Obituaries August 17, 2017

Published on: August 17, 2017

Mildred Miller

Mildred Miller, 99, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away August 9, 2017. She was a major contributor to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center and was preceded in death by her grandson, Rick Razick.

Survivors include her son, George (Susan) Miller; two daughters, Joan Miller and Lois Miller; two granddaughters, Sophia (Byron) Buntyn and Kimberly (Odell) Scott; a grandson, Zackary (Elisa) Miller; three great-grandsons, Josiah (Lia) Gross, Ricky Razick and Rowan Miller; two great-granddaughters, Sydney Razick and Halle Razick; a great-great-grandson, Luca Gross; and granddaughter-in-law, Robin Razick. Services will be private. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.

Sharon Russell

Sharon Russell, neé Cooney, a native of Paxton, Massachusetts and late of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away on August 10, 2017. She was a graduate of the New England School of Accounting and made her career as a bookkeeper and accountant.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge #813 in Ruskin, Florida, as well as a member of the Red Hatter’s Society in Sun City Center.

Of her four siblings, Sharon is survived by her sister Jeanne Gagliardi and her husband Leonard and her brother, Terrence Cooney, and his wife Sue. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Sheila and her older brother Paul.

Additionally, Sharon is survived by her husband, Timothy Broad; her two sons, Timothy and his wife Tina Pidgeon and Daniel and his wife Cordula. Sharon leaves behind a niece, Sara Gagliardi, as well as four grandchildren, Paige, Jillian, Kilian and Leo Fitzpatrick.

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 28155 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, FL 33629 or the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.

Leland H. Jones

Leland Howard Jones, 67, of Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away on Aug. 2, 2017.

Leland was born in Santa Clara, California to Theodore and Margie Jones on Oct. 6, 1949. He was a loving husband to Patricia Guyton Jones. He was the father of Jeremy D. Jones (wife Megan) of Wakefield, R.I. and Andrew L. Jones (wife Carolyn) of Coventry, R.I. He was the stepfather of Richard Guyton, Jr., of Layton, Utah, Timothy Guyton (wife Monica) of Spokane, Wash., and Katie Burtch and (husband Nick).

He was the loving grandfather to Aidan, Ethan, Baby Boy Jones due October 19,  June, Neil, Kaylah, Zoey, Wesley, Cassidy, Thomas, Noah and Olivia. He was the brother of Nancy Donavan (husband Chris) of Utah, Dennis Jones (wife Nola)of Pella, Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a devoted employee of Boeing and retired after 27 years of service. Lee enjoyed spending time with family, sports, and absolutely loved volunteering for Donate Life and spreading awareness about organ donation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lee’s name to Donate Life America at A private Celebration Of Life will be held in his memory.

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.