Obituaries September 30, 2010

Published on: September 30, 2010



Judith Coover Wishart of Sun City Center, Florida died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Judy was born March 17, 1916 in Harrisburg, PA to Dr. Carson Coover and Ethel Parsons Coover. She was a graduate of The College of Wooster, Ohio Class of 1937 where she met her husband, John Wallace Wishart. They were married in 1941 and resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John predeceased her in 2001.
She is survived by her daughter Judith Parker, of Sun City Center, Florida; her son and daughter-in-law John C. Wishart (MaryBeth) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; grandsons The Reverend R. Jeffrey Parker (Jennifer) of Rogers, Arkansas, Ian W. Parker of Los Angeles, California, Mark B. Wishart of Rockville, Maryland and Kyle W. Wishart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Judy is also survived by two great- grandchildren, William Clark Parker and Lila Grace Parker. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sun City Center, Florida.

POTTER, Helen Joyce


Helen Potter, who had lived in Sun City Center since 1981, passed away in Springfield, IL, at age 86 from complications of surgery.  Helen was visiting her oldest daughter, Peggy Ryder, in Springfield when she was suddenly hospitalized.
Helen was born in Hancock, MN on March 29, 1924.  She had one brother, Richard Cushing, who predeceased her.  
Helen went to Moorhead State Teachers College in 1941.  After completing the program, she taught in several public schools as an elementary school teacher.  She married Gene Potter of Ortonville,  MN in 1948 and they made their home in Ortonville until 1964.  Their five children were all born there.  While living in Ortonville, Helen was active in birthday club, bridge club, and the Circle at the First Congregational Church.
Helen continued teaching or substituting until 1959.  The family moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 1964 when Gene became a U.S. Postal Inspector.  
Helen, Gene and the two youngest children moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1973 when Gene was promoted to be the Inspector in Charge at the Detroit Post Office.  When Gene retired in 1981, they moved to Sun City Center.  Gene passed away in 2002.
Helen was an avid reader who often finished several books each week.  She played bridge, belonged to a book club and a theatre-goers group, and played golf regularly until she was 85.  
Helen travelled extensively in recent years, usually with her children or to visit them.  In the last few years, she had been on cruises to the Panama Canal, the Inside Passage in Alaska, the Exumas in the Bahamas, and the Caribbean; to New York City (for the first time, at age 84); to Washington D.C.; across the Canadian Rockies by train, visiting in Banff and Lake Louise; and from Denver to San Francisco by train.  She was on a trip when she fell ill earlier this month.
Helen was extremely proud of her five children, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter:  Peggy of Springfield, a retired teacher and community volunteer (Tom Ryder, Josh and Tim, and Josh’s daughter Finley), Rick of Frankfort, IL, who is retired from the Postal Service (Dustin Osuch and Bret Potter), Lori of Denver, a lawyer (Eric Perryman, Jules and Avery), Alison of Charlotte, NC, an interior designer (Paul Purificato, Rex and Quinn), and Molly of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, an artist and art teacher (Charles Thayer).
Helen gave generously to Operation Migration, the whooping crane protection group; the Humane Society; and Southeastern Guide Dogs for the Blind, sponsoring several dogs.
A service for the immediate family was held in Springfield, IL on September 22.  An open house was held in Sun City Center on September 26.  Helen will be interred with Gene in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Helen’s name to Sun City Center Library, 1011 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573, or Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., 4210 77th St. East, Palmetto, FL 34221.

MARTINEZ, Domingo “Mingo”

Domingo “Mingo” Martinez, 24, went home as one of the Lord’s angels September 16, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Dawn and Benito Aguilar, maternal grandmother Beverly Papcun, Brother Benny Aguilar and daughter Jocelyn Martinez-Pardo and one unborn child. Mingo was a much loved man. From playing baseball to playing jokes, he was the one to bring a smile to everybody’s face no matter the circumstances. We will never forget his Colgate smile and outgoing personality. Family received friends from 10am – 11am for the viewing and 11am for the service at Sun City Center Funeral Home on Friday, September 24, 2010.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the Aguilar Family.

HOBBS, Francis (Frank)


Frank Hobbs was born August 8, 1931, in New York and died at the age of 79, on September 17, 2010 in Sun City Center, Florida.   He is survived by his wife JoAnn; daughters, Cheryl, Kathy and Linda and husband Charlie; grandchildren Sherry and husband Tito, Stoch, Nicole and Daniel; great grandchildren Dominic and Gabriel; sister Pat Gosienski and family; Dee special family friend.
Frank was a veteran of the United States NAVY. He volunteered throughout his life, as a Fireman with the Wantagh Fire Department in N.Y.   Since coming to Sun City Center Frank founded the SCC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and was past-President.  A member of SCC Security Patrol, he sat on the board and was Captain of team 30.  He was part of the Men’s Club where he served meals on wheels,  as well as installing life line phones and had served as a member of the Citizens Patrol.   
He was loved by all and will be missed, but forever in our Hearts.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Frank’s name to SCC Security Patrol, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5352 , American Heart Association 1101 Northchase Parkway Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067 or Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Drive, UTC-FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612.

HARKER, C. Roger

Roger Harker, 82, of Sun City Center, FL went home to be with the Lord on May 30, 2010. He is survived by his wife Betty, of 34 years, two of three sons, Steve and Phillip, five grandaughters, two cats and two dogs. They will celebrate his life at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. W on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2pm.

FERLE, Robert A.

Robert A. Ferle, passed away on September 20, 2010.  Internment will be in Lansing, Michigan.  Survivors include wife, Betty R. Ferle; daughters,  Lynne Lambert and Dorthy Engerski.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Freedom Plaza at 10 am.  Robert and Betty have been long time residents of Sun City Center, Florida where Bob was active in golf and the carving club.