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Date of Issue: July 05, 2006

Obituaries

Melvin 'Mel' Dittman

Melvin "Mel" Dittman, 85, of Holmes Beach, died June 19.

Born in Butler County, Ohio, Mr. Dittman moved to Manatee County from Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1986. He was owner of Dittman Foods in Hamilton for 15 years, then Husman Foods in Cincinnati, Ohio, until his retirement. He was a life member of Elks No. 1511 in Bradenton and a life member of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. He attended Roser Memorial Community Church.

Memorial services will be at the church at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg FL 33742. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Montez S. "Tez"; sister Erma McCreary of Oxford, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Patricia 'Pat' Stevenson Durbeck

Patricia "Pat" Stevenson Durbeck, 81, of Heathrow, Fla., and formerly of Holmes Beach, died June 21.

Born in Boston, Mass., Mrs. Durbeck sailed to Bradenton in 1959 with her late husband Windsor, yacht builder, and their two children. She attended the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She remained in Bradenton for over 45 years and enjoyed several lead rolls in musical productions performed at the Manatee Players theater. She was very active in many boards, including the Art League of Manatee County, Junior League, Meals on Wheels, Bradenton Opera Guild, Manatee Players, YMCA, Girls Club of Manatee County, Garden Club of Manatee County, Bradenton Yacht Club, Bradenton Yacht Club Galley Maids, St. Anne's of Christ Episcopal Church, Cultural Arts of Manatee County, Monday Book Club, Monday Bridge Group, Tuesday Lunch Bunch, German Group, Women's Resource Center, the Links of Pinebrook Owners Association, R&R Club of Heathrow, and the Heathrow Women's Club. She worked for many years with Ina Baden Estate Sales and Julie McClure Estates Sales.

Memorial services were June 24. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by daughters Sheryl Johnson of Heathrow, and Edythe Buehring of Illinois; son Steven Durbeck of California; sister Mary Sturges of New Jersey; brother George Stevenson of Maine; granddaughters Allison Johnson Price of Heathrow and Kaitlyn Anne Buehring of Illinois; and great-grandson Connor James Drake Price.

 

Paul M. Tamson

Paul M. Tamson, 85, of Bradenton Beach, died June 22.

Born in Holland, Mr. Tamson moved to Manatee County from Franklinville, N.J., 13 years ago. He was a retired electronics technician with RCA in Camden, N.J. He attended Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.

Private services will be held at the church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Elsie; son Diederick William of Bradenton; and sister Nelly of Holland.

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