Miscellaneous Hernando County, Florida Obituaries - 1999

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Mary Alphas
Mary Alphas, 79, of Brooksville, died Sunday, May 30, at Oak Hill Hospital. 
She was born in Boston and came here 10 years ago. She retired from food service with the John Hancock Co. She was Greek Orthodox by faith. 
Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Romine of Brooksville; a sister, Sophia Minichello of Derry, N.H.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksvile Chapel.

Bert Gustafson
Bert Gustafson, 76, of Spring Hill died Sunday, May 30, at Oak Hill Hospital. 
He was born in Chicago and came to this area 16 years ago from Marshall, Mich. He was a time study manager for Eaton Corporation. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the Lithuanian-American Club of Spring Hill, the Disabled American Veterans of Marshall, Mich. and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Spring hill.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; three daughters, Barbara Harris of Battle Creek, Mich., Karen Wood of Lititz, Pa., and Dale Marie Swick of Petoskey, Mich.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Cremation and Memorial Chapel.

Shirlee Ann Kellogg
Shirlee Ann Kellogg, 70, of Spring Hill died Sunday, May 30 at her home. 
She was born in Clinton, Iowa. She came here 19 years ago from Los Alamos, N.M. She was the office manager for Dr. Michael Manzoll of Inverness and was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Spring Hill.
Survivors include her husband: Harvey; a son, Patrick Minor of Los Alamos, N.M.; a daughter, Diane Minor of Albuquerque, N.M.; two step-daughters, Liza Gonzales of Los Alamos, N.M. and Amy Kellogg of Albuquerque, N.M., her mother, Helen McDonald of Spring Hill, a brother, Ronald McDonald of Jacksonville, Ill.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

Birt E. Clapp
Birt E. Clapp, 101, of Brooksville, died Sunday, May 30, at his caregiver's home.
He was born in Burton, Ohio, and moved to this area 30 years ago from Claridon, Ohio. He was a member of Milk Producers Confederation of Cleveland, Village Masonic Lodge 0274, Burton, Ohio, and United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his daughter, Norma Parks of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes & Crematory, Brooksville Chapel.

Mary Patricia Schumaker
Mary Patricia Schumaker, 71, of Spring Hill, died Friday, May 28, at her home.
She was born in Baltimore, Md., and moved to this area 18 years ago from Baltimore. She was a housewife and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include her husband, John; three sons, Lawrence Doane of Baltimore, John of Stevensville, Md., and Paul of San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Pauline Jenkins of Chicago, Ill., Kathleen Bowen of Finksburg, Md., and Deborah Ernest of Pasadena, Md.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

Frank E. Stowe
Frank E. Stowe, 79, of Brooksville, died Saturday, May 29, at his home.
He was born in Omena, Mich., and moved to this area 10 years ago from Denver, Colo. He was an electrician and retired from the Seventh Day Adventist General Conference, Colorado, a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, life member of the VFW, and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Brooksville.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; four daughters, Sheryl of Spring Hill, Bonnie Demmer of Inverness, Barbara Cooper of Brooksville and Merrie Walterson of Valrico; two sisters, Geraldine Pomranky of Brooksville and Wilma Dame of Ray, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

William J. Klein, Jr.
William J. Klein, Jr., 93, of Brooksville, died Monday, May 31, in Brooksville.
He was born in Jersey City, N.J., and moved to this area 30 years ago from Kenosha, Wis. He was a laborer, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and life member of VFW Post 39, St. Petersburg.
There are no known survivors.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

Angela Prestia
Angela Prestia, 87, died Friday, May 28, at the Beverly Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Italy and moved to this area seven years ago from Elmhurst, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Spring Hill.
Survivors include four sons, Dominick of Spring Hill, Roco of Boynton Beach, Vincent of Wapinger Falls, N.Y., and Joseph of Lakeland; a daughter, Rosa Crimeni of Corona, N.Y.; two brothers, Salvatore Borzomi and Joseph Borzomi, both of Italy; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.

Donald Dale Presbitero
Donald Dale Presbitero, 67, of Homosassa Springs, died Saturday, May 29, at his home.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., and moved to this area five years ago from Chicago. He was a retired truck driver and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; a son, Scott of Stafford, Texas; a daughter, Karen Fox of Plainsfield, Ill.; a brother, Raymond of Sarasota; and a grandchild.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

Berndt William Burn
Berndt William Burn, 56, of Brooksville, died Monday, May 31, at his home.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va., and moved to this area 14 years ago from Hillsdale, Ill. He was a retired technical illustrator and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Brooksville.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Batchelor of New Port Richey and Sara of Geneseo, Ill.; two brothers, Julin of Clinton, Iowa and David of Camanche, Iowa; a sister, Maryland Smith of Rock Falls, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

Catherine C. O'Toole
Catherine C. O'Toole, 88, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, June 1, at Windsor Woods Adult Care Center, Hudson.
She was born in New York City and moved to this area 24 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was a retired supervisor for New York Telephone Company, a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include two nephews, Gerald Leitch of Long Island and Henry Leitch, Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Spring Hill Chapel.

Elizabeth A. Sheridan
Elizabeth A. Sheridan, 76, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, June 1, at Beverly Health & Rehab Center.
She moved to this area 17 years ago from her native New York. She was a homemaker and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include her husband, James P., Sr.; two sons, James P. III of Largo and Richard S. of Hicksville, N.Y.; a daughter, Christine of California; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

Mitchell Rakowski 
Mitchell Rakowski, 81, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday at his home.
He moved to this area 10 years ago from Detroit, Mich. He was a retired postal carrier and a Catholic by faith.
There are no known survivors.
Arrangements were made by Robert & Son Cremation Service Inc., Spring Hill/Brooksville.  [Published June 4, 1999]

Arimeta "Anita" D. Barnes
Arimeta "Anita" D. Barnes, 85, of Cloverleaf in Brooksville, died Thursday, June 3, at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
Born in Donalsonville, Ga., she move to this area 12 years ago from Tampa. She was a Methodist by faith and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville. She followed her husband, Robert, during his service with the U.S. Air Force, working for the Civil Service and various department stores. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter, Gwen (and Bruce) Brazinski of Brooksville; a sister, Gwen Saylor of Brooksville; two grandchildren, Jason (and Jennifer) Brazinski and Laura Brazinski, all of Brooksville.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes & Crematory, Brooksville.

Margaret L. Siems
Margaret L. Siems, 76, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, June 3, at Oak Hill Hospital.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., she moved to this area 13 years ago from New City, N.Y. She was a lab technician for Kodak Company and a member of Clarkstown Reformed Church, New City, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Frederick of Norwich, Conn., and Jeffrey of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Kimberly Popkave of Stony Point, N.Y.; a sister, Marjorie VanGrafeiland of Rochester, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by the National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

John C. Osowski
John C. Osowski, 90, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, May 27, at Oak Hill Hospital.
Born in Portland, Conn., he moved to this area from New Britain, Conn. He was a retired foreman for a machining company.
He is survived by his wife, Danuta.
Arrangements by Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.

Arimeta "Anita" D. Barnes
Arimeta "Anita" D. Barnes, 85, of Cloverleaf in Brooksville, died Thursday, June 3, at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
Born in Donalsonville, Ga., she move to this area 12 years ago from Tampa. She was a Methodist by faith and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville. She followed her husband, Robert, during his service with the U.S. Air Force, working for the Civil Service and various department stores. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter, Gwen (and Bruce) Brazinski of Brooksville; a sister, Gwen Saylor of Brooksville; two grandchildren, Jason (and Jennifer) Brazinski and Laura Brazinski, all of Brooksville.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes & Crematory, Brooksville.

Margaret L. Siems
Margaret L. Siems, 76, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, June 3, at Oak Hill Hospital.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., she moved to this area 13 years ago from New City, N.Y. She was a lab technician for Kodak Company and a member of Clarkstown Reformed Church, New City, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Frederick of Norwich, Conn., and Jeffrey of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Kimberly Popkave of Stony Point, N.Y.; a sister, Marjorie VanGrafeiland of Rochester, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by the National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

John C. Osowski
John C. Osowski, 90, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, May 27, at Oak Hill Hospital.
Born in Portland, Conn., he moved to this area from New Britain, Conn. He was a retired foreman for a machining company.
He is survived by his wife, Danuta.
Arrangements by Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.

Douglas J. McIlroy
Douglas J. McIlroy, 75, of Hernando Beach, died Saturday, June 5.
Born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., he moved to this area 13 years ago from Grosse Ile, Mich. He retired from Detroit Edison, was past president of Local #223 and served on the executive board of the Utility Worker's of America, AFL. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Presbyterian by faith.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma; two sisters, Edith Frazier of Grosse Pointe, Mich. and Joan Freismuth of St. Claire Shores, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

Edith M. Nelson
Edith M. Nelson, 81, of Spring Hill, died Friday, June 4, at a foster care home.
Born in Duluth, Minn., she moved to this area 27 years ago from Schiller Park, Ill. She was a retired cashier for the Hernando County School District and attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Jasen of Spring Hill, Judith Pippin of Palm Harbor and Elizabeth VanEmelen of Douglasville, Ga.; a brother, Gid Hegdahl of Wentworth, Wisc.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes and Crematory, Spring Hill.

Ronald L. White Sr.
Ronald L. White Sr. 60, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, June 3, at his home.
Born in Caruthersville, Mo., he moved to this area two months ago from Hartwell, Ga. He was a retired real estate salesman and a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Georgeanna of Hartwell, Ga.; three sons, Scott of Spring Hill, Ronald Lee Jr. of Deltona and David of Melbourne; a daughter, Annmarie Lawson of Spring Hill; his parents, Buford and Emma Lou of Washington, Mo.; two sisters, Janet of Washington, Mo. and Carol of Oregon; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements by Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Spring Hill.

George W. Kiley
George W. Kiley, 46, of Brooksville, died Saturday, June 5, at Eastbrook Health Care Center.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he moved to this area 14 years ago from Connecticut. He worked for Wang in Melbourne as a computer repairman, was a Vietnam War veteran and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Brooksville.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret of Brooksville; a son, Christopher of Palm Bay; two brothers, Robert of Ocala and David of Thomaston, Penn.; and a sister, Kimberly Still of Riverview.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.

Richard T. Walsinger
Richard T. Walsinger, 62, of Brooksville, died Friday, May 28, at his home.
He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio; and he was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He is survived by his sister, Regina W. Malone of New Port Richey.
Arrangements by Dignified Funeral Alternatives, New Port Richey.

George Schmahl
George Schmahl, 95, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Windsor Woods and Timber Pines, Spring Hill, died Friday, June 4, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Petersburg.
He was born in New York City, N.Y., and moved to this area eight years ago from New York. He retired from Warner Lambert, was a member of the Masonic Order, serving as Grand Patron of the Eastern Star in New York, and a Lutheran by faith.
Survivors include two sons, Richard of Plainview, N.Y., and Warren of New Paltz, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes & Crematory, Brooksville Chapel.

Douglas J. McIlroy
Douglas J. McIlroy, 75, of Hernando Beach, died Saturday, June 5. 
He was born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and moved to this area 13 years ago from Grosse Ile, Mich. He retired from Detroit Edison, was past Union president of Local 223, served on the executive board of the Utility Worker's of America, AFL, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and a Presbyterian by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma; and two sisters, Edith Frazier of Grosse Pointe and Joan Freismuth of St. Claire Shores, Mich. 
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

William C. Heinold
William C. Heinold, 70, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, June 6, at his home.
He was born in Chicago, Ill, and moved to this area a year ago from Sutherlin, Ore. He was a customer service engineer for Pitney Bowes and a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; two sons, Edward of Merritt Island and David of Dunedin; a daughter, Susan M. Arnold of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Turner Cremation & Memorial Chapel, Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

James Chechopoulos
James Chechopoulos, 85, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, June 6, at home.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., and moved to this area 20 years ago from Chicago. He was a retired industrial engineer for Lowry Organ Company, Chicago, and a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, New Port Richey. 
Survivors include his wife, Helen; three sons, George of Tacoma, Wash., Peter of Chicago and Michael of Atlanta, Ga.; four brothers, Paul of Chicago, Spiro of San Francisco, Calif., Steve of Tripole, Greece, and Louis of Chicago; and a grandchild.
Arrangements by Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson Avenue Chapel, Hudson.

Thomas E. Papuga, Sr.
Thomas E. Papuga, Sr., 77, of Spring Hill, died Saturday, June 5, at Moffitt Cancer Center.
He was born in Crabtree, Pa., and moved to this area 11 years ago from Warren, Mich. He was a trim shed foreman for Groesbeck Lumber Co., a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Spring Hill.
Survivors include his wife, Yolanda; two sons, John of Palm Harbor, and Thomas, Jr. of Roseville, Mich.; a daughter, JoAnne Marsh of Tampa; seven brothers; eight sisters, six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes & Crematory, Spring Hill Chapel.

James La Rocco
James La Rocco, 68, of Spring Hill, died Monday, June 7, at his home.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to this area three years ago from Mission Viejo, Calif. He was a retired office manager in the dental business, a U.S. Army veteran, and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include a companion, Norman Innes of Spring Hill; two brothers, Edward of Staten Island, N.Y., and Frank of Long Island, N.Y.; and three sisters, Margie Mannjino and Grace Pinto, both of Brooklyn, and Marie Lipari of Tustin, Calif.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

Mary Heimann
Mary Heimann, 92, of Brooksville, died Saturday, June 5.
She was born in Stuckenbusch, Germany, and moved to this area 20 years ago from Bushnell.
She was a homemaker, a practical nurse and a Catholic by faith.
There are no immediate survivors.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.

Edward "Eddie" Blaha
Edward "Eddie" Blaha, 80, of Masaryktown, died Saturday, June 5, at Hospice House in Hudson.
He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and moved to this area 70 years ago.
He was a retired poultry farmer, a construction worker, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include a son, Mike of Masaryktown; six grandchildren; and a great-greandchild.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

George H. Kaufman
George H. Kaufman, 78, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, June 6.
He was born in Bronx, N.Y. He was a retired school custodian, a member of the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus, a World War II U..S. Air Force veteran and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include a son, Thomas G. of Mastic Beach, N.Y.; a daughter, Janet Koopman of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; a brother, Edward of Spring Hill; two sisters, Gertie Lexis of Yonkers, N.Y., and Wilma Pasco of Long Island, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

George Earl Benson
George Earl Benson, 75, of Spring Hill, died Monday, June 7, at home.
He was born in Cleveland,Ohio, and moved to this area 10 years ago from Long Island, N.Y.
He was retired from the plumbing industry and a member of American Legion Post 94, Babylon, N.Y.
Survivors include three sons, George of Spring Hill, Steve of Port Richey, and Craig of Hudson; two daughters, Cheryl Mintz of West Islip, L.I., N.Y., and Debbie Coughlan of Linden Hurst, L.I., N.Y.; two sisters, Kay Cullen of California, and Mary Facemeyer of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Services, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

Ruth M. Polite
Ruth M. Polite, 82, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, June 6, at The Arbors at Bayonet Point, Hudson.
She was born in New York, and moved to this area eight years ago. She was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith.
Survivors include a son, Donald E. of Spring Hill; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Spring Hill Chapel.

Viola R. Dickey
Viola R. Dickey, 77, of Brooksville, died Wednesday, June 2, at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to this area 22 years ago from New York City. She was a retired insurance company clerk and a Methodist by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Charles; a son, Charles Edward of New York City; a sister, Olive Deuchel of St. Augustine; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville Chapel.

Dolores J. Battaglini
Dolores J. Battaglini, 80, of Spring Hill, died Monday, June 7, at Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.
She was born in Marianna, Pa., and moved to this area 16 years ago. She was a retired teacher from Waynesburg, Pa., a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Spring Hill Garden Club, Heather Ladies Golf Club, and Stage West Community Theater, Spring Hill.
Survivors include her husband, Ray; a daughter, Cheryl Hardwick Moore of Hilo, Hawaii; a brother, Robert W. Muchant of Fredericktown, Pa.; and four sisters, Jessie Muchant, Singadine Muchant and Elaine Croft, all of Marianna, and Edythe Priddle of Sebring. 
Arrangements by John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville, Pa.

William George Binkerd
William George Binkerd, 62, of Homosassa Springs, died Tuesday, June 8, at Seven Rivers Hospital.
He was born in Millers Eddy, Pa., and moved to this area 10 years ago from New Bethlehem, Pa. He was a retired fork lift operator and a Protestant by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; two daughters, Terri Crissman of Summerville, Pa., and Kitty Barker of Bayonet Point; a son, Christopher of Homosassa Springs; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.

David R. Head
David R. Head, 42, of Brooksville, died Wednesday, June 9.
He was a lifelong resident of Brooksville and a Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Francis of Palm Beach; his father, David M. of Homosassa; his mother, Doris L. Hunsicker of Brooksville; a brother, Dale M. of Brooksville; and three half-brothers, Edward Cannon of Brooksville, and Leroy and Elton Cannon, both of Palm Beach.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

Edward "Eddie" Blaha
Edward "Eddie" Blaha, 80, of Masaryktown, died Saturday, June 5, at Hospice House in Hudson.
He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and moved to this area 70 years ago from Binghamton. He was a retired poultry farmer and construction worker, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include his son, Mike of Masaryktown; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

William A. Lamb
William A. Lamb, 82, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, June 8, at his home.
He was born in Boston, Mass., and moved to this area 20 years ago from Derry, N.H. He was a retired boiler maker for Boston Naval Shipyard, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, a member of VFW Post 10209, NARFE Spring Hill Chapter, and an Episcopalian by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Stella; a son, Stephen Thomas of Leola, Pa.; a daughter, Karen Ann Nilsson of Pemberton, N.J.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.

Freddy M. "Fred" Sloan
Freddy M. "Fred" Sloan, 65, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, June 9, at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center.
He was a retired parts manager for General Electric, Olsmar, and a member of the Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge 291 of Madeira Beach.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne; two sons, Jack of Seminole and Jeff of Spring Hill; two sisters, Norleen Bohley of Munster, Ind., and Sue Randall of Reading, Ohio; a brother, Jerry of Reading; and a grandchild.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.


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