Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mary Rita Conry

Mary Rita Conry, age 90, of   Winter Garden, FL, passed away  Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.   She was born in Rocky  Mountain, NC the daughter of the late Mary (Braswell)  and Charles  Clark and was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 
Mary leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Mary Eith of Kent, Washington, Kathleen Conry of Winter Garden;  two sons Thomas Conry of Ocoee;, Brian Conry of Portland, OR; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 3 until 5 pm.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Catholic Church, Winter Garden, FL, at 10:00 am on Monday, November 4th,  with Father Kurber officiating.  Interment will be at 1:30 pm at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Diana Marie Dyche

Diana Marie Dyche, age 59, of   Orlando,  passed away Wednesday, October 30th, at her residence.    Diana was born in Bronx, NY the daughter of  Josephine (Mobilio)  and Walter  France.  She was employed as a florist and was a loving mother, sister and grandmother.
Diana leaves to cherish her memory,  daughter Amanda Rogers of Kissimmee, FL;  son Michael Dyche of Orlando;  two sisters, Joyce Keegan of Suffern, NY.,  Florence DeStefano, of Suffern, NY.; three brothers Nick France of New York,  Walter France of North Carolina, Frank France of Suffern, NY;  2 grandchildren, Phoenix Dyche of Winter Garden and Kara Rogers of Kissimmee
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 3 until 4 pm followed by a Mass  at 4 pm . 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Anthony J. DeThomas

Anthony J. DeThomas, age 85 of  Orlando, FL passed away Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at his residence.  He was born in Astoria, NY the son of the late Esther (Pinto)  and Frank  DeTommaso.  He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II and was employed as an accountant. 
Anthony is predeceased by his parents Esther and Frank DeTommaso;  wife Eileen DeThomas;  and sister Lena Pinto.  He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Mary DeThomas Maciejczyk (ex-spouse Stephen), Joan DeThomas Troche (Dr. Milton); son Bob DeThomas (Audrey); grandchildren, Mary Holaday (Matt), Amy DeThomas, Keith Troche,Christian Troche,  Frank Anthony Maciejczyk; and great-grandson Philip Holaday.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor David Stephens officiating.

Joseph Andrew Dragojevich

Joseph Andrew Dragojevich, age 43, of Orlando, FL passed away Friday, October 18th, 2013 in Islamorada, Florida.  Monroe County.   Joseph was born in Pittsburgh, PA the son of Vincenta (Brazin)  and Gerald Dragojevich.  He was employed as Captain District Chief for Lake County Emergency Medical Services. 
Joseph leaves to cherish his memory, parents Gerald and Vincenta Dragojevich, Sr. of Pittsburgh; fiance Heather Ferrell of Orlando; daughter Allison Dragojevich of Peoria, IL; son Joseph Dragojevich, II of Orlando;  sister Teresa Dragojevich; brother Gerald Dragojevich both of Orlando; and grandchild, Caleb Dragojevich of Orlando. 
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL from 12:00 until 3:00P on Monday, October 28th, 2013 in the Henry Chapel followed by the service at 3:00 pm with Chaplain Bob and Deacon Larry Herbert officiating.

The family requests that donations be made to
 St. Jude's Children's Hospital at
or the Make a Wish Foundation at

"We are all the sum of our choices. The fear is not of dying.... it is to not have lived."


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Raymond Stuart Black, Jr.

Suddenly on Saturday, October 19th in Orlando, Florida.  The son of Raymond and Melvia Black, Ray grew up in Arlington, Virginia, attended Washington-Lee High, George Washington University and the Georgetown University Dental School and Medical College of Virginia.  After graduation, he served his country as a dentist in the United States Air Force in Valdosta, Georgia and following that started a long and successful practice of Orthodontics in Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia.  After retirement, he moved to Cape Coral, Florida where he was able to enjoy his passions of golf and fishing.  He very recently had moved to Orlando.

Ray is survived by his wife, Victoria of Orlando, three devoted daughters, Lisa Herbert of Chesterfield, Virginia, Deborah Gage of Sarasota, Florida, Shannon Julian of Orlando, his sister Susie Glancy of Silver Spring Maryland, six beloved grandchildren, Jacob and Nicole Herbert, Evan and Landon Gage, and Miles and Carter Julian, great-grandson, Jhase as well as countless other loving family members and friends.

Virginia - Memorial services will be held Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00pm at Salisbury Country Club in Richmond, Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ray's name be made to First Tee, a charity for underprivileged children who are aspiring to learn to golf.
Florida - Memorial services will be November 16th from 2:00-6:.00pm at their home in Orlando.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ray's name be made to Bridges of Light Foundation, a home for orphaned and rescued children in Orlando.  37 N. Orange Avenue Suite 800B Orlando, FL  32802-4417.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Elise L. Jansen

Elise L. Jansen, 78, of Saint Cloud, FL, passed away Wednesday, October 16th, at her residence.  She was born in Long Island, NY, the daughter of the late Lydia (Graessle)  and Carl  Schroth and was employed as a radiology technician. 
Elsie leaves to cherish her memory, husband Bernhard  Jansen of St. Cloud;  daughter, Susan Elise Auten of Dallas, GA;  son William K Jeffrey, of Douglasville, GA;  sister, Anita DiPrima, of Bluepoint, NY; 2 grandchildren Lauren Jeffrey of Douglasville, Ga; Erin McKey of Lithia Springs, GA; 1 great-grandchild, Macy McKey of Lithia Springs, GA.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Orlando, in the Henry Chapel at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.   The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to any of the following, First Baptist Church of Orlando, Disaster Relief and Food Service, Salvation Army, Red Cross or Dogs for the Deaf.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Barbara Rae Avis Smart

Barbara Rae Avis Smart passed away peacefully on Sunday October 20, with family at her side. She was born December 12, 1932 in Roanoke, VA, the daughter of Lois Bond Avis Starke and Martin Luther (Skip) Avis, both departed.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerry Ross Smart of Orlando, and her daughters Linda Lani Kress, Bonnie Susanne Salem, Jeri Carolynn Mooney, Kristie Marie Viehman and Sandra Leigh Smart Payne.  She is also survived by her 5 sons-in-law, 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons, and many valued friends and colleagues.
A Realtor in the Orlando area for 42 years, Barbara was a career agent for several Realtors until her retirement. Her family and friends will remember her as a funny, creative, beautiful, and graceful woman who excelled as an ad hoc hula instructor, swing dancing “champion”, artist, ballet costume seamstress, stylish bowler, sly Bridge partner, dance and music lesson chauffer, and fashionably late. She was active in the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Junior Women’s Club of Orlando and Beta Sigma Phi and served as a PTA president, Girl Scout, and Brownie leader. She loved warm sandy beaches, especially any place that reminded her of Hawaii, where she lived for several years. We will miss her laugh, watching her dance with Dad in the kitchen, her ability to fall asleep anywhere/anytime, and her potato salad.
We bid Barbara, a beloved daughter, cherished wife, and devoted mother, a fond Aloha and will honor her memory with love, laughter, dance, song, and tears: a sea of tears.
A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 12:00 noon at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Winter Park, Florida on Wednesday, October 23.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or to Hospice of the Comforter at

Janice L. Schuck

Janice L. Schuck, age 80 of Tavares, passed away on October 15, 2013.  She was born in Hudson, FL the daughter of William and Ella Mae Conner. 
Janice was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and is survived by her husband Victor; daughter Teresa Rouse; sons Gregory, Steven, Matthew; 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am on October 31, 2013 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 Hastings St, Orlando FL.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cheryl Darlene Skinner

Cheryl Darlene Skinner,  age 58, of Orlando, FL, passed away at  Saturday, October 12th, at her residence.   She was born in Clermont, FL the daughter of the late Nancy Virginia (Newman)  and Lester  A. Harville.  She served in the U.S. Army. and moved back to Central Florida from Ohio in 2001 and was employed  as a by NAPA Auto Parts as a store manager.
Cheryl leaves to cherish her memory;  two daughters, Carmyn Yeager of Waynesville, MO;  Sharon Overstreet of Orlando;   son Dave Overstreet (Autum) of Portland, OR; brother Terry Harville, of Little Rock, AR. and 4 grandchildren, Alexis Yeager, Joseph Coutee, Scottie Yeager, Hemi Hannah.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will follow visitation at 7:00 pm with Pastor Thomas Hensley officiating.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Charline Denise Anderson

Charline Denise Anderson, age 57, of Orlando, Florida passed away Monday, September 30th, 2013.  She was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey the daughter of the late Thelma (Madden)  and Charles  Anderson.  Charline was employed as a medical assistant.  She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Lorrelle Comacho of Orlando,  Hope Marie White of Tampa; two sisters, Alise Anderson, of Plainfield, NJ,  Renee Anderson-Goins of Tampa; three brothers, Andrew  Anderson of Tampa, Ira (Lisa) Anderson of Whitehall, PA., Maurice Anderson of Whitehall, PA.; and 3 grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 10:00 until 11:00 am.  Funeral service will follow visitation at 11:00 am in the Chapel with Rev. Joann Glenn officiating. 

Myrtle Shirley

Born in Jamaica, St. Ann West Indies to Eustace and Elizabeth Douglas.  Myrtle migrated to England in 1960 where she lived in Sheffield, St. Albans and Tooting.  Myrtle was married to Weston Shirley and they had 2 children Jean & Ted who were born in England.  After Weston's death she married Albert Wallace.  She moved to New York in 1967 and lived in Mt. Vernon and Newburgh.  She worked in Health Care until she retired. 
Myrtle was a people person and was the matriarch in the family.  She made sure everyone not only her immediate family was taken care of.  She was kind, compassionate, loving and courageous.  She would take the time to listen if you had a problem or not.  Her favorite word of encouragement would be "Don't Worry, Pray, God will help you."  Her door was always open to others, and she  enjoyed making big family dinners, and always cooked for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the family. 
Myrtle is survived by her husband Albert Wallace; son Ted (Nancy) Shirley and daughter Jean Shirley; 3 brothers, Milton, Esley, Roman; 3 sisters, Pearl, Daphney, Carmen; Aunt Inez Nelson; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Grace Bible Church of Orlando, 801 Dorscher Rd, Orlando at 1:00 pm, followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Gene Pritchard officiating.