Giuseppe Amato, 86, of Bradenton and formerly Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died Jan. 5.
Born in Carini, Palermo, Italy, Mr. Amato moved to Manatee County in 1987. He was owner-operator of Oma Pizza in Saratoga Springs. He was a veteran of the Italina Navy during World War II. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton.
Visitation was Jan. 11 and services Jan. 11. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
He is survived by sons Lorenzo and wife Marina of Bradenton and Paul and wife Dana of Longboat Key; daughters Fifetta Mannio and husband Salvatore of Holmes Beach, and Josephine Rizzetto and husband Gus of Bradenton; two brothers; two sisters; 16 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Deborah K. Eshelman Laws
Deborah K. Eshelman Laws, 48, of Zephyrhills and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 26.
Born in Fort Campbell, Ky., Ms. Laws was an “Army brat” who lived “everywhere from Texas to Germany to Okinawa,” recalled her daughter, Racheal. She was a graduate of North Manchester [Indiana] High School before moving to Florida in 1978. She worked locally at the Anna Maria City Pier, D.Coy Ducks and Hurricane Hanks.
She died in a skydiving accident at Skydive City in Zephyrhills. Skydiving was her passion, said Racheal, and she had completed nearly 1,000 jumps. Friends gathered for a memorial jump on her behalf Jan. 3 and scattered her ashes as they descended. Many friends were in attendance that it took two airplanes to host the jumpers.
A celebration of Ms. Laws’ life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Anna Maria City Pier. For more information about the gathering, call Beth Reilly at 941-778-2454.
She is survived by daughter Racheal of Leesburg; son Randy and wife Becca of Weirsdale; mother Diane Eshelman of North Manchester, Ind.; father David Eshelman and wife Pat of Sarasota; brother Rick Eshelman of Indiana; granddaughter Katelynn and Olivia Pagan of Weirsdale; and grandson Tyler of Leesburg.
Robert Williams, 78, formerly of Holmes Beach and Pahrump, Nev., died Jan. 6.
Mr. Williams was born in Murray, Ky.
There were no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Brian’s House Bay, A McLaren Health Service, Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan, 3140 W. Campus Drive, Bay City MI 48706.
He is survived by daughter Brenda Linstrom and husband Roger of Au Gres; son David and wife MiHwa of Pennsylvania; stepchildren Lonnie Geurin Jr., Michael Geurin and wife Monica of Kalamazoo, Mich., Bryan Geurin and wife Theresa of Bradenton, and Sharon Pierce and husband Tom of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and neighbors.