Helen D. Honeywell
Helen D. Honeywell, 94, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 18, 2002.
She was born on April 29, 1907, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Nathaniel J. and Olga Marie Flinta Danielson. Formerly of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, she had resided here since 1967. Mrs. Honeywell was a noted ceramic instructor and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was well loved and honored.
Surviving are her son, Charles V. Honeywell of Punta Gorda; a sister, Hazel D. Finney of Garrettsville, Ohio; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Raymond W. Honeywell; daughter, Mary Ann Steele; brother, David N. Danielson; grandson, Charles V. Honeywell Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Valerie Bennett, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. April 20 in the Punta Gorda Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight, April 19, at the funeral home.
Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth "Betty" McBride, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in Marathon, Fla.
She was born in North Tarrytown, N.Y., on July 28, 1919, to Thomas and Elizabeth (Terwilliger) Richards. She came to Port Charlotte in 1968 and worked for 11 years at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Patient's Business. She volunteered for the Council on Aging, Port Charlotte Library and the county's federally funded food distribution.
She is survived by two daughters, Patti Hendrickson of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Mary McBride of Marathon, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Vernacatola, Wendy Crenshaw, Travis Crenshaw and Ian McBride; and a great-grandson, Tyler Brugman.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 9 a.m. April 22 at San Antonio Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to National Parkinson's Foundation Research, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, FL 33136.
Cremation and arrangements entrusted to McCluney Funeral Home, Marathon.
Richard A. Sykes
Richard A. Sykes, 47, of Englewood, Fla., died Tuesday, April 16, 2002.
He was born Sept. 14, 1954 in Brighton, Mass., and moved to Englewood from Boulder, Colo. in November, 2001.
He was self-employed in the home and commercial building industry. He was a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Sykes of Venice, Fla.; a sister, Laurie Sykes of Englewood; brothers, Paul Sykes of Tampa, Fla., and Scott Sykes of Boulder, Colo., Stephen Sykes of West Haven, Conn.; and a nephew, Ryan Sykes of Englewood.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2002 at the Englewood Moose Lodge on Dearborn Street, Englewood.
National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn J. Bushey
Carolyn J. "Jo" Bushey of Traverse City, Mich., died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at Bortz Health Care in Traverse City.
Born Nov. 25, 1913, in Napoleon, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles and Debbie (Lewis) Brubaker. On Sept. 2, 1943, in Detroit, she married Edward Bushey, who preceded her in death while they were residing in Arcadia, Fla.
Carolyn was raised in Toledo and had been employed as a welder in the aircraft industry. She met her husband while they were working together in Toledo and moved to the Honor area in 1955. Carolyn enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and knitting.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith (Roy) Powell of Traverse City; brother, Ross (Ruth) Brubaker of Tempe, Ariz.; nieces, Ruth Ann and Martha; nephew, John; and several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Charles Bushey.
According to her wishes, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Ogdensburg United Methodist Church, 16425 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Richard P. Georges Sr.
Richard P. Georges Sr., 58, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002.
He was born May 13, 1943, in New Britain, Conn., to the late Pius Peter and Nellie (Shimmon) Georges. Rick graduated from Winter Haven Senior High School in 1961 and has worked all of his life earning the reputation as the "King of Irrigation" by designing and implementing complete packages for citrus growers and farmers who need systems for irrigating their crops and frost protection. Rick founded Georges Enterprises in 1965 after seeing the need farmers had for irrigation and frost protection systems while selling them, of all things, Firestone tires for their equipment. His genius in the field of irrigation, long hours of devotion to his customers, and various inventions that have saved multitudes of groves, earned him the title of the "Rain Maker."
Rick also has given much of his time to many organizations and will be greatly missed for his abundance of generosity to so many. He was always a leader in so many of the organizations he gave his time to for many years, including the Republican Party, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Eagles, Knights of Columbus, National Wild Turkey Federation, Florida Sheriffs Association, a director for ARC, American Cancer Society, Watermelon Association and many many more, always challenging himself to exceed what was asked or expected of him.
Rick will be missed by his wife, Beverly Georges of Arcadia; his two sons, John Georges and Ricky Georges, both of Arcadia; his stepchildren, Shannon, Brett and Steven Bennett of Arcadia; his grandchildren, John Wesley Georges and Cierra Georges of Arcadia; his three sisters, Virginia Greenblott and Joan Lenes, both of Burlington, Vt., and Carol Ann Georges of San Diego, Calif.; and his stepfather, Vinnie Pallucci of Winter Haven, Fla.
Visitation is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 19 at Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia. Service is at 11 a.m. April 20 at Pine Level United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Roy Arms officiating. A dinner provided by the ladies of the church will follow the services.
Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Jay K. Witmer
Jay K. Witmer, 79, of Arcadia, Fla., died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 4, 1923, in Ephrata, Pa. Mr. Witmer moved to Arcadia in 1970 from the Washington, D.C., area. He was a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His last duty station was in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area, where he was in charge of the transportation of VIPs and foreign dignitaries to and from the White House. He was a member of Brownville Baptist Church of God. An avid bowler, he bowled in the Mixed Bowling League on the Thomas and Justiss team in Wauchula, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Fay N. Witmer, whom he married Dec. 22, 1978, in Wauchula; two sons, Richard J. (Jeanette) Witmer and Michael W. Witmer, both of Arcadia; a stepson, Donald K. (Debbie) Thomas of Wauchula; a daughter, Marsha J. (Michael) Parker of Mechanicsville, Md.; two stepdaughters, Evelyn F. (Mark) Frazier of Wauchula and Retha M. (Mark) Jackson of Sebring, Fla.; two stepsisters, Nancy Uliasz and Betty Koller, both of Reading, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Witmer was preceded in death by a brother, Clair Witmer, and a sister, Hazel Richards.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 21 at Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. April 22 at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at Wauchula Cemetery.
The family has requested memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, 806 W. Gibson St., Arcadia, FL 34266, or to the American Diabetes Association, Gift of Remembrance Headquarters, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, #415, Maitland, FL 32751.
Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
William Thomas McCormac
William Thomas McCormac, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, in Port Charlotte.
Mr. McCormac was born June 17, 1918, in Washington, D.C. He had resided here since 1998, moving from Rotonda West, where he had resided since 1977. He moved to Rotonda West from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mr. McCormac was a budget officer for the Chief of Army Budget, Formulation Office, Controller of the Army for 20 years and retired in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with various assignments before going to the U.S. Military Mission in Moscow from 1943 to 1945.
He was a member of San Antonio Catholic Church and a member of the National Association of Federal Employees.
Survivors include his wife, Helen J. McCormac of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Patricia A. Alexander of Locaona, N.Y. and Diane McCormac of Port Charlotte; two sons, Thomas A. McCormac of Reinholds, Pa. and Michael McCormac of Westminister, Md.; a sister-in-law, Frances McCormac of Silver Spring, Md.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, at San Antonio Catholic Church, Port Charlotte. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Port Charlotte Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home. Burial will be at Venice Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952 or, Alzheimer's Association, Charlotte Alzheimer's Chapter, P.O. Box 42510042 Punta Gorda, FL 33951-0042. Arrangements are by the Port Charlotte Chapel of Kays-Ponger Funeral Home.
Stanford V. Salmon
Stanford V. Salmon, 69, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 12, 2001. He was born in Jamaica on April 14, 1931.
Survivors include one son, Raymond Salmon; a daughter, Loriane; a step-daughter, Pauline; three brothers; three sisters; five grandchildren; nine nieces; ten nephews and a host of grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the New Testament Church of God, Port Charlotte, with the Rev. F. Huggins officiating. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home. A burial will follow services at the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda. Arrangements are by the Port Charlotte Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Sister Mary Delores Vask Sister Mary Dolores Vask, S.F.C.C., 87, of Harbour Heights, Fla., died Wed., April 18, 2001, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 30, 1913, in Orange, Mass. She was the daughter of George Vask and Anna Strigonaivic.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God in Pittsburgh in 1932. She graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's and a master's degree.
She served as an educator from 1932 to 1969. Sister Vask spent 15 years as a missionary/teacher in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1941 to 1956. She became a member of the Sisters for Christian Community in 1971 and lived in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1969 to 1980 and taught school at Holy Spirit from 1970 to 1972.
She served in the Investment Department of Foremost Insurance Co. from 1972 to 1975 and was employed at Velzen Center, an outreach program for drug addicts and retarded individuals, from 1975 to 1980. She retired in 1980 and moved to Charlotte County. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her friend and companion of 32 years, Sister Virginia Conant, S.F.C.C. of Harbour Heights; a brother, Joseph (Leona) Vask; a niece, a nephew, and two grand-nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34283. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
George Elmer Lunger
George Elmer Lunger, 87, of North Port, Fla., died on April 16, 2001.
He was born on May 9, 1913, in Danville, Pa. He came to this area in 1973 from Sharon Hill, Pa. Mr. Lunger was a set up mechanic with Smith Kline Beacham in Philadelphia, Pa., for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Lunger of North Port; a daughter, Helena M. Salerno of Parksburg, Pa.; a brother, Robert Lunger of North Port; four granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of SW Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Lloyd C. Franke
Lloyd C. Franke, 83, of Englewood, Fla., died April 16, 2001.
He was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Franke was an airline pilot for Wisconsin Central, then changed to North Central. He retired from Republic Airlines and served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served active duty of 11 years and 17 years in the reserves. He moved to Englewood in 1976 from Minneapolis. Lloyd was a Lutheran and member of the A Quiet Birdman, American Legion Rotonda Post No. 113, Retired North Central Sitting Ducks and Venice Chapter of EAA.
He is survived by his wife, Audie; three daughters, Gayle Judith Franke of Minneapolis, Debbie Bowman of Venice and Tanya Hartley of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; three sons, Lyle Franke of Minneapolis, Bruce Franke of Venice and Dennie Ballinger of Englewood; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 19, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. April 20, at the funeral home with burial at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Vincent J. Cahalan
Vincent J. (Venice) Cahalan, 77, of Arcadia, Fla., died April 3, 2001, at his home.
Vincent was born July 18, 1923, in Genoa, N.Y., the son of the late Catherine and Patrick Cahalan. He was a graduate of Sherwood Central School and owned and operated, along with his family, a dairy farm in Scipioville. Since retiring in 1973, he has resided in Arcadia for the past 28 years. His love of the land and animals traveled with him to Florida and continued to be a special part of his life. A life long dream finally became a reality in 1995, when Vince visited Ireland and rediscovered his Irish heritage. Vince was a past member of St. Bernard's Church in Scipio Center. He was a current member of St. Paul's Church, as well as the Knights of Columbus, both in Arcadia. He was also an active member of the DeSoto County Historical Society for several years and served on the museum committee.
He is survived by his former wife of 32 years and mother of his children, Barbara R. Cahalan of Auburn; his son, David and wife, Suzanne, and children, of Weaubleau, Mo.; three daughters, Judy Mead and husband Mark and children, Linda DeForest and husband Craig, and children, of Elbridge, Marcia Freeland and husband Joe, and son, of Clifton Springs; two sisters, Veronica Shelton and Helena (Charles) Skibo; a brother, Joseph, all of Auburn; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. April 23, at St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn, with the Rev. Louis A. Vasile, as celebrant. Interment will be in Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery, King Ferry. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions in Vince's name to the DeSoto County Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 1824, Arcadia, FL 34265, or the Genoa Historical Association, Box 316, King Ferry, NY 13081. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home of Arcadia and Shurtleff Funeral Home of Genoa.
Lillian M. Johnson
Lillian M. Johnson, 96, of Arcadia, Fla., died April 18, 2001.
She was born Feb. 28, 1905, in Lemon City, Fla., and moved here in 1979 from Bonita Springs, Fla. Lillian was a homemaker. She attended Oak Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include a grand-nephew, Richard and Kathie McHargue of Arcadia and Jerome and Barbara Hamilton of Old Town, Fla.; great-nephews, Henry Hamilton of Old Town and Robert Hamilton of Arkansas; great-nieces, Carol Arnold of Bonita Springs and Louise and Jerome Daniels of Arkansas.
Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 21, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home Chapel. Services at 11 a.m. April 21 at the funeral home chapel. Burial is at Naples Memorial Garden at 2 p.m. with grave side services.