Monday, May 16, 2022

Sharon E. Celcis

Sharon E. Celcis, age 61, of Orlando,  passed away on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.  She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the daughter of the late Joy (Norton)  and Leroy  Ebanks and was employed in law enforcement as a Crime Prevention Specialist .

Sharon leaves to cherish her memory, husband Philippe  Celcis; two sons Kristopher Celcis,  Patrick Celcis, all of Orlando; three sisters, Marcia Mathis of Orlando, Joanne Ebanks of Orlando; Marva Lynch, of Orlando-Longwood; two brothers Andrew Ebanks of Virginia,  David Ebanks of Hawaii; and 6 grandchildren.

Funeral Service details are pending.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Robert Scott Springer

Robert Scott Springer, age 54 passed away on April 30, 2022 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.  He was born in Troy, New York, the son of Robert J. and Madelyn (Kapuscinski) Springer. Robert graduated from West Orange High School and Valencia Community College.  He was a certified paramedic and previously worked for Rural Metro Services.  He was also a news stringer who worked for Cross News.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Hannah Springer, his mother Madelyn (Madge) Springer, preceded in death by his father Robert J Springer, his sisters, Wendy S Springer, Tammy Marcotte and brother G. Timothy Springer. He is also survived by 5 nieces and nephews. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Alma Iris Almodovar-Toro

Celebrating a life so beautifully lived.

Alma Iris Almodovar-Toro went to be with the Lord peacefully surrounded by her son and daughter-in-law in the early morning hours of May 4, 2022, at the age of 92 years young.

She was born on January 1, 1930, in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. The daughter of Melanio Almodovar and Carmen M. Toro.

She spent all her childhood growing up and attending school in Puerto Rico and later relocated to New York city where she worked for many years. She married Jovino Borrero and had three children Egbert, Elliott, and Harold (Harry). She moved back to Puerto Rico in 1981 where she worked diligently in improving community services in the community of Vista Mar. She moved to Orlando, FL in 2001.

She was a homemaker, very independent and had an amazing eye for home d├ęcor. Each Christmas she would decorate her home with elaborate decorations, trees, and all sorts of Christmas decorations. It was something she enjoyed the most.

It brought her so much joy when she spoke with her children and grandchildren and when she had family and friends visit with her. She enjoyed listening to Marc Anthony and praying every night.

She is survived by her three children, Egbert, Elliott, Harold and Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nephew and Nieces

Mom, your death has impacted me in ways I didn’t expect, but the years we spent together has impacted the most.  Love, your son (Harry)

“Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43)

The family will be receiving friends from 11:00am until 12:00pm, followed by the funeral service at Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32808 on Saturday, May 14, 2022 with Pastor Steve Ware officiating.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Etta Mae Eller

Etta Mae Eller, age 60, of Orlando,  passed away Friday, April 29th, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Spencer  County, KY the daughter of the late Nancy (Ellegood)  and Billy Don Reynolds and was a homemaker.

Etta is  survived by four daughters, Tasha Eller, Chasity Eller, Brittany Rendon, Ashley Eller all of Orlando;  five sons Shawn Eller, John Robert Brisbee, Terry Brisbee, Ronald Eller,  and Michael Eller; three sisters, Nancy Reynolds, Debbie Reynolds, Mary Harman, two brothers, Billy Reynolds, Darrel Reynolds; and 17 grandchildren

The family will be receiving friends from 10:30 until 11:30 am, followed by the funeral service on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service at 1:00 pm Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gotha, Florida.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Marlene Anne Lease

Marlene Anne Lease, beloved Wife, Mom, Nonnie, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend, passed away peacefully at her new home in Winter Park, FL on April 19, 2022.  She spent the last two weeks of her life surrounded by her family. 

Marlene was born on December 13, 1938 in Janesville, Wisconsin to Olaf and Alvilda Anderson and attended Janesville High School. She met her husband Roy Lease in Milwaukee, they married in 1964 and lived in Milwaukee, WI and then Minnetonka, MN until 1976 when they moved to Jacksonville, FL.  They were married 50 years and had three daughters, Heather, Meredith & Stephanie.  

Marlene went back to college at the age of 40 while raising her children and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Education.  She opened Circles of Learning preschool and Kindergarten in Jacksonville with her dear friend Jill Atter, which they operated together for 25 years. Marlene was a devout follower of Jesus and spent her life in service to others.  She was full of joy and loved God, family, friends, animals, music, prosecco, traveling, gardening, boating, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers.

Marlene is predeceased by her husband Roy Lease, daughter Meredith Lease, brothers David and Robert Anderson and parents. She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Lease and Heather Alexander Speight (Roy), grandchildren Tonya Long (Cliff), Taylor Glore, Alexandra Speight, Collin Speight and Haley Lease and numerous nieces and nephews. Her celebration of life will be held at Isle of Faith Methodist Church (1821 San Pablo Rd, Jacksonville, FL) on May 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm and a reception will follow.

The family invites you to leave a memory in her guestbook at  Donations in her memory may be made to The Winter Park Playhouse( or Isle of Faith Methodist Church (

“I am not gone; I have crossed over into my eternal home. I’ll see you all later!”


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Cecily I. Harvey




Celebrating the life of Cecily Idona Harvey, who was born on May 5, 1949 in Phillips’ St. Kitts. She was the first born of nine children by Viola Brownbill Warner & Stanley Sharry, but was raised by her grandmother Jane Ceaser. Cecily attended the Molineux & Estridge primary schools. Cecily relocated to St. Thomas US Virgin Islands at and early age where she worked in the hospitality industry for many years.

                Cecily accomplished becoming a naturalized United States citizen on October 2, 1998. She later relocated to Orlando, FL where she worked in the cafeteria at Postells Daycare. Cecily began to fall ill and as a result ended up residing at the Lake Bennett Rehabilitation Nursing Home, until her untimely passing. Cecily is survived by her seven kids; Steve Sharry, Courtney, Avril, Monique, Jackie, Glenville and Ebony Harvey. As well as her grand and great grandchildren which there are too many to mention.

Cecily will have a visitation service on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm; followed by a Funeral Ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00am in the Dobbs Funeral Home chapel. 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Innocent Dumornay

Innocent Dumornay, age 83 of Orlando, FL beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born in Cap – Haitian, Haiti. The son of Pierre Dumornay and Anne Gina Pascade.

Innocent immigrated to the United States in 1971 along with his wife Immacule Dumornay. He was employed as a foreman for Superior Printing INC. NYC. He retired to Florida in 2010.

Innocent preceded in death by his father Pierre, Mother, Anne Gina and Grandson Ethan. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife Immacule (Alsaint) Dumornay; three sons, Reginald and his wife, Jo; Romann and his wife Zhivka; Rollins; daughter Megina Mateo. Seven grandchildren, Diarra, Tatyana, Xavier, Alanna, Brianna, Noah and Rhian.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home (430 N Kirkman Rd, Orlando, Fl 32811) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday, April 29, 2022. The funeral mass will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at St. Andrews Catholic Church, (801 N Hasting St, Orlando, Fl 32808). Interment will follow the service at Orlando Memorial Gardens, Apopka, FL.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Richard R. DeGhetto

Richard R. DeGhetto passed away April 18, 2022 at 83 years old at his home in Clermont, Florida surrounded by his family.  He was an amazing man and will be missed beyond words by all those who knew him and loved him. 

Rich proudly served four years in the Navy before becoming a New Jersey State Trooper in 1965. He spent almost 28 years protecting and serving his community with the New Jersey State Police, retiring as a Detective Sergeant First Class in 1991. After retiring from the NJSP, he worked as an investigator in the Warren County Prosecutors Office until retiring to Florida.


He is survived by his wife, the love and light of his life of nearly 62 years, Joanne.  Daughter Dawn Gallant and her husband David.  Son Todd DeGhetto and his wife Kammie.  Daughter Tracie Mina and her husband John. Son Drew DeGhetto and his long time partner Kelly. His ten grandchildren, Michael, Nicole, Joshua, Cody, Brieana, Chase, Nicholas, Jake, Luke, Ellison and four great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Belansky Guerdy Fanord

Belansky Guerdy Fanord, age 24, of Orlando, FL tragically passed away Sunday, April 10th, 2022 in Indianapolis,  County, IN.   He was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti,  the son of Eberle Fanord and Guilene Pierre and was employed as a driver for a rental company.

Belansky leaves to cherish his memory, parents Eberle Fanord and Guilene Pierre-Fanord; two daughters, Myia Fanord, Jalayah Fanord; sister Saskia Fanord-Munoz; two brothers, Eberly Fanord and  Skyler Fanord, all of Orlando;

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 am Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at The Kingdom Church, located at 800 N. Pine Hills Road in Orlando.   Interment will follow the service at Orlando Memorial Gardens, located at 5264 Ingram Road, Apopka, Florida.

“Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units  to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.

Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away?”


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Barbara Lee Jones

Barbara Lee Jones, age 70, of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.  She was born in Orlando, the daughter of  the late Mae (O'Neil)  and Tom Marshall Griffin and was employed as a hairdresser.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memory, husband Willie Jones of Orlando.

Helen Marie Queen

Helen Marie Queen,  age 80 of Orlando, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother stepped into heaven on Sunday,  March 27, 2022,  She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Elmo and Jessie (Lang) Watkins.  

Helen married Willard Queen on August 19, 1960. She  is survived by her four children, Trina (Squires), Carla (Alford), Clifford and Tommy Queen, brother Ralph Watkins, sister Carolynn Huff., thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Helen was known for smiling brown eyes, her hospitality and deep love for friendship and family, and her passion for flowers. She was loved by everyone and a Blessing to all who knew her. 

the family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 9:30 - 10:30a, followed by the funeral service at 10:30a on Saturday, April 2, 2022 with Pastor Dexter Johnson officiating.   Interment will be at  Winter Garden Cemetery.

Nanci Joan Aust

Nanci Joan Aust, 64, of Winter Garden, FL passed away Sunday, March 27th, 2022 in  Clermont, Florida.  She was born in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan (Martin) Nowakowski and the late Leroy Nowakowski,  Nanci graduated from Mercer County College with a degree in psychology and a minor in Art.  She moved to Florida in 1981 and was an artist at Hollywood Studios Animation Academy Class.  She retired in December of 2020.   

Nanci leaves to cherish her memory, husband Bruce Aust of Winter Garden; mother Joan Nowakowski of Clermont; son Christopher Aust of Winter Garden; and brother Gerald Nowalowski of New Jersey.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 (7:00p wake service) at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at St. Andrew Catholic Church.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ricky Roy Heaton

Ricky Roy Heaton, age 68, of Ocoee, FL was ushered into heaven on Monday, March 21st, 2022.

He served in the United States Navy and was a retired High Voltage Electrician for Reedy Creek Energy Services.  He was a proud brother and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 606 in Orlando, FL.  Ricky's motto was "God, Family and Country." 

Ricky leaves to cherish his memory, wife Gail (Tripkovich) Heaton of Ocoee; two sons Dustin James Heaton of Orlando, Aaron Paul Heaton of Ocoee; three sisters, Gail Bellow, Jana Heaton, Kristi Heaton, brother Shelby Howell, all of Houston; mother-in-love Joan Duhon; daughter-in-love Jessica Heaton; one grandchild and an extremely large loving extended family.

The viewing will be open to family and friends at 9:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am on Monday, March 28th 2022 with military honors at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL, with Pastor Ray Lloyd officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL  Fellowship will follow the burial at the Heaton home.

In addition to flowers for the funeral service, memorial donations can be made to: Central Florida Electrical Apprenticeship Charitable Foundation, 2738 Forsyth Road, Winter Park, FL 32792 or (Disabled American Veterans).

Monday, March 21, 2022

James Preston Parker

"Jimmy", to his family and many friends had three loves: Family, Baseball, and Cooking.  These loves became apparent in his childhood, and they remained a significant part of his adulthood.

During his career in the food industry, Jimmy served as a cook, butcher, chef, kitchen manager, and restaurant manager.  He continued his love for baseball as an umpire, with our dad, for many ears.  In his retirement, he joined the Osceola Senior Softball League, making scores of friends during his ten-year playing "career."  This league became a huge part of his later years.  No family event, involving food, ran as smoothly as it did with Jimmy in the kitchen.  He loved big family get togethers and would spend weeks planning every detail.  

Our next big event will be in Jimmy's honor.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 3-6 pm at 3205 LaSalle Avenue, St. Cloud, FL 34772.  It will be outdoors, so dress casually.  Please RSVP to Jackie Parker (407) 616-4323.  We will not have Jimmy to help with the planning, but we know that he will be watching from above and sending down "Suggestions."

Jimmy is survived by his mother, Jackie Parker; son Brad, his wife Jen, their daughter Noelle; brothers, Mike (Colleen), Steve (Robin), Garry (Sheryl) Parker, and sister Donna Parker; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Jaylani Isabel Grace Baeza

June 5, 2018  -  March 12, 2022

Our precious little girl Jaylani Isabel Grace Baeza, beloved daughter of Jorge Baeza and Jacy Reyes; little sister of Juliana Isabel Jada Baeza and Jonathan Jorge Xavier Baeza; grand daughter to Tom and Michelle Rycraft and Jorge and Lupe Baeza.

Jaylani was a sweet and vibrant girl who would light up the room as soon as her presence filled it. She was deeply loved and brought immense joy to those around her.  She loved to dance, her favorite color was purple and her favorite movie was Encanto.

She was so loving and would give the best hugs to anyone that asked. She was the biggest daddy's girl and being the baby of the family, she knew she had us all wrapped around her little finger. She has forever left her imprint in our hearts.

A memorial service was held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Dan Frank Middleton

Dan Frank Middleton, 91 of Orlando passed away peacefully on March 14th.  Dan was born on September 3, 1930 to Frank and Florence Middleton.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Dan attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Ohio State University and later received four diplomas from Aetna Insurance Correspondence Course.  He earned the Professional Insurance designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter in 1963 and was awarded the Insurance Institute of America’s Risk Management diploma in 1967.  He was member of the Insurance Board of Columbus and was director of the Columbus Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Dan was the Vice President of Atkinson-Dauksch Agencies, prior to it be becoming Coroon & Black, retiring at age 60.  Dan worked again as the Executive Director at a/e ProNet, a professional liability insurance organization for architects and engineers, a professional liability insurance organization for architects and engineers.  What started out as a small non-profit organization grew into a globally recognized and respected group.  Dan worked again until he retired again at age 80. 

Work wasn’t Dan’s only passion, he enjoyed being involved in the church, helping people and of course collecting antique Jaguar cars.  The other passion was his involvement at St. Luke’s Methodist Church and helping people.  Dan became involved in the Stephen’s Ministry and became a leader in the organization.  He was known for his prayers.  His words came so naturally and had such grace.  He touched a lot of people during his time in the program.

When word got around among the homeless that Dan came to the Post Office regularly, Dan would give them clothing, new shoes, food and sometimes money.  He was always finding ways to help those who were less fortunate than himself.  He knew that God had blessed him and wanted to share that with others.   

 The passion for cars was one that he shared with his son Tim.  They traveled all over for car shows and winning numerous trophies for his cars.  Dan was even president of the Jaguar Club of Central Ohio and the Jaguar Club of Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn and children Tim Middleton (Orlando) and Suzanne Middleton (Charlotte) as well as sister Nancey Vickers. 

The funeral service will be at the chapel at Orlando Lutheran Towers (300 E. Church Street, 18th Floor) on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to the following. Orlando Lutheran Towers Foundation, 300 E. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,

Friday, March 11, 2022

Anita Simone Taylor

Anita Simone Taylor, age 61, of Orlando, passed away Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at AdventHealth Orlando,  She was born in Sedalia, MO on January 3, 1961 to Morris and Winter Williams.  As a "military brat", she lived in many locations including; Kansas City, MO, England, Florida, Altus, OK, and Cleveland, OH.  Afterward, she spent time in Binghamton, NY and Tacoma, WA then resided in Orlando.

She graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in 1979. Anita loved graphic arts and being with her grandchildren, Quiana, Isaiah, Twins Jermain and Jeremia and Elyjah.

Anita was preceded in death by her father Morris, brothers Morris Jr., and Roland Williams; her daughter Yaezelle and son Jeremy.  She leaves to cherish her memory mother Winterly Williams; husband Donald Taylor; brother Vincent and his wife Esther Williams and her loving grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed by those who loved her and fondly remembered by those who were blessed to know her.  

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 12:00p until 1:00p, followed by the funeral service at 1p at Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Willie C. Barnes of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, FL officiating.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Diana Howard

 Diana Howard, age 65, of Orlando, passed away Monday, February 21st, 2022.  She was born in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of the late Maria (Ricco)  and Roy  Monterastelli.  She was employed as a property manager and is survived by her son Chris Howard of Orlando.

Calling hours will be held at 10:00a, followed by a funeral mass at 11:00a on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Deacon Spencer Silvers officiating.   Interment will follow the service at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.

Mary Lou Griffin

March 7, 1931 – February 27, 2022

Mary Lou Griffin, loving wife to Robert W. (“Bob”) Griffin, Jr., and mother to four girls, died as she lived, stubbornly and tenaciously after almost reaching her 91st birthday.

Mary Lou was born in Salt Lick, Kentucky, and started out life as the oldest of five siblings (Stewart, Delma, Roger and Betty). She learned early to take charge and juggle multiple situations, always keeping her eye on the ball most likely to fall. She met her husband Bob in New York while they were both working for the airlines.  They married and transferred to Orlando, Florida in the mid-1950s to support the rapidly growing airline industry in Central Florida.

After numerous attempts to have a child, Mary Lou and Bob adopted Debra in 1962, and despite the doctor’s repeated surprise, had three more children over the next three years, Patricia, Robin and Eva.

Mary Lou loved her family, friends and God.   She was predeceased by her husband Bob and her daughter, Debra Banks, she is survived by daughters Patricia Stokes (Robert) of Altoona, Robin Griffin of Fremont, CA, Eva Tukdarian (Thomas) of Orlando; siblings Delma Perrine, Betty Balogh and Roger Lyons (Joy) as well as five grandsons (Tres Banks, Chris Tukdarian, Robert Tukdarian, Connor Stokes and Jon Lindsey) as well many nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, March 12 at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park, FL.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Nancy Jane Cairns

1938 - 2022

Nancy Jane Cairns (Redner) passed away peacefully February 15, 2022 and was laid to rest with her late husband, William James Cairns at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Gotha, Florida.

Born in Binghamton, New York March 27, 1938, to William and Lela Redner who moved there into a two-story, seven room home on 9 Kress Street after her Dad took a job with the Columbia Gas Company. She started life as a twin to Nanette, the youngest sisters to their siblings Will, Richard, Norma and Ruth – who named Nancy after their father’s sister. Nancy shared her memories of difficult times growing up during WWII with curfews and blackouts. And although the country was going through a time of depression, Nancy enjoyed wonderful Sunday meals, family reunions, Gas Company picnics and cherished the time spent with her older siblings that were either in college, married or in the military. She loved tea, reading (literature club), playing with paper dolls, roller and ice skating and occasionally going to the movies with her twin Nanette, brother Rich and friends.

If childhood can be held responsible for much of an adult's take on life, Nancy’s lifelong love of her family, friends and gatherings were born and nurtured during those difficult times. Nancy was baptized, had faith in God and attended High Street Methodist Church where she later taught Sunday school. Nancy graduated from the Binghamton City Hospital - School of Nursing on September 10, 1959 and later was re-certified as a Registered Nurse with the Florida State Board of Nursing June 12, 1964.

Nancy Redner married William “Bill” James Cairns June 13, 1959, in a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Nanette and John Bender and honeymooned in Niagara Falls, NY. Their first three children, Michael, Julie and Robert were born in Binghamton, New York. After they moved and began working in sunny Florida where Bill’s mother, Geraldine Misevich also lived, daughters Suzanne and Wendy were born in Orlando at Orange Memorial – the hospital where Nancy was employed as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department.

Nancy Cairns was not only first, a proud Mother of five children, she enjoyed being a Nurse and serving others. She was proud to run the new Orange Vista Hospital in Lake Buena Vista, a part of the Orlando Regional Medical Center as their Head Nurse. The entire staff was not only a great team of dedicated, expert emergency department professionals but also dear and supportive best friends even after the facility was closed. Nancy also enjoyed working at Sand Lake Hospital and part time in the Walt Disney World and Arnold Palmer Golf Tournament First Aid Stations.

Nancy Cairns is survived by her son, Michael Cairns, DeeDee Diehl-Sherman, his son Matthew Cairns and daughter Nicole Cairns; her daughter Julie Hoffman and son in law Gary Hoffman; her son Robert Cairns, daughter in law Amy Cairns, his twin daughters Jamie Cairns and Alexis Cairns; her daughter Suzanne Elliott, son in law Marc Elliott and their daughter Kali Elliott; son in law Jeffrey Fagan and his daughter Leslie May Fagan. Nancy is pre-deceased by her Husband, William J. Cairns and daughter, Wendy Fagan.

All of the cards with well wishes, prayers and contact with relatives over the past few more difficult months were appreciated by Mom. She wanted to thank you for being a part of her life and say she loved you all dearly. If you wish to make a tribute to Nancy Cairns, you might plant a red rose bush, hang a cardinal ornament on your Christmas tree or make a memorial donation in her name to the charity of your choice. Remembrances of the many happy times with Nancy and her Cairns Clan, prayers and condolences to the family may be left on this website. Thank you and God Bless.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Andre Heinrich

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Andre Heinrich, 87, of Bristol, WI. Andre passed away due to complications from a car accident sustained late last year.

Andre was a colorful character, with a big heart, and he will be deeply missed.

Andre was born on August 17, 1934 in Nimes, France and moved to the United States in the mid 1950’s.  He called Bristol, Wisconsin home since 1976.

Andre was a hard-working, loving Husband and Father.  He was quick to forgive, quick to apologize and extremely generous.  With minimal resources, but plenty of drive and determination, he built a comfortable life for himself and his family. 

A cabinetmaker by trade, and a jack of all trades, Andre could build and fix anything.  Andre enjoyed spirited conversations, especially about politics and religion.  He was a kind soul who would give you the shirt off his back.  At the time of his death, he was just 22 days shy of his 65th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Camille.

We are so grateful to have shared so many years with Andre.  He lived a long healthy life, and we know he is safe, happy and free in Heaven.

He will forever be remembered in our hearts and minds as the loving, kind soul that he was and continues to be.

He is survived by his wife Camille, 94, His daughter Nicole, His son Philip and his wife, Monica.

He was located in Clermont, Florida at the time of his passing, while still trying to recuperate from injuries sustained in the crash.  He was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his passing.

Services will take place online on Friday February 25 at 3:00PM from Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL.  A subsequent Spreading of Andre’s Ashes Ceremony will be held at his home in Bristol, WI.  A day and time for the spreading of ashes have yet to be determined.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

William "Bill" Eugene Burkett

William “Bill” Eugene Burkett went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 17, 2022.  Bill is survived by his wife, Natalie Hewett Burkett, and his children, Sara Beth (Hunter) Bryant, Anna Burkett, Will Burkett, and Jordan Long, whom he loved like a daughter. He is also survived by his parents, Nathaniel “Bob” and Alma Thompson Burkett; his brother, Bob (Arlene) Burkett; his sister, Cindy (Hutch) Hutchison; brothers-in-law, Michael (Elizabeth) Hewett and Jamie (Juli) Hewett; eleven nieces and nephews, Martha (Jason) Brackett, Robert (Courtney) Hutchison, Brad (Hiromi) Burkett, Mary (Michael) Veira, Amy (Brad) Ruhmann, Angela (Tim) Young, Daniel Hutchison, Rebecca (Anthony) Tisci, Matthew Hewett, Bryce Hewett, and Hayden Hewett; and eleven great nieces and nephews, Madilyn Brackett, Jameson Brackett, Ashlyn Ruhmann, Brody Ruhmann, Joseph Goodman, Bryson Ruhmann, Ansley Ruhmann, Noah Tisci, Stephen Veira, Rachel Veira, and Nathaniel Burkett.

Bill was born in Orlando, Florida on July 15, 1959. He was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he grew up attending Haverhill Baptist Church with his family. He graduated from Twin Lakes High School in 1977. Bill graduated from the University of Alabama in 1981 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and from Rollins College in 1989 with a Masters in Business Administration. He obtained his Professional Engineering license in 1985, and practiced engineering in Central Florida for over 40 years. In 1994 he was given the opportunity to accomplish his dream of owning his own engineering firm. Burkett Engineering, Inc. has been serving clients successfully for 28 years.

Bill moved to Orlando in 1982 to take a job with Kimley-Horn. He joined First Baptist Church Orlando and began serving as a Sunday School teacher in the youth department. He continued to serve as a teacher and deacon throughout all the years he was a member there. In 1988, he met Natalie on a singles retreat with the church. They became best friends and married on May 2, 1992. Raising Sara Beth, Anna, and Will was their greatest joy. In 2010, they joined Lifebridge Church Orlando where Bill served as a Life Group Leader, Deacon, and Elder. He dearly loved his church family and found great joy in serving.

Bill’s faith in God ran deep. He longed for others to know Jesus as Savior. He loved his family immensely. He was a man of integrity with endless patience. He was known to be dedicated and disciplined. He was known by his children as a “safe place.” He was described by a dear friend as “calm water.” He could be counted on. He was wise and compassionate. He was a lifelong fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and loved the camaraderie he found throughout all his adult years in church softball leagues.

Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends. There is great comfort in knowing that although he is no longer here with us in this temporary world, he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior waiting for us to join him one day. That is the hope that gives us the peace that passes all understanding. Bill would agree with David in his Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

There will be a Celebration of Life service for Bill held on Friday, February 25th at 11:30am at Lifebridge Church Orlando, 12120 Chase Road, Windermere.

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Bill took great pleasure in being generous as a way of expressing his gratitude for all God had given him. In lieu of flowers, a memorial giving fund has been established through National Christian Foundation. This fund will be used to support Bill’s church and other faith based charities that he was passionate about. Donations can be made by visiting this link: 

Or, checks can be made out to National Christian Foundation with “The Bill Burkett Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Please mail checks to NCF at 15 N Eola Dr. Orlando, FL 32801.



Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Fritz DeSir, Sr.

Fritz De Sir, Sr., age 75, of Orlando, passed away Monday, January 31st, 2022 at AdventHealth Orlando,  He was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti,  the son of the late Polemis (Alesandre)  and Elius  DeSir and was employed as a hospital security director.  

Fritz is survived by his wife Lormilia (Fraglias) DeSir of Orlando; three daughters, Marie DeSir of New York, Nancy DeSir and Lordly DeSir both of Orlando; two sons Fritz DeSir, Jr., and Eugene Liddie, both of New York; two sisters Edith DeSir, and Carmen Surpris both of Orlando; brother Raymond DeSir, of New York; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, February 11th, 2022 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Calling Hours on Saturday, February 12th, 2022 will be from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm, with a 10:30 Funeral Service at The Kingdom Church, 800 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando 32808.  Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at 1:15 pm.

Diane Xavier

Diane Xavier, age 50, of Orlando, passed away Monday, January 17th, 2022 at AdventHealth Orlando.  She was born in St. Lucia, Virgin Islands, the daughter of the late Maricy (Xavier)  and Klitus  Kangal and was employed in tourism as a receptionist.

She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Dianne Richard of Orlando.  The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Maria Iosifovna Kelley

Maria Iosifovna Kelley, age 91, of Orlando, passed away Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.   She was born in Russia, the daughter of Iosif Nichov and was employed as a government controller.

Maria is survived by her daughter Lyudmila (Milyana) Jeye, of Orlando; 1 grandchild and  2 great grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm with the Funeral service at 1:30p. with Father Andrey officiating at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Kevin Michael Alcott

Kevin Michael Alcott, age 65, of Orlando passed away Saturday, January 29th, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the son  of the late Martha (Caulley)  and Charles W. Alcott and was employed in sales.

Kevin leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Noreen Shapiro of Tamarac, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Elliott Cleveland Williams

Elliott Cleveland Williams, age 74, an Environmental Services worker for Orlando Health for over 21 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.  He resided in Winter Garden for 23 years.

Elliott is survived by his sister Pauline Williams: brothers Gregory Williams, Nowell Williams; nephews Nowell Williams, Jr., Jonathan Williams, Michael Williams, Gregory Williams, Jr., Dwayne Williams, Abraham Williams, Jr., David Jr; nieces Christin Williams, Desiree Williams, Tammy Williams, Brandi; great nieces Lexi Williams and Ava Williams; 

He was born in New York, NY the son of Hensel Williams and Melvin Dalton.  He moved to Florida in 1991 and lived there until his death.

Elliot was an amateur chess player and enjoyed bowling.  His favorite music was by the Four Seasons, Spinners, and the Stylistics.  He loved playing video games and eating pizza and drinking soda.

He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 4th, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Danny Lane Howell

Danny Lane Howell of Ocoee, Florida went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the age of 71.  Danny was born on September 22, 1950, in Clarksdale, MS to Curtis Dewitt Howell and Hazel Marie Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Howell and his sister, Sandra Carter.

He is survived by his mother, Hazel Howell; Brothers, Wayne (Marie) Howell, Rickey (Linda) Howell, Mark (Kathy) Howell; Children, Kimberly (Danny) Motes, Kelley Hudson, Scott (Erin) Howell, Austin (Brittany) Howell; Grandchildren, Dana (JT) Allred, Sarah Hudson, Jacob Motes, TJ Howell, Samantha Hudson, Nycole Cheney, Kori Howell, Miranda Howell, Maelynn Howell, Reagan Howell; Great Grandchildren,  Camden Allred, Kensley Gibson, Kade Allred.

Danny loved people and he loved to make you laugh.  He always had a joke to tell, a funny song to sing or to impersonate someone.  He was loved by so many.

He served as a city commissioner for the city of Ocoee from 1997 – 2006.  He coached little league baseball, umpired little league baseball, coached a boxing club, loved playing pool, golfing with his friends, hanging out with his brothers singing and playing the guitar, and watching his favorite football team, the Gators play.  But most of all he loved spending time with his family. 

Services will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Glad Tidings Church, 2009 Fullers Cross Road, Ocoee, FL 34761.  Public viewing will begin at 11am with the service to follow at 12 noon.  He will be laid to rest at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka, FL.

To all who loved our dad…. We thank you !

Laura Bishop Legeai

Laura Bishop Legeai, age 65, of Orlando, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 28th, 2022 after a hard-fought battle with Stomach Cancer. She was born in Baton Rouge, LA, the daughter of the late Jackie (Myers) and William Edward Bishop. 

A prayer warrior, she loved Jesus with her whole heart and was an example to anyone who knew her of a godly and generous woman. Her strength and grace were unmatched; she was thankful for each and every day with her feet firmly rooted in her unwavering faith. 

She delighted in her grandchildren and time spent with her dearest friends and family. Many considered her a best friend and confidant - the one to call for advice, the one to trust with your biggest secrets. She loved without reserve or judgment. 

Laura is survived by her husband of 44 years, James J. Legeai, Jr. (Jay) of Orlando; two daughters, Laura “Michelle” (Jeremy) Hill of Madison, MS, Elise Legeai of Orlando; two sons James (Brittany) Legeai of Pflugeville, TX, Steven (Catherine) Legeai of Thomasville, GA; two sisters, Susan Kees of Daphne, AL, Deborah Johnson of Greenwell Springs, LA; brother, Terry Bishop of Baton Rouge, LA; and 5 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church of Orlando in Orlando, FL.

Donations can be made to World Vision or Donate Life Florida.

Her children stand and bless her; Her husband praises her. There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.  ~ Proverbs 31:28-31


Thursday, January 27, 2022

Ronald Ray McDowell, M.D.

Ronald Ray McDowell, M.D. was taken into the loving arms of Christ Jesus, his Savior on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.  Dr. McDowell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His parents were Charles Raymond McDowell and Rosemary June (Campbell) McDowell from Arcola and Chesterville, Illinois respectively.

He attended Indianapolis Public School #51 (James Russell Lowell) through the eighth grade.  Dr. McDowell was selected to play trumpet in the Indianapolis Public School All-City Symphony.  He participated in football, basketball, and track.  He was crossing guard Captain.

He graduated from Danville High School in 1966 as Salutatorian.  The family had relocated to Danville, Indiana in 1962 because of his father's employment for the New York/Penn Central Railroad.  He was class Treasurer, Band Captain, and President of the Latin and Science clubs.  He won multiple awards for solo trumpet, and band music competitions.  He frequently helped in the worship services and MYF at Danville, United Methodist Church.

In June 1970 Doctor McDowell graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He was fortunate to play first trumpet in the Purdue University Marching Band for Professor Al Wright, and marched in the 1967 Rose Bowl Parade and Game.  Dr. McDowell graduated from Indiana School of Medicine earning a Doctor of Medicine Degree in February 1974.  He was a Life-Time Member of both the Purdue University and Indiana University Alumni Associations.

He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in early 1974 for a Family Practice Residency at Bayfront Medical Center.  After becoming Board Certified in Family Practice he had a solo private Family Practice for eight years.  Dr. McDowell relocated to The Hobe Sound and Jupiter Florida area.  He helped open five Ambulatory Care Facilities for Martin Memorial Hospital.  He then helped open the new Fast Track facility of the Emergency Department in Munroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Florida.  He then similarly helped open the new Fast Track facility in Lakeland Regional Emergency Department, Lakeland, Florida.

After moving to Orlando in 1990, Dr. McDowell provided medical care in Ambulatory Care Facilities in Lake Buena Vista, Florida owned by Orlando Health and later Centra Care owned by Florida Hospital.  At different times he was on the Medical Staff at both hospitals.  For a brief time he was Medical Director for the Wellness Center at the Darden Corporate office and the Reedy Creek Fire Rescue Services.

In January 2001, Dr. McDowell and his wife, Lisa, opened Windermere Family Practice and enjoyed treating and becoming friends with thousands of great Orlando residents.  In 2014 the medical practice was sold to Physicians Associates (Orlando Health).  He retired in July 2014.

Dr. McDowell was fortunate to be raised in a strong Christian family by loving parents.  He was raised a Methodist but after relocating to Orlando, he became a member of First Baptist Orlando where he was privileged to know a great number of the church members and staff, both as friends and patients, including Dr. David Uth and family.  He loved playing golf, especially with Brother Jim Henry and his wife, Jeanette.  He also enjoyed boating, and traveling to Key West.

Dr. McDowell is survived by his wife, Lisa Lloyd McDowell, and four children Matthew Ray (Land O'Lakes, FL), Melinda Anne (Steamboat Springs, CO), Ryan Christopher (Key Biscayne, FL), and Jennifer Leigh (North Bay Village, FL); Siblings, Richard (Jan) McDowell (Evansville, IN) and Renda (Roger) Riggs (Danville, IN). He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 31, 2022 from 1:00 until 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service in the Henry Chapel of First Baptist Church of Orlando.  Interment will follow the 2:00 pm service at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.

The family requests that any donations should be made to First Baptist  Church of Orlando.