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Date of Issue: July 15, 2005

Obituary

Susan 'Michelle' Baratta

Susan "Michelle" Baratta, 41, of Mays Landing, N.J., died June 26.

Mrs. Baratta lived in Florida for 20 years. She moved to Mays Landing three years ago. She was a house/business cleaner in Florida, including at Anna Maria City Hall, and a restaurant server in New Jersey.

Memorial services were in Mays Landing July 5. To send condolences, go to www.boakesfuneralhome.com.

She is survived by husband Butch; stepson Andrew; sisters Kim of and Nicole; and friends Anna and Rose.

Robert 'Bob' E. Christie

Robert "Bob" E. Christie, 81, of Anna Maria, died July 7.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Mr. Christie moved here 37 years ago. He was in sales management for the Dana Corp. for 33 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach and Senior Friends. He attended Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria City.

Private services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Alice.

Marvin A. Ernst Sr.

Marvin A. Ernst Sr., 80, of Bradenton, died July 1.

Born in Dunlap, Ill., Mr. Ernst began visiting the area in 1987 and moved here fulltime in 1997. He worked for eight years at the Surfside EconoLodge in Bradenton Beach.

Burial will be in Dunlap. D. Alan Moore Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by sons Marvin A. Jr. of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Thomas E. of Bradenton; daughter Joan E. Eaton of New Orleans, La.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Carl Hirsch

Carl Hirsch, 72, of Anna Maria, died July 7.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Hirsch came to Manatee County from Lakeland in 1990. He was an electrical designer and contractor and owner of Hirsch Enterprises. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach and Knights of Columbus in Lakeland. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Mary Lou; daughters Carla Jane Kuizon of Holmes Beach and Lisa Maria Nipper of Lakeland; sons Clifford of Melbourne and Scott William of Anna Maria; sister Clara Haas of North Holmsted, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Donald R. Nierman

Donald R. Nierman, 77, of Bradenton, died at his home July 11.

Services will be scheduled at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Amy Rose Strang

Amy Rose Strang, 19, of Rockford, Ill., and formerly Anna Maria Island died June 18.

Ms. Strang was born in Sevierville, Tenn.

Graveside services were June 25 in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

She is survived by father James of Florida; son Kenneth Metcalf Jr.; daughter Kirstin Metcalf; paternal grandparents Glenn and Dixie Carlson of Rockford; grandmother Elva of Rockford; aunts Julie Ensminger, Betty Nicely, Carol Gillies, JoEllen Gianoli and Barbara Schwindaman; and numerous cousins.

Dr. John Yatros

Dr. John Yatros, 72, of Holmes Beach, died July 5.

Dr. Yatros lived in Barbourville, Ky., for 30 years before moving to Batesville, Ind., moving to Manatee County from there in 1993.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Moosehaven, 1701 Park Ave., Orange Park FL 32073. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 44 years Irma; son Dr. Gy of Bradenton; daughter Mimi Kelly of Crestville, Ky.; and two grandchildren.

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