Monday, December 30, 2019

Leslie Hugh Waters

Leslie Hugh Waters, age 58, of Orlando, passed away Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late Rosemary (Combos)  and Earle Waters and employed as a County Firefighter.  

Leslie leaves to cherish his memory, wife Michelle  (Foster) Waters of Orlando; and sister Maria Thompson of N. Carolina.   A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm in the Henry Chapel on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Carol Ann Buck

Carol Ann Buck, age 73, of Orlando, passed away Monday, December 23rd, 2019.  She was born in Lawton, OK, the  daughter of the late Dorothy (Schreiver)  and Austin  Lewton and was employed as a medical Insurance Processor.  

Carol is predeceased by her husband Charles (2014) and leaves to cherish her memory daughter Elizabeth Roberts of Cheyenne WY; sister Betty Lewton of Oklahoma;  and grandchildren, Zachary and Kaitlyn Roberts both of Cheyenne, WY. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Gotha, Florida at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 28th, 2019 with Deacon Larry Herbert officiating.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Emilia Marcano

Emilia Marcano, age 73 of Orlando, passed away, Tuesday, December 11, 2019.   She was was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico,  the daughter of the late Filomena (Robles)  and Aurelio  Sanchez and was employed in the health field as a pharmacy aide.

Emilia leaves to cherish her memory, three sons Isidoro Vazquez, Julio A Vazquez,Rafael Marcano, all of Orlando; sister Carmen Sanchez of Puerto Rico; two brothers Bernardo Sanchez of Pennsylvania, Carmello Sanchez of Puerto Rico; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 12:00 pm, followed by the funeral service on December 13, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Winter Garden Cemetery. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Reed Keith Anderson

Reed Keith Anderson, age 67, of Orlando, passed away Monday, December 9th, 2019. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Margret Evette (Anderson) and Richard A. Anderson of Pittsburgh and was employed as a Certified Executive Chef at the UCF Tri Delta sorority house. 

Chef Reed leaves to cherish his memory along with his mother, brother Richard A. Anderson of Bethlehem, PA and his daughter Ashley A. Anderson of Orlando.  

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from at 12:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 21st, 2019.  Entombment will follow the funeral service at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Florida.    

Holly F. Olier

Holly F Olier, (name disputed), passed into the loving hands of her Lord December 8, 2019 at 6:06 am, after more than a decade of pounding on his door.  Born Holly Elizabeth Rhodes in Port Jefferson, NY (again disputed) on October 03, 1945 to Ernest H. Rhodes and Martha Elizabeth (Carr) Rhodes.   She is survived by her siblings, Deborah J. Meli of Orlando and James F. Rhodes of Houston, both of whom she tried to talk her parents into giving away.

She was blessed with many artistic gifts…singing, writing, painting, acting…but sorely deficient in the important quality of sound judgment, marrying Eugene F. Denton, the father of her children (not so affectionately known as “Stupid”) at the age of 17.  Holly began producing children with this less than adequate genetic contributor immediately beginning with Robert E. Denton (not the favorite) followed closely by Robin E. Denton (also not the favorite), Renee E. (Denton) Gattshall (yep…the favorite), and ending with Richard E. Denton (almost favorite but she was pretty tired at that point).  And yes, she did give them all the initials of R.E.D. and not a one of them has red hair.

Discarding “Stupid” after 10 years of not so marital bliss, she promptly married a man with what only could have been a cleverly hidden brain deformity, Roy Franklin Fox Jr.  Thus forever saddling Holly with the “F” in her name despite many attempts to have it changed.   In an astoundingly regrettable act of delusional masochism, she dosed the children with Nyquil, stuffed them into a faux wood paneled station wagon, and moved her family from Texas to Ohio just in time to experience the blizzard of 1978.  Once there, flip flops and shorts were quickly discarded in favor of “moonboots”, but not without loud protests from the disoriented, teeth chattering, and somewhat blue, children who never again trusted “fruit drinks” served in a tiny cup.

Holly was one of the first women to become a Reserve Police Officer in Cardington Ohio, and a Reserve Deputy for Morrow County, Ohio.  She was a paid dispatcher for the Sheriff’s office for many years, which greatly contributed her persona as a very angry little woman, which in turn, may or may not have contributed to her second husband running off with the clerk at Marshall’s Department Store after 15 years of marriage.  This created a life-long preference for Ross, as they hire a better class of clerks.

Feeling the coldness of Ohio in her bones and the despair of the Cleveland Browns ever winning a game, she fled the north to begin a new life with Douglas J. Olier from Vinton, LA, adding 4 adult step-children to the family.  Scott J. Olier, Sheila D. (Olier) Guidry, Darlene (Olier) Miller, and Donis E. Olier (deceased) provided 10 more grandchildren.  So she went to school to get her CDL and, together, they drove a truck all across the country, visiting their grandchildren, who were by then, scattered to the far reaches.

Sadly, Hurricane Charley stepped in to disrupt the happily bickering couple, making Holly a widow in 2004, just 4 years after moving to Orange City, Florida.  While appropriate to name the dozen or so grandchildren, this tradition can be set aside in lieu of naming her favorite, Emily R. (Gattshall) Disterdick, who replaced her mother, Renee as favorite. Much to the amusement of the family, Emily was, eventually and unceremoniously, replaced as favorite by her daughter, Holly’s great-granddaughter, Lucilyn E. Gattshall.  

One of roughly more than dozen or so great-grandchildren, Luci was often described as Holly’s “Heart”, though Holly would hasten to add she loved every single one of her babies in a guilty declaration that, to this day, no one believes.  Holly instilled in her family a strength to survive, a flair for dramatic story telling, a fierce love of country, and a disdain for liberals.  She often stated she felt she had accomplished more than most by raising children who were still alive into adulthood with no prison records and the use of most of their limbs.

Holly was so many things that a simple obituary cannot contain her essence.  She loved horse racing and boxing, Say Yes to the Dress and 90 Day FiancĂ©, murder mysteries and Stephanie Plum.  She loved the Lord and was eager to join him in heaven.  She loved shopping and her family.  The HSN will likely collapse with her passing.  She will be remembered, our beloved Holly, her ashes laid to rest under her Granny Smith apple tree in the family’s Haunted Woods with her little dog, Johnny…after he passes of course.  

*It would be polite to state in lieu of flowers and food, to donate to a favored charity or your local animal shelter, but everyone who knew her realizes she would want you to do both.

Joyce H. Labbee

Joyce H. Labbee, beloved wife of Ralph M. Labbee passed on to Glory Friday December 13, 2019 at Advent Health Orlando, FL.  Joyce was born in her home in the town of Brunswick, NY and loved living all of her 87 years there.  She was the daughter of Charles E. Harris and Eva C Harris and sister to Dorothy, Charles, Charlotte and Billy (all deceased).

Her husband Ralph, daughter Carolyn Monell, son-in-law Milton Monell, son Ralph M. Labbee, Jr and dearly loved grandson Michael H. Labbee (residing in MI) cherish their years together.  She also leaves precious nieces, nephews and their children and many dear friends.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday December 20th at 9:30 AM at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL. The funeral service, officiated by Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis, will begin at 11:00 AM.   Graveside service following.  

Betty Opal Farris

Betty Opal Farris,  age 83, of Bushnell, FL, passed away  Friday, December 13th, 2019 at her home.  She was born in Coffee County, AL the daughter of the late Ethel Pess (Hughes)  and Joseph Arthur Harrison and was employed as an industrial assembler.

Betty leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Linda Bedford of Elgin, SC, Bonnie Simpson of Bushnell, FL, Deborah Enfinger of Bushnell, FL; two sons Curtis Farris of Bithlo, FL, Robert E. Fitzgerald of Zellwood, FL; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at Lake Hill Baptist Church  with Rev. Jerry Forrest officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Lake Hill Cemetery.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Jeffrey Allan Cuda Jr.

Jeffrey Allan Cuda, Jr, age 34, of Kissimmee, passed away Thursday, November 28th,  2019.  He was born in Baltimore, MD,  the son of Nancy (Hewitt)  of Orlando and Jeffrey A Cuda, Sr, of Las Vegas and was employed as a convention center stage hand.  

Jeffrey leaves to cherish his memory along with his parents,  sister Keri Trujillo of Las Vegas; maternal grandmother Zenilda Hewitt; maternal grandfather Darrell Hewitt, Sr. both of Orlando.  

The family will be receiving friends at 6:00 followed by the funeral service at 7:00 pm on  Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Oscar Osvaldo Ocasio

Oscar Osvaldo Ocasio, age 92, of Orlando,  passed away Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont,  Florida.  He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico,   the son of the late Petra L. (Hernandez)  and Medardo  Ocasio.  He served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a commercial and residential architect.  

Oscar leaves to cherish his memory, wife Luisa  Correa of Orlando; son Oscar E. Ocasio, of San Juan, Puerto Rico;  two step daughters, Helen Delgado of Holly Springs, NC; Nancy Kacir of Winter Garden, FL;  10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends at 9:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am with Pastor Mike Vidal officiating.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Lowell Thomas Boggs

Lowell Thomas Boggs, 83, of Ocoee, Florida, previously of Ashland, died Friday, November 15, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born June 17, 1936, in Ashland, the son of the late Thomas and Pauline Ison Boggs.

He was a retired teacher and school administrator in the Orange County Public Schools for more than 30 years and a member of the Starke Lake Baptist Church where he was chairman of the Men’s Ministry and a men’s Sunday School teacher .

He was a 1955 graduate of Ashland High School and later Eastern Kentucky Teachers College where he earned his teaching degree. Mr. Boggs also taught four years in the prison and high school in Chillicothe, Ohio, before moving to Florida.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by sisters Allene Little and Evelyn Daughtery, brother Larry Boggs and sons Pete Condon and Kevin Condon.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Pam Boggs, brother Fred (Alva) Boggs, son Allen (Katie) Boggs and daughters Nancy (Jim) Schaefer, Kelly (James) Robillard, Kathy Sutherland, Mary (Ralph) Pollard and Kerry Gerrity, 26 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving friends at Starke Lake Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 12:00 pm.  Interment will be at Ocoee Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Alexandria Monica Gillis

Alexandria Monica Gillis, age 38 of Orlando, passed away Friday, November 1st, 2019.   She was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Walter E. Quinn and Anne Gillis and was employed in hospitality.

Alexandria leaves to cherish her memory, mother Anne Gillis, daughter Arianna Delgado, son Julian Delgado all of Orlando; sons Jonathan and Jaydon Pappas both of Massachusetts and brother Ross Mousette of Orlando.

The family is having a gathering of friends at 1:30 pm followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm on November 21st, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Jennifer Ann Bleichner

Jennifer Ann Bleichner, age 32, of Orlando, passed away Friday, November 8th, 2019.  She was born in Sanford, FL the daughter of Brian and Sally (Stephenfield) Bleichner, and was employed as a nutrition consultant for Natures Market, Funeral Associate for Dobbs Funeral Home and was a senior at St. Petersburg College earning her degree in Mortuary Science.   She attended Church in the Son in Orlando.

Jennifer was a fitness enthusiast who would often be seen at LA Fitness for 4 - 5 hours on any given day.  She was an old soul who loved her music, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, the Beach Boys and wouldn't dream of missing a Michael Jackson or Prince Concert!  Often times she had a dry sense of humor that you would miss if you didn't know her until you thought about it for a few minutes (The Queen of Puns), plus she was a music history buff.  She knew her stuff!  Name That Tune!!!!

Jennifer leaves to cherish her memory, father Brian Bleichner of Orlando;  mother Sally Bleichner of Geneva; brothers Eric Bleichner of Altamonte Springs, Ryan Bleichner of Bogata, TX; Christopher Bleichner of Orlando; grandmother Molly Perry of Geneva; nephews Thomas Bleichner, Bryan David Bleichner and 3 nieces Emily, Sophie and Lee Lu.

A memorial service for Jennifer will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Dean Thakurdin

Dean Thakurdin, age 95, of  Orlando, passed away Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at the Solaris Windermere Nursing Home  He was born in Susannah's Rust, Guyana, the son of Rampersaud and Necchi and was employed as a machinist for a gun manufacturer.  

Dean leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Lilouty (Iris) Singh of Canada; son Harry Persaud of West Palm Beach; daughter Kavita Mangru of Ft. Lauderdale; son Chris Persaud of Guyana; daughter Sandra Latchmana of Canada; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  A traditional Hindu service will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until 11:30 am, followed by cremation at Metro Crematory located at 751 Bluford Avenue in Ocoee. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Matthew Steven Dirden

Matthew Steven Dirden of Ocoee, age 27, passed away at his home on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from muscular dystrophy.    He was a lifelong Orlando resident the son of Ronnie and Cheryl Ann (Harker) Dirden, Sr.

Matthew is survived by his father Ronnie of Gorham, Illinois and his brother Ronnie Jr. of Ocoee.  The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, followed by the funeral service on Monday, November 4, 2019.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Diana Dawn Harper

Diana Dawn Harper, age 52, of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  She was born in Ravenna, Ohio, the daughter of Billy and Rosalea (Fitzwater) Harper and was employed as a hair stylist at the Hair Cuttery.

Diana leaves to cherish her memory along with her father Billy of Orlando; daughter Amanda Harper of Altamonte Springs; companion Kenneth Brown of Orlando; sister Juanita Collar of Oceana, West Virginia; brothers David Harper of Apopka, Billy Harper of Mt. Dora and 5 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Dexter Johnson officiating at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed by interment at Ocoee Cemetery.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Joanne Hodges Groover

Joanne Hodges "Mama Jo" Groover passed away at the age of 88 on October 27th, 2019, in her adopted home of Orlando Florida, where she lived for the past 46 years.  She spent her final hours at the Cornerstone Hospice Center, surrounded by many family and friends, who came to pay their respects to a truly remarkable woman who impacted the lives of countless people.

Joanne Hodges was the ninth and last child born to Henry Clifton Hodges and Synthia Lou Weathers Hodges on October 13, 1931, in Ludowici, Long County, Georgia.  She married the love of her life, Ralph Hillis Groover, Jr. in 1952, and they spent the next 57 years together.   They were the epitome of the loving and dedicated military family.  While he served all over the globe for thirty-one years, she held down the home front, creating a world everywhere from  Georgia, to California, Virginia, Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, and Louisiana, before they settled together at last in Florida.

Mama Jo was pre-deceased by her husband, whom she goes to join now for eternity, and her grandson Kellen Todd Gibney.  She is survived by four children who have been the focus of her life: Sherrie Gibney-Sherman (Ken), Sandra "Cindy" Groover (Charley), Major General Ralph Groover III (Lynn), and Lea Anne Groover (Alfredo): seven grandchildren: Alexandra Gibney (Will), Mollie Sherman (Austin), Armando "Trey" Hernandez (Laurie), Hailey Groover, MacKenzie Groover, Richard Day (Sheyanna), and Chris "CK" Day; five great-grandchildren: Kellin Waters, Louis Siegrist, George Siegrist, Asher Harris, and Grayson Day; and many more in her extended family.

Mamo Jo lived for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was at the center of holiday  meals and gatherings for decades.  She started a family tradition of holding an annual "Groover Beach Week" starting in 1993, a tradition lasting for over 25 years.

Services will beheld at the Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando, Flolrida 32811 on Tuesday, October 29th, at 11 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, lease send donations to the cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Florida 32778.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Stephen Paul Westcomb

Stephen Paul Westcomb, age 67, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 Advent Health Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL.   He was born in Muskegon, MI the son of the late Roberta Jean (Helman) and William Richard Westcomb.  Stephen served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War Veteran and employed as a manager for a supermarket.

Stephen is predeceased by his parents and son Jared Ryan Westcomb (1986,) brother Richard Westcomb (2015) and leaves to cherish his memory, wife Natividad (Ginete) Westcomb of Orlando; daughter Heidi Lanae Warnez (Daniel) of Orlando; son Matthew Stephen Westcomb (Christy) of Arvada, CO;  two sisters Marilyn Herlein of Manton, MI, Patricia Burch of Roxboro, NC;  four brothers, David Westcomb (Linda) of Racine, WI,  Michael Westcomb (Wendy) of Janesville, WI,  Wendell Westcomb (Debra) of Three Rivers, MI,  Kevin Westcomb of Munising, MI; grandchildren - Kennedy, Sarah and Finley Warnez of Orlando

The family will be receiving friends at  2:00 PM on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019,  followed by the funeral service at 3:00 PM with military honors at First Baptist Church of Orlando in the Henry Chapel with Dr. David Uth, Pastor officiating. The church is located at 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32805.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Glenys Nicholas Haine

Glenys Nicholas Haine, age 89, of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  Her parents immigrated to America from a small coal mining village in Penrhiwceiber, South Wales. (1921)   They settled in the small town of Ellwood City  in Western Pennsylvania. It was there that Glenys was born on June 21, 1930 .  Glenys attended West End Elementary, Hartman Junior High and graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, in 1948.  She was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, and also a member of their church choir.  She always said one of her favorite memories, as a child, was coming home from school to find her mom baking bread and how the sweet aroma filled their home.  It was during her teen years she met and fell in love with Don Haine.  They married on August 5, 1949.  Their two children were born in Ellwood City.  Robert Sherman Haine and Bonnie Lynn Haine (Dobi). They both attended and graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. 

 In  1975 Glenys and husband, Don, moved to Danville, Kentucky where she worked in the Science Lab of Centre College, and enjoyed her time there for 20 years.  Their next move was to Orlando, Florida.  Glenys became part of the Disney Dream Team and was a Cast Member for 15 years at the Fantasmic Show of Hollywood Studios.  She loved that assignment as she worked with many college students and they showed their love for her by calling her “Grandma.”  She retired from Disney in January of 2019.  While in Orlando she was an active member of The First Baptist Church and the Pressing On In Grace Class.   After becoming homebound she was  able to “attend” morning service via the computer as she loved the choir, the orchestra, and the Bible teaching. Her last residence was at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Village in Kissimmee, Florida.  She  resided there for 22 years up to the time of her passing.

 She and husband, Don, just celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary in August of this year surrounded by many friends and family.   Her immediate family includes two brothers, Simon Glyn Hughes,and  Harry Hughes III , both deceased and sister, Ruth Elizabeth Hughes Rinker, residing in Orlando, Florida with several nieces and nephews.

 Her children’s families include daughter, Bonnie Lynn Dobi and her husband, David.  This includes grandchildren, Joshua and spouse, Kerri,  John and spouse Becky,  Jillian and spouse Grant Sutphin and several great grandchildren.…also son, Robert Sherman Haine and wife Barbara. This includes four grandchildren,  Robbie  (deceased in 2004) and Bekah with spouse, Marc DeProspero, Nathan and spouse Beckie, Donald and spouse Sara,  Jeremy and spouse Diana, and several great grandchildren.

 The Memorial Service for Glenys will be at First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida, in Henry Chapel on Friday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m.    A reception for family and friends will follow the service in Faith Hall provided by the Kids’ Ministry of the church. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Patricia Ashley Elmer Appel

Patricia Ashley Elmer Appel passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 at the age of 100, one day short of her 101st birthday.  Pat was born October 1, 1918 to Manuel (Pat) Conrad and June Ashley Elmer in Lawrence, KS.  She was predeceased by her sister Dr. Anne June Elmer Strong and brother Dr. Glaister Ashley Elmer.
        On August 9, 1941 Pat married Ralph Lach Appel; they were married over 61 years until Ralph passed away in 2002.  Pat had two much loved sons, Roy Elmer Appel (2014), grandchildren Marilee Appel and Richard Appel and great grandchildren Ryan Appel and Nicole Appel of Somerset, PA. and Robert Ashley Appel (2018), wife Kathleen Appel and granddaughter Ashley Appel of Winter Garden, FL. and niece Georgeanne Beck of Broomfield, CO.. 
At the age of eight Pat’s family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she was a 1936 graduate of Edgewood High School.  In 1940 she graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English, Advertising and Sociology.  In 1941 Pat received her M.B.A. in Retail Training at the University of Pittsburgh where her father was head of the Sociology Department. Pat was the associate editor of the year book, a member of Motor Board, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, president of the Student Women’s Government Association and received the Junior Spoon Award as outstanding Junior Woman in 1939 (most popular among her fellow-students). 
In 1941 Pat married Ralph Lach Appel and they had a wonderful marriage for 61 years until his death in 2002.  During World War II she worked at various jobs including managing a laundry, as civilian head of the officers pay section at Camp Reynolds, PA and ended the final years of WWII as administrative assistant at the Petroleum Industry War Council in Washington, DC where Ralph was stationed at the Pentagon.  After the war Pat and Ralph returned to the Pittsburgh area where she kept busy with volunteer work as a member of the American Red Cross, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Board, and the Board of Federation of Women’s Club.  While she lived in McMurray, PA, Pat helped organize and worked in the public library, and helped organize and set up the library at the New Pleasant Valley grade school where her sons attended school.  She was past president of the South Hills Woman’s Club; Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Association; and a charter member of the McMurray PTA.  Pat was active in the McMurray Art League and in her 50s she began seriously pursuing her love of painting.  She painted until the age of 100, gifting many family members and friends with her beautiful work.  In 1970 Pat took 2nd place at the Washington, PA County Fair with her entry of “Outer Banks” and contributed her painting of the 2011 Space Shuttle Launch to an exhibit at the Southwest branch of the Orange County Library System.
        Pat began volunteering at Cape Canaveral Hospital in 1982 where she served more than 100 hours over 25 years with the Cocoa Beach Hospital Auxiliary and was chosen as Star Volunteer – 2nd Quarter 2007.  She served her Cocoa Beach community as a member of the Shilah Temple No. 151; Daughters of the Nile, Melbourne, FL; Cocoa Beach Seaside Lioness Club, was a member of the Azan Yacht Club, the Cocoa Beach Garden Club, the Brevard Symphony Central Guild and volunteered at the Cocoa Beach Library.  Pat was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, most recently as a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach where she was a member of the Hannah Circle and Riverside Presbyterian Choir.
Pat’s dedication to her community ranged from planting trees to saving newly born Sea Turtles.  She was a caretaker of family; taking her father when he was in his 90s to an Elmer family reunion in Wisconsin; caring for her mother-in-law for over 10 years and caring for her family well into her 90s. Pat loved flowers and graced her home with a beautiful flower garden.  She was a voracious reader, reading several books a week and took great joy when the neighborhood children would visit to paint with “Miss Pat”. 
A memorial service will be held at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach, on November 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Pat will be greatly missed by family and friends. May she rest in peace.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the Riverside Presbyterian Church’s missions.

Guillermo "Moy" Sison

Guillermo "Moy" Sison, 81, of Orlando Florida passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was born on February 10, 1938 in the Abra, Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa Sison, 6 children: Roxanne, Rainy, Spring, Winnee, Summer and Cloudy, 12 grandchildren: Yeng-Yeng, Kaye-Kaye, Ian, Anne-Anne, Tin-Tin, Rochelle, Rainy, Francis, Anna, Vixen, Yzhelle and Elijah, 8 great grandchildren, 4 sisters: Thelma, Editha, Delia and Milagros, along with in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Felix and Francesca Sison, and brother Thomas Sison.

Moy finished his Bachelor's degree in Education and worked as a teacher in his early professional years, moved on to work as a local government officer while owning and operating a small convenience store. When he migrated to the United States in 1995, he worked as a sales clerk at 7 Eleven until he retired. He was well accepted and loved by the people he worked with.

Tatang, as his family fondly calls him, was a great husband, father and grandfather. He is very patient, generous, very loving and hardworking.

His hobbies include gardening, fishing, building things, watching wrestling and Jeopardy, and taking care of his pets (dogs, cats and fish). He is also a musician, he can play the guitar, ukulele and violin.

He will continue to be remembered and loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 9:00 pm with a wake service at 7:30 pm on Thursday,  October 24, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. John Vianney Church.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Joseph Ciceron

Joseph Ciceron, age 78, of Orlando, passed away Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at Advent Health Orlando.   He was born in Laaperriere, Haiti,  the son of the late Susanna (Saintil)  and Sylvenor  Ciceron and was employed as a farmer.

Joseph leaves to cherish his memory, wife St Therese  (Ade'ka) Ciceron of Orlando; son Jonel Cicerone; grandchildren, Davidson Ciceron, Joslet Henry, Woudlet Henry, John Elbenson Ciceron, Josue Henry, Mama Ciceron, Ariel Ciceron, Sidney Ciceron, Wilet Henry.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the First Haitian Church of Nazareth, located at 220 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at the First Haitian Church of Nazareth with Pastor Marc Adophe officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bonnie Irene Yeaton

Bonnie Irene Yeaton, age 86, of Orlando, FL, passed away Monday, October 14th, 2019.   She was the daughter of the late Emma and Rhoden Davis and the wife of the late Howard Yeaton, Sr.

She was born in 1932 in Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved with her family to Jacksonville, Florida where she met and married her husband Howard whom she was married to for 45 years.  She and her family moved to Orlando in 1972.  She was a lifelong Catholic and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando.  She retired from Lockheed Martin in 1993 and later worked part time in the Nursery at St Lukes Methodist Church, in Orlando.

Bonnie leaves behind her four children; Howard Yeaton, Jr and his wife Kathy Yeaton of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ,  Susan McDonald and her husband Clement McDonald of Oviedo, William (Bill) Yeaton  of Charlotte, NC and  James (Jim) Yeaton and his wife Sherri Yeaton  of Orlando.  She also leaves five grandchildren Mathew Yeaton of New York, Hunter Yeaton of North Carolina, Jeremy Yeaton, currently living in France, Taylor Yeaton of North Carolina and Jennifer Yeaton of New York.

Bonnie will always be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother and Aunt. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched.

 The viewing for Bonnie Yeaton will be Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home located at 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida 32811. Bonnie’s Celebration of Life service will be held at the same location at 2:00 on Friday, October 18th, 2019.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Dawn Carolyn Pfaender

Dawn Carolyn Pfaender passed away September 29th, 2019.  She was 67 years old.  Born in St. Augustine on August 17th, 1952, she and her family later moved to Winter Park.  She graduated from Winter Park High School in 1970 (where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Bob) and moved to Atlanta to attend the Fashion Institute of America.  The school folded after she was there a year and she returned to Winter Park. 

She married Bob Pfaender on December 29th, 1972.  They had been married for 46 ½ years.   She and Bob decided to follow an opportunity in New Jersey in 1973 and lived there until 1979.  She found a job as a legal secretary for two elderly attorneys doing estate work in Montclair, NJ.   In late 1979 she, Bob and their newborn baby Jaime, moved to southern California for Bob’s work.  She worked hard as a stay at home Mom and in 1982 Lindsey was born.   In late 1984 the family had an opportunity to return to Florida and did so in Tampa, FL.  There in 1986 Christine was born.  Now with her hands full as a Mom, the family relocated to St. Cloud, FL to be close to her parents who lived there.  They remained there for 20+ years as the children attended elementary, middle, and high school and made friends for life.   Dawn decided to go back to work and earned a position as executive secretary to the director of Public Works and Engineering at the City of Kissimmee.  She excelled in that job for 10 + years.   Following that experience, Dawn secured a position as the admin at the Osceola county government complex for the Auditor’s department where she worked for several years before retiring in 2008.  During that time the family moved to Lake Mary, FL where they presently reside.  Her volunteer experience during those years included founding the St. Cloud Youth Football Cheerleaders organization that had not previously existed for girls in St. Cloud prior to her doing so.  She also founded the Osceola chapter of the IAAP organization (International Assoc of Administrative Professionals) and was the President of that organization for several years.  Today her hard work is still present in both of these organizations.

Dawn's total passion and focus was her family, her children and grandchildren.  She is survived by her husband Bob 67 of Lake Mary - daughter Jaime Lawrence, 40 and her husband Matt Lawrence also 40 of Lake Mary - daughter Lindsey Tomaszewski 36, her husband Matt Tomaszewski, 41 of Windermere - daughter Christine Hamilton 32 , her husband Drew Hamilton 35 of Lake Mary - grandchildren Katie Lawrence, 10 - Carter Lawrence, 6 - Jack Hamilton 16 months - Gavin Tomaszewski 12 months.  Dawn will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held on October 19, 2019 at 2pm at the Church of Ascension 4950 S. Apopka Vineland Road Orlando, Florida 32819.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers  donations can be made in Dawn's name to the following link.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Beverly Joan Mroczka

Beverly Joan Mroczka, age 89, of Oakland, FL passed away Tuesday, September 24th, at Advent Health Hospice Care in Orlando.  She was born in Greensboro, NC the daughter of the late Alta (McNally) and Hilbert  Helman and was employed as a legal librarian for the US Government.

Beverly leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Karen Russo of Oakland, FL; Ann Waite, of Altamonte Springs, FL; son,Robert Mroczka of Casselberry, FL.; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2019 a Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL  with  Fr. Kerber officiating followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gotha.

Shawnta Ladon Barnett

Shawnta Ladon Barnett was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, the son of Earl Barnett Sr. and his late mother Arlene Moore Barnett on April 20, 1977. He unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Shawn was not only the baby brother to his brother Earl Barnett Jr. and his three sisters Bonita Grant, Arvis Grier and the late Sharon Moore Pillot. He was also the loving husband and soulmate of Amanda Barnett and a wonderful father to his only daughter Yesenia Barnett.

Shawn was such a romantic that he joined hands in marriage with his loving wife on Valentine’s Day on February 14, 2007. Even though Shawn’s life was too short to many, but those who were touch by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. He was a very protective father who always encouraged his daughter to be independent, and to pursue a future career doing something that would make her happy.  

While at Dr. Phillips High School he realized his passion for video games and Asian inspired themes. So, when he graduated high school in 1995, he attended Valencia College where he majored in Computer Science to pursue his dreams. Throughout his life, he has worked in several positions in the Amusement and Entertainment Industries.  When speaking with Shawn, he would tell you his favorite position was when he worked with a well-known video game company as an attendant but was quickly promoted to a supervisor.

Shawn lived and breathed spending time with his family and playing video games since he was a little boy and played on his first Atari 2600 console. His memory and legacy will forever be cherished in the lives of the loved ones he left behind.

Shawn will always be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, brother, caring uncle, thoughtful great uncle, cousin, best friend, friend, father figure, and inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed by all.

Shawn’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Dobbs Funeral Home located at 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida 32811. The viewing will be held at 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 pm.

Emory Jerome "Jerry" Hammonds

Emory Jerome “Jerry” Hammonds, 86, died Monday, September 30, 2019 at home in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

He leaves his wife of 66 years, Barbara Pair Hammonds, son Mark Hammonds and Shawn Sharbaugh, daughter Melinda (Mindy) Hammonds and Mike Conlon. He is also survived by sisters Martha Hammonds Bates and Risa Hammonds Fielder and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He is predeceased by parents Emory Howard Hammonds and Geraldine Richardson Hammonds, and brother Dr. Richard Lee Hammonds Sr.

Born in Rockdale County, Georgia, he lived many years in Austell, Georgia, before moving to Central Florida in 1981.

He graduated from Georgia State University.  He enjoyed a forty-year career in the aerospace industry with Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida.

He was a deacon and served faithfully in the children’s ministry as well as many other ministries throughout his years at Austell First Baptist Church and First Baptist Orlando.

He was an avid golfer and reader. He loved to watch his Georgia Bulldogs and the Orlando Magic.

There will be a celebration of life service in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Orlando on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in Faith Hall. In lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations in his memory to the Music Ministry of First Baptist Orlando.

First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 425-2555

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Robert Martin Duncan

United States Air Force Tech Sergeant, Robert Martin Duncan, age 88, of Orlando, passed away Friday, September 27th, 2019, at the VA Medical Center at Lake Nona, FL. He was born in Kansas City, MO the son of the late Emma Shafer and Leslie  Duncan. He served and retired from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force and was employed  as a Federal Protective Officer after his tour of duty in Vietnam.

Robert is predeceased by his son Scott Dunan (2011) and leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Jennifer Temming-Metz and husband Eric Metz of Coco Beach, FL.; Rachel Supan and husband William Supan of Pleasanton, CA; sister, Mary Jo Mixon of Floral City, FL.; 6 grandchildren, Emily Chu of San Francisco, Sam Henry Temming of Woodland, CA, Austin Chu, Mitchell Supan, Noah Supan all of Pleasanton, CA, Robert Duncan of Texas and 1 great grandchild.

A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, at the Lake Nona VA Community Living Center in Orlando, FL. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.