Samuel G. Seidenberg
Samuel G. Seidenberg, 66, of Englewood, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Benjamin and Rose Seidenberg. He served in the U.S. Navy. He came here 10 years ago from Albany, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife, Loraine of Englewood; sons, Paul Mayakis of California, Michael Van Dyke of Clarksville, N.Y., and William Van Dyke of Delanson, N.Y.; daughters, Lisa Seidenberg of Albany, Rebecca Seidenberg of Denver, Colo., Terry Schinnerer of Knox, N.Y., and Cheryl McIntyre of Altamont, N.Y.; a sister, Barbara Arnow of San Antonio, Texas; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by James A. McKee Funeral Homes, North Port, Fla.
James O. Belton Sr.
James Olan Belton Sr., 94, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003.
He was born Oct. 13, 1909, in Halls, Tenn. He moved to Florida 24 years ago from Cortland, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army for two tours of duty, Army Cavalry 1934 to 1937 and Army Air Corps. 1942 to 1945. He walked the Golden Gate Bridge the day before its actual opening. He was self-employed in the plumbing and heating business. Mr. Belton was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Dad's of Foreign Service, all in Cortland. He also was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Virginia; sons, James Jr. of Germany, and Marty L. of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; sister, Louise Jackson of Piggott, Ariz.; and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter; and two sons.
Memorial service will be held at a later date in Cortland.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Maude B. Chitwood
Maude B. Chitwood, 96, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia.
She was born Jan. 1, 1908, in Scott County, Tenn. She came to Arcadia 18 years ago from Tennessee. She was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia.
She is survived by a daughter, Viola Chitwood of Arcadia; three special daughters-in-law, Jean Vann, Mary Chitwood, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Paula Chitwood of Corbin, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at West Murley Funeral Home Chapel in Oneida, Tenn. Burial will be at Chitwood Cemetery in Oneida. Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Arcadia Chapel of Robarts Funeral Home, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia.
Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Edgar Gogo
Charles Edgar Gogo, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002.
He was born March 28, 1919, in Big Rapids, Mich., to Edgar and Lucile (Snyder) Gogo. He worked as an exchange repairman for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company before his retirement after 30 years of service. Charles was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the American Legion, the VFW in Sebring, Fla., a charter member of the Lions Club International in Rockford, Mich., and the Telephone Pioneers Club. For many years he played Santa for the Michigan Bell Pioneers Club. He was member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Rockford. Charles and his wife of 25 years, Marjorie, moved to this area in 1993.
Charles will be greatly missed by his wife, Marjorie Tourtellotte Gogo; son, Tim Gogo of Rockford; daughters, Sherry Gogo of Grand Rapids, Terri (Joe) Byrne of Rockford, Gwen Rice of Port Charlotte, Sue (Paul) Hooley of Rockford and Karen (John) Groover of St. Cloud, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Norine, and his sister, Adeline.
A celebration of Charles' life will be held at his residence, 21001 Higgs Drive N.W., at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Peace River Telephone Pioneers Club, 25043 Wateau Court, Port Charlotte, FL 33980.
Arrangements by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services of Punta Gorda, Fla. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Lynel T. Robinson
Lynel T. "Lyn" Robinson, 88, of Deep Creek, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002.
Mr. Robinson was born April 1, 1914, to Joseph and Amelia Robinson in Minneapolis, Minn. He moved to this area 23 years ago from Minneapolis. Mr. Robinson was a retired dental laboratory technician. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in North Fort Myers, and the Mound Masonic Lodge 320 and the Knights Templar 23 of Minneapolis.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet; two daughters; Pamela (Robert) Ray of Tennessee and Patricia (Norman) Halenger of Minnesota; two stepdaughters; Roberta (Jerry) Davidson of Florida and Sally (Richard) Watkeys of Michigan; one stepson; Bradley (Sally) Kall of Indiana; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Don F. Snyder
Don F. Snyder, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Punta Gorda.
He was born May 30, 1911, to Vern and Cora Snyder of Nappanee, Ind.
Don loved John Wayne movies and playing golf.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Mae Snyder; and his children, daughter, Donna (Bud) Copsey, sons, Phil (Nancy) Snyder, John Snyder and Craig (Debby) Snyder and stepson Hoyt Hill; sister, Enid Snyder Anglin; and brother, Art (Liz) Snyder.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Clara M. Smith
Clara M. Smith, 82, of Moline, Ill., died Jan. 2, 2003, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda.
Clara has been a winter resident of North Port, Fla., with her husband for the past 14 years. Clara was born Dec. 14, 1920, in Victor, Iowa, to the late Jules and Louisa (Kersse) Van Nevel. She retired from East Moline International Harvester and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline.
Clara will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years, J.R. "Dick" Smith; two brothers, Andrew (Elenore) Van Nevel of Belle Plain, Iowa, and Donald (Jeanne) Van Nevel of Victor; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be in Moline at the DeRoo Funeral Home.
Local arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Service of Punta Gorda. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
(Annie) Clare Steeves
(Annie) Clare Steeves, 88, formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in Tampa, Fla., where she had been living for two months.
Born in Fairmont, Ga., she came to Jacksonville as a child, graduated from Landon High School and belonged to Arlington United Methodist Church, where she met her husband, Hartley A. Steeves. They celebrated their 69th anniversary on Dec. 24. She was a homemaker and was very active for many years as a volunteer at the Arlington Women's Club in Jacksonville, as well as Girl Scouting and teaching Sunday school in the Methodist church.
During World War II she was a volunteer "enemy plane spotter" and USO host. She moved to Port Charlotte in 1990, where she was active in the women's ministry at First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband and their three daughters, Neva Ann Sessums and Karen Morin, both of Tampa, and Rita Shannon of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Frank Cole of Jacksonville; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, in the Memory Garden at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, where family will receive friends after the service.
Contributions to Christian missions of contributor's choice are encouraged in lieu of flowers.
Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa, is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Virginia Vore
Helen Virginia Vore, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in Cape Coral, Fla.
She was born Sept. 30, 1917, in Fountain City, Ind., to William and Edythe Bond and moved to Port Charlotte in 1979 from Richmond, Ind. She was a member of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church. In 1986 she received her 50-year pin from the Fountain City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a charter member.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert L. Vore of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Karen (Kent) Fudge of Houston, Texas, and Linda (Scott) Martin of Macon, Ga.; six grandchildren, Lisa, Duane, Kristi, Brian, Kim and Shawn; and nine great-grandchildren, Sara, Kristen, Hannah, Kara, Aubrey, Ashley, Jeremy, Tyler and Mariah.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. The Rev. James R. Kuse of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church will officiate. Inurnment and committal services will be held at a later date in Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City, Ind.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Arnold S. Lockhart
Arnold S. Lockhart, 96, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Grove Manor Estates, Braintree, Mass., where he had resided for two years. He also had homes in South Chatham, Mass., and Englewood, Fla., where he had wintered for 18 years. He had lived in Waltham, Mass., from 1927 to 1981.
Mr. Lockhart was the husband of the late Esther (Lagerblade) Lockhart and the late Eleanor (Jones) Lockhart. He is survived by two daughters, Dorothy A. Sherrer of Wellesley, Mass., and Barbara L. Campbell of South Weymouth, Mass.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was also the father of the late Richard A. Lockhart of Greenfield, N.H.
Mr. Lockhart was born in Roslindale, Mass., and attended Boston schools. He graduated from Wentworth Institute, where he was a charter member of the Black and Gold Society. His first professional job was at the Vermont State House, drawing plans for the rebuilding of bridges after a major flood. During World War II, he worked at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard. In 1969 he retired from Artisan Industries Inc. in Waltham, where he had been a sales engineer.
Before retiring, Mr. Lockhart had built his own summer home on Cape Cod using only hand tools. He could tackle any job and remained physically active throughout his life, even reupholstering his dining room chairs at the age of 93.
An avid swimmer, he enjoyed ocean and pool swims, even through last summer. As a young father, he introduced his children to the pleasures of mountain climbing and camping. He traveled extensively through the United States and Europe, also taking cruises to South America, Alaska, Hawaii and Scandinavia.
Private services will be held, with burial at Linwood Cemetery, Weston.
Arrangements were made by C.C. Shepherd Funeral Service in South Weymouth, Mass.
Marion F. Mercer
Marion F. Mercer, 92, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and formerly of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born Feb. 20, 1911, in Fredonia, N.Y. She was the 10th great-granddaughter of William Bradford, descendant of an old Florida pioneer family. Mr. Bradford wrote the Mayflower Compact. She was a life-long resident of this area. Marion was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Peace River Order of the Eastern Star 30, Arcadia. She was a member of the Arcadia First Baptist Church, Arcadia.
She is survived by one son, Rodney Mercer of Ocala, Fla.; three daughters, Geraldine (Jerry) Scott of Arcadia, Jo Ann Keene of Lehigh Acres and Thelma Parris of Mt. Dora, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Matt, Brad, Traci, Christi, Steve, Kathy, Britt, Dawn, Wade, Vicki, Jeff and Bryan; 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Mercer, and a granddaughter, Lori.
Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, at the Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at the Arcadia First Baptist Church, Arcadia, with burial to follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia. The Rev. Dan Wade will officiate the service.
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia is in charge of arrangements.