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Obituaries – 01-30-2013

Ruth Ann Niewyk

Ruth Ann Niewyk, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 20. She moved to Anna Maria Island from Fort Wayne, Ind. in 2010. She was a teacher and educator.

A celebration of life was held at Jan. 22 at Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Niewyk is survived by husband Anthony; son Robert of Oak Park, Ill.; daughter Alex of Honolulu; grandchildren Grace and Jonathan; and sisters, Kathleen Koets of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean Smith of Kalamazoo, Mich.


George F. Tooker

George F. Tooker, died Jan. 20. He was born Nov. 13, 1920, in Hoboken, N.J., to George and Eleanor Tooker. After graduating from Dickenson High School in Jersey City, N.J., he became a first-class machinist. Mr. Tooker served at Pearl Harbor as a machinist in the U.S. Naval Reserves. After World War II, he lived in Teaneck and Bay Head, N.J., working as a machinist.

Mr. Tooker and late wife Agnes moved to Holmes Beach in 1976, where they restored houses. He was a member of Holy Name Society of St. Bernard Catholic Church, a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League and the Senior Adventures Club at Annie Silver Community Center.

A memorial Mass was held Jan. 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

The family thanks Windsor Oaks and Tidewell Hospice for Mr. Tooker’s care. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Tooker is survived by daughters Kathleen and husband Dennis Granstad and Maureen and husband Fred Loveland; grandchildren Jessica and Bryan Rich, Amanda, Greg and Ashley Granstad and Sarah Loveland; and great-grandchildren,Zachary and Sophia Rich.

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