Miscellaneous Citrus County, Florida Obituaries - 1998

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Mae Bulger, 95, of Beverly Hills 
Mae I. Bulger, 95, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here eight years ago from Rockland County, N.Y., and was a retired telephone operator. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills and a member of Morning Glories Breakfast Club in Beverly Hills.
Surviving are her son, Charles Holmes and his wife Frances of Valley Stream, N.Y.; daughter, Doris Goodenough and her husband Dennis of Beverly Hills; two sisters, Gertrude Stockholder of Manhatten, N.Y., and Elizabeth Reilly of Cliffside Park, N.J.; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

William Collister, 77, of Homosassa 
William J. Collister, 77, of Homosassa, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he came to the area eight years ago from Ellington, Fla. He was plant manager for Ohio Bell Telephone Co. for 37 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a 32nd degree Mason and past master of East Shore Masonic Lodge No. 709, Cleveland, Ohio; and a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Cleveland, Ohio. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Homosassa.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Roberts Collister; two daughters, Patricia Baughman of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Barbara Collister Priestley of Dexter, Mich.; brother-in-law, Richard L. Roberts of Highland, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

Barbara Dwinelle, 80, of Inverness
Barbara M. Dwinelle, 80, of Highland Terrace in Inverness, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at her home under the loving care of her family. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on July 25, 1918, to Searle and Louise (Shafer) Marlow, she came here in 1985 from Phoenix, N.Y. Mrs. Dwinelle was a homemaker. She was Episcopalian.
She is survived by one son, William H. of Inverness; one daughter, Sarah Furlow of Midland, Mich.; two sisters, Nancy Squire of Rochester, N.Y., and Sarah Tardy of Burnt Hills, N.Y.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Tilghman Keiper Jr., 66, of Dunnellon 
Tilghman H. Keiper Jr., 66, of Dunnellon died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at his residence. Born in Newark, N.J., he came to Dunnellon three months ago from Camp Hill, Pa. Mr. Keiper was a civil engineer employed with Bethlehem Steel Company. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Dunnellon.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley; son, Hank of Indian Trail, N.C.; two daughters, Ann Keiper-Smith of New Cumberland, Pa., and Carolyn Horowitz of Austin, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Charlcie O'Steen, 89, of Bell
Charlcie Roena O'Steen, 89, of Bell, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at N. Florida Rehab and Specialty Care. Born in Morriston, she moved to Bell 33 years ago from Archer. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Archer.
Surviving are one son, Kenneth of Hawthorne; five daughters, Elouise Lewis of Bell, Dorothy Fowler of Keystone Heights, Betty Osborn of Inverness, JoAnn Fowler of Newberry, and Barbara Douglas of High Springs; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, High Springs.

Ivan Swan, 72, of Hernando 
Ivan H. Swan, 72, of Hernando, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, after a long illness. He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and came to Hernando eight years ago from Tampa. Mr. Swan was a welding supply salesman. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hernando.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Moraski of Hernando; four daughters, Dora Bell and her husband Ronald of Tampa, Laura Emerick and her husband Ronald of Harpursville, N.Y., Anita Lopez and her husband Tim of Tampa, and Rita Anderson and her husband Brian of Wesley Chapel; four grandchildren, Jennifer Carlo, Rachael Emerick, Heidi Mothershed and Ben Anderson; two great-grandchildren, Austin Mothershed and Megan Mothershed; four stepsons, Matthew Zommo of Beverly Hills, Tom Zommo, Richard Zommo and Victor Zommo, all of New Jersey; two sisters, Beverly Alden of Inverness and Helen Ensign of Rochester, N.Y.; and two brothers, Robert Swan of Inverness and Richard Swan of Trenton, N.J.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Anita Cole, 61, of Hernando
Anita Louise Cole, 61, of Hernando, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at Mariner Health Care in Inverness. A native of Portsmouth, N.H., she moved to Hernando in 1994 from Montville Township, N.J. 
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Cole, of Hernando; two sons, David Cole of Boston, Mass., and James Cole of Sommerville, N.J.; two daughters, Sandra Roe of Oak Ridge, N.J., and Donna Barillaro of Salisbury, Md.; one brother, Robert Cramer of Fredericksburg, Va.; and two grandchildren, Cheryl and Thomas Stabinski, both of Salisbury, Md.
Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.

Elizabeth Gordon, 78, of Hernando
Elizabeth Emma Gordon, 78, of Hernando, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at Avante at Inverness. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 13, 1920, a daughter of the late Edwin and Matilda Shopp Tuttle, she moved here five years ago from Sebring. She was a homemaker. She was Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, James J. Gordon; three daughters, Anita L. Brown of Hernando, Susan Foglia of Philadelphia, Pa., and Elizabeth Smith of Millville, N.J.; a son, Lawrence A. Exler of Williamstown, N.J.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Loretta McGuire, 63, of Beverly Hills
Loretta Ann McGuire, 63, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Jersey City, N.J., she moved here 30 years ago from Staten Island, N.Y. She was employed at the Village Inn Restaurant in Beverly Hills. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills.
Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Weedman and Loretta Karavites, both of Beverly Hills, and Irene Juergens of Phoenix, Ariz.; a son, George Salay of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Richard Riera of Beverly Hills; a sister, Barbara Enright of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; several grand-nieces and nephews; and close friend Robert Wilson of Beverly Hills.
Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Rodney Winner, 51, of Floral City
Rodney Lynn Winner, 51, of Floral City, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born May 31, 1947, in Alma, Mich., he moved here three months ago from Gibbon, Neb. He was a logging company truck driver. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He was a member of the American Legion in Gibbon, Neb.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Jean Myers; three sons, Chad, Joel and Shane Winner, all of Michigan; a daughter, Justine Crembnas of Lansing, Mich.; two brothers, Robert L. Winner of Floral City and Randy L. Laingsburg of Michigan; two sisters, Patricia Coe of Oakley, Mich. and Tina Gnagi of Lansing, Mich.; and one grandchild.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Richard Albertson, 70, of Beverly Hills 
Richard Elmer Albertson, 70, of Beverly Hills died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he came to Beverly Hills five years ago from Floral Park, N.Y. He was a retired printer in the printing industry. He was a member of the Christian faith. He was also a member of the BPOE of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10087 of Beverly Hills; American Legion Post of Floral Park, N.Y. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict serving in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth and his wife Deirdre of Floral Park, N.Y., and Richard and his wife Phyllis of Elmont, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kevin, Craig and Sarah; and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Charlcie Baker, 73, of Inverness
Charlcie Dean (Solomon) Baker, 73, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, as a result of an automobile accident in Spartansburg, S.C. She was born in Bulls Gap, Tenn. Mrs. Baker was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of the Hernando Baptist Church.
Surviving are four sisters, Margaret O'Neal, Martha Robinson, Mary Guy and Pat Hughes; one stepson, Kim P. Baker; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Goodner and Joan L. Baker-Corbin; and several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Evergreen Funeral Home, Louisville, Ky.

Leslie Baker, 74, of Inverness
Leslie Franklin Baker, 74, of Inverness died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, as the result of an automobile accident in Spartansburg, S.C. Mr. Baker was born in Barboursville, Ky. He was a retired auto parts manager at Don Corlett Volkswagen. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Hernando Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son, Kim P. Baker; one daughter, Joan Baker-Corbin; four brothers, Clarence, Kenny, Cecil and Loren Baker; one sister, Myrtle Zelesky; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Evergreen Funeral Home, Louisville, Ky.

Regina Blazel, 81, of Homosassa 
Regina May Blazel, 81, of Homosassa died Thursday, Nov. 16, 1998, at home under the loving care of her family. She was born in Watertown, Wis., and came here nine years ago from Fort Atkinson, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Harley E. Blazel, who died March 27, 1995 and is survived by her daughter, Harlene Slaght of Homosassa; brother, Harold Hilker of Watertown, Wis.; sister, Ethel Banker of Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren, Konnie Bagwell, Tim and Cindy Slaght; and great-grandchildren, Amanda, Danielle, Elisha and Calib.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Deborah Botts, 47, of Brooksville 
Deborah Ann ''Rusty'' Botts, 47, of Brooksville died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998. She was born in Baltimore, Md., and moved to Brooksville 13 years ago from St. Petersburg. Mrs. Botts was a computer technician for Pasco County. She was a member of Granite Presbyterian Church, Maryland.
Surviving are two daughters, Gretchen Botts of Port Richey and Virginia Botts of Clearwater; her parents, Robert A. and Lorene Groves of Homosassa; and two grandchildren, Samantha North and Coty Botts.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa Chapel.

Zula Clair, 80, of Lecanto 
Zula Cozzens Clair, 80, of Lecanto died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. She was born to the late Samuel M. and Zula Guyton Cozzens on Dec. 16, 1917, in Willmette, Ill. She moved to Clearwater from Western Springs, Ill., in 1976; to Hudson in 1982 and finally to Lecanto five years ago. She was a retired secretary for Electro Motive Division of General Motors, McCook, Ill., office; then later was church secretary for Skycrest Baptist Church of Clearwater, Keene Terrace Baptist Church of Largo and most recently Victory Baptist Church of Hudson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert J. Clair in 1992 and is survived by her loving daughter Sharon C. Clark and husband Ed of Lecanto; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Richard Hill, 63, of Beverly Hills
Richard Walter Hill, 63, of Beverly Hills, formerly of West Palm Beach, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998. He was a retired Air Force veteran serving in Vietnam. Mr. Hill was a life member of the VFW Lodge of Lake Worth; and the American Legion of Lake Worth.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Hill of Beverly Hills; one son, Ronald Hill of California; two daughters, Debbie-Jo Countryman of Citra and Donna-Jo Cooper of North Palm Beach. Also included are grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
E. Earl Smith & Son, Memory Gardens Chapel, Lake Worth.

Marian Richardson, 79, of Floral City 
Marian Louise Richardson, 79, of Floral City died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Mariner Health of Inverness. Born in Akron, Ohio, on April 21, 1919, to the late Thurman and Evelyn Simmons. She came here 11 years ago from Stow, Ohio. She was a homemaker and an avid traveler. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
Surviving are her husband, William Thomas Richardson Jr.; one son, Lawrence Lee Richardson of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Mary Lou Malloy of Austintown, Ohio, Mary Lou Boylan of Stow, Ohio, and Joan Claire Phillips of Brimfield, Ohio; and six grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Charles Baner, 65, of Lecanto
Charles ''Ed'' Baner, 65, of Lecanto died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, in Lecanto. He was born in Churchville, Pa., and moved to Lecanto 10 years ago from Coconut Grove.
He was the co-owner and operator of the Country Feed Store in Homosassa and the Renab Ranch in Lecanto. Mr. Baner was in the Korean War, serving for the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed motor homing, motorcycles, sailing, skiing, horses and, best of all, race cars. 
He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America. Friends may make contributions to Hospice of Citrus County in Ed's name.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Lillian Baner; three daughters, Robyn Pennington of Pottstown, Pa., Mallory Wissman of San Antonio, Texas, and Mindy Wambold of Willow Grove, Pa.; three sisters, Patricia Barcalow of Southampton, Pa., Nancy Bellmeyer of Spinnerstown, Pa., and Bunny Croft of Southampton, Pa.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Regina Blazel, 81, of Homosassa
Regina May Blazel, 81, of Homosassa died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at home under the loving care of her family.
She was born in Watertown, Wis., and came here nine years ago from Fort Atkinson, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Harley E. Blazel, who died March 27, 1995, and is survived by her daughter, Harlene Slaght of Homosassa; brother, Harold Hilker of Watertown, Wis.; sister, Ethel Banker of Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren, Konnie Bagwell, Tim and Cindy Slaght; and great-grandchildren, Amanda, Danielle, Elisha and Calib.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Raymond Bock, 79, of Ocala
Raymond B. Bock, 79, of Ocala died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Sylvia's House in Ocala. He was born on June 23, 1919, in Rochester, N.Y. He moved here from there five years ago. He retired from Eastman Kodak as a film processor. He was a member of the North Bergen Church in Bergen, N.Y. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ocala. He was a World War II Army Veteran. 
He is survived by five children, Barbara (Raymond) Smith of Scottsville, N.Y., Peggy (Robert) Bradshaw of Ocala, Ronald Bock of Spring Hill, Sharon Bock of Hilton, N.Y., Diane (Nelson) Drake of Brockport, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, between Crystal River and Lecanto.

Zula Clair, 80, of Lecanto 
Zula Cozzens Clair, 80, of Lecanto died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. She was born to the late Samuel M. and Zula Guyton Cozzens on Dec. 16, 1917, in Willmette, Ill. She moved to Clearwater from Western Springs, Ill., in 1976; to Hudson in 1982 and finally to Lecanto five years ago. She was a retired secretary for Electro Motive Division of General Motors, McCook, Ill., office; then later was church secretary for Skycrest Baptist Church of Clearwater, Keene Terrace Baptist Church of Largo and most recently Victory Baptist Church of Hudson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert J. Clair in 1992 and is survived by her loving daughter Sharon C. Clark and husband Ed of Lecanto; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Mary Dodgen, 72, of Crystal River
Mary Lillian Dodgen, 72, of Crystal River died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Macon, Ga., on Feb. 8, 1926, to Joseph and Mary Wallace, she came to Crystal River 17 years ago from Hampton, Ga. She was a retired hostess for the McDonough, Ga., Holiday Inn. She was a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Hampton.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Harold of Crystal River; two sons, Alan Jackson of Orlando and Wesley Dodgen of Washington, Ga.; one stepson, William Dodgen of Hampton, Ga.; one daughter, Linda Cheek of Hampton, Ga. and two stepdaughters, Joan Archer of Baltimore, Md. and Linda Bunn of Hampton, Ga.; two brothers, Charles Wallace of Griffin, Ga. and Herbert Wallace of Blairsville, Ga.; one sister, Jackie Wilson of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren and three grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Ralph Goldsmith Jr., 72, of Inverness
Ralph Carlton Goldsmith Jr., 72, of Inverness died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at home. Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on Dec. 28, 1925, he came here nine years ago from there. 
He was employed in the steel industry. He was Protestant.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Taylor Goldsmith of Inverness; one son, Ralph Goldsmith of East Liverpool, Ohio; one daughter, Crystal Julian of Akron, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Quillen Howard Sr., 79, of Homosassa
Quillen Howard Sr., 79, of Homosassa died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He was born March 6, 1919, in Quicksand, Ky., and moved to Homosassa in 1963. Mr. Howard, along with his son, John Raymond, co-founded the original Howard's Flea Market in August of 1973. Before it was sold in 1994, it had become known as one of the best flea markets in the Southeast.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elsie; three sons, Clarence Howard of Homosassa, John Raymond Howard of Chassahowitzka and Quillen Howard Jr. of Homosassa; two daughters, Pauline H. Russ of Crystal River and Linda H. Russ of Homosassa; two sisters, Alma Pelfrey of Wilmington, Ohio, and Geneva Allen of Fayetteville, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

William Roxey Jr., 72, of Dunnellon
William Bernard Roxey Jr., 72, of Dunnellon died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and he came here nine years ago from there.
He was a retired electrician in the construction industry and a member of the Wall Rives Post 58 American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign wars in Rainbow Lakes Estates.
He was retired from Holmes Protection of New York City. He was Catholic.
He is survived by his wife, Jean C. Roxey of Dunnellon; his son, John E. Roxey of Dunnellon and one grandson, John W. Roxey of Dunnellon.
Fero Funeral Home, Dunnellon.

John Triarchis, 80, of Sugarmill Woods
John Triarchis, 80, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998. He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and came to Homosassa 29 years ago from Northport, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Triarchis was a retired automotive mechanic. He was Catholic.
He is survived by wife, Rosita M. Urbano Triarchis of Sugarmill Woods; two daughters, Terry Jayne Baldridge of Nanuet, N.Y,. and Linda Jan Openchowski of Meza, Ariz.; one brother in Poland and four grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Homosassa Chapel.

Allan Williams, 71, of Inverness
Allan G. Williams, 71, of Inverness died on Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. 
Mr. Williams was a writer for Mutual Broadcasting in New York.
He retired to Inverness from Long Island in 1996. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen of Inverness; one son, Sean Williams of Great Lakes, Ill.; and one grandson, Brett Williams.
Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.

Trygve Bernhardsen, 82, of Lecanto
Trygve ''Ted'' Bernhardsen, 82, of Lecanto, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998. He was born in Norway and came to Lecanto 10 years ago from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired U.S. customs broker. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Eugene Quinn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4337 in Inverness, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2112 in Inverness and Sons of Norway Lodge 3-252 in Bay Ridge, N.Y. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Inverness.
He is survived by his son, Arnie of Inverness; his daughter, Elsa Johnston of Lecanto; his sister, Agnes Heimgard of Norway and two grandchildren, Erik and Tanya Bernhardsen of Inverness.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness Chapel.

Charles Bonini, 88, of Tampa
Charles P. Bonini, 88, of Tampa, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998. He was born in New York City and came to Tampa three years ago from Inverness where he moved in 1984 from Westbury, N.Y. Mr. Bonini was a decorated World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for Heroism. He served in the Pacific theater in Guam, Iwo Jima and the Phillipines. Mr. Bonini was affiliated with Hofstra University for 10 years. He was a skilled craftsman in stained glass and decorative art for numerous buildings and institutions. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He was a member of the Italian American Club. He was the widower of Rose Gauthier Bonini, who died on June, 1, 1992. 
He is survived by his son, Charles Jr. of Fort Walton Beach; three daughters, Eileen Holland of Westbury, N.Y., Michele Youcha of Saint Francis, Minn., and Theresa Bonini of Tampa; one brother, Peter of Walham, Mass. and two sisters, Marie Minotello and her husband Charles of Inverness and Rose Crain of New Port Richey; and five grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness chapel.

Arthur Dickson, 86, of Ocala
Arthur Glenn ''Dick'' Dickson, 86, of Ocala, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. He was born in Fresno, Calif., and he came to this area from Santa Cruz, Calif. He lived here for 53 years. He was the former owner and operator of Turner Fruit Company in Ocala. Mr. Dickson was a member of the Marion Dunn Masonic Lodge 19, the York Rite, the Morocco Shrine Temple, the Ocala Shrine Club, the Ocala Elks Lodge and the Ocala Lions Club. He was Protestant.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon.

Michael Groccia Sr., 87, of Inverness
Michael Francis Groccia Sr., 87, of Inverness, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in Providence, R.I., on April 2, 1911, he came here two years ago from San Jose, Calif. He was a retired machinist from Lockheed missiles with 19 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima parish.
He is survived by two sons, Michael Jr. of Inverness and Nathaniel L. of San Jose; one daughter, Gilda Rose of San Jose; three brothers, Louis, Alfred and Amando; one sister, Margaret Groccia; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Margaret Hoenig, 89, of Inverness
Margaret H. Hoenig, 89, of Inverness, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998. She was born in Boston and came to Inverness a year ago from Boynton Beach. Mrs. Hoenig was a former hotel owner. She was the widow of Samuel Hoenig, who died on Oct. 10, 1961. She was Christian Scientist.
She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Howe of Santa Monica, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Hooper Funeral Home, Beverly Hills chapel.

Earl Laurain, 68, of Floral City
Earl ''Ed'' Laurain, 68, of Floral City, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was retired from the Floral City Water Department. Mr. Laurain moved to Floral City from St. Petersburg in 1978. Donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County in memory of Mr. Laurain.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marian; four sons, Gary of Seminole, Earl Jr. of St. Petersburg, and Leonard and Allen, both of Floral City; one daughter, Linda Totten of Inverness; one brother, Merle of Michigan; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.

Gertrude Odell, 71, of Inverness
Gertrude G. Odell, 71, of Inverness, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Gould, Ark., on Aug. 17, 1927, to George and May (White) Condry, she came here 14 years ago from Sanford. She was a retired restaurant cook. She was Protestant.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Linton C.; four daughters, Dora Charline Watson of Inverness, Donna Marie Conner of Macy, Ind., and Vickie Jenell Mahoney and Deborah Denise Moore, both of Altoona, Pa.; one brother, Calvin Condry of Simsboro, La.; two sisters, Eula Howerton of Russellville, Ark. and Maudie Howard of Alba, Texas; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

John O'Neill, 49, of Citrus Springs
John F. O'Neill, 49, of Citrus Springs, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., and he came to Citrus Springs from Miami seven years ago. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict and retired with more than 20 years of service as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He was Catholic.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce M.; his son, Glenn D. Josephides of Wyoming, R.I., and three grandchildren.
Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills chapel.

Harry Pugh, 91, of Lecanto
Harry R. Pugh, 91, of Lecanto, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at Surrey Place Convalescent Center in Lecanto. Mr. Pugh was born in Danville, Va., on Feb. 13, 1907. He was a retired aircraft inspector for North American Airlines. He was a veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; his son, Stanley of Conroe, Texas; his daughter, Naomi Rose of Winchester, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Sally Shearon, 61, of Inverness
Sally Ann Shearon, 61, of Inverness, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 2, 1937, to Ben and Jennie (Spitz) Caillovette. She came here nine months ago from Brentwood, Tenn. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Kevin of Antioch, Tenn.; her daughter, Kimberly Daniels of Inverness; her brother, Ben Caillovette of Nashville; her sister, Hannah of Nashville; and eight grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

Mary Addy, 84, of Dunnellon 
Mary D. Addy, 84, of Dunnellon died at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. She was born in Logansport, Ind., and came to Dunnellon 36 years ago from Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was Protestant.
Surviving are one daughter, Sondra Matyac of Alpharetta, Ga.; four sons, George ''Butch'' Addy of Brice, Ohio, Charles ''Jim'' Addy of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, John ''Doc'' Addy of Groveport, Ohio, and Rex Addy of Dunnellon; three brothers, Max McCloskey, Rex McCloskey, both of Logansport, Ind., and Bo McCloskey of Inverness; three sisters, Sue Wheeler, Joan Smiley, both of Logansport, Ind., and Phyllis Dillon of Inverness; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Fero Funeral Homes, Dunnellon Chapel.

Bertram Barnes, 85, of Winter Garden 
Bertram B. Barnes, 85, of Winter Garden died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. He was born in Weymouth, Mass. Mr. Barnes lived in Homosassa for two years before moving to Winter Park. Mr. Barnes was a retired mill wright for the flooring industry. He was a Baptist, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden and former member of Faith Baptist Church of Homosassa. He was a former member of the Braintree Police Department Auxiliary of Braintree, Mass.
Surviving are his wife, Anna G. Barnes of Winter Park; four daughters, Janet Brim of Oklahoma, Jean Farezoro of South Carolina, Judith Clay of Weymouth, Mass., and Jacquelyn Holland of Ocoee; two brothers, Thornton Barnes of Nova Scotia and Arthur Barnes of Carver, Mass.; two sisters, Frances Gardner of Homosassa and Dorothy Hallgren of North Carolina; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Leon Gervais, 67, of Crystal River 
Leon Francis Gervais, 67, of Crystal River died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. Born Jan. 14, 1932, to Leon and Florence Gervais in Lowell, Mass., he came to this area five years ago from there. He was a retired mechanic. He was Catholic.
Survivors include one brother, Norman L. of Lowell, Mass.; and one sister, Mary Dora Whitehead of Augusta, Ga.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Alexander Gritske, 91, of Beverly Hills 
Alexander Gritske, 91, of Beverly Hills died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. He was born in Newark, N.J., and came to Beverly Hills 27 years ago from Cranford, N.J. Mr. Gritske was a retired lineman from Public Service Electric & Gas of New Jersey; co-founder of the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club; Citrus Masonic Lodge No. 118 F&AM, Inverness; Azure Lodge, F&AM, Cranford, N.J. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Beverly Hills. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Elsie Poeltler Gritske, who died Oct. 12, 1995.
Survived by his brother-in-law, Robert Poeltler of Clark, N.J.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Helen Horsley 88, of Dunnellon 
Helen B. Horsley, 88, of Dunnellon died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999. She was born in East Haddam, Conn., and she moved to Dunnellon in 1978 from Schenectady, N.Y. Mrs. Horsley was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunnellon.
Surviving are one son, Frederick A. Horsley of Dunnellon; one daughter, Jane H. Fox of Melrose, Mass.; one sister, Clarine Smith of Westbrook, Conn.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Twyla Johnson, 80, of Inverness
Twyla Maxine Johnson, 80, of Inverness died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. She was born in Modesto, Ill., and came to Inverness 21 years ago from Illinois. Mrs. Johnson was Presbyterian. She was the wife of the late Mr. H. Kenneth Johnson, who died in 1988.
Surviving are her stepson, Michael Johnson of N. Pekin, Ill.; daughter, Rosemarie ''Mitzi'' Brown of Ames, Iowa; stepdaughter, Pamela Struhbar of Pekin, Ill.; sister, Lela Habakuk of Springfield, Ill.; two grandsons, Martin J. Brown and Jody Max Brown; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Richard Habakuk, DDS, and Dave Harmon.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Nancy Messier, 44, of Dunnellon 
Nancy A. Mokszycki-Messier, 44, of Dunnellon died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. Born in Catskill, N.Y., she came to Dunnellon in 1984. Mrs. Mokszycki-Messier was a cost accountant for Closet Maid International, a division of Emerson Electronics. She was Catholic.
Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Raymond Messier of Dunnellon; her mother and father, Michael and Barbara Mokszycki of Lecanto; four brothers, Joseph Mokszycki of S. Salem, N.Y., William Mokszycki of Redmond, Wash., David Mokszycki, Steven Mokszycki, both of Athens, N.Y.; and one sister, Diane White of Layton, Utah.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Mark Milat, 75, of Fort Myers
Mark Milat, 75, of Fort Myers died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999. He was born June 7, 1923, in Jersey City, N.J., to Mark and Marie Milat. He met his lifelong sweetheart, Doris Gardner at the age of 13 and married her on April 11, 1944. 
The Milats came to Florida in 1956 and moved to Fort Myers in 1996. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and he was a prisoner of war.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Milat; two sons, Mark Robert of Inverness and Wayne of Naples; a sister, Ruth Guerrero of New Jersey and Floral City; a brother, Frank of Arkansas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Judith Anderson.
Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Fort Myers.

Julia Napolitano, 88, of Citrus Springs 
Julia Napolitano, 88, of Citrus Springs died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. She was born Sept. 27, 1910, to Adam and Anna (Michofsky) Werthmuller in Jersey City, N.J., and came here five years ago from there. She was a homemaker. She was Roman Catholic.
She is survived by her son, Thomas and wife Pat of Citrus Springs; her daughter Charlotte and husband Sal Pedone of Jersey City, N.J.; her sister, Mrs. W. McDonald of Hoboken, N.J.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Nellie Rizor, 78, of Crystal River 
Nellie Chilson Rizor, 78, of Crystal River died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. She was born in Forest, Ohio, to the late Clyde M. and Blanche Chilson and came to Crystal River 47 years ago from Kenton, Ohio. Mrs. Rizor attended First Church of God, Crystal River. She was a 1938 graduate of Forest High School, Forest, Ohio. She was the mother of the late Mrs. Frances K. White, who died Dec. 26, 1988.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Charles Edward Rizor of Crystal River; three sons, Donald Paul (Charlotte) Rizor of Anniston, Ala., Roger Dale (Bonnie) Rizor of Lander, Wyo., and Charles E. (Diane) Rizor Jr. of Beverly Hills; three daughters, Nellie Louise (Willy) Siner of Homosassa, Donna (Bud) Wilson of Newberry, and Marjory (Tom) Kraut of Largo; son-in-law, Larry (Sherry) White of Inverness; sister, Claudia Pelz of Hampton, Ind.; 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Robert Whitcomb, 78, of Crystal River 
Robert Shultz Whitcomb, 78, of Crystal River died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. Born Dec. 10, 1920, to Fredrick and Anna Marie Whitcomb in Salem, Ohio, he came to this area three and a half years ago from there. A World War II U.S. Army veteran with the 110th Station Hospital, he served as an X-ray technician. Mr. Whitcomb was a retired machinist for the Lincoln Machine Company in Salem, Ohio, retiring after 30 years. He was an avid bowler. He was Protestant. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Whitcomb, in 1996.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Grace Whitcomb of Crystal River; two sons, Lary and his wife Patricia of Crystal River and Edward and his wife Jody of Forney, Texas; two brothers, Glenn and his wife Anne and Merle and his wife Barbara all of Salem, Ohio; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

S. Paul Wooten Jr., 67, of Neptune Beach
S. Paul Wooten Jr., 67, a frequent visitor to Citrus County, died at his home in Neptune Beach following a lengthy illness under the loving care of his family. Mr. Wooten was born in Jacksonville and resided in the area most of his life. He was an active member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Wooten was a certified public accountant and spent most of his career in private practice. At the time of his death, he was treasurer of Wooten's Autocorp Inc. in Hernando.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Anna, and nine children, Paul Wooten III of Jacksonville, Becky Jarboe (Jimmie) of Atlantic Beach, Greg Wooten of Jacksonville Beach, Emily Murphy (Shaun) of Jacksonville Beach, Josh Wooten (Kim) of Hernando, Laura Lynch (Mike) of Jacksonville Beach, Chris Wooten (Deanna) of Neptune Beach, Jennifer Wooten of Jacksonville Beach and Ann Marie Wooten of Neptune Beach; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, Lance Wooten (Lyn) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Wooten (Cathy) of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach.

Ruth Babcock, 90, of Inverness 
Ruth H. Babcock, 90, of Inverness died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999. She was born in Galeton, Pa., and came to Inverness 27 years ago from Roselle Park, N.J. Mrs. Babcock was a retired school teacher. She was Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Foster F. Babcock, July 20, 1995, and her son, Larry Babcock.
Surviving are her daughter, Joan (Frank) McCabe of Inverness; two sisters, Doris Conley and Betty Ball, both of Tunkhannock, Pa.; and three grandchildren, James McCabe, Kathleen Dobrycynski, and Lauren Babcock.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.

Bertram Barnes, 85, of Winter Garden 
Bertram B. Barnes, 85, of Winter Garden died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. He was born in Weymouth, Mass. Mr. Barnes lived in Homosassa for two years before moving to Winter Garden. Mr. Barnes was a retired mill wright for the flooring industry. He was a Baptist, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden and former member of Faith Baptist Church of Homosassa. He was a former member of the Braintree Police Department Auxiliary of Braintree, Mass.
Surviving are his wife, Anna G. Barnes of Winter Garden; four daughters, Janet Brim of Oklahoma, Jean Farezoro of South Carolina, Judith Clay of Weymouth, Mass., and Jacquelyn Holland of Ocoee; two brothers, Thornton of Nova Scotia and Arthur of Carver, Mass.; two sisters, Frances Gardner of Homosassa and Dorothy Hallgren of North Carolina; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Fero Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Zelda Bleen, 82, of Germantown, N.Y.
Zelda Marie Bleen, 82, of Germantown, N.Y., formerly of Crystal River, died on Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River. Born Jan. 1, 1917, to J.E. and Jane Lee Rutherford in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, she lived in the Crystal River area for many years then moved to Germantown, N.Y., and became a winter visitor since 1994. She was a retired baker for the Palm Beach County School System and was a volunteer for the VA Hospital in Gainesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Bleen, December 1993.
Surviving are four sons, Dan Bleen and his wife Susan of Germantown, N.Y., Bill Holland of San Diego, Calif., Terry Bleen of Long Island, N.Y., and Morgan Holland of Mansfield, Ohio; one brother, Don Rutherford of Crystal River; and five grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Kathleen Gossard, 89, of Dunnellon 
Kathleen H. Gossard, 89, of Dunnellon died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. She was born in Winchester, Ohio, and came to Dunnellon 29 years ago from Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Gossard was a retired secretary. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon and a member of ''Circle 5'' of First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon. She also belonged to the Franklin University Alumni.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Watzek of Citrus Springs; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Foster Gossard, and two grandsons, Thomas Watzek in 1961, and Lawrence Watzek in 1998.
Fero Funeral Homes, Dunnellon Chapel.

N. Mokszycki-Messier, 44, of Dunnellon
Nancy A. Mokszycki-Messier, 44, of Dunnellon died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. Born in Catskill, N.Y., she came to Dunnellon in 1984. Mrs. Mokszycki-Messier was a cost accountant manager for Closet Maid International, a division of Emerson Electronics. She was Catholic.
Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Raymond Messier of Dunnellon; her mother and father, Michael and Barbara Mokszycki of Lecanto; four brothers, Joseph Mokszycki of S. Salem, N.Y., William Mokszycki of Redmond, Wash., David Mokszycki, Steven Mokszycki, both of Athens, N.Y.; and one sister, Diane White of Layton, Utah.
Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

Alex Nagy, 75, of Dunnellon
Alex Nagy, 75, of Rainbow Lakes Estates, Dunnellon, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999. A native of Hungary, he came here 20 years ago from Clark, N.J. Mr. Nagy was a tool grinder, retired from General Motors. He was a member of Rainbow Lakes United Methodist Church. He was a Mason; member of American Legion, Elks Club and Williston Golf and Country Club.
Surviving are his wife, Theresa E. Nagy of Rainbow Lakes Estates; a brother, Patrick of Lindley, N.Y.; and a sister, Evelyn Dane of Memphis, Tenn.
Fero Funeral Homes, Dunnellon Chapel.

Helen Norako, 84, of Inverness 
Helen I. Norako, 84, an Inverness resident, died Jan. 8, 1999, at her daughter's home in Middletown, N.Y. She was born Nov. 28, 1914, in Manhasset, N.Y., to Anthony and Blanche Kopchinsky. She was a housewife. She was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. She was also active in the Inverness Civic Association, Life Line and Surveillance.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Stephen V. Norako; one son, Stephen V. Norako of Syracuse, N.Y.; three daughters, Constance Nichols of Middletown, N.Y., Victoria Norako of Uniondale, N.Y., and Virginia Schuman of Roselle Park, N.J.; one brother, Edward Kopchinsky of Jacksonville; and one sister, Stella Daniello of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 11, in Holy Name Catholic Church, Otisville, N.Y. Burial followed in the family plot in Walker Valley Cemetery, Walker Valley, N.Y. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stoney Brook Ct., Newburgh, N.Y., 12550, or Hospice of Citrus County.
Arrangements are by Morse Funeral Home Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, N.Y.

Seymour Polak, 83, of Beverly Hills 
Seymour O. Polak, 83, of Beverly Hills died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Beverly Hills 12 years ago from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mr. Polak was the former owner of S&S Dry Cleaners, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was a member of the Congregation of Beth Shalom, Beverly Hills and the Men's Club Beth Shalom, Beverly Hills. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was husband of the late Mrs. Ann Budleski Polak, who died April 7, 1989.
Surviving are his son, Alan Walter Polak of Crystal River; sister, Hortense Ball of Hollywood; and one grandson, Mathew J. Polak of Denver, Colo.
Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.

Maxine Zellers, 81, of Inverness 
Maxine H. Zellers, 81, of Inverness died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in Pikeville, Ky., on March 25, 1917, to the late Landy and Laura Mullins Huffman, she came here 45 years ago from Brooksville. Mrs. Zellers was a retired waitress. She was Baptist.
Surviving are one daughter, Laura Kidwell; one brother, Foster Huffman; two sisters, Justine Mahan and Josephine Skinner; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


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