Forrest J. Gorsuch
Forrest J."Rusty" Gorsuch, 80, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004.
He was the son of John and Velma (Leatherman) Gorsuch, born Oct. 22, 1923, in Waterloo, Iowa. Forrest served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He moved to the Port Charlotte area in 1992 from Englewood, Fla. Rusty enjoyed crafting toys for children.
Forrest will be missed by his friend Helen Kaylor of Port Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his wife Janet and a daughter Kathleen.
A memorial service in celebration of Rusty's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte, with the Rev. James Kibelbek officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church, 20035 Quesada Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
John R. Hill
John R. Hill, 69, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Indianapolis, Ind. passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2004.
He was the son of Edwin and Frances (Willde) Hill, born March 25, 1925, in Detroit, Mich.
John retired from GM Truck and Bus Co. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 23 and was active in the Eagledale Football League as coach and league organizer. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards.
John will be greatly missed by his sons; Jeffrey (Rebecca) Hill and Stephen (Theresa) Hill; daughters Lisa (Timothy) Luttrull, Laura (Ramiro) Campins and Linda (Christopher) Wilgus; mother of his children Carolyn Hill; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sisters Ruth Lyons and Betty Kennedy; and a brother Edwin Hill.
A private memorial service is planned at a later date. The family requests memorial donations be made to American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Michele Romano, 94, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly from Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Sept. 10, 2004, at Fawcett Hospital.
He was the son of Vincent and Rockina (Salama) Romano, born Sept. 20, 1909, in Sicily, Italy. Michele came to the United States when he was 10 years old. He was of the Catholic faith and belonged to Holy Name Society. Michele worked as a painter and a decorator and worked at the Empire State Building in New York City. He would proudly say, "I worked at the Empire State Building from start to finish." He was a generous and loving man who helped and loved everyone he met.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Concetta; numerous nephews and nieces who called him "the candy man" because he loved to give Ricola candy to everyone he met.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation, Punta Gorda chapel. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. To express condolences to the family, visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Cremation Center, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Ruth A. Wietzel
Ruth A. Wietzel, 90, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her Sarasota County residence. Arrangements are being handled by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Englewood Chapel.
Lisa A. Davis
Lisa Ann Davis, 49, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her home.
She was born Feb. 26, 1955, in Painesville, Ohio.
Lisa was a resident of Arcadia since 1968. She was a 1974 graduate of DeSoto High School, and was employed at G. Pierce Wood Hospital for 26 years as a nurse's aide. She attended Church of Christ.
Lisa is survived by her mother, Delpha M. Davis of Arcadia; brothers, Mark (Lori) of Port Charlotte, Fla., Mike (Pam), James (Pam) and Steve, all of Arcadia; and sister, Deborah (Charlie) Miller of Arcadia; nine nieces and nephews; and six great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the chapel of Robarts Funeral Home, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 207 E. Magnolia St., Arcadia, FL 34266.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Emmett G. Perdue
Emmett G. Perdue, 86, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, in Leesburg, Fla.
He was born July 4, 1918, in Fort Deposit, Ala.,
Mr. Perdue served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a resident of Arcadia since 1958, and was a retired insurance agent with Liberty National and DeSoto Insurance agencies. He was a charter member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia. Mr. Perdue was an avid hunter and sports fan who enjoyed softball and loved the Bucs.
He is survived by his son, Emmett G. "Jerry" (Pam) Perdue of Brooksville, Fla.; daughter, Sherry (Neill) Tyree of Nocatee, Fla.; grandchildren, Eric (Abby) Tyree of Clewiston, Fla., Mary L. Tyree of Nocatee, Joshua Perdue and Jamie L. Perdue, both of Brooksville; and great-grandchild, Charles Tyree of Clewiston.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mattie "Pat" Perdue, on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia. A joint burial for Emmett and Pat will follow at Joshua Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Larry Mahoney, 60, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004.
He was born March 24, 1944, in West Orange, N.J., to Warren and Emily Mahoney.
Larry served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He received his master's degree in business administration from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He moved from Grand Island, N.Y., to Punta Gorda five years ago. Larry was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was active with St. Vincent DePaul Society, Sacred Heart Chapter.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Joanne Mahoney; and a stepson, Joseph Cormier of Arlington, Va.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren Mahoney.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Dates and times will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society Sacred Heart Conference, 520 Cross St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950, or St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County Inc., 1282 Market Circle, No. 6, Port Charlotte, FL 33953, or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Kay Ponger Funeral Home of Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita V. Morgan
Juanita V. Morgan, 96, of Arcadia, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004.
She was born Sept. 3, 1908, in Arcadia, Fla.
Juanita graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1927. She will be remembered for working for the Holton Electric Co., working at the old Arcadia General Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital before retiring. She was a member of the the First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia.
She is survived by her niece and caregiver, Margie Provau of Arcadia; and several additional nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home Chapel, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia.
Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Holly M. Fowler
Holly MacGibbon Fowler, 61, of Canby, Ore., and formerly of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004.
She was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn., to Hugh C. and Kathryne MacGibbon.
In 1947, her family moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., where they would remain throughout her childhood. Holly was a member of First United Methodist Church while living in Punta Gorda. She attended the schools in Punta Gorda from first grade until her graduation from Charlotte High School in 1962. Holly moved to Jacksonville, Fla., as a young adult where she met her future husband, William Parsons Fowler. She and William were married in Kingsland, Ga. In 1968 they celebrated the birth of a son, followed in 1971, 1975 and 1978 with the birth of three daughters. William resigned his commission in 1973 and in 1974 Holly and her family moved to Aurora, Ore. In 1978 the family settled in Canby. Shortly after moving to Canby, Holly was widowed when on June 6, 1980, her husband, William, lost his battle with cancer. Holly chose to remain in Canby to rear her four children. For over 20 years Holly touched countless lives with her spirit, humor and candor while serving as the receptionist for, and as a member of Canby Christian Church.
Holly is survived by her mother, Kathryne "Kit" MacGibbon; brother, Hugh "Sandy" MacGibbon III; and sister, Heather MacGibbon Waye; four children, Forrest DeVillo Fowler of San Diego, Calif., Courtney Merritt Kelly of Battle Ground, Wash., Lindsay Paige Svedberg of Chesapeake, Va., and Whitney Sue Fowler of Vancouver, Wash.; and three grandchildren, Mackenzie, 12, Madison, 2, and Mason, 6 months.
Memorial services were held on Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Canby Christian Church.
Canby Funeral Chapel of Canby was entrusted with the arrangements and services.
Meryl W. Mundwiler Jr.
Meryl W. Mundwiler Jr., 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Charlotte Harbor Healthcare. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
Mary Ruth Neary
Mary Ruth Neary, 65, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in Port Charlotte.
She was born July 6, 1939, in Scranton, Pa.
She is survived by her father, Vincent J. McAndrew; three sons, Jim F. (Tara) Neary, Jeff (Elizabeth) Neary and Sean M. (Georgia) Neary; two brothers, Joseph (Helen) McAndrew and Paul (Mary) McAndrew; two sisters, Diane (Donald) Wilhelm and Susan (Thomas) Armbrewster; three grandchildren, Hayli, Marina and Blake Neary; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her mother, Ruth McAndrew, and her brother, the Rev. Roy McAndrew.
Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home in Fairfax, Va.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fairfax.
Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borreo, Easy St., Port Charlotte, FL 33980.
Valentine Pio, 84, of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla., and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004.
He was born June 26, 1920, in Union City, N.J.
Mr. Pio was a veteran of World War II. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge Unit 2606 and Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda, Fla. He was the beloved husband, loving father and cherished grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Lou (Firtion); daughters, Laura Susan Banyocu and Cynthia Ellen Pio-Gray; grandchildren, Marc Scott Banyocu, Carson and Logan Gray; brother, Joseph Pio; sister, Johanna Fickert; and sister-in-law, Pat (Arthur) Firtion.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John Pio.
A celebration of life will be at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Punta Gorda Elks Lodge Unit 2606, 25538 Shore Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4254.
Funeral arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla.
Zita M. Stack
Zita M. Stack, 75, Rotonda West, Fla., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 8, 1928, in Chicago, Ill.
Zita moved from Niles, Ill., to the area in 1996. She was a member of the ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. 7712 in Niles and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grove City, Fla.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John; two daughters, Deborah (Robert) Bentchiff of Rotonda West, and Donna (Jerry) Osburn of Niles; son, Brian (Kathy) of Englewood, Fla.; brother, Norbert Nashan of Chicago; and two grandchildren, Mark and Kristin.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at the Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel, is in charge of cremation arrangements.