Friday, March 1, 2024

Michael J Spencer


Michael J Spencer, an exemplary husband, father, brother, friend, mentor and Marine, passed on February 20, 2024, in the arms of his beloved wife of 40 years Peggy Ann.

Michael was born on December 18, 1946, in Fort Sheridan Illinois to William Lafayette Spencer and Mary Katherine O'Donnell.  Due to parental abandonment Michael and his older brother Bill, (who passed on October 14 2022) were placed in Maryville Academy Orphanage.  Under the tutelage of Rev. John Smyth the Spencer boys excelled.  They championed each other in basketball, football, (capturing the third CMC crown in 1963). They found their love of music and became skilled musicians (Michael played string bass and Bill trumpet). They were achievers.  Michael found his love for the written word while serving on the school newsletter "The Voice." and continued to keep in touch with his fellow Maryville Alumni over the years.

 Upon graduation Michael joined the Marine Corp.  It was in boot camp training he forged a lifelong bond with fellow Marine David L Stover.  Michael and David were shipped out to Vietnam and were assigned as Scout Snipers to the 1st Battalion 9 Marines. Michael participated in over 12 back-to-back Operations in Vietnam until he was wounded. When David was asked about his combat experiences with Michael he replied "Vietnam was hell on earth. It was a daily diet of terror, destruction and death. We were blanketed in blood and bathed in agent orange.  Michael somehow managed in this inferno of fear to find a way to lift our spirits up with his unique humor.  He was my hero." The artillery fire may have destroyed his left leg, but not his spirit or the love for the written word.  Michael attended Medill School of Journalism Northwestern University and honed his writing skills as a Research Assistant for columnists Cloherty & Owens of the Washington Post. Michael returned to Chicago and became the Executive Editor of Chicago Faces Magazine.  It was there in the windy city that a gale of love blew into his office stronger than a Nor'easter in February and hotter that Asphalt in August.  Michael's wife Peggy always said, "I took one look at him and that was it! he never had a chance." Michael and Peggy were married in 1984. 
Michael, Peggy and Billy, Peggy's young son from a prior marriage moved to Whitefish Bay Wisconsin.  Michael took the position as Public Relations Specialist for the First Wisconsin National Bank of Milwaukee but more importantly he became a father to Billy. Little did he know what he was taking on, but he did an amazing job. Billy named his first son Spencer.  In 1986 he was hired by The Mark Travel Corporation; it was a move that changed his life.  Michael flourished within the unique corporate environment created by Bill La Macchia. 
Bill and his wife Sharon knew if they put people first, the profits would follow.  Michael was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of South West Airlines Vacations Operated by The Mark Travel Corporation, located in Orlando, FL. Where he and his family moved to Bay Hill in Orlando Florida in 1990. The following years were golden.  Michael loved his job. He appreciated his extensive staff.  He knew their names and truly cared about them and their families. Company picnics were a gathering everyone treasured.  His office door was always open, if you needed him, he was there for you.  The Spencer home was dubbed " The Bay Hill Bed and Breakfast" because his front door was always revolving with family and friends who visited. Michael shared himself shuttling visitors to attractions, theme parks, golf tournaments and favorite restaurants. He treasured his grandchildren, creating special moments for each visit whether it was taking them up in a helicopter or co- piloting a small airplane. 

In January of 2001, he bought Peggy her vacation dream home in Bethune Beach, New Smyrna Florida. They named it quite simply "The Beach House." That too was shared with family and friends to create lifetime memories for generations. Michael spoke to his brother Bill every day until he passed. Bill's extraordinary wife Paulette understood their connection too and commented to Peggy "let's try and find some peace in knowing that their conversations have now continued."   
 

Michael is survived by his wife: Peggy Ann, and "son" Bill R. Diehl, (Kathleen).

Grandchildren: Kendall Marie, Spencer Christopher, Tristan Patrick Lee, Kieran Joseph.

Half-Sibling: Kevin Keane

Sister-in- Law: Paulette Spencer

Sister-in- Law: Coral Jean (Hoag)

Cousin: Peggy (O'Donnell) Barnett (Robert)

Nieces and Nephews: Vanessa, Jenny, William (Vickie) Michele, Kelly, Lauren, Nicholas, Kelly Lynn (Paul) Amy Marie (Scott) Carrie Ann (Patrick) 

Daughter and Son of his soul: Chrissy Marie Malukiewicz, Christopher N. Luecke

Preceded in death by his brother: William J Spencer (Paulette)

There will be a private family service and internment at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery and a Salute to Michael’s life to be announced at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may in memory of Michael J. Spencer To

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Semper Fi & America's Fund

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The Rev. John P. Smyth Standing Tall Charitable Foundation

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Angela Fields

Angela Fields, age 97, of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully on Thursday February 1, 2024. She was born in 1926 and raised in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania by her parents John and Angela Zuber along with brothers Mike and John Zuber and sister Emily Klecha. She along with her mother and siblings relocated to New Jersey when their father John passed away just as Angela graduated from high school.

As she was patriotic during the Second World War, Angela moved to New York City and became an Emergency Room Registered Nurse and lived the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Manhattan. She was in Times Square as a nurse on VJ day of WWII. After serving as an ER nurse for a number of years  including at a VA Medical facility, she followed the recommendation of her Senior Resident
 Surgeon and decided to offer her skills to the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant. Her relationship with the USAF and the military would strongly influence most choices she made for the rest of her life. While on active duty she met and married her love Richard Fields, a USAF fighter pilot. Sadly Richard passed away in 1967 in an aircraft accident leaving Angela with two preschool sons, Robert and David. Angela and sons relocated to New Jersey to be closer to family support and she went back to school to complete her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees and serve as a nurse and hospital administrator. When her sons finished school she relocated to central Florida and she spent many happy working and retired years along the Atlantic Coast.

Angela is survived by sons Robert Fields and David Fields (Mary), along with grandchildren Kenny Fields and Catherine Vasquez as well as Sisters-in-law Rita Rae Nossaman and Judy Rutledge and Brother-in-law Harold Rutledge as well as numerous nieces and nephews on both Richard’s and Angela’s sides. She was predeceased by parents John and Angela Zuber, her husband Captain Richard Fields and her siblings Mike and John Zuber and sister Emily Klecha as well as their spouses. She was the last surviving member of her generation on her family’s side. She was also predeceased by Parents-in-law Kenneth and Aneita Fields and Brother-in-law Kenneth "Corky" Fields.

Angela maintained lifelong friendships with fellow nurses and relationships with all family members as well as often meeting new friends and cultivating recent friendships. All who knew her loved her numerous stories of her fascinating life and admired her dedication and support toward all people associated with the US military. She loved and was a proud member of the Society of Air Force Nurses. She was a Vietnam War veteran and was extremely honored to have been able to participate in a Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. during her later years. She was blessed with frequent visits from friends, veteran, volunteer and church support groups and she remained forever grateful to all those wonderful folks.

On Thursday March 7, 2024 at 10:30 there will be a Celebration of Life and Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church Chapel at 5125 South Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, Florida 32819 followed by a dedication and interment in the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida at 2:30. Holy Family Church does not permit additional flowers or decorations so while appreciated we ask in lieu of flowers those who wish may make a contribution to Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando or to any charity which supports US Veterans in Angela's memory.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Susan I. Telleria-Guerra

 


Susan I. Telleria-Guerra age 60 of Sanford, Florida. Peacefully passed to eternal life on February 25, 2024. Born on July 14, 1963 in Jersey City, NJ to parents Antonio and Olga Telleria.

Susan grew up in Union City, NJ and graduated from Emerson High School in 1981. She then attended   Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Teaneck,NJ and graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. She then moved to Orlando, Florida and received a MBA in 1999 from the University of Central Florida. Susan went on to start her own successful business.

Susan met her husband Julio Guerra,Jr. in 1997  and they married in 1998 in Orlando. They just celebrated their 25th anniversary.  In 1999, they had their son Matthew.

Susan is survived by husband Julio Guerra,Jr. and son Matthew Guerra, mother Olga Telleria, sister Olga Telleria- Khoudmi, and brothers Tony, George and Ernest Telleria.  Preceeded in death by father Antonio Telleria.

Susan was a loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She had a big and generous heart. Her devotion to family and friends was immeasureable.   

Susan was a great cook, an avid photographer, loved to travel, and the best hockey mom to her son who never missed a game.  She was also a mom to her German Shepard Zane, who never left her side.

A viewing  will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024  from 5pm-8pm with service at 7pm at Dobbs Funeral Home,430 North Kirkman Road Orlando, FL 32811

Interment will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:00am at Mount Peace Cemetery, 775 E. 10th St. St.Cloud , FL 34769

Reception to follow at Ralph V. Chisholm Regional Park 4700 Chisholm Park Trail St.Cloud, FL 34771

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations  be made to: Tunnel to Towers Foundation- t2t.org and St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital- stjude.org 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Robert A. Wilroy

 

 “Bob” of Orlando Florida passed away on January 30, 2024 at the age of 88.  Bob was born in Memphis TN. on January 27, 1936, the son of the late V. Doris Hunter and Robert B Wilroy. He worked hard after a short time in the Army and beginning a career in computers, that led to working on Apollo missions at Nasa and eventually his own computer company. He made Orlando his permanent home in 1977. He loved his family, dancing, working with his wife in antiquities and making people smile! 

Bob is survived by his two children, Ava L. Sims and Rex (Liz) A. Wilroy.  He also leaves behind his sister Doris (Pruitt) W. Fulmer, brother Mike (Sonja) Kirby and his granddaughter Christina B. Wilroy.  He is preceded in death by his wife Betty L. Wilroy.

Robert will be honored in a private ceremony for family and friends Wednesday February 21, 2024 11:00AM at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.

In lieu of Flowers, please make a donation to help support a local pet rescue or Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Petallianceorlando.org


Monday, February 5, 2024

James Younglove


 James Allen Younglove, age 81 of Clermont, Florida, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024. James was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of William and Marie (Furlong) Younglove. He served in the United States Marine Corps and had a long 34-year career with United Airlines. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, married and raised his children in Schiller Park, Illinois, and moved to Clermont Florida in 2007.

Jim will be missed not only by family and friends but all who worked under his supervision, neighbors, and all who have been touched by him.

He leaves to cherish his memory wife Helen (Edwards) Younglove of Clermont; his Children Jim Younglove (Trena) and Heather Moritz (Ricky). Eight grandchildren: Erin, Jacob, Darlene, Erik & Carter Younglove and Chloe, Brianna, & Aidan Moritz. He is also survived by his sister Eileen Younglove of Marco Island, Florida, and brother Larry Younglove (Patricia), and their children Beth, Joe, & Terry (Kim) Younglove of Schaumburg, Illinois. As well as a great uncle to Terry and Kim’s children Gregory, Grace, and Gemma. Brother-in-law Dan Edwards (Karleen), Sister-in-law Marie Edwards, and her children Cindy, Roy, and Michael (Erin) Edwards.

The family will be receiving family and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church at 5125 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819 on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 AM with Fr Martin in the Daily Chappel. There will be a reception following the Mass. In the future, Interment at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Life in Illinois in July of 2024. In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of James A. Younglove to St. James Cathedral School Annual Fund Annual Fund 2021-2022 (regfox.com) or Bishop Moore Catholic High School’s BMC Fund https://www.bishopmoore.org/give/bmc-fund.cfm.

The funeral Mass will be live-streamed starting at 11 am EST at htps://youtube.com/live/uHicje3_JBw?feature=share

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Joan A. Collette

 

Joan A. Collette, 88, of Ocoee, FL, formerly of Watertown, NY passed away on January 9, 2024 under the care of her family and Hospice of Orlando, FL.

 Born April 16, 1935 in Watertown, NY, daughter of Charles and Evelyn Stevens, she graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1953.

 She married Ronald R. Collette on October 3, 1953 at Holy Family Church with the Rev. Robert J. McCarthy officiating.

 Joan enjoyed traveling and spending time with the love of her life, Ronnie.

 She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Cathy and Rick Belcher, Ocoee, FL, Faith and Timothy Spencer, Watertown, NY and Kimberly and James Kenyon, Ocoee, FL.; brother in law Patrick Collette and his wife Ann; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

 She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald and a great grandson, Anthony Johnson.

 There was no funeral service.

 Arrangements were with Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL, 32811

Dorine Estelle Garrison



Dorine Estelle Garrison moved from life on earth to eternal life in heaven on January 23, 2024 at age 89.

Dorine was the firstborn child of Charles and Dorothy (Gray) Marcott on July 28,1934 in Rochester, New York where she grew up. In high school she was a cheerleader who loved to dance (especially the jitterbug) and met Russell (who did not love to dance) who would later become her husband. They had two daughters - Lynn and Susan. Dorine loved being a mom! She was active in everything her girls did from scouting to music lessons, swim meets and tennis matches - she was there. She was an incredible Mom in large part because she had one (a grace of God that she continued to thank Him for) ... and there are now 2 more generations of the same with daughter Susan and granddaughter Kara. What a legacy!

Dorine enjoyed homemaking, cooking, sewing, refinishing antiques, the feel and smell of the dirt as she cultivated her garden...and salt (too much). Summer family vacations were spent camping (2 adults, 2 girls, 2 dogs in a 12'x12' tent) and sailing in the Finger Lakes around upstate New York. Dorine and Russell loved to do things together. In the winter woods they fed birds from their hands while cross-country skiing. In summers they would be found together on the golf course, riding bikes or working in the yard. A big sports fan, there was no team Dorine cheered louder for than the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes high school football team. When her grandson began coaching there, she'd be the first to text him on game days already in one of her 'Canes T-shirts. During the past 7 years she had great joy with every photo/video she got of her great-grandchildren. She was so grateful to be in her home with Lynn for her last years.

Dorine was loving, fun, thoughtful, welcoming and supportive. An avid reader and deep-thinker, her wise and gentle counsel is already missed by her girls. Like the flowers she loved, her journey as a Christian was marked by watering, growth, sweet fragrance and beauty. She looked forward to learning truth from her pastor son-in-law online every Sunday. Her gratefulness to, joy in, love for and communion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was simply beautiful. To God be the glory for His gift of Dorine Estelle Garrison.

In addition to Dorine's parents, four siblings, and her husband Russell, she was also preceded in death by her much-loved and missed grandson Jonathan Hartman.

 Dorine is survived by her daughters Lynn Garrison and Susan Hartman (Steve); grandchildren Kara Lewer (Josh) and Quinn Hartman; and great-grandchildren Estelle "Ellie", Russell, Amos and Vivian Lewer.

A private ceremony for the family only will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery. The family graciously requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Dorine's memory be made to Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, Georgia or the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Leann Marie Warfield J.D.

 


Leann Marie Warfield (Brezinsky), age 66, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, wife, step-mother, and a friend to many, peacefully passed away on January 19, 2024, in Orlando FL.

Leann was born to Robert L. Warfield and RoseMary (Valli) Warfield in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. An independent and vibrant personality from the beginning, Leann was an excellent student and athlete. After graduating from Lyons Township High School, she worked as a court reporter in order to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. She achieved her dream after graduating from DePaul University College of Law, earning her Juris Doctor Degree in 1993.

Leann will be remembered for her benevolence, her generosity knows no bounds. She loved her family fiercely and was considered to be a protector and mother figure to many. She was also a devoted wife to her husband of over 30 years, Jerome Brezinsky (now passed). She loved fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her brother Robert Warfield and his sons Robert and William Warfield, her nephew Joshua Boesch, and her step-children Michael, Stephanie, and Melissa Brezinsky.

Please join us for a celebration of life service that will be held on February 3rd, 2024, at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N Kirkman Rd. Viewing will take place at 3P.M. followed by a service at 4P.M.

 "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved
beyond words and missed beyond measure."