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Obituaries: September 4, 2014

Published on: September 3, 2014

Mary Lou Cummings

Mary Lou Cummings, 73, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away on July 31, 2014. She was born April 20, 1941, in Mineola, N.Y.

She married in 1964 and worked as a florist while pursuing further education and raising her family in Patchogue, N.Y.

After graduating in 1975 from SUNY Stonybrook with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Mary Lou earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1978 from C.W. Post University. She held a Lifetime N.Y. Teacher’s Certification in nursery through sixth grades and an Umbrella Certification in Special Education in nursery through grade 12. She taught in Patchogue-Medford School’s Eagle Elementary as a special-education teacher from 1976 to 1999.

Although she stopped working as a florist when she started teaching, Mary Lou continued to make beautiful arrangements for family and friends’ special events throughout her life. After retiring, she pursued many interests and hobbies and continued to make many friends everywhere she went. A love of shopping and finding a good deal had her working at Royal Doulton’s Riverhead outlet as a Sales Supervisor. She volunteered at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach. After moving to Florida full time, she worked at Bealls department store as a gift wrapper and office staff member, and at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, where she greeted families and engraved Christmas ornaments for their yearly memorial event. She was also a member of her condominium community’s board of managers for many years.

Being an avid reader all her life led Mary Lou to volunteer work at the Ruskin Library, where she was president of the Friends of the Ruskin Library board. Throughout her life Mary Lou made friends everywhere she went and maintained many lifelong friendships through calls, emails, letters and visits. She was a past member of the Laureate Beta Pi, Beta Sigma Phi International and the 2012 Valentine’s Day Queen. Mary Lou was also an outstanding member of Curves since 2003. When not busy with her work and volunteering, Mary Lou was active with her cardmaking groups, where she made many cards to donate for soldiers overseas and for other organizations. She enjoyed meeting friends for breakfast or lunch as well as spending time with her puppy, Emma. Although she didn’t like cooking, Mary Lou was known as the “cookie lady” because she enjoyed making cookies for her doctors, friends and groups she belonged to.

Raised in Floral Park, N.Y., by Miriam and John Ames, Mary Lou has three younger brothers who survive her. She was especially close with her youngest brother, Curtis, whose support and friendship helped her through life’s bumpy roads. As her children’s favorite uncle, his love and support as well as his many stories of family fun and high jinks help them through this difficult time.

Mary Lou is also survived by her three children and their spouses: Mary Beth Stolz, Amy (and Greg) Barra and Bill (and Jenn) Stolz; as well as grandchildren Vanessa (and Alex), Marissa, Bo, Allegra and Seana; and great-grandson Curtis. She was predeceased by grandson Dale.

Services will be private. Donations in Mary Lou’s name can be made to the Dale Stolz Foundation at or to LifePath Hospice at


Ronald A. Morcom

Flag-color-graphicRonald A. Morcom of Sun City Center passed away August 4, 2014. Born in Jermyn, Pa., Ron was a U.S. Army veteran of 22 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col.

Ron is survived by his wife of 23 years, Wilma Morcom; daughters Penny Little and Laura Farinella; brother Robert; and three grandchildren.

A funeral service was held locally on August 7, with interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.


Beatrice Leila Wallace

Beatrice Leila Wallace died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, with her daughter Colette by her side at the Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bea was preceded in death by husband Dean E. Wallace Sr. and son Dean E. Wallace Jr. She is survived by daughter Colette Newman; grandson Jason Newman of Cincinnati; and great-grandchildren Rozlyn and Max Newman.

Bea and Dean retired from the Post Office and railroad in Chicago and settled in sunny Florida, first in Homestead, until Hurricane Andrew in August 1992, and then closer to son Dean in Sun City Center. Bea was active in the Kings Point Krafters.

Daughter Colette moved Bea to Winston-Salem in 2003.

Graveside services will be held in Tampa at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, 4207 East Lake Ave.

Memorials may be made to Old Salem Sertoma, P.O. Box 17042, Winston-Salem, NC 27116.

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Remembering Art Lucchesi

Art Lucchesi

Art Lucchesi

My dear Art,
What a sweetheart … a good-natured charmer,
lover of people, animals, life and Jesus,
joys of family and friends, music, talking, entertaining,
writing … whatever you did
you did with gusto.
You stole those bases and made things exciting and fun.
You are loved and greatly missed.
It’s two years this August 27th, 2014
Thank you for loving us …
We love and miss
you everyday.


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