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Date of Issue: February 27, 2008

Obituaries

Pete D. Calcatera

Pete D. Calcatera, 52, Sarasota, formerly of Bradenton, died Feb. 9, 2008.

Mr. Calcatera was a dedicated member of  the Anna Maria Island Privateers since the mid-1980s.

A memorial service was held Feb. 14 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Sarasota.

Survivors include his life partner, Linda Demasis of Sarasota; daughters Shawna Silipo and Niki Perry, both of Bradenton; stepdaughters Amanda Davis of Bradenton and Ashley Skaggs of Venice; stepsons Brad Waggoner, Josh Davis and James, Ryan and Kevan Killoran, all of Bradenton, and Jeffrey Kisgen of Cape Coral; brothers  Anthony of South Lyon, Mich., Robert of Holt, Mich., and Mark of Marshall, Mich.; and five grandchildren.

 

Stuart J. Lathrop

Stuart J. Lathrop, of Sarasota, born Jan. 20, 1944, died Feb. 6.

Formerly of Scarborough, Maine, Mr. Lathrop was born in Baltimore and grew up in Nebraska. He was a graduate of Tabor Academy, received his bachelor of arts degree from Rollings College and attended Florida State University. He owned Lathrop Travel in Scarborough. He worked at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club in Sarasota. He was with the U.S. Army Security Agency at which time he attended Defense Language School for the Russian language, and served in Germany for three years.

Services were held previously.

He is survived by wife Toni; daughter Jennifer Wildes of Windham, Maine; son Stuart Jr. of Sarasota; sister Anne and brother Jim, both of Anna Maria Island, brother Cliff of Lakewood Ranch; and father Clifford of Vero Beach.

 

obit-tessier.jpgPierre ‘Pete’ Tessier

Pierre ‘Pete’ Tessier, 60, died Feb. 22.

Mr. Tessier was born in Montreal, Canada, Dec. 31, 1947, to Fred and Margot Tessier and lived since 1962 in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island. He was a longtime employee of Shells Restaurant and owner/operator of Pete’s Marine Construction.

He is survived by brother Dan Tessier and wife Suzanne White of Bradenton; sisters Marilyn Tessier Brady and husband Dr. Lou Brady of Longwood, Fla., Jennifer Adams and husband John of Bluffton, S.C.; nephews Ryan Ross and Trevor Brady; nieces Amy Nash and Alexis Brady; aunt and godmother Elsie Lalonde and Laurette Robillard of Montreal.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

 

Paul Roger Vannette

Paul Roger Vannette, 75, of Bradenton, died Feb. 16.

Born in New Era, Mich., Mr. Vannette moved to Manatee County in 1987 from Holland, Mich. He worked for Baker Furniture, Gray’s Mobile Home and Sligh Furniture and Clocks. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in Korea. He was a member of the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron and served as its commander in 2003. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Elks, Moose Lodge and the Holiday Rambler RV Club. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Services were Feb. 20 at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, in care of Ann Blake, 5115 17th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34219. Shannon Funderal Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Patricia Starnes; sons Steven and wife Sandy of Holland, and Thomas and wife Vicky of Holland; daughters Diane Slenk of Holland and Nancy Pepera and husband Kevin of Bradenton; stepdaughter Susan Highsmith Graveline and husband Daniel; stepson Michael Highsmith and wife Jill; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

August F. Vinhage

August F. Vinhage, 71, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 22.

Born in Germany, he was the owner of a tool and die shop doing metal fabrication. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a Mason and an active member of the American Poultry and Bantam Association, for which he served as a licensed judge. He was a member and past chief of the Hamburg, N.J., fire department, and former mayor of Hamburg.

He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

There were no services. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Elisabeth;, sons William of Bradenton and Frederic of Port St. John, Fla.; daughters Debra Groves of West Palm Beach, and Karen Unrath of Lafayette, N.J.; brother Heinrich of Germany; sisters Anni Brunsterling and Elisabeth Strickmann, both of Germany; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Kenny Wiley

Kenny Wiley, of Bradenton, born Nov. 17, 1924, died Feb. 13. Formerly of Millville, Ohio, and Bradenton Beach, he and wife Sherry moved to Anna Maria Island in 1975 and owned and operated the Wiley Hotel on Eighth Street.

Mr. Wiley was a long-time member of the Moose and Elks lodges. Mr. Wiley worked as a greenskeeper at the Manatee County Golf Course and loved taking friends and family members around Sarasota Bay in his pontoon boat.

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