Obituaries: June 1, 2017

Published on: May 31, 2017

Barbara Ann Warner

Barbara Ann Warner gained her angel wings on May 25, 2017. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Barbara had touched in some small way.

Memorial services where held on Tuesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, Florida.

Barbara was born February 18, 1930, in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of George and Ann Dorlay. Her father was a fire captain of the Quincy Fire Department and her mother was a homemaker.

Barbara attended Woodward School for Girls in Quincy, Massachusetts, where she graduated and became a telephone operator. She married Russel F. Sullivan in 1950, who preceded her in death.

She became a choir director for St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Piscataway, New Jersey.

She later married John Warner in 1981 where they established residency in Sun City Center, Florida. She was an active member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, a member of the Women’s Club, and volunteered at South Bay Hospital for 24 years. Her interests included family, traveling, golfing, the Sun City Center Chorus and involvement in many activities throughout the community.

Barbara is survived by her sister Jane Daly and spouse Timothy Daly; three sons and their spouses, Russell and Betty Sullivan, Timothy and LaVonda Sullivan, Paul and Gayle Sullivan; daughter, Lynn Sullivan Winget and spouse Robert Winget; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Billie Merle Anglin

Billie Merle Anglin was born in Baxley, Ga. on February 15, 1938, at 1:10 p.m. to Bill and Merle Pickren; she was the first born of her parents’ 12 children (six boys and six girls). (Her name was in a family tradition, as her mother was Willie Merle and her maternal aunt was Willie Pearl.) At the time, Bill was a laborer and Merle was a homemaker.

Not long after her birth, her parents moved back to Florida where they had met. Over time, she and her growing number of siblings lived in several places in North and Central Florida, and occasionally in Georgia. Billie graduated as valedictorian of Tavares (Florida) High School in 1956 and was offered a college scholarship, which she turned down to marry Robert “Man” Anglin, of Ruskin, Florida. They were married 40 years and spent most of their married years in Ruskin.

Robert and Billie had three children, Steve Anglin (Debra Anglin), Shelby Palmer (Keith Palmer), and Tim Anglin (Shelley Anglin).

Billie was a generous and warm-hearted human being, who loved her family dearly and cherished family gatherings, where family stories and legends were recounted, often with great hilarity ensuing. In earlier days, she and her siblings would have family reunions, and she never missed them. Soon, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grew in number so that being a part of a large, loving, and caring family remained a guiding light in her life. Her grandchildren: Malisa, Ashley, Chris, Shane, Shelby, Chase and Joey all loved her wholeheartedly, as did her great-grandchildren: Andrew, Maizy, Dalton, Chloe, Josiah and Jonathan.

As her daughter Shelby noted, “She was a wonderful mom and without a doubt she loved us children and she was our everything.”

The family she grew up in was taught the value of hard work and work hard they all did. But it was a fun-loving and caring family, too. Billie, as the oldest child, took on many maternal duties at a young age as the number of her brothers and sisters grew. In the case of one of her younger brothers, she did so much for him that he did not even bother to learn to talk until he was 4 because all he had to do was point and Billie got it for him.

Billie was a conscientious and honest child and adult. When she was 18 the family’s maternal Uncle Virgil came to visit. The family lived out in the country off a dirt road, as was typical for them. One evening Virgil invited Billie, Gene and James to go on a ride with him. On the dirt road about 2 miles from their house a farmer had stacked his harvested watermelons under a large tree. When Virgil slowed down and mentioned that “we needed a large melon,” Billie became very excited and exclaimed, “Virgil, you can’t steal a melon!” But, Gene and Virgil loaded a couple up anyway, and when they got back home Billie wouldn’t eat any of it!

Billie Merle Pickren Anglin passed from this earth on Tuesday, May 16, in Huntsville, Texas, where she had been living with her daughter, Shelby. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all survive her, as do four of her sisters: Ann, Irene, Mary, and Sharon; her sister Barbara died in 2008. Her six brothers all survive her, as well: Jacob Eugene, James, C.W., Joe, Wade and John. All will miss her beautiful smile and generous heart immensely.

The funeral for Billie will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at The National Cremation Society, 306 E. College Avenue, Ruskin, Florida. Service for the immediate family will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m., for friends and family from 10 to  11 a.m., and the general service will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Cemetery in Wimauma, Florida.

Kathy M. Gallo

Kathy M. Gallo, 65, passed away peacefully May 22, 2017, in Apollo Beach. She was born October 8, 1951 to Andrew Fuller and Mary Jesse in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Her career spanned over 35 years as a banking officer at Bank of America.

With a profound passion for life, she was always surrounded by family and friends. Her humor and compassion drew many people to her from all walks of life. Her greatest happiness was her two children, Michael Austin Gallo and Charles Rikard Gallo. They will carry her Spirit and memories into the future and to their children. She will be sadly missed by all.

She enjoyed traveling, photography, meeting new people, spending time with her family and having parties with friends.

She is survived by her sons, Michael and Charles Gallo; her sister Rose; her nephews David, John and Christopher; her nieces, Leah, Sarah, Journey, Zera, Laurie, Victoria, Vanessa, Jennifer, Jackie, and Annette; her cousins Charles and Rick Jesse, Sheri Jesse, Kim (Steve), Charles “Bus” (Jenn), Edward and Stephanie Jesse, their families and many great friends.

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A Celebration of Life will be held June 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home 813-634-9900.

Robert J. Mroczek

Robert John Mroczek, 86, passed away peacefully in his home May 21, 2017. Upon graduation from South Hadley High School in Massachusetts he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, majoring in physics. He attained his law degree from Boston College where he was valedictorian of his class. During most of his career, he was a contract lawyer for General Electric.

After retirement, he resumed his love of sailing and learned to scuba dive. He enjoyed playing bridge, golf and volunteering for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. He was a loving husband to his wife, Cynthia (nee Wilson) for 55 years. She died of a stroke in 2008. He is survived by his son, John, his daughter, Suzanne, and son-in-law, Bill Garth, grandson, Jesse W. Garth and his friend and companion, Enes Prytek.

The family will have a private celebration of his life. Memorials may be made in Robert’s memory to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.