Obituaries: June 4, 2015

Published on: June 3, 2015

Anne L. Madden

Anne L. Madden, 56, of Ruskin, arrived for her divine appointment with her Creator and Savior on May 28, 2015. She passed peacefully of pancreatic cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband, David Madden; son Richard Ponton; sisters Lynn Dalton and Carol Jackson; and brother Vance Blakely.

Anne served her country in the Army for eight years in both the Transportation and Military Intelligence Corps. Following her military career, she was the owner of Frame Crafters and the Blue Ibis Art Gallery in Ruskin for 16 years. As a member of many civic and county organizations, Anne was a determined advocate for her local community, with a special place in her heart for children and the disadvantaged.

Anne served on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board of Directors, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the SouthShore Arts Council, the SouthShore Roundtable Board of Directors, and the South Bay Hospital Board of Directors.

Most recently, Anne was fulfilling her purpose at the Good Samaritan Mission. She was the voice of the Mission in the surrounding community, continually striving to inform and educate people about the Mission and its vision.

A celebration of life for Anne will be held at the Good Samaritan Mission, 14920 Balm Wimauma Road, Wimauma, at 11 a.m.  Saturday, June 6, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Mission, Moffitt Cancer Center or LifePath Hospice.

Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Helen Malay

Helen Malay, 89, of Riverview, Fla., passed away May 31, 2015. She was a member of Saint Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Malay.

Survivors include sons Charles Michael (Lorri) Malay and Ralph Michael (Debbie) Malay; daughters Deborah Joyce (Alfred) Dahma and Donna Lynn (William) Parker; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Saint Anne Catholic Church. Interment at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in Brandon.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Harry Miller

Harry A. Miller passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015, in Sun City Center, Fla. He was 96.

Harry was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Bethlehem, Pa., to John J. and Margaret (Dixon) Miller.  Two years after graduating from Liberty High School in 1937, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Intrepid during World War II.  He graduated from Moravian College in 1948 and, on November 19, 1949, married Pearl M. Hess in Bethlehem.

After earning his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Harry was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 30 years, until his retirement in 1982.  He moved to Sun City Center, where he made many friends and enjoyed a happy retirement playing golf and spending time with family.

Preceded in death by his wife Pearl in 2004, he will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Barbara (William Thompson) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Carolyn (Steven) Rose of Allentown, Pa.; and Jan (Bruce) Maderic of Glendale, Ariz.; grandchildren Amanda Maderic of Austin, Texas, and Ryan (Megan) Maderic of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-granddaughter Alison Maderic and sister Marjory Gerbino of Kutztown, Pa.

Services will be held in Bethlehem at a later date.


Walter William Spain

Walter William Spain, 99, passed away peacefully on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at LifePath Hospice House in Sun City Center, Fla. Born April 11, 1916 in Orange, N.J., he resided in South Orange, N.J., for many years before retiring from the Prudential Insurance Company after 45 years as a research consultant.

He moved to Sun City Center in 1982 with his wife, Jeannette Rapier Spain, who predeceased him after 63 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Walter T. and Claire A. Spain, his brothers William R. (“Billy”) and Richard F. Spain, and sister Claire M. Spain.

He was a founding member and trustee for the new South Orange Public Library, dedicated in 1969; president of the South Orange Citizens for Responsive Government action committee and active in the Republican Club.

In Sun City Center, he was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, the Sun City Center Men’s Club, and he presided over the Kiwanis blood pressure clinic for many years. He also loved to tinker in his garage with his tools.

He is survived by daughters Stephanie R. and son-in-law Eugene Coppola of New Jersey; Jacqueline C. Gardiner of Florida; and Victoria J. Spain of Massachusetts; grandchildren Michael and Victoria Coppola of New Jersey; plus nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Comfort Keepers and their caregivers for their help during the past six years.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to LifePath Hospice.

Arrangements by National Cremation & Burial Society, Ruskin, Fla.

Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery in Orange, N.J.