Eileen Beatty Dowling
Eileen Beatty Dowling, of Boca Grande, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2002.
She was born in Paterson, N.J., and came to this area in 1993, from South Miami, Fla. She was a model and a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Boca Grande.
She is survived by her husband, William, whom she met exactly 11 years ago on Feb. 10, 1991; a son, Shane T. (Elyce) Beatty of Bradenton; a stepson, Michael G. (Desrie) Dowling of Lovettsville, Va.; a stepdaughter, Megan M. (William F. Cantarinni) of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a brother, Thomas J. (Carol) Donnelly of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and two grandchildren, T.J. Stone and Tara Anne Betty.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Englewood Chapel of Lemon Bay Funeral Homes. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Boca Grande. Entombment will follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto, Fla. Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Thomas Cassada
Donald T. Cassada, 90, of Arcadia, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2002.
He was born Oct. 25, 1911, in Parishville, N.Y. Mr. Cassada moved to Fort Myers in 1972 and then to Arcadia in 1991. He was an engineer at Pratt Whitney in Hartford, Conn., where he retired after 32 years, in 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Agawam, Mass., and New Hope Christian Church of Arcadia. He was active in many clubs and associations: Masonic Apollo Lodge No. 59 in Suffield, Conn., Eastern Star Peace River No. 30 in Arcadia, National Campers & Travelers Hiram Rollers No. 126 of Fort Myers, Fla., a dual member of the National Campers & Travelers Chapter 6 of Connecticut, a member of the DeSoto Ham Radio Club of Arcadia, and Emergency Management communication for special need shelters.
Mr. Cassada was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth; three brothers and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Cookie) Cassada; daughter, Patricia ( Ken) Aldrich of Vernon, Conn.; sons, Norman Cassada of Enfield, Conn., and Richard (Dawn) Cassada of Newington, Conn.; stepchildren, Brian Low of Columbia, S.C., Loyd (Patricia) Low of Oveida, Fla., Connie Low of Massapequa Park, N.Y., Liz (Paul) Coppolo of Schenectady, N.Y., and Christopher (Ruth) Low of Schenectady, N.Y.; brother, William (Norma) Cassada of Edgewater, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at New Hope Christian Church in Arcadia. There will also be a Masonic service. Burial will be at Lee Memorial Park, Lehigh Acres, Fla., in the Masonic section.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the building fund of New Hope Christian Church, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle (Palace Square Dance Hall), Arcadia, FL 34266.
Leonard Calvello, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 11, 2000, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda.
He was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Italy and moved to Charlotte County in 1986 from Forked River, N.J. He was a retired taxi dispatcher. He was a Roman Catholic and a member of Elks Lodge No. 2153 of Port Charlotte.
Mr. Calvello is survived by a daughter, Roseann (David E.) Lage of Monroe Township, N.J.; sister, Margaret Martello of New York City; brother, Nicholas Calvello of Holbrook, N.Y.; and grandson, David R. Lage of Scotch Plain, N.J.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date in New Jersey. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Edna Degen, 92, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 12, 2000, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was born May 8, 1907, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Port Charlotte 11 years ago from Winooski, Vt. She was of the Catholic faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Wolffe of Port Charlotte; sons, Michael P. Degen of Fort Myers, Fla., and Robert Degen and Walter E. Degen, both of Port Charlotte; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Brooklyn. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Edwin L. Fetzer
Edwin L. Fetzer, 83, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 11, 2000.
He was born March 7, 1916, in Warren, Ohio, and moved here 11 years ago from California. He retired after 27 years as an engineer with General Dynamics. Mr. Fetzer served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth; son, Bruce E. (Kathleen M.) Fetzer of Punta Gorda; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
There will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Richard J. Rice Sr.
Richard J. Rice Sr., 66, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2000.
He was born Sept. 23, 1933, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved here in 1994 from there. Mr. Rice was a retired engineer for Association Administrators Inc. in Cincinnati. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Debra Wylie of West Union, S.C., and Diane Brunswick of Cincinnati; son, Richard J. Rice Jr. of Cincinnati; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919, or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Lynn H. Tanner
Lynn H. Tanner, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2000.
He was born Feb. 23, 1916, in Norwich, N.Y., and moved to this area in 1977 from Norwich. He was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Tanner was a life member of the Elks in Port Charlotte and Norwich; a member of the Moose in Port Charlotte; life member of the American Legion in Port Charlotte and Norwich; and a member of the D.A.V. in Norwich. He served in the Army during World War II. He was an Episcopalian by faith.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; nephew, James (Donna) Hogan of Norwich; and a niece, Jackie Hogan of Clinton, N.Y.
Memorial services were held in Port Charlotte. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 28441 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.
George Albert Usher
George Albert Usher, 87, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2000, in Port Charlotte.
He was born Nov. 15, 1912, in Stamford, Conn. Mr. Usher came to Port Charlotte 16 years ago from Wilton, Conn. He was in management for Northeast Utilities, Greenwich, Conn., before retiring in 1976. Mr. Usher was a 32nd degree Mason; a member of the Old Well Lodge No. 108 AF&AM and Dad of the DeMolay Boys, both of East Norwalk, Conn.; a member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Shrine Club; Port Charlotte Scottish Rite Club; and BPOE Elks No. 2153, all of Port Charlotte; and Araba Shrine and Consistery, both of Fort Myers.
He was a dear, devoted family man and loved his home. He built it himself on a rise of Sturges Ridge Road in Wilton, with a view of the water on Long Island Sound. He attended St. James Episcopal Church, Port Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wilma H. Usher of Port Charlotte; son, Gary W. Usher (Katheryn C.) of Ridgefield, Conn.; and grandchildren, Jennifer K. Usher and Tracy J. Usher, both of Ridgefield.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Officiating is Father Michael Wilson. Inurnment will be at a later date in Norwalk. Donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.
Clarence G. Smith Jr.
Clarence G. "Smitty" Smith Jr., 67, of Rotonda West, Fla., formerly of Tipp City, Ohio, died at his residence Feb. 2, 2000.
Private family services were at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, with Father Thomas Dorenbusch officiating. Public graveside services with military honors were at 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Preston Wood, 79, of Limestone, Fla., formerly of Arcadia, Fla., died Feb. 12, 2000.
Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Limestone Baptist Church. Burial is Feb. 16 Lily Cemetery, Lily, Hardee County.
Andrew "Andy" Amendola, 58, of Fruitland, Park, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002.
Mr. Amendola was a long distance technician for Sprint in Leesburg, Fla. He was born in New Haven, Conn., and moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1994. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fruitland Park. He was a Vietnam veteran and in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Survivors are his wife, Joanne Amendola of Fruitland Park; sons, Andrew Amendola and James (Laura) Amendola, both of Port Charlotte; a brother, James Amendola of West Haven, Conn.; a grandson, Alex Grantham of Port Charlotte; and his mother, Emma Talbot of Holiday, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church of Fruitland Park, with Pastor Gary Washburn officiating. Interment will be at Shiloh Cemetery, Fruitland Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter County, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778; or the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, Fla.
Edna T. Punch
Edna T. Punch, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Feb. 8, 2002.
She was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Grenada, West Indies, to John and Evalina (Mark) Millet. She worked as a teacher and financial clerk before retiring in 1987. She moved to Port Charlotte in 1988 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was a volunteer at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County.
She is survived by three children, Francis Punch and Florence Punch, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Anthony Punch of Port Charlotte; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sybil Millet of Brooklyn and Evelyn Bromet of Aruba, NA.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens.
Harry Warburton, 73, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 4, 2002.
He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2153, VFW Post No. 5690, American Legion Post No. 110, and served as post commander of R.L. Cochran Jr. DAV Post No. 82, past commander of DAV districts No. 2 and No. 13, adjunct treasurer of DAV Post No. 82, and judge advocate of state of Florida DAV for five years.
Surviving is a niece, Lynn Ambrose of Punta Gorda.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Post Charlotte Chapel of the Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, with American Legion Post No. 110 providing military honors. Inurnment with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorials may be made to DAV, Sunnydale Plaza, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Patricia A. Todd
Patricia Ann Todd, 42, died at her residence in North Port, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2002.
She was born on Oct. 6, 1959, in Boston, Mass., and came to North Port from Walpole, Mass., in 1990. She was the co-owner of A-1 Superior Pest Control Co. in Englewood, Fla., for the last five years. She was a teachers assistant at Charlotte School District for four years and attended San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port.
Survivors include her son, Brian Todd of North Port; a daughter, Loretta Washburn of East Granby, Conn.; her fiancÚ, Brian Scott of Englewood; a brother, Paul Stella of North Port; a sister, Lorraine Whitneour of Granby, Conn.; her father, Paul Stella Sr. of Sharon, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 12, at San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or to the American Cancer Society, South County Unit, 2100 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. A, Venice, FL 34293. Arrangements are by Farley Funeral Home and Crematory, North Port Chapel.
Willette Smith Murrill, 79, of Arcadia, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002, in Arcadia.
Mrs. Murrill was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Dublin, Ga., and moved to Arcadia in 1964. She was a retired school teacher, having taught grammar school in DeSoto County for 18 years, and was a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1944, with a degree in education. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and the Arcadia Women's Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Maryesther (Merrill) Jackson of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Lee Murrill and Ed Murrill, both of Arcadia; her sister, Esther Hudgins of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Cristina, Olivia, Abigail and Jordan; and two great-grandchildren, Levi and Leigha. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Lee Murrill Sr.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ken Hostetler and the Rev. Glenn Clulow officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
Mary H. Guterding
Mary Helen Guterding, 81, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at Peace River Regional Medical Center in Port Charlotte.
She was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mrs. Guterding moved to the Port Charlotte area 33 years ago from Penn Hills, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of the Women's American Legion Auxiliary Post 110, Port Charlotte and Women of the Moose Lodge 1619, Port Charlotte. She also attended the Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Guterding was a devoted housewife and mother, and is survived by her children, John (Lilly) Caruthers, James (Denise) Caruthers, both of Port Charlotte, Edward (Brenda) Caruthers, Joanne Schultz (Earl Norton), both of Punta Gorda, Fla., Daniel (Shelly) Caruthers of St. Petersburg, Fla., Leslie (Richard) Secola of Irwin, Pa., and Janet L. (Wade) Cartee of Arcadia, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of Mary to Alzheimer's Association Southwest Florida Chapter, P.O. Box 494708, Port Charlotte, FL 33949-9912.
Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.