Edwin T. Senna
Edwin T. "Teddy" Senna, 58, of Lake Suzy, Fla., died Monday, July 28, 2003, at home after a brief illness with cancer.
He was born in New Bedford, Mass., and lived in New Bedford and Acushnet, Mass., until 14 years ago. He was a paratrooper and veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He was employed as a truck driver and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3296. He was an avid golfer, and coached little league and hockey. He was an amazing father, grandfather and husband.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Sullivan Senna of Lake Suzy; four sons, Scott Senna of Port Charlotte, Fla., Tommy Senna of New Bedford, Teddy Senna of North Port, Fla., and Jeffrey Senna of Port Charlotte; one daughter, Cortney Clune of North Port; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, with military honors to follow at Deep Creek Golf and Country Club, 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Ellenton Funeral Home, Ellenton, Fla.
Annie M. James
Annie Mae "Miley/Granny" James, 90, of Arcadia, Fla., died Monday, July 28, 2003.
She was born May 12, 1913, in Springfield, S.C., the daughter of Mackey and Annie I. James. She moved to Arcadia in 1958. She worked in many homes and cared for many children in the community (one in particular, Mae Francis, always remembered her on special occasions). She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Later she moved her membership to House of God Church of the Living God under Evelyn Jones. There she served as a faithful member in various auxiliaries.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Jannie (Wes) Allen-Brazell of Arcadia, Lovie (Jerry) Tompkins and Dorothy James-Cain of Orlando, Fla.; four sons, Nathaniel (Eloise) James of Williston, Fla., Otis (Regina) James, Ardis (Zelphia) James and Johnny James of Arcadia; one sister, Addie Mae Isaac of Cincinnati, Ohio; 23 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; special friends, Jewel Fain and Lucille Morrison; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 siblings; and a son, Harrison James.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Hickson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at House of God Church, Alabama Avenue, Arcadia, with the Revs. Thelma Guice and Mary Green officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Adele T. McLean
Adele Thomas McLean, 93, of Arcadia, Fla., departed this life Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Mariner Health of Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born April 29, 1910, in Whighman, Ga., to Cornelius Thomas and Jamor Jackson. She was married to James McLean. She was converted at age 19. She accepted Christ under the pastorship of the Rev. Archie Wooden, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Cairo, Ga. She later moved to Florida and became a member of Keith Dominion.
She leaves to mourn her demise, a close and dedicated cousin, June Bartell of Arcadia; two nephews, Ellison Jackson of Whigham and Major Jackson of Enterprise, Ala.; one niece-in-law, Myrtice Jackson of Dixie, Ga.; cousins, the Rev. and Mrs. J.C. Jackson of Albany, Ga., Colen and Essie Mae Dixon of Waycross, Ga., and Vosie McCray of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, James McLean.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Hickson Funeral Home, 142 S. Orange Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Thelma Guice officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Joyce Nelson Barone
Joyce Nelson "Joycee" Barone, 57, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died July 30, 2001.
She was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Hollis, N.Y., to George and Miriam (Pearson) Nelson. Joycee was well known for being a very outgoing, loving and generous person. She would talk to everyone she met, she never met a stranger, and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. She had a great sense of humor and a big heart that embraced everyone who knew her. She was also a great lover of animals.
Joycee will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Rich; daughter, Denise (Andrew) Kilanowski of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; sons, Richard Barone of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Thomas (Jennifer) Barone of Port Charlotte; brothers, George Nelson of Long Island, N.Y., and Gary Nelson of Port Charlotte; sisters, Denise La Grega of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Sandy Mele of Elmont Long Island; grandchildren, Nicholas and Kassandra Kalinowski of Pembroke Pines, and Rayna Barone of Port Charlotte; godchildren, Michael Nelson of Massapequa, N.Y., and Marlaina Lago Elmont of New York; and many, many friends.
The family will receive friends Thursday at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services with the celebration of her life to follow. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5595 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Ricardo A. Galeone
Ricardo A. Galeone, 47, of Tampa, Fla., and formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., died July 21, 2001, in Tampa.
He was born July 31, 1953, in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to moving to Port Charlotte, he was an engineer and technician with Princeton University Labs for nine years, where his group was instrumental in developing a nuclear fusion generator.
He moved to Tampa two years ago, where he worked for Safeline Inc., as a design engineer. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Catholic.
He is survived by his loving parents, Russel N. and Alice M. Galeone of Port Charlotte; a son, Steven C. Galeone of Elizabethtown, Pa.; two sisters, Alison R. Diehl of Tampa and Barbara A. Hathaway of Fulton, N.Y.; a grandson, Cassidy Galeone of Elizabethtown, Pa.; niece and nephew, Irina and Ian Hathaway of Fulton; cousins, Victoria and Walt Markowski and Aurielle and Jason Galeone, all of Port Charlotte; and several other cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Inurnment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte.
John Bancroft Hammond
John Bancroft Hammond, 95, died July 25, 2001, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Mr. Hammond was born Nov. 3, 1905, in Bay Shore, N.Y. Mr. Hammond's early years were spent at the family home in Norwalk, Conn., and summer home in Rye Beach, N.H. He attended both the Asheville School in South Carolina and Princeton University in New Jersey. In his early 20s, he moved to the Chicago area after his parents had passed to be near his sister, who had established her family in Lake Forest, Ill. Mr. Hammond was known affectionately as "Banky" by his family. Mr. Hammond retired from International Harvester Corporation in 1965 after a 31 year career. At his retirement he headed the Guest Relations Department. This area was particularly suited to Mr. Hammond whose mechanical understanding of the organization's products and extraordinary memory for people and places, were very effective in handling the many customers, dignitaries, and special guests who toured the Harvester facilities. During the way years, Mr. Hammond was one of the persons who was required to specially handle the development of secret and sensitive World War II materials on behalf of government interests. Throughout his life, Mr. Hammond took an active interest in civic interests and concerns. When his son informed him there was no scout organization in their home area, Mr. Hammond responded by establishing both Cub and Boy Scouts packs. Troop 54 in Glenview, Ill., was founded by Mr. Hammond. Mr. Hammond was a troop leader for many years. Mr. Hammond pursued a lifelong interest in water and boating activities. As an Asheville School student, he was part of a team of undefeated sculling champions. He often sailed with family and friends on the Hammond boat on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Later he enjoyed boating and lake activity at family residences in Winneconne, Wis., Guaymas, Mexico and finally, in Punta Gorda. Mr. Hammond had a great fondness for the Punta Gorda area and enjoyed knowing many of the people who lived or worked in the area. In August, 1974, after Mr. Hammond witnessed a tragedy which caused him to personally address the issue of fire coverage in the area. A resident came to his door for support for her burning Alligator Creek home, but because of insufficient knowledge and fire coverage of the area, the home burned to the ground before his eyes as time elapsed before fire equipment showed on the scene. Because of the organized efforts of Mr. Hammond, a volunteer fire department was created for the Alligator Creek area. The fire station -- Fire Station No. 7 -- has been providing protection to nearby residents since November 1976. In 1976 Mr. Hammond, representing the local Fire Advisory Board and the Charlotte County Firemen's Association, expressed to area officials that there was a need for a fire training center and facility where firefighters could participate in training exercises in order to learn fire prevention techniques. In response to these efforts, a Florida Street facility was built and dedicated in 1990 as the John B. Hammond Fire Academy. Mr. Hammond recognized that growth in the area also necessitated improved means of response to resident's emergency calls. He organized support behind implementation of the "911" system in the county. In addition to his civic interests, Mr. Hammond enjoyed photography, cooking and gardening, especially fruit trees and roses, and restoring boats.
Mr. Hammond is survived by his children, Robert B. Behnke, Barbara S. Harvey, Charles Bancroft Hammond of Louisville, Ky., John Morton Hammond of Morton Grove, Ill., Emily Hammond Schmitz of Wheaton, Ill., Gordon Cyrus Hammond of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren are Tawny Lynn, Scott, Jill, David, James, Mindi, Marissa, Ann, Andrew, William, Timothy, Carolyn and Eric. Mr. Hammond was preceded in death by his father, James Young Hammond and mother, Emily Suzanne Hammond; a sister, Elizabeth Hammond Sturgis; and brother, Bradley Bancroft Hammond.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Joseph Paiva, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Fla.
Born March 6, 1910, in Portugal to the late John and Maria Paiva, Joseph, a retired worker for Uniroyal Chemical Co. of Naugatuck, Conn., moved to this area in 1976 from Naugatuck. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda.
He is survived by his children, a son, Joseph Paiva Jr. of Naugatuck, and a daughter, Marie Ruella of Port Charlotte; granddaughter, Jacqueline Ruella of Waterbury, Conn.; and two great-grandchildren.
His wife, Maria Celeste Paiva, preceded him in death in 1996.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Arrangements are with Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Robert A. Swan
Robert A. Swan, 57, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died July 30, 2001, at home.
He was born May 24, 1944 in Rochester, N.Y. to Raymond W. and Esther Virginia Swan. He came here 35 years ago from Rochester. He was a Roman Catholic. He was an administrator in the mental health care industry and a U.S. Navy veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Swan of Port Charlotte; daughters, Melinda Morgan and Tori Morgan of Port Charlotte, and Jodie Bennett of New Caney, Texas.
Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the James A. McKee Funeral Home, 14538 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port, Fla. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at James A. McKee Funeral Home. Arrangements by James A. McKee Funeral Home.
Henry C. Gerber
Henry C. Gerber, 80, of North Port, Fla., died at his residence July 28, 2001.
He was born on May 21, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, and came to North Port from there in 1978. He was a precision tool cutter and grinder before his retirement and a member of Venice East Golf Course.
Survivors include his wife, Helga of North Port; two daughters, Karen Shinaver and Tori Gerber, both of Toledo, Ohio; his daughter-in-law, Paulette Gerber of Petersburg, Mich.; a step-son, Steven Raker of Delta, Ohio; a step-daughter, Janie McCabe of North Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 3, at the Venice Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Inurnment will be in Venice Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to Sarasota County Hospice of SW Florida at 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home and Crematory, North Port Chapel.
Barbara Gruchowsky, 105, of North Port, Fla., died on July 30, 2001.
She was born on Nov. 25, 1895, in Ukraine. She was a retired seamstress. Barbara came to this area in 1984 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Dorothy F. Wylder, a son-in-law, John Wylder of Vacaville, Calif.; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 31 at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel. A Panachyda service will be held at 7 p.m. Father Wolodymyr Woloszczuk will officiate. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Aug., 3, at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund, 1078 N. Biscayne Dr., North Port, FL 34287.
Gary E. Newell
Gary E. Newell, 43, of North Port, Fla., died July 29, 2001, at Punta Gorda, Fla.
He was born April 4, 1958, at Fort Myers, Fla. He had worked as a deputy Sheriff for Lee and Charlotte Counties for many years. More recently, he worked in local television production and producing CCN (Charlotte Cable News). He served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1979. He attended Church of God, Punta Gorda
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jewel A. Newell of North Port; a son, Timmothy Newell; and a daughter, Mandy Newell, both of North Port; three sisters, Donna (Wyatt) Walker, Debbie (Orlando) Gagliardo, both of Fort Myers and Diane (Robert) Rainey of Barnesville, Ga.; three brothers, Billy (Sandra) Newell of Anniston, Ala., Darryl (Melanie) Newell of Fort Myers and Ned Newell of Florida; his mother, Mrs. Delores (Theodore) Nestler of North Fort Myers; and one grandson, also survives. He was preceded in death in 1976 by his father, Bryant E. Newell and his grandmother, Nettie Newell in 1982.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 2, at the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Kilgore officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. before funeral services, Aug. 2.
Ruth S. Sondrol
Ruth S. Sondrol, 90, of Iowa City, Iowa, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, in the Oaknoll Health Center in Iowa City from complications of a stroke.
Ruth was born Aug. 29, 1910, in Hanlontown, Iowa. She was the daughter of Sander and Carrie Molsberry Sanderson. She was raised in Cerro Gordo County on the family farm. Ruth married Thorkel E. Sondrol on Dec. 2, 1942, in Mason City. Mr. Sondrol died in March of 1973.
On Jan. 29, 1976, she married Dr. Harold W. Morgan in Jupiter, Fla. Dr. Morgan died in September of 1988. Ruth received her training at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa, and for 25 years was a registered nurse at various hospitals and doctors' offices throughout north Iowa.
Ruth had lived in Englewood, Fla., since retirement in the mid 1980s.
She was a member of TTT, American Legion Auxiliary, Community
Presbyterian Church in Englewood and First Congregational Church in Clear Lake, Fla.
Ruth is survived by her children, Susan Sondrol (William) Jones of Iowa City and Thorkel E. "Sandy" Sondrol of the Cayman Islands; a sister, Marjory Mason of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren, Meghan Jones, Merrick Jones, Thorkel "Erik" Sondrol and Karn Sondrol; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and five brothers, Stanley, Maynard, Alton, Robert and Daniel.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Oaknoll Foundation in Iowa City, 701 Oaknoll Drive, Iowa City, Iowa, 52246.
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City in charge of arrangements.
Frederick T. Sypek
Frederick T. Sypek, 76, of Rotonda West, Fla., died July 30, 2001, at the residence of his mother in Utica, N.Y..
He was born in Utica on Aug. 28, 1924, the son of Maryan and Anna Kopera Sypek and attended local schools. He was employed at Griffiss Air Base as an engineer. He served in the U.S. Army-Air Force during World War II. He was a member of St. Frances of Assisi in Rotonda West and the American Legion Post 0113 Rotonda West.
His survivors include his mother, Anna Sypek of Utica; one brother, Raymond Sypek of Utica; one sister, Jean and her husband, James Swartwout of Rotonda West; one nephew, Thomas and his wife, Dana Swartwout of Rochester; and one niece, Mary and her husband, Daniel Martell of Rochester. He was predeceased by his father and his brother, Richard Sypek.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass which will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 2, at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Ave., and at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Burial will be in Venice Memorial Park, Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Diabetes Association, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Kenneth A. Worthen
Kenneth A. Worthen, formerly of Lynnfield and Gloucester, Mass., was born July 17, 1913, in Melrose, Mass., the son of Harry and H. Louise Worthen. He served in World War II as a master sergeant in the medical corps for four years. Mr. Worthen, a prominent business man, with his wife, Ireta, owned and operated Worthen's Food Mart, a local land mark in Lynnfield, for over 30 years. Prior to that he was in banking for a number of years. Always an entrepreneur, at the age of 16, he owned and operated one of the first illuminated golf driving ranges in Massachusetts. A dedicated Rotarian, he was past president of the Wakefield Massachusetts Rotary Club and was instrumental in forming the Lynnfield Rotary Club serving as first president. He was involved in many community charitable causes in Lynnfield. He served on the board of directors and the investment committee of the Wakefield Savings Bank of Wakefield. As a life long member of Center Congregation Church of Lynnfield, he served on the board of deacons and sang in the choir. He attended and was friend of Englewood United Methodist Church of Englewood, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved companion, Virginia Brown of Englewood; nephews, Donald C. Worthen of Englewood, Roger K. Worthen of Billerica, Mass., Elbridge Russell of Brownsville, Maine; nieces, Jane Chartrand of Goffstown, N.H. and Arlene Russell of North Conway, N.H.; stepdaughter, Carol Roberts Cooke of Lynnfield; He leaves many grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives, Ireta Russell Worthen and Francis Roberts Worthen, both of Lynnfield.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 3, at the Englewood United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at The Center Congregational Church in Lynnfield, at a later date. Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel is in charge.