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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.

Obituaries – 04-19-2017

Charles M. ‘Mel’ Bennett,

Charles M. “Mel” Bennett, 85, Bradenton, died April 8.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met.

He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Heaters, West Virginia, to the late Alva Robinson and Mamie Gay (Singleton) Bennett.

He was married to Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, who died in 2014.

He served in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he worked as an automotive mechanic.

He was a long-time resident of Anna Maria Island.

Memorial donations may be made to Tracey Vita’s School of Dance for Scholarships, 4181 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by son Robert and wife Teri; daughters Lezlie and husband Jeff Nance and Kelly and husband Dale Stephenson; grandchildren Jeremy and wife Shawna, Kymberli, Alison, Abigail and Anabellel; great-grandchildren Carter and Lyla; sister-in-law Deloris “Butch” and husband Jim Carden; brother-in-law Richard and wife Gale Carter; niece Shirley and husband Clint Bradford Daniels and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

 

Robert Dale Raisch

Robert Dale Raisch, 90, of Bradenton, formerly Holmes Beach, died.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Nov. 21, 1926, to Alvin L. and Gertrude (Maschmidt).

He met Laverne Daume at S.E. Missouri State College in September 1946 and they married Dec. 21, 1947, in Jennings, Missouri. They celebrated 69 years of marriage in December 2016 at Freedom Village in Bradenton.

He was in the U.S. Navy in World War II, serving in the Pacific. He trained as a radioman and was aboard the U.S.S. Fon du Lac, an attack transport that was on its way to Japan. He would have been in the invasion, but for the dropping of the atomic bomb.

He attended S.E. Missouri State College and the University of Missouri, receiving a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1950.

The summer before his senior year, he worked as a ranger in the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho. He lived in an observation fire tower and was responsible for reporting and extinguishing any fires. He once saw lightning strike a tree miles in the distance and he had to go put it out before it spread to other trees.

He worked for the Missouri Conservation Commission as a farm forester.

In 1957, the family moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University while working as an assistant professor and a forester with both the Kansas State Extension Service and the Kansas Department of Forestry.

He and the family moved in 1962 to Indianapolis, where he went to work as state forester.

In 1968, he went to work for the U. S. Forest Service as director of state and private forestry and the family moved to Springfield, Virginia. This position required him to travel extensively throughout the country.

In 1972, the U. S. Forest Service transferred him to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

In 1980, he went to work as director of the South East Region in Atlanta, a post he held until he retired in 1982.

Upon retirement, he and Forest Service retiree Jim Sabin started “Turf and Tree.”

He fully retired in 1992 and in 2004 moved with Laverne to Anna Maria Island, where they had spent winters.

He enjoyed walking the beach, playing golf and tennis, was active in Kiwanis on the island and Roser Memorial Community Church, where he served as a deacon.

He also loved to draw and paint and published articles in several Gulf Coast Writer’s books.

He moved to Freedom Village in June 2016.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the auditorium at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.  Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by wife Laverne; children Nancy Acton and husband Dick, Steve and wife Kay, Janie Hulbert and Rebecca Smith and husband Scott; grandchildren Emily Steinbraker and husband George, Holly Acton, Brad Acton, Robert Smith and wife Michelle and Amy Smith; and great-grandchildren Casey and Riley Steinbraker.

Obituaries – 04-12-2017

David Hepburn Jr.

David R. Hepburn Jr. Ph.D., 75, died March 21. He was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to David R. Sr. and Lillie Williams.

He attended Memphis State University, working his way through by delivering newspapers, and earned degrees in mathematics and chemistry. He then went to Ole Miss University in Oxford on a scholarship and earned his doctorate in chemistry. He enjoyed a career as a research chemist until retiring in 2007.

He then moved to Bradenton with wife Nina Salley Hepburn (Siler) and joined a group of men dedicated to saving and restoring wooden boats. He volunteered at the boat shop in Cortez and his dedication to public service extended to an active membership in the USCG Auxiliary.

Interment will be in the memorial garden of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton. Donations may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Condolences may be made to www.griffithcline.com.

He is survived by wife Nina; sons David R. III and Dr. R. M. Salley and wife Linda; daughters Rachelle Carla and Angela Faye Stephens and husband Larry; sister Gloria; brother James and wife Ann; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Frank W. Hutchison

Frank W. Hutchison, 86, of Bradenton, died April 1.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Bradenton in 1978 from Bridgewater, North Carolina.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he received his master’s degree in business from the Wharton School, his master’s degree in divinity from McCormick Seminary of Chicago and he was a Presbyterian minister.

He was active in his community, active in the civil rights and peace movements and he was former pastor of Roser Memorial Community Church.

He is survived by wife Sylvia of Bradenton; daughters Barbara of Arlington, Virginia, Jane and husband Drew McNeely of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Lee Anne and husband Grant Neal of Manhattan, New York, and Jean and husband Bart Knox of Hendersonville, North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was April 17 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

 

Jack M. Neumayer

Jack M. Neumayer, 80, of Holmes Beach, died April 6.

Services will be at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

 

Damon J. Presswood

Damon Jolley Presswood, 48, of Bradenton, died unexpectedly at home April 5.

He was born Dec. 27, 1968, in DuQuoin, Illinois, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1975 with his mother and sister.

He was devoted to his daughter and he was a dedicated chef and food expert. He started his cooking career at age 13 on Longboat Key at Harry’s Continental Kitchens, followed by Ivo’s Fine Dining and the Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle, where he mentored under Chef August Mrozowski. In 13 years at the cafe, he had risen to sous chef.

He was assistant chef at the Bradenton Country Club before purchasing Chez André Restaurant in Holmes Beach in 1999. He was chef and co-owner and renamed the restaurant Ooh La La! Bistro. In 2008, the restaurant closed and he expanded his food interests as a restaurant/food service consultant and executive chef at Sysco Corp. in Palmetto.

Most recently, he worked at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier in Bradenton Beach.

He was a longtime member of Ski-A-Rees, a water-ski show team based on City Island in Sarasota, where he performed, drove his boat for show skiers and trained young skiers.

He inherited his paternal grandfather’s green thumb and had a penchant for growing herbs, vegetables and gardenias. He also loved animals and rescued and adopted many dogs over the years. He trained his companion, Ziggy, a deaf dog, in sign language.

Some 200 restaurant, food industry, ski and family friends attended a celebration of life April 9 at Fishermen’s Hall in Cortez. The family thanks all those who donated food and refreshments, particularly the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Beach Bistro.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Joselin get on her feet on her own and in her future endeavors.

Mr. Presswood is survived by his daughter, Joselin “Josey” Bonnie of Bradenton; mother Bonner Joy, Islander publisher, of Flamingo Cay; father Ronald and wife Sylvia of Ponoma, Illinois; sister Kendra and spouse Toni Lyon of Palmetto; half-brother Sevren of Michigan; uncle Kevin of DuQuoin, Illinois; uncle William Eller of Bradenton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and Ziggy.

 

Donald B. Sudnik

Donald B. Sudnik, of Holmes Beach and originally from Orchard Lake, Michigan, died Feb. 28.

He was born Nov. 25, 1926.

He was known in the advertising business as an award-winning photographer specializing in car photography throughout the automotive industry

He was a partner in the photo studio Sudnik & Overhardt.
In his early days, Mr. Sudnik served in the Army Air Force as a photographer mapping the Philippine Islands in 1944, just before the bombing in Japan. He also worked at the Detroit News as a sports photographer capturing the fall of the “Flying Wallendas” at the Fair Grounds in 1962.

He ws an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings and also enjoyed fishing, listening to jazz and mingling with musicians at local clubs. For those who knew and loved him, he was always positive and upbeat. When asked how he was the answer was always, “Sensational.”
He was married to Marilyn Demgen.

He is survived by children Steven, John and Lisa Sudnik Marklow; Joseph, Sarah Marklow Moore and Mary Marklow Clinton; great-grandchildren Miles Moore and Easton Clinton.

Obituaries – 04-05-2017

Lance R. Bergeron

Lance R. Bergeron, 59, died March 3.

He lived on the island for many years and worked at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach while raising his two sons as a single parent.

He was known for his sense of humor, love of sports — especially the Washington Redskins — and his loyalty to his family and friends.

Memorial services were private.

Mr. Bergeron is survived by daughter Michelle Wooten; sons Francis W. and Lee T.; mother Barbara Parkman; brother Dominique and wife Bonnie; sisters Terry Cappello and husband Michael and Linda; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Richard H. ‘Dick’ Cleveringa

Richard H. “Dick” Cleveringa, 86, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 28, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Muskegon, Michigan, where he began his lifelong passion for sailing on Lake Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, where he received both a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in business.

Following graduation, he spent two years in the U.S. Army in Texas. Once he completed his service, he began his business career working in management, first for general motors and then for Allstate Insurance, from which he later retired. While at Allstate, he transferred to Kentucky and it was there he met wife Joy. They were married April 1, 1979.   After living in Kentucky for several years, they bought a motor home and traveled extensively across the United States and Canada, before retiring to Holmes Beach in 1999.        They had many friends throughout his lifetime. He and his best friend, Ed Gehrke, shared wonderful days rambling on the back roads of Kentucky and Indiana, always looking for the best places to eat while sharing stories along the way.

With friend Don Steffan he shared some great adventures — exploring Vietnam, Machu Picchu, and boating down the Amazon River. They also enjoyed many wonderful Thursday evening dinners together.

He looked forward to Monday night poker with the guys. He will be remembered for many things, including being the handsomest man on Anna Maria Island. Then there was his ready smile, his kindness, his wittiness, his brilliant mind, his passion for books, his laughter, his sense of happiness and contentment, his love of food, of adventure, of golf, of Joy and of life itself.

No services are planned. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Donations to the American Cancer Society , the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Joy, to whom he was married 37 years; son Rick and wife Lisa of North Carolina; daughter Debbie Stringer of North Carolina; stepsons Chris and wife Lucy Cissell of South Carolina; Steve Cissell Smith of Kentucky; Terry and wife Candi Cissell of Tennessee; brother Ronald and wife Norma of Florida and sister Juanita and husband David Wikman of Michigan.

 

Phyllis Paige Kitchens

Phyllis Paige Kitchens, 52, of Bradenton, died March 24 at home. She was born Sept. 19, 1964, in Takoma Park, Maryland, to William Earl and Phyllis Erica (Wood) Austin.

She had been a resident of Manatee and Sarasota counties for many years, coming from Polk County. Locally she has lived in Venice, Anna Maria and Bradenton.

She worked as a waitress for several restaurants over the years and was an avid horticulturist. She was well known for the care and beauty of her various plants and flowers, and was a member of Friends of Bill.

A private family celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by husband Barry Keith of Lakeland; daughter Katherine of Lakeland; father William Earl Austin of Bradenton; brother William P. Austin of Spring Hill; sisters Christine Austin of New York City and Jennifer Beck of Sarasota; and many extended family members and friends.

 

David Martinez

David Martinez, 81, of Holmes Beach, died March 25. He was born July 15, 1935, in Susanville, California.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was the owner/operator of Somar Electrical of San Francisco. He was a member of the Lakeland Yacht Club. He loved his family and he enjoyed golfing and fixing and tinkering with anything.

A celebration of life was held March 31 at Hopewell Funeral Home in Plant City. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Condolences may be made online at www.hopewellfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janice McDonald; children Carole McDonald Wilson and husband Sam of Lakeland, Keith and wife Cecilia of Lakeland and Stephen and wife Jeanette of Winter Haven; grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Carl, Asa, Haylee, Alexander, Kenny and Erin; brother Jesus and wife Mayna; nephew Mauricio of Mexico; sister-in-law Ann; niece Elizabeth and nephews Danny and David of California; many great-nieces, nephews, family, friends; and Yorkies Alice and Stella.

 

Donna Lea Yohe

Donna Lea Yohe, 55, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in Bradenton and moved back to her hometown in 1991 from Pennsylvania.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a nurse at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was a member of the VFW and a Lutheran.

A private celebration of life was held March 30 at a residence. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include sons Michael Maggio and Daniel Maggio of Bradenton; daughter Shanna of Jacksonville; mother Maryjane Naeher of Holmes Beach; brothers Donnie Naeher of Sarasota, Danny Naeher of Holmes Beach, Doug Naeher of Holmes Beach, David Naeher of Bradenton and Dana Naeher of Apollo Beach; sisters Debbie Bradley of Bradenton, Denise Harrington of Bradenton and Diane Boak of Holmes Beach; and a granddaughter.

Obituaries – 03-29-2017

David Martinez

David Martinez, 81, of Holmes Beach, died March 25. He was born July 15, 1935, in Susanville, California.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was the owner/operator of Somar Electrical of San Francisco. He was a member of the Lakeland Yacht Club. He loved his family and he enjoyed golfing and fixing and tinkering with anything.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S., Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Committal to follow at Alderman Pelote Cemetery in Lithia. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be made online at www.hopewellfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janice McDonald; children Carole McDonald Wilson and husband Sam of Lakeland, Keith and wife Cecilia of Lakeland and Stephen and wife Jeanette of Winter Haven; grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Carl, Asa, Haylee, Alexander, Kenny and Erin; brother Jesus and wife Mayna; nephew Mauricio of Mexico; sister-in-law Ann; niece Elizabeth and nephews Danny and David of California; many great-nieces, nephews, family, friends; and Yorkies Alice and Stella.

 

Julia Anne Propas

Julia Anne Propas, 86, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, April 5, 1930, to Anthony and Julia (Perry) Silva, who immigrated to the United States in the early1920s.

She met her husband, Frederick, while working as a waitress at his father’s restaurant, The Mayflower, in Brockton, Massachusetts, where Frederick was the chef/baker.

They were married Feb. 10, 1948, and they had two children, Timothy and Kathy.

The couple formed a construction company in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where she did the paperwork and accounting, as well as interior decorating, for about 35 years.

She also opened an antique shop, built by her husband, as antiques were her passion.

In 1981, the couple retired to Tarpon Springs and she continued dealing in antiques for another 15 years.

After the death of her husband in 2012, Mrs. Propas moved to Holmes Beach with her daughter Kathy Smart and daughter-in-law Mary Doub, co-owners of Minnie’s Beach Cafe in Holmes Beach.

They purchased a larger home in Bradenton, where they resided together until Mrs. Propas’ health forced her to Heritage Park Rehab, a nursing home, in February.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.griffithcline.com.

Mrs. Propas is survived by daughter Kathy Smart and spouse Mary Doub of Bradenton; brothers Thomas Silva of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Manual Silva of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Anna Silva of Rochester, Massachusetts; many nieces, nephews and close friends, and special grand-dog, Rufus.

 

Donna Lea Yohe

Donna Lea Yohe, 55, of Bradenton, died March 23.

She was born in Bradenton and moved back to her hometown in 1991 from Pennsylvania.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a nurse at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was a member of the VFW and a Lutheran.

A celebration of life will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at a private residence. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include sons Michael Maggio and Daniel Maggio of Bradenton; daughter Shanna of Jacksonville; mother Maryjane Naeher of Holmes Beach; brothers Donnie Naeher of Sarasota, Danny Naeher of Holmes Beach, Doug Naeher of Holmes Beach, David Naeher of Bradenton and Dana Naeher of Apollo Beach; sisters Debbie Bradley of Bradenton, Denise Harrington of Bradenton and Diane Boak of Holmes Beach; and a granddaughter.

Obituaries – 03-22-2017

Betty L. Guthrie

Betty L. Guthrie, 84, Cortez, died March 12.

She was born in Detroit and moved to Cortez in 1942 from Grand Ledge, Michigan.

She was an active member of Church of Christ Church in Cortez since 1952.

She was the owner/operator of Betty’s Beauty Salon for 17 years, an award-winning manager of JAFRA Cosmetics, president of the first Women’s Auxiliary for the Cortez Fire Department, n original member of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, as well as a member of the Sweet Adeline’s chorus.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Cortez Village Historical Society, P.O. Box 663, Cortez FL 34215. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, James “Junie” of Cortez; son Jimmy and wife Sandy of Riverview; daughters Carol and husband Allen Haas of Deatsville, Alabama, and Peggy and husband Steve Barr of Scottsville, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

 

Sophie Louise Isherwood

Sophie Louise Isherwood, 24, of Bradenton, died March 3 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

She was born May 14, 1992, in Gloucester, England, and has resided in the Bradenton-area for six years. She worked as a server at the Seafood Shack in Cortez.

A service was held March 9 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel in Bradenton. A service will be held at a later date in England. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Miss. Isherwood is survived by her mother and step-father, Jennifer and Ken Moore of Bradenton; father Stephen Isherwood of England; brother Nathan Isherwood of England; sister Mellisa Moore of Bradenton; maternal grandparents Bill and Mai Upton of the United Kingdom; boyfriend James Fetters of Holmes Beach; and many extended family members and friends.

 

Samuel Keller Pollock

Samuel Keller Pollock, 99, of Holmes Beach, died March 12.

Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, he moved to Bradenton in 2010 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

There will be no local services at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Blake School in Minneapolis. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by son Alfred and wife Helen of Holmes Beach; daughter Mary Pollock Scott of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 03-08-2017

Alois Grant Beer

Alois Grant Beer, 75, died March 1. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, April 24, 1941, and was the oldest of two children of Alois “Allie” Beer and Betty Smith Beer.

He graduated from high school in Monroe in 1959. He attended Stout State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education in 1964 and a master’s degree in 1965. He taught industrial education at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin, until he moved his family to Anna Maria Island in 1971. He taught at Bradenton High School.

In 1972, he moved his family to Wisconsin Dells to become manager and owner of the Showboat Saloon until his sons graduated from college. He was an active member of the community and the Jaycees.

He moved to back to Florida to be with his mother in Bradenton and began doing home enhancements until his retirement.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of the Moose lodge and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.

He liked to travel with friends for Nascar events and with his sons to play golf and watch Green Bay Packers games.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at St. Joseph Church in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218; or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

He is survived by sons Scott and wife Sarah of Lawrence, Kansas, and Tony and wife Andrea of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; granddaughters, Karly, Taylor and Morgan; niece Rebecca and husband Brian Folkerts; and fiancée Marlene Thebert.

 

Marie Franklin

Marie Franklin, 76 of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25.

She was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Tampa, to the late Bennie and Antoinette Scanio. She was a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, having moved here at the age of 5.

She attended Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, where she was married in 1960. She was the owner of Anna Maria Realty for many years and started working as a broker when the agency was known as Blassingame Realty.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Norman M. in 2015, and a brother Benji Scanio.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 11, at Roser Memorial Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Paws for Patriots, 4210 77th St. E. Palmetto FL 34221. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by daughters Dina Franklin of Anna Maria and Dawn and husband Dusty Bates of Bradenton; sister Rosemary and husband Roy Griscom of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Johnathon, Tiffany, Tyler and Travis; her faithful companion Zion; and many extended family members and friends.

 

James W. ‘Jim’ Kissick Jr

Retired U.S. Navy Cdr. James W. “Jim” Kissick Jr., 92, of Bradenton Beach, died Feb. 24.

A descendant of pioneers, including the individual responsible for the formation of Manatee County in 1855, and a grandfather who represented the steamship line serving the travel needs to Tampa from the 1880s until 1909, who then became director of the Seaboard Rail Line.

Mr. Kissick was born on Terra Ceia Island in 1924 to the late James W. and Mabel (Armstrong) Kissick. He graduated from Palmetto High School and entered the U.S. Navy in June 1942, and served as a combat air crewman in dive bombers over Japan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the battleship Yamato, and others.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in aviation operations engineering in 1948 and accepted a U.S. Navy commission. As a pilot he qualified in many props, all early jet fighters, as an airship commander, and extensively in anti-sub helicopters. In late 2014, he learned he was the only known quadruple-qualified pilot of all active/retired aviators.

His unusual military career also included carrier bridge qualifications to task-force level. During Vietnam, he served as staff operations officer of the Amphibious Ready Group, and later, in Southern Command, became the military assistance director for Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and many other awards. He also received several “Winged S” awards from Skikorsy Helicopters for saving lives and being saved by their aircraft.

Military retirement in 1967 led to piloting a helicopter for a newspaper in Illinois. Concurrently, he became technical editor, columnist, feature writer and test pilot for a world-class aviation magazine.

Returning to Florida in 1971, Mr. Kissick flew for corporations, operated his own aerial advertising business and was twice elected as city councilman in Bradenton Beach. For a period, he managed a helicopter company in Louisiana, and, later he led an airline/helo company serving the Bahamas.

In Manatee County, his memberships included the Veteran’s Council, Military Order of the World Wars, the Naval Aviation “Squadron,” the Military Officers Association, the American Legion, the Manatee County and Anna Maria historical societies and others. He also was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church and sang for 23 years in a Methodist choir.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with final honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Memorial donations may be made to Manasota Operation Troop Support, 4301 32nd St. W., Suite C-20, Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

He is survived by wife Marcella of Bradenton Beach; son James W. III of Bradenton; daughters Anita and husband Tony Walters of Springfield, Illinois, Peggy and husband Jerry Jamison of Denver, Ginger McLin and Mary Kay Vanasse both of Bradenton; step-son Thomas and wife Yvonne Tryon of Ellenton; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and friends.

 

Marie Elaine Vandeman

Marie Elaine Vandeman, 91, of Holmes Beach, died March 1.

She grew up in St. Clair, Michigan, the daughter of Theo and Myra Rose Southworth Eddy and sister of Ruth Eddy Harris and brother Paul.

She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1947. She was the first woman to serve as student body president.

After being widowed in 1968, she raised their three young sons and worked as a social worker.

In 1978, she met and married Ron Vandeman.

She and her husband moved to Henderson, Kentucky, in 1981 and began volunteering.

Upon retiring to Holmes Beach, she enjoyed volunteering with turtle watch and was active in Roser Memorial Community Church, chairing and participating on several committees and boards.

She became interested in watercolor and was known for her hand-painted Christmas cards.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St., Bradenton FL, 34205.

She is survived by husband Ron; sister Margaret Eddy Zimmer of Clive, Iowa; children Jim Drum and wife Nanci of Midlothian, Virginia, Dave Drum and wife Kate of Newport, Washington, Steve Drum and wife Diane of Burlington, Kentucky, Julie Vandeman Woeste and husband Ron of Springboro, Ohio and Steve Vandeman and wife Emilie of Vandalia, Ohio; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Obituaries – 03-01-2017

Jane Grossman

Jane Grossman, a woman who did it all and showed others how to live large, died in her island home Feb. 21.

She was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Elwood and Alma Shollenberger.

She resided in Holmes Beach and formerly in Sarasota and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

She had many journeys in life.

She led a life of many “firsts.” She was the first woman on the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, police force in 1959. She graduated from Bethlehem Business College and studied at Moravian College and the University of Pennsylvania Extension in Europe. She was a real estate agent and broker for 36 years and received many awards in that field. A true entrepreneur, she also held an insurance license, owned a beauty parlor, several boutiques, a bakery, several motels, an antique store, several commercial properties and acted as a marketing director for author, real estate developer and Italian carmaker Piero Rivolta.

She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. She was an activist and, in the early 1990s, she founded a nonprofit civil rights organization, Friends of Unity in the Community, in Sarasota. One of the many honors she received for her activism was the State of Florida Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Dedicated Community Service, which was presented by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles. She was extremely proud of this prestigious honor.

While in Sarasota, she was chair of the housing board for HUD. She had a special focus on helping women rise from challenging life circumstances. She was a guiding light for many women in her life. She also became very interested and active in politics and she ran 16 political campaigns at the local, state and federal level. And yes, she also was a Unitarian minister and ran a New Age Center called The Chapel of Light in Sarasota.

She also was an avid bridge player. She held master points and loved teaching her family and friends.

In 2000, she became semi-retired and moved to Holmes Beach with her husband, Marvin Grossman. For them, Anna Maria Island was paradise, a slice of heaven. She became a active real estate agent on the island and quickly rose to one of the top agents in the area. She also opened a gift shop in Holmes Beach.

And she became immersed in local politics and successfully helped her husband campaign for public office — he is a three-term Holmes Beach city commissioner.

A memorial service and celebration of life, including reflection, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

She is survived by daughters Nicole Skaggs and Shelly Hill; granddaughters Natashia and Rachael; grandson Matthew; step-children Charis, Rochelle and Michael; and loving husband Marvin, a Holmes Beach city commissioner.

 

Donald P. Knode

Donald P. Knode, 93, long-time Anna Maria Island-Key Royale resident, died Feb. 15 in Bradenton.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Knode grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he became an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast. He developed a keen interest in radio, and as a student was a broadcast announcer at the University of New Mexico.

His university studies were interrupted by the start of World War II, and Don was drafted to learn Japanese at the U. S. Navy Japanese Language School in Boulder, Colorado. As an officer in Naval Intelligence, he was sent to Hiroshima during the U.S. occupation to assess bomb damages to telecommunications.

After the war, he returned to the states and graduated in 1950 from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. At Yale, he was a proud member of the crew team, which in 1949 beat Harvard in the annual head-to-head regatta — a sporting triumph he would cherish for the rest of his life.

Resuming his pre-war interest in broadcasting, Mr. Knode was hired by ABC and sent to Munich, Germany, to interview Russian refugees. He subsequently joined Radio Free Europe in Istanbul, Turkey.

Later, he joined Merrill Lynch Fenner & Smith, where he had a long, distinguished, international career. He was responsible for opening the first Merrill Lynch office in Japan in 1961, and rose within the firm to the level of vice president.

While in Tokyo, Don also served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan and eventually started his own consulting and investor relations firm.

He retired in 1998 with wife Barbara to Key Royale in Holmes Beach. He had a life-long love of theater and participated in the Asolo Theatre Guild Playreaders. He was a member of the Yale Club of the Suncoast. He enjoyed playing tennis, and remained a loyal Tampa Bay Bucs fan.

A private service has been planned. Memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1, Sarasota FL 34237.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara (Hazzard) Knode; daughters Karen and husband Lee Trepte and Kim and husband David Watkinson; son Stephen and wife Sharon; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Spinoza

Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Spinoza died Feb. 16 in Bradenton. He was 86.

He was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, a former member of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and loved by many friends.

He was born in Connecticut and received his art education in New York City at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, where he studied portrait painting under Raphael Soyer.

Upon completion of his studies, he made an extended visit to Wyoming, where at the age of 22 he was given commissions to paint the governors of Wyoming and Colorado.

Back in New York, he opened a graphic illustration and design studio. Among his clients were major ad agencies and corporations.

As a hobby, he enjoyed making violins, one of which has been played in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Survivors include wife Rose; sisters Gloria Nash and Rita van Autreve; several nieces and nephews; and three cats.

 

Frances Rose Zacchero

Frances Rose Zacchero, of Bradenton, died Feb. 14. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Nicklaus and Mary Ferraro.

She grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1944.

She moved to Bradenton in 1986 and resided there until her death.

She was an active member of Country Village Association, where she planned numerous social events over the years. She also was active in her church, Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a member of the Pirates Boosters Club. She worked the spring training games for many years in Bradenton as an usher and in the gift store.

She was a beautiful and charming woman, kind and generous to all she met.

A service will be held in Pittsburgh at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton FL 34200.

She is survived by son Chuck of Bradenton; godson James Shine of Pittsburgh; dear friend Ann Lewis; sisters Theresa Dapra and Joan Shine of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Wanda Bindley Figari

Wanda Bindley Figari died Jan. 30.

She was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Fred and Ethel Damm and lived there throughout her childhood.

She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Indiana State University, where she also served as homecoming queen and president of Chi Omega, where she made many lifelong friends. She earned master degrees from both Ball State University and USF. She also was a appointee to the Kentucky Colonels.

She taught elementary school in Carmel, Indiana, and later in Bradenton. She also worked for the Manatee School Board as a reading specialist before retiring.

She loved living on Anna Maria Island and her Friday night “date nights” with husband Lou. Many people enjoyed her Indy 500 parties and Christmas sing-alongs.

A celebration of her life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of choice. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Survivors include son Michael Bindley of Holmes Beach; daughter Renee Bindley Weintraub and husband Larry of Bradenton; granddaughter Danielle Robert of Fort Myers; and grandson Airman Nathan Robert of Germany.

 

John Gilligan

John “Jack” Gilligan, 79, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, died Feb. 6. He was born Jan. 13, 1938.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended parochial grammar schools, St. Francis High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

He was a 26-year veteran of the New York Police Department, retiring at the rank of sergeant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and also a New York state trooper prior to joining the NYPD.

He and wife Kathy lived in Brooklyn for a short time after marrying in 1962, and they resided in Rockaway Beach, New York, for more than 30 years.

He became active in the Boy Scouts with his sons, attending scout meetings, chaperoning camping trips and helping with Scout projects.

After retirement, he and his wife followed the sun and split their time between Las Vegas and Anna Maria Island.

They eventually moved to Anna Maria Island, where he served on the board of his condominium association.

Although he was not a beach person, he enjoyed the relaxed beach lifestyle.

He also traveled with his wife, visiting 47 states, as well as various other locations.

Known for his sense of humor, keen wit, uncanny memory and an appetite for trivia, he always was the friendly guy people turned to for good conversation and debate.

Services were Feb. 18. Funeral arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton. He was to be buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

He is survived by wife Kathryn (nee Powers); children Patricia and husband Sean Lyons, John Patrick and wife Eileen, Edward and Randall; grandchildren Connor, Stephanie and John Patrick; sister Catherine Godkin; brother Raymond; in-laws John Powers and wife Vera, Maureen and husband Tom Brady, Anne and husband Tommy Hartnett and Barbara Lynch; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Lavonne J. Hager

Lavonne J. Hager, 91, of Cortez, died Feb. 10 in Sarasota.

She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to Carold and Frances McGugin.

She is the widow of Mathias Hager.

Burial and services will be later in Ohio. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel in Bradenton is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Alma Cockerham and Joanne Body, both of Cortez.