Obituaries – 03-20-2019

James Anderson

James Anderson, 97, of Bradenton, died March 10 at Tidewell Hospice House.

He was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Twechar, Scotland. He served in World War II. He moved with his wife Dorothy to Bradenton from Farmingdale, New York, in 1996. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was member of Kiwanis International since 1958. He was the activities director for the Mount Vernon community near Cortez for many years.

He and his wife were married for more than 50 years. He traveled the world and raised a wonderful family. He enjoyed, danced and traveled his way through life. He lived an amazing life.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Country Village Clubhouse in Bradenton after a beach ceremony near 28th Street and Avenue E at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson’s Foundation.

Survivors include his children, James and wife Magda, Ken and wife Karen and Nancy; grandchildren Sam, David, Bridget, Carl, Chris and Mike; and great-grandchildren Kellen, Alec and Eleanor.


Ruby Ward Bass

Ruby Ward Bass, 83, died March 24, in Bradenton.

She was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Oakdale, Louisiana.

She raised her family on Anna Maria Island and was the beloved school bus driver for many island kids on bus No. 41.

After raising her family, she went on to become an LPN and worked at Blake Medical Center for 32 years.

She was a self-taught painter and was known for her elaborate Christmas and Halloween displays.

She also was an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan — she never missed a game and kept friends and family informed.

“Last call for Bus No. 41” funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Brown and Sons Funeral Home on 43rd Street. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Bishop Animal Shelter. 5716 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.

She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Bass Berger, Joyce VanOstenbridge and husband John, Julie Bass Hunnicutt and husband Geoffrey Oullette; son Charles and wife Jeri; grandchildren Cristy Oropeza and husband Mike, Kevin VanOstenbridge, Keith VanOstenbridge, C.J. Hunnicutt II and wife Erin; great-grandchildren Piper, Jasper, Lincoln and Adelyne; sister Virginia; and brothers, Bill and Orlon.


Richard Allen Rose

Richard Allen Rose, age 74, died March 20. He was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Syracuse, New York.

He wasn’t much of a fan of the cold weather. He moved to Miami with his family in 1970.

For his love of the great outdoors, he pursued a lifelong career as a land surveyor.

He settled in Bradenton in 1981, then retiring in 2007.

He loved loud music, NASCAR and shooting pool with his buddies. You would always find his garage door open to friends, neighbors or anyone who just wanted to stop by and say “hi.”

He was also a huge Miami Dolphin’s fan. If temperature dropped below 70 degrees, he would be sporting his bright turquoise Dolphin’s jacket.

He also loved all holidays spent with family, but his favorite holiday was the Fourth of July. So, the next time you see fireworks, raise a glass in his honor and know that the sparkle in his eye will be shining down on all who knew and loved him.

He was a fun loving, kind soul.

A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Condolences may be made to

He is survived by his daughters, Denise and husband Joseph of Anna Maria, Michele and her partner Nader of Sarasota; brothers William of Bradenton, James and wife Patricia of Dallas, Robert and Rebecka of Logan, Utah; and sister Kathleen of Syracuse.


Zita Zinbo

Zita Zinbo, 81, of Anna Maria, died March 13. She was born in Panemunelis, Lithuania, April 27, 1937.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy in Kaunas, Lithuania. She emigrated from Lithuania — then part of the Soviet Union — to the United States Aug. 28, 1960, with her brother, Eugene, and grandmother, Ona, in order to be reunited with her father, Anthony Celkis, in Alaska. Her father had traveled to the United States to attend the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and was unable to return during World War II. He then petitioned Interior Secretary Fred A. Seaton to secure the release of his family from behind the Iron Curtain.

After her arrival in the United States, she spent time in Healy, Alaska, and Chicago, and then moved to Syracuse, New York, to work at the State University of New York in the research lab.

She met Mikio Zinbo at a Christmas party for international students in Syracuse and they were married May 27, 1967.

She worked as a homemaker raising her children and as a part-time nanny in Canton, Michigan, where she resided for 30 years.

The family began vacationing on Anna Maria Island in 1973 and regularly stayed at Resort 66.

She moved to Anna Maria Island in 1999.

She enjoyed gardening and tai chi classes at the Center of Anna Maria Island and was a member of the Anna Maria Island Garden Club and the St. Bernard Catholic Church Women’s Guild.

She was committed to lifelong learning and took classes throughout her life.

She was known for her positive attitude, kindness and compassion for all living things, and was a frequent pet sitter for friends on the island.

She volunteered for many years with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County, a nationwide grass-roots advocacy group representing people affected by mental illness.

A funeral Service will at 1 p.m., Monday, March 25, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to NAMI at Condolences may be made to

She is survived by her two daughters, Asta M. and Marie A. Neid; grandson Kyle G. Neid; and two nephews.


Mikio Zinbo

Mikio Zinbo, 83, died March 13, in Anna Maria. He  was born in Japanese-occupied North Korea Sept. 20, 1935.

He graduated from the University of Osaka in Japan in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in biophysical chemistry and worked at the Hashimoto Chemical Company in Osaka, Japan, and the University of Shimane, Japan.

He came to the United States in 1963 and completed a Ph.D in organic chemistry from the State University of New York in Syracuse in 1967.

Following two years as a postdoctoral fellow teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, he worked for 30 years at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Michigan, as a research scientist.

He retired and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1999.

He married his wife, Zita, May 27, 1967. They were married for nearly 52 years.

He was a stalwart provider and caretaker for his family, and he lovingly cared for his wife until her last day.

He had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed reading, baseball and political talk shows.

A service was to be held March 25 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Funeral arrangements were handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at Condolences may be made to

He is survived by his daughters, Asta M. and Marie A. Neid; and grandchild Kyle G. Neid.

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