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Date of Issue: June 16, 2010

Obituaries

F. Patrick Cronin

F. Patrick Cronin, 75, of Bradenton, died June 3.

He was born May 3, 1935, in Hartford City, Ind., and came to Florida from Delaware, Ohio.

Mr. Cronin was an educator in Ohio, having completed a 30-year career in public education, Ohio government and at Ohio State University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Ball State in 1980. He was honored for establishing the state of Ohio prison school district on its 25th anniversary in 1998.

He authored numerous publications while at Ohio State and was a member of OSU Phi Delta Kappa. He was a member of Peridia Golf and Country Club. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church.

A memorial mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs on June 14. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Father Flanagan’s Boys Town.

Survivors include wife Barbara; son Kevin Cronin and daughter Kristin Cronin of Delaware, Ohio; daughters Kelly Cronin of Palm Springs, Calif., and Kay and husband David Russell of Holmes Beach; brothers Michael Cronin of Peachtree City, Ga.; Timothy Cronin of Las Vegas; Joseph Cronin of Georgia; sister Kathleen of Ontario, Canada; and grandsons Dakota, Tyler and Cameron.

Fran Kerr

Fran Kerr, 80, of Holmes Beach, died June 7. She was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Jackson, Mich. She came to Anna Maria Island in 2001.

Mrs. Kerr was a nurse for more than 30 years in the Detroit metropolitan area. She was a volunteer for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, and an Island Players Backstage Ladies volunteer. She was a member of the Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge and the Bradenton Elks Club.

A celebration of life is planned but not yet scheduled. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

She is survived by niece Carolyn Beck of Holmes Beach; step-sons Brian of Dallas and Brad of Dolores, Colo.; and niece Penny Mierau of West Bloomfield, Mich.

Laura Spaulding

Laura Spaulding, 88, of Bradenton, formerly of Chicago Heights and Park Forest, Ill., died June 9.

She was born Sept. 21, 1921, in New Orleans and was raised in Chicago. She married in 1945 and moved to Chicago Heights where she and husband Richard raised their two sons and were foster parents to five Sadikowskes children. She resided in Southern California and Arizona before moving to Anna Maria Island in 1993.

Mrs. Spaulding was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women.

A memorial Mass was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Donations may be made to St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mrs. Spaulding is survived by son Jerry; grandchildren Mary Margaret, Aubrey, Faith, Joseph Jr.; cousin Dolores Harrell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert V. Weismiller

Robert V. Weismiller, 88, of Anna Maria and formerly of Detroit, died June 7.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

Mr. Weismiller is survived by his wife of 62 years, Thelma; daughter Carol Reeves; grandson Scott and wife Kelly Franklin; and great grandson Cody Stevens.

William J. Wesner

William J. Wesner, 85, formerly of Bradenton Beach, died June 8 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born July 15, 1924, in Linton, Ind., and attended the University of Louisville. He served as a U.S. Navy medical corpsman during World War II and worked as a salesman.

Memorials may be sent to New Haven/Adams Township Park Dept., 1125 Hartzell St., New Haven IN 46774.

Mr. Wesner is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo Ann; four daughters, including Jan and husband Mark Childs of Fort Riley, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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