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Obituaries


  Mr. Charles Johan Tennesen, Jr.

Charles Johan Tennesen, Jr., 87, of Ellenton, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at his residence.

Charles was born on December 12, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Charles Johann Jr. and Elsie (Baldwin) Tennesen. He served his country faithfully during World War II by serving with the United States Army Signal Corps.

He worked as a tax collector for the United States Internal Revenue Service and retired from there after many years of loyal service.

He moved to Manatee County in September 2004 coming from Yardley, Pennsylvania. Locally he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bradenton.

Charles was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, and a step-son, Anthony Galante. He is survived by loving wife of 37 years, Gloria Dolores (Giacinto) Tennesen of Ellenton, Florida, daughter, Elaine C. Galante of Toms River, New Jersey, two step-daughters; June DiMaio and her husband Raymond of Southampton, Pennsylvania, Gloria Galante and her husband Fred VanDenBerg of Edgely, Pennsylvania, five step-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Memorial Chapel of First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, with a Celebration of Charles’s life to follow at 11:00 A.M. Interment with military honors by the United States Army will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either the First Baptist Church of Bradenton or TideWell Hospice 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: Monday, March 23, 2015

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  Mr. Mark A. McLauchlin

Mark A. McLauchlin, 56, of Bradenton and Sarasota, passed away on March 18, 2015. 

  Beloved son of David and Betty McLauchlin, Mark moved here from Cincinnati Ohio in 1972. Survived by his brother Scott (Ping) McLauchlin and sister Suzanne (Mike Amado) McLauchlin, nephew Evan, nieces Lily and Emily Jane.

  Mark was employed with Key Packaging of Sarasota for over 20 years. Mark's fellow employees nominated him for Sarasota County Recycling Man of The Year in 1993. At a ceremony, Mark with the Company President and Earl Smith, were presented the award by Sarasota County later that year. He loved and enjoyed his job. He was respected for his dedication, loyalty and hard work by the Company and it's employees.

Mark's warm nature and out-going personality allowed him to make many friends over the years through his participation in Children's Haven and Adult Center activities and Special Olympics. Mark was most proud of his participation in the Sarasota Special Olympics earning many gold medals. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church of Bradenton.

  A Celebration of Mark's Life will be Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church at 4635 26th St W, Bradenton. He will be laid to rest at Fogartyville Cemetery.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Community Haven Adult Center at www.communityhaven.org or Special Olympics of Florida-Sarasota County at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/sarasota.

Published on: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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  Mr. Anthony Loren Metts

Anthony Loren Metts, 41 of Bradenton, passed away March 15, 2015 at the TideWell Hospice House in Bradenton.

He was born on December 24, 1973 in Naples, Florida and worked locally as a salesman for various local companies in Manatee County.

He is survived by family and many friends.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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Published on: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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  Mrs. Frances "Sissy" Baden Thomas

Frances "Sissy" Baden Thomas, died in Bradenton on Saturday, March 14, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Charles W. Thomas in June of 2007.

Sis was born on July 27, 1927 and raised in Bradenton-the product of natives Roy F. and Charlie Rea Baden. She graduated from Bradenton High School in 1945 and the Barbizon School of Fashion Modeling in New York City later that same year. She married, Charlie, the love of her life on December 7, 1945 and they began their life together in Bradenton.

Sis was a member of First Baptist Church of Palmetto-where she was baptized as a young bride. She, along with Charlie taught Sunday school, Training Union, and volunteered with youth groups at the church. She and Charlie were founding members of West Bradenton Baptist Church where she served in many capacities, before returning to Palmetto First. She had an abiding, saving faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, which she instilled in her children.

Her family, both immediate and extended were most important to her and she cared deeply for them along with her brothers and sisters in Christ. She never met a stranger who wasn't soon a friend.

Frances ran a home-based catering business specializing in wedding cake works of art. She was a mentor to young women as a sponsor of a high-school-age women's service club. She later worked as a designer in local Florist shops before taking up ceramics, painting, needle work, and the organ as hobbies. She was an accomplished artist with many of her paintings and creations being highly sought after. She especially loved crafting many varieties of homemade dolls and sharing them as gifts.

She is survived by daughter Mary Jane (C.F.) Snyder, son Lawrence "Larry" W. (Geri), daughter Becky (Bob) Daymon; 6 grandchildren; Kristen Snyder, Meagan Snyder, Michelle Carmichael, Ryan French, Jeff Daymon, and Andrew Daymon; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, H. Ray (Sara Nell) Baden, and a nephew, several nieces and cousins.

The family will receive from 10:30-11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 20, 2015 with a Celebration of Sis's life to follow at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 4th St. W., Palmetto.

In lieu of flowers the family request gifts be made to First Baptist Church of Palmetto Children's Ministry.

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Published on: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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  Mrs. Irene Raabe

Irene Raabe, 75, Bradenton, passed away March 15, 2015.

She was born December 24, 1939 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Arnold and Bessie (Bloomer) Satow. Irene moved to Bradenton in 1972, and worked locally for Walmart, retiring after more than twenty years of service.

She is survived by her one daughter, Carol Stewart of Bradenton, three sons; Robert (Darlene) Raabe of Oswego, IL, Bill (Bonnie) Raabe of Pelham, GA, Richard Raabe of Bradenton, sister, Helen E. Shoosmith of Bradenton, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 A.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W., Bradenton, with services to follow at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton.

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Published on: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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  Mr. Arthur James Cooper

Arthur James Cooper, 90, Bradenton, passed March 10, 2015.

He was born June 6, 1924 in New York, NY to the late John & Louisa Cooper.

Arthur served with the U.S. Navy during WWII where he received numerous awards and citations for his service.

He was retired from PanAm Airlines where he worked as an airline mechanic for over 40years. While living in Miami he attended and was active in the Kendall Presbyterian and formerly Trinity Presbyterian churches.

In 2007 he moved to Bradenton, was a member of First Baptist Church and attended West Bradenton Baptist Church of Bradenton.

Arthur was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years Jean B. Cooper in 2010, and is survived by his four sons; James (Paula) Cooper of Sarasota, Richard (Marlene) Cooper of Jackson, MS, David (Maria) Cooper of Melbourne, FL, Douglas (Janice) Cooper of Mansfield, TX, two daughters; Susan (Dr. Joseph) Soler of Bradenton, Nancy (Troy) Toman of Bradenton, two sisters; Mary Tegone of Sayville, L.I., NY, Gladys Hulse of Amelia, OH, 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, with services to follow at 11 A.M. Interment with military honors will follow at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fl.

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Published on: Thursday, March 12, 2015

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  Ms. Laura Karrin Hall

Laura Karrin Hall, 21, Manatee County, passed away March 5, 2015.

She was born on February 28, 1994 in Bradenton to Kevin James and Frankie (Tupin) Hall. She was a member of the Class of 2012 of the Manatee School of the Arts, and worked in the family restaurant business.

She was predeceased by her father and is survived by her parents Frankie & Paul Amato of Bradenton. most beloved 2nd mother, Marlene (Frank) Bielawski of Palmetto, brothers;, Kevin (Emily) Hall of Sarasota, twin brother Thomas (Megan) Hall, Paolo Amato, Christopher (Tiffany) Amato, of Bradenton, sisters; Cassie and Carina Amato of Bradenton, grandmothers; Karin Tupin of Bradenton, Edith Hall of NY, godparents, Wayne and Terri Ford and Kathy Ford, Aunts; Kathe (Mikey) Fannon, Reggie (Jerry) Haney, Cindy Grimes of Bradenton, Carolyn Shults of NY, nephew Donovan Ballard, nieces, Leiyla Amato, Devon and Deja Burke of Bradenton, very special cousins she loved them all. Katie Tupin, Laura loves you very much. And many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Laura’s life will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Ava Maria Preparatory School of Myakka, FL in her memory.

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Always Remember Laura Momma Loves

Published on: Monday, March 09, 2015

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  Mr. Daniel Lewis Shilts

Daniel Lewis Shilts, 62, of Bradenton, passed away March 3, 2015 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

Daniel was born on January 11, 1953 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Fred and Ruth (Bigelow) Shilts. He moved to Bradenton in November of 2011 coming from Newark, Ohio where he worked as an Estate Planner. He was also a member of the Christian Apostolic Church in Newark where he was a Board member.

Locally he was a member of the Life Covenant Sanctuary in Bradenton where he served as a Greeter and Usher.

Daniel was predeceased by his father, Fred and a brother, Jeff. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Luetta Jacks Shilts of Bradenton, three caring sons; Brandon Shilts and his wife Amanda of Newark, OH, Quinton Shilts and his wife Kara of Bradenton, Asheton Shilts of Bradenton, mother and step-father; Ruth and Phillip Zoller of Florence, OR, four brothers; Lonnie Shilts and his wife Linda of Chetek, WI, Arthur Shilts and his wife Rachel of Liberty, MO, Nathan Shilts and his wife Kim of Dyersburg, TN, John Shilts and his wife Tanya of Ladysmith, WI. Three sisters; Karlene Shellhammer and her husband Dan of Florence, OR, Cathy Schofeld and her husband Vern of Cornell, WI, Connie Bigelow and her husband Jeff of Shoreline, WA, four grandchildren; Carrisa and Emalyne Shilts of Newark, OH, Jadyn and Jaxson Shilts of Bradenton, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-6 P.M. on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Life Covenant Sanctuary, 5428 39th Street East, Bradenton with a Celebration of Daniel’s life to follow at 6:00 P.M.

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Published on: Saturday, March 07, 2015

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  Mr. James (Jimmy) Michael Barnes

James (Jimmy) Michael Barnes, 20, Bradenton, passed away March 4, 2015.

Jimmy was born July 5, 1994 in Long Branch, NJ. He has been a resident of Bradenton for the last 1 ½ years coming from Boonton Township, NJ where he spent most of his life.

Survived by his parents Michael and Charlene Barnes, his sister Kendall Barnes, grandmother Wanda Barnes all of Bradenton, and many extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 821 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria at the north end of Anna Maria Island. All friends of Jimmy are welcome.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to CHADD at www.chadd.org in his memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Thursday, March 05, 2015

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  Mrs. Sarah P. Miller

Sarah P. Miller, 88, Bradenton, passed away Feb. 23, 2015. Sarah was born on January 8, 1927 in Maryland to the late John and Ola (Sprout) Bostic. She moved to Bradenton in 1966 coming from Coatesville, PA.



Sarah worked as a certified nurse's aide for many years, and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 14 where she was Past Worthy Matron of Bradenton.



She was predeceased by her husband David in February of 2014, daughter, Sally Ann Draper, brother, Donald Bostic, and granddaughter, Roxanne. Survived by son, Glenn of Bradenton, daughter, Elaine Creasser of Charlotte, NC, five grandchildren; Jesse & Chelsea Miller, Matthew (Crystal) Creasser, Jennifer (Zack) Bridges, Tiffany (James) Miller, five great-grandchildren; Kylie, Chasidy, Heavenly, Damian, and Juliette, and many extended family members and friends. With a special thanks for the care she recived from the staff of Windsor Oaks and TideWell Hospice.



The family will receive friends from 1-2 P.M. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W., Bradenton with an Eastern Star and religious service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto.



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



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Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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  Mr. Esten "Sonny" Southerland

Sonny Southerland, 93, a long-time Bradenton resident, passed away at home February 24, 2015. A fourth-generation native Floridian, Sonny was born on January 16, 1922 in Wauchula, Florida to the late Esten, Sr. and June (Poe) Southerland. Sonny graduated from Wauchula High School, Class of 1940, before moving to Miami with his family in 1941. Sonny served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1943 -1946 based at various Asiatic-Pacific Stations. He remained active in U.S. Navy alumni groups for many years. Sonny graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Sociology in 1948; he was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He married Mary “Camille” Southerland in 1945. They resided in Miami prior to moving to Bradenton in 1969. Locally, Sonny was a successful real-estate broker. He was a tireless volunteer with the Manatee County Humane Society.



Sonny was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Wesley Southerland, in 2009. He is survived by: Camille, his devoted wife of 70 years; four children Susan (Jerry) Dupper of Ft. Myers; Lane Southerland of Parrish; Elizabeth Southerland and Alan Southerland both of Bradenton; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as many extended family members and friends.



Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Wauchula Cemetery in Wauchula (Hardee County), FL. The family request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made the Manatee County Humane Society in his memory.



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Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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  Mrs. Maria Luz Karp

Maria Luz Martinez Karp, age 92, passed away on February 14, 2015 surrounded by family.

Luz was born on March 21, 1922 in Tupiza, Bolivia where she was raised by her grandmother, Felicidad Murillo. She became an elementary teacher in the Aramayo tin mines in Bolivia, where she taught children of all ages in a single class room. It was while teaching in Telamayu that she met a young American metallurgical engineer who she fell in love with and married less than a year later.

Luz and Philip Karp and their infant and toddler girls left Bolivia in 1951 to begin their life together in the United States. In Mount Vernon, NY, Luz cared for her young family, became familiar with American culture and proficient in the English language. Later she would proudly become an American Citizen. In 1954 the family moved to Ann Arbor MI where they raised their family for the next 20 years. Luz and Phil also lived in Reading PA and Indianapolis IN before retiring to Las Cruces NM. In 2004 they moved to Bradenton Florida to be closer to family.

Luz enjoyed life. She had many interests and hobbies that gave her great pleasure: sewing, crocheting, flower gardening, bridge, painting, jewelry making, traveling, bridge, reading biographies, shopping, discussing current events, tangos and the music of Gilbert and Sullivan to name a few. She loved “going and doing”. She took senior citizens on trips to Europe, taught Spanish through the adult education program in Ann Arbor and sold Avon, all during the same period of time. She volunteered in elementary school cafeterias, supervising children. In Indianapolis she was a docent at the Children’s Museum and an interpreter at the 1987 Pan Am Games.

But most important, were her family and friends. When she made a friend, it was for life and you were cherished. She was always there for her family. In the 60’s she sponsored her sister and her two young children from Bolivia, opening up a new life to them in the United States. Several times a year, she sent large cartons of clothing to her many nieces and nephews in Bolivia.

Time never lessened Luz’s amazement – and gratitude – that her life brought her to live in the United States.

Luz is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Philip, daughters Rosemarie Karp and Joyce Karp (Gary Hickerson) of Holmes Beach, brothers Lucho, Alberto and Willy Barragan, grandchildren, Jessica McBee (Shawn) and Nathan Hickerson and many devoted nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother Raquel Barragan, sisters Elsa Barragan and Nellie Schemmel.

A Catholic Mass is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at 1:30 pm in the Chapel at Westminster Towers, 1533 4th Avenue West in Bradenton. A reception will follow.

Luz will be laid to rest on March 6th at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul.

Published on: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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  Mr. Ronald Lee Johnston

Ronald Lee Johnston, 88. Bradenton, passed away Feb. 14, 2015.

Ronald was born on July 19, 1926 in Chicago, IL to the late Anselm and Ethel (Freeland) Johnston. He served with the US Army during WWII. He was a retired civil engineer and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Indianapolis.

He moved to Bradenton 26 years ago coming from Indianapolis, IN. He was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton, and Sarasota Shrine in Sarasota where he was a member of the Legion of Honor.

Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jeanne Johnston of Bradenton, brother Jack (Joyce) Perry of Chicago, IL, sister, Peggy Sue McDowell of Deltona, FL, and family members and friends.

A Celebration of Ronald’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Bradenton. Private inurnment will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota.

Donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital in his memory.

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Published on: Monday, February 16, 2015

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  Mrs. Deborah G. Friedman

Deborah G. Friedman, 61, of Bradenton, passed away on Feburary, 10, 2015.

Deborah is survived by her loving family.

Published on: Friday, February 13, 2015

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  Mr. Vincent P. Shetztine Jr.

Vincent P. Shetzline Jr, 83, of Parrish Fl, passed away February 2, 2015.

Vincent will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery with military honors.

Published on: Friday, February 13, 2015

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  Rev. Lazaro M. Uribe,Jr.

Rev. Lazaro M. Uribe, Jr., 61, Palmetto, passed away Feb. 12, 2015.

Rev. Uribe was born Feb. 23, 1953 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico to Lazaro M. Sr., & Leyla (Sauri) Uribe. He received his Bachelors of Theology degree in CA, and was ordained in the early 1980's by the Assembly's of God in Wisconsin to preach.

During his ministry he pastured churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachuetts, and Texas. He was a published author of two books.

He moved to Palmetto 3 years ago coming from Rio Honda, TX. He attended the Casa Restauracion Salem Church in Palmetto and RiverLife Church in Bradenton.

He was predeceased by his father and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Sharon Uribe, three dear children; Joshua (Christina) Uribe of Palmetto, Angelica Uribe of McAlen, TX, Charity Uribe of Palmetto, mother, Leyla Uribe of Bay City, MI, brother, Jerry (Tamara) Uribe of Minneapolis, MN, sister, Leyla (Don) Ayersman of Morgantown, WV, four grandchildren and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

A celebration of Rev. Uribe's life will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Casa Restauracion Salem Church in Palmetto. Further services and inurnment will take place at a later date in Texas.

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Published on: Friday, February 13, 2015

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  Mr. Gary Lee Thompson

GARY LEE THOMPSON



Aged 65 of Columbia SC, formerly of Cheshire, CT, died suddenly on February 7, 2015 of an aneurysm, while vacationing in Florida.



Gary was born in Wisconsin, moved to Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and graduated from Bucknell University in 1972. After graduation he moved to Connecticut where he owned several successful retail stores. In 1998 he and his wife, Jean, retired to Columbia, SC. He is preceded in death by both parents, Fred and Arlene Thompson of Middlebury, Ct. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Jean Thompson, his sister Kristen Thompson of Tucson, AZ, four children, Jim Procanik, of Phuket, Thailand, Jerry Procanik of Los Angeles, CA, Stephanie Pawuk, of Tampa, Florida, and William Procanik, of Meriden, Ct. He also, has 10 grandchildren. He was a wonderful father, mentor, and leader, and will be missed beyond words. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Gary would want you to donate to your own favorite charity in his honor.



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Published on: Friday, February 13, 2015

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  Mr. James C.

James C. “Jimbo” Lawson, 68, of Palmetto, passed away February 6, 2015.

James was a lifelong resident of Manatee County and a Palmetto High graduate. He served in the Marines and was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He also owned Lawson’s Marine and worked for Tropicana for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. Lawson and Antoinette Courtney-Lawson. James is survived by his beloved wife Pamela; children, James (Jackie) C. Lawson, II, Nathan (Ashley) Lawson, Lori (Danny) Stott and Danny Molter; grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Doyle, Jace, Bobby, Grace, Timothy, Garrett, Jacob, Jacquelyn, Sarah, Julian (Lawson), Wyatt (Molter) and Cheyenne.

A special thanks to family friend and James’s caregiver Beatriz Herrera and Susan Cooper of Baycare Home Care.

Inurnment will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the WoundedWarrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Friday, February 13, 2015

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  Mr. William Earl Conaway

William Earl Conaway, 76 of Palmetto, passed away on February 11, 2015 at the Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake in Sarasota.

William was born on April 25, 1938 in Sterrin, Illinois to the late Arniel Lee and May Almaria (Dailey) Conaway. He moved to Manatee County in the mid 1960’s coming from Illinois.

He worked as a fork lift operator and many other positions for over 20 years at Tropicana in Bradenton before his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon Trudell Conaway of Palmetto, daughter, Tina Marie Conaway of Ft. Myers, Florida, 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.





Published on: Thursday, February 12, 2015

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  Mr. Joseph Francis Premo

Joseph Francis Premo, 87, Bradenton, passed away February 9, 2015 at his residence.

Joseph was born October 10, 1927 in Zilwaukee, Michigan to the late John F. and Adelia J. (Manor) Premo. He served with the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

His first job was as a teen delivering telegrams for Western Union on a bike. Later on in life he was the owner of H&B Lawn and Garden in Saginaw, Michigan for many years. During his lifetime Joseph held many different positions and will be remembered by his family as a Jack of all trades and a master of none. He has been a winter resident of Bradenton for 18 years and a permanent resident for the last few years coming from Saginaw.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary in 1993, twin sister, Joann Joyce Giacoma, and a brother, Clarence Premo, and is survived by his longtime companion of 18 years, Carole Firstenberger of Bradenton, eleven daughters; Loren and her husband Gary Blaisdell of Freeland, Michigan, Geraldine Strobel of Bradenton, Florida, Deborah Bauer of Bradenton, Florida, Brenda Samson of Saginaw, Michigan, JoAnn Anderson of Bradenton, Florida, Coy E. Campbell of Hemlock, Michigan, Helen and her husband Kurt Petre of Hemlock, Michigan, Bonnie J. and her husband Larry Kade of Hemlock, Michigan, Patty J. Striker of Lakeview, Michigan, Michelle J. and her husband Todd Suppes of Merrill, Michigan, Bridgett M. Premo and her companion Josh Wrisley of Lakeview, Michigan, two sisters; Barbara and her husband Jack Kesler of Deltona, Florida, Betty and her husband John Marx of Gaylord, Michigan, twenty-eight grandchildren and over twenty-five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Joseph’s life will be held at 5 P.M. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida. Further services will be held at a later date and time in Saginaw, Michigan under the direction of the W.I. Case Funeral Home with inurnment to take place at the Richland Township Cemetery in Richland Township, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 in his memory.

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Published on: Monday, February 09, 2015

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  Rev. Dr. Paul Wesley Chaney

Rev. Dr. Paul Wesley Chaney, of Sarasota (Manatee County), Florida, passed away on January 31, 2015 at the Westminster Towers and Shores Healthcare Center in Bradenton.

Rev. Chaney was born in Longview, Texas to the late Wesley Arlin and Madrid Pauline (Davenport) Chaney. During his lifetime he had several different career paths. Working as a retail buyer and store owner, worked as a realtor, and country club manager.

In 1985 he married the former Martha McCabe. They lived in Bradenton and started attending the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton where they were very active in the congregation. In 1987 he was elected as Elder and was elected clerk of Session in 1988, and served on the Session in the class of 1990.

At this time the pastor of the church, Rev. Ernie Gilmore, Jr. became ill and took retirement. Rev. Chaney after some time was hired as Assistant to the Pastor. At this time he gave up his real estate brokerage business to return to school.

Then at the age of 58 he returned to school to finish his education in order to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree that he had started almost 40 years earlier. In 1992 he received that Bachelor’s Degree from Eckerd College, he then went on to obtain his Masters of Divinity a the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia where he graduated from in 1994 at the age of 62, with the support and assistance of the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton. Rev. Chaney then also went on to attend and receive his Doctorate from the United Theological Seminary in 2002 at the age of 70.

Following his graduation from Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Chaney served as the Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, Florida from 1994 until 2000.

He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Pedrick, and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Martha A. Chaney of Sarasota, Florida, four dear daughters; Mary E. Reda and her husband Joseph of Florida, Graceann M. Chaney of Florida, Paula Whitman and her husband Ron of Beggs, Oklahoma, Shelly J. of Carmel, California., six precious grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, one brother, David Chaney and his wife, Sheila of Olympia, Washington, two nephews, two nieces and many extended family members and brothers and sisters in Christ.

A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Paul W. Chaney’s life will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida with the Rev. Jane Jones-Norris officiating. Further services and interment will take place at a later date in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he grew up.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Team Paul at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2015/FL-FloridaGulfCoast?team_id=256921&pg=team&fr_id=7398), the Whitfield Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, Florida, or TideWell Hospice in his memory.

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



Published on: Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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  Mr. James Douglas Reisinger

James Douglas Reisinger, of Bradenton, died peacefully on Wednesday night, January 28, 2015 at Riviera Palms in Palmetto .

James was originally from Cleveland Ohio. He was a Simple Man. He loved his family, baseball, fishing, his dog Rusty, going out to eat, and old movies, especially John Wayne. He was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton.

Husband of the late Betty Meinke, Evelyn Brosky, and Trudy Pax. He was a beloved Father and is survived by his children: Shiela Rae Benedict(Clifford),Wayne Douglas(Sandra), step children Sue Brosky, Bruce Brosky(Arlene),Jim Brosky(Christina), Paul Brosky(Kathy),Patricia Brosky, Cecelia Knotts(Douglas),and Judy Palino(George), grandfather to 25 and great-grandfather to 38. Loving Brother to Jean Bell of Forrestville, PA.

James was predeceased by his children; Joyce Kornfeld and Randy Lee and step children; Barbara Pax-Rhoden and Dale Pax.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 O'clock Wednesday, February 4th 2014 will a Gathering for the hour preceding from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

James will be cremated as per his wishes.

Published on: Monday, February 02, 2015

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  Mrs. Kevin Marlene Kuncewicz

Kevin Marlene Kuncewicz, 55, Bradenton, Florida, passed away January 27,2015 at the TideWell Hospice House in Bradenton.

Kevin was born on February 17, 1959 in Huntington, West Virginia to James Carrol and Rachel (Hively) Holley.

She is survived by her son, William Benjamin Carmer of California, mother, Rachel Hively, four brothers, four sisters, and many extended family members and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date and time.

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

Published on: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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  Miss. Lois M. McKee

Lois M. McKee, 75 of Bradenton, passed away on January 26, 2015.

Lois was born on August 18, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late James W. Sr. and Margaret (Short) McKee. She after high school went to work for Standard Steel in Pennsylvania as a secretary and retired from there over 30 years later as the only female steel sales representative. She was also a former member of the Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Blairsville, PA.

Lois moved to Bradenton, ten years ago coming from Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton.

She is survived by her brother and his wife, James W. and Leslie McKee, Jr. of Katey, Texas, and many extended family members and friends.

There will be no local services held in Bradenton. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 25 W. Market Street, Blairsville, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday at the Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Blairsville. Interment will follow at the Saints Simon and Jude Cemetery in Blairsville, PA.

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Published on: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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  Mrs. Alice E. Lanford

Alice E. Lanford, 67, Bradenton, passed away Jan. 28, 2015.

Alice was born April 18, 1947 in Sarasota to the late Earl G. and Brenda (Sudene) Reed.

She was a lifelong resident of Manatee/Sarasota County. Graduated from USF with her bachelors and master’s degree. Alice worked as a Registered Nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital working in various departments before retiring. After her retirement from Manatee Memorial she went to work at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Tampa retiring from there as an Administrator. She was also a member of the Life Covenant Sanctuary in Bradenton.

She is survived by her loving husband Mason, son, Kelly both of Bradenton, daughter, Kimberly McMurray of Powder Springs, GA, brother, Robert Allen Reed of Orange Lake, FL, sister, Dorothy Heaslip of Charlotte, NC, four grandchildren; Mandi McMurray, Brittany and Allison Lanford, Sean McMurray and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11AM-12 Noon on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 with a Celebration of Alice’s life to follow at 12 Noon at Life Covenant Sanctuary, 5428 39th St. E., Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 12502 N. Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33612 in her memory.

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Published on: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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  John L. Travis Jr.

John L. Travis Jr, 63, of Bradenton, passed away on January 21st 2015.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, two Sons; John Travis Smith (Lyn), Michael Brandt (Jillian), one step-son Justin Fallon (Liza), four sisters; Kathi Cafiero (Kenneth), Lisa Singer(Robert), Melissa Osborne (Lewis), and Michelle Travis (Cheryll) and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday January 23rd, 2015 from 10am -12pm with Funeral Services commencing at 12:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave West Bradenton FL.

Published on: Monday, January 26, 2015

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  Mrs. Gladys S. Risk

Gladys South Risk, 99, of Bradenton, passed away on January 22, 2015 at her home in Westminster Towers.

She was born in Toledo Ohio, the daughter of Henry Randolph and Mary Boniface South, formally of South Toms River NJ.

Gladys was the wife of the late James Campbell. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She attended the Toms River NJ school systems and earned herself an art scholarship. Gladys worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Broward in Toms River, till she married.

Gladys had a love for music and a beautiful singing voice; she enjoyed singing throughout her lifetime. She had many talents of which were put to use through singing solos in the Pine Beach Chapel in NJ; leading Scottish reel dances at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark NJ, with her husband James. Additionally, she did artistic paintings and enjoyed sewing costumes for the Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company for their benefit shows through the Ladies Auxiliary. Gladys was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary since 1949.

Surviving her is her daughter, Gladys Risk, niece, Mary Martha Sutton, nephews; John Risk and Robert Risk, three grandchildren; George Platt of Venice FL, April Nickell and James Platt of Bradenton FL, six great grandchildren; Jonathan Platt of Sarasota FL, Jessica and Mason Nickell, James and Aurorabella Platt and Dillan Richardson all of Bradenton Fl.

Memorial donations may be made in Gladys’ honor to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota FL to the attention of the Philanthropy Department.

Published on: Monday, January 26, 2015

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  Mr. Gilbert (Gib) J. Smethurst

Gilbert (Gib) James Smethurst II (71) - beloved father, grandfather, brother , uncle and friend passed away on Monday January 19, 2015. He was born in Bluffton, Indiana on August 5 , 1943 and moved to Manatee County in 1964 where he has since called home.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert James Smethurst and Mary Helen (Krill) Smethurst. He is survived by his daughters Teri Rader of Bradenton Florida and Traci Sadowski of Buford Georgia; his grandchildren Derik Sadowski of Buford Georgia and Katie Rader of Bradenton Florida; his sisters Delores (Dee) and Charlie Uptgraft of Bluffton Indiana , Sue and Joel Duvall of Prescott Arizona and Annie and JC Hunter of Bradenton Florida; his nephews and their families David and Kris Uptgraft of Bluffton Indiana, Mike and Cindy Uptgraft of Bluffton Indiana, Bryce and Monica Duvall of Chandler Arizona and Adam and Colleen Duvall of Chandler Arizona; extended family and friends.

Gib served in the US Navy . He retired after a long career with Florida Power and Light. Gib was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of the American Legion, Amvet and Moose service organizations.

A visitation will be held Friday January 23rd at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West Bradenton Florida from 6-8 pm.

A private service will be held at a later date on Lake Okeechobee Floria. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either Tidewell Hospice or Riviera Palms Rehabilitation Center Palmetto Florida who both provided amazing care in his last days.

Published on: Thursday, January 22, 2015

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  Mrs. Ann Henriett (Armbruster) Stobaugh

Ann Henriett (Armbruster) Stobaugh, 76, Bradenton, passed away at 4 pm on Jan. 19, 2015.

Ann was born on Sept. 7, 1938 in Bonne Terre, MO to the late James and Clara (Wirag) Armbruster. Ann was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bismark, MO on the 19th day of March 1939. Ann lived in Flat River, MO until she went off to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She arrived in Bradenton in 1961, moving to Florida from Oklahoma City, OK.

Ann was a past member of the Manatee Medical Society Women’s Auxiliary, Board member of the Westcoast Symphony, and Manatee Players, where she participated in productions such as the Sound of Music and My Fair Lady. She and Dr. Stobaugh were members of the Bradenton Yacht Club since the early 60’s, attended Hope Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Churches in Bradenton and most recently St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota. Ann was passionate about her family and friends, tennis, pottery, traveling, the arts and all the outdoor water activities that Florida has to offer.

Ann was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Schlueter, and is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Dr. Robert E. Stobaugh, of Bradenton; three sons: Robert Edward (Christine Shirley) Stobaugh III of Bradenton, Richard Earl Stobaugh of Ft. Myers, Russell Evan (Lisa Hudson) Stobaugh of Bradenton; one daughter: Robbin Elizabeth (Joseph J.) Slama of Ft. Lauderdale; and ten grandchildren.

A Celebration of Ann’s life will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th Street West, Bradenton. Following the service the family will receive friends until 4 P.M. A private family graveside service will take place at Fogartyville Cemetery in Bradenton.

The Stobaugh family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society of Manatee County or Southeastern Guide Dogs in her memory.

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She will be hugely missed, our worlds were better because she helped to shape it…We look forward to the day when we reunited in Heaven 

Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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  Mrs. Dolores F. Busard

Dolores F. Busard; "Laurie" died in Blake Hospital, Bradenton, FL on January 19, 2015 after prolonged illness.

She was born on July 25, 1923 in Grand Haven, Michigan. She went to Muskegon Junior College, Graduated Michigan State University 1945. After teaching one year, Laurie married Thomas R. Busard of Muskegon, Michigan in November of 1946. They lived in Chicago, IL where she taught elementary school, until her new husband got a degree from Northwestern University in Business. They moved to Muskegon, Michigan and later to Dowagiac, Michigan until 1955. Her husband began University of Michigan Medical School so the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she resumed teaching elementary school until her husband completed and received his medical degree. Then they moved to Muskegon, Michigan, lived in Norton Shores while he practiced as a medical doctor there for 17 years.

In 1973 the family moved to Bradenton, Florida, where her husband continued to practice medicine until retirement in 1988, continuing their lives in Bradenton until her death in January 2015. While in Muskegon Laurie worked to earn her Masters Degree through the University of Michigan and developed 'Great Books' courses for young school children. After moving to Florida she became President of the Manatee County Medical Auxiliary and later held State officer positions in the Florida Medical Association Auxiliary.

She was an active member and served as Board Members and President of the local (national) PEO Sorority, also served as a State Representative for PEO. Her PEO membership activities beginning in 1948 in Muskegon, Michigan and continued throughout her life in Florida until her death. She was also an early participant in the Guardian Ad Litem legal program in Florida.

Laurie birthed five children, her first child, a baby girl died within days of her birth, a son predeceased her Thomas A. Busard, who died at age 25 in Bradenton, in 1975 in a tragic accident. She had three daughters, Gillian, who lives in Longboat Key, Patti, who lives in Sarasota, and Bobbi (Roberta) who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is survived by her remaining daughters, husband, granddaughters Whitney Britton and Katie Thompson and nephews Andrew and Kurt, both residing in Michigan.

A short memorial service will be held in Bradenton, Florida at the Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel at 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Saturday, January 24st at 2:00 PM with a visitation the hour prior from 1-2p.m. (no services will be held in Michigan). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roser Memorial Church, 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida 34126.

Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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  Mrs. Zenaida Ida Rose

ROSE, ZENAIDA DOMENECH April 13 1926-January 13 2015 was born in Guantanamo Cuba. In 1945 she left her family and many friends in Cuba to establish a new life in the US with Worth her husband of 59 yrs. When MSgt. Rose left to serve in Korea, she took her two children back to Cuba to await the war's end and her husband's return. She then returned to the US to learn English and become a proud naturalized citizen. She was a kind, loving and gentle woman, a devoted wife and mother. She loved playing cards and visiting with the family, especially the grandchildren. Her wonderful sense of humor and ready, warm laugh welcomed all those in her presence. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Worth, and siblings Teresa Guerra, Mariano Luis Domenech, Elba Guerra, Enrique and Carlos Domenech. She is survived by her son, Richard, and daughter, Teresa McCormick; Grandchildren Maria Hall, Melinda Cumbaa, Julie Wermuth, Kimberley Welsh, Aaron and Alice McCormick; Great grandchildren Angelina, Aidan, Lila, Beatrice, Ethan, Jack, Kaleab and Anthony; many nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton on January 31,2015 at 1:00. In lieu of flower send donations to church or charity of choice .

Published on: Sunday, January 18, 2015

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  Mr. Arthur Malcolm Boehle

Arthur Malcolm Boehle, 91, Bradenton, passed away Jan. 15, 2015. He was born April 4, 1923 in New York, NY. Arthur served with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He moved to Bradenton in 1969 coming from New Jersey where he was a member of the V.F.W. Locally he worked as a mill wright for Tropicana for 22 years.

Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Maria Emily Boehle in 1997, and two siblings; Clayton and Shirley Boehle. Survived by his three sons and their wives; Thomas and Maryanne Boehle of Valrico, FL, Kenneth A. and Peggy Boehle of Palmetto, FL, James R. and Gail Boehle of Bradenton, FL, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A joint graveside service for Arthur and Maria will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.

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

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Published on: Sunday, January 18, 2015

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  Mrs. Lillian Kent Hulst

Lillian Kent Hulst, 97, Bradenton, passed away January 13, 2015.

Lillian was born January 18, 1917 in Upper Montclair, NJ to the late Allyn Munson and Frances (Mitton) Kent. She was a graduate of College High School in Upper Montclair and Newark State Teacher's College in Newark. She started her teaching career in Millburn, NJ.

In 1941 she met and married her beloved husband George D. Hulst. She went back to teaching in 1958 in independent schools and private tutoring for 20 years.

She was active in the Montclair Operetta and Dramatic Clubs, traveled with her husband and friends from Montclair Heights Reformed Church to many destinations.

Lillian moved to Bradenton in 1976 settling in the Mt. Vernon Community. In 1985 she moved to Westminster Manor for many years and then later on to the Westminster Shores Retirement Community. She was also an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bradenton where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Women's Association at the church. She was also a member of the Bay Chorale, and Church Women United.

She was predeceased by her husband George D. Hulst in 2012, and is survived by her daughter Carolyn Boyer-Rowe and her husband Ronald Rowe of Bradenton, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date in NJ.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir in her memory.

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Published on: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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  Dr. Robert Daniel Nolan

Dr. Dan Nolan, 76, died Jan. 9, 2015 with family by his side. His heroic and long battle with recurring cancer was fought with grace and quiet determination. He leaves a legacy which involves a successful 40-year educational career in the Manatee County School District.

Born in Rawlins, Wyoming, to the late Michael H. and Thelma M. Nolan, he spent his youth in the nearby city of Sinclair, moving with family to St. Louis. He attended undergraduate school at St. Louis University. Further degrees were earned at the University of Florida and Nova University. His professional career in Manatee County started as a teacher at the then newly-built Southeast High School. He was the first faculty advisor for the first student council and he helped originate the Southeast Golden Feather Award.

Further positions attained in his career include Administrator/ Dean at Walker Junior High (now part of Manatee High School); District Supervisor of Language Arts; Principal of Palma Sola Elementary School; Assistant Superintendent of District Curriculum; and Superintendent of Manatee County Schools.

During the first years of the federal court order which asked for realignment of Manatee County Schools boundaries and the ensuing shift of students to meet desegregation guidelines, Dr. Nolan was asked by the district to personally work with the affected schools. He was welcomed by all stakeholders during this tumultuous period, and his open approach and sincere desire to help was contagious, contributing to a more successful transition.

In the year 2000, after a national search, the School Board of Manatee County called Dr. Nolan back from retirement and appointed him to the position of Superintendent of the Manatee County School District.

Dr. Nolan was well-known in the state and he was respected for his knowledge and depth of experience in all aspects of his profession. The ability to communicate in both verbal and written manner and his genuine respect for the other person's ideas and input made him continually in demand as a consultant in the field of education. He was a calm, spontaneous and natural problem-solver in his field. He recognized the need to open the door and utilize the emerging technology in school administration and classroom. It was tangible evidence of his visionary outlook.

His involvement and successes facilitated membership in many school and community organizations. He had cumulative 38 years' membership in Bradenton Rotary and was President of West Bradenton Rotary. He also was the recipient of the prestigious PAUL HARRIS Fellow; President of Meals on Wheels; Chairman of the United Way fund drive; Member of Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Manatee County Art League President; Ringling Museum Board of Directors; United Way Board of Directors; Florida Department Master Trainer; Florida Music Teachers Association Administrator of the year; Speaker At National Staff Development Council; Florida Council of Teachers of English; Who's Who in the South; Outstanding Educators in America; Speaker at National Council of Teachers of English Conference; University of Florida Honor Society (Phi Kappa Phi); and Manatee County Schools Teacher Of the Year.

Dr. Nolan was predeceased by three brothers and is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn McClure Nolan of Bradenton; sister-in-law, Margaret McClure Favero, Clearwater, FL. He is also survived by two sisters: Marianne Blue (Judge John), Parrish, FL; Helen Rubrecht, Fort Wayne ,IN; nephew, Tom Nolan (Liz), Bradenton,FL; nieces Meredith Torkelson (Ron), Bradenton, FL; Jackie Blue,Bradenton FL; Diane Lang (Doug), Palmetto FL; and Amy Cariello (Mike), Tampa, FL. He is also survived by two beloved, faithful Yorkies, Bonnie and Dolci. There is extended family in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Friday, Jan.16, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview. Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. A celebration of life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, Jan.17, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. Interment will follow at Fogartyville Cemetery, Bradenton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to: an animal rescue and adoption agency of your choice; Meals on Wheels; or the Dan Nolan Middle School, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Bradenton, FL. 34202(Dan Nolan Memorial Fund).

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Published on: Monday, January 12, 2015

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  Mr. Maxwell Erik Grablin

Maxwell Erik Grablin, 12, Bradenton, passed away Jan.3, 2015.

Maxwell was born on Oct.30, 2002 in Bradenton to Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. and Karin A. Grablin.

He was in 6th grade at the State College of Collegiate School. Maxwell also attended the Unity Church in the Woods in Bradenton, and had been a Cub Scout with Pack 22 for 5 years at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. He was currently a Boy Scout with Troop 8 at First United Methodist Church. Max was an avid collector, builder and enjoyed video games. He loved Pokémon, Minecraft and Legos. He also enjoyed taking golf lessons at the Bradenton Country Club and took guitar lessons at the Florida Enrichment Academy. And he loved his pet hamster, Harryett.

Maxwell was predeceased by his grandparents; John & Patricia Grablin, and Birgit M. Anderson, and is survived by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. & Karin A. Grablin of Bradenton, grandfather, Gordon D. Anderson of Beavercreek, OH, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of Maxwell’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Interment will be private.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial donations be made to the Maxwell E. Grablin Memorial Fund c/o Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 or online http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/news/2015/01/05/donate-to-the-maxwell-e-grablin-memorial-fund/. The Fund will be used to benefit children and animals in need, as Max would have wanted.

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Published on: Monday, January 05, 2015

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  Mrs. Amy Doss Colbert Drulia

Amy Doss-Colbert-Drulia, 40, of West Bradenton Florida passed away on Wednesday December 24, 2014 in her home due to heart problems.

She was born February 22, 1974 in Bradenton Florida to Melodie Calabro and the late William Doss.

Amy graduated Bayshore High School in 1990. She met her husband Don Drulia in 1992 and they married in 2005.

She is survived by her husband Don, her mother Melodie and step father Frank, her brothers Arik, Michael and Nick, her sisters Nickie, Billy and Sarah as well as her children Christopher, Robert, Crystal, Donald (DJ) and Anna.

Amy was an avid animal lover all her life and volunteered her time at local rescue shelters as often as she could.

The family will be holding a small private viewing on Friday January 2, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Breast Cancer Research Foundation or Marewatchers Streaming Cam Service (paypal: angel@marewatchers.com under comments put donations for Amy Drulia)



Melodie Callabro

Daughters are a source of immeasurable joy for her parents. Long before a daughter is born, she is deeply loved. Daughters are often a mother's best friend, her ally, and her most precious treasure. A parent's love for a daughter is so intense and selfless. For this reason, the loss of a daughter can bring on a range of difficult emotions including numbness, guilt, anger, emptiness, disbelief and deep sadness. RIP in Daughter mine. I will love you forever!!!!



Donald Drulia

Amy you are without a doubt the strongest person that I will ever have in my life. I love and admire you for your obvious outward traits such as your devotion to our children, no-nonsense approach to any and all problems you face and countless other Amy’isms. However the thing I will miss most is the subtle and quiet growth in our relationship. As life was becoming quieter I was enjoying the opportunity to learn how to understand your deeper private self, I was looking forward to loving you as an empty nester, as a grandmother and then eventually to come full circle back to crotchety old lady. Amy I love you, I miss you and you will always be a force in my heart.

Published on: Friday, January 02, 2015

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  Mrs. Grace Maxine Jenkins

Grace Maxine Jenkins, 74, Cortez, passed away Dec. 28, 2014. She was born July 17, 1940 in Waukegan, IL to the late Max and Grace Pollock.

Grace served her country faithfully by serving with the U.S. Air Force during the period between Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.

Grace moved to Cortez over 45 years ago coming from Ft. Walton Beach, FL. She worked locally for A.P. Bell as the bookkeeper for 15 years, and many other local companies over the years. She also served as Board member with the Florida Saltwater Heritage in Cortez.

She was predeceased by her husband Norman E. Jenkins, and a son, Norman "Chip" Jenkins. Survived by her son, Kenny and his wife Anita of Cortez, three grandchildren; Maxine, Richard and Dalton, her faithful companion No Toes, and many extended family members and friends.

Services will be held at a later date to be announced.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to TideWell Hospice in her memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Published on: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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  Mr. Perry Martin Pittman

Perry Martin Pittman, age 50, was born Jan. 17, 1964 in Chattanooga, TN and died Dec. 28, 2014. He was a resident of Holmes Beach, FL where he was the owner of Tortilla Bay Grill. He leaves his father, Frank Pittman of Crossville, TN his mother, Bettie Pittman and brother, Dr. Ed Pittman of Athens, GA & brother, Scott Pittman of Austin, TX. A Memorial/Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sat. Jan. 3, 5:00 pm at the public beach in Holmes Beach, FL. Pastor Mark Alt will preside over the service.

Published on: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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  Dr. Charles Sumner Quimby, M.D.

Dr. Charles Sumner Quimby, MD, 90, Bradenton, passed away Dec. 29, 2014.

Dr. Quimby was born March 31, 1924 in Winston Salem, NC to the late Edward Mark and Mary (Pemberton) Quimby. He lived in Columbia, SC until he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was a navy corpsman with the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal and landed with the assault waves on both Guam and Okinawa.

On returning to the states he and Martha Allen of Spartanburg, SC were married.

Dr. Quimby then graduated from Emory University with a degree in general science. He then graduated from The University of South Carolina with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, and then from the Medical College of Charleston, now known as The Medical University of South Carolina with a M.D. degree.

Dr. and Mrs. Quimby moved to Bradenton, in 1958.

He was past president of the Manatee Medical Society, past Chief of Staff of Manatee Memorial Hospital. Was a Charter Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Physicians. He was also a member of the Florida Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and in 1990 was elected Doctor of the Year at Blake Medical Center, before retiring from his medical practice in 1991.

Dr. Quimby was also a longtime member of the Bradenton Yacht Club and the First United Methodist Church of Bradenton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Martha Allen Quimby of Bradenton, one son; Hugh and his wife Pat of Tampa, three daughters and their husbands; Becky and Rick Offutt of Charlotte, NC, Lynn and Robert Pennock of Tallahassee, Marty and Jimmy Jernigan of Monroe, NC, eleven grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 12Noon-1 P.M. Wednesday (TODAY), Dec. 31, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. West, Bradenton with a celebration of Dr. Quimby’s life to follow at 1:00 P.M. with military honors by the U.S. Navy. Private interment will take place at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to your favorite charity in Dr. Quimby’s memory.

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

Published on: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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