Obituaries December 18th through the 28th 2015

Rita V. Marinelli, of Spring Hill, FL passed away on December 18, 2015. Rita is survived by her daughters Veronica & Jennifer and her sister Hilda. Src: Downing

Carol A. Osmer, 90 of Huntersville North Carolina formerly of Spring Hill, Florida passed away December 18, 2015. Carol was very active in our community before moving to NC to be near her family. She was a member of SH Bocci Group, the Merry Widows, belonged to the bridge club and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Carol loved to travel. She is survived by her sons Robert & William; daughters Elizabeth & Cynthia. Carol also leaves behind her brother John and 10 grandchildren. Src: Downing

Wilma Mae Owen Rowe passed away December 18th. She was born August 28th 1918 to Harold & Hazel (Smith) Owen in Watertown NY. Due to New Time in 1918 her birth certificate states August 29, 1918, but for years she has celebrated the 28th. She graduated from Watertown HS in June 1936. Shortly after graduation Wilma married William L. Fagan on August 4, 1938, whom she always referred to as the love of her life. In July 1944 she was then widowed after Bill was killed in action over France during WWII, where his body was laid to rest in Normandy, France. Wilma went on to attend business school and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was employed by the American National Red Cross of Washington D.C. where she served as secretary to the field director of services to veterans in Syracuse Veterans Administration Regional Office. On September 13, 1952 she married Gordon A. Rowe in Syracuse, NY. In July of 1953 they adopted twin boys, David and Jonathan Rowe. Over the years she traveled the world with her husband and two sons being that Gordon was a career intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. The Rowe’s had eventually been stationed in Spain, where she enjoyed being a full time mother to her sons. Sometime after that they were stationed in the USA, Fairfax, VA. Wilma had started working for Merle Norman as a makeup consultant in 1971. Later in 1974 they relocated to Spring Hill, FL after building their home on Chase Street. She continued her work for Merle Norman and was also the president of the Art Guild or Hernando County, in the 80’s. Upon moving to Florida she also became a member of First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. Wilma was an avid amateur photographer, and a bird and wildlife enthusiast. In 1985 she was blessed once again with the birth of her grandson, Jonathan Rowe II. For several years Wilma enjoyed her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother when once again she was widowed on June 19, 1996 when Gordon passed away from cancer. Over the years she continued to live on Chase St. enjoying life with her children and grandson and made many friends throughout her time there. One of her closest being Leilani Toto, who would eventually take over her care in April of 2015. She would always lovingly refer to her as the daughter she never had. Upon going into Mrs. Toto’s care she relocated to Tennessee with her and her husband Daniel. Wilma loved the area and enjoyed all of her time there seeing bears, and other wildlife in the Smokey Mountains. She even attended a Garth Brooks Concert. Although Wilma was fond of Tennessee, she longed to return to Spring Hill, FL. Thus, in July she moved back to Hernando County living with her caregiver and friend Mrs. Toto. The last 8 months of her life she was treated like a queen. Wilma was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Survivors include her sister Elva Peters (St. Pete), sons David and Jonathan Rowe (Spring Hill), and grandson Jonathan II (Orlando) nephew James (Donna) Peters and niece Sandra (Ronald) Schultz and their children. Leilani Toto her friend and caregiver and the entire Toto family that she had been close with for many years. As Wilma wished, she passed peacefully in her beautiful room with her cat by her side, her dog at her feet, and Leilani and Daniel holding her hands at 12:03 AM Friday December 18, 2015. Wilma’s family and friends will gather at the Turner Funeral Homes Spring Hill Drive Chapel on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, from 12 noon until 1:45 PM. The graveside service will be held at the Florida Hills Memorial Gardens at 2 pm, with Pastor Greg Freeze of the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill officiating. Interment will follow at the gardens next to her husband Gordon Rowe, following all services. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation on behalf of Wilma to the Red Cross or HPH Hospice. Src: Turner

Elizabeth J. Urling
73, of Brooksville, passed away on Dec. 18, 2015. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Janet Urling and many nieces and nephews. She will be laid to rest with her husband & parents at a later date in PA. Src: Brewer

Jane Buchanan, 80, passed away December 18, 2015. She was born on November 9, 1935 in Queens, New York the daughter of William and Lucille )Beck) Besemer. Jane is survived by her loving son, Robert, brother, William Besemer, 2 sisters, Carol Happ, Evelyn Mundt, niece, Linda Mundt and loving family and friends. Src: Brewer

Nancy "Helen" Tom
70, of Spring Hill, passed away on Dec. 19, 2015. She is survived by her loving family. Src: Brewer

Philip Tanzilo, age 101, of Weeki Wachee, Florida died on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at his home. A longtime resident of Hernando County, since 1975, coming to Brooksville (Highpoint) and Weeki Wachee (The Heather) from Stoney Creek, NY. Born on September 20, 1914, to the late Angelo and Claudina (Nicora) Faiola, in New York City, NY. Philip was a proud Veteran of the US Navy serving for 25 years, and retiring as a Petty Officer 1St Class. He served active duty in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, on the Destroyer Escort (DE) USS DeLong. After Philip was born in New York City, he went to Italy at an early age, and returned to the US while he was a teenager, and live in Stoney Creek until retiring permanently and moving to Florida. At the age of 18 he started weight lifting, and it was a lifelong love of his. Philip was a Foreman/ Crew chief for the NYC Water Department leading teams in repairing water mains. Phil had a long time second job to support his family, and he was a cook for many years at a drug store grill, working behind the counter. Philip was a longtime member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and belonged to lodges in Upstate NY and FL, and Philip also a longtime member of the Shriners. Philip has been a lifelong Catholic and a longtime member of St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church in Brooksville, as well as of late an active member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic church, in Spring Hill. Philip was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose (Ravizza) Tanzilo, and second Wife Veronica Tanzilo. Philip is survived by his son Louis (Donna) Tanzilo, of Ft. Atkinson, WI., grandson, Steven (Denise) Tanzilo, of Milwaukee, WI., with his great grandsons Tony and Joey Tanzilo also of Milwaukee, WI., and grandson Bobby (Kathy) Tanzilo, with his grandchildren Luca and Valentina Tanzilo, also of Milwaukee, WI., and by his son Albert (Gloria) Tanzilo, of Fayetteville, NC., and grandchildren; Phillip Tanzilo, Melinda Tanzilo, and Melissa (Del) Clay, 1 great granddaughter, and 2 great great grandchildren. Step-daughter, Ronnie Fedroff of N. Arlington, NJ and her family survive him as well. Src: Turner

Maryann Sisto
79, of Spring Hill, passed away on Dec. 19, 2015. She was born in Chicago, IL and came to this area in 1985. She was a retired hairdresser & owned her own salon in Chicago. Upon retirement, she moved to Spring Hill, FL where she enjoyed loved & decorating, shopping, & spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry & is survived by her son, Jason Sisto & his wife, Ida of Orlando, FL; 3 grandchildren, Andrew, Nicole & Matthew Sisto; & loving family. Src: Brewer

Donald K. Bloom, 75 of Weeki Wachee, FL passed away on December 20, 2015. He is survived by his son Donald and his wife Donna; grandchildren Marisa, Donovan & Zachary. He also leaves behind his brother Kenneth and sister Nancy. Src: Downing

Kyle T. Bartlett, 21 of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on December 20, 2015. Survived by parents Frederick Russell & Susan Bartlett; brother Tyler; sister Tricia (Louis). He also leaves behind his grandfather Charles Bartlett; niece Kileigh and nephew Logan. There's still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the Downing Funeral Home and Cremation Services from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Dec 30, 2015. Src: Downing

Terri Colburn
49, of Hernando Beach, passed away on Dec. 21, 2015. She is survived by her loving family. Src: Brewer

Kenneth I. Galbraith
May 12, 1933 - December 21, 2015 Src: Turner

Hiram Gonzalez, Jr., of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Monday, December 21, 2015. He was born in Manhattan, New York to Hiram and Rosa Gonzalez. Hiram was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his sons Vincent Gonzalez and wife Teri; Hiram C. Gonzalez and wife Kelly; Isaac Gonzalez and fiancé Julissa; Angel Gonzalez; Johnathan Gonzalez and fiancé Christina; sisters Evelyn and Elizabeth Gonzalez; grandchildren Kollan, Gabriel, Kristin, Christian, Jacob, Isaiah, Angel and Juliana.

Alvadeane G. Painter
July 15, 1922 - December 22, 2015 Src: Turner

PERKINS, Geraldine F., age 69, of Brooksville, FL died Monday, December 21, 2015. She was born in Bar Harbor, Maine and came to the area in 1996 from Middletown, Connecticut. She was an executive assistant with MCR American Pharmaceuticals and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Rachel Group Bible Study and B. I. G. Bible Study. Predeceased in death by her parents, Thereon Edward Ramsdell, Pauline A. Webber and sister: Elaine M. Haag, she is survived by her husband: Kenneth of Brooksville, FL: son; Kenneth L. Hurd, Jr. of Spartanburg, SC; daughters: Charlene Myers of Hudson, FL; Mindy Perkins Gillenwater of Altamonte, Springs, FL; Nicole Lawhorn of Clearwater, FL; Bonnie Jean Brady of Hudson, FL; brothers: Thereon E. Ramsdell, Jr., of Westbrook, CT; Phillip L. Ramsdell of Greenville, MA; sisters: Patricia C. Worrell of Southington, CT; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 11:00am, Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Src: Merritt

MARTIN, Sharon T., age 67, of Spring Hill, FL died Tuesday, December 22, 2015. She was born in Ashtabula, OH and came to the area 29 years ago from Tampa. She was a mail carrier with the U.S. Post Office and a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Tampa. She is survived by her significant other: Tom Crum; daughter: Victoria Martin of Mountain View, CA. Src: Merritt

PLUMP, PATRICIA ANN, 72, of Spring Hill, passed away on Wednesday, December 23,2015. She was born in Garfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Edward Kukalski and Maude Spahr. She was a homemaker. Patricia is survived by her sons, John, Larry and Keith, daughters, Cathy Bitzberger, Sondra Hatcher; twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa and husband, Barry. Patricia loved her family and will be greatly missed. Src: Pinecrest

James D. Beebe, 79, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015. He was born in Islip, New York to James and Genevieve Beebe. He was a commercial fisherman in Islip, New York for over fifty years. James fished from the Coast of New Bedford to Key West Florida. We will miss all the wonderful stories of his adventures. He was of the Lutheran faith and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his sons Jamie A. Beebe and Ron Parry; daughters Lois Carman and Barbara Lyon and husband Michael; brother Donald Beebe and wife Patricia; sisters Joyce Leigh-Manuel; Jean Cann and husband Peter; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be at a later date in Long Island, New York. Src: Turner

June M. Pacitti, 88, of Brooksville, Florida passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Mildred Lawlor. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Evangelical Church and will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Albert B. Pacitti and grandson Benjamin Pacitti. She is survived by her loving husband Robert Pacitti, grandchildren Albert D. Pacitti; Cherri Hall; Brent Pacitti Sr; great grandchildren Kelly Hall; Michael Hall; Brent Pacitti Jr.; Bryson Pacitti. Memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Turner Funeral Home

Elizabeth Ann Pierson
November 24, 1938 - December 24, 2015 Src: Turner

CONCETTA (CONNIE) ANTICH, 81, Spring Hill, Fl, quietly passed away in her home on December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve). Connie was born in New York, NY on 9/11/34 and is survived by her husband (John) of 61 years, her daughter (Anna) and son-in-law (Danny) and two grand daughters (Samantha and Nicole) from Jacksonville, Fl. Also survived by 5 sisters and 2 brothers, 1 sister-in law, 2 brother-n-laws and many nieces and nephews (New York). In honor of Connie's request, she will be cremated and no funeral services will be held. Upon celebrating her and her husbands 80th birthday and 60th anniversary, they took at trip up north to see her family. This family celebration was a wonderful event and such a joyous occasion for all those who attended. Connie and John went back down memory lane to New York City where it all began. This will always be a fond memory for John and his daughter Anna and son-in-law (Danny). Connie will be missed by her husband and family and all her (bingo) friends that have had the opportunity to experience her loving kindness and genuine personality. Connie will now be with her beloved son Nick who passed away two years ago. Connie will live on... in our hearts. Src: Brewer

Billy Ray Freeman, 54, passed away December 25, 2015. He was born on April 23, 1961 in Hollywood, Florida the son of Ray and Josephine (Ratliff) Freeman. He is survived by his loving son, William, brother, David, sister, Joanna, 5 nieces, a nephew and loving family. Src: Brewer

Janet Miller age 71 of Spring Hill, FL. died on December 25, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A resident of Spring Hill since 1986 coming from Cooperstown, NY. where she lived for 5 years, originally coming from Queens, NY. where she was born on March 9, 1944, to the late Erling and Charlotte (Otto) Andersen. Janet work for 8 years for the Argus Research Company, and then she co-owned and operated a Tour Boat company with her husband Richard. The boat, “Chief Uncas”, took guided tour around Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, NY, viewing the local landmarks. Janet was Lutheran by faith. Janet was preceded in death by her parents. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Richard Miller, of Spring Hill, Fl. son, Christopher (Christine) Miller, of Tampa, FL. son Gary Collins of Tampa, FL. son Rick (Laura) Miller of Pittsburgh, PA. daughter Karen Varner of Spring Hill, FL. son-in-law Brandon Varner of Spring Hill, FL. son Glen Miller of Spring Hill, FL. 6 grandchildren, sisters; Pat Shannon of Waterbury, CT. Ruth (John)Quinn of Miller Place, NY. and Lorie (Matt) Wasilefsky of Phoenix, AR. As well as several nieces and nephews. Janet’s family and friends will gather at the Turner Funeral Homes Spring Hill Drive Chapel, 14360 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, from 3-4 pm. Per Janet’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the local hospice organization in Janet’s memory.

David Ward Hedick
May 8, 1958 - December 25, 2015 Src: Turner

Helen Flader, 98 of Spring Hill, FL passed away on December 25, 2015. Helen is survived by her devoted daughter Megan Laird. She also leaves behind her sister Catherine; grandchildren Craig & Kristen; great grandchildren Conner, Tim, Bryce, David & Alexis. Src: Downing

Vincent Drost, 87 of Spring Hill, FL passed away on December 25, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Vincent is survived by his sons Tim & Tony; daughters Debbie, Cindy, Maryann & Tina. He also leaves behind many grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Src: Downing

Jorge Rosado Diaz, 80 of Spring Hill, FL passed away on December 26, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jorge is survived by his loving wife Candida; daughter Annette and son Danny. He also leaves behind 2 brothers; 3 sisters; 2 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild. Src: Downing

Francis "Frank" Fonzo, 75, passed away December 26, 2015. He was born in Bronx, NY and moved to Spring Hill 33 years ago from Monroe, NY. Frank was a retired NY City Police Officer and CPA in Spring Hill for 22 years. He was active at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, sat on the Finance Council and volunteered in various other duties within the church. Frank is predeceased by his wife, Carol of 52 years and both his parents. He is survived by his son, Kevin of Orlando, daughter, Lori of Spring Hill, son, Steve of Apopka and son, Greg of Windermere. His beautiful son-in-law and daughters-in-law and 10 fabulous grandchildren. He's also survived by his sister, Diane of Franklin, IN. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 29th and December 30th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11:30am at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Frank's name to HPH Hospice. Src: Brewer

ELLIOTT, James R., Jr. age 48 of Pensacola, Florida and formerly of Brooksville, died Saturday, December 26, 2015. Born in Sanford, Florida he moved to Pensacola 12 years ago from Brooksville. He was a construction supervisor, loved hunting and fishing and was a member of the Triple Creek Hunting Camp. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his sons: Daniel Elliott of Pensacola and Kyle Elliott of Brooksville; sister & brother-in-law: Tracey & Eric Washburn and nephew, Adam, all of Brooksville, along with a host of extended family members, friends and co-workers. Memorial services will be conducted 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel. Src: Merritt

ARNOLD, Dylan James, age 14 of Spring Hill passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at his home. He was born in Spring Hill and loved video games, football, cars, people, laughter and was a “gentle giant”. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Survivors include his parents: Brooke Slawson & Daniel Arnold; sister: Madison Arnold; maternal grandmother: Helene Slawson of Crystal River; aunt & uncle: Sarah & John Williams and their children: Aubrey & Isabelle; aunt & uncle: Tonya & Ed DiFranco & their son: Mark, and aunt: Christine Arnold & her daughters: Sabrina, Cassandra & Britney. Visitation for friends will be 11am – 1pm Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel where a funeral service will be conducted at 1pm with Reverend Todd Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Brooksville Cemetery. Src: Merritt

Michael James Olejniczak 77, of Brooksville, Florida, left this life unexpectedly to be reunited with his loving wife, Billie Jean. Michael and his wife, Billie Jean, moved to Brooksville 12 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan to enjoy their retirement in the sunshine state. He retired after 33 years from Ford Motor Company in Wixom, Michigan and was a UAW member. He was a genuine kind soul and also a caring husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was truly one of a kind. He left his footprints in our lives and we will always remember him dearly in our hearts. He is predeceased by his son, Robert Michael Olejniczak "Bobby O". He is survived by son Steven Paul Olejniczak (Jodie), daughter Julie Anne-Olejniczak Hirshey (John), grandchildren Broc Olejniczak, Steven Olejniczak, Parker Olejniczak, Brecken Olejniczak and great-grandchildren Averic Olejniczak and Amelia Olejniczak, brothers Mitchell Olejniczak (Connie), James Olejniczak (Lynn), sisters Rosalie Young (Richard), Barbara Arcilesi, Carmen Hawk, as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. Family and friends are invited to the Chapel of Brewer & Sons Funeral Home in Brooksville. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30th from 11-12 with a Celebration of Life to follow at 12:00. Src: Brewer

Colleen Bell Maxey, 87, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015. She was born in Tampa, Florida to Joseph and Irene Bell. Colleen was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her loving son Scott Maxey and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11AM Saturday, January 2, 2016 with an hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will be at 1:00PM at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa, Florida. Arrangements were entrusted to Turner Funeral

Paul J. Schmiz, 45 of Brooksville passed away December 28, 2015. He was born in Lewiston, Maine. He is survived by his mother, Roberta Schmiz; sister, Jeannette Branham; niece, Heidi Branham; nephew, Ian Hetu; loving family and friends. Src: Brewer

Anthony M. Nunno, 67 of Spring Hill passed away December 28, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Libby and loving family. Visit. Thurs. 3-5 p.m. Seven Hills Chapel. There will be no formal services. Src: Brewer

Vollie J. Schmidt, 85, of Brooksville, Florida passed away Monday, December 28, 2015. She was born in Randolph, Missouri to John and Vetra Fisher. She was a Homemaker and a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Brooksville, Florida. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband Lloyd H. Schmidt, son Myron L. Schmidt and wife Sherry; daughter Linnea J. Anderson and husband Ken; sisters Opal Zarbaugh, Shirley Beesley and husband Lewis; grandchildren Brandon, Allison, Meghan, Tyson and Corey; great-grandchildren Chad, Brant, Cade, Hailey, Olivia, Luke and Tommy. Visitation will be 12:00-3:00PM Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Turner Funeral Home in Brooksville. Memorial services will be 11AM Saturday, January 2, 2016 located at Christ Lutheran Church 475 North Avenue West Brooksville, Florida 34601. Src: Turner

Ann Louise (Godbee) Fisher
November 14, 1936 - December 28, 2015 Src: Turner