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Katherine Lynn Burke Miller | December 18th, 1949 - September 19th, 2014 64 Years

Katherine Lynn Burke Miller, 64 Lakeland - Katherine Lynn Burke Miller, of Lakeland, FL passed away to be with our Lord and Savior on Sept. 19, 2014 at TGH due to G.I. complications. Born Dec. 18, 1949 in Pennington Gap, VA, daughter of the late Alvin Henry Burke and Thelma Vina Woodyard. Survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Larry Lewis Miller. Daughters: Melissa Rena Miller (Stephen) Troiano, Stephanie Dawn Miller (Kenneth) Haney, & Samantha Lynn Miller (Joseph) Kelley; Grandchil ... Read more

Paula Miller Higgins | August 10th, 1956 - September 17th, 2014 58 Years

Paula Miller Higgins, 58 Business Owner of PH Solutions Lakeland – Paula Miller Higgins passed away on September 17, 2014 due to head trauma. Paula, a respected community leader and Certified Fund Raising Executive, was freed from her damaged body and went to be with her earthly father and Heavenly Father. She was surrounded by her family. She was 58 years young at the time of her passing. Paula Jean Miller was born on August 10, 1956 in Thomasville, GA to Patricia Keegan Miller and Wes ... Read more

Mary " Ann " Breathitt | May 13th, 1925 - September 15th, 2014 89 Years

Mary "Ann"Breathitt, 89 LAKELAND- Mary "Ann" Breathitt, 89, went to her heavenly home September 15, 2014 at LRMC due to head injuries from a fall. She was born in Orlando, Fl. on May 13, 1925. Ann was the daughter of Benjamin and Edith Hanselman. She was a lifetime resident of the Lakeland area. Ann was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was active in Christians Alive. Ann and her husband Harvie enjoyed working with the youth at their church. She was preceded in death by her ... Read more

Margaret (Peggy) Dulaney Matlock | September 27th, 1931 - September 14th, 2014 82 Years

Margaret (Peggy) Dulaney Matlock, 82 Teacher Lakeland- Mrs. Margaret Dulaney Matlock died at LRMC on September 14, 2014 due to complications from a stroke. She was 82 years old. She was born in Bristol, VA on September 27, 1931. Peggy was a graduate of East Tennessee State University. She was an active member and volunteer at the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, PEO, Bykota Sunday School Class and Circle 10. She was a supporter of Florida Southern College Golf Team. Sh ... Read more

Luther McLeod Beal, D.D.S | July 28th, 1913 - September 12th, 2014 101 Years

Luther McLeod Beal, D.D.S., 101 Dentist Lakeland- Dr. Luther M. Beal died September 12, 2014 at Florida Presbyterian Homes due to natural causes. He was 101 years old. He was born in Chapman, Alabama on July 28, 1913. Dr. Beal moved to Lakeland in 1924 from Tampa. He served in the United States Army during World War II serving in the Dental Corps. He graduated from Florida Southern College and dental school at Loyola University in New Orleans, La. Dr. Beal was a dentist in Lakeland sin ... Read more

William A. Schultz, Jr. | October 6th, 1931 - September 12th, 2014 82 Years

William “Bill” Schultz, 82 (Educator/ Minister) Lakeland- Bill Schultz, 82, went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2014, due to complications from dementia, at his home with his family gathered around him. He was born in Grove Hill, AL, on Oct.6, 1931 to Archie and Lucy Schultz. Bill was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force serving as a radio instructor, which took him on flights to many countries. He would love travel and cultural sites for many years to come. His friends calle ... Read more

Manuel Jesus Suco, Sr. | June 8th, 1938 - September 10th, 2014 76 Years

Manuel Jesus Suco,Sr. 76, died on 09/10/14 at LRMC from heart failure. Survived by wife, Karma and 3 sons. Services 09/15/2014 @ 2pm Heath Funeral Chapel. ... Read more

Joseph Aloysius Stanislowski | May 18th, 1930 - September 9th, 2014 84 Years

Joseph Aloysius Stanislowski Aircraft Mechanic, 84 Mulberry - Joseph Aloysius Stanislowski, 84, of Mulberry passed away on Tuesday September 9, 2014 due to heart failure. He was born on May 18, 1930 in Port Huron, Michigan. Joseph served in the Navy and Air Force during the Korean Conflict and The Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Betty and Lorraine. He is survived by his son, Joseph, daughter, Anne, sister, Patricia, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. ... Read more

Christopher T. Weaver | October 11th, 1947 - September 9th, 2014 66 Years

Christopher T. Weaver, 66 Lakeland: Christopher T. Weaver, 66, of Lakeland, died on September 9, 2014 from complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Christopher was born on October 11, 1947 in Trenton New Jersey, but grew up in Fieldsboro, NJ. He was a Professor of Psychology at Florida Southern College for 35 ½ years. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Weaver. He is survived by his mother Ann Weaver; wife Linda; son Gareth Weaver; daughter Ellen Weaver and also Shana ... Read more

Luis Martinez | September 19th, 1918 - September 7th, 2014 95 Years

Luis Martinez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nicholas Martinez and Josefina Leon on September 19, 1918. Years later, Louis and his siblings were orphaned and sent to live at Saint Benedicts Home for Colored Children, in Rye New York. Luis was a World War II Veteran. Shortly after the war, Luis met Delia Nogueras in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He married her on February 8,1947. After his service Luis worked in a factory in Brooklyn, New York and worked his way to become a Supervis ... Read more

Lois George Manners | April 30th, 1923 - September 6th, 2014 91 Years

Lois George Manners, 91 School Teacher Lakeland- Mrs. Lois George Manners died on September 6, 2014 at the Lakeland Hospice House due to natural causes. She was born April 30, 1923 in New Bethlehem, PA. She was a lifelong member of The Church of God (Anderson, IN), most recently Spirit Lake Community Church, Winter Haven, FL. Lois is predeceased by her sister Florence G. Traister. Mrs. Manners is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, George E. Manners, Lakeland, four children, Malc ... Read more

Naomi Norris Stuart | July 12th, 1924 - September 2nd, 2014 90 Years

Naomi Norris Stuart, 90 Department of HRS Lakeland, Naomi Norris Stuart, age 90, died September 2, 2014 at Highlands Lake Center due to natural causes. Nomie, as she was known to family and friends, was born July 12, 1924 in Piedmont, South Carolina. She was valedictorian of her class at Duncan High School, and then attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in August, 1944. After college, Nomie went to Washington, D.C. and worke ... Read more

David Wayne Touchton | July 16th, 1969 - September 2nd, 2014 45 Years

David Wayne Touchton, 45 Co-Owner of SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands Lakeland- Mr. David Wayne Touchton died on September 2, 2014 at Florida Hospital-Waterman in Taveres, Fl., due to heart failure. He was born July 16, 1969 in Lakeland, Florida. Wayne was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mulberry. He was a lifelong resident of Lakeland and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. He was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a mem ... Read more

Dr. Wade G. Gardner | January 18th, 1932 - August 31st, 2014 82 Years

Dr. Wade G. Gardner, 82 Veterinarian Dr. Wade G. Gardner, was born in Alliance, Ohio, on January 18, 1932. He died of respiratory failure on August 31, 2014 at his home in Lakeland. He married Joanne Hartman on July 20, 1952, in Edinburgh, Ohio. He was a member of Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1957 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He was the first member of his family to ever graduate from college. He practiced in Dayton, Ohio for one year ... Read more




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Steven Michael Roe
January 25th, 1953 - December 28th, 2012 59 Years


Steven Michael Roe, 59
City of Lakeland

Lakeland- Mr. Steven Michael Roe was called home by the Lord on December 28, 2012 at his home of cancer. He was born January 25, 1953 in Lakeland, Florida. Steven worked for the City of Lakeland for 23 years.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Karen Lord Roe, Lakeland, 2 sons, Chad Roe, Lakeland, Scott Roe, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2 grandchildren, Braden, Mckyla and sister, Barbara Roe Schneider, Polk City.
Memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, FL 33830.
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Enrico d.Link Sr. on January 5th, 2013 - 12:42 am said:
Steve Roe was a great guy to work with and will be truly missed.steve loved his family and always spoke good things about them.he loved to joke and have fun he was a great boss!what really Blessed me was in his last few days he Truly Received JESUS CHRISTIAN in his Heart as LORD and SAVIOR.and now he is in HEAVEN with the LORD.and he is not sick or in pain anymore.and one day we will all see him again if JESUS CHRIST is our LORD And SAVIOR and what a time we are going to have!so to the ROE FAMILY from the Link family we send our Love and Condolence to you and are praying for you.if you ever need us fill free to call.

tony gilbert on January 3rd, 2013 - 6:22 pm said:
Steve was one of the greatest people i\'ve ever had the privalage of working with and calling my friend he will be missed very much.My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Laura, Bobby ,Dalton Glass on January 1st, 2013 - 4:29 pm said:
Karen and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Steve.We know what a great loss this is to your family. We are thinking of you all and praying for you. May God comfort you and keep you in his care during this difficult time.Steve will be missed , may your memories of him help find comfort in remembering him always. Sending you love and prayers.

Laura, Bobby ,Dalton Glass on January 1st, 2013 - 4:29 pm said:
Karen and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Steve.We know what a great loss this is to your family. We are thinking of you all and praying for you. May God comfort you and keep you in his care during this difficult time.Steve will be missed , may your memories of him help find comfort in remembering him always. Sending you love and prayers.

Leon Mathers on December 31st, 2012 - 7:44 am said:
Steve was the best friend I had. He would do virtually anything for anybody with no thought of reward. I love him and will miss him greatly. Karen, Chad, and Scott you are in my prayers.

Bobby Newman on December 30th, 2012 - 6:19 pm said:
Although not being in contact with Steve for at least the past 20 years I am saddened and sorrowful to hear of his passing. When I opened Saturday\'s Ledger and read the news it immediately took me back to much happier times as we grew up in the same neighborhood and were always great friends. I still smile and laugh today as I recall many of the shenanigans that we all somehow constantly wound up involved in together. This is how I will remember Steve. My condolences to his wife Karen, their children, grandchildren, and the entire Roe family.

Kim Watson- your favorite receptionist on December 30th, 2012 - 1:14 pm said:
My heartfelt condolences and sympathy. I feel blessed that I met you both!!

Terri Schneider on December 30th, 2012 - 9:43 am said:
When someone we know passes their memory becomes a treasure. Steve the wonderful memories you gave to all who knew you make your treasure a chest of gold.

Mickal Wilson on December 29th, 2012 - 6:20 pm said:
I would like to give my condolences to the Roe family. Esspecially to my friend and co worker Chad. A parent is one of the greatest gifts a child could have. Just believe that God will call us all one day.

Mickal Wilson on December 29th, 2012 - 6:17 pm said:
I would like to give my condolences to the Roe family. Especially to my friend and co worker Chad. A parent is one of the greatest gifts a child could have. Just believe that God will call us all one day.

Nancy & Rick Noirot on December 29th, 2012 - 4:37 pm said:
Karen, Chad & Scott, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May memories of happier days get you though this difficult time.

Dottie Fowler on December 29th, 2012 - 2:29 pm said:
Steve was/is one of the good guys. He made my job much more enjoyable. Not a day went by that he didn\'t stop in to say hi and find out how things were going. Steve - be at peace. Karen, Chad and Scott - know how much he loved you all. I feel as if I know you from the things he bragged about when we talked.

Bruce Strayer on December 29th, 2012 - 11:58 am said:
I have many fond memories of Steve. He was proud of his family and expressed his love and appreication of them often. Steve had an infectious laugh. A work ethic that not always agreeing with the bosses he would do as asked. By his example, I found the work pleasurable. I remember one of his short commenties of the way things ought to work. We were working on a job and the hand saw was dull. Steve said tape a quarter to that thing then throw it into the lake and you can say you threw something of value away. He had a zest for life on the job and off. Everybody got along with Steve, he was well liked. Public Works Construction and Maintance has not been the same in his absence. He will be missed by us all.

Bonnie Reeves Mayhew on December 29th, 2012 - 10:03 am said:
Karen and family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and deepest sympathy for all your family.

Barbara Schneider on December 28th, 2012 - 8:33 pm said:
Dearest Stevie, Welcome to heaven, it must be utterly amazing! Am so, so thankful that you are no longer in pain and at peace. The picture I have in my mind is Jesus holding you in his arms saying "Your work here on earth is done, well done my precious son, well done" What a wonderful life you had, the best brother any sister could have ever hoped for. Tell Mama I love her and will join you both one day. You will be so, so, missed and in my heart forever. I love you! Barb


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Vivian Rachel Hornsby
December 21st, 1916 - December 28th, 2012 96 Years


Vivian Rachel Hornsby, 96

Lakeland – Mrs. Vivian Rachel Hornsby, 96, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, with her family close by.
Vivian was born December 21, 1916 to Claude and Nellie Ballou in Redfield, New York. She has lived in Lakeland since 1947. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She retired from Mass Brothers after 20 years.
Always energetic, hardworking, and determined, Vivian was quick witted and loved to laugh – even into her final days. She enjoyed a good book and was interested in almost any subject. She was a ready traveler, who delighted in seeing anything new. You could often find her gardening or on the busy end of a paintbrush – if ... Read more

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Howard C. Hornsby, Jr. on December 31st, 2012 - 2:44 pm said:
My most sincere love and sympathy to Aunt Vivian and her family. I know She will be missed by all. I have a lot of memeories for her and her family growing up in Lakeland I will never forget. I last saw her at my Moms (Mary Hornsby) funeral two years ago in September. Again - We send our warmest sympathy to all the family!! Karen and Howard Hornsby and family

Kami Spindler on December 31st, 2012 - 9:03 am said:
Aunt Vivian always lived life to its fullest. She had an incredible, fun-loving laugh that I will never forget, and it never failed to make others smile along with her. I extend my sincere condolences to her wonderful family. Rest in peace, beautiful lady.

Kami Spindler on December 31st, 2012 - 8:43 am said:
Aunt Vivian always lived life to its fullest. She had an incredible, fun-loving laugh that I will never forget, and it never failed to make others smile along with her. I extend my sincere condolences to her wonderful family. Rest in peace, beautiful lady.

Eileen Krastel on December 31st, 2012 - 7:29 am said:
My love and deepest sympathy to Aunt Vivian\'s family. I will miss seeing her whenever I get back to Florida. Her energy, wit, and interest in others was an inspiration. I always said I wanted to be just like her. I don\'t think anyone will ever be like her. She was a one-of-a-kind classic who leaves us all with so many wonderful memories.

P D Sterling on December 30th, 2012 - 1:35 pm said:
Vivian was a treasured friend for the five years I have lived here. Energetic, sharp-witted, and cheerful, her home was a showpiece on our block, and we often reviewed old times in Oswego County - she couldn\'t believe she\'d met someone who had heard of Redfield!

Suzanne Seeley Anderson on December 30th, 2012 - 1:15 pm said:
Sammie and Suzie and Family, I send my sincere condolences to you all. Wow, what a feat that your Mom outlived all her siblings. My fondest memory was the last time that our Moms got together in Pulaski. There is a picture they took that I still remember. They looked like twins and they were ready to have some fun together. Believe that your Mom is in God\'s care and that she is in her new home for eternity. May your time of grieving be filled with wonderful memories of your Mom, grandma and great grandma. Love and hugs to you all, Sue Seeley Anderson

Shawn P Doyle on December 30th, 2012 - 11:17 am said:
I will always cherish the memories of Aunt Vivian\'s summer visits to us \"up home\", summer as a child always meant Aunt Vivian would be up to stay with grama. I have never known a person with such unshakable faith in the Lord, and such love and understanding for her fellow man. There is no doubt in my mind she is busy looking after her family now, baby sister Maureen especially.... My sincere condolences to Sue, Sam, Pam, Debbie and all the family

Mary Lou Brown on December 30th, 2012 - 10:58 am said:
I will always remember Aunt Vivians kindness and her sense of humor. I will miss our phone calls

Nell Roach on December 30th, 2012 - 8:40 am said:
I only met her a few times when we were in the nursing home. Our daughters are friends and introduced us. She was such a lively lady in a place like that. She would come to see me and if I was asleep would leave a note. She will really be missed. I only know Debbie but she must have been a wonderful mother. God Bless


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Jacquelyn Ellen Teed
August 27th, 1932 - December 28th, 2012 80 Years

Lakeland - Jacquelyn Ellen Teed, 80, passed away December 28, 2012 at Palm Terrace of respiratory failure. She is survived by eight chilldren. ... Read more

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Sandra H. Pate
July 25th, 1953 - December 24th, 2012 59 Years


Sandra H. Pate, 59
FL Department of Citrus

Lakeland: Sandra H. Pate, 59, of Lakeland, died on December 24, 2012 from complications from ALS. She was born on July 25, 1953 in Jacksonville, FL and was employed by the Florida Department of Citrus. She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony “Tony” Pate; father Laudis Hicks and brother Kenneth Hicks; Survived by her son Bryan Pate of Lakeland and daughter Michelle (Javier) Gonzalez of Lakeland; mother Marjorie Hicks and 1 grandson Alex Gonzalez. A visitation will be held on Friday December 28, 2012 from 5-7 P.M. at Trinity Life Church with a funeral service to follow on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at the church. Interment will be held... Read more

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Angela McIntosh on December 28th, 2012 - 11:31 pm said:
Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shine down upon us to let us know they are happy. My Condolences to the Hicks-Pate family.

Carmelita Woodard Walker on December 28th, 2012 - 5:16 pm said:
Margie, Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss of your beloved Sandy. We are thinking of you at this time. Carmelita

Eddie and Janice Ward on December 27th, 2012 - 10:26 pm said:
Bryan and Michelle we all want to tell both of you how very sorry we are for your lose. I can see ole Tony standing there in heaven with his hands on his hips saying woman where have you been I\'ve been waiting on you to get here so we could go in together. Never a dull moment when Tony and Sandy were around we will really miss both of them. Be sure to let us know if there is anything we can do. We will be praying for your whole family. We Love you guys.


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Lawrence W. Rogerson
March 14th, 1949 - December 14th, 2012 63 Years


Lawrence W. Rogerson, 63

Lakeland: Mr. Lawrence W. “Larry” Rogerson went home to be with his Heavenly father on December 14, 2012 following a long and courageous battle with cancer, and other health problems. Larry was born in Mt. Holly, NJ on March 14, 1949. He was raised in Milford, CT, and graduated from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY in 1971. In 1978, Larry married Maureen Avilio, who survives him. Larry was predeceased by his parents, John Edward Rogerson, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) Rogerson, and a sister, Mary Logsdon. In addition to his wife, Maureen, he is survived by his sons, Scott Alan Childs and Darrin James Childs; Daughters-in-Law, Ann Childs and ... Read more

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Bob & Madalyn Wylie on December 17th, 2012 - 9:18 am said:
Maureen and family Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to you in the loss of Larry. He was a hard working advocate for Ariana and we will miss his knowledge and expertise. Bob & Madalyn Wylie

Nancy Craig on December 16th, 2012 - 7:01 pm said:
I have known Larry for many years and always know him to be a very loving family man, with a great love for God. Although he was sick for many years I never heard him complain. It is great to know that some day we will see Larry again. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Lori Day (Paul and Sally's niece) on December 16th, 2012 - 1:40 pm said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Larry fought long and hard, but now he is with the Lord and no longer suffers. May God be with you to help comfort you through your grief. My prayers are with you.

Charlie and Edie Hammock on December 16th, 2012 - 1:18 pm said:
We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

KAREN GANSHAW on December 16th, 2012 - 8:34 am said:
Scott & Ann. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you his peace at this time. God has a new angel by his side.

Carol Barnes on December 16th, 2012 - 6:52 am said:
Larry, You were one of the bravest people I have ever known also one of the best friends I have ever had. You ;had courage in the face of a disease you knew would be fatal one day. Didn\'t expect it yet, guess we thought you would just go on forever. You were a wonderful leader for our Home Owners Association and I feel priviledged to have been part of your life. We will help Maureen in any way we can. Your friend Carol Barnes


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Movita Marie Wheatley
May 12th, 1939 - December 14th, 2012 73 Years

Movita Marie Wheatley 73
Mrs. Wheatley died Dec. 14, at LRMC due to Heart Failure.
She is survived by sons Tom & Joe Wheatley, Brother Larry Smith, Sisters Eleanor Ward, Lou Thomas and three granddaughters.
She was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Services will be held at a later date.
Memorials May be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.
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Matilda W Zeller on December 22nd, 2012 - 10:02 am said:
Tom and Joe - I\' m so sorry to hear about your mom\'s death. My heart goes out to both of you. May God hold you in the palm of his hands. Aunt Matilda

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Ken and Cindy Courtney on December 15th, 2012 - 3:30 pm said:
Tom, Joe, and family, We were so sorry to hear of the death of Movita. She was a dear friend of Ken\'s and we both loved her. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. Cindy and Ken Courtney


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Francis "Frank" Earl Foland
December 7th, 1923 - December 11th, 2012 89 Years


Francis Earl “Frank” Foland - 89
Florida Southern College

Frank Foland was born December 7, 1923 in West Carrollton, Ohio to Maynard and Clara Foland, and was called home by the Lord December 11, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his only child, Bruce Foland, and Bruce’s mother, Dawn. He is survived by his wife Ann Wolfe-Foland, grandson Brooks Foland (Beth) and two great-granddaughters of Harrisburg, PA; and niece Nancy Rydell of Santa Ynez, CA.

Frank was a 1960 graduate of Florida Southern College. He was a life-long advocate for Florida Southern, and proudly served as its Director of Admissions and its Director of Alumni. Having enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after... Read more

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Gail Perez, Richard Boseke and Ruth Nuthouse, all of Lakeland, Fl. on December 20th, 2012 - 5:34 pm said:
sorry about Franks passin.. he was a good feller, but the world is full fo good fellers . RIP Frank. AMEN


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Stephanie Nicole Ross
June 6th, 1987 - December 10th, 2012 25 Years


ROSS, 25
LAKELAND - Stephanie
Nicole Ross, 25, of
Lakeland, beloved daughter
of Janet Svaral and
Bob Ross, passed away
unexpectedly on Monday,
December 10, 2012.
Stephanie’s gentle manner
and radiant smile
brought joy to all around
her and she will be dearly
Stephanie loved horses,
dogs, and animals of all
stripes. She was a 2005
graduate of Lakeland
High School and received
her Bachelor of Science in
psychology from USF in
2012. She planned to pursue
a doctorate in psychology
in the fall in order
to further her work
with mental illness and
disability. She was dedicated
to working with
people with special needs
and hoped to spread her
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Crystal Hall on January 17th, 2013 - 11:01 am said:
I\'m sorry this is so late coming but I just found this page. I would of liked to have been at the service but since I no longer live in Lakeland the time and date never made it to me. There are no words to express how terribly sorry I am. Stephanie was a wonderful girl and touched many lives. I spent many a day after elementary school hanging out with her and a few others in the drive way of her house, and often got in trouble because I stayed too late. Though we didn\'t talk much in the years following elementary school we still would say hello whenever we did see each other and it felt no different. She is greatly missed.

Christopher Boulton on December 19th, 2012 - 3:09 am said:
I am sorry for your loss. Though I did not know Stephanie well, I had the privilege of spending a few brief moments with her at social gatherings this fall. I will remember her as one of the funniest people in the room--quick with a smile and a witty remark--and someone with a big heart for her friends, family, and work. Know that she will be missed by even her most recent acquaintances.

Norm Bouley on December 15th, 2012 - 10:44 am said:
Stephanie was a Great Friend..... I Loved her smile! My Prayers and Thoughts to her Family and Friends.........

Ed and Janet Wizda on December 14th, 2012 - 5:39 pm said:
Good Evening Ross Family, As Ed and I listened to your words as well as Father Caufield\'s words we were moved with emotion. Please know you are in our prayers. Please let us know if we can help in any other way.

Jessica Coleman & Victoria Farkus on December 14th, 2012 - 5:02 pm said:
My aunt and I didn\'t know Stephanie. We were just in the right place at the right time, so to speak. We cannot begin to tell you how sorry we are that this happened to your family. You are in our prayers and our thoughts daily.

Penny Stowell on December 14th, 2012 - 3:53 pm said:
Dear Janet, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. My prayers are with you and your family.

James Aubry on December 14th, 2012 - 3:45 pm said:
David, I am deeply saddened by your loss. Please accept my condolences.

Tamara Lane on December 14th, 2012 - 12:30 pm said:
I pray that God helps your family during this tragedy and comforts and strengthens you all, as only He can do.

Carmen Gonzalez on December 14th, 2012 - 10:52 am said:
David, I wish there were words to say that would ease the pain of your loss, there is not. I pray that with time you will find some peace and be able to move ahead. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Raymond Cepko on December 14th, 2012 - 7:57 am said:
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May her memory be for a blessing.

Dr. Joy Harris on December 14th, 2012 - 6:37 am said:
May there be some small measure of comfort in knowing that others are praying morning, noon, and night for your family and David as you struggle to find peace.

Donna and Al DiDonna on December 13th, 2012 - 10:54 pm said:
We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers. May all the angles welcome her and hold her close. All our love to your family at this time of great sorrow.

Robyn Weeks on December 13th, 2012 - 6:27 pm said:
Dear Bob, Janet and family; I love your Steffanie and I will miss her so much. You raised a wonderful daughter who was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Stephanie was a precious gift and I am thankful for the privilege of knowing her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Beth (Robyn's sister and Susannah's Aunt) on December 13th, 2012 - 5:23 pm said:
At this time it is so hard to know what to say. I pray that some how your precious memories of Stephanie will keep you and know that even though she is not here, she will live in your hearts forever. Believing that some day we all will be reunited with our loved ones that God has called home. She was truly a beautiful young lady on the inside and out and what a blessing to learn that she has touched so many lives. My prayer is that the Lord will keep you all in His loving arms and give you peace that only He can give.

Florrie Deaner on December 13th, 2012 - 2:46 pm said:
Janet, I am speechless & heart broken to read about Stephanie's death. Please know your strength, peace & healing is my daily prayer. Love,

Adam on December 13th, 2012 - 1:47 pm said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Grant & Donna Piche on December 13th, 2012 - 1:29 pm said:
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to your family. Stephanie was a friend and we love her very much. Her memory will last a long time with us. Stephanie worked with us at Texas Cattle Co. Caterings and besides working hard she was a joy to be around. Our extended Texas Cattle Co. family express our sympathy and prayers that you all find peace.

Barbara von Windeguth on December 13th, 2012 - 1:08 pm said:
Dear Janet, I offer you my condolences for the loss of your daughter Stephanie. You have my prayers as you make your journey through this sorrowful time. I remember you sharing stories with me at work about Stephanie and how much fun you had together. I am so sorry for your loss of a beautiful daughter.

Alex Ross on December 13th, 2012 - 12:17 pm said:
I used to ride horses at the same stable as Stephanie. She was a few years older than me, and she was such a wonderful role model. She was a very talented horseback rider and a beautiful soul. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, I cannot begin to understand why such a kind and compassionate person would have such a tragic death. My prayers are with your family.

James Epps, Ph.D. on December 13th, 2012 - 11:47 am said:
I am sorry beyond measure for your loss. Stephanie worked with me in a research endeavor at USF in Lakeland since May of this year. She leaves a void that cannot be filled. If ever I or the university can do anything to help, please contact me directly. She remains my valued student. Nothing stops that.

Shelley Ross on December 13th, 2012 - 11:37 am said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Stepanie boarded her horse, Irish, at the same stable where my daughters and I rode years ago. Back then we spent most of our weekends and many weekday evenings at that stable with Stephanie, riding and sitting on the porch swing talking and laughing and just enjoying each other. It has been several years since I last saw Stephanie, but what I remember most about her was her beautiful smile and her kindness. It is such an unspeakable tragedy that such a gentle soul should meet such a violent end.I am so very sorry.

Margaret Griscom on December 13th, 2012 - 10:50 am said:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, for God's healing hand to be with you during this time.

Andrea Sias on December 13th, 2012 - 10:33 am said:
Stephanie was a wonderful person. I worked with Setphanie in several of my psychology classes at USF, and she had a promising career in psychology. She will be deeply missed by the students at USF. It was always a pleasure to work with her on class projects, she will always be remembered and missed. God bless her and her family.

Marilyn Carpenter on December 13th, 2012 - 9:43 am said:
Dear Janet: I am heartbroken to read of your loss. I remember the day you told me you were expecting. Doesn't seem like that long ago. When I read of the incident I kept thinking no that can't be Janets daughter she's too young. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Please please call me when you can; my phone number is 863-326-9574; my cell is 863-221-4397. I am leaving today for Jacksonvilles Mayo Clinic and will be there for two days so will not be able to attend tomorrows service; I am so sorry. There are no words to adequately express my feelings; but having lost my son I can understand the tremendous grief. Please call me.

Steve and Sandy Dean on December 13th, 2012 - 9:28 am said:
Steve and I used to attend John and Tracey's Halloween parties and met Stephanie there, she was very sweet and outgoing... she loved animals too so of course I just loved her! We didn't know her that well but enough to know that she loved her family! I know she will surely be missed be so many... we are so very sorry for your loss, our prayers go out to you all.

Kate Lawhead on December 13th, 2012 - 8:33 am said:
I'm so so sorry for you loss. Steph was such a wonderful soul. I am saddened deeply. She will be remembered fondly in our hearts forever.

Rebecca Riley on December 13th, 2012 - 6:43 am said:
My family came to know and love Stephanie when she was a waitress at GOSH. I remember meeting her Mom at the restaurant when she was visiting her at work. Stephanie was an amazing young lady who really touched our lives. We came to find out we had many things in common...I am a special education teacher, my daughter in law loves horses also and is a psychology professor at Florida Southern. We would run into Stephanie and keep up with her through the years and loved her smile, enthusiasm, and love of life! She was a truly special individual who touched many lives and hearts. Please accept our sympathy and we are SO sorry for your loss..we pray for your comfort and strength. The Riley Family

Dr. L.J.Elliott on December 12th, 2012 - 8:31 pm said:
Stephanie was an inspiration. She was the type of person who made everyone better. Her loss is devastating beyond words. My prayers are with you.


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Christine Machold
July 23rd, 1922 - December 9th, 2012 90 Years


Christine Machold
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Lakeland – Christine Machold died December 9th at her residence due to natural causes. She was born July 23, 1922 in Woodville, FL. and raised in Bartow, FL. She graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1940. She attended Florida Southern College and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1951. Mrs. Machold retired from Highland City Elementary School in 1987 after more than 30 years of teaching.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Lakeland Woman’s Club. She was a volunteer at the Polk County Museum of Art and Sun n’ Fun events. Christine had great love for books and was an avid reader. She loved to travel and laughed about being o... Read more

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Lynne Bard on December 17th, 2012 - 2:22 pm said:
Dear Gayle, Paula Ann and Doug....very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I am Walter's and Barbara's daughter and remember meeting all of you when I was 10 (Grandma and Grandpa Machold's 50th wedding anniversary). Just wanted to let you all know that you are in my thoughts.....

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Gayle, Ann and Doug, So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always such a sweet person, friend and neighbor to me and my family. She will always be in my thoughts and prayers. She came in to eat not too long ago with her Sister, after you were here Gayle. I enjoyed talking to her again! Please take care and stay in touch. Love and Blessings, Janice


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September 17th, 1921 - December 9th, 2012 91 Years


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On December 9, 2012, Jack Milton West died, surrounded by his family.
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He graduated with honors from Waco High School while working jobs to help feed the family and managing to play football, too. The summer after graduation, he fed a family of five by digging post holes for Texas Power and Light. He had received a football scholarship to the University of Texas, which he was eventually able to accept once his father was employed by the railroad. He played under Coach Dana Bible and was on the team that took the L... Read more

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Ann Stein on December 16th, 2012 - 12:07 pm said:
Gerry and Kay, my heart aches for you, I\'m just so sorry for your loss, My love and heartfelt sympathy to you both, Ann Stein

Bob & Cammie Allen on December 14th, 2012 - 11:19 am said:
Gerrye,Mike,and Kay....my heartfelt condolences for your loss of such a wonderful wonderful man...you guys\' love and friendship meant so very much to my family...i think i can speak for my whole family...jack,alex,and myself in saying that jack was such a great human being in so so many ways..his caring,and his love for us and the many others he touched has a special place in our hearts..the St.Davids family(the Renfroes,Wesleys,Sales,Wises,Covingtons,Wises,Warnekes,Joyners,and so many others) was indeed a special one and the comforting thought is that it will one day be reunited. ~ Bob & Cammie Allen, Gulf Island, Florida

Ted Covington on December 13th, 2012 - 3:04 pm said:
Good man, good friend Go in peace, Jack.

Ted Covington on December 13th, 2012 - 3:04 pm said:
Good man, good friend Go in peace, Jack.

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Good man, good friend Go in peace, Jack.


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