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Obituaries: March 6, 2014

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Jan Burr

Jan Burr

Jan Burr died peacefully on February 22, at LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center. She was born in Detroit, Mich. on November 17, 1926. 

Jan was predeceased by her father and mother, Norm and Ernistine Carpenter, also of Sun City Center.  She is survived by her two older sisters, Elaine and Shirley.

Jan was the wife of her cherished, predeceased husband Arthur Burr, loving mother of Nancy (Corbin) Findlan and Jay (Patricia) Niemiec-Robertson; grandmother to Erin and Justin (Shug) Findlan; and great-grandmother to Shaki Das, Adi, Kaya and Asha, the beautiful children of Justin and Sunyata Findlan.

Not to be content there, she was the stepmother to Art’s children: David  (Nicolle)  Burr, Chris (Tony)  Santavicca, Larry (Vicki) Burr; Patti (Steve) Belsley, Jim (Lisa)  Burr, and Suzane (Paul) Bonkowski; including 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

As a resident of Sun City Center for more than 30 years, Jan was very active in the local art groups, winning several awards for her watercolors. In addition, she was an avid golfer, bridge player and a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Jan’s tenacity, determination, many strengths and uncanny ability to swing a golf club and talk at the same time will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Jan’s son and daughter would especially like to thank her dear friend Betty Crawford and her special caregiver, Ashley Green, for the support, love and care they provided for Mom’s final months.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin FL, or to your local Salvation Army.


Rosalyn Klacik

Rosalyn Klacik

Rosalyn Klacik, 91, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away March 2, 2014.

Ro, as she was called by friends and family, was born March 22, 1923, to Mary and Sam Bonchi, of Aliquippa, Pa. 

In 1943, Ro met and married George Klacik (now deceased). They were married for 68 years, until he died in 2011. As an Army wife, she followed him all over the world, and they will be together in his niche in Arlington National Cemetery.

Aside from her family, Ro’s passion was sewing. Just give her a needle, thread and a sewing machine. For many years, she had a thriving business designing and altering wedding gowns.  At any given time, she owned seven sewing machines.

She is survived by her daughter Andrea (Edward) Nove of Sun City Center; grandchildren  Steven (Natalie) Nove and Jennifer (Steve) Grace, both of Houston, Texas; and brother Alden Bonchi of Aliquippa, Pa.

Let us not forget the four great-grandchildren: Lilly, Grace, Abby and Jacob.

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center.Lunch will follow in the church hall.  Anyone wishing to call on the family is invited to do so at that time.

Because it is Lent, please no flowers;  donations can be made to LifePath Hospice at ChaptersHealth.org; or Sun Towers Memory Care Unit, c/o David Flanery, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Herminio Meza Sr.

Herminio Meza Jr.

Herminio Meza Sr., 81, of Ruskin, went to be with the Lord and Savior on February 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandson David Lawrence.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Socorro; children Herminio Jr. (Dalia) Meza, Irma (Tom) Lawrence, Daniel Meza and Elizabeth (Ron) Phifer; grandchildren Andy, Danielle, Jeremy, Jason, Jacob, Mercedes, Monica, Garrett and Michael.

A celebration of his life was held Feb. 21 at St. Anne Catholic Church. His final resting place is Ruskin Memorial Cemetery.


Margaret H. Staple

Margaret H. (Peg) Staple of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully on February 20, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on November 10, 1922, and was a graduate of Ohio University. 

Peg was married for almost 60 years to John (Jack) Staple, who predeceased her. They lived for many years in Fair Haven, N.J., where they raised their three children. In retirement they moved to Sun City Center, where Peg was an active volunteer at the Sun City Center Library, the Weavers’ Guild, Sew ’n Sews and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Peg was well known for her infectious optimism and sense of humor, as well as her many contributions to the community. 

She is survived by children Elizabeth Thompson, Peter Staple and Nancy Koch; grandchildren Aaron Staple, Jennifer Rioual, Rebecca Staple, Allison Koch and Katy Thompson; and sisters Gina Anderl and Dixie Arbuckle. 

There will be no public memorial service, but condolences to the family may be sent care of Betsy Thompson, 754 S. Oakland Ave., Pasadena CA 91106, and donations in her memory may be made to the Sun City Center Library.


Arthur “Art” Whisman

Art Whisman

Arthur “Art” Whisman, Jr., 71, of Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away on February 25, 2014. 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kathleen Whisman; son Thomas M. (Jennifer) Schloss II of Beaverdam,Va.; grandchildren Amanda, Dylan and Cassidy; mother Anna Belle Newton of Albany, Ga.; sister Katherine Hardison (Charles) of Leesburg, Ga.; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many, many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center, FL.

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