Lillian J. Costa
Lillian Julia Costa, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nev.
She was born Dec. 25, 1915, in New York City, N.Y. She was a medical clerk, and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her son, Victor Delucia of Las Vegas; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were private.
Arrangements are by Nevada Funeral Service, Nevada Cremation or Burial Society, Las Vegas.
Ruby J. Dodd
Ruby J. Dodd, 80, of Harbour Heights, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born July 21, 1924, in Corsicana, Texas
Mr. Dodd worked as an A&P mechanic, serving in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years. He moved to the Port Charlotte, Fla., area 30 years ago from Ozark, Ala.
Mr. Dodd is survived by his wife, Delia M. Dodd of Harbour Heights; daughter, Gloria Dodd of Harbour Heights; sister, Nell of Texas; three
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Roberson Funeral Home, 215 Mary St., Punta Gorda.
Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Rita G. Fury
Rita G. (Noel) Fury, 86, of Johnston, R.I., and formerly of Coventry, R.I., died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, R.I.
She was born in Sherbrook, Canada, and was a daughter of Omer and Bella (Roy) Noel.
Mrs. Fury retired from Texas Instruments.
She was a beloved mother, and is survived by her daughters, Janet A. Quirk, Nancy J. Goudreau, Kathleen J. Forant and Linda R. Couture; sister, Grace Phaneuf; brother, Renaldo Noel; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Fury; her parents; and her brother, Donat Noel.
Relatives and friends were invited to a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1804 Atwood Ave., Johnston, R.I.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 50 Maude St., Providence, RI 02908.
Arrangements are by Tucker-Quinn Funeral Chapel, Greenville, R.I.
Emile L. Mitchell
Emile Lavon Mitchell, 70, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005.
He was the son of the late Carl Cleveland and Ermine (Frost) Mitchell, born Nov. 15, 1934, in Monroe, La.
Emile served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific Theater. He worked as a general foreman for Kaiser Aluminum and T.C. Systems. Emile moved to the Punta Gorda area from Michigan in 2003.
Emile will be greatly missed by his fiancée, Janice Yortin; daughter, Laura (Mike) Carter; sons, Joe Mitchell and Scott Mitchell; sisters, Debra (Ronnie) Meredith and Elaine (Tony) Johnson; seven grandchildren; six nephews and one niece.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Louisiana. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Robert A. Williams
Robert A. Williams, 83, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Robert was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Georgetown, Ill., to Kelly Williams and Ola Howard-Williams.
Robert served his country as a U.S. Marine aircraft mechanic in the South Pacific. After his military tour, he enjoyed a successful career with the VA in his main specialty, machine mechanics. Robert moved to Punta Gorda in 1968 from Georgetown. He enjoyed fishing, yard work and sports. Robert was a former deacon at Tri-City Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, as well as a parishioner at Peace River Baptist Church in Punta Gorda.
A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, with full military honors at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda. The Rev. Thomas Hughes will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Robert's honor to the American Lung Association of Gulf Coast Florida, 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 119, Sarasota, FL 34232; the American Cancer Society, 992 Tamiami Trail C-2, Port Charlotte, FL 33953; or the Alzheimer's Association Southwest Florida Chapter, P.O. Box 494708, Port Charlotte, FL 33949-4708.
Kays-Ponger Funeral Home of Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.
Helene R. Bolden
Helene Rita Bolden, 62, of Englewood, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005.
She was born Nov. 24, 1942, in McKeesport, Pa., to Martin and Margaret Anne Lyons.
Helene made her family home in the Englewood area for the past 32 years. Helene's love of her family gave her children a wonderful mother, best friend and enduring mentor. She instilled values of kindness, compassion and courage. She touched countless people with her generosity, her willingness to just listen and her open-door policy to friends in need.
She is survived by her mother, Margaret Anne Lyons; her children, Karen Bolden of Englewood, Leslie A. Bolden, Brett Bolden of North Huntingdon, Pa., and Bridgette Ahlers of Placida, Fla.; three granddaughters, Blair Bolden, Brea Bolden and Elizabeth Ahlers; her brothers, John P. Lyons, Martin A. Lyons, Lawrence R. Lyons, Thomas M. Lyons, Eugene P. Lyons, Joseph V. Lyons and Daniel P. Lyons; sisters, Mary Jo Batley, Cecilia Lyons and Margaret Anne Warden; 23 nieces and nephews; many cousins; great-nieces and great-nephews; and dear friends.
A memorial service and celebration of Helene's life will be on the South Beach of Englewood (public beach by the horseshoe pit), from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005.
Donations and flowers may be sent to 97 Lakeview Lane, Englewood, FL 34223.
Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Theresa V. Carroll
Theresa Virginia (Arnesen) Wynn Carroll, 72, of Cumb City, Tenn., and formerly of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Select Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
She was born Nov. 8, 1932, in Bradenton, Fla., to Orville Arnesen and Leaty Harris Arnesen.
Mrs. Carroll was a seamstress.
She is survived by her spouse, John Carroll of Cumb City; sons, John W. Wynn, E. Richard Wynn, both of Myakka City, Fla., W. Joseph Wynn and Avery B. Wynn, both of Sarasota, Fla.; daughter, Barbara Altman of Wauchula, Fla.; stepdaughter, Theresa Cooper of Lakeland, Fla.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, and from 8 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at the chapel of Nave Funeral Home in Erin, Tenn., with the Rev. Ricky Graves officiating. Burial will be at Cumb City Cemetery in Cumb City.
Arrangements are by Nave Funeral Home, Erin.
Alvin E. and Christian J. Martin
Alvin Eugene Martin and Christian John Martin, infant sons of Kimberly A. McNamara and Alvin E. Martin, III, died Jan. 24, 2003, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Surviving are their parents, Kimberly and Alvin of Port Charlotte; grandparents, Christine and John McNamara of Port Charlotte, Sherie Gamet of Denver, Colo., and Alvin E. Martin Jr. of Glades County, Fla.; brother, Damon McNamara, and sister, Haley Martin; and uncle, Jacob McNamara, all of Port Charlotte.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28, 2003, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte.
Nicholas De Stefano
Nicholas De Stefano, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Jan. 22, 2003.
He was the son of Carmine and Clementina (Villarosa) De Stefano, born April 14, 1911, in New Haven, Conn. Nick came to this area in 1986 from New Haven. He enjoyed playing guitar and had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour." He also enjoyed playing with his band, The Misfits. He was a member of the Port Charlotte Elks, Moose Lodges in both West Haven and Port Charlotte, and was a volunteer at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. He attended Abundant Life Assembly of God in Punta Gorda.
Nick will be greatly missed by his daughter, Barbara Ann (William) Hardy of New Haven, Conn.; brothers, John (Connie) De Stefano of Wallingford, Conn., and Valentino De Stefano of Mystic, Conn.; dearest friend, Sharon Odroniec of Port Charlotte; grandchildren, Darlene Quiles, William N. Hardy, David J. Hardy, Richard M. Hardy, Michael J. Hardy, Richard B. Murphy Jr., Tamatha Poulton, Jennifer Murphy; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Mary Jane Murphy.
The family will receive friends 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda. A service in celebration of Nick's life will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Abundant Life Assembly of God in Punta Gorda. The family requests memorial donations be made to Abundant Life Assembly of God.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. To express condolences to the family, please visit the Web site: www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.
Howard S. Barnett
Howard Spencer Barnett, 63, died at his home in Englewood, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at 8:13 p.m.
His sister, brother-in-law and close friends were at his side from the time his good health failed rapidly after he was diagnosed with cancer on Dec. 3, 2002.
Howard (also known as "Spencer," "Spence" and "Barnie") was born to Howard and Margaret Irene "Starbird" Barnett on Nov. 28, 1939, in Whitinsville, Mass., and grew up in Sutton, Mass.
Surviving are a sister, Harriet Van Dyke; brother-in-law, Clarence "Klausie" Van Dyke; and nephew, Howard Van Dyke, all of Sutton, Mass.; and great-nephew Michael Brown of Englewood.
Howard will also be missed by many cousins and countless others whose friendship and love he cultivated throughout his life of caring about others. Though short in stature, he stood tall in character and compassion. Howard graduated from Sutton High School in 1957 and attended art school in Boston. He was a radio operator traveling with the U.S. Navy from July 1957 to July 1963.
Howard's early career was in retail sales. A masterful shoe salesman, he managed shoe departments in Springfield, Mass., Woonsocket, R.I., and Bristol, Conn. In 1988, he moved to Englewood, where he became a real estate agent and served many years at Anchor Realty.
He was a member of Englewood Area Board of Realtors and the Florida and National Association of Realtors. In March 2002, he semi-retired from Prudential/New Horizons Realtors, where he worked for more than six years. In July, he took his second trip to England, with Ireland and Wales added to the itinerary.
Howard was a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church of Whitinsville and a devoted member of Englewood United Methodist Church. Missing worship services only on rare occasions when ill or on vacation, he served on the Church Council, Church and Society Committee as an usher, and briefly in the choir. For seven years, he was the photographer and greeter for the Singles Society, which he helped build with his warm and gracious personality that made everyone feel important and welcome. He was also a member of Massachusetts Grande Lodge of Masons, Blue Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to EUMC, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223 for the "Building Fund in Memory of Howard Barnett;" to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952, or the Hospice program of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in the sanctuary of Englewood United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sam Seizert officiating. Later, Howard's ashes will be joined with his parents in South Sutton Cemetery.
Veterans Cremations & Burial Society, Clearwater, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
George E. Hall
George E. Hall, 80 of Cape Haze, Fla., (Charlotte County) died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003.
He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and came to this area in 1984 from McKeesport, Pa. He was an accountant with U.S. Steel. He was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, McKeesport Caravan 4 of Syria Temple AAONMS; life member of the VFW Post 10476, American Legion Post 113 and the Elks Lodge 2710, all of Rotonda West, Fla.; the Moose Lodge 1933 in Englewood and the F&AM 691 of Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a graduate of Chicago University and Robert Morris College in Chicago. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and earned a Bronze Star.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy (Orville) McWilliams of Murrysville, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Audrey Meredith of Newtown, Pa.; two grandchildren, Tracey (Christopher) Edwards and Robert Meredith; and two nephews, Gary and Richard McWilliams.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at the Englewood Chapel of Lemon Bay Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be private. Entombment will be in Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Anastasia Mereszczak, 78, formerly of Warm Mineral Springs, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, in Parsippany, N.J.
She moved to this area in 1984 from Wethersfield, Conn. She was a production supervisor at Carlinswith Company in West Hartford, Conn. She was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church.
She is survived by her son, Ihor Mereszczak of Grangeville, Idaho; a daughter, Anna Artemenko of Parsippany; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel. A Panachyda will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel, and continue on to St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Venice Memorial Gardens, Venice, Fla. The Right Rev. Mitrat Archpriest Wolodymyr Woloszczuk will officiate the services.
Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.