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Obituaries 05/19/08

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By The Staff

James ‘Jim’Easton III, 83

Inverness

James William “Jim” Easton III, age 83, of Inverness, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice Citrus Care Center in Inverness.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

Else Goode, 90

Inverness

ELSE JULIANA GOODE, age 90, of Inverness, Florida, closed her eyes for the last time on May 9, 2008, at home under the loving care of her family, caregiver and Hernando-Pasco Hospice until she was reunited with her loving husband of 44 years, Arthur Lawton Goode. Else was born in Svendborg, Denmark, on April 4, 1918, to Hans Julius and Carla Nielsen and immigrated to this country as a child. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Carl, and her sister, Ruth. Else found her life’s calling as a medical secretary at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, OH. She and Arthur retired in 1979 and moved to Inverness. They thoroughly enjoyed their retirement, playing tennis and traveling. She volunteered her time at the Adult Education Center teaching cooking to the blind and made many friends as a member of Main Street Baptist Church. Those friends brought her much comfort in her later years, even attending a surprise 80th birthday celebration.

Else lived her life putting other people first. Her values and morals were the foundation upon which she touched many lives. Her life was like a beautiful flowering garden which forever bloomed love for those she touched and were near to her. Her garden will always remain fertile in the hearts of her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Veler of Inverness; 2 Grandchildren, Michelle DeWaard and David Veler; 1 Great-Grandchild, Julianna Price, and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild, Morgan Michelle Price. A celebration of her life will be conducted on Thursday, May 22nd at 3:00 P.M. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Baggs of the Hernando Pasco Hospice officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 3545 No. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.

WilliamKeller, 86

Inverness

William C. Keller, 86, of Inverness, FL, died on May 14, 2008. He was born February 2, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of William and Irene Keller. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. William was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He retired from Kollsman Instruments in Elmhurst, NY. He moved to Inverness in 1997 from New York. He attended the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Keller of Inverness, son William Keller, Jr. (Carolyn) of Goshen, NY, daughter Deborah Anne Foulkes (Timothy) of Natick, MA, six grandchildren, Heather, William, III, Adam, Mark, Michael and John. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, and the funeral services will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness, FL.

GeorgeMister III, 72

Homosassa Springs

Mr. George Mister III, 72, Homosassa Springs died Friday May 16, 2008. Mr. Mister, a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was born in Christfield, Maryland, and moved to Homosassa Springs in 1975 from Hawaii. Following his retirement from the U.S.M.C., he was employed at Steve Neff’s Bowling Alley in Homosassa. He enjoyed building model boats and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Ada F. (Crowson) Mister, a sister Frances Dee Tyrner of Christfield, Maryland, and his two beloved cats Chelsea and Bandit. He was preceded in death by his brother Tommy Mister.

Mr. Mister will be cremated under the direction of the Homosassa Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Marine Corp Toys for Tots program or the Citrus County Humane Society.

Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa.

AlmaRottner, 78

Beverly Hills

Mrs. Alma G. Rottner, 78, Beverly Hills died Saturday May 17,2008. Mrs. Rottner, a homemaker was born in Newfoundland, Canada, and moved to Beverly Hills from Citrus Springs in 2004. Mrs. Rottner was a Catholic and enjoyed spending time at Marina Del Rey Recreation Center playing games, bingo, cards and working puzzles.

She is survived by three sons William Tapp (Snookie) of Blue Point, New York, Robert Tapp (Kathy) of Hampton, New York, and George Rottner Jr., (Kim) of Fruitland Park, Florida. Three daughters; Alice Curry (Mike) of Bay Shore, New York, Helen Mudd (Jimmy) of Ocala, Florida, and Geri Gelfnad (Rich) of Beverly Hills; and one sister Florence D’Amto of New Jersey. Additional survivors include thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George and a son John Tapp both in 1997.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday May 21, 2008, at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.

Robert ‘Bubba’ Tucker, 53

Inverness

Robert Michael “Bubba” Tucker, age 53 of Inverness, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Memorial hospital in Inverness. Memorial services to be announced. Cremation arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.

CharlesVandermeulen, 85

Inverness

CHARLES BYRON VANDERMEULEN, 85, Inverness, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at his residence at the Inverness Club. A native of Norfolk, VA, he was born January 8, 1923, to the late Charles and Elizabeth (Mumford) Vandermeulen and came to this area in 2007 from Carroll Plantation, Maine. He was a carpenter and cabinet maker. Charles served our country in the United States Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post in Gray, Maine and member of DESSA (a Navy destroyer escort service.) With his wife, he owned and operated Duck Blind Antiques in Carroll, Maine for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an excellent artist. Charles was Protestant by faith. His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Muriel “Jackie” Vandermeulen, one son Thomas and wife Tina Vandermeulen, Ontario, Canada; one daughter, Nancy and husband Sam Watson, Biddeford, ME; One stepson, Randall and wife Melissa Suit, Gray, Maine; one stepdaughter, Brenda and husband David Littlefield, Lecanto, FL, one sister Jennie Bill, Cincinnati, OH, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty, Martha and Nancy. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.