Jewel C. Zitch
Zitch, Jewell C., 66 years, of Ridge Manor, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2006. She was born on July 23, 1940 the daughter of Hardy Wilson Turner and Elizabeth L. Schepis. She has lived in Ridge Manor since 1996, moving from Tampa. She worked for Pasco County Schools District Offices. She is survived by: Husband, John E. Zitch; her children: Randall (Karen) Zitch of Riverview, Fl and Pamela McNeil of Tampa; Her siblings: Virginia Johns, Cheryl Gianino, Faye Meredith and Anthony Schepis: Her grandchildren: Austin Zitch, Michael Zitch and Jamie Lively and great granddaughter, Katelyn Lively. Memorial services were 7 p.m, Friday, September 1, 2006 at Hodges Family Funeral Home, Highway 301 Chapel, Dade City. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
Richard "Dick" Yates
Yates, Richard “Dick”, 77 years of Lake Bernadette, Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2006. He was born July 14, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Claude and Catherine Yates.. He has lived in Zephyrhills the last 8 years, moving from Maryland. He worked for the Department of Energy for 42 years. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his daughters, Debbie Hursh of Havre deGrace, MD, Kathy (Stan) Jones of Damascus, MD and Patty (Darron) Long of Damascus, MD; his daughter-in-law, Renea Yates of Alexandria, VA; his sister, Carol (Rick) Zuehlke of Wilmot, NH; his grandchildren Kim (Rob) Paylor, Amanda Jones, Michael Jones, Karen Long, Katie Long, Caroline Yates and Jeffrey Yates. He was preceded in death by his son Douglas Yates in Nov. 2003. Visitation was 5 to 7 pm Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 at Hodges Family Funeral Home, 36327 Highway 54, Zephyrhills. Additional visitation, service and burial will be in Damascus, Maryland the following weekend.
Lottie Bee Porter
Lottie Bee Porter, 88, a resident of Zephyrhills and Washington state, died Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Pasco. She was a long-time resident of Zephyrhills, Florida and moved to Washington state in 2000. Bee was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Charles L. Porter. She is survived by a son, Walter L. Porter, of Louisville, KY; a daughter, Deanna Koerner, of Heppner, OR; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Dade City on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 2:30pm. Pastor Doug Campbell of Bee's church, Zephyr Christian Church officiated.
Watts, Eliza I., 92, of Dade City, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Dade City. A native of Shamrock, Missouri, she moved to this area in 1991. She was a homemaker and is survived by a daughter, Ida Higbee of Dade City. Funeral services will be conducted in Missouri at a later date.
Geradine D. Winter
Winter, Geraldine D., 81 years of Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. She was born December 14, 1924 in Willard, Ohio, the daughter of Russel and Ruth Sparks Figley. She was raised in Ohio, moving to Florida in the late 50’s, living in Clearwater for 30 years before moving to Zephyrhills in 1995. She was a bookkeeper for Burns Services of Safety Harbor. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Winter in December 1970, her daughter and son-in-law Sammie and Jerry Rothman and her granddaughter, Danielle D. Dimitri. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Dee Braucher (Michael) Dimitri of Zephyrhills FL; her son Eric James (Karen Woods) Braucher of Zephyrhills FL; her sister Lorene Diehl of Loudonville, Ohio; brothers, Larry (Karen) Figley, of Willard, OH, Gordon (Ramona) Figley of Willard, OH and Dennis (Judy) Figley of Ashland, Ohio; her grandchildren: Lisa (Michael) Chapman of Holiday FL, Dean Rothman of Birmingham, AL, Bryan (Kim) Rothman of Holiday FL, Andrea (Chris) Quinn of Hickory, NC and Michelle Dimitri of Zephyrhills FL; her great grandchildren Crystal Martinez and Lindsey Chapman; and her faithful and beloved little dog “Tiger". Graveside services were 1 pm Tuesday, August 29 at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater with Pastor Paul McCoy officiating.
Charles Andrew Taylor
Taylor, Charles Andrew, 89, Tampa, Florida passed away August 22, 2006. He was born November 12, 1916 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U. S. Army. Charles loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed golf and was a former member of Pebble Creek Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Doris, one son Charles Taylor Jr, Chesapeake, VA; two daughters, Ginny Sparks, Georgetown, DE and Sandra Starkey, Hunt Valley, MD, five grandchildren, Shelia, Brian, Stephen, Jesse and Monica, and caregiver, Carol Evans, Tampa. He is preceded by his parents Charles Edward Taylor and Maude Miller Taylor, and granddaughter Jennifer Taylor. Services were private.
Luther A. Best
Best, Luther A., 79, of Dade City, FL, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2006 at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. He was born May 15, 1927 in Alabama to Frank & Lennie Mae Best, and moved to the Dade City area in 1948 from Alabama. He was retired from Lykes Pasco Packing Co. in Dade City and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Ruby Mae Best, Dade City, FL; 2 stepchildren: George Sykes, Dade City, FL, Patricia Ann Morris, Georgia; 3 sons: John Franklin Best, Bunnell, FL, Albert Lee Best, Plant City, FL, Eric Best, Dade City, FL; six sisters, one brother, ten grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. A memorial service was held 10am Tuesday (today) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Marjorie “Margie” Barron
Barron, Marjorie “Margie”, 73, of Dade City, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Sunbelt Health Care Center in Zephyrhills. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She will be especially missed by all her family as a member of the “Hayseed Gang” in Webster. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Harry; two daughters, Suzanne Jaynes and her husband, Colby of Dade City and Melanie Feek and her husband, Doug of Vero Beach; three sisters, Mildred Norris of Lakeland, and Juanita Sapp and Reva Salamacha, both of Dade City; and two grandchildren, Jordan and Jared Feek, both of Vero Beach. Funeral services were held at the 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City at 3 p.m.(today) and the family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Gardens.
Swain, Lorraine, of Zephyrhills, died on her 80th Birthday on Friday, August 25, 2006 at Florida Hospital, Zephyrhills. She moved to this area in 1980 from her native Michigan and was a devoted homemaker and was Methodist. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Survivors include three sons, Gerald Swain of Zephyrhills, Rick Swain of Wesley Chapel and Terry Swain of Zephyrhills; two stepdaughters, Donnie Yeager and Janet Miller, both of Michigan; a step son, Gordon Joseph of Michigan; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. Burial will be a Florida National Cemetery at a later date.
Catherine Collins Greif
Greif, Catherine Collins, the oldest resident of San Antonio, died Friday, Aug. 25, at her home. She was 97. Born May 12, 1909, in Pittsburg, PA, she was the daughter of Charles Presley and Grace Davis Slaterbeck. She came to San Antonio in 1921 with her uncle, George Collins, after he read about the city founded as a Catholic Colony some 40 years earlier. She lived in San Antonio with her uncle and his mother, her great-grandmother and namesake, Catherine Collins. And she attended Holy Name Academy, the Catholic girls’ school started by the city’s founder. Catherine returned to Pennsylvania to finish high school, but left her heart in San Antonio. She returned for good in 1930 and married Johnny Greif in 1939. The first of the couple’s four children was born in 1941. Known throughout her life as “Tass,” the result of a young family member’s pronunciation of Catherine as “Tassrin,” Mrs. Greif took a part-time job in 1950 at the San Antonio Post Office. It became a full-time job when her husband died in 1957. She continued to work there until the late 1960s. Mrs. Greif was a devote Catholic and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She is survived by four children: Johnny Greif of San Antonio, Jerry (Lynn) Greif of San Antonio, Jim (Diana) Greif of Dade City, and Virginia (Johnny) McKendree of San Antonio; eight grandchildren: Michael Greif, Edward (Wendy) Greif, Wade (Dionne) Greif, Jenifer Greif, Kim, Bernie McKendree, Mark McKendree, and Kelly McKendree; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation was from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2006 at St. Anthony Church in San Antonio. A Rosary Service followed at 7 p.m. The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 at St. Anthony Church, with the Rev. John Hayes, officiating
Martinez, Willie, 32, of Dade City, FL, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, August 22, 2006, in Zephyrhills, FL. He was born November 12, 1973 in Patterson, NJ, and moved to Dade City 1 year ago from Georgia. He was a welder and a US Army Veteran. He is survived by his 3 children: Ashton Martinez, Cirus Martinez, and Adrianna Martinez; his mother: Carmen & Jesus Agosto; step-sister: Yvonne Agosto; step-brothers: Jason Agosto, Lance Agosto; brother: Jesus Agosto; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 10am Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Hodges Family Funeral Home 5th Street Chapel with Rev. Jose Perez officiating. Burial followed at Florida National Cemetery with military honors. Friends called from 4-7pm Monday evening at the funeral home on 5th Street
Fred J. Miller
Fred J Miller, 57, of San Antonio, FL, died Sat. Aug. 19 at home. He was born in Tampa and has lived in San Antonio for about 14 years. He held a BA from USF, as well as an MBA from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, and had worked as an engineer for Electro-Galileo Optics in Massachusetts after leaving Tampa and before moving to San Antonio. He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer, of Monson, Mass.; a brother, John R. (Joanne) of Jacksonville, two sisters, Patsy Herrmann (Eddie) of San Antonio and Clare Kaminski (Joe) of Land O'Lakes; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Fred C. and his mother, Shirley J. Miller. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Harbor, 14527 7th Street, Dade City, FL, 33525. Memorial Services was held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in San Antonio at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August. 25, 2006 with a time for visiting before the Mass at 6:30 p.m. The body will be cremated and the remains returned to Mass. where his daughter lives.