Obituaries

Sunday, July 27, 2014
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EDWARD M. MEYERS

Captain Edward W. Meyers, USNR Ret., died peacefully in his sleep July 22, 2014 at his home in Mansfield Conn. Born to Edward Theodore and Helen Hillebrecht Meyers on April 28, 1924 in Scranton Pa., Ed lived an accomplished life.

Photography and the Navy were major influences in Ed's life. A part time photographer during high school qualified him to be appointed Photographer 3/C upon enlisting in the Navy January 13, 1942. After completing his basic training, Ed was assigned to Fleet Air Photographic Squadron Atlantic Fleet in 1943, where he performed aerial photography and motion picture work and was involved with the filming to prepare military strategists and commanders for D Day. His accomplishments earned him an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. He graduated June 4th 1948 and on the same day married Lois Longman.

Ed resigned from active duty in 1954, but continued his service in the Naval Reserve. He then joined the management team for the Port of New York Authority and settled near their home town in Shrewsbury, New Jersey to raise their three daughters. In 1974, the family moved to Pittsford, N.Y. as Ed began working as Marketing Development Manager for Xerox Corporation from which he retired at the age of 55.

Ed enjoyed his family, animals and nature, especially the sea, through beachcombing, boating and fishing activities. After retiring from the Naval Reserve in 1969, Ed and Lois restored a Victorian home on Block Island R.I., enjoying summers there. Upon his retirement from Xerox, Ed and Lois acquired a second home on Sanibel Island, Fla. where they enjoyed the warm weather and beaches during the winter months. They continued this lifestyle until 2005, when they decided to move to Connecticut to be closer to family.

On his 65th wedding anniversary in 2013, Ed commented in reflection of their 65 years of marriage, "Life is what dreams are made from."

In addition to his loving wife of 66 years, Ed leaves 3 daughters and their spouses: Lois Ellen Turner and Robert Turner of Columbia Conn., Lisa and Robert Carroll of Norfolk, Va. and youngest daughter Mary Beth Meyers of Key West, Fla. Ed also enjoyed 8 grandchildren: Robert Turner, Jennifer Turner Finley, David Turner, Stephen Turner, Brian Turner, Matthew Carroll, Laura Carroll and Michelle Carroll, and 9 great-grandchildren: Robert Turner, Christian Turner, Claire Turner, Sarah Turner, Alex Turner, Kick Finley, Dash Finley, Zane Turner and McKinley Carroll. Special acknowledgement is given to Maia and Vlad Gugeshashvili for their excellent loving care in his later years.

A graveside military service is planned for September 13 on Block Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Ed's name.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
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BARRON LOWELL STRINGHAM

Barron Stringham, 61, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

In the early 1990's he moved to Key West with his daughter Jessica.

He loved to spend time on the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys; boating, scuba diving, and paddle boarding. Barron also enjoyed riding his Harley around Key West.

After moving to the Keys, he and his family owned and operated the Tides Inn Liquor store on Flagler Ave. Later he began his career in HVAC. This created the opportunity of a lifetime for Barron at the U.S. Naval Research Lab Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering where he worked for the last 15 years.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Corey Perloff of Winchester, VA; grandsons, Malik and Ethan; son, BJ Gray of Culpepper, VA; sister, Debbie Woodward; brothers; Lee and Robert Stringham; nieces, Kristina Engelsberg, Leslie White, and Leslie Woodward; nephews, Robert Stringham Jr., Brian Stringham, and Adam Stringham; a special thank you to Diane, Matt, Cheryl and the rest of Barron's NRL family for all their support.

A memorial service in celebration of Barron's life is planned for 4 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, July 28 at Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary, 328 Truman Ave., Key West.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
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ANN L. FOSTER

Ann L. Foster, 79, passed away on July 22, 2014. Ann will be laid to rest on Sunday, July 27. Contact Fred Hunter's Funeral Home at 954-989-1550 for more details.

Friday, July 25, 2014
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RICHARD F. FARKAS, SR.

Richard F. Farkas, Sr., of Key West, Fla., passed away on July 16, 2014.

He was born to John and Marion Farkas of Bridgeport, Conn., on December 26, 1938. He graduated from Central High School in 1956, immediately joining the United States Navy where he served four years. He was the Vice President of Hamilton Standard of Stamford, Conn., when he decided to follow his dream and moved his wife and children to Key West, Fla., in 1971. He owned a charter boat at Geiger Key Marina until he moved the "We Five" to Seaside Marina where he operated a lucrative business until 1982. He was Director of Facilities at DePoo Hospital and Lower Keys Medical Center when he retired 12 years ago. He was an active member of the Lions Club and many organizations in the Key West Community. He followed his adventurous heart and became a traveling man with many friends and hobbies. Family was his first love and fishing was second. He was an Alaskan gold miner, Arizona meteor hunter and an avid fisherman in Santa Rosalia, Mexico "The Cove", where he lived with Dora Gonzalez, until he suffered a severe stroke. He fought a courageous battle in the last weeks of his life and was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away. May God bless him and grant him peace as he travels into his next adventure.

He is survived by his daughters Beverly June Gregory (Dana), Sandra Lynn Averette (Alan), son Richard F. Farkas, Jr. (Shauna), wife Beverly M. Farkas and sister Susan Chouinard (Bob), many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends that loved him so very much. There will be a mass intention at The Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea on July 27 at 7:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Friday, July 25, 2014
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SCOTT J. SZMANSKY

Scott John Szmansky, 43, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Monday July 21 at the Lower Keys Medical Center.

He was born on August 16, 1971 in Livonia, Mich. to Leslie and Mary (Vincent) Szmansky. Scott moved to Key West at the age of 15. He was a graduate of Key West High School and a member of the Key West High School football team. Scott worked as a general contractor and for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority on the construction crew.

Surviving is his mother Mary (Gary) Sheilds of Commerce Township, Michigan; lifetime partner Amy Wardlow of Key West, Fla.; daughters Joelle Grassi, Kayla Szmansky and Nina Szmansky; brothers Mark, Jason Szmansky and Chris Sheilds; sisters Christina (Alan) James and Valorie Walker.

He was preceded in death by his father Leslie L. Szmansky.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton Street Key West, FL. The visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the trust for Nina and Kayla, C/O M.C.T.F.C.U. P.O. Box 2666 Key West, FL 33045. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Friday, July 25, 2014
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ANN L. FOSTER

Ann L. Foster, 79, passed away July 22, 2014.

She will be laid to rest on Sunday, July 27, 2014. For service details, please call Fred Hunter's Funeral Home at 954-989-1550.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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ERNEST LINDSEY SCOTT

Ernest Lindsey Scott (7/24/46 - 7/21/14) was an only child born to Lillian and Lamar Scott. He didn't have a privileged life, but he was loved by his mother and father and specifically his aunts Martha and Francis, to whom he was their child too. He also had loving uncles, so his early life was full of love.

Ernie loved old cars, and since his dad was a mechanic, his youth was spent working on cars with his father and enjoying drag races and car shows. He also loved Jimmy Buffett music and anything to do with the ocean.

He married Janice Taylor Scott on May 26, 1979 and they spent 35 loving years together. Once their son, Brent Suddeth, graduated from high school and was in college, they both embarked on an adventure neither will ever forget or regret.

Nearly 13 years were spent living their dreams in Key West, Fla. Ernie started out working at the La Concha Hotel, then the Casa Marina Hotel and Sheridan Suites. He then worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's office, first in the jail and later as a background investigator. He achieved the rank of Sergeant in the Monroe County Sheriff's Reserve (Auxiliary) Division. This experience in law enforcement was the highlight of his life and the people he met there are people he will always love.

In 2005, after two years of really bad hurricane seasons, Ernie and Jan moved back to Georgia. Brent and his wife had just given the Scotts their first grandchild on the morning that Katrina blew through Key West on her way to New Orleans. By early January 2006, Ernie was retired and both were living in Cartersville, Ga., then eventually Canton, Ga.

In February 2014 they were given the news that Ernie was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. He passed away peacefully on July 21, 2014 at age 67.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Janice, their children Brent and Marci Suddeth and grandchildren Shayna, Eli and Lila Suddeth.

Also surviving are uncles, aunts and cousins. In Key West, his surrogate son/brother Joey Finch, and surrogate sister Kristy Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, lbda.org, in Ernie's name.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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WILLIAM MARK TODD

William Mark Todd, formerly of Jackson, Tenn., passed away July 18, 2014 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Fla. from complications of cancer treatment. He was 57.

Mark was born on December 4, 1956 in St. Louis, Mo. to his father, Billy Haynes Todd and mother, Eddie Joyce Todd. He returned to the Middleburg Community at an early age and attended Pin Oak Elementary before moving to Jackson, Tenn. and graduating from Jackson-Central Merry High School. He was an excellent student and continued his education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Union University with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in 1984. Much of his professional career was spent as an independent computer and accounting consultant for local, national, and global corporations including ABB, Georgia Pacific, Fruit of the Loom and Harrah's Entertainment, to name a few. He also served as an adjunct professor of business for Jackson State Community College and Florida Keys Community College in Key West, Fla.

Mark loved the island life and resided in Key West, Fla. for the last 15 years. Most recently, he was deeply involved in Fifth Street Baptist Church where he developed strong faith and friendships. Over the years, Mark faced many challenges with physical impairment and chronic illness. But, by the grace of God, overcame many challenges and was full of joy and peace even when diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He will be missed by many.

In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his daughter, Stacey (Tom) Mott, and his son Jason Todd, both of Jackson, Tenn., who were born from his marriage to Sue Todd James. He was a proud and thoughtful "Grandpa" to Braden Mott, Bryce Mott and Joshua Todd. He also leaves a sister, Myra (George) Fusner of Brentwood, Tenn. and many extended family members and friends.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service celebrating Mark's life that will be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in the Middleburg Community of Henderson County on Sunday, August 10 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Oak Grove Cemetery Fund c/o Glenda Reeves, 300 Gibson Drive, Darden, TN 38328 or in his name to Fifth Street Baptist Church at 1311 Fifth Street, Key West, FL 33040.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Reeds Chapel in Lexington, Tenn., his friend Geraldine Brummund of Key West and the members of Fifth Street Baptist Church for their kindness and assistance throughout the years.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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SCOTT J. SZMANSKY

Scott John Szmansky, 43, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Monday July 21 at the Lower Keys Medical Center.

He was born on August 16, 1971 in Livonia, Mich. to Leslie and Mary (Vincent) Szmansky. Scott moved to Key West at the age of 15. He was a graduate of Key West High School and a member of the Key West High School football team. Scott worked as a general contractor and for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority on the construction crew.

Surviving is his mother Mary (Gary) Sheilds of Commerce Township, Michigan; lifetime partner Amy Wardlow of Key West, Fla.; daughters Joelle Grassi, Kayla Szmansky and Nina Szmansky; brothers Mark, Jason Szmansky and Chris Sheilds; sisters Christina (Alan) James and Valorie Walker.

He was preceded in death by his father Leslie L. Szmansky.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton Street Key West, FL. The visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the trust for Nina and Kayla, C/O M.C.T.F.C.U. P.O. Box 2666 Key West, FL 33045. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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ROLAND EVANS ETZLER

Roland Evans Etzler, 65, was born in Frederick, Md. on October 12 1948. He left this worldly plain on July 19 th 2014 at 10:11 a.m. at the VA Hospital in Miami, Fla.

He served our country in Fort Bragg, N.C. from 1966 to 1968 and was given an Honorable discharge.

His parents Ruth Elizabeth, Rice Etzler and Roland Eugene Etzler, two brothers Vance Eugene and Darryl Nolan Etzler preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters Rhea Michelle Etzler Suarez of Key West, Fla., Shannon Ward, who resides in Keedysville, Md. and Buffy Myers of W.Va., five grandchildren, Gilbert Suarez Jr. of Deland, Fla., Arissa Suarez of Orlando, Fla. and Shannon's sons Gavin, Ian and Dylan Ward.

He has one living brother, Gary Steven Etzler, who resides in Keymar, Md. with his wife, Kathryn Fogle Etzler.

In his youth he was associated with the Frederick, Maryland congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He had resided in Key West, Fla. since 1981.

Evans was involved in many things and worked remodeling homes. He enjoyed fishing and diving. He enjoyed carpentry, creating metal and wood work. He loved painting abstract, detailed landscape art, owls and various birds. He also enjoyed creating miniature detailed artwork. He was an enthusiastic reader. He traveled extensively throughout Europe. He was an avid Bocce player for Southernmost in Key West winning championships with A+ Roofing.

He will be cremated. A marker will be placed for him in his memory at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth Palm Beach County, Fla.

There will be a celebration of his life at Shrimp Daddy's (formerly Charley's Place Bar), which is to be announced at a future date.