Patricia Ann Schwartz
Patricia Ann Schwartz of Niceville, Fla., went to eternal life Monday, Sept. 22, 1997.
Patsy was born on Feb. 26, 1946, in Richmond, Va. She moved to this area in 1976 upon her husband's PCS to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Patsy was active in many civic and religious areas. She was an early Edge Elementary PTO president, establishing the "parents-as-nurses" program and carnival. She was a Niceville-Valparaiso Girls Softball Association Team Mom and substitute coach.
At Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Patsy was an assistant in the CCD program and usher during her initial years. Later she set up the children's games at the church festivals, handpicked and donated the door prizes, served as collection counter, and prayed with the prayer line. Patsy also assisted in the many Knights of Columbus Council 7667 charity events and socials, including activities as Grand Knight's wife.
She is survived by her loving husband of over 31 years, Mike Schwartz; daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Kelly Cooper of Niceville, Denise and James Mills of Freeport, Fla., and daughter Jenny Schwartz of Niceville; grandchildren, Jessie, Kristy, Danny, Mikey, Emily and Taylor; mother-in-law, Betty J. Schwartz of Marathon, Fla.; sister/cousin Nancy Berberich and husband Dennis of Richmond, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Donny and Mary Lou Chandler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Peggy Schwartz of Zuni, Va., Paul and Kathy Schwartz of Virginia Beach, Va., Barbara and Leonard Thom of Schohanic, N.Y., Ricky Schwartz of Marathon, Douglas Schwartz of Washington, D.C., and Pam and Danny Aldridge of Marathon; and many special friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home, with a rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. Come to celebrate Patsy's life.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel J. Butler officiating and honorary pallbearers from Knights of Columbus Council 7667.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in memory of Patsy Schwartz to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Building Fund, 1200 Valparaiso Boulevard, Niceville, FL 32578, or to a charity of your choice.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Rebecca Faye Rifenberg
Funeral services for Rebecca Faye Rifenberg, age 7, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parkview Baptist Church in Eufaula, Ala., with the Rev. Rob Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery in Eufaula.
She died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. She was born on June 13, 1990, in Dothan, Ala., the daughter of Keith and Terise Rifenberg of Eufaula.
She was an honor student in the second grade at Bluff City Elementary School in Eufaula and a taekwondo student. She enjoyed swimming, reading, coloring and playing with her sister.
In lieu of flowers, her family has requested donations to the Leukemia Society of America.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Rachel Irene Rifenberg of Eufaula; paternal grandparents, Charlie and Faye Harris of Jacksonville, Fla., and Walter Rifenberg of LaCrosse, Wisc.; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Karen Chasteen of Newberry, S.C., and Jim and Pat Stauffer of Crestview, Fla.; paternal great-grandmother, Avis Rifenberg of Galesville, Wisc.; maternal great-grandparents, Owen and Irene Hendrix of Waco, Texas; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Active pallbearers will be Kurt, Karl and Kerry Rifenberg, Chris Chasteen, Grover Garrett and Bill Brock.
Chapman Funeral Home, Eufaula, is in charge of arrangements.
Franklin Anthony Rivera
Franklin A. Rivera, age 59, of Shalimar, Fla., died at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997.
Mr. Rivera was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Aug. 1, 1938, to John A. and Blanche Majia Rivera and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area for the past 21/2 years, moving here from New York. He was a police officer with the city of New York for over 10 years and a member of the Police Benevolent Association.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lisa Kay (Nickum) Rivera; sons and daughter-in-law, Ricardo and Stephanie Rivera, John A. Rivera, Ryan Hansen and Brandon Hansen, all of Shalimar; daughters and son-in-law, Patricia A. and Samuel Harrelson of Macon, Ga., Deborah Rivera Harrell and Jennifer A. Rivera, both of Columbus, Ga.; grandchildren, Jessica E. Harrell, Gabriele Rivera, Anthony V. Harrelson and Julia A. Barbagelott. Other close family members include George and Anna Sallaberry, Victor and Brian Sallaberry, John Sallaberry, Mary, Anthony and Joseph Rivera. Mr. Rivera also leaves behind his beloved dog, Ruggi Rivera. Mr. Rivera was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle D. Rivera.
From the family of Franklin A. Rivera, "WE ALL LOVE YOU; REST IN PEACE, SWEETHEART."
A time of visitation will be conducted from Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted from the Chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, with the Rev. Jamie Sanders officiating. Interment will follow the service in Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida Inc. or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Ruby L. McDonald
Mother Ruby McDonald passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, at her home in Crestview, Fla.
Survivors include her husband, Hope McDonald; daughter, Bazine McDonald; grandchildren, Toni and Terry Taylor; foster daughters, Patricia Mosley and Cherrie Parker of Crestview; one sister, Lula Belle Westbrook; one brother, Sanford Albert Spears; two aunts, Josephine Huff and Alma Fuller; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at noon at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. DeWitt Baggett officiating.
Park Funeral Home, 103 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Kinzo Yamamoto left this life on Sept. 17, 1997. At the time of his death he was enjoying his vacation property in the North Carolina mountains. He was 67 years old.
Kinzo's early years were spent in California but because his parents were Japanese immigrants his family was interred at Gila Bend (Arizona) Relocation Center during World War II while he was in grade school. After their release, the family settled in Bucks/j YAMAMOTO
County, Pa., and began what eventually became a large and successful farming venture.
After high school graduation, Kinzo entered the Army as a "one-year man." He was later recalled from Penn State during the Korean War to become a training officer. He attended Florida State University, the University of North Carolina, and taught in Puerto Rico before completing his education with a Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State.
His professional life was spent in Washington, D.C., where he worked for several health agencies reviewing grants for medical schools, carrying out studies for the Surgeon General's Office and often acting as an advocate for equality on minority issues.
Kinzo retired to Destin in 1987 to fish and build fishing rods. His passion for fishing was lifelong and he loved the physics of building "the perfect rod."
Kinzo also knew woodworking and liked to build with wood. As a child he whittled an erector set; as an adult he created furniture, built bridges for Japanese gardens, and remodeled his homes.
While in Destin, Kinzo was instrumental in setting up the Destin Rotary Club scholarship award system. He worked on projects for the Institute for Senior Professionals at Okaloosa-Walton Community College, and he used his many talents to help his church. In 1993, Kinzo received the Rotary Club "Service Above Self Award." He touched many lives in this community as friend, neighbor and mentor. He was a man of sincerity and great integrity; a gentle man, a man of good humor.
Kinzo will be honored and desperately missed by his wife of seven years, Janet; his daughters, Naomi Yamamoto-Lake and Valerie Yamamoto Wentworth; his sons, Gregory Chogoro Yamamoto and Joshua Shigeru Yamamoto; his stepson, Garrett E. Martin; and his four young grandchildren. He was proud of his children's accomplishments and independence. It pleased him that they were making contributions in so many areas.
A family service was held in Newtown, Pa., on Sept. 21. This service was attended by Kinzo's wife, his children, his brothers, Ayao and Tetsuo Yamamoto, his sister, Shinobu Yamamoto Asano, and his extended family in the East. A portion of Kinzo's ashes were laid beside his most revered parents, "Giyan" and "Baabon."
Kinzo's Florida friends are invited to a service of farewell and a celebration of his exemplary life at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. At a later date, Kinzo's remaining ashes will be given to the beautiful waters in Destin that he enjoyed so much.
Cecilia Katherine Andrews
Cecilia Katherine Andrews, age 86, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She was a retired tax examiner with the Internal Revenue Service and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach. Cecilia held memberships in the Order of the Sons of Italy in America; Elks Lodge; and was a former officer with AARP. A native of New York City, she had lived in this area for the past 20 years.
She is survived by her stepdaughters, Rosemarie Biermann of Coram, N.Y., and Marguerite Vezzani of Melville, N.Y.; nephew and wife, Robert and Ann O'Connor of Fort Walton Beach; and niece, Marilyn Crisham of Long Island, N.Y.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. with Father Raymond Mullins officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Boulevard, Niceville, FL 32578.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Marguerite A. Best
Marguerite A. Best, age 69, of Navarre, Fla., died Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, 1997, in the Gambill Foster Home for Alzheimers.
Mrs. Best was born on Aug. 22, 1928, in Newburyport, Mass., and had lived in St. Louis, Mo., and Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Navarre five years ago. She was a member of Lea Theta and Garden Clubs of St. Louis; the St. Louis Art Museum Society; and St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Marguerite was the only daughter of the former Patrick and Lena (Losier) Gallant who were born in New Brunswick, Canada. Her loving husband and family were inspired by her life of courage, her living faith in God, her community service and her artistic talent in oil painting. She was always proud to say "I did good" and her family lovingly acknowledges that she did and know she is now with God.
Survivors include her husband, Reuben D. Best; sons, Stephen, Arthur and Kenneth Best; daughters, Michelle Best and Denise Cloer; grandchildren, Danielle Dorsey, Jacqueline Best, Nicholas Best, Justin Best, Aaron Hoofstetter; and great-grandson, Nathan Best.
Marguerite will have a memorial service at St. Sylvester Church (Tiger Point), Gulf Breeze, on Friday at 7 p.m. celebrated by her pastor Father Steven O'Connor. Friends may call at the funeral home in Gulf Breeze from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. There will be a rosary at 3:45 p.m. on Friday. Friends may also call at St. Sylvester Church from 6:30 to 7 p.m. preceding the Mass.
There will also be a burial Mass at her former parish, the Sacred Heart Church, Amesbury, Mass., on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. Viewing will be at Jutras Funeral Home, 118 Friend St. on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. The burial Mass will be officiated by her former pastor of St. Monica Church in St. Louis, the Rev. Monsignor Nicholas Schneider.
Marguerite and Reuben made a number of pilgrimages to the Holy Land and European shrines with Monsignor Schneider.
Pallbearers for services held at St. Sylvester will be Tom Broderick, Nick Ruyan, Jim Ryan, Don Cloer Jr., Ken Reitmeier and Don Cloer Sr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimers Family Services, 2627-C Creighton Road, Pensacola, FL 32504.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers for services held at Sacred Heart will be Stephen Best, Arthur Best, Kenneth Best, Bobby Best, Steve Ferrant, William Michaud, John Michaud, Jerry Michaud, Harold Burke, Raoul St. Germain and Jim Meier.
Martin Funeral Home, Gulf Breeze, is in charge of arrangements.
Daniel W. Kennison
Daniel W. Kennison, age 45, of Navarre, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Daniel was born in Marlinton, W.Va., on April 22, 1952.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and son Koby; parents, Betty and Skip Kennison of Niceville; brother, Kenny Kennison and wife Violet of Ponce de Leon, Fla.; sister, Martha Hudson and husband Ralph of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; nephews, Ben Hudson, Zack Kennison; niece, Susan Hudson; and his in-laws, Don and Helen Callahan of Mary Esther, Fla.
A carpenter by trade, he worked for several construction firms including A&J Construction of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Jetty East in Destin, Fla. Danny was a member of the Whitewater Muzzleloaders. An ardent hunter and fisherman, "he knew the deer." Danny also enjoyed wildlife photography. His friends will remember the spirited tales of his numerous ventures.
A time of visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a funeral service following at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Carl Young officiating.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Eileen "Pinky" Pardue, age 60, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Eileen was born in Yorkshire, England, on Jan. 16, 1937, to Bramwell and Constant Jenkins Gill and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area since 1964.
During the late 1960s she was very active in Girl Scout Brownies with her daughters. She also worked within Military Family Services, organizing Christmas and Easter parties for children and wives of those serving their country in the U.S. Air Force. She always gave of herself to others freely, never putting her own needs before the needs of those around her.
Eileen leaves as survivors her loving husband of 40 years of marriage, Hugh Edward "Ed" Pardue of Fort Walton Beach; son and daughter-in-law, Steven L. and Linda Pardue of Mary Esther, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Lee and Jack Duncan of Choctaw Beach, Fla., and Linda J. and Paul Wheeler of Fort Walton Beach; sisters and brother-in-law, Valerie and Ed O'Brien of Merritt Island, Fla., and Dorothy Gill of Sydney, Australia; grandchildren, Rachael, Paul-Michael and Matthew Wheeler, Jed and Zachary Duncan, Jennifer TaraBori and Randy Bozeman; great-grandchildren, Caitlin TaraBori and Raistlin Bozeman; and very close friend, Joyce Barnes.
A time of visitation will be conducted from Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. until the funeral service begins at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Leonard Williams officiating.
In keeping with Eileen's request, she will be cremated.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida Inc.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach.