Florence James Irving, a resident of Sun City Center for 36 years, died April 25, two months shy of her 101st birthday. She was born in Greensburg, Pa., in 1915, and grew up in Leonia, N.J. In 1937 Florence was one of the few female members of the first graduating class at Syracuse University’s School of Journalism, and soon afterward landed a job as a reporter at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y.
There she met and married Jack Irving, a photographer, in 1940, but because of discriminatory practices at the paper that prohibited married couples from both working there, she was forced to resign.
During World War II, the family moved back to Leonia. Jack worked in the fledgling television industry in NYC, and Florence took care of their three children while also editing the local paper, Leonia Life.
In 1980 they retired to Sun City Center, where Florence volunteered on the Emergency Squad, helped immigrants fill out tax forms, and played a lot of tennis and bridge.
Florence is survived by her children Jeffrey, Judy and Janice Irving; grandchildren Adam and Jordan; and great-grandchildren India and Owen.
Her ashes will be buried in Cutchogue, Long Island, where the family spent summers, in a private ceremony this August. Contributions to www.plannedparenthood.org are appreciated.
Shirley Louise Phillips Passeri, 85, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, N.C.
Shirley Passeri was born September 23, 1930, in Sugar Notch, Pa., the daughter of the late Llewellyn Lloyd Phillips and Florence Lillian Berg Phillips. She had lived in Sun City Center for the past 14 years. She attended Couglin High School and Wilkes University, both of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was retired from the family business, a bridge Life Master, and loved to travel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfonso J. Passeri, and a brother, Lloyd Llewellyn Phillips.
Survivors include sons Mark Passeri and wife Cheryl of Poquonock, Conn., and Arthur Passeri of Tampa; daughter Aleta Tisdale and husband Ed of Lake Toxaway, N.C.; grandchildren Charles Passeri and wife Nancy, Victoria Morneau and husband Joel, all of E. Granby, Conn.; great-grandchildren Vanessa Passeri, Natalie Passeri and Christian Morneau.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Marcy Cemetery in Duryea, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Elizabeth House for their warm, wonderful and gentle loving care and for providing Shirley with as much comfort as possible. For these things, the family is truly grateful.
Online condolences may be made at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.
Nedra Wilbern, 86, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away April 25, 2016.
Nedra came to Florida in 1975 and co-owned Mr. Casuals of Longboat Key. She moved to Sun City Center in 1983. She worked as an agent for Cruise World, and was a member of United Community Church and the SCC Art Club.
She was predeceased by husbands Ed Weber, Ed Cicinato and Howard Wilbern. She is survived by son Todd Weber; daughter Tina (Paul) Kissinger; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was well loved by family and many friends, and will be sadly missed.
The family will have a private memorial service.
Words of comfort can be shared at www.suncitycenterfuneralhome.com.
In loving memory of Janis H. Geoghegan
February 10, 1939 to May 8, 2014
“Marriages are made in Heaven”
It broke our hearts to lose you.
But you didn’t go alone.
A part of us went with you;
The day God took you home.
A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You would never have died.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place
No one could ever fill.
You left behind our broken hearts,
and happy memories, too.
But we never wanted memories.
We wanted only you.
T’was Heaven here with you.
Dearly missed and loved always,
Bill, Willie and Troy