Obituaries March 8, 2012

Published on: March 7, 2012

Maurice L. Buck
Maurice L. Buck, 81, of Sun City Center passed away peacefully February 23, 2012. Born in Salem, WV, he served admirably in the US Army in the early 50s. He graduated from Glenville State College in WV with a BA and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Deleware. He did further advanced degree work at several different universities. He was an educator for 40 years and held various positions in education, retiring as System Curriculum Director in Georgia. “Buck” had an avid interest in journalism and worked part-time for several newspapers, normally as a copy or sports editor. His survivors include his wife of 50 years Theresa, daughter Sharon Knight (Terry), son James (Katherine), grandsons, Joel (Tania) and Nicholas Knight (Melissa), and three step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Robert (Mary) and sister Sandra Phillips (Gary) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Vivian (Maston) and brother Edward. A funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, March 1, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in his honor. Expressions of condolence at

George G. Rusk
George G. Rusk, 93, of Sun City Center, Fla, passed away on February 25, 2012. He is survived by his son, David Alexander; daughter, Elizabeth  S. Rayme of Timonium,Md.; grandchildren, Laurie  E.Lokey ( Paul) of Newport, N.C. and Brain C. Rayme, ( Sara) of Las Vegas, N.V.; 5 great-Grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Edwina; his parents, and  brother. After coming from Baltimore, Md to Florida he was very active in the community by joining the emergency squad and later with the Guardianship  Foundation. He was also active with the  Gideons and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.   A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on March 6,2012 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of Flowers donations to the Gideons or St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or Sun City Center Emergency Squad would be appreciated.

Arrangements made by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Phyllis J. Sukalec
Phyllis Sukalec of Sun City Center, FL, died Feb. 11, 2012. Phyllis was born July 10, 1923 in Joliet, IL and at the age of 10 moved to Chicago, IL. Phyllis was a dancer and began her dance training at the age of 6 studying ballet, jazz, tap and toe dancing. In the 1940s she worked with many vaudeville greats such as Donald O’Connor, Virginia Mayo and Jimmy Durante. During WWII she toured with USO shows entertaining the troops. Her last professional date was in 1946 at the Capital Theatre in Washington D.C. working on a Perry Como show. After vaudeville Phyllis spent the next 15 years teaching children to dance at her own school in Chicago. After her marriage to John Sukalec in 1965 she closed her school and worked at the 1st National Bank of Chicago for 17 years.  After retiring from the bank and moving to Sun City Center in 1987 she was recruited into producing and directing a variety of shows for the Sun City Center Follies.

Phyllis is predeceased by her parents Steve and Philomena (nee Zuro) and her sister, Ann DeKanic. Survivors include husband, John Sukalec; sister-in-law, Rose Sukalec of Illinois, brother-in-law, James DeKanic of Illinois, and seven nieces, Judy Knieriem of St. Petersburg, FL, Ann Paleczny of Las Vegas, NV, Joanne McInerney of Lombard, IL, and Roseann Blythe, Kathy Walters, Nancy Cairn and Linda Broszka all of Illinois.

A memorial mass was held on Feb. 16 2012 at Divine Providence Church in Westchester, IL. Guestbook may be signed at

Fred L. Pippin
Fred L. Pippin, 80, passed away peacefully, Friday March 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife Maritza, daughter Kathy, sons Gary and David and brothers Roy and Ray.

Mr. Pippin was born and raised in Plant City. He was an athlete, veteran, farmer and real estate investor during his lifetime. He will always be fondly remembered for his honesty and work ethic.

The family will hold service at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at Berea Baptist Church in Plant City. In place of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Hospice in Sun City at 813-634-7621.