Leonard J. Wieczorek
Leonard J. Wieczorek, 80, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Detroit, Mich.
Mr. Wieczorek was a World War II veteran serving in the U. S. Army. He moved to the Port Charlotte area 15 years ago from Farmington, Mich. He worked in the circulation department of a newspaper business. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Wieczorek is survived by his daughters, Linda M. Parker of Detroit and Diane Killewald of Heron, Mich.; his sister, Victoria Jones of Shelby Township, Mich.; and three grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Promenades West Apartments Club House (next to the pool), 3006 Caring Way, Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Anna L. Martinez
Anna L. Martinez, 68, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sept. 5, 2001, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte.
She was born Oct. 28, 1932 in Paintsville, Ky. and came to Port Charlotte 17 years ago from Jackson, Mich. Mrs. Martinez was a homemaker, a member of the Eastern Star in Jackson, and attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her husband, George Martinez of Port Charlotte; sons, Jeffrey Riendeau and Mike LeMaster (Sheila), both of Port Charlotte; sister, Tera Eckman of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Jason LeMaster and Kimberly Riendeau, both of Port Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Funeral services will be conducted at that time. Burial will immediately follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Ann W. Rohl
Ann W. Rohl, 77, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Sept. 6, 2001, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 27, 1924 in Jersey City, N.J., to her beloved mother and father, Stella and Anthony Doktorski. Formerly of Barnegat, N.J., she had resided here since 1987.
She was the loving wife of Fred, whom she married on June 24, 1944; beloved mother of Michele Squires of Huxley, Texas; loving sister of Benjamin Doktorski of Sarasota, Fla.; cherished grandmother of Keeley, Barbara, Jamie; and the loving great-grandmother of three.
Private arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Betty M. Russo
Betty Marie Russo, 78, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
She was born June 21, 1923 in Rockford, Ohio and moved to Port Charlotte two years ago from Bay Shore, N.Y. She was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
She is survived by a daughter, Lucinda M. Fortuna of Port Charlotte; a son, Thomas Russo of New York; a brother, Robert Robbins of Chelsea, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. The Rev. J. Ralph Burton Jr. will officiate. Military honors will be by the United States Navy. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Robert L. Chapman
Pastor Robert Lee Chapman, 75, of Bokeelia, Fla., and formerly of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Sept. 5, 2001.
He was born March 12, 1926 in Tiffin, Ohio. He came to Arcadia in 1986 from Seattle, Wash., and became the pastor of the Church of the Brethren until his retirement in 1998. Pastor Chapman was a graduate of the Liberty Baptist College, Lynchburg, Va., class of 1982. He attended Southwest Baptist College, Fort Worth, Texas. Pastor Chapman received an honorary doctorate degree in divinity from Kent Theological Seminary, Baton Rouge, La. He is listed in the "Who's Who's of Religious Personalities in the United State" for years 1989, 1992 and 1993. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries received while serving his country.
Survivors are his daughter, Paula (John D. IV) Henley of Bokeelia; sons, Robert Lewis (Bertha) Chapman of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Thomas (Rose) Chapman of Lakeland, Fla.; five brothers, Walter Chapman of Finley, Ohio, Kenneth and Paul Chapman of Tiffin, Richard Chapman of Clyde, Ohio, and Ross Chapman of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; four sisters, Frances Kieffer of Fostoria, Ohio, Mary Waggonblast of Bucyrus, Ohio, Betty Travis of Marion, Ohio, and Gladys Morrison of Mount Vernon, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, from the Ponger-Kays-Grady Chapel, Arcadia. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ken Nauman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Jay T. Cox
Jay T. Cox, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died September 3, 2001.
Born Oct. 12, 1921 in Bayonne, N.J., he moved to our area 11 years ago from Packanack Lake, N.J. He retired as owner/lithographer for C&F Lithoplate Co. in Newark, N.J. He was a volunteer fireman in Packanack Lake for 18 years and chief in 1966. He was Eastern Star and Master Mason of the Mount View Lodge for 20 years and a member of the Charlotte County Shriners. He served in the Canadian Air Force and then transferred to the U. S. Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor and was a tech sergeant. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal and was a lay minister.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen. They met and married in Malven, England and moved to New Jersey in 1946.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Donations may be made to American Heart Association., P.O. Box 21475, Attn: Memorials, St. Petersburg, FL 33742; or Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 W. Henry St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte.
William O. Reynolds
William "Bill" Oliver Reynolds of Port Charlotte, Fla., died July 28, 2001.
Memorial Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte.
Mary F. Smith
Mary F. Smith, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died at her home on Sept. 2, 2001, in Punta Gorda.
She was born Mary F. French on Aug. 21, 1928, in Galesville, Wis., on the family farm. In November of 1990, Mary and her husband, Dan, moved to Punta Gorda to enjoy their retirement. Mary graduated in 1950 from Carroll College with a bachelor's degree in education. She then taught high school in several towns in Wisconsin. She married Dan Smith of Port Washington, Wis. on June 30, 1951. She had met Dan while at Carroll College. After marrying, she raised three children, and taught full time at Ozaukee High School in Fredonia, Wis., for 25 years, retiring in 1990. There she taught academic courses, including American history, civics, and public speaking. In addition, she participated in coaching extracurricular teams including drama, and a state championship-winning forensic speaking team. Mary was an outgoing, popular teacher who loved her students and loved teaching. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda. Throughout her life she was active in various cultural, social and service organizations. Recently, she had been installed as president of the Isle-ettes women's club of the Punta Gorda Isles Yacht Club.
She was the devoted wife of her husband of 50 years, Daniel H. Smith of Punta Gorda; mother of her daughter, Nancy L. Smith of Port Charlotte; her two sons, Douglas D. Smith of Berkeley, Calif. and Randall D. Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada. Other survivors include her sister, Janet A. French of Grand Prairie, Texas and her brother, Stanley C. French of Galesville.
A local memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda. Mary is dearly loved and will be missed by her many friends in Punta Gorda, as well as her beloved family. Additional memorial services will be held in Port Washington at a later date. Her final resting place will be at the Smith family grave site in Port Washington. Arrangements are being handled by the Punta Gorda Chapel of the Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to, Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or the building fund, First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Stanley H. Bigelow
Stanley H. Bigelow, 91, of South Venice, Fla., died Sept. 4, 2001.
Formerly from Long Island, N.Y., he was a resident of South Venice for 28 years, along with his loving wife, Helen, who predeceased him in November 2000. He was retired from Bristol Myers/Squibb in New Brunswick, N.J.
He leaves his devoted daughters, Barbara Buskirk of Allentown, Pa. and Terri Martini of Port Charlotte, Fla.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his dear sister, Loretta Dodge; dear brother, Walter Bigelow of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; and his eldest brother, Edward Bigelow of Myrtle Creek, Ore. His life, itself, was a tribute to him and those who loved him. Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
George Hudak, 73, of Arcadia, Fla., died Sept. 3, 2001, at his home.
He was born April 5, 1928 in Greensburg, Pa. and moved to this area in 1990 from Brunswick, Ohio. Before retiring in 1990, he was a roll form machinist. He was a "social" member of the VFW in Brunswick and enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Hudak is survived by his wife of 35 years, June Hudak of Arcadia; brothers, Tom and Joe Hudak, both of Greensburg, and Paul Hudak of Jeanette, Pa.; and a sister, Mary Hudak of Greensburg.
No local services will be conducted. Inurnment will be in Chicago, Ill.
Memorial donations in memory of George may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
William B. Jenks
William Browning Jenks, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004.
He was born Oct. 7, 1914, in Providence, R.I., to Joseph
and Lillian Harland Jenks.
Mr. Jenks was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II. He was a retired inspector for Pratt-Whitney Aviation and an inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his son, William Jenks of Arcadia, Fla.;
daughter, Sara Fairman of Etters, Pa.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
It was Mr. Jenks wishes that services be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda.
Donald R. Livingston
Donald R. Livingston, 67, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at home.
He was born June 23, 1937, in Newark, Ohio.
Donald was a truck driver by trade and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Punta Gorda. He belonged to the civic center and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Mary Ann (Steve) Dennis of Heath, Ohio, and Marcia (Tim) Kuyper of Tempe, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.
Pelagja Polkowski, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at her home.
She was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Ford Village, Mass., to Vincenty and Feliksa Matelow Bochenko.
She grew up in Poland where she moved to as an infant. She married John Polkowski Sept. 6, 1937, in Poland and immigrated to Michigan. They began wintering in 1970 to Florida from Dearborn Heights, Mich. In 1981 they moved to Port Charlotte. Pelagja was an unselfish, generous and loving mom. She devoted her life to raising her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Jane Polkowski of Heathrow, Fla., Mary (Joe) Kelty of Waterford, Mich., and Theresa (John) Petts of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; sons, John (Sandra) Polkowski of Bethel, Conn., and Robert (Sue) Pillowslip of Plymouth, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte, with interment to follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda.
Marie L. Stohurski
Marie L. Stohurski, 92, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
She was born Aug. 15, 1912, in West New York, N.J.
Marie moved from Lincoln Park, N.J. to Port Charlotte in 1977. She attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her sister, Suzanne Lazoricek of Port Charlotte, Fla.; nephews, William (Bernadette) Smith of Culpepper, Va., Richard (Geraldine) Smith of Catawba, N.C., Frank (Carol) Lazoricek of Swansboro, N.C.; nieces, Joan (Ray) Gudelanis of Randolph, N.J.; and many grand and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1979.
Visitation and services will be held in North Bergen, N.J., later this week.
Burial will be held at Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, N.J.
Local arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Priscilla Taylor, 72, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Mease-Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, Fla.
She was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Detroit, Mich.
Priscilla moved from Michigan to Port Charlotte 23 years ago. She worked most recently at Bealls Department stores.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jim Taylor of Port Charlotte; daughters, Gloria Angel and Diane Godfried both of Michigan; and stepson, James William Taylor of California.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.