Elaine J. Taylor
Elaine Joan Taylor, 80, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Fla.
She was born April 14, 1924, in Lancaster, Pa., to George and Martha (McCausland) Reifsnyder.
She had been a resident of Charlotte County for four years, moving from Forest Park, Ohio. Mrs. Taylor was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Taylor of Landover Hills, Md., and Robin Atkinson of Englewood; and one granddaughter, Amy Atkinson of Englewood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Taylor, in 1999.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road, Englewood.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Taylor to the American Red Cross, c/o Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund, 1300 Enterprise Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33953.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home.
Frances F. Baerwald
Frances Forney Baerwald, 94, of Atlanta, Ga., and formerly of Charlotte County, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, in Charlotte, N.C.
She was born Aug. 13, 1909, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She graduated from Waynesburg College and received her master's degree from Auburn University. She served as a social worker in Baltimore, Md., before moving to Anniston, Ala., where she taught in the Talladega County and Anniston school systems before her retirement in 1972. She was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority.
Survivors include her daughter, Velma (Randy) Lanford of Atlanta; her son, Ross (Brooke) Baerwald of Southlake, Texas; four grandchildren, Julia Lanford of Atlanta, Lisa (Rick) Craig of Charlotte and Blake and Brittany Baerwald of Southlake; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Lacey Craig of Charlotte; and a sister, Elizabeth Bailey of Ojai, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Baerwald Sr.; and her son, Kenneth Baerwald Jr.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla. There will be a memorial service at a later date at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305; or to First Presbyterian Church, 2230 Hariet St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger Funeral Home.
Donald R. Dickey
Donald R. Dickey, 76, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, after a long illness at his home.
He was born May 4, 1927, in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to the area in 1997 from Bainbridge, Ohio. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 0103 in Punta Gorda, Scottish Right of Dayton, Antioch Temple Shrine in Dayton and Bainbridge and Masonic Lodge 196.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Dickey; 11 children; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons.
Those wishing to express condolences to the family may visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
Eva (nee Shale) Dugmore, 96, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly of Parsippany, N.J., died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was born Nov. 21, 1906, in Birmingham, England. She resided in Port Charlotte since 1993.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (James) Cummins of Middletown, N.J., and Lois (Kenneth) Cottrill of Punta Gorda; a stepdaughter, Jill Officer of Ontario, Canada; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Hatwell of England and Harold Dugmore. The Worden-Hoidal Funeral Home, Red Bank, N.J., is in charge of arrangements.
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 Montgomery, 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, with a 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.
Julio V. Garcia
Julio V. Garcia, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
He was born May 22, 1926, in Havana, Cuba, the son of Valentin and Antonia (Dominguez) Garcia. On Aug. 29, 1952, he married Maria Martinez in Havana. Julio worked as a building engineer in Queens, N.Y., before retiring. He moved to this area in 1992 and attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He enjoyed reading and fixing things like televisions, radios and cars, and tinkering with home repairs.
He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Angela (Juan) Guzman of Port Charlotte; son, Isidro (Debbie) Garcia of Levittown, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Sean, Christopher, Jessica and Veronica. His wife Maria, preceded him in death in 1993.
It was Julio's wish that there be no services. Those wishing to send condolences to the family may visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, Fla.
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 Tuseday, Sept. 30 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Merrill J. Laplant
Merrill James Laplant, 81, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003.
Merrill was born April 7, 1922, in Newark, Vt. After serving in the U.S. Army in Panama during World War II, he returned home, married Beatrice Wilder and moved to Keene, N.H., where he owned and operated Laplant Moving and Storage and Laplant New & Used Furniture. Merrill and family moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., in 1968, where he owned and operated the Cadillac Motel. In 1972, he moved to Port Charlotte to start Merrill's Furniture Repair & Refinishing and Aunt Bea's Furniture World. He and his wife relocated their home and businesses to Sarasota in 1980. When Beatrice died in 1995, Merrill spent time with his sons and daughter until Alzheimer's disease and a stroke required him to move into Sarasota's Kensington Manor nursing home in 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Marolyn Remillard of Sarasota; sons, Gary of Seffner, Fla., Fred of Tampa, Fla., and M. Dennis of Sarasota; brothers, Maurice, Roland and Raymond, all of Lyndonville, Vt., and Kenneth of Rutland, Vt.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements were by Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota.
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; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and close friends.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsboro Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be 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.
F.M. "Don" Donelson, 74, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Thursday Aug. 23, 2001.
He was born May 2, 1927 in Chicago, Ill. and lived most of his school years in Mount Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa. Upon completing a stint in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War, he married Jean and settled in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a prominent builder and Realtor. He was the president of both the Columbus Home Builders Association and the Ohio Home Builders Association.
He was a pioneer in the field of resort developments in the country and was the only builder to win the Look Magazine Award of Excellence. He was hailed as "the dean of second home builders" by Practical Builder magazine. He was chairman of the National Home Builders Association Vacation Home Committee for many years. He was also a life director of that association. He developed Hide-A-Way Hills, a 1,600-acre resort community in Hocking County, Ohio. President Lyndon Johnson called upon him to build a prototype low-income home in Austin, Texas, and Women's Day magazine asked him to help design and build its 1974 Vacation Home of the Year in Duchess County, N.Y. He was the author of several articles for various trade magazines on resort development.
He moved to Punta Gorda in 1974 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was his base of operations for 10 years for several developments located in various parts of the country.
He developed and was president of Emerald Pointe and Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, as well as numerous other developments throughout the country. He started and was the initial president of Village Realty Place, Scooby's Ice Cream, and Earl Nightingale's Restaurant in Fishermen's Village. He was very active in community affairs and was a past president of the Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club. As a director of five County Home Builders Association, he helped originate the Charlotte County Builders Association. He was an organizer and the first Ponce of the Ponce de Leon Conquistadors where, as Ponce, he participated in then-Gov. Bob Graham's Five Flags Over Florida pageant both in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. He brought the pageant to Charlotte County and had it videotaped for distribution to local schools' history classes. He originated and help perpetuate the Charlotte Harbor Fishing Tournament. He was the head of the Charlotte County Economic Development Council for many years and, in 1984, was named the Florida EDC man of the year and given the Richard L. McLaughlin Award by the Florida Industrial Development Council. He represented the state at the national EDC conference in Little Rock, Ark. and was given the Economic Development Volunteer of the year award. During this time, he also spent two years working undercover for the FBI in the United States and Europe to help put a group of international financial swindlers in prison.
He served on the board of Pride, Head Start, Fawcett Memorial Hospital and the Charlotte County Air Show. (He and Dr. Joe Maggiore guaranteed the start-up funds for the first show.) He participated in many other activities in the community for years.
Don was very involved as a charter member of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. He was in charge of the initial fund-raising drive, was a deacon and on the session.
Don is survived by his wife and partner of 52 years, Jean, of Punta Gorda; their five children, Vicky Lynn Donelson and Patricia Sapp, both of Punta Gorda, Don C. Donelson of Port Charlotte, Fla., Debra Sebul of Port Charlotte, and Ruth Ann Miller of Daphne, Ala.; grandchildren, April Schortz, James "Monty" I. Montgomery III, Stephanie Ann Montgomery, Kelly Jean Evans, Christopher R. Evans, Adam Matthew Sapp, Don C. Donelson Jr., Sara Ashley Sebul, Kaitlin Sebul, Alexander Sebul, Taylor Miller, Spencer Miller and Anna Miller. He was very proud of all of them.
There will be a memorial service for family and friends at 2 p.m. on Aug. 26, at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.
Donations should go to Hospice House of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Jack R. Terry
Jack R. Terry, 73, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Aug. 22, 2001.
He was born Feb. 27, 1928 in Elyria, Ohio to Ralph and Dorothy Terry. He worked many years with the J. C. Penney Company in Ohio. Jack moved to this area two years ago from Lansing, Mich. after retiring from Sears. He was a member of the Charlotte County Elks Lodge No. 2153. Jack loved jazz music and played trumpet in jazz bands for many years. He enjoyed classic cars and going to classic car shows.
Jack will be greatly missed by his wife, Joella; daughter, Mary Kay Owen and granddaughter, Danielle Terry both of East Lansing, Mich.; stepsons, Robert (Jean) Shappell of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and James Shappell of Hot Springs, Ariz.; stepdaughters, Patti (Carman) Clark of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Tammie Underhill of Lansing; stepmother, Dora Terry of Amherst, Ohio; step-grandsons, Kevin Hedley and Eric Underhill, both of Lansing; step-granddaughter, Lisa (Troy) Henning of DeWitt, Mich.; and a special aunt, Bea Stewart of Pasadena, Calif. Jack was also happily looking forward to the birth of a great-grandchild in February.
A memorial service in celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, in the lodge at Heritage Oak Park, Quesada Boulevard, Port Charlotte. The family requests memorial contributions be made to a favorite children's charity in Jack's memory.
Delford U. Wendelboe
Delford U. Wendelboe, 87, of North Port, Fla., died Aug. 23, 2001.
Born Dec. 1, 1913 in Montezuma County, Colo., he moved to our area in 1979 from Warren, Pa. He retired in 1979 as a painting contractor. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was a member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in North Port.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois; two daughters, Ann (Donald) Carey of Strongsville, Ohio, and Mary Ellen "Molly" (Arthur) Suprek of Augusta, Ga.; a son, William D. (Elaine) Wendelboe of Jamestown, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Heart Association, 28441 Bonita Crossing Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135; or St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 5550 Sumter Blvd. S., North Port, FL 34287.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte.
Hazel K. Capasso
Hazel K. Capasso, a longtime resident of Venice, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001. She was 89.
Mrs. Capasso was born Aug. 18, 1912, in New Haven, Conn., and came to this area in 1960 from Frankfort, Germany. She was preceded in death in 1981 by her husband, Salvatore.
She leaves two sons, Lang of Englewood and Garry and wife, Becky of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Susan Hewitt of Akron, and Sally Kelly and husband, Paul of Beaufort, N.C.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Burial will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.
Ivan Glenn Thompson
Ivan Glenn Thompson, 75, of Wauchula, Fla., and formerly of Sarasota, Fla., died Aug. 18, 2001.
He was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Ontario, Canada, and moved here in 1953 from Ontario. He was a marine mechanic.
Mr. Thompson has no known surviving relatives.
There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Daniel C. White
Daniel C. White, 84, of Arcadia, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004 at his residence in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
He was born March 26, 1920, in Mt. Vernon to Louis Clyde and Archie (McClelland) White.
Daniel graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1937. He was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church and served as an acolyte. In 1939 he worked at Cooper Bessemer Co. in the blueprint department, for the U.S. Navy department. During World War II, he worked as a mechanical draftsman at Curtis Wright, in Columbus, Ohio. In 1949, he worked as an erection supervisor for the Lustron Corp., manufacturer of porcelain enamel homes. His crews built homes in Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas and South Dakota. After the company closed in 1950, Mr. White returned to the Cooper Energy Service, retiring in 1989, after 39 years of service. He wintered eight years in Bradenton, Fla., and spent the past 14 years in Arcadia.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Benson) White; two sons, Gregory W. White of Gainesville, Ga. and Geoffrey D. White of Reidsville, N.C.; grandsons, Ryan, Brian, Jason and Daniel; and a step-grandson, Eric; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, James C., George B., and Robert B. White.
A celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremains will be buried at Moundsview Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County; 302 East High St., Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, Newark, Ohio.