Nola M. Anderson ANDERSON, Nola M., 90, passed away Sept. 28, 2017. Her husband, Bradley, survives along with daughters Donna and Nancy. A daughter, Loretta, preceded her in death. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Margaret Kovachik KOVACHIK, Margaret, 96, of Zephyrhills, died Oct. 2, 2017. Born in Hoguetown, Pa., she was the fourth of 11 children. Margaret was a successful real estate broker for many years. Her husband, Albert, preceded her in death. Her daughters, Margy and Mary Ann and son, Hugh, survive along with 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A service was held Oct. 6 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by interment at Florida National Cemetery. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Richard D. ‘Rick’ Loder LODER, Richard D. “Rick”, who was a much-loved man, went to heaven on Oct. 3, 2017 to be reunited with his mother, Faye Amelia Loder, his father, Kenneth Loder Sr. and his sister, Janice Wilson Howell. Rick’s passion was his family and taking great care of them. He loved cooking great BBQ, fishing and camping on the beach and was an avid hunter in his younger days. His warm smile touched the hearts of family and friends near and far. Rick was honored for being a 55-year member of the U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #123. His wife of 56 years, Theresa, survives along with two sons, Ricky (Susan) Loder and Ron (Christina) Loder; grandchildren, Ronnie Loder and Alena Loder; and a brother, Kenny Loder. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dear Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Joyce K. Means MEANS, Joyce K., 67, passed away Oct. 3, 2017. Her two sons, Brian and Michael Merrifield, survive. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Lorraine Tedder TEDDER, Lorraine, 83, passed away Oct. 4, 2017. Her daughter, Mildred Ogle, survives along with four sons, Gene, Clyde, Michael and Russell Kimball. Her husband, Jack Tedder, preceded her in death. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Frank Leslie Bessenger Jr. BESSENGER, Frank Leslie Jr., 78, of Dade City, passed away on Oct. 7, 2017. Frank was born on Dec. 5, 1938, in Dade City, the son of Leslie and Pearl Bessenger. He graduated from Pasco High School in 1956 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Md., graduating in the Class of 1960. As an active duty naval officer, Frank served 20 years with shipboard sea and shore assignments. He served three years as an advisor in 1969-72 to the Iranian Navy in Tehran, Iran. His next assignment involved four years travel to Saudi Arabia from Washington, D.C. on the OPNAV Project coordination effort for the FMS Saudi Naval Expansion Program. His last tour of duty included INSURV contract acceptance trials for new construction ships and submarines and underway maintenance inspections. After retiring as a Commander from the Navy in 1980, Frank worked as a program manager for two flight simulation companies, Reflectone Simulation, Inc. in Tampa and Redifusion Simulation UK in Tulsa, Okla. He embarked on a second career with Lockheed Martin until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dade City, MOAA, and USNA Alumni. His loving wife of 56 years, Melinda Wynn Bessenger, survives along with his daughter, Mary Wynn (Joe) Seiter and their children, T. J, Andrew, Jack and Matt; son, Les Bessenger III and his children, Les IV and Sarah; and son, Reid (Michele) Bessenger and children, Nate, Brittany, Sarah, Sam and Spencer. His father, Leslie, mother, Pearl, sister, Mary Reid, grandsons, Samuel Bessenger and Ryan Seiter and brother-in-law Bill Osterhoudt all preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. His family buried his ashes at Dade City Cemetery earlier in the week. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Frank’s memory to either Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills or to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dade City. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Louis Giella GIELLA, Louis, 54, of Dade City, passed away Oct. 8, 2017, in Tampa. He was born Feb. 8, 1963, in Dade City to Saverio Spartico and Olivia Brooks Giella. He was a proud longtime resident of Dade City, a father, a husband, a son, a coach and a Seminole. His wife, Lenore Burnsed Giella, survives along with three sons, Dylan Thomas Giella, Travis Daniel Giella and Mason Riley (Sarah) Etheridge; one granddaughter, Amelia Grace Etheridge; siblings, Diana Giella (James) Greif and Thomas Franklin (Lori) Giella; aunts/uncles, Ida Giella Zucca, Italo (Myrtice) Giella, Mary Giella, Barbara Tewell, Mildred Richardson, Mavis Edney, Margaret Stevens, Faye Clegg and Benny (Linda) Brooks. His parents, Saverio Spartico and Olivia Giella, and one brother, Michael Anthony Giella, preceded him in death. Services will be held Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Dade City. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Louis Giella Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gertrude Delilian Keith KEITH, Gertrude Delilian, 97, of Dade City, died on Oct. 4, 2017, in Dade City. She was born on Aug 22, 1920, in Four Oaks, N.C. to William and Lila (Buffkin) Eaddy. She was a resident of the Dade City area for the past 78 years, coming from Holder. Mrs. Keith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dade City, where she served in the nursery ministry for more than 50 years. Her husband, Mr. Carroll Keith, and her son, Jerry Keith and brother, Earl Eaddy, preceded her in death. Her children, Alfred of Dade City, Larry of Dade City, Charles of San Antonio, Lamar Keith of Dade City and Cathy Lee of Orlando survive along with grandchildren, Greg Keith, Garrick Keith, Sammy Keith, Nelson Keith, Heather Black, Kerry Keith, Becky Garcia, Marcus Lee and Lauren Lee; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Dade City. Mrs. Keith was laid to rest with her husband at the Dade City Cemetery. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Brittney Marie McBath McBATH, Brittney Marie, 27, of Dade City, passed away Oct. 5, 2017. Brittney was born in Pembroke Park on May 14, 1990, to Dr. Daniel and Brenda (Scharber) McBath. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, where she was an altar server. She attended St. Anthony Catholic School from kindergarten through the 8th grade, and then attended high school at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, where she graduated with honors in 2008. After graduation she attended and was a very proud 2012 graduate of the University of Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at UF she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority and Crusaders for Christ (Cru); she loved the Gators! Brittney was currently living in New York City pursuing a career in fashion. She was working full time and was attending Parsons School of Design. Brittney proudly served as a member of the Young Leadership Committee for the Lupus Foundation of America, Northeast Chapter and dedicated many hours with the Emerging Leader’s Circle for the Evening of Hope Gala. This national event celebrates leaders in the lupus community as they work towards a life free of lupus. Her father, Dr. Daniel P. McBath, preceded her in death, along with her maternal grandparents, Bill and Mildred Scharber and paternal grandfather, Dr. Donald McBath. Her mother Brenda Scharber McBath of Dade City, survives along with brother and sister-in-law Brandon and Jessica McBath of West Palm Beach, sister, Brooke McBath of New York City, paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruth McBath of Dade City, and an extended, loving family of many uncles, aunts and cousins. Brittney’s family received friends on Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary service taking place at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio. A Mass of Christian Burial was said at the church at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10. Brittney was laid to rest at St. Anthony Cemetery in San Antonio, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider making a donation in Brittney’s memory at support.lupus.org/goto/brittneymcbath. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Donald R. Bruce Jr. BRUCE, Donald R. Jr., 72, of Dade City, lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 3, 2017. He was born in Millersburg, Ohio on Oct 10, 1944, to Donald R. and Blanche Bruce Sr. He moved to this area 12 years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard where he served as a firefighter in both Iraq wars and Bosnia. He was also a retired plant manager at the former Addressograph in Holmesville, Ohio. He loved bowling and golf. He enjoyed spending time with his family. His wife of 33 years, Laura L. Bruce, survives along with his five children, Jamie (Nicole) Horn, Michael Bruce and Melissa(Troy) Fitzpatrick all of Ohio, Thomas (TJ) Bruce and Cody(Crystal) Bruce of Florida. He is also survived by his close friend and cousin, Carol A. Harris; 10 grandchildren, Mariya (Bobby) Bennet, Tyler Fitzpatrick, Rachal and Turner Horn. Jessica (Jeffry) Ackerman, Hailey, Erik and Alyssa Bruce, Christian and Blake Bruce; and four great-grandchildren, Owen, Avery and Evelyn Ackerman and Ryker Bennet. Graveside services with military honors were held Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and or the Florida Medical Oncology department. Of all his battles this has proven to be his toughest of which he fought valiantly. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. There will be a Celebration of Life in Ohio later. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Robert O. Gaston Patricia Campbell Gaston GASTON, Robert O. “Bob”, 96, of Dade City, passed away Sept. 30, 2017, and his beloved wife, Patricia Campbell “Pat” Gaston, 90, passed away Oct. 6, 2017. Both Bob and Pat were graduates of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio. Pat continued her education at the University of Akron and graduated with a degree in education. Bob was proud to be a World War II veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942-1946. Bob and Pat were married on Aug. 3, 1946. Bob and Pat were devoted to each other and to their children, making sure all four had a college education. Bob spent his life working as a bookkeeper and accountant. Pat taught school for many years in Ohio, and finished her career teaching math in Ft. Lauderdale. After moving to Dade City, Pat, who was an award-winning quilter, taught some classes at Quilts on Plum Lane. Bob honed his computer skills, and when he was able, attended the Marine Corps League in Zephyrhills. They are survived by their four children, three daughters, Jean McNary, Joy (Tom) Hearn and and Ellen (Tim) Kunselman, and one son, David (Becky) Gaston; grandchildren, Matt Gaston, Cindy Szekely, Sean Vernon, and Alethia Duncan; two great-grandchildren, Sean and Eian; step-great-grand daughter, Quinn McNary; and many nieces and nephews. Her brother, Bruce Campbell and sister-in-law Sue, and another sister-in-law, Eleanor Campbell, also survive Pat. The family would like to express a very special thank you to our parents’ caregivers from Guardian Angels Homecare, especially: Samantha, Dixie, Amy, Verna, Nikki, Maggie, Denise, and Brenda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gulfside Hospice of Pasco County. Services will be held later. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
William ‘Bill’ Goebel GOEBEL, William “Bill”, 82, of Dade City, passed away Sept. 29, 2017, at his home. He was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Syracuse, N.Y., to George H. and Mary (Peltz) Goebel Jr. and graduated from Valley Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. He worked at General Electric for 38 years, retiring in 1992, and served as president of the VJAA in New York. He worked at Saddlebrook Resort for 24 years following his move to Florida and was a devoted member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dade City. His wife of 47 years, Brenda J. Goebel, survives along with five children, Karen (Gary) Loudon, William A. (Havanna) Goebel, Linda (Thomas) Ross, Coleen (Michael) Schaefer and James (Cathy) Warren; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Theresa McLaughlin; and many nieces and nephews. His son, Robert John Goebel, preced him in death along with his parents, George and Mary Goebel Jr.; and one brother, George H. Goebel III. Memorial Mass was held Oct. 10 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dade City. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Bill’s memory to St. Rita Catholic Church. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Lucille M. Shewmake SHEWMAKE, Lucille M., 87, of Dade City passed away on Oct. 1, 2017. Born the third daughter of eight children to Peter and Lena Graber at Crawfordsville, Iowa, on Sept. 6, 1930, she attended Bluffton College in Ohio and then started her teaching career in Iowa in a one room schoolhouse. She married Ben Lehman in Berne, Ind., while continuing teaching. After moving to Las Vegas, they raised four daughters and had plenty of foster boys in and out of the house. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, while teaching for 43 years. After Ben’s death in 1975, she married Col. William Shewmake of Dallas, Texas. They moved to Florida 17 years ago, first residing at Traveler’s Rest and then Dade City. She was a former member of the Dade City Garden Club. She was an active member of Keenagers at the First Presbyterian Church of Dade City, the Red Hats’ Society at Traveler’s Rest and the Bridge Club at the Dade City Senior Center. She is survived by one brother, Cal Graber of Goshen, Ind. and four daughters, Michelle Snyder of Kenosha, Wis., Marsha Gairrett of Tampa, Muriel Osborne of Virginia City, Nev. and Monica Lehman of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. There will be a memorial service held this winter at the First Presbyterian Church in Dade City. A private service will be held in Iowa for immediate family. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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