OBITUARY: Ann Berry Fitzgerald

Ann Berry Fitzgerald, 82, of Boca Grande, formerly of Northfield, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, where she had resided for the last year. Mrs. Fitzgerald, daughter of the late Robert Gregg Berry and Margaret Berry Cotton, is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Walter […]

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Richard George Robb, age 85, of Boca Grande, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Richard was born March 11, 1936. At this time no services are scheduled. Arrangements by Lemon Bay Funeral Home.

Remembrances of a life well lived, lost too soon: Shannon Hoeckel, 1979 – 2021

BY CARROLL SWAYZE – It is with overwhelming sadness I share the news that my son, Capt. Shannon Lee Hoeckel, left us to fly with the angels on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, forever changing the dynamic of our family and our world.Shannon was born during a wild stormy night on January 21, 1979. When they […]

OBITUARY: William Abbott

William (Bill) Joseph Abbott, 84, of Monticello passed away peacefully at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2021) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello. Bill was born on Oct. 4, 1937, in Monticello, the son of Avery and Anna (Thomas) Abbott. He married Tamara (Miller) Fox on June 2, 1979, in Monticello. Bill is survived by his […]

Obituary: John McGarry

John P. McGarry Jr. of Bedford, NY and Boca Grande, passed away peacefully at home on October 7, 2021, at age 81, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University, an Executive MBA from Harvard, and served in the National Guard. […]

OBITUARY: Patricia Miller

Patricia F Miller, age 93, of Boca Grande passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Patricia was born February 7, 1928. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Miller family. No public services are scheduled at this time.

OBITUARY: George Ferguson

Ho hum. That was how George W. Ferguson, of Needham, Centerville and Boca Grande let you know he was ready to leave a party or get up from the table after a meal. On September 21, 2021 George said his final “Ho hum” with Jean, his beloved wife of over 60 years, by his side. […]

OBITUARY: Mark Clabaugh

Mark Clabaugh, 77, of Placida, Florida passed away October 1, 2021 after a long hard battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Mark and his wife of 41 years, Caroline, moved to Placida in 2010 from Powell, Ohio. Mark was born to Herb and Ruth Longworth Clabaugh on September 30, 1944 in Shelby, Ohio. Mark entered the United […]

OBITUARY: Heather Gardner

Heather Gardner, born to Tom and Beverly Gardner on November 16, 1998, passed away on September 21, 2021. Heather was a graduate of Riverdale High School and pursued her Associates Degree in Healthcare Management at Florida Southwestern. She was a lifelong resident of the Buckingham community, and an active volunteer in the community with Lee […]

OBITUARY: Jane Carlson

Jane Cartwright Carlson passed away peacefully on September 6, 2021, five days after her 93rd birthday. She was with her three sons when she died at Heritage Oaks of Englewood. She was her usual exuberant self until she was muted by a series of strokes several weeks prior. Jane and her late husband, Byron (“By”), […]