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Obituaries May 16, 2013

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Joseph Willis Campbell

Joseph Willis Campbell, 92, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away May 11, 2013. He was born in Stithton, KY to Nora Bates and Charles Campbell on November 22, 1920. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Monsanto as a mechanical engineer. 

Joe is survived by his wife Margaret; son John William (Julia) Campbell, M.D.; grandchildren Paul and Emma Campbell; stepchildren William B. (Elizabeth) Carmichael and Elizabeth (Kurt) Bullard; daughter-in-law Nancy Carmichael; and nine step- grandchildren.

Services and burial will be in Louisville, KY. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Edward Chrismer

Edward (Ted) Reneau Chrismer, 70, of Riverview, FL, formerly of Lakeview, Ohio, passed away Wednesday evening, May 8, 2013 at Sun City Center Hospice House in Ruskin, Florida.

Born on March 17, 1943, in Osborn, OH, to the late Russell W. & Martha L. (Bernhardt) Chrismer, Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Chrismer (Hines); grandson Andrew Allen Miller; niece Tammi Lynn Hines; brothers Frank E. Chrismer (Betty), Harold W. Chrismer (Jean), Raymond S. Chrismer (Ann), and Clarence L. Chrismer (Beatrice); sisters Mrs. George (Luella) Covert, Mrs. William (Cleo) Haas, and Barbara Ann Berger.

Upon his 1962 graduation from Indian Lake High School, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966; he served on the USS Proteus and was honorably discharged with the rank of E5 – Petty Officer Second Class.

On May 29, 1965, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Hines, at the Indian Lake Community Church in Russell’s Point, Ohio. Together they ran the State Farm Insurance – Ted Chrismer agency for over 35 years before retiring.

He is survived by daughter Julie Ann (K.C. Campbell) Chrismer of Phoenix, AZ; son Michael E. Chrismer;  grandson Ennis M. Chrismer;  brother Gene Chrismer of Riverview, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Characterizing Ted as a “social butterfly” would be an understatement.  There was nothing he loved more than entertaining or philosophizing with friends and family, preferably with a dry Tanqueray Martini. Fishing, golfing, gardening, snowmobiling, motorcycling, morel mushroom hunting, turtle trapping and Buckeye Basketball were also on his top list of favorite pastimes, especially when friends and family came along to keep him company.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, Ohio, with visitation one hour prior to services. Internment is at Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, Ohio.

Condolences can be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial contribution be made to the Humane Society Serving Logan County, 2521 US 68 N, Bellefontaine, OH 43311. Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview.


Jessie Strawn Grant

Jessie Strawn Grant, 97, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2013 at Hospice House, Sun City Center, FL.

Jessie was born to Mary and Chester Strawn on September 10, 1915 in Dana, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and her husband Alexander John Grant.

Jessie grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL, attending Glenbard West High School, from which she graduated in 1934. She also attended North Central College in Naperville, IL.

Jessie and husband John Grant met each other in second grade at Main St. School in Glen Ellyn, IL. They moved to Sun City Center from Quincy, MI in 1988.

Jessie is survived by brother Eugene in Ohio; children Mary Lou (Herb) McKittrick of Sun City Center, Alex Grant of Chicago, and Nancy Reid of Blountville, TN; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad or Hospice House, Sun City Center.


Louise Hutt

Louise Rich Fraser Hutt was born on July 3, 1905, in an apartment on Niagara Street in the Black Rock area of Buffalo, New York.  She died on April 4, 2013, in Sun City Center, Florida, at age 107.

Her parents, Theresa Dayton and Joseph Fraser, met on the opening day of the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in 1901. Louise was a direct descendant of Benjamin Barton, who came to the Niagara Frontier in 1787, was one of the founders of Lewiston, New York, and became one of the three partners who during 1805-1820 owned the portage around Niagara Falls that opened up the West to commercial traffic.

Louise attended Buffalo Public Schools Nos. 20 and 51. She was a teenager during World War I. Her aunt and uncle died within a day of each other in the Flu Epidemic of 1918.  Louise graduated from Lafayette High School in 1922. One of her favorite classmates was Fran Striker, the creator of The Lone Ranger.

Following graduation from high school, she entered the Buffalo Normal School (now Buffalo State College) to obtain an elementary teaching degree.  She joined the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and enjoyed the connections it brought for the rest of her life. She graduated in 1925 and taught first and second grade students in Buffalo Public Schools Nos. 45 and 66.  When she married in November, 1928, she was forced under the rules applicable at that time to give up her teaching career, because there were so few jobs available for single women.  She greatly enjoyed her teaching experience and always regretted that she had to give it up.

Louise married Lester Ralph Hutt, whom she had known from childhood, following his graduation from Syracuse University. They lived for 40 years in Kenmore, then a newly developing suburb north of Buffalo. Lester was President of Hutts’ Dairy, located in the Riverside area of Buffalo, and was deeply involved in community and dairy industry activities. He pioneered pasteurized and homogenized milk in the Niagara Frontier and brought Reddi-Wip to the area.

The Great Depression had a devastating impact on all commercial business and on the lives of the friends of the Hutts. Louise often said that it created the worst problems she ever encountered during her life, and accounts for the very conservative fiscal attitude of her generation.

During World War II, as Louise said, everything changed.  Hutts’ Dairy had bought a dairy store on Main Street in Williamsville, near the Bell Aircraft and Westinghouse factories. Those factories began producing products for the war effort, using three 8-hour shifts each day. At the request of the government, the dairy store was kept operating 24 hours a day in order to help feed the workers.  Louise spent 12 hours a day supervising the dairy store, delegating her home responsibilities to her 72-year old aunt who had just retired from 52 consecutive years of teaching in the Buffalo school system.

Louise was a leader in numerous community organizations. She co-chaired the fundraising drive to construct Kenmore Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in the northern suburbs of Buffalo. She was President of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Guild, where she established the precedent that the presidency would alternate between a Catholic and a Protestant. She was Chair of the Kenmore Division of the Community Chest, President of the Alumna Chapter of her sorority, a volunteer at Buffalo General Hospital and Kenmore Mercy Hospital, and a member of the Kenmore Girl Scouts Board and the Erie County Girl Scouts Council. She chaired the first area Girl Scouts cookie drive. She became President of the Altar Guild at the Episcopal Church of the Advent and President of the Episcopal Church Home Associate Board of Managers. At the conclusion of her term on the Church Home Board, she was instrumental in combining the men’s and women’s boards into one joint board. 

Lester retired in 1966. They moved to Sun City Center, Florida. Their oldest son, Henry Robert, died in 1967 from a brain tumor at the age of 36, and Lester died seven months later, in 1968, at age 61. For the past 45 years, Louise continued to live in Sun City Center and to lead an active life.  She played golf into her 80s, swam throughout her 90s, and was still playing bridge when she was 105.  At age 90, Louise researched the family genealogy and published a 319-page autobiography titled Life is for the Living.

Louise never suffered from a chronic illness of any type and never needed surgery. She died of natural causes in Sun City Center on April 4, 2013.  She led an exemplary life and has been an inspiration for those fortunate to know her. 

Louise leaves two children, Peter Barton Hutt of Washington, D.C., and Sally Nelson of Portland, Maine; eleven grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Louise R. Hutt Altar Guild Fund at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb East, Sun City Center, Florida, 33573.


Joyce E. Sandusky

Joyce E. Sandusky, 85, of Kings Point, passed away on April 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents Frederick and Ethel Reimsnyder and her brother Robert. She lived and attended school in Bucyrus, Ohio and briefly attended Ohio State University.

She and her husband Jerome became snowbirds and, during this time, achieved Master Gardener status in Hillsborough County. They both served on the Sun City Center Security Patrol. She also ran the Meals on Wheels program for many years, coordinating with the various organizations to schedule delivery drivers for both Sun City Center and Kings Point.

She joined the Sun City Center Woman’s Club and one of her duties was to deliver excess books to the Veterans Center. She participated in numerous other charitable duties and was honored as Woman of the Year by the Woman’s Club at one point. Moving to Kings Point for permanent residence, she actively participated in exercise programs and later ran an exercise class.

Survivors are her husband Jerome, son Steven West, daughters LuAnn Albert and Lynn West, and stepson Timothy Sandusky.

Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. in SCC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.


Cecile Joyce Taylor

Cecile Joyce Taylor, age 77  of Murfreesboro, TN, went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 10, 2013. A native of Bandana, KY, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Margaret Hall Warner.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William L. Taylor, and a brother, William Warner.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by five children: Dawn Walker, Jann McDonald and husband, Steven all of Nashville, TN; Susanne Taylor of Dickson, TN; Michael Taylor and wife Vivian of Buford, GA; and Stephen Taylor and wife Lisa of Taiwan; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister Ann Bigg  and husband Linwood of Leslie, MI; brother Kenard Warner and wife Jeannie of Ruskin, FL; and sister-in-law Shirley Warner of Jackson, MI.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at Franklin Road Baptist Church, 3148 Franklin Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128. The funeral service will be at noon, with Pastor Mike Norris officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Pegram, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Taylor was dedicated to a life of serving the Lord as a pastor’s wife for 43 years at various locations including Nashville, TN, Union City, TN, Ottumwa, IA, and Ruskin, FL, along with numerous mission work in foreign countries. In her honor, Mrs. Taylor has a school named after her in India. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the printing ministry at Franklin Road Baptist Church in memory of Mrs. Taylor. Online condolences may be made at www.woodfinchapel.com.

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