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Obituaries March 22, 2018

Published on: March 21, 2018

Gloria Maxine Archibald

Gloria Maxine Archibald, 76, passed away from cancer on March 11, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Patterson, Ga., and grew up in a loving and caring foster home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David, two daughters Elizabeth Montero (Jose) and Kristen Walter (Keith); nine grandchildren: Olivia Stephan (Corey), Katherine (Jake), Joseph, Andrew, Brooke, Alexandra, Alexa, Matthew and Brett; two sisters Christine Moseley and Verna Boyette; and one brother-in-law George Archibald (Peggy).

Interment will take place at Bay Pines National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to Friends of Joshua House Foundation, P.O. Box 26333, Tampa, FL 33623. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Jack Bradshaw Hambrick

Jack Bradshaw Hambrick, 71, passed from this life at his home in Sun City Center on March 9, 2018.

Jack was born Dec. 16, 1946, in Crockett, Texas to Jack W. and Josephine Bradshaw Hambrick.

He served in both the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army, with two tours in Vietnam with the Marines, and the Army in Korea.

Jack had a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Ark., Fayetteville, was an adjunct professor at ASU-Beebe, Ark. and taught at Bald Knob High School, where he was named Teacher of the Year. He and Pat moved to Sun City Center in 2012.

His parents and his brother Phil predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 27 years Pat;  daughter Kimberly, Springfield, Mo.; son Joshua (Cara), Sebring, Fla.; stepchildren Melanie, Michael and Lisa Lowery (Paul Jarvis), Little Rock, Ark.; and John Lowery (Jennifer Stewart-Stuart), Gastonia, N.C.; two grandchildren, Cameron and Rayne Hambrick; fur babies Buddy and Cammie, and an extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at Red Hawk Ranch, 4110 County Road 579 S., Wimauma, FL 33598.


Joan Henry

Joan Henry (nee Stillman) of Sun City Center, Florida, died March 4, 2018, at the age of 91. Born July 2, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri. Beloved wife of the late Robert Henry; cherished sister of the late Marian Stillman and Doris Dardick. Our loving aunt, great aunt, and dear friend to many.

Joan was a lifelong volunteer, avid golfer and world traveler. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.


Betty Lombardi

Betty Lombardi, 89, of Ruskin, Florida went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus on March 11, 2018. Betty was born in Manchester, England on December 30, 1928. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Ann Lombardi Csiki, her fiancé Randall Scott Curtis, a granddaughter Heather Marie Lombardi and great-grandsons Cameron Zachery Millette, Zander Lewis Waltz, Roman Scott Waltz and Giovanni Nathaniel Waltz.

Betty resided in Norwalk, Connecticut for 52 years prior to moving to Ruskin, Florida at the passing of her husband John J. Lombardi in 2013. Betty worked as a Travel Agent for over 20 years and enjoyed numerous cruises and vacations throughout her life. She was also an Avon Representative for over 50 years and was still selling Avon up until her passing. She volunteered at the Norwalk Senior Center for many years and enjoyed delivering hot meals weekly with Meals On Wheels while living in Norwalk, Conn.

She was a volunteer at the Ruskin Senior Center where she greeted the attendees with a smile and a hug. She had numerous friends there and enjoyed the trips she was able to go on with the Senior Center. She will be Greatly Missed by her family, friends and acquaintances.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Sun City Center Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Betty will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell alongside her husband John J. Lombardi.


Sam P. Pantano

Sam P. Pantano passed away peacefully on March 1, 2018, at age 90.

Sam was preceded in death by his wife Sonya, AKA, Sunny, in 2017, sharing 66 years of marital bliss. Sam and Sunny were natives of Wilmington, Delaware having relocated to Naples, Florida 31 years ago, and then resided in Sun City Center for the past 14 years.

He served his country proudly in the Tank Corp. in World War II in the U.S. Army. Sam said jokes and humor were essential to survive, and he had plenty to go around. A hobby he loved, was making “Night Lights,” Christmas Trees, and other novelty “Plug Ins.” His generosity was abundant, in giving them to all. Retiring from his first career as a Master Machinist, he entered the teaching profession and began teaching at a trade school in Wilmington, Delaware. He loved sharing his skills with his students and always preached “Be the Best” in everything you do. Their appreciation and stories of success were sent often through the years. They warmed Sam’s heart. He was the “Life of the Party” and he will always be remembered as a fine gentleman, who possessed great empathy, kindness, and was never boastful.

Sam is survived by his son Christopher and wife, Nancy, their daughter, Samantha, and son Thomas, as well as his brother Frank and his wife, Margaret. Sam was preceded in death by his sister Mildred and brother Joseph. Sam leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family wishes to convey heartfelt thanks to Dru Goomar and Jeannie Varner for their love, care, and friendship to both Sam and Sunny over the years.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on March 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. at The Prince of Peace Catholic Church 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.


Anne Pidgeon

Our family lost a kind, beautiful, and talented member on March 10, 2018. Anne Louise Pidgeon, 56, formerly of N. Ferrisburgh, Vt., passed away with Melissa and Tokio Morales, her dear friends, by her side.

Anne was born July 26, 1961, the second child of Marcus Pidgeon and Irene Gebo. Her horticultural talents emerged early as she won a blue ribbon for flower arranging in first grade. She graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1979 and SUNY at Farmingdale Long Island in 1981 with an AS in Horticulture.

After moving to Florida she got a job at Busch Gardens in Tampa. She worked there 23 years designing all the beautiful and intricate plant installations.  Anne also had her own plant growing and selling business, which included magnificent mango trees. She would have what she called Mango Fest around her birthday, when they were in season.

Anne was a very gifted person who loved to sew, design beautiful gardens, give horticultural lectures and repair or build most anything. Those talents came in handy in another of her interests — thrift store shopping. She rarely bought anything new — the clothes or appliances would come home and be repaired or altered to fit.

She also had a soft spot for the homeless dogs that showed up around her property. They always had enough to eat and endless attention from Anne.

Her father, Marcus Pidgeon, predeceased her. She is survived by her mother Irene; her stepfather John Pierce; her sisters Beth, Pam (Guy), Susan (Chuck), Sally, Jane (Patrick) and Laura. She also is survived by her brothers Mark (Elizabeth), Gary, Peter and Paul.

There will be a memorial service in May.

She leaves behind a family that will dearly miss her and will quote her often.