Obituaries – 02-12-2020

Andre Alexandre Gotti

Andre Alexandre Gotti, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 2.

He was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Joinville Le Pont, France, to Angelo and Yvonne.

He moved to the United States in November 1964 with his wife Francoise and lived in St. Louis, where he was the executive chef at Old Warson Country Club.

In August 1988, he left St. Louis and moved to Anna Maria Island to open his signature restaurant, Chez Andre, in Holmes Beach.

A celebration of life will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Shannon Funeral Home 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via www.stjude.org because, his daughter said, Mr. Gotti wanted a cure for children with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Francoise; daughter Corinne Mariolan and husband Denis; grandchildren Sylvie, Steven and Matthew; and great-granddaughter Avery Marie Foree.

 

Constance W. ‘Connie’ Kihm

Constance W. “Connie” Kihm of Holmes Beach died Feb. 8.

She was born to Rita and Ralph Wharton Sept. 22, 1946, in Zanesville, Ohio, where she grew up and went to high school.

She attended Towson University, where she graduated from the college of liberal arts Summa Cum Laude with a BS in English.

She was active at her university, serving on the alumni board. She was chair of the Towson Advocacy Program representing the University at the Maryland General Assembly. She was the College of Liberal Arts 2010 Dean’s Recognition Award recipient and was honored with the Spirit of the University Award for her many contributions.

Connie had a long career in the retail industry working for several major department stores and other retail businesses in the Baltimore area.

She retired from Jos. A. Bank, the men’s clothing company headquartered in Baltimore, in 2008.

After retirement, she volunteered at Mercy Medical Center and was active in the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries, serving on its board.

It was after moving to Florida that she discovered her true passion, tap dancing. She brought joy wherever she went and enjoyed performing with her dancing sisters as part of Bonnie Gray Productions.

She was active in BOA or Best of Attitude, belonged to a giving circle for charitable causes, was a member of the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra and the Women’s Guild of St. Bernard’s Parish.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with the Rev. Chester Domaszewicz and Monsignor John Pollard co-celebrants presiding. Memorial donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 online at moffitt.org; or Connie Kihm’s Giving Circle at Manatee Community Foundation, 2820 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; their children Gretchen and spouse Chris Strub and Greg and spouse Jay Anderson; granddaughters Hannah and Sydney Strub; stepbrothers Stephen and Chris and wife Cathy Zigo; stepsister Stephanie Harnett; sister-in-law Barbara Zigo; nieces and nephews; and extended family and friends.

 

Joyce Hall McKinney

Joyce Hall McKinney of Cortez died Jan. 30.

She was born Feb. 21, 1933, to Elias Oren and Estella Hall.

She was raised in Marion, North Carolina, where she was born.

She was married to her beloved husband Bill E. for 60 years.

The couple moved to Pompano Beach in the 1950s, returning to McDowell County, North Carolina, in the late 1960s.

She was owner and broker of Joyce McKinney Realty.

Together she and her husband owned and operated several properties in McDowell County.

She loved adventures, travel and especially fishing and outings with family friends to Florida beaches, where she shared a great love of the water.

She was a friend to all and believed in second chances.

A private ceremony and celebration of life will be held in Cortez. Sound Choice Cremation Services of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her siblings, Betty Ellington and Oren; daughter Carolyn Fay; son-in-law Jan Fay of Cortez; daughter-in-law Joyce; grandchildren Crystal McKinney Martin, Adam, David, Jesse and Emileigh Strode; great-grandchildren Rylee Parsons, Ashton Burnett, Greenleigh Strode, Fairenhy and Enoch; sister-in-law Virginia Greene, niece Jane Hall Blythe, nephew Dean Ellington and loving friends and companions Stacey, Diane and Janet.

 

Philip H. Silverthorn Jr.

Philip H. Silverthorn Jr., died Feb. 1 in Highlands, North Carolina. He was born Sept. 25, 1956, to Philip and Doris.

The family resided and worked in Bradenton Beach as he grew up and graduated from Manatee High School. He left to attend Troy State University.

The family eventually moved to North Carolina after his father’s retirement as chief of police in Bradenton Beach.

A talented musician, he played music with many groups, and also wrote and recorded songs.

He raised two daughters, which, as he said, was “his most important job.” He also was an outdoorsman and an organic farmer who cared for many farm animals.

He greeted his many friends as “brother” — friends from school, surfing buddies, musicians and work friends — from the home he cherished on the Gulf of Mexico to the mountains he loved.

He discovered he had cancer in December 2019 and was hospitalized in late December. He fought, bravely.

He is survived by daughters Annamaria and Evangelina; mother Doris of Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, and formerly of Bradenton Beach; brother Gary and sister Sheri Fannon of Bradenton; sister Susan of Scaly Mountain; several nieces and nephews; and an amazing number of great friends and “brothers.”

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