Thursday, December 28, 2023

Carol A. Filicky

Carol A. Filicky 84, formerly of Johnstown, PA  went to be with the Lord on December 24, 2023. Born July 21, 1939 in Johnstown, PA. and lived in Orlando, FL for the past 43 years.

Preceeded in death by mother, Bertha (Koval) Balicki and son, Robert Filicky.   Survived by daughter Diane Filicky, grandsons Josh and Michael Telleria, and great grandchildren Mia and Elijah Telleria. All of Orlando. 

Former member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Johnstown, PA  and  member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Orlando, FL.

Carol had a big heart. A great personality and sense of humor with an infectious laugh. A very loving, caring and strong mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

A Religious Service will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North Kirkman Road Orlando, FL. Carol will then be flown home to Johnstown, PA where Francis G. Ozog  Funeral Home will receive her and have a mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with interment at Grandview Cemetery.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Mercedes Sanchez


Mercedes Fatima Sanchez, age 69, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many, suddenly went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2023. Mercedes was born in 1954 in Ecuador, where she migrated to the United States with her family as a teenager. As a teenager, Mercedes learned to sew and made a career as a seamstress. In addition, she had many talents, such as baking beautiful cakes, beautician/barber and nutritionist, and cooking excellent meals, including crocheting. However, Mercedes's most crucial role was as a Warrior of God in her 20s. In her later years, she disciple others to strengthen their walk with The Lord. Mercedes was a servant of God with a substantial serving heart. While in this temporal world, she served anyone in need without hesitation and always gave the best advice.   

Mercedes is survived by her three children, Maryuri, Christian, and Virginia; three brothers, Carlos, Hector, and Alberto; a sister, Patricia; 12 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Mercedes was predeceased by her parents, Vicente and Blanca Sanchez, her sister, Sonnia, and her son, Jose. 

"We know we can't have you here with us, but we're happy knowing you are in our Savior's arms with Abuelito and Abuelita, Titi Sonnia and our Brother Joey."

Friday, December 22, 2023

Bobby Joel Clinton


Bobby Joel Clinton, 70 years old born on July 6, 1953 in Orlando, Florida, passed on Tuesday December 19, 2023, at 6:55 PM. He was the first of five children of Joel and Dorothy Clinton. After school he enlisted in the Air Force in which he was Honorable Discharge with the rank of Sergeant. He did various of jobs including Auto mechanic and welder but was retired at time of death.

He is survived by his wife Nimfa Clinton of Orlando, Florida. Daughter Cynthia Clinton, Florida. 2 sons Ira James Quirante Clinton, of Katy, Texas and Cody Allen Quirante Clinton, of Orlando, Florida. Brothers: David Clinton of Georgia, Lewis Clinton of Tennessee. Sisters: Susan Mixon and Cathy Gillingham both of Orlando, Florida. Four grandchildren, five nephews, two nieces, one great-nephew and two great-niece.

Viewing is at Dobbs Funeral Home at 9 AM on December 23, 2023 with service following at 10 AM.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Ida Lindsey Brown


Ida Lindsey Brown was born January 5, 1935 in Hanbury district Manchester Jamaica, West Indies, Ida died December 4, 2023 in Orlando, Florida 1 of 5 children to Julia and James Thomas Ida, attended new green primary school in Manchester after leaving primary school Ida went to a dress making school and became a seamstress, she made clothing for men, women, and children. I’d loves to cook, curried goat oxtails, and Favorite was fried dumplings. Family and friends. Love her cooking. She met and Mary, James Brown, James, and Ida migrated to New York in 1969 James and I retired and moved to Florida in 1995 Idaho had two stepchildren, one who proceeded her home later husband James proceeded her home to heaven. Ida was survived by her sister, Dotland Richardson, and Brother, Frederick Thomas. I had left behind nieces and nephews in Jamaica, United States, and Canada.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Andrew Neumayer

 Andrew Neumayer, affectionately known as “Andy”, was called home by his Lord and Savior on November 19, 2023. Andy was bon on April 3, 1955. He was a beloved husband to his wife, Linda Neumayer.  An avid lover of golf and football while he enjoyed cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, the Miami Dolphins, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the University of Miami. His favorite activities were with his wife traveling together, playing golf, watching football, Hallmark Movies, planning fun snacks and meals together. He loved animals, especially Bogie their dog.

Andy worked for 20 years as a Senior Assembler at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida. Andy was very dedicated to his job and proud of the work he did.  

Along his journey he found the deepest and most meaningful relationship in his life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 2, 2003. He became the source of his life, the power of his personal transformation, and the core message he shared with others. He had scripture printed on golf tees and markers and would leave them on the golf course so others would pick them up hopefully feeling the love of God that Andy felt.

Andy was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Francis Neumayer. He is survived by mother, Marjorie Neumayer, wife Linda Neumayer, daughter Amanda Goldstein (Morgan), brother Jim (Eileen) Neumayer, sister Cindy Dewey, sister Dr. Leigh Neumayer (Dr. David Bull), sister Patty Neumayer (Bret Reid), Matthew (Jennifer) Neumayer, mother-in-law Lorraine Kossen, stepchildren Karen (Chad), John, Wendy, Michael (Allison), Victoria (James) and 2 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 2 step great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on December 2, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Orlando in Marie Williams Chapel, 3000 South John Young Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32805. A light reception will follow. 

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Gennifer Woods

 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. - Numbers 6:24-26

Born July 25, 1976,  in Los Angeles, California Hospital a baby girl, Gennifer Rondel Woods, was born, and greeted by Nelquian Woods, (mother), Ronald Woods, (deceased father), Natalie Woods, (sister).

Gennifer was raised and schooled in Inglewood, California.  Upon completion of her schooling, because of her love of dealing with the public, Gennifer began a career in Marketing.

Gennifer always had a loving spirit,  and because of  Gennifer's loving spirit Gennifer's, grandmother, (Mercie Dee Williams), created her special name for, Gennifer Rose.   Gennifer was also given a special name by her mom "my Little Songbird". because Gennifer really loved singing and was blessed with a  super Voice.  Along with Gennifer's beautiful voice, she had an infectious smile and laugh, which pleased many.

On November 20, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, Gennifer passed and joined her heavenly father to dwell in God's heavenly realm.

She leaves behind a host of loving family members and friends,  Nelquian Woods (mother), Natalie Brown, (sister), Oneil, (brother-in-law), a host of loving Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Nephew.

Graveside services will be held at Orlando Memorial Gardens on Thursday November 30th, 2023 at 12:00pm.  

My heavenly father, I come before you

with a heart full of love and concern for

my daughter, I entrust her to you, provide your

loving care and ask for your divine protection

to surround and guard her against all harm seen

and unseen


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Robert V. Sharkey


In loving memory of Robert V. Sharkey, born on November 13, 1932, and peacefully passed away on November 12, 2023. A devoted husband to the late Wanda June Norton (2013), Robert shared 58 remarkable years with her.

Robert's legacy extends beyond his personal life, as he dedicated two decades of honorable service to the United States Air Force. Alongside his beloved wife, he co-owned and operated Universal Entertainment until their retirement in 1998.

A man of diverse passions, Robert found joy in exploring the world and had an unwavering love for music. His vibrant spirit touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting impact.

Robert is survived by four children, (Danette Sharkey McMichen. s. Rocky McMichen ) (Jennifer Sharkey Buscemi s. Michael Buscemi) ( Trina Sharkey Day s. Michael Day) (James R Sharkey s. Valerie Ziegler Sharkey ) nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren, sister Janet Slason and brother Dan Sharkey and many nieces and nephews.  Robert also leaves behind his late in life companion for the past 10 years, Elsa Wormald.  His family, friends, and all who knew him will forever cherish the memories of a remarkable individual who lived a life of service, love, and adventure.

May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched.

Service Information:

Friday, November 17, 2023

Viewing 11:00 - 12:00

Service: 12:00pm 

Graveside Service:  Following @ Dr. Phillips Cemetery  

Dobbs Funeral Home

430 North Kirkman Road

Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 578-7720

Daniel Marc

Mr. Daniel Marc was born on October 20, 1938 in Porta Pay Haiti to his loving parents. He received his formal education and afterwards traveled the world.

Daniels life journey began in the Bahamas raising (5) beautiful children: Jefford, Natile, Evon, Elenor and Daniel Jr. with Gertrude Rolle.

His journey continued as he later moved to Miami, Florida where he became a porter for many years. He was also a security guard for Disney for many years before retiring.

He touched the lives of many and loved being around his grandchildren, other family and friends. He was a devout Christian, a strong believer in Jesus Christ, a great father, grandfather, uncle, friend, servant of the lord.

the angels were dispatched on Monday, November 6, 2023 to carry Daniel to be with the lord in eternity. the lonely days and sleepless nights have now passed, for his soul has found rest and peace at last.

Daniel was preceded in death by: Daughters Elenor Mack and Evon Rolle and son Jefford Rolle.

He leaves behind to cherish fond memories: son Daniel Marc Jr. (Reshila) of Tallahassee, Fl., Daughter Natalie Rolle of the Bahamas, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing and service are set to take place November 18, 2023 at Faith Creations Fellowship, located at 4161 N Powers Drive, Orlando, FL, 32818.

Viewing 11AM

Service 12PM

Interment 1:30PM at Orlando Memorial Gardens

Friday, November 10, 2023

Raymond Anderson


Raymond L. Anderson 3rd was born on August 2nd, 1963, in Quincy Florida.

He had 12 brothers and sisters, and he was the 9th child, to Raymond & Naomi Anderson Jr.

Raymond leaves to mourn a faithful & dedicated wife Joy Anderson, Princess (his special doggy daughter)

3 sisters Louvon Roberson, Katrina Anderson, Karen Anderson,

brothers David Anderson, Lonzo Anderson (Theresa} Lonnie Anderson (Valeta), Tony Anderson (Dana), Kenneth Anderson (Be􀀁na), Russell Anderson.

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, & other relatives mourning friends Proceeded him death

Brother Ike Hearns & Sister Maggie Anderson

Special Dog (son) Romeo

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Erika Lynn Ford

Erika Lynn Ford, 24, of Orlando, FL passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 1st, at her residence.

Erika was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois on August 2, 1999, a daughter of Jennifer and Fred Ford, of Orland Hills, IL.

After graduating from Carl Sandburg High School in 2017, she worked in healthcare. She later moved to Orlando, FL, where she worked as an Electrician Apprentice.

In her free time, Erika enjoyed the sunshine of Florida, going to the beach, and playing golf.

Erika is survived by her parents Fred & Jennifer Ford. Erika is also survived by a brother, Matthew Ford, of Urbana, Illinois, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 8th with Dobbs Funeral Home at St. Andrews Catholic Church at 801 N. Hastings St, Orlando, FL with St. Andrews and Father Leo officiating.

She will then be flown to Illinois where Colonial Chapel Funeral Home will receive her and do an interment at Fairmont Willow Hills Memorial Park, 9100 Archer Ave, Willow Springs, IL.

The family requests donations to NAMI Greater Orlando, a cause that both Erika and the family felt strongly about.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Joyce E. Thompson


Thompson, Joyce E. 82, was called home by her Lord and Savior on October 31, 2023 at 11:49 PM.  She died peacefully in her home located in Orlando, Florida.  She was born to Otto and Maggie Aue in Muskegon, Michigan on March 20, 1941.  She was the youngest of four sisters who grew up in a little white house with a farm in the back that her father loved working in.  

Joyce was involved in the 4H Club and worked for Surfine Foods until moving to Florida back in the 70's with her family.  Joyce worked for many years as a Loan Officer and then went on to become a Travel Agent, where she was able to travel all over the world.  She was the type of mother that was always helping with homework, running to the store at the last minute for school supplies, involved in Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts, and always made fabulous meals every night. She brought her children up in the church and to know the Lord. Church was an important part of her life and if she couldn't make a service, she would have Bible study at home with her family.  Simply put - Joyce sacrificed everything for her family and went beyond the call for her family and friends.  There is nothing she wouldn't do to help others.  When she did have spare time, she liked doing ceramics, sewing, gathering shells at the beach and going to the library.  One of the things her family will miss the most is her Sunday family dinner and smelling the roast cooking in the oven, to be followed by everyone gathering around the dinner table eating, talking, laughing, and enjoying each other's company.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Otto and Maggie Aue, Lawrence Thompson (husband), and sisters, Mabel Cain, Edith Hull, and Doris Taylor.  She is survived by Victor Bird (former husband), James Ogaz (son-in-law), Kristi Ogaz (daughter), Jeff Bird (son), Richard Hicks (grandson), Robert Ogaz (grandson), Elaine Bird (granddaughter), and Angela Bird (granddaughter).

A memorial service will be held at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church on November 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM.  The address is 2101 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida 32835.    

Quinton Dominic Buchanan

 Quinton Dominic Buchanan
Adored son, brother and friend 

Quinton died at the age of 29 on October 30, 2023 as a result of an auto accident. Quinton was born in Orlando, Florida on November 22, 1993, the fifth child to Basil Shawn Buchanan and Patricia Ann Buchanan. Quinton has four older sisters who he loved endlessly and who cherish him.

It is not possible to summarize Q, who was such a funny, charming and handsome man. He had very strong emotions and loved fiercely. Quinton had a perfect smile. He brought people together and made friends everywhere he went.

His remaining family, looking forward to reuniting with him in Heaven, includes his father Basil Shawn Buchanan, his mother Patricia A McDuffie and stepfather Jesse McDuffie, his four sisters - Lauren Buchanan Casey, Lindsey Buchanan, Lacey Auston and Leah                                                   Buchanan, his four brothers-in-law, his five nieces and his two                                                       nephews.

A service is scheduled for 11:00AM, Saturday, November 4th, 2023 at Family Chapel, 436 Oakdale St., Windermere, FL 34786.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Christman Moore


Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Christman Moore

6/11/1948 – 10/22/2023

            Once upon a time there was a skinny little blonde girl from Mississippi with the sweetest smile and the prettiest blue eyes.  Dottie grew up in New Holland (Gainesville), GA and later in West Caldwell, New Jersey. There, she was close to the big city, and loved everything NY, from the newspapers, which she read religiously, to her beloved Yankees.  She was devastated when her family moved back to Georgia, but she soon adapted to a different lifestyle in Atlanta.  She went to boarding school at St. Catherine’s in Virginia and made several lifelong friends.  There are numerous stories about her practical jokes at St. Catherine’s – like putting Saran wrap on the house Mother’s toilet seat, setting alarm clocks in the other girls’ rooms for all hours of the night, several cafeteria pranks, and many others.  In 1965 she was invited to spend the summer with one of her West Caldwell friends’ families in Egypt. She had so many stories from that experience that when her nephew Ben asked her for details, she wrote him a book – “Memories of Egypt”.

            After HS, Dottie graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in French Literature, which she often told people did her zero good in finding a job. Her language skills, musical talents and interests were varied, and she was never afraid to try new things.  She played the piano, guitar and banjo, on which she accompanied her sister and cousin when they performed as a singing group - mostly at local hotels for as much Blue Nun wine as they could drink.  Later, when she finally got serious about working, she joined Western Electric and became an auditor in a male dominated profession.  Her travel stories from that time included mishaps surrounding her dog Toto and her cat Kitty. After Divestiture, Dottie moved to Florida where she worked for American Bell, AT&T and eventually Lucent Technologies where she met her future husband, Jim Moore.

 Dottie’s friends and family were always amazed with her ability to recall so many stunningly detailed stories.  Those entertaining stories consisted of her outrageous misadventures with hilarious twists, as well as some hard-fought life lessons learned.   She posted many of these on FB, “shish-ka-poop”, “screw stew”, and “taping ants to the wall”, just to name a few.  If you get an opportunity, go to Dottie’s FB page and read some of her old posts, it’s a delightful way to reacquaint yourself with her.  And speaking of names, Dottie named everything she owned or had around the house; cars, statues, dog toys, her wheelchair, even Q-tips (those were “bug getter-outers”) used for fishing bugs out of her wine glass.  She also had nicknames for anyone close to her – in HS her friends were Chef, Jolly & Skindy. Her sister was Pohey, her best friend was Ethel, and she was Lucy, I was always Sweetie.  All of these and many more, had delightful stories behind them.  She also had a habit of saying one word when she meant to say another, I believe that’s called a malapropism.  Some of those words were definitely not PC.  Like the time she told someone “Hi, I’m so glad you’re black”, instead of ‘back’.  However, no one ever got mad at her for these Faux Pas.  In fact, it was part of her charm, and everyone loved her – everyone!

When she was younger, people often mistook her for Barbara Streisand, and she even won 1st place in a lookalike contest.  Dottie always put herself out there and as mentioned, she was never afraid to try new things.  Like building a house in a part of Orlando, which at the time was in the middle of nowhere.  No neighbors, just she and her dog Toto.  A few years later she decided to sign up to run a Marathon with the 1st Track Shack group.  The seasoned runners just shook their heads at these Long-Distance runner wanna-be’s.   But Dottie and her new friends prevailed, and she ended up running 3 Marathons, including the very 1st Disney Marathon.  Her running partner for those races ended up becoming her best friend, Sharon. whose daughters grew up knowing her as Aunt Dottie.

Dottie and her pets had always lived alone, but she made the male roommate adjustment after we became a couple.  She often said that she’d dated a lot of losers before she met me, so I guess we both came out on the plus side with that arrangement.  However, what really tested her isolationism a few years later, was when my teenage son, Neal, came to live with us.  That transition was very difficult for her, and she often referred to herself as his ‘Step Monster’.  The 1st week he was with us, he fell off his skateboard and broke his arm.  Dottie’s response – ‘Send him back, he’s broken’.  Her humor was always in evidence, and it was one of the things that endeared her to everyone.

Before Dottie became wheelchair bound, she loved to travel.  She planned spectacular trips for us here and abroad.  We traveled the Pacific Coast highway and spent a week touring cities along the way and in the Napa/Sonoma wine country, Seattle was another favorite destination as was a train/cruise vacation in Alaska where she took a helicopter ride and walked on a glacier.  Another great trip was with her company when we went to Phoenix and Sedona.  While there, she even piloted a glider with an instructor.  On the east coast we enjoyed time in NY City, Philadelphia, lower slower Delaware with my parents, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, St. Augustine, and of course all-around Atlanta.  Our foreign travels took us to Ottawa, London, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia (including the Great Barrier Reef).  When we were in St. Maarten we visited a jewelry store where the proprietor showed us an exquisite diamond ring.  We went next door to a local establishment and decided over a couple of Heinekens to buy that engagement ring and get married.  28 years later, we never regretted that decision.  The last trip she took was on the Royal Scotsman, an Orient Express Train which started in Edinburg and toured the entire country from Loch Ness to several ancient castles to Scotch distilleries, and finally to the Queen’s Royal Yacht. One of the ways she liked to remember each trip we took was to purchase a piece of local artwork.  She used these to decorate the house with a very eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, and other memorabilia. All these disparate pieces somehow fit the personality of our house quite nicely.

Dottie loved Nature and animals, especially dogs and birds. When Toto passed away, she took me to an animal shelter where we selected a shy rescue dog named Ginger. We have had several other dogs since then, but Ginger and Dottie were inseparable.  They joined a local church group called ‘Canine Crusaders’ and trained together to learn how to visit and interact with seniors in Nursing Homes.  Her other passion was birds, she had more books about birds than we had room for on the bookshelves.  When we were in Australia at a rainforest sanctuary, a one-legged Lorikeet landed on her shoulder, kissed her cheek and said ‘Hello’ in her ear.  She really wanted to bring him home, but then she also wanted to bring home a wallaby.  Back home, sans foreign wildlife, she read that if you put an Owl box up high in a tree away from the streetlights, that eventually, Owls would nest in it. After some time had gone by without any takers, she got really excited one day when she finally noticed some activity around this perfectly placed nesting box.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be a colony of Africanized bees – oops!  Undeterred by that little miscalculation she always had bird feeders around the outside of the house that attracted all kinds of songbirds. In fact, one of the few joys she had in her life the last couple of years was watching all the different types of birds on the feeder outside her window in the library where she spent her days.

Dottie had such a good heart and was so very giving that it is hard to keep track of all whose lives she touched.  Many of whom never met her in person.  The ones that did knew her as Dotsey, Bubba, Buh, Aunt Dottie, Dotz, Mrs. Dottie, and Dorothy.  As an example of something so very Dottie – she had a FB friend who also had MS that passed away 2 months ago.  Yesterday, an email came in confirming Dottie’s gift of a tree she had planted in Dawn’s memory.  That thoughtfulness is one of the many ways that I will remember her.  For others, over the past month and since her death, literally hundreds of tributes and remembrances have come in thru texts, FB, email, and regular mail.  One of those messages epitomized the sentiments of many.

“Dottie was a gift to meet. Bet she touched the heart of each and every person she encountered. She connected with anyone she came across. We were just construction workers, but she made us feel like family. Wish I could treat people like Mrs. Dottie did, but that would be an impossibly tall order to fill. She had an impeccable heart with this innate ability to inhabit the hearts of others. I have measured other customers to Dottie and while some have a few of her characteristics none were near as lovable as she. The world is at a loss for those who knew her and for those who never got a chance to meet her. Truly one of a kind. I could never take her place, but I am just gonna be a little bit nicer to those I come across to try 'n make up for those who never had the chance to feel the love that emanated from her immaculate heart.”

Dottie fought through the pain and indignities of MS & CLL for so many years that when she finally gave herself permission to let go, she went peacefully, and gently faded away with her last breath. On the 1st of every month, I will always remember her by saying ‘Rabbit, Rabbit”.  Rest in Peace my love, your struggles are over. 3/8…2/4.

There will eventually be a Celebration of Life for Dottie, but in the meantime if you feel so inclined, a donation can be made in Dottie’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The website is  with a ‘donate’ button in the top right corner. It should ask you if this is in memory of someone special – you can write Dottie’s name and it will track the donations that come in for her.  You can also mail a check to the National MS Society PO Box 289, Canton, MA 02021 and include ‘in memory of Dottie Moore’. For questions or to donate by phone, call 1-800-344-4867.

Shirley May Gauthier


Shirley May Gauthier was born on January 3, 1937 in Mattoon, Illinois.  She went home to be with the Lord on October 14, 2023.

After graduating from high school, Shirl attended Michael Reese Nursing School in Chicago. While working at a Chicago hospital, she had a patient who introduced her to his son David.  They married in 1959. 

After several transitions, David and Shirl moved to Utah where she pursued her career as an RN.  Over the course of her 50 year nursing career she would serve people as a hospital nurse, director of the Tooele County Women’s, Infant’s, and Children’s program, a state regulator for medical facilities, a home health nurse, and finally as a home health hospice nurse.  Each of these roles flowed out of her strong desire to help others. 

Along her journey she found the deepest and most meaningful relationship in her life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He became the source of her life, the power for her  personal transformation, and the core message she shared with others. Jesus’ love for her  was her motivation for loving others.  This led she and David to join the ministry of Cru for several years where, together, they helped others know how to have a relationship with God and experience spiritual growth in their lives. She really loved people and enjoyed serving others whether through  helping meet their spiritual needs or helping step in and provide some informal “nursing” care as the opportunity arose. 

Shirl and David were married for 62 years.  She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and is survived by Mark (Kristi) Gauthier and Kathy (Jeff) Banks, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  She lived a life of purpose and love and will be deeply missed. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Orlando in Henry Chapel at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 4.  A lunch reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers please make any donations to First Orlando. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Teofilo Angelo Agostino Pelli


In Loving Memory of Teofilo Angelo Agostino Pelli "Ted"

May 12, 1926 - October 11, 2023

Written by Gregory Connors

Teofilo Angelo Agostino Pelli, affectionately known as "Ted," passed away on October 11, 2023, leaving a legacy of service, love, and an unwavering zest for life. Ted was born on May 12, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Throughout his remarkable journey, he touched the lives of countless individuals with his infectious energy, radiant smile, and boundless passion for living.

Ted was a true American hero, proudly serving his country as a WWII veteran in the 11th Armored Division. He played a vital role in the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp, a testament to his courage and commitment to justice. His service to his nation reflected his unwavering dedication to making the world a better place.

After his military service, Ted's heart was captivated by the charming towns of Stratford, Connecticut, and Winter Garden, Florida, where he made lifelong memories and friendships. He was a beloved husband to his second wife, Barbara Pelli, and a devoted stepfather to Christopher Connors and Gregory Connors. Ted cherished his role as a father-in-law to Lisa Schuller and relished the joys of family life.

An avid lover of the great outdoors, Ted was particularly fond of fishing and golf. He passionately cheered on the New York Mets and the New York Giants, embracing the thrill of sports. He had an insatiable wanderlust and an abiding love for travel. Ted was an enormous fan of the circus, and his membership in The Circus Fans Association of America was a testament to his commitment. In 2003, he served as the proud president of the club for Father Jack Toner and Butch Landoff Tent 1024, a position he held with honor and dedication. His affiliation with the Circus Historical Society of America showcased his enduring love for this unique form of entertainment.

Ted was a man of action, always working with his hands and tending to his garden. He was fondly referred to as the "energizer bunny" by those who knew him best, and his boundless energy was infectious. With a heart full of generosity, he was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, greeting them with his signature phrase, "Hi, how are you! You want a beer?" His warm smile and heart left an indelible mark on everyone he met.

Ted was born to Italian immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island, and he carried the torch of their legacy with honor. He outlived his first wife, Irene, his sister, Caroline, and many other dear friends and family members. His presence in the lives of those he loved was a beacon of strength and kindness.

A memorial service to celebrate Ted's life will be held on October 26, 2023, at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Messiah, 241 North Main Street, Winter Garden, Florida 34787. He will be laid to rest at St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut, at a later date to be announced.

In the memories of those who knew him, Ted's bright, beautiful light and energy will forever shine. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten, as his legacy lives on in the hearts of all fortunate to know him.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Linda Joyce Powell

 Linda Joyce Powell of Astatula, FL, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2023, at the age of 76. She was born on December 16, 1947 in North Carolina. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Eddie Powell and daughter Jannie Roddenberry. She is survived by her son Gene Powell and daughter Linda Lewis. And nine of her grandchildren. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Sylma Thomas

Sunrise: December 27, 1955

Sunset: September  21, 2023

Sylma Thomas, 67, of Postmouth, Dominica, left us, surrounded by her loved ones on September 21st, 2023 from natural causes.

Sylma was predeceased by her parents, Edna and Wallace, and her sister, Jacqueline. She is survived by her brother James. Her four children Sherene, Brenda, Kerwyn and Jamal. Her 12 grand children and 4 great grand children. As well as her beloved rottweilers Rocky and Rambo.

Our family is grateful to know that our mother is finally at peace.

A Memorial Service for Sylma will be held on October 7th, 2023 at Dobbs Funeral Home. Visitation hour will begin at 10 am with the service starting at 11 am. The service will be officiated by Pastor Gene Pritchard. Friends, Family & colleagues are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Anthony (Tony) James LaRosa, Jr.

Anthony was born and raised in Glendora, New Jersey.  He graduated Triton Regional High School in 1961 and attended Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey majoring in accounting.  He married his high school sweetheart and they relocated to North Jersey where he worked as an accountant with Owens Corning Glass Manufacturing for several years.  They returned to South Jersey where he worked for Arthur Anderson in Philadelphia as an auditor.  He was then hired by Atlantic Aviation where he became managing internal auditor for 9 years in Wilmington, Delaware.  By this time they had 3 children and since his wife parents were already living in Florida and so they decided Florida would be a very good move.

Anthony then worked for Page Avjet Corp at Orlando International Airport.  This company had a unique business of restoring, designing and installing custom interiors on private corporate jets for companies all over the world.  The planes were flown to Orlando including from the Middle East where one specialty was designing and installing Thrones for the kings and princesses in middle eastern countries.

Anthony retired after 45 years in the aviation industry.  His hobbies were car racing, shooting pool, and deer hunting.  He is survived by his wife Carol, his son Anthony J. LaRosa, III and his wife Lorie (West) LaRosa, his loving daughters, Liane LaRosa, his son Daniel M. LaRosa and wife Stephanie (LeClairo) LaRosa, grandsons Logan, Matthew and Braden James LaRosa.  Sister Josephine Spina of Blackwood , New Jersey, brother Richard LaRosa and wife Susan LaRosa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 5125 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando FL with Father Martin officiating.  Interment will follow the mass at Winter Garden Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Willard Hull Brown

Willard Hull Brown of Longwood, FL passed away peacefully on September 5, 2023 at the age of 98.  He was born 4/13/1925 in Detroit, MI to Willard Maltbie and Catharine Metzler Brown. Willard graduated from Cleveland Heights High School, then enrolled at Ohio State University in 1942.  He served in the U.S. Navy Nov. 1943 - Oct. 1945. After the war, he continued his studies at the University of Illinois and in 1945 graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering. In 1950 he graduated from Ohio State University with an MBA.  Mary Ellen Kessler, of Cleveland, and Will wed in 1957. They moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1968 with their two children Gregory H Brown and Gail M Brown Bayler. He worked in the building and design industry.  Will is survived by his two children and 4 grandchildren. The burial will take place at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at a future date. Donations can be made in his name to:

The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516 Topeka KS, 66675 or

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Cindy Marie Shank

Cindy Marie Shank was born on September 23, 1976 in Orlando Florida and went on to be with the Lord on August 25, 2023 in Birmingham Alabama.

Cindy was preceded in death by her grandson Waylon Thomas Smith, she is survived by her husband John Shank, her children Austin Smith (Brittany), Ryan Smith, Elaina Smith, John Kyle Shank Jr and Mikyla Shank, Parents Deborah and J.C Bowers and Curtis and Marie Howell, siblings Carla Dunn, Amanda Peyton (Andrew), Rebecca Howell-Gregg (Lloyd), Melissa Tillman (Timmy), Curtis Howell Jr (Courtney), Jeremy Bowers, and 3 grand children.

Cindy was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and a devoted Lolli to her 3 grandchildren Jamey, Kevin and Lilly. Cindy was a great friend to many and loved by all that knew her, she had a kind heart and generous spirit, she was smart, thoughtful and sweet, she loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor, her laughter was contagious and so was her smile. She loved spending time with her family and friends and she loved cats. She was an avid Alabama football fan (Roll Tide).

Cindy was a graduate, She got her medical office administration at LBW Community College and got her certificate and billing and coding at U.S Career Institute.

Above all these things, Cindy loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , she was a faithful and prayerful servant of God and knew her home awaited her in heaven. She loved to talk about God and all the blessings she received. Cindy knew she would make it to heaven to be with our heavenly father.

Cindy was a masterpiece.

The family will be receiving friends at West Orange Park Community Church located at 9929 Lake Meadow Road, Apopka, FL 32703 at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.  Interment will be held at Orlando Memorial Gardens.


   "Cindy my sister"

My dear sweet sister

I will miss you

When the sun will rise and when the sun will set

I will miss you

When the roses bloom and when the roses fade

I will miss you

When the moon is high or in the darkest of night

I will miss you

In the spring or the summer the winter or fall

I will miss you

You gave this life meaning

With all the love you had to give

You gave this life purpose

With all the joy you would lend

I know your in heaven 

But I still miss you the same 

I have another reason to make it to there 

For there you will answer when I say your name 

The pain I feel 

is just a moment in time

Compared to eternity that I will spend

With you by my side

Until I make to that sweet golden shore 

Until I see the pearly gates to walk through

My sister my best friend

Until then I will miss you

 Love always,


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Jerome Thomas Wytrwal

Beloved husband, father and friend, Jerome Thomas Wytrwal went home Aug19, 2023 to be with his first son, JJ who passed away in 2020. Jerry was born in Chicago April 19, 1952 and lived in Bensenville,Il. His family moved to Orlando and settled in Pine Hills in 1970. His parents, John Wytrwal, Sr and Eileen Soderquist Wytrwal, brothers, John, Jr, James, Jeff, sister, Janet, and son, JJ, predeceased  him. He studied at Valencia Community College. Jerry married the love of his life in 1973.

He retired from Orlando Utilities in 2005. He loved retirement, cruising, working on computers, radio control airplanes and playing the guitar. Jerry leaves behind the family who loved him: Terri, wife of 49 years, 2 children; Stephen, Lauren and 2 granddaughters; Aisha and Anne-Marie, his sister, Joleen and many friends and relatives.

His services will be a viewing at Dobbs Funeral Home on  Kirkman in Orlando 10:30am Fri Sept 1. Funeral Mass at St Andrew Catholic Church at 12:45 same day and his Celebration of Life Luncheon immediately after at the St Andrew Parish Center on church property.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Michael Andrew O'Brien

 Michael Andrew O'Brien passed away on July 13, 2023. Michael was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey on April 14, 1953. He was very well traveled, taking many family trips as well as many military trips due to his 29+ years of military service. Michael began his military career in United States Marine Corps. He later transitioned to the Florida Army National Guard where he served as a Green Beret, Team Leader, Company Commander, and Battalion Commander in the 20th Special Forces Group. Michael retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He never forgot the friends he made in the service.

During the holidays Michael's family would invite service members into their home. Michael felt no one serving our country should be alone during these important times of the year. He loved to spend time outdoors, conquering the Appalachian Trail multiple times with friends and taking long walks with his dog through Wekiva National Park. Michael and his loving wife Maria enjoyed taking beach vacations and visiting friends in Key West. He was an avid lover of westerns and war movies with a particular affection for John Wayne and WWII movies.

Michael graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1984 and began his legal career with the Florida State Attorney's Office specializing in White Collar crime before opening a private defense practice. He was focused primarily on helping the little guy. Michael always said that if the only goal was money, he was making all the wrong moves. Michael participated for many years in charity work serving as a Director of The Orlando Margarita Society which helps needy children in the community.

Michael is survived by his wife Maria, son Matthew, and stepchildren John, Amanda, and Karla as well as his dog Rocky, who misses him terribly. He is also survived by his brother Stephen (Marie) O'Brien, sisters Eileen (Eric) Curtis and Claire Cottrell. Michael was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Mary O'Brien.

A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. (1300) on Sunday, August 27 at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michael's name to the Orlando Margarita Society at 400 South Park Avenue, Suite 230 Winter Park, Florida 32789.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Joan Omeil Foster-Taylor

Joan Omeil Foster-Taylor, 50, of Orlando, passed away Saturday, June 24th, 2023 at Orlando
Regional Medical Center.   She was born in Westoreland, Jamaica the daughter of the late Shirley Graham and was employed in hotel house keeping.  

Joan leaves to cherish her memory son, Kevin Wright of Kingston Jamaica and many relatives and friends.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, August 17th, 2023 from 5:00p, followed by the funeral service at 6:00 pm. at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Joseph William Boler

Joseph William Boler, loving husband of 68 years to Alice B. Boler, passed away August 10, 2023.  He was born on December 6, 1927 in Westport, MA.  Joseph enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served his country in WWII.  After moving to Orlando, FL in 1960, he joined Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin where he retired with 30 years of service.  

He is survived by his children Rose-Marie, Michael, and Carol-Anne, son-in-laws Harold and Billy, and three grandsons Joey, Clay, and Alex.

Memorial Mass will be held on August 18, 2023 at 10:30 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings St. Orlando, FL 32808.  He will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association, in Memory of Joseph W. Boler

Monday, August 14, 2023

Kamal Prasad

 Loving Father, Husband, Grandfather , Father-in-law

Kamal Prasad also known to his family and friends as Ashok, Jesus, Captain and Pappy was born on March 20, 1945 in Leonora, Guyana. Kamal migrated to the United States in 1976. He lived in Hartford, Connecticut for about 14 years. While vacationing Orlando, Florida in 1988, he fell in love with Florida and purchased a home and relocated in 1989.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Pattie (Patsy); his 2 loving children –  (son) Ramdyal (Kelvin) and (daughter) Nalini (Petra); and son-in-law, Ravindra (Glen). As well as his 3 wonderful grandchildren – Nicholas, Zachary and Surina; and his furry companion, Fudge.  Kamal is also survived by his step brothers, step sister, niece and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Some of Kamal’s hobbies were spending time and vacationing with his family, fishing, and cooking: He had a great personality and was an adventurous person. Kamal loved life and loved to make everyone around him happy with his charm, wit and humor. He has touched the hearts of so many people, making wonderful, everlasting memories in all of us.

A thank you from Kamal’s daughter, Petra:    Without my dad, I’m unsure how our family will get through the upcoming days and months. My heart feels broken, even though he’s now free from illness. Our family thanks you for sharing our grief, even while we celebrate Dad’s incredible life.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 11:00 am.  Both calling hours and the funeral service will be held at Dobbs Funeral.  Interment will follow the funeral at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Richard L. Walker

Passed away August 5, 2023. He was a native Californian who graduated from Santa Clara University studying political science, but his true passion was ROTC.  During his Army career of 22 years one of his favorite assignments was assistant professor of Military science at the University of South Florida.  There he met the love of his life Cindy, and they were married for over 40 years. 

Their first date was a Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s game, and the second date was dinner.  They continued to watch games together on TV - Rays, Braves, Bucs and all college football.  One of their favorite activities was dinner dates so they could focus on each other without distraction.  These activities continued to provide many happy memories throughout the years.

After retirement they enjoyed traveling together.  Rich was able to spend much of his free time golfing.  He loved all sports especially Golf and Football.  As a young man, he thought that he would be a radio sports announcer and could give you sports statics at the drop of a hat. 

He was also involved in volunteer activities mostly with youth and young adults.  Rich was always a champion of the underdog. He was very generous with his time and his resources. To his family and friends, he was fiercely protective and loved them very much.  

He will receive military honors at a private burial.   

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Lila "Mae" Butler

Lila "Mae" Butler passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, July 5, 2023.  Mae Butler was born in Manassas, Georgia on September 20, 1938, to Henry & Lila Donahue, the last of 8 children.  Mae was 2 years old when they moved to Miami, Florida before settling in Orlando at the age of 4 near Turkey Lake off what is now Conroy Road.

Mae married Byron Butler on December 30, 1955, after a short 6-month courtship.  They were married 58 years which Byron passed away in September 2014. Mae & Byron had 4 children (2 sets of twins).  Mae loved to travel, camp, fish and visit with her family & friends.  She loved to get outside in her yard to walk and enjoy the various plants and flowers that were in bloom.

Mae was a cherished member of Lake Hill Baptist Church and served in many roles of the years. Her favorite role was probably as a  youth leader and taking the youth groups to the beach or one of the springs in the summer to swim.  The last year or so, when she could, the enjoyed attending the church's women's group (God's Girls).

Mae is preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings her husband Byron and son Bryan.

Children: Pam (Joe) Sheldon; Paula (Scott) Campion; Belinda (Earl) Dowling & Bryan  & Bryan (Deceased) (Teresa) Butler.

Grandchildren: Dylan Campion; Brandon Dowling; Joey Sheldon; Brandyn Butler & Jennifer Sheldon.

Great-Grandchildren: Ayden Campion; Collin Campion & Jackson Campion.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:30 a.m.. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31st, 2023 at Lake Hill Baptist Church in Orlando.  Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.