Mildred "Millie" Peterson, 86, of Englewood, Fla., died Jan. 20, 2002, at Bon Secours-Venice Hospital, Venice, Fla. Lemon Bay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth M. Harvey
Kenneth M. Harvey was born April 27, 1926, on a perfect spring day in Muskegon, Mich., and died Feb. 14, 2002, on a perfect San Diego, Calif., day.
It's been said that wealth is not measured in how big your home is or how large your 401k, but it's measured rather by how large your heart is and how many who knew you enjoyed your company.
If the latter be true, Ken Harvey was a very wealthy man.
Born and raised in Muskegon, leaving as a sailor for the Pacific, Ken spent 1944-1946 fighting for his country on LSM 373. Ken graduated post-war in 1947 from Muskegon High.
Married May 14, 1948, to Jean Massot, they spent 54 happy years together. Starting in Roosevelt Park and then 23 years in Twin Lake, they raised two children. Ken spent this time busy on every civic and church board imaginable and as a firefighter with the Twin Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Ken was employed by Bennett Pump for 34 years. He was a member of the Twin Lake Methodist Church.
Jean and Ken retired to Punta Gorda, Fla., in 1984, where Ken "unretired" to Winn-Dixie supermarkets for 16 years. Ken and Jean enjoyed several years of grandchildren and entertaining "northern" friends. Ken was a lifetime member of VFW Post 10192 and the USS LSM-LSMR Association.
Diagnosed with a progressive terminal disease, Ken, with Jean, moved to San Diego in June 2001 to live with their son and family, and lived his last days in comfort, surrounded by family who loved him greatly. A simple, honest and generous man, Ken gave his love to others freely, never asking for any payment in return. He was a very, very rich fellow indeed and will be greatly missed. Anchors aweigh, my boy ...
He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter, Susan; son, Dave; daughter-in-law, Gayle; four grandchildren, John Charles Burmeister III and Rebecca, Leslie and Amanda Harvey; two great-grandchildren, Bryana and John Charles Burmeister IV; brother, Eugene (Norma) Harvey; and sister, Ruth Haynes.
Cards can be sent to Jean Harvey, 1580 Carmel Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91913. Donations may be sent to Sharp Hospice Care Fund, Grossmon Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944.
Frances M. Langill
Frances M. Langill, 81, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at her Port Charlotte residence.
Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Brockton, Mass., she moved to this area in 1976 from Hingham, Mass., and was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include her children, two sons, Edward J. Langill Jr. of Hingham, Mass., and William Langill of Tenn.; two daughters, Jane A. Andrews and Leslie Langill, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; one brother, Charles Richards of Brockton, Mass.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Edward J. Langill, and a son, Richard (Dickie), preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, from 6 p.m. until start of service at 7 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. The Rev. Derek Goldstein of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church will officiate. Inurnment will be held later in Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Wilton J. Roberts
Wilton J. "Pop-Pop" Roberts, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at his residence. He was born Oct. 5, 1925, in L'Anse, Mich., and has lived here since moving in 1988 from Browns Mills, N.J.
He retired in 1985 from the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 49 years, Annie (Williams) Roberts; daughter, Rose R. Keech of Port Charlotte; two sons, Walter J. Roberts of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Henry L. Roberts of Browns Mills; two sisters, Dorothy Celello of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Sharon Schroeder of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren, Alicia Keech of Port Charlotte, Rhiannon Roberts of Corpus Christi, Ryan Roberts of Browns Mills, and Mason Lessa of Browns Mills; and two great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2500 Easy St., Port Charlotte. Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hepatitis Foundation International, 30 Sunrise Terrace, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009-1423, or to the Florida Lions Eye Bank, University of Miami School of Medicine, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 900 N.W. 17th St., Miami, FL 33136.
L.C. Duke Bitler
L.C. Duke Bitler succumbed to cancer Feb. 13, 2002. Born in Waynesburg, Ohio, he grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University after a tour of duty with the Maritime Service during World War II.
He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and had received his 50-year pin. His entire business career was with Ohio Bell Telephone Co., where he was a division manager, manager of the Akron/Canton/Youngstown district and served on loan to AT&T as a consultant in Australia to assist in the restructuring of the telephone system there.
He was a charter member of Silver Lake Country Club, former president of The Russet Wood Association in Walden, former member and president of Walden Golf and Tennis Club, former president and long-time board member of Pelican Landing Association in Englewood, Fla., and a former member of the Akron Regional Development Board. A resident of Florida since his retirement in 1988, Mr. Bitler summered at his home in Stow, Ohio. He was a long-time member of The Church in Silver Lake, and the Akron and Lakewood Masonic lodges, where he was a 32nd degree Mason, The Shrine in Sarasota, the Englewood Elks Club and the Englewood Historical Society. He also was an Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Marcye; children, Jon, James and Dougless; stepchildren, James Armington Jr. and Suegene Armington Wagner; and eight grandchildren.
Calling hours are on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Mary Willis officiating. Friends may send contributions to The Church in Silver Lake or the Englewood Historical Society.
Delaine Vivian Fisher
Delaine Vivian Fisher, of Rotonda West, Fla., died on Feb. 14, 2002. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to this area 12 years ago from Columbus. She was a barber at the Tarpon Center Barber Shop in Grove City for four years.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Fisher, of Rotonda West; three daughters, Jeannie McDermott, Linda Wallace and Karen Wallace; three stepchildren, Dixie Fisher, Candy Fisher and Scott Fisher; two brothers, Richard Luty and Raymond Luty; and seven grandchildren, Michael McDermott, Mark McDermott, Sam Fisher, Katti Fisher, Michael Fisher, Mitchell Wallace and Danielle Shea.
Farley Funeral Home & Crematory, North Port Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond F. Flannigan
Raymond F. Flannigan, 84, of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., died Feb. 14, 2002. Arrangements by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes and Cemetery, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Charles Arden Prickett
Charles Arden Prickett, 82, died Jan. 30, 2002, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Arrangements by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes and Cemetery.
Clayton B. Woodward
Clayton B. Woodward, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Westmoreland, N.H., died Feb. 14, 2002. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Andrew "Andy" Amendola, 58, of Fruitland, Park, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002.
Mr. Amendola was a long distance technician for Sprint in Leesburg, Fla. He was born in New Haven, Conn., and moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1994. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fruitland Park. He was a Vietnam veteran and in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Survivors are his wife, Joanne Amendola of Fruitland Park; sons, Andrew Amendola and James (Laura) Amendola, both of Port Charlotte; a brother, James Amendola of West Haven, Conn.; a grandson, Alex Grantham of Port Charlotte; and his mother, Emma Talbot of Holiday, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church of Fruitland Park, with Pastor Gary Washburn officiating. Interment will be at Shiloh Cemetery, Fruitland Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter County, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778; or the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, Fla.
Edna T. Punch
Edna T. Punch, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Feb. 8, 2002.
She was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Grenada, West Indies, to John and Evalina (Mark) Millet. She worked as a teacher and financial clerk before retiring in 1987. She moved to Port Charlotte in 1988 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was a volunteer at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County.
She is survived by three children, Francis Punch and Florence Punch, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Anthony Punch of Port Charlotte; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sybil Millet of Brooklyn and Evelyn Bromet of Aruba, NA.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with Burial to follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens.
Harry Warburton, 73, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 4, 2002.
He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2153, VFW Post No. 5690, American Legion Post No. 110, and served as post commander of R.L. Cochran Jr. DAV Post No. 82, past commander of DAV districts No. 2 and No. 13, adjunct treasurer of DAV Post No. 82, and judge advocate of state of Florida DAV for five years.
Surviving is a niece, Lynn Ambrose of Punta Gorda.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Post Charlotte Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, with American Legion Post No. 110 providing military honors. Inurnment with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorials may be made to DAV, Sunnydale Plaza, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Patricia A. Todd
Patricia Ann Todd, 42, died at her residence in North Port, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2002.
She was born on Oct. 6, 1959, in Boston, Mass., and came to North Port from Walpole, Mass., in 1990. She was the co-owner of A-1 Superior Pest Control Co. in Englewood, Fla., for the last five years. She was a teachers assistant at Charlotte School District for four years and attended San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port.
Survivors include her son, Brian Todd of North Port; a daughter, Loretta Washburn of East Granby, Conn.; her fiancÚ, Brian Scott of Englewood; a brother, Paul Stella of North Port; a sister, Lorraine Whitneour of Granby, Conn.; her father, Paul Stella Sr. of Sharon, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 12, at San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or to the American Cancer Society, South County Unit, 2100 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. A, Venice, FL 34293. Arrangements are by Farley Funeral Home and Crematory, North Port Chapel.
Willette Smith Murrill, 79, of Arcadia, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002, in Arcadia.
Mrs. Murrill was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Dublin, Ga., and moved to Arcadia in 1964. She was a retired school teacher, having taught grammar school in DeSoto County for 18 years, and was a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1944, with a degree in education. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and the Arcadia Women's Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Maryesther (Merrill) Jackson of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Lee Murrill and Ed Murrill, both of Arcadia; her sister, Esther Hudgins of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Cristina, Olivia, Abigail and Jordan; and two great-grandchildren, Levi and Leigha. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Lee Murrill Sr.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ken Hostetler and the Rev. Glenn Clulow officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
Sadie Carr, 80, of North Port, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002, in Bon Secours-Venice Hospital. Arrangements are by the James A. McKee Funeral Homes, North Port.
James D. Dale
James D. Dale, 70, passed away Feb. 10, 2002. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla.
Marvin L. Davis
Marvin L. "Dick" Davis, 69, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Feb. 8, 2002, at Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, Fla. Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel.
Della A. Martin
Della A. (Fox) Martin, 82, of Mansfield, Conn., and Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y., and beloved wife of Robert F. Martin, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Windham Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.
Della was born April 14, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Augusta (Beck) Fox. She was a resident of Mansfield for the past nine years.
Della was employed by the town of Smithtown in the Assessors Office for 10 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Nesconset Fire Department and was active in the Smithtown Bay Yacht Club.
Della was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-granmother, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides Della's husband of 61 years, Robert, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Ronald Nichols of Coventry, Conn.; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert Jr. and Evelyn Martin, and William and Kathleen Martin, all of Smithtown; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Cooney; two brothers, William and Robert Fox; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Fox.
Funeral services will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Coventry Funeral Home, 2665 Boston Turnpike (Route 44), Coventry, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 1600 Main St., Coventry. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4.
Grace P. Riegel
Grace P. Riegel, 54, of North Port, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 at her residence.
She was born Sept. 1, 1947 in Camden, N.J., and moved to North Port in 1994 from Titusville, Fla. She was a cashier at the Port Charlotte Kmart Store. She was a member of the American Red Cross, Charlotte County Chapter and was a Catholic.
She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Riegel of North Port; two daughters, Jennifer Gawrys of Cocoa, Fla., and Joanne Thomas of Estill Springs, Tenn.; a son, Lacy Taylor of Titusville; father and stepmother, Elwood & Dolores Pifer of Cherry Hill, N.J.; four sisters, four brothers, and six grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Charlotte County Chapter, 1300-D Enterprise Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
Doris Jean Schmidt
Doris Jean Schmidt, 86, of Bradenton, Fla., and formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at her residence.
She was born March 30, 1915 in Detroit, Mich., and moved to Port Charlotte in 1986 from Dearborn, Mich., and in 1989 moved to Bradenton. Mrs. Schmidt was an avid golfer and a former member of the Punta Gorda Country Club. She was a former president of the Women's Golf Association of the Washtenaw Country Club of Ypsilanti, Mich., and a former president of the Lawyers Wives of Dearborn.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. Metzler of Winnetka, Ill., and Sandra Schmidt of Bloomfield, Mich.; two sons, James J. Schmidt of Fort Gratiot, Mich., and Russell Schmidt III of Troy, Mich.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. The Rev. James R. Kuse of the Port Charlotte United Methodist Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte.
Pareleah Russell Warren
Pareleah Russell Warren, 69, of Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She had been a resident of this area since 1952, moving from Kentucky.
Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her parents, James A. Garfield Russell and Cynthia Jane Miller, and two sisters, Beth Phillips and Nellie Irene Russell. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Buell Warren; children, Fred G. Warren of Nashville, Tenn., Edna Alyne Warren Phillips of Fort Myers, Douglas Evert Warren of Punta Gorda and James Wayne Warren of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; brothers, James, David, Paul, Johnny, Homer, Larry and Robert Russell; sisters, Margaret Wheeler, Faye Smith, Dorothy Tyner, Martha Ewers and Fletta Jackson; grandchildren, Rodney Buell Phillips, Stephanie Louise Warren, Jessica Lynn Warren, Jordan Elizabeth Warren and Caleb John Warren; great-grandchildren Shane Alexander Phillips, Spencer Adam Phillips, Sarah Kathryn Jokela and Scott George Jokela.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at the Punta Gorda chapel of Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave. Interment will follow at Indian Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Charlotte/DeSoto Alzheimer's Chapter, P.O., Box 510042, Punta Gorda, FL 33951.