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Obituaries – 11-01-2017

James Robert “Jim” Bickal died Oct. 20.

He was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Fort Defiance, Arizona. In 1965, he moved his family to Holmes Beach from Denver.

He lived in Holmes Beach for 52 years and worked on the island for 30 years as an interior-exterior painter.

A private service will be held.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children Laurie and husband Jim Ferrara, Sherry and Mark; grandchildren Tori and husband Jerry, TJ and wife Denise, Tyson, Stevie and husband Brandon and Summer; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 10-11-2017

Nancy Moore Carson
Nancy Moore Carson of Holmes Beach died Aug. 23 at her summer home in Brevard, North Carolina.

She was born to Robert and Dolly Carson in Belmont, North Carolina, in 1933. She was the youngest of seven children.

She began her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in Brevard and completed her degree at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. She earned her master’s degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

She moved to Florida in 1957 to teach physical education at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton. She later became dean of girls and then assistant principal at Manatee High School.

In 1978, she was appointed the first principal of the new Martha B. King Middle School, becoming the first female principal of a secondary school in Manatee County. She held that post until she retired in 1995. She was loved and supported by her students, staff and colleagues.

After retirement, she divided her time between her beloved Anna Maria Island residence and her summer home in Brevard. In each location, she found pleasure and fulfillment in her volunteer activities.

She was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, often volunteering in the thrift shop, the food bank and for the service of holiday meals at the church.

In Brevard, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and a faithful volunteer for SAFE, an organization that provides shelter and assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and for Transylvania Regional Hospital.

A supporter of animal welfare, she was a devoted dog owner.

She was also a longtime member of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and Manatee County Retired Educators.

She always loved sports — as a coach, a competitor and a spectator. In her early years of teaching, she coached girls basketball. For several years, she was an avid tennis player, sometimes competing in local tournaments.

As a lifelong member of the Bradenton Runners Club, she finished many 5K, 10K and longer runs, often winning for her age group.

Her love for golf kept her playing regularly with friends in Florida and in a golf league at Connestee Falls in Brevard.

In recent years, she also competed in table tennis and horseshoes in the North Carolina Senior Games.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221, or www.guidedogs.org.

She is survived by her sister, Katherine C. Pitts of Raleigh, North Carolina; niece Amy Pitts of Raleigh; nephew Robert Pitts and wife Brenda of Raleigh; niece Mary Jo Wilder of Zebulon, North Carolina; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.


William Fred Paulsen
William Fred Paulsen died Sept. 18. He was born Jan. 17, 1919, in Moline, Illinois.

He was the second son born to Agnes Guthrie Johnson and Henry Jacob Paulsen.

After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1941, he accepted a job with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. and was immediately called into active duty with the U.S. Navy.

He served in the Navy 1941-1946 and, after the attack by Japan Dec. 7, 1941, was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He and one other lieutenant junior manned the large dock, evaluated damaged warships from the South Pacific and directed their repair.

While serving in the Navy, he attended Annapolis Naval Academy for a semester. He also earned a second bachelor’s degree in engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Working with DuPont for more than 35 years, he held several patents that enabled the timely manufacture of polyester, Dacron for DuPont. Two of his patents were among the 10 most guarded of the DuPont company. He was awarded the first-ever “Fellow of Fibers.”

He married Frances Winifred Trowbridge Oct. 14, 1944, in Annapolis, Maryland. They had three sons: William Frederick, George Trowbridge and Robert Caldwell. Frances died in 1962.

Mr. Paulsen married Virginia Turley Moseley of Kinston, North Carolina, Aug. 31, 1969. He welcomed Virginia’s three children into his family and heart. They custom-built a home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where they lived for more than 20 years until retiring to Bradenton, where Mr. Paulsen enjoyed fishing on Anna Maria Island with various members of his family, his caregiver, Debra Hubbard, and the regular pier fishers.

He is survived by wife Virginia; sons William and wife Laura of New York City, George and wife Karen of Oberlin, Ohio, and Robert of St. Paul, Minnesota; step-children Nancy Grainger Moseley Friel and husband Gary of Longs, South Carolina, John Wooten Moseley III of Wilmington, Delaware, and Marian VanLandingham Moseley and husband Frank Killian of Philadelphia; grandchildren Katharine and husband Mark, Caroline, Ryan, Kristen and husband Brandon, Ashley and husband Craig, Blair and husband Michael, Joseph and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren.


Sara Elizabeth Walton
Sara Elizabeth Walton, 38, of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 10.

She was born in Elk Horn, Wisconsin, July 25, 1979, and moved to Rising Son, Indiana, where she became a gifted athlete. She played center in basketball for her undefeated high school team. She also played volleyball.

She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, and her caring heart led her to a degree in social services.

She loved meeting people and, with her infectious laugh and vibrant smile, was quick to make friends. She was a passionate animal lover.

She moved to Holmes Beach four years ago and took a special interest in sea turtles.

A celebration of life will be held 5 p.m.-sunset Saturday, Oct. 14, on the beach near 72nd Street in Holmes Beach.

She is survived by her father, Roger; mother Sharon Robinson; brother Darin; sister Janella Pryce; grandmothers Bula Walton and Eloise Holland; boyfriend Jesse Candish; and her beloved dog, Mr. Biscuit.


Patricia Edwards Weingart
Patricia Edwards Weingart, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 1. She was born in 1924 in Detroit to Charles and Mrytle Edwards.

She married the late George Weingart in 1973 in Chicago. They enjoyed traveling together, as well as spending time with family and friends.

She was a longtime member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, where she loved to golf, play cards and dine with family and friends. She also volunteered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for several years.

A service was held Oct. 7 at the Unity Church in Bradenton, where she was a member for many years.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Obituaries – 10-04-2017

James ‘Jim’ Edson Mercer

James “Jim” Edson Mercer, 70, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 25, 2017, in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was born Jan. 15, 1947, in Salem, Ohio, to Edson and Rose (Costanzo) Mercer.

Mr. Mercer served in the U.S. Army 1966-68. He was the owner and operator for 18 years of Mercer Upholstery in Holmes Beach.

He married Judith Ann Faulkner in Port Jervis, New York, on Dec. 24, 1969. They enjoyed living in their RV and traveling in their retirement.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Jim is survived by wife Judy; daughters Jodie Lepiscopo and Cynthia Page of Florida; grandchildren Kayla Lepiscopo, Joey Lepiscopo, Kristen Page, Kaitlyn Page, Autumn Hennessey, Davin Gravell and Gillian Hennessey; great-grandchildren Grayson Lepiscopo, Jaelan Page-Morris and Kambrie Rowell; brothers John of New York, Charles of Florida and Gary of Pennsylvania; sisters Lucy Davidson and Alice Ann Davis, both of Ohio; and mother-in-law Myra Faulkner.

Obituaries – 09-27-2017

Anthony ‘Tony’ Manali Sr.

Anthony “Tony” Manali Sr., 93, of Anna Maria, died peacefully at home Sept. 24. He was born the youngest of six siblings in Tampa Nov. 15, 1923, to Charles and Nancy (Sciambra) Manali,.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he married the love of his life, Carmen Caltagirone, Oct. 12, 1947. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary in a few weeks.

As a young man, Mr. Manali worked as a bookkeeper in his family’s grocery store, Charlie’s Market, in Ybor City.

Tony’s love for Anna Maria Island began in the early 1940s, when he was able to pursue his great passion — fishing. He was especially noted for his expertise in catching pompano and, in fact, he was held in high esteem by many pompano fishermen.

The family eventually moved to the Island to reside full-time in 1963. He and Carmen owned and operated the former Anthony’s Restaurant at the corner of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.

In his retirement, he enjoyed staying close to home. He was a generous, open-minded, kind, quiet, honest man who had good instincts, a great sense of humor … and a love for mangoes and poker.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St., Bradenton. The memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Condolences may be made online at www.BrownandSonsfuneral.com

Mr. Manali is survived by his wife, Carmen; children Angela Calabro, Nancy Manali Leonardo, Anthony and wife JoAnn; grandchildren Christina and husband Andres, Tolomei Lisa and husband Jason Bennett, Marc, Tony Calabro, Angela Leonardo, Anna Leonardo, Lori; and great grandchildren Isabella, Ella, Sofia, Ashton, Luca and Mila.

The family sends its heartfelt thanks to caregivers Elsa Tello and Sheryl Henken, Pat Webster of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Irv Becker, M.D., of Sarasota, and the nurses and staff of Tidewell Hospice for their kind and thoughtful care during Mr. Manali’s illness.


Elaine Grace Newhart

Elaine Grace Newhart, 72, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 13.

She was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Annville, Pennsylvania, to John and Jayne Salem.

After graduating from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, she moved to Sarasota, where she met Barry Newhart, her husband of 52 years, and taught elementary school.

She and her husband settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they raised their son and two daughters.

She sacrificed her needs for the good of her family and loved ones. She was a patient, supportive and encouraging woman and she relished being a mother and grandmother.

She loved learning, gardening, music, reading, playing games, laughing and spending time with her family and friends. Many loved her, and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

She is survived by husband Barry; daughter Torry and husband Carmine Vitolo; son Bryson; daughter Lauren and husband Colin Bourgoing; and granddaughters Zoé and Ella.

Obituaries – 09-13-2017

Loretta Jane Sabin

Loretta Jane Sabin died Aug. 28.

She was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Mattawanna, Pennsylvania, and when she was young, her family moved to Wilmington, Delaware. The family moved again to mid-Michigan, where she stayed until when she relocated to Anna Maria Island in 1997.

She lived the “Gulf life” by enjoying the warm weather, entertaining friends, watching NASCAR and hosting holiday meals.

She loyally and faithfully worked for E.T. MacKenzie Company for nearly 35 years, beginning in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and later opening the Bradenton location. Her work in Bradenton was planned to be for a few months but she was just tickled to be near her sister and moved to the island. Since 1978, she has been a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and in 2002 joined the Anna Maria Moose Lodge.

She enjoyed life and never took the little things for granted. She would say that she’d rather live a full, short life than a long, dull life — and she certainly did.

She never met a stranger and was always there to listen and provide the perspective one needed to hear — like it or not.

A celebration of life will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Bradenton Moose Lodge, 310 44th Ave. E.. Bradenton.

Memorial donations can be made to any organization that you know she would love, including the NAWIC #157 Scholarship Fund c/o B. Barbara Strachan Michigan AGC, 2323 N. Larch St. Lansing, MI 48906, or Moose Heart for Children 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.

She is survived by her dedicated partner Dan Breton; children Jan K. and wife Rebecca, Jesse and wife Laura and their father Jan H.; Nicole and husband Joe Vinson; Brian Breton; sister Linda and husband John Hare, nieces Holly Hare, Page and husband Mark Howard; and granddaughters Samantha, Katie, Kennedy and Elliott.


Gwendolyn ‘Polly Moore’ Senseman

Gwendolyn ‘Polly Moore’ Senseman, 88, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Sept. 7, at West Chester Hospital. She was born May 1, 1929, in Cortez, to John A. and Sally (nee Fulford) Moore.

She was born in the house that her grandparents, Capt. William and Sally (nee Adams) Fulford built in Cortez. She grew up on Anna Maria Island, just across the bay from Cortez.

“I had the most wonderful childhood on Anna Maria. We roamed all over the island barefoot.”

She later returned to live in the house her grandparents built in Cortez and said, “I love living here. I don’t think many people come back to live in the house they were born in.”

She was proud of her four daughters and the women they would grow up to be.

She had an artist’s touch when it came to decorating. Her homes and gardens were beautiful and she always made people feel welcome.

She was married to Kenneth Senseman.

She is survived by her daughters Dr. Susan Eacker, Cindy Rodgers, Robin Torbeck and Sally Rodgers; grandchildren Jeremy Eacker, Amy Rodgers-Dryfoos, Rose Rodgers-Dryfoos, Carey McVey, Jody Howard, Leslie Hundley, Caleb Whisman and Sarah Grace McCarthy-Rodgers; seven great-grandchildren; friend and companion Norbert Maynard; and many family members and friends.

Donations may be made to the Cortez Village Historical Society, PO Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215. Remembrances at muellerfunerals.com.