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Zyriella Anderson

Zyriella L Anderson, 3, Plant City, FL
Zyriella London Anderson, age 3 of Plant City, FL received her angel’s wings on June 28, 2024 at the Joe D’Maggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL. She was born September 28, 2020 in Ft Pierce, FL; In addition to her mother, she is survived by her grandmothers; Josephine Lockridge of Lacoochee, Florida and Ashley Erickson of Stuart, Florida ; great grandmothers: Catherine Franklin of Webster, Florida, Susan Erickson of Stuart, Florida, and Dorothy Anderson of Mershon, Georgia; great-grand father: Theadore Williams of Buffalo, New-York; aunts:Jaylah Lockriddge (Bobby) of Fort Pierce, Florida; Ja’Kiria Anderson of Fort Pierce, Florida; Janae Lockridge, Mariah Wise (Brandon), Taleah Jackson, and Deja Jackson of Fort Pierce, Florida; Jakayla Franklin, Josephine Lockridge, and Justice Lockridge of Webster, Florida; Imani Lockridge of Tampa, Florida;Ariana Anderson, Germarisa Anderson of Stuart, Florida; Latavia Anderson and Noami Anderson of Riverdale, Georgia; uncles:Jovon Lockridge, Jamar Lockridge, Austin Erickson, Donavyn Jackson, Deaven Jackson, Travis Jackson, Tobias Jackson, Jacoby Jackson, and Jackson Jackson of Fort Pierce, Florida; great aunts: Valarie Lockridge of Tampa, Florida;Yalonda Lockridge of Dade City, Florida; Marilyn Lockridge of Zephyrhills, Florida; Angie Erickson of Stuart, Florida;Lesha Westberry (Joey) of Citrus, Florida; Kendra Williams (Nathan) of Jupiter, Florida; Tara Morgan-McFarlane (Natalie) of West Palm Beach, Florida; Lanetta Lockridge of Kansas City, Missouri; great uncles:Joe Lockridge of Kansas City, Kansas; Byron Williams of West Palm Beach, Florida; cousins:Teejay Lockridge of Tampa, Florida; Diamond Gant of Dade City, Florida; Amir Weldon and Elijah Weldon of Dade City, Florida; Joseph Lockridge of Dade City, Florida; Alexander, Leilani and Aiden Williams of Tampa, Florida; Zy’Aire Johnson of Fort Pierce, Florida; .Carter and Lacy Wise of Fort Pierce, Florida; Journi Jackson of Fort Pierce, Florida; Breize and Kamani Haugabook of Fort Pierce, Florida; Niara and Nacerean Bishop of West Palm Beach, Florida; Shantorria and Nakoda Bishop of West Palm Beach, Florida; Xeriah Williams of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Joseph, Mayra, Cerena, Jayden, Josiyah, Kayla, Cierra, Jaysan, Kaleena, and Saraphina Westberry of Fort Pierce, Florida, and a host of extended family and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Calvary Church, 2728 E. Harley Street, Inverness, FL. The Rev Dr Doug Alexander will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hernando Community Cemetery, Hernando, FL. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.


Thomas Arduengo

Thomas Arduengo, 83, Inverness, Florida
Thomas D. Arduengo, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away Thursday, July 11, 2024. Tom worked for the Tampa Tribune for 35 years before retiring. After retiring, Tom and Norma enjoyed a few years traveling the country. He was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #6391 (4th Degree). Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Norma. He is survived by their daughter Barbara Arduengo-Champion (Kirk), two granddaughters Taylor Champion-Jaques (Brandon) and Sydney Champion (Malren), and two great-grandsons Maddox Jaques and Aidon Jaques. Calling hours will be held on Monday July 15, 2024 from 4pm until 6pm at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus Council #6391 will offer their service at 5pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10am on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Mike Suszynski, celebrant. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Bonnie Armeros

Bonnie Armeros, 81, Citrus Springs, Florida
Bonnie Jean Armeros, of Citrus Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Inverness at HCA Citrus Hospital. She was 81. Bonnie was born in Flint, MI to Fred and Mary (Schafer) Schneider. She was an owner and operator of Armer Protection for 25 years. Bonnie met and married Steve Armeros when their children were young, and have been married 41 years. They moved down to Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach from Hemlock, MI in 1984, then moved and made a final home together in Citrus County fifteen years ago. Bonnie was a member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. Some of her hobbies were diving in the Bahamas and boating. She was an artist, specializing in charcoal drawings of faces. Bonnie will be missed as much as she was loved. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Steve Armeros of Citrus Springs; her sons Chad Shields and Wade Shields, John Armeros and George Armeros; her daughter Mary Ann Louchert; her brother Ron Schneider (Denise); and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services for Bonnie will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 11:00am at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Stephanie Arnette

Stephanie M Arnette, 43, Inverness, FL
Stephanie Marie Arnette, 43, of Inverness, FL passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Crystal City, MO on January 30, 1981 to Paul and Terry Arnette. Stephanie was a Certified Nurse’s Aide, and arrived in this area 35 years ago, coming from Missouri. She was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed crafting, going to the beach, boating, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Stephanie is survived by her loving husband Robert Laubenheimer of Inverness; sons Chance and Austin Surgener; brother Jerry Arnette; step-son Cody Laubenheimer; step-daughter Erika Laubenheimer; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and aunts. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Susan Bailey

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


James Beckwith

James F Beckwith, 56, Inverness, FL
Mr. James Francis Beckwith, age 56, Inverness, FL passed away June 8, 2024 resulting from an automobile accident. Mr. Beckwith was born in Winfield, IL on December 11, 1967 to George H. and Yolanda (Dizzono) Beckwith. He was a longtime resident of Citrus County and graduated from Citrus High School in 1986. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years. He currently was employed with the Bright Speed Telephone Company as an Engineer Operations Technician. He had over 32 years of experience in the Telecommunications field, both in the military and commercial communication systems. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, fishing, and taking care of his pets. He had a very kind heart and had a positive and carefree outlook on life. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved him. “His life was a blessing and his memory a treasure.” Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Patricia Beckwith of Inverness; 1 son, Frank Beckwith of Inverness; 3 daughters, Erica Beckwith of Inverness, Valerie Nagri of Orlando, and Michelle Nagri of Gainesville, FL; 1 grandchild, Addison; his mother, Yolanda Beckwith of Floral City; One brother, George Beckwith and sister-in-law Angie Beckwith of Cumming, GA; 3 nieces: Sarah Diaddigo of New York City, Abigail and Hannah Beckwith, both of Cumming, GA. He was preceded in death by his father. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 22nd at 3:30 pm. That service will be at the Hernando Seventh Day Adventist Church (1880 N Trucks Ave., Hernando, FL 34442) with Pastor Wayne Gosling officiating. Military Honors are expected at the beginning of the ceremony. His urn will be placed in the Florida National Cemetery located in Bushnell. Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to support housing for Veterans or to the ASPCA to rescue animals.


James Bockskopf

James Bockskopf, 64, Inverness, Florida
• James Jay Bockskopf, of Inverness, passed away suddenly at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Thursday, June 20, 2024. He was 64. Jim was born in St. Louis, MO to Joseph and Donna (Wheeler) Bockskopf, and as soon as he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and decided to make it a career move. He was vastly educated thru the military and became an engineer. Even when he retired after almost 25 years of service, he was hired on a civilian contractor to work on submarines. Jim loved working on his motorcycle, fishing, and spending time with his friends and family. Jim’s brother Joseph Bockskopf, Jr. preceded him in death in 2017. Those left to cherish his memory are his parents Joseph and Donna Bockskopf of Inverness; his daughter Adrienne Huff of Elk Grove, CA; his son Jimmy Husman of Chandler Arizona; his brother Daniel Bockskopf of St. Louis, MO; his sisters Denise Capkovic from High Ridge MO and Joyce Bridgmon, of Imperial MO; and three grand children Ariana, Alexia and Sophia. Jim has extended family that will also miss his presence deeply. He will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family will hold a celebration of life with full military honors at a later date. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Kathleen Boese

Kathleen Boese, 72, Inverness, Florida
Kathleen M. Boese was born on February 16, 1952, in Rockville Centre, New York, to the late George and Rosemary (Helmer) Seaman. She was the second of seven children and was predeceased by her brothers, Daniel and George Seaman. In August 1972, Kathy married Fred John Boese, and they later moved to Flanders, New York, where they worked and raised their three children, Freddie, Jenn, and Matt, over 34 wonderful years. After retiring in 2006, Kathy and Fred relocated to Florida, where they enjoyed frequent travels, particularly cruises. Kathy had a deep passion for sewing and quilting, always ready to craft a quilt or sew a costume for her family. Her home was a testament to her meticulous attention to detail, adorned with beautiful decorations, many of which she made herself. From window valances to pillows to curtains, Kathy could create just about anything, often making extras for anyone who admired her work. Known for her love of shopping, Kathy's motto was, “Shop 'til you drop or your mom makes you stop.” As an avid marathon shopper, not many were able to keep up with her. More than anything, Kathy cherished her role as "Mimi" to her eight grandchildren. She loved babysitting, taking trips to Chuck E. Cheese's, teaching sewing, and playing card games. Because of Mimi the grandkids still say, “A card laid is a card played.” Summers were special with each grandchild eagerly awaiting their week at Mimi's house. Kathy also traveled to visit her kids and grandchildren, whether at their homes or on family trips, cherishing every moment with them. Kathy lived her life as a strong, independent woman who deeply loved and cared for her family and many good friends. Her legacy of love, creativity, and generosity will be remembered and cherished by all who knew her. Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Fred John Boese; her children, Frederick George Boese and his wife Jennifer (MacDonald) Boese, Jennifer (Boese) Morris and her husband Robert Morris, and Matthew Boese; and her eight grandchildren, Logan Morris, Lexi Morris, Landon Morris, Luke Morris, Adelaide Boese, Frederick Boese, Henry Boese, and Brighton Boese. She is also survived by her siblings, John Seaman and his wife Patricia (Micari) Seaman, Deborah Seaman, Thomas Seaman and his wife Helen (Bremer) Seaman, and Lynn McCloskey and her husband Terry McCloskey.


Carl Bove

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


Harold Breese

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


Robert Bridwell

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


Fern Brooks

Fern Brooks, 84, Homosassa, FL
Fern Marie Brooks, 84, of Homosassa, FL, passed away June 19, 2024 at home under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Fern was born on May 24, 1940 in Lewiston, Maine, to the late Wilmer and Lillian (Reed) Cummings. She was a dry cleaning shop manager and came to Citrus County in 2006 from West Palm Beach, FL. She was Methodist by faith and enjoyed bingo and bowling, but loved NASCAR. Left to cherish her memory are her children: William (Sandra) Brooks, Robert (Judy) Brooks, Guy Brooks, Cindy (David) Pattison, Joseph Brooks; brothers: Rendall (Sandy) Cummings, Philip (Jane) Cummings; sister, Genesta Caltonio; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and her significant other, Norm Links. The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 from 4 to 6 PM at the Walden Woods South Club House – address: 10600 S. Ardmore Drive, Homosassa, FL, 34446. Private arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Brooks

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


Gerry Brown

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


Nickolay Burinski

Nickolay Burinski, 68, Inverness, FL
Nickolay E. Burinski, age 68, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly on May 24, 2024 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Bobruisk, Belarus, he moved here from there in 2007. He was a commercial truck driver, but while living in Europe, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. He is survived by his wife, Tatyana (Korshunova) Burinskaya of Inverness, FL; three children: Evgeniy Burninski of Inverness ; Aleksandr Burinski of Jacksonville, FL ; Ekaterina Burinskaya, Wesley Chapel, FL; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. There was a Celebration of Life scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where family and friends shared their memories of Nickolay. Burial followed in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Barbara Burman

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


Donnamarie Busacco

Donnamarie Busacco, 49, Inverness, Florida
Donnamarie Busacco, of Inverness, passed away in Largo on Friday, June 14, 2024. She was 49. Donna was born in Flushing, NY to Anthony Ciervo and Anna (Consola) Dipleco. Donna and her husband moved here in 2007 from Astoria, NY. She was a scheduling coordinator for Citrus Memorial Hospital for many years, and most recently she was working at Avante. Donna loved the beach, dancing, listening to music, and cooking. She was adventurous, had a big personality, lived large, and was very unique. She also loved her family dearly. Donna was preceded in death by her husband Michael Busacco, her father Anthony Ciervo, her maternal grandparents Josephine and Ralph Consola, and her paternal grandparents Salvatore and Marianna Ciervo. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother Anna Dipleco (Ron Canniff) of Hernando; her sister Toni-Ann McSharry (Mike) of Inverness; her niece Ashley Buettner (Greg); her nephew Michael McSharry; her fur-niece and fur-nephew Zoey and Bentley; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 12 noon, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.


Hank Butler, Jr.

Hank Butler, Jr., 92, Crystal River, FL
Herman “Hank” Butler, Jr., 92, of Crystal River, FL passed away Monday May 13, 2024. He was born in Calhoun County, GA on February 21, 1932 to the late Herman and Mary Jewel (Dunn) Butler. Hank was a owner/manager for a mechanical consulting firm, and arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Bartow, FL. He was Methodist by faith and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army National Guard for 28 years (Lt. Col.), and the U.S. Navy for 4 years (Petty Officer 2nd class). He was past commander of the Korean War Veterans Association, chapter #192, Citrus County. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); Florida National Guard Retiree Support Team; Bashi-ba-zouks member; and Vets in the Classroom. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Rita, flying on Space A all over the World. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marguerite “Rita” Butler in 2020, one son, Kelly L. Butler; 2 brothers, Kenneth E. and Bobby B. Butler; 3 sisters, Mabel Bruner, Johnnie Pehrson, and Jeanine Shivers. Survivors include son Michael D. (Jan) Butler of Lakeland, FL; daughter: Nan Burton of Monticello, FL; daughter Michelle Diehl of Apollo Beach, FL; brother Ralph Butler of Dandridge, Tennessee; and sisters: Jeanette Douglas of Dothan, AL and Judy (Tom) Chyle of Lutz, FL; 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Military honors for Hank will be rendered at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on Monday, June 3, 10:00AM. Afterwards, his urn will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Rita. Friends and family may gather at the funeral home between 8:30AM and 9:00AM. The procession to the cemetery will depart at 9:15AM sharp. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter #192 Citrus County. Make checks payable to: KWVA 192, Attn: Richard Floyd, 1003 Tulane Terrace, Inverness, FL 34450 Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Callaway

John E Callaway, 88, Lecanto, FL
John Edwin Callaway, 88, of Lecanto, passed away June 10, 2024. John was born on May 23, 1936 in Claremore, OK, to the late Lawrence H. and Nellie F (McCoy) Callaway. He was a real estate broker, a school teacher and served his Country in the US Army. John was also a very successful breeder and trainer of Thoroughbred Horses for 30 years. He came to Citrus County in 1997 from New Albany, IN. John attended the Unity Church and enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and tennis in his retirement. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Cynthia Ann Erke and husband Ronald of Williamsburg, VA and Dianne Lee Callaway of Colorado Springs, CO, two grandchildren: Lauren Marie and Brandon Alexander Erke and his former wife, Jean Nail Callaway of Louisville, KY; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents John was preceded in death by his daughter Carrie Lynn Callaway; his brothers Robert and Eugene Callaway and his sister, Joyce Duchscherer. In Lieu of flowers of the family requests that donations be made to: The American Lung Association or Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Sanctuary. Private arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Roy Carlevale

Roy E Carlevale, 69, Inverness, FL
Roy E. Carlevale, 69, of Inverness, FL passed away July 7, 2024 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He was born in Providence, RI on July 5, 1955 to the late Francis and Assunta (Santagata) Carlevale. Roy was a master electrician, and arrived in this area in 2022, coming from Tampa. He was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed fishing, racing, and golfing. He was preceded in death by one brother, Andy Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Kathy Carlevale of Inverness, daughter Brianne Carlevale of Inverness, brothers Billy Smith, Chucky Carlevale, and David Carlevale; sisters Shirley Narkievich and Donna Carlevale; and 1 grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Leonard Carmon

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


Brigitte Catrett

Brigitte Catrett, 78, Inverness, Florida
Brigitte Reed Catrett, age 78 Inverness, FL passed away June 20, 2024 under the care of Hospice and the staff at Arbor Trail Skilled Living Facility. Brigitte was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on May 10, 1946. Her parents were John and Rosa (Aman) Herold. She came to the United States at the age of 16. She had 5 sons: Larry Reed and his wife Lori of Homosassa and Robert Reed and his wife Jenna of Missouri. Her other three boys, Michael, Charles, and Fred predeceased her. She also is survived by 5 grandchildren, Larry Jr., Jeffrey, Amanda, Bailey and Robert(RJ) Reed, 2 great grandchildren, Christian Sloan and Brody Reed. She was also survived by her most precious love, Foxy. Foxy was her devoted fur baby for 14 years. Brigitte came to Citrus County in the late 60’s and founded Reed’s Boarding Home on Forest Drive in Inverness. During these years, she nursed and cared for many senior citizens who found themselves with no funds or place to live. She gladly took care of them without charge in many cases. After many years of operation, the business was sold and became New Horizon’s Assisted Living Facility. It still remains in operation today at the same location. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation arrangements are with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory .


Renee Chavez-DeLeon

Renee Chavez-DeLeon, 65, Floral City, Florida
Renee M. Chavez-DeLeon was born to the late Sylvia M. Martinez (Samuel G. Martinez) and the late Frank P. Chavez, in Chicago, IL on November 7, 1958 and passed July 5, 2024. She attended the University of Illinois and excelled in her studies in hopes of a nursing degree. Renee was blessed with a large and loving family. She raised four children with patience, love and humility. She taught them the meaning of hard work, compassion with the gifts the Lord provided and often took them on family camping trips to enjoy the natural beauty of this world. Renee was an educator at heart and was self-taught in numerous areas with the ability to install exterior doors, fix plumbing issues and repair floors in her home. She taught her children and grandchildren the art of driving vehicles, one of her treasured pastimes-the making of tamales, and how to best enjoy her favorite holidays Halloween and Christmas. Renee was kind, soft spoken and unassuming. She was willing to help others no matter how little she had. She always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small or busy she was. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones and all who knew of her. Renee is survived by her daughter Michelle R. Diaz (Ramon J. Diaz Jr), her daughter Christina M. DeLeon, her son David J. Guerrero (India Guerrero), her son J. Samuel Guerrero, her grandchildren Ramon J. Diaz, III (Isabel Diaz), Michael A. Diaz, Alexander M. Diaz, and Cassandra M. Diaz, her brother Eric P. Chavez and sister Valerie Sansone (Robert Sansone), and numerous nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her brother Jack F. Chavez and her parents. Funeral services Friday, July 19, 2024 at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Robert Christoffers

Robert J Christoffers, 78, Inverness, FL
Robert J. Christoffers, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 25, 1945 to the late Charles and Gertrude (Willmott) Christoffers. Robert was a construction surveyor a veteran of the U.S. Army. He arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Long Island, NY, and enjoyed playing poker, pool, hunting and boating. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Lynda Christoffers. Other survivors include his daughters Stacey (Donald) Hubbard of Clifton Park, NY, and Sharyn (William) Roy of Ballston Lake, NY; step son Christopher Samenag of Amityville, NY; and step daughter Maria (Antonio) Lewis; brother Skip Christoffers; and 10 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Robert will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Melody Cole

Melody Cole, 70, Homosassa, Florida
Melody Merle Cole, 70 of Homosassa, FL, passed away June 8, 2024 at home. She was born on October 30, 1953 in Lynn, Massachusetts to the late Theodore and Merle (Drouyn) Blaisdell. Melody was an insurance administrative assistant for 25 years, working with John Hancock, Prudential and Fidelity insurance companies. Melody met her future husband, Kenneth Cole in 1973. They got together in 1983 and married May 24th , 2006. Private burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL.


Hatsuko Cyr

Hatsuko Cyr, 91, Hernando, Florida
Hatsuko Cyr, of Hernando, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 in Crystal River at Tampa General. She was 91. Hatsuko was born in Gushikawa Village, Okinawa, and when she became old enough worked in her family’s store and in the laundry on the military base. She came to the United States in 1972 with her then-husband Carl Cyr when he was in the service. They started in California, moved to Florida, from Florida to Goose Creek, SC, and then eventually settling back in Florida. Hatsuko worked as a cook in several restaurants. She was preceded in death by her son Mike Cyr. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Susan Kelly (James) of Hernando and her son Doug Cyr of Hernando; her grandchildren Tiffany Jennings, Brittany Dean, Kiyoshi Cyr, and Kara Kensington; her great grandchildren Sebastian, Landon, Eddie, and Brooklynn; and her Moromizato family back in Okinawa. A Celebration of Life for Hatsuko is planned for Saturday, June 22nd at 3:00pm at the Davis Chapel, with a visitation following until 5:00pm. Arrangements are under Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Diane D'Antico

Diane E D'Antico, 75, Lecanto, FL
Diane E. D’Antico, 75, of Lecanto, FL passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. She was born in Newark, N.J. on December 19, 1948 to the late Emil and Eleanor (Marcinkwich) Farese. Diane was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 1985, coming from Elizabeth, N.J. She was Protestant by faith, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching true crime TV. Diane is survived by her son Nicholas D’Antico of Lecanto; brother Dennis Farese; and one grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Duggan, Jr.

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


Ronald Foley

Ronald B Foley, 72, Inverness, FL
Ronald Bruce Foley, age 72, Inverness, FL passed away June 15, 2024 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr Foley was born in Sarahville, NJ on March 14, 1952 to the late Thomas and Bertha (Garner) Foley and moved to this area from New Jersey. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 40 years, Nancy (Grinestaff) Foley of Inverness; 2 children: Joseph Foley of Clearwater, FL and Amy Hope and her husband Shaun of Atlanta, GA; he also leaves a sister, Patricia Grover of Phoenix, AZ and 2 grandchildren, Connor and Caitlyn Foley. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother and sister, Tommy Foley and Kathy Kousouris. Ronald enjoyed over 40 decades serving in the food industry. A long-term employee of Shoney's followed by Plantation Inn, winning employee of month more than a handful of times. Everyone who knew Ron knows he loved food, but not for the obvious reason, Ron loved laughing, spending quality time, fellowship with family and friends. Ron loved to landscape, turning the most barren patch of dirt into a beautiful plot of land. Ron wasn't afraid of hard work and would often forget to take a break, so as long as he had music playing and an ice cold glass of rootbeer. Before Ron passed away he made sure he rededicated his life to Jesus and found Salvation through Grace. Ron's last few moments were surrounded by his family, he requested Bob Seger's "Night Moves" before he closed his eyes for the last time holding hands with his loved ones. A Celebration of Life service will be on June 29, 2024 at 1:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness, FL. Pastor Lou Ellen Hartley will officiate. Cremation is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Claudine Fults

Claudine Fults, 56, Inverness, Florida
Claudine Margaret “Mimi” Fults, 56, of Inverness, FL peacefully passed away June 30, 2024 at UF Health Shands in Gainesville, FL. She was born in Malden, MA on November 18, 1967 to the late John and Judith Elzer. Claudine worked as a Judicial Assistant, and arrived in this area in 1977, coming from Staten Island, NY. She was an avid reader, loved traveling, watching Broadway and theatre plays, and enjoyed listening to “Old Dominion”music and attending their concerts. Claudine loved her family, and spending time with her grandkids. Her family was her greatest joy, and she always put their needs before her own. A woman of remarkable grace and kindness, Claudine was known for her warm, welcoming spirit. She touched the lives of everyone she met with her infectious smile and her ability to make everyone feel special. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Keven Fults. Other survivors include her children Ryan (Andrea) Fults and Rachel (Robert) Montgomery; sister Pennie Elzer; and 6 grandchildren, Lexi and Lincoln Montgomery, Liliana, Lacie, Madeline, and Delilah Fults; and best friend for life Debbie Johnson. Private cremation arrangements have been handled under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. In lieu of a service, the family will be holding a private celebration of life.


Tammy Gardner - Farrell

Tammy Gardner - Farrell, 54, Floral City, Florida
Tammy Marie Gardner-Farrell, of Floral City, passed away at her home under Hospice care on Friday, June 28, 2024 at the age of 54. Tammy was a Florida Native, having been born in Plant City to Robert G. Gardner and Teresa (Smith) Case. She moved to Citrus County from Tampa just this past December 2023, and was a homemaker. Tammy was preceded in death by her father, and those left to cherish her memory are her children Troy and Brandy Gardner; her mom Teresa Case and step-father Raymond Case; her brother Gary Gardner; her sisters Pamela Gardner and Sheila White; twelve grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Private cremation are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care, Inverness.


Denise Gough

Denise Gough, 60, Beverly Hills, FL
Denise Sharon Gough, 60, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away May 30, 2024 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. She was born in New York, NY on December 1, 1963 to the late Gerald and Patricia (Crehan) Ortolano. Denise was a Health Care Administrator and arrived in Citrus County in 1975, coming from New York. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. Denise loved football, her favorite team was the Florida Gators. Denise had a heart of Gold, her love for others was unmatched, and she will be missed so deeply. Denise is survived by her daughters, Ashley Gough of Inverness; Tiffani Gough of Gainesville; brother Charles Ortolano of Virginia; sister Catherine Rengert of Largo, FL; and 2 grandchildren, Mayson and Caiden Gough. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Gregoire

Robert Gregoire, 85, Hernando , Florida
Robert (Bob) Gregoire passed away peacefully on July 16, 2024 at Cypress Cove Nursing Home in Crystal River, FL, after a life filled with love, family, friends, many hands of poker and numerous holes of golf! He loved the game of golf and was often known to play 18 holes four times a week. He was born on November 28,1938 to Wilfred Gregoire and Bella (Lapierre) Gregoire and grew up in Westbrook, ME. He served in the United States Navy for four years directly out of high school, and was employed by Saunders Brothers in Westbrook, ME as an Operations Plant Manager for 42-years where he had an impeccable work ethic. There was nothing Bob couldn’t do. He was a handyman and a helper to everyone. He was always ready to swing a hammer, pound a nail or tackle any household project for family friends and neighbors alike. Acts of Service was his love language. He was married to his high school sweetheart Roberta (Bobbi) Gregoire for 58-wonderful years and was predeceased by her in May 2016. They enjoyed traveling and explored many beautiful places including Australia, England/Scotland, Hawaii, and Alaska. A particular favorite of their adventures included a 6-week motorcycle trip around the country. They also visited many national parks. Bob leaves behind his partner of eight years, Frances Geyer whom he enjoyed traveling with as well. Between his travels with Bobbi and Fran he visited 23 national parks and collected charms for each one. He leaves behind his son Stephen Gregoire of Standish, ME and grandchildren Derrick Gregoire, Deanna Gregoire, and Robert Gregoire. His son James Gregoire of Gorham, ME and grandson Dustin Gregoire. And his daughter Elizabeth Stiles and her husband Stephen Stiles of Standish and grandchildren Stephanie Brockman and Jarred Stiles and his wife Christine. He leaves behind his great grandchildren Cassidy Prescott, Addison Cloyd, Luka Gregoire, Lillian and Levi Brockman, Juliette and Noelle Stiles and Elias Gregoire. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved him deeply. He will be sadly missed by family and friends alike, but they believe he is already on the golf course in Heaven with his beloved family watching and cheering from a golden grassy knoll. Memorial services for Bob will be conducted on Wednesday, July 24th at 11:30am, with an hour of visitation beforehand, held in the Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness.


Albert Guthrie

Albert Guthrie, 93, Inverness, Florida
A. Ray Guthrie July 6, 2024 Albert Ray Guthrie, 93, of Inverness, FL, died peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2024, under the loving care of his family and hospice. Ray was born in August 1930 in Bartow, Florida, the son of the late Leonard and Lillie Mae (Scott) Guthrie. Ray enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1948 and was in the 5th Cavalry Division in the Korean War. After serving his country, Ray was honorably discharged and returned to Bartow, Florida where he married Lelia Joan Davis in 1953. Ray was the devoted and loving father to three daughters, Suzanne Ward (John), Terrie Alderman (Mike), and Kim Blocker (Kenny), grandfather to five grandchildren, Katie Smith (Will), Jessica Michel (Jeff), Amber Alderman, Kyle Blocker (Courtney), Cameron Blocker (Violet) and five great-grandchildren, Caroline, Alex, Evan, Kali and Kade. Ray was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Joan Davis Guthrie, his brothers Earl Guthrie, Clyde Guthrie and his sister, Lillian Floyd. Ray began his career in Polk County Florida in the phosphate mining industry starting as a time keeper and working his way up to various management positions, running phosphate mines in Florida and Georgia. Ray then started his own consulting business, including engineering, environmental permitting, project management, mining and land reclamation, working in Florida as well as international projects in Russia and Cuba. Ray completed his career as a licensed real estate broker. During his lifetime he resided in Bartow, Florida, Lakeland, Florida, Pooler, Georgia, and Lake City, Florida, he moved to Homosassa Springs, Florida in 1979 and later to Inverness, Florida. While his professional career and providing for his family was an important aspect of Ray’s life, his family was always the most important. Ray enjoyed spending time fishing, boating and scalloping with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Homosassa River and cooking the best fried fish at his family fish fries. Ray passed his love of fishing and boating on to his grandchildren and was their beloved “Poopa”. Ray and Joan also enjoyed spending time with their family and traveling with their grandchildren to the Bahamas and Florida Keys. He also enjoyed attending and sponsoring many sporting events, recitals and concerts for his grandchildren. Ray grew abundant vegetable gardens and loved to play the slots at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and play the Florida Lottery scratch off tickets. Ray was awarded The Liberty Mutual Life Saver Medal in 1960. Ray will be fondly remembered for his generosity in providing many Christmases for families in need and by his family and others for bestowing his sound “Words of Wisdom”. A Celebration of Life and committal service at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell will be held at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness is assisting the family with Cremation with Care Arrangements.


Charlotte Haag

Charlotte E Haag, 95, Inverness, FL
Charlotte Elizabeth Haag, age 95, of Inverness, FL died Tuesday May 21, 2024, at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center in Inverness. Charlotte was born in Pine County, Minnesota on May 3, 1929, to Johney and Charlotte (Van Dam) Clyne. Charlotte had many memories of her days growing up in rural Minnesota during the depression and WWII, including surviving the Armistice Day blizzard. Charlotte and John raised their family in Roseville, MN where they lived for 25 years before moving to Penfield, NY and subsequently to Inverness in 1980. Family was important to Charlotte; she made it a priority to see all her children and grandchildren every year even though they lived in other states. Thus, every summer they would travel across the country in their Minnie Winnie visiting family and friends. Charlotte was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where she volunteered for many years selling donuts and coffee after mass on Sundays to raise money for religious education. In some circles she is remembered as the “Donut Lady”. She and John were members of Point O’Woods Country club of Inverness where they enjoyed playing 500. Playing Scrabble using the “Haag Method” was another of Charlotte's favorite pastimes. Charlotte was an avid painter and a long-time member of the Citrus County Craft Council. She was famous for her miniature paintings, hand-made and painted gift boxes, and hand painted bookmarks which she sold at craft sales. Her art continues to be on display around Citrus County and was featured in several articles in the Inverness Courier. Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband, John Haag, her son, George Haag and son in law Tim Ziebarth. She is survived by her son, John Haag (Nancy) Minneapolis, MN, daughter Charlotte Ziebarth Inverness, son Edward (Vickie) Haag, St. Louis, MO and son Joseph (Linda) Delano, MN. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sara (John) Haag-Turley, Eleanor (Timothy) Brown, Andrew Haag, Emily (Peter) Czech, Angela Haag, Stephanie (Branden) Cambron and Stephen Haag. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren, Isabella Brown, Charlotte Brown, Harrison Brown, Brayden Turley, Ezra Haag, Etta Mae Brown, Paisley Turley, James Czech, Brenham Cambron and many friends and neighbors. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Sunday, June 9 from 2-4 p.m. where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness with a luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.


Darrell O Hanner Sr

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


Deborah Hartnagel

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


Susan Hendrick

Susan H Hendrick, 65, Inverness, FL
Susan Harrison Hendrick, of Inverness, died at home on May 31, 2024, from complications with pancreatic cancer. She was 65. Susan was the eldest child of Adeline and Bill Harrison, born on January 28, 1959 — a birthday she shared with two of her three siblings. A fifth generation Floridian, she grew up in Sarasota, where she delighted in going on boat rides through the bay with her family. The Harrisons also made frequent trips to the family ranch in Parrish and to Gainesville to cheer on the Florida Gators. A lifelong fan, she followed all Gator sports and took any losses to heart. Susan was a devout Christian. She was raised at First Baptist Church of Sarasota and made her profession of faith when she was 8 years old. Her entire life, she was active in church ministries, most recently as a deacon and member of the prayer committee at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. One of her projects with the church involved collecting suitcases for foster children. Music was a defining part of Susan’s life. At age six, she began piano lessons. She honed her skills over the next six decades. Following the recitals of her youth, she played for countless church services, community concerts, weddings and funerals in Citrus County, where she lived for 36 years. Additionally, she played the organ and handbells, and had a beautiful voice. When she was not accompanying her church’s choir on the piano, she was likely singing in it. Susan was among the first students at Pine View, Sarasota’s public school for gifted children. She graduated second in her class at age 17 in 1976. She then studied at Sophie Newcomb College, part of Tulane University, in New Orleans, where she majored in music and sociology, graduating summa cum laude in 1980 and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. A year earlier, on March 9, Susan’s life took a serendipitous turn. She had planned a weekend trip to Sarasota to attend a Vladimir Horowitz concert. When the renowned pianist canceled his performance, Susan’s mother suggested she remain at school. To cheer her up, Susan’s Phi Mu sorority sisters dragged her to a party, where she met a medical student, Tom Hendrick, who would be graduating and starting his residency in Ohio only a few months later. Susan and Tom dated weekly for the remaining eight weeks of Susan’s semester, then continued their relationship long distance before marrying on June 14, 1980. While Tom worked as a surgical resident with the United States Air Force at Wright State University, Susan attended the University of Dayton School of Law. She graduated third in her class, was the editor of Law Review, and later received the highest score of anyone taking the Florida Bar exam in 1983. Despite her acumen, Susan never practiced law. She had her daughter, Katie, in 1984, followed by her son, Charlie, in 1987. She devoted herself to their upbringing. Though she loathed driving, she spent countless hours chauffeuring her children across central Florida to gymnastics, golf and tennis practices and competitions. She chaperoned field trips, helped with homework, prepared meal after meal and counseled her children through the travails of growing up. The family also enjoyed frequent trips to Disney World, as well as annual vacations over the children’s spring and summer breaks from school. As empty nesters, Susan and Tom embraced traveling, visiting more than 70 countries and all seven continents. It was on a month-long cruise to New Zealand and Australia this winter that her illness became apparent. Susan’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and her dogs, which, over the years, included several English setters, poodles, yorkies, a Lhasa Apso and two Biewer terriers. In 2019, she became a grandmother, a role in which she thrived. She relished visits and FaceTime calls with her grandchildren and showered them with thoughtful gifts. She leaves behind Tom Hendrick, her husband of nearly 44 years; one sister, Nancy Taylor (Dobie); two brothers, Bill (Cathi) and Robert (Nancy) Harrison; her children, Katie Vincent (Bill) and Charlie Hendrick (Mia); four grandchildren, James and Andy Vincent and Ellery and Tanner Hendrick; and three dogs, Duke, Bailey and Tinsley. A visitation for Susan will be held on Wednesday, June 5th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, June 6th at 11:00 AM, from the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave. with Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley, officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL


Louise Hiett

Louise Hiett, 96, Inverness, Florida
Louise Hall Hiett, of Inverness and Hernando, passed away peacefully at her home in Highland Place on Saturday, June 22, 2024. She was 96. Louise was born in Oquawka, IL to William and Lillie (Biering) Hall. She worked many careers in her lifetime, including being a real estate agent, telephone operator, and a real estate property manager. She moved to this area in 1974 from Chicago, and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Hernando, then more recently attended Victory Baptist Church. Her loving husband Edward preceded her in death in 2008, along with daughters Sandra in 2004 and Betsy in 2020. Her brother Ray also preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory are her son Terry Hiett of Indianapolis, IN; her daughter Cary Rector (Danial) of Hernando; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren. A committal service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery at 11:00 AM, with check-in at 10:45. Arrangements are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Cremation with Care, 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Tommy Holley

Tommy R Holley, 73, Bushnell, FL
Tommy Ray Holley, 73, of Bushnell, FL passed away July 5, 2024 at home. He was born in Charleston, WV on September 6, 1950 and moved to the area in 1964. Tommy retired from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, where he established the Marine Patrol Unit, was the first SWAT sniper and proudly served as a School Resource Officer, a Homicide Detective and an Internal Affairs Investigator. Tom loved God and his family and enjoyed his farm animals and fishing. His loved ones are heart-broken and profoundly saddened by his passing. He was preceded in death by his mother Naomi Jean Holley; step-mother Audrey Holley; and sister Sharon Bunch. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Lynn; father Acy Holley, Jr. of Brooksville, FL; daughters Carey Holley-Schatzer (Chris) of New Port Richey, FL and Jodi Holley-Jaikaran (Randy) of Spring Hill, FL and son Jason Holley (Liz) of Bonifay, FL; step-son Thomas Rydberg, II of Bushnell, FL; brothers Jimmie Holley (Tina) and Timmy Osborne (Leighann); sisters Linda Hess (Roger), Leota Pellerito (Chris), Debbie Vance (Timmy), and Betsy Graves (Jeff); 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Carol Howe-May

Carol K Howe-May, 72, Floral City, FL
Carol K. Howe-May, age 72, Floral City passed away June 19, 2024 in the Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, FL. Carol was born in Buffalo, NY on January 17, 1952. Her parents were Charles and Shirley (Weigand) Friedrich. They both preceded her in death. She worked as a waitress during her earlier years and moved to this area from Orlando in 2002. She worshipped at the First Baptist Church of Floral City. She leaves her daughter, Amanda Byrd of Hernando; a daughter in law, Tascha Wharton; 4 grandchildren: Trinity Byrd Howe, Bryanna Howe, Branden Howe, and Cotdy Wharton. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Friedrich, Sr who lives in Weirsdale, FL; There will be a service at the First Baptist Church in Floral City at a later date. Cremation arrangements with care under direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Kevin Hudson

Kevin Hudson, 61, Inverness, Florida
Kevin Michael Hudson, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Thursday, June 20, 2024 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 61 years old. Kevin was born in San Diego, CA to Paul Michael and Lenore Ethel (Novak) Hudson. He moved down here to this area about 40 years ago, and he was a carpenter by trade, and was quite talented. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, building, and was a youth league coach for football and soccer. Kevin also became a deacon of his church, First Baptist Church of Hernando. He was also very proud of his family, especially his daughters. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and his aunt, Shirley Goslin. Those left to mourn the loss of Kevin are his loving wife of almost 30 years Monica Hudson; his daughters Lena Panella (Daulton) and Olivia Hudson; Lucas Elam, who was like a son to him; brothers Timothy Hudson (Nellie); niece Jennifer; and Kenneth Hudson (Lori); niece and nephew Jackie and Jared; sister Tammy Nelson (Mike); nephew William; and brother-in-law Rev. Vincent D’Ambrosio (Heidi); niece and nephews Ryleigh, Dakota, and Luke ; and sister- in- law Kathryn D’Ambrosio; niece and nephew Isabelle and Everett; and mother and father in law Joan D’ambrosio and Vincent Augustino D’Ambrosio. The family will be holding a Celebration of Kevin’s life on Monday, June 24, 2024 at 1:00pm at their church. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Mary Kelley

Mary Kelley, 93, Inverness, Florida
Mary Frances Kelley, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at her home under Hospice care on Sunday, May 26, 2024. She was 93. Mary was born in Tellico Plains, TN to Boyd and Othel (Leroy) Freeman. She moved to Florida several years ago and spent most of her career in the restaurant industry in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary was preceded in death by two of her daughters, Mary Kathryn Hannon and Linda Mershon and her grandson Drew Mershon. She is survived by her daughter Vickie Andrews of Inverness, her grandchildren Morgan Zuch, Meghan Couey (spouse Travis), and Louis Andrews and her great granddaughter Marley Anne Couey.


Thomas Joseph Kiefer Sr.

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


Bettie Lacy

Bettie Lacy, 84, Inverness, Florida
Bettie D. Lacy, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, May 23, 2024. She was 84. Bettie was born in Ameagle, WV to Henry and Virginia (Massey) Lunsford. She has been living in Florida for 66 years, where her children were all born. She and the love of her life have been married for 50 years, and were together long before then. Bettie retired from the Volusia County School Board, and they moved to this area. She started taking care of babies in her home, and did that for many years. Bettie loved boating, camping, and crocheting, especially making dish rags for folks she loved. She also had compassion, and was passionate about, the homeless. Bettie was preceded in death by her sons Ralph Johnson and Mike Watson, and her brother Toby Lunsford. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband David Lacy of Inverness; son Jerry Watson (Becky) of Inverness; daughter Glenda Pierson (Bill) of Daytona Beach; son Hank Lacy (Lisa) of New Hampshire; daughter-in-law Pam Watson of Kentucky; and 28 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Those who wish may make memorial donations in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Relus Lamb

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


Armand LaMountain

Armand LaMountain, 85, Hernando, Florida
Armand George LaMountain, of Hernando, passed away at New Horizons on Friday, July 12, 2024. He was 85. Armand was born in Springfield, MA to George Armand and Marie (DiSotel) LaMountain. He moved to this area in 1999. Armand was a protestant. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 63 years Barbara just this past January. Armand was also preceded in death by his son Mark, his brother William, and his sister Rita. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and many friends are left to cherish his memory. Committal services for Armand will be held at a later date with full military honors by his family and friends at Florida National Cemetery. Private cremation arrangements.


June Lang

June Lang, 88, Lecanto, Florida
June C. Lang, of Beverly Hills and Lecanto, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 under Vitas Hospice care in Lecanto. She was 88. Mrs. Lang was born in Greenfield, MA, and graduated from Greenfield Community College in 1973. She married Clesson M. Lang in 1957, and they had one son, Dennis C., and daughter-in-law, Kathy, of Atlantic Beach, FL. Mrs. Lang worked in secretarial positions in three places, and retired in 2001. She was a long-time member of the Central Church in Orange, MA, and a member of the Beverly Hills Community Church in Florida since 1996. She enjoyed family, bicycling, golf, and gardening, and was a citizen Advocacy for many years with the North Quabbin Rest Home in the North. Mrs. Lang was preceded in death by her husband in 2020. She was also preceded in death by three of her four siblings with Twyla Magnan, her sister surviving. June will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Gerald Leverne, Jr.

Gerald Leverne, Jr., 60, Inverness, Florida
Gerald Harold Leverne, Jr., 60, of Inverness, FL passed away June 27, 2024 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Staten Island, NY on October 14, 1963, and was an electrician by trade. Gerald arrived in this area in 1977, coming from Staten Island, and was Catholic by faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NASCAR. He was preceded in death by his father Gerald Harold Leverne, Sr. Survivors include his mother and sister. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Normagene Libby

Normagene Libby, 76, Inverness, Florida
Normagene P. Libby, of Inverness, passed away under Vitas Hospice care on Thursday, July 4, 2024. She was 76. Normagene was born in Portland, ME to Clifton O. and Arlene E. (Palmer) Emery. She was a CNA for close to 30 years, although she loved quilting, and even taught quilting classes in her home. Normagene moved from South Portland, ME to Inverness about 35 years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Libby, her sons Michael and Bryant Pasanen, and a brother Robert Eugene Emery. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Brenda Tibbetts (Shawn) and Laurie Wilson, both of Maine; her brothers Donald Emery (Anita) and John Emery (Dorise), all of Maine; and lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Celebration of Life will be announced soon. Cremation with Care has been entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Janice Livingston

Janice Livingston, 78, Lecanto, Florida
Jan Livingston, of Lecanto, passed away at her home on Monday, June 3, 2024. She was 78. Jan was born in Chicago, IL to Fred and Pearl (Johnson) Irwin. She leaves behind her two sons, Michael and George; two grandchildren, and several other close family members.


Harvey Logan

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


Rita Mannella

Rita Mannella, 94, Orlando, Florida
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest matriarch Rita Pachera Mannella age 94, who passed away peacefully on May 18, 2024, in Orlando, FL surrounded by her beloved family. Affectionately known to family and friends as Nonna, she was born in Pittsburgh, PA December 6, 1929 to Giovanni and Mary (Sessi) Pachera. She was a devout Roman Catholic by faith and enjoyed saying her rosary on her daily “walkabouts”. She arrived in the central Florida area in 1992, coming from Allison Park, PA with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading books, visiting with friends, and making greeting and birthday cards. Beloved wife of Robert A. Mannella. Devoted mother to Mark (Cindy) & David (Ann). Cherished Nonna to Joey (Tana), Giovanni (Shelby), Lauren (Jarrod), Marissa, and Christopher (Ellie). Proud Bisnonna to Enzo & Luca. She is reunited with her dear husband Robert, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage, and her eldest son, Mark. Nonna’s stories and wit will be sorely missed, but her teachings are evident in those who knew her. Her legacy is one of love, laughter, and a gentle spirit that she carried throughout her life. As we remember her warmth and support, we take comfort in the memories that will continue to inspire and guide us. Per Nonna’s wishes, a private family gathering will be held. She will be interred with her husband at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements will be handled by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you support your local book drive.


Doris Materazzo

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


Mildred McDannold

Mildred F McDannold, 82, Floral City, FL
Mildred Faye McDannold, age 82, Floral City, FL passed away June 10, 2024 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab Center. Millie was born in Covington, KY on August 13, 1941 to the late Harold and Mildred (Chapman) McCoy and came to this area from Fort Mitchell, KY. She was a homemaker and also was employed as a Medical Secretary in an optometrist office in earlier years. She attended the First Baptist Church of Floral City and was a member of Chapter #65, Order of The Eastern Star where she served as Past Matron in 1973. Left to cherish her memory is her son, David M. McDannold of Floral City; her brother, Steve McCoy of Kentucky; 2 grandchildren: Matthew and Marinda McDannold; 3 great grandchildren: Asha and August Bergmann and Montana McDannold; 1 great great grandchild, Mariah Fannin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene McDannold on March 7, 1999; her brother, William McCoy; and 2 sisters, Katherine Fairbanks and Nola Beeman. A Celebration of Life is planned for Monday, June 17, 2024 at 11:30 AM from the Chas. E . Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Mike Sellers, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Floral City officiating. Additionally, the Order of The Eastern Star Chapter #65 will present their memorial service. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Ronald Medlock

Ronald A Medlock, 87, Dunnellon, FL
Ronald Albert Medlock, of Dunnellon, passed away peacefully at his home under Hospice care, surrounded by his family. He was 87. Born in Boynton, FL one of nine children to John Albert and Mamie Louise (Maddox) Medlock, he was a true Florida native. He married at a young age, had four children and entered the military, serving his country for two years. Ron worked in construction for many years and enjoyed boating and fishing. Later in life, he met and married, Geneva and they had 27 wonderful years together. Ron was the most helpful and generous person to everyone he came in contact with. He was loving, funny, happy and people were drawn to him in life and his absence will be deeply felt by many. He was preceded in death by his sons Tony Medlock and Terry Medlock (just 12 days apart), and two brothers Billy Medlock (Brenda) and Mike Medlock (Betsy). Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Geneva Medlock of Dunnellon; his son Ronnie Medlock (Eva); his step children, Eric Carroll (Brooke), and Lisa Schneider (Eric); his brothers Bobby Medlock (Linda – deceased) and Tommy Medlock (Cissy); his sisters Marie Glover (Bob), Margaret English (Lee - deceased), Diane Dishman (Rodney), and Lisa Johnson (Ron); fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-four great grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Dolores Meyer

Dolores Meyer, 86, Inverness, Florida
Dolores O. “Deena” Meyer, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at HCA Florida Oak Hill of Brooksville on Sunday morning June 30, 2024. She was 86. Deena was born August 15, 1937 in Hartford, CT to Clifford J. and Stephanie (Fiedorowicz) Simpson. Her parents moved down to West Palm Beach, FL when she was a young girl. She always loved animals, particularly horses and dogs. Deena was very adventurous; she showed horses and dogs early in life. She also did endurance (long-distance) rides in and around Inverness with her husband Carl J. Meyer. She also bred and raised goats and a few cattle once she had to retire from riding the horses. She was blessed to have lived her life to its full potential, and was able to do what she wanted to do and loved every minute of it. Deena was a homemaker, and was of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Meyer, her son Kevin O’Brien and by her sister PJ Grause. Those left to cherish Deena’s memory are her sons Brian O’Brien (Julie) of Lakewood, CO and Darren O’Brien of North Palm Beach, FL; her sister Bobbie Sue DeWolfe of Inverness; nephew Mark Tessmer; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at Queen of All Saints Chapel at 11:30am with Fr. Michael DeSaye, celebrant. Interment will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, at or about 2:30. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Marian Minyard

Marian S Minyard, 92, Bethlehem, PA
Marian Sue Minyard (née Ashcraft), lately of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, formerly of Inverness, died peacefully in her sleep on May 28. She was 92 years old. Born in Spelter West Virginia to Earl and Phelma Ashcraft, Marian was one of three children. After graduating from high school, Marian moved to Washington, DC to work for the federal government. There she met the love of her life, Aubria Minyard. The two were married and raised a family in Falls Church, Virginia, where Marian taught Sunday School for many years. After retiring, Marian and Aubria moved, first to a home on the Chesapeake Bay and later to Floral City Florida. After Aubria passed away in 2008, Marian moved to Pennsylvania, where her daughter and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren live. Marian’s personal relationship with Jesus was the source of great joy and constant comfort for her through good times and bad. Her faith in God was surely one source of her unfailingly positive outlook on life. If ever there was someone who was truly confident in Jesus’s promises, “and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord," it was Marian (2 Corinthians 5:8). And in keeping with Jesus’s promises, we who loved Marian can take comfort that she has been reunited not only with Aubria, but also with her sister Norma, her great-granddaughter Angelina, and so many other loved ones who passed before her. Marian is survived by three children, her daughter Joyce Dawley of Bethlehem, PA; her son David Minyard of Vienna, VA; and her son Frederick Minyard of Bedford, VA; her brother David Ashcraft of Fernandina Beach, Florida, FL; her grandchildren Emily, Erich, Hannah, Michael, Monica, Nicholas, Noah, and Rebecca; and great grandchildren Austin, Jack, Jordan, and Madeline. A committal service will be held at Florida National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 2:00pm. Later, a memorial service for Marian will be held on July 13 at 10:00 a.m. at East Hills Moravian Church, 1830 Butztown Road, Bethlehem. In lieu of flowers, Marian’s family asks that donations be made in her memory to New Bethany, 333 West 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. 610-691-5602. [email protected].


LaMonta Moore

LaMonta Moore, 79, Floral City, FL
LaMonta Lee Moore, age 79, Floral City, FL passed away at home on July 8, 2024. LaMonta was born on October 11, 1944 to the late LaMont and Dorothy (Alexander) Richardson, Sr. in Cincinnati, OH. She and her husband moved to Florida in 1977 from there. She was employed by the Citrus County School System as a Supervisor & Coordinator for the Extended Day Program which ultimately expanded to every school in the system. Being a part of the lives of so many children in Citrus County was her legacy. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Ronald James Moore Sr. and his wife, Heidi of Citrus Springs; Cinda Lyn and husband Matt Lillibridge of Brooksville, FL; 1 brother, LaMont L. Richardson, Jr and wife Bernice of Cincinnati, OH; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James N. Moore on December 17, 2011 and a brother, Frank A. Richardson who lived in Cincinnati, OH. A graveside Service of Remembrance will be conducted at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Sonny Wright officiating. Family and friends should meet at the cemetery check in area no later than 9:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in her name to your local law enforcement agency or charity of your choice. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is in charge of arrangements.


Barbara Mosio

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


Barbara Muench

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


Mark Murzyn

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


Brian Novak

Brian Novak, 70, Inverness, Florida
Brian R. Novak, of Inverness, passed away under Vitas Hospice care on Friday, June 7, 2024. He was 70. Brian was born in Dearborn, MI to Kenneth and Joanne (Griggs) Novak. He worked many years for the Ford Motor Company. Brian and his life partner, friend, and soulmate Cheryl Goode moved down here from Michigan in 2009, making this their winter home at first, then decided a few years later to make Florida their permanent home. His services will be private.


Charles O'Brien

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


Shirley O'Brien

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


John Payne

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


Joyce Penrod

Joyce D Penrod, 78, Bushnell, FL
Joyce D. Penrod, 78, of Bushnell, FL passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024 at TGH Brooksville Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 11, 1945 to the late William F. and Goldie Ann (Hopkins) Lesser. Joyce was a C.N.A., and arrived in this area in 1974, coming from Toledo, OH. She was Christian by faith, and loved cooking. She also enjoyed gambling, playing bingo, and watching reality TV. Joyce was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lawrence Penrod in 2021, her Grandson Dontrae “Buddy” McRae, and 4 siblings, Fred Lesser, Carol Groff, Gail Lesser, and Frances Mary Parker. Survivors include her daughters Debbie (Joe) Spinoso of Bushnell, FL, Lisa (Rod) San Agustin of Land O Lakes, FL, and Michelle Berry of Bushnell, FL; sister Marilyn Sweeney; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lisa Reese

Lisa A Reese, 68, Inverness, FL
Lisa A. Reese, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away Thursday, June 6 at HPH Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Olean, NY on January 30, 1956 to the late Mel and Ellie Flemming. Lisa was a cook at The Cove restaurant for over 20 years. She arrived in this area in the 1970’s coming from Largo, FL, and she enjoyed traveling. Lisa is survived by her loving husband of over 25 years, Brian Reese, and one sister Lori Hall. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Amanda Rochefort

Amanda Rochefort, 81, Brooksville, FL
Amanda Rochefort, age 81, Brooksville, FL passed away June 7, 2024 at the Tampa General Hospital in Brooksville. Amanda was born in New Bedfort, MA on April 9, 1943 to the late Joseph and Isabelle (Silvia) Cordeiro. She moved to Florida from Masschusetts over thirty years ago. She worked as a Librarian for the Hernando County Library System prior to retirement. Left to cherish her memory are 2 daughters: Michelle Chabot of Inverness and Ann Marie Paquette of Spring Hill, FL: 1 brother and sister, Joseph Cordeiro and Natalie Oliver; her granddaughter, Staff Sgt Phoebedeen Paquette, U.S. Army (now serving in Korea) No flowers please, donations to Citrus County Animal Shelter Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Russell Ruvolo

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


Carmen Santos

Carmen Santos, 89, Inverness, Florida
Carmen Santos, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 4, 1934 to the late Feliciano and Andrea (Monagas) Santos. Carmen was a housekeeper for Union 1199 Hospital, and a Catholic by faith. She enjoyed cooking, animals, planting, and playing the lottery. Carmen was preceded in death by one son, José Delgado; brother Felix Santo; and sister Angela Santos. She is survived by one son, Edwin Sanchez; and one sister Maria Santos; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Carmen is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 11:00 am at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will be receiving in visitation from 10:00 am until the hour of service. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul Sasser

Paul Sasser, 91, Inverness, Florida
Paul Max Sasser, of Inverness, passed away under Hospice care in Lecanto on Thursday, May 16, 2024. He was 91. Paul was born in Brantley, AL to Jepp and Christine (King) Sasser. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan for three years. As a career, Paul worked for National Service Industries and worked his way up from route-man to Regional Vice President. He and LaVera moved here in 1988 from St. Pete, and have been active members of the Floral City Church of Christ. Those left to cherish Paul’s memory are his loving wife of 69 ½ years LaVera Sasser; his son Mike Sasser (Elaine) of Covington, GA; his daughters Paula Lancaster (Mike Smith) of Maryland, NY and Dianne Cates (Mikell) of Savannah, GA; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held for Paul on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 2:00 pm, with full military honors, at the funeral home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Burial will take place at a later date at the Sasser Church of Crist Cemetery in Brantley, AL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations please be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Family Support 11218 John Galt Blvd #103, Omaha, NE 68137, or to the Floral City Church of Christ. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Franklin Scholl

Franklin A Scholl, 90, Beverly Hills, FL
Today on June 17, 2024 Franklin Arthur Scholl Sr. originally from Mattituck Long Island NY, passed away at the young age of 90. He was surrounded by his family and those that loved him. He left behind his wife Margaret Ann Scholl and his children Franklin Jr., Barbara, Phillip, Steven, Katherine, Madeleine, Edward, John and LauraBeth, and his nephew Ernest along with nineteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was a hard worker with his father at the Hampton Bays Supply Co. for many years. He loved to see the world and lived for a time in Georgia, Paraguay and Florida. You will be missed. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL


Donald "Don" H. Sells

Donald "Don" H. Sells, 97, Inverness, FL
May 4, 1927-June 5, 2024 Donald H. Sells, age 97, a carpenter, was called home by the Master Carpenter, Jesus, on June 5, 2024. Born on May 4, 1927 in Johnstown, PA to Samuel Hershell and Theresa Henrietta (Schieman) Sells; he was raised in Akron, Ohio. Donald, with his father, moved to Tallmadge, Ohio where he met and married the love of his life, Helen Harmon. “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in good times and bad,” the love continued for over seventy-seven years. This love produced three daughters: Julie Fusco, Donna Barnes, Deborah Barnes and one son: Michael Ryan Sells. Donald’s story continued when he and his family moved to Inverness, Florida in1961 to open a fish camp on the Withlacoochee River. He loved to fish, gig frogs, hunt turkeys, catch turtles on trout lines and ride the river on the airboat (not bad for a city boy). He evolved into a carpenter, framing many homes in and around Inverness. Together, with his partner Joe Duteau, his friend of 60 years, built many homes as “Homes by Broyhill”. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Averill Ramsey, his brother David Sells and his son Michael. His legacy continues with 9 grandchildren: James (Shanda) Barnes, Heather (Doug) Wylie, David (Melissa) Barnes, Tiffany (Chris) Sherman, Michael (Jami) Barnes, Gina Barnes, Anthony Fusco, Robert (Alisha) Barnes and Michele Sells. His line is further enhanced by 19 great grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family, watching the grandbabies run and play at his feet and enjoying outings in his community. He was a Charter member of Inverness Elk 2522 and a member of Mended Hearts. As a member of Hernando Methodist Church, his carpentry skills continued to meet the numerous needs of the church. The ladies of the church will attest to the fact that his hugs, of which he was renowned, will be sadly missed. A memorial service will be held at Hernando United Methodist Church on June 17, 2024 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s name to the church or Vitas Healthcare of Lecanto (Hospice). Cremation with Care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Claire Shaffer

Claire Shaffer, 98, Lecanto, FL
Claire Allyne Shaffer, age 98 died June 18, 2024 at the Diamond Ridge Health Center in Lecanto, FL. Mrs Shaffer was born in Kittanning, PA on April 24, 1926. Her parents were Karl and Pearl Mae (Tate) Gaiser. She worked for the State of Pennsylvania as a Case Worker prior to retirement. She leaves two children: Philip Shaffer of Lecanto and Donna McBride of Nebraska; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Her husband, Kenneth Shaffer passed away January 2, 2017. Funeral services will be in Worthington, PA under the direction of Snyder Funeral Home in Worthington, PA. Burial will follow in Worthington Lutheran Cemetery in Worthington. Florida arrangements were with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Jerry Sharp, Sr.

Jerry L Sharp, Sr., 78, Inverness, Florida
Jerry Lee Sharp, Sr., of Inverness, passed away peacefully in the HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital on Monday, July 15, 2024. He was 78. Jerry was born in Indianapolis, IN to Bert and Mary (Anderson) Sharp. He and his family moved here from Indianapolis in 1983. Jerry was a retired master mechanic, and he worked for the Citrus County Fleet Maintenance for 20 years. He served his Country in the US Army during the Vietnam War, and also served in the National Guard. Jerry was a member of the VFW Post #77 and the NRA. He loved riding motorcycles, and was also the President of the Citrus County Abate, and was also a member of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jerry loved being with his family and friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years Tonya S. Sharp of Inverness; his sons Jerry L. Sharp, Jr. (Patti), Paul A. Sharp, Bryan D. Sharp, Sr. (Tammy), Steven J. Sharp (Penny), and Scott W. B. Sharp, Sr. (Vickie), all of Inverness; his brothers David C. Sharp of Indiana and Terry W. Sharp of Hudson, FL; his sister Janie M. Freeland of Indiana; 17 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. The Sharp family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, July 22, 2024 from 4 – 6pm at the funeral home, and services will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 10am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lecanto. A committal service will follow at 2pm at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with Military Honors. Arrangements are entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James Shepherd

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


Noelle Sherman

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


G. Veronica Skrzipietz

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


Peter Smith

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


Sally Smith

Sally Smith, 93, Inverness, Florida
Sally Ann Smith, of Inverness, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024. She was 93. Sally was born in Rock Island, IL to James R. and Henrietta (Obermeier) Townsend on Oct. 19, 1930. As a young girl she helped out in her grandmother’s bakery. When her Mom and Dad opened a small grocery store she helped out there too. Sally met her husband Dale at a roller-skating rink in the late 1940’s. They were married on Aug. 31, 1951 and had two children: Steven of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Shelley Rogers (Dale) of Union Grove, WI. Sally and Dale enjoyed roller skating with the kids and playing cards with friends. She was known to say she would rather go skating than eat. They both shared a love for dogs and animals in general and always had one or more running around. Sally was an avid reader. They lived in Rock Island, Ill. until 1964. In 1964 they moved to Racine Wisconsin. Sally was a stay-at home mom until her kids were in school. She then was employed as a teller at M&I Bank in Racine, WI. They resided there until they moved to Inverness Florida, in 1998. Some of her hobbies were crocheting, fishing with Dale and the kids, entering craft fairs with various items she would make, such as afghans, baby sweater sets, Kleenex holders, etc. She would take one of her grandchildren with her. She loved playing her organ, and she even tried her hand at ceramics and was pretty good at it. And BOY did she love to shop! Sally was a great cook and always had a balanced meal on the table. She loved to go to church with her family. Sally loved her family so very much, and was very devoted to them and her grandchildren. She enjoyed spending quality time with them. Sally and Dale retired and moved to the Inverness area about 27 years ago from Racine, WI. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 73 years Dale Smith, her son Steven Smith and her daughter Shelley Rogers (Dale); Grandchildren Jody Spiegelhoff (Brad), Brian Rogers (Trish), Jennifer Okon (Richard); 8 great grandchildren, Sari, Hannah, Abby, Destiny (Alex), Michael, Hunter, Logan, Wyatt and Great-Great grandson, Koda. Sally will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her. We wish to thank Citrus Hospital, Avante Nursing and Rehab, and Vitas Healthcare Hospice for their care.


Robert Stack

Robert W Stack, 81, Lecanto, FL
Robert W. Stack, age 81 of Lecanto, FL passed away peacefully at his home under the care of Vitas Hospice on July 10, 2024 after a brief heroic battle with cancer. He was born in Fort Monmouth, NJ to Robert N. Stack and Helen Trafnik Stack on May 10, 1943. He attended school in Asbury Park, NJ. and served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a police officer and fireman in Oakhurst, NJ and was employed with Jersey Bell, New England Telephone and opened his own telecommunications company in Florida until his retirement. He worked part time for various security companies in the Tampa Bay and Orlando area after his retirement. Robert is survived by his wife, Debra Stack and his children, Robert J. Stack of Lake City, FL, Christi Doll of Chattanooga, TN; his grandchildren: Robert J. Stack and Alaina Stack; great grandchildren: Robert Stack, Camden Stack, Caleb Stack, and Izabella Stack. He is also survived by his brother and sister in law, Bradley and Janice Reynolds of Monroe, NH. He will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors. Services will be private. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Please make memorial donations in Bob’s memory to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460


Janette Wanser

Janette Wanser, 90, Hernando, FL
Janette B. Wanser, 90, of Hernando, FL passed away June 29, 2024 at her residence in Hernando. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ on January 16, 1934 to the late Julius and Mary (Pakla) Urban. Janette was a book keeper for a radio and TV station. She arrived in this area in 2023, coming from Tennessee. Janette was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed reading, gardening, and loved her dog “Lulu”. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Robert R. Wanser, Jr and her brother, Richard Urban. Survivors include her sons Robert R Wanser III of Norfolk, VA and Michael Wanser of Moyock, NC; daughters Linda Wassenaar of Norfolk, VA, Angela Bristol of Hernando, and Susan Haley of Covington, VA; twelve grand children; and nine great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karl Weissert

Karl Weissert, 78, Lecanto, FL
Karl William Weissert, 78, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on July 13, 2024. He was born in Bronx, NY on June 17, 1946 to the late Karl H. and Erna (Gauer) Weissert. Karl proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from ’64 – ‘67. Upon his return, he pursued a career with the NYC Dept. of Sanitation, rising to the position of Superintendent in the early 1990’s. His dedication led him to manage and participate in the cleanup efforts at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Concurrently, Karl volunteered as an EMT with the Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 13 years. After retiring in 2003, Karl and his wife Pat relocated to Citrus County in 2006, where they cherished life together. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando. Karl was notably a brass musician, participating in numerous Drum and Bugle Corps such as The Florida Brass and The Nature Coast Community Band. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Pasqua (Manzella) "Pat" Weissert of Lecanto, FL; his children: Karl Weissert and wife Teresa, Marie Ciocoiu and husband Adrian, Jacalyn Guitard and husband Sean; grandchildren: Christopher Weissert and Sophia Ciocoiu. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 21, 2024, from 2-5 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. A Church Service will be held on Monday, July 22nd at 11am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with The Rev. Dennis Koch officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at 2pm at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida


Lynne Wells

Lynne Wells, 78, Inverness, FL
Lynne Gowan Wells, age 78, Inverness, FL passed away at home on June 7, 2024 under the care of her loving family and HPH Hospice. A native of Morganton, NC, she was born March 8, 1946 to the late William and Mildred (Lackey) Gowan and came to this area in 2002 from Memphis, TN. She was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, David Wells; 1 daughter, Ashley Wells Montgomery of Orange Park, FL; 1 sister, Pam Partrich of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 1 grandchild, Katie Wells. She was also much loved by her nieces and nephews Following cremation, she will be laid to rest in the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL . Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joseph Wieland

Joseph K Wieland, 69, Floral City, FL
Joseph Kaess Wieland, born in Cleveland, Ohio passed away at the age of 69 after living a full life driven by his love of tanks, planes, boats, guns and history, as well as his family, friends and animals. He had fought a long hard battle with cancer and passed away at Joe’s Point, a property that has been in the family since the 1960’s, in Floral City, FL on Thursday, May 16th, 2024. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Nancy Wieland (Barr), their son Skylor Wieland (Victoria Rutenbeck Wieland), and their grand-daughter Hanna Weintrobe. He is also survived by his brothers, Mark Wieland (Erica Jablon Wieland) and David Wieland (Elise Davis), his sister Lisa Hill (Thomas Hill), and brothers, Frank and Chris Marzillo. He will be received in Heaven by his mom and dad, Helen and Joe Wieland, his son Chris Kinkaid and loving dog Maggie. Along with his two lifelong friends, John McGettrick and Donnie Adams. Joe started a lifelong love of aviation as a young boy in the Civil Air Patrol through which he was able to earn his pilot’s license, a hobby which would stick with him for the rest of his life. Joe was a proud military veteran. He started his military service at the young age of 17, where he would be known as Sergeant Joseph Wieland and would serve as a Tank Commander in the Third Armored Division 1st Battalion 32nd Armored Regiment (Bandits). Joe worked a myriad of unique jobs including working on a ocean going tug boat, training guard dogs, filling coolant towers, owning a Pawn Shop and working with fuel tanks. He retired from Pinellas County Schools after 8 years as Night Foreman in Plant Operations. During the Great American Teach-In he would give the students an aviation lesson and inspire all the young pilots in the room. After retirement, he leaned into his love of animals spending his days working part time at the Pasadena Pet Motel, where he fell in love with Charles, Nancy and Joe’s golden corgi rescue. Joe will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched. Military Honors will be rendered at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 3:00 pm with V.F.W. Post 4337 officiating. Friends may gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday at 1:00 pm to fellowship with the family. The procession will depart for the cemetery promptly at 2:15 pm.


Lamar Williamson

Lamar F Williamson, 64, Inverness, FL
Lamar Frank Williamson, of Inverness, passed away under Hospice care at his home. He was 64. Lamar was a Florida boy thru and thru, having been born in Dunedin, to Frank Lloyd and Dorothy Ellen (Worsham) Williamson, and he was their only child. He was a commercial fisherman for many years, and he spent his free time hunting, fishing, and racing. Lamar has lived in this area since the early 1970’s, having moved up here from Odessa. Those left to cherish Lamar’s memory are his sons Kyle Lamar Williamson (Kara) and Andy Williamson (Cristy), all of Inverness; step-son Albert Kersey (Brianne); daughter Heather Fritzinger (Will) of Floral City; and eleven grandchildren. The family will have a gathering at the Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, June 29, 2024 starting at 10am, then continuing a Celebration of Life at the Tillis Hill Recreational Center 9231 Trail 13, Inverness, Fl 34452. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation with Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness FL 34450.


Edwina Wilyoung

Edwina Wilyoung, 89, Inverness, Florida
Edwina (Eddie) Adams Wilyoung, 89, Inverness, died July 8th, 2024. A native of Florida, she was born in Jacksonville on June 27th, 1935, to Wilma and Daniel Adams. She was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida where she met her future husband, Paul. They married, had two daughters, and moved to Inverness in 1974. Throughout her years in Inverness, Eddie worked for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Citrus County School District. She was also the secretary for the Citrus County Ostomy Support Group. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Inverness and member of the Inverness Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Through these memberships, she met many friends and was loved by all. Her laugh lit up a room. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Paul, her oldest daughter Dorri Bower, and grandson Steven Garriott. She is survived by her daughter Sandy Cohill, grandchildren Kelly, Jeffrey, and Sean, many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, her brother-in-law, two sisters in law, and her dear caregiver, Jenny Morelli . Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Inverness on Friday, July 12th,at 11:00 A. M. with Rev. Dr. Byron Brown officiating. Friends may come by at 10am and services will begin at 11am. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City.


Albert Wisnewski

Albert Wisnewski, 85, Inverness, FL
Albert Wisnewski, Sr. passed away at Rosecastle of Citrus in Lecanto on Thursday June 6, 2024. He was 85. Albert was born in Queens, NY to Francis and Margaret (Ofulcher) Wisnewski. He served in the US Army as a parachutist, and later he owned and operated a wholesale battery outlet. Albert and his late wife moved here to this area more than 45 years ago, and enjoyed RV traveling, and truly enjoyed his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an extremely laid back kind of guy. Albert was preceded in death by his loving wife Joanne Wisnewski, his twin sister Alberta, his brother Francis, and two grandsons, Albert Dalton Wisnewski and Justin David Chappell. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Albert Wisnewski, Jr. (Christine) of Crystal River and Michael Wisnewski of Bushnell; daughters Diane Chappell (Marty) of Inverness and Debra Barker (Bill) of Inverness; his sisters Margo, who lives in Georgia and Ginger, who lives in NJ; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren Austin Chappell and Brayden Chappell; and lots of nieces and nephews. Private arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Joan Ruth Yerka

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