise, a slice of heaven. She became a active real estate agent on the island and quickly rose to one of the top agents in the area. She also opened a gift shop in Holmes Beach.
And she became immersed in local politics and successfully helped her husband campaign for public office — he is a three-term Holmes Beach city commissioner.
A memorial service and celebration of life, including reflection, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
She is survived by daughters Nicole Skaggs and Shelly Hill; granddaughters Natashia and Rachael; grandson Matthew; step-children Charis, Rochelle and Michael; and loving husband Marvin, a Holmes Beach city commissioner.
Donald P. Knode
Donald P. Knode, 93, long-time Anna Maria Island-Key Royale resident, died Feb. 15 in Bradenton.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Knode grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he became an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast. He developed a keen interest in radio, and as a student was a broadcast announcer at the University of New Mexico.
His university studies were interrupted by the start of World War II, and Don was drafted to learn Japanese at the U. S. Navy Japanese Language School in Boulder, Colorado. As an officer in Naval Intelligence, he was sent to Hiroshima during the U.S. occupation to assess bomb damages to telecommunications.
After the war, he returned to the states and graduated in 1950 from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. At Yale, he was a proud member of the crew team, which in 1949 beat Harvard in the annual head-to-head regatta — a sporting triumph he would cherish for the rest of his life.
Resuming his pre-war interest in broadcasting, Mr. Knode was hired by ABC and sent to Munich, Germany, to interview Russian refugees. He subsequently joined Radio Free Europe in Istanbul, Turkey.
Later, he joined Merrill Lynch Fenner & Smith, where he had a long, distinguished, international career. He was responsible for opening the first Merrill Lynch office in Japan in 1961, and rose within the firm to the level of vice president.
While in Tokyo, Don also served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan and eventually started his own consulting and investor relations firm.
He retired in 1998 with wife Barbara to Key Royale in Holmes Beach. He had a life-long love of theater and participated in the Asolo Theatre Guild Playreaders. He was a member of the Yale Club of the Suncoast. He enjoyed playing tennis, and remained a loyal Tampa Bay Bucs fan.
A private service has been planned. Memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1, Sarasota FL 34237.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara (Hazzard) Knode; daughters Karen and husband Lee Trepte and Kim and husband David Watkinson; son Stephen and wife Sharon; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Spinoza
Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Spinoza died Feb. 16 in Bradenton. He was 86.
He was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, a former member of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and loved by many friends.
He was born in Connecticut and received his art education in New York City at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, where he studied portrait painting under Raphael Soyer.
Upon completion of his studies, he made an extended visit to Wyoming, where at the age of 22 he was given commissions to paint the governors of Wyoming and Colorado.
Back in New York, he opened a graphic illustration and design studio. Among his clients were major ad agencies and corporations.
As a hobby, he enjoyed making violins, one of which has been played in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Survivors include wife Rose; sisters Gloria Nash and Rita van Autreve; several nieces and nephews; and three cats.
Frances Rose Zacchero
Frances Rose Zacchero, of Bradenton, died Feb. 14. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Nicklaus and Mary Ferraro.
She grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1944.
She moved to Bradenton in 1986 and resided there until her death.
She was an active member of Country Village Association, where she planned numerous social events over the years. She also was active in her church, Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a member of the Pirates Boosters Club. She worked the spring training games for many years in Bradenton as an usher and in the gift store.
She was a beautiful and charming woman, kind and generous to all she met.
A service will be held in Pittsburgh at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton FL 34200.
She is survived by son Chuck of Bradenton; godson James Shine of Pittsburgh; dear friend Ann Lewis; sisters Theresa Dapra and Joan Shine of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Fred and Ethel Damm and lived there throughout her childhood.
She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Indiana State University, where she also served as homecoming queen and president of Chi Omega, where she made many lifelong friends. She earned master degrees from both Ball State University and USF. She also was a appointee to the Kentucky Colonels.
She taught elementary school in Carmel, Indiana, and later in Bradenton. She also worked for the Manatee School Board as a reading specialist before retiring.
She loved living on Anna Maria Island and her Friday night “date nights” with husband Lou. Many people enjoyed her Indy 500 parties and Christmas sing-alongs.
A celebration of her life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of choice. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Survivors include son Michael Bindley of Holmes Beach; daughter Renee Bindley Weintraub and husband Larry of Bradenton; granddaughter Danielle Robert of Fort Myers; and grandson Airman Nathan Robert of Germany.
John “Jack” Gilligan, 79, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, died Feb. 6. He was born Jan. 13, 1938.
Born in Brooklyn, he attended parochial grammar schools, St. Francis High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
He was a 26-year veteran of the New York Police Department, retiring at the rank of sergeant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and also a New York state trooper prior to joining the NYPD.
He and wife Kathy lived in Brooklyn for a short time after marrying in 1962, and they resided in Rockaway Beach, New York, for more than 30 years.
He became active in the Boy Scouts with his sons, attending scout meetings, chaperoning camping trips and helping with Scout projects.
After retirement, he and his wife followed the sun and split their time between Las Vegas and Anna Maria Island.
They eventually moved to Anna Maria Island, where he served on the board of his condominium association.
Although he was not a beach person, he enjoyed the relaxed beach lifestyle.
He also traveled with his wife, visiting 47 states, as well as various other locations.
Known for his sense of humor, keen wit, uncanny memory and an appetite for trivia, he always was the friendly guy people turned to for good conversation and debate.
Services were Feb. 18. Funeral arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton. He was to be buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery.
He is survived by wife Kathryn (nee Powers); children Patricia and husband Sean Lyons, John Patrick and wife Eileen, Edward and Randall; grandchildren Connor, Stephanie and John Patrick; sister Catherine Godkin; brother Raymond; in-laws John Powers and wife Vera, Maureen and husband Tom Brady, Anne and husband Tommy Hartnett and Barbara Lynch; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lavonne J. Hager
Lavonne J. Hager, 91, of Cortez, died Feb. 10 in Sarasota.
She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to Carold and Frances McGugin.
She is the widow of Mathias Hager.
Burial and services will be later in Ohio. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by sisters Alma Cockerham and Joanne Body, both of Cortez.
She is remembered by her family as an amazing woman with a heart of gold.
Born Feb. 26, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, she grew as a young farm girl until she left the Midwest for the Florida west coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
She rooted her life on Anna Maria Island, where she found her heart and gave of it as an educator for 35 years at Manatee High School. She held a doctorate degree in eduction and students knew her as “Dr. Cline.”
She was the senior class sponsor for many years, chair of the business education department and an avid philanthropist. She was responsible for placing and overseeing many students into employment, as well.
She also dedicated time to the Anna Maria Island Privateers, going by the pirate nickname “Doc.” She served as treasurer for many years and participated in many events with a “hearty laugh” and a smile on her face. She initiated a Privateers teen club at MHS.
Privateer President John Swager said he has “lots of great memories of Doc. Working on the scholarship committee with Liz was a lot of fun, watching her run her kiss-a-pig campaign is a great memory and, in the last couple years, she would show up to chat while we got ready feed everyone after the Christmas Parade. She never wanted recognition and lead by example. She was a wonderful person that became a part of our family and Privateer lore.”
She was present with the Privateers many years for The Islander holiday open house, where she helped kids onto the sleigh for visits with Santa Claus. In the summer, she was on deck, helping kids at Snooks Adams Kids Day.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dick Cline. He also was a dedicated Privateer and they shared a passion for service to the community.
She was known for her great laugh, a love for animals and admiration of Jimmy Buffett’s music.
She loved sailing cruises, rock ’n’ roll, reading and having a good time with people.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a local animal rescue or to a Privateer college scholarship. Services were private. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Memorial donations dedicated to a Manatee High college-bound student may be made to the Privateers for the Liz “Doc” Christie Cline Memorial Scholarship, P.O. 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
She is survived by sons Steven and Jimmy Engleson and her grandchildren, as well as many friends.
Merritt W. Fineout
Merritt W. Fineout died Feb. 6 in Bradenton.
He was born Sept. 15, 1941, in White Plains, New York, and grew up in Darien, Connecticut.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Babson College and then moved to Missouri, where he raised a family and founded a successful import business, MeraVic Inc.
After retirement in 1994, he and wife Karen Day moved to Anna Maria Island.
His kindness, generosity and zest for life, his love of golf and lively bright fashion, will be remembered by all.
He was extremely charitable, with the Salvation Army being his favorite charity.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
He is survived by wife Karen; daughters Devin and Jill Day; sons John and Alan and Aaron Day; grandchildren Jillian, Trenton, Taylen, Jack, Tommy and Ryan; and many dear friends.
Westwood ‘Wes’ Hugh Fletcher III
Westwood “Wes” Hugh Fletcher III, 55, of Bradenton, died Feb. 4. Wes was born March 4, 1961, in Apple Valley, California, to the late Capt. Westwood H. Jr. and Audrey J. (Lange) Fletcher.
He moved to Holmes Beach at a young age and resided on Anna Maria Island until 2011, when he moved to Bradenton.
He formerly worked as a machinist for Sun Hydraulics in Manatee County.
He also was a member of The Way Church of Bradenton.
Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Shelly (Hakeos); son Dylan McIntosh; daughters Heather Robuck and husband Chris Foley; Lauren and husband Andrew Bilan and Jordan “J-Bug,” all of Bradenton; sisters Joan and husband Danny Phippen Fletcher of Tamarac and Lynda D. and husband Eric Ray of Tampa; grandchildren Audrey, Veda, Azaelia, Zander, Alexander, Caitlin and Allison; sister-in-law Vicki Goodrich of Spokane, Washington; and many extended family members and friends.
Pauline “Polly” W. Mooney, 97, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 27.
She was born Sept. 22, 1919, to the late Frank and Estella (Witherow) Wolford.
On July 3, 1942, she married Merle A. Mooney, who preceded her in death.
She graduated from Warren Business College in 1939 and from 1960-74 she was employed by Allegheny College, where she worked in various departments. While working at Allegheny and raising two sons, she returned to the classroom at age 44, graduating with a degree in 1972.
In 1974, she became the first director of the Crawford County Office for the Aging in Meadville.
Over the years, she was involved with the American Red Cross, Kiwanis, Rails to Trails and other initiatives and organizations.
After she retired, she spent winters in Florida, where she volunteered with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and was an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. She enjoyed walking on the beach.
Memorial donations may be made to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Bldg., 2121 Ward Court, NW, Washington D.C. 20037 or the Meadville Public Library, 848 N. Main St. Meadville, PA 16335.
Condolences may be made online at www.miznerfuneralhome.com.
She is survived by sons Mike and wife Barbara Cook of Cincinnati and Tom of Morristown, New Jersey; grandsons Zak and wife Emily of Frederick, Maryland, Chris and Peter of Cincinnati; Sean of New York City and Evan of Portland, Oregon; great-grandsons Max and Sam, several nieces and nephews; and an array of admiring and loving friends.
Jane Donovan Ryan
Jane Donovan Ryan, 84, died Jan. 28.
She was a founding member of the Anna Maria Island Ceili Irish Dancers, lifelong member of Christ the King Church in Chicago and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
Memorial donations may be made to Christ the King School Foundation.
Survivors include children Kathleen and husband John Waite, Eileen and husband Hugh Spector, Maureen and husband Bob Pangrazio, William and wife Cheryl and Madonna and husband Dan Martin; grandchildren Ryan, Danny, Colin, Terisa, Sara, Dylan, John, Steve, Billy, Kate, Dan, Mike, Liam and Margaret Jane; great-grandchildren Annie, Jane, Molly, Donovan, Emelyn, Jack, Lauren and Mira; siblings Tom Donovan and wife Tini Campbell, John and wife Diana Donovan, Eileen “Beba” and husband Pat Donovan; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and lifelong friends.
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.
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.
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