Friday, December 30, 2022

Darrell Lawrence McQueen

Darrell Lawrence McQueen, 67, passed away on December 20, 2022 after a long illness. Darrell was born in Orlando, Florida and spent his early years in Orlando. He moved to Atlanta, GA after graduating with honors from Florida A&M University in 1977. Darrell made his home there and lived in the Atlanta area for 44 years. He worked for the US Postal Service as a clerk for 34 years before retiring in 2020. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Atlanta Braves, Orlando Magic and the Miami Dolphins. 

He is survived by his loving sister, Juanita E. McQueen of Orlando, FL and brother, Randall C. Watts Jr. of Gainesville, VA, three nieces, Courtney L. Frazier of Orlando, FL, Amber N. Watts of Los Angeles, CA, Jordan A. Watts of San Antonio, TX, and one nephew, Randall C. Watts III of San Antonio, TX.  He is preceded in death by his parents, the late Katie L. Golden and William McQueen, both of Orlando, FL. 

The family is asking that you please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of any flowers.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Richard (Buddha) Gotes Mellano

Richard (Buddha) Gotes Mellano, age 54, passed away at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL on December 12, 2022 at 6:55 PM. He was born on May 6, 1968 to Lenita Deal in the Philippines.

He was a loving father, son, and brother. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and playing paintball with his friends. He was a character who enjoyed making people laugh. He enjoyed dressing up in silly outfits at work to make his coworker’s day. He attended ITT where he graduated with an engineering degree. He soon started work at Unique Engineering where he was the head engineer. He was a good man who was taken too soon from his family.

Richard is survived by his mother Lenita Deal; 1 brother: Rizalde (Steve) Mellano (wife Shannon); and his daughter Shyanne Mellano (fiance Wyatt). He is also survived by his niece and nephews: Miles (Ruth Anne), Mason (Shelby), Mitchell (Cheyenne), and Mamie (Bryce) and his great nieces and great nephews (Oliver, Felicity, Henry, Audrey). He is preceded in death by his father (Robert E Deal) and brother (Robert Deal Jr). 

Services will be provided by Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday December 17th, 2022 12pm - 2pm. Viewing is for the family scheduled for 12 pm - 1 pm and will be open to the public at 1 pm to 2 pm; Memorial services will immediately follow. The address for the service is 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL 32811. The service will also be on Facebook live at 1:45 PM. 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Margaret Hutcheson Pirnat

Margaret Hutcheson Pirnat of Ocoee, FL died peacefully on Friday, December 2nd at the age of 75 years old. She was born and grew up in Cork, Ireland. Her parents were Christopher "Christy" and Margaret "Sally" O’ Callaghan and she was one of three children along with brother Christopher and sister Elsa. Maggie moved to England as a young adult where she had her first child. She then moved to the U.S. in the early 1970’s where her second and third children were born. She lived briefly in North Carolina before settling in the Orlando area where she has lived since except for a couple of years in Colorado Springs, CO.

After working various jobs, among them at the front desks of bowling centers and as a bus driver, Maggie trained to be a hairstylist. Hairdressing became her passion and one that she was proud of and eager to share. Many who knew her were likely to be offered a haircut at one time or another. She loved bowling and the Orlando Magic. She loved her dogs, Gypsy and Nikki, and her many cats. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Elsa) O’ Callaghan, her children Tony Hutcheson, Gina Boaze, and Chris Pirnat and her grandchildren Zachary Boaze, Clare Lynn Hutcheson, Zoë Boaze, Zayne Boaze, and Reese Pirnat.

A wake service will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Saturday, December 17 at 2p.   The family requests in In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Olga Rodriguez

 Olga (Augie) Rodriguez of Orlando Florida went with the Lord on December 2, 2022. She was 75 years old. Augie was born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York with her parents and siblings, where she met her loving husband Jose “Joe” Rodriguez in the Bronx, New York. 

They were married on May 21, 1968. Together they raised their two sons Jose “Jojo” Angel Rodriguez Jr and David Rodriguez. Augie and Joe worked very hard to buy their house and moved to Orlando Florida in 1990.

Augie was a true businesswoman. She loved to haggle no matter what the situation was. Throughout their hardworking years Augie also was known to party. She was an excellent dancer. She loved music,  hosting parties to celebrate different occasions. She made many friends and acquaintances. 

Augie was also a devoted Catholic. She was a parishioner of the Catholic faith throughout most of her life. She participated in the ministry of the Eucharist and joined the prayer groups at St. James Cathedral and Holy Family Catholic Church. 

Anyone who knew Augie would say she was a feisty, fun-loving, strong, very outgoing, persistent, tenacious and definitely tough woman. She was a fighter. She loved to talk, laugh, dance, cook and go on vacations. 

In 2004 Augie became a grandmother of twin boys- Joshua Joseph Rodriguez and Lucas Angel Rodriguez who she loved dearly. To them she was known as “Wella”. She was their loudest and proudest cheerleader at their games. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. 

She is survived by her husband Jose “Joe” Angel Rodriguez,  sons Jose “Jojo” and David Rodriguez, their spouses Patricia Lugo and Isa Feliciano, her grandsons Joshua and Lucas Rodriguez. Her brothers: Nestor, Robert, Jose, Jorge and William and her sister Ana along with her many nieces and nephews.  

Services will be held on: Thursday December 15, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 4pm -7pm and Friday December 16, 2022 from 10am -11am. Burial Services will be directly following at Woodlawn Cemetery. 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd. Gotha, Florida 34734

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Valeshia Anne Lloyd

Valeshia Anne Lloyd daughter of Mr. Ronald Lloyd and Mrs. Odessa Lloyd, was born February 9, 1971 in Charleston, SC. She received her education in the public schools of Charleston, SC. She also went to trade school for culinary at Job Corp, Bamberg, SC. Valeshia was baptized at Church of Christ. Valeshia was a kind soul. Since she was a kid; she was smart, kindhearted, and spiritual. Valeshia was a babysitter, caregiver, and friend. She loved to read and tell stories. Which explains her love of the library. The love of music and movies is her ultimate passion. Valeshia could tell you about any movie and tell you the title or artist of any song. She had a thing for Asian movies from Kungfu to Godzilla. Valeshia fell in love with K-pop. Her favorite band was BTS. She loves to debate. Do not try to correct her on any facts, she will get a book or her phone to prove herself. In the end, Valeshia will truly be missed. Miss her short and to the point phone calls, her wish list text messages, her coming out of her room to tell us current events we already know, falling asleep as soon as the movie starts during family movie night, requests for fast food, and random conversations. We love you Mummy, Vallie, Grandma, Shawshank, and many other nicknames where she would respond, “Don’t call me that”.


We say Farewell Til’ We Meet Again...

Valeshia Lloyd was preceded in death by Susie Lloyd, Jane Wilcher, Odessa Lloyd, Ronald Lloyd Jr, Rodriquez Whitlock, Alfonzo Smith, Juanita Smith, Ronjanae Smith, Malacki Lloyd, William Lloyd, Kenneth Lloyd. Her legacy will always and forever remain in those that she leaves to cherish her Faithfulness, her love, her dedication to her father, Mr. Ronald Lloyd Sr. Her siblings: Dorie Harris (John), Shanita Lloyd, Sandra Hardy, Victoria Smith, Ronald Smith(Christan), Yasheca Smith, and Michael Lloyd; Special nieces Jasmine and Justice (Jean); aunts Eva White, Katie May Shivers, Susie Pringle (Elijah), Carolyn Hawkins (Darnel). She also leaves behind a host of Aunts, Uncle, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and friends.  

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, December 10, 2022 with Rev. Dr. Tommy Pringle officiating.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Glenn Ramdial

Glenn H. Ramdial of Orlando, Florida passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022.  He was 72 years old.  Glenn was born in San Fernando, Trinidad on December 9th, 1949.  He grew up in San Fernando and attended elementary school at Grant Memorial Presbyterian School, followed by St. Davids College.  He worked with his grandmother (mama) at Ramdials Roti Shop as well as helped his dad with his business.  He was then employed by Onasis Shipping company.  Glenn then went to England where he met the love of his life.  Glenn and Merlyn got married in 1976 and built a beautiful family in the UK.  They had two children, Jason and Sheryl Ramdial.

Glenn was a kind, gentle and a very  humorous man.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud papa and a very special uncle.  His family meant the world to him.  He loved his grandson JJ with all his heart.  He had a fantastic sense of humor.  Glenn loved to play the Iron and got both his children involved with the steele pan.  He enjoyed Arc welding and, HVAC work.  

Glenn is survived by his son Jason Ramdial, his daughter Sheryl Ramdial and their mom Merlyn Ramdial, his grandson JJ Ramdial, his sister Margaret Durham, his nephew Neil Mohamed and nieces Charmaine Mohamed and Kimberly Chauharja Singh, along with many others he has adopted along the way.  

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday December 9th, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 3-4 pm followed by a service from 4 - 5 pm.

We are not only gathered to celebrate his life but to also celebrate his birthday.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Victor L. Schuck

Victor L. Schuck, born to Victor and Dorothy Schuck in Hastings on the Hudson, New York, passed away by Dec 2 at 7:50am.

He was the first born of the five boys born to Victor and Dorothy. He joined his parents and Donald and Lawrence in heaven, leaving Gerry and Kevin to lead the family on. 

His family moved to Florida in 1948. In 1951 Victor married Janice Conner and they had a wonderful life together for 62 years until the Lord called Janice home on Oct. 15, 2013. They were blessed with four children, Teresa (Doug Rouse), Gregory (Donna), Stephen (Cathy), and Matthew. They had eight grandchildren; Ami, Jim (deceased) (Samantha), Nate (Joy), Susie (Kenny Smith), Rebekah (Taylor Nevin), Phillip (Jill), Daniel (Alicia), and Scotty (Luann). And 19 great grandchildren, 5 girls.

Victor thanked God every day for the blessings God gave him and for his family!

The family will be having a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am on January 4 , 2023 at St. Mary of the Lakes Church, located at 218 Ocklawaha, Eustis, FL 32726. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Carla Lyn Ward

Carla Lyn Ward of Orlando, Florida died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Wednesday November 30th, 2022, She was born November 10th, 1952 in Ypsilanit, Michigan to Carl and Mildred Sokolitsky.  With her father being in the military, she was able to travel all over the world, with Taiwan being one of her favorites. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge of different cultures with her family. She found and fell in love with Kenneth Ward, and they were married on December 8, 1972, who survives her in death. Their love lasted 50 years and was filled with love and many adventures. Carla leaves behind two daughters, Lauren Eddy of Knoxville, TN along with Katie Shinew and her husband Jason of Oviedo, FL. She is also survived by three loving grandchildren Liam Eddy, Jacob Shinew and Victoria Shinew. She lived her life as a devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother. She loved having everyone over for weekly dinners, and especially watching her grandchildren swim and spend time with them.  Some of her most enjoyable pastimes were sharing her artistic abilities through painting and drawing, even gifting hand painted ornaments to her beloved family and friends.  She loved providing a small token of brightness to  lives, where they proudly displayed the ornaments in their homes. She also loved the company of her cat, Ripley, who could be found curled up in her lap while she talked on the phone or watched television.  She will be missed greatly but she will live on through her family and her memories. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Wilfredo Rodriguez

The Day The Music Stopped

All who knew Freddie know he loved music.    He had a collection of more than 1,000 CDs. He listened to music all day, and every day, at all times; so, our home was never in silence. In order for me to have TV time or listen to my favorite tunes, I had to beg. At times, even I used to clean the house with music in the background blasting, and even the neighbors enjoyed the tunes. So, that for sure is the reason why our son became a guitar player and loves music.

When I had to place Freddie in an assisted facility, I came to a home possessed by silence.    Even though I wanted to have some quite time, this was painful because I had a feeling that the end was near.

He was my husband for 50 years, the one I used to dance with -- oh boy and he was a great dancer, he even won some dancing shoes in a TV program in Puerto Rico, comparable to “american band stand”.   He loved playing the conga and drums and entertain his guests at home.  He was a great host, and we were known for our home parties.  We surely had fun.

He was a great worker, winning many stars at Disney’s Planning Center, a job he greatly enjoyed and retired from with 15 years of service, wining the respect of his co-workers and supervisors.

As a father he was an example of responsibility.   Taking his son to the Bronx Zoo was a yearly tradition when summertime came, as it was going to the beach and to wrestling matches. As Tito grew, going to concerts and seeing him play was what made him happy.

Then came that little red-headed jewel called Vivi. She came into our lives and, because of the distance from Orlando to New York, we used to Skype, to take part in her growth.

Every weekend, boy! he looked  forward to those Sundays were we were called  grandma and grandpa and hear our granddaughter’s stories. Seeing her grow was his greatest joy, as well as seeing her drawings and the greeting cards she used to send us.

Freddie loved his brothers and was very proud of them, especially Golo, who had the same music talent as he did. He loved my brother since he first met him, and he will always be his “Carlitos”. He loved my family: Pilar, Sonia, Nestor, Miguel, Frank, cousins Wilma and Diana.

As you can imagine, the love of my life for 50 years, the one I promised to be there with in sickness and in health, is no longer with us, and our home is in silence now!

Oh boy! St Peter you better watch out!!! You now have the best members of the Rodriguez Rivera salsa group: Tio Julio in timbales, Walter in congas and Freddie in the drums.  There is no stopping them now. From here to eternity, they will be playing, and Heaven will be jamming. I will hear them for sure!

Therefore, in his honor and cherished memory, let the music play non-stop and let’s have a fiesta, and you are welcome to dance!

Love Ma 

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 5:00p until 7:00p at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:00 am.  

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to:
 St. Vincent de Paul, c/o St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings, Orlando FL 32808

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Frank Joseph Niemas, Jr.

Frank Joseph Niemas, Jr. of Orlando, Florida passed away on Saturday, November 19th 2022. He was 76. 

Frank was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 18th, 1946. He was the son of Frank and Teresa Niemas and younger brother of Terry Lasiewski. 

He grew up in HIllside, New Jersey and attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank received his Master’s degree at Florida Institute of Technology (now UCF). He worked at Martin Marietta now known as Lockheed Martin for over 30 years. Frank was a mechanical engineer. Arline referred to him as a rocket scientist, because he worked on control systems of missiles.

Frank met the love of his life on Valentine’s Day on a blind date. Frank and Arline both knew immediately that God had put them together. Frank used to say that it wasn’t by chance that they met, that it was God who placed them together.  Seven months later they were engaged and were married a year later. Frank and Arline were married at Sacred Heart Church in Carteret, New Jersey on July 11th, 1970. 

Frank and Arline made a life changing decision by moving to Orlando in 1972. They have resided in Orlando ever since. They were married for 52 years.

Frank was a kind, gentle, intelligent, and humorous man. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud papa, and special friend. Frank was a faithful man who inspired others by living his life. Frank was a devoted member of the Companions, a lay association of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He truly understood Precious Blood spirituality. His family meant the world to him. When he was able to, he was the first to get on the ground and play with his grandchildren. He had a fantastic sense of humor and had an amazing ability to draw you into his story only to find out he was pulling you into his joke. He only gave it away with a little smirk. Frank loved to sing loudly even if he didn’t know the words or the language. He had a tremendous love of trains. He had trains set up in his basement with his dad. He loved White Castles, history, and green Creme de Menthe. He enjoyed barbecuing for family and friends especially in his backyard. He loved the underdogs and especially the New York Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Frank is survived by his wife Arline, daughters Heather Niemas, Jennifer Gilbert (Scott), grandchildren, Lucas Niemas, Cole Niemas, Madeline Gilbert, Benjamin Gilbert, and Oliver Gilbert. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Teresa and his children, Frank and Mary, who were born too early. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home from 5-7 pm on Monday, November 28th. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 11 am. The address is: 834 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka 32703. There will be a reception immediately following the funeral at the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are invited to make a donation to Cornerstone Hospice.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Terrence "Terry" Coburn

    Our beloved Terrence “Terry” Coburn, went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2022. He was married to “his girl” Judy, the love of his life, for sixty years. He would tell everyone he knew that it was love at first sight. Terry was a tender, loving, and faithful husband. He was a father of two daughters: Kathy (husband Dan) and Julie (husband Brian).

    Terry was loved dearly by his six grandchildren: Kristina (husband Brandon), Jennifer (husband Scott), David, Andrew (wife Courtney), Amy (husband Brandon), and Kerri, as well as his great-grandson, Jonathan. He was a constant and devoted presence in their lives and deeply proud of each one of them. Family was a priority second only to his relationship with Christ.

     Terry and Judy split time between their cottage in Pentwater, Michigan and condo in Sarasota, Florida after his retirement from a career in mathematics education. While in Pentwater, he spent many hours in the Pentwater Artisan Learning Center to conduct woodworking projects. The cottage is filled with his hand-made furniture and built-ins. He played golf weekly with the Tuesday Men’s League that he organized, and he proudly flew his Michigan Wolverines flag every football Saturday. Terry and Judy attended Pentwater Baptist Church, where they attended Sunday service and participated in small groups during the summer months.

    In Sarasota, Terry enjoyed time spent with friends at the Heritage Oaks Country Club. He played golf, went on dinner and movie dates with Judy and friends, and enjoyed the warm Florida winters. Terry and Judy were involved with Sarasota Baptist Church, where they attended Sunday service and participated in small groups during the winter months.

    Terry was a life-long learner, a wonderful storyteller, and he had a quick-witted sense of humor. Time spent with Terry was always complete with thoughtful conversation and insights. When delivering one of his classic jokes, he often struggled to hold back a chuckle or two before delivering the punchline. This only added to the joy and laughter that he loved bringing to those around him.

    As Terry aged, he found much joy in hearing old Christian hymns because of the powerful words that touched his soul. He sang many of them until his very end. During his life and throughout his final days, he told everyone he could that he was not afraid to die because of the assurance of salvation he had in Christ Jesus his Lord.

    Terry enjoyed discussions and books about Heaven, and he lived in anticipation of meeting his Savior face-to-face. He had a deep faith in Jesus, and he was inspired by Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Ever the mathematician, Terry would tell you that this verse marks the exact center of the Bible.

    Terry’s life was marked by service and generosity towards others and towards the Lord. That’s why in lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that any gifts be made as donations to his granddaughter Kristina’s non-profit, Victory Road Co. to honor Terry’s life. Victory Road Co. exists to Serve Those Who Serve by equipping missionaries and organizations for service.

    All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at or by check (made out to Victory Road Co. and mailed to 11713 S. Victory Road, Haven, KS 67543).

    The family is planning a memorial service for Terry, to be held on a date to be determined in Pentwater during the Summer of 2023.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Roger Fred Hurlburt

Roger Fred Hurlburt was born to Fred and Minnie Hurlburt on September 11th, 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Roger was the youngest brother to three sisters, Ruth, Alice, and Lamar. After graduating high school, Roger enlisted into the United States Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Following his tour overseas, Roger left the Navy and used his expertise in Information Technology to manage some of the earliest computer systems at General Electric. During his time at GE, Roger attended night school at the University of Cincinnati (Go Bearcats!) where he graduated with a degree in accounting.

Roger met the love of his life, Dana Lynn Hurlburt, at a singles event at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He courted Dana for two years, and they wed on May 24th, 1980. Roger cherished his new role as a father to Dana’s young daughter, Devyn. Three years later Roger and Dana began their adoption journey and welcomed Caleb, Sylvia, and Benjamin to their loving family.  

Throughout his career, Roger prioritized his family above all else, taking on various positions to ensure the family was well provided. He worked his way through part time jobs, night shift work, and moved his family to Orlando, FL in search of greater opportunities. All the while, he remained strong and steadfast in the plan that he knew God had for his life. He finally received his retirement from the City of Kissimmee after working as an accountant for ten years.

Roger’s core values centered around his faith and his family. His faith and love for Jesus Christ guided him throughout his life since an early age. Roger toured as a gospel singer with his band, The Crownsmen, and volunteered as lead drummer for the praise team at his church. During the COVID shutdown when Roger could no longer attend church in person, he still maintained his passion to serve the Lord, volunteering as an online host for First Baptist of Orlando.  

Roger Hurlburt went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 12th, 2022 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Dana, his daughter Sylvia, and his sons Caleb and Benji. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly donate to Tunnels to Towers, a charity that benefits families of first responders and veterans who were either injured or killed in the line of duty. As a volunteer firefighter, this was Roger’s favorite charity of which he was a regular supporter. Donations can be made at 

A memorial service will be held at  Dobbs Funeral Home on Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 1:00 pm.


Don Donner Carter

Don Donner Carter the Artist, husband and amazing friend and father! Don settled in Central Florida back in the early 70’s. He relocated from New Jersey with his wife and young son Chad to start a new life and career. Soon after they settled in – along came their baby girl Danielle.  In 1979 Don moved into Wekiva, in a ‘edge of woods’ lodge style home, where he would remain for the rest of his days. His new town work career began with Fry Hammond & Barr -where he remained for the next 27 years.   In 1990 he met his wife, Theresa. They did not get married until 2005 at his now or never request!  Their interest in love of water, enjoying each other and giving one another enough space to do what made them happy – secured their relationship to the end.

Don’s favorite pastime was anything to do with water and spending time together. He loved fishing and his boat or turning a pile of wood into a fabulous 3-tiered deck or a studio which would become his home away from home! He also had his fair share of fun and fast cars.  Around 2002 Don retired from FHB and became a Film/Video/Print consultant. He loved that freedom and continued for the next 5 years.  Somewhere along the way Don turned his love and passion for his love for boating and the water, into an a real-time work of art.  Without any formal training, Don had it naturally in his heart and in his eyes to create the most incredible, ‘come to life’ boat Replicas that you only would experience and get to see in a historical museum.  He loved history and was an avid reader. Once he figured out he could build these masterpieces, we would lose him for days and weeks while he toiled away on one boat after the other. What drove him more than the construction was the reason for their existence. He wanted to preserve the nautical history that he studied passionately and became so endeared to. Don made it known he built his fleet of boats with no intention of selling them – he was connected to every single one of them.

From 2005 to 2015 Don was proud to bring his fleet to life at Art shows from Winter Park to Bar Harbor, Maine. I remained his first mate as we made our way from show to show. As life was passing on, Don knew when he was losing his knack and quietly stopped making his way to the studio to bring to life another boat on his list.  For the last 7 years we managed our way through navigating his best health. He was such a trooper and willing to do whatever it took to beat any odds that may have come our way.

Moving into our life journey, Donner was the consummate and willing participant in paving a path of best health for his best life. Don maintained his class, style, dignity, and a glowing gentle soul – no matter how puzzling life became. He will remain in so many hearts for many years to come.  He is survived by his wife Theresa Carter, brother Richard Cater, his son Chad Carter, his wife Julie and daughter Isabelle, Danielle Vogel his daughter, Eric her husband and their 2 sons Austin and Jake. 

 A memorial service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, located at 526 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Antonio Lopez

In loving memory of Antonio Lopez who has passed in his sleep on November 6, 2022 at the age of 78 years old. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. 

He was blessed with a large family and is survived by his wife of 48 years, Balbina Lopez. His children Guadalupe, Rosa, Isabel, Rosaura, Antonio, Zoraida, George and Alex. His siblings Samuel, Nicolas, Leorino, Florentino, Manuel, Alfonso, Juanita, Santiaga and Juana. He is also survived by 18 grand children and 25 great grand children. 

Visitation will be held for him at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 1:00 pm  until 3:00 pm followed by the funeral mass at 3:00 pm with Deacon Spencer Silvers officiating.


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Martin "Marty" Kreppein

Martin "Marty" Kreppein, age 70, of Orlando, FL passed away Friday, October 14th, 2022 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  He was born in Richmond Hill, NY, the son of the late Mary (Devine)  and Gustave  Kreppein and was employed as a mason with New York City Transit.

He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School where he was a track star, holding many records for generations, some only to be broken by his own grandson.  He could possibly still hold one record.  This is a legacy he was very proud of.

Marty was a very devoted Catholic and loved praying for others and feeding the poor and homeless.  He devoted many years of his life researching and writing a screenplay about the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, "Padre Pio".  He was a Benedictine oblate  lay brother.  Outside of religious devotions, Marty was known for his love of Coca-Cola, The New York Yankees, Harry  Potter and watching movies.

Martin is survived by and leaves to cherish his memory, four daughters, Melanie Luck, Jill Kreppein, Theresa Kreppein, Bridget Kreppein; three sons Scott Kreppein, Joseph Kreppein, Michael Kreppein;  two sisters Julie Wissell,  Mary Ingrassia; two brothers Richard Kreppein, Thomas Kreppein and  16 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother Michael and his son Jonathan.

Public Viewing was held on Friday, October 21st, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL . The funeral mass was held Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 at Sacred Heart Traditional Catholic Church in Orlando, FL  with Reverend Jonathan E. Derrington officiating.  His final resting place is on the grounds of the church.

The family asks that you keep him in your prayers and continue to pray for the living and the dead.  They ask Catholics to say a rosary in his name and to remember him at Mass.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Arnold Gopaul


July 24, 1959 - October 21, 2022

It is with great love and sadness that our family share in the sudden passing of our dear son, husband, brother, and uncle. Arnold died peacefully at Health Central hospital. He was 63 years old.  He was predeceased by his father Ivan. He leaves to mourn his mother Amy, his brother Samuel (Sita Carol), brother Daniel (Ann), sister Rosana (Danny), and his wife Parbattie Bissoon.  He also leaves to mourn his sons Shanell, Simon and Leon. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his grandchildren. He was an uncle to Samuel Jr., Samantha, Joel, Nathaniel, Jessica, Lucanus, Rhea.

Arnold was known to be a loving and caring person. He was loved by all who knew him.  It’s such a blessing to know that although he closed his eyes on earth, he opened them in heaven. God has him in his arms and we have him in our hearts.

A viewing will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida on Thursday 27th October, from 10AM to 12 noon followed by a Lutheran Service then to Orlando Memorial Gardens for burial.  

Rest In Peace. Fly High my Friend

Mildred “Tootsie” L. Calhoun went to be with the lord peacefully in the early morning hours of October 24, 2022 at the age of 84 years young. 

In addition to her parents, Mildred is now reunited with her siblings, James Edge Jr., Wayne Edge, Sue Edge and Avery Edge; preceded in death daughter Patricia Anderson and son Jeffery Scott.   Mildred leaves behind to cherish her memory, (sisters) Elaine Martin, Janice Driggers, Lynn Reagan, (children) Lisa Castelli, Hershel Scott Sr., Sherry Sawyer, and Valerie Shaffer and their respective spouses. She also survived by her 9 grandchildren; followed by 15 beloved great grandchildren. 

“Tootsie” as many called her, was a remarkable woman who brought love and happiness to so many. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a true friend that will be dearly missed but always remembered. 

“Gods garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best”.

The family will be receiving friends at 9:45am on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 10:00am at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL with Preacher Rosewell Chapmen officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Lake Hill Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Hazel Marie Howell Bass

Hazel Marie Howell Bass, 91 of Ocoee, Florida went on to be with the Lord on October 23, 2022. She was born March 19, 1931 in Cascilla, Mississippi. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by: Jesse and Eva Franklin (Parents), Curtis Dewitt Howell (Husband), Sandra Carter (Daughter) and Danny Howell (Son) She was survived by her children: Curtis (Marie) Howell, Ricky (Linda) Howell, Mark (Kathy) Howell and Jerie Carter (Son-in-law). Grandchildren: Carla Dunn, Cindy (John) Shank, Amanda (Drew) Peyton, Rebecca (Lloyd) Howell, Melissa (Timmy) Tilman, Curtis (Courtney) Howell, Kimberly (Danny) Motes, Kelley Hudson, Scott (Erin) Howell, Angie (Phil) Massey, Billy (Kayla) Carter, Lisa (Danny) Cyr and John (Jaime) Mercer. Forty-three great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.

She found great love and joy being a member of the West Orange Park Community Church, where she was the last surviving original member of the church as well as the treasurer and pianist.  She loved to spend time with her family, singing gospel and playing musical instruments.

Services will be held on Friday October 28,2022 at 10am:

West Orange Park Community Church

9929 Lake Meadow Road

Apopka, FL 32703

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

JoAnne Wood Jacobs

Jo Anne Wood Jacobs of Orlando, FL passed away in the early morning of October 24, 2022 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.  She was born November 15,1936 to the Late Nancy and Samuel Wood of Rock Castle - Goochland, VA.  Jo Anne had an older brother, Dowell T. Wood (deceased) and a younger brother, Samuel M. Wood (deceased).  She was a devoted wife to the late Reuben "Jake" Jacobs and survived by her three children, sons Reuben "Buddy" Jacobs Jr. Eli Jacobs and daughter Nancy Jo Jacobs.

Jo Anne was a golf enthusiast to say the least.  She was an upstanding member of West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden, FL for over 35 years.  Jo Anne was also a long-time member of the Greater Orlando Orchid Society and grew hundreds of various varieties of orchids at her home in Orlando.

Jo Anne will be laid to rest on Sunday October 30, 2022 alongside her mother, father and brother at Smyrna Baptist Church 1470 Rock Castle Rd. Goochland, VA 23063. A viewing will take place at the church at 1:00pm with interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations to Smyrna Baptist Church.

Robert Eugene Deal

Robert Eugene Deal, age 76, passed away at the Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL on October 20, 2022 at 4:45pm with family by his side. He was born on June 5,1946 to Carl Deal and Marjorie Pauline Henry in Lima, OH.

On September 7, 1972 he married Lenita Mellano at the US Embassy in the Philippines while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Navy (1969-1973) during the Vietnam war. Robert attended firefighting school, Assault Boat Coxswain School,  and the National Training Center for seaman, Petty Officer 3&2 class, Boatswain Mate 3&2. He was also trained in minelayers as an E-4, E-5.  He earned the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. 

 He was a loving husband of 50 years, a father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Robert is survived by his wife, Lenita; 2 sons: Richard and Rizalde “Steve” Mellano (wife Shannon); 5 grandchildren: Miles (Ruth Anne), Mason (Shelby), Mitchell (Cheyenne), Mamie (Bryce), Shyanne (fiancé Wyatt); and 4 great-grandchildren: Oliver, Felicity, Henry, Audrey; sister, Janice Henderson, as well as nieces and nephews. He  was preceded in death by his son (Robert Deal, Jr.), his parents, brother (Jim), and sister (Phyllis). 

Services will be provided by Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 3-6 pm.  Viewing  is scheduled for 3pm-4:45pm; Memorial service will immediately follow. The address for the service is 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL 32811.  The service will also be on Facebook live, at 4:30pm. 

In lieu of flowers, there will be a drop box for donations in Robert’s honor to the organization, Semper Fi & America’s Fund.  If you cannot attend the service, please send donations to:  825 College Boulevard, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.

Stephen "Steve" Robert Erwin

Steve Erwin, 79, of Winter Springs, Florida passed away on October 19, 2022, of natural causes.  He was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 13, 1943, son of Bill Erwin and Virginia Erwin. Steve graduated from Eastmoor High School in 1961, earned a degree from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1965, and pursued a successful career as a commercial artist and illustrator.  Steve was involved in creative endeavors throughout his life including painting, sculpting, writing, and photography. Following his retirement and relocation to Winter Springs, he remained active in the Central Florida arts scene. Steve freely gave his time and talents to various civic and cultural organizations including The Kerouac Project of Orlando, The Lake Mary Museum, Orlando Downtown Arts District, The Orlando Fringe, St. Richard’s Winter Park Episcopal Church, Columbus Folk Music Society, Westerville Progressive Alliance, The Shamrock Club and various Irish-American groups.

Steve is survived by his wife, Marilyn Erwin, his son Robb (Brenda) Erwin, son Ryan (Brandi) Erwin, and daughter Corrie (Kevin) Wassum. He is also survived by two siblings, Tom (Ilona) Erwin and Jean (Robert) Toda, four grandchildren, and twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Johnny Erwin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Stephen Robert Erwin to the Columbus College of Art & Design General Scholarship Fund at or Columbus College of Art & Design Development Office, 107 N. 9th St. Columbus, OH 43215.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Essie D. Word

Essie D. Word, 81, of Pine Hills, Florida passed away Thursday, October 6th, 2022.  She was born in Maryville, Tennessee the daughter of the late Lela (Hurst)  and Walter B. Dykes and was a homemaker.

Essie leaves to cherish her memory, sons Billy, Timmy and Rusty Word of Orlando; sisters and brothers in Tennessee along with numerous grandchildren and other relatives in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

The graveside service was held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm.

The Lord is my Shepherd,  I shall not want. He maketh me lie down

 in green pastures;  He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul, 

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk

 through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil; 

for Thou art with me,  thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the  presence of mine enemies; thou anointest

 my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

 all the days of my life; and I will dwell in  the  house of the Lord forever.

-Psalm 23

Monday, October 10, 2022

Basdaiya Persaud

Basdaiya Persaud, age 90, of Orlando, FL,  passed away on Friday, October 7th, 2022 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana,  the daughter of the late Somaria (Persaud)  and Lil  Maraj and was a homemaker.

Basdaiya is  survived by her daughter Deokie Hansraj of Orlando; two sons Onkar Persaud, of Orlando, Navendra Persaud of Queens, NY; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. 

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, followed by the funeral service on Thursday, October 13th, 2022 from 6:30 am until 8:30 am.  Interment will follow the service at 9:00 am on Thursday morning at Metro Crematory.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Lucy Weisenberger Newton

Lucy W. Newton passed away on October 6, 2022.  She was born March 20, 1929 in the Panama Canal Zone.  She grew up in Fort Benning Georgia, met her husband Walter C. Newton (Newt 1930 - 2005) in Bradenton Florida.  They were married in Presque Isle, Maine in 1953 and lived in 20 different homes in their first 19 years of marriage, including multiple tours in Japan.  Throughout her marriage Lucy was a school teacher.  She taught 4th and 5th grade for roughly 20 years in the North Syracuse Central School District in Cicero, NY where she also generated curriculum for the district.  After retirement, they settled in Punta Gorda, Florida where Lucy served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in multiple callings including Relief Society President.  She also served a mission with her husband, Newt, in Arcadia, Florida.  For many years, Lucy was a temple worker in the Orlando Florida Temple and would travel from Punta Gorda to Orlando each Thursday to serve.  She was also a member of the Isles Yacht Club, the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, and the Noyac Civic Association in New York.  Though an accomplished educator and active volunteer, Lucy’s priorities were her husband and her children Bob (Nannette), Sherry (Lee) & Hal (Theresa), as well as, her grandchildren Amanda, Brittney, Hunter, Trevor, Dolan, Amy, Bobby, & Sarah, and her great grandchildren Oliver, Gabriel, & Benjamin.  She was devoted to her husband of nearly 52 years and a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  To her grandchildren she will always be known as Duckie!


The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 3001 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, FL .

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Simon August Sorvillo

Simon August Sorvillo, age 23, of Orlando, FL passed away Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. He was born in Orlando, FL on November 19, 1998, and was recent graduate of Florida State University.

Simon leaves his parents, Robert and Erin Sorvillo and his older brother and best friend Cole, to cherish his memory. Often known as the life of the party, he lit up a room with his big personality, great sense of humor, and his deep dimpled smile.  He was a great listener, a hard worker, was nonjudgmental, and had such a kind heart he would give you the shirt off his back. He overcame so many challenges in his brief time on earth and made an indelible imprint on our hearts that will last forever. He will be greatly missed and while we are heartbroken, we are not without hope.  We know he is at peace with our Lord and Savior. A source of comfort for his family is that his mother found a scripture card she had sent him a couple years prior, and it read “Therefore if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Rest in peace our precious Simon.  We will never forget you!

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2022, at 6PM at Grace Church in Orlando, FL. Grace Church is located at 2300 Pembrook Dr, Orlando FL 32810 and a reception will be held immediately following the service.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tadrina Lesha Dort

Tadrina Lesha Dort, age 24, of Orlando, FL passed away Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 at Orlando Regional Medical Center.   She was born in Orlando, the daughter of Althea Amanda (Chenault), of Orlando, FL 32805 and Marcksen Dort also of Orlando, Tadrina was a CNA student.

In addition to her parents, Tadrina leaves to cherish her memory daughters Jaliah Sessions; Jamaria Sessions; four sisters, Laquanda Beacham, Megan Dort,  Gerdina Dort, Naomika Dort; four brothers, Trane Chenault, Joseph Robinson, Marc Dort,  and Remarcson Dort, all of Orlando, and her significant other Joe Williams.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home at 9:30 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am with Rev. Marckson Noel officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Nathaniel I. (Bob) Burkett

Nathaniel I. (Bob) Burkett went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 13, 2022. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alma Thompson Burkett, his son Bob (Arlene) Burkett, daughter Cindy (Bob) Hutchison, and daughter-in-law Natalie Burkett. He is predeceased by his son Bill Burkett and his sister Frankie Bassett. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Martha (Jason) Brackett, Robert (Courtney) Hutchison, Brad (Hiromi) Burkett, Mary (Michael) Veira, Amy (Brad) Ruhmann, Angela (Tim) Young, Daniel Hutchison, Rebecca (Anthony) Tisci, Sara Beth (Hunter) Bryant, Anna Burkett, and Will Burkett. He was blessed with 13 great grandchildren. Madilyn, Jameson, Ashlyn, Brody, Joseph, Bryson, Ansley, Noah T., Stephen, Rachel, Nathaniel, Noah B., and Leah. A new great grandson, Colton is expected in January.

Bob was born on November 25, 1932 in Laurel Hill, Florida to J.D. Burkett and Claudie Mae Hodge Burkett. Sadly, his father passed away when he was only one year old. His childhood was spent in Florala, AL; Mobile, AL; and Pascagoula, MS. Upon graduating from Pascagoula High School, he moved to Childersburg, AL with his mother, sister, and step-father. In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and eventually was stationed in Orlando where he served the remainder of his duty and met the love of his life, Alma. They married on April 16, 1954.

In 1957, shortly after his discharge from the Air Force, he began his career with Publix. As Publix expanded, Bob was transferred to south Florida where he was assistant manager in Lighthouse Point and then in Coral Ridge. In 1961 he was promoted to manager of a brand new store in Boca Raton and then to West Palm Beach. He worked his way up through the retail side of the business and retired as a Regional Director of Retail Operations in the Miami Division in 1995.

Bob’s faith in God was central to his life. As a young boy, he and his mother walked to a revival “tent meeting” and that is where he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He then recommitted his life to Christ in his early adult life at a revival in Orlando. At that time, he and Alma committed to tithing and have been faithful servants ever since. Bob and Alma raised their three children in West Palm Beach where they were members of Haverhill Baptist Church for many years. While living in Boca Raton, they were active members of Bible Town/Boca Raton Community Church. Upon retiring, Bob and Alma moved back to the Orlando area and joined First Baptist Church Orlando. An important part of Bob’s life was serving in the church. Participating on various committees, ushering, serving as a deacon and teller, and helping in the widow ministry are just a few examples of how Bob desired to honor the Lord by actively engaging in church community. God honored his faithfulness and Bob lived a very blessed life. His life verse was 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Bob loved his wife and treasured Alma as a gift from God. He loved his family and when he wasn’t working, they were who he desired to be with. Above all, he loved the Lord and desired all to know Jesus as Savior. Bob was a man of great character - honest, a hard worker, reliable, compassionate, and generous. He prayed faithfully for his family and friends. He could always be counted on and was a wise counsel to many. He was a tenacious problem solver, a perfectionist, and a wonderful handyman. He was a devoted fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. As an avid golfer, he truly enjoyed his Thursday golf with friends. 

Bob 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. Bob 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." 

The celebration of Bob’s life is Friday, September 23rd at 1:00pm in Henry Chapel, First Baptist Church Orlando with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given in memory of Bob Burkett to First Baptist Church Orlando - Grace Ministry or Florida Baptist Children’s Home Lakeland (