Obituaries August 31, 2017

Published on: August 31, 2017

Marcia R. Shellenbarger

Marcia R. Shellenbarger, 90 of Sun City Center, Fla., and formerly of Arlington, Ohio, passed away August 24, 2017. She was born on January 12, 1927 in Madison Township, Hancock County, Ohio to Ira and Mary (Nesler) Rettig.

Ms. Shellenbarger was a graduate of Arlington High School and the University of Findlay. She was an elementary school teacher at Arlington Local Schools, retiring after 27 years of service. She was a former member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington and currently a member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, Fla.

She was previously married to Rolland Shellenbarger, Stephen Paulos, Rudolph Lipman and Harry M. Graham, all of whom are deceased. She is survived by three daughters: Rev. Mary Bushong and her husband, Rev. James Tussing; Janet McConnell and her husband, Philip; and Lisa Williams and her husband, Dave; two grandchildren: Crystal Humphrey and her husband, Doug, and Mark Bushong; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, James R. Rettig and his wife, Angela.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla. Memorials may be made to the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 379, Arlington, Ohio 45814, the Good Samaritan Services/SCC Rides, 916 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573, or the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Boulevard W., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements are being handled by Sun City Center Funeral Home in Sun City Center, Fla., and Crates Funeral Home in Arlington, Ohio.

Dorothy Walzer Roessel

Dorothy Walzer Roessel, of Sun City Center, Fla., died on July 27, 2017, at age 104. She was born in Irondequoit, N.Y., to Eugene and Ethel Metcalfe Walzer. She was predeceased by her husband Milton L. Roessel and siblings Howard Walzer and Isabel Caldwell.

She graduated from the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing in 1934 and was a resident of Sun City Center for 40 years. She is survived by daughters Judith (Richard) Agnello of Newark, Del. and Vine Valley, N.Y. and Susan (Gene) Gibson of Ambler, Pa.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to the National Cremation & Burial Society, 813-645-3231.

George W. Cox

George William (Bill) Cox, of Sun City Center, Florida and Carmel, Indiana earned his eternal reward Friday, August 18, 2017. Born in Evansville, Indiana, he proudly served in the Korean War from June 17, 1947 through February 1, 1951.

He and his wife, Josephine, had a successful entrepreneurial career, owning two manufacturing companies in Beech Grove and Carmel, Indiana.

Bill was an avid lover of movies, music and art. He was a self-taught portrait artist and member of the Sun City Center Art Club and Indianapolis Art Club. He won several “Best-in-Class” awards.

Bill, and the love of his life, Josephine, retired in Florida in 2005. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, nine children, 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Bill attended United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.  A celebration of life will be held at the Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill Cox, to United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center, FL 33573. To express online condolences visit

Manfred H. Stimmel

Manfred H. Stimmel, 80, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away August 23, 2017. He served in the United States Navy as a pilot and retired from TWA Airlines after 37 years of service. He was a member of the TWA Retired Pilots Association (TARPA) and was a volunteer for the Sun City Center Security Patrol.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Petra; two daughters, Andrea Stimmel and her husband, Jeff DeGree, and Hailey Ferraro and her husband, Philip; son, Eric Stimmel and his wife, Jenna; two grandsons, Max DeGree and Bruno DeGree and two granddaughters, Naiya Stimmel and Avery Stimmel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan Services, 916 Pebble Beach Blvd. N., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla., 813-634-9900.

John Blake Slack

John Blake Slack, 54, of 191 Hilltop Drive, Collinsville, Va., passed away at his home on Sunday, August 27, 2017. He was born on March 16, 1963 to John B. Slack, III and his late mother Susannah Caswell Slack.

Mr. Slack worked as an operations manager for the ISC call center.

In addition to his father, John B. Slack, III of Sun City Center, Fla., he is survived by his wife, Tracie Wilborne Slack of Collinsville, Va.; sons, Nicholas Powell of Huntsville, Texas, and Austin Powell of Collinsville, Va.; daughter, Kellie Powell of Collinsville, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Beth Slack and Bob Peck of Brandon, Fla.; niece, Angela Brown of Brandon, Fla.; nephew, John Peck of Dayton, Ohio; and great-niece, Adalynn Brown of Brandon, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel, with Pastor Michael Harrison officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon.

Norris Funeral Services and Crematory of Martinsville, Va., is serving the Slack family. Online condolences may be made at

MaryAnn Morrison

MaryAnn Lensman Morrison, 74, a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio. More recently spent winters in Sun City Center Florida, passed away on August 26, 2017. Born September 8, 1942, daughter of the late Everett and Virginia (Arnold) Lensman of Springfield, Ohio. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob Morrison. They were married 55 years. She is also survived by two children, Randy (Connie) Morrison and Michelle (Mike) Seibold; grandchildren, Ashlea, Kristi, Megan and Matt and a number of great-grandchildren; a sister; sister-in-law and two brothers-in law.

MaryAnn was a graduate of Springfield High School, Class of 1960. Together, MaryAnn and Bob owned and operated Reco Sporting Goods in Springfield and had many dedicated customers. MaryAnn was a dedicated wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was an avid collector of cookbooks and enjoyed playing cards and hanging out with the Girls.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alpha House Pizza, 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd # E, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you please make a donation in MaryAnns memory to the charity of your choice.