Obituaries – 01-24-2018

Virginia ‘Ginny’ D. Eitman

Virginia “Ginny” D. (Pugh) Eitman, 80, of Bradenton, died Jan. 14. She was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, and the School of the Arts and Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Social Sorority and Omicron Nu National Honor Society.

She held different positions in nonprofits, including secretary of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church.

She retired from Forest Corporation, Twinsburg, Ohio, in 1999, and from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel in Bradenton is charge of Arrangements. Condolences maybe be made to Memorial donations may be made to the David F. Eitman Youth High Adventure Endowment Fund, Northfield Presbyterian Church 7755 S. Boyden Road, Northfield Center, OH 44067.

She is survived by her husband, David F., to whom she was married for 58 years; sons Stephen and wife Elizabeth Goldstein of Thousand Oaks, California; Scott and wife Cheryl Biales of Beachwood, Ohio; Bruce and his Christine Hettrick of Akron, Ohio, and Christopher of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and grandchildren Blaise, Tanner, Saige, Jolie, Abigail, Liam, Tommy and Bobby.


Robert J. Herman

Robert J. Herman, 61, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 19, 2017.

He was born in Queens, New York, to Roman and Frances. He graduated from Chaminade High School on Long Island, New York, and later earned an engineering degree.

He and life partner Casey Hoffman were living the American dream. The two started with a business plan, scratched in the sand, for AMI Radio and Zegway by the Bay.

He lived by some of his favorite song lyrics: “I need never get old” and “Always be humble and kind.”

A celebration of life and concert will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. All are welcome to attend.

The concert will feature performances by Mac McConnell, Chip Ragsdale, the Fungies, Thor, Koko Ray and the Keepers, DeLaran, Tangled Mangoes, Memphis Rub and Concrete Edgar.

The Ugly Grouper and Scot’s Deli, both of Holmes Beach, will provide food. Attendees may bring their own beverages.

He is survived by his life partner, Casey; children Robert and Lauren; siblings Raymond, Patricia, and Theresa of Pennsylvania and New York.


Alan Jonathan ‘Jon’ Wimpy

Alan Jonathan “Jon” Wimpy of Palmetto, died Jan. 17, his 54th birthday, at Tidewell Hospice in Ellenton.

He was the owner of Appalachian Material Service.

He was known for being the life of the party. He never met a stranger. Generous to a fault, he was loved by all.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center Lymphoma Research. 1220 Holcombe Blvd., Houston TX 77030 or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 4151 37th St. E, Palmetto FL 34221. Condolences may be made to

He is survived by wife, Jamie; parents Al and Ann of Dahlonega, Georgia; daughter Casey Schneider; grandsons Jack, Guy and Dean Schneider of Bradenton; stepson Race Foster; sister Katherine Carey; niece Ruthie Carey; nephew Henry Carey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Dog, Callaway; seven uncles; nine aunts; and 25 cousins.

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