Robert A. Haworth
Robert A. Haworth, formerly of Englewood, Fla., passed away Friday, March 30, 2001 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was an avid golfer. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and the 388th Bomber Group. He retired from Bank One - Phillipsburg (Ohio) Branch. He was a former member of the Phillipsburg Rotary Club, Phillipsburg Fire Department and Phillipsburg United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan (Share) Haworth, Port Charlotte; son, Lynn Haworth and wife Sandy; daughter, Connie Jo Haworth; grandchildren, Chris Haworth and fiancÚ, Penny, Tracey Jo Lirette and husband Tim, Chad Schaurer and wife Susan, and Matt Schaurer; great-grandchildren, Calvin, Mikayla, Zoei, Emaleigh, Trevor and Drake, JoAnn; sister, Carolyn Montgomery and husband Norman; niece, Linda Hart and husband Mike, all of Colorado.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. April 4 at the Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, with Dr. Jeff Mohr officiating. Interment in Arlington Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon Wednesday until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Echoing Valley Residential Facility, 7040 Union School House Road, Dayton, OH 45424.
Lester E. White
Lester E. White, 84, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died April 2, 2001 in Punta Gorda.
He was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Fallsington, Pa. Mr. White had resided in Punta Gorda since 1978 moving from a farm in Scio, Ohio. He had served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Africa and the European theaters during World War II. He had been a pilot for Pan American Airlines for seven years. He was a manufacturer's representative for industrial steel forging companies. More recently, he was the director of continuing education at Ohio University for 12 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Punta Gorda Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jean L. White, a daughter Marilyn (Tom) L. Waterman of Houston, Texas; a son Richard (Linda) L. White of Los Altos, Calif.; a sister, Eleanor DeFernelmont of Lititiz, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
No visitation will be scheduled and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. Arrangement by the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home.
Donald L. Wyatt
Donald L. Wyatt, 56, of North Port, Fla., died April 2, 2001, at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Fla.
He was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Lafe, Ark. Donald and his family have been residents of Florida since 1983. Mr. Wyatt served served his country in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was in the glass business in South Bend, Ind. He was a beloved father and husband, musician and a person loved by many.
Mr. Wyatt is survived by his wife of 33 years, Brenda Wyatt; two daughters, Christie W. Cioffi of Elkridge, Md., and Nicole D. Wyatt of Goshen, Ind.; two grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Wyatt of Marmaduke, Ark.; and sister, Loretta Bryant of Punta Gorda.
Services will be 7 p.m. April 5, 2001, at Freedom Bible Church, 500 Sable St., Port Charlotte. Pastor Adam Rackliffe will officiate. The family has requested that no flowers be sent and that memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by ICS Cremation Society, Inc.
Billie Harold Mardis
Billie Harold Mardis, 63, of Arcadia, Fla., died April 2, 2001, at his home.
He was born June 19, 1937, in Perry County, Miss. Billie came to Arcadia in 1965 from Mississippi. He was a member of the Oral Baptist Church in Bellview, Miss., and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving is his wife of 35 years, Dora Ann Mardis of Arcadia; his mother, Lois L. Mardis of Sumrall, Miss.; one son, Billie Harold Mardis Jr. of Arcadia; one daughter, Carolyn Dianna Lott of Arcadia; three brothers, William M. (Peggy) Mardis of Arcadia; M.D. "Butch" (Sue) Mardis and Mitchell (Theresa) Mardis, both of Mississippi, two sisters, Janet (Ray) Stancel and Kathryn (Powers) Dunaway, both of Mississippi; four grandchildren, Tommy Ray Lott Jr., Kelsey Allen Lott and Brittany Nicole Lott, all of Mississippi and Victoria Nicole Mardis of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his father, William V. Mardis and a brother, Kenard O. Mardis.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 4, at the Robarts Funeral Home Inc., 163 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. April 5 at the funeral home with the Rev. Bert Galloway of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
Rosemary E. Brownell
Rosemary E. Brownell, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 1, 2001, at Tandem Health Care of Port Charlotte.
She was born May 28, 1915, in Watertown, N.Y. and moved to Port Charlotte one year ago from there. She was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church of Port Charlotte. Mrs. Brownell was a retired secretary for the Watertown Public School District.
He is survived by a son, Joseph D. (Barbara) Brownell of Port Charlotte; and a daughter, Nancy (Jack) Benjamin of Lorraine, N.Y.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass and interment will be held at a later date in Brownville, N.Y. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
Mary Garrett Lewis
Mary Garrett Lewis, 96, of Buford, Ga., and formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Baltimore, Md., died March 31, 2001.
She was a native of Arlington, Va., and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Port Charlotte. She was a retired Baltimore City Schools System music division supervisor.
Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lewis Sr.
She is survived by two daughters, M. Joanne Lewis of Atlanta and Martha C. Sullivan of Benson, N.C.; one son, Thomas (Thelma) Lewis of Lilburn, Ga.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. April 4, 2001, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Cremation Services.
Hazel L. May
Hazel L. May, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Punta Gorda.
She was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Wauchula, Fla.
Mrs. May was a housewife and lifelong resident of Punta Gorda. She was preceded in death in 1979 by her daughter, Wanda Lee May.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Richard D. May Sr.; two daughters, Betty Jean (Robert D. Sr.) Werner of Arcadia, Fla. and Gladys Reynolds of Punta Gorda; two sons, Larry Kenneth May of Punta Gorda and Richard Dean May of Port Charlotte; a brother, Sidney Parker Jr. of Punta Gorda; a sister, Myrtice Santini of Punta Gorda; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 at the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home. Burial will be at Indian Springs Cemetery, Punta Gorda. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Gift of Remembrance Headquarters, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, No. 415, Maitland, FL, 32751-7105.
Helen Louise Shollenbarger Weiss
Helen Louise Shollenbarger Weiss, 95, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Tandem Health Care of Port Charlotte.
She was born Aug. 28, 1905 in Hamilton, Ohio, and moved to Port Charlotte in 1971 from Dayton, Ohio. She married Joseph E. Weiss on Aug. 19, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, Ohio
She is survived by a son, J. David (Kay) Weiss of Burlington, Iowa; a sister, Dorothy Shollenbarger Hilz of Venice, Fla.; two grandsons, Howard T. Weiss of Minneapolis, Minn., Warren E. Weiss of Steger, Ill.; a niece, Julie Hilz of Venice, Fla.; two nephews, Walter Hilz of North Port, Fla., and Michael Hilz of Maplewood, Minn.
There will be a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Darrtown, Ohio. Inurnment will be held at Darrtown Cemetery, Darrtown, Ohio Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 4411 Main St., Darrtown, OH, 45056 or Port Charlotte Public Library, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, FL, 33952. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
Margaret Williams, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 1, 2001, born in Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Williams was a resident of Natick, Mass., for 34 years and moved to this area 10 years ago from Conway, N.H. She retired from Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics at Jordan Marsh Department Store in Shoppers World in Framington, Mass. She attended St. James Episcopal Church in Port Charlotte and was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Natick, Ma.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles; one daughter, Diane Kessler of Danvers, Mass.; one son, Thomas Peter Tibbetts, of East Boston, Mass.; one sister Barbara Hillman of Boston, Mass.; and two grandchildren
Memorial Services will be held on April 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Port Charlotte. Memorial donations maybe made to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 238, Natick, Mass. 01760.
Phoebe T. Lundvall
Phoebe T. Lundvall, 94, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, March 30, 2001, in Port Charlotte.
Mrs. Lundvall was born in Peoria, Ill., on December 11, 1906.
Before moving to Port Charlotte in 1989, she moved to the Venice area from Chicago in 1949.
Mrs. Lundvall was the owner of the Antique Treasure Shop in Laurel, Fla., before retiring in 1979. She was also a real estate associate. She was a charter member of the Sarasota Doll Club and she was of the Methodist Faith.
She is survived by her son, Bill (Sally) Lundvall of Port Charlotte and her grandson, Bill Lundvall, of Tucson, Ariz.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. with services beginning at 3 p.m. at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel.
Burial will be private at Sarasota Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Charlotte County Humane Society, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte, FL, 33953. Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Louise H. Malsom
Louis H. Malsom, 84, of Englewood, Fla., died March 30, 2001, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1916, in Sharon, Pa. to John and Nina (Cousins) Colwell. Mrs. Malsom moved to the Englewood area in 1977 from Grove City, Pa.
She was a licenced practical nurse with the Grove City Hospital in Grove City. She was a member of the Englewood Women's Club and St. David's Episcopal Church, both of Englewood.
She is survived by two sons, Paul (Julie) Connel of Fullerton, Calif. and John (Janet) McConnell of Grove City, Pa.; two daughters, Diane (Richard) Clarke of Rochester, N.Y. and Kay Ferrell of Rotonda West, Fla.; two step-sons, Jack (Bonnie) Malsom of North Port, Fla. and George Malsom of Sharpsville, Pa.; three step-daughters, Mary (Harry) Hickman of Warren, Ohio, Sally (Winfield) Davis of Sharpsville, Pa. and Judi (Michael) DeJohn of Orchard Park, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2001, at 2 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church in Englewood. Inturnment will be at a later date in Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.
Memorial donations may be made to the Louise H. Malsom Memorial Fund, c/o St. David's Episcopal Church, 401 South Broadway, Englewood FL. 34223.
Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Marie Beglinger
Alice Marie Beglinger, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died on March 26, 2002.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1908, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was a product demonstrator with the Duquesne Light Company in Pittsburgh, Pa., for 17 years, retiring in 1963. She moved to this area in 1964. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. She was an honorary member of Epiphany Guild in Venice, Fla., and on the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women in Port Charlotte.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Betty Beglinger of DesMoin, Wash.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2002, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Education Foundation, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Violet Mary Martineau
Violet Mary Martineau, 90, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died on Thursday, March 28, 2002. Formerly of Fenton, Mich., she had resided here since 1978.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Lawrence; children, Robert Brohn, of Sarasota, Fla., Thomas Force of Grayling, Mich., Sharon Lyn Mills of Naples, Fla., Sandra J. Shepherd of Fenton, Mich., Marlene A. Renaud of Belleville, Mich., Gerald Martineau of Brent, Mich., and Sharon Marie Rich of Hillman, Mich.; one brother, Bill Wilson of Durand, Mich.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services and inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Arrangements by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Fred B. Powers
Fred B. Powers, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla., died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at South Bay Hospital.
A man of God, an Eagle Scout, an all-American football player, an honor student at Denver University, a successful businessman, a gentleman, a devoted husband, an active member of every community where he lived, and a loving father and grandfather, are some of the accolades one can use to describe Fred Burnett Powers.
Fred came from humble beginnings. He was born Sept. 23, 1918, to Gertrude Stimpson Powers and Ernest Levy Powers. They lived in a log cabin (still standing in 1987) built by his father in Penrose, Colo., where his father worked as a fruit farmer until he moved his family to Silver Plume, Colo.
When Fred was 7, his family moved to Denver, where his father worked for the Public School System until his retirement.
Always a good student, Fred attended Denver University and become involved in many student activities. He was president of ODK, a national honorary fraternity for men, and was a member of three other fraternities including Kappa Sigma.
For many years, his name remained in the record books for having kicked the longest field goal (56 yards) in the nation, which was the winning score for the 1937 college game. Fred liked to recall playing against now retired Supreme Court Justice Byron White, a.k.a. "Whizzer," on the Boulder, Colo., campus, One of the many honors he earned during his long life included being named a Pioneer in his senior year, one of 10 outstanding students on campus. After graduating in 1940, Fred accepted a job with Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. He worked 35 years before taking an early retirement in 1956 by using extra credit for his 16 years of service in the Far East.
On Dec. 20, 1940, Fred married his long-time sweetheart, Norma Larson, a fellow graduate of Denver University Business School, and they moved to Rochester, the home of Eastman Kodak.
Several years later, Freddie -- as he was called by his devoted wife of 61 years -- was asked to work on a secret project at Oak Ridge, Tenn. The "Manhattan Project" involved the very important work of producing the uranium isotope used in the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 5, 1945. Norma also worked on the Oak Ridge project as a secretary. Their work ended and they returned to live and work in Rochester, where in 1947 their daughter, Penny, was born.
In 1959, Fred was asked to take up responsibilities as assistant manager with Kodak in Manila, Philippines. The Kodak house there was one of the few in the world to have a labor union, and when the Powers arrived, employees were on a sometimes violent strike. When Fred left for work each morning, his driver would call for him with an armed escort. When it was settled, Fred and his family found living in Manila an exciting and wonderfid experience.
He became assistant managing director of Southeast Asia in 1963. By 1968, he was managing director with eight countries under his supervision: Malaysia, North Brunei, Indonesia, South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma (now Minimar) and Singapore, the center of Kodak operations, where he settled his family.
Fred became very involved in community affairs, including becoming president of the American Men's Organization, which served as a liaison organization to the Singapore government. Fred served as deputy president of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and was president-elect when he retired in 1975. He was the first American to ever hold either of these positions.
Fred was also very active in Rotary International, and became president of the Circumnavigators International Club, and vice chairman of the Singapore American School Board. One of his proudest moments was presenting Penny her high school diploma. Membership in the Circumnavigators International Club required one to circumnavigate the globe in one direction, which Fred did more than 20 times. Actually, Norma was eligible to belong also as they traveled around the world 22 times. When they went to visit their daughter in America, they always circled the globe.
When Fred retired in 1975, then-Ambassador Edwin M. Cronk presented him and Norma with the U.S. State Department's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of and appreciation for 12 years of outstanding and varied contributions to the American and local community of Singapore. Norma often added "corporate wife" to her list of accomplishments.
The Powers left Singapore on April 21, 1975, a sad day, as it was nine days before Saigon fell to the Communists. Both loved the years they spent there enjoying the culture and other fascinating aspects of living in the Far East.
Fred and Norma moved all their possessions to Punta Gorda to a spot they had chosen through the efforts of Kodak friends already retired. Other Kodak retirees followed.
To keep busy in their new life, both Fred and Norma became active in real estate. Fred joined several organizations, including the Royal Order of Ponce De Leon Conquistadors, serving on its board. He was a Punta Gorda Rotary Club board member, Friends of the Auditorium board member, and a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte.
He and Norma became charter members of the Isles Yacht Club. They served as co-chairmen of the Punta Corda Centennial Ball in 1987.
Their love of travel led Fred and Norma to join the Elderhostel program, which took them to many interesting places in America while earning continuing education points. The two were able to attend 40 programs from New York to Hawaii and especially enjoyed meeting other seniors on their travels.
Fred's hobbies included gardening, tennis, spectator sports, dancing, cultural events, bridge and most of all taking care of and riding in his 1926 Model T Ford sport roadster. It was purchased from a farmer in Australia, sent to Singapore and later shipped to the United States with their household belongings. Fred won three trophies in Singapore and Malaysia in various vintage races. He retired "Elizabeth" after the third victory but took it out for a spin several times a week for dozens of years thereafter. It was recently featured in the local anniversary parade.
Another proud moment for Fred was giving Penny's hand in marriage to J. Paul Beitler Jr. of Michigan in 1972. They now have three children and live in Winettka, Ill. The Beitlers also have a home in Boca Grande, Fla., which they use for visits and vacations, enabling Fred and Norma to keep close to their grandchildren through the years.
Several years ago, Fred retired again due to after-effects of heart surgery and chronic fatigue. In 1999, he moved temporarily to Sterling House, an assisted living facility in Punta Gorda Isles, while Norma oversaw the selling of their home and moving. In early January 2000, they moved to Freedom Plaza in Sun City Center. taking their Singapore treasures with them.
Since moving to Sun City Center, Fred has been in the Assisted Living of Freedom Plaza while Norma maintains their apartment in Bldg. 10 and is caretaker for the Model T.
Survivors include his wife, Norma L.; daughter, Penny and husband Paul Beitler; three grandchildren, John Paul Beitler III, Justin Powers Beitler and Jessica Penrose Beider; a brother, Leonard and wife Marjorie Powers; a sister-in-law, Marilois and husband Fred Bach; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte, Fla., with the Rev. Homer Ogle officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimer Association for Research, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676.
Eventually, their ashes will be scattered together over Pikes Peak in Colorado, where Norma and Fred spent so many wonderful hours.
Arrangements are by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center.