William E. Broberg
William E. Broberg died peacefully on Feb. 22, 2021, at Hospice House in Sun City Center after a brief illness. He leaves his loving wife, Betty Lou Pratt, and four daughters: Catherine Foerster (Mark) Keuka Park, N.Y.; Karen Palotti, Simsbury, Conn.; Linda Kilmer, Rochester, N.Y.; Donna Shum, Stafford, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; also step-children: Dona Olsen (John), Tampa, Fla.; Dale Pratt (Lee Ann) Bradenton, Fla.; Deborah Smith, Katy, Texas; five step-granddaughters and one step-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret (Gilruth) Broberg; and sons-in-law: Gary Palotti, Lloyd Kilmer and Steve Shum.
Bill was born in Downers Grove, Ill., and graduated from Downers Grove HS. He then joined the Navy and served for two years at the end of World War II in the Pacific. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. He married Margaret in 1949, with whom he had four daughters. He started his career at General Electric, eventually moving to other financial management positions, and retired as Senior Vice President Finance of Industrial Ceramics in 1990. In the course of his career, Bill and his family lived in Schenectady, N.Y.; Owensboro, Ky.; Decatur, Ill.; Dayton, Ohio; and then settled in Leroy, N.Y., for the last 25 years of employment.
Bill and Margaret moved to Sun City Center, Fla., in 1993, living in Kings Point. Bill became an enthusiastic golfer, was a dedicated member of the DILLIGAS golf group and served on the Florida State Golf Association course rating team. He also served his HOA board for many years, was a library volunteer, served Meals on Wheels, drove for Samaritan Services and was a member of the SCC Computer Club and Scandinavia Club. Margaret passed away in 2005 after a long illness.
Bill and Betty Lou were married in 2010 at the United Community Church (now South Shore United Church of Christ), where they were members. Bill became an avid traveler and was a member of the Sun City Travel Club. He and Betty Lou saw much of the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, loving every minute of it. When frequently asked what was his favorite place, Bill always answered, “The next one.” He has now reached that final destination and is in his forever Home. God Bless, Dear One.
The family wishes to thank all of the medical staff and Comfort Keepers who took care of Bill at South Bay Hospital. A special thanks to the medical staff and special nurses for their loving and wonderful care at SSC Hospice House. You are all very special Angels of Mercy.
Memorials may be sent to Lifepath Hospice House, Sun City Center, 3010 W. Azeele St. #120, Tampa, FL 33609, or Sun City Center Emergency Squad.
Fred Lee Davis Jr.
Fred Lee Davis Jr. of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on February 17, 2021. Fred was born October 3, 1930, in Detroit, Mich. He grew up on the west side of Detroit, raised a family in Livonia and later moved to Tennessee and South Florida.
Fred is survived by his beloved wife, Thelma; his children: Kathy Teel, Bob Davis and Jane Hund; step-children: Terri Tutor, Cheryl Brautigan and Lori Weese; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Fred was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Hosman, in 1985.
Fred spent eight years in the US Naval Reserve. After graduating from Michigan State, he was a stock broker and principal at the firm of Davis, Rowady and Nichols. He finished his career at First of Michigan in 1995.
Fred’s favorite saying was “Life is Good,” and his optimism was contagious. He made friends wherever he went. Fred was known for his one-liners that no one will ever forget.
Fred continued the family heritage of a love for the water and boats. His boating adventures included sailing extensively around the Great Lakes and trips from Detroit to Florida and the Bahamas and back. Later he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, rising to the rank of Commodore of the 9th Central District.
Fred and Thelma enjoyed traveling and were always up for a challenge and looking for their next adventure. Not surprisingly, many of their trips were on cruise liners that took them across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They also traveled throughout America and Europe.
There will be a memorial service later this year. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.
Ida Grimm, age 94, passed away of natural causes on Feb. 22, 2021, in Ocala, Fla.
Ida was born on April 11, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Abe and Rose Sorkin. Ida married the love of her life, Nelson Grimm, on June 10, 1945. They were married for 74 years until Nelson passed away in 2020.
While Nelson worked as a chemical engineer for General Electric in Cleveland, Ida entertained her friends and family as a singer and dancer in local theater productions. She also worked part-time as a secretary for various organizations, including The Jewish Community Center.
Upon retirement, Ida and Nelson moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where Nelson became a member of the Coast Guard auxiliary. Later, they moved to Sun Center City, Fla., and became members of Beth Israel.
Ida is survived by their children, O. Steven Grimm and Beverly Grimm (Ronald Wiggins); grandsons: David Grimm (Amy Duffield), Jeffrey Grimm (Abra Faraon) and Jonathan Grimm; and four great-grandchildren: Amelia, Juliet, Amalina and Nadav.
Memorial services will be private. Condolences can be sent to Beverly Grimm, 9540 SW 64th Lane, Ocala, FL 34481.
Donations can be sent to Beth Israel: 1115 Del Webb Blvd. East., P.O. Box 5203, Sun City Center, FL 33571.
Kenneth R. Heindel
Kenneth R. Heindel, 98, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed January 15, 2021.
Mr. Heindel and his wife Gladys had been active residents of Sun City Center, Fla., since 2000.
Mrs. Heindel preceded Ken in death in 2010. Prior to coming to Sun City Center, Ken and Gladys were originally from Dallastown, Pa., and had spent 20 years of their retirement in Cape Coral, Fla.
Mr. Heindel retired from R.E.Heindel and Son Oil Distributors in York, Pa., a company started by his father.
Mr. Heindel was a Navy World War II veteran; as an accomplished musician he played in the Navy Band. He continued using this talent into his final years.
Ken and Gladys had four children: Craig, Keith, Kim and Kendra. Keith predeceased his father in 2018.
Ken was a loving and caring grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
Ken and Gladys are interred at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Marie Susan Lenart
Marie Susan Lenart, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at Plaza West Health Center in Sun City Center Fla. She is the daughter of Nicholas and Stella.
Marie graduated from Kent State University. She then worked as an elementary school teacher in Parma, Ohio, and also at Bryden School in Beachwood, Ohio. Marie married Louis Lenart Jr. in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 25, 1959. Marie loved the theatre, Broadway musicals and performed in local Cleveland theater groups. She had a great sense of humor and loved to spend time laughing and shopping with her girlfriends.
Marie is survived by her brother, Michael; her sons, Louis and Chris; her grandchildren, Isabella, West and Gage; and her cousins, Karen and Dennis.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
On Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, Gaetane Adrienne Ouellette, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 74. She lived in Sundance, Wimauma, Florida. She was born January 18, 1947, in Lake Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Gaetane was the daughter of Roland and Ida (Fredette) Bedard. She enjoyed gardening and had a love for flowers and plants. Her positive attitude and infectious laugh were hard to ignore. She worked for Dr. Isbell, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Thacker Dentistry in Sun City Center.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roger Ouellette; children: Jeffrey Ouellette, Daron Ouellette and Christi Austin; her brother, Roger Bedard; sisters, Claire Ziolkowski and Theresa Mohrlein; and grandchildren: Jeffrey and Austin Ouellette, Kathrine and Lane Austin; and great-grandchildren, Leighton and Lexington Guinnip. She was the a proud owner of a certified woman-owned business in Oakland, Maine.
Celebration of Life to be held March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Groover Funeral Home, 1400 36th Ave., East Ellenton, FL 34222.
Helen (Jinx) Rives
A longtime resident of Sun City Center has passed. Helen (Jinx) Rives was born on October 2, 1925, in Bancroft, Idaho, to Thorgeik and Lucy Jonssm.
She was the youngest of seven children. She attended middle and high school in Ogden, Utah, where she met Frank Rives, whom she married on February 28, 1945. They have two sons, Rick Rives, of Wichita, Kans.; and Scott Rives, of Kamiah, Idaho.
They have 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Rives, as well as all of her siblings.
She suffered a stroke on January 7, 2021, in her home in Sun City Center. She passed away in Wichita, Kans., on January 23, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Jinx and Frank Rives were accomplished ballroom dancers and were icons in Sun City Center. They were an influence and largely responsible for the starting of three Ballroom Dance Clubs in Sun City Center and Kings Point. They were active and strong supporters of Ballroom Dancing in SCC up to the time of their passing.
Kenneth B. Spence
Nov. 1, 1935 – Feb. 19, 2021
Kenneth Byron Spence, 85, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed peacefully at his home Feb. 19, 2021, under the care of Hospice and his family. Kenneth was born in Independence, Mo., and grew up in Raytown, Mo., where he met and married his high school sweet heart and wife of 65 years, C. Virginia Spence. The couple lived in Raytown, Mo., for 50 years raising their family. Kenneth and Virginia retired to Nixa, Mo., where they lived for 10 years then moved to Sun City Center, Fla., in 2012.
Kenneth was deeply spiritual and very active in spreading the gospel as a church music minister at the following Missouri churches: Buckner, Mo., Baptist Church; Loma Vista Baptist Church of Raytown, Mo.; Besonia Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo.; and Ruskin Heights Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo. Kenneth was a member for 25 years of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union and then opened and ran a successful business with his wife for 25 years. Kenneth enjoyed outdoor activities with his family, including RVing, fishing, boating and water sports all of his life.
Kenneth is predeceased by his parents, S.A. Hill and Louise Hill, and brothers, Wayne Spence and Larry Hill. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Brown-Spence; three children: sons, Bruce (Judith) Spence, Kent (Cristina) Spence and daughter, Carrol (Russell) Mell. Kenneth has 11 grandchildren: Jessica Spence, Stephen (Madoka) Spence, Ben Ryan Spence, Courtney (Chris) Coffman, Dustin Spence, Kris (Ashley) Spence, Nicholas Spence, Parker Skouby, Jacob Vaught, Adam Vaught and Nathaniel Vaught. Kenneth has nine great-grandchildren: Chase Coffman, Peyton Coffman, Teagan Coffman, Hunter Spence, Madison Spence, Miles Spence, Cole Spence, Abigale Spence, Mako Spence.
A memorial celebration of Kenneth’s life is to be planned in the spring when family and friends can attend safely together. Until that time Virginia and the family ask for your prayers and messages of love and fond memories of Kenneth in the coming days and weeks.