Estella Louise Ludkiewicz
Estella Louise Ludkiewicz, age 83, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., passed away Monday evening, April 24, 2000, in Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She was born in Greenwood, Ind., to the late Ralph and Glenna Hemphill Erton and moved to this area from Indianapolis in 1987. She was an active member of St. Rita's Catholic Church, where she was also actively involved with the Women's Guild.
Estella was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond F. Drews, in 1982, and a daughter, Mary Ann Mohr in 1969.
Survivors include her husband of 13 years, William Ludkiewicz of Santa Rosa Beach; daughters, Sue Drews of Indianapolis, and Paula McDaniel and husband Doug of Battle Creek, Mich.; son, Mark Drews and wife Pam of Indianapolis; stepsons, William Ludkiewicz and wife Debra of Glastenbury, Conn., and David Williamson and wife Yoko of Seattle; brother, Ralph Erton and wife Marge of Port Clinton, Ohio; grandchildren, Wendy Darrow, Becky Johnson, Raymond Drews, Emily and Erick McDaniel, and Amanda and Rebecca Ludkiewicz; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Blair and Sarah.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, with the Rev. Michael Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Ludkiewicz will be taken to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home, 5463 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46221, with intermenty at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Greenwood, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the Building Fund of St. Rita's Catholic Church; or to the missionary work of Father Dennis O'Brien.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with local arrangements.
Bruce Allen Penninger
Bruce Allen Penninger, age 41, passed away April 25, 2000.
He was born on April 24, 1959, in Blytheville, Ark., and was a resident of Northwest Florida for the past 26 years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Masaki and Yosh Fujimoto of Kumamoto, Japan.
Survivors include his loving family, which includes his mother, Kimiyo Oakley; sister, Terri Luciana and husband John; his niece, Nicole; and his two brothers, Bill Penninger and Mike Penninger, and his wife Candie.
Bruce worked in the restaurant business for many years and people will remember his friendly and outgoing personality, his gracious attitude towards his customers, his big, warm smile, and his contagious laugh. He was currently employed at the clubhouse at Bluewater Bay as the general manager.
He made lasting friendships that continued for many years. He will be truly missed by his family and all those who met him and knew him.
His family will receive his many dear and special friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, at McLaughlin Mortuary, and his friends may also join in a "Celebration of his Life" at the Clubhouse at Bluewater Bay from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Josephine I. Holland
Josephine I. Holland, Ward, Wells, age 75 of Niceville, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Holland was born in Bay County, Fla., on June 20, 1924, to Lonnie Wells and Savanah Davis Wells. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughters, Margaret D. Diamond of Spring Field, Tenn., and Patricia C. Aughtman of Waynesboro, Miss.; nine grandchildren, Carmen E. Eagle, Lucinda L. Rowe, Truman D. Aughtman, Lonnie D. Aughtman, Wayman Aughtman Jr., Marie Hunt, Tammy L. Williams, Daniel S. Diamond and David H. Diamond; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.
A visitation will be held at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
A graveside service will be held at Marler Cemetery in Destin, Fla., on Friday, April 28.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Aughtman, Truman Aughtman, Wayman Aughtman, Danny Diamond, David Eagle, Bill Rowe and Mr. Truman Aughtman.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Michael Schmidt, age 20, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday, April 24, 2000, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1979, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and was a resident of this area since 1984 when he moved here with his family from Bittburg, Germany. One of Michael's favorite loves was soccer.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gerald Hollis; and grandmother, Margarete Schmidt.
Survivors include his loving parents, Christian and Karla Schmidt of Crestview; brother, Nicholas Schmidt of Crestview; aunts, Charlotte Cossey and Carolyn Scott; uncles, Jerry Hollis and Howard Hollis; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, at McLaughlin Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Claude Tucker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to a charity of one's choice in memory of Michael Schmidt.
McLaughlin Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Iris Ann Sims
Iris Ann Sims of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died Sunday, April 23, 2000, while visiting in McAlister, Okla.
Mrs. Sims was born on May 30, 1939, in Lanett, Ala.
Funeral services and graveside services will be conducted by Clary-Godwin, Freeport Chapel, in Freeport, Fla. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Graveside services and burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Point Washington Cemetery.
Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Buck Sims; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Williams of Santa Rosa Beach. She is survived by two daughters, Marlene Sims and Debra Sims Banisters of Santa Rosa Beach; brothers, T. Harold Williams of Panama City, Fla., and John N. Williams of Santa Rosa Beach; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in Destin, Fla., and Utica, N.Y.
Mrs. Sims had two sisters who preceded her in death: Mrs. Jean Smolinsky and Mrs. Mary Smolinsky of Utica; and a brother, Billy Ray Williams of Santa Rosa Beach.
Virginia "June" May, age 64, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. May.
Mrs. May is survived by her son, Daniel of Destin, Fla.; daughter, April May Kulp and husband Tom of Destin; daughter, Carrie Livingston of Destin; daughter, Angela Sexton and husband John of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Betty Surratt and Mildred Wallace; and brother, Jack Joyner. She is also survived by three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Anne Elizabeth Hansen
Anne Elizabeth Lathrop Hansen passed away in her home in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 26, 2000.
Born in Connecticut on Dec. 27, 1925, Anne moved to Santa Fe in 1928 at the age of 3. Her father, Dr. Albert S. Lathrop (1894-1969) gained a splendid reputation in town as an outstanding pediatrician. Over the decades, from the '30s until his retirement, people joked that there was not a single baby born in Santa Fe, N.M., that Dr. Lathrop hadn't helped bring safely into the world. Anne's mother, Florence H. Lathrop (1894-1983) was active in city affairs throughout her life, in everything from supporting the public library to her leadership in the famed 15 Club. It was from Florence, who always had a poem on her lips, that Anne acquired a love for language and letters. She cultivated these talents and imparted them to her children and grandchildren through a life that can only be described as an adventure.
Just after the end of World War II, Anne and a girlfriend traveled to war-ravaged Europe, because, as she put it, she wanted to see for herself what had happened and why. She then joined the Army, serving in China and Korea. She got out of Shanghai just as the Red Army fought its way in, and then finished her duty in Korea just before the war there broke out in 1950. Upon her return to the United States, Anne met Lyle Macdonald Hansen of Chicago (who was at the time a student at UNM), and they were in short order wife and husband. In subsequent years, and with children in tow, they lived in Pakistan (1957-59), Nigeria (1960-63), and places such as Syracuse, N.Y., Williamstown, Mass., and Washington, D.C. Anne and Lyle also lived for several years in Tanzania until Lyle's untimely death in 1979.
Anne then moved to her native Santa Fe. She was employed by the public library and was active with the League of Women Voters (a lifelong commitment of hers), with various environmental organizations, and more. In 1991 she moved to Albuquerque to be nearer her children and grandchildren. She remained active in environmental affairs and she served as a docent at the Albuquerque Zoo, a position which took her all over the state to give zoological demonstrations in schools. She continued to travel the world, including Indonesia, Africa and South America. She received an award jacket from the World Wildlife Fund for having completed 10 travel expeditions with them.
Throughout these years, Anne also ventured "to the interior," thinking about and pondering the spiritual dimensions of life. This journey began, in part, while she earned her BA and MA degrees from Stanford University (during the World War II years). Her master's thesis was on St. Francis of Assisi, a figure whose quest for meaning entranced Anne. In subsequent years she read widely in Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions, and became devoted to various principles of Zen.
Anne is survived by her four children and their families: Mark Hansen and his fianc�e Ann Bronstein of Santa Barbara, Calif., and his daughter Kathleen Dunn of Alexandria, Va., David Hansen of Chicago and his wife Elaine, Leith Black of Niceville, Fla., and husband Randy and daughter Alexandra, and Roderick Hansen of Albuquerque and wife Lydia and children Ariana and Andrew. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Edwin Sweeney of Santa Fe (with whom Anne took several trips abroad in recent years), her niece, Shawn Hollendonner and family of Santa Fe, and her nephew, Steven Sweeney and family, who reside in Reno, Nev.
All agree that Anne's was a wondrous life, complete with adventure, discovery and the poetry of family love. "I listened, motionless and still ... And, as I climbed upon the hill ...The music in my heart I bore ... long after it was heard no more."
There will be a celebration of Anne's life at the home of her son, Roderick Hansen, in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. Please call (505) 899-8565 to RSVP and for directions to the home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a memorial plaque at the Albuquerque Zoo. Please send donations in Anne Hansen's memory to: Lydia Hansen, 20 First Plaza Galleria, Suite 212, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Sara W. Wood
Sara W. Wood, age 65, of Destin, Fla., died Friday, April 28, 2000, in a local hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 6, 1935, and was a retired real estate broker and a member of the Florida Board of Realtors. She was a former member of the AHOY IN Fort Walton Beach and had lived in Destin for the past 11 years.
Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Wood of Destin; mother, Sara M. Woodrow of Birmingham; son, Rick A. Wood III and wife Kim of Portland, Texas; daughter, Sara Anna Zahn and husband Tim of Kingsville, Texas; brother, David Woodrow and wife Gail of Alabaster, Ala.; and grandchildren, Michelle Willis of Bryan, Texas, Erin Willis of San Marcos, Texas, Brianne Zahn of Kingsville, Texas, Chad Wood of Portland, Texas, and Jessica Wood of Portland.
Mrs. Wood requested that at her death she be cremated.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
David Brainerd Maxwell
David Brainerd Maxwell died at home in Freeport, Fla., with family present in Hospice care on April 28, 2000. Dr. Maxwell was born May 28, 1931, in Durodas, Brazil, South America, of Presbyterian missionary parents. His family moved back to the United States in 1942.
In 1957 he married Patricia Gatlin of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. From 1957 through 1964, Dr. Maxwell was a pastor for the Presbyterian Church. He was chaplain at the Columbia Medical Center in New York City from 1964 to 1975. After receiving his doctorate, he was founding director of two Pastoral and Marriage Counseling Centers located in Closter, N.J., and in Asheville, N.C. He and his wife, Pat, also a psychotherapist, retired to Walton County in Freeport, Fla.
Survivors are wife, Pat; two daughters, Cynthia M. Karegeannes and Kimberly Maxwell and their families, Ken Karegeannes; grandsons, Grayson and Drew; and granddaughter, Leigh of Norcross, Ga., and Carl Post of Freeport, Fla. Surviving siblings include a sister, Jean McCarter and brothers, Sidney Maxwell and Jack Maxwell and their families.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Human Immunology and Cancer Program Gift Fund c/o Dr. Alan Solomon, 1924 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, Tenn. 37920 and St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32433.
Edward R. Kelley
Edward R. Kelley, 64, passed away at his residence on April 27, 2000. Mr. Kelley was a retired Air Force veteran and the owner of Ed's Sprinkler Systems for over 10 years. He also enjoyed golf and bowling.
Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Raymond Kelley. He is survived by his wife, Wanda of 45 years of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; mother, Evelyn Kelley of Marquette, Mich.; son, William Kelley and his wife Susan of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Diana Hampton and her husband David of Live Oak, Texas. Mr. Kelley is also survived by five grandchildren, Christopher Raymond Kelley, Robbie, Nicole, Scott, and Laura Hampton.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with military graveside services following at 2 p.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Addie Laurinda Willis
Mrs. Addie Laurinda Willis, age 84, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2000, in a local hospital. Mrs. Willis was born June 26, 1915, in Arbuckle, Calif., to the late Amos and Nettie World. She has been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since October 1997 when she and her husband moved here from Folsom, Calif.
She was a member of the Eastern Star in Sacramento, Calif., past member of the V.F.W. Post 4597 in Oakland, Calif., and a member of the Joy Circle at the Emerald Coast Cathedral. She enjoyed traveling, crewel and needlework.
Mrs. Willis is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Mr. Carson G. Willis, who passed away March 20, 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Pat Zoller and husband Michael of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Addie Lou Thomas and husband Kevin of Springfield, Ore.; daughter, Diana Leake and husband Stephen of Sandpoint, Idaho; son, Robert Willis and wife Diane of Round Rock, Texas; sister-in-law, Rachel Lee Emrich of Thurmont, Md.; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2000, at the Emerald Coast Cathedral with the Rev. Ruth Turton officiating.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32547 in charge of arrangements.
Harry Clay Robbins Jr.
Harry Clay Robbins Jr., after a brief illness, went to be with the Lord, Friday, April 28, 2000.
Harry was born on Oct. 17, 1919, in Frankfort, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Clay Robbins and Florence Moore, and three brothers. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Robbins of Mary Esther, Fla.; his three daughters, Shari Aldridge, Teresa Smith and Cassandra Turner of Mary Esther and a son, Christopher Turner of Indianapolis, Ind. Harry has 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Bradford of Sharpsburg, Ga. All will miss him dearly.
Harry was a resident of Indiana for 72 years and a graduate of Kingmon High School, Class of 1938. He went into the Army Air Corps through 1945 and served with the 48th fighter squadron during World War II. Retiring from Sayco Manufacturing in Flora, Ind., he then moved to the Fort Walton Beach area in 1992. Harry has been an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Destin, Fla., and a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
He was the best husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could find. He gave us the world with his love, compassion and understanding. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.
The family will receive for visitation his many dear and special friends on Monday, May 1, 2000, at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. We will celebrate his life with a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with services conducted at 11 a.m. Graveside services will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at 3:30 p.m. at Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort, Ind. He will be laid to rest next to his granddaughters and son who preceded him.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Caenwyn Knox, age 82, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2000, at her home. She was a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and had lived in Crestview for the past 12 years. Mrs. Knox was a life member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Knox of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Robert William Knox, Jr. of Crestview; one daughter, Claudia Weiss of Snyder, N.Y.; one sister, Betty Einstein; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Niagara Falls with burial in Pulaski, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida or the American Cancer Society.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of the arrangements.
Sarah T. Adkins
Sarah T. Adkins, age 39, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday evening, April 28, 2000, at her home. She was a devout Christian and a member of the Mary Esther Church of God. Sarah was born in Virginia and lived all her life in this area.
Survivors include her sons, James Adkins of Fort Walton Beach and Jonathan Adkins of Scott Depot, W.Va.; her mother and stepfather, Lourene "Joey" and Jack Goedert of Fort Walton Beach; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Denise Tomlinson, and her nephews, Scott and Ryan Tomlinson, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A visitation will be held Sunday, April 30, 2000, from 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary and a funeral service will be on Monday, May 1, 2000, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mary Esther Church of God.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Jackson St. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32548.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
John Mackay Young
John Mackay Young, age 77, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entered into the presence of our Lord on April 26, 2000.
Jack, as he was known to family and friends, was born on June 14, 1923, in Nutley, Essex, N.J.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roswell Flower Young and Ruth Elizabeth Young. Jack is survived by his wife Lucille E. Young; one sister, Joy Gardiner of Port Neches, Texas; and his sons and daughter-in-laws, Ronald J. and Mary R. Young and Michael M. and Carolyn G. Young. He has nine grandchildren, Alexis, Jonathan, Blake, Geoffrey, Halie, Clinton, Savannah, BreAnna and BrookLynne.
Jack had made wonderful friendships throughout the years, most notably were neighbors and church members at First Presbyterian, where among past and present duties he was a deacon, elder, usher and Sunday School teacher. Jack was also active and very thankful of his membership in the Kiwanas Club. Jack also enjoyed mentoring local school children to give them adult and spiritual guidance.
Jack graduated from West Point in 1947 and retired from a distinguished Air Force career, which included a bronze star in 1975 while stationed at Eglin AFB.
A visitation is scheduled at Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday April 30.
A memorial church service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, May 1, at the First Presbyterian Church located at 134 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.