Norma Zimola Clark, 94, of Trumbull, Conn., and Sun City Center, Fla., died on June 25, 2014, at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Brno, Czech Republic on June 24, 1920, and came to the United States in 1927.
Norma graduated from SUNY Oneonta, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s in education from the University of Bridgeport. She taught for more than 22 years at Jane Ryan School, Trumbull, Conn. She was a member of the Long Hill United Methodist Church, the Association of Retired Teachers of Conn., and the Tashua Knolls Women’s Golf 9 Holers.
In Sun City Center, she belonged to the American Association of University Women and the Caloosa Golf & Country Club 9 Holers.
Norma was predeceased by parents, William and Emily (Stubenvoll) Zimola, her beloved husband of 55 years, George Merle Clark, sisters Wilma Clairmont, Alma Snyder and Margaret Ford, and brother Emil Zimola. She is survived by daughter Marilyn Louise Moger and her husband Daniel, of Milford, Conn.; son Ronald Merle Clark and his wife Nancy, of Hopkinton, Mass.; grandchildren Valerie Moger and her husband Stephen Olivo, Darren Moger, Melissa Clark Dickinson and her husband Nicholas, and David Clark and his wife Sabrina; and five great-grandchildren — Ethan and Alice Olivo, Natalie Dickinson, Brayden and Kendall Clark. She is also survived by brother-in-law Harry Ford, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street in Trumbull, at 10 a.m. on July 9. A private burial will be held in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville, Maine, on July 10. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Long Hill United Methodist Church. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home in Trumbull. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mullinsfh.com.
Ethel Pauline Griffith, 89, of Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away June 23, 2014. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on December 3, 1924, to Dell Cena Kennard. She married Robert Griffith on March 19, 1956, and they were married for 56 years. She was a military wife and homemaker with a love for flowers, especially roses and gardenias, as well as a fondness for Chihuahuas.
She is survived by three children, Donna, Beverly and Gregg; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Saturday, June 28, at Sun City Center Funeral Home. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Connie Ilse Sara (née Ruttin) Marinchek, 84, of Sun City Center, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2014.
Born October 23, 1929, in Berlin, Germany, to Gertrude Gintz Ruttin and Walter Gintz, Connie immigrated during the Holocaust in 1939 to the United States with her mother, regrettably leaving her father behind.
Having traveled extensively and developed a successful career in real estate finance, Connie married her soul mate, Jack Andrew Marinchek, on January 23, 1965, in San Jose, Calif.
Connie and Jack lived in several cities, including Chicago; Clearwater, Houston and Sarasota. In recent years, Connie operated Priority1 Cruise & Tours and tutored at Wimauma Elementary School.
Connie was a passionate mother to Scott Michael Marinchek, adoring grandmother to Skyler John Wynne Marinchek, loving wife, grateful daughter, successful entrepreneur and ardent bridge player.
Connie attended Temples Emanu-El in Sarasota and Beth Israel in Sun City Center.
Connie is survived by her husband, son, grandson and cousins in Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Connie’s name to LifePath Hospice chaptershealth.org/giving/Donate-Now. Condolences are welcome at Condolences@Marinchek.com.
Josephine Afferica Parsons of Sun City Center, Fla., died June 1, 2014, at the age of 103 after a short illness. She was a woman of great spirit: a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, president of the local school board while her sons were in school, and an avid artist in retirement.
She was quick-witted and well-read, surrounding herself with books on physics and art. She was also opinionated and somewhat imperious, having great disdain for ill-fitting clothing and misused objective case pronouns. At her birthday celebrations, which became increasingly extravagant after she reached the age of 95, she would stand at the head of the table and regale her guests with the various excellent habits and personal attributes that contributed to her longevity: on occasion, it was the satisfaction of having raised three fine sons; another year, it was because she ate oatmeal every morning.
Mrs. Parsons was born in Providence, R.I., and spent most of her formative years in New Jersey. She graduated from Drake College in 1931 and continued her education at NYU, where she met Frederick G Parsons Jr., who was then an Army Air Corps flight instructor. They were married on July 18, 1943. After raising their sons, the Parsons retired to Sun City Center.
Mrs. Parsons is survived by her sons Rick and Bob; three beautiful granddaughters, Mekea Johnson, Ashley Cowen, and Amanda Parsons; five rambunctious great-grandchildren, Olivia and Audrey Johnson, and Kyra, Carter and Cooper Cowen; and her extended family Jay and Maureen Brickley. She was preceded in death by her husband and her beloved youngest son John.
In remembrance of her long and vibrant life, a funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center. Mass will be followed by a luncheon for family, friends and caretakers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mrs. Parsons’ favorite cause: the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 (at www.mcsf.org). Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.
In Loving Memory of
Edward L. Hoskins Jr.
July 3, 1980 – April 20, 2012
Mom, Grandma & Sons