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Date of Issue: September 06, 2007

Obituaries

Lael Therese Hellman

Lael Therese Hellman, 76, of Anna Maria, died Aug. 28.

Born in Phoenix, Ariz., Ms. Hellman moved to Anna Maria from Flint, Mich., in 1993. She was a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, Ohio, served as a teaching and nursing Sister as well as a nurse anesthetist. She sang in the choir at Saints Peter & Paul The Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton.

Visitation was Aug. 30 and Mass Aug. 31. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by friend Dorothy E. Kerr of Anna Maria; sister Jean Hemingway of California; brothers Henry and William, both of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Donald J. Maloney

Donald J. Maloney, 79, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 3.

The long-time Holmes Beach city commissioner had suffered from cancer since 2000. The disease didn’t hamper his community activism, as he continued to run for public office, including a 2006 run for public office in which he said his goal was to “give the people what they want.”

He served on the city commission for nine years after moving to Anna Maria Island 18 years ago. He had been a long-time proponent of consolidation of services between the three Island cities, and a strong advocate of a city manager form of government.

Mr. Maloney was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He was a retired managing director of Harris Corp., a company which sold printing equipment worldwide. He was a graduate of Syracuse School of Journalism in New York. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and later the U.S. Marine Reserve, and started his writing career by starting up the “Point of View” newspaper while at U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

His work with Harris Corp. took him to Japan, where Mr. Maloney wrote two best-selling books about his life as an ex-patriot living in Asia based on articles he wrote for a newspaper there: “Japan: It’s not all raw fish,” and “Son of raw fish.” He also wrote columns for the Plattsburgh, N.Y., newspaper the “Plattsburgh Alive” titled “I’m not from around here.” He wrote for the “Headlight,” a New York Central Railroad publication. He lived in Plattsburgh, White Plains, Lakewood and University Height, Ohio, as well as Tokyo.

Mr. Maloney was a member and past vice president of the Island Kiwanis Club, serving in that capacity within the grandparents program at Anna Maria Elementary School. He was a volunteer at Blake Medical Center. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and past president of the Holy Name Society there. He also wrote a humorous column for The Islander newspaper on Anna Maria Island.

Memorial Mass will be lead by the Rev. Ron Joseph at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rev. Ron Joseph’s orphanage charity in Haiti. Gifts should be made to Ministry of Presence in care of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

He is survived by wife of 58 years Sarah; daughters Frances Mangino and husband Doug of Orlando, and Barbara Sato of Anna Maria; sons Shawn and wife Norine of San Francisco, Calif., and Donald Jr. and Ann of Brainerd, Minn.; and grandchildren Miki and wife Bridget, Jason Sato and wife Lauren, Michael, Benjamin, Joshua, Nicholas, Keenan, Mackenzie, Makiley, Hannah, Patrick and Teagan.

 

Mrs. Johnnie McDowell

Mrs. Johnnie McDowell, 97, of Anna Maria and Aberdeen, Miss., died Aug. 3.

She was associated with Roser Memorial Community Church and the Island Players.

She is survived by her son, Sam, of Anna Maria Island.

 

Thomas R. Tourt

Thomas R. Tourt, 81, of Sandwich, Ill., formerly Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 25.

Mr. Tourt was born in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. He worked for Allsteel in Aurora, Ill. He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Tiger Club in Aurora. He was a member of the Hibiscus Society in Bradenton.

Visitation was held Aug. 29 in Yorkville, Ill. A Funeral Mass was held Aug. 30 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Yorkville. Internment will be held at a later date in Yorkville. Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 54 years Jean of Sandwich; sons Timothy R. and wife Carol Stream of Illinois, and Jeffery S. and wife Cindy of Yorkville; brothers Robert and wife Joan, and Raymond and his wife Audrey, all of North Carolina; sisters Clair Crahan and husband Emmett and Jane Westlake, all of North Carolina; and grandchildren Tyler, Chad, Zeb and Brad.

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