Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cecilia Denise Warrington

Cecilia Denise Warrington, age 54, of Orlando passed away Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. She was born in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of the late Annie (Rogers)  and Leroy  Smith, Jr.and was a wife and homemaker.

Cecilia is predeceased by her daughter Heaven Warrington (2001) and leaves to cherish her memory husband, Jerome Warrington; two daughters, Jessica Smith, Joanna Warrington all of Orlando; two sons Jamel Smith of Okeechobee,  Darren Warrington of Orlando; sister Valerie Singleton of Philadelphia; and 6 grandchildren

The funeral service will be held 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at Dobbs Funeral Home. 

Regina Barbara Yuskoski Graeber

Regina Barbara Yuskoski Graeber passed unexpectedly in her peaceful sleep in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the age of 100 and a half.  Regina was born on September 15, 1916 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, to grocery store owners (of 49 years) Edna & Louis Yuskoski. Regina witnessed in her early years a parade celebrating the end of World War I, a local speech by Thomas Edison, and survived the Great Depression.  She graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1932 and married the (late) Robert Graeber Sr.  In 1940 she moved to Shamokin, Pennsylvania where she lived in the same house on the side of a mountain for 74 years, raising six children.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Her family was blessed to have witnessed the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Regina and Robert decades ago. 

Regina was active in Shamokin community activities, including the choir of Mother Cabrini Church, Choraleers, the Polka Mass Choir, the St Edwards/ Mother Cabrini Church and Funeral Mass Choirs.  She was a devoted wife and mother and a prayerful devout Catholic all her life (she would make 7 lemon meringue pies at a time for church events).  She was also known for her fabulous garden which bloomed especially bright in the spring with daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocuses. The last 22 years of her life she called Shamokin, PA and also Orlando, FL home (to be more involved with family).  She even joined the church choir at Holy Family in Orlando.  Her love of music has inspired and touched family and friends for generations.  Regina started playing electric guitar at the age of 57!  In her final years she started painting and also did quite well! 

Her 100th birthday celebration in September of 2016 brought her family together for a joyful centennial celebration of her life.  In her 100 years, Regina Graeber brought life and love to countless people, including her immediate family: her late husband, Robert Graeber Sr; daughter Barbara Braubitz (of Auburn, NY), and her three children and two grandchildren; daughter Margaret Combe Barstow (of Southlake, Texas) and her three children and seven grandchildren; daughter (late) Gloria Graeber; son Robert Graeber Jr. (of Lititz, PA) and his two children and one grandchild; son Bruce Graeber (of Washington, DC) and his two children; and daughter Laura Wideman (of Orlando, FL) and her four children and two grandchildren—and a baby on the way!

Even at 100 years old, Regina Graeber’s eyes sparkled to hear and tell stories and events about the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that were passed along through the “Graeber-vine.”  Regina didn’t miss a beat! She loved to share wisdom and family stories, past and present, and in her sweet sing-song Eastern accent would say, “Oh honey, I’ll tell ya…”  Regina is singing with the choir of angels now, and our loss is heaven’s gain!

The family will be receiving friends from 9:30 - 10:30 am, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL with Father Leo Hodges officiating.


Shirley Delores Edwards

Shirley Delores Edwards was born in Brewton, Alabama on December 19, 1943 and died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. She was the second of seven children born to the late Prince Albert Edwards and the late Evangelist Rosie Beth Edwards.  

She attended Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. Professionally, she worked in various occupations as a mixologist, a geriatrics nurse’s assistant, an international model, and a professional secretary for many years.   

Shirl or Shelly who her dad and close friends sometimes called her, often was the life of a social gathering.  She had a passion for dancing, listening to oldies music, and movies.  She often spoke of her favorite sport, wrestling (The Rock, The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin were some of her favorites).  She had a God given talent for fashion, interior decorating, cooking, being a make-up artist, but most of all, being a grandmother.   She was a phenomenal hair stylist and taught many women how to use make-up, and wear and take care of a wig.     

Shirley loved the word of God as she read and studied her bible daily.  Her beautiful smile, warm heart, and gentle touch often was illustrated in her giving as she helped people as much as she could.   

Shirley leaves to cherish her memory, two children: Kerwin V. Edwards and Ruth Edwards Scandrett (Stanley); six grandchildren: Ronald Paramore, Angelette Washington, Rodrick Paramore, Brandon Paramore, El’Keturah Scandrett, and Stanley Elijah Scandrett; three great grandchildren: Gregory, Alvin, and Aden; five sisters: Carrie J. Heard, Mary E. Sanders, Lillie R. Farmer, Glenda L. Baker, and Brenda M. Edwards; one brother, Albert L. Edwards (deceased) and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, and friends.   

In lieu of flowers, honorary donations may be made in Shirley’s' name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marc William Durocher

Marc William Durocher, age 7, of Orlando, FL passed away Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.   Marc was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Haiti on September 26, 2009, the son of Eloge (Eveillard)  and David Durocher.   He was a student at Pine Hills Elementary, member of Church at the Cross and Children in Harmony.  

Marc leaves to cherish his memory, parents Eloge and David Durocher;  two brothers, Howard Durocher , Rocky Hendy Durocher all of Orlando;  paternal grandmother Isenalie Angerville; maternal grandmother  Ertha Simeon both of Haiti.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at Church at the Cross  with Pastor Clayton Cloer officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service on Saturday at Winter Garden Cemetery. 

Linda Kay Legler Mueller

Linda Kay Legler Mueller, age 66, originally of Monroe,WI, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at her home in Orlando, Florida, with her loving husband at her side. She is predeceased by both parents, Harold Legler and Ethel Stopka Legler,  and two brothers, Ricky Allen Legler and John David Legler,  all of Monroe. She is survived by her husband DuWayne Kenneth Mueller, originally of Falls Creek, WI, her step-mother, Agnes (Leuzinger) Legler, one brother Raymond Keith Legler (Ruth), and two sisters, Vickie Lynn Legler Huston (Wayne, deceased), and Sherrie Sue Legler Tschannen (Peter), all of Monroe, and a sister, Cindy Lee Legler Rodriguez (Arturo) of Sugar Grove, IL, three step-sisters, Terri Joyner of Colorado, Lauri Gutzmer (Phil), and Wendi Thoman (Guy) , both of Monticello, WI, several loving aunts, an uncle, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Linda was an active member of First Baptist Church of Central Florida and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  


Memorial services will be at Church at the Cross – Orlando at 11:00 am Saturday, April 1, 2017. For more information on Church At The Cross Orlando, click on this link - http://catcorlando.com/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Frances Mataline Morgan Swartz


Frances passed away peacefully Thursday, March 16 at the Lakeview Manor Assisted Living Facility where she has been a resident since 2013. She was the third of six children born to Albert Morgan and Lela Vaughn Morgan in Piggott, AR. Her father, a sharecropper, died when she was six and her mother struggled raising a family during the Depression.
Frances moved to Anderson, Indiana just before the war where she lived at the YWCA, and took a factory job at Nicholson File. Robert Thomas Swartz caught his "bird"  after a short courtship on May 16, 1943. They built a home in Van Buren and later relocated to Lexington, Ky, raising four children: Karl, Karen, David, and Barbara. Frances enjoyed music, cooking, sewing, and gardening, but most of all, being a Mother and Grandma.
Frances and Bob retired to Eustis, Fl, where she remained active in church, social and charitable activities before moving to Orlando in 2002 and focusing on being a Grandmother to her 17 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. In addition to her children, Frances is survived by her brother, Albert Jackson Morgan of Bryan, TX.
We extend a special thanks to our friends, the staff at Lakeview Manor, who have been  family to Frances for the last four years. We appreciate the loving care that you provided to our Mother and we are forever in your debt. Thank you so much and God bless you!
Honorary donations may be made in Frances' name to the Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at donate.cshospice.org or the Alzheimer's association at alz.org. A graveside service open to the public will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 22 at Greenwood Cemetary in Eustis, FL. For additional information contact David Swartz, 407-281-4560/davidswartz13@gmail.com.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Bruce R. Smith, Sr.

Bruce R  Smith Sr., age 71, of Orlando passed away Tuesday March 7th, 2017.   He was born in Decatur, NE , the son of Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Smith.  He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  Upon leaving the Navy, moved to Orlando and worked at Remco Trucks until he started his own business.  

Bruce leaves behind to cherish his memory, many friends, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Caroline C. Beasley

Caroline C. Beasley, age 78, of Orlando, passed away Friday, March 10th, 2017 at Florida Hospital East.  A life long Florida resident, she was born in Eustis, FL the daughter of the  late Mary (Bush) and Joe Causey. She was employed as an electronics assembler.

Caroline leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Vicki  Simmons of Deltona, Kimberly Owens of Orlando; three sisters, Ann Harris of Kissimmee, Lee Campbell of Palatka, Pat Buchanan of Orlando; two brothers, Gordon Causey of North Carolina, Buddy Causey of Bushnell; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren


The family will be receiving friends from 12:30 until 1:30 pm followed by the funeral service on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Aaron Robertson officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Laurette L. Langton

Laurette L. Langton, age 71, of Orlando passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  She was born in Trinidad the daughter  of the late Leila (Evangelist) and Bruno  Rochard and was employed as a US Postal  Clerk.

Laurette leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Michelle Langton and son Phillip Langton both  of Orlando; two sisters Noreen Simon Thomson, Ira Ali both of Trinidad; and 3 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by the mass at 11:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will be at Winter Garden Cemetery.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tamara Ann Smoley

Tamara Ann Smoley, “Tami” to all who knew and loved her, peacefully left us surrounded by her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephew, in-laws, and loved ones on Sunday, the 25th of February, 2017.  She was employed as a hospice nurse for over 40 years in Central Florida.  Tami’s certainty for a better future fueled her courageous battles against her myriad health conditions and were an inspiration to all.  

Tami ended this earthly journey to join her parents, John and Jeannine Smoley and nephew Dean New at Florida Hospital Celebration.

Tami is survived by her loving sisters and brothers Kim Peaslee of Glendale, AZ, John Smoley of St. Cloud, FL, Valjean New of Orlando, FL, Michael Smoley of Ocoee, FL; her 11 nieces and nephews.

When her health allowed, she was a supporter and participant in the monthly Lord’s Lunch program provided by Ocoee United Methodist Church at the Christian Service Center.  She prepared her signature meals for those in need.  Continuing her passion to erase hunger for children and their families, Tami also supported the New Day Program that stocks a food pantry in local schools in low income neighborhoods enabling schools to send home food for families in children’s backpacks. 

Tami’s celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday March 4, 2017 at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist 201 Clarke Road, Ocoee, FL 34751

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the New Day Project that provides a food pantry at local schools for children in need.  www.newdayproject.org