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Obituaries 05/14/08

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By The Staff

Helen Adkins, 69

Crystal River

Helen Pauline Adkins, 69, of Crystal River, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Beverly Hills under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County.

She was born June 30, 1938, to Roy and Dorothy Fausnaugh in Williamsport, Ohio.

She moved to Crystal River 14 years ago from Peoria, Ill.

She was an avid bowler and a fan of both NASCAR and the St. Louis Cardinals.

She was a homemaker who loved camping and family functions and was a loving mother and grandmother.

She has joined her husband of 49 years, George E. Adkins, who passed away in August of 2005.

She is survived by 5 daughters, Sheryl Pedroza (Albert) of Peoria, Illinois, Brenda Bousho of Beverly Hills, Florida, Pamela Cantrall (Paul) of Crystal River, Florida, Judith Nagel (Rick) of Warsaw, Illinois and Georgia Lee (David) of Beverly Hills, Florida, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Florida.

Adrien Belanger, 88

Beverly Hills

Mr. Adrien A. Belanger, age 88, of Beverly Hills, died Monday, May 12, 2008, in Crystal River.

He was born February 25, 1920, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, son of the late Peter Belanger and the late Josephine Roy.

He was an Army veteran serving during WWII.

He worked as a methods planner for a machine and pump manufacturer.

Surviving are his wife, Rita Belanger of Beverly Hills, FL; 3 sons: Roger A. Belanger of Apex, NC, Paul A. Belanger of Beverly Hills, FL, Russell C. Belanger of Ridgefield, CT; 2 daughters: Claire B. Moss of Rockledge, FL, Wendy A. Cotellessa of Norwalk, CT; brother: Albert Belanger of Milford, CT; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. Cremation will be under the direction of Hooper Crematory, Inverness. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome. com.

Ann Corie, 87

Inverness

Ann B. Corie, age 87, of Inverness, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center in Inverness.

A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 11 a.m. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with the Rev. Larry Powers, pastor of the Inverness Church of God officiating. Interment of the urn will follow at a later date in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness.

Mrs. Corie was born in New York City on May 14, 1920, and moved here in 1985 from West Orange, New Jersey.

She was a homemaker and member of the Inverness Church of God.

She is survived by her sister Judy and her husband Frank Finkelstein of Delray Beach, FL, daughter in law, Carol Hardy of Pennsylvania, her grandson, Patrick, two nieces, Sheila Marquardt of Ft. Myers, FL, and Arlene Budyk of Boynton Beach, FL, extended family members in New Jersey and dear friend Ann Pomaro of Inverness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Corie (8/3/87) and her son, Alan Hardy (12/8/07).

Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

John Davis, 71

Dunnellon

John H. “Big John” Davis, 71, of Dunnellon, Florida, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at home under the loving care of his family.

He was born May 16, 1936, in Kewanee, Illinois.

He moved here in 2004 from Coral Springs, Florida.

Big John was a licensed journeyman electrician.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany.

Big John was a proud “Native American Indian of the Crow Nation.”

He was very active in the Florida Boy’s State Program and chaired the program for many years.

He was a member of the Dunnellon VFW Post #7991 and the Dunnellon American Legion Post #58 and was past chaplain and historian of the American Legion Post in Plantation, Florida.

Big John was a “sci-fi trekkie” along with his daughter Angie. He was an avid horticulturist, especially in raising orchids. He was also an aficionado of the western book writer Louis L’Amour.

He was preceded in death by his brother Bud Davis and sister Dorothea Westmoreland.

Big John is survived by: his beloved wife of 10 years, Geri Davis, Rainbow Springs; daughter Angela Slater and her husband Alan, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia; and two brothers, Edwin and Steve Davis.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the chapel of Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon. The Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. in the chapel with Pastor Rick Hooper of Dunnellon Community Church officiating.

Arrangements are under the care of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon, still family owned and operated.

Oliver Gager, 90

Crystal River

Oliver Wesley Gager, 90, of Crystal River passed away on Monday, May 12, 2008. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Edward Henry, 80

Dunnellon

Edward J. Henry, 80, of Dunnellon, FL, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Ocala, FL.

He was born October 17, 1927, in Saginaw, Mich., and resided in the Dunnellon area since 1982 coming from Titusville, FL, and Orlando, FL, area.

Mr. Henry was a retired metal worker with NASA, a Lutheran, and a US Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife Montez B. Henry of Dunnellon, FL; sons, William Henry of Doylestown, PA, Edward Henry and Richard Henry of Dunnellon, FL; daughters Carol Sue Trinklein of St. Joseph, Minn., Delores Kessing of Ocala, FL, and Mary Hart of Orlando, FL; brother, Duane Henry of St. Charles Mich.; sisters, Marvella Witt of Lansing Mich., Lucille Ann Atkinson of Algona, Wis., and Betty Parker of Saginaw, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Simmons; and his first wife, Shirley Jean Eagley Henry.

A memorial funeral service for Mr. Edward J. Henry will be Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon with Rev. Raymond Willis of the First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Dennis Hugar, 58

Clearwater

Dennis Hugar, formerly of Inverness, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

He was a former Green Beret in the military, a retired employee of Citrus County, and worked for several construction companies in Citrus County throughout the years.

His hobbies included riding his motorcycle, golfing, watching NASCAR, and he was an avid fan of the Florida State Seminoles.

He is survived by two children, Steven and Christina Hugar, of Texas; one grandson, Jakob; two sisters, Deborah Dennison of Tampa, FL, Dianna Gentry of Ponca City, OK; and four brothers, Danny Hugar of Clearwater, FL, Donald Hugar of Mesquite, TX, Darrell Hugar of Inverness, FL and Doug Hugar of Lecanto, FL.

Arrangements are under the direction of National Cremation Society, Clearwater, Florida.

Doris Karnes, 63

Inverness

Doris E. Karnes, 63, Inverness, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

A native of North Carolina, she was born June 8, 1944, to Paul and Billie Shackelford.

She was a homemaker and Protestant by faith.

She was known for her volunteer work with Hospice of Citrus County and Fort Cooper State Park.

She was active with the Red Hat Society and Inverness Lions Club as well as Better Breathers Club.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, William M. Karnes, Inverness; father, Paul Shackelford, Inverness; two stepsons, Karl and Dennis Karnes, Newport News, VA; stepdaughter, Debbie Karnes, Roswell, GA; brother, Gary and wife Kathleen Shackelford, Port Orange, FL.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Fort Cooper State Park off Old Floral City Road in Inverness. Casual attire is suggested.

The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of cremation arrangements.

Albert Linder, 80

Inverness

Albert Linder, 80, Inverness, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

A native of Ramsen, Germany, Albert was born February 13, 1928, to the late Franz and Berta (Vogel) Linder and came to this area in 1980 from Haddonfield, NJ.

He served our country in the United States Army.

He was employed by RCA as a draftsman for over 25 years.

Albert enjoyed gardening and the outdoors, especially hiking. He was a master archer, making his own bows and arrows and was mechanically inclined and “very handy.” He liked watching western movies and reading western novels.

He was Lutheran by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Johanne, two daughters, Diane and husband Bud Dawicki, Cinnaminson, NJ, and Marion and husband Kevin McShane, Westminster, MD, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the Weber Funeral Home in Riverton, NJ, with burial in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Cinnaminson, NJ.

Local arrangements under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

Gary Michel, 60

Homosassa

Gary Michel, 60, of Homosassa, Florida, died Monday, May 12, 2008.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn and 9 children.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with rosary service to follow at Wilder Funeral Home.

John ‘Jack’ Schwartz, 78

Inverness

Mr. John “Jack” Montgomery Schwartz, age 78, of Inverness, Florida, died Monday, May 12, 2008, in Inverness under the care of the Hospice of Citrus County.

He was born July 10, 1929, in Agawam, Massachusetts, son of Sumner and Doris (Fletcher) Schwartz .

He had sold kitchen goods at Howard’s Flea Market.

He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and was a great gardener.

He was a self-employed carpenter by trade and was a homebuilder in Massachusetts for many years.

Mr. Schwartz was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Sumner “Bud” Schwartz.

Surviving are his wife, Linda J. Schwartz of Inverness; 2 sons: Kevin Schwartz of Shelburne Falls, MA, David Schwartz of White Bluff, TN; 2 daughters: Sharon Chamberlin of Hinsdale, NH, Deborah Pleshette of Arizona; sister, June Kennedy of Antrim, NH; and 7 grandchildren.

Private cremation is under the direction of the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com.

Robert Thornton, 83

Homosassa

Robert “Grumpy” Calvin Thornton, 83, died, Sunday, May 11, 2008, at home with his loving family.

He was born in Cullman, AL.

He was a truck driver with Rinker Concrete for 32 years.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and papa. He was dedicated in everything he did. He will be loved and missed very much.

He loved to hunt, fish, and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Geri; sons, Dwain and Ray; sisters, Ledell and Faynel; brothers, Melvin and Allen; 8 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

National Cremation Society, Hudson.

Rocco Velletri, 95

Inverness

Mr. Rocco Edward Velletri, 95, Inverness, died Sunday, May 11, 2008. Cremation will be under the direction of the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.