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September 6, 2012

Barbara (Bobbi) Stopyra
Barbara (Bobbi) Stopyra, a 26-year resident of Sun City Center, died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

Bobbi was an avid bridge player, serving for many years as a director of the SCC Duplicate Bridge Club. She also enjoyed traveling and nearly covered the globe, beginning with an educational trip to Greece and Italy in 1965 to enhance her lessons as a history teacher.

She was predeceased by John, her husband of 55 years, and a grandson, Mark Wormser.

Left with fond memories of Bobbi are son, Jack Stopyra and his wife, Mariann, daughter, Dottie Wormser, grandson, Kevin Wormser and great granddaughter Destiny.

Kenneth L. Ketcham
Kenneth L. Ketcham of Sun City Center, formerly of Kansas City, MO, and Shenandoah, IA, died peacefully at LifePath Hospice House on August 26, 2012. He was a loving husband, son, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, his mother, his two brothers, his two sisters, his two sons, his stepson and stepdaughter and all their respective families.

Memorial Services will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at St Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Ken Ketcham Sound Equipment Fund c/o St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Boulevard West, Greater Sun Center, FL 33573.

In Memorium
Brent Bennett
June 8, 1989 – September 8, 2007

From the first time we held you,
To the last time we said goodbye,
To each time you come into our thoughts…
You remain our Precious Angel.
Forever in our Hearts,
Dad, Mom and Ryan
“…even those tedious little things
that annoy us to death sometimes,
those things as well, should be praised and remembered as a small part of this intricate puzzle we call life.”
From Brent ~ August 30, 2006

We can’t believe it has been 5 years since that terrible day that you were taken away from us so quickly.The days fly by so fast, but we think of you everyday and miss you terribly, but we know that our family will be complete again one day.
Love, Poppy, Uncle Ron, Aunt Kimmy and Krisi

Ethel B. Whitmore
Ethel B. Whitmore, 94, formerly of Jacksonville and Coral Gables, FL passed away peacefully in Ruskin, Florida on August 17, 2012.  

When she was 9 years old, a family tragedy occurred in Jacksonville; her mother, Florence, and brothers Charles and Stafford were killed when their car was hit by a train.  Her father had died a few years earlier.  Ethel and her sisters (Hilda and Lillian) were raised by loving family members.  She graduated from Landon High School in 1934 and married her high school sweetheart, the late Warren B. Whitmore. At Landon, Ethel was the first leader of the Landon Lionettes precision marching team and Warren was captain of the football team. They were married for 65 years.  In Jacksonville, Ethel was an officer in the South Jacksonville Woman’s Club, the Southside Garden Club as well as a PTA president and a Girl Scout leader. They relocated with National Airlines to Coral Gables in 1963 where she became an officer in the Coco Plum Woman’s Club and the Hammock Garden Club and also a Cub Scout leader. She received an AA degree from Miami Dade Community College, wrote poetry and became a published author.  An avid world traveler, for her 88th birthday, she crossed Canada on the Trans-Canadian train.   Ethel is survived by two children Sherry Gagnon (Gerry), Ruskin, FL and Brad Whitmore (Bobbi), Rockledge, FL. Grandchildren Dietrick Lamade, Chesapeake, VA; Lynn Maready, Richmond, VA and Warren Whitmore III , New York. Her great-grandchildren include Amanda and Leah Maready, and Daytona and Steele Lamade.   She leaves many nieces and nephews. Known to all as a proper lady in the truest sense, she was a loving and steadfast matriarch, who touched many lives in immeasurable ways. Private services will be held in Jacksonville. Memorials can be made in her name to the Wounded Warrior project, 4899 Bellfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fl.

Edgar Hadfield Hannum
Edgar Hadfield Hannum passed away peacefully Sunday, August 26, 2012, at the age of 90 in Sun City Center, Florida, with his wife and daughter at his side.

Born in 1921 in Berwyn, IL, to Ralph and Libbie Hannum, he was preceded in death by his sister Jeanne Hannum Hansen.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lucille Havlik Hannum; daughter, Diane Hannum; sons, Scott (Debi), Ralph, and Doug (Nancy); grandchildren Jeremy, James, Kristen, Nicki, Ford and Mackenzie Hannum; and great-granddaughter Marlee.

Edward worked for international Harvester, and Hercules Engines of Canton, OH, where he retired as Vice President of OEM Sales. He was a Dive Bomber Pilot as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Edgar was an avid sailor who loved the water, making sure all his children were proficient swimmers. He was a devoted husband and father and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to LifePath Hospice at Sun City Center or International Essential Tremor Foundation.

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