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Lenoir Dekle Warren | February 12th, 1921 - March 24th, 2015 94 Years

Lenoir Dekle Warren, 94 Lenoir Dekle Warren went to be with the Lord on the evening of March 24th, 2015 at the age of 94. A resident of Lakeland during most of the first half of the 20th century, Lenoir was the valedictorian of Lakeland High School’s class of 1938. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Florida State College for Woman in 1942. After both teaching and working as a school librarian for many years, she dedicated herself fulltime to her family. ... Read more

Thomas P. Daley Jr. | May 19th, 1930 - March 22nd, 2015 84 Years

Lakeland-Thomas P. Daley Jr. Passed away March 22, 2015 at L.R.M.C. Tom was born on May 19, 1930 in Worcester, MA and was the eldest of three children. He moved to Lakeland 44 years ago from Tantallon, MD. Tom was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country as a Green Beret paratrooper in the 187th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He was a retired Sales Manager for BBS, and an entrepreneur owning his own lounge “Tom Daleys”as well as The Smokehouse Restaura ... Read more

Joseph B. Tedder | June 23rd, 1931 - March 20th, 2015 83 Years

Joseph B. Tedder, 83 Certified Public Accountant Joseph B. Tedder passed away at Lakeland Regional Health on Friday, March 20th. Joe was born in Taylor County, FL June 23, 1931 and lived in Lakeland since 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1961. He was a Certified Public Accountant and opened Tedder, Grimsley, and Company CPA firm in Lakeland before merging with another local ... Read more

Joe L. Saunders | December 25th, 1943 - March 12th, 2015 71 Years

Joe L. Saunders, 71 Lakeland - Joe L. Saunders, 71, was received by the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as he peacefully passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, from Lewy Body Disease. He was born on December 25, 1943, in Lakeland, Florida. Joe had a passion for cars, racing, clocks, teaching and helping children, and was also an Eagle Scout. He started his career with NASA in Houston but came back to Lakeland to teach seventh grade science at Southwest Jr. High. Joe lat ... Read more

Rose P. Allegato | January 6th, 1931 - March 11th, 2015 84 Years

Rose P. Allegato, 84 Journalist Lakeland – Ms. Rose P. Allegato, age 84, went to her eternal rest on March 11, 2015. Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 6, 1931 and moved to Lakeland in 1944. She started her journalism career early, serving as Editor of The Bagpipe at Lakeland High School and Editor of The Southern at Florida Southern College. Rose was a pioneer for newswomen and worked at several newspapers including the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald and The Ledger ... Read more

Emma Rita Powella | January 7th, 1924 - March 9th, 2015 91 Years

Emma Rita Powella, 91 Lakeland - Emma Rita Powella passed away in her sleep on March 9, 2015. She was born in Paterson, N.J. She and husband Emil moved to Lakeland in 1948. A widow since 1971, Rita worked at Florida Southern College in cancer research where she received a BA degree in psychology. She filled many roles at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, volunteering for over 60 years. Her role as bereavement coordinator allowed her to help so many. Rita is survived by her sons, Emil and Ruhl, ... Read more

Jerry Mason Wines | December 18th, 1936 - March 6th, 2015 78 Years

JERRY MASON WINES December 18, 1932 – March 6, 2015 J. Mason Wines of Lakeland, Florida passed away peacefully on March 6, 2015. Mason was born on December 18, 1936 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina the only child of Johnnie and Virginia Wines. He spent the majority of his adult life in Winter Haven and Lakeland, Florida but spent his summers for the last 4o years in his beloved Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Florida on a golf scholarship where he ha ... Read more

Alys Yager Morrison | August 18th, 1921 - March 6th, 2015 93 Years

ALYS YAGER MORRISON, 93 LAKELAND - Alys Yager Morrison, 93, died March 6, 2015, due to complications from a fall. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan, but moved to Lake Wales, Florida at the age of three. She attended Florida State College for Women in 1939. Following World War II, she married the love of her life, Tilrow Morrison, whom she met while he was stationed at Avon Park Bombing Range. She spent most of her life in her adopted hometown of Plant City, Florida, where she devoted h ... Read more

Roberta S. Sirmans | January 10th, 1941 - March 5th, 2015 74 Years

ROBERTA S. SIRMANS, 74 Roberta S. Sirmans, 74, of Lakeland, Florida passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland. She was born January 10, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Leonard and Pearl (Anderson) Prosser. She held an AA degree and was a retail salesperson retired from Burdines/Macy’s. Survivors include her husband Bob Sirmans of Lakeland, daughter Barbara and husband Art Erickson of Lakeland, Florida, granddaughter Crystal Squires of St ... Read more

Daniel Joseph Giannini | July 13th, 1932 - March 4th, 2015 82 Years

Daniel Joseph Giannini, 82, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on March 4, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Health. Daniel was born on July 13, 1932 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Vito & Lena (Strollo) Giannini. A graduate of Lakeland High School in 1950, he attended the Fashion Institute in New York City. He was the co-owner and chef of Vito’s Italian Restaurant here in Lakeland for over 40 years. Vito’s opened in 1952 and he worked until retiring in 1998. He was also a member of Church o ... Read more

Ouita M. Cohen | November 9th, 1923 - March 4th, 2015 91 Years

Ouita Cohen Lakeland - Ouita Cohen, 91, of Lakeland, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd Hospice House on March 4, 2015. Mrs. Cohen was born on November 9, 1923 in Auburndale, Florida. A native of Polk County, Ouita graduated from Lakeland High School. In 1944, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Government during WWII. Ouita met her husband, Albert A. Cohen, after the war and they were married in 1950. For more than 30 years, they lived in Tacoma Park, Maryland. I ... Read more

Grainger D. Kirth Jr. | April 26th, 1949 - March 3rd, 2015 65 Years

Lakeland - Grainger D. Kirth Jr., 65, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born in Oakland, California, and served in Vietnam. He is survived by his spouse, Susan. ... Read more

Judy Franke | May 21st, 1939 - February 27th, 2015 75 Years

Judy Franke Judy Franke, 75, died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 27, 2015, at Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. A retired bookkeeper, and a widow since 1994, Judy enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her favorite activities included sewing, playing bingo, or reading a mystery or romance novel in her favorite chair with her cat on her lap. An avid reader, she loved going to the Lakeland Public Library and returning home with a bag full of books. She woul ... Read more

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

 
 

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James C. Kyzer, Jr.
November 16th, 1942 - July 1st, 2013 70 Years

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James C. Kyzer, Jr., 70
Certified Financial Planner

James C. Kyzer, Jr. passed away on July 1, 2013 in Lakeland, FL. He was reared in Tuscaloosa, AL and graduated from The University of Alabama. He was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Following his service, Jim resided in Birmingham, AL and was with Liberty National Life Insurance Company for 20 years. He later became a founding partner of Kelley, Kyzer, and Mullis. Jim served as President of the Birmingham Society of CLU and was an active member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham.
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Sztefan on August 21st, 2013 - 12:51 pm said:
James, I started as a Cadet in August of 1975. Jim Aulwes and I hit it off at the bgenniing. I worked 3-11. So did he. Jim, Tom Ackerman and John Fink worked east end. I remember Linda would pull up on the east lot at 22:30. She\'d be in a blue Ford van waiting on Jim to get off. I remember when she was pregnant with Jimmy. Not long after that, here come the girls. I remember visiting with them often on that parking lot. When I made Officer I worked over near Highland Court. Jim and Linda lived at 11th and Adams. When we would be on midnights, I\'d get a call to her house about every other night to a prowler. I\'d switch over to another channel and tell Jim that I\'d let him know once I got to his house. Jim always worked deep east. I\'d get there, check around the house and everything would be OK. Linda always managed to have fresh cookies, cake, or pie ready for us when we finished the call. A few months back, I was home sick. Jim and Linda brought me a batch of her homemade cookies to the house. I hid them from Lisa and Hannah. Jim. Rest in Peace my friend.


 

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David R. Caldwell
June 10th, 1939 - June 30th, 2013 74 Years

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David R. Caldwell, 74



Lakeland: David R. Caldwell, 74, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL due to complications from sepsis. Born June 10, 1939 in Bradenton, FL, David was a lifelong Florida resident. A 1957 graduate of Manatee County High School, David served in the U.S. Navy, and careered in industrial refrigeration with Fruit Growers Express Company, Crowley Maritime Corporation, and Publix Supermarkets. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Agnes Caldwell of Palmetto, FL and brother Marvin Caldwell of Ludowici, GA. Survived by his wife, Charlene Williams Caldwell, son, Scott Caldwell, brother William J. “Billy” Caldwe... Read more

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Ernie Haynes on July 1st, 2013 - 3:28 pm said:
Rest in peace, David. You'll be missed.


 

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Richard Loring Booth
January 15th, 1951 - June 27th, 2013 62 Years

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Richard Booth
U.S. Coast Guard Officer (retired)


Lakeland: Richard Loring Booth, 62, of Lakeland, died on June 27, 2013 from heart failure. Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 15, 1951. He moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1963. Richard graduated from Lakeland High School and the University of Florida. He served in the United States Coast Guard for twenty years and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, under the Troops to Teachers Program, he taught science at Mulberry Middle School for five years. Currently, Richard was working as an Environmental Specialist for the Tampa Port Authority.

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Dan on July 8th, 2013 - 1:44 pm said:
I am sorry for our loss, Dick will be missed by family and friends. He was my surrogate grief counselor. He saw I was in need and helped. I\'m sure he met Saint Peter with a smile and had him doing push- ups.

Bill Lofgren on July 3rd, 2013 - 4:34 pm said:
Deepest condolences on the death of Richard and apologies for this late response. I worked with Richard on the LEPC and found him dedicated and committed to any task we undertook. He will be missed by the maritime community.

Chuck on July 3rd, 2013 - 5:54 am said:
So sorry to hear about Dick, just know that those we lose continue living in the hearts of those who loved him.

Joe Kowalski on July 2nd, 2013 - 12:03 pm said:
I extend my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Dick. It was a shock to learn of his passing. I worked with Dick many years on various permit applications at the Port. He was always very professional and ready to assist with a common sense approach on many difficult permit issues. He will be greatly missed by many and never forgotten. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Miriam Roark on July 2nd, 2013 - 11:31 am said:
I will always remember Dick\'s laugh. He was one of the first co-workers to make me feel right at home at the Tampa Port Authority. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rebecca Valone on July 2nd, 2013 - 8:09 am said:
My heartfelt condolences , I will deeply miss my \" Gator Fan\" , my thoughts and prayers are with you , Dick was a good,honorable man.

Denis Crnolatas on July 2nd, 2013 - 8:07 am said:
I worked with Dick for years at the Tampa Port Authority. Many, many times eating lunch in our breakroom not knowing what subject would come up that day, but what ever the subject, Dick always had a way to make it funny and make us laugh. We will miss him very much. We are very sorry for your loss. Go Gators....

Greg Lovelace on July 1st, 2013 - 8:51 pm said:
Dear Booth Family, words cannot express the sadness I feel for your loss. I was fortunate to work with Dick and had lunch with him often. He was an honorable man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed.

Mike Seifert on July 1st, 2013 - 9:17 am said:
Dear Booth Family, I worked with your loved one for the past 8 years, and I will miss him dearly. Please take solace in knowing that he is in God\'s arms now. I pray for your peace and serenity in this tough time... - Mike

Suzanne Coopr on July 1st, 2013 - 9:04 am said:
Dear Booth Family - I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing! I enjoyed working with him on the Hillsborough River TAC and in permitting. He was a diligent professional and will be sorely missed. You will be in my prayers.

Nancy Marino on July 1st, 2013 - 6:07 am said:
Dear Marilyn & Family, I enjoyed working with Dick. He always had such a good attitude and was so proud of his family. My heart aches for you. I\'m so sorry for your loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Nancy

Amy Torguson on June 30th, 2013 - 7:09 am said:
I am so sorry to hear about your your unexpected loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family throughout this difficult time.

Bridget Y. on June 29th, 2013 - 6:38 pm said:
Steve, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You, Gwynne, your Mom, and Emily are in my prayers. -Bridget


 

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Polly Penn Forehand
November 27th, 1929 - June 24th, 2013 83 Years

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Polly Penn Forehand, 83
Registered Nurse

Lakeland – Polly Penn Forehand was born on November 27, 1929 in Paducah, KY and passed away on June 24, 2013 due to a stroke.
She and her family moved to Lakeland in 1936. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Penn, her mother, Mary Elizabeth Penn, and her devoted husband of sixty three years, Cooper Forehand, Jr.
She was a loving mother to Ann Cooper Forehand, Mary Elizabeth Forehand Geary, Foster Hicks Forehand (Nancy), and Kay Forehand Betz. She had three wonderful grandchildren she loved very much, Patrick Neil Geary, Laura Cooper Geary, and Kim Reynolds-Gier (David). She will be missed dearly by her brother, Buddy Penn, sister-i... Read more

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Dottie Marie Reed
May 19th, 1927 - June 22nd, 2013 86 Years

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Dorothy “Dottie” Marie Reed, 86
Sales Associate – Bernice’s

Lakeland – Dottie Marie Reed passed away on June 22, 2013 due to cancer. She was born May 19, 1927 to John and Sadie Goette in Lakeland, FL. She lived her entire life in Lakeland.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husbands, John Skipper and Scott Reed; brother, Buck Goette;
sisters, Rose Fox and Inez Yoho;
She is survived by, son, Steve Skipper and his wife Joyce Skipper; sisters, Frances McKenzie and Betty Berry (Bill);boyfriend, Charlie Soffel; Including, too many friends and family members to name individually.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 25, Visitation 9:30 – 10 am with service at 10 at Hea... Read more

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Mary S. Noranbrock
May 22nd, 1920 - June 21st, 2013 93 Years

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Mary S. Noranbrock 93
State Farm Insurance



Mary S. Noranbrock died Friday June 21 at Oakbridge Healthcare Center.

She worked for State Farm for over 25 yrs. in the records department.
She was a” Sweet Adeline’s “and a member of the Polk County Organ Club.
She is preceded in death by her Husband Charles.
She is survived by daughter –Kathleen Hickey Lakeland, son Tom Noranbrock ( Rosie) of Atlanta, GA., 4 grandchildren ,4 Great-grand.
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Esther Concepcion Lopez
December 8th, 1929 - June 20th, 2013 83 Years

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Esther Concepcion Lopez

Esther Concepcion Lopez passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013 of heart failure.

Esther was born 12/8/1929 in Florida Camaguey, Cuba. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was affectionately referred to as “Lela”. She will be missed by all of those she touched with her charismatic personality, beauty and love of family.

Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Oswald Fernando Lopez (Nov. 15, 2011), her son, Warren Daniel Lopez (Dec. 3, 2006) and her brothers Carlos del Toro and Orlando del Toro. She is survived by three sons, Oswald (Marcia), Freddy (Robin), Richey (Marti), daughter-in-law, Lydia; her brothers, Roberto ... Read more

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Thomas J. Chindamo
July 26th, 1962 - June 20th, 2013 50 Years

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Thomas J. Chindamo, 51, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Thomas was born to Michael and Lee Chindamo in Long Island, New York. He graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, with a B.S. in Business and a minor in Electronics. For most of his professional life, Thomas worked in the Aeronautical Electronics industry.

Thomas was a very accomplished drummer and studied with world-renowned drum instructors Al Miller and Dom Famularo. He was also the drummer for noted recording artists Bruce Dedrick from The Free Design and for sister-in-law Claudia Chindamo of Spectrum BC.

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Dora Miest Garrett
September 5th, 1924 - June 16th, 2013 88 Years

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Dora Miest Garrett, 88
Homemaker

Dora Miest Garrett, devoted wife, beloved mother and grandmother passed away of heart failure on June 16, 2013.
Dora was born on September 5, 1924 to Herman and Berta Miest in Breslau, Germany.
She came to the United States with her parents in 1927 and became a citizen in 1946.
She married J. Gerald Garrett in 1950, moving to Lakeland, in 1961. They created a loving home for their three daughters and shared sixty three wonderful years together.
They were longtime members of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland and the BYKOTA Sunday School Class.
Dora is survived by her husband, Gerald: daughters, Lyndal (Ed) Lynn of Atlanta; Pamela DuBose of Lak... Read more

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Kathy Duff Bradley on January 18th, 2015 - 2:54 pm said:
What a wonderful person Dora was. Always smiling and a twinkle in her eyes. I can't ever remember when she wasn't smiling and I don't recall ever hearing her say a bad word about anyone or anything. My life is better for having known her. I have a permanent smile in my heart because of Dora and also grandma Meist. What fun they were!


 

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Deborah Ann Keith
July 12th, 1953 - June 9th, 2013 59 Years

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Deborah Ann Keith, 59


Lakeland: Deborah Ann Keith, 59, went to see her Lord Jesus on June 9, 2013 from complication of COPD. She was born on July 12, 1953 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was a devout Christian who loved and served her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Rev. Joel B. Keith; she is survived by her husband Barry and son and daughter in law Jay and Jennifer Keith. A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. ... Read more

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