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June 7, 2012

Howard Joseph Olson
Howard Joseph Olson, born December 26, 1951, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, died peacefully in hospice care on May 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Halima; children, Tanya and Tadayo; mother, Louise, and siblings, Sharon, Tim and Linda. He joins his father, Howard, and brother, Gary, under the eternal acacia tree. Safari njema. Tunakupenda. Tutaonana.

Catherine “Kay” Cooper
Catherine “Kay” Cooper, 93, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away May 25, 2012 with her family at her side. She was born on December 18, 1918 in Middletown, Connecticut. She met her husband, Webb after he came to Middletown for college and they began a wonderful 67 year marriage in 1942. After World War II, the couple moved to Plainfield, New Jersey, where they raised their three children and spent many happy years. They spent their summers in Fair Haven, New York. The Coopers started coming to Sun City Center in the early 1990s. They were members of the United Community Church. Mrs. Cooper was active with lawn bowling, line dancing and the Songbirds. She lived at the Courtyards Assisted Living the past year and a half. Mrs. Cooper was a wonderful wife and mother, and a friend to many. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Ruane; her son, Scott (Pam) Cooper; her daughter, Marcia (Todd) Walker,;eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Webb and her son-in-law, Jack. A memorial service was held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the United Community Church, 701 LaJolla Avenue in Sun City Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Kay’s memory be made to the donor’s favorite charity of choice.  

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.

Josiah David “J.D” Register
Josiah David “J.D” Register, 83, passed away May 24,2012 in Orlando. He was born in Tampa, FL on October 5, 1928. he attended high school in Wimauma, FL and graduated from the University of Tampa. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was the founder of H&R Acoustics. He was preceded in death by his father, James Register; his mother, Mary Willis Walker; and his stepfather, William T Walker. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Geralyn “Jerry” Register; daughter and spouse, Cheryl and Larry Howard; grandaughters, Tiffany Samford and Tracy Howard;  great-granddaughter, Savanna Samford; stepmother, Sybil Register; sisters, Beverly Dotson and Sandra Robertson; sister-in-law, Alice Pope Roberts; niece, Jackie Hanner; great niece and nephew, Alissa Wood and Michael Hanner; numerous cousins, great-grand niece and great-grand nephews; dear friends, Bill and Brenda Schrope. He will be laid to rest in Pine Mountain, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA of Central Florida.

Arrangements by Robert Bryant Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 321

Juan E. Hernandez Jr.
December 9, 1954 - May 21, 2012
Juan E. Hernandez Jr., 57, of Ruskin, FL passed away May 21, 2012. He attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ruskin and worked for Hillsborough County Water Department for 25 years. Survivors include his parents, Juan Sr., and Maria Hernandez; his daughter and son-in-law, Gidget and Alex Rodriguez Sr.; two sons, Johnny and Joe Hernandez; three grandchildren, Alex Rodriguez Jr., Mariah Rodriguez, and David A. Hernandez; three brothers, Javier Hernandez, Cruz (Anna) Hernandez, and Pablo Hernandez; six sisters, Martha Hernandez, Mary Elena (Victor) Guajardo, Gracie Guerra, Aurora “Dolly” Hernandez, Estella (Pedro) Cavazos, and Elva Hernandez. The Funeral was at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ruskin, with burial at Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, FL on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

In Memorium
Brent Bennett
 June 8, 1989 - September 8, 2007
Happy 23rd Birthday!
…Always in our thoughts,
Forever in Our Hearts
We love and miss you so much,
Dad, Mom & Ryan

Happy birthday Brent
We can’t believe that it has been 23 yrs since that blessed day that you came into our lives.We think of you everyday and miss you terribly. Until our family is together again and our family is whole once again.Love Poppy,Uncle Ron,Aunt Kimmy and Krisi.

Clyde Miller
Clyde Miller, 86, of Sun City Center Florida, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 19, 2012 surrounded by family. 

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 15, 2012 at the First Christian Church, 1707 33rd Street SE, Sun City Center, FL. 

Clyde was born in Ash Hill, MO on September 16, 1925, the son of Gilbert and Clara Miller. He graduated from high school in 1945 and worked in the trucking industry for over 40 years. He lived in Bloomington, IL for many years where he met his wife Mary, whom he married in 1986. He retired from management with Consolidated Freightways in Bloomington, IL in 1992. Clyde and Mary moved to Longboat Key, FL in 1996 where they managed the Beachcomber condominium until 2008. They then retired to their home in Sun City Center where they enjoyed golfing and many friendships. Clyde was the president of the Caloosa Point Homeowner’s Association and founded the Nine and Dine social group.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary, and his children; Steve Miller of Goreville, IL; Bonnie (Ken) Dison of Menomonee Falls, WI; Wendy Strack of Findlay, OH; Tim (Debbie) Miller of Ft. Smith, AK; Jeff Miller of Tucson, AZ; Jeni Boehmer of Chicago, IL; Amy (Rick) West of Elgin IL; Laura Boehmer of St. Petersburg, FL; Tracy Boehmer of Indianapolis,IN; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One son, Greg Miller, preceded him in death. 

He is also survived by siblings Franklin D. Miller of Madisonville, KY; Doris Gammon of Pendleton, IN; Keith Miller of O’Fallon, IL; Sue Stehle of Forsythe, Mo; Thelma Brooks of Springfield, MO; Ruth Denam of Eldon, MO; and Marvin Miller of Hinesville, GA . He was preceded in death by his brothers George and Ralph and a sister, Helen.

Clyde was a strong willed and deeply determined man. He will especially be remembered for his kind heart and his intense love of his family and friends. He was known for his humor, quick wit and thoughtfulness. Clyde developed countless close friends along the way, and made staying in touch with them a priority. He also had a passion for golf, which he shared with his wife and children.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family will be gifted to the Hospice in Defiance, Ohio. Clyde’s son Greg lost his battle with ALS in 2007 under their care. Clyde spent months with them caring for Greg, and was especially grateful and appreciative of their loving support.

Visit the family’s online guestbook at www.andersonmcqueen.com.

Pat DiGiorgio
Pat DiGiorgio (nee McGinley) of Kings Point in Sun City Center joined her late husband, Jimmy DiGiorgio, in heaven on May 30, 2012. Originally from Brooklyn and Islip, New York. She was the beloved Mother of Kathleen Smithfrisch (Ted) and Thomas “Galen” Smith; cherished and adored Grandmother of Daniel Smith, Colleen Ligonde (Reginald), Sean Smith, Kelly Frisch (Charlie), and Kevin Frisch; Loving Great-Grandmother of Avery and Madeline Ligonde and survived by nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.  She will be missed for her beautiful smile and her laughter. Memorial mass and remembrances will be held in NY. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, FL

Sammy Seavy Hodge
February 10, 1962 - June 1, 2012
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammie and Louise Hodge and sister, Sherry Burch. Sammy is survived by his son, Jared Hodge; brother, Michael Hodge of Punta Gorda; two sisters, Debbie Melvin of Ruskin and Denise Sultenfuss of Wimauma. A celebration of Sammy’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the home of Rickie and Yvonne Simmons, located at 3615 24th St. S.E. Ruskin. They invite everyone who knew and loved Sammy to join them. Please bring a covered. dish.

Garry Joseph Munford
Garry Joseph Munford, 61, of Sun City Center passed away on June 1, 2012.  Born in Brunswick GA, Garry spent much of his life in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School in 1969.

He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Louise; his father Jack and stepson Bobby. Garry is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; stepchildren Krissy and Jamie; and grandchildren Teddy and Melissa. Also surviving Garry are the siblings he so loved, sister Linda Jones; and brothers Kip (Elaine), Tim and Bobby (Marie); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a number of lifelong friends.

Garry was a longtime employee of the DiMare Company and a member of the Sun City Center Dog Owners Park, where he and his best friend, Sammy, spent much time visiting with their wonderful friends.

A luncheon and celebration of Garry’s life will be held at the Sandpiper Golf Club 1702 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Garry’s honor to LifePath Hospice (www.chaptershealth.org) or C.A.R.E. of Ruskin (www.careshelter.org).

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