Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 08-23-2017

Billie Martini Former Holmes Beach Commissioner Billie Greenwell Martini, 90, died Aug. 20. She was Islander of the Year for 2002. Martini came to the Island in 1944 and resided in Bradenton Beach and later Holmes Beach. After college, she married and, with husband Bob, opened the first motor court on the Island alongside the […]

Obituaries – 08-16-2017

Robert Charles Duvall Robert Charles Duvall, 74, of Anna Maria, died July 7. He was born Dec. 9, 1942, in Flint, Michigan, to Robert and Frieda (Ruppel). Mr. Duvall received his MBA from Michigan State University and worked as a CPA in the Detroit area. He was affiliated with Wampum Hardware Co. in New Galilee, […]

Obituaries – 08-09-2017

Barbara Lazzara Barbara Lazzara, 83, of Anna Maria, died July 2. She was born Nov. 13, 1933, in New York to the late Carl and Ivabelle (Kirkpatrick) Jolly. She moved to Anna Maria more than 20 years ago, coming from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While living in Oklahoma, she operated her own antique shop. After moving […]

Obituaries – 08-02-2017

Bill Katterhenry Bill Katterhenry, 83, of Parrish and formerly of Bradenton died July 21. He was born in Anna, Ohio. In his youth, he spent his days around the lake boating, fishing and swimming. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After the Navy, he attended Clemson University and the University […]

Obituaries – 07-26-2017

Anne Brownell Anne Brownell of Bradenton died July 17. She was born Dec. 10, 1918. No service is planned. She is survived by a nephew who resides on Anna Maria Island.   Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Bolle Meaker Jacqueline “Jackie” Bolle Meaker of Holmes Beach, born May 7, 1932, died July 22, 2017. A memorial service will […]

Obituaries – 07-19-2017

Joseph Gregorzek Joseph Gregorzek, of Perico Island, died June 22 in Palmetto. He was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, July 25, 1936, to the late Peter and Mary (Orzechowski) Gregorzek.
 He formerly resided in Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey and moved to Florida in 1999. Joe attended CCSU in Connecticut and was a veteran of the […]

Obituaries – 07-12-2017

Harry Herbert ‘Herb’ Ditzel Jr. Harry Herbert ‘Herb’ Ditzel Jr. died June 28. He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in the family farm house in Cranford, New Jersey. He was a successful business-owner, with an egg route, nursery center, garden center, roadside stands and real estate. He was a student at Rutgers University and served […]

Obituaries – 07-05-2017

Patrick John Flannery Patrick John Flannery, “Mr. Showbiz,” 90, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died June 23. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Hollywood, California, to show business parents. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1976 after retiring from a long career at IBM. He served in the U.S. Army. He […]

Obituaries – 06-28-2017

Loretta Jean Hopps Loretta Jean Hopps of Anna Maria and Bradenton, died June 12. She was born April 11, 1942, in Harrison, Pennsylvania. She was a longtime island resident and business owner — owning Just Hair, Just Hair 2 and Lor-Ells beauty salons and also Just Tan tanning salon. She had many friends and customers […]

Obituaries – 06-21-2017

Craig Allan Nicks Craig Allan Nicks, 55, of Bradenton, having lived most of his life on Anna Maria Island, died June 18. He he was a commercial fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Army. A visitation will be held at 5 p.m. with service to follow at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Brown […]