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Walter D. Traitor | October 13th, 1946 - February 26th, 2015 68 Years

Walter D. Traitor, 68, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born on October 13, 1946 in Alton, IL to the late Walter J. & Freda (Crabtree) Traitor, he was a retired Pathology Assistant with Naples (FL) Community Hospital. Walter loved fishing and the outdoors and he was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Carol Baley Traitor of Lakeland; his son, Partrick (Carmen) Traitor of Jacksonville, NC; his daughters: Eri ... Read more

Carol Asbill | October 17th, 1963 - February 22nd, 2015 51 Years

Carol Ratchford Asbill, 51 Lakeland - Carol passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 22. A native of Aiken, SC., Carol was a graduate of Aiken High School and Clemson University. She spent the majority of her career at Publix Supermarkets, ultimately as Manager of Associate Services. Known for her servant’s heart, Carol was actively involved in numerous civic organizations, including the United Way of Central Florida, the Alliance for Independence, and the Achievement Academy. Ca ... Read more

David Wayne Cahill | June 24th, 1958 - February 22nd, 2015 56 Years

David Wayne Cahill, 56 of Lakeland died on Sunday, February 22. He was born on June 24, 1958, in West Covina, CA. He is survived by his wife Nell, brother Ted Fortenberry, sister Darla Kim, mother Margie Wilson, 3 sons, David Cahill II, Chris Cahill and Jason King and 2 daughters Catherine Hanna and Amanda Hughes and several loving family members. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 26, at 2:00pm at Christina Park 625 County Road 540 A, Lakeland, FL 33813. ... Read more

Jane Marie Strickland | August 17th, 1946 - February 21st, 2015 68 Years

BARTOW - Jane Marie Strickland, 68, passed away on February 21, 2015, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after an eight week battle with cancer. Jane was born August 17, 1946, in Bartow, Florida. She was the daughter of Nettie and William Bohde. Jane was a mother, educator and a teammate to her husband. She graduated from Bartow High School and Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. She taught English at Lakeland and George Jenkins High Schools. After retiring as the English Department Head ... Read more

Virginia Lucille Haubry | September 28th, 1916 - February 16th, 2015 98 Years

Virginia Lucille Haubry, 98 Polk City- Mrs. Virginia Lucille Haubry died on February 16, 2015 at her home due to natural causes. She was born September 28, 1916 in Bicknell, IN. She was a member of North Lakeland Presbyterian Church. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Nicholas F. Haubry, and brother, Rex Vaught. Survivors include son, Frank Haubry (Eva), Nineveh, IN., daughters, Carolee Stewart (William), Cape Coral, FL., Deborah Hall (Paul), Sophia, NC., Rebekah Hau ... Read more

George Kalivas | May 6th, 1921 - February 15th, 2015 93 Years

GEORGE KALIVAS, 93 LAKELAND - George Kalivas, 93 passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Lakeland, FL. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy. During his professional career, George owned several restaurants in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Following his retirement, he moved to Lakeland, FL, in 1995, from Bucks County, PA, where he resided until his passing. He was a parishioner at St. Josephs Roman Catholic C ... Read more

Evan Gregory Gardner | December 28th, 1990 - February 15th, 2015 24 Years

Evan Gregory Gardner, 24 Hungry Howies Cook/Publix Baker Sacramento, New Mexico- Mr. Evan Gregory Gardner died on February 15, 2015 due to an ATV accident. He was born December 28, 1990 in Lakeland, Florida. Evan was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Evan attended McKeel Academy and graduated from George Jenkins High School. He was an avid video gamer, he loved the outdoors, riding four wheelers and target shooting. Survivors include his parents, Greg and Patty Gardner, Lakela ... Read more

RICHARD F. "DICK" LEIS | January 15th, 1937 - February 14th, 2015 78 Years

RICHARD F. "DICK" LEIS, 78 Dick's Auto Sales LAKELAND - Richard F. "Dick" Leis, age 78, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at his home, after a brief battle with leukemia. Dick was born in Miamisburg, Ohio, on January 15, 1937. He came to Polk County in 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard C. and Irene Leis. He is survived by his wife, Doryce; son Richard (Kim) Leis of Bloomington, IL; daughter Diane (Mike) Coker of Lakeland; brothers Jim (Connie) Leis of Dou ... Read more

Luis A. DeJesus | September 13th, 1942 - February 13th, 2015 72 Years

Lakeland – DeJesus, Luis A, age 72, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 due to kidney failure at his home surrounded by family and friends. Luis was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico to the late Cristobal DeJesus and Gloria Gonzalez. Luis was a resident of Bridgeport, CT for 55 years and then came to Lakeland, Florida in 1997. Luis was an avid New York Mets fan and enjoyed watching all their games on TV or in person. He also enjoyed playing pool, poker, and dominos w ... Read more

Giovanna Rolfi Scharar | May 28th, 1934 - February 12th, 2015 80 Years

Giovanna Rolfi Scharar, Lakeland - Giovanna Rolfi Scharar, 80, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on Feburary 12, 2015. Ms. Scharar is survived by her daughter, Ginnie Busbey; son Riccardo brother Giuliano; and grandson Brian Busbey, his wife Mackenzie;and three great- granddaughters Emily, Stella and Charolette. Giovanna was Born on May 28, 1934 in Prano, Italy. She came to Lakeland in 1961, and established herself in the local retailing stores. She created Janice Fashion Design and A ... Read more

Carmen L. McNeill | June 12th, 1932 - February 11th, 2015 82 Years

Carmen L. McNeill, 82 Mulberry – Carmen L. McNeill, 82, passed away on February 11, 2015, from complications following surgery. She was born in Keegan, ME, on June 12, 1932. She grew up in Skowhegan, ME, and a graduate of Skowhegan High School, class 1950. She married her high school sweetheart, Alvin McNeill, on June 14, 1952. In the early 1960s, they moved to Brooklyn, CT, and Carmen served as the town’s tax collector. The McNeills also owned the Skateland Rollerskating Ri ... Read more

Kenneth A. Kozbiel, Sr. | June 11th, 1945 - February 10th, 2015 69 Years

Kenneth A. Kozbiel, Sr., 69 died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his residence. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Ken Jr, daughter Kelly, brother Fred, sister Lea and several grandchildren. ... Read more

Venus Koger Griffin | June 29th, 1921 - February 9th, 2015 93 Years

VENUS KOGER GRIFFIN, 93 LAKELAND – Venus Koger Griffin, 93, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on February 9, 2015 at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland due to natural causes. She was born in the community of Parmleysville, Kentucky on June 29, 1921 to George and Florence (Gregory) Koger. After graduating high school and in her early 20’s, she moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan where she attended business college. During that time she met her future husband, Thomas Vern Griffin and they married o ... Read more

Tyler Robert McQueen | April 22nd, 1992 - February 8th, 2015 22 Years

Tyler Robert McQueen, a life-long resident of Lakeland, Fl. died unexpectedly on February 8, 2015, at the age of 22. He was born in Lakeland, Florida on April 22, 1992. A graduate of Lakeland High School, he attended Tallahassee Community College. He was active in all types of sports activities. On December 14th, 2011, he welcomed the birth of his Daughter Braelyn, who was the most important part of his life. Tyler was a devoted father and fisherman who enjoyed all things on the water in ... Read more

 
 

2013 2014 Pursuit Award

Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to receive the NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2013 and 2014. This award is given in honor of outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families, active community involvement through innovative outreach programs, and ongoing educational and professional development opportunities for staff.

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Welcome to Heath Funeral Chapel

Losing a loved one is always difficult. Regardless of culture or religion you are faced with making quick decisions on how to honor and celebrate the life of someone you cherished. At Heath, you’ll get answers, advice and support – every step of the way. We will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect. We can help you create a tribute that lasts.

Foster Heath, Founder

Heath Funeral Chapel is family owned, and we’ve been your neighbor in Polk County since 1959. We have earned the trust of our community by celebrating the lives of the people they have loved. It is our honor to help you prepare the unique service that best remembers and celebrates your loved one. Our own beloved family patriarch, Foster Heath, passed away on April 14, 2012, after more than five decades of serving his community. We proudly carry on his legacy.

Bill Schichtel, Caroline Heath Schichtel
and Matthew Schichtel

“There is nothing as
wonderful as loving someone,

and nothing harder than losing them. I am in this business because I believe in life and celebrating every part of it. For three generations my family has lived in and loved Polk County. Your folks are our folks, and we are proud to provide exceptional personal care and attention. We work closely with you in honoring your loved one to ensure that every detail of their well-deserved tribute is perfect.”

Foster Heath
Founder | Heath Funeral Chapel



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Walter D. Traitor

October 13th, 1946 - February 26th, 2015 68 Years

Obit pic Walter D. Traitor, 68, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born on October 13, 1946 i... Read more

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Carol Asbill

October 17th, 1963 - February 22nd, 2015 51 Years

Obit pic Carol Ratchford Asbill, 51 Lakeland - Carol passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 22. A native of Aiken, SC., Carol was a graduate of Aiken ... Read more

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David Wayne Cahill

June 24th, 1958 - February 22nd, 2015 56 Years

Obit pic David Wayne Cahill, 56 of Lakeland died on Sunday, February 22. He was born on June 24, 1958, in West Covina, CA. He is survived by his wife Nell, bro... Read more

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Jane Marie Strickland

August 17th, 1946 - February 21st, 2015 68 Years

Obit pic BARTOW - Jane Marie Strickland, 68, passed away on February 21, 2015, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after an eight week battle with cancer. J... Read more

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Virginia Lucille Haubry

September 28th, 1916 - February 16th, 2015 98 Years

Virginia Lucille Haubry, 98 Polk City- Mrs. Virginia Lucille Haubry died on February 16, 2015 at her home due to natural causes. She was born Sep... Read more

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George Kalivas

May 6th, 1921 - February 15th, 2015 93 Years

Obit pic GEORGE KALIVAS, 93 LAKELAND - George Kalivas, 93 passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Lakeland, FL. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl... Read more

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Evan Gregory Gardner

December 28th, 1990 - February 15th, 2015 24 Years

Obit pic Evan Gregory Gardner, 24 Hungry Howies Cook/Publix Baker Sacramento, New Mexico- Mr. Evan Gregory Gardner died on February 15, 2015 due to an ATV ... Read more

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RICHARD F. "DICK" LEIS

January 15th, 1937 - February 14th, 2015 78 Years

Obit pic RICHARD F. "DICK" LEIS, 78 Dick's Auto Sales LAKELAND - Richard F. "Dick" Leis, age 78, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at his home, ... Read more

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Luis A. DeJesus

September 13th, 1942 - February 13th, 2015 72 Years

Obit pic Lakeland – DeJesus, Luis A, age 72, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 due to kidney failure at his home surrounded by fa... Read more

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Giovanna Rolfi Scharar

May 28th, 1934 - February 12th, 2015 80 Years

Obit pic Giovanna Rolfi Scharar, Lakeland - Giovanna Rolfi Scharar, 80, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on Feburary 12, 2015. Ms. Scharar is survived ... Read more

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Carmen L. McNeill

June 12th, 1932 - February 11th, 2015 82 Years

Obit pic Carmen L. McNeill, 82 Mulberry – Carmen L. McNeill, 82, passed away on February 11, 2015, from complications following surgery. She was bo... Read more

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Kenneth A. Kozbiel, Sr.

June 11th, 1945 - February 10th, 2015 69 Years

Obit pic Kenneth A. Kozbiel, Sr., 69 died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his residence. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Ken Jr, daughter Kelly, brother Fr... Read more

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Upcoming Events

Possibilties for Positive Aging

Margaret Welsh

5:30 pm
March 19, 2015

Community Relations Representive
Good Shepherd Hospice


Space is Limited

Maintaining Relationships with a Loved One with a Dementia Diagnosis

Barbara Herrington, M.A., C.M.C.

5:30 pm
April 16, 2015

Gerontologist/Certified Care Manager
All About Aging LLC


Space is Limited

Why Bother? Five Wishes

Wendy Henderson

5:30 pm
May 21, 2015

Regional Director of Development, Polk/Hardee/Highland Counties
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care


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