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Obituaries: October 3, 2013

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Helen Prema Mayr

Helen Prema Mayr, 93, of Sun City Center passed away peacefully on September, 20, 2013.  She grew up in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, and had been a longtime Florida resident since 1949.  Helen lived in Kings Point since 1993 and loved line dancing, walking, traveling and working in the KP Library. 

She is survived by brother Bill Prema of Davie, Fla., and her daughters Nancy Beckman of Tampa and Leona Pettigrew of Kings Point. 

Private services were held in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Norman William Schuler

Norman William Schuler, 85, of Sun City Center, Fla. and Lexington, Mass. passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013. He was a scientist, woodworker, family researcher, loving husband to two great women, father of  five, grandfather of six and great-grandfather of nine.

Norman lived in Sun City Center for the past 20 years. He served the community in many capacities. He was a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church. He volunteered as a guardian ad litem, a driver for the Sun City Center The Ride, and the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. At the Squad he worked as a first responder, an ambulance driver, and an E.M.T. He and his first wife, Grace Kirkland Schuler, worked faithfully at the Squad for many years. He met his second wife, Charlotte Patterson Schuler, while the two served together as E.M.T.s.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. West in Sun City Center, with arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Lexington, Mass.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sun City Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. 


Virginia T. Varjian

Virginia T. Varjian of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away on Sept. 25, 2013. Virginia was the wife of Harry A. Varjian Sr., who passed away in 2007.

Virginia was born January 9, 1918 in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Louise and Lyman Towne.

The eldest of seven children, she was predeceased by her sister Doris and brothers Charles, John, Claude and Jambert.

A graduate of Franklin High School, she worked as a telephone operator before her marriage. 

Virginia was a resident of Franklin, Mass. for many years, was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, serving as a member of the altar guild, and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star.

One of her many accomplishments was the number of rugs she hooked for family members over the years.

Upon moving to Sun City Center, Fla., she became an active member of St. John the Divine Church, serving as a member of the altar guild.

Virginia became a lawn bowler, eventually earning a championship and was a valued instructor to many.

Although she never realized her true dream of becoming a nurse, she was a valued member of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad for many years and she helped people all her life.

She leaves her son David and wife Jeanne, her daughter Judith and husband Jeffrey Vennell, and her son Gary. Virginia was predeceased by her son Harry, Jr. in 1992.

Her grandchildren, Jennifer, Jim, David, Chris, Jeffrey, Beth, Jimmy, Nicole, Brian, Kara and Aaron, will miss their Nana. Zachary, Gabrielle, Julia, Charlotte, Michaela, Clara, Chelsea, Casey and Cameron, will remember Grandnana with love.

Virginia is also survived by sister Charlotte of Yuma, Arizona, sister-in-laws Maria Stevens, Helen Katziff and Rose Muggeridge, and several great nieces and nephews.    

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at St. John the Divine in Ruskin, Fla. and in Franklin, Mass. on Oct. 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb East, Sun City Center, FL 33570 or to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad at 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.


Irene Pasch Wills

Irene Pasch Wills died peacefully September 26, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Born on August 16, 1922, Irene was the first child of Elizabeth and Chester Brownell of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Irene graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and married Earl L. Pasch, Jr. in March of 1943. Irene and Earl had three daughters: Lucinda and twins Gail and Gwyn.

Irene’s early life centered on her family. She cooked, she entertained friends, and she especially enjoyed sewing beautiful clothes for her young daughters. In more recent years Irene played bridge, golfed, and danced like Ginger Rogers at the Caloosa Golf & Country Club in Sun City Center, Florida.  Irene also volunteered at the Sun City EMS unit. A lifelong Presbyterian, Irene was a loyal member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo and later of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church of Sun City Center, where she attended services for over 30 years.

After 35 years of marriage, first husband Earl L. Pasch Jr. passed away in 1978. The death of Irene’s second husband, James D. Ramsey of Okemos, Michigan, ended a 12-year marriage. Irene and her third husband, Richard V. Wills of Columbus, Ohio were married 19 years. Richard just passed away in 2012 at the age of 94. Irene often said she “had the perfect marriage for each phase of my life.” Irene was also preceded in death by her sister Shirley Ann Brownell Holton of Kalamazoo, and her beloved granddaughter Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey of Marietta, Georgia.

Surviving family members include Irene’s sister, Frances Newland of Sebring, Florida and her brother Peter Brownell of Parchment, Michigan. Irene is also survived by daughters Lucinda L. Johnson (Mrs. Wallace K. Sagendorph) of Roswell, Georgia; Gail L. Burkhart of Columbus, Ohio; and Gwyn B. Dorris (Mrs. Craig Dorris) of Orlando, Florida. Irene’s grandchildren include Melinda R. Long, John Andrew Ramsey, Dr. Ashlie Burkhart, Gage Burkhart, Lt. Cdmr. Blake Burket USN, and Morgan Burket Martinsen. Irene’s great-grandchildren are Stewart, Harrison, and Oliver Long; Mary Reese and Jack Ramsey; Oliver and Elliot Burkhart-Klien; and Lucas Martinsen. Irene also had many nieces and nephews, but we especially mention Carol Ann Holton of Kalamazoo Michigan, a wonderful companion to Irene in the last year of her life. And Irene’s family members are indebted to each of the caregivers who so faithfully assisted Irene at the end of her life. 

A celebration of Irene’s life was held September 30 at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in  Sun City Center, Florida. Irene’s cremated remains will be interred beside those of her first husband, Earl L. Pasch, Jr., in the First Presbyterian Church columbarium at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Irene’s family asks that rather than flowers, friends and family can honor Irene’s life with donations to the memorial fund at St Andrew Presbyterian Church of Sun City Center or to the Vitas hospice organization of Orlando, Florida.

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