Obituaries: August 21, 2014

Published on: August 19, 2014

Carole Nadine Bajanen

Carole Nadine Bajanen, 74, of Sun City Center, passed away August 12, 2014. She was the loving mother of Cris and Bob Blauvelt and Lori Cuyler. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Blauvelt, and her second husband, Maynard Bajanen; and sons Richard and Donald Blauvelt Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Ruskin Moose Lodge #813.

Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Thomas Neil Farris

Thomas-N.-FarrisThomas Neil Farris, 64, of Ruskin, Fla., passed away Aug 10, 2014. He was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Auburn, Maine, but grew up in Gibsonton.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Harland and Vera Farris, and brother Donald Farris, all of Gibsonton;  and son Ryan Reynolds of Alabama.
Tom is survived by wife Cindy Farris;  daughters Lisa Farris of Ruskin and Shannon Brown of Cross City, Fla.; grandchildren Mahlana, Carlos and Hailey; sister Barbara Farris Petty of Willis Texas; and many nieces, nephews and friends. We will all miss him so much.

Tommy will be sent home to Auburn Maine, to be buried with the family at Mount Auburn Cemetery, as he wanted. He will be placed next to his loving Gram Anker. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.


John E. Folk Jr.

John E. Folk Jr., 71, of Riverview, Fla., passed away August 13, 2014. He is survived by Rita Via, his loving wife of 48 years; sons, Todd and Kirk (Susan); grandsons Zac and Luke; brother Jerry Folk (Lee) of Deer Park, Texas; and mother Janet Ulvila of Painesville, Ohio.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28,  at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Brandon, 3315 Bryan Road.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to LifePath Hospice or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Charles H. Smart Jr.

Charles-SmartCharles Henry Smart Jr., 86, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away August 9, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rose and granddaughter Shannon.

Charles is survived by son Gary and Clare Smart; daughter Debra Knispel; and grandchildren Joshua, Jennifer, Christy, Israel, Jeremiah and Tyler; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Wimauma Church of God, 5504 S.R. 674 in  Wimauma; dinner will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.


Marilyn G. Valentine

Marilyn G. Valentine, 79, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away August 17, 2014. Marilyn was born in Berwick, Pa., and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Rockford College in Illinois, followed by her Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. She retired from Rockford School District #205 after 37 years of service as an elementary school teacher.  Marilyn moved from Rockford  to Sun City Center in 2002, where she volunteered at the Sun City Center Library.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband  Richard Eckroth, second husband Robert Valentine, and by son Steven Eckroth.

Survivors include children Lee Eckroth and Lynn Eckroth; sisters Jaqueline Flood and Leslie (Jim) Crop; and granddaughter Leigha (Kyle) Merod-Eckroth.

Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, Ill.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory
Lillian Bonnie Butler
March 29, 1917 – Aug. 24, 2009

You have been gone five years.
We miss you and love you.
You were the greatest Mom.

Sheila McCarron
Sandy (Farrell) McJunkin & Dan (Patricia) Butler
Grandchildren & Great-grandchildren