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Date of Issue: December 21, 2006

Obituaries

Robert A. Armstrong

Robert A. Armstrong, 93, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6.

Born in Plymouth, Mass., Mr. Armstrong came to Manatee County from Villanova, Pa., in 1978. He was a retired chemical engineer for Sharples Pennwalt, Philadelphia, Pa. He was a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Manatee Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Tampa, Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa, Sahib Shrine Temple in Sarasota, Gulf Shrine Club and Anna Maria High 12. He was a member of the Manatee Symphony Association, Anna Maria Island Historical Society and Friends of the Library.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Freedom Village Scholarship Fund, 6501 21st Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Charlotte R.; daughters Katherine Lind of Belmont, Mass.; sons Robert A. of Conway, Mass., and Albert R. of Bethesda, Md.; and 10 grandchildren.

 

Frances Eugenia Carnell 'Pudge' Erickson

Frances Eugenia Carnell "Pudge" Erickson, 79, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mrs. Erickson was born in Louisville, Ken., and moved to Manatee County from Wisconsin in 1989. She was an artist and homemaker. She was a 1945 graduate of Shawnee High School and attended the University of Cincinnati where she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in 1949. She was the chair of the Milwaukee Opera Committee and in many other volunteer capacities. She was a lifetime member of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.

Visitation was Dec. 12 and services Dec. 13 in Ohio.

Online memorial condolences may be made at www.paulyoungfuneralhome.com

She is survived by sons Harold "Hal" III and his wife Joanne of Milwaukee, Wis., William and his wife Evelyn of Hendersonville, N.C., David of Simi Valley, Calif., and James of Santa Clara, Calif.; daughter Anne and her husband David of Cincinnati; grandchildren Brian, Peter and Kean, and Miles and Robin Tracy; nieces Billie Kathleen Carnell Schwartz and Carol Sue Carnell Walker; and nephew Charles Carnell.

 

Leslie 'Mike' Hancock

Leslie "Mike" Hancock, 59, of Bradenton, died Dec. 5.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Hancock moved to Manatee County in 1974. He was a police officer, working at the Miamisburg [Ohio] Police Department, the Longboat Key Police Department, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, and at the Bradenton Beach Police Department as an auxiliary officer. He was a special deputy with the sheriff's office and an officer with the U.S. Customs Service Blue Lightning Task Force. He taught at the Manatee Area Vo-Tech Police Academy. He was a Master in Okinawan Budo-Kai and taught Okinawan karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Kobudo and Iaido.

"Mike Hancock was a good, solid, dependable officer," said former Longboat Key Police Chief Wayne McCammon. "I never called on him that he didn't respond immediately. He took a lot of abuse, as traffic officers do, but he handled it well and did a good job."

Memorial services were Dec. 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bradenton. A reception followed at the Fraternal Order of Police Manatee Lodge No. 70. Memorial contributions may be made to the attention of Kent Dodd in honor of Mike Hancock, Fraternal Order of Police Manatee Lodge No. 70, 1825 11th St. W., Bradenton FL. Shannon Funeral Home, Town Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Amy; daughter Shelly and her husband Dave Patrick of Candler, N.C.; son Douglas K. of Orlando; granddaughter Claire Marcella Patrick; and friends U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew C. Molineux, Andrew Glenn and Sandy Brown.

 

Edwina T. Hazzard

Edwina T. Hazzard, 101, of Bradenton and formerly Anna Maria Island, died on Dec. 9.

Mrs. Hazzard was born Dec. 22, 1904, in New York City and came to Anna Maria Island in 1970, where she resided until 1986, when she moved to Freedom Village in Bradenton.

She had a long and distinguished career as a social worker. She attended New York School of Social Work, now known as Columbia University School of Social Work. She joined the staff of Riverside Church in New York City in 1942 as a social worker and assistant to the Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick and she was employed there until her retirement in 1966.

She was a volunteer at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 1204 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, John W., in 1990.

Survivors include daughter Barbara H. Knode and her husband, Donald, of Holmes Beach; grandson Stephen P. and his wife, Sharon, and great-grandchildren Eliza and Adam Knode; and granddaughters Karen Trepte and Kim Knode.

 

Stephen 'Jack' Koval

Stephen "Jack" Koval, 96, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died Dec. 2.

Born in Byesville, Ohio, Mr. Koval came to Manatee County from Cleveland, Ohio, in 1977. He was retired after 48 years as a tool and diemaker with Midland Steel. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by son Ronald and wife, Marilyn, of Bradenton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Ernest Dean Morris

Ernest Dean Morris, 59, of Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 6.

Born in Bradenton, he was a sales representative at Ideal Seafood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach. He was Protestant.

No visitation or services are planned. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, was in charge of arrangement. Friends gathered Sunday at D.Coy Ducks to remember him.

He is survived by wife Maureen, sons Ernest D. Jr. of Port Orange, and Gregory of Sarasota; sister Brenda Twiss of Anna Maria; parents Ernest and Lucille of Anna Maria; and one grandchild.

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