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Obituaries April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

Muriel V. Lang
Muriel V. Lang, 89, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away April 2, 2011.

She was born in Interlaken, New Jersey.  She was preceded in her death by her grandson Mark Christopher Blyth.  She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Jacob M. Lang, daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Charlie Blyth of Sun City Center, daughter and son-in-law Greer and Norman Johnson of Kentucky, and grandson Eric M. Blyth currently serving in the U.S. Navy.  Private burial arrangements are being handled by Zipperer Funeral Home in Ruskin, Florida.  Send donations in her name to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, Florida.

Mike King
Mike King was born on December 16, 1950 and passed away on April 6, 2011. To a lot of his friends he was well known as Kingfish or Gator-Man. He served in the Marines, had two sons, was a great tile man. All the kids in the neighborhood will miss his high-fives and laughs. He was a great neighbor and friend. The Miller Lite Company will miss him. His all time favorite college football team was the Florida Gators. We will miss the sound of the truck that needed a muffler for ten years, and now wish it would wake us up tomorrow.

We will miss our visits sitting out front under the tree, watching the kids play, feeding the squirrels, and drinking a cold one. Our hearts go out to Gail and Chris, and his family. We all love and miss you.
-- Your Neighborhood Friends

Tiffany Tucker (Barajas)
Tiffany Tucker (Barajas)  died tragically on April 5, 2011. She was predeseased by her father, Hubert Barajas; sister, Carrie Carlo; brothers, Terry Carlo and Herbert Barajas.

She is survived by sons, Frank Leland and Alex Tucker, mother Jeanne Barajas, stepfather, Robert Spangenberg; sisters, Sonia Ponce, Tammy Renfroe, Mary, Rosie, and Dora Barajas; brothers, Pete Carlo and David Carlo, Miguel, Arther, Rocky, and Abel Barajas. Many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services will be held at Apollo Beach Community Church, 6414 Golf and Sea Blvd in Apollo Beach, FL. Pastor Gary Hultz officiating. Services on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Friends are welcome to attend a reception at 6033 Golf and Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach, FL immeadiately following the service.

Robert G. Hill, Sr.
Robert G. Hill, Sr., 75 of Sun City Center, passed away April 10, he is survived by his wife Nancy and daughter and 2 sons. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, FL, 813-634-9900.

Nancy Ripley
Nancy Ripley, professionally known as Nancy Porter-Thal died on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Ms. Porter-Thal was a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Nancy graduated from the Arizona State University. She began her career in Phoenix where she was awarded Teacher of the Year. Subsequently, she was a professor at the University of Miami and Nova University.

Nancy moved to the Tampa Bay area in the 1980s. Ms. Porter-Thal was one of the first certified family law mediators in the state of Florida and became widely known and respected for her expertise in helping divorcing families mediate their disputes. In 1988, she authored the book, Parents, Children and Divorce and the Parenting Plan, books which are used today in divorce mediation, her books have been translated to German, Spanish and Korean.

Nancy opened her home to abused and battered women. She also worked tirelessly, feeding the homeless.

She writes a weekly newspaper column titled, ‘Whit and Whimsy’.

Of all her many accomplishments: author, mediator, professor, counselor, just to name a few, her proudest roles were as a wife to Millard (Rip) Ripley and as a mother and grandmother. Besides her husband, she leaves her children, Jeff (Kelly) and Stuart...and her "little angels", her four granddaughters: McKenna, twins, Lily and Molly and Colette.

Nancy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed.

At her request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association.

Richard P. Benditt
Richard P. Benditt, 87, the loving husband of Anna Ruth Benditt for 62 years, of Sun City Center, FL and formerly of Darby PA  passed away on  April 4, 2011. He was one of the ten children of Fred and Marie Benditt.  He  was a devoted and loving father of Mike (Laura), Frank, Bill, and Kathy(Jeff).  He is also survived by his sister Laura Heil, brothers George and Robert, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was the sad grandfather of the one deceased grandson Richie.

A World War II Veteran, he enlisted in the service the same day three of his brothers were called. The brothers went through boot camp together in the same company.  At the war’s end, five brothers and one brother-in-law all returned home from combat.

Internment at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in PA.

Ann Andreasen Kratt
Ann Adreasen Kratt passed away on  April 10, 2011 in Sun City Center, FL. Born October 22, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned her teaching credentials at U. of Nebraska where she was affiliated with Pi Beta Phi. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood for more than 50 years and was a life long Lutheran. She married Theodore D. Kratt in 1954, they had a son Steven Douglas, a (deceased son) Brian and a daughter Lesleigh (Mrs. Ronald Barnett); three grandchildren, Sydney, brian, and Cameron Elizabeth; two brothers, Howard (deceased) and James E. Andreasen.

A memory moment will be spoken at the first service of Calvary Lutheran Church instead of any funeral or memorial service. Arrangements by National Cremation Society.

In Memoriam of Eddie Hoskins
July 3, 1980- April 20, 2010

In loving memory of my son Eddie, whom left his pains behind and took his ride on the wings of his dove to heaven above. Until the day I take my ride, from your mother’s love, bea at peace and until then our memories will never cease.


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