Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Alexandria Monica Gillis

Alexandria Monica Gillis, age 38 of Orlando, passed away Friday, November 1st, 2019.   She was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Walter E. Quinn and Anne Gillis and was employed in hospitality.

Alexandria leaves to cherish her memory, mother Anne Gillis, daughter Arianna Delgado, son Julian Delgado all of Orlando; sons Jonathan and Jaydon Pappas both of Massachusetts and brother Ross Mousette of Orlando.

The family is having a gathering of friends at 1:30 pm followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm on November 21st, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Jennifer Ann Bleichner

Jennifer Ann Bleichner, age 32, of Orlando, passed away Friday, November 8th, 2019.  She was born in Sanford, FL the daughter of Brian and Sally (Stephenfield) Bleichner, and was employed as a nutrition consultant for Natures Market, Funeral Associate for Dobbs Funeral Home and was a senior at St. Petersburg College earning her degree in Mortuary Science.   She attended Church in the Son in Orlando.

Jennifer was a fitness enthusiast who would often be seen at LA Fitness for 4 - 5 hours on any given day.  She was an old soul who loved her music, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, the Beach Boys and wouldn't dream of missing a Michael Jackson or Prince Concert!  Often times she had a dry sense of humor that you would miss if you didn't know her until you thought about it for a few minutes (The Queen of Puns), plus she was a music history buff.  She knew her stuff!  Name That Tune!!!!

Jennifer leaves to cherish her memory, father Brian Bleichner of Orlando;  mother Sally Bleichner of Geneva; brothers Eric Bleichner of Altamonte Springs, Ryan Bleichner of Bogata, TX; Christopher Bleichner of Orlando; grandmother Molly Perry of Geneva; nephews Thomas Bleichner, Bryan David Bleichner and 3 nieces Emily, Sophie and Lee Lu.

A memorial service for Jennifer will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Dean Thakurdin

Dean Thakurdin, age 95, of  Orlando, passed away Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at the Solaris Windermere Nursing Home  He was born in Susannah's Rust, Guyana, the son of Rampersaud and Necchi and was employed as a machinist for a gun manufacturer.  

Dean leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Lilouty (Iris) Singh of Canada; son Harry Persaud of West Palm Beach; daughter Kavita Mangru of Ft. Lauderdale; son Chris Persaud of Guyana; daughter Sandra Latchmana of Canada; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  A traditional Hindu service will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until 11:30 am, followed by cremation at Metro Crematory located at 751 Bluford Avenue in Ocoee. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Matthew Steven Dirden

Matthew Steven Dirden of Ocoee, age 27, passed away at his home on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from muscular dystrophy.    He was a lifelong Orlando resident the son of Ronnie and Cheryl Ann (Harker) Dirden, Sr.

Matthew is survived by his father Ronnie of Gorham, Illinois and his brother Ronnie Jr. of Ocoee.  The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, followed by the funeral service on Monday, November 4, 2019.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Diana Dawn Harper

Diana Dawn Harper, age 52, of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  She was born in Ravenna, Ohio, the daughter of Billy and Rosalea (Fitzwater) Harper and was employed as a hair stylist at the Hair Cuttery.

Diana leaves to cherish her memory along with her father Billy of Orlando; daughter Amanda Harper of Altamonte Springs; companion Kenneth Brown of Orlando; sister Juanita Collar of Oceana, West Virginia; brothers David Harper of Apopka, Billy Harper of Mt. Dora and 5 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Dexter Johnson officiating at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed by interment at Ocoee Cemetery.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Joanne Hodges Groover

Joanne Hodges "Mama Jo" Groover passed away at the age of 88 on October 27th, 2019, in her adopted home of Orlando Florida, where she lived for the past 46 years.  She spent her final hours at the Cornerstone Hospice Center, surrounded by many family and friends, who came to pay their respects to a truly remarkable woman who impacted the lives of countless people.

Joanne Hodges was the ninth and last child born to Henry Clifton Hodges and Synthia Lou Weathers Hodges on October 13, 1931, in Ludowici, Long County, Georgia.  She married the love of her life, Ralph Hillis Groover, Jr. in 1952, and they spent the next 57 years together.   They were the epitome of the loving and dedicated military family.  While he served all over the globe for thirty-one years, she held down the home front, creating a world everywhere from  Georgia, to California, Virginia, Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, and Louisiana, before they settled together at last in Florida.

Mama Jo was pre-deceased by her husband, whom she goes to join now for eternity, and her grandson Kellen Todd Gibney.  She is survived by four children who have been the focus of her life: Sherrie Gibney-Sherman (Ken), Sandra "Cindy" Groover (Charley), Major General Ralph Groover III (Lynn), and Lea Anne Groover (Alfredo): seven grandchildren: Alexandra Gibney (Will), Mollie Sherman (Austin), Armando "Trey" Hernandez (Laurie), Hailey Groover, MacKenzie Groover, Richard Day (Sheyanna), and Chris "CK" Day; five great-grandchildren: Kellin Waters, Louis Siegrist, George Siegrist, Asher Harris, and Grayson Day; and many more in her extended family.

Mamo Jo lived for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was at the center of holiday  meals and gatherings for decades.  She started a family tradition of holding an annual "Groover Beach Week" starting in 1993, a tradition lasting for over 25 years.

Services will beheld at the Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando, Flolrida 32811 on Tuesday, October 29th, at 11 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, lease send donations to the cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Florida 32778.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Stephen Paul Westcomb

Stephen Paul Westcomb, age 67, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 Advent Health Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL.   He was born in Muskegon, MI the son of the late Roberta Jean (Helman) and William Richard Westcomb.  Stephen served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War Veteran and employed as a manager for a supermarket.

Stephen is predeceased by his parents and son Jared Ryan Westcomb (1986,) brother Richard Westcomb (2015) and leaves to cherish his memory, wife Natividad (Ginete) Westcomb of Orlando; daughter Heidi Lanae Warnez (Daniel) of Orlando; son Matthew Stephen Westcomb (Christy) of Arvada, CO;  two sisters Marilyn Herlein of Manton, MI, Patricia Burch of Roxboro, NC;  four brothers, David Westcomb (Linda) of Racine, WI,  Michael Westcomb (Wendy) of Janesville, WI,  Wendell Westcomb (Debra) of Three Rivers, MI,  Kevin Westcomb of Munising, MI; grandchildren - Kennedy, Sarah and Finley Warnez of Orlando

The family will be receiving friends at  2:00 PM on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019,  followed by the funeral service at 3:00 PM with military honors at First Baptist Church of Orlando in the Henry Chapel with Dr. David Uth, Pastor officiating. The church is located at 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32805.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Glenys Nicholas Haine

Glenys Nicholas Haine, age 89, of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  Her parents immigrated to America from a small coal mining village in Penrhiwceiber, South Wales. (1921)   They settled in the small town of Ellwood City  in Western Pennsylvania. It was there that Glenys was born on June 21, 1930 .  Glenys attended West End Elementary, Hartman Junior High and graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, in 1948.  She was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, and also a member of their church choir.  She always said one of her favorite memories, as a child, was coming home from school to find her mom baking bread and how the sweet aroma filled their home.  It was during her teen years she met and fell in love with Don Haine.  They married on August 5, 1949.  Their two children were born in Ellwood City.  Robert Sherman Haine and Bonnie Lynn Haine (Dobi). They both attended and graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. 

 In  1975 Glenys and husband, Don, moved to Danville, Kentucky where she worked in the Science Lab of Centre College, and enjoyed her time there for 20 years.  Their next move was to Orlando, Florida.  Glenys became part of the Disney Dream Team and was a Cast Member for 15 years at the Fantasmic Show of Hollywood Studios.  She loved that assignment as she worked with many college students and they showed their love for her by calling her “Grandma.”  She retired from Disney in January of 2019.  While in Orlando she was an active member of The First Baptist Church and the Pressing On In Grace Class.   After becoming homebound she was  able to “attend” morning service via the computer as she loved the choir, the orchestra, and the Bible teaching. Her last residence was at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Village in Kissimmee, Florida.  She  resided there for 22 years up to the time of her passing.

 She and husband, Don, just celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary in August of this year surrounded by many friends and family.   Her immediate family includes two brothers, Simon Glyn Hughes,and  Harry Hughes III , both deceased and sister, Ruth Elizabeth Hughes Rinker, residing in Orlando, Florida with several nieces and nephews.

 Her children’s families include daughter, Bonnie Lynn Dobi and her husband, David.  This includes grandchildren, Joshua and spouse, Kerri,  John and spouse Becky,  Jillian and spouse Grant Sutphin and several great grandchildren.…also son, Robert Sherman Haine and wife Barbara. This includes four grandchildren,  Robbie  (deceased in 2004) and Bekah with spouse, Marc DeProspero, Nathan and spouse Beckie, Donald and spouse Sara,  Jeremy and spouse Diana, and several great grandchildren.

 The Memorial Service for Glenys will be at First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida, in Henry Chapel on Friday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m.    A reception for family and friends will follow the service in Faith Hall provided by the Kids’ Ministry of the church. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Patricia Ashley Elmer Appel

Patricia Ashley Elmer Appel passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 at the age of 100, one day short of her 101st birthday.  Pat was born October 1, 1918 to Manuel (Pat) Conrad and June Ashley Elmer in Lawrence, KS.  She was predeceased by her sister Dr. Anne June Elmer Strong and brother Dr. Glaister Ashley Elmer.
        On August 9, 1941 Pat married Ralph Lach Appel; they were married over 61 years until Ralph passed away in 2002.  Pat had two much loved sons, Roy Elmer Appel (2014), grandchildren Marilee Appel and Richard Appel and great grandchildren Ryan Appel and Nicole Appel of Somerset, PA. and Robert Ashley Appel (2018), wife Kathleen Appel and granddaughter Ashley Appel of Winter Garden, FL. and niece Georgeanne Beck of Broomfield, CO.. 
At the age of eight Pat’s family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she was a 1936 graduate of Edgewood High School.  In 1940 she graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English, Advertising and Sociology.  In 1941 Pat received her M.B.A. in Retail Training at the University of Pittsburgh where her father was head of the Sociology Department. Pat was the associate editor of the year book, a member of Motor Board, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, president of the Student Women’s Government Association and received the Junior Spoon Award as outstanding Junior Woman in 1939 (most popular among her fellow-students). 
In 1941 Pat married Ralph Lach Appel and they had a wonderful marriage for 61 years until his death in 2002.  During World War II she worked at various jobs including managing a laundry, as civilian head of the officers pay section at Camp Reynolds, PA and ended the final years of WWII as administrative assistant at the Petroleum Industry War Council in Washington, DC where Ralph was stationed at the Pentagon.  After the war Pat and Ralph returned to the Pittsburgh area where she kept busy with volunteer work as a member of the American Red Cross, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Board, and the Board of Federation of Women’s Club.  While she lived in McMurray, PA, Pat helped organize and worked in the public library, and helped organize and set up the library at the New Pleasant Valley grade school where her sons attended school.  She was past president of the South Hills Woman’s Club; Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Association; and a charter member of the McMurray PTA.  Pat was active in the McMurray Art League and in her 50s she began seriously pursuing her love of painting.  She painted until the age of 100, gifting many family members and friends with her beautiful work.  In 1970 Pat took 2nd place at the Washington, PA County Fair with her entry of “Outer Banks” and contributed her painting of the 2011 Space Shuttle Launch to an exhibit at the Southwest branch of the Orange County Library System.
        Pat began volunteering at Cape Canaveral Hospital in 1982 where she served more than 100 hours over 25 years with the Cocoa Beach Hospital Auxiliary and was chosen as Star Volunteer – 2nd Quarter 2007.  She served her Cocoa Beach community as a member of the Shilah Temple No. 151; Daughters of the Nile, Melbourne, FL; Cocoa Beach Seaside Lioness Club, was a member of the Azan Yacht Club, the Cocoa Beach Garden Club, the Brevard Symphony Central Guild and volunteered at the Cocoa Beach Library.  Pat was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, most recently as a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach where she was a member of the Hannah Circle and Riverside Presbyterian Choir.
Pat’s dedication to her community ranged from planting trees to saving newly born Sea Turtles.  She was a caretaker of family; taking her father when he was in his 90s to an Elmer family reunion in Wisconsin; caring for her mother-in-law for over 10 years and caring for her family well into her 90s. Pat loved flowers and graced her home with a beautiful flower garden.  She was a voracious reader, reading several books a week and took great joy when the neighborhood children would visit to paint with “Miss Pat”. 
A memorial service will be held at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach, on November 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Pat will be greatly missed by family and friends. May she rest in peace.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the Riverside Presbyterian Church’s missions.

Guillermo "Moy" Sison

Guillermo "Moy" Sison, 81, of Orlando Florida passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was born on February 10, 1938 in the Abra, Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa Sison, 6 children: Roxanne, Rainy, Spring, Winnee, Summer and Cloudy, 12 grandchildren: Yeng-Yeng, Kaye-Kaye, Ian, Anne-Anne, Tin-Tin, Rochelle, Rainy, Francis, Anna, Vixen, Yzhelle and Elijah, 8 great grandchildren, 4 sisters: Thelma, Editha, Delia and Milagros, along with in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Felix and Francesca Sison, and brother Thomas Sison.

Moy finished his Bachelor's degree in Education and worked as a teacher in his early professional years, moved on to work as a local government officer while owning and operating a small convenience store. When he migrated to the United States in 1995, he worked as a sales clerk at 7 Eleven until he retired. He was well accepted and loved by the people he worked with.

Tatang, as his family fondly calls him, was a great husband, father and grandfather. He is very patient, generous, very loving and hardworking.

His hobbies include gardening, fishing, building things, watching wrestling and Jeopardy, and taking care of his pets (dogs, cats and fish). He is also a musician, he can play the guitar, ukulele and violin.

He will continue to be remembered and loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 9:00 pm with a wake service at 7:30 pm on Thursday,  October 24, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. John Vianney Church.