William E. Bates
William E. Bates, 59, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005.
He was born April 16, 1945, in Morrisville, Vt.
Mr. Bates earned his master's degree in engineering from the University of Vermont. He was a senior vice president at Dufresne-Henry Engineering Inc. He moved from Stowe, Vt., to the Englewood area 15 years ago.
Mr. Bates is survived by his father, Raeburn Bates of Morrisville; two sons, Kyle Bates of Stowe and Curtis W. Bates of Portland, Maine; two daughters, Eliza LePorin of Tallahassee, Fla., and Adele Taplin of Stowe; one brother, Peter Bates of Underhill, Vt.; one sister, Sheila Hurst of Gilmonton, N.H.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; and the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234.
Jennings Funeral Home and Crematory, in Sarasota, is in charge of the arrangements.
Herbert "Herb" Wright, 87, of Englewood, Fla., died Wednesday, April 6, 2005.
He was born Nov. 29, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mr. Wright was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European theater where he met his wife, Anna Mae Kniubas, who was an Army nurse. He was an executive with a pattern supply company before he retired. He moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Englewood in 1987. Mr. Wright was a member of VFW Post 10178, FOE, American Legion Post 113 in Englewood and the Moose Lodge in Venice.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice Wright of Milford, Conn.; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; and a son, David, in 1986.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2005, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood.
A private interment will be held at a later date in New Jersey at St. Gertrude's Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
Arrangements are by The Neptune Society, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Herman Haberman, 88, of North Port, Fla., died Sunday, April 10, 2005, in Englewood, Fla.
He was born Feb. 11, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Herman and Elizabeth (Castle) Haberman Sr.
Mr. Haberman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired salesman for Union Special Machine Corporation Chicago in New Hampshire. He moved to the North Port area eight years ago from Nashua, N.H. Mr. Haberman was a member of the Punta Gorda Ham Radio Club.
He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Rediske of Austin, Texas, and Linda Gray of Bowdoin, Maine; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
No local services are planned. Burial will be in Peabody, Mass.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel.
Harold E. Royce
Harold Edward Royce, 80, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, April 8, 2005.
He was born May 9, 1924, in Charlestown, N.H.
Harold is survived by his wife, Peggy Royce of Arcadia; his daughter, Christine (Timothy) Klang of Arcadia; his sons, Harold (Lacy) Royce III of Englewood, Fla., and Dewayne Royce and Robert Royce of Arcadia; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2005, at their home, 1645 S.E. West Ave. Officiating clergy will be Terry Hudson and Tom Simmons of North Hillsborough Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Robarts Funeral Home of Arcadia is in charge of the arrangements.
Donald Kent Jacoway
Donald Kent "Jake" Jacoway, 65, passed away April 3, 2001.
He was born in Denver, Colo., on November 21, 1935. He was the son of the late Horace L. Jacoway and M. Elizabeth Jacoway. Jake retired from the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Jake is survived by his wife, Anne Hayes Jacoway; three daughters, Mrs. Robin Lynn (Julian) Byfield, Laurie Barrick Crews and Catherine Bennett (Stephen) Skaggs; and nine grandchildren.
A private service will be held at a later date. The family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Roy M. Lankford
Roy M. Lankford, 87, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born November 6, 1913, in Merritt, Ill., and came to the area in 1991 from Merritt.
Mr. Lankford was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte and retired as Grand Lodge Representative of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.
He is survived by his daughter, Alice Victoria Lankford of Port Charlotte; two brothers, Ralph Lankford of Merritt and Jesse Lankford of Woodriver, Ill.; two sisters, Irene Haines of Payette, Idaho and Dorothy Jablonsky of Port Charlotte.
Graveside services will be held at Restlawn Memorial Gardens on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church officiating. Arrangements entrusted by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Alexander Markevicz, 87, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at I.H.S. of Fort Myers.
He was born March 4, 1914 in Poland and moved to Florida in 1982 from Conn. He was a musician and played the saxophone and clarinet. Mr. Markevicz played in three local bands, Hafenkapele Band, Lee High Concert Band and the Lee County Band.
Survived by his wife, Helen T. Markevicz of North Fort Myers; three stepdaughters, Carol Gammill of Port Charlotte, Dorothy Goshorn of North Port, Fla. and Anita Lewis of Fort Myers; two sons, Leonard Markevicz of California and George Markevicz of Alabama; a sister, Stella; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mary Metzger, 83, a resident of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 8, 2001, at the Life Care Center in Punta Gorda.
She was born Feb. 4, 1918, in Carthage, Mich., to Pete Niflis and Eva Moustaka Niflis. A retired registered nurse, she moved to this area in 1965. Mary was a member of the First Christian Church of Punta Gorda.
She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Smith of Punta Gorda; and a niece, Gloria Daniels of Independence, Mo.; and eight other nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. April 11, with the Rev. Joseph Douthett officiating, at the Chapel of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Punta Gorda. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Charlotte Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Mildred Myers, 89, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Tandem
Healthcare of Port Charlotte, Fla.
Born in Fountain County, Ind. on October 29, 1911, Mrs. Myers has been a winter resident in this area for the past 30 years. She was employed as a waitress for Holiday Inn and attended Freedom Christian Church in Wallace, Ind.
Survivors include her son, Roger Myers of Wallace, Ind.; four
daughters, Jeannine Babich of Port Charlotte; Janet Rice and Joan Smith of Crawsfordsville, Ind. and Jacqueline Tridle of Bloomington, Ill.; nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one nephew.
No services will be held locally. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Kenneth C. Turner
Kenneth C. Turner, 70, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 9, 2001.
Kenneth was formerly of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and had resided here since 1991. Mr. Turner was a retired ceramic tile distributor. He was a 32nd Degree member of Jefferson Lodge No. 553 and Punta Gorda Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 115, Charlotte County Scottish Rite Club, Royal Arch Masons, Charlotte County Shrine Club, Peace River Shrine Club, Assistant Rabban at Araba Temple in Fort Myers and a member of the Jeepsters Unit at Araba Temple.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, B. Elaine Turner; children, David L. (Marianne) Turner of Davison, Mich., Mari Anne (Ted) George of Rochester, Mich., Patricia E. (Keith) Jones of Algonac, Mich.; five granddaughters, three grandsons and one great-grandchildren.
Masonic funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 in the chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Punta Gorda. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 11 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospitals.
Kathryn H. Wood
Kathryn H. Wood, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 8, 2001.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1912, in Dunellin, Fla. After completing her nursing studies in Atlanta and obtaining her LPN, she moved to Miami and practiced nursing until her retirement in 1987, when she moved to Port Charlotte.
Mrs. Wood is survived by two sons, George W. Wood Jr., and Phillip R. Wood.
Memorial services will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of your choice. Toale Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
George L. Fitzpatrick
George L. Fitzpatrick, 74, of North Port, Fla., died April 8, 2001, in Port Charlotte.
He was born November 29, 1926, in Chicago, Ill. He came to the North Port area 10 years ago from Rolling Meadows, Ill. He was a Catholic and a member of San Pedro Catholic Church.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Fitzpatrick, of Ontario, Canada; his daughter, Elizabeth Henaghan of Schaumburg, Ill.; his brother, James Fitzpatrick, of Hales Corners, Wis.; his sister-in-law Patricia Adkins; nieces Virginia Savino and Elizabeth Carmen; nephews James Simmons and Mark Simmons; and five grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday April 11 at San Pedro Catholic Church, North Port. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of S.W. Florida, 1436 Royal Palm Square, Fort Myers, FL 33919. Arrangements are by James A. McKee Funeral Homes.
Lola E. Stott
Lola E. Stott, 82, of Placida, Fla., died April 5, 2001.
She was born Nov. 9, 1918 in Pennington, Texas, and moved to this area in 1980 from Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Stott was a homemaker, a member of the American Legion Post 113 in Rotonda West and the Rotonda West Community Church.
Survivors include her husband Melvin; two daughters, Beverly Johnsen of Elm Creek, Neb., and Waunita Seigenthaler of Omaha, Neb.; two sisters, Wilhelmina Cade of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Frances Metzler of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at a later date in Nebraska.
Memorial donations maybe made to the American Heart Association, 28441 Bonita Crossing Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
David L. Blackmon
David L. Blackmon, 43, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Arcadia, Fla., died April 6, 2001, in an auto accident.
He was born Oct. 11, 1957, in Arcadia where he was a lifelong resident until he moved to Fort Myers one year ago. He was a block mason and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his mother, Alice M. and step-father, Howard Propst of Arcadia; his grandmother, Lennie Blackmon of Arcadia; a son, Chris Hahn of Englewood; a daughter, Megan Nicole Blackmon of Hernando, Fla.; three sisters, Ann (Sonny) Jones, Live Oak, Fla., Brenda Armstrong, Quincy, Fla. and Deborah Lynn Blackmon of Fort Myers.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 10, at Robarts Funeral Home Inc., Chapel, 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. April 11, at the funeral home with the Rev. Jimmie Collins, Arcadia Church of God officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.