From The Observer News
Feb 5, 2009 - 10:17:57 AM
Ronald H. Clifton
Ronald H. Clifton passed away on December 16, 2008. He was born July 20, 1930 in Peoria, IL.
He spent most of his adult life in Carmel, IN, and worked in the steel business -- first in sales and then as the owner of a steel company.
He proudly served his country in the military during the Korean War and retired to Sun City Center in 2000. One son, Brian, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Rosie) Clifton; son Bruce (wife, Stephanie); and three grandchildren.
Christopher Fisher, 95, born “Cristofaro Fruscella” in Akron Ohio 1913, passed away January 24, 2009 in his room at the Sun Terrace health care facility at Sun Towers Retirement Community, Sun City Center, FL.
He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Fred and Willie Fisher and 3 sisters, Mary Scafidi, Rosie Kapusinski and Angie Helms. Survivors include his beloved wife of 69 years Eleanor Fisher, 2 sons, Frederick and John Fisher, 2 daughters, Christine Corcoran and Cathy Adorni, 2 sisters, Elizabeth Schumaker, Bernice Fisher, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
Born of Italian immigrant parents, Gaetano “Tom” & Carmela, Chris shined shoes and gathered pieces of coal along the tracks to help out at home, while helping at the family store “Fisher’s Market” on Tallmadge Ave. Chris graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School where he was a star on the wrestling team. A job in a bakery turned baking into his passion. While working for Handy Bakery for over 20 years he participated in local government, as a community organizer and in 1946 was elected to First Ward Councilman Cuyahoga Falls City Council. As an independent in a two party system, he bucked the system and left politics behind to focus on baking, raising his family in Cuyahoga Falls. In 1949 he purchased the Parkway Bakery on Grant Street, moving his family to the apartment over the store. In 1956 he sold the Parkway and worked briefly at Fredrick’s Pies. In 1957 Chris accepted a job as head baker at Kent State University. In 1959, Chris bought the Bon Ton Bakery on Canton Road in Ellet, Ohio and moved his family to Ellet several years later. In 1961 he built a new building for the Bon Ton. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and boater, while always helping others through non-profit groups; Akron Lions Club, Elks Club. Italian American Club and the Ellet Knights of Columbus Grand Knight 1976-77.
After selling the Bon Ton Bakery to his son Fred, Chris and Eleanor snow birded it to Ruskin, Florida in 1974, and became fulltime Floridians in 1977.
Ever conscious of others, Chris was a charter member of the Ruskin Elks Club, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and a 20-year volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul Store behind St Anne’s Catholic Church, where he was an usher. You might have met him there or running one of the u-pick tomato fields in Ruskin. Over his 95 years, Chris has touched many lives, taught many to bake, decorate cakes, fish and be good citizens. He will be missed but never forgotten. We love you, Chris. There will be a memorial mass Monday, April 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent in Christopher’s memory to your local St. Vincent DePaul’s or the Ruskin FL location.
Arrangements entrusted to Lewers Funeral Home Ruskin, Fl.
Elizabeth May Telek/Easton
Elizabeth May Telek/Easton, 87, of Sun City Center, known to all as Betty, died on Saturday, Jan-17, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She had recently moved to Michigan due to her illness.
Betty was born May 17, 1921 in Dearborn, Michigan, to Peter and Mamie Muir. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Adrian, Michigan. Betty was a World War II Veteran and proudly served in the WAACs. She married Andy Telek on Sept 19, 1946 and lived in Birmingham and Warren, Michigan until moving to Sun City Center in 1981.
Betty loved golfing, dancing and crafts and spent many happy hours in those activities.
She was a wonderful lady and was loved by all. Her family and friends will miss her sorely.
She is survived by her daughter, Caryle (David) Rubbelke, two sisters, Kay Hoyt and Bea Samas, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A graveside service with honors will held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell in the spring. If interested in attending, please sign the family’s registry at www.veteransfuneralcare.com and contact Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater
John R. Hallner
John R. Hallner, 65, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away Jan. 27, 2009.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Cooky); daughter, Deana Iacobelli and her husband, Chris; and three grand children.
John was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Loom “Moose” 813 in Ruskin. He operated his business “Johnny on the Spot” in Sun City Center.
A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at Zipperer’s Funeral Home, followed by a reception.
Maxine L. Kollmann
Maxine L. Kollmann, 86 of Sun City Center, went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2009. She was a founder of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Joliet, Illinois and at one time was active in the Lion’s Club in Sun City Center. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren.
Maxine is preceded in death by her beloved husband Alvin D. Kollmann. Survivors include her son, David Kollmann and daughter in law, Karen Kollmann, five grandchildren, Kyle, Bradley, Justin, Evan and Trevor Kollmann of Monroe, CT. Devoted cousin, Fae Canaday, several other cousins, and caretakers Doris and Darlene from Sun City Center.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lion’s Club in Sun City Center, Fl. in Maxine’s Memory. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Morris, Illinois. Reeves Funeral Home Inc. 219 N. Joliet Street. Wilmington, Illinois. 60481 is handling the interment.
Arrangements were made by Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.
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