Obituaries: March 30, 2017

William Goewey, Jr.

William Frost Goewey, Jr., 93 of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away peacefully in his sleep March 21, 2017. He was born in Albany, New York to William Frost Goewey, Sr. and Christina Florence Ernst Goewey. He attended North Nassau School and graduated from Averill Park Central High School. He graduated from the State University of New York in Cobleskill, N.Y. in 1941, majoring in animal husbandry and was a member of the Theta Gamma Fraternity.

Bill was a dairy farmer in West Sand Lake, N.Y and did custom work of hay bailing, threshing and milling at the sawmill. He retired in 1959 as a rural mail carrier in Rensselaer, N.Y. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, member of the Pagent of Steam in Canandaigua, N.Y. and the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club in Ft. Meade, Fla.

Bill has been a member of and active in several clubs within Sun City Center: Shuffleboard Club, SCC Audubon Society, Eagle Audubon Society, The Tennessee Club, Billiards Club, serving as Vice President of the Simmons Lake Association, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Bill enjoyed living on Simmons Lake and watching the birds. Many trips were taken with Audubon to view birds all around the State of Florida. He particularly enjoyed cruising and visited many countries throughout the world, including Europe, Holland, Central and South America, Antarctica and the Caribbean.

Bill married the former Doris Harriett Jordan in 1945. Bill and Doris moved to Sun City Center in 1993 where Doris passed away in 1999. Bill was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Henry Goebel and two grandchildren, Tara Espinosa and Eric Espinosa.

He is survived by his wife, Reba Inez Brinton whom he married in 2009; two sisters, Marion Gertrude (Warren) Wells and Alice Cornelia Goebel; five children, William Dudley Goewey, Suzanne Olive Filieau (and husband Dave), Ruth Gertrude Espinosa-Barone (and husband Joe), Grace Carolyn Bradley (and husband Donald), and Gisele Marie Pulver (and husband, Robert); seven grandchildren, Mark Goewey, Joe Goewey (and wife Becky), Karen and Katie Salisbury, Carolyn Mulheren (and husband Joe), Matthew and Zachery Pulver; and four great-grandchildren, Robert and Kayla Goewey and Jude and Noah Mulheren; and his four-legged feline buddies Max, Missy and Rascal who will miss Bill a lot.

Graveside services will be in Defreestville, N.Y. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.

Mae Noble McPhail Heininger

Mae Noble McPhail Heininger, 91, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at South Bay Hospital. She was born in Macon, Ga. Her parents were Tobert E. and Gladys Noble of Charlotte N.C. She was raised in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. and attended Salem College graduating in 1947 with a major in history.

She married Joseph Roger McPhail, III in Charlotte, N.C. on March 4, 1949. Joseph passed away in 2002. She is survived by her husband H.G. “Bo” Heininger; sons Roger McPhail and Robert McPhail; daughter-in-law Collette McPhail; daughter Mary Lynn McPhail Callen; and son-in-law Kenneth Callen. She had three grandchildren, Patricia Timper, Amanda Campbell, and Justin McPhail. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren.

She was a longtime member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir for many years. She was an avid golfer, dancer, and swimmer after moving here in 1990. She moved from her home on Berry Roberts Drive to Freedom Plaza in 2009 and married H.G. “Bo” Heininger in September 2011.

A memorial service was held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 27, 2017 with Rev. Mark Salmon officiating. Burial will be in Macon, Ga. at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd., SSC, FL 33573.

Kathryn J. Ritchie

Kathryn J. Ritchie, 67, of Kings Point Sun City Center, Fla. passed away on March 17, 2017. Kathy retired from Lowes in Brandon. She was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and moved to Sun City Center 10 years ago to be near her sister Pat. She started a Knowing Florida Wildlife group within Kings Point and had made many good friends doing what she loved. Her pictures can be found throughout Kings Point, and with many of her friends. She was a great photographer.

She will be cremated and taken home to Staten Island to be laid to rest with her Mom, Dad and younger brother. There will not be a service here in Florida. If desired, you can make a donation to the wildlife group of your choice in her memory.

Joan Louise Shaffer

Joan Louise Shaffer (nee Hipsley), 80, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away March 19, 2017. She was born in Erie, Pa.

She retired as a computer analyst and data processor for Tampa General Hospital. She was a member of the Genealogy Society. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Lawrence, Phillip and Edward Hipsley and by her two sisters, Linda and Pamela Hipsley. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Frederick C. Shaffer; three sons, Daniel F. (Karen E.) Shaffer, David R. Shaffer and Joseph A. Hipsley; her daughter, Diane Y. Primm; her sister, Karen (Charles) Nichols; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla. www.suncitycenterfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth Louise Stahley

Elizabeth Louise (Bette) Stahley, age 86, a resident of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on March 21, 2017 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla.  She was dearly loved by many friends and family, and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her four sons and their spouses, Todd (Mary) Stahley of Bartlesville, Okla., Tim (Linda) Stahley of State College, Pa., Scott (Iwona) Stahley of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Robert (Carla) Stahley of Odessa, Fla. She is also survived by five siblings, Marjorie  Massaro, Jeanne Cavaliere, John Redis, Mary Gregory and Susan Redis;  and 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Eric, Jeremy, Evan, Olivia, Ethan, Ian, Oksana, Sebastjan, Natasza, Natalya, and Nickolaj, as well as many loving nieces and nephews and one aunt, Lucille Toub.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Redis, her loving husband Marvin, one brother, Michael Redis, one sister, Alice Hevner, and a daughter, Beth Ann.

Bette spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, but moved to Florida in 1984.  She will be returned to Pennsylvania for services and burial. The family will receive relatives and friends at Maxwell Funeral Home in Renovo, Pa. Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Church Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Renovo, Pa. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either Bucktail Medical Center or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Renovo, Pa. or the American Heart Association.

Philip Vincent Volpe

Philip Vincent Volpe, age 85, of Sun City Center, formerly of Butler, Pa., passed away Friday evening, March 24, 2017, at LifePath Hospice in Ruskin.

Born in Butler, Pa. July 6, 1931, he was the son of the late Felice and Margaret Tiberi Volpe.

He was employed as a superintendent at Conrail. He retired in 1990 with 40 years’ service.

Philip was a member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Sun City Center and Saint Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Butler.

He was an avid golfer, bowler and gardener, and also belonged to the Elks Lodge in Ruskin.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Whipple Volpe; two sons, Philip Jay Volpe, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Thomas Ralph Volpe, of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Patricia Daugherty and her husband, Larry, of Center Township, Beaver County, Pa.; three sisters, Constance Ferrick and her husband, Charles, of Butler, Lucy Mudrick, of Butler, and Florence Stakor, of Butler; and six grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the Martin Funeral Home, Inc., 429 Center Avenue, Butler, on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. from Saint Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Avenue, Butler.

Burial will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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