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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.


obit-nash-081716-cRobert U. ‘Bob’ Nash

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

Rick Grice leaves art legacy on islandobit-grice-mug.

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.

Obituaries – 07-20-2016

Daniel Laurance Lordobit-lord.dan

Daniel Laurance Lord, 67, of Cortez, died July 10.

was born May 15, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He move to Florida in his early 20s and instantly transformed into a true Floridian.

His love for food propelled him to become a fixture on the island restaurant scene. He also had a passion for music, often jumping on stage with the local bands to play harmonics — he rarely left home without them.

Possibly his greatest attribute was his gift of gab. He made friends with everyone he met. He will be missed by all, but his stories will carry on forever.

A celebration of life was to be held after press time 6-8 p.m.Monday, July 18, at O’Shucks Raw Bar & Grill, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez.

Mr. Lord is survived by son Simon; daughter-in-law Dana; grandchildren Cameron and Grant; brother Chris; sister-in-law Mary; nieces Amber, Ivy, Megan and Courtney; and nephew Thomas.


Diana McManawayobit-mcmanaway

Diana McManaway, 66 of Holmes Beach, died June 23.

She was born Oct 21, 1949, in Illinois but, having moved to Florida more than 40 years ago, became a Floridian.

Over the years she loved spending many hours on the water. Her passions also included motorcycle riding, scuba diving, horseback riding, dancing and singing.

Her lifelong work was in business administration and the insurance industry. She was involved as a volunteer and served on the board of directors at the Center of Anna Maria Island, where she always was ready to lend a hand.

Memorial donations may be made to the center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by son Darin; daughter Lori Leonhearth and husband John; grandson Austin Leonhearth; sister Donna Wienckowski and husband Jerry; brothers George and Alan Bravieri and sister-in-law Debbie; sister Cherice Hood; nephews Robert Moszkiewicz and David Moszkiewicz; and her beloved dog Trolli.


David E. Mitchell

David E. Mitchell, 67 of Anna Maria, died July 10.

He was a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in engineering and owned the firm Drywall Mechanics for many years before retiring in 2015.

He was an island resident since 1963.

He and wife Sue watched over their children and adored their grandchildren and he aided his mother in her quest to stay independent.

A family memorial service was planned. Arrangements were by Good Earth Crematory.

He is survived by mother Barbara K. Zerby of Holmes Beach who was married to the late James Zerby, a mayor of Holmes Beach; wife Sue Mitchell; brothers Frank of Seattle and Timothy Monahan-Mitchell of Longmont, Colorado; children Sarah Griffin of Tallahassee, Matthew and Eric Edixon and Mark and Seth Mitchell, all of Manatee County; five grandchildren; numerous nieces; grandnephews; and cousins.


Pieter G.V. Thomassenobit-thomassen

Pieter G.V. Thomassen, 84 of Holmes Beach, died July 13 in Bradenton.

He was born June 13, 1932.

He earned his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees at the University of Michigan. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He served for 26 years as a judge in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a member of the American Judges Association, the American Bar Association, the state bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He enjoyed golf, sailing and fishing and was a member of the Ann Arbor and Anna Maria Rotary clubs, as well as the Key Royale Golf Club.

Memorials in Holmes Beach and Ann Arbor will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, in care of Tidewell Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Eleanor; sons Pieter and wife Laura and Bruce and wife Sophia of Seattle; daughter Kirsten and husband Ken Lane of Seattle; stepson Jeff Gerstenberger  and wife Julie of Rochester, New York; grandchildren Haley and Eliza Lane, Marleigh and Brett Thomassen, Dominick Hatcher, Gavin and Austin Thomassen, and Alex Gerstenberger; sister Mimi Miskovsky of Seattle.



Obituaries – 07-13-2016

Raymond Edward McGuireobit-mcguire.Ray

Raymond Edward McGuire of Anna Maria Island died June 27. He was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Coventry, Rhode Island, to Joseph Cornelius and Vera Dunham King.

Raymond was a civil engineer and graduated from the University of Rhode Island.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later entered the Foreign Service at the request of the State Department, a career that took him to countries around the globe, including Egypt, South Africa and the Philippines.

He was a member of Bent Tree Country Club, an avid golfer and bridge player. Once retired, he devoted his energies and charitable contributions to Special Olympics and various veterans’ organizations.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society and Bradenton Hospice.

He is survived by wife NJ Logan; children Lori McClintock, Robert and Susan Vanlandingham; grandchildren Robin Ross, John Dahlke, Danielle Lind and Callie Nanfito; nephew John Rensing; and nieces, nephews and cousins.


Virgil Mora

Virgil Mora , 91, died June 17 at his home in Morresville, North Carolina.

Mr. Mora was born in Cortez and lived most of his life in Bradenton.  He was the first son born to Albert and Estella Capo Mora.

He volunteered when World War II began in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy. He was one of only four Cortez veterans surviving in 2016.

Upon returning home from the Navy, he fished for some years and then went to work for the Manatee County Utilities Department for two decades.

Plans are being made for a memorial service in September in Cortez.

Mr. Mora is survived by his wife, Peggy; sister Nola Jewell; nieces Anna, Diane and Linda; nephews Tracy, Scott, Joseph, Phyllip and Richard.


Margaret Ann ‘Marge’ MorashObit-morash-071316-c

Margaret Ann “Marge” Morash, 81, of Anna Maria, died July 5.

She was born Oct. 12, 1934, in New York City to the late Charles and Josephine (McCann) Youngberg. She moved to Manatee County in 1971 and was a resident of Anna Maria for more than 40 years. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. She was a red wine enthusiast, and coined the phrase “Breakfast Wine.”

A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated July 11 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Interment was to follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview of Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

She is survived by husband Richard “Dick” of Anna Maria; daughter Kathleen of Anna Maria; sons Kristofer of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Richard and Kevin of Bradenton; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.


Doris ‘Maralee’ Relyea

      Doris “Maralee” Relyea died June 28 in Sunnyvale, California.

She was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Preble County, Ohio, to David Orville and Gladys F. Grise. She was the fifth of six children.

She married William T. Relyea in 1948. They resided in Cleveland, Ohio; Michigan City, Indiana; Silver Spring, Maryland; Galion, Ohio; Tucson, Arizona; and Holmes Beach, during their 44-year marriage.

Mrs. Relyea lived independently in Holmes Beach for another 24 years after the death of her husband in 1992, enjoying the company of her sister, Janice Coate, who lived in Bradenton, and her many island friends.

A homemaker, she was known for her pies. She was an avid reader and walker and loved the beach. She volunteered throughout her life, most recently for the Island Library in Holmes Beach and Pinnacle Medical Center in Bradenton.

Memorials will be held in Florida and Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the Island Library’s large-print fund and the Cancer Research Institute at cancerresearch.org.

She is survived by sister Janice; son Charles and wife Nanette; daughter Jane and husband Robert Welles; grandchildren Bryan and wife Holli, Jason and wife Jennifer, Jeffrey and Steve; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


William Edward ‘Billy’ Shelton Sr.

William Edward ‘Billy’ Shelton Sr. died July 6.

Mr. Shelton was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Haines City to Bessie Woods. He attended Manatee High School and grew up on Anna Maria Island. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was married to wife Patricia for 46 years and they raised three children. He was a proud and devoted “papa” to his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and resided at his Duette whenever he was able.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, and services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Committal service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, July 18, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by siblings Charles Cochran of Virginia, David Scholfil of Bradenton; Donna Gregory of Mississippi, and Jackie Woods Jr. of Bradenton; children and grandchildren: Shannon Shelton Jones and husband Mojo and their son Mason of Myakka City, William Edward Jr. and wife Corinne and their daughter Emma Grace of Bradenton, Amy Shelton Wilson and husband Richard and their children their children Cohen Jefferson, Charlotte Naomi and Camden William Wayne of Defuniak Springs.

Obituaries – 07-06-2016

David Craigobit-craig-070616-c

David Craig, 78, of Holmes Beach and Enfield, Connecticut, died June 24. He was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Boston.

No local services will be held. A memorial service will be held in Enfield at a later date. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s and Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton.

He is survived by wife Joan M.; children Susan Graham and husband Dave of Punta Gorda, Doreen Scibelli and husband Kevin of Somers, Connecticut, Steve and wife Karen of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Scott and wife Brandy of Columbia, Connecticut; grandchildren, Danny, Jessica, Nicole, Matt, Ryan, Taylor, Domonique, Megan, Michael and Ava; sister Fran Fifield of Shelby, Township, Michigan; brother Charlie Craig of Cinnaminson, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.


Stacy Collier Frankobit-frank-070616-c

Stacy Collier Frank, 61, of Anna Maria and Tampa, died June 25 in Tampa.

She was born in Washington, D.C., and came to Florida in 1961, where her father, Richard “Dick” Frank, began his labor law practice and her mother, Pat Frank, started a career in politics.

She was a lifelong fisherwoman, having received her first tackle box at age 7, and was captaining her own boat by 12. She was an excellent marksman.

She attended Plant High School and also attended Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and then Florida State University Law School, where she made law review. She became in-house counsel for TECO before going into private practice and later starting her business negotiating leases and construction of cell towers.

She was a member of the Athena Society, the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations, Florida Bar Association and the Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

A diehard Democrat who ran her mother’s political campaigns, she loved politics and opened her home and wallet to candidates and causes in which she believed. On her shelves were photos of her with Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and also Hillary Clinton.

At her Anna Maria beach house, she loved nothing more than opening her doors to friends, old and new, serving dinner and arguing politics over wine.

She always loved animals, especially her dog Ladybird.

A memorial event is being planned for July 20. Memorial donations may be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Stacy Frank Fund.

She is survived by mother Pat, of Tampa; sister Hillary and husband Michael Aubin of Jacksonville; sister Courtney of Tampa; aunt Lenore Shniderman; cousin Craig Shniderman and wife Judy of Washington D.C.; niece Courtney Weber; and nephew Collier Weber.


Doris White

Doris (Bazler) White, 89, of Cortez and formerly of Ewing Township, New Jersey died June 30. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Louis Bazler and wife Regina (Zimmerman).

Mrs. White came to Cortez in 1987 with her husband of 63 years, the late Bernard “Bernie” White.

She was a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford and attended the University of Texas. After raising her four children, she returned to college and received her degree in journalism in 1969 from Rutgers University/Douglas College. From 1970-1987, she was employed by the Hamilton, New Jersey, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid).

She volunteered at a woman’s shelter and was a contributing writer for the Mercer Messenger and the Alzheimer’s Association. She resided in Ewing Township 1964-1987.

After retirement in 1987, the couple sailed from New Jersey to their new home in Cortez, where she enjoyed aerobics, dancing, singing, playing the piano, knitting, cooking, cruising and sailing. She was a member of the Suncoast Yacht Club.

Mrs. White volunteered for the Democratic Party of Manatee, walking door-to-door to register voters and driving voters to the polls.

She was an active member of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, where she was the newsletter editor.

She also loved to write short stories and plays.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, aunt and grandmother.

Services were held in Connecticut. Donations may be made for research to the Lewy Body Association, www.Lbda.org or 912 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn GA 30947.

Mrs. White is survived by her children, Lewis and wife Shari of Rockaway, New Jersey, Clarke and wife Dinorah of Ivoryton, Connecticut, Cindi of Barnegat, New Jersey, and Scott and wife Eve of Montclair, New Jersey; grandchildren Seth, Kira, Zach, Mitchell, Jason, Daniel, Jonathan, Stephen, and Ben; brother Freddie of England; sister Ruth of Alaska; nieces Eva, Erika, Adrienne, Marilyn; and nephews Kenny and Aaron.