Obituaries March 13, 2014

Published on: March 12, 2014

Dennis Patrick Donahue

Dennis Donahue

Dennis Patrick Donahue died unexpectedly in his sleep on Wednesday, February 26, of a massive heart attack. Mr. Donahue, born in Providence, R.I., on June 7, 1950, retired as a patrolman from the Warwick, R.I., Police Department in 1989 following a stroke, and had been confined to a wheelchair ever since.  

Dennis loved his family very much.  He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Jean Donahue; son Sean Patrick Donahue and his wife, Brittany; and his father, Henry Joseph Donahue. He is also survived by stepchildren Donald Edward Ford, Carvel Douglas Perkins, Michelle Perkins Schiefelbein, and 10 grandchildren.

He and Rosalie had lived in Sun City Center since 1996, and were members of the Trinity Baptist Church.  A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 W. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center.


Virginia “Gigi” Konefal

Gigi Konefal

Virginia “Gigi” Konefal, 92, went to join the angels in heaven on March 3, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband Pal Konefal.

She is survived by her four children: Ginger (Dave) Reagor, Carolyn Konefal, Robert (Valerie) Konefal and Janet (Wolfgang) Meub. Gigi is also survived by six cherished grandchildren; five beloved great-grandchildren; and brother Anthony “Bud” (Helen) Broskie.

Aside from her family, her passions were painting, golf and playing the organ.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Sun City Center Lions Club, P.O. Box 5684, Sun City Center, FL 33571.


Vernon C. Otto

On March 6, 2014, Vernon C. Otto, 59, of Ruskin, joined his Lord Jesus Christ, father Vernon F. Otto, son Vernon J. Otto, and niece Victoria Barnette in Heaven.

His love for others, his stories and his smile will be missed by his mother Sarah Platt Otto; sister Lois Otto Barnette;  daughter Jennifer Otto; nieces Sonja Barnette Krout, Camryn Krout and Bella Barnette; nephews Tony, Ty, Trevor and Dillon Barnette; relatives and friends.

Donations in his memory may be contributed to the Hope Children’s Home in Tampa. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Annie Beatrice Myrick Washam Sessoms Russell

Annie Beatrice Myrick Washam Sessoms Russell was born February 27, 1927, in Ft. Mill, S.C. This beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully March 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local hospice. Services will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Agnes (Sissy) Witsell

Agnes Witsell

Agnes (Sissy) Witsell (née Fanelli), 79, daughter of the late Rose and John Fanelli, went home to heaven to be with the Lord Jesus on February 26, 2014.

Sis was predeceased by her brother John, her sisters Angel (Carmella) Oreo and Mary Ann Parkinson, and her granddaughter Hope Witsell.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sister Janet Doto and brother Michael (Lois) Fanelli. She also leaves daughters Roseann McCaffrey and Fran (Bob) Shaw; son Cholly (Donna) Witsell; granddaughter Michelle Shaw; grandsons Bradley Shaw, Wesley Shaw and Matthew McCaffrey;  as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Sis was a devoted and sacrificing mother, relative and friend with the hugest heart. She loved her family, dabbling in art in many forms, fishing, shopping and a little gambling. Her unique and warm humor and heartfelt laugh will be sorely missed.

Her family in Pennsylvania had a Catholic Mass said in her honor at Saint Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Norwood, Pa., on Sunday, March 9.

Her family in Florida will also have  a Catholic Mass said in her honor at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin, Fla., on Saturday, March 15.

A Celebration of Sis’ Life service will be held at the clubhouse of Caribbean Isles Mobile Home Park, 405 Elsberry Road, Apollo Beach, on Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Warriors for Hope Outreach Ministry at

Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


In Memoriam
Lillian Bonnie Butler
March 1917 to August 2009
Mom, we love you.
Sheila, Sandy and Danny


Lee Alys Cunningham

Lee Cunningham

Mom, we miss you,
Craig and Amy

Grandma, we miss you,
Sierra and Zachary

Dear Lee,
You’ve been gone one year and our lives will never be the same.
I miss your encouraging words, your hearty laugh,
and “I Love You’s”