Obituaries – 11-04-2020

Harold A. Burks

Harold A. Burks, 98, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 26.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was the last surviving member of his U.S. Air Force crew and was the radio operator on 36 combat missions in a B-24 aircraft over enemy-occupied territory of Germany in World War II.

He was awarded the 5th Oak Leaf Cluster (Silver) to the Air Medal.

His work in civilian life included head of personnel for several international oil companies, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple University Health Centers and the state of Pennsylvania.

After retirement, he taught CPR for the American Red Cross.

His hobbies included reading spy novels, sailing, woodworking and short-wave radio.

In lieu of flowers, donations to dog rescue or a charity of choice would be appreciated. Services will be private.

Mr. Burks leaves behind “ the light of my life” of 53 years, Dr. Lillian E. Chin; son Stephen; grandsons Dr. Shelby and Matthew; and many extended family members and friends.


Sabrina Marie Dumdei

Sabrina Marie Dumdei, 37, of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 17.

She was born Aug 23, 1983, in Wagner, South Dakota, the oldest daughter of Keith and Mary (Thomson).

Ms. Dumdei attended Andes Central School in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

She enjoyed all sports and excelled in volleyball, basketball and track.

In 2001, she moved with family to Bradenton.

She was a hairstylist, formerly associated with Hair’s To You hair salon in Bradenton Beach.

She enjoyed watching sunsets on the beach, fishing, longboarding and chasing and stealing kisses from her young nephews.

She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 515 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, where a luncheon was to follow in the pavilion.

Ms. Dumdei is survived by her parents, Keith and Mary; sisters Jennifer and Crystal; nephews Colton, Paxson, Kingston and Lynkon; grandmothers Margaret Thomson and Leona, both of South Dakota; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and her dog, “Bear.”



Sarah Maloney

Sarah Maloney of Holmes Beach died Oct. 22.

Her love of Anna Maria was evident in her involvement over the many years — from her turtle watch duties to her volunteerism with the Island Players and at Anna Maria Elementary. She was an active member and officer of the St. Bernard Church Women’s Guild.

Her Italian roots were deep and well defined by her favorite phrase “la familia.”

Her sense of style and love for entertaining family and friends — no paper plates or cups were ever evident and place cards and coasters were a must.

She shared much of her life with her husband, Don, who made his own impact on island life as commissioner in Holmes Beach.

Together they raised four children.

Memorial donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Mrs. Maloney is survived by daughters Frances and husband Doug, and Barbara; sons Shawn and wife Norine and Donald and wife Ann; grandchildren Jason and wife Lauren, Josh, Ben and wife Danielle and Nick and wife Lexi, Miki and wife Lauren, Keenan, Mackenzie, Makiley, Patrick, Hannah and Teagan; honorary granddaughter Ashley; and great-grandchildren Miki Jr., Dylan, Brandon and Juliette.


Thomas Foster Tyrrell

Thomas “Tommy” Foster Tyrrell, died Oct. 12. He was born July 10, 1980, the year his beloved Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.

The family is welcoming friends of Tommy to a celebration of life starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Center of Anna Maria Island, where the Rev. Neil Crowell, pastor at Roser Memorial Community Church, will lead a short service, followed by an offering of food, drinks and memories to share with everyone.

For information about the service, contact Chris Culhane at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, 941-778-1908.

Tyrrell lived in Manatee County, growing up with his family and close friends on Anna Maria Island.

He was an avid, competitive athlete and loved to practice and play ball with his island friends and was captain of his basketball team at Manatee High School.

He had a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. Fly Eagles, Fly!

His open heart and his kind, loving spirit will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Michael; mother Rosemary Fleck; step-dad Todd Fleck, sister Tiffany Vreeland, niece Natalie, nephew Beau and his good friends.

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