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

Jean Messenger Morris

April 10, 2014

MORRIS, Jean Messenger, 87, retired teacher, Tampa FL, died Thursday, 4/10/2014. Born in Footedale, Fayette County, PA in 1927, she grew up a coal miner's daughter during the Great Depression and WWII. Jean attended Waynesburg College (now University) and earned a B.S. in Science Education. In 1949, she met and married James Morris. In 1959, they moved their family of three girls to Tampa. ...
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Ellie Ruth Rice (McLeod)

October 13, 1913 - April 9, 2014

Rice, Ellie Ruth (McLeod), of Brandon, was born on October 13, 1913 in Bartow, FL to the late William McLeod and Beulah Wiggins McLeod. She went home to be with the Lord on April 9, 2014 at the age of 100. Mrs. Rice was a graduate of Hillsborough High School, Florida Southern College where she received her AA and Tampa University where she received her BA in Education. She was a former teacher...
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Talmage "Lamar" Camp

July 28, 1922 - April 8, 2014

Lamar passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2014. He was born in Albemarle, N.C. on July 28, 1922, moved to Florida at the age of 18, enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 20 and served for 3 years after which he returned to Florida and began working for Sears & Roebuck in Tampa where he worked until he retired. Lamar met his wife, Jennie while working at Sears. Lamar was never one...
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Marion Lidinsky

August 25, 1924 - April 6, 2014

Lidinsky, Marion, M., 89, passed peacefully into eternal rest on April 6, 2014. She was a native of Chicago, having been born to Alexander and Alice Inglis, and residing in Elmhurst through graduation from York Community High School. In 1944 she became a war bride, marrying Edward J. Lidinsky at Fort Belvoir, Va. The joy of her life was becoming a mother to her beloved children, Pamela, twins...
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Vivian Jean Miner

May 17, 1920 - April 4, 2014

Miner, Vivian Jean, 93, of Odessa passed away April 4, 2014. Vivian came to the USA from Canada as an infant. She taught 2nd grade in the Hillsborough County Public School system for 43 years. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Ray, Lala, Ruby, Etta, Lena, Perley, Dorothy, Walter, Ruth & Arthur. She is survived by 2 nephews, 6 nieces & several great-nephews & nieces. A graveside service...
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Mary Frier

November 25, 1937 - April 4, 2014

Frier, Mary 76, of Brandon, passed away on April 4, 2014. She is survived by her loving familyu.
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Virginia Isabella Sykes

March 22, 1917 - April 3, 2014

Virginia Isabella Sykes, 97 was summoned home by her Lord and Savior on April 3, 2014. " Mom" had long been ready to join her sweetheart who went heavenward many years ago. Born the eldest of six children in Harrisonburg, VA, March 22, 1917. Mom outlived her 5 siblings. There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. George Harley Sykes who moved from Harrisonburg, VA in 1949 to Sanford, Fl....
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Billy Gene Sanders

March 6, 1935 - April 3, 2014

Sanders, Billy Gene, age 79, of Tampa, FL was born on March 6, 1935 in Arkansas City, KS to the late Martin Sanders and Maxine Finnell Sanders. He went home to be with the Lord on April 3, 2014. Mr. Sanders retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in October of 1984 after 30 years of service. He was a firm believer in Christ and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Tampa. He was...
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Nicholas Nick Veley

August 28, 1987 - April 1, 2014

Nicholas (Nick) Veley, 26, of Tampa passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 due to a work related injury. He was born in Oneianna, NY on August 28, 1987 to Allyson Baylis Veley. He was a loving father and husband. Nick graduated from King High School in 2005, and was a certified firefighter EMT and electrician. He met the love of his life in 2005 and they married on May 7, 2010. Nick is survived...
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Harold "Toby" Reese , Jr.

July 27, 1942 - April 1, 2014

REESE Jr., Harold "Toby", 71, of Madeira Beach passed away on April 1, 2014 at the Gulfside Regional Hospice House in Zephyrhills. He is survived by his children, Jay and Toby Jaylene Reese; brother, Donald Reese; and cousins, Sandy Wolever Kaecher and Sally Conley. Toby graduated from Chamberlain High School and went on to earn his Bachelor's degree at USF. He was a member of the Scottish Rite...
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Ruth Ann Barber

September 9, 1946 - March 31, 2014

Ruth Ann Barber, 67, of Tampa, passed away peacefully at Kindred Hospital in Tampa on March 31, 2014, from complications due to kidney failure. Ruth Ann was born in 1946 in Lorain, Ohio, and grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania. In 1963, she and her family moved to Tampa, in time for her to graduate from Chamberlain High School in 1964. In 1964, she accepted a position at FBI Headquarters in...
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James "Jimbo" Devine

November 30, 1945 - March 30, 2014

James J. Devine, aged 68, passed away at the home of his beloved cousins, Pat and Fred Ferraiuolo on 30 March, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Sullivan Devine and James J. Devine, Sr. and his brother, Tom Tom Devine. He is survived by his partner, Fran Coleman; loving daughter, Joanne and husband, Rob Kraus; grandchildren, Janea, Kaylyn, and Logan Kraus; Eric Villanueva;...
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Ivan Lebiszczak

May 3, 1908 - March 29, 2014

Lebiszczak, Ivan, 105, of Tampa, FL passed away March 29, 2014. Ivan was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 3, 1908. He was predeceased by his parents, siblings & wife, Mabel. Survivors include daughters, Janice deGast (Larry) of Falls Church, VA, Susan Jobst (Bill) of Slidell, LA, Frances Lephart of Thornburg, VA; and son, John Lebiszczak (Louise) of Tampa; grandchildren, great-grandchildren,...
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Joan Charlotte Oram

August 17, 1941 - March 27, 2014

Oram, Joan Charlotte, age 72, of Lutz, was born August 17, 1941 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Leroy and Agnes Nelson Larson. She passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Tampa, FL. Throughout her life, "Joanie" was a wonderful host for family gatherings and always carried herself with style and grace. In a world of givers and takers, Joanie lived to serve others. Her gentle and compassionate...
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Joseph K. Maggio

March 23, 1952 - March 27, 2014

Joseph K. Maggio, 62, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully on Thursday March 27, 2014. Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph R. and Margaret Maggio on March 23, 1952. He was a Catholic by faith. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Maggio and sister, Janet Maggio. Survivors include his father, Joseph Maggio; sister, Christine Summers (Jim); close friend, Mikel Ellison and many...
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Joseph L. Parysek

June 23, 1920 - March 24, 2014

Parysek, Joseph L., age 93, of Tampa, formerly of East Eden, NY, was born on June 23, 1920 in Boston, NY to the late Leslie J. and Amelia Weiss Parysek. He passed away on March 24, 2014 peacefully at his home. He is survived by his loving wife Helen Herko Parysek of 70 years, son; Roger (Dayle) Parysek, grandson; Joseph (Jennifer) Parysek, step-grandchildren; Trent (Patty) Cayler, Michael ...
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Jack Roland Hamrick, Sr

July 17, 1924 - March 22, 2014

Hamrick, Jack Roland,Sr., died March 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by Helen Hamrick, his wife of 51 years & brother; Claude Hamrick. Survivors include Betty, his wife of 15 years; children, Gerrie McSwain & son-in-law Donald of Dade City Fl., Jack Hamrick,Jr. & daughter-in-law Debbie of Cumming, Ga.; grandchildren, Amy Montgomery (Dave), Jennifer McSwain & Erin Rybos (Steven); great...
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John Carroll "Jack" Borden

December 18, 1923 - March 21, 2014

Borden, John Carroll (Jack), 90, peacefully slipped into Our Heavenly Father's arms on the first day of Spring, 2014. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; his parents, Capt. and Mrs. E. W. Borden (Marian); his brother, E W. Borden Jr, (Teeny); sister, Marian Walker (Bill) and brother-in-law, Bob Webb. He is survived by his children, Larry (Tami), Marianne McConnell (Bob), John ...
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Betty J. "Caton" Ott

January 23, 1920 - March 18, 2014

Ott, Betty J. "Caton", 94, died March 18, 2014 with family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene. Survivors include 3 daughters, Sharon Cummings, Barbara (Lynn) Plamondon & Linda Morgan (Glenn Mills); 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren & many loving friends, nieces & nephews. She was born in Middletown, Ohio and spent many years in Lakewood, Ohio, Abington, Pa., and...
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Thomas G. Griesemer, Sr.

November 19, 1947 - March 18, 2014

GRIESEMER Sr., Thomas, 66, of Land O' Lakes, passed away on March, 18, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, George & Dorothy Griesemer. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Griesemer; son, Thomas Griesemer Jr.; daughter, Jennifer Griesemer Sullivan (Alexander); step-daughter, Rachel LeBlanc; brother, Gerald Griesemer (Cathy); grandchildren, Ian Griesemer, John "Jack" Sullivan and Patrick...
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Lois Frances Burnham

September 8, 1936 - March 16, 2014

Burnham, Lois Frances, 77, of Tampa was born on September 8, 1936 in Pocahontas, VA to the late James Ashley and Minnie Phipps Ashley. She passed away on March 16, 2014 peacefully at her home. In addition to her parents, Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Cleighton Burnham and her son, Tim Burnham. She is survived by her daughters, Susan and Beverly; her son, Jim; ten grandchildren and...
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Xavier D. Cotto, Jr.

July 5, 1975 - March 14, 2014

Cotto, Jr. Xavier (38), of Tampa passed on March 14, 2014 after a long and brave battle. He is survived by his loving parents, Antolina and Xavier Sr.; sister, Sandra; two children, Isaiah and Noah; fiancée, Florence Lampro as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Xavier was an avid movie, sports, and music lover. Known for his outgoing personality and sense of humor, he will be...
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Nick Allen Lawrence

September 1, 1956 - March 8, 2014

Lawrence, Nick Allan, 57, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on a military base on September 1, 1956 & passed away on March 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil. Survivors include his mother, Mary Lawrence of Colombia, S. Carolina; brother, Phillip Lawrence & wife, Crystal also of Columbia, S. Carolina; Tammy Messenger, the love of his life for many, happy years; 2 nieces,...
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Francis G Winterbauer

October 22, 1920 - March 7, 2014

Winterbauer, Francis G. (Frank), 93, of Tampa, FL, began life on October 22, 1920 in Fancy Prairie, IL, delivered by a doctor who arrived by horse and buggy. He met Suzie when he was 19 and she was just 16 and that began the journey of his life, courting her by mail from the war zone. Their story began with an orange on a train. Frank was newly enlisted in the Marine Corps and Suzie was...
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Alice Joan VanBebber

June 7, 1930 - March 5, 2014

Van Bebber, Alice Joan, 83, of Lutz, passed away on March 5, 2014. She was born in Roadhouse, IL., graduated from Macmurray College as a teacher and moved to Tampa in 1957. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Van Bebber. She is survived by her three sons, Bill, Greg, R. Wynn; daughter, Pam; spouses, Patty, Carol, Cheryl, Ralph and nine grandchildren. She was a past President of Lutz...
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Phronsie Emily Stokeley

March 3, 1935 - March 3, 2014

Stokeley, Phronsie Emily, 79, of Tampa passed away on March 3, 2014. She is a devoted and faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Lutz. Phronsie loved to volunteer as a teacher's aide at Miles Elementary and was also very involved with Angel's Wings & Meals on Wheels. Phronsie was a member of OWLS, Woman's Democratic Club, and the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters. She...
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John H Griggs, Jr

March 3, 2014

GRIGGS, JOHN (PAPI) 72, OF TAMPA, FL PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 2014. HE FOUGHT A LONG, COURAGEOUS FIGHT WITH CANCER. JOHN SPENT 40 YRS IN THE FOOD AND DRUG INDUSTRY, AND WAS A VETERAN OF THE US ARMY. HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER AND GRANDFATHER. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, JANET; SONS, JACK (JANET) AND CHRIS; DAUGHTERS, PAIGE FERNANDEZ (DAVID) AND RHONDA EASTMAN (CHRIS); SISTER ...
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Hector Negron

July 28, 1936 - March 3, 2014

Hector Negron, 77, of Lutz, FL passed away peacefully on Monday, March 3, 2014. Hector was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Francisco and Selina Negron on July 28, 1936. He was self-employed in the transportation field for many years. He was a Catholic by faith and was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Maria Theresa Negron; son, Hector Negron Jr...
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John M D'Ovidio

September 2, 1941 - February 28, 2014

D'Ovidio, John M., 72, passed away on February 28, 2014. A 1960 Graduate of Hillsborough High School, he served in the U.S. Navy. John retired from GTE after 28 years and was also a realtor in Pasco County for 10 years. John was a member of The Knights of Columbus Council 1768 and Daniel B. Cannon Assembly 1444. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manfredo and Frances D'Ovidio; brother,...
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Ann Kathleen (McNamee) McDonald

November 15, 1939 - February 28, 2014

McDonald, Ann Kathleen (McNamee), 74, passed away on February 28, 2014 in Tampa, FL. after an unexpected and sudden illness. Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, environmentalist, social activist, historic preservationist, and civic leader. Ann was preceded in death by her parents; William J. McNamee II and Marion Wells Bailey. As a teenager, she danced at the Buddy Ebsen School of Dance...
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Lois Elizabeth McLeod

October 31, 1928 - February 28, 2014

McLeod, Lois Elizabeth of Tampa, FL was born on October 31, 1928 in Tampa, FL to the late Henry Clifford Smith Sr. and Lois Thelma (Goss) Smith. She went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 85. Lois was a lifelong Tampa resident and a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL. In addition to her parents, Lois is preceded in death by her loving husband,...
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William Dean Mathers

July 22, 1919 - February 27, 2014

Mathers, William Dean 7/22/1919- 2/27/2014 Mr. Mathers who had been residing at Fairway Oaks Skilled Nursing Center died 2/27/14 while sleeping. He was previously a resident of Aston Gardens in Tampa FL prior to living in Bradenton FL. Mr. Mathers was a 1937 Graduate of Lorain High School, Lorain Ohio. He graduated from Case Tech in 1941 and soon became an engineer for Alcoa where he was a...
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Joan A Haber

February 27, 2014

Haber, Joan A. (Buck), 73, of Odessa passed away with her loving family at her side on Thursday, February 27, 2014. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joan loved to go on cruises and shop. Joan also volunteered her time at University Community Hospital-Tampa. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Charles S. Haber; sister, Susan Raymond; children,...
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Christopher "Brent" Cole

June 12, 1977 - February 25, 2014

Cole, Christopher "Brent", 36 years old, of Riverview, FL passed on February 25, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Whitney Cole; son, Bryce Lee Cole; step-son, Dylan Prier; his brother Blake (Stevany) Cole; nephew, Brayden Cole; his parents Barry and Rebecca Cole; and many extended family members and friends. During his eight year tenure as a tank commander in the Army, Brent did two...
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Sheila Jane King

February 11, 1945 - February 25, 2014

KING, Sheila Jane, 69, of Bushnell, passed away suddenly on February 25, 2014. She is survived by her faithful and devoted husband of almost 50 years, Raymond King Jr; her loving daughters, Charla J. Montague and her husband David, Jessica R. Corcoran and her husband Michael; her adoring grandchildren, Kayla Ashley, KayDee Ray, Tiffany Simmons and Family, Sean Corcoran, Josie Brooke Corcoran, Ty...
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Wilbur Franklin Barrier, Jr.

December 9, 1923 - February 23, 2014

Barrier, Wilbur Franklin, Jr. of Tampa, FL was born on December 9, 1923 in Memphis, TN to the late Wilbur Franklin Barrier Sr. and Isabel (Moore) Barrier. He passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Tampa, FL at the age of 90 years old. Mr. Barrier attended undergrad and graduate school at the University of Houston, where he received a BA degree in Chemistry and Physics. He retired from the...
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Verna A. (Whalon) Massa

March 23, 1924 - February 20, 2014

Verna A. (Whalon) Massa of Tampa, FL died peacefully at the age of 89 on Feb 20, 2014. Her final hours were spent in the presence of loving family. Verna was born in East Liverpool OH, and was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Verna (Bell) Whalon; sisters, Marjorie Whalon, Ruth Whalon and Lois Lawless. Verna became an RN in 1945, little did she realize how useful these skills would...
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Henry "Woody" Luke, Jr

February 28, 1943 - February 20, 2014

Luke, Henry "Woody" Jr., 70, of Dade City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 20, 2014. He retired after 38 years with GTE/Verizon as a Telecommunications Engineer. Woody was a very devoted and faithful member of Idlewild Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir. His love for Christ showed in everything he did especially through his singing. He is survived...
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Dolores M Cornett

September 8, 1933 - February 19, 2014

Dolores M. Cornett 80, of Lutz, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Dolores was born in Columbus, Ohio to Edwin and Frances Rose on September 8, 1933. She retired from a Marketing Agent position in the Food Service Industry for many years. She was Christian by faith and was a member of North Tampa Church of Christ Church. She was predeceased by a son, Leslie Taylor....
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Sean Kuehner

December 5, 1980 - February 16, 2014

Kuehner, Sean, 33, passed away February 16, 2014. He was born on December 5, 1980 and has been a lifelong resident of Tampa. He leaves behind his father, John; mother, Mary Jacqueline Tyner; sister, Chelsea Arroyo and husband, Aldo; children, Zoe, Aldo Jr. and Kelly; step-mother, Monna; step-siblings, Alexis Garland & Ian Garland. His siblings in Ohio, Kelly Autry and family, John Dean,...
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Herbert M. Parrish

September 6, 1920 - February 15, 2014

Parrish, Herbert M., 93, passed away February 15, 2014 in Tampa, FL. He was born September 6, 1920 in Donora, PA, the son of Major S. Parrish and Carrie Wright. His siblings from this union were Stanford R. Parrish and Pershing G. Parrish, both deceased. His father Major, later married Sophia Hairston and they had 2 daughters, Ophelia (Charles Dickerson) and C. Delores (Rev. Terrence Lane). His...
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Lino Rodriguez

May 23, 1929 - February 15, 2014

Dr. Lino Raimundo Rodriguez was born on September 23, 1928 in Chambas Camaguey, Cuba to the late Celedenio Rodriguez Darias and Guillermina Nerey Martinez Rodriguez. He passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, FL on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Dr. Rodriguez retired from practicing medicine in 1992 after over 37 years of service. One of his many achievements in New...
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Arthur E. "Art" Raitano

October 2, 1935 - February 11, 2014

Raitano, Arthur "Art" went to be with the Lord on February 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Regina; sister; Harriet Raitano & her partner Linda Hallgren; son-in-law, Charlie Hill & wife P.J.; 3 grandchildren, Nikki Hill, Stacy McDermid & Chaz Hill & 5 great-grandchildren. Art was a talented artist, gourmet cook & rosarian. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 15...
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Norma Jean Maggio Estrada

December 7, 1935 - February 9, 2014

Norma Jean Maggio Estrada, 78, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 9, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Tampa, born on December 7, 1935 to Michael and Rose (Valenti) Maggio. Norma was predeceased by her brother, Dominick Maggio. She is survived by her three sons, John (Maria) of Zephyrhills, Bruce of Odessa, Paul (Kim) o f Lutz; granddaughters, Alexis of Zephyrhills, Danielle and...
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Harold "Mac" L. McWithey

December 17, 1928 - February 9, 2014

Harold "Mac" L. McWithey, 85, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully Sunday February 9, 2014. Harold was born December 17, 1928 in Harmony, PA. to Rufus and Thelma McWithey. He was in the trucking industry for over 30 years, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and he was a member of the Carrollwood Baptist Church. He mostly enjoyed his church and spending time with his family. He...
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John Mickel

May 27, 1940 - February 8, 2014

John Mickel, Sr. passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014 peacefully at his home in Tampa, Florida. John was born to the late John Mickel and Julia Hutnick Mickel in Drifton, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1940. He attended Garfield High School in New Jersey, graduated in the Class of 1958 and moved to Tampa in late 1991 to start a family business, which is still in operation today. He is survived by...
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Allen B. Phillips

August 15, 1918 - February 6, 2014

Phillips, Allen Bart (Phil or Papa), 95, of Tampa, Florida, passed away February 6, 2014. He was born in Tampa on August 15, 1918 to the late Marica and Adolph Bartolo Filogamo. He graduated from Hillsborough High School. He married the late Ruth Adele Roberts on September 8, 1940. He was blessed to have a second loving wife, Eloise Lynn on April 13, 1996. Phil served in the Navy during World...
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Billy Paul Amos

April 14, 1930 - February 5, 2014

BILLY AMOS, 83, of Tampa, Florida passed away at his home on February 5, 2014. Bill was born April 14, 1930 in Boaz, Alabama to Gurla and Callie Amos. He was married to Virginia "Ginny" Amos on May 20, 1955, until her death October 4,1991. Bill was an avid BAMA fan who loved fishing and working in his garden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Amos; daughter, Geneva "Suzie"...
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Kathryn Gabrielle Bishop

August 18, 1950 - February 3, 2014

Bishop, Kathryn, Gabrielle passed away on Feb 3rd. She is survived by her husband Charles, sons Donald and Walter. Donald's wife Kimberly and their children Kristen and Jordan. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held on March 1, 2014 at 2PM at Cross Baptist Church. 9610 N. 13th St., Tampa, Fl. Online condolences may be sent to www...
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Barbara Avery

June 14, 1937 - February 3, 2014

Barbara Avery, 76, of Lutz, Florida passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014. Barbara was born in Grasonville, Maryland on June 14, 1937. On June 24, 1956 Barbara and her sweetheart, Richard Avery, got married and headed to Florida where they have lived ever since. She was an active member of her church, Keystone United Methodist, for over 45 years. She was also active in the Girl Scouts. She...
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Jo Anne Hoffman

February 22, 1943 - February 1, 2014

Hoffman, Jo Anne, 70, of Lutz, passed away on February 1, 2014. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Please check back for a full obituary.
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Adelaide M. Kramer

May 9, 1920 - February 1, 2014

Kramer, Addie, 93, passed away February 1, 2014. She was born in Huntington, NY on May 9, 1920. Survivors include her husband, Fred; son, Fred, daughter, Addie , 4 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2PM at the Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Please...
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Malcolm Butler

June 11, 1922 - January 31, 2014

Malcolm Butler, born June 11,1922, made his transition to be in the presence of Jesus on January 31st,2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Butler. Malcolm is survived by his wife, Hazel Butler; daughter, Carolyn Butler and daughter-in-law, Nancy Butler; grandchildren, Kevin Rice, Wayne Butler, Deanna Butler, Bryan Butler; great-granddaughter, Cheyann Butler and great-great...
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Darren Richard Derby

January 9, 1994 - January 29, 2014

Derby, Darren, 20, of Lutz, FL passed on January 29, 2014. He is survived by his loving parents, John and Jane Derby: his brother, John Jr.; maternal grandfather, Richard Cundy; paternal grandmother,Carole Dovi; aunts and uncles, Richard (Lynne), Christine (David), Karen (Phil), Doris (Billy), Brian (Toni) and Diane (Ron); great aunts and uncle, David (Evelyn) and Elaine; his fiancé, Alexis...
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Virginia H. "Ginny" Kuhn

May 24, 1926 - January 29, 2014

KUHN, Virginia H. "GINNY" 87, of Wesley Chapel, passed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Ginny was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Survivors include two daughters, Jacquelyn Collings and Darlene Morris; a sister, Charlotte Ewing; three grandchildren, Paul Morris III, Nikki Little, and Vanessa Phelps; and two great grandchildren. She will be missed, but forever in our hearts. The family will...
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Mary Catherine Collins

September 2, 1944 - January 28, 2014

COLLINS, Mary "Cathy" Catherine, 69 of Lutz passed away on January 28, 2014 at St. Joseph's North Hospital. She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren and siblings. Mary was born and raised in suburban IL and resided in Tampa for the past 17 years. She was a faithful and devoted member of St. Paul Catholic Church. Cathy was one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. One who loved...
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Lawrence L. Craft

December 6, 1937 - January 28, 2014

Craft, Lawrence L., 76, of Tampa passed away on January 28, 2014. He s survived by his loving family and friends. No local services are scheduled.
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Robert Lucciola

July 23, 1937 - January 28, 2014

Lucciola, Robert 76, of the Villages, FL entered Heaven on Tuesday January 28, 2014. He is survived by his soul mate, best friend and wife, Cynthia; son, Kevin; daughter, Barbara and grandchildren, Kevin, Nicole and Heather as well as many beloved friends and extended family. Everyone will miss his sense of humor and passion for life, love and travel. We cherished the loving guidance of our...
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Benjamin Boraiko

January 24, 1916 - January 27, 2014

BoraikBenjamin J. Boraiko, 98, died on January 27, 2014, at James A Haley VA Hospital. He was a WWII Army veteran who served in India and Burma. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, January 24, 1916, Ben grew up in farming country along the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, FL. He graduated from Wimama High School and attended the University of Tampa. Spending most of his adult life in Tampa, Ben began...
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Helen Mae Paschke

April 27, 1925 - January 27, 2014

Paschke, Helen Mae, 88, of Tampa, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014. She's gone to her heavenly home and is now resting peacefully with numerous loved ones who are waiting for her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Ric; and her son, Jerry. Survivors include her son, Jon & daughter-in-law, Sandy; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will take place...
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Michael Drew Goodwin

April 10, 1953 - January 25, 2014

Goodwin, Michael Drew, 60, of Lutz, FL., passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Alger Goodwin; mother, Evelyn Drew Goodwin & brother, Wallace B. Goodwin. Survivors include his brother, Jimmy Goodwin; sister, Kathy Cagle; several aunts, uncles, cousins & precious niece, Lacey Lee Cagle. Michael was an area supervisor for Regis...
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Patrick J. Larkin

May 5, 1938 - January 25, 2014

PATRICK J. LARKIN, age 75, a long time Tampa resident passed away peacefully at home on January 25, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was a beloved husband for 48 years, of Evie E. (Hall); loving father of, Patrick (wife Samar), Philip, and Lisa Winsbro (husband Michael); devoted grandfather, of Leia, Sophia, Liam and Isabelle, dear brother of, Robert and Maryanne McCarn and wonderful uncle of,...
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Cloyce Edward Fritts

February 22, 1931 - January 23, 2014

Fritts, Cloyce Edward, 82, of Tampa passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Florida Hospital. He was predeceased by Jo-Ann Fritts, his wife of 46 years. He is survived by his sister, Mary Miller and her husband Vernon; his daughter, Linda Kosik and her husband John and granddaughters, Molly and Kelsey Kosik. "Fritts" was born in Toronto, Kansas and came to Florida in 1962. He met and married Jo...
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Mary Belle Valdivieso

August 15, 1915 - January 23, 2014

Valdivieso, Mary Belle (Walker, Rose), 98, of Tampa, went to be with the Lord on January 23, 2014 surrounded by her children at the Melech Hospice House. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends! Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Valdivieso of 20 years. She is survived by her children, Joy Hayes (Jack), Larry Rose (Judy), Kathy Silver (Butch), Randy Rose (Wendy), Ray...
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Edward "Ed" Carrow

November 5, 1946 - January 23, 2014

Edward "Ed" Nelson Carrow, age 67, of Lutz, Florida died January 23, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Tampa, Florida following a brave battle with cancer. Ed was born November 5, 1946 in Ayer, Massachusetts. Son of Clyde D. and Beatrice L. Carrow. Graduated from Littleton High School, Littleton, Massachusetts in 1964 and Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont in 1968. He managed restaurants at...
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Robert G. Wiley

September 20, 1944 - January 22, 2014

Rev. Robert G. Wiley, 69, died unexpectedly on January 22, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. He was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He lived there until he graduated from high school. He moved to Florida to attend college where he met and married his wife, Jane. He was a graduate of Rollins College and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Ordained by the Florida Synod of the Lutheran...
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Alisa Jayne Lay

August 3, 1962 - January 22, 2014

Alisa Lay, 51, of Odessa, FL passed away on January 22, 2014 in her home under Hospice care. Alisa was born in Miami, Florida. Alisa fought a difficult battle against colon cancer for 2 full years, impressing all of her friends and family with her constant resiliency, strength, and continued optimism. She was a loving mother, a beloved wife, a valued shopping companion,and a blessing to...
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John S. Hall

September 12, 1930 - January 20, 2014

Hall, John S., born on September 12, 1930, passed peacefully and reunited with the love of his life, Heidi, on January 20, 2014. He is preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Debi and his wife, Heidi. Survivors include his daughter, Heidi; two grandchildren, Tyler and Megan; he is also survived by three daughters in Chicago, Linda, Karen and Laura. A funeral service will be held on Friday,...
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Walter H. "Tom" Tomlinson

January 20, 2014

Tom passed away on January 20th, 2014 at the age 68. Tom will be forever remembered by his wife Diane, his stepsons, Christopher Rutgers (Nichole), and Geoffrey Rutgers (Erin), their children, and many other loving relatives and friends. Memorial donations in Tom's name may be made to the Down Syndrome Association, 7115 West Tidwell Road, Bldg. K, Suite 106, Houston, TX, 77092. Family and...
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John Howard Riggin

July 21, 1953 - January 17, 2014

Riggin, John Howard,60, of Lutz, Fl., died January 17, 2014. He was a native of Aiken, S. Carolina, and lived most of his life in the Tampa Bay area. Survivors include his wife, Nanelyn; daughter, Zavannah Remada Riggin; mother; Dorothy Riggin Wachob; step-father, Tom Wachob; and brother, Robert Riggin. John attended school in Tampa and graduated from the University of Tampa. He retired from the...
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John Phillip Griffin ("Jack")

September 26, 1924 - January 16, 2014

GRIFFIN, John Phillip ("Jack"), passed away January 16, 2014 at age 89. Jack was a singular force for public service, charity, and good works throughout his life. He was born September 26, 1924, and grew up in Seminole Heights with his parents, Sybil and James; older brother, Jim and younger sister, Pat. After graduating Hillsborough High School in 1942, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in...
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Edward George Repicky

July 30, 1924 - January 14, 2014

Repicky, Edward George, 89, passed peacefully January 14, 2014. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest of seven children. After serving in the US Navy during WWII, he went to art school and became a commercial artist. Ed married and raised a family Hudson, Ohio. He moved to Tampa in 2004 after the death of his wife, Joyce. He is survived by his daughters, Jane Smyth (Rick), Barb...
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Ryan Baker

March 24, 1999 - January 14, 2014

BAKER, Ryan, 14, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 with his loving family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Greg & Betty Baker; brother, Grant Baker; paternal grandparents, Ron & Pat Baker; maternal grandparents, Frank & Terry Di Silvio; aunt, Heather Di Silvio; uncles, Rick Baker & Anthony Di Silvio and cousins, Trevor and Amanda Baker....
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Michael John Steinhour

July 22, 1952 - January 14, 2014

Steinhour, Michael John, 61, of Tampa, passed away on January 14, 2014. He is survived by his loving family and friends. Please check back for a full obituary.
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Roger "Mike" Sabino

October 29, 1949 - January 12, 2014

SABINO, Roger "Mike" 64, of Tampa, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. He was born to the late Alfredo and Rose Sabino, Oct. 29, 1949, in San Diego, CA. Mike graduated from Oxon High School in Oxon Hill, MD, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Mike lived in Accokeek, MD and Indian Head, MD before moving to Tampa, in 2013. Mike was a retired plate printer for the Bureau of Engraving and...
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Carole Jean Kincaid

October 11, 1942 - January 11, 2014

KINCAID, Carole Jean Calloway, 71, of Land O'Lakes, Florida departed this life Saturday, January 11, 2014 at her daughter's home with her loving family by her side. She was born in Williamson, WV a daughter of the late Jack and Eleanor Calloway. She was a graduating member of Parkersburg High School Class of 1960. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for 23 years as an Administrative Secretary....
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Louise DiMatteo

November 28, 1932 - January 11, 2014

Louise DiMatteo, 81, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Melech Hospice House, Tampa, Florida. She was married for 35 years to the late Paul P. DiMatteo who passed away in 1988. She was born in New York City, daughter of the late Carmelo and Maria DiFranco (Amatucci). Louise retired, as a nurse's assistant from the Cocalico School District in 1998 where she served for a total of 22 years...
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Angela Marotta

November 5, 1950 - January 11, 2014

Marotta, Angela, 63, of Tampa, passed away on January 11, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Frank; 3 children, Theresa, Anthony and Frankie; 5 grandchildren, Faith,Anthony, Rocky, Leslie and Josh. She is also survived by her two best friends, Edna and Betsy. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 between 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W....
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Jennifer Marlene Martin

September 14, 1972 - January 10, 2014

Martin, Jennifer Marlene, 41, of Tampa, passed away on January 10, 2014. She is survived by her loving family and friends.
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Carnick A. "Mark" Markarian

February 20, 1925 - January 10, 2014

Carnick "Mark" Markarian, 88 passed away in Tampa Friday, January 10, 2014. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Alexander & Anna Markarian and brother, Markar of Stamford, CT. Mark leaves his wife of 61 years, Irene; his daughters, Anne "Bunny" Markarian and Mary Markarian; granddaughters, Sophia and Gianna and son-in-law, Chuck Trimarco; as well as numerous friends all over the world....
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Donald Meng

August 10, 1923 - January 9, 2014

We celebrate the life of Donald R. Meng, who passed away at the age of 90 on January 9, 2014 at his home in Tampa, Florida. Don was born in Abbington Township, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1923 to Raymond and E. Mae Meng. He first started working at his mother and father's gas station and store in Springhouse, PA. As a Boy Scout he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and he played football at Ambler...
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Aubrey Allan Dickson

April 25, 1944 - January 8, 2014

Aubrey Allan Dickson, 69, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Aubrey was born in Sydney, Australia to Allan and Barbara Dickson on April 25, 1944. He was employed in the Service Importing field as a managing director. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his loving wife, Suzanne; son, Allan; daughter-in-law, Susan;...
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William "Bill" Penrod

February 18, 1932 - January 7, 2014

Penrod, William Max, 81, of Odessa passed away on January 7, 2014. He was born in Indiana to William L. Penrod and Louella Penrod-Rumple. He is preceded in death by his brother, Arlin Penrod and great-granddaughter, Mackenzie. William is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Peterson Penrod; 5 sons, Tony (Susan), Kenny (Tina), Jay (Beth), Gregg (Linda) and Brian (April); 11 grandchildren,...
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Lawrence "Larry" Ewing Davis

September 17, 1954 - January 5, 2014

DAVIS, Lawrence Ewing, 59, of Tampa, FL and Buffalo, NY passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Larry is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Nigro) and sons, Justin, 32, Brandon, 29, Tyler, 25, Marshall, 14; brother, Jeffrey J. and nephew, Jeffrey Joseph. Larry was born September 17, 1954 in Buffalo, where he attended The Park School, and later Clarkson University and Canisius College....
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George P Stavrou

October 1, 1934 - January 4, 2014

The world lost a renaissance man on January 4, 2014. George Stavrou grew up in a family of three and he learned early on the true meaning of love of family. Kind, loyal, intelligent, compassionate and a strong work ethic were some of his great qualities. He grew up in Alexandria, Egypt and Paphos, Cyprus and became a worldly traveler by his twenties. His love for engineering, mechanics and tools...
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Kent I-Ching Yao

April 17, 1935 - January 4, 2014

Kent I-Ching Yao, also known to family as Javier, passed away on January 4, 2014. Born in Yunnan, China, he resided in Mexico for 10 years before moving to Tampa, FL in 1988. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Guillermina "Gigi" Lau Yao; his daughters, Patty Huey (Patrick), Lorena Radney (Jason), and Lizette Yao; granddaughter, Emily Radney; brother, Shih Ching Yao of Taiwan; and...
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Mary Posey Greco

November 9, 1927 - January 3, 2014

Mary Posey Greco of Tampa, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born in Ocala on November 9, 1927 to Mary Catherine and John Posey. She was an active member of the Lake Carroll Baptist Church for over 40 years and worked as a Sunday school teacher. She also spent her time volunteering for the home-bound seniors program and annually collected Christmas toys for...
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Eleanor R. Strickland

July 26, 1930 - December 28, 2013

Eleanor Rather Ottenville Strickland, aged 83, died peacefully on December 28, 2013 at her home in Tampa, FL, after a lengthy illness. Eleanor was born on July 26, 1930, in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Edwin Curtis and Katherine McGrath Ottenville. Eleanor graduated from St Cecelia Academy in 1948 and attended George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. She was...
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Stan Geda

March 3, 1932 - December 26, 2013

GEDA, Stan, 81, made his transition to heaven on December 26, 2013. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sally; his daughter, Karen Dos Passos; his sons, Mark and Don Geda; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. His tender heart and contagious laugh will be missed by many. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 29,...
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Susan Patricia Hawk

October 5, 1951 - December 23, 2013

Hawk, Susan Patricia, 62 of Lutz passed away peacefully on Monday, December 23, 2013. Susan was born in Aurora, Colorado to Oliver and MIldred Hawk on October 5, 1951. She worked as a librarian with the Hillsborough County Public System for many years in Tampa. She was Episcopal by faith and was a member St. Clement's Episcopal Church. She was predeceased by her father, Oliver Hawk. ...
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Kathleen A. Coren

January 31, 1948 - December 23, 2013

Kathleen Ann Moore Coren, 65, Lutz, Florida passed away December 23, 2013 after a courageous 5 year battle with Multiple System Atrophy. An Airforce Brat, Kathleen was born in Montgomery, Alabama and lived all over the world before her family was permanently stationed in Satellite Beach, FL. Upon graduating from Rollins College, a lover of France and French culture, Kathleen spent time as a...
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Mary Lu Hirsch

March 25, 1941 - December 22, 2013

Hirsch, Mary Lu, 72, of Tampa passed away on December 22, 2013. She is survived by her loving family and friends.
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John Riley Lindsey, Jr.

October 30, 1959 - December 19, 2013

John Riley Lindsey Jr., 54, of Land O' Lakes, FL, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Mr. Lindsey was born October 30, 1959 in Neubrucke Germany to military parents, John Riley Lindsey Sr. of Olean NY and Mary Sue (Pessia) Lindsey of Bradford PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Donna (Gordick) Lindsey of Wilkes- Barre PA; their two children, John...
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Roberta Reynolds

September 20, 1939 - December 17, 2013

Reynolds, Roberta, 74, of Tampa, Florida died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, after a valiant fight against cancer. She was the family provider and retired after 32 years with the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Roberta was always productive and a lifelong learner and enjoyed traveling, decorating, reading, gardening and playing cards. She was a faithful...
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Virginia Velez-Laboy

November 15, 1941 - December 17, 2013

Velez-Laboy, Virginia,72, of Tampa, passed away on December 16, 2013 at Carrollwood Care Center in Tampa. Virginia was born in Puerto Rico and worked as a CNA. She is survived by her children, Laura V. Lebron, Aida E. Lebron and Nahum Lebron, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. A celebration of life will be held at Carrollwood Care Center, 15002 Hutchinson Rd., Tampa, in the activity room...
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James Thomas "Jim" Moore

May 25, 1947 - December 17, 2013

James Thomas Moore (Jim), 66, of Tampa, FL passed away on 12/17/13. He is survived by wife, Linda; son, James; daughter, Anne and brother, David. He retired last year as a Vice President in banking. Jim loved hunting, fishing, music and watching football. He was a great man, a loving husband and father and was dedicated to his family. Jim will be sorely missed by all but will live on forever in...
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Gerald W. Minkin

June 7, 1922 - December 15, 2013

Gerald W. Minkin, 91 of New Port Richey, FL passed away on Sunday December 15th, 2013 in Tampa. Gerald was born in Ironwood Michigan, the son of the late Alex and Mayme (Berlin) Minkin. Gerald was of Lutheran faith and enjoyed attending the former First Lutheran Church of New Port Richey. There he served on many committees and councils over the years and he was especially proud to be part of the...
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Ruth Jeanette Cantwell

December 2, 1926 - December 14, 2013

CANTWELL, Ruth Jeanette (Cordes), of Tampa, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 14, 2013, following a heroic 15-month battle with small-cell lung cancer and its attendant complications. She was born on December 2, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest of the three children of George and Anna (Buhrow) Cordes. Mr. Cordes was a master horologist who specialized in the maintenance and repair...
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James Garnett "Bugs" Rucker

March 1, 1922 - December 13, 2013

Rucker, James Garnett "Bugs", 91 of Tampa, FL passed away at home on December 13, 2013. Born in Campbellsville, KY he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth and is survived by his loving and devoted children, Mitzi Rucker Gill, James Michael Rucker (Janice), Melinda Rucker Anderson (Robert). He is also survived by his loving brother William Clelland Rucker (Dorothy), Nephew Danny...
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Gina Marie Nicholas

July 9, 1956 - December 12, 2013

Gina Marie Nicholas age 57 of 267 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT passed away the evening of December 12, 2013 at the home of her mother in Lutz, Florida. She left this earth for heaven after a brave and long struggle with leiomyosarcoma. Gina was born Gina Marie Sorbera on July 9, 1956 in the Bronx, NY to Cesira Landini and Louis Sorbera. She graduated Rye, NY High School and worked as a...
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