Obituaries March 25, 2010

Published on: March 19, 2010

HARLEY, Isabel A.

After 101 years, Isabel A. Harley of Sun City Center, Florida, rejoined her husband, Jim, in heaven on September 4, 2009. Isabel was raised in Beaver Dam, WI, along with her 10 brothers and sisters and parents Nick and Teresa Kummer. She married Jim in 1930 and moved many times with Jim’s work, finally settling in East Troy, WI, in 1947. Isabel was an avid bowler and competitive golfer, winning many awards and championships thru the years.     .
In 1967 Jim retired and they moved to. Sun City Center where Isabel continued to enjoy golf thru 94 years. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister for many years and on the rosary guild.
Isabel is survived by daughter Patricia Totten and husband David of Burlington, WI; two grandsons Robert of Burlirigton, and Scott, wife Gina of San Antonio, TX; two great grandchildren, Dustin of USN and Chiree of San Antonio, TX; great great grandson Mark of San Antonio, TX; special niece Shirley and many other nieces and nephews. Rest in peace Mom.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Tueday September 8, 2009 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, FL Entombment at Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Horne, Ellenton, FL.

MEEK, Francis (Frank)

Francis (Frank)  Meek passed away in Sun City Center, Florida, March 7, 2010.
He is survived by his loving wife Jane Snyders Meek. He previously served on the Sun City Center Emergency Squad and was an active member in his church.
A Memorial Service was held at Sun City Center United Methodist Church at 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2010.
Arrangements handled by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


John R. Phelps, born on May 2, 1909, passed away on March 4, 2010. Phelps, a teacher of instrumental music in Detroit, MI, served as organist at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, as Director of Johnny’s Angels choral group, and held membership in many Sun City Center clubs.
He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, and his daughter, Janis. He is survived by his daughter, Nancie, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Emergency Squad or United Methodist Church Music Department, both of Sun City Center.

STANCLIFT, Ray Jones Jr.

Ray Jones Stanclift, Jr., 90, of Sun City Center, FL, died at home March 9, 2010, as he lived, with courage and dignity.  
Ray was born January 24, 1920 in Washington D.C., the only child of Colonel Ray Jones Stanclift and Lucy Jane Watson Stanclift.  Most of his early years were spent on the army post at Fort Sam Houston where his father served as the Chief of the US Army Veterinary Corps.  He was 9 when his dad retired after 30 years of service to our country and moved to the family farm in Kansas.  These were great years working the land, caring for the animals, and doing a lot of hunting, fishing and hiking with his cousin and best friend, Bruce Watson.  He was baptized at Overland Park Presbyterian Church and attended the church sponsored Scout Troop #94 where he earned his Eagle, the highest ranking honor in Boy Scouts.  
Ray was the First Graduate in Chemical Engineering from Kansas University in 1941.  As Army Reserve, he was called to active duty a few months later for ‘a year and a day’.  He often joked ‘that was a long day’ as he proudly served as a chemical officer, advancing to the rank of Major, in the Pacific arena until after WWII came to an end in 1945.  By 1951 he had earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Kansas University  and embarked on a 31 year career with Exxon culminating with responsibilities for marine transportation of chemicals worldwide.
While in the South Pacific he met his bride to be, Dorothy Jane Lewis, who was serving our country as a Navy Nurse during WWII.  They married Dec. 6, 1945, and began a long and wonderful life together.  Their favorite passions were family and traveling throughout the world (to 140 countries!), making friends with people everywhere they went and exploring the many cultures, artwork, music and lands of other places.  His other passion through the decades was following the stock market with his broker and friend Bruce Burrows.  He was honored to be a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church where he worshipped his living Lord.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Dotty (1993).  He is survived by his children, John Ray (Kathy) Stanclift of Torrance, CA; Mary Stanclift Hirsch of Sun City Center, FL; Jill Stanclift of Vancouver, WA; as well as his grandchildren Brianne, Kyle, AnnaBrodea and Richard Zachary.
Donations may be made in honor of Ray Jones Stanclift, Jr. to Kansas University Endowment, Attn: Judy Wright, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

TAYLOR, Richard (Dick) W.

Richard W. (Dick) Taylor,  87, of Sun City Center passed away on March 9, 2010.  He was the loving husband of the late Jacqueline F. Taylor; and is survived by his sister Helen Oliver of Hillsboro, NH; son Bruce Taylor and wife Christine of Sterling, VA.; son Barry Taylor and wife Brenda of Westminster, MD; and daughter Cheryl Openshaw and husband Jay of Norfolk, VA.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Christopher Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Tracy Rouchard, Jamie Kendellen, Brian Chapline, Nicholas Taylor, Richard Chapline; and 6 great grandchildren.  He also leaves behind his loving companion Yoshie Witty.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard Taylor’s memory can be made to the Sun City Hospice House, 3723 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.

MILLER, Kathleen

Kathleen (Katie) Harris Cirami Miller was born July 26, 1926, and passed away February 12, 2010. She was born in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, to Earl Barclay and Minnie G. Harris. Katie was a graduate of the Toronto Western Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She relocated to work in Ossining, NY, and married Tony Cirami in 1950. She earned a Masters Degree from NYU and worked in nursing for 42 years, 32 years being spent at the FDR VA Hospital in Montrose, NY, where she was named VA employee of the year. Her career included 14 years as instructor and concluded as recruiter for the VA in 1986.
A permanent resident in Sun City Center since 1990, Katie’s interests were golfing, traveling, bowling, swimming, cycling, line dancing, needlepoint, cards and playing the organ. Katie was active in her homeowners association for many years in various roles as newsletter editor, secretary, social director and greeter of new residents. Katie was also an active member and supporter of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.
Katie was predeceased by her only brother, William Bert (Bill) Harris in 1995 and by her husband Tony Cirami in 1998.

She is survived by her husband, Harold “Hal” Miller, whom she married in 2002. She is lovingly remembered by her family Robert and Diane Harris, Murray Harris and Dorothy Craig, Jane and Bill Lindsay and nephews and nieces Jeffrey, Andrew, Taylor, Devin and William, all residing in Canada.
Interment was at Hillsborough Memorial Gardens in Brandon on February 18. Katie is missed by family and many friends, and all whose lives she touched.