Louise B. Hatton HATTON, Louise B., 92, of Dade City, passed away June 9, 2018. She was born Oct. 30, 1925, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Angelo and Carol Bianco. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she was known as “The Cross Lady” because of the thousands of needlecraft crosses she made and gave away to friends and strangers alike, including many hundreds sent in church care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan. Her husband, James H. Hatton, preceded her in death. Her son, William (Gail) Reynolds survives along with a daughter, Kimberly Hatton (Matt) Mullens. A memorial mass was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Irene Fornes Kyser KYSER, Irene Fornes, 72, passed away and joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 1, 2018. Ray, her loving husband of more than 50 years, was at her side as she began the journey home. Irene was born at West Point, N.Y., on June 16, 1945, to the late Professor Gaston G. and Mrs. Mattie Lee Fornes. Also, preceding Irene was her beloved sister, Emily Dale, who passed away in 1979. Irene grew up in Charlottesville, Va., where she graduated from Albemarle High School with academic honors. Afterwards she graduated from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in Fine Arts. Later she earned her M.B.A. from Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga. Irene was a very gifted and talented artist and used her academic excellence to create her own business in graphic design. However, she was drawn to teaching and taught many students at all educational levels including college. After Irene and Ray married in 1967 they had many opportunities to travel and live in several states. They belonged to several churches over the years where Irene served as Sunday school teacher, mentor and counselor. Irene’s leadership skills were recognized by many as she served as President for the Newcomer’s Club in Sherman, Texas and again in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was also honored by Beta Sigma Phi as queen for the annual Heart Fund charity. Even though she served tirelessly, Irene was a loving, devoted wife and mother and always put her family first. Irene will always be remembered for her kindness and gentleness as she fully practiced Proverbs 15:1. Her quick wit made for memorable “one liners.” For instance: “Where are the cookies?” Irene’s reply: “An open box is an empty box.” And, after saying a blessing at lunch, someone said, “I couldn’t hear you.” Irene’s gentle reply: “Well. I wasn’t talking to you.” Additionally, her generosity included donations to many organizations as well as insisting that cash be given to people along the road who appeared to be in need. Irene is survived by her devoted husband Ray of Dade City; her loving daughter, Christine K. (Travis) Royer and granddaughter, Audrey Royer, of Tampa.; sisters, Mollie Peery and Jean (Gary) Wendt of Midlothian, Va.; special niece, Susan Dale Doman of Johnson City, Tenn.; nieces Jennifer Stevens of Richmond, Va. and Dione Facka of Henrico, Va.; nephews, David Peery of Little Rock, Ark., Eric Updike of Peoria, Ariz. and Ian Updike of Midlothian, Va.; four great-nieces and six great-nephews. Of special note Irene is also survived by three especially loving and kind caregivers: Ariell Felder, Becky Lavoie and Nancy Hartley. Visitation was June 12 at Hodges Family Funeral Home U.S. 301 Chapel. Funeral services were held June 13 at the funeral home followed by a graveside service at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Jack A. Thiele THIELE, Jack A., 83 of Dade City died June 8, 2018 at his residence. Jack was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., to the late Fredrick and Elizabeth (Grace) Thiele. and Betty Thiele. Jack spent four years active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 after which he was employed by Bell Telephone. He worked for the phone company in Pittsburgh Pa., Greensburg Pa., Bradford Pa. and West Chester Pa., where he spent the remainder of his career, before retiring in 1990. His first wife of 38 years, Shirley R. Thiele, and a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Thiele, preceded him in death. His three daughters, Becky A. Thiele and her fiance, Michael Tarasovitch of Erie, Pa., Carol L. Thiele of Clarksburg, Md. and Laura Thiele Wenger and her husband, Kip Wenger, of Knoxville, Tenn., survive along with three grandchildren, Jennifer L. (Nathan) Hunt, Katherine E. Wenger and Matthew T. Wenger; and three great-grandchilden, Madalyn, Elijah and Declan Hunt. He is also survived by the second love of his life and companion for the last 25 years, Joan Jarrett of San Antonio; one brother, Donald (Jolan) Thiele of The Villages, his sisters-in-law, Marjorie (John) Stepek of West Grove, Pa. and Karen (Richard) Himmer of Auburn, Ala., and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held June 13 at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, and a gathering followed in the Parish hall. Graveside services will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Pa., at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care. Call (800) 561-4883 or email email@example.com. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Victor Manuel Cruz CRUZ, Victor Manuel, 87, of Zephyrhills, passed May 25, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 3, 1930. He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 and his most significant duty assignment was with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. He received the National Defense Service Medal. He had many careers throughout his life: selling insurance, in which he became a manager; selling Singer sewing machines; and selling cars. You could say he had a gift to sell, and he became friends to many of the people he met over the years during this chapter of his life. Now, the greatest joy of Vic’s life was started over 20 years ago with his wife, Donna Cruz, who preceded him in death. She was the love of his life, and together they started “Cruzin Karaoke.” Now, with this career, the two had the greatest memories and moments. They got a recreational vehicle and traveled all over the United States, staying in many RV sites, with Vic singing his way around each town they visited. They made many friends for life, especially with Good Sam, the community of travelers. They even took a summer and worked in Dollywood together. The two traveled on multiple cruises, and Victor sang in the talent shows and won multiple trophies. When they decided to settle down in Zephyrhills, Cruzin Karaoke continued with Vic singing his favorite Frank Sinatra songs and Donna being his roadie and favorite groupie. After Donna passed, Vic’s Karaoke families brought him into their lives and homes for dinners, dominoes and always much laughter of singing. Donna left Victor with two sons, Scott Duncan and Jim Duncan, who continued to be in his life sharing the joys and love. His son, Victor Cruz, preceded Victor in death. His son, Edward Cruz (Nina), and daughter, Lura (Greg) Salamon, survive along with the blended families, they shared – the children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren. Victor has left a lot of joys and memories shared by all. Yet, the greatest gift of all has been his singing Frank Sinatra songs. With all of this being said, no matter what, Victor Cruz would always either quote or sing Frank Sinatra because he always did things, “ MY WAY.” June 8 was set aside for Vic, our father, our friend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation in Victor’s name to the Gulfside Hospice or the Cancer Society of Tampa Bay. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Alan F. Larter LARTER, Alan F., 85, of Dade City, passed away June 4, 2018. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Alan was born on June 1, 1933, to Frederick and Claire (Hill) Larter. Alan served in the U.S. Army and was a national accounts manager with Johnson Wax until his retirement. Al enjoyed his retirement, playing golf, tennis and his family. His loving wife, Betty W. Larter, survives along with sons, David A. Larter, and Douglas A. (Michelle) Larter; grandsons, Chadwick D. Larter, Kyle S. Larter, William D. Larter and Richard A. Larter; sister, Carolyn (Dr. David) Schnatz; brother-in-law, Lawrence Britton; and cousin, Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Hill. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on July 20 at 2:30 p.m. Hodges Family Funeral Home, U.S. 301 Chapel, Dade City, handled arrangements.
Kevin Jon Mitchell MITCHELL, Kevin Jon, 54, of Dade City, passed away May 26, 2018, in Lakeland. He was born Sept. 6, 1963. Three daughters, Crystal (Andy) Nastally, Cassandra (Shaun) Lauth and Courtney Mitchell survive along with his mother, Charolette (Melvin) Barber. Services and a celebration of life were held June 9 at the First Baptist Church of Zephyrhills. A dinner and reception followed the service.
Max Lee Stevens STEVENS, Max Lee, 79, of Zephyrhills, passed away on June 8, 2018, in Zephyrhills. Max was born on March 6, 1939, in Pontiac, Mich., to Rufus Leeroy Stevens and Goldie May (Bond) Stevens. Max was a veteran of the United States Navy. He also spent some time as a salesman in the food industry, but above all else Max was an entrepreneur. His favorite job throughout his career was running “Max Max Max Car Service” for the past three years. He truly enjoyed that job and loved his customers. His sense of humor and ability to make people laugh led to Max being very well known and loved by the people of Zephyrhills. His parents, two sons, his brothers and sisters and many friends preceded him in death. His soulmate, Joyce, survives along with a daughter, Stephanie (Alan); son, Doug; daughter, Terry; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many friends. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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