Obituaries – 07-25-2018

Ronald Peter Lucchesi
Ronald Peter Lucchesi, 64, of Longboat Key and formerly of Holmes Beach and Springfield, Ohio, died July 12.

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Oct. 13, 1953, to Peter and Celia (LaTorre).

He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1971, studied at Lowell Technological Institute, earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and received a master’s degree and complete doctoral coursework in statistics at the University of Georgia.

He was a professor in the business department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, for 29 years, teaching courses in statistics and operations management. He also served as a faculty adviser to Tau Pi Phi, the business and economics honors society at Wittenberg.

He enjoyed spending time at the beach and in the company of his friends and family. In 2016-17, he and his wife Kim lived on 54th Street in Holmes Beach. Before then, they spent a lot of time visiting his brother Peter, who lived in Holmes Beach.

A private gathering will be held at a date and location to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bargmann Fund at the University of Georgia statistics department at

Mr. Lucchesi is survived by his son Adam and daughter-in-law Katey Foster of Stamford, Connecticut.

Susan Van Ostenbridge
Susan Van Ostenbridge, 57, a former islander and longtime resident of Bradenton, died July 16.

She was born in Leary, Georgia, to Gerald and Joan Dean.

She was full of life, love and laughter. She loved to sing, dance, cook and spend time with her family and friends. She made friends everywhere she went, made everyone smile and always wanted to help others.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a reception to follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rdStreet Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made online to

She is survived by her daughters, Anna and Abi and husband Spencer; fiance Stephen Mapes and his family Reed, Mary and Sara Mapes; siblings Paula Dean and wife Lisa Johnson, Jerry Dean and wife Diana and Jason Dean and wife Katie; grandchildren Liam and Harper; and many dear friends.

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