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Obituaries 1-21-10 Brand, McMillan, Merish, Payne, Stroud, Visconti
By Observer News
Jan 21, 2010 - 11:21:51 PM

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James W. Brand
James W. Brand, “Jim”, of 822A Bahia Del Sol Drive, Ruskin, Florida, died January 17, 2010 at Lifepath Hospice in Sun City Center.
Brand had resided in Ruskin since retiring in 1990, moving to Florida from Allegany, New York. He was born in Bluffton, Indiana on April 28, 1934. He was the son of Carl and Helen (Brinkman) Brand of Bluffton, Indiana. He married2 Lou Ann (First) Brand on November 14, 1953, who survives, after 57 years of loving marriage.
Surviving are two sons, James Brand of Mount Holly, New Jersey and Gregory Brand of LaGrange, Georgia; one daughter, Jeanne Ann Brand of Ruskin; and nine grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and one brother of Oakland, Oregon and one sister of Reedsport, Oregon.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Robert.
Brand was a sales representative for Huntington Laboratories of Huntington, Indiana for 20 years and the builder and operator of Allegany Colonial Village Community in Allegany, New York, for 20 years.
He is a past member of the First Baptist Church in Olean, New York, and past member of the Allegany American Legion in Allelany, N.Y.  A Past Worshipful Master of Olean Masonic Lodge #252, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, 18 Degree York Rite in Olean, N.Y. A member of the Desoto Masonic Lodge of Riverview, a Noble of the Egypt Shrine of Tampa,  a member of Sun City Center Shrine Club in Sun City Center, Fl. He was a member of the Bahia Beach Yacht Club and the Apollo Beach Yacht Club and a dedicated boater most of his life, having made the “Great Circle” on his boat, going through Canada, the illinois River, the Ohio River and the Mississippi River and a crossing to the Bahamas.
Arrangements were handled by National Cremation and Burial Center in  Ruskin, Florida. The service was held Jan. 20, 2010. Burial will be at the family’s convenience.
Memorials may be made to the Lung Association or the Cancer Society.

Marion R. (Sutton) McMillan
Marion R. (Sutton) McMillan, 87, of Sun City Center, FL; formerly of Lyndonville, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 10, 2010.
Born on December 30, 1922 in Lyndonville, NY; she was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Burch) Sutton.
Marion grew up in Lyndonville, graduating from Lyndonville High School. She married Harvey McMillan and together they raised two daughters.  For a short time they lived in Medina and then moved to Rochester. She worked as a Sales Representative for the former McCurdy & Co.  After Harvey’s retirement from Kodak, they moved to Sun City Center, FL. She was a former member of Grace Baptist and First Baptist Church of Medina.
Marion is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harvey McMillan; two daughters: Elaine (Bruce) Smith of Farmington, NY and Patty (Mark) Bettencourt of Lilburn, GA; 4 grandchildren: Kimberly and Craig Smith and Kathryn and Kristen Bettencourt, as well as, several nieces and nephews. Marion is predeceased by a sister, Jean L. Andrew.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, 203 West Center St. Medina, NY with Pastor Cheryl Brown officiating. . Burial was in the Hartland Central Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Marion’s name to: Strong Ties c/o Dr. J. Steven Lamberti, 2613 W. Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14623.
Please sign the on-line register book at: www.

Arthur Robert Merish
Arthur Robert Merish, 89, entered into rest January 16, 2010.
Arthur was Past President and Director of the Apollo Beach Civic Association; Past President of Ruskin Fire Association; Past President of Veterans Council of Hillsborough County; Past Commander of the V.F. W. in Ruskin, Florida; Past Commander of American Legion Post 203 and Lifetime Member; and a Forty and’Eight Member and Officer.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Georgiana Merish; loving daughters, Karen Pinckard (Dennis) and Kathi Davis (Ron); four grandchildren and one great­grandchild. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held 5pm-7pm Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held 10 am Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.
 In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made in his honor to LifePath Hospice.

Elizabeth M. Payne
Elizabeth M. Payne passed away January 12, 2010. She was born Elizabeth M. Taliaferro in Flint, Michigan.  A graduate of Flint Central High School, she was a resident of Michigan before spending the last twenty-eight years in Sun City Center.
Mrs. Payne’s husbands Woodrow Gale and Gerald Payne preceded her in death.  She is survived by her 2 daughters; Rosemary Smith and Elizabeth Mannor; son-in-law Ronald Mannor; stepdaughter Marilee and her husband Burl Bailey; her son Thomas Gale; daughter-in-law Charlene Gale; seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Mrs. Payne was a member of United Methodist Church of Sun City, Eastern Star, and was active as a volunteer at South Bay Hospital for many years.
There will be no memorial service at this time. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary B. Stroud
 Mary B. Stroud, 86, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. She was a resident of Fairhope, Alabama and former resident of Ruskin. Stroud was retired from the Hillsborough County Schools and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
 Survivors include two sons, Roger A. Stroud of Ocala, Fla., and Tom Stroud of Alpharetta, Ga.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service will be held at Northside Baptist on Saturday, January 23, at 2:30.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation Inc., 1501 NW Ninth Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494 or e-mail contact@

Sam Visconti
  Sam Visconti, 82, passed peacefully January 2, 2010. He is survived by Jane, his loving wife of 59 years; four sons, Richard, Michael, Paul and Sam; three daughters, Joanne, Roseanne and Christine; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great­grandchildren.

He served in World War II, was co-owner  of P & S Midstate Market, in Cicero,NY  until 1984, and was a real estate agent in  Florida.
   Private services took place in Sun City  Center, Fla. Arrangements were made by Sun City Center Funeral Home.

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