Miscellaneous Citrus County, Florida Obituaries - 1998

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Thomas Anderson, 56, of Homosassa 
Thomas C. Anderson, 56, of Homosassa died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Moline, Ill., he came to Homosassa three years ago from Clearwater. He was employed in the heating and air-conditioning industry. He was Lutheran.
Surviving are his fiance, Michelle Campbell of Clearwater; his mother, Patricia Anderson of Palm Harbor; and sister, Nancy Nessler of Tarpon Springs.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Mary Gloner, 90, of Floral City 
Mary Margie Gloner, 90, of Floral City died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Born in Hawthorne on Aug. 26, 1908, to the late William and Hattie Stanfill, she came here 13 years ago from Fort Myers. Mrs. Gloner was a homemaker. She was a member of the Floral City Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Rev. Alvin Gloner of Crystal River and Melvin Gloner of West Palm Beach; two daughters, Bobby Cox of Floral City and Margaret Wrightham of Russellville, Ark.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

James Jones, 74, of Floral City 
James Donald Jones, 74, of Floral City died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Wyanet, Ill., on Sept. 11, 1924, he came here 20 years ago from West Chicago, Ill. Mr. Jones retired from the Dravo-Mechling Barge Lines as a master riverboat captain with 33 years of service. Mr. Jones served our country during World War II in the United States Marine Corps. His memberships include the Inverness Elks Lodge BPOE No. 2522, West Chicago American Legion Post No. 300 and life member of the Floral City VFW Post No. 7122.
Surviving are his loving wife, Marie F. (Backes) Jones; two sons, James F. (Rita) Jones of West Chicago, Ill., and Jeffery A. (Amie) Jones of Henryville, Ind.; one brother, Robert V. (Betty) Jones of Reidsville, N.C.; one sister, Betty Lou (Norm) Plumley of Belvedere, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Katie, Brian, Megan and Brianna.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Michael Martin, 85, of Ocala
Michael J. Martin, 85, of Pine Run, Ocala, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at WeeCare Nursing Home, Wildwood. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and came to Florida in 1983 from Pennsylvania. Mr. Martin was a retired electrician for United Technologies. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Queen of Peace Men's Club.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret E. Martin of Ocala; daughter, Marianne Martin of Connecticut; son, Michael O. of Arizona; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Peggy McCabe of Sacramento, Calif., Kathy McCabe of Deltona and Pat McCabe of Salinas, Calif.; and two stepsons, Bill McCabe and Greg McCabe both of Deltona.
Hiers Memorial Chapel, Ocala.

Arthur Vitalo, 58, of Inverness 
Arthur ''Chief'' V. Vitalo, 58, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Tampa General Hospital. Born in New York, he came to this area 15 years ago. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant having served as a security police officer in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. He was a former ROTC instructor at Hernando High School, Brooksville, and was a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Parrott Middle School, Brooksville. He was Catholic.
Surviving are his wife, Bebee, and one son, Joseph A. III of Brooksville.
Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville Chapel.

Harry Adkins Sr., 74, of Homosassa
Harry Franklin Adkins Sr., 74, of Homosassa, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born June 23, 1924, at Humboldt, Tenn., to Harry and Bernice Adkins, he came to this area seven years ago from Rockville, Md., where he retired from the U.S. Navy with 30 years of service in the medical research field. He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ruth of Homosassa; two sons, Harry F. of Ormond Beach and Mark of Rockville, Md.; and two daughters, Deborah Shoemaker of Homosassa and Donna M. Maxley of Guyton, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, Fla., 34461-8450.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Thomas Anderson, 56, of Homosassa 
Thomas C. Anderson, 56, of Homosassa died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Moline, Ill., he came to Homosassa in 1994 from Clearwater. He owned and operated Southern Security Supply Co. in Homosassa. He was Lutheran.
Surviving are his mother, Patricia Anderson of Palm Harbor; sister, Nancy Nessler of Tarpon Springs; and fiance, Michelle Campbell of Homosassa.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Henrietta Holgate, 88, of Lecanto 
Henrietta Holgate, 88, of Lecanto died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998. A native of New York, N.Y., she came here 33 years ago from Valley Stream, L.I., N.Y. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Beverly Hills Community Church, Beverly Hills.
She is survived by close friends, Allen and Francine Venezio of Beverly Hills.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

James Hoskins, 82, of Crystal River 
James E. Hoskins, 82, of Crystal River died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. He was born to Maggie and Oscar K. Hoskins on Feb. 2, 1916, in Alamosa, Colo. He moved here from Grand Junction, Colo. He was a retired manager in the lumber industry. He was Baptist.
He is survived by his companion, Lillian A. VanDuzor of Crystal River; a daughter, Nancy Garber of Harrisonburg, Va.; and a sister, Maxine Reed of Houston, Texas.
Brown Funeral Home, Crystal River-Lecanto.

Mary Johnson, 67, of Inverness 
Mary Ann Johnson, 67, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville. Mrs. Johnson was born in Durham, N.C. She retired to St. Petersburg in 1968 and then to Inverness in 1988.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her sons, John F. Johnson III of Tampa and William C. Johnson of St. Petersburg; one grandson, Daniel Peter Johnson of Tampa; two brothers-in-law, Charles R. Johnson of Jacksonville and James G. Regan of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Johnson of Jacksonville and Adelaide J. Regan of Nashville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.

Raymond Thara, 71, of Floral City 
Raymond Thomas Thara, 71, of Floral City died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Mariner Health of Inverness. Born in Chicago, on March 15, 1927, to the late Ferdinand and Veronica (Macateer) Thara, he came here eight years ago from Key Largo. He was a retired carpenter. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Thara was Catholic.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Thara; two sons, Thomas R. of Hayward, Wis., and James A. of Larimore, N.D.; one sister, Marian Dennis of California; and two grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Cora Branan, 82, of Crystal River
Cora C. Branan, 82, of Crystal River, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She was born to Martin and R.V. Parrish Connor on Aug. 19, 1916, in Lake Butler. She moved to Crystal River 17 years ago from Jacksonville. She was a retired secretary for the U.S. Government. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crystal River.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kenyon Branan in 1968; her brother, James Connor; and her sister, Cedora Woods.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie, and son-in-law, John Crider, of Crystal River; two sisters, Letha (Gram) Mole of Tallahassee of Reba Beasley of Lake Butler; a grandchild, Cheri (Jason) Pullar of Atlanta; three step-grandchildren, Julie (Jeff) Aman of Tampa, Catherine (Tom) Atchison of Algonquin, Ill., and Stephen Crider of Boulder, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Brown Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Charles Carter, 80, of Hernando
Charles William Carter, 80, of Hernando, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Lakeland, Ga., on March 12, 1918, to the late Charles Quinn and Vella Reine Carter, he came here in 1982 from St. Petersburg.
Carter was a retired telephone repairman for GTE in St. Petersburg with 35 years of service. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific with the 57th SeaBees. He was also a member of the Citrus Hills Baptist Church and an ordained Deacon in the Southern Baptist Convention. He was a member of the Hernando VFW Post 4252.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Selina Anderson Carter; two daughters, Mary Sallie Carter of St. Petersburg and Vella Faye (William) McDannel of Floral City; and seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Roy Doherty Jr., 76, of Homosassa
Roy Elmer Doherty Jr., 76, of Homosassa, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998. He was born in Magnolia, N.J., and came to Homosassa 15 years ago from Clementon, N.J.
Doherty was a local of the Boilmaker's Union in Camden, N.J. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Magnolia. He was a member of the Clemton A.A. Fire Company and Ambulance in Clementon, N.J. He was a World War II Purple Heart Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sarah Ritchie Doherty of Homosassa; a son, Robert Wayne Doherty of Marlton, N.J.; a daughter, Joyce Ann Bermingham of Pine Hill, N.J.; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Homosassa.

Harry Perkins, 89, of Hernando
Harry C. Perkins, 89, of Hernando, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998. He was born in Greenwich, N.Y., and came to Hernando 18 years ago from Greenwich.
Perkins was an office manager for Agway Company and a member of Ashlar Masonic Lodge of Greenwich. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret G. Perkins in 1997.
He is survived by five sons, Harry G. Perkins of Elwood, N.J., David J. Perkins of Hudson Falls, N.Y., James P. Perkins of Greenwich; Stephen Perkins of Bonita Springs, and Lynn C. Perkins of Warner, N.H.; three daughters, Demis-Ann Lacouture of Orange Park, Wendy Paracka of New Port Richey, and Marlene Waite of Plattsburg, N.Y.; five brothers, Bert Perkins of Glens Falls, N.Y.; Richard Perkins of Middle Falls, N.Y., and Ralph, Don and Bob Perkins, all of Greenwich; two sisters, Jackie Pfeiffer of Greenwich and Evelyn Weir of Victory Mills, N.Y.; and 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness.

Richard Bennett, 68, 
of Dunnellon Richard F. Bennett, 68, of Dunnellon died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at home. Born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., he came to Dunnellon eight years ago from there. Mr. Bennett was retired after 35 years with the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dunnellon. He also belonged to the New York Civil Service Employee's Association and the Beverly Hills Bowling League.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly J. Bennett of Dunnellon; three daughters, Jacqueline Bennett, Denise Haines, both of Tampa, and Kathryn Hoey of Jacksonville; three sons, Richard of Tampa, John David of Jacksonville and Michael of Tampa; three grandchildren, Alexander, Dominic and Michael; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Robert Michael, in 1995.
Fero Funeral Homes, Dunnellon Chapel.

Tyra Boyd, 75, of Sugarmill Woods
Tyra M. Boyd, 75, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, formerly of Fair Haven, N.J., died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998. He was born in Meade, Kan., and came to Homosassa two years ago from St. Petersburg where he lived for 20 years after moving from New Jersey. Mr. Boyd was a retired president for the New Jersey Insurance Underwriters Association, Newark, N.J.; graduated in 1949 from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in Engineering; member of the Homosassa Kiwanis Club and an Eagle Scout. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Crystal River.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jean Frost Boyd of Sugarmill Woods; son, William (Pamela) Brian Boyd of Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; daughter, Pamela Jean (Christopher) Tanis of Colts Neck, N.J.; sister, Minnie (Leroy) Potter of Dodge City, Kan.; and four grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa Chapel.

Stuart Fessler, 52, of Beverly Hills 
Stuart A. Fessler, 52, of Beverly Hills died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998. He was born in Kearny, N.J., and came to Beverly Hills nine years ago from Hallandale. Mr. Fessler was a concrete mixer driver. 
He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He was Methodist.
Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Patsy J. Cool Fessler of Beverly Hills; two sons, Scott Decker of Elkhart, Ind., and Dirk Decker of Blaine, Wash.; and two daughters, Cindy Decker-Pickell of Wilson, N.C., and Deborah LaFleur of Albany, N.Y.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Richard Fowler, 69, of Dunnellon 
Richard C. Fowler, 69, of Dunnellon died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998. Born in New Orleans, La., he came to Dunnellon in 1996. Mr. Fowler was a retired owner of dog kennels in the dog racing industry. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Faith B. Fowler of Dunnellon; daughter, Margaret Ann Fowler of Dunnellon; and two sons, Richard Bishop Fowler and Eric Storr Fowler, both of Massachusetts.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Carol Hill, 59, of Lecanto 
Carol Ann Hill, 59, of Lecanto died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Swampscott, Mass. She was a retired AT&T telephone operator.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband, Richard, of Lecanto; sons, Richard L. of Ocala, Donald of Hernando, and Michael of Lynn, Mass.; daughter, Patricia Muise of Inverness; two sisters, Patricia Morley and Kathy Malo, both of Lynn, Mass.; grandchildren, Tara and Stephen Muise and Nichole and Danielle Nartiff; and one great-grandson, Christian Jesus.
Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.

Nellie Lynch, 90, of Dunnellon 
Nellie Bish Lynch, 90, of Dunnellon died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at Cypress Cove Care Center, Crystal River. She was born in Footedale, Pa., and came to Dunnellon 12 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. Mrs. Lynch was a retired nurse. She was Catholic.
Surviving are one son, Jack Lynch of Dunnellon; and one daughter, Jean Lynch of Dunnellon.
Fero Funeral Homes, Dunnellon Chapel.

John Maurer, 76, of Inverness 
John James Maurer, 76, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Chicago, he came to Inverness 16 years ago from there. He was a retired dining car steward in the railroad industry; member of LST Association; member of American Legion Post Irvin Borlick in Chicago, Ill.; and member of DAV of Crystal River. Mr. Maurer was Catholic.
He is survived by his son, John R. Maurer of Brooksville; and three grandchildren.
Robert & Son Cremation Service Inc., Spring Hill/Inverness.

Edith Nicholson, 80, of Dunnellon 
Edith Allen Nicholson, 80, of Dunnellon died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998. She was born in Lecanto, and was a lifelong resident of this area. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dunnellon. Mrs. Nicholson served as church secretary and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon and was leader of the homebound, elderly care (Mission Outreach). She was a member of the Garden Club and Women's Club both of Dunnellon.
Surviving are, one son, Glenn Nicholson of Vicksburg, Miss.; one daughter, Barbara Ann Spuehier of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren, Vicki Gilliom of Jacksonville, Darwin Thrash of Tampa, and Sam Nicholson of Vicksburg, Miss.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Ethel Dulaney, 100, of Crystal River 
Ethel Dulaney, 100, of Crystal River died on Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Proctor, W. Va., on April 25, 1898, to Bernard and Vina Furbee, she came to Crystal River five years ago from Zephyrhills. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Temple Terrace Church of Christ. She was predeceased by here husband, Thomas C. Dulaney, March 17, 1977.
Survivors include her son, Ralph L. Dulaney of Crystal River; brother, Elza Furbee of Arcadia; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River

Anthony Klerk, 75, of Inverness 
Anthony ??Tom?? Klerk, 75, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at his residence under the loving care of his wife, Moira, and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Kearny, N.J., on Sept. 22, 1923, to the late Cornelius and Hermina (VanDam) Klerk, he came here 10 years ago from Vero Beach. Mr. Klerk retired from Eastern Airlines as a mechanic with 20 years of service. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was Protestant.
Surviving are his loving wife of 31 years, Moira M. (McGrath) Klerk; one daughter, Delores Herold or Rochester, N.Y.; one brother, Cornelius of Inverness; two grandchildren, William and Denise; and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Nicole. Mr. Klerk was preceded in death by his mother, Hermina Klerk, Dec. 26, 1992.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


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