Friday, September 24, 2021

Carole Breeden Dwyer

Carole Breeden Dwyer was born in Gainesville, Florida on the 25th of February 1939 to Barney and Lorene Breeden.  She was the second of five children, survived by her sister Nancy Faulkner, who lives in Terra Haute, Indiana; and joining her brothers Robert, Kenneth and Frank Breeden who have gone before her.  Carole grew up in Punta Gorda, Florida, where she attended Girls State, was high school cheerleading captain, homecoming queen, editor of the school newspaper and participated in multiple other activities and organizations.  It was also there that she met and married James Dwyer in 1958 and gave birth to her four children who survive her: James Jr of Orlando, Judith of Orange City, Catherine of Deland and Marjorie of Daytona Beach.   She is also survived by her six grandchildren, who she was very proud of:  Eddie Senez Jr, Braden and Brock Dwyer, Amanda and Emily Rose, and Steven Cochran; and five great grandchildren.  Carole’s passion was caring for and encouraging her children and grandchildren, and she devoted her life to them.  After moving to Orange City, Florida in 1964, she worked briefly for the Mackle Brothers, before a 20-year career with Deland High School as Administrative Assistant to the Principal and Activities Director.  In 1984 she met and fell in love with Roy Peterson of Deland.  They enjoyed a wonderful life together, with Roy always by her side.  A small service with the immediate family will take place to celebrate her in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Cherlie Jacquet

Cherlie was born in 1989. She started her elementary studies in l’Azile and at the age of 11, she moved to St Marteen, where she completed middle school and high school. Shortly after her graduation, she got hired as a Bank teller in St Marteen. In 2010, she decided to move to Miami, and later to Orlando where she joined the First Haitian Baptist Church of Orlando in 2011. In 2012, she met Johnny Ilceus, the father of her daughter Ashley. Cherlie sacrificed herself to make sure her daughter was well taken care of. Cherlie was truly loved. We know that she would not want to see any of us crying; that is why, we keep her angelic and contagious smile in our memories. Cherlie has gone now to her Savior, for she loved the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul, but Cherlie will never be forgotten.

 Our sincere condolences go to Ashley Shelby, her daughter; Johnny Ilceus: Ashley’s father; her parents: Smarthe Lapaix and Holnord Jacquet; her father-in-law: Mondesir Ramsais; her brother: Jean Bernard Lapaix; her uncle and aunt: Kenold and Yvrose Lapaix; her nephews: Jacy and Jaylen Lapaix; her sister-in-law: Kadie Smith; Family Decembre and Family Charles.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from at 9:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am at the First Haitian Baptist Church of Orlando, located at 4701 Lennox Boulevard.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Mary Janet (Allgood) Hartman

Mary Janet (Allgood) Hartman entered her eternal rest on Monday, September 13, 2021.  

Born on December 31, 1935, in Bastrop, Louisiana to Sam Sylvester Sr and Minerva Iles Allgood. The youngest and only daughter of four children, the family moved to Lake Charles where Janet lived until she met a young (however, eight years her senior) Air Force officer, Sam Hartman. The two wed on June 1, 1957. They remained happily married for forty-seven years until Sam’s passing in 2004. 

A teacher by profession, she taught at Goldsboro Elementary School in Sanford, Fl She was most happy at home and her church. Janet was a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ and people, with a particular bias toward her family (with an even more particular bias toward her grandchildren). To walk in her door was to become family. One was rarely around Janet when food was not involved. A meal usually meant an opportunity to serve and fellowship with those she cared so much for. 

An ardent fan of the Florida Gators and Atlanta Braves, Janet never missed her sons’ sporting events. 

A member of Forest City First Baptist Church for over 45 years, she taught a woman’s bible study for most of that time. 

Along with her husband, Janet was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers (Glen, Frank, and Sam Jr), a daughter who was stillborn, and grandson, Jonathan.  

Survivors include three sons, Lee (Angela), Steve (Sue), and Billy (Kim). Grandchildren, Jessica (Jason), Amanda (Jess), Sarah (Richard), Kelsey (Jeremy) and their mother Melissa. Other grandchildren, Kara (Josh), Quinn, Karla (Chris), Alaric, Katie (Matt), Sam, and Amelia, and seventeen great-grandchildren. 

Services will Tuesday, September 21, at Forest City First Baptist Church with visitation at 9:00 followed by funeral service at 10:00. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl at 1:30. Reverend Matt Groce will officiate. Pallbearers will be Quinn Hartman, Sam Hartman, Nick Hartman, David Shore, Will Beach, and Jess Register. 

The family requests that any donations be made to Forest City First Baptist Church, 721 W Lake Brantley Rd, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714.

 

 

Lynda Jones Aldridge

Lynda Jones Aldridge, 68, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on September 12, 2021, after a valiant fight against complications from COVID. She was born on July 1,1953, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, to Wade Thomas Jones and Mary Lineback Jones, who both preceded her into eternity. Left to cherish her legacy of love and faith are her children, Wade Aldridge and Leah (Joffred) Mercado; brother, Stephen (Llewelyn) Jones; sister, Beth Herndon; grandchildren Zachary Hunt and Maryana Aldridge; granddogs Stella Mercado and Jake Aldridge; her blonde bonus daughter, Shelley Bradford (Darren); and her godsons, Thomas and Meyer Bradford. 

Lynda graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She was very proud of her service in the United States Navy; she was active 1978–1982, and remained in the reserves until 1993.

Lynda lived out her testimony by sharing the love of God with everyone she met through encouragement, prayer, and deeds. She was kind, selfless, and generous in all facets of her life. When someone would make the comment “Who knows?” Lynda would always answer, “God.” 

Lynda enjoyed her diversified career from an upstart business in “offsite” administrative support (well before its time, such as working from home today) to HD Supply. She finished her career at First Baptist Church of Orlando (FBCO) children’s ministry. Her mission and outreach extended beyond any clock. 

Lynda worshipped as a member at FBCO for more than 40 years and enjoyed serving on the creative arts stage management team, where she brought balance and peace to any situation. In the past few years she was introduced to Matthew’s Hope, a local homeless ministry, where she served in any area needed, always wanting to know people’s stories, from guests to staff members. Lynda preferred being behind the scenes, and she called herself an elf.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Lynda found her a loyal friend. She was smart, funny, and joyfully dedicated to serving others. Her love for the word of God and turning any situation “spiritual, never judgmental” was a gift that would leave those around her in awe. Lynda regularly handed out Bibles, and when she found a book that blessed her (most recently Threadbare Prayer), she bought copies in bulk to share. Her love for watermelon (which she called “birthday cake”) was well known to those who knew her. She walked through this life with outstretched arms and a gentle touch of grace, and even now she continues to bring people together.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, at First Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL, 32805. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Orlando children’s ministry, 3200 John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL. 32805 or Matthew’s Hope, 611 Business Park Blvd #101, Winter Garden, FL, 34787.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Louise Martha Westbrock

Louise Martha Westbrock "Louie", of Orlando Florida, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left us peacefully on September 1, 2021 at the age of 86.

She was born to Joseph and Martha Mechavich on December 27, 1934, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. After high school, Louie became an X-ray Technician. While working, she met her future husband, Donald Westbrock, a Naval aviator . After a long-distance courtship and a convincing letter, she agreed to marry him in Madrid, Spain. They began their 64-year journey on August 17, 1957. They experienced a true Navy life by living in Rota, Spain, San Diego, San Francisco, & Monterey, California, Alexandria, Virginia, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Virginia Beach & Springfield, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida.

She was a remarkable wife to Don…as well as the Navy. There is a phrase in the military; "The toughest job in the Navy ... a Navy wife.". It's true. She experienced the stress and uncertainty of all military spouses when her husband and father of her children was deployed on 5 missions to Vietnam, the Pacific & Mediterranean Seas.

She had a passion for family, laughter, and friendships. She created a nurturing and active homelife in every community across the country. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and cards. She was a passionate artist, and she was determined to exercise and/or take Zumba classes daily. In addition to Don, she loved Johnny Mathias & Sam Elliott.

Louie was a great mom to her three children, Donald "DJ" (Dinda), Katherine "Kate", and Christine "Chris" (Mike). She was also a loving GramJam to her eight grandchildren Joe, Jake, Ben, Jack, Sam, Sadie, Grayson, and Elliot. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and her brother, Joe. She is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Sylvester, Josephine, Larry, and Delores.

A celebration of Louie's life will be held at 1:00 PM on September 17, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5129 South Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL, 32819. Thank you for considering a donation to a fund established for Louie at The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Please go to the link below.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Noel T. Vold

Noel T. Vold died August 12, 2021.  Noel was born March 26, 1936 in McVille, ND to Carl and Louise Vold.  Noel graduated from McVille High School.  After high school he graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with a BA in Biology with minors in Education and Psychology.  He taught 2 years Biology in Ruthton, MN, and became commencement speaker of his 1st Biology class.  He then graduated with honors with a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  On August 6th, 1966, Noel was united in marriage to Sharon Arlene Christensen at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belview, MN.  Following marriage, Noel served the following churches:  Bethany Lutheran- Viborg, SD, Our Savior's Lutheran- Flandreau, SD, Hope Lutheran- Sioux Falls, SD, Our Savior's Lutheran AFLC-Dickinson, ND, Advent Lutheran-Winchester, VA.  He was in ministry for over 50 years.  This included a radio ministry, 21 preaching missions, first person Biblical portrayals, part-time counselor for Alcoholics and Drug Addiction Center, counselor, teacher, led group to the Holy Land and various leadership positions in the church conference.  He was widely known for his singing ministry in hospitals, nursing homes and wherever he went. Noel's life was characterized by preaching, teaching, relationships and reaching people for Christ.  Matthew 28:18-20.  His emphasis was always a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The only authority in all of life is God's Word.  He also enjoyed outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, Sharon, his 4 children and 14 grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon.  They lived in Stephenson, VA.  Also, their 4 children: Dr. Steven Vold-Arkansas, John Vold-Japan, Julie Stephenson-Florida, Heidi Mondesir-Florida and 14 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl Vold.


Monday, September 13, 2021

James William Coup

James William Coup (76) passed away from cancer on September 01, 2021 at his home in Gotha, Florida.

Jim was born in Lewisburg, PA on November 24, 1944. In February of 1962 he enlisted and became a Photographer's Mate in the US Navy. He served 4 Tours of Duty in Vietnam. He eventually traveled the world serving on both ships and shore duty. He received several Awards and Commendations to include the Navy Achievement Medal. He retired after 25 years as a Chief Petty Officer.

After separation from the Navy, in 1986 he began his second career as a Crime Scene Technician with the Orlando Police Department. His wartime photographic experience helped him excel at working major crime scenes. That experience also allowed him to take care of his co-workers from a personal point of view. His dry sense of humor was a source of fun and support for many of the officers and detectives working those scenes. He was instrumental in transitioning the Department Photo Lab from Film to Digital photography. When he retired in October 2003, he was a Court Certified Expert Witness and Chief Forensic Photographer. He received Awards and Letters of Commendation from Police and civilians alike. He is remembered as someone who could strike up a conversation with anybody.

He is preceded in death by his father Leroy, mother Emily, his sister Darla, and brothers John, Butch, and Homer. He is survived by his wife Pat, his sons James, Dale and Dave. His brother Lee and his sisters Sylvia, Mary and Edith. He has 3 grandchildren.

The viewing and funeral will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL. 32811 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Viewing at 1100. Service at 1200. He will be interred on Monday September 20, 2021 at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US Highway 1, Mims, FL. 32754

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Frank Scelta

Frank Scelta passed away on September 8, 2021 at his home in Winter Garden, Florida.  He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son September 13, 1950, the beloved son of the late Frances and Joseph Scelta.

Frank was the loving brother of Linda Jandrasits; Brother-in-law and dear friend of Edward Jandrasits; Wonderful Uncle, confidant and friend to his niece Diane Jandrasits Osacar and great-nephew Caleb.

Devoted husband to his late wife of 42 years Victoria.  A graduate of St. Francis College, Frank exhibited a Tremendous sense of humor and had a sparkling personality.  He will be dearly missed.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Linda Jean Warren

Linda Jean Warren, gained her Heavenly Wings on September 3, 2021 at the age of 73. At Health Central Hospital Ocoee Fl. She lived in Clermont FL. She was Born June 12,1948 to Clifford and Nellie Farley. She loved to spend time with all of her family and friends. Going on vacation with her sister Elaine. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother Clifford and Nellie Farley, Husband Vern Warren , Daughter Becky Warren, Son Bobby Warren and Brother Benny Farley. She left behind her Daughter Barbara Neeley and Son Christopher Warren  ( Maria Garica). Grandchildren Jacob Warren ( Alisha Roman), Amber Neeley, Dalton Neeley, Hunter Warren, Matthew Williamson, Zackary Williamson, Kyle Williamson, Jessica Winn  ( Jr Hughey). Great grandkids Phoenix Webb, Annabelle Webb, Paislee Hughey, Delilah Hughey. Daughter in laws Jenny Sims Grey, and Marcie Warren. Brothers Jim Farley, Allen Farley (Sherry), Jerry Farley (Vivian), Fred Farley. Many nieces and nephews. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Stephen J. Plunkett, III

Stephen J. Plunkett, III, 79, died after a short illness on August 20, 2021 at an Orlando hospital.  He was born March 19, 1942 in Nyack, NY to Stephen J. and Naomi M. (Davies) Plunkett, Jr.

Stephen graduated from Clarkstown High School in 1960 and went on Siena College in Loudenville, NY where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After moving to Rochester,NY he attended the Visual Studies Workshop where he studied photography and received a Masters in Fine Arts through the University of New York.  While in Rochester he also taught photography at Monroe Community College where he met the love of his life, Karen.  He worked in the food and beverage industry until taking his skills to the hospitality industry, where he worked in Indiana and Orlando until his retirement. After retirement, Stephen turned his interest of fine art into contemporary art on canvas.  He created many beautiful pieces and attended trade shows throughout the east and mid-west.  He loved good food and drink, fine art, cooking, reading and current events.  He also truly loved his nieces, nephews and three grandchildren and found great joy in their visits and spending time with them.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Karen (Kelberman) Plunkett; son, Aaron Plunkett; brothers: Richard W. Plunkett, Thomas M. Ryan, and Michael C. Plunkett.  He is survived by son, Jeremey Plunkett of Rochester, NY; brother, Terry (Donna) Plunkett of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Noah, Adam and Carem all of Rochester, NY and many nieces and nephews.

 The family wishes any memorial contributions be made to the charity or organization of your choice in Stephen’s name. 

 

 

Michael Dean Ragsdale

Michael Dean Ragsdale (Orlando) was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  Michael went home to be with his savior on Thursday, Sept 2, 2021 at the age of 58.

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease – Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in December 2015.  He fought a long, hard, and courageous fight, he always had a very positive attitude in his battle with this debilitating disease. He had an extensive career in the staffing industry for over 35 years that spanned from Florida, Georgia, and Texas.  He was a laid back, quiet man devoted to his family and friends, and a true animal lover.  He enjoyed a robust political conversation as he was an avid follower of the political stage.

Michael was born to Vonda Lee Taylor and Harry Louis Ragsdale on September 29, 1962 in Key West, Florida.  Predeceased by his parents and brother Tim, he leaves to mourn his wife Fran (Orlando), son Bryan, stepson Wesley Nott (Tannia), granddaughters Aurora and Viviana, brothers Robert, Chris, and Harry (Susie).  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or a charity of your choice.  According to Michael’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

 

Rest eternal grant on him, Oh Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon him
May he rest in peace

 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Esther Ann Maness

Esther Ann Maness, age 80, of Yalaha, Florida passed away Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 at Southlake Hospital, in Clermont.  Esther was born in Ferndale, Michigan, the daughter  of the late Elsie (Vincent)  and Otto  Johnson.  She was a homemaker and member of Church at the Cross in Orlando.

Esther leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Debbie McGlothlin of Winter Garden;  two sons Guy Maness of Yalaha,  and David Maness of Cocoa;  6 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at Church at the Cross in Orlando, located at 700 Good Homes Road,  with Pastor Clayton Cloer officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at  Oak Hill Cemetery, in Clermont.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sylvester Elliott

Sylvester Elliott, age 57 passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida. He was born in Smithfield, North Carolina, the son of Waddall and Janie Mae (Sanders) Elliott and served in the Army National Guard.  He is preceded in death by both parents and his brother Johnny Lewis Holliday.

 He attended Benson Chapel Church in his early life and was the youngest of 6 siblings. Sylvester graduated from Lake Wales High School. He was a hard worker for many years until his health declined.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife Phenia (Ramsey) Elliott of Alabama; daughter Samantha Elliott Merriweather (Anthony), son Sylvester Elliott Jr. (Tiffany) both of Alabama, sisters Janie Surran (Jeffrey) of Louisville, KY and Georiga Elliott Gainey of North Carolina. Three brothers William Earl Sanders, of Four Oaks, N.C., Daniel Sanders of Benson, N.C., Wendell Elliott of Orlando, FL., and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed.

The memorial services will be held at Dobbs Funeral home on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:00 am.