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Obituaries

Kayla Tollen

KAYLA TOLLEN Kayla Tollen passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the age of 69. She was born in Philadelphia to parents Pearl and Herman Lubar. Her husband, Robert, died Feb. 1, 2017. Kayla met Robert at 16, and the two were married for 49 years. She is survived by her sisters Cookie and Penny,[…]

Robert J. Beck

ROBERT J. BECK The family of Robert (Bob) Beck request that you join with them in celebrating the life and achievements of Capt. Robert J Beck (12-22-31 – 11-2418). The Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Club in Tavernier, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Julio Avael Jr.

JULIO AVAEL JR. Julio Avael Jr., graced Heaven with his presence on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. He was 75 years old. Julio’s life was comprised of many passions and priorities: his family, friends, community, art, education, recreation and career. Julio will be remembered as a public servant because he always put people first. Julio spent[…]

Deborah Serling Mermelstein

DEBORAH SERLING MERMELSTEIN Deborah Serling Mermelstein passed away peacefully in her home in Key West on Jan. 11, 2019. She was born on May 29, 1930, and was the daughter of Louis and Jeanette Serling. She grew up in West Pittston, Pennsylvania. She and her brother Jim had a happy childhood with the joys of[…]

William Welch

WILLIAM WELCH Key West and Nantucket artist William H. Welch lost his battle with multiple myeloma Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. He was 71. In a rich career spanning more than 35 years, Bill gained international renown for his evocative work drawing from an expressive passion for light and color in the impressionist tradition. Bill was[…]

Lilias MacPhee Bochenick

LILIAS MACPHEE BOCHENICK Lilias Gillis and her family request you join with them in celebrating the life of her daughter, Lilias MacPhee Bochenick. Those who knew Lil will remember her quick wit, she never met a stranger, and her ability to light up a room with a smile. She will be missed by her family[…]

Dr. Carmine Mandarano

DR. CARMINE MANDARANO Dr. Carmine Mandarano, 66, formerly of Brooklyn, Big Pine Key and Northport, New York, was tragically struck down at a street crossing near his Long Island home and passed away on Jan. 7, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa, devoted children, Gregory, Michelina and Melanie, his beloved nephew Ty[…]

Donald Scott Lowe

DONALD SCOTT LOWE A memorial celebration honoring the life and achievements of Donald Scott Lowe (8/8/1924 – 4/13/2018) will be held at the Lowe plot in the Key West City Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. A Conch through-and-through, Don grew up to be a world-traveling physicist, inventor and philanthropist. A reception will[…]

Verna R. Marble

VERNA R. MARBLE Verna R. Marble, of Potter Rd., Lime Lake, New York, died Tuesday Jan. 1, 2019 at her home at the age of 99. She was born Oct. 1, 1919 in Curriers, New York, a daughter of the late Truman and Louisa (nee Wagner) Yauchzy. She was a graduate of Arcade High School,[…]

Robert “Roofman” Carr

ROBERT “ROOFMAN” CARR Robert “Roofman” Carr, 72, died on Dec. 31, 2018 in Cape Coral, Florida. Roofman is survived by his wife, Nena, of 40 years, his daughters Jessica Carr and Lily Carr Philips, his sons-in-law Steven Hill and Sean Philips, his grandchildren Chloe and Iris Hill and Carson Philips. He was born in Salem,[…]