Starks, James A.
James Anthony Starks, 72 of Charlotte Harbor passed away June 9, 2004.
He was the son of James and Josephine (Dymon) Starks, born May 16, 1932, in Mechanicville, NY.
James served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War before retiring as Master Sargent.
He was a member of Gunner Association, Deep Creek Golf Club and American Legion.
James and his wife moved to the Charlotte Harbor area in 1979 from Virginia Beach, VA.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Laura; sons Mitchell and Marshall Starks both of Virginia Beach, VA; sister Helen Behan of Mechanicville, NY; four grandchildren.
The inurnment will at Saratoga National Cemetery.
Donato L. Boccio, 72 of Port Charlotte passed away June 10, 2004.
He was the son of Vincenzo and Josephina (Catapano) Boccio, born December 15, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY.
Donato served in the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict.
He worked as a insurance salesman for Prudential before retiring.
He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Port Charlotte Elks, American Legion Post 110, Italian American Club, Sons of Italy and Knights of Columbus.
Donato and his wife moved to the Port Charlotte area in 1987 from Queens, NY.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Marcella; daughters JoAnn (Joseph) Caiazzo of Garden City, NY; son Vincent (Connie) Boccio of Punta Gorda; sister Antoinette Boccio of Howard Beach, NY; grandchildren Rene Caiazzo and Michele - Marie Caiazzo both of Garden City, NY, Francine & Donato Boccio of Punta Gorda.
The family will receive friends 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 11 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services Punta Gorda Chapel.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Donato’s life will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, June 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of SW Florida 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238.
Maria D. Abraham, 92 of Port Charlotte passed away June 7, 2004.
She was the daughter Antonio and Fedela (Marquez) Velez born April 19, 1912 in Puerto Rico.
She was of the Catholic faith and a homemaker who enjoyed her family.
Maria will be greatly missed by daughters Alma (George) Waterman of Pt. Charlotte, Felecita (Hiram) Lopez of White Plains, NY and Aida (Juan) Lugo of Pt. Charlotte; son Nemensio (Fulvia) Abraham, Jr of Freeport, NY; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Nemensio Sr and son Francisco Abraham.
Services will be held in New York at later date.
Burns, Hannah Ann
Hannah Ann Burns, 7 of Port Charlotte passed away June 2, 2004.
Born October 16, 1996 in Evergreen Park, ILL.
She attended First grade in Genesis Christian School and was looking forward to Second grade at Community Christian School.
Hannah attended Abundant Life Assembly and enjoyed art classes.
Hannah will be greatly missed by grandparents John and Cynthia Burns of Port Charlotte; mother Ruth Ann Burns of Pt Charlotte; great-grandmother Mary Burns of Oaklawn, ILL; great-aunt and uncle Robert and Marilyn Burns of Chicago, ILL; cousins Robert Jr and Maggie Burns both of Chicago, ILL and Beth Burns of Portland, OR.
A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 10th at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte with Rev. Errol Morgan officiating.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Hannah Burns Scholarship and School Fund at Community Christian School 20035 Quesada Blvd. Pt. Charlotte, FL 33952 or Hannah Burns Fund for Re-establishment of Long Term Psychiatric Facilities, Fifth 3rd Bank, St. Armands Key, Sarasota, FL .
Albert Wilson Geist
After courageously battling chronic illness, Albert Geist died June 2, 2004 in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Born July 29, 1916 in Mongo, Indiana to George and Florence Geist, he delivered groceries to his parents’ customers in Mishawaka, Indiana.
After graduating from Mishawaka High School in 1934, Mr. Geist obtained an Associate's Degree at the South Bend Business College, and wed Wanda (Kaplon) in 1941 at St Paul's Church in Mishawaka.
He implemented new computer technologies for aerospace projects at Bendix, volunteered as a scoutmaster and YMCA chess teacher, and enthusiastically supported the Masons, the Episcopal Church, the MHS Alumni Association, and the Mishawaka Garden Club.
Following retirement, he computerized his son’s medical practice.
The couple divided their time between Mishawaka and Florida before settling in Punta Gorda.
Swing music was a lifelong passion.
Surviving Al are Wanda, daughters Patricia (Peter) Stiles of Chicago, and Dr. Beverly (Wolfgang) Barth of Atlanta, GA; son Dr. Robert Geist of Middletown, CT; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A son, George (Mary) Geist of Mishawaka predeceased him.
Father Vincent Scotto of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Punta Gorda will celebrate a memorial service June 14, 2004 at 2:00 PM, with donations welcomed to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 W. Henry Street, Punta Gorda, FL, 33950, or the University of Florida, McKnight Brain Institute, P.O. Box 100015, Gainesville, FL 32610-0015, Attn: Human Brain Tissue Bank.
Baginski, Wilhelmine B.
Wilhelmine M. Baginski 75, of Punta Gorda passed away May 31, 2004.
She was the daughter of Leopold and Wilhelmina (Goebel) Burgert, born August 29, 1928 in Germany.
She immigrated from Germany in 1957 and worked as a drapery designer/maker before retiring.
Wilhelmine was a member and volunteered at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio.
She and her husband moved to Punta Gorda in October of 2000.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years Vincent Baginski; daughters Antonia (Antonio) Polera; Ursula Brown, Andrea Baginski , Tina (Todd) Ratcliff all of Akron, Ohio and Karen (Harley) Betz, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; son Vincent W. Baginski of Punta Gorda; three grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; along with multiple extended family from Germany; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 11:00 - 12:30 p.m, Friday, June 4 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services with the service in celebration of Wilhelmine’s life following at 1:00 p.m. at San Antonio Catholic Church with Father Phil Scheff officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial garden will be established in her name.