Obituaries – 10-09-2019

Ronald G. Edmonds

Ronald G. Edmonds, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 6.

He was born to Eddie and Minnie (Olin) and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota.

He was married to Judy (Koslowski) and Charlene (Wilson).

He volunteered for more than 20 years with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

A celebration of life will be at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at Bayfront Park Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at

Arrangements are by Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel. Condolences may be made online at

He is survived by his wife, Charlene; daughter Kim Malone; sons Todd and Chad, Jon Hughes and wife Heather; grandchildren Ashlee, Chase and Caylyn, Jaden, Judith Jade and Tegan; and five great-grandchildren.


Bill Lee Krokroskia

Bill Krokroskia, known to many on Anna Maria Island as “the island computer guy,” died July 14.

Bill Lee Krokroskia, 72, of Holmes Beach, died July 14.

He was born in Picher, Oklahoma, Jan. 4, 1947.

He was a graduate of Purdue University and spent his career as an executive with Burroughs and Unisys Corporation.

He took early retirement in 1991 to travel with his family by RV before settling in Holmes Beach to begin his second career as “the island computer guy.”

His greatest joys were fishing and exploring the country on extended RV trips with family and friends, which became known to those who joined him as “Kamping with the Krokroskias and Kin.” Many adventures turned into misadventures, but he always found a way to laugh in the face of adversity. He lived life his way, a little outside the box and always with no excuses and no regrets.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the 56th Street beach, Holmes Beach, where Mr. Krokroskia often strolled in time to watch the sun descend into the Gulf.

From the family: “Please, join friends and family for one last sunset in his memory.” The family also asks that everyone seek out a little adventure, do something out of the comfort zone and, at some point say, “This one’s for you, Bill!”

In accordance with his belief that all are one with nature, he was returned to the earth by his wife, children and dearest friends, Jodi Rawlings and Jim and Donna Fetters, in a natural burial in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Krokroskia was a loving and devoted son-in-law to his wife’s mother, Nancy West Wheeler, who he called, “Mom,” and was an enthusiastic participant in gatherings of the Wheeler and West clans. The friends and relatives that he loved are too numerous to list.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Julie; children Dawn Michelle Murray and husband Ron, Billy, Danny and Katie; grandchildren Parker, Conner, Tyler and Samantha Murray; sisters Debbie Followell, Fritzene Vadas, and Cheryl; and many nieces and nephews, including Capt. James Vadas and Jackie Flores and husband Alex.


Sallie Jean Lau

Sallie Jean Lau, 74, died Sept. 29.

She was born June 29, 1945, in Chicago to Ralph and Evangeline Koch.

She graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago. She lived in Hawaii 36 years, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii. She was a teacher and director of a preschool before working for Pacific Resources Int., selling crude oil worldwide.

She received a doctorate in naturalpathic medicine and opened a private practice, helping many people with nutrition and natural health.

Dr. Lau moved to Bradenton to be close to her sister and parents. Travel was a high priority, and she often presented seminars on cruises.

Her sparkling personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 5 at CrossPointe Fellowship, Holmes Beach.

Dr. Lau is survived by her husband, Russ Bacon, sister Judy and husband Marion Duncan; son Troy Frystak and wife Chris; daughter Tanya Frystak; grandsons Kaipo and Sawyer; granddaughter Taimane; nieces Darcie Duncan and Dr. Melissa Rack.


Earl M. Mowry

Earl Mowry shows off donations in 2004 he collected and shipped to children in a village in Haiti, where his group built a church. Islander File Photo

Earl M. Mowry of Holmes Beach died Sept. 27.

He was born March 30, 1933, in Louisville, Ohio, and was raised in the state.

He worked in the electrical and antenna industry after his schooling in Chicago.

In 1954, he opened a TV repair shop in Holmes Beach, and he was active in promoting youth sports at the Anna Maria Community Center, including football and baseball, and also was a Boy Scout leader.

He was married 66 years to his late wife Margaret.

He was a member of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. He was a leader in the Baptist ministry that traveled to Haiti and delivered aid to a small community in Cape Haïtien.

A celebration of life, followed by a reception, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Everyone is welcome.

He is survived by sons Patrick E. and wife Becky and Richard L., all of Bradenton; grandchildren Christopher, Crista, Denise and Jennifer and Christie Mulherin; and siblings Richard of Seattle, Lowell of Vero Beach and Eileen of Bradenton.


Sylvia Carolyn Anderson Price

Sylvia Carolyn Anderson Price, 87, of Bradenton, died Sept. 7, with her stepdaughter Jane by her side.

She was born April 14, 1932, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to George and Jessica Anderson and had been a long-time resident of Anna Maria Island before moving to Bradenton. She was one of four children.

She loved Ashtabula, where she had lots of friends and was passionate about her art and academics. She was inducted into the Ashtabula High School hall of fame.

She excelled in school and chose nursing as her career while attending Ohio State University. In her later years, she helped support the nursing program at OSU through her generous donations to the school.

After graduation, she worked as a nurse and earned her master’s degree in public health. While attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she met her late husband Joseph W., where they lived with Joe’s two daughters, Jane and Carol.

She later received her doctorate degree in administrative education.

After the girls graduated high school, the couple lived in Ann Arbor in the summers and Anna Maria Island in the winters. They built their house on the island in the 1970s and shared their love of the island with their friends and family for many years.

She became a permanent resident on the island after her husband’s death. She would say, “This is paradise, go have fun” to visitors.

She was an influential educator and authored several books, including one she co-wrote with Lorraine M. Wilson, “Pathophysiology: Clinical Concepts of Disease Process.”

She also wrote a memoir, “Sylvia’s Sagas,” that tells her tales of life.

She was instrumental in creating the first graduating class from the school of nursing at the University of Tennessee/Memphis, where she holds the title of professor emeritus of nursing academic programs. She continued to have strong relationships with her students from that first class.

She loved to play golf with her good friend Larry Fowler at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

She loved writing and reading others and was involved in the Sarasota Pen Women and the National League of American Pen Women.

She was an active member of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club.

She so loved teaching, she volunteered to teach young kids business skills and the importance of community service through Junior Achievement.

She also was a patron of the arts and loved to attend the opera and theater.

She also became an avid fisher and often would show off pictures of herself holding the catch-of-the-day. She and her husband traveled extensively around the world, always planning their next adventure.

She will be missed by family and friends who shared her zest for living and a good martini.

Mrs. Price will be interned in Keosaugua, Iowa, next to her husband on the banks of the Des Moines River.

A celebration of her life is being planned.

Survivors include her sister, Adelyn Manyo of Palm Desert, California; and stepdaughter Jane and husband Howard.

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