Carmen Fern Andrews
Carmen Fern Andrews, 94, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at her residence.
Born on July 26, 1906, in Creston, Iowa, to Claude and Tillie (Neville) Porter, she had been a resident of the Englewood area for 35 years, coming from Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Andrews was a loving mother and grandmother to her family.
She is predeceased by her husband, Eugene, in 1995 and a daughter, Shirley Rickard, in 2001.
Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Quint of Rotonda West, and Patricia Thomas of Warren, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Morgan of the Christian Life Center officiating. A burial will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park Cemetery.
Gordon A. Gustafson
Gordon A. Gustafson, 78, died June 25, 2001, at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Mr. Gustafson retired from Zurn Industries in Erie, Pa., where he worked for 30 years. He lived in Punta Gorda for 23 years and was previously from Naperville, Ill. He was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Erie, Pa., the son of Charles and Sigrid (Swenson) Gustafson. He served in the Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda, and of the Elks Lodge No. 2606 also in Punta Gorda.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Josephine; his sons, David Gustafson (Lori) of Chicago, Ill., Gary Gustafson (Ute) of Houston, Texas, and Brian Gustafson of Sarasota, Fla.; and his granddaughters, Sarah Gustafson of Chicago, Kirsten Gustafson and Rachel Gustafson, both of Houston.
There are no services planned.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 512 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34230; or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by At-Peace Cremations, Sarasota.
Lawrence R. Hartman
Lawrence R. Hartman, 87, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 24, 2001, following and extended illness.
He was born June 4, 1914, in St. Louis, Mo. He received his Bachelor's Degree in engineering in 1936 from Johns Hopkins University. He retired in 1975 from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company following 37 years of service as a mechanical engineer. He then moved to Florida and became active in the Punta Gorda Presbyterian Church, where he served as an usher and liturgist.
He was a member of the Punta Gorda Rotary Club where he was a past secretary and treasurer and was awarded the designation of Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of the Boumi Temple Masonic Lodge in Baltimore, Md., where he became a 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. Hartman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Fay Elizabeth Hartman; and his daughter, Nancy Hartman of Raleigh, N.C. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 115 Harvey Street, Punta Gorda. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda.
Jessie G. Roessler
Jessie G. Roessler, 92, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2001, following an extended illness.
She was born January 14, 1909, in Baltimore, Md., and moved to Port Charlotte in 1970 from Cherry Point, N.C.
She was a homemaker, a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was also a member of the Ladies Circle, a member of the Harbor Lights at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and she enjoyed boating.
Mrs. Roessler is survived by her husband of 66 years, Captain Bernhard Otto Roessler; her son, Richard Roessler (Nancy) of Cape Coral, Fla.,; her daughter, Katherine O'Hala (Dwight) of Boulder, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of the service.
Entombment will be private in Charlotte Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 510042, Punta Gorda, FL 33951-0042.
Ramon Duane Smith
Ramon Duane Smith, 67, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died June 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He had resided in Punta Gorda since 1996, moving here from St. Petersburg. He had been a corporate pilot for De Bartolo Corp. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his brother, Gary L. Smith of Canfield, Ohio; and his mother, Hope M. Smith of Punta Gorda.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
Arrangements under the direction of the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Audrey F. Thresher
Audrey F. Thresher, 76, of Punta Gorda, was taken by God's Angels on June 26, 2001.
Mrs. Thresher was a retired housewife. She had resided in Punta Gorda since 1979, moving here from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. She was a member of Women at the Well, Episcopal Church Women, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Punta Gorda, The Retired Officers Association and Reserve's Officers Association. She served as a WAC in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Russell W. Thresher Jr.; three daughters, Marianne (Stephen) Newby of Modesto, Calif., Lori (Michael) Manieri of Granite Bay, Calif., and Kim Bailey of Beech Grove, Ind.; one son, Russell W. (Susan) Thresher III of Coconut Creek, Fla.; a brother, Robert C. (Diane) Hayman of Naples, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 Henry Street, Punta Gorda. A burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Donations may be made in her name to: Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 Henry St., Punta Gorda, FL. 33950, or, Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL. 33938. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Harold Weinrich, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died June 16, 2001. He was born July 5, 1923, in Spencer Township, Mich., to George and Ingeborg (Jensen) Weinrich. Harold came to this area in 1970 from Michigan, moved to northern Florida in 1988, and then back to Port Charlotte in 1999. He owned Kent Radio & TV from 1973 to 1985 and also worked at the City of Punta Gorda Water Plant for several years.
He served in the Army during World War II with the Corps of Engineers and in the Phillippines and Japan. His hobbies were photography and computers.
Harold is survived by daughters, Lori (Carl) Smith of Chipley, Fla., and Karen Neel of Marianna, Fla.; sons, Paul (Staci) Weinrich of Port Charlotte and David Weinrich of Punta Gorda, Fla.; brother, Marvin Weinrich of Cedar Springs, Mich.; sisters, Edna Clingani, Annabelle Sevey, Blanche Christie, Josephine Avery and Sandra Volpe, all of Michigan; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service in celebration of Harold's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Palm Tabernacle. The Rev. Rick Sloan will be officiating. Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Carmen Fern Andrews
Carmen Fern Andrews, 94, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at her residence.
Born on July 26, 1906, in Creston, Iowa, to Claude and Tillie (Neville) Porter, she had been a resident of the Englewood area for 35 years, coming from Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Andrews was a loving mother and grandmother to her family.
She is predeceased by her husband, Eugene, in 1995 and a sister, Shirley Rickard, in 2001.
Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Quint of Rotonda West, and Patricia Thomas of Warren, Mich; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 South McCall Road. A funeral service will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Morgan of the Christian Life Center officiating. A burial will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park Cemetery.
Edward Patrick Lynch
Edward Patrick Lynch, 62, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away June 27, 2001, at his Charlotte County residence.
Mr. Lynch was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Hartford, Conn. to Edward and Mary (O'Brien) Lynch. Mr. Lynch was a Vietnam veteran and a retired master sergeant with 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military retirement, he and his wife, Pat, moved to Rotonda West in 1979, where he began a 22-year career as a tax consultant, working both privately and with the H&R Block organization. Edward was a member of the National DAV, American Legion Post 113 and V.J. Desio Memorial VFW Post 10476, both in Rotonda West, the North Star Masonic Lodge No. 16 F.&A.M., Larimore, N.D., Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Tampa, Fla., and the Shrine Temple of Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a member of Rotonda West Community Church and had recently been attending West Charlotte Baptist Church in East Englewood.
Surviving are his loving wife, Patricia Mae (Cave) Lynch of Rotonda West; children, Shawn (Lori) Lynch of North Port, Fla., Keri (William) Satterley of Nokomis, Fla., Kelly (John Wilkins) Johnson of Fruitland Park, Fla., and Kevin Lynch of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson, Craig Bales and Naomi Satterley; a brother, Sean Lynch of Bountiful, Utah; and sisters, Ann Devine of Hartford, and Mary Knapp of Enfield, Conn. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Glidden.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. July 2, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel. A memorial service by American Legion Post 113 will precede the funeral service at 10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Edison G. Brooker officiating. Private inurnment will be later at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, Englewood.
The family suggest memorial contributions to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Booker T. Haynes Sr.
Booker Taliferro Haynes Sr., the eldest son of the late Rev. Willie and Annie Mae Gaphney Haynes, was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Tallahassee, Fla.
He graduated from Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla. After graduation he enrolled at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. His college career was pre-empted because the country's need for able-bodied men. He was inducted into the United States Army and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served abroad and was awarded several medals: the American Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. At the conclusion of his service to the country, he returned and married his college sweetheart, Frances Marie Jackson, on July 27, 1949. The Lord blessed this union with four children: Cafronia (Abraham), Katurrah (who died at age 9), Booker T. Haynes Jr. (Jessica) and Theola H. Ray. He also leaves to mourn seven grandchildren, Tavaughn Thomas, Delvin Thomas, Booker T. Haynes III, Robyn Thomas, Jessie Haynes, Alice Thomas and William Ray. His great-grandchildren are Niko and Tylaiah. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will miss Booker T. Haynes Sr., as well. He is the brother of Thomas Jefferson Haynes (deceased), Willie Mae Brooks, Dennis Haynes (deceased), Bessie Bryant, Loreen P. Hughes, Hazelar M. Johnson and Charles Haynes (deceased).
Throughout his life he was a friend of many. He established a quality lawn care business and was revered by the individuals he worked for and with. Those he worked for continuously gave him accolades for his thoroughness, thoughtfulness and diligence. His light shone in Punta Gorda and surrounding communities. Because he passed this way, the world is a better place. He came to know Jesus in the pardon of his sins and was a Christian who worshiped God, and witnessed for and worked for his kingdom. In addition to always being an activist for the betterment of his beloved community, he was faithful to St. Mary's Primitive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was also instrumental in the renovation of the church and did much of the work himself. On Tuesday morning early, he went away to the garden where one goes alone, to answer the voice of him who calls his own. If he could speak to us, there is no doubt that he'd say: "'Tis true! In my father's house, there are many mansions."
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 29, at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church, Punta Gorda. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. July 2 from First Macedonia Baptist Church, Charlotte Avenue, Punta Gorda. Burial will be in Bailey Cemetery, Punta Gorda. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla.
Ella Mae Louise Reddish Shine
Mrs. Ella Mae Louise Reddish Shine was born Feb. 26, 1925, to the late Gary and Elizabeth Owens Reddish. She was a member of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church for many years. A loving, caring, gentle person, we thank God for the precious jewel that was given to this family.
She passed this life away June 23, 2001. She leaves in God's care, Percell Shine; five children, Cecyl Shine, Gary (Ella) Shine, Reche' Shine, Priscilla Shine Martinez and Olga Shine Muldrow; grandchildren, Carl Watson, Priscilla Watson (Edward) Hickson, Cele' Watson (Clyde) Pinder, Gary (Triana) Watson, Yolanda Watson (Jermaine) Thompson, Carla Watson (Marquell) Jackson, Rico Luther, Tyronnie Luther, Sean Shine, Mario Shine, Terrance Shine, Le Che' Shine, Juan Martinez; 18 great-grandchildren; three nephews, Prince Reddish, Lawerence Reddish, Jerome Reddish; one niece, Diane Moultrie; two special and close friends, James Blanden and Annette Campbell; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. June 30, from Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 100 S. Orange Ave., Arcadia, with the Rev. Daniel Savage III, pastor, officiating. Interment to follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 29, from Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.
Bertha M. Ward
Bertha M. Ward, 80, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away June 24, 2001.
Mrs. Ward was born on Feb. 22, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was an interior decorator. Bertha moved to this area in 1985 from Huntington, N.Y. She was a member of San Antonio Catholic Church and the treasure of the Harbour Heights Garden Club.
Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Barta of St. Simons, Ga. and Jodi Smith of Nanuet, N.Y.; sons, Fred of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Jay and Anthony of Concord, N.H.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by a daughter, Patricia Umansky.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. June 28 at San Antonio Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Port Charlotte.
Margaret A. Bullock
Margaret A. "Mickey" Bullock, 66, of Arcadia, Fla., died June 22, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Louisville, Ky., and moved to Arcadia in 1970. She was a former co-owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant in Arcadia. Mrs. Bullock was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Arcadia and a member of the Arcadia Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, William A. Bullock; four sons, Richard (Anita) Buchart, USN and James (Edith) Buchart USN, both of Chesapeake, Va., Michael (Reva) Buchart of Arcadia and Joseph (Yolanda), of New Orleans, La.; two daughters, Jeanne (Dusty) Blevins of Gardner, Fla. and Lisa (Lesley) Harrison of Arcadia; one brother, Frank (Ruby) Robinson of Louisville; 15 grandchildren, Crissy, Missy, Rachael, Tammy, Theresa, Matthew, Lee, Gary, Sarah, Thomas, Justin, Jonathan, Christopher, Trevor and Richard; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Alex.
Visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 at Robarts Funeral Home Inc. Chapel, Arcadia. The Order of the Eastern Star service was June 25. Mass was celebrated June 26 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Arcadia with the Rev. Stan Pierog as celebrant. Inurnment is today at 10 a.m. at Joshua Creek Cemetery.
The family requested memorial donations be made to Hospice of SW Florida Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Jane Muus Gates, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away June 24, 2002, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
Jane was born May 20, 1923, in Southington, Conn., where she graduated from Lewis High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in education (home economics) from the University of Connecticut. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Charlotte Bay Chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Following graduation, she taught school for 20 years, both in Connecticut and New Jersey. She had been a Florida resident for 21 years, moving here from East Norwalk, Conn., where she was a member of Shoreline Golf Club. Her summer home was in Ocean City, N.J., where she was a member of Seaview Golf Club. Here in Florida, she was a charter member of Burnt Store Country Club. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leland Gates of Punta Gorda; a son, Clay (Cathy) Gates of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Martha (Donald) Lord of Fairfield, Conn., and Patricia (Steven) Fabrizio of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren, Cassandra and Clay Gates, Dory and Wesley Lord, Michael and Cross Fabrizio, Lisa Aronson, Jessie Lord and Travis Millard.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 28, at First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda. Friends are invited to the Gates home following the services.
Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 23038 Cleveland Ave., Punta Gorda, FL; or to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Andre J. Jean-Pierre
Andre Jean-Baptiste Jean-Pierre, 66, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died June 20, 2002, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born July 7, 1935, in Cape Haitian, Haiti, and came to this area 11 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Jean-Pierre worked as a bus driver for the Charlotte County Board of Education and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Suzie Jean-Pierre of Punta Gorda; daughter, Dana Jean-Pierre of Port Charlotte; sons, Clark, Fritz and Patrick Jean-Pierre, all of Queens, N.Y., and Adler and David Jean-Pierre, both of Port Charlotte; mother, Anna Jean-Pierre of Port Charlotte; brother, Brice Jean-Pierre of Port Charlotte; sister, Marie R. Jean-Pierre of Port Charlotte; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 28, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. June 29, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Port Charlotte. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.