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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituaries

Samuel Thorne Bussey II
Samuel Thorne Bussey II, 47, of Gainesville and formerly Holmes Beach, died Sept. 13.

Mr. Bussey was a staff member of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. He was a graduate of Manatee High School, Bradenton, class of 1975, where he was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, and the University of Florida. He held all scuba diving qualifications except under-ice and assisted in location and recovery of victims in water-filled caverns in North Florida. He was an avid sport parachutist with more than 2,500 jumps.

In accordance with his expressed wishes, his ashes will be scattered from the sky by fellow skydivers at Skydive Palatka Sept. 25. Memorial contributions may be made to Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington D.C. 20013.

He is survived by sisters Mary E. Johnson of Mathews, Va., and Linda A. Griffin of Reston, Va.; brother Arthur S. III of Seffner; and parents Arthur S. and Wilma E. of Holmes Beach.

Elizabeth H. 'Liz' Martin
Elizabeth H. "Liz" Martin, 87, of Holmes Beach and Lafayette, Ind., died Sept. 13.

Born in Lafayette, Mrs. Martin attended St. Boniface Elementary School and St. Francis High School, both in Lafayette. She worked at Lafayette Life Insurance Co. During World War II, she volunteered with the American Red Cross and was one of the first Arlington Ladies assisting families with burials at Arlington National Cemetery. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and St. Bernard Ladies Guild. She was a member of the Audubon Society, the Key Royale Association and the Key Royale Women's Golf Association.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 15 at the church. Burial and Funeral Mass was held Sept. 15.

She is survived by brother Joseph P. Hemerling of San Bernadino, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Harold L. 'Hank' Van Winkle
Harold L. "Hank" Van Winkle, 79, of Bradenton, died Sept. 14.

Born in Clifton, N.J., Mr. Van Winkle moved to the area in 1992 from Stanhope, N.J. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, retiring as postmaster in Stanhope. He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and was a member of the Holy Name Society there.

Visitation with military honors and a Wake Service was Sept. 16, with Funeral Mass Sept. 17 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope Development Office, 320 Powell Ave., Newburgh NY 12550. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 54 years Cecile; daughters Cecilia Degnan of Bloomfield, N.J.; sons Charles of Underhill, Vt., and Sgt. Harold of Clifton, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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