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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Obituaries

Ackerman

‘Kip’ Clifford Ackerman

“Kip” Clifford Ackerman, 49, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., died Feb. 19.

He graduated from Utah State University in 1988 with a degree in fine arts. After developing his craft in Utah, he moved in 1992 to Anna Maria Island, where he infused the Island and surrounding areas with his fine art.

Kip was active in the Anna Maria Island and Bradenton art community. His mural work can be seen at New Pass Grill on City Island, Sarasota, and at many restaurants and businesses throughout the Islands, Bradenton and Sarasota.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Ackerman may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of Manatee County, 941-747-8808.

Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife Shari; his furry kids Augie, Arlo and Asia; sister-in-law Tara Rietberg of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers Jim and wife Susan of Riverton, Utah, and Bruce and wife Mary of Raleigh, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

Kathleen Myra Frances Blatherwick

Kathleen Myra Frances Blatherwick, known as "Fran,” died Jan. 10 in Ithaca, N.Y.

She was born in Alton in Hampshire, England. She attended St. Margaret’s Bushey and received a degree in teacher education from Bishop Otter College in Chichester. She taught at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Ontario, where she married Ralph Richard Sturgeon. After his death, she returned to England and lived in Cheltenham. She came to the United States in 1948 and married Norman "Jim" Blatherwick, former superintendant of Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls State Parks. Following his retirement, they wintered on Anna Maria Island.
Fran served as a volunteer to the Service League, Meals on Wheels and the Finger Lakes Library System into her 90s and also read to the blind. She was a life-long lover of nature and expert on wildflowers.

A memorial service will be held in Ithaca. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy or Arbor Day Foundation.

Mrs. Blatherwick is survived by two daughters, M. Myra S. White of Boston and Elizabeth B. and husband Joseph M. Hughes of Philadelphia.

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