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.