Obituaries: April 6, 2017

Barbara Keller Harrison

Barbara Keller Harrison, 93, a former resident of Hyde Park, N.Y., died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born May 21, 1923, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to Charles and Caroline Keller. On September 6, 1942, she married Stephen J. Harrison, who predeceased her in 2012.

Barbara graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in 1941, the very first graduating class of the “new” high school in Hyde Park. As a young student of dance, she was proud to have performed for President Franklin Roosevelt.

Barbara was employed for several years at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., first as a bookkeeper, then as an attendant at Hillcrest for children with autism.

Barbara is survived by a daughter Fern Kaelber, Hyde Park, N.Y.; son Stephen Harrison and wife Jean, Sun City Center Fla.; daughter-in-law Sharon Leimer and husband Fred, Florida; grandchildren Charlene and Andrew Lancaster, Connecticut; George and Betsy Kaelber, New York; Charles and Jennifer Harrison, New York; Theodore Marsh,New York; Catherine Smith, Florida; Susan and Matthew Leyshon, Florida.; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Barbara was predeceased by a daughter Barbara Dawn Marsh in 1988; a son Charles J. Harrison in 2004; brothers Albert, Herbert and Charles Keller; and a sister Angela Savage. Cremation has taken place in Florida. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Linden Richard Himburg, Jr.

Linden Richard Himburg, Jr., 71, of Sun City Center, formerly of Van Wert, Ohio, died Monday, March 20, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Vibbert; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Heather Himburg; mother, Lillian Chesbro; sister, Julie Mergy; brother, David Himburg; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Evelyn, Cole and Lilly.

A private ceremony celebrating his life was held on March 30 and 31. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Henry Knittel

Henry “Hank” Knittel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and friend to more people than one can count — passed away on March 20, 2017. Hank was born November 5, 1919, in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., to Henry and Margaret Knittel. He married Victoria, the love of his life, three weeks after Pearl Harbor.  They had been dating for several years before their engagement, and decided to get married before he was drafted and shipped off to war. Their engagement was just long enough to allow for the reading of three bans of marriage at their Catholic church.

They were surrounded by family when they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on January 5th, this year. Theirs was a long and happy marriage that was filled with family, friends, dancing, card games, golf, reading, travel, and lots of love and laughter.

Hank served in the U.S. Army’s 818th Engineer Battalion during World War II. He built airplane-landing strips in England before landing with his battalion on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus 10. He fought in the European theater of the war, and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1945.

Although Hank was one of the most easygoing and agreeable people you would ever meet, he absolutely refused to take his children camping. Three years of sleeping in tents during the war was, for him, enough camping for a lifetime.

He had a long and successful 35-year career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City where he started in the mailroom and retired as AVP of Pension Trust.  He and Victoria raised their three children — Henry, Jr. (Bud), Jackie and Richard in Franklin Square, Long Island, N.Y. They then moved to Connecticut to be closer to children and grandchildren.  They loved their years in Connecticut.

They moved to Sun City Center, Fla., in 1986 where they enjoyed a long and happy retirement. He was, perhaps, Chase’s oldest pensioner at 97 years old.

Hank was one of the kindest, wisest, most centered, and most joyful people you will ever meet.  He was a wonderful, living example of how to live. His family will carry this example and these sweet memories with them for the rest of their lives. His memory is truly a blessing to them and to all of those whom he touched.

In addition to his wife, Victoria, Hank is survived by his three children, Bud (Kathy), Jackie (Chuck), and Richard, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral mass and celebration of Hank’s life will be at noon Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center, Fla. Private interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Irene Peterzak

In the early morning of March 30th, Irene Peterzak, 89, was greeted in heaven by two of her children, Kathleen and Michael, as well as her brother Ed.  She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of almost 66 years, Eugene, her daughter Doreen, son Bryan, daughter-in-law Darlene, and three grandchildren Erin, Jacob, Tessa and fiancé Richmond.

If you knew Irene you knew she loved to cook and bake. Some of her specialties included traditional Polish pierogies and conga squares. She was also a lifelong believer in exercising to stay fit, enjoying everything from working out with Jack LaLanne, to swimming and tai chi.

Irene always loved to travel, and especially loved taking cruises to exciting places. She traveled the world with Eugene and was always looking forward to her next big trip.

The grandkids will never forget donuts with Grandma for breakfast, as well as their trips to Disney together. Time spent together with family was always special for Irene, and everyone adored her.

If anyone lived a full and beautiful life it was Irene. We will never forget how she touched so many lives, and she will continue to live in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe, 16650 U.S. 301, Wimauma,FL 33598.

Per Irene’s request, services will be private. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at https://www.nationalcremation.com/location/ruskin.

Elizabeth Ann Wootten

Elizabeth Ann Wootten (lovingly known as Ann), daughter and only child of Reverend Willard Wootten and Reba Adeline Croswell Wootten skipped off the planet on March 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Sun City Center, Florida.

Ann was born in Tilgham, Maryland and grew up to become a 7th grade teacher at Newark High School in Newark, Delaware for 35 years. She resided in Newark until her retirement when she moved to Bay View Park and eventually to Florida.

She lived in Kings Point, Sun City Center, Florida with her dear cousin, Elinor Short for many years. In 2016, she moved into the Sun Towers Independent Living Center.

In her words, Ms. Wootten said, “It’s been a great life, and I have possibly outlived many of my students.”

Ms. Wootten leaves multitudes of good friends and her adopted daughter, Rev. Nichia Maralyn Colman Ackerman.

Her message to all who survive her is, “Continue playing on this precious planet, just as I did!”

Ann Wootten has requested that there be no funeral or memorial services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to WEDU Television on her behalf; to donate, visit http://tinyurl.com/lkndz4v.