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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 

Burial Options & Personalization

Funeral Burial Services Florida

The traditional funeral with pallbearers, visitation, and a memorial service that follows is the most commonly chosen service. A Heath hearse will transport the casket to the funeral site and cemetery for a burial or entombment. If you have selected cremation, you may take the ashes in a beautiful urn.

Traditional funerals involve more services, so they usually cost more. You can select from a variety of services that include the casket, flowers, embalming, dressing, room rentals and extra vehicles to transport family members. The costs of a cemetery plots or crypt are other options, but Heath can help with everything you need.

Things to think about:

  • Casket selection
  • Transfer of the deceased to our funeral home. Call us anytime, day or night. We have staff on duty 24/7 and we can help.
  • Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
  • Professional support and administrative staff assistance. We’ve got answers, checklists and information to help.
  • Death certificates and other paperwork to look for
  • Notifying relatives
  • Obituary information
  • Memory tables, bulletin boards and videos
  • Selecting the best fit for a visitation room and/or service
  • General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
  • Funeral service
  • Use of funeral coach
  • Limousine
  • Utility car
  • Special music
  • Registry book
  • Memorial folders or prayer cards
  • Acknowledgment cards

You may want to have a special clergy or another family friend conduct the service. Family members often take part by giving a reading, singing or helping the clergy. It’s all part of celebrating a life well lived and a person well loved.

Why the Traditional Service is So Popular
A traditional service for burial, entombment or cremation is a way to get family, friends and associates together to remember, grieve−and celebrate a life well lived. Whatever service style you prefer, it is the beginning of closure; it is the emotional side of accepting that someone we love is gone.

Direct Burial
You may prefer to have the burial shortly after death. We offer simple containers, and because there is no viewing or visitation, no embalming is required. You choose whether to have a memorial service. Costs include the basic service fee as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt.

Green Burials
Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to offer families the option of a green burial. We are a member of the Green Burial CouncilHeath is the only funeral home in Polk County to be recognized as a green funeral home and the first funeral home in the state of Florida to have obtained the Council’s highest standard of “Three Leafs.” If you or a loved one is interested in a green burial, call us at 863-682-0111 or our toll free number (800) 330-0111. Click here to learn more about green burials.

Cremation
A growing number of people choose cremation, today. The reasons are widespread, and include preferring to spend less on a funeral, leave more to family or charity, wanting to support the “green” environmental concerns of future land scarcity and more. It’s an option, it’s personal, and the choice is yours.

Obituaries

Daniel Joseph Giannini

July 13th, 1932 - March 4th, 2015 82 Years

Obit pic 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... Read more

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Walter D. Traitor

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

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

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Carol Asbill

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

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

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David Wayne Cahill

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

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

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Jane Marie Strickland

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

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

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Virginia Lucille Haubry

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

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

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George Kalivas

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

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

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Evan Gregory Gardner

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

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

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RICHARD F. "DICK" LEIS

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

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

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Luis A. DeJesus

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

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

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Giovanna Rolfi Scharar

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

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

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Carmen L. McNeill

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

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

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Possibilties for Positive Aging

Margaret Welsh

5:30 pm
March 19, 2015

Community Relations Representive
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5:30 pm
May 21, 2015

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