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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 here and from out of state.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. The service is open to all. “Dress comfortable, the way she would want it,” a notice stated.

Mrs. Hopps is survived by husband Larry; daughter Winnie; grandson Gared and wife Ashley; step-sons Derek and Marcus Yearwood; and three great-grandchildren. Her son Craig died June 18.

 

Craig Allan Nicks

Craig Allan Nicks, 55, of Bradenton, having lived most of his life on Anna Maria Island, died June 18.

He was a commercial fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

A visitation and service were held June 23 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Nicks is survived by his son, Jared; wife Ashli Steiner of Sutton, West Virginia; father Allan; step-brothers Bobby of Paducah, Kentucky, and Marcus Yearwood of Bradenton; sister Wendy Quin of Bradenton; and three grandchildren.

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 & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Nicks is survived by his son, Jared  and wife Ashli Steiner of Sutton, West Virginia; father, Allan; step-brothers Bobby of Paducah, Kentucky, and Marcus Yearwood of Bradenton; sister Wendy Quin of Bradenton; and 3 grandchildren.

 

Bernard ‘Rex’ Hagen

Sean Murphy, left, and Rex Hagen in January 2016 at the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Bernard “Rex” Hagen, 89, died June 17 at his home on Anna Maria Island.

He was born June 28, 1927, in Morocco, Indiana, to Ross and Elizabeth Hagen.

There he married Helen Stone on May 13, 1951.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

A self-made business owner, he started Superior Sample Company in 1957 in Ligonier, Indiana.

He enjoyed traveling the world, playing and watching tennis, golf, motorcycles and fast cars. A remembrance for Mr. Hagen included this quote from gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

He was a graduate and life-long supporter of Purdue University and a member of many fraternal organizations, including the Moose, Elks, Shriners, VFW and American Legion.

A graveside service will be held in Indiana at a date yet to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to the Center of Anna Maria Island, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

He is survived by daughter Nancy and husband Rich Stage of Big Sky, Montana, and son Mark and wife Jeanna of Cromwell, Indiana, along with five grandchildren, and many, many friends.

 

Doris Della Hudson

Doris Della Hudson, 75, of Anna Maria Island, died June 12.

She was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and moved to Bradenton in 2014 from Waynesville, North Carolina.

She was a retired social worker and an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Roser Memorial Community Church. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by daughters Sheila Ann and wife Catherine Massey Kazar of Pennsylvania, Sheryl Freed of Tampa, Stacey and husband Kevin Van Voorhis of North Carolina and Sonya Hudson of Tampa; brothers Fred Gilbertson of Tampa and Mickey Gilbertson of Georgia; grandchildren Kayla, Luke, Jordan, Sarah and Anna; and her dog Daisy.

Obituaries – 06-14-2017

Janet L. FitzGerald

Janet L. FitzGerald of Holmes Beach died June 4. She was born in Ohio, the daughter of Esther Cain and Richard Murdock.

The family moved to the Tampa area in the 1970s.

Upon graduating high school, she attended Hillsborough Community College. She worked in the insurance field for almost 25 years and obtained the title of chartered property casualty underwriter.

After leaving the insurance profession, she worked as a data research analyst at Nielsen Media for several years in both the Sarasota and Tampa area.

She was an active member of Christ Church of Longboat Key and was involved in many of their committees and outreach programs.

A Mass will be held at Christ Church of Longboat Key at a future date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228. Condolences may be made online to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Kevin; mother Esther Cain of Temple Terrace; Robert “Bobbie” Scott, her mother’s life partner; father Richard of Savannah, Georgia; and brother David of Tampa

 

Ruth Elizabeth Parrish Myrick

Ruth Elizabeth Parrish Myrick, 100, of Holmes Beach, died June 4.

She was a direct descendent of the historic Parrish family for which the town is named.

She was born in Parrish March 1, 1917, to the late Fred and Lenna Cecil Parrish.

She attended school in Parrish and Palmetto, graduating from Palmetto High School in 1935. After graduation, she moved to Tampa and attended Brewster’s Business School.

In 1941, she married Whitt Clifton Myrick. They lived in Tampa until his death in 1972.

Soon after, she retired from Southwest Water Management, where she had worked for 35 years and moved to Holmes Beach.

She was a lifelong member of the Parrish United Methodist Church, where her family was one of the founding families. She volunteered for many years with the Thrift Cottage at the church.

A celebration of life was held at Parrish United Methodist Church in Parrish. Private interment was at Fortner Cemetery in Parrish. Memorial donations may be made to the Parrish United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 375, Parrish FL 34219. Condolences may be made online at shannonfuneralhomes.

Mrs. Myrick was the last of her immediate family of eight siblings, all having preceded her in death. She opened her home to her family, especially nieces and nephews.

 

William C. Seward

William C. Seward, 71, of Holmes Beach, died June 2.

Griffith Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at griffithcline.com.

Obituaries – 05-31-2017

Gregg Allman, legendary rocker dies at 69

Gregory LeNoir Allman, born Dec. 8, 1947, died May 27.

Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He lived for a time in Holmes Beach.

A statement on the musician’s website said, “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

Mr. Allman’s longtime manager and friend, Michael Lehman, said in a statement, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”

Mr. Allman is survived by wife Shannon Allman; children Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn; three grandchildren; niece Galadrielle, lifelong friend Chank Middleton and a large extended family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at the University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.

 

Alfred C. Art

Alfred C. Art, 90, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died May 21.

He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Richard and Lillian Pitz and moved to Bradenton in 1956.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, a Baptist and the owner of American Window in Nokomis and Art Aluminum in Whitfield.

There will be no local service at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by son Greg and wife Joy of Bradenton; sisters Lillian Offenberg of St. Petersburg and Arlene Mills of Connecticut; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Paul Howard Cashman

Paul Cashman, 55, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 16.

He was born Sept. 3, 1961, in Waltham, Massachusetts, to Howard Vincent and Jeanette MacInnis.

He grew up in Hillsborough, California, and Hinsdale, Illinois, and then spent most of his adult years in Florida.

He ran an information technology consulting firm in Holmes Beach for many years. Over the past decade or more, he was a caregiver for both his parents until their passing.

A memorial will be held in his honor this summer on Anna Maria Island.

He is survived by siblings Nancy Edith and husband Joe Branka, Stephen John and wife Mary Jane Laase, sister-in-law Suzanne Perron and husband Peter; nephews and nieces Charles Stephen, Andrew Cashman Branka, Stella Jane, Jane Campbell and Alex Cashman Branka.

 

Richard Alan Jenkins

Dr. Richard Alan Jenkins, physician/anesthesiologist, of Holmes Beach, died May 22.

He was born Jan. 15, 1952 in Dover, New Jersey.

He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, went to medical school at the University of Virginia, served his pediatrics residency in Pensacola, and his anesthesia residency in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Jenkins came to the Bradenton area in July of 1983 from Charlottesville and began his anesthesia practice with West Florida Anesthesia Consultants.

He also was an avid scuba diver.

Arrangements are by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.

He is survived by wife Ann; mother Betty Jenkins; children Richard Alan Jenkins Jr. and wife Katherine Dunatov, Angela and husband Joseph DeJongh, Katie and husband Ronald Guillen, and Lisa and husband Jonathan DeGroat; brother Kevin Jenkins; sister Kathy Paxton; and grandchildren Parker, Maggie, Samantha, Harmsen and Frank Henry.

 

Bobby J. Jones

Bobby J. Jones, 71, of Bradenton, died May 23.

A lifelong resident of Bradenton, he was a commercial fisherman and employed by Tropicana for 33 years.

He attended Church of Christ of Palmetto.

Arrangements are by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Florida College Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Stella; sons, Michael and Brad and wife Deena of Bradenton; sisters Wanda Fulford of Cortez and Shirley Brinn of Oneco; and grandchildren Ty and Colin.

 

Beverly Miles

Beverly Miles, 87, of Bradenton, died May 24 to Aline and Clifford.

Beverly will be remembered for her giving and loving spirit and her beautiful pieces of hand painted china — found in homes throughout the United States — her quilts and her hospitality to all. She was a nurse. She was in the Roser Church choir and played the hand bells for many years.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Memorial donations may made to Roser Memorial Community Church Music Fund, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria, FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, David; children Sandy, David (Duke) and Sharon O’Connor; granddaughter Katie O’Neill; great-grandchildren Alexis, Jordan and Madison; as well as an extended family, her “adopted children and good friends.

 

George Pete Patellis

George Pete Patellis, 87, of Holmes Beach, died May 19.

He was born in Clairton, Pennsylvania, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1989 from Great Falls, Virginia.

He attended California State College in Pennsylvania and Lewis Food & Hospitality Vocational School.

He was an entrepreneur in dry cleaning/tailoring and the food business. He was a member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, former president of the parish council and chairman of the Glendi.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Jennie; daughters Sophia and and husband Wayne Dunn, Alexandria and husband Neil Winsten and Irene and husband Bruce Klores; grandchildren Jennifer and husband Greg, George and wife Christin, Megan and husband Nick, Jason and wife Catherine, Molly and Steven; and great-grandchildren Davis Dunn and Marlow Winsten.

Obituaries – 05-24-2017

Kenneth Rickett

Kenneth Rickett, 79, of Anna Maria, died May 12. He was born June 11, 1937.

He was an active real estate agent on Anna Maria Island for many years.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royal Drive, Holmes Beach.

Obituaries – 05-17-2017

William ‘Bill’ Hard

William “Bill” Hard, 65, of Ellenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 12.

He was born in Indiana to William and Joyce Basley Hard and grew up in Verplanck and Buchanan, New York.

He was an avid golfer and was blessed to have been able to fulfill his bucket list by going on a trip to Scotland, thanks to Jason Suzor and wife Leah, owners of the Waterfront Restaurant.

He also was a wine enthusiast and master entertainer and dearly loved orchestrating the wine tastings at The Waterfront in Anna Maria and the members of his Waterfront family.

Mr. Hard requested no service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

He is survived by fiancée Karen Breeding Robinson of Ellenton, with whom he enjoyed 25 years;  “adopted” son¨ Eric Holderby of Columbus, Ohio; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Robert J. McClannan Jr.

Robert J. McClannan Jr., age 70, of Bradenton Beach and Piqua, Ohio, died May 8 in Ohio.

He was born in Nurnberg, Germany, Aug. 31, 1946, to the late Robert J. and Pat I. Dills.

He graduated high school in Bradenton. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He worked in industrial maintenance and as a truck driver.

A graveside service was to be held May 16 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua. Arrangements are by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home of Piqua. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy OH 45373, or the charity of the donor’s choice Condolences may be made at www.melcher-sowers.com.

He is survived by brother Herbert of La Vista, Nebraska; and one grandchild.

 

Barbara Rodocker

Barbara Rodocker, a leader in the business community in Bradenton Beach, has died.

No notice was available as The Islander went to press May 15. The Islander learned of her death May 11 from Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon.

She was the owner of the BridgeWalk and Silver Surf motels in Bradenton Beach, a founder of the Bridge Street Merchants group, and formerly served on the city’s Scenic WAVES  and charter review committees and the county Tourist Development Council.

Obituaries – 05-03-2017

Wanda P. Fisher

Wanda P. Fisher, 90, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 18, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Henry T. Britten and Wilma O. (Short) Britten.

She attended high school in Ann Arbor. After graduation, she accepted a secretarial position with the U.S. Department of the Navy during World War II and moved to Washington, D.C.

In 1950, she became a stewardess for American Airlines and was assigned to fly from Chicago to Dallas. As was the custom then, she cut her career short upon her marriage to Hal W. Fisher of Howell, Michigan, in 1952.

She resided in Brighton, Michigan, for many years, raising daughter Bari and working for Brighton Area Schools until her husband died in 1986.

Always looking for adventure, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988 to live on the beach. She took up golf, adopted Chuck, her long-time furry companion, and sang in the choir at Roser Memorial Community Church.

After eight years of enjoying island life, she moved to The Villages. While living there until 2013, she enjoyed golfing, going to movies and game night with friends.

Health issues brought her back to Texas to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

There will be a private service in Howell, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Texas/Hospice House Downtown Fort Worth via chot.org.

She is survived by daughter Bari; son-in-law Bill; grandson Kevin and wife Jendi; and great-grandson Carson.

 

Donald John Jablonski

Donald John Jablonski, 82, of Anna Maria, died April 22. He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Essexville, Michigan, and was raised in Bay City, Michigan.

He also resided in Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Potomac, Maryland.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School in Michigan and a 1959 graduate of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

He served as president and treasurer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Exchange Club for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, assigned to the Naval Inspector General Office in the Pentagon.

He also worked as an auditor for Capital Airlines Inc., as senior accountant with Advanced Communications Engineering and costs accountant with Selma Field Engineering Services. He then moved to assistant comptroller with Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, senior associate executive vice president with the American College of Cardiology and his final position as the first executive director of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

In 1999, he developed Hodgkin’s disease and went through treatments. Over the next 17 years, he developed five more cancers.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Center and Research Institute in Tampa or a local veterans service organization. Mr. Jablonski also asked that memorials be made giving a flower or making a call to a relative or friend.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Hellen “Pat;” daughter Pamela Jablonski; son Tim Jablonski; grandson Lorenzo Whitfield; step-children Bernie Neumaster and Terry and husband David Neumaster; daughter-in-law Shelly; son-in-law Lorenzo H. Whitfield and son-in-law Randy Bell.

Obituaries – 05-03-2017

Wanda P. Fisher

Wanda P. Fisher, 90, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 18, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Henry T. Britten and Wilma O. (Short) Britten.

She attended high school in Ann Arbor. After graduation, she accepted a secretarial position with the U.S. Department of the Navy during World War II and moved to Washington, D.C.

In 1950, she became a stewardess for American Airlines and was assigned to fly from Chicago to Dallas. As was the custom then, she cut her career short upon her marriage to Hal W. Fisher of Howell, Michigan, in 1952.

She resided in Brighton, Michigan, for many years, raising daughter Bari and working for Brighton Area Schools until her husband died in 1986.

Always looking for adventure, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988 to live on the beach. She took up golf, adopted Chuck, her long-time furry companion, and sang in the choir at Roser Memorial Community Church.

After eight years of enjoying island life, she moved to The Villages. While living there until 2013, she enjoyed golfing, going to movies and game night with friends.

Health issues brought her back to Texas to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

There will be a private service in Howell, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Texas/Hospice House Downtown Fort Worth via chot.org.

She is survived by daughter Bari; son-in-law Bill; grandson Kevin and wife Jendi; and great-grandson Carson.

 

Donald John Jablonski

Donald John Jablonski, 82, of Anna Maria, died April 22. He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Essexville, Michigan, and was raised in Bay City, Michigan.

He also resided in Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Potomac, Maryland.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School in Michigan and a 1959 graduate of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

He served as president and treasurer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Exchange Club for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, assigned to the Naval Inspector General Office in the Pentagon.

He also worked as an auditor for Capital Airlines Inc., as senior accountant with Advanced Communications Engineering and costs accountant with Selma Field Engineering Services. He then moved to assistant comptroller with Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, senior associate executive vice president with the American College of Cardiology and his final position as the first executive director of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

In 1999, he developed Hodgkin’s disease and went through treatments. Over the next 17 years, he developed five more cancers.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Center and Research Institute in Tampa or a local veterans service organization. Mr. Jablonski also asked that memorials be made giving a flower or making a call to a relative or friend.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Hellen “Pat;” daughter Pamela Jablonski; son Tim Jablonski; grandson Lorenzo Whitfield; step-children Bernie Neumaster and Terry and husband David Neumaster; daughter-in-law Shelly; son-in-law Lorenzo H. Whitfield and son-in-law Randy Bell.

Obituaries – 04-26-2017

Duane R. Benedict

Duane R. Benedict, 82, Holmes Beach, died April 21.     Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Holmes Beach in 1997 from Gahanna, Ohio.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and active in the Boy Scouts in his youth. He also was a member of Lance’s Cruizin to the Hops.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. Condolences may be made to  www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet; son Richard Todd Benedict of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; daughter Michele and husband Marc McMurphy of Henniker, New Hampshire; sister Beverly Reed of Bradenton; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Edward Lawrence Mihm

Edward Lawrence Mihm, 96, of Bradenton Beach, died April 20.

Mr. Mihm was born in Philadelphia Nov. 28, 1920.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ashtabula as a ship fitter. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked for the Navy as a civilian until his retirement in 1976, when he moved to Bradenton Beach.

During his retirement years, he and his wife loved to travel and spent their summers in Chama, New Mexico.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Hoover; sons Edward of Lewes, Delaware, and William of Palmetto.