Mary Elizabeth Mason
Mary Elizabeth Mason, 83, of North Port, Fla., died April 7, 2001.
She was born Oct. 16, 1917, in Canada. Mrs. Mason moved to this area 25 years ago from Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Mason retired from Montgomery Ward in Chicago. She volunteered at the North Port Library and was a member of the Allamanda Garden Club. Mrs. Mason was a member of San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port.
She is survived by one son, Thomas P. Mason, of Arvada, Colo.; one step-son, Norman Mason, of Oak Park, Ill.; and one sister, Helen Robinson, of North Port.
Memorial services will be held at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Memorial donations maybe made to Hospice of S.W. Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34238.
Margaret B. Hill
Margaret B. Hill, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 7, 2002.
Margaret moved to Punta Gorda in 1949, with her husband, George M. Hill, now deceased, and 2-1/2 year old son, Paul George Hill. During her life she bore another son, James F. Hill. Mrs. Hill was a devoted Catholic and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she served as secretary and bookkeeper for 37 years. She helped form CCD classes for the children of Sacred Heart and was the first president of the Guild of Our Lady. Margaret was a beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are her sons, Paul George Hill and James F. (Sheree) Hill; a sister, Cecelia Faro; four granddaughters, Tammy (Joe) Hill-Golden, Sabrina Hill, Candice Margaret (Darin) Hall and Kimberly Azzolina; and great-grandchildren, Justine Margaret Hall, Drayton Hall, Kassandra Azzolina and R.J. Powers.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. April 11 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 10 in the Punta Gorda Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home. A Scripture service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. She will be dearly missed, but most of all, continually loved.
Nancy Harriet Miller Hoskins
Nancy Harriet Miller Hoskins, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away April 6, 2002.
She was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Hagen, Ga., to the late Benford and Beulah (Hodges) Miller. She was a devoted wife to Mattison, with whom she traveled the world during his Naval career. During those years, Nancy and Mattison became the parents of four children. Nancy devoted much of her time to volunteer work in various hospitals in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. After her husband retired from the Navy, they moved to Mt. Vernon, Ky., where she returned to school and became an accredited records technician. She worked for Rockcastle County Hospital as director of medical records for 10 years. By 1983, both Nancy and Mattison had retired and began traveling again.
Nancy will be greatly missed by her husband of 54 years, Mattison; children, Michael Hoskins, Stanley Hoskins, Brian Hoskins and Karen Hoskins Collins; and six grandchildren, Tommy Hoskins, Jessica Hoskins Redpath, Anthony Hoskins, Drew Hoskins, Beth Collins and John Rudd.
The family will receive friends 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 10 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. The service in celebration of Nancy's life will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. John Bryant officiating.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
Martin J. Jurkovich
Martin J. Jurkovich, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away April 6, 2002. He was born March 28, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the late Martin M. and Emma (VanScura) Jurkovich. He came to this area in 1987 from Milwaukee. Martin served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II. He retired after 30 years with Allis-Chalmers. He was of the Catholic faith. Martin had a passion for horse racing, especially the Kentucky Derby, and also for jazz music, but most of all he loved and missed his wife, Margaret, who preceded him in death.
Martin leaves behind his brother, John Jurkovich of Milwaukee, and nieces, Margaret Grayson and Barbara Cleland.
The family will receive friends 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. The service in celebration of Martin's life will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at Royal Palm Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations be made to the St. Jude's Society.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
Grace (Freeburg) Kwolek, 83, died April 9, 2002, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis, Ind.
She was born in Watertown, S.D., April 30, 1918, to Harry M. and Clara L. (Ludwig) Freeburg.
She was a winter resident of Punta Gorda, Fla., and a summer resident of Rockville, Ind. She retired as supervisor of the Records Division of the Department of Corrections in July 1982 after working there since 1974. Previously, she had worked as a secretary to the Federal Probation and Parole Office in northern Indiana from 1950 to 1955. From 1957 to 1960, she was an elementary school teacher in Dyer, Ind. She was the first female parole officer in Northwest District in Hammond, Ind., serving as parole supervisor for both adult and juvenile parolees from 1960 to 1970. She was the superintendent at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis for five years, from 1970 to 1975.
She attended Otterbien United Methodist Church in Bellmore, Ind. She also was a member of the Indiana Correctional Organization and American Business Women's Association. She was a 1957 graduate of Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., earning a bachelor's degree in sociology.
She is survived by one daughter, Jane G. Burns of Plainfield, Ind.; son-in-law, Frank E. Burns; and grandson, Eric J. Burns, also of Plainfield. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Dale Freeburg, a sister, Ruth Freeburg, and both parents.
Memorial services will be 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002, at Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield, Ind., with visitation one hour prior to services. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Jack Miller. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Hospice at 8450 N. Payne Road, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home. Plainfield, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.
Carl R. Larsen
Carl R. Larsen, 88, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 7, 2002, at Charlotte Harbor Healthcare after a long battle with age-related illnesses.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 15, 1913, and moved to the Punta Gorda, Fla., area in 1986.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy K. Larsen. He is survived by his present wife, Ethel Keys Larsen, and two daughters, Jeanne Larsen Danforth of Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., and Lorna Larsen of San Francisco, Calif.
Carl was educated in the Cleveland schools, and received his bachelor of law degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1941. However, instead of pursuing a career as lawyer, he served as the legal partner in the real estate business of his father, John Larsen, followed by many years as a real estate appraiser.
He held memberships in ASA, MAI, SREA, NIREB and ILCA. Serving as a director of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers from 1956 to 1975, he also held the office of vice-governor for a time. He was very active in the appraisal of properties needed for the creation of the Ohio Turnpike. His hobby was sailing, and during his Cleveland years, he was a member of the Cleveland Yacht Club. When he moved to Punta Gorda, he promptly became a member of the Punta Gorda Sailing Club and served on the judge's boat during its races for a number of years. He also was a member of the Punta Gorda Fishing Club.
Internment will be in the New York area at a later date.
National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements
Dorothy Walden Marsh
Dorothy Walden Marsh, 91, of Summerville, S.C., widow of George Rolison Marsh Sr., died April 6, 2002, at Summerville Medical Center.
Mrs. Marsh was born on May 22, 1910, in Waterbury, Conn., a daughter of the late Gilbert Eugene Walden and Elizabeth Middleton Walden. She was a graduate of New Britain Normal School in 1929 and later received her bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State Teachers College. She taught school in Bristol and Milford, Conn., for 28 years. In 1970, she moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., where she was a member of the auxiliary and an employee of St. Joseph Hospital. She later moved to Summerville, where she was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Dorchester Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are two sons, George R. Marsh Jr. of Summerville and Curtis W. Marsh of Biloxi, Miss.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Bristol Conn. Arrangements are by Tri-County Cremation Center, Summerville, S.C.
Henry G. Ahlquist
Henry G. Ahlquist, 78, of Placida, Fla., died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Englewood Community Hospital.
He was born June 12, 1923, in McKeesport, Pa., and moved to Placida 12 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. Ahlquist retired after 42 years as a certified public accountant in Pittsburgh. He was a graduate of Robert Morris University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church. He was a 56-year-member of the American Legion Post 113 and a 50-year-member of Alliquippa Lodge 375 F&AM in in McKeesport, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Rotonda Golf and Country Club.
Henry is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn Grose Ahlquist, and two sisters, Elinor Flickinger and Mabel Carlin, both of McKeesport.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002, in the Doan Chapel at Englewood United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, c/o Sahib Temple, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232.
Farley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William J. and Ethel E. Becze
William J. Becze, 84, of Englewood, Fla., died Jan. 13, 2002, and Ethel E. Becze, 80, of Englewood, died Jan. 20, 2002.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 at the Good Shepherd Church, 2550 Englewood Road, Englewood.
Savolskis, Wasik, Glenn Funeral Home Inc., Munhall, Pa., is in charge of arrangements.
Cheryl JoAnne Jackman
Cheryl JoAnne Jackman, 53, of North Port, Fla., died April 5, 2002.
She was born in Corry, Pa., on Sept. 23, 1948, and moved to North Port in 1994 from Louisville, Ky.
She received a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's in criminal justice administration from the University of Louisville. She retired from the Louisville Kentucky Police Department as a homicide detective and worked in the research department of Nielsen Media Research in Venice. She was a member of the Louisville FOP Lodge #6, the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte.
Cheryl was the only woman of the Louisville Police Department to ever receive the "Officer of the Year" award.
Survivors include her parents, Richard D. and Donna Mae Jackman of North Port; two brothers, Ret. Sgt. Detective Richard J. Jackman and Ret. Sgt. Detective Daniel K. Jackman, both of Louisville, Ky.; two nephews, Sgt. Sean P. Jackman and Officer Daniel K. Jackman Jr., of Louisville; and two nieces, Christine J. Thomas of Louisville, Ky., and Kimberly J. Jackman of Orlando, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2002, at the Lutheran Church of the Living Waters, 12475 Chancellor Blvd., Port Charlotte, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Living Waters, P.O. Box 8064, North Port, FL 34287, or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements by the James A. McKee Funeral Homes, North Port.
Janice L. Coleman
Janice L. Coleman, 48, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away on April 9, 2002, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., surrounded by family and friends.
Janice moved to this area in 1989 from Flint, Mich., and was employed by Fawcett Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department as a registrar.
She is survived by her parents, John and Betty Coleman; three brothers, Mitchell D. Coleman of Troy, Ohio, Dennis S. Coleman of Arcadia and Vincent D. (Lynsey) Coleman of Davison, Mich.; special friends, Joyce Coleman and Connie Frey; and many nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will celebrate Janice's life at 4 p.m. April 10 in the Port Charlotte Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or the Animal Welfare League Inc., 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte, FL 33980.
Valerie J. Block
Valerie Jean (Bowman) Block, R.N., 45, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005.
She was born April 2, 1960, in Toledo, Ohio.
She was a resident of Point Place, Ohio, and graduated from Central Catholic in 1977 and Mercy School of Nursing in 1979 in Toledo. Valerie came to this area from Toledo in 1986 and was co-owner of Neighborhood Nursing Service in Port Charlotte. She was a member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ.
Valerie will be greatly missed by her partner, Glyn Edwards; sons, David Michael Block and Allen Jay Block and daughters, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Edwards and Hayley Susan Edwards, all of Port Charlotte; parents, Jim "Ron" and Connie Bowman of Port Charlotte; grandmother, Grace Lewis of Adrian, Mich.; sister, Barbara G. (Thomas) Hafner of Bloomington, Ind.; nephews, Eric, Scott and Adam Hafner and niece, Amanda Hafner, all of Bloomington; a very special friend and business partner, Deborah A. (Dan) Klee, R.N., of North Port, Fla.; and many friends, aunts and uncles.
A memorial service in celebration of Valerie's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the online guest book.
Memorial donations may be made to Pilgrim UCC Youth Fund, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980; or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Alan Bond, 47, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at his home. Arrangements are by ICS Cremation Society Inc. of Harbour Heights, Fla.
Madeline Christensen, 88, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 10, 2005. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Harold N. Gunther
Harold "Harry" N. Gunther, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
He was born June 3, 1931, in Lowell, Mass.
After serving five years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he earned his bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He spent 30 years in the Health Sciences division of Eastman Kodak as a regional sales manager. He was known for his character, integrity and nurturing qualities, a unique sense of humor and fun-loving spirit. Harry shared his love for music and gourmet cooking and enjoyed travel to Scotland and Germany. He was a member of the German-American Social Club in Cape Coral, the American Legion Post 109 in New Hampshire and Congregational United Church of Christ.
Harry will be missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Joanne (Burton) Gunther; daughters, Lisa (Russ) Rossi of Lutz, Fla., Linda (Kevin) McElligott of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Gail (Bill) Davis of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; six grandchildren; brother, George (Nancy) Gunther; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Congregational United Church of Christ. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60622; or the New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts, 922 Elm St., Suite 315, Manchester, NH 03101.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
William Kelly, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 10, 2005. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Punta Gorda.
Mildred Petrie, 95, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005, at New Horizons in Deep Creek, Fla. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Punta Gorda.