CHARLOTTE

Marie Gebbie-Kemper Adkins

Marie Gebbie-Kemper Adkins, died peacefully on July 21, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Florida, at the age of 89.

Marie was born on March 25, 1931, to Kate and Robert Adkins. She relocated from Ohio to the Chicago area with her late husband Lawrence Gebbie and raised her five children in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. A full-time working mother that seemed to never sleep. Her children will remember her as a beautiful, classy woman who encouraged them to pursue their goals. She also took great pride in her eight grandchildren and enjoyed sharing her passion for traveling with them.

Marie was an accomplished businesswoman, a true entrepreneur who believed in a product and started a company in 1980. She would go on to build the business, Action Bag Company and sell it in 1995 to start retirement. Her legacy is proud to have thrived through three generations in the business. She traveled extensively and joined nonprofit boards to start her work in philanthropy. Her passion for women’s causes, education and the poor were close to her heart. Her generosity will be greatly appreciated. Marie will forever be remembered as a thoughtful giving woman who will continue to inspire her family.

Marie is survived by her husband, Richard Kemper; children, Mari Jo Chamberlain of Port Charlotte, Nancy Cwynar of Punta Gorda, Florida, and Christian Gebbie of Chicago. Marie is preceded in death by her two sons, Thomas Gebbie and Michael Gebbie. Marie is also survived by her siblings, William Adkins of Troy, Ohio, and Jean Franz of Piqua, Ohio. Marie is preceded in death by her siblings, Ernestine Schmelzl, Curtis Adkins, Kathleen Clay and Drexel Adkins. Marie had plenty of nieces and nephews that will remember her as a kind, thoughtful Aunt.

Donations can be sent in her memory to: Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, PO Box 494190, Port Charlotte, FL 33949.

Lucille R. Bouthillier

Lucille R. Bouthillier, 94, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away peacefully at her home on July 28, 2020.

Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.

Sandra Joan Popovich Bruglio

Sandra Joan Popovich Bruglio, of Port Charlotte, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2020. Sandy was born on January 26, 1942, in Mount Clemons, Michigan, to Steven and Dolores Popovich.

She graduated from Dominican High School, Detroit, Mich., in 1959. She worked many jobs over the years including as a crossing guard for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School for 30 years. She also worked for the Farr Law Firm for more than 20 years, retiring nine years ago. Her favorite thing to do was be with her family.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert Bruglio; and three children, Deborah Bruglio, Michelle (Stephen) Flanigan, Robert (Julie) Bruglio; along with four grandchildren, Haley (Payden) Cherry, Torey (Nathanael) Vargo, Ross Bruglio and Hannah Bruglio. This past February, she was blessed with her first great-grandchild, Alice Cherry. Sandy also leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Angela Popovich; along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Dolores Popovich; and her in-laws, Phil and Marge Bruglio.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 12, 2020, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2500 Easy St., Port Charlotte. Masks are required to enter the church.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.

Please visit www.kayspongerpc.com to extend condolences and share memories.

Juanita D. French

Juanita D. French, 83, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Englewood Community Hospital.

Born on September 6, 1936, in Newport, Rhode Island, she was the loving daughter of Loraine H. (Fields) of Paducah, Kentucky, and Anthony Drogos whose family immigrated to Newport from the Greek Island of Serifos in 1907.

Juanita attended the public schools in Newport, graduating from Roger’s High School in 1954. For several years, she worked in several locations in Newport including the Naval Supply Depot, and various law offices. After adopting six children — Jay, Lori, Sean, Peter, Mary-Elizabeth, and Kathleen Butler — she enrolled at Salve Regina for part time studies. Two years later, she began full-time studies in education.

She graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina in 1976 with an undergraduate degree in special education and a minor in psychology. She was also elected to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. She continued her studies and ultimately earned her master’s equivalency in education.

Juanita began her teaching career at West Warwick High School in 1976 before accepting a position in 1978 with the Special Education Department at Roger’s High School in Newport where she continued teaching for the next 23 years. During that time, she conducted specialty workshops for the Rhode Island Department of Education and was an instructor for the Bristol-Warren (Special Needs) Adult Education Program.

Upon her retirement in 2001, Juanita and her husband, H. Wells “Red” French relocated to Charlotte County. She volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem with the 20th Judicial Circuit in 2004 until her passing.

Juanita is survived by her loving husband of 34 years: Red French; children: Jay Butler, Deborah (French) White, Lori (Butler) Demarsico, Daniel French, Sean Butler, Peter Butler, Mary-Elizabeth (Butler) Souza, and Kathleen Butler; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and three furbabies (Gracie, Molly and Chia).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guardian Ad Litem Program 20th Judicial Circuit or St. David’s Episcopal Church, Englewood Florida. There will be a celebration of life held at a later date.

Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory has been selected to handle arrangements. You may share a memory with the family at www.englewoodfh.com.

Richard A. Latek, Sr.

Richard A. Latek Sr., age 82, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died July 18, 2020.

Beloved husband of Marylyn B. (nee Mosinski) for 57 years; loving father of Marlene Garbe (William), Richard A. Latek Jr. (Kelly), Jennifer Nelson (Greg), Loralee Guggenbiller (Jeff), and Joseph Latek (Shannon); cherished grandfather of William and Sophie Garbe, Jackson Latek, Paulina Anness, Grace Latek, Caroline Claire “C.C.” Guggenbiller, Benjamin Nelson, Claire Latek, Margaret Nelson, Kate Latek, Charles Guggenbiller, and Alexis and Luke Latek; dear brother of Henriette Dembinski and Wanda Matia (both deceased); dearest uncle and cousin. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Family suggests contributions to Jennings Center for Older Adults, 10204 Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., OH 44125 or Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.

Arrangements by Latek & Rybicki, “A Golden Rule Funeral Home,” www.LatekFuneralHome.com.

Ruth B. Merry

Ruth B. Merry, 84, born September 29, 1935, in Mannheim, Germany, died July 24, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

A dynamo of a mother to Diana P. Keat, she died just like she lived: on her own terms. Mom designed curtains for the first World Trade Centers in NYC. She loved to dance and party. She made parties for herself and her predeceased husband Lou Kushner and even mistakenly made a party for what she thought was their 40th anniversary when it was actually their 39th. Regardless, we all partied like it was “1999” (Prince). It was a wonderful opportunity for me to spend time with her step-son, Brad Kushner who has grown to be like a brother to me over the years. Her favorite dishes included toasted bagel, lox and cream cheese (please put on several layers of cream cheese), fruit cup and Cinnabons. My mom was a hoot in more ways than one. If it wasn’t for her (and admittedly my father too) there would be no beautiful and inspirational grandsons, Eric and Alex. And of course she pushed me down the aisle along with a bottle of champagne only to marry her outstanding and brilliant son-in-law Ed Glickman.

Mah, you will be remembered for your joie de vivre which you celebrated regardless of any environment that threw in a myriad of obstacles. While reading this tiny time capsule of her life, know that she passed down her sharp and honest writing skills to me, her daughter. We will miss this unique woman, but will incorporate her love of life every step of the way.

Memorial service will be held via zoom on date and time TBA.

Ralph Rose

Ralph Rose, age 102, of Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on December 27, 1917, the second of five children of Jesse and Minnie Schultz Rose. He is survived by sister Rosella Schiff of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio. The high point of high school was meeting Ruth Ellen Haignere. It was the beginning of an 80-year romance. They were married on August 16, 1941, and were happily together until her passing on October 20, 2013.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1942 as a ceramic engineer, earning membership in Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity, and he won the Gordon Battelle military prize award. He served in WWII.

Upon retirement he and his wife Ruth lived on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, in Punta Gorda, Florida, and in Mechanicsburg. Golf took up a lot of his time.

He is survived by daughters Rhea Singsen (Lorraine Klippel) of The Villages, Florida, Sylvia Rose (Paul Rosenfeld) of Brighton (Rochester), New York, and Gayle Pinshaw (Alan) of Waltham, Massachusetts; sons Roland Rose (Kathleen) of New Bern, North Carolina, and Douglas Rose (Judy) of Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the “Ruth Haignere Rose Student Nurse Scholarship Fund 606185” or to the “Ceramic Engineering Priority Fund 303088” of The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221, or to a charity of your choice.

Joseph M. Sabatino

Joseph M. Sabatino, age 77, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away July 22, 2020. He was born June 4, 1943, to Agnes (Belawski) and Joseph Sabatino.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Neysa C. Sabatino.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dianne M. Gardner; and his brother-in-law, Gregg E. Gardner. Joseph is also survived by many cousins and friends in New York state and Florida.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Please do a random act of kindness in memory of Joseph. To leave a memory or condolences to the Sabatino family, please visit www.kayspongerpc.com.

Derrill Dean Scott

Derrill Dean Scott, 94 years young, passed away suddenly on July 15, 2020, at his residence in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Derrill, known to his children as Pop and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Bub, was born in Yakima, Washington, to Franklin and Elma Scott on May 28, 1926. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 to join the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. After leaving the Navy, he went to Washington, D.C., where he met his loving wife, Barbara Jean (Harwell), (deceased 2003) and was married 57 years. Derrill worked for Macke Vending Co. until 1973, when he and his wife moved to Port Charlotte. Derrill then worked for the city of Punta Gorda until 1990. He also was a crossing guard for several years for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Derrill enjoyed walking the mall everyday, working in his yard, traveling and, most of all, playing the slot machines.

Derrill is survived by his three children, Derrill (Bill) and (wife) Joyce Scott, Ronald (Rocky) and (Jean) Scott and Linda (Tootie), and (Robert) Estrada. Derrill had three grandchildren, Kevin D. Estrada, Sheryll L. Estrada, Lyndsey Scott Holmes; and four great-grandchildren, Kylee Estrada, Ethan Estrada (deceased), Sawyer Holmes and Hayden Holmes.

Derrill was survived by many nieces, nephews and their spouses who adored him. He was predeceased by his brothers, Larry, Bob and Leslie Scott

There will not be any services at this time due to COVID-19, but there will be a celebration of life when the time is right. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any veterans organization of your choice.

Gene Stanley

Gene Stanley, age 89, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly Orchard Lake, Michigan, died peacefully, with family at his side on July 24, 2020, in White Lake, Michigan. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 19, 1931.

He was the owner of Gaukler Moving & Storage and Stor-Mor, in Pontiac, Michigan, from 1962-2007. He and Phyllis retired to Punta Gorda, Florida, where he soon decided retirement wasn’t for him and then took ownership of The Shipping Post in 2007.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, of 68 years. They had four children together. He was preceded in death by his son, Steve Stanley (Lori) in 2017. Surviving children: Linda Dziadzio (Dave), Scott Stanley (Hope) and Laura Polick. He was also cherished by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many dear friends.

He was an incredible man who will be missed dearly. A small memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to: The Care Team (Hospice), 4301 Gateway Center, Ste D, Flint, MI 48507 or Pilgrim United Church, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980.

Harold “Hal” “Huggie” Wenger

Harold “Hal” “Huggie” Wenger, 75, of Punta Gorda Florida, passed peacefully at home on July 21, 2020. Born in Needham, Massachusetts, he was the son of Harold and Mamie Wenger (Anastasi).

Hal was a graduate of Newton High School South and attended community college. He held many jobs until he founded Metro West Pest Control in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he was owner/operator for several years. After moving to Florida, Hal worked for the Charlotte County Schools as a bus driver. Hal was a past member of the Framingham Masons and American Legion of Ashland, Massachusetts. He also served for several years as an officer for the Framingham Auxiliary Police Department. Hal had a great voice and sang karaoke at various clubs in Charlotte County. He was also past President of The Italian Heritage Club in Punta Gorda. Hal had a passion for food and cooking, and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. His favorite past times were playing cards with his buddies, golfing and camping. He spent many years camping with his family at the Wood Lot in Charlton, Massachusetts, where he made lifelong friends. Hal had a wonderful sense of humor, and always greeted his friends with a smile and a big bear hug. Hal was a big man with a big heart.

Hal is survived by his loving wife, Anne “Nancy” (Spinney) Wenger of 45 years. They loved each other dearly. He is the father of Christopher Hannagan of Norwood, Massachusetts, Stephen (Katrina) Hannagan of Osterville, Massachusetts, Scott Wenger of Killington, Vermont, and Lisa Echevarria (Pedro) of Waltham, Massachusetts.

He is also survived by his brother, David of Merrimack, New Hampshire; his Aunt Carol; Uncle Richard; many cousins; and his devoted dog, Lily.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the workers at Tidewell Hospice. Donations in Hal’s name can be made to St. Jude Society or The Animal Welfare League.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

ENGLEWOOD

James J. Francis

Age 94, of Englewood, Florida, formerly of Oakmont, Pennsylvania, James J. Francis passed away on July 18, 2020. He was the youngest of nine siblings. Husband of Lillian Waters Francis, and the late Mardell Francis; father of James (Kathy) Francis and Marilyn (Jim) Galek; grandfather of the late Brian Francis, the late Ryan Galek, Kristin (Cates) Culpepper and was a great-grandfather.

James was a proud Navy veteran, an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a car and truck enthusiast, and a coin collector. Throughout his career, James worked as a ceramic tile setter and was a bus driver for Port Authority in Pittsburgh and Charlotte County Schools.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 27, 2020, at English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Charlotte County, tidewellhospice.org.

Barbara J. Liddle

Barbara J. Liddle, of Venice, Florida, died peacefully at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida, on July 25, 2020.

She was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Greenwood, Indiana, to Macy and Alva (Ash) Bowman. She graduated from Center Grove High School in 1947.

Barbara married Stephen W. Liddle on June 25, 1949. She was active in the Irvington United Methodist Church (Indianapolis) where she served in many positions including President of the Women’s Circles. She was known for being generous to friends, neighbors, and the community at large.

After Steve’s retirement, they moved to Englewood, Florida. They were long-time members of Englewood United Methodist Church, where Barbara was very active. She also volunteered at Helping Hand.

In 2019, she moved to Aston Gardens in Venice, where she continued her active lifestyle, and made many friends.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Stillabower of Englewood; a son, David (Ruby) Liddle of Conroe, Texas; and a daughter, Stephanie (Rich) Willson of Venice; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or Helping Hand, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, Fl 34223.

NORTH PORT

Erin Irene Clevenger

Erin Irene Clevenger, 30, of North Port, Florida, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1989, in Port Charlotte, Florida.

A life-long resident of Port Charlotte, Erin enjoyed painting.

She is survived by her beautiful daughter, Mady Hall of Placida, Florida; her mother, Kelly Fleming Hall of North Port; her sister, Jessica Clevenger of Port Charlotte; brother, Tommy Pasinella of North Port; maternal grandmother, Claire Pope of Placida; father and step-mother, Richard (Becky) Clevenger of Dandridge, Tennessee; step-sisters, Chasity and Miranda Clevenger; step-brother, Brandon Clevenger; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Alfred (Tina) Clevenger. She is also survived by her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Erin was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Rodney Pope; and paternal grandmother, Brenda Kay Dalton.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

Mildred M. Gunther

Mildred M. Gunther, 96, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, formerly of North Port, Florida (1997-2019), Birmingham, Alabama (1961-1997) and Saginaw, Michigan (1924-1961), passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Big Elm Nursing Home after a fall.

She retired from South Trust Bank in Birmingham with 21 years of service as a secretary and became a certified professional secretary in 1993. She owned a cake-decorating business, Millie’s Creations, for several years in Birmingham. She was a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist Birmingham, Ala., and First Church of Christ, Scientist in Englewood, Fla. She was a member of the 9-hole Ladies League at Myakka Pines Golf Country Club.

Survivors include grandchildren, Troy Smith (Kara), of Texas, Tiffany Sims of Colorado, Christiane Smith (Jenny) of Asheville, N.C., Maryahm Parmaei of Virginia, Heather Smith of Florida, Nicholas Morse; daughter-in-law, Debbie Morse of Kannapolis; stepdaughters, Gail Prudhomme and Karen McMan of Minnesota; along with 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husbands, Merwin W. Morse (1966) and Lawrence J. Gunther (2006); daughter, Meg Morse Parmaei (2002); grandson, Trey Steven Smith ( 2013); and son, Michael L. Morse (2019); along with her parents and siblings.

A memorial service will be held at her church in Englewood at a later date.

Many thanks to the staff at Big Elm for the care Millie received.

Any tributes to her memory should be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, 35 South Oxford Drive, Englewood, FL 34223. National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, FL/Charlotte, NC is serving the family.

Janice Gayle King

Janice Gayle King, of North Port, Florida, went to heaven on July 12, 2020. She was born in Lima, Ohio, on Nov. 20, 1950, to George and Joyce (Wren) Sobosly (deceased).

After graduating from Shawnee High School, Janice worked for nearly 50 years as a medical laboratory technician. Janice enjoyed spending time with her daughter, being outside in nature, going to craft and antique shows, and trying new experiences.

She is survived by her daughter, Christin Leigh King, of North Port; brother, Donald (Cathy) Sobosly of Tipp City, Ohio; sister, Annette Hanes of Bryan, Ohio; and five nieces.

She was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt and mother who is and will always be deeply missed. Her family and friends will always remember her outgoing and welcoming personality, kind spirit, compassionate heart, beautiful laugh, and her strength and selflessness.

Contributions may be made in her honor to Tidewell Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

DESOTO

Athelyn Olga Weaver

Athelyn Olga Weaver, died July 29, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 94.

Athelyn was born May 5th, 1926, in Arcadia, Fla. She spent much of her adult life in Russellville, Ky., raising their three children, with her husband Charles Weaver.

Athelyn will be remembered for her strong Christian faith, her love of music, and for her ministry to children.

Charles always promised he would take Athelyn back home to Florida one day. They retired to Arcadia, Fla., in 1980. Sadly, Charles passed away in 1991. Shortly thereafter, Athelyn relocated to Ormond Beach, Fla., to be near her children.

Athelyn Weaver is preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Essie Fort, and her husband, Charles Thuran Weaver.

She is survived by her three children; Nelson Edward Weaver, Martha Weaver Carter, and Janet Weaver Stanley, all currently residing in Ormond Beach, Fla. Athelyn was blessed with 11 grandchildren and many loving great-grandchildren.

After a small graveside service, Athelyn was buried at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Fla. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dalewoodward funeralhomes.com.

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