Kathleen “Kate” Margaret Kujat

Kathleen “Kate” Margaret Kujat, Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, age 73, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She passed away at Spring Hills at Hunters Creek in Orlando where she had been battling Parkinsons Dementia.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1948, daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Miller.

In 1967 she married her childhood sweetheart Michael J. Mannifield. They lived in Philadelphia where they had two boys Michael and Kevin. In 1974 they moved to New Jersey and in 1978 they moved to South Florida to raise their two boys. They were divorced in 1991. In 1992 she then married the late Bruce Kujat in San Antonio, Texas.

She was a very brilliant woman who never settled on any grade less than an “A” throughout her education. She managed the unique challenge of raising her boys while still earning her Bachelor of Business Administration at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Once in San Antonio she went back to college to earn a Master of Business Administration from University of the Incarnate Word and then decided to top off those two degrees by passing and becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

She worked for four companies during her employment years. Air Ambulance in Fort Lauderdale, Texas Dental Plans in San Antonio, The Scooter Store in New Braunfels, Texas and retired in 2016 from CHEP USA, Orlando.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bruce Kujat, father Samuel Miller, mother Mary Miller, and sister Mariann Roach.  

She is survived by her two sons: Michael Mannifield Jr. of St. Cloud, Florida; Kevin F. Mannifield (JoAnn) of North Brunswick, New Jersey; two sisters Dee Campbell of Hatboro, Pennsylvania; Peggi Heineman of Sunrise, Florida; Seven Grandchildren; Three Great-Grandchildren and her dog Jake.

She was a lifelong animal lover and adopted numerous dogs and horses into her home over the decades. Her four-legged babies always meant the world to her. Her and Bruce were passionate about helping horses avoid the kill buyers at auctions. Many animals were as lucky to have her in their lives as we were.

A Celebration of Life will follow later in Texas.

To honor her love for rescued horses the family suggests memorial donations may be made to triplememac.org or via PayPal to Tmmes@gvtc.com.

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Betty Dyer Westbrook

May 4, 1924 – July 25, 2021

Betty Dyer Westbrook, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, peacefully entered her eternal home on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the age of 97. She was surrounded by her children at her home in Westminster Towers, Orlando, Florida. 

Betty was born on May 4, 1924, in Kissimmee, Florida to Robert and Gertrude Dyer. She grew up in College Park and attended Concord Park Elementary, Memorial Junior High and Orlando High School followed by Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. On January 10, 1951, she married Neil Malcolm Westbrook, the love of her life, in Orlando, Florida. After a brief stop in Tampa, they settled in Winter Park, Florida where they raised their son, Malcolm, and their daughter, Beth.

Betty will be remembered for her love of life, her grit and her wee bit of stubbornness. She was fun, laughed easily and kept close to her family and friends. Family was the most important thing to her and she was fiercely loyal to those she loved. She was an adoring and always encouraging wife to Neil. The two of them were a great team who built a welcoming home that was constantly full of friends, both old and young. She never tired of entertaining and will be remembered by many as a gracious host and fabulous cook. She believed that birthdays were extra special and made sure that family and friends were fully celebrated. Family trips to Neil’s childhood home in north Georgia were always memorable as she loved being with the Georgia Westbrooks. Betty was a supportive and loyal sister who loved meeting her brothers at Brian’s on Lake Ivanhoe and the annual Dyer reunions at Ormond and New Smyrna Beach. 

She was always up for a fun adventure, traveling the world with Neil and her best childhood friend, Betty Bray (the two would later recount their travels with big laughs over a glass of wine). Music was a source of joy for her and was always a part in her life whether through playing the piano, dancing, attending concerts or putting on plays with her grandchildren. In her later years, the music programs at Westminster Towers always put a smile on her face and a tap in her foot. In addition to the music programs at Westminster, she and her sister-in-law, JoAnn Dyer, could always be found sitting on the second row, popcorn in hand on movie nights! She loved playing golf with her husband and friends which included weekly twilight golf at the Country Club of Orlando and trips to North Carolina. She was an active, caring and devoted mother and grandmother – present, supportive and offering encouragement at every game, play and graduation. 

Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church of Orlando for 65 years, chairing the Children’s Ministry Council along with teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When raising her children, she was an active member of the National Parent Teacher Association at Audubon Elementary, Glenridge Junior High and Winter Park High School, respectively. She was also a long time member of The Country Club of Orlando, The Rosalind Club and was an active and dearly loved resident of the Westminster Towers Orlando community for the past 13 years. 

Betty left a legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two children, Malcolm Westbrook and Beth (Boyd) Booher. She has six dearly loved grandchildren: Ashley Westbrook (Cecil Field), Stephanie (Ryan) Warthan, Kristin Nosal, Melissa (Mike) Malone, Katie Booher, and Neil Booher; three cherished great-grandchildren: Baylen Field Westbrook, Ryleigh Warthan and Wally Malone. In addition, two sisters-in-law, Anne Dyer (Oviedo) and Barbara Dyer (Lynn Haven) plus many nieces and nephews in both the Dyer and Westbrook families.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Neil Malcolm Westbrook, her parents, Robert and Gertrude Dyer, her four brothers, Robert M. Dyer, Jr., William B. Dyer, Jack M. Dyer, Donald D. Dyer and her dear sister-in-law, JoAnn C. Dyer.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: 

First United Methodist Church (142 E. Jackson Street, Orlando, FL 32801); Westminster Towers Foundation (Westminster Towers Foundation, 70 West Lucerne Circle, Orlando, FL 32801); Vitas Hospice (Vitas Hospice ℅ Vitas Community Connections, 2201 Lucien Way, Ste 100, Maitland, FL 32751). Please note gifts are in memory of Betty D. Westbrook. 

A private family burial service will be held in north Georgia this fall.

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Barbara Ann Schlachter

Barbara Ann Schlachter died at hospice August 5th, 2021 in Orlando Fl., following a battle with cancer, she was 82.

Barbara was born on Sept. 14, 1938 in Colchester Vermont.  She was preceded in death by her husband Henry J. Schlachter Jr. And her sons Joseph Morris Jr. Henry Schlachter III, sister Doris Reynells, brothers Joey and Larry Newell and Her parents Ernest and Rita.

She is survived by her daughter Angie Recu and her husband Joel Recu, her son John M. Schlachter Sr. and his wife Kristyn Lynn Schlachter and her daughter in law Velanne Schlachter,  additionally  her Sister Rose Bouchard and brother in law Gerry Reynells, Her Grandchildren and Great grandchildren

In 1980 Barbara graduated from the James Monroe Vocational Center in Leesburg, Virginia with a degree in nursing as a licensed practical nurse. After graduation she worked at the Leesburg Regional Hospital working and caring for children in the acute rehab center. She later in 1987 took a position with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department as a corrections nurse at the county jail.

She has been a faithful member of the Catholic Church and her last years were spent finding her relationship with the Lord appose to a religion.  She was beautifully baptized in 2020.

She served on many volunteer projects to feed the homeless and helped out on various church organizations through her love of cooking.

She always said do what’s right and do what’s good. Be kind and help others. 

The family will hold a small private ceremony and celebration of her life on September 5TH at the Cape Canaveral Veterans’ Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her late husband Hank.

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Ethel Seamon

Ethel Seamon was born in Molino, PA on January 29, 1927 to Andrew & Annie Gall. She lived a full life of 94 years and peacefully went home to be with her Lord on August 13, 2021.

Ethel married Andrew Seamon in 1950. Her husband’s naval career took her across the country from Virginia to California and back again, eventually retiring in Florida to be closer to family after his passing. Her whole life revolved around loving her family and serving her local church community or anyone God put in her path.

She will be forever cherished by her children Andy, Bob, Debbie and John, daughters-in-law Susan and Terri, son-in-law Jim, and grandchildren Holly and Luke. She was preceded in death by her daughters-in-law Lorraine and Paula and grandson Rick. She is also survived by brothers Charlie, Steve, George, and John Gall and sisters Janie Kristoff and Anna Mae Stephens, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be loved and missed by all.

A celebration of life service will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Oviedo, FL on Saturday, August 28 at 11:00am. COVID safety protocols will be encouraged. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1498 Tuskawilla Road, Oviedo, FL 32765. 

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Linda Sue Haycock 

Linda Sue Haycock joined her Angels in Heaven on August 8, 2021 after a long battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s & then Covid.  She was born in Washington D.C. on December 18, 1948 and graduated from Franklin High School in 1966 in Somerset, New Jersey. She then attended Hesser Business College in Manchester, NH, graduating in 1967.

She was married on July 1, 1984 to Thomas Lee Haycock. She is preceded in death by her parents, Manning H. Kennedy and Joann S. Kennedy. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lee Haycock, son John Haycock and his wife Mary Haycock, from Melbourne, FL, and daughter, Jill Miller, and her husband, Donald Miller, from W. Melbourne, FL. Grandchildren are Cody, Jacob, Gannon, Brett and Lexy.

Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She spent much of her life caring for children, both as a teaching assistant and as a fulltime care provider to her niece, first two grandchildren and children of her close friends. As a teaching aide, she learned sign language so she could communicate with some of her special needs children. She was skilled with a variety of crafts and made many Holiday gifts for family and close friends. She also restored many pieces of furniture and quilted both small and large quilts. She served as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop.

After living in Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, California, New Hampshire and Saudia Arabia, she moved to the Melbourne area in 1981. She worked as a Legal assistant at the Nance, Cacciatore law firm for a few years. Then, she took a job with Harris Corporation as an administrative assistant for several years. Finally , she found her true passion as a Teacher’s Aide in the Brevard County School system. She worked at Sabal Elementary, Central Jr High, Columbia Elementary & Palm Bay Elementary. She retired from the school system when she moved to NJ so she could care for her second grandchild.

Services will be at a TBD date at St. Mary of the Angel church. In lieu of sending flowers the family requests contributions be made in Linda’s name to the following organizations: 1) Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, Project Relief,  4676 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. 2) Promise in Brevard, Checks payable to Promise Inc at 4105 Norfolk Parkway, W. Melbourne, FL 32904 or on website promiseinbrevard.com and use the Give to Promise button. Arrangements are being handled by Compass Pointe Funeral Services, 737 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. 407 797-6200

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Lynette Moore Jones

Mrs. Lynette  Moore Jones (“Nette” or “Momma Bear”), 82, of Orlando, Florida formerly of Port St Lucie, Florida, passed away quietly on July 10, 2021.

Lynette was born March 20, 1939 in Abbeville, Wilcox County, Georgia to Elijah and Essie Mae (Fuller) Moore.  Reading, traveling, cooking, sewing, quilting, and spending time with family and friends gave her the greatest enjoyment.

Lynette served as a registered nurse and later as a Northwest Airline employee.  She met the love of her life at Northwest, Charles Leopold Jones, who preceded her in death after 37 years of marriage.

She is survived by her beloved and devoted children Vanessa Roussel, Curtis Balom II; sons-in-law Norman Roussel, Sven Seger; beloved grandson Wynton Roussel; beloved mother, Essie Mae Moore;  beloved sister Iris Tisdol; devoted stepdaughters Bettie Cottrell, Michelle Jones-Pate; devoted stepsons Michael Jones, Thomas Jones; brother-in-law Richard Jones; a loving step-family of grand- and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and a loving extended family.

For herself, she loved the pursuit of learning and valued self-reliance and self-discipline.  With family, she loved sharing her skills through caring for them. She was a perfectionist with generosity, whether planning huge, multi-generational family meals or providing sage advice and unselfish support.  Being on her list of people to receive quilts or baked goods was a gift no one would ever forget. 

Losing her leaves us with deep heartache.  She was tremendously loved and will be dearly remembered.

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Joseph Phillip McCullough

Joseph Phillip McCullough (Phil), 72, of Paisley, FL passed away June 8th, 2021.He was born Jan 29, 1949 in St. Augustine, FL. Phil served in the United States Air Force, 1969-1973. After his service, he then went on to graduate from Stetson University in DeLand. He attended South Eastern Theological Seminary and graduated with his Masters in Divinity. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Lou McCullough, and his brother William H. McCullough. Phil was a lifelong Pastor, teacher and friend to many. Phil is survived by his daughters JoAnn (Chris) Giaimo, Chrystal (Michael) Ferguson and grandchildren Caleb (Daylan), Annabelle, Ethan, Caitlin Ferguson, and Tavish Giaimo. As well as his sisters Brenda Shipp, Ruth (Frank) Favaro and Kay (Clint) Buchanon.

Memorial Service to be held Saturday June 19th, 11:00am, at First Assembly DeLand

551 S. Kepler Rd. DeLand, FL 32724

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Edith J. (Selner) Ament

Edith J. (Selner) Ament passed away on June 1st, 2021 at the age of 96 in Apopka, FL in the loving care of her daughter Cheri, son-in-law Mark, and granddaughters Michelle, Sara and Holly. She was born January 11th, 1925 to Joseph and Esther (Trottman) Selner. She grew up in Kewaunee, Wi, her birthplace, and spent much time on the Lake Michigan shore. Some of her fondest memories included riding her horse, “Toots” (short for Tootsie), up and down the beach and bluffs by her house. Prior to college she worked for a Kewaunee physician. She took immense pride in her medical aptitude and how she was able to both assist and handle emergency procedures for the local M.D. when he was tied up and unavailable “on call.” She considered a pursuit of medicine prior to her decision to start a family.

Edie met her husband, Jake (Jacob) Ament, while they both attended UW Madison. They were married on November 2nd, 1946. After college they stayed in Madison until her husband finished law school. They then moved to Merrill, WI with their son, Jack, where their family grew with the birth of their sons Rich (Randy), Russ (Russell) and daughter, Cheri.

Edie was devoted to her husband and kids. She was a ‘Mama Bear’ and always looked out for her family and friends. She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She was extremely proud of even their smallest achievements. She worked tirelessly to make sure the home was a warm home. Everyone was welcome at the table and treated with respect. It didn’t matter if it was Former First Lady, Barbara Bush that she was hosting at the house, neighborhood kids, or friends. They were all treated with the same care and respect. She also had many fond memories of her homes in Eagle River, WI and Homosassa, FL. She enjoyed golf (some rounds more than others), countless sunny days and wonderfully fun times with family and many friends.

Edie was wholly invested in the Merrill community through her involvement in charitable organizations, clubs and various networks. She chaired numerous organizations. Veterans groups, the American Cancer Society and the Republican Party were causes she felt very strongly about. Making sure everyone had a level playing field was also important to her. She heard about high school boys from the country having to hitch-hike home after practice to participate in football (there were not activity busses at that time). She organized and initiated an after practice car pool so any could participate. When a volunteer driver had a conflict she would just add another stop to her route.

Edie is survived by her children John (Carol) of Chippewa Falls, WI, Richard (Mary Beth) of Wausau, WI, Russell (Michaele Mary) Coeur d’Alene, ID and Cheri (Mark) Sibold of Apopka, FL. She was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Eleanor Ament, Edith (Jared) Robinson, Adrianne Ament, Jacob Ament, Breanne Ament, Kristen (David) Phillips, Daniel (Amanda) Ament, Michelle Wilson, Sara Hohmeister, Holly Hohmeister. She is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren.

Edie was preceded in death by her husband Jake (3/1/2005), brother Patrick (Arlene) Selner, and sisters Helen (Isauro) Bazan, Marion (Clarence) Charlier, and Betty (John) Legois.

Edith Jean Ament, will be laid to rest beside her husband at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida. Services will be on June 18th at 12:30pm. Arrangements were handled by Compass Pointe Funeral Services (407)797-6200.

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Dorothy Marie LaMontagne

Dorothy Marie LaMontagne, 90, of Lake Nona, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2021, surrounded by three of her loving daughters, Rosemary, Susan, and Carol.

Dorothy Samulski was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1930 and married Phillip LaMontagne on June 19, 1948.  Dorothy and Phillip were blessed with nine children: Linda (John Waldron), Rosemary, Charles (Bonnie), Richard (Lois), Susan (Bill Rogers), Carol (Chris Sause) Phillip, Jr. (Sherri), Arthur, and John (Pam).  Dorothy was a proud and loving grandmother to 22 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was a devoted mother, devout Christian, and meticulous homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and stitchery.  Dorothy was known for putting her children and others first throughout her life.  After raising her nine children and relocating to Melbourne, Florida, Dorothy expanded her Christian service by volunteering at the Ascension Catholic Church Thrift Store.  

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents: Sofie and Walter Samulski: Phillip, her husband of 53 years; siblings, Walter, Shirley, Marilyn, Gloria, and Vivian; and son Phillip, Jr.  Dorothy is survived by her other eight children, 22 grandchildren, and 34 great grandchildren.

Dorothy will be missed for her loving and caring heart, compassionate nature, and selfless service to others.  We all love her deeply and will carry her in our hearts forever.

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JoAnne Lively

On Monday, April 19th 2021, JoAnne Lively passed away at the age of 70. She was preceded in death by her father, Siebert and her mother, Hazel.  

She is survived by daughter, Wendy, son in law, Larry, stepdaughter Morgan, stepson Alan, granddaughters Kyndall, Marissa, Sydney, Sophia, and Donna, grandsons Larry, Ethan, and Nolan, and her sisters Linda Lee, and Jean.

JoAnne was compassionate to a fault and will be remembered for her quick wit and her love of West Virginia.

The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to American Cancer Society.  

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Eleanora Celeste Craig

Eleanora Celeste Craig, 67, of Orlando, FL, passed away January 08, 2021.

She was born in Miami, FL on June 28, 1953. Eleanora Craig graduated from West Milford Township High School. She was married to Richard Craig for 48 years on July 22, 1972.

Eleanora Craig had a 30 year career in the financial industry for Martin Federal Credit Union as a Compliance Officer.

She was a member of The Corvette Club of Orlando in her last 10 years and enjoyed traveling with Rich in their corvette’s. Eleanora had a passion for working with plants. She loved being in her garden and creating unique planters using succulents.  

She was survived by: Children: Kelly Richards, Grandchildren: Mason Richards

Nieces and Nephews: Angelique Dodgen, Jimmy Craig, Linda Craig, Jeff Craig, Christina Wax(Craig), Todd Wax, Cathy Craig.

Sister: Claire Wax

A joint Celebration of Life with her love was held at Paradise Cove on April 25, 2021.

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Ruth Pearl

Ruth C. Pearl, 98, of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully at her home on March 28, 2021, embraced by those she loved dearly.

On February 23, 1923, she was born to her caring parents Irving Friedman and Cecilia Katz Friedman and raised in Brooklyn, New York, with her sister Susan “Sue” Friedman . In early adulthood, Ruth married Stanley Pearl and resided in New Jersey. She briefly modeled for magazines and would raise four successful sons: David, Arthur, Daniel, and Michael Pearl. Ruth was a proud homemaker, amateur pianist, American mint stamp collector, and lover of classical music and the fine arts. In her later years, she pursued a successful career as an art dealer and founded Ruth Pearl Gallery in Montvale, New Jersey.

In the final decades of her life, she retired to Orlando, Florida. She resided with her son, Arthur Pearl, daughter-in-law Ainy Pearl, and grandchildren: Rachel, Richard, and Ryan Pearl. Ruth was a devoted mother and grandmother to her family. To her final days, she was a fan of great food, western novels, and classical cinema – having read virtually every book published by her favorite western writer Louis L’Amour and watched every film starring her favorite actor John Wayne.

She is survived by her four sons (David, Arthur, Daniel, Michael), ten grandchildren (Masumi, Rachel, Richard Ryan, Laura, Elizabeth, Daniel, Adam, Ariella, and Brandon), and ten great-grandchildren (Maia, Max, Mathew, Sara, Aiden, Alicia, Willow, Pheobe, Simon, and Benjamin and one expected great-grandson on the way).

She will be dearly missed by all that had the honor of knowing her. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Florida.

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Mark Walter DiDomenico

Mark Walter DiDomenico, 65, of Orlando, FL passed into eternal life on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Mark was born on December 15, 1955 and graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School in 1973.

He spent most of his career life serving in the United States Navy as a PRC Chief Aircrew Survival Equipmentman. After retiring from the Navy, he was a Records Supervisor with the Orange County Sheriffs Department. Mark also spent many years volunteering on the Flour Bluff Fire Department in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as volunteering on the Davis Corner Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Mark is survived by son Brian DiDomenico of New Jersey, Daughter, Angela DiDomenico Branson of Texas, son Michael DiDomenico of Texas, granddaughters Adrianna DiDomenico of New Jersey, Deanna Dunman of Florida and grandsons Jase and Christian of Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Karen DiDomenico.

Mark enjoyed watching sports, going fishing and listening to music and was loved by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orlando VA Medical Center in memory of Mark DiDomenico.

Due to the ongoing Covid Pandemic, the family will have a private celebration of life gathering at a future date.

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Allen Edward Ewing Sr.

Allen Edward Ewing Sr. passed away on 1-26-21 at the age of 64.

He was born in 1956 in Covington, Kentucky. He married the love of his life Fran in 1976. In the 44 years they were together they had three children, Allen, Autumn, and Ricky Ewing. Two grandchildren, Ally Ewing and Phoenix Gomez.

Al was the sole owner of D&E distributers for over 30 years. He was an avid poker player. Al always put his family first no matter what. He lived to surprise his wife. He was a loving and caring father who went above and beyond for them.

Al had a big heart and helped and cared for many friends and family alike. Mother and Father, Mary and Ed Ewing. Brother Rick Ewing and Sister Pam Martin have all passed. Al resided in the Orlando area for 42 years. He will be missed by many but never forgotten.  

Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Wedgefield Park, Mansfield street Orlando Florida 32833.

From 10 am until 2 pm on February 27th please RSVP call or text 407-272-8332 Please come and celebrate AL’S Life food will be served. As a reminder, Masks are Required.

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Tyrone Berry Robinson

Born May 10, 1956 and he was called home to be with his Lord, on January 7, 2021.

Tyrone Robinson was a lifelong resident of Apopka, FL.  He attended Apopka Memorial High School and graduated from there in 1973.  He served as President of his Senior Class.  He was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Apopka.  Ty had many friends in the Apopka area and worked as a carpenter and construction worker throughout the Central Florida area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon “Bud” Robinson and Jeanette Berry Robinson. He is survived by his son, Tyler Lee Robinson of Bush, LA and daughter, Talisa Marie Robinson of Huntsville, AL; 3 grandchildren, Mileigh Robinson, age 10, Lilly Coates, age   12, and Violet Coates, age 3.  He is also survived by his sister Marcia Robinson King of Apopka, Robbie Robinson of Eustis, and Tim Robinson of Wildwood; and survived by many cousins, nephews, and nieces in the Apopka area.

Due to the current pandemic, a Memorial Service is not currently planned at this time but the Family may schedule one in the Summer time.  

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Luis Gonzalo Vargas

Luis Gonzalo Vargas, known as Gonzalo, Dad, Daddy,  Papi, Mi Vida, and Tio, passed away on January 7, 2021.

Luis was born in La Paz, Bolivia, to Raul and Rosa Vargas, with his brother Celso.  He was a peaceful  man, a talented artist in portrait art using charcoal and pastels. Luis loved his wife and was a devoted husband, and father, and grandfather.

A great love that Tio Gonzalo had from childhood was fútbol ⚽️ .   He was a great fútboler and played all of his life, in school, and through adulthood when he played with Los Andinos in Minneapolis Minnesota, with a close community of family and friends from Latin America.

Familia Vargas in La Paz Bolivia has a history of famous persons including statesmen, and a great composer,  Teofilo Vargas, his uncle, a gifted and renowned Bolivian musician and composer.   A young woman Teresa went to learn music and sing for Teofilio in La Paz, and that is how Luis Gonzalo met Teresa.   

Another great legacy that Tio Gonzalo has is his love of cooking, entertaining, dancing, and living life to the fullest.  Even in the freezing Minnesota winters, Tio Gonzalo organized and entertained Latin dance parties that would last all night sometimes, usually in the basement, with carefully chosen cha cha cha, salsa, cumbia, tango, bailasito, cueca, and american dance hits.  We, his children and nephews and nieces, would stay up late too, playing and enjoying the party and celebrations !   Tio Gonzalo also cooked and barbecued up a storm during fútbol games, day outings and family gatherings, making delicacies everyone enjoyed.

Luis had training in drafting and art.  He worked in the branch of the american embassy in Bolivia, doing maps and roads.  He worked with engineers as a draftsman, and was a talented artist and artisan and restored antiques for clients that applauded the quality of his work.

A virtual memorial service for Luis will be held soon and its date and time will be posted on this webpage.  Luis Gonzalo Vargas is survived by his immediate family, his wife Teresa, his sons Tony and Raul;  his brother Celso Vargas and nieces and nephews in Bolivia, Susana , Christiam, and Javier. He was preceded by mother and father, Raul and Rosa, Abuela Mercedes, Tia Susy and Tio Juan.    He was a gentle, loving grandfather to his immediate grandchildren Hannah, Bethany and Päivi, the photo is Abuelo Gonzalo with Hannah when she was little.  And Tio is beloved to all of the inlaws, nieces and nephews,  and grand nieces and grand nephews that grew up in Minnesota, and now live all over America.

And the donation in his name:

Tio Gonzalo played for years in Bolivia, and Minnesota and Florida for  adult leagues including Los Andinos, and loves the game.

The organization Minneapolis Soccer for the City coordinates citywide coaches, leagues, and teams for children 5 to 19.  For families that can’t afford the registration fees for their kids to play on regular leagues, or on travel teams, this fund pays for them so their kids can play. 

If you would like to donate in Luis Vargas’ name please go to the following site, for whatever amount ,  however small: 


You may donate privately, or if you would like us to post your donation on this page, forward your donation confirmation email to the following email address and we will post your name: 


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Mitcheal (Mitch) W. Griffis

Mitcheal (Mitch) W. Griffis died unexpectedly in Orlando, FL on January 10, 2021 at the age of 41.

Mitch was born in Gainesville, FL on December 16, 1979 to Ondrasa and Joe. Where he resided till the age of 2; when he came to live with his father, step mother (Cheila) and sister Cecilia in Orlando, Fl.

As a child Mitch was very inquisitive and loved to tinker with his toys. His curiosity to take things apart and rebuild was the start of him becoming a jack-of-all-trades into his adult life. Mitch loved to work with his hands and took great pride in his work – a slight perfectionist when it came to it. He also was a great cook and had a ‘secret technique’ for everything. He also loved spending time outdoors and hunting. Mitcheal was a loving Father, Son, Brother and Uncle. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends and his passing has left a void in many hearts. 

Mitchealis survived by his children Zackary Griffis and Kaylee McMeen; his parents Ondrasa Davy of Naples, FL and Joe and Cheila Griffis of High Springs, FL; siblings: Cecilia Allen (Mike) of Garner, NC, Amanda Griffis (Russell) of Orlando, FL, Jenniffer Saunders of Naples, FL; Grandmother: Sondra Ragland along with 3 nieces, 2 nephews, 1 great niece, 1 great nephew, and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Wesley Saunders of Spring, TX, grandparents Virginia and Richard Batt, Benjamin Griffis, Virgie Alewine, and Cecil Ragland.

At this time the family has decided no funeral or memorial service will be planned.

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Donald John Ouellette

Donald J Ouellette 5/23/1941-1/12/2021

Donald John Ouellette 79, of Ormond Beach FL went home to heaven to be with his late wife Terri on 1/12/2021. He is survived by his 3 children, Renee Cormier and son in law Philip Farruggio, and sons Jason Ouellette, and Joe Ouellette.  He adored his grandchildren Carly Cormier, Brett Cormier, Julian Ouellette, Amanda Looney, Ryan Ouellette, and Shianne McKellar, along with many great grandchildren.

Donald was born in Maine and resided in Lynn, MA for many years. He relocated to central Florida several years ago. Donald once served as the president of the Lions Club  and raised money for eye research through his Wammer Jammer Jam. He spent many years as a hair stylist as well as top salesman of the world for Paul Mitchell hair products. He later formulated  his own hair care product, Donald Jons.

Anyone that knows Donald knows that he was an outstanding guitar player. He was a professional musician his entire life and played all around the world with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chubby Checker,  and many other famous musicians. He volunteered his time to Kids Rock the Nation by teaching kids how to play guitar.  Donald also played guitar at many local venues in the greater Daytona Beach area.

He touched many people’s lives and helped them in so many ways.  He was a very spiritual being and an incredible fighter. His motto was always, “Live Like You Love Life”. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends as well as those whos lives he touched. 

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Floyd Anthony Thrasher

Floyd Anthony Thrasher Jr, 89, of Orlando, FL died Dec 26, 2020 at the VA Community Life Center. Floyd came into the world on Nov 19, 1931, in Utica, NY. He was one of thirteen children born to the late Floyd Anthony Thrasher Sr. and the late Dorothy May Roberts.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Jean Marie Prespare; a son, Patrick Thrasher; brothers Irving Thrasher, Ronald Thrasher and sisters Evelyn Thrasher, Linda Lee Albin, Freda Stanley, Alice Roff. He is survived by 4 children: Jane Thrasher, Michael Thrasher, Ann Harvill and Laurie Thrasher, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by 4 brothers: Richard Thrasher, William Thrasher, Charles Thrasher, Lon Steven Thrasher and 2 sisters: Edith Croft, Frances Zyla as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was an Army Veteran first serving in 1948 as part of the “Big Red One” in Lenggries, Germany and was detailed to the Berlin Airlift. He then served in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Division, 31/32 Regiment which fought on Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill. Next, he was assigned as part of a CIA Special Force group assisting the French Far East Expeditionary Corps fighting in French Indochina. He last served in the 10th Infantry Regiment in Augsburg, Germany prior to his honorable discharge in 1955.

As a civilian his was a postal carrier for the U.S. government.

He was a member with the Korean War Veterans Association chapter 173, the Disabled American Veterans, The 7th Infantry Division Association and the International Association of Laryngectomees.

In his younger years his hobbies included fishing, baseball, snow skiing, bowling and playing cards. Later in life he loved taking care of his cats, watching sports and visiting the casinos. He was a lifelong Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Browns fan.

Memorial services and interment at the Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a date yet to be determined.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the KWVA Mid-Florida chapter 173 PO Box 16050 Altamonte Springs, FL 32716.

Arrangements are being held by Compass Pointe Funeral Services, Orlando, FL.

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Michelle Marie Sears

Michelle Marie Sears, 62, of Orlando, FL, passed away peacefully from Breast Cancer on Friday, January 15th, 2021. Michelle is survived by her two children, Nicholas J. Sears III and Kimberly A. Sears of Orlando, FL, and her older brother, Michael W. Mezey of Munster, IN.

Michelle was born and raised in Munster, IN. She and her brother, Michael, attended Munster High School, where she graduated as a member of the class of 1976. Michelle moved on to her beloved alma mater, Indiana University – Bloomington, where she received a B.S.N. from the School of Nursing in 1980. After her graduation, Michelle married Dr. Nicholas J. Sears II in October of 1981. She accepted a position at Indiana University Medical Center in the Surgical ICU, where she became a shift supervisor in 1983. She and her husband moved to Alabama in July of 1983, where she was a research nurse for the division of cardiology. Florida became their permanent home in 1987 when they moved to Tampa. Michelle obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida in Health Administration in the early 90s.

Upon her separation from her husband, Michelle and her two children, Nicholas and Kimberly, moved to College Park, a suburb of Orlando, FL. Her two children attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, where Michelle regularly volunteered for school events and fundraisers. Michelle furthered her education and received a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health in 2008. She put her advanced degree to use working with local vendors in Orlando and writing articles about health and nutrition.

Michelle was a loving and devoted mother. She never missed one of Nicholas’ baseball games or Kimberly’s dance recitals, and attended their soccer games every weekend. She was also a Troop Leader for her son’s Boy Scout Troop. Michelle’s top priority was her children, whom she always put first. She encouraged them to follow their passions and always supported them in their endeavors.

A memorial service will be held for Michelle on Saturday, January 23rd at 1 P.M. at her home, 1025 Webster Ave. Orlando, FL. We ask those who attend to please follow COVID guidelines. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of, Michelle Sears, to the American Cancer Society or her alma mater, Indiana University School of Nursing Bloomington. To donate to the university, go to nursing.indiana.edu, click on the “Give Now” button, and select “Alumni Helping Students Scholarship” from the drop-down menu.  Checks should be made payable to the IU Foundation/School of Nursing and mailed to IU School of Nursing/IU Foundation P.O. Box 6460 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses, and aids that work at Advent Health/Florida Hospital. They also give special thanks to her personal caregivers, who assisted her with love and compassion in her own home through this process.

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