For the Last 3 Months.
Virginia H Aldrich, 79, Floral City, FL
Virginia “Ginny” Hermion Aldrich, 79 of Floral City, FL passed away unexpectedly, May 15, 2022. She was born September 23, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA and has been a resident of Citrus County, FL since 1992, previously residing in Hastings and Grand Rapids, MI. Ginny was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a member of and loved her church, First Baptist Church of Wahoo, Bushnell FL. She had a magnetic personally that drew people to her; everyone she met she considered a friend. She was a natural caregiver (family, friends, the elderly) and always wanted to help others in need including rescuing and homing many pets over her lifetime. She was a member of the VFW, Eagles, Moose, and American Legion. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed anything to do with gardening, birds, and nature. Ginny is survived by her children, Donald Aldrich, Pamela (Shaun) Davis, Scott Aldrich, Shannon (Joe) D'Agostino; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mike and Staci, James and Kelsey, Grant and Tatiana, Bryce, Raegen, Barrett and Beckham, Jacob, Frederick, Jessica, Joseph, Jr., Justin, John and Gino; her siblings, Patrick “Lee” Jernigan and Colleen Hidlery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry "Skip" Aldrich, son, Michael Aldrich, grand daughter, Makayala Johnson, long time friends and companions, Lori Jones and Lowell Waller, parents, Marvin D. Smith and Eleanor G. Korness, and brother, Frederick Jernigan. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wahoo, Bushnell, FL at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 4, 2022 with a visitation beginning at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her name to the Humane Society and the First Baptist Church of Wahoo. Cremation entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Joshua J Bailey, 18, Crystal River, FL
Joshua James Bailey, 18, passed away happy and doing what he loved on Sunday, July 3, 2022, in Crystal River, FL. Josh had spent the day of July 3rd as he would spend most days, surrounded by family, friends and those closest to him. In the end, Josh entered the waters of Crystal River that he loved so much for one last swim, but instead of coming up for air, this time he bid farewell to all things earthly and swam through the Pearly Gates of Heaven. To us, Josh is gone far too soon, but we know that The Lord’s plans are not our plans, nor His ways ours, and we are comforted in the fact that The Lord’s plans never falter. We find peace in knowing that Josh is reunited with his Uncle Guy and Uncle Jeremiah, all angels of Heaven that will forever provide a guiding light to those that were lucky enough to know them. Let us not be sad, for Josh is not sad, but let us be grateful that our lives were touched by his presence and the gift of his life. Josh was born in Inverness, FL on January 29th, 2004 and lived with his family in Crystal River, FL. He had just graduated with Cum Laude honors from Crystal River High School as a member of the 2022 Senior Class and would attend Central Florida Community College in the Fall to study business. While in high school, he excelled in sports, which included football, baseball, track & field, weightlifting, and wrestling. He was passionate about the outdoors, and especially loved being on the water, fishing, and hunting. Josh was full of life, loved people, and if he was not at school, playing sports, or working at Twin Rivers Marina, you surely would find him with friends or family filling every moment with joy. His smile was contagious, his personality would light up the darkest of rooms, he was mature beyond his years, and he treated everyone with the utmost respect and kindness. Josh was a loving son and grandson, a brother, an uncle, and a nephew. He was a friend to many and a rock to lean on. He impacted countless lives, and his memory now lives on within all of those that he touched. He is survived by his loving family: Parents, James Bailey, Jr. and his mother, Loretta Redrick and her husband, Scott Redrick, MD; Brothers: Titus Bailey, Buck, and Alex Redrick; Sisters: Olivia Bailey, Elisa Willis and husband, Eric; Hayley and Gabby Redrick; grandparents: Pam Harris and husband, Steve; Richard Lambright and wife, Patricia; grandmother: Mary Redrick; grandparents: James Bailey, Sr and wife, Susan; Diane Beebe and husband, Greg; two nephews: John and Sam; many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Sunday, July 17th, 3:00 PM at Gulf To Lake Baptist Church in Crystal River with Pastor Lloyd Bertine officiating. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visitation will be at the church from 1:30 PM until services begin. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in Tampa, FL “in memory of Josh Bailey.” For Donations: lionseyeinstitute.org/make-a-gift/
Linda Bennett, 74, Inverness, FL
Linda Bennett, 74, passed away May 20, 2022, at the New Horizon Senior Living Facility, after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Brooksville, Florida and grew up in Inverness. Linda is predeceased by her husband, Bill Bennett, her parents, Hazel and Dusty Szafranski, and her son, Daren Sherman. She is survived by her daughter, Terri Sherman, two grandchildren, LeAnn (Mike) Larabee and Bobby Breeden; 3 great grandchildren, Oliver, Jayden and Caroline Larabee, all of West Virginia; her sister, MaryAnn (Tony) Boline, Mayo, FL; her brother, Bob Szafranski, Largo, FL; two nephews, Kevin Ogden, Mike Szafranski, and her beloved cousins, Jan Rolph, Pam Harris, Wanelle Scott, Denzel Rolph, and Greg Mathis. Linda requested that there be no service. Private arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.
RoseMarie Boone, 92, Inverness, FL
RoseMarie Boone, age 92, Inverness, FL went to be with her Savior on May 18, 2022 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. She was born in Canton, OH on December 22, 1929 to the late Arthur J. and Pauline (Daniels) Muzzy and came to this area from Miami in 1980. She owned and operated RoseMarie’s Home Medical Supply in Beverly Hills for 25 years. A devout Catholic, she was a long time communicant at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, active in the Catholic Women’s Club, Rosary Makers, Respect Life Committee, Bingo Committee and office help. Left to mourn her loss are 4 children: Dianne Marie Paris of Inverness, FL; Charles Joseph Boone of Homestead, FL; Daniel John Boone of Inverness, FL; Jane Marie Boone of Inverness, FL; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son years ago, Paul Arthur Boone as well as 3 sisters: Joan Pauline Miller, Rita Ann Miller, and Donna Louise Tunstead. There will be a visitation at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 10:00 AM until noon where The Holy Rosary will be recited at 11:00 AM followed by a Eulogy given by her children. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 12:00 PM and arrive at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 PM. Fr. Timothy Cummings will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, it was RoseMarie’s wish that donations be sent to Citrus County Right To Life, 519 Cabot St., Inverness, FL 34452
Jennifer R Bossert, 35, Inverness, FL
Jennifer Renea Bossert, 35, of Inverness, FL, passed away on Monday, June 13th, 2022 at the Ocala Regional Hospital. Jennifer was born on September 6, 1986 in Seymour, Indiana, moving to Citrus County in 1999. She was a stay at home mom that worked as a home writer for a home inspection company. If you knew Jennifer, you would have loved her. She was an incredibly happy spirit who loved to make everyone laugh. She loved trail riding, swimming, boating, and riding motorcycles with her husband and friends, but she enjoyed spending time with her kids most of all. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 11 years (together for over 20 years), Jeremy Gary Vincent Bossert, Sr.; her children: Abigail Ann Renea Bossert, Allison Barbara Ann Bossert, and Jeremy Gary Vincent Bossert, Jr., all of Inverness; her parents: mother, Barbara (Franklin) Pray and husband John Pray; father, Ronald Duppree Pack and wife Cynthia Pack; and her brother: Daniel Lee Pack; her sisters: Tonya Ann Morse, Brittiany Pack and Amanda Baer; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends for Jennifer will be held on Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Carol M Bouldin, 68, Hernando, FL
Carol Montgomery Bouldin, 68, of Hernando, FL, passed away surrounded by her family on June 13, 2022 at the HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. Carol was born in Benton, KY on May 1, 1954 to Thomas and Carol Janet (Herndon) Montgomery, who both survived her. She lived in Herndon, Virginia from 1975 to 2010, retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency after 36 years working in data management. Carol was lucky enough to have two great loves in her life: the first being Kenneth Johnson who passed away in 1997; and she found love again with her surviving husband and best friend, Robert “Bob” Bouldin. Carol will be forever missed by her son, Sean Johnson and his wife, Jennifer of Alexandria, VA; her stepdaughters, Amy Bouldin of Chapel Hill, NC, and Brooke Love and husband, Jayson of Willow Spring, NC. Her stepsons, Matthew Johnson and wife, Mary Catherine of Berkley, CA, and Cory Johnson of Huntington Beach, CA; her brothers, Keith Montgomery and his late wife, Julie of Wiggins, MS, and Steve Montgomery and his wife, Connie of Lexington, KY; best friend, Sheila Brautigam of Monroe, GA. Carol was “Gigi” to her grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Audrey, Abigail, Duncan, Georgia, Max, and Cole; Aunt to nieces, Ashley Johnson and her husband, David of Wiggins, MS (Trent and Addison), and Kelly Montgomery of Lexington, KY; and nephew Chad Montgomery and his wife, Mary of Nashville, TN; devoted to her kitten, Tiki, who never left her side. And countless other close friends. Carol leaves a tremendous legacy of someone who constantly brought joy, laughter, warmth, curiosity, and endless conversation to the lives of everyone around her. Her enthusiasm and uplifting personality was contagious. Carol never met a stranger and had the ability to make anyone feel welcome. She was a fearless warrior, tackling all of life’s ups and downs, and made the best of any situation right up until the very end with her positive attitude. Carol would often be found riding on the back of she and Bob’s motorcycle, and could easily be spotted in bright, sparkly colors, sporting something with the Harley Davidson emblem, and prolific beautiful jewelry that she very likely made herself. She was the most loving and supportive mom, wife, stepmom, grandmother, sister, friend, aunt, and dollar game winner. She had numerous hobbies and passions that included scrapbooking/card-making, shopping with friends, planning motorcycle rides with Bob and friends, organizing sunset get togethers the first Sunday of each month, gardening, being a member of the New Comers group of Citrus County, meeting monthly with her Stampin’ Divas, spending time learning and exploring anything and everything, and traveling with, and to see, friends and family. Cremation with care entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Shern M Bowcock, 70, Hernando, FL
Shern Mae Bowcock, age 70, Hernando, FL passed away on June 4, 2022 in Ocala at Cate’s House (Hospice) in Ocala. Shern was born in Richmond, VA on March 24, 1952 to Leroy and Annie Madison. She spent many years as a commercial truck drive and was an entertainer on the karaoke circuit in Citrus and Marion Counties. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Daniel Bowcock; her son, Cecil Faris and wife Brianna of Hernando, FL; 2 Brothers, William and Melvin Madison; her Father, Leroy Madison; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild A Celebration of Life will be announced later. Cremation with care entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, Fl.
Marjorie H Camarota, 63, Inverness, FL
Marjorie Helen Camarota, 63 years, of Inverness, passed away July 19, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Paul Jones and Margaret Campbell. Marjorie has been a resident of Citrus County since 2005, previously residing in Houston, Texas. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 21 years, Lawrence M. Camarota and her brother Kenneth Jones. Visitation was held July 25, 2022 from Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness.
Matteo F Caruso, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
Matteo Frank Caruso, age 88, Beverly Hills, FL passed away July 21, 2022 under the loving care of his family and Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Matteo was born on August 26, 1933 in Staten Island, NY to the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Buono) Caruso and moved to Florida in 1974 from there. He was employed by the City of New York Sanitation Department for over 18 years. After moving to Inverness, he was a bus driver for the Citrus Co. School System. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. Matteo was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening and reading. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 64 years, Annette (Corsiglia) Caruso; 4 children: Matthew Caruso of Clermont, FL; John Caruso of Yulee, FL; daughter, Michele and husband James Tierney of Orlando, FL; daughter, Jennifer and husband Ty Parrish of Valrico, FL; his brother, Louis Caruso of New Jersey; 7 grandchildren: Ashley, Nicholas, Willow, Brendan, Kiley, Allison, and Samantha; 2 great-grandchildren: Cruz and Romy; and also a very dear friend, like a son, Edwin Jahnes III (EJ). He was preceded in death by a brother, Fredrick Caruso and his sister, Grace Sherman. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, July 29th at 10:00A.M. from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Fr. Gregory Andrews will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. Cremation under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HPH Hospice (800) 486-8784.
Wanda R Chadwick, 91, Inverness, FL
Wanda Rooks Chadwick 1930-2022 Wanda was a native of Citrus County FL, having been born in the community of Pleasant Grove, of the pioneer Rooks Family. She was the oldest child of George Samuel Rooks and Stella Mae Smith. She attended both elementary and high school in Inverness, FL, graduating in 1948. She attended Jones Business College in Jacksonville, FL for one year then worked at B.F. Goodrich Company’s district office in Jacksonville where she met her future husband, Harold Homet Chadwick. They were married in December 1951. She gave her notice early the next summer when her husband whisked her back to his home in the cool mountain air of Bradford County in northeastern PA. He and his cousin opened a John Deere farm machinery business and ran it for 9 years in Troy, PA while Wanda stayed home and started raising their first three children. They then moved to Bergenfield, NJ where Wanda continued raising her three children while also working for Federal Paper Board in Bogota, NJ while her husband attended New York Medical College in New York City. He interned at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA, where their fourth child was born. He continued his education to earn a Board Certification in Family Practice and Wanda assisted him in his practice in Wysox, PA as a bookkeeper and Audio Technician, having earned that certification at Penn State University. After her husband’s death in 1995, she moved back to Citrus County FL, where her mother and many relatives still lived. Wanda considered herself very blessed in her life and family always came first. She had her own large extended family in Florida and also her husband’s large extended family in Pennsylvania, all of whom she loved and cherished very dearly. The family reunions she planned and hosted every year at their home on Mercur Hill in Wysox will always be some of her PA family’s fondest memories. Wanda enjoyed researching local history and family genealogy as well as gardening, sewing, painting, reading, and nature. She loved landscaping and building stone walls from the fieldstone she gathered in the woods surrounding their home and was always excited when she came across a stone covered in fossils from the Ice Age. She loved walking on forest trails on Mercur Hill and later on the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus County, FL. She enjoyed observing and photographing wildlife in their natural habitat. By her own admission, she was a homebody, but she will always be remembered for the delicious homegrown blueberry pies she made and donated regularly to events at the Wysox Presbyterian Church in Wysox, PA. Wanda was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, both parents, a baby sister Joyce Irene Rooks; sister Norma Rooks Barnes Ray and husband Darwyn Ray of Lecanto, FL; brother George Delton Rooks and wife Betty Rooks of Inveness, FL; brother-in-law James Chadwick and wife Mary Lou Chadwick of Camptown, PA; brother-in-law Everell Chadwick and wife Jean Chadwick of Shavertown, PA; sister-in-law Dorothy Ann Chadwick Brabson and husband Wray Brabson of Titusville, FL. She leaves behind four children: Jon Scot Chadwick and wife Michele of Hummelstown, PA; Thomas K. Chadwick and wife Regina of Tampa, FL; Marcia Chadwick Fontenot of Buckeye, AZ; and Jan Marie Chadwick of Inverness, FL. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to her Celebration of Life Friday August 5, 2022 at 1pm with Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley officiating from Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave, Inverness. Visitation will begin 12:00 noon until time of services. Wanda will be interned at her children’s convenience, beside her husband in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, PA. Camptown, famously known for Steven Foster’s Camptown Racetrack song, was her husband’s hometown. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail at https://www.fotwst.org (support us)
David G Chafin, 75, Inverness, FL
David G. Chafin, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022 after a brief illness. Preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Jean; father Carl Chafin; mother Virginia McClain; stepfather Sam (Wayne) McClain. Survived by his daughter Tessa (Dustin) Sabo and grandson Wyatt Sabo; siblings Daryl Chafin, Carla (Chuck) Roberts, and Chris (Angela) Jester; nieces Wendy (David) Martinez, Jamie Roberts, and Cheyenne Jester; great nieces and nephews Phoenix, Carly, Destiny (Will & Liam), and David (Grace & Emma). Born on December 5, 1946 in Maetwan, West Virginia. Spent most of his life in Columbus, Ohio until he moved to Inverness, Florida in 2012. Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Employed by The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Buckeyes, and spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held in Columbus, Ohio on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Legion www.mylegion.org Cremation With care with Chas. E. Davis
Concetta V Chinnici, 96, Inverness, FL
Concetta V. Chinnici, resident of Inverness, FL, passed away on July 28th, 2022. She was born to Frank and Josephine (Placona) Iacono in Brooklyn, NY. She was an Administrative Secretary for the Citrus County School System for many years, and she also assisted the Guidance Counselors throughout the years, and helped many teens discover their passions and future careers through her gentle encouragement, servitude, and guidance. Concetta made Citrus County her home in 1971 after moving from Uniondale, NY and made her church home at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She is described as extremely kind, caring, and considerate of others. She was a great mentor to all, especially her school children, and so many people enjoyed getting to know Concetta. Along with her parents, Concetta was preceded in death by her beloved spouse of 55 years, Stephen; and her brother, Frank Iacono. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Stephen A. Chinnici (Patricia) and Michael J. Chinnici (Tammy). She will be greatly missed by all who got the privilege of meeting and knowing her. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Concetta at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church of Inverness on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 at 10 AM, with Father Mike Suszynski officiating. A procession will take place immediately following the services, where her urn will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery of Inverness. Arrangements and Cremation with Care are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Michael Choma, 92, Inverness, FL
Michael Choma, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born on June 10, 1930 to the late George and Elizabeth (Vahen) Choma. Michael was an electrician and arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Edison, NJ. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed word puzzles and reading. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of VFW Post #4337, Inverness. Michael was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Joseph and John Choma, sisters Helen Balle and Anna Martoken. He is survived by hos loving wife of 49 years, Brenda Choma; son Michael J. Choma and his wife Connie of Woodbridge, NJ and daughter Lisa Sorenson of Trenton, NJ; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services for Michael with military honors are scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 11:00 am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with military honors provided by VFW Post #4337 honor guard, Inverness. A procession to the cemetery will depart the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness at 10:15am precisely.
Catherine F Clark, 100, San Diego, CA
Catherine Frances Clark (née Canzoneri) 100 years old, of San Diego, CA passed away July 13,2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY April 10, 1922 to Mario and Frances (Fodera) Canzoneri, she graduated from PS 212, Abraham Lincoln High School and Central Needle High School where she began her lifelong love of sewing. After her marriage to Edward G. Clark, who predeceased her in 1998, she moved to Staten Island, NY then to Budd Lake, NJ when she became a purchasing agent for First National Bank. While there, she became the founder and treasurer of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. After moving to Inverness, FL in 1984, she became a charter member of the Citrus Friendship Quilters Guild, founder and facilitator of the Inverness Parkinson’s Support Group, a member of St. Scholastica Council of Catholic Women, a volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital and a proud member of the American Irish Club. Catherine was preceded in death by her son Anthony V. Bologna and her seven siblings. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Billie (Michael) Crino, San Diego, CA, Catherine (Raymond) Burns, Budd Lake, NJ, stepdaughter Joyce Beagan, Inverness, FL, stepson Edward (Maryalice) Clark, Staten Island, NY; grandchildren Derrick (Amy) Bologna, Eve Gillis, Caitlin (Andrew) Bellini, Danielle (Bryan) Verbel, Stacey Seidenstucker, Thomas Beagan, Sabrina Clark, Amanda Esposito; great grandchildren Kayla, Michael, Madison, Cameron, Trent, Tyler; cherished sister-in-law Sarah Messina and cherished friend Jeannine Davis. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, August 8th at 10:00 am from St Scholastica Catholic Church. Fr. James Johnson will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where there will be a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5:00pm. The church will have a reception immediately following the Mass and prior to leaving for the cemetery
Michael L Coffey, 72, Hernando, FL
Michael Lynn Coffey, 72 years, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, June 29, 2022, at home in Hernando, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Michael was born in Lima, OH, October 13, 1949 to the late Cletus John Coffey and Mildred Jordan. He married Priscilla A. Mobley in 1990. Michael has been a resident of Citrus County since 2002. He served his country proudly in the US Navy and was a Deputy Sherriff in Lima, OH and Alachua County. He owned and operated his own landscaping and grounds maintenance company in Citrus County for 10 years, and decided to go back to law enforcement working security in several states and was a contractor for the Department of Defense in Afghanistan at age 60 where he served at the same time with his son Tracey. Michael was a loving, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, salt water fishing with his fishing buddies, and spending time with his family. He was a founding member of North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs and a huge Florida Gators Football Fan. He was predeceased by his parents Cletus John Coffey and Mildred Pierce, and his grandson Caleb, and sister, Mary Sue Walsh. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Priscilla Coffey, his brother Robert Coffey (Joan), his son Tracey Booth (Kelli), and grandchildren; Jeremy, Jacob, Joseph, Tyler, and Jadyn. A Celebration of Life is scheduled 11am Tuesday July 19, 2022 in North Oak Baptist Church, 9324 N. Elkham Blvd Citrus Springs, FL 34433, with Pastor Stan L. Stewart officiating.. Visitation will begin 10am at the church. In lieu of flowers donations to The Gideon International, would be appreciated by the family. Cremation with care, under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Gary W Conkright, 80, Floral City, FL
Gary Wayne Conkright, 80, of Floral City, FL passed away on July 31st, 2022 at his home. He was born to the late Edwin and Eleanor Habasko Conkright on January 8th, 1942 in Gaylord, Michigan. He was a crane operator for a construction company for many years. He made Citrus County his home when he moved here in 1995 from Redford, Michigan. He enjoyed fishing, canning asparagus and other fruits and vegetables, and spending time with his friends getting a cold one. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Edwin Conkright, Jr. and Sharon Kaipio. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Gary DeChape (Alicia), Carol Conkright, Carla Corley (Johnnie), and Cheryl Borowicz (Larry); his siblings, Donald and Ronald Conkright and Karen Eades; his five beloved grandchildren; his two cherished great-grandchildren; and his dear friend, Carin Sanderson. Arrangements for Gary are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Sally K Conway, 74, Odessa, FL
Sally K. Conway, 74 years, of Odessa, FL, passed away June 16, 2022 under the loving care of Life Care Center, Lecanto, FL. She was born January 27, 1948, in Logansport, Indiana, to the late Cecil Whisler and Louanna (Worl) Whisler. Sally was a resident of Odessa, Hillsborough County, FL for many years, a graduate of Chamberlain High School, and received her Associate Degree from Hillsborough Community College. She was employed as the personal secretary to George Steinbrenner of the NY Yankee’s for a brief time but retired from the United States Postal Service. In her spare time Sally enjoyed sewing, gardening, and was a great seamstress. She was known for her artistic cakes which were enjoyed by many friends at birthdays, and special events. She was predeceased by her parents; Cecil and Louanna Whisler and her husband William E. Conway. Survivors include her brother; Errol Whisler and his wife Mary, and sister Elaine Andreasen. She will be missed by her family and friends. Sally’s wishes were to have no service and in lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in her memory. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Monroe A Coogler, Jr, 83, Lecanto, FL
Monroe Alvin Coogler, Jr., died in his home on July 15, 2022 at 83 years young. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Martha Jo Coogler; his daughter Kindy and her husband Raymond Hensler of Nashville, TN; his daughter, Ginny and her husband Chris Clougherty of Frisco, TX; and four grandchildren: Carson and Harper Hensler, Greyson and Declan Clougherty. He is survived also by his sister, Judy Parker (Kenneth Parker) and brother John B. Coogler (Marilyn Coogler). Affectionally known as “AL”, Mr. Coogler had a long life of love, laughter and service to his family, friends, community and country. Born January 15, 1939, in Brooksville, Florida, he is the son of the late Monroe A. Coogler, Sr and Rosalie L. Coogler with his families Florida roots predating the civil war. He attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and, most importantly, met his wife, Marty. After graduating with a BA, he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1963 – 1967 having earned the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal of service. Following his military service, he attended and graduated with honors from Florida State University College of Law in 1969 then moved to West Palm Beach, Florida to start his practice and raise a family. Al Coogler was very active in every community in which he lived throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Adams, Coogler law firm in West Palm Beach. He served four years on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission under President George Bush; as President of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club; President of the Forum Club; Chairman of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and Chairman of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. After retirement, he moved to Lecanto, FL in 1996, to be closer to his Florida roots and continued his life of service being nominated to the Board of Southwest Florida Water Management District and Co-Founding the Black Diamond Foundation which recently celebrated its 20th year of supporting Citrus County charities. Al was also an avid sailor, loved dancing with his wife, building furniture for his kids and enjoyed golf until he didn’t. Most importantly, he loved being with his family and friends recounting all the adventures they had together. Those are the memories that will be cherished. A private graveside service for the family will be held at the historic Brooksville cemetery. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is entrusted with the graveside arrangements. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on August 4, 2022 at the Black Diamond Ranch Clubhouse in Lecanto, FL from 12pm-3:30pm. If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Al Coogler to the Black Diamond Foundation https://bdfinc.org/donate
Henry P Crehan, 76, Inverness, FL
Henry Patrick Crehan, 76, of Inverness, passed away June 14, 2022 at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab in Lecanto. Henry was born on June 23, 1945 in Manhattan, NY, to the late Henry and Catherine (Mc Guire) Crehan. He came to Citrus County in 2002 from Brooklyn, NY. Henry was a loading agent for a trucking company. Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Cathy Shapiro of Staten Island, NY; his nieces: Denise Gough of Inverness; Cathy Rengert (Tim) of Largo, FL; Catherine D’Amata (Manny), Staten Island, NY; his nephews: Charles Ortolano (Sandy), Ruther Glen, VA; Al Grossbauer, New York; Daniel Shapiro, Brooklyn, NY; David Beatty, Clearwater, FL; his great nieces: Ashley Gough, Inverness, FL ; Tiffani Gough, Gainesville, FL; additionally many great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Ortolano; his brother in law, Jerry Ortolano, a nephew, Larry Marjan, and great nephew, Lee Beatty. Cremation with care entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Julia M Cugell, 94, Inverness, FL
Julia M. (Sheila) Cugell, age 94, from Inverness, passed away June 6, 2022, at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, with her loving family by her side. Julia, also known as Sheila, was born February 16, 1928 in the Bronx, NY to the late Michael J. Sheehan and Mary A. Donoghue. Sheila lived most of her life in New York. She and her husband had residences in Long Island, NY, Chestertown, NY and Inverness, FL and had been “snowbirds” since 1987. She was a loving and devoted wife, a selfless mother and grandmother and her family always came first. She enjoyed Irish music, playing bridge, golf and dancing. She and her husband, Gary loved to travel and saw a large part of the world. Hershey’s chocolate was her favorite and she always had a supply hidden in various places in her house. Sheila was predeceased by her parents, Michael J. and Mary A. Sheehan, her husband of 57 years Gary Cugell, her brother Rev. Msgr. John J. Sheehan, and her son-in-law, George T. Dickinson, III. Left to cherish her memory are her 7 daughters; Mary C. Dickinson, Patricia A. Savino (John), Eileen M. Cugell (Dave Tansek), Joan T. Cugell, Sheila “Bunny” Lewis (Paul), Catherine R. Cugell (Richard Chau), and Margaret “Peggy” Cugell, her 9 grandchildren; Garrett Dickinson, Meaghan Dickinson, Christopher Dickinson, Matthew Savino, Daniel Lewis, Catie Lewis, Abbie Lewis, Isabelle Chau, and Alexandra Chau, her sister-in-law Adrienne Sommer, her brother-in-law Edward Cugell (Patricia) and her beloved dog Seamus; Sheila is also survived by cousins and many friends. There will be a visitation Sunday June 19, 2022, 2-4PM at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home Monday June 20, 2022 at 10:30AM and arrive at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00AM. Fr. Claudius Mganga will be the Celebrant. Sheila will be laid to rest on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 with her husband Garrett T. Cugell in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Please consider donations in Sheila’s memory to HPH Hospice 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy Lecanto, FL 34461 in lieu of flowers.
Susan D Doyle, 64, Inverness, FL
Susan Diane Doyle, 64, of Inverness, FL passed away on June 24th, 2022 under the care of Vitas Hospice of Lecanto. She was born on December 17th, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany to the late John E. Doyle and Ruth (Farmer) Doyle. She made Citrus County her home in 1997 after moving here with her family from North Carolina. Susan was a Pediatric Registered Nurse and was passionate about her career. Susan is described by her loving family as “quirky” and an extremely gifted, self-taught artist and musician. She painted with everything from watercolors to charcoals and played multiple instruments including the violin and piano. Susan had a wide circle of loving friends that she cared deeply about and would do anything for. Her creativity often extended to the gifts she made for them and her family. Those left to cherish Susan’s passing is her daughter, Courtney Graham (Alex); her two sisters, Denise Watson (Rick) and Rebecca “Becky” Warfield (Ogle); and her loving mother, Ruth Doyle. Susan was loved by many and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will be hosted by her family on July 30th from 4:00 until 6:00 at the family home at 868 Carnegie Drive, Inverness. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Randall J Drury, 82, Inverness, fL
Randall Jessie Drury, 82 of Inverness passed away May 20, 2022 at the HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. Randall was born on September 11, 1939 in Marion Illinois, to the late Jessie and Marie (Evan) Drury. He came to Citrus County from Illinois. Randall was a telephone company contractor and electrician. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 26 years, Carol Drury; his children: Allan Drury, Jeffrey Drury of Daytona Beach, FL and Christine Drury of Daytona Beach, FL; his sister, Beverly Sanders of Illinois and two grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Richelle A Ellinger, 68, Inverness, FL
Richelle “Riki”A. Ellinger, 68 years, passed away May 16, 2022 at home. Born October 8, 1953, in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Charles J. Ferro and Anna R. Elbert. She was married to Charles R. Ellinger, who passed away in 2017. Riki, was a bookkeeper in healthcare on Long Island NY and Inverness, FL. She had been a resident of Long Island before moving to Inverness 45 years ago. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, loved to travel, she collected precious moments figurines, and made a nice home in Inverness. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, and aunt. She was predeceased by her parents Charles J. and Anna R. Ferro, her husband; Charles R. Ellinger, her sisters; Linda Ferro and Doni Rubin. Left to cherish her memory are her brother Anthony J. Ferro (Charene), 2 nephews; Stan Shrader and Doug Shrader, dear friend; Ann Mescal (Stuart Feuerstein); and her late husband’s children; Adam, Melissa, and Melanie Ellinger. Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2022 at 12:30 P.M., with visitation beginning at 12 Noon, at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant, from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Full Military Honors for her husband, Charles R. Ellinger, will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Riki and Charlie will be laid to rest together immediately following. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
Yvonne M Evans, 79, Inverness, FL
Yvonne M. Evans, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away May 10, 2022 in the Citrus Health & Rehab Center in Inverness. Yvonne was born in Easton, PA to the late Raymond and Dolores (Uch) Volkert, moving to Florida from New Jersey. She was employed at Winn Dixie where she served as Head Cashier. Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Gregg and Jim Meglic; 2 brothers: Barry and Jack Volkert; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Private cremation entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Rosemary Farrar, 84, Dunnellon, FL
Rosemary Farrar, 84 years, of Dunnellon, passed away peacefully under the care of Vitas Hospice, Lecanto, FL. She was born in Indianapolis, IN, March 21, 1938 to the late Floyd Marlinee and Pauline Hagemmier Rosemary moved to Citrus County in 1985, formerly of Inianapolis. She was employed by ReMax Realtors in Inverness and Lecanto for several years. Previously she worked in hospitality in the food service, serving as a hostess, bartender, and waitress. She enjoyed knitting and sewing, yard sales, and gardening. She also volunteered at the Hospice Thrift Store in Inverness. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Predeceased by her parents; Floyd and Pauline Marlinee, her son; James Tewell, daughters Rosemary “Candy” Knoppkie and Carol Ann Tewell, and her siblings; Polly Harner, Katie Akin, Emily Allen, Nancy Tewell and Frederick Lloyd Marlinee. Left to cherish her memory are her children; William “Buster” Tewell (Stephanie), Russell Tewell, Sandra Adams, Joseph Tewell, Jeffrey Tewell, (Latricia), Andrew Barker (Tammy), Tina Sanders (Randall), Penny Elmore (Howard) and step children; David Farrar (Locia), Kerry Farrar and Kathy Lynn Winters (Steve), and, her sister; Susie Babineaux, and her daughter in law; Michele Tewell, also survived by many grand children, many great grand children, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in September Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to service. Pastor Stan Stewart of North Oak Baptist Church will officiate. Arrangements under the care Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, Rosemary’s family has asked for donations to Vitas Hospice PO Box 1330 Lecanto, FL 34460.
Ralph E Fisher, 92, Inverness, FL
Ralph Emerson Fisher, Jr., 92 of Inverness, passed away May 13, 2022 at the Vitas Hospice care center in Lecanto. Ralph was born on January 8, 1930 in Newport, Rhode Island, to the late Ralph E. and Marjorie (Morrison) Fisher. He came to Citrus County in 2001 from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Ralph was a graduate of Temple University. He worked in the tool manufacturing industry at NASA and served his country in the US Navy. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of over 35 years, Glenda Fisher; his children: Eudon Javier Buezo of Ocala, Holmer Alexis Buezo of Arlington, WA, and daughter, Glenda Zidone Buezo of Inverness, FL, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Goslin of the Hernando 7th Day Adventist church officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 9:00 AM until the hour of service
Virginia Flanagan, 83, Inverness, FL
Virginia “Ginny” Flanagan passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the age of 83. Virginia was a loving wife, friend, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Ginny is predeceased by her mother, Myra Golder Stearn, her father, Leo Fracasso, brother Stephen Fracasso and his wife Tammy. Left to cherish her memory is Edward, her husband of nearly 63 years, nieces Deborah, Susan, Tracey, nephews Stephen, Scott, Edward, and David, and many close friends who were like family to her." Ginny was born June 6, 1939 in Newark NJ. Not long after graduating from Bloomfield High school, Ginny met and fell in love with Edward, who would become the love of her life for almost 63 years. Ginny enjoyed working for many years at American bank in Montclair New Jersey and Pilgrim State Bank in Cedar Grove New Jersey, before moving to Inverness, where she finished her career at Edward Jones. Ginny had the gift to light up whatever room she entered. Her quick witted sense of humor, infectious laugh, and optimistic outlook on life is what her loved ones will miss the most. A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2pm with Pastor Eddy Fulford officiating, visitation from 1pm at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness.
Cheryl M Foster, 75, Inverness, FL
Cheryl M. Foster, 75, of Inverness, FL passed away July 31, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born on August 30, 1946 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Feryl E. and Dorothy V. (Hutton) Romig. Cheryl was a hairdresser, and arrived in this area in 2000, coming from St. Petersburg. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed going on cruises, dancing, exercising in the swimming pool, and she loved Elvis Presley. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Thomas Foster. Other survivors include her sons, Jason Foster of Inverness, and Douglas Foster and his wife Lisa of Beverly Hills, FL; brothers Lee (Nancy) Romig of Parrish, FL; Jim (Heike) Romig of Braselton, GA; 3 grandchildren, Blayne (Kara), Reid, and Aidan Foster; and her beloved dog, Raven. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral with Crematory, Inverness.
Edward L Gillespie, 59, Beverly Hills, FL
Edward Lee Gillespie, Jr., also known lovingly as Ed or “Gilly”, resident of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at the age of 59 on June 27th, 2022. He was born to Louise C. (Hamilton) Gillespie and to the late Edward Lee Gillespie, Sr. on January 30th, 1963 in Norfold, Virginia. He made Citrus County his home 20 years ago after moving from Gore, WV. He attended Kinsfield High School and met his late wife, Terri, who passed in 2018, in Gore. He attended Old Dominion University in Virgina on an ROTC Scholarship and graduated from college with a Bachelor’s in Draftsmanship. He was dedicated to his family and loved his family more than anything. Ed was extremely talented and enjoyed drafting so much, some nights he would dream up an idea, get out of bed, and begin his drafts in the middle of the night. He impressed many people with his drafts and inspiration to build homes, and began his business in Citrus County, “Gillepsie and Gillespie Contracting” and built homes for many years—from the ground up. Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Terri; his daughter, Patricia in 2018); and his father, Edward Lee Gillespie, Sr. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Matthew Gillespie and Kayla Waye (Nathan); his granchildren, Faith and Jonathan; his siblings, Dennis L. White and Deanna Conger (Dade); his loving moher, Louise Gillespie; his nephew David; and his great-nephews. Kayden, Hunter, and Liam. Arrangements for Ed are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Elmer Goller, 88, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Elmer Goller, 88 of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on May 30, 2022. Mr. Goller was born on December 17, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA and came to Sumter County one year ago. Elmer served his Country in the US Army and was a retired steel worker for J & L Steel Company, and he was Catholic by faith. Elmer enjoyed fishing, working on his cars and spending time with his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his children: Patricia Goller and Alan Goller both of Lake Panasoffkee; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Goller. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Eleanor M Gransbury, 84, Walterboro, formerly of Inverness, SC
December 16, 1937 – May 30, 2022 Eleanor Marie Gransbury, 84, of Walterboro, entered into eternal rest Monday evening, May 30, 2022, at Summerville Community Hospice House after years of declining health with family by her side. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who will be truly missed by her family and friends. She will be laid to rest at Hill of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, Florida. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Ada B Heffner, 89, Ocala, FL
Ada B. Heffner, 89, of Ocala, FL and former resident of Citrus County, FL and Pennsylvania, passed away on July 1st, 2022 under the care of Life Care Center of Ocala. She was born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania to the late Wilbert F. and Pearl (Stuzman) Heffner on April 25th, 1933. She later moved to Glen St. Mary, FL and then settled in Citrus County, FL in 2017. Ada was a Seamstress for many years and loved to crochet and knit. She loved the Lord dearly and lived out the instruction to “love your neighbor” in her own way—she was always very helping to others and is remembered as being a very kind lady to everyone. She enjoyed the outdoors and spent her time hunting and fishing and making country living her way of life. Ada, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her son, Dennis DeWolf in 2017. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Wayne DeWolf (Barbara Montgomery) of Ocala, FL; her granddaughter, Stephanie DeWolf; and her adored great-grandbaby, Jossallyn DeWolf-Chamberlin. Arrangements for Ada are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Dorothy M Heisner, 96, Inverness, FL
Dorothy Mae Severe Heisner Dorothy Heisner passed away on May 28, 2022 at The Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, Florida at the age of 96. Her remains will be buried at the Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, FL beside her husband who was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran. She was born on December 14. 1925, in Bloomington, Illinois to Vern and Eva Fae Severe. She married William Lloyd Heisner on September 12. 1948 in Bloomington, Illinois. The Heisners lived in the Bloomington/Normal area of Illinois until 1993. They moved to Inverness, Florida in November 1993. Mrs. Heisner worked as a secretary and record keeper for The Pantagraph a local newspaper in Bloomington, IL. She served as a secretary for two churches and for fifteen years as a secretary for the State of Illinois in the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Corrections, Adult Parole, and the Department of Public Aid from which she retired. Mrs. Heisner was a Christian who loved the Lord and shared His love with others. She served as a church deaconess in both Illinois and Florida. She was an active member of Victory Baptist Church in Inverness until her health prevented her attendance. She is survived by three nephews: Bradley Wayne (Jill) Severe of San Antonio, TX; Kurt Andrew (Joyce) Severe of Willowbrook. IL; and Douglas James Severe of Bolingbrook, IL. Mrs. Heisner was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her only brother, Russell Wayne Severe. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, to provide Bibles to those who need them. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Christina G Hensley, 52, Floral City, FL
Christina Grace Hensley (Tina) went to be with lord May 30th 2022 at 7:15 pm at the Lecanto Florida Hospice House. She was born on December 22, 1969 in Covington Kentucky. Tina was preceded in death by her parents Dianne "Nanny" Slusher and David Carroll Hensley, Brother David Barton Hensley and her son Dustin Lee Allender. Tina was known as a woman of strength. She enjoyed outside adventures and spending alot of time with her Grandchildren and Family. Tina has been a resident of Citrus County Florida for 24 years and worked for Kc Doors and All American Airboat tours. She was an amazing and beautiful woman. Tina is Survived by her Father Kenneth Slusher and, her Daughters Casandra Slusher, Brittany Cole, Alicia Hensley and, Kayleen Rife, Her sons Brian Micheal Allender, Matthew Allender and, Zack Allender and her 17 Grandchildren Gabriella, Hannah, James, Bella, Braydon, John, Kryslyn, Kaisean, Kayden, Minnie, David, Kayce, Chase, Sylar, Mason, Brantley and, Colton, her brothers Jerry Slusher, Jeff Slusher, Donny Hensley, Kenneth Slusher Jr. and her sister Kim Weimer. Also many Aunts Uncles and Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Tina will be missed dearly. Her Memorial will be held at a later date. Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Paul J Hoffmon, 84, Hernando, FL
Paul John Hoffmon, 84 years, passed away July 29, 2022 under the care of Bayonet Point Hospital, Hudson, FL. He was born in Chicago, IL to the late Irvin Hoffmon and Ethel Clinton. Paul married Felicia Steffen in 1978. Paul was raised in Chicago and moved to Citrus County in 1990. Before coming to Citrus County he resided in Madeira Beach FL. He retired from the Seminole Fire Rescue Department in 1983 holding the rank of Fire Chief. He was very active with the fire department, attending all of the necessary fire schools enabling him to have the knowledge he needed to lead the fire company. He was an avid NASCAR Fan and could fix just about anything. He was known by family and friends as Mr. Fix It. From 1985 through 1995, he worked with his family helping with concessions at Fairs and Festivals, all along the east coast. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Felicia Steffen Hoffmon; and children: Paul Hoffmon (Mercedes), Kim Diller, Debrah Steffen Rowland, Deanna Renee Harrison (Gary Russell); grandchildren: Estevan Hoffmon, Damon Rowland (Alice), David Rowland (Devon), Donovan Rowland (Tess), and Danielle Rowland; great grandchildren: Baxter Rowland and Louise Rowland; also survived by former son-in-law Denis Rowland. Burial will take place in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, IL., through the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Florida arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Joseph L Hogan Sr, 91, Inverness, FL
Joseph Louis Hogan, Sr., age 91, Inverness, FL passed away June 27, 2022 at Superior Residences in Lecanto. Mr. Hogan was born in Staten Island, NY on October 26, 1930 and moved to Florida in 1974. He retired from a paper factory as a paper cutter and served our country in the U.S. Army. Joe enjoyed fishing on his boat and watching movies from his large library collection. He is survived by 2 daughters, Carol L. Johnson and Rose Ann Bradshaw, both of Beverly Hills; 2 step brothers: Louis Demiceli of New York and Vincent Demiceli of New Jersey; 3 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Joseph L. Hogan, Jr. and his wife Jeanette Corelli Hogan. There are no services scheduled. The burial will be private in Florida National Cemetery under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Rose M Hooker, 89, Floral City, FL
Rose Maxine Hooker, 89 years, of Floral City, passed away May 23, 2022 in HPH Hospice, Lecanto. She was born October 16, 1932, at home in Whitesville, W. VA, to the late Martin E. Hudson and Ellie Bias. She has been a resident of Floral City for many years. Many of her friends would call her Maxine, some would call her Rose. Maxine was a longtime member of Church of God, Bushnell. She loved to play Bingo with her girlfriends at Our Lady of Fatima Church, and there wasn’t a week that went by, that she would not be at the hairdressers, for her weekly appointment. A loving and devoted wife, until her husband, William B. Hooker, passed away in 2011, Maxine was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. For many years she assisted with the Old Timers Reunion in Floral City, and loved to cook and care for her family. She was predeceased by her parents; Martin E. and Ellie Hudson, her beloved husband; William B. Hooker, her great grand daughter Haylee Benson Smith, and her great grandson Gabriel Hubert. Left to cherish her memory are 1 son; Billy Hooker (Jen), 2 daughters; Bonnie Lou Gearhart (Jim), and Patricia Lynn Hooker (Corky Miley), 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, and her beloved Carter. Maxine will be laid to rest with her husband in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Cremation with care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Cherylann Hovatter, 58, Hernando, FL
Cherylann Hovatter, age 58, of Hernando, FL gained her wings on May 15, 2022 at Bravera Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 2, 1963 to Francis Hovatter and Carol Chase and moved to Florida in 2019 from Baxley, GA. to be near her family and young grandchildren. Her spirit lives on in her 2 daughters, Shanna Jarrett of Rainsville, Alabama, and Jessica Keller of Hernando, FL. She is survived by her mother, Carol Jarrett, Baxley, GA; 1 brother, Edward Jarrett of Baxley, GA; 2 sisters- Tammy Chase of Mount Holly, NJ and Margaret Wright of Woodstown, NJ; Her 5 grandchildren: Gabrielle, Jesse, Dakota, Emmett, and Amelia; 3 great grandchildren: Colton, Charleigh, Owen were her greatest joy. She was preceded in death by her life long partner James J. Sireci on July 29, 2021. Private service arrangements have been made with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
James A Hunter, 90, Lecanto, FL
James A. Hunter, 90 years, of Lecanto, passed away August 5, 2022, under the care of HPH Hospice, In Brooksville. He was born in Washington, DC, February 18, 1932 to the late James A. Hunter and Olive Mangum. James was married to Betty B. Hunter who passed away March 18, 2010. James served his country honorably in US Army. He was drafted in May 18, 1954 and was honorably discharged May 15, 1956. He was employed by the Bell South Phone Company as a repairman, retiring after many years. He enjoyed fishing and has been a resident of Florida since 1992. Besides fishing, Mr. Hunter enjoyed retirement and lived his retirement years to the fullest. Left to cherish his memory are 1 son; James A. Hunter, Jr. (Marlene) of West Palm Beach, 2 step daughters Robin Larson (David) of Maple Oak, IL and Vicky Kirshy (George) of Spring Hill, FL, 1 sister Mary Frances Metzer (James) of Port St. Lucie, FL, also survived by his grandchildren; George, Gregory, Billy, Robert, Dana, and Nikki. Family and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life, Wednesday 1:00pm at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness with Rev. Paul Giglio officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 until time of service. Private burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Vicki B Hutchinson, 55, Hernando, FL
Vicki Bowles Hutchinson, 55, of Hernando, passed away June 28, 2022 at HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto, under the care of Hospice and her family. Vicki was born in Richmond, VA on June 20, 1967 and came to Citrus County in 2016 from Summersville, WV. She was a sales representative for a Maintenance Supply Company. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Madison Henderson and husband William of Clay City, KY; her parents: Roger and Sherry Via of Hernando; brother Ronald Hancock, Jr. of Lewisburg, WV; sister Rae Anna Fields and husband Dean of Lexington, KY. She was predeceased by her son Brian Scott Hancock in 1986. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness at 12:00pm July 2nd, 2022 with Rev Mike Kramer officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Sigitas Jablonskis, 78, Inverness, FL
Sigitas B. “Ziggy” Jablonskis, age 78, Inverness, FL passed away May 18, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. “Ziggy” was born in Siauliai, Lithuania on June 6, 1943 to the late Bonoventuras and Aleksandra-Marija (Sirputyte) Jablonskis. He was naturalized in this country when he was 19 years old. “Ziggy” worked in the construction industry as a Certified General Contractor, both in residential and commercial projects. He was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish as well as the Knights of Columbus Council 6391 (3rd Degree). Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Renna (Wheatley) Jablonskis; 4 children: Ian Keane Jablonskis and wife Cristina of Inverness; Keegan Maximilian Jablonskis and wife Cathy of Lecanto, Fl; Andrew Benefield and wife Jennifer of Inverness; Maurisa Applegate and husband Jeremy, Inverness; 8 grandchildren: Paige, Adriana, Alan, Paul, Elias, Scarlett, Sawyer, and Liam. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. There will also be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Sunday, May 22, 2022 between 1:00 – 2:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The service will start at 2:00 PM. Family members and friends will participate. Interment will be at a later date in Hills of Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Shand’s Children’s Hospital, 1600 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608
Edna K Jacquin, 87, Inverness, FL
Edna K. Jacquin, 87 of Inverness, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. Edna was born on November 19, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Edward and Louise (Framtz) Van Blarcum. She moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1966, and came to Citrus County in 1994 from there. Edna was a clerk in a craft store, and a Baptist by faith. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed the “Thursday Lunch Bunch”. She is survived by her sons: Herb Jacquin and his wife Kelly of Blairsville, GA, and Todd Jacquin of Inverness, and her grandsons: Tucker and Brady. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Jacquin, her sister Kathleen Lind and brother Herb VanBlarcum. Edna’s urn will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens North in Pompano Beach, Fl at a later date. Private cremation with care is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Linda C Jay, 73, Bushnell, FL
Linda Carole Jay - Obituary A smooth flat road did not run under Our feet as we traveled through our life. Only the lucky miss the booming thunder, And bypass the mountain of cascading strife. Mother and Father, many friends thinned, All falling to the uncertainties of health. Then husband’s light, too early dimmed, Leaving widow with scant little wealth. Coal Miner’s child did not weep, in pity did not soak. Worked hour on hour while steering daughter and child. Still this wastrel she had time to see Some goodness and worth inside of me. With love and truth she tamed the wild. In 1996 binding vows we swore and never broke. On June 19th, in the early evening, Linda Carole Jay, aged 73, slipped off our mountainous road and left our world while held in the arms of her daughter, April Fountain and husband, Burton Jay at their home outside of Bushnell. Linda was born October 5, 1948 in Fairmont, West Virginia to the late Lewis Garrison and Virginia Davis. She has been a resident of Sumter County since 2005, previously residing in Orlando. Christian, she searched many churches enjoying the good in man. She was employed as an administrative assistant for a utility service company. She was an avid bicyclist having ridden the entire Withlacoochee Trail both ways in one day; traveled and biked on many trails and enjoyed RVing. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Virginia Garrison, and her brother and his wife Jerry and Charlotte Garrison. She is survived by her Husband, Burton; Daughter, April Fountain (Steve); Granddaughter, Jessica R. Stockwell; Great Granddaughter, Chloe Jade Stockwell; and Brother, Freddie Garrison (Lynn) of Four States, West Virginia. Family and Friends are invited to her visitation, on Friday, July 1, 2022, beginning at 12:00 Noon until the hour of service, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness. Her Celebration of Life begins at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Paul Giglio, of Calvary Chapel, Inverness. Burial will be private in the City of Ocoee Cemetery, Ocoee, FL. She was not afraid of death; she accepted a loving God that would welcome her.
Gerald D Johns, 70, Webster, FL
Gerald Dennis Johns, 70, of Webster, FL passed away June 30, 2022 at Osprey Point Hospice, Bushnell, FL. He was born in Folkston, GA on July 1, 1951 to the late George W. and Ailene (Drury) Johns. Gerald (also known as “Butch”) was an irrigation specialist and Baptist by faith. He arrived in the Webster area in 2020, coming from Hollywood, FL. Butch enjoyed eating out, listening to music, and attending country music concerts. In Folkston, he enjoyed going to Charlton County High School football games, and loved watching football on TV. He is survived by sons John Johns and his wife Trisha of Ocala, FL, Robert Johns, daughters Delice Lyda and her boyfriend Keith Lee of Bushnell, FL, and Reana Johns of Webster, FL; brothers Bud and Dean Johns; sisters Mary Sue Sweat, Juanell Johns Hickox, and Pearl Eller; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Bobbie E Johnson, 85, Hernando, FL
Bobbie Earl Johnson, 85, of Hernando, FL passed away May 24, 2022 at New Horizon Assisted Living Residence in Inverness. He was born in Center Hill, FL on October 18, 1936 to the late Earl and Mabel (Hooten) Johnson. Bobbie was a service technician for Sprint and United Telephone and served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 1978, coming from Tampa, FL. Bobbie loved fishing, enjoyed woodworking, growing his hot peppers and was an excellent barbecue cook. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Johnson, one daughter, Roberta Sanford and one brother Raymond Johnson. Survivors include daughters Pamela Ferrara and her husband Joseph of Ft. Myers, FL, and Donna Maggio and her husband Clint of Tampa, FL; sister Kay Blume of Crawfordville, FL; grandchildren Shawn, Matthew, Marisa, Sophia, and Bianca; great grandchildren Ashtyn, Ambrye, Briley, Nina, and Kieran , aunt Betty Rozar, sisters in law Connie Johnson and Edna Ayers, and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Bobbie will be held at Church at the Cross, 257 N.E. 9th Street, Crystal River, FL on Sunday, June 5th at 12:30 pm followed by a lunch. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Fonda M Joyce, 76, Inverness, FL
Fonda M. Joyce, age 76, Inverness, FL passed away at home on July 31, 2022. She was born in New York City on April 18, 1946 to the late Joseph and Mary DeCillo. She was an Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant in the publishing business and of the Catholic Faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Joyce. She is survived by her sister, Cora Thompson of Inverness. Private graveside services will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, NY. Local arrangements are with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL
Milton F Kelly, 83, Inverness, FL
Our family mourns the loss of Milton Frost Kelly, who passed away on July 5, 2022 at the age of 83. Born in Cotton Plant, Florida to Marion and Julian Kelly, Milton graduated from Citrus High School in 1957, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Florida State University. Milton coached and taught at Augusta Raa Junior High School in Tallahassee and Eustis High School in Eustis. He was principal at Live Oak Elementary, Inverness Middle School and Citrus High School. Milton retired from the Citrus County Public School System as Director of General Services. Milton was a member of First Baptist Church, Inverness. He was a 15-year volunteer with the Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and he enjoyed spending time with his family and gardening. Milton is survived by his son Charles (Clare); daughter Janice; grandchildren Harlan, Bailey and Hayden; two brothers, Pete Kelly (Delores) and Don Kelly (Cheryl); two sisters, Nancy Houle (Jack) and Pat Archer; sister-in-law Nell Kelly; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Sara; parents; brothers Richard and John; and sister Sylvia. A Celebration of Life is scheduled Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Casey Kearse, officiating. Interment will follow later. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until the hour of service. The family expresses a special thank you to lifelong friends Casey and Faye Kearse for their invaluable help during Milton's illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Gideons International.
Joan M Knapp, 80, Inverness, FL
Joan M. Lattin Knapp, 80 of Inverness, passed away July 14, 2022 at the New Horizon Assisted Living in Inverness. Joan was born on February 26, 1942 in Poughkeepsie, NY, to the late Harry and Margaret (Mordusky) Lattin. She came to Citrus County in 1992 from Hyde Park, NY. Joan graduated in 1960 from the Arlington High School and in 1963 from the Grasslands Hospital School of Nursing in Valhalla, NY. She was employed by the IBM Company as a Senior Administrative Specialist from July 1965 until her retirement in July of 1992. She was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. After moving to Citrus County, Joan was a member and secretary of the Newcomers Club in Inverness; an active member of the Senior Health Activity Resource Education (SHARE Club); and a member of the Upstate NY Club in Florida. She was also a member of the Inverness Lions Club and the Citrus County Historical Society. Joan was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Inverness. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother Harry Lattin, Jr. She is survived by several nieces. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Following cremation, Joan will be interred at the Fero Memorial Gardens Columbarium.
Patricia A Kuszik, 75, Hernando, FL
Patricia Merz Kuszik, 75, of Hernando, Florida, beloved wife of Michael Kuszik, Jr, passed away peacefully June 26, 2022 at home with her husband and daughter and sister-in-law by her side under their loving care and Vitas Hospice following a courageous battle with cancer. Pat was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Adelaide Merz, and her daughter Donna LaBree, in January of this year. She is survived by Michael Kuszik, Jr., husband; daughter, Amy Kuszik Colligan of Inverness, Florida; brother, Raymond Merz and his wife Veronica of Windsor, CT; and long time friend and sister-in-law, Carol Kuszik of Crystal River, Florida; son-in-law, Bradley LaBree of Midlothian,VA; nephews: Raymond Merz and wife Rebecca of Granby, CT ; Matthew Merz and wife Zita of Leesburg,VA; 4 grandchildren: Danielle LaBree Jones and Michael LaBree of Midlothian, VA; Cassidy and Sean Colligan of Inverness, Florida; 2 great grandchildren who will miss their Nana, Alex and Ava Jones of Midlothian, VA; several grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many loved close friends she treated as family. Pat was born on November 18, 1946 in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in Windsor, CT, where she met the love of her life, Mike at Windsor High School. She graduated from there in 1964. They married in 1966 and moved to Windsor Locks, CT, and started raising a family. Pat was very involved with the children’s activities like PTO, softball, St. Mary’s Catechism lessons, and many others. She was employed as the Administrative Assistant at the Montessori School of Greater Hartford for about 22 years. After that, she worked at the town clerk’s office for the town of Windsor. Following her retirement, Pat and Mike moved to Hernando, Florida in 2013, where she then pursed her passion of quilting. Pat was an excellent seamstress and quilter and won numerous awards for her quilts. She was a member of the Citrus County Cracker Quilters Guild and the Creative Quilters of Citrus County since January, 2015 and served as the membership chairman since 2020. She also participated in the paper piecing program of the Guild. Pat was generous sharing her knowledge and talent with others. She spent time making lap quilts of Valor for HPH Hospice veterans. Pat took pride in all her cooking and baking. She loved making specialty suppers and personalized birthday cakes for everyone. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Friends may visit with the family at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Thursday from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The procession will depart for the church promptly at 12:40 PM. Cremation will follow the services. After the cremation in Florida, Pat’s urn will be placed in the Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Windsor, CT. under the direction of Carmon Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.
Nicholas W Lamparelli, 86, Hernando, FL
Nicholas W. Lamparelli, 86, of Hernando, FL passed away on July 5th, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Sebastian and Rose (Marafino) Lamparelli in Buffalo, NY on November 10, 1935. He was a Pharmacist for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. He made Citrus County his home in 1990 after moving from New Jersey. Nicholas was a proud Italian and a great husband and father. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Nicholas Robert Lamparelli and by his beloved sister, Marie and brother Rocco. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 45 years, Roberta; his children, Nicholas Robert Lamparelli and wife Cheryl, of Buffalo, NY, Maggie Lamparelli and husband Drew Williams, of Buffalo, NY; Daniel Lamparelli and Danielle James, of Hernando, FL, and his cherished grandchildren, Anthony Michael Lamparelli and wife Jacque, Lauren Elizabeth Lamparelli Nelson and husband Christopher, and Dylan Rose Lamparelli; and great-grandchildren: Henry and Felicity, and many nieces and nephews. Nicholas was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Arrangements are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Earlene Leonard, 82, Inverness, FL
Earlene Leonard, 82 of Inverness, passed away May 14, 2022 at Avante of Inverness under the loving care of her daughter Ronnie Buchanan and HPH Hospice. Earlene was born in Greensboro, NC on August 22, 1939 to the late Estes R. McCadams and Vashtie (Holmes) McCadams. She moved to Citrus County in 1993, then moved to Alabama. She returned to Inverness in 2003. She was a member of the Inverness Church of God. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Ronnie Michelle Buchanan of Inverness; her grandson, Brandon Fisher and his wife Talia; 2 great granddaughters, Romy Christine Fumiko Fisher and Brittany Reece Saeko Fisher; granddaughter, Shay Kappell and husband Michael and their children, Charlee, Lincoln, and Trent. Additionally, Earlene’s friends, Patricia and Daryl DeWan. She was preceded in death by her son, William “Bill” Buchanan on March 27, 2020 and her husband, David Allen Leonard on November 1, 2000. Graveside services for Earlene will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM from Oak Ridge Cemetery of Inverness. The Rev. David Lucas, pastor of the Connection Church of God will officiate. Burial will follow. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 3:00 PM until the procession departs for the cemetery at 3:45.
Gerald H Leverne, Sr. , 84, Hernando, FL
Gerald H. Leverne, Sr., 85, of Hernando, FL passed away June 24, 2022 at his residence in Hernando. He was born on December 23, 1936 in Staten Island, NY to the late Daniel and Blanche (Palleiro) Leverne. Gerald was an automotive mechanic and a Catholic by faith. He arrived in this area in 1977, coming from Staten Island, and loved car racing, golfing, and hunting. Mourning his loss is his loving wife of years, Dorothy Leverne; his children Gerald H. Leverne, Jr and Linda Townsend and her husband Eric; and 5 grandcats. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Marcile E Like, 91, Homosassa, FL
Marcile Edith Like -November 29,1930 – May 17, 2022 On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 our beloved mother, Marcile Edith Like passed peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ under the loving care of her daughter and Vitis Hospice Center. Marcile is survived by sons David Like (Kim Gravlin) of Bradenton Florida & Robert Like of Marquette Michigan , daughter Sally Like (Norman Maes) of Homosassa Florida and her faithful Pomeranian Skipper. Predeceased by husband Richard and sister Phylis McQuillin. Born Nov 29,1930 and raised in Fulton County Ohio, Marcile set out for Chicago at age 17 in 1948 where she worked at the American Medical Association while taking dress design classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Moody Bible Church. She continued to serve our Lord in the music ministry as organist for 40 years at First Baptist Church in Richmond and Grace Baptist in Citrus Springs Florida. Marcile and Richard Like married May 16,1953 at the Chapel in the garden, Angola Indiana. Settling in Richmond Michigan the power couple both ambitious and determined to achieve the American dream. Together they opened the Dairy Queen franchised in Richmond, founded Marcile’s Fashions (1960-2019) and with partners established American Energy Services. Marcile also reveled in the role of tour hostess, arranging trips to the Holy Land in the 1980’s and retreats to Word of Life Bible Camps. She was so enthusiastic of her faith in Jesus and shared her love of Christ with all who knew her. This is the story of our mother whose love shone upon all of our lives. She will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be arranged at a later date at Grace Bible Church in Citrus Springs, FL. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, MI. Cremation was entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, Florida. Kindly direct donations of remembrance to your local Hospice organization.
Betty J Lindskog, 89, Inverness, FL
Betty Jane Lindskog, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away July 26, 2022 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on December 24, 1932 to the late John and Catherine (Keith) Van Loon. Betty was a secretary for electric companies and arrived in this area in 1984 coming from Island Lake, Ill. She was Baptist by faith, and was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Carl Lindskoh in 2002, and her siblings John, George, and Alice Van Loon. A Celebration of Betty’s life is scheduled for Friday, July 29, 1:30pm at First Baptist Church of Hernando with Pastor Keith Dendy officiating. Betty’s urn will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, with her husband Carl at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Joyce L Luster, 81, Hernando, FL
Joyce Lynne Luster, 81 of Hernando, passed away June 2, 2022 at Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto, under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Joyce was born on August 23, 1940 in Miami, Florida, to the late Lawrence and Elouise (Jordan) Ellison. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, and attended the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Darrell Smith of Welaka, FL, Melody Cristello of Interlachen, FL; several grandchildren including Amber Johnson and Jason Smith; four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Luster on July 28, 2001 and her son, Douglas Johnston on March 7, 1995. Funeral services for Joyce will be conducted on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Rev. Andy Heer, pastor of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time.
Randall B Lyons, 76, Homosassa, FL
Randall B. Lyons, 76 years, passed away July 18, 2022 in Diamond Ridge Helath and Rehabilitation Center, Lecanto, 10 hours before his wife Valerie J. Lyons passed away in 7 Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. Randall was born in Albany, NY June 17, 1946 to the late Orville Raymond Lyons and Shirley Patricia O’Donnell. He has resided in Homosassa for many years, previously residing in Port St. Lucie and Albany, NY. Randy served his country in the US Air Force, serving in Viet Nam. He was a police officer for 30 years with the Albany Police Department and was awarded the combat cross. He was a former active member and volunteer at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Albany, NY and an active member and volunteer at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Crystal River. He was a life member of VFW and American Legion Post, he was also a life member of NARLEO, where he held many board positions, throughout his tenure. He was a history buff, anything relating to the Civil War, US Military, law enforcement, and Albany, NY. Randy enjoyed cigars and being with his friends at the Tobacco Depot he frequented. He also enjoyed traveling, camping and road trips, as long as they weren’t too long, with his wife. Predeceased by his parents, Orville and Shirley Lyons and his brother Terry Lyons. Left to cherish his memory, 3 daughters; Michelle Irgens (Brad) of Gerrardstown, W. VA, Shannon Cline, Homosassa, and Tiffany Lyons of Homosassa, 1 brother; Donald Whitbred, Saxonburg, PA. grandchildren; James Cline, Nicole Brendlinger, Hollin Irgens, and Marit Irgens. Family and friends are invited to a combined Celebration of Life for Randy and Valerie, Saturday 11am at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, visitation from 10am. Military Honors for Randy will be approximately 11:30. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church or Wounded Warriors, would be appreciated by the family.
Valerie J Lyons, 67, Homosassa, FL
Valerie J. Lyons 67 years, passed away July 18, 2022 in 7 Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, 10 hours after her husband Randall B. Lyons passed away Randall B. Lyons passed away in Diamond Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lecanto. Valerie was born in New York, September 21, 1954, to the late Gerard Reinard and Dorothy Bennett and has resided in Homosassa for many years, previously residing in Port St. Lucie and Albany, NY. She was a waitress for various restaurants before becoming a full time homemaker. She enjoyed traveling and camping and road trips, as long as they weren’t too long. Left to cherish her memory, 3 daughters; Michelle Irgens (Brad) of Gerrardstown, W. VA, Shannon Cline, Homosassa, and Tiffany Lyons of Homosassa, grandchildren; James Cline, Nicole Brendlinger, Hollin Irgens, and Marit Irgens, also survived by 3 sisters. Family and friends are invited to a combined Celebration of Life for Valerie and Randy, Saturday 11am at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, visitation from 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church or Wounded Warriors, would be appreciated by the family.
Donna H Martin, 71, Inverness, FL
Donna Helen Martin 71 years, of Inverness, passed away June 2, 2022 in Vitas Hospice, Lecanto. She was born February 19, 1951 to the late James Ernest Davenport and Leona Margaret Jones, in Flint Michigan. Donna served her country proudly in The United States Marine Corp. She was trained to be a chef, and attained the rank of corporal. She used her training as a chef, in civilian life, and was a chef at various nursing facilities throughout the country. Donna and her husband resided in various states and eventually settled in Inverness FL, 8 years ago. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt and enjoyed playing computer games. She was predeceased by her husband; Walter V. Martin; her parents; James Ernest and Leona Margaret Davenport and brothers and sisters: George Davenport, Carol Davenport, James Davenport and Marion Davenport. She leaves behind her sons; Jonny Martin and Franklin Martin, brother; Ralph Davenport (Julie) of Hernando, FL, 3 sisters; Sonja Traeger of Loveland, OH, Elma Hoffner of Flint, MI, Judy Brown of Milford, MI, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her beloved dog Toby. Donna will be laid to rest with full military honors on December 2, 2022, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, and placed with her husband, Walter. Celebration of Life to be determined at a later date. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Oneal Martin, 85, Floral City, FL
Oneal Martin, 85, of New Port Richey, formerly of Floral City, passed away at home on May 9, 2022 under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Oneal was born on January 5, 1937 in Sylacauga, AL, to the late Ira and Hettie F. (Morris) Martin. He was a fleet maintenance mechanic and Christian by faith. Oneal came to Citrus County in 2015, from Oklahoma. He enjoyed gardening, NASCAR, and watching television. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Greg L. Martin (Laura Denars) of Florida, Al Martin (Marcia) of Oklahoma, John Martin of Florida, Dale Martin (Erica) of Florida, Jo Wicker (Steve) of Florida, Jacie Riley (Pat) of South Carolina, Mindy Martin of Florida, Danielle Martin of Florida, and step-daughter, Monica Guinn; his sisters: Mae McDonald, Betty Colliers; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Martin in 2002. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 11 AM until 12 Noon. Additional services and burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga, AL, at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.
Angelita M Martinez, 74, Floral City, FL
Angelita Morales Martinez, age 74 of Floral City, FL passed away at home on May 15, 2022 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Angelita was born on November 2, 1947 in Pleasanton, TX, the daughter of the late Enemencia Castillo. She moved from Texas in 1971 to Citrus County, Florida. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist Faith. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: George Anthony Martinez, Ocala, FL; Martha (Bill) Bass, Mary Ann (Arturo) Lozoya, and Melissa Ann Martinez, all of Floral City, FL; 4 brothers: John Joe, Ernesto, Lupe, and Joe Ray Aguilar; 2 sisters: Virginia and Juanita Aguilar; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation with care entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Eva A Morris, 76, Inverness, FL
Eva A. Morris, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away May 23, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Akron, OH on December 11, 1945 to the late John G. and Anna K. (Zutty) Tierney. Eva was a Customer Service Representative for AT&T, and arrived in this area in 2019, coming from Vienna, GA. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed politics. Eva loved animals and devoted time to animal rescue. Eva was also very social. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Morris in 2018. Mourning her loss is her sister Peggy Toth and her husband Dennis of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Gerald J Naber, 94, Inverness, FL
Gerald J. Naber (age 94) of Inverness, Florida March 27, 1928 - July 18, 2022 Gerald Naber was born in Holland, Michigan, to Arend and Gertie Naber who had immigrated from Germany in 1925. Jerry graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1946 and attended Hope College and Calvin College before entering the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduating in 1952, he entered the U. S. Air Force where he trained in single engine jet aircraft. His career with the Air Force spanned 30 years and included flying and instructing jet fighters, directing air operations in Southeast Asia, and teaching at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Raymond of Holland, MI, and son David G. Naber who like his dad was an Air Force pilot. He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary Smith Naber of Inverness; brother Roger Naber of Holland, Michigan; daughter MaryAnn Naber and her husband Gregg Stuessi of Waterbury, Vermont; stepsons Clifford Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tim Smith of Melbourne, Kentucky; grandchildren Cynthia, Samuel, and Isabella Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. Jerry loved his family, country, and church and was active in community and church wherever he lived. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church 550 US Hwy 41 Inverness, on Tuesday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m., Fr. Claudius Mganga will be the Celebrant. Immediately following his Funeral Mass, VFW Post 7122 will present military honors for Jerry, in front of the church. Family and friends are invited from 12:30pm. Arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Internment will take place at a later date at West Point. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution may be to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, Florida.
Bonnie L Neidert, 74, Crystal River, FL
Bonnie L. Neidert, age 74, of Crystal River, FL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at her home. She was born July 15, 1947, in Harrisburg, PA, to the late James and Anna (Goss) Marks. She graduated from William Penn High School in 1965. Bonnie was a tax consultant with the PA Department of Revenue for 38 years and retired in 2004. She then moved to Crystal River, FL to be closer to her family. While retired, Bonnie loved to travel with her friends and visited Alaska, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, many of the Caribbean islands, and lots of places in the continental United States. Her other hobbies included watching Miami Dolphins football games, shopping, enjoying dinners and movies with friends, and spending the holidays with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald, and her beloved dog Amber.Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Debra Stephenson (Lester) of Wellford, SC, and Rhonda Dunn (Dann) of Jacksonville, FL; her niece Michelle May (Brian); her nephews Daniel Stephenson (Michelle),James Sneed (Beverley), and Dann Dunn II (Amanda); three great nieces; three great nephews; and many wonderful friends. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Nicholas J Neven, Jr, 63, Dunnellon, FL
Nicholas John Neven, Jr., age 63, Dunnellon, FL passed away at home on May 26, 2022. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 29, 1958 to the late Nicholas John Neven, Sr and Joan (Pobanz) Neven and came to this area in 2014 from Maryland. He joined the United States Navy in 1976 as a Seabee where he met his wife, Gay Marilyn Neven and served until 1982. He re-entered the Navy in 1983 and served as Logistics Supervisor in the Navy. CPO Neven retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) with 23 years of service in the year 2000. He is survived by two sons: Nicholas John Neven III of Elmendorf, TX and Jake Anthony Neven of Catonsville, MD; 2 brothers: James Douglas Raley and Dale Allen Neven; 5 grandchildren: Jake Jr., Harper, Kenneth, Becca, and Cooper: his partner, Susan Panicola: his nephews Mark, Jamison, and Matthew: his daughter in law Ashley. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his son, Clinton, and his brother Mark. Nick enjoyed bowling, fishing, and iceskating with his children, riding his motorcycle, golfing with his buddies and his nephew, wine tasting with his late wife, spending time with his brothers and grandchildren who loved him, and a good whiskey with his partner Sue to close out the nights. Graveside services with Military Honors will be rendered at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on Friday, June 10th at 2:00 PM with the V.F.W. Post No. 4337 in charge. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday at 1:00 PM. Procession will depart for cemetery at 1:15 PM. Rest In peace dad, chief, Nick.
Whitney B Newcomb, Jr, 96, Inverness, FL
Whitney (Whit) Burgess Newcomb, Jr., age 96, passed away in Newark, Ohio on July 17, 2022, from natural causes after an active, long, and fulfilling life. Whit was born in Jonesport, Maine, the eldest of three sons born to Captain Whitney B. Newcomb(e), Sr., of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Kathleen Lovilla Beal of Jonesport, Maine. With his parents’ permission, he joined the Navy during World War II, becoming a signalman on the USS Baxter in the Pacific Theater. Returning to Jonesport from the war, he married Thelma Naomi Alley, the “girl next door.” After his military service, he continued his education at Husson College in Bangor, ME and Gorham State Teachers College in Gorham, ME. After graduation from Gorham State Teachers College he taught school in Berwick, ME before returning to Gorham State Teachers College as an instructor of Industrial Arts Education. As well as being a respected teacher, he was a skilled cabinet maker, home builder, and post-war housing developer. In the late 1950’s the family moved to St. Petersburg, FL where Whitney taught Industrial Arts at Dixie Hollins High School. Over several summers, with family in tow, Whit attended the University of New Hampshire, where he received a Masters Degree in Education. His career in Florida culminated after serving as Executive Director of the Pinellas County Teachers Association. In 1969, the family returned to Maine, settling in South China. Whit became the Assistant Director of the Maine State Vocational Educational System, from which he retired in 1983. Whit and Thelma enjoyed retirement with traveling, bowling, golfing, sailing, fishing, and being with their family. During Whit’s golfing experiences, he managed (with witnesses) to have seven “holes-in-one.” He was also quite the wordsmith, being a published author of many articles, and enjoyed penning insightful and humorous poetry for pleasure. He was interested in politics and community activism both in Maine and Florida. Having come from “Downeast Maine,” Whit loved his seafood and was often heard to say, “I don't eat to live...I live to eat!” After living as “Snow Birds” between Maine and Florida for many years, in 2003 Whit and Thelma permanently settled in Inverness , FL. With Thelma’s passing in 2017 and later with Whit 's declining health, their two sons, along with their families, shared in Whit's care while he was residing within their homes in Florida, Tennessee, and Ohio. Hospice of Central Ohio provided care and compassion to Whit and much appreciated support to his family in his final days. Whit was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, his parents, and two brothers, Wandell R. Newcomb of Telford, TN, and Delano E. Newcomb, of Sanford, ME. He is survived by his sons: Burgess R. Newcomb and his wife Deborah, of Inverness, FL and Greeneville, TN; and Gary V. Newcomb and his wife Patricia (Trish), of Newark, OH. Grandchildren: Jason B. Newcomb and his fiancé Barbie Dykes Smerecki, of Inverness, FL; Dr. Rebecca Newcomb Homan and her husband Dr. Daniel C. Homan, of Granville, OH; and Anthony R. Newcomb and his wife Shannon, of Lakewood, WI. Great-grandchildren include: Dominique A. Caudill and her husband Trevor, of Inverness, FL; and Nathaniel G. Homan and Madelyn N. Homan, of Granville, OH. Great-great-grandchild, Benjamin W. Caudill of Inverness, FL. He is also survived by many beloved nephews, cousins, and friends in both the United States and Canada. The family will miss his humor, intellect, guidance, and affection. A memorial service with eulogy and Military Honor Guard followed by combined interment of Whit and Thelma will be held on November 15, 2022 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio Foundation, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055 and/or Jonesport Historical Society P.O. Box 603 Jonesport, ME 04649.
Carmela D Nott, 92, Inverness, FL
Carmela D. Nott 92 years of Inverness, passed away May 22, 2022 at Citrus Health and Rehab Center, Inverness, FL. She was born December 23, 1929 to the late Anthony and Josephine (Napolitano) Orciuoli, in the Bronx, NY. Carmela has been a resident of Florida since 1994, previously residing in Deer Park on Long Island, New York. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, loved playing bingo, and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Josephine Orciuoli, and her sister; Frances Orciuoli. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Charles Nott of Deer Park, NY, Deborah Webster (Charles), of Inverness, FL, Michael Nott of Beacon, NY, 1 sister; Joan Hoffman, of New Jersey, 2 grandchildren; Diana Nott and Jayna Martino (Jay), and 2 great grandchildren; Michael and Evander. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. Cremation with care, under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Rebecca L Pound, 82, Inverness, FL
Rebecca Lou Pound, age 82, Inverness, FL passed away July 24, 2022 at Citrus Health and Rehab Center. A native of Leonardville, KS, she was born on September 30, 1939 to the late Harry and Lucille (Westling) Carlson. Lucille passed away when Rebecca was 8 years old and Harry remained her beloved step-mother Laura (Isles) Carlson. Rebecca moved to Inverness with her late husband, Don Pound in 1996 from Georgia. Rebecca “Becky” was a Speech Pathologist at Inverness Primary School and later at Life Care Center. Her professional affiliations included the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Florida Speech and Hearing association. She was active in Our Lady of Fatima Parish where she served as a bible study leader, trained Lectors for the church, and sang in the choir. Becky loved animals and was an avid movie buff who could list Oscar-winning movies and enjoyed movie trivia. She is survived by her granddaughter Angela McHugh, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 12 other grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Pound on October 25, 2014. The Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday July 30, 2022 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Mike Suszynski,Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Fredonia Cemetery in Fredonia, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Helping Hands at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Daniel W Rhoads, 81, Floral City, FL
Daniel W. Rhoads 81 years, of Floral City, passed away on his 81st birthday, May 27, 2022. He was born in Buffalo, NY, to the late David L. Rhoads and Lillian Ursula Webb. Daniel married Carolyn Evans in 1987. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He enjoyed fishing and pontoon boating. He was employed as a lineman for The Niagara Mohawk Power Company serving Western NY. He has been a resident of Citrus County FL since 1998, previously residing in Medina, NY. Daniel was also a longtime Buffalo Bills fan. He was predeceased by his parents: David L. and Lillian Rhoads; and his wife, Carolyn Rhoads. Left to cherish his memory a son, Jon M. Rhoads (Lynn) and 2 daughters: Gina Marie Stringfellow (Jamie), Jennifer Hessell (Paul), grandchildren; Lynn, Michelle, and Paul; 4 great grandchildren; 1 brother, David Rhoads (Marilyn); 1 sister, Rachael Jean Druczkowski (Kenny), and many friends. Funeral procession will leave Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, approximately 9:15am, Tuesday June 14, 2022, for burial in Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with care entrusted to Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL
Ronald Riccardo, 84, Inverness, FL
Ronald Riccardo, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly at home on June 1, 2022. Mr Riccardo was born in Bronx, NY on May 14, 1938 to the late Anthony and Rose (Izzo) Riccardo. He retired to Florida after serving with the New York City Transit Authority Police Department for 20 years. He also served our country in the U.S. Army and was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish his memory are two sons: John Riccardo of Inverness, FL and Anthony Riccardo of Islip, NY; his daughter, Donna Scordia of Raleigh Durham, NC; brother: Anthony of New Port Richey, FL and sister, Teresa Blasone of Westchester County, NY; 4 grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 am with Fr Tim Cummings officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.
Leon S Riebel, 85, Inverness, FL
Leon “Lee” S. Riebel 85 years, was taken into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, July 14, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in Summit, NJ, December 25, 1936, to the late John Riebel and Florence Wilson. February 28, 1970 he and Patricia McKenna were married in New Jersey. Lee and his wife Patricia, have been residents of Inverness for the last 20 years, previously residing in Burlington, NJ. He was employed as a computer programmer and retired from, Computer Science Corporation. Lee was a loving and devoted husband. He served his country in the National Guard, enjoyed doing yard work and gardening, and having conversations with his neighbors. Lee loved his Lord and enjoyed many conversations he would have with his pastor and members of the church. He attended Bethel Baptist Church for the last 2 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist for 14 years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of over 50 years Patricia Riebel, his neighbors, and fellow church members. A Celebration of Life will be planned at Bethel Baptist Church 2289 N McGee Dr, Hernando, FL 34442 with Pastor Matt Sandiford officiating. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Paul S Rouillard, 87, Inverness, FL
Paul Spencer Rouillard, 87 years of Inverness passed away May 12, 2022 at home with his family by his side. He was born May 17, 1934 in Stoneham, MA to the late Lloyd Spencer Rouillard and Eva Yarasitis. He has been a resident of Citrus County since 2018, and first came down to Citrus County in 1993, previously residing in Seabrook, NH. Mr. Rouillard was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He served his country in The National Guard for 23 years, with the 101st Battalion Engineers, in Massachusetts. He enjoyed the outdoors and could fix just about anything. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Helen A. (Richardson) Rouillard, 1 son; Paul David Rouillard (Traci) of Palm Bay, FL, 3 daughters; Susan Rouillard (Robert High) of Whitefield, NH, Lisa Cerullo (Brent) of Melrose, MA, Kelly Murphy of Stoneham, MA, 1 brother; James Rouillard, 1 sister Rita Cook, also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Family and friends invited to visit with the Rouillard Family, Friday May 20, 2022, from 2-4pm at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Paul’s name to: Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.
John C Saltmarsh, Jr, 67, Inverness, FL
John C. I. Saltmarsh, Jr., age 67, Inverness, FL passed away in Brooksville, FL on June 19, 2022 in an automotive accident. John was born in Boston, MA on October 20, 1954 to John C. Saltmarsh, Sr and Mary (Woelfel) Saltmarsh and came to Inverness in 1977 from Randolph, MA. He was a Civil Engineer in the telecommunications industry, having worked for several phone companies over his career. John was a sports enthusiast as he loved to compete in and watch all sports. He played several sports throughout the years including football, basketball, hockey, tennis, baseball, softball, golf and bowling. He was a huge fan of the Florida Gators, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and most of all the BOSTON RED SOX! Other hobbies included camping with friends and family, card games, and cribbage. As an avid bowler, he was the President and/or Secretary of several leagues dating back to 1995. Some of his personal accomplishments were averaging over 200 rolling the ball both left and right handed. He bowled 5 perfect 300 games, 3 right handed and 2 left handed. Earlier this year he was unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame for Greater Citrus United States Bowling Congress Association (GCUSBCA) with the induction ceremony next month. He served the youth in the community for over 28 years with Inverness Little League and the Young American Bowling Association (YABA). He was a coach, umpire and an officer for several baseball and softball organizations ranging from youth leagues to college ranks. He successfully coached several teams to League, District, Regional, and State Championships. He umpired in many championships, including the Senior Little League World Series in Kissimmee, FL. He was also very involved with the Young American Bowling Association (YABA). He started as a Youth ABC Coach from 1994 – 1998 and continued to later serve as a youth Director for 15 years. In 2010, he started the Dee Smith Youth/Adult Scholarship tournament that is still going. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to GCUSBCA Youth for the Dee Smith Youth/Adult Scholarship fund (306 Edison Street, Inverness, FL 34452) in honor of John Saltmarsh. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Cheryl (Zumbahlen) Saltmarsh; 4 children: Chris Saltmarsh and partner, Jennifer Hashagen of Indian Harbour Beach, FL; Danielle and her husband, Chris Shepherd of Ft. Meade, MD; Heather and her husband, Matt Collins of Melrose, FL; Steven Saltmarsh, Inverness; his Mother, Mary Saltmarsh, Inverness; 2 brothers: Kenny and his wife, Brenda Saltmarsh and Jim and his wife, Donna Saltmarsh, both of Inverness; 6 grandchildren: Ashlee, Britnee, Ethan, Erin, Emma, and Kaleb. He was preceded in death by his father, John Saltmarsh, Sr. on April 20, 2017 and a daughter, Jennifer Saltmarsh on May 12, 1982. Calling hours for friends and relatives will be at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday, June 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00 AM with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Royce A Samons, 86, Inverness, FL
Royce (Potsy) A. Samons, age 86, of Inverness, FL was called home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 6th, 2022. Royce was born in Arkansas Creek-Cracker, KY on Feb 6th, 1936 to Robert Ellis and Patsy Virginia Samons. The 4th of five sons, Royce grew up working on his family's farm. After graduating from Martin High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his country. Upon completing 4 years of service he returned to KY, where he met and married Palestine Mosley of McDowell. During their 18-year marriage, they would live in Florida and have three children, Gwen, Serena, and Bobby. Later he moved back to KY where he married and lived with his second wife the late Audessa Akers and her daughter Rhonda Lane. Loving Florida he would move his family back to Brooksville to live on the family farm where he raised cattle and a hearty garden. He retired from Citrus Memorial Hospital after 17 years of service as the Director of Plant Operations. He moved to Inverness in 2005 where he became a well-known and respected member of his community. He could be found mowing lawns, working on his house, or just swinging on the porch watching the birds. Royce always spoke highly of his neighbors and liked helping them with anything they needed. His family is extremely grateful for all those who were always willing to lend him a hand. He will be missed by many. He was a kind man, a hard worker, and always played to win. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working crossword puzzles, shooting pool, playing poker, drinking shine, or was it making a batch or two? Well, we will have to leave that one up in the air. Royce is survived by 4 children: Gwen Simpkins, Melbourne, Fl; Rhonda Lane, Brooksville, FL; Serena Westmoreland, Laurens, SC; Robert “Bobby” Samons, Inverness, FL; 1 brother: Berman Samons, Shepherdsville, KY: 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his 3 brothers: Ward Samons, Jim Samons, and Robert (Pag) Samons. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 12:00 Noon. Family and friends will share their memories of Royce at that time until the procession departs for Florida National promptly at 1:15 PM.
Linda E Schatzer, 73, Inverness, FL
Linda Emily Schatzer, 73, of Inverness, FL passed away on July 25th, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Joyce A Schirmer, 78, Inverness , FL
Joyce A. Schirmer, 78 years, went to her heavenly home on May 20, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in New York, NY to the late Sanford Roe and Ann La Marca Roe, Joyce has been a resident of Citrus County since 2002, previously residing in Medford, Long Island, NY. Joyce earned a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling at Vision Christian University. She was an artist and was employed by the Stony Brook University, where she was a long time respected member of the Biology Department, as an illustrator. Joyce was a longtime member of Floral City Covenant Church of God. Joyce had an unwavering faith in Jesus and her faith uplifted and strengthen all those with whom she came in contact. She was preceded in death by her parents; Sanford and Ann Roe, her husband; William P. Schirmer, her brother; Bruce Roe, who was a pioneer in sequencing DNA, and her cherished dog, Brandy. Left to cherish her memory are her nephews; Dave (Mary) Schirmer, of Dunnellon, FL. and Nathan (Sarah) Roe of Portland, OR. and her niece; Caroline (Jon) Stolp, of Tallahassee FL. A Celebration of Life will be officiated by Pastor Rick and Julie Welshans at 2pm June 11, 2022 at Floral City Covenant Church of God 8340 E. Cooper Lane, Floral City, FL. 34436. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to one of her favorite places to visit, the Citrus Country YMCA. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.
Elopah W Shrout, 81, Citrus Springs, FL
Elopah W. Shrout, age 81, Citrus Springs, FL passed away June 28, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Elopah was born January 21, 1941 in Owingsville, KY to the late Taulbee and Bertha (Hatton) Shrout and came to Florida in 1995 from Georgetown, KY. He was retired from Columbia Gas Co. as a Regulator Technician and served our country in the US Army. He was an active member of the Lecanto Ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He leaves to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Peggy Hatton Shrout; his son, Adam Shrout and wife Heather of Panama City, FL; 1 brother, Lawrence of Owingsville, KY; 3 grandchildren: Cadence, Aubrey, and Hannah. He was predeceased by 8 siblings. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th at 1:00 PM from the Church of Latter-day Saints (Lecanto Ward) with Bishop Edward Nixon officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 12 noon until the services begin at 1:00 PM. Cremation with care will follow at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Allen F Simmons, 78, Inverness, FL
Allen Francis Simmons, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away on July 7th, 2022. He bravely served our country in the United States Navy. His beloved wife of 11 years, Anne Simmons, is left to cherish his memory. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Steven Simons, 71, Inverness, FL
Steven Simons, 71, Inverness, FL passed away July 11, 2022 at Ocala Regional Hospital. Steven was born in Holyoke. Massachusetts on August 29, 1950, to the late, James and Lenora (Palazzini) Simons. He came to Citrus County 32 years ago from Southampton, MA. Steven served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was awarded a Purple Heart, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Campaign Medal and Service Medal. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, he served 25 years in the Air National Guards. He was a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337, and the Citrus Vets and Camaro Car Club (CVCCC). Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Elaine Simons; his 3 sons: Craig Simons and his wife Tonia, of Ocala, Timmy Simons and wife, Brittany, of Longwood, FL, and Barry Simons of Inverness; his brother, Marc Simons of Southwick, MA, and his grandchildren: Megan, Kristin and Layne. He was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Savannah Simons on August 12, 2017. The Service of Honor for Steven will be conducted on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with VFW Post #4337 Honor Guard officiating. Private burial services will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time.
Calvin J Smail, 74, Floral City, FL
Calvin James Smail, 74, of Floral City, FL passed away on July 5th, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Hubert B. and Dorothy M. (Kelley) Smail on December 23rd, 1947 in Brookville, Pennsylvania. He was a Carpenter for the majority of his life and also traveled with the carnival. He enjoyed fishing and is described as a Jack of All Trades—able to do just about anything with his hands and could fix anything he put his mind to. He was a good person with a big heart and would give away his last dollar if it meant helping another person out. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era. Calvin, along with his parents, was preceded in death by his siblings, Sidney Smail and Kathy Horton. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Hubert and Audrey Smail; his brothers, Fred and Byron Smail; his sisters, Mary Taylor and Barbara Ratliff; and his grandchildren, Frank Z., Jesse JR., Alex J. and Owen E. Licari. An Open House, Celebration of Life for Calvin will be held by his family at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 South Old Floral City Rd. Inverness, FL on Monday, July 18th, 2022 beginning at 10 AM. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Diana J Smith, 66, Inverness, FL
Diana Jean Raybon Smith, 66, Inverness, FL passed away May 28, 2022 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Diana was born on January 6, 1956 in Tampa, FL to the late Rosco Raybon and Mary Argo. She was preceded in death by her father, Rosco, infant son, Patrick Buchanan and Andrew Buchanan who was 25. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Robert Smith, Inverness, FL; daughter, Christina Smith (Glenn), Inverness; Son, Aaron M. Smith (Korry), Homosassa; her mother, Mary Argo; 3 Sisters: Cheri Hecker (Dan), Frances Sellars, Rosalind Raybon and 1 brother, Alan Raybon (Cindy); 9 Grandchildren: Matthew, Ethan, Brenna, Bobby, Cheyenne, Breeanna, Ryleigh, Aaron, and Sean; many aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Diana was employed by the H.E. Smith Air Conditioning Company as their office manager for 34 years. While there, she met many people and made many friends. Diana loved to travel. She was an avid cook; loved to make amazing food. She had a huge heart for the older, unwanted rescue dogs. Diana lived for her grandchildren and loved them so very much. She will be greatly missed by all. It is with sad hearts and much love that we say good bye until we meet again in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM from the First Christian Church of Inverness. Rev. Tom Thomas and Dr. Ray Kelley will officiate. Private cremation with care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Gary Z Smith, 80, Brooksvile, FL
Gary Zorn (“G.Z.”) Smith, 80, died Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at his home in Brooksville. A lifelong Floridian, Gary was born on February 17, 1942, in St. Petersburg to the late James and Billie Smith. He is preceded in death by his brother, Stephen C. Smith. Gary was a graduate of Northeast Highschool and earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Troy State, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. After serving his country as an Army Airborne Ranger, he attended the inaugural Law Enforcement Academy at Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of his 30-year law enforcement career, he held every rank from deputy to major and served in various capacities within Pinellas, Citrus, and Hernando County Sheriff’s Offices. After retiring from law enforcement, G.Z. worked overseas as a training contractor for the U.S. Department of State. G.Z. was truly one-of-a-kind. For those fortunate enough to hear the unbelievable (yet true) stories that occurred throughout his eight decades, they’d most likely agree that his life was extraordinary. He was an accomplished pilot, world traveler, avid outdoorsman, skilled artist, gifted storyteller, and the most loyal friend you could ever ask for. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals that were down on their luck, and loved his dogs. Because of GZ’s professed faith in Christ, we are joyful that we will see him again and know that heaven just got a bit more interesting. Left to cherish his memory are his family: Brad Smith, Elisa Smith, Addie Smith, Nate Smith, Alona Smith, and Ron Bayless, as well as several other cousins. G.Z. also leaves behind his brothers and sisters in law enforcement, treasured friends, neighbors, and a few spoiled chickens. A tribute to G.Z.’s life will be held Friday, July 8, 2022 at 11am at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, FL. A reception will immediately follow at Saxon Manor in Brooksville. If you feel so inclined, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in G.Z.’s honor to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch or charity of your choice. Cremation with care arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.
Carol B Spector, 80, Lecanto, FL
Carol B. Spector, 80 years of Lecanto, passed away July 29, 2022 under the loving care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto. She was born October 7, 1941 in Utica, NY to the late Irving Brooks and Anne Eisenberg. Carol has been a resident of Florida since 1974, when she and her husband Bob moved from Rochester, NY. Carol was a special education teacher and was very passionate about her students. She was employed by Pace School in Leesburg, retiring in the 1990’s. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and dog owner. Another one of her passions was training and showing Show Dogs. She and her husband trained many dogs throughout the years. Carol also loved to read. She was predeceased by her parents; Irving and Anne Brooks, her husband, Robert Jerome “Bob” Spector, and her son, Joel Spector. Left to cherish Carol’s memory are her daughter; Melinda Spector and 3 grandchildren; Isaac Spector, Britney Spector and Jack Erwin. Carol’s family plan to have a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at their home at a later date. Cremation care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Gailen L Spinka, 73, Inverness, FL
Gailen Lee Spinka, age 73, Inverness, FL passed away June 28, 2022 in Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL Gailen was born in Reading, PA on November 10, 1948 to the late Leon and Agnes (Noll) Spinka. He was the co-owner and operator of Comfort Keepers In Home Care. He served our nation in the U.S. Army during the VietNam War. Gailen was a Leader in our Community. He was a Rotarian, a former President of Leadership Citrus, Chamber Member, former president of Suncoast Business Masters, a current President of Citrus County Continuity of Care. In 2013 he was awarded the J.L. Hassel Award and in 2014 he was awarded Administrative Excellence in Healthcare. Comfort Keepers received Chronicles BEST of the BEST WINNER this year. He cherished his family, loved his community and would help anyone in time of need. He loved fishing, boating, working in his gardens and loved nature. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 37 years, Deborah (Powell) Spinka;1 daughter, Lindsey Ann Haller and husband Barton of Inverness; 3 sisters: Beverly Spinka, Mohrsville, PA, Donna Sayers, Daytona Beach, and Linda Messer, Fleetwood, PA; 4 grandchildren: Morgan Arthur, Aiden Haller, Madilynn Haller, and Joshua Haller and 5 great grandchildren. Friends are cordially invited to attend a Memorial Gathering at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, July 9th from 4:00-6:00pm in honor of Gailen’s memory and his contributions to our community. Additional services for the family members will follow on Sunday at 3:00pm. This is a private tribute. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to the Alzheimer's Association or Citrus Co. Animal Rescue program.
Dale R Stilts, 77, Hernando, FL
Dale Ray Stilts, 77, of Hernando, FL passed away on July 21, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Raymond J. and Phyllis H. Schoonover Stilts on September 15, 1944 in Corning, NY. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Martine Corps and was also a salesman for many years. Dale enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, hunting and spending time with his beloved cat, Midnight. Along with his parents, Dale was preceded in death by two of his children, Ray and Ryan Stilts and his brother, Michael Stilts. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 26 years, Bonnie Stilts; his children, Randy Stilts (Angel) of Corning, NY, Corey Stilts (Tammy) of Elkland, PA, Josh Kimble (Rachael) of Alachua, FL, Lisa Cunningham (John) of Corning, NY, Wanda Erb (Jay) of Lawrenceville, PA, and Tammy Moone (Jason) of Noblesville, IN; his brother, Wayne Stilts; his sister, Jan Cameron; and his several cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL. Full Military Honors will be rendered at that time. A visitation of family and friends will begin at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Dr. Jon Groves, pastor of Victory Baptist Church will speak at 11:45 PM. The procession to Florida National will depart the funeral home promply at 12:15 PM.
Aileen E Stoermer, 84, Inverness, FL
Aileen “Vickie” Stoermer, age 84, Inverness, FL died at her home on July 19, 2022 under the loving care of family and Vitas Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 12, 1938 to the late George and Ethel (Rozell) Smitte, she came here in 1978 from Valley Stream, NY. She was a server in various restaurants including The Townhouse in Inverness. Vickie was also the co-owner of Ed’s Auto & Towing in Inverness. She is survived by: husband of 62 years, Eddie Stoermer; 4 children: Linda (Alex) Florio, Floral City; John (Virginia) Florio, Oceanside, NY; Lori (William) Jacobson, Inverness; Lisa Stoermer, Inverness; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Smitte and 2 sisters, Alma Koster and Edith Smitte. Private family Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Stanley L Strauss, 83, Orlando, FL
Stanley LaMarr Strauss, 83, of Orlando, passed away June 7, 2022 at the Conway Lakes Rehab in Orlando. Stanley was born on January 26, 1939 in Ephrata, PA, to the late Stanley M. and Willa Ruth (Myer) Strauss. Stanley and Sue were part time residents of Floral City, FL, for many years. He served his country in the US Navy, and owned and operated Pin-Centives, a lapel pin company. Stanley was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed traveling, old cars, baseball and hockey, and was a fisherman. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline “Sue” Strauss, his children: Jon Strauss and his wife Joanna, of Key West, FL; Brian Strauss and his life partner, Maria Herbert, of Sebastian, FL, and Laura Butts and husband Shaun of Orlando, FL; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Private graveside services for Stanley, were held on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 9:00 AM, from the the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Pastor Paul Giglio, officiated.. The family is planning a celebration of Stanley’s life in Orlando at a later date.
Naomi R Strickland, 89, Inverness, FL
Naomi Ruth Strickland, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away May 30, 2022 at home under the care of her loving family and Vitas Hospice. Naomi was born in Plant City, FL on October 8, 1932 to the late Arthur Head and Mary Valentine Head. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Left to cherish her memory are five children: Michael Strickland, Kissimmee, FL; Marlene Lanier, Orange Park, FL; Elizabeth Branson, Inverness, FL; Shirlene Ross, Jacksonville, FL; Sherri Schneider, Inverness, FL; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest S. Strickland on June 20, 2010 and her brother, Bobby Head. The things she cherished most in life was any time she could spend with her family and emulating our Savior through service. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, Fl. Bishop Edward Nixon will officiate. Burial will be private in Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family Saturday from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.
Richard P Stype, Jr., 67, Floral City, FL
Richard Paul “Rick” Stype, Jr., age 67 of Floral City, FL died at home on May 27, 2022 under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Rick was born in St. Augustine, FL on December 26, 1954 to the late Richard P. Stype, Sr. and Elizabeth Specht Stype and came to Citrus County from Clearwater, FL. He owned and operated Stype Termite & Pest Control Inc. for over 42 years. He and his wife, Hazel, attended auctions on the weekends for several years. Rick enjoyed spending time with friends and family fishing, shooting pool and playing golf. He was an avid fan of all Tampa sports teams and college athletics. He sponsored race cars at the Citrus County Speedway for years and was a former member of the Inverness Kiwanis Club. Left to cherish is memory are his wife of 38 years, Hazel Rome Stype; 5 children: Ryan P. Stype, Altamonte Springs, FL; Troy Daniels, Baltimore, MD; Meagan Stype, DeLand, FL; Sabrina (David) King, Inverness; Terry Daniels, Inverness; sister, Kathy Ward, Kennesaw, GA; several grandchildren including Gracee Ann King, Savannah Jean King, Dawson James King and many great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Kramer of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until service time. The family encourages you to wear your favorite College or Tampa based sports team memorabilia to the service to honor Rick. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rick’s memory may be made to the Citrus County Animal Shelter, 4030 So. Airport Road, Inverness, FL 34450.
Eugene V Szarek, 94, Inverness, FL
Eugene Victor Szarek, 94, of Inverness passed away July 25, 2022, under the loving care of HPH Hospice at Arbor Trail. He was born March 11, 1928 in New York Mills, NY to the late Victor Szarek and Sadie Sass. Eugene served his country proudly in the US Navy, from 1948-1952. He was employed as a mechanical engineer and retired. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He moved to Citrus County in 1993 and resided in Beverly Hills and Inverness, eventually residing with his sister. He enjoyed playing golf and would always have a joke to share with family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; Victor and Sadie Szarek, and his brother Edward Szarek. Left to cherish his memory are his sister; Irene Winch and nieces, nephews, and friends. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. He will be laid to rest in the family plot at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to HPH Hospice would be appreciated.
Maria L van der Leek, 95, Inverness, FL
Maria L. van der Leek, of Inverness, passed away on her 95th birthday, in Citrus Health and Rehab Center, Inverness. She was born May 28, 1927, and educated in Germany to the late Malte L. von Putbus and Mira von Plotz. Maria, married her husband Theodorus van der Leek, November 18, 1960, in Washington, DC. She was employed by the German Embassy in Washington. She and her husband were one of 12 immigrants, whom were invited to the White House, and received their naturalization oath in the Oval Office, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. She has been a resident of Inverness since 1987, previously residing in Forestville, MD, and previously resided in Washington, DC. Maria was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to take care of her family; she was a Master Gardner, played the button harmonica every year, for many years at the Citrus County Fair. Maria also loved to bake, for family and friends. She was Lutheran by Faith, and was a very generous, thoughtful, and caring person. She was a survivor. She survived WWII. Loved her cats, especially Bebela, who predeceased her. Her parents Malte L. and Mira von Putbus predeceased her along with her husband Theodorus van der Leek. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Andrea Maria Oswald (Buck) and Chris van der Leek (Kelly), grandchildren; Amy, Corey, Ashlie, Kyrie, Akira, and CJ. Great grandchildren; Clyde, Ava, Bently, and RJ. Family and friends are invited to her Celebration of Life Monday May 30, 2022, 3pm in Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. Pastor Tom Beaverson, from First Lutheran Church of Inverness, will officiate. Visitation from 2pm until time of service.
Joyce P Van Nutt, 95, Inverness, FL
After an amazing lifelong journey; Joyce Permaul Van Nutt passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at The Reserve at Citrus a caring Assisted Living Facility where Joyce spent the last month of her life before passing on June 19, 2022, at the age of 95 years. As known by friends and family her birth was registered after the holidays and legally known as January 5, 1927. Joyce was born on Christmas Day 1926 to Joseph and Hilda De Corum Permaul in Georgetown British Guiana now known as Guyana. She married Basil Singh in 1947 and divorced in 1953 but through that union came the loves of her life, her sons, Joe and John. Joyce learned midwifery from her grandmother, attended nursing school in Guyana then emigrated to the US in 1966 where she finished her nursing education. She sent for her sons in 1967. They settled in Teaneck NJ and in 1972 she met and married James Van Nutt. They moved to Hendersonville NC in 1978 and then relocated to Inverness Fl in 1988 where they both happily enjoyed the rest of their lives. Joyce was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Family was the focal point of her life. She was a devout member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Joyce will always be remembered by all who were blessed to know her to be full of love and encouragement; especially to her friends and family. Her cards and daily calls filled with warmth and kindness will be missed. She is preceded in death by her son John Singh and her husband James Van Nutt. Survived by her son Joe Singh and wife Jessica, 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Viewing to be held on July 16, 2022, between 10:00am and 11:30am at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home 3705 S Florida Ave Inverness Fl 34450 Funeral Services to follow at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. Hwy 41S Inverness Fl 34450 at 12:00pm. In Lieu of flowers family requests donations to be made to Citrus County meals on Wheels: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
Sharon E Vaughn, 75, Floral City, FL
Sharon E. Vaughn, 75 years, of Floral City, was received into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, July 12, 2022 at Citrus County Memorial Hospital, with her family by her side. She was born March 19, 1947, in Tampa, FL, to the late Morris S. Suggs and Billie L. Luther. Sharon married Curtis L. Vaughn, August 5, 1961 and has been a resident of Citrus County since 2009. Sharon never met a stranger, she was the most loving person you could find and had lots of patience. She and her husband Curtis raised their children as well as fostering more than 125 foster children. She received a purple heart for assisting the children she fostered. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and foster mom, she loved her Lord and enjoyed taking care of her family and her extended family and loved animals. Predeceased by her parents; Morris S. and Billie L. Suggs, she was also mother of the late Lisa Lee Vaughn. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 60 years Curtis L. Vaughn, 1 son; Curtis Vaughn, Jr. (Jenny) of Hernando, 2 daughters; Karissa Thompson (Doug) of Kentucky and Regina Bronson (John) of Riverview, FL, 2 brothers; Shelly Suggs of Gainesville, FL and Shelby Suggs of Tampa, FL, also survived by 10 grandchildren and numerous foster children. Cremation with care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Carolyn I Wagaman, 83, Inverness, FL
Carolyn Irene Wagaman, age 83, joined her Lord and Savior on July 16th,2022 while surrounded by family at The Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, Florida. Carolyn was born on September 1st,1938 to Blanche and Walter Barr in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania. Carolyn married Ralph M. Wagaman on February 10th,1957 and together they had 4 children. As a wife of a Marine, Carolyn moved frequently and then finally settled in Palm City, Florida where she helped managed a 5-acre farm. Her later life was spent in Inverness, Florida. Throughout her life, Carolyn loved reading the bible and singing hymns. She enjoyed teaching bible verses to her grandchildren. She loved working with farm animals and tending to her yard. She had a contagious laugh and a wonderful smile. Carolyn is predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Walter Barr, her son, Robert C. Wagaman, her sister, Dorothy Houpt, and her brothers, Ronald, Frank, and Robert Barr. She is lovely remembered by her sisters, Constance Tracey, Lorraine Burcker, and Fern Martin of Pennsylvania, her former husband, Ralph M. Wagaman of Okeechobee, Florida, her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Wagaman of Inverness, Florida, her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and David Taliercio of Jupiter, Florida, her son Timothy Wagaman of Tennessee, as well as 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Services will be held 1pm at Chas. E Davis Funeral Home at 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450 Friday, July 22nd, visitation from 12- 1pm. She will be laid to rest at the Hills of Rest in Floral City, Florida.
Jeffrey L Ward, 69, Inverness, FL
Jeffrey L. Ward, 69, of Inverness, FL passed away July 25, 2022 at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, FL. He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on December 8, 1952 to the late Donald Franklin and Rose Marie (De Keyser) Ward. Jeffrey was a master mechanic in the automotive industry, and Christian by faith. He arrived in this area in 2017, coming from Kentucky. Jeffrey enjoyed hunting, target practice, watching TV, and loved his plants. He is survived by his Life’s Love of 8 years, Shawna Brown of Inverness. Other survivors include his daughter Jennifer Ward, brother Pat Ward, and 1 grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.