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Stephen Evano | September 2nd, 1926 - April 23rd, 2015 88 Years

Stephen Evano, 88 Cabinet Maker Lakeland: Stephen Evano, 88, of Lakeland, died on April 23, 2015. He was born on September 2, 1926 in Central City, Pennsylvania. Mr. Evano was an Army veteran of World War II. He owned and operated his own custom cabinet shop and was a very talented sculptor. He also was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edythe; 2 Sons Bruce and his girlfriend ... Read more

Tracy Anne Selph Matheos | September 4th, 1962 - April 21st, 2015 52 Years

Tracy Anne Selph Matheos, 52 Registered Nurse Lakeland - Tracy Anne Selph Matheos, 52, of Lakeland, died peacefully at home due to health complications on April 21, 2015. She had a deep love of God and Jesus Christ and led many in that same direction. She was born on September 4, 1962, in Thousand Oaks, CA. She was a registered nurse and graduated from Polk Community College with an Associate in Science degree. Tracy was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lakeland. Trac ... Read more

Flora Pfeifer | April 6th, 1918 - April 17th, 2015 97 Years

Flora Pfeifer, 97 Professor Lakeland - Flora Pfeifer, age 97, a resident of Carpenter’s Estates in Lakeland, FL passed away on April 17, 2015. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 2 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel, 328 South Ingraham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, 33801. Her grandson Dr. Scott Moore will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Heath Funeral Chapel. Flora was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 6, 1918. She was an undergraduate of Ashla ... Read more

Rosemary P. Hudson | January 23rd, 1935 - April 16th, 2015 80 Years

Rosemary P. Hudson Lakeland - Rosemary P Hudson was born Jan 23 1935 to Earl and Mildred Phillips, Alliance Ohio. Upon graduation from high school, was accepted to Ohio State University, but instead chose to enter the USAF where she served at Scott AFB and then, Brooks AFB in San Antonio TX, It was there she met and brought back to earth the high flying pilot, and she and George were married on August 20, 1955. They made their first home in Narberth, PA. His business career took them ... Read more

Kathryn Pennington Wynn | August 3rd, 1929 - April 15th, 2015 85 Years

Kathryn Pennington Wynn, 85 Lakeland- Mrs. Kathryn Pennington Wynn passed away on April 15, 2015 at Azalea Park. She was born August 3, 1929 in Lake Wales, Florida . Kathryn was a member of Parkview Baptist Church. Kathryn is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, George LaVern Wynn, and son, Dennis L. Wynn. Survivors include son, Norris L. and Donna Wynn, Verona, WI, daughter, Janet W. and Ed Baskin, Carrollton, GA., 4 grandchildren, Melinda Walker, Justin Wynn, Stewart W ... Read more

Opal E. Raulerson | February 29th, 1928 - April 14th, 2015 87 Years

Opal E. Raulerson, 87 of Lakeland died 4/14/2015. Services Friday 4/17/2015 at 11 am New Home Baptist Church, visitation one hour prior. Heath Funeral Chapel ... Read more

Rubert Waldemar Prevatt | May 15th, 1925 - April 13th, 2015 89 Years

Rubert Waldemar Prevatt, 89 Retired FSC Professor Lakeland - Dr. Rubert Prevatt passed away at home with family, of natural causes, on April 13, 2015. He was 89. Born on May 15, 1925 in Seville, Florida, he grew up working with his family in their citrus grove, and there began his love of plants and soil. Prevatt earned three degrees from the University of Florida, his BS, Masters and PhD. During this time he worked for Dr. Phillips in Orlando and had a brief stint at Cornell Universi ... Read more

John Allen Green | June 8th, 1944 - April 11th, 2015 70 Years

John Allen Green, 70 Welder Lakeland – John Allen Green died at home on April 11, 2015. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8, 1944. John retired from USEC in Paducah, Kentucky in 2004. He moved to Lakeland in 2006 and worked at Manheim Auto Auction. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Wright Green and father, Roy Thomas Green. John is survived by his wife, Kathi Reason Green; his two children, Corey Green (Melanie) and Kristen Green Johnson (Benji); his two grandchildr ... Read more

SHARON ROSE ALCORN | August 8th, 1950 - April 10th, 2015 64 Years

SHARON ROSE ALCORN (64) Lakeland, FL Sharon Rose Alcorn, age 64 of Lakeland, went home to be with Jesus in the evening of Friday, April 10, 2015 at Winter Haven Hospital following a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born to the late Philip and Delilah Green on August 8, 1950 in Du Quoin, Illinois, but was proud to have called Lakeland home since 1983. Sharon graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Path ... Read more

Dennis Michalski | November 7th, 1945 - April 8th, 2015 69 Years

Dennis Michalski, 69 LAKELAND - Dennis Michalski, 69, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Born in Chicago, IL on November 7, 1945, to Henry and Sophie Michalski, Dennis was a retired Chemist. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Michalski; his daughters Julie Michalski-Kovacs and Susan LeFrancois; sons-in-law Ben LeFrancois and Stephen Kovacs; grandchildren Madison LeFrancois, Peyton LeFrancois and Evelyn Kovacs; his sisters Charmaine Schneider, Joan Hemker and Phyllis Kirse; and hi ... Read more

Julio E. “Rick” Ricart | May 10th, 1934 - April 6th, 2015 80 Years

Julio E. “Rick” Ricart, 80, passed away April 6, 2015. He was born in Santo Domingo, DR as the youngest of three siblings and moved to New York, NY as a young boy. He was a natural born student and loved learning about the world around him, including mastering 5 languages and becoming a US Citizen. As a young man he was an amateur boxer before going to work for KLM Airlines and Sabena Airlines. It was while he was there that he discovered a passion for sending people to Israel, Egypt ... Read more

Robert Louis Lobdell | January 26th, 1926 - April 6th, 2015 89 Years

Robert (Bob) Louis Lobdell died April 6, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Tampa surrounded by his adoring family. He was born in Dunham Hollow, New York but resided in Florida for almost 68 years. He is survived by his loving wife Sue of 67 years, his beloved children Rodney Lobdell (Sharon), Cindy Douma (Jan), Gregory Lobdell (Susan), Sherry Bigelow (Gilbert), Mary Lobdell and Robert Lobdell (Melanie). Also survived by 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was a Marine Corp veteran of Wo ... Read more

Ted L. Keller | May 10th, 1946 - April 5th, 2015 68 Years

Ted L. Keller, 68 Ted L Keller was born in White City, Kansas, May 10, 1946, passed away April 5, 2015 of natural causes. He was one of three children, Ted L Keller, Grady K Keller, Brad Keller. Ted worked his entire life in the Mechanical contracting field specializing in heavy industrial/boilers. He is survived by his three sons, Bud Keller, Hubble Keller and Billy Keller, he had six grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.heathfuneralchapel.com ... Read more

Brian Churchill Everhart | February 13th, 1954 - April 4th, 2015 61 Years

Brian Churchill Everhart was born in Norristown, PA on February 13, 1954. He was the son of William and Norma Everhart, both deceased. He was one of four children: Lynn Nations of Winter Haven; Billiy Everhart (Becky) of Winter Haven; and Bonnie Sawyer of San Diego, CA. Brian was a born musician and played many instruments, but chiefly drums and trumpet. He played trumpet with the PCC orchestra, the Florida Camerata, the Messiah Association, The Lake Wales Chorale, and many others. Brian was als ... Read more

 
 

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Mari C. Fielding, M.D.
July 7th, 1954 - August 10th, 2013 59 Years

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Mari C. Fielding, M.D., 59

Lakeland-Mari passed away at her home on Saturday, August 10, 2013 of heart failure.
Mari was born in Lakeland, Florida July 7, 1954.
Following graduation from Lakeland High School in 1972 she attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a music scholarship.
She was a member of the Golden Eagles marching band where she played the coronet.
She was also on the varsity tennis team. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters in Athletic Administration and Coaching in 1978.
She was a teacher and Athletic Director at Hattiesburg Preparatory School focusing on tennis and other sports.
It was then that she made a decision to attend medical school.
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Patrick Bowers on November 4th, 2013 - 11:43 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mari's friends and family. I have fond memories of Mari and I playing tennis at my apartment complex during medical school. She would occasionally let me beat her:) She was always so quiet, gentle and nice. We lost touch after medical school, but I will always fondly remember her as a friend.

Lolly Renfroe on October 7th, 2013 - 7:58 pm said:
So sorry for your loss. I remember so many fun days spent at your house on Prado. Love, Lolly

Robert Moots on August 13th, 2013 - 9:35 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mari\'s family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for your time and dedication to LHS tennis, your efforts are appreciated.


 

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Rita Rose Berger
January 1st, 1925 - August 9th, 2013 88 Years

Rita Rose Berger passed away on August 9, 2013. She was born on January 1, 1925 in Bronx, New York to Jack and Helene Abrevaya. Rita taught elementary school for many years.
Rita is survived by her son, Carl and his wife Patricia; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on August 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, Florida.... Read more

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April Robbins on August 11th, 2013 - 1:09 pm said:
Mrs Berger was my teacher at John Cox back in the late 60\'s and she was a huge influence on my life. Mrs. Berger taught us the value of a person by who they are and not by the color of their skin. She was way ahead of every adult I knew at that time in that respect. Her obituary deserves to be more than 3 lines...she was much more than that.


 

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Ofelia A. Carralero
November 30th, 1924 - August 5th, 2013 88 Years

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Homemaker

Lakeland- Mrs. Ofelia A. Carralero died on August 5, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of respiratory failure. She was born November 30, 1924 in Holguin, Cuba. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mrs. Carralero was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Crescencio Carralero. Survivors include daughter, Nelda Vidal, Lakeland, 3 grandsons and 5 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday August 8, 2013 from 5-7 pm at the Tribute Center of Heath Funeral Chapel and funeral services will be held on Friday August 9, 2013 at 10:00 am at Heath Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park.
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Sandra Rivas on May 16th, 2014 - 3:22 am said:
My condolences to your family. My mother is Carmen Carralero born in Holguin Cuba 1933 I would like to know if Ms. Ofelia was my aunt?

Elia Carralero on September 14th, 2013 - 3:09 pm said:
Sentimos mucho tan irreparable perdida


 

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William E Soper
October 21st, 1932 - August 4th, 2013 80 Years

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Lakeland - William E. "Bill" Soper, 80, was born October 21, 1932 in Hammond, NY and passed away on August 4, 2013 due to heart failure.
He was a carpenter. William is survived by his wife, Shirley, sons, Kevin and Kris Soper, daughter, Kimberly Muse, nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and his brother, Donald Soper. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 8 from 10-11 am at Heath Funeral Chapel with a service to follow at 11 am. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. ... Read more

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Yati S. Patel
September 19th, 1988 - August 3rd, 2013 24 Years

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Yati Patel passed away on August 3, 2013 due to an auto accident. Yati was born on September 19, 1988 in Lusaka, Zambia. She came to the US in 1997 with her family.
She graduated from USF with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yati was working on completing her master’s degree and obtaining her CPA licensing while working at Polk State College as an accounting specialist.
Yati always greeted you with a smile and loved life. She was filled with joy and happiness. She was adored by all who knew her.
Yati was deeply spiritual and loved to meditate. We will miss her forever.
A funeral service will be held on August 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel.
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Cindy Monk on August 11th, 2013 - 9:07 am said:
My prayers are with all who are hurting including my own heart - Yati will be missed. I am forever changed for having her in my life. Love and miss you my sweet you g friend. 💝

Sai,Jigna, Tithi and Poojan Raval on August 8th, 2013 - 9:17 am said:
Dear Shaileshbhai, Naynaben and Nikesh I know that we all be traumatised over the tragic loss of young Yati. We were all devastated when we received the news. My family want you to know that we are thinking about you and here to help if you need us.You all are in our prayers. She had such a happy bubbly personality. it is hard to accept we won’t hear that infectious laugh again. She certainly will never be forgotten. She brought such joy to everyone around her. It must be a comfort to have your families around you. Our family is with you in this hard time and we pray to the god allmighty that we all get strength and courage to accept this reality of the life. SAI & JIGNA RAVAL, Atlanta

Jos Thomas on August 8th, 2013 - 7:09 am said:
My deepest sympathy and prayers.


 

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Ruth Catherine Smith
December 11th, 1924 - July 26th, 2013 88 Years

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Ruth Catherine Smith, 88
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Lakeland-Ruth Catherine Smith was born on December 11, 1924 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and passed away on July 26, 2013 in Lakeland, FL due to a stroke. Ruth was the loving wife of Hilbert Smith who passed away in 2003. She is survived by her four children: Gary Smith and wife, Pat; Barbara Lineberger; Patricia Ehrle and husband, Ken; Beverly Rousseau and husband, William; five grandchildren: Kyle Lineberger and wife, Kristin; Craig Blackburn; Ryan Lineberger and wife, Jessica; Katie Rousseau and Beth Rousseau; one great-grandchild, Simone Lineberger. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her role as family matriarch. Rut... Read more

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Patrick John Iannone
September 14th, 1934 - July 26th, 2013 78 Years

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Patrick John Iannone, 78

Lakeland - Patrick Iannone passed away peacefully July 26, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

Patrick was born in 1934 in New York where he graduated from Power Memorial Academy, after which he served in the Army from 1956 to 1958. He relocated to Florida in 1959 where he met the love of his life, Marie. They were married in 1960 and spent 50 happy years together in Lakeland.

Patrick was a production operator for the phosphate industry. He was friendly and helpful to everyone he knew. He enjoyed helping out his son at a local auction house and was a joy to everyone around him. He was an avid sports fan, especially footbal... Read more

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Theodora W.Safford
February 20th, 1918 - July 23rd, 2013 95 Years

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Theodora Viola “Pat” Wood Edwards Safford, 95

Pat Safford passed away July 23, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Hospital from complications of a stroke.
Pat was born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 20, 1918 to Edward B. Wood and Viola Louise Schermeir Wood.
The family moved to Lakeland in 1926 and lived here until her death.
Upon arriving in Lakeland, she joined All Saints’ Episcopal Church where she served 30 years on the Altar Guild, and was a member of the Vestry and St. Margaret’s Guild.
She graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1936 where she was a cheerleader and Salutatorian of her class.
As a graduate of the Florida Southern Class of 1940, she was a member of A... Read more

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Charlene D. Greene
February 5th, 1925 - July 23rd, 2013 88 Years

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Charlene Greene, 88



Lakeland - Born on February 5, 1925 in Murphy, NC, Charlene Dare Bowles Greene "danced" into heaven on July 23, 2013. Her death was due to cancer. Her early years were challenged by attending 12 schools; however, she met the challenge and excelled in scholastics, made great friendships & developed a strong creative flair. Her life was a picture of inspiration & determination.
Married for 68 years to Charles H. Greene she is survived by her 4 children: Joy & Muts Yasumura, New York. Jack Greene, Houston. James Greene & Jeff Greene, Lakeland, 4 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren.
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Dennis and Sheryl Hollingsworth on July 26th, 2013 - 1:41 pm said:
\"Dittos\" to all said in the Obit. I witnessed most all of this from Boy Scouts, College Heights, Sertoma awards. What a true servant to the Lord. Well done Charlene, well done. Your faith and service will be rewarded. Amen!

Lynn&Bob Dewey on July 26th, 2013 - 12:04 pm said:
Charlene was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many.


 

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Rhea Theresa Miller
July 29th, 1932 - July 19th, 2013 80 Years

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Rhea Theresa Miller, 80
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Lakeland – Rhea Theresa Miller, 80, was born July 29, 1932 and passed away on July 19, 2013 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Rhea resided in Lakeland but was formerly from Polk City for 33 years. She was a homemaker, a loving wife of 63 years and also a wonderful mother.
Rhea is preceded in death by her son, Keith R. Miller.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Miller, son, Richard Lee Miller, daughter, Lynne Miller Penzien, son, Robin K. Miller, daughter, Sue Miller Hogan, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
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Sherry M. Miller on August 9th, 2014 - 3:16 pm said:
I loved Rhea very much. I will always remember her with love. She was my mother-in law for over twenty-one years and we all ways had wonderful times together. I really missed her when she left Mo. I was praying for her and wished that I could have seen her when I came back to Florida. She was very good to me and I will all ways cherish her and remember her forever. I love you Rhea.


 
 
 

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