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Obituaries:January 2010

JANUARY 1

MARGERET M. YBERG, 86, Zellwood, died Tuesday, December 22. Mrs. Yberg was a U.S. postal worker. Born in Westport, Connecticut, she moved to Central Florida in 2005. She was Catholic. Survivors: son, Bruce, Apopka; daughter, Barbara Hall, Citrus Springs; brother, Edward Muraskin, Connecticut; sisters, Francis Perkowski, Helen Muraskin, both of Connecticut; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

DAVID J. BLUM SR., Fruitland Park, 71, died Saturday, December 19. Mr. Blum was an Air Force major and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of Apopka Memorial High School. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He was a member of Amateur Radio/MARS, AARP, and NRA. Survivors: wife, Linda; sons, David Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Daniel, Leesburg; sister, Barbara Goggin, Orlando; three grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.

MARY ELLA THOMAS, 64, Apopka, died Saturday, December 26. Mrs. omas was a homemaker. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, she moved to Central Florida in 1989. Survivors: husband, Jim; sons Randy, Apopka; Daniel, Orlando; daughters, Kimberly Johns, Patricia Worrell, both of Apopka, Karen omas, Palm Coast; sisters, Lois Roark, Cincinnati, Ohio, Netha Smith,Melva Shepard,Martha Brock,all of Hamilton; brothers, Gene Baker, Hamilton, Junior Baker, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Loomis Family Funeral

Home, Apopka.

RICHARD

E.

SHOEMATE,

81,

Apopka, died ursday, December 24. Mr. Shoemate was retired from Conoco Oil.Born in LaHarpe,Illinois,he moved to Apopka in 2000. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors: wife, Anna Marie; sons, omas, Humble, Tex., Steven, California; daughter, Mary Beth Principe, Blacklick, Ohio; sister, Jean Waskowiack, New Port Richey; eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

CHRIS A. SWANSON, 36, Tavares, died Tuesday, December 22. Mr. Swanson owned a landscaping business. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, he moved to Central Florida as a young child. He was a member of Calvary Chapel of the Lakes in Eustis. Survivors: wife, Melissa, Sorrento; father, Lawrence, Apopka; mother, Patricia, Tavares; son, Aaron C., Winter Garden; daughter, Cadence M., Sorrento;

brothers, Kevin, Hiawassee, Ga., Raymond, Louisiana; sister, Bambi Romines, Washington. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

JAMES D. SMITH, 30, Middletown, Ohio, died Tuesday, December 22. Mr. Smith was a steel worker. He was born in Orlando. Survivors: parents, Ron and Shelia Walker, Apopka; sister, Notashia Shotswell, Oklahoma City, Okla.; brothers, Danny Ray Smith Jr., Crestview, Zachariah Walker, Caleb Walker, both of Apopka; grandmothers, Ruth Walker, Brautley, Ala., Dollie Snipes, Crestview. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

JOHN GERARD GRATTAN, 65, Apopka, died Wednesday, December 23. Born in Troy, New York, he moved to Central Florida in 1967. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors: wife, Brenda; children; Jessica, Troy, Kasey, Colin, Kalynn; brothers, Billy, Dennis; four grandchildren. Ocoee Family Funeral and Cremation Chapel.

JANUARY 8

CHARLES “CHUCK” EDWARD RHODES, 66, Apopka, died Monday, December 28. Mr. Rhodes owned a welding business. He moved to Central Florida from Illinois in 1973. He was an Army veteran. Survivors: daughters, Linda Lisk, Acworth, Ga., Susan Knox, Port Crane, N.Y.; sister, Toni Hathcock, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

GRACE H. BROCKSOPP, 83, Orlando, died ursday, December 24. Mrs. Brocksopp was a school teacher. She was a member of Calvary Church of the Nazarene. Survivors: daughters, Karen Canzoneri, Linda Bryant, Annette Emery, all of Apopka; sisters, Naomi Balukjian, Potsdam, N.Y., Martha Hager, Glendale, Calif., Verna Prosser, Orlando; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home and Cremation

Service, Apopka.

NICOLO

MACCHIARELLA,

76,

Apopka, died Saturday, January 2. Mr. Macchiarella was a tailor. He was born in Ficarazzi Di Palermo, Sicily. He was a veteran of the Italian Army. Survivors: wife, Carol Ann; sons, Dan, Port Orange, Larry; daughter, Kim Allen, Apopka; four grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Apopka.

BRADLEY RAY SUMMERSILL, 18, Apopka, died Friday, January 1. Mr. Summersill

was a student at West Orange High. He was born in Orlando. Survivors: parents Tina and Brian, Apopka; grandparents, Wally and Linda, O’Brian, Fla., Bobby Williams, Apopka and Janice Berry, Crescent City; sister, Deanna, Ocoee; stepbrother, C.J. Petty, Apopka; stepsister, Shayna Bryant, Apopka. Loomis Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Apopka.

LEONOR P. LABRADOR, 87, died Sunday, January 3. Mr. Labrador was laborer on Hawaii’s sugar plantations. Born in Koloa, Hawaii, he moved to Central Florida in 1992. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Apopka. Survivors: wife, Lillian; son, Loren, Olympia, Wash.; daughter, Lillian Boyd, Altamonte Springs; brother, Perfecto, Hawaii; sisters, Rose Wagner, Hawaii, Ida Mendoza, Texas, Florence Artiago, Calif.; six grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral

Home and Cremation Service, Apopka.

DORIS

ELLEN

WALKER,

75,

Kissimmee (formerly of Apopka), died Monday, January 4. Mrs. Walker was a cafeteria dietician. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, she moved to Apopka in 1954, then to Kissimmee in 2001. She was a member of the Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors: daughter, Bernadine Norcross, Lenoir, N.C.; son, Stanley, Kissimmee; sister, Willowdean Crow, Alabama; brother, Edward Ray Givens, Alabama; ve grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Apopka.

CLARA A. DUARTE, 57, Apopka, died Tuesday, January 5. Mrs. Duarte was a civil engineer. She was born in the Dominican Republic. She was a member of the Crossing of the Jordan Church, Apopka. Survivors: husband, Miguel; sisters, Lourdes White, Houston, Tex., Maritza Sosa, Dominican Republic. Loomis Family Funeral Home and

Cremation Service, Apopka.

HELENA

LaRUE

WILSON,

85,

Orlando, died Monday, January 4. Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker. She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was Baptist. Survivors:

daughters,

Gay

Bryan,

Ft.

Lauderdale,

Karen Winkler, Apopka; son, Arthur M. Jr., Orlando; sister, Mabel omas, Orlando; two grandchildren. Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, Kissimmee.

REV. HAROLD H. SCHMIDT, 99, died Saturday, January 2. Rev. Schmidt was former president of Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Florida and president of the Southern Union

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