Miscellaneous Lake County, Florida Obituaries - 1998

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SANDRA GAYLE WEBB, 52
... homemaker
MRS. WEBB, 10111 Canterbury Drive, Leesburg, died Saturday, June 13. She was a homemaker. Born in Gulfport, Miss., she moved to Central Florida in 1992. She was Methodist. She was a member of Silver Lake Golf and Country Club of Leesburg and Women's Golf Association of Silver Lake. Survivors: husband, Forrest E.; sons, Bryan, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Spencer, Diamondhead, Miss.; daughter, Wendy Mills, Howey-in-the-Hills; mother, Geneva James, Diamondhead; brothers, Melvyn James, Fort Worth, Texas, Terry James, Diamondhead; sister, Janelle Hall, Diamondhead; six grandchildren. Beyer's Funeral Home, Leesburg. 

Astatula 
JAMES M. HUBBARD, 93 
... service station owner 
MR. HUBBARD, 26416 Rose Lane, Astatula, died Saturday, June 13. He owned a service station in Virginia. Born in Appalachia, Va., he moved to Central Florida in 1962. He was a member of Asbury Covenant Church, Tavares. He was a Mason and a member of East Lake Harris Estates Club. Survivors: wife, Ruby; son, James M. Jr., Gray, Tenn.; daughter, Shirley Cunningham-Williams, Orlando; two grandchildren. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares. 

Tavares 
RICHARD L. WILLEY SR., 80 
... engineer 
MR. WILLEY, 1207 Appachee Circle, Tavares, died Saturday, June 13. He was an underwater explosive engineer for the Navy. Born in Whitefield, Mass., he moved to Central Florida in 1983. He was a member of Union Congregational Church in Tavares. He was a Master Mason of Lodge 4. Survivors: wife, Jean; sons, Richard Jr., Millersville, Md., Robert, Michigan; daughters, Marilyn J. Almgren, Bowie, Md., Carolyn M. Smith, Annapolis, Md.; brother, Kenneth E., Baltimore; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Directors Inc., Tavares. 

Lady Lake 
JOSEPH J. POTFORA, 82 
... retired restaurant owner 
MR. POTFORA, 306 South Old Dixie Highway, Apt. 8, Lady Lake, died Sunday, June 14. He was a retired restaurant owner. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., he moved to Central Florida in 1995. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church of Leesburg. Survivors: daughters, Joanne Karamanous, Lancaster, N.Y., Sandy, Tempe, Ariz., Susie Peters, Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Paul J., Fruitland Park, Joseph J., Cheektowaga, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 

Clermont
MARGARET ALICE KUSTER, 90 
... office worker 
MRS. KUSTER, 207 12th St., Clermont, died Monday, June 15. She was a general office worker for a paper company. Born in Kenosha, Wis., she moved to Central Florida in 1985. She was Lutheran. Survivor: son, Donald, Mequon, Wis. Becker Funeral Home, Clermont. 

Lady Lake 
CHARLES EDWARD FREDERICK, 63 
... restaurant owner 
MR. FREDERICK, 405 Duarte Lane, Lady Lake, died Friday, June 12. He was a restaurant owner. Born in Denver, he also was a resident of Aspen, Colo. Survivors: wife, Jill; sons, Edward, Santee, Calif, Sean Settles, Oceanside, Calif., Steven, Del Mar, Calif.; daughters, Ruth Ann Hanks, Port Orchard, Wash., Mary Kim King, El Cajon, Calf.; sister, Barbara Lopez, Colorado; two grandchildren. Central Florida Cremation, Tavares. 

Leesburg 
WILLIAM F. CERMAK, 84 
... retired electronics technician 
MR. CERMAK, 34247 Lakeland Ave., Leesburg, died Saturday, June 13. He was a retired electronics technician. Born in Chicago, he moved to Central Florida in 1969. He was Methodist. Survivors: sons, William F. Jr., Chicago, Mike Sr., Tavares; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares. 

COLBY TY DELOACH, 15 
... student 
COLBY TY DELOACH, 36323 Emeralda Ave., Leesburg, died Thursday, June 11. He was a student at Tavares High School. Born in Eustis, he was a lifelong resident of Lake County. He attended New Life Baptist Church, Lisbon. Survivors: parents, Henry and Paula, Leesburg; sisters, Iva Anderson, Dana, both of Leesburg, Misty Weeks, Polk City; brothers, Clinton, Henry, Lance, Brent, Jason, all of Leesburg; grandparents, Harry and Dickie Magnus, Warsaw, Mo.; grandmother, Betty Jean Melbourne, Winter Garden. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. 

RALPH FREEMAN LINVILLE, 64 
... retired machinist 
MR. LINVILLE, 33525 Barksdale Drive, Leesburg, died Sunday, June 14. He was a retired machinist. Born in Bowling Green, Ky., he moved to Central Florida in 1992. He was Protestant. He was a member of the Indianapolis Masonic Lodge. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors: wife, Virginia; son, Thomas, Indianapolis, Ralph II, New Palestine, Ind.; stepsons, Michael High, Pendleton, Ind., John D. High Jr., Indianapolis, Glenn High, Louisvile, Ky.; stepdaughters, Lori Halstead, Ridgeville, Ind., Valarie High, Indianapolis, Glenda Anderson, Greenwood, Ind.; 23 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares. 

KATHRYN J. SCHWARTZ, 79 
... retired secretary 
MRS. SCHWARTZ, New Abbey Avenue, Leesburg, died Thursday, June 11. She was a retired civil service secretary. Born in Whitehall, Pa., she moved to Central Florida in 1990. She was a member of Mid-Lakes Christian Church, Leesburg. She was a choir member at Scottish Highlands, Leesburg. Survivors: husband, Gordon; sons, Peter, Denver, David, Oakhurst, Calif., Philip, Leesburg; brothers, Bruce Snyder, California, Frank Snyder, Texas, Carl, Pennsylvania; sister, Jean Heffelfinger, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, Lady Lake. 

Mount Dora 
JANICE P. COURSER, 60 
... certified nursing assistant 
MRS. COURSER, 6938 Grovewood Lane, Mount Dora, died Sunday, June 14. She was a certified nursing assistant. Born in Carson City, Mich., she moved to Central Florida in 1994. Survivors: mother, Pauline, Apopka; sons, Edward Mack, Fort Lauderdale, Shawn Mack, Asheville, N.C.; daughters, Jean Garnsey, Stuart, Laura Barnes, Georgia; sister, Barbara Young, Leesburg; four grandchildren. Central Florida 469 Direct Cremation Service. 

Wildwood 
M. EILEEN BROOKS, 65 
... poet 
MRS. BROOKS, Barwick St., Wildwood, died Friday, June 12. She was a poet. Born in Kansas, she moved to Central Florida in 1953. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wildwood. Survivors: sons, David, Lake Panasoffkee, Michael, Oxford; daughters, Susan, Waldorf, Minn., Sandra Pry, Deltona; mother, Mildred Mae Kline, Longwood; brother, Donald L. Taylor; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Banks-Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood. 

HAROLD G. FORD, 73 
... apartment manager 
MR. FORD, Lansing Drive, Wildwood, died Thursday, June 11. He was an apartment manager for Aspen Towers, Olean, N.Y. Born in St. Marys, Pa., he moved to Central Florida in 1995. He was an Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of the Leesburg Moose Lodge. He also was a former coach for the Olean Area Youth Soccer League. Survivors: wife, Shirley; daughter, Carol Lynn Pagels, Buffalo, N.Y.; son, Michael J., Pisa, Italy; sister, Margaret Herbst, St. Mary's; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Lady Lake. 

Apopka 
THERESA HUDSON, 44 
... nursery worker 
MRS. HUDSON, 5521 Effie Drive, Apopka, died Monday, June 15. She was a nursery worker. Born in Orlando, she was a lifelong resident of Central Florida. She was Baptist. Survivors: son, Kenneth Gassaway, Ga.; daughter, Wanona L. Forester, Orlando; mother and stepfather, Catherine and Jack Locklar, Apopka; brothers, Gordon, Altoona, Bruce, Umatilla, Danny, Melbourne; stepbrothers, Rob Locklar, Sanford, Tim Locklar, Orlando; sisters, Caffie Wyatt, Apopka, Cindy Russ, Georgia; three grandchildren. Orlando Direct Cremation Service, Orlando. 

Clermont 
WILMA SILER O'NEAL, 67 
... accountant 
MRS. O'NEAL, 431 W. Minnehaha Ave., Clermont, died Tuesday, June 16, of natural causes. She was an accountant. Born in Dickson, Tenn., she moved to Central Florida in 1971. She was Baptist. Survivors: son, Cory Lee Ward, Clermont; mother, Myrtle Tilson, Clermont; brothers, Joseph Siler, St. Clair Shores, Mich., Robert Siler, Dickson. Kurfiss Funeral Chapel, Clermont. 

Fruitland Park 
MERLE H. JOHNSON, 79 
... retired supervisor 
MR. JOHNSON, 159 Azalea Drive, Fruitland Park, died Monday, June 15. He was a retired supervisor for a manufacturing company. Born in Ohio, he moved to Central Florida in 1984. He was a member of New Apostolic Church, Ocala. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Suzanne; son, John W., Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter, Diana M. Leonard, Mishawaka, Ind.; brothers, Don Henderson, Jack Henderson, both of South Bend, Ind.; sister, Martha Boyer, Mishawaka; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Beyers Fuenral Home, Leesburg. 

Lady Lake 
GEORGE R. COLE JR., 72 
... retired maintenance man 
MR. COLE, 1119 Paradise Drive, Lady Lake, died Tuesday, June 16. He was a maintenance man for a plastic plant. Born in Chicago, he moved to Central Florida in 1990. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake. He was a member of the Belleview Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Ocala Moose Lodge and the Leesburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Leesburg. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Bernice C.; daughters, Ann M. Smith, Ormond Beach, Marilyn L. Day, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Dorothy J. Krett, Batavia, Ill., Janet Wood, Loveland, Colo.; son, Robert G., West Chicago; brother, William C., Schaumberg, Ill.; 12 grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake. 

JOSEPH SCHIBLE JR., 77 
... retired mechanic 
MR. SCHIBLE, 105 Shiloh Ave., Lady Lake, died Tuesday, June 16. He was a retired mechanic. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., he moved to Central Florida in 1968. He was Baptist. He was a member of the Lady Lake American Legion. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Sally; son, Joey, Angola, Ind.; stepson, Gary Womack, Indiana; daughters, Jennifer Komaromi, Umatilla, Marie, Damascus, Va.; stepdaughters, Wendy Womack, Lady Lake, Judy Womack, Leesburg; brothers, Don, Fort Wayne, Ind., Wayne, San Diego; sisters, Betty Freeland, Elkhart, Ind., Vella Primm, Beverly Steigerwald, both of Swartz Creek, Mich.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares. 

MARVIN F. SERNETT, 79 
... retired ownwer and operator of variety stores 
MR. SERNETT, 1509 Cervantes Place, Lady Lake, died Tuesday, June 16. He was a retired owner and operator of variety stores. Born in Pocahontas County, Iowa, he moved to Central Florida in 1995. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge and the chamber of commerce, all in Carroll, Iowa. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Mildred G.; sons, Rodney, Atlanta, Jeffrey, Crystal Lake, Ill., Gregory, Lincoln, Neb., Timothy, Prairie Village, Kansas, Steven, San Francisco; sisters, Virginia Hinken, Burnsville, Minn., JoAnne Muligan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake. 

Mascotte 
SABASTIANA PEREZ, 57 
... homemaker 
MRS. PEREZ, 338 Wildwood Ave., Mascotte, died Monday, June 15. She was a homemaker. Born in Austin, Texas, she moved to Central Florida in 1970. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautesta, Mascotte. Survivors: husband, Norberto; sons, Miguel, Noe, Sammy, Antonio; daughters, Guadlupe Bocardo, Julia Mendoza, Alica Rodriquez, Diana; brothers, Isabel Sanchez, Lorezo Sanchez; sisters, Fransica Rodriquez, Enriqueta Pierto; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Kurfiss Funeral Home, Groveland. 

Leesburg 
JESSIE M. SMITH, 87 
... retired from Lake Region Packing Association 
MRS. SMITH, 2000 Edgewood Ave., Leesburg, died Saturday, June 13. She was retired from Lake Region Packing Association, Tavares. Born in Opp, Ala., she moved to Central Florida in 1936. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Tavares. Survivors: sons, Rowland, Leesburg, Roy, Tavares; brother, K.B. Adkison, Georgia; sister, Mary Ruth Turner, Columbus, Ga.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares. 

Sorrento 
BRYANT B. DOUGLAS, 56 
... chief petty officer for the Navy 
MR. DOUGLAS, 24404 Strawberry Ave., Sorrento, died Monday, June 15. He was a chief petty officer for the Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Born in Georgia, he moved to Central Florida in 1989. He was a member of Cassia Baptist Church. He was a member of the Eustis Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors: wife, Tina; daughters, Amy Bendel, Mount Plymouth, Tina Brock, Eustis; brothers, L.A. ``Dick,'' Cassia, Gary, Jacksonville; one grandson. Harden-Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. 

Tavares 
BILL SMITH, 91 
... retired heavy construction equipment mechanic 
MR. SMITH, 32107 Sixth St., Tavares, died Tuesday, June 16. He was a retired heavy construction equipment mechanic for Cadden Head Construction Company of Naples. Born in Murphy, N.C., he moved to Central Florida this year. He was Baptist. Survivors: wife, Lola; son, Harrell, Tavares; daughters, Dorothy, Buford, Ga.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Directors, Tavares. 

Wildwood 
WAYNE A. LOCKE, 45 
... pressman 
MR. LOCKE, County Road 132, Wildwood, died Monday, June 15. He was a pressman for Avesta Sheffield Pipe of Wildwood. Born in Wildwood, he was a lifelong resident. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in the National Guard. Survivors: wife, Lois; son, Coy, Wildwood; daughter, Lacy McKettrick, Macon, Ga.; mother, Jaynell, Wildwood; brothers, Larry, Leesburg; one grandson. Banks-Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood.


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