Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mary E. Greene

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Mary E. Greene, loving and devoted Mother, age 70 of Orlando, Florida on Sunday, January 24, 2021. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Joseph and Helen Milazzo.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, the late James "Wally" Patrick Greene, Airborne Ranger in the United States Army. Mary missed him dearly and is now united with him again.

Mary and Wally were married on November 13, 1976. Nine years later they were blessed with their only daughter, Kellianne. After Wally passed away in 1991, Mary would always say he had prepared her to handle anything and  she raised  her daughter by herself instilling that same independence  in her. Mary and Kelli were more than mother and daughter; they were best friends for the past 35 years.

In Chicago, Mary worked at Bell South for 34 years, where she retired as Project Manager. After moving to Orlando, she worked for Quick Transportation, where she was a key member of the reservation and billing team.

Mary loved to entertain and was famous for her 4th of July parties that she would host in honor of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, that she and her late husband Wally were members of in Illinois. Even after Wally's death, she continued the tradition. She loved cooking and loved to take care of others. She would always say "There is still food left, keep eating" .

Mary was a longtime member of West Orange Women.  Since joining in 2006 she held many offices and was currently serving again as the Treasurer. "In many ways Mary was the heart and hands of the West Orange Women", as stated in a recent WOW Newsletter. Mary and her daughter also chaired the WOW Charity Committee for the last several years, where she crocheted thousands of hats for newborns, soldiers and the less fortunate. Mary worked very closely with Matthew' s Hope Ministries, a faith-based homeless outreach ministry serving the needs of those who have some connection to West Orange County

Mary loved children and is survived by her daughter, Kellianne; Godson, Leo; and Leia, daughter of her friends, Stacy and Will, who she loved as her own grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Matthew's Hope.

Mary touched so many lives and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00am at St Andrews Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings Street, Orlando, FL.

For those that cannot attend in person, a live stream has been scheduled for the service starting at 10:00am.  

Please follow these instructions to join us.

Type or copy this link in your search bar:

  1. It will open the website for St. Andrews Catholic Church
  2. Click on the opening picture that says  “Click here to watch our live stream mass”  
  3. Once opened, scroll down to the picture of the church under  “Live Stream Mass Schedule” 
  4. Click on the 'white arrow' and that will bring you into the church LIVE


Monday, February 15, 2021

Richard Lee Burdette

Richard Lee Burdette, age 82, of Orlando, passed away Sunday, February 7th,  2021 at AdventHealth Orlando.  He was born in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of the late Erma Lee Shinn and Willie  Burdette.  Richard served in the US Army and was employed as a truck driver.  

Richard is  survived by his wife Barbara (Leach) Burdette of Orlando; three daughters, Andrea Pratt of Harrison, Michigan, Katherine Lawler of St. Claire, Michigan, Elizabeth Burdette of Orlando;  four sons Richard Howard Burdette of Stirling Heights, Michigan,  Michael Burdette of St. Claire, Michigan,  Thomas Burdette of Roseville, Michigan, Christopher Burdette of Orlando; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Lucille Yvonne Hendy

Lucille Yvonne Hendy, age 84, of Orlando, FL, passed away at 1351, Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana the daughter of Ena (Primo) and James Franklin.  Lucille  was employed as a nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City.

Lucille is  survived by two daughters, Veronica Bunbury and Tessa Hendy, both of Orlando; four sons. Gerald Pinhero of New York, Wilfred Bunbury of Orlando, Christopher Hendy of Orlando, Fritz Desir of New York; sister, Pansey Hendy of Orlando;  23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 8450 Silver  Star  Road, Orlando 32818.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Samuel James "Jim" Close

Samuel James “Jim” Close passed away on February 7, 2021.  He was born in Fulton, New York on April 17, 1937, the son of the late Samuel John Close and Katherine Kavanaugh Close.  He was a graduate from both Fulton High School and SUNY Delhi. 

Following his college graduation, Jim became a brother in Maryknoll Catholic Missions where he built dormitories for the religious order in San Francisco, Chicago and Brookline, Massachusetts.  He came to Central Florida in the winter of 1963 for a vacation and loved it so much that he never left.  He was a builder and general contractor for 45 years and built condominiums, custom homes and commercial buildings across the state.  Later in his life, he worked in Watercraft at Walt Disney World, enjoying the water and driving the boats to the Magic Kingdom.

Jim built a wonderful life in Orlando with his wife, Janice, and their two daughters, Jennifer and Kristin.  He was a devout Catholic who attended mass weekly over the years at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine and Resurrection Catholic Church.  Jim enjoyed traveling, golf, history, jigsaw puzzles and gardening.  He also enjoyed aviation and held a private pilot’s license for many years.  He loved nature and animals and was often seen walking the family pet.  Jim was a peaceful, gentle and selfless man who was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.  We will miss him dearly and are all better people for having known him.   

He is survived by his wife, Janice Close of Winter Garden; daughters Jennifer Close of Winter Garden and Kristin (Stephen) Vamossy of Valhalla, NY; grandsons Andrew & James Vamossy of Valhalla, NY; sisters Mary Close of Leesburg and Monica Colaneri of Troy, NY; brother Patrick Close of Black Mountain, NC; and countless other family members and friends who loved him for his kindness. 

Jim was a parishioner of Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden.  A funeral mass will be held at Resurrection Catholic Church on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow at Winter Garden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden, Florida to support the refurbishment of the church.  

The direct website to the online giving page is  

Please choose “Funded Depreciation Reserve” as the Fund Type to support the building fund.  Checks can also be mailed to Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Road,  Winter Garden, FL 34787.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Ricardo R. Santiago

Ricardo R. Santiago, age 52 of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday,
January 5, 2021.  He was born in Vineland, New Jersey the son of Pedro Colon and Ines Margaritta (Rodriguez) Santiago and was the co-owner of a pest control company.

Ricardo (aka Slick Rick) leaves behind to cherish memory his wife Elisabel  Santiago sons Ricky and Michael Santiago daughter Alexis R Santiago Step children Susana, Stephanie, Daniel Grandchildren Aayden E Hernandez, Alize Marie Santiago and Eli A Santiago Mother Ines M Santiago Brothers Pedro, Willy and Jose Santiago Sisters Enid and Yolanda Santiago Until we meet again you will surely be missed 


Friday, January 22, 2021

Daurannie Gopaul

Daurannie Gopaul, Ma, a mother in all respects, passed away in her sleep on January 19th 2021 at the age of 95. Daurannie is survived by 4 children, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren & brother Kemraj Singh. Daurannie was born in #47 Village Corentyne Guyana on October 30th 1925 to Chatterpaul Singh and Deokalia Singh. Daurannie was married to Gopaul Kalica for 59 years, in which time they traveled to the UK, moved to the United States and grew roots which eventually produced a family that ensured their memory and legacy would never be forgotten.

Ma was a devoted mother, teacher, gardener, carer and confidant to all who were blessed to know her. Her profound loss will be felt by all whose lives she has touched through her wisdom, kindness and nurturing nature.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed by the traditional Hindu service on Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:30 until 10:30 am.  


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Gregory Alan Brown

Gregory Alan Brown, age 57, of Orlando, passed away Saturday, 
December 26th, at AdventHealth Apopka.  A lifelong Floridian, Greg was born in Orlando the son of Patricia (Shetterly) and the late Arthur L. Brown and was employed as a air conditioning plumbing technician.  

Gregory is  survived by wife Teresa (Fusco) Brown of Orlando; daughter Teresa Pogue;  three sons Tony Pogue, Zachary Brown, Nicholas Brown all of Orlando; two sisters Carol Pulver of Debary, Lisa Hoffman of Clermont; brother Terri Brown of Lake Mary; and 1 grandchild - Mariella Inman of Orlando.

Public visitation was held on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando,   Interment was held on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gotha.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Wilma Elizabeth Torkos

Wilma E. Kessler Bardine Torkos went with the angels on January 8, 2021.  She was born in Waynesburg, Ohio on March 10, 1925, the daughter of the late Harry Kessler and  Beatrice Williams Kessler.  She graduated from Dellroy High School in 1943.  She worked in defense plants during World War II.  After the war she worked for Peoples Service Drug Stores.

She was preceded in death by her first husband C. Herbert Bardine who she married in 1950, who was killed in a train-car accident in 1958 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  In 1962 she married William Torkos who owned and operated a business in Cleveland and Carrollton, Ohio.   In 1972 they moved to Orlando, Florida where they operated men's wear stores until 1980 when William went to work at Walt Disney World.  She then went to work for various gift shops on International Drive and the Van Heusen Shirt company.  William preceded her in death in 2004.

She is survived by a daughter Debra (Gary S "Sonny" Roberts of Ocoee, FL; son Michael (Donna) Torkos of Windermere; stepson Bela (Sally) Torkos of Rockledge;  4 grandchildren, Kayla Torkos of Windermere, Shawn (Kimberly) Roberts of Kissimmee, Christina (Weaver) Roberts of Clermont, Kellene (Whitham) Roberts of Clermont; 3 great grandchildren, Noah, Brayden and Kaitlyn.

She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church , St. Andrew Womens Club, and the Golden Ears Club. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Massillon, Ohio with graveside service.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please give generously to:

  • Covenant House of Florida, 733 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 West St. Joseph St, Perrysville, MO 63775
  • St. Joseph Indian School, Special Gift Dept. PO Box 100, Chamberlin, SD 57325

Friday, January 15, 2021

Marilyn Ann Haberkamp

 Marilyn Ann Haberkamp, age 90, of Zellwood, Florida passed away Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at Serenade Assisted Living in Winter Garden.   She was born in Evanston, IL the daughter of the late Ann (Dieters)  and Alvin  Beigel.  

Marilyn is  survived by three sons Robert Haberkamp of Lynchburg, TN, Thomas Haberkamp of Windermere, and Tim Haberkamp of Orlando; she is also survived by a sister Carol Goebbert, of Davis, IL; brother, Carl Brigel of Lady Lake, FL; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 15th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL .  Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Mount Prospect, IL.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thomas Linkowski

Thomas Linkowski, 83, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, formerly of Wilmette, Illinois passed away on January 8, 2021. He was born in Gary, Indiana on May 7, 1937 to Regina and Casimir Linkowski.  He is survived by his daughters Janice Linkowski (Wilmette, IL) and Laura (Jim) Turner (Elkhorn, WI), his sisters Judy (Eugene) Zielinski of Merrillville and Carol (Don, deceased) Kopenec of Munster, Indiana, and his former wife Roberta Linkowski. He was grandfather to Jennifer, James, Alexandra and Max and great-grandfather to Kaitlyn, Emily, Olivia, Liam and Finley. He was Uncle to Susan Schroeder Booth, Holly Schroeder, Dr. David (Michelle) Zielinski, Col. John (Rosella) Zielinski, Dan (Jacqueline) Zielinski, Amy Zielinski, Cindy (Fred) McCraw, Steven (Erin) Kopenec and Robert (Angela) Kopenec. Tom was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey, aged 14, and sister Mae Schroeder.

After graduating President of his class in Emerson High School in 1954 in Gary, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the Battleship USS Wisconsin BB64 from 1955-1957. Like his father before him, Tom enjoyed a long career as a firefighter.  From 1962-1991 he was a passionate advocate of fire prevention and lead programs in the Evanston public elementary schools to raise awareness in children. He retired at age 54 as the Division Fire Chief for the Evanston Fire Department, after almost 30 years of the civil service. Upon Tom’s retirement he realized the need to keep retired firefighters informed and connected. Chief Linkowski brought the brotherhood of firefighters together by creating his pride and joy, “The Fire Line” publication.  He subsequently spent much of the next 30 years still keeping in touch while enjoying retirement in the warmth of Florida, an environment he adored. He loved his job as a firefighter, and always had a story or lesson to share of these treasured days. 

A practicing Catholic, Tom was baptized at St. Hedwig Church in Gary, Indiana, raised his family at St. Athanasius, Evanston, Illinois and attended mass weekly at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Tom made friends easily and enjoyed social clubs including being an active member of the Elks Lodge for 61 years and made a point to visit local lodges wherever he roamed. A patriotic American, Tom was a proud Republican who loved to travel the country and prided himself in his quest to visit all the fifty states of America. Tom was a loving father, uncle, grandfather, son, brother, friend, handyman and always the good neighbor. He had a bench outside of his townhome where he enjoyed sitting, talking to neighbors, reading mail, checking out the birds, and waiting for someone like the "cookie lady," to bring him a sweet treat. Most often if someone in the neighborhood needed a tool he could help out. There is a void on Maple Oak Circle. His Florida friends and his family will miss him dearly.

A service will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church | 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021. A celebration of his life and Interment of his ashes will be held in Illinois at a later date due to the pandemic restrictions.

In lieu of flowers send donations to The Evanston Police and Fire Foundation at

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Frances Louise Hurd

Frances Louise Hurd, age 75, of Orlando, passed away  Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at East Orlando Health & Rehab.  She was born in Eustis, FL the daughter of the late Pearl (Gibson) and Pat P. Humphrey.  Frances was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Orlando and was employed as a theme park phone operator.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband Charles Hurd of 58 years of Orlando; two daughters, Diana Haberle of Titusville, Rebekah Hurd of Winter Garden; two sisters, Martha Humphrey-Ellis of Winter Garden,  Nancy A. Gibson of Melbourne, FL: and 3 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at Tabernacle Baptist Church located  at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL  with Pastor Steve Ware officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Enrico Dominic Ferri

Enrico Dominic Ferri, age 60, of Orlando, passed away Friday, January 1st, 2021.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio the son of the late Viola (Caringi)  and Rocco  Ferri.  Enrico served in the U.S. Army and was a self employed photographer.

Enrico leaves to cherish his memory, wife Rosemeire Louza Soffa of Orlando; sons Alessandro and Lorenzo Ferri; step daughter Isabella Louza Soffa, all of Orlando;  four sisters, Marisa Ferri, Rosanna Ferri, Maria Jose, all of Italy; and Silvana Ferri of Cleveland, OH. 

The family will be receiving at 4:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home with Deacon Spencer Silvers officiating.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Joel Daniel (Danny) Brown

Joel Daniel (Danny) Brown, 71 years old of Ocoee, Fl., passed away on Thursday, 
December 31, 2020
.  Mr. Brown was born in Orlando on January 27, 1949 to James Lester and Louise (Anderson) Brown. He is predeceased by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

His family was his greatest pride and joy. Those who will cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Marcia (Curenton) Brown.  Three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joel Daniel, Jr and Jessica Brown, John Kevin Brown, and James Ryan and Ashley Brown.

Ten grandchildren, Brittany (John Herndon), Austin, Mason, Julian, Makenna, Joel, Reagan and Maria Brown and Nataly and Jazmin Ramos.

Three great grandchildren, Johnny, Jayden and Jasper Herndon.  Also left to cherish his memory are numerous family members and friends.

Joel was a proud United States Marine Corps/Vietnam veteran. He retired from a 29 year career with the Orange County Corrections Department as a correctional supervisor. He was also retired from the City of Ocoee.

He enjoyed classic cars, especially 1974 Chevy Novas, 1960s/70s rock and roll, any crime drama on TV, Hallmark movies, a really good hamburger, traveling and spending time with his family.

He was a man of great faith, his word was his bond, he valued integrity, honesty and loyalty, he thought that worrying was just a waste of time, he loved with his whole heart and faced life on his own terms. He truly lived out the statement, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 9:30a until 10:30a , followed by the funeral service at 10:30a at Free Will Baptist Church, located at 1208 E. Story Road in Winter Garden with Pastor Jeff Shaver officiating.  Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 2:00 pm with military honors.


Monday, January 4, 2021

Michael Angelo Curtis

Michael Angelo Curtis, age 64 of Clermont Florida, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of December 23, 2020. While his passing was sudden, he was surrounded by his loving family as he entered into Eternity. Michael was born November 25, 1956 in Nassau, Bahamas to William and Barbara (Farrington) Curtis. He was their first born. In December 1995, while on a trip to Botswana, he met the woman who would become his wife; the incomparable Suzanne Curtis, nee Horton, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They were married June 4, 1997. From this union they produced three remarkable sons, Michael (Mikey), Gabriel (Gabie) and Mitchell. Micheal loved the Lord and for 25 years was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

 Those who knew him are well aware that Michael was not only educated but also an intellectual with an unquenchable curiosity. He was an excellent listener who enjoyed hearing different perspectives and entering into spirited conversations. As a boy, he attended Lindisfarne College in Wales where as a scholar and athlete he earned his primary and secondary education and formed lifelong friendships. He was very active in the Lindisfarne alumni group. His educational journey took him through the University of London and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, culminating with a graduate degree from Nova University where he earned his Master of Computer Science. His professional career consisted of several adjunct professorships, and consulting jobs in IT.  With all of his accomplishments, Michael’s most grand was that of husband and father.

Michael loved the arts, science and engaging in cross cultural experiences. This was expressed when he played the saxophone, listened to his eclectic music collection or openly reflected on various articles he had read from across a variety of sources and disciplines. He enjoyed watching his sons compete in multiple local, regional and international competitions. He was a true family man concerned not only for his immediate family but also for his siblings and cousins. He was a frequent contributor to the family Whatsapp™ chat making fun quips and providing great insights. He could also be counted on to provide wisdom and solutions to various situations on which family and friends sought his advice.   

Michael is survived by his wife Suzanne, and sons Mikey, Gabie and Mitchell. He is also survived by his parents William Curtis and Barbara Curtis. His siblings Sherry Curtis of Nassau Bahamas and Billy Curtis of San Francisco, CA. His nephew Shalando Strapp and great nephew Treshawn Strapp of Nassau, His first cousins Kimberlee Prioleau of Rockhill SC; Francois Guillaume of Atlanta, Ga; Rosheene Adams of Charlotte, SC; and Rajya Smith and Rupert Adams of Nassau Bahamas. His mother-in-law, Joyce Horton, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and a host of cousins and other family and friends, across the USA, Canada, The Bahamas, The United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Austria. He will also be dearly missed by his many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Michael Curtis Memorial Fund,


The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church of Orlando located at 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32805 with Pastor Bill Mitchell officiating.  Private Family Only interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Clermont.

If you are unable to attend the service in person,  January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am, please see the virtual link below which will begin moments prior: 

Susan Kasunick Weckbacher

Susan Kasunick Weckbacher, age 84, of Orlando, FL passed away into Jesus’ arms on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.  She was born in Brewster, Ohio and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio in 1955.  She had four brothers Eugene, Lee Roy (Jack), Louis and Richard. While raising her two children Susan spent 20 years working part-time for the State of Florida School System and another 20 years working at Walt Disney World along-side her friend Marcia who was her long-time friend.  Susan never met a stranger she didn't befriend.

Susan leaves, to cherish her memory, her husband of 58 years William Weckbacher.  Daughter Jeanne Atalski with her husband Kevin Atalski and Son Thomas Weckbacher with his wife Julie Weckbacher.  Grandchildren Michael Watson, Ryan Weckbacher, LeeAnn Weckbacher, Tayler Weckbacher, Kelsea Hallberg, Kayla Wright, and Alexa Trull.  Brother Louis Kasunick and his wife Candy Kasunick of Clermont, FL.

Susan had special places in her heart for Elvis, Mickey Mouse & Goofy, her kids and her grandkids.  She will be forever missed by all.

Family welcoming guests to a Chapel service on January 9, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Dobbs Funeral Home

420 N. Kirkman Road

Orlando, FL  32811

And immediately following all Family and Friends welcome at Celebration of Life visitation anytime between 3:00 – 6:00 at

Ocoee Lakeshore Center

150 N. Lakeshore Drive

Ocoee, FL  34761


Rita Anne Vanatta

Rita Anne Vanatta, age 89, of Winter Garden, Florida passed away on Sunday, December 27th, 2020.  She was born in Lancaster, Ohio the daughter of Francis and Pauline (Donnely) Messerly and was employed  as a Nursing Director.

The family will be receiving friends from 9:00 am until 10:15 am at Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.  The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am at Resurrection Catholic Church located at 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Road in Winter Garden 34787.  Interment will follow the funeral mass at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.