Obituaries May 30, 2013

Published on: May 29, 2013

Donna Sue Hoffman

Donna Sue Hoffman, 73, of Sun City Center, FL, went home to be with the Lord on May 3, 2013.

Donna was born in Beaver, West Virginia, to the late Cecil and Ollie Null (Bailey), and raised in Putnam County. Donna was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother and a member of the First Baptist Church of Ruskin, FL.

She was preceded in death by her sister Maxine Snodgrass and brother Ralph Null.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James “Brownie” Hoffman; daughters Deborah Kay Stegner and Teresa Ann Volmer; sisters Ella Warren and Barbara Whittington; grandsons Kenny and Kevin Grantham; and special family friend John Zuchowski. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

A tribute to her life was on Friday, May 10 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Burial followed in Walker Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.


Astrid Diana Krantz

Astrid Diana Krantz, 81, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away on May 19, 2013.  Astrid was born in New York, NY.  She was the daughter of Elizabeth C. Palmgren and Albert W. Palmgren. In 1949 she graduated from John Adams High School in South Ozone Park, Queens, NY.

After meeting the love of her life on a blind date, Astrid married the late Otto August Krantz on January 5, 1952 in Hoboken, NJ. They settled down in Queens, NY with her parents after Otto’s honorable discharge from the US Air Force. After the birth of their son Steven in 1954, they moved to their first house in Bay Shore, NY in 1956. The birth of their daughter Karen soon followed in 1957. The family relocated to Rockaway Township, NJ in 1966.

To pursue a warmer climate and a more relaxed lifestyle, the family made the move to Florida and settled in Seminole in 1973, almost qualifying Astrid as a native Floridian for living in the Sunshine State for 40 years. Her beloved husband Otto passed away in 1988. Upon her retirement from First Union after more than 25 years, Astrid moved to Sun City Center in 1999. 

While no longer working at the bank, Astrid was far from retired as she made many  wonderful friends and was actively involved at Redeemer Lutheran Church and in many Sun City Center groups. She loved her friends at WELCA, Kings Point Krafters, Redeemer Needlers and the Sun City Center Kazoo Band. Her church friends and neighbors were a large part of her life. She considered them part of her family. Astrid loved the “Needlers,” knitting, plastic needlepoint, stuffing the monthly envelopes and counting the weekly offering at church, mysteries, especially reading mystery novels by Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner or watching the TV show “Murder She Wrote,” and the Peanuts comic strip, especially the Snoopy and Woodstock characters.    

Most of all Astrid loved her family, who will dearly miss her. Her family will miss her love of family, sense of humor, sound advice, pragmatism, strength, fairness, caring and passion for life.  They will also miss her regular phone calls, letters and wonderful visits.

Astrid is survived by her two children:  Steven Krantz of Chapel Hill, NC and Karen Cardo of Riverview, FL; daughter-in-law Julia Krantz; son-in-law Daniel Cardo; grandchildren Jessica of Alexandria, VA, and Matthew, Katherine and Michael Krantz of Chapel Hill, NC; and brother Albert Palmgren and his partner Theresa Nugent of Deer Park, NY. 

A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, FL 33573 on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m.

Condolences can be expressed at In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. 

Arrangements are in the care of Zipperer’s Funeral Home, Ruskin, FL.


Robert O. Sannem

Robert O. (Bob) Sannem, 94, of Sun City Center, died peacefully in his sleep on May 15, 2013 at Sun Terrace in Sun City Center. Bob was born December 29, 1918 to Otto I. and Hertha (Persson) Sannem in Chicago, IL, where he graduated from Von Steuben High School in 1937. He joined the Army before World War II, initially serving in the 11th US Cavalry. Later he fought in Europe with the 104th Timberwolf Division.

In 1947 Bob married Phyllis Pokorney, and together they raised four children. He completed a long and varied business career in 1976, retiring from General Telephone and Electronics. Soon after, he, Phyllis, daughter Patricia and son Glen moved to Florida, locating initially in Boca Raton.

Bob is survived by Phyllis, of Sun City Center; a sister; three children; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He will be buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to either the Sun City Center Emergency Squad (720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573) or Lifepath Hospice (3725 Upper Creek Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573).