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June Marie Royal | June 25th, 1935 - May 28th, 2016 80 Years

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Charles Roger Noble | July 8th, 1936 - May 26th, 2016 79 Years

Charles Roger Noble Lakeland: Charles Roger Noble, 79, of Lakeland, went to be with the Lord on May 26, 2016. Roger was born on July 8, 1936 in Basil, OH. He was a business owner, and enjoyed starting and selling businesses. Roger was an avid sports fan and was very athletic himself. He was recently inducted into the Liberty Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Baltimore, OH. Roger was always willing to help and encourage others. He was strong in his Christian faith and was ... Read more

Thomas Jefferson Haynes Jr | June 18th, 1939 - May 26th, 2016 76 Years

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Terry Gunn | September 13th, 1970 - May 24th, 2016 45 Years

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Albert Romero Coringrato, Sr. | May 26th, 1929 - May 19th, 2016 86 Years

Albert Romero Coringrato, Sr. passed away on May 19, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Tampa. He was born May 26, 1929 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After high school, Albert served in the Korean War as a flight engineer at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. When the war ended, he was a civilian contractor with the Air Force. During that time he started his own gas station/garage, Al’s Atlantic, in New Jersey. He later bought Cherry Hill Garage. Albert met his wife of 45 plus years, Mary ... Read more

Albert Richard Wuellner | August 1st, 1929 - May 18th, 2016 86 Years

Albert Richard Wuellner, 86 Albert Wuellner passed away on May 18, 2016 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, at peace, in the company of family. Born in Covington, KY in 1929, Al and his family moved to Lakeland from Cincinnati, OH in 1966. He worked as a draftsman in the phosphate industry and was a Korean War veteran. Al and his wife Shirley worked as foster parents for Catholic Charities for many years and cared for many babies. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alber ... Read more

Foy Lynn Springer | October 26th, 1937 - May 17th, 2016 78 Years

Foy Lynn Springer, 78, went to be with the Lord on May 17, 2016. She was born in Lakeland, Florida on October 26, 1937, to the late Leon and Faye Faison. Foy Lynn enjoyed many hobbies; sewing, quilting, gardening, fishing, cooking, and traveling. She was very proud of the work she did for children in Honduras, sewing pillow case dresses with other local volunteers. She also hand crafted clothing for local school children in need. Mrs. Springer was a member of New Life Assembly of God and was ... Read more

Curtis P.Glenn | December 29th, 1930 - May 13th, 2016 85 Years

Curtis Perry Glenn went to his heavenly home on May 13, 2016 with his wife of nearly 59 years by his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle and will be greatly missed. Mr. Glenn was born December 29, 1930 in Winter Haven, FL to the late Elgin Clyde and Maude Estelle (Wetherington) Glenn. By 1935, the family was living in Lake Wales, FL and it was there that he met his wife Marty in 1957. After living a short time in Bowling Green, KY they returned to Florida and have ... Read more

Darla Paulk | October 9th, 1960 - May 13th, 2016 55 Years

Darla Ann Paulk, 55, of Lakeland, went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2016. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whose lives had been touched by her kindness and selflessness. She was born on October 9, 1960 in Ashtabula, OH. Darla was a graduate of Kathleen High School, class of 1979. She worked in the insurance industry for many years, most recently as an agent for Tyler Insurance Agency, Inc. She is survived by her loving and caring husband, Hugh Paulk; parents, Doug ... Read more

Donald Thomas Geiger | February 28th, 1936 - May 12th, 2016 80 Years

LAKELAND - Donald Thomas Geiger, 80 of Lakeland, died on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 28, 1936 in Wellborn, Florida to Thomas and Thelma McDonald Geiger. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 on the Randolph and Saratoga air craft carriers and the Navy photo lab in Washington D.C. He was honorably discharged in 1958. He graduated with an Industrial Arts Degree from Florida Southern College, and was a shop teacher for Polk County Schools for 39 years teaching at ... Read more

Luther D. Hutton | March 8th, 1926 - May 8th, 2016 90 Years

Luther “Douglas” Hutton (March 8, 1926 to May 8, 2016). Douglas was born in Anniston, Alabama to Henry and Grace Hutton. He was a WWII Navy veteran and an office machine technician. He married Margaret Hutton in 1946 and together they had 4 sons. Douglas was a skilled carpenter and agriculturalist. He was a long time member of Kathleen Baptist Church and the Kathleen Area Historical Society. Douglas was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers Herschel, Truman and Daniel, and ... Read more

Edna Elliott | January 29th, 1933 - May 8th, 2016 83 Years

Lakeland- Mrs. Edna Elliott Edna L. Elliott 83, of Lakeland passed away May 8, 2016. She was born in Boonville, Indiana in 1933, to the late Truman and Elouise Young. Edna moved to Lakeland in 1988. She was a school teacher, homemaker, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Elliott; three sons, R. Scott Elliott of Lakeland, Florida, Christopher Elliott of Tucson, Arizona and Ryce Elliott of Marietta, Georgia and five ... Read more

John H. Woodall III | June 25th, 1940 - May 2nd, 2016 75 Years

JOHN H. WOODALL, III, Lakeland - John H. Woodall, III, born June 25, 1940 to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Woodall, Jr., lost his life on, Monday, May 2, 2016. Known locally as Jack Woodall, he attended John Cox Elementary and Lakeland Jr. High School. He led in school sports and Boy Scouts, where he received his Eagle Scout badge. He graduated from Lakeland Senior High School, Class of 1958, and granted a football scholarship to the University of Florida where he studied Agriculture and the Arts. ... Read more

Curtis D. Shaw | October 14th, 1951 - April 29th, 2016 64 Years

Curtis D. Shaw died on 4/29/16. He is survived by his wife Paula and 2 children. Viewing will be held on Tue. 5/3/16 5-7 PM at Heath Funeral Chapel. ... Read more




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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.

Carol is survived by her husband Christopher L. Asbill, and two sons Reid Noah, Cincinnati, OH, and Mark Noah, a student at University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is also survived by her parents... Read more

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paul johann on March 2nd, 2015 - 10:05 am said:
I hurt so to hear about Carol. I remember watching her grow up in Aiken. I hurt so for the family. What a wonderful lady. Paul Johann Woodbridge, VA

Greg Byrd on February 28th, 2015 - 9:07 am said:
My heartfelt condolences for the whole family on such a tremendous loss. I hope you can find some comfort in each other, and in the lasting presence of Carol in her family and the community.

Mrs. Carol Novak on February 28th, 2015 - 7:55 am said:
Dear Reid and Noah, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angie on February 27th, 2015 - 12:05 pm said:
I was so shocked and so sorry to hear about Carol. She was such an inspiration to so many of us and if you were ever having a bad day she would flash that million dollar smile. She will be missed beyond words. Mrs. Ratchford.....we are praying for all of you during this tragic time. All of you will always have a special place in my heart. May God give you strength, understanding and peace. Love you all.

Shannon Walsh Tompkins on February 27th, 2015 - 11:43 am said:
Carol had such a bright smile and caring heart. I didn't know her long but the time I did know her she made me feel like a life long friend. She will be missed by many. Prayers and thoughts to Chris and their children.

John Clark on February 27th, 2015 - 11:16 am said:
A very sweet classmate

Barbara Reynolds on February 27th, 2015 - 6:25 am said:
Reed and Mark, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom. She was very proud of both of you. I've been hearing wonderful stories about you since you were born. Always told with love and pride! I pray your precious memories will bring you smiles and joy every day. God bless you both, Barbara Reynolds

Kenneth sanders on February 26th, 2015 - 11:37 pm said:
Sending prayers and condolences from Aiken, SC. Your classmate 81'

Criss Barker McAlister on February 26th, 2015 - 8:37 pm said:
I was so very sad to learn of Carol's death. It just doesn't possible that my high school friend could be gone. I have happy memories of our double dates, sleep overs, freshman year at Clemson, and so much more. Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for all. ~ Criss

Debra Oehlberg on February 26th, 2015 - 8:09 pm said:
Dear Chris and Ratchford Family: Carol and I were high school classmates. I still remember how kind she was and how accomplished she was. She had many friends, even way back when. Prayers for peace and comfort as we all are shocked that she is gone. God bless!

Cynthia Scott on February 26th, 2015 - 8:08 pm said:
Carol was a great leader in high school. I still feel shocked about her passing. She had marvelous achievements. I really thought a lot of her. She came to mind recently and I had planned to find on Facebook. She was a beautiful person. I pray that her family and friends will find comfort in the Lord in the days ahead. May God comfort you all during this time. (Carl and Cynthia Price Scott)

Charlotte & Clarence Raiford on February 26th, 2015 - 5:30 pm said:
Our prayers and hearts are with you and the entire family during this time. We offer our deepest sympathy in the loss of your daughter, wife and mother, Carol.

Sherry Troublefield Kerr on February 26th, 2015 - 11:46 am said:
I met Carol the first day of our freshman year at Clemson. We were close friends and had so many memories together including spending weekends in Aiken. The world has lost a truly wonderful and giving person. My heart goes out to her family. My God be with you through this.

Sandra Willis on February 25th, 2015 - 10:30 pm said:
I like so many have so many fun and fond memories of Carol and will miss her. I am praying that you all will find peace in the memories and wonderful legacy she leaves . Truly one of the finest people I have ever known. God bless you

Andrea & Brian Smith on February 25th, 2015 - 7:58 pm said:
Dear Chris & Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are deeply sorry and will continue to pray for you and your family during these difficult times. Sincerely, Brian & Andrea

Ruby Hood Raine on February 25th, 2015 - 6:06 pm said:
I knew Carol and Dana at Clemson. My fondest memory of Carol was her coffee pot and she would make me a cup every now and then. May God comfort her family and know she was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Kirk Brown on February 25th, 2015 - 3:41 pm said:
Contagious smile, infectious enthusiasm; our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kim Pardue Cross on February 25th, 2015 - 3:09 pm said:
My heartfelt sympathy I send to all during this sad time. Words seem so inadequate, but please know I will continue to keep everyone close in my thoughts and prayers.. Carol was an AMAZING person.. I will miss her smile .

Kirk Brown on February 25th, 2015 - 2:54 pm said:
Infectious smile, contagious enthusiasm. It's hard to say goodbye. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sharon Smith-Silva on February 25th, 2015 - 1:06 pm said:
Dear Chris, Reid, Mark, Anita, Dan, Andy and Dana and all of the extended family, I am so sorry about the loss of Carol, I know she will be deeply missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you and that Carol is at peace.

Kim Vallejo on February 25th, 2015 - 12:14 pm said:
Dear Chris, Reid and Mark, Our family sends its deepest sympathy to all of you. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

Alesia Lee on February 25th, 2015 - 11:44 am said:
Prayers are with you all. That smile always lit up the room!

Gary Meyer & Kim Martin on February 25th, 2015 - 11:26 am said:
Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with Carol's family. We will always cherish her love for her family & the sunshine she brought to so many.

Linda Ridley on February 25th, 2015 - 10:51 am said:
Heartbroken over the loss of Carol. She was sure a wonderful sweet and caring lady. When she saw a need she did all she could to help. We love her and she will always have a special place in our hearts. Love and prayers to all of her family.

Billie Lane Bowers McCavitt on February 25th, 2015 - 10:16 am said:
So saddened to hear about the death of my childhood friend. I have many wonderful memories from growing up with Carol in Aiken. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Rick Meyer, North Augusta Parks & Recreation on February 25th, 2015 - 10:08 am said:
Carol was the very first supervisor for the City of North Augusta Community Center. We have missed her smile and love for life ever since she left us. Our loss was Publix and the state of Florida\\\'s gain. Our prayers go out to the family in your loss, but Heaven has gained a new angel. God bless and may the Lord embrace you with his loving arms.

Wayne & Julie Stults on February 25th, 2015 - 9:58 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Stefanie Schimborski on February 25th, 2015 - 9:02 am said:
Sweet, beautiful Carol will live forever in the hearts of every person whose life she ever touched. She was one of my closest friends. I will miss her dearly. My prayers and love go out especially to her two sweet boys, Reid and Noah. Heaven's brightest star.

Bryn Miles on February 25th, 2015 - 8:43 am said:
Dear Dana & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Carol's death. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Bryn

Sybil Chapman on February 25th, 2015 - 8:33 am said:
Chrs, I just saw this the Ledger this morning and I am so very sorry for your loss... I will put you and your family on our prayer list at Scott Lake Baptist Church and will request prayer for you tonight at church. Stay strong Chris and know that Jesus has his loving arms wrapped around you.

Sheila Richburg O'Brien on February 25th, 2015 - 8:28 am said:
My deepest sympathy to Carol's entire family. My memory of Carol from high school was her brilliant smile and personality. She was always kind and positive, a wonderful person! Her energy was contagious. I was also lucky to have her sweet mother as my history teacher. Prayers and thoughts of peace and strength are with all of you.

Lori Roe on February 25th, 2015 - 8:06 am said:
My thoughts and prayers are with your family

Carlotta Watson Landschoot on February 25th, 2015 - 8:00 am said:
My thoughts and prayers are will Carol's family during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Carol's Pi Beta Phi and Clemson spirit. Rest in peace.

Joan Wnchester on February 25th, 2015 - 7:36 am said:
Dear Chris, I was very sorry to learn of Carol's death. Please allow me to offer my sincere condolences. May you be comforted in the knowledge that she rests in peace. Fondly, Cousin Joan

Bill Jakes on February 25th, 2015 - 7:33 am said:
Chris..You and I worked the 'ramp' during Honor Flight. My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your lovely wife. May the Lord comfort and support you and yours. God Bless. Sincerely Bill Jakes

Barbara Ingram-Rice on February 25th, 2015 - 6:06 am said:
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. It's hard to say good bye but she will absolutely live on in the hearts of so many. For that we can be thankful. Love to you all.

Sarah Rideout on February 24th, 2015 - 10:39 pm said:
Absolutely stunned to learn of the passing of Carol, she was such a beautiful vibrant woman, I hadn't seen her in years but loved seeing her smiling face on FB posts, her sweet beauty and smile were infectious. Ratchford/Asbill family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Phillips on February 24th, 2015 - 10:35 pm said:
So saddened to hear that our dear Pi Phi sister had passed . The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers . May the Lord hold you and keep you in this most difficult time.

Gerry C on February 24th, 2015 - 7:41 pm said:
Sorry for your loss my condolences to the family .May your memories with Carol bring you comfort and all the things she did for people. She had a giving heart may the God of all comfort remember all the things she did John 5 :28,29.Thoughts and prayers to all .

Vincie Albritton on February 24th, 2015 - 7:06 pm said:
Sincerest Condolences On Your Loss

Lisa Giesel on February 24th, 2015 - 6:33 pm said:
Chris, Reid, Mark and the entire family I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Carol will be missed for her loving heart, her bright smile and her love for everyone. Our boys grew up together and I had the pleasure of knowing Carol and loving her like everyone else. She will be missed.

Mary Alice Rose Edmonds on February 24th, 2015 - 6:33 pm said:
Dana, I am so sorry to hear this news. Though we only kept in touch through facebook over the years, I have fond memories of her in college and the sorority. Please know you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. TTF, Mary Alice

Missy Thorndike on February 24th, 2015 - 6:19 pm said:
Thoughts and prayers for your tremendous loss

Kay Bodenheimer on February 24th, 2015 - 6:17 pm said:
Anita, Dan, Dana, Andy, and all of Carol's family, My memories of Carol are from grammar and high school days. They all come to mind with a huge smile, which, I see she has kept all these years. I know how hard these days will be for all of you in her family, and I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Crystal Kates on February 24th, 2015 - 6:05 pm said:
Rest in peace God has a beautiful Angel with him now & will keep you safe! I will miss you & you are in my heart forever xo

Gary & Beth Sawyer on February 24th, 2015 - 5:49 pm said:
It was pleasure having you in our lives. We will miss you.

Victoria (Johnson) on February 24th, 2015 - 5:06 pm said:
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Victoria (Johnson) on February 24th, 2015 - 4:52 pm said:
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Jan Townsend on February 24th, 2015 - 3:20 pm said:
Chris, your friends at Lakeland Eye are saddened by your loss.

Leslie Burkett bush on February 24th, 2015 - 3:14 pm said:
Carol and I were sorority sisters at clemson. I have such fond memories of her! She was so outgoing and so much fun to be around. I am so sorry!

Beth Bodenheimer Dworjanyn on February 24th, 2015 - 3:09 pm said:
Dear Ratchford/Asbill Family: There are not words to say how sad and stunned I was to hear the news of Carol's death...it seems hard to wrap my head around it given the energy and kindness she always had. I have very dear and humorous recollections of growing up with the Ratchfords both in school and at church. We are thinking of you all and will always remember the goodness in Carol.

Jill Crawford Ross on February 24th, 2015 - 11:46 am said:
I am very sorry to learn about Carol's passing. I smile when I remember her while we were growing up in Aiken and also at Clemson - always upbeat and fun to be around. My prayers are with the whole family.


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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

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Mande on February 26th, 2015 - 10:12 pm said:
My heart breaks, I miss you. You were a great dad to 3 "extra" kids you didn't have to raise one of which was me. You were always there when I needed to talk, ask for advise or directions. I love you Dad. I promise to take the best care of Mom that I possibly can, until my last breath. Gone but never forgotten. You are free from the burdens of this world. See you on the other side.

CARLOS R LLAMAS on February 26th, 2015 - 3:41 pm said:
my condolence t the wife Darla and all the rest of his family: David was for me no more than the best friend i ever had. i keep the best of my remembers good man lovely an he love my down syndrome boy yamil god bless you David only good things I remember of you LLamas the puertorican that all way told me when yo don't understand me you say lacalaca lacalaca lacalaca i will miss you body. all ways when i do something wrong the worse thing you told me was lamas lamas lamas and i all ways replay david two els LL together sound like Jamas then he told me get better body. I WILL MISS YOU MR. DAVID WAYNE CAGILL SOLON BODY. RIP. MY GOOD FRIEND.


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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 from Jenkins High School, she tutored students and served as Intern Supervisor for University of South Florida education major students.

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Jerry Etheridge on February 25th, 2015 - 6:54 pm said:
Gene, am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Not only Lakeland, but Florida has lost a super person and one that will be greatly missed. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Betty Brown on February 24th, 2015 - 7:45 am said:
My thoughts & prayers are with all the family. We have memories going back many years. Now God has added another bright star for us to see. Time does help you get through this very difficult time.

Don & Debbie on February 23rd, 2015 - 6:49 pm said:
Dear Gene and family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Jane was a truly special lady. I remember Jane in high school, she was always so energetic and always smiling. Jane was a great mentor to our daughter, Amy, as a new teacher at George Jenkins. God bless your family. With Love, Don and Debbie McLean

Billi Jo Hendry on February 23rd, 2015 - 12:34 pm said:
What shocking news......such a beautiful soul taken away so soon. I have so many happy memories with Mrs. Strickland, from when I was a student at Lakeland High School up until last year while working for Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, where she she brought her dog "BUDDY". She was such an amazing lady with a huge heart. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family at this time.


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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 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 Haubry, Polk City, FL., 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and sister, Mary Kathryn Maberto (Joseph), Bicknell, IN.
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Aung Naing on February 25th, 2015 - 8:12 pm said:
My thoughts and prayer with her family in difficult time. She was very sweet and pleasant. I have privilege to know her last 15 years. She is a great place now and she is looking and smiling at us.

Gerry C on February 22nd, 2015 - 7:12 am said:
Sorry for the loss. May your memories with Virginia in those special moments brings you comfort .Condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. Remember the love and support she always had . Find peace in knowing that Jehovah God understands your grief and cares in John 5:28,29 demonstrate the love for human kind. May he comfort your hearts during this time .2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Paula, Linda, and Michelle Parsche on February 20th, 2015 - 11:53 am said:
Bekie,this journey has been a difficult one, we know, and we wish you all the peace that comes with knowing that you did everything you could possibly do to assure that your mother was not alone as she took those last steps. She knew that you were there for her - and that you cared so deeply about her well-being. Her pride in your wonderful accomplishments as a teacher was so evident whenever she was seen at the school piano recitals - and that is an incredible memory to value. We are thinking of you and your family in the next days and weeks. Stay strong..

Laura walsh on February 17th, 2015 - 1:23 pm said:
So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


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



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 Church. While at St. Josephs he was active with the Bereavement and Grief Ministry, the Catholic War Veterans and the "Life After 50" group.

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Devin (McGuire) Frederick on February 19th, 2015 - 8:09 pm said:
Sorry for your loss. We shared stories about our Navy experiences/ his WWII , mine the Gulf War. He reminded me about selfless service, family and God. Thank you for your Service.

Mark and Devin Frederick on February 19th, 2015 - 7:49 pm said:
We're sorry for your loss. George was a good friend/neighbor to my father in Lakeland. I'll miss taken him to the airport for Military Reunions. Thank you for being kind and caring.


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


Evan Gregory Gardner, 24
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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, Lakeland, sister, LaShelle Gardner, nieces, Alyssa Felch and Jordan Connor, grandparents, Dan and Pat Cooper, Lakeland, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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Seth McKeel on March 18th, 2015 - 3:17 pm said:
Greg - My mom and grandmother have told me about your tragic loss. I didn't know your son - but I'm a dad. I can not imagine. God bless you. I pray that God will, in time, bring peace my friend. Know that I've been thinking about and praying for you. All the best man. Seth

Dr. and Mrs. Emilio Montero on March 1st, 2015 - 8:24 am said:
We are sorry for your loss. Ours prayers are with you and your family

Barbara and Jim Turner on February 27th, 2015 - 8:22 pm said:
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Barbara, Jim and Kelly

Marge and Al Sheppard on February 24th, 2015 - 8:30 pm said:
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marsha and Doug McLaulin on February 24th, 2015 - 3:13 pm said:
Greg, we are so sorry to learn of your son\\\'s death. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ron and Penny Millr on February 23rd, 2015 - 7:41 pm said:
Dear Greg: Having just seen the notice of your son's accident and untimely passing away, we are late but very sincerely so sorry for your's and Patty's great loss. We know you wil find comfort in the memories you have of wonderful times spent together with Evan and your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are and will be with you ~ Penny and Ron Miller

Irene Gale on February 23rd, 2015 - 2:41 pm said:
Dear Patty, Greg and Family, I cannot put into words how sorry I am for your loss, just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May our dear Lord help you all through this sad time.

Dr and Mrs Jack R Hoffman on February 23rd, 2015 - 2:24 pm said:
Our sympathy to the Greg and Patty and family. Somewhere a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know, somewhere a path stretches over the heavenly stars and the lovely rivers of our memories flow...Somewhere a silence is heard far away and the brightness of the day fills the night, Where the trials of life are resolved into peace when a soul finds its way to the light. May it comfort you to know that your loved one is now a peace. Our most sincere sympathy, Jack and June

Gail Borden on February 23rd, 2015 - 2:15 pm said:
Greg and Patty I'm very saddened to learn of the death of your son. I lost a son at age 13 in an accident so I know how broken your heart is and how deep your pain. I pray that you find strength in your faith and in all the wonderful memories you have of Evan.

Ray and Betsy Phillips on February 23rd, 2015 - 10:27 am said:
Greg and Patty, Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time. He was a nice looking young man that passed as he did something he loved.. We will be praying that the Lord will surround you with peace and the love and warmth of friends. We are so sorry for your loss.

Lorrie Colee on February 23rd, 2015 - 9:14 am said:
I am so sorry that Evan has left you too soon. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that God\\\\\\\'s love will comfort you as well as the love and care of friends & family members.

Rebecca Jones on February 23rd, 2015 - 8:15 am said:
I worked along side Evan for a short time but recognized him as an olde soul. Evan was a very agreeable young man and treated me very well. He will be missed. But I know he is fine where he is. Godspeed Evan!

Kelly and Tim Best on February 23rd, 2015 - 7:58 am said:
We are truly sorry. Our thoughts are with you all at such a devastating time for your family. Please know that our hearts go out to you all.

Jan and Sunny Zimmermann on February 23rd, 2015 - 7:52 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Patty. May His peace and pleasant memories be comfort to you...

Sue Sloman on February 22nd, 2015 - 9:37 pm said:
Greg, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Sheila, Alfred, & Alexis Corso on February 22nd, 2015 - 5:59 pm said:
When words become meaningless, please know, Greg and Patty, that you are in our prayers and ever so close to our hearts.

Veronica Bonelli on February 22nd, 2015 - 11:10 am said:
Was devastated to hear the news from Bronson. He started off with \"I love you mom\". He was loved by so many and they are better for knowing him. A donation will be made in his honor to the SPCA being the animal lover that he was and we are. Prayers to you

Carol Gwen Hart on February 21st, 2015 - 5:27 pm said:
My heart goes out to you as you grieve for your son, Evan Gregory Gardner. As a father, it’s truly unfathomable what you have had to endure this last six months. Not one but two unexpected deaths. First, the loss of your own father, Dr. Wade Gardner; followed by your own son, Evan. The grief that tugs on your heartstrings must seem suffocating and unbearable at times. Know that the angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. May their beautiful memories ease your sorrow and bring Patty & you solace that will live in your heart forever. Let the love of your family surround you and give you the strength/peace to sail through this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Greg, I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support you showed my mother, Jean Hart during her recent hospitalization in November 2014. You have been my rock! Know you are not alone. Please remember that if you need me; I am only a phone call or text message away! “Your son, Evan lives on in your heart, in your memories of him and will be with you always!” Cousin/Carol Gwen Hart

Dan & Pat Cooper {Nannie & Poppie} on February 20th, 2015 - 7:35 pm said:
In a state of shock! So devastating! Will always have best memories of our \"Honest Abe\". Taken from us at his best. Our loss priority 2, Patty & Greg priority #1. RIP among relatives & friends always!

Sally Gardner on February 20th, 2015 - 9:59 am said:
Our hearts are with you holding on tight....Love, Sally and Janeen

Sara Spodnick on February 20th, 2015 - 9:57 am said:
I'm very sorry for your loss. Evan was such an incredible person and could put a smile on anybody's face. My prayers are with the family. Evan will always be in my heart and I will miss him more than words can explain. Again, I am very sorry for your loss

Dale,Patti and Garrett Hutchinson on February 20th, 2015 - 6:54 am said:
Greg, Patty and family,our thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time. May God protect and comfort you during the many long days ahead. Evan was a sweet boy and all boy! We were laughing at the skateboarding down the hill that him and Garrett "rode out" and practically crawled back home. Many special memories are etched in our heart forever!

Peter Inman on February 19th, 2015 - 8:09 pm said:
Our deepest condolences, our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. These words seem so inadequate but I am so sorry for your loss.

David Hart on February 19th, 2015 - 7:32 pm said:
So sorry for your loss! Life has so many twists and unexpected turns. Greg, am praying for strength and support for your family. Thanks is not quite enough for the help you have given mom these last few years. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Snt my email....if there is something I can do........let me know. cousin David Hart


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


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 Douglas, GA, John (Mary Ellen) Leis of Lakeland, Sandy (Jim) Jordan of Auburndale; step-mother Ranell Leis Hillman of Auburndale; and four grandchildren: Brian, Kristen, Matthew and Michael.

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Don Combee on February 19th, 2015 - 6:17 am said:
Will miss you, my friend, at the Dreadnaught football games on Friday nights.

Dennis Hollingsworth on February 17th, 2015 - 6:29 pm said:
I always enjoyed my visits with Dick and John at the car lot. I'd always ask them if the newest restaurant next to them was worth trying, as it was always closing and then reopening anew. Also one of our favorite vehicles was the little Ford Bronco I bought from their lot. It was a jewel. My sincere prayers to this special family for comfort and strength to handle this loss. Farewell Dick Leis, you will be missed.

Sheryl (Fike) Hollingsworth on February 17th, 2015 - 12:53 pm said:
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I have been in the hospital and am recovering so I probably will not be able to attend the memorial service. I know he will be missed by many. I remember living next door to you and babysitting Dickey and Diane. You were my favorites to babysit for because you had lots of candy and good stuff. I got my first car from him and we went on to purchase many more over the years. He was a man of integrity and we thought the world of him. My prayers are with all of you as you go through the difficult journey of giving him back to God where he is enjioying his Heavenly Home. Love you.


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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 with his special friends. He was more than just a husband, father, brother; he was a best friend and a hero. A man who fought through so much adversity and remained strong. He will always be remembe... Read more

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Ana Miranda Cotto on February 18th, 2015 - 8:34 am said:
Our deepest condolences to Gloria, Linda, Elba and the Ortiz family. May God’s loving kindness embrace the family in this difficult time. God’s peace be with you all. Love Eddie and Ana Cotto

Jerrry C on February 16th, 2015 - 8:51 pm said:
My condolences to the Dejesus family, May the love and memories with Luis fill your hearts during these moments. Find comfort in knowing that God has Luis in his memory as it states in John 5:28,29 and promises a wonderful future. The bible is a great source of encouragement and comfort to the family in time of grief.


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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 Alteration in Lakeland .Where she was loved and respected.... Read more

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Elda on February 17th, 2015 - 8:38 pm said:
My deepest condolences to the family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Isaiah 25:8 where God promises us that He will soon cease all death and suffering.


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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 Rink in Wauregan, CT. In the 1980s, they moved to Preston, CT, and later retired to Lake Pointe Village in Mulberry, FL.

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ernest h sylvain on February 17th, 2015 - 5:09 pm said:
Carmel was a classmate from grade 1- to 12- Alvin, my sincerest condolences are enclosed in sympathy on the passing of Carmel.

Elinor Clark on February 17th, 2015 - 2:33 pm said:
Sorry to read of your very sad loss. Life does get to be a challenge as we go on with life. My deepest condolences.

Fr. David Cannon on February 17th, 2015 - 1:56 pm said:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Andrew and Ruth join me in offering our thoughts and prayers for Carmen. I will remember you all at Ash Wednesday Mass, at St. James'. Blessings, peace and love. (we all remember 'marco polo" days in the pool) David

June & Richard Washburn on February 17th, 2015 - 12:23 pm said:
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your wonderful memories of her comfort you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Ron Yale & Kathleen Sutton on February 16th, 2015 - 8:07 pm said:
Al, we are both shocked to hear of Carmen's sudden illness and death. Our thoughts are with you during this sad and unhappy time. It is at times like this that we long to have a "Magic Wand" to make things like before. We send you our condolences and sincerest sympathy. Kathleen & Ron

Bob and Trish Banker on February 16th, 2015 - 11:07 am said:
Dear Al, Trish and I both shared many good memories with you and Carm. We were always treated with fairness, and sincerity. We are saddened by Carm's passing, and our prayers are with you and your family.

Arthur Murray on February 16th, 2015 - 8:25 am said:
Words don't seem enough right now..Our prayers are with you.

Donna and John Deamer on February 15th, 2015 - 9:51 pm said:
Couldn't have been more shocked when we expected to see you today at Plant City. Our sincerest condolences Al to you and the family. Our prayers are with you. Hopefully we'll see you again soon to remember the good times.

Bonnie (Silva) Tryder on February 15th, 2015 - 6:43 pm said:
Uncle Al, Nancy, Bruce, Michael and Terry..I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Carmel. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May she rest in peace.

Don and pat safforf on February 14th, 2015 - 7:17 pm said:
To this family we send our truest thoughts. And prayers we loved Carmel and hold wonderful memories close to our hearts. Thinking about the kids now. It is. Not easy to lose a parent and it is never their choice either. Take care. Everyone and remember she loves you very much. Life must go on as she would tell and hug you. We love you guys123

Phillip and Sherry Ludlow on February 14th, 2015 - 6:45 pm said:
Many Memories as Neighbors. Our sympathy on the loss of a wonderful Lady..

Henry + Priscilla Daley on February 14th, 2015 - 9:34 am said:
Dear Al and Family, So sorry to hear of Carmen's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of grieving, Remember the good times.

Carol Cusson Schimmelpfennig on February 14th, 2015 - 8:49 am said:
So many happy childhood memories of Mrs. & Mr. McNeill. Thank you for being such a big part of our lives. My thoughts are with Mr. McNeill and family. Rest in peace and may you always have Bobby Vinton singing "Red Roses" just for you!

Darlene Berube on February 14th, 2015 - 8:27 am said:
Al, my deepest condolences to You, Michael, Bruce and Nancy. Will always remember the fun we all had at the rink. Carmel made sure we all kept in line but had a great time.


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