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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituary

Donald S. Benson

Donald S. Benson, 92, of Holmes Beach, died March 8.

Born in Sparta, Wis., Mr. Benson came to Manatee County from Trenton, N.J., in 1989. He was retired as director of public relations for the New Jersey State Health Department. He was a graduate of Rutgers University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

He is survived by son Richard T. of Holmes Beach and sister Dorothy Parsons of Milwaukee, Wis.

Jane Early

Jane Early, 72, of Holmes Beach, died March 10.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Miss Early came to Manatee County from Atlanta, Ga., in 1975. She was a professor of mathematics at Manatee Community College and was a nun with the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was a graduate of LeMoyne College and a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She served as the Island's representative to the citizen advisory committee of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, a former member of the Holmes Beach Civic Association, and the Friends of the Island Branch Library. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

Memorial mass was March 14. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Bernard Catholic Church Building Fund, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

She is survived by sisters Rhoda Corcoran of Fresno, Calif., Kay Eccles of Syracuse and Mary Beth O'Neill of Dewitt, N.Y.; brothers Frank of Lakewood, Colo., John of Stirling, N.J., and Joseph of Syracuse; and 36 nieces and nephews.

Nicholas J. Mameo Sr.

Nicholas J. Mameo Sr., 82, of Holmes Beach, died March 8.

Born in Newark, N.J., Mr. Mameo came to Manatee County from Newtown Square, Pa., in 1969. he owned and operated Faucett Plumbing in Holmes Beach for 33 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of American Legion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24, Bradenton.

Visitation was March 10 and 11, and services March 11 at Ss. Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughters Brandy of Myakka City and Bernadette Mameo Hudak of Bradenton; son Nicholas Jr. of Holmes Beach; and grandchildren Danielle Marie Ricciardo of Orlando, Chelsea Ann Ricciardo of Bradenton and Ryan Hudak of Slovakia.

Naomi Grace McLimans

Naomi Grace McLimans, 81, of Brookfield, Wis., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 19.

Born in Millville, N.J., Mrs. McLimans enjoyed cooking, solitaire, eating out with friends and being with her family. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria.

Memorial services were at the church March 18.

She is survived by son John C. of Brookfield and Anna Maria; sister Roberta Hann Crawley of Millville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Audrey Lee Whitmore Jr.

Audrey Lee Whitmore Jr., 74, of Sargent, Texas, and formerly Anna Maria Island, died March 9.

Born in Michigan, Mr. Whitmore moved to the Island in 1969, then to Texas in 1975. He was a retired high-rise steel worker. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Moose.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughters Carol of Holmes Beach, Patricia Ann Thomas of Rochester, Mich., and Diana of Mason, Mich.; sons Christopher Daniel of Auburn Hills, Mich., and Richard Joseph of Rochester Hills, Mich.; brother John of Michigan; and five grandchildren.

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