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Date of Issue: February 14, 2007

Obituaries

Mary 'Joanne' Chetlain

Mary "Joanne" Chetlain, 80, of Bradenton, died Jan. 25.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Chetlain moved to Miami after living in Kentucky, New Jersey and Virginia. She was a graduate of Miami High School and attended the University of Miami before moving to Manatee County in 1957. She was an active member in the Bradenton Opera Guild and belonged to the Verdi Circle and was a Star member of Sarasota Opera Association. She was a member of the Manatee County Library Board and the Manatee County Historical Society. She was a member of the West Bradenton Baptist Church and belonged to Joy Sunday School Class.

Memorial services were Feb. 3 at West Bradenton Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bradenton Opera Guild, P.O. Box 9271, Bradenton FL 34206, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband of 55 years Kent, a former Manatee County commissioner and newspaper reporter who worked at the former Islander newspaper; daughters Dr. Mary Lou Zoback of Stanford, Calif., and Anna of Littleton, Colo.; sons Kent III of Tampa and Paul of Bradenton; sisters Virginia Solveson of Cupertino, Calif., and Frances DeVore of Broomfield, Colo.; and grandchildren Eli Zoback of San Francisco, Megan Zoback of Stanford, Joshua Knapek of Palmetto, and Erika and Abigail, both of Bradenton.

 

Herbert Alexander Cochrane

Herbert Alexander Cochrane, 85, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 25.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Cochrane came to Manatee County 31 years ago from Levittown, N.Y. He was project manager for Western Electric, construction and installation branch of the former AT&T. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a tech sergeant during World War II in the North African Campaign, where his unit supported flight operations for P-40s from Casablanca. He was a founding member and chief of the Levittown Fire Department, then commanded the 6th Battalion and later was chair of the Nassau County Fire Commission. He was a member of the Key Royale Club and served as club president.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. March 1 at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by sons Peter A. and his wife Elizabeth of Newtown, Conn., and Curtis D. and his wife Dorothy of Woodbridge, Va.; and grandchildren Kelly, Lindsay, Peter Jr., Katherine and James.

 

Michael 'Mickey' L. Graver

Michael "Mickey" L. Graver, 70, of Bradenton Beach, died Jan. 24.

Mr. Graver was a retired social worker. He graduated from the University of Buffalo and received a master's degree from New York State University. He was an avid sportsman and world traveler.

Memorial services were Jan. 28. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, care of Bradenton Hospice House, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

He is survived by daughter Kristy Tillquist and sister Rosemary Binkley-Graver.

 

Paul W. Kemper Jr.

Paul W. Kemper Jr., 76, of Bradenton, died Jan. 26.

Born in Richmond, Ind., Mr. Kemper moved to Manatee County in 1976 from Centerville, Ind. He was retired as owner-operator of Manatee Camera Store in Bradenton.

Memorial services were Jan. 31. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Mary; daughters Carol Craft of Anna Maria Island and Cynthia Schneider of Bradenton; and three grandchildren.

 

Ronald E. Moore

Ronald E. Moore, 65, of Bradenton, died Jan. 30.

Mr. Moore was a lifelong resident of Manatee County. He was head lifeguard here for many years. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Fellowship of Believers, 3333 12th St., Sarasota. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by brother Donald of Ocala; sister Janet Sue Brown of Bradenton; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Adaline Boyd O'Neill

Adaline Boyd O'Neill, 89, of Bradenton, died Jan. 29.

Born in Terra Ceia, Mrs. O'Neill worked as an executive secretary, payroll clerk and buyer for Montgomery Roberts department store. She later helped her husband with DiGiorgio Fruit corporation in Florida and California. She was Baptist.

Memorial services were Jan. 31. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilbur "Burr" Boyd Scholarship Fund, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34207. Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.shannonfuneralhomes.com

She is survived by brother-in-law David Kerns; sisters-in-law Fay Boyd and Alice Christian; nephews Thomas M., Fred Baumer, David Kerns, Clinton Kerns and James Boyd; nieces Daphne Boyd, Brenda Boyd May, DiDi Boyd Hager and Valerie Boyd Gargiulo; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

 

Lillian Stepka

Lillian Stepka, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 3.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Stepka she came to Manatee County in 1990. She was a supervisor at Health-Mor Industries.

There were no services. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband Ronald; sons Ronald and his wife Erin of Avon Lake, Fla., David his wife Missy of Cleveland, and Daniel and his wife Pam of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio; daughters Deborah Solkiewicz of Medina, Ohio, and Linda and her husband Pete Maranos of Cleveland; brother Donald Niznick of Pittsburg, Tenn.; sister Joan Tharp of Cleveland; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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