Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ash
Elizabeth “Betty” Ash, 72, of Bradenton, died March 29.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Ms. Ash was an artist. Her work included clay and stoneware sculpture, enameling, silversmithing, drawings in charcoal/ink, modern acrylic paintings, custom tile and fused glass. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was head of design at Chris-Craft Boats, worked in graduate admissions at Ohio State University and was design coordinator at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was named head of the pottery department at the Art League of Manatee, newly named ArtCenter Manatee, artist of the month by Island Gallery West, Holmes Beach, and maintained her own studio named "Genesis" in Bradenton. She also worked for the Florida Kid-Care 20/20 VISTA Volunteer Program. She won the Canton Women’s Single Title at age 17.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by friend Priscilla; siblings Nancy, Sonny, Jane, and Margie; and her 16-pound cat, Count Basie; and friends Elaine, Jackie, M.R., Diane, Suzanne, Nancy, Irene, Kathy, Sharon, Cynthia, Olivia, Rosie, Margaret, Eleanor, Catherine, Keith, Juanita, Alan, Chris and Brook.
George E. Bohnenberger
George E. Bohnenberger, 83, of Sarasota and formerly of Holmes Beach, died March 28.
A celebration of life service will be at a later date. Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Janice; sons David of Swarthmore, Pa., and Robert of Folsom, Pa.; brother and mayor of Holmes Beach, Richard; and three grandchildren.
Walter S. Johnsen
Walter S. Johnsen, 86, of Holmes Beach, died March 28.
Mr. Johnsen was born in Drammen, Norway, and immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. He co-founded Armel Electronics to produce high performance relay sockets, standoff pins and connectors for radar and guidance systems in the fledgling aerospace industry. His products were used in the Titan and Apollo space launches, many Boeing and Lockheed aircraft and the lunar missions. He was most proud of their inclusion in the Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Venus before exiting the solar system. He was active in local politics and activities in Saddle River, N.J., where he served four terms as councilman, was commissioner of police and headed the recreation association. He was coach to many Little League players during the 1960s and 1970s. He was past-president of the Joe Jefferson Club in Saddle River and a member of the Sunset Masonic Lodge in Brooklyn. He was a front-line scout during World War II in in North Africa and the Italian Campaign under Generals George S. Patton and Lucien Truscott. He saw action in Palermo, Messina and Salerno, and received two Purple Hearts. He was nearly killed in Anzio when a panzer fired at his foxhole, and returned to Brooklyn in 1944 in a full body cast.
He will be buried with military honors at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355 26th St. W, Bradenton FL 34205, or Joe Jefferson Club Inc., P.O. Box 414, HoHoKus NJ 07423. Online condolences may be made to www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Therese "Terry" L.; sons Walter C. and wife Wendy of New York, and Edward D. and wife Jane of Kinnelon, N.J.; daughters Karen L. Smith and husband Michael of Holmes Beach, and Lynn T. Modisett and husband Marc of Bradenton; and grandchildren Walter D., Michael and Kristopher Smith, Edward, Daniel and Lauren, and Michelle and Kristina Modisett.
Lawrence R. Lacina
Lawrence R. Lacina, 83, of Anna Maria Island and formerly of Chicago, died March 31.
Mr. Lacina moved to Anna Maria Island from Chicago in 1987. He was a commercial artist and art director for Sleepeck Printing in Chicago for 35 years. He continued to work as an artist, creating art pieces and masks out of materials native to Florida. He was active in the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, ManaSota-88 and Save Anna Maria. He was a proud liberal, lifelong Democrat and die-hard Chicago Clubs fan. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying missions on a B-24 bomber. He graduated from Indiana University.
He is survived by sons Larry and Steven, and grandson Dustin.
Mary Virginia Crevasse Messina
Mary Virginia Crevasse Messina, 96, of Holmes Beach, died March 31.
Born in Inglis, Fla., Mrs. Messina worked for Mangel Stores for 37 years before her retirement in 1978 as manager of the Tampa store and vice president of corporate sales training for new store openings. She was known as the “mayor of 79th Street” in Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 501 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852, or Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.
John D. ‘Jack’ Parcels
John D. “Jack” Parcels, 73, of Bradenton and formerly Anna Maria Island, died March 31.
Born in Rexton, Mich., Mr. Parcels worked in the construction industry for more than 50 years. He began Parco Systems when he moved to Bradenton in 1973, now RJM Contractors Inc. He served in the Korean Conflict as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was an avid sportsman, whether it was golfing, fishing, boating or coaching baseball and softball.
Visitation was April 5 and services April 6. Burial with full military honors were at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels PLUS of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton FL 34208, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Online condolences may be made at www.mem.com.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn B.; mother Evelyn C. of White Lake, Mich.; brother David of White Lake; sons J. Michael and wife Amy of Bradenton, Richard A. and wife Teresa of Bradenton, and Kevin J. and wife Angela of Palmetto; daughter Michele E. Payne and husband Wyatt of Seminole; grandchildren Jeremy M., David C., Timothy D., Garrett M., Amanda M. Shelley, Thomas J. Shelley, Kyle J. and Ashley J.; and great-grandchildren Trace D., Austin M. and Dylan M.
Col. Gary Lee Uliano
Col. Gary Lee Uliano, U.S. Army, Armor Branch (Ret.), 64, of Orlando, died March 28.
Col. Uliano served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, where he earned his master’s degree. He received the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge while serving in 1969 as a company commander with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He also received the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired after 17 years in the defense industry, managing simulation, training and support programs for Loral and Lockheed Martin. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was a University of Florida Gator fan. He was a member of River Run Christian Church in Chuluota, Fla.
A celebration of life was held April 4. Memorial contributions may be made to the River Run Christian Church, 141 River Run Point, Chuluota, FL 32766. Collison Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Winter Park, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pat, of Orlando; daughter Marcia Bayard and husband Paul, Bradenton; son Peter and wife Gina of Bradenton; mother Annie Lou of Bradley; and sister Dena Dahlquist of Holmes Beach.