Richard A. Goff, Sr.
Richard Arthur Goff, Sr., 82, of Rotonda West, Fa., died Friday, June 8, 2001, at his residence.
Born on May 14, 1919, in Bronx, N.Y. to Richard and Violet (Nasi) Goff, he had been a resident of the Englewood area for 18 years, coming from Framingham, Mass.
Mr. Goff graduated from Delahanty Institute and attended City College in New York. He was in Africa and the Artic for the U.S. Government during 1942 and 1943.
Married in Washington, DC in 1952, he was plant manger for U.S. Electronics in Alexandria, Va. He developed several exhibits for display at the Smithsonian Institute after which he worked for Design and Production, Inc. in Alexandria on the original "Atoms for Peace" exhibit.
In 1956 he moved to Auburn, Mass., where he owned and operated "The Landing" and Auburn Bottled Gas Co. In 1962 he moved to Framingham, Mass., as a methods engineer until 1969, when he founded Automatic Security Systems, Inc.
He retired in 1983 and moved to Rotonda West. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grove City.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Theresa (Bergeron) Goff of Rotonda West; one daughter, Susan Goff Reguera of Berlin, Mass.; one son, Richard A. Goff, II of South Paris, Maine; one brother, Albert Goff of Cranbury, N.J.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be said on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grove City, Fla. Inurnment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Goff may be made to Hospice of South West Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Englewood Community Funeral Home has been selected to handle arrangements.
William Charles Koch
William Charles Koch, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died June 4, 2001 in Port Charlotte.
Born June 21, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, he moved to the area in 1976 from Cranford, N.J. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1940 from Renssaeler Polytechnic Institute and subsequently retired from Allied Chemical Corp. in Morristown, N.J. in 1974.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Punta Gorda, Fla., the Scottish Rites and Araba Temple in Ft. Myers, Fla., Coast Guard Auxilliary in Punta Gorda, a former member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and was of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; a daughter, Joanna Schmidt of Port Charlotte; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, David.
A Masonic memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Masonic Temple at Airport and Taylor Road in Punta Gorda.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Chidlren, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fl 33607-1435.
Calvin C. Walker
Calvin C. Walker, 78, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away June 4, 2001.
He was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Havana, Cuba, and lived here for over 30 years after moving from Queens, N.Y. He owned and operated Walker's Painting Company.
Mr. Walker is survived by his daughter, Linda Walker of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Sowell Walker.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Restlawn Cemetery in Port Charlotte. Arrangements are being handled by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
Helen L. Weipert
Helen L. Weipert, 73, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died June 4, 2001, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
She was born June 4, 1928, in Lockport, Ill., and came to Port Charlotte 16 years ago from Toledo, Ohio.
Mrs. Weipert was a secretary for a furniture retail store. She was a member of the Elks Lodge 2153, American Legion Post 110, Eagles Lodge, VFW 5690 and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, all of Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her mother, Hattie Quigley of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Donna Fornera of Ocala, Fla., and Sharon Goda of Monroe, Mich.; a brother, William Quigley of Wilmington, Ill.; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Crichton "Kiki" H. Winfree
Crichton "Kiki" H. Winfree, 86, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, June 4, 2001, at the residence of her loving caregivers, Glenda Fleming and Norma Koons.
Born October 29, 1914, in Henderson, N. C., she moved to Port Charlotte in 1997 from Temple Terrace, Fla. She was a physical therapist and a homemaker. She was also a long-time member of the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Sargent College of Boston University.
She is survived by two daughters, Nell W. McCandless of Port Charlotte and Frances W. Lane of Goshen, Ohio; four grandchildren, Rick McCandless of Port Charlotte, Allison Yost of Bradenton, Fla., and Julia Francour and Amanda Hammond, both of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Grace and Lily Yost, both of Laguna Niguel, and Alexis Yost of Bradenton.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. Dr. G. Russell Hickman will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, 420 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.
Norbert Rudoph "Norb" Simon
Norbert Rudolph "Norb" Simon, 59, of North Port, Fla., died May 31, 2001, at home.
He was born on May 19, 1942, in Akron, Ohio, to Norbert A. and Helen Howrylek Simon. He came to North Port a year ago, having lived in Englewood, Fla., for 15 years.
Norb was an avid motorcyclist. He rode with the Gold Wing Touring Association, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and was an active associate member of the Vietnam Brotherhood Association in which he held a position as Road Lieutenant.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Erika E. (Buchner) Simon of North Port; a son, Norbert H. "Hank" Simon of North Port; three daughters, Jeanette A. Wingard of Bradenton, Fla., Tracy Simon of North Port and Susan Rose of Englewood; his mother, Helen T. Simon of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two brothers, Wayne C. Simon of Gainesville, Fla., and Mark J. Simon of Bonita Springs, Fla.; a sister, Carol A. Stroud of North Port; three grandchildren, Toni and Nicholas Wingard of Bradenton and Evan Simon of North Port; and he will be truly missed by his brother-in-law and best friend, Frank Stroud.
For all who knew Norb and would like to attend, there will be a memorial service on Sunday at 4 p.m. at VFW Post 8203, 4860 Trott Circle (off Pan American Blvd.), North Port.
Arrangements are by the James A. McKee Funeral Homes, North Port.
Vera E. Workman
Vera E. Workman, 82, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away June 1, 2001, following an extended illness, at DeSoto Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Indianapolis, Ind., and has lived here since moving to Arcadia in 1986. She was the secretary for the American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, and retired from there before moving to Florida.
Mrs. Workman is survived by her husband of 54 years, John P. Workman of Arcadia; three daughters, Marvelle Robichaud of Indianapolis, Rita Bamford of Mooresville, Ind., and Johnna Beeler of Arcadia; one son, Dale McClain of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Donna Stephens of Indianapolis and Lynda Green Hadley of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Allen Relford of Indianapolis and Ernie Relford. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Rd., Punta Gorda. Interment will follow in Charlotte Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the Wednesday's service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Robert Houston Magee, 78, of Englewood, Fla., and formerly of Ypsilanti, Mich., died June 2, 1999, in Ypsilanti.
He was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., son of Harry H. and Elsie (Moorey) Magee and was raised in Ypsilanti. On March 22, 1947, he married Ruth Harms at First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti. During World War II, Mr. Magee served with the 8th Army Air Corps and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of DAV, very active with the Boy Scouts of America and in 1980 he retired from Ford Motor Company, Shelton Road Plant. After retirement Mr. and Mrs. Magee moved to Englewood and became very active with the Chamber of Commerce and also became members of Faith Lutheran Church in Rotonda, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; sons, David (Ellen) Magee of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dale (Jackie) Magee of Pinckney, Mich.; grandchildren, Eric (Ann) Magee, Andrew Magee, Laura (Patrick) O'Leary and Johnathan (Tracy) Magee; great-grandson, Jakob O'Leary; brother, Verne (Jean) Magee of Canton Mich.; and sister, Barbara Meyer of Ypsilanti, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elsie Magee, and brother, Gordon Magee.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. June 8 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, with the Rev. Dennis Hacker officiating. Arrangements are by Nie Funeral Home, Ann Arbor, Mich. Call (734) 971-2345.
Irving D. Ross Sr.
Irving D. Ross Sr., 78, died June 2, 2002.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1923, in New Haven, Conn., to George A. and Mary Botting Ross; the fifth in a family of seven children consisting of five boys and two girls. He attended public schools in New Haven and graduated from Commercial High School in 1941. In his early years he regularly attended St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and was active in their youth programs. He was also active in city athletic programs, having played citywide football with the Newhallville Juniors and ice hockey for Commercial High School. Following graduation from high school, Irving went to work for O.F. Mossberg & Son to help with the war effort. With World War II in progress, Irving entered active military service on Jan. 20, 1943, and served in the U.S. Army. He took basic training at Camp Tyson, Tenn., and advanced training at Camp Edwards, Mass. He was assigned to an automatic weapons battalion and rose to the rank of platoon sergeant. He served with his battalion on the island of Saipan and elsewhere in the Western Pacific. Irving received an honorable discharge from the military on May 20, 1947. While in the Army and before leaving for overseas duty, Irving married Elizabeth Campbell Carr, whom he had courted for several years. From this union came two sons, Irving D. Ross Jr. and Douglas John Ross; and from their successive marriages came five grandchildren. On his return to civilian life, Irving began his plumbing and heating career working with his father. He worked with him for six years and with other plumbing and heating contractors until 1960. At that time he was appointed plumbing and heating inspector for the town of Hamden. He held that position for 16 years before returning to private contracting work. While working for the town of Hamden, Irving founded and was first president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Sanitary Engineers. In addition, he was co-founder, president and secretary of the Connecticut Plumbing and Heating Inspector's Association. For his high level of expertise in the plumbing and heating fields and in recognition of his work with the State Building Inspector and the State Building Code Standards Committee, Irving was issued Certificate No. 1, the first certificate for Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inspector on Nov. 26, 1974, which he proudly retained. In addition to other responsibilities, he taught evening classes at Eli Whitney Technical School for four years. Irving petitioned Day Spring Lodge No. 30 for membership and was raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason on June 15, 1960. He has been deeply involved in all activities relating to his lodge during his Masonic career, culminating in being one of the prime movers in the completion of Day Spring's new temple. He had the honor of being Worshipful Master of the lodge when the temple was dedicated in 1984. Irving was Worthy Patron of Alice Chapter No. 76, Order of Eastern Star three times and traveled extensively with his wife, Betty, when she was Worthy Matron and when she held the Station of Ruth in the Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Irving had also been active in the youth programs in the town over a span of many years. These included Hamden Pee Wee Baseball Association, the Youth Hockey League and serving as Cub Scout Master.
Services for Mr. Ross will be announced at a later date. Local arrangements are under the direction of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Charlotte N. Schroeder
Charlotte N. Schroeder, 75, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away June 2, 2002.
She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. Mrs. Schroeder served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. She is formerly of Robbinsdale, Minn., where she worked as a telephone representative for North Western Telephone, before retiring in 1983 and moving to Port Charlotte in 1986. She is a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, and American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte. Mrs. Schroeder was of the Lutheran faith.
Survivors include her husband, John Schroeder of Port Charlotte; and a brother-in-law, Bruce Schroeder of Lake Park, Fla.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. June 11, at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla. Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Charles M. Wilburn
Charles M. "Chuck" Wilburn, 55, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died June 2, 2002.
He was born April 9, 1947, in Kelso, Tenn., and moved to this area 40 years ago.
Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Linda L. Wilburn; three children, Lisa E. Wilburn, Timothy C. (Lynda) Wilburn and Jason R. Wilburn, all of Punta Gorda; three sisters, Ethel Jones of Punta Gorda, Faye and Elmira, both of Tennessee.
A memorial service will celebrate Mr. Wilburn's life at 3 p.m. June 5, in the Punta Gorda Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Manuel C. Gregory
Manuel C. Gregory, 55, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died June 3, 2002, at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Fla.
Born Feb. 12, 1947, in New Bedford, Mass., to Michael and Dorothy (Morrell) Gregory, he had been a resident of the Port Charlotte/Englewood area for 10 years, coming from Freetown, Mass. Mr. Gregory was the owner-operator of Southern Pride Lawn Service. He Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, and was a member of VFW and American Legion posts. He was a Christian.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Maryann F. Gregory; a daughter, Linda (Dana) Plant; two sons, Manuel Gregory and Frank (Gwen) Gregory, all of Port Charlotte; two sisters, Jo-Ann Trombley and Mary Kennison, both of New Bedford, Mass.; five brothers, Everett Vital of Lexington, Ky., Frank Gregory and John Mello, both of East Freetown, Mass., Ernest Mello of Acushnet, Mass., and Richard Mello of North Dartmouth, Mass.; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 6, at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road. A service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Michael Lindsey of West Charlotte Baptist Church officiating.
Almeda Wayne PIC
Almeda Wayne, 86, of Englewood, Fla., died May 31, 2002, at her Charlotte County residence.
Born Oct. 2, 1915, in Moundsville, W.Va., to John and Pearl (Lucas) Moore, she had been a resident of Englewood for 29 years, coming form Barnesville, Ohio. Mrs. Wayne taught in the Moundsville school district and retired in 1973 from the Barnesville school district in Ohio after 30 years of teaching. She was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church, Lemon Bay Women's Club, Senior Friends, and F.I.S.H., all of Englewood.
Survivors include her daughter, Alayne Wayne Weber of Holgate, Ohio; two grandchildren, Christopher Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Stacy Weber of Findlay, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Naomi Chapman of Englewood and Marilynn Troutman of Lexington, Ky. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Harold Wayne, in 1991.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. June 8, at Englewood United Methodist Church, Doan Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223; or Lemon Bay Women's Club, 51 Maple St. N., Englewood, FL 34223, in memory of Mrs. Wayne. Englewood Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond Brannon, 63, of Arcadia, Fla., died May 6, 2002, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital, Arcadia.
He was born Jan. 5, 1939, in Lawrence County, Tenn. He came to Arcadia in 1993 from College Grove, Tenn. He was of the Protestant faith. Raymond was a retired handyman.
He is survived by three daughters, Lorna and Candy, both of Florida, and Terri Allen of Tennessee; four brothers, Edward A. Brannon of Eagleville, Tenn., Frank Brannon and Jimmy Brannon, both of Rockville, Tenn., and Charles Brannon of Florida; a sister, Betty Rapier of Rockville; and several grandchildren.
There will be no services. Robarts Funeral Home Inc. of Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements.