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(From various funeral homes in the Sarasota, North Port, Englewood, Venice, and Port Charlotte from neighboring Charlotte County.)

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Sarasota County, Florida Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Sarasota County, Florida Obituary Collection - 79

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Date: Friday, 1 July 2011, at 12:51 p.m.

Marion Graves

Marion Bahr Graves, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died March 3, 2002, in Punta Gorda.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and moved here seven years ago from Hales Corners, Wis. Mrs. Graves was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ

in Hales Corners and the Hales Corners Women's Club.

She is survived by her husband, Howard of Punta Gorda; son, Clifton Graves of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Kathryn Mulcahy of Springfield, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the chapel of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James T. Piskura

James T. Piskura, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died March 1, 2002, in Mariner Health of Port Charlotte.

Mr. Piskura was born in Brookfield, Conn., and moved to Port Charlotte three years ago from Danbury, Conn. He was self-employed in the well drilling business. He was a life member of the VFW post in Danbury, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of San Antonio Catholic Church, Port Charlotte.

He is survived by his wife, Ida L. Piskura; son, Richard J. Piskura of Port Charlotte; brothers, John M. Piskura of Hollywood, Fla., and Adam Piskura of Danbury; sisters, Mary Zuchack of Brookfield and Susan Gouvia of Rye, N.Y.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Other surviving family members are Jeanne C. Piskura of Port Charlotte; and Paul Scalzo of Effingham, Ill.

Funeral services will be conducted in Danbury, with burial in St. Peter's Cemetery, Danbury.

Beverley J. Seiss

Beverley Jean Seiss, 61, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died March 4, 2002, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.

Born on Dec. 6, 1940 in Baltimore, Md., to Charles and Ethel Mae (Lopez) Leight, she had been a resident of Port Charlotte for three years, coming from Baltimore, Md. Mrs. Seiss was a receivables clerk for William Scottsman Group in White Marsh, Md., for 14 years and retired in 1999. She was a member of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, Crafty Ladies and the Lemon Bay Women's Club.

She was predeceased by her husband John in 2000.

Survivors include her daughter, Shelly L. Seiss of Port Charlotte; son, John Seiss, Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Janice Kessler of Dover, Pa.; stepfather, William Griffith of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service Thursday, March 7, at the Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road, with the Rev. Scott Farman, pastor of the Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2100 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Venice, FL 34293.

Ruth R. Stein

Ruth R. Stein, 87, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away March 3, 2002.

Born Feb. 28, 1915, in Westport, Conn., she moved to this area in 1982 from there. Ruth retired in 1979 as a nurse for the town of Westport public health system. She was a member of the Retired Educators of Westport and the Temple Shalom of Port Charlotte.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jacob Stein; two sons, Richard E. (Karen) Stein of Westport and David S. (Jane) Stein of Stuart, Fla.; a sister, Bettie Roshkind of Port Charlotte; a brother, Morris Shilepsky of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held in Westport at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, Maitland, FL 32751; or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.

David Walker

David Walker, 56, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away March 4, 2002, at his Sarasota County residence.

Mr. Walker was born Aug. 30, 1945, in Washington, D.C., to Eugene and Marion (Bickford) Walker. He moved to Port Charlotte, Village of Holiday Lake, in 1980 from South Weymouth, Mass., and had lived in North Port, Fla., the last 10 years. David had been employed at the Englewood Kmart for more than 18 years.

He is survived by his mother, Marion Walker of Port Charlotte.

A graveside inurnment service will be conducted at a later date at Gulf Pines Memorial Park. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Service will handle the arrangements.

Roy M. Marshall

Maj. Gen. Roy M. Marshall (Ret.), 78, of Englewood (Charlotte County), Fla., passed away March 4, 2002, at Bon Secours Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Venice, Fla.

Mr. Marshall was born April 23, 1923, in Columbus, Ind. He was a retired major general with two stars in the U.S. Air Force; a World War II fighter pilot; and retired squadron, wing and 10 A F commander. He was a member of Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, Mich., for more than 35 years. Mr. Marshall was an executive with McMannis John & Adams Advertising, as well as Ross Roy Advertising, both in Michigan. He was a member of the Ad Craft Club of Detroit, Mich., and the Detroit Advertising Association. He was also the owner/operator of the Great Dane Restaurant in Farmington Hills, Mich., for more than 20 years. Following retirement, he and his wife, Angeline M. (Hill), moved to Englewood from Birmingham, Mich., in 1982. An avid golfer, Marshall was a member of the Myakka Pines Golf Club for more than 20 years.

Mr. Marshall was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 11, 1998. Surviving are sons, Gregory S. (Debbie) Marshall of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Steven L. Marshall of Englewood; grandchildren, Lee James Marshall and Jessica Ann Marshall; and very special friend, Nancye Lawson of Englewood.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, at the funeral home, with interment following at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Charlotte County Unit, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

Howard R. Osborne

Howard R. Osborne, 81, of North Port, Fla., died March 2, 2002.

He was born July 16, 1920, in Slippery Rock, Pa., and moved to North Port in 1979 from Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. Osborne retired as plant superintendent at Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh. He was a former city councilman in North Port and a member of the Elks, also in North Port. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Barnyak (and son-in-law, Earl Barnyak) of North Port, Fla.; grandson David Orwig of Pittsburgh; and great-granddaughter, Stephanie Orwig of Pittsburgh.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, at Venice Memorial Gardens, Venice, Florida.

Memorial donations maybe made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

Mary I. Henshawe

Mary I. Henshawe, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died March 5, 2000.

She was born Sep. 24, 1916, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and moved to Port Charlotte 17 years ago from Pittsburgh. She was a sales clerk at a department store.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Henshawe; son, David A. Henshawe of Punta Gorda, Fla.; daughter, Carole (Thomas) A. Doherty of Port Charlotte; sister, Dorothy Poxon of Ocean Forest, N.C.; sister, Leah (Clifford) Thomas of Ocean Forest, N.C.; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of Southwest Florida, at 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Joseph C. Johnson

Joseph C. Johnson, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died March 2, 2000, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital.

He was born April 12, 1917, in Woodbury, N.J., and moved to Port Charlotte more than 10 years ago. He was a member of First Alliance Church and Elks Lodge No. 2153 and the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Club, as well as the Florence Masonic Lodge in Woodbury, N.J.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Johnson of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Kathy Dugan of Willow Grove, Pa., and Suzanne Di Bussolo of Westchester, Pa.; a son, Joel Johnson of Wilmington, Del.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Inurnment will be in New Jersey at a later date.

Robert A. Lepage

Robert A. Lepage, 71, of Englewood, Fla., died March 4, 2000.

He was born May 2, 1928, in Cascade, N.H., and moved here from Lancaster, N.H., in 1990. He retired from the Teamsters in 1989 after driving a truck for Yellow Freight Trucking for 25 years. He was a third-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5930. Mr. Lepage was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Irma (Hawkins) Lepage of Englewood; four sons, David Lepage of North Port, Fla., Guy Lepage of Rhinelander, Wis., Kevin Wilson of Ossipee, Wis., and Bradley Wilson of Berlin, N.H.; two sisters, Rita Labbe of Vista, Calif., and Jeannine Samson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; five brothers, Roland Lepage and Lucien Lepage, both of Connecticut, and Lionel Lepage, Raymond Lepage and Gerard Lepage, all of New Hampshire; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Englewood. Memorial donations may be made to St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 770 Kilbourne Ave., Englewood, FL 34223. Funeral arrangements by Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel.

Troy Dudley Plummer

Troy Dudley Plummer, 75, of North Port, Fla., died March 3, 2000 in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He was born in Ohio County, Ky. Mr. Plummer was retired from Eli Lillie Co. in Indianapolis, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Koerber Plummer of North Port, and his daughter, Suzanne Plummer of Rotonda, Fla.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 with services following at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, Ky. Arrangements by William L. Danks Funeral Home.

Rita Lynn Watts Hall

Rita Lynn Watts Hall, 53, of Arcadia, Fla., died March 3, 2000.

She was born June 16, 1946, in Rockledge, Fla., and moved to Arcadia from Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1964. A certified nursing assistant, she worked in Royal Palm Nursing Home and as a librarian at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, James T. "Butch" Hall, Jr., of Arcadia; mother, Hazel Kilgoe of Arcadia; daughter, Mrs. Robert "Carla" Gaddy of Arcadia; son, Ron E. Watts of Deltona, Fla.; brother, Hoppy Smith of Cocoa, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Schuyler, Kalee and Kelsey.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

Charles V. Handy

Charles V. Handy, 71, of Chadds Ford, Pa., died March 1, 2000, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.

Born Aug. 3, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Handy was a winter resident in Port Charlotte since 1993. He was a manager at DuPont paint finishes. He was a member of Wilmington Power Squadron, Wilmington, Del., West Chester Coin Club, West Chester, Pa., and was an avid treasure hunter. He was a graduate of Bennett High School, Class of 1946, and a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Korean War on the USS Worceiter CL 144 as engineering officer. He attended Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square in Kennett Square, Pa.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Handy; sons, Douglas C. Handy and Stephen H. Handy, both of West Grove, Pa.; brothers, Dr. Robert M. Handy of Gilbert, Ariz., and John A. Handy Jr. of Karmel, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in Kennett Square. Burial will be at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.

George Vescovi

George Vescovi, 76, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died March 2, 2000.

Born July 20, 1923, in New York, he moved to this area 29 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired policeman for Nassau County, N.Y. Mr. Vescovi was a former member of the Italian-American Club in Punta Gorda and BPO Elks and American Legion, both in Port Charlotte. He served in the Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Holly Vescovi of Long Island, and Elizabeth Vescovi; sons, James and Peter, both of Long Island; stepdaughter, Carol Ann Graham of Fort Myers; stepson, Gary Utz of Arcadia, Fla.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

There will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, 1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte.

Edra C. Weaver

Edra C. Weaver, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died March 2, 2000, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.

Born Aug. 24, 1908, in Uneeda, W. Va., Mrs. Weaver came to Port Charlotte 10 years ago from Limerick, Pa. She was self-employed as a coal mine owner.

Survivors include her son, James Horn of Phoenixville, Pa.; daughter, June Harteg of Port Charlotte; and five grandchildren.

Services will be in Phoenixville. Burial will be at Limerick Garden of Memories in Limerick. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.

Andrij Wowczenko

Andrij Wowczenko, 94, of North Port, Fla., died March 2, 2000.

He was born Oct. 3, 1905, in Ukraine. Mr. Wowczenko came to this area in 1994 from Weedsport, N.Y., where he was a farmer. He was a member of St. Andrew's Ukrainian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Wowczenko of North Port; daughter, Nina Popiwzak (John) of North Port; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 3 at Farley Funeral Home, North Port. A Panachyda service will be at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. March 4 at the funeral home and continue at 10 a.m. to St. Andrew's Ukrainian Church, with Father Wolodymyr Melnyk officiating. Burial will be at St. Andrew's Cemetery in Boundbrook, N.J.

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