Obituaries August 10, 2017

Mary L. Grabowski

Mary L. Grabowski, 94, passed away on July 20, 2017 after a short illness.

She was born in Philadelphia Pa., June 27, 1923, the daughter of Nicolas and Mary Attubato.  She married the love of her life, John T. Grabowski, on June 27, 1942. Mary was predeceased by her husband John in 1974.

Mary worked as a bookkeeper for a local Philadelphia demolition company, Robert Hawthorne Inc., for 42 years.

In 1993 Mary relocated to Sun City Center, Fla. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church where she was Treasurer of the Singles Club. She volunteered with the Sun City Center Emergency Squad for over three years; served as Treasurer for the Club Manor POA Board of Directors; and was very active with the Sun City Center Mini Bus. Wherever the minibus traveled she was on it.

She loved the theatre, music concerts and places of local interest. Mary also loved to travel. She set foot on every continent, toured Europe in detail, traveled to Russia twice (once when it was still the Soviet Union), China, the Holy Lands and many of the scenic areas of the USA. She also loved to take cruises: the Trans-Atlantic, Mediterranean, Antarctica, Scandinavia, and trips to “nowhere” in the Caribbean.

Mary is survived by her son Thomas J. Grabowski (Bonnie) of Gulf Shores, Ala.; two grandchildren, Susan Marie Gagnon (Mark) and John T. Grabowski;  two great-grandchildren, Madison and Grayson Gagnon; and two nieces, Olive Daugherty and Anita Pettibone.

A Holy Mass service for Mary will be said on August 18, at 11 a.m., at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., in Sun City Center. Interment will be in Philadelphia at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery on October 16, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573; or the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573, 813-634-9900.

Geraldine Cook

Geraldine (Stratton) Cook, 76, has gone to her heavenly home to be with the Lord on July 31, 2017. She was born in Albion, Michigan. Gerry was predeceased by her husband James. She is survived by her sister Pauline (Ron) Romans of Battle Creek, Michigan; sister-in-law Kathy (Sonny) Garza of Henderson, Nevada, and Sherry (Chuck) Lawrence of Montgomery, Illinois, many nieces and nephews and a very special friend Mary Mumma of Sun City Center, Florida.

Gerry was a graduate of the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in Michigan and was a Registered Nurse for many years. She and James moved  to Sun City Center from Plainfield, Illinois and were very active members of The Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center.

At Gerry’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation as she donated her body to science research. Donations in her honor can be made to Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center, 702 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Joyce M. Adkins

Joyce Marie Adkins, 79, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away on August 6, 2017.

Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Pastor Michael Joseph Adkins, four brothers, Charles Strong, Delmar Strong, Donald Hammond, Marion Burk hart and by her sister Lavada Strong Adkins.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joe “J.W” Adkins; two sons, David Wayne (Renee) Adkins, James Kent (Susan) Adkins, and daughter-in-law, Dreama Adkins; three grandsons, Nathan Michael (Lindsay) Adkins, Jason Scott Adkins, Chase James (Gina)  Adkins; one granddaughter, Elisabeth Anne Myers; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter Michael Adkins, Tyler Paul Adkins, Makayla Nicole Adkins, Abigail Maleah Adkins, Aiden Joe Adkins, Scarlett Joseph Adkins and Brantley Eugene Adkins; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Wimauma Community Church of God, 5504 S.R. 674 Wimauma, FL 33598, with Pastor Tom Durrance and Pastor Mark Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Private Interment at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made, in Joyce Adkins name to Life Path Hospice of Sun City Center, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.

Harry R. Lascola

Harry Ruben Lascola was born September 28, 1932 in Ft. Myers, Fla. He grew up in Miami and worked for a few years as a fireman for that city. Eventually he enlisted in the U.S. Army and quickly rose within its ranks to become a lieutenant colonial. Harry served 27 proud years in Korea and Vietnam as well as participating in a peacekeeping mission to Panama.

The army acknowledged his valor many times: He received the Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Combat Infantry Badge (awarded only to soldiers who engaged in active ground  combat) and three valor citations.

For many years, both in California and Florida, Harry was an enthusiastic member of the Military Order of World Wars (M.O.W.W.). In 2000, the Sun City Center Chapter had all but dissolved. When Harry arrived in Sun City Center he began working tirelessly to save it and turn it into the vital chapter it is today. He served as a commander of the Sun City Center chapter from 2005 to 2008.

After retirement from the army, Harry worked as a college professor, art auctioneer, model and as a dean of the National University-Rancho Bernando Campus.

Those fortunate enough to know Harry will miss his dry sense of humor, his optimism, and his integrity balanced by down-to-earth practically.

Retired Lt. Col. Harry Lascola was laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetary on July 27, 2017 with full military honors.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of Sun City Center, Fla.; son Douglas Lascola of San Diego, Calif.; daughters Catherine Jeans of Juneau, Alaska; Beth Lascola of Temecula, Calif., Lori Lascola of Escondito, Calif.; grandson Jonathon Jeans; granddaughter Madeline Lascola; sister-in-law Juanita Lascola; and niece, Janet Thomas.

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