Obituaries June 23, 2011

Published on: June 22, 2011

Paul LaTerza
Paul F. LaTerza, 74, of Brandon, passed away peacefully of pulmonary disease on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Born in Queens, New York, Mr. LaTerza had been a local resident since 1994. He was a United State Army Veteran, and was retired as Vice President of Operations for U.S. Shoe, Inc. He enjoyed gardening and working with stained glass, and was also Vice President of  H2U, an organization affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia; daughters and Kathleen LaTerza, Maureen (Gregory) Mitchell; son, Michael LaTerza, and sister, Marian (Vincent) Timlin. Condolences may be offered at

Wilburn Matthews
Wilburn Matthews, 70, of Apollo Beach, passed away June 10, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Rochelle; sons, Mike Matthews; Allen (Judy) Matthews; sisters, Wilma Whidden, Mildred (Leo) Mills, Kathleen; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held June 25 at 11 a.m. at the Sun City Christian Center, 17566 U.S. 301 S. Wimauma, Florida.

Arrangements were made by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave., W. Bradenton, Florida 34205.

Leo J. Barrett
Leo J. Barrett, 79, of Sun City Center, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011 at South Bay Hospital. Born in Derby, Connecticut on April 6, 1923, Leo was an Attorney and Real Estate Broker, a member of the B.P.O. Elks, VFW and attended Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Survivors include his wife of 23 years Miriam Zane Barrett of Sun City Center; a son, John M. Barrett of North Wales, Pennsylvania; a brother John Barrett of California; two sisters Eileen Hawley of Connecticut and Lakeland; Deborah Salewski of Connecticut. Mr. Barrett is also survived by two step grandchildren.

Military graveside rites were held  Monday, June 20, 2011 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.

Arrangements were made by the  Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive. Sun City Center, Florida, 33573.

Sylvester (Les) E. Suchorski
Sylvester E. (Les) Suchorski, was born to life March 5, 1920 and born to eternal life on June 15, 2011. Preceded in death by his dear wife Harriet, brother Edward, and his parents Frank and Mary Suchorski. Survived by loving daughter Mary Winze (nee Suchorski) and her children John (Katrina) and Ann Winze. Les was the recipient of two Purple Hearts for wounds received while serving as Second Lieutenant during WWII in North Africa and Italy. He was owner and President of Shawano Title and Abstract before retiring and moving to Sun City Center, Fl. Les was very active in the Wisconsin Land Title Association and the Shawano Rotary Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending much of his free time golfing, fishing, gardening and hunting. He also was a skilled woodworker and artist. Visitation Monday, June 20 from 9:30 to 11:00 and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 at St. Bernard Parish in Wauwatosa, Wisc.  Private entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park to follow.

Arrangements were made by Becker Ritter Funeral Home 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, Wisc. 53005.

Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson, 93, of Sun City Center passed away April 26, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Charlotte: father of Robert (Marsha), Mary Jane (James) McComb, Deborah (Michael) Wortzeck, and Jennifer Pichardo: grandfather of David Korts, Emily Wortzeck, and Gabrielle Pichardo.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, at 11 a.m.

William Rutherford
William Rutherford passed away June 13. He was born Sept. 23, 1936 he is survived by his best friend and caregiver Ben Zingale; two children, Linda MacDougall and David Rutherford of Michigan; two sisters, six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven of man’s best friends which were a big part of his life. A memorial service will be at the Riverview Moose Lodge, 900 Honeywell Road, Gobsonton, Florida, on Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements were made by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Daniel Alvin Besser
Daniel Alvin Besser, 85, of Sun City Center, FL, went to Heaven May 27, 2011.

Daniel graduated from Mapleton High School, Mapleton, Minnesota in 1944, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in the South Pacific during WWII, and participated in action on Iwo Jima.  He returned to the United States and graduated from Winona State University.  Dan was an athlete, educator, investment advisor and school administrator in Frost, MN and then in Echo and Woodlake, MN, retiring in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lena Besser.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine; and, sons Steven (Tracey and grandchildren Taylor and Alexi); Stanton (Charlene and grandchildren Michael Burley (Sharla and great-grandchildren Kara and Kurtis), Cory Burley (great grandchildren Brittany, Taylor and Cole) and Matthew Burley (Tina and great grandchildren Amanda and Kaitlyn)); Mark (Naomi); and, Matthew (Karen and grandchild Dayna).

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 25 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake, MN, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m.

Interment will be Monday, June 27, at 1:45 p.m., at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Dan loved God, his family and friends, and his country.

Our family states, “He was the best man any of us has ever known.”

Ralph H. Stotenbur
Ralph Hendricks Stotenbur, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away on June 16, 2011, at the age of 97 at his home at the Sun City Senior Living assisted living facility.  He is survived by two daughters: Sarah (David) Morse of Sun City Center and the Rev. Elaine White of Madison, NY; four grandchildren: Martin White, Karen Morse, Danae Eck, and Diane Daly; and seven great grandchildren: Tyler, Sean, Terrance, Miles, Anna, Aaron, and Hazel.  He was predeceased by his wife, Doris, and his sister, Jean Stilwell.

Born in Montour Falls, NY, Ralph graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and went to work for the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, MA, where he met and married Doris Hunt.  They returned to Montour Falls to live in 1949 where he worked for Shepard Niles.  After retirement, they spent the winters in Bradenton, FL, and eventually moved to Florida permanently. They moved to Sun City Center in 2004.

In Montour Falls Ralph was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Boy Scouts, the ambulance squad, and the Masons. He had many hobbies including skiing, square dancing, and traveling, and was much loved by friends and family.  In Florida his activities included shuffleboard, swimming, dancing, and volunteering for the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels.

A memorial service will be held in Montour Falls at a date to be determined and his ashes will be interred in the cemetery there.  Donations may be made in his name to the United Community Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.