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Obituaries


  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.

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Published on: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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  Mrs. Amy E. Colbert

Amy Elizabeth Colbert, of Bradenton has passed away.

She is survived by her large and loving family.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Published on: Friday, December 26, 2014

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  Mr. Douglas G. Myers

Douglas G. Myers, 52, of Bradenton, passed away on December 19, 2014.

Douglas was born on January 28, 1962 in Elkhart, Indiana to the late Herbert Max and Shirley (Smeltzer) Myers. He has been a resident of Manatee county since 1980 coming from Goshen, Indiana.

He was the owner for over 25 years of Doug Myers Construction. He also served as a coach and on the Board for the Manatee East Little League which is now known as Lakewood Ranch Little League. And assisted in the construction of the concession stand at the Lakewood Ranch Little League Park.

Was predeceased by his brother, Terry, and is survived by his two children, a daughter, Taylor and son Trevor both of Bradenton, two brothers, Paul and his wife Betty Myers of Sarasota, Roger Myers of Indiana, step-mother, Sharon Myers of Goshen, Indiana and many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Douglas’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Lakewood Ranch Little League Field, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, Fl.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Manatee Glens, 2020 26th Avenue East, Bradenton, Fl. 34208 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 23, 2014

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  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.

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“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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  Mr. Lindell Wade Pearson

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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  Mr. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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