Aug. 30, 2018

Published on: August 30, 2018

James Francis Killian

James Francis Killian, 68, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away August 21, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam Conflict and retired as a Certified Public Accountant for the City of New Haven, Conn. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph W. Killian Sr. and Edwina Yuzakevich Killian, his sister Eugenia Killian Prece and by his brother Joseph W. Killian Jr. Survivors include his wife of 34 years Rosalie Morneau Killian and two sisters. 

Funeral Mass with military honors was celebrated Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center, Fla.  A celebration of James’ life will be held at a later date in Branford, Conn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla., 813-634-9900.


Ann M. Murray

Ann M. Murray, 85, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018.  Devoted member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, dedicated member of the Daughters of Scotia, and a founding member of Sarasota Heritage Festival.  She was a loving mother and devoted wife and friend. An avid seamstress and baker of Scottish Shortbread who loved making things for others. 

Ann was born in Scotland on March 3, 1933. Preceded in death by husband Charles and brother Ian.  Survived by sons Ian, Donald (Cheryl) and daughter Sine (Alan); grandchildren Suzanne, Allison, Kevin, Kyle, Kaitlyn, Keith and River; great-grandchildren: Christopher and Simon; and sister Evelyn McLean.  

A private service will be held for family at 10 a.m. on September, 14 at the Sarasota National Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be on September 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Web Blvd. W., Sun City Center, FL 33513. Flowers may be sent to the Memorial in care of the church.


Irving ‘Irv’ Rothman

Irving “Irv” Rothman of Sun City Center, Fla. died August 16, 2018, at the age of 94. Irv was born in New York City in 1923. He enjoyed camping, travel, and was a Contract Bridge Silver Master. 

Irv spent his life serving others in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. He was devoted to his late wife Ilse. Irv is survived by his son Kenneth (Kathryn) Rothman, Alexandria, Minn.; his daughter Nancy (Robert) Kulow, Cary, N.C.; granddaughter Rebecca (Patrick) McCoy; grandson Jonathan (Jessica) Rothman; and great-granddaughter Alyssa McCoy. Private family services will be held at a later date.


Judith ‘Judy’ Self

On Monday, August 20, 2018, Heaven received an angel when Judith “Judy” Self passed peacefully in the home she shared with the love of her life and best friend, Mike Self, for 28 years. Judy will be forever missed and remembered by her husband of 31 years, her two daughters Christy Hall and Teresa Johnson, her two sons Michael Self II and Joshua Self, her son-in-laws  Jon Hall and Dennis Johnson, her daughter-in-laws Stacy and Jennifer Self, and her 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Kristen, Madison, Cassidy, Meredith, Brayden, Abbye, Alison, Ethan, Noah, Aubree and Ava. Judy will also be forever remembered by numerous brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and extended family and loving friends.

Mike and Judy impacted this community through the restaurant they owned for over three decades, S&S Tacos in Ruskin, the home of the taco salad and wet burrito. While the food brought the locals to the restaurant, it was the special way Judy and Mike loved on people that kept everyone coming back. Together, they made such an impact on this little town of Ruskin. 

When Judy was just 13 years old she received Jesus into her heart, and she spent the next 63 years loving people the way Jesus did. She poured into people and spoke life and identity into her family and all those she loved and cared about. Judy was a special lady, full of God-given gifts that enabled her to see people the way Jesus saw people. She cultivated deep relationships and impacted lives for a living with her unconditional love, her kindness, her ability to see the best in people and because of such, her life was a testimony of a life that reflected Jesus. She taught her children how to have a God-centered marriage through her example.

After her cancer diagnosis in February 2018, during this time, she reaped what she had sewed into so many. She was surrounded by all her family and people who loved her. She proceeded to live her life continuing to trust in Jesus, praising Him with joy and hope in her heart. During her own battle against cancer, she could be found praying over a list of people, because she was a prayer warrior, and cancer did not stop her from doing her kingdom work.

Judy is now completely healed and residing in Heaven and will one day be joined by her loving family.

A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be held on Sunday, September 2, at 6 p.m. at Wellspring Community church at 705 9th St. S.E. Ruskin, FL 33570.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Judy Self to Wellspring Community Church for their Benevolence fund to help other families in need. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home. 


Frank J. Yanacek

Frank J. Yanacek, 87, passed away Monday, August 20, at the Hospice House. Frank was born in Lansford, Pa. and served in the U.S. Army as a Russian Interpreter during the Korean War. Frank was the top graduate of his class at the Army Language School in Monterey, California, where he was fluent in Russian and Slovak. Frank managed to visit all of North America as well as many countries in Europe.

Before retiring in 1988, Frank worked in logistic management positions with Dow Chemical, Westvaco and SCM Corporation in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Illinois and Ohio and as an Associate Editor for Transportation and Distribution Management in Ohio. Frank was also an adjunct professor of Economics at Cleveland State and Junior Colleges in New Jersey and Ohio. In addition, he worked as an assistant consultant, rewriting company policy manuals.

Frank attended Rutgers in New Jersey, Northwestern in Illinois and graduated from Central Michigan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics. He received his master’s degree in Social Science from William Patterson University in Wayne, N. J. Frank also earned a coveted Interstate Commerce Commission Practitioners license, one of the few at the time in the country, who could practice law before the Interstate Commerce Commission.

In retirement, Frank and his wife taught English in what was then Czechoslovakia, and Frank served on an aid-distribution mission in Armenia. Following his retirement, Frank and his wife Jacqueline moved from Ohio to South Carolina and in 1994 relocated to Sun City Center, Fla. where Frank was founding member and past President of the Pennsylvania Club and a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also volunteered his time preparing and filing taxes for 15 years for residents as well as being a substitute teacher in the local schools in Wimauma and Ruskin, Fla. 

Frank is survived by his wife Jacqueline (Sipko). They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on December 26.  The couple has five children: two sons, James (Cathy) Yanacek, residing in Midland, Mich., Richard (Lily) Yanacek in Palm Harbor and three daughters, Kathryn (Jeff) Mason in Morehead City, N.C., Janice (Jim) Bartolin in Raleigh, N.C. and Carolyn (Paul) Bredwell in Canton, Ga. They have six grandchildren: John Yanacek, David (Laura Grit) Yanacek, Erin (Edward) Leanord, Alexandra Lowrie, Jillian (Michael) Roan and Jenna Bredwell. They also have one great-granddaughter, Addilyn Bredwell.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018, with military honors at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, Fla. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, FL 813-634-9900.