Mrs. Lillian Kent Hulst
Lillian Kent Hulst, 97, Bradenton, passed away January 13, 2015.
Lillian was born January 18, 1917 in Upper Montclair, NJ to the late Allyn Munson and Frances (Mitton) Kent. She was a graduate of College High School in Upper Montclair and Newark State Teacher's College in Newark. She started her teaching career in Millburn, NJ.
In 1941 she met and married her beloved husband George D. Hulst. She went back to teaching in 1958 in independent schools and private tutoring for 20 years.
She was active in the Montclair Operetta and Dramatic Clubs, traveled with her husband and friends from Montclair Heights Reformed Church to many destinations.
Lillian moved to Bradenton in 1976 settling in the Mt. Vernon Community. In 1985 she moved to Westminster Manor for many years and then later on to the Westminster Shores Retirement Community. She was also an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bradenton where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Women's Association at the church. She was also a member of the Bay Chorale, and Church Women United.
She was predeceased by her husband George D. Hulst in 2012, and is survived by her daughter Carolyn Boyer-Rowe and her husband Ronald Rowe of Bradenton, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date in NJ.
The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir in her memory.
Dr. Robert Daniel Nolan
Dr. Dan Nolan, 76, died Jan. 9, 2015 with family by his side. His heroic and long battle with recurring cancer was fought with grace and quiet determination. He leaves a legacy which involves a successful 40-year educational career in the Manatee County School District.
Born in Rawlins, Wyoming, to the late Michael H. and Thelma M. Nolan, he spent his youth in the nearby city of Sinclair, moving with family to St. Louis. He attended undergraduate school at St. Louis University. Further degrees were earned at the University of Florida and Nova University. His professional career in Manatee County started as a teacher at the then newly-built Southeast High School. He was the first faculty advisor for the first student council and he helped originate the Southeast Golden Feather Award.
Further positions attained in his career include Administrator/ Dean at Walker Junior High (now part of Manatee High School); District Supervisor of Language Arts; Principal of Palma Sola Elementary School; Assistant Superintendent of District Curriculum; and Superintendent of Manatee County Schools.
During the first years of the federal court order which asked for realignment of Manatee County Schools boundaries and the ensuing shift of students to meet desegregation guidelines, Dr. Nolan was asked by the district to personally work with the affected schools. He was welcomed by all stakeholders during this tumultuous period, and his open approach and sincere desire to help was contagious, contributing to a more successful transition.
In the year 2000, after a national search, the School Board of Manatee County called Dr. Nolan back from retirement and appointed him to the position of Superintendent of the Manatee County School District.
Dr. Nolan was well-known in the state and he was respected for his knowledge and depth of experience in all aspects of his profession. The ability to communicate in both verbal and written manner and his genuine respect for the other person's ideas and input made him continually in demand as a consultant in the field of education. He was a calm, spontaneous and natural problem-solver in his field. He recognized the need to open the door and utilize the emerging technology in school administration and classroom. It was tangible evidence of his visionary outlook.
His involvement and successes facilitated membership in many school and community organizations. He had cumulative 38 years' membership in Bradenton Rotary and was President of West Bradenton Rotary. He also was the recipient of the prestigious PAUL HARRIS Fellow; President of Meals on Wheels; Chairman of the United Way fund drive; Member of Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Manatee County Art League President; Ringling Museum Board of Directors; United Way Board of Directors; Florida Department Master Trainer; Florida Music Teachers Association Administrator of the year; Speaker At National Staff Development Council; Florida Council of Teachers of English; Who's Who in the South; Outstanding Educators in America; Speaker at National Council of Teachers of English Conference; University of Florida Honor Society (Phi Kappa Phi); and Manatee County Schools Teacher Of the Year.
Dr. Nolan was predeceased by three brothers and is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn McClure Nolan of Bradenton; sister-in-law, Margaret McClure Favero, Clearwater, FL. He is also survived by two sisters: Marianne Blue (Judge John), Parrish, FL; Helen Rubrecht, Fort Wayne ,IN; nephew, Tom Nolan (Liz), Bradenton,FL; nieces Meredith Torkelson (Ron), Bradenton, FL; Jackie Blue,Bradenton FL; Diane Lang (Doug), Palmetto FL; and Amy Cariello (Mike), Tampa, FL. He is also survived by two beloved, faithful Yorkies, Bonnie and Dolci. There is extended family in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Friday, Jan.16, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview. Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. A celebration of life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, Jan.17, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. Interment will follow at Fogartyville Cemetery, Bradenton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to: an animal rescue and adoption agency of your choice; Meals on Wheels; or the Dan Nolan Middle School, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Bradenton, FL. 34202(Dan Nolan Memorial Fund).
Mr. Maxwell Erik Grablin
Maxwell Erik Grablin, 12, Bradenton, passed away Jan.3, 2015.
Maxwell was born on Oct.30, 2002 in Bradenton to Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. and Karin A. Grablin.
He was in 6th grade at the State College of Collegiate School. Maxwell also attended the Unity Church in the Woods in Bradenton, and had been a Cub Scout with Pack 22 for 5 years at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. He was currently a Boy Scout with Troop 8 at First United Methodist Church. Max was an avid collector, builder and enjoyed video games. He loved Pokémon, Minecraft and Legos. He also enjoyed taking golf lessons at the Bradenton Country Club and took guitar lessons at the Florida Enrichment Academy. And he loved his pet hamster, Harryett.
Maxwell was predeceased by his grandparents; John & Patricia Grablin, and Birgit M. Anderson, and is survived by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. & Karin A. Grablin of Bradenton, grandfather, Gordon D. Anderson of Beavercreek, OH, and many extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of Maxwell’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Interment will be private.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial donations be made to the Maxwell E. Grablin Memorial Fund c/o Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 or online http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/news/2015/01/05/donate-to-the-maxwell-e-grablin-memorial-fund/. The Fund will be used to benefit children and animals in need, as Max would have wanted.
Mrs. Amy Elizabeth Doss Colbert Drulia
Amy Doss-Colbert-Drulia, 40, of West Bradenton Florida passed away on Wednesday December 24, 2014 in her home due to heart problems.
She was born February 22, 1974 in Bradenton Florida to Melodie Calabro and the late William Doss.
Amy graduated Bayshore High School in 1990. She met her husband Don Drulia in 1992 and they married in 2005.
She is survived by her husband Don, her mother Melodie and step father Frank, her brothers Arik, Michael and Nick, her sisters Nickie, Billy and Sarah as well as her children Christopher, Robert, Crystal, Donald (DJ) and Anna.
Amy was an avid animal lover all her life and volunteered her time at local rescue shelters as often as she could.
The family will be holding a small private viewing on Friday January 2, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Breast Cancer Research Foundation or Marewatchers Streaming Cam Service
Mrs. Grace Maxine Jenkins
Grace Maxine Jenkins, 74, Cortez, passed away Dec. 28, 2014. She was born July 17, 1940 in Waukegan, IL to the late Max and Grace Pollock.
Grace served her country faithfully by serving with the U.S. Air Force during the period between Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.
Grace moved to Cortez over 45 years ago coming from Ft. Walton Beach, FL. She worked locally for A.P. Bell as the bookkeeper for 15 years, and many other local companies over the years. She also served as Board member with the Florida Saltwater Heritage in Cortez.
She was predeceased by her husband Norman E. Jenkins, and a son, Norman "Chip" Jenkins. Survived by her son, Kenny and his wife Anita of Cortez, three grandchildren; Maxine, Richard and Dalton, her faithful companion No Toes, and many extended family members and friends.
Services will be held at a later date to be announced.
The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to TideWell Hospice in her memory.