Miscellaneous Citrus County, Florida Obituaries - 1998

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Eric Baker, 45, of Dunnellon 
Eric W. Baker, 45, of Dunnellon died Sunday, March 29, 1998. He was born in Ontario, Canada and came to Dunnellon 25 years ago from Hudson. Mr. Baker worked in construction as a concrete finisher. He was Protestant.
Surviving are his wife, Vicky Benn Baker, son David, and daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Coleman, all of Dunnellon; brother Steve of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Merle McNabb of Tampa and Mrs. Lynn Miki of Atlanta, Ga.; and one grandson.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Harriet Dearborn, 76, of Sugarmill Woods
Harriet B. Dearborn, 76, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Brentwood Health Care Center. She was born in Troy, N.Y., and came to Homosassa 14 years ago from North Caldwell, N.J. Mrs. Dearborn was owner of a gift shop. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa.
Surviving are her husband, William of Homosassa; four daughters, Susan Silston of Ridgefield, Conn., Nancy Thwing of Highland Lakes, N.J., Barbara Altshuler of Dallas, Texas, and Karen Soojian of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two sisters, Catherine Maloney of Troy, N.Y., and Marian Demarest of Watervliet, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Mae Guffrea, 89, of Brooksville 
Mae M. Guffrea, 89, of Brooksville died Tuesday, March 31, 1998. She was born to Caroline and Phillip Coduto on Feb. 25, 1909, in Hibbing, Minn.
Brown Funeral Home, Crystal River-Lecanto.

Gustav Johnson, 75, of North Windham, Maine
Gustav A. Johnson, 75, of North Windham, Maine, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass. Born Jan. 1, 1923, in Boston, Mass., he moved to Maine in 1986 from Pembroke, Mass. He was a retired master carpenter. Mr. Johnson was Protestant.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold E. and Debbie Johnson of Pembroke, Mass., and William E. and Jan Johnson of Inverness; two daughters and sons-in-law, Edith Ann and Bob Francis of Abington, Mass., and Deborah Ann and Paul Januszewski of Abington, Mass.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Elta Syverson of Hyannis, Mass., Florence Govertsen of Boca Raton and Doris Holmberg of Tucson, Ariz.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Arthur Michels, 94, of Lutz 
Arthur R. Michels, 94, of Lutz died Monday, March 30, 1998, in Zephyrhills. Mr. Michels was born April 15, 1903, in Baldwinsville, N.Y. He lived in Beverly Hills for 35 years. He was a retired maintenance director-transportation for the state of New York. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was Protestant.
He is survived by his nephew, Bill Totten of Lutz.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

James Rainbolt, 71, of Ocala 
James E. Rainbolt, 71, of Ocala died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Born in Metropolis, Ill., he came to Ocala 14 years ago from Dixon, Ill., and was a former employee of the Medusa Cement Company in Dixon.
He is survived by three sons, Sidney of Dixon, Ill., Michael and Charles, both of Ocala; one daughter, Rhonda Rainbolt of Ocala; two brothers, Robert Rainbolt of Florida and Harold Smith of Montrose, Colo.; two sisters, Opal Murray and Ruth Stump, both of Dixon, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Marie Rinato, 93, of Crystal River 
Marie A. Rinato, 93, of Crystal River died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at her home in Meadowcrest under the care of her daughter and son-in-law. She was born to the late Desolina and Paul Diamentini on March 7, 1905, in New York City, N.Y. She moved here from New Rochelle, N.Y., seven years ago. She was a retail salesperson for the W.T. Grant Company. For 25 years she worked for the Main Hosiery Shop in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was Catholic. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Frank Rinato on Jan. 27, 1957.
She is survived by two daughters, Marion Myers of Meadowcrest, Crystal River and Elizabeth M. Fanelli of New York City, N.Y.; three sisters, Rose Coppola of Danbury, Conn., Elizabeth Esposito of Yonkers, N.Y., and Pauline Dalisera of Bronx, N.Y.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Crystal River-Lecanto.

Christine Sherman, 98, of Lecanto 
Christine E. Sherman, 98, of Lecanto died Tuesday, March 31, 1998. She was born in Portland, Maine and came to Lecanto 11 years ago from E. Weymouth, Mass. Mrs. Sherman was president of residence, Brentwood Retirement Center, Lecanto. She was a member of the Congregational Church, E. Weymouth, Mass. She was the wife of the late Mr. Clarence T. Sherman, who died June 30, 1995.
Surviving are three sons, Richard H. Sherman of Floral City, Lawrence E. Sherman of Brandon, Vt., and Kenneth A. Sherman of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one daughter, Mrs. Nancy Butler of Plympton, Mass.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Mary Weil, 79, of Crystal River 
Mary Betty Weil, 79, of Crystal River died at her residence on Monday, March 30, 1998, under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and her family.
Ms. Weil was born in Akron, Ohio, and worked as an executive secretary for Botzum Bros. Concrete Company for 40 years before retiring to Crystal River 15 years ago.
Ms. Weil was Catholic and a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church of Crystal River.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred M. ''Bud'' Weil; survived by two cousins, Peggy Dicks and Jean Houston both of Akron, Ohio.
The family suggests should you wish, please make memorial donations to Hospice of Citrus County or The Children's Religious Education Fund at St. Benedict's Catholic Church.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Elizabeth Wheeler, 90, of Crystal River 
Elizabeth Keller Wheeler, 90, of Crystal River died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She was a retired employee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was a member of Inverness Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Arnold of Crystal River and Raymond Alan Wheeler of Lakeland; brother, Raymond C. Keller of Hayesville, N.C.; sister, Dorothy Lee of Crystal River; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville Chapel.

Wolfgang Engwer, 51, of Inverness 
Wolfgang Engwer, 51, of Inverness died Saturday, March 28, 1998, at his home. Mr. Engwer was born in Damback, East Germany on Feb. 9, 1947, to Kurt and Matilda Reidielt Engwer. He came here one year ago from Bad Kreuzanch, Germany. Mr. Engwer was a photography instructor with the U.S. Government. He attended the Church of God in Inverness.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Pugliese Engwer; son, Christian Engwer of Germany; daughter, Sabine Engwer of Germany; mother, Matilda Engwer of Germany; brother, Kurt Engwer of Puerto Rico; and two sisters, Marianne Mariani of Merritt Island and Renata Lellbach of Germany.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Andrew Goshefski, 71, of Beverly Hills 
Andrew Goshefski, 71, of Beverly Hills died Tuesday, March 31, 1998. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Glencove, N.Y., and came to Beverly Hills 15 years ago from Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Goshefski was a retired aircraft assembler for the defense industry. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. His other memberships included the Locust Valley Fire Department Exempt Association; Beverly Hills Fire Department, and past assistant chief; Grumman Retiree Club, Beverly Hills; Polish American Club of Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills Men's Golf League and BPOE Elks Lodge of Hicksville, N.Y.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie P. Goshefski of Beverly Hills; brother, Stanley of Savannah, Ga.; sister, Rose Lowe of Hicksville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

David Hartstein, 43, of Crystal River 
David Lee Hartstein, 43, of Crystal River died Monday, March 30, 1998, in Ocala. He was born in South Bend, Ind., and came to Crystal River five years ago from Fort Myers. He was a waste treatment technician for Top of the World in Ocala.
He is survived by two sons, David and Craig, both of Crystal River; his parents, Donald P. and Evelyn L. Hartstein of Tice, Fla.; two brothers and seven sisters.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Mary Weil, 79, of Crystal River 
Mary ''Betty'' Weil, 79, of Crystal River died at her residence on Monday, March 30, 1998, under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and her family. Ms. Weil was born in Akron, Ohio, and worked as an executive secretary for Botzum Bros. Concrete Company for 40 years before retiring to Crystal River 15 years ago. Ms. Weil was Catholic and a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church of Crystal River.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred M. ''Bud'' Weil; survived by two cousins, Peggy Dicks and Jean Houston, both of Akron, Ohio.
The family suggests should you wish, please make memorial donations to Hospice of Citrus County or The Children's Religious Education Fund at St. Benedict's Catholic Church.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
 
Rocco Caterino, 76, of Inverness 
Rocco J. Caterino, 76, of Inverness died Tuesday, March 31, 1998. He was born in New York, N.Y., and came to Inverness eight years ago from North Lauderdale. Mr. Caterino was an owner/operator of several bakeries. He was a wine expert for Big Daddies and ABC Liquors. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 327, Bradley Gardens, N.J., where he was vice commander and judge advocate. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was Catholic.
Surviving are his wife, Irma D'Alessandro Caterino of Inverness; two sons, Vincent and Richard, both of Inverness; three brothers, Vincent Jr., Michael and Nicholas, all of California; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Lipoma, Mrs. Isabel Vollert, both of California; and two grandchildren, Richard and Amy Caterino.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Mary Ann Jackson, 74, of Inverness 
Mary Ann Jackson, 74, of Inverness died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in Peabody, Mass., on Sept. 29, 1923, to the late Bert and Julia (Ellis) Lanfest, she came here three years ago from St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Jackson was a retired licensed practical nurse with the DePaul Hospital in St. Louis. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark E. Jackson Sr.
Surviving are three sons, Clark E. Jackson of St. Charles, Mo., Robert Jackson and Albert Jackson, both of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Arlene T. Morrison of Inverness; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Mildred King, 89, of Inverness 
Mildred C. King, 89, of Inverness died Wednesday, April 1, 1998. She was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and came to Inverness 10 years ago from there. Mrs. King was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn. She was the wife of the late Mr. Wiley King, who died in 1975.
Surviving are her son, V. Lionel King of Inverness; daughter, Mrs. Carol Cavender of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Gail Shower, 55, of Floral City 
Gail DeVane Shower, 55, of Floral City died Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at her residence. She was a native of Brooksville and a lifetime resident of the area. She was a homemaker and a former Weeki Wachee mermaid. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville.
Survivors include a daughter, Carmen D. Shower of Palm Harbor; her mother, Sadia Belle Sherouse; a brother, Michael F. Sherouse of Georgia; sisters, Lynne S. Pearson of Floral City and Johanna J. Young of Brooksville.
The family requests that friends who wish to make memorial contributions make them to Citrus County Hospice. Arrangements by Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville/Spring Hill, (352) 796-1656.

Harris Heim, 90, of Beverly Hills
Harris Heim, 90, of Beverly Hills died Friday, April 3, 1998. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Beverly Hills 23 years ago from Richmond Hill, N.Y. Mr. Heim was an owner/operator of a dry cleaning business. He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, Beverly Hills; B'nai Brith, Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills Civic Association and AARP.
Surviving are his wife, Sarah Newhouse Heim, of Beverly Hills; a son, David Heim, of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Diane Levine, of Ithaca, N.Y.; Marsha Sainer, of S. Pasadena, Calif.; Betsy Kaplan, of Long Island, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness.

Mary Kochinka, 72, of Inverness
Mary C. Kochinka, 72, of Inverness died Friday, April 3, 1998, in Brooksville. She was born in Red Hook, N.Y., and came to Inverness last year from Englewood. Mrs. Kochinka was a retired bookkeeper. She was a member of the VFW auxiliary and the Elks Does both in Englewood. She was Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kochinka on March 8, 1996.
Surviving are her daughter, Mary Ann Kochinka, of Gray, Tenn., two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness.

William McLeod, 64, of Inverness
William Herman McLeod, 64, of Inverness died Friday, April 3, 1998. He was born in Inverness and was a lifelong resident of this area. Mr. McLeod was a graduate of Citrus High School. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 2013, Inverness. He was Protestant. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James McLeod in 1974, and Oscar McLeod Jr. in 1990.
Surviving are his seven brothers, Ernest McLeod, of Gainesville, Ga.; Harvey McLeod, of Arcadia; Ray McLeod, of Altamonte Springs; Calvin McLeod, of Weeki Wachee; Roscoe McLeod, Terry McLeod and Joseph McLeod, all of Inverness; two sisters, Grace Gable, of Brookhaven, Pa.; Berta Edson, of Inverness, 11 nephews and 10 nieces.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness.

Mary Ann Peters, 58, of Floral City
Mary Ann Peters, 58, of Floral City died Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. Born in Akron, Ohio, she has been a winter resident for the past eight years coming from Marblehead, Ohio. Mrs. Peters was a retired bank manager. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Ladies Auxiliary, the Akron-Cuyahoga Elks Lodge Does Drove No. 1923, Port Clinton Women of the Moose No. 1610. She was Catholic.
Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Robert Peters; a son, Robert Peters Jr., of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; two daughters, Alice Francini, and Loretta Traster, both of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; a brother, George Leffler, of Clinton, Ohio; two sisters, Lorraine Beck, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Irene Beck of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Frank Szubka, 82, of Crystal River
Frank Szubka, 82, of Crystal River died Friday, April 3, 1998. He was born in Bristol, Conn. He came here from Pethlehem, Conn., 26 years ago. He was a utility man with General Motors for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0400 of Crystal River, a member of AARP, Firebird, Amateur Radio Club, The American Radio Relay League, Inc., UAW-CIO Local 626 in Bristol, Conn.
Surviving are his wife, Tessie Szubka, of Crystal River; a daughter, Josephine Malley, of Terryville, Conn.; a son, Albert Szubka, of Bristol, Conn.; and two sisters, two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bonnie Bonsall, 87, of Inverness
Bonnie P. Bonsall, 87, of Inverness died Friday, April 3, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was born in Elfers on April 16, 1910, and lived in Citrus County for 38 years. She was a retired librarian for the Crystal River Library with more than 20 years service. She was a former member of the Crystal River Woman's Club.
Surviving are her daughter, Susan Sirkis of Williamsburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Robert, James and Elisabeth; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Thomas Bonsall, in 1975.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Richard Greenlee Sr., 72, of Homosassa
Richard H. Greenlee Sr., 72, of Homosassa died Friday, April 3, 1998, at Cypress Cove Center in Crystal River. He was born in River Forest, Ill., and moved here from O'Brian, Fla., two months ago. He was a building inspector with the Suwannee County Economic Council. He was Catholic. He was a member of the Sea Bees, the Elks Lodge in Live Oak and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Norma Greenlee; a son, Richard Greenlee Jr. of Littleton, Colo.; two daughters, Linda Reynolds of Fort Lauderdale and Diane Lichtman of Roswell, Ga.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

Louise Hoyle, 72, of Crystal River
Louise M. Hoyle, 72, of Crystal River died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Inverness. She was born in Muskego, Mich., on Sept. 10, 1925, and moved here 15 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Crystal River United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Ivan T. Hoyle of Crystal River; a daughter, Kathleen Alward of Spring Lake, Mich.; two sons, David Stein of San Francisco, Calif., and Gregory Stein of Hudson; two sisters, Betty Hogan of Muskegon and Lucille Janczyk of Fremont, Mich.; a brother, Al Lawson of Muskegon; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills.

Able Razinha, 85, of Floral City
Able Moniz Razinha, 85, of Floral City died Friday, April 3, 1998, at Avante in Inverness. He was born in Falmouth, Mass., on Feb. 1, 1913, to the late Joseph and Rose Bavoa Razinha, and came here 43 years ago from Portage, Ind. He was the owner and operator of a lawn service. He was Catholic.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Elverta Farris Razinha; a son, Francis A. Razinha of Virginia; a daughter, Joyce A. Mailliard of Floral City; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Ruby Russell, 78, of Crystal River
Ruby L. Russell, 78, of Crystal River died Saturday, April 1, 1998, at Live Care Center in Lecanto. She was born to John and Martha Russell on Aug. 12, 1919, in Salem, Ill., and moved here 11 years ago from Princeton, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton. She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Hoopengardner, who died on Feb. 15, 1993.
Surviving are her sister, Mary Lower of Crystal River; a nephew, John Means; two great nephews, J.R. and Kyle Means of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a great niece, Lisa Wasson of Indianapolis.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Fred Zimmerman, 92, of Inverness
Fred Zimmerman, 92, of Inverness died Wednesday, March 11, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River. He was born in Germany on July 27, 1905, to the late Heinrich and Marie Buehler Zimmerman and came here 30 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was a cabinet and pattern maker and an entrepreneur. He belonged to the First Lutheran Church in Inverness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sofie, who died Aug. 23, 1997.
Surviving are his son, Erwin Zimmerman and his wife, Martha, of Kings Park, N.Y.; a sister in law, Elfrieda Zimmerman of Smithville, Tenn.; three grandsons, Eric, Jason and Kevin; and three nephews, Paul, Werner and Rolf Meyer.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


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