Obituaries: February 2, 2017

Published on: February 1, 2017

Betsy L. Feldman

Betsy L. Feldman, passed away January 5, 2017 in Sun City Center, Florida at the age of 81.

She was born in Cato, Indiana. She attended Evansville College. Betsy married Rodney T. Feldman in 1958. After a wonderful marriage of 52 years, Rodney preceded her in death on July 31, 2010.

In 1985, they moved from Indiana to Florida where they resided the rest of their years. Betsy enjoyed volunteer work throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling with her family. She and Rodney visited every continent except Antarctica and enjoyed many cruises. They also enjoyed camping and square dancing for many years. Betsy also enjoyed attending water exercises at the community pool.

Betsy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in February 2015 and with Parkinson’s in November 2015. She was cared for by her daughter, Becky, the last three years of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Becky Deener of Sun City Center; granddaughter, Brittany Deener of Indiana; her brother, Tom Barnett (wife Patty) of Cato, Indiana.

A joint burial for Betsy and Rod’s cremated remains will take place later in 2017 in Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sun City Center Hospice House, 3723 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL  33573.

Alfred N. Flaten Jr.

Alfred N. Flaten Jr. passed away January 27, 2017 at the Life Path Hospice House in Sun City Center, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene (Koenig) Flaten, his parents, Alfred N. Flaten Sr. and Dorothy (Nasinec) Flaten and brother, Boyd Flaten. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws: Laurie (Michael) Thies of Omaha, Neb., Leigh Ann (Michael) Worrall of Ruskin, Fla., Noelle (Philip) Jennerjohn of Green Bay, Wis. and Trisha Barner (Jim Bartlett) of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren, Matthew Thies, Omaha, Neb. and Joshua Jennerjohn, Green Bay, Wis.; and by his brother Paul (Susan) Flaten of Jacksonville, Fla.

Alfred was born in Edinburgh, N.D., December 9, 1934. He attended University of North Dakota where he met his wife. He worked for Nash Finch Company for 45 years and retired as the CEO. He retired to Florida in 2000. He enjoyed many activities such as golf, travel, walking, reading, attending church and taking care of his beloved canine sidekick, Sparky.

A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Saturday, February 4, 2017, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Florida. Burial will be later in the spring in Edinburg, North Dakota. He will be missed by a host of friends, family and church members. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Phone 813-634-9900.

Carol Ann Kranz

Carol Ann Kranz, 80, passed away in St. Petersburg, Fla. on December 17, 2016 from injuries sustained in an accident on October 8, 2016. Born December 16, 1936 in Buffalo (Riverside) N.Y. to her beloved parents, Blanche and Harold Stumm. Carol married her husband, Norman J. Kranz on December 28, 1960 at Riverside’s All Saints Church. She delivered their children Norman J. Kranz Jr. 1962, Cheryl Anne Kranz 1963 and John F. Kranz 1965, at Buffalo Deaconess Hospital. Carol was a loving mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her husband; she passed away 11 days shy of their 56th wedding anniversary.

While starting their family and residing in Riverside, Carol and Norm joined The Riverside Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce). They served as chairpersons of the 1967 Miss Buffalo Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss New York State and Miss America pageants. Carol accompanied (as chaperone) the reigning Miss Buffalo, Mary Ward of Alleghany, N.Y. to Oakland, California as the Buffalo Bill’s representative for the American Football League’s All-Star game January 21, 1967. When Karen Koegler of Clarence, N.Y. was crowned Miss Buffalo on April 15, 1967, Carol again served as chaperone for Miss Koegler to Olean, N.Y. in July for the Miss New York State pageant. In the late 1960s Carol was instrumental in forming The Riverside Athletic Club Ladies Auxiliary for the RAC members’ wives and/or girlfriends, while she served as charter president.

In the early 1970s when The Riverside Athletic Club sponsored The Connolly Cup, presented annually to the outstanding high school football player of Western New York, the RAC held their annual award ceremony to announce the recipient for that year. The RAC auxiliary handled the catering services for the 10 finalists, their parents and coaches at the then RAC Clubhouse, located at 820 Tonawan-da Street in Riverside.

In September 1972, Carol and family moved to Hamburg, N.Y. Not long after moving, Carol found employment as a school bus driver for Fisher Bus Service. An ideal job for a loving mother, as when school was out, Carol could be at home for their children’s wants and needs. Shortly after starting at Fisher, with the Fisher family blessing, Carol organized an annual school year-end luncheon for all the bus drivers and management. Carol drove for the Fisher Bus Service for 15 years, and that year-ending luncheon continues as of today.

She cherished family and friends gathering, especially during the holidays at their Hamburg residence. In 1998 Carol and Norm moved to Sun City Center, Florida. She enjoyed playing cards (euchre) and started golfing at the Kings Point Executive Course ladies league and she particularly enjoyed playing with the Darling Dozen group. She is so loved and will be greatly missed by her entire family and all who knew and loved her, for her tenacity and her beauty inside, as well as out.

Survived by her loving husband Norman J. Kranz; beloved sons Norman J. Kranz Jr. (Stacey), John F. Kranz (Sandi); beloved daughter Cheryl A. Kranz-Emerling (Todd); loving granddaughters Jessica Cruz (Cris), Ashley Schwab (Andrew), Brittany Emerling (Clint), Jordan I. Kranz, Justine C. Kranz; and loving cousins, nephews and niece.

A memorial service will be held at the South Town Christian Center, 6619 Southwestern Blvd., Lakeview, N.Y. 14085, this summer on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Our Lady of Victory, Father Baker’s Canalization at 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, N.Y. 14218. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Donald C. Schuster

Donald C. Schuster, 88, of Sun City Center, Fla. and formerly of Galva, Ill. passed away Dec. 23, 2016. He was born June 16, 1928 in La Crosse, Wis. to Albert and Mollie (Meier) Schuster. Don was a 1947 graduate of Bangor High School in Bangor, Wis. He graduated in 1948 from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Mo. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was owner and operator of three funeral homes, located in Algonquin, Galva, and Williamsfield, Ill., retiring in 1989.

Don was active in the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, in Springfield, Ill. for many years and was recognized for his 65 years of service as a funeral director at the National Funeral Directors Convention in Chicago, Ill. He was a member of the Galva Lodge #243 F&AM for over 65 years and the Mohammed Shrine in Bartonville, Ill. over 55 years. He was a former member of the First Congregational Church and a member of the American Legion Post #45 in Galva, Ill.

He moved to Sun City Center in 1993 and worked part time as a licensed funeral director for Lewers Funeral Home in Ruskin, Fla. for 14 years. Don was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, Fla. and served on the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for four years and volunteered his time at the chamber and the Sun City Center Community for many years thereafter.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen, two daughters, Laura Gilbert, Carol (John) Rada, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial services  will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Galva Senior Citizens’ Center, 106 Front St., Galva, IL 61434; Galva Historical Society, 906 W. Division St., Galva, Il 61434; or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.