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Obituaries, October 18, 2012

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Susie Dell
4/26/50 – 10/9/12
Susie Dell, a resident of central Florida since 1954, quietly went from the presence of her friends and family into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Susie became a follower of Jesus in her living room, along with her mom, Ms. Edna, in February, 2000.  Susie and her mom were faithful members of Southside Baptist Church as long as their health allowed and then, while confined at home or in assisted living, they continued in sweet fellowship with their Savior. She leaves behind a host of cousins, aunts, and uncles.


Donna Medeck Gokhale
May 1, 1930 - June 3, 2012
Julian Madhu Gokhale
Oct. 11, 1930 - Sept. 18, 2012
Donna Medeck Gokhale worked as a budget analyst for the United States Navy in the aircraft carrier project management office in the Bureau of Ships from 1948 to 1985. She received a business degree from George Washington University. 

Julian Madhu Gokhale was a personnel specialist with the Department of Agriculture prior to becoming Chief of Employment in the Office of Economic Opportunity, which encompassed Head Start, the Job Corps and VISTA. He received an MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Donna and Julian were fans of jazz, favoring progressive, improvisational styles. They were collectors of old vinyl LPs of the classic swing bands (Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey). While living many years in Washington DC near Dupont Circle, they haunted the book stores of the area to supplement their book and CD collections and ate with friends frequently in the multiple restaurants in the area. Snowbirds for many years, they moved permanently to Sun City Center, FL in 2005 where they took an active role in their condo development’s owners association.

Donna and Julian were married for 46 years. She died on their anniversary day this year from the effects of a brain tumor; Julian grieved deeply for her and died four months later suffering from multiple myeloma. Julian has one sister, Adrienne G. Cannon of Alexandria, VA. Donna and Julian will be interred together in Mansion Memorial Park cemetery in Ellenton, FL after a memorial service January 13 at the Sun City Center Clubhouse. Contributions may be sent to George Washington University and University of Pennsylvania.


Mary Givens Hankinson
Mary Givens Hankinson, 95, of Apollo Beach, FL, passed away Oct. 13, 2012 at Cypress Creek Assisted Living Facility. She was born in Augusta, GA, and was a graduate of Furman University. She was an elementary school teacher for Pinellas County School System for 20 years and later retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 10 years of service. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Parrish, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Wade Hankinson, Sr., and her daughter-in-law Linda Hankinson. Survivors include three sons, Wade Owen Hankinson, Jr. of Bradenton, FL, Lloyd Edgar (Ann) Hankinson of Sarasota, FL, and Barry Stephen (Jamie) Hankinson of Apollo Beach FL; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, 9608 U.S. Hwy. 301 N, Parrish FL. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church in Parrish. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center.


Beverly E. Havens
Beverly E. ”Becky” Havens, 78, of Sun City Center  passed away Oct. 11, 2012. She was born in Lackawanna, NY to Wilmer and Mertie Havens.  She retired from Delevan Electronics as a quality control inspector and was a volunteer at South Bay Hospital for 10 years, U2 volunteer, friends of the Hospital, and member of the Red Hatters.

Survivors include three brothers, Donald, Wendell and Kenneth Havens, and her sister, Bea Wassel. Donations in her name may be made to Sun City Center Hospice House, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin FL 33570.

Private Service will be held  at a later date. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, FL.


In Memoriam
It is hard to believe that three years ago we lost a young man who brought so much happiness to this world.

Jessie aka “VITO” Driggers ... just thinking about you brings many smiles. You may have left our sight, but you are in our thoughts daily and your light shines bright.

Your memory is our keepsake, with which we will never part. God has you in his keeping and we have you in our Hearts!! ... Always and Forever we LOVE and MISS you more than words can ever explain. Thank you for being YOU!

Sending you BIG HUGS, Mom, Dad, Courtney, Ninny, Donny, Mandy Daegan & Dawson


In Loving Memory
Albert K. Hendricks
10/12/1938 - 4/13/2012
You left us so suddenly that we never had a chance to say goodbye. We will remember you for all of the wonderful things you did for us, and others. You were modest and a hard worker. Rest in Peace with your mother and father, and sister, and last but not least, have a long talk with your son, Michael.

And we have just three months to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Until we meet again,
your wife Betty and children Peter, Darlene, Pam and Melissa.

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