Alice “Jerry” Buchanan

Alice “Jerry” Buchanan, 93, passed peacefully on January 4, 2021 at her home. A virtual memorial service will be held on January 16th at 10am by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The link to the service may be found at www.st.lukes.org under the CARE tab.

Born in Lewisburg, Tennessee, Jerry never lost her southern accent or her charm. Jerry was an active member at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, passionate about Republican politics, a fierce advocate for women to excel and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved gardening, line dancing, music, her family, animals, church, travel and Republican politics.

In politics, she held three terms on the 5th District Appellate Court Nominating Commission, ensuring many women were appointed as judges. She successfully spearheaded campaigns for countless candidates seeking to be elected to public office at the local, state and national level with a particular fondness for Jeb, George H.W. and George W. Bush. With 30 years in banking, she routinely mentored women in their careers. In education, arts and history, Jerry was a fifteen-year Trustee of Valencia College, including Chair, Board Chair of the Orlando Regional History Center and Historical Society of Central Florida Board member.

She is survived by her two children, Lynn B. Moot (Lorence) and Carol B. Richardson (Ed), five grandchildren, Daniel, Bonnie, Rebecca, Katie and Stefanie and 14 great grandchildren, all of whom will miss her greatly.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either The Russell Home for Atypical Children or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, both of which meant a great deal to her.

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Dennis Warren DeRuyter

Dennis Warren DeRuyter, resident of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2020 under the skilled care of Advent Health Hospice in Orlando.

Dennis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 16, 1947. He was the oldest of five children born to Warren and Ethel DeRuyter. After graduating with honors from Milwaukee Tech High School, he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he studied Commercial Photography, Marketing and Commercial Printing.

Dennis turned a hobby that began in a small darkroom in his parent’s basement into his life’s work as a professional photographer with a keen eye for beauty and the perfect shot. He married his only wife, Barbara (nee Rennhack), on February 5, 1970. In 1990, he founded AllStar Photographics in Florida.

An animated, jovial man, Dennis used his unique sense of humor to make his family and friends laugh. He loved to tell stories about his life, from his first apartment as a young man to meeting his favorite movie star, Charlton Heston, in person. A simple home cooked meal was his delight, and he specialized in making Italian spaghetti. He enjoyed movies, critiquing every scene thanks to his photographic and lighting experience. Dennis never missed a Green Bay Packers game. His personal hero was his Dad, and he always gifted his mother with a visit to her favorite hair salon.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents (named above), brother David, and mother to his children, Barbara. Loving Dad of Kevin DeRuyter and Melanie Tucker. Proud grandpa to Kristopher, Warren, Darren, and Dahlia. He will be dearly remembered by sisters Nancy (Peter) Kastenholz, Debbie (Scott) Bachar, Susan (John) Lamontagne, other relatives and friends.

Family members will memorialize Dennis privately at a future time and place.

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Lindsey Rebekah Walker

Lindsey Rebekah Walker, 31, passed away on November 23, 2020, in Oviedo, Florida. She was born on May 26, 1989, in Orlando, Florida.  She was a resident of Oviedo, Florida for many years and a 2007 graduate of Oviedo High School. 

She was a beautiful, kind, and compassionate soul, who will be missed by those who loved and supported her. Her immense love for her son was evident just by seeing them together.  She was an avid reader and talented artist which she expressed through her paintings, drawings, and writings.   

Lindsey survived by her son Eli Haa, fiancé Ryan Haa, mother Kimberly Pierce and father Grover Walker, maternal grandmother Diane Burrow, sisters Sabrina Prescott, Alexandria Nutter, and Destiny Barnett, brother Eric Nutter, and her aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.   

Celebration of Lindsey’s Life was held privately on Thursday, December 10th, 2020.  

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Murray Stroud Smith

Murray Stroud Smith, 88, of Orlando, FL passed into eternal life on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Murray was born in Ellisville, Mississippi on September 28, 1932.  He was the 2nd of 5 children born to Rev. Harmon Lee Smith and Mary Magdaline O’Donnell Smith.  

He was a proud 1954 alumni of Ole Miss “Hotty Toddy” receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education followed by 4 years in the U.S. Air Force.

He lived his life with love, humor, humility and integrity.  A man of faith, he thought deeply and spoke thoughtfully.  He expressed patience and kindness, except in bad traffic and sometimes on the golf course.  Murray will be lovingly remembered for his love of golf, music, his beautiful voice, his jokes  (which made him laugh as much as the rest of us) and his pride for his Irish heritage.

But first and foremost, he was a loving husband to his wife, Judi of 39 years, loving father to his sons, Kevin (Beth) and Kelly (Marybeth) and stepdaughter, Stephanie (Joe) and a proud PaPa to his grandchildren, Bennett (Lauren) Ellen, David (Heather), Kevin, Joshua, Dominic, Sophia and great grands, Caroline, Charlotte and Hudson.

He will be greatly missed and remembered by them as well as his brother, Harmon (Donna), Michael (Josie), sister Patsye (Jay), nephews, nieces and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bob and sister-in-law, Amilda.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St., Orlando, FL, 32801.

The family will have a celebration of life gathering at a future date.  

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Joan Eleanor Duronio

Joan Eleanor Duronio (Meyersieck), 76, of Davenport, Florida passed away on November 19, 2020. Joan was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 4, 1944. Joan graduated from The Center of Creative Arts in Detroit, Michigan.

She had a love of art and was incredibly talented. After graduation, she worked at Kresge in their ad department.

She married Angelo Duronio in 1964 and together they had their beloved son James Angelo Duronio. Joan was a homemaker until 1985 when she joined Parda Federal Credit Union where she continued to work until retiring in April 2020. In 1989, James married Laurie Zigarac who Joan always called her “daughter”. In 1995, Joan’s triplet granddaughter’s Jaclyn Jessica & Jenna were born. She had a deep love for her family and made sure they always knew it. She would always say, “Love You, Love You” to all of us because saying it once was never enough. She was a loving, kind-hearted soul who was always there for her family.

Since retiring, Joan moved to Davenport, Florida to be near her family. As a family, everyone was happy to be together again and were looking forward to the holidays.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents Marjorie and Harold Meyerseick. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Angelo Duronio, her son James (Laurie) and her granddaughters, Jaclyn (Shaun) Wassell, Jessica Duronio, and Jenna (Connor) Beltramo.

Mom/Grandma, we will always wish we had more time with you! We love you dearly and will treasure you in our hearts forever. 

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Pauline Joyce (Fraser) Alley

The family of Pauline Joyce (Fraser) Alley, age 82, sadly announces that she passed away on August 31, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Pauline was born in her home on the Manor Road in St. George, New Brunswick, Canada, in September 1937. 

She graduated from Eastern Charlotte Regional School in 1955 and the New Brunswick Teacher’s College, in 1956. While in high school, she was active in sports particularly basketball and softball.  Pauline was also proud of her travels in Europe as a U.S. Military spouse, and starting her family during two years in Germany, before moving back to the United States. 

She will be remembered for her involvement in education, including teaching in Back Bay, New Brunswick, Principal of St. George Elementary School, as well as her volunteerism, coaching and substitute teaching at Pollard Elementary, and Timberlane Jr. and Senior High Schools in Plaistow, New Hampshire.  Friends and relatives from Eastern Charlotte Regional School (ECRS) appreciated her organizing of annual reunions. 

In Florida, Pauline enjoyed many years as a business owner of a stamp and sign company. In addition, she had many hobbies which included Orlando Amateur Radio Club, where she served as Director for one year, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, gardening, sewing, photography, collecting vintage Jaguars, and watching her favorite basketball team, the Orlando Magic. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Everett Fraser, as well as her two brothers, Vance and Randall Fraser. Pauline is survived by her husband of 59 years, John M. Alley, her three children, Michelle Alley, Melanie Lexner, and Christopher Alley,  four grandchildren, Jennifer Wolin, Jessica Ray,  Brian Alley, and Brandon Alley,  and one great-grandchild, Tigerlily Wolin. Due to the current pandemic, no memorial service has been scheduled.

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David L. Murray

David L. Murray of St.Cloud, Florida 1947-2020 

David L. Murray 73, passed away on October 30,2020 at his home in St.Cloud FL. David was born August 19, 1947 to the late William and Estelle (Cochran) Murray in Kane, Pennsylvania. 

After graduating Smethport High School in 1965, David joined the Navy where he served as a Medical Service Technician.  He was honorably discharged with National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. After the Navy David worked in the auto parts industry until he retired. 

David is survived by his son Joshua (Stacy) Murray and five grandchildren Kylee, Rylee, Auburn, Easton Murray and Anastasia Kendell. His brother William Murray along with his two daughters Donna (Nolan) Wilson. Constance (Kenneth) Hall.  Sister Christine Murray. A celebration of life will be held on November 15, 2020 at 1104 Lakeshore Blvd. St.Cloud Florida. 

Davids ashes will be placed at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers the family is asking donations be made to the Hewell Kids Kidney Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida

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Donna M. Guth Martin Hoffman

Donna M. Guth Martin Hoffman, age 87, of Orlando, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020.  

Donna will be lovingly remembered by her family including her brother Austin Guth and his wife, Kathy, of Pennsylvania, her sister Dorothy Brown and her husband, Jess, of Virginia, daughter Cindy Frangione and her companion, John Baranyar, of Florida, son John Martin and his wife, Stacey, of Tennessee, son Michael Martin and his wife, Judy, of Tennessee, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents, Austin and Ruth Guth, Donna was predeceased by her husband, Jack Hoffman, her sister, Marie Caldwell, her brother, Ray Guth, her brother, Paul Guth, her daughter, Annie Norman, and her grandson, Johnny Martin.  Born and raised in Oil City, Pennsylvania, Donna graduated from Cranberry High School and received her Nursing Degree from Oil City School of Nursing.  

A few years upon graduating Nursing school, Donna, her husband, and children moved to Orlando, Florida, where she embarked on her Nursing career and raising her family.  Truly a woman for others, Donna experienced great satisfaction when helping her family, friends, and the many individuals she came to know throughout her fruitful life.  She has touched many so positively, and will be greatly missed.  God rest her soul.

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William John Wells

William John Wells passed away 10/14/2020. Services performed by Compass Pointe Funeral Services.

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Carey Lynn Reimer

Carey Lynn Reimer passed away September 25th in a fatal car accident in Orlando Florida. Carey was a beautiful, bright, intelligent, driven, and loved 26 year old woman born in Lancaster, PA on February 24th, 1994.

She lived all over the country, making many friends and enjoying life experiences. She was a competitive cheerleader from age 7, winning several state and national championships with her teams. Carey was an NCAA Division 1 cheerleader at Mercer University, where she received her diploma in psychology and minored in business and marketing. She was in the process of completing her master’s degree in Behavioral Therapy.

Carey planned on being a behavior therapist for children, until she could open her own business. She loved to help people and was a devoted and loyal friend. Carey modeled and was employed by Hooters of America.

She is preceded in death by her father Stephen Reimer, her paternal grandfather Donald Reimer, maternal grandparents Lynn and Doris Conner, and her cousins David Reimer Jr. and Shawn Conner. Carey Lynn is survived by her parents, Cathy Jo and Gianluca Sciagata and her brothers Andrew Reimer and Alessandro Sciagata.

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William Edward Rowell, Jr

William Edward Rowell, JR died on September 21, 2020 in Orlando, FL


He was born in Orlando, FL on December 2, 1965, the son of the late William Rowell, Sr and Doris Alexander (Charles). He was also predeceased by his younger brother,  Timothy Rowell.

His pride and joy are his two children Timothy Rowell and Shelby Rowell Perez. 

Affectionately known as Billy by his family and many friends, he was a Rigger in the Precast concrete construction trade, a tremendous cook and avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed fishing and being near any body of water. Billy liked four-letter words just about as much as four-wheel drive pick-up trucks and NASCAR.  He was a connoisseur of banana cream pie and a firm believer that anytime was a good time for ice cream.  Billy loved to read and his favorite book was the Bible, which he often traveled with and enjoyed send scripture to loved ones.  His strong faith carried Billy throughout his life.

He also loved milk shakes, Mountain Dew, the Steelers, eating candy by the handful, and dogs-his favorite being DJ , that Billy treated like a child.

Billy will be deeply missed by so many.  His sisters Gloria Waterworth, Tammy Mathis Folks, Shannon Chancey,  Heather Felder Ratliff and his brother Scott Alexander.   Many nieces and nephews that will remember his funny jokes and teaching them to fishing. Billy has a special place in the hearts of his many cousins, Aunts and Uncles, the most special being his Aunt Shirley Westberry.  His special angel Kelly Newton, who was his first and forever love. 

He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of life.

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Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker, 76, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Rebecca was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was very active in missions and participated in many mission opportunities through the church and through the United Methodist Women. She loved to travel and took many fabulous trips all over the world. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed singing and participated in many different choirs over the years.

Born November 23, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Martha Miller and Dean Girton and mom of the late Scott Walker. 

She is survived by her husband, Gary Walker; two daughters, Pam Belmore (George) and Alison Shofner; her sister Ann Bach (Carl); her brothers Mike Girton (Bev) and Pat Miller and five grandchildren, Nick, Parker, Claire, Seth and Leah. 

Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, 7505 Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, OH, 45424, with Pastor Jon Morgan officiating. Family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 11:00 am until service time. A meal will be served following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Henderson Settlement, http://www.hendersonsettlement.com/online-giving.html.

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Jackie Lynn Steele Haas

Jackie Lynn Steele Haas of Longwood, Florida, died peacefully at home on September 19, 2020, after a long illness. Lynn was born August 18, 1961, in Frankfurt, Germany.  She spent her younger years in Newport News, Virginia, and moved to Longwood after marrying Andy Haas in June 1998. 

She was a graduate of Warwick High School in Newport News and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix.  Lynn worked as a bookkeeper for many years and was active as a Girl Scout troop leader and cheer coach for Pop Warner.  She was an avid volunteer at Wekiva Elementary School as an award-winning dividend and as a treasurer for the Teague Middle School band and Lake Brantley Band Boosters as well as at Rock Lake Middle School in the front office and clinic.  She also enjoyed the beach, craftwork, and spending time with her granddaughter, Abby.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Dana Nicole Sampoux (Koen), Kimberly Erin Spiers, and Caroline Margaret Haas; one granddaughter, Abigail Elise Sampoux; her parents, Bob and Robbie Steele; six siblings and their families, Jeanmarie Fink, Judy Hurley, David Steele, Jennie Little, John Steele, and Carrie Petley; and one sister-in-law, Karen Steele; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was predeceased by her brother, Bob Steele Jr.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 3, 2020 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, at First United Methodist Church – Apopka located at 201 S Park Ave Apopka FL 32703.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

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Carol Moser

Carol Moser passed away August 23, 2020 in Orange County, Florida. Services performed by Compass Pointe Funeral Services.

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Michael James DellAngelo

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On July 13th 2020 Michael James DellAngelo passed away. Michael was born in Philadelphia  PA on May 26th 1958. He is preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth DellAngelo and father Albert Nicholas DellAngelo and brother Albert Joseph DellAngelo. He is survived by his sister Donna Riddell and niece Natalie Riddell and Nephew Nicholas DellAngelo. Michael served in the U.S.Marines from 1977 to 1980. He also was in the Local Union 517 and worked construction at Disney World and numerous places. He retired from the union in 2015. Michael was loving. Kind. Considerate and a gentle soul. He loved his dog Duke and they were great buddies since 2015. He was loved by all and will be missed very much.

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Laura Kennah

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Laura Kennah passed away at the age of 61. Laura was born on December 7, 1958 in Highland Park, IL to Kathryn and Wayne Johnson. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Kathryn. Laura is survived by her Father, Wayne; Husband, Kevin; Daughter, Heather Woods; Son, Mark Bottey; Daughter in-law, Ellie Bottey; Sisters, Julie Wilkins and Amy Johnson; Brother in-law, Gene Wilkins; and Sister in-law, Aprille Miller. Laura was an R.N. specializing in Oncology and worked for the Veterans Administration for over 25 Years. She loved scrapbooking, Scouting and Cooking with her Crockpots. She was loved by all and will be remembered. There will be a celebration of life held at a future date to be determined.

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George David Ballentine 

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George “David” Ballentine, age 80 passed away with his family at his side on March 21, 2020.  He is predeceased by his parents, Thelma and Corbin Ballentine, and sister, Gene Rooks. David is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Maureen; daughters, Noelle Parrish and Rebecca Ballentine; son in-law Jeff Parrish Sr.; grandchildren, Kayla and Jeff Parrish Jr.; granddaughter in-law, Jackie Parrish; great grandchildren, Raelynn And Jayce Parrish. 

David was born on December 19, 1939 and raised in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of Edgewater High School and later attended the University of Florida. He deployed to Mahe, Seychelles where he met Maureen, a Seychelloise. They married on the beautiful island and moved to Orlando where they raised Noelle and Rebecca. David retired from Sprint United as an engineer. He was a HAM radio enthusiast and an avid fisherman. He enjoyed cooking for his family and was described by them as a “pit master.” David donated  his life long shell collection to the University of Florida’s Florida Museum where it is currently on display under his name. Go Gators and Keep America Great Again 2020! 

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Byron Anthony Wilson, Sr.

Byron Anthony Wilson, Sr, age 57 passed away with his family at his side on February 19, 2020.  He is predeceased by his parents, Luis and Betty Wilson and brother, David Harris.  Byron is survived by his wife, Ellen Williams; son, Bryon Wilson, Jr; step-daughters, Ebony Pratt, Neddra (Kert) Pennycook, Deanna Williams, and Dionne Williams; grandchildren, Baileigh, Blake, and Brayden Pratt, Aria Pennycook, Jamari Rhymes, DeAsia Bell, Akila and Ben Smith Jr.; sisters, Monique Harris, Diane Harris, and Karen Wilson; brother, Terry Turner; Lifetime friend, Joe Frank; and host of other relative & friends.

Byron was a traveler and a loyal New Orleans Saints football fan.  He enjoyed doing odd jobs, but most of all he loved his family and will be sadly missed by all who knew him!

A viewing will be held Saturday, February 29 from 11-1 at the Compass Pointe Funeral Home, 737 W. Colonial Drive, services to follow at 1pm.

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Allen Grant Turner

 

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Allen Grant Turner, 55, of Fruitland Park, passed away on February 9, 2020 peacefully with his family at his side. Allen was born in Fayette County, KY and is preceded in death by both parents, Robert Glen Turner and Nan Evelyn Pack.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cathy Marie Johnson Turner; son, John (Teri) Robert Turner of Wyoming; 4 daughters, Jessyca & Robyn Turner, Tabitha (Kris) Keplinger, and Candie Jo Johnson all of Kentucky; 2 grandsons, Ayden Cole and Zander Allen; 9 granddaughters, Cheyenne, Raven, Brooklyn, Neveah, Mya, Trinity, Emily, Layla and Octavia; 3 “adopted” daughters, Christy Colmar, Amber Eby and Sammantha Himebough; Brother, Shaun B Patton of Florida; Sister, Kimberlee Turner Masters of Kentucky; and many good friends, neighbors and those few he called brother.

Allen worked as a chef and a roofer for most of his career.  He did odd jobs for the elderly the last few years as well as volunteered at the Leesburg food bank.

He will be missed by all and forever in our hearts!

 

Services will be held at the families convenience in the future.

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