Richard G. Schoenbacher
Richard G. "Animal" Schoenbacher, 60, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died
Sept. 6, 2002 of a massive heart attack at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
He was born May 5, 1942 in Chicago, Ill., and came to this area 33 years ago from there. Mr. Schoenbacher was a member of the American Legion Post 110, Port Charlotte, Fla., was an avid Harley enthusiast and worked for Charlotte County for 27 years.
Survivors include his wife Barbara N. Schoenbacher of Port Charlotte, Fla.; stepson Gary Nickerson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; stepdaughter Kimberly Nickerson of Clearwater, Fla., brother Kris Nielsen of Oaklawn, Ill., sisters Terry Mozzi of Mokena, Ill., and Jean Storie of Missouri, two stepgrandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11, 2002 at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33980. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Wenona Jean Williams
Wenona Jean Williams, 72, of Englewood, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at her Charlotte County residence.
Born on Aug. 23, 1930 in Standish, Mich. to Harvey and Connie (Townsend) Bronson, she had been a resident of Englewood for 15 years, coming from Rose City, Mich. Mrs. Williams was the office manager for her husband's medical practice for 47 years.
She was a life member of Zion Rose Chapter 117, Order of the Eastern Star in West Branch, Mich., and she attended the Englewood United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Dr. William Williams; one daughter: Teri Hagerty of Englewood; two sons, Bill Williams of Nokomis, Fla., and John Williams of Englewood; four sisters, Grace Potter of Pontiac, Mich., Connie Gillings and Nancy Wainwright both of Oscoda, Mich., and Vicky Duley of Sandusky, Mich.; one brother, Gerald Bronson of Cheboygan, Mich.; five grandchildren, John Williams of Englewood, Jessica Williams-Close of Englewood, Emily and Allison Williams of Nokomis, Fla. and Joshua Williams of Marysville, Mich.
All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South West Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 in memory of Mrs. Williams. Englewood Community Funeral Home has been selected to handle arrangements.
Lillian E. Dunn
Lillian E. Dunn, widow of James H. (1994), loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend, died peacefully at home with her family on Sept. 7, 2002.
She was born in Watertown, N.Y. on March 26, 1921, the daughter of Roy J. and Ethel Greene and graduated from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1942. On Dec. 22, 1945, she and James were married. Lillian will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Lillian was an outstanding and knowledgeable educator having taught primary-aged children for 26 years in Dexter, Belleville, Averill Park, Liverpool, Whitesboro and Mohawk, N.Y. Colleagues knew here as an exemplary professional, truly dedicated to her students. Lillian loved spending, time and created many memories for her family, at a summer home on Millsite Lake, N.Y. She had many wonderful friends in North Port, Fla., where she spent winters. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church wherever she lived, Liverpool, Ilion, Canandaigua, N.Y. and Englewood, Fla. She was committed to the religious education of children and served as a leader in the United Methodist Women.
She was devoted to her children, Don (Sharon) Dunn and Beth (David) Herendeen; grandchildren, Terra Maney, Krista LaRocque, Tricia Rizo, Jim Dunn, Chad, Nathan and Kyle Herendeen; friend of 45 years, Eileen Vivlemore; daughter-in-law, Diane; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford; niece, Linda; brother-in-laws, Earl and John; and nephews, Jim, Bob and John.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 14 at the First United Methodist Church, Canandaigua. A reception hosted by the UMW will follow in the Parlor. She will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund at the First United Methodist Church of Canandaigua or Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 PreEmption Road, Geneva, NY 14456-1336. Fuller Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
Bill Allen, 64, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.
He was born Feb. 10, 1940, in Christmas, Fla.
Bill moved to Punta Gorda 15 years ago from Anchorage, Alaska. He was active in the Eagles Club and the Moose Lodge in Port Charlotte, Fla. He served as a past president and was an active member of the Charlotte County Country Music Club. He enjoyed dancing, singing and gaming.
Bill is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Betty Lanham; his two brothers, Dewayne Allen of Anchorage and Harvel Allen of Colorado; a stepson, Larry Tippens of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a granddaughter and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at the Eagles Club, at the corner of Kings Highway and Harborview Road in Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Port Charlotte Eagles Club or the Charlotte County Country Music Club, 3376 Peace River Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33983.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
Nancy L. Lees-Fernandes
Nancy L. Lees-Fernandes, 55, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was born Oct. 9, 1948, in Acushnet, Mass. Mrs. Lees-Fernandes relocated to Port Charlotte from New Bedford, Mass., in 1991.
She is survived by her husband, Steven N. Fernandes of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Sherry Cardinal of Rochester, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Chelsea Ann Hunderup of Port Charlotte; two sisters, Joyce Senna of Palm Bay, Fla., and Robin Prezner of Rochester; her mother, Laura Andrews of Rochester; and three grandchildren, Heather, Jarid and Hans. She was preceded in death by her father, William Lees, in 1996; and her brother, Russell Wayne Lees, in 1976.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at the Port Charlotte Chapel of Kays-Ponger Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Bernard E. Gallagher
Bernard Edward Gallagher, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2004.
He was the son of Edward and Leona (Buennagel) Gallagher, born Oct. 9, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Bernard served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked for Bailey Meter Company as an electrical engineer and with the State of Minnesota as an EPA before retiring from both. Bernard was the sole inventor of the multi-zone furnace temperature and atmosphere control system on which he held a U.S. Patent. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1782.
Bernard will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Anita; daughters Mary Ann Byrne of Indianapolis, and Charlotte Gallagher of Good Thunder, Minn.; sons Paul Gallagher of Ames, Iowa, Mark Gallagher of Chatahoochee, Fla., and Ed Gallagher of Lake City, Minn.; sister Marie Conley of Cincinnati, Ohio; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at San Antonio Catholic Church in Deep Creek, Fla., with Father Phil Sheffeld officiating. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hurricane Relief Fund, c/o St. Vincent dePaul, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980. 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.
Virgil W. Goff
Virgil William "Bill" Goff, 57, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.
He was born Oct. 22, 1946, in Punta Gorda, and was the firstborn son of Virgil and Betty Goff.
In 1961, Bill became a baptized Jehovah's Witness and remained faithful throughout his life. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School in 1964. He was a commercial fisherman in the past, working hard as a framer, carpenter and supervisor with his son, Rick Goff. He was a loving husband and a devoted father to his children, and was blessed with six wonderful grandchildren. Bill was loved by all who knew him and is greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy Bules Goff; his children, Rick William (Amander Gardner) Goff, Teresa Goff, Melissa Goff (Brian) Ewing and Timothy (Daniel Buglivia) Goff; grandchildren, Derik, Lucas, Taylor, Brenna, Rebecca and Gavin; brothers, Dennis, Larry and Steve; and sisters, Claudia Goff Aurandt and Linda Goff Bryant.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, in the Punta Gorda Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 27265 Jones Loop Road.
Mildred Ingram Leaman, 88, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Thomas County, Ga.
Mrs. Leaman lived in DeSoto County for most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Limestone Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ross B. Leaman; one brother, John Giles "J.G." Ingram Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Robarts Funeral Home, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia.
John D. Durden
John D. Durden, 70, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and most recently of Wooster, Ohio, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, following an extended illness.
Mr. Durden was born Jan. 18, 1933, in Akron, Ohio, to Frank and Jessie (Thorn) Durden. Since 1989, he had divided his time between Florida and the Akron area, most recently having homes in Punta Gorda and Wooster. He was a 1955 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College with a bachelor's degree in French, English and music, and a 1963 graduate of Kent State University with a master's degree in curriculum and supervision. Additionally, he studied at the University of Akron, Ohio State University and West Chester State University in Pennsylvania. Studies in foreign languages took him to the universities of Poitiers, Dijon and Paris, France, and to Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. He taught French and English in Akron schools from 1956 to 1970 and from 1971 to 1972. During the 1970-71 school year, he taught American literature and French in the bi-national school in Bogota. In 1972, he was appointed to the position of foreign language curriculum specialist for Akron schools, a post he held until his retirement in 1987. From 1984 to 1987, he was also the coordinator for bilingual education. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, and the Ohio and Summit County Retired Teachers Associations. He was a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a men's professional music fraternity; emeritus member and past president of the Ohio Foreign Language Association; a member of Elliott Masonic Lodge in Canal Fulton, Ohio; and a 32nd degree Mason in the Akron Scottish Rite Consistory.
He is survived by a sister, Barbara (Cecil) Murphy; a niece, Debra Kesling; and nephews, Richard (Connie) Murphy and Cecil R. Murphy, all of Wooster. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister.
It was his wish to be cremated. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. Brent Durham officiating. There will be a committal service at 3:30 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park in Akron. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Choir Fund, C/O St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1671 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313. Arrangements are by Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, Wooster.
Leonard J. H. Miller
Leonard John Henry Miller, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Miller was born Dec. 24, 1911, in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Warren of Tampa, Fla., Donald (Sue) of Valley City, Ohio, Brian (Ann) of Athens, Ohio, Craig of Davie, Fla., and Mark of West Lake, Ohio; sister, Edith Miller of Mesa, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Lutheran Church of the Cross.
Memorial donations may be made to Lutheran Church of the Cross, Building Fund or Stephen Ministry, 2300 Luther Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33983. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
Bernice D. Obey
Bernice D. "Bea" Obey, 83, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at home.
Bernice was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Grand Forks, N.D., the daughter of Ernest and Emma Kleven Johnson. She was raised from birth by her beloved aunt, Ruth Kleven Braaten. She and her husband built in Rotonda, Fla., in 1972, after living in Birmingham, Mich., for 21 years, where they raised their four children. Bea was a charter member, and past president of the Elkettes of the Clawson-Troy Elks lodge in Troy, Mich. After moving to Rotonda in 1978, Bea was actively involved in the Rotonda Elks lodge. She was co-founder and a past president of the Rotonda Lodge Elkettes. Bea was an avid golfer. She and her husband, Joe, were among the first members of the newly established Rotonda Golf and Country Club.
Bea is survived by her husband of 64 years, Joseph G. Obey; four children, Joseph of Rotonda, Jacqueline (Michael) Halpin of Englewood, Fla., Lawrence (Nancy) of Milan, Mich., and Pauline (Raymond) Brier of Monroe, Va.; her sister-in-law, Gilda Hargrave of Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jefferson and Jason Halpin, both of Gaylord, Mich., Brittany Obey of Cool, Calif., Amanda Brier of Monroe, and Logan Obey of Milan; and a great-granddaughter, Sebastiana "Sonny" Halpin of Gaylord.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, Fla., which will be open to all friends.
It is asked that contributions be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Toale Brothers, Gulf Gate chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Pearl P. West
Pearl P. West, 95, of Arcadia, Fla., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003.
She was born Nov. 22, 1907, in Kentucky. She moved to Arcadia in 1950 from Ohio. She was a retired secretary from G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital. Pearl led a women's Bible study group for years, lovingly known as "Pearl's Girls." She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Delores (Charles "Chuck") Schrieber of Lake Jackson, Texas; a sister, Jean (Louis) Heaston of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia, with services beginning at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Pasquale J. Cesino
Pasquale Joseph Cesino, 86, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Aug. 25, 2001, at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda.
He was born Oct. 9, 1914, in Providence, R.I., and came to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1997, from Seekonk, Mass. After 41 years of service with the Imperial Knife Company, Mr. Cesino retired as heat treating manager.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Anastasia (Badessa); a daughter, Deacon Marlene J. Simonian of Port Charlotte; two sons, Val-John Cesino of Punta Gorda and David W. Cesino of Port Charlotte; two brothers, Alfred and Arthur Cesino, both of Providence; three sisters, Edith Nista, Rose Manzo and Rita Cesino, all of Providence; and four grandchildren. Pasquale was also the brother of the deceased Mary Falgo, Anthony, Romeo and Robert Cesino.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 W. Henry St., Punta Gorda. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Cemetery & Cremation Services.
Chester J. Matlock
Chester J. Matlock, 79, of Deep Creek, Fla., died Sept. 7, 2001, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born May 16, 1922 in Jersey City, N.J. to Aloisi and Elizabieta Matlocha, and was one of nine children. He attended Jersey City schools before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1942. He fought with the 1st and 3rd Divisions in the South Pacific, having seen action in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima and the Northern Solomons. He belonged to union Local No. 1804 and was employed on the Hoboken, Port Newark and Elizabeth waterfronts for 35 years as a maintenance foreman. He retired in 1987 and moved to Florida in 1992. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Charles Matlocha and John Lock; sisters, Jean, Helen, Irene Matlocha and Lottie Jarrett. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Chester will be greatly missed by his wife of 44 years, Olga; sons, Chester Jr. of Elizabeth, N.J., Mark, Richard (Lisa), and William (Laurie), all of Jackson, N.J.; daughters, Patricia (Tim) McGahran of Jackson, Linda (Mark) Anton of Houston, Texas and Jennifer (Tom) Werle of Port Charlotte; grandchildren, Brittany, Courtney and Kimberly of Jackson, and Mark and Victoria of Houston; sisters, Joan Kopps of Lakehurst, N.J. and Terry Balzer of Flemington, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be offered later in New Jersey. Arrangements are handled by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in Punta Gorda, Fla.