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Obituaries May 3, 2018

Published on: May 2, 2018

Maxine Mae Jones

Maxine Mae Jones, age 89, passed away April 26, 2018.  She is survived by her loving partner, Norman Mortus, her daughter Carla (Jones) Sanders; grandsons, Todd (Dawn) of London, Ky.; Jason of Lanesville, Ind.; Christopher of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew.  Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Carl Jones and her son-in-law Boyd Sanders.

She worked for Dr. William Yeager of Jeffersonville, Ind. for 20 years.  She loved country line dancing and Jazzercise. She enjoyed traveling over the years with Toby Tours.

Maxine was a loving adopted Grandmother to Cameron and Connor Mortus as well.  Maxine will remain forever in our hearts as we cherish the memories of her full of life, love and spirit.

Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. on April 30, 2018, with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wellspring Community Church at 705 9th St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570.


Janice M. Niepert

Janice M. Niepert, 60, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away April 9, 2018. She retired from the New York City Transit Authority as a police officer. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Kenneth R. Niepert and by her sister, Pat Sullivan. 

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home 813-634-9900.


Charlotte Lillian Reitnauer

Charlotte Lillian Reitnauer, of Sun City Center, went to be with the Lord on April 26, 2018. Her family will hold a memorial celebration in July 2018.

Charlotte, daughter of Charles William and Lillian Ethel (Peuschel) Haverland, was born October 21, 1922, in Lakeville, Minnesota. On May 6, 1942, Charlotte married Melvin Rufus Reitnauer in Reno, Nevada. They shared 58 years in marriage.

Charlotte is remembered by her family and friends as a very loving and caring person (her cookies were loved by all).  She dedicated much of her time to volunteer efforts. These included: Red Cross Gray Lady while living in Webster, South Dakota; volunteer care giver while living in Topeka, Kansas; and volunteer efforts related to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center, Florida.

After serving as a Licensed Mental Health Technician II at Topeka State Hospital for 22 years, Charlotte retired in 1987.

Charlotte was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran from 1961 until 2012 when she moved to Sun City Center and transferred her membership to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed her membership with the Brookwood Covenant Church Women’s Bible Study of Topeka.

Charlotte is survived by her four children: Carol Lee (Kendall) Schwindt of Sun City Center, Fla., Susan Kay (Walter) Olsewski of Medford, N.Y., Michael Robert (Deborah Kay Black) of Owego, N.Y. and Betty Jo (Paul) Nesbitt of Lutz, Fla.; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin R. Reitnauer (Jan. 29, 2000), sister Lois Wickstrom, brother Bruno Haverland and sister Rita Waddell.


Harold E. Rihm

Harold E. Rihm, 89, passed away quietly Thursday, April 19, 2018, surrounded by family in Greenfield, Indiana. Harold was born 1928 to Carl and Norma (Kussman) Rihm of Knightstown, Indiana. Harold graduated from Knightstown High School 1947 and from the University of Notre Dame 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

He worked 34 years with Naval Avionics as a project engineer and with the Rihm family meat market business.  Harold was a 26-year member of the Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department and volunteered with Greenfield Fire Department and Indiana State Fire Instructor.  He was a member of the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Board in Knightstown. He was also an avid amateur ham radio operator.  Harold will always be remembered for his commitment to his community, his wit, and his sense of humor.  He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown, St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Greenfield and Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Florida. Harold was married to Margaret Louise (Whitfield) Rihm in 1951 until she passed 1985.  He married Virginia (Stearns) Anderson in 1986. Harold and Virginia had lived in Sun City Center, Florida for the last 19 years.

Harold is survived by Virginia and his children, Mary Sinnott of Opelika, Alabama, John (Patricia) Rihm of Greenfield, Mark (Peggy) Rihm of Beech Grove, and Ann (Phil) Idlewine of Greenfield; and step-children, John (Beth Haynes) Anderson of Georgetown, Ind., and Theresa (Jay) Sheppard of Morgantown, Ind. He has six grandchildren, Michael (Lauren) Sinnott of Birmingham, Alabama, Joseph (Tasha) Rihm of Camby, Ind., Timothy Sinnott of Austin, Texas, Katelyn Rihm of Beech Grove, and Joshua and Paul Rihm of Greenfield; three step-grandchildren, Andrew, Aria, and Zaccary; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Rihm of Camby, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Norma Rihm; first wife Margaret (Whitfield) Rihm; and brother Robert Rihm.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 23, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140, with Rosery at 2:45 p.m. prior to visitation.  A mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd., Greenfield, IN 46140. Burial followed at Park Cemetery in Greenfield.

Memorial contributions may be made by mail to St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd., Greenfield, IN 46140. Friends may share a memory or a condolence at


E. George Simmons Jr.

E. George Simmons Jr. passed away peacefully on April 24 at the age of 81. George was born and raised in South Hillsborough County, a lifetime resident. He enjoyed a successful 30-year career with Hillsborough County in the roads, land acquisition and county parks departments. As a south county farmer and entrepreneur, George managed a variety of businesses including: Simmons Farm and Ranch, G&E Cattle Company and CHMIKE catering. 

George was involved in many charitable endeavors: Brandon Rotary Club, The Sandy and George Simmons Family Boys and Girls Club of Riverview and the YMCA. Through the Mable and Ellsworth Simmons Charitable Foundation, George and Family touched many lives in South Hillsborough County. 

George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, boating and fishing. He was an RV enthusiast, taking many trips across the U.S. and through the national parks. He was also a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, a season ticket holder since their inaugural season. 

George was preceded in death by his wife Sandy to whom he was married for 35 years. He was also preceded by his father Ellsworth George Simmons Sr., his mother Carolyn Eason Simmons and his sister Jean Simmons. George was a devoted family man and is survived by his children, step-children and their spouses; Cheryl (Jeff) Redford, Michelle (Pete) Henry, Kelle (David) Frustaci, Richard (Denise) D’Alessandro, Michael D’Alessandro (George Marie), Christine (Allan) Hogan; 14 grandchildren and their spouses, Courtney (Eric) Cubero, Derin (Warren) Garrison, Nicole Henry, Michael Frustaci (Brittany Davis), Danielle Frustaci, Joey D’Alessandro, Zachary D’Alessandro, Brett Smith, Brittney Smith, Sophia Huber, Henry Huber, Emile D’Alessandro, Bo Hogan and Alanna Hogan; six great-grandchildren, Cameron Cubero, Cayson Lewellyn, Mason Smith, Nolan Smith, Gio Smith and Jordan Smith and many nephews, nieces and cousins.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sandy and George Simmons Family Boys and Girls Club of Riverview, 6809 Krycul Ave., Riverview, FL 33578. 


Joseph Theodore Vrablik

Joseph Theodore Vrablik, a Senior IT Systems Administrator at the University of Colorado and owner of CNT Solutions, died at work on April 19 from an undiagnosed heart condition.  He was 39 years old.  

Joseph T. Vrablik was born in Littleton, Colo., graduated from Smokey Hill High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Science–Information Systems.  Joseph was married to Stephanie Barkmeyer, a photographer.  Joe & Stephanie would have celebrated their second anniversary on April 23rd.   Joe was the son of Gayle, a homemaker and volunteer, and Joseph Vrablik, a retired partner of Rocky Mountain Cummins.  In addition to being a loyal Colorado Rockies fan, Joe was a world traveler and visited over 16 countries while participating in his hobbies of photography, fly-fishing, skiing and scuba diving. His greatest efforts were expended in training for IRONMAN competitions across the globe.  In total, he completed 14 IRONMAN competitions and was training for his 15th to be held on October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  

In addition to his wife and parents, Joe is survived by his brother David, his sister-in-law Tawnya Vrablik, his Mother- and Father in-laws Nancy and Bob Barkmeyer, his Grandmother Anne Vrablik, his Aunt and Uncle, Nancy and Henry Hopkins, his Aunt and Uncle, Zada and Brian Clarke, nieces and nephews and his loyal husky and golden retriever, Madison and Abbey.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Joe’s honor to his favorite organizations: IRONMAN (, The Boy Scouts of America (, or Saint James Catholic Church ( 

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 26; Rosary was at 10 a.m. followed by Mass at 11 at Saint James Catholic Church located at 1311 Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80220.  Lunch was served after Mass in the Parish Hall.

A prayer and memorial service was held on April 25 at Crosspoint Community Church at 6:30 p.m.


Robert E. “Bob” Whitney

United States Air Force Lt. Col. Robert E. “Bob” Whitney, 96, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away April 26, 2018. Bob was affectionately known as “GGPA” to his grandchildren. A compassionate and devoted friend to many will be dearly missed. Living life to its fullest, he shared many cherished and humorous memories.

He proudly wore his U.S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force uniforms with honor and meritorious distinction from 1942-1966. Respected and highly skilled as a pilot and squadron leader, his awards included Letters of Commendation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Clusters and numerous additional service medals. He was selected as a member on the United Nations Repatriation Tribunal in 1953. Upon retirement, he furthered his career as GS-13, then to the FAA as Safety Flight Inspector and Administration. Retiring to Mesa, he taught, tested and trained future pilots at
Williams AFB.

Socially active, skilled dancers, Bob and Ruby (first wife of 63 years) were also award-winning bowlers. Bob enjoyed golf and proudly displayed his “hole in one” plaque. Bob and Audrey (second wife of 9 and one-half years) were socially active in the Towers community, known as “The Sweethearts” among friends and family. He retained membership in the Order of Daedalians through retirement. All who knew him witnessed a life well lived as he was blessed with the love of two amazing devoted women, loving family, and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruby Whitney by his second wife Audrey Hammond-Whitney, by his son, Robert Whitney, Jr. and by his daughter, Donna Roux, his parents Raymond and Alma Whitney and a brother Norman. Survivors include daughters, Jerry (Dan) Crabtree, Patricia (Roger) Cole, a grandson, Sean (Angie) McCall, five granddaughters, Tammy Madison, Kimberly (Brett) New, Amy Honaker, Allison (Sam) Couch and Summer (Adam) Thielebeule. Audrey’s family, Chandra Wielatz, Steve Hammond (Ann), grandchildren, Gina, Murray (Jonfrank) and Quincy Hammond and Luke Hammond (Callie) 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandsons.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Fla. Interment beside Ruby with military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Order of Daedalians Scholarship Fund in the name of Lt. Col. Robert E. Whitney. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.