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Ciana Porter

Died : Nov 29, 2023

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Tampa, FL

Ciana S. Porter of Tampa, FL passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023, 11:00 a. m. at By Faith Ministries, Inc. of Plant City, 514 Warnell Street, Plant City, FL 33563 with Elder Willie Mae Ellis, Pastor, Officiating. Interment to be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, 4615 E. Hanna Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610. Ciana S. Porter was the daughter of Minister Antionette (Toni) Bell-Shepard, and Marvin L. ...Read More

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Juanita Francis Darrigo

Nov 04, 1928 - Feb 24, 2024

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Tampa, FL

"When I go When I go, don’t learn to live without me, just learn to live with my love, in a different way. And if you need to see me, close your eyes, or look in your shadow, when the sun shines, I’m there. Sit with me in the quiet and you will know, that I did not leave. There is no leaving when a soul is blended with another. When I go, don’t learn to live without me, just learn to look for me in the moments. I will be there"

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Brenda Joyce Myers

Aug 09, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Our dear mother, Brenda Joyce Myers, sadly passed away on February 24, 2024. Born August 9, 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, she was adopted at the age of three by her loving parents, Hugh and Lucy Stevens. She grew up as an only child in Oklahoma City attending Southeast High School, graduating in 1964. Brenda was very active in her church growing up where she developed a self-taught talent for piano. Her ability to listen and recreate music was amazing. She married her loving husband, Larry E. Myers in 1972 and lived in Oklahoma City until relocating to Florida in the early 90s. After losing her mother in the early 80s, Brenda decided, alongside two very dear friends, to pursue her quest to find her birth mother, whom she located in Ohio. She was pleasantly surprised to have 4 siblings, two brothers and one sister who she found and grew very close with over the years. Not to mention several nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, Brenda and her siblings were unable to locate the remaining child who was placed into adoption. She loved to tell the story of the Judge that opened her adoption file in the 1980s who just so happened to be the son of the Judge that signed her initial adoption papers in 1949. Ironically, his mother was the social worker who initially placed Brenda in two foster homes prior to her adoption.Brenda was an extremely proud mother of Kent and Darbi, who she loved dearly. Along with raising her children, she worked in the medical field for several years in administration and finished up her career in the hospitality industry as Vice-President of Operations. Brenda loved life, she enjoyed her friends and get-togethers; even creating a ladies poker group for a monthly girl’s night that she was proud to call "Knights at the Round Table". She had an amazing sense of humor. In fact, the combination of her and Larry together would leave the crowd in stitches. They were perfect for each other. She was adored and loved by so many that came to know her. Brenda was positive and uplifting to her family and friends; always living by the Golden Rule, do unto to others. Although our hearts are filled with great sadness with the loss of our beloved mother/grandmother and friend, we know she lived life to the fullest and would want us all to celebrate her now. She will forever be missed but her legacy will live on in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Brenda was strong in her faith and without a doubt knew her place for everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. John 3:16Brenda was preceded in death by her loving husband, Larry of 33 years, who passed away in 2005. Survived by her two children, Terry Kent Roberson and wife, Kim, of Tampa, Florida, and daughter, Darbi Williams/David Ranney of Edmond, Oklahoma. She adored her four grandchildren, Meagan Roberson of Moore, Cameron Perkins and wife, Kelsi of Edmond, Tyler Williams and wife, Miranda of Edmond, Morgan Kate Williams of Edmond and 6 great grandchildren, Haley, Addyson, Ryder, Kaysen, Eleanora and Theodore.

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Earl Warren Veltman

Apr 11, 1948 - Feb 10, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Earl Warren Veltman, age 75, born April 11, 1948 passed away in Tampa, Florida on February 10, 2024, surrounded by the prayers of his family and holding the hand of his bride. Faithfully married to Betty Veltman (Been) for nearly 54 years; beloved father of Brett (Kimberly) Veltman, Chad (Lauren) Veltman, and Beth (James) Conaghan; Fond brother to Lauralee (Wayne) Mangun, late Marilyn (Paul) Westerhof, and late Diane (Ken) Anderson; proud grandfather to 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Earl was born and raised in Roseland, Illinois until his family moved to Mokena, Illinois in 1960. He graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in 1966 and met his wife Betty shortly after in 1967. They married in February of 1970 and raised 3 kids in the family home that Earl built in rural Manhattan, Illinois where they resided for 36 years. Earl had a successful business as owner/operator of B&E Trucking & Excavating. Earl, sometimes referred to as "Duke" by his trucking colleagues, loved driving his truck and ministering to his colleagues & clients with kindness and honest business practices. He would often patiently talk and pray with clients who needed his time and attention. Earl & Betty call Jackson Creek Fellowship Church in Monee their church home. Prior, Earl was a founding member of Peace Community Church in Frankfort for 30+ years and faithfully served many years as a deacon or elder. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 900 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Jackson Creek Fellowship Church; 25800 S Center Road, Monee, IL 60449. Funeral Service will follow at 12pm. A private graveside service and luncheon for family and close friends will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation https://www.help-fightra.org/donationsHealing Hearts Comfort Dogs https://healing-heartscomfort-dogs.org/donateor Jackson Creek Fellowship Church https://www.jackson-creekfc.com/give Share a memory at www.feddehelfrichcrossfh.com

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Nicholas T. Morrow

Aug 27, 1988 - Jan 28, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Nicholas T. Morrow, 35 of Hudson, FL died on Sunday, January 28, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. Survived by wife, Amanda and sister, Baleigh.

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Lawrence Steven Grossman

Jul 13, 1965 - Feb 01, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Grossman, Lawrence "Larry" Steven, 58, passed away on February 1, 2024. Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 13, 1965, to parents Jewell and Maxwell, he entered the world very sick and made a miracle recovery. Larry moved with his family to Miami, Florida at 4 years old, where he graduated from Sunset High School in 1984 and then studied at Miami Dade Community College. He belonged to various bowling leagues during his time in Miami and he spent many summers with his nieces and nephew keeping them laughing and sharing his favorite hobbies with them.He later moved to Tampa, Florida to be closer to his sister, Donna, and her family. He worked in hospitality before retiring early due to health conditions. Larry had a very kind disposition and could spark a smile or laugh and connect with someone from just a simple weather report. He spent his days loving adrenaline-rushing activities; good days were full of roller coasters, horror movies, haunted houses, pinball machines, and fireworks.He loved to be different, when he participated in fun runs and marathons, he did so walking backward wearing three watches with hologram faces.He was a vibrant individual that could only be described as neon orange, a color he wore often.He is survived by his family, who loved him dearly, his sister Donna Turner (Robert), his beloved nieces Tina Foreman (Mick) and Kimy Stallings (Charlie), and nephew George Marino (Jill) will all miss his electric spirit tremendously, along with sister Elaina Grossman-Amedure. His young grandnephews and nieces considered him a friend, sharing his love for animals, fun, games, and family.A celebration of his life will be held at the Turner residence following a private funeral for the family.

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Laura Rodriguez

May 21, 1939 - Feb 09, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Laura Rodriguez passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Friday, February 9. Laura was born to Ed and Evelyn Kurtzeborn on May 21, 1939, in Evansville, Indiana. Her family later moved to Tampa when she was 8 years old. As a child, she attended Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Jr. High and Plant High School. Laura continued to live and work in Tampa all her adult life where she raised her family. She worked for many years at Williams Pharmacy and later Westshore Pharmacy.Laura is preceded in death by her husband Fermin Rodriguez. Laura is survived by her sons - Guy Jordan and his wife Sylvia (Tallahassee), David Jordan and his wife Penny (Tampa), Chris Jordan (Tampa), Jon Jordan (Tampa), her grandchildren - Matt Jordan (Alexandria, VA), Josh Jordan (Tallahassee), Andrew Jordan (Tampa), Emma Jordan (Tampa -FSU), her brother - Eddie Kurtzeborn and his wife Julie (Hudson). Laura enjoyed extensive travel with her husband, Fermin; together they were able to visit many far-reaching corners of the world. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach and gardening in her yard. But, what she loved most of all - was being with her family and friends! For now, we will grieve and miss you dearly, but through our faith, we know we will have the opportunity to be together again!A celebration of Laura’s life will be held on March 4, 2024 at 11AM at Segal Funeral Home.

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Christine Jean Essex

Nov 15, 1953 - Feb 10, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Christine Jean Essex passed away on February 10, 2024, at her home in Tampa, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 15, 1953, to Louise and Edward DeAppolonio, and was raised in nearby Paramus. Chris graduated from Paramus High School in 1972 and earned a bachelor's degree in special education with a specialty in autism from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in 1976.Later in 1976, Chris married her high school sweetheart, Randy Essex, in an elegant ceremony in northern New Jersey. After the first of what would be multiple cross-country moves, they began their lives together in Berkeley, California, where her husband finished his graduate studies. They then relocated to Montgomery County, Maryland, where Chris assisted autistic children at Christ Church Child Center (now Ivymount School). In 1984, the couple moved back to California, this time to Irvine, where Chris completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology and marriage, family and child therapy at Chapman College. In 1986, they relocated to Oakland, California where their beloved son, Stephan, was born. There Chris partnered with a renowned colleague to launch the Center for Work and the Family, where Chris’ practice addressed work-family balance issues for families and for employees of several Fortune 200 companies. After 11 years in the Bay area, they returned to Rockville, MD so that Stephan could be closer to his grandparents. Chris continued her work-family practice there, focusing on employee wellness programs for biotech and media companies, as well as for federal agencies that included the CIA, the NSA, the TSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Departments of Labor and State, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Institutes of Health. During this time, her son graduated high school and later earned a bachelor’s degree in material science and engineering from Cornell University. For 12 years, Chris and her husband enjoyed a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, an emotional retreat they shared with family and friends. Chris reveled in the placid, uncomplicated way of island life. In 2013, Chris and her husband moved to Tampa, Florida, where they resided until Chris’ death in February 2024.Chris was one of those remarkable people whom everyone adored. Her endless compassion and emotional intelligence helped others feel supported and cared for, a trait she passed on to her son. Chris’ helping instinct was evident as early as age 16 when she put her own needs aside as she guided a blind student to high school classes every day. Chris enjoyed a wide circle of dear friends and had an easy rapport that forged loyal friendships with shopkeepers, home help, and even the mail delivery personnel! Chris will be remembered for: 1. Her love of black and white design, while emotionally she was all about the gray. 2. Helping others make sense of their emotions and circumstances – creating "Aha" moments that changed their lives. 3. An exquisite interior design vision resulting in homes that looked like House Beautiful. 4. Her signature eggplant parmesan, turkey chili, and extra fudgy brownies (tip: slightly under-bake them!). 5. A mothering instinct so honed, her son joked that his Mom turned Pro. 6. Shoes! A collection that rivalled Amelda Marcos’. 7. Insane organization skills – she was 3M’s greatest customer. 8. Masterful, laser-driven bargain hunting. 9. Thanksgiving dinners that anchored the family’s connections. 10. Selfless devotion to family, including caring for her 96-year-old mother in her own home for over 2 years. Chris was predeceased by her mother, father, and father-in-law, Norman Essex. Chris is survived by her husband, Randy; her son, Stephan; her brother, Val DeAppolonio and his wife, Barbara; her "sister in love" Lauren Essex, mother-in-law, Lillian Essex, and an extended group of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and many more who admired her. Chris will be remembered as a force of nature; strong, determined, loyal, with a sharp wit, oh-so-intelligent and yet so warm and loving. Her style, spirit of generosity, and keen insights will continue to inspire those who knew and cherished her. May her memory be forever a blessing.The service to honor and celebrate Chris’ life will be held on February 16, 2024, at 10:00 am at Jefferson Funeral Chapel in Alexandria, VA. Chris will be laid to rest at a site on Martha’s Vineyard.

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JoAnn Valenti Schnedl

Sep 17, 1938 - Feb 15, 2024

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Tampa, FL

JoAnn Valenti Schnedl, 85, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 with family by her side after a brief illness. She is preceded in passing by her mother, Eleanor Prendes Valenti, and her father, Alfred C Valenti. She is survived by her daughter, Genelle Schnedl and her son, John A (Jay) Schnedl, and many loving cousins and family. A memorial service will be held at 10am March 1st, 2024 at Segal Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County

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Helen Eileen Fineman

Apr 09, 1934 - Feb 15, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Helen Eileen Fineman passed away peacefully in the early morning of February 15, 2024, surrounded by her family, dear friends, and a tremendous amount of love. Helen was 89 years old.Helen was born April 9, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from Upsala College with a degree in Business and Accounting. She worked in her family’s furniture business as an accountant and later in life sold furniture for many years at Montgomery Ward. Helen made friends with colleagues and customers alike, while furnishing people’s homes and earning the "Top Salesperson Award". While she received many accolades in her professional life, Helen would always tell you that her greatest achievement was the success she had raising her family.Helen kept track of everything and everyone. She also enjoyed reading novels, watching sports, and playing games like Mahjongg, Bridge, and Bingo. Helen dedicated the majority of her time doing things for other people. Whenever someone was in need, Helen was the first to help. When a loving ear was needed, Helen was there with utmost trust and attention. If you were facing a challenge in life she would provide you with encouragement and support. If friendship was the goal, there was none better than Helen.Nothing in Helen’s life was more important than her family and friends. Helen spent sixty-eight beautiful years with her husband, Theodore Fineman. She successfully raised five children and had nine incredible grandchildren and three blessed great-grandchildren. Helen cherished each and every relationship and remains the heart of the family, with a legacy of love, kindness, and closeness toward everyone. Helen’s message of selflessness will continue to have no bounds. True love and admiration will forever be associated with Helen, as these were the values she lived by. She was a woman of valor with unbelievable strength to overcome any challenge. Our lives are all enhanced for having known Helen. Helen’s language of love was through cooking and baking for others. Her special love reached everyone: friends, neighbors, colleagues, medical professionals, and of course to her family. Specialty requests to make her signature recipes such as cheesecake or ruggelach has covered every State of the Nation. Helen’s dishes will remain unique, as all came directly from her heart, rather than a recipe. We honor a woman who not only embraced every role she undertook, but also left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to have known her. May Helen’s memory be of blessed memory, and may her spirit continue to inspire all who were touched by her remarkable presence. Helen is preceded in death by her parents Florence and Aaron Gottfried, her sister Melvia Silber, and her first-born grandson, Daniel Resnick.Helen is survived by her husband, Theodore Fineman; children, Sanford (Joanne) Fineman, Holly (Steve) Resnick, Iris (Arnold) Weiss, Alan (Stephanie) Fineman, Janet (Bryan) Unterhalter; grandchildren Stephanie (Steve) Benyi, Joel Fineman, Brandon Resnick, Benjamin (Tess) Weiss, Liam Fineman, Fletcher Fineman, Sarah Unterhalter, and Mandy Unterhalter; and great-grandchildren, Karli Resnick, Ava Benyi, and Chloe Benyi.A graveside service was held for Helen on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 1:30pm at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Helen’s honor to the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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Carol Roth

Mar 25, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Tampa, FL

Carol passed away surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Roth, her parents Michael and Grace Scorca; her daughter Carol-Ann Roth, her brother Michael Scorca and grandson, Kevin Levi. She is survived by her daughter Kim-Ann (Jeffery) Britt; granddaughter Lauren Levi, her son Stephen (Tammy) Dymarcik, her grandson, Billy Dymarcik and her beloved service dog, Ziva!Carol was a transplant to Florida from New York; She was always achieving increased knowledge in her field and could not have had more letters after her name (lol). She was a psychotherapist and thoroughly enjoyed helping her patients through their struggles. She loved to travel, cruising; ice skating and riding horses. She was an avid lover of anything Chuck Norris; Agatha Christie; The History Channel and whenever you would visit her – she always had Law and Order playing on the TV. She loved playing card games with her friends and going to watch her favorite bands play.She was known for her "pull no punches" attitude and her colorful and spicy personality.A funeral service will be held on February 20,2024 1:00pm at Gan Shalom Cemetery. Shiva will be held at the family home. In lieu of flowers: please donate to First Help, an organization that was very dear to her after losing her grandson to suicide.

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