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Obituaries: July 2, 2015

Published on: July 1, 2015

Eleanor H. Crawford

Eleanor H. Crawford, 95, of Sun City Center, Fla., died peacefully in her home on Sunday, June 21, 2015. She was born in 1919 in McKeesport, Pa., retired to Sun City, Ariz., and moved to Sun City Center in 2001.

She was predeceased by her husband, William R. Crawford, son William R. Crawford Jr., and grandson Roderick Benjamin Grant.

She is survived by daughters Margie Grant (Rod) and Sue Batt (Matt); grandchildren Jeffrey, Kirsten and Dessa;  and great-grandchildren Nick, Ty, Amanda, Julian, Darcie, Ryan and Colin.

She will be remembered for her loving ways and her beautiful smile. Her service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Freedom Plaza auditorium, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to LifePath Hospice.


Jane Koester


Jane Koester

Jane Koester, 81, died at her home in Sun City Center on June 23, 2015. She was born and grew up in Nebraska City, Neb. She was a longtime sufferer from multiple sclerosis, but was a game little fighter all the way. She was a graduate of William Woods College, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and has an MSSW from the University of Kansas.

Surviving are Donald, her husband of 56 years; children Stephen, Pamela Leary (née Koester) and Mark. She leaves eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Jane was an outstanding mother and the neighborhood children made for one big happy family at her house. She will be missed by so many.

There will be no service locally, but a memorial service will be held later in New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her favorite charities: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 200 South Hoover Blvd., Building 219, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33609, or LifePath Hospice House, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Jack Howard Seelye

SEELYE,-JackJack Howard Seelye, age 96, a longtime resident of Sun City Center, passed away June 23 at LifePath Hospice.

Husband to Mary Seelye for 58 years, he is survived by son Dick Folkerth, daughter Nancy Alguire, sister Jeannetta Wells, as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Jack served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.

Relentlessly creative in his vocations and avocations alike, Jack first worked for the Jam Handy Organization, writing and producing instructional films, and spent the majority of his career as a sales and marketing executive with Kelly Services. He was a voracious reader, writer and lover of words, and an accomplished artist as well, having studied under acclaimed Florida painter and photographer Robert Chase.

flag-in-colorA past president of Caloosa Country Club, he was also a Commander with the Military Order of the World Wars.

Above all, his family and friends will remember him for his kindness, his endless good humor, his boundless curiosity, his keen intellect and his tremendous generosity of spirit.

A memorial service was held June 29 at the Freedom Plaza Auditorium.

The family requests that donations in Jack’s memory be made to the Military Family Support Trust, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., #303, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Arrangements by National Cremation.


Dorothy Cook Whittingham

Dorothy Whittingham (née Cook), age 91, died in Sun City Center, Fla., on June 27, 2015, after a brief illness.

She was born in Yorkshire, England, daughter of Edgar and Tabitha Cook. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John Whittingham (2008), and siblings Henry, Laurence, Peggy and Douglas. She is survived by niece Valerie Cook of Montreal, Canada, and nephews/nieces in the U.K.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center.

Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church ( or to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.