Obituary Alan Williams

Alan L. Williams, 86, of Tallahassee died Thursday (9/7/17) after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by parents LeRoy and Dorothy Williams, sister Caryln Peterson, and wife of almost 60 years, Joan Williams. Al grew up in Beaver Dam, Wis. and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After meeting the love of his life, […]

Obituary Patricia Heisel

Patricia Ann Heisel, 84, died July 30, 2017, at her home at Walloon Lake, Michigan, surrounded by her husband of 61 years and five children, after a brief and brave fight against acute myeloid leukemia. Pat and her husband, William, split their time between Boca Grande and Walloon Lake. Pat enjoyed volunteer work tutoring migrant […]

Obituary: Gerry Getman

Gerry Getman, 70, of McMurray, Pennsylvania and Boca Grande, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Katy Getman; loving father of Chrissy (Stephen) Martin and Mandy (Timothy) Cribbs; dear grandfather of Jameson Cribbs; and brother of the late Darold (Barbara) Getman. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Getman retired […]

Obituary: William Charles Kunkler Jr.

William Charles Kunkler, Jr., beloved husband of Diane, gave up his soul to God on Sunday, August 6, 2017 after 88 extraordinary, full years. Bill’s marriage with Diane filled 61 of those years – a union which Bill would say “got him into a lot of trouble” because he ended up with 7 favorite children, […]

Obituary: Katherine Kennedy Barney

Katherine Kennedy Barney (Kay) died peacefully in her sleep at home on Nantucket on August 1, 2017. Her husband, William Hadwen Barney, preceded her in death last year. Mrs. Barney was born on September 8, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs. Grafton Sherwood Kennedy. As an Army […]

Obituary Jay Niles

John “Jay” Cutler Niles, of Marblehead, Mass. and Woodstock, Vt., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 9, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He was 54 years old. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Jay spent the majority of his youth in Londonderry Vt. and Hanover N.H., where he developed his love for […]

Obituary: Richard Leatherwood

Richard L. Leatherwood, age 78, of Boca Grande and Walland, Tenn., died at his mountain home on June 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann; his daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Eric Brakman; beloved granddaughters Stella and Nora Brakman, all of Richmond, Virginia; and a loving extended family. Richard grew up in […]

Obituary: John Gallwey Carter

John Gallwey Carter, 26, residing briefly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on June 9, 2017. John was born on July 29, 1990 to John Elliot and Gael Gallwey Carter in Tampa, Florida. John was a graduate of Jesuit High School and attended Babson College and Southern Connecticut State University. He was an entrepreneur who […]

OBITUARY: Lowell Emerson Bell

Lowell Emerson Bell, 82, of Wade, N.C., a Boca Grande native, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Lowell was born to Angelo and Myrtle Padilla Bell on January 10, 1935 at the south end of the island. His father was the chief engineer at the Power House for 20 years, and the house Lowell’s […]

Our sweet Miss Dee: 1941-2017

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – If Louise du Pont Crowninshield could be called “the fairy godmother of Boca Grande,” Dee Wheeler could most certainly be called “the mom of Boca Grande.” There is not enough room in this entire newspaper to write Dee’s story, but we have to try. Dee passed away on Friday, May 12, leaving […]