Obituaries – 11-14-2018

Laurie Crawford
Laurie Crawford has died.

She was a hairstylist at Snips Hair Design in Anna Maria and served on the Manatee County Animal Services Advisory Board.


Edward F. Havlik
Edward F. Havlik, 74, died Nov. 3, in Holland, Michigan. He was a winter resident of Anna Maria.

He was born March 26, 1944 to Helena Leach and Ed.

A real estate developer, homebuilder and consultant, he attended Northern Michigan University from 1962-67 and was president of the student body. He later served as president of the board, an emeritus trustee, and was designated a distinguished alumni in 1983.

After graduating with a degree in business administration, he worked for a national retail chain before becoming a sales manager for an international homebuilder. In his first year, his division sold more than 1,800 homes. He acquired Chicago-based homebuilder United Development from Urban Development in 1980 and, over many decades, he built thousands of homes and developed real estate in Illinois Michigan, Arizona, Ohio, Tennessee and Colorado.

His favorite home was the one he built and shared on the shores of Lake Michigan with his family.

Later in life, he became an advocate for education of the underprivileged, earning a doctor of letters from Jordan College. He also enjoyed his work serving on the board of Comfort Research and mentoring young entrepreneurs in business.

Known as “insufferably enthusiastic,” he carried with him a life is good attitude during all seasons of his life. Nothing was more important to him than caring and investing in his family and friends, whether by mentoring, cooking, celebrating life’s events, golfing or being curious about their interests, successes and learnings.

He loved adventure in traveling — skiing, hunting trips, motorcycle adventures around the globe, bareboating and scuba, fishing and more.

He also never saw a sunset, inversion or green flash that he didn’t appreciate, value and capture in a photo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Holland at

Mr. Havlik is survived by his wife, Nancy (Garnhart); children Laurie and husband Andy Bulson of Inverness, Illinois, Matthew Havlik of Holland and John and wife Kristi Havlik of Missoula, Montana; grandchildren Drew, Maddy and Jack Bulson, Paloma and Levi, and Gwyn and Jack Finn; sisters Laverne Lehman and Loretta Karnik; sisters- and brothers-in-laws Mary Ropar, Georgianna and Fritz Heinke, Joe Galbraith and Jack and Phyllis Garnhart; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.


Harriett Frances Dawson Keyser
Harriett Frances Dawson Keyser of Holmes Beach died June 17. She was 106.

She attended Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics.

In May 1934, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Keyser.

She and her family lived in Maine and Ohio and then, in 1986, she and her husband purchased a home at on 65th Street in Holmes Beach.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Ugly Grouper, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

She is survived by children Beryl Love-Rosche, William and wife Joan, and Bruce and wife Sandi; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous step-family and spouses.


Margaret ‘Peggy’ Allen Potter
Margaret “Peggy” Allen Potter, 93, died July 3.

She pursued her natural talent for art with classes at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Moore School of Design, and later Michigan State University and Lansing Community College.

She went on to complete the Famous Artist Course in Commercial Art while raising four children.

She married Howard Spencer Potter in 1949.

After vacationing on Anna Maria Island for many years, they moved to Holmes Beach in 1986 from East Lansing, Michigan.

Mrs. Potter was an active member of the Episcopal Church Women and choir at Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

She was a founding member of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and served as president for many years.

Her children and grandchildren remember her strength and unwavering love of family.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with a luncheon following in the hall.

Mrs. Potter is survived by her daughters, Tina Potter Evans and husband Dana of Kingsley, Michigan, and Megg Potter Faillace and husband Ralph of Bradenton; son Howard Spencer Potter Jr. and wife Corinne of Sodus Point, New York; grandchildren Joel Rasho, Kelly Frantz, Jeremy Evans, Stephen Faillace, Eliza Faillace, Margot Horton, Michael and Matthew; great-granddaughter Isabelle; and many nieces and nephews.

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