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Obituaries September 13, 2012

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September 13, 2012

Ellen Lucille DeMeritt
Ellen Lucille DeMeritt Sun City Center, Fl. passed away September, 4, 2012.

Ellen was born in Lyons, Ohio, on January 13, 1916. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Jones; mother, Alice Adelade Wheeler-Jones; her husband, Elwood; son, Robert and son-in-law, Bernard Teeters.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Nancy Teeters of Howell, Mi.; daughter-in-law, Sandra DeMeritt of Sun City Center, Fl.; grandchildren: Robert and Janice DeMeritt of Cocoa Beach, Fl.; Kathryn and Richard DonLevy of Sun City Center, Fl.; Kent and Laurie Teeters of Canton, Mi. and Linda and Dan Irwin of Berkley, Michigan. Ellen had 7 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Ellen is also survived by her dearest friend, MaryLou Leaders of Sun City Center.

Ellen lived in Florida for more than 30 years after retiring from the restaurant business. She was “OMA” to all who knew her and loved her. A private memorial service will be held in Morenci, Michigan.

Joseph C. Eppich
Joseph C. Eppich, 94, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away September 4, 2012 at Life Path Hospice House. He was born July 10, 1918 in Cleveland, OH and lived there all of his life until he and his wife, Mary moved to Sun City Center in 1980. Joe worked at Danly Machine Company all of his adult life. He served in World War II for three years in the U.S. Navy Seabees in the European and South Pacific Theatres. In Sun City Center, he volunteered for the Security Patrol, the Emergency Squad as a Captain and driver; Sun City Ride as driver and volunteered with LifePath Hospice with his wife, visiting patients in their homes and at Hospice House. Joe was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, serving as a Bereavement Minister and a greeter at the church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe enjoyed playing golf, bridge, pinochle and dancing. He loved life, family and enjoyed making people smile. Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary and his two older sisters. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Pettersson-Eppich; his daughter, Beverly (Dennis) Hughes of St Petersburg, Fla.; his son, Joseph (Connie) Eppich of Shelby Township, MI and his grandson, Christopher Joseph Hughes. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 8, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 16650 US 301 South, Wimauma, Fla. Burial with Military Honors was at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, Fla 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fl.

Dorothy F. Garing
Dorothy F. Garing, 87, was born in Baldwin, Long Island, New York and was preceded in death by her  loving husband, Calvin C. Garing on September 11, 2001 and her daughter, Kim E. Ennis on January 15, 1984. Surviving children are Eileen (Joe) Eletto of Apollo Beach, Fl, Larry (Linda) Garing of Kingsland, GA, Ronald (Wilma) Garing of Garden City, GA, and 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Dorothy lived in many places as Calvin served in the United States Air Force for 24 years. They lived in Guam, California, Kansas, New York, Florida, South Carolina, and finally settling in Savannah, Georgia.   Dorothy spent 20 years as a Sears Associate, retiring in 1984 to travel in their RV. They moved to Sun City Center in 1995. Dorothy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ruskin, FL.  Absent from the body... present with the LORD! In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Life Path Hospice; 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, Florida 33573.

Wilma Blanche Sweeney Johnson
Wilma Blanche Sweeney Johnson a lifelong Christian, went to be with her Lord on September 4, 2012. She was born on September 26, 1916 in Little Cooley, Pennsylvania to the late Mortimer and Augusta (Zimmerman) Sweeney. Wilma and her family moved to Adamsville, Florida to the old Adams Homestead in 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Stanley A. Johnson. Wilma is survived by two daughters, Brenda Lee Zimbrick and Ann Johnson Vincent; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.  Wilma was also preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters. A graveside service and burial will take place in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Art Lucchesi
Art Lucchesi, 79, passed away on Monday, August 27. Formally named Arsete, Art was born in Bagni di Lucca on August 1, 1933, to the late Francesco Lucchesi and late Ormeda Cinquini. At a very young age he moved with his family to Manhattan and later settled in Queens. Having a love for science and math, Art attended Queens College and New York University earning bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics. Following this passion, he became a mathematics professor at Cooper Union in Manhattan, retiring 38 years later in 1996 as the Associate Dean of Engineering and remaining a professor emeritus. Throughout his life, Art donated his time and teaching skills to help others. A considerable amount of his extracurricular effort went in to teaching math to inner city, underprivileged high school students to give them the tools needed to get in to college. In 1974, Art moved to North Plainfield, New Jersey along with his wife and two kids. He became active in the community, joined the local Lion’s Club and later was elected councilman.  Most of his long term friendships were forged from his life in North Plainfield.  Being in New Jersey also got him closer to the ocean which he loved since his childhood, though it should be pointed out that his freestyle swimming made more than one person inquire to see if he needed help, including the family dog. Not given the opportunity to keep pets as a child did not daunt Art in the least, as he would still rescue the neighborhood strays.  As an adult he was allowed to keep his pets and he truly cherished his dogs and his cats.  Other than math and his family (including the family pets), he was passionate about baseball and opera.  Never being able to like the Yankees after his Brooklyn Dodgers left for LA, Art was an avid Mets fan and a baseball lover in general. Having briefly entertained becoming an opera singer prior to choosing mathematics, Art was proud of his tenor voice and his ability to hit “the high C,” and he was even a member of the New Jersey Lyric Opera and Chorus.  His love for singing remained with him until the end. Upon his retirement, Art and his wife began the “snowbird” migration of living in the north during the summer (Wall Township, NJ) and the south in the winter (Apollo Beach, FL).  Eventually, they moved permanently to Florida, resettling in Sun City Center.  With his tenor voice still strong, he would sing at Prince of Peace Catholic Church every Sunday.  He also continued his lifetime of service by teaching math to inmates at a local prison. Art is survived by Sandy, his wife of 50 years; his son Arthur (Stephanie) Lucchesi, daughter Lisa (Kelly) Lucchesi, his brother, Pete (Marlene) Lucchesi, three grandchildren, Dante, Zoe and Ian; and his dog, Holly.

Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp. or Good Samaritan Services, 916 North Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Thomas F. Tuffy
Thomas F. Tuffy of Sun City Center, passed away on August 27, 2012. Thomas retired from the N.Y.C. Transit Authority, as a train conductor. Thomas served in the United States Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran.

Thomas leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Eleanor; three children, Karen, Kathleen and Thomas; sons-in-law, Bill and Ray and five grandchildren, William, Kayla, Amber, Thomas and Brian.

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