Friday, October 30, 2020

Joan Marie Hoebbel


Joan Hoebbel, 83, passed away peacefully in Orlando, FL on October 22, 2020. She was predeceased by her beloved husband William; survived by four children, William, Thomas (Holly), Cassandra, and Eric (Ivonne); four adoring grandchildren, Christopher, Rebekkah, Natalia, and Nicolas; Surrogate grandmother to Jacob, Jaymie, Sujash and Trivikram.  her sister, Michelle (John) Barber and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Born in Buffalo, NY to Thomas F. and Pauline Donoghue, she was predeceased by brothers Robert (Joan†), Patrick (Jean), and Roger. After graduating from Rosary Hill (Daemen) College in 1958, Joan enjoyed a long career teaching at Starpoint Central School, where she met her husband, Bill. The first in her family to receive a graduate degree, Joan enjoyed sharing her knowledge and love of reading with her students, especially those who were otherwise left behind. She was an early advocate for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and was passionate about theatre, politics, and travel throughout her life.

Joan and Bill were long-time residents of Lockport, NY and have recently been remembered as, “the high watermark for thought, art, food, and fun.” Known for her regal, fashionably late entrances to social gatherings, Joan will be dearly missed by her extended family and many friends. 

 Before her death, Joan proudly cast her final vote in a presidential election, which has been recorded in the state of Florida. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando on 11/2 at 10:30am, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. There will be no prior visitation. Flowers graciously declined. Memorials can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or your community Hospice, PBS station, or food bank. Remembrances are welcomed and appreciated at 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Rafael E. Catig, Sr.

Rafael E. Catig, Sr. born to Francisco Catig Castle and Cristeta Escutin on June 29, 1931 in Manila, Philippines. Rafael went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, October 25, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Rafael fulfilled his desire to move his family from the Philippines to the United States in May of 1979.

Rafael worked as Church Custodial for many years. Spending over 15 years working for Tabernacle Baptist Church.  He worked for Walt Disney World Resorts for a little over 10 years until he retired in 2010.

As a young man, Rafael had the love for boxing, baseball, and surf fishing, but the love of his life was his wife!

Rafael is survived by his wife, Dimpna Romo, of almost 58 years; 6 children, Rafael Catig, Jr., Raul Catig, Radina Haggard (Michael Haggard), Rachelle Lyons (Jonathan Lyons), Rae Farley (Thomas Farley), and Raphsody Schmidt (Albert Schmidt); 16 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; Brothers – Francisco Catig, Jr. and Eliseo Catig and Sisters – Lourdes Poblete, Salvacion Ignacio and Ruth Gilledo.

The family will be receiving friends at Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 29, 2020, followed by the funeral service at 12:00 noon with Pastor Steve Ware, officiating.    Interment will follow the funeral service at Chapel Hill Cemetery located at 2420 Harrell Road, Orlando FL  32817.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Heritage Preparatory Christian School, located at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32808.

Albert H. Daquioag

Albert H. Daquioag, age 61, of Orlando, passed away Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at Orlando Regional Medical Center,   He was born in Manilla, Philippines,  the son of the late Sixta (Halili)  and German  Daquioag and was employed as a retail sales manager.

Albert leaves to cherish his memory wife Virginia (Rivo) Daquioag of Orlando;  two daughters, Laura Lyn Daquioag of Guam, Jessica Mae Daquioag of Nesbit, Mississippi;  two sons Albert Vincent Daquioag,  Albert R. Daquioag, Jr., both of Orlando; six brothers, Ricardo Daquioag of the Philippines, Benjamin Daquioag of South Carolina, Delfin Daquioag of San Francisco, Ray Daquioag of Riverside, CA, Roland Daquioag of San Francisco, CA,  Rodolfo Daquioag of Guam.  He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Zxan Jay Villacorta, Dylan Jay Villacorta and Layla Jae Villacorta all of Guam.

Calling hours are from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 5:00 pm. with Deacon Laurence Herbert, Officiating.

Monday, October 26, 2020

John Andrew Elliott

On Wednesday Oct 14 after more than two years battling cancer, John Andrew "Grizz" Elliott, age 62, passed into heaven. John was the eldest son of Earl "Buck" Elliott and Delia D Elliot, both deceased. He was also the loving big brother to James "Jimmy" Elliott, who preceded John in death in 2011. A true Orlando native, John loved his Colonial Town community and Florida's natural parks and beaches. He was an alum of Boone High and UCF, where he excelled in biology and chemistry. John attributed his natural athletic ability to his Grandfather, Andrew "Ponzi" D'Alessandro a 4-time straight pool World Champion and inductee to the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. John's applied his Ponzi given gifts to the game of table tennis, traveling the US while winning 5 national titles in Men's doubles, all with a different partner.

John discovered his true passion in the hospitality industry, where he was proud to be a Dining Room Manager and Server at the most exclusive establishments in Orlando. John created memorable meals and events for four US Presidents, six Florida Governors and a myriad of celebrities at Lake Nona Country Club, Park Plaza Gardens, Charlies Steak House, Cattleman's and Pebbles, just to name a few. He was also a part of the opening team and the assistant manager at the exclusive car club, Luxautica. He loved people and worked all holidays, including every Thanksgiving morning to serve the needy at the Coalition for the Homeless.

John was extremely grateful for the exceptional care he received at Advent Health Cancer Institute with Dr. Muhammd Imam, Dr. Yaphet Tilahun and their entire teams. They treated him like family and quickly joined John's large circle of friends. Dr Imam commented that he was grateful to John for introducing him and his staff to classic Opera. He learned that just a few minutes of Andrea Bocelli at the end of a stressful day really could melt his stress away!

John was an tremendous supporter of the Arts, from the music of local bands or big-name performers, to stage plays and art festivals. It was his wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the newly formed Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief at GOPAR.ORG. In partnership with St Luke's, GOPAR provides financial relief and other resources to our local Actors, Musicians, Designers and Technicians devastated by the COVID shutdowns.

John will be dearly missed by his large circle of family and friends, but most especially by his aunts Louisa D. Weever and Madeline D. Masters. A post COVID memorial toast and wake (TBA) will be held at Lee Wortman's Sportstown, where a memorial chair at the bar with John's name and his moniker "The Watcher", will be displayed at every NBA Game.

Friday, October 2, 2020

William Herbert Pruitt

William Herbert Pruitt, known to everyone as Herb, passed away on September 30, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  Herb was a devout Christian and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and neighbor.

Herb is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 73 ½ years, Mary, one daughter, Linda Vaughn and her husband Ronnie, son, Robin Pruitt and his wife Kathy. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and their spouses Barton & Stacy Vaughn, Bradley & Cheyenne Vaughn, Britney (Vaughn) & Matthew Graves, Matthew & Samantha Pruitt, Michael & McKenna Pruitt, and Christopher & Sarah Pruitt. He is also survived by 13 great grandchildren with 1 more on the way.

Herb was born in Cullman, Alabama on November 1, 1926. He was drafted near the end of World War II forcing him to give up his football scholarship to Auburn. He served in the United States Army for 18 months. Fourteen of those were in Germany. On his return to the states he pursued and married his beautiful Mary Glenn Barton.

Herb and Mary owned and operated “Herb’s Fabrics” in Ocoee for over 20 years.

In 1952, Mary and Herb visited Florida in the month of December and he knew this was the place for them because he could waterski year-round. He asked Southern Bell for a transfer to Orlando where he lived the rest of his life. He retired at the age of 55.  Herb served as a deacon and later an elder for West Orange Church of Christ. After his retirement he worked full time as an elder for the Church until he was 81 years old.

Herb’s light hearted sense of humor entertained everyone who knew him. He was always full of joy and he shared it with others. His servant heart was always ready to be used. He will be deeply missed.

The family will be receiving friends at Concord Street Church of Christ, located at 626 E. Concord St., Orlando on Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gotha.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sukhrani Bachu

Sukhrani Bachu, age 64, of Orlando, Florida passed away Sunday, December 27th, at the Rehabilitation Center of Winter Park.  She was born in Bath Settlement, Guyana, the daughter of the late Parbati (Ramsaroop)  and Rattan  Ramsaroop and was was a homemaker.

Sukhkrani is predeceased by sister Daywattie; brothers Chato, Buddy and Rawlo.  She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Kemnauth Bachu of Orlando;  four daughters, Tara Ramotar of Hudson, FL, Nanda Jaipersaud of Cambridge, Canada. Hemwattie Khan of Mississuga Canada; Rushmani Bachu of Orlando and  Radhika Sukhram who was like a daughter to her.  She is also survived  8 grandchildren, Beejai, Devon, Aleef, Stefanie, Cindy, Steffon, Keshav, Emma; son-in-laws Gopaul and Mehandra; sisters Reena, Kamo.  

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020.  followed by the funeral service from 9:00 am until 11:15 am on Friday, October 2nd, 2020 with Pandit Sharma officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando.