Obituaries - 02-13-2013

Fleta (Beisner) Boyd

Fleta (Beisner) Boyd, formerly of Holmes Beach and Bradenton, died Jan. 18 in Rhode Island. She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Willisville, Ill.

She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education and taught piano for many years on Anna Maria Island. Later she received her master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She was a reading specialist in Manatee and Pinellas counties for many years prior to retirement. She was the sole surviving charter member of the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bradenton, which was founded in 1958 with her husband, the late Herbert F. Boyd. The Boyds were residents of Presbyterian Manor in the final years of Mr. Boyd’s life.

Mrs. Boyd also was a longstanding member of the Manatee County League of Women's Voters and spent many years registering voters and assisting at the polls during elections.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations to the Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mrs. Boyd is survived by sons, Jeffry and wife Pamela of Santa Rosa, Calif., Christopher and wife Barbara of Cocoa, Fla.; daughter Kathleen and husband Daniel Even of Warren, R.I.; grandchildren: Jennifer Snider and husband, Timothy of Fresno, Calif., Allyson Even of Warren, R.I., and Dennis of Cocoa.


Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro

Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro, 77, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Southbury, Conn., died Jan. 29. She was born June 6, 1935, in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Robert and Mary Ramon Lopalos.

She was a devout communicant of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Senior Adventurers group in Bradenton Beach and was a literacy advocate. She volunteered at Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach. She received her associate’s degree in 1974 from Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Conn. She was an avid homemaker and was proud of her Lithuanian heritage.

Mass was celebrated in Southbury. Memorial donations may be made to Lithuanian Catholic Religious Inc., 6425 Perry Ave., Maspeth NY 11378 or Sisters of St. Casimir, 2601 W. Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629. To light a virtual candle or for condolences, go online at

Mrs. DeGennaro is survived by son Daniel and wife Karen Zokas of Southbury; daughters Lisa and husband Mark of Zokas-Kindy of South Carolina and Wallace and husband Charles Hamel of Barkhamstead, Conn.; grandchildren Jordan, Michael, Meghan, Arianne, Rasa and Chaz; and three nephews.


Patrick Lee Mullins

Patrick Lee Mullins, 52, of Bradenton, died Feb. 5. He was born in Tallahassee and lived in Manatee County since 1963.

Mr. Mullins grew up on Anna Maria Island and graduated from Manatee High School and the University of Florida. He earned a master's degree at the University of South Florida. He was an employee of the Manatee County School District, teaching at Jessie P. Miller and William H. Bashaw elementary schools and, since 2004, was the media specialist at Palmetto High School. He touched the lives of countless students and fellow teachers and administrators.

He was a sergeant in the National Guard when, in 1992, he helped survivors in Dade County in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. He played the trumpet and enjoyed jazz. He was a gardener, fisherman, boater, mechanic and automobile restorer. He was a member of the Manatee Association for Media in Education, the Manatee Education Association, the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Florida chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club.

A memorial service was held Feb. 11 at Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Mr. Mullins is survived by his wife, Leslie Jill; sons Mason McCaffery and Miles Patrick; fathers Patrick G. and Albert J. E. Wilson; grandmother Ramona Hooton Cannon; brothers and sisters Linda Long, Bert, Gray and Nancy Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews.



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