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Obituaries March 22, 2012

Published on: March 20, 2012

Helen Perdue (Hansen) McDaniel
Helen Perdue (Hansen) McDaniel, 94, formerly of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, February 24.

She was born November 22, 1917 in Logansport, Indiana; graduated from Logansport High School and moved to South Bend, IN, where she worked as a bookkeeper at Gilbert’s Department Store. In June of 1940 she married Russell R. McDaniel  (b. 1914 in Chicago IL, d. 1989 in Sun City Center FL), and after his wartime service, they began a family.

The McDaniels owned Russell’s Supermarket, a South Bend fixture spanning three decades and known for the finest quality meats and service. They were members of the United Methodist Church, Elks Club, Masonic service organizations, and avid golfers and bridge players. In 1984 they moved full-time to their winter home of Kings Point, Sun City Center, Florida, where they enjoyed many years of retirement, friendships, and travel. Helen served as President of several golf leagues and as President and Treasurer of a bridge club at Kings Point.

Helen had a bold and straightforward personality, an ability to make friends quickly and an unreserved opinion. She managed great personal tragedy during her lifetime through the loss of her firstborn infant son John, the death of her younger son James in early adulthood following a paralyzing accident, and the extended hospitalization & near-death of her daughter Karen, all through her considerable inner strength drawn from faith.

Helen is survived by her daughter and her husband, Karen McDaniel Bartlett (Fred) of Bluffton SC; two grand-children, Elizabeth Helen Richards of Chicago IL and Russell Gorton of Grand Rapids MI; three great-grandchildren, William, Catherine & Thomas Richards; and a niece, LuAnne Lumbirt of Indianapolis IN. In addition to her husband and sons, she was preceded in death by her sisters Geraldine and Virginia.

A memorial service for Helen Hansen McDaniel will be held this spring at Sun City Center Funeral Home; please contact them for further information if you would like to attend. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Ave, New York, NY 10065. We would like to thank Helen’s many friends in Florida, and the staffs at Aston Gardens (Sun City Center) and NHC (Bluffton) for their help and support.

Edward N. Lucking
Edward N. Lucking was born in Detroit, Michigan to Mary Ellen and Henry Lucking on October 13, 1918. Following graduation from Visitation High School, he attended University of Detroit and graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 1939.

He received a shcolarship to attend Harvard University School of Business Administration and with waiting tables and borrowing from the University, he graduated in june 1941.

After a short time in the war industry in Detroit, he enlisted as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. he served as disbursing officer with expenditures fo $1,000,000 monthly to Navy personnel in Hawaii.

His post war assignment was a a contract termination officer with responsibilities for settling 700 production contracts held by 100 manufacturers. He retired from the U.S. Navy in the mid 60’s as a First Lieutenant.

He was a professor of Management and Personnel at the University of Missouri and later at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In 1976 he established his on business in the oil and gas business.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dan. He is survived by his loving wife, Elsie. He was the father of Edward, wife Cindy; Nora Retter; and Kate, husband Keith; and stepfather of Jeffrey, wife Karen; and of Jay, wife Kim. he is grandfather of 12: Stephen and Daniel Lucking; Michael and Matthew Retter, Thomas and Dylan Brown, Jennifer and Joyce Johnson, Keith and Craig Johnson, ( Twins), and Quilan and Lukas Johnson.

Ed and Elsie retired in 1982 and moved to Venice, Florida. They traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Taking numerous cruises and attended 16 Elderhostels. They were involved in numerous responsibilities in the communities where they resided.

In 200 they made their home in Aston Gardens North, Sun City Center.

Edward was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Remembrances can be directed to Sun City Center Lifepath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573 or to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

George Basil Davis
George Basil Davis, 73, Apr. 25, 1938 – Mar. 14, 2012 of Apollo Beach, formerly of Stamford, CT passed away on March 14, 2012.

He is predeceased by his son, George B. Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Josie Davis; son, Tim Davis (Jen); daughters, Karen Sauerwein and Pam Diaz (Ralph); sisters, Barbara Sileo (Andy) and Claudia Milone (Ted); 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the National Cremation and Burial Society, 308 E. College Ave, Ruskin, FL 33570.

In Memoriam
Phillip J. (P.J.) Combs
March 24, 1986 – June 12, 2004

Happy 26th Birthday

Love always Mom, Travis and family.

Mary (Love) Hojnowski
Mary (Love) Hojnowski, a resident of Sun City Center, FL passed away on March 13, 2012 after a courageous battle with COPD in the home of her daughter, Patricia in Boxford, MA surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Rahway, NJ in 1928 Mary was pre-deceased by her loving and devoted husband Chester, her parents Arthur F. Love and Margaret Mary (Kavanaugh) Love, and her brother Thomas  Love as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Growing up in New Jersey she loved the shore, worked in New York City, and moved to Connecticut when she married. Mary spent most of her adult life as a resident of Bridgeport and later West Haven. Mary was employed by United Technologies (Sikorsky Aircraft) where she worked for over 35 years in a number of roles, retiring as a metrologist and inspector.

She moved to Sun City Center with Chester where she started “another page in her book” of life. Mary was actively engaged in volunteerism as her motto was “to give back” as having gratitude for all the good things in her life. She was a first responder, a dispatcher, and helped to care for the ambulances at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad for over 15 years. She exercised the Seeing Eye Dogs in training at a facility in Parrish, FL; was a committed member of the transportation team at South Bay Hospital; assisted Chester with Knights of Columbus fundraising drives and was a member of many social and regional clubs including the New England Club, Polish Club and Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Mary was a parishioner at Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Sun City Center.

Full of energy, Mary loved people, loved the beach especially Seaside Park, the West Haven walkway and Anna Maria Island in Florida where she and Chester spent many days. She loved to dance, sing in the follies and play the organ demonstrating a joie de vivre that was contagious to all around her.

Mary was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She is survived by and will be missed beyond words by her children, Patricia Hojnowski- Diaz (Spouse –Robert) of Massachusetts and Kevin Hojnowski of West Haven, CT; her twin sister, Margaret (Love) Fuchs of Toms River, NJ ; her sister- in -law  and brother in-law, Regina and Edward Vrabel of Stratford ,CT; sister-law-law, Margaret Short of  Yorktown Heights, NY ; several  cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces , grand nephews and her wonderful  friends both up north and in Florida.

A calling hour will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park St. Topsfield Center, Topsfield, MA, followed by a funeral mass 12 Noon.  Interment will be private at Bushnell Military Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.  In lieu of flowers please forward donations in honor and celebration of Mary’s life to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.  Arrangements by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn, MA.  Directions and guestbook at

Jesse Kenneth Driggers
Jesse Kenneth Driggers, 87, better known to all of Ruskin as “Chief,” passed away peacefully Monday, March 19, 2012 surrounded by loving family and the caring comfort of LifePath Hospice. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Madeline Ritchie Driggers and is survived by his five “Reds,” Ronald Edwin, Rheda Elaine, Rachel Erma, Rex Earl, and Robin Emily, along with inlaws, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of the life of this local icon, with military honors, will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 4 p.m., “Double D Ranch” 3308 30th St. S.E., followed by a community pot luck dinner. For more information call Rachel at 645-5850 or Dean at 813-917-2819. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center. Chief would like everyone to attend in bright cheerful colors. Please sign guest book at .

Arrangements are under the direction of Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Barbara Rhoads Talbott
On March 23, 2012, inurnment with her late husband will be at Arlington National Cemetery.  Beloved friend of many in Sun City Center; mother to Maureen Stehr and Michael Jones; mother-in-law of Joseph Stehr and Maria Jones; sister of John Rhoads; sister-in-law of Helen and Janet Rhoads; grandmother of Michael, Brian and Caitlin Jones and aunt to a host of nieces and a nephew.  Barbara loved her life in Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, or The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, www.