Richard "Dick" Breter, 85, of Ocala
Richard "Dick" Breter, of Ocala, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, in Ocala. A native of Erie, Pa., he came here in 1993 from St. Petersburg. He was 85.
Mr. Breter was self-employed and retired in 1984. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Ocala West United Methodist Church; Pennsylvania Club; Golf Club; Shuffleboard and Bocce League at On Top of the World; and life member of the Prestige 55.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jean Sturgis Breter; son, Donald Breter of Enterprise, Ala.; brother, Bob Breter of Largo; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lillie Breter; sisters, Betty De George and Marilyn Dunbar; brother, Clarence Breter and one grandson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1180, Ocala, Fla.
A Memorial service was held Aug. 7 at the Ocala West United Methodist Church.
National Cremation Society, Fruitland Park, handled the arrangements.
Norma Falso, 79, of Spruce Creek North
Norma Falso, of Spruce Creek North, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003. A native of Oswegatchie, N.Y., she came here in 1980 from Cortland, N.Y. She was 79.
Mrs. Falso was a retired bookkeeper for Pall Trinity Micro Company. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Marion Oaks.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Anthony Falso Jr.; son, Timothy Towle of Cortland, N.Y.; daughter, Capri King of Cortland, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County.
Roberts Funeral Home provided the information.
Joseph D. Fortuna, 73, of Ocala
Joseph D. Fortuna, of Ocala, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003. A native of Astoria, Queens, N.Y., he came here in March 2001 from Teaneck, N.J. He was 73.
Mr. Fortuna was a retired elementary school teacher. He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Anastasia's Catholic Church in Teaneck, N.J. He was a member of the National Education Association and a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Dunnellon.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Irene M.; sons, Joseph D.R. Fortuna and Michael E. Fortuna, both of New Milford, N.J., and Nicholas G. Fortuna of Hamilton, N.J.; and one grandson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Animal Rescue Kingdom, or the Humane Society of Ocala.
Roberts Funeral Home provided the information.
John G. Marmaras, 81, of OTOW
John G. Marmaras, of OTOW, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Sylvia's Hospice House. A native of Providence, R.I., he has lived here since 1987, formerly from Warwick, R.I. He was 81.
Mr. Marmaras was a retired dean of Community College of Warwick, R.I. He was Protestant. He was a World War II Navy veteran; past president of Warwick, R.I. Rotary Club; avid pilot; avid snow skier; and inducted in the Community College Hall of Fame, Warwick, R.I., in 1999.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Audrey; son, John T. Marmaras of Prudence Island, R.I.; sister, Irene Grimshaw of Barrington, R.I.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, TimberRidge Chapel, handled the arrangements.
Raymond A. Riffle, 71, of Palm Cay
Raymond A. Riffle, of Palm Cay, died Thursday, July 31, 2003. A native of Orlando, W.Va., he came here in 1970 from Hollywood, Fla. He was 71.
Mr. Riffle was a retired serviceman for a public gas company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Irene; sons, Raymond E. Riffle and Robert L. Riffle, of Columbus, Ohio, and William Thompson of Chiefland; daughters, Dawn R. Mathner of Oviedo and Linda S. Brodbock of Cumberland Lake, Ky.; brothers, William "Ike" Riffle of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Gaylord Riffle of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Ann Yokum of Parkersburg, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County in memory of Mr. Riffle.
Roberts Funeral Home provided the information.
Alma B. Barco, 78, Homemaker
Alma Bertha Barco, 78, of Oxford, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, in Oxford. A native of Rocky River, Ohio, she moved here in 1945 from Tampa. Mrs. Barco was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ. Survivors include sons Colon Barco of Oxnard, Calif. Cut Barco of Oxford; brother, Ed Shettle of Jacksonville; sister, Louise Everson of Riverview; and one grandchild. Graveside services were held July 5 at Pine Level Cemetery in Oxford with Brother Rick Newton officiating. Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood, handled the arrangements.
Virginia B. Bostic, 82, Homemaker
Virginia B. Bostic, 82, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Friday, June 27, 2003. She was born March 9, 1921 to Dennis and Nona Beverage in Garten, W.Va. and came here in 1978 from Rupert, W.Va. Mrs. Bostic was a homemaker and a member of Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Denney Bostic, Nov. 20, 1988. Survivors include a son, Denney H. Bostic of Lake Panasoffkee; two sisters, Elizabeth Wright of Pensacola and Edith Kincaid of Lake Panasoffkee; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inverness Chapel.
Douglas B. DeWeese, 42, CAD Designer
Douglas Brandon DeWeese, 42, of Apopka, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, in Apopka. A native of Troy, Ohio, he lived most of his life in Central Florida and was a graduate of Zephyrhills High School. Mr. DeWeese was an architectural CAD Designer in the computer industry. Survivors include his father, Douglas T. DeWeese of Lake Panasoffkee; two sisters, Mary Hubley of Minster, Ohio and Lori Beyer of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held July 8 at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the National Mental Health Association, attn: Gift Office, P.O. Box 16810, Alexandria, Va. 22302-0810 or email@example.com. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangements.
Henry Ellingsworth, 78, Business owner
Henry Ellingsworth, 78, of Webster, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in Bushnell. A native of Jeffersontown, Ky., he lived in Sumter County since 1998, formerly of St. Petersburg. Mr. Ellingsworth was the owner/operator of a landscaping company. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Esther; son, Charles Ellingsworth of Webster; daughter, Rita Powers of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Richard Ellingsworth of Jeffersontown, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangements.
Dorothy B. Gibson, 65, Waitress
Dorothy Barnes Gibson, 65, of Brooksville, died Monday, June 30, 2003, in New Port Richey. A native of Bushnell, she was a resident of Sumter County for most of her life. Mrs. Gibson was a waitress and a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee. Survivors include two sons, Gene Altman of Brooksville and Carl McCloskey Jr. of Cambridge, Ohio; daughter, Marsha Young of New Port Richey; six grandchildren; mother, Lillian Barnes Cookman of Alabama; two brothers, Donnie Barnes and Ronnie Barnes, both of Alabama; two sisters, Carolyne Barnes Schreier of Groveland, Fla. and Sheila Daugherty of Alabama. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangements.
Michele N. W. Green, 37, Insurance Agent
Michele N. Welch Green, 37, of Bushnell, died Monday, June 30, 2003, in Leesburg. A native of Dearborn, Mich., she was a resident of Central Florida for most of her life. Mrs. Green was an insurance agent and a member of Church of God. Survivors include a son, Stephen Green of Howey-in-the-Hills; daughter, Korrina Green of Howey-in-the-Hills; mother, Jeanne C. Duke of Bushnell; sister, Angela Bennett of Bushnell; maternal grandmother, Mossie Crain of Bushnell; paternal grandmother, Bobbie Welch of Wyandotte, Mich. Services were held July 3 at Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. Interment at Taylor Memorial Cemetery, Howey-in-the-Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 5711 Johns Road, Suite 1301, Tampa, Fla. 33634. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangements.
Gary N. Hopkins, 70, Rancher
Gary N. Hopkins, 70, of Summerfield, died July 5, 2003, in Summerfield. A native of Kissimmee, she moved here in 2000 from there. Mr. Hopkins was a self-employed cattle rancher and a member of Baptist Church of Loch Haven. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie "Sally" of Summerfield; son, Todd Hopkins of Summerfield; daughter, Nancy Adams of Live Oak; brother, Mack McClain of Inverness; sisters, Betty Groves of Kissimmee and Patsy Rogers of Kissimmee; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 9 at Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Franks officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee. Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood, handled the arrangements.
Rose T. Linary, 86, Retired Waitress
Rose Theresa Linary, 86, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at the Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center in Inverness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 19, 1917 to the late Americo and Theresa (Spadafora) Vicinanza, she came here in 1990 from Cairo, N.Y. Mrs. Linary was a retired waitress and Catholic by faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Linary on June 4, 2001. Survivors include a son, Michael Linary of Lake Panasoffkee; brother, Jimmy Vicananza of Westchester County, N.Y.; six sisters, Angela Tucci of Wingdame, N.Y., Jean Jay of Melbourne, Emily Arceri and Carmella Smith, both of Elmsford, N.Y., Rose Selino of White Plains and Lucy Putnam of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Diana, Lucille and Vincent; and two great grandchildren, Vincent Jr. and Janina. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Leslie E. Madison, 67, Musician
Leslie Eugene "Matt" Madison, 67, of Anniston, Ala., died Sunday, July 6, 2003, in Anniston, Ala. A native of Richmond, Va., he was a resident of Florida most of his life. Mr. Madison formed his own band, Bluevalley Boys Band, and performed at many charity benefits. He received a gold record in 1953 for the song he wrote and Hank Williams Jr. sang, "Nobody's Child." Mr. Madison was a deacon in a non-denominational church in Florida. He served in the Army Special Forces in the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Leroy and Lillian Cargelle Madison. Survivors include his wife Carmilla Jean; daughters, Kathy, Pam, Cindy and Lisa Marie of Richmond, Va., Anita Carol and Texana of Arizona, Dawn Madison of Florida and Tamula Capstick of Anniston, Ala.; sons, Les Madison Jr. of Mexico, Tommy Gregory of Anniston, Ala., David Jones of Bushnell, and Casey Jones of Douglasville, Ga.; brothers, Leroy Madison of Hernando and Edgar Madison of Richmond, Fla.; numerous grandchildren and one great grandchild. Brown & Kughn Memory Chapel, Anniston, Ala., handled the arrangements.