ASPENWALL, Charles M., 52, passed away on August 30, 2002 in Tampa. He worked in the Engineering Department at Tampa Electric and was a Methodist. A daughter and his father precede him in death. He is survived by his mother, Naomi; sister, Marilyn N. Kahle and husband, William; cousin, Susan Hurley; his wife; children; grandchildren; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and beloved friends. Visitation will be September 3, 2002 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home with services on September 4, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memory Gardens. Hillsboro Memorial F.H.
BALO, Hazel Virginia, 90, of Valrico, passed away Aug. 29, 2002. She is preceded in death by her husband, Otto Balo. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Embrey of Valrico, Fla. and JoAnna Bladow of Tony, Wis.; two brothers, Walter Ferguson of Metaire, La. and Earl Ferguson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Ruby Traina of Riverview, Fla. and Georgia Swank of Springhill, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was a resident of the Tampa area since 1920 and attended Providence Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesady, Sep. 3, 2002. Family will recieve friends at the Funeral home one hour prior to service.
BOOTH, Donald K. `Donny`, 39, of Tampa, passed away August 30, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl D. Booth; mother, Loma Booth; brother, Ronald L. Booth; and sister, Charlotte Kalish. Mr. Booth was a member of Tampa First Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2002, 2:00 p.m., at the Garden of Memories Chapel, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, with interment to follow in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
BUNCH, Raymond Eugene, 72, of Tampa, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2002 from a lengthy illness of Alzheimer's. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patricia; two sons, Keith E. and his wife, Joy of Tampa and Kevin D. and his wife, Kathy of Spring Hill; two daughters, Cynthia K Floyd and her husband, John of Birmingham, Ala. and Shawna K. Martinez of Tampa; and seven grandchildren. The service will be held at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 3, at 10 a.m. Family will greet visitors 30 minutes prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to USF Suncoast Gerontology and Alzheimer's Association, 10770 N. 46th St, Tampa, FL 33617 or to LifePath Hospice of Tampa, 3010 W. Azeele St, Tampa, FL 33609.
CARVER, Ivette Gonzalez, died at Bayfront Medical Center, on Friday August 30, 2002, following an eight year bout with cancer. She was born in Tampa, April 12, 1942 to Dr. and Mrs. Leo C. Gonzalez. She is predeceased by her father. She attended Plant High School and received a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida and master's degree at the University of South Florida. Initially, she prepared for a career in music, before dedicating her life to nursing in the hospital environment. Accomplished as a pianist and singer, recently, she had the opportunity to conduct the Florida Orchestra at a concert in St. Petersburg.
Ivette dedicated her professional life to helping others. Her contributions to Bayfront Medical Center - and the community it serves - are innumerable. Starting her career in Arcadia, Florida and after associations with South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, Memorial Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and Doctors' Hospital in Tampa, she joined Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, 10 years ago, as director of surgery. She advanced to vice president for patient care services, and a member of the senior executive team, where she demonstrated an unwavering dedication to, and support of, the nurses she led. Under Ivette's leadership, Bayfront's nursing team earned the `Magnet Hospital Recognition Award` from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This prestigious award, earned by fewer than 25 hospitals, is a vivid recognition of Ivette's unparalleled commitment to excellence in nursing care.
Ivette's devotion to her nurses, and their loyalty to her, is also reflected by the numerous awards Bayfront's nursing staff earned under her direction. Recent accomplishments include: Florida Medical Business Magazine's `Best Nursing Staff in Tampa Bay`, Advance for Nurses `Best Nursing Unit`, and Nursing Spectrum's `Florida Nurse of the Year`. Although Ivette garnered many personal awards as a result of her professionalism, dedication and leadership - including the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives' `Nursing Leadership Award` and Nursing Spectrum's `Special Recognition Award` - she always gave the credit for her success to her nurses. She was most proud of her award received this year, during Nurses Week, from Bayfront Medical Center, for being recognized as `An Inspirational Nursing Leader, Mentor and Coach`. Her nurses quoted, `You are our `Light` that never grows dim. You are Our inspiration`. Also, Ivette played a key leadership role in Bayfront Medical Center earning the hospital industry's most prestigious award: Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JC AHO). This award placed Bayfront Medical Center among the top 15% of hospitals in the nation. She was a member of the Tampa Bay Organization of Nursing Executives and the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, and served as president of both. She was a life-long member of the Delta Delta Delta social fraternity. She was a member of the Krewe of Venus. She was a dedicated Christian and member of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa. She is survived by her loving husband, James V. Carver; her mother, Beatrice Gonzalez; two daughters, Deena Fields and husband, Dan III and Christy Bowden; one son, Jerry Morgan and fiancee, Amy Greenburg; her sister, Adelaide G. Few; and seven grandchildren, Joseph Bowden, Erin and Dan IV Fields, Darby and Peyton Carver, all of Tampa, and Dustin and Kate lyn Anderson of Woodstock, Georgia; former husband, Dr. Reese Morgan, Plant City; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her beloved family, friends and those throughout the nursing community. There will be a Memorial Service at Bayfront Medical Center Sheen Conference Center, in St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. In Tampa, the family wi ll receive visitors on Tuesday evening at Blount Curry & Roel Funeral Home from 6:30-8:30 p.m. located at 605 S. MacDill Ave. The funeral will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans Ave. The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bayfront Medical Center Foundation in Ivette's name.
CONVERSO, Ignatz N., 74, of New Port Richey, died August 30, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Wilma. He moved to New Port Richey from Pennsylvania many years age.
Holloway Funeral Home.
CURD, Marie Jones, 96, of Tampa, passed away August 30, 2002. Survivors include her brother, Edward Louis (Bill) Jones of Ocala; and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2002, 10:00 a.m., at the Garden of Memories Chapel, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, with interment to follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the Florida College Scholarship Fund, 119 N. Glen Arven, Temple Terrace, 33617, in her memory.
DELL, Travis E., age 64, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2002 in Plant City. He was a native and lifelong resident of Plant City. Mr. Dell attended the Victory Assembly of God Church in Lakeland and was a member of the Harley Hog Club. He was a retired manager for Treasure Isle Seafood Inc. and the owner and founder of Travlin Enterprises Inc. Survivors include his wife, Linda Dell of Plant City; two sons, Dwayne Dell of Bartow and Randy Dell of Plant City; two daughters, Teriea Martin of Plant City and Tina Nagy of Lakeland; one brother, Charles F. Dell of Jacksonville; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2002, 11 a.m. at Wells Memorial Chapel, with Reverend Wayne Blackburn officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Enon Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, from 10-11 a.m.
Wells Memorial Funeral Home
DiCOSIMO, Anthony, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Aug. 24, 2002. Survived by wife, Sylvia; two sons; four daughters; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two nieces.
National Cremation Society.
DUNAWAY, Josephine `Jo` Coflin, 90, of Tampa, passed away August 30, 2002. Survivors include her sons, Robert W. Jr. and his wife, Robin, John C. and Thomas M. and his wife, Deborah; her daughter, Josephine Anne Rover and her husband, Robert; her brother, Emmett Coflin and his wife, Eleanor; her sisters-in-law, Jeanne Dunaway and Mrs. Jack Coflin; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dunaway was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and was active in the Ladies Guild and Circle #6 there, and volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 :00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Marsicano Funeral Home, 4040 Henderson Blvd. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes. Association or the American Cancer Society.
MARSICANO-B. MARION REED STOWERS
FLANAGAN, Aaron Patrick, 38, a brilliant artist, musician, and poet, passed away on August 27, 2002. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Kelly; daughter, Rhiannon; sister, Amy; mother, Judy; all his relatives and many friends. We love you, Aaron.
SERENITY MEADOWS FUNERAL HOME
GARCIA, Mary L., 93, of Tampa, passed away August 30, 2002. Survivors include her sons, Jack and Larry; two daughters, Josephine Garcia and M. Felina Duncan; brother, Jack Gavilan; sister, Elvira Baker; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. Please omit flowers and make contributions to The National Down Syndrome Foundation, 666 Broadway, N.Y., NY 10012, in memory of Mrs. Garcia and her son Walter.
GRINDSTAFF, Marie Ruby, 79, of Robinsville, N.C. passed away August 31, 2002 in Plant City. She is survived locally by her daughter, Joann Nichols and husband, Tim; one grandson, Aaron Nichols and wife, Tosha; and several family members out of state. Funeral services will be held in Robinsville, N.C.
Hopewell Funeral Home & Cemetery
HARGROVE, Wallace Lee, Sr., of Tampa, passed away August 28, 2002. Survived by wife, Sarah: and children, Earl, Wallace Jr., Diane, Laura, Lisa and Danny.
Ray Williams Funeral Home, 253-3419.
HARR, Orel D. `O.D.,` 85, died August 30, 2002 at his residence surrounded by Judy, the love of his life and best friend for over 26 years, and their beloved cat, Felix. Born in Hull, Illinois, he served five years in World War II and was a decorated Army Air Forces veteran. The majority of his career was spent with NASA as a vital team member through the Mercury and Apollo missions that put human beings on the moon. He rode a bicycle 4500 miles across the U.S. and walked 1000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He was a great lover of animals and enjoyed history, genealogy, and photography. Survivors include brother, Orin Harr; son, Steve Harr; daughter-in-law, Betsy; grandson, Matt; and granddaughter, Shannon. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607.
Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services
HIGGINS, Jason Vincent, 24, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2002. He was a graduate of Land O' Lakes High School. He was the son of Gary and Karen Higgins of Land O' Lakes, and is survived by three siblings, Adaire, Liam, and Keelin; and one son, Bryndan T. Higgins.
National Cremation Society
HINTON, Herman, 76, passed away August 28, 2002. He is survived by Veleria Hinton; sons, Edward F. Bacon, III, Larry W. Bacon, H. Daniel Hinton, Jr., Jack M. Hinton; and Lawanda Thigpen. A chapel Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Adams & Jennings Funeral Home. The family ask in lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 in Mr. Hinton's memory.
Adams & Jennings Funeral Home