For the Last 3 Months.
Barbara J Anderson, 76, Inverness, FL
Barbara Jane “Barbie” Anderson, 76 of Inverness, passed away December 2, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Barbie was born in Brentwood, Tennessee on October 26, 1946, to the late John and Frances (Pitts) Watts. She came to Citrus County in 1974 from Tennessee. Barbie retired as Curriculum Coordinator with the Citrus County School System. Over her 30 year career in education she also taught kindergarten, 2nd grade and 5th grade. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, supporting all the activities that her children participated in during their school years. Barbie supported and helped her husband, Paul, in the managing and care of the Boy Scout Camp in Inverness. She assisted the staff and helped care for all the scouts that attended throughout the years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and Christian by faith. Left to cherish her memory are: her husband of 54 years, Paul C. Anderson; her children: Jake Anderson of Lake Panasoffkee and Jody Anderson-Weiland of Plant City . In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her 2 brothers, Tom and John Watts. A Celebration of Barbie’s life will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Citrus County Education Foundation.
Dianne Anderson-Peterson, 69, Port Charlotte, FL
Dianne Anderson-Petersen, age 69, Port Charlotte, FL passed away January 19, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Dianne was born in Minneapolis, MN on November 4, 1953 to the late John Anderson and Phyllis Wilwerding Anderson. She had been a resident of Port Charlotte for 11 years. Prior to retirement, she was a cost estimator in the industrial painting business. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 31 years, Danny L. Petersen of Port Charlotte. She had 6 siblings: David, Michael, Greg, Dan, Bob Anderson and Mary Benz. Private cremation arrangements were entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Charlene L Andrews, 81, Inverness, FL
Charlene “Charlie” Andrews made her final trip on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 surrounded by family and friends after a short battle with cancer. She was born September 13, 1941, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Clayton and Genevieve Christensen. Charlene was a legal secretary in Wisconsin, California, and Florida, employed by Community Legal Services of Mid Florida until her retirement. Charlie loved to travel and was not one to stay at home. During her career she traveled often, making lifelong friends across the country. Following retirement, she traveled the world, visiting all the places she had dreamed of. She was an avid gardener having two “green thumbs”. She loved her “fur babies”, going to the gym, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She had a wonderful life, filled with the people she loved. Charlie lived everyday as if it were her last and on her terms. Charlie is survived by her son, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, great nieces, and great nephews, as well as many special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband, and daughter. As per her request, she will be interred with her husband, at Florida National Cemetery. Charlie’s family will be having a Celebration of Life for her on September 16th. The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice Care for all the support and the wonderful care. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.
David M Baker, 71, Floral City, FL
David Michael Baker. age 71, Floral City, FL completed his final race on January 4, 2023. He was beaten by a dirty, cheating racer; pancreatic cancer. Dave entered the race on August 7, 1951 in Akron, OH, the oldest of seven children to Earl and Esther Baker of Tallmadge, OH. His pit crew consists of his wife of 48 years, Susan; daughter, Julie (Brian) Buchanan of Citrus Springs, FL; son, David Baker II of Coleman, FL; his grandchildren: Austin, Tony, and Jackson; and great-grandchildren: A.J., Coltin, and Justin. His related fans are his brothers: Herbert, Earl, and Kenny; his sisters: Margaret and Julie Anna; and his many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and his Aunt Ellen. Dave’s previous winning races include being “Dad” to 42 foster kids over a span of 10 years; an ASE Certified Senior Master Mechanic, and several auto repair businesses both here in Florida and Ohio, car salesman and pit crew to his friend Roger Smith #43 of Brimfield, OH. He was an avid Ford and Mopar Muscle Car fan, owning and building some of his own, and a founding member of the Citrus County Mopar Club. He followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team. He enjoyed playing softball and even had his own team, the Akrobats in Ohio. He loved to attend a variety of both professional and local circle and dirt track car races and the Gator Nationals drag races. Family already on the other side of life’s finish line in Heaven waiting to celebrate with him a race well run with Jesus are: his parents, Earl and Esther Baker, sister, Elaine Severns, and grandson, Todd Buchanan. Private cremation will take place at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, Inverness, FL. Susan would like to thank her sister Rosie for the help she provided during Dave’s hospitalization and home care and Chapters HPH Hospice of Citrus County so Dave Could be home with family and friends before he crossed the finish line of life. Please, in lieu of flowers, give all donations to Chapters HPH Hospice.
Mary T Barnes, 93, Orlando, FL
Mary T. Barnes, 93 of North Carolina, formerly of Orlando, FL, passed away November 6, 2022 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC. Mary was born in Ft. Pierce, FL on November 19, 1928 to the late Forrest and Laura (Raulerson) Totten. She was Baptist by faith and was a loving Wife and Mother. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Barry L. Barnes of Sylva, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband Leon, on July 23, 2006. Graveside services for Mary will be conducted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto with Pastor David Schorejs of the First Baptist Church in Apopka, FL, officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
James L Barron, 85, Inverness, FL
James L. Barron, 85 years of Inverness, passed away November 7, 2022 under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice in Lecanto. He was born March 9, 1937 in Monroe, MI to the late Mary Navare Barron. Jim has been a resident of Citrus County for the past 7 years, and for the last 23 years has been of part time resident of Inverness, previously residing in Flint-Gladwin, MI. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from the automotive industry at AC Spark Plug where he was in the maintenance department in Flint, Michigan. He was an avid fisherman, loved boating, enjoyed traveling, and was a large fan of NASCAR. Jim loved his family. Family came first. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Jim was never to busy to sit and have a conversation with family or friends and a have beer. Jim was predeceased by his mother Mary Barron, and his sisters; Phyllis and Eileen. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Diann T. Barron, and children; Douglas Barron (Denise), Julie Davenport (Ralph), Wendy Amman (Jack), and Kim Lock (Dave Johnston), also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, multiple nieces, nephews, and all his dearly loved friends. Jim’s family will have a Celebration of Life for him in Michigan. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Darlene M Bertrand, 60, Inverness, FL
Darlene Marie Bertrand, 60, of Inverness, FL passed away December 20, 2022 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Madison, SD on July 31, 1962 to the late Leonard and Katherine (McCabe) Yager. Darlene was a social worker and arrived in this area in 2009, coming from Port St. Lucie, FL. She loved taking trips and traveling with her husband Randy. Mourning her passing is her loving husband of 33 years, Randy Bertrand. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Janet P Bicker, 85, Hernando, FL
Janet Phyllis Bicker, 85, of Hernando, FL passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in St. Petersburg, FL on March 8, 1937 to the late David and Marquerite (Robinson) Cullen. Janet was a retired legal secretary and arrived in this area in 1967, coming from St. Petersburg. She was a member of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church. Janet loved nature, going to the beach, watching college football and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Warren Bicker in 2017. Janet is survived by her children Mark (Beverly) Bicker of Murphy, NC, and Janet Lee Tuggle of Hernando; brother David Cullen, Jr, and sister Mona Gail Justice; 3 grandchildren, Alan S. Tuggle, Meredith Moss, and Abby Bowen; and 1 great grandchild Taylor Moss. A Celebration of Janet’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 5:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Her urn will be laid to rest with her husband Warren at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.
Timothy S Blake, 55, New Port Richey, FL
Timothy Scott Blake, 55, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away January 7, 2023 at HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson. Timothy was born in Flint, Michigan on May 13, 1967. He served his Country in the US Army and worked in the manufacturing industry. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Brian Blake and wife Maria of Homosassa; his father, Kenneth Blake and wife Linda; his brothers: Matthew Blake and wife Debbie of Huntington, WV, Kenneth R. Blake and wife Jolyn of Crystal River, FL; his sister, Sandra Blake and husband Mike of Greenfield, OH and his 8 grandchildren: Leslie, Jasmine, Brantley, Navaeh, Callie, Landon, Geremiah and Zayden. He also leaves behind his fiancée of 12 years, Michelle Leach. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Chilson Blake, and his daughter, Lisa Maree Day. Friends may visit with the family at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Additional services and burial will take place in Sabina, Ohio.
Wayne E Blodgett, 75, Inverness, FL
Wayne Edward Blodgett, Sr., 75, of Inverness, Florida, passed away this morning December 1, 2022, at James A Haley Veterans Hospital after fighting a long battle with ALS. Wayne was born in Barre, Vermont on November 9, 1947, to Vilus and Pearl Blodgett Sr. Wayne went to Groton High School. Signed up for the US Air Force in 1966. Wayne then married Rosalie Goodspeed on July 8, 1967. Then he went to Vietnam in 1967 and Thailand in 1968 and Guam. Then the US Air Force National Guard. After retiring from US Air Force. Wayne majored in Business Administration at Riverside College in California. Graduated Summa Com Laude. Wayne also went to Champlain College in Burlington Vermont in Law Enforcement. Wayne also owned a mom and pop store in Barre Vermont, called Blodgett’s Market. Wayne then moved to Florida in 1987 with his family. Where he worked at LaPerle Memorial, Big Lots, Lowes until 2018 when he retired. Wayne loved to go on cruises, and ride his motorcycle, and listen to the oldies. Wayne is Survived by his wife, Rosalie Blodgett; his Daughter Kimberly Cote-Blodgett; his Son Wayne Blodgett Jr. His Grandkids Joshua Cote, Ashley Ezzel-din, Aaron Cote, Daniel Brown. His Great Grandchildren: Hunter Cote, Mohamed Ezzel-din, Madilyn Ezzel-din. Also, his sisters: Laura Garceau, Ethel Blodgett, Brother Floyd Blodgett. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents Vilus and Pearl Blodgett. Brothers: Vilus Blodgett Jr, Nelson Blodgett; and his sister, Faith Blodgett. Cremation with care arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
James M Blount, 85, Floral City, FL
James M. Blount, 85 of Floral City, passed away November 30, 2022 at his home. James was born in Sarasota, FL on February 19, 1937, to the late Owen R. and Jewel (Nalley) Blount. He came to Citrus County in 1981 from Tampa, FL. He was an “A” operator in the phosphate industry and served his country in the US Air Force. James enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles and grilling. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Karen Blount; his sons: James M. Blount, Jr. of Morganton, NC, Michael W. Blount (Michele) of Stroudsburg, PA; daughters: Elizabeth Anne Atkinson (Buddy) of Inverness, Jolene Methvin (Neil) of Crystal River; brother: Ben Blount; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Friends may call or join the family at the cemetery. Friends are also invited to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness to visit with the family from 11:15 AM until the procession leaves for the cemetery at 12:15 PM. All who wish, may join the procession.
Patricia A Borick, 84, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Borick, age 84, Hernando, FL passed away December 30, 2022 at home under the loving care of her family. Pat was born in Neptune, NJ on December 9, 1938 to the late Robert Shelley and Jean Bergan Shelley. She was employed in the food service business before retirement. After retiring Pat was a volunteer at her local hospitals for many years. She and her husband moved to Hernando in 2003 and became faithful members of the St. Raphael's Orthodox church. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Nicholas Borick; sons Douglas Meseroll his fiancée Diane Diglio and Darren Meseroll his wife Lisa O'Brien, all of Point Pleasant, NJ; step-son, Nicholas Borick; her sister, Diane Norton, Tucson, AZ; brother-in-law, Fr. Paul Borick his wife Irene; her grandchildren: Kyle, Nicholas, Amanda, Taylor, Dylan and Ryan; her great grandchildren: Lochlan and Rayna; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 children, Gregory Scott Meseroll and Roberta Jean Meseroll. An Orthodox Mass is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM from St. Raphael’s Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL with The Rev. Fr. Sergious Gerken, Celebrant. Additional services will be offered from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Lopez, PA on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 1100 AM with burial to follow in St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Cemetery. Florida arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Harry H Bretsch, 91, Floral City, FL
Harry Henry Bretsch, 91, of Floral City, FL passed away December 10, 2022 at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness, Fl. He was born in West Allis, WI on August 1, 1931 to the late Harry H. and Marie (Broenen) Bretsch. Harry was a tool and dye machinist, and enjoyed golfing. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. Harry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Caroline Bretsch in 2016. He is survived by daughters Bonnie Caroline Alvarez of Peawaukee, WI, Sandra Marie Stobber of Floral City, FL, and Connie Lee Manley of East Troy, WI and 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Harry’s urn was laid to rest with his wife Caroline at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Douglas E Brown, 96, Beverly Hills, FL
Douglas Edward Brown, 96 of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away January 6, 2023, at home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Douglas was born in Mt. Morris, Michigan to the late Lewie and Veronica (Frona) Brown. He was a retired physicist with the US Government, and came to Citrus County in 1996 from Columbia, Maryland. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Camille Kempke of Beverly Hills, FL and Beverly Brown Elo of Mexico City, Mexico; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Viola Ilona Elo in 2010. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to University of Michigan Scholarship Fund set up in honor of his beloved Viola. https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/701447
Larry N Bryan, 59, Inverness, FL
Larry Neil Bryan, age 59, of Inverness, FL was called home to Glory early Sunday morning, on November 20, 2022 by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Larry was born in Hialeah, FL on August 6, 1963 to loving parents, Sally & Carlos Bryan. He also grew up in Hialeah. He was the youngest sibling of 3 sisters , Sandy, Patty, Cathy and brother Albert. He married his wife, Lisa Renee Neihoff in 1985 and they moved to Douglasville, GA. He worked at MBCI, where he was a foreman for 23 years. He was a very hard working, dedicated and dependable employee. Larry enjoyed fishing, playing pool, drives in the country and giving his beloved dogs belly rubs. He was a devoted and faithful husband and was happily married for 37 years. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Cathrine Marie Davis. Also Grandparents Thelma and Arthur Ponting and Cleo and Albert Gordon Bryan. He is survived by his wife Lisa, his sisters Sandra Carl, Patricia Cole, brother Albert Bryan and several nieces and nephews. Larry was dearly loved by his family and he will be sadly missed. Funeral services will be on Monday, November 28, 2022. The viewing will be at 1:00 pm and services will begin at 2:00 pm at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL. 34450.
James A Carroll, 88, Inverness, FL
James Alan Carroll, age 88, Inverness, FL passed away November 13, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side. Mr. Carroll was born in Opp, AL on December 22, 1933 to the late Andrew D. Carroll and Willie Lee (McCutcheon) Carroll and moved to Florida from Alabama in 2001. He enlisted in the Navy in 1952 and proudly served our country for 23 years obtaining the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. In 1974, he joined Burroughs as an Electronics Technician until his retirement in 1992. He attended Crossroads Baptist Church in Inverness. Mr. Carroll taught his children many life lessons including the meaning of integrity through his words and action. He was a man of his word. If he made a promise, you knew he would follow through. He was known for his skills around a smoker or grill. His homemade barbeque sauce was highly sought after. He enjoyed visiting with friends and family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Nina Gilbert Carroll; 3 children: James Alan (Tammy) Carroll, Inglis, FL; Patricia Faye (Frank) Carroll, Debary, FL; Melinda Lou (Ken) Thompson, Deltona, FL ; 3 brothers: Robert, Floyd, and Thomas Carroll; sister, Willie Ann Anthony; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathan Toole, his brother, Durwood Carroll, his sister, Juanita Struble. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 12:00 Noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Rev. Steve Baker, pastor of the Crossroads Baptist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to the Navy-Marines Relief Society. For further information and instruction on making donations, go their website: nmcrs.org
Elbry E Clinton, 86, Inverness, FL
Elbry E. Clinton, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away December 29, 2022 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Coleman, FL on February 20, 1936 to the late Charles and Verna (Crabtree) Clinton. Elbry served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and arrived in this area in 1987, coming from Jacksonville, FL. He was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Elbry is survived by his children, Michael Crabtree of Brunswick, GA, Randy (Helen) Clinton of Pembroke Pines, FL, Dale (Jackie) Clinton of Jacksonville, FL, Frank Wade also of Jacksonville, Susan Beattie of Inverness, and Debra (Steven) Bolen of Wildwood, FL; brother Larry Holt; 13 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Thomas L Coates, 79, Floral City, FL
Thomas L. Coates, 79, of Floral City, FL passed away November 12, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL of heart failure. He was born in St. Charles, Missouri on June 23, 1943 to the late Edward and Maria (Rueber) Coates. Tom was the owner/operator of Aquatic Marine Systems a bridge building and marine construction company. He was a world traveler, visiting over 100 countries. He met his loving bride of 50 years on the other side of the world. They lived in Sail, Australia; Tacoma, Washington; San Francisco and Tampa before moving to their farm in Floral City in 1986. Tom enjoyed golf, reading, music, cooking (especially curry) and feeding the wild hawks. He was a lover of hot sauce, politics and great conversations. He could connect with anyone and knew no stranger. He is mourned by his loving wife Elizabeth Coates; his daughters Krisstina Stanley (John) of Brownfield, Maine, Leann LaBarre (Nicholas) of Winter Garden, FL and Danialle Coates (Thomas DeMonica) of Inverness, FL; sister Kimberly Smith-Martinez; and three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Tom will be held at the family farm at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
James E Crabb, Jr, 66, Lecanto, FL
James Edward “Bucky” Crabb, Jr. age 66, Lecanto, FL passed away November 19, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jim was born in Florence, AL on July 30, 1956 to the late James Edward Crabb and Mary Rhoads Sandlin. He worked in the construction trades and served our country in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his loving companion and soulmate of 31 years, Sandra Wheatley; 3 children: Dustyn Natale and husband Joel, Spring Hill, FL; Shana Wheatley and BJ, and James Wheatley and wife Kori, both of Inverness; brother, Monte Sandlin, Tampa, FL; 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Hoffler and granddaughter Jordan Wheatley. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. Following cremation, his urn will be placed in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL
Paula R Cumbo, 58, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Paula Renee Cumbo, 58 of Lake Panasoffkee, passed away December 17, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Paula was born on July 6, 1964 in Kankakee, Illinois to the late Lonnie and Jessie Fay (Raines) McLeod. Paula was a 1982 graduate of Clearmont High School. Prior to retiring she was a retail cashier. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Joshua Cumbo of Lake Panasoffkee and Jessie Cumbo and son in law Travis, of Lake Panasoffkee, and her granddaughter Angelika. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 3 brothers: Ronnie, Lonnie “Beno” and David. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.
William G Dalbow, 73, Crystal River, FL
William George Dalbow, age 73, Crystal River, FL passed away January 17, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Salem, NJ, he was born May 22, 1949 to the late Harry and Alice (Quigley) Dalbow. He was a retired maintenance man for the City of Pennsville, NJ. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Janice Counsellor Dalbow; 3 sons: William W., West Virginia; Jeffrey D., Crystal River, FL; Robert J., Hernando, FL; 3 brothers: Harry, Kenney, and Ollie; 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Dalbow. Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Annie R De Maio, 87, Webster, FL
Annie R. De Maio, 87, of Webster, FL passed away November 28, 2022 at Bravera Health in Brooksville, FL. She was born in Moultrie, GA on November 16, 1935 to the late Robert and Eula (Lindsey) Ethridge. Annie moved to Floral City in 1974 coming from Miami, FL and was a school bus driver for the Citrus County School System. She was Catholic by faith, enjoyed traveling on vacations to the mountains and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Anthony “Tony” De Maio; brother Lindsey Ethridge; Howell Ethridge; TJ Ethridge; Homer Ethridge, and sisters Hildred Carter; Edna Jenkin and Jewel Adams. She is survived by her children Michael De Maio of Homosassa, FL, Roger De Maio of Floral City, FL, Anthony De Maio of Inverness, FL, and Sandra Smith (Mike) of Webster, FL; 9 Grandchildren and 15 Great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Annie will be held by the family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Walter R Dilling, 93, Lecanto (formerly Homosassa), FL
Walter R. Dilling of Homosassa, FL, age 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie and his sister, Dolores. At age 93, he was the longest-lived person in his family. He is survived by his eldest son, Rob and his wife, Elizabeth, of Stow, MA, and youngest son, Brad of Savannah, GA. Walt was born August 6, 1929 to Walter E. and Emma (Ferber) Dilling in Harvey, IL. His family moved to Butler, PA where he spent his youth, graduating from Butler High School in 1947. He was a child of the Great Depression and a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. Walt served with the Army Security Agency in West Germany eavesdropping on the Soviet Bloc and was honorably discharged in 1953. After returning from Europe, Walt matriculated into Grove City College in PA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. Walt married Marjorie Jean Lytle in 1958 and the couple moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona to California to Ohio and eventually to Middletown, Maryland, where he worked for Bechtel Power Corporation until retirement. Upon retirement in 1993, he and Marge moved to Homosassa. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa. Financially astute, Walt worked as a volunteer helping people with their taxes. He also volunteered for many years at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. He enjoyed golfing, biking, and was an avid ballroom dancer. Walt liked to travel especially to Alaska and New England. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, January 27th at 12:30 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Patti Aupperlee, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors being rendered.
Paul A Estes, 65, Homosassa, FL
Paul Allan Estes, age 65, Homosassa, FL passed away December 22, 2022 at Vitas Hospice. Private cremation arrangements. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. A native of St. Petersburg, FL., he was born August 28, 1957 to the late Lester and Barbara (Dove) LaBounty and came to Citrus County 43 years ago. He was employed as a restaurant cook. He enjoyed spending his time fishing. Survived by his brother, Danny Estes of Pinellas Park, FL; Predeceased by a son, Travis and a sister, Gloria
Salvadore J Ferrante, 86, Inverness, FL
Salvadore James Ferrante, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away at home on November 29, 2022 under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice following an extended illness. A native of San Jose, CA, he was born October 23, 1936 to the late Joseph E. Ferrante and Rose (Scialabba) Ferrante and moved to Inverness in 1998. He was an engineer for several telephone companies prior to his retirement and served our nation in the U.S. Army Artillery. He served as a board member at Bethel Church in San Jose, CA under Pastor Charles Crabtree and at First Assembly of God in Inverness, FL under Pastor Dairold Rushing. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Rita Urso Ferrante. They were married September 25, 1965; 3 children: Jonathan Ferrante and wife Maureen of South Setauket, NY; David Ferrante and wife Kathryn of Squamish, BC, Canada; Daniel Ferrante, Denver, CO; 1 brother: Jack Ferrante of San Jose, CA; 3 sisters: Carol J. Gibson of Gold Hills, OR, Linda Zizzo, Grants Pass, OR, and Angela Rohde of Ohio; 5 grandchildren: Rowan, Marcus, Sophia, Maya, and Eamonn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Ferrante, Jr and 2 sisters: Carmelle Tanner and Gloria Fish. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM at the Redemption Point Assembly of God Church with Pastor Steve Miller officiating. There will be a private burial at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is assisting the family.
Dr James L Finney, 67, Hernando, FL
Dr. James (Jim) Madison Lanham Finney, a beloved husband and father, died at the age of 67 peacefully at home with family surrounding him on January 14, 2023. He is survived by his wife Pamela (Pam) Finney; his children Elizabeth Vipond, her husband Andrew Vipond; Patricia McElroy, her husband Luke McElroy; Roy Finney; his granddaughters Amelia, Ellorie, Piper, and Madison. He is also survived by his stepmother Kay Harkness Finney and his siblings Wright Finney, Joella Finney Sparkman, Gray Finney, and Kevin Finney. He is predeceased by his father Dr. Roy Pelham Finney Jr. and his mother Elizabeth Calhoun Lanham Balboni. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 15, 1955. Jim grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended Plant City High School, where his wife also attended. However they did not meet until they were in their early twenties at a church on Davis Island. Jim and Pam celebrated 42 years of marriage last year. He earned four college degrees, including a degree in engineering from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Georgia. A pharmacist for over 30 years, he became the first board-certified pharmacist in Citrus County. He was incredibly smart and dedicated to learning and growing in his field. Even as a college student, he was committed to his studies. Jim would record and type out his class lectures word for word; however, his college professors did not appreciate when Jim would give out his typed notes as it discouraged other students from attending classes. He served others well, almost to a fault. Jim was known for always asking everyone around him, “What can I do for you?” He truly would bend over backwards to help those around him. He loved watching movies, and was one of the original Netflix subscribers, when they only mailed DVDs. Aside from being an avid movie watcher, Jim loved the water. He enjoyed the beach and taking a boat to one of his favorite places—Shell Island in Panama City Beach. Jim became a Christian as a young adult and he loved Jesus. When people would ask how he was doing, his response was always, “By the grace of God I make it through each day.” He was a member of Seven Rivers Church since moving to Citrus County in 1992. Those that knew him say he embodied the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. His granddaughters knew him as “Pop.” They gave him the upmost joy, and they all loved him dearly, partly because he always gave them as much sugar as they wanted. He was gracious and kind and had the heart of a servant. He is already greatly missed. The memorial service will be held at Seven Rivers Church on January 20, 2023 at 1:30pm. Flowers may be sent to Seven Rivers Church.
Barbara L Fouts, 92, Inverness, FL
Barbara Louise Fouts passed away quietly on December 28, 2022, at Grand Living retirement facility in Hernando, Florida. She led a life of kindness, strength, grace, keen intelligence, and creativity which was admired by so many throughout her life. She lived with bravery amid challenges and loss. Barbara was born in Ottumwa, IA on October 6, 1930, to the late James Harold and Helen Leona (Stevens) Sullivan. She was called Bobbie all her life until she moved to Florida and reclaimed her given name. Barbara’s mother passed away when she was just four years old. She then lived with her grandparents, Lucy and John Sullivan and their six children in Ottumwa for several years until her father remarried. James married Marian Kuhlman and Barbara lived with them in Chicago and then Plymouth, IN. Siblings came along as James and Marian had three children in South Bend, IN: Ann, Jim, and Tim. Barbara was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools elementary through high school. After graduating from high school, she lived with her grandparents again in Ottumwa where she attended college. While there, she met Herbert Greiner who was from Keota, IA, eldest of 13 children, whose family had a farm. After one date, she told her grandmother she was going to marry him and so she did, November 19, 1949. Herb and Barbara were a very happy and beautiful couple. They had dreams and pursued them, together. Before having children, Barbara worked at the Ottumwa airport where she and Herb went to flight school and received their private pilots’ licenses. She loved the airport environment, and she loved flying even more. They shared a plane with friends and even took some hunting trips with the plane. Once Barbara started having children, motherhood took the place of flying but her robust love of aviation and strong interest in planes lasted throughout her life. Barbara and Herb had four children: Brooke, Jeff, Debra and Mike. They were loving, fun parents as well as avid adventurers in the realm of work, moving out of state several times for Herb’s career in sales. After Iowa, they lived in Anoka, Minnesota, Aurora, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio. Starting over was something they did over and over and in doing so, they taught their children the benefits of thoughtful risk-taking in life. Barbara pursued various working ventures during her life. She ventured into real estate in Columbus and obtained her license. She also delved into finance and joined an investment club. Additionally, she worked in retail at merchandise shows and enjoyed it. Barbara and Herb’s travels took them back to Iowa to visit family. Later on, they took trips to the tropics, traveling to Florida, Jamaica, Hawaii, and The Cayman Islands. Herb died suddenly of a heart attack on August 18, 1973, leaving behind a shocked and deeply bereft wife and family to find their way amid long-lasting grief. Barbara found love again in 1975 when she met Jack Fouts through a mutual friend. They had a whirlwind romance and were married July 1, 1976. She welcomed Jack’s children and he welcomed hers. Barbara moved to Delaware, OH, to join Jack in his community and role as Head Coach at Ohio Wesleyan University. They spent idyllic summers in Ontario at the island retreat Jack had owned for years. While basking in the natural wonder of water, rock, wildlife, and in between fishing, enjoying friends, and welcoming visiting family, Barbara and Jack worked hard to maintain the property. Barbara had an oil painting community there, too, a strong interest she pursued for most of her life: creating beautiful paintings of wildlife, tropical scenes, and portraits. Eventually, Barbara and Jack moved to Ithaca, NY, where Jack coached football at Cornell University and Barbara acquired a New York State real estate license. As retirement began to approach, they decided to move to Florida; but first, they spent seven months in Austria while Jack had an opportunity to coach American football there. Ever the adventurer, Barbara had them traveling all over Europe, renting cars to see the big sights, as well as the off the map and out of the way destinations. Barbara and Jack lived in Punta Gorda, Florida, for many years. They enjoyed golfing with friends, their beautiful home and pool, and Florida life. They lived through the aftermath of Hurricane Charley which plowed through Punta Gorda and their property in 2004. As Jack developed memory problems, Barbara took exquisite care of him at home for years and continued to care for him each day he was in memory care. She was with Jack when he passed away March 1, 2012. Barbara continued to live in Punta Gorda for a couple of years after Jack’s passing. She attended oil painting classes with friends and really honed her skills. She stayed fit, rode her bike, and loved going to yoga classes. Eventually, she moved north to Citrus County, FL to be closer to her son Jeff and his family, moving into a lovely home and garden in Crystal River. She continued yoga, joined Bible studies, and participated in her neighborhood community. Following some health problems, Barbara moved to Inverness to be closer to Jeff and his wife Barbara, where she lived in a lovely waterfront duplex they created for her. She moved into memory care in 2021. We are very grateful to all the staff at Grand Living at Citrus Hills for their compassionate and professional care they provided Barbara. Barbara’s Catholic faith carried her through her entire life. She never missed Mass, even when traveling. While living in Crystal River and Inverness, she was a member of St. Scholastica Parish. She liked sitting in the back of the church with others who she enjoyed seeing each week, most especially two young children who added levity and smiles for all. She leaves so many behind to remember and miss her. Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Brooke Greiner (Steve Clements) of Seattle, WA and son Dylan Clements, his daughter Belen Ortiz-Clements and Steve’s son Morgan Clements, his children Reiner and Kate; Jeff Greiner (Barbara) of Inverness, FL and daughter Lydia (Scott Westbrook) and son Elijah; Debra Greiner of Suquamish, WA; Michael Greiner (Carol) of Birmingham, AL and son Garrett Greiner. She leaves behind Jack Fouts’ adult children and their families: Dave (Binney), Jill (Rob) and John (Nydia). She leaves behind her siblings and their families: Ann (Aldo Rossini, deceased) of Sudbury, MA and her adult children, Tony, Katie and Michael and their children; Tim Sullivan (Mary Beth) of Granger, IN and adult children Maggie (AJ Popovic) and Jeremy (Abby, fiancé); James Sullivan (Deborah) of Granger, IN and adult children, Joshua and Zaire. Private cremation is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A mass in her name will be held at St. Scholastica Catholic Church and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled for this spring.
Joan O Friedrich, 89, Inverness, FL
Joan Olive Friedrich, 89 of Inverness, FL passed away November 26, 2022 at Advent Health in Ocala. Joan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1933, to the late George H. and Theolinda (Doerr) Hanlon. Joan was a secretary at Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh and also at the Pentagon. She came to Citrus County in 2012 from New Mexico. Joan was Catholic by faith and loved being with her family and friends. She also loved her dogs and cats, and was a “shining light”. Left to cherish her memory are her children: David G. Wendell Currie (Tina) of Seattle, WA, Donna J.Whitman (Steve) of Bumpass, VA, and Julie Purdy of Kennesaw, GA; 8 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Rolf C Gaertig, 94, Inverness, FL
Rolf C. Gaertig, 94, of Inverness, FL passed away January 20, 2023 at New Horizon ALF in Inverness. He was born in Hamburg, Germany on August 6, 1928 to the late Caesar and Minna (Junge) Gaertig. Rolf was a machinist, sales manager, and a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. He was a licensed pilot, as well as a semi professional soccer player. Rolf arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Stoughton, MA. He enjoyed reading and doing yard work. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Doris Gaertig, with whom he loved to go on cruises with, and one daughter, Nancy Wilson. He is survived by his daughters Deborah Saraceno (Joseph) of Ocala, FL, and Shirley Vickers (Ronald) of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Gerald D Gelinas, 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Gerald D. Gelinas, 77 years of age It is with great sadness that our beloved Gerry passed away on November 12th, 2022 after a sudden illness, surrounded by family and love. Gerry retired from the Air Force as a TSgt in 1988. When he retired, he became an over the road truck driver. He loved the open road and the conversations over the CB with his fellow truckers. Gerry was a selfless man that loved his family and friends dearly. He would always put everyone else first. He enjoyed feeding everyone that came to his home. His favorite thing to make was breakfast, so you could start your day right. Gerry’s eggs were his specialty. He also enjoyed baking snickerdoodle and peanut butter blossom cookies with his grandsons. You would never be at his house and be cold or hungry, he made sure of that. Gerry enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was known for his love for his friends and family, and he never met a stranger. Gerry had a great sense of humor and was always cracking jokes with everyone. He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Gelinas and his Brother-in-Law, Rick Wagner. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 40 years, Dee; Mother, Rachel; Children, Robert (Renee) and Brandon (Robin); Grandchildren, Gavyn, Mason, Joey (Katie), Bradley (Julia) and Vincent; Brother, Robin (Phyllis); Sisters, Sue Wagner and Darlene Guilbert (Dick); and loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Graveside service with Military Honors is schedule for Monday, November 28, 2022, at 10:30AM at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. The procession will be leaving the funeral home promptly at 9:45AM. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00AM until 9:45AM. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Francis "Frank" Gilleeny, 82, Inverness, FL
Francis “Frank” Gilleeny, 82, of Inverness, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family and Vitas Hospice. Frank was born in Queens, N.Y. to the late Francis P. and Caroline (Havorka) Gilleeny. He retired as a Policeman with the N.Y. City Police Dept. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Citrus County in 1974 from New York. Frank loved his Citrus County community and wanted to make sure that the children here were given many opportunities to improve on themselves. He was the Founder for several organizations: Citrus County 10-13 Club; NARLEO; DARE Program; and Juvenile Justice Program of Citrus County. All aimed to help keep kids off of Drugs and out of the Courts’ system. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Carol Gilleeny; children: Frank Gilleeny of Inverness; Lisa Gilleeny of Jacksonville, FL; Tania Little (Justin) of Inverness; brother, Jack Gilleeny; 6 grandchildren, Micah, Cameryn, Clayton, Casey, Frank, and Michael; and 1 great grandchild, Andre Jr. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Daniel Gilleeny; sister, Rosemary Echols; and a brother, Patrick Gilleeny. Cremation with care arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Louise C Gillespie, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
Louise Carrnel Gillespie, age 81, Beverly Hills, FL passed away at home on December 10, 2022 under the loving care of her daughter, DeAnna L. Conger and HPH Hospice. Mrs Gillespie was born in Portsmouth, VA on April 13, 1941 to the late Sidney Hamilton and Mildred Owens Hamilton. She was an executive in the Customer Service Division of Virginia Power with 28 years of service and a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, DeAnna (Dade) Conger, Crystal River, FL; brother Sidney C. Hamilton, III of Lexington, NC; sister, Shirley; her best friend, Claudine Conger; 3 grandchildren: David Faries, Jr, Kayla May Waye, and Matthew Gillespie; 11 great-grandchildren: Ronnie, Jordan, Tori, Kayden, Faith, Jonathan, Hunter, Liam, Ader, Amyia, and Camron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward (4/17/2010) and her son, Edward Jr. (6/27/2022) There is a Celebration of Life Scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM from the First Christian Church of Inverness with The Rev. Tom Thompson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: HPH Hospice or the First Christian Church. Cremation arrangements with care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Leonard R Giordano, 86, Inverness, FL
Leonard R. Giordano, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 12, 2022, under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice at his home in Inverness, FL. He was born in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1936, to Ralph and Connie (Montana) Giordano and came to Inverness in 1969. Leonard served in multiple capacities in the education system for over 30 years but found his passion in guidance counseling. Leonard and his late wife Charlotte were the owners and operators of Leonardo’s Pizza and Subs (the first pizzeria in Citrus County). He was a council member with the City of Inverness from 1987 to 1995, a member of Inverness Kiwanis, and the Inverness Rotary Club. Leonard had a thirst for knowledge and loved sharing it with others. He had a lifelong love of dogs and frequently recalled his walks and travels with his best buddy Indie. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, papa, and friend who happily shared his life experiences and wisdom with those in his life. Leonard had a great sense of humor which was unfailing even when life dealt him hardships. His life philosophy was something positive can always be found in a seemingly negative situation. Leonard enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing poker, and telling stories. Along with his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by Charlotte, his wife of 63 years, and his daughter Cynthia Giordano. Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Ralph (Patti) of Inverness; James (Tamra) of Tallahassee, FL; Diane Ragans (Michael) of Tallahassee; Patricia Giese (Gregory) of Inverness; his 12 grandchildren, Connie, Leonard, Ralph, Stephen, Timothy, Anthony, Cynthia, Richard, Kendall, Taylor, Natalie, and Branden; and his 14 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Chas E. Davis Funeral home at 3075 S. Florida Avenue in Inverness. Friends are invited to visit with the family starting at 1:00 pm until the hour of the service. Donations made in lieu of flowers are requested to be sent to support a hospice of your choice. Leonard will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness at a later date.
Michelle S Gongloff, 52, Beverly Hills, FL
Michelle Suzanne Gongloff, age 52 of Beverly Hills passed away December 11. 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital Michelle, known as Mitzi to most of her friends, was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Charles and Patricia (Carnall) Gongloff. She moved to the Baltimore, Maryland area as a child, attending elementary school and high school there. She received a BS degree in Biology from the University of Delaware in 1992. She then decided to switch to nursing. She graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1994. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland Hospital, and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She moved to Florida from the Baltimore area in 2014 due to ongoing health problems. She was a member of the Citrus County Cruisers, serving as Secretary for several years. She was also a member of the Citrus Vettes and Camaros Car Club. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Thomas Snodgrass: 2 children: Jacob and Madelyn Snodgrass: her father, Charles Gongloff of Pine Ridge. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Gongloff on July 19, 2017. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled at a later date. Cremation with care arrangements are with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Robert C Hale, 88, Inverness, FL
Robert C. Hale, age 88, Inverness, FL passed away January 31, 2023 at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Mr Hale was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 20, 1934 to the late Clarence and Hazel (Pohlman) Hale. He served our country in the U.S. Army and was a retired sales representative for many different products. He is survived by his wife, Renea (Kapcinski) Hale, Inverness, FL; 2 children, Brian Hale and Diane Berini; 1 grandchild. Following cremation, private burial was in Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with care- Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Barbara A Hales, 72, Floral City, FL
Barbara A. Hales, age 72, Floral City, FL passed away January 13, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Barbara was born in Caribou, Maine on January 25, 1950 to the late Felix and Dolores Bouchard and came to this area in 1977 from Connecticut. She was employed as a Teaching Aid in the Citrus County School System. In her earlier years, she was a hairdresser. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mitchell Hales of Chattanooga, TN; her sister, Linda Kelley of Floral City; a nephew, Mason Kelley, Renton, WA; niece, Heather Signoretti of Floral City; grand nephew, Cole Signoretti of Floral City. Barbara was a kind, adventurous woman who could put a smile on the face of anyone. She had a great affection for cats, which was shown by the many she had taken care for over her lifetime. She also had a love for flowers, and spent a lot of her time tending to and caring for her many beautiful flower gardens. One of her most important passions was her love of music. She listened to many different styles, and owned and played a collection of musical instruments. Barbara was immensely proud of her family and friends, and leaves behind many beautiful memories together. There will be a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic officiating. Cremation is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 1 hour until the service begins.
John H Hollingshead, 94, Spring Hill, FL
John H. Hollingshead, 94, formerly of Floral City, FL, passed away January 14, 2023 in Spring Hill, FL under the care of HPH Hospice. John was born on January 8, 1929 in Reading, PA to the late Clyde and Veva (Burrell) Hollingshead and came to Citrus County in 1983 from Reading. He served his country in the US Navy for 6 years and 4 years in the US Air Force. He was also a member of the Citrus Model Railroad Club. Left to honor his memory are several nieces and nephews including Cheryl Adamonis, Nina Oren, Sandra Coda and Herb Himmelberger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Hollingshead and sisters: Marjorie Fantelli and Alice Benya. Graveside services for John will be conducted on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, with Pastor Paul Giglio, officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.
Jesse W Hooper, 29, Hernando, FL
Jesse William Hooper, 29 of Hernando, FL, passed away November 9, 2022. Jesse was born in Lakeland, FL on November 10, 1993. He was a plumber by trade. He is survived by his mother, Teresa Bartlett of Hernando, FL; his father, William Hooper, Jr. of Marysville, IN and his sister Julie Napier. Private cremation is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Steven Don Hughes, 75, Inverness, FL
Steven Don Hughes, 75 of Inverness, passed away January 19, 2023, peacefully in his home. Don was born November 11, 1947, to the late Frank and Wilda (Payne) Hughes in Knoxville, TN and moved to Inverness in 1953. He was a Presbyterian. Don served in the US Army during the Vietnam War earning many awards including the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Don was a familiar face in town; as the owner/operator of the Standard Oil/Chevron gas station on Main Street for almost 19 years, Don came to know so many people in the community, and was always there when anyone needed help or advice. Don loved watching football with his sons and especially enjoyed going to Gator games with his son Chris. Don was an avid fisherman; he and his son Greg successfully competed and won in many local fishing tournaments. Don was also predeceased by five of his sisters; Jonnie Grumbling, Joanne Chamblin, Jeanne Davis, Janice Holinghead and Joyace Swanson. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years and best friend, JoAnne Hughes; his sons Christopher (fiancé Lindsey Thomas), and Greg (wife Katie, granddaughters Madeline, Hannah and Charlotte); his sister, Joette Bowsky, and many nieces and nephews, all of Inverness. The family invites friends to gather on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM. at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Don will be interred with Honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, following the visitation. The procession will depart the funeral home at 12:30 PM.
Agnes M Jackson, 80, Hernando, FL
Agnes Margaret “Bunny” Jackson passed away peacefully at the age of 80 after years of dementia on Friday, November 11, 2022 surrounded by her children and Vitas Hospice at Superior Residences of Lecanto. She was born in Slovan, Pennsylvania on June 12, 1942 to Quentin “Queenie” Capozzoli and Helen Lilly. She lived in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania until she married Jim Hampton and moved to Clinton, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Quentin “LuLu” Capozzoli and her second husband Thurman “Tommy” Jackson. She is survived by her brothers Art (Annette) Capozolli of McDonald, PA and George (Christine) Capozzoli of Edinboro, PA; her sisters Sylvia McGaughey of Leetsdale, PA, Jeanne Capozzoli of Houston, TX, and Carol Watton of Burgettstown, PA; her children Karen (Kevin) Fisher of Inverness, FL and Jim Hampton, Jr of Adamstown, MD; her grandchildren Allie Fisher, Bryan Fisher, Jimmy Hampton III and Tori Hampton; many nieces and nephews; her best friend Norma Shaffer; and her fiancée Bob Biggs of Hernando, FL. She retired from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC and moved to Florida in 2004. She loved bowling; watching football and NASCAR; and spending time with her grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life next summer in Pittsburgh, PA followed by interment of her cremains at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD.
Patricia A Janowski, 79, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Janowski, age 79, Inverness, FL peacefully passed away January 24, 2023 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Pat was born in Providence, RI on April 9, 1943 to the late Thomas Kelly and Mary Dornan Kelly. In 1998, she moved with her husband from Lincoln, Rhode Island to Inverness. Pat was a retired school teacher, having taught children in both the 2nd and 6th grades for 25 years. She always wished to make a difference and that she certainly did! In her retirement years, Pat was a talented watercolor artist and incredible creator of greeting cards. She could always be found working diligently in her beloved art room. She was a dedicated member of various card clubs, both within Citrus County and beyond. She selflessly volunteered for Hospice for many years both in RI and in Florida. Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 50 years, William H. Janowski of Inverness, FL; 2 loving children: Timothy Janowski and his wife Jennifer of Upland, CA and Charisa Bianco and her husband Joseph of Scituate, RI; her brother, James Kelly of Wilmington, NC; her sister, Eileen Lennon of East Providence, RI; 5 adoring granddaughters: Ariana, Alexandra, Alexia, Olivia, and Rachel. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2023 at 11:00 A.M from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where her family and friends will share their memories of Pat. Cremation arrangements will follow. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until the service begins at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are gratefully accepted in Pat’s memory at Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460
Donald K Johnson, 90, Inverness, FL
Donald K. Johnson, 90, of Inverness, FL passed away on December 5, 2022 at Avante at Inverness. He was born in Fulton, NY on September 10, 1932 to the late John S. and Bessie (Boyce) Johnson. Donald was a bank manager for Key Bank in NY, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was Christian by faith, a former athlete, and a sports enthusiast. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce Johnson in 2015, and siblings Mary, Carl and John Johnson. Donald is survived by his children David Johnson of Fulton, NY and Jennifer (Robin) Cooper of Flagler Beach, FL; sons Gary (Mary Plonka) Abraham of Great Valley, NY, and Timothy (Mercedes) Johnson of San Diego, CA; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Graveside services with military honors will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. A procession to the cemetery will depart the funeral home promptly at 12:15 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Donald’s name be made to St. Jude’s Hospital. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur C Jordan, 94, Homosassa, FL
Arthur Curtis Jordan, age 94, of Homosassa, FL went to be with the Lord on December 29, 2022 at the HPH Hospice facility in Lecanto, with family at his bedside. Mr. Jordan was born in Wilmette, IL on April 13, 1928 to the late Ira C. Jordan and Lucille Hazelton Jordan, and came to this area in 1992 from Indiana. His wife of 63 years, Mary L. Jordan, preceded him in death. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Homosassa. Arthur and his wife graduated from DePauw University in 1950. He was a retired Vice President for Leo Burnett Advertising Company, overseeing the Maytag Lonely Repairman campaign. He loved spending time with his family. He spent many years boating on Lake Michigan and on Crystal River and made sure that all on board ‘actively participated’ in the boating adventure. He loved bicycling, swimming, yardwork, and tinkering in the garage. He enjoyed watching football and golf, and always had chocolate on hand. He was a member of the TC America Club and spent much time with his antique Chrysler TC Maserati convertible; he was always ready for Florida’s sudden showers and identified key places on Rt 19 where he could pull over if it started to rain. Left to cherish his memory are two children, Robert L. Jordan of Fern Park, FL and Virginia J. Crandall (Stephen) of Inverness; 2 grandchildren: Phillip Crandall (Christa Ryan) and Joseph Crandall (Veronica Wylie); and 2 great granddaughters: Harper and Quinn Crandall. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Robert and James Jordan. There will be a private Celebration of Life scheduled in February at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to your favorite charity.
John F Kennedy, II, 82, Floral City, FL
John Finley Kennedy II, 82, of Floral City, FL passed away December 20, 2022 at HPH Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Cleveland, OH on March 6, 1940 to the late John F. and Frances (Wolfram) Kennedy. John served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy, specifically aiding in the search for Russian submarines during the Cuban Missile Crisis with his squadron, Patron Five “Mad Foxes.” Building on his naval knowledge, John then moved his young family to St Croix, US Virgin Islands as project manager for Tracor Marine doing oceanographic research for 7 years. After that, the family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fl and he co-founded General Offshore Corp, another oceanographic research firm. After building General Offshore to a successful international business, he moved to Floral City in 1982. Here, John was involved in real estate, investing not in only properties but also in his community. He learned about Florida ranching from the Rooks family who also became his good friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Pamela Kennedy. He is also survived by his children: Christine Murphy (Dan) and Erin Burns (Christopher), both of Cumming, GA, and Jonathan Finley Kennedy (Janet) of Sebastian, FL; brother Joseph Kennedy; sister Marie “Sue” Fountain; and 5 grandchildren: Lauren and Ryan Murphy, Josh and Zach Burns, and John Kennedy; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was an inspiration to all of his family and was the one to call whenever anyone had a problem to be solved. He could fix anything with a roll of duct tape and a can of WD-40! During his time in St Croix- he could dock a boat of any size with ease- to the amazement of all on-lookers. In 1976, while still in the Virgin Islands- he was invited by the US Navy to dive in the deep submersible “Alvin” to the ocean floor. He loved the ocean but hated the beach! In 1989, he was part of a mission to Taiwan to evaluate the Taiwanese antisubmarine warfare capability. He was a loving and supportive father as well as a protective big brother to Joe and Sue. He taught his son, Jonathan- “If you are going to fix something, fix it right.” He loved to hear about all the accomplishments of his grandkids and was very proud of each of them. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for John is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Wilburn from Home Church in Floral City officiating. Following the service, military honors will be rendered in recognition of John’s service. The family will be receiving friends in visitation one hour prior to the service. His urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. “Dad- the gate is locked, the cows are in, the barn door is shut and all is well, you’ve done good.”
Marian A Kobb, 66, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Marian Annette Kobb, age 66, Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away January 14, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. Marian was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 18, 1956 to the late Frank and Frances (Bonjorno) Smaldone and came to this area in 1989 from Tennessee. She was a retired Medical Assistant, having worked in Citrus Memorial Hospital and area nursing homes. Marians love for helping people continued after her passing, as she was also an organ donor. Marian was the sunshine that brightened everyone's day. Her laughter was infectious. She was known as Momma by so many. She loved animals of all kinds, especially her two dogs Max and Dinky. She enjoyed feeding and watching the wild peacocks, sheep and horses that lived on her property. If you knew Marian you knew true love.. she was an amazing mother to her children, a wonderful wife to her husband, a loving grandma to her grandchildren and an incredible friend. She was the light in everyone's life. And she will forever be loved. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Brian Kobb, Lake Panasoffkee, FL; 3 children: Jennifer Marques-Compostella (Joseph), Inverness; Mathew Marques (Katherine), Inverness; Tara Welsand (Samuel), Inverness; 9 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy Smaldone, of NJ; 2 nieces: Kimberly and Kristine Smaldone of CA; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Vincent Smaldone and her oldest son, Mark J. Marques, II on July 14, 2020. A Celebration of Life is scheduled on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Reneau of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Jeanette S Kosidlak, 95, Hernando, FL
Jeanette S. Kosidlak, our mother, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2023. She was much loved and will be missed terribly. She lived a long and happy life with her late husband, Frank; children: Kathy Donato (Tony) and Frank Jr. (Cindy). She was happy to be with her four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Jenny is also survived by two brothers, Walter and Joseph. A Mass of the Celebration of Life will be held at St. Scholastica Church on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 12 Noon with Fr. James Johnson, celebrant. Interment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations in her name to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Kenneth G Krebs, 87, Inverness, FL
Kenneth George Krebs, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away November 14, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Kenneth was born in Kenosha, WI on May 18, 1935 to the late Bernard V. Krebs and Greta (Nett) Krebs. Greta died at an early age and was raised by Bertha Nett. He moved to Florida in 1996 from Kenosha. He graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha and enlisted in the Army in 1954 to 1958. He received the Korean Campaign Ribbon and the United Nations ribbon. Kenneth then served in the National Guard from 1961 until 1966. He retired after 29 years as a Quality Control Supervisor, working for AMC/Chrysler. He was a Life Member of VFW Post 8637 in Eagle River, Polish Legion of American Vets in Kenosha and Unity Masonic Lodge Survivors include 3 sons: James (Tessie) Krebs, Kenosha, WI, Kenneth C. Krebs, Kenosha, WI, and George Krebs, Milwaukee, WI; his mother, Bertha, Kenosha, WI; 1 brother, Bernard “Butch” Krebs, Kenosha, WI, and sister, Janice Diestler, Beverly Hills, FL; 7 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Fusae Krebs (8/27/2012) and his sister, Greta (Krebs) Erickson; sister in law Pamela Krebs, brothers in law Charles Erickson and Robert Diestler. Private cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Edward M Kreidenweis, 29, Dunnellon, FL
Edward Michael Kreidenweis, beloved husband, father, son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2023, at the age of 29 in the Ocala Regional Medical Center Hospital following a UTV accident. Ed was born in Perth Amboy, NJ to Owen Edward Kreidenweis and Claudia Sebold. He was a fun-loving person, who enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, boating, four-wheeling, the beach, and everything the great outdoors had to offer. Ed also enjoyed working out, staying fit, and spending as much time as he could with his family. He was a phenomenal soccer athlete, and you would often find him kicking a ball with his kids or engaged in some other sport or fun-related activity. No matter what he was doing, you were likely to find him with a smile on his face! Ed’s fun-loving nature and big personality made him a favorite with the young and the old. His big-heartedness landed him in the military, where he proudly served his country in the Army for nine years. Always looking for a way to give back, Ed was passionate about helping kids and wanted to follow his dream of becoming a teacher. He and his family moved back to Dunnellon, FL from Ft. Stewart, GA following his discharge from the Army to pursue that dream. He attended the Meadowbrook Church in Ocala, FL. His memory will always be cherished by his loving wife, Adriana Griffin Kreidenweis; their 3 children: Layla Grace Kreidenweis, Lucas Aiden Kreidenweis, and Lettie Mae Kreidenweis, all from Dunnellon, FL; his parents: Owen Kreidenweis of Neptune, NJ and Claudia Sebold Marchbanks of Weeki Wachee, FL; his brother, Jonathan David Kreidenweis, Neptune, NJ; maternal grandmother, Salete Borghezan Sebold; Maternal Grandfather, Miguel Sebold Neto; nephew and niece, Matteo Kreidenweis and Mariah Grace Kreidenweis. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service at Meadowbrook Church, 4741 S.W. 20th Street, Ocala, FL at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 6th, 2023 with Pastor David Owens officiating. Military Honors will follow. Burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.
Francis J Kromke, 74, Inverness, FL
Francis John Kromke, age 74, Holiday, FL and former resident of Inverness passed away January 19, 2023 under the care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto. Francis was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 2, 1948 to the late Francis and Eleanor (Murphy) Kromke. He was of the Catholic Faith and was employed as a Deputy Clerk in the Citrus County Courthouse before moving to Holiday. Left to cherish his memory are two children, Christopher Matthew Kromke and Heather Kromke Colford, both of Inverness. He was preceded in death by his son, Frank Louis Kromke on October 6, 1991. Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Ursula M Lanino, 87, Hernando, FL
Our beautiful mom Ursula passed away peacefully in her home on January 24th with my sister and I by her side. It was so beautiful and so sad, we will miss her so much. Our mom and dad’s anniversary just passed, and we know they are together now. Thank you, mom, and dad for being such kind, loving supportive parents and always giving us your unconditional love. We miss you both so much. Mom was born in 1935, Ursula Maria Winkler in Southern Silesia to her parents Georg Winkler and Rosalie Strauch she had a younger sister Anja. Mom met our Dad Peter square dancing in Manhattan and were married for 49 years. Mom came to the United States when she was 23 as Au Pair and took care of four boys in Ossining NY. She was a natural mother and caretaker. My mom’s mother sadly died when she was only 5 years old, my sister and I have always been so amazed an in awe of how she could have known how to be such a loving, caring mother to us when she was so alone during such a hard time in Europe. Our mom was so proud of us and especially her grandchildren. We are full of so much love that she gave us and will miss her so much. For those of you who knew her she was an avid reader, loved the opera, ballet, history, and to travel. She was very independent, and so knowledgeable of so many things, having a European parent comes with a lot of knowledge and history of the world. She made our lives full of love, joy, and experiences. So grateful that we were able to spend this last Christmas with her. We were very close, but we will always wish we had spent more time with her and were able to talk to her for just one more time. We love you mom, you were loved, you live in us and will always be missed. Ursula is survived by her two daughters: Heidi Bilezikian and Deborah Lanino; and three grandsons: Andrew, Dylan, and Daniel. A private prayer service will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023 at 2:00PM, with Father Michael Suszynski officiating. She will be interred beside her husband, Peter, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Cremation with Care arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Amy L LoCascio, 69, Inverness, FL
Amy Louise Gorskie LoCascio, 69, of Inverness, peacefully passed away December 7, 2022 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River surrounded by her loving family. Amy was born on January 28, 1953 in Yonkers, NY, to the late Raymond C. and Rita M. (Platania) Gorskie. She came to Citrus County 43 years ago from Lakeview, OR. She retired as vice president and branch manager of the Downtown Branch of Brannen Banks (“Bank of Inverness”). Amy loved all kinds of music, classic rock was her favorite and she loved to dance. She always enjoyed attending Broadway musicals, live concerts and the races. Her favorite travel destinations were the mountains and the beach. She loved the feeling of her feet in the sand. At home she kept busy with games and puzzles, cooking and baking. For Amy there was nothing better than laughing, except making others laugh! But most of all she loved spending time with her family and her many close friends. Amy always had a passion for life and despite her many battles, she never stopped laughing. Amy was one of the kindest, most loving, courageous and strong women to ever walk this earth and our family was blessed to have her as its head for so many years. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 51 years, Charles H. LoCascio; her sons: Joseph R. LoCascio and wife, Kimberly of Belle Isle, FL; Daniel C. LoCascio and wife, Ashley of Tampa, FL; her daughter, Kimberly K. LoCascio of Fairfax, VA; her 4 sisters: Priscilla Gilkey, of Pleasanton, CA; Dinah Bellis, of Cortlandt Manor, NY; Ellen Sumner, of Mohegan Lake, NY; Sara Fischer, of New Fairfield, CT; 5 grandchildren: Tyler, Katherine, Cruz, Leo, and Rhys. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Suszynski will officiate. Burial will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday afternoon from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends may send their floral tributes to the funeral home before 12 noon on Monday.
Roseann L Lucas, 79, Inverness, FL
Roseann Lillian Lucas, 79 of Inverness, passed away November 28, 2022 at her home under the loving care of her family. Roseann was born in New York City, NY on June 21, 1943 to the late Baltassro and Rose (Corsino) Spinella. She came to Citrus County in 1992 from Patchogue, LI, NY. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Catherine Packer of Inverness, Dawn Lucas of Beverly Hills, FL, Charles Lucas of Jacksonville, FL, Ken Lucas of San Antonio, TX, and Paul Lucas of Inverness; 3 sisters: Gertrude Brady, Grace Spinella and Marryann Jankowski. Also her grandchildren: Cody Neal Packer, Michael Joseph Packer, Jack Kenneth Packer, Alyssa Rose Lucas, Tyler Blaze Packer, Aiden Dean Lucas, Ashley Marie Poehler, Faith Ann Lucas, Andrew Patrick Lucas, Elizabeth Diaz, Stephen Diaz and Craig Stewart Mullen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lucas on February 6, 2012. Private cremation services are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Herman J Ludwig, 100, Inverness, FL
Herman Junior Ludwig, age 100 of Inverness, FL passed away November 13, 2022 in the Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center. Herman was born in Whitmore Lake, MI on February 9, 1922 to the late Herman C. Ludwig and Bessie (Carr) Ludwig. He moved to Florida in 1988 from Milan, MI. Prior to retirement, he owned and operated a used car sales and service business. He served our country in the U.S. Army and fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Jerry (Linda) Ludwig and Lawrence (Penny) Warden, both of Inverness, FL; Theresa (Ray) Korte, Ypsilanti, MI and Denise (George) Davis of Watervliet, MI. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grand kids. He was preceded in death by his wife Myra Ludwig who died January 28, 2020 and his son, Ronald Ludwig. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends may call on the family beginning at 8:30 AM until the hour of service. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.
John "Jack" J Lyons Jr, 86, Hernando, FL
John Joseph “Jack” Lyons, Jr., age 86, Hernando, FL passed away November 15, 2022 in Bravera Health Seven Rivers Hospital. Jack was born in Albany, NY on December 24, 1935 to the late John J. Lyons and Marie (Fisher) Lyons and came to Florida 22 years ago from East Greenbush, NY. Prior to retirement, he was the Chief Executive Officer for the Watervliet Arsenal Federal Credit Union. He was Catholic by faith and attended St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto. Jack was an avid Yankee, Notre Dame, Giants, and Knicks fan who also enjoyed playing sports throughout his life. He loved boating on the Hudson River with friends and cruising around the world. He had always loved reading, particularly history. Jack loved connecting with people and never met a stranger. Most of all, he loved his family, immediate and extended. Jack was so grateful for the blessings God bestowed upon him and hoped in return, he gave back to those in need. But perhaps, most of important…he kept the faith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Rosemarie (Constant) Lyons; 3 children: Paul Richard (Tora) Lyons, East Greenbush, NY; John Joseph (Patrice) Lyons, Valatie, NY; Patricia Ann (Steven) Burdgick, Guilderland, NY; 1 brother, Paul Lyons, Glenmont, NY; 2 grandchildren: John Joseph Lyons and Ava Gamello. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Cotrofeld. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM, at St. Scholastica Catholic Church, with Fr. James Johnson, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
Anne Madden, 86, Inverness, FL
Anne Madden, age 86, Inverness FL, passed away November 29, 2022 at home under the loving care of her son, Steve, and care professionals at Vitas Hospice. Mrs. Madden was born in Bronxville, NY on January 30, 1936 to the late Blevins C. Dunklin and Otha P. Dunklin. Years later, while attending an event at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church Clearwater FL, Anne met Joseph and on September 12 1959, they were married at St Cecilia’s. Shortly thereafter, in addition to raising their two boys Kevin and Stephen, Anne began teaching Physical Education grades K-5 and 17 years later retired from the Pinellas County School System, and with Joseph, semi-retired, sold their home in Largo FL and moved to Inverness. Upon their arrival, Anne, already a quilter, became involved with and joined Friendship Quilters Guild, even serving as interim treasurer, then found herself joining her husband Joseph in becoming part of Citrus Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary (Volunteers), where they went wherever they were needed, and did so for a combined total of 20 years of service. Anne, along with Joseph, joined up with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office in Lecanto FL and volunteered her time in the Master Gardeners office answering telephone queries, and mailing out literature to the public. Anne remained with Joseph, assisting the Master Gardeners program for over 5 years until his passing in May 2017. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Steve Madden, and best friend, Baylee (the Beagle) Inverness FL. Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years of marriage, Joseph Madden, May 25, 2017. She also was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Madden, October 12, 1985, and her brother, Blevins C. Dunklin, Jr., November 7, 2017. Fr. Mike Suszynski, with Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness FL, will conduct a Catholic Prayer Service at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday, Dec 12th at 10:00 AM Burial will follow in the Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Bushnell FL with her late husband, Joseph.
Patricia R McWhorter, 70, Lecanto, FL
Patricia Rose McWhorter, 70, of Lecanto, FL passed away January 11, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in Queens, NY on October 1, 1952 to the late Robert Olaf and Monica Rose (Monachelli) Fjelstad. Patricia served our country honorably in the U.S. Army and was a field cable installer in the Army, and a homemaker. After many visits to Citrus County starting in 2000 to care for relatives and enjoy the beauty of the Nature Coast she permanently relocated here from W.VA. in 2014 following her husband’s retirement. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed fishing, swimming, gardening, crafting, and hobby woodworking. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Chester Lee McWhorter Jr. Other survivors include her sons Lee Danial (Athena) McWhorter and Brad David (Breana) McWhorter; and 3 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends for Patricia will be held on Monday, January 16, 11:00 AM at the Chas. E Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL., with a greeting of friends from 10:00AM until 11:00AM.
Barbara E Meyer, 93, Bushnell, FL
Barbara E. Meyer, 93, of Bushnell, FL passed away January 20, 2023 at Avante in Inverness. She was born in Kimball, NE on January 25, 1929 to the late Leonard and Gertrude (Wilberger) Lanphere. Barbara was a bookkeeper in the family appliance repair business and arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Zapata, TX. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Mike Meyer, and one grandchild. Barbara is survived by her children Mickey (Charlotte) Meyer of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, and Kathy (Moe) McHenry of Gilroy, CA; 2 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ken Miller, 84, Inverness, FL
Ken Miller of Inverness, Florida has passed away age 84. Ken was born in 1938 from 1st generation American parents. His grandparents emigrated from Germany in late 1800’s and he grew up in Harrisburg, PA. Ken was best known for his witted humor and great stories. He was a master at electrical, plumbing, tile and all kinds of DIY projects. He loved golfing with friends, boating on Lake Erie, playing pinochle, and he went to the gym 3 times a week until very recently. He was a fur trapper and fishing “outlaw” as a teen. He claimed he fished anywhere it was illegal. He enlisted in the army at age 17 and served 2 years active and 6 years reserve service. He and Jo were married in 1958 and Ken worked for the state of Pennsylvania. He learned data processing which later helped him land a job at Nationwide Insurance in 1964. It was then that Nationwide got its first (8K of memory!) computer. His experience with computers helped him get an IBM supervisor job in Memphis, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee majoring in accounting and taught himself how to write computer programs. Eventually Nationwide recognized his talent and offered him a job in the home office in Columbus, Ohio. He helped create a fire processing system that to our knowledge is still in use at Nationwide. He taught programming languages COBOL, ASSEMBLER and RPG at Columbus State. He worked for IBS in Mansfield, Ohio for a short time and then returned to Nationwide where they restored his benefits enabling him to retire to Florida with his pension at age 56 in 1994. In retirement he had part time stints as a security guard of a golf course, at Lowe’s and he and Jo volunteered at Meals on Wheels for over 5 years. Ken is survived by his wife Jo of almost 65 years, daughter Linda Selby (son-in-law Steve) of Columbus, Ohio, grandson Matthew of Los Angeles, CA, son Michael of Huntsville, Alabama and was preceded in death by son Kenny in 1980. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA. Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
M. Fransie Mittler, 97, Inverness, FL
M. Fransie Mittler, 97, of Inverness, FL passed away January 9, 2023 at Arbor Trail Health and Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Staten Island, NY on March 13, 1925 to the late Edmund and Margaret (Gillespie) Hutchins. Fransie was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Bluffton, SC. She was Lutheran by faith, and enjoyed knitting and spending time with her cats and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, William J. Mittler, and one son, Jerry Mittler. Survivors include one son, James Mittler, and her daughter in law Sherry Mittler; 2 grandchildren Renee and Terri; and 2 great grandchildren Russell and J.D. Fransie’s urn will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Jane l Mriglot, 79, Inverness FL, Florida
Jane Louise Mriglot, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away Nov 27, 2022 in Vitas Hospice of Lecanto. A native of Bethleham, Pa, she was born January 15, 1943 to the late Clarence and Dorothy (Zoller) Morrow and worked for the Bethleham School System for many years in food service. Survived by: Her husband, Charles; 2 children: Ricky (Diane) Mriglot of W. Brookfield, MA; Karen (Alan) Harper, Inverness; 2 grandchildren: Matthew and Alyssa. Cremation arrangements are private under the care of Chas. E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
John Aloysius Muller, 51, Inverness, FL
John Aloysius Muller, 51 years, of Inverness, passed away November 9, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in Tampa, FL, September 9, 1971 to the late Daniel J. Muller and Alma Gerald. John was raised in Inverness and attended, was educated and graduated from the Citrus County School District. He worked in the landscaping field, planting, gardening and irrigation. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His love for plants and gardening didn’t stop at work, he continued gardening and planting at home. He was predeceased by his parents; Daniel J. and Alma Muller. Left to cherish his memory are his sister Tammy Muller Posey of Inverness, also survived by nieces, and nephews. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Inverness.
Martha L Murray, 97, Lecanto, FL
Martha Louise Murray, 97 of Lecanto, passed away November 21, 2022 at the Reserve at Citrus, in Lecanto. Martha was born in Stapleton, Georgia on October 2, 1925 to the late Seth and Lula (Thompson) Irby. She came to Citrus County in 1981 from Miami, Florida. Martha was a bank bookkeeper, a member of the Inverness First Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Women’s Group and the Red Hatters. She was preceded in death by her husband 0f 42 years, Albert Murray. Memorial services for Martha will be offered on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Martha’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with her husband.
Janet L Norton, 72, Inverness, FL
Janet Lea Norton, 72 of Inverness, FL, passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2022 at her home under the loving care of her family. Janet was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 18, 1950 to the late Jefferson H. and Rosalea (Webster) Cox. She came to Citrus County 30 years ago from Orlando, FL. Janet enjoyed a long and fulfilling career with the Citrus County School board and finally retired in the position of Compliance Facilitator to spend time with her family. She was a member of the CornerStone Baptist Church in Inverness. Christmas was Janet’s favorite time of year. She loved watching Christmas movies and decorating her home. An avid coffee drinker and scrapbooker. Janet also enjoyed board games, cards and playing with her grandson, Brogan, especially when it came to his baseball games. Janet had a heart for all animals especially her cat. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, of 44 years, Lewis (Skip) Norton; her son Brett L. Norton and wife Kerry, of Inverness and her grandson, Brogan; her two sisters: Cam Campbell of Inverness, Cindy Berry and her husband Ken Berry of Jupiter Beach FL. Also, she was a cherished Aunt to Christine Blasband as well as Christine’s husband Drew, her 3 grandnieces and her nephew, Rob Berry. Janet made a personal investment into every life she cared about and the impact of her loss has been felt deeply by all who loved her. Following cremation, Janet will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. FL. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Precious Paws of Lecanto.
Mary K O'Hanlon, 74, Inverness, FL
Mary Kay O’Hanlon, 74, of Inverness, passed away on January 13, 2023 under the loving care of her daughter and Vitas at Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. Mary Kay was born on May 14, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late Edward T. and Evelyn (Reichow) Wall. She came to Citrus County in 1977 from Clearwater and worked for Brannen Banks as an administrative assistant. Most recently she was employed at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church as their beloved secretary. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Deborah Kay O’Hanlon of Inverness; her son-in-law, Bruce Pixley; five grandchildren: Bryce Pixley, Karli Pixley, Christopher Bradberry, Melanie Gray, and Teresa O'Hanlon; step-children: Elizabeth Jennings and Jack S. O’Hanlon. She also leaves her precious Yorkie, Heaven 2 Betsy. Mary Kay also had a very special neighbor, Tonja, who helped care for her. In addition to her parents Mary Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Jack on March 7, 2007. Following cremation, Mary Kay will be interred with her husband at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Barbara J Oram, 85, Beverly Hills, FL
Barbara Joan Oram, age 85, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away peacefully on January 16 at Vitas Hospice Home. She was surrounded by her loving family as the warmth of the afternoon sun met her beautiful face and her loving spirit met the Son of God. She was the beloved wife of William Oram for over 64 years. Barbara was born in Melrose, MA in 1937 to Louis and Helen (Kozlowski) Colucci. She graduated from Wakefield High School in 1955 and went on to study at Mary Brooks School in Boston where she completed the two-year Doctor’s Assistant course. After completion, she worked in the pathology department at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital for several years. She met her devoted husband in 1957, and they lovingly married in 1958. Together they raised 6 children, and later she became the office manager at Advance Electric, the company her husband founded. In addition to the love of her life, William, she is survived by her 5 children, Lynne Farrell, James Oram and wife Michele, Lisa Azoulay, Kelly Powers, and Bill Oram and wife Amy, 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren with 3 more due this year. She is also survived by her brother Louis (Joey) Colucci of VA. She was predeceased by her son, Michael Oram and sister, Virginia Stevens. The simple pleasures of life are what Barbara cherished the most. She loved the sunshine, time spent with loved ones, and breakfast at Jimmy T.’s Deli with the friends who became extended family. She was blessed to travel the world with her husband, and they enjoyed many cruises together. Everyone who met Barbara loved her gentle soul, charitable heart, and joyful laughter. Visitation will be held at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, FL on Sunday, January 22, from 2-4pm. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills, FL on Monday, January, 23 at 11am. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield, MA. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of the wonderful staff at Vitas, donations are graciously appreciated. They can be made out to Vitas Community Connections Program 78., 3350 W. Audubon Park Path Lecanto, FL 34461. Please attach a memo in memory of Barbara Oram.
Therese M Orr, 83, Inverness, FL
Therese Marie Orr, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away January 6, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Normandy, France on December 30, 1939, and witnessed D Day. Therese was a registered nurse, and arrived in this area in 1981, coming from California. She was Roman Catholic by faith, and enjoyed playing Bingo, taking pictures, and cooking. Therese was a volunteer for veterans and the honor guard. She was preceded in death by one son, Ronald W. Orr. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years Maurice J. Fortin. Other survivors include her children Kevin J. Orr, and Francine N. Dale, both of Inverness; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 12:00 Noon at VFW Post #4337, Inverness. Therese’s urn will be laid to rest with services at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on Monday, January 30, 11:00 AM. All are requested to meet at the cemetery. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Joseph Panzino, 63, Inverness, FL
Joseph Salvatore Panzino, 63, of Inverness, FL passed away the morning of January 6, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on November 4, 1959 to the late Salvatore and Margaret (Snyder) Panzino. Joseph was a chemical operator and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He arrived in the area this year, coming from South Carolina. Joseph was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed hunting, camping, and listening to music. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Lisa Panzino. Other survivors include his daughter Allyson Panzino and son Sean Robertson, both of SC; brother James, sister-in-law Colleen, 3 loving nephews, and 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Carl L Parris, Jr., 85, Inverness, FL
Carl Lee Parris, Jr., of Inverness passed away January 7, 2023, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Carl was born on January 11, 1937 in Double Springs, Alabama to the late Carl Lee Parris, Sr. and Jimmie Lucille (Bartlett) Parris. As a teenager Carl worked for the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando Florida, and eventually went on to own and operate the optical center at the Naval Training Center in Orlando. Although the optical center was a very good opportunity for him, Carl’s real passion was automobiles, and he soon opened a used car business (sunny side motors) in Orlando with his father. Carl’s love for cars allowed him numerous opportunities throughout his life and he finally retired from Nick Nicholas Ford after several years as both a salesman and Manager. Carl’s love for God and his family was never ending and he showed it every chance he got. Those that knew him knew his kind heart and how much pride he took in helping people, including those he had newly befriended. Carl loved country music, the beach and fishing, those times fishing will be fondly remembered by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren for years to come. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Alice Parris, his children: Susan Parris of Inverness, Steven Parris of Ormond Beach, Fl, and Lisa Gormsen and husband Gary of Inverness; his 5 grandchildren: Shannon, Kyle, Sierra, Corey, and Benjamin; and 6 great grandchildren: Aniyah, Kaleb, Kalyn, Jayla, Kyler, and Kaden. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy Reeves, Darrel Parris, and Charlotte Broxton. A celebration of Life Service for Carl will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 3:00 PM from the First Baptist Church of Inverness with Doctor Byron Brown officiating. Following the service, Carl will be laid to rest at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 2:00 PM until service time. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Reid J Partin, 76, Floral City, FL
Reid J. Partin, age 76, Floral City, FL passed away suddenly at home on December 28, 2022. Mr Partin was born in Chenoa, KY on November 14, 1946 to the late Martin and Bessie Partin and moved to Florida from Indiana in 1996. He retired from the Ford Motor plant in Chicago Heights, as an equipment operator. He was employed by Ford for 33 years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Darlene (Earheart) Partin; 5 children: Reid Ewell Partin, Martin Lee Partin, Dana and Kristen Partin, and Renee’ Schott, all of Indiana; 1 brother, Marvin Partin of Indiana; 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Nix, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. Family and friends will speak of their memories of Reid. Cremation will follow the services.
Mary J Pattison, 85, Inverness, FL
Mary Jane Pattison, 85 of Inverness passed away December 4, 2022 at her home under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Mary was born in West Haven, CT, on March 6, 1937 to the late Ernest and Helen (Kerr) Wheeler. She came to Citrus County in 1998 from Cheshire, CT and was Catholic by faith and worked as a secretary in the construction business. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years, Edward H. Pattison; her children: Richard Pattison, David Pattison, John Pattison, Tim Pattison, Michael Pattison and Deborah Rice; 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Gary Pattison and Edward Pattison. Private cremations are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Robert R Pearson, 91, Ocala, FL
Robert R. Pearson, 92, formerly of Hernando, FL, passed away January 9, 2023 at Canterfield of Ocala. Robert was born on July 14, 1931 in South Kingston, Rhode Island to the late John Severt Pearson and Marjorie (Williams) Pearson. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Robert was a self employed fuel oil distributor for 30 years. During that time he served on the Richmond Town Council for 10 years and was a member of the Chariho Lions and JC’s. He came to Citrus County over 30 years ago and attended the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto and was a member of the Citrus Hills Golf Club. He leaves behind his daughters: Karen Pearson of Wells, ME, Cheryl Matthews of Vernon, VT, Robin Rizzo of Pound Ridge, NY and Linda Tanner of Oak Harbor, WA; sister, Sonja Kenyon of Charlestown, RI; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Lois. Following cremation Robert’s urn will be interred at the White Brook Cemetery in Carolina, RI. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Ronald F Peddle, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
Ronald Frank Peddle, age 64, Citrus Springs, FL passed away December 9, 2022 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. Graveside services with military honors scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 10th at 2:30 PM from Florida National Cemetery with VFW Post 4864 officiating. Friends may meet at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 So. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL at 1:30 PM to follow the procession to the cemetery.
Daniel K Perry, 34, Inverness, FL
Daniel Kyle Perry, age 34, Inverness, FL passed away December 3, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Kyle was born in Inverness, Florida on June 19, 1988 to James Allison Perry and Rose Catucci Perry. He attended Citrus County Schools and graduated High School at Inverness Christian Academy. Kyle worked in the family business, EntryPoint by Perry’s in The Villages as a salesman and an installer. Kyle was our “Cub”. He had a Heart of Gold, one of a kind, with a sense of humor. Kyle was patriotic, kind, compassionate, and loyal. He loved his family, a proud husband, father, son, brother, nephew, and friend. Kyle was able to save 3 lives by donating his organs. Even in death he gave all he had left to give. This world is worse for losing him, but we are all better for knowing him. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Daria “Dasha” Sergeyevna Fediuchek and their 18 month old son, Jaxson Tyler Perry; his mother and father, James and Rose Perry and his two brothers, James Edward Jones, Jr. and wife Kimberly of Oxford, FL and Mark Anthony Jones and wife, Dana, of Inverness, FL. Nieces and Nephews: JD Demarsh, Colby Demarsh, Giana Jones, Rory Jones. Aunts and Uncles: Connie Nobles, Robert Perry (Katie), Carmela Bonura (Michael), Carlo Catucci: and many cousins. He had many other family members in the area. Services were conducted on Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 PM at the Cornerstone Baptist Church with pastors James Jones and Chuck Fernandez, officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness was entrusted with funeral arrangements.
William B Persky, Jr., 86, Inverness, FL
William B. Persky, Jr., 86 of Inverness, FL passed away November 19, 2022 at Brandley House in Summerfield, FL. He was born in West Palm Beach, FL on September 20, 1936 to the late William B. and Dettie (Spears) Persky, Sr. William was a PDS Administrator for the FAA and arrived in this area in 2019, coming from Spring Hill, FL. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. William enjoyed fishing and loved working on electronics. He is survived by his children James R. Persky of Inverness, Timothy H. Persky (Joye) of Vero Beach, FL, and Deborah Whitaker of Inverness; brothers Joseph and Arthur Persky; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Graveside services for William will be conducted on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM from the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Anthony B Rice, 88, Hernando, FL
Anthony Bernard Rice, age 88, Hernando, FL passed away January 27, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. Mr Rice was born in Hartford, CT to the late Bernard and Mary (Molloy) Rice on October 11, 1934 and came to Citrus County 2 years ago from Avon, CT. He was employed in the electronics industry as a plant manager. He served our country in the U.S. Army and was of the Catholic Faith. His memory will be cherished by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine (Godin) Rice; 2 children: Gregory Rice and his wife Debra of Hernando, FL and Doreen Rice, Topeka, Kansas; 4 grandchildren: Brittney, John, Goeffrey, and John. He was predeceased by 5 siblings. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory entrusted with the cremation arrangements.
Donnajo M Riley, 60, Inverness, FL
Donnajo Marie Riley, 60 of Inverness, passed away January 3, 2023 at home under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Donnajo was born in Dumas, Texas on March 15, 2962. She was a senior caregiver. She came to Citrus County in 2016 from Dunnellon. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Richard J. Kerr of Inverness. Private cremation is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Sandra J Riley, 73, Floral City, FL
Sandra Joyce Riley, age 73, Floral City, FL passed away February 2, 2023 following a lengthy illness at the HPH Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Sandra was born in Springfield, VT on December 5,1949 to the late Lewis Gordon, Sr. and Irene Fontaine Gordon. Before retirement, she was a manager for Perkins Restaurant and Olive Garden Restaurant. She also had her own bakery business among other business interests. She is survived by her husband, Dennis. They had been together for 28 years; 2 children: Jamie Bacon and wife, Erin of Providence, RI and Melissa Arvin of Naples, FL; 2 step children: James Riley of Floral City and Jennifer Lewis of Michigan; 3 brothers: Lewis Gordon, Jr., Pat Gordon, and Michael Gordon; 1 sister, Jo Ann Hagland; 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematoy.
Cynthia A Robinson, 73, Crystal River, FL
Cynthia Ann Robinson, age 73, Crystal River, FL passed away December 21, 2022 under the loving care of her daughter and Vitas Hospice. Mrs Robinson was born in New Haven, CT on March 12, 1949 to the late Michael Formica and Elvira DiLeonardo Formica and moved to Citrus County from Osceola County. She was a retired hair stylist and of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Danielle Kriminger and her husband, Darrell of Crystal River; 2 grandchildren, Colin and Lauren Kriminger. Cremation arrangements are private with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Andrew J Rosko, 77, Inverness, FL
Andrew John Rosko, 77, of Inverness, FL passed away December 23, 2022 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Rahway, NJ on May 1, 1945 to the late Gabriel and Mary (Volosin) Rosko. Andrew was a nuclear engineer, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He arrived in this area in 2021, coming from Maricopa, AZ, and was Russian Orthodox by faith. Andrew enjoyed going to the casino and playing poker with friends. He was a true outdoorsman who loved animals, and enjoyed nature. Andrew is survived by his daughter Nadya Rosko Burton of Inverness; brother Gabriel Rosko; sister Mari Hoyt; and 6 grandchildren: Gabriel Blume, Michael Burton III (Mikey), Preston Burton, Liam Burton, Asher Burton and Byanka Burton. He was preceded in death by his sister Olga Keane. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Lance Jr C Russ, 82, Lecanto, FL
Lance Carl “Sonny” Russ, Jr., passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on November 15, 2022. Sonny was born October 30, 1940 in Leesburg, Florida, the second oldest of 10 children. He was preceded in death by his parents Lance C. and Loretta Wabindato Russ; his brothers Johnny and James Russ; his sisters Nina Shaw and Helen Russ; his first wife and mother to his children, Marie-Therese Meda Russ; and his precious daughter, Karin Ann Russ. He will be deeply missed and always remembered in the hearts of his surviving family, which include his best friend and loving wife of 31 years, Pauline H. Russ; his son Johnny A. Russ (Mary Lea); bonus daughters Saundra Harkey-Young (David); and Shannon Harkey (Donald Billick); grandchildren Kristine Fradenburg (Chris); Lance R. Russ; Maddie Young; Eliza Young; Sydney Harkey; Conner Lockhart; Mackenzie Karin Lockhart; Olivia Lockhart; great grandchildren Lorna, Gweneth and River Fradenburg; and Jett. Brothers Richard Russ (LeeAnn); Robert W. Russ (Linda); Archie Russ; sisters Anna Marie Taylor; Ethel McMurray; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sonny retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S.Army Combat Engineers after 23 years, and his service included receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He followed his military service with 15 years at Florida Power/Progress Energy. Sonny was also a member of the Warrior Society of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Sonny cherished his family, friends, fishing and food from around the world. He was a teller of amazing tales, and those invariably involved warm beer and bravery in war; wine from small towns in France and racing cars in Europe. He simply adored all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most of his stories ended with, “And I laughed!” The funeral procession will depart for Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory promptly at 12:15 PM on Friday, December 2, 2022. The Service of Remembrance with full military honors will begin at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery. A reception and Celebration of Life following the cemetery service will be at The Barn at Mazak Ranch, 5271 NE U.S. 301, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in the memory of Sonny to: HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Highway, Lecanto, FL. 34461
Nancy L Russo, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
Nancy Lynn Russo, 64, Citrus Springs, FL passed away November 12, 2022 at home. Nancy was born in Oak Park, IL to George Punzio and Anita (Coppoletta) Punzio. She worked for many years for the United States Postal Service and retired as a Supervisor. She was a very active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs, serving on several committees while serving her church family. Left to cherish her memory are two children: Robert Noble Deacon, Wonder Lake, IL; Gina Marie Perkins, North Las Vegas, NV; 2 brothers: George Punzio, Wonder Lake, IL and Anthony Punzio, Park Forest, IL; 1 sister, Regina Barth, Crystal Lake, IL; 5 grandchildren: Callie Deacon, Ceri Deacon, Torin Deacon, Hunter Perkins, and Gracie Perkins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10:30 am from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu, Celebrant . A visitation and Catholic Prayer Service will be conducted Friday evening from 4-6PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. There will be an additional Mass of Christian Burial offered in Wonder Lake, IL from the Christ The King Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
Ronald K Sample, 72, Weeki Wachee, FL
Ronald Keith Sample, age 72, Weeki Wachee, FL passed away December 25, 2022 in the Northbrook Center For Rehab in Brooksville. Ron was born in Kittanning, PA on April 5, 1950 to the late Donald K. Sample and Faustine Mowery Sample and came to this area from Pennsylvania in 2010. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a Supervisor with 35 years of service and served our country in the U.S. Coast Guard for 12 years. Ron was an avid reader who loved to be on the open seas. He was passionate about star gazing, music, fishing and sports. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Denise Fuhrer Sample; 3 children: Arren S.G. Sample of St Petersburg, FL; Melina Marie Mactire of New York State; Amy Rose Fuhrer of Florida; 1 sister, Sally Anne Sample of California; 2 grandchildren: Zackary and Natasha and 2 great grandchildren. At Ron’s request, there will be no funeral service. Cremation with care is being handled by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Joan A Schiller, 91, Inverness, FL
Joan A. Schiller, 91 formerly of Inverness, passed away at the Bridgewood Center in Ormond Beach, FL. Joan was born on June 21, 1931 in Flushing, NY to the late Gustav and Bella (Grocoff) Schiller. She retired as a Sgt. First Class from the US Army after 27 years of service. During her time in the service she loved, she traveled the world on behalf of her military duty. Joan retired to Citrus County in 1991 from West Point, NY. She is survived by nieces and nephews including Leslie and Tony Catanzaro who were her caregiver for many years. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brothers and sister and best friend Betty Ann Clark. Memorial services for Joan will be conducted on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, with Fr. Mike Suszynski , officiating. Graveside committal services will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with full military honors provided by VFW Post #4337. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time.
Frederick H Schumm, 81, Inverness, FL
Frederick H. Schumm, 81 years, of Inverness passed away November 18, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born October 29, 1941, to the late Emil F. Schumm and Louise C. Brock, in Valley Stream, NY. Frederick has been a resident of Inverness for the past 36 years, previously residing in Hollywood, FL and Blakely, GA. He retired from Publix Super Market as a store manager, after a long career spanning 25 years. Caring and providing for his family was always very important to him. He enjoyed his large collection of model trains and loved dressing up as Santa Claus every year and enjoyed seeing the look on the children’s faces when they saw him. Christmas was his favorite holiday. He was predeceased by his parents Emil F. and Louise C. Schumm, his son Fred Schumm and his sister Louise Ann Julian. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 36 years, Catharine K. Bartlett, son Jimmy C. Schumm of Inverness, daughter Catherine J. Fischer of Inverness, brother Ronnie P. Schumm of Inverness, and his grandchildren Davis Schumm, Michael Schumm, Marie C. King, Eric Wilkerson and Kelly Wilkerson. Private arrangements, Cremation with Care, under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Gregory A Shaw, 69, Inverness, FL
Gregory Alan Shaw, age 69, Inverness, FL passed away December 26, 2022 in the Select Specialty Hospital located in Oxford, FL. Mr. Shaw was born in Jacksonville, FL on October 6, 1953 to Wesley H. Shaw and Gladys Morrell Shaw and came to this area in 1978 from St. Petersburg, Fl. Greg grew up in Orlando, Fl. He was the manager of Checkers Restaurant in Inverness for 17 years. Greg loved to play golf, hunt and shoot pool. As a child he was an avid baseball player. He adored his grand babies and loved when they came to see him. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Debra (Dolan) Shaw, Inverness; 2 daughters: Heather Shaw and Rebecca Williams and son-in-law Joshua Williams all of Inverness; his mother, Gladys Shaw, Inverness; 3 brothers: Glen Shaw, Tavares, FL; Grant Shaw, Eustis, FL; Gary Shaw, Howey- In-The-Hills, FL; 4 grandchildren: Ashton, Caiden, Elijah, and Lexi. He was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Shaw. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Welshans of the Covenant Church of God officiating. The family will greet friends on Friday from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Family Resource Center.
Frank J Shevitz, 70, Beverly Hills, FL
Frank Joseph Shevitz, 70, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab Center, in Lecanto, on December 5, 2022. He was born on July 9, 1952, in New Castle, PA, to the late Andy and Mary Ellen (Kirkwood) Shevitz. Joe was a mechanic in the trucking industry. He married the love of his life, Kathryn Kelso on November 4, 1972, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They went on to have four children. Joe and Kathryn moved to Citrus County in 1999 coming from New Castle, PA. He was a Christian by faith and attended Hills Church in Beverly Hills, FL. Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his loving wife, Kathryn Shevitz; his children: William A. Shevitz of Beverly Hills, Rebecca Baird (Dr. Micah) of Akron, OH, Kelly I. Shevitz of Outer Banks, NC; brother, Andrew Shevitz; sister, Mary M. Ryan; and 6 grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Shawn P. Shevitz. Cremation with care arrangements is provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Kathy L Simpkins, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
Kathy Lynne Simpkins, age 64, Citrus Springs, FL passed away suddenly at home on December 30, 2022. Kathy was born in Campbellsville, KY on March 1, 1958 to the late Joseph W. Dile and Margaret I. Fawcett Dile and came to Citrus County from West Palm Beach. She was a server in the restaurant business for several years. Her memory will be cherished by two children, Jaylon Simpkins and wife Leah Thomas of Citrus Springs; Jennifer Osorio and husband Danny of Citrus Springs; 3 grandchildren: Kylee, Isabel, and Marlee. She was predeceased by her brother, Douglas Montgomery and her sister, Myra Jo Garner. Additionally, she will be missed by her “fur baby”, Riley, and “grand fur baby” Denver. The family will gather to remember Kathy with a Celebration of Life Service. That is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Kathy’s family and friends will lead the services. Following services and as per her wish, she will be cremated. Friends may visit with family and friends on the day of service from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.
James L St. Clair, 76, Inverness, FL
James “Jim” Lawson St. Clair, 76, died peacefully on January 15, 2023, following a lengthy illness. He was predeceased by parents Dewey “Red” and Madeline St. Clair, and brother-in-law William Bills, all of Tampa. Jim is survived by several family members in Inverness: daughter Jamie (Tyler, Ashten, and Madison); son James “Jimbo” (Jackson); brother Rick and wife, Mary, with Katie (Greg, with Madeline, Hannah, and Charlotte), Megan (Colin, with Camryn and Chloe), and Bradley (Whitney, with Wesley and Waylon). He is also survived by sister Vickie St. Clair Bills, and her two sons, Kevin Esposito (Emily, with Evan and Evie) of Louisville, KY, and Jeremy Scott Bills of Tampa. Jim was athletic, excelling at baseball, he was rewarded for his baseball skills with a scholarship to Wingate College. As an adult, Jim was an avid bowler, golfer, and an active member of Inverness Little League. After graduating, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Two Overseas Service Bars. Upon his return, he worked at UPS before moving to Inverness as the manager of a small oil distributorship (Union 76 franchise). He also married Sue Travis and later had Jamie and James. Jim and Sue both supported their school activities, especially swimming, where he founded the St.Clair Swim Award for CHS high school swimmers. At Jim’s request, there are not services scheduled. Cremation is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.
Patricia D Streicher, 90, Hernando, FL
Patricia Davis Streicher, 90, of Hernando, FL passed away January 28, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Terre Haute, IN on July 6, 1932 to the late Herbert and Thelma F. (Wallace) Davis. Patricia was a Registered Nurse and arrived in the Inverness and Hernando area in 1984, coming from Miami, FL. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed playing cards, cooking, and interacting with family and friends. She did not hesitate to tap into her inner adventurous spirit whether it was foreign travel, Alaska and Hawaiian cruises; jet skiing, zip lining, hot air ballooning, or glider flying. She loved to dance. She is preceded in death by her husband Lee Streicher, children Stephen Miller, David Streicher, Scott Streicher, and Lisa Streicher and step granddaughter Christina. Survivors include her son Michael (Pamela) Miller of Boise, Idaho, stepdaughter Tara Couture (Glen) of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and stepdaughter in law Joy Streicher of Lecanto Florida; 3 grandchildren (Christopher, Kathryn, Stephanie) one step grandson (Roy), and several great grandchildren. In June 1951, Patricia (Pat to her friends) graduated Palm Beach High School, West Palm Beach, FL. She and her mother Thelma moved to Florida from Indiana in 1948 when Pat contracted Rheumatic Fever as a teenager. Pat was a model as an older teenager and young adult. In February 1953 she married John J. Miller of Font du Lac, WI and gave birth to two sons Michael (January 1954) and Stephen May 1959). She longed to be a nurse and started as a Physician’s receptionist in Miami, FL. She went on to study nursing becoming an LPN and later an RN. Remarkably, those accomplishments were attained while raising her two children and four stepchildren. Pat graduated from Miami-Dade Junior College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1981. She was an RN at the largest Hospital at the time in Miami before moving to Inverness and joining the nursing team at Citrus Memorial Hospital in 1984 rising to the level of Supervisor. Pat devoted 13 years at Citrus Memorial before retiring in 1997. In retirement she continued her devotion to those in need by volunteering at Hospice and administering vaccinations at Brashear’s Pharmacy in Lecanto. Additionally, she gave of her time as a volunteer at Citrus County polling locations during local, state, and national elections. One of Pat’s proudest achievements was being a Charter Member of the Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club serving in various positions within the club, supporting Citrus County businesses or organizations related to brain injury or diseases. Recently she was honored for 25 years of Pilot service. As a Gulf to Lakes Pilot and Board Member, she could be found prior to each Christmas involved in the “Parade of Trees” the signature fundraising event that the Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club held selling decorated Christmas Trees to Citrus County companies, entities, and individuals with proceeds going to various organizations in need. She loved what this club accomplished for her community and the lifelong friends she made. She helped organize and participated in an annual “Hardee Party” in her neighborhood, a gathering of neighbors and friends as reported with photo in the Citrus Chronicle in May 2020. Mom/Pat/Nana will be sorely missed by her family and friends yet wrapped in the arms of her loving mother and family. We are so honored to have had the miraculous privilege of being part of this wonderful woman’s life. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Monday, February 13, from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Patricia will be laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute IN at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Vitas Hospice of Lecanto, FL.
Doris E Tarbell, 94, Spring Hill, FL
Doris A. Tarbell, 94, of Spring Hill, FL passed away January 5, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hartford, CT on November 27, 1928 to the late Frederick and Amelia (Burke) Tierney. A longtime resident of Connecticut Doris graduated from the academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, CT. When her first child began high school she returned to school at Eastern State University where she earned her B.A. and teaching certificate. She went on to earn her M.A. at UCONN. Doris married Robert Schefisch, they had three children: Colin, Susan and Sherry. After the death of her first husband in 1985, she met and married Gardner Tarbell in 1988. She taught for 30+ years at Gilead Hill Elementary School. She taught kindergarten, fourth and sixth grade as well as the gifted and talented program before retiring and moving to FL in 1990. Once in Florida, Doris and Gardner traveled the USA, twice! It had long been her dream. She was an accomplished artist and crafts person with multiple one woman shows. She was also the president of the Manchester Fine Arts Association for multiple years. She loved doll making, miniature doll house building, painting, ceramics, and any type of craft you care to name. She was a member of the Share Radio Club, a recipient of the CT Teacher of the year, an honor she shared with colleague. Doris was, and is a huge presence, and will long be remembered for her kindness, generosity and uncompromising support for those she loved. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is predeceased by her first husband, Robert Schefisch, second husband, Gardner Tarbell, as well as step children: Sonny, Bill, Sally, Nancy, and Michael; brother, Martin Tierney and sister, Katherine Chinkers. She is survived by her son Collin Tierney, daughter, Susan Capehart, son-in-law Robert Capehart, daughter, Sheryl Green and grandchildren: Ian Spencer, Gabrielle Tierney and great granddaughter, Laurel Spencer. Step-children: Carol, Judy, Gardner Tarbell Jr., Robin Thelieg and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Donations in Doris’ name to the National Kidney Foundation at kidney.org, would be gratefully accepted
Imagene Tenniswood, 76, Inverness, FL
Imagene Tenniswood, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully on December 25, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, surrounded by her family. She was born in Adrian, MI on June 18, 1946 to the late William B. and Nellie Mae (Walker) Ricker. Imagene was a care giver for preschool child care and arrived in this area in 2015, coming from Adrian, MI. She attended Assembly of God Church in Adrian, and enjoyed visiting Disneyland, traveling, and loved her puppies. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Leon Tenniswood. Other survivors include her children Mark Tenniswood of Tipton, MI, Brian Tenniswood of Adrian, MI, Howard (Nikki) Tenniswood of Toledo, OH, Shellie Whitaker (Ron) of Seneca, MI, and Patricia (Troy) Raymond of Adrian, MI; brothers Vernon and Billie Ricker; and sister Freda Farmer; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Christine Matthes. Imagene’s urn will be laid to rest by her family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Joseph P Thompson, 79, Inverness, FL
Joseph Patrick Thompson, 79, Inverness, FL passed away at home on December 11, 2022 under the loving care of his family. Joseph was born in Staten Island, NY on August 11, 1943 to the late Joseph P. Thompson and Sarah Larneard Thompson. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was a Maintenance Supervisor for various nursing homes and commercial buildings until he retired. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Kathryn Igo Thompson; 6 children: Joseph Cender of Alabama, Laura Luisetti of South Carolina, Patricia Jablonski of New Jersey, Dena Matlalcuatzi of Alabama, Marcia May of South Carolina, and Melanie Stoffan of Pasco County, FL. He also leaves a sister, Linda Levato of Inverness; 18 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. At Joseph’s request, there will be no local services. His urn will be laid to rest in Graceland Cemetery East in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Cremation with care was arranged with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Mary A Varda, 85, Inverness, FL
Mary Anne Varda, 85, of Inverness passed away at home on January 1, 2023 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Mary was born in Lacoochee, Florida on November 18, 1937 to the late James Lee and Marguerite (Snider) Hilton. She was an accountant for the Florida Division of Blind Services. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Franklin Lewis Weeks, Jimmy Lee Weeks, Deborah Lynn Griffin, Lisa Anne Quinn, Robin Marie Campbell and Susanna Maria Lara. Also surviving are her brother, James Lee Hilton and sisters: Patricia Larok and Melinda Kennard, and her 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucien A. Varda, Jr, her daughter, Elizabeth Anne LaBar and sisters: Susan and Virginia. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 1:00 P.M., at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ms. Mary Varda’s name to: The Citrus County Animal Services, 4030 S Airport Rd, Inverness, FL 34450 Private entombment for Mary will be at the Fort Myers Memorial Park in Ft. Myers, FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.
Ruth M Weaver, 86, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Ruth Marie Weaver, age 86, Lake Panasoffkee, Fl passed away January 5, 2023 in Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs. Weaver was born in Manheim, WV to the late Elmer and Nellie (Wiles) Loughry. She was a homemaker and the wife of the late Jerry Weaver who passed away June 9, 2021. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Steven Weaver and wife Katherina of Coleman, FL; Michael Weaver and wife Jeannine of Wildwood,FL; Amy Sheen and husband David of Lake Panasoffkee; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life for Mrs. Weaver on Thursday, January 12th at 11:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Sidney Brock officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time.
Henry J Wesmer, 83, Inverness, FL
Henry James Wesmer, 83, Inverness, FL passed away December 17, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Henry was born in Saginaw, MI on May 14, 1939 to the late Henry Wesmer, Sr. and Francella Fuller Wesmer, he came to this area 12 years ago from there. He retired from the maintenance department of the Second National Bank of Saginaw, MI where he was employed for many years. He also served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Penny Forbes Wesmer; 2 children: Todd James Wesmer of Freeland, MI and Holly Jo Wesmer of St. Petersburg, FL; 2 grandchildren: Ryan James Wesmer and his wife, Stephanie and Misty Wesmer. In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated and scattered over Saginaw Bay. Cremation with care was under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Nancy J Wessel, 82, Inverness, FL
Nancy J. Wessel, age 82, Inverness, FL passed away December 23, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Wessel was born in Easton, PA on July 2, 1940 to the late Frank Smith and Arlene Mumbower Smith, she came here in 1990 from Mt. Clemens, MI. She was a retired home health nurse and was employed by the Marion Community Health Service. Later, she worked with the Senior’s Home Companion Agency. She was a 32 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness and the United Women of Faith Sunshine Circle. She sang in the choir and was a faithful member of the church’s intercessory prayer group, the pastor’s bible study group, and the disciples Sunday school class. In earlier years, she served on the Habitat For Humanity Board. Ms. Wessel had no children and had out lived other family members. A Celebration of Life is scheduled from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Friday, January 6, 2023, at 11:00AM, with The Rev. Mike Kramer pastor of the Inverness First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City.
Virginia "Ginger" L West, 76, Inverness, FL
Virginia L. “Ginger” West, age 76, Inverness, FL passed away December 18, 2022 at her daughter’s residence with family at her side. “Ginger” was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 10, 1946 to the late Norris Merlin Wellman and Elinor Louise (Campbell) Wellman and moved to this area in 1976 from Lakeland with her late husband, John F. West who passed away June 12, 2001. She and John owned and operated the Badcock Furniture Store in Inverness. Ginger was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Family Resource Center, a community based agency who literally helps thousands of children and their families who are having difficulties in their lives. She received recognition for that service from the Citrus Co. Chamber of Commerce, Citrus Co. Chronicle newspaper, and many other organizations for her many years of serving our community. Additionally, she and her husband were foster parents for over 30 years, had hundreds of children in their home, and were founders of the Citrus County Foster Parent Association. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church. Left to cherish her memory are five children: Michelle Cleary, Hernando, FL; Nikki Canary, Inverness, FL; John F. West, Jr. and wife, Sheeba, Lake Mary, FL; Robert West and wife, Penelope, Corpus Christie, TX; R.J. Fontana and wife, Jordan, Ocala, FL; 1 sister, Linda Garlitz, Nokomis, FL; 13 grandchildren: Brittany, Channing, Christopher, Morgan, Jared, Ryan, Philip, Sungeetha, Maverick, Legend, Rocket, Carson, and Carlee; 3 great grandchildren: Kendra, Luke, and Jason. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled on Monday, January 2, 2023 at 2:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with pastors Kip Younger, Mike Kramer, and Darrell Reneau officiating. Her urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery beside her husband, John at a later date. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1:00 PM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Family Resource Center in Ginger’s memory. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Dana C Williams, 76, Floral City, FL
Dana C. Williams, 76, beloved wife, grammy, and sister died Nov. 9, 2022. She is survived by her sisters, Brenda and Susan, her children, Amanda, Lori, and Erle (Tom) and grandchildren, Tommy, Garrett, Connor, Owen, Emma, Zachary, and Rhys. Dana was born in Savannah, GA but was a adopted resident of Florida for 53 years. She worked at Raymond James Associates for over 25 years, building many long lasting friendships along the way, both at work and her church. She took time to embrace life, spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, always being present for special moments, countless trips to Walt Disney World, and trips abroad. She will also be remembered for her amazing cornbread stuffing (yes, we fought over it), pound cake, and warm hugs! Her greatest achievement and adventure was creating an amazing lifetime of memories with her loving family. She will be missed but will live on in our hearts. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 PM at the New Testament Baptist Church, 9850 So. Park Avenue, Floral City, FL 34436 with Pastor Ledford Hodges officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness entrusted with arrangements.
Jon D Young, 54, Floral City, FL
Jon Darel Young, age 54, Floral City passed away December 12, 2022 in the James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, FL, following a lengthy illness. Jon was born in St. Petersburg, FL on January 3, 1968 to Darel and Nancy (King) Young. He attended Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg and studied liberal education at Pasco-Hernando Community College. While residing in Albuquerque, NM, he studied computer science. He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was Medically Retired after serving in Desert Storm. He was the former owner and operator of Jon Young Sharpening. Jon served many years in the Boy Scouts of America, starting in Cub Scouts and moving into Boy Scouts. He earned Life rank and said he was Life for Life. When he retired from the Marine Corps his Scoutmaster had him come to see the boys of Troop 378 of Lealman, FL, and was shanghaied, his word, into taking the role of Scoutmaster. Wherever Jon was, he looked to scouts, that was home, even when he was in the Marine Corps he looked for units he could help with. He started Troop 7122 in Floral City in 2015 and served as the Scoutmaster ever since. The Marine Corps and Boy Scouts were his love and passion. Left to cherish his memory is his best friend, sparing partner, and wife of 31 years, Gwyn (Privetts) Young; his two sons, Rhys L. Young and his fiancée Skye-Lynn Wernicke, both of Jacksonville; Logan R. Young, Floral City; 1 brother, Adam T. Young and his wife Tonya of Ringgold, GA; his father, Darel Young and wife Patricia of Auburndale, FL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy King Shugars. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Tuesday December 20, 2022 at 12:00 Noon Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery.