Friday, January 15, 2021

Marilyn Ann Haberkamp

 Marilyn Ann Haberkamp, age 90, of Zellwood, Florida passed away Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at Serenade Assisted Living in Winter Garden.   She was born in Evanston, IL the daughter of the late Ann (Dieters)  and Alvin  Beigel.  

Marilyn is  survived by three sons Robert Haberkamp of Lynchburg, TN, Thomas Haberkamp of Windermere, and Tim Haberkamp of Orlando; she is also survived by a sister Carol Goebbert, of Davis, IL; brother, Carl Brigel of Lady Lake, FL; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 15th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL .  Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Mount Prospect, IL.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thomas Linkowski

Thomas Linkowski, 83, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, formerly of Wilmette, Illinois passed away on January 8, 2021. He was born in Gary, Indiana on May 7, 1937 to Regina and Casimir Linkowski.  He is survived by his daughters Janice Linkowski (Wilmette, IL) and Laura (Jim) Turner (Elkhorn, WI), his sisters Judy (Eugene) Zielinski of Merrillville and Carol (Don, deceased) Kopenec of Munster, Indiana, and his former wife Roberta Linkowski. He was grandfather to Jennifer, James, Alexandra and Max and great-grandfather to Kaitlyn, Emily, Olivia, Liam and Finley. He was Uncle to Susan Schroeder Booth, Holly Schroeder, Dr. David (Michelle) Zielinski, Col. John (Rosella) Zielinski, Dan (Jacqueline) Zielinski, Amy Zielinski, Cindy (Fred) McCraw, Steven (Erin) Kopenec and Robert (Angela) Kopenec. Tom was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey, aged 14, and sister Mae Schroeder.

After graduating President of his class in Emerson High School in 1954 in Gary, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the Battleship USS Wisconsin BB64 from 1955-1957. Like his father before him, Tom enjoyed a long career as a firefighter.  From 1962-1991 he was a passionate advocate of fire prevention and lead programs in the Evanston public elementary schools to raise awareness in children. He retired at age 54 as the Division Fire Chief for the Evanston Fire Department, after almost 30 years of the civil service. Upon Tom’s retirement he realized the need to keep retired firefighters informed and connected. Chief Linkowski brought the brotherhood of firefighters together by creating his pride and joy, “The Fire Line” publication.  He subsequently spent much of the next 30 years still keeping in touch while enjoying retirement in the warmth of Florida, an environment he adored. He loved his job as a firefighter, and always had a story or lesson to share of these treasured days. 

A practicing Catholic, Tom was baptized at St. Hedwig Church in Gary, Indiana, raised his family at St. Athanasius, Evanston, Illinois and attended mass weekly at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Tom made friends easily and enjoyed social clubs including being an active member of the Elks Lodge for 61 years and made a point to visit local lodges wherever he roamed. A patriotic American, Tom was a proud Republican who loved to travel the country and prided himself in his quest to visit all the fifty states of America. Tom was a loving father, uncle, grandfather, son, brother, friend, handyman and always the good neighbor. He had a bench outside of his townhome where he enjoyed sitting, talking to neighbors, reading mail, checking out the birds, and waiting for someone like the "cookie lady," to bring him a sweet treat. Most often if someone in the neighborhood needed a tool he could help out. There is a void on Maple Oak Circle. His Florida friends and his family will miss him dearly.

A service will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church | 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021. A celebration of his life and Interment of his ashes will be held in Illinois at a later date due to the pandemic restrictions.

In lieu of flowers send donations to The Evanston Police and Fire Foundation at

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Frances Louise Hurd

Frances Louise Hurd, age 75, of Orlando, passed away  Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at East Orlando Health & Rehab.  She was born in Eustis, FL the daughter of the late Pearl (Gibson) and Pat P. Humphrey.  Frances was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Orlando and was employed as a theme park phone operator.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband Charles Hurd of 58 years of Orlando; two daughters, Diana Haberle of Titusville, Rebekah Hurd of Winter Garden; two sisters, Martha Humphrey-Ellis of Winter Garden,  Nancy A. Gibson of Melbourne, FL: and 3 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at Tabernacle Baptist Church located  at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL  with Pastor Steve Ware officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Enrico Dominic Ferri

Enrico Dominic Ferri, age 60, of Orlando, passed away Friday, January 1st, 2021.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio the son of the late Viola (Caringi)  and Rocco  Ferri.  Enrico served in the U.S. Army and was a self employed photographer.

Enrico leaves to cherish his memory, wife Rosemeire Louza Soffa of Orlando; sons Alessandro and Lorenzo Ferri; step daughter Isabella Louza Soffa, all of Orlando;  four sisters, Marisa Ferri, Rosanna Ferri, Maria Jose, all of Italy; and Silvana Ferri of Cleveland, OH. 

The family will be receiving at 4:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home with Deacon Spencer Silvers officiating.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Joel Daniel (Danny) Brown

Joel Daniel (Danny) Brown, 71 years old of Ocoee, Fl., passed away on Thursday, 
December 31, 2020
.  Mr. Brown was born in Orlando on January 27, 1949 to James Lester and Louise (Anderson) Brown. He is predeceased by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

His family was his greatest pride and joy. Those who will cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Marcia (Curenton) Brown.  Three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joel Daniel, Jr and Jessica Brown, John Kevin Brown, and James Ryan and Ashley Brown.

Ten grandchildren, Brittany (John Herndon), Austin, Mason, Julian, Makenna, Joel, Reagan and Maria Brown and Nataly and Jazmin Ramos.

Three great grandchildren, Johnny, Jayden and Jasper Herndon.  Also left to cherish his memory are numerous family members and friends.

Joel was a proud United States Marine Corps/Vietnam veteran. He retired from a 29 year career with the Orange County Corrections Department as a correctional supervisor. He was also retired from the City of Ocoee.

He enjoyed classic cars, especially 1974 Chevy Novas, 1960s/70s rock and roll, any crime drama on TV, Hallmark movies, a really good hamburger, traveling and spending time with his family.

He was a man of great faith, his word was his bond, he valued integrity, honesty and loyalty, he thought that worrying was just a waste of time, he loved with his whole heart and faced life on his own terms. He truly lived out the statement, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 9:30a until 10:30a , followed by the funeral service at 10:30a at Free Will Baptist Church, located at 1208 E. Story Road in Winter Garden with Pastor Jeff Shaver officiating.  Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 2:00 pm with military honors.


Monday, January 4, 2021

Michael Angelo Curtis

Michael Angelo Curtis, age 64 of Clermont Florida, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of December 23, 2020. While his passing was sudden, he was surrounded by his loving family as he entered into Eternity. Michael was born November 25, 1956 in Nassau, Bahamas to William and Barbara (Farrington) Curtis. He was their first born. In December 1995, while on a trip to Botswana, he met the woman who would become his wife; the incomparable Suzanne Curtis, nee Horton, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They were married June 4, 1997. From this union they produced three remarkable sons, Michael (Mikey), Gabriel (Gabie) and Mitchell. Micheal loved the Lord and for 25 years was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

 Those who knew him are well aware that Michael was not only educated but also an intellectual with an unquenchable curiosity. He was an excellent listener who enjoyed hearing different perspectives and entering into spirited conversations. As a boy, he attended Lindisfarne College in Wales where as a scholar and athlete he earned his primary and secondary education and formed lifelong friendships. He was very active in the Lindisfarne alumni group. His educational journey took him through the University of London and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, culminating with a graduate degree from Nova University where he earned his Master of Computer Science. His professional career consisted of several adjunct professorships, and consulting jobs in IT.  With all of his accomplishments, Michael’s most grand was that of husband and father.

Michael loved the arts, science and engaging in cross cultural experiences. This was expressed when he played the saxophone, listened to his eclectic music collection or openly reflected on various articles he had read from across a variety of sources and disciplines. He enjoyed watching his sons compete in multiple local, regional and international competitions. He was a true family man concerned not only for his immediate family but also for his siblings and cousins. He was a frequent contributor to the family Whatsapp™ chat making fun quips and providing great insights. He could also be counted on to provide wisdom and solutions to various situations on which family and friends sought his advice.   

Michael is survived by his wife Suzanne, and sons Mikey, Gabie and Mitchell. He is also survived by his parents William Curtis and Barbara Curtis. His siblings Sherry Curtis of Nassau Bahamas and Billy Curtis of San Francisco, CA. His nephew Shalando Strapp and great nephew Treshawn Strapp of Nassau, His first cousins Kimberlee Prioleau of Rockhill SC; Francois Guillaume of Atlanta, Ga; Rosheene Adams of Charlotte, SC; and Rajya Smith and Rupert Adams of Nassau Bahamas. His mother-in-law, Joyce Horton, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and a host of cousins and other family and friends, across the USA, Canada, The Bahamas, The United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Austria. He will also be dearly missed by his many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Michael Curtis Memorial Fund,


The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church of Orlando located at 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32805 with Pastor Bill Mitchell officiating.  Private Family Only interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Clermont.

If you are unable to attend the service in person,  January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am, please see the virtual link below which will begin moments prior: 

Susan Kasunick Weckbacher

Susan Kasunick Weckbacher, age 84, of Orlando, FL passed away into Jesus’ arms on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.  She was born in Brewster, Ohio and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio in 1955.  She had four brothers Eugene, Lee Roy (Jack), Louis and Richard. While raising her two children Susan spent 20 years working part-time for the State of Florida School System and another 20 years working at Walt Disney World along-side her friend Marcia who was her long-time friend.  Susan never met a stranger she didn't befriend.

Susan leaves, to cherish her memory, her husband of 58 years William Weckbacher.  Daughter Jeanne Atalski with her husband Kevin Atalski and Son Thomas Weckbacher with his wife Julie Weckbacher.  Grandchildren Michael Watson, Ryan Weckbacher, LeeAnn Weckbacher, Tayler Weckbacher, Kelsea Hallberg, Kayla Wright, and Alexa Trull.  Brother Louis Kasunick and his wife Candy Kasunick of Clermont, FL.

Susan had special places in her heart for Elvis, Mickey Mouse & Goofy, her kids and her grandkids.  She will be forever missed by all.

Family welcoming guests to a Chapel service on January 9, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Dobbs Funeral Home

420 N. Kirkman Road

Orlando, FL  32811

And immediately following all Family and Friends welcome at Celebration of Life visitation anytime between 3:00 – 6:00 at

Ocoee Lakeshore Center

150 N. Lakeshore Drive

Ocoee, FL  34761


Rita Anne Vanatta

Rita Anne Vanatta, age 89, of Winter Garden, Florida passed away on Sunday, December 27th, 2020.  She was born in Lancaster, Ohio the daughter of Francis and Pauline (Donnely) Messerly and was employed  as a Nursing Director.

The family will be receiving friends from 9:00 am until 10:15 am at Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.  The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am at Resurrection Catholic Church located at 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Road in Winter Garden 34787.  Interment will follow the funeral mass at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Irving ("Radar") McLean

Irving   ("Radar") McLean, age 74 of Orlando, passed away Thursday, December 24th, 2020.  He was born in Las Cuevas, Trinidad, the son of the late Sylvia (Hernandez)  and George  McLean and was employed as a musician.  

Two of his favorite scriptures were:

The Magnificat

-My Soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; For behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name; And his mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy Even as he spoke to our fathers to Abraham and to his seed forever.

Prayer to Saint Michael

Saint Michael the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits, who wander through the world seeking the ruin of the souls. Amen.

"A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who... raised their mind with humble confidence to God.

His Girlfriend -Marilyn Roopchand- would like everyone to know : "He was a Decent loving person who was loved by lots of people throughout the world."  He loved watching westerns, catching up on the phone with family, walking 2 miles everyday at sunrise to compete with his neighbor Ms. Heidi, talking with his Girlfriend Marilyn 3 times a day, bussin a cook, our dog Nikki, The Los Angeles Lakers, and probably most of all music, making it, performing it, everything about it.

Irving leaves to cherish his memory sons, Daniel, David and Phil McLean; brothers Julio, Glen, and Eric; sisters Margaret, Glenda, Rose, Daffa and Rhonda; numerous cousins who he loved and spoke with weekly.  

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL  with Pastor Thomas Hensley officiating.