Miscellaneous Lake County, Florida Obituaries 2001

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Lady Lake -
Bernard J. Paprocki
Bernard J. Paprocki, 76. died Feb. 25 in Ocala.
Mr. Paprocki was born in Salamanca, N.Y., and was a winter resident of Lady Lake for the past three years. He was foreman for Fancher Furniture Company, Salamanca and formerly employed by the New York Department of Transportation. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Athletic Club and a parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church, both in Salamanca.
Survivors are his wife Mary Ann; sons Bernard Jr., Liverpool, N.Y., John, Glendale, Ariz., Robert, Buffalo, N.Y.; sisters Alice Skoczylas, Gowanda, N.Y., Joan Paprocki, Cheektowga, N.Y., Barbara Kalamanca, Webster, N.Y.; brother Thomas, Salamanca; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were by Hiers Memorial Chapel, Lady Lake.

Summerfield -
Jean C. Beach
Jean C. Beach, 81, died Feb. 26 at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala.
Mrs. Beach was born in Kingston, N.Y., and moved to Summerfield from Stanford, N.Y., 50 years ago. She was a homemaker and a volunteer at Munroe Regional Medical Center and with the Sheriff's Deputy Reserve. She was a member of Eastern Star and Belleview United Methodist Church, where she volunteered in the thrift store.
Survivors are her husband of 60 years Clifford; daughters Barbara Barone, Summerfield, Bonnie Peavy, Wildwood; sister Mary Alice Johnson, Owego, N.Y.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Hiers Belleview Funeral Home.

Christopher Shawn Vinson
Christopher Shawn Vinson, 25, died Feb. 25 at Munroe Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Vinson was born in Ocala and was a lifetime Florida resident. He worked in lawn maintenance, and was a member of Belleview Explorers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Survivors are his parents Thomas, Irvin, Ky., and Gail Kugler, Summerfield; grandparents Willie Mae Vinson, Ocala, Benjamin Vinson, Webb, Ala.; great-grandmother Lola Ducksworth, Sarasota; sisters Michelle Kugler, Summerfield, Nadeene and Christina Vinson, both of Dade City; brothers John Kugler Jr., Ocklawaha, James and Michael Kugler, both of Pennsville, N.J., and Timothy Kugler, Anthony, Fla.
Arrangements were by Hiers Belleview Funeral Home.

The Villages -
June Cole Elliott
June Cole Elliott died Feb. 24 under the loving care of her husband and family.
Survivors are her husband Carl; daughters Linda Stamp and Connie Holland; brothers Arthur and Larry Cole; sisters Jeanine Pilkey and Peggy McMullen; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Naples, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, Inc., 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.
Arrangements were by National Cremation Society, Fruitland Park. 

Leesburg -
Grace L. Azzara
Grace L. Azzara, 94, died July 25.
Mrs. Azzara was born in New York and moved to Leesburg from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1991. She was a retired high school business teacher at Fort Hamilton High in Brooklyn. She was of the Catholic faith.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Jacobson, Greenwich, Conn.; and granddaughter Caroline Jacobson.
A Mass for Christian burial for Mrs. Azzara will be held at the Catholic Community of St. Paul today at 8:30 a.m. with the Rev. Nicholas O'Brien, celebrant. 
Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.
Arrangements were by Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg.

Thomas B. Ryan
Thomas B. Ryan, 88, died July 24.
Mr. Ryan was born in Newark, N.J., and moved to Leesburg from Naples, Fla., in 1990. He was a self-employed mechanic.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; son Lloyd; daughter Patricia, Dunnellon; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by All Faiths Cremation Society, Lady Lake.

Harry Oliver Maul
Harry Oliver Maul, 95, died July 25.
Mr. Maul was born in Salem, N.J., and moved to Leesburg from Salem in 1974. He was a retired mold maker and engraver with Anchor Hocking Corp. He also was a 49-year member of Garfield Republican Club of Salem, N.J., and a Hole-In-One member of the Continental Country Club.
In 1964, he received a commendation from Anchor Hocking for his outstanding design and workmanship, the Tercentenary Mold for the State of New Jersey. He served in the 114th Army Infantry in 1924 as well as three years in the National Guard. He attended Morrison United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his son Harry, Carefree, Ariz.; brother William, Salem, N.J.; sisters Bernice, Salem, N.J.; Dorothy Hawley, Bridgeton, N.J.; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for Mr. Maul will be held in New Jersey. Inurnment will be at East View Cemetery, Salem, N.J.

Summerfield -
Dorothea H. Kearsley-Brown
Dorothea H. Kearsley-Brown, 84, died July 25.
Mrs. Kearsley-Brown was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Summerfield from New York in 1970. She was the previous owner of a ladies' apparel shop. 
She also was a member of the American Association of University Women, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and won many blue ribbon art awards. She was of the Presbyterian faith.
She is survived by her husband Leonard; daughter Barbara Nelson, Lenox, Mass.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by National Cremation Society, Fruitland Park.

Evelyn Mae Bonnett
Evelyn Mae Bonnett, 88, died July 23.
Mrs. Bonnett was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Summerfield from Kimbolton, Ohio, in 1990. She was a homemaker, a member of The Order of the Eastern Star #319, Freeport, Ohio, and attended Oak Griner Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband Richard; sons Thomas, Lakeville, Minn.; William, Sterling, Ohio; brother Robert Radanof, Ft. Lauderdale; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Roberts Funeral Home, Ocala.

Fruitland Park -
Vera Lanier and Joe Smart
Graveside services for Mrs. Lanier and Mr. Smart of Ware Shoals, S.C., formerly of Leesburg and Fruitland Park, will be held at Shiloh Cemetery in Fruitland Park Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Phillip C. McMillan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, Inc., 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778
Arrangements were by Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg.

Ocklawaha -
George N. Graham
George N. Graham, 77, died July 25.
Mr. Graham was born in Mineola, N.Y., and moved to Ocklawaha from Mineola in 1960. He was a retired Miami firefighter, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a life member of the V.F.W. Post No. 4493 in Candler, Fla.
He is survived by his wife Anna and sons William, Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Gary, Royal Oak, Mich.
Arrangements were by All Faiths Cremation Society, Lady Lake.

Leesburg -
John "Jack" Thomas Thompson
John "Jack" Thomas Thompson, 75, died Oct. 17.
Mr. Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and moved to Leesburg from Levittown, Pa., in 1993. He was a retired tour director for U.S. Steel. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police Bucks County Lodge No. 53; St. John Neumans Knights of Columbus 4th Degree No. 4215; sheriff's office bugler; senior volunteer with the Lake County Sheriff's Department, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
He also was a U.S. Navy bugler; Tullytown police officer for 25 years; assistant director of the U.S. Steel Men's Chorus and band director for Lakes of Leesburg Kadoodaliers. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Leesburg.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lynn; sons Robert, Levittown, Pa., and Terry of Langhorn, Pa.; daughters Sharon Kenney, Collegeville, Pa., Patricia McTaggert and Kathy Naylor, both of Levittown, Pa.; stepson James DaBronzo, Bordentown, N.J.; stepdaughters Janell Wassum, Trenton, N.J., and Francesca Quinn, Bordentown, N.J.; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Lake & Sumter, Inc., 12300 Park Lane Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 or Men of Harmony c/o Thompson, 155 Sea Fern Drive, Leesburg, FL 34748.
Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Lecanto -
Grace Elizabeth Lewis
Grace Elizabeth Lewis, 86, died Oct. 17.
Mrs. Lewis was born in Erie, Pa., and moved to Central Florida from Erie in 1986.
She was a homemaker, an avid golfer and enjoyed craft making. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Fruitland Park.
She is survived by daughter Audrey Cannelongo, Eustis; son Richard W. Jr., Citrus Springs, Fla.; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services for Mrs. Lewis will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Fruitland Park, with the Rev. Margaret Ingalls officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Fruitland Park.
Beyers Funeral Home, Inc., Lady Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

Wildwood -
Mildred Kovach
Mildred Kovach, 78, died Oct. 18.
Mrs. Kovach, a homemaker, was born in Franklin, N.J. She was a Protestant.
She is survived by sons William J., Sussex, N.J., Gary J., Glenwood, N.J., James F., Moontownship, Pa.; and daughter Marilyn J. Honins, Hope, N.J.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, is in charge of arrangements. 

James L. Oliver
FRUITLAND PARK - James L. "Jim" Oliver, 71, died Dec. 2.
Mr. Oliver was born in Detroit, Mich., and moved to Fruitland Park from Rochester, Mich., in 1983. He was former manager of Sun Central Realty of Lady Lake; former owner of a Frito-Lay distributorship in Lansing, Mich.; former manager of Simon Real Estate, Lansing; member of the American Legion, VFW, the Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and Shriners of Lansing; former Eaton County commissioner in Michigan; former Delta Township trustee; former Eaton County deputy sheriff, and vice chairman of the Eaton County Republican Party. He was an avid golfer and bowler and his team was a participant in the Michigan State Championships. He also was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, Leesburg.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie J.; sons Matthew J., Fort Myers, Fla., Mark J., Houston, Texas; daughters Rebecca O. Carter, Farmington Hills, Mich., Cindy O. Capsanes, Apopka. Fla., Colleen K. Butler, Longwood, Fla.; sisters JoAnn Starke, Wayne, Mich., Sharon Olson, Traverse City, Mich., Susan Padovich, Northville, Mich. and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial services for Mr. Oliver will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Morrison United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barry Lane, officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Interment, with full military honors conducted by Lake County War Veterans Honor Guard, will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Beyers Funeral Home, Inc., Lady Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Urick
LADY LAKE - Joseph Urick, 92, died Dec. 1.
Mr. Urick was born in East McKeesport, Pa., and moved to Lady Lake from Monroeville, Pa., in 1989. He was a retired crane operator for commercial and industrial construction companies and a former member of Local Union No. 324, Detroit, Mich. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake.
He is survived by sons Joseph Jr., Melbourne, Fla., James, Oviedo, Fla.; brothers George, Indian River, Mich., Billy, Monroeville, Pa., Nick, Apollo, Pa., Johnny, Palm Springs, Calif., Michael, Monroeville, Pa.; sisters Catherine Vusic, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sister Gabrielle, Ohio; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Beyers Funeral Home, Inc., Lady Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia F. Benoit
LEESBURG - Patricia F. Benoit, 72, died Dec. 1.
Mrs. Benoit was born in Chicago, Ill., and moved to Leesburg from Carol Stream, Ill., in 1996. She was a retired office manager for Magic Chef in Illinois, and a Catholic.
She is survived by husband John F.; daughters Paula Meyer, Buffalo Grove, Ill., Lea Rodriguez, Schiller Park, Ill., Patricia Colandrea, Chicago, Ill., Kathlen Crowther, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; stepson John H., Sunnyvale, Calif.; stepdaughters Cynthia Riesing, Arlington Heights, Ill., Susan Mandigo, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Elizabeth Paul, Desplaines, Ill.; and 11 grandchildren.
Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Davena M. Kellner
THE VILLAGES - Davena M. Kellner, 89, died Dec. 2.
Mrs. Kellner was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, and moved to The Villages from Willow Grove, Pa., in 1987. She was a retired English professor for 27 years at Harcum Junior College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a member of the American Association of University Women, a graduate of the University of Toronto and Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pa., and an avid bridge player and artist. She was a member of North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Fla.
She is survived by her husband Hugh L., and son Robert H., Roswell, Ga.
Memorial services for Mrs. Kellner will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Beyers Funeral Chapel, Lady Lake, with Dr. Lee Leeder officiating.
Beyers Funeral Home, Inc., Lady Lake, is in charge of arrangements. 


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