Obituaries: May 29, 2014

Published on: May 28, 2014

Dorothy Ruth Churchill

Dorothy Ruth Churchill

Dorothy Ruth Churchill

Dorothy Ruth Churchill, 77, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away at home on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  She was born on July 27, 1936, in Newark, N.J.

Dorothy grew up in Packanack Lake and graduated from Wayne Valley High School, Wayne, N.J. She is a graduate of William Paterson University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Dorothy was a third-grade teacher for 29 years at the Aaron Decker School in Butler, N.J.  She received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program “Certificate of Recognition” for having made exceptional contributions as a New Jersey public school teacher.

Dorothy was proud to be a mother of twins (Brian and Jeffrey) and was a founding member of the Twins and Triplets Mother’s Club of the Lake Area. She was a member of the Butler United Methodist Church.  After she retired, she moved with her husband to Lakewood, N.J., where they resided at the Four Seasons Spa and Country Club.  Concurrently, they acquired a condo in Sun City Center, thus becoming “snowbirds.”

Dorothy served on several leadership teams at the SCC United Methodist Church and participated in the weekly interdenominational Bible study program. She enjoyed working as a volunteer at the Pages of Life Christian Book Store. She was nominated to serve as President of the South Shore Chapter of the American Association of University Women.  Moving to Freedom Plaza in 2011, she served on the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund Board of Directors, as well as the Graduate School for Seniors Committee.

Dorothy loved spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.  She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.  She especially enjoyed getting together with her college friends each year in the fall.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles “Chip” Churchill; sons Brian (Kathleen), Jeffrey (Lori) and David (Virginia); and grandchildren Brittany, Kristen, Jacklyn, Kelly, Kevin, Steven, Alex and Adriana. She is also survived by her sister Janet (Charles), her nieces Kathleen and Karen, and nephew Charlie.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pages of Life Book Store at the SCC United Methodist Church, 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the SCC United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Memories and condolences may be left online at


Loa Burkholder Jeffery
June 28, 1915 — May 16, 2014

Loa Burkholder Jeffery, 98, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Wauseon, Ohio, died Friday, May 16, 2014.

Survivors include her children Lynnette Lota of Riverview and Robert (Debra) Burkholder of Brentwood, Calif.; brother George Rozelle of Englewood, Fla.; sister Laura Teel of Bryan, Ohio; granddaughters Kathy Hall, Lynnette Reina, Joann Dyke, Donell Fulkerson and Anita Gates; grandsons Chris Homan, Samuel Burkholder, Russell Burkholder and Tommy Lota; great-grandchildren Dalton and Austin Hall, Tayah and Trey Homan, Alana Reina, and Emily, Tiffany and Danny Dyke; dear cousins Charlie and Ronda Rozelle; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ruskin United Methodist Church, Ruskin.


Stanley Kowalski

Stanley J. Kowalski, 91, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away May 19, 2014.

He served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps as a Captain during World War II. He had a dental practice in Blackwood, N.J., for 38 years before retiring to Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Alba (née Regoli) Kowalski; and his children Mark Kowalski (Rose), Karen Gill (Doug), Pamela Marihart (Bruce) and Stephanie Getz (Steve). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No services will be held. Friends may send memorials to LifePath Hospice 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573, and to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Eileen McClancy

Eileen McClancy

Eileen McClancy

Eileen McClancy, 85, of Kings Point, passed away May 15, 2014, in Palm Gardens. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin for many years.

She is survived by daughter Kathy (Anthony) Inzerillo; granddaughters Kim (Mark) Illum and Kristin (Brian) Conklin. She is also survived by brother Ray Shick and three grandsons in New York.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, son Robert and daughter Linda Braccia.

Eileen will be cremated and buried alongside her husband in Calverton National Cemetery in New York.

The family would like to express special thanks to Palm Gardens and its staff for the care and compassion they showed Eileen while she was in their care. Particular thanks go to Joyce, Colleen and Maria for the “extra” care. Words cannot express the family’s gratitude.


Charles Donald Murray

Charles “Charlie” Donald Murray, 84, passed away May 10, 2014, from esophageal cancer. He was a beloved husband and father and bagpiper extraordinaire.

Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Charlie moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1964, and to Sun City Center in 2004. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann; sons Ian and Donald (Cheryl); daughter Sine (Alan) Murray; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother Gerald (Pat); and sister Evelyn (Stanley) Cwikla.

Charlie was Pipe Major of Sarasota Highlander Pipes & Drums, founding member of St. Andrew Society of Sarasota, the Caledonian Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota Scottish Highland Games.

Memorial services and burial will be June 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery.

God needed a piper, and He took the best.


Vivian E. Swiger

Vivian Swiger

Vivian Swiger

Vivian E. Swiger, 73 of Wimauma, Fla., passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014, at her residence with her loving family at her side. Born in Wimauma on June 18, 1940, the daughter of the late Edward Gordon and Nettie Carlisle Sikes, Vivian was an owner-operator of Swiger’s Crates and Boxes in Wimauma. She attended Wimauma Church of God and  organized  the Wimauma Reunion. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Arlen W. Swiger. She is survived by her son Sheldon (Charleen) Swiger of Wimauma; grandson John W. Swiger of Wimauma; uncle Reverend Ernest Angley of Canton, Ohio; and a host of cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Wimauma Church of God and visitation one hour prior to service.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.