Thursday, July 28, 2011

Herman Barnett

June 12th, 1922 ~ July 26, 2011

Herman passed away peacefully on July 26, 2011. Private celebration was held by the immediate family. He was a resident of Florida for the past 70 years. Herman was a decorated World War II war veteran who served proudly in the Army as a forward observer in the 195th Field Artillery Battalion. He was involved in 5 major battles during that war including the Battle of The Bulge. Herman moved to Miami Beach in 1942 to marry Roslyn who was his loving and devoted until her passing 5 1/2 years ago. Together Herman and Roslyn founded and grew Barnett Hardware and Paint store, a Hallandale Landmark. He was instrumental in starting the Hallandale Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Hallandale Volunteer Fire Department in the early 1950s. Herman and his beloved Roslyn retired in their 50s and spent the next four decades enjoying homes in Weston, Florida, Ponce Inlet, Florida and Highlands, and North Carolina. They traveled all over the globe. Herman was committed to community service and served as a Worshipful Master of Hollywood Masonic Lodge 209. He also spent many years the local and state advisory. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in Herman name to Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 where he spent his last days.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Elisa Esmonde

Elisa Esmonde passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011 after a rich life filled with many wonderful memories. One of 16 children in the Gambescia family, the embodiment of a large Italian family, she grew up in a house filled with love and laughter. She met and married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Michael, and was blessed with four beautiful children, Michele, Michael, Patrick, and Megan. Upon the marriage of each of her children, she welcomed Travis, Alycia, Helena, and John into the clan as if they were her own. Her kids were the light and joy of her life, that is, until the arrival of her beloved grandchildren: Jordan, Ezabella, Davis, and sweet Thomas. She loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, and had a little left to spare, so she adopted two very lucky dogs, Besse and Missy who never wanted for anything from the moment she took them in. Before she was a loving and devoted mother, Lisa led an adventurous life. she was a hospital nurse in Philadelphia. She rode motorcycles and even entered a drag race in her mother's station wagon! She did concert lighting locally in Philadelphia and was a touring wardrobe tech for Elton John and Jethro Tull. She worked on a lobster boat off the waters of Cuba. She was a seriously good softball player and was said to be a better athlete than her husband. She embraced life and lived it to the fullest. Lisa was young at heart, loved the beach, long walks with the dogs, and as anyone who ever had the pleasure of dining out wit her knew, loved unsweetened ice tea with lots of ice and a bowl of lemons. Her smile could light up a room, as it always did when she volunteered in Guest Services at Arnold and Winnie Palmer Hospital, and the Lisa Merlin House. She kept the Florida Esmonde streak of working at Universal Studios Florida by driving the employee tram and running the mail room.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made in her memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (

Please join us in celebrating 59 years of family and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday July 22, 2011. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm followed by a Funeral Mass at 2:00 pm. Lisa wishes to be cremated so there will be no burial.

Claris Ruth Lynch

Claris Ruth Lynch, 94 of Winter Garden, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2011. Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on December 19, 1916. Ruth, as a young child moved to North Carolina and graduated from Lincolnton High School in Lincolnton, North Carolina in 1935. she moved to Winter Garden in 1959. Ruth was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Sunday School teacher and avid cook and gardener. Ruth was proceeded in death by her husband, Reverend R. Clement Lynch and son, John C. Lynch. She is survived by her daughter Marguerite Scholar (Gene), daughter Wanda Haltner (Al), son, James E. Lynch (June), 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1pm at Southside Christian Fellowship Church.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Angel L. Perez

In Loving Memory of Angel L. Perez

Sunrise ~ December 13, 1963 ~ Brooklyn, New York

Sunset~ July 14, 2011 ~ Ocoee, Florida

My daddy, our warrior, a husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. Five and a half years ago my daddy was diagnosed with multiple Myeloma. But that in no way stopped him from being who he was and always will be. A WARRIOR. Ask anyone who knew my dad to describe him and they will all tell you the same thing. He was a jokester. He was always making people laugh. He was the center of attention whenever we had a gathering and even when it was just the family in the house. He was latin lover, latino heat, and supernova all balled up into one! The man who no woman could resist. We would say potato, he would say potatoe, tomato, tomatoe. Instead of saying your food is getting cold he would always say your food is getting hot. There was not one day my dad wouldn't put a smile on my face. He made my mom happy for 24 beautiful years. I know my dad loved my mom with every ounce of love and affection he had in him. He knew exactly how to keep a relationship together and also how to keep a family together and strong. he would always remind us to give each other a kiss on the cheek before you leave and when you get home. Always tell your loved ones, "I love you." He was the kindest soul in the world. But be careful because if he felt something wasn't right he would definitely let you know until you, without a doubt, got his point across loud and clear. Nobody messed with his family that is for sure. He taught my brother and I if something was wrong speak your mind and tell them who's boss. Definition of a warrior. Always had a smile on his face even when you knew he was in pain. Although my dad might have lost his battle with cancer, I say he was a survivor. Never once did he let his cancer bring him down. He was determined to keep a positive attitude and never give up faith in our Lord. I know he was fighting not only for himself but for my mom, brother and I. He lived to see both of us kids go through elementary, middle, and our high school graduations. He taught us how to drive and get our driver's licenses. I remember him always telling me, "Nati always leave enough space between you and the car in front of you. If you can't fit another car in between you then you're too close. He got to spend my brother's 19th birthday and my 21st birthday. He watched his kids go from kids to adults. My daddy was named the perfect name - Angel. An angel sent all the way from heaven to touch our lives in such a special way that his legacy will be carried on forever. N one who knew my father will ever forget that loving, joking, charismatic personality of his. He is in heaven now. Back where he belongs to shine on all of us and remind us that he is okay. He is not in pain and he doesn't want us to cry over his death. We will always remember him in a positive, cheerful and upbringing light. This is how he should and will be remembered.

Like my father always use to say: YO YO YOOOO Word up to the MAX!!

Angel leaves to cherish his memory, wife Gwendolyn (Nunez) Perez of Orlando; daughter Maralysa Perez of Orlando; son Ariel Perez of Orlando; mother Angela (Ruiz) Perez of New York City; brother Miguel Perez of Queens, New York; sisters Teresa Vega of Homestead, Florida, Anabel Perez of new Jersey, Luz Irrizarry of Pennsylvania, Isabel Perez of New York City; and aunt Lydia Fernandez of New York City. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 from 4 until 7 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church followed by interment at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Germaine Jean-Charles

Germaine Jean-Charles, age 59 of Orlando passed away on Thursday, July 7th, 2011. Germaine was born in Pestel, Haiti the daughter of the late Orphise (Benoet) and Augustine Jean-Charles. Germaine moved to Central Florida from Miami in 1999. She was employed as a special education teacher for the Orange County Public School System at Magnolia Elementary School and was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic church and the Charismatic Catholic Group. Germain leaves to cherish her memory, son Utchey Cabane of Orlando; eight sisters, Julia Jean-Charles of Immoakee, Josslaine Jean-charles of Miami, Termacile Peantraue of Haiti, Gertrede Jean-Charles of Haiti, Jertha Jean-Charles of Haiti, Acela Estievin of Orlando, Marise Jean-Charles of Haiti, Faneline Lustin of Haiti; six brothers, Meil Jean-Charles of Orlando, Faril Jean-Charles of Haiti, Oberjo Jean-Charles of Haiti, Jean Claude Jean-Charles of Haiti, Hachet Jean-Charles of Haiti, Gerard Jean-Charles of Haiti; aunt Christiane Jean-Charles of New York; and numerous nieces, nephews , cousins and other family members. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 15th, 2011 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church located at 6200 Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery.