Obituaries – 07-17-2019

Joyce Stauffacher Brown

Joyce Stauffacher Brown, 93, of Homes Beach, died July 12.

She was born Nov. 30, 1925, and was raised in Wisconsin.

She was proud of her 100% Swiss heritage.

She and her husband Jerry had celebrated their 65th anniversary when he died in 2013. They lived for many years overseas in Cyprus, Austria, Germany, Panama and Okinawa, and they traveled and vacationed extensively in the United States and abroad.

They moved to Holmes Beach shortly after Mr. Brown retired in 1980 and were members of the Key Royale Golf Club and the Manatee County Audubon Society.

Mrs. Brown loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer, hiker and camper. She birded around the world, but particularly enjoyed the birds right on the beach in front of her home, as well as at Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach and the Celery Fields in Sarasota.

She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, especially her great pal Ann.

The family hopes friends will remember Mrs. Brown by raising a glass at sunset and toasting “to Mom and the manatees.”

She is survived by her three children, Kathy Calvert and husband Rick of Maryland, Sue Grove Ka and husband Harry of California, and David Brown and wife Norma of Virginia; grandchildren Casey, Laura and Claire Calvert, and Lyndsey Grove Longo and husband Nick, Ryan, and Derek Grove.


John Clason

John Clason, 63, died July 4 in Bradenton.

He was known to friends as “Jeweler John” of the Golden Isle Jewelers and he lived in Manatee County for more than 40 years.

He moved from Connecticut to Florida when he was 21 and loved fishing, the ocean and the state’s warm climate.

Almost all of Mr. Clason’s 43 years in Florida were spent in Bradenton and Anna Maria, where he owned a Pine Avenue jewelry store, Golden Isles Jewelers, for years.

He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the series of books by Randy Wayne White that follow the adventures of “Doc Ford” in many Florida locales.

He loved and cherished his family and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held in Connecticut.

The family thanks his longtime friends and neighbors in the area for their comfort and support. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

Mr. Clason is survived by his brother George and wife Diane of Cheshire, Connecticut; sister Dallas Vensel and husband Fred of Gold Canyon, Arizona; nephew Matthew and wife Stephanie and their sons Connor and Gavin, all of Cheshire, Connecticut.


George C. Wilson

George C. Wilson died July 8.

Mr. Wilson worked at the Anna Maria General Store in Anna Maria, where he was known to friends as Jorge Suave.

As of The Islander press time, friends and colleagues were organizing a celebration of life for Monday, July 22, according to a post on Facebook.

The store, in a statement on its Facebook page, said, “George was an integral part of our success and will be missed tremendously! He loved to tell our customers stories about the island, music, his favorite sports team the Pittsburgh Steelers, and, it seemed, if you told him where you were from he had probably lived there or visited and had a story.

“As a retired teacher, he was always looking to make kids happy, whether it was giving them a lollipop or tending to the fish in our fish tank and involving the kids in the feeding process.

“His spirit will live on within all of us.”


Josefine E. Zahner

Josefine E. Zahner, of Holmes Beach, died July 3.

She was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Stockheim, Germany, and married Josef A. Zahner in 1950.

They owned and operated a motel in Lake City before retiring to Holmes Beach.

She was devoted to her family, friends and church.

She enjoyed gardening and was an amazing cook and baker.

She was dearly loved by her family and all who knew her.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 22, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217 or Epiphany Catholic Church, 1905 S.W. Epiphany Court, Lake City FL 32025.

She is survived by her children Ingrid and husband Fred Haines, Joseph and wife Pam, Rosa and husband Ottmar Schickner, and Marie Zahner; grandchildren Sabrina and husband Gary Osterholt, Brant and wife Rebecca Haines, Priscilla and husband Thurston Rosenlund, Suzanna, Matthias Schickner and Carmen and husband Ercan Bal; great-grandchildren Isabella, Savannah, Truett and Lounis; and sisters Rosa Baumgartner and Rita Danner, of Stockheim.