Obituaries for the week of Dec. 5, 2019

Published on: December 5, 2019

John Marshall Gaines Sr.

John Marshall Gaines Sr., 89, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Milan, MI, died on November 28, 2019, at his daughter’s residence in Rochester, IL.

John was born November 22, 1930, in Detroit, MI, the son of Dr. Claude & Signe Schwartz Gaines.

He married Barbara Peschel in Patterson, NY, on September 6, 1958.

John graduated in 1947 from Milan High School in Michigan and then served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended the University of Michigan for his Bachelor’s degree. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from Columbia University. He worked for the CIA, as well as the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. In his free time John enjoyed politics, golf and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Claude Gaines; and sisters, Alice Jean Gabert and Lois Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gaines; son, John (Bobbi Priest) Gaines Jr. of Milan, MI; daughters, Kirsten (John) Transue of Rochester; and Laura (Carolyn Roman) Gaines, of Columbus OH; grandchildren Michael, Stephanie, Marshall, Samuel, William, James, Adam, Alexandra and Soren; many great-grandchildren; sisters Audrey Staulter of Milan, MI, and Signe Ruth Sponsler of Hemet, CA; and many loving family members.

Cremation will be provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Campaign Against Human Trafficking – Southshore, PO Box 5491, Sun City Center, FL 33571, ( or to the Veterans Memorial Fund, Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, PO Box 6105, Sun City Center, FL 33571,(


Jean J. Wheat

Jean J. Wheat, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away, peacefully, surrounded by her family at her home on November 30, 2019. Jean was loved by all who knew her. She had a huge heart, a warm smile, personality plus, and she always considered others before herself. Jean loved classical music, cooking and eating Italian food, dancing and traveling extensively in Europe.

Jean was born in Jamestown, NY, on April 6, 1935. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1954. Eventually, she and her daughters relocated to Romulus, NY, where she met her husband, Paul Wheat, an officer in the US Army. They married in 1974 and, subsequently, relocated to Copperas Cove, TX. This was followed by a move to Luxembourg, Europe, for 14 years, and a final relocation to Sun City Center, FL, where they have resided for the past 25 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her father, Anthony Parinella Sr., and her mother, Catherine (Bartellota) Parinella, both of whom immigrated from Sicily. Jean was always very proud of her heritage. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Samuel Parinella, Cyril Parinella and Anthony (Tony) Parinella Jr.; two sisters: Carmella (Parinella) Oliver and Jessie Parinella; and an infant daughter.

In addition to her husband Paul, Jean is survived by two daughters, Lisa Demaline (Rick) of Greenville, MI, and Gina Leake of Beavercreek, OH; three grandchildren: Daniel Leake (Katrina) of Jamestown, NY, and Taylor Leake and Harrison Leake of Beavercreek, OH; one great-grandchild, Madison Leake, of Jamestown, NY; a close niece, Della Edborg, of Sun City Center and many other nieces and nephews in NY and FL.

There will be a Funeral Mass for Jean celebrated at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, followed by a buffet luncheon in the Conesa Center. Internment will take place at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Jean may be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.