SIMMS, James C. Sr., 63, of Plant City passed away March 14, 2003. He is survived by his wife Mary; one son, three daughters, one brother, four sisters and 16 grandchildren.
Hamilton Funeral Home
WHEATON, Mr. E. Maurice, age 74, of Live Oak, Florida died Thursday, March 13, 2003 at his residence. Born in Deleware County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wheaton moved to Live Oak, Fla., in 1990 from Tampa, Florida. He was involved in the Refractory Industry and the construction of the Occidental plant as a master brick mason. He is a member of the Bricklayers and Mason International Local #1 Tampa, Fla., and is a member of the Hillsborough Masonic Lodge # 25 F&AM, and the First Church of the Nazarene of Live Oak, Fla. He is the son of the late Hartley and Edith Martin Wheaton. He is predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Mamie Kirkpatrick Wheaton. He is survived by his two sons, David Wheaton of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Douglas (Jan) Wheaton of Riverview, Fla.; daughters, Heather (Michael) Hale of Plant City, Fla., and Linda McClamma of Boynton Beach, Fla.; sister, Margaret O'Dell of Riverview New Brunswick, Canada; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, seven nephews, and six nieces also survive. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 2 p.m., in the First Church of the Nazarene of Live Oak with Rev. Louis Madaris officiating. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday in Suwannee Funeral Home 932 North Ohio Ave. Live Oak, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to The Gideons International.
BAKER, Stella M., 78, of New Port Richey died March 13, 2003 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey. She was born in Astoria, New York and moved to Florida in 1980 from Long Island, New York. She was a retired office manager and attended River Ridge Presbyterian Church in New Port Richey. Survived by son, James Lofurno of New Port Richey; sisters, Rose, Mimi, Lucy, Laura, and Mary; one grandson, Michael James Lofurno of Long Island. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
CROUSE, William Robert `Bob`, 63, of Dade City, died Tuesday morning, March 18, 2003 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home with Rev. Eldridge Parrish officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens. A native of Tazewell Co., Virginia, he had been a resident here for the past 31 years. He retired from Lykes Pasco in Dade City where he was a painter for 29 years. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; one son, Thomas (Janet) Crouse of Dade City; two daughters, Lesa (Greg) Bazemore and Nellie (Jimmie) both of Lacoochee; three brothers, Charlie Crouse of Dayton, Ohio, David Crouse of Indiana and Jimmy Crouse of Ridge Manor; two sisters, Helen Bandy of Ridge Manor and Betty Russell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his mother, Edith Crouse of Ridge Manor; grandchildren, Tammy, Heather, Larry, Jonathan (Boggin), Jessica and Adam, Mary (Tator), Amanda, Howard, Robert, Kala (Squeaky), Linda, William (Dick), Jacob, Jarod and Marissa; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Joshua; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Avery Crouse, sister, Nancy Pruitt, granddaughter, Linda Crouse and son-in-law, Terry Bazemore. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday (today) at the funeral home.
GEORGE, Rosalie V., 79, of New Port Richey passed away March 14, 2003 at Hernando- Pasco Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey. She was born Feb. 11, 1924 in New York City and came here 25 years ago from Staten Island. She was a secretary for Montgomery Wards for 30 years. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey. Survivors include two brothers, Peter Miceli and Frank Miceli, and a sister, Catherine Picciotto alt of Staten Island and numerous nieces and nephews. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
HILL, Fay Glade, age 93, of Port Richey, Fla., passed away March 18, 2003 under the care of Gulfside Regional Hospice of New Port Richey. He was born in West Farmington. Ohio and came to this area in 1978 from Fairview Park, Illinois. He was a railroad freight agent. He was a member of the First Christian Church of New Port Richey. Mr. Hill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing the organ. He is survived by his son, Donald Hill of Port Richey. He is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Hill. Graveside services will be held on Thursday March 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey with Reverend Richard L. Hubbartt officiating. Friends may call on Thursday at North/ Meadowlawn Funeral Home, 4244 Madison St. New Port Richey, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Gulfside Regional Hospice as tribute. (727) 849-9281
LEE, Robert E., 89, of Zephyrhills, passed away March 15, 2003 in Dade City. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dora Lee of Zephyrhills; two stepchildren, Ronald Brown of Virginia Beach, Va., and Joan Boisse of Dover, N.H.; six step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and four sisters-in law, Edna Quimby at New Gloster, Maine, Edith Rickards of Madison, Maine, Winonah Brown of Dallas, Oregon, and Val Lee of Tucson, Ariz. He was born December 12, 1913 in Manchester, N.H., to Charles and Mary (Bischacis) Lee, and came to the Zephyrhills area in 1999 from Buxton, Maine. He was a First Lt. in the Army during World War II, serving in Rhineland, Germany, Northern France, and Central Europe. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a pilot and a sportsman, and a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Manchester, N.H. A memorial services will be held in the Spring.
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LOPEZ, Anthony G., 71, of Hudson, Fla., passed away Mar. 15, 2003 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Sada La Coruna, Spain, he moved to Florida in 1989 from RiverVale, N.J. He was a retired director of catering at St. Moritz Hotel, New York City, and a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Irda Lopez of Hudson; two daughters, Laura Calverley of Bergenfield, N.J., and Lisa Lopez of Florida; one brother, Tito Lopez of Spain; one sister, Marisa Lopez of Spain; and two grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey
MAREE, Alfred E., Sr., 76, of New Port Richey passed away March 17, 2003 at Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point. He was born May 5, 1926 in Roxborough, Pa. and came here 20 years ago from Cape May, N.J. He was a member of Grace Bible Church, and a World War II and Korean War Marine Corps veteran. He was a carpenter in the construction business. Survivors include his wife, Jane; two sons, Alfred Jr. of Reading, Pa. and Lawrence of Cape May; a daughter, Roberta Joy Phillips of New Port Richey; a brother, Howard of Shallotte, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 6025 Trouble Creek Road New Port Richey, FL 34653
MAY, Visa M., 91, of Hampstead, N.C. passed away Mar. 15, 2003. She was the mother of Louis Philip May, Jr., of Palm Harbor, Fla., Betty May Hodges, Hubert May, and Linda May VanValkenburgh. Services to be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Andrews Mortuary Market Street, Wilmington, N.C.
NAVARRE, Catherine Germaine, 88, of Dade City, died Sunday, March 16, 2003 at her home. A native of Plymouth, Indiana, she moved to Dade City in 1982 from Dearborn, Michigan. She was a homemaker and beloved mother. She is a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church. She is survived by one son, Thomas A. Navarre, Houston, Texas; four daughters, Mary F. Double of Orlando, Fla., Annette C. Gibbard of San Diego, Calif., Martha H. Laesser of St. Petersburg and Rita M. Ruprecht of Northville, Michigan; one brother, J. Albert Strunk of Dade City; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, John A. Navarre; and her husband, Clarence. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (today) at St. Rita Catholic Church with Rev. Ramon Hernandez as celebrant. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home where a rosary will be said at 11:00 a.m. Final services and burial will be held in Dearborn, Mich. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made to the Daystar Hope Center in Dade City.
NEWMAN, Alyssa-LaRose 26, died unexpectedly Sunday March 16, 2003. Born August 26, 1976 at Glens Falls Hospital, she is the daughter of Robert and Shelly Newman of West Fort Ann, N.Y. Alyssa was a 1994 graduate of Glens Falls High School and had plans to go to college in Vermont in the fall. She was a loved employee of the Harvest Restaurant in Queensbury and she loved life and being around people. Her greatest gift was her ability to listen and help people. She loved animals, was an avid horse lover and participated in many horse shows in Florida and the 4-H Club. She won many ribbons and trophies. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Survivors besides her parents include her sister, Shauna M. Newman of Binghamton, N.Y.; her brother, Jeremy R. Newman of West Fort Ann, N.Y.; grandmothers, Violet LaRose of Hudson Falls, N.Y. and Eleanore Newman of Spring Hill, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Debby and William Kelly of Hudson Falls, Lawrence and Vivian LaRose of Fort Edward, N.Y., Steven and Kelly LaRose of Newcomb, N.Y., Lawrence and Bonnie Napora of Butler, Pa., Michael and Cathy Newman of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Saul and Jamie Grossfeld of New Port Richey, Fla., Gaspare and Mari e Cresente of Port Richey, Fla.; and several cousins and her many friends. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (March 19, 2003) at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, N.Y. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. Mary's Church, 62 Warren Street, Glens Falls, with the Rev. Joseph Xavier Arockiasamy, associate pastor, officiatin g. The Rite of Committal will follow in Pine View Cemetery, Queensbury, N.Y. Donations may be made in her memory to Dreamcatcher Farm for Horse Therapy for the disabled, 155 Burquist Road, Fort Ann, NY 12827.
SENSENIG, Kathryn L., `Kass`, 80, of Zephyrhills, Fla., died Monday, March 17, 2003. She was born in Mohnton, Pa., to Alvin W. and Edna M. (Werner) Hoster. She moved to Florida in 1955 from Denver, Pa., and retired as a cafeteria manager after 15 years with Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School in West Palm Beach. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dade City. Her son, Gregory Sensenig, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Roy Sensenig of Zephyrhills; and her sister, Ruth N. Hoster of Zephyrhills. Visitation will be Thursday, March 20, 2003 from 2-4 p.m. at Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home, 38303 North Avenue in Zephyrhills. Services and burial will be in. Pennsylvania.
WHEELER, Robert K., 90, of Port Richey died March 14, 2003 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi and moved to Florida fifteen years ago from Mineral, Virginia. Robert retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland. He served in the US Army and was a Baptist. Survived by his wife, Harriet Wheeler of Port Richey; daughter, Barbara Sonntag of Joppa, Maryland; brother, Eugene Wheeler of Charlotte, North Carolina; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
National Cremation Society-New Port Richey
WILLIAMS, Bobbi Sims, (Moped Bobbi) 56, lost her battle with cancer March 13, 2003. Long time resident of Tampa, Fla., she is survived by her niece, Jennifer Gladson; great-niece, Amanda `Wee-One`; nephew, Doug Sims, sister-in-law, Nancy Sims; and many close friends. A celebration of Bobbi's life will be held at 7415 Seagull Way, Tampa, Fla. March 29, 2003 at 3 p.m.
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WILSON, Larry Dewayne, 41, of Zephyrhills, passed away March 16, 2003 in Zephyrhills. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Wilson of Zephyrhills; three daughters, Shannon (Jason) and Jamie, both of Zephyrhills, and Wendy of Tampa; one grandson, Aaron Maine of Zephyrhills; parents, Jimmy and Lil (Hurst) Carmon of Zephyrhills; four brothers, Jack Wilson of Zephyrhills, Craig Wilson of Brandon, Jimmy Carmon II of Michigan and James Carmon of Tampa; and a sister, Gaynell Hall of Plant City. Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at Whitfield Funeral Home, with Rev. Anthony Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Oakside Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Wilson was born May 24, 1961 in Los Angeles, Calif., and came to the Zephyrhills area 27 years ago from Eton, Ga. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in Construction, and he was a Baptist.
WHITFIELD FUNERAL HOME
BOURQUE, Anita T., 88, of Palm Harbor, Florida, died Saturday March 15, 2003. Survived by daughter, Suzanne.
Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar, 855-2439
BOYINGTON, Yvonne, of Lakeland, died March 16, 2003. She was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana and graduated as valedictorian from her high school. She attended Louisiana State University where she was awarded a bachelor's degree in Education. Upon completion of her degree she married and moved to Texas before settling in the Tampa area. She attended the University of South Florida where she obtained a degree in Computer Science. She then began a successful career with the Hillsborough County School System and elevated to management position prior to her retirement in 1998. She enjoyed traveling to several foreign countries. She traveled with groups and took her grandchildren with her. She enjoyed taking pictures and eating the cuisine from the countries she visited. She was an avid bird watcher and art collector. She enjoyed the theater and Pied Pipers here in Lakeland. She is survived by two sons, Steven J. Boyington, Lakeland, and Dane R. Boyington, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two daughters-in-law, Carol Boyington, Lakeland, and Sheila Boyington, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Erin Boyington, Brian Boyington, Lakeland, and Priya C. Boyington, and Nisha C. Boyington, Chattanoog a, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, family members request that memorial contributions should be made to the Audubon of Florida, 444 Brickell Ave. Suite 850, Miami, FL 33131. 305-371-6399. Heath Funeral Chapel, Inc. Lakeland
DEMMI, Liria Pauline, age 80, of Indian Rocks Beach and formerly of Tampa, passed away March 17, 2003. A native of Tampa, Mrs. Demmi is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Frank Demmi; sons, David F. Demmi and wife Deborah S., and Edward L. Demmi and wife Brenda G.; daughter, Frances Hess and husband Thomas J.; grandchildren, Alisha Demmi, Kristi Dressback, Alicia and T.J. Hess, Anthony M. and Samantha M. Demmi; brother, Tony Ysada and wife, Daisy. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 12 Noon at the chapel of Gonzalez Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Garden of Memories. The family will receive friends Thursday morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at the chapel of GONZALEZ FUNERAL HOME
DIAZ, Eloisa C.`Gloria`, 71, of Tampa passed away March 16, 2003. A native of Havana, Cuba came to Tampa in 1957. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Norberto L. Diaz; sons, Norberto B. `Cookie` and his wife, Lisa, Miguel L. `Mickey` and his wife, Yvette, and Oscar C. Diaz and his wife, Justine; her grandchildren, Lauren, Taren, and Jillian Diaz, Paul, Tyler, and Jeffrey Brown; her sister, Estel Espinosa. She was very proud to have received her citizenship in March 2002. Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, Tampa, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Diabetes. Association, Memorial & Honor Program-Call Center, P.O. Box 2680 N., Canton, Ohio 44720.
FERNANDEZ, Felipa M., 86, passed away March 16, 2003 in Tampa. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She is survived by her sons, Ben, Louis, Leonides, Pablo, Joseph, Nilo and Martin; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Graveside Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Sunset Memory Gardens.
GONZALEZ FUNERAL HOME
FORD, William `Bill` Darrell, age 71, passed away Monday, March 17, 2003. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 21, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home with Rev. David Conrad officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 20, 2003 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Ford was a Pharmacist, member of the Bethany Baptist Church, member of the Masonic Lodge, and had been a resident at Avon Park since 1991 coming from Schererville, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Janet Ford of Avon Park, Florida; daughter, Martha Jane Fry at Tampa, Florida; sons, John `Mike` Ford of Minneapolis, Minnesota and William Dale Ford of Eslov, Sweden; six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Baptist Church Memorial Fund.
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FYSENTZIDES, Gregory, 58, of Tarpon Springs died March 16, 2003. He is survived by brothers, George and Nicholas; and sisters, Panayota Futerer, Maria and Euagelia.
Dobies Funeral Home
HALL, John, 76, of Tampa passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2003. John was a life long resident of the Tampa area and was Baptist by faith. He was with the 66th Division, US Army in World War II. He was a member of Panther Veteran Organization, 11th Airborne Division Association, and a retired service manager with Buddy Bi-Rite. He is survived by daughters, Diana Lynn Courtney of Tampa, Pat Davis of Brandon, Michelle and Mark Brawner of Lithia; brothers, R.N. Hall of Dover, Don Hall of Virginia; grandchildren, Erica Fonseca, Shawn Brawner, Amanda Davis, Billy Courtney, Brittany Brawner; great-grandchild, A.J. Fonseca. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview.
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HOVANUS, Violet Virginia, 78, a resident of Lithia passed away March 17, 2003. She is survived by her loving family.
Hopewell Funeral Home & Cemetery
LONG, John Joseph, Jr., 59, of Tampa, passed away Sunday March 16, 2003. His parents, John and Helen Long and his nephew, Bryan O'Connor, all of Overland Park, Kan., preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, John Stephen (Steve) Long, his daughter and son-in-law Michele McKay Long-Craig and Bill Craig, his grandchildren, McKay and Jack Craig of Tampa, Fla. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Linda and John O'Connor, their surviving children, Laura and Michael, all of Overland Park, Kan., a brother and sister-in-law Bob and Ann Long, and their children, Shawn, Joshua, and Sundown of Everett, Wash. Mr. Long was a native of Shawnee Mission, Kan. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1965. After graduation, he moved to Tampa to join the Bentley Gray Company. He was named President of Bentley Gray in 1982. His commercial real estate career began in 1985 when he joined the A. S. Austin Company as Vice President and General Manager. In 1998 he became associated with the Grubb & Ellis Company as Vice President, Office Services Group and remained an active broker with Grubb & Ellis until his health forced him to take medical leave in November of 2001. He was involved in many civic and social activities during his career in Tampa. He was a past board member of the Downtown Rotary Club, past Vice President of the David Falk Foundation and past member of the Merrymakers Club, the University Club, and the Centre Club. He was an active member of both the Krew of Gasparilla and Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, having served on the board of Palma Ceia for two terms. A Funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Christ the King Catholic Church with private interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday March 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa.
McDANIEL, Jack Floyd, 73, of Lithia, Fla., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2003. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ruby; five children, Bobby, Bruce, Nelson, Patrick and Arlene; brothers, Earl and George; sisters, Myrtle and Ruby; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Stowers Brandon Chapel 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003. The family will receive friends two hours prior to services at the funeral home.