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Blount & Curry Funeral Homes Carrollwood Chapel

Tampa was a very small city in 1913 when the doors first opened at the Blount Henderson Funeral Home. This partnership was short-lived however, with Frazier T. Blount purchasing Henderson's interest four years later, forming the F. T. Blount Company Funeral Home. In that era, funeral establishments were usually small converted residences. Searching for larger quarters, Mr. Blount purchased two homes on the northeast corner of Tyler and Marion Streets. One structure was converted to a funeral home and the other became his family residence. An enclosed passageway connected the two facilities creating Tampa's first funeral home staffed on a 24-hour basis. In 1952, Mr. Blount decided to retire and sold his business to two of his key employees, Henry Hale and Jack Yent, Sr. Three years later, Hale and Yent built Tampa's first conventional funeral home on Nebraska Avenue. That building now houses the administrative offices and training center for new employees and continuing education classrooms for all personnel. Over the years, numerous firms from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties joined the F.T. Blount firms, including Curry & Son Funeral Home, founded by Mark Curry, Jr. In late 2006, the Terrace Oaks Chapel was added to serve families of Temple Terrace and the Tampa area. Today, four chapels and three cemeteries proudly serve the residents of Tampa as members of the Blount & Curry family. Life is very precious. When a life does end, saying goodbye is very difficult. It is the mission of the Blount & Curry family of funeral homes to assist families through this most difficult period by providing the very finest services and cemeteries in the most caring and meaningful way.


Our Obituaries

Anna M. Pettijohn

July 10, 1924 - May 21, 2015

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Juan Rivera-Morales

June 28, 1933 - May 20, 2015

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Thomas James Shaw

August 21, 1943 - May 20, 2015

SHAW, Thomas “Tom” J. , 71, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 20. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Gail Shaw and by his infant son Brian. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Judy, his two sons Tom and Patrick, and his four grandchildren. Tom was born August 21, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Daytona Beach, FL. He attended the...
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Martha Alice Rutledge

December 29, 1946 - May 19, 2015

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William Laughridge

May 19, 2015

Laughridge, William Edward, 61, entered God’s Kingdom on May 19, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Laughridge, his mother Doris Laughridge, his daughter Beverly Denise, his son Christopher Edward and his step son Andrew Robert Jones. He is also survived by five grandchildren, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and family will be received on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11:00...
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Terrance C. Creighton

May 16, 2015

Creighton, Terrance “Terry”, 75, of Tampa, FL, passed away May 16, 2015. Terry graduated Hillsborough High School in 1958 and furthered his education at Auburn University (BME) graduating in 1964. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army and later became the owner of Creighton Awning & Sign Company. He is survived by his bride of 50 years, Jeri and their three...
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Harriet Louise Stairs

April 26, 1946 - May 15, 2015

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Joseph William Clark

May 11, 1934 - May 13, 2015

Joseph W. Clark Sr., 81, of Wesley Chapel passed away on May 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, father and his first grandchild, Tiffany Lin Lawrence. He was born May 11, 1934 to Zeloma Watkins Clark and Nokomus Houston Clark in Henderson, N.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Suzanne McPhail Clark; his only son, Joseph W. Clark Jr and his wife, Noreen;...
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Roger Gaetano Sartori

November 15, 1959 - May 12, 2015

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William George Hug

March 28, 1930 - May 11, 2015

Hug, William George 85, of Tampa, Fl., born near Chicago, Ill. died Monday, May 11, 2015. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Hug, Melissa Hug Childs, Jeffrey Gaeto, Linda (Dee Dee) Morgan, and Tony Gaeto; a brother Robert Hug; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.Bill had a BS degree in Phys Ed and a Masters degree in dance from the University of Illinois in 1953 and 1960 where he...
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Retha Mae Daniel

November 26, 1929 - May 11, 2015

Retha Mae Daniel passed away on May 11th at the age of 85. She leaves behind her husband and best friend of 63 years, J. Walter Daniel. She also leaves behind her daughter, Audrey Daniel, and her grandchildren, Sean Daniel-Ennis and Amanda Daniel-Ennis, who haven’t gone a day in their lives without knowing how much she loved them. She also leaves behind her sister, Ann Tucker of Kannapolis,...
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Victoria Rosemarie Casario

November 14, 1930 - May 11, 2015

Casario, Victoria (nee Becce), 84, of Tampa, Florida left this world to be with her heavenly father on Monday, May 11, 2015. She married Dominic Casario in 1961 and raised 5 beautiful children. Victoria loved to cook, do crossword puzzles and travel around this country. She is survived by her five children, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She will forever be loved and greatly...
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Belen Mercedes Artidello

September 24, 1957 - May 10, 2015

Artidello, Belen, 57, entered into rest on May 10, 2015 after an unfortunate accident. She was born to James and Consuelo Artidello in Madrid, Spain. Belen loved visiting the beach. She also loved playing and walking with her two dogs, both Miniature Pinschers. Belen graduated from the University of South Florida with a Teaching Degree in Art and spent her years teaching Art. Belen is survived by...
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Tommy Bradford Denton

February 1, 1943 - May 10, 2015

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Danielle Kenny

October 4, 1987 - May 9, 2015

Danielle Kenny passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015. She is survived by her loving parents, Michael & Barbara, and her dedicated sweet sister, Lauren Anne. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 3207 West Bearss Ave, Tampa, Fl.
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Lucille Mary Emberton

August 5, 1925 - May 7, 2015

Emberton, Lucille Mary “B”, passed away on May 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thomas W. Emberton. Lucille was a native of Tampa having lived here all her life. She was a retired registered nurse of over 65 years. She was a loving mom who enjoyed gardening and sewing. She is survived by her daughter Karen, son Bruce, and daughter-in-law Lori. She will be...
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Jerry Wayne Wright

June 23, 1934 - May 6, 2015

WRIGHT, Jerry Wayne, of Tampa, was born on June 23, 1934 in Kansas City, MO to the late Louis Harold Wright and Winona Belle Wright nee Corder. He passed away on May 6, 2015 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 80 years old. Mr. Wright was a US Army veteran and member of the American Legion. He relocated to the Tampa area from Georgetown, Texas in 2012. He was an avid...
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Fred William Beene

November 5, 1923 - May 6, 2015

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Diana Zimmer

January 9, 1958 - May 6, 2015

Diana Zimmer of Tampa, FL, passed peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with family by her side. She moved to Tampa, FL, from Neenah, WI, in 1983. Diana was very dedicated to her career of 25 years, but always found time to enjoy hobbies such as sewing, poetry, jigsaw puzzles, and reading novels. She was very crafty and could fix or build just about anything. Diana is survived by her...
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Linda Diane Liberty

September 12, 1948 - May 5, 2015

LIBERTY, Linda Diane, age 66, passed away on May 5, 2015. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 12, 1948 to Josephine and Harold Peace. She was an avid football and NASCAR fan, loved to watch old black and white movies on TV and thoroughly enjoyed all Elvis Presley music. She was a licensed Cosmetologist in San Antonio, Texas where she began her life journey. She is survived by her...
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Louis Diaz

June 21, 1941 - May 4, 2015

Diaz, Louis, 73, a native of Tampa, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2015. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rebecca Diaz on April 13, 2015 ; son, Louis Anthony Diaz and his brothers, Julio, James and Savino Diaz. He is survived by his children, Timothy (Lynn) Diaz and Celena Markart; grandchildren, Ryan, Austin, Joseph, Nikki, Jason, Amanda, Julia; great-grandchildren, Jaden,...
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Olga Bustamante

March 9, 1933 - May 4, 2015

Bustamante, Olga, 82 of Tampa, Florida passed away May 4, 2015. Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba March 9, 1933. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Calvin in 2006. She is survived by her two daughters Alice Bustamante Rañón (Joe), Carmen Bustamante Andreu (George), 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Myrtle Hill Cemetery May 8, 2015 at...
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Loretta Volpe

May 17, 1927 - May 3, 2015

VOLPE, Loretta, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick F. Volpe. She is survived by her daughters, Rosaria (Bill) Mauro and Louise (Tony) Romano; grandchildren, Nick (Lauren), Eric and Moriah Volpe, Louis, Tony and Maria Romano, Laura (Alex) Daurer, Bill (Jessica) Mauro; great-granddaughter, Brynn Volpe and her brother, Fred (Miffie)...
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Gisela Blethen

March 15, 1935 - May 3, 2015

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Betty McCorkle Gordon

September 3, 1937 - May 3, 2015

Gordon McCorkle, Betty, 77, of Tampa passed away peacefully on May 3, 2015 in her home. Mrs. Gordon loved living an active lifestyle. She had a great passion for all types of performing arts, especially theater and classical music. She also enjoyed quilting, was an avid reader, and enjoyed many outdoor activities such as tennis, kayaking, hiking and traveling. Mrs. Gordon most of all loved...
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Joe Lee Romack

May 25, 1932 - May 1, 2015

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Carolyn Holland O'Brien

October 31, 1924 - April 30, 2015

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Chambless Lee Avera

January 27, 1932 - April 30, 2015

Avera, Chambless Lee (Chuck) was born January 27, 1932, in Fort Valley, Georgia. His family moved to Tampa in 1933 where he graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1949. He served in the Navy during the Korean conflict and graduated from The University of Florida in 1957 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Following graduation, he accepted a position with The National Security Agency ...
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David William Galloway

October 18, 1956 - April 30, 2015

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Norman Batty

January 4, 1930 - April 30, 2015

Norman C. Batty Jr., 85, of Utica, NY passed away April 30, 2015 in Tampa, Fl. Norman was born in Utica, New York and attended Proctor High School. He attended 2 years at Alfred University and completed his bachelors degree at Utica College in Management, taking his first job at Revere Ware. He left this to proudly become a certified life underwriter for Prudential Insurance, following in the...
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Andrew Russell Skeins

December 25, 1974 - April 29, 2015

Skeins, Andrew Russell, 40, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Andrew was born in Appleton, Wisconsin to Janus and Floyd Skeins. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church. He was an avid Tampa sports fan, but his first love was his family and fishing. Andrew leaves behind his son, Aiden Russell Skeins; daughter, Gracie Ann Skeins; mother, Janus Skeins; father,...
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Shirley Sue Dudney

March 22, 1939 - April 27, 2015

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Marilyn Martin Carley

September 3, 1928 - April 26, 2015

Carley, Marilyn Butler, 86, of Tampa entered into rest on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Marilyn was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania to the late Niles and Helen Martin. She lived in Mentor, Ohio until 2008 when she moved to Tampa, Florida. Marilyn was a secretary at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio. She belonged to Mentor United Methodist of Mentor, Ohio and United Church of Christ of...
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Edna Emerick

April 17, 1934 - April 25, 2015

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Peggy Sue Webb

May 2, 1941 - April 24, 2015

Peggy Sue Webb, 73, of Tampa, passed away April 24, 2015 peacefully in her home. Peggy was born in Charlotte, NC to Rankin and Lillian Foster on May 2, 1941 and grew up in Harrisburg, NC. She attended Harrisburg School from the first through twelfth grade, graduating as Valedictorian in 1959. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Lenoir Rhyne College in...
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Alexys Damarys Willis

April 22, 2015 - April 23, 2015

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Gregory Joseph Ramon

May 25, 1947 - April 23, 2015

Ramon, Gregory Joseph, 67, of Lutz passed away April 23, 2015. He will be missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Anne; mother, Susie Ramon of St. Petersburg; children, Gregory David Ramon (Tania) of Palm Bay, Elizabeth Magnusson (Mikael) of Wesley Chapel, and Jeff Ramon of Lutz; siblings, David Ramon (Pat), Vikki Cruickshank (Bob), Doug Ramon, Mike Ramon, and Joe Shane Ramon; grandchildren, Amy...
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Howard James Boniface

September 7, 1926 - April 23, 2015

Boniface, Howard James, 88, of Tampa passed away on April 23, 2015. Born in West New York, New Jersey, he was a veteran of the United States Navy during WW II. After the war, he served the West New York Fire Department for many years retiring as a Fire Chief. He moved to Tampa in 1990 and was a member of the Friendship Class at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church and a member of VFW Post 424....
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Alan Brent Taylor

September 13, 1939 - April 23, 2015

TAYLOR, Alan Brent, of Wesley Chapel, was born on September 13, 1939 in Baltimore, MD to the late John Gilbert Taylor Sr. and Ruth Violet Taylor nee Bergan. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on April 23, 2015 at the age of 75 years old. Alan was a retired chef and enjoyed trains, planes, camping, collecting sea shells and watching his beloved UK Wildcats play...
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Sherri Ann Campbell

January 10, 1956 - April 22, 2015

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Victor Xavier Rivera

December 22, 1983 - April 21, 2015

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Mary Ann Pearce

January 22, 1937 - April 21, 2015

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Arthur Cyril Spanton

October 1, 1930 - April 20, 2015

Spanton, Jr., Arthur C., 84, of Tampa, passed away April 20, 2015. Born and raised in Tampa, he graduated from Hillsborough High School and began his 37 year career with GTE before retiring in 1985. The loves of his life were his wife, his family and his home. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary; sons, Wayne (Leigh) and Paul (Jayne); daughter, Suzanne Roberts; grandchildren,...
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Elmer A. Novak

May 15, 1928 - April 18, 2015

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Briana Maire Lloyd

October 12, 1996 - April 17, 2015

Lloyd, Briana M., 18, of Tampa passed away suddenly on April 17, 2015. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Tampa. She graduated from Leto High School in 2014 and was a member of the ROTC for 3 years. She was also a member of the girl scouts for 12 years and was employed by McDonalds Restaurant in Citrus Park Walmart. She is survived by her father Robert Lloyd and her mother Billie Kemp, 7...
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Catherine Bertha Brannen

September 22, 1935 - April 17, 2015

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Barbara Del Grosso

December 10, 1946 - April 15, 2015

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Melba Rebecca Diaz

June 27, 1944 - April 13, 2015

DIAZ, Rebecca “Becky” 70, of Tampa, passed away April 13, 2015. She was preceded in death by her son, Louis A. Diaz. Becky is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Louis Diaz; son, Timothy Diaz and his wife Lynn; daughter, Celena Markart; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Diaz; seven grandchildren, Ryan Diaz, Austin Diaz, Nikki Ellis, Joseph Markart, Jason Markart, Amanda Diaz, Julia...
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Thomas Edwin Nott

May 30, 1961 - April 9, 2015

Nott V, Thomas Edwin, 53, was abruptly taken from us April 9, 2015 from a heart attack. He is survived by his loving family, wife, Cindy; precious daughter, Emily; mother, Anne Nott; sister, Betsy Hall (Roger Hall); nephew, Griffin & niece, Caroline. He was born in Pennsylvania and loved to go to Maine in the summer. He graduated from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA in 1980;...
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Edith Teeples

May 5, 1935 - April 8, 2015

Edith Helen Teeples (nee Nave) was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven after passing away at home peacefully on April 8th at the age of 79. She was born is Detroit, Michigan on May 5th, 1935. She is survived by her devoted husband, James Teeples, her daughter, Melinda (Jim) Bogensberger, and her son, Christopher (Sheri) Teeples as well as her brother, Donald (Cindy) Nave. She is also survived by...
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Paul Krokenberger

February 28, 1936 - April 8, 2015

Krokenberger , Paul (79) of Tampa went home to his Savior on April 8, 2015. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Virginia; daughter Karin Tucker her husband Allen; son and best friend John Krokenberger his wife Pleshette and son Kurt Krokenberger his wife Tina. His joy was in his (6) grandchildren (in birth order) Ruth Tucker, Hannah Tucker, Joshua Krokenberger his wife Amber, Lydia...
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John O'Brien

June 2, 1946 - April 7, 2015

John F. O’Brien, 68 sadly passed away on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015. John, known by those who loved him as Jack was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and Uncle. John was born in Long Island City on June 2nd, 1946 to William and Elizabeth O’Brien. John was a U.S. Army veteran who spent time stationed in Korea during his service. Afterwards, he worked full time as both a...
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Marc Grudzen

September 13, 1946 - April 5, 2015

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Idella R. McFarlen

January 4, 1921 - April 3, 2015

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Richard Lewandowski

January 5, 1928 - April 3, 2015

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Idella McFarlen

January 4, 1921 - April 3, 2015

Idella R.”Rusty” (Lee) (Wehling) (Fisher) McFarlen, 94, passed away on April 3, 2015, at Manor Care Carrollwood in Tampa, FL. Idella was born on January 4, 1921, in Randlett, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of four children born to James Russell and Ella Marie Olson Lee. She had five children - Roger Allan Wehling (Teresa), Dianne Wehling Hartt (Larry), William Alfred Fisher, Jr. ...
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Michael Lozicki

October 7, 1962 - April 2, 2015

On April 2, 2015, Michael “Mike” Lozicki, 52, of Tampa, passed away from a sudden heart attack while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes — dirt biking with friends and family. Mike was born on October 7, 1962 to Edward and Charlene Lozicki in Fremont, Michigan. He graduated in 1984 with a B.A. in Marketing and Finance, and then began his career as a Business Analyst. It wasn...
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Gary Bruce Williams

October 2, 1954 - April 2, 2015

Williams, Gary Bruce, 60, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on Thursday, April 02, 2015. Gary loved his dogs and enjoyed working with computers. He was known for his generosity and giving spirit; and was always there when called upon. He was a very loving brother and uncle. Gary leaves behind his brother, Carl Warren Williams and wife Barbara of Maine; sister, Betty Kay Nichols and husband Ed;...
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George Henning Adams

September 9, 1922 - March 31, 2015

ADAMS, George H., 92, of Tampa, FL passed away March 31, 2015. Mr. Adams was born to Naclav and Anna Adams (Adamek) in Stavanger, Norway. He and his family immigrated to the US when he was 2 years old. He served in the Marines during WWII, married his beloved wife, Mable, in 1947. He was a machinist at the Thompson Steel Company in Franklin Park, IL for 35 years when he retired. He was an active...
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Joyce Carolyn Williams

April 11, 1925 - March 30, 2015

Williams, Joyce Carolyn, 89, went to be with her Lord on March 30, 2015. Joyce was born in Chicago, Illinois and has been a resident of Tampa since 1969. She retired from the City of Tampa in 1991. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Her feisty spirit will be missed by all who loved her. Joyce leaves behind her children, Mary Lou Whitacre (Joe), Cindy Edwards (Jim)...
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Eleanor May Miller

August 14, 1917 - March 29, 2015

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Beverly May Berry

January 14, 1937 - March 29, 2015

BERRY, Beverly May, of Tampa, was born on January 14, 1937 in Kankakee, IL to the late Laverne Winterroth and Eva Weaver Winterroth. She went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2015 at the age of 78 years old. Prior to relocating to Florida 29 years ago, Beverly worked for the Carpenter’s 496 Trust Fund and was a saleswoman for Avon. She retired from the University of South Florida...
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Beverly May Berry

January 14, 1937 - March 29, 2015

BERRY, Beverly May, of Tampa, was born on January 14, 1937 in Kankakee, IL to the late Laverne Winterroth and Eva Weaver Winterroth. She went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2015 at the age of 78 years old. Prior to relocating to Florida 29 years ago, Beverly worked for the Carpenter’s 496 Trust Fund and was a saleswoman for Avon. She retired from the University of South Florida Small...
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Sukhram Ramcharan

March 4, 1949 - March 29, 2015

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Anne C. Fordyce

August 12, 1980 - March 28, 2015

Anne Peluso Fordyce,34, went with the angels on March 28, 2015 after a courageous 5 year battle with cancer. She was a fearless fighter for her husband Anthony and infant son Anson. She also leaves behind her parents Joe and Judi Peluso, her loving family, and her “best friends” all over the country. A Celebration of Life at her other home Carrollwood Day School will take place in the...
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Emilio Moreno

October 30, 1928 - March 28, 2015

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Betty Jane Burton

November 25, 1927 - March 26, 2015

Burton, Betty Jane, 87, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015. Betty was born in St. Louis, MO and relocated to Tampa, Florida in 1998. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Burton and one son, Thomas Collings and one daughter, Cindy Collings. She is survived by her other four children, Dave Collings (Soontaree); Joseph Collings; Tony Collings (Jacquelyn) and Kelly Hornbeek; as...
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Thomas Eyerly Guth

August 6, 1948 - March 26, 2015

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Walter Martin Pelc

May 9, 1933 - March 25, 2015

Pelc, Walter “Peck” Martin, 82, passed away on March 25, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. He was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania and graduated from Braddock High School in 1950. He tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 and would have been accepted but his height would have been a factor. Peck was a proud veteran of the Korean War in the US Army where he served a Combat Engineer. He...
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Mildred Diefenderfer

November 19, 1934 - March 25, 2015

DIEFENDERFER, Millie, of Lutz, Florida, passed away March 25, 2015 at Florida Hospital Tampa. Born in New Blaine, Arkansas, she was predeceased by her parents Coy and Mary Berry and sisters Sue, Jane, Emma and Minnie. Survivors include devoted husband, James Diefenderfer; son, Dorsey Roy Martin; son, Ellis Madden (Allison); son, James Diefenderfer (Claudia); son, Mark Diefenderfer (Joelle);...
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Kurt Kevin Wadsworth

April 21, 1957 - March 23, 2015

WADSWORTH SR., Kurt Kevin, born on April 21, 1957 passed from this earth on March 23, 2015 at his home in Tampa, Florida. Though his body has departed us and his song has ended, his melody and fun loving spirit lingers on. Kurt is survived by his parents Dr. Donald and Mrs. Laura Wadsworth; siblings, Stacie Wadsworth, Dacia Hagen, Brett Wadsworth and Linda Mohler; children, Dacia Lynn Wadsworth...
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Irene Eleanor Russell

May 18, 1921 - March 23, 2015

RUSSELL, Irene Eleanor, of Tampa, was born on May 18, 1921 in Rockville, CT to the late Stanley Slivinski and Mary Deptula Slivinski. She went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 93 years old. In addition to her parents, Irene is preceded in death by her beloved husband Clinton A. Russell and her sisters Aurelia C. Slivinski and Alice S. Slivinski. She is survived...
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Janice Lynn Shea

September 2, 1958 - March 22, 2015

SHEA, Janice Lynn, 56, of Tampa, Florida passed away peacefully on March 22, 2015. She was a graduate of Florida State University and the University of South Florida obtaining a Master Degree in Library Science. Ms. Shea was a long time teacher in local area schools before retiring. She enjoyed cross stitching and spending time with her family. She was also a member of Exciting Idlewild Baptist...
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Kathryn Drake

July 9, 1935 - March 19, 2015

Drake, Kathryn, 79, passed away on March 19th, 2015. She was preceded in death by her sister Altamay “Sandy” Hanley and her brother Charles “Buddy” McKissick, Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ralph; her nine children - sons David (Kathy); Kevin (Mary); Raymond; John (Lisa); Timothy (Claudia); Michael (Kelli); Jeffrey (Julie); and daughters...
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Vivian Bertha Harned

November 30, 1940 - March 18, 2015

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Joyce Kirschner

April 13, 1927 - March 18, 2015

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Keith Corey Robke

April 23, 1982 - March 17, 2015

Robke, Keith Corey, aged 32, passed away suddenly on the morning of March 17, 2015. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Lorie Robke; his two brothers, Larry and Sean; sister-in-law, Valouny; niece, Hailey; 6 aunts, 3 uncles, and a world of friends. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1pm-4pm with funeral service at 4pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at 3207 W. Bears Ave,...
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Marlin Archie Smith

January 5, 1939 - March 14, 2015

Smith, Marlin, 76, of Tampa, passed away March 14, 2015. In addition to his parents, Marlin was preceded in death by his daughter Sabrina Effner. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bruyere Smith of 43 years; children, Kenneth, Lisa Thiel (Steven), Marlin A. Jr., Andrew (Jeanette), William (Christine), Elizabeth Walsh (Brad) and his son-in-law Leroy Effner. Also surviving are...
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John Melchinger

February 24, 1948 - March 13, 2015

After a long and hard fought battle, John moved on to his next assignment on March 12, 2015. Raised in a life insurance family in northern NJ racing sailboats on Barnegat Bay, talking topics at the dinner table with his father well beyond his years and playing his heart out on bass guitar with the Fender Benders; left NYU to do Smallpox eradication in West Africa; US Military Intelligence...
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George Patrick McKinley

August 23, 1942 - March 13, 2015

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Patrick Gerald Kennedy

August 7, 1945 - March 11, 2015

KENNEDY, Patrick “JERRY “, 69, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Jerry served in the United States Air Force. He was also a member of the local Corvette Club and loved his classic cars. Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Sharran Kennedy whom he married on December 5, 1970; he also leaves behind his son, Patrick Kennedy Jr. of Tampa,...
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Madelyne Winona Watts

September 14, 1992 - March 11, 2015

WATTS, Madelyne, passed away after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis with her loving family at her side on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the age of 22. Maddy had the heart of a lion and brought light into every life she encountered. The world is a darker place without her presence. But all who have been touched by her story of strength and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity will...
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Maria Vivienne Lazarus

January 31, 1956 - March 10, 2015

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Violet P. Serra

May 28, 1928 - March 9, 2015

SERRA, Violet P. Scaglione, 86,passed away on March 9, 2015. Born and raised in Ybor City, she made Tampa her lifelong home. She was born to Nunzio and Laura Noto Scaglione. She attended and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1947. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis V. Serra and her brothers Basil, Tony, Joe, Nick and Al. Survivors include her son Kevin, Daughter Pam (Derek)...
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Karen Ruth King

May 22, 1940 - March 6, 2015

Karen King died peacefully in St. Joseph’s Hospital North at the age of 74.Karen was born Mantua Ohio in 1940. She was married to her loving husband, Bart for 54 years. Karen and Bart enjoyed a wonderful life together raising their two children, Kevin and Jeff. Karen loved to cook, sew dolls, travel, and spend time with family and friends.Her children remember her as the most loving, caring...
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Tiffany S. Brown

April 6, 1972 - March 5, 2015

BROWN, Tiffany Sue, passed into the hands of our Lord on March 5, 2015, in her home while in the loving arms of her family. She was born in Tampa and was a graduate of the University of South Florida and conducted her graduate studies at Troy State University. Tiffany was both graceful and courageous in her valiant fight with cancer. She is the loving daughter of John and Sally Garcia and beloved...
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Patricia Jane Bowmer

March 3, 1945 - March 4, 2015

Bowmer, Patricia J. “Patty”, 70, of Land O Lakes, entered peacefully into Heaven on March 4, 2015 surrounded by her loving family after a prolonged illness. Patty was born in Hamilton, Ohio and moved to the Tampa area at the age of 8. She enjoyed a long career of 30 plus years with the Hillsborough County School System. Patty was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy and Lester Bruns...
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Francis Richard Meehan

December 21, 1924 - March 2, 2015

MEEHAN, Francis Richard 90, of Tampa, passed away peacefully at home on March 2, holding the hand of his devoted wife of 66 years, Eleanore. Francis was born in the Bronx, NY, on December 21, 1924. He served in the armed forces as a young man of nineteen for four years. Francis worked simultaneously as a NYC Firefighter and Ornamental Ironworker for over twenty years. By the sweat of his brow,...
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Jack W. Kirschmann

December 1, 1947 - February 28, 2015

Kirschmann, Jack, 67, passed away suddenly and without warning on February 28, 2015. As many of his friends knew, he had a long battle with heart disease and unfortunately, it claimed his life this time. Jack was a genuine, caring and a funny man who touched the lives of everyone he knew. Jack had a special gift which allowed him to never meet a stranger. Instead, he made people smile and laugh...
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Jewell E. Brown

November 3, 1916 - February 27, 2015

BROWN, Jewell Esther, 98, 0f Tampa, passed away on February 27, 2015. In addition to her parents, Jewell is preceded in death by her loving husband Heber of 68 years and her son Robert. She was a loving mother to Nancy Lazcano; beloved grandma to Julie Bray and her husband Kevin and cherished Gigi to Ashlyn and Mackenzie Bray. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday,...
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Elfriede Anna Hobbs

May 29, 1929 - February 26, 2015

Elfriede Anna Hendrich Hobbs of Tampa, Florida, 85, a long-time resident of the Tampa Bay area, passed away on February 26, 2015 at the Florida Hospital in Tampa, Florida after a brief illness.Born May 29, 1929 in Graslitz, Czechoslovakia, Elfriede spent her childhood years here and after the end of WWII, she and her family relocated to Fischach, Germany, a municipality in the district of...
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Elia Conto

March 24, 1924 - February 23, 2015

CONTO, Elia, 90, passed peacefully on February 23rd, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lino Conto; son Dante Conto (Rosy) of Lutz; daughters Rina Sherman (George) of Heidelberg, Germany; Darlina Conto of Lutz; grandchildren Dina and Lino Sherman, and Massimo Conto. Always impeccably dressed, Elia had a wonderful, happy personality and enjoyed laughter, singing and dancing and was...
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Pat Perna

October 6, 1952 - February 23, 2015

PERNA, Pat, 62, of Tampa, entered into Heaven peacefully from his home after a long battle with Colon Cancer on February 23rd. Born in Mt. Vernon N.Y., Pat moved to Tampa at the age of 20 and attended The University of South Florida. He worked for the restaurant Industry for years until he met the love of his life and became a Felony Probation Officer for the Dept. of Corrections to provide a...
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Joan Acker Del Rio

November 4, 1948 - February 22, 2015

Joan Acker Del Rio, 66, of Tampa, FL, passed away on February 22, 2015 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Born November 4, 1948 in Springfield, MA, Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Burton and Dorathea Acker, and is survived by Richard, her loving husband of nearly 49 years, her daughter Lori Del Rio, daughter and son-in-law Gia and Larry Clinkscales, son and daughter-in-law Rick...
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Apryl Natalie Foster

March 1, 1981 - February 22, 2015

Apryl Natalie Shackelford Foster, age 33, from Brandon, Florida went missing on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The City of Tampa and the world embraced her as they desperately searched for her. She was found on Sunday, February 22, 2015 after having a tragic car accident. Apryl was born on March 1, 1981 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from Gretna High School in Gretna, Nebraska in 1999 where...
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Brian Allen Greenbaum

November 1, 1956 - February 22, 2015

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Frank Thomas Molfese

April 19, 1943 - February 21, 2015

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Nelle Roller Anderson

January 5, 1927 - February 21, 2015

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Carmelina Giuliani

August 29, 1930 - February 21, 2015

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Joseph Rauner

December 15, 1928 - February 21, 2015

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