Margaret J. Geerinck
Margaret J. Geerinck, 75, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Geerinck was born Dec. 19, 1927, in Paterson, N.J., to John and Margaret (Hughes) Draper. Margaret was a registered nurse for more than 50 years, retiring from St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson in 1988, when she and her husband, Ed, moved to Englewood from there. She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, P. Ed Geerinck; daughter, Patricia Morris of Mahwah, N.J.; sons, Mark of Old Tappan, N.J., and Richard of Beachwood, N.J.; brothers, John Draper of Woodbury, N.J., William Draper of Elmwood Park, N.J., and Joseph Draper of California; and five grandchildren, Marlene, Austin, Trevor, Cameron and Preston Geerinck.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southwest Florida, Charlotte County Chapter, c/o Hospice Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel.
Arthur H. Graham
Arthur H. Graham, 77, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Bon Secours-Venice Hospital.
He was born July 28, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Arthur served as a Merchant Marine during World War II and retired as a harbor pilot. He moved to the Punta Gorda area in 1980 from New York. He was a member of Christ Community United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 110, both in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Millicent E. Graham; a son, Douglas A. Graham of Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y.; and daughter, Laura E. Johnson of Middletown, N.Y.; one brother, Richard Martin of Daleville, Va.; two grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. A private committal will be held in New York at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Children's Mission Fund, Christ Community United Methodist Church, 2700 Sunnybrook Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33983.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Janet E. Michels
Janet Elsie Michels, 74, of Zolfo Springs, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in New York, N.Y.
Janet moved to Florida in 1970 from Levittown, N.Y. She was a Methodist.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann Claar of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two sons, James A. Michels and Thomas J. Michels, both of Zolfo Springs; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Restlawn Chapel, with the Rev. J. Ralph Burton Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Lois E. O'Malley
Lois Elnora O'Malley, 99, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Julian Vargas, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at his residence in Port Charlotte.
He was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Cuba, and was of the Catholic faith.
There are no known survivors.
Graveside service and interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Indian Springs Cemetery in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Carl Webster, 76, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Englewood Community Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood Chapel.
Harold Dayman, 49, of Nocatee, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Fla.
Mr. Dayman was born Dec. 27, 1954, in Sebring, Fla. He was the son of Henry and Corine Dayman.
He attended school in Wauchula, Fla. He was a hard worker and a kind and generous person who helped and encouraged people who needed help.
He is survived by to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted earthly companion, Juldine Williams of Nocatee; one daughter, Kanta Dayman; two sons, Harold Dayman Jr. and Tyrone Dayman of Lakeland, Fla.; cousin, Mattie Pearl Williams of Wauchula; his extended family, Rosie Mae (Alberta) Williams, R.C. (Queenie) Williams, Charles Williams of Arcadia and Willie C. (Lizzie) Williams Jr. of Fairfax, S.C.; friends, Betty (Eddie) Norris, Barbara Tisdale, Johnnie (Grace) Scott, the Rev. James (Dorothy) Tice, Anthony Holmes, James (Donna) Webb; and many more friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Corine Dayman.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Hickson Funeral Home, 142 S. Orange Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Nocatee with the Rev. Luris E. Caldwell and the Rev. Sammie Edminson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Joseph B. Collins
Joseph B. Collins, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte.
He was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Clifford, Ind., the son of Alex and Minie Collins. He married Julia Vetter Collins on April 22, 1962, in Columbus, Ind. He retired in 1974 after 35 years at Arvin Industries, where he was a manager of automotive engineering. Mr. Collins moved to Port Charlotte 29 years ago from Columbus. He was a member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Port Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Julia; sons, Daniel Collins of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Stephen Collins of Columbus; and their mother, Mary V. Konkle of Franklin, Ind. Also surviving are his sons, Steven Vetter of Tampa, Fla., Gregory Vetter of Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Beverly McDermott of Columbus; his grandchildren, Pam Dunleavy of Dearborn, Mich., Lisa Estep of St. Lyon, Mich., Gwen Fitzpatrick of Pekin, Ind., Steve Vetter Jr., Kurt Vetter, both of Bradenton, Fla., Trisha Campbell of St. Petersburg, Fla., Gary Traylor, in the military, Adam and Seth Collins, Erin Barthlow, Kevin McDermott and Jeff Vetter, all of Columbus; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and from 1 p.m. until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Norman Funeral Home in Hope, Ind., with the Rev. James Kuchera of First Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at Flatrock Baptist Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Church of Christ; or to the charity of your choice. The family has entrusted local care and services to Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home.
Walter E. Meloy
Walter E. Meloy, 97, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.
He was born Sept. 15, 1906, in Zanesville, Ohio, to William Taggart and Ida Alberta (Eschman) Meloy. Mr. Meloy was owner of Meloy Furnace Co. and WEHA Construction Co., both in Zanesville. Mr. Meloy moved to the Port Charlotte area 29 years ago from Zanesville. He was a member of Port Charlotte Church of Christ, where he instructed many classes and was instrumental in the church.
Survivors include his granddaughter, Leslie Jones Schuldt of Port Charlotte; two grandsons, Douglas Keith Jones of Port Charlotte and Jeffery Meloy Jones of Hollywood, Fla.; three great-grandsons, William Schuldt, Nathan Schuldt and Jacob Jones; his sister, Lulu McKee of Cambridge, Ohio; four nieces and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Mabel Meloy; daughter, Linda Jones; sisters, Juanita and Louise; and brothers, Robert, William, Harry, Howard, Clifford and Hubert.
There will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Port Charlotte Church of Christ, 20484 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte, with Robert L. Combs, minister, officiating. Private burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte chapel.
Thomas P. Mullaly
Thomas Patrick "Pat" Mullaly, 56, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Pat was born May 18, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He had been a resident of Port Charlotte for 15 years, coming from New York. He was a member of the American Legion for 25 years. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly.
He left behind his loving wife, Jessica Mullaly; children, Shannon Mullaly, Edward Dailey, Kelly Couchman and Jackie McClaine; two sisters, Maureen Holcolmb and Kathleen Mullaly; two brothers, Mike and Terry Mullaly; six grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan, Paige, Parker Scholand, Tiffany and Brandon Bunch; and a very lovely former wife, Judge Kathleen Loimer Mullaly.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, John A. and Rita Mullaly; and his brother, John Mullaly.
Memorial services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at American Legion Post 110.
All flower donations may be made to St. Johns Evangelist School, 30 Martha St., Spencerport, NY 14559. Arrangements are by ICS Cremation Society Inc. of Harbour Heights, Fla.
Dwight L. Palmer Sr.
Dwight L. Palmer Sr., 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.
He was born March 27, 1921, in Grape Creek, Ill., and moved to this area 14 years ago from Danville, Ill. Mr. Palmer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a maintenance person at St. James Methodist Church and the Veterans Administration hospital, both in Danville.
Survivors include his wife, Norma E. Palmer; daughters, Judy L. Lucas of Fort Myers, Fla., and Cynthia A. Brown of Mooresville, Ind.; son, Dwight L. Palmer Jr. of Danville; grandchildren, Jennifer Estock and Nicole Nelson, both of Florida; Brian Brown and Brenda Connor, both of Indiana; Scott Bays, Mike Palmer and Doug Palmer, all of Illinois; and 12 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Amverell "Amy" Pfaller, 83, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003.
She was born Jan. 21, 1920. She moved to Punta Gorda in 1986 from South Bend, Ind.
Amy is survived by her loving husband of more than 64 years, Carl Lewis Pfaller of Punta Gorda; her son, Richard (Renee) Pfaller of South Bend; her daughter, Shirley (Larry) Wygant of Clay Township, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be no local services. Funeral services and entombment will take place in Indiana.
The family has entrusted care and services to Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda.
Glenn D. Schaffer Sr.
Glenn D. Schaffer Sr., 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Richardson, Texas.
Glenn was born Oct. 17, 1911, in Toledo, Ohio. He married Martha S. Schroder on June 24, 1939. He retired from the Dairymen's Association of Detroit. They lived in and around the Detroit area until 1971, when they moved to Port Charlotte. Glenn was a life member of Detroit Metropolian Craft Masonic Lodge 519, Detroit Ashler Chapter 378, Order of the Eastern Star and a past high priest and life member of Sojourners, Royal Arch Masons Chapter 157. Glenn was a founding member of Port Charlotte Yacht Club, where he remained active until his death.
Survivors include his two daughters, Donna (Les) Abbott of Arlington, Texas, and Carolyn Nystrom of Birmingham, Mich.; son, Glenn (Karen) Jr. of Richardson; grandchildren, Leslie Abbott Jr., Donald Nystrom and Sarah Abbott; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice; or Hospice of Port Charlotte, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Arrangements are by North Dallas Funeral Home, Dallas, Texas.
Mary E. Molthop
Mary E. Molthop, 85, of Rotonda, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.
She was born Thanksgiving day, 1917, to William and Etta Deckman. She lived her early years in Lancaster County, Pa. At Collingswood High School in New Jersey, she lettered all four years in field hockey and basketball. She and Jack Molthop were married in 1939. Mary was the starting right wing on the All-American U.S. Field Hockey team that competed in Holland and Great Britain in the early 1950s. This team was the first U.S. women's field hockey team to ever gain a victory in Europe and the team went on to win 13 games on this tour. Mary was South Jersey Women's Amateur Golf Champion and, over many years, won golf championships and received golf awards too numerous to list. She and Jack moved to Florida in 1974 and to Rotonda in 1987. She was a member of Rotonda Golf and Country Club, Englewood Orchid Society and New Jerseyans of Florida. She was a courageous and gentle soul who will be greatly missed by her many friends and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacklyn (Robert) Writz of Denver, Colo.; her niece, Kate Stahl of Sarasota, Fla.; and grandsons, Chris of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rob of Boulder, Colo.
Services will be private. Memorial gifts may be directed to Hospice of Southwest Florida, c/o Hospice Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Cremation arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel.
Emily D. Schneider
Emily D. Schneider, 91, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.
She was born Dec. 14, 1911, in Long Island, N.Y. She moved to Arcadia 26 years ago from Long Island. She was an office clerk in the sugar industry. She was a member of St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Arcadia.
She is survived by one brother, Richard H. (Grace) Crawford of Fort Ogden, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Schneider; brothers, William "Bill" Crawford, Elmer Crawford and Frank Crawford; and a sister, Mabel Schaefer.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 17, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home. There will be a cremation. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Rebecca L. Burns
Rebecca L. Burns, 64, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
She was born July 4, 1940, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Rebecca worked at St. Francis Hospital and Community Hospitals in Indianapolis, and also worked at Venice hospital in Venice, Fla. She retired as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and the Deborah Foundation, a group offering financial support to Deborah Hospital in New Jersey.
Rebecca is survived by her son, Don Honea; daughter, Lee A. Bernard; brother, Tom Stansberry; grandchildren, Rosie Honea, Jaime Bernard and Rachel Buckle; and cousins, Sally Schaad and Clifton Bush.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Burns. Visition is from 11 a.m. until services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Usher Funeral Home, 2313 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. Online condolences and sign the guest register at www.usherfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or American Heart Association, Att: Memorials, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.
Arrangements are by Usher Funeral Home, Indianapolis.