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Obituaries November 8 2012

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Edith Mikula
Edith Mikula, 90, of Sun City Center, died Oct. 20, 2012. She led a life of courage and resilience. Born in Slovakia, she had a wonderful life, marrying Joseph in 1942. World War II and the Communist takeover of her country brought great challenges.   Imprisoned by the Communists because of her husband’s anti-Communist underground movement, she endured mental torture and threats.  Released briefly, to implicate others, the underground helped her escape with, at her insistence, her two daughters ages 5 and 6. Enduring a 40-hour journey of walking, crawling and swimming, they made it to the American zone of Austria on Nov. 1, 1949. Reunited with her husband, they came to America in 1950. Working hard, they built a life for themselves and their daughters in Detroit, Michigan.

Edith was loving, strong, charming, caring, vital and active until a few months ago. Preceded in death by her daughter Katherine (1988) and husband (1998), she will be deeply missed by her daughter Susan, granddaughters Clare and Laura, great-grandchildren Joey and Gemma, and her loving and wonderful caregiver Rachel Rose. A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 26 at Prince of Peace Church in Sun City Center.


Loren W. Smith
Loren W. Smith, 75, of Ruskin, FL, passed away at home Oct. 18, 2012. He was born March 13, 1937 in Jefferson County, Iowa, the son of Oren W. and Ethel E. (Willis) Smith.

Loren contracted polio at age 16, affecting his legs. Even so, he played golf for many years.

The Late Effects of Polio (PPS) caught up with him in 1997, so he had to quit work and ride an Amigo scooter to get around. He defeated many opponents playing shuffleboard seated on his scooter.

He worked as a design mechanical engineer at Clark Equipment Co. and Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, MI, and Brown & Williamson in Macon, GA.

Loren enjoyed travel, photography and computers. He published newsletters, first for the Middle Georgia Camera Club, where he won many ribbons in photography competitions.  He was also editor and publisher of the Southern Hillsborough County Post Polio Syndrome Support Group, and the preparer and publisher of the RiverBreeze telephone book.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Dawn (Fisher-Taylor); his twin sister Bonnie (Norm) Dixon; brother Laird (Janet) Smith; children Loren Wayne 2nd, Jeff, Sheryl (Frank) Tobar; stepchildren Cande D. (John) Wendel, Rick and Bob Taylor; and many grand- and great-grandchildren.

The memorial Service was Oct. 20 at RiverBreeze MHP, where he is remembered as a past president of the Board of Directors.


Raymond T. Valentine
Raymond Thomas (Ray) (Ray/Ray), 79, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at home in Sun City Center, FL. Ray was born May 30, 1933. He was the youngest of six children born at home in Plymouth, CT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian and Anna (Ollie) Valentine; brothers Jimmy Valentine, Bobby Valentine and Ed Valentine.

Ray leaves behind two sisters, Vivian Miller of Wilmington, NC, and Jane Kasper of Terryville, CT, and several nieces and nephews.

He was active in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1954; Virginia State Police from 1955-1964; and the U.S. Federal Government, 1965-89, retired.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Beverly; a blended family of son William H. Valentine (Capt. U.S.N. Ret.) (Sue) of Alexandria, VA; daughter Deborah Valentine of Harriman, TN; step-daughters Michelle L. DeMaio (Eugene) of Willington, CT; Dawnn R. Turner (Paul) of Columbia, SC; and stepson Scott C. Kramer (Amy) of Elgin, SC.
He also leaves five grandchildren: James Valentine (Nicole), Benjamin Valentine (Shannon), Justin De Maio (Gen), Ashleigh Turner, and Ryan Turner; and several great-grandchildren.

Ray was a member of the Caloosa Golf and Country Club for many years. He was an avid golfer all of his life until health issues challenged his game.
Service will be private at the family’s convenience.


In Memoriam
Anne Bennett
Nov. 10, 1938-Oct. 6, 2010
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
and days before that too.
We think of you in silence,
We often speak your  name.
God has you in his keeping
until we meet again.
Happy Birthday
We miss you,
Love, Gil, Keavin, Sherell, Ron, Kim, Kelly, Lori, Ryan and Krisi

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