Miscellaneous Citrus County, Florida Obituaries - 1999

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Mary Belanger, 95, of Gainesville
Mary Catherine Belanger, 95, of Gainesville and formerly of Dunnellon, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999. She was born in Canada. She was a retired bank teller. She moved to Gainesville in 1992. She was Catholic.Surviving is her brother, John J. McIntyre of Madison, Maine.
Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon.

Donald Bennett, 85, of Lecanto
Donald F. Bennett, 85, of Lecanto, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, in the Ocala Regional Medical Center. He was born in Olney, Ill., and moved here from St. Petersburg 32 years ago. He was a retired, self-employed retail salesman. He was a former member of the Elks Club of St. Petersburg. He was Methodist.
Surviving are his wife, Garnett; a son, Donald and his wife, Dezrie, of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Nuding of Lecanto; five grandchildren, Donald A., Deanne, Michael, Cheryl and Christopher; and seven grandchildren.
Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills.

Arno Graefe, 80, of Inverness
Arno Ludwig Graefe, 80, of Inverness, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He was born in Chicago on Sept. 23, 1918, to Hans and Joanna Manier Graefe and moved here 10 years ago from Lake Geneva, Wis. Mr. Graefe was a retired project foreman in the construction industry. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Pheonix Gun Club in Brooksville.
Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Delores; two sons, Richard of West Palm Beach and Robert of Longview, Texas; two brothers, Walter of Marco Island and Howard of Rockford, Ill.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

James Myers, 75, of Floral City
James R. Myers, 75, of Floral City, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, in the Life Care Center of Lecanto. He was born in Aurora, W.Va., on March 6, 1923, to Harold and Margaret Becker Myers. He moved to Florida 15 years ago from Ridgeley, W.Va. He was a retired lathe operator. He was a U.S. army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Floral City United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two brothers, Homer S. and Harold J., both of Aurora; and a sister, Jessie Fedorow, also of Aurora. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beulah, in 1986, and his second wife, Pauline, in 1998. He also survived the death of his infant son, a brother, Otis, and two sisters, Mary McMillen and Nellie McGrath.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Otto Peters, 74, of Beverly Hills
Otto Peters, 74, of Beverly Hills, died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999. He was born in Varel, Germany, and moved to Beverly Hills in 1986 from Selden, N.Y. He was a retired cabinet maker for Brookhaven National Laboratories. He was a member of the Beverly Hills Recreation Association. He was Lutheran.
Surviving are his wife, Ursula; a daughter, Karin Pape of Miller Place, N.Y.; a half-brother, August Kohne of West Germany; and a half-sister, Marga Pohl of Schoharie, N.Y. Hooper Funeral Home, Beverly Hills.

Mary Solombrino, 79, of Inverness
Mary Solombrino, 79, of Inverness, died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born in New York on May 5, 1919, and moved to Florida 24 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a retired seamstress. She was a member of the Inverness Church of God.
Surviving are two sons, Henry ''Hank'' of San Antonio, Texas, and Thomas of Kansas City, Kan.; a daughter, Rae Kweller of Queens, N.Y.; a brother, Martin Lomangino of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Anna Chirozi, Elmont, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She survived her first husband, Henry Solombrino, who died in 1983, and her second husband, Frank Carter, who died in 1993.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Thomas Spratt, 66, of Crystal River
Thomas F. Spratt, 66, of Crystal River, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, under the loving care of his family and Hospice. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 23, 1932, to Joseph and Mary Weir Spratt and moved to Florida five years ago from Bristol, N.H. He retired as a detective with the New York City Police Department after 23 years of service. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was past commandant of the Marine Corps League No. 819. He belonged to the American Legion Post No. 155, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Inverness Elks Lodge No. 2522, Knights of Columbus (fourth degree), American Irish Club of Citrus County and the Hibernians. He was a member of the St. Scholastica Parish in Lecanto, where he served as the pastor's assistant and was active in the church building fund program.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Patricia; two sons, Thomas E. of New Windsor, N.Y., and Frederick J. of East Meadow, N.Y.; a daughter, Elaine Greenzang of Commack, N.Y.; two brothers, Joseph of Bayonet Point and Raymond of Homosassa; two sisters, Mary Bowlby of Bristol, N.H., and Bernadette Kirschenbaum of Toms River, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Muriel Sprayberry, 75, of Floral City
Muriel Elsie Sprayberry, 75, of Floral City, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was born in Needham, Mass., on June 13, 1923, to John E. and Elsie E. Crowell Brundrett and moved here from St. Petersburg in 1973. She was a past two-term president of the Horace Carter VFW Post NO. 2498 Ladies Auxiliary of Needham. She was a homemaker. She was Baptist.
Surviving are her loving husband of 54 years, Samuel; a daughter, Beverly Long of Floral City; a brother, Lewis Brundrett of Pompfert, Conn.; two grandchildren, Thomas D. Long III and Deborah A. Butler; and one great-granddaughter, Cheryl A. Butler.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Thomas Steigele, 34, of Mt. Siani, N.Y.
Thomas S. Steigele, 34, of Mount Sinai, N.Y., the son of Lawrence and Carole Steigele of Dunnellon, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in Hampton Bays, N.Y. He was a lifelong resident of New York and a carpenter. He belonged to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Surviving are his parents; two brothers, Larry Jr. of Shirley, N.Y., and John of Cooper City; two sisters, Carole of Mount Sinai and Deborah Pritchard of Crystal River; numerous nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
Wilder Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

James R. Myers. Memorial services for James R. Myers will be conducted from the Floral City United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Victoria Futhrie officiating. Cremation arrangements will follow. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Myers' memory are being accepted by Hospice, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, Fla. 34461.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Mary Solombrino. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Solombrino will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with the Rev. Larry Powers, pastor of the Inverness Church of God, officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Thomas Spratt. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Thomas F. Spratt on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Thomas Morgan, pastor of St. Scholastica Catholic Church, as celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Florida National Cemetery. Reposing hours are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, where there will be Rosary Services at 4:30 p.m., followed by Inverness Elks Lodge Services at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the St. Scholastica Building Fund, 4301 W. Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, Fla., 34461 or Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, Fla. 34461.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Muriel Sprayberry. Funeral services for Muriel Elsie Sprayberry will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at 10 a.m. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with the Rev. Clarence Helms of the New Testament Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Lake Lindsey Cemetery in Lake Lindsey. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, Fla., 34461.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Thomas Steigele. A memorial service for Thomas S. Steigele, age 34, of Mount. Sinai, N.Y., will take place on Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Wilder Fountains Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Thomas officiating.

Zalman Bernstein, 72, securities broker
NEW YORK -- Zalman Bernstein, a securities maverick who founded one of the world's largest independent investment companies, died Wednesday from complications of lymphoma. He was 72. 
Bernstein sent shockwaves through Wall Street in the late 1960s when he announced his firm would seek nothing but accounts for which brokers would make all investment decisions without input from clients. 
His brokerage, Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, eventually managed more than $80 billion in securities for 25,000 private and institutional clients. 
When he converted to Orthodox Judaism, Bernstein replaced his name with the Hebrew equivalent of Sanford and became Zalman Bernstein. 

Don Carter, 58, newspaper reporter
SEATTLE -- Don Carter, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter for 30 years, died Thursday of complications of esophageal cancer. He was 58. 
Carter began working for the Prosser Record-Bulletin when he was in high school. After graduating from Washington State University in 1962, Carter returned to the Prosser paper and worked there until 1967, when he was hired at the Yakima Herald-Republic. 
Carter joined the P-I in 1968 as an investigative reporter. He inaugurated the newspaper's consumer-oriented Action Column in 1970 and held a wide variety of positions after that, including news feature editor, real estate editor, general feature writing, and restaurant and movie critic. He retired in March. 
Survivors include his wife, a daughter, three sons, five grandchildren, his parents, a sister and six brothers. 

George Joseph Popjak
LOS ANGELES -- George Joseph Popjak, an internationally recognized scientist known for his research into cholesterol, died Dec. 30. He was 84. 
Popjak began his study of lipid metabolism after he moved to England from Hungary in 1939. In 1968, he accepted professorships in both biological chemistry and psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles. 
He published more than 230 scientific papers and several books and remained an active researcher after he retired in 1984, focusing on atherosclerosis. 

William Colvin, 88, of Crystal River
William Henry Colvin, 88, of Crystal River, formerly of Citrus Springs, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999. He was born in Ruso, N.D., and came to Citrus Springs 28 years ago from Springfield, Ill. Mr. Colvin retired from the Illinois Drivers License Bureau as director. He was a member of the Citrus Springs Country Club. He was active in AARP; Citrus Springs community affairs. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was the husband of the late Margaret Elizabeth Kiser Colvin, who died Nov. 10, 1997.
Surviving are his son, John Timothy Colvin of Jackson, Mich.; daughter, Jean Colvin Delano of Atlanta; brother, Russell H. of Hendersonville, N.C.; and a grandson, Bryan Cahill Delano of Atlanta.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Edward Donnery, 58, of Inverness
Edward Franklin Donnery, 58, of Inverness died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, in Katy, Texas. He was born in New York City and came to Inverness 22 years ago from there. Mr. Donnery was owner/operator of a trucking business. He formerly owned Kween Kleen Laundromat in Citrus Plaza, Inverness; graduated from Bishop Dubois High School, New York City and St. Anne's Academy. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was Catholic. He was the son of the late Patrick Joseph Donnery, who died June 3, 1993.
Surviving are his mother, Elinor Smith Donnery of Inverness; sister, Margaret A. (James) Delfraisse of Katy, Texas; two aunts, Marguerite Veltman and Florence Hafke, both of Inverness; three nephews, Michael E., Keith E., and John B. Raughter of Katy, Texas; and a grand-nephew, Michael E. Raughter Jr. of Katy, Texas.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Edward Doyle, 90, of Beverly Hills 
Edward H. Doyle, 90, of Beverly Hills died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, in Douglasville, Ga. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 22 years ago from Levittown, N.Y. He was a truck driver in the trucking industry. Mr. Doyle was Catholic. He was a member of the Beverly Hills Lions Club, VFW Post No. 10087 of Beverly Hills, and the Beverly Hills Fishing Club.
Surviving are his son, Thomas C. of Douglasville, Ga.; two daughters, Barbara Ann Cordova of Port Charlotte and Linda Ann Bennett of West Palm Beach; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Frances Heyser, 84, formerly of Inverness
Frances Zuccaro Heyser, 84, of Baton Rouge, La., former Inverness resident, died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Born Oct. 1, 1914, in Cleveland, she lived in Dade County before moving to Inverness. She was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Bernard (Mary Ann) Atkinson of Baton Rouge, La.; sister, Rita Petro of Cleveland; four grandchildren, Matthew, Phillip, Margaret and Theresa Atkinson; and six nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Heyser on July 13, 1986, and her sister, Mary Didona.
Memorials requested to St. Vincent dePaul Society.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Marion Hollis, 79, of Hernando 
Marion Ruth Hollis, 79, of Hernando died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in Citrus Health & Rehab Center of Inverness following a lengthy illness. Born in Pulaski, N.Y., on May 8, 1919, to the late Frank and Ruth Wardwell Hollis, she came to Florida in 1985 from Cicero, N.Y., where she was a hairdresser for many years.
She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Frederick (Beverly) Soule of Hernando, and many nieces and nephews.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Harry Meakin, 100, of Lecanto 
Harry Jackson Meakin, 100, of Lecanto died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999. Born in Saginaw, Mich., Mr. Meakin came to Lecanto two months ago from Winter Haven. He was a retired school teacher in the education industry. Mr. Meakin was Methodist. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a 33rd Degree Mason in Dearborn, Mich. He was a member of Michigan State Teachers Association; and member of Shriner's in Dearborn, Mich.
He is survived by his son, Charles, of Hernando; one sister, Marilyn Shealy of Hopkins, Mich.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Thomas Spratt, 66, of Crystal River 
Thomas F. Spratt, 66, of Crystal River died at home Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, under the loving care of his family and Hospice. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 23, 1932, to Joseph and Mary Weir Spratt, he came to Florida five years ago from Bristol, N.H. He retired from the Detective Division of the Central Park New York City Police Department with 23 years of service. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean conflict. He was a member of St. Scholastica Parish in Lecanto where he served as the pastor's assistant and was active in the church building fund program. He was Past Commandant of the Marine Corps League No. 819. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 155; Inverness Elks Lodge No. 2522; Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree); American Irish Club of Citrus County; and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Patricia Hurst Spratt of Crystal River; two sons, Thomas E. of New Windsor, N.Y., and Frederick J. of East Meadow, N.Y.; one daughter, Elaine Greenzang of Commack, N.Y.; two brothers, Joseph of Bayonet Point and Raymond of Homosassa; two sisters, Mary Bowlby of Bristol, N.H., and Bernadette Kirschenbaum of Toms River, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Jack Stringer, 52, of Inverness 
Pastor Jack F. Stringer, 52, of Inverness died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at his residence. Born in Columbus, Ga., he came here seven years ago from Clearwater. He was pastor of the River of Life Christian Church in Inverness. He was a U.S. Marine veteran. He graduated from Inglewood High School in Jacksonville and went on to Countryside Christian Training Center and received his bachelor's degree at Faith Theological Seminary, Tampa. He was a member of the Faith Outreach Ministerial Fellowship; Dean of the River of Life Bible College; instructor at the Calvary Chapel Training Center, New Port Richey. He was on the Board of Directors at Living Waters Worship Center, Zephyrhills.
Surviving are his wife, Pastor Janice Proffitt K. Stringer of Inverness; two sons, Jack E. and wife Cristen Stringer of Inverness and Jeffery and wife Mary Stringer of Clearwater; and three grandchildren, Lindsey, Jacob and Chelsea.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Carl Elliott, 85, politician
JASPER, Ala. -- Carl Elliott, a Democrat who served eight terms in Congress, died Saturday at the age of 85. 
Elliot, who served from 1948 until 1964, was a champion of human rights and the first winner of the national John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award. 
He was instrumental in passing the National Defense Education Act and also in the passage of Medicare. Elliott cited the education bill as his proudest achievement. 
He was a racial and political moderate during the segregationist days of the 1950s and 1960s. He refused to join Gov. George Wallace in defiance of federal court orders that called for the desegregation of southern schools. 

Jacques Neuville, 82, executive
SAUSALITO, Calif. -- Jacques Neuville, a forger for the French Resistance in World War II who became a San Francisco department-store executive, died Dec. 29. He was 82. 
Born and reared in Berlin as Guenther Neustadt, Neuville later adopted a French name when he was sent by his family to Paris at the rise of Nazi power. 
In Paris, Neuville joined the French army. When his artillery unit was overwhelmed by German forces, Neuville made his way to a Resistance unit and forged the ration cards, passports, and birth certificates that were used for false identities. 
Neuville received the Croix de Guerre in 1946 for his wartime service in the anti-Nazi underground in Lyons and Paris and later received a U.S. citation for providing information on pilots captured by the Germans. 
In 1952, Neuville began a marketing career in San Francisco. The child of a well-to-do Jewish family in the clothing trade, he later became the merchandising manager at Macy's. He retired in 1977. 

Lorin Price, 77, theatrical producer
TAMPA -- Theatrical producer Lorin E. Price died of Parkinson's disease on Dec. 28. He was 77. 
Price began producing in 1959, beginning off Broadway with ''The Mime and Me'' and ''The Tiger Rag.'' His first Broadway production was ''The Natural Look,'' which opened in 1967. 
His first big success was ''George M!'' the 1968 musical about George M. Cohan, with Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters. The show received a Tony Award nomination for Grey and a Tony Award for the choreographer, Joe Layton. 
Price's credits include ''Show Me Where the Good Times Are'' in 1970 and ''Seesaw'' in 1973, which won Tonys for choreographer Michael Bennett and star Tommy Tune. 


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