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Date of Issue: October 28, 2009

Obituaries

Christine Ann Davis Bowman

Christine Ann Davis Bowman, 51, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 13.

Born in Gary, Ind., Ms. Bowman moved to Manatee County in 1981 from Crown Point, Ind. She was a graduate of Crown Point High School and attended Indiana University. She was owner/operator of Helping Hands Staffing Services for 21 years, and a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. She battled breast cancer for four and a half years.

Visitation was Oct. 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton. Burial will be at Calumet Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind. Online Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her mother, Sophia Davis of Bradenton; brothers Edward H. Davis of Hebron, Ind., and Donald W. Davis of St. Paul, Mo.; and sister Diane M. Davis of Parrish.

Nancy Anne (McSween) Dunne

Nancy Anne (McSween) Dunne, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 11.

Born in Ionia, Mich., Mrs. Dunne was an educator and professional volunteer. She was a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School. She attended Albion College, Albion, Mich., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1951. She taught briefly in both the Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids school systems. She was an officer in the Schenectady Junior League in New York, president of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association and was named Volunteer of the Year in Schenectady. She also served on the city’s volunteer bureau staff. She was commissioned by Bishop Edwin Broderick of the Albany Diocese to establish a Ladies of Charity Catholic Service Organization, beginning a 50-year association with the organization. She served as that organization’s national president and was elected as a representative from the United States to the Association of International Charities, the organization’s international group based in Brussels, Belgium. She also founded a Ladies of Charity group in Orlando, FL. She served as the LCUSA representative on the U.S. Catholic Charities Board, and she was affiliated with local Catholic charities office in Albany, N.Y., and Orlando.

Since moving to Anna Maria Island in 1999, she served as a director and president the American Association of University Women, Manatee County Branch; as a director for the Manatee Symphony Association; and was a past president of the Anna Maria Women’s Club. She was a tutor for students at both the Anna Maria Island Community Center and the Anna Maria Island Elementary School. She was an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at the Church of the Annunciation, Altamonte Springs, and St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Key Royale Golf Club and the “Order of the Rose” for her 50-year affiliation with the Alpha Xi Delta National Sorority. 

Memorial Mass was Oct. 17 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diane Downey Reading Enrichment Project, in care of LCUSA, 13663 Rider Trail N., Earth City MO 63045.

She is survived by husband James; sons James and his wife Cindy of Lakeland and Stephen and his wife Patricia of Orlando; and grandson Ryan of Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Robert ‘Bob’ Stephen Oste

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Robert ‘Bob’ Stephen Oste.

Robert “Bob” Stephen Oste, 60, of Longboat Key, Sarasota and Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 19.

Mr. Oste was a liveaboard boater on his Morgan Heritage ketch, the “Sidney G.” Born in Hartford, Conn., he served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard in New England before relocating to Florida. As proprietor of Green Street’s Waterfront Restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, his love for being on the water set him sailing the Florida coast and lead him to Anna Maria Island. With a passion for classic food and wine, he knew all of the local dining establishments and worked at many, including the Bridge Tender Inn, the Pub at Mar Vista, Turtle’s in Holmes Beach, the Mutiny Inn, the Chart House on Longboat Key, and O’Leary’s at Marina Jack.

Interment and memorial services will be held at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

He is survived by aunt Jeanne Ostapkevich of Cromwell, Conn.; brother-in-law Andrew Kasper of New Jersey; nephew Christian Kasper of Massachusetts; niece Emily Kasper of Washington, D.C.; and his greatly loved cat of 19 years, Stink(er).

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