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Joyce Albury

Joyce Albury, 82, Inverness, FL
Joyce Kathleen Albury, 82 of Inverness, passed away at home under the loving care of her family, on March 13, 2024. Joyce was born on February 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Dury and Neola (Hollembaek) Greer. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Joyce came to Citrus County in 1976 from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a member of the Redemption Christian Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Erin Wade Albury and wife, Lindsey of Monticello, FL, Jared Wayne Albury and wife Nicole Coleman of Lake City, FL, and Tracy Townsend and husband Joe, of Inverness; her brother, Rodney Greer; three grandchildren: Ty Townsend (Bryanna Wilburn), Ryley Albury, and Easton Albury. In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Gerald on June 27, 2017 and her brother, Robert Greer. A Celebration of Life service for Joyce will be conducted on Monday, April 1st, 2024 at 12 Noon, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Langdon, pastor of the Redemption Christian Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until service time. Committal services will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Susan Bailey

Susan P Bailey, 78, Inverness, FL
Susan P. Bailey, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away Monday, May 13, 2024 at The Grove Health & Rehab in Hernando, FL. She was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 10, 1946 to the late Clifford and Evelyn (Kretschmar) McDaniel. Susan was an advertising representative for the Coca-Cola Company, and arrived in this area 30 years ago, coming from Olive Branch, Mississippi. She was Methodist by faith and enjoyed caring for plants, going to plant shows, jewelry making, and ceramics. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Alan Bailey in 2019. Survivors include her brother John McDaniel, and sisters Pamela Wharton and Patrice Jackson. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elaine Bergstrom

Elaine Bergstrom, 92, Lecanto, Florida
Elaine A. Bergstrom, 92 of Lecanto, passed away April 9, 2024 at Compass Rose of Lecanto assisted living facility. Elaine was born on January 31, 1932 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Alva B. and Ruth E. (Stage) Allison. She came to Citrus County in 1997 from Tampa. Elaine was a devoted wife, mother and a devout Christian. Elaine attended Calvary Chapel Church in her later years. She loved music and sang with the church choir or congregation. Elaine was a loving homemaker and a fabulous cook and baker. She created countless wonderful meals from scratch, including her own pastas, bread, and loved canning. Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Glenn E. Herman and wife Dinah of Floral City, FL and Paul E. Herman and wife Roxanne of North Georgia; her sister Carol Bishop and husband Dale of Akron Ohio; three grandchildren: Michael, Daniel and Elizabeth Herman and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 23 years, Paul W. Herman in 1973, and second husband of 33 years, Lyle "Richard" Bergstrom in 2011. A Celebration gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 1pm until 2:30pm at the Davis Funeral Home chapel. Following cremation, Elaine will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery with her husband, Lyle. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. One of Elaine's favorite religious songs she would sing is called "Suppertime", which harkens to God calling us to heaven as would a mother calling for her children in the evening to suppertime. The song's refrain is "Come home, come home, it's suppertime. The shadows lengthen fast. Come home, come home, it's supper time. You’re going home at last".


Della Bishop

Della Bishop, 92, Inverness, FL
Della Mae Bishop, of Inverness, passed away at her home under Hospice care on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. She was 92. Della was born to Aimar and Alma (Kinard) Martin in Ruffin, SC. She was a proud homemaker, who loved her family very much and enjoyed taking care of them. After she was already a wife and a mom to her four children, she decided to go back to school to earn her high school diploma and graduate from Chamberlain High School, and did so one year before her oldest child graduated! They moved up to this area in 1971 from Tampa. Della was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 55 years Winston Bishop, Sr., her son Winston Bishop, Jr., her daughter Rebecca Coons, her granddaughter Sylvia Sharpe, her grandson Michael Faucett, her brother James Martin, and her sister Betty Kendall. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Wanda Sharpe of Inverness and Barbara Ongemach (Ken) of Tampa; her brother Albert Martin of Ruffin, SC; many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Funeral services for Della will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 2:30pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 1:30 until service time. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to Winston.


Carl Bove

Carl Bove, 78, Inverness, Florida
Carl V. Bove, 78, of Inverness passed away at home under the loving care of his family on April 24, 2024. Carl was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 2, 1945 to the late Vincent and Rose (Albano) Bove. Carl’s family then moved to Florida. He graduated from South Broward High School and then attended the University of Florida. He was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the Gators and Dolphins. He played, coached and umpired softball and children’s soccer teams. Carl and his wife Sharon owned and operated a wallpaper and window treatment business. He also collected and sold antiques. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Sharon; his daughter Michele (Mario) Cortopassi; his sons Brian and Brent Bove of Athens, GA; grandson, Christopher (Trinity) Cortopassi; granddaughter, PFC Isabel Cortopassi (US Army); and grandson, Wyatt. In addition to his parents Carl was preceded in death by his sister Maryann. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Vitas Healthcare and nurses, especially Amee, and the cancer specialists. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gregory Bradshaw

Gregory Bradshaw, 75, Hernando, FL
Gregory Lansing Bradshaw, 75 of Hernando, FL, passed away at home on March 7, 2024. Gregg was born to the late Donald and Dorothy Ann (Chappell) Bradshaw on December 4,1948, on the UF campus in Gainesville, where his dad attended Law School. At one year old his family moved to Inverness where he grew up. Gregg excelled at sports, making varsity football and baseball at Citrus High school his freshman year. Gregg was also was able to play football with Elvis Presley in 1961 while Elvis was here filming “Follow That Dream.” Gregg served his country as a US Navy Seal and was a construction superintendent and gifted blueprint layout designer. He was a terrific provider to his family. He led by example, teaching loyalty, pride and love for one another. Gregg had an incredible sense of humor and quick wit. His children and grandchildren will always remember him as an amazing story teller. He would have them all captivated with tales from his childhood and adventurous life. He was our Hero! Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Erinn Bradshaw; his children: Cassandra (Chris) Anderson of Hernando, Stacy (Bryan) Slaughter of Inverness, Bryan Bradshaw, of Beverly Hills, FL and Dustin Bradshaw of Hernando; his brothers: Barton Bradshaw of Chestertown, MD, Donald “Gator” Bradshaw of Ocala, FL, Wesley “Wes” Bradshaw of Inverness; his sisters: Kimberly Weed of Tampa, FL and Leigh Nuzum of Tampa; and his grandchildren: Kylee, Daisy, Caitlyn and Peyton. Graveside services for Greg will be conducted at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 1:30 PM. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 11:00 AM. The procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 12:45 PM.


Harold Breese

Harold M Breese, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Harold Morris Breese, Jr., 87, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Monday, April 22, 2024 at his residence in Beverly Hills. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 31, 1937 to the late Harold Morris and Muriel (Hagadon) Breese. Harold was an internal auditor for the banking industry, and arrived in this area in 2021, coming from Lansing, NC. He enjoyed sports, fishing, and bowling. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Tommie Breese. Other survivors include his children Scott (Johanna) Breese of Floral City, Florida, and Donna (Rick) Dunham of Rockwell, TX; 4 grandchildren Jennifer, Tyler, Austin, and Jennifer; and 2 great grandchildren, Dylan and Audrina. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Bridwell

Robert L Bridwell, 80, Inverness, FL
Robert L. Bridwell, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Brentwood ALF in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Terre Haute, IN on May 7, 1944 to the late Frank and Frances (Day) Bridwell. Robert was a truck driver, and arrived in this area in 1992, coming from Chicago, IL. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was Protestant by faith, and a member of the American Legion, Post #104, Terre Haute. Survivors include his daughter Dawn Hodge of Ocala, FL, and grandson Ricky Melendez of Ocala, FL. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James Britain

James Britain, 91, Beverly Hills, Florida
James A. “Jim” Britain passed away on March 25, 2024, at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was 91 years old. James was born in Hartford, CT on January 15, 1933, to Aubrey A. and Alice (Holland) Britain. He grew up in Marblehead, MA, and graduated from Marblehead High School. For over 40 years, he lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was a die-hard Brewers and Packers fan. Jim was many things to many people. First, he was a son, as well as a brother to sister, Alice Griffin (1937 – 2016). He was a patriot. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Morse Code Decoder. He was a graduate of Norwich University with a degree in Business Administration. He was a true salesman and worked as a Real Estate Broker and Insurance Agent. He was a devout Catholic with unyielding faith, and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim was a husband, father and grandfather, mentor, and friend, Jim was a recovering alcoholic with over 40 years of sobriety. His life was one of hard work, dedication, determination, devotion, strength, love, and recovery. These are the characteristics that led him to help establish the Pass it on Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Recognizing the struggles faced by many people in his community, he wanted to establish, a place for those battling addiction to find guidance, support, and hope. He sponsored and mentored many people on their road to overcoming addiction. Jim tried to live his life by two mottos “One Day at a Time” and “Do the Next Right Thing.” These words gave him direction and purpose. He was an example and inspiration to those who knew him, and he will be missed. Jim is survived by his wife of 40+ years, Judith; his three children Timothy Britain, Claire Cerrato, and David Britain from his first wife Patricia (Healy) Britain Cavagnaro ; their spouses, Jane, Bill, and Mariela; his two children Shannon Davis and Jamie Cotton from his second wife Ardith (Rome) Britain; their spouses, Jeff and Tirrell; his fourteen grandchildren, Lara Miller, Conor Britain, Meaghan Nickols, Colleen Britain, Brett Cerrato, Sam Cerrato, Allison Britain, Austin Davis, Hannah Davis, Aliya Matzke, Mia Cotton, Celine Cotton, Tidus Cotton, Aidan Cotton; his ten great grandchildren, Michael Miller, Lydia Miller, Rose Britain, Owen Britain, Tristan Nickols, Olivia Cerrato, Braxton Cerrato, Giacomo Cerrato, Connor Cerrato, Jonah Davis. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on May 29, 2024, at St. Augustine Church at 2530 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53207 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Pass It On Club at 6229 W. Forest Home Avenue in Milwaukee, WI in honor of Jim’s commitment to addiction recovery.


Mary Brooks

Mary Brooks, 62, Hernando, Florida
Mary Willard Brooks Born October 5, 1961 Gone to heaven April 30, 2024 Fifth generation Floridian Retired Orange County fire fighter and EMT Best friend to Tim her husband Her tremendous courage was only equaled by her generosity and kindness


Colleen Brown

Colleen E Brown, 65, Inverness, FL
Colleen S. Brown, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Ayer, MA on July 10, 1958 to the late Bruce and Sandra (Chamberlin) Bennett. Colleen was a bartender, and arrived in this area in1984, coming from Palm Beach, FL. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading and riding motorcycles. Survivors include her children David Stearns and his fiancé Savannah Kinsora of Inverness, and James Bennett of Xenia, OH; brothers Bruce and Walter Bennett; sister Sandra Bennett; several nieces and nephews, and close friend Teresa Bradley. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Gerry Brown

Gerry Brown, 73, Inverness, Florida
Theodore Gerry Brown, of Inverness, passed away at the HCA Ocala Regional Hospital. He was 73. He was a life-long Floridian, having been born in Miami. Those left to cherish his memories are his siblings Julia Culver, Deb Faircloth, James D. Brown, Maxine Paul, and Olin Richard Brown, along with several nieces and nephews.


Shawna Brown

Shawna Brown, 47, Inverness, FL
Shawna Leigh Brown, 47, of Inverness, passed away April 5, 2024 at her residence. Shawna was born in Ashland, KY on March 20, 1977 to the late Walter Edward Stone Jr., and Vicki Gail (Fannin) Stone, and came to this area in 2016 from there. Left to cherish her memory are two aunts: Carol Ritchie and Kimberly Hulett, both of Ashland, KY; 3 nephews: Larry Gene Ritchie and wife Teria, Edward Dean Ritchie and wife Wanda, and Timothy James Ritchie, all of Ashland, KY; one niece, Tabitha Jayne Pauley and husband John, of Houston, TX; and half-brother, Casey Roberts. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Barbara Burman

Barbara Burman, 84, Inverness, Florida
Barbara J. Burman, of Inverness, passed away, Friday, April 26, 2024. She was 84 years old, born in Chicago, IL to Earl and Esther (Albrecht) Fuller. Barbara was a proud homemaker and loved her family dearly. Barbara and her husband Ronald Burman, Sr. moved from Orland Park, IL, to Florida in 1995. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 65 years, Ronald Burman, Sr.; children Ronald Jr and Angela (Bach), and Donna (Burman) and Michael Carone; grandchildren Joshua (Elizabeth) Burman, Samuel (Jessica) Burman, and Nicolina Carone; great-grandchild Bodie Burman; brother Robert (Anne) Fuller, and sister Nancy (Fuller) Blood, and many nieces and nephews. Family wishes are that we all celebrate and reflect on our relationship and time with Barbara in our own way. There will be no memorial at this time.


Louis Calabrese, Jr

Louis Calabrese, Jr, 83, Floral City, FL
Louis Calabrese, Jr., age 83 of Floral City, FL passed away March 18, 2024 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Lou was born in Lorain, OH on July 11, 1940 to the late Louis and Lucy (Sorino) Calabrese, Sr and came to this area from Clearwater in 1993. He was a retired commercial truck driver and served our country in the U.S. Army. He had a zest for life and a very positive outlook wherever he went. He never met a stranger. He loved gardening, and loved to ride motorcycles. Lou was an accomplished musician, upholsterer, and a very hard worker. But most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed all gatherings with them. He always had great words of advice and encouragement. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Left to cherish his memory is 1 daughter, Lisa Marie Antonetti and her husband, Peter of Floral City; 1 sister, Loretta Ricco of Elyria, OH; 4 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Also 2 nieces as well. He was predeceased by his son, Todd Calabrese on March 10, 2022 and his grandson, Stanley M. Haybron,III on December 27, 2021. At Louis’ request, there are no services. His urn will be laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation arrangements are being arranged with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Matthew Canning

Matthew Canning, 80, Inverness, Florida
Matthew Charles Canning (Matt) passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 in Inverness, Florida. Matt was born October 5, 1943 on a farm in Kiltykreevaugh, Ireland to Ann (Faughnan) and John Canning. After spending his teen years in post WWII London, Matt immigrated to the United States to his mother’s sister, Ellen Faughnan, on Long Island. Matt served in the US Army as an MP and a Sargeant in Vietnam, became a United States citizen, and continued his service in the National Guard. After retiring from United Telephone/Sprint in Inverness as a telephone engineer, Matt enjoyed spending his time with friends, traveling, and collecting antiquities and folk art. He made beautiful stained-glass panels and lamps, paintings, and upcycled found-objects into whimsical sculptures. He was a fine poet, exercising his wit and words in prose, editorial cartoons, various civic service organizations, and at breakfast with friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his two daughters Gillian Krivit (Keith), Tallahassee, Florida, and Kelly Remsey (Jim), Columbia, South Carolina, three grandchildren, brother Michael Canning, sister Patricia Shultz, many nephews, nieces and cousins, and his loving companion Beverly Moose and her children and grandchildren. A commemoration of Matt’s life will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 2:00pm, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida. Burial will follow at a later date, in Ireland.


Thelma Carlson

Thelma J Carlson, 90, Bushnell, FL
Thelma “Joanne” Carlson, 90, of Bushnell, FL passed away Sunday, March 10, 2024 at her residence in Bushnell. She was born in Fairview, MI on August 29, 1933 to the late Don and Millie (Aldridge) Marsh. Joanne was a property manager, and arrived in this area 37 years ago coming from Clearwater, FL. She was Methodist by faith, and enjoyed coloring books, reading, playing bingo, and going to garage sales. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Eugene H. Carlson in 2022, two sons, Robert and Martin Carlson, her parents Don W. and Millie (Aldridge) Marsh, and her six (6) siblings, Don, Kenneth and John Marsh, Doris McAnallen, Edith Emond, and Frances Keenan. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Leonard Carmon

Leonard C Carmon, 74, Inverness, FL
Leonard Clyde Carmon, born May 17, 1949, went home to be with his Lord on April 25, 2024. He was born in Ironton, Ohio, to the late Calvin and Laura (Keaton) Carmon. Leonard served in the US Air Force for 9 years, serving in Libya, Africa. After leaving the Air Force he and his wife Cheryl moved back to Florida where he worked as a supervisor for the Food Stamps and Welfare departments with the State of Florida for 20 years. Leonard was a faithful member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, where he served as a Deacon and an adult Sunday school teacher. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Cheryl Carmon. In addition to his parents Leonard was preceded in death by his brother Jay O’Neal. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM , with Pastor Darrell Reneau officiating. In lieu of flowers please give to Cornerstone Baptist Church Youth Fund for camp. Len loved the Bible, his golf buddies and Disney. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Linda Cignoni

Linda Cignoni, 82, Hernando, Florida
It is with tremendous sadness that we share the passing of our beloved wife, mother, Memere, and friend Linda A. Cignoni on April 17, 2024 after a brief illness. Linda was born in Methuen, MA to Maurice and Rita (Gilbert) Auger on August 15, 1941. She was 82 years old. She grew up in Lawrence, MA and attended St. Anne’s High School. She raised her children in Salem, NH and lived there for over 50 years. She was an active member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, NH and most recently of St. Scholastica in Lecanto, Florida. She was a devoted mother and could often be seen (and heard) cheering on her children at various sporting events, supporting whatever interests they had and cheering for her beloved Boston Bruins. She worked as an administrative assistant at Beaumont & Campbell Prof. Assn. where she proudly retired after over 20 years of service. Linda enjoyed an active retirement spent bowling in her weekly league, playing Bingo, taking up golf, volunteering at the Salem Ingram Senior Center, and serving as a co-chair on the Salem Council on Aging. Linda found great happiness in the second half of her life when she met her husband and best “Pal” Richard (Dick) Cignoni. They enjoyed 32 years together during which they enjoyed traveling with friends, going to casinos, fishing in New York (where she caught the biggest fish), spending summers on Newfound Lake and most recently relocating together to Florida. She felt fortunate that she had made some wonderful new friends in the Citrus Hills Community. Linda also loved her new furry friend Bella; a great addition to her family. Linda’s greatest happiness though was when she was spending time with her husband, children and eight grandchildren. She loved to cook meals for them, play games of “45’s”, watch them at their various sporting events and just enjoy everyone being together. Those left to cherish Linda’s memory are her loving and devoted husband Dick Cignoni; her daughter Charlene Brenner and her husband Karl; her sons Richard Bernard and his wife Cherie and Andrew Cignoni and his wife Jennifer; her eight grandchildren Casey, Jamie, Devyn, Hayden, Tyler, Kayla, Haylee, and Josie; her lifelong and new friends; and her beloved fur baby “Bella.” She will be remembered for her quiet strength in the face of adversity and the unconditional love she gave to her friends and family. We will miss her every day. The family would like to thank Clear Sky Rehabilitation Hospital and Vitas Hospice Center, both in Lecanto, Florida for their compassionate care during the last several weeks. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Salem Ingram Senior Center in Linda’s name ([email protected]). Services will be announced at a later date.


John  Clark

John Clark, 92, Inverness, Florida
John B. and Patsy J. (Ramsey) Clark, of Inverness, both passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She died in the early morning hours under Hospice care, and he died later in the day of Broken Heart Syndrome. John and Patsy were married almost 70 years, and were always by one another’s side. They were both born in Tennessee, not long after the great depression. He was a police officer and loving husband and father, and she was a doting homemaker and loving wife and mother. They spent many years raising their family in Colorado Springs while he was in law enforcement. John and Patsy moved here in the mid-1980s following his retirement. They both loved reading, and John also loved working puzzles in the newspaper, and he was known as a “Mr. Fixit.” He could fix, put together, or build almost anything. She also loved sewing, crocheting, and gardening. John was preceded in death by his brother Winston Clark, Jr., and they were both preceded in death by their daughter-in-law Deborah Clark. Those left to cherish John and Patsy’s memories are their children Bradley Clark of California and Melissa Barker of North Carolina; grandchildren Megan Boyle (Patrick), Emily Phelps (Chase), John Clark, and Patricia Clark; five great grandchildren; Patsy’s siblings Peggy Ramsey and John Ramsey; and several nieces and nephews. Both John and Patsy Clark will be greatly missed by those who knew them. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care, and burial will take place in the Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Patsy Clark

Patsy Clark, 90, Inverness, Florida
John B. and Patsy J. (Ramsey) Clark, of Inverness, both passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She died in the early morning hours under Hospice care, and he died later in the day of Broken Heart Syndrome. John and Patsy were married almost 70 years, and were always by one another’s side. They were both born in Tennessee, not long after the great depression. He was a police officer and loving husband and father, and she was a doting homemaker and loving wife and mother. They spent many years raising their family in Colorado Springs while he was in law enforcement. John and Patsy moved here in the mid-1980s following his retirement. They both loved reading, and John also loved working puzzles in the newspaper, and he was known as a “Mr. Fixit.” He could fix, put together, or build almost anything. She also loved sewing, crocheting, and gardening. John was preceded in death by his brother Winston Clark, Jr., and they were both preceded in death by their daughter-in-law Deborah Clark. Those left to cherish John and Patsy’s memories are their children Bradley Clark of California and Melissa Barker of North Carolina; grandchildren Megan Boyle (Patrick), Emily Phelps (Chase), John Clark, and Patricia Clark; five great grandchildren; Patsy’s siblings Peggy Ramsey and John Ramsey; and several nieces and nephews. Both John and Patsy Clark will be greatly missed by those who knew them. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care, and burial will take place in the Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Robert Clouthier

Robert Clouthier, 88, Inverness, FL
Robert P. “Buz” Clouthier, age 88 of Inverness passed away April 11, 2024 following a lengthy illness. He was under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. “Buz” was born in Worcester, MA on January 5, 1936. He moved to Citrus County in 1995. He was a retired Draftsman in the electronics industry, working for Raytheon Electronic Technology for 36 years. He served our county in the U.S. Air Force. Buz attended St. Scholastica Catholic Church and was a long time member of the Inverness Elks Lodge. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 67 years, Carol Ann (Stowe) Clouthier; 3 sons: Steven (Joyce) Clouthier of Bristol, R.I; Jeffrey Clouthier of Charlton, MA, and Vincent (Amanda) Clouthier of Inverness, FL; 1 sister, Gail Hammond of The Villages; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Teresa Clouthier, his step father and a sister. Friends may gather on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Military Honors are scheduled at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 11:30 A.M. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Funeral Home at 10:45AM.


Patrick R Curtin, 66, Hernando, FL
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, Patrick R. Curtin of Hernando, Florida (formerly of Milford, Connecticut). He died on March 7, 2024, at age 66, after a short illness. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Details of a Memorial Service to be held this spring in Milford will be announced at a later date. In his memory, donations can be made to VITAS Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL. 34460.


Betty Davis

Betty M Davis, 89, Inverness, FL
Betty Pittard Davis, age 89 of Inverness, FL passed away March 20, 2024 under the care of her family and Vitas Hospice following a long illness. Betty was born in Winterville, GA on November 8, 1934 to the late Harold and Mollie (Dawson) Pittard. After graduating from high school, Betty attended Young Harris College followed by Emery University where she acquired her nursing degree. Later in life, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Central Florida. Betty moved to Inverness in 1966 with her husband Dave and their two children. She worked as a Public Health Nurse at the Health Department in Inverness for over 20 years. During that time, she headed up many programs including vaccinations at the schools, Scoliosis identification and treatment, and anti-smoking campaigns. Her passions were walking, running, cycling, and travel. Even in her 80s, she routinely walked over 10,000 steps a day. At age 79, she had a top 50 half marathon time for her age group from a run through Disney World. The highlight of her retirement was to take the grandkids to the theme parks as she enjoyed the parks just as much as they did. Betty’s retirement was also filled with many cruises as she enjoyed those trips with her husband, Dave, and the rest of the family when possible. She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness Betty is survived by her sons David and Paul, 3 grandchildren Kristin, Tom, and Danielle, and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Augustine Davis on November 9, 2023 There is a Celebration of Life scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness on Wednesday, March 27th at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley will officiate. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery beside her husband on Thursday at 10:00 AM. There will be no viewing prior to services.


Laura Dixon

Laura Dixon, 87, Inverness, FL
Laura Dorothy Dixon, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away March 24, 2024 at the Grand Living Senior Center. She was a compassionate and caring mother, grandmother, and friend. Mrs Dixon was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 12, 1936 to the late John and Carrie (Osborne) Antanies and moved to Florida in 1979 from Far Hills, NJ. She dedicated herself to caring for others as a nurse for over 35 years and was proud to serve as the VP of Nursing at Citrus Memorial Hospital. One of her passions was the Citrus County Fair Association where she worked tirelessly and served on the Board of Directors. She was the center of the family, deeply loved and will be missed. Left to cherish her memory are three children: C.J. Dixon of Inverness, Denmar Dixon of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Valerie Hale of St. Augustine, FL; 1 brother, John Antanies of Colorado; 2 sisters: Margie Radil and Mary Paolacci, both of New Jersey; 9 grandchildren: Kimberly, Audrey, Eileen, and Cole Dixon; Danielle Phillips and Nicole Dew; Preston, Emery and Evan Hale; 4 great grandchildren: Maverick and Bronson Dew and Christopher and Brian Phillips. The family has made a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Laura’s name; a charity that she generously supported throughout her life. If friends and family would like to make an additional contribution, they may do so online at https://www.stjude.org/donate or donations can be mailed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1999, Memphis,TN 38101. Cremation arrangements are with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Joan Dolan

Joan Dolan, 85, Inverness, Florida
Joan Rita Dolan, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away March 9, 2024 at 4:25 PM at the Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center, Inverness Joan was born in Queens, NY on June 16, 1938 to the late Clinton and Elizabeth (Schlosser) Christ. She moved from Elmont, NY in 1975 and relocated in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Mark Dolan of Inverness; Kathleen (Peter) Matarese of Murfreesboro, TN; June (Gary) Meier of Inverness; Karen (Philip) Owen of Inverness; brother, Clinton (Amanda) Christ of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Betty Barry of Long Island, NY; 11 grandchildren: Leanne, Kimberly, Billy, Stephanie, Courtney, Mandy, Nikki, Bobby, Heather, Brittany, and Ryan; 23 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Joan was predeceased by husband, William Dolan in 1978; her son, Matthew Dolan, her daughter, JoAnne Wyka, and her sister, Valerie Bekemeyer. The family will plan a Celebration of Life at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.


William Duggan, Jr.

William B Duggan, Jr., 76, Hernando, FL
William Bernard Duggan, Jr., 76, of Hernando, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at his residence in Hernando surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Worcester, MA on April 22, 1948 to the late William B. and Helen (Carmody) Duggan, Sr. William was an Executive for the railroad industry and Catholic by faith. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. and was a Vietnam Veteran. William’s passions included golfing, traveling, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie Duggan, daughters Jennifer Wilcox of Quaker Hill, CT, Kelley (Paul) Weitzel of Huntersville, NC, and Kimberly Duggan of San Diego, CA; sisters Connie Rose of Dade City, FL, Patricia Lancaster and Mary Lou Raschello, both of Quaker Hill, CT; and 2 beautiful granddaughters Kaylee Wilcox of New London, CT and Jayna Weitzel, Huntersville, NC. Military services for William will be conducted on Tuesday, May 21, 1:00pm at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with honor guard services by VFW Post #4337, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, please honor Bill by donating to the Robert W. Duggan Liver Cancer and Transplant Research Fund at the University of Florida Foundation. Gifts may be mailed to UF Health Office of Development, P.O. Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610-0243. Please make check payable to UF Foundation, Inc. and indicate that your gift is a memorial for Bill Duggan. You may also make your gift online at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/giving-opportunities/, there is a box titled “Recognition” where loved ones can enter their memorial comment. Phone the secure line for credit card gifts 877-351-2377. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Jimmy Edwards

Jimmy Edwards, 82, Inverness, FL
Jimmy Ray Edwards, of Inverness, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at his home. He was 82. Jimmy was born in Memphis, Tennessee to James and Frances (Wylie) Edwards. He served his country proudly in the US Army, and retired after 33 years of service. Jimmy and his late wife Marilyn moved to this area in 1999 from Kissimmee, and he was very active in the Eagle’s Lodge, Moose Lodge, and VFW Post #4337. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marilyn Edwards of 25 years in 2016, and his son Jason Edwards (Wendy), who passed in January of this year. Those left to cherish his memory are his son Justin Edwards of Tampa; his daughters Tina Horton of Ohio, Sherry Luebbe (Doug) of Ohio, and Tammy Thomas of Ohio; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at the VFW Post #4337 on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 1:00pm. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Michael Engel

Michael Engel, 76, Floral City, Florida
Michael L. “Mike” Engel, of Floral City, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, surrounded by his family. He was 76. Mike was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Edward and Hazel (Clair) Engel, and was one of nine children. Mike worked in maintenance as a supervisor, but also managed ABC Liquors for many years, moving all around the states managing their rotating bars. He and his family moved to this area from Ohio 44 years ago. Since Mike was a workaholic and always focused on providing for his family, he didn’t have many hobbies, other than watching wrestling. He did love tinkering with mechanic work on cars. Mike was preceded in death by his son Mark Engel; and his brothers and sisters Dorothy, Mary, Eddie, Richie, Joey, and Davy. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of nearly 50 years Shirley Engel of Floral City; sons Brian Engel (Teresa) and Michael L. Engel, Jr.; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.


Phillip Ewald

Phillip E Ewald, 81, Homosassa, FL
Phillip E. Ewald, 81, of Homosassa, FL passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Adrian, MI on March 31, 1943 to the late Ellsworth E. and Jean (Schmitz) Ewald. Phillip was a truck driver and arrived in this area 63 years ago coming from Adrian, MI. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed truck driving, fishing and guns. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 25 years, Teresa Ewald, and one son, Jeff Ewald. Survivors include his children Joseph (Audrey) Davenport of Dixon, Missouri, Billy Bishop of Homosassa, Travis Davenport of Seneca, SC, Tammy Ewald of Tyler, TX, Jamie Barton and her fiancé Derek West of Homosassa, and Lisa Ewald of Detroit, MI; brothers George (Cindy) Bishop and Dale Ewald; sister Jane Ewald; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; and his beloved dog Emma. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Emanuel Falcone

Emanuel Falcone, 94, Hernando, FL
Emanuel Robert Falcone, of Hernando, passed away under hospice care on Saturday, February 24, 2024. He was 94. He was born in Coney Island, NY to James "Jimmy" and Joephine Falcone. He was a businessman. He was preceded in death by sons Robert and Arthur, daughter Patricia, and brother Gustino. He is survived by his wife Patricia Falcone of Michigan; daughter Jane Lessard of California; niece Susan Falcone of Hernando; and step-daughter Roslyn Amor of Michigan. Private cremation with care.


Herman Fowler

Herman Fowler, 86, Homosassa, FL
Herman Edwin Fowler of Homosassa passed away peacefully on February 29, 2024, after an extended pneumonia illness. He was raised in Connecticut and served in the United States Marine Corps. Herman retired after a 37-year-long career at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Frances Fowler. He also leaves behind 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous brothers and sisters. Beloved by anyone who knew him, he had a keen sense of humor, rugged zest for special repair projects, a passion for gardening and planting, and enjoyed tinkering in his shop with his ’55 Chevy. He was known for being personable and would initiate conversations with anyone. Herman traveled throughout the United States and parts of the world, experiencing many adventures with his wife. He was a devoted husband, father, and all-around family man who will be dearly missed. Service will be held on Friday, March 8th at 11 a.m. at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, FL.


Thomas Gardner

Thomas E Gardner, 81, Floral City, FL
Thomas E. Gardner, 81, of Floral City, FL passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL. He was born in Dayton, OH on July 29, 1942 to the late Howard R. and Katherine (Mc Fall) Gardner. Thomas was a plumber for General Motors, Corp. and arrived in this area in 2014, coming from his summer home in West Milton, OH. He was Christian by faith, and enjoyed riding motorcycles. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy Lee Gardner. Other survivors include his children Michael (Nicole) Gardner of Snohomish, WA and Christina Honeycutt of Ludlow Falls, OH; brother Marvin R. Gardner; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kellie Gattone

Kellie Gattone, 34, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Kellie Crystal Gattone, 34, passed away March 27, 2024 in Mission Hills, California. Kellie was born on January 5, 1990 in Camden, New Jersey. She is survived by her mother, Erin Lore, her father, John Gattone and wife Mary of Lecanto; brothers: Ryan Gattone and Jason Gattone (Gia Cinelli); and fiancé Dustin Treadway, many aunts uncles nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her step father, Paul Lore in 2013. Kellie will always be remembered as a very caring, loving woman to all her family and friends, but she always loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first. She was a member of the Church by the Glades in Ft. Lauderdale where she resided. Her personality and beauty are just a few reasons why so many people were drawn to her. She always wore a big smile and had a great sense of humor. Kellie would help anyone that needed her. She was one to not let you see if she was in pain or worrying. We will always remember hearing her quote her favorite thing to say, “I got this!!”. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and they with her. Kellie was engaged and planning a future together with Dustin, but her life here was cut short. She will be missed tremendously! Services for Kellie will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 1:00 PM from the Calvary Chapel Church in Inverness, 960 US Highway 41. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to: Wayside House (women’s rehabilitation center) https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=75c15e71-6419-4954-9366-67a24be16f34. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Judy Gerwe

Judy Gerwe, 79, Inverness, Florida
Judy Jean Gerwe, of Inverness, passed away at home under hospice care, surrounded by family. She was 79. Judy was born in Elkhorn, WI to Edward and Grace Frye Janney. She was preceded in death by her husband Barry Gerwe. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Sheli, and two nieces Delinda and Debbie, who was her main caregiver. Private cremation arrangements.


William Glass

William L Glass, 75, Inverness, FL
William Lloyd Glass, Jr., 75, of Inverness, FL passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness. He was born in Tampa, FL on February 8, 1949 to the late William Lloyd Glass, Sr and Truva (Robertson) Glass. William arrived in this area in 1951, coming from Tampa. He was Baptist by faith, and loved fishing. Willliam is survived by his daughter, Hilda Gillette, and 2 grandchildren, Felicitie and Chloe, and nephew Eric Glass of Floral City, FL. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Eleuterio Gonzalez

Eleuterio Gonzalez, 96, Inverness, FL
Eleuterio Gonzalez, 96, Inverness, FL passed away March 3, 2024 in Lecanto at the HPH Hospice facility. A native of Puerto Rico, he was born April 28, 1927 to the late Paulino and Amalia Rivera Gonzalez. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a Jehovah Witness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aida Gonzalez in 2006. He also leaves his children and grandchildren as well as his caregiver of 17 years, Wanda Montanez Services will be announced at a later date at the Hernando Spanish Congregation’s Kingdom Hall. Following cremation, burial will be private at Florida National Cemetery. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Christopher Gore

Christopher Gore, 53, Inverness, FL
Christopher M “Chris” Gore, of Inverness, passed away on Thursday morning, March 14, 2024. He was 53. Chris was born in Boynton Beach to Gene Gore and Louise Whiting on 12/5/1970, and has remained in Florida his whole life. He was a resident of the Key Training Center, and worked a few years at Wal-Mart as front-end service personnel. Chris loved race cars, from Hot Wheels to NASCAR, he just absolutely loved them. Chris had an enormous love for life and truly found happiness in everything and everyone. He was preceded in death by his sister Jodi Seto in 2021. Those left to cherish Chris’ memory are his mom Louise Whiting of Inverness; his dad Gene Gore and Pauline Woodham of Live Oak; his sister and her husband, Kelli and Jonathan Melton of Inverness; his brother Dana Gore of Inverness; his nephew and his wife Kyle and Heather Durr of Live Oak; his niece and nephew Daniel and Summer Crapps. A celebration of Chris’ life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel, with the family receiving friends from 10:30 until time of service. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE, Inverness FL 34450.


Dana Gore

Dana Gore, 58, Inverness, Florida
Dana S. Gore, of Inverness, passed away at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson on Friday, March 29, 2024. He was 58. Dana was born in Boynton Beach, FL to H. Gene Gore and Louise (Oliver) Whiting. He was a lifelong Florida resident. Dana loved ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and helicopters and anything else that made loud noises. He also had a devious sense of humor and loved to play tricks on his brother and sisters. Dana’s younger brother Chris passed just 15 days prior to Dana’s passing, and the most interesting thing about these two is that they were always together. Dana was also preceded in death by their sister Jodi Seto in 2021. Those left to cherish Dana’s memory are his mom Louise Whiting of Inverness; his dad Gene Gore (Pauline Woodham) of Live Oak; his sister and her husband Kelly and Jonathan Melton of Inverness; his nephew and his wife Kyle and Heather Durr of Live Oak; and his niece and nephew Daniel and Summer Crapps. A celebration of Dana’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11:30am, in the Davis Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until time of service. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Shirley Greenberg

Shirley Greenberg, 90, Inverness, FL
Shirley Jean Greenberg, age 90 of Inverness, FL passed away on March 26, 2024 at home under the loving care of her family. Shirley was born in Harrisburg, PA on November 1, 1933 to the late Nevin and Meulah (Davis) Carson. She moved to Florida in 1975 from Long Island, NY. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Elliott’s Floor Covering in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Leonard “Lenny” Greenberg of Inverness; Sharon (Al) LaPage of Inverness; Barbara (Randy) Hernandes of Floral City; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


Darrell O Hanner Sr

Darrell O Hanner Sr, 84, Lecanto, Florida
Darrell Oren Hanner, Sr., of Lecanto, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the HPH Citrus Hospice House. He was 84. Darrell was born in Detroit, MI to Oren P. and Mildred V. (Hawkins) Hanner, and was second in line of their 13 children. Upon graduating from Luxora High School in Luxora, Arkansas in 1959, Darrell enlisted in the United States Navy. He served six years there, then in 1968 he re-enlisted, which ended up being a career for him, and retiring as a Tech Sergeant from the United States Air Force. He met his wife Beverly A. Berry in Worcester, MA in September 1960, and on July 15, 1961 they married. They had four boys in their little family: Darrell, Jr. in 1963, Ronald in 1965, Randy in 1966, and last but not least, Robert in 1969. Darrell also loved working on cars, and a few years before he retired from the military in 1981, he opened a small car lot, called B&H Auto Sales, which he ended up giving to his brother-in-law. He then opened another one called Civic Auto Sales in Goldsboro, North Carolina, claiming it was his civic duty. In 1984, Darrell opened up a second Civic Auto Sales in Franklinville NY, and in 2005 he sold that to his manager Doug Nixon, in order to fully retire. Cars were just in his blood, as he claimed it was his father’s fault, so from then on he would buy a car then fix it up, sell it, and buy another, and so on. He and his wife Beverly bought a winter home in Homosassa, FL in 1986 and a few years later, moved to Ft. Pierce, FL. After a while, they moved to Lecanto and have remained here full time since. Darrell was preceded in death by both parents, and also by six brothers and a sister: Gerald, Dean, Doug, Wayne, Delano, and Gary Hanner, and Judy Johnson; and a son, Randy Alan Hanner. Those left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 63 years Beverly Ann Hanner of Lecanto; his sons Darrell O. Hanner, Jr., Ronald W. Hanner, and Robert P. Hanner, all of Lecanto; sisters Janice Cline, Carol Travis, Rita Hull, Connie Damon, Cathy McKinney, Bobbi Jo Hanner Whittley, and Tammy Hanner Beal; brother Oren Paul Hanner, Jr.; twelve grandchildren: Alan, Andrew, Joel, Jeramy, Jesse, Jon, Ryan, Aaron, Robert Jr., Yanni, Angelo and Stasie; ten great grandchildren: Faylin, Damien, Alec, Mason, Kya, Dominic, Shyanne, Christian, Seth, Emma Grace and one little girl ready to be born soon. A service for Darrell will be held at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors on Monday, May 13, 2024, at 11:00AM. The procession will leave promptly at 10:15AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home starting at 9:30AM.


Deborah Hartnagel

Deborah D Hartnagel, 71, Inverness, FL
Deborah Darlene Hartnagel, 71, of Inverness, FL passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Detroit, MI on September 9, 1952 to the late Robert William and Vivian Esther (Ramage) Provance. Deborah was a school bus driver for many years, and arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Coldwater, MI. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed riding motorcycles, baking and cooking. Deborah is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Mark A. Hartnagel. Other survivors include her children Robert C. Hartnagel of Crystal River, FL and Courtney Hartnagel of Inverness; and 2 grandsons, Hunter and Cody. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert Hays

Robert Hays, 93, Inverness, Florida
Robert L. “Bob” Hays, of Inverness, Florida, passed away at home on Thursday, March 21, 2024. He was 93. Bob was born on September 10, 1930 to the late Walter and Carrie (North) Hays in Streator, Illinois. He is a veteran of the US Navy, and served his country proudly. Bob was a machinist by trade, and he loved fishing. He was preceded in death by his children Daniel Hays and Dawn Hillman; and his brothers Donald, Arthur, and Jack Hays. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving companion of many years, Mary Clevenger of Inverness, Florida, his children Dale Hays of Spring Hill, Florida, Diana Stephenson and David Hays, both of Galesburg, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Robert will be interred with Military Funeral Honors at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.


Peggy Heatley

Peggy L Heatley, 88, Inverness, FL
Peggy Lou Heatley, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away Thursday, March 28, 2024 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. She was born in McKeesport, PA on July 2, 1935 to the late Albert and Jean Stella (Jordan) Larson. Peggy was a dedicated homemaker and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from North Huntingdon, PA. She was Christian by faith and attended Calvary Chapel in Inverness. She enjoyed her church, catching up with friends, spending time with her family, and homemaking. Peggy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, James Francis Heatley. She is survived by her children Mark (Cora) Heatley of Big Springs, TX, Matthew (Nicole) Heatley of Inverness, Deborah Ann (William) Wagner of Houtzdale, PA, and June (Joel) Clark of Port St. John, FL; grandchildren Joshua, Jordan, Hannah, and Klara; and great grandchild Giuliano. A Celebration of Life for Peggy is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 11:00 am at Calvary Chapel in Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at Calvary Chapel one hour prior to services. Peggy will be laid to rest with her husband James at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Doreen Hennessey

Doreen Hennessey, 68, Inverness, Florida
Doreen Ann Hennessey, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at home under Hospice care with her family by her side. She was 68. She was an insurance examiner, who loved the outdoors, hiking and gardening, cooking, and traveling. Doreen moved here in 2018 from Moro Plantation, Maine. She was a catholic. Doreen was preceded in death by her sister. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband of 49 years, Daniel Hennessey; her three sons Daniel, Timothy, and Keith Hennessey; and three grandchildren. Private cremation, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Trudy Hermann

Trudy Hermann, 82, Inverness, FL
Trudy Hermann, age 82, Inverness, FL passed away February 28, 2024 under the care of her family following an extended illness. Trudy was born in Chicago, IL on June 16, 1941 to the late Frank and Gertrude Olinski Sims and came to Inverness from Orange Park,FL. Before she retired, she was a bookkeeper and employed at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Left to cherish her memory are three children: Robert and Raymond Hermann and Susan Cummins. Additionally, there are 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Joanne Holm

Joanne Holm, 86, Floral City, FL
Joanne Holm, of Floral City, passed away in Brooksville Florida on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She was 86. Joanne was born in Rochester, NY to Carl and Concetta Damico Devola. She moved with her family to Miami, Florida early in her life. She had four children, all born in Miami. Joanne moved to the Tampa area and eventually settled in Floral City. Joanne was a wonderful homemaker, a loving wife and a devoted mother. Joanne spent time working as an office administrator and a sales representative during her working career, but her passion was serving others, volunteering, and giving her time to the community. Joanne loved to travel but her delight was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Floral City. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Jon Holm, her brother Russell Frank Privitera and stepson Jon Holm. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Robert Edmunds (Nancy), Alan Edmunds, Lanette Mendez (Michael), and Kevin Edmunds (Renee); her grandchildren, Katie & Ashley Edmunds, Ian Edmunds, Gianna Barto (Dusty), Imogen & Braden Edmunds; her great-grandchildren, Soren Edmunds and Greyson Barto. Also left to cherish her memory are her stepchildren, Olaf "Mick" Holm (Amy), Cindy Robinson (Mark), and Robert Holm (Michael); step grandchildren Bryan Holm, Sarah Jo Holm, Mickey Holm (Nicole), and Timothy Robinson; step great-grandchildren Benjamin Swaggerty, Kaden, Ollie, Avory & Walter Holm. Graveside service for Joanne will be held at Florida National Cemetery, in Bushnell Florida, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 10:30AM. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


George Hooker

George L Hooker, 96, Homosassa, Florida
George L. Hooker, of Homosassa, passed away under Hospice care in Lecanto on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. He was 96. George was born to the late John L. and Louise (Crowe) Hooker in Sidney, Florida. He served in the US Navy proudly. George worked many years as a building contractor. He was a long-time member of the Church of Christ in Inverness. George was preceded in death by his loving wife Wilma Hooker and his daughter Carol Bigelow. Those left to cherish his memory are his son Jere Hooker (Darlene) of Homosassa; sisters Marion and Linda; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Wera Howard

Wera F Howard, 86, Bushnell, FL
Wera Faye Howard, 86, of Bushnell, FL passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at her residence in Bushnell. She was born in Gaskin, FL on December 29, 1937 to the late Hubert and Margaret Louise (Tidwell) Peters. Faye was a book keeper and arrived in this area in 1969, coming from Sarasota, FL. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed gardening, reading, taking walks and spending time with her family and friends. Faye was preceded in death by her husband Mott G. Howard in 2019, one daughter Melissa Lynn Howard, and one brother Billy Jerome Peters. She is survived by her children Mott Judson (Abigail) Howard of Fincastle, VA, Naomi Gail Fletcher and Louise Dale Couch, both of Bushnell, and Dawn Elaine (David) Case of Ponce Inlet, FL; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy Johnson

Dorothy Johnson, 92, Floral City, FL
Dorothy J. Johnson, 92, of Floral City, FL passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in Coffee County, AL on January 8, 1932 to the late Billie Bob and Esther Mae (Lunsford) Leighton. Dorothy was a battery charger technician for Chloride Battery. She arrived in this area in 1977, coming from Tampa, FL, and was protestant by faith. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, loved reading and spending time with her grandbabies and was dedicated to her family. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband James A. Johnson in 1994; one son, James A. Johnson, Jr.; and 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Roberta (David) Boden of Melbourne, FL, and Cynthia (Bobby) Jackson of Andalusia, AL; brothers Dawson and Doyle Leighton; sisters Donie Pruett and Doretha Spier; 2 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Keith Jones

Keith G Jones, 81, Crystal River, FL
Keith G. Jones, age 81, of Crystal River, FL passed away March 31, 2024 at the Ocala Regional Medical Center. Keith was born in Akron, OH on June 27, 1942 to the late Kenneth and Opal (Carr) Jones and came to this area in 1984 from Gulf Breeze, FL. He retired from the construction trade after 58 years, many of those serving as general superintendent. He also was a United States Army veteran, avid golfer and life-long Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He and his wife Marilyn worshipped at the Faith Lutheran Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Marilyn Dubble Jones whom he married in 1964. Other survivors include his son, Keith Douglas Jones and wife Angel of Shell Knob, MO, 2 grandchildren, Anna and Austin Jones, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christina Marie and a sister, Barbara Carol Daberko A graveside service with military honors will be held at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills, Fl. on May 11, 2024 at 10:30 AM. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. Reception immediately following service at Fero Life Celebration Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=faq-how-to-donate-text or Shriners Hospitals for Children. https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/478950/#!/donation/checkout?amount=50&c_src=google&c_src2=brand. The family kindly invites attendees to dress casually and wear red/white in honor of Keith’s love for the Ohio Buckeyes.


Linda Kelley

Linda Kelley, 76, Floral City, FL
Linda Jean Kelley, age 76, Floral City, FL passed away February 24, 2024 under the loving care of her family. Linda was born in Ventura, CA on January 29, 1948 to the late Felix and Delores (Wade) Bouchard and came to this area in 1971 from Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine, she accepted a teaching position at Floral City Elementary. She was a dedicated educator, having served the Citrus County School System as s a teacher, principal, and retiring as Assistant Superintendent following 35 years of service. Linda enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved spending time with family and friends and traveling. She was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 56 years, James O. Kelley of Floral City; 2 children, Mason Kelley and his wife, Sandra of Renton, WA; Heather Signoretti and her husband Anthony of Inverness; 1 grandchild, Cole Signoretti. She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Hales. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 6:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Fr Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church will officiate. Family members and friends may also share their memories during the service. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until the hour of service. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


William Kelley

William Kelley, 66, Inverness, FL
William “Bill” Eugene Kelley, age 66, passed away on March 28, 2024, after a lengthy illness. Born in Ocoee, Florida, he was the son of the late Ronald Eugene and Norma Jean Kelley. Bill moved to Citrus County in 1972, where he lived in Inverness thanks to the generosity of different families that allowed him to live with them so he could continue his education at Citrus High School. Bill graduated from Citrus High School where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He received several scholarship offers from various colleges but decided to pursue his dream of playing Major League Baseball. After graduating high school, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox where he played alongside players such as Wade Boggs and Chico Walker. After a career ending injury, Bill returned to Citrus County. Bill began working for the county delivering milk to the schools, when then Sheriff Charles Dean convinced him to pursue a career in law enforcement. Bill attended the law enforcement academy; where he became dual certified in law enforcement and corrections. Bill held positions as a Deputy Sheriff, Field Training Officer, and Sergeant with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. He held these positions with dignity, honor, empathy, and dedication. He showed leadership and was a mentor to new recruits beginning their careers. He served the citizens of Citrus County for 25 years, before his retirement in 2012. Bill’s greatest accomplishment was being a loving father and role model to his son, Matthew Ryan Kelley. He was excited to watch his son follow in his footsteps as he pursued his love of baseball. Bill loved nothing more than hitting the ballfield with Matthew to pitch batting practice. Bill coached Little League baseball and provided encouragement and mentoring to the young men playing. He even created custom-made baseball bats on his free time for the senior members of the Citrus High School baseball and softball teams. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Ronald Kelley and Norma Jean (Bosler) Kelley, brother Stephan Alan Kelley (Orlando, FL), brother Robbin Dean Kelley (Springfield, MO), brother Gary Eugene Kelley (infant). Bill is survived by his son Matthew Kelley (Woodstock, Illinois), sister Rhonda Kelley Ijams (Wichita, Kansas) and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday April 6, 2024, at Charles Davis Funeral Home at 3075 S Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450. Visitation will be held at 10 am and services will be at 11 am.


Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca N Kelly, 72, Citrus Springs, FL
Rebecca Nelson Kelly, 72, of Citrus Springs, Florida was born April 22, 1951, passed away March 4, 2024 at Citrus Springs Hospital of cancer. Rebecca was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Donald and Jackie Nelson. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lewis R. (Bo) Kelly, brother Don Nelson, sister Deborah Bertsch, and daughter Sonya Fillion. She is survived by her brother Fred Nelson, daughter Candice Johnson, grandsons Joseph Clary (Teri Thompson) and Codie Hancock, great grandchildren Halie Clary, Jacob Clary, and Mason Hancock, and her beloved dog Soldier Girl, extended family in Indiana, Polk City and Brandon, Florida, and many friends. Her many passions included the American Legion Post #246 in Beverly Hills and Post #155 in Crystal River where she served many years on the board including secretary and president. She enjoyed helping the homeless vets, going to yard sales and playing darts and cards with her friends. Most of all, she loved spending time with her great grand children, they were her greatest joy. She will be remembered most for her loud, boisterous, fun loving attitude and her generosity to her fellow veterans. She loved her country and served as a volunteer for many projects. Her family knows she is now at peace with her husband, sister and daughter that she greatly missed. A Celebration of Life for Rebecca to be scheduled will be held at American Legion Post #155, Inverness. Memorial services will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Joseph Kiefer Sr.

Thomas Joseph Kiefer Sr., 78, Inverness, FL
Thomas Joseph Kiefer, Sr., Inverness, FL passed away May 5, 2024 at his residence with his Wife and Son and extended family. Tom was born in Albington, PA on January 3, 1946 to the late John Joseph Kiefer and Grace (Doren) Kiefer and came to Citrus County in 2015 from from West Palm Beach, FL. He owned International Insulation Services Inc. along with his son Richard J. Kiefer. Tom was an active member in the Loyal Order of Moose, Inverness, and was a member of the Moose Legion. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Kathleen Bates Kiefer of Inverness; his children: Richard J. Kiefer, Orlando, FL; Thomas J. Kiefer, Jr (deceased); step-son, Robert L. Stewart Jr, Ripley, MS; 1 brother, John J. Kiefer, Warrington, PA; 3 sisters, Grace Evans, Harleyville, PA; Jeanne Allman, Ambler, PA; Lauri Sher (deceased); 4 grandchildren: Robert Stewart, III, Ashley Jackson, Kira and James Stewart. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. There is a Celebration of Life Scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Tom’s family and friends will share their memories and stories of his life. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Instead of flowers please donate to St. Jude’s or Jessie’s Place (Children’s Advocacy Center) 1410 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto FL 34461, in Tom’s name.


Anne Krause

Anne Krause, 83, Hernando, Florida
Anne B. Krause, of Hernando, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024 at HCA Ocala. She was 83. Anne was born in Cleveland, OH to Michael and Mathilda (Sauer) Riemer. She loved bowling, boating, gardening, and her family (including the grand puppies). She and her husband moved here in 1998 from Wooster, OH when they retired. Anne was a member of Our Lady of Grace, as well as the Inverness Elks Lodge #2522. She previously worked as an office clerk with Sears and Clear Picture in Wooster, Ohio. Anne was preceded in death by her sisters Emily Grant and Adelle Shupe. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 66 years Richard Krause; her son Dave Krause (Judi) of Gilbertsville, PA; her daughter Karen Artayet (Alain) of Douglasville, GA; three grandchildren Alex Artayet (Haley), Matt Artayet (Vicki), and Rachel Bruce (Matt); three great grandchildren; and her grand puppies. Calling hours will be Monday, April 29, 2024 from 5:00-6:30pm, with a service at 6:30, held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will occur at the Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, PO Box 49 Umatilla FL 32784-0049.


Relus Lamb

Relus Lamb, 91, Brooksville, FL
Relus Elwyn Lamb, 91, of Brooksville, FL, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Brooksville Health Center. Relus was born on May 19, 1932 in Cook County, Georgia to the late Jimmie A. and Vada (Mandrell) Lamb. He came to Citrus County in 1994 from Louisville, KY where they raised their five kids, with memories of camping, family cookouts, volleyball and badminton. The kids have wonderful memories of going to Meadow Hill Baptist Church. He served his country in the US Army during Korea. He retired from Kroger Warehouse after 36 years of employment. He and his wife worshipped at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. Throughout his life, he was very active in the Baptist church. He was a deacon, very active in visitation and worked with the Love Department at Cornerstone. He also served in other various ministry capacities where needed. Upon retirement, he and Ann were excited to move to Inverness to be near family, and also enjoy the lakes for fishing. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Cheryl (David) Downey, Brooksville, FL; Lisa (Shawn) Chesser, Seymour, TN; Richard (Pat) Lamb, Archer, FL; Jeffrey Lamb, Frankfort, KY; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Ann Lamb (November 26, 2018) and his daughter, Ronda Goff (December 6, 2016); his brothers, Ray, Aaron, and J.W also predeceased him. Funeral services are scheduled on Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Darrell Reneau, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City with Military Honors rendered by V.F.W. Post 4337. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service.


Harvey Logan

Harvey S Logan, 93, Floral City, FL
Harvey Sylvester Logan, 93, of Floral City, FL passed away Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Stearns, KY on September 11, 1930 to the late Harvey Reed and Tilda (Foster) Logan. Harvey served our country honorably for 23 years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician. After the navy he worked at Champion Spark Plug and was a member of the United Auto Workers. He arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Toledo, OH. Harvey enjoyed fishing and wood crafting. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley J. Logan in 2012, and preceded in death by ten siblings. Harvey is survived by his children Ronald Logan, Deborah (Gary) Gravelle, Susan Robison, and Lorrie Logan, all of Floral City, FL, and Michael Logan of Toledo, OH; sister Irene Bielak of Temperance, MI; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Military services for Harvey are scheduled for Monday, May 20, 11:30 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Honor guard services will be rendered at the cemetery by VFW Post #4337, Inverness. All in attendance are to meet at the cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family. Please do not send flowers, for they will not be received at the cemetery or funeral home.


Doris Materazzo

Doris Materazzo, 81, Hernando, Florida
Doris Anne Materazzo, of Hernando, passed away peacefully at her home with her children by her side on Thursday, April 25, 2024. She was 81. Doris was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA to John “Dempsey” and Anne Martin Sekerah. She worked as a bus driver for Somerset County Transit for many years. After retiring, Doris moved to Florida in 2019 from Somerville, NJ. Doris dedicated herself to loving and supporting her children and grandchildren and could be found cheering for them during their various sporting events. Doris, sometimes to her family’s embarrassment, was usually the loudest one in the stands. She also loved crocheting, crossword puzzling, and playing cards and board games with her family and friends. Doris was an avid sports fan and loved watching her Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning. Those left to cherish her memory are her son Richard A. “Rick” Dymond (Gina) of Middlesex, NJ, daughter Denise Dymond Lyn (Brian Fiorella) of Hernando, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Madison and Tyler. A celebration of Doris’ life will be held on May 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to service time. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, FL. Thereafter, the family will continue the celebration with services under the care of Middlesex Funeral Home, 528 Bound Brook Rd., Middlesex, NJ 08846. The family would like to thank the amazing nurses and caregivers of Vitas Healthcare for the wonderful care and love provided to Doris. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Doris’ name to Vitas Healthcare Hospice at P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460 (352-527-2020).


Nancy McCann

Nancy McCann, 90, Inverness, Florida
Nancy J. McCann (Nana), of Inverness, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 13, 2024. She was 90 years young. Nancy was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Carl and Elsa (Ungerer) Breining on August 18, 1933. She married Acel A. McCann on December 8th , 1956 and in the early 70s they moved to Dunedin, Florida. They had one Daughter Kathy Lynn (Wiggins) Palmer. Nancy spent her early working years as a switchboard operator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Once she moved to Florida she worked as a purchasing agent for Pioneer Bank in Pinellas County till she retired. In 1991, they moved up to Inverness to be close to her grandchildren. She also worked for a few years at the Citrus County Red Cross. She loved her family and her neighbors in her neighborhood, and was very active in the First Lutheran Church in Inverness for many years. Nana enjoyed walking and despite being completely blind she continued to keep walking well into her 80s. Nana loved her dog Sophie and every other dog in her neighborhood! She loved to quilt, sew and was an avid painter in her spare time. Nana was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Acel McCann; her daughter Kathy Lynn Palmer; her parents Carl Ray and Elsa Breining; her brothers Carl, Robert, Richard, and Jim Breining; and her sisters Dorothy Stalker, Mary Freolich, and Sally Ashley. Those left to cherish her memory are her 99 year old sister Shirley Edwards and her doting grandchildren Kimberly Robbins (Daniel), Elizabeth King (William) and John Palmer; great-grandchildren Timothy Robbins, Ryan Robbins (Amanda), Joshua Robbins (Sailor), and Bayley Paige; five great-great-grandchildren and with another on the way; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Nancy will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11am from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with the family receiving friends one hour prior to service time. She will be laid to rest at a later date with her husband Ace in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to a local non-profit: Joshua's House for Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Inc. of Lecanto. 595 S West Bend Pt Lecanto, FL 34461.


James Miller

James Miller, 68, Hernando, Florida
James G. “Jimmy” Miller, of Hernando, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024. He was 68. Jim was born in Galion, OH. He worked as a lineman for Verizon in New Jersey. Jim moved to Hernando, Florida in 2018, where he became an integral part of the local performance community. Most recently Jim was a guitarist for The Fabulous Firebirds Band. He also played with Single Shot and Jimmy’s Dance Band. Jim was known to be a passionate photographer. On cooler days he could be seen riding his bicycle around Hernando and Inverness, enjoying being out in nature. Jim was a cherished uncle to his nieces and nephews, being a kid at heart himself. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Miller. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his sister Janet Miller Eidem (Will) and his brother Robert E. Miller (Joyce). Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care. Memorial and burial will take place at a later date in Naples, FL.


Barbara Mosio

Barbara Mosio, 95, Citrus Springs, FL
Barbara Mosio, 95, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at her residence in Citrus Springs. She was born in Hartford, CT on December 7, 1928 to the late William and Marie (Moffatt) McCurry. Barbara was an insurance policy writer and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from Connecticut. She was protestant by faith, and was an avid golfer, shooting 11 holes in one, and loved traveling. Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband Walter Mosio after 13 years of marriage, and special cousin Muriel Bendzinski. She is survived by her daughter Debra (Jeffrey) McQuarrie of Colchester, CT; stepdaughters, Pamela Mosio of Ludlow, MA and Deborah (Rob) Pafumi of Munson, MA; 2 special nieces, Maureen Wilcox and Alyson Bendzinski; special nephew Mike Bendzinski, along with many close friends who were always there for her . Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Barbara Muench

Barbara Muench, 90, Inverness, FL
Barbara Ann Muench, age 90, Inverness passed away April 22, 2024 at Vitas Healthcare House. Barbara was born in Jersey City, NJ on February 7, 1934 to the late James and Marion (Thornton) Bryant and came to Florida from Iselin, NJ. She attended the Lutheran Church. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Gary and wife Julie Muench of Inverness; 2 brothers, Russell Bryant of Woodbridge, NJ and Neil Bryant of Lewes, DE; 1 sister, Marilyn Kilpatrick of Inverness; 4 grandchildren: Katrina, Kristl, Callie, and TJ; 1 great grandchild, Elena. She is also loved by many nieces and nephews She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Muench on December 16, 1998; her son, James Muench (June 2005); her daughter, Patricia Muench (October, 2010) There will be a visitation on Sunday, April 28th, from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL


Mark Murzyn

Mark Murzyn, 71, Inverness, Florida
Mark Peter Murzyn, of Plymouth MA, passed away peacefully under Hospice care in Lecanto on Thursday, May 2, 2024. He was 71. Mark was born in Bridgeport CT to Theodore and Louise (Johnson) Murzyn. He graduated with a Bachelors degree from University of Connecticut in 1977, and worked for Walgreens for many years as a Registered Pharmacist and District Manager. Once he retired, Mark and his wife Mary Lou bought a winter home here in Inverness, Florida. They have been coming down here to spend their winters for the last seven years, and they attend Our Lady of Fatima while living here. Mark loved gardening, fishing, clamming, boating, playing cards, snowmobiling and ATVing, as well as get togethers with his Delaware Dawg (UConn) buddies, flipping houses on Cape Cod and Maine, and most of all, spending time with his family. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 49 years Mary Lou (Yarros) Murzyn; his sons Matt Murzyn (Danielle) and Mike Murzyn (Tammy); brothers Joseph and Stephen Murzyn; and grandchildren Rileigh Andre and Jacob Murzyn. His family will hold a celebration of life at a later date back home in Plymouth MA.


Patricia Nichols

Patricia Nichols, 73, Hernando, Florida
Patricia Jean “Pat” Nichols, a caring sister, aunt, and friend passed away April 3, 2024 after a sudden decline in health while battling cancer. Pat was born on September 6, 1950 in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Frederick Lester and Leona Mae (Oxley) Nichols. In 1968 she graduated from Saint Albans High School in West Virginia. Recently, Pat retired as a general manager from Ace Hardware where she had worked for over 45 years. Pat spread joy and happiness wherever she went. Left to cherish her memory is her sister, Frances K. Harper and husband Ray of Inverness, FL; her brother Ronald Gale Nichols and wife Donna of Columbia, SC; her nieces: Pamela, Michelle and husband Lee, Rhonda and husband Charlie; her great nieces, Amber and Olive, and her great nephews, Cory and Justin. She was preceded in death by her sister, Brenda Faye Nichols and great nephew, David Ray Fernandez. A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor on May 25, 2024 at the Inverness Women’s Club, 1715 Forest Dr., Inverness, FL 34453, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Pamela Noel

Pamela Noel, 69, Hernando, Florida
Pamela Jean Noel, of Hernando, passed peacefully at home under Hospice, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. She was 69. Pamela was born in Bloomington, Illinois to Bob and Patricia (Blaine) Deerwester. She was retired as a customer service specialist with State Farm Insurance. Pamela and her husband Curtis moved here in 2007 from Bloomington. She loved fixing things (sewing and crafts), and she loved to sing, which she did in the church choir while her kids were growing up. She was even known to go out and sing karaoke. Pamela also baked the best Texas sheet cake! She belonged to the Citrus Garden Club, and was a faithful protestant. Pamela was preceded in death by her loving husband Curtis in 2021, and by her brother David Deerwester. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother Patricia Deerwester, sisters Debbie (Charlie) DeBolt, Patty (Mark) Ballinger, and Carol (Steve) Mitchell; her children Chris and Mindy Noel of Normal, Illinois, and Stephanie Noel of Homosassa, Florida; and six grandchildren. A celebration of Pamela’s life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday April 26, 2024 at 11:00am. Her urn will be laid to rest with Curtis in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that anyone wishing to send condolences instead make a donation to one of the following organizations in Pamala’s honor. • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation • American Cancer Society • Red Cross • Biker’s Against Trafficking


Charles O'Brien

Charles O'Brien, 90, Inverness, Florida
Charles E. O’Brien, age 90, Inverness, FL passed away April 22, 2024 at his residence. Charles was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 14, 1933 to the late George and Mary (Morris) O’Brien and came to this area in 1992. He was a retired Postal Service mail carrier and served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Shirley O’Brien; 1 son, Bart O’Brien of Port St. Lucie, FL; 2 Daughters: Donna O’Brien, Lake Worth, FL and Deborah O’Brien of West Palm Beach, FL; 1 step son, Samuel Peters; 2 step daughters: Joanne Murphy and Elizabethea Spencer; 1 sister, Margaret Noble and several grandchildren. He was predeceased by a step son, Edward Peters and step daughter, Debbie Desomma. Following cremation, there will be a private burial in Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Marie O'Brien

Marie O'Brien, 94, Inverness, Florida
Marie F. O’Brien, 94, Inverness, FL Marie F. O’Brien passed away Sunday March 10, 2024 at The Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, FL. Marie was born in Sardinia, OH in 1929 to the late William Clarence Cooper and Jesse Mae (Hartman) Cooper. She and her late husband of 53 years John M. O’Brien - recently returned World War II veteran from the Philippines - married in December 1945. A few years later, in 1951 they relocated from Louisville, KY to Miami, FL with their young family. When asked about the move to Florida, Marie replied, “I thought I died and went to heaven.” She and Johnnie enjoyed the adventure of expanding and engaging their family in the various pioneer experiences afforded by post World War II developments taking place in the Sunshine State. Among the many wonderful memories her family share about Marie are her ability to take advantage of opportunities and her near-fearless approach to dealing with the challenges and hardships life sometimes presents. She had boundless love for her family and genuine empathy for those facing tough times. She exhibited an amazing faithfulness to God, family and friends – in short, she was a good and decent mother, wife, human being. Her regular regimen included personal time for daily prayer, meditation, and recitation of the rosary (often outdoors). She enjoyed gathering with others for celebration of Sunday Mass and special church activities; and having fun at family events. A lifetime enjoyment was going to the track for seasonal horse racing, especially during husband Johnnie’s career as a jockey – and of course, watching the Kentucky Derby. She was energized by shopping sprees at flea markets, going out for breakfast and dinner, playing cards and dominoes, participating in dance and exercise activities. Her son and daughters laugh about her insatiable desire for all things chocolate and Blue Bunny strawberry cheesecake ice cream. In recent years, the challenges and hardships of aging progressively chipped away at Marie’s ability to engage in activities she had enjoyed for much of her life. For those who have loved Marie, there is consolation and peace knowing that the hardships have ended and she has moved into the joy of the eternal life. Marie is survived by a sister, Joyce (Don) Gill in Greenville, OH; her five children: Beverly, aka Sister Brendan O’Brien, CSFN, Philadelphia, PA; Jonnie M. O’Rourke, Tulsa, OK; Juanita J. Simpkins (Robert), Inverness, FL; Michael P. O’Brien (Kathy), Deland, FL; and Susan A. Kelly, Lakeland, FL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren; and extended family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Suszynski, Celebrant. A private burial is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell in Sumter County, FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Shirley O'Brien

Shirley O'Brien, 88, Inverness, Florida
Shirley A. O’Brien, of Inverness, passed away peacefully under Hospice Care in Lecanto on Thursday, May 2, 2024. She was 88. Shirley lived in New York City, until she relocated to Inverness Florida with four of her children. She was a Supervisor with the Department of Children and Families. Shirley (Mimi) is preceded in death by her previous husbands, Jack Peters (Papa) and James Adams (Jim). Sadly, her beloved husband, Charlie (Bops) passed only 10 days before Shirley. Shirley has also recently been preceded in death by her son, Ed (Eddie) Peters (survived by wife, Kari Peters) and daughter, Debbie (Sue) DeSomma (survived by husband, Gerard DeSomma). She is survived by her son, Sam Peters; daughters Elizabethea (Binky) Spence and Joanne Murphy. She is also survived by many grandchildren. Shirley will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Charlie in Florida National Cemetery.


Anne O'Reilly

Anne O'Reilly, 82, Lecanto, FL
Anne P. O'Reilly, 82, of Lecanto died Sunday, April 7th at Compass Rose of Citrus County under the care of Hospice. She was born April 22nd, 1941 in New York City to John and Carmela Bruno and moved to Citrus County in 1990 from Bayside, N.Y. She worked for Con Edison in Manhattan, where she met the love of her life, Ed. They were happily married for 28 years until Ed's passing in 2007. Anne was a die-hard N.Y. Mets fan. When she wasn't busy rooting for the Mets, she enjoyed volunteering at Citrus Memorial Hospital, playing Bingo and cards with her friends, and hunting for a good bargain. Survivors include her son, Anthony Pagnotta (Luisa), daughter, Linae O'Reilly (Chris), and granddaughter, Rylee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and three brothers, Angelo Bruno, Nicholas Bruno, and Joseph Bruno. Her family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Compass Rose of Citrus County for their unwavering and compassionate care of Anne over the years. Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, April 15th at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory with Fr. Michael Suszynski of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Following cremation, her urn will be placed next to her husband in Florida National Cemetery


Robert Overlander

Robert Overlander, 87, Inverness, Florida
Robert A. Overlander, of Inverness FL, passed at his home on Sunday, March 17, 2024. He was 87. Robert was born in Endicott, NY to the late Ralph and Pauline (Anderson) Overlander. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, and worked several different careers, but mostly he worked as a design engineer with a mechanical manufacturing company. Robert and his late wife Jeanne retired and moved down here from NY State 25 years ago. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge, the Tri-County Radio Control Club, and even volunteered his time with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. He was a devoted member of the Floral City United Methodist Church, and will be missed by many. Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years Barbara “Jeanne” Overlander in 2021 and his son David J. Overlander. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Michael P. Overlander and his wife Terry, of Georgia, and Allen J. Overlander, of Oviedo, FL; his sister Elizabeth Hills of Floral City; his three granddaughters Sarah, Ellen, and Amanda; and great grandchildren, Cailin and Scott. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 am at the Floral City United Methodist Church. Interment will take place at a later date in the Tioga Cemetery in Owego, NY, where he will be laid to rest next to Jeanne. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE, Inverness FL 34450.


Francisco Padilla

Francisco A Padilla, 78, Inverness, FL
Francisco A. Padilla, Jr, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 8, 1945 to the late Francisco A. Padilla and Lydia (Bobadilla) Padilla. Francisco was an ambulance driver and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from New York. He was Christian by faith, and loved fishing and camping. Francisco is survived by his children Angel Padilla, and Gabriel and Frances Padilla, both of Nevada. Brothers Juan and Louis Padilla, and sister Carman Padilla; and 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kathleen  Palyo

Kathleen Palyo, 73, Inverness, FL
Kathleen Mary Palyo, age 73, Inverness, FL passed away February 26, 2024 in the Arbor Trail Rehab Center. Kathleen was born in Yonkers, NY on August 23, 1950 to the late Joseph and Mary Patricia (Simmons) Palyo. Left to cherish her memory are her brother and sister, Alexander Palyo of Charleston, SC and Mary McDowell of Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City at a later date. Chas.E.Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family


Winston Patton

Winston Patton, 87, Inverness, FL
Winston Allen Patton, 87 of Inverness, passed away April 9, 2024 at the HCA Ocala Regional Hospital. Winston was born in Gorman, Texas on October 19, 1936 to the late Jesse and Sally (Reid) Patton. He served his country in the US Navy for 20 years as an Aviation Electronics Technician, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. Winston came to Citrus County in 2008 from New Port Richey, FL. He was also involved in Real Estate Development. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Inverness, Chief Petty Officers Association , Inverness Elks Lodge, Porsche Club of America, Mercedes Benz Club of Tampa Bay, Suncoast Jaguar Club, and the National Rifle Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing. Left to cherish his memory are his son: Jeffrey A. Patton; his daughters: Teresa C. Renfroe of Thomaston, GA and Debbie Patton of Odessa, FL; 1 brother, Joe Don Patton; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Patton in 2021 and his two sisters, Elizabeth Shaw and Barbara Fox. A Celebration of Life Service for Winston will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 9:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness with Pastor Byron Brown of the First Baptist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for children.


John Payne

John Payne, 62, Citrus Springs, Florida
John B Payne, Jr, Age 62, Citrus Springs, FL John B. “Johnnie” Payne, Jr., passed away peacefully on April 24, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, brother and friend. He will be sorely missed by many but will live on forever in our cherished memories. He was born to the late John B. and Minnie (Burke) Payne on April 14, 1962. He was the youngest of three children: Polly (Gene) Bray, deceased, and Sylvia Glascock (Andy Malcolmb - life partner). John graduated from Fauquier High School in 1980 where he met his high school sweetheart, Kathryn “Kathy” Sours. They married in April 1983. Together, they raised two sons: John B. Payne, III (Katie) and Zachary M. (Alexa) Payne. John started working at a very young age at his father’s business, Payne’s Restaurant. He was often seen standing on a milk crate so he could reach the cash register. John spent most of his career working as a defense contractor for the U.S. Airforce and Army. He was very honored to assist our country’s enlisted men and women. He had a great respect for those who served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. John was well-known for his contagious humor and quick wit. He had a way of communicating and relating to others that made them feel comfortable and at ease. John had many hobbies including camping, fishing, playing drums, playing baseball from little league through high school, riding motorcycles and gardening. He was an avid sports fan – especially for the Washington Redskins. He spent 20 years on the waiting list to become a season ticketholder. John was a devoted father, known for his presence and coaching efforts at his children’s sporting events. His favorite place on earth was the beach and his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He had 5 grandchildren including: Harper, Charly, Roman, Lliam and Adelynn with another due in October named Zeke. He also loved his faithful friend and companion, Harley, a labrador retriever. At John’s request, there will be no funeral services. His family will have a celebration of life ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in his name to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).


Wanda Preece

Wanda Preece, 75, Floral City, Florida
Wanda Sue Preece, of Floral City, passed away at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on Thursday, March 28, 2024. She was 75. Wanda was born in Pikeville, KY to the late Chester and Pauline (Wolford) Preece. She moved to this area about ten years ago from Michigan. She was preceded in death by her sister Causby Tincher. Those who are left to cherish her memory are her brothers Chester Preece of Irons, MI and Kenneth Preece of Floral City; her brother-in-law Roy Tincher, Jr. of Floral City; and two grandchildren.


June Queripel

June B Queripel, 95, Inverness, FL, FL
June Beverly Queripel, age 95, Inverness, FL passed away on March 3, 2024 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto following a lengthy illness. June was born in Bridgeton, NJ on September 29, 1928 to the late Harold and Laura (Hand) Porter. She graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1946 and graduated from John Robert Powers Modeling and Finishing School in Philadelphia. June was a certified dance instructor and with her husband Vincent taught at Carnegie Dance Studio in Bridgeton, NJ for many years. She also operated Carnegie Charm and Modeling School. June and Vince retired to Florida in 1993. June was a member of the Kumquat Pie Society ukulele group and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended the First Christian Church of Inverness. Left to treasure her memories are three children, Linda Foster of Inverness, Kenneth Queripel (Deborah) and Ronald Queripel of Bridgeton, NJ; 4 grandchildren, Jillian Queripel, Christine Queripel, Lisa Seitzinger and Amy Phillips; and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Vincent Queripel on June 26, 2013 and William Riffe on February 27, 2023. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Thomas of the First Christian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in New Jersey.


Marguerite Radke

Marguerite Radke, 78, Inverness, Florida
Marguerite Carmen Radke (“Marge”), of Inverness, passed away at her home under Hospice care. She was 78. Marge was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has been in this area since 1994. She worked as a Nursing Assistant, a Notary, and also a Business officer. Marge was a member of the Italian American Social Club of Citrus County as well as the Citrus County Women’s Bowling Association. She was also a member of First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Marge was preceded in death by her loving husband in 1999, Herman Radke and her brother Joe. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Will Dougherty; her brothers, Michael Leo and Louis Leo; three grandchildren; and her partner Chris. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Roxanne Rector

Roxanne Rector, 88, Crystal River, FL
Roxanne W. Rector (“Roxie”), of Crystal River, passed peacefully surrounded by her husband of 35 years, Richard Rector, daughters Rebecca (Panek) Kitzmiller and Leah Panek-Shirley, and granddaughters Katherine “Katie” Kitzmiller and Elia Kitzmiller at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on Sunday, February 25, 2024. She was 88. Roxie, born in Maryland to John A. Wagner, Jr. and Margaret Rutherford Wagner, led an amazing life as a “Jill of all Trades” through many different careers. Her great love of horses began at a young age and included competitive jumping in venues such as Madison Square Garden, providing riding instruction at the Homestead in Virginia, and training hunter-jumpers at her own farm, Variety Hill. As a young independent woman, she earned her way in life as a thoroughbred exercise rider at Pimlico and other northeastern racetracks and later as a secretary following her graduation from the Bard Avon Secretarial School. Due to her skills, she held senior secretarial positions with Aircraft Armament and Applied Physics Laboratory (Maryland). While at AAI APL she held Secret clearance from the Inspector and Naval Material and Q clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission. Combining her horse and secretarial skills, she earned her large “R” judge and steward certification from the American Horse Shows Association and served nearly two decades as secretary for the Maryland Horse Shows Association. Even as her daughters grew and began their own adventures, hers were just beginning again. She earned her realtor’s license and her Commercial Driver’s License. After an accidental meeting in Culpeper, VA she found love again, marrying Richard in 1988. They moved from their home in Maryland to Florida in 1990. They travelled the entirety of the continental US and parts of Canada for more than 20 years as owner-operators of Rector Trucking. In that time, they transported such unusual items as an Apache helicopter, honeybees, elephants, and tigers for organizations from the US Government to Disney On Ice, Ringling Brothers Feld Entertainment, and Universoul Circus, along with a lot of hot tubs, commercial air conditioners, and so much more. Rich and Roxie continued their adventures after retiring as owner operators in 2013 when they lived in Jacksboro, TX to work the oil fields. In 2015, they sold their home and down-sized to Nature Coast Landings with visits from and to family in North Carolina and Buffalo, NY. Those left to cherish Roxie’s memory are her loving husband Richard Rector of Crystal River; her two daughters Rebecca Kitzmiller (John) of North Carolina and Leah Panek-Shirley (Jeff) of Buffalo, NY; her three grandchildren Katherine Kitzmiller (Aidan) of Tacoma, WA, Elia Kitzmiller of Columbia, SC, and Daniel Shirley of Buffalo, NY; and their cat, Thomas. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care. Roxie will be interred in the Wagner family plot in Mt. Prospect Hill, York, PA.


Robert Russell

Robert N Russell, 88, Hernando, Florida
Robert Neil Russell, age 88, of Hernando, Florida, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2024. He was born to the late Paul and Mary Lou Russell on February 25, 1935, in Charlotte, NC. He married the love of his life, his beloved wife of 64 years, Charlotte, on December 29, 1956, and raised two children together: Karen Russell Bean (Mark) and Robert Brian Russell (Kim) both of Georgia. Neil and his wife Charlotte made Citrus County their home in 2001 when they moved here from their hometown of Marietta, GA. Neil worked in the printing industry his entire career before retiring. His work spanned roles in managing printing operations, providing consulting services, and troubleshooting issues with companies in the printing business. Eventually, both Neil and Charlotte successfully owned their own company that specialized in managing and selling ink and supplies to printing companies across the Southeastern region of the United States. Neil is affectionately remembered for his service as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp and his status as a veteran of the Korean War. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed studying Bible prophecy, and was loved by countless family members, friends, and members of his community. He was fondly referred to as Uncle Neil by numerous nieces and nephews that he cherished deeply. He was Baptist by faith and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Crystal River, Crystal River, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul, and Mary Lou Russell; his wife, Charlotte Owenby Russell; his brother Bill Russell and his sister Lynda Kelley. Those left to cherish Neil’s memory are his two children, Karen Bean (Mark) and Brian Russell (Kim) both of Georgia; his two grandchildren, Corbin, and Brianna; his brother Truett Russell (Emily) of Georgia; his sister-in-law Martha Naessig (Tom) of Florida, sister-in-law Taftene Baker (Jerry) and sister-in-law Joyce Warren both of Georgia. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Pat Cooney for her dedicated and attentive care of Neil. Her steadfast commitment to accompanying him to countless doctor’s appointments and managing his medical needs is greatly appreciated by the family. According to Neil’s wishes, a small, private family gathering will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. The date is yet to be determined. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Russell Ruvolo

Russell Ruvolo, 70, Inverness, Florida
Russell “Rusty” Ruvolo, of Inverness, passed away at his home on April 28, 2024. He was 70. Rusty was born on October 11, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY to parents: Russell and Ruth (Ferri) Ruvolo. Rusty was the fourth of eight children. He leaves behind siblings: Wayne, Lynne, Dana, Dionne, Rene, and Scott. Both parents and brother, Craig, preceded him in death. Rusty had one Son, Keith Ruvolo, of Virginia. Keith’s children are: Sean, Keith, Adelaide, and Niko. Rusty also had one daughter, Katrina Prue (husband Brenden Prue), of Florida. They have one son, Jayden. He leaves behind many loving family members and friends, as well as his loving partner of three years Dalane “Moki” Camacho. Rusty lived most of his life in Queens, NY. During his 55 years there he had a delivery service, drove a taxi, worked for Pepsi, Wise Potato Chips, and King Kullen Grocery Store. In 2009, shortly after the birth of his grandson, he moved to Florida to be near him. There he became the world’s best “Pop-Pop.” He truly loved being a grandfather. It gave his life a whole new meaning. Soon after moving to Florida he began working at the Inverness Walmart in the produce department, where he worked until his passing. His big boisterous personality, friendly smile, and eagerness to help made him hard to miss, and endeared him to many. Rusty was a drummer, and lover of music. He loved his motorcycle, and taking rides when the weather was cool. Most of all Rusty loved his family: his children, son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, and extended family. He loved his friends. He was a fierce protector of those he cared about. He loved to make people happy; he loved to make people laugh. Rusty will be remembered for many things that made him wonderful: his loud voice, giant presence, and unmatched sense of humor, as well as his big loving heart, and generous nature. To know him truly was to love him. He will deeply missed. We will keep him in our hearts forever until we see him again in paradise. (Revelation 21:3-5) There will be a celebration of Rusty’s life held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00pm. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness FL 34450.


Linda Schlaudraff

Linda Schlaudraff, 80, Inverness, FL
Linda Anne Schlaudraff, age 80, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2024 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Linda was born in Potsdam, NY on August 3, 1943 to the late Glenn and Margaret Patricia (Olmstead) Irish. Mike and Linda moved to this area from Tampa in 1986. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2022. They were happily married for 59 years. She retired from AmeriGas/Suburban as an accounting clerk. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and would volunteer at bingo on Thursday evenings in memory of her late mother. Linda was an avid reader and would have a different book for every room, even her car. She was known for her Linda "flowers" and had them for every season and holiday. Linda was member of the Aaron Weaver Military Order of Purple Heart ladies auxiliary. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Shellie Cornell and her husband Chris of Inverness and Regina Lemons and her husband Rick of Gallatin, TN; her brother and sister, Jimmy Irish of Brooksville and Susan Hurin of Tampa; 3 grandchildren: Amanda, Rachel, and Emily; and 2 great-grandchildren, Keira and Ethan. She was predeceased by her brother Francis Irish and her sister, Cynthia Schlaudraff. As the oldest of 5 siblings Linda was the rock of the family and was given the title Mother Superior. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM. Fr. Mike Suszynski will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aaron Weaver Chapter 776, Military Order of The Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1346, Lecanto, FL 34460. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.


M. Cynthia Seyerle

M. Cynthia Seyerle, 87, Inverness, Florida
M. Cynthia Seyerle, of Inverness, passed away surrounded by family at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 5, 2024. She was 87. Cynthia was born in Los Angeles, CA, and was a graduate of Hamilton High School. In her younger years she was cast in many different shows/movies as an extra and was proud to have been a part of the Screen Extras Guild, a member of the Deseret Theatrical Artists Club, and in having sang in the Southern California Mormon Choir. She was a teacher’s aide with the Wilsona School District where she worked with children with speech impediments and assisted the Theater Director with planning and executing the school plays. During that time Cynthia was a columnist for the Foothill News where she wrote many “Whispering Winds” articles in her pen name, Walks Babbling. She later served as a volunteer in the Cancer Center at the West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana. Cynthia loved horses and dogs and was quite the equestrian back in her prime. She often shared pictures and stories of when she showed both horses and Collies. Cynthia loved her family dearly, and enjoyed doing anything with them: playing games, watching movies, going camping, out to eat, etc. She was a proud mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Cynthia was preceded in death by her husband David Tjulander, her brother Grenade Curran, and her grandson James William Tjulander. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons Mike (Mellodie) Tjulander of Inverness, Florida, Rick (Joanne) Tjulander of Prineville, Oregon, John Tjulander of Thousand Oaks, California, and her daughter Carol Lynne Tjulander of Kenner, Louisiana; twelve grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. A Celebration of Life will be held for Cynthia at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 3474 W. Southern Street, Lecanto, FL. 34461, on April 20th at 2:00 p.m. EST.


James Shepherd

James Shepherd, 78, Floral City, Florida
James Allen Shepherd, of Floral City, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Inverness. He was 78; born in Milwaukee, WI to Loren and Thelma (Magray) Shepherd. He served in the US Marine Corp and served most of his time in Vietnam. He loved fishing and camping, and leaves behind his loving wife Mari-Jo Shepherd and two brothers.


Noelle Sherman

Noelle Sherman, 23, Citrus Springs, FL
Noelle Mae Sherman, 23 of Citrus Springs, FL, passed away unexpectedly on April 23rd, 2024. Noelle was born on December 28th, 2000, in Ocala, FL and was a resident of Citrus County. You could always find Noelle with a smile on her face and a laugh that filled the room. Noelle had a fondness for the beach and an undeniable love for animals. Car rides with loud music was her therapy, and if you spent time with her, surely you went on at least one. She was doing just that…on the way to the beach when God scooped her up. We will never know why it was her time, but we know she is dancing freely with no pain or sorrow for eternity. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Mason and Raven Bilodeau; father, Christopher Sherman and his wife Tiffany, and mother Kathye Householder; siblings,Taylor Cook, Monica Sherman, Mika Mendez, and Donovan Sherman; maternal grandparents, Roger and Cindy Householder; and many loving uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Cremation with care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


G. Veronica Skrzipietz

G. Veronica Skrzipietz, 80, Inverness, FL
G. Veronica Skrzipietz, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Helsinki, Finland on July 15, 1943 to the late Klaus K. and Gerda (Frankenhaeuser) Ahola. Veronica was Lutheran by faith and loved her Finnish ancestry. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Horst W. Skrzipietz. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Narling, and survived by a sister, Micaela Lappalainen of Helsinki. Veronica’s urn will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Peter Smith

Peter Smith, 85, Homosassa, FL
Peter Frederick Smith, age 85, Homosassa, FL passed away at home on April 26, 2024. Mr Smith was born in Jamaica, New York on November 1, 1938 to the late Laurens and Ruth (Nielson) Smith and came to this area 26 years ago from Higganum, Ct. He worshipped at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto. Before moving to Florida, he retired from the telecommunications industry following 30 years of service and served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 62 years, Carole Lauer Smith; 2 children: Steven (Christi) Smith from Decatur, AL and Leslie (Mark) Hobbs of Sharps Chapel, TN; His daughter in law, Lezlie Smith, widow of the late Christopher Smith; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was also predeceased by a brother, Warren and one of the grandchildren. A Military Graveside Service is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd at 2:00 PM from Florida National Cemetery. Following that service, family and friends will return to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto for a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 4:00 PM. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Norman Sutton

Norman Sutton, 94, Inverness, FL, FL
Norman E. Sutton, age 94, Inverness, FL passed away March 1, 2024 at his son’s residence in Homosassa, FL. He was born in Coxsackie, NY on March 11, 1929 to the late Russell and Irene (Morse) Sutton and came to this area in 1983 from Midway, NY. He was a retired prison guard from the Coxsackie Prison System with 20 years of service and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He is survived by 1 son, Matthew J. Sutton and his wife Marketta of Homosassa, FL; 2 brothers, Dale and David Sutton; 1 sister, Janet Pratt; 1 grandchild, Sammantha Sutton. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Gerald and Winifred Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 13th at 11:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 PM from the Florida National Cemetery with V.F.W Post 4337 rendering Military Honors. The procession will depart the funeral home at 1:15. Family and friends are invited to attend.


David Tapley

David A Tapley, 63, Lecanto, FL
David A. Tapley, 63, of Lecanto, FL passed away Monday, March 25, 2024 at his residence in Lecanto. He was born in Ft. Myers, FL on March 12, 1961 to the late Carl and Elizzabeth (Cochran) Tapley. David was a truck driver for a trash company, and arrived in this area in 1967 coming from Sanford, FL. He enjoyed riding horses, spending time outdoors, and car racing. David is survived by his siblings, Steven C. Tapley, Donna Beville, and Sharon K. Tatum. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Terry

Robert Terry, 83, Crystal River, Florida
Robert E. "Bob" Terry, of Crystal River, passed away under Hospice care on Sunday, March 10, 2024 in Lecanto. He was 83. Bob was born in Cleveland, OH to the late Earl and Victoria Terry. Bob served his country proudly in the US Army. He and his loving wife, Jacqueline, dabbled in many careers and occupations, including trucking and landscaping. Bob and Jackie have been married 54 years, and he leaves behind many friends and family who loved him.


Heriberto Torres, Jr

Heriberto A Torres, Jr, 44, Beverly Hills, FL
The Rev. Heriberto (Eddie) Torres, Jr., age 44 of Beverly Hills passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024, in the HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness, FL. Pastor Torres was born in Hartford, CT on December 14, 1979, to Heriberto Torres, Sr., and Carmen (Martinez) Torres. They moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. Eddie spent most of his adult career working in real estate and banking, however he served as the Executive Pastor of Redemption Point Assembly of God Church in Inverness since 2019. He earned his master’s degree from Liberty University and was scheduled to complete his Doctor of Urban Ministry degree in 2024. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Zugeilmarie (Ortiz) “Zully” Torres and 4 wonderful children: Jailene Montalvo-Torrez of Beverly Hills, Gisela Torres of Orlando, Bryana Ortiz-Torres of Beverly Hills, and Xavier Ortiz-Torres of El Paso, TX; his beloved parents, Heriberto, and Carmen Torres; 4 Sisters: Mabel Figueroa, Ruth Clark, Yelitza Torres, and Elizabeth Metallo; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He also loved his dogs, Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Ruger, and Dutch. Pastor Eddie Torres was a friend to all who knew him. He loved people and spent hours praying for them. Along with his administrative role as Executive Pastor managing Redemption Point and working with the church staff, he spent the last year developing and teaching two men’s Bible studies where he grew close to and impacted men of all ages. He also was in the process of developing and launching a ministry school on the campus of Redemption Point. When Eddie wasn’t working hard doing the Lords business, he enjoyed playing practical Jokes on those around him and loved to laugh. His hobbies included customized Jeeps and collecting sneakers. He enjoyed going to Jeep shows with his wife and his parents. Pastor Torres’ life will be celebrated at the Redemption Point Assembly of God Church on Thursday, March 7th. 2024 with The Rev. Stephen Miller officiating. Other members of the church staff and family members will participate and share their memories. Services are scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM. There will be a visitation at the church from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Eddie’s honor to Redemption Point Church, Attn: Zully Torres. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is serving the family.


Kerry Uzell

Kerry Uzell, 83, Inverness, FL
Kerry Peter Uzell, Sr. 83, of Inverness, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto,FL on February 19, 2024. He was born on November 23, 1940 in Stafford, Connecticut to the late Peter and Helen (Mitkus) Uzell. He came to Citrus County in 1978 from Enfield, CT to be closer to his parents. Kerry was a Sales Manager for a RV Sales Company for most of his 46 years in Florida, as well as working in Sales at a local Ford Dealership. Left to cherish his memory are his surviving children: Debra MacCoy of Vernon, CT., Jamie Summers of Vernon, CT., Kerry Peter Uzell, Jr., of Vernon, CT, Christine Dill of Dunlap, Illinois, and Michael Uzell of Sayville, NY, and step daughter, Lisa Cortese of Tolland, CT; 8 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Kerry was preceded in death by his brother Peter Uzell, III and his sister, Gwendoline Burkhart. Also left to cherish his memory is his very dear friends, Carolyn Moss, Norman Koof, and Jan Uzell. Kerry loved the races, playing golf, and recreational casino nights. He charmed the ladies with his bright smile, blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair. A ladies man and a guys-guy he got along with everyone. Kerry has had pets his whole life but had a special connection to his beloved cat, Oliver, who he rescued 3 years ago, many would say Oliver rescued him. Kerry didn’t want people to mourn his death rather he wanted a celebration of life, which will be in Connecticut on May 19 at his ex-wife, Norah’s, house in Vernon, CT where family and friends are welcomed. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, Florida. In memory of Kerry Uzell donations can be made to a local pet shelter.


Rose Valent

Rose Valent, 95, Floral City, FL
Rose Valent ("Rootbeer Rosie"), 95, of Floral City, Florida, passed away on April 20, 2024. She was born on December 23, 1928 in Tamaqua, PA. Rose, known for her love of singing spiritual songs with the Calvary Chapel singers at local nursing homes and her devotion to the Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima, will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Rose is survived by her 3 daughters: Roseann Straub of The Villages, Diane Valent of Inverness, and Mary Ellen Valent-Keane and husband Brian Keane of Alpha, NJ; 1 son Martin Valent and wife Ana Valent of Hillside, NJ; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her infant son Jackie Valent, her husband John (Jack) Valent, and her partner Albert Giacchi. During her career, Rose worked as a waitress for 30 years in Somerville and Bound Brook, NJ. She was an active member of TOPS #373 Inverness and found joy in her involvement with the organization. Rose found solace in her faith and attended services at Floral City Baptist, Our Lady of Fatima, and Calvary Baptist. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family extends their gratitude to all the staff at The Grove Health and Rehab and HPH Hospice for their compassionate care during Rose's final days.


Willem Verhoef

Willem Verhoef, 74, Inverness, FL
Willem “Will” Verhoef, age 74, Inverness. FL passed away March 23, 2024 in the HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital. Mr. Verhoef was born in Zaandam, Netherlands on October 23, 1949 to the late Willem and Gerdiena Laurina Verhoef. He was a seasonal resident of Inverness, FL. Back in his homeland, he was an owner and operator of an aluminum anodizing factory and an entrepreneur of other businesses as well. He and his family attended the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Slootweg “Nell” Verhoef; 2 children: Petra Leene and her husband Marco of Crystal River, FL and Joel Verhoef and his wife Rosalie of Bonaire, Lesser Antillees; 4 grandchildren. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd at 2:00 PM at the Oak Ridge Cemetery of Inverness with Pastor Ray Cortese officiating. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled by the family at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Nancy Whigham

Nancy Whigham, 89, Inverness, FL
Nancy Brightman Whigham, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away March 23, 2024 under the care of HPH Hospice. Nancy was born in Montgomery, AL on January 23, 1935 to the late Chalmers and Mary Ann (McWhorter) Whigham and moved to Citrus County in 1990 from Largo, FL. She retired as a Home Economist in the County Extension Service and was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. A true treasure to family and friends. She will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled on Friday, March 29th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL


Roger Whitehead

Roger Whitehead, 83, Inverness, Florida
Roger Allen Whitehead, age 83, Inverness, FL, passed away on March 5, 2024, at the Citrus Health & Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. Roger was born in Newark, NJ on May 15, 1940, to the late Charles and Ellinor (Blackmon) Whitehead and came to this area in 1983 from St. Petersburg. He graduated from Northeast High School (Class of 1958) and served our country in the U.S. Army as a Medic. He worked for Florida Power and Light Company for over 30 years and also operated a carpet company in St. Petersburg. He and his wife were avid fishermen. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 42 years, Sarah (Spahr) Whitehead; son, Michael (Paula) Whitehead of Hiawassee, GA; and their children Zachary and Hannah; stepson, Andrew (Dianna) Francis of Easley, SC; and their children Justin Francis and Jessica Owen and their children River Hawk and Forrie Faye Owen; one brother, Lawrence (Georgia) Whitehead of Georgia. He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Jessica Francis, on November 20, 2023, and his brother Charles Whitehead in 2010, and sister, Joan Cole in 2001 There will be a memorial service at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.


Joseph Wieland

Joseph K Wieland, 69, Floral City, FL
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Joan Ruth Yerka

Joan Ruth Yerka, 92, Floral City, FL
Joan Ruth (Freitag) Yerka, August 16, 1931 – May 9, 2024. Joan Yerka, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024 at the age of 92. Joan was born on August 16, 1931 in Camden, New Jersey to the late John and Sarah Armstrong. She was one of three sisters. She married the love of her life, Albert Freitag, in 1950 and had two sons. They settled in Turnersville, NJ. After the death of her first husband, she later married William Yerka. They moved to Floral City, Florida and made Singing Forest their home. Joan is preceded in death by her two husbands, her grandson, Jacob Freitag and great grandson, Justin Freitag, as well as her two sisters, Claire Michaels and Jacqueline Moore. She is survived by her two sons, Albert (Christine) Freitag and John (Barbara) Freitag. Her grandchildren: John Robert (Stephanie) Freitag, Chad Freitag, Mallory Freitag-Hejja(Gregory), and Ross Freitag, as well as several great grandchildren. She also leaves behing many cherished friends. Joan was outspoken, outrageous and never met a stranger. She will be deeply missed. Services for Joan will be in New Jersey, where she will be interred at the Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, NJ, beside her husband, Albert. Local arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Carol Yule

Carol A Yule, 72, Lecanto, FL
Carol A. Yule, 72, of Lecanto, FL passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at The Reserve at Citrus in Lecanto. She was born in Secaucus, NJ on May 30, 1951 to the late Leroy and Dorla (Lamphaer) Gebhardt. Carol graduated from the New York Utica State Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1972 and was employed as a RN for over 50 years, more than 40 years of which were at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, starting with its opening in 1979 until her retirement. Survivors include her husband, John Yule; sons, John Curtis Yule of Jordanville, NY; Adam Yule of Tucson, AZ; and her grandchildren: Nathan, Ava and Abraham. Carol was highly skilled in all areas of nursing and had many roles over the years as well serving as a mentor to many of her colleagues. Her compassion for others and professional dedication was admired by all. She always led by example and there were no tasks too big or too small – all were seen by Carol to be vitally important to patients and their families. Carol (Methodist by Faith) will be laid to rest in Scio, NY along side her adopted mother and father, whom she dearly loved and was so thankful for. Although Carol is no longer with us, her legacy will live on through her many deeds of kindness and love for her children, grandchildren and friends. May she “Rest in Peace”, knowing she was loved and that she made a difference in so many lives. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.