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Obituaries for week of Dec. 27, 2018

Published on: December 26, 2018

Colleen Henning Cochran

Colleen Henning Cochran, born June 26, 1926, passed away on Dec. 6, 2018.

Colleen moved to Riverview, Fla. from Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1959 and lived on the Alafia River for 29 years and then moved to Hacienda Heights in 1986.

She was predeceased by her first husband Melvin H. Henning in 1985; one son Frank J. Henning in 1971 at age 22; and daughter Melanie Henning Hiem in 2017.

She married her second husband Charles Cochran in 1955 and he passed away in 2001.

She is survived by daughters Cynthia Jo Henning and Melanie Beth Heim (Larry), and grandson Joshua Allnutt.


Juanita Ladoris Whetzel Cunningham

Juanita Ladoris Whetzel Cunningham, born June 6, 1933, passed away in December 2018 at home in Sun City Center, Fla. She was the wife of the late Preston E. Cunningham. 

She was born in York, Pa. to the late Harlan S. and Arlene R. Whetzel. She is survived by her children Debra Fonda, Beverly Hoak and Michael Cunningham and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a sister Jaqueline Henkleman-Bahn. She was preceded in death by son Richard Cunningham and brother Harlan (Butch) Whetzel, Jr.


Leslie MacDonald Hill

Leslie MacDonald Hill (Les), 81, of Sun City Center, Fla., joined his God on December 9, 2018.  Born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, he served in the Canadian Air Force. He was a graduate of Western University, London, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

As an executive and Vice-President for Kert Advertising, he and his family transferred to Florida. In his retirement years, he enjoyed life on the road as a long-haul truck driver. A member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, he served as Director of the Parking Ministry, greeting all who entered the campus. 

He is survived by his wife Pat; children: Steve Hill (Carol), Kimberly Hill, Ashley Hill Zientara (Jim), Cameron Hill (Erin); grandchildren: Ross Hill, Alexander Hill, Hannah Hill, Mason Mills, Jake Hill, Finnigan Zientara, Hunter Hill, and sister, Margaret Van Viet (Dick). 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the United Methodist Church of SCC on January 4 at 11 a.m.  Memorials may be made to the church. 


Edna Mildred Soto

Edna Mildred Soto passed away Dec. 9, 2018,  at A Place to Grow in Brandon, Fla.

She was born in Puerto Rico on Nov. 20, 1952. When she was 1 year old, she and her parents moved to Philadelphia and upon Maria’s graduation from high school, she, her sister and parents moved back to Puerto Rico.

Edna worked for an insurance company as a bookkeeper for several years until she and her best friend Arlinda moved to Fort Lauderdale. There, Edna worked for Mass Mutual Life Insurance for 28 years. She became ill with dementia and lived with her mother and sister.

In October 2013, Edna, her mother, sister Maria and brother Wilfredo moved to Tampa. Edna is survived by her mother Beatriz Soto and brother Wilfredo Soto. Edna never married.