For the Last 3 Months.
Dave Austin, 60, Inverness, FL
Dave Austin, 60, of Inverness, FL passed away August 26, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in South Boston, Virginia on September 6, 1958. Dave was a lineman for Dominion Power in Kill Devil Hills, NC, he retired in 2016 and arrived in this area in 2018. Dave was a hardworking man, with a kind heart that would do anything for his family. He enjoyed golfing, working on cars, riding motorcycles, and playing with his dog “Maddox”. Dave was preceded in death by his father Marshall Calvin Austin, and one son Nicholas David Austin. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Collier Austin. Other survivors include his daughters Shannon Leigh Austin Flynn and her husband William Flynn of Virginia Beach, VA, and Katie Ide of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters Diane Austin Cottrell of Hernando Beach, FL and Terry Lynn Maple of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and 2 grandchildren, Rex and Nicholas. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Alan "Al" J Bailey, 73, Inverness, FL
Alan “Al” Jon Bailey, age 73, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home after a lengthy battle with ALS on August 26, 2019. He was under the care of HPH Hospice and his wife Penny. Born in Cedar Rapids Iowa on November 20, 1945, Al was one of four children born to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Daker) Bailey. He attended Harrison Grade School, Roosevelt Junior High and Thomas Jefferson Senior High in Cedar Rapids. He spent his summers playing baseball and was a member of the Roosevelt baseball team. In 8th grade, Al was introduced to golf by his best friend. Ultimately he abandoned baseball and golf became his lifelong career path. After graduating from Jefferson High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1963, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR and was a member of the freshman golf team. The next year he transferred to State College of Iowa in Cedar Falls. In 1965, Al married his longtime girlfriend, Penny McDaniel in Cedar Rapids. He then transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City and played on the golf team his senior year. Al turned Pro in August of 1967 and accepted his first job as 2nd Assistant Pro at Happy Hollow Country Club in Omaha, NE where John Frillman was the Head Pro. His next positions were all in the Chicago area: • March 1, 1968 – November 1, 1971 Assistant Pro at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northbrook, IL Bob Harris, Head Pro • March 1, 1972 – November 1, 1972 Assistant Pro at Ravinia Green Country Club in Deerfield, IL Pete Mazzetta, Head Pro • March 1, 1973 – November 1, 1973 Al is the Head Pro at Kankakee Elks Country Club, Kankakee, IL • March 1, 1974 – November 1, 1976 Al is the Head Pro at Midlane Country Club in Waukegan, IL At the end of the season in 1976, the club was sold and the owner gave the Head Pro position to a friend. Al’s contract wasn’t renewed for 1977. In the spring of 1977, Al moved to the Quad Cities and ran a driving range for a friend, where he also gave golf lessons. In 1978, Al was hired by Dunlop Maxfli as a sales representative covering 5 states for 2 years. In 1980, an Iowa territory for Titleist opened up and Al got his “Dream Job” as a sales representative. He and Penny moved backed to Iowa and lived in Des Moines for the next 12 years. Al spent a total of 23 years with Titleist. 12 years in the Iowa territory, 5 years in the Memphis based territory and 6 years as Sales Automation Trainer for Titleist and Footjoy worldwide. Al had so many accomplishments in his golf career, there are just too many to mention them all. However, here are just a few from his professional PGA days: • 1970, won the Illinois open at the Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, IL • 1970, qualified and played in the US Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, MN. • Al made it to the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying School which earned him a sponsor exemption to the 1971 “Western Open” at the Olimpia Fields Country Club in Olimpia Fields, IL. After regaining his amateur status in 1980, Al won the Des Moines City Tournament 3 out of the 4 years he lived there (1982, 1984, 1985) which was held at the Waveland Golf Course. Al worked hard, played hard and lived his life to the fullest with no regrets at the end. He loved golf, college football, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks, “Hogs” and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also loved any and all technology, especially computer and camera technology. Al enjoyed riding his recumbent bike on the trails in Citrus County, FL with his family where he lived. He was super intelligent, witty, funny, and a “hardass” at times but, his family and friends loved him. His Titleist and Footjoy families meant so much to him. Many of the relationships he formed there would be lifelong. Al had so many friends from his golfing days in Iowa and here in Florida. He missed “The Dunes” and “Silverthorn” golf buddies so much as he couldn’t play golf the last year of his life due to the progression of his A.L.S. disease. He will be missed so much by his family and many friends. In addition to his parent’s, Al was preceded in death by his brother, Lee Bailey and his sister, Nancy Bailey. Al is survived by his loving wife Susan “Penny” Bailey, his brother, Jim Bailey and his wife Marilyn of Clive, IA; sister in laws, Pam Wharton and her husband John, Patrice Jackson and her Fiancé, Steve Corpstein; brother in law, John McDaniel and his wife Julie and special dog, “Huck” whom Al loved. Al is also survived by nephew, Dr. Skiff Bailey, his wife Jenny and their 3 sons; nephew, Randy Bailey; nephew, Mark Bailey, his wife Barbara and their sons; nephew, Shannon Rippey, his wife Andrea; nephew, Josh Wharton, his wife Natasha and their daughter, nephew, Gregg Bailey, his wife Sara and their 2 sons and 1 daughter; nephew, Matthew Wharton, nephew, Drake Zabloudil and wife Paige; niece, Cheryl Hochstein, her husband Chris and their 2 children; niece, Jennifer Rippey; niece, Abby Jackson-Tschechaniuk, her husband Phil; niece, Erica Bascom, her husband Ryan and their children; niece, Abbie Rathje, her husband Scott and their children; niece, Kylea Zmoos, her husband Zach and their children. Per Al’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no services. Al’s wife Penny has made plans to have a portion of his ashes spread at a couple of golf courses Al played throughout his career, as well as his former college Alma Maters. Penny also plans to take some of his ashes to the Gulf of Mexico, where he loved to fish and the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes where he lived. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Dorothy L Balliet, 92, Inverness, FL
Dorothy Louise Balliet, 92, of Inverness, FL departed to be with her Lord and Savior on September 25, 2019 at New Horizon Assisted Living in Inverness. She was born in Scranton, PA on November 18, 1926 to the late O. Emil and Elizabeth (Simmen) Strauch. Dorothy was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 1985, coming from Scranton. She attended the First Assembly of God in Inverness, and later the Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Inverness. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Frederick G. Balliet in 2016. Celebrating her arrival in heaven are her daughters, Marilyn, Virginia “Ginny” and her husband Jerry and Susan and her husband Eric ; 2 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. A Graveside Service for Dorothy will be held on Friday, October 4, 11:00 A.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. with the Pastor Ken Lawson officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, from 9:30 A.M. through 10:00 A.M. The funeral procession will be departing the funeral home at 10:15. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Marcella A Bobbert, 74, Floral City, FL
Marcella A. “Marcy” Bobbert, age 74, Floral City passed away October 8, 2019 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Oxford, FL, following an extended illness. Marcy was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 22, 1945 to the late Stanley and Viola (Noreski) Knapp. She came to Citrus County in 1998 from Spartansburg, PA and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 56 years, James Bobbert, her son, James Bobbert, Jr, of Spring Hill, FL; two brothers: James and Paul Knapp of Pittsburgh, PA; two sisters: Eileen Bright and Rose Marie; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle Bobbert in 1985 and sisters: Mary Lou and Rita. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Church, with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Interment will be at a later date in Pennsylvania.
Gary S Borgeson, 64, Inverness, FL
Gary S. Borgeson, 64, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully October 8, 2019. He was born in Sandusky, OH on April 24, 1955. He was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn (Kaczorowski) Borgeson, and his father in law and best friend Jon F. Zimmerman. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Victoria Borgeson. Other survivors include his daughter Christine (Marc) Herring of Inverness; brother Charles Borgeson of Norwalk, OH; nephews Nathan and Benjamin (Jennifer) Borgeson, 3 grandchildren, Marcus, Lexus, and Kandus, many sister and brother in laws, and mother in law Gloria Zimmerman. Gary served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He retired in 2007 as a Captain for the Florida Dept. of Corrections. He was Christian by faith and loved the Lord. He loved bass fishing, baseball, and going to the gym. Gary was loved by all who knew him, and will be truly missed. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Gary will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church of Inverness with the Pastor Tom Thomas officiating. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Candace M Bose, 74, Inverness, FL
Candace Mary Bose, age 74, Inverness, Florida, passed away suddenly at home on October 15, 2019. Candace was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 23, 1945, to the late John Gaccione and Muriel (Moller) Gaccione and came to Florida in 1992 from Staten Island, NY. She retired from the Citrus County School System as a substitute teacher, having taught in most of the area high schools. She had a special passion for challenged students and spent many hours teaching and caring for them at the Renaissance Center and the Withlacoochee campus. She always made sure her students were properly fed in the morning before their classes. Often, she used her own funds to purchase their food. During her tenure with the Citrus County School System, Candace was selected as “Support Person of the Year”. Candace was dedicated to her children and family, and she had a great love for animals. She and her husband, Frank, rescued many animals throughout the years, often finding suitable homes, neutering and rendering medical assistance at their own expense. Additionally, many will remember her as a server at the Outback Restaurant in Inverness, always taking special care of her customers. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 45 years, Frank Edward Bose; her two daughters: Eydie Jackson of Inverness, FL and Amanda Bose of Fort Mill, SC; brother, Thomas Gaccione of Staten Island, NY; granddaughter, Nicole Apicerni; and a great grandson, Solomon Vivas. She was preceded in death by her sister, Janice Barrett. At Candace’s request, there will private services for the family. There will be no calling hours. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Vernon R Brown, 72, Inverness, FL
Vernon Richard Brown, age 72, Inverness, FL passed away Oct 10, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Vernon was born in Ft. Meade, FL on July 4, 1947 to the late Donald Hugh Brown, Sr. and Cleo Pippin Brown and moved to Citrus County in 1988 from there where he was employed in the phosphate industry as a Superintendant for many years. Vernon was an avid bow hunter and loved to spend time in the woods. He enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness. He also had a passion for cooking and loved watching football and baseball, especially when the Buccaneers or Tampa Bay Rays would play. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 28 years, Jacqueline Owen Brown of Inverness; his 2 daughters: Krista Adams and husband Robert of Lakeland, FL and Jennifer Chancey of Cleveland, TN; 3 stepdaughters: Teena Wasik, Delano, MN, Crystal McFarland, Unity, ME, and Joni McFarland, Inverness, FL; 1 sister, Frances Brown Douglas and her husband Bobby, Lake Mary, FL; 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald H. Brown, Jr. Vernon’s family will schedule a Celebration of Life in his memory at a later date. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Jewell D Burkhalter, 77, Inverness, FL
Jewell Dean Burkhalter, age 77, Inverness, FL passed away October 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Dean was born in Cullman, AL on November 22, 1941 to the late John Gordon Steele and Tennie Smith Steele. Jewell Dean graduated from Lake Weir High School in 1960. She worked for the telephone company in Ocala, Fl. She met her husband, Larry in Jacksonville, FL and they married on April 9, 1970 in Washington, DC. She was a homemaker and worked for the Citrus Co. Chamber of Commerce. Jewell Dean loved gardening. She took pride in her plants and flowers. She also loved music and dancing, especially the jitterbug. While she was a fierce defender of her family and friends, her heart was larger than life. Her grandson, Joshua, was the light of her life. Her home was her castle. She adored cooking and fed anyone and everyone who walked in the back door. If you left her house hungry, it was your own fault. She was a straight shooter. You always knew where you stood. She was truly a jewel! Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 49 years, Willy L. Burkhalter; 2 children: Robert Ryland Burkhalter, Inverness and Brenda Rae Locklear and her husband Dexter of St. Mary’s Georgia; 2 brothers, Jerry Steele of Ocala, Fl and Rayburn Steele of Loveland, CO; 1 grandson, Joshua Locklear. She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Steele. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, October 25th at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Kell of the Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
William E Campbell, 68, Floral City, FL
William Edward “Bill” Campbell, age 68, Floral City, FL passed away October 17, 2019 at his residence under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Bill was born in White Plains, NY on September 26, 1951 to Harry W. Campbell and Sarah (Voris) Campbell. He moved to Floral City this year after residing in New Port Richey for 30 years. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the engine repair business. He was especially proficient in repairing and building race cars. Bill also enjoyed hunting. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Diane (Willman) Campbell, Floral City, Fl; 3 children: William Edward Campbell, Jr. and wife Danielle, Port Richey, FL, Kevin Patrick Campbell and wife Rebecca, Floral City, FL, and Christina Falakos and husband Minas, Spring Hill, FL; His mother, Sarah Campbell, Gibston, FL; 2 brothers: Roy Campbell, Bradenton, FL and Robert Campbell of Gibston, FL; his sister, Linda Crisp, Gibston, FL; 7 grandchildren: Tiffany, Derek, Demetri, Andrew, Hailey, Emma, and Kelsey: 1 great grandchild, Emery. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry W. Campbell A Service of Remembrance will be offered on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Ballard, pastor of Calvary Chapel Officiating. Military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 2:30 PM. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Usf Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf To Lake Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461
Rose E Capps, 85, Floral City, FL
Rose Etta Capps, 85, of Floral City, FL passed away August 26, 2019 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in Cantoment, FL on September 27, 1933 to the late Frank and Mary (Smith) Ard. Rose was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, and a Baptist by faith. She arrived in this area in 1980, coming from Sanford, FL and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and sewing. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Capps in 1988; two sons, Albert Capps and Herbert Capps; one daughter, Carolyn Capps , one sister, Bernice Ard; and three brothers, Charles Ard, David Ard and Willie Ard. She is survived by her children Frank Capps of Floral City, Claude Capps of Tennessee, Marc Capps and his wife Amanda of Inverness, FL, Joanne Jones of Floral City, Diane Logan and her husband Jack of Floral City, and Marilyn England and her husband Carl of Sanford, FL; brothers Walter, Edward, and Benjamin Ard; and sisters Dollie Byrd and Janie Ard; 20 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Geraldine Carlson, 97, Towson, Md
Geraldine “Gerry” (Pezzanite) Carlson, age 97, of West Virginia, a state she deeply loved, passed away while under the care of Gilchrist Hospice on August 12, 2019. Gerry was born on September 15, 1921 in Alderson, WV to the late Larry Vincent and Anna Georgia (Elkins) Pezzanite. She attended Alderson High School where she was a cheerleader in 1937. After leaving Alderson, WV in 1940, Gerry went to work for an air cargo carrier that flew freight to Central and South America. She wore many hats throughout her professional career including being on the corporate board of a major corporation, to selling real estate, to raising money for charitable organizations. In 1942, Gerry was noticed by a talent scout in Baltimore, MD. She was urged to go to South America to star in movies there but, due to the language barrier, ultimately decided against the idea. In 1957, she married her husband, Frederick Conrad Carlson with whom she shared 46 years of loving marriage until his passing on October 4, 2003 in Gainesville, FL. Gerry is survived by her son, Frederick R. Carlson and his wife Mary; sister, Natalie Phillips; 2 grandchildren, Zachary and Zoe Carlson. Gerry will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A committal service will take place at the cemetery on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery which will depart promptly at 12:15 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Dorris Clark, 78, Hernando, FL
Mr. Dorris Clark, age 78, of Hernando, FL passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 22, 2019. Dorris was born on July 8, 1941 in Cumberland, KY to the late Joe Clark and Edna (Paul) Clark-Morris. On April 8, 1962 he married Yvonne Boggs with whom he shared 57 years of loving marriage. Dorris and Yvonne made Citrus County their home in 1983 after relocating from Ypsilanti, MI. They owned and operated the K&K Mini Market in Inverness until their retirement in July of 2015. Prior to owning the convenience store, he worked as a driver for Ready Mix and also as a mechanic. Dorris inherited his grandfather’s 1941 Dodge pickup truck, the truck on which he learned to drive. He spent many years and numerous hours lovingly restoring the truck to its original beauty. When he had some time to spare, Dorris loved sitting in his back yard feeding the birds and enjoying nature. In addition to his loving wife Yvonne, Dorris is survived by his sons: Kevin Clark of Citrus Springs, Keith Clark and his wife Michelle, of Citrus Springs; grandchildren: Korey, Jack and Kerrigan; step grandchildren: Chris and Shannon; two brothers and six sisters. He is also survived by his very special great-great niece and nephew: Kylie and Sean, who considered Dorris to be their loving grandfather. Dorris is preceded in death by two sisters. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander Sr. of the New Church Without Walls officiating. Following the service at the funeral home, Dorris will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Raymond T Collins, 88, INVERNESS, FL
Raymond Thomas Collins (Mixie), 88, of Inverness Florida, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019. Ray was born on March 7, 1931 in Turners Falls, MA, to the late John and Lillian V. (Maddern) Collins. His father emigrated from County Galway, Ireland and he was proud of his Irish heritage. Ray graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Navy for four years during the Korean War, where he was awarded the Air Medal for multiple hazardous missions, as a crew member of a PB4Y2 patrol bomber. After his discharge, Ray used the GI Bill to attend the Universities of Massachusetts and Delaware, which culminated in earning him a Masters Degree in Entomology. Upon graduation he joined the US Agency for International Development. He was stationed in Hue and Danang, South Vietnam and worked in the Malaria Eradication Program. Ray was later transferred to the Federal Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Atlanta, GA and continued working in Vietnam until he was transferred to the Philippine Malaria Program. He served there until 1972. Ray set up and routinely monitored several Research Villages for over 10 years while working for the US Government in Vietnam and the Philippines, and later under the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Ray and Bernardita retired to Inverness Florida, where he was active in the local Barbershop quartet. He was an active member of the Moose club, and served on the Cambridge POA as president and later as Treasurer. He and his wife Bernardita hosted many parties especially St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Ray and Bernardita (Bernie) were married on the fourth of July, 1972, in a Muslim Ceremony in Indonesia and on the following day, at the same location, by Father Saplala, a Catholic Priest. Left to cherish Ray’s memory are: his wife of 47 years, Bernardita Collins, nieces and nephews including: Gary Collins (Mary Ann), John Collins, Kevin Collins (Charlene), Karen Collins (Jon), Lori Pulaski (John). He also leaves many extended family members in the United States and the Philippines. He leaves many friends. He was preceded in death by his parent’s John and Lillian, his brother, John, and his sister in law, May. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Fr. Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Committal services will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors being rendered by V.F.W. Post 4337. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Ray’s memory.
Robert L Corey, 72, Hernando, FL
Robert L. Corey, 72, of Hernando, FL passed away August 27, 2019 at his residence in Hernando. He was born in Putnam, CT on January 7, 1947 to the late Leonard and Ruby (Morrisson) Corey. Robert retired from Public Works and then worked at E. Joly and Sons. Following retirement he relocated to Hernando, coming from Connecticut. He loved NASCAR, and enjoyed football, antiquing ,old cars, and watching TV. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sue Corey, and his daughter Laurie LePine and her husband Christopher. Additional family members Kristen, Rob, Emerson, and Mason Joly. He was predeceased his son, Justin L Corey. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Emilio Cruz, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Emilio Cruz, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 16, 2019. He was 83 years of age. Emilio was born in Puerto Rico on December 8, 1935 to the late Pablo and Juana (Garcia Barbosa) Cruz. He was married to Nadia (Melendez) Cruz for 62 years until her passing on March 31, 2016. Emilio and Nadia were residents of Bay Shore, Long Island, NY then relocated to Ensenada, Puerto Rico. They eventually made Beverly Hills, FL their home in 1991 and were parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Emilio is survived by his children: Maria Lanzarone and her husband Robert of Beverly Hills, FL, Jose Cruz and his wife Susan of West Islip, NY, Isaac Bracero and his wife Olivia of Spanish Fort, AL; grandchildren: Jennifer, Robert Jr., Joseph, Stephanie, Michael, Dillon, Alex, Wesley, Nicholas; great grandchildren: Isaac, Lydia, Mikey, Christopher, Kaylee, Easton, Brody, Carter, Colby, Avery, Brennen. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Islip, NY at a later date. Following the Mass, Emilio will be laid to rest with his wife Nadia at The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Cremation care provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Raymond Cubero, 60, Inverness, FL
Raymond Cubero of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at his home on October 2, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Vitas Hospice Healthcare. Raymond was 60 years old, born in Manhattan, NY on January 22, 1959 to Ernesto and Socorro Cubero. He is pre-deceased by his father Ernesto Cubero and stepson SGT Robert Surber, He proudly served his county as a member of the United States Army and has continued to be a proud supporter of the military, veterans, and local veteran groups in the community. Raymond was a dedicated and accomplished handyman. He loved to work on old cars and to ride his motorcycle. He was a reliable and good man who loved his family and friends above all else. Those left to mourn Raymond’s passing include his loving companion of 28 years, Kerri Surber; daughter, Melody Cubero; stepdaughter, Jennifer Surber; three grandchildren: Raiden Robert, Elora Grace and Teagan Lyanna; his mother, Socorro; brother, Ernesto; and sister, JoAnne. A celebration of Raymond’s life is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Reverend Dr. Douglas Alexander of the New Church without Walls. Friends are invited to join Raymond’s family in visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Frederick E Darmstadt, 86, Bever.y Hills, FL
Frederick E. Darmstadt of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on September 12, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family. Frederick was 86 years old. He was born on June 12, 1933 in New York City, NY to the late Frederick R. and Ann M. (Doyle) Darmstadt. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Frederick earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant in the telephone / communication industry for over 30 years. On August 18, 1981, he married Sharon (Gundlah) with whom he shared 38 years of loving marriage. Frederick and Sharon made Beverly Hills, FL their home in 1996 after relocating from Pearl River, NY. In his spare time, Frederick enjoyed playing bridge and golfing. He was also an avid reader and a member of the Telephone Pioneers organization. In addition to his loving wife Sharon, those left to mourn Frederick’s passing are his sons: Rik Darmstadt and his husband John Graziadei of Schenectady, NY, Jon Darmstadt and his wife Renee of Plainfield, IL, James Darmstadt and his wife Cate of Louisville, KY, Hugh Johnson and his wife Tracey of Oak Island, NC; daughters: Jennifer Maraday and her fiancé Jay Hannigan of Newburgh, NY, Katrina Como and her husband Paul of Wilmington, NC; and grandchildren: Harley, Spencer, Sophia, Johnathan and Aniela. In lieu of flowers, Frederick’s family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy N.E., South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Jonnie S Davis (Brunswick), 62, Floral City, FL
Jonnie Sue Davis (Brunswick), of Floral City, FL, passed on October 9, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Susie was born August 7, 1967, the daughter of Richard Lott and Rebecca Davis. She is survived by her two children, Lydia M. Wiley and Robert L. (Curley) Wiley, and her seven grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Donna M DeCarlo, 77, Inverness, FL
Donna Marie Hill DeCarlo, age 77, Inverness, FL, passed away September 26, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Donna was born in Waterbury, CT on February 6, 1942 to the late William and Marie (Triano) Hill and moved to Citrus County in 1974 from Arlington Heights, IL. She was a retired Registered Nurse and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 55 years, William “Bill” DeCarlo; 3 children: Joseph William DeCarlo (Kathleen), David Michael DeCarlo (Sherri), and Andrea DeCarlo Muzzupappa (Ken Coral), all of Inverness; 1 sister, Marsha Minicucci (John), Naugatuck, CT; 2 brothers, William Hill, Scottsdale, AZ and Mark Hill, Naugatuck, CT; brothers-in-law, James DeCarlo (Linda) and Alan DeCarlo (Deborah); 4 grandchildren: Brian Pearson (Charlotte), Cameron DeCarlo, Blake DeCarlo (Lauren) and Vincent Muzzupappa; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Doug Klish. Heaven received an upgrade. If you didn’t love Donna, there is something seriously wrong with you. If anyone deserved nicer words, it was Donna. Wherever she went, she was the most decent person in the room. Because of her, her children and their children and their children will never run with scissors. She had a marvelous and wholesome laugh. We would constantly tease her just to hear her laugh. She would always send us birthday cards full of confetti; when you opened the envelope, confetti would fly all over the place. Often, the cards would arrive 2 months late, so the confetti wasn’t expected. Family would curse her all while laughing their asses off. We didn’t want her to go and she didn’t want to leave. When she did, she was with her children whom she adored, and her husband who she unconditionally loved. Heaven definitely got an upgrade. We hope they appreciate her. Oh yeah, the next time it snows, look for confetti. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donna’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, alzheimersfamily.org. Arrangements are private. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Stefani J Dugas, 28, Inverness, FL
Stefani Jo Dugas was a little girl with a head of ringlets and a mischievous smile, always trying to keep up with her older sister and cousins. Born on September 25, 1990 in Indianapolis, IN, her childhood was spent at her grandparents’ campground, where she sledded down snowy hills screaming with laughter, swam in the pool like a mermaid with her eyes wide open, and fished in the pond on long summer days. Surrounded by her loving family in Indiana, Stefani’s life was rooted by the devotion of her grandmother, Patsy Swain and her grandfather, Jim Swain (deceased), her sister, Heather Reynolds, and her mother, Staci Baker (deceased). The four cousins (Stefani, Heather, Zachery (Tia) Campfield, and Brittni Campfield (deceased)) were her “siblings” and meant the world to her – they were her protectors and her first friends. Her aunts Shelli Bailey and Sheri Swain (Kathy Kiely) were also an integral part of Stefani’s life, a close-knit family with a common goal to be there for each other. Stefani moved to Inverness, FL in 2000 with her grandparents and sister. A student at Pleasant Grove Elementary and a graduate of Citrus High School, Stefani benefited greatly from the educators who helped her learn valuable life skills so she could live an independent life. Her beloved grandmother, Patsy, was the guiding force who made sure that Stefani had the strength and confidence to handle anything life put in her path, and who taught her persistence, a trait all who knew her would certainly agree that she mastered. It was at Citrus High School where Stefani met the love of her life and husband, Jeffery Dugas. In fact, Stefani’s proudest two words were “my husband.” Her 4-year marriage (and 11-year relationship) were the foundation of Stefani’s adult life. Stefani and Jeff were known around town by a network of friends and family at various workplaces like Citrus Memorial Hospital, Arbor Trail Rehabilitation Center, Angelo’s Pizza, and Walmart. They loved to go out to eat at Applebee’s, Joe’s Family Restaurant, and Wendy’s – and you could guarantee that soup was usually part of those meals. That girl sure loved her soups. Stefani was a huge fan of thrills: she loved scary movies and especially terrifying rollercoaster rides – the faster, the higher, the better. She would crack up, wanting to go on the rides again and again, usually while Jeff opted to wait for her elsewhere (as much as Stefani was a fan of these thrills, Jeff was… not). Her honeymoon at Universal and Disney were some of the happiest days of her life. Some of her happiest days also included time with her second cousin, Lily Williams, and her little nephew, TaytonLee Stone Keyes. Her connection with kids was pure – they always related so well to her that you weren’t sure who was the kid and who was the adult. Being Aunt Stefani brought her immense joy and we were never quite sure who would giggle the loudest when Stefani played together with either Lily or Tayton. Stefani was also a proud aunt to Jeff’s many nieces and nephews, and an important part of the Dugas clan. Losing Stefani suddenly on August 19, 2019 has brought her family and friends deep sadness. Stefani was a lifelong fan of Winnie the Pooh, just like Brittni, the cousin she lost just two years ago. Stefani’s character grew from the Hundred Acre Wood – a fusion of Pooh’s simple wisdom, Piglet’s pragmatism and Eeyore’s skepticism. Like the family did for Brittni, we now remind ourselves of these profound life lessons, and in this case, draw inspiration from Winnie the Pooh for the way Stefani lived: “You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” May the memories of Stefani’s infectious laugh, her bright smile, her sense of playfulness, her love for her family -- and the surety that an angel has just gotten her wings -- bring her family and friends comfort. A gathering for family and friends will be on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 12 noon, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Richard A Edinger, 85, Floral City, FL
Richard A. Edinger, 85 of Floral City, passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born in Indian Lake, NY on September 21, 1933, to the late George K. and Lucy (King) Edinger, Richard moved to Citrus County in 2000 from Indian Lake. Richard served our Country with the US Marine Corps, retiring as Master Sergeant as a Field Music Drum Major after 20 years of service. He was Methodist by faith, and was an outdoors-man who enjoyed shooting, hunting and trapping. After retirement from the Marines, he became a licensed plumber and also operated a shrimp boat in North Carolina. Moving back to Indian Lake in the 1980s, he worked for the town and was the fire tower lookout at Wakely Mtn. for a few summers. He also worked to control black flies by helping administer the town’s BTI program. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 63 years, Kazuko (Hirao) Edinger, his sister, Nancy Thorson of Indian Lake, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews who referred to him affectionately as Uncle Dicky. Graveside Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with military honors provided by the US Marine Corps Detachment #819. A celebration of life will immediately follow at the Cove Pub & Grub, 1242 South Cove Camp Point, Inverness, FL. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Doris E Falzarano, 95, Inverness, FL
Doris Elizabeth Falzarano, age 95 of Inverness, passed away October 10, 2019 at Highland Place ALF in Inverness. Doris was born December 5, 1923 in Guilderland Township, NY, to the late Frederick R. and Caroline H. (Stutsrim) Blackman, Sr. Doris had the distinction of being the first woman employee at the GE lab in Schenectady, NY. She was married to Douglas C. Conkling, for 28 years, living in Stratford, CT for most of that time raising her 3 children. She was very active in the women’s circle at the Methodist Church in the ‘60s, and was very involved with office work for the volunteers and “candy stripers”, at the Bridgeport Hospital. After a move to Spring Hill, FL in 1980, she was employed as an administrative assistant in a urology office. In 1983 she married Louie Falzarano and they moved to Inverness. Doris was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, needlepoint and traveling the US. Her labor of love was knitting winter hats for the homeless and lap robes for nursing home residents. She had a quick wit and loved a good hug. Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas Conkling and her second husband, Louie Falzarano, her brother Frederick R. Blackman, her daughter Jane Liebert, and stepson, Richard Falzarano (Dolores). Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Gail Southard (Ed) of Inverness, her son, Robert Conkling of Newport, TN; stepdaughter, Bonnie Wilder of Inverness, and stepson, Joseph Falzarano (Vanessa) of Cobleskill, NY, five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Doris will be conducted on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church in Inverness, officiating. Committal services will follow at a later date.
Arthur C Fischofer, 81, Inverness, FL
Arthur Charles Fischofer, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Charles was born in New Orleans, LA on May 6, 1938 to the late Arthur Charles Fischofer, Sr. and Ruth Lacas Fischofer and came to this area from Orlando in 2005. He was a retired manager in the automotive repair business and member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. He was a very proud graduate from the University of Miami and then served our country in the U.S. Army. Charles, better known to his family and many friends as Charlie, was an avid outdoorsman, a boater, hunter and fisherman. As a younger man he spent many hours air boating in the Everglades. More recently, he and his family enjoyed fishing and diving for scallops in the Gulf near the family retreat at Horseshoe Beach. Charles also thoroughly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for many years plus watching and attending the Major League Baseball Games especially the Boston Red Sox. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Joan (Carrow) Fischofer; 3 children: Craig W. Fischofer and his wife Holly, Spring Hill, FL; Arthur Charles Fischofer, III and his wife Margaret, Augusta, GA; Susan Amanda Floyd and husband Robert, Augusta, GA; 7 grandchildren: Bryce, Kelsie, Brent, Connor, Emily, Elizabeth and Charles, IV; He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Martin. The Requiem Eucharist Mass is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Fr. Eugene Reuman, celebrant. Committal services will follow in the church’s memorial garden. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. If someone would like to donate funds to the Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund. Contact: Nikki Selph at Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund Donations, P.O.Box 244, Horseshoe Beach, Florida 32648 or email: email@example.com
Alvina R Flanagan, 84, Floral City, FL
Alvina Ruth Flanagan, age 84, of Floral City, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on August 18, 2019. Alvina was born on August 1, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH to the late William and Flossie Frye. She was married to Kenneth Flanagan for 40 years until his passing in 1994. Alvina and her family made St. Petersburg, FL their home in 1956 after relocating from Cincinnati and then settled in Floral City in 1980. A Christian by faith, she was a devoted member of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Alvina loved going to church for worship. In her spare time she enjoyed playing the organ at home and taking day trips with her husband. Those left to mourn Alvina’s passing include her sons: Kenneth Flanagan of Floral City, Curtis Flanagan and his wife Connie of Floral City, Paul Flanagan of Inverness; stepson, Barry; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Alvina was preceded in death by her son, Michael in 2015, stepson, Tommy in 1979 and two brothers and three sisters. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Mary H Gates, 94, Inverness, FL
Mary Huntington Gates of Inverness, Florida died peacefully of natural causes while hiking alone along the Citrus County Wildlife Management Trails near her home on September 7, 2019. She was 94. Mary was born on July 26, 1925 in Westport, Connecticut, the eldest daughter of Reverend Edmund Jayne Gates and Marjory Coley Gates. Most of her childhood was spent in Waterville, NY where she attended public school and was salutatorian of her class of 1943. Mary went on to graduate from Connecticut College for Girls in 1947; later she earned a master’s degree in special education from Stamford University, CA. In the fall of 1954 Mary set out for California with her younger brother Roger. She made Pacific Grove on the Monterrey Peninsula her home and began her long career as a teacher and school administrator. Shortly after arriving in California she joined the Sierra Club—she would end up passing the sixty year mark with that organization—and threw herself into the strenuous, adventurous life she would always love: camping, hiking and canoeing in the wilderness. In summers during the 1960s and early 70s she led bicycle tours across Europe, often averaging one hundred miles a day, always staying in hostels at night. She remained a patron and passionate advocate of international hostels for the rest of her days. After retirement Mary returned to her native upstate New York, living for a number of years in Oriskany Falls and then Clinton. She devoted much of her time to serving as a literacy volunteer, choosing to work in prisons in both New York State and in Florida. At the age 88 Mary packed up and set out again, this time for a place she had grown to love over the course of many years—Inverness, Florida. Mary Gates was predeceased by three brothers, one sister and two sisters in law: Edmund J Gates Jr, Stephan Gates, David Gates, Barbara Gates Pattison, Phyllis Roberts Gates(wife Of Edmund) and Evangeline(Jill) Senior Gates(wife of Roger). She is survived by her brother Roger C. Gates of Clinton, NY and sister Catherine Gates Miller of Salem, Connecticut as well as eleven nieces and nephews. The Gates family wishes to express their enormous gratitude to many in Inverness who opened their hearts to Mary in her final years there and did so much to care for her, especially: Cindy Hines, Sandra and Arthur Coker, Janie and Billy Baker. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with Cremation Care arrangements.
Ann "Nancy" C Gibboney, 81, Hernando, FL
Ann Carol “Nancy” Gibboney, age 81, of Hernando, FL and former Miami resident, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on August 13, 2019. Nancy was born in Orange, NJ on July 15, 1938. She worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines for 26 years and was based out of Miami. She relocated to Hernando, FL 18 years ago with her husband of 54 years, Philip Gibboney. Nancy touched many lives with her laughter, smile, and generosity. She had a passion for reading, enjoyed cooking, and was an amazing cook. Nancy always found time during the holidays to donate to some worthy cause enriching the lives of others. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her laughter will ring in our thoughts and her smile etched in our memories. Catholic by faith, she had a “BIG” heart. In addition to her loving husband Philip, Nancy is survived by a stepson, Larry Gibboney of Salt Lake City, UT; a stepdaughter, Anita Gibboney of Doral, FL; brothers: Shaun Murphy of California, Jerry Murphy of New Jersey; and a sister, Maureen Cohen of Stuart, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Irene C Goetz, 95, Homosassa, FL
Irene Charlotte Goetz, age 95, of Homosassa, FL passed away at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River on August 1, 2019. Irene was born in Vilshofen, Germany to the late Max and Mary (Dobler) Hoefler. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 5. Irene was married to John Goetz for 68 years until his passing on June 26, 2011. She and John made Florida their home in 1989 after relocating from Middleburg, NY. Irene was a Catholic by faith and faithfully said her prayers every night before going to bed. She loved playing Bingo and Canasta. For a number of years, Irene and her husband enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and Biloxi. Those left to mourn Irene’s passing include her devoted niece, Mary Ann (Ken) Vantine; grand nieces: Meghan Vantine, Heather (Tim Webb) Vantine; loving nephew: Leonard Hoefler; and great nieces: Harper Webb, Ruth Webb. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepson Ronald in 2011 and by three brothers and two sisters. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Harry W Hall, 72, Inverness, FL
Harry Willis Hall passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side on September 7, 2019 at the age of 72. Harry was born in Fort Meyers, FL on July 1, 1947 to the late Ivan and Edith (McKinney) Hall. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and later as a member of the Florida National Guard. On June 9, 2001 he married Elsie (Dumosmog) with whom he shared 18 years of loving marriage. Prior to his retirement, Harry worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as a Mechanic. He and Elsie made Citrus County, FL their home in 2012 after relocating from Labelle, FL. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, cooking and working in his yard. In addition to his wife, Harry is survived by his sons: John Thomas Hall and Harry Coleman Hall; daughter, Trista Hall; siblings: Edward, Elizabeth and Sarah; and 2 great grandchildren. Following cremation, Harry’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Judith A Herwat, 76, Floral City, FL
Judith Ann Herwat, 76, of Floral City, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in Toledo, OH on May 17, 1943 to the late Donald and Hazel F. (Murphy) Vermett. Judith was a school bus driver for 25 years, and a Methodist by faith. She arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellevue, OH. Judith enjoyed reading, cryptoquote and jigsaw puzzles, and fishing. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Harry F. Herwat. Other survivors include her children Christopher H. Herwat and his wife Michelle of Huron, OH, and Karen M. Harris and her husband Jeremy of Rutherfordton, NC; sister Jeanette Jump of Toledo; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Dale E Horn, 93, Inverness, FL
Dale Eugene Horn, of Inverness, FL and formerly of Clearwater, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 15, 2019. He was 93 years of age. Dale was born in Loudonville, OH to the late Herman and Harriet May (Lebkisher) Horn on September 15, 1926. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1944 to 1969, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Dale was a Veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. After his military service, Dale went to work for the State of Colorado as a Computer Programmer. On April 25, 1975 he married the love and light of his life, Sonja (Van Moorsel) with whom he shared 44 years of loving marriage. Dale and Sonja enjoyed going out dancing and spending time together. He was a member of American Legion Post 7 in Clearwater, FL and a member of the Scottish American Society. Dale will be remembered as a kind father and loving husband that was extremely dedicated to his wife. In addition to his wife Sonja, those left to mourn Dale’s passing include his son, Robert Horn of Rancho Palo Verdes, CA; stepdaughters: Judy Doyle of Inverness, FL, Joyce Ehler of Albuquerque, NM, Janet Plinski of Minnesota; brother, Darl Horn of Mechanicsburg, PA; sister, Barbara Sylte of Cleveland Heights, OH; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Per Dale’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Nicholas Hrycaj, 41, Jacksonville, FL
Nicholas Hrycaj, of Jacksonville, FL passed away at his father’s home in Inverness, FL after a lengthy battle with cancer on September 3, 2019. Nicholas was 41 years of age. He was born in Detroit, MI on December 2, 1977 to Stefan Hrycaj and the late Judith Ellen (Clay) Hrycaj. He had resided in Jacksonville, FL since 1993 after his family relocated from Michigan. Nicholas had been employed by Bank of America for over 23 years, with his latest position being that of ATM Fraud Analyst. He was part of a bank team that regularly did community service work. He was passionate about the game of baseball, loving his Detroit Tigers and playing the game himself since grade school. He was also the coach and player of a Co-Ed Softball team. When he wasn’t playing baseball, Nicholas enjoyed a good round of golf with friends as well as support all sporting events in Florida and beyond. He loved to travel going on road trips, taking cruises, or finding an adventure with friends. He liked Florida life and greatly enjoyed going to the beach along with seeing live music. Nicholas had a great many friends in which he made laugh, inspire, smile and most importantly have fun. He embraced life to the fullest and made sure there was never a dull weekend to be had. At a young age he embraced the ethos of Superman, a quality that was very evident to his family and friends as he bravely battled his illness without fear. Nicholas will be remembered for his great positive attitude that was contagious to all he encountered, his beautiful smile and his wonderful laugh. He was a fearless man that was never afraid to be himself or just act a little silly for the common wellbeing of others just to make someone else feel good. Nicholas was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Hrycaj in 2016. He is survived by his father, Stefan Hrycaj, and his sister, Lara Hrycaj of Dearborn, MI. A celebration of life memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday September 11 at 11:00am from the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Reverend Ron Pfeifer officiating. Reception to follow the service. Cremation care provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Louis "Corky" Iturbide, 73, Floral City, FL
Louis E. “Corky” Iturbide, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on August 31, 2019 at the age of 73. Corky was born to the late Phillip and Leonor (Narveaz) Iturbide in Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 1946. He proudly served in the United States Army. After his military service Corky had several different occupations but, eventually became a truck driver for Chicago, IL Local Union #705. He became a Florida “Snowbird” in 2000 and made Florida his permanent home in 2008 after his retirement. Corky absolutely loved music and enjoyed going to music festivals as often as he could. He also enjoyed the beach, one of the reasons he made Florida his permanent home. Corky also enjoyed traveling and had traveled throughout the United States and Mexico extensively. He was an extremely kind, hard working, generous man that loved spending time with his family and friends. Those left to mourn Corky’s passing include his brother, Joe Iturbide and his wife Karen of Glendale Heights, IL; four nephews and two nieces. In addition to his parents, Corky was preceded in death by his brothers: Phillip and John Iturbide; and niece, Phyllis. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Carol A Jacob, 82, Inverness, FL
Carol Ann (Marble) Jacob, 82, Inverness, died Thursday, Oct. 3, under the brief but essential care of HPH Hospice. Born May 28, 1937, in Norway, Maine, to Ernest and Elizabeth (MacLean) Marble, she was the eldest of three children. While attending Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, she met and married Piers Jacob, following him as he entered the Army after he graduated. They married June 23, 1956, moving to Florida from Oklahoma in 1959. They raised two daughters, the late Penelope Jacob, and Cheryl, moving the family from Gulfport to Inverness in 1977. Carol loved to read, mostly British Regency romance novels, first in print and later in ebook format. She collected dragonfly artwork and images of Florida’s wildlife. She volunteered at the outreach center of the Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) for nine years before her health declined, forming friendships with the advocates at the women’s shelter. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Piers; daughter Cheryl; son-in-law John, granddaughter Logan and sister Jane (Cary) McConnell, all of Eugene, Oregon; and brother Curt Marble of Harvard, Massachusetts. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to CASA, www.casafl.org or P.O. Box 205, Inverness, FL 34451. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, Inverness.
Deanna L Johnston, 63, INVERNESS, FL
Deanna Lynn Johnston, age 63, Inverness, Florida passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Deanna was born in Lakeland, FL on December 24, 1955 to the late Robert Owen Pate, III and Ruth Cox Pate and came to Citrus County in 1972 from there. She was employed by the Citrus Co. School Board as a bus driver for 20 years and was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Harold Ray Johnston of Inverness; her three children, Christie (Charles) Garza of Derwood, MD, Michael (Nicole) Johnston of Floral City, FL, and Kara (Kyle) Williamson of Inverness, FL; 4 sisters, Jennifer Williamson of Inverness, Georgia Shelar of Smyrna, DE, Holly Roberts of Baileyton, TN, and Kaywood Pate of New Jersey; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Harold Ray Johnston, Jr in 1976. Deanna loved to cook, read and scrapbook. She was an amazing seamstress and an avid bowler. But mostly she loved spending time with her family, friends and church. There will be a Memorial Service scheduled on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 3:30 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Smith of Hope Baptist Church officiating The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00- 7:00 PM.
Dolores M Kanka, 92, Floral City, FL
Dolores Mary Kanka, 92, of Floral City, FL passed away September 26, 2019 at Arbor Trail Health and Nursing in Inverness, FL. She was born in Detroit, MI on November 27, 1926 to the late Ignatius J. and Stella (Wojciechowski) Szyszka. Dolores was a dental assistant, and arrived in this area in 1987, coming from Farmington Hills, MI. She was Catholic by faith, and an avid gardener. She was a devoted wife of 57 years to Frank J. Kanka, until his passing in 2004. Dolores is survived by her daughter Carol Joy Kanka of Floral City, her sister Barbara Truszkowski, and her devoted dog “Sassy”. In Memoriam to Dolores: God looked around His garden and found an empty space. He then looked upon the earth and saw her tired face. He put His arms around her and lifted her to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful. He always takes the best. He knew that she was suffering. He knew she was in pain. He knew that she would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb so He closed her weary eyelids and whispered “Peace Be Thine”. It broke our hearts to lose her but she didn’t go alone for part of us went with her the day God called her home. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Eileen A Kaplan, 71, Inverness, FL
Eileen A. Kaplan, age 71, Inverness, FL passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Eileen was born in Queens, NY on March 11, 1948 to the late Stephen and Rita (Curtin) Cieslewicz and moved here in 2012 from there. She was employed as a clerk in the Finance Dept for the City of New York for 30 years and earned her Associates Degree in Business Management. Eileen loved Christmas! Her decorating started in early October to celebrate that special season and continued well into the new year. She was an avid buyer on television with the Home Shopping Network and enjoyed watching re-runs of the television production, “Mash”. She was of the Catholic Faith. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 36 years, Bruce Kaplan and her brother, Steve Cieslewich and his wife, Gloryann, both of Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2:30 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 noon until the procession departs for the church at 2:00 PM
Lynda J Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, formerly of Homosassa, FL
Lynda J. Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, FL, formerly of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Health Care Hospice in Lecanto. Lynda was born in Toledo, OH, on August 18, 1940, one of 12 children, to the late William J. and Jennie Kennedy. After leaving Ohio, she spent over 50 years in the Long Beach, CA area before moving to Florida. She was formerly employed in the pharmaceutical industry and was of the Protestant Faith. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sisters, Evelyn Plontz of Lake Suzy, FL, Lois Cornell of Nevada, Carol Kennedy of Michigan, and Jennie Minnick of Pensacola, FL; her brother, Joseph Kennedy of California; many nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia and her brothers, Bob, Jim, George, Gerald, and Bill. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Following the Inverness arrangements, she will be transferred to Gardena, CA for entombment in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.
John C Lawrence, 67, Lecanto, FL
John C. Lawrence of Lecanto, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare on September 24, 2019 at the age of 67. John was born in Pontiac, MI on August 29, 1952 to Shirley Ann (Spencer) and the late John S. Lawrence. He was married to his loving wife Gail for 40 years until her passing on December 13, 2014. He and Gail made Florida their home 30 years ago after relocating from Michigan. John was a Mechanic by trade and enjoyed off road sports. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Those left to mourn John’s passing include his son, John C. Lawrence, JR and his wife Stephanie of Crystal River, FL; daughter, Ann Christensen and her husband Dirk of Lecanto, FL; brothers: Boone and Kenny; sisters: Linda, Mary and Kathy; and grandchildren: Ian McCully, Kirstin Lawrence and Katie Christensen. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Margaret L Lesh, 94, Geneva, OH
Margaret L. Lesh, age 94, passed away September 1, 2019 at Geneva Village. She was born April 7, 1925 to Frederick A. and Esther P. (Maybee) Sheeley in Ridway, PA. Margaret lived most of her life in Geneva and lived in Florida for 18 year. She enjoyed sewing, camping, fishing, yard-saling and antiquing. Margaret was a member of the Fun Frolic group in Geneva where she played cards and had luncheons with other members. Survived by: Children: Nancy (Donald) Bell of Jefferson; Linda (Stephen) Heil Sr. of Goldsboro, NC; Grandchildren: Dennis Bell; Brian Bell; Angela Bell; Brook Davis; Stephen Heil, Jr.; and Matthew McGraw; Great Grandchildren: Trista Bell; Brent Bell; Caiden Davis; Aubree Bell; Olivia Bell; Danica Bell-Darrow; Nephew: Dennis Morgan. Preceded by: Husband: Robert H. Lesh; Sisters: Marjorie Morgan; Virginia Tamblin. A funeral service for Margaret was held at the Walker Funeral Home in Geneva, OH on September 5, 2019. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Florida arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Barbara J Lewis, 75, INVERNESS, FL
Barbara Jean Lewis, age 75, Inverness, Florida passed away August 26, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Barbara was born in Salem, IN on November 8, 1943 to the late Oliver and Audrey Jean (Smith) Tolbert and came to this area in 1970 from Scottsburg, IN. She was employed at Citrus High School for 30 years, where she served as the face of the front office and was secretly known as the “real” boss. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Mark Hancock and his wife, Lorelei of Clermont, FL, Lori Hancock Galiana and her husband, Alex of Marco Island, FL, and Cheryl Lewis of Palm Beach, FL; 5 grandchildren, J.T. Hancock, Parker Hancock, A.J. Galiana, Max Galiana, and Savannah Howard. Additionally, her dearest friends from early childhood, Cindy Brannen, Diane Maxwell, Judy Rodriquez, Vickie Murray, Charlotte Mobley, Ruthie Maryland, and Claire Woodruff - more commonly known as her “Ya-Ya Sisters”. They have all been friends since middle school, traveling together to places such as Albany, Savannah, Italy, Paris, and Graceland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Jeff Lewis on April 27, 2009. Upon moving to Inverness, Barb became a dedicated member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, forming lifetime friendships and bringing lots of laughter into her life. She will be sorely missed by the thousands of Citrus High students who affectionately knew her as Mama Lewis because she treated them as her own children by consoling them in their worst moments, cheering them on in their best, and by giving them a good finger shaking when they needed straightening out. Barb loved her CHS faculty family and after retirement became a proud member of the Old Goats retirement group. Mama Lewis loved to watch her CHS Hurricanes and lived to cheer on her beloved Gators as a season ticket holder for UF football games for 38 years. The neighbors all heard her as she watched them play on TV; her last memory of the Gators was watching them beat the Miami Hurricanes. Her affection for animals was endless as she always had pets running around the house or in her lap. When she eventually got to a point where she couldn’t care for animals of her own, she took to the internet to watch giraffes across the globe; she became emotionally attached to them as if they were her own pets and gave her loved ones daily updates on giraffe births across the world. “Mama Lewis’ Homecoming” is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Citrus High School Cafeteria. Pastor Doug Alexander along with many family members and friends will share their memories and celebrate the life of Barbara Lewis. You may fellowship with the family from 2:00 PM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted for the Barbara J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship fund at the event on Sept. 14th or mail to: Brannen Bank, 320 US Highway So., Inverness, FL 34450. Indicate check to: Barbara J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Cremation with care is entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Rowena P Lynch, 82, Inverness, FL
Rowena P. Lynch, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away October 11, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Wilmore, KY on March 17, 1937 to the late Rev. C. Raymon and Gladys (Clos) Konkright. Rowena was a Medical Assistant and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Hollywood, FL and was Methodist by faith. She loved her cat, the ocean enjoyed crocheting afghans, and was an avid reader. Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Lynch in 2012, and one daughter, Debbie Abbott. She is survived by her loving daughters Kelly Nelson of Inverness, and Julia Stroup of Springfield, OH; 3 grandchildren, Connor Nelson (Brianne), McKenzie Nelson (Braden) and Hillary Abbott. and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
John E Malloy, 79, Hernando, FL
John Edward Malloy, 79, of Hernando, FL passed away August 23, 2019 at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 20, 1940 to the late John J. and Margaret (Pease) Malloy. John was a trolley car mechanic in the Philadelphia area, and served our country honorable in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 1993, coming from Feasterville, PA. John was a Catholic by faith, and loved fishing. He also enjoyed boating, hunting, archery, and shooting. John was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and James J. Malloy. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Nancy C. Malloy. Other survivors include brothers Gerald B Malloy of Feasterville, PA, Eugene Malloy of Largo, FL, and sister Pat Porzone of Bensalem, PA. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Charles D Marchildon, 71, Lecanto, FL
Charles D. Marchildon, 71, of Lecanto, FL passed away September 3, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto. He was born in Crookston, MN on April 11, 1948 to the late Donovan and Alta (Ostenaa) Marchildon. Charles was a history teacher, and arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Glebokie, Poland. He served our country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Viet Nam War. During his time in service, he received several awards which included the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the Purple Heart medal. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed traveling, taking walks, and reading. Charles is survived by his loving wife Ewa; his daughter Anabel Marchildon of Lecanto; and sisters Dawn Hovden of Fargo, ND and Pat Astrup of Dilworth, MN. A Celebration of Life for Charles will be taking place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 4:00PM with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant, from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, is assisting the family with cremation care arrangements.
John Q Marshall, MD, 90, Hernando, FL
John Quincy Marshall, M.D., age 90, of Hernando, FL, died at home on August 28, 2019, under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Dr. Marshall was born in Lowell, MA on May 23, 1929 to the late Orland Marshall, M.D. and Stella (Conti) Marshall, and came here in May of 1995, from Ft. McClellan, Alabama. He was a retired medical doctor, having practiced with the Citrus Memorial Hospital staff, his own private practice, and retiring from the Citrus Cardiology Group. Dr. Marshall served our country in the U.S. Army and later in the Reserves. Left to mourn his loss are his wife, Mary (Kasyan) Marshall of Hernando, FL; children: John Marshall and wife, Geneva of Billerica, MA, Peter Marshall, M.D. of Augusta, ME, Kate Poirier and husband, Greg, of Salem, MA, Jessica Henry and husband, John of Wesley Chapel, FL, Jerome Fleeman and wife, Jennifer of Panama City, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Attie, Robert, Gregg, Jenna, Evan, and Rachel. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, September 13th at 11:30 A.M. with V.F.W. Post # 4337 officiating. Friends may join the family at the funeral Friday at 10:00 AM. The procession will leave promptly at 10:30 A.M. for the cemetery. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.
Jonas Masaitis, 83, Lecanto, FL
Jonas Masaitis of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice Healthcare on July 23, 2019 at the age of 83. Jonas was born in Boblaukis, Lithuania to the late Jonas and Antania (Priespylaite) Masaitis on January 21, 1936. He shared over 56 years of loving marriage with his wife Dagmar (Suchanek) Masaitis. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, he started a new career at AT&T where he was employed for 40 years as an Engineer Associate. In 1998 Jonas and Dagmar relocated from Addison, Illinois to Lecanto, Florida. This relocation started their retirement. Jonas loved sailing and spending time on the water. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He passed time by fixing or building things at home. For many years he made handcrafted wine as a hobby. When Jonas had down time you could usually find him napping in his favorite reclining chair, reading, listening to music, or playing his harmonica. Every year his children and grandchildren had Happy Birthday played to them by Jonas on his harmonica to help them celebrate their special day. In addition to his loving wife Dagmar, those left to mourn Jonas’ passing include his daughter, Zita Hopgood and her husband Mark of Nolensville, TN. Also left to mourn are his five grandchildren: Marissa Hopgood and Zachary Hopgood (Nolensville, TN), Marina Hopgood (Roselle,IL) as well as Rebecca and Amanda Masaitis(Huntley,IL). Jonas was preceded in death by his son Jonas in 2012; and his sisters: Petre Balutis and Eugenia Uogintas, both of Edmonton, AB, Canada. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Letty A Monforte, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Letty A. Monforte, age 83, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away October 10, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Letty was born in the Philippines on February 3, 1936, one of ten children, to the late Alfredo and Cecelia (Mann) Amaranto and came to this area in 1996 from Hicksville, Long Island, NY. Letty was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Letty was a devoted loving, caring, strong, sensitive, and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Alejandro “Alex” Monforte; 3 daughters: Mellissa “Kira” Kavall, Beverly Hills, Alyssa Monforte-Lindner, Briarcliff Manor, NY, and Treena Catalfamo, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; two brothers, Alfredo Amaranto, Jr., Vancouver, BC, Lester Amaranto, British Columbia; six sisters: Leila Trinidad, Alma DeLeon, Gail Tarampi, and Ann Campbell, all of Canada; Mely Masil and Armi, both of the Philippines; and her granddaughter, Alexia Toni Catalfamo. She was preceded in death by a brother, Antonio. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, FL on Monday October 14th at 10:00 AM with Fr. Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Committal services will be at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.
Jack M Nahmias, 91, INVERNESS, FL
Jack M. Nahmias, 91, Inverness, Florida, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. Jack was born in Rochester, New York on November 29, 1927 to the late Jack and Sarah (Davidow) Nahmias. He was a US Navy veteran, serving in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean areas during the end of WWII. He attended the University of Miami (Florida). Jack was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness. He worked for several years at American Machine and Foundry. Then he worked at Pratt Whitney Aircraft (United Technologies), for 34 years as a manufacturing engineer, before retiring to Inverness, FL in 1991. He was enrolled in the United States Naval Memorial in Washington, DC., and was a charter member of the USS Little Rock Association and a member of the Allen Rawls Post #77, American Legion. Jack was an avid reader and accomplished photographer. He loved traveling, and was a supporter of many wildlife and environmental causes. Jack is survived by his son, Gary, of San Antonio, TX, his brother, Charles Maddelena of West Haven, CT, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Janet, his mother and father and his step-father, Dominick Maddelena. Funeral Services for Jack will be conducted on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 11:00 AM, from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga, of Our Lady of Fatima Church officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Viola Nickerson, 93, Inverness, FL
Viola Nickerson, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away October 6, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Woodstown, NJ on December 12, 1925 to the late William and Linda Mae (Goforth) Holmes. Viola was a dedicated homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1981, coming from Carney’s Point, NJ. She was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed playing cards, baking, telling stories, and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband James Nickerson in 1998, and two sisters, Anna Mae Roone and Mary Ellen Magargal. Viola is survived by her children James H. Nickerson, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL, Timothy Nickerson and his wife Deana of Summerfield, FL, and Beth Cantin of Tampa, FL; sisters Marian Bacon and Joan Sharp; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Agnes O Nixon, 91, Lecanto, FL
Agnes O. (Gay) Nixon, of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice on September 5, 2019 at 91 years of age. Agnes was born in Phenix City, AL to the late Otis O. and Lym (Pinckard) Gay on September 14, 1927. She left Phenix City in 2009 and moved to Florida to be closer to her children. Agnes was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and most recently attended services at the LDS Church in Lecanto, FL. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading the Bible and The Book of Mormon. Agnes also enjoyed playing dominos in her spare time, especially Mexican Train. Agnes is survived by her son, Edward Nixon; daughter, Linda Smith; grandchildren: Brett Nixon and his wife Claudia, Tonya Schillen and her husband Dave; great grandchildren: Nathan, Jacob, Zachary, Riley, Allen and Ella. Agnes was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Andrew, Oscar, Clyde, Robert, Minuard Gay; 4 sisters: Mattie Day, Mary Sue Arnold, Nell Gay and Kathryn Tice. She was also preceded in death by her daughter in law, Sandra Nixon in May of 2018; and son in law, Walter Smith in September of 2018. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lecanto, FL and will be conducted by Bishop Jerry Campbell. Friends are invited to join Agnes’ family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Agnes will be laid to rest with her family at Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City, AL. A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and will be under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Home in Phenix City, AL. Florida arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Richard K Normand, Sr., 90, Inverness, FL
Richard Kenneth Normand, Sr., passed away at his home in Inverness, FL on September 1, 2019 at the age of 90. Richard was born in Holyoke, MA on October 6, 1928 to the late Adjutor “Archie” and Blanche (Richards) Normand. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy where he worked as a Fireman. He was a truck driver for many years and retired from Rountree Transport after twenty years of service. He made Citrus County his home in 1989 and was a Volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital for seven years. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Edna Normand in 2007 and his great grand-daughter, Katy Tuck in 2014. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Linda Tuck and her husband Robert Tuck of Floral City, FL; two sons: Richard Normand, JR of N. Miami Beach, FL, Robert Normand and his wife Melanie of Jacksonville, FL and an adopted son, Anthony Verdoni and his wife Christine and their children of Inverness, FL. Richard also has four sisters: Emily Corey, Anne DePalma, Jenny Shoup, Karen Normand; and five brothers: Paul Normand, David Normand, Jonathan Normand, Mark Normand, and Joel Normand. Richard is also survived by five grandchildren: Mike, Cheryl, Jenny, Chris, Kim.; and six great grandchildren: Dylan, Samantha, Sarah, Ava, Robbie and Bradley. A memorial service with full military honors is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Billie J Oliphant, 90, Apopka, FL
Billie “Jean” Oliphant, age 90, Apopka, FL., formerly of Inverness, FL passed away at her residence Aug 9, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She resided in the Florida Retirement Community facility after moving from Inverness. She moved to Florida in 1979 from Cleveland, TN. Jean was a member of the Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church while residing in Inverness. She was employed in the secretarial field prior to retirement. There are no immediate survivors living. Following cremation, her urn will be transferred to the Keene Memorial Park Cemetery in Cleburne, TX for final interment. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Elizabeth B Osmond, 66, INVERNESS, FL
Elizabeth Brooks Osmond, age 66, Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Liz was born in Boston, MA on March 26, 1953 to Donald and Constance Osmond and moved to Citrus County from Hernando County in 1980. Liz received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from the University of South Florida and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (JD) from Stetson University Law School. She worked as a newspaper reporter for the Hernando Sun Sentinel, the Citrus County Chronicle and the St. Pete Times. She was a schoolteacher in Citrus County and primarily taught gifted children in the community. As an attorney she worked for both the Offices of the State Attorney and the Public Defender. Elizabeth volunteered at the local domestic violence shelter and regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She adored animals and always had at least one dog. She loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, any and all sports, orchids, Christmas, and fishing. Her ashes will be spread at one of her favorite fishing spots. Liz was a kind heart who helped many people in our community and will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Connor Mulligan and his wife, Nicole of Floral City, Fl and Christopher Mulligan and his wife, Gabrielle of Weeki Wachee, FL; two sisters, Karen Gaffney and Deborah Frankel, both of Inverness; her mother, Constance Gracy of Inverness; and four grandchildren, Ailey, Emmet, Maya, and Colin Mulligan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on August 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Following the mass, a Celebration of Life will take place from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM in the old Courtroom of the Citrus County Courthouse. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) at 1100 Turner Camp Rd. Inverness, FL 34450.
Jeffrey R Palmyra, 69, Inverness, FL
Jeffrey Richard Palmyra of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on September 22, 2019. He was 69 years old. Jeffrey was born in Coral Gables, FL to the late Joseph and Helen (Sanders) Palmyra on February 15, 1950. Jeffrey proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. During his military service, Jeffrey counseled numerous Veterans returning home from the war in Vietnam. Following his military service he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work he was employed by the state of North Carolina, where he was able to continue his career as a Social Worker. On June 11, 1995 he married Donna (Stanley) with whom he shared 24 years of loving marriage. Jeffrey and Donna made Citrus County, FL their home in 1998 after relocating from Crossnore, NC. He was an extremely talented musician that could play the guitar as well as the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele. While residing in North Carolina, Jeffrey was a member of the Boone’s Fork Band. When he wasn’t playing music, he enjoyed swimming, carpentry and watching his favorite baseball team, The San Francisco Giants. Jeffrey also had a love for cars and liked working on them and reconditioning them. In addition to his loving wife, those left to mourn Jeffrey’s passing include his son, Joseph Palmyra and his wife Kelli of Pineola, NC; daughter, Rebecca Pinto and her husband Tony of Linville, NC; stepsons: Matthew McClellan and his wife Donna of Linville Falls, NC, Robert McClellan and his wife Julie of Knoxville, TN; sisters: Nancy Hale and Linda Staub, both of Boca Raton, FL; and grandchildren: Tyler and Bryce. A Celebration of Jeffrey’s life is planned for Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Unity Church of Citrus County in Lecanto, FL and will be conducted by Reverend Lauri Gist. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Oma "Bunny" Pantridge, 74, Land O' Lakes, FL
PANTRIDGE, Oma "Bunny" Students of special needs have lost one of their advocates. Oma Pantridge passed away September 12, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Although her Masters Degree from University of South Florida was in Speech Language Pathology, Oma dedicated her life to advocating for children with special needs. She began her career in Pinellas County where she was the Supervisor of Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS). In 1997 she was the recipient of the Landis M. Stetler Memorial Fellowship Award. From there, Oma moved to Pasco County and was the Supervisor and Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Although her office appeared disorganized, Oma was extremely capable and organized in her mind. She always put the needs of her students before anyone. Whether it was attending Special Olympics events or an Individualized Education Program (IEP), she was dedicated to the students. After her retirement Oma continued to educate and advocate at USF and Saint Leo University. As a humanitarian Oma was an active member in the Suncoast Chapter of Friendship Force International. Oma enjoyed spending time with family, friends, her beloved cats, and traveling throughout the world. She was a good will ambassador for us all. Bunny, as her family called her, leaves behind brother, Tom (Catherine) Mobley of St. Petersburg, FL; and her sister, Lee (David) English of Lecanto, FL; nieces, Tomi (Gene) Smith of Hernando, FL, Trina (Tom) Curtin of Wilson, OK; and nephews, Mark Mead of Land O' Lakes, FL and Todd (Cindy) English of Scholls, OR and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Caroline F Parrish, 79, Inverness, FL
Caroline Frances Parrish, age 79, of Inverness, FL passed away at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL on August 19, 2019. Caroline was born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28, 1939 to the late William and Dorothy (Hale) Devine. She was married to Thomas Parrish with whom she shared 57 years of loving marriage. A Catholic by faith, she was a Parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Alpharetta, GA. After 50 years of living in Roswell, Tom and Carol moved to Inverness 4 years ago for their new home. In her spare time she loved to sew, knit, paint and crochet. She also enjoyed making crafts and attending her Floral City Crafter Club meeting each Tuesday. Caroline never met a stranger and loved going to the beach. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her husband Thomas, those left to mourn Caroline’s passing include her children: Tommy (Sheree) Parrish of Cumming, GA, Cathy (Todd) Palmer of Roswell, GA, Pamala (Andy) Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL; siblings: Dorothy (Pete) Agnew of State College, PA, Cele Dittinger of California, Katherine Devine of Alaska, Butch (Linda) Devine of Mobile, AL, Karen McGuire of Reno, NV; and grandchildren: Laci (Jon) Matteson, Farrah (Matt) Power, Austin Parrish, Carey Palmer, Will Palmer, Hayes Johnson and Bennett Johnson. Caroline was preceded in death by her sister, Janet and her brother, Bill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Caroline’s memory to Moffitt Cancer Center: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation PO Box 23827 Tampa, FL 33623-3827. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
George H Perkins, 79, Floral City, FL
George Henry Perkins, Jr., 79, of Floral City, FL passed away August 31, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital – The Villages. He was born in Baltimore, MD on February 12, 1940 to the late George H. and Mary E. (Dignan) Perkins, Sr. George was a Regional Sales Manager in the auto parts industry, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Long Neck, DE. George was a Catholic by faith, and was a member of the Marine Corp League. He enjoyed swimming and travel. George was a good man, whose favorite saying was, “Once a Marine, always a Marine”. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Genevieve Perkins. Other survivors include his children Ronald Perkins and his wife Kim of Duluth, GA, Craig Perkins and his wife Nancy and Rex Perkins, all of Baltimore, MD, and Deanna Jones and her husband Bill of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters Rita Hundley of Towson, MD and Jane Kolb of Indiana, PA; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ida M Ponton, 92, St Petersburg, FL
Ida Mae Ponton, 92, St. Petersburg, FL passed away July 29, 2019 at Lexington Health & Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Ponton was born in Chincoteague Island, Virginia on June 6, 1927 to the late Andrew and Lillian (Whitlock) Wage. She came to Floral City from St. Petersburg, and later returned there to be near her family. She had resided at Lexington for the past 5 years. Ida was a retired bookkeeper and while living in Floral City, was a active member of V.F.W. Post No.7122 Auxiliary, where she was a Life Member and served as the Post Treasurer. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Wilfred E. Ponton, Jr and his wife Monica of St. Petersburg, FL; her sister, Blanche Hitchens of Laurel, Delaware; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; Sister in law, Virginia Wage, Seaford, DE; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred E. Ponton, Sr, on March 18, 2001, her son, Charles R. Ponton on March 4, 2004, her daughter, Patricia March; her sisters, Agnes Wolf, Mary Quesenberry, Elizabeth Phillips, and her brother, James Wage. Following cremation, Ida’s urn will be placed in the columbarium beside her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Faith Post, 79, Inverness, FL
Faith Post, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on October 18, 2019 at the age of 79. She was born to Ralph and Mary Baldasarra in Brooklyn, NY on November 29, 1939. Prior to retirement, Faith worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She made Florida her home in 2005 after relocating from Las Vegas, NV. In her spare time, she loved scrapbooking. Those left to mourn Faith’s passing include her daughters: Tracy Westrack and Renee Missig; sisters: Laura, Margaret, Carol and Ruth; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Albert L Powell, 79, Floral City, FL
Albert Lee Powell, age 79, of Floral City, FL, passed away on August 22, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born on July 8, 1940, in Steedman, Callaway County, MO, to the late Paul I. Powell and Edith P. (Hampton) Powell, both of Callaway County, MO. He was raised in part by his grandparents, Amos L. and Martha Hampton, in the "Dixie" community. Alberta attended high school in New Bloomfield and Fulton, MO. He served our country the U S Air Force, from 1960 thru 1963. He worked and maintained an electronic service business in and around Columbia MO until he retired to Florida in 2003. Those left to cherish his memory are his brother, Wendell R. Powell of Clarksville AR; several half brothers and sisters from his father: Oleta F., James B., Vivian P., Amy R., Shirley M., Debra K., Sharon M., Norma B., Helen M., Melody L., and the late Glenn E. Powell. Cremation with care arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Erik D Raynor, 47, Inverness, FL
Erik Daniel Raynor, age 47, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 23, 2019 following a lengthy illness. Erik was born in Southampton, NY on September 30, 1971 to Frank Overton Raynor, Jr. and Beverly Jane (Mack) Raynor. He came to Citrus County in 1988 from Hampton Bays, NY. Erik taught school at Central Ridge Elementary School and attended Methodist churches in Florida and New York. He graduated from Citrus High School (1989) and received his Bachelor’s Degree in education from the University of Central Florida in 1993. His passion was fishing and enjoyed watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was very outgoing and his quick wit made others laugh. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Crystal Lynn Raynor; his parents: Frank “Bud” and Beverly Raynor; 2 children: Christian Raynor and Joshua Raynor, both of Crystal River, FL; stepdaughter, Madison Behrend, of Crystal River; his brother, Dr. David Bryan Raynor and his wife, Theresa, Inverness; and his aunt, Marion Burns, West Islip, New York. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with The Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt officiating. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Erik’s memory are being received by the American Kidney Fund. Please visit kidneyfund.org for donation information.
Mirtha Riveron, 89, Inverness, FL
Mirtha Riveron, age 89 of Inverness, FL and formerly of Miami, FL, passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on August 27, 2019. Mirtha was born in Havana, Cuba on March 12, 1930 to the late Augustine Fernandez and Mercedes (Gil). She was Catholic by faith and relocated from Miami 3 years ago to make Citrus County her home. Mirtha is survived by her grandchildren: Richard, Dania and Chuck; great grandchildren: Austin and Dean; dear friend, Judy Fitzpatrick; and sister in law, Alina Unzueta. She was preceded in death by her husband Mario Riveron and her son, Mario Luis Riveron. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ronald M Rome, 82, Citrus Springs, FL
Ronald M. Rome, 82, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Sussex, NJ on February 1, 1937 to the late Henry and Serena (Post) Rome. Ronald was an owner/operator of Rome’s High Point Exxon in Sussex. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and was Presbyterian by faith. Ronald arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Sussex, and enjoyed going to the casino, golfing, and watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball. He loved adult coloring books and puzzles. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie in 2018. He is survived by his children David Paulussen of Long Valley, NJ, Rhonda Rome of Citrus Springs, Robyn Sparta and her husband Brad of Sussex, and Renee Westerkamp of Sussex; brothers Virgil Rome of Newton, NJ, Roy Rome of Sussex, and Calvin Card of Bradenton, FL; and 4 grandchildren, Kelsey, Colin, Haley, and Sidney. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Thomas A Santoro, 83, Hernando, FL
Thomas Alfonso Santoro, age 83, Hernando, FL passed away September 30, 2019 at his residence under the loving care of his family. Thomas was born in Astoria, NY on April 26, 1936 to the late Alfonso and Gilda (Pagano) Santoro and came to Citrus County in 2002 from Hudson, FL. Prior to that, he lived in St. Petersburg, FL where he owned and operated several service stations and automotive repair garages. After moving here, he was employed by Auto Zone where he assisted many customers with their automotive needs. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Amanda (Smith) Santoro; 3 children: Michael Marchese, Rock Hill, SC; Deano Marchese and wife Felecia, Valdosta, GA; and Tina Mellert, Hernando, FL; 1 brother, Eugene Santoro of Tampa, FL; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where Fr. Tim Cummings will conduct a Catholic Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.
William J Sauer, 97, Inverness, FL
William John Sauer, 97, Inverness, FL died October 12, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Mr. Sauer was born in St. Ansgar, IA on October 12, 1921 to the late Michael Sauer and Theresa Wiesenmayer Sauer. He was a retired machine maintenance technician for Baxter International, a medical equipment manufacturer and served our country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is survived by his two daughters, Vivian Kaczmarek of Barrington, IL and Susan Sauer, Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His late wife, Vivian J. Sauer, died January 24, 2009. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Hazel M Scheer, 80, Homosassa, FL
Hazel M. Scheer, 80, of Homosassa, FL passed away July 19, 2019 at her residence in Homosassa. She was born in London, England on July 17, 1939 to the late Anthony and Emily Mary (Collier) Mariner. Hazel was a book keeper in the healthcare industry, and arrived in this area in 2002, coming from Malverne, NY. Hazel loved volunteer work. She volunteered and was a member of the Elks Lodge #1515 in Lynbrook, NY, and the Elks Lodge #2693 in Homosassa. Hazel also volunteered for the food bank, and was “Queen Mum” of the Red Hats. She had been a Cub Scout den mother, and most of all, was extremely proud of her U.S. citizenship. Hazel is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Frederick J. Scheer. She is also survived by her children, Andrew Scheer and his wife Laura of Lords Valley, PA, Susan Conway of Homosassa, Michael Scheer of Pooler, GA, and Arleen Spiegel of Homosassa; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with crematory, Inverness, FL.
Laraine E Schoeneweis, 78, Inverness, FL
Laraine Schoeneweis, 78, Inverness, FL passed away August 16, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center. Laraine was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on November 3, 1940 to the late Larry and Ann Siana and came to this community in 2015 from Toms River, NJ. She was a retired Legal Secretary and of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her granddaughter, Alyssa Davis of Inverness; 2 great grandchildren, Ryan Michael and Taylor Michelle Davis; 1 sister, Teresa O’Connell, Toms River, NJ. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Michael Scott and Mark Schoeneweis. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
David L Short, 73, Floral City, FL
David L. Short, 73, of Floral City, FL passed away September 5, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born August 4, 1946 in Kawkawlin, MI to the late Paul and Helen (Bridge) Short. David was a Superintendent in the construction industry, and arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Bradenton, FL. He enjoyed showing horses and loved his horse “Wilt”. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and shooting pool. David is survived by his loving partner Susan Shaw and her daughter Heather Shaw. Other survivors include his daughters Annette Short and Bridgette Rider, both of Inverness, and Collette Short of Tampa, FL; brother Lee Short of Floral City; sisters Beverly Stockton and Marion Goulet of MI; and 5 grandchildren, Aubree, Makayla, Gavin, Michael, and Nathan. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Luke Simmons, 47, Hernando, FL
Melvin “Luke” Simmons, Jr., age 47, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at home on October 8, 2019. “Luke” was born in Inverness, Florida on March 7, 1972 to Melvin Lamar Simmons, Sr. and Mary Lynda (Alexander) Simmons and was a lifetime resident of Citrus County. He was a Prevention Specialist & Mentor for the Citrus County School System and Eckerd Corporation. Luke graduated from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA in 1996 with a degree in Sports Administration. He was a 1990 graduate of Citrus High School where he excelled in all sports, especially basketball. He was named the most valuable player during the district championship season. His love for the game of basketball lead him to his coaching and teaching. He served as the assistant basketball coach at Citrus High School. He was an AVID fisherman, especially bass fishing, and Miami Hurricane’s #1 fan. He enjoyed barbecuing, and when he cooked, folks came from surrounding communities to enjoy his pitmaster skills. He was considered a BBQ Master. Additionally, he was an avid cruiser with Carnival Cruise Lines, trying to book at least 6 trips or more each year. Luke was a Community Philanthropist, the Honorary Mayor of Hernando and he was known for the phrase “Straight Outta Hernando”. Left to his cherish memory are three children: twins, Desmond and Treleasha Simmons, and Jaylin Truss, all of Inverness; his parents, Melvin and Lynda Simmons, Hernando; brother, Byron Simmons and wife Marie, Hernando; sister, Dana Thomas and husband, Charles of Dunnellon; numerous aunts and uncles; 6 nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Citrus High School Cafeteria with Rev. Robert Simmons, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Douglas Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Hernando Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: LUKE SIMMONS Scholarship Fund, c/o The New Church Without Walls, 965 No. Beatrice Terrace, Inverness, FL 34453; or Paypal.me/elonzahendred (please memo Luke Simmons Scholarship Fund).
Dawn Simon, 75, Inverness, FL
Dawn O’Day Simon, “Dusty”, 75 of Inverness FL passed away on August 18, 2019 at home under loving care of family and Vitas Hospice Care. Dawn was born in Richlands, VA to Virginia Ann and Ernest Edward Crawford. Dawn was the loving wife and life partner to Lewis Simon for 38 years. Dawn loved to cook so much that she won several cooking contests over the years from San Diego, CA to Florida. She also had a green thumb and could make any garden look beautiful. Dawn and Lew had many adventures that took them all around the world covering almost every state and many countries. They loved to travel with friends and family and even made at least 5 trips this past year. Dawn and Lew were partners in many businesses until retiring 2 years ago. After retiring, she loved volunteering on different committees at the First Baptist Church of Inverness where she loved her Sunday school class. Many afternoon naps were taken with her cat “Spooky” who loved to cuddle in bed under the covers. She was the loving sister to John Crawford and Rebecca Crawford (pre-deceased). Left to cherish her memories are Patricia Guessford of Hagerstown, MD, Pete Crawford and wife Trish of Brooksville, FL, Mike Crawford and Mary of Clearwater, FL, sister-in-law Judy Simon Schmutzer, Clearwater, FL. Also 5 daughters Ginger Szewc and husband Mike, Sandra Freeman and husband Tom, Cindy Simon Collins, Terry Taylor and husband Keith, and Sandra Simon. Grandchildren: Brittany, Alysha, Owen, Luke, Aly, Cody, Jordon, Cassie, Kira and 5 Great Grandchildren. Private cremation is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Inverness or Vitas Hospice.
Jason E Smith, 41, Inverness, FL
Jason Elliott Smith, age 41 of Inverness, passed away at his home on Friday, July 19, 2019. Jason was born to the late James E. and Janet G. (Burris) Smith on June 26, 1978 in Pahokee, FL. He made Citrus County his home in 1992 after relocating from Belle Glade, FL. Jason was a skilled mechanic by trade and could repair just about anything and everything - from watches, to automobiles, to diesel engines – he could fix it. His hobby was diesel mechanics and he participated in performance diesel drag racing. Prior to his racing hobby, Jason was a steer wrestler and a member of the PRCA. He loved honky-tonk, outlaw country music. Jason was a kind person that was always willing to help someone out and an outstanding brother. He will be mourned by his two brothers: Jeffrey Smith of Ocala, FL, James Smith of Inverness, FL; niece, Emily G. Smith of Ocala, FL; and nephew, Connor G. Smith of Ocala, FL. He was preceded in death by his father James in 1995 and his mother Janet in 2017. A Celebration of Jason’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Jason’s brother, Jeffrey. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Rosemary E Smith, 73, Floral City, FL
Rosemary E. Smith, age 73, of Floral City, passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing Facility on July 27, 2019. Rosemary was born on October 3, 1945 in Danbury, CT to the late Charles and Gladys Drozd. She was married to her husband Robert for 43 years and together they made Florida their home over 40 years ago. She was a Baptist by faith and attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and also enjoyed working with plants and gardening. In addition to her husband Robert, those left to mourn Rosemary’s passing include her daughter, Melanie Smith and her Fiance’ Chris Briggs; sons: Bryan Hughes, John Little and his wife Denise; stepdaughters: Melissa Rowe, Michelle Krim and Fiance’ Jeff; stepson, Michael Smith; and step-grandson, Joshua Rowe. Rosemary was preceded in death by her sister, Wendy Drozd. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Stephen J Smith, Jr, 74, Cape Coral, FL
Stephen J. Smith Jr. (Butch/Steve), age 74, beloved brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather, (Papa), brother-in-law, and uncle passed away on August 18, 2019, surrounded by his family in Cape Coral, FL. Born in Wayland, MI on October 10, 1944; the youngest of nine children. He married Marilyn Goings of Holly, MI on December 8, 1966. They were married for 32 years until the time of Marilyn’s death in 2002. Stephen lived in Wayland the majority of his life; raising five children together with his wife. He enjoyed deer hunting, ice fishing and morel mushroom hunting; he was always ready with a joke to tell and loved spending quality time with family and friends. After retiring from Spartan Foods with thirty-two years of service, he and Marilyn relocated to Floral City, FL. In 2016, he moved to Cape Coral, FL to be near his daughter Linda and her family. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn; daughters: Ruth Ann Smith and Pam Morales; Parents: Stephen Smith and Hazel (Jones) Harrington; Brothers: John, Sam and Arnold Harrington; Sisters: Alice Belka, Dorothy (Dot) DeHaan and Shirley (Jean) Sonner. He is survived by his remaining loved ones: Son: Leon Morales (Arch), GA; Daughters: Becky (Pete) Lango, GA; Beth (Tom) Miros, GA; Linda (Lane) Crowe, FL; Sisters, Peg Merren and Annette Snyder, both of MI; Grandchildren, Stephanie Toris, Stephen Miros, Shane Toris, Richard Toris, Geremy Jones, Rio Crowe, Brooklyn Crowe and Alexis Crowe as well as fourteen (14) Great-Grandchildren; and two sister-in-laws, Margaret (Larry) Harden, FL and Susan (Art) Parks, MI and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness FL on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with a graveside burial following at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Alice R Sorrentino, 90, Inverness, FL
Alice R. Sorrentino, 90, of Inverness, FL went to be with the Lord and her preceded loved ones on September 30, 2019 under the care of Vitas Healthcare, Lecanto, FL. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 18, 1929 to the late Joseph and Rose (D-Agostino) Longo. Alice retired from Lake Forest Elementary School after many wonderful years as their bookkeeper. She arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and loved all religious faiths. Her passion for life was to be surrounded by family and good friends. Alice was preceded in death by one son, Michael Rao, who was married to Lydia Rao for 40 years. She is survived by her children, Gaye Swenson of Inverness, and Richard Rao of North Florida; 3 grandchildren, Tammy, Shawn, and Stephenie; and 8 grandchildren, Michael, Jr., John, Shane, Kayleah, Seth, Richard, Bobby, and Myla. Alice’s family plan to have a Memorial Service for her at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Ronda Stacks, 52, Inverness, FL
Ronda Stacks, 52, of Inverness, FL passed away July 24, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Decatur, IL and arrived in this area this year, coming from Myakka, FL. With her husband Mike, she was co-owner of Prism Contractors, Inc. She enjoyed watching General Hospital on TV daily, loved her dogs, listening to Led Zeppelin, and spending time with her family. Ronda was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Yates. Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 33 years, Mike Stacks. Other survivors include her mother, Linda Sue Yates of Ft. White, FL; brothers Ronald Yates, Jr. and Brian Yates, both of Ft. White, FL; and her sister Lisa Yates of Lakeland, FL. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
William W Stein, 85, Inverness, FL
William “Bill” Whitman Stein, age 85, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2019. Bill was born to the late E. Russell and Kathryn (Murrin) Stein on March 17, 1934 in Martins Ferry, OH. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Bill shared 65 years of loving marriage with his wife Nancy (Johnston) Stein. He and Nancy made Citrus County their home in 1996 after relocating from Winter Park, FL and owned and operated Advantage Printing in Inverness. A Christian by faith, he was a faithful and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Bill loved going to church and rarely missed a Sunday service. He also enjoyed getting together with his neighbors for their weekly “Monday Night Breaks” to socialize and play cards. Bill also loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his loving wife Nancy, those left to mourn Bill’s passing include his daughters: Dana Rodriguez (Zoilo) of Inverness, FL, Debra Deutsch (Mark) of Anderson, SC, Diana Hoelle (Christopher) of Jacksonville, FL, Donna Mojica (Jimmy) of Sanford, NC; sister, June Lucas of The Villages, FL; grandchildren: Billy, Nicholas, Leah, Kayla, Joseph, James, Jacob; and great grandchildren: Valerie and Skylar. Per Bill’s request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to First Presbyterian Church of Inverness would be appreciated. Checks should be mailed to: 206 Washington Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Please indicate in the memo line the donation is in memory of Bill Stein. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ray N Stewart, 98, Hernando, FL
Ray Noel Stewart, 98, of Hernando, FL passed away September 21, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lima, OH on June 4, 1921 to the late Jesse and Caroline (Kraus) Stewart. Ray was a crane operator in the recycling industry, and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from New Hampshire. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Stewart in 2004, one brother, Joe Stewart, and one sister Doris Gebert. He is survived by his son David E. Stewart and his wife Anne of Hernando, FL; grandchildren Melissa, and Sabrina Stewart; and great grandchildren, Carly and Lila Vale, and Maya Stewart. Graveside services with military honors are scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 2:30 P.M. from Florida National Cemetery. A procession for the cemetery will depart the funeral home at 1:45 P.M. Cremation with Care under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.
Gerald "Gerry" E Stiles, 65, Inverness, FL
Gerald “Gerry” Ernest Stiles, age 65, Inverness, Florida passed away suddenly on August 22, 2019. Gerry was born in Hornell, NY on December 7, 1953 to the late Ernest W. and Marilyn (Budde) Stiles and moved to Inverness in 1984. He was the owner and operator of G E Stiles Cabinets in Inverness for 35 years. When visiting his shop, you could always expect to stay awhile and talk wood and local news with Gerry and his part-time woodworking buds. It was important for him to preserve the history of natural wood. His appreciation for wood and preserving it in its natural state would result in many long conversations with friends and clients. Gerry was a master craftsman whose custom wood cabinets and furniture can be found from the Bahamas to New York. He would use custom wood ordered from all over the world; he even had to use turn of the century church pews given to him to create masterpieces for his friends and many customers. He had a soft spot for helping children with their projects in Cub and Eagle Scouts. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. Left to mourn his loss are his brothers: David Stiles of Wayland, NY and Raymond Stiles of Rexville, NY; his sister, Elora Ringelberg of Hilton, NY; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date in October. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family with cremation care arrangements.
Virginia L Strianese, 50, Inverness, FL
Virginia Lynn Strianese, 50, of Inverness, FL passed away August 18, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born on December 9, 1968 to the late Edward and Sarah L. (Carroll) Graves. Virginia arrived in this area 25 years ago, coming from Tennessee, and was Baptist by faith. She loved animals, enjoyed going to Disney Epcott, and spending time with her family. Virginia is survived by various family members in Maryville, TN. Virginia’s urn will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Marguerite J Thomas, 86, Inverness, FL
Marguerite Josette Thomas, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away August 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born on November 29, 1932 in Montpellier, France to the late Argante and Oliva (Merlini) Prodiguerra. Marguerite loved the United States. During WWII, when Germany invaded France, her and her husband Gilbert left France to build a new life in this country. She was a devoted homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1973, coming from Bayonne, NJ. Marguerite was Catholic by faith, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She believed in fitness, and attended Melody’s Gym 3 times a week. She loved to travel to France to be with family and friends, and enjoyed spending time here with family and friends. Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert J. Thomas in 2013, one son, George A Thomas, and one daughter, Susan C. Lindsey. She is survived by her granddaughters, Corinne Lindsey of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Lauren Thomas of Hernando, FL. and 2 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Marguerite on Wednesday, 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, with family and friends meeting at the church for the Mass. Marguerite’s urn will be laid to rest with her husband Gilbert at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Major Brenda F Turner, 74, Floral City, FL
Major Brenda Faye Turner was Promoted to Glory on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Brenda was born January 18, 1945 in Henderson, North Carolina to the late William J. and Lucille Andrews Smith. At the age of eight, she was invited to attend Vacation Bible School at The Salvation Army after which she began attending Sunday School and youth activities. Brenda was faithful at the Corps until the early part of her tenth grade. She decided to stop attending the Corps because it took too much of her free time, and she wanted to go to the movies and do things like her other friends at school. After two or three weeks away from the Corps Brenda said, “I was miserable. I missed the activities at church, and I found I didn’t enjoy the same things my friends seemed to enjoy.” Regarding her calling as an officer she said, “At Y. P. Councils, when the film on Korea was shown, I think God told me He could use me if I would give my life completely to Him for guidance and direction. So, I did.” Brenda was commissioned June 5, 1965 as a Lt., a member of the Proclaimers of the Faith Session. She served as Assistant Officer in Wilson, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Prince Georges, MD; Alexandria, VA and Hagerstown, MD. While serving in Hagerstown, MD, Brenda met a young man by the name of Dan Turner. They fell in love and were married August 10, 1969 in Hagerstown, MD. The Turners served in command of Front Royal, VA; Parkersburg, WV; Dallas Temple, TX; Abilene, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Midland, TX; Winchester, VA and Loudon County, VA. Majors Turner served as the administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Centers in Little Rock, AR; Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN and Baltimore, MD. At the retirement of Majors Turner on February 1, 2011, Brenda was recognized for her faithful 43 years, 9 months and 25 days of service as a Salvation Army officer. Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Dan; three sons: Adam, Christopher and Eric; two grandchildren: Christian and Addison; her faithful friend and caregiver, Luci Rodriquez; and her special niece, Janice Watson. Brenda is predeceased by her parents, William J. and Lucille Smith; her three brothers: William J. Smith Jr., Robert Smith and David Smith: and her eight sisters: Alma Moss, MaryLee Edwards, Mildred Edwards, Irene Bowen, Mattie Hendricks, Ruthann Moorefield, Linda Gupto and Pattie Smith. Please continue to lift the Turner family in prayer as Brenda will be missed by many family members and friends. Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 31. 2019 at 10:30 am—Major Ken Fagan—Officiating The Salvation Army 712 S School Ave. Lecanto, FL 34461
Gloria L Velez, 86, Inverness, FL
Gloria L. Velez, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on September 27, 2019 at the age of 86. Gloria was born on June 10, 1933 in Honduras to the late Calixto and Beatriz (Ramos) Lainez. She was married to her partner and husband of 42 years Joseph Velez, JR until his passing on September 14, 2017. Gloria worked as an Administrator for a Medical Clinic and made Citrus County her home after relocating from Manhattan, NY. Those left to mourn Gloria’s passing are her children: Jorge, Eduardo and Delia, all of Honduras; and her loving brother in law, John Velez of Inverness, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
John L Verity, 90, Inverness, FL
John Lewis “Hike” Verity, age 90, Inverness, Florida passed away September 26, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. John was born in Baldwin, NY on April 28, 1929 to the late Lewis and Nellie (Horton) Verity and came here 27 years ago from Center Moriches, NY. He retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local # 138 in New York, and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed bowling, wood carving, and volunteering his time for the Family Care Council and F.F.R.A. John was a dedicated fire fighter and a member of the Amityville, NY Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years. Left to cherish is memory is his wife of 69 years, Joan Vollmer Verity; 4 children, John C. Verity and wife Debi, Center Moriches, NY, William Verity and wife Beth Ann, South Bend, IN; David Verity, Inverness, and Irene Nicola, Sarasota, FL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. There will be a military graveside service at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Beulah E Ward, 94, Inverness, FL
Beulah E. (Welch) Ward passed away on September 11, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL while surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old. Beulah was born in Mount Clare, WV to the late George and Mary (Harman) Welch on August 17, 1925. She married her loving husband Ralph on July 19, 1942. They shared 76 years of loving marriage together until his passing on December 5, 2018. Beulah and Ralph were Florida “Snowbirds” for a number of years but left West Virginia in 2005 to make Florida their permanent residence. In her spare time, Beulah enjoyed watching television, working crosswords and crocheting. She was also a good cook. Beulah had enjoyed traveling with her husband in their R.V. Over the years they visited 49 states, only missing out on Hawaii. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Those left to mourn Beulah’s passing include her sons: Ralph “Dusty” Elwood Ward, Jr. of Shinnston, W.V., Charles “Dave” Ward and his wife Paula of Inverness, FL, Willard “Woody” Ward of Oberlin, OH; grandchildren: Missy, Mike, Mark, Kelly, Ron, Katie, Krysti, Ronnie, Jeannie; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Beulah was preceded in death by her siblings: Gene Hoblitzel, Marie Lanham, Bee Welch, Beatrice Bennett, Nellie Cunningham, Edward Welch, Dora Underwood and Charles Welch. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Beulah will be laid to rest with her husband Ralph at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A brief graveside service will take place following the chapel service at 11:30 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
John B Watson, Jr, 91, Inverness, FL
John B. Watson, Jr., 91, of Inverness, FL passed away October 12, 2019 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Viper, KY on April 29, 1928 to the late John B. and Laura B. (Fields). John was a tool maker with General Motors for 36 years, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was Protestant by faith, a member of the Anderson Masonic Lodge F&AM. and the Citrus Masonic Lodge in Inverness. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. John was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Watson in 2012. He is survived by his children John L. Watson of Soppchoppee, FL, and Pam Holley and her husband Randy of Tallahassee, FL; sister Joyce Learned of Indiana; step son Dennis Cooper and wife Cathy of Markleville, IN; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Garland T Wheaton, 71, Homosassa, FL
Garland Thomas Wheaton of Homosassa, FL peacefully passed away at his home on September 29, 2019. He was 71 years of age. Garland was born in Lincoln, ME on October 6, 1947 to the late Freese and Joan (York) Wheaton and had been a resident of Florida for the past 16 years. He was previously employed by Lincoln Pulp and Paper and the James River Paper Company in Old Town, Maine. After relocating to Appleton, WI, he went to work for the Beloit Corporation. After retiring from the paper industry, Garland worked as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Appleton. Once he relocated to Homosassa, FL, he became a small business owner and operated Wheaton’s Home Services until he retired. Garland is survived by Christine (Curtis) Wheaton, his loving wife of 50 years; daughters: Cathy Lison and her husband Tom of Appleton, WI, Heidi Hull and her husband Jeff of Avon Lake, OH; two beloved grandsons; two brothers; and one sister. Following cremation, Garland’s family will spread his ashes in Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Sue A Willcut, 87, Inverness, FL
Sue Ann Willcut, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away September 24, 2019 in the Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs Willcut was born in Emporia, KS on January 11, 1932 to the late Clinton Griffin Henning and Gladys (Wilks) Henning and moved here in 2018 from Wichita, KS. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Kemper Willcut and his wife Lou Ann of Inverness and Kirt Willcut and his wife Lisa of Wichita, KS. Private cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Norma J Willis, 80, No. Tonawanda, NY
Norma Jean Willis died peacefully on September 17, 2019 under the care of Niagara Hospice. Norma was born in North Tonawanda on November 30, 1938, the daughter of Martin Potzger and Mildred Demler Potzger. Among those waiting in heaven for her were her parents, loving husband James; her brother, John Potzger; and step-daughter, Margaret Faust. Norma is survived by her sister, Carol (Larry) Human; brother, Robert Potzger; nephew, Daniel (Rebecca) Human; great nephew, Henry; great nice, Harper; and step-daughter, Shirley (James) Adymy. Norma and her husband Jim moved to Inverness, Florida after his retirement. She lived there, in the home that they built, until returning to North Tonawanda seven years ago. Norma’s artistic skills blossomed in Florida. Her favorite medium was watercolor and she was co-founder of the Citrus County Watercolor Club. Several of Norma’s watercolors won prizes in surrounding art shows and galleries. Norma was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Inverness, Florida. After returning to North Tonawanda, she joined the congregation at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Funeral services are scheduled in Inverness on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with burial following in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A memorial to Norma will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, North Tonawanda, NY. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, or to the United Methodist Church, Inverness, Florida.
Robert O Wilson, 84, Inverness, FL
Robert O. Wilson, 84, of Inverness, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Robinson, IL on April 16, 1935 to the late Perry Owen and Grace (Anderson) Wilson. Robert was a train master for the railroad, and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Indiana. He was a member of the Crossgate Church of God in Inverness, acting as a trustee, usher, and volunteer at the church. He enjoyed traveling back to Indiana and Ohio to visit family and friends, and golfing. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Wilson. Other survivors include his daughters Lou Ann Mobley and her husband Mark of Indianapolis, IN, and Melanie Park of San Diego, CA. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Kathryn M Wykle, 70, Dunnellon, FL
Kathryn Marie (Harburger) Wykle, age 70, passed away September 10, 2019. Kathryn was born in Queens, NY on November 9, 1948 to the late Walter A. and Ann (Murphy) Harburger and came here in 2005 from Sayville, NY. She was employed by the federal government as an Executive Secretary for the probation department and was of the Catholic Faith. She attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs prior to her illness. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Patrick Jon Wykle of Dunnellon, FL; 1 brother, John Harburger of Wantagh, NY; 3 sisters, Eileen Harburger of The Villages, FL, Margaret (Michael) Gilmartin of Moriches, NY, and Jane (George) Chavez of The Villages, FL; her daughter in law, Anna Dugin of Dunnellon, FL; 2 grandchildren, Shannon and Patrick Wykle, Jr; 1 niece, Patricia Chavez; 3 nephews: Daniel and Nicholas LaLota, and David Harburger The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Long Island, NY. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family in Florida.
Donna A Xenophon, 54, Inverness, FL
Donna Ann Xenophon, age 54, of Inverness, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. One of eight children, Donna was born on April 17, 1965 in Jamaica Queens, NY to the late Nicos and Edna (McBride) Xenophontos. She made Citrus County her home in 1978 after relocating from Malverne, NY and attended worship services at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. Donna was an extremely talented softball player and was a member of the Santa Fe College women’s softball team. She and her teammates made it all the way to the state championships. After college, Donna went to work as a Corrections Officer for the Sumter County Corrections Facility for over ten years. In her spare time she loved playing bingo. She also enjoyed spending time on the computer, playing jackpot games and a little gambling. Those left to mourn Donna’s passing include her precious daughter, Laura Carley of Inverness; brother, Nic Xenophon (William Jayne) of Costa Rica; sisters: Debra Helm of Tallahassee, Rosemary (John) Maisel of Floral City, Gigi (Bob) Klein of Inverness, Laura Clark of Martin, GA, Patricia (Raymond) Velez of Birmingham, AL; nieces: Linda Helm, Donnamarie Whittle, Nicole Carpenter, Jesse Klein, Ashley Rose Dodd, Sarah Hall, Mariah Clark, Samantha Catland, Megan Sortino; nephews: Jon Xenophon, Colin Xenophon, Jimmy Helm, Paul Xenophon, Mark Xenophon, Shane Maisel; sister in law, Lori Xenophon; and the father of her child, Derek Carley, stepbrother, Peter Panayi. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Chris Xenophon and stepmother, Maria (Efthathion). The family plan to hold a private memorial service at a later date. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.