Miscellaneous Monroe County, Florida Obituaries


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Helen Elg, 83, of Key Largo died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Mariners Hospital. 
She and her husband, Eric W., retired from Illinois to Holiday in 1975. When he died in 1996, Mrs. Elg moved to the Keys to be with her son. 
She was active with the Monroe County Nutrition Program and the Government Center.
Mrs. Elg is survived by her son Eric P. (Aida) Elg of Key Largo; and grandsons David Elg of Kissimmee and Brian Elg of Key Largo. 
Private services were held.
Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. 
Cremation arrangements were handled by Beyer Funeral Home.

Grace Zim, 91, of Tavernier, died in S.J. Hospital-Bridgeton, Bridgeton, N.J., on Friday, July 27, 2001.
She was born in New York City in 1910 to Samuel and Frances Brandt Reid. Her adoptive parents, Alice and Willys Kent, were teachers at the Ethical Culture School in New York City, which she attended.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and later received a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. 
She was a social worker in New York City where she lived with her husband, Raymond Showe, until 1948 when they moved to Pittsburgh and raised three children. 
They operated Theatre Candy, a successful theater concession business and upon Raymond’s death in 1961, she became president of the company. 
She remained in that position until 1973 when she married the late Dr. Herbert Zim, author and editor of the Golden Books Nature Series. 
Mr. and Mrs. Zim resided in Tavernier, where she assisted with his research and writing. She also traveled extensively until his death in 1995. 
Mrs. Zim resided in Tavernier until her death.
For the past several years, she was a supporter of wildlife causes and worked as a hospice volunteer.
She is survived by three children, Michael Showe of Media, Pa., Genie DeCou of Shiloh, N.J., and Jonathan Showe of Sewickly, Pa.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be scheduled for Greenwich, N.J., and Tavernier. Cremation took place at the Laurel Lawn Crematory in Upper Deerfield Township, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, Tavernier 33070, which Mrs. Zim actively supported.
Arrangements were handled by Freitag Funeral Home, Bridgeton, N.J.

Charles Francis “Charlie” “Chuck” Neugebauer, 54, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001. 
He was born on Dec. 12, 1946, and was predeceased by an infant sister and his parents, Edward and Rosemary Powers Neugebauer.
Mr. Neugebauer was born in Farmingdale, N.Y., and lived in Tavernier. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a demolition’s specialist in the Army Special Forces.
Mr. Neugebauer spent several years in Islamorada where he was the manager of the Chevron Station and Mini Market at Holiday Isle and parked his black and gold Police Special Harley out front.
He and his family left the Keys to go to Colorado, where he made wood furniture. 
He is survived by his wife, Terri Massie Neugebauer and her parents Buford and Jacqueline Massie; stepchildren, Amanda Lee, Angelica and Adam Grant Gallardo; children Chuck (Angie) Neugebauer of Brunswick, Ga.., Michelle (Waymon) Hair of Linden, N.C., and Kayne Neugebauer of Matamoras, Pa.; brothers, Ed-ward C. Neugebauer of Pueblo, Colo., Thomas M. (Judy) Neugebauer and John F. (Mary) Neugebauer of Brunswick, Ga.; grandchildren, Chez and Seth Neugabauer and Casey and Dillon Hair; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services took place July 25. Burial will take place at a New York national cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Vail, Colo. 

Alan M. Brzezinski, 49, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, of brain cancer.
Mr. Brzezinski was born and raised in Chicago, where he worked in the deep tunnel project. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Eileen.
He moved to Titusville in early 1980 and was employed with Brevard County for 13 years. 
He moved to the Florida Keys in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Tamara; children, Alan of Titusville and Stephanie of Tavernier; brothers, Robert and Kenneth of Mount Prospect, Ill., and other family members and close friends.
Services were held on Saturday, July 28 at Spirit and Truth Ministries. His ashes will be scattered in early September in the ocean off the Keys.
Beyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Stephen Paragus, 86, of Key Largo, died at Plantation Key, Convalescent Center on Tuesday, July 24, 2001. 
He was a teacher with the Bayonne, N.J., school system, and retired to the Keys 20 years ago. 
Mr. Paragus was a member of the Moose and Elks. 
He is survived by his wife Lorraine; daughter Pam (Brent) Brandes of Key Largo and son Stephen (Rosalind) Paragus of Key Largo.
Private family services were held. 
Beyer Funeral Home handled the cremation arrangements.

Francis P. Duckett, 92, of Tavernier, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2001. 
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a sister, Cecilia Vickers and several nephews and nieces.
Services took place at the San Pedro Catholic Church in Tavernier.
Branam Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

George N. Graham, 77, of Ocklawaha, died in his home on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 from complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He was born on April 10, 1924, in Mineola, N.Y., and lived in Key Largo for 10 years.
Mr. Graham was a retired Miami firefighter. He served in the Navy in World War II, and was a life member of the VFW 4493 in Candler. He moved to Central Florida in 1960.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; and two sons, William Graham of Key Biscayne and Gary Graham of Royal Oak, Mich.

Audrey Woodward of Tavernier died Monday, July 30, 2001.
She was a longtime resident of the Florida Keys, having been a Tavernier resident for more than 30 years.
She is survived by two children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Ruth E. Wallace, 78, of Key Largo, died at her home on Saturday, March 31, 2001.
She lived in Clearwater for 20 years before moving to the Keys two years ago to be with her son.
Mrs. Wallace is survived by her son, Jim Wilson of Key Largo; grandsons, Anthony D. Wilson of Homestead and Jeffery S. (Julie) Wilson of Miami; and sister, Mildred Horney of Richmond, Ind.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Burton Memorial United Methodist Church. 
Beyer Funeral Home was in charge of cremation.

Plantation Key resident John Tindell, 88, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Homestead Hospital, of natural causes.
Mr. Tindell moved to Plantation Key from Hialeah in 1972. He was a charter and founding member of the Islamorada Moose Lodge, and served as its administrator for several years.
He was preceded in death, in 1998, by his wife Mary.
A gathering in his memory will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at MM 81.5, at the Islamorada Moose Lodge 2151. The gathering will be followed by a light buffet supper.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make donations to the Moose Heart and Moose Haven Foundation.

Bernice MrKvicka, 89, of Tavernier, died Saturday, March 31, 2001. She was a 37-year resident of Tavernier.
She is survived by her son Anthony MrKvicka of Key Largo; grandchildren, Tracy Guy and Terry Houston; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Branam Funeral Home of Homestead.

Richard F. March, 48, of Islamorada, died Friday, March 30, 2001. 
He was a 25-year resident of the Keys and a gourmet cook in the food service industry. The past five years he has worked at Townsite.
Mr. March is survived by brothers, Edward (Harrier) of West Palm, Donald (Barbara) of Indianapolis, Ind., Kenneth of Islamorada, Robert (Susan) of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Douglas (Barbara) of Atlanta; sister, Kathleen March of Delray Beach; and five nephews.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Beyer Funeral Home.

Stanley Eielson, 85, of Tavernier, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001. 
He was a member of the North Haven, Conn., Masonic Lodge and a member of the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Woodbridge, Conn. 
He worked with Knudsen Brothers Dairy for 40 years. 
He retired to the Keys in 1978 so he could fish year-round.
Mr. Eielson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn. He is also survived by his children, Faith Eielson of Key Largo, Eiel S. (Cindi) Eielson Jr. of Bond, Ore., and Sharon (Dan) Manuel of Delray Beach; grandchildren Heather (Chris) Humphrey of Tavernier, Adam Bradley of Boston, Mass., and Ben (Laura) Bradley of Raleigh, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Morgan Humphrey of Tavernier; sisters, Doris (Gordon) Raynor of Hamden, Conn., and Janet (David) Sandstrom of Cromwell, Conn.; and brother, Rodney (Bernadette) Eielson of Delray Reach.
Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Plantation Key Convalescent Center, Mariners Hospital or the charity of your choice. 
Beyer Funeral Home was in charge of cremation.

Elizabeth (Bessie) O’Neil, who celebrated her 106th birthday on Feb. 22, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2001.
Born in 1895, she was the oldest resident at Plantation Key Convalescent Center. 
The Buffalo, N.Y., native was a Keys resident for 30 years.

Jason David Rausch, 22, of Tavernier, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
He was born Oct. 28, 1978.
Mr. Rausch is survived by his father David (Bonnie) Rausch of Tavernier; mother Jacqueline (Steve) Rausch Klingman of West Palm Beach; grandfather Lester Rausch of California; grandmother Shirley Kassel of Key Largo; brother Steve Klingman of West Palm Beach; stepbrother Andrew (Kimberly) Miller of Key Largo; nephews Kristopher and Kody Miller of Key Largo; and many friends.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22 at Key Largo Baptist Church, MM 106, Lake Surprise.

Dorothy H. Brindle, 82, of Key Largo, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001. 
She was a 22-year resident of the Keys, coming from New Jersey. She was an active volunteer with the Mariners Hospital Auxiliary, the Garden Club, Telephone Pioneers, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Key Largo Civic Club. 
She and her husband made Care Bears for the rescue squad.
She is survived by her sons: Charles (Janet) Brindle of Massachusetts and Richard (Michele) Brindle of New Jersey; grandsons Kevin (Jen) and Douglas of Massachusetts, and Chris (Lori), Jon and Jason, all of New Jersey; and a great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to Mariners Hospital Auxiliary. 
A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 19 at the Bay Harbor Beach. 
Beyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Moses James Belcher Jr., 74, of Miami, formerly of Grundy, Va., died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Coral Gables Hospital following an extended illness.
He was a son of the late Moses J. Sr. and Amanda Pauline Marrs Belcher.
He was a resident of Grundy for several years, a member of the Church of Christ, and a 1946 graduate of Mountain Mission School, Grundy, Va.
After graduation, he entered the Air Force, attaining the rank of sergeant and receiving the World War II Victory Medal. His military career was with the 1272nd Air Transport Squadron as an air operations specialist attending the AAFTS Airplane and Engine Mechanic School. 
He was a member of the American Legion Post 333 of Key Largo. He was a retired foreman for Eastern Airlines and the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John H. Belcher in 1973 and James M. Belcher in 1991.
Mr. Belcher is survived by his wife, Opal Fields Belcher of Miami; two sons, Steven George (Jean) Belcher of Fort Myers, and Dorsey Craig Belcher of Key Largo; three grandchildren, Amanda Grace Belcher, Jill Denise Belcher and Staci Lynne Belcher, all of Fort Myers; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette H. Belcher of Miami and Rose Marie Belcher and children of Key Largo; and niece, Janet B. Lueke of Flower Mount, Texas.
Services were conducted at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.
Full military rites were conducted at the cemetery by members of John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Mission School, 1 Hurley St., Grundy, VA 24614.

Patricia Evelyn Milne Eley, 68, of the Upper Keys, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, following a battle with bladder cancer. 
She was a retired registered nurse, a resident of Tavernier/Islamorada for 13 years and was a member of the Upper Key Largo Garden Club.
She enjoyed gardening, boating, snow skiing and ceramics. 
Mrs. Eley also belonged to the Miami Springs Power Boat Club of Stiltsville for 38 years. 
She is survived by her husband, William Elmer Eley, a retired Miami firefighter; two daughters, both lieutenants in the Miami Fire Department, Karen Eley (Richard) Hamilton of Homestead and Brenda Eley (Mark) Hoppe of Miami; five grandchildren, Kristen, Ricky and Kevin Hamilton, and Diana and Barbara Hoppe; sister, Joan Morgan of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother, Robert Milne of Las Vegas; nieces, Linda Morgan and Susan Morgan-Gallo; and nephew, Stephen Morgan. 
A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 13 at Van Orsdel Funeral Home & Chapel, 11220 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, with viewing to be held between 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by a ceremony. 
Memorials may be made to the Upper Keys Garden Club, P.O. Box 373, Tavernier, FL 33070.

Ralph N. Shores, 76, of Key Largo, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002. He had been a resident of the Keys for 45 years.
He was a lobster fisherman, and worked as a security guard at Buttonwood Bay. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha.
He is survived by his son, Randy; sister, Elvie Ernst; four nephews, Bobby, Daryl, Clifford and David Walters; and a grandson, Gary Watkins.
Beyer Funeral Home was in charge of cremation arrangements.

Robert Edward Barth, 71, of Indianapolis and a winter resident of Key Largo, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002.
Mr. Barth had maintained a residence here for more than 15 years. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1872 and the Upper Keys Humane Society.
Mr. Barth retired as vice president of Barth Electric Co. He started his electrical contracting career as an electrician, and he was a 50-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was past secretary of the Indiana Quarter Horse Racing Association and was a former state champion in rodeo cutting horse competition, having once defeated the reigning national champion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Mr. Barth was a member of Centre Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine.
A lifelong Indianapolis resident, he was a member of the Indiana Sheriffs Association, Police League of Indiana, Brickyard Crossing Golf Club and Ducks Unlimited.
He helped establish and fund the Barth Electric Foundation, which contributes money to various charities.
Survivors include his wife, Patty J. Riggs Barth; daughters, Vicki L. Gillaspy and Sally B. Zier; sister, Barbara J. Neita; brother, Michael G. Barth Jr.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 30 at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel. Burial took place at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers.

Steven C. Jaeger, 50, of Shorewood, Minn., and formerly of Plantation Key, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, of colon cancer at his home. 
Mr. Jaeger owned Sunbird Builders in the Keys during the late 1980s through the early 1990s. 
He had been a member of Island Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Jaeger. 
Mr. Jaeger is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sherry; sons, Derek and Kristopher; mother, Rosella Jaeger; brother, Eddie (Mary); sisters, Nora (Jim) Bergin and Lynn (Curtis) Tanberg of Tavernier; nieces, Lisa (Scott) Rollin and Laura (Gary) Mattson; and many other relatives and friends. 
The funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. Hubert’s Church, Chanhassen, Minn. 
Memorials may be made to the Steve Jaeger Benefit Fund, Beacon Bank, 409 Second St., Excelsior, MN 55331; phone, (952) 474-2307. 

Susan L. Thompson, 45, of Key Largo, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002. She was a veteran of the Army, and an avid motorcyclist.
She is survived by her sister Deborah Burns of Pennsylvania and her fiancé, Steve Rich of Key Largo.
Private services will be held later. Cremation arrangements were handled by the Beyer Funeral Home.

Harold H. Powell, founder and chairman of the board of Powell Electronics Inc., died Friday, March 21, 2003, in Miami. 
Headquartered in his hometown of Philadelphia, Powell Electronics is one of the country’s largest independent, privately owned electronics distributors. 
Mr. Powell maintained residences in Ocean City, N.J., and Ocean Reef Club.
He was born in 1919 on a small farm in Elkton, Md., the sixth son of Bertha and John Powell. 
Powell is survived by his wife, Maria; a son, Bill; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 4 in Philadelphia. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association

Charles P. Campanella, 79, of Tavernier died Friday, March 28, 2003, in his home of many years in the Florida Keys. 
Mr. Campanella, better known as “PaPa Chuck” was an owner and the president of Bentley’s Restaurant in Islamorada. 
He grew up in New Jersey and moved to Miami after the war, where he learned to fly in the Army Air Corps. 
Mr. Campanella was a Miami policeman prior to fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot with National Airlines, which later became a part of Pan American Airlines. 
He enjoyed talking about his days as a police officer, flying, fishing, lobstering and diving.
Mr. Campanella is survived by his son Peter, (Pam) Campanella of Tavernier; daughter, Donna (Mike) McCary and grandson Peter McCary of Tallahassee; brother, Ed (Marie) Campanella; two nephews, Ed (Maria) and their family and Richard Campanella and family all of Passaic, N.J. 
His caregiver, Margarietta Quinteras attended him for 18 months.
Memorials may be made to Burton Memorial Methodist Church Day Care Center in Tavernier. 
A visitation and burial were on Wednesday, April 2. Arrangements were handled by Beyer Funeral Home.

Marie Ann Setnicka, 92, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Sand Point Senior Living Center in Titusville.
She was born in Chicago.
She owned Setnicka’s Meat Market in Cicero, Ill., and The Flame Inn in Lac du Flambeau, Wis.
Mrs. Setnicka was a member of the BPOE Does, Key Largo Civic Club, and the Parrish Hospital Auxiliary.
She was a lifelong hospital volunteer in Tavernier, Chicago and then in Titusville.
Mrs. Setnicka loved bowling and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and daughters, Connie and Honee.
Mrs. Setnicka is survived by her children, Jack (Mary Jo) Setnicka, Lynda (Robert) Schlifkin and Judy (Jay) Donnelly, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville was in charge of arrangements.

Grace E. Spencer, 72, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at her home in Key Largo.
“Amazing Grace,” as she was known, was born Dec. 26, 1930 in Miami, to Ethel Smith and Fay Doty.
She graduated Miami Jackson High School in 1949, was a dance roller skater in her teens and 20s, and worked for 22 years for City National Bank. 
A founding member of the Upper Keys Sailing Club with an uncanny knack for handling boats, she loved fishing, diving, sailing, motorcycling, and hiking the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Trail.
She also enjoyed taking cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera.
Mrs. Spencer is survived by her husband of 41 years, Norris “Don” Spencer, and her two dogs.
The Neptune Society assisted.
A memorial will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Key Largo Baptist Church.

Capt. Roy Leonard, 78, formerly of Islamorada, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas.
Born June 19, 1925, in Canyon Lake, Tex., he was the captain of the Miss Tradewinds and the Captain Winner boats until his retirement in 1989.
Before moving to Islamorada, he was well known as a charter captain and marina owner and operator in Fort Myers Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty J. Leonard; son, R. Lance (Colleen) Leonard of Merida, Mexico; daughter, Debra Noll of Canyon Lake, Texas,; grandchildren, Matthew and Kelsey Noll and Casey and Stephanie Leonard; mother, Marie Leonard of Colorado Springs; and brothers, Arlin Leonard, Colorado Springs, and Edward Leonard, San Diego. 
He was preceded in death by son, Lanny Leonard, and father, Roy Sr.
Capt. Leonard was known as the fishingest cowboy to leave Oklahoma and he never gave up the chance to put a line in the water. 
One of his greatest enjoyments was to hook a fish and hand the rod to a child to have the thrill of catching a fish.

Mary Ellen Schipper, 69, of Tavernier, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003. 
A school teacher at Our Lady of Refuge School in Orchard Lake, Mich., she moved to the Keys 27 years ago.
She worked as a parent teacher liaison and substitute at Plantation Key School. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Islamorada Moose Lodge.
Mrs. Schipper is survived by her children Matt (Brenda) Schipper of Plantation Key, Leslie Schipper of Plantation Key and Kirsten (John) Yeager of Kendall; and grandchildren, Kyle Hawkins, Johnny Yeager, Joslyn Schipper, Zack Yeager and Jordan Rose Schipper.
A celebration of life will be held later. Cremation arrangements were handled by Beyer Funeral Home.

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