Obituaries: October 22, 2015

Published on: October 21, 2015


Harry Adelman

Harry Adelman

Harry Adelman, 75, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer on October 11, 2015. He was born June 10, 1940, in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his loving family including his wife of almost 52 years, Barbara; daughter Lisa Stein (Joseph); sons David (Angela) and Benjamin (Jennifer); grandchildren Hannah and Max Adelman, Rebecca and Anna Stein; sister Marian Cooper; brother Michael Adelman and many other family members.

Harry had a 24-year career with Eastern Airlines in Miami, New York City and Charlotte.

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Dorothy Cuttle

Dorothy Cuttle

Dorothy A. Cuttle

Dorothy A. Cuttle, 97, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Beloved wife of the late Edward W. Cuttle. Loving mother of Carolyn A. (Peter) Robinson and William E. (Patti) Cuttle. Cherished grandmother of Dennis Robinson, Vincent Robinson, Phaedra Robinson, Katelyn Cuttle and the late Crystal Robinson.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in SCC.

Arrangements entrusted to the National Cremation and Burial Society, Ruskin, Fla.


Eleanor S. Eberhardt

Eleanor Eberhardt

Eleanor Eberhardt

Eleanor S. Eberhardt, 90, passed away September 25. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 30, at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon.

Eleanor was born February 12, 1925, a daughter of Willard J. and Macy I. Williams Smith. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Willis G. Eberhardt; and sister Arcille Smith. Surviving are son Dale E. (Brenda) Eberhardt; daughter Dr. Linda E. (Ed) Bireley; and granddaughters Ashley C. Eberhardt and Allison C. Eberhardt.

Eleanor was retired as an administrative assistant from the U.S. Government and was a member of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club, Sunshine Lady at Sun Towers, and a volunteer at Sun City Center Community Association. She loved cats and otters, and was an avid coin collector, bowling instructor and nature lover who enjoyed bingo and poker with the girls.

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Emma “Nina” L. Pacocha

Emma “Nina” L. Pacocha, 95, a resident of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly a longtime resident of Kent, Conn., died on October 9, 2015, at the Sun City Center Hospice House in Ruskin, Fla. Nina was an alumni secretary at Kent School in Kent.

Born on July 15, 1920, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late James G. and Gretchen (Bates) Garrell. On June 14, 1942, in Wassaic, N.Y., she married Joseph G. Pacocha, who predeceased her on October 5, 1989.

Nina was an alumni member of Kent School. She was also a member and past vestryman of St. Andrew’s Church in Kent. She taught Sunday school at St. Andrew’s Church for many years. Nina was a member and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Amenia, N.Y., and was the past district deputy Grand Matron of the Columbia, Putnam and Dutchess District.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Avon Park, Fla. Nina belonged to the Women’s Club at the Church of the Redeemer and the Sonshine Club in Ruskin.

Nina is survived by daughter Jan Weis of Sun City Center, and grandson Jeffrey Weis of Pahrump, Nev.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services and burial will be private at Flanders Cemetery in Kent. To send the family an online condolence, please visit


Rudy Ruiz

flag-in-colorRudy Ruiz, 49, formerly of Ruskin, Fla., passed away October 14, 2015, in Colorado. The funeral service was held Oct. 21 at Light of Christ Anglican Church in Denver. A Committal service will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Rudy grew up in Ruskin and lived there until he enlisted in the Army at age 18, where he worked as a military technician/mechanic. He settled down in Colorado Springs, where he married and raised his beautiful children. He served for 31 years.

Rudy was a respected man and always inspired others to be better. He wasn’t just a friend, but a role model and mentor as well.

He is survived by his mother Martha Hernandez;  sisters MaryAnn Mungia, Martha Ruiz, Rosemary Lorenzo, Chris Cavazos, Selina Cardenas, Reena Carrejo and Liza Reyes; brother Rumaldo Reyes; wife Andrea Martinez; son Christopher Ruiz; daughters Stephanie Martinez, Aracelys Martinez and Yarelys Martinez; and grandson Hayden Ruiz.

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Connie Strunc

Connie Strunc

Nellie ‘Connie’ Strunc

Nellie “Connie” Strunc, 101, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away October 4, 2015. Connie and husband Johnny moved to Sun City Center in 1978 from Cleveland, Ohio. Connie was an avid golfer, bowler and proud matriarch of the family.

She was preceded in death by husband Johnny, and by siblings Al, Stella, Joe, Bob and Alice.

Survivors include daughters Karen Opalek and JoAnn Bolek; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Dorothy VerMeulen

Dorothy VerMeulen

Dorothy Jean VerMeulen

Dorothy Jean (Prestage) VerMeulen, age 88, died peacefully at Hospice House in Sun City Center, Fla., on Monday, October 5, 2015, with her daughter at her side.

Born February 25, 1927, to James G. Prestage and Lulu Vern (Buck) in Allegan, Mich., she was the 10th child in a close-knit family of 11 children. Her mother died when Dorothy was 10 years old, and she was raised by her sister Geraldine and husband Lawrence McKinnon.

On June 16, 1948, she married Wilfred VerMeulen. Together they lived in Kalamazoo, Tulsa, Charlotte, Lake Norman, N.C., and Kings Point. They were a devoted couple, her energetic, outgoing personality complemented by his reserved, easygoing one, until Will’s passing in 1996. Dorothy remained in Sun City Center, where she enjoyed her many friends, golfing, water aerobics, entertaining and international travel.

She will be remembered by her five children for her love of family gatherings, happily cooking for a crowd during holidays and while camping at the beach with family and friends. She was loved by and loved her eight grandchildren: Amanda, Emily, Sam, Anna, Brian, Daina, Max and Rick.

Survivors include older sister Lee Healy (98) of Portland, Ore.; sons David (Martha) of Boston, Steven (Deborah) of Gastonia, N.C., Phil (Wendy) of Brentwood, Tenn.,  Kenneth (Dawn) of Tustin, CA.; and daughter Cathy Weinstein (Robert) of Westlake Village, Calif. Her family will always be grateful for the time spent with her in June this year at our VerMeulen Family Reunion in Florida. Her niece, Julie Holtom, was a great friend and comfort to her as Dorothy’s health declined. Her many nieces and nephews who lived across the United States remembered her often with cards and phone calls.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, where she was a member. She will be cremated and laid to rest by her husband’s side in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo. Those who wish may send donations in her name to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. A Life Tribute page can be accessed at