Edward J. Wientjes
Edward J. Wientjes, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 11, 2001 at his daughter's residence in West Chester, Ohio.
He was born July 25, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Punta Gorda.
He is survived by a daughter, Claire (Thomas) Gardner of West Chester, Ohio, a brother, Walter Wientjes; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Thomas Gardner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire Rooney Wientjes.
Committal services and entombment will be held at 10 a.m. April 18, 2001 at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte. Fr. George Myszel of Sacred Heart Catholic Church will officiate. Friends are welcome to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food for the Poor, 550 SW 12th Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port
Raymond Ebersold, 75, of Englewood, Fla., died April 11, 2001, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Ebersold was born on June 6, 1925, in Rochester, N.Y., to Everett and Beulah (Holmes) Ebersold. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, receiving five Bronze Stars. He was employed for more than 40 years with the Earl F. Dean Inc., a family owned road construction company, as a heavy equipment operator, retiring as a partner in 1991. He was a Past Master of Galeton Lodge No. 602 F&AM, life member of VFW Post 6611, also in Galeton, Pa. He and his wife, Dorothy, wintered in Englewood from 1976 until moving here permanently in 1991.
Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy (Menken) Ebersold of Englewood; daughter, Terree Campbell; and granddaughter, Jaime Campbell, both of Galeton; a sister, Linda Mance of Hilton, N.Y.; a brother, Ronald Dean Sr., also of Galeton; an aunt, Evelyn Dean of Englewood; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no local services. Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel.
Albert Earl Barnwell
Albert Earl Barnwell, 67, of Fort Ogden, Fla., died April 12, 2001, in Fort Ogden.
Mr. Barnwell was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Fort Ogden and was a lifetime resident. Mr. Barnwell was a retired building contractor, a United States Navy veteran, and a member of the Fort Ogden United Methodist Church.
Mr. Barnwell is survived by his wife, Geraldine; three sons, Timothy "Tim" Barnwell and wife, Joyce, Tommy Barnwell and wife, Debi and Trey Barnwell and wife, Melba; his mother, Minnie E. Grantham Barnwell; one sister, Edna Dees; and six grandchildren, Erica, Kimberly, Landon, Shellie, Kelsey and Jared, all of Fort Ogden.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. April 14, at the Fort Ogden United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Bryan and Rev. Walis Tervin officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Fort Ogden United Methodist Church, PO Box 340, Fort Ogden, FL 34267 in memory of Mr. Barnwell. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.
George F. Heine Jr.
George F. Heine Jr., of Wauchula, Fla., died April 12, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Heine was born March 4, 1926, in Wauchula and had been a lifelong resident of Wauchula. He retired after 44 years of service with the Hardee County Health Department and was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Wauchula. Other memberships include: Jaycees, Little League President, Volunteer Fireman, American Red Cross, American Legion, City Councilman, Kiwanis, Central Florida Planning Council, Board member of the YMCA, Transportation of Disadvantaged, Hospital Auxiliary and Elks Citizen of the Year.
Mr. Heine is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alberta "Bertie" Heine; his mother, Jeffie Heine of Wauchula; two sons, George F. Heine III and wife, Kay, Michael A. Heine and wife and Cindy, all of Wauchula; one daughter, Charlotte (Sissy) Manley of Wauchula; two brothers, Robert F. Heine Sr. and wife Catherine of Arcadia and Allan L. Heine and Arlene, of Wauchula; one sister, Mary St. John of Tifton, Ga.; ;and six grandchildren, Megan, Ashlee, Ryn, Heather, Kyle and Mickey.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 16, at the First Baptist Church, 1570 W. Main St., Wauchula, with burial at Wauchula Cemetery. Visitation is from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. April 15, at Robarts Family Garden Chapel, 529 W. Main St., Wauchula.
Memorials may be made to the Playground at the First Baptist Church, PO Box 548, Wauchula, FL 33873 or LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609.
Edward A. McCabe
Edward A. McCabe, 78, of Cole Farm Road, died April 9, 2001, at St. Joseph Living Center, Providence. R.I.
He was the loving husband of Caroline V. (Lebidzinski) McCabe. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Anson and Anna M. (Saj) McCabe, he had lived in Warwick since 1987. He had previously lived in New York and Florida.
He was a sales manager for Sabin and Robbins in New Jersey for over 10 years, retiring in 1987. He was a licensed real estate broker in Staten Island, N.Y., for 10 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rev. Stanley Kromer Post, Englewood, Fla., and a member of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Andrew K. McCabe of Pittsburgh and John E. McCabe of Staten Island; three daughters, Victoria M. Hittinger of Warwick, Suzanne C. McCabe Jacobs of Florida and Catherine E. Piotrowski of Hudson, N.H.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Englewood, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. His daughter is placing his ashes in the memorial gardens at St. Raphael. Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home are in charge of northern arrangements.
Steven Howard Morrison
Steven Howard Morrison, 37, of Newland, N.C., and formerly of Punta Gorda, Fla., died on April 9, 2001.
He had resided in North Carolina for the past seven years, and had been employed with the Midway Carpet Company in Boone, N.C., as a carpet installer.
Surviving are his wife of 14 years, Sharon A. Morrison; his children, Steven Howard Morrison Jr., Jeffery Allen Morrison and Jessica Lynn Morrison, all of North Carolina; his parents, Paulette and Ed Morrison of Punta Gorda and Phillip and Pat Hoover of Port Charlotte; three brothers, Phillip (Venus) Morrison, David Morrison and Edsel "Bubba" (Jacquie) Morrison Jr.; one sister, Victoria (Dan) Cordes; maternal grandfather, Bruce W. Holt; paternal grandmother, Era Mae Morrison; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. April 14, in the Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Memorials in Steven's name may be made to SunTrust. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Paul E. Pritzker
Dr. Paul E. Pritzker, 76, of Punta Gorda, died March 29, 2001 in Punta Gorda.
Born in Malden, Mass., Feb. 8, 1925, Paul was the son of Morris and Sadie Pritzker. A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he lived in Weston, Mass. before coming to Punta Gorda in 1987.
A nationally known forensic engineer, Dr. Pritzker was a past president of the National Society of Professional Engineers; a board member of the Wentworth Institute of Technology; a World War II Army Air Force veteran; a life member of the Jewish American War Veterans Association; a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple, Framingdale, Mass., and a private pilot.
Locally, Dr. Pritzker was active in community affairs as a member of the Punta Gorda Utility Board; a member and teacher of the Peace River Power Squadron; a member of Temple Judea, Fort Myers, and a member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.
His wife, Janice S. Pritzker, survives Paul; also three sons, Roger of Boston, Mass., Bruce of San Francisco, Calif., and Arthur of Naples, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Justina.
Services were held at Temple Israel, Natick, Mass. on April 2, 2001. Interment followed at Sharon, Mass.
Anna M. Jenkins
Anna M. Jenkins, 73, a resident of North Port, Fla., died April 10, 2001, at her residence.
She was born March 8, 1928, in Story, Ark., to Thomas Tedford and Dessie Kanaday Tedford. A homemaker, she moved here in 1998 from Merced, Calif.
Anna is survived by five daughters, Wilma Ayers of Hot Springs, Ark., Wanda Hall of Kennewick, Wash., Willeen Morley of Fresno, Calif., Willa Googe, with whom she lived in North Port, and Anna Greenwalt of Merced; a son, Wesley Qualls of Hot Springs; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her late husband, Edward Jenkins, and a daughter, Willie B. Qualls.
Funeral services and burial will take place in Merced. The Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home of Punta Gorda, Fla., is serving the family.
Willard L. Hamilton
Willard L. Hamilton, 84, of Englewood, Fla. (Charlotte County), died April 8, 2001.
He was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Woodsfield, Ohio, and came to this area in 1984 from Mansfield, Ohio. He was a draftsman with Westinghouse. Willard was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Venus No. 152 in Mansfield and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his son, Randy of Cincinnati, Ohio; four brothers, Robert of Ventura, Calif., Herbert of Columbus, Ohio, Gerald of Belpre, Ohio, and Homer of Rotonda West, Fla.; and one sister, Elsie Mallett of Lewisville, Ohio.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. April 15 at the Englewood Chapel of Lemon Bay Funeral Homes.
John Gordon Rice
John Gordon Rice, 88, of Englewood, Fla. (Sarasota County), died April 10, 2001, in Englewood.
He was born March 22, 1913, in Kingston, N.Y., to Maurice and Margaret (Meyer) Rice. He moved to the Englewood area in 1970 from Red Bank, N.J. John was an electrical engineer with the U.S. Government at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Englewood and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his son, John W. "Skip" of Holmdel, N.J.; a daughter, Constance Rice Nolan of Tabernath, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kayla Lasswell, Samantha and Hannah Nolan; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at the Englewood Chapel of Lemon Bay Funeral Homes. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. April 16, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Englewood. Cremation will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Amber Lake Wildlife Refuge, 297 Artists Ave., Englewood, FL 34223.
Ray Kornbrek, 72, of Arcadia, Fla., died April 11, 2001, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 16, 1929, in Richmond, R.I., and moved to Arcadia in 1989 from Duchess County, N.Y. Mr. Kornbrek was a retired salesman-electrician and member of the Local No. 215, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a life member of the Union Vale Fire Company, Rescue Squad and Fire Police, serving as a lieutenant and president of the Rescue Squad and treasurer of the Fire Company and Fire Police. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Arcadia and was a member of the American Legion as well as the Sons of Norway. He was a veteran, serving in the Bomb Disposal Unit in Korea with the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid fisherman and artist working with oils.
He is survived by his former wife of 23 years, Margaret Asher of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Skip (Mary Jane) Kornbrek of Ashland; three daughters, Meg (Joe) Valentino of Wyley, Texas, Dawn (Rem) Krochmal of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Debbie (Karl) Bengtson of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Paul, Kris, Cassie, Erik, Alek and Olivia. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford and Thor Kornbrek.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Poughkeepsie. The family has requested memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1492, Arcadia, FL 34265. Robarts Funeral Home Inc., Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements.
Paul B. Rosemond
Paul B. Rosemond, 45, of Arcadia, Fla., died April 7, 2001.
Paul was born in Arcadia, attended school in Lakeland, Fla., and moved to Orlando, Fla., at the age of 15. He also attended Jones High and played the drums in the band. He was a certified mechanic/auto body worker. (Paul was well known for going to sleep on the job). Smile. He was married to Annie Coasey of Arcadia for 15 years.
To this union was born a devoted daughter, Victoria Rosemond; and grandson, Jaquise Richardson, two months old. Paul had one son, Lorenzo Rosemond of Orlando. He leaves to mourn, his mother, Gladys R. Marshall; his father, Daniel Whitlock; two sisters and three brothers, Elizabeth (Von) Brown of Chambersburg, Pa., Sophia Y. Ismond, and James Hartsfield Jr., both of Pennsylvania, Byron Hartsfield Sr. of Orlando and Trever M. Brunson and wife, Stacey, of Arcadia; two half-brothers, Danny Whitlock and wife, Johnny Whitlock and wife; one half-sister, Donna Whitlock, all of Arcadia; three great-aunts, Ruth B. Scott of Lakeland, Fla., Gertrude Russell of Detroit, Mich., Simmie Lee Fredricks of Orlando; one aunt, Pearlee Rosemond of Tallahassee, Fla.; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Left also to mourn, Paul's friend and companion, Ora Mae Dowing, who was at his side till the end. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Mrs. Violet Cowell Brown on May 15, 2000.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 13 at the Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. April 14, at the Mount Olive C.M.E. Church, Hull, Fla.
Herbert Lee Stewart Sr.
Herbert Lee Stewart Sr., 85, of Arcadia, died April 10, 2001.
On Sept. 3, 1915, Herbert Lee Stewart Sr. was born to the late Edgar and Josephine Stewart, in St. George, S.C. The family later moved to Hull, Fla. After a brief stay, they moved to Arcadia, where he met and was united on April 28, 1938, in Holy Matrimony to Jessie Mae Todd. To this union, six children were born. Herbert was a well-known and respected man in his community. He was known for his store, Stewart's Sundries, better known as the Drug Store. He provided a service for many for more than 18 years. Herbert was a hard worker; he was an employee for the railroad for 10 years, and a faithful employee for the U.S. Postal Service for some 30 years until his retirement. He was a faithful and longtime member of the Pleasant Hill U.M.C., where he served untiringly in many capacities, including chairperson of the finance committee, church treasurer, trustee and lay leader, to name just a few. Herbert was very instrumental in the successful completion of the erecting of the new edifice as it is today. He served as a faithful member until his health failed him.
He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Jessie Mae; one son, Herbert Jr., (Spunky) of Portsmouth, Va.; two daughters, Lola (Warren) Harris of Tampa, Fla., and Phyllis (Paul) Davis of Houston, Texas; 18 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by three of his children, Betty Jean, Morris and Lonnie.
Visitation services will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 13, at the Hickson Funeral Home, and the home-going celebration services will be at 2 p.m. April 14 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
Richard D. Slocum
Richard D. "Dick" Slocum, 80, died Saturday, April 7 ,2001, at his residence in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Dec. 7, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio, and after graduation from high school in 1939 he joined the U.S. Army. He served for over 20 years, spending all of World War II in the Pacific Theater and more than one year in Korea. He retired as Command Sergeant Major in Military Intelligence and, while he did not talk about it much, it was a job he enjoyed very much.
Dick moved his family to Port Charlotte 41 years ago from Cleveland and opened the first lawn equipment sales and service business on the west side of U.S. 41. He operated Port Charlotte Mower Sales and Service for more than 20 years. He was a Charter Member of the First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte and a member of American Legion Post 110, Port Charlotte.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Lynn Gruen, of Toccoa Falls, Ga; a son-in-law, David Gruen; and grandchildren John David and Julie Marie Gruen.
Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte. Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home with the Rev. Merle Stombaugh officiating. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials maybe given to the First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL, 33952. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home.
Robert John Thosath
Robert John Thosath, 49, a resident of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 9, 2001, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born in Vancouver, Wash., on April 17, 1951, to Robert Lee Thosath and Opal Jean Rhodes. He was a counselor and child therapist.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nichole Tousson Thosath; two daughters, Tami and Teddi Thosath; and a son, Torin Thosath, all at home; his mother, Jean Berweiler; and a sister, Jacqueline Charney, both of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Charlotte Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda. Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home of Punta Gorda is serving the family.