James J. Williams
James J. Williams, 86, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Jan. 31, 2003, in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Williams was born July 20, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was an air conditioning/heating technician at a marine depot in Philadelphia, retiring in 1963. Mr. Williams relocated to Punta Gorda, Fla., from Havertown, Pa., in 1981 and relocated to Port Charlotte in 2001. He had been a member of Punta Gorda Alliance Church. More recently, he was a member of Sonshine Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dorothy M. Williams of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Karen A. (Steven P.) Peters of Port Charlotte and Dorothy M. (Daniel G.) Boone of Jacksonville, Fla.; six children and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to service time at 1 p.m. Feb. 4, at Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Bales officiating. Burial will follow in Royal Palm Memorial Gardens.
Those who wish may make contributions to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte.
Geraldine S. Tyler
Dr. Geraldine Tyler, 61, of Englewood, Fla., died Jan. 28, 2003, at her Sarasota County residence.
Born Feb. 6, 1941, in Somerville, Mass., to Michael J. and Mary A. (Burns) Sullivan, Geri had been a resident of Englewood for two years, coming from Atlanta, Ga. A nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame for 15 years, Geri earned her doctorate at Notre Dame University. She was the first woman in the Southeast to attain diplomat status with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors in 1990.
Dr. Tyler was a senior staff and faculty member at Emory University and a lecturer at Duke University. Dr. Tyler's last 12 years were spent in private practice as a psychotherapist in Atlanta, where she was held in high esteem by her patients, colleagues and friends.
Geri is survived by her husband of 16 years, Col. Thomas H. Tyler (retired) of Englewood; sister, Ann Marie Joyce of Milton, Mass.; brothers, Dr. Thomas M. Sullivan of Norwood, Mass., and Dr. Michael F. Sullivan of Vincentown, N.J.; stepdaughters, Renee E. Lindsey of Stockbridge, Ga., and Denise E. Gay of Stockton, Ga.; stepson, Stephen H. Tyler of Snellville, Ga.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 3, at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road. The Rev. Morris Wells will celebrate a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Feb. 4., at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Private burial will be in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Scleroderma Research Foundation, 2320 Bath St., Suite 315, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, in Geri Tyler's memory.
Arthur J. Moore
Arthur James Moore, 72, of North Port, Fla., died Jan. 31, 2003.
He was born Nov. 7, 1930, in Belle Vernon, Pa. He moved to North Port in 1979 for Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was a sergeant major with the U.S. Army for 26 years, serving in Vietnam in 1967-68 and three tours overseas. He was a real estate agent in North Port for several years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 8203, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, former charter member of the Moose, member of the Elks in North Port and Early Bird Kiwanis.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marsha Moore of North Port; a daughter, Tracy Ramseur of Ponte Vedra Fla.; a grandson, Danny Ramseur of Ponte Vedra; and three sisters.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 3, at Farley Funeral Home, North Port chapel, with the Rev. Ralph J. Burton officiating. Private burial will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, North Port chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert J. Carrodus
Robert J. Carrodus, a former resident of Englewood Isles and Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at Bryn Mawr Terrace Convalescent Center in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 90.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he had lived in South Port Square in Port Charlotte for 11 years. He moved to Englewood from Silver Springs, Md., in 1974.
Mr. Carrodus was a civil engineer with the U.S. Naval Department, Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church and Port Charlotte United Methodist Church.
Beloved husband of the late Annie M. Guthrie Carrodus, he is survived by two daughters, L. Frances Shaffer of Springfield, Va., and Nancy Sbvanda of Doylestown, Pa.; and one son, Thomas R. of New York, N.Y.; a brother, William A. of Newtown Square, Pa.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Tree of Life Memorial c/o Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223.
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home.
Asa Christmas was born in Warrenton, N.C., on June 24, 1938, to the late Gradison and Mary Christmas, who preceded him in death.
Life came to an end Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Shirley; two sons, Brian and Irving of New Jersey; three grandchildren, Briana, Brittany and Cheyenne; three brothers, Tex, Lloyd and Kenny of Warrenton, N.C.; three sisters, Irene of Warrenton, N.C., Maxine of Huntsville, Ala., Geraldine of South Orange, N.J. (one deceased sister, Gertie); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Asa and Shirley lived in Montclair, N.J., for more than 26 years. Asa was employed by AT&T for 43 years and they retired to Port Charlotte in November 2000.
Asa enjoyed his new home very much. Whenever family and friends visited they would find Asa in his favorite chair in front of his big-screen TV or sitting outside on the lanai enjoying the year-round Florida sunshine. Asa also enjoyed the many family dinners. He was a loving grandfather to his three granddaughters. Asa was also devoted to his father-in-law, Allen Hansford.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at Highway Holiness Church in Port Charlotte, with the Rev. Elaine Watts and Pastor James Abercrombia officiating. Burial was held at Indian Springs Cemetery, Punta Gorda, Fla. Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Jonas L. Morehart
Jonas L. Morehart, Lt. Cmdr. U.S. Navy Ret., 67, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at his residence.
Born July 16, 1934, in Rosedale, Ohio, Jonas, a retired fire safety engineer for the National Institute of Health in Maryland and a veteran of the Korean War, U.S. Navy, he moved to this area from his home of 25 years in Alexandria, Va., to Punta Gorda in 1994.
He was an active member of the City of Punta Gorda Building Commission, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Ponce de Leon Knights of Columbus Council 8074, Punta Gorda, the Computer Club of Punta Gorda and Computer Users Club of Port Charlotte, Fla.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 47 years, Constance L. Morehart; two sons, John W. Morehart of Knoxville, Tenn., and Dr. James H. Morehart of Los Angles, Calif.; four daughters, Mary J. Jones of Falls Church, Va., Carolyn L. Cason of Alexandria, Va., Evelyn A. Slama of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Elaine K. Clem of Alexandria, Va., and four grandchildren.
Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with evening Scripture service at 7 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Punta Gorda. Burial will be held privately at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
Helen F. Novakowski
Helen F. Novakowski, 84, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002.
She was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Novakowski had resided in Punta Gorda since 1974, moving from Chicago, Ill. She was preceded in death by her sister, Gertrude Sipora.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Thomas F. Novakowski of Punta Gorda; a daughter, Maryann H. Johnson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a son, William T. Novak of Hendersonville, N.C.; a brother, Raymond Jadczak of Frankfurt, Ill.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A family gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the Punta Gorda Chapel of Kays-Ponger Royal Palm Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Punta Gorda.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34238.
Cremation arrangements will be under the direction of Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
Lois Sloan Pinkleton
Lois Sloan Pinkleton, 76, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died Jan. 30, 2002.
She was born March 4, 1925, in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to this area four years ago from there. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing and taking care of her family. Lois was of the Baptist faith. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Sloan, in 1970.
She is survived by her children, Sandra Love, Patricia Sims, Dean Sloan, Ray Sloan, and Donald "Good Buddy" Sloan all of Fort Myers, Fla., and Kitty Allen, Ronnie Sloan and Ricky Sloan, all of Nashville, Tenn.; 29 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and 10 brothers and sisters.
The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sonshine Worship Center, Fort Myers. A Celebration of Life service will follow at noon, with Pastor Calvert officiating. Internment will be at the Fort Myers City Cemetery.
Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.
Michael W. Valentine
Michael W. Valentine, 51, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Jan. 28, 2002.
He was born November 10, 1951 to Beulah Valentine Hendricks and the late Howard Valentine.
He came to this area 20 years ago from Washington. He was a millwright in the ship-building industry before retiring. He was a member of the Center for Independent Living and was of the Christian faith. He will be remembered for being very active in helping people through Internet research.
Michael leaves behind his wife Julia; daughters, Amy Valentine of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Theresa Hascall of Port Charlotte, Fla.; son, Mike Myers of California; mother, Beulah Hendricks of St. Joseph, Mo.; brothers, Jim Valentine of Washington and Paul Valentine of Missouri; grandchildren, Kayla Myers and Alan Valentine; grandmother, Viola Valentine of Missouri; and an aunt, Betty Church of Washington.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda.
Edna Mae Vaught
Edna Mae Vaught, 107, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at IHS of Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born Oct. 15, 1894, in Fort Wayne, Ind., and moved to Charlotte County in 1990 from Fort Wayne. She was a member and a retired church secretary of the First Christian Church of Fort Wayne. She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte.
She is survived by a daughter, Agnes M. Stauffer of Punta Gorda; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. Dr. G. Russell Hickman will officiate. Further memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at the First Christian Church of Fort Wayne. Interment will be at the Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Alma E. Kleckner
Alma E. Kleckner, 96, of Bradenton, Fla., and formerly of North Port, Fla., died Jan. 30, 2002, at home.
She was born in Nanticoke, Pa., on Nov. 9, 1905. Mrs. Kleckner came to North Port from Bloomsburg, Pa., in 1964 and moved to Bradenton in 1998. She was a member of the Harbor Cove Boat Club Women's Auxiliary, and directed the Saturday morning Coffee Hour of Harbor Cove for 15 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Dougherty of Bradenton; six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Bradenton. Burial will be at Restlawn Gardens Cemetery, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind, 7318 Tamiami Trail N., Sarasota, FL 34243.
William H. "Bill" Claman
William R. "Bill" Claman, 73, of Arcadia, Fla., died Jan. 30, 2002, at Tampa General Hospital.
Born Dec. 15, 1928, in Pocohontas County, Iowa, he moved to Arcadia in 1987 from Wauchula, Fla. Mr. Claman was a retired 30-year U.S. Navy veteran and also retired from the Senior Friendship Center after 10 years. An avid traveler and square dancer, he and his second his wife, Sandra, attended 13 national square dance conventions and traveled to 49 states. Locally, they danced at the Arcadia Palace Hall.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Claman, Arcadia; a daughter, Kimberly A. (husband David) Behrens of Gurnee, Ill.; a son, William H. (wife Sandy) Claman Jr., of Norwich, Conn.; three stepsons, Jeffrey A. (wife Cindi) Carlson, of Lakeland, Fla., Gregg S. (wife Karl) Carlson, of Bradenton, Fla., and John H. "Jodi" Carlson, of Arcadia; a brother, John Claman of Palm Springs, Calif.; a sister, Virgie Henrich of Fort Dodge, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at the Robarts Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Pine Level United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Roy Arms and the Rev. Don Varnadore officiating. Flag folding and presentation will be by the DeSoto County Honor Guard. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., with full military honors.
Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia is in charge of arrangements.
Yvonne Marie Ambrose
Yvonne Marie Ambrose, 74, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003.
She was the daughter of Emile and Clara (Stonier) Dubey, born Dec. 24, 1928, in Bangor, Maine. She lived in Millinocket, Maine, and had been coming to this area as a winter resident since 2002. Yvonne was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal in Millinocket. She loved her family and took great joy in caring for them.
Yvonne will be greatly missed by her daughters, Stephanie (Richard) Fournier of Bangor and Susan (Larry) Bouchard of Millinocket; sons, Robert Thomas Ambrose Jr. of Millinocket and Mark James Ambrose of Bucksport, Maine; a brother, James (Joan) Dubey of Hampden, Maine; sisters, Connie (Dana) Burleigh of Millinocket and Shirley Nichols of Grey, Maine; grandchildren, Thomas (Rebecca) Ambrose, Angela (Lester) Cyr, Dawn (Ryan) Robbins and Aaron Ambrose; great-grandchildren, Shawn and Jamey Cyr; and "granddogs" Sweetie and Max. She also leaves behind many wonderful friends she made during her stays here.
Her husband of 48 years, Robert Thomas Ambrose Sr., preceded her in death.
A memorial service in celebration of Yvonne's life will be held in Maine at a later date. Memorial donations in honor of Yvonne may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book.