Obituaries: January 26, 2017

Published on: January 30, 2017

John R. Morris

John R. Morris, 88, of Sun City Center, Fla. was born June 1, 1928 and passed away January 19, 2017. He was a Native American and a member of the Mohawk Indian tribe.

John graduated from Le-Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1952. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two and a-half years. He married Dorothy in 1952 and worked for New York State as an auditor. He moved to Tampa Fla. in 1972 and worked for Hillsborough County as an accountant. He enjoyed running with the Tampa Bay Runners and golfing, boating and fishing with his family. He retired to Sun City Center in 1992, where golfing and ceramics became his passion. John was an inaugural Tampa Bay Buccaneer Season ticket holder until the end.

John is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Robert, daughter Mary Clare, brothers Richard and Gerald, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of loving relatives.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa or the Parkinsons Society. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Phone 813-634-9900.

Marko Popovich, Jr.

Marko Popovich, Jr., age 79, of Ruskin passed away on Monday January 16, 2017. Beloved husband of Nancy Popovich and the late Nina Popovich; loving father of Kenny (Maureen) Popovich, Mark (Rinda) Popovich III and Tom (Sharon) Popovich; cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother of the late Tom, and Joseph, John and Lucy Popovich; brother-in-law of Annie Popovich and Linda Popovich; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mark served his country with pride and honor in the U.S. Army. He was a Master Mason for over 40 years and a great teacher of the rites. Mark was the owner of Sun & Fun Amusements, which he operated with his family.  Outdoor amusement business was his life and brought him much enjoyment working in this industry. A member of the IISA, American Legion and Greater Tampa Showmen’s Association, where he served as president in 1980. Mark was the ultimate Showman. He never passed a microphone that he didn’t pick up and sing. Our Golden Voice is now singing in heaven.

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Annabell Van Winkle Schutte

Annabell Van Winkle Schutte passed away in the early morning of January 15, 2017, at LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center Fla. at the age of 100.

She was born August 21,1916, to William R. Van Winkle and Hanna Pence Van Winkle in Marion, Indiana, the youngest of four daughters, all now deceased.

Annabell graduated Marion High School and subsequently embarked on a long, successful career with Standard Oil of Indiana beginning in Indianapolis, Ind., moving to Detroit, Mich. then Atlanta, Ga. Annabell achieved the Certified Public Secretary designation, similar in  prestige to a CPA.

She and Bill Schutte were married and retired in Sun City Center, Fla. She was an active swimmer and played many rounds of golf with her husband Bill. They loved going to Churchill Downs, especially the Kentucky Derby. Bill passed away in February 1994.

She loved all kinds of board games, especially mahjong and was a highly respected bridge player. A social person with many friends, Annabell was gifted with an alert, curious mind for all 100-plus years. She  resided in Sun City Center for over 40 years.

Survivors include nephew Robert Meredith (Darlene), and nephew Edwin Van Hendey (Judy), and  many great-nieces and nephews and longtime family friends. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Shawn Charles Singleton

Shawn Charles Singleton, 47, of Apollo Beach, Fla. passed away Dec. 24, 2016. He is survived by his mother Beverly; son Shawn Wolfe; brother Michael Shane; wife Danielle; niece Rachael; and nephew Brody. He was preceeded in death by his father Charles E. Singleton Jr.

He was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 18, 1969. He attended Northside Baptist Church and Bell Shoals Baptist Church. He also attended Culinary Arts School in Tampa, Fla., working in Georgia and California before returning home.

Taken from us way too soon, and he will be terribly missed by all his friends and family. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Moose Lodge in Ruskin, 1212 E. Shell Point Rd., Ruskin, Florida 33570 on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at 2 p.m. The attending minister will be Robert Gambrell from Bell Shoals Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements made by Zipperer’s Funeral Home, Ruskin, Fla.

Milton R. Tepas

Milton R. Tepas, 89, of Sun City Center, passed away on November 27, 2016.

Milton was a proud World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is preceded in death by his wife Corinne Milbrand Tepas. He is survived by his children Mary (Neal) of Tampa, Fla., Kathy (Tom) of Syracuse, N.Y., and John (Susan) of Ann Arbor, Mich. as well as six grandchildren, Gregory, Michael, Christopher, Heather, Stefani and Jeffrey and two great-grandchildren.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Milt was the founder of the Tepas Realty Association, and a superintendent of engineering at Harrison Radiator. He was a world traveler, avid cruiser and was a member of numerous choirs and choruses throughout his life, including a barbershop octet.

A memorial service will take place on Monday, January 30, at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Donations celebrating Milt’s life can be made to the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677.

Gloria F. Wells

Gloria F. Hoesch Walker Wells, age 91, died Saturday, January 14, 2017.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sunday, September 13, 1925, and moved to Sun City Center, Fla., June 16, 1986.

She retired January 1, 1984, as Senior Court Accountant and Senior Audit/Distribution Accountant from the Mellon Bank N.A. Trust Department, Court Accounting Department with almost 26 years of service.

Gloria was a Director in the Federation of Kings Point and Highgate IV Condo Association for many years and a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Gary J. Walker; grandson, Bradley Wells Walker; her sister, Helen R. Gaus, her brother John G. Hoesch and her nephew, Curtis Wells.

Survivors are her son James R. Walker (wife Susan) of Fairfax, Va.; her sister, Marie M. Mathews of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandson, Craig William Walker (wife Jessica) of Charlotte, N.C., and great-grandson Bowen Hoesch Walker and great-granddaughter Corabelle Rose Walker; granddaughter, Kimberly Kyle Wagner of Denver, Colo., and great-granddaughters Magdalen and Elizabeth Wagner; granddaughter Cynthia Marie Donovan Palmer of Pittsburgh, Pa., and great-grandsons Nicholas Joseph and Donovan Jason Palmer; two nieces Beverly Greenwell and Sandy Moser Jacobs; and three nephews Mark M. Moser, Jack Hoesch and Kenny Hoesch;

Funeral services will be at a later date. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573.