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Date of Issue: July 20, 2006

Obituaries

Kimberly A. Jonatzke

Kimberly A. Jonatzke, 46, of Bradenton, died July 3.

Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., Ms. Jonatzke moved to Manatee County from Niles, Mich., 10 years ago. She was a homemaker.

There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by son Andy of Bradenton, athletic director at the Anna Maria Island Community Center; sisters Debra Dennis and Kathy Knies, both of Bradenton; brother Steven Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and one grandchild. 

 

Thomas J. 'Tom' Lehnen

Thomas J. "Tom" Lehnen, 68, of Anna Maria, died July 6.

Born in Waukesha, Wisc., Mr. Lehnen moved to Manatee County from Dallas, Texas, in 1999. He was an architect with Neiman Marcus. He was a member of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity and Community Foundation of Sarasota. He was on the board of directors of Leepa-Rattner Museum of St. Petersburg College. He was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria.

Memorial services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Epilepsy Foundation of America, 4351 Garden City Drive, Suite 500, Landover MD 20785-2287, or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Pat and brother Charles of Longboat Key.

 

In memoriam of Donato Natale

I recently learned that my soulmate and friend Donato Natale suddenly died. Though we were geographically separated, he in Florida, me either in Europe and Canada, and spent little time together, we were highly connected on a deep level.

I admired Don as an absolutely straight forward, honest and also welcoming man. He had strict opinions in several areas, but was always open for discussions. He remained curious and was interested in particular in philosophical and intellectual questions.

He was a wonderful friend, neighbor and host. I feel privileged that I was several times invited to be his guest in his beautiful home, which was entirely self designed and had a clear Italian atmosphere. He loved to cook and was excellent in making any kind of pasta meals. He clearly was a great art person, very creative and always busy. His impressive workshop was full of huge and tiny tools and incompleted or completed  art work, including statues. In his house there were awesome paintings, huge amphores and vases told his European roots (I always wanted to get one, honestly!)

Don loved women, beauty and spirit of life, and he also loved animals and nature. He always lived alone, but never complained about loneliness. He appreciated the simple things and never understood why people were buying or collecting things all the time. He was a modest man.

He had a clear awareness of who he was  - with all his limitations. He loved to live and was pure of joy.

I will miss you, Don, and feel close to your friends and family.

Bernd Pohlmann-Eden MD, PhD, Germany

 

Thomas D. Weir

Thomas D. Weir, 74, of Bradenton Beach, died June 28.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Mr. Weir came to Manatee County 30 years ago from Berwin, Ill. He was a supervisor with Commonwealth Edison Company. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and DAV.

Memorial services were July 9 at Pines Mobile Home Park, Bradenton Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three nephews and one niece.

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