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Date of Issue: June 23, 2010

Obituaries

Robert A. Fazioli

Capt. Robert A. Fazioli, 45, of Bradenton, died June 6.

Mr. Fazioli was born Feb. 12, 1955, in Troy, N.Y., and moved to Manatee County Niskayuna, N.Y., in 1976.

He was a fishing captain and operated Captain Crunch Fishing Charters. According to his brother, Bill, Capt. Mel Berman once said he could “catch a fish in a mud puddle.” Mr. Fazioli also had his own recording studio and band.

He was a former district manager for the St. Petersburg Times distribution denter in Bradenton, owner/operator of a cross-country semi-truck, had a column published by Florida Sportsman magazine, and was a featured speaker on Captain Mel's radio program.

Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

All are welcome to attend a celebration of his life and “final voyage” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Bridge Church at Palma Sola Bay fellowship hall, 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton.

Mr. Fazioli is survived by wife Tammy; step-son Michael O’Neil; step-daughter Mindy and husband Justin O’Neil; mother Anne of Bradenton; three brothers, Francis G. and wife Diana of Homosassa, Capt. William J. of Bradenton Beach and Joseph M. and wife Margarita of Bradenton; grandchildren, Kaylee, Abbie, Shian, Darian and Tyler O’Neil; and several nieces and nephews.

Diane Birdsall Oler

Diane Birdsall Oler, 52, of Bradenton, died June 13.

Mrs. Oler was born in El Paso, Texas. She came to Manatee County in 1970 from the Florida Panhandle. She was retired from the former Doghouse Restaurant in Bradenton where she served for many years.

Private family services are being planned for a later date in Tennessee. Memorials may be made to the Manatee County Humane Society. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.

Mrs. Oler is survived by her children, son Donald Winneberger of Bradenton and daughter Marie and husband James Willis of Bradenton; mother Mary Bechtel Stephens of Bradenton; brother William Birdsall of Jacksonville, Ark., two sisters, Alice Trivett of Holmes Beach and Elaine Birdsall-Moore of Jacksonville, Ark.; three grandchildren; Briana and Deanna Willis and Jonathon Winneberger; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends.

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