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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Obituaries

Betty Robbins Dietrich

Betty Robbins Dietrich, 82, of Anna Maria, died Feb. 12.

Mrs. Dietrich was born in Red Level, Ala., and moved to Willow, Fla., as a young child with her family, who then operated McGowan Foushee Lumber and now operate Robbins Manufacturing in Tampa.

She graduated from Bradenton High School and Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University.

She retired from the Manatee County public schools after teaching 34 years at Manatee and Palma Sola elementary schools. She was a longtime member of Island Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school.

The Dietrichs were longtime Islanders, and husband Jack was principal at Anna Maria Elementary School. Her late daughter-in-law, Jane Carolan Dietrich, was a veterinarian at Island Animal Hospital.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Palliative Care, 2504 34th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mrs. Dietrich is survived by husband Jack R. Dietrich, sister Joan Robbins Mosco and son-in-law Col. Richard A. Mosco of Phoenix; daughters Beth Conner and Jan Dietrich; son Greg; grandchildren Mary Elizabeth and Jessica Williams, Adam and Amy Smith and Sarah Dietrich; son-in-law Art Conner; cousin Tommy Howze and wife Sharon of Bradenton; and three nieces.

Ziver Huner

Dr. Ziver Huner, 84, of Holmes Beach and formerly Syracuse, N.Y., died Feb. 6.

Dr. Huner was raised in Istanbul. He graduated from the University of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine and completed his surgical and gynecology-obstetric residencies at Admiral Bristol American Hospital in Istanbul. In 1958, he fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams when he immigrated to the United States.

Dr. Huner was a successful gynecologist and obstetrician who practiced in the greater Syracuse area at Community General Hospital from 1966 to 1998.

He was affectionately known by his patients and colleagues as Dr. Z and the Bowtie Doctor. He was recognized as a strong patient’s advocate, experienced surgeon and practitioner whose professional career was highlighted by bringing thousands of children into the world, including at least one set of triplets.

After his retirement to Florida, he later un-retired and worked for several years as a gynecologic-colposcopist in Bradenton and Sarasota.

He enjoyed travel, the arts, skiing, soccer, the ocean, meteorology, and good heated political debate.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, served the family. Online condolences made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Dr. Huner is survived by his wife, Jane Elizabeth; sons Tony, Eric and Rex, and their respective wives, Serena, Nanci and Alexandra; brothers Nurhan and wife Guniz and Vasfi of Istanbul, as well as their sons and families; grandchildren Jack, Alec, Dylan, Asher, Ardith, Jennifer, Melissa and Jason and their children.

Eric Rushnell

Rushnell.

Eric Rushnell, 51, of New Market, Tenn., and formerly of Manatee County, died Feb. 9 at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was born in Watertown, N.Y., and lived most of his life in Adams Center, N.Y. He graduated from South Jefferson High School in 1977. He worked as a meat-cutter in Adams Center until moving to Florida in 1982. He then began a career as a custom cabinetmaker and remained at this craft.

Mr. Rushnell was active in the Anna Maria Island Privateers and the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club, as well as other Parrot Head Clubs in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He enjoyed participating in the annual Desoto Parade in Bradenton, and the Gasparilla Celebration in Tampa.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charitable Foundation of the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society.

Piddock Funeral Home, Adams, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his companion, Renee Collins of Palmetto; daughter Melissa Rushnell of Tampa; brothers Squire and wife Louise DuArt of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and King and wife Joy of Clarkesville, Ga.; sister-in-law Delta Rushnell of Bradenton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joy S. Tuttle

Joy S. Tuttle, 96, of Bradenton and Holmes Beach, died Feb. 3. Mrs. Tuttle grew up in Hamilton, N.Y., and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Syracuse University and her teaching degree from Teachers College in New York City. She enjoyed rug hooking and china painting.

Mrs. Tuttle is survived by her children, David, Susan and Elisabeth.

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