Arthur H. Graham
Arthur H. Graham, 77, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Bon Secours-Venice Hospital.
He was born July 28, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Arthur served as a Merchant Marine during World War II and retired as a harbor pilot. He moved to the Punta Gorda area in 1980 from New York. He was a member of Christ Community United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 110, both in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Millicent E. Graham; a son, Douglas A. Graham of Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y.; and daughter, Laura E. Johnson of Middletown, N.Y.; one brother, Richard Martin of Daleville, Va.; two grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. A private committal will be held in New York at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Children's Mission Fund, Christ Community United Methodist Church, 2700 Sunnybrook Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33983.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Janet E. Michels
Janet Elsie Michels, 74, of Zolfo Springs, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in New York, N.Y.
Janet moved to Florida in 1970 from Levittown, N.Y. She was a Methodist.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann Claar of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two sons, James A. Michels and Thomas J. Michels, both of Zolfo Springs; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Restlawn Chapel, with the Rev. J. Ralph Burton Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Lois E. O'Malley
Lois Elnora O'Malley, 99, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Julian Vargas, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at his residence in Port Charlotte.
He was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Cuba, and was of the Catholic faith.
There are no known survivors.
Graveside service and interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Indian Springs Cemetery in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Carl Webster, 76, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Englewood Community Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood Chapel.
Harold Dayman, 49, of Nocatee, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Fla.
Mr. Dayman was born Dec. 27, 1954, in Sebring, Fla. He was the son of Henry and Corine Dayman.
He attended school in Wauchula, Fla. He was a hard worker and a kind and generous person who helped and encouraged people who needed help.
He is survived by to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted earthly companion, Juldine Williams of Nocatee; one daughter, Kanta Dayman; two sons, Harold Dayman Jr. and Tyrone Dayman of Lakeland, Fla.; cousin, Mattie Pearl Williams of Wauchula; his extended family, Rosie Mae (Alberta) Williams, R.C. (Queenie) Williams, Charles Williams of Arcadia and Willie C. (Lizzie) Williams Jr. of Fairfax, S.C.; friends, Betty (Eddie) Norris, Barbara Tisdale, Johnnie (Grace) Scott, the Rev. James (Dorothy) Tice, Anthony Holmes, James (Donna) Webb; and many more friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Corine Dayman.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Hickson Funeral Home, 142 S. Orange Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Nocatee with the Rev. Luris E. Caldwell and the Rev. Sammie Edminson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Robert M. Fox
Robert Michael Fox, 51, of Arcadia, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, in Sarasota, Fla. Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home Inc., Arcadia.
Larry Mahoney, 60, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004.
He was born March 24, 1944, in West Orange, N.J., to Warren and Emily Mahoney.
Larry served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He received his master's degree in business administration from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He moved from Grand Island, N.Y., to Punta Gorda five years ago. Larry was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was active with St. Vincent DePaul Society, Sacred Heart Chapter.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Joanne Mahoney; and a stepson, Joseph Cormier of Arlington, Va.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren Mahoney.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Dates and times will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society Sacred Heart Conference, 520 Cross St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950, or St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County Inc., 1282 Market Circle, No. 6, Port Charlotte, FL 33953, or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Kay Ponger Funeral Home of Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita V. Morgan
Juanita V. Morgan, 96, of Arcadia, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004.
She was born Sept. 3, 1908, in Arcadia, Fla.
Juanita graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1927. She will be remembered for working for the Holton Electric Co., working at the old Arcadia General Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital before retiring. She was a member of the the First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia.
She is survived by her niece and caregiver, Margie Provau of Arcadia; and several additional nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home Chapel, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia.
Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Rebecca L. Burns
Rebecca L. Burns, 64, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
She was born July 4, 1940, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Rebecca worked at St. Francis Hospital and Community Hospitals in Indianapolis, and also worked at Venice hospital in Venice, Fla. She retired as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and the Deborah Foundation, a group offering financial support to Deborah Hospital in New Jersey.
Rebecca is survived by her son, Don Honea; daughter, Lee A. Bernard; brother, Tom Stansberry; grandchildren, Rosie Honea, Jaime Bernard and Rachel Buckle; and cousins, Sally Schaad and Clifton Bush.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Burns. Visition is from 11 a.m. until services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Usher Funeral Home, 2313 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. Online condolences and sign the guest register at www.usherfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or American Heart Association, Att: Memorials, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.
Arrangements are by Usher Funeral Home, Indianapolis.
Forrest J. Gorsuch
Forrest J."Rusty" Gorsuch, 80, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004.
He was the son of John and Velma (Leatherman) Gorsuch, born Oct. 22, 1923, in Waterloo, Iowa. Forrest served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He moved to the Port Charlotte area in 1992 from Englewood, Fla. Rusty enjoyed crafting toys for children.
Forrest will be missed by his friend Helen Kaylor of Port Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his wife Janet and a daughter Kathleen.
A memorial service in celebration of Rusty's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte, with the Rev. James Kibelbek officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church, 20035 Quesada Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
John R. Hill
John R. Hill, 69, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Indianapolis, Ind. passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2004.
He was the son of Edwin and Frances (Willde) Hill, born March 25, 1925, in Detroit, Mich.
John retired from GM Truck and Bus Co. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 23 and was active in the Eagledale Football League as coach and league organizer. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards.
John will be greatly missed by his sons; Jeffrey (Rebecca) Hill and Stephen (Theresa) Hill; daughters Lisa (Timothy) Luttrull, Laura (Ramiro) Campins and Linda (Christopher) Wilgus; mother of his children Carolyn Hill; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sisters Ruth Lyons and Betty Kennedy; and a brother Edwin Hill.
A private memorial service is planned at a later date. The family requests memorial donations be made to American Diabetes. Association P.O. Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Michele Romano, 94, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly from Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Sept. 10, 2004, at Fawcett Hospital.
He was the son of Vincent and Rockina (Salama) Romano, born Sept. 20, 1909, in Sicily, Italy. Michele came to the United States when he was 10 years old. He was of the Catholic faith and belonged to Holy Name Society. Michele worked as a painter and a decorator and worked at the Empire State Building in New York City. He would proudly say, "I worked at the Empire State Building from start to finish." He was a generous and loving man who helped and loved everyone he met.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Concetta; numerous nephews and nieces who called him "the candy man" because he loved to give Ricola candy to everyone he met.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation, Punta Gorda chapel. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. To express condolences to the family, visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Cremation Center, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Ruth A. Wietzel
Ruth A. Wietzel, 90, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her Sarasota County residence. Arrangements are being handled by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Englewood Chapel.
Lisa A. Davis
Lisa Ann Davis, 49, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her home.
She was born Feb. 26, 1955, in Painesville, Ohio.
Lisa was a resident of Arcadia since 1968. She was a 1974 graduate of DeSoto High School, and was employed at G. Pierce Wood Hospital for 26 years as a nurse's aide. She attended Church of Christ.
Lisa is survived by her mother, Delpha M. Davis of Arcadia; brothers, Mark (Lori) of Port Charlotte, Fla., Mike (Pam), James (Pam) and Steve, all of Arcadia; and sister, Deborah (Charlie) Miller of Arcadia; nine nieces and nephews; and six great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the chapel of Robarts Funeral Home, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 207 E. Magnolia St., Arcadia, FL 34266.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Emmett G. Perdue
Emmett G. Perdue, 86, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, in Leesburg, Fla.
He was born July 4, 1918, in Fort Deposit, Ala.,
Mr. Perdue served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a resident of Arcadia since 1958, and was a retired insurance agent with Liberty National and DeSoto Insurance agencies. He was a charter member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia. Mr. Perdue was an avid hunter and sports fan who enjoyed softball and loved the Bucs.
He is survived by his son, Emmett G. "Jerry" (Pam) Perdue of Brooksville, Fla.; daughter, Sherry (Neill) Tyree of Nocatee, Fla.; grandchildren, Eric (Abby) Tyree of Clewiston, Fla., Mary L. Tyree of Nocatee, Joshua Perdue and Jamie L. Perdue, both of Brooksville; and great-grandchild, Charles Tyree of Clewiston.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mattie "Pat" Perdue, on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia. A joint Burial for Emmett and Pat will follow at Joshua Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia.