Obituaries – 02-26-2020

Judith Klotz Church

Judith Klotz Church, 78, of Bradenton, died Feb. 7.

She was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Miriam and Charles Klotz.

She graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa in 1959. She studied education at Baylor University, then attending the State University of New York in Cortland, where she obtained her master’s in education.

She enjoyed attending church, Bible study, spending time with her family, listening to Christian radio and reading.

She volunteered her time for church-related activities supporting missions work, Bible study, vacation Bible school and the church library.

She met Robert Edward Church in 1963. They were married Aug. 8, 1964, in Baldwinsville, New York. Together they raised four children.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Moody Radio or Moody Bible Institute.

Mrs. Church is survived by her children, Robert, Wendy, Heidi and Maribeth; and 13 grandchildren.


Jon C. Huffman

Jon C. Huffman, 63, died Feb. 14 in Bradenton.

He was born April 23, 1956, in Findley, Ohio, to David and Sylvia (Clark) and was the oldest of five children.

He graduated from Manatee High School in 1974 and, except for a stint in Michigan, has lived locally his entire life.

He was married twice but had no children.

He spent the last year of his life living in Venice.

He had a passion for music of all kinds, but especially bluegrass. He was a self-taught guitar player and loved playing and singing with friends and strangers alike.

He loved doing crossword puzzles.

He also was an avid golfer and liked to fish the local waters whenever he could.

His sisters expressed thanks to Tidewell Hospice in east Bradenton for the care.

He is survived by his sisters, Jan, Jo, Joi and Judy; brothers-in-law Joe and Dan; nieces and nephews who lovingly called him Monkey Jon; and his cat George.

A celebration of life will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Clancy’s Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton.


Jean Marie Link

Jean Marie Link, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 19. She was born Oct. 30, 1929, in Hackensack, New Jersey.

She was a resident of Holmes Beach for 40 years.

She led an active life and was a registered nurse for 35 years in New York.

In retirement, she was always busy. She was a Suncoast Mummer, a volunteer at her church and involved in many local organizations to benefit the island.

She loved to dance, go to bingo, sit at the beach, do yoga and spend time at the library.

Art was her true passion. She worked with many mediums but excelled in pastels. She was proud of the many awards and ribbons she received for her artwork.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Burial arrangements will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to Wildlife Inc., P.O. Box 1449, Anna Maria, FL 34216, or to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Figari, and husband Steve; grandchildren Larissa Goller and husband Joe and Steven Figari and wife Patricia; great-grandchildren Jett and Ty Goller and Marina Figari; as well as all of her friends at Sunbow Bay, Paradise Bagels and all those on the island who touched her heart.


Robin Zimmerman 

Robin Zimmerman, 63, of Bradenton, died Feb. 10.

She was born March 26, 1956, to Robert and Phyllis and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio. Her parents couldn’t have picked a better name for the bird lover.

She was so many things to those who knew her — an animal lover, naturalist, gifted artist, gardener, planner,  independent woman and dear friend to so many.

She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s of fine arts. She made a lifelong friend with her freshman roommate, Sara Gafvert, who introduced her to her many friends in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The two shared the art of batik, as well as the lure of the legend of Bigfoot. They moved together to Anna Maria Island in 2005.

Ms. Zimmerman was a person of her own making. She supported herself with a fiber arts business that stretched from northern Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast.

She specialized in batik. Her unique, hand-painted and screen-printed artworks can be seen on the island and have shown up all over the world. Her booths were fixtures at many local shows. And she won many awards over the years.

She was inspired by the everyday magic of the natural world and credited her Uncle Earl with instilling her with a love of nature. The two of them spent many hours walking over rolling hills and through woods. She passed on this love of nature to her son.

She was an encyclopedia of knowledge when it came to wildflowers, birds and many of the animal footprints she came across in her travels. And her curiosity and artist’s eye drew her to the pyramids of Tikal in Guatemala as well as Africa, Russia, Australia and Great Britain.

She impressed with thoughtful interior design in her homes. In Ohio, she gravitated toward farmhouse chic. She took to the “snowbird” lifestyle, going between a rustic cabin on Lake Chaney in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and a mid-century modern bungalow in Bradenton designed by Paul Rudolph. Whatever house she was in, there was a view out her window and she was always surrounded by nature and well-tended gardens.

A celebration of her life will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring or Wildlife Rescue Inc.

She is survived by her sisters, Janet Dalton and Jo and husband Jerry Timmons; son Latham Zearfoss; several nieces and nephews; her beloved dog Alice; and many close friends in Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin.

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