Our Obituaries

Kristi K. Dawson

October 11, 1963 - December 6, 2017

Kristi K. "Krissy" Dawson, 54, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Hospice House in Lecanto, Florida. A native of Bellaire, Ohio, she was born October 11, 1963 to the late Walter and the late Mary (Cunningham) Smathers, one of four children. Krissy, as she was known to many, was a licensed practical nurse and graduated from...
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Frankie L. DAVIS

April 20, 1933 - December 5, 2017

Frankie's family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in her memory and supporting the following organizations.First Baptist Church of Chassahowitzka, 10002 S. Riviera Point, Homosassa, Florida 34448Chazzahowitzka Community Center, 10300 S. Riviera Drive, Homosassa, Florida 34448Gulfside Hospice, West Clinical Office, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey,...
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Joseph Ernest Kuprel

December 13, 1943 - November 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Helen G. Bachman

November 29, 1923 - November 24, 2017

Helen Grace Bachman was born in Bicknell, Indiana on Thanksgiving Day, 1923; called home the day after Thanksgiving 2017 to join her husband Robert Jr., mother Madge and sister Rose. Helen and Robert called St. Petersburg home for some 50 years, before retiring to Homosassa. She is survived by her sons Robert III (Bonnie) and Bruce (Nancy) and a loving family who called her "Mimi", including...
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Berta Bolla

October 18, 1925 - November 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Michael Walter Allen

April 19, 1975 - November 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Randolph Allen Gould

April 4, 1928 - November 17, 2017

Randolph Allen "Al" Gould, 89, of Dunnellon, FL, passed away on Fri., Nov. 17, 2017 at his home. A native of Providence, R.I., he was born April 4, 1928 to Frederick and Charlotte (Greene) Gould, one of two children, and graduated from Attleboro High School (Class of 1946), Attleboro, MA. He then became a certified aircraft mechanic, graduating from Wentworth Technical Institute, Boston, MA. ...
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Joseph L. RONZO

December 17, 1938 - November 6, 2017

Joseph L. Ronzo, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on Mon., Nov. 6, 2017. "Papa Ronzo", as he was affectionately known by his family, was born Joseph Louis Ronzo on December 17, 1938 in Lyndhurst, NJ. He was named after the great world heavyweight boxer Joe Louis, who didn't equate to the strength of our Papa! After moving to Florida in 1950, Joe attended North Miami Senior High School and then...
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Wanda Irene SEAMAN

March 31, 1949 - November 4, 2017

Wanda Irene Seaman, 68, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. A native of Troy, Michigan, she was born March 31, 1949 to Stephen and Agita (Zalcmanis) Wierzbicki, one of four children. Wanda moved to Homosassa in 1993 from Lake Orion, Michigan and was a retired waitress, most recently with Cracker's Restaurant in...
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Elizabeth Ann Coe

October 9, 1930 - October 23, 2017

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Coe, age 87, peacefully passed away October 23, 2017 at home in Chassahowitzka, Florida. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Chalmers. She is survived by her loving daughter Echo and her husband Michael Rooney; son Jay, granddaughter Cady and Cady's mother Debi Coe; many loving nieces and nephews and uncountable friends who will all grieve her loss. Betty...
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Clifford Terry DAVENPORT

November 10, 1941 - October 21, 2017

Clifford T. "Terry" Davenport, 75, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away October 21, 2017 at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida with his family and Pastor surrounding him with love and prayers. A native of Newnan, Georgia, he was born November 10, 1941 youngest of six boys. Terry spent the first 18 years of his life in Coweta County. During his formative years he worked for his Uncle Perk at...
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Martin Rudder

December 24, 1925 - October 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Roy Roberts III

November 19, 1953 - October 19, 2017

Roberts III, Roy "Jeb" Roberts III, 63, of Homosassa entered into rest on October 19, 2017. Roy was born in St. Petersburg, Florida the son of the late Roy Roberts Jr. and Sarah (England) Roberts. Roy is known for his love of fishing and hunting also for his love of "pranking" his fellow employees and close friends. Roy is survived by his loving wife Morie Roberts of Homosassa, one sister...
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Charles J. Buckheit

June 25, 1929 - October 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Alton Ray Pierce

April 11, 1939 - October 13, 2017

Alton Ray Pierce, Sr., of Homosassa, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 78. The cause of death was congenital heart failure. This shocked his family and all who knew him because he had the best heart. Mr. Pierce was a modern-day cowboy: tough as a hardened piece of saddle leather, but generous, kind, and soulful, with an unshakable sense of morality...
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Christine CHMIELEWSKI

May 2, 1934 - October 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Judith R. STEPHENS

February 28, 1944 - October 11, 2017

Judith Stephens, 73, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 at Oak Hill Hospital. A native of St. Louis, MO, she was born Feb. 28, 1944 to Kevin and Blanche (Temple) Chalcraft, one of nine children. Judy, as she was known to many, came to Homosassa in 1975 from St. Charles, MO and was a professional certified nursing assistant who served Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River for...
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Brenda Mounce

December 22, 1954 - September 30, 2017

Brenda Ellen Mounce, 62, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at her home. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she was born Dec. 22, 1954 to Vernon and Joann (Knauber) Maxfield, one of seven children. Brenda moved to Citrus County in 1971 from her native Ohio and was a lifelong homemaker. She is survived by her loving companion of 25 years, Roger Taylor of Crystal River...
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John R. Fizer

June 10, 1929 - September 25, 2017

Rev. John Ray Fizer, 88, of Homosassa, FL, and formerly of St. Albans, W.Va., went to be with his Lord after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Sept. 25th. John was loved and respected by all in his community and will be remembered as a kind, caring and helpful individual. He helped lead many souls to Christ and touched many others in his daily walk of life. John is survived by his two...
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William A. O'Donnell

May 24, 1940 - September 10, 2017

William A. "Bill" O'Donnell, 77, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sun., Sept. 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he was born May 24, 1940 to John and Helen (Heidenbluth) O'Donnell, the youngest of three children. Bill, as he was known to many, proudly and...
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Charles G. Haggitt

August 2, 1927 - September 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Donald Robert White

March 22, 1963 - September 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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James Rhea Love

June 12, 1938 - September 2, 2017

.James Rhea "Jim" Love, 79, of Lecanto, Florida, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at his home. A native of Minden, Louisiana, he was born June 12, 1938, to William Nickolas, Sr. and Frances (Fuller) Love, one of three children. Jim, as he was known to many, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Centenary College of Louisiana and enjoyed a 37 year career with Sperry...
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Donna Jean Reed

July 16, 1939 - August 28, 2017

Donna Jean Reed, 78, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a native of Hartford, Michigan, she was born July 16, 1938 to Robert and Rose (Schultz) Comp, one of two children. Donna's working life held two facets. In addition to earning a certified nursing assistant certification, she also...
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Mary Catherine FERGUSON

September 25, 1938 - August 24, 2017

Mary Catherine Ferguson passes peacefully on Aug.24, 2017. She was born in Worden, Montana, on September 25,1938 to Conrad and Mary Mills, who moved the family to Florida in 1955. She graduated from North East High School in 1955. She is survived by her 4 children, Barbara Ball (Eric), Jon Hutchinson, Paul Semko (Jessica), and Charles Semko, her 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Heather,...
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Ronald D. Howard

April 29, 1958 - August 21, 2017

Ronald D. Howard, 59, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 at HPH Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, Florida. A native of Greenup, Kentucky, Ron was born April 29, 1958 to Charles E. and Beatrice Evangaline (Barnes) Howard, one of five children. Ron served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Marine Corps and moved to Citrus County four years ago from...
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Carolene Himes

January 22, 1944 - August 18, 2017

Carolene "Carol" Himes, 73, of Beverly Hills, Florida, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at her home. A native of Osgood, Indiana, she was born January 22, 1944 to Rudy and Jeanette (Nisonger) Yocum, one of six children. Carol, as she was known to many, was a lifelong homemaker and mother, but also held several jobs during her life in manufacturing, including as a seamstress. She moved to...
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Jerry D. Loughridge

January 25, 1936 - August 16, 2017

Jerry D. Loughridge, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on August 16, 2017. He was born January 25, 1936 in Kenton, OH, the youngest of five children to John P. and Grace (Jones) Loughridge. He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 54 years, Maria L. (Franco) Loughridge; son John A. Loughridge; two grandsons: Derick and Johnathan Loughridge; one granddaughter: Victoria Loughridge; two...
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Janine M. WATSON

January 4, 1951 - August 9, 2017

Janine (Jan) Watson, 66, of Homosassa, Florida entered into rest on August 9, 2017.Jan was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 4, 1951 the daughter of the late Robert Huot and Josephine Sarat. After 3 years in the Chicago area her family moved to the Detroit area where she spent the next 44 years working as an Executive Secretary and Office Manager in the automotive industry before meeting her...
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Barbara Jean Brendle

April 22, 1940 - July 30, 2017

Barbara Jean Brendle, 77, of Homosassa, FL, passed away at home under the loving care of Hospice on Sunday, July 30, 2017. A native of Miami, FL, Barbara was born April 22, 1940 to Willard and Dorothy (Albury) Peterson, one of five children. Early in her life, Mrs. Brendle was a key punch operator for Sunbank in Miami, but became a lifelong homemaker and mother upon the arrival of her first...
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Eugene Queen

November 19, 1927 - July 29, 2017

.Eugene Queen, 89, of Homosassa passed away on July 29, 2017. Eugene was born on November 19, 1927 in Landville, West Virginia, the son of the late Basil and Bertha (Jones) Queen. Eugene was a retired employee with the Chrysler Motor Company. He retired in 1984 after 33 years of service. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 619 in Dayton...
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Betty F. WHITTLE

May 22, 1926 - July 29, 2017

Whittle, Betty "Betz" 91 passed away peacefully July 29, 2017 under the loving care of Cypress Cove Care Center & Hospice. She was born May 22, 1926 in Lakeland, Fl. She has been a long time resident of this area, living many years in Ozello and then moving to Homosassa after the No Name storm in 1993.As a teenage girl growing up in Tampa she was an avid roller skater and joined a...
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Rachel Adeline Wilcox

September 5, 1926 - July 26, 2017

Rachel Adeline Wilcox. 90 of Beverly Hills, Fl. entered into rest on July 26, 2017. Rachel was born on September 5, 1926 in New Bedford, Ma the daughter of Joseph Sampson and Rachel Chace Sampson. She married Paul John Wilcox on April 1, 1945. In addition to raising their own children, she fostered numerous infants. They moved to Beverly Hills, Fl. in 1986. They spent the first years of their...
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Lee Nora WENTZ

December 17, 1950 - July 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Richard Donald Rochette

July 19, 1938 - July 19, 2017

Richard Donald Rochette, Sr., 79, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on July 19, 2017 at his home. A native of South Boston, MA, he was born July 19, 1938 to Leo and Viola (Belisle) Rochette, one of three children. Richard served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Navy during the post Korean War era and moved to Citrus County in 1969 from Titusville, FL. Richard was a retired...
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Alan Lynn Durden

September 24, 1936 - July 18, 2017

Alan Lynn "Al" Durden, 80, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Tues., July 18, 2017 at home. A native of Franklin, NC, he was born Sept. 24, 1936, the only child to Abraham Lincoln, Sr. and Olga (Shulemeyer) Durden. Alan served his country proudly and honorable in the United States Marine Corps for six years during the Korean War Era and attained the rank of sergeant. Al, as he was known to many,...
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John Michael Taylor

December 7, 1958 - July 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Marjorie W. Green

April 3, 1924 - July 6, 2017

Marjorie W. "Marge" Green, 93, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. A native Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was born in Taylor Falls, Minnesota on April 3, 1924 to Harvey and Martha (Mullins) Wunder. Marge, as she was known to many, met her former husband Ronald M. Green, at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in...
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William Bernard Kemper

August 22, 1952 - July 4, 2017

William Bernard "Bill" Kemper II, 64, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home. A native of Covington, Kentucky, he was born Aug. 22, 1952 to William Bernard I and Dorles (Webster) Kemper, one of six children. Bill, as he was known to everyone, served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Army in the early 1970's and was stationed in Germany. Mr....
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Walter E. Freeman

August 10, 1927 - July 1, 2017

Walter E. "Walt" Freeman, 89, of Trinity, FL and formerly of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., July 1, 2017 at his home. A native of LaGrange, GA, he was born Aug. 10, 1927 to Arvin and Jenny Lee (Smith) Freeman, one of three children. Walter served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Navy during WWII and carried an electronics background from his studies at Georgia Tech...
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Lloyd Richard O'Steen

September 3, 1942 - June 18, 2017

O'Steen, Lloyd Richard,"Dog Trader" 74 of Homosassa, FL, passed away on June 16th, 2017. Lloyd was born in Shired Island, FL to Lloyd Lee O'Steen and Ruby Corbin. Lloyd was a Marine and served three different tours in Vietnam, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart with two stars. Lloyd worked for Florida Power as a welder and retired after 28 years as a...
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Roy Rosario Pistone

November 30, 1940 - June 11, 2017

Roy Rosario Pistone, Sr., 76, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sun., June 11, 2017 at his home, surrounded by loving family members. A native of Brooklyn, NY he was born Nov. 30, 1940 to Joseph and Frances (Catanzaro) Pistone, one of five children. Roy served his country honorably and proudly on active duty from 1963 to 1965 in the United States Army as First Lieutenant and commanded an...
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Janet Irene Barfield

May 16, 1927 - June 6, 2017

Mrs. Janet Irene Barfield, 90, of Woodstock, GA formally of Crystal River, FL passed away June 6, 2017. She was born on May 16, 1927 in Alabama City, AL. Janet lived in several cities with her family (including Germany) before settling in Crystal River. Janet was lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW post 2681 Marietta, GA. She enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. She was a devoted mother...
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Herman C. Saenger

September 24, 1927 - June 2, 2017

Herman C. Saenger, 89, of Homosassa FL, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, FL. A native of Flushing, NY, he was born Sept. 24, 1927 to Wilhelm and Lisle Saenger. Herman served his country honorably and proudly during WWII in the United States Navy and was a retired design engineer for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority. He moved...
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Edward Miedema

January 20, 1933 - May 31, 2017

Edward Miedema, 84, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wed., May 31, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, FL. A native of Hudsonville, MI, he was born Jan. 20, 1933 to Ted and Margaret (Haaksma) Miedema, one of eight children. Ed, as he was known to everyone, served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War Era and then...
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Christine Cernek

January 17, 1926 - May 30, 2017

Christine Cernek, 91, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, FL, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at her home. A native of Czechoslovakia, she was born Jan. 17, 1926 to Stefan and Anna (Chorvat) Usiak. She came to this country December 28, 1937 at the age of eleven and settled in the Bronx, New York with her parents. She later moved to Canajoharie, NY and was employed by Beech-Nut Life Savers for...
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James S. Donohoe

June 4, 1938 - May 27, 2017

James S. Donohoe, 78, of Hudson, Fl and formerly of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., May 27, 2017 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson, FL. A native of Woburn, MA, he was born June 4, 1938 to John and Eleanor (Scott) Donohoe. James served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Navy, serving as a boiler technician, then earned a degree in Engineering from Woburn. ...
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Dale L. Bentley

June 25, 1934 - May 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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Robert A. Reese,

March 18, 1923 - May 25, 2017

Robert A. Reese, Sr., 94, of Clearwater, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his son's home in Homosassa, Florida. A native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, he was born March 18, 1923 to Benjamin Franklin and Carrie (Marrow) Reese. Robert served his country proudly and honorably during WWII from 1943 to 1946, serving in enemy territory in Europe and engaging in at least two...
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Linda A. Swart

June 29, 1950 - May 22, 2017

Linda A. Swart, 66, of Homosassa, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, Florida. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was born June 29, 1950, the only child to Richard Samuel Yarnell and Eleanor Ruth (Auman) Allen. Linda moved to Homosassa 13 years ago from Newtown, CT and was a former administrative secretary for Vitramon, Inc. of Monroe, CT. ...
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Karen Sue BAKER

June 2, 1959 - May 17, 2017

Karen Sue Baker, 57, of Lecanto, Florida, passed away on Wed., May 17, 2017 at her home. A native of Barberton, Ohio, she was born June 2, 1959 to Dennis and Fostella (Jones) Elliot and moved to Lecanto over 12 years ago from Akron, Ohio. Karen was a former shipping and receiving employee in the printing industry in Ohio and is survived by her beloved husband of 15 years, Ryall D. Baker, III of...
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Joseph Louis Granata

November 21, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Joseph Louis Granata, 81, of Homosassa Springs, Florida passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. He was born November 21, 1935 in Niagara Falls, New York to Joseph and Josephine Granata. Joseph was his sons' boy scout troop leader in their younger years, moving on to teaching them the art of mechanics as he enjoyed building classic cars with them...
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Robert A. O'Berry SFC U.S. Army

May 23, 1950 - May 15, 2017

Robert A. "Allen" O'Berry, SFC, U.S. Army (ret), 66, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Mon., May 15, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, Florida. A native of Kissimmee, FL, he was born May 23, 1950 to Robert Patterson and Alice Kathryn (Roland) O'Berry, one of two children. Allen, as he was known to everyone, attended Osceola High School in the Kissimmee area and upon...
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Wilmer B. Hager

April 29, 1988 - May 6, 2017

Wilmer B. "Wil" Hager, 29, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 6, 2017. A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, he was born April 29, 1988 to Larry and Peggy (Sprouse) Hager and moved to Crystal River as a boy from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania in 1996. Wil, as he was known to everyone, was a professional block mason in the construction industry and loved riding...
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Carl J. Petri

May 12, 1922 - May 2, 2017

Carl Petri died on May 2, 2017 in Homosassa, FL.He was born May 12, 1922 in Pekin, Il. to Nicholas and Blanche Peugnet Petri. In 1948 he married Jessie Strope at Grace Methodist Church in Pekin Il. They were the proud parents of one daughter, Suellyn, she died in 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one sister, Bertha, and one brother Earnest. He was a proud...
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Lloyd W. Flythe

November 23, 1923 - April 30, 2017

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Franklin Delano Chronabery

October 4, 1933 - April 29, 2017

Franklin "Frank" Chronabery, 83, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., April 29, 2017 at Cypress Cove Care Center, Crystal River, FL. A native of Troy, Ohio, he was born Oct. 4, 1933 to James and Nellie (Shunk) Chronabery, one of 15 children. Prior to moving to Homosassa in 1972 from his native Troy, Frank was an over the road truck driver for Coy Distributing. He had served as Past Governor...
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John L. Polito SSGT, USAF

October 14, 1924 - April 26, 2017

John L. "Lenny" Polito, SSGT, USAF (ret), 92, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wed., April 26, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, FL. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he was born October 14, 1924 to Ben L. and Evelyn D. (Ballard) Polito. Lenny, as he was known to everyone, served his country honorably and proudly for over 20 years in both the United States Army and the...
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Christopher Nathan Richard

June 26, 1986 - April 21, 2017

Christopher Nathan Richard, 30, of Homosassa, FL, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Homosassa. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, he was born June 26, 1986. Christopher moved to Citrus County permanently in 1996 from Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was a Crystal River High School graduate and earned his bachelor's degree in radiology technology from the College of Central Florida. Chris, as...
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Raymond L. Osburn

January 20, 1940 - April 11, 2017

Raymond L. Osburn, 77, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at his home. A native of Galveston, TX, he was born Jan. 20, 1940 to Richard and Edith (Sisk) Osburn. Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army and then enjoyed a long career as a chemist with Owens Corning Fiberglass until his retirement. Fishing and golf were his favorite hobbies and his family and friends were...
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Jeanette M. Bauer

July 21, 1929 - April 9, 2017

Jeanette M. Bauer, 87, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Rose Manor Assisted Living in Spring Hill, FL. A native of the Bronx (NY), she was born July 21, 1929 to Nicholas and Nellie (Scauzillo) Constantino, the oldest of four children. Jeanette graduated from Walton High School in 1947 and was employed as a secretary for Guardian Life Insurance Company (NY), serving for...
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Betty A. Black

March 26, 1940 - April 9, 2017

Betty A. Black, 77, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. A native of Doyle, Tennessee, she was born March 26, 1940 to Hugh and Effie (Taylor) Black, one of seven children. Betty had lived in Citrus County periodically over the past 50 years and was a retired administrative law enforcement official with both the Polk County Sheriff's Dept. and the...
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Janice Marie Little

July 21, 1936 - April 9, 2017

Janice Marie Little, 80, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, Florida. A native of Cherryvale, Kansas, she was born July 21, 1936 to George and Vera (Cole) Claiborne. Janice was a lifelong homemaker but also served as a nursing home CNA during her life. She moved to Homosassa 15 years ago from Gulfport, Florida, where she had...
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Harold J. Barbret USAF,

June 9, 1922 - April 8, 2017

Harold J. Barbret, MAJ., USAF, (ret), 94, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., April 8, 2017 at Hospice House, Lecanto, FL. A native of Detroit, MI, he was born June 9, 1922 to Harold and Helen (Sartorius) Barbret, one of three children. Harold served America honorably and proudly as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of Major after more than 20 years of...
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Beatrice Schofield

May 5, 1950 - April 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.
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James M. Bierly

January 28, 1935 - April 5, 2017

James M. Bierly (Jim) 82, of Homosassa, passed away on Wednesday, April 5 after a long illness.Jim was past president of the Citrus Audubon Society. He founded the Citrus County Native Plant Society along with four of his friends and his wife Teddi in 2001 and remained president until 2011.Jim gave many talks about wildlife and native plants to various garden clubs and wildlife associations, but...
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Walter E. Nelson

August 14, 1924 - April 5, 2017

Walter Eugene "Wally" Nelson, 92, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wed., April 5, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, FL. A native of Johnsonburg, PA, he was born Aug. 14, 1924 to Otto and Mabel (Hazel) Nelson, one of five children. Wally, as he was known to many, served his country honorably in the United States Army during WWII from 1943 to 1946 and was a lifelong...
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Ray Calhoun

July 15, 1949 - March 26, 2017

Ray Calhoun, 67, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville Florida. A native of Troy, Albama, he was born July 15, 1949 to Raymond and Lena (Owens) Calhoun. Ray moved to Homosassa 40 years ago from Orlando, Florida and as a master of several trades, held jobs during his life working for a tree service, as a former employee of the former...
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Alberta Agle Gebhardt

May 1, 1919 - March 23, 2017

Alberta "Bo" Agle Gebhardt passed away at the age of 97 on March 23, 2017 at Mariner Palms Assisted Living Facility in Spring Hill FL. Alberta was born on May 1, 1919 in Eden, New York to Albert and Lydia Agle. She grew up with six siblings: Herbert, Adeline, Martha, Lovina, Ida and Frederick (all deceased) and spent her childhood on the family farm in Collins Center, New York. She graduated...
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Anna Louise Cooley

November 26, 1931 - March 20, 2017

Anna Louise Cooley, 85, of Homosassa, FL died peacefully at her home on March 20, 2017, with her loving family by her side. A native of White Plains, New York, she was the beloved only child of the late Hermann and Luise (Bodeker) Lemke. After graduating Fredonia State Teacher's College of NY in 1953, Anna married her Briarcliff High School sweetheart, John "Jack" Cooley, at the completion of...
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Sandra J. Warren

June 3, 1941 - March 19, 2017

Sandra ("Sandie") Muriel Jessup Warren went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 19th at the age of 75 after a prolonged illness. She was surrounded by her family, who wish to extend their gratitude to the physicians and nurses in Tampa General Hospital's Medical ICU for their care and effort.Sandie was born June 3, 1941 in Suffern, New York to the late Allen Stansbury Jessup and Muriel Edith...
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Jane Alice Fiske

November 20, 1938 - March 17, 2017

Jane Alice Fiske, 78, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast Hospice House, Lecanto, Florida. A native of Middleboro, Massachusetts, she was born November 20, 1938, the only child to James and Emma Jellow and moved to Citrus County 40 years ago from Seminole, FL. Jane's professional working life held two facets. She was a licensed...
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Edwin Lyle Carr

August 30, 1927 - March 14, 2017

Edwin Lyle Carr, 89, of Crystal River, FL, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home. A native of Monticello, KY, he was born Aug. 30, 1927 to Welby and Letha (Stailey) Carr, one of seven children. Edwin moved to Citrus County 60 years ago from Newcastle, Indiana and was both a retired barber and owner and operator of Maxine's Tropical Aquarium. He loved birdwatching and fishing, but...
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Jane Helen Allen

September 19, 1930 - March 13, 2017

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Anthony J. Fernandes

March 9, 1924 - March 13, 2017

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Linda M. Cooper

October 21, 1945 - March 12, 2017

Linda M. Cooper, 71, of Beverly Hills, Florida, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. A native of Homosassa, Florida, Linda was born October 21, 1945 and was of the Christian faith and had attended The Church of Jesus Christ in Homosassa. A lifelong loving homemaker and self-employed housekeeper, Linda loved gardening, had a passion for reading,...
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Jonathan Thomas Snow

December 3, 1975 - March 12, 2017

Jonathan T. Snow, 41 of Crystal River, died March 12, 2017. He was born to parents Robert "Bob" and Linda (Sullivan) Snow. Jonathan worked most of his adult life as a heavy equipment operator. Jonathan loved all things outdoors and could often be found hunting, fishing or going to the beach with his children. He also loved to build things and go trail riding. He was a coach of several youth...
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Joshua Philip Gunderson

December 16, 1996 - March 10, 2017

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Wilbert Evan Thomas

June 7, 1938 - March 7, 2017

Wilbert Evan Thomas, Jr., 78, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A native of Kingston, PA, he was born June 7, 1938, the oldest of seven children to Wilbert, Sr. and Marian (Tyler) Thomas. Will, as he was known to many, served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired Court Administrator for Luzerne County, PA. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of...
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George H. Frentz

February 27, 1926 - March 3, 2017

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Dorothy June Rose

June 13, 1930 - February 19, 2017

Dorothy June Rose, 86, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she was born June 13, 1930, the only child to Walter and Helen (Keenan) Lang. June, as she was known to everyone, was a lifelong homemaker and mother and moved to Homosassa 20 years ago from New Jersey. She was of the Lutheran faith and is survived by her husband...
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Thomas Paganini

June 14, 1940 - February 18, 2017

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Maria Margarita Rosado

June 29, 1931 - February 15, 2017

Maria Margarita Rosado, 85, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at her home. A native of Utuado, Puerto Rico, she was born June 29, 1931 to Neftali Rosado Santiago and Margot Nieves Vidal, one of seven children. Maria moved here on June 30, 2015 from Homestead, Florida, where she had lived for 25 years. Before coming to Florida, she had lived in New Jersey for...
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Wanda Lou Wayson

April 15, 1929 - February 11, 2017

Wanda Lou "Mattie" Wayson of Old Town, Florida passed with peace and grace at home on Saturday, February 11, 2017. She was 87 years old. Mattie was born April 15, 1929 in Schwertner, Texas, the daughter of Paul and Juanita Matejowsky. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert Bruce Wayson, her brother Bill "Booger" Matejowsky, and her brother-in-law Don Reed. Her...
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Carol Joye Cheek

August 20, 1948 - February 11, 2017

Carol Joye Cheek, 68, of Crystal River, passed away on Saturday February 11, 2017. She was known as Carol at work and by Joye to her family. She was born in Franklin, Indiana to John B. and Helen Goodwin Cheek on August 20, 1948. She is survived by her mother Helen Cheek, two sisters Sandy Suriano and Sue Vollstedt and her husband Tom, one brother Ron Cheek and his wife Dawn all of Homosassa....
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David J. Minear

March 16, 1940 - February 9, 2017

David J. Minear, age 76, of Homosassa, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017. He was born in St. Louis, MO on March 16, 1940 to Naomi and John Minear. David graduated college from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA and went on to receive his Master's degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Denver and his Doctorate of Speech Pathology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He...
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Lloyd Russell Vice

November 18, 1963 - February 8, 2017

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Jon Eric Steele

December 1, 1943 - February 6, 2017

Jon Eric Steele, 73 years old, passed away at his Sugarmill Woods home surrounded by his family on Monday, February 6, 2017. He was born December 1, 1943 to Bud and Winnie (Anderson) Steele. He was raised and worked in Indiana until his retirement as a supervisor at Seagrams, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, with 25 years of service. In 1988, he moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he resided for 12...
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Hazel A. Wilson

August 5, 1925 - February 5, 2017

Hazel Alderman-Price-Wilson, age 91, died peacefully on February 5th, 2017 at Crystal River Health & Rehab facility in Florida, after suffering a stroke with complications. Hazel was born on August 5th 1925, in East Sarasota County Florida, and was the daughter of Alva and Curtis Alderman.Hazel graduated from Sarasota High School in 1944, majoring in business administration. Her first job...
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Carlo J. De Luca

December 22, 1920 - February 2, 2017

Carlo J. "Carl" De Luca, 96, of Homosassa, passed away on Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River. A native of Chicago, IL, he was born Dec. 22, 1920, one of nine children. Carl, as he was known to many, enjoyed a 40 year career as a local distance truck driver in the Chicago area and moved to Homosassa in 1995 from Fort Myers, where he had lived as a...
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Gator J. Buskirk

July 18, 1978 - February 1, 2017

Harold J. "Gator" Buskirk III, 38, of Homosassa, Florida and formerly of Easton, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in Homosassa. Gator, as he was known to everyone, was born July 18, 1978 to Harold J. Buskirk, Jr. and Betty Anne (Winger) Buskirk and moved to Homosassa just a year ago. He was a roofer by profession, most recently with Ryman Roofing, Zephyrhills, Florida. ...
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Thomas Kozuch

December 25, 1950 - January 25, 2017

Thomas Kozuch, 66, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home. A native of Amityville, Long Island, New York, he was born on Dec. 25, 1950 to Walter and Anne (Lopresti) Kozuch, one of three children. Thomas was a retired plumbing supplies salesman and moved to Homosassa nearly 11 years ago from Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY. Mr. Kozuch is survived by his loving...
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Barbara A. GILL

January 1, 1934 - January 23, 2017

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Timothy Smith DAVIS

May 17, 1942 - January 19, 2017

Timothy Smith Davis, better known in his community as the "newspaper angel", passed away January 19, 2017 after suffering from Parkinson's disease and cancer. He could be seen every morning in Forest View Estates in Homosassa picking up newspapers and putting them on resident's doorsteps. He was born May 17, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, but spent most of his youth in Mansfield, Ohio. He received...
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Shelby J. Sabathe

October 15, 1940 - January 19, 2017

Shelby J. Sabathe, 76, of Clearwater, FL and formerly of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Thurs., Jan. 19, 2017 at Suncoast Hospice, Pinellas Park, FL. A native of Clintonville, W.Va., she was born Oct. 15, 1940, the only child to Letcher and Eva (Hayslette) Dressler. Mrs. Sabathe spent over 50 years in Clearwater and lived in Homosassa for just a few years later in her life. A talented and...
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Ruth M. Syfert

March 9, 1930 - January 18, 2017

Ruth M. Syfert, 86, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, FL. A native of Hinsdale, IL, she was born March 9, 1930, the only child to Ralph and Winifred (Johnson) Billingsley. Ruth moved to Homosassa in 1985 from Pekin, IL, and was active for many years in the Women's Ministries in Citrus County and Pekin, IL. She was also past...
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Shane Christopher Williams

July 22, 1983 - January 14, 2017

Shane Christopher Williams died unexpectedly early January 14, 2017. Shane was born on July 22, 1983 in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He spent most of his childhood in Kissimmee, Florida before moving to Citrus County in 2004. He graduated from Poinciana High School in Kissimmee and attended Withlacoochee Technical School where he received his certification in HVAC. Shane could always be found...
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Joyce L. Hudgens

March 5, 1936 - January 10, 2017

Joyce L. Hudgens, 80, of Crystal River, FL, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Inverness. A native of Ozello, FL, she was born March 5, 1936 to Riley and Jessie (Harris) Head, one of eight children. Joyce was first and foremost a lifelong mother and homemaker, but also assisted her late husband Wayne Hudgens with his family business, H & H Motors. Aside from...
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Kenneth E. Stark,

November 8, 1949 - January 1, 2017

Kenneth E. Stark, Sr., 67, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at his home. A native of St. Louis, MO, he was born Nov. 8, 1949 to Wilbur Lee and Jacqueline (Pick) Stark, one of eight children. Mr. Stark served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and was a talented and gifted carpenter all of his life. He moved to Homosassa 39 years ago from his...
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Marylou Dodson Jowers

August 22, 1938 - December 29, 2016

Marylou Dodson Jowers, 78, of Lecanto, Florida, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. A native of Felda, Florida, she was born August 22, 1938 to Sam Edward and Sylvia (French) Dodson, one of six children. Marylou moved to Lecanto in 1970 from Naples, Florida and was still employed in her longtime profession of housekeeper and maid. Her...
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