Eva Marie DiPronio
Eva Marie DiPronio, infant daughter of Anna and Angelo DiPronio of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 24, 2000, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born Feb. 24, 2000, in Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her parents, Anna and Angelo DiPronio of Port Charlotte; maternal grandmother, Mary Jo Granroth of Houghton, Mich., paternal grandparents, Gino and Rosa DiPronio of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and a sister, Hannah Rose DiPronio of Port Charlotte.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 28, at the funeral home. Burial is at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
Vito Daniel Gigante
Vito Daniel Gigante, 70, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Feb. 25, 2000, in Biloxi, Miss.
He was born March 7, 1929, in Manhattan, N.Y., and moved to Port Charlotte from Bayside, N.Y. He was a custodian for the Murdock Public Library. Gigante was also a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of Port Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline T. Gigante of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Theresa Rodriquez and Carolyn Schweit, both of North Port, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A Catholic wake will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 29, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Venice Memorial Gardens, Venice, Fla.
Harold Schleifer, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 24, 2000, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born April 20, 1920, in Manhattan, N.Y. Mr. Schleifer came to Punta Gorda 22 years ago from Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. He was self-employed as a contractor.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Schleifer; sons, Charles F. (Rosemarie) Schleifer of Lake Grove, LI, N.Y., and William A. (Teresa) Schleifer of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Judy (Myron) Post of South Gulf Cove, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Anna Chopek of Punta Gorda; a brother, Edward Schleifer of California; sisters, Sylvia Varady of Tamarac, Fla., Bernice Schleifer of Colucci, N.Y., and Lillian Kuritz of Wantagh, LI, N.Y.; grandchildren, Dr. Jared and Dr. Leah Post of West Hartford, Conn., and Adam R. Post and Shonee Hadlock of Port Charlotte; and great-grandchildren, Jason David Post of West Hartford, Conn., and Issac Ryan Post and Adam Routes, both of Port Charlotte.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte. Burial at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Karen Jean Sellers
Karen Jean Sellers, 47, of North Port, Fla., died on Feb. 25, 2000.
She was born in Woodbury, N.J., on Aug. 9, 1952. She came to this area in 1988 from Gloucester Township, N.J. Mrs. Sellers was a nurse at Venice Hospital for a year and also at American Medic in Port Charlotte since 1994. She was a member of San Pedro Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur L. Sellers III of North Port; two sons, Lowell G. Sellers and Arthur L. Sellers IV, both of North Port; parents George and Dorothy Covely of North Port; and three brothers, John Covely, George Covely and Gary Covely, all of Deptford, N.J.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 29 at San Pedro Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Venice Memorial Gardens.
Natale Lentini, 54, of Arcadia, Fla., died Feb. 24, 2000.
He was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Hollywood, Fla., and moved here 38 years ago from there. Mr. Lentini worked for Central Moloney in Arcadia. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Arcadia and a former member of the Moose Lodge in Arcadia. He served in the Army and National Guard in Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; a daughter, Barbara K. Olvera of Arcadia; a son, Michael Lee Skidmore of Arcadia; and six grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 29, at Mills End Club House in Arcadia.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, Maitland, FL 32751.
Rita L. Ryals
Rita L. Ryals, 95, of Fort Ogden, Fla., died Feb. 26, 2000.
She was born Dec. 13, 1904, in Hillsborough County, Fla., and moved to this area in 1940 from Tampa. She was a retired homemaker. Mrs. Ryals attended First Baptist Church of Arcadia.
Survivors include one daughter, Lillian R. Hudson of Fort Ogden; a daughter-in-law, Ann H. Ryals of Fort Ogden; one son, Hilton H. (and wife Mary) Ryals of Brandon, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, H.D. Ryals, who died in 1974, and a son, James L. Ryals, who died in 1988.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Services at 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church of Arcadia, Arcadia. Burial is at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.
Memorial donations may be made to Florida Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 1870, Lakeland, FL 33802.
Blanca E. Hansell
Blanca E. Hansell, 85, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 15, 2002.
She was born June 17, 1916, in Nicaragua, to the late Ramon and Francisca (Madrigal) Sanchez. She moved to this area in 1997 from Los Angeles, Calif. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Blanca was preceded in death by her first husband, Rodrigo Huete. She took much pride in caring for her family whom she loved very much.
Blanca will be greatly missed by her husband of 23 years, Robert Allen; daughters, Hazel Huete-Rosenbusch of Washington, D.C., Bianca Huete-Langley, Carolina Huete-Lehman, Rosalia Huete-Zarmakoupis and Lucia Huete-Gish, all of Los Angeles; son, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rodrigo J. Huete of New York; stepson, Dr. Robert (Susan) Hansell of Punta Gorda; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass in celebration of Blanca's life will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde E. Woodman Jr.
Clyde E. Woodman Jr., 81, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Feb. 15, 2002.
He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 11, 1920, to Clyde and Esther (Tullis) Woodman Sr.
Mr. Woodman was a chemical engineer for Dupont, from where he retired in 1980. He moved to Punta Gorda from Pearland, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of St. Andrews South Golf Club, and Isles Yacht Club. He graduated from Kansas University and was a member of the ACACIA Fraternity.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Marjorie of Port Charlotte; three daughters, Diane (Ken) Plum, Martha Woodman and Robin (Mike) Sims; five stepchildren, Bruce Tollefsen, Tom (Beth) Tollefsen, Martha Tollefsen, Marilyn (Jerry) Sinn and Ken (Laura) Calson; grandchildren, Rebecca (Subesh) Ghose, Jeffery Sims, Albert and Andy Tollefsen, Greg (Cindy) Sinn, and Jana Sinn; brothers and sisters, Marjorie Coulter, Arthur (Frankie) Woodman, Ruth (Lloyd) Ellis, Doris (Paul) Kipp and Richard (Janice) Woodman.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth M. Harvey
Kenneth M. Harvey was born April 27, 1926, on a perfect spring day in Muskegon, Mich., and died Feb. 14, 2002, on a perfect San Diego, Calif., day.
It's been said that wealth is not measured in how big your home is or how large your 401k, but it's measured rather by how large your heart is and how many who knew you enjoyed your company.
If the latter be true, Ken Harvey was a very wealthy man.
Born and raised in Muskegon, leaving as a sailor for the Pacific, Ken spent 1944-1946 fighting for his country on LSM 373. Ken graduated post-war in 1947 from Muskegon High.
Married May 14, 1948, to Jean Massot, they spent 54 happy years together. Starting in Roosevelt Park and then 23 years in Twin Lake, they raised two children. Ken spent this time busy on every civic and church board imaginable and as a firefighter with the Twin Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Ken was employed by Bennett Pump for 34 years. He was a member of the Twin Lake Methodist Church.
Jean and Ken retired to Punta Gorda, Fla., in 1984, where Ken "unretired" to Winn-Dixie supermarkets for 16 years. Ken and Jean enjoyed several years of grandchildren and entertaining "northern" friends. Ken was a lifetime member of VFW Post 10192 and the USS LSM-LSMR Association.
Diagnosed with a progressive terminal disease, Ken, with Jean, moved to San Diego in June 2001 to live with their son and family, and lived his last days in comfort, surrounded by family who loved him greatly. A simple, honest and generous man, Ken gave his love to others freely, never asking for any payment in return. He was a very, very rich fellow indeed and will be greatly missed. Anchors aweigh, my boy ...
He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter, Susan; son, Dave; daughter-in-law, Gayle; four grandchildren, John Charles Burmeister III and Rebecca, Leslie and Amanda Harvey; two great-grandchildren, Bryana and John Charles Burmeister IV; brother, Eugene (Norma) Harvey; and sister, Ruth Haynes.
Cards can be sent to Jean Harvey, 1580 Carmel Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91913. Donations may be sent to Sharp Hospice Care Fund, Grossmon Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944.
Frances M. Langill
Frances M. Langill, 81, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at her Port Charlotte residence.
Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Brockton, Mass., she moved to this area in 1976 from Hingham, Mass., and was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include her children, two sons, Edward J. Langill Jr. of Hingham, Mass., and William Langill of Tenn.; two daughters, Jane A. Andrews and Leslie Langill, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; one brother, Charles Richards of Brockton, Mass.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Edward J. Langill, and a son, Richard (Dickie), preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, from 6 p.m. until start of service at 7 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. The Rev. Derek Goldstein of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church will officiate. Inurnment will be held later in Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Wilton J. Roberts
Wilton J. "Pop-Pop" Roberts, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at his residence. He was born Oct. 5, 1925, in L'Anse, Mich., and has lived here since moving in 1988 from Browns Mills, N.J.
He retired in 1985 from the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 49 years, Annie (Williams) Roberts; daughter, Rose R. Keech of Port Charlotte; two sons, Walter J. Roberts of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Henry L. Roberts of Browns Mills; two sisters, Dorothy Celello of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Sharon Schroeder of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren, Alicia Keech of Port Charlotte, Rhiannon Roberts of Corpus Christi, Ryan Roberts of Browns Mills, and Mason Lessa of Browns Mills; and two great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2500 Easy St., Port Charlotte. Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hepatitis Foundation International, 30 Sunrise Terrace, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009-1423, or to the Florida Lions Eye Bank, University of Miami School of Medicine, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 900 N.W. 17th St., Miami, FL 33136.
L.C. Duke Bitler
L.C. Duke Bitler succumbed to cancer Feb. 13, 2002. Born in Waynesburg, Ohio, he grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University after a tour of duty with the Maritime Service during World War II.
He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and had received his 50-year pin. His entire business career was with Ohio Bell Telephone Co., where he was a division manager, manager of the Akron/Canton/Youngstown district and served on loan to AT&T as a consultant in Australia to assist in the restructuring of the telephone system there.
He was a charter member of Silver Lake Country Club, former president of The Russet Wood Association in Walden, former member and president of Walden Golf and Tennis Club, former president and long-time board member of Pelican Landing Association in Englewood, Fla., and a former member of the Akron Regional Development Board. A resident of Florida since his retirement in 1988, Mr. Bitler summered at his home in Stow, Ohio. He was a long-time member of The Church in Silver Lake, and the Akron and Lakewood Masonic lodges, where he was a 32nd degree Mason, The Shrine in Sarasota, the Englewood Elks Club and the Englewood Historical Society. He also was an Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Marcye; children, Jon, James and Dougless; stepchildren, James Armington Jr. and Suegene Armington Wagner; and eight grandchildren.
Calling hours are on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Mary Willis officiating. Friends may send contributions to The Church in Silver Lake or the Englewood Historical Society.
Delaine Vivian Fisher
Delaine Vivian Fisher, of Rotonda West, Fla., died on Feb. 14, 2002. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to this area 12 years ago from Columbus. She was a barber at the Tarpon Center Barber Shop in Grove City for four years.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Fisher, of Rotonda West; three daughters, Jeannie McDermott, Linda Wallace and Karen Wallace; three stepchildren, Dixie Fisher, Candy Fisher and Scott Fisher; two brothers, Richard Luty and Raymond Luty; and seven grandchildren, Michael McDermott, Mark McDermott, Sam Fisher, Katti Fisher, Michael Fisher, Mitchell Wallace and Danielle Shea.
Farley Funeral Home & Crematory, North Port Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy I. Larson
Dorothy Irene Larson passed away Monday morning at home.
She is loved and missed by her fiancé, Chet Sours. Dorothy moved here in December 1997 from Milwaukee, Wis. She had many friends in Milwaukee and in Warren, Ohio, where she lived for 20 years before retiring to her home state of Wisconsin. There will be no local services. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Leroy S. Purvis
Leroy Samuel Purvis, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002.
He was born Dec. 2, 1933, in Pensacola, Fla., to the late Samuel and Eula (Rogers) Purvis. He came to this area in 1964 from Pensacola. Leroy served his country in the Army during World War II. He worked as a groundskeeper at the Edison Home & Museum for many years before retiring. He was a very active member of Church of God of Prophecy, and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Leroy will be greatly missed by his daughters, Deloris (Bill) Montgomery of Punta Gorda, Joan Tolbert of Milton, Fla., and Martha (James) Douglas of Tallahassee, Fla.; stepson, Cleveland Stewart of Milton; sister, Eula Mae Mathis of Jupiter, Fla.; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Church of God of Prophecy in Punta Gorda. The service in celebration of Leroy's life will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Pinecrest Cemetery in Sebring, Fla. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Church of God of Prophecy. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
Albina R. Churchill
Albina R. Churchill, 81, of Englewood, Fla., died Feb. 9, 2002, at Community Hospital East, Indianapolis, Ind.
She was born March 20, 1920, in Indianapolis, to John and Carolina Butara. She worked for Eli-Lilly Co. in Indianapolis in the capsule assorting department for 30 years, retiring in 1985. She has lived in Florida since 1990, coming from Indianapolis.
Surviving are a son, Jay McColley of Shelbyville, Ind.; and two sisters, Alice White and Caroline Seymour. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard C. Church, on June 30, 1966; and a brother.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Suncoast Animal Shelter, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224.