Obituaries June 27, 2013

Published on: June 26, 2013

James L. Ayotte

James L. Ayotte, 78, of Sun City Center, FL passed away June 18, 2013. He was born June 6, 1935 and raised in Watersmeet, MI. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany.

Jim was a 25-year employee at Eagle Tool of Iron Mountain, MI. Former owners of the Plaza Motel, Jim and Judy, his wife of 55 years, raised their three children in Racine, WI, Ewen, MI and Iron Mountain, MI. He was a former Mason, and member of the Iron Mountain Elks Lodge.

After relocating to Sun City Center in 2002, he was president of the Acadia HOA and Kings Point Garden Club. He served as director of the Kings Point Federation Board and he was an honorary member of the COA gifts and grants committee.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dog Whitey, and his trips to Biloxi with his wife and friends. He is survived by wife Judy; brother Ben (Georgia),  Racine, WI; daughter Tracy (Greg), Ocoee, FL; sons James (Tammy) of Bellaire Bluffs, FL and Benjamin (Laura) of Colorado Springs, CO; grandsons Jacob (Amy), Christopher (Kari), Jed (Brittany), Blaine, Carter, Griffin, and Hayden; great-granddaughters Quinn and Kinley; and great-grandsons Nicholas and Kyle.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.


Louis F. Drouin, Jr.

Louis Frederick Drouin Junior, age 77, born December 18, 1935, passed away peacefully in his home with his family June 19, 2013.

He was beloved by his wife Dorothy (Dolly), daughter Deborah, son Louis Drouin III, son-in-law Charles, daughter-in-law Tracie, grandsons Eric and Marc, and great-granddaughter Krystyn. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He graduated from Tufts University in 1957 and then served in his country’s National Guard for six years. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on August 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church on US 41 in Apollo Beach. Contributions to any hospice organization in lieu of flowers is requested.


Edward A. Gargiulo
March 2, 1914 – June 17, 2013

On June 17, 2013 Dr. Edward A. Gargiulo went to be with his beloved predeceased wife Marie on what would have been their 74th wedding anniversary. He peacefully passed away at his home in Sun City Center, FL.

Dr. Gargiulo leaves behind a close family of four sons: Bill (Suzanne) and Robert of Bradenton, FL, Bruce (Gail) of Atlantic Beach, FL, and Bryant (Eileen) of Tucker, GA.; grandsons Christopher (Susanne) of Dragor, Denmark, Michael of Columbia, SC and Joseph of Tucker, GA; and great-granddaughters Sienna and Sumie of Dragor, Denmark.

Dr. Gargiulo served in the U.S. Navy as a dental officer for 24 years before retiring as a full captain. He was a highly decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He then went on to serve for 20 years as Chairman of the Department of Oral Surgery and Director of Post Graduate Dental Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Gargiulo had a deep Catholic faith that was an important part of his life and character. He exhibited his faith by always being ready and willing to help anyone and everyone who came into his long 99 years of serving the Lord. He served in multiple leadership positions as the Grand Knight of the Third Degree and as the Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

His celebration of life funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m on Saturday, June 29 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center.  Interment will be at Skyway Memorial Cemetery in Palmetto.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


Sala L. Halm

Sala L. Halm, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away June 18, 2013. He served in the U.S.  Army as a captain and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of major. Sala was an Eagle Scout and a member of Corning-Painted Post Masonic Lodge # 0168, American Legion, MOAA, MOWW, Board of Retired Officers Corporation at Freedom Plaza, and Treasurer for the Woodworkers Club at Freedom Plaza. He served for many years as the coordinator of the Sun City Center Salvation Army Red Kettle Program and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gwen and by brother Michael Halm.

Survivors include his loving wife Helen Cranmer Halm; children Elaine (Michael) Skidmore, Richard (Ida) Halm, Marilou (Richard) Colgan and Steven (Kathleen) Halm; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Robert (Linda) Halm and Richard Halm; and sisters Patricia Bullock, Janet Halm and Shirlee Clark.

A Celebration of his Life will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, Salvation Army or LifePath Hospice. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Elizabeth A. Robbins

On Monday, June 17, Elizabeth Anthony Robbins, 89, of Sun City Center, passed away peacefully at her home from complications of congestive heart failure and leukemia. 

Elizabeth (“Toni”) was born October 17, 1923 in New Bedford, MA. She graduated from high school in Newton, MA in 1941, and attended LaSalle Jr. College. She married Spencer E. Robbins, a naval officer, on November 29, 1942.

As a Navy wife and mother, she lived in many locations across the country, as well as overseas in Japan and Turkey. She and Spencer raised five sons during their more than 60 years of marriage. She and Spencer lived in Apollo Beach for 11 years and moved to Kings Point, Sun City Center in December 2002. Spencer passed away suddenly in 2003. 

Toni is survived by their sons Thomas (Nancy), Spencer II (Marlene), Stephen (Laura), Jeffrey (Sue), and Douglas (Jill); 15 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Anne and Ruth.

A memorial service for Toni Robbins was held Wednesday, June 26 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, followed by entombment at the Garden of Memories Mausoleum in Tampa. 

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1462 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, FL 33511; 813-685-0670.


Wanda C. Wierciak

Wanda C. Wierciak, 95, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away June 10, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Ted J. Wierciak, in August, 2011.

Survivors include  son Rick (Marsha) West; daughter Donna (Mike) Kelly; grandchildren Jim (Allison) Kelly and Alison (Shaun) Westfall; and great-grandchildren Kaity, Hannah, Max and Grady Kelly, and Carson Westfall.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday July 1, 2013 at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Wanda may be made in honor of Wanda’s great-grandson Carson Westfall to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 4420 Carver Woods Dr., Blue Ash, Ohio 45242; or to LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center Hospice House, 3723 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, Florida 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.