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Obituaries September 15, 2011

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September 15, 2011

January Heimerl Petrie
January Heimerl Petrie passed away at LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center  on August 30, 2011. January was born to Frank and Gabriela Heimerl on January 15, 1921 at St. Nazianz, Wisc. She graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy and the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she received a BA degree in Institutional Management and Hospital Dietetics. She interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and served for two years in the Army Medical Service as a Lieutenant. After discharge she directed and taught dietetics for four years at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa.  After her marriage to Robert Petrie, she consulted for many small hospitals and nursing homes in Wisconsin, along with precepting for twenty Food Service Manager students, as well as teaching LPNs and Aides at the Technical Institute in Sheboygan, Wisc. The Petries moved to Sun City Center in 1986. Her hobbies included antique collecting, especially antique dolls. She was a member of the Questers and Pelican Players, on stage as well as house and party management. She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 246. January was a licensed pilot and traveled extensively. Survivors are her daughter Suzette and her husband Steven Becker, and their two adopted sons, Matthew and Jonathon of Two Rivers, Wisc. A dear sister, Jacqueline and her husband Ron Vogt, and four nieces and nephews in the Illinois and Wisconsin area. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center. Internment will be in the family plot in St. Nazianz, Wisc.

Donald W. Mir
Donald W. Mir, 84, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Tampa General Hospital. Donald was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on June 23, 1927 and spent his youth in Queens, N.Y. He was retired from the men’s clothing industry and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a talented baseball player and was selected to try out for the New York Yankees and he continued to be an avid sports fan throughout his life. He took great creative joy in writing poetry and short stories. Survivors include his beloved wife of 30 years, Carol S. Mir; sons, Richard (Cyndi) Mir; Russell (Jody) Mir both of Fabius, N.Y.; Christopher (Helen) Mir of Syracuse, N.Y.; two daughters, Leslie (David) Field of Fabius, N.Y. and Rachel (Chris) Piper of Weston, Mass.; stepchildren Wendy (James) Conaty of Swampscott, Mass.; and Terry (Louise) Austin of San Mateo, Calif.; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren and one step-great granddaughter. A family memorial celebration will be held in Syracuse, N.Y. at a later date and there will be a celebratory gathering in Sun City Center at a date to be announced. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, Clearwater, Fla., 33762-3820. Arrangements under the direction of Sun City Center Funeral Home. 

Edward D. Watson
Edward D. Watson, 79, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away Sept. 9, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a sergeant and retired as professor for the College of New Jersey. He was a member of the United Community Church and Caloosa Golf and Country Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 246 and VFW Post # 1288 in Sun City Center, Fla., and a member of the Fairless-Hills-Levittown Lodge # 0776 F & AM of Pennsylvania. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Ann Watson; his faithful companion, Biscuit; a son, David (Sue) Watson; six daughters, Diane (Mark) Johnson, Donna Logue, Michelle (David) Moffett, Wendy Kae (Jim) Hall, Melissa (John) Maschal, Amybeth (Craig) Lindsey; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center, Fla. Interment with Military Honors followed in Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 101 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, Fla., 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.

Betty Elaine DeForrest
Betty Elaine DeForrest, age 89, passed away August 31, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was born on Oct. 2, 1921 in Lima, Ohio to Brandt Eldridge DeForrest (surname appears as Bronson before WW1) and Mable Edith Grubb. She will be remembered for her keen intellect, being a woman ahead of her time and for her strong stoic manner.  She held both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in Library Science. Early in her career, she managed the Frigidaire Credit Union and later, shared her love of reading as a school librarian at Northwestern Middle School in Springfield, Ohio.

Elaine's hobbies included genealogy (she was proud to be a Daughter of the American Revolution), reading, playing bridge, watching old movies and shopping garage sales and thrift stores. She mastered the internet late in life. Elaine was a member of the Sun City Center Florida United Methodist Church.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Theodore "Ted" Eugene Haynes (born Harrison Tomy Haynes (1996); son Eric Steven Haynes (1995); step daughter Nancy Jean (Haynes) Abele (2006); and siblings Robert/Bob, Richard/Dick and Donna Franks. Survivors include her sons Gary Alan Haynes and his wife Kathy (Bartol) of Erie, Colorado; Dana Byron Haynes and his wife April (Wirtz) of Tamarac, Fla.; daughter-in-law (Eric's wife) Pennie (Yates) Haynes Thomas of Beavercreek, Ohio; Grandchildren Sarah Elaine Haynes of Tamarac, Fla., Kathi (Abele) Roche of Springboro, Ohio, Mike Abele of Columbus, Ohio and Mark Abele of Marysville, Ohio; step-grandchildren Hannah Thomas and Faith Thomas of Beavercreek, Ohio and numerous great grandchildren,, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at Banyan Place Senior Living, 2950 NW 5th Ave. in Boca Raton, FL 33431 on Saturday October 24 at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Scholarship Fund, 1111 Sixteenth St. NW Washington, DC 20036.

Frances Frick
Frances Frick (nee McClancy) 96, passed away peacefully Sept. 4, 2011. Frances was a very devoted wife to her husband of 60 years, Walter, until his passing in 1999. Aunt Fran was a very loving aunt to Kathy Inzerillo, Fredrick E. Britton, Carol Ann Stout and Patricia Olivero, many caring nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law, Eileen McClancy of Sun City Center. Frances was only a phone call away when someone needed help solving a problem. She was a native New Yorker who retired to Ruskin 39 years ago after a 35 year career in accounting. Upon retiring to Ruskin, Frances and Walter became very active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary Flotilla 75. She served as treasurer for many years until low vision forced her to resign her position. Aunt Fran will be greatly missed by her family.

By request, no services are planned.

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