Obituaries for the week of Oct. 10, 2019

Published on: October 10, 2019

Dorothy J. Ambill

Dorothy June Ambill passed from this life on September 20, 2019. She was born in London, England. During World War II she served as an air raid warden. She married Harry Ambill, an American GI who was stationed at SHAEF Headquarters in London in 1945 and arrived in the United States aboard the Queen Mary in 1946 as an English war bride.

Dorothy made her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the next 36 years and raised her family there. She was employed at Brookline Bank for 20 years. She was a talented seamstress and gardener. Dorothy and Harry retired to Sun City Center, Fla. in 1982. Dottie worked as a receptionist for Kings Point Real Estate and enjoyed golf and all the community activities that the area offered. She was a member of the South Shore United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her mother Kino Groves and her beloved husband Harry; her brother and sister-in-law, James and Lillian Ambill; her nephew Bradley Ambill and niece Denielle Davis. She is survived by her daughters Margo Fritsch and Monica Harris; her sons-in-law, Chuck Fritsch and Kevin Harris; her nephew, Mark Ambill; her grandchildren: Reagan Swann, Sara Salvatore, Chad Harris and Reed Harris; and her great-grandchildren: Alex, Rocco, Ellison, Luciana, Eliana, Mossimo and Montgomery.


Janet Helms Olsen

On Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10:37 p.m. Janet Helms Olsen, of Apollo Beach, Florida, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was surrounded by her family.

Janet was born Sept. 17, 1951, in Danville, Illinois. She graduated from Fountain Central High School (Veedersburg, Indiana) in 1969. She went on to excel in nursing school and became an exceptional RN until her retirement in 2018.

She married Michael Olsen (of Danville, Illinois,) on March 26,1999. He survives. She is also survived by her children Nikki Schaeffer of Orlando, Florida; Travis Schaeffer of Covington, Indiana; and Shannon Galey of Apollo Beach, Florida. She was a BELOVED Grandma to Erin, Keegan, Libby, Micah, Tanner and Carson. She was also a great-grandmother to Jessa’lynn and Riyan.

She also leaves behind her beloved sisters, Kathy Helms Steele of Riverview, Florida, and Tracy Helms Duncan of Apollo Beach, Florida; brothers, Kevin (Lisa) Helms of Byron, Illinois, and David Helms of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Janet had a passion for nursing. She was a great friend to so many. She loved the beach, Disney World, camping and traveling with her husband. She was an avid reader and loved her pets, but most of all she loved her family. She was known for her sassy sense of humor and her kind and compassionate spirit.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.


Shirley L.Phillips

Shirley Lois Phillips (Meadows), formally of Kings Point, passed away on September 13, 2019. She was born on August 29, 1929, in North Carolina.

She is survived by four children: Kathryn B. McKenna, William B. Scott, Charles M. Funk and Holly D. Oswald.

The family will have a private ceremony at a later date.


Debra L. Tate

Debra L. (Hogan) “Debbie” Tate made her final journey and left broken hearts behind on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Born November 15, 1952, to Ray and June (Shaffor) Hogan, Debbie relocated to the Southshore area over 30 years ago, coming from Pittsburgh, PA.

Debbie leaves behind her beloved dog, Harley; son, Benjamin (Deborah) Tate; four grandchildren: Eastine, Bryan, Sammy and Rodger; one great-grandchild Conner Tate; sister, Anna (John) Schwery; niece, Kelly Mariskanish; nephew, Brian Rogers; and many loving friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gardenland Mission, where Debbie served on the Board for 10 years,