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Date of Issue: June 14, 2007

Obituaries

Kathleen E. Joyce

Kathleen E. Joyce, 50, of Bradenton and formerly Corry, Pa., died May 25 in Corry.

Mrs. Joyce was born in Corry.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

She and husband Dan came to Bradenton from the Philadelphia area four years ago. She served as administrative assistant for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

"She entrenched herself in our Center and in our community immediately," said Sandee Pruett of the Center. "Kathy found out she had ovarian cancer soon after she started working with us. After a successful surgery, she started her chemo treatments. Nothing could stop her. She was so much a part of the pulse of the Center, working at all of our fundraisers, never missing a beat.

"Kathy was very involved in her friends at her Tanglewood neighborhood, starting a weekly gathering dubbed 'Redneck Sundays,' where all the neighbors would gather together in their lawn chairs to chat and relax. She was involved with our Island Bunco Babes and also a steady member of the Chick Flix group, a bunch of gals that would meet monthly for dinner and a movie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216, or to St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter for Homeless Families, 209 Emmett St., Phoenixville PA 19460.

She is survived by husband Daniel L.; son Kevin; sisters Janet Armstrong and husband James, Betsy McIntyre and husband David, and Vicki Anderson and husband Jamie; brothers William Hajec, David Hajec and wife Julie, and Gary Hajec and wife Linda; mother Dorothy A. Neff Hajec Thompson of Corry; and 12 nieces and nephews.

 

Thelma Parrish Rochon

Thelma Parrish Rochon, 96, of Bradenton, a member of the founding family in Parrish, and formerly of Anna Maria Island and New York, died May 28.

Mrs. Rochon taught school at Ballard Elementary School in Bradenton and at Scarsdale Elementary School in Scarsdale, N.Y., for 20 years. During World War II she worked in the security division of a U.S. Army base in Miami, a section that was a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. She was a life member of Entre Nous in Bradenton. She and her husband supported the arts, and she was an avid theatergoer, supporting the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was a patron of the Island Players and the Sarasota Ballet Company. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.

Memorial services were June 1.

She is survived by sisters Laurene Parrish Powell of Bradenton and Jessie Parrish Morland of DeLand; nephews Dr. Ralph Powell of Yardley, Pa., and David Parrish of Terra Ceia; and nieces Laura Morland Rhodes of Berkley, Calif., and Paris, France, and May Diane Parrish Lane of Parrish.

 

John M. 'Bananas' Shahinian Jr.

John M. "Bananas" Shahinian Jr., 64, of Bradenton, died May 27. 

Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., Mr. Shahinian moved to Bradenton from DesPlaines, Ill., in 1976. He was a carpet installer for many years and most recently a truck driver. He enjoyed being near the water, boating and being with family and friends.

Memorial services were June 1 at Sunny Shores Clubhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, or Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, Fund Development, Bradenton Hospice House, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton.

He is survived by son John M. IV and wife Laurie of Palatine, Ill.; daughters, Lisa Seagraves and husband William, and Shari Nickens and husband Dean, all of Arlington Heights, Ill.; sisters Barbara Ristow and Vivian Gentner, both of Bradenton; brother Richard of Anna Maria; grandchildren Madeline, Megan, Shannon, Alexander, Bill, Victoria and Sara; and his long time girlfriend Linda Moynihan.

 

Katherine S. Shymanski

Katherine S. Shymanski, 85, of Holmes Beach, died peacefully at home in the presence of her daughter Joan on May 31.

Mrs. Shymanski was born in Wausau, Wis., on February 26, 1922, as Katherine Cornelia Scherhart. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1943 with a degree in education, and taught elementary school for several years before marrying and starting a family.

She was an active life-long alumni of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and was known by her friends as "Sugar." 

In the late 1950s, she moved with her second husband and three young sons to Florida. After living for a short time in Sebring, the family to the city of Anna Maria and then to Palmetto. They eventually settled in a spacious 1920s Spanish-style home in Palma Sola Park with a huge yard big enough to accommodate her six children, all born by 1961.

She loved being close to the beach and, in the early 1960s, with a station-wagon full of kids, would gladly pay the toll to cross the newly built Manatee Avenue bridge to Anna Maria Island. Becoming lifelong friends with all of the regulars at Manatee Public Beach, her kids blended with other surf and beach families in the area, contributing to a burgeoning surfing community.

She became the quintessential Surf Mom - blonde, raising six kids on her own, forgiving surfboards all over the house and lawn, and turning the garage into a surfboard shaping shop. She allowed surf trips to the east coast and the Caribbean, and became "Mom" to many young surfers and all the friends of her kids throughout their lives.

She was a Republican, and in 1968 went to the Republican National Convention in Miami as a delegate from Bradenton. As a football fanatic, she cheered for the Packers, Dolphins, and ultimately the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 1969, she bought a brand-new Plymouth Barracuda with bronze metallic paint and black racing stripes. She was absolutely the hippest mother ever.

She relocated to Holmes Beach in the mid-70s, two blocks from the beach, in the perfect home just a short walk from her favorite places.

She had been on several ocean cruises as well as a trip to Hawaii and was always captivated by the beauty of tropical locales.

Through all of this, she saw one of her twin sons develop kidney disease and over the years require three kidney transplants, all donated by his brothers. Her strength was seen in her children as they saved their brother's life with the gift of transplantation.

She became a grandmother in 1976 and again in 1999. Her grandsons were like stars shining in her eyes.

She is survived by five sons, Channing, Richard and Philip Salick, all of the Cocoa Beach area, Rosser Shymanski of Atlanta, and Wilson Shymanski of Bradenton; her daughter and caregiver of many years, Joanie Mills and her husband Tony, of Holmes Beach; and grandsons Brandon Mills of Holmes Beach and Philip C. Salick of Los Angeles.

The family will host a sunset memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the northern edge of the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Direct Patient Aid, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803.

 

Mary W. Smith

Mary W. Smith, 96, of Bradenton and formerly Birmingham, Ala., died May 27.

No services are planned.

She is survived by son Allen of Holmes Beach; brothers C.D. Warren of Anaheim, Calif., and Herschel Warren of Birmingham; and grandchildren Robert of Sarasota and Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd of Tampa.

 

J. Clifford Venters

J. Clifford Venters, 65, of Holmes Beach, died May 30.

No services were planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by husband Ken and sister Patricia Grayson of Bradenton.

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