Obituaries – 11-13-2019

Anna Ruth Byroade

Anna Ruth Byroade, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 2.

She was born to Fred and Retta Buckner in Powder Springs, Tennessee, and grew up in Sparrows Point, Maryland. She moved from Fallston, Maryland, to Bradenton in 1998.

She enjoyed her volunteer work at Blake Medical Center. She was a member of Colonial Baptist Church.

Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Mrs. Byroade is survived by her sons; Edward and Brian; daughter Connie and husband Jim Shipley; grandchildren Paula Leal, Jennifer Shipley and Alona; great-grandchildren Jocelyn Leal, Cassandra Leal, Ariana Bently Hoyt Ludwig; and her cairn terrier, Sandy.


Cecile Ann ‘Cele’ Van Winkle

Cecile Ann “Cele” Van Winkle died Sept. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey.

She was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the third of nine children of James and Cecilia (Walsh) Hayes.

To escape the heat of Brooklyn, the family used to summer in a small bungalow community located near the confluence of the Pompton River and Packanack Brook. Affectionately known as “Mountain View” to the city folk, the summertime New Jersey community was somewhat rugged, but also had a rich social scene for kids and adults alike.

Early one summer, while helping to open the family bungalow, she met a recently-discharged Merchant Marine who had been walking by and was conscripted by Mamma to get the water pump operational.

After crawling under the muddy bungalow to reconnect the winterized pipes, a young Hank Van Winkle went inside the house to ensure water was flowing.

Instead of receiving accolades for his handiwork, he was harshly chastised by Cele for muddying up her freshly-mopped floor. The couple married in May 1950 at Our Lady of Guadeloupe in Brooklyn and lived in Clifton, where he worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and she worked in the city at the FW Woolworth Co.

After purchasing a house in Clifton, the couple became instant parents when her mother died and her younger sisters — Peggy, Patricia, Mary and Virginia — moved in with them.

After raising the three girls, the couple had three children of their own Charlie, Harry, and Celie (Degnan) and, for a time, her younger sister moved back in with her three children, Theresa (DiFabrizo), Mary (Pickett), and Dan Bay.

Mrs. Van Winkle stayed home to be a full-time mom and aunt.

The family relocated to Stanhope, New Jersey, where they took advantage of the rural location and lakefront house by hosting what came to be known as the “Wonderful Wacky Winter Weekend.”

She was the matriarch of the extended family, keeping older traditions alive, such as the wedding cake shoe, and creating new ones such as the “golden golf club” award from the winter weekends.

She returned to work with the phone company and retired as a customer sales representative from what eventually became known as Verizon.

With some family living down south, the couple retired to Holmes Beach.

When her husband died in 2004, she relocated to Bradenton, until her recent move north to live with Celie and Jeff Degnan in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was a steadfast volunteer in religious and community organizations. She was an active member of the St. Philip’s Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary and past president of the National Council of Catholic Women (Paterson Dioceses).

Upon moving to Florida, she remained active in the religious community, joining service organizations such as the St. Bernard Catholic Women’s Guild in Holmes Beach and serving as a 20-year volunteer with Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton. She said her mother’s untimely death prompted her to volunteer with hospice.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope, 299 N. Highland Ave., Ossining NY 10562. To plant a tree in her memory, go online to

Survivors include her sisters Kathleen (Horohoe), Sr. Cecilia James Hayes (Peggy), Patricia (Wotruba), Mary (Bay), Virginia (Kelleher); brother Terry Hayes; daughters-in-law Lea and husband Charlie and Stella and husband Harry; son-in-law Jeffrey Degnan; grandchildren Nicholas and fiance Carly, Kaitlyn Degnan, Kevin Degnan and wife Jen, Shelbe, Karah Degnan and Luke; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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