Connie Hardy, 66, formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in Midland, Texas.
Mrs. Hardy was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Masontown, Pa., to Louis and Sophia Fabbri, the eldest of seven children. She received a bachelor's degree in art and English literature from Seton Hill College. She worked for Boeing in Seattle as a technical illustrator, and owned an art shop in Deadwood, S.D. Mrs. Hardy moved to Midland from Port Charlotte in 1989. She was co-director of the Blakemore Planetarium at the Museum of the Southwest. She also taught for 10 years at Quanah Parker Elementary School. She also held teaching certificates in four states and was an active member of the West Texas Astronomers Club. She was a beloved wife, mother and lifelong educator.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Hardy of Midland, Texas; daughters, Jean (Kurt) Bauer, Colleen (Jim) Hyde of Houston, Texas, and Laura (Joe) Byrnes of Ocala, Fla.; son, William (Cindy) Robertson of Port Charlotte; grandchildren, Taylor Bauer, Michael Glover and Scott Kaufman, Courtney and Chase Robertson, and Allison, Kelsey and Eric Hyde; three brothers; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services have been scheduled for noon Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Ellis Funeral Home chapel in Midland, Texas, with Joe Byrnes officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Midland Memorial Heart Institute, 2200 W. Illinois Ave., Midland, Texas 79701. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, Texas.
Helmuth E. Hoerner
Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Helmuth Ernest Hoerner, 88, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003.
He was born Dec. 4, 1914, in West Bend, Wis., to Ernest Johann and Maria Theresa (Senft) Hoerner. Cmdr. Hoerner was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retiring from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service. He then worked as an aerospace engineer for McDonnell Douglas for 17 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth N. Hoerner of Punta Gorda; son, Robert E. Hoerner of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Christina A. Wichmann of Port Charlotte, Fla.; sister, Edythe Harrer of North Port, Fla.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul H. Russell, First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or to First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda, 459 Gill St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda chapel.
Kenneth L. Lashmett
Kenneth L. Lashmett, 84, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003.
He was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Milford, Neb., and moved to this area in 1972 from Seattle, Wash. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Mr. Lashmett was a retired appraiser for the Florida Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Elks in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Survivors include his daughters, Marcia Holmdahl of Seattle, Rena Paterna of Punta Gorda and Cindy Pomponio of North Port, Fla.; sisters, Leona McKiel of Nebraska and Phyllis Mullen of Arizona; grandchildren, Ben Britton and Erica McNiff, both of Seattle, Aaron Wiener, Michael Paterna, both of Orlando, Fla., Tristen Wiener of Cape Coral, Fla., and Leah Paterna of Port Charlotte; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Newport Condominium Clubhouse, Kings Highway, Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, 19802 N.E. 148th St., Woodinville, WA 98072.
Florence Lawler, 92, formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, in Michigan.
She was born Dec. 3, 1910, in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Port Charlotte in 1975 from Ohio. She had resided in Michigan since 1997. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where she had been an usher for several years.
She is survived by her son, Edward (Aixia) Lawler Jr. of Key Largo, Fla.; her son-in-law, Robert Cameron of Pinconning, Mich.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1987; and her daughter, Phyllis, in August of this year.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated following the visitation at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2500 Easy St., Port Charlotte, with entombment to follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens. The family has entrusted care and services to Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
Laura M. Moore
Laura M. Moore, 86, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, in Port Charlotte.
She was born April 22, 1917, in Ontario, Canada. Laura worked as a clerk for Kemper Insurance for many years, before retiring in 1988. She had been in Port Charlotte since 1989, coming from Los Angeles, Calif.
Laura is survived by her loving daughter, Bonnie (Dick) Levitan of Groose Pointe Farms, Mich.; sister, Ethel M. Martin of Port Charlotte; two grandchildren, Bradley Levitan of Harper Woods, Mich., and Susan Levitan Lobsinger of Mount Pleasant, Mich.; and two great-grandchildren, Randy and David Levitan of Harper Woods.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, in 1988; and sister, Jacqueline Barnes, in 2000.
A celebration of Laura's life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Bon Secours Place, 18400 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Laura's name to Bon Secours Place, 18400 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Port Charlotte chapel.
Dorothy Busche, 87, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003.
Mrs. Busche was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Washington County, Ind., to John C. and Kate (Harvey) Davis. Dorothy was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years in the Jacksonville public school system in Jacksonville, Ill. Following retirement, she and her husband, Henry, moved to Rotonda West from there. She was a member of Hardensburg United Methodist Church in Hardensburg, Ind., and Jacksonville First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. They attended Faith Lutheran Church in Rotonda West.
Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Henry E. Busche; son, Frederick D. (Diane) of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Patricia Ann (David) McNamara of North Prairie, Wis.; five grandchildren, Justin, Amber, Bronwyn, Kathryn and Michael; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church at a later date. Funeral services and burial will be at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. Local arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel.
Claircina D. Savain
Claircina D. Savain, 33, of North Port, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.
She was born Jan. 26, 1970, in St. Marc, Haiti, and came to this area seven years ago from Bradenton, Fla. Mrs. Savain worked as a glazier for PGT. She was of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Savain will be deeply missed by her husband, Pierre E. Savain of North
Port; two sons, Olivier K. and Rhadner S. Savain of North Port; mother, Manuela Louinord of Port Charlotte, Fla.; father, Dieugrand Derival of Guadalupe; three brothers, Andrice Derival, Gamille, and Jeannot, all of Haiti; and five sisters, Renette and Ketty Julis of Florida, Sophonie Louinord of Port Charlotte, Wisline Alexis of North Port and Lucifie of Haiti.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, 3044 Caring Way, Port Charlotte. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Sotero Cornejo, 45, of Arcadia, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003.
He was born Sept. 15, 1957, in Atotonilco, Mexico. He moved to Arcadia 20 years ago from Mexico. He was a citrus crew leader. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Eliud Cornejo of Arcadia; five daughters, Narce Dalia Cornejo of Salt Lake City, Utah, Flora Cornejo, Vienette Cornejo, Sandra Cornejo and Celestina Cornejo, all of Arcadia; two sons, Isidro Cornejo and Sotero Cornejo Jr., both of Arcadia; and three sisters, Elena (Pablo) Saucedo of Texas, Tecla (Antonio) Renteria of Tyler, Texas, and Senaida Cornejo of Mexico. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Paulino Cornejo and Arturo Cornejo.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 18, Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Arcadia. Burial will be at Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Dorothy W. Axtell
Dorothy W. Axtell, 86, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at her Port Charlotte residence.
She was born Dorothy Marie Webb on Dec. 16, 1917, in Hollis, Okla.
Dorothy married Fred W. Axtell. She moved to the Port Charlotte area in 1956 from Las Vegas, N.M. The Axtell family owned and operated Axtell Automotive Service in Charlotte Harbor, Fla., for many years. Dorothy was a Methodist.
She is survived by her son, Fred R. (Sally) Axtell of Port Charlotte; and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Robert A. and Gwen Axtell of Bradenton, Fla. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred W. Axtell.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the Port Charlotte Chapel of Roberson Funeral Home, followed by committal services and burial at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. The Rev. J. Ralph Burton Jr. officiated.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Robert L. Whitworth Sr.
Robert L. Whitworth Sr., 76, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004.
He was born May 30, 1928, in Laurens County, S.C.
Mr. Whitworth served in the U.S. Army. He was a supervisor at the Fort Myers Housing Authority and dedicated his retirement years to bringing smiles and laughter to seniors by doing parties and activities for them.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Constance King of Richland, Va., Carol Skoby of Newberry, Fla., Jeanie Stone of Georgia, and Linda Phillips of Liberty, S.C.; son, Larry of Simpsonville, S.C.; sister, Clara Jean Moon of Maulden, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Pentecostals of Englewood, 2960 S. McCall Road, Englewood.
Gerry Rios, 49, of Arcadia, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Tampa, Fla.
He was born Nov. 7, 1954, in Lubbock, Texas.
Mr. Rios moved to Arcadia in 1975. He was employed as an agriculture labor contractor. He was a member of Apostolic Tabernacle in Wauchula, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; parents, Ernesto and Irene Rios of Arcadia; sons, Jerry and Abel Rios of Texas, Freedom and Joshua Rios of Arcadia and Ramon Garcia of Indiana; daughters, Danielle Rios and Lucy Garcia of Arcadia; brothers, Ernesto Rios Jr. and Ernest Lee Rios of Arcadia, Armando Rios of Ruskin, Fla., and Gilberto Rios of Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Sylvia Moya of Texas, Linda Rios, Yolanda Rios and Rachel Rios, all of Arcadia, Lisa Valdez of Wauchula and Veronica Soria of Ruskin; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Robarts Family Garden Chapel, 529 W. Main St., Wauchula. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Apostolic Tabernacle, 640 E. Apostolic Way, Wauchula, with burial at Wauchula Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Robarts Family Funeral Home, Wauchula.
Donald B. Davis Sr.
Donald Buckingham Davis Sr., 74, of Punta Gorda, Fla., Annapolis, Md., and Madison, Conn., died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003.
He was born May 13, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a loving husband and a loving father.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Weaver); his children, Richard and Angel Davis of Rock Hill, S.C., Steven and Nancy Davis of Old Lyme, Conn., Kenneth and Vicki Davis of Scituate, Mass., Donald and Atoussa Davis of Arnold, Md., and Elizabeth and Randy Budge of Westminster, Md.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Joyce (Caswell) Davis; his brother, Jim Davis; his sister, Jackie Ahern; and his grandson, Rick Davis.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, in Maryland.
Donations may be made to Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity, P.O. Box 496088, Port Charlotte, FL 33949. Arrangements are by Miller Funeral Home, Woodbridge, Va.
Barbara J. Scott
Barbara Jean Scott, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in Port Charlotte.
Barbara was born March 13, 1927, in Corsicana, Texas, the daughter of Richard H. and Alice E. Harwell. She was the beloved wife of Derrill D. Scott. The couple had been married 57 years and moved to Port Charlotte 30 years ago from Alexandria, Va. Mimi, as she was affectionately called, retired from the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and later was a crossing guard for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. Mimi was known for her love of life, and living it to the fullest. She was happiest when she had her whole family around her.
She leaves behind two sons, Bill (Joyce) Scott and Rocky (Jean) Scott of Fairfax Station, Va.; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Estrada of Port Charlotte; four grandchildren, Lee McDaniel of Alexandria, Kevin and Sheryll Estrada of Port Charlotte and Lyndsey Scott of Fairfax Station; a great-granddaughter, Kylee Estrada of Port Charlotte; and two sisters, Alice McKissack of Wyle, Texas, and Leila Newmark of Port Charlotte.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Harwell Jr.; and a sister, Phyllis Kenner.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. James Episcopal Church in Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Charlotte County, P.O. Box 495021, Port Charlotte, FL 33948.
Alan D. Daugherty
Alan Douglas Daugherty, 44, of Englewood, Fla., Honolulu, Hawaii, and formerly of Venice, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Hawaii.
He was born Jan. 1, 1959, in Long Island, N.Y. He was a resident of Englewood since 1991. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, working as an aircraft mechanic. He was of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his parents, Carmen and Robert Daugherty of Englewood; a brother, James R. Daugherty of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Enid I. Daugherty of Great Falls, S.C., Doreen E. West of North Port, Fla., and Dorcas A. Milligan of Bradenton, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Purcell Funeral Home in Bushnell, Fla., with the Rev. Ronald Marecki officiating. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with military honors rendered by the Marine Corps League 708. Arrangements are by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.