Shannon Funeral Homes, P.A.
J. Raymond Shannon, L.F.D.

Obituaries


  Mr. Earl R. Kiefer

Earl R. Kiefer, 82, Bradenton, passed away Dec. 20, 2014

Earl was born on Feb. 19, 1932 in Parma, OH to the late Arthur and Ida (Jourgenmeier) Kiefer. He served his country faithfully during the Korean Conflict by serving with the United States Navy where he received numerous decorations and citation.

After his military service he went to school to become a Nuclear Engineer. He worked for many years with CEI Power in Lake County, OH. And has been a resident of Manatee County for many years, living in the Braden Castle area until about a year ago when they moved to Westminster Shores.

Earl lived a very lustrous life. During his lifetime he played minor league ball for the Cleveland Indians. He and his beloved wife Anna would provide music entertainment in various local facilities such as the Westminster Shores, Friendship Center, the Renaissance Center on 9th Street, and other various places. He was a very accomplished musician playing the guitar, harmonica, banjo to name a few. He was very active with the Adopt a Family organization, and had sponsored many children overseas over the years.

He was predeceased by a brother, Edward, and is survived by his wife Anna Kiefer of Bradenton, six sons; Bob (Fran) Bevis, Scot (Tracy) Bevis, Bret (Titin) Bevis, Jim Bevis all of OH, Chris (Susan) Egler, Calvin (Kathy) Egler both of Bradenton, three daughters; Susan (Bud) Ramkey of Ohio, Carolyn (Ron) Schuur of Jeffersonville, IN, Charlene (Dick) Frakes of Elizabethtown, IN, nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, eleven nieces and nephews and many extended family members and friends.

Services will be held at a later date and time.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either Adopt a family or the American Cancer Society in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Sunday, December 21, 2014

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  Mrs. Alta J. Moss

Alta J. Moss, 96, Sarasota, passed away December 19, 2014.

She was born April 17, 1918, the daughter of the late Alfred G. and Gertrude Addison Roan, in Cleveland, FL – moving to Sarasota as a young child. She was a true Christian in every sense of the word. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a dear friend to all who knew her. She always put others first, constantly serving, never expecting anything in return. She loved to work in her beautiful yard and to tend to her flowers – and she was a wonderful cook.

She was employed with Maas Bros./Burdines for twenty years, retiring in 1992, as head of sales in the drapery dept. She grew up on the Ringling Estate, where her father was employed as the Captain of John Ringling’s yacht. She often spoke of those years, and of the many interesting and eclectic people that would come and go to the Ringling residence, and about how good Mr. Ringling was to her father. Her lifelong love of flowers – especially roses, came from her admiration of the beautiful Ringling rose garden, which her father lovingly cared for after Mr. Ringling’s death. She will be greatly missed, but will live on forever in our hearts.

Mrs. Moss was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Floyd L. Moss, Sr. and brother’s Nick Roan and George Roan. She is survived by her loving Children: Floyd L. “Buddy” (Lisa) Moss of Cape Coral, FL, Gary L. (Mary Anne) Moss of Sarasota, Daniel K. (Angela) Moss of Stokes, NC and daughter, Mary (Sam) Moss Ault of Savannah, GA as well as devoted brother, Eugene M. Roan of Sarasota, 9 Grandchildren, and 7 Great Grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

Remembrances may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com

“He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalms 91:1-2

Published on: Saturday, December 20, 2014

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  Mrs. Linda Jane Clay

Linda Jane Clay, 72, Sarasota, passed away December 19, 2014 at her residence.

Linda was born on June 2, 1942 in Marshall, Michigan to the late Lloyd Dale and Shirley Jean (Jenkins) Sands. She has been a resident of Manatee County for many years. Linda was a registered nurse in the Manatee and Sarasota County area. She formerly served as Director of Nursing for Westminster Manor in Bradenton, and other nursing facilities in the area. And at the time of her passing was retired from TideWell Hospice where she worked as a R.N. for 12 years. She was also a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 ½ years, Hugh Edward Clay of Sarasota, four caring children; Deborah Jean Tresca and her husband Fred of Woodlands, Texas and Vale, Colorado, Jeffery Stuart Clay and his wife Janie of Sanford, Florida, Timothy Scott Clay and his wife Kathy of Enterprise, Alabama, Jennifer Lynn Nichols and her husband, Geoffrey of Bradenton, Florida, one brother, John Sands and his wife Elaine of Bradenton, Florida, one sister, Susan Weller and her husband William of Merritt Island, Florida, seven grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends over the years.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to TideWell Hospice Inc. in Linda’s memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, Florida

Published on: Saturday, December 20, 2014

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  Mr. Robert "Bob" Lamp

Robert "Bob" Lamp, 90, of Holmes Beach, beloved husband and father, passed into the next life on December 18, 2014.

Mr Lamp was married for almost 65 years to his loving wife Phyllis (Keinath) Lamp.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan and retired to Florida in 1984.

Mr. Lamp was a member of the American Legion after serving in the Navy during WWII. He was also a member of the Elks & Moose Lodges as well as St Joesph & St Bernard Catholic Churches.

Mr. Lamp was an avid golfer, fisherman, bowler and dancer. He retired after 41 years from the Ford Motor Company.

He is survived by his soulmate & wife Phyllis, sons Lawrence (Rose), Keith (Debbie), four grandchildren; Ashley, Jared, Connor & Rachel, sisters Jill & Bonnie, several nieces & nephews and many wonderful friends.

He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:00am with a Memorial Mass commencing at 11:00am at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton.

Published on: Friday, December 19, 2014

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  Lindell Wade Pearson "Lennie"

Our beloved Lennie has passed away on December 10, 2014.

We will be honoring his memory on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, with a Visitation from 6:00 - 7:00pm with the Funeral Service commencing at 7:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton Fl. 34209.

All the services will be closed casket, as we would like everyone to remember him as he was, full of life.

During the services, we would like to hear your favorite stories and memories of Lennie, so we are asking for you to come up and speak at the appointed time. We would like to hear from at least 5 to 10 of his friends and family. We know it will be hard, but we would like for one of you to plan on speaking first.

Additionally, if Lennie has touched the lives of anyone you know, we would like for you to extend the invitation for them to attend as well. If, in our grief, we have inadvertently missed extending the invitation personally, we want you to know, all are welcome.

Lennie will be laid to rest in Sarasota Nation Cemetery. This is one of the cemeteries set aside to honor military members who dedicated themselves to the protection of our nation and way of life.

Published on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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  Mrs. Dorothy K. Hendry

Dorothy K. Hendry, 83, Ellenton, formerly of Myakka City, went to be with her Lord Dec. 13, 2014.

Dorothy was born on May 21, 1931 in Tampa to the late James and Maybell (Russ) Minton. She has been lifelong resident of Manatee County. Dorothy was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka City where she was one of the main cooks.

She was predeceased by her brother, Donald C. Minton, sister, Doris Baker, and a granddaughter, April Hendry. Survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Earl "Bo" Hendry of Ellenton, daughter, Brenda Gray of Parrish, two sons; Earl "Sandy" (Pam) Hendry of Anderson, SC, James (April) Hendry of Belton, SC, seven precious grandchildren; Jimmy Gray, Alex (Shannan) Hendry, Alan (Rachel) Gray, Christy (Steve) Kelly, Samantha Gray, Cortney (John Michael) Quales, Kelly (Chris) Wood, fourteen darling great-grandchildren; Tyler, Logan, Izabelle, Abigail, Hunter, Skylar, Jack, Matthew, McKensleigh, Lane, Allyana, Reagan, Shane, Sam, and many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials can be made to TideWell Hospice in her memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Monday, December 15, 2014

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  Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Parrish Pearce

Mary Elizabeth Parrish Pearce, 96, Bradenton, passed away Dec. 8, 2014.

She was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Parrish to the late Kosciuko S. and Molle Dee (McClamroch) Parrish. Mary was a graduate of Florida Southern College and worked as an accountant for the family citrus and cattle business.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she served as chairperson of various church circles. She was also a lifetime member of Entre Nous, Manatee River Garden Club, and Women's Society of Christian Service.

She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, John R. in 1986, and son, John R. II in 1999.Surived by daughter, Elizabeth and son-in-law Richard Kerlin of Bradenton,

The family will receive friends from 12Noon-1P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton with services to follow at 1:00 P.M. Interment to follow at Fortner Cemetery in Parrish.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the TideWell Hospice in her memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Friday, December 12, 2014

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  Devin Marcel Haisley

Devin Marcel Haisley passed away on December 5, 2014.

Devin was born in Bradenton, Florida on January 19,1997. He was a member of the Palm Aire Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Devin was preceded in death by his brother Cameron Lee, and is survived by his parents, DeAngello & Beth Averso Haisley, and his brother Taryn Keith Haisley.

He is also survived by a large extended family, including, Grand Parents, Leon & Lois Haisley, & Dorothy Averso, and Great Grandmother, Willie Mae Haisley.

Aunts & Uncles: Gerry & Sandra Haisley, Daryl & Nixa Haisley, Deon & Joanna Haisley, Mark & Jean Averso, Pete & Peggy Averso & Tammie Averso, Alan & Dawn Averso, Brian & Norma Averso, Carolyn Averso.

Cousins: Jamel, Terrell & Alita Haisley, Dillon Averso, Kieren & Heather Gunnell, Gabe & Adrainna Haisley & Sean Averso, Liza Averso, Tracy & Marc LeFort, Marky Averso, Peter Averso Jr., Holley Armbruster, Omni Brooks & Jamie Block.

A Memorial will be held for Devin at Braden River High School, 6545 HWY 70, Bradenton, FL 34203 on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm. With a reception to follow for family & close friends, directions will be available at the memorial.

For the time Devin was in All Childrens Hospital,our saying was "One Day At A Time" based on the scripture Matthew 6: 33 & 34.



My Son, Devin,

I feel a warmth around me

like your presence is so near,

And I close my eyes to visualize

your face when you were here,

I enjoyed the times we spent together

and they are locked inside my heart,

For as long as I have those memories

we will never be apart,

Even though we cannot speak anymore

you are always near,

Because every night before I sleep

I have you in my prayers.

Published on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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  Rev. James W. “Tripp” Battle, III

Rev. James W. “Tripp” Battle, III, 31, of Bradenton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 4, 2014.

Tripp was born on Jan. 25, 1983 in Bradenton. He was a graduate of Bayshore High School. He went on to attend and graduate from Baptist College of Florida.

In 2009 Tripp was ordained to preach the word of God by the Wayside Baptist Church in Miami. He served as a Student Pastor, Associate Pastor and Church Planter. Then in 2012 was called by Bayshore Baptist Church to serve as their Senior Pastor until his passing.

Rev. Tripp was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Sara Elizabeth Romine, paternal grandparents; James W. and Helen Battle, and paternal grandparents-in-law; Bob and Dot Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 7 ½ years, Joy, two precious children; Sophie and Joshua Battle of Bradenton, parents; Jimmy and Rhonda Battle Jr. of Bradenton, sister, Ashley Battle of Bradenton, maternal grandparents; Ed and Alice Romine of Bradenton, aunts; Beverly Battle of Anna Maria, FL, Cheryl (Mike) Stuart of Parrish, FL parents-in-law; Rev. Keith and Rhonda Johnson of Miami, FL, maternal grandparents-in-law; Ron and Jackie King of Marion, OH, sisters-in-law; Hope (David) Bridwell of Crawfordville, GA, Faith Johnson of Pensacola, and many extended family members, Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. A Celebration of Rev. Tripp’s Battle life will be celebrated at 6 P.M.on Friday, Dec. 12,2014 in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church of Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Tripp Battle Memorial Trust for his wife and children, c/o Greene, Hamrick, Quinlan & Shermer, P.A., 601 12th St. W., Bradenton, Fl. 34205 in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton. FL



Published on: Sunday, December 07, 2014

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  Dr. Robert A. Gruesen, M.D.

Dr. Robert A. Gruesen, M.D., 82, Bradenton, passed away Dec. 6, 2014.

Dr. Gruesen was born May 21, 1932 in Ft. Atkinson, WI to the late Frank and Geneva Gruesen. He was a graduate from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine. Dr. Gruesen then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service he specialized as a neurosurgeon.

Dr. Gruesen practiced neurosurgery in the Green Bay, WI area for over 30 years. He attended the daily mass at the chapel at St. Vincent Medical Center in Green Bay. He moved to Bradenton, 17 years ago, and locally was a member of the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

He was predeceased by his two siblings; Frank Gruesen and Katherine Hanson, and is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Shelly of Bradenton, four sons; Robert A. Jr,, Michael and Steven Gruesen all of Green Bay, WI, Christopher Nader of Bradenton, FL, four daughters; Pam (George) Stanley of Menomonee Falls, WI, Annemarie (Todd) DeVillers of Green Bay, WI, Sara (Josh) Nader-Hund of Sarasota, FL, Maria Gruesen of Bradenton, eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date locally in Bradenton. Visitation and Services will be held in Green Bay, WI.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Sunday, December 07, 2014

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  Dr. Guy Santos DaSilva, M.D.

Dr. Guy Santos DaSilva, M.D., 58 of Bradenton, passed away on November 30, 2014.

Dr. DaSilva was born on July 9, 1956 in Bay Shore, New York to Jose Pereria & Doris Nilda (Rivera) DaSilva.

He graduated in 1978 from Southampton College with a degree in biochemistry. He went on to earn his medical degree in 1986 from the Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine in the British West Indies. He went on to serve his residency and fellowship training at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical College, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York Medical College, Hartford Hospital and North Shore University Hospital , Cornell Medical School..

After his training he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Was the Director of Hematology and Hematopathology at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Later on was recruited and appointed as Director of Forcyte Laboratory. And then the CEO and Medical Director of HemePath Institute.

Dr. DaSilva moved to Bradenton ten years ago coming from Monroe, Connecticut. Locally he was founder eight years ago of the DaSilva Institute of Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. He was also a member of the Bayside Community Church East Campus in Bradenton.

Dr. DaSilva was predeceased by his father Jose Pereria DaSilva and is survived by his loving wife Tina Marie (Staiano) DaSilva of Bradenton, one daughter, Ashley Tina DaSilva of Bradenton, four sons; Jeffrey Guy DaSilva, Christian Guy DaSilva, Austin Alexander DaSilva all of Bradenton, LaVaughn Coleman of Brooklyn, New York, mother, Doris Nilda DaSilva of Long Island, New York, three brothers and their wives; Joe and Tilde DaSilva, Dennis and Diane DaSilva, Gary and Kimberly DaSilva all of Long Island, New York, and many extended family members, friends and patients.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M.-12 Noon on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Bayside Community Church East Campus, 15800 State Road 64 East, Bradenton. A Celebration of Dr. DaSilva’s life will follow the visitation at 12Noon.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Bayside Community Church East Campus Renovation Fund, 15800 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL. 34212 in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Published on: Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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  Mr. Norman Ralph Bridwell, Jr.

Norman Ralph Bridwell, Jr., 61 of Palmetto, Florida passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

Norman was born on April 19, 1953 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late Norman R. Sr. and Hester Bridwell. He has been a resident of Manatee County for over 15 years, and drove the Veterans Bus to Bay Pines V.A.M.C. in Bay Pines for Manatee County for 15 years.

He was predeceased by a sister, Anne Wells and is survived by his son, Charles of Palmetto, sister Nalma Bridwell and many extended family members and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Published on: Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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  Mrs. Connie Jo Twiggs

Connie Jo Twiggs, 68 of Bradenton, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

Connie was born on June 12, 1946 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Ben and Eloise (Grolo) Nydegger. She worked as a caregiver in the local Lafayette area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Lafayette.

Connie moved to Bradenton in 1978.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amber Henderson and is survived by her two sons and their wives’; Paul and Meleah Howard of Bradenton, Henry and Jean Howard of Bradenton, one daughter and her husband; Amy and Gary, Jr. Henderson of Lafayette, Indiana, two brothers and their wives’; Dick and Lee Nydegger of Brookston, Indiana, Jack and Betty Nydegger of Bradenton, Florida, two sisters; Carolyn and her husband Clyde Johnson of Spring Hill, Florida, Nancy Balsor of Lafayette, Indiana, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends.

A private celebration of Connie’s life will be held at a later date in Lafayette, Indiana where she will be buried in the family cemetery.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shanonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Published on: Monday, December 01, 2014

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  S.Sgt Henry M. Piecuch

S.Sgt Henry M. Piecuch-U.S. Army, 91, Bradenton, Florida, passed away on November 25, 2014 at the Bay Pines V.A.M.C. in Bay Pines, Florida.

Henry was born on August 4, 1923 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to the late Mathew and Anna (Cwiklik) Piecuch. He served his country faithfully during World War II, where he served with the United States Army. While serving he flew several combat missions as a radio operator and waist gunner on a B-24. It was on one of those missions that he was shot down over Yugoslavia and evaded the German forces for 27 days. Then on his 6th mission over Southern Austria he was shot down again and this time was captured and served as a prisoner of war for four months. After serving his tour of duty Henry was discharged from the U.S. Army in November of 1945, and was the recipient of the Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with five Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal.

He went on to work for the Federal Government as a Federal Auditor with the Federal Highway Administration for many years, which he retired from.

Henry moved to Bradenton, Florida in February of 1981 and was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1511 of Bradenton, where he was honored for being a life member for over 50 years, and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Virginia in November of 2005, three brothers; Edward and Leonard Piecuch, Theodore Petczo, and three sisters; Stacia Hall, Virginia Lynch and Julia Flannigan. He is survived by numerous extended family members, military comrades and numerous friends over the years.

A graveside service will be held for S.Sgt. Henry M. Piecuch in the spring of 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where he will be laid to rest with his wife.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Bay Pine VAMC Hospice Unit, P.O. Box 5005, Bay Pines, Florida 33744 in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Published on: Friday, November 28, 2014

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  Mrs. Martha G. Goodson

Martha G. Goodson, 77, Tampa, Florida, formerly of Bradenton, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, Florida.

She was born on August 13, 1937 in Bradenton, Florida to the late Thomas Rucker , Sr. and Martha (Snyder) Graves. She resided in Manatee and Hillsborough during her lifetime and was a homemaker and political activist.

Martha is survived by her son, Daniel B. Goodson and a brother Thomas R. Graves, Jr.

A graveside celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Palmetto City Cemetery on 10th Street West in Palmetto, Florida.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.

Published on: Friday, November 28, 2014

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  Col. John Atkinson U.S.A.F.-Retired

Col. John Atkinson U.S.A.F.-Retired, 96, of Holmes Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 24, 2014.

Col. Atkinson was born on November 3, 1918 in Auburn, Alabama to the late Thomas and Irene (Caroll) Atkinson. He served with the United States Air Force as pilot during World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring after many years of loyal service as a Colonel.

He moved to Manatee County over 40 years ago, and served on the Bradenton City Commission for several years and served as Vice-Mayor of Bradenton. He also worked for 15 years as a broker with Merrill Lynch in Bradenton. After living in Bradenton for many years he moved to Holmes Beach. Col. Atkinson was also a member of the Retired Air Corps, and the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post # 24 of Bradenton.

Col. Atkinson was predeceased by his loving wife Nancy Atkinson in March of 2013, a son Tommy, and two brothers. He is survived by his son, Burt Atkinson and his wife Glena of Pompano Beach, Florida, two daughters; Corrine Pool of Bryan, Ohio, Sherry Kirschner and her husband John of Celina, Ohio, step-daughter, Christine and Steven Nelson of Bradenton, one sister, Sara Miller and her husband Jack of Bradenton, Florida, eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Col. John Atkinson’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014 in the Clubhouse of the Key Royale Country Club on Holmes Beach with full military honors by the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post #24 of Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.

Published on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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  Mrs. Patricia Heath Baker Miller

Patricia Heath Baker Miller, 86, Bradenton, passed away Nov. 21, 2014.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1928 in Bloomington, IN to the late William and Lula (McGloan) Baker. She attended Indiana University. Patricia moved to St. Petersburg in 1950 and then to Bradenton in 1972.

She was the co-owner of Miller Furniture in Bradenton for over 28 years until her retirement in 1999. Member of the Florida Furniture Dealers Association. Member of the First United Methodist Church of Bradenton where she served as a Trustee, choir member and served on nearly every board of the church over the years. Was past member of the Bradenton Zonta Club. She also served on the Board of Director for The Shores of Bradenton for 20 years as it became the Westminister Shores of Bradenton.

Patricia was predeceased by her son Gary Lee Miller in June of 2014 and two sisters; Katherine Sheedy and Alice Beutler. She is survived by her loving husband Roger Lee Miller of Bradenton, two sons; William David (Heidi) Miller of Bradenton, George Luis (Elisa) Omeechevaria of Alexandria, VA, three grandchildren; Joshua (Janessa) Miller, Ryan and Sarah Miller and two great-grandchildren; Aunica Miller and Jordan Dixon.

A celebration of Patricia's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th Street West, Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the church or TideWell Hospice in Patricia's memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Monday, November 24, 2014

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  Mrs. Anna Marie Arnold

Anna Marie Arnold, age 40, of Bradenton, FL, passed away suddenly Friday November 14, 2014 at her home.

Anna is survived by her husband, Richard Arnold Jr., four sons: Byron and Kendall Gardner and Zachary and Jacob Arnold; her parents Alex J. Rasch and Rebecca Mae Randles; 5 siblings Alex Rasch Jr, Andrea (Rob) Chase, Alicia (Aubrey) Jackson, Annette (Roland) Brewton, Amanda (Joe) Salbino; mother in-law Joy Mathews, father in-law Richard Arnold Sr; sister in-laws Judith (Harold) Hill and Lori (Scott) Clark; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Kalob Jaxon Arnold (4-13-2011).

A Celebration of Life will take place at Shannon Funeral Home, 5610 Manatee Ave. West., Bradenton, FL 34209, on Wednesday November 19, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with A Graveside Funeral at Skyway Memorial Gardens, where she will be laid to rest with her son.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider making a donation to All Children’s Hospital at http://www.allkids.org/.

Published on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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  Mrs. Nancy Rae Carter Bennett

Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, 76 of Anna Maria, passed away peacefully Nov. 12, 2014.

Nancy was born in Akron, Ohio and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1972. She was retired from the Holmes Beach Police Department where she worked as a Clerk. She volunteered several hours at the Island C.C., as softball coach, and Tracey Vita School of Dance, and Manatee High School Marching Band. She was known as Ma and Grandma by many.

She is survived by her beloved husband Mel, one son, Robert (Teri) Bennett, two daughters; Lezlie (Jeff) Nance, Kelly (Dale) Stephenson, five grandchildren; Jeremy, Kymberli, Alison, Abigail, Anabelle, two great-grandchildren; Carter and Lyla.

Services will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Roser Church, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Fl.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Manatee High School Marching Band & Auxiliary, P.O. Box 14465, Bradenton, Fl. 34280.

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Published on: Sunday, November 16, 2014

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  Mr. Frank H. Dills, Jr.

Frank H. Dills, Jr., 81, of Bradenton, passed away Nov. 5, 2014.

He was born on June 14, 1933 in Dayton, OH and served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Frank was retired from Chrysler Corp where he worked as an assemblyman, and came to Bradenton to retire over 15 years ago.

Frank was predeceased by his two sons; Allen and Mike Dills, and his siblings. Survived by his daughter, Robin of Kettering, OH, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Military services will be held at a later date at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, OH.

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Published on: Sunday, November 16, 2014

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  Josephine A. Parry

Josephine Parry, 85, of Ellenton, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on November 3, 2014.

Jo led a blessed life with her loving parents, and married the first love of her life, her high school sweetheart, Francis McCoy of Utica NY. They enjoyed 22 years of marriage until his passing in 1972. Thereafter, she found the second love of her life, Edward E. Parry, of Rome NY, and enjoyed 15 years of marriage together until his passing in 1989.

Jo adored her family, and was cherished by her daughter Susan and her husband Robert Burgess and her daughter Renee Taraska and her companion Dr. Don Weisenburger. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren, Maxine Taraska, Jeremy and his wife Zoe Burgess, Jennifer Burgess and Jordan Burgess. Her great grand children, Zoe Cecilia and Zachary Dylan were the lights of her life.

Jo enjoyed a former modeling career. She then became the Director for Human Resources for the Boston Store in Utica NY.

Susan and Renee would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Liza and Nancy from Tidewell Hospice who gave such loving care to their mom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

A Celebration of Life in Jo's honor will be held Saturday November 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm, with a Visitation preceding from 4:00 - 5:00pm at Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton.

Published on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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  Mrs. Jeanne M. Parrish

Jeanne M. Parrish, 95, Bradenton, passed away on November 3, 2014. Jeanne was born on December 2, 1918 in Donalsonville, GA. The family moved to Bradenton in 1925. She attended Ballard Elementary and was a graduate of the Class of 1935 from Manatee High School. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from F.S.U. and began her teaching career in 1940 at Manatee High School. While at MHS she taught English and served as the Chairman of the English Department. During her 37 years as a teacher it is estimated she taught between 7,000-8,000 students, many of whom went on to become prominent leaders of Manatee County. She was also sponsor of the Domestic Exchange for 18 years, accompanying 30 students in a private railroad car to many states. She was responsible for raising money by planning fish fries, spaghetti dinners and manning a booth at the M.H.S. football games

She stayed busy after her retirement in 1983. She was a volunteer at Manatee Memorial Hospital and edited a doctor’s book. She was a member of the Original 13, life member of Entre Nous, served as a Captain at the U.S.O. during World War II, worked part-time as a funeral assistant for Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel for several years, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and former member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church of Bradenton.

Jeanne was honored as an outstanding teacher by the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and received the District Star Teacher award in 1966. Another honor occurred at Hawkins Stadium where she was named the 2008 M.H.S. Outstanding Alumni. Jeanne celebrated her 90th birthday by taking her first hot-air balloon ride, which was a gift from her son, Paul.

Jeanne was predeceased by her loving husband Paul in 1993, and is survived by her greatly loved son, Paul of Bradenton, a sister, Helen Aderhold of Atlanta, GA, and two granddaughters; Debbie and Tracy of Atlanta, GA.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. A Celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, 410 15th Street West, Bradenton. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Jeanne M. Parrish Scholarship Fund c/o Manatee High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 15103, Bradenton, 34208 in her memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

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  Mr. Anton A. Jacobsen

Anton A. Jacobsen, 60, Bradenton, passed away November 2, 2014.

He was born on September 6, 1954 in Mt. Holly, NJ to the late Charles and Laura (Mucciarello) Jacobsen. Anton moved to Bradenton in 1972 coming from Ft. Pierce, FL. He was the owner of Westcoast Buggy’s in Bradenton, and was an avid remote control car and helicopter operator.

Survived by his three brothers; Chris (Francine) Jacobsen, Paul and Tom Jacobsen all of Ft. Pierce, two sisters; Laura (Charles) Kilmer of Winter Haven, FL, Charlotte (Russell) Oden of Glen St. Mary, FL.

Private family services at a later date.

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Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

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  Mrs. Thelma A. Kuhn

Thelma A. Kuhn, 91, Bradenton, passed away Oct. 30, 2014.

She was born August 23, 1923 in Perth, Western Australia to the late Norman C. and Ireene (White) Gerry. She served with the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force in Australia during WWII. She worked as a legal secretary. She was a member of the wives of Submarine Veterans of WWII. She moved to Orlando many years ago where she served as the Director of the Orlando Humane Society, and was a past-president of the Holiday Hospital Auxiliary in Orlando.

In 1990 she and her husband moved to Bradenton coming from Orlando, and was a member locally of the Bradenton Yacht Club and the Pass-a-Grille Yacht Club.

She was predeceased by her husband Harland in 2005 and is survived by a brother, Dr. Alan Duffield of New South Wales, Australia, and many extended family members and friends.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell where she will be laid to rest with her late husband.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the University of Florida Library, 1938 W. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32603, or the Southeastern Guide Dog Association, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, Fl. 34221 in her memory.

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Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

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  Ronald Selowitz

Ronald Selowitz, 80 of Bradenton, passed away November 2, 2014.

He was born June 4, 1934 in Queens, NY to the late Charles and Anna Selowitz. He served with the U.S. Navy. Following his military service he worked for Fairchild Industries as a Logistics Support Manager. Ronald moved to Bradenton in 1991 coming from Deer Park, L.I., NY.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years, Eileen in 2004, and a sister, Charlotte Schroeder. Survived by his daughter, Lori McCarter, one granddaughter, Celeste, of Greenfield, IN, two nephews; Frederick (Carolyn) Schroeder of Bradenton, Edward Schroeder of Babylon, NY, great-niece, Kaitlin Schroeder of Bradenton, and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 P.M. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton with services to follow at 3:00 P.M. with military honors by Kirby Stewart American Legion Post #24. Inurnment will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota.

The family request that in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory.

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Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

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  Mr. John Andrew Varelis

John Andrew Varelis, 30, Bradenton, passed away November 3, 2014.

He was born September 13, 1984 in Bradenton. A graduate of Manatee High School, Class of 2003. He worked as kitchen manager for the family restaurant, Cortez Cafe, and enjoyed writing.

He is survived by his loving wife of two years, Alyson, beloved parents; Sotirios and Deborah Varelis of Bradenton, three dear sisters; Alexandra (Ross Godfrey) Varelis of Bradenton, Melissa Varelis of Las Vegas, NV, Desiree Haynes of Bradenton, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of John’s life will be held at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the funeral home chapel.

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Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

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  Mr. John "Jack" Edward Ryder

Jack Ryder of Bradenton, FL died at home on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 from complications due to cancer.

Born on Oct. 20, 1931 in Wilmington, DE, Jack graduated from Wilmington High School and the University of Delaware.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and enjoyed a long career at the DuPont Corporation.

Preceded in death by his son Patrick, he is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Gallagher), son, Michael Ryder, son and daughter in law, William and Lisa (McCormick) and grandchildren Jack William and Jessica.

Services will be private. The family suggests donations be made to Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, FL.

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Published on: Saturday, November 01, 2014

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  Mrs. Addovine "Dolfi" D. Ender

Addovine “Dolfi” D. Ender, 83 of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on October 29, 2014 at the Nursing Center of Freedom Village in Bradenton.

She was born on November 21, 1930 to the late Joseph and Veronica (Yosburger) Sabadello.

Dolfi worked as a waitress in New York. She has been a resident for many years of Bradenton.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Albert in 1963 and is survived by her many friends and acquaintances over the years.

A private burial service will be held in the Spring of 2015 at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York where she will be buried with her late husband.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Published on: Friday, October 31, 2014

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  Mrs. Virginia Rinehart Buss

Virginia Rinehart Buss, 86, of Bradenton, FL, died October 21, 2014

Mrs. Buss was born October 1, 1928 in New Bremen, Ohio, and moved here 27 years ago from Orlando, FL where she lived since 1958.

Retired, Mrs. Buss was a social worker for the State of Florida for 16 years. She was a Girl Scout leader, an elder and member of Christ Church of Longboat Key and an active member in her beloved Zeta Tau Alpha. She was a voracious reader, active investor and avid knitter. She lovingly knitted prayer shawls and baby bonnets for many years.

Mrs. Buss was predeceased by her husband, William A. Buss. She is survived by her sons Randall W. Buss M.D. of Ft. Myers, FL, Robert A. Buss, of Montgomery, AL and daughter, Christine Yekel of Bradenton. She also had seven grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Inurnment will be in Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio.

Memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association , Inc., 2801 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237.

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Published on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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  Mrs. Janet Maye Andre

Janet Maye Andre, 84, Bradenton, passed away on October 24, 2014 at the TideWell Hospice House in Bradenton.

Mrs. Andre was born on September 28, 1930 in Clairton, Pennsylvania to the late James and Olive Erma (Clouser) Hammons. She was a member of the First Hungarian Reform Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked as a factory worker for Continental Can in Pittsburgh for many years.

In 2005 she moved to Bradenton coming from Pittsburgh and was an associate member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Bradenton.

Janet was predeceased by her beloved husband Jase in 2004, and a sister Eleanor McCurdy. She is survived by her loving daughter, Janee Shook (John) Maynard of Bradenton, sister, Edith Brunner of Seffner, Florida, two precious grandchildren, one dear great-grandchild and many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34209. A second service will be held at 3 P.M. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Janet’s home church of First Hungarian Reform Church, 221 Johnston Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15207. Private family committal services will take place at the Jefferson Memorial Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

It was Janet’s request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the church in her memory.

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Published on: Monday, October 27, 2014

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  Mrs. Catherine Cicoria

Catherine Cicoria of Bradenton, FL, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the age of 84. Catherine Cicoria was born in Jersey City, NJ, on May 23, 1930, the daughter of the late John Miles and Grace Donellan. Catherine was married to Edward Cicoria Sr. who predeceased her in 1998. Catherine and Edward married and lived in Hillsdale, NJ prior to moving to Bradenton, FL.

In her tenure, Catherine was actively involved in many Community and Political activities and was proud to serve as Council Women in Hillsdale as well as, Police Commissioner and Fire Commissioner. She was also involved with the Hillsdale Historical Preservation Committee and involved in the Preservation and renovation of the Hillsdale Train Station.

Catherine is survived by her 3 children and 8 grandchildren: Edward Cicoria Jr., of Gilbert, Arizona and his children Brian and Ashley Cicoria. Brian Cicoria and his wife Dianna Cicoria of Monroe, NY and their children, Kevin, Mark, Brianna and Kaitlyn Cicoria. And Shawn Cicoria and his wife Donna Cicoria of Denville, NJ and their children Christine and Lauren Cicoria.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 28th at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church on 2850 75th Street West in Bradenton, FL and a Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th at Florida Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Published on: Friday, October 17, 2014

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  Mr. Gary Lee Shardell

Gary Lee Shardell of Bradenton and Anna Maria Island passed away surrounded by his loved ones after several courageous battles with cancer on October 15, 2014.

Gary was only 73 years old and is survived by his most precious wife, Christine, his sons Jeff Shardell and Dean Foster and wife Mira, his sisters Jean Koperski and husband Bill, Laura Toth and husband John, his brother Dennis Shardell and wife Rita and his grandchildren Leo and Luke Foster.

He enjoyed birds, real estate, orchids as well as an occasional game of poker, a good game of billiards...and a great find at a garage sale! Most of all, he enjoyed his family and constantly surrounded them with unquestionable love. He will be deeply missed.

We all love you Gary...

Published on: Friday, October 17, 2014

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  Mrs. Mary Margaret Rinck Rideout

(Mary) Margaret Rinck Rideout, 95, Bradenton, passed away Sept. 16, 2014. She was born July 1, 1919 in Crescent City, FL to the late Alphonse Joseph & Sarah (Anderson) Rinck. After graduating from high school she attended and graduated from Florida State College for Women where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She went on to attend the Union Theological Seminary School of Music in New York City where she studied with Dr. Clarence Dickinson.

She married the Rev. Mr. Arthur Wilson Rideout in 1941 and moved with him through brief pastorates in Rockledge and Weirsdale FL and Mendota IL before moving to Bradenton, where the family lived from 1951 to 1957. While living in Bradenton she was a member of the Music Club that met at the Bradenton Women’s Club.

In 1957 the family moved to Palatka where Arthur was Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church for 26½ years. Margaret was Church Organist and Choir Director for that church for 14 years, and perhaps her most treasured accomplishment was being named a Life Member of the Women of the Church and so honored in 1988. She also served St. Marks Episcopal Church as Organist and Director of Music for several years. An important service to the community was her work as Putnam County’s first Juvenile Court Counselor, being appointed by the former Honorable Judge William E. Warren, a position in which she served for 10 years. During her years in Palatka, she was a member/officer of the following groups: Order of Eastern Star, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Putnam County Historical Society, President and Past President of the Palatka Women’s Club, and President of the Pilot Club,

In 1983 Arthur began a new ministry as Interim Pastor of various churches who were seeking a new fulltime pastor. He served four churches, for approximately a year each, near their new home in Jacksonville. Margaret then joyfully moved the household to manses in Weirsdale and Jasper, before returning to Jacksonville where Arthur served two more churches in this capacity. As always, Margaret was the one who learned all the new names and stood at his side with gentle reminders.

Margaret and Arthur began their true retirement in 1995 when they moved to Westminster Shores in St. Petersburg. Her final move was in 2012 when she moved back to Bradenton, into the Westminster Towers to be nearer to family.

Margaret was predeceased by Arthur, her loving husband of 65 years, in 2006, and is survived by her two children, Phillip Rinck Rideout (and wife Pat) of Palmetto and Dr. Sarah Rideout Slight (and husband Jac) of Venice; three grandchildren: Amanda (and husband Chad) Boone, Lacey (and husband Brady) Benigas, and Justin Rideout; and by five precious great-grandchildren: Morgan, Caden, and Logan Boone, and Kaison and Karis Benigas.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014 in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka. A reception will follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Inurnment will take place at the Crescent City Cemetery in Crescent City, FL.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation, 80 West Lucerne Cr., Orlando, FL 32801 in her memory.

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Published on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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  Mrs. Eugenia M. Putvin

Eugenia M. Putvin of Bradenton, Florida and formerly of Flint, Michigan passed away October 11, 2014 at home surrounded by family. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9AM Tuesday October 14, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th Street West Bradenton, Florida. Family will receive visitors beginning at 8:45. She will then be transported to Flint for visitation and graveside services on October 16, 2014. Family will receive visitors at noon at the New Calvary chapel followed immediately by graveside services at 1PM to be buried next to her husband James.

Mrs. Putvin was born in Bay City, Michigan the daughter of Thomas and Eugenia (Heritier) DeShano. She worked beside her husband at Putvin Pharmacy for over 30 years while raising their family.

She is survived by sons James Putvin, Bradenton Florida; Thomas and Sandra Putvin of Shelby Township, Michigan; Richard and Mary Putvin of Sparta, Michigan; Larry and Linda Putvin of Grandville, Michigan; Mark and Char Putvin of Battle Creek, Michigan; Andy and Becky Putvin of Flushing, Michigan. Daughters Janice Putvin of Plant City, Florida; Jeanette and Jim Gray of Flint, Michigan; Loretta and Ric Golding of Bradenton, Florida. Loving and dedicated healthcare aide Lisa Beach. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren that would provide her with endless hours of joy.

She was predeceased by son Joseph Putvin, daughter in law Susan Putvin, son in law Joseph Sutherby and grandson James Putvin III.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic School, Bradenton Florida or the charity of your choosing.

Arrangements for funeral and transport by Shannon Funeral Home of Bradenton, Florida and by Allen Funeral Home of Davison, Michigan.

Published on: Saturday, October 11, 2014

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  Mrs. Betty Kathry Schooley

Betty Kathryn Schooley, 92, of Bradenton, went to be with the Lord on October 9, 2014, with her family by her side. A Celebration of Betty’s life will held in November at a date and time to be announced. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.



Published on: Saturday, October 11, 2014

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  Mr. Roberto Ramos

Roberto Ramos, 44, of Bradenton, passed away on October 7, 2014.

He was born on May 15, 1970 to Rufino and Maria Ramos in Reynosa Mexico.

Roberto is survived by his fiancée and a large and loving family.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street W. Bradenton

Published on: Friday, October 10, 2014

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  Mrs. Pennie Jean Chiaramonte

Pennie Jean Chiaramonte, 50, Bradenton, passed away Oct. 4, 2014. She was born Aug. 12, 1964 in North Adams, MA to Charles William and Joan (Luzynski) Fletcher.

Pennie moved to Bradenton at a very young age. She served during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army.

She was predeceased by her father Charles W. Fletcher, and is survived by her three daughters Rebecca Jean (Brian) Powers of Dothan, AL, Amber Lynn Imes New Orleans, LA, Venecia Rae Nadeau of Bradenton, mother; Joan Fletcher of Bradenton, two brothers; Larry (Joann) Fletcher of Florala, AL, Randy Fletcher of Parrish, six grandchildren and one on the way.

Private family services will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery with final honors by the U.S. Army.

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Published on: Monday, October 06, 2014

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  Mr. Edward ''ED'' C. Dey

Edward “ED” C. Dey, Bradenton, passed away suddenly on October 1, 2014 at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Ed was born in Trenton, New Jersey to the late Clarence and Sophie (Kokoszka) Dey. He moved to Bradenton in 1972 coming from Chesterfield, New Jersey.

Locally he owned his own lawn service for many years. He was a member of the West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, and attended the First Baptist Church of Palmetto. He was also an avid softball player.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ann of Bradenton, son, Steven of Bradenton, daughter and her husband; Melanie and Scott Hicks of Lynchburg, Virginia, brother and his wife; Joseph and Lorraine Dey of Bradenton, Florida, sister and her husband; Phyllis and Nick Fafalios of Trenton, New Jersey, and one precious granddaughter; Evangeline “Evie” Hicks of Lynchburg, Virginia.

It was at Ed’s request that no services be held.

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Published on: Thursday, October 02, 2014

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  Mr. Kenneth R. Sanders

Kenneth R. Sanders, 51 of Bradenton, Florida, passed away September 29, 2014 at the TideWell Hospice House in Bradenton.

Kenneth was born on November 28, 1962 in Bradenton, Florida to the late Edgar C. and Joyce (Truesdell) Sanders. He was a lifelong resident of Manatee County, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Kenneth worked locally as contractor and tradesman in all lines of work.

He is survived by his one brother and his wife; Timothy and Scarlett Sanders of Chipley, Florida, two sisters and their husbands; Christy and Michael Willard of Naples, Florida, Victoria and Jody Beckford of Youngsville, Louisiana, and many extended family members, friends and acquaintances.

The family will hold a memorial luncheon and celebration of Kenneth’s life on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM at the Mar Vista Restaurant, 760 Broadway Street, North Longboat Key, Florida. A memorial boat procession will leave the dock at 12:30.

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Published on: Thursday, October 02, 2014

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  Sgt. James Edward Scothorn, MCSO-Retired

Sgt. James Edward Scothorn, MCSO-Retired, 74, Ellenton, passed away Sept. 30, 2014. He was born on July 14, 1940 in Mt. Clemons, Michigan to the late James and Eunice (Bastendorff) Scothorn.

James served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era as a Lance Corporal. He moved to Manatee County in 1985 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff at the Port with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. His various memberships included the FOP Lodge in Bradenton, Sierra Club, and was a Honorary Member of the Timucuan Indian Tribe in Ocala.

James was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 ½ years, Roberta J. in September of 2013 and is survived by his son, David (Barbara) Scothorn of Hudsonville, MI, two daughters; Dawn (Scott) Earl of Bradenton, Nancy (Chad) Guinn of Los Angeles, CA, sister, Mary Jane (Patrick) Bossenbery of St. Clair Shores, MI, seven granddaughters; Nicole (Michael) Wilson of Palmetto, Florida, Erin (Nick) Poedhl of Kentwood, Michigan, Emily Scothorn of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rachel Wilson of Palmetto, Florida, Paige Guinn of Frisco, Colorado, Elizabeth (Joel) Bradt of Spring Arbor, Michigan, Kaitlyn Wilson of Palmetto, and two great-grandsons; Tyler Edward and Eli Ridgewell.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West, Bradenton, Florida. A celebration of James’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, October 3, 2014 in the chapel of Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West, Bradenton, Florida, with final military honors by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard. Interment will be private at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to TideWell Hospice Inc. in his memory.

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Published on: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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  Mr. Robert Severson Hickman, Jr.

Robert Severson Hickman, Jr., 67, Parrish, passed away Sept. 20, 2014.

Robert was born on Jan. 10, 1947 in Woodbury, NJ to Robert S. Sr. & Gloria (Palmarini) Hickman.

He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and moved to Manatee County in 1981 coming from Ft. Lauderdale. Robert was retired from the Bradenton Herald where he worked in the Press Room with 20 years of service.

Robert was predeceased by his father, Robert S. Sr., and is survived by his loving wife, Peggy of Bradenton, two step-sons; Dan (Gerry) Sklenicka, of Irvine, TX, Brent Croll of Bradenton, three step-daughters; Lori (Michael) Weitz, Rachel Croll both of Bradenton, Amanda (David) Medeiros of Naples, mother, Gloria Naslund of Ft. Lauderdale, two brothers; Bruce (Judy) Hickman and Mark (Kandy) Hickman both of Ft. Lauderdale, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11AM-1 P.M. on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W., Bradenton. Further services and inurnment will be private at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Thursday, September 25, 2014

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  Mr. Asbill ''Randy'' Henry Orander

Asbill "Randy" Henry Orander, 95, of the University Village Retirement in Tampa, formerly of Bradenton, passed away September 22, 2014.

Randy was born on January 20, 1919 in Saluda County, South Carolina to the late William S. and Hortense (Asbill) Orander.

He served his country faithfully during World War II by serving with the United States Navy. Following his military service he finshed his education by receving a Masters Degree from Columbia University.

He worked as a Division Account Manager for South Central Bell Telephone and AT&T. He moved to Florida in 1980 coming from Memphis, TN.

Randy was predeceased by his loving wife Georgette in 2010, brother Ansel Orander and a sister, Hortense Hartley. He is survived by his caring daughter, Suzanne Cavaness of Tampa, dear granddaughter, Shelley R. Cavaness and precious great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Cavaness both of Paris, France.

A private family committal service with military honors was held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell where he was laid to rest with his beloved wife.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3277 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237 in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.



Published on: Thursday, September 25, 2014

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  Mrs. Barbara Jean Giltner

Barbara Jean Giltner, 67 of Parrish, passed away September 22, 2014 at the Riviera Palms Rehabilitation Center in Palmetto.

Barbara was born on May 27, 1947 in Hinsdale, Illinois to the late John and Mary (Kaletka) Grandys. She moved to Florida in 1998 coming from Downers Grove, Illinois.

She worked as an occupational counselor for Jobs, Etc. for many years. She was also a past member of the Elks Lodge, and was an artist working as a clay sculptor and in paints as her mediums.

Barbara is survived by her two loving children; Thomas Giltner of Melrose Park, Illinois, Cynthia and her husband Brian Wingate of Palmetto, two dear sisters; Linda Taylor and Shirley Grandys both of Bradenton, seven precious grandchildren, two darling great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.



Published on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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