Laura Frances Paysour
Laura Frances Paysour, 91, of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Atlanta, died Jan. 31.
She was born and raised in Gaston County, North Carolina, to Mary Adelene and Marshal Brown.
She lost her parents early and helped raise her two younger brothers.
She played basketball in high school.
After graduating she married her sweetheart, Raymond, just before he left for World War II. Stationed in the Philippines during his tour, they had their first daughter, Mary Adelene and later daughter Kathryn Elaine.
She loved to work and spent most of her life before retirement in bookkeeping. She had many talents and hobbies. She was an excellent seamstress, loved to bake and had a green thumb in her garden. Her canning, freezing and pickling were enjoyed by family and friends.
She was a Lutheran and, while in Atlanta, helped establish two mission churches. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach was the couple’s home church. She utilized her love of baking to manage the church kitchen for many social and spiritual events.
She and her husband were under the care of Tidewell Hospice at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where her husband was moved to her room before she died. He died the next day, 24 hours apart.
They will be interred at Sarasota National Cemetery. A memorial service and celebration of life was to be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Freedom Village Nursing Home Auditorium, with a reception to follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She was a grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend to many people.
She is survived by a brother, Philip; daughters Mary Adelene and husband Thomas Moore and Kathryn Elaine and husband Brooks Mull; grandchildren Thomas and wife Jennifer, Michael and wife Deanne Moore and Pat and Rachael Brooks; many nephews, grand-nephews and nieces.
Raymond Lee Paysour
Raymond Lee Paysour, 92, of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Atlanta, died Feb. 1.
He was born to Russell and Bertie (Huffstetler) and raised in Gaston County, North Carolina. He grew up on a farm.
He became one of the “Greatest Generation” when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps for World War II at the age of 17. He flew air, sea and rescue and served as the company radioman. Before leaving for his assignment to the Philippines, he married his high school love, Laura “Lolly” Frances Brown.
Thanks to the GI Bill, he earned a college degree. He worked in the trucking industry, specializing in logistics. He transferred his family to Atlanta, where he was office manager and the terminal manager.
His hobbies were woodworking in the evenings and boating on the weekends aboard the first of his three boats — Lollypop I, II and III. He was the happiest when on the water.
He and his wife owned a vacation condo on Anna Maria Island for 20 years and decided to retire to the island. They bought a house on a canal and lived there full-time for more than 15 years.
He joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteered many hours planning the logistics for members patrolling the bays and the Gulf. He spent many years patrolling with his crew around the Skyway Bridge and Port Manatee for Homeland Security. He rose to the rank of captain in the auxiliary and was much respected.
By the age of 88, he reluctantly sold his boat and house and the couple moved to Freedom Village, where they were happy among old friends and many new ones.
He is missed by so many.
The family has planned a memorial at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, with a celebration of life to follow at Freedom Village. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Paysour is survived by his daughters Mary Adelene and husband Thomas Moore, and Kathryn Elaine and husband Brooks Mull; sisters Loreen Grigg and Bonnie Johnson; nieces and nephews Patsy, David and Mark; and many great-nieces.
Anton Rappold, 78, of Anna Maria, died March 9. He was born in Munich, Germany, and arrived to the United States by steamship in 1954.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Western Europe and Turkey.
He was an engineer and jazz music aficionado.
After a successful career in information technology, he retired to Anna Maria from Baltiomore with his wife.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Emel; son Jim; daughter-in-law Dawn; and two grandchildren.
John van Zandt
John van Zandt, 70, died peacefully at home March 9 with his daughters and wife Christine by his side.
John was named “Juan” by his adoring grandchildren Will and Sophia, who couldn’t pronounce “John,” which resulted in him being “Juan” to his family.
He was a gentleman, quick-witted and kind, with a love for nature and love of life. He was an avid reader, always with a tower of books by his bedside. We often had to listen closely for a quip, twisted word or a pun. He remained incredibly good-natured and determined with his great sense of humor throughout the past year as he fought “The Beast” — Glioblastoma brain cancer.
John was born Sept. 30, 1948, in Fort Lauderdale and grew up near the Atlantic Ocean, where his love for the water began. His family lived in a little Florida cottage with ceiling fans to keep the house cool. They slept listening to the waves on the ocean.
The family then moved to Houston, where his father built swimming pools. One of John’s many jobs was as a pool boy. He loved saying he cleaned George H.W. Bush’s pool and that Barbara always came out and brought him an ice cold Coca-Cola. John had lots of jobs and was always ready with a story.
He grew up in simple times when he and his friends threw longboards and cots into the back of a car, slept on the beach and surfed all day.
His most memorable surfing trip was to Mazatlan, Mexico, where he and his friends caught some great waves. Once they saw some amazing giant waves stacking up offshore and they marveled at the power of the Pacific Ocean. They rode the riptide out to the break, where John pushed his board into the wave. He said it felt as if he was riding on the back of a whale.
Sometimes the waves won. One particular wave sent him crashing into a bed of sea urchins. Ouch. The biggest thrills were the times he rode the tube as the wave curled over him. He became excited just telling the stories about the exhilaration of touching the wave, feeling the speed, being one with the ocean.
All these years he has remained friends with his Sigma Nu brothers from the University of Houston. The brothers kept in touch and called John throughout this past year, reliving the good times and talking sports. Evidently, John was often in the center of much of their shenanigans. Somewhere along the line he got the nickname Governor, which they still call him.
John left Houston with his first wife and their two daughters Erin and Angela to find a better place to bring up their two children. After a year traveling in Mexico and living in parts of the South, they settled on Anna Maria Island.
John immediately jumped into activities, including coaching the girls in soccer. One year he and Gib Bergquist coached a team that was described in Gib’s book, “Cracker Crumbs,” as “The Perfect Record.” They did not win a game, not even one, but there were many teaching moments. Really, he mused, just one win wouldn’t have hurt.
At Anna Maria Elementary School, John and a gang of dads created an epic haunted house at the Halloween Carnival. It is legendary — still remembered by the kids, who have since grown up!
John grew up loving the water, so Anna Maria Island was paradise for him. Here he began his life with Chris and her daughter Ana with visits from Erin and Angela. They had a mutual love for boating and sailing. They often ended their day with a couple of hours of sailing on Tampa Bay.
He joined crews with the Manatee Sailing Association and raced on Tampa Bay, along the west coast of Florida and to Key West and Cuba.
He moved on land and began playing racquetball with much enthusiasm. In recent years he took up pickleball at the community center, always taking his competitive spirit and good nature with him and making friends along the way.
John and Chris shared a love for baseball and every year enjoyed spring training in Bradenton.
He also was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic birder. He took several birding trips to Texas, Costa Rica and Mexico with his brother, Rob, an experienced bird guide.
John always traveled with a pair of binoculars. He led the island’s Christmas bird counts several years.
Each year John and Chris spent fall at their second home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, enjoying friends, reading, breathing cool air, birding and exploring the trails of Mt. Desert Island.
John was in marketing and advertising for many years before embarking on a real estate career with Island Real Estate. He was a lucky man who loved his work so much that he maintained he didn’t have a job.
He is survived by the love of his life, Christine, daughters Erin, Angela and Ana, grandchildren Will and Sophia, and brother Rob and his family.
The family suggests memorial donations to “Make Your Own Way,” a van Zandt family scholarship through the Kiwanis Foundation. Donations should be mailed to Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation with a notation, Make Your Own Way, in care of Jack Hawkins, 1023 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
The scholarship was created by John to provide opportunities for non-college bound students who are eager to begin work in careers that do not require a college degree, but require advanced technical and mechanical training, certification and apprenticeship.
John and his family believe every student deserves an opportunity for a bright future.
A private memorial service is planned for a later date.
— Christine Torgeson van Zandt
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 https://donate.nami.org/. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by her two daughters, Asta M. and Marie A. Neid; grandson Kyle G. Neid; and two nephews.