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Date of Issue: June 21, 2007

Obituaries

Sally Grace Adkins

Sally Grace Adkins, 43, of Bradenton, died June 1.

Born in Falls Church, Va., Mrs. Adkins moved to Manatee County from Annandale, Va., in 1995.

Visitation was June 8 at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton.

She is survived by husband Charles "Chuck"; son Christopher; sisters Colleen Burdick, Patricia Schweitzer, Amy Johnson, Kelly Padilla and Rebecca Deiss; brothers Frank, Daniel, Michael and Russel; parents Lenore and Frank Cappello of Bradenton; and paternal grandmother Mary Cappello of Rockville, Md.

 

Philippe Coppin

Philippe Coppin, 77, of Anna Maria, formerly of Brussels, Belgium, and Simsbury, Conn., died June 10.

Born in Ath, Belgium, Mr. Coppin moved to Anna Maria in 2001. He worked in the engineered/technical paper industry in Europe and the United States. He was chairman of EDANA and a frequent speaker at international industry conferences. After retirement, he worked as a private consultant for 20 years. He received an engineering degree from the Universite de Louvain in Belgium and an MBA from Boston University.

Memorial services were June 15 at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to Anthony's Charity, www.anthonycharity.org, a Belgium-based charity aiding a school for disadvantaged children in India. Checks should be made payable to Agnes Coppin with the mention "for Anthony's Charity."

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Stevie; daughter Danielle Joneja and her husband Raman; daughter Michele; son Christophe and his wife Truc Pham; and grandsons Aric and Galen Joneja.

 

Fred Duennes

Fred Duennes, 89, of Ellenton, died June 9.

Mr. Duennes served in the 94th Infantry Division in World War II. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and served in four major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a farmer in Indiana.

Visitation was June 13 and Funeral Mass June 14. Burial was at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

He is survived by wife Intha; son Joe, superintendent of public works for Holmes Beach; daughters Theresa Bareither, Phyllis Collins and Clair Knight, all from Indiana, and Annette Beesting of Stuttgart, Germany; brothers William and Paul; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and niece Nancy O'Connor.

 

Romeo 'Jim' Masi

Romeo "Jim" Masi, 95, of Bradenton, died June 9.

Born in Newark, N.J., Mr. Masi moved to Bradenton from Brandon in 1998. He was retired after 25 years of service as major in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was Catholic.

Funeral Mass was June 14 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by daughter Janet Clark and husband Joe of Holmes Beach; son James R. and wife Denise of Red Bank, N.J.; brother Victor of Perth Amboy, N.J.; granddaughters Holly McKeithan and husband Daniel of Apollo Beach, and Carrie Clark of Versailles, Ky.; and great-grandsons Alex and Brian McKeithan.

 

Eugene. D. 'Gene' Matecun

Eugene D. "Gene" Matecun, 70, of Harrison Township, Mich., and Holmes Beach, died June 10.

Born and raised in Muskegon, Mich., Mr. Matecun was a teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System for more than 35 years, starting at Pierce Middle School and retiring in 1994 from Grosse Pointe South High School, where he taught U.S. history and civics and was also head of the social studies department. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1958, and a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1964. He was a long-time member of the L'Anse Creuse Athletic Booster Club, Booster Club Bingo caller, and member and former board member of the Manatee County Audubon Society. He was also a member of both Macomb Property Owners Association and DOLLARS real estate groups, and spent time at the Clinton Township and Sterling Heights senior centers. He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, boating, card tricks and spending time with his family and friends. He played the accordion in his younger years, and later kept his love of music alive by playing the ukulele and frequenting concerts and plays.

Visitation was June 15 and June 16 at Will & Schwartzkoff Funeral Home, Mount Clemens, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York NY 10008-0780, TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, Fund Development, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or to Manatee County Audubon Society, P.O. Box 14550, Bradenton FL 34280-4550.

He is survived by wife Marilyn; sons E. Dennis Jr. and wife Tammy of Hudson, Ohio, Glenn and wife Teri of Wixom, Mich.; grandchildren Chase and Anne Ling of Hudson, and Sara, Bryan and Eric of Wixom; sister Marcia Willbrandt and husband Douglas of North Muskegon, Mich.; and nephews Jason of Orlando, and Justin of North Muskegon

 

Thomas Joseph McGann

Thomas Joseph McGann, 83, of Holmes Beach, died June 15.

Born in New Britain, Conn., Mr. McGann moved to Manatee County from Edgewater Md., in 1977. He was a retired mathematician for NASA. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

No services are planned. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels Adult Day Health Center, 2703 19th St. Ct. E., Bradenton FL 34208. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Lois; daughters Susan, and Jeanne Payne, both of Seattle, Wash., Mary Lou Lester of Sarasota, Lizabeth Green of Shakopee, Mont., and Kerry Hicks of Bradenton; sons Paul of Edgewater, Kenneth of Battle Creek, Mich., and Donald of Bradenton; sister Grace Smith of Temple City, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Ruth Cora Taylor

Ruth Cora Taylor, 89, of Anna Maria, died June 13.

Born in Brentwood, N.H., she moved to Anna Maria from Tampa in 1985.

Services will be in Methuen, Mass., with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen. Arrangements were by Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton.

She is survived by sisters Irma I. of Anna Maria, Freda Dollen of New Durham, N.H., Norma Jean Severance of Rye, N.H., and Lucille Kopp of Victor, Mont.; and brothers Harry of Ripley, Maine, Glen of Seely, Mont., Bruce of New Jersey, and Roy of Ovando, Mont.

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