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Obituary: Laurence DeFrance, 1944-2023

December 21, 2023
Laurence DeFrance, age 79, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2023. He was born October 3, 1944 in New York, the son of Margaret and Professor Joseph J. DeFrance. Laurence (“Larry”) grew up alo…

Obituary: Sabrina Johnson-Lambert, 1959-2023

December 21, 2023
Sabrina Johnson-Lambert passed away on December 7, 2023, surrounded by family at home in Dunnellon, Florida, and formerly of Boca Grande. Born August 14, 1959, she is survived by her husband, …

Obituary: Lynda Kaye Shute, 1966-2023

December 8, 2023
Lynda Kaye Shute, 57, of Rotonda West, FL, passed away on December 7, 2023. She was born on September 25, 1966. Lynda is survived by her husband, Scott Shute, her daughter Brandi Gall, her sons Br…

Jacob Patrick Halunen, 2004-23

December 6, 2023
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Jacob Patrick Halunen of Englewood, Florida on Thursday, November 23, 2023. Jacob was 19 years old. Born on October 22, 2004, to Michael Paul…

‘The Eagle Lady,’ Doris Mager, passes away at age 98

November 22, 2023
Doris Mager, the woman who thrilled Boca Grande audiences for more than 35 years with her rescue birds, has passed away. She was 98 and left us on November 16, 2023, after suffering a heart attack…

OBITUARY: Ronald Malcolm Peasley

November 17, 2023
Ronald Malcolm Peasley, 78, died peacefully, Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 at 9:39 p.m., after battling lung cancer. Ronald traveled Home to Jesus Christ. Ronald was anointed, blessed, confessed his sins …

OBITUARY: Klaas “Dutch” Heidsieck

November 9, 2023
Klaas “Dutch” Frans Heidsieck, 84, of Sea Island, Ga. died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at Hospice of the Golden Isles. Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home is assisting the family. Dutch was a long…

OBITUARY: Karen Hugger

November 2, 2023
Funeral services for Karen Hugger, 78, longtime Boca Grande resident and real estate broker, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Boca Grande on Saturday, Nov. 11. …

OBITUARY: Emerson White

November 2, 2023
Emerson Donald White, 86, of Placida, Florida peacefully passed away on October 29, 2023 at home, surrounded by family. Known to all as Don, he was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts to Emerson…

Gone too soon: ‘Miss Heidi’ Cahill

October 26, 2023
There are few people in this world who made as much of a positive impact on so many people as did Heidi Cahill, who passed away last week at the age of 49.  After years of tending island little…