Elsie M. F. Brown
Elsie Mae Fulton Brown, 72, of Punta Gorda, Fla., walked into the heavenly gates on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, in Punta Gorda.
She was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Punta Gorda to Silas Fulton Sr. and Bernice Fulton. She was baptized at an early age at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda. She attended Baker Academy in Punta Gorda. She graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in Fort Myers, Fla. She also attended University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She worked in the Charlotte County system for 34 years, retiring in 2000. She was a president of senior choir and historiographer for Women's Missionary Society at Bethel A.M.E. Church. She served on the board of the Bernice Russell Foundation. Elsie Brown devoted her love, leadership, guidance, discipline, generosity, laughter and good cooking, not only to her family, but also to many others. Throughout her years, she had touched all the children's lives. Elsie Brown's job was done, but her journey has just begun.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Tommy Fulton of Houston, Texas, Teresa Scurry of Punta Gorda, Althea Fulton Graham of Conroe, Texas, Buster (Kim) Brown of Houston and Tony Brown of Punta Gorda; grandchildren, Jerome (Christine) Scurry, Tressia Leroux, Dominic Scurry, Summer Scurry, Andre Brown, Leigh Ann Brown, Chantol Brown, Lexi Straughter, Jeffrey Fulton and Triston Luster; great-grandchildren, Travis Simpson, Cameron Ryals, Taylor Leroux, Jayonna Scurry, Jamaar Johnson and Amarra Harris; brothers, Robert (Juanita) Fulton and Richard (Eunice) Fulton; sister, Dottie Rae Fulton; sister-in-law, Cherity Fulton, all of Charlotte County, Fla.; goddaughters, Michelle Thomas Brown of Atlanta, Ga., and Arlene Manuel Bostic of Punta Gorda; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Silas Fulton Sr. and Bernice Fulton.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 260 E. Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, with the Rev. Kelvin Snell officiating. Burial will be in Carl Bailey Cemetery, Cleveland, Fla. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla.
Kathleen C. DeBold
Kathleen C. DeBold, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly of Clarksville, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at home.
She was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Paducah, Ky., to Lonnie and Hattie B. Reeder Copeland. She had resided here since 1972. She was a retired office manager for Ditto-Hayes Advertising Co. in Louisville, Ky.
Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Fred L. DeBold Jr.; a daughter, Elaine (Steven) Hornyak of Michigan City, Ind.; a sister, Evelyn Allen of Port Charlotte; two grandchildren, David Hornyak and April Lacy; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda L. McKnight, in 1993.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Entombment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Gary W. Tyson
Gary W. "Tidy Bowl" Tyson, 55, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.
He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Arcadia. He was a lifelong resident of Arcadia. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was an owner and operator of Tyson Concrete. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Willene Blackmon Tyson of Arcadia; mother, Letty Beard of Arcadia; two daughters, Ashley Tyson and Michelle Harrison, both of Arcadia; one son, Chris Tyson of Arcadia; stepson, Brad Davis of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, Jeanne Thomas, Lois Hudson and Glenda (Ronnie) Beard, all of Arcadia; stepsister, Diane Tyson of Port Charlotte; three brothers, Mike (Carol) Tyson, Hank Tyson and Frank Tyson, all of Arcadia; stepbrothers, George (Bonnie) Beard, Wayne Beard, Ronnie (Glenda) Beard Jr., all of Arcadia, Donald (Linda) Beard of Fort Myers, Fla., and Albert M. (Donna) Beard of Bradenton, Fla.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and close friends.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home, with military services rendered by DeSoto County Honor Guard. There will be a cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ashley Tyson Fund at First State Bank of Arcadia, 400 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Shirley Baumgartner, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003.
Mrs. Baumgartner was born April 4, 1927, in Hammond, Ind., to Wesley and Helen (Adelsperger) Tilton. She was a member and communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Lawrence J. Baumgartner of Port Charlotte; daughter, Sharon M. Dayhoff of Longwood, Fla.; two sons, Larry E. Baumgartner of Port Charlotte and Robert M. Baumgartner of Lafayette, Ind.; six grandchildren, Patrick, Andrew, Brendan, Micah, Sydney and Nathan; and sister, DeEtte Crocker of Port Charlotte.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Daniel A. Farricker
Daniel Anthony Farricker, 67, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Farricker was born Feb. 13, 1936, in New York City, N.Y., and came to this area 30 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a deputy for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. He was a member of American Legion Post 110 in Port Charlotte, the Florida Sheriff's Association and Elks Lodge 5690 in Port Charlotte. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 66. He was also a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Farricker is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Josephine M. Farricker of Port Charlotte; three sons, Daniel A. Farricker Jr. of Montgomery, Ala., Todd Andrew Farricker of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chris M. Farricker of Monterey, Calif.; one daughter, Julianne M. Farricker of Port Charlotte; two brothers, Martin Farricker of Brick, N.J., and Edward Farricker of Keansburg, N.J.; two sisters, Mary Warren of Port Charlotte and Ann Youngsworth of Dumont, N.J.; and six grandchildren, including Danielle Farricker of Port Charlotte.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, 3044 Caring Way, Port Charlotte. There will be an American Legion service at 3 p.m., Elks service at 5:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 66 Honor Guard service at 6:30 p.m., and Catholic wake service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Lucille Harper, 83, of Deep Creek, Fla., and formerly of Rockford, Mich., went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Mrs. Lucille Harper was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Big Rapids, Mich. She received Christ into her life on Sept. 9, 1980. Besides being a full-time wife and mother, she also worked at Holland American Wafer, Monroe Industries and R.C. Allen.
Surviving are her children, Patricia Yard of Port Charlotte, Fla., Ronald and Gloria Harper of St. Cloud, Fla., George Harper of Tallahassee, Fla., and Gloria and Michael Haney of Rockford; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde Hesser of Plano, Texas; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vinton E. Harper; her parents, Ernest and Myrtle (Troupe) Hesser; brothers, Ernie, Earl and Marvin; sister, Betty; and great-granddaughter, Ashley.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
John Hizulka, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
He was born March 13, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., and came here three years ago from there. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps at a rank of technical sergeant during World War II. He earned a Bronze Star for action against the enemy at Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. He retired from Chrysler Corp. after 40 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mavis McGraw Hizulka; his three sons, Bernard Johnson, David Naif and Gary Hizulka; three daughters, Donna Lene, Connie Bruner and Marla Turner; and 19 grandchildren. Arrangements are by Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater, Fla.
Robert A. Moore
Robert A. "Bob" Moore, 65, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Bob was born March 27, 1938, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Ralph and Evalyn (Richey) Moore. He served in the U.S. Air Force and moved to this area in 2000 from Milwaukee, Wis., after retiring from Wisconsin Electric Power with 40 years of service.
Bob will be greatly missed by his wife of 27 years, Theresa "Tess" Moore; daughters, Terri Moore (Mike) Zelechowski, Liza (Dave) Stolze and Linda (Joe) Cvikel, all of Milwaukee; sons, Scott Hammerer, Gerald (Roxann) Hammerer and Dennis Hammerer, all of Milwaukee, and Randall (Tracy) Hammerer of Punta Gorda; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Evalyn (Richey) Moore.
Family and friends are invited to call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a service in celebration of Bob's life at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, 1515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, with the Rev. Ralph Young officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery, Port Charlotte. Those wishing may express condolences by visiting www.LTaylorfuneral.com and signing the guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda.
Helen M. Manga
Helen Margaret Manga, 66, of Englewood, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.
She was born Oct. 24, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Edward and Helen Weinhardt. Mrs. Manga came to the Englewood area in 1991 from Camden, N.J.
Mrs. Manga is survived by her two sons, Lance of Medford, N.J., and Neal of Sicklerville, N.J.; daughter, Donna Manga of Englewood; two sisters, Carole Sgrillo of Colorado and Nancy West of New Jersey; brother, Edward Weinhardt of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Lori and Lisa Manga, Neal Manga, Harmony and Erik VonLydick; and four great-grandchildren, Dameon and Mykal-Shan VonLydick, Cristo and Arianna Hernandez.
A memorial gathering will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the main deck of the Englewood Public Beach Complex. Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood chapel, is in charge of cremation arrangements.
James C. Houser
James Clayborn Houser, 67, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at DeSoto Health & Rehabilitation in Arcadia.
He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in Charlotte, N.C. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, serving in the Korean Conflict as a sergeant in the airborne division. He was a house painter. He came to Arcadia in 1971 from Sarasota, Fla., where he lived from 1956 to 1971. He was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Arcadia.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Houser of Arcadia; two sons, Jeffrey (Heidi) Houser of Tampa, Fla., and James (Diane) Houser of Arcadia; four daughters, Melissa (Buddy) Norris, Teresa (Lelon) Murphy, Melinda (Buddy) Suggs and Michelle (James) Shattles, all of Arcadia; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia chapel, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at United Pentecostal Church, Arcadia, with the Rev. Joseph Cannon, of United Pentecostal Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia, with military honors at the graveside. Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Carmen Messina, 91, of Arcadia, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Dec. 21, 1911, in Brazil. His occupation was masking (striping) on automobiles. He was very active with the bingo group in Arcadia. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Elks lodge.
He is survived by his friend of many years, Frances M. DeCheske of Arcadia.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church during an evening Mass in Arcadia. Arrangements are by ICS Cremation Society Inc. of Harbour Heights, Fla.
Lester C. Dains
Lester Cecil Dains, 69, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004.
He was born April 6, 1935, in Cortland, N.Y., to Lauron and Louise Dains. Mr. Dains moved from Romulus, N.Y., to the Punta Gorda area in 1978.
He was an owner of a lawn maintenance business. He was always available to assist anyone when he was needed.
Mr. Dains is survived by his loving wife, Louise Dains of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Bettiann Jones of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Kelly Dains of West Lake Village, Calif.; a son, Steven Dains of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Harry Dains of Homer, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two
sons, Kevin and Lauron Dains.
Burial will be private at Charlotte Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda. A celebration of Mr. Dains' life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 5200 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda.
Loufilia Dallemand, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla.
She was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Haiti.
Loufilia moved to Charlotte County 12 years ago from New Rochelle, N.Y. She retired from a pharmaceutical company. She was a member of Eben-Ezer Haitian Baptist Church of Port Charlotte, Fla. She was a loving mother and will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by four daughters, Fernande Moussignac of New Rochelle and Nicole Orneas, Micheline Agustin and Yolene Dallemand, all of Port Charlotte; three sons, Alfhonse Dallemand and Ernest Dallemand, both of New York, and Berttlaud Dallemand of Port Charlotte; 29 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at the Port Charlotte Chapel of Roberson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Eben-Ezer Haitian Baptist Church, 17195 Oakleaf Ave. in Port Charlotte. The Rev. Enoc Toby will officiate. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Clarence L. Gordon
Clarence Leopold Gordon, 81, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at his Port Charlotte residence.
He was born May 27, 1923, in Cuba.
Clarence retired as a security officer for Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to the Port Charlotte area in 1991 from Queens, N.Y. He was a member of the Mechanics Lodge, Loyal Providence No. 2, in Kingston, Jamaica.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mavis I. Gordon; one son, Andrew Gordon of West Orange, N.J.; four daughters, Marjorie Gordon of Queens, Donna and Carol Gordon, both of Brooklyn, and Charmaine Gordon of Tacoma, Wash.; two cousins, Desmond Gordon of Queens and Gladys Gordon of Brooklyn; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A graveside funeral service will be at 10 a.m., followed by entombment, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. The Rev. James R. Kuse of First United Methodist Church of Port Charlotte will officiate.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Nicholas G. Burke
Nicholas Gilbert Burke, 77, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 15, 1927, in East Boston, Mass., to Mark and Winifred (Vaters) Burke (formerly of Newfoundland, Canada).
Mr. Burke grew up in the Boston area and attended Malden High School. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps on Jan. 12, 1945, and was stationed at Argentia Naval Air Station in Newfoundland. Mr. Burke spent most of his life in sales and retired from General Development Corporation after 16 years as one of their top land sales agents. He attended 13 conventions and was recognized for placing first in land sales for the company, 10 times in his career. He enjoyed traveling and visited South America, Mexico, Europe, Africa and his beloved Newfoundland.
Mr. Burke is survived by his wife, Irene (Pelley) Burke; sons, Mark Burke of Ocala, Fla., Wayne Burke of Gulf Cove, Fla., and Richard Burke of Englewood; his daughter, Karen (Burke) Mathews of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; grandchildren, William, Stephen and Daniel Burke; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Nicholas Burke; and a sister, Marilyn Brown of Thomaston, Maine.
Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Suncoast Baptist Church on Warrington Boulevard in Port Charlotte. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the memorial service being held at 2:15 p.m., followed by a private interment service for close friends and family at Charlotte Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Punta Gorda, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WSEB 91.3 FM, Christian Family Radio, 135 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223.
Charlotte Memorial Gardens is in charge of arrangements.