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Date of Issue: January 19, 2006

Obituaries

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor, 54, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 16 in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Taylor was born in Belle Valley, Ohio, and came to this area from Ohio in 1980. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Longboat Island Chapel.

He was a marine contractor and owner of Taylor-Made Marine Construction. He also owned and operated Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical Entertainment.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Ken Gill will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

Memorial contributions may be made to Longboat Island Chapel Outreach Program, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228.

Taylor is survived by wife Pidge; daughters Courtney and Kelsey; son Nick; and brother Joe Taylor of Whitehall, Wis.

Mildred Liming

Mildred Liming, 91, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 29.

Born in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Liming came to Holmes Beach from Lincroft, N.J., in 1972. She worked in real estate there for 20 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Atlas Chapter 99, in Westfield, N.J., and a charter member of the Fair Haven Garden Club. She was a member of Red Bank Presbyterian Church and Roser Memorial Community Church, serving as deaconess and chair.

Memorial services for Ms. Liming will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, designated for the Rose Garden.

She is survived by sister Doris Moser of Silver Spring, Md.; a niece; two nephews; 17 grandnieces and grandnephews; a great-grandniece; and a great-grandnephew.

Wiley 'Gene' E. Moss

Wiley "Gene" E. Moss, 81, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 8.

Mr. Moss moved to Anna Maria 49 years ago from Kansas. He was a graduate of Wichita University. He taught at Walker Junior High School and Anna Maria Elementary School. He also worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Florida, helping the handicapped.

"If there was anything nearer and dearer to Gene's heart, it was his work with vocational rehabilitation," said wife Elizabeth.

He and Richard Wiggins began a night school for farm laborers in Rubonia, teaching reading and writing. He and fellow teacher Bill Aldrich instituted science fairs in Manatee County schools. And Gene and the late George Norwood began the Roser Memorial Community Church Van Service, transporting church members to services, church functions and shopping. He was a longtime member of the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club, serving as president and recognized as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

He and wife Elizabeth were named Anna Maria citizens of the year in 2003 by the Anna Maria City Commission.

"Gene loved elder hostels," Elizabeth said, "and we went to 14 of them, including international ones in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand. He also liked cruises. We went to Alaska, through the Panama Canal, and took all the children and grandchildren on the Big Red Boat, which was a thrill for everyone."

Memorial services were Jan. 14 at Roser Memorial Community Church, conducted by his son, the Rev. Ed Moss. Memorial contributions may be made to the church's van fund, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216; the Lottie Moon Fund at West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St. W., Bradenton FL 34201; or the Braden River Baptist Church, 5412 State Road 64 East, Bradenton FL 34208.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth; sons Ed and Jim; daughter Beth; and nine grandchildren.

Gerarda 'Gerry' Plese

Gerarda "Gerry" Plese, 89, of Bradenton, died Jan. 10.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Plese moved to Bradenton in 1970. She was a reading teacher in Michigan and at Samoset Elementary School until her retirement. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Manatee Professional Business and Women's Club, Florida Retired Educator's Association and Kappa Kappa Iota. She was a former member of Sweet Adelines. She was a member of Legion of Mary at St. Joseph's Church.

Visitation was Jan. 13 and Funeral Mass Jan. 14. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by daughters Terri Wallis of Bradenton Beach, Patricia Gussin of Longboat Key, Joanne Savage of Bradenton; and Mary Ann Bole of Englewood; sons Donald of LaBelle and Edmund of Overland Park, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Mary Winheim

Mary Winheim, 97, of Bradenton, died Jan. 12.

Mrs. Winheim was a retired special education teacher in New York State. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and a member of the Ladies Guild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the church, 207 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by grandnieces Colleen Clark and Elizabeth, both of Bradenton; grandnephews Garry Rooney and Chard, both of Holmes Beach; and great-grandniece Katy Jo Clark of Bradenton.

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