Deputy Yona Sue Valdez, MCSO-Retired
Yona Sue Valdez, age 69, of Palmetto, She passed peacefully in her sleep on November 3, 2011. Yona was born on December 30, 1942 in Owensboro, KY to the late Kenneth & Margie (Tatum) Phegley. She moved to Manatee County in 1966 coming from AZ. Yona was truly a pioneer with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office where she was the first female bailiff and the first female deputy to go on the road. While with the MCSO, she received the honor of Deputy of the Month in 1993 and then in 1999 was named officer of the year. She also was a recipient in 1999 of the Medal of Valor for heroic actions in the line of duty. Yona retired from the Manatee County Sheriff Office in 2006 with 29 years of service. Yona was predeceased by her companion David R. Martin in 2009, and her sisters; Anna E. Tio, Glenna L. Benham. She was a loving mother to her sons and daughters; David V. Valdez of Sarasota, M. Dean Valdez of Ogunquit, ME, Anita G. Valdez of Tucson, AZ, Lisa Brehmer of Anchorage, AK, loving sister of Phillip Phegley of Paducah, KY, Barbara N. Williams of Bradenton, Sherril D. Reichenbach of Orville, CA, a dear and caring grandmother of ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and by her faithful companion dog Elmer. Services will be held at 3 P.M. on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch in her memory. She will be remembered in the community as a kind and giving officer who gave above and beyond her call of duty and was a true warrior.
Mr. Amos Jackson Winchester
Amos Jackson (AJ/Jack) Winchester, Jr. born April 16, 1919 in St. Louis, Mo. died on November 4, 2011. Son of Amos Jackson Winchester, Sr. and Julia LeFever Winchester. Graduated from Clayton High School and University of Missouri. He began his work career at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his Master in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. From Westinghouse he went to work for EW Bliss Company in Salem, Ohio, then for General Electric first in Schenectady, NY and finally in Roanoke, VA. In his career he had many patents, most notably he received a patent for being the first person to computerize a steel mill. He was a member of the GE Elfun Society and received General Electric’s Award for Distinguished Service. Jack was an elder in many churches including Beulah Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pa.; First Presbyterian Church Salem, Ohio; East Glenville Community Church in Glenville, NY; and a deacon at Grace Church, Roanoke, VA. and Sarasota Baptist Church, Sarasota, Fl. He and his wife served for 15 years as volunteers in the Wycliffe Ministry for JAARS in Waxhaw, NC and in England. Jack was married to Harriet Carter for 66 years. He is the father of Bob Winchester (wife Susan) of Alplaus, NY, Julie McMahon (husband Dennis) of Bradenton, FL and Dr. Jim Winchester of Atlanta, GA. He is the grandfather of Amy Winchester of Washington, DC, Bethany Winchester of Milford, Ct., Sophie Winchester and Adrian Winchester of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his brother Robert L. Winchester (wife Judy) of Niskayuna, NY. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Westminster Towers Chapel in Bradenton, Florida.
The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either Westminster Towers, Wycliffe JAARS, Waxhaw, NC or First Baptist Church of Bradenton.
Mr. Ervin Perez-Perez
Ervin Perez-Perez, 27, Bradenton, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Ervin was born on June 16, 1984 in Mexico. He worked as a laborer in the aluminum industry in Bradenton. He is survived by his companion of three years, Margarita Lopez of Bradenton, mother, Paula, one brother and one sister all of Mexico. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at the Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West, Bradenton. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. in the Memorial Chapel at First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1402 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton with committal services to follow at Palma Sola Cemetery in Bradenton.
Mr. Donald H. Diederich
Donald H. Diederich, 78, Bradenton, passed away on November 2, 2011. Donald was born on March 31, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Edwin & Marguerite (Thompson) Diederich. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was retired from the United States Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Bradenton in 1998 coming from St. Louis where he was a member of the Full Gospel Church. Locally he was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Bradenton. He is survived by his loving wife Joung Hoi Diederich of Bradenton, sister, Margaret Diederich of St. Louis, Missouri, and many extended family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from 10-11 A.M. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 A.M. at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West, Bradenton, Fl. Committal services will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida with final military honors to be rendered by the U.S. Air Force. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Mill Creek Baptist Church in his memory.
Mr. John Thomas Barlay
John Thomas Barlay, 47, Bradenton, passed away October 29, 2011 at his residence. John was born on January 7, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio to Norman T. & Dorothy (Luecke) Barlay. He worked as a sales associate for Home Depot in Manatee County. John was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy in December of 2003. He is survived by his father, Norman T., brother, Norman D., and two sisters; Debbi Badyna, Lorri Lehn all of Bradenton, and his faithful companion Fritzie. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mr. Steven M. Sauer
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Donald S. Giles
Donald S. Giles, 60, Bradenton, passed away October 22, 2011. He was born on July 28, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Donald & Bonnie (Hahn) Giles. He moved to Bradenton in 1983 and worked as a construction supervisor. Donald was predeceased by his brother David earlier this year, and is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Shawn of Bradenton, four children Justin and Danielle of Bradenton, Miranda (William) Moore of North Lima, Ohio, Dallas of Las Vegas, Nev., sister, Donna of Dayton, Ohio, brother, Joseph of Knoxville, Tenn., and four grandchildren, Darien Dawson, Michael, Emily and Alyssa Brinsky. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton. He was the best father, husband and provider any family could want. His friends loved him and admired his loyalty, diligence and work ethic. Everyone who knew him loved him; he will be missed and remembered always.
Mr. Richard Lee Clevenger
Private family services will be held at a later date at the Talhoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
Mr. William Hess Daily
William Hess Daily, 68 of Bradenton, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. William was born onJanuary 8, 1943 in Galesburg, Illinois to Mr. & Mrs. Harold & Betty (Richey) Daily. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era, and was predeceased by his father, and is survived by his mother, Betty Sharp of Bradenton, three brothers; Robert L. Daily of Mount Pulaski, IL, Dennis Sharp of Williamsburg, VA, Terry Daily of Franklin, TN and many extended family members. Services will be held at a later date in Illinois. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mr. Frank Eldon McDowell
Frank Eldon McDowell, 40, Bradenton, FL and Frisco, N.C., passed away on January 2, 2012 at his residence in Bradenton. Frank was born on December 6, 1971 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Frank & Connie (Huerta) McDowell. He worked as a carpenter in the construction industry in Florida and North Carolina. Frank was predeceased by his mother, Connie and is survived by his wife, June (Williams) McDowell, two sons; Christian Craig McDowell, Francis Woodrow Alexzander McDowell, one daughter Precious Ella McDowell all of Frisco, N.C., father Frank McDowell of Frisco, NC, one brother; Ramon Galvan of McGowan, TX, three sisters; Maria Ryals of San Antonio, TX, Melissa Clever of Buxton, NC, Gina Williams of Frisco, NC and many friends and acquaintances in Florida and North Carolina. Services will be held at a later date in Frisco, N.C. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mrs. Sharon K. Mayes
Sharon K. Mayes, 54 of Bradenton, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. Sharon was born on October 28, 1957 in Bristol, Virginia to Jack & Barbara (Brewer) Parks. She was predeceased by her loving husband John in October of 2009 and her mother, Barbara. She is survived by her three children; Jack Mayes, Johnny Ray Mayes, and Angel Mayes all of Bradenton, her father, Jack Parks of Bradenton, three brothers; Carl Parks of Tennessee, Preston Parks of Bradenton, Steven Parks, and one sister, Christina Parks-Murkerson of Bradenton, and five grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date in the Spring. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mrs. Louise R. Senander
Louise R. Senander, 86, Bradenton, passed away January 21, 2012. She was born August 1, 1925 in Waynesboro County, PA to the late Lester and Genevieve (Geesaman) Felix. Moved to Bradenton from St. Petersburg, FL over 10 years. Member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg. She was retired from SunTrust in St. Petersburg, and was a realtor for several years. She was predeceased by her loving husband Richard Senander in 1998. Survived by her son; Phillip (Karen) Williams of Bradenton, sister, Mary Ellen Hivner of Calabasas, CA, and granddaughter, Tiffany Williams of Bradenton. Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. Saturday, January 28, 2012 with services to follow at 11 A.M. at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Committal to follow at Garden Sanctuary in Seminole. Memorials may be made to Lifecare of Sarasota, 8104 Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Fl. 34243 in her memory.
Mrs. Judith L. Chatain
Judith L. Chatain, 76, Bradenton, passed away, February 3, 2012. She was born on March 13, 1935 in New Milford, CT to the late Garwood & Doris (Neal) Devaux. Judith was retired from the Children’s Center in New Milford as a Preschool Teacher with over 30 years of service. She moved to Bradenton in 2002 and was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Henry, a son Peter of Alfred, NY, two daughters; Melissa and her husband Geoffrey Thomas of New Milford, CT, Holly and her husband Albert Irving of Garden City, MO, three sisters; Nancy & Jerry Eidam of Santa Cruz, CA, Deborah Devaux of Kent, CT, Jennifer and Jim Hearn of Aspen, CO, and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Bradenton. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in her memory. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.
Mrs. Linda Van Metre
Linda Van Metre/ Walters, 60, Palmetto FL. died peacefully Jan. 29 2012 at Manatee Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born August 13, 1951 to Maurice J. and Mary Jane (Haffele) Francis in Hazel Green WI. A 1969 graduate of Warren (IL) High School, and Eastern IL University Charleston she re-located to Manatee County from Rockford Il in 1986 to begin a 13 year association with St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton instructing English/Literature at the Jr. High level earning a “ tough as nails” reputation from her students while working to further her credentials with a Masters Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in1990. Beginning in Sept. of 1990 to present she has taught English/ Lit III and IV at Manatee High School referred to by students as the” kick butt grammar guru” who demanded excellence from her students while earning their respect as a great instructor and friend . A member of the ASPCA, she had a lifelong soft heart for abandoned or distressed animals ,currently caring for their four cats. United in marriage to Mike Walters on April 21 2007, she is survived by her husband, stepsons Chris and Tim Walters, Palmetto, brother Jim (Kim) Francis Warren Il, nephew Jacob Francis and niece/ god-daughter Krystal Francis, Warren IL and niece Karla Francis Hazel Green WI. Uncle Lee ( Mary) Francis Dubuque IA, Aunt Jane( Haffele) Bruun, Hazel Green WI. and many cherished cousins in the Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa area along with many close friends scattered throughout the United States and Germany. A Family/ Friends Eulogy will be held at 8:45 AM Saturday Feb. 4 2012 with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church Bradenton FL. Family request memorials be made to the ASPCA in Linda’s memory in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton FL.
Rev. John Clawson Bonser
Rev. John Clawson Bonser, 73, Bradenton, died at home on January 29, 2012. John was born on May 15, 1938 to the late Howard & Nina Bonser. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1959. He received both a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was ordained by the United Lutheran Church in America in 1962, and served three parishes in Pennsylvania. After moving to Bradenton in 1977, he became a Registered Investment Advisor with Raymond, James and Associates and was a Certified Financial Planner. John was an avid photographer and a member of the Island Gallery West for many years. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, and was involved with All Island Denominations and Inquiring Minds. John is survived by his wife, Susan, his son, Donald, his daughter, Amy (Matt) Valenzisi, his step-daughter, Margretta Goodis, his step-son, William (Alyson) Karow, his brother, Curtis (Jane), and sister-in-law, Catherine Raymond. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Sarah, Robert, Chase, and Graham, other extended family members and many friends. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach. Inurnment will be in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church memorial garden at. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Fl. 34217. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.
Mr. James ''Bob'' Beal
James “Bob” Beal, 82, Bradenton, Fl., passed away January 26, 2012. He was born on April 14, 1929 in Manito, Illinois to the late John & Etta (Murphy) Beal. He was reared in the Manito and Green Valley, IL. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was a retired iron worker and building contractor in Il and U.S. Virgin Islands. Bob lived in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for over 20 years before moving to Bradenton in 1999. He was the last of eleven children, and is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Bonnie of Bradenton, three sons; Richard (Kathy) of Pekin, IL, Keith (Mary) of Green Valley, IL, Kim (Kay) of Concord, AK, three daughters; Vicky (Bill) Ostrom of Hemphill, TX, Cindy (Ed) Baker of Green Valley, IL, Tammy (Rick) Feilner of Bedford, IN, two step-sons; Chris Chiapusio of Charlotte, NC, Scott Chiapusio of Plantation, Fl., thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date in Illinois. Memorials may be made in his memory to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fl. 34238.
Mr. John Franklin Roesel, Jr.
John Franklin Roesel, Jr., 80, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away January 2, 2013. He was born June 3, 1932 in Ocklawaha, FL to the late John F. Sr. & Melissa (Lovett) Roesel.
A Bradenton resident since 1968, he was the founder of Precise Power Corporation in Manatee County, in which he was actively involved until his death. The company was formed to produce and market innovative uninterruptible power systems and electrical motors based on his inventions. John received his Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. John was predeceased by his wife Bettye ‘’Bunny’’ Roesel in January , 2010, and is survived by his five daughters; Robin Brown of Bradenton, Cheryl (Joseph Smith) Roesel of Arlington, VA, Kathy (Tim) Pritchard of Myakka City, Tracy (Art) Schumer of Switzerland, Kimberly Wackenhut of Atlanta, GA, his brother, Charles (Edna Sue) Roesel of Bushnell, FL, his sister, Mary (John) Moeller of Knoxville, TN, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and extended family and friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy (Florida Program), the Florida Native Plant Society, or Florida Audubon Society.