Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Beverly Ann Hall

A true native Floridian, Beverly Ann Hall was born in Orlando on March 16, 1943 to parents Troy Garvin and Lottie Mae Myers Garvin. She was predeceased by her two older sisters, Kay Frances Garvin King and Norma Jean (Toby) Garvin Fryer. Beverly grew up on the west side of Orlando and graduated from Maynard Evans High School.

After living most of her life in the Orlando area, Beverly moved to Deland, Florida in 2001. She was active in the Garden Club in Deland and was an avid butterfly lover, searching out milkweed, creating waystations, protecting caterpillars and releasing new butterflies into the sky.

She was a homemaker, loved to shop and had an amazing eye for home décor. She had a green thumb and loved adding extensive flower beds all over her yards. She was a foodie, spending hours in the kitchen trying new recipes and cooking with her husband. Nothing made her happier than hosting parties and spending time with family and friends. She was known for her festive Christmas displays, filling her homes with multiple elaborately decorated trees.

Beverly moved to Clermont, Florida in 2019 after the death of her husband. She passed away on November 18, 2021. She leaves behind her daughter, Stacia of Winter Garden, FL and two grandchildren, Elysse of Miami, FL (husband Jorge) and Thomas of Winter Garden, FL.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Gabrielle Justine Shipe

Gabrielle Justine Shipe, age 28, of Orlando, FL, passed away on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 in Miami.  She was born in Orlando, the daughter of Barbara (Gillum), and Timothy  Shipe, of Bell Isle, FL.  Gabrielle was employed in Product Development for Veterinary Health Care.

Gabrielle leaves to cherish her memory, parents Timothy and Barbara Shipe,  a sister, Danielle Shipe; a brother Samuel Shipe, all of Belle Isle; maternal grandmother - Jenny Gillum of Lake Nona; companion Bryan Snell of Miami and Stella her pet dog.

Calling hours for the family will be held at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 27th, 2021 in the Henry Chapel of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

John Kevin Lane


John Kevin Lane was born on December 4th, 1963, and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021. As he was greeted at the heavenly gates, he was surrounded by his wife of 35 years, Rosa Lane, two children, Anthony Lane and Amanda (Lane) Decker, and close friends as they sang “It Is Well with My Soul.” Kevin cultivated a loving and safe home not only for his family but any friend who had the privilege to know him. John Kevin Lane was a man who loved God and loved others deeply. After 9 years of building a business with his son, he was able to semi-retire and he enjoyed frequenting theme parks with his wife and grandchildren, and playing golf on the weekends with his golf buddies in The Villages where he won every game. He is also survived by his favorite Aunt, Mary Lane Wheatley, and his sister, Angela Joransen. A Celebration of Life will be held on Kevin’s birthday, Saturday, December 4th, at 2:00 pm at Concord Street Church of Christ, 626 East Concord Street in Orlando, Florida.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Cirilo Roldan

Cirilo Roldán was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on August 8, 1925 to Maria Cos and
Celedonio Roldan. He and his many siblings grew up on a farm where he cultivated an appreciation for all God’s creatures. At 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed as a member of the 65th Infantry known as The Borinqueneers to Panama and the Pacific Islands defending our Nation during World War 2. 

After the war he returned home to the enchanting island of Puerto Rico to claim the hand of his beautiful sweetheart, Maria Gonzalez. They wed on July 17, 1942. Their oldest daughter Margarita (“Margie”) came along soon after, followed by Pedro (“Pete”).  Within a few years the young couple set off to New York City along with their two children and a third – William (“Willie”) on the way in search of greater opportunities for their growing family. They settled in the Bronx where Cirilo found work in a factory and Maria as a hotel maid.

Having grown out of the small apartment where baths were taken in a metal tub in the kitchen (common for the time/place) they packed up and headed across town to a four bedroom apartment in the then brand new Soundview housing projects on Seward Ave. in the Clason    Point section of the Bronx.

The blessings continued as Eneida (“Terry”), George, Helen, Ernesto (“Papo”), and Judy became the circle of love that was the Gonzalez-Roldán family of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic parish. Ever committed to faith and family, Maria and Cirilo put most of their children through Catholic school at Holy Cross. The children made many happy memories playing along the banks of the sound and hunting rabbit in the (then) wild fields of the Bronx.  Prayer and hard work paved the way for progress. After some time the couple purchased their first home where the children grew into adulthood and set off to to make their own mark on the world.   

During this time Cirilo worked a night shift as a yellow cab driver in New York City as his wife worked as a “salad girl” at Rockefeller University, the very jobs they would each retire from after over twenty plus years. With retirement the pair bid farewell to the cold, snowy winters of New York and headed for the warm sunshine of Orlando Florida where for over twenty years they enjoyed their dream home in the constant companionship of a bossy little Daschund named Charlie. In their nineties they moved to Grand Palms Assisted Living facility (Orlando, FL) where they lived out the rest of their days together through seventy two years of marriage.

He leaves us to find his bride in heaven where they no doubt will both lovingly look after those of us who remain behind to carry on their legacy of faith, hard work and dignity. They include their first grandchild, Annette Roldan Sanabria (Orlando, FL) whose proud mother Margarita (New York City) was their first born. Following that were two more granddaughters Veronica Roldan and Vanessa Acevedo (both of Orlando, FL) from their second born, Pete, and his wife Evelyn Roldan (Orlando, FL).

Shortly after that their daughter Helen and husband Nelson Carrero (Jacksonville, FL) added two boys to the family tree-Nelson II and David Carrero, both of Jacksonville, FL.  George and Faith (who precedes him in death) of Washington state welcomed daughters Melissa and Jennifer (Washington state) closely followed by two more boys, Yanni and Alex Stefanidis (both of California state) thanks to Terry and her husband George Stefanidis (Nee York City).

Youngest daughter, Judy and husband José Rosa (New York state) brought the “grand” total to twelve with three additions: Michael (Vietnam), Olivia, and Angelina (both of New York state). The family tree continues to branch out with great grand children Derek, Aryana, Claudia, Nicholas, Sean, Alina, and Liana.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Maria Roldán Gonzalez, Father Jerry, and the staff at Grand Palms Assisted Living as well as Vitas for their care of our parents in life and their compassion as they crossed over.

Calling hours will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a wake service at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November17, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Andrew Catholic Church located at 801 N. Hastings, Orlando.  Interment will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with military honors.

 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Mary Glenn Barton Pruitt


Born August 24, 1929 to Wesley and Rettie Barton in Nauvoo, Alabama and later moving to Rome, GA. She was the 9th of 12 children and at the age of 14, met Herb Pruitt, the love of her life. In Highschool, she was quite the  basketball player. She and Herb married May 25, 1947, a week after her high school graduation and were married for 73 years until the Lord called Herb home last year. Mary is survived by daughter, Linda Vaughn and husband Ronnie of Orlando, Robin Pruitt and wife Kathy of Orlando, Brother,  Foy Barton of Windermere, 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and one more that will be born next week.

She was a homemaker, a clothing and fabric store owner, a seamstress like no other (she made clothes for herself, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and cheerleading uniforms for countless girls in the Ocoee and Winter Garden area). 

She had a passion for sewing, spending time spoiling grandchildren and serving others. She taught Sunday school, was a wonderful elder’s wife and church worker. She loved everyone and was a very giving and selfless child of God. 

The family will be receiving friends from 9:30a until 10:00a followed by the funeral service on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Concord Street Church of Christ.  The church is located at 626 E. Concord Street, Orlando FL 32803.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers please make donations to: 

Central Florida Bible Camp - Barton Chapel expansion 

23813 CR-44A

Eustis, FL  32736

Friday, November 5, 2021

Peter John Fippinger

Peter John Fippinger, age 70, of Leesburg, FL passed away Friday, October 29th, 2021 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando.  He was born in Hartford, CT on June 4, 1951, the son of the late Lucille (Buckley)  and Fred Henry Fippinger and was employed as a driver in the trucking industry.

Peter leaves to cherish his memory, wife Elizabeth (Hersey) Fippinger of Leesburg; sons Anthony Hersey and wife Joan Tang Hersey, of Tarrytown, NY, Bryan Fippinger and wife Jennifer, of Orlando; sister Susan Carey of Stuart, FL; and 3 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral mass at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL .

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Vivian Smith Hopkins

 


Viv (Smith) Yeomans, Hopkins

Sebastian Florida,

Vivian (Smith) Yeomans, Hopkins passed away quietly at home on October 29, 2021 after a long illness. Born on September 29, 1940, she was 81. She was a member of SS Cyril and Methodious Byzantine Catholic Church in Ft Pierce FL and a daily communicant at St Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastian FL.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Christopher Hopkins and her sons Paul Yeomans of East Longmeadow; Kenneth Yeomans and his wife Suzie of Wales; Brian Yeomans and fiancée Destiny Carruthers of East Longmeadow and seven grandchildren, Sean, Ryan, Christopher, Shelby, Stephen, Zachary, and Nicholas; two great grandchildren, Trevor and Madyson and two stepchildren Aimee Hyland of Springfield and Michel and Meghan Hopkins of Stafford Springs CT and three step-grandchildren Hannah, Paige, and Nicole.

She was predeceased by her father and mother the late Roger and Elizabeth Smith of East Longmeadow. She is survived by her sisters Marilyn and her husband Jud Pooler of East Longmeadow, Betty and her husband Bill Clark of North Naples Florida and her brother Roger Smith and his wife Elaine of Concord, New Hampshire.

While raising her family Viv was a volunteer teacher assistant at Mountain View School in East Longmeadow.  Viv was a member of the St Mary Church choir in Hampden. She was employed at Farm Credit Banks, Springfield as the chief telephone operator. Viv was featured in an article from the First District Times published by Farm Credit titled, “Vivian Hopkins, The Voice of Farm Credit in that Voice an Image”.   It stated that “Viv’s voice creates, for many (in the banks associations), the very ‘image’ of Farm Credit and may even establish the caller’s perspective of the business and all its associates. She may handle as many as 700 incoming calls a day. And she hasn’t yet told anyone to “fly a kite” though the thought has, says she, “…occasionally crossed my mind.”

Viv went on to be an Executive Assistant and chief receptionist at Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company, home office in Springfield. That smile, larger than life and welcoming grace treated all with the highest professionalism. She was known as ‘Miss Mass Mutual’ to all. In an excerpt of a letter it stated: “When I think of the thousands of clients, customers and associates who have passed through the front door during your tenure as the “first face” of the Company, I can’t think of a better person to have been there to greet them all. Your energy, enthusiasm, and diligence are contagious, and have quietly provided valuable lessons to all of us in our day-to-day dealings with others.”

Viv was a fierce athlete and competed in the Senior Olympics as a “Race Walker” garnering a silver medal in the 1500-meter race and bronze medal in the 3000-meter race in 1999.

After moving to Florida, Viv’s desire to stay fit, motivated her to organize morning neighborhood walks. That was not enough. After the warmup walk, off to the National Training Center in Clermont. Open to local residents this facility to trains potential Olympians. Spinning, Zumba, Aerobics, no challenge to Viv – she loved it all and thrived on the challenges. Once Viv’s illness had progressed her friends rallied around her to show their love and support.

No matter where she was, church, work or at play her warm, cheerful smile endless energy inspired everyone.

 

There will be a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at:

St Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

5135 Sand Lake Rd

Orlando, FL 32819

November 8, 2021

 Viewing in the church from 9 - 11AM

Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11AM

Reception immediately following Liturgy in the social hall.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following:

 

SS Cyril & Methodious Byzantine Catholic Church

1001 Bahama Av

Ft Pierce, FL 34982

 

Eternal Word Television Network

5817 Old Leeds Rd

Irondale, AL 35210

ewtn.com/donate

 

Divine Mercy Radio 920AM

1800 Turtle Mound Rd

Melbourne, FL. 32934

DivineMercyRadio.com

 The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

2700 Horizon Dr Suite 120

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Theaftd.org/support-aftds-mission/