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Date of Issue: April 23, 2008

Obituary

Joseph T. Clark

Joe Clark, 90, of Holmes Beach and Houghton Lake, Mich., died April 16.

Born in Elsie, Mich., Mr. Clark loved cars and trucks and sold General Motors trucks, and from 1955 to 1972 had a Ford Motor Co. dealership until he retired. He was a licensed real estate agent. He also fixed and sold bicycles on the Island.

Memorial services will be held in Elsie in May. Memorial contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth M.; daughter Sue Bakita and husband Rich; grandsons, Keary Bakita and wife Jamie, and Bret Bakita and wife Jennifer;  and great-grandchildren Micayla, Abagail and Nicklaus Bakita.

 

Nina Ransohoff

Nina Ransohoff, formerly of Holmes Beach, died April 20.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Ransohoff moved to Florida in 1996. She was an artist who worked in many media, including pen and ink, monoprint, acrylics and watercolors, winning numerous awards.

Friends are invited to a celebration of her life from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the home of daughter Elizabeth Davies, 8302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

She is survived by daughters Alison Parks of Bradenton and Elizabeth Davies of Holmes Beach; and grandchildren Jeffrey, Amy and Mollie.

 

/4-23-08/obit-white.jpgCharles Jay ‘Chuck’ White

Charles Jay ‘Chuck’ White, 79, of Anna Maria, died April 15.

Mr. White will be remembered as a kind and generous person whose encyclopedic knowledge and practical common sense could solve any problem, fix anything and never fail to “design a better mousetrap.”

Born in Brownsville, Texas, he held various jobs over the years; tugboat mate, U.S. Air Force radio instructor and Bell and Howell electronics salesman, before moving with wife Joy and children to Frost Valley, N.Y., to work at the YMCA. Frost Valley, the largest “Y” camp in the country, saw significant and lasting development due to Chuck’s hard work and creative vision for more than 20 years, and the camp was named after him. He was a Boy Scout leader, helping to build “Resurrection City” on the Mall in Washington, D.C., during Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign, acid rain/water monitor for thestate of New York, volunteer fireman and arson investigator, constable for the town of Denning, N.Y., and more recently served as the city of Anna Maria code enforcement officer and a volunteer member of the Anna Maria’s capital improvements advisory committee.

After the death of Joy from cancer, he lived in Anna Maria with former Mayor SueLynn and he loved and was extremely grateful to both women. He also enjoyed being a Florida Master Gardener.

He is survived by children Elizabeth, Rebecca, David and Sylvia; two brothers, Louie of Texas and Jan White of Maine; and the rest of his “family” of Leslie Black and her son, West Point graduate Second Lt. Jake Kerr, whom Chuck considered his grandson, as well as other grandsons Bryce Warren and John Petrutiu. His family is grateful for the assistance of neighbors Heimo, Suse, Ernie and especially Charlie Daniel.

In his memory, SueLynn and the family ask that you be helpful to your neighbor, polite to a stranger, give to a charity, plant something beautiful and release your fish.

SueLynn suggested donations to a favorite charity of Chuck’s, Heifer International, which promotes “ending hunger, caring for the Earth.” Heifer’s Web site allows “meaningful gifts” in memory of individuals to help children, families and animals around the world. It can be accessed at www.heifer.org.

Memorial services will be planned for the future, both here and in New York, and will be announced here.

 

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