Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Marvin R. Hunt

Marvin R. Hunt, 79, of Clermont, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 23, 2014. He was born in Dayton, Ohio where he graduated from John Patterson Cooperative High School in 1954. He met the love of his life, Hilda, while in high school and married her on September 4, 1954. He was employed by NCR as a mechanical engineer. They moved to Orlando, Florida in 1973 with their 3 children. He was a devoted Christian husband, father and grandfather who loved to laugh and joke around. He was actively involved in church ministries until his health started to fail, he led music, helped to start a mission in Ohio, was a deacon, was on the tech crew, as well as many committees.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hilda; son David  (Deborah); daughters Betsy (Brent) Monk and Christa (Danny) Icenhour; brother Glenn (Voddie) Hunt of Bellbrook, Ohio; sister Jean Powell of Germantown, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Adam (Liz) Hunt, Matthew Hunt, Andrew Monk, Samantha Puryear, Michael Monk and Tori Puryear.
A Memorial service is scheduled for 11 am, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Henry Chapel, First Baptist Church Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL, 32805.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marvin's memory to Pastoral Care, FBC/Orlando

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dolores Marie (Trudel) Jodoin

Dolores Marie (Trudel) Jodoin was born to Louis and Margaret (Daley) Trudel of Lowell, MA in 1935, the seventh of eight children. She grew up in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School. She met the love of her life, Arthur Jodoin, at the “Polish Club” in 1959 and they were married in 1960. They recently celebrated their 54th anniversary. Above all else, Dolores loved being Arthur’s partner and the mother of four daughters – Michelle, Susan, Karen and Denise. She also adored being grandmother to ten grandchildren. Arthur’s work as a textile engineer and plant manger brought them to many locations and so they made homes in Andover, MA; Dublin, GA; Augusta, ME; Winthrop, ME; Dexter, ME, and Poland, ME. They recently moved to Ocoee, FL to be closer to daughter Sue as Dolores’ health declined.
 Dolores loved to be with her family. She and Arthur enjoyed traveling the world and visiting places like Brazil, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica. She even journeyed to China for the adoption of her granddaughter, Kia. There wasn’t much she wouldn’t try and she could be spotted doing anything from chopping wood to riding a zip line in the rain forest. She had a mischievous side and loved to give people “the business” and play practical jokes. An early fitness and health enthusiast, she was an avid walker and exerciser dating back to the Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons days. She loved the ocean and collecting shells and sea glass and digging for clams. Her Maine grandchildren remember fondly getting picked up from daycare by Mimi in her red sports car. Never one to be predictable, she loved to “keep everyone guessing” and to be creative. She sewed all her children’s clothes when they were young and also enjoyed hooking rugs, ceramics, gardening, pickling and baking.  

Dolores had great intuition and an uncanny ability to figure people out quickly. She had a big heart and enjoyed working as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes and hospitals caring for the elderly and terminally ill. Unfortunately, all her good habits could not stay the run of bad luck she experienced, and her health steadily declined. Her loving husband Arthur was her full time caregiver for the last eight years and he took extraordinarily good care of her until her death on May 21st in her home surrounded by family. She lived as she died, showing grit, grace and strength. Her legacy of hard work, determination, compassion and fun will live on in her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Priske, Regina Connors , Dorothy Harrison, Lorraine Sullivan, and her brother Raymond Trudel. She is survived by her devoted husband Arthur, her daughter Susan Lawler and her husband Tom and children Kia, Erik and Kyle; her daughter Michelle LaFond and her husband Peter and children Elyse, Emily and Michael; her daughter Denise Gaidis and her husband Mike and children Erin and Alex and her daughter Karen Jodoin and her partner Betsy Dinger and children Jack and Matthew. She is also survived by her sister Joan Donnelly and her husband Robert of Dracut and her brother Adelard “Tub” Trudel and his wife Germaine of Lowell, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private burial and lay her to rest in her favorite spot in Poland, Maine looking across Tripp Lake and Mount Washington

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Comforter for helping them to keep Dolores comfortable and in her home in her final days. In lieu of flowers, feel free to contribute in her memory to Hospice of the Comforter Foundation, 496 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Seeraj Gobin

Seeraj Gobin, age 71 passed away on May 20, 2014.   Public visitation will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  Funeral Service will be  held on Sunday, May 24, 2014 from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.  also at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Westside Crematory in Winter Garden, Florida.
For additional information, please contact Clermont Family Funeral Home - 1-352-989-5871.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jacqueline Joy Smith

Jacqueline Joy Smith,  age 74, of passed away Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at VITAS Hospice at Quality Care, Winter Garden, Orange County, FL.   Jacqueline was born in Omaha, Nebraska the daughter of the late Gwendolyn (Joy)  and Frank  Williams and was employed as a Para Professional Teachers Aide.
Jacqueline leaves to cherish her memory, two sons Brian Smith, and Bruce Smith, Jr.,  both of Orlando; grandchildren Caitlyn Smith of Louisiana, Hayden & Gavin Smith both of Winter Garden and great grandson Jordan Jones of Louisiana.

A Memorial Service was held at Dobbs Funeral Home in the Chapel at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 12th,  2014 with Pastor Harvey Carpenter officiating.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Eva Sara Horvath

Eva  Sara Horvath age 89, of Clermont, FL passed away Saturday, May 17th, 2014.   Eva  was born in Szekszard, Hungary the daughter of the late Anna (Czank)  and Istvan  Gyuszu.  Formerly of North Miami and New Port Richey for 24 years, she moved to Central Florida in 2005 and was the owner of a dress shop. 
Eva leaves to cherish her memory,  daughter Veronika Blakely (Fred) of Ocoee; grandchildren, Laura Nickels of Kissimmee, Kristina Delaney of Virginia, Steven Blakely of Virginia, Robert Blakely of Tampa; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Orlando,  at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 22nd,  2014 with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will be held at Dade Memorial Park Cemetery Miami, FL. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mike Conley Hospice House 2100 Oakley Seaver Drive Clermont, FL 34711.

Friday, May 16, 2014

William Hollan "Dub" Bryant

William Hollan Bryant, 80, of Winter Garden, Florida, passed away to be with his Lord on May 14, 2014.  He was born in Canadian, Texas on May 26, 1933 to the late Bassett M. Bryant and Catherine Nelson Bryant.  He was known to all as "Dub".  Dub was married to Quintella Imogene Cearley on December 28, 1953.  They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Dub earned a MA+ degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary and pastored the following churches: Gem Baptist Church, Canadian, Texas from 1951-56, Redwine Baptist Church, Redwine, Texas from 1956-57, Eastwood Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas from 1957-64, First Baptist Church, Rosebud, Texas from 1964-66, Bethel Baptist Church, Alamogordo,  New Mexico from 1966-1982.  Then he took the position of Evangelism Director for the Northern Plains Convention (North and South Dakota and Montana) from 1982-99.  In 1999, Dub retired with his wife to Florida. 
Dub was an active member with his wife at first Baptist Church of Central Florida.  He loved the game of golf and was a great athlete in his early years.  He was a great brother, husband, father, grand-father and great grand-father and will be missed.  Dub is survived by his wife Quintella Imogene Bryant of Winter Garden; brother Bassett M. Bryant Jr. (Georgia) of Ruidoso, NM and his sister, Elizabeth Blackwell of Houston, TX; also his three children, Bradley Dub (Sue) Bryant of Lakeland, Florida; Brenda Jean (Craig) Johnson of New Rochelle, NY; Barton Hollan (Cathy) Bryant of Winter Garden, Florida; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family Christian School of Winter Garden, FL or Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Lakeland, FL.  Viewing will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm and funeral at 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Central Florida in the Grace Building, Orlando, Florida.  Professional services by Dobbs Funeral Home, 407-578-7720,

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Martin S. Vega

Martin S. Vega, age 48, of  Winter Garden, FL passed away Friday, May 9th, 2014.  Martin was born in Panama City, Panama,  the son of Maria (Alvarez) and the late Jose S. Vega.  He was self employed in construction.
Martin leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters Stephanie and Jacqueline Vega of Deltona; son Martin Vega of Deltona;  Fiance' Krystal Albury of Clermont; five sisters Indira Gonzalez, of Winter Garden; Mercedes Vega, of Panama; Vielka Barrios, of Panama; Mirna Vega, of Panama; Gloria Vega, of Panama; three brothers Felix Vega of Panama, Jose S. Vega of Panama, Vitelo Vega of Panama and niece Indira Camacho of Winter Garden.
The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 1:00 until 2:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm followed by interment at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Barry Anthony Fiandra

Barry Anthony Fiandra,  age 61 of  Windermere passed away Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at his residence.  Barry was born in Philadelphia, PA the son of the late Helen (Wasko)  and Joseph  Fiandra.  Barry graduated from the Philadelphia  College of Textiles and Sciences in 1975 with a Bachelor's Degree in Life Science.  He then went to the University of Pennsylvania on a Fellowship in the Doctoral program in Organic Chemistry, however, soon discovered that was not his calling.  In 1982 he graduated from Temple University with his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering - the rest is history.  He was employed as a Vice President of Transportation at AECOM for 24 years.  He was very proud of the work that his team accomplished and nothing was more important than his people.  Barry was well respected amongst his peers and clients.  Barry was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Floridians for Better Transportation and a member of  Holy Family Catholic Church 
Barry leaves to cherish his memory, wife Lori  (Swain) Fiandra of Windermere;  daughter Leishana Marie (Gary) Battaglini of Sewell NJ; two sons Carmen Umberto (Elizabeth) Fiandra, of Windermere, Dominic Barry (Catherine) Fiandra, of Winter Garden;  two brothers Joseph (Helen) Fiandra of Warrington PA, Dennis (Mary Jane) Fiandra of Devon PA; mother-in-law Barbara Swain of Sandusky OH; grandchildren Joseph Evangelista, Gary  Battaglini Jr, both of New Jersey, Ayden Fiandra of Windermere, Santino Barry Fiandra of Winter Garden; and numerous nieces and nephews of whom he loved and was very proud of.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando FL, at 12:30 pm with Father Justin Vakko officiating.   Interment will follow the Mass at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Barry's name to the Penn Heart Transplant Program.  Gifts should be made payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and noted that they are in memory of Barry, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750 / Philadelphia, PA 19104., Attention Jessie McCulley Cherian.  You may also make a gift in Barry's memory online to Penn Cardiovascular at by clicking on the "make a gift" link on the right side of the page.  Please remember Barry by giving the gift of life and become an organ donor.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

John Baptist Garzia, Sr.

John Baptist Garzia, Sr. age 89 of Orlando, FL, passed away Saturday, May 3rd, at his residence.   He was born the third son of Sicilian immigrants, the late Josephine (Magno) and Angelo Garzia, in Detroit, Michigan on June 1, 1924.  He had two brothers, the late Samuel and Frank and one sister, Dorothy.
After graduation from high school at the age of 16, John began employment in the auto industry, working on the Chrysler assembly lines and later moved into the finance department.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and became an aircraft mechanic. 
In 1946, John met his wonderful wife, Cathy.  They were married April 3, 1948 in Detroit, MI and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.  In 1962, John moved the family to New Orleans to work on Chrysler's Saturn Booster program.  After five memorable years, John embarked on a new endeavor of running his own business.  He bought the Sands Motel in Orlando which became the family's 32 room house for 11 years.  Once John sold the motel, Pizza Boy, an Italian restaurant, became his second business adventure. John was a hard-working man, instilling a strong work ethic in all four children.  John was a builder both literally and figuratively.  With his expertise in construction and woodworking, he built his family home in Fraser, MI and later a retirement home for his in-laws in Royal Oak, MI, as well as working on his parents' cottage in Lexington, MI.  He built furniture for the family and kept a woodwork shop at the Sands Motel.  Retirement was a quieter time for John as he was diagnosed with MS but stayed active and dealt with his disease with dignity and grace.  He loved his family, cars, the warm Florida sun, golf, and a good Western or police show.  John was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.
John leaves to cherish his memory wife Catherine  (Eagle) Garzia of Orlando; one  son John (Janet) Garzia, Jr., of Lake Mary; three daughters, Janet Garzia, of Richmond, VA, Jeanne (Ben) Ramsey of Wirtz, VA, Jackie (Jeff) Kinker of Mooresville, NC; ; 7 grandchildren; Todd Ramsey (Bonnie), Lynchburg, VA, Jeremy Kinker, Miami, FL, Mark Garzia (Sara), Newport News, VA, Mary Kate Glime (Chris), Lynchburg, VA, Jillian Kinker, Mooresville, NC, Alex Garzia, Gainesville, FL Jenna Kinker, Mooresville, NC and two great-grandchildren;  Adain Garzia and Harker Ramsey.  John is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Wheaton of Hazel Park, MI.
A viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday, May 7 from 6-8pm at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando.  A funeral Mass will be said at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings Street, Orlando on Thursday, May 8, 10am followed by burial at Winter Garden Cemetery.   Charitable contributions may be made in John's name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society,

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Aria Isabela Vega

Aria Isabela Vega of Orlando, FL passed away Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at Florida Hospital Celebration.    Aria was born in Celebration, FL on April 30, 2014,  the daughter of Andrea (DeCarlo) and Guillermo Vega.
She leaves to cherish her memory along with her parents; sister Sofia Vega of Orlando; paternal grandparents - Robert & Gladys Hoffman of Orlando; maternal grandparents Lyn Nickels and Joseph Rondeau both of Pennsylvania.
The family will be receiving friends at Peace United Methodist  Church at Hunters Creek from 4:30 until 5:00 pm, followed by the funeral service on Monday, May 5th, 2014  with Pastor LeeAnn Inman officiating.  The church is located at 13502 Town Loop Boulevard, Orlando FL 32837.
When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to His fold.,
so He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but a few
To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult, still somehow we must try,
The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Good bye".
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind
Must realize God loves children
Angels are hard to find.

A Place Where Children Are
What kind of place would heaven be with all its streets of gold, if all the souls that dwell up there like yours and mine, were old? How strange would heaven's music sound when harps begin to ring, if children were not gathered 'round to help the angels sing. The children that god sends to us are only just a loan, he knows we need their sunshine to make the house a home. We need the inspiration of a baby's blessed smile. He doesn't say they've come to stay, just lends them for awhile. Sometimes it takes them years to do the work for which they come. Sometimes in just a day or two our Father calls them home. I like to think some souls up there bear not one sinful scar. I love to think of heaven as a place where children are.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Diana Marie Sconza Nielsen

Diana Marie Sconza Nielsen of Melbourne FL and Lake Mokoma and Montoursville in PA  died on Monday, April 14th.  She was hospitalized at the Florida Hospital in Orlando for the last of her several bouts of congestive heart failure (which turned out to be due to undiagnosed diffuse amyloidosis).  She’d been hospitalized 14 times in the last year, initially for kidney obstructions, then for end stage heart failure.  She spent the last 2 days of her life as always, giving to others:  despite very little reserve energy, she spent Saturday with (grandson) Ethan and Sunday with (granddaughter) KK, trying to be “Grammy” one more time.  Monday morning, with nothing left, she died.
Despite years of debilitating Crohn’s disease, she raised three great children (Jennifer Capayas, Julie Kinzey and Chris Nielsen), managed Craig’s medical practice and kept up 3 houses.  She usually hid from everyone how lousy she so often felt and “soldiered on”.  “You look so good” everyone would say. 
 She’s finally found the peace she craved.  No more shortness of breath; no more pain. 
She was an avid reader, home decorator and shopper for anything she overheard you liked.  Her toughness and perseverance were an inspiration to so many who knew her.
At her bedside she kept a favorite saying: “we are not human beings living in a spiritual life; we are spiritual beings living a human life”.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, May 10th at The Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach with a luncheon to follow at David’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant (one block away).  All are welcome.
A Memorial service will also be held at the Beach House of her beloved Lake Mokoma in LaPorte PA on her birthday, Sunday, July 6th at 5:30 pm; light refreshments to follow.  All are welcome.
 She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Sconza, sister Paula Heineman, stepfather Norman Rader, and stepsisters Deborah and Carol Rader.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley M. Rader, husband R. Craig Nielsen, daughters Jennifer L. Capayas, Julie Ann Kinzey and son Christian M. Nielsen as well as grandchildren Cailyn Kinzey and Ethan Capayas.
 In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation ( 733 Third Ave, Suite 510 NY, NY 10017  or The Amyloidosis Foundation ( 7151 N. Main St Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346