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Obituaries February 21, 2013

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William J. Connors

William J. Connors, 93, of Sun City Center, FL entered into eternal rest on February 1, 2013  at his home. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (nee Cristinzio); children Agnes (Rick Wiggin), John (Mary K), William (Nancy) and Marie; grandchildren Colleen, Benjamin (Zoe), Allison Wiggin, Ian Olsson (Ashley), Nancy Anne, Mary Rose, Brooke Olsson, Tyler Olsson, and Kathleen; and great-grandchildren Robert Noble and Aidan Olsson. He is also survived by his sister Agnes Connors, S.H.C.J. and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by brothers Joseph and Edward and sister Mary Hannigan (Joseph).

Bill served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Bill was a proud graduate of Drexel University and worked as a Civil Engineer for the City of Philadelphia. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 212 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA .  Interment will be on Friday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Washington Crossings National Veterans Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the “William Connors Scholarship Fund” at Drexel University.  Checks may be sent to: Drexel University, c/o Steffie Crowther, Suite 310, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Dorothea Curd Dickson
1923 – 2013

Born in Covington, Ky. Dorothea was a resident of Sun City Center since 1982.

She was the loving wife of S. Ray Dickson, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons Thomas W. and Timothy F., daughter-in-law Valerie and granddaughter Melody.

Private services will be held in Kentucky. Gifts in lieu of flowers should be sent to:  LifePath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Rd., Ruskin, Fl.  33573.


Joseph R. Molnar

Joseph R. Molnar, 96, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2013 at his home in Sun City Center, FL. He was born on November 12, 1916 in Kungos, Hungary to Miklos Molnar and Emma Skrainka Molnar.

Joe became an architect in Hungary and, after coming to the United States in 1965, worked as a structural engineer for Dow Chemical and Bechtel. He was an avid sailor and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy and a large, devoted family of children, stepchildren, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. We will all miss his loving presence and are grateful for his long and productive life.

A private memorial service is planned.


Yvonne Rabun

Yvonne R. Rabun, 84, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away February 8, 2013.

She retired from the First National Bank of Chicago after 30 years of service. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and a volunteer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by husband Elmer “Robert” Rabun. She is survived by daughter Jill Rabun.

Committal services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


John T. Rehm

John T. Rehm, 73, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 9, 2013 at LifePath Hospice House in Sun City Center, FL.

John was born July 25, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN to Lois Thompson Rehm and John Edgar Rehm, who preceded him in death. His family moved to Anderson, IN in 1950, where he went to school and graduated from Anderson High School in 1957.

He attended Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree (1961) and a Masters of Music degree (1962).  He then moved to NYC where he worked at a music publisher’s house and as a professional musician.  He travelled throughout the U.S. as a trombonist in the orchestra of a well-known ballet troupe.

In 1964 he began teaching Music Theory at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He married Fran Wagner in 1965. Two years later, they moved back to Indiana where he studied for his Ph.D. degree in Music Theory at Indiana University.  In 1969 John and his wife started their family & moved to Normal, IL, where he taught Music Theory at Illinois State University for 26 years until his retirement in 1995.

John spent his retirement years initially at their summer home at Clear Lake, IN, but soon warmer Florida weather beckoned him and Fran south, where they found a home near Sun City Center, FL and lived about seven months each year.

John was an avid stamp collector, reader, and lover of music all his life; he enjoyed playing the trombone and baritone in several local Big Bands for several years before health problems prevented him from continuing to play.

John is survived by his loving wife of almost 48 years and a wonderful, devoted family:  son Jeff Rehm, his wife Amanda, and four children in Commerce Twp., MI; and his daughter, Laurie Caniglia, her husband Mike, and their three children on Camano Island, WA.  

He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends, but is now resting peacefully in the presence of his loving Lord. A memorial/celebration-of-life service in Florida will take place at a later date.


James K. Scheffler

James K. Scheffler, 79, of Ruskin, FL passed February 17, 2013 at the VA’s Haley’s Cove Community Living Center. He had served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He is survived by wife Pat Scheffler; mother-in-law Patricia Sharpe; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Steve Weekly; step-children Nick, Tony and David Smolen; and children Sandy, Jimmy, Steve and Tammy Scheffler.

Memorial Services will be held at Zipperer’s Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.


Agie (Thorny) Thornsberry
Sept. 13, 1924 - Feb. 11, 2013

Agie Thornsberry was born September 13, 1924 in Kite, Kentucky. He is survived by siblings Selmer Thornsberry, Lois (Thornsberry) Howard and husband Rev. Donald, and Docia (Thornsberry) Mayes; brothers-in-law Mid Johnson (Faye), Ed Johnson (Donna); several nieces and nephews; sons Douglas (Carole) Thornsberry, James (Janice) Thornsberry, Robert (Cynthia) Thornsberry; daughter Patricia (Daniel) Thornsberry Ciarcia; daughter-in-law Barbara Thornsberry; and his loving partner Barbara J. Reitz.

Thorny was predeceased by wife Magdalene, son Dean Thornsberry., and brothers Elmer, Delmer, Marion and Dennis. He has eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who rocked his world.

He served in the Marine Corps during WWII. While serving, he was involved in breaking the beaches in five theaters in the Pacific. He was severely wounded at Okinawa, Japan, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Thorny was last employed at Anker Hold machine shop in Port Huron, MI as a machinist. He retired to Florida in 1978; he lived in Ruskin until his death.

After battling health issues since July, Thorny finally readied himself for his journey home and, as he grew weary, we remember this Bible verse, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

Though we will miss you, we live by God’s promise to see you again. Until then, we hold tightly to that promise and our precious memories.

A memorial service was held at LifePath Hospice on February 20, 2013. There will be a full military burial at Mount Pleasant cemetery in Goodells, Michigan, over the July 4, 2013 holiday.


Helen Woods

Helen Woods, 96, of Apollo Beach, passed peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Helen was born in South Bend, IN to John and Martha Bykowski on June 21, 1916. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a Catholic by faith.

Survivors include her loving sons Jeff Woods and Brian Woods; daughter Michele Bramlett; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held by the family where interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, Ogdensburg, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to LifePath Hospice, 3825 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.blountcurrycarrollowood.com.

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