Obituaries: April 20, 2017

Mary Margaret Cornett-Bohon

Mary Margaret (MM) Cornett Bohon, 88, passed away in Seattle on March 30, 2017 in the company of family. She was beloved by many friends. Mary Margaret was a painter and bridge player. She had a long career at the University of South Florida. Mary Margaret lived in Virginia until 1968 when the family moved to Florida. In 2007, she moved to Seattle.

Mary Margaret was married for 54 years to Sam Bohon, who died in 2000. She is survived by her sister Betty Keith and her three children Mary Ann Riley, Steve Bohon and Amy Noel, as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made in her memory to Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation www.providence.org/hosdonate.

Lois Lynch

Lois Lynch (nee Malstrom) formerly of Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Winter Park, Fla., passed away after a brief illness in Sun City Center, Fla. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. She is predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Helen Malstrom and her husband, John Lynch.

Lois leaves behind her two sons, Kevin (Paula) Lynch and Keith (Monique) Lynch and two beloved grandsons, Sean and Christian. She is survived by three brothers, Grant (Bea Bea) of Clearwater, Fla., and Garth (Carla) Malstrom and Greg (Kathy) Malstrom of Wheatfield, N.Y., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her family meant the world to her. Lois touched many people’s lives in her 20-plus years as a nurse. After retiring five years ago, she continued to make a difference as a volunteer on the SCC Emergency Squad. She was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center. In her down time, Lois loved to go dancing. Her family and friends will miss her dearly. We have many happy memories of good times together.

A Celebration of Life will be held in New York at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lifepath Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Mary O’Neill

Mary O’Neill, 75, died on Friday, April 7, 2017 at South Bay Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on March 29, 1942 in Middletown, N.Y., the first child for William and Grace Kunz. The family moved to Manchester, Conn. in 1956 where Mary attended high school. She then obtained a degree in dental hygiene from West Liberty State in West Virginia and returned to Manchester, Conn.  She married Martin O’Neill in Manchester in February 1965. They resided in Vernon, Conn., until retirement in late 2000.

She had two daughters, Laurie Newman (Doug) in Coventry, Conn., and Kathleen O’Neill in Sun City Center, Fla. She is also survived by her brother William (Libby) Kunz of Burlington, Vt., their children and grandchildren.

During her 52 years of marriage, with breaks for child-care, Mary worked about 29 years as a dental hygienist for a large dental practice in Manchester, Conn. Her patients and co-workers became her friends. The family spent many vacations and weekends about 80 miles north on Contoocook Lake in Rindge, N.H. The lake home was maintained for family gatherings until late 2003. Beginning in 1986, she also maintained a condo in Surfside Beach, S.C. used for numerous vacations until retirement.

As a local retiree, Mary enjoyed quilting, golf, travel, neighborhood activities and events of the New England Club in Kings Point. She was a devoted member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and participated for several years as a “culinary angel.” Mary was a loving and dutiful wife, homemaker and mother. She assisted her mom, who resides here in Sun City Center at the age of 100. She was a beautiful helpmate and the perfect counterpart for her husband’s tendency to be mechanical and analytical. She was a quiet but determined force for friendship, love and dedication to duty.

Expressions of shock, dismay, and sympathy, both local and from lifelong friends are overwhelming. Now we must carry on without her.

A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center at 11 a.m.

Mary’s ashes will reside at the Saint Bernard Abbey Cemetery in Cullman, Ala. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.nationalcremation.com/location/ruskin.

Loretta Robbins

Loretta Theresa Robbins, 87, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and previously from Sun City Center, Florida and Troy, Michigan, passed away early Thursday morning, April 13, 2017, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa.

Loretta’s body has been cremated, and there will be no services. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family; their number is 319-352-1187.

Aaron J. Varn, Sr.

Aaron Joseph Varn, Sr., 94, of Ruskin, Florida, born in Durant on November 30, 1922, entered into eternal rest on April 11, 2017. He was a veteran of the United States Merchant Marines having served in World War II, and was a retired engineer with Seaboard Coastline Railroad. He was a member of Destiny Church in Ruskin.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Cecile. He is survived by his children, Aaron Varn, Jr. (Christie) of Ruskin, and Susan Hagy of Sun City Center; grandchildren, Aaron Joseph Varn III (Tammy), Matthew Varn (Sandra), Tiffany Hagy, and Justin Varn (Brooke Adele); great-grandchildren, Ethan, Alex, Meagan, and Hailey; and brother Fredrick Varn (Celita) of Virginia.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m., at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 C.R. 39 S., Plant City, where the family will begin receiving friends at 10 a.m. Committal to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Plant City. A service dedicated to the Christian lives of Aaron and Cecile will be held on Sunday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Destiny Church, 2322 11th Ave. SE, Ruskin. Expressions of condolence at www.HopewellFuneral.com.