DUFF, Ruth Lennon, 81, of Lakeland, passed away Oct. 22, 2002. She is survived by two daughters; three sons; two brothers; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
McLean Funeral Home
GAFFNEY, Maurine H., 92 of Tampa passed away October 22, 2002. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard C. Gaffney. She was a beautiful person, wonderful mother and a loving grandmother. She is survived by her children, Pat Gaffney and wife Catherine, Sue Haus and husband Fred, K.C. Gaffney and wife Betty, and George Gaffney and wife Kathy; grandchildren, Freddy, Kara, Laura, Georgie, Kristin, and Billy; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Marquerette Gallagher. Mrs. Gaffney grew up in Missouri and moved to Tampa in 1957. She was a School Teacher for 39 years and retired from Hillsborough County Schools in 1972. She enjoyed bowling, square dancing, traveling, playing cards with her friends and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 10 years. A Funeral Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Adams & Jennings Funeral Home. Those wishing may make donations to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609. Family would like to Thank the staff at the Lodge at Lakeshore Villas for their care and respect for their mother. The family will receive friends one hour before service time.
Adams & Jennings Funeral Home
GALLAGHER, Kathleen Marie Peters, 45, a corporate executive accountant, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at her residence. Kathleen moved to Brevard County in 1981 from Tampa, where she was born. She worked for Alron Enterprises, Inc., and served as an IRS Agent Enroller for the past four years. Kathleen is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Gallagher of Palm Bay; her children, Jessica Goff of Cape Canaveral, Nelson Gallagher of Cocoa, Michelle Leach of Kentucky, Kim Gaier of Palm Bay and Patricia Gallagher of Palm Bay; her siblings, Robin Reilly of Palm Bay, Michael Peters of Stewart, Erin Walker of Alabama, William Covert and Carla Bailey, both of Melbourne; her parents, Carol and Richard Covert of Melbourne and Robert and Paulette Peters of Tampa; her grandparents, Robert Sr. and Helen Peters of Tampa; her eight grandchildren, Samantha, Justin, Jake, Luke, Marissa, Allison, Brandon and Dylan; and her beloved dog, Amore. Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 4028 So. Babcock St. in Melbourne.
GELLER, Ida, 88 of Tampa passed away Wednesday October 23, 2002 at LifePath Hospice, Tampa. Born in New York City, she came here in 1985 from Valley Cottage, N.Y. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Michele Geller of Tampa and Davida Rosenberg of Lutz; grandchildren, Kenneth Malkin, Carrie Korte and Brian Rosenberg; great-grandchildren, Anthony John Caliendo and David M. Korte; and was predeceased by grandson Keith Rosenberg. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, Rabbi Stephen Moch, officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. prior to service at Beth David North Chapel located on the cemetery grounds.
Beth David North Chapel David C. Gross Funeral Homes
GRAY, Aleen, age 46, of Tarboro, N.C., passed away Oct. 18, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Tommy; four children, Luntonjia, Lekia Marquel, Tetoria Evet Keyshona, Tiffanie Vernesse; four grandchildren; mother, Ada Best; three sisters; and three brothers. Services will be held in Tampa at a later date.
GRIFFIN, James, 62, of Hudson formerly of Tampa, died Oct. 22, 2002. Survived by siblings, George Griffin, Jr., Sarah McKenzie, and Effie Westfall.
Dobies Funeral Home.
GUERGAWI, Samir Nassif, M.D., F.R.C.S., 77, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 20, 2002. Dr. Guergawi was born in Mahala, Egypt. Upon receiving his medical training in Cairo he subsequently earned a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland. For the past twenty two years he resided in Pinellas County practicing general surgery at Mease Hospitals, Largo Medical Center, and Clearwater Community Hospital, where he cared for many and many cared for him. He was married for forty years to his beloved wife Nadia, who passed away in May, 1999. Dr. Guergawi was a man of healing as well as a true scholar. His motivation in life was an overwhelming love for his family as well as his desire to help all of those who surrounded him. Samir had an unmatched passion for research and love of academics. His interests included religion, medicine, science and the arts. He is survived by his sister, Yvette; his four children, Kevin, Dina, Mark and Michael; and his grandchildren, Brianna and Mathew. God bless him on his journey and may he rest in peace. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Moss Feaster Palm Harbor Chapel. A memorial service will be hel d 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Clearwater. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., Box E, NY, NY 10021, or The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Dr, Largo, FL 33770.
KELLIHER, Daniel W., 104, of Port Richey, Fla., passed away at the James Haley Veterans Home in Tampa on October 13, 2002. Beloved husband of the late Alma Kelliher; loving father of Daniel Kelliher of Sun City Center, Fla.; Barbara Devine of Wayland, Mass.; Katharine Wyndham of Stoughton, Mass.; cherished grandparent of 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service and burial was held on October 17 at Oak Grove Cemetery
in Medford, Mass. Daniel was a World War I Army veteran and served in France during five major campaigns, and was holder of French Legion of Honor. He retired from Medford, Mass., Fire Dept. in 1963. At time of death was believed to be oldest retired firefighter in the Eastern USA. Honorary member of St. Florian Crewe.
LARSEN, Marguerite Helen 79, passed away Oct. 23, 2002 in Tampa. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Walter; two daughters, Janice Larsen of Washington, D.C. and Beverly Lech of Tampa; and two grandchildren, Katie and Michael. National Cremation Society, Tampa
OLIVERO, Frank P., Sr., 60, of Tampa entered into rest on October 21, 2002, at his home. He was a member of the Living Water Church, a retired staff photographer for the Univ. of South Florida, a beloved husband, son, father, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; father, Gilbert; sons, Frank Jr., Reuben, Daniel, Stephen, Kevin of St Mary's Ga., and Joseph; daughters, Veronica Sanderson of Carthage, Tenn., Juanita, Melinda, and Cynthia; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be held on Thursday October 24, 2002, from 6-8 p.m. with service to follow Friday at 10 a.m., both at Living Water Church, 6850 Living Water Place Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 620-4551. Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Hillsboro Memorial F.H.
PADGETT, James Sr., 65, of Lakeland, died Oct. 21, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Judy; one son; two daughters; one stepson; two sisters; two brothers and seven grandchildren.
PHILLIPS, Alma Cecelia Fernandez, a Tampa native went to be with the Lord Monday, October 21, 2002. She was the daughter of Carmen Fernandez and the late Armando Fernandez of Tampa. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Joel L. Phillips; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. J. Wayne and Bridget Phillips of Clearwater; daughter and son-in-law, Irene and David J. Couchman of Tampa; sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Jean Lamb of Tampa; sister-in-law, Hazel Phillips Bryant of Tampa; nephews, Bruce and wife Roberta, and Keith Lamb; and seven grandchildren, Kevin and wife Lana, Colleen, Michael and Kerry Phillips, and Kimberly, Amanda and Paul Couchman. While attending Jefferson High School, Alma studied voice under Carmelina DiMinicis. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to continue with her music. There she trained with noted opera voice coach Ettore Verna at Radio City Music Hall. She appeared in the Broadway Musical produced by Felix Brentano, `Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston,` at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Upon returning to Tampa, she married and began her family. Alma continued entertaining local audiences by performing with the `Tampa Symphonette` (The original Florida Orchestra), under the direction of Maximo Echegaray at Plant Park. Alma appeared in `The Red Mill,` and `The King and I` productions of the Tampa Lyric Theater. For more than 20 years she was a favorite at the Spanish Little Theatre under the direction of Rene Gonzalez. While performing, Alma managed to find time to volunteer at Sacred Heart School and Church. She wore numerous h ats in the PTA, and set a record for the amount of money raised during the annual carnivals. She sang in the choirs of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and Congregation Schaarai Zedek-Reform. She helped her son's medical practice in Clearwater flourish as the original office manager. Alma bravely battled breast cancer for 13 years. She was a loving and deeply-loved wife , mother and grandmother who participated fully in the lives of her loved ones. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Avenue, with interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the MacDill Avenue Chapel where the Wake Rite will be conducted at 7 p.m.
BLOUNT CURRY & ROEL MacDill Avenue Chapel
RYON, Francis W., Sr., 82, died Oct. 18, 2002. Survived by son, Frank; daughter, Susan Pfannerstill; brother, Jesse; and two grandsons. He was an Army veteran.
Veterans Cremation & Burial Society
SNYDER, B.M., 85, of Tampa, Fla., passed away October 22, 2002 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Otter Lake, Mich. and moved to Tampa from Inkster, Mich. in 1962. He served in the US Army during World War II and was an Entrepreneur in the trucking and transportation industries. B.M. was a Honorary Member of the Ehurafeh Tem ple in Saginaw, Mich., Tyrian Masonic Lodge in Detroit, Mich. for over 50 years, Scottish Rite, Land 'O Lutz Shrine Club, Egypt Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., and American Legion Post 334 for 46 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Doris; daughter, Bernadine M. Snyder of Tampa, Fla.; son, Marvin Owen Snyder and his wife Carolyn A. of Cullman, Ala.; grandchildren, David Ellis Floyd of Tampa, Fla., Lora Michelle Appleby and her husband Douglas Pemberton, Sr. of Brandon, Fla., Brenda Marlene Snyder of Charleston, S.C., James Marvin Snyder of Charleston, S.C., Christopher Owen Snyder and his wife Kim of Portland, Tenn.; great grandchildren, Douglas George Pemberton, Jr. of Brandon, Fla., Dayna Lamar Snyder of Charleston, S.C., Samone Branea (Snyder) of Charleston, S.C., Kelsey Paige Snyder of Port land, Tenn. A Masonic Service will be performed 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26th by members of the Egypt Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.
MARK III FUNERAL HOME Town 'n Country Chapel
TAMARGO, Dora Vidal, age 79, native of Tampa, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2002. She was of the Catholic faith and was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jose; sons, Phillip Tamargo and Jose Tamargo, II. She is survived by her daughter, Rosemarie and husband Juan Tornes; son, Richard Tamargo; sister, Hilda and husband Anthony LLanes; grandson, Richard Tamargo, II; great-grandchildren, Lisette Tamargo, Phillip Romelo Tamargo, Josiah Tamargo and a host of several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 25, 11 a.m. at the Blount Curry & Roel Funeral Home, 4730 N. Armenia Ave. with interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.
VASQUEZ, Henrietta, age 78, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 21, 2002. She was surrounded by her family. She was a native of Tampa, Florida. She dedicated her life to her children and family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 and a half years (to the date), Lionel Vasquez; her daughters, Nydia Vasquez Lounders, and Aileen Escribano and her husband Joe; her granddaughters, Desiree Works and her husband Scott, Nicole Karlson, Raquel Martini, Natalie Scheer and her husband Charles; her great grandchildren, Jake Works, Ryan Works, Nicholas Karlson, and Payton Scheer; her brother, Phillip Ruiz; her sister, Carmen Guerra; and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2002, 2 p.m. at the Garden of Memories C hapel, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, with Pastor Ronald H. Clark officiating and Rev. John Haywood. Pallbearers will include Scott Works, Charles Scheer, Dr. Phillip Ruiz, Jr., Robert Ruiz, Jerry Guerra, Bill Guerra, Lionel Ferrera, David Ferrera, and Jesse Rodriguez. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Health Care and, or, Living Water Church.
VEAZEY, Donna Jean Dorman, age 51, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2002. She is survived by her husband, George Veazey; two daughters, Sandy and Christina Veazey; father, Charles J. Dorman, Jr.; mother, Carrie Lou Dorman; two brothers, Thomas Dorman and Jim Dorman and wife Janna; sister, Sandy Dorman; and five nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 11 a .m. at the First Church of The Nazarene, 5902 N. Himes, Tampa, Fla. The family will receive friends Friday, October 25, 2002 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.
WESTERGARD, Barbara, 73, of Palm Harbor died Oct. 22, 2002. Survived by sons, John, Raymond, Jr., and Charles; brother, Charles Whipple; and six grandchildren.
Dobies Funeral Home.
WHITNEY, Mrs. Izma A., 99, of Sun City Center died October 21, 2002. Survivors include her sons, Glenn and Gerald; and five grandchildren.
Lewers Funeral Home
WILLIAMS, Gregory Mitchell, 47, of Tampa, went to be with the Lord Saturday Oct. 19, 2002. He was the son of the late Henry and Bettye Williams. He is survived by his sons, Renaldo Williams, Gregory Sean Williams, Kenneth Barrow and Deon R. Williams; daughter, April D. Williams; sister, Joyce Alcorn and husband Anthony of Bowie, Md.; brothers, Reuben Mitchell of Palm Bay, Fla., Frank Williams and wife Sylvia of Charleston, S.C.; two grandchildren, niece and nephews. He will be truly missed by a host of family and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Ray Williams Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue. Funeral services on Friday, 10 a.m. Oct. 25, at Bible Base Fellowship Church of Carrollwood, 4903 Ehrlich Rd.
GILL, George (Arthur), 78, of Hudson, died Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at his residence. Born in Sayville, New York, he moved here in 1987 from Bay Shore, New York. He was employed by the Suffolk Co. Water Authority and was a World War II Veteran in the US Army. He was also a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Hudson, Aripeka Elks Lodge, and Magnolia Valley Bowling League. He is survived by his wife, Mae Gill of Hudson; son, William M. Rodgers of Bay Shore, N.Y.; two daughters, Donna M. Gill of Bay Shore, N.Y. and Karen S. Marrero of West Babylon, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. Arrangements were made by Bell Funeral Home, 7532 State Road 52, Hudson, Florida.
GROTTA, H. Gloria, 70, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at Bayonet Point Health & Rehab Center, Hudson. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to New Port Richey from Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1985. She was a seamstress and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include three daughters, Gloria S. Grotta of New Port Richey, Jennifer Grotta of New York and Laurie Acevedo; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, October 25, 2002 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Dobies Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Burial following at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.
Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.