Obituaries: December 17, 2015

Published on: December 16, 2015

Marie Davis

Marie Davis

Marie M. Davis

Marie M. Davis, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on December 7, 2015. Born February 22, 1927, in Cecil, Ga., she moved to Hillsborough County when she was a young girl.

A lifelong resident of Hillsborough County, she owned Marie’s Beauty Salon in Sun City Center for over 40 years. She was a member of Wimauma Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Davis, and daughter Cynthia Quiroz.

She is survived by daughter Betty Jo Brannon. Also surviving are grandchildren Rhonda and Kevin Rimes, Stacy and Hal Polhill, and Michelle Gilkes; great-grandaughters Erika Thornton, Victoria Parker and Maranda Goolsby; great-grandsons Ryan Garza, Marlon Gilkes and Julian Gilkes; and great-great-grandchildren Blair Parker, Chevie Parker and Develen Parker.

Per her request, a small graveside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 9. It was officiated by Rev. Richard Hosea. She was laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Garden of Memory, Tampa.


Bill Flannery

Bill Flannery

Billy R. Flannery

Billy R. Flannery, 83, of Ruskin, Fla., went to be with his Lord and Savior on the evening of December 2, 2015.

He was a longtime resident of Ruskin, owned and operated Flannery’s Welding and Ornamental Iron for 25 years. He was well loved in his community and known for his artistic talents and mechanical creativity.

Billy was born in Midland, Ky., and was preceded in death by his parents, Lilburn and Edith Flannery, and sisters Dolores Naylor and Retta Wilkins. He was a loving husband to his wife of 49 years and a devoted father and Papaw.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Lykins Flannery; sons William Brian (Kim), Neal Ray (Morgendee), and Chauncey Dale (Elizabeth); grandchildren Hayden, Mia, Lilly, Cross, Briggs, Fischer, Adeline, Dock, Pace and Rush Flannery; and a loving extended family.

He was a member of the Friends and Family Church in Wimauma. Funeral services were held December 7, 2015 at Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Justina Souchak Horvath

Justina Souchak Horvath, 95, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Hazleton, Pa., died Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Born in Lakewood, Pa., to the late John and Anna (Lastowsky) Souchak, Justina was the beloved wife of the late Joseph G. Horvath; loving mother of Joseph Horvath and the late John M. Horvath; cherished grandmother of Cynthia, Joseph Jr. and Julia; great-grandmother of several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Justina was employed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and then by the City of Tampa. She was past president of the South Shore chapter of the American Businesswomen’s Association; 1972 Woman of the Year, Keystone chapter; and 1976 Woman of the Year, South Shore chapter.

In lieu of flowers, the Horvath family requests memorial contributions be made to Mission of Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., San Marco Ave. entrance, Saint Augustine, FL 32084.

Services were held Monday, December 14, and were entrusted to the National  Cremation & Burial Society, 308 E. College Avenue, Ruskin.


Carolyn Petersen

Carolyn Petersen

Carolyn Wolfe Petersen

Carolyn Wolfe Ashcraft Petersen, of Sun City Center,  Fla., died on December 10, 2015.

She was born in Waxhaw, N.C., to Carl and Carolyn Wolfe but lived in Hickory, N.C., until her marriage to Tom Ashcraft, after which the family lived in Nashville, Tenn. for 19 years. In 1982, she married Marvin Petersen and moved to Brookings, S.D., for eight years before they returned to the Tampa area.

She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law (Anne and John Maher of Melbourne, Australia); son Thomas Ashcraft   (Victoria) of Littleton, Colo.;  and granddaughter Amanda Croxton (Brian) of Indianapolis.

Carolyn graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and obtained master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She was a professor  at Tennessee State, La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee at Nashville,  University of Tampa and South Dakota State University.

Carolyn belonged to the American Psychological Association and was a Fellow in the American Psychological Society.

She served as a deacon in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center.

Her hobbies were duplicate bridge and writing. She had published a number of research publications in professional journals as well as a book of her memoirs, titled Sweet Caroline.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Monday, December 21, with interment at Sarasota National Cemetery.


Sarah Streiper

Sarah Streiper

Sarah Strieper

Sarah Strieper, 73, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully at Homewood Residence of Sun City Center, on December 9, 2015. She was born January 6, 1942, in Wetumpka, Ala., to the late Jere and Meta Shine.

Sarah was an Army nurse for over 20 years. She retired as a Lt. Col. After retirement, Sarah and her loving husband, retired Col. Gerard Strieper, moved to Sun City Center.

During retirement, Sarah flourished in many of her hobbies. She was an avid painter and was a member of the Sun City Center Art Club for many years, with one of those years as President of the Club. If Sarah was not painting, she was outside in her yard tending to her multiple plants. She loved being outside and became an avid golfer and loved to take her daily walks.

She is survived by her devoted husband Gerard Strieper of Freedom Plaza, Sun City Center; children Ed (Deanna) Strieper of Knoxville, Tenn.; Peggy (Eric Tempka) Strieper of Atlanta; Diane (Dan) Roedema of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Robert (Jennifer) Strieper of Salt Lake City; sister MaryAnne Campbell of Montgomery, Ala.; and brother Glenn Shine, also of Montgomery. She has 10 grand children and many great-grand children.

A Memorial Service was held Monday December 14, 2015, at Freedom Plaza.