Obituaries – 03-13-2013

Jeffrey Neal Blackwood

Jeffrey Neal Blackwood, 53, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Bradenton Beach, died March 1. He was born May 19, 1959, in Ballston Spa.

He first worked at the Ballston Journal, then at West Milton Nuclear Power Plant until he was transferred to Texas. He also worked at Stewart’s Corporation and, in 2008, he moved to Trilby, Fla., where he was treasurer of his community association.

Mr. Blackwood enjoyed camping, sailing and, on earning his pilot’s licence, flying.

He is survived by his father, Lindley “Lynn;” brothers Lynn and Lawrence and wife Dawn; sisters Crystal and Michael Bunnel, Marcy and husband John Meaney, Linda and husband David Mullen and Lori and husband John Kisielis; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro

Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro, 77, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Southbury, Conn., died Jan. 29.

She was a devout communicant of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Senior Adventure 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.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. 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.

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.


Dorothy E. Kerr

Dorothy E. Kerr, age 87, died Feb. 28. Dorothy was born April 15, 1925, in Saginaw, Mich., to David and Elizabeth (Whipple) Kerr.

Ms. Kerr graduated from Arthur Hill High School and continued her education with degrees from Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing and Hurley School of Anesthesia in Flint, Mich. She worked many years as a nurse anesthetist at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint, then for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing in the office of health affairs. She then retired to live on Anna Maria Island.

She loved life, people, art, music and animals, especially her cat Cricket. She was thankful for friends who made her life’s work an adventure, especially Lael Hellman, Sister Betty Gaiss, Catherine McGuire and family, JoAnn and Barry Flynn and Colleen Tinnin and family.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated March at Holy Family Catholic Church, 11804 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, Mich. Arrangements were by Hill Funeral Home, Grand Blanc, Mich. Condolences may be made online at

Ms. Kerr is survived by brother Donald A. and wife Sharon Kerr of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nephews Evan and David Kerr; and nieces Andrea and Lisa Kerr.


Sue Turner Maddox

Sue Turner Maddox, 80, of Cortez, died March 1. She was the granddaughter of Capt. Nathan Fulford. who was one of the founders of the village of Cortez. She was born March 3, 1932, in Mulberry, Fla., to the late Christopher C. and Myrtle (Fulford) Turner.

She grew up and lived in the Mulberry area until 1965, when she moved to Manatee County. She and her husband, the late R.C. Dick Maddox, owned and operated the Humpty Dumpty Restaurant in Mulberry until the mid 1960s.

Mrs. Maddox worked as a bookkeeper with A.P. Bell Fish Company in Cortez and as a waitress at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. She was a long time advocate for the Cortez fishing village, and a member of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club where she served as treasurer. She was active with the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, served as a docent at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, as an usher with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, volunteered as a guardian ad litem for many years, and also as a reading assistant at Anna Maria Elementary School.

A celebration of life will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Swordfish Grill Restaurant, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez. Memorials may be made to Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Florida Maritime Museum or the Island Democratic Club in her memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mrs. Maddox is survived by sons Richard and wife Annette of Cortez and Michael and wife Paula of Terra Ceia; brother Christopher “Skeet” and wife Kitty Turner of St. Petersburg; sister Betty Lou Turner of Bradenton; grandchildren Crystal, Cassie, Karla, Tres and Christopher; and nephew Chris Osborne and his two children.


Mary C. Mond

Mary C. Mond of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died March 1. She was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Johnson City, Ill.

Mrs. Mond was a licensed practical nurse, although she never worked as a nurse. She married Robert Mond in 1945.

The couple moved to Florida in 1976 after traveling via houseboat down the Mississippi from Dubuque, Iowa. They purchased rental property in l977 in Holmes Beach, and operated “Sunny Daze” until 1994, when it sold.

Mrs. Mond was active many years with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, having served on the board of directors, both as secretary and president. She also served on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council for several years.

Mrs. Mond was elected to the Holmes Beach Council and served the city March 1986 until November 1991, when she moved with her husband to Bradenton.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave E., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Oneco United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 908, Oneco FL 34264.

She is survived by her children, Robert and wife Colleen of Savanna, Ga., Barbara and husband Craig Ripley of Bradenton, and Joseph and wife Gail of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren Bruce Beacom of Bradenton, Eric and wife Jennifer, and Eben and wife Darcy, all of Dubuque; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren.


Wilford A. Stokes Jr.

Wilford A. Stokes Jr., 68, of Decherd, Tenn., and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died March 5.  He was born Jan. 13, 1945, in Pennsylvania to the late Kathryn O. (Tucker) and Wilford A. Stokes Sr.

Mr. Stokes was a school administrator. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend.

There will be no services. Memorials may be made to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, P.O. Box 824061, Philadelphia PA 19182-4061, 800-981-2663, or Arrangements were by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, Tenn.

Mr. Stokes is survived by daughters Deborah Ann Thomas of Tampa and Jennifer Marshall of Orlando; and granddaughters Melissa Ann Rushnell and Kathryn Marshall.


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