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  • Martin A. Grella

    Martin A. Grella

    Sep. 15, 2023

    Martin A. Grella (age 83) passed away peacefully on September 15th, 2023, after a brief illness. He leaves behind Joan, his loving and devoted wife of 56 years. He was the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Beatrice) Grella. He is survived by his loving brother Douglas Grella and his wife Barbara of Bethlehem NH, in-laws Larry and Linda Hyde of Lynn MA. Also, several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Marty was a Vietnam veteran who served proudly in the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (1962-1965). He proudly wore the Green Beret while he served. Marty’s love of cars reflected in his years of employment in the auto industry. Before retiring in 2010, he was the Transportation Manager at the Adesa Auto Auction in Bradenton Florida. There are special people in our lives who never leave us even after they are gone, that will be Marty. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and his kind heart. Respects can be paid during his military honor service, on Oct 3rd, 2023, at 10 am...

  • Clayton Keith Schnarr

    Clayton Keith Schnarr

    Aug. 08, 2023

    Remembering Clayton Schnarr, devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather Clayton Keith Schnarr was called to heaven by our Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, August 8, at the age of 86. He had battled Alzheimer’s for over a decade. Clayton is survived by his loving wife, Jan, of 61 years, children Terry (Brad) Prather, Kathy (Randy) Hayden, and Steve (Melanie Cheney) Schnarr, as well as his grandchildren Mitch, Ben, Bailey, Megan, and Drew. Clayton was born and raised in Alexandria, South Dakota. He lived with his parents, Clarence and Ina Schnarr, and his 3 sisters Clareen, Beverly, and Sandi. His father ran a local creamery, where Clayton worked. Clayton loved telling stories of his childhood in small-town South Dakota. He remained in South Dakota through college, graduating from South Dakota State University. After graduation, he served as an officer in the Army Reserve while starting his professional career working for Century / Gould / Magnetek and Concordia Publishing, where he could share his...

  • Christopher Zachariasse

    Christopher Zachariasse

    Sep. 28, 2023

    Chris Zachariasse’s “best day ever” was a drive up a Colorado Canyon where he caught a couple fish then took a two-hour nap 6 inches from the creek on some soft pine needles in the shade. Chris was born to the late Daniel Johnson and Jill Johnson on September 6, 1989 in Boise, Idaho. Days before his first birthday, his father tragically died in a car accident. Chris’s mother Jill raised him as a single mom for much of his life. At the age of 10 years old Chris was adopted by Jill’s second husband, Jan Zachariasse. Daniel’s genes grew strong in Christopher. Chris had a heart of gold, made you laugh, was incredibly kind, and was his mother’s greatest treasure, her world. Chris attended Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia graduating in 2007. He then studied Engineering at the University of Boulder in Colorado, and went on to become the Director of Operations at Downtown Boulder Partnership. Chris loved to travel, fish, camp, and sail the Gulf of Mexico. He grew up with his cousins Alex, Ben, & Nate...

  • Ana Paula Irvine

    Ana Paula Irvine

    Sep. 26, 2023

    Ana Paula Irvine (maiden name Conde). Paula was born to Portuguese immigrants and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa until the age of 12. She had very fond memories of growing up there until the war had them flee the country and eventually immigrated to the United States and settled in Ocean Township, New Jersey. She went to Ocean Township High School and transferred to Linden Hall School For Girls, a prominent boarding school in Lititz, PA. She was married in 1995 to David J. Irvine and they relocated to Osprey, Florida in 2002. Paula was full of life, quick witted and loved to laugh. She loved deeply. A hopeless romantic. Wore her heart on her sleeve. Always ready to right a wrong and stand up for the mistreated. She loved her Pugs, Lola and Luna, as a mother would love her children. They were her world. A die-hard movie fan, she had an amazing collection of films that she loved. Gone With The Wind, Cleopatra and Titanic being her top 3. She loved the Lord. She will be missed. The world is a little more sad with...

  • Beau Robert Christensen

    Beau Robert Christensen

    Sep. 23, 2023

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, Beau, a young man who brought so much joy, love and laughter to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Beau left this earthly world far too soon leaving an enormous void in our lives that can never be filled. Beau is survived by his loving parents, Amy and Stu Christensen and his adored brothers, Charlie and Jake Christensen. He will forever be remembered by his grandparents, Stu and Jeri Christensen and Bob and Jenny Clifton, many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as extended family and countless friends he held so dear. Beau was a 2022 graduate of Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School. He continued his academic career at the University of North Georgia Oconee Campus with future plans to attend the University of Georgia. Beau was a devoted son, brother and friend. He cherished his family above all else always there with a smile and warm, huge embrace. His bond with his brothers was unbreakable and the memories they...

  • Lillian Berdeaux

    Lillian Berdeaux

    Sep. 21, 2023

    Lillian “Pat” Berdeaux, 97, died Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Wickshire Assisted Living Center in Port Orange, Florida. Her family was by her side. Lillian is pre-deceased by her husband Douglas A. Berdeaux of 63 years. Survivors include her three sons: Douglas (Linda) Berdeaux, Steven (Jeanne) Berdeaux and Ty (Kathleen) Berdeaux, 5 grandchildren; a niece, 2 nephews and close friends. Lillian was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Maurice and Marion (Kasak) Patterson. After graduating from St. Frances DeSales High School in 1945, Lillian attended business college in Detroit Michigan while working full-time for the Ordinance Department in the City of Detroit. Lillian was an accomplished actress, singer, dancer and artist. As an actress, Lillian starred in several “invitationals” (special engagement theatrical productions) of the Detroit Players Theatre from 1948 to 1953. Lillian first met the love of her life, Douglas, in 1944 who she then...

  • Earl Edward Payne Sr.

    Earl Edward Payne Sr.

    Sep. 19, 2023

    Earl Edward Payne, Sr. (83) passed away peacefully on September 19, 2023, at his Winter home in Sarasota FL. Born January 24th, 1940, to Alka Stacy Payne and William Payne in Blackey VA. Earl led an adventurous life in the untamed mountains of Southwest VA, with his seven siblings James, Billy Joe, Ilene, Beulah, Virginia, Ralph, and Jeff: along with scores of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends nearby. Earl would often tell stories to his kids and grandkids of his escapades during that period. Earl loved to visit Grandma Leda and Uncle Blackjack Mullens, who would pelt him with old apples when the mood struck. After departing Hurley High School, Earl took an adventure and joined the U.S. Army, where he served from 1957 - 1961. Earl was assigned to the Transportation Corps. and was a top-notch mechanic, but decided he needed even more adventure and cross-trained into the 88K Watercraft Operator career field in which he trained on the Columbia River in Washington State. Earl was assigned to: Ft Dix, NJ,...

  • Anita Bedessem

    Anita Bedessem

    Sep. 16, 2023

    Anita Bedessem, 96, of Bradenton, FL passed away on Saturday, September 16th. She leaves behind her daughter Julie, son-in-law Bruce and beloved grandog Ace. She is also survived by her nephews Jack Bedessem of Laramie, WY, Jim Bedessem of Lutz, FL, niece Kari Stoltenberg of Garretson, SD and sister-in-law Janyce Bedessem of Lutz, FL. Anita was born in 1927 to Lula and Torre Hanson and raised in Webster, SD. She was an accomplished majorette during her high school years at Webster High. In 1950 she married her childhood sweetheart, Pete Bedessem, and they went on to have seventy wonderful years together while living in South Dakota, Alabama, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Bradenton. Anita worked throughout her life as a dental assistant and dental claims supervisor until she retired from Cigna in 1990. After retiring and relocating to Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Anita enjoyed traveling, playing golf, playing bridge, and painting. She cherished her many friendships and will be remembered...

  • Deborah Elizabeth Focht

    Deborah Elizabeth Focht

    Sep. 16, 2023

    “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts”. - Ghandi Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of our dear, beautiful sister. Debbie passed away peacefully, at home, after a lengthy battle, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Debbie was born in Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from Cardinal Dougherty H. S. and later relocated to Sarasota, Fla. where she started a new chapter in her life. Along the way Debbie met and made many new friends. Debbie was a spirited and loving person. She especially loved her many pets and all animals. She loved music, playing board games with family and friends and particularly excelled at playing chess. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Harry T Focht and A. Margaret Stanley. She is survived by her three sisters Sharon Marcolina (Paul) , Susan Schlater (William) and Darlene Balke (William), niece Lauren Marcolina and nephews Daniel Schlater and Eric Schlater. Debbie will be greatly missed by all who knew and...

  • Karen Elizabeth Fekete Johnson

    Karen Elizabeth Fekete Johnson

    Sep. 14, 2023

    Karen Elizabeth Fekete Johnson. November 13, 1952 - September 14, 2023. Karen passed peacefully at home after a 5 year battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband, Clint, and her sister, Sandy Crump. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 29, at the 360 Church, 5250 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be held on November 13, 2023 at Terrace East, 5300 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, at 5:00 pm.

  • Lieutenant General (Retired) Jerome Bernard Hilmes

    Lieutenant General (Retired) Jerome Bernard Hilmes

    Sep. 11, 2023

    LIEUTENANT GENERAL (RETIRED) JEROME BERNARD HILMES (Age 87) was taken by our Lord on Monday September 11, 2023, in Sarasota, Florida. Jerry, a devout Catholic, was born in Carlyle, IL to Anna and Herman Hilmes. The youngest of five, he graduated high school in nearby Breese and studied at Saint Louis University before receiving an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. It was at West Point Jerry met the love of his life, Geraldine McDonough, from Albany, NY. Jerry graduated seventh in his West Point class in 1959, earning a Bachelor of Science, and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. Geri and Jerry were married on June 6, 1959, immediately embarking on what would be become a lifetime of shared service and sacrifice to the nation and to the other men and women who also volunteered to defend the Constitution, along with their families. Their Army journey spanned 33 years and included two years of combat in Vietnam, over seven years of...

  • Amanda Elizabeth McCracken (Amy)

    Amanda Elizabeth McCracken (Amy)

    Sep. 06, 2023

    Amanda Elizabeth McCracken (Amy) passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 6, 2023, 4:00pm at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a Sudden Short illness. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday September 28th, 2023 at 11am at Toale Brothers Downtown Sarasota. Born in Dunkirk, New York, she grew up in the neighboring town of Fredonia, where she attended Fredonia High School, enjoying band, playing the trumpet and becoming a Cheerleader. Amanda attended the Wood Tobe Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City, graduating with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. With a thriving career in New York’s garment center, she prospered, then spent three years living abroad in New Zealand. Returning and changing vocation to work with friends in a new start-up, a systems integration business, which she helped run for the next twenty plus years including opening a Sarasota office in 2003. She was the loving daughter of the late Mary McCracken and is survived by her Father James...

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