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Date of Issue: June 30, 2010

Obituaries

Larry Edward Jennis

Larry Edward Jennis, 59, of Bradenton, died June 18. Born in Darby, Pa., he came to Bradenton in 1965.

Mr. Jennis received a bachelor's degree from Eckerd College and retired after 25 years of service with GTE/ Verizon.

Services were to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, with a celebration of life to follow at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Survivors include wife Karen; daughters Kisha and husband Brian Hollifield of Parrish and Leah of Denver; grandchildren Aubrey, Hannah and Wyatt Hollifield of Par-rish; sisters Stephanie and husband Ed McGroarty of Lans-dale, Pa., and Kathleen Benison of Cortez; brother Mi-chael and wife Cindy of Holmes Beach; step-brother Chuck Tonkin; step-sister Jenny and husband Andy Morel of Reddington Beach; and many nieces and nephews.

Gerhard G. Ogon

Gerhard G. Ogon, 56, of Bradenton, died June 11.

Mr. Gerhard worked for the Longboat Key Club for 15 years and was assistant superintendent of the Islandside golf course.

A celebration of life was held June 24 at Covell Funeral Home Bradenton.

Mr. Gerhard is survived by wife Michelle; his children, Hildergard, Robert, Erika, Wener, Konrad and Ana; and step-son Elijah.

Albert Anton ‘Al’ Wiedorn

Wiedorn

Albert Anton "Al" Wiedorn, 84, of Holmes Beach, formerly of E. Granby, Conn., died June 26.

Mr. Wiedorn was a U.S. Army infantry veteran who served in the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. He was a native of Waterbury, Conn. He lived and taught in Connecticut, Maine, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras and Brazil before settling in Holmes Beach in 1995.

Mr. Wiedorn was active in civic affairs in Holmes Beach, having served as president and vice president of the Holmes Beach Civic Association before it disbanded. He was known for his "Rain Can Be A Pain" campaign and brochure, an effort to encourage a drainage-system cleanup that earned the HBCA a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He worked tirelessly to keep Holmes Beach residents informed of important issues.

Visitation and a service were to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Toale Brothers Funeral Homes, Bradenton Chapel. A sunset celebration of life will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the 71st Street beach, Holmes Beach. A service will be held in Maryland followed by internment in Arlington National Cemetery July 28.

Mr. Wiedorn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Clare; daughter Cathy Camille Mazurek of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son Paul of Saverna Park, Md.; brother Fred of Nokomis; and three grandchildren.

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