Obituaries

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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ROSE MARIE BARRETT

Rose Marie Barrett, a proud honorary Conch and friend to many, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2015. Born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on Jan. 24, 1931. Rose Marie married the love of her life, Walter Barrett in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent many wonderful years with him traveling the world. They fell in love with Key West and moved here in 1969. Rose Marie was active in local real estate investments and was fiercely independent. She never met a stranger. Rose Marie was preceded in death by her husband Walter Barrett and brothers Wallace and Reed McCartney. She is survived by her sister Florence Knight and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends that loved her dearly. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Thursday Sept. 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys P.O. Box 5816 Key West, FL. 33045. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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MICHAEL ROBERT HORN

Sadly & suddenly on Aug. 22, 2015 Michael Robert Horn passed away at his home on Cudjoe Key. There will be more information in regard to a celebration of life at a later date, as final arrangements are necessary for his next of kin in New Hampshire. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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ELIZABETH E. SCRIBNER

Elizabeth E. Scribner, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), 79, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Oct. 26, 1935, and died at her summer home in Blairsville, Georgia on July 23, 2015.

She joined the Army in 1954, and served with distinction. After her retirement in 1975, she resided in Santa Rosa, California, Blairsville, and Key West, Florida.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving partner, Lila Jo Miller, her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Pingree of Dover-Foxcroft, her brother, Sheldon Scribner of Clifton Park, New York, her nieces, Julie Pingree and Margie Burnett (Rob), nephew Michael Pingree, great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Tyler Burnett, and by a miniature schnauzer named Laurie.

A memorial service was held in Blairsville, on Aug. 15, 2015, and a graveside service was held Aug. 28 in Dover-Foxcroft. At a later date, there will be a memorial service in Key West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity, or to the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in Liz’s memory.

Friday, August 28, 2015
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ANNA CATHERINE CANADY SOMMERFELDT

Anna Catherine Canady Sommerfeldt, 36, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 after a car accident in Key West, Florida. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 10, 1978, to Horace and Helen Tuttle Canady (Macy and Bubba). She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, graduated from Spring Valley High School, and later received a degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. A resident of Key West since 2005, she was employed as office manager at Eagle Brands Key West. She was married to Daniel “Digger” Jacob Sommerfeldt on April 6, 2013. In her leisure time she enjoyed boating and fishing with Digger near their home, as well as running, diving, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Catherine is survived by her husband, of Key West; parents and brother, James Bowman Canady, of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Horace and Roberta Masters Canady, and James Mason and France Pulford Tuttle. Catherine will be remembered for her playful spirit, individuality, genuineness, love for others and her tender heart.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 2 p.m., with a visitation at 1 p.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223. A service will also be held in Key West at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northeast Presbyterian Church; Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 S.W. 104th Street, Miami, FL 33156; or The Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050.

Please sign the online guest book by visiting our website at www.kornegayandmoseley.com.

Friday, August 28, 2015
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ELIZABETH E. SCRIBNER

Elizabeth E. Scribner, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), 79, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Oct. 26, 1935, and died at her summer home in Blairsville, Georgia on July 23, 2015.

She joined the Army in 1954, and served with distinction. After her retirement in 1975, she resided in Santa Rosa, California, Blairsville, and Key West, Florida.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving partner, Lila Jo Miller, her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Pingree of Dover-Foxcroft, her brother, Sheldon Scribner of Clifton Park, New York, her nieces, Julie Pingree and Margie Burnett (Rob), nephew Michael Pingree, great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Tyler Burnett, and by a miniature schnauzer named Laurie.

A memorial service was held in Blairsville, on Aug. 15, 2015, and a graveside service will be held today in Dover-Foxcroft. At a later date, there will be a memorial service in Key West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity, or to the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in Liz’s memory.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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REV. CURT HAESSNER VON DORNHEIM

The Rev. Curt Haessner von Dornheim was born on May 11, 1935. For his entire adult life he was a professional organist, organ teacher, choirmaster, non-denominational minister and author of many e-books pertaining to creative consciousness. He was past officer of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the London Chapter of the Theatre Organist society. His last organ student was Patricio Molina. He was born in New Jersey and lived for many years in New Hope, Pennsylvania and also in Key West, Florida. He is survived by his cousin Lorraine Larsen and her husband Steve and their children, Maggie and Nick. He died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 in Pennsylvania. Interment will be on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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ELIZABETH HELEN LUMB

Elizabeth Helen Lumb joined her husband, Richard Allen and extended family in the Sweet By and By on Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2015.

 “Liz” was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in the winter of 1926. She came to her beloved island in the 1950s and never left. Liz was a barmaid extraordinaire and garnered many friends and admirers. She spent years behind the bar in The Mermaid Lounge at The LaConcha Hotel,  where she served such luminaries as Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Jimmy Hoffa. Her last gig was the BOQ at Trumbo Point.

Liz will be remembered for her easy smile, quick wit and somewhat sardonic sense of humor. She was a true and loyal friend to those who knew her. She leaves behind her faithful companion “Tipsey” and her nemesis “Satan” the Amazon parrot. Elizabeth is survived by her niece and nephew, Jeff and Connie Hurst of Key West, her great nephew Steven (Stacie) Dallas of DeLand, Florida and great nephew Reid (Lela) Winsjansen of Lawndale, North Carolina, as well as her spiritual grandsons, Michael J. and Robert S. Hartley of Key West, Florida. Elizabeth will be missed by countless friends and family near and far. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at The First Congregational Church at 523 William St. in Key West. The family welcomes all who wish to attend to come and share love and remembrances. Donations to The Florida Keys SPCA or charity of choice is requested in lieu of flowers. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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MARISA YVETTE WILDER

Marisa Yvette Wilder, 34, passed away Aug. 18, 2015 at Lower Keys Medical Center. A viewing will take place Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southernmost Prayer and Faith Center, 729 Fleming St., Key West, Florida 33040. Funeral services will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. Pastor B.J. Hicks officiating. Burial to follow in the family plot of the Key West City Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston’s Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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JOHN KAMINSKI

A Memorial Mass for the late John Kaminski will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. The Basilica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West, Florida 33040.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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MARIA “SUSIE” PHELPS

Maria “Susie” Phelps, 54, of Key West, began her spiritual journey on Aug. 7, 2015.

Born in Cuba, Susie came to the United States as a child and was a lifelong resident of Key West. Always lively and animated, Susie loved the outdoors and was passionate about boating, fishing, and enjoying the islands and sandbars of the Keys with her family. Susie is survived by her loving husband Jimmy; son Jimmy Jr; daughter and son-in-law Glicy and Sean; her mother Mercedes Hernandez; brother Ramon; sisters Maggie and Mercy; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her father Ramon Hernandez, and her sister, Olga Hernandez.

A beautiful soul inside and out, Susie’s energetic laugh and smile will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service is schedule for Aug. 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea church. Maria’s ashes will be interned at the family plot in Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key

Castillo and Thurston’s Key West Mortuary and cremation center are entrusted with all arrangements.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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FR. CHARLES W. LORD

Father Charles W. Lord went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. He was ordained by and belonged to the Anglican Catholic Church Penitent Order of Franciscan Servants (POFS).

He was born in Key West, Florida on Aug. 29, 1922 to John A. Lord and Angela Carmona Lord. Upon graduation from Key West High School in 1943 he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later retired from Naval Station, Key West after serving many years as a Civil Service employee in the supply department. He had a great love for music and was a self-taught piano player. His mother encouraged him to take piano lessons but the teacher later told her she was wasting her money as he had an “ear” for music and wanted to play the music like he heard it on a record, etc. and not the way music was written. He listened to records and then would practice playing the music on his grandmother’s piano.

In later years, he formed his own band becoming the piano player and leader of the Coral Isle Seranaders, who played for various groups and events in the community. He is a life member of the local Elks Lodge and the Moose Club. He also was a member of the Lions Club and a “Flordia Pioneer.” He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and led their youth group for many years after returning from WW II. In later years he studied to be a priest and became a member of the Penitent Order of Franciscan Servants (POFS).

He is survived by his faithful friend Father Evelio J. Hernandez (POFS); cousins, Betty (Lujan) Toppino, Joan Lord-Papy, Joyce J. (Arnold) Harrington, Albert C. (Pamla) Johnson and Patricia J. Gibson as well as numerous other cousins and god children. Extended family includes Irma Bairstow, Charles Hernandez, and Veronica (Michael) Corum.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday Aug. 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. with burial in Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, it was his wish that donations be made to VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys or charitable organization of your choice in his memory. Many thanks to VNA/Hospice Care and his home caregiver Beverly Relaford. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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WALTER J CULLEN JR.

Oct. 17, 1944 to Aug. 20, 2015

Walter J (Mike) Cullen Jr., Captain, USMC (ret.), passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at his home in Key West, Florida.

Mike was the son of the late Walter and Catherine (Hartnett) Cullen. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Darlene Cullen of Key West, daughters Christine (David) Allen of Phoenix, Arizona and Katie (Eric) Wilda of Kaneola, Hawaii, and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Trudy Cullen of Danvers, Cathy and Paul Gareri of Beverly, Thomas Cullen of Danvers, Peter and Yevgeniya Cullen of Danvers, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his younger brother, Gerry Cullen.

Mike graduated from St John’s Prep and Colby College, where he was an outstanding member of the baseball and ice hockey teams. Mike served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corp as a captain during the Vietnam War. He had a successful career as a Certified Financial Planner and retired from Key West Insurance in 2003. Mike loved his life in Key West.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike’s name to the VFW at 220 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, Florida.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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FLORENCE MAE ANDERSON MILLETT

Florence Mae Anderson Millett died Aug. 18, 2015 at Gardner Rehab and Nursing Center in Gardner, Massachusetts. Born in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Fritz and Ida Boisvert Anderson.

She attended Springfield city schools and graduated from Bay Path Institute in Springfield, Massachusetts with a degree in business. She was married to the late Allen H. Millett Sr. for 52 years. Florence lived in Gardner while raising her family. In 1982, she and Allen traveled to Key West for the winter and never moved back to the north, enjoying what they fondly referred to as paradise.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Millett, Gardner, Massachusetts, and Deborah (John) Millett-Fowley, Key West, and her sons Peter (Marcy) Millett, Dalton, Pennsylvania, Fred (Jennifer) Millett Kinderhook, New York and Allen Millett Jr. Damariscotta, Maine. She also leaves nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Boyle. She also leaves her brother-in-law and dear friend Richard Boyle and her nieces Rebecca (Virgil) Torrey, and Carolyn Fenton and nephew Richard (Debbie) Boyle.

Florence had a full life, enjoying many things. She always had a welcoming smile and a quick wit. She saw the humor in life and did her best to instill that in her children. Florence was an accomplished pianist who enjoyed playing a wide range of music. She played piano in many variety shows during the 1950s and ‘60s. She loved to travel and could have a bag packed on a moment’s notice. One of her fondest memories was traveling to Sweden and visiting the places her family members once lived. Florence enjoyed knitting, tatting, sewing and rug braiding. She was an avid reader and puzzles were her specialty. She was a wonderful cook and baker and taught her children the secrets of the family recipes.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Gardner, Massachusetts and was Past High Priestess (1961-1962) of Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America No. 30.

Florence was proud of her Jewish faith. She was an active member of the Congregation Ohavei Shalom in Gardner and Congregation B’Nai Zion Synagogue in Key West.

Florence was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young but quickly joined the work force as soon as she could. She loved working for Dr. Martel and Dr. Clayman. After her move to Key West, she worked for The Key West Citizen daily newspaper and then the Monroe County Licensing Department. Florence rounded out her career with Dr. Gerth in Key West, working until her self-imposed retirement age of 86. What her employers didn’t know was she would have happily worked for free.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gardner Rehab and Nursing, and Dr. Harrington, for their compassionate care.

There will be a graveside service at a later date.   

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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FR. CHARLES W. LORD

Fr. Charles W. Lord went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. He was ordained by and belonged to the Anglican Catholic Church Penitent Order of Franciscan Servants (POFS). He was born in Key West, FL on Aug. 29, 1922 to John A. Lord and Angela Carmona Lord. Upon graduation from Key West High School in 1943 he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later retired from Naval Station, Key West after serving many years as a Civil Service employee in the supply department. He had a great love for music and was a self-taught piano player. His mother encouraged him to take piano lessons but the teacher later told her she was wasting her money as he had an “ear” for music and wanted to play the music like he heard it on a record, etc. and not the way music was written. He listened to records and then would practice playing the music on his grandmother’s piano. In later years, he formed his own band becoming the piano player and leader of the Coral Isle Serenaders, who played for various groups and events in the community. He is a life member of the local Elks Lodge and the Moose Club. He also was a member of the Lions Club and a “Florida Pioneer.” He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and led their youth group for many years after returning from WW II. In later years he studied to be a priest and became a member of the Penitent Order of Franciscan Servants (POFS). He is survived by his cousins, Betty (Lujan) Toppino, Joan Lord-Papy, Joyce J. (Arnold) Harrington, Albert C. (Pamla) Johnson and Patricia J. Gibson as well as numerous other cousins and god children. Extended family includes Irma Bairstow, Charles Hernandez, and Veronica (Michael) Corum.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday Aug.27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers it was his wish that donations be made to VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys or charitable organization of your choice in his memory. Many thanks to VNA/Hospice Care and his home caregiver Beverly Relaford. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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CAROLE ANN BOMBARO

Carole Ann (nee Stafford) Bombaro, age 64, of Key West, FL passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Carole was born in Camden, NJ on Dec. 5, 1950, the daughter of the late Jean Stafford. In 1969, Carole was crowned Miss Somerdale NJ. Married for 45 years to her high school sweetheart and beloved husband Peter A. Bombaro Jr. Daughter in law to the late Peter (Anna J. (nee Passarella) Bombaro Sr. Devoted mother of Peter A. (Jennifer) Bombaro III and granddaughter Savanna of Berlin, NJ and Dara Marie (Donato) Rizzi and grandson Giovanni of Berlin, NJ. Dear sibling to Jeanne Lipstas of Fort Meyers, FL, John T. Stafford of Somerdale, NJ, Deborah (John) Depicolzuane of Medford, NJ. Dear sister-in-law of Austin (Maryann) Bombaro of Wenonah, NJ. Loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. Carole and her husband owned PAB Trucking, once of Berlin, NJ, now PAB Transportation Services of Key West, FL. Carole will be remembered for her captivating smile and laughter throughout her life along with her bubbly personality and her love for dancing. Family memorial services will be held privately. Contributions in Carole’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association. 

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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JOSEPH GARRIDO 

Joseph Garrido, known to many as Radio Joe, Godfather, and Papa Joe, sadly passed away on Aug. 19, 2015, at the age of 78. 

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 23 years — Lourdes. He is survived by his brothers, Humberto, Manuel and their families. No words can express the void felt by his children - blood or adopted; Miriam, Charo, Betty Jo, and Javier are grateful for his meaningful advice and the time he shared with each of them. Joe’s dearly loved step-children are Paul and Francis. His grandchildren are: Chad, Gabriella, Alex, Audrey, Zak, Daniella, Jenna and his most recent arrival, Annabel. His love was never bound by blood and he considered Paul Michael, Christopher, Ryan, Andrew, and Ellie as his own; as well as others that are too many to mention.

If you ever had the pleasure to hear Papa Joe tell you his story, he was born in Havana, Cuba on Jan. 14, 1937. His Spanish immigrant parents had a deep impact on his ideals and ethics. As a young man he ventured on his own, leaving his country of origin and later joining the U.S. Navy. He was honored to be a part of the crew on the last of the flying blimps before they were decommissioned. In 1963, he lured to our Island town and established his Marine Electronic business. Later he became an active charter member and past president of the Sunrise Rotary Club as well as the Vice President of the San Carlos Institute, which was near and dear to him. The many who knew him always felt his helping hand and straight advice-even if they weren’t ready for it.

He will be greatly missed by far too many to name - of all Conch generations.

Please join us at his viewing from 12-3 and service 3-3:30 pm at the San Carlos Institute on Aug. 26, 2015. Burial will follow at the Big Coppitt Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Fisher House” of Miami VA Hospital (Fisher House (122), 1201 NW 16th St., Miami, FL 33125) OR to the “Amigos of the San Carlos” (516 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040).