Anthony F. Aulicino
Anthony F. Aulicino, 80, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Englewood Community Hospital. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Englewood Chapel.
Bertryl Bittler, 78, of North Port, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Bon Secours-Venice Hospital, Venice, Fla. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service has been selected to handle arrangements.
William H. Youngheim
William H. "Bill" Youngheim, 85, of Fort Ogden, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at the Hospice of Lake and Sumter, Tavares, Fla.
He was born July 15, 1919, in Wantaugh, N.Y., to Arthur and Bertha "Betty" Youngheim.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and saw action on Okinawa. He moved from Franklin Square, N.Y., to Fort Ogden in 1969. He worked for the Florida State Hospital System until his retirement. He was an active member of the Fort Ogden United Methodist Church and a volunteer for many local organizations.
He is survived by his nephew, Robert Edwards of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; niece, Virginia Edwards-Ferguson of Glenn Allen, Va.; sister-in-law, Agnes Edwards of Mt. Dora, Fla.; niece; Joan Conway-Hylard of Esperance, N.Y.; many great- and great-great neices and nephews; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Bertha "Betty" Youngheim, and his sister, Dorothy M. Edwards of Fort Ogden.
The family requests memorial donations be made to your church or to the Fort Ogden United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 340, Fort Ogden, FL 34267.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at the Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia, Fla., with an 11 a.m. funeral service to follow.
Interment will follow at Fort Ogden Cemetery.
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rudolph J. Cassetti Sr.
Rudolph Joseph Cassetti Sr., 84, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2002 at Hospice House of Venice in Venice, Fla.
He was born July 10, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Port Charlotte 18 years ago from Huntington, Conn. He was a missile division director for the U.S. Department of Defense, retiring after 27 years of service. He was one of the first procurement inspectors to be hired by the former U.S. War Department. Most of his work, which involved military weapons systems and projects, was classified. During his tenure with the Department of Defense, he visited most military bases, missile sites, contractor plants, forts and arsenals throughout the United States, Canada, Labrador and Greenland. His last assignment was at Avco-Lycoming and Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte; Italian American Club of Punta Gorda; Knights of Columbus St. Teresa Council 2961 of Trumbull, Conn.; and the Connecticut Club of Port Charlotte. He was also a member and past commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 71 of Stratford, Conn.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Cassetti of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Andrea (Paul) Lewicki of Port Charlotte; a son, Rudolph J. (Karen) Cassetti Jr. of Shelton, Conn.; a brother, Joseph (Gerri) Cassetti of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Holly Lewicki of Port Charlotte, Tim Lewicki of Wolcott, Conn., Laura Cassetti of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kara Cassetti of Shelton; a niece, Maria Cassetti of Catskill, N.Y.; and a nephew, Robert Cassetti of Pleasanton, Calif.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 5, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Lee K. Fleming
Lee K. Fleming, 91, passed away Aug. 31, 2002.
Mr. Fleming was born March 15, 1911, in Adams County, Ind., to the late R.K. and Mary (Brown) Fleming. He moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1971 after retiring earlier that year from International Harvester. Mr. Fleming was a charter member and was on the first council of Hope Lutheran Church of Gulf Cove, Fla. He served on the El Jobean Community League board of directors and was a past treasurer. He was a member of the El Jobean community watch program and was a volunteer for the Cultural Center of Charlotte County for more than 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dora Fleming of Port Charlotte; three children, Allen L. Fleming of Grove City, Jim (Carol) Fleming of Angola, Ind., and Kathleen (Paul) Bergdall of Hoagland, Ind.; a sister, Esta Ginter of Decatur, Ind.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 4, at Hope Lutheran Church of Gulf Cove, with Pastor Lee A. Magneson officiating. Burial will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hope Lutheran Church of Gulf Cove, 14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33981; or a charity of your choice. Local arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Juanita P. Roberts
Juanita P. "Nita" Roberts, 77, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Aug. 31, 2002.
She was born July 13, 1925, to the late Homer and Bertha (Callow) Roberts. She moved to this area in 1991 from Venice, Fla., where she had lived since moving from Kettering, Ohio, in 1985. Nita was a homemaker and was of the Protestant faith.
Nita will be greatly missed by her husband of 45 years, Jack; son, Scott E. (Suzanne) Roberts of Malta, Ohio; brothers, Quellen Oris Roberts of Spencer, W.Va., William Roberts and Charles Roberts, both of Parkersburg, W.Va.; sisters, Betty Boyd of Vienna, W.Va., and Mary Creighton of Nitro, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and special friends, Nancy and Lou Steele of Summerfield, Fla., and Doris and Ron Lichtenwalner of Venice. She was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Davis.
There will be no local services. Family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Walter T. Davis Jr.
Walter Thaddeus Davis Jr., 67, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Arcadia, Fla., passed away at his home Aug. 30, 2002.
He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Arcadia, the son of Walter T. Jr. and Elizabeth (Hickman) Davis. He was a classical pianist and gave concert performances. Thad, as his friends knew him, attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a member of the teaching staff at Manatee Community College in Bradenton for several years. He attended the Bolles Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arcadia.
He is survived by a brother, Donald T. (Darlene) Davis of Hardee County, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 4, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 5, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia, with the Rev. Ted Land officiating. Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements.
Melissa Lynn Kub
Melissa Lynn Kub, 36, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Aug. 30, 2001, in Sarasota, Fla.
She was born April 2, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wis. and came to Port Charlotte 27 years ago from there. Miss Kub worked as a marine biologist, was a graduate of Eckerd College, received her master's degree in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida, and did DNA research in Tallahassee at Florida State University. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
She is survived by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Kub of Port Charlotte; brother, Christopher M. Kub of Port Charlotte; and godmother, Carolyn Dopki of Wilmington, N.C.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with a wake service to be conducted at 7 p.m., at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Welfare League Inc., 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte, FL 33980; or Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Joseph F. Jones
Joseph F. Jones, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003.
He was born March 6, 1921, in Clinton, Ind., to Benjamin and Mary Veda Walter Jones Sr. Mr. Jones served his country in the U.S. Army and Air Force. He retired as a dragline operator in 1986 and moved to Port Charlotte from Terre Haute, Ind., in 1987.
Surviving are his wife, Evalyn E. Jones; a daughter, Nancy Carol Sanders of Terre Haute; two sons, Michael J. Jones of Terre Haute and Dale Richard Jones of Dana, Ind.; two sisters, Evanell Taylor of Michigan City, Ind., and Rosemary Mattick of Rosedale, Ind.; three brothers, Ben Jones Jr. of Lyford, Ind., Mordecai Jones of Clinton and Robert E. Jones of Rockville, Ind.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services. Arrangements by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral and Cremation Services.
Helen M. Myers
Helen Margaret Myers, 84, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away quietly in her sleep on Aug. 25, 2003.
Helen moved from Dearborn, Mich., three-and-a-half years ago to live near her niece, Irma (Ellis) Grace Schellenberg. Her son, Jerry (Theresa) Myers moved here recently. She left a hole in the hearts of her family and friends. Helen was intelligent, caring, generous, and an active member of her church and community. An accomplished gardener and devout Roman Catholic, she instructed many young people in the tenets of her faith. Teaching catechism provided the "wind in her sails." She is remembered by all as a "sweet lady."
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Helen's remains will be taken back to Dearborn to be buried next to her beloved husband, John.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Helen's name to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Richard T. Peters
Richard T. "Dick" Peters, 76, of Gulf Cove (Englewood East), Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Mr. Peters was born April 17, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to Lewis A. and Elizabeth J. (Streed) Peters. Dick was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He came to this area in 1989 from Crystal Lake, Ill., where he was an operations service manager with Allstate Insurance Co. He was a member of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, Charlotte County Jazz Society, Sarasota Music Archives, West Coast Jazz Record Collectors and Gulf Cove United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Inez (Musolf); daughter, Julie Ann Peters Smith of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; sons, Barry Allen Peters of Moorpark, Calif., and Tracy Lee Peters of Crystal Lake; and nine grandchildren, Kyle, Kelsey and Kort Smith, Bradley, Meghan, Erin and Derek Peters, and Katrina and Stephanie Peters.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with funeral services starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Englewood chapel of Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, with the Rev. Scott Farman, pastor of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Charlotte County Jazz Society, c/o Gil Johnson, 282 Goiana St., Port Charlotte, FL 33983. Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood chapel, is in charge of cremation arrangements.
James C. Rugg
James C. "Jim" Rugg, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
He was born May 12, 1918, in South Amboy, N.J., and moved to Port Charlotte in 1986 from Kenilworth, N.J. He was a mechanic supervisor and trainer for the Heavy Rescue Team for Exxon Oil Co. before retiring after 32 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, 50-year member of Azure-Masada Lodge 22 F&AM in New Jersey, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest No. 6 in Elizabeth, N.J., and Exxon Quarter Century Club in New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn L. Goldie Rugg of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Karen (Robert) Panza of Somers Point, N.J.; a son, LeRoy (Karen) Rugg of Moon Township, Pa.; a sister, Dolores (John) Bott of Long Branch, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Kay (Howard) Clark of Naples, Fla.; a stepson, Richard R. Merz of Maquoketa, Iowa; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Jessie Eva Rugg, in 1993.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte chapel, with a Masonic service conducted by Punta Gorda Lodge 115 F&AM at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James R. Kuse officiating. Interment with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Memorial contributions may be made to Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, 21075 Quesada Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or to a favorite charity. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte chapel.
John Sabat, 96, of Gulf Cove (Englewood East), Fla., passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Mr. Sabat was born June 29, 1907, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Michael and Katherine Sabat. John was employed by Chrysler Motor Corp. for more than 30 years, retiring as a mechanical engineer. Following retirement, he moved to Englewood, Fla., from Pontiac, Mich., in 1974. He was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie (Sam) Monte of Riverside, Mich.; son, Jack (Marilyn) Sabat of Montecito, Calif.; sisters, Jean Crown and Helen Snyder of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Sabat was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, on May 23, 1998.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Twin City Area Catholic School Fund, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Englewood.
Maria A. Mata-Garcia
Maria Alejandra Mata-Garcia, 57, of Arcadia, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born in Mexico and lived in this area for 15 years. She was a homemaker and attended Alpha and Omega Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, Placido; children, Rodolfo, Mardon Mardonio, Antonio, Rosa-Elvia, Javier, Rodalba, Eleazar, Aidania, Jacob and Enoc, all of Arcadia; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Javier and Uzziel; and brothers and sisters, Pedro, Natividad, Leonardo, Serafin, Rafael and Apolinar.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Mission Park South, San Antonio. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Mission Park South. Robarts Funeral Home Inc., Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements.
Ed S. Watson
Ed Scott Watson, 65, of Arcadia, Fla., died Aug. 30, 2003.
He was born April 25, 1938, and raised in DeSoto County. He lived in Clewiston, Fla., for 30 years, moving back to Arcadia 15 years ago. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in agriculture. He was a sugar cane and citrus grower, and enjoyed working with cattle and citrus. He was a member of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, South Shore Water Association, Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association, Bull Gator Booster Club, National Rifle Association, AOP National Pilots Association and First Baptist Church of Arcadia. He was an outdoorsman who had hiked the distance of the Appalachian Trail. He loved flying, hunting, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Janie E. Watson of Arcadia; daughters, Valerie (Chris) Shupe of LaBelle, Fla., and Laura (David) Pittman of Okeechobee, Fla.; sons, Tim McGuire of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Darren McGuire of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sister, Elizabeth (James) Miller of Montrose, Calif.; six grandchildren, Melinda, Kayla, Kara, Ansley, Aimee and Abbey; and mother-in-law, Lucille Williams of Arcadia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Emma Scott Watson.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at First Baptist Church of Arcadia, with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
Donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 9365 U.S. highway 19 N., Suite B, Pinellas Park, FL 33782. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home.
Eleanor A. Buono
Eleanor A. Buono, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Palmetto Nursing and Rehab. in Palmetto, Fla. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society, Venice, Fla.
Francis R. Hollman
Francis Roger Hollman, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at his residence in Port Charlotte.
He was born May 12, 1927, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. Hollman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as a meat manager for a supermarket in New York. He moved to Port Charlotte in 1992, from Henrietta, N.Y., and was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Hollman is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor Hollman of Port Charlotte; two sons, Guy (Carolyn) Hollman of Port Charlotte and Garrett Hollman of Arlington,Va.; a daughter, Kimberly (Michael) Frey of West Henrietta, N.Y.; two sisters, Marian (Roger) Becker of Clarence Center, N.Y., and Natalie Oviatt of Pikesville, Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Gennelle, Nicholas, Kristin and Gretchen.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2004, with a Catholic prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, with the Rev. Robert Mattingly officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Charlotte County Hurricane Charley Relief Fund, 100 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34292.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.