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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, Pennsylvania, before his retirement to Tampa and Anna Maria.

He was an avid golfer for many years and more recently enjoyed woodworking with friends in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Florida Chapter of the ALS Association and Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith (Davis); children Christopher of Anna Maria, Matthew and wife Margret of Evanston, Illinois, Andrew of New York City and Francisco Becerril of Tehucan, Mexico; grandchildren Eva and Julian of Evanston; sisters Sharon Brewer of Bad Axe Michigan, Mary Brinkman and husband William of Decatur, Alabama, and Barbara Duvall of Largo; and many extended family members and friends.

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 to Anna Maria, she started the Islander’s Market, which was in Anna Maria and Bradenton for many years.

She was devoted to her large, extended family and many friends from all over the world. She was a mother, grandmother and aunt to so many who were friends of her own children.

She attended St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Memorial donations may be made online to the Heart Rhythm Institute of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, hri.ouhsc.edu/Contribute.aspx. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ralph; daughters Melissa J. Lazzara of Anna Maria and Rosalie D’Innella and husband Pino of Milan, Italy; three grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

 

Jean Ann Tourt

Jean Ann Tourt, 88, died Aug. 1. She was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Hempstead, New York, to Donald Rowe and Dorothy Gibbs.

She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950 with a degree in nursing. She worked as a public health nurse in Nassau County, New York.

She married Thomas R. Tourt Nov. 23, 1953, and they spent 53 years together until his passing. They moved to Oswego, Illinois, in 1968.

She was a Kendall County public health nurse and taught prenatal care. She worked for weight control. She was a member of the Oswego Civic Center and cancer society.

After retiring, they moved to Morrison, Illinois, and then to Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Tourt loved boating on the Mississippi River, golfing, tennis, skiing, cross-country skiing, biking, jogging, Jazzercise, quilting and painting. She was in the Hibiscus Club in Florida. She collected and polished agates and also collected miniature items and figures for a Victorian dollhouse. Most of all, she loved playing the piano and organ, had a love for cats and loved meeting new people.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Tourt is survived by her lifelong friend, Bonnie Gulbrandsen of Bradenton; sons Timothy R. and fiance Maureen O’Malley of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Jeffrey S. and wife Cindy of Yorkville, Illinois; grandchildren Tyler J., Chad W. and wife Bethany, Zeb D. and fiance Lindsey McDonald, and Bradley S.; and great-grandchildren Hailee June and Clara Jean.

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 of Dayton, where he graduated.

He was past commander of the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron. When not around the water, he enjoyed photography and painting.

He was a faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Faith Lutheran, 9608 US 301, Parrish. Internment to follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church for the restoration of the carillon chime system.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marti; daughters Dina Eddy and husband Cole and Janet Papineau and husband Paul; grandchildren Brandon, Jonathan, Christian, Riley, Nicholas, Katelyn, Joshua and Analyn; sister Sandra Haslinger and several nieces and nephews.

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 be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Association of University Women of Manatee County Scholarship Fund.

Mrs. Meaker is survived by her children, Gerrit, Sarah and Rachel and husband Matthew Malinowski; and grandchildren Lily, Jacob and Nicolas.

 

Joseph Peter Schon

Joseph Peter Schon, 43, of Holmes Beach, died July 15.

He was born on May 6, 1974, in Suffern, New York.

He was a resident of Holmes Beach for the past 10 years, coming from Monterey, California.

He worked as a registered nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton for the past six years.

Services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be made online at shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Schon is survived by wife Anastasha of Bradenton; mother Maya of Holmes Beach; sister Suzette and husband David DiBattista of Sarasota; and many extended family members and friends.

 

Charles ‘Ed’ Walker

Charles “Ed” Walker, 73, of Holmes Beach, died July 16.
He was born to Floyd and Neva (Davis) of Kirkland, Indiana, and he grew up there, but later made Florida his home.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Anchor Inn in Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory 26th Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived his significant other, Barbara San Slayton; children Marsha and husband Cliff Bifaro of Floral City, Michelle Stone of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Jack and wife Jodie of Mulberry, Indiana; grandchildren Tosha Sandvold, Jason Oliver, Alex Oliver, Zackary Stanfield, Jordan, Shelby Bifaro and Joey Bifaro; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Floyd, Larry, Alvin and Richard; and sisters Judy Blackburn and Brenda Maggart.

Obituaries – 07-19-2017

One of the happiest moments in Joseph Gregorzek’s life was meeting Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1983. The meeting was arranged through the efforts of Monsignor John P. Wodarski of Holy Cross Church. Islander Courtesy Photo

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 U.S. Army.

While living in New Britain, Connecticut, he was a state representative for three terms — 1969-75 — and served on the banking, finance, state and urban development committees in the assembly. He also chaired the aeronautics committee.

He was past president of the New Britain Press Club while employed as a manager at the New Britain Herald, chairman of the New Britain Fire Board, member of the board of police commissioners and held positions in political campaigns.

He was a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and ended his career as national marketing manager for PaineWebber UBS NYC in 2003. In 1983, in Vermont, he helped develop a local ski area and served as general manager at Ascutney Mountain Resort for many years. He founded and chaired the Connecticut River Valley Tourism Board. In 1986, Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin appointed him to her advisory council.

Mr. Gregorzek was blessed with an easy-going personality, boundless energy and a zest for life. His positive attitude, strength of character and can-do spirit were admirable and inspiring. He was a “people person.”

He lived a wonderful, adventurous life, whether playing gin rummy, cheering for a favorite team, fishing at Martha’s Vineyard, watching a sunset on Anna Maria Island, sipping a glass of cabernet and listening to Pavarotti or globe-trotting with Gayle Simpson Gregorzek, his wife of 48 years.

His ability to make people smile and feel special, his civic-mindedness and generous heart made our corner of the world a better place.

Brown & Sons Funeral Home in Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Burial was to be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut. Memorial Donations may be made to the donor’s choice or to Holy Cross Church, 31 Biruta St., New Britain, CT 06053.

Survivors include wife Gayle; friend of 45 years Joseph J. Grano Jr. of New Vernon, New Jersey; siblings Theodosia and Henry; numerous nephews and godsons Joseph C. Grano, E. Spencer McCoy and Robert J. Colossale.

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 as president of the Union County Board of Agriculture.

In the late 1980s, he retired to Anna Maria Island, where he could be found joyfully working in his Anna Maria garden from day to day.

A family member remarked that the “flowers bowed and birds flew in formation to honor their friend” on his death.

He was known on Anna Maria Island as the “Pepperman,” giving away free peppers, tomatoes and more from his garden as he chatted with those who strolled on South Bay Boulevard, enjoying his array of plants, flowers and humorous signs throughout the garden.

He also enjoyed playing with friends in the over-60 Bradenton softball league.

And he’s remembered for his contagious and sarcastic sense of humor. Some “Herbisms” include: “Come back when you can’t stay so long” and “I want to ride in the backseat so I can get a longer ride.”

Memorial contributions may be made to his late granddaughter Holly Burke’s nonprofit, Shred Out Cancer, 100 Barnegat Blvd. S., Barnegat NJ 08005 or shredoutcancer.org.

Services for will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria and another in September in Cranford.

He is survived by “the love of his life,” Macel Vandesteeg; son Darren Brooks; daughter Carol Holly Hawn; grandchildren Christopher and Joseph Kostecki, Scott Burke, Darren Jr. and Dalen Tate; great-grandchildren Laila and Rylan Kostecki and siblings Edna Klimek, Mary Ann Heerwagen and Warren.

 

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. She also volunteered with the Cameo Muscular Dystrophy Association in Miami.

After moving to Anna Maria, she started the Islander’s Market in Anna Maria and Bradenton for many years. She attended St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

She was devoted to her large, extended family and many friends from all over the world. She loved without judgment or condemnation, always there with kind words and a soothing meal. She was a consummate cook with great love of entertaining. She never lost her zest for life or her love for words and the written word. She was an avid and voracious reader. She was a mother and grandmother and aunt to so many who were friends of her own children.

Services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made online to the Heart Rhythm Institute of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, hri.ouhsc.edu/Contribute.aspx. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ralph; daughters Melissa J. of Anna Maria and Rosalie D’Innella and husband Pino of Milan, Italy; three grandchildren, and many family members and friends. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ralph; daughters Melissa J. Lazzara of Anna Maria and Rosalie D’Innella and husband Pino of Milan, Italy; three grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

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 volunteered for 25-plus years at Island Players, and also volunteered at Manatee Players, as an actor and set designer.

He was a popular figure model at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota.

There is no service planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34217.

Mr. Flannery is survived by his spouse, Don Bailey; daughter Eden St. John of Orlando; and son Dirk of Balboa, California.

 

 

Roger Nigg

Roger Nigg, 65, of Anna Maria, died June 23.

He was born Feb. 8, 1952, in Plainwell, Michigan. He lived in Bradenton as a child and young adult, and then Baltimore for 25 years.

He moved to Anna Maria with his wife, Justine Preis, after retiring from his industrial engineering career in August 2015.

He was active here in horseshoes, golf, pickleball and swimming.

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, with a reception to follow at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mr. Nigg is survived by wife Justine of Anna Maria; daughter Elizabeth Skees and son Charlie of Palmetto; step-daughters Christina Field-Barnett and Catherine Field; and six grandsons, all of the Baltimore area.

 

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.