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

Obituaries


  Mr. George Barnhart

George Barnhart, 53, of Bradenton, passed away on September 14, 2014.

He is survived by a loving family.

A Visitation will be held Sunday, September 21st from 12:00 – 1:00pm with a Memorial Service commencing at 1:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home, 1015 14th Street W. Bradenton.

Published on: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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  Mrs. Nancy T. Bennett

Nancy T. Bennett, 82, Bradenton, passed away Sept. 13, 2014. She was born August 30, 1932 in Miami, FL to the late Henry Blake and Hilda (Patton) Thackston. She moved to Bradenton in 1942, and was a graduate of Manatee High School Class of 1950.

Nancy worked as a customer service representative for Westside National Bank which later became known as Barnett Bank. She retired from the bank in 1994 with 22 years of loyal service.

She was also a member of West Bradenton Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and shared her love of traveling with her husband Richard.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Richard of Bradenton, three caring daughters; Linda Bennett of Mesa, AZ, Sandra (Ken) Lee of Sarasota, Elizabeth (Rick) Robinson of Tampa, dear sister, Barbara (Bill) King of Bradenton, four precious grandchildren; Scott and Stephen Bennett of Mesa, AZ, Richard and Lindsey Robinson of Tampa, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 P.M. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton with a celebration of Nancy's life to follow at 3 P.M.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Manatee County Library Foundation, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton, Fl 34205 in her memory.

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Published on: Monday, September 15, 2014

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  Mr. Richard F. Schluederberg, Sr.

Richard F. Schluederberg Sr., 91, died peacefully in his home in Holmes Beach FL on Sept 10, 2014.

Mr. Schluederberg was born on May 5, 1923 in Pittsburgh to the late Carl George and Roberta (Skene) Schluederberg. He grew up in Lakewood OH and graduated from University School, Shaker Heights OH.

A WWII veteran, he served in the US Army’s 66th (Black Panther) Infantry Division in the Northern France Campaign, fighting and holding pockets of Nazi forces near the fortified port of St. Nazaire until the surrender of Germany. His unit was moved to Marseille before being transferred to the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division occupational forces.

Mr. Schluederberg began his life-long career in security analysis and portfolio management in 1949 at Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. and Naess and Thomas in Baltimore. He moved to New York City in 1962 where he worked for investment counseling firms Brundage Story & Rose and Lionel D. Edie & Co. In 1976 he returned to Baltimore to join Maryland National Bank as Senior Portfolio Manager and retired in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Bank of America.

An avid sailor, he was a member of sailing teams at Cornell University and Ohio State University and a lifetime member of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Assn. He raced cruising class boats on Long Island Sound for Noroton Bay Yacht Club and on Chesapeake Bay for Potapskut Sailing Assn. and Gibson Island Yacht Squadron, his yacht Serendipity winning the CBYRA 1960 C Class High Point Trophy. He served as helmsman in numerous Newport to Bermuda races.

He competed on varsity track teams at Cornell and Ohio State and participated in the 1945 athletic games organized by General Patton in Nuremberg, Germany.

He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ann Snider Schluederberg; five children: Suzanne Schluederberg of Ann Arbor MI, Richard Schluederberg Jr. of Florida, C. Jeffrey Schluederberg of Bel Air MD, Peter Schluederberg of San Elijo Hills CA and Scott Schluederberg of Elkridge MD; and seven grandchildren: Rachelle Lesko, Eric, Evan, Katie, Quinton, Kelly and Lauren Schluederberg.

A memorial service will be held on Gibson Island MD.

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Published on: Friday, September 12, 2014

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  Mr. Donald William Meilner, Sr.

Donald William Meilner Sr., 98, Bradenton, Passed away and joined Natalie, the love of his life for 56 years on Aug. 30, 2014.

He was born in Chicago on Dec. 18, 1915. An Army Veteran of WWII, Don retired from Western Electric Co. and moved to Bradenton in 1977.

Survived by his sister Mary Deneen, and brother Edward (Phyllis). His Daughter Judith Snyder and son Don Jr.(JoAnn). Grandchildren Kelly Stanton, Erik Henriksen (Jill) and Amelia Talucci (Nathan). Great Grandchildren Melissa Howell (Oakley), Sydney Stanton and Jacob, Evan, and Natalie Talucci, and one Great Great Grandson Jameson Howell.

A Celebration Open house of his wonderful life will take place from 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the home of Don & JoAnn Meilner.

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

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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  Mr. Paul Evans, Jr.

Paul Evans, Jr., 83, Bradenton, passed away September 4, 2014 at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

Paul was born on September 26, 1930 in Greensburg, Indiana to the late Paul Sr. and Grace (Lyons) Evans. He was retired from the United States Armed Services. Following his retirement he moved to Florida and worked for Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Engineering Department as a painter from which he retired after many years of service. He was also a member of the D.A.V., V.F.W., and American Legion Posts throughout the years.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Lois and a son Chester. Survived by his two sons and their wives; Terry and Michelle Evans, Robert and Sue Evans, daughter and her husband; Betty-Jean and David Pingleton all of Indianapolis, IN, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the D.A.V. Post 18, 111 63rd Avenue East, Bradenton. Further services will be held at a later date in Indiana.

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



Published on: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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  Mrs. Rose Bauccio

Rose Bauccio, 92, of Bradenton, passed away on September 3, 2014.

Rose is survived by 3 her children, Roseanne (Thomas) Andrews, George Raymond Bauccio, Debra Ann (Angel) Bonilla, daughter in law Patricia Bauccio, 4 grandchildren; Theresa, Adrienne, Logan, and Colin, and 3 great grandchildren; Sarah, Skye, and Truman.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Bauccio Sr and son Michael Luke Bauccio.

Rose was a joyful and generous woman. She was grateful for her many blessings. She loved everyone and was loved in return. She also loved to play bingo with her friends at Riverfront Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Rose was very proud of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be Sunday, September 7th from 2:00 - 6:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home, 1015 14th Street W. Bradenton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 8th at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1220 15th Street W. Bradenton.

Rose will be laid to rest with her husband at Sarasota National Cemetery immediately following the services.

Published on: Sunday, September 07, 2014

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  Mrs. Muriel A. Raeder

Muriel A. Raeder, 90, Bradenton, passed away peacefully August 29, 2014.

She was born on February 22, 1924 in Holyoke, MA to the late Wilfred and Lulu (Chase) Gehan.

She has resided in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area until 1996, when she moved into DeSoto Towers in Bradenton for the next ten years. She also volunteered at Manatee Memorial Hospital on the Front Information Desk and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and then later on residing with her daughter.

She is survived by her son, Lewis W. (Carol R.) Raeder of Monrovia, MD, daughter, Carol B. Haring of Bradenton, four grandchildren; Michael Haring of Bradenton, Lewis "Clint" Raeder of Charles Town, WV, Maria Raeder of Frederick, MD, Greg Raeder of Owings Mill, MD, and one great-grandchild.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or TideWell Hospice.

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

Published on: Saturday, August 30, 2014

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  Mr. Kenneth J. Wagner

Kenneth J. Wagner, 34, of Palmetto passed away Monday, August 25, 2014. Originally from St. Petersburg, he moved to Terra Ceia at the age of 10 with his parents and sister. Ken graduated from Palmetto High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from USF in 2003. Ken joined BB&T in 2004 where he was an extremely motivated Mortgage Loan Officer, Vice President who loved helping others achieve their dream of buying a home. During his time with BB&T he won multiple awards including the Sterling Award and Purchase Pro Award.

Ken loved spending time on the water; boating, diving, fishing, and lobstering with his family and friends. He was a dynamic, entertaining, loving, caring, and outgoing individual who was full of enthusiasm and energy. He was the light in the dark, a shining star, and the catalyst of everyone’s laughter. He will truly be missed, but never ever forgotten. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lindsey Porter Wagner; daughters, Hailey (5) and Sydney (3); parents, Stan & Kay Wagner; and sister Ariel (Jose Sarmiento). He also leaves his grandparents, David & Eleanor Wagner; aunts, Pat Gee, Pam Bingham & Janet Wagner and their families; In-laws, Chuck and Nancy Porter; sister-in-law, Heather (Joe Patoray); nephews, Christian (4), Kellan (1) Sarmiento & Lochlan Patoray (Godson, age 1); and many dear family members & friends.

There will be a celebration of Ken’s life Tuesday, September 2nd at Bayside Community Church located at 15800 East S.R. 64 in Bradenton, FL at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, we are asking those that feel willing, please make donations to The Ken Wagner Memorial Account at any BB&T towards his daughters’ college funds and/or to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Published on: Friday, August 29, 2014

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  Mr. John James Winchester

John James Winchester, 53 of Palmetto, Florida, passed away tragically August 21, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

John was born on June 29, 1961 in Tampa, Florida. He has been a lifelong resident of Florida and a resident of Manatee County for over 15 years. John worked as a construction worker for Woodruff & Sons Construction in Bradenton.

He was predeceased by his father, Henry H. Winchester and is survived by his longtime companion and Fiancée, Sandra Davis of Palmetto, mother and step-father; Linda and Robert Davis of Brooksville, FL, three brothers; Henry Winchester of Plant City, FL, Robert Winchester of Sumterville, FL, Clifford Jarvis of Suwannee, FL, two sisters; Dawn Smith and Idella Sharp both of Webster, FL, and many extended family members and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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Published on: Saturday, August 23, 2014

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  Mr. Jeffrey James Jamison

Jeffrey James Jamison, 24, Bradenton, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Jeffrey was born on May 30, 1990 in Texarkana, Texas to the late Jeffrey Alan and Amie (Clark) Jamison. He has lived in Manatee County for several years and worked as a tattoo artist locally.

He is survived by his loving companion Julia Carter, daughter, Amie Jamison, step-son, Christian all of Terre Haute, Indiana sister, Kristin Jamison, brother, Joshua Jamison both of Bradenton, paternal grandparents; James and Janice Jamison of Foreman, Arkansas, maternal mother and step-father; Nancy and Melvin Clark of Bradenton, maternal grandfather, Troy Clark of California, and many extended family members and friends.

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

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

Published on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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  Mr. Matthew J. Stella

Matthew James Stella, July 20, 1942-August 17, 2014. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has resided in Bradenton since 1972.

He is survived by his wife Jane M.C. Stella, 4 children ; Carrie Dawes, Kathleen Stella Wade, Timothy Stella and Kristin Stella and 4 grandchildren are Carly Stella (7), Alex (9), Joseph (7) and Timothy Hellesoe (2).

Matt Stella was a licensed real estate and mortgage broker. He loved to joke and laugh. He had a very creative and innovative mind. We will always miss his warm voice and caring heart. He was passionate about the old west and loved to travel there.

Private family services were held.

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Published on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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  Mrs. Loretta M. Hughes

Loretta M. Hughes, 81 of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Poultney, VT, passed away August 14, 2014.

She was born August 31, 1932 in New London, CT to the late Phillip and Amelia (Pelliter) Goff. Loretta worked as a waitress in various restaurants in CT and attended the Poultney Welsh Presbyterian Church in Poultney.

She moved to Bradenton in January of 1986 coming from Poultney.

Loretta was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, Robert in April of 2013, and is survived by her two daughters; Renee L. Fekete of Bradenton, FL, Monique Rowley-Samperi of Ashford, CT, two grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Niantic Fire Department, 8 Grand St., Niantic, CT 06357.

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

Published on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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  Mr. Chester Merle "Chet" Owens

Chet Owens, 95, passed away on August 8, 2014. Born February 14, 1919 in Buffalo IL and a long time resident of Bradenton.

Chet is survived by his wife of 69 yrs, Lucille, daughters; Bobbie Korneder, Kathy Ranck and son, Mike Owens, 9 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Sandy Sullivan, the oldest daughter, also a long time resident, died December 6, 2013.

Chet attended Johnson (Bible) University in Knoxville TN. A viewing will be held Monday, August 18, 2014 from 4 - 6pm with Services commencing at 6:00 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave W.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Dr. Knoxville TN 37998 or The Salvation Army.

Published on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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  Mr. Robert Steinmetz

Robert Steinmetz, 85, Bradenton, Florida, passed away August 13, 2014 at the TideWell Hospice House in Bradenton.

Mr. Steinmetz was born on October 8, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late John and Helen (Witkowski) Steinmetz. Robert served his country faithfully by serving with the United States Navy.

He owned his own furniture manufacturing business in Manatee County was a member of the Unity of the Wood Church in Bradenton.

Robert is survived by his loving wife Ruth (Furnish) Steinmetz of Bradenton, one son and his wife; Robert and Stephanie Steinmetz of Elyria, Ohio, two daughters; Helen and her husband David Skjeie of Los Angeles, California, Beth Reichenbach of Bradenton, Florida, one brother and his wife; James G. and Marge Steinmetz of Cleveland, Ohio, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild 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: Thursday, August 14, 2014

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  Mr. James N. Gentile

James Nicholas Gentile, 79, of Bradenton, passed away August 4, 2014.

He is survived by a large and loving family.

James was laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville FL.

Published on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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  Mrs. Mary A. Figari

Mary Anna Figari, 85, passed away August 8, 2014.

She is survived by her son, Louis, wife Wanda, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

A later service is planned in New Jersey.

Donations in her memory, may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

Published on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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  Mr. William Anthony Chisum (CJ)

William Anthony Chisum (CJ), 19, of Bradenton, passed away on August 7, 2014.

William is survived by his Parents Patrick and Angela, Brother Shawn, Sisters Katelynn and Gina. Momo Annabelle and Papa Tom. Aunt Theresa and Uncle Brian. Grandma Annie and Papa Bob. Papa Jerry and Grandma BJ. Aunt Chrissy and Uncle Ray and Aunt Rynda and Uncle Joel. Great Grandma Flatman and many cousins; Kail, Tiffany, Ashley, Molly, Fiona, Jessica, Missa, Aaryn.

William was born in Mesquite Texas. He was diagnosed at birth with Type 1 Diabetes, and had several other medical complications that he endured. He was able to bless his family with 19 years and was a recent graduate of Bayshore High School in 2014.

CJ loved music, video games, Lego's, Pokemon and cars. He will be greatly missed.

Published on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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  Mr. Joshua L. Nacht

Joshua Lee Nacht, 44, of Parrish, passed away on August 8, 2014.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly, sons; Adam, Austin, and Logan and daughter Sierra.

Private family services.

Published on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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  Mr. Richard "Dick" Lawrence Mirisola

Richard "Dick" Lawrence Mirisola, 83, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, died of natural causes on August 7, 2014.

Dick was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania to Gaetano and Marianna Mirisola (nee Belcastro)

From an early age Dick had a fascination and skill with building things, using discarded objects to create new inventions, such as building a scooter out of old roller skates.

Dick played on the conference winning Pittston City High School football team, where he played both offense and defense. Despite his small stature, his quickness allowed him to shine as a receiver. He graduated in 1950.

He served four years as a medic for the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Eventually, working on the maternity ward caring for babies and mothers. His fondness for and care of these babies was a highlight in his life.

He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Where, as a student he built a unique wind tunnel for improving aeronautical designs.

Dick worked for North American Aviation (which later merged with Rockwell International), creating defense missile design and guidance systems. His designs were so solid and innovative that some continue to be used to defend America today. He also worked on the Apollo Space Program as part of the team that built the emergency egress system on the top of the rocket capsule.

Dick had four children with Pauline - Mark, Theresa, Marianne and Joseph.

He married Sylvia Nesser in March 1981. In his deep love for her he traveled the world sailing the seas around Florida and the Bahamas, and lit the dance floor on fire with a disco flair.

In the last years, Dick once again turned his eyes to the heavens as he improved his telescopes with his engineering expertise. Now, Dick is in the heavens, he helped others reach and started longingly towards.

Dick is survived by his sisters, Connie Haze and Vito Provenzano. He is predeceased by his parents, three brothers, a sister and two children.

Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:30am Our Lady of Angles Catholic Church. Dicks ashes will be interred in the church's Memorial Garden.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, please send it to the church that was so important to Dick, Our Lady of Angles Catholic Church, 12905 E State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.

Published on: Monday, August 11, 2014

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  Mr. Frank F. Kerpen

Frank F. Kerpen, 97, Bradenton, passed away July 26, 2014.

Frank was born April 21, 1917, in Jersey City NJ, to the late Frank F. and Elizabeth (Meyer) Kerpen. He was raised on Long Island NY, and attributed his excellent driving skills to delivering floral items from his father's greenhouses to stops in New York City.

A graduate of Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro VA, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, and served as a navigator. He retired as a Lt. Col. from the Air Force in 1968 and moved to Bradenton. He was also a private pilot.

After moving to Bradenton he became an avid sailor and a Bradenton Yacht Club member.

In September 1949, he married Jean Duncan Russell, who predeceased him in January, 2007. He is survived by several Kerpen and Russell nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial gathering at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 12 at Freedom Village.

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Published on: Sunday, August 10, 2014

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  Mrs. Jewel Hilburn Lovelace

Jewel Hilburn Lovelace, wife of Robert Laurence Lovelace, died at her residence in Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton on July 27, 2014.

Mrs. Lovelace was born in St. Cloud, FL, the daughter of the late Deacon and Mrs. Otto Frank Hilburn. At the age of two, she, with her family moved to Plant City, FL where she made her home until she retired with her husband and moved to Bradenton, FL.

Mrs. Lovelace was educated in the public schools of Hillsborough County, graduated from Coker College in South Carolina, and she obtained her Master’s Degree from Peabody in Nashville, TN. As an educator, she taught in the classroom for fifteen years and served as a Guidance Counselor for seventeen years.

Mrs. Lovelace was always active in whatever church she attended, she enjoyed participating in the many church activities and served on numerous committees. Two of her chief joys in life were delivering flowers to the elderly and the sick and teaching Sunday School in the Children’s Department, both of which she did for many years in the First Baptist Church of Plant City and later in the First Baptist Church of Sarasota. Mrs. Lovelace was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bradenton at the time of her death.

Mrs. Lovelace was preceded in death by her twin brother G. Alan Hilburn, his wife Patsy and their elder son Alan. Mrs. Lovelace’s only sister Mrs. Betty Kay Hilburn Wright also died several years ago. Mrs. Wright’s husband (Ross Leland Wright, Jr.) survives.

Mrs. Lovelace is survived by her husband, Robert Lovelace, five nieces, Judge Gwyn Hilburn (James Holte), Katherine Hilburn (Martin Misner) Nancy Hilburn (Robert Trenkle), Sharyn Wright Merrill Salter (James Webb), Nancy Wright Diaz (Robert Murchie), three nephews, Frank Mitchell Hilburn, William Harry Lovelace, Jr. (Helen Byholt Lovelace) William Frederick Gutwein, III ( Mary Reichart Gutwein) and by numerous great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Plant City, FL.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund at the Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL. 33573 in her memory.

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Published on: Monday, July 28, 2014

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  Mrs. Helena Dorothy Berrus

Helena Dorothy Berrus, 53, Ellenton, passed away July 22, 2014 at her residence.

Helena was born on July 20, 1961 in Ybor City, Florida to the late Jose and Janet Garcia. Helena grew up in upstate New York where she graduated from High School. She has been a resident of Manatee County for over five years coming from upstate New York.

She is survived by her loving companion, Michael Bering of Ellenton, daughter and her companion; Lindsey Dickinson and Jay Thorne of Bradenton, son and his wife; Paul and Sheena Dickinson of Lowville, New York, four precious grandchildren with one on the way, and a brother, Jose of Tampa.

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

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

Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.

Published on: Friday, July 25, 2014

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  Mr. Leslie Carlton Lovestead

Leslie Carlton Lovestead, 91, passed away July 21, 2014 at Freedom Village Health Center in Bradenton.

Leslie was born October 1, 1922 in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada. Shortly after his birth, his parents and their seven children came to Florida by train first settling in Elwood Park, where one more child, Elwood, was born. Leslie graduated from Bradenton (now Manatee) High School in 1941.

During World War II, he was in the United States Coast Guard serving on a patrol ship in the North Atlantic and patrolling the outer banks of North Carolina on horseback. He worked for many years for the Railway Express Agency in Bradenton. He later worked for Bradenton Office Supply before retiring.

Leslie was happiest fishing or cast-netting and spending time with Elwood in Myakka. He was a devoted son, a loyal brother, a caring uncle and a steadfast friend. He had lived the last six years at The Inn at Freedom Village, making many friends among the residents and staff. All loved his smile, ready laughter and playful spirit.

He is survived by his sister, Evelyn Bonnett, sister-in-law Eva Lovestead, both of Bradenton, nephews Leslie Lovestead of Springfield, VA, Calvin and David Bonnett of Bradenton, nieces Marian Mendez and Judy Futch of Bradenton, and Ardel Gill of Port Charlotte, FL. Ardel and her husband Roy have been Leslie's caregivers since his brother, Elwood, passed away in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Adolph and Julia Lovestead, brothers, Cecil, Earl, Lloyd and Elwood Lovestead, and sisters, Violet Wiggins and Ruth Price.

Interment will be at Fogartyville Cemetery with military honors.

Published on: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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  Mr. John Anthony Agliano

John A. Agliano, 62, of Bradenton, FL, formally of Seminole, FL gained his angel wings on July 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his wife and two daughters.

He was born in Queens, New York, on January 18, 1952. John was fortunate to work in hospitality for 47 years. He started as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ladder to management in the hotel business. Over the years he did just about every job involved in a hotel. He truly enjoyed the people that he worked with and the guests that he met who returned year after year.

John loved to cook for his family and friends and looked forward to “pulling a cork” on Thursday nights with his best buddy. He was a great husband, a wonderful father and an amazing papa.

John is survived by his wife Mary Kay of 43 years, daughters Jenny (Grady), Nicole, his “little buddy” Hannah (granddaughter), his father John, brothers Michael and Steven, sister Diane(Kevin), several nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial Services are being held at Hubbell Funeral Home located at 499 N Indian Rocks Rd, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770 on Saturday, July 19th. The family will receive visitors from 10-11am and the service will begin at 11 am.

In lieu all flowers, the family request that donations be made to the ALS Association, Florida Chapter at 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619 or Tidewell Hospice at 3355 26th Street W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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  Mrs. Eugenia '' Gene'' Raymond Shannon

Eugenia “Gene” Raymond Shannon (Mrs. Joseph E.), 85, of Bradenton, went to be with her Savior on July 15, 2014. She was born July 20, 1928 in Lakeland, FL, the youngest of five children of Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Raymond. Gene graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Queens College, Charlotte, N.C. She was a receptionist for the doctors of Watson Clinic in Lakeland. While in High school Gene was very active in the Glee club, church choir, and especially enjoyed being a member of the trio, “Skipperettes” that sang throughout the area.

Eugenia met her husband Joseph E. Shannon, while he attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland. They married on July 20, 1948 in First Presbyterian Church, downtown Lakeland, and moved to Bradenton in August 1948. They became members of First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton on October 4, 1948- (World-wide communion Day).

Four children were born to Gene and Joe: Sally Jean, Katherine Ann, Joseph Raymond, and Rowland Peek.

Gene immediately began singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday school and served as president of the Homebuilder’s class with her husband, and filled many offices of the local Women of the Church. Her first “job” with the Women of the Church in the Presbytery was chairman of the Columbia Friendship Circle, then chairman of Church Extension, Leadership and Resources, Nominating Committee, a District Chairman and First Vice President, President of the Women of the Church, Westminster Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. on April 2, 1970. She served as Moderator of the Synod of Florida Presbyterian Women and Moderator of Westminster Presbytery PCUSA.

While continuing to be active in church and community Gene worked closely with her husband in their business at Shannon Funeral Home.

Gene’s background of Presbyterian ministers goes back many generations. Her grandfather, Dr. T.W. Raymond, was president of Mississippi State College for Women, Holly Springs, MS. This school later combined with Belhaven College now in Jackson, MS. Dr. and Mrs. T.W. Raymond moved to Lake Thonotosassa, FL where he preached at the Seffner Church for many years before coming to Palmetto, FL to preach.

Dr. Charles A. Raymond, Gene’s father, was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL for 25 years. He was most active in the Church Extension (Home Mission) Committee of Presbytery, also serving as moderator of the Synod of Florida and Westminster Presbytery.

Community activities for Mrs. Shannon were: member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, President of Beta Tau, ritual chapter, President of XI Alpha Gamma, exemplar chapter; the Entre Nous Organization. She was a member of PEO Chapter CC where she served as President for two years, and with Chapter EI where she held several positions. She formerly served as president of Ballard Elementary School PTA. Vice-President and member of Zonta International. County Chairman for Volunteers for Shelter for Abused Children and served on the Board of Manatee Children’s Services.

Gene served as president of Women of the Church, Westminster Presbytery, serving on the Home Mission Committee of the Presbytery for many years. She also served as President of the local WOC, First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton 1976-1978. Was director of Women’s Florida Synodical Conference in 1977 at Lake Yale, FL. Gene was elected to the session of First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton as an active ruling elder and on January 14, 1979 was ordained and installed.

Gene served for over 30 years with the Presbyterian Retirement Homes where she has served in various capacities including Chair of the Board. She began a Sunday evening hymn-sing at the Bradenton Manor in 1961, which she carried on for many years. She was added to the Board of the Presbyterian Homes of the Synod of Florida in 1976 and was placed on the Executive Committee in 1978, where she served as chairwoman of the Board 1986-1989, Vice Chair and President of Corporations in 1989.

Mrs. Shannon was elected to membership on the Board of Trustees of Stillman College in the Class of 1990 by the 199th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She attended her first meeting in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1987. She was appointed to serve on the Resource Development Committee.

Gene was predeceased by her loving husband Joe in 2001, a son Rowland in 2014 and three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her three dear children; Sally (Bill) McGill of Braselton, GA, Katherine Ann and J. Raymond Shannon both of Bradenton, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. A Celebration of Gene’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. Committal services will follow at Fogartyville Cemetery, Bradenton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either the Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, 410 15th Street West, Bradenton, FL. 34205, P.E.O. Scholarship Fund c/o Shannon Funeral Home, 1015 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL. 34205 or Thornwell Orphanage, 302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325 in her memory.

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

Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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  Mr. Ronald Louis Knowles

Ronald Louis Knowles, 64, of Bradenton, passed away on Monday June 30th at his home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave West. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul The Apostles Catholic Church on Thursday July 3rd at 10:00am, 2850 75th St W, Bradenton, FL 34209, Father Mark Heuberger will be officiating. Ronald was born October 13th 1949 in Port Jefferson, NY to Lawrence and Lillian. He graduated from Deer Park High School in 1967 and went to Nassau County Medical Center to obtain his radiology technologist license. On the 14th of October 1978 he married his beloved wife Susan Kutsch in Bradenton, Fl. In 1989 he started his family operated portable x-ray company which was duly named Knowles' Mobile Diagnostics. The family business flourished for nearly 20 years and in 2008 Ron decided to sell the company in order to spend more time enjoying his two true passions in life - Family & being on the water. There was nothing Ron would rather do then go fishing with his family. Ronald is survived by his wife Susan, his 5 children Lawrence, John with wife Rebecca, Sam, Louis and Jacquelyn; his grandchildren Jamilynn, Grace, Scarlet, Sammy and Vinnie; his siblings Joyce and Al Demaio, Theresa Guthrie and Debbie Knowles; his nephews & nieces Michael Kimball & Tara Gutman along with Susie, Jared, Spiro, Krista and Jenni. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald "Satch" Knowles and his parents Lillian and Lawrence Knowles. Online condolences can be left at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.



Published on: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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  Mrs. April Marlea Lucas

April Marlea Lucas, 89, Bradenton, passed away June 26, 2014. April was born April 12, 1925 in Sandusky, OH to the late John F. and Marlea (Van Doren Hankamer) Boyd.

She was a graduate of the registered nursing program with Providence Hospital in Sandusky in September of 1947. She worked as a R.N. for several years in OH.

April moved to Bradenton in 1959 coming from Willard, OH. She met and married her late husband R. Earle Lucas, Jr. in 1969. She and Earle were married at the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton and have been members since.

Locally she worked for Manatee Memorial Hospital in the 1960’s where she was head of the Emergency Room; she left the hospital to work with Dr. Rodney Adams and Arthur Beaudry in Bradenton from which she retired from nursing.

She was predeceased by her husband, R. Earle Lucas, Jr. in March of 2014 and a son, Robert E. Lucas III in 1989. She is survived by her four dear children Gary and Alice Guthrie of Holmes Beach, Sandra and Murff Lucas-Germany of Atlanta, GA, Sharon and Jim Ingram of Bradenton, Nancy and John Kiernan of Bradenton, and two precious grandchildren; Lindsey and Jeb Garrott of Bradenton, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 3-4 P.M. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, with a Celebration of April’s life to follow at 4 P.M.

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

Published on: Friday, June 27, 2014

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  Mrs. Althea Goodrich

Althea Goodrich, 91, Bradenton, passed away June 23, 2014. Althea was born August 20, 1922 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Absalom D. and Gladys (Noble) McGinnis.

She moved to Bradenton in 1948 coming from Jacksonville, FL. Althea was a member of the West Bradenton Baptist Church, and Entre Nous. She will be remember by her family and friends as being a person that was always there to help anyone at a time of need, by providing food or support as needed.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Warren in May of 2009 one brother and sister, and is survived by her two dear children, Clifford Goodrich and Claudia Eads both of Bradenton, three precious grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., with services to follow at 11:00 A.M. Committal services will follow at 2:30 P.M. at the Sarasota National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to either the American Alzheimer's Association , American Cancer Society or Entre Nous in her memory.

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





Published on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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