Obituaries – 06-03-2020

Betty Graves Holmes


Betty Graves Holmes, 97, of Holmes Beach and Randolph, Illinois, died May 2 in Bradenton.

She was born July 12, 1922, in Randolph to Samuel Stillman Graves and Clara Mae Myers Graves and had four sisters.

She married U.S. Army Sfc. Sgt. First Class John Edward Holmes Jr. and had four children.

The couple moved after World War II to Holmes Beach, where she remained.

She was an avid gardener, woman of faith, animal lover and a cherished member of the island community.

She attended Brown University and worked for the Pentagon as a stenographer.

She met John Holmes Jr. — the city of Holmes Beach is named for his father — at a USO dance and the rest was history.

She will be greatly missed.

A private service will be held at Skyway Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life is being planned for sometime in the fall. Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory. Condolences may be made to

Mrs. Holmes is survived by daughter Patricia and her partner Mark Bradow; sons John Edward III and William and wife Tip; grandchildren Jameson and wife Dr. Holly Vicars, Sara Holmes and husband Jerry Salvatierra, Jackson and wife Marion and Patra; great-grandchildren Kalei Vicars, Hannah Vicars, Pablo Salvatierra, Oscar Salvatierra, Luca Salvatierra and Arlo Salvatierra; and brother-in-law Hugh Sr. and wife Jean and their family.


Adam Edward Ksiazek


Adam Edward Ksiazek, 88, of Holmes Beach, died May 17 at home surrounded by his wife Margaret “Markie,” daughter Nancy and dear friend Chris McNamara.

He was the youngest of three siblings, born Aug. 30, 1931, in Chicago, to Josephine and Adam.

He graduated from Pullman Technical High School in Chicago, then enrolled in Wisconsin State College.

He was drafted in 1953 to serve in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps during the Korean War as an aerial photographer.

Upon his discharge in 1955, he transferred to the University of Illinois and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1956.

He then worked at US Steel, followed by Gary Sheet and Tin Mill in Gary, Indiana.

In 1958, he married his sweetheart of six years.

He took pride in raising a family while also attending the University of Chicago and, in 1965, he received his master’s degree in business.

Over the course of his career, he was production manager for Avon Products, vice president of operations for Duveen Soap Company, plant manager for Black Prince Distillery and manager of production, as well as the box, glass and plastics plants at Tropicana, until his retirement in 1990.

The positions took him and his family to Allendale, New Jersey, and eventually to Holmes Beach, where he lived for 42 years.

He belonged to St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Key Royale Club.

In addition to playing bridge, golfing, boating and cheering on his Cubs and Bears, he enjoyed volunteering in the Junior Achievement Program at Anna Maria Elementary and his 15 years of dedicated service with the DeSoto National Memorial Park.

A Mass at St. Bernard will be scheduled. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Please add to the bottom, Arrangements are under the care of Shannon Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at,

Mr. Ksiazek is survived by his wife of 61 years, Markie; daughters Anne and son-in-law Steve Phillips of Vancouver, Washington, and Nancy and spouse Chris McNamara of Bradenton; nieces and nephews Joan Fry (Pat, Zack, Hannah) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barbara Wittmer and spouse Mike, Debra Voliva and spouse Ed, Laura Anderson and spouse Tim and RJ Klodnicki and spouse Emily all of Bradenton.


Anthony F. ‘Tony’ Manion


Anthony F. “Tony” Manion, 89, of Anna Maria, and formerly of Bethel, Connecticut, died May 21 at Tidewell Hospice of Lakewood Ranch.

The son of Anthony Sr. and Mary (Halpin), he was born March 2, 1931, in Danbury, Connecticut.

He lived and grew up in Bethel, graduating from Bethel High School in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

After his discharge in 1953, he enrolled in the University of Bridgeport and was employed for several years by Dursi Motors in Danbury.

He married Mary A. Stannard of Winsted, Connecticut, June 28, 1958, and the couple settled on Milwaukee Avenue in Bethel in 1960.

He was in sales most of his life, first with car dealerships and later he was employed by Read’s Department Store and then at Macy’s in menswear.

He retired from there in 1994.

Mr. Manion was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Pavia Council at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel. His grandfather, John Halpin, was a member of the building committee of the old St Mary’s and he was a member of the building committee for the newer church. He also was a church usher for many years.

In 2014, he and his wife moved to Anna Maria, where he was a parishioner of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A Mass was celebrated May 29, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in his honor to Tidewell Hospice Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Condolences may be made to

Mr. Manion is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary; son Anthony F. III and wife Svetlana of Moscow, Russia; grandchildren Angela Margaret, Anthony IV and spouse Tosha, and Taicia and spouse Taya all of Moscow; cousins Cynthia Halpin Istvan of Trumbull, Connecticut, Mary Ellen Sanford of Redding Ridge, Connecticut, and Richard Smith of Weston, Connecticut.