Saturday, June 30, 2012

Rosemarie Arthur

Early Thursday morning Rosemarie Arthur left us after a seven month battle with Leukemia. She enjoyed 76 wonderful years raising seven children and spending time with her 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She was born in Manhattan New York and lived much of her life on Long Island. She moved to Florida in 1980 and has spent the last 20 years helping her only son raise his three children. Specifically her handicapped grandson, Little Sammy. Who will miss Grandma a lot.

There will be a Special Mass in her honor at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd. In Orlando on Friday, July 6th. at 12:00 pm



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dale Edward Deevers

Dale Edward Deevers, 81 was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday June 23, 2012 after a battle with cancer. Dale was born February 23, 1931 to parents Charles “Chick” and Alice Zedaker Deevers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in Paulding and Cecil, OH; where he excelled in sports.

His job as a masonry contractor led him to Iowa City in 1950 to work on the VA Hospital, where he met and married the love of his life Alta Marie Halvorsen on August 25, 1951. He was called to duty during the Korean War and served in the army from 1952-1954. They shared and built a long life of 61 years raising two children, Christine Marie and Robert “Bobby Dale” in Coralville and Iowa City.

Dale founded Deevers Construction and built countless homes in Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City-including Manville Heights. He built and co-owned Scotsdale Apartments in Coralville Iowa until 1976. He was instrumental in overseeing and developing the subdivisions of Quail Creek in North Liberty and North Ridge in Coralville, IA.

Semi Retirement led Dale and Alta to Florida as snowbirds and to be near their son when he became the PGA Professional in 1980 at Cape Orlando Golf Course. As a member of Union Park Baptist Church, Dale then used his contracting abilities and talents to oversee and build the church’s Christian Life Center in 1984. He served for many years as a Deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher.

He became a member of First Baptist Orlando in 2010, where he actively volunteered and served in numerous capacities for the Lord up until his illness and was so enriched by all of the members in the Victory Life Group Class.

He is survived by his supportive and faithful wife Alta of Orlando, FL, Daughter Christine Davies of Edina, MN, Grandson Benjamin Davies of Minneapolis, MN, Daughter-in-Law Julia Deevers-Rich of Florence, KY, Grandson, Nicklaus Robert Deevers of Denver, CO, and Granddaughter Suzanne Marie Deevers of Bowling Green, KY, Sister Barbara Benedict of Dallas, GA, and many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert “Bobby Dale” in 2000, his brothers Rex and Chuck, and his parents.

The family of Dale wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks for all the love and prayers over the years and especially at this time.

A memorial service was held June 26, 2012 at First Baptist Orlando. Inurnment will be July 23rd, 2012 at First Baptist Orlando Memory and Prayer Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Victory Life Group of First Baptist Orlando or Love Orlando. Condolences can be made to the Dale Deevers Family, 2215 Bagdad Ave, Orlando, Fl 32833

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bessie Mae Batchelor

Bessie Mae Batchelor of Winter Garden died peacefully in her sleep on June 20, 2012.  She was 91 years old.  Her love of Christ centered her life, and brought her much joy and comfort.  Bessie Mae loved being surrounded by her big family.  She is survived by her children, John (Cathy), Jack (Julia), Dick (Andrea), Donna Wiggs, Betty, and Steve (Debbie).  Bessie Mae is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  All are left with wonderful memories and heavy hearts. 

A funeral service will follow, at 2 P.M., also at Lake Hill Baptist Church.  Visitation will be held Saturday, June 23, at 12:30 P.M., at Lake Hill Baptist Church, 301 South Hudson Street, Orlando 32835, phone 407-293-2832. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Florida Hospital for Children/In memory of Bessie Mae Batchelor, 2809 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32804, phone 407-303-2784.

To contribute online, visit In  the drop-down, select “Florida Hospital for Children,” and  in the comments section, note “In memory of Bessie Mae Batchelor.”

Ruth Ella Schaeffer

Ruth Ella Schaeffer age 62 of Orlando, passed away on Monday, June 18th, 2012 in Winter Garden.  Ruth was born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Pearl Mae ((Faust) Schaeffer and the late Carmen Daniel Schaeffer.  She was employed as a private education teacher. 

Ruth leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Pearl Mae Schaeffer of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; sisters Betty Ann Herriage of North Carolina, Jeanne A. Schaeffer, Sandra Lee (Bert) Witmer both of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; two brothers William C. (Deborah), Robert D. (Ruth Ann) Schaeffer both of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

 Memorial services are planned for a later date at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Windermere, Florida and Schuylkill Church of the Brethren in Pine Groves, Pennsylvania. 

Alma Elizabeth Laur

Alma Elizabeth Laur was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 24, 1924, and passed from this earth on June 19, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  Alma met the love of her life as a USO hostess during WWII while Richard was training in aircraft maintenance in Detroit.  They married after the war and traveled the country with the Air Force stationed in Oklahoma, Texas, Alaska, Georgia and Maine.  They raised 5 sons and 2 daughters in a religious and loving home.  After moving so often, Alma wanted a home base for the children before they left home.  so, after retiring from the military in 1966, they settled in Orlando where Alma's parents had retired in 1950.

Alma efficiently managed her large family and was very  active in the children's scouting, volunteering in school clinics and lunchrooms, and participating in activities at the neighborhood recreation park.  she planned family vacations so everyone could re-energize and enjoy and adventure.  She always made sure the family had everything they needed.

In 1975, when Richard's job with the USDA was to take them to  Mexico, he and Alma went to Virginia to study Spanish and protocol for six months.  With two children still at home, they moved to Mexico for four years and then to Washington, D.C. for a year to finish the project.  They still kept the home in Orlando knowing it would be their retirement home.  It's the home all 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren know as "Nana and Grandpa's".  Richard and Alma traveled after his final retirement in their RV, on many cruises and by car seeing sights they hadn't before and revisiting others.  Alma would tell about the trip by restaurants and Richard by the roads they had traveled.

Alma was a positive person.  her quick response when troubles arose was to "offer it up", knowing that the power of prayer was the answer to any problem.  Her grace and loving spirit made a lasting impression on all who met her.  she touched many just by being herself, with a smile and her quick wit even in the last months while being in the last months while being in the hospital or nursing home and up until the night before her death.  She loved her family deeply and they all have comfort in that knowledge.  She came home and faced the end of her life here on earth with no regrets or fears and with her strong faith to guide her on her journey.  Richard an other family members witnessed as she went peacefully to the Lord. 

Alma and Ricahrd would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on July 27th.  Alma is survived by her loving husband, Richard J. Laur; son Richard J. Laur II and his wife, Carol; son Steven A. Laur and his wife, Michele; son David W. Laur and his wife, Sue; son Michael T. Laur; daughter Mary Ann Paulus an dher husband Mike; son Robert J. laur and his wife Cindy; and daughter Carolyn Marie Iannone.  Alma will be missed by her grandchildren Christie Laur, Catharine Freeman, Steven P. Laur and wife Lisa, Verity Brechtel and husband Stefan, Felicity Vasek and husband Michael, Stefanie Stern and husband Elliott, Elizabeth Laur, Brittany Laur, Adrienne Iannone, Amber Laur, Michael C. Laur, Marie Laur, Robert J. Laur, Christopher Laur, Alexandra Iannone, Andrew Iannone, Hunter Laur, Micaela Laur, Analiese Iannone and Chase Laur.  Alma was blessed with great grandchildren Sebastian Freeman, Philomena Freeman, Bernadette Freeman, Adelaide Freeman, Levi Vasek, Owen Laur, Samuel Laur, Lucas Vasek, and Foster Stern and Baby Brechtel who is on the way.  Alma is survived by her sisters Elsie Park and Delores Faller and brother-in-law, Don Faller.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Thursday, June 21, 2012.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Friday, June 22, 2012 followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dhanraj Mangroo

Dhanraj Mangroo, age 71 of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, June 17th, 2012.  Dhanraj was born in Berbice, Guyana the son of the late Virginia (Joseph) and Mangroo.  He was a farmer and moved to Centra Florida from New York in 2002. 

Dhanraj leaves to cherish his memory, wife Binmatty Budhai Mangroo of Orlando, Florida; two daughters Satyawatti Dhanraj of Orlando, Pramela Sarju of Queens, New York; four sons Balraj Dhanraj of New York, Dennis Dhanraj of Orlando, Shamkumar Dhanraj of Orlando, Shamkumar Dhanraj of New York; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, June 21st and 22nd, 2012 at Dobbs Funeral Home. 

 The funeral service will be from 8:00 until 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 followed by interment at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wendy Gaye Bernard

Wendy Bernard, 62 of Welland, Ontario Canada celebrated her life on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by joining her mother Marion (Lynn) and father Murney Coulter in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Wendy sends great love to her family and friends on earth who miss her.  Wendy's infinite love lives within the hearts of her committed husband of 37 years, Dan Bernard and her wonderful 23 year old son, Neil Bernard.  Wendy's family invites friends to join her Celebration of Life  on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 7:30 until 10:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed the next day by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. James Cathedral, Orlando FL at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2012 with Father John McCormick officiating.

Wendy's warmth, strength, happiness, love, and smile shines forever.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Elba Luz Ramirez

Elba Luz Ramirez, age 79 of Ocoee, passed away on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 in Miami.  Elba was born in Anasco, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Eduvijes and Hortencia (Velez) Ramirez.  She was a homemaker.  Elba leaves to cherish her memory, son Juan Rivera of Ocoee; daughter Evelyn Mojica of Ocoee; sisters Giselda Ramirez, Olga Ramirez, Raquel Ramirez all of Puerto Rico; and 5 grandchildren.   

The family will be receiving friends from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Friday, June 15th, 2012, followed by the funeral service at 5:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Clayton Cloer officiating.

Sandra Gail Kemp

Sandra Gail Kemp, age 69, passed away on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at her home.  She was born in Hinesville, Georgia the daughter of Archie and Enidzell (Floyd) Raulerson.  Sandra was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Kelsey Kemp of Orlando; daughters Andrea K. Heaton of Tempe, Arizona, Marla K. Bleiler of Orlando; and 2 grandchildren Beth and Katie Heaton both of Tempe, Arizona.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm in the Henry Chapel of First Baptist Church of Orlando on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 with Pastor Michael Lewis of First Baptist Church of Plant City, officiating.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Key Life Network ( or New Missions ( in Sandra's name.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Raoul Julian Vega Gotay

Raoul Julian Vega Gotay, age 26 passed away on Friday, June 8th, 2012 in Orlando.  Raoul was born in Arecibo, Puerto the son of Raoul and Anna (Gotay Valcarcel) Vega.  He was employed as an auto mechanic and was a member of St. James Cathedral Catholic Church in Orlando. 

Raoul leaves to cherish his memory parents, Raoul and Anna Vega of Groveland; son Julian Vega of Groveland; daughter Viannadee Vega of Apopka; sister Omares Vega of Puerto Rico and girlfriend Glarissell Rodriguez of Groveland. 

The family will be receiving friends from 5 - 7 pm on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  A Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at St. James Cathedral Catholic Church.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Myron E. Ranelin, III

Myron E. Ranelin, III age 55 of Orlando passed away on Friday, June 1st 2012.  Myron was born in Steubenville, Ohio the son of Betty (Peterson) and the late Myron Ranelin, Jr.  He was employed as an artist in the entertainment industry.  Myron leaves to cherish his memory, mother Betty Ranelin of Orlando; son Charles Standifer of Gary, Indiana; two sisters Janine Lee of Orlando, Deidra Barker of Atlanta, Georgia; nieces Jerica and Jasmine Lee and Mia Barker all of Orlando; and nephew Donovan Barker of Atlanta, Georgia.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 11:00a until 12:00p, followed by the funeral service at 12:00p at Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Reeves officiating.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Reverend Clarence Bynum Williford

Reverend Clarence Bynum Williford went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  He was born on August 28, 1920 in Johnston County, North Carolina.  He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II.  Clarence was a minister with the Church of God of Prophecy for 65 years where he pastored in North Carolina and Florida.  He also served as Field Secretary for the State of Florida.  Clarence received the Life Achievement Award fro the Church of God of Prophecy in 2006 for his many years of faithful service to the ministry.  He was known and loved by many for his Shepherd's Heart. 

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Williford, parents Pete and Ida Williford, brothers Johnny, Lehmon and Bruce and sisters Esther, Halley, Doris, and Abbie Jean.  He is survived by daughters June Lynch (Eddie) and Debbi Santucci (Tony); grandchildren Shalisa James (Jeremy), Alan Lynch (Silvia) and Alison Kelly (Ben); great-grandchildren Ashley, Julian, Jason, Sebastian, Sarah, Charlotte, Reagan, Jacob, Ethan and Matthew; brother Caggie and sisters Myrna, Margie and Barbara. 

 A Memorial Service is being held Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7 pm at the Church of God of Prophecy at 432 North Kirkman Road, Orlando , Florida 32811.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pauline C. Norby

Pauline Cain Norby, 94, passed away on May 28, 2012 at Ponce Adult Family Care in Orlando, FL where she resided for the past month.  The previous 6 years she resided at the Madison House Assisted Living Facility.  She was born August 26, 1917 in Ozark, Alabama, where she graduated from high school at age 16.  She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music.  She attended The Julliard School of Music in New York City to study piano and became an accomplished concert pianist as well as a piano teacher.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ozark.  She met her husband, Thomas at Fort Rucker, in Ozark, when he was stationed there with the U.S. Army.  She moved from Alabama with her husband to Louisiana, New Mexico and settling down with "Tar Heel" roots in Swannanoa, North Carolina as he pursued his personnel career with the U.S. Government.  she was a devoted mother and was very proud of her 2 sons who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Julian Norby in November 1988, and her oldest son, Thomas Julian Norby, Jr of Charlotte, NC in March 2010.  Survivors included her youngest son, Robert Brent Norby of Orlando, FL, daughter in law, Julie Bullard Norby, her true advocate, and her beloved 3 grandchildren; Alexandra Leigh Norby, Julian Lucas "Luke" Norby, and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Victoria Norby, all of Orlando, FL.  A memorial service, "Ice Cream Social", hats required, will be planned at a later date.