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Date of Issue: March 30, 2006

Obituaries

Gilbert Theodore Bergquist Jr.

Gilbert Theodore Bergquist Jr., 56, of Tallahassee, died March 13.

Mr. Bergquist was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was a graduate of Wheaton (Maryland) High School, Shepherd College in West Virginia, and received masters and doctorate degrees in government from Florida State University.

He was the chief of the Bureau of Housing and Community Development for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, chief planning officer in charge of the Office of Planning and Research for the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, and for the last 10 years program administrator for the Program for Environmental Policy and Planning Systems, Institute of Science and Public Affairs, Florida State University. After 32 years of public service, he retired in April 2005.

He enjoyed traveling and cooking, belonging to a gourmet club for more than 20 years. He was a strong supporter of the environment and enjoyed hiking, kayaking and photography. For the last six years, he was a volunteer in the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and coached Little League baseball and youth soccer teams. He was an avid FSU sports fan, attending virtually all home football games for 38 years.

The family received friends March 17 in Tallahassee. A celebration of his life will also be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Advocates II, P.O. Box 3992, Tallahassee FL 32315, or 1,000 Friends of Florida, P.O. Box 5948, Tallahassee FL 32314.

He is survived by wife of 37 years Constance Anne; sons Gilbert T. "Ted" III of Tampa and James Leigh "Jamie" of Tallahassee; father Gilbert T. "Gib" Sr. of Anna Maria; sister Deborah Bergquist Ross and husband Art of Columbia, Md.; half-sisters Laura of Little Rock, Ark., and Marisa of New York, N.Y.; and half-brother Kevin of Anna Maria.

 

Edith O. Headley

Edith O. Headley, 85, of Anna Maria and formerly St. Paul, Minn., and Belmont, Mass., died March 3.

Mrs. Headley's love of baseball brought her and her family to Anna Maria Island in 1950, and she became a resident in 1999.

Memorial services will be held in Massachusetts at a later date.

She is survived by son Geoffrey of Houston, Texas; daughter Meredith Slavin of Anna Maria, owner of Antie Em's Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Holmes Beach; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Charles 'Chuck' Theodore Huss Jr.

Charles "Chuck" Theodore Huss Jr., 78, of Inverness and formerly Anna Maria, died March 10.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Huss moved to Manatee County from St. Petersburg in 1983, where he had lived for 50 years. He was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He was a retired auto body collision technician and former supervisor of home warranty for Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa. He was an avid hunter and fisher, having won numerous tarpon fishing tournaments.

There were no services. Charles E. Davis Funeral home, Inverness, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Marlane "Mimi" E. Cain; stepson Duane Cane Jr. of Citrus Springs; and stepdaughter Dawn Cain of Citrus Springs.

 

Frances Shaeffer McIlwain

Frances Shaeffer McIlwain, 100, of Leesburg, Fla., and formerly Holmes Beach, died March 14.

Mrs. McIlwain was a graduate of Florida State University and a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She taught school for 25 years in Greenwood, S.C.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel, Leesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake/Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares FL 32778.

She is survived by sister Grace S. Atkins of Holmes Beach and Chelsea, Mich.; son J.M. Jr. of Yalaha, Fla.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

James Vernon Morgan

James Vernon Morgan, 75, of Bradenton, died March 11.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Morgan was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He was executive vice president of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. He was Christian.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Beta Theta Pi "Men of Principle," 5134 Bonham Road, Oxford OH 45056, or to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude St., Boulder City NV 89005.

He is survived by wife Sandra "Sandee"; daughters June of Penrose, Colo., and Ann Silver of Broomfield, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

 

Helen Cole Stewart

Helen Cole Stewart, 92, of Bradenton, died March 10.

Born in Varnado, La., Mrs. Stewart moved to Manatee County in 1979. She graduated magnum cum laude with a degree in music from Louisiana State University. She entered the foreign service, U.S. State Department, in 1947 and worked there for 26 years, living in part in Italy, Belgrade, Germany, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and France. She loved music, reading and gardening. She was Baptist.

There were no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by niece Victoria Freeman of Bradenton; nephew Kent Freeman of Dallas, Texas; great nephews Kent Freeman and Reid Freeman; and great-great nephew Connor Stewart Freeman.

 

Earl W. Winslow

Earl W. Winslow, 89, died March 16.

Born in Mattawan, Mich., Mr. Winslow came to Manatee County from South Bend, Ind., in 1970. He was retired from Ace Auto Parts. He was a member of the Key Royale Club, the Elks and a former member of Kiwanis Club.

Visitation was March 21 and a memorial services was held March 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 5420 Bay Center Drive, Tampa FL. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughters Carolyn Spangler of Tucson, Ariz., and Marcia Perry of North Palm Beach; daughter-in-law Ruth of Mishawaka, Ind.; brother Harry B. of Palm Beach Gardens; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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