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