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Beverly Ann Schimming – July 29, 1944 – February 13, 2019

Beverly Ann Schimming – (July 29, 1944 – February 13, 2019) Beverly Ann Schimming, 77, of Palm City, Florida. Passed away on February 13, 2019 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Hay-Madeira House, Stuart, Florida.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Ms Schimming grew up in Staten Island NY. She moved to Palm City Fl in 2016

Before retiring, she had worked at the Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, NY. She loved spending time with her family, especially her three handsome grandsons. Her grandsons were her whole world.

Survivors include her daughter, Tracey Currenti and her husband, Mike of Palm City; her sisters, Elaine M. Baker of Scotch Plains, NJ, Brenda Kissel of Boca Raton, FL, Estelle Holderman and her husband, Joel of Deerfield Beach, FL and Lori Ruocco and her husband, Dominick of Estero, FL; her grandsons, Michael Currenti Jr, Nicholas Currenti and Vincent Currenti all of Palm City her former husband and devoted friend Paul Schimming and many nieces and nephews who she loved. She was preceded in death by brother Edward F. Lunny Jr and her parents, Edward F. Lunny Sr. and Viola Mae Lunny.

There will be a private memorial service at 1:00 PM on February 20, 2019 at the Forest Hills Palm City Chapel.

Patricia Durso – June 8, 1937 – February 10, 2019

Patricia Durso – (June 8, 1937 – February 10, 2019) Patricia Durso, 81, of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away peacefully with her husband and eldest daughter by her side on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Pat was born on June 8, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Michael and Helen (McCabe) Slota.

Pat was married to Carmen Durso for 60 years and they recently celebrated their anniversary in October. Pat was a talented floral and interior designer, theater goer and a music aficionado of all genres of music. She was a loving mother (of three) and grandmother (of two) who instilled confidence in all of her children, nieces and nephews. Pat was known for her love of reading and keeping her mind sharp with crossword puzzles, but will be most remembered for the love she had for her family and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Pat is survived by her husband, Carmen Durso, her children, Chris Durso of Chicago, IL; Kathy Sanders of Torre-Pacheco, Spain and Tracey Walper of Ann Arbor, MI; her two grandaughters, Eva Walper; and Kristina Folk and one great-grandson, Jayden, sister, Linda Ghadaf, and brothers, Jerry Slota, Mike Slota and Jeff Slota.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Dunn and brother, WIlliam Slota.

The family would like to thank Treasure Coast Hospice for their compassionate care and guidance.

Funeral Details – Monday, February 18, 2019

Josephine H. Cooper – September 16, 1932 – February 10, 2019

Josephine H. Cooper – (September 16, 1932 – February 10, 2019) osephine Hall Cooper, 86, of Palm City, passed away February 10, 2019 at Salerno Bay Health and Rehabilitation in Stuart. She was born in New Castle, PA and had been a resident of Palm City since 1985, having relocated from Moon Township, PA. She attended Palm City Presbyterian Church. Josephine was very active during her lifetime, having worked at “Twinkles” in downtown Stuart, had operated several floral shops, made award winning wreaths, volunteered for “Tykes for Teens” and was an avid volunteer at Palm City Elementary where her grandson attended school.

She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Wolowicz (Raymond) of Moon Township, PA and Pati Hall of Palm City; grandchildren, Kaveh Rashidi-Yazd (Laurie Smith), Aveh Rashidi-Bolick (Chris), Sara Wolowicz Cremonese (Frank), John Wolowicz and John Michael Hall, 7 great grandchildren, brother, Anthony Martucci (Suzanne) and sister, Patricia Haney (Edward). She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Otis “Toby” Hall in 1983, her second husband, Ralph Cooper in 1997, and her daughter, Diane Rashidi-Yazd in 2010.

Visitation: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

Funeral Service: 1:00 PM, Thursday in the funeral home chapel.

Craig Norris – May 06, 1951 – February 08, 2019

Craig Norris – (May 06, 1951 – February 08, 2019) Craig Norris, 67, of Palm City, Florida, passed away suddenly on February 8, 2019.

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, he retired to Pipers Landing in Palm City, FL. Before retiring, he was the President of Norris Insulation.

Survivors include his daughter, Kerri Norris of Boston, MA; his son, K.C. Norris of Brick, NJ and his brother, Keith Norris of Brielle, NJ.

Craig was a special man and lived life to the fullest. He was kind and generous and treated everyone equally. He was loved by all that knew him. He loved golfing, boating, his NY sports teams, his friends and family, and bringing people together. His smile was infectious and he took great pride in his sarcastic jokes. He will be missed greatly.

A Celebration of Life to honor Craig will be held at Pipers Landing, Palm City FL on Wednesday, February 13th from 1-3pm. A Celebration of Life will be held in NJ at the BayHead Shores Clubhouse, February 24th from 1-3pm.

Ewald L. “Wally” Kleinfeld – September 27, 1918 – February 08, 2019

Ewald L. “Wally” Kleinfeld – (September 27, 1918 – February 08, 2019) Ewald (Wally) L. Kleinfeld, 100, passed away peacefully February 8, 2019. Born September 27, 1918 in Saginaw, MI then calling home to Tarpon Springs and Stuart, FL. Wally’s life was an example of kindness, generosity, and adventure. He proudly served in the US Army in the 7071st Quartermaster Corps during World War II before building a family and career in Tarpon Springs. As a salesman for Prudential Insurance, he ensured a beautiful life for his wife, Grace, and three children. He devoted countless hours to his community through the Rotary Club and put his family above all else. Wally knew hard work, dedication and was a model for us all to live by through his marriage to Grace and faithfulness to God as a member of the Catholic Church. He loved his Greek food and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Spending time with family was where he found his true joy. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Kleinfeld and beloved wife, Grace. He is survived by his 3 children, Patricia Whitaker and husband, Tom, Paul Kleinfeld and wife, Helen, and Gary Kleinfeld, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be private. Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park with military honors.

Kathleen Steigerwald – May 05, 1945 – February 07, 2019

Kathleen Steigerwald – (May 05, 1945 – February 07, 2019) Kathleen Steigerwald, 73, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on February 7, 2019 at the St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 12 years coming from Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Before retiring she was a medical office secretary. She had been a friend of Bill W’s and she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Brunswick, Md

Survivors include her son, Michael Kozicki and his wife, Jennifer of Brunswick, MD; her daughters, Susan Klement and her husband, James of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Christine Meoni and her husband, Kenny of Golden Valley, AZ and her grandchildren, Sara Klement, Jesse Klement and Melissa Meoni. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Steigerwald; her brother, Daniel Brunle and her parents, Frederick Wilhelm and Helen Brunle.

There will be a memorial gathering on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Forest Hills Palm City Chapel with a service at 5:30 PM.

For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to The American Legion, Donation Processing, PO Box 361626, Indianapolis, IN 46236-1626 in Kathleen’s memory.

Jaime F. McBride – August 22, 1978 – February 07, 2019

Jaime F. McBride – (August 22, 1978 – February 07, 2019) Jaime Faith McBride was the most loving caring person the world will ever know. Her warm heart and her touching soul left an impression on every person’s path she crossed.

Jaime was born in Elmhurst Illinois on August 22, 1978. Right away the world knew they had something special.

Jaime passed away peacefully February 7, 2019. She is survived by her beloved husband Danny McBride. Her loving and dedicated mother and father Vicky Lombardo and David Prater. Her most precious children Joey and Jenna Costa, and Joshua, Samantha, Abbigail, and Daniel McBride. Her ever loving grandparents Joanne and Vincent Lombardo and Oma Prater. Her surviving family has a much greater reach than this though, as she will be missed by so many, family and friends alike.

Jaime’s greatest joy in life was being a mother. There wasn’t a day that went by that her children didn’t make her proud. She could hardly stand being away from them even for just a minute. She would often say right after they left “I miss them already”. She loved to give them their hearts desires just to see the look on their face of joy and excitement.

Jaime crossed paths with her soulmate, who just happened to be her neighbor. She met Danny McBride at a time where their lives needed so much. They fell in love and married on April 1, 2017 to become the new “Brady Bunch”. She was so proud and loving of her new family.

Jaime lived her life to the fullest and never let any circumstance bring that down. She was the most giving and heartfelt soul that ever walked the planet. She was a nurse for 21 years and never once put herself before her patients. She took care of strangers as well as she took care of her family. She would never give any person less than that! She was prepared for any and all circumstances that life threw at her, including her journey home.

Jaime lived her life by her middle name which was Faith, and faith she had throughout her entire life. Jaime knew her place was set in heaven and is there now enjoying all the bliss, we could never imagine. She was called home way too early to God, but she lived a life here on earth so full that one can only pray to accomplish as much as she had in 100 years.

She has requested to have a private service, and We hope everyone can respect and understand this wish. As the family tries to cope with this loss please keep them all in your prays.

All of us that knew Jaime would understand that she would not want us going about our lives saddened. Jaime would have wanted us to be celebrating her life, not crying and depressed. She lived life with a smile on her face, no matter the situation. She would want us to be doing the same right now. We should instead be looking toward the heavens, as we all know Jaime is smiling down upon us.

Gordon W. Tasker – December 24, 1921 – February 07, 2019

Gordon W. Tasker – (December 24, 1921 – February 07, 2019) Gordon W. Tasker, formerly of West Hartford, Glastonbury and Mystic, Connecticut, died February 7, 2019 in Palm City, Florida, at age 97. A son of Scottish immigrants Walter and Ada Tasker, he grew up in West Hartford graduating from Hall High School. Gordon entered the University of Connecticut where his education, like that of many others, was interrupted by World War II. As an Army officer, he spent several years stateside before participating in the occupation of Japan. He returned to UConn in 1947 and earned a B.S. with Distinction in Public Accounting.

Gordon was a long-time partner of Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he was Managing Partner of the Hartford office before moving to New York City to assume international client responsibilities. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the New York and Connecticut Societies of CPAs; a recipient of the 1970 Merit Award from the University of Hartford Accounting Society for outstanding service to the accounting profession; Chairman of the Connecticut State Chamber of Commerce; and a board member of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Living and Church Homes, Inc.

Gordon maintained a life-long relationship with the University of Connecticut, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1969 to 1980, nine of those years as Board Chairman where his tenure spanned the terms of three University presidents and Connecticut governors. He was also a part-time faculty member of the UConn School of Business, a charter member of the School’s Alumni Hall of Fame, Volunteer Chairman for several of its fundraising campaigns, and recipient of the UConn Alumni Association’s University Service Award in 1978. In recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, leadership and distinguished public service, the Board of Trustees awarded him the University Medal in 1990 and, in what he considered his greatest honor, named the Undergraduate Admissions Building after him.

Gordon is survived by his wife Ruth Spencer Tasker; children from his first marriage Richard Storrs Tasker of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and Elizabeth Tasker Davis of Bethesda, Maryland; grandchildren Carter Braxton Davis, Elizabeth Storrs Davis Lozner, Chesley Harding Davis and Laura Spencer Humphrey; and four great grandchildren. His first marriage to Priscilla Storrs Tasker of West Hartford ended in divorce.

Donna H. Nauss – August 08, 1946 – February 05, 2019

Donna H. Nauss -(August 08, 1946 – February 05, 2019) Donna H. (Archibald) Nauss passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at her home in Palm City FL after a battle with lung cancer. Donna was the daughter of the late Arthur Archibald and Gladys M. (Dunnigan) Archibald. Donna was born on August 8, 1946 in Lynn Massachusetts. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1964 and Burdett College in 1966. Donna had a lifelong career in the medical field, most recently serving for 25 years as Business Manager for Diagnostic Imaging Services in Stuart, Florida.

Donna is survived by her loving sons Robert M. Nauss, IV (Keesha) of Jacksonville, FL and Marine MSGT Andrew P. Nauss (Barbara) of Bluffton,SC. Donna was immensely proud of her boys’ service to our country as a Jacksonville police officer and United States Marine. In addition, she treasured her young grandchildren, Rylee, Emerson, Harper, Leah and Jaxson. She is also survived by her twin brother, Donald Archibald of Indiantown, FL and a sister, Catherine Nichols of Beverly, Massachusetts.

Donna felt blessed to have extended family and lifelong support from Joanne Granese and Danny, Chad and Danielle Granese. Her maternal uncle Dennis “Russell” Dunnigan survives her, as do several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Among Donna’s favorite things were frequent summer travels to Massachusetts to spend time with her northern family. Time at the beach was the best bonus of her move to Florida in 1988. She treasured a good book, an evening of laughter with friends and her favorite escape was Mother’s Day in Aruba enjoying the fruits of her labors. At home or at work, her smile could light a room. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her and were grateful for her friendship.

Visitation will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL on Friday February 8, 2019 at 12 Noon with a Memorial Service at 1:00pm.

Palmer Charles Stenson – August 24, 1934 – February 05, 2019

Palmer Charles Stenson – (August 24, 1934 – February 05, 2019)

Jacob Jeremiah Branen – July 7, 1989 – February 4, 2019

Jacob Jeremiah Branen – (July 7, 1989 – February 4, 2019) Jacob J. Branen, 29, was killed Monday, Feb. 4 when struck by a vehicle while he was walking home from work in Daytona Beach, FL. He was transported to Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach where he succumbed to his injuries.

Born July 7, 1989 to Robert and Anne Branen, Stuart, FL., he attended elementary school at Mt. Zion Christian School, Lake Geneva, WI. After studying two years at Burlington (WI) High School, Jacob moved to Florida and graduated from Jensen Beach High School in 2007.

He attended Indian River State College and eventually graduated from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree with an emphasis in Archeology in 2014.

Jacob had a passion for the history and archeology of Israel. One of his greatest experiences was participating in a dig at the archeological site Tel Dor, Haifa, Israel. He loved to travel, making multiple trips to Israel. He traveled Germany on a school trip as well.

He was currently employed as a customer service representative by Teletech, Daytona Beach, FL and also worked as an electronics sales associate for Walmart.

Jacob’s exuberance for life, his kind and generous heart and his ready laugh will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Having been born with cerebral palsy, those who were close to Jacob were proud of all his life’s accomplishments.

Jacob is survived by his parents, sisters Jennifer (Wes) Wagner, Stuart, FL, Abbey (Bryce) Henderson, Lake Mary, FL, and Jessica Branen, Naples, FL; and brothers Major Nathan Branen, Ft. Hood, TX, and Benjamin Branen, West Palm Beach, FL; niece and nephews Sydney, Declan and Camden Wagner.

He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Nancy Branen, Burlington, WI and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Salzmann, Mercer, WI.

A celebration of Jacob’s life was held Feb 9, in Stuart, FL. A Wisconsin service will be held sometime this spring, with details to follow. Memorial gifts may be sent to Robert Branen, 321 SE Kitching Cir, Stuart, FL 34994.

Harry D. Michaelian – April 12, 1922 – February 02, 2019

Harry D. Michaelian – (April 12, 1922 – February 02, 2019) Harry D. Michaelian, 96, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on February 2, 2019 at his home with his loving family.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he had been a resident of Stuart/Palm City for over 40 years coming from Pompano Beach, Florida where he resided for 10 years.

During World War II, he served the Army Air Corps.

Before retiring he was the owner operator of A. Michaelian and Sons, a carpet and floor covering company in Agawam, Massachusetts for over 20 years.

He was a past member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 and the Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club.

Harry was predeceased in 2006 by his wife of 58 years, Janina Michaelian. Survivors include his sons, Greg Michaelian and his wife Christine and Daryl Michaelian, all of Stuart; his grandchildren, Briana Ingles and her husband Joey of Lake Worth, FL, Leslie Backus of Los Angeles, CA and Marc Backus of Jensen Beach, FL and his great grandchildren, Cameron, Landon and Dakota Backus.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church with military Honors provided by members of the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard. Inurnment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City, Florida.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests contributions be made to the Coast Guard Auxiliary at and specify Harry Michaelian Flotilla 59 or to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2100 SE Cove Road, Stuart FL 34997.

Elizabeth Trago – April 23, 1930 – February 01, 2019

Elizabeth Trago – (April 23, 1930 – February 01, 2019) Elizabeth “Betsy” Trago passed on Friday, February 1, 2019. She was a loving devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all. Survivors are her husband Bill “Junior” Trago of 67 years, her son and his wife Bill & Susan Trago, her grandson and his wife Todd & Allison Trago, her granddaughter and her husband Tara and Andy Papp and her great grandchildren Dana, Tyler, Noelle and Rachel Trago.

Betsy was born on April 23, 1930 in Simpson, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Harry and Anna Sereduick. Betsy and Junior, who were from Carbondale, Pennsylvania were married in January of 1952. They moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland in the late 1950’s for their jobs. Betsy worked for Kiplinger’s in various capacities until her retirement in the late 1980’s. Upon retirement Betsy and Junior both retired to Florida until 2018 when they moved to South Carolina to be closer to family.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City. A chapel service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment into Forest Hills

David F. Dusty Drew – December 20, 1942 – January 31, 2019

David F. Dusty Drew – (December 20, 1942 – January 31, 2019) David F. ‘Dusty’ Drew, III, 76, of Stuart, Florida, and Standish, Maine, died on January 31, 2019. He was born on December 20, 1942, in Portland, Maine, to the late David F., Jr. and Beverly Beale Drew.

Dusty graduated from Standish High School and Springfield College and earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University.

For many years Dusty and his wife owned and operated Camp Wekeela on Bear Pond in Hartford, Maine, where young people from highly varied backgrounds spent memory-making summers having fun while absorbing life-lessons along the way.

At the University of Southern Maine, where Dusty taught and coached baseball, he had a 206-143 record and won five NAIA District 5 championships. The 1985 team won the Area 8 championship and became the first Maine team to participate in the NAIA College World Series. Dusty earned several NAIA District Coach of the Year awards and served as chairman of the NAIA Baseball Committee for five years. In 1999, he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2004 was named to the USM Husky Hall of Fame.

Dusty served on many town committees in Standish and was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and Watchic Lake Association. He volunteered for the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels program in Stuart, as well as Miles Grant Country Club. Dusty was most fulfilled as a mentor to young people both on and off the ballfield. He enjoyed dancing and classical music and looked forward every year to spending summers in Maine (mostly in his lakeside vegetable garden) and winters in Florida (mostly golfing or volunteering). He was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers (for whom he once tried out), as well as the Red Sox and Patriots. During his retirement, he regularly coached from his recliner, and made predictions for his supported teams’ success based upon his own unique analysis.

Dusty had a tremendous work ethic, and was also an organizational genius. Whether it was almost single-handedly bringing back to life the physical plant of a long-closed summer camp, organizing camper or spring baseball trips, feeding all of the athletes at USM during periods when the cafeteria was closed, running a golf tournament at Miles Grant, or overseeing a Kiwanis dinner, Dusty easily took on great responsibility, and had fun while creating memorable times for others.

Dusty is survived by his brother Donal F. Drew (Martha) of Standish, Maine; his sister Debra Martin (Jimmie Walraven) of Englewood, Florida; and his son Thomas Cronin (Patricia) of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He is survived by grandchildren Melissa McMahon (Conor) of San Diego, California, and Scott Cronin (Andreane Bolduc) of Brighton, Massachusetts, several nieces and nephews, and his former wife Claire Drew of Stuart, Florida. He was predeceased by his son, Timothy Cronin.

At Dusty’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to your favorite charity. The family would like to extend special thanks to Treasure Coast Hospice and to the caring and compassionate staffs of Hay-Madiera House and Harper House.

Robert “Bob” J. Banasiewicz, Sr. – April 28, 1944 – January 29, 2019

Robert “Bob” J. Banasiewicz, Sr. – (April 28, 1944 – January 29, 2019) Robert “Bob” Banasiewicz Sr. 74, of Hobe Sound, passed away on Tuesday January 29th, 2019. He was born in New Britain, CT., on April 28, 1944, a son to the late Lucian Banasiewicz and Helen Swider Banasiewicz.

Bob was a retired manager from Connecticut State Government prior to his move here to the Treasure Coast area. For the past sixteen years, he has tirelessly served with an open mind and a full heart the church and congregation of St. Andrew Catholic Church Stuart as a Sacristan and Usher. He was known there as “Mr. Fix it” and will be sadly missed by all those who loved, worshipped and served with him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Janice “Jan” Banasiewicz ; Two sons, Robert Banasiewicz and wife Brigid; Scott Banasiewicz and wife Amy; Five grandsons, Kyle, Aaron, Tyler, Noah and Parker. Two brothers, Lucian Banasiewicz and wife Paula and James Banasiewicz and wife Barbara. Two sisters, Susan Mathein and husband Nick; Nancy Dubay and husband Clayton.

Friends, family and loved ones will gather on Monday, February 4th from 5 to 7 P.M. with Rosary at 6P.M. at St. Andrew Catholic Church 2100 SE Cove Rd., Stuart FL. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday February 5th at 10A.M. at St. Andrew. Committal will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Britain CT.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests contributions be forwarded in loving remembrance of Bob to St. Andrew Catholic Church 2100 SE Cove Rd., Stuart FL 34997.

Linda N. Lawless – December 08, 1929 – January 29, 2019

Linda N. Lawless -(December 08, 1929 – January 29, 2019) Linda N. Lawless, age 89 of Palm City, Florida passed away peacefully on January 29, 2019.

Born in North Tarrytown, New York to Harold and Lucy Neubrand. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles J. Lawless in 1998 and daughter in law, Tammy Lawless. She is survived by her children, Catherine Lawless, Michael Lawless, John Lawless and Patricia Sirbola (Victor). Her grandchildren Joseph Paduano, Andrew Paduano, Kevin Sirbola (Faydra), Kelly Wilkinson (Doug), great grandchildren Brendan Charles and Alexandria Rey Sirbola and many nieces and nephews.

Linda will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Trustbridge Hospice care at Jupiter Medical Center Pavilion.

Visitation will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel on Friday, February 1st from 1:00pm to 2:00pm with a chapel service being held at 2:00pm. Linda will be laid to rest in Forest Hills Memorial Park following the service.

Sal Michael Rizzotto – May 19, 1958 – January 27, 2019

Sal Michael Rizzotto – (May 19, 1958 – January 27, 2019) Sal Michael Rizzotto 60, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on January 27, 2019 Martin Hospital South, Stuart.

Born in Bronx, New York, he had been a resident of Stuart for 47 years coming from Westchester, New York. He was a Martin County High School graduate, Class of 1976.

He had been a plasterer. He was a member the Stuart Lodge of the Sons of Italy.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ruby Rizzotto; his sons, Salvatore Rizzotto of Stuart, Nicholas Rizzotto of Denver, Colorado, Anthony Rizzotto and Vincent Rizzotto both of Stuart; his grandson, Carter Nicholas Rizzotto; his brothers, Robert Rizzotto and his wife Barbara and John Rizzotto and his wife Daina and his mother, Jean Rizzotto all of Stuart.

There will be a memorial service at 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel

Walter W. Kennedy – September 22, 1927 – January 23, 2019

Walter W. Kennedy – (September 22, 1927 – January 23, 2019) Walter W. Kennedy, 91, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on January 23, 2019 at his home.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 14 years coming from Miami, Florida.

He was a retiree from the U.S. Air Force where he served for 20 years and 6 days as a dental hygienist/technician. He continued his career at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miami for 45 years.. He was a member of the Port St. Lucie Bible Church.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Marjorie D. Kennedy; his children Alexander Biggs and his wife Maria of Union, New Jersey and Walda Stewart and her husband George of Waco, Texas; six grandchildren; his sister, Mavis Green of Bronx, New York and his brother Joseph “Doc” Kennedy of London, England, UK. He was preceded in death by his sister Muriel Kennedy and his brother Winston Kennedy.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Port St. Lucie Bible Church, 1120 SW Paar Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953 with a service at 11:00 AM. Entombment will be on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM with full military honors provided by the Base Honor Guard of Patrick Air Force Base.

Charles J. Osterman – October 31, 1940 – January 20, 2019

Charles J. Osterman – (October 31, 1940 – January 20, 2019) Colonel Charles J. Osterman, Palm City FL

An exciting and fulfilling life ended on January 20, 2019, when Charles “Chuck” Osterman peacefully left us. He was a proud patriot, loved by friends, family and anyone with whom he came in contact. He had a quick wit, and an easy laugh, loved traveling around the world or the USA, and loved the Green Bay Packers.

Chuck was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 31, 1940. He joined the Army in 1966 and became the platoon leader of the Famous Fighting 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He was wounded in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. He served in Armor and Cavalry units for most of his twenty-seven year career including being the Company Commander of the Armor Division at Fort Knox. He retired in 1992 after serving as the Inspector General for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command worldwide. His military education included a Masters Degree from University of Tampa and he also attended the Army War College.

Among those whose hearts are aching are the love-of-his-life, Marilyn Piechota, two daughters Charlotte (John) Miller and Christine (Leroy) Wright, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, brothers Rudy (Marie), Jerry, Bob (Pam) and Tom, plus numerous nieces and nephews. His daughter, Dee DiVietro, and step-daughter, Brenda Piechota, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Forest Hills Funeral Home followed by a Service at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Jouetta J. Wooten – May 19, 1934 – January 19, 2019

Jouetta J. Wooten – (May 19, 1934 – January 19, 2019) Jouetta J. Wooten, 84, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on January 19, 2019 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart, Florida.

Born in Wingo, Kentucky, Jouetta moved to Detroit, Michigan at a young ag. She married and raised her family in St. Clair Shores; and eventually moved to Clinton Township. She and her husband, Bill retired to Palm City, Florida in 1982.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Kelly of St, Clair Shores, Michigan andCindy Best of Coral Springs, Florida; her grandchildren, Shaun Kelly and his wife Jenny; Shannon Copek and her husband Jeff; Ryan Kelly; and six great-grandchildren Tyler, Nathan, Ellie, Nolan, Everett and Easton. Jouetta is predeceased by her husband, Willis Wooten and son, Jeffrey Wooten.

In lieu of flower, memorials may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice at Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 at 772-403-4500; or on line at; or to the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, 1921 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 · (734) 572-5870 or online at in Jouetta’s memory.

Neville Thompson – April 12, 1935 – January 17, 2019

Neville Thompson – (April 12, 1935 – January 17, 2019) Neville Thompson passed away on January 10, 2019 at the Age of 83.

Survived by his daughter Marcia, a son Donovan in the UK; granddaughter Sabria, grandson Tariq and other grand and great grandchildren in the UK. Siblings: Sisters Floret; Linnette; Brothers David and Stephen and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration in Thanksgiving for his Life will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990 on Friday, February 1 at 11am.

Janie V. Myers – February 7, 1960 – January 12, 2019

Janie V. Myers – (February 7, 1960 – January 12, 2019) Janie V. Myers, 58, of Port St. Lucie, FL unexpectantly passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

She leaves her parents, Morris and Norma Vaughn; sister, Susan Eldred and husband George; son, Michael Myers; daughter Amanda McHale and husband Alex; and grandchildren, Avery, Ethan, and Allie. She also leaves nephews Joseph Vaughn and wife Jennifer; Derek Eldred; and niece Caitlin Eldred.

She was preceded in death by her first born child, Brian Myers, in 1982; her brother Jimmy Vaughn in 1995; and her husband, Jeffery Myers in 2008.

Janie was born on February 7, 1960. Although her given name is Constance Jane Vaughn, she always preferred to be called Janie. She would also answer to Pie Pie, which was a nickname given to her by her mother as a child. She grew up in Dunwoody, GA and attended high school at Peachtree High School. She was married to Jeffery Myers in 1980. Janie and Jeff lived in Douglasville, GA for several years. Later in life, they lived happily together in Port St Lucie, FL. Janie wanted to live in Port St Lucie because of her work as a mortgage loan processor.

Janie was a self-proclaimed southern belle. She loved to cook southern style cuisine just like her mother. She was never shy and would speak to anyone. She had a wonderful, unique sense of humor and loved to laugh. She also loved to have fun and had many friends who cared for her deeply.

Janie had a relationship with God and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Those who love her find great comfort in knowing that she is now resting peacefully with Jesus Christ.

Janie was loved unconditionally by her family and will be profoundly missed.

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Janie’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday January 28, 2019 at 11 o’clock in the morning. The location is Free Chapel Gwinnett Campus 855 Northbrook Parkway Suwanee, GA 30024. After the church service, she will be taken to her final resting place at College Park Cemetery 3600 Adams Street Atlanta, GA 30337.

Joseph R. Catalanotti – June 25, 1932 – January 12, 2019

Joseph R. Catalanotti – (June 25, 1932 – January 12, 2019) Joseph R. Catalanotti of Hobe Sound, FL 86, passed away January 12, 2019 with his devoted wife Gloria and family by his side.

Joe was born in Brooklyn NY., and moved to Hobe Sound, FL. in 1997. He served in the Navy in the Korean War from 1952-1956. He was probably best known as “Lightning” by his friends at Watertown High because of his love of sports especially in-door track. He never tired of talking about sports, particularly baseball and football. Joe was a longstanding member of the VFW and a member of the ELKs Lodge as well. He was a Catholic by faith.

Joe is survived by his loving wife Gloria at home in Hobe Sound; three sons, Mark and wife Liz, Richard and wife Ruth, and Thomas. Two grandchildren, Rebecca and Timothy and one great granddaughter Olivia.

Funeral Services for Joseph are to be at 1P.M. on Friday January 18, 2019 at Forest Hills Funeral Home 2001 SW Murphy Rd, Palm City FL. Friends will be invited to gather at the funeral home at noon on Friday for visitation prior to services. Committal services to immediately follow with military honors at Forest Hills Memorial Park.


Robert T. Griffin-August 28, 1947 – January 11, 2019

Robert T. Griffin-(August 28, 1947 – January 11, 2019) Robert T. Griffin of Stuart, Florida and East Hampton, NY passed in peace on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the age of 71 with his wife by his side.

Born in Worcester, MA, Bob grew up in a little town called Paxton. He was very proud to be the first member of his family to graduate from college, The College of the Holy Cross in 1969. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army and then worked for Aetna in CT and CO for 14 years. This was followed by 28 years with Paine Webber and UBS as a Vice President.

Bob is survived by his wife Eileen Morris; his son Christopher Griffin and his wife Kelly and their daughter Keira; his step-children Kelly Morris, Hillary Heidelberg, Michael Heidelberg, and Whitten and Mimi Morris; his step-grandchildren Luca, Julian, Grant and Reed; his brother John Griffin and his former wife and mother of Christopher, Vicki. He is predeceased by his parents C. Robert and Dorothy (née Jule) Griffin and his brother Ricky Griffin.

Bob was the consummate gentleman and loved by all for his honesty, his loyalty and his smile. His granddaughter Keira was the love of his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations In Loving Memory of Bob can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 2101 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2100 SE Cove, Stuart, FL 34997, with Reverend Monsignor Blase Gintoli officiating. A Remembrance of Bob’s Life will be held at a future date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Stephen E. Fouse – June 6, 1938 – January 9, 2019

Out2News.comStephen E. Fouse -(June 6, 1938 – January 9, 2019) Stephen Eric Fouse, 80, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on January 9, 2019 at Martin Medical Center, Stuart.

Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, he had been a resident of Stuart for 15 months after moving from Altoona.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He had been an Eagle Scout and was a Mason.

Before retiring he was the dietary director of the Altoona Hospital for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of Stuart; a daughter, Kimberly, wife of Gil Smart of Jensen Beach; a son, Brian, of Altoona; and three grandchildren.

Services will be private, and interment will be in Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury, PA.

Contributions may be made to the Stuart Congregational Church, (772) 287-5951 in Stephen’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

Grady Tomlin – October 3, 1934 – January 9, 2019

Grady Tomlin – (October 3, 1934 – January 9, 2019)

Long time Ft. Pierce resident Grady Tomlin, 84, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 9th with his wife Helen by his side. He was born in Cleveland, GA and moved to St. Lucie Co. at the age of three. During his teenage years Grady lived in Greely, CO and enlisted in the Army. He served in Korea, and after his tour of duty Grady returned to Ft. Pierce. Grady was a member of the Int’l. Union of Operating Engineers Local 675. He worked for more than 20 years at several power plants before becoming self- employed as a welder.

Grady is survived by his wife Helen; sons Steve Tomlin (Vero Beach, FL) and John Tomlin (Pt. St. Lucie, FL); daughters Karen Agler (Pt. St. Lucie, FL) and Sandra Roberts (Eupora, MS); stepdaughter Sherrie Castagnoli (NYC); 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and sister Nell Purdy (Gainesville, GA).

The family wishes to expresses thanks to the staff of Treasure Coast Hospice for their exceptional care and concern. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Treasure Coast Hospice (

Both the Viewing and the service will be held on Monday Jan. 14th at Aycock Funeral Home of Ft. Pierce, the Viewing from 11-12, followed by the service at 12 noon. An online guestbook is available at

Stella R. Brinkley – March 09, 1920 – January 08, 2019

Stella R. Brinkley – (March 09, 1920 – January 08, 2019) Stella Ruth Brinkley, 98, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on January 8, 2019 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida. Born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, she had been a resident of Palm City for 15 years.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1941, she enlisted into the United States Army. She served as a First Lieutenant and was a dietician for a military hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It was there she met her future husband, William Brinkley, a B17 pilot. They were married in 1945 and were stationed at Air Force bases in Gulfport Mississippi, Japan, Warner Robins, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina and Patrick AFB, Florida.

Her husband ultimately retired from the Air Force and joined NASA and they settled the family in Lake Pickett, Florida. There, they enjoyed all the benefits of raising their family in a country setting on a lake with plenty of room for family and friends.

Stella taught third grade in nearby Oviedo for a few years in the 1960’s but she primarily enjoyed being a homemaker.

After her husband’s retirement from NASA, they relocated to Eustis Florida, living there during the winter. Their summers were spent golfing, hiking and enjoying the mountains with family and friends at their cabin in Linville, North Carolina.

In 2003, they relocated to Palm City to be closer to their daughter and her husband and children.

Stella was a member of Palm City Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Tina Boswell and her husband Bill of Palm City; her brother, Walt Maisner of Deerfield, MA and her grandchildren, Kelly Boswell of Stuart and Matthew Boswell of Deland, FL, Lisa Brinkley and Lucas Brinkley of Indianland, SC. She was predeceased in death by her husband, William A Brinkley and sons, Chris Brinkley and William Keith Brinkley.

There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Palm City Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Army.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 865 SE Monterey Commons Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996 or online at or to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990, 772-600-3203 or online at in Stella’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City.

Bonnie Handel – June 27, 1955 – January 8, 2019

Bonnie Handel – (June 27, 1955 – January 8, 2019) Bonnie Handel, 63, of Palm City, FL and Gaspereaux, PEI, Canada passed away suddenly on January 8, 2019. Her partner of 22 years Robert “Bob” Auwood was by her side holding her hand.

Bonnie was born and raised in Philadelphia, graduating from Cheltenham HS in 1973. She received a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1977. She worked for many years in California primarily as an Emergency Room Nurse. She met Bob in 1997 and became an accomplished coastal and open ocean sailor, sailing thousands of miles from Canada, along the US East Coast, thru the Bahamas, and for many years in the Caribbean. Bonnie and Bob were blessed to share and live out a beautiful common dream. Their sailing home during that period was the ketch ANAKONDA, and later a magnificent cutter named SPRAY. They moved ashore in 2010.

Bonnie is survived by her long time partner Robert Auwood; her mother, Wilma Silver of Pompano Beach, FL; her twin sister Linda Wanfried of Oneida, NY; her brother David Silver and his wife Gwenn of Huntingdon Valley, PA; nieces Stacy Silver and Joanna Wanfried; nephews Todd Silver and George Wanfried. She is also survived by her beloved pet, Abigail The Wonder Dog. She was predeceased by her father Samuel Silver.

A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held on Sunday, January 27 in Pompano Beach, FL.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory of Stuart, FL.

Madeline V. Mariano – September 30, 1931 – January 07, 2019

Madeline V. Mariano – (September 30, 1931 – January 07, 2019)

Madeline Viola Mariano 87, of Jensen Beach FL., passed away on January 7, 2019. She was born on September 30, 1931 in Brooklyn NY, a daughter to the late Joseph and Constance Farese. In addition to her parents, Madeline is predeceased by her loving husband Nicholas Mariano and one brother Dominck Farese.

She is survived by her six children, Claire Mariano of Jensen Beach; Nicholas Mariano and wife Jo-Ann of Stuart FL.; Samuel Mariano and wife Kathy of Pine Brook NJ.; Janet Mariano-Finizio and husband John of Port Saint Lucie FL, Joseph Mariano and wife Helga; Brian Mariano and brother, Gene Farese and wife Margaret; one sister in law, Mary Anne Farese all of Jensen Beach FL. three grandchildren, Sean, Sam and Nicolette.

Madeline was a Catholic by faith and a loving and compassionate mother as well as friend. She loved cruises and playing the slot machines.

Visitation for Madeline will be on Monday, January 14 from 5-8 PM with a prayer service to be held at 6:30 PM at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City 2001 SW Murphy Road Palm, City FL. Friends are invited at 10:00AM with Funeral Services held at 11:30AM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the funeral home chapel with interment and committal services to follow immediately at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

The family requests no flowers; should you wish, contributions can be made to Dogs and Cats Forever, 772-489-5454, 4600 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or Environmental Study Center, 772-219-1887, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957 or Alzheimer’s community Care, 772-692-6981, 2200 North Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 in Madeline’s name.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City.

Valery K Smeltzer – July 29, 1956 – January 7, 2019

Valery K Smeltzer – (July 29, 1956 – January 7, 2019) Valery Smeltzer of Vero Beach, FL passed away on January 7th, 2019. She was the wife of George Smeltzer Jr. Formerly of Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Dorothy Mae Shields (Survived) and Garland Shields (deceased). Valery was a member of the Unity Church of Vero beach. She was also a former member of the Alternative Motorcycles Club of the Treasure Coast. She is survived by her beloved husband George Smeltzer Jr.and her daughters, Angel Kay Rader and Olivia Mae Shields. Valery leaves behind her six grandchildren, Garland Shields, Dakota Rader, Jalyn Rader, Chloe Shields, Coral Snowden, and Christopher Harvey Snowden. A memorial service will be held for Valery at 2:00 pm. On January 27th, 2019 at Aycock Funeral Home, 6026 N. Us Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL, 34946. Contributions can be made to Humane Society of Vero Beach.

Louise G. Eisman – February 27, 1920 – January 6, 2019

Louise G. Eisman – (February 27, 1920 – January 6, 2019) Louise was born in Barbour Co. Alabama on February 27, 1920, and passed on January 6th, 2018 in Cumming GA.
The James family lived in Miami Fla. during her youth and she survived the hurricane of 1926.
After the war she worked at the Veterans Administration where she met and married her first husband, Frederick Clark, deceased 1964. After his death she and her sons, Jim (class of 67) and Frank (class of 70) moved to Stuart to be closer to the family members who had followed her older brother, Jack James, to the small town.
She worked in Real Estate with the Clemons office for many years.
In 1972 she married her 2nd husband, Arthur Eisman, now deceased. Following the death of her son, Jim, in 2008, she moved to Cumming, Ga. to live with her younger son, Frank. Louise was active in genealogy, loved the outdoors, and was an avid gardener well into her 90’s.
She attended the Tropical Farms Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Frank Clark, sister Jennie Lee Florian, daughter in law Linda Clark and Grandson Travis Clark.

There will be a funeral service at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Forest Hills Palm City Chapel, Palm City, FL. Interment will follow in Fernhill Memorial Garden, Stuart, FL.

Maxima Castillo Aragon – August 26, 1932 – January 4, 2019

Maxima Castillo Aragon – (August 26, 1932 – January 4, 2019) Maxima Castillo Aragon, 86, departed this life Friday, January 4, 2019.

Maxima was preceded in death by her husband, Torcuato Aragon. She is survived by her daughter, Bernadette Aragon; sister, Aurora Tiongquico; and many other loving family members and friends.

Maxima was born in the Philippines and has lived in Port St. Lucie since 1994. She enjoyed and loved gardening and sewing.

Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 11, at Aycock at Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987.

Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986.

Interment will follow at Rolling Oaks Cemetery in Port St. Lucie.

Maxima was preceded in death by her husband, Torcuato Aragon. She is survived by her daughter, Bernadette Aragon; sister, Aurora Tiongquico; and many other loving family members and friends.

Patricia M. Cassidy – March 28, 1956 – January 04, 2019

Patricia M. Cassidy – (March 28, 1956 – January 04, 2019) Patricia M. Cassidy, 62, of Stuart, passed away January 4, 2019 at Martin Medical Center in Stuart. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and had been a resident of Stuart since 1977, having relocated from New York. She had been an office manager in the medical field. She was of the catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Mark L. Cassidy III of Stuart; sons, Bryan Cassidy and his wife Lindsey of Palm City and Mark L. Cassidy IV of Hobe Sound; 2 grandchildren, Rylin and Kinly; sisters, Christine King and Jean Lawton and brother, Kevin King. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lenore King.

Frances Mary Faulkner – February 3, 1929 – January 3, 2019

Frances Mary Faulkner – (February 3, 1929 – January 3, 2019) Frances Mary Faulkner was born on February 3, 1929 and passed away on January 3, 2019

Kyle A. Hornbecker – August 31, 1983 – January 03, 2019

Kyle A. Hornbecker -( August 31, 1983 – January 03, 2019) Kyle A. Hornbecker, 35, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on January 3, 2019 at his home.

Born in Stuart, FL, he had been a resident of Palm City for 4 years coming from Port St. Lucie.

He had served in the US Army. He was a graduate of Indian River State College.

Survivors include his mother and father Steven and Vicki Hornbecker of Port St. Lucie; his sister, Brooke and her husband Justin “JT”; his uncles Virgil R, Householder Jr. of Raleigh, NC and Van Householder of Bonita Springs, FL Curt & Celeste Hornbecker of Port St Lucie, FL, Bob & Donna Hornbecker of Hagerstown, MD, Doug & Kelley Hornbecker of Hagerstown, MD, Dave & Sue Sprecher of Hagerstown, MD, and several cousins.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

Daryl Frank Dragon – August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019

Out2News.comDaryl Frank Dragon (August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019) Dragon was born into a musical family, and is the son of Eloise (Rawitzer) and conductor, composer, and arranger Carmen Dragon, and the elder brother of Dennis Dragon, a member of the 1960s pop combo The Dragons and the 1980s surf band the Surf Punks. His godfather was actor and comedian Danny Thomas.

Was an American musician and songwriter, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille with his then wife, Toni Tennille

Dragon’s familiar image and stage name came from his time as a keyboard player with The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname “Captain Keyboard”, and it stuck; Dragon began wearing a nautical captain’s hat to go along with the name. As Captain in Captain & Tennille, Dragon was frequently silent and a man of very few words, playing a foil to his outgoing, vivacious wife, Toni Tennille

In 1962, Dragon became a member of the band Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds, which included the future Watts Band member John Raynford. He also played with The Yellow Balloon in 1967

In 1968, Dragon and his brother Dennis formed a studio band called The Mission, which produced a one-off single on the small Bet Records label: “Calmilly”/”Galing Made It”. The songs later appeared on a joint album in 1971 titled Me and My Brother (aided by another brother, Doug, who sang the vocals), which was released on CD in 2005.

On the double LP The Visit by Bob Smith, released in 1970, Dragon is credited as Captain Keyboard. Dragon also made significant contributions with keyboarding and musical scoring on the Beach Boys’ 1972 release Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”; he co-wrote the track “Cuddle Up” with Dennis Wilson. Also, Dragon’s orchestrations on the tracks “Make It Good” and “Cuddle Up” translated the melodic ideas that Wilson was seeking. Additionally, Dragon arranged the coda on “Don’t Go Near The Water” from The Beach Boys’ 1971 release Surf’s Up.

Dragon contributed vibes and melodica in the song “Wind ’n’ Sea” by the band Farm, a group put together by Dennis and Doug for the soundtrack to The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, a surf film directed by George Greenough. He also did session work with Dennis for the Go for It soundtrack and, in the early 1980s, with the rock band Survivor. In 1981, Dragon contributed to Carpenters’ Made In America album, programming synthesizers on “(Want You) Back In My Life Again”. In 1996, Dragon played keyboard on a number of tracks on the self-titled album by pop punk band Size 14.

In late 2009, Toni Tennille announced her husband had developed familial tremor. According to Tennille, his condition was neither debilitating nor terminal. Rather, his noticeable tremor was exacerbated by stress and anxiety. Subsequently, the tremor condition limited most of Dragon’s public appearances. As of November 2009, Dragon was under a physician’s care to determine the best method of treatment.

In September 2010, Tennille publicly clarified her husband’s condition as “a neurological condition (later confirmed to be Essential tremor), which causes him to have tremors”.Tennille indicated the condition was debilitating to Dragon’s abilities as a musician.

Tennille filed for divorce from Dragon in the State of Arizona on January 16, 2014, after 39 years of marriage. Dragon stated he was unaware of this until he was served with the divorce papers. Dragon, contacted by TMZ on January 22, 2014, stated: “I don’t know why Toni filed for divorce.”

On January 23, 2014, The Washington Post reported health insurance related to health issues might be the reason for the divorce, as both issues had been referenced in divorce documents filed with the courts. Tennille had reported on her blog in 2010 her husband’s neurological condition was characterized by such extreme tremors he could no longer play keyboards.

The divorce was finalized in July 2014. In her memoirs, Tenille described their marriage as loveless and lacking physical affection.

Regarding his ex-wife’s new memoirs, Dragon stated, “No, I haven’t read it.” In an interview on March 17, 2016, Dragon, responding to the book by his ex-wife, would comment only, “I was drugged (at the time of his divorce), that’s all I can tell you.”

On April 12, 2016, while appearing on The Today Show, Tennille confirmed her divorce from Dragon was finalized, and stated that the reason for the divorce was Dragon’s “inability to be affectionate”.Tennille later said that Dragon had reacted positively to the Today segment and told her; “I saw you on The Today Show. I was proud of you.”

In an interview published in a February 2017 issue of People, Dragon stated he was making great progress and feeling like himself again, after corrections were made in the dosage of medications he was taking, which were causing side effects. Dragon stated his ex-wife had flown to Arizona and had been a help in his improvement. Dragon died on January 2, 2019, from renal failure.

Stewart Robert Einstein November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019

Stewart Robert Einstein (November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American actor, comedy writer and producer. He was known for creating and performing the satirical stuntman character Super Dave Osborne. Einstein was also known for his roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman on Arrested Development.

Einstein got his start as a writer on several television variety shows, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Einstein won two Emmy Awards as a writer and was nominated four other times. He also won a CableACE Award for acting as Super Dave, along with five other nominations.

Einstein was the older brother of fellow actor and comedian Albert Brooks. Einstein was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, to a Jewish family. His parents were the comic Harry Einstein, best known for playing the character Parkyakarkus on radio and in the movies, and the actress-singer Thelma Leeds. His younger brother is comedian and writer Albert Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein), and his older brother, Cliff Einstein, is a retired advertising executive in Los Angeles. Einstein got his start writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for which he won an Emmy Award. The writing team also included Steve Martin and Murray Roman.He also appeared on the show as Officer Judy. In 1977 he won an Emmy for outstanding comedy-variety series for his work on “Van Dyke and Company”. Einstein created the goofy stuntman Super Dave Osborne character, who first made an appearance on The John Byner Comedy Hour, a 1972 television series. The character later became a regular on the 1980 television series Bizarre, also hosted by Byner, and was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1987, Einstein got his own variety show named Super Dave, which ran from 1987 to 1991 on the Global Television Network in Canada (where the show was produced at the network’s Toronto studio) and Showtime in the United States. In 1992, an animated series Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire aired on Fox. Einstein later extended the “Super Dave” franchise by starring in the 2000 movie, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.

On the November 12, 2009, airing of TNA Impact!, he was the booker and host of the night. He made Super Dave’s Spike Tacular, a four-episode sketch series on Spike TV reprising his Super Dave character, once again engaging in outrageous stunts. Einstein had recurring roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman in the third season of Arrested Development. He was also featured on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers as obnoxious district selectman Tony Deloge. Einstein was also on The Man Show where he did Century Club with Adam and Jimmy. In Ocean’s Thirteen he played Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon)’s father, Robert “Bobby” Caldwell, a master robber and con artist whose day job is an FBI agent.

Einstein appeared on the second season of Anger Management as Charlie Goodson’s very angry neighbor, and his character in the show instantly got an unflattering nickname based on a feminine hygiene product.

Einstein voiced two characters from The Life & Times of Tim, playing the Elephant Trainer in Tim & the Elephant in the second season, and the bookie in Pray for the Jets in the third.

Einstein was the first comedian to appear twice on Jerry Seinfeld’s Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.Einstein died on January 2, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia.

James Robert Strandberg-August 7, 1959 – December 29, 2018

James Robert Strandberg-(August 7, 1959 – December 29, 2018)James Robert Strandberg was born on August 7, 1959 in Bayonne, NJ and passed away on December 29, 2018.

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Carmen Lopez-September 10, 1918 – December 28, 2018

Out2News.comCarmen Lopez-(September 10, 1918 – December 28, 2018)Carmen Lorenzana Lopez, 104 years of age, passed on Friday, December 28th at the Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Carmen was born December 10, 1914 in Morovis, Puerto Rico to the late Manuel Lorenzana and Carmen Ojeda. Carmen married the late Francisco Cuevas Lopez in 1938 and four children were born from this union. The family moved to New York in 1951 and Port St. Lucie, Fl in 2006.

Carmen loved to cook, garden, read her prayer books, praying for and with others, spending time with family, laughing and always wearing a smile on her face. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, always thinking of others first. “To know her was to love her.”

Carmen leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Hector F. Lopez (wife Toni), Francisca Munoz, and Nelida Gladd; 8 Grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A funeral service will be held on January 5, 2019 at 2pm with a Celebration of Life to follow at Aycock at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to in Carmen Lopez’s memory.

Carmen leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Hector F. Lopez (wife Toni), Francisca Munoz, and Nelida Gladd; 8 Grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mark Alan Lashley-March 10, 1965-December 26, 2018

Mark Alan Lashley-(March 10, 1965-December 26, 2018) Mark Alan Lashley, 53, of Jensen Beach, FL, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 with his wife Cynthia, daughter Melissa, sister Jane and his nephews Rick and Ben by his side.

Working, fishing and cooking were Marks biggest passions in life. When he was younger he did Commercial Net fishing so when he wasn’t working he was on his boat heading for the Ocean. He loved to fish. He enjoyed cooking and was a great cook with a passion for gourmet foods. Mark was a Florida State Certified Residential Contractor for 20 plus years.

Mark had an extensive group of friends, Most of whom he has known for 30 plus years and some longer than that.

Mark was survived by his wife Cynthia Lashley, his step-children Jason and Melissa; six grandchildren Jamon, Carissa, Jacob, Brennan, Ally and Kaylee; two great-grand children Jupee and Logan Jr; and his three siblings Donald, Sandra and Jane.

Mark will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

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James L Ciccarello-August 31, 1923 – December 24, 2018

James L Ciccarello-(August 31, 1923 – December 24, 2018) ames L. Ciccarello, died peacefully on December 24, 2018 at Hospice House in Fort Pierce. He was born in New York City on August 31, 1923, and lived in Saint Lucie West for the past 20 years. Before moving to Saint Lucie West, he lived in North Palm Beach and Bay Shore, Long Island.

Throughout his teenage years he caddied at Dyker Beach Golf Club in Brooklyn and played trumpet with two Brooklyn bands. He also trained and boxed in the Golden Gloves welterweight division. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn and continued his education at the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens, graduating with a master aircraft and engine mechanics license.

During World War II he was recruited by the Army Air Corps as a civilian aircraft engine mechanic to work and train mechanics at US airbases. He received commendations for his efforts. After World War II he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic while working as a wind tunnel test engineer. After graduation he accepted a position teaching aeronautical engineering at the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens. He later worked at Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, Ohio on both a Navy guided missile program and the Bell Aerospace X-1 experimental airplane, which was the first plane to break the sound barrier. During this period, he also did graduate work at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio. Between 1950 and 1955, he worked as assistant project engineer designing the first turbo jet engine at Wright Aero Corporation in Wood Ridge, New Jersey.

In 1955, he accepted a position at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, NY as assistant chief power plant design engineer on the F–105 Air Force fighter-bomber and the XF–103 super sonic turbo jet/ramjet airplane. In 1960 he was hired by Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, NY to work on the F-14 Navy fighter as power plant group leader. He later moved into the lunar module space program at Grumman as a group leader on the design of the descent rocket engine, which successfully landed on the moon. He also held this position for the ascent rocket engine that propelled the lunar module off the moon. After the lunar landing program, he was appointed to a position on the experimental super sonic X-29 forward swept wing program as chief of propulsion systems design. He worked at Edwards Air Force Base in California, through a successful flight test program. After the completion of this program in 1984, he retired from Grumman and moved to Florida.

On July 20, 1969, he was awarded the NASA Apollo Achievement Award for man’s first landing on the moon. His name was also inscribed on the Spacewalk of Honor at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Jim also received a Citation for Excellence Award from Grumman Aerospace.

In 1998 he moved to Kings Isle in St. Lucie West. His lifetime hobbies included travel, golf, dancing, and swimming. He was a member of Saint Lucie Catholic Church, Moose Lodge #513, Knights of Columbus #7514 as a 3rd degree knight, as well as Elks Lodge #2658.

His parents Carmelo and Mary Ciccarello and sister Anne De Maio preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bonnie, daughters Diane (Peter) and Christine (William), five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Lucie Catholic Church on February 9th at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN or to the Treasure Coast Hospice.

Dorothea F. Leimkuehler-December 5, 1926-December 24, 2018

Dorothea F. Leimkuehler-(December 5, 1926-December 24, 2018)Dorothea F. Leimkuehler, 92, of Stuart, FL, passed away Monday, December 24, 2018. She was born in Decatur, Indiana and moved to Stuart, FL in 1989 from Fairview Park, Ohio.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City, FL.

She is survived by her son Mark Leimkuehler and his wife Cathy and daughter Jill Leimkuehler-Mazgaj and her husband David; her three grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and brother Dale Hirschy. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Roy Leimkuehler.

Memorial Contributions in loving memory of Dorothea can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2655 SW Immanuel Drive, Palm City, FL 34990.

Memorial Service is going to be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church 2655 Southwest Immanuel Drive, Palm City, FL 34990

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting


Anthony Tyler Johnson-July 28, 1995 – December 23, 2018

Anthony Tyler Johnson-(July 28, 1995 – December 23, 2018)Anthony Tyler Johnson, 23, passed away on 23 December 2018

Anthony Tyler Johnson was born in Newport News, Virginia on 28 July 1995 to Robert and Susan Johnson (Bedwell). In 1998, his father joined the US Army and the family moved to Oahu, Hawaii. While living in Hawaii Anthony would become the elder sibling to his new little brother, Tarik. In 2002, the family relocated to Upper Marlboro, Maryland and subsequently transferred to Olympia, Washington in 2004. Again, Anthony would become a big brother, this time to a little sister named Deziree’. In Olympia, he attended the local public school and enjoyed many sports including boxing. Having natural artistic skill, unbridled creativity, and a slightly rebellious streak, Anthony became interested in tattooing at the ripe old age of 15. It became clear to all very early on that Anthony had a real talent for the Ink Arts and he would pursue his trade with great passion and prowess in the years that followed. In 2015, he moved back to Maryland to live with his Grandma Maria. In Maryland (and Virginia) he would continue his training and refine his tattooing skills and took up Krav Maga self-defense. In 2017, he moved to Douglasville, Georgia with his Grandma Maria and to be closer to his Uncle Rob. In Georgia, Anthony would continue his tattooing, but also started a plumber apprenticeship program. Anthony’s dream was to someday open his own tattoo parlor; unfortunately, his life was tragically cut short on 23 December 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anthony was very protective of his family and seemed to have a tough exterior, but to those who truly knew him he had a warm and gentle heart. He loved to make people laugh by making jokes or playing silly pranks, especially on his grandmother. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his family on vacations, going to the movies and ball games, or just sitting around watching television and playing video games. He had a contagious smile that lit up the room, and he brought great joy and touched many lives in his limited years.

Anthony is survived by his parents, Robert and Susan; brother, Tarik; and sister, Deziree’; Grandma Maria Bedwell; Grandpa Robert Johnson; Grandma Dee (Dorsthea) Knight; Uncle Rob Bedwell; Aunt Angela Crocker; Aunt Laura, Uncle Rick, and cousins, Joe, Nick and Andy Christensen; and the many friends he made throughout the years. He was predeceased by his Grandpa John Bedwell and Uncle Felando Johnson.

A visitation will take place on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2-4 pm and a memorial service on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10-11 am at Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957. Interment will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1200 pm at Rolling Oaks Cemetery, 2200 SW Del Rio Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34953.

Anthony may have never gotten his tattoo parlor, but he still managed to tattoo the hearts of all that knew and loved him. “Wear your heart on your skin.”

Peter J. POLETTI-February 4, 1938 – December 21, 2018

Peter J. POLETTI-(February 4, 1938 – December 21, 2018) It is with much sadness that we, the family of Peter J. Poletti, announce his passing on December 21, 2018. Pete was born on Feb. 4, 1938 in Marlboro, New York, the son of John and Olga (Morandi) Poletti. He is survived by his wife Doris, loving sons Jonathan (Tracy), Peter David (Joyce) and Tracey Allen (Karen) and grandchildren, Maggie, Kai, and Ben. In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by sisters Clara Amodeo, Louise Vecchiarelli and Jenny Manross. Pete’s career path was dual. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves and from the IBM Corporation as a Second Level Manager. A farmer at heart, Pete turned a hobby into a successful business venture. While living in Highland, NY, Pete and Doris operated P and D Tree Farm. Holiday spirit prevailed seasonally at their Choose and Cut farm for many years. Volunteerism was always a part of Pete’s nature. While residing in Florida and New York. Pete was a member of Lions Club International, the Knights of Columbus, Elks, UNICO, MOA and the Order of the Sons of Italy. He served as Usher and Greeter at Holy Family Catholic Church. Additionally, Pete served on the Condo Board at Island Crest, Jensen Beach from 2011-2017, most notably, as President and Treasurer. He will be missed by many. A donation to the charity of one’s choosing may be made in Pete’s name. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida. Please visit and sign our online guest register book at

Carole Penny Marshall -October 15, 1943 – December 17, 2018

Carole Penny Marshall -(October 15, 1943 – December 17, 2018) an American actress, director and producer. She came to notice in the 1970s for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the television sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983), receiving three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for her portrayal.

Marshall made her directorial debut with Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986) before directing Big (1988), which became the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office. Her subsequent directing credits included Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, A League of Their Own (1992), Renaissance Man (1994), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). She also produced Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005), and directed episodes of the TV series According to Jim and United States of Tara.

Carole Penny Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York, on October 15, 1943, to Marjorie Irene (née Ward; 1908–1983), a tap dance teacher who ran the Marjorie Marshall Dance School, and Anthony “Tony” Masciarelli (1906–1999), later Marshall, a director of industrial films and later a producer.She was the sister of actor/director/TV producer Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin, a television producer. Her birth name, Carole, was selected because her mother’s favorite actress was Carole Lombard. Her middle name was selected because her older sister, Ronny, wanting a horse in the Bronx, was saving her pennies; her mother chose the middle name in an attempt to console her.

Her father was of Italian descent, his family having come from Abruzzo,and her mother was of German, English, and Scottish descent; Marshall’s father changed his last name from Masciarelli to Marshall before she was born. Religion played no role in the Marshall children’s lives. Garry Marshall was christened Episcopalian, Ronny was Lutheran, and Marshall was confirmed in a Congregational Church, because “sent us anyplace that had a hall where she could put on a recital. If she hadn’t needed performance space, we wouldn’t have bothered.”

She grew up at 3235 Grand Concourse, the Bronx, in a building which was also the childhood home of Neil Simon, Paddy Chayefsky, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. She began her career as a tap dancer at age three, and later taught tap at her mother’s dance school. She graduated from Walton High School, a public girls’ high school in New York and then went to University of New Mexico for 2​1⁄2 years where she studied math and psychology. While at UNM, Marshall became pregnant with daughter, Tracy Reiner (née Tracy Henry), and soon after married the father, Michael Henry, in 1963. The couple divorced three years later in 1966. During this period, Marshall worked various jobs to support herself, including working as a choreographer for the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association. In 1967, she moved to Los Angeles to join her older brother Garry, a writer whose credits at the time included TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966).

Marshall first appeared on a television commercial for Head and Shoulders beautifying shampoo. She was hired to play a girl with stringy, unattractive hair, and Farrah Fawcett was hired to play a girl with thick, bouncy hair. As the crew was lighting the set, Marshall’s stand-in wore a placard that read “Homely Girl” and Fawcett’s stand-in wore a placard that said “Pretty Girl”. Farrah Fawcett, sensing Marshall’s insecurity about her looks, crossed out “Homely” on the Marshall stand-in placard and wrote “Plain”.Marshall and Billie Hayes were the only actresses to audition for the role of Witchiepoo for H.R. Pufnstuf, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. Marshall thought that she was not right for the part, and Hayes got the role.

In 1968 Marshall accepted an offer from her brother to appear in a movie he had written and was producing, called How Sweet It Is (1968). She landed another small role in the film The Savage Seven (1968), as well as a guest appearance on the hit television series That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas.Marshall was considered for the role of Gloria Bunker Stivic on All in the Family, but lost the part to Sally Struthers.

In 1970, Garry Marshall became the executive producer of the television series The Odd Couple. The following year, Marshall was added to the permanent cast to play a secretary, Myrna, and held the role for four years. In Marshall’s final appearance on The Odd Couple, her character married her boyfriend, Sheldon, played by Rob Reiner, her real-life husband.The episode included Marshall’s real-life siblings, Garry and Ronny, as Myrna’s brother and sister.

While she was on The Odd Couple, Marshall played small roles in TV movies such as Evil Roy Slade (1972), starring Mickey Rooney (and produced by brother Garry); The Crooked Hearts (1972) starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., in which she played a waitress; The Couple Takes a Wife, starring Bill Bixby; and Wacky Zoo of Morgan City (1972). From 1972 to 1973, she appeared as a regular on The Bob Newhart Show. In 1974, James L. Brooks and Allan Burns cast Marshall as Janice Dreyfuss, sister-in-law to Paul Dreyfuss (played by actor Paul Sand) in the series Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers. It aired on CBS-TV Saturday nights beginning September 14, 1974. Despite good reviews and decent ratings, it was canceled mid-season. Brooks and Burns, along with studio head Grant Tinker, were so impressed with Marshall’s comedic talent that the following season, they hired Marshall and actress Mary Kay Place to play Mary Richards’ new neighbors (Paula and Sally Jo, respectively) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Garry Marshall, then creator/part-time writer for Happy Days, cast Marshall and Cindy Williams to guest on an episode of the show. The installment, titled “A Date with Fonzie”,[18] aired on November 11, 1975 and introduced the characters LaVerne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney (played by Marshall and Williams, respectively). In that episode, Laverne and Shirley were a pair of wisecracking brewery workers, who were dates for Fonzie (played by Henry Winkler) and Richie (played by Ron Howard). The pair were such a hit with the studio audience that Garry Marshall decided to co-create and star them in a successful spinoff, Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983). The characters of Laverne and Shirley appeared in five more episodes of Happy Days. In 1982 at the beginning of Laverne & Shirley’s eighth season, Williams left the show due to her pregnancy. Marshall continued with the show, but it was canceled after the season’s final episode aired in May 1983. It would take a few years before the actresses were reconciled.

In 1983, while still filming Laverne & Shirley, Marshall guest starred on Taxi in a cameo appearance as herself. In the Taxi episode “Louie Moves Uptown,” Marshall is turned down for residency in a new high-rise condo in Manhattan. The Laverne & Shirley episode “Lost in Spacesuits” is referenced in the scene.

Marshall lent her voice to Ms. Botz, a.k.a. Ms. Botzcowski, the “babysitter bandit,” on the first produced episode of The Simpsons, making her the first official guest star to appear on the show, and played a cameo role as herself on the HBO series Entourage. She also made a cameo appearance alongside her brother Garry in the Disney Halloween-themed movie Hocus Pocus as husband and wife. She was reunited with her Laverne & Shirley co-star, Cindy Williams, on a November 2013 episode of Sam & Cat

At the encouragement of her brother, Marshall became interested in directing. While starring on Laverne and Shirley, she made her debut as a director and directed four episodes of that show well as other TV assignments. In 1979, she directed several episodes of the short-lived sitcom Working Stiffs, starring Michael Keaton and James Belushi. She soon moved on to theatrical films, her first film being Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986) starring Whoopi Goldberg. She got this gig when the original director dropped out. She also gave her daughter Tracy and her brother Garry roles in the film.

Marshall directed several successful feature films from the mid-1980s onwards, including Big (1988) starring Tom Hanks (the first film directed by a woman to gross over US$100 million), Awakenings (1990) starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, A League of Their Own (1992) with Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, and The Preacher’s Wife (1996) starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. In 1991, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.

In 2010–2011, Marshall directed two episodes of the Showtime series United States of Tara. In 2013, Women in Film and Video presented her with the Women of Vision Award. In 2014, Marshall announced she was developing a biopic on Effa Manley entitled Effa.

While at college, Marshall met Michael Henry, a football player, and left to marry him in 1963, aged 20;they had one child, a daughter, Tracy. The marriage lasted three years.

On April 10, 1971,Marshall married actor/director Rob Reiner, who later adopted her daughter. Her marriage to Reiner ended in 1981; the couple had five grandchildren together.

Marshall had a brief relationship with singer Art Garfunkel in the mid-1980s, and he credits her with helping him through his depression.

In 2010, it was reported that Marshall had been diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain, but she revealed in 2012 that she was in remission. Following her recovery she published a memoir, My Mother Was Nuts.

Marshall died in Los Angeles on December 17, 2018, at the age of 75 from heart failure caused by diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Following Marshall’s death, her ex-husband Rob Reiner took to Twitter to say: “I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her”. Broadcaster Dan Rather tweeted: “Mourning the loss of a funny, poignant, and original American voice. Penny Marshall was a pioneer in television and the big screen who understood humor comes in many forms and some of life’s deeper truths require a laugh. She will be missed.”

Ron Howard, her onetime co-star, and like her an actor who went on to become a celebrated film director, stated on Twitter: “She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her.”

Major League Baseball tweeted the following statement: “We join the baseball community in mourning the passing of Penny Marshall, director of A League of Their Own.”

Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams had remained good friends with Marshall for most of the thirty five years since their sitcom’s end. The day after Marshall’s death, she shared a message on Twitter, simply stating: “I Love You, Partner.” Underneath the one line of text was the image of a familiar, cursive ‘L’ initial. During the series’ run, Marshall had the wardrobe department sew the ‘L’ on most of her character Laverne’s blouses and sweaters.

Nancy Sue Wilson – February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018

Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) An American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”. Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. The title she preferred, however, was “song stylist”. She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”.

Nancy Sue Wilson was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of six children of Olden Wilson, an iron foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan, a maid.Wilson’s father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, and Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Wilson says: “The juke joint down on the block had a great jukebox and there I heard Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Little Esther”. Wilson became aware of her talent while singing in church choirs, imitating singers as a young child, and performing in her grandmother’s house during summer visits.By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer.

At the age of 15, now attending Columbus, Ohio’s West High School, Wilson won a talent contest sponsored by the local ABC television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she later hosted. She also worked clubs on the east side and north side of Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School at age 17. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching. She spent one year at Ohio’s Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and following her original ambitions. She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956. She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958.While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

When Wilson met Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, he suggested that she should move to New York City, believing that the big city would be the venue in which her career could bloom. In 1959, she relocated to New York with a goal of obtaining Cannonball’s manager John Levy as her manager and Capitol Records as her label.[10] Within four weeks of her arrival in New York she got her first big break, a call to fill in for Irene Reid at “The Blue Morocco”. The club booked Wilson on a permanent basis; she was singing four nights a week and working as a secretary for the New York Institute of Technology during the day. John Levy sent demos of “Guess Who I Saw Today”, “Sometimes I’m Happy”, and two other songs to Capitol. Capitol Records signed her in 1960.

Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues. Adderley suggested that she should steer away from her original pop style and gear her music toward jazz and ballads. In 1962, they collaborated, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence with the hit R&B song, “Save Your Love For Me”, and Wilson would later appear on Adderley’s live album In Person (1968). Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson’s albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart. In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast.TIME said of her, “She is, all at once, both cool and sweet, both singer and storyteller.” In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”, which peaked at No. 11. From 1963 to 1971 Wilson logged eleven songs on the Hot 100, including two Christmas singles. However, “Face It Girl, It’s Over” was the only remaining non-Christmas song to crack the Top 40 for Wilson (#29, in 1968). After making numerous television guest appearances, Wilson eventually got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show (1967–1968), which won an Emmy.[6] Over the years she has appeared on many popular television shows from I Spy (more or less playing herself as a Las Vegas singer in the 1966 episode “Lori”, and a similar character in the 1973 episode “The Confession” of The F.B.I.), Room 222, Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, The Jack Paar Program, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (1966), The Danny Kaye Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Kraft Music Hall, The Sinbad Show, The Cosby Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Soul Food, New York Undercover, and recently Moesha, and The Parkers.She also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and The Flip Wilson Show.She was in the 1993 Robert Townsend’s The Meteor Man and in the film, The Big Score. She also appeared on The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars and the March of Dime Telethon. She was signed by Capitol Records in the late 1970s and in an attempt to broaden her appeal she cut the album Life, Love and Harmony, an album of soulful, funky dance cuts that included the track “Sunshine”, which was to become one of her most sought-after recordings (albeit among supporters of the rare soul scene with whom she would not usually register). In 1977 she recorded the theme song for The Last Dinosaur, a made-for-TV movie which opened in theaters in Japan.
An undated photo of Wilson from the National Archives of Brazil.

In the 1980s, she recorded five albums for Japanese labels because she preferred recording live, and American labels frequently did not give her that option. She gained such wide popularity that she was selected as the winner of the annual Tokyo Song Festivals.

n 1982, Wilson recorded with Hank Jones and the Great Jazz Trio. In that same year she recorded with the Griffith Park Band whose members included Chick Corea and Joe Henderson. In 1987 she participated in a PBS show entitled Newport Jazz ‘87 as the singer of a jazz trio with John Williams and Roy McCurdy.[9] In 1982, she also signed with CBS, her albums here including The Two of Us (1984), duets with Ramsey Lewis produced by Stanley Clarke; Forbidden Lover (1987), including the title-track duet with Carl Anderson; and A Lady with a Song, which became her 52nd album release in 1989. In 1989, Nancy Wilson in Concert played as a television special.In the early 1990s, Wilson recorded an album paying tribute to Johnny Mercer with co-producer Barry Manilow entitled With My Lover Beside Me. In this decade she also recorded two other albums, Love, Nancy and her sixtieth album If I Had it My Way. In the late 1990s, she teamed up with MCG Jazz, a youth-education program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh, PA.

In 1995, Wilson performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival in 1997. In 1999, she hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella on the A & E Network. All the proceeds from 2001’s A Nancy Wilson Christmas went to support the work of MCG Jazz.Wilson was the host on NPR’s Jazz Profiles, from 1996 to 2005. This series profiled the legends and legacy of jazz through music, interviews and commentary. Wilson and the program were the recipients of the George Foster Peabody Award in 2001. Wilson’s second and third album with MCG Jazz, R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) (2005), and Turned to Blue (2007), both won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. On September 10, 2011, she performed on a public stage for the last time at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. According to Wilson, “I’m not going to be doing it anymore, and what better place to end it than where I started – in Ohio.

In 1964, Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for the album How Glad I Am. She was featured as a “grand diva” of jazz in a 1992 edition of Essence.In the same year, she also received the Whitney Young Jr. Award from the Urban League. In 1998, she was a recipient of the Playboy Reader Poll Award for best jazz vocalist.

In 1986, she was dubbed the Global Entertainer of the Year by the World Conference of Mayors. She received an award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1993; the NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award in 1998, and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999. She received the Trumpet Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1994.Wilson received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, at 6541 Hollywood Blvd.She received honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Wilson has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposes inner-city children to the country.Wilson was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award in 2004, the highest honors that the United States government bestows upon jazz musicians.In 2005 she received the NAACP Image Awards for Best Recording Jazz Artist. She received the 2005 UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Award.

In September 2005, Wilson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Wilson was a major figure in Civil Rights Movement. Wilson said, “This award means more to me than anything else I have ever received.”, August 20, 2006: “It’s been a long career for the polished Wilson, whose first albums appeared in the 1960s, and she faces that truth head-on in such numbers as ‘These Golden Years’ and ‘I Don’t Remember Ever Growing Up’. Shorter breathed these days, she can still summon a warm, rich sound and vividly tell a song’s story. With a big band behind her in ‘Taking a Chance on Love’, she also shows there’s plenty of fire in her autumnal mood”. At the Hollywood Bowl, August 29, 2007, Wilson celebrated her 70th birthday with an all-star event hosted by Arsenio Hall. Ramsey Lewis and his trio performed “To Know Her Is To Love Her”.

Wilson married her first husband, drummer Kenny Dennis, in 1960. In 1963, their son, Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis Jr., was born, and by 1970, they divorced. On May 22, 1973, Wilson married a Presbyterian minister, Reverend Wiley Burton, within a month of meeting. She gave birth to Samantha Burton in 1975, and the couple adopted Sheryl Burton in 1976. As a result of her marriage, she abstained from performing in various venues, such as supper clubs. For the following two decades, she successfully juggled her personal life and her career. In November 1998, both of her parents died; she called this year the most difficult of her life.

In August 2006, Wilson was hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing a complete battery of tests. She was unable to attend the UNCF Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin and had to cancel the engagement. All of her other engagements were on hold pending doctors’ reports.

In March 2008, she was hospitalized for lung complications, recovered, and claimed to be doing well. In the same year, her husband, Wiley Burton, died after suffering from renal cancer. On December 13, 2018, Wilson died at her home in Pioneertown, California after a long battle with kidney cancer. She was 81 years old.

Harold Kalbfleisch-March 22, 1923-December 8, 2018

Harold Kalbfleisch-(March 22, 1923-December 8, 2018)HAROLD MILLS KALBFLEISCH,95, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan passed away Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at his home in Stuart, FL with his children by his side.

Harold was preceeded in death by his beloved wife Elaine (Schlee) of 53 years. Harold owned Birmingham Cleaners for 52 years. He was a member of Mariner Sands Country Club, The Clinton River Boat Club (Past Commodore), The Old Club, Birmingham Lions Club (Past President), Birmingham Lodge #44, Scottish Rite and Moslem Temple.

He is survived by his three children Stephen Kalbfleisch of Stuart, FL; Kirk Kalbfleisch of Whitefish, MT; and Marilyn Kaski (James) of Marysville, MI.; five grandchildren Kris, Kate, Ronald, Susan and Tom; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services pending. Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of your choice.

Stuart arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Frances Windon-September 24, 1928-December 18, 2018

Frances Windon-(September 24, 1928-December 18, 2018)Frances “Franny” A. (Goddard) Windon, 90, of Palm City, FL, passed away with her daughter and granddaughter by her side on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Fran was born on September 24, 1928, in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Ernest and Florence (Pauley) Goddard.

Fran was married to the love of her life, the late Ralph C. Windon for 43 years and they resided in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Fran was a devoted mother and Nana: she had a special relationship with her grand kids and loved spending time with family and friends. Fran was known for her love of reading and working jigsaw puzzles, but will be most remembered for telling ” the stories of her life” and her sense of humor. Fran’s lifetime was dedicated to helping and taking care of others, she always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger.

Fran is survived by her children, Richard Woolford (Wanda) of New Brighton, PA; Michael Windon (Vicki) of Springfield, MO and Lynda Windon Emilson (David) of Palm City, FL; her five grandchildren, Christian Woolford (Candee); Victoria Woolford (Jeremy); Kassandra Windon Smith (Steven); Benjamen Windon and Joshua Emilson (Savannah) and seven great-grandchildren, Abby Woolford, Breannah Gundy, Mykah Kinkade, Elisha and Sophia Smith, Aiden and Stella Rae Emilson. Brother, Charles Goddard (Myrna) and sister, Velma Goddard Windon.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fran was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Goddard; Paul Goddard; David Goddard and Larry Goddard and a sister, Linda Goddard Lingle.

The family would like to thank Martin Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room staff and Treasure Coast Hospice for their compassionate care and guidance.

An out-of-state memorial service is planned for January 19, 2019, memorial visitation from 1- 2 pm with a Celebration of Life service to follow at Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, 3801 4th Avenue, College Hill, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend a reception at Giuseppe’s Tuscany Grille located at 7072 Big Beaver Boulevard, Beaver Falls, PA immediately following the service. An in-state inurnment will take place in January at The South Florida National Cemetary located at 6501 State Road 7, Lake Worth FL 33449, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Frances can by made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1000 Ruhnke Street, Stuart, FL 34994.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Fannie Gay Timon-August 26, 1943-December 17, 2018

Out2News.comFannie Gay Timon-(August 26, 1943-December 17, 2018)Gay Timon, 75, of Stuart, FL, passed awayoMonday, December 17, 2018.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 am at The Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL, with Pastor Rick Addison officiating.

Entombment will follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 1501 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL.

Gay’s Dedication Page in the Stuart News will be published on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Kevin Ray Snyder-December 14, 1987 – December 16, 2018

Kevin Ray Snyder-(December 14, 1987 – December 16, 2018) Kevin Ray Snyder was born on December 14, 1987 and passed away on December 16, 2018

James Howard Noe-November 21, 1941-December 14, 2018

James Howard Noe-(November 21, 1941-December 14, 2018)James Howard Noe, 77, of Jensen Beach, FL, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 with his wife by his side. Formally from Centralia, IL, Jim has lived with his wife in Jensen Beach for over 30 years.

Jim knew his wife Margaret since 1959 where they graduated High School together. Their paths took different turns and eventually they married in 1989. Jim drove for Armellini Express Lines for twenty plus years. He received the Million Mile Safety Award for no accidents. Jim always had a positive outlook on life. He was a kind person and always had a smile on his face. Jim was also a man that was very strong in his faith. He is a parishioner at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stuart, FL.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Margaret Noe of Jensen Beach, FL and his two children Darrin Noe and his wife Angie of IL and Rhonda Poston of IL and step-son Michael Don Devor and his wife Cindy of Centralia, IL and his grandson Seth six step-grandchildren and sixteen step-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2450 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996 with Pastor David Albers officiating.

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Jean MALDON-January 31, 1936 – December 13, 2018

Jean MALDON-(January 31, 1936 – December 13, 2018)Jean MALDON was born on January 31, 1936 in New York, NY and passed away on December 13, 2018.


William “Bill” Bradford Bowers-July 23, 1940 – December 10, 2018

William “Bill” Bradford Bowers-(July 23, 1940 – December 10, 2018)William “Bill” Bowers, 78, of Port St. Lucie, Florida passed away December 10, 2018.

Bill was born in Bluff City, Tennessee where he was raised by the late Charles and Jocco Bowers nee Cross. Bill has resided in Florida for over 50 years having moved from Broward County to Port St. Lucie, 15 years ago. Bill served in the United States Army and later the Army National Guard. He was a Tractor Trailer Driver for Mobile Gas and McArthur Dairy for many years. “Wild Bill” as his friends referred to him as was an avid Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins fan. He was active in the Elk’s Lodge and was in numerous bowling and golf leagues. Bill was athletic by nature and played minor league baseball in his younger years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Howard, Pal, and Donnie Bowers; and grandson, Brett Bowers.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Brenda Bowers; son, Joseph Bowers, of Bonnie Lake, Washington and Scott Bowers, of Niota Tennessee; daughter, Jennifer Bowers-Harris, of Port St. Lucie; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Linda Gragg and Patsy Gross.

A visitation will take place on Sunday December 16, 2018 from 11am-2pm with a funeral service celebrating Bill’s life at 2pm followed by military honors at Aycock Life Celebration Center , 12571 SW Tradition Parkway Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice , 5000 Dunn Road Fort Pierce, Florida 34981.

Vivian Clara Doege-September 25, 1922-December 5, 2018

Vivian Clara Doege-(September 25, 1922-December 5, 2018)Vivian Clara Doege, 96, of Jensen Beach, FL., passed away in her sleep with her family by her side. Vivian was a homemaker and mother her whole life and enjoyed the simpler things in life but she enjoyed her sewing.

She is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law Randal and Melinda Doege and their two sons Michael and Kenneth Doege all from Jensen Beach, FL., a brother Adrian Holme and his wife Eleanor from Sauk Centre MN. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence T. Doege.

Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach, FL.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Kathleen H. Nagel Butcher-September 25, 1950 – December 1, 2018

Kathleen H. Nagel Butcher-(September 25, 1950 – December 1, 2018) Kathy passed away at her home in Stuart, FL with her husband at her side, after a long illness. Born and raised in Miami, with her three siblings to Louis and Grace Hall, Kathy graduated from FSU in 1972 with a BS in Physical Education and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned a MS from FIU in Adult Education. Kathy was active at her church, St. Mary’s Episcopal, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Daughters of the King and Cursillo.

Kathy loved animals and children, but was absolutely passionate about teaching. She brought many new and innovative ideas into her classrooms. Kathy taught locally at Grace Place, Port Salerno, where she was Teacher of the Year in 1996, Crystal Lake and Canal Point, where illness forced her to retire in 2007. Kathy fought anything that interfered with a child’s opportunity to learn. She was instrumental in getting clean drinking water at South Fork High School, when the water supply was contaminated with lead in the early 2000’s.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband Brent, sons William Nagel (Melissa) and Sean Nagel, stepson Blaine Butcher, brother Pat Hall (Laurel), grandchildren Caleb, Clair, Eden, Lucy, Tyler and Ryder and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by both parents, brother Michael Hall and sister Nancy Hall Frank.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 623 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994, on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 am with Father Todd Cederberg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Kathy can be made to the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Backpack Buddies School Supplies Program.

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Kenneth Ronald Berry – November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018

Kenneth Ronald Berry (November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018) was an American actor, dancer and singer. Berry starred on the television series F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama’s Family. He also appeared on Broadway in The Billy Barnes Revue, headlined as George M. Cohan in the musical George M! and provided comic relief for the medical drama Dr. Kildare, with Richard Chamberlain in the 1960s.Berry was born in Moline in Rock Island County in northwestern Illinois, one of two children of an accountant, Darrell Berry, and his wife, Bernice. Berry was of Swedish-English descent.

Berry realized he wanted to be a dancer and singer at age 12, as he watched a children’s dance performance during a school assembly. He dreamed of starring in movie musicals and went to the movie theater to see Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in some of his favorite films, including Easter Parade, Royal Wedding, On the Town, and Summer Stock.

Berry immediately started tap dance class and, at age 15, won a local talent competition sponsored by radio and television big band leader Horace Heidt. Heidt asked Berry to join his traveling performance ensemble, “The Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program”, a popular touring group. He toured the U.S. and Europe for 15 months with the program, dancing and singing for the public and at post-World War II United States Air Force bases overseas. Berry made lasting relationships with several of his co-cast members and Horace’s son, Horace Heidt Jr., who later launched a big band and radio career.
Army service After high school graduation, Berry volunteered for the United States Army, and was assigned to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

His first year in the Army was spent in the artillery, where he entered a post talent contest; The winner went on Arlene Francis’ Soldier Parade in New York City. Berry, who always carried his tap shoes with him, worked out a routine and a few hours later won the contest. He headed to New York for his television debut.

Berry’s second and final year in the army was with Special Services, under Sergeant Leonard Nimoy. As a part of Special Services, he toured Army posts and officers’ clubs entertaining the troops, as well as visiting colleges for recruiting purposes. Soon another talent competition was held, the All Army Talent Competition, looking to find service personnel to appear on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town. Berry placed third in the “Specialty Act” category with the song “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” and returned to New York City and television.
The Sullivan appearance was to take place shortly before Berry would muster out of the Army. Nimoy sent telegrams to several studios and talent agents asking them to watch Berry on the show. The performance led to an offer from Twentieth Century Fox and a screen test at Universal Studios. He signed with an agent as soon as he arrived in Hollywood.

Berry accepted Universal’s offer and began as a contract player. Soon he was being groomed to take over for Donald O’Connor in the Francis the Talking Mule movie series; however, Mickey Rooney became available and got the part. At Universal, Berry took full advantage of the studio’s talent development program and later, under the GI Bill of Rights, he took jazz dance, ballet, vocal, and additional acting classes.

The movie musicals Berry admired had already seen their heyday; however, acting, which he once thought of as “something I would do between song and dance routines”, became the basis of his career.

Berry went on to star in the 1969 musical comedy Hello Down There – reissued as Sub a Dub Dub – as Mel Cheever, the nemesis of Tony Randall and Janet Leigh, and with Denver Pyle in 1976’s Guardian of the Wilderness, the story of Galen Clark, the man who created Yosemite National Park. Berry also earned broader success as a Disney star in the films Herbie Rides Again in 1974, with Helen Hayes and Stefanie Powers, and The Cat From Outer Space in 1978, with Sandy Duncan and McLean Stevenson.

In 1956, after being released from Universal, Berry ventured to Las Vegas where he opened for and joined Abbott & Costello in their stage act, performing sketches and song and dance routines at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. While working with Abbott & Costello, he met Dee Arlen, an actress whom he credited with getting him his first big break. This was Berry’s first performance on the Las Vegas strip.

Then, in 1957, Berry was asked by Ken Murray, a well-known vaudeville performer, to join his stage variety show The Ken Murray Blackouts. The Blackouts played to standing-room-only audiences, and Berry was asked to choreograph and perform the opening number for the show when it played the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Berry eventually returned to Las Vegas again in the 1970s at the invitation of Andy Griffith. Griffith, with Berry and Jerry Van Dyke, played Caesars Palace, where Berry performed song and dance numbers sandwiched by Andy and Jerry’s stand-up routines. Actress Dee Arlen referred Berry for a role in the show In League with Ivy at the Cabaret Concert Theatre, a nightclub in Los Angeles. Here he met famed composer–impresario Billy Barnes, the play’s composer. Barnes brought Berry into The Billy Barnes Review ensemble, his next break, and he performed in many of Barnes’ shows in the coming years.

While with Barnes, Berry worked with other performers including his future wife, Jackie Joseph, as well as Joyce Jameson, Bert Convy, Patti Regan, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Lennie Weinrib, and sketch writer/director Bob Rodgers. Several cast albums were made.

In November 1959, the original cast of the Broadway show was replaced two weeks after a legal dispute with the producers over a canceled performance. The cast had missed their flight from Chicago after a promotional appearance on Playboy’s Penthouse and refunds had to be made to the ticket holders. He performed in several stage shows in Los Angeles; the press dubbed him “another Fred Astaire” and “the next Gene Kelly”. His talent was also compared to that of Flamenco Dancer José Greco, the legendary hoofer Donald O’Connor, Ray Bolger, and Jack Donahue Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts was a prime time television talent contest, that ran from 1946 to 1958. The winner got a week’s work on Godfrey’s morning television program, which was simulcast on radio. Berry won in 1957, performed his week on the show, and was then asked back for six more weeks. He traveled with Godfrey and performed on remote broadcasts in an Omaha stock yard, in Seattle at a lumber camp, at the Boeing aircraft plant, and at the San Diego Zoo. Berry came up with a new routine for every show, which aired daily.The Billy Barnes Review was popular with Hollywood, and one evening Carol Burnett was in Los Angeles and saw Berry in the show. She was appearing on The Garry Moore Show in New York and convinced the producers to sign Berry as a guest star. Burnett became a key ally for Berry, using him on her own special, which eventually became CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show. Ken was one of Burnett’s most frequent guest stars along with Jim Nabors and Steve Lawrence. In 1972, Ken and Carol appeared together in the 1972 color remake of Burnett’s Broadway hit, Once Upon A Mattress for CBS.

A notable dramatic performance by Berry was 1982’s TV movie Eunice, which was based on The Carol Burnett Show sketch, The Family. The Family was somewhat of a pilot for Mama’s Family. Berry played Phillip, Eunice’s brother, in the special; however he went on to play Vinton, a different brother, on Mama’s Family.

His collaboration with Carol Burnett continued with the 1993 Long Beach theatrical production of From the Top.The Billy Barnes Review also led to another important connection in his career when he was spotted by Lucille Ball. Ball quickly asked him to join her new talent development program at Desilu, similar to the “talent pools” – known as talent “programs” – that the other studios had. He was under contract with Desilu for six months, performing for both Ball and Barnes at the same time. The reviews for The Billy Barnes Review were largely positive, and additional investors contributed the extra money needed to move the show from the York Playhouse to Broadway,[3] which meant he had to take leave from Desilu.

After returning from New York in 1960, Berry was brought back to Desilu to play Woody, a bell hop, in ten episodes of CBS’s The Ann Sothern Show which was set in a New York hotel called the Bartley House. The character Woody served as a “Greek chorus of one” on the series.

In 1968, Ball asked Berry to guest star on The Lucy Show, where he played a bank client needing a loan to start a dance studio. He performed a tribute to the Fred Astaire number “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” and a duet with Ball for a rendition of “Lucy’s Back in Town”. After numerous smaller roles, Berry was cast as one of three comic relief characters on Dr. Kildare, from 1961 to 1966. A regular on the series, Berry played Dr. Kapish. He also had a role on The Dick Van Dyke Show as a dance instructor several times.Berry continued doing guest roles, but while performing a small part on the short-lived George Burns-Connie Stevens sitcom Wendy & Me, both Burns and Stevens recommended him for the pilot of F-Troop for ABC, a western spoof where he played the accident-prone Captain Parmenter—his first weekly role starring in a sitcom.

Berry’s co-stars were Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. Berry called his time on F-Troop “two years of recess” as the entire cast spent time between takes trying to make each other laugh. His grace and agility allowed him to perform choreographed pratfalls over hitching posts, sabers, and trash cans.

In 1967, during the second year of F-Troop, Dick Linke – who was Berry’s manager, and also managed Andy Griffith and Jim Nabors – pitched an F-Troop stage show to Bill Harrah, founder of Harrah’s Entertainment, which included a casino and hotel in Reno, Nevada. Harrah went for it, and Berry, Larry Storch, Forrest Tucker, and James Hampton put together a show, hiring writers and a choreographer to assist. While performing the Reno show they received word that F-Troop had been canceled due to a financial dispute between the production company and the studio.

The next year Berry was cast in the featured role of Sam Jones, a widowed farmer, on the last few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. He took the lead role on the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D.. In September 1968, Berry led the cast of Mayberry R.F.D., as Griffith’s character receded. Most of the regular characters stayed with the show. Andy and wife Helen left after a few episodes into season two. Series writers used Berry’s “trouper” talents in stories about church revues and talent contests. On the 1970 Mayberry R.F.D. episode “The Charity”, he and co-star Paul Hartman performed a soft shoe routine. Berry sometimes ended a show on the porch at dusk, serenading others with such songs as “Carolina Moon”. In spite of finishing 15th place for season three, Mayberry R.F.D. was canceled in 1971 in what was called “the rural purge”, where shows set in a bucolic locale (The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction) were replaced with the more “hip” fare of Norman Lear (All In The Family) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

After Mayberry R.F.D., Berry starred in several made-for-TV movies, and his own summer replacement variety show on ABC called The Ken Berry ‘Wow’ Show in 1972, which ran for five episodes. This show was an launching pad for future stars Steve Martin, Cheryl Ladd and Teri Garr. In 1973 Sherwood Schwartz wrote a Brady Bunch spin-off called Kelly’s Kids, which featured Berry as the adoptive father of three diverse boys (black, white, and Asian). The pilot failed to interest ABC.

Over the next two decades Berry guest starred on many shows, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Julie Andrews Hour, several Mitzi Gaynor specials, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Donny & Marie Show, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, and The Golden Girls. In 1983, Berry was cast as Vinton Harper in Mama’s Family, a spin-off from The Carol Burnett Show with comic actors including Vicki Lawrence, Dorothy Lyman, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Beverly Archer during six seasons of the show. Mama’s Family aired on NBC from 1983 to 1984 and in repeats until 1985. It was then picked up for first-run syndication from 1986 to 1990. The run totaled 130 episodes.

During and after Mama’s Family, Berry toured the U.S. in various theatrical performances, including multiple performances of Sugar with co-stars such as Donald O’Connor, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales, and Bobby Morse, The Music Man with Susan Watson (Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi were in the chorus), I Do! I Do! with Loretta Swit, and Gene Kelly’s A Salute to Broadway with Howard Keel and Mimi Hines. Kelly, Berry’s idol, was set to direct the production, but fell ill.In his younger years, Berry signed with a modeling agency that put him in a variety of spots, including advertisements for tissues, cigarettes, cereal, and a car commercial.

Years later, after signing with a commercial agent, Berry was a spokesman in commercials for Kinney Shoes from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, singing and dancing to the “Great American Shoe Store” jingle. Berry’s first recording experience came with the Billy Barnes cast albums: one from the Broadway performance of The Billy Barnes Review and the second in Billy Barnes’ L.A.

After an appearance on The Andy Williams Show, Williams asked Berry to record a solo album on his new Barnaby label. Backed by a full orchestra, Ken Berry RFD was released in 1970. Berry married Jackie Joseph, a Billy Barnes castmate, on May 29, 1960. They adopted two children together: son John Kenneth in 1964 and daughter Jennifer Kate in 1965. They divorced in 1976. His son John, who later became the co-founder of the Indie rock band Idaho, died in 2016 of brain cancer at the age of 51.

Berry “loved cars and anything with wheels” from the time he was a young child, particularly smaller cars, and maintained a 1966 Mini Moke. An avid motorcyclist, he camped and rode the local Los Angeles mountain ranges.Berry died in Burbank, California on December 1, 2018 at the age of 85.

George Herbert Walker Bush – June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018)was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. As a member of the Republican Party, he had previously been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as “George H. W. Bush”, “Bush 41”, or “George Bush Sr.”

A scion of the Bush family, he was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his university studies, enlisted in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. He served until September 1945, and then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas, where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964.

Soon after founding his own oil company, Bush became involved in politics. He was defeated in his first election, for the U.S. Senate in 1964, but won election to the House of Representatives from Texas’s 7th district in 1966. He was re-elected in 1968 but was defeated for election to the Senate again in 1970. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1973, Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The following year, President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as Chief of the Liaison Office in China and later made Bush the Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980 and was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan, who chose him as his running mate in his successful bid for presidency. During his eight-year tenure as Vice President, Bush headed task forces on deregulation and the war on drugs.

Bush ran a successful campaign in 1988, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis, becoming the first incumbent vice president in 152 years to be elected president. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: Military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. Bush also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise and signed a bill to increase taxes. In the wake of a weak recovery from an economic recession and the diminution of foreign policy as a major issue in a post-Cold War political climate, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.

After leaving office in 1993, Bush was active—often alongside his former opponent Bill Clinton—in humanitarian activities. With George W. Bush’s victory in the 2000 presidential election, Bush and his son became the second father–son pair to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Bush’s second son, Jeb Bush, served as the 43rd Governor of Florida and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Bush died on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94 years, 171 days, currently being the longest-lived president in American history.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924, to Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy (Walker) Bush. The Bush family moved from Milton to Greenwich, Connecticut, shortly after his birth. Bush was named after his maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker, who was known as “Pop”. In turn, Bush was called “Poppy” as a tribute to his namesake.

Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich. Beginning in 1938, he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he held a number of leadership positions that included president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.

The United States formally entered World War II in December 1941, following Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Six months later, Bush enlisted into the U.S. Navy immediately after he graduated from Phillips Academy on his eighteenth birthday. He became a naval aviator, taking training for aircraft carrier operations aboard USS Sable. After completing the 10-month course, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on June 9, 1943 (just three days before his 19th birthday), which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.

In September 1943, he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron 51 (VT-51) as the photographic officer. The following year, his squadron was based in USS San Jacinto as a member of Air Group 51, where his lanky physique earned him the nickname “Skin”. During this time, the task force was victorious in one of the largest air battles of World War II: the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Bush in his Grumman TBM Avenger aboard USS San Jacinto in 1944

After Bush’s promotion to lieutenant (junior grade) on August 1, 1944, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. Bush piloted one of four Grumman TBM Avengers of VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chichijima. His crew for the mission, which occurred on September 2, 1944, included Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lt.(jg) William White.Although his aircraft was hit by flak during the attack, Bush successfully released bombs and scored several hits. With his engine ablaze, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member bailed out; the other man’s parachute did not open. Bush waited for four hours in an inflated raft, while several fighters circled protectively overhead, until he was rescued by the submarine USS Finback. For the next month, he remained in Finback and participated in the rescue of other aviators. Several of those shot down during the attack were executed, and their livers were eaten by their captors. This experience shaped Bush profoundly, leading him to ask, “Why had I been spared and what did God have for me?”

In November 1944, Bush returned to San Jacinto and participated in operations in the Philippines until his squadron was replaced and sent home to the United States. Through 1944, he flew 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to San Jacinto. Bush was then reassigned to a training wing for torpedo bomber crews at Norfolk Navy Base, Virginia. His final assignment was to a new torpedo squadron, VT-153, based at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan. Bush was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in September 1945, one month after the surrender of Japan.

When Bush was still in the Navy, he married Barbara Pierce (1925–2018) in Rye, New York on January 6, 1945. The marriage produced six children: George W. (b. 1946), Robin (1949–1953), Jeb (b. 1953), Neil (b. 1955), Marvin (b. 1956), and Doro (b. 1959). At the time of his wife’s death on April 17, 2018, George H. W. had been married to Barbara for 73 years; theirs was the longest presidential marriage in American history. They had become the longest-married presidential couple in 2000 when their marriage surpassed the 54-year (1764–1818) marriage of John and Abigail Adams.
After Bush received his military discharge, he enrolled at Yale University. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics on an accelerated program that enabled him to graduate in two and a half years, rather than the usual four. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was elected its president. He also captained the Yale baseball team and played in the first two College World Series as a left-handed first baseman. Bush was the team captain during his senior year in 1948, and he met Babe Ruth before a game; the event took place only weeks before Ruth’s death. Like his father, he was also a member of the Yale cheerleading squad. Late in his junior year, he was initiated into the Skull and Bones secret society; his father Prescott Bush had been initiated into the same society in 1917. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa when he graduated from Yale in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. After graduating from Yale, Bush moved his young family to West Texas. His father’s business connections proved useful as he ventured into the oil business, starting as an oil field equipment salesman for Dresser Industries, a subsidiary of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where Prescott Bush had served on the board of directors for 22 years. While working for Dresser, Bush lived in various places with his family: Odessa, Texas; Ventura, Bakersfield and Compton, California; and Midland, Texas.(According to eldest son George W. Bush, then age two, the family lived in one of the few duplexes in Odessa with an indoor bathroom, which they “shared with a couple of hookers”.) Bush started the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and in 1953 co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil company that drilled in the Permian Basin in Texas. In 1954, he was named president of the Zapata Offshore Company, a subsidiary which specialized in offshore drilling.

Shortly after the subsidiary became independent in 1959, Bush moved the company and his family from Midland to Houston. He continued serving as president of the company until 1964, and later chairman until 1966, when he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives. By that time, Bush had become a millionaire.

Bush’s career in politics began in 1963 when he was elected chairman of the Harris County, Texas Republican Party. The following year, he ran against incumbent Democrat Ralph W. Yarborough in the U.S. Senate race. He presented himself as a young Conservative Republican in contrast to the aging liberal Democrat Yarborough. He campaigned against civil rights legislation pending before Congress, stating that he believed it gave too much power to the federal government. Bush lost the election 56% to 44%, though he did outpoll Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who lost by an overwhelming margin to Lyndon B. Johnson.

Bush and the Harris County Republicans played a role in the development of the new Republican Party of the late 20th century. First, Bush worked to absorb the John Birch Society members, who were trying to take over the Republican Party. Second, during and after the civil rights movement, Democrats in the South who were committed to segregation left their party, and although the “country club Republicans” had differing ideological beliefs, they found common ground in hoping to expel the Democrats from power. In 1966, Bush was elected to a seat in the United States House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas; he won 57 percent of the ballots cast in a race against Democrat Frank Briscoe, who was the district attorney of Harris County. Bush was the first Republican to represent Houston in the U.S. House. Bush’s representative district included Tanglewood, the Houston neighborhood that was his residence; his family had moved into Tanglewood in the 1960s. His voting record in the House was generally conservative: Bush voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, although it was generally unpopular in his district. He supported the Nixon administration’s Vietnam policies, but broke with Republicans on the issue of birth control, which he supported. Despite being a first-term congressman, Bush was appointed to the powerful United States House Committee on Ways and Means, where he voted to abolish the military draft. He was elected to a second term in 1968.

In 1970, Nixon convinced Bush to relinquish his House seat in order to run for the Senate against Ralph Yarborough, who was a fierce Nixon critic. In the Republican primary, Bush easily defeated conservative Robert J. Morris by a margin of 87.6% to 12.4%. Nixon went to Longview, Texas, to campaign for Bush and gubernatorial candidate Paul Eggers, a Dallas lawyer who was a close friend of U.S. Senator John G. Tower.Former Congressman Lloyd Bentsen, a more moderate Democrat and native of Mission in south Texas, defeated Yarborough in the Democratic primary.Yarborough endorsed Bentsen, who went on to defeat Bush, 53.4 to 46.6%.

Following his 1970 loss, Bush was well known as a prominent Republican businessman from the “Sun Belt”, a group of states in the Southern part of the country.Nixon noticed and appreciated the sacrifice Bush had made of his Congressional position, so he appointed him United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate, and served for two years, beginning in 1971.
His ambassadorship was marked by a notable defeat on the China question. On October 25, 1971, the General Assembly voted to expel the Republic of China and replace it with the People’s Republic of China. Bush was hissed when he got up to speak, and the delegates cheered and danced after defeating a US motion to require a two-thirds supermajority. The resolution then won a two-thirds supermajority anyway, as the United States lost the support of every NATO country.Although Bush condemned the “gladiatorial ugliness” of the debate,he advocated friendly relations with the Chinese delegation.Two months later, Bush even placed himself in the position of depending on a Chinese veto in the 1971 Secretary-General selection. However he did not tell the Chinese, who unexpectedly abstained and allowed Kurt Waldheim to be selected as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

After Bob Dole resigned as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1972, Nixon named Bush to the position. Bush took over in January 1973 and held this position as the Watergate scandal grew more damaging to Nixon. He initially defended Nixon steadfastly, but as Nixon’s complicity became clear he focused more on defending the Republican Party. As chairman, Bush formally requested that Nixon eventually resign for the good of the Republican party.Nixon did this on August 9, 1974; Bush noted in his diary that “There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died… The speech was vintage Nixon—a kick or two at the press—enormous strains. One couldn’t help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame… indeed a new spirit, a new lift.”

First term, 1981–1985

As vice president, Bush generally maintained a typically low profile while he recognized the constitutional limits of the office; he avoided decision-making or criticizing Reagan in any way. As had become customary, he and his wife moved into the Vice President’s residence at Number One Observatory Circle, about two miles from the White House. After selling the house in Tanglewood, the Bushes declared a room in The Houstonian Hotel in Houston as their official voting address. The Bushes attended a large number of public and ceremonial events in their positions, including many state funerals, which became a common joke for comedians. Mrs. Bush found the funerals largely beneficial, saying, “George met with many current or future heads of state at the funerals he attended, enabling him to forge personal relationships that were important to President Reagan.” As the President of the Senate, Bush stayed in contact with members of Congress and kept the president informed on occurrences on Capitol Hill.
Vice President Bush official portrait (1981)

On March 30, 1981 (early into the administration), Reagan was shot and seriously wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C. Bush was in Fort Worth, Texas, and immediately flew back to Washington D.C. because he was next in line to the presidency. Reagan’s cabinet convened in the White House Situation Room, where they discussed various issues, including the availability of the “nuclear football”. When Bush’s plane landed, he was advised by his aides to proceed directly to the White House by helicopter as an image of the government still functioning despite the attack. Bush rejected the idea, responding, “Only the President lands on the South Lawn.” This made a positive impression on Reagan, who recovered and returned to work within two weeks. From then on, the two men would have regular Thursday lunches in the Oval Office.
President Ronald Reagan with Bush

In November 1982, Bush toured Africa, the first instance of a high United States government official visiting the continent since the Reagan administration began. Bush told reporters that while he would allow for heads of state to dictate how each meeting would transpire, there was an expectation on his part for discussions on the independence of Namibia, adding that the United States was going to retain the position of no settlement in Namibia until Cuban troops in Angola were withdrawn. On November 15, Bush met with United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Yuri Andropov in Moscow, Russia, to discuss human rights and arms reductions. Bush later said, “The meeting was frank, cordial and substantive. It gave both sides the opportunity to exchange views on the state of their relations.”

At the end of January 1983, Bush began a seven-day tour of Western Europe intended to promote the arms reduction commitment being advocated for by the Reagan administration.During a February 8 news conference in Paris, Bush said the United States’ invitations for the Soviet Union to consent to a reduction in medium-range missiles were supported by Western Europe, which he stated had also consented to the deployment of new American missiles starting in the latter part of the year. The following day, Bush defended American nuclear arms policy when answering British Secretary General of the Committee on Nuclear Disarmament Bruce Kent.

In September 1983, Bush met with President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu, insisting during the meeting that President Reagan intended to push for arms reductions at the Geneva talks with the Soviet Union. Shortly thereafter, Bush said the United States wanted better relations with all countries within the Eastern Bloc though he stressed that NATO would retaliate in the event of any threatening of European military stability by the Soviets, and the vice president assailed the Soviet Union for the Berlin Wall and destroying the
Reagan and Bush in a meeting to discuss the United States’ invasion of Grenada with a group of bipartisan members of Congress in October 1983

In December 1983 Bush flew to El Salvador and warned that country’s military leaders to end their death squads and hold fully free elections or face the loss of U.S. aid. “It is not just the President, it is not just me or the Congress. If these death-squad murders continue, you will lose the support of the American people and that would indeed be a tragedy.” Bush’s aides feared for his safety and thought about calling the meeting off when they discovered apparent blood stains on the floor of the presidential palace of Álvaro Magaña. Bush was never told of the aides’ concerns and a tense meeting was held in which some of Magaña’s personnel brandished semiautomatic weapons and refused requests to take them outside.

Bush was assigned by Reagan to chair two special task forces, on deregulation and international drug smuggling. The deregulation task force reviewed hundreds of rules, making specific recommendations on which ones to amend or revise, in order to curb the size of the federal government. The drug smuggling task force coordinated federal efforts to reduce the quantity of drugs entering the United States. Both were popular issues with conservatives, and Bush, largely a moderate, began courting them through his work.

On June 14, 1984, Bush cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate in favor of the 10-warhead MX missile system.
Second term, 1985–1989
International policy with the Soviet Union was a critical component of the political landscape in the late 1980s. Vice President Bush can be seen here standing with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, on the New York City waterfront, 1988

Reagan and Bush ran for reelection in 1984. The Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale, made history by choosing a woman, New York Representative Geraldine Ferraro, as his running mate. She and Bush squared off in a single televised vice presidential debate. Ferraro served as a contrast to the Ivy-League educated Bush; she represented a blue-collar district in Queens, New York. This distinction and her popularity among female journalists left Bush at a disadvantage. Regardless, the Reagan-Bush ticket won in a landslide against the Mondale-Ferraro ticket. Early into his second term as vice president, Bush and his aides were planning a run for the presidency in 1988. By the end of 1985, a committee had been established and over two million dollars were raised for Bush.

On July 13, 1985, Bush became the first vice president to serve as acting president when Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon; Bush served as the acting president for approximately eight hours.

In 1986, the Reagan administration was shaken by a scandal when it was revealed that administration officials had secretly arranged weapon sales to Iran. The officials had used the proceeds to fund the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua, which was a direct violation of law. The scandal became known as the Iran–Contra affair. When news of the public embarrassment broke to the media, Bush, like Reagan, stated that he had been “out of the loop” and unaware of the diversion of funds, although this was later questioned. His diaries from that time stated “I’m one of the few people that know fully the details” and as a result of six pardons by Bush, the independent counsel’s final report on the Iran–Contra affair pointedly noted: “The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete.”

In March 1986, Bush outlined the government’s policy on the combating of terrorism. In an interagency task force report presented to President Reagan, Bush publicly stated that the strategy of the federal government was to retaliate without “wantonly” terminating human lives.

In May 1986, Bush underwent a procedure to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek. His spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, said that doctors had found the growth weeks earlier.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Bush, 1986

In September 1987, Bush embarked on a month long trip to Poland and European allied countries. On September 22, Bush cast a tie breaking vote in the Senate to save the Strategic Defense Initiative from receiving a 800 million cut in funding. On September 28, Bush delivered a televised address pledging that the US would forever be aligned with Poland.

On July 3, 1988, the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes accidentally shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 passengers. Bush said that he would “never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don’t care what the facts are.”

Bush suffered from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease that had forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since at least 2012.He died on November 30, 2018, aged 94, at his home in Houston. Tributes and condolences were offered by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and incumbent President Donald Trump.

Harry Smith – August 21, 1951 – November 30, 2018

Harry Smith (born August 21, 1951) is an American television journalist, working for NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC as a senior correspondent. He hosted the CBS News morning programs, The Early Show and its predecessor, CBS This Morning, for seventeen years. In July 2011, Smith left CBS News to become a correspondent for NBC News and the now cancelled newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams. He has also served as an anchor for MSNBC, conducting daytime live coverage of breaking news and events since first appearing in November 2015.

He was born in Lansing, Illinois. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Central College, located in Pella, Iowa. Smith began his broadcasting career at Denver, Colorado, radio stations KHOW and KIMN and Cincinnati, Ohio, radio station WLW (1973–81).[clarification needed] From 1981 to 1982, he worked for Denver’s public television station, KRMA-TV. From 1982 to 1985, he served as a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the then-CBS affiliate in Denver (the station is now affiliated with ABC). In 1986, Smith joined CBS News as a reporter and was named a correspondent in 1987.

For thirteen years, Smith was a contributor to The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 48 Hours, and CBS News documentaries. The majority of his time at CBS was spent anchoring the CBS morning show. From November 30, 1987 to June 14, 1996, he served as a co-anchor of CBS This Morning. After leaving the show, Smith was featured on the CBS Evening news in a weekly report called “Travels with Harry,” which looked at unique people and places around the country. Starting in 1999, he hosted the A&E Network television series Biography and The History Channel’s Modern Marvels.

On October 28, 2002, Smith returned to the CBS morning show, by that point renamed The Early Show. He hosted the program for eight years before CBS announced that Smith and co-anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price would leave the show at the end of 2010. His last day on the show was December 31, 2010. By that point, Smith had spent a total of seventeen years on a CBS morning show. Upon leaving the program, Smith became a Senior Correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, and CBS News Sunday Morning. In addition to his television assignments, Smith delivered a daily Harry Smith Reporting editorial for the CBS Radio Network.

On July 8, 2011, CBS News informed its employees that Smith would depart the network after twenty-five years. NBC News subsequently announced that Smith would join that network and contribute to the prime-time newsmagazine program Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Since the canceling of Rock Center with Brian Williams, Smith has continued to report regularly on various NBC News platforms and substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News. He contributes a weekly story on Sunday mornings on the weekend edition of NBC’s Today in a segment called “Sunday’s with Harry”.

In the fall of 2015, Smith began regularly filling in as co-host on the weekend edition of NBC’s Today alongside his former colleague from The Early Show, Erica Hill. Smith is part of a rotating group of co-hosts that have been filling the co-anchor chair since it was vacated by Lester Holt when he was named anchor of NBC Nightly News. Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.

He is a cyclist and regularly commutes on a folding bike to the NBC studios in New York City and he also rides a “racing” road bicycle.

Sharon Sharrie Vandenberg Skerven-February 19, 1947-November 30, 2018

Sharon Sharrie Vandenberg Skerven-(February 19, 1947-November 30, 2018) Sharon “Sharrie” Vandenberg Skerven, 71, of Jensen Beach, FL passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 30, 2018.

She graduated with a Masters in Speech Therapy from San Francisco State University. Some of Sharrie’s hobbies were gardening, decorating, eating chocolate, reading, photography and family keepsakes. She always wanted to help others and to make every celebration special and spend as much time with family as possible. She was a friend to animals and the earth. Some of her most special times were spent in Hayward, WS on Spring Lake at the cabin with her family.

She was the loving wife of Jerry Skerven who affectionately called her “Sharrie-Pie”, Mother and “Nana”. Sharrie is survived by her husband Jerry of 37 years; son Wesley (wife Kimberly) Skerven of Stuart, FL and daughter Louisa (husband Mike) Lienke of Woodbury, MN, and her brother Richard (wife Sandy) Vandenberg of Stillwater, MN.; and grandchildren Myah, Lukas and Jackson. She leaves behind her loving cat, Tinsel.

Memorial donations in loving memory of Sharrie can be made to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg-August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, cartoonist, and marine-biology teacher. He was the creator of the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–), which he also directed, produced, and wrote. It has gone on to become the fifth longest-running American animated series.

Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. He started his professional career in 1984, instructing marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute, where he wrote The Intertidal Zone, an informative comic book about tide-pool animals, which he used to educate his students. In 1989, two years after leaving teaching, Hillenburg enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a career in animation. He was later offered a job on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rocko’s Modern Life (1993–1996) after his success with short films The Green Beret and Wormholes (both 1992), which he made while studying animation.

In 1994, Hillenburg began developing The Intertidal Zone characters and concepts for what became SpongeBob SquarePants. The show premiered in 1999 and has aired since then. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), which he originally intended to be the series finale. However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes, so Hillenburg resigned as the showrunner. He went back to making short films, with Hollywood Blvd., USA (2013). In 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released; the second film adaptation of the series, it marked Hillenburg’s return to the franchise, wherein he co-wrote the story and acted as an executive producer on the project.

Besides his two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg also received other recognition, such as an accolade from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness, and the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society. Hillenburg was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, but stated he would continue to work on his show as long as possible. He died on November 26, 2018, after more than a year of battling the illness. Stephen McDannell Hillenburgwas born on August 21, 1961 at Fort Sill, a United States Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma, where his father, Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr., worked for the U.S. military. His mother, Nancy (née Dufour),taught visually impaired students. When he was a year old, the family moved to Orange County, California, where his father began a career as a draftsman and designer in the aerospace industry. His younger brother, Bryan, eventually became a draftsman/designer as well. Hillenburg had no recollection of life in Oklahoma, only of growing up in Anaheim, California.

When an interviewer asked him to describe himself as a child, he replied that he was “probably well-meaning and naive like all kids.” His passion for sea life can be traced to his childhood, when films by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made a strong impression on him. Hillenburg said that Cousteau “provided a view into that world”, which he had not known existed.He liked to explore tide pools as a child, bringing home objects that “should have been left there and that ended up dying and smelling really bad.”

Hillenburg also developed his interest in art at a young age. His first drawing was of an orange slice. An illustration which he drew in third grade, depicting “a bunch of army men … kissing and hugging instead of fighting”, brought him the first praise for his artwork, when his teacher commended it. “Of course, this is 1970 … She liked it because, I mean, obviously that was in the middle of . She was, I would imagine, not a hundred percent for the war like a lot of people then. … I had no idea about the implications, really, because I just thought it was a funny idea. I remember that still, that moment when she said, ‘oh my gosh, look at that'”, Hillenburg elaborated.It was then when he knew he “had some skill”. He asserted that his artistry came from his mother’s side, despite his father being a draftsman, noting that his maternal grandmother was “really, really gifted” and a “great painter”. In the 1970s, someone took Hillenburg to the International Tournée of Animation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was “knocked out” by the foreign animated films, including Dutch animator Paul Driessen’s The Killing of an Egg (1977). “That was the film that I thought was uniquely strange and that lodged itself in my head early on,” he recounted.
“I’ve always been interested in art and making things, but I chose not to go to art school because I thought I needed to do something else. Art was a tough way to make a living. I’ve always done both. I just kind of figured that the marine biology would be a career and the art would be something I did for my own self-expression.”

— Stephen Hillenburg

He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, describing himself as a “band geek” who played the trumpet. At age 15, he snorkeled for the first time; Hillenburg took part in a “dive program” at Woods Coves in Laguna Beach, California, as part of the Regional Occupational Program at Savanna. This experience, as well as subsequent dives, reinforced his interest in, and led to his decision to study, marine biology in college: “The switch clicked and I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I also liked being an artist.” Some of his high-school teachers, who knew of his interest in art and fascination with the ocean, advised him otherwise, saying: “You should just draw fish.” However, the idea of drawing fish seemed boring to him and he was more riveted by “making weird, little paintings”. During a few summers after finishing high school, he worked as a fry cook and lobster boiler at a fast-food seafood restaurant in Maine. (This later inspired SpongeBob SquarePants’ occupation in the television series, which he would begin developing in 1994.)

Hillenburg went to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California as a marine-science major. He minored in art, and claimed that ” blossomed as a painter in Humboldt.” In 1984, he earned his bachelor’s degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources. He intended to take a master’s degree, but said it would be in art:”Initially I think I assumed that if I went to school for art I would never have any way of making a living, so I thought it might be smarter to keep art my passion and hobby and study something else. But by the time I got to the end of my undergrad work, I realized I should be in art.”After graduating from college, Hillenburg held various jobs in 1984, including as a park service attendant in Utah and an art director in San Francisco, before landing the job he wanted: teaching children. He hoped to work in a national park on the coast, and eventually found a job at the Orange County Marine Institute (now known as the Ocean Institute), an organization in Dana Point, California, dedicated to educating the public about marine science and maritime history. Hillenburg was a marine-biology teacher there for three years: “We taught tide-pool ecology, nautical history, diversity and adaptation. Working there, I saw how enamored kids are with undersea life, especially with tide-pool creatures.” He stayed at the Dana Point Marina and was also a staff artist. Although “it was a great experience” for him, during this period, Hillenburg realized he was more interested in art than his chosen profession.

While working there one of the educational directors asked him if he would be interested in creating an educational comic book about the animal life of tidal pools. He created a comic called The Intertidal Zone, which he used to teach his students. It featured anthropomorphic forms of sea life, many of which would evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants characters—including “Bob the Sponge”, the comic’s co-host, who resembled an actual sea sponge, as opposed to his later SpongeBob SquarePants character, who resembles a kitchen sponge.He tried to get the comic published, but the publishers he approached turned him down.

At one point during his tenure with the Orange County Marine Institute, Hillenburg started going to animation festivals such as the International Tournée of Animation and Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation where films made by students from the California Institute of the Arts (colloquially called CalArts) were shown. He determined that he wanted to pursue a career in that field.Hillenburg had planned to take a master’s degree in art, but instead of “going back to school for painting”, he left his job in 1987 to become an animator.

In 1989, Hillenburg enrolled in the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts. About this decision, he said: “Changing careers like that is scary, but the irony is that animation is a pretty healthy career right now and science education is more of a struggle.” He studied under Jules Engel, the founding director of the program, whom he considered his “Art Dad” and mentor. Engel accepted him into the program impressed by The Intertidal Zone. Hillenburg said, “also was a painter, so I think he saw my paintings and could easily say, ‘Oh, this guy could fit in to this program.’ I don’t have any animation really.” Hillenburg graduated in 1992, earning a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation. Hillenburg made his first animated works, short films The Green Beret and Wormholes (both 1992), while at CalArts. The Green Beret was about a physically challenged Girl Scout with enormous fists who toppled houses and destroyed neighborhoods while trying to sell Girl Scout cookies. Wormholes was his seven-minute thesis film, about the theory of relativity. He described the latter as “a poetic animated film based on relativistic phenomena” in his grant proposal in 1991 to the Princess Grace Foundation, which assists emerging artists in American theater, dance, and film. The foundation agreed to fund the effort, providing Hillenburg with a Graduate Film Scholarship. “It meant a lot. They funded one of the projects I’m most proud of, even with SpongeBob. It provided me the opportunity just to make a film that was personal, and what I would call independent, and free of some of the commercial needs,” he said in 2003. Wormholes was shown at several international animation festivals, including: the Annecy International Animated Film Festival; the Hiroshima International Animation Festival; the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, where it won Best Concept. LA Weekly labeled the film “road-trippy” and “Zap-comical”, while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times opined that it was inventive.

Hillenburg explained that “anything goes” in experimental animation. Although this allowed him to explore alternatives to conventional methods of filmmaking, he still ventured to employ “an industry style”; he preferred to traditionally animate his films (where each frame is drawn by hand) rather than, for instance, make cartoons “out of sand by filming piles of sand changing”. Hillenburg had at least one other short film that he made as an animation student but its title is unspecified.
Hillenburg’s first professional job in the animation business was as a director on Rocko’s Modern Life (1993–1996), Nickelodeon’s first in-house cartoon production. He “ended up finding work in the industry and got a job” at the television network after he met the show’s creator, Joe Murray, at the 1992 Ottawa International Animation Festival, where Wormholes and Murray’s My Dog Zero were both in competition.Murray, who was looking for people to direct Rocko’s Modern Life at the time, saw Hillenburg’s film and offered him a directorial role on the television series. He “friends that a hard time about . … but doors opened when stepped into the animation world,” so he accepted it. He “was planning on being a starving artist”: “several thousand dollars to make a film and I may not make it back—I had loans out. Fortunately, Joe Murray saw my film … and he took a huge chance,” Hillenburg related. Some evidence shows that the idea for SpongeBob SquarePants dates back to 1986, during Hillenburg’s time at the Orange County Marine Institute. He indicated that children’s television series such as The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987–1988) and Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–1991) “sparked something in.” He continued, “I don’t know if this is true for everybody else, but it always seems like, for me, I’ll start thinking about something and it takes about ten years to actually have it happen, or have someone else believe in it… It took me a few years to get together.”

During the production of Rocko’s Modern Life, Martin Olson, one of the writers, read The Intertidal Zone and encouraged Hillenburg to create a television series with a similar concept. At that point, he had not even considered creating his own series: “After watching Joe tear his hair out a lot, dealing with all the problems that came up, I thought I would never want to produce a show of my own.”However, he realized that if he ever did, this would be the best approach: “For all those years it seemed like I was doing these two totally separate things. I wondered what it all meant. I didn’t see a synthesis. It was great when all came together in. I felt relieved that I hadn’t wasted a lot of time doing something that I then abandoned to do something else. It has been pretty rewarding,” Hillenburg said in 2002. He claimed that he finally decided to create a series as he was driving to the beach on the Santa Monica Freeway one day.
“It finally dawned on me that if I was going to do my own show, all those things I lectured about and obsessed about would make for an interesting world.”

— Stephen Hillenburg

As he was developing the show’s concept, Hillenburg remembered his teaching experience at the Orange County Marine Institute and how mesmerized children were by tide-pool animals, including crabs, octopuses, starfish, and sponges. It came to him that the series should take place underwater, with a focus on those creatures: “I wanted to create a small town underwater where the characters were more like us than like fish. They have fire. They take walks. They drive. They have pets and holidays.” It suited what Hillenburg liked for a show, “something that was fantastic but believable.” He also wanted his series to stand out from most popular cartoons of the time exemplified by buddy comedies such as The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1995). As a result, he decided to focus on one main character: the weirdest sea creature that he could think of. This led him to the sponge: “I wanted to do a show about a character that was an innocent, and so I focused on a sea sponge because it’s a funny animal, a strange one.”In 1994, Hillenburg began to further develop some characters from The Intertidal Zone, including Bob the Sponge.

Bob the Sponge is the comic’s “announcer”. He resembles an actual sea sponge, and at first Hillenburg continued this design because it “was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine-science teacher.” In determining the new character’s personality, he drew inspiration from innocent, childlike figures that he enjoyed, such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Jerry Lewis, and Pee-wee Herman. He then considered modeling the character after a kitchen sponge, and realized that this idea would match the character’s square personality perfectly: “t looked so funny. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize. He seemed to fit the character type I was looking for—a somewhat nerdy, squeaky clean oddball.” To voice the central character of the series, Hillenburg turned to Tom Kenny, whose career in animation had begun with his on Rocko’s Modern Life. Elements of Kenny’s own personality were employed in further developing the character.

In 1997, while pitching the cartoon to executives at Nickelodeon, Hillenburg donned a Hawaiian shirt, brought along an “underwater terrarium with models of the characters”, and played Hawaiian music to set the theme. Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman described the setup as “pretty amazing”. Although Derek Drymon, creative director of SpongeBob SquarePants, described the pitch as stressful, he said it went “very well”. Nickelodeon approved and gave Hillenburg money to produce the show.

SpongeBob SquarePants was Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday-morning cartoon. It first aired as a preview on May 1, 1999, and officially premiered on July 17 of the same year. Hillenburg noted that the show’s premise “is that innocence prevails—which I don’t think it always does in real life.” It has received positive reviews from critics, and has been noted for its appeal to different age groups. James Poniewozik of Time magazine described the titular character as “the anti-Bart Simpson, temperamentally and physically: his head is as squared-off and neat as Bart’s is unruly, and he has a personality to match—conscientious, optimistic and blind to the faults in the world and those around him.” On the other hand, The New York Times critic Joyce Millman said that the show “is clever without being impenetrable to young viewers and goofy without boring grown-ups to tears. It’s the most charming toon on television, and one of the weirdest. … Like Pee-wee’s Playhouse, SpongeBob joyfully dances on the fine line between childhood and adulthood, guilelessness and camp, the warped and the sweet.”

SpongeBob SquarePants was an immediate hit. Within its first month on air, it overtook Pokémon (1997–) as the highest-rated Saturday morning children’s series. By the end of 2001, the show boasted the highest ratings of any children’s series on television. Nickelodeon began adding SpongeBob SquarePants to its Monday-through-Thursday prime-time block. This programming change increased the number of older viewers significantly. By May 2002, the show’s total viewership reached more than 61 million, 20 million of which were aged 18 to 49. Hillenburg did not expect the show would be very popular even to adults: “I never imagined that it would get to this point. When you set out to do a show about a sponge, you can’t anticipate this kind of craze. We just try to make ourselves laugh, then ask if it’s appropriate for children. I can tell you that we hoped it would be liked by adults. But we really thought the best we could hope for was a college audience.”SpongeBob SquarePants has gone on to become one of the longest-running series on Nickelodeon. “Ten years. I never imagined working on the show to this date and this long. It never was possible to conceive that. … I really figured we might get a season and a cult following, and that might be it,” Hillenburg said in 2009 during the show’s tenth anniversary. Its popularity has made it a media franchise, which is the most-distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, it has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue.

In 2002, Hillenburg halted production of the show after the third season was completed to focus on the making of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie which was released in 2004: “I don’t want to try and do a movie and the series at the same time. We have 60 episodes and that is probably as many as really needs. It is a standard number for a show like this. I have done a little research and people say it is just crazy doing a series and movie at the same time. I would rather concentrate on doing a good job on the movie,” he noted. He directed the film from a story that he conceived with five other writer-animators from the series: Paul Tibbitt, Derek Drymon, Aaron Springer, Kent Osborne, and Tim Hill. The writers created a mythical hero’s quest: the search for a stolen crown, which brings SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick to the surface. In 2003, during the production of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, his mentor Jules Engel died at the age of 94.Hillenburg dedicated the film to his memory.He said that Engel “truly was the most influential artistic person in life.” The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie grossed $140 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics. The review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes rates it 68 percent positive based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. Its consensus states in summary, “Surreally goofy and entertaining for both children and their parents.”
“It reached to a point where I felt I’d contributed a lot and said what I wanted to say. At that point, the show needed new blood and so I selected Paul to produce. I totally trusted him. I always enjoyed the way he captured the SpongeBob character’s sense of humor. And as a writer, you have to move on—I’m developing new projects.”

— Stephen Hillenburg on leaving SpongeBob SquarePants as the showrunner

After completing the film, Hillenburg wanted to end the series “so wouldn’t jump the shark.” “We’re working on episodes 40 through 60 right now, and I always looked at that as a typical run for an animated show. lasted about that long, for example. And I thought now was a good time to step aside and look at a different project. I personally think it’s good not to go to the point where people don’t want to see your show anymore,” Hillenburg said in 2002.However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes: “The show was such a cash cow for the station that it couldn’t afford not to,” storyboard director Sam Henderson observed.Initially Hillenburg doubted that the network would continue the show without him, saying: “I think respect that my contribution is important. I think they would want to maintain the original concept and quality.”Consequently, he resigned as the showrunner and appointed his trusted staff member Paul Tibbitt to the role.Although he no longer had a direct involvement producing SpongeBob SquarePants, he retained his position as an executive producerand maintained an advisory role, reviewing each episode.While he was on the show, he voiced Potty the Parrot and sat in with Derek Drymon at the record studio to direct the voice actors while they were recording. During the fourth season, Tibbitt took on voicing for Potty, while Andrea Romano replaced the two as the voice director.

In 2014, Tibbitt announced on his Twitter account that Hillenburg would return to the show. However, he did not specify what position the former showrunner would hold. As early as 2012, Hillenburg had already been contributing to another film based on the series,which was first reported in 2011 and officially announced the following year, with Tibbitt as director. Tibbitt also wrote the story with Hillenburg, who ” been in the studio everyday working with.”Besides writing, Hillenburg also executive produced. He said in 2014: “Actually when wraps, I want to get back to the show. … it is getting harder and harder to come up with stories. So Paul and I are really going to brainstorm and come up with fresh material.” Called The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the second film adaptation was released in 2015 to positive critical reception, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 80 percent and an average rating of 6.5/10.It earned $323.4 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film based on an animated television show, behind The Simpsons Movie (2007).
See also: SpongeBob SquarePants § Controversies

Despite its widespread popularity, SpongeBob SquarePants has been involved in public controversies. In 2005, a promotional video showing SpongeBob and other characters from children’s shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance was attacked by an evangelical group because they saw SpongeBob as being used to “advocate homosexuality”. James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the video of promoting homosexuality, because it was sponsored by a pro-tolerance group. The incident prompted questions as to whether SpongeBob is gay. Although the character has enjoyed popularity with gay viewers, Hillenburg had already denied this in 2002, clarifying at the time that he considers the character “somewhat asexual”. After Dobson’s comments, Hillenburg reasserted his position, stating that sexual preference does not play a part in what they are “trying to do” with the series. Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context, and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob, the video, or any of the characters in the video, but rather with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation.
Other pursuits

In 1998,Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures, a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media. It has also helped fund the Humboldt State University Marine Lab.Since 2011, the company has published SpongeBob Comics, a comic-book series based on the cartoon.Hillenburg announced the venture in a 2011 press release, where he said, “I’m hoping that fans will enjoy finally having a SpongeBob comic book from me.”Various cartoonists, including James Kochalka, Hilary Barta, Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabot, have contributed to issues of the comic. According to Jeff Lenburg, in his book Who’s Who in Animated Cartoons, Hillenburg was co-writing and co-directing a second animated feature film based on Rob Zombie’s comic-book series, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was slated for a 2006 release.He helped to write Diggs Tailwagger, a 2007 pilot by Derek Drymon.Hillenburg stated in 2009 that he was developing two other television projects that he did not want to discuss.

In 2010, he began working on Hollywood Blvd., USA, a new short film for animation festivals.[9] In making the two-minute film,he videotaped people walking and animated them in walk cycles. Hillenburg said in 2012, “I hope to get [the film] done. It takes forever.” He was aiming to finish it that fall. In 2013,three years after production began, Hollywood Blvd., USA was released to festivals. Hillenburg characterized it as a “personal film” and said that “it’s not a narrative. It’s just really about people in our town.”Hillenburg married Karen (née Umland[105]), a chef who teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California,in 1998. Hillenburg deemed her to be the funniest person that he knew.That same year, the couple’s first and only child, son Clay, was born. Hillenburg formerly resided in Hollywood and in Pasadena,and lived with his family in San Marino, Californiauntil his death. His hobbies included surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and performing “noisy rock music” on his guitar. He jammed with his son, who is a drummer, which Hillenburg called “a great way to bond with each other.” He also enjoyed birdwatching at home, but said that he was always “an ocean freak”.

He was known informally as “Steve” among his family, friends, and fans. According to his colleagues, Hillenburg was “a perfectionist workaholic”. He was also known for his private nature. Julia Pistor, co-producer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, noted that Hillenburg was “very shy”. She went on to say, “He doesn’t want people to know about his life or family. He’s just a really funny, down-to-earth guy with a dry sense of humor who puts his family first and keeps us on our toes in keeping our corporate integrity.” Hillenburg said about himself, “I make animation because I like to draw and create things. I have no real interest to be on camera or to be a celebrity. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I like having my privacy.” Hillenburg disclosed to Variety magazine in March 2017 that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness that affects and causes the death of neurons that control the brain and the spinal cord. He released a statement to the publication, in which he said that he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants “for as long as  able.” He added, “My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.” At the time, Hillenburg was in the early stages of the disease, according to a source close to him.

Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018, at the age of 57, from complications from ALS.In 1992, one of Hillenburg’s early works, Wormholes, won for Best Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. For SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, winning in the categories of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The show has also received several other awards and nominations, including 17 Annie Award nominations, winning six times, as well as winning two British Academy Children’s Awards, out of four nominations. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants won its first TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming nomination.

In 2001, Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization, honored Hillenburg with its Walk the Talk award. He was recognized for raising public awareness of marine life through SpongeBob SquarePants.The following year, Hillenburg was given the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and the Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation (PGF). The PGF introduced the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship in 2017, an annual grant named in Hillenburg’s honor to emerging animators.In 2018, Hillenburg received the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards,and a special recognition at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards “for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry.”

Hillenburg worked closely with Murrayon Rocko’s Modern Life for its whole run on the air. Aside from directing, he also produced, wrote and storyboarded for some episodes, and served as the executive story editor.In 1995, during the show’s fourth and final season, he was promoted to creative director, where he helped oversee pre- and post-production. Working on the series enabled him to repay his loans. He later related that he “learned a great deal about writing and producing animation for TV” from his stint on Rocko’s Modern Life.

Emmanuel “Manno” Romain-January 26, 1937 – November 22, 2018

Emmanuel “Manno” Romain-(January 26, 1937 – November 22, 2018)mmanuel “Manno” Romain, 81 years old, passed away on Thursday November 22nd at home surrounded by family members and prayers. Manno was born on January 26th, 1937 at Trou-du-Nord of Mr Dartiguenave Romain and Lydie Lamour. He was married to Marie Therese Volmar and they have 3 children. He spent all his life guaranteeing the well-being and the success of his devoted family, and he was very proud of them. Manno also had an uncompromising love for his native land Haiti and a tremendously loving pride of his cherished Trou-du-Nord.

His beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of his son Carlo, his wife Josette and their daughters Kenya, and Carlsencia, his sons Edwin, Alain and his wife Tumarrow, by his sisters Therese, Justine, Lourdes, his late sister Marie’s children, and by all his nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends and the following families: Romain, Lamour, Volmar, Lemaine, Toussaint, Emeran, Prophete, Lagredelle, Calixte, Mussotte, Charles, Augustin, Salvant, St Vil, and Daniel.

A Viewing will be held on Friday November 30th at Aycock Tradition, 12571 Tradition Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM followed by a Funeral Mass on Saturday December 1st at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983 at 10:00 AM.

Manno was beloved by all his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Thelma Tidd Curry-July 31, 1931 – November 20, 2018

Thelma Tidd Curry-(July 31, 1931 – November 20, 2018)

Thelma Tidd Curry, 87, passed away into God’s hands on November 20, 2018. She was surrounded in love and prayer by her family. She was born on July 31, 1931, the daughter of Cecil and Ruby (Farrell) Tidd in Dyer Brook, Maine.

Thelma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. An avid traveler and artist, her life’s focus was sharing her love of all things creative as co-owner and teacher at KT’s Craft Shop in Wolcott, CT. In recent years, she became a prolific watercolor artist and quilter. Her artistry can be found in her family’s homes throughout Florida and Connecticut.

She is predeceased by James Wallace Curry, her loving husband of 53 years, son Donald James Curry, her parents, and brothers Floyd and Roger Tidd.

Thelma is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Paul) Gaydos of Stuart, FL, Deborah (Thomas) Charbonneau of Wolcott, CT, Kathy Curry Mascolo (Rick Drewes) of Jensen Beach, FL, and Jamie Curry Scacca of Port St. Lucie, FL; grandchildren Richard Carpentier, Tammy (Carpentier) Bradley, Thomas, Michael, and Jason Charbonneau, Jennifer Hannis, Anthony Scacca, and Ian Curry and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother, Eugene Tidd of Wolcott, CT, and sisters Hazel Brewer and Alice Mahan of Crystal, ME, sisters-in-laws Dianne Curry, Josephine (Louis) Curry, Donna (Everett) Curry, brother-in-law Philip (Polly) Curry, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL.

Irvin “Coach / Jim” Montgomery-October 13, 1932 – November 18, 2018

Irvin “Coach / Jim” Montgomery-(October 13, 1932 – November 18, 2018)Irvin passed away into God’s hands on November 18, 2018. He was surrounded in love and prayer by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Denise; loving family including his daughter, Courtney Kline (Joe); grandchildren Nathan and Eli Kline; along with his friends and the Vitalia Community.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents ; sisters, Marjorie Sexton and Clara Butler.

Irvin is survived by his sister, Mary Hayes, of North Hutchinson Island , Fort Pierce, Florida.

Coach touched many lives. He always wanted to help others and was a kind and caring man. Once you met him, you felt like you knew him forever. He had a bog heart for everyone. He was owner/director of Blue Ridge Camp for 49 years with his partners , Sheila and Morris Waldman.

A Memorial Celebration of life gathering will take place on Saturday , November 24, 2018 from 6-7 pm with a Service honoring Coach’s life at 7 pm at Aycock at Tradition Life Celebration Center , 12571 SW Tradition Parkway Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987.

In lieu of flowers , memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981 or to Sunlight Community Church -Children’s Ministry 477 SW Cashmere Boulevard Port St. Lucie , Florida 34986.

William Russell “Russ” Hamilton III-February 27, 1946 – November 18, 2018

William Russell “Russ” Hamilton III-(February 27, 1946 – November 18, 2018)

Russ was born on February 27, 1946 in Dyersburg, Tennessee to William Russell Hamilton, Jr. and Ethel Hanes Hamilton (both deceased). He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1964, Stetson University in 1972 and Walter F. George School of Law in 1975. He married Suzanne “Sue” Green in 1971.

Russ is survived by his wife, Sue, sister, Martha Hamilton (Collins Kilburn), niece, Betsy Holsopple (Joe), and nephew, Bill Hatch (Tammy). He is pre-deceased by his sister, Barbara Hamilton Edwards.

Russ proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He then practiced law for 43 years. He was an extremely talented labor lawyer, representing an array of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small charitable organizations. He did it all – from jury trials, to creating complex benefit plans, to negotiating union agreements. Despite working in a profession that is by nature often contentious and adversarial, Russ’ clients and adversaries alike held deep respect, trust and affection for him. He was a person of honor, a “true gentleman.”

No one respected Russ more than his professional peers. Even his competitors turned to him for advice on complex matters – he was the classic “lawyer’s lawyer.” Russ helped create and found the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (AFMA), an association of some of Florida’s most prominent management labor lawyers. He was a charter member, past president and was a huge part of AFMA’s success. He also served as Chairman of the Board for Communities Connected for Kids (formerly Devereux).

For many years, Russ enjoyed running marathons, playing tennis, golfing, biking, reading and was a true wine enthusiast.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Donations in Russ’ honor can be made to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, 14444 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470,

Richard E. Byrne Sr.-October 6, 1928 – November 17, 2018

Richard E. Byrne Sr., 90, passed away November 17th, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Toledo, OH and lived in Port St. Lucie for 49 years, coming from Louisville, KY and before that Southbend, IN.

Mr. Byrne’s was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Survivors include his Daughters, Dianne Marie Perdew, Tara Grace Byrne Stanford, Christine Ann Peterson, Mary Lynn Hall, and Elizabeth Kathleen Kudlak; Sons, David Joseph Byrne, Thomas Edward Byrne, Michael Patrick Byrne, Richard Edward Byrne Jr., and Robert Francis Byrne; Brother, James Byrne; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Joscelyn Byrne.

A Visitation is being held on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Prayer Service to begin 5:00 PM at Aycock Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. (772) 618-2336.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 beginning 11:00AM at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. (772) 336-9956.

Entombment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

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Roy Linwood Clark April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018

Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Roy Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.

During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and was also skilled on classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”), his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1987, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.He published his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.

Clark was born April 15, 1933, in Meherrin, Virginia. He was one of seven children. He spent his childhood in Meherrin and in Staten Island, New York. When Clark was 11 years old, his family moved to a home on 1st Street SE in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Washington, D.C., after his father found work at the Washington Navy Yard. At 14, Clark began playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and by age 15 he had already won two National Banjo Championships and world banjo/guitar flatpick championships. He was simultaneously pursuing a sporting career, first as a baseball player and then as a boxer, before dedicating himself solely to music. At 17, he had his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

At the age of 23, Clark obtained his pilot’s certificate and then bought a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer (N1132C), which he flew for many years. This plane was raffled off on December 17, 2012, to benefit the charity Wings of Hope. He has owned other planes, including a Mitsubishi MU-2, Stearman PT-17 and Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond 1A business jet.

Rising country music star Jimmy Dean asked Clark to join his band, the Texas Wildcats, in 1954. Clark was the lead guitarist,and made appearances on Dean’s “Town and Country Time” program on WARL-AM and on WMAL-TV (after the show moved to television in 1955). Dean, who valued punctuality among musicians in his band, fired Clark for habitual tardiness in 1957. Clark left D.C. and never lived there again.He again appeared with Jimmy Dean on his ABC-TV variety show in the early 1960’s as a semi-regular. This show is playing currently on RFD-TV.

In 1960, Clark went out to Las Vegas, where he worked as a guitarist in a band led by former West Coast Western Swing bandleader-comedian Hank Penny. During the very early 1960s, he was also prominent in the backing band for Wanda Jackson—known as the Party Timers—during the latter part of her rockabilly period.

When Dean was tapped to host The Tonight Show in the early 1960s, he asked Clark to appear, introducing him to a national audience for the first time. Subsequently, Clark appeared on The Beverly Hillbillies as a recurring character (actually two: he played businessman Roy Halsey and Roy’s mother, Myrtle). Once, in an episode of the Sunday evening Jackie Gleason Show dedicated to country music, Clark played a blistering rendition of “Down Home”. Later, he appeared in an episode of The Odd Couple, where he played “Malagueña”.

In the mid-1960s, he was a co-host (along with Molly Bee and Rusty Draper) of a weekday daytime country variety series for NBC entitled “Swingin’ Country”, which was cancelled after two seasons. In 1969, Clark and Buck Owens were the hosts of syndicated sketch comedy program Hee Haw, which aired 1969 to 1997. During its tenure, Clark was a member of the Million Dollar Band and participated in a host of comedy sketches. In 1983, Clark opened the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, becoming the first country music star to have his own venue there.

Clark frequently played in Branson during the 1980s and 1990s. He sold the venue (now owned by the Hughes Brothers and renamed the Hughes American Family Theatre) and went back to a light touring schedule, which usually included a performance with Ramona Jones and the Jones Family Band at their annual tribute to Clark’s former Hee Haw co-star Grandpa Jones in Mountain View, Arkansas

In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records and had three top ten hits. He switched to Dot Records and again scored hits. He later recorded for ABC Records, which had acquired Dot, and MCA Records, which absorbed the ABC label

Clark endorsed Mosrite, Gretsch, and Heritage guitars, the latter which produced a signature model. In the 1980s, he served as a spokesman for Hunt’s ketchup.

Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957, and they had four children together. He made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Roy Clark Elementary School was named in his honor in 1978. He performed “Yesterday, When I Was Young” at the 1995 funeral of Mickey Mantle.

Clark died on November 15, 2018, at 85 at his Tulsa home due to complications of pneumonia.

On August 22, 1987, Clark was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He played an annual benefit concert at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the proceeds of which go to fund scholarships for aspiring musicians.

Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, along with Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy. On April 12, 2011, Clark was honored by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was honored by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame as Oklahoma’s Music Ambassador for Children and presented with a commendation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. In 2007, he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame.

Stan Lee – December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018

Stan Lee(born Stanley Martin Lieber /ˈliːbər/; (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, and publisher who was active from the 1940s to the 2010s. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry.

In collaboration with others at Marvel—particularly co-writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. In doing so, he pioneered a more naturalistic approach to writing superhero comics in the 1960s, and in the 1970s he challenged the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to changes in its policies. In the 1980s he pursued development of Marvel properties in other media, with mixed results. Following his retirement from Marvel in the 1990s, he remained a public figurehead for the company, and frequently made cameo appearances in movies based on Marvel characters, on which he received an honorary “executive producer” credit. Meanwhile, he continued independent creative ventures into his 90s, until his death in 2018.

Lee was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the NEA’s National Medal of Arts in 2008. Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (née Solomon) and Jack Lieber, at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan.His father, trained as a dress cutter, worked only sporadically after the Great Depression, and the family moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Lee had one younger brother named Larry Lieber. He said in 2006 that as a child he was influenced by books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles. By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living in an apartment at 1720 University Avenue in The Bronx. Lee described it as “a third-floor apartment facing out back”. Lee and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept on a foldout couch.

Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing, and entertained dreams of one day writing the “Great American Novel”. He said that in his youth he worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center;delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway; and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper. He graduated from high school early, aged 16½ in 1939, and joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.

With the help of his uncle Robbie Solomon, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the new Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic-book publisher Martin Goodman’s company. Timely, by the 1960s, would evolve into Marvel Comics. Lee, whose cousin Jean was Goodman’s wife, was formally hired by Timely editor Joe Simon.

His duties were prosaic at first. “In those days dipped the pen in ink, I had to make sure the inkwells were filled”, Lee recalled in 2009. “I went down and got them their lunch, I did proofreading, I erased the pencils from the finished pages for them”. Marshaling his childhood ambition to be a writer, young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3 (cover-dated May 1941), using the pseudonym Stan Lee, which years later he would adopt as his legal name. Lee later explained in his autobiography and numerous other sources that because of the low social status of comic books, he was so embarrassed that he used a pen name so that nobody would associate his real name with comics when he some day wrote the Great American Novel. This initial story also introduced Captain America’s trademark ricocheting shield-toss.:11

He graduated from writing filler to actual comics with a backup feature, “‘Headline’ Hunter, Foreign Correspondent”, two issues later. Lee’s first superhero co-creation was the Destroyer, in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941). Other characters he co-created during this period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books include Jack Frost, debuting in U.S.A. Comics #1 (August 1941), and Father Time, debuting in Captain America Comics #6 (August 1941).:12–13

When Simon and his creative partner Jack Kirby left late in 1941, following a dispute with Goodman, the 30-year-old publisher installed Lee, just under 19 years old, as interim editor.:14 The youngster showed a knack for the business that led him to remain as the comic-book division’s editor-in-chief, as well as art director for much of that time, until 1972, when he would succeed Goodman as publisher.
Stan Lee sits in a office, with several drawings on the background. He is sitting down in front of a table; on that table he is drawing an image.
Lee in the army

Lee entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served within the US as a member of the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning. His military classification, he says, was “playwright”; he adds that only nine men in the U.S. Army were given that title.Vincent Fago, editor of Timely’s “animation comics” section, which put out humor and funny animal comics, filled in until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945. Lee was inducted into the Signal Corps Regimental Association and was given honorary membership of the 2nd Battalion of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the 2017 Emerald City Comic Con for his prior service.

In the mid-1950s, by which time the company was now generally known as Atlas Comics, Lee wrote stories in a variety of genres including romance, Westerns, humor, science fiction, medieval adventure, horror and suspense. In the 1950s, Lee teamed up with his comic book colleague Dan DeCarlo to produce the syndicated newspaper strip My Friend Irma, based on the radio comedy starring Marie Wilson. By the end of the decade, Lee had become dissatisfied with his career and considered quitting the field.

In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz revived the superhero archetype and experienced a significant success with its updated version of the Flash, and later with super-team the Justice League of America. In response, publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to come up with a new superhero team. Lee’s wife suggested that he experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose.

Lee acted on that advice, giving his superheroes a flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for preteens. Before this, most superheroes were idealistically perfect people with no serious, lasting problems. Lee introduced complex, naturalistic characters who could have bad tempers, fits of melancholy, and vanity; they bickered amongst themselves, worried about paying their bills and impressing girlfriends, got bored or were even sometimes physically ill.

The first superheroes Lee and artist Jack Kirby created together were the Fantastic Four, based on a previous Kirby superhero team, Challengers of the Unknown, published by DC Comics. The team’s immediate popularity led Lee and Marvel’s illustrators to produce a cavalcade of new titles. Again working with Kirby, Lee co-created the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men; with Bill Everett, Daredevil; and with Steve Ditko, Doctor Strangeand Marvel’s most successful character, Spider-Man, all of whom lived in a thoroughly shared universe.Lee and Kirby gathered several of their newly created characters together into the team title The Avengers[ and would revive characters from the 1940s such as the Sub-Mariner and Captain America.

Comics historian Peter Sanderson wrote that in the 1960s:

DC was the equivalent of the big Hollywood studios: After the brilliance of DC’s reinvention of the superhero … in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it had run into a creative drought by the decade’s end. There was a new audience for comics now, and it wasn’t just the little kids that traditionally had read the books. The Marvel of the 1960s was in its own way the counterpart of the French New Wave… Marvel was pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterization, addressing more serious themes, and in the process keeping and attracting readers in their teens and beyond. Moreover, among this new generation of readers were people who wanted to write or draw comics themselves, within the new style that Marvel had pioneered, and push the creative envelope still further.

Lee’s revolution extended beyond the characters and storylines to the way in which comic books engaged the readership and built a sense of community between fans and creators. He introduced the practice of regularly including a credit panel on the splash page of each story, naming not just the writer and penciller but also the inker and letterer. Regular news about Marvel staff members and upcoming storylines was presented on the Bullpen Bulletins page, which (like the letter columns that appeared in each title) was written in a friendly, chatty style. Lee remarked that his goal was for fans to think of the comics creators as friends, and considered it a mark of his success on this front that, at a time when letters to other comics publishers were typically addressed “Dear Editor”, letters to Marvel addressed the creators by first name (e.g. “Dear Stan and Jack”). By 1967, the brand was well-enough ensconced in popular culture that a March 3 WBAI radio program with Lee and Kirby as guests was titled “Will Success Spoil Spiderman”

Throughout the 1960s, Lee scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel’s series, moderated the letters pages, wrote a monthly column called “Stan’s Soapbox”, and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark motto, “Excelsior!” (which is also the New York state motto). To maintain his workload and meet deadlines, he used a system that was used previously by various comic-book studios, but due to Lee’s success with it, became known as the “Marvel Method”. Typically, Lee would brainstorm a story with the artist and then prepare a brief synopsis rather than a full script. Based on the synopsis, the artist would fill the allotted number of pages by determining and drawing the panel-to-panel storytelling. After the artist turned in penciled pages, Lee would write the word balloons and captions, and then oversee the lettering and coloring. In effect, the artists were co-plotters, whose collaborative first drafts Lee built upon. Lee recorded messages to the newly formed Merry Marvel Marching Society fan club in 1965.

Following Ditko’s departure from Marvel in 1966, John Romita Sr. became Lee’s collaborator on The Amazing Spider-Man. Within a year, it overtook Fantastic Four to become the company’s top seller. Lee and Romita’s stories focused as much on the social and college lives of the characters as they did on Spider-Man’s adventures. The stories became more topical, addressing issues such as the Vietnam War, political elections, and student activism.Robbie Robertson, introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #51 (August 1967) was one of the first African-American characters in comics to play a serious supporting role. In the Fantastic Four series, the lengthy run by Lee and Kirby produced many acclaimed storylines as well as characters that have become central to Marvel, including the Inhumans and the Black Panther, an African king who would be mainstream comics’ first black superhero.

The story frequently cited as Lee and Kirby’s finest achievement is the three-part “Galactus Trilogy” that began in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), chronicling the arrival of Galactus, a cosmic giant who wanted to devour the planet, and his herald, the Silver Surfer. Fantastic Four #48 was chosen as #24 in the 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time poll of Marvel’s readers in 2001. Editor Robert Greenberger wrote in his introduction to the story that “As the fourth year of the Fantastic Four came to a close, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby seemed to be only warming up. In retrospect, it was perhaps the most fertile period of any monthly title during the Marvel Age.” Comics historian Les Daniels noted that “the mystical and metaphysical elements that took over the saga were perfectly suited to the tastes of young readers in the 1960s”, and Lee soon discovered that the story was a favorite on college campuses. Lee and artist John Buscema launched The Silver Surfer series in August 1968.

The following year, Lee and Gene Colan created the Falcon, comics’ first African-American superhero in Captain America #117 (September 1969). Then in 1971, Lee indirectly helped reform the Comics Code. The U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare had asked Lee to write a comic-book story about the dangers of drugs and Lee conceived a three-issue subplot in The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 (cover-dated May–July 1971), in which Peter Parker’s best friend becomes addicted to prescription drugs. The Comics Code Authority refused to grant its seal because the stories depicted drug use; the anti-drug context was considered irrelevant. With Goodman’s cooperation and confident that the original government request would give him credibility, Lee had the story published without the seal. The comics sold well and Marvel won praise for its socially conscious efforts.The CCA subsequently loosened the Code to permit negative depictions of drugs, among other new freedoms.

Lee also supported using comic books to provide some measure of social commentary about the real world, often dealing with racism and bigotry. “Stan’s Soapbox”, besides promoting an upcoming comic book project, also addressed issues of discrimination, intolerance, or prejudice.

In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of publisher. His final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man was #110 (July 1972) and his last Fantastic Four was #125 (August 1972).

Lee became a figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics. He made appearances at comic book conventions around America, lecturing at colleges and participating in panel discussions. Lee and John Romita Sr. launched the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip on January 3, 1977. Lee’s final collaboration with Jack Kirby, The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience, was published in 1978 as part of the Marvel Fireside Books series and is considered to be Marvel’s first graphic novel. Lee and John Buscema produced the first issue of The Savage She-Hulk (February 1980), which introduced the female cousin of the Hulk and crafted a Silver Surfer story for Epic Illustrated #1 (Spring 1980).

He moved to California in 1981 to develop Marvel’s TV and movie properties. He was an executive producer for, and made cameo appearances in Marvel film adaptations and other movies. He occasionally returned to comic book writing with various Silver Surfer projects including a 1982 one-shot drawn by John Byrne,the Judgment Day graphic novel illustrated by John Buscema, the Parable limited series drawn by French artist Mœbius, and The Enslavers graphic novel with Keith Pollard.Lee was briefly president of the entire company, but soon stepped down to become publisher instead, finding that being president was too much about numbers and finance and not enough about the creative process he enjoyed.

Lee stepped away from regular duties at Marvel in the 1990s, though he continued to receive an annual salary of $1 million as Chairman Emeritus. In 1998 he and Peter Paul began a new Internet-based superhero creation, production, and marketing studio, Stan Lee Media. It grew to 165 people and went public through a reverse merger structured by investment banker Stan Medley in 1999, but, near the end of 2000, investigators discovered illegal stock manipulation by Paul and corporate officer Stephan Gordon. Stan Lee Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2001. Paul was extradited to the U.S. from Brazil and pleaded guilty to violating SEC Rule 10b-5 in connection with trading of his stock in Stan Lee Media. Lee was never implicated in the scheme.

In 2001, Lee, Gill Champion, and Arthur Lieberman formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment to develop film, television and video game properties. Lee created the risqué animated superhero series Stripperella for Spike TV.

Following the success of Fox Studio’s 2000 X-Men film and Sony’s then-current Spider-Man film, Lee sued Marvel in 2002, claiming that the company was failing to pay his share of the profits from movies featuring the characters he had co-created. Because he had done so as an employee, Lee did not own them, but in the 1990s, after decades of making little money licensing them for television and film, Marvel had promised him 10% of any future profits. Lee and the company settled in 2005 for an undisclosed seven-figure amount.

In 2004, POW! Entertainment went public. Also that year, Lee announced a superhero program that would feature former Beatle Ringo Starr as the lead character.Additionally, in August of that year, Lee announced the launch of Stan Lee’s Sunday Comics, a short-lived subscription service hosted by From July 2006 until September 2007 Lee hosted, co-created, executive-produced, and judged the reality television game show competition Who Wants to Be a Superhero? on the Sci-Fi Channel.

In March 2007, after Stan Lee Media had been purchased by Jim Nesfield, the company filed a lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment for $5 billion, claiming Lee had given his rights to several Marvel characters to Stan Lee Media in exchange for stock and a salary. In June 2007, Stan Lee Media sued Lee; his newer company, POW! Entertainment; and POW! subsidiary QED Entertainment.

In 2008, Lee wrote humorous captions for the political fumetti book Stan Lee Presents Election Daze: What Are They Really Saying? In April of that year, Brighton Partners and Rainmaker Animation announced a partnership with POW! to produce a CGI film series, Legion of 5. Other projects by Lee announced in the late 2000s included a line of superhero comics for Virgin Comics, a TV adaptation of the novel Hero, a foreword to Skyscraperman by skyscraper fire-safety advocate and Spider-Man fan Dan Goodwin, a partnership with Guardian Media Entertainment and The Guardian Project to create NHL superhero mascotsand work with the Eagle Initiative program to find new talent in the comic book field.
Lee promoting Stan Lee’s Kids Universe at the 2011 New York Comic Con

In October 2011, Lee announced he would partner with 1821 Comics on a multimedia imprint for children, Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, a move he said addressed the lack of comic books targeted for that demographic; and that he was collaborating with the company on its futuristic graphic novel Romeo & Juliet: The War, by writer Max Work and artist Skan Srisuwan. At the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Lee announced his YouTube channel, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, which airs programs created by Lee, Mark Hamill, Peter David, Adrianne Curry and Bonnie Burton, among others.Lee wrote the book Zodiac, released in January 2015, with Stuart Moore.The film Stan Lee’s Annihilator, based on a Chinese prisoner-turned-superhero named Ming and in production since 2013, was released in 2015.

In his later career, Lee’s contributions continued to expand outside the style that he helped pioneer. An example of this is his first work for DC Comics in the 2000s, launching the Just Imagine… series, in which Lee re-imagined the DC superheroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the Flash. Manga projects involving Lee include Karakuri Dôji Ultimo, a collaboration with Hiroyuki Takei, Viz Media and Shueisha,and Heroman, serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan with the Japanese company Bones. In 2011, Lee started writing a live-action musical, The Yin and Yang Battle of Tao.

This period also saw a number of collaborators honor Lee for his influence on the comics industry. In 2006, Marvel commemorated Lee’s 65 years with the company by publishing a series of one-shot comics starring Lee himself meeting and interacting with many of his co-creations, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Thing, Silver Surfer, and Doctor Doom. These comics also featured short pieces by such comics creators as Joss Whedon and Fred Hembeck, as well as reprints of classic Lee-written adventures.At the 2007 Comic-Con International, Marvel Legends introduced a Stan Lee action figure. The body beneath the figure’s removable cloth wardrobe is a re-used mold of a previously released Spider-Man action figure, with minor changes. Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles’ largest comic book convention, was rebranded as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Presented by POW! Entertainment in 2012.

At the 2016 Comic-Con International, Lee introduced his digital graphic novel Stan Lee’s God Woke, with text originally written as a poem he presented at Carnegie Hall in 1972.The print-book version won the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Outstanding Books of the Year Independent Voice Award.

The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, and the arts. Its stated goals include supporting programs and ideas that improve access to literacy resources, as well as promoting diversity, national literacy, culture and the arts.

Lee donated portions of his personal effects to the University of Wyoming at various times, between 1981 and 2001.

Lee and Jack Kirby appear as themselves in The Fantastic Four #10 (January 1963), the first of several appearances within the fictional Marvel Universe.The two are depicted as similar to their real-world counterparts, creating comic books based on the “real” adventures of the Fantastic Four.

Kirby later portrayed himself, Lee, production executive Sol Brodsky, and Lee’s secretary Flo Steinberg as superheroes in What If #11 (October 1978), “What If the Marvel Bullpen Had Become the Fantastic Four?”, in which Lee played the role of Mister Fantastic.

Lee was shown in numerous cameo appearances in many Marvel titles, appearing in audiences and crowds at many characters’ ceremonies and parties. For example, he is seen hosting an old-soldiers reunion in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #100 (July 1972), in The Amazing Spider-Man #169 (June 1977), as a bar patron in Marvels #3 (1994), at Karen Page’s funeral in Daredevil vol. 2, #8 (June 1998), and as the priest officiating at Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ wedding in New Avengers Annual #1 (June 2006). Lee and Kirby appear as professors in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #19 (2006).

He appears in Generation X #17 (July 1996) as a circus ringmaster narrating (in lines written by Lee) a story set in an abandoned circus. This characterization was revived in Marvel’s “Flashback” series of titles cover-dated July 1997, numbered “-1”, introducing stories about Marvel characters before they became superheroes.

In Stan Lee Meets Superheroes (2007), written by Lee, he comes into contact with some of his favorite creations.

Lee was parodied by Kirby in comics published by rival DC Comics, as Funky Flashman.

Lee and other comics creators are mentioned in Michael Chabon’s 2000 novel set in the early comics industry The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Under the name Stanley Lieber, he appears briefly in Paul Malmont’s 2006 novel The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril.

In Lavie Tidhar’s 2013 The Violent Century, Lee appears – as Stanley Martin Lieber – as a historian of superhumans.

Lee had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects, including those within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters. He had completed the filmed footage for his cameo in the upcoming fourth Avengers film prior to his death.

Lee was raised in a Jewish family. In a 2002 survey of whether he believed in God, he stated, “Well, let me put it this way… No, I’m not going to try to be clever. I really don’t know. I just don’t know.”

From 1945 to 1947, Lee lived in the rented top floor of a brownstone in the East 90s in Manhattan.He married Joan Clayton Boocock on December 5, 1947, and in 1949, the couple bought a house in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island, living there through 1952. Their daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee was born in 1950. Another child, daughter Jan Lee, died three days after delivery in 1953.

The Lees resided in the Long Island town of Hewlett Harbor, New York, from 1952 to 1980. They also owned a condominium on East 63rd Street in Manhattan from 1975 to 1980, and during the 1970s owned a vacation home in Remsenburg, New York. For their move to the West Coast in 1981, they bought a home in West Hollywood, California, previously owned by comedian Jack Benny’s radio announcer Don Wilson.

In September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, which required cancelling planned appearances at conventions.

On July 6, 2017, his wife of 69 years, Joan, died of complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.

In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a report that claimed Lee was a victim of elder abuse; the report asserted that among others, Keya Morgan, business manager of Lee and a memorabilia collector, had been isolating Lee from his trusted friends and associates following his wife’s death, to get access to Lee’s wealth, estimated to be worth US$50 million. In August 2018, Morgan was issued a restraining order to stay away from Lee, his daughter, or his associates for three years.

Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there in a medical emergency earlier in the day.Earlier that year, Lee revealed to the public that he had been battling pneumonia and in February was rushed to the hospital for worsening conditions at around the same time.

Roy Thomas, who succeeded Lee as editor-in-chief at Marvel, had visited Lee two days prior to his death to discuss the upcoming book The Stan Lee Story, and stated “I think he was ready to go. But he was still talking about doing more cameos. As long as he had the energy for it and didn’t have to travel, Stan was always up to do some more cameos. He got a kick out of those more than anything else.”

Charles J. McCourtney, Jr.-January 13, 1936 – November 14, 2018

Charles J. McCourtney, Jr.-(January 13, 1936 – November 14, 2018) Charles J Mccourtney, Age 82, Passed away on November 14, 2018. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara L Mccourtney. Charles is survived by his five daughters (Maryann, Caroline, Susan, Barbara, and Rosemary), three son-in-laws (Jerry, Kelly and Mahmod amin), six grandchildren (Cheryl, Chris, Ben, Ryan, Nick and Luke) and great grandchild Evan and his 5 year old sheltie named teddy.

Charles was born in Lenox Hill hospital in New York City. Charles had 2 siblings Bobby and Judy that predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his best friend Charles Smith.

He was a navy veteran in the Korean War along with being a part of the NYC POLICE auxiliary force. Charles was a volunteer fireman for Mamaro. He was an original member, founder, and paramedic of the rescue squad. He was a chairman and founder of the annual Mamaroneck Christmas parade and party for the kids. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, building models of ships and airplanes, music and dancing, and bowling with his wife on a bowling league. He also enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends at parties and barbecues. His favorite holiday was Christmas and he would spend the entire season decorating his house and making a village under the tree. Charles’ favorite getaway was Disney World, he enjoyed that he got to take his parents, his kids and grandchildren to experience the magic of Disney. Whenever life got stressfull he would often look to mickey mouse for an escape.

He was an honest, compassionate and hard-working man who loved life. He saw the good in everyone. Charles always saw the glass has half full. Charles always had a positive outlook no matter what cards he was dealt. The most important thing to him was his family which also included his pets which he loved with all his heart. Charles was a loving husband amazing father, grandpa, poppop and mentor to all. He was loved and respected by all and will truly be missed.

Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Florida.

Robert T. Kenney-October 23, 1933 – November 11, 2018

Robert T. Kenney-(October 23, 1933 – November 11, 2018)Robert T. Kenney, age 85, passed away on November 11, 2018. Bob was born and raised on Long Island. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan Pilgrim Kenney. Bob and Joan had two wonderful children, Lori and their late son Robert Jr. Bob is survived by his daughter, Lori Lehn, son-in-law Gregory Lehn, grandchildren Emily Grier (Alexander) and Geoffrey Lehn, brothers John and Joseph, sister Mary Anne Terech. Pre-deceased by sister Anne Roberts.

Bob worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 42 years, including two years served in the US Marine Corps. Bob and Joan retired to Florida in 1993 and enjoyed 25 wonderful years in Palm City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to The Martin Health Foundation, Stuart, FL.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14th from 5-8 pm at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City. Prayer service 7 pm. Funeral will be at 11 am, Thursday, November 15th at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

Toney R. Edwards-April 5, 1944 – November 10, 2018

Toney R. Edwards-(April 5, 1944 – November 10, 2018)William Toney Richard Edwards, 74, restaurateur, designer, and yachtsman died of pancreatic cancer at home in Stuart, Florida, on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The son of Mae Sue Thompson and William Van Buren Edwards, Jr., he was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in Wichita Falls. He is survived by his wife, Maggie Hopp, younger sister Sherri Bilson, and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and older sister, the Rev. Judy Nelson.

Toney is best known as the proprietor of Le Madeleine, a bistro and garden café that he built and opened on 43rd Street just west of Ninth Avenue in 1979, when New York City was better known for crack and crime than haute cuisine. Described by Ruth Reichl as “a small, quite charming, venerable restaurant with a Frenchified air,” Le Madeleine was celebrated for its moderately-priced, upscale menu, and its wine list received many an “Award of Excellence” from The Wine Spectator.

It was also a cornerstone of the Hell’s Kitchen community for nearly three decades. Toney and his crew delivered thousands of meals to homebound victims of the AIDS epidemic, provided food for first responders after 9/11, served meals and babysat for the widows of the local Fire Station, Rescue 1, and offered generous benefits to his remarkably stable roster of fifty employees, including helping more than two dozen gain legal immigrant status. He remained at the helm of Le Madeleine, “which for so many of us was a place we belonged to and grew up in together” as one friend and employee recalled, until its lease was terminated in 2008.

Toney’s passion for the culinary arts began in his early teens when he and some friends drove to New Orleans. He took himself to the venerated Antoine’s Restaurant. There, at the hands of an old-school waiter, he sampled several dishes he had never heard of nor tasted before. Somewhat later, he began building houses, boats, and restaurants, including Austin’s renowned Les Amis Café, the first French bistro in Texas, which opened in 1970 hard by the campus of the University of Texas.

Academically trained in technical theater and design at UT and Yale University, he worked at theaters in Rochester, Minnesota, and Atlanta. After landing in New York, Toney restored the Majestic Theater at BAM and converted two churches into theatrical venues including the Westside Theater, next door to what became Le Madeleine.

He also joined the Durst Organization for whom he managed more than sixty buildings in Manhattan and stabilized seven historic theaters on West 42nd Street in the early 1990s. It was through his work with the Durst Organization that he met Maggie, a photographer, whom he married in 1995 after a decade-long courtship.
In addition to food, wine (he served as vice president of the Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais) and community, Toney was a skilled blue-water sailor and a member of the New York Yacht Club and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, where he was an active racer and winter frostbiter.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County, Inc., 1955 N.E. Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach, FL 34957.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, Stuart, FL.
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Peery B. Lewis-September 04, 1929 – November 09, 2018

Peery B. Lewis-(September 04, 1929 – November 09, 2018) Age 89, of Palm City, Florida died on Friday November 9, 2018 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Mr. Lewis was born on September 4, 1929 in Wellsburg, West Virginia to George M. and Sallie (Brittain) Lewis. Mr. Lewis was raised on a 200-acre farm in Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia in a farm house that was built in 1787. Mr. Lewis graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1951 with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. He had a storied college basketball career at William & Mary and was twice named All Southern Conference. He received a Master’s Degree in Education from William and Mary as well. Mr. Lewis received the National Defense Service Medal following almost two years’ service in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lee Virginia. He was honorably discharged from service in June 1954 and transferred to the Army Reserve to complete 8 years’ service under the Universal Military Training and Service Acts. Mr. Lewis started his career as a high school math teacher and basketball coach in Portsmouth Virginia where he met his future bride, Betty C. Lewis. Throughout the years, Mr. Lewis administered, coached and supported many youth sports programs and teams. In business, Mr. Lewis held roles of increasing levels of responsibility in the insurance industry ultimately terminating service as the Chief Administrative Officer with information technology oversight at Life Investors Insurance Company of America (later Aegon, Transamerica) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Lewis moved to Florida in 1987 and along with a partner founded a benefits administration company known as Flex Systems. Mr. Lewis sold Flex Systems and retired from business in 1999.

Mr. Lewis married Betty Jane Chapman on August 18, 1956 and their loving marriage lasted nearly 52 years. Betty predeceased Mr. Lewis in 2008.

Mr. Lewis was a resident of Palm City, Florida since 1987. He was a long-time member of Palm City Presbyterian Church and over 30-year member of Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club where he and Betty were avid golfers. Mr. Lewis spent the last two years as part of the Allegro senior living community in Stuart, FL.

Knowing Mr. Lewis was to experience his playful, loving kindness every day. Throughout his life, Mr. Lewis carried a passion and holy commitment to service for others, particularly his family. Mr. Lewis valued and invested in education and frequently remarked with pride about the many achievements and travels of his grandchildren, grand-nieces / nephews.

Mr. Lewis was predeceased by his mother, Sallie Brittain Lewis, his father, George Markley Lewis, and by his brother, George Markley Lewis Jr and sister-in-law Joy Lewis.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his sons, Peery B. Lewis, Jr and his wife Cecilia of Palm City Florida; David M. Lewis of New Port Richey, Florida; his grandchildren: Britt, Nicholas & Veronica Lewis and Jessica, Mackenzie and David Michael Lewis; and nieces and nephews, including: Mark and Jim Lewis, Maggie Stevens, Becky Binder, Scott and Lee Chapman, Carey Chamberlain and Van Chapman (latter pre-deceased). Also surviving are numerous great nieces / nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11A.M., on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL. A Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, Florida. An inurnment will take place at a later date in Bethany, West Virginia.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethany College (Mark and Sallie Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund) in care of Sven M. de Jong, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Bethany West Virginia 26032 ( or to Palm City Presbyterian Church in care of Rev Dr. Brad Klostreich at 2700 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL 34990 (

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990. A guest registry may be signed at the Visitation event or at

Anthony “Tony” G. Catlender-December 7, 1942 – November 8, 2018

Anthony “Tony” G. Catlender-(December 7, 1942 – November 8, 2018) Anthony Gerard Catlender entered into Eternal Life Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at home after a short illness. He was the loving husband of Arisleida Catlender. Born December 7th, 1942 in London, England of Dutch parents Cornelia and Gerard Catlender.

He became an Electrical Engineer with a MSEE degree. A career he cherished for over 50 yrs. His employers ranged from Raytheon Co. (defense contractor) in MA to the NAIC (Arecibo Observatory) in Puerto Rico, Rhode and Swartz in OR, and John Deere in Fargo, ND from where he retired January 2017.

A Faithful Catholic parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in PSL.

Besides his long time wife Arisleida, he is survived by his brother Robin his children Jeffrey, Jason and Kamelish. His grandchildren Victoria, Zakary, Megan, Sydney and Kenyon; along with eight nephews and nieces . Was predeceased by his sisters Louisa and Dini.

Tony was an avid reader he also enjoyed traveling as much as spending Family Time every chance he could. His hobbies ranged between tinkering with electronics that he successfully sold in Ebay and collecting coins, stamps and wind up toys.

Tony’s family will welcome relatives and friends on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at Aycock at Tradition of Port St. Lucie commencing at 4:00 PM EST for a Religious Ceremony followed by a Celebration of his Life.

Tony was a caring, compassionate exceptional human being. Touched by all, he never met a stranger. A true Friend, Faithful Husband, and nurturing father and grandfather.

Tony is survived by his loving wife, Arisleida; his brother Robin and children Jeffrey, Jason and Kamelish; grandchildren Victoria, Zakary, Megan, Sydney and Kenyon; along with eight nephews and nieces . He was predeceased by his sisters, Louisa and Dini.

Irving M. Levin-March 19, 1923 – November 8, 2018

Irving M. Levin-(March 19, 1923 – November 8, 2018) Irving M. Levin, 95, died peacefully at his home in the Summerfield community, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 with his wife of 41 years the former S. Frances Kelley, at his bedside.

During WWII, Irv, proudly served his country from 1941-1945 in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Irv was a B29 Flight Engineer on bombing raids over Japan in the 93 Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, 314th Wing, 20th Air Force North Field, Guam.
After separation from the service, Irv enjoyed a long and productive career at the MIT Instrumentation Lab and Charles Stark Draper Lab in Cambridge, MA. He participated in numerous projects including testing the first inertial guidance system.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with Visitation starting at 10:30 am and a Service at 11:00 am with full U.S. Army Military Honors at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Irv can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

Easton “Massa” DeSouza-May 6, 1943 – November 5, 2018

Easton “Massa” DeSouza-(May 6, 1943 – November 5, 2018) Easton “Massa” DeSouza was born on May 6, 1943 and passed away on November 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

Surviving Children by Age:

Rupert DeSouza
Kevin DeSouza
Priscilla Brown
Subreina Thelwell
Calvin DeSouza.

Surviving Siblings:

Merlyn (June) Richardson
Sonia DeSouza-Brown
Vilma (Mary) Boreland
Evel (Lee) Clark
Crafton (Monte) DeSouza
Carmen (Dolly) DeSouza
Millicent (Joy) Matheson
Merlyn (June) Richardson
Sonia DeSouza-Brown
Calvin DeSouza

Surviving Grandchildren:

Sekwuan DeSouza
Tyriah Marlene Brooks
Paige DeSouza
Alecia Jones-Thelwell
Kevin DeSouza II
Devon DeSouza II
Teniah Marlene Brooks
Sarai DeSouza
Tavian Jackson DeSouza
Zuri DeSouza
Destiny Thelwell

Charles E. (Gene) Burnett-September 25, 1938 – November 4, 2018

Charles E. (Gene) Burnett-(September 25, 1938 – November 4, 2018)t is with great sadness that I announce the sudden and unexpected passing of my husband, Gene, on November 4, 2018. Gene was 80 years old, a native Floridian, born in Cedar Key, FL. He served in the Navy from 1958-1963. He worked for many years as a pilot for Eastern Arilines, a profession he dearly loved. He retired as a Captain on the A-300 Airbus in 1987. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, loved him, and understood his unique and colorful sense of humor. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Justine (Juddy); three daughters: Brenda Davies, Cindy Watson, and Lynda Owen; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother: Michael Burnett. Per his request, no services are scheduled.

Joseph J. Celli-January 22, 1926 – November 2, 2018

Joseph J. Celli-(January 22, 1926 – November 2, 2018)
oseph J. Celli, 92, a resident of Jensen Beach, FL, departed this life Friday, November 2, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; stepson, Randy; and many other loving family members and friends. Joseph was a World War II Army Veteran and was also the recipient of the Veteran Hall of Fame medal from Florida Governor, Rick Scott. He was the President of Seatrain Lines, Inc., the founder of Big Heart Brigade, and a board member for Planning and Zoning with Martin County. He was also a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW (Service Officer), DAV, Am Vets, and the Blind Rehabilitation Center (Blind Veteran’s of America). Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, where vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Committal services with Army Honors will be held 2:15 p.m. Friday, November 9, at South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449.

Richard Shaw Hall Jr. December 9, 1944 – April 1, 2018

Richard Shaw Hall, Jr. December 9, 1944- April 1, 2018 – Was an American publisher with a marketing and sales background. Mr. Hall was born on Staten Island, in New York City. He attended Port Richmond High School where he experienced his first exposure to the world of publishing when he, for 4 years, worked on the school’s yearbook.

He attended City College of New York (Staten Island) from 1963 and 1964. He then embarked on an adventure to Kentucky, Morehead State University where he finished his undergraduate degree with majors in History, Sociology and Psychology, with minors in Business and Biology.

He returned to New York and began a teaching career in the field of Special Education specifically “Learning Behavioral Disabilities” at the secondary level (7th grade – 12th grade) at the 600 school on Staten Island housed on the Mt Loretto campus.

He attended Columbia University Graduate School with an emphasis in “Behavioral Psychology”.

After several lengthy teachers strikes he was offered an opportunity to move to Columbus, Ohio working for B.F. Skinner, designing and implementing behavioral modification programs imbedded in curriculum. He also did field research in that field and staff development. From 1969 – 1972 he was on loan to the University of Pittsburg (Leaning Resource Development Center) working with a field research program called I.P.I (Individualized Prescribed Instruction). In 1970, when the publishing rights for I.P.I. was acquired by New Century Education Corporation, Mr. Hall returned to the world of publishing. He remained with New Century until 1975.

During this time Mr. Hall was involved with Open Court publishing, editing the synthetic phonics “Foundation” program.

From 1976 to 1979 Mr. Hall became aware of school of educational thought spearheaded by Dr. Arthur Whimby, author of” Intelligence Can Be Taught” and began a relationship with a company called I.S.I (Innovative Sciences, Inc.) who brought behavioral management techniques together with the cognitive learning strategies of Whimby.

In 1979 he joined the Ohio based C.O.I.N. (Coordinated Occupational Information Network) an information database serving the guidance counselors across the country.

In 1986 after the sale of C.O.I.N. to Bell & Howell, Mr. Hall joined the Marketing and Sales department of Cambridge Book Company.

He achieved his highest success with Out2News, an online publishing newspaper effort created for the local Treasure Coast Community with a News/citizen journal emphasis. He called it the “Happy” news!

Perhaps the most important roll Mr. Hall prized was that of loving husband and devoted father. He adored his family and put them first in all that he did.

He is survived by his wife Robin Hall of 37 years, son Richard Shaw Hall III, son Andrew Shaw Hall and daughter in law Erica Hall and close family friend Sasha Dacosta.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in memory of: Richard S Hall Scholarship to Martin County Youth Leadership 1650 South Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994.

John Hicks March 21, 1951 – October 30, 2016

John Charles Hicks Jr. (born March 21, 1951) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.

In 1970, Hicks came onto the Buckeye scene and won the job as a starting tackle. He unfortunately missed his sophomore year due to a knee injury, but rebounded to put together two spectacular seasons in 1972 and 1973. During Hicks’ three years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship and went to the Rose Bowl, making Hicks the first person from OSU to play in three Rose Bowls.

In 1972 Hicks was recognized as a First Team All-America selection and earned his first of two All-Big Ten honors. He repeated his All-Conference honors his senior year and again earned All-America honors, this time as a unanimous selection. His stellar senior season and dominance of the line of scrimmage caught the eye of the voters as Hicks won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s most outstanding lineman and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.

The 6-3, 258 pound tackle started as a sophomore in 1970, freshman weren’t eligible, and helped them go to the Rose Bowl. In 1971, he started off the season in dominant fashion before injuring his knee and missing the last six games of the season. He came back to become an All-American in 1972 helping the Buckeyes to go back to the Rose Bowl. Then he had his monster 1973 season. A first round draft pick of the New York Giants, injuries would put a halt to his pro career.

Hicks was the first player to ever start in three Rose Bowls and was part of a monster Ohio State team. The unbeaten Buckeyes lost to Stanford 27-17 in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Next year at the 1973 game, Ohio State got steamrolled by USC 42-17. But the 1974 Rose Bowl game would be unbeaten Ohio State’s year to steamroll USC 42-21 as Hicks (Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson?) led the way to 323 rushing yards.

Hicks played for the New York Giants from 1974 through 1977. In April 1978, the Giants traded Hicks to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for offensive lineman Jim Clack and wide receiver Ernie Pough. Hicks never played for the Steelers.

Hicks is married to his wife Cindy, the father of three daughters and one son, and has three granddaughters and one grandson.

Out2martincounty.comCommentary by Richard Hall:

John Hicks was a friend and business associate and I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing.

I originally met John when he was still in school. A friend of mine was, at the time, dorm administrator of Stradley Hall (the athletic dorm).

I again had the privilege  of meeting John in 1975 when circumstances presented an opportunity to enter into a business enterprise with the newly crowned NFL “Rookie of the Year”. Our venture only lasted one year but what an interesting year it was.

John did the best imitation of Woody Hayes, whom he and many of the team affectionately called “the old man”, I have ever heard.

John Hicks wasn’t just among the greats ever to play football at Ohio State, he was “a giant,” two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said. “In all that he did, he was a giant on and off the field.”

John passed away overnight due to complications from diabetes, his family acknowledged. He was 65.

“I knew this was coming, but it just hurts to know that he’s gone,” Griffin told The Columbus Dispatch.

A two-time All-American in 1972 and ’73, Hicks won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in ’73 as the nation’s outstanding lineman. He also finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, a monumental achievement for a right tackle.

He later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio State athletics hall of fame and the hall of fame for the Rose Bowl, in which he started for the Buckeyes in trips there after the 1970, ’72 and ’73 seasons. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1974 but injuries blunted his pro career.

“Everyone knows what he did on the field,” Griffin said. “But overall, he was just a terrific man. What he did off the field was also unbelievable.”

Along with founding and running his own real estate development company, Hicks was deeply involved in myriad organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

He also was known to never turn down a call from his former teammates and other Buckeyes, being given the nickname “The Godfather” by his fellow Ohio State alumni, and for all the right reasons, Griffin said.

“Anytime someone needed help they’d call John,” Griffin said.

Among the causes Hicks took up was that of former Buckeyes and NFL safety Jack Tatum, whose battle with the ravages of diabetes eventually led to his untimely death at 61 in 2010. Hicks arranged several fund-raising efforts to help defray the costs of Tatum’s plight.

“He’d be organizing folks to help, whoever it was that needed the help,” Griffin said, his voice cracking with emotion. “He was just unbelievable, man.”

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, a Cleveland native like Hicks, seconded that notion.

“I have known John since I was in high school in Cleveland; he was one of my idols,” said Smith, who went on to play football at Notre Dame in the mid-1970s. “His impact on our community cannot be measured. He was a man’s man.”

Raymond C. Smith January 5, 1922 – June 6, 2010

Out2martincounty.comSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Raymond C. Smith, 88, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., a World War II veteran who enjoyed traveling, died June 6 in the Cape Canaveral home of his daughter, Lynne Smith Danesh.

Born on Staten Island, Mr. Smith graduated from Port Richmond High School. He began a 36-year career at Procter & Gamble, which was interrupted when he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Mississippi during the second World War. He enrolled in the Army’s pre-medical program at the University of Mississippi but his studies ended when the war did.

When Mr. Smith returned to Staten Island, he resumed working at Duncan Heins Division of Procter & Gamble in Port Ivory, Staten Island while taking night classes at Wagner College, Grymes Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955 and a master of business administration degree in 1964. Proud of his alma mater, he continued to support the school until his death.

After retiring in 1976 as a manager, Mr. Smith and his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Quinn, traveled to south Florida and lived aboard their yacht, Gingham, until finally settling in Satellite Beach, Fla., amid a group of Staten Island retirees.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith traveled the world, be it by land, air, or sea. After his wife’s death in 1998, Mr. Smith fulfilled their dream to pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

An Episcopalian, Mr. Smith was a member of St. Andrew’s Parish, Richmond; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa, Fla.

In addition to his daughter, Lynne, Mr. Smith is survived by another daughter, Patricia A. Korol; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. on July 17 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa.

Richard Shaw Hall Sr. Decorated Naval Aviator

Dies at 86 in Palm City

Richard (Dick Hall) Hall founder of Libre House Publishing of Princeton, New Jersey and Chem-Pro Marketing of Staten Island, New York died September 28, 2007 after a brief illness in Palm City, Florida.

He is survived by his two sons Richard S. Hall, Jr. and daughter in-law Robin Hall of Palm City, Florida and Gregory H. Hall and daughter in-law Debbie Hall of Staten Island. He was also survived by three grand children Dana Carole Hall Reese of Los Angeles, Richard S. Hall III of Palm City and Andrew S. Hall also of Palm City. Mr. Hall had two great grand children Charles and Smyth Reese of Los Angeles. He also was survived by 2 siblings, older brother Norman Hall (91)of Whiting, New Jersey and younger sister Doris Zdanowicz of New Jersey as well.

He was married to Alice M. Baker for 60 years also of Staten Island.

Noted “Who’s Who” business and finance entrepreneur was probably best know for his “Cost estimation” articles in McGraw Hill’s publication Chemical Engineering. He led the way to computerized cost estimation in the stainless steel industry.

From modest means in his early years it might be said that he was a product of the depression and World War II. Born on Staten Island, New York on April 21, 1921 he attended Public School #30 in The Westerleigh area of the island. He graduated from port Richmond High School in 1939 and proceeded to go to work in Manhattan for the U.S. Nickel Company. Later in 1941 he worked at The Bethlehem Ship yard where he worked as an electricians apprentice on ships including the Destroyer Juno.

He enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in April 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was first assigned to The Naval Civil Pilot Training Program at Syracuse University from June to October 1942; United States Naval Preflight School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., from January to March 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Glenview, Illinois, from March – July 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, July 1943 – February 1944; graduated and commissioned Ensign U.S.N.R. (Naval Aviator) on February 9, 1944.

Assigned U.S. Naval Operational Training Center, Banana River, Florida from February -April 1944; assigned to Navy Squadron VPB26, Charleston, S.C. to Fleet Air Wing 17, serving with the fleet in the central and western Pacific theaters. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for “Meritorious Service” in China, Korean and Japanese mainland theaters of operation. He was promoted to Lt. (JG) in April 1945. Was a member of the first Naval Aviation Squadron to land in the Tokyo Bay area simultaneous with the fleet’s arrival in September, 1945. He served several weeks with the occupation forces in Japan.

Reassigned to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Ordered to Fleet Headquarters, New York via NAS Alameda, California for release from active duty on January 6, 1946.

Mr. Hall attended Wagner College, Staten Island, New York from 1946 to 1948. He then went to work as a sales representative for New York Refrigeration Co., Long Island, N.Y., 1947. Sales Representative for Doyle & Roth Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY from 1947 to 1954; Advertising Sales Manager, 1954 – 1963; Vice President 1963 – 1970. Vice President of Walster Corp. Simpson, Pa. 1962 – 1970; Chem-Pro Marketing Services, Staten Island, N.Y., 1966 – 1970; Vice President, Chem-Pro Associates, 1970; President, Richard S. Hall & Associates Ltd., Staten Island, NY from 1970 – 1987.

For 20 years he was a Biographee of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, and the International Biographee.

He served on American Standards Association committee establishing “Standards for Tubular Heat Exchangers for the chemical industry”, a collaborative effort between the American, and the Tubular Exchanger Manufactures Association.

Retiring in 1987 he joined and actively participated in the Services Corps of Retired Executive, co-chairing-in a collaborative effort with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce–a series of seminars on international trade.

He was a member of the Chemists Club, American Association of Cost Engineers, Association of Naval aviation, Service Core of Retired Executives, The Planetary Society, National Space Society, and International Trade Advocacy Group.

After the death of his loving wife in 2003 and in ill health, he moved to Palm City, Florida to live with is son Richard and his family.

In his later years he was active with The Martin County Council On Aging, The V.I.P. (Visually Impaired Persons), The Palm City Art Associates.

Mr. and Mrs. Hall will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has expressed that in lue of flowers please make a donations to Hospice of The Treasure Coast.

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