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Obituaries: November 7, 2013

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Peter A. Curtiss

Peter A. Curtiss of Sun City Center, Fla. died October 27, 2013 at home under the care of family and LifePath Hospice.

He was born May 20, 1933. His parents were Art and Eleanore Foulkes Curtiss of Rochester, N.Y., and his stepfather was Dr. Richard L. Greene.

Peter graduated from Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Upon completion of his ROTC military obligation, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Returning to Ithaca, he worked as an editor/writer for General Electric Advanced Electronic Center, Light Military Division. When the unit moved to Syracuse, he took a job with Cornell as a Grants and Contracts Administrator, working mainly with the Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy Departments and Material Science Center.

Retiring in 1995, Peter and his wife Rhoda (Pidge) Chase Curtiss moved from Etna to their summer house on Lake Simond at Tupper Lake, N.Y., property they had owned and enjoyed since 1965.

They moved to Sun City Center, Fla. in 2009. He was a member of the United Community Church of Sun City Center.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by brother-in-law Bob Chase, sister-in-law Janet Curtiss, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A great big thank-you to his aides for the wonderful care they gave him.

As Peter was always active in community projects and organization events, his family hopes that you will remember him by doing random acts of kindness or donating to the charity of your choice.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Peter at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at United Community Church in Sun City Center. Burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date.


Helen Elizabeth Cyr

Helen Elizabeth Cyr, 92, of Sun City Center, passed away on October 29, 2013. She was born in Hempstead, N.Y. on June 3, 1921, was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed and remain in our hearts forever. 

Helen is survived by her husband Raymond, daughter Ellen and grandson Peter Jennings. Also surviving are niece Betty Wagner, nephews Robert and Bill Seabury and other great nieces and nephews. 

Helen was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society and the Alden Kindred of America, Incorporated. Helen was active in a variety of organizations, which included the Apollo Beach Women’s Club and Garden Club of Pittsford, N.Y. She did volunteer work at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., was an avid bridge player, served in the Sun City Center Security Patrol and loved to travel. During WWII she worked at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, Long Island.  Following the war she worked for Doubleday Publishing Company, Garden City, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Sun City Center Funeral Home 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center. Interment will be at the Sarasota National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the DAR college scholarship fund at P.O. Box 6343, Sun City Center, FL 33571-6343.


James Edward Keister

James Edward Keister, 69, of  Apollo Beach, Florida, died peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2013, after a brief illness.  Jim will be greatly missed and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie Marshall Keister; son James Edward Keister, Jr. of Tampa; grandchildren Yvi and Jayla; niece Alex; and nephews Sam and Banc.

Jim was born in Providence, R.I. He  moved to Riverview, Florida in 1981 and in 1994 relocated to Apollo Beach.   Jim was the founder, President, and CEO of Pace Messenger Service in Tampa  and in 2009, he retired from N-E Where Transport, Inc. in Tampa. 

Jim was a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Ruskin/Sun City Center and was an excellent Mason, Shriner, and friend as a member of Hillsborough Masonic Lodge No. 25, Tampa, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Tampa, and York Rite, Plant City Chapter No. 6, Plant City, Florida. He was also a member of Egypt Shriners and a long-time member of the Egypt Shriners Motor Corps Unit and Egypt Shriners Yacht Club. 

Jim enjoyed life, his motorcycle, fishing and hunting, his dog Niko, horses and his most recent interest, “Big Red.”

A memorial service was held November 2 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607-1460.


Janice A. Schaibley
11/9/41 – 11/3/13

Janice A. Schaibley (Jan), 71, born in Streator, Ill., resided in Apollo Beach, Fla., passed with the Lord Sunday, November 3, 2013.

She is survived by husband Charles J. Schaibley of Apollo Beach; daughters Lisa K Schaibley-Viera of Riverview,  and Kelly Schaibley of Tampa; brothers Jack Nicklin of Illinois and John (Bill) Nicklin of Tampa.

Many thanks to her family, friends and LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center, Fla. for all your love, prayers and support.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in Janice Schaibley’s name to LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center, Fla.

Mom, We Love you and Miss you Always.

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