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Melody Lennon

Aug 19, 1983 - Nov 09, 2023

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Clearwater, FL

Melody Lennon, age 40, of Clearwater, Florida passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. nationalcremation. com/location/phoenix for the Lennon family.

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Raymond Slayton

Dec 28, 1927 - Feb 23, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Raymond Slayton December 28, 1927- February 23, 2024 Raymond Slayton passed away in the comfort of his Clearwater, Florida home on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 96 years old. Ray was born in Auburn, NY on December 28, 1927 to the late Frederick and Jennie Slayton. Ray grew up on a farm in the village of Port Byron, New York until his parents moved into the city of Auburn. He was 14 when he heard Roosevelt announce on the radio in the general store that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He ran home to tell his father and immediately wanted to join the U.S. armed forces. As soon as he was able to join the fight, he dropped out of high school and joined the United States Merchant Marines (1943) transporting supplies and personnel. At age 18, he joined the United States Navy (1945) and achieved the rank of Fireman First Class. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and received the Victory Medal for his service in World War II. He owned and operated R. Slayton Landscaping Service and Ray's Lawn and Garden Center (opened in 1964) in the Town of Throop, New York. Ray was active in his community and local politics as a member of the Park Commission, elected Supervisor - Throop (1957) and candidate for the State Assembly (1966). He was a proud member of the Auburn Elks Lodge #474 where he was a past Exalted Ruler (1966-67) and Life Member. He was appointed as the Superintendent of Emerson Park in 1969, a role he enjoyed until 1974. He started a new chapter when he moved to Clearwater, Florida in the winter of 1977. Ray received his High School Diploma in 1980, became interested in computers and purchased his family their first home computer later that year (TI-99/4). Ray ended his professional landscaping career in 1981 and started building motherboards for Paradyne Corporation (later AT&T Paradyne, Lucent Technologies) in Largo, Florida. Ray retired from Lucent Technologies in 1992. He continued to work part-time at his wife's coffee shop (Shirley's Plaza Cafe in Clearwater), his friend Lyle's hotel (the Florentine in Indian Shores) and security at Clearwater Point Condos until he was 85 years old. Ray had a tremendous work ethic. He shared a “work hard, play hard” philosophy with his wife Shirley and lived life to the fullest. He was happiest when he was spending time with his family and friends sharing stories, telling jokes and having a good time. He enjoyed hunting in New York and fishing in Florida. He spent a lot of time on his lawn and flowers, enjoyed sunny days at Derby Lane watching the greyhounds race and long walks on the beach searching for shark's teeth. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling around the U.S., the Caribbean islands and Europe. Ray loved people. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye and that’s how he will be remembered. Ray is survived by his wife Shirley (Powers) Slayton; his children: Judith "Judy" Tamburrino (Dan), Robert "Bob" Slayton and Sheryl Stanley (Mark); his stepchildren: Douglas Shields, Kevin Shields (Cathy), Kim Shields (Ann); 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and a large and loving extended family. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his brothers Frederick, Wallace “Wally”, his sisters Doris (Cooper), Janet (O’Brien), his son Michael Scott Slayton (Darlene) and his daughter-in-law Marlene. Private funeral services will be held March 14, 2024 at 11:00am at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Bay Pines National Cemetery: 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North; St. Petersburg, FL 33708. In memory of a life so fully lived and a heart so deeply loved, a celebration of life ceremony for family and friends will be held March 14, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Seminole Elks Lodge in Seminole, FL. The family asks that you wear Ray's favorite color, blue. Seminole Elks Lodge #2519: 10717 Seminole Boulevard; Seminole, FL 33778-3335. Please RSVP by March 10th via the following link In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you in Ray's honor. Donations to the or the in Raymond Slayton's name are also welcome.

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Ruth Ann VanOstenbridge

Jan 01, 1945 - Feb 19, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Ruth Ann “Ruthie” VanOstenbridge, 79, of Clearwater passed away February 19, 2024 at home. Born in White Plains, NY, her childhood was spent growing up in Rye, NY and Wayne, NJ. Before marrying in 1966, she attended Trenton State College as an English major. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ruth Adrian, and is survived by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth VanOstenbridge; children Erin Mitchell and Brian VanOstenbridge; granddaughter Sarah Mitchell; and brother George Adrian. Ruth was always an avid reader and an exceptional cook, she very much enjoyed hosting family for holidays. She and her husband shared a love for baseball, she rarely missed an opportunity to watch her beloved Rays play. She took great pride in keeping a meticulous home and spent a great deal of time maintaining a beautiful yard. Before moving to Florida and becoming a doting grandmother, Ruth loved her job working as a bookstore clerk and shared many interesting stories about the people she would meet. She will be remembered fondly by family, friends and neighbors for her thoughtfulness, her whiteknuckle driving style, and for keeping everyone on their toes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to easterseals by visiting or calling (800) 221-6827, or to the March of Dimes by visiting or calling (888) 663-4637.

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Deborah Gorby McMahon

Jun 16, 1957 - Feb 26, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Deborah Gorby McMahon, age 66, of Clearwater, Florida passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. A visitation for Deborah will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 2853 SUNSET POINT RD, CLEARWATER, FL 33759. A funeral service will occur Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2853 SUNSET POINT RD, CLEARWATER, FL 33759. A committal service will occur Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2860 SUNSET POINT RD, CLEARWATER, FL 33759. A reception will occur Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 2853 SUNSET POINT RD, CLEARWATER, FL 33759.

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Carmine Ciardullo

Jul 17, 1931 - Feb 28, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Ciardullo, Carmine, 92 of Clearwater, passed on peacefully to heaven on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Ciardullo, son Steven Ciardullo and brother John Ciardullo. He is survived by his daughter, Joann Ciardullo; son and wife, Robert Ciardullo and Jeanette Greulich; daughter and husband, Dana Ciardullo and Brian Hammond; brothers, Robert Ciardullo and Richard Ciardullo; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Carmine was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Augusta and John Ciardullo. He met his wife, Josephine, at Roseland Dance Hall in 1953. The two were blessed to have 58 years of marriage. Carmine enjoyed dancing to the Italian crooners, picking a winner at the horse races and watching the NY Mets win. Carmine's life was filled with the love of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed everyday. God has him in His arms and we will always have him in our hearts.

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Kristine Louise Yowell

Aug 12, 1951 - Feb 23, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Mrs. Kristine Louise Yowell, age 72, of Clearwater, Florida passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024.

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Agnes Virginia Butki

Jun 01, 1926 - Feb 23, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Agnes Virginia Butki, 97, passed away peacefully on the morning of February 23 rd , 2024 surrounded by loved ones at her residence in Clearwater Florida. Agnes, also known affectionately as Aggie, mom, and Grammy, was born June 1st, 1926 to Rudolph Oscar and Hattie (Happe) Nimbach. She had two siblings, Mary Louise and Rudolf. At age 9, Agnes made the seaward journey to Germany where she traveled from family member to family member, for a year. Agnes, at an early age, learned the value of family and staying connected even at great distances. At age 13, Agnes learned to drive and was tasked with the duty of driving her mother and aunt to casinos in Toledo. She, ever responsible and never idle, also took on the responsibility of helping her mom in her mother’s beauty shop. She grew to love the work and attended beauty school at a young age, and subsequently took over her mother’s salon with her sister. Agnes’ love story started off uniquely when a client, Aunt Violet set Agnes and her sister Mary up on a blind date with two men. Though the two sisters started off with different dates. Agnes was drawn to her sister’s date Aloysius, and by the end of the night, the two sisters switched dates, leading Agnes to begin dating her future husband, Aloysius Butki. Agnes and Aloysius continued to date on and off and their love ended up surviving the trials and tribulations of WWII when they finally got married in 1947. The two gave birth to 6 beautiful children and were heavily involved parents and dedicated Catholics. Aloysius was a baseball coach, while Agnes led Girl Scouts. The two purchased land in Applegate, MI., where they built Butki Farm Resort from the ground up. For over 30 years, the family would travel up to the Resort during the summer months, renting units to families from their parish, working hard, and enjoying the Michigan summer breeze. Their dedication to their children led the family to grow even more as the children grew older. Even after the two moved from Michigan to their retirement home in Florida, they stayed in touch with their children and family friends. Even when Agnes was not physically with her family, she was in constant contact with them through phone calls, and later video calls and messages. The two also encouraged the occasional and beloved tradition of Butki family reunions which were filled with softball, tennis, singing, laughter, and love. The family will continue this tradition of reunions for years to come. When Aloysius passed away in December of 2003, Agnes was surrounded by support and love that carried her through the difficult time. Agnes, never known to be idle, took on many hobbies, including tennis, getting her nails done (sometimes by her loving grandchildren), traveling to visit family across the globe, watching Wheel of Fortune, and many more activities. Agnes taught her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren what it truly means to be a part of a family. She is survived by her two sons, Alan (Barbara) Butki, Gary (Edit) Butki and her four daughters, Audrey (Gregory) Lopetrone, Gail (John-deceased) Brandt, Cindy Ostrowski, and Carol (Peter) Krause, her niece Doreen (Tom) Collins, 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and countless others affected by her gentle love, headstrong stubbornness, no-nonsense guidance, and the cherished memories she’s left along the way. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday March 18, 2024 9:30 am visitation 10:00 MASS St. Michael the Archangel Catholic 2281 State Road 580 Clearwater, Fl Burial will follow at 2:30pm Bushnell National Cemetery Bushnell, FL

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Donald J. Stamey

Aug 09, 1942 - Feb 26, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

Donald J. Stamey, born on August 9, 1942, passed away surrounded by family on February 26, 2024, in Clearwater, FL. He was a beloved father, cherished by his daughters, Donna (David) Penhallegon and Pam (Rolf) Hildenbeutel, and by his son, Donald Stamey, Jr. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, March 1, 2024. 

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Bertha Lainhart

Dec 06, 1920 - Feb 26, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

"Bertha Lainhart, age 103, has sadly passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. There are no services currently planned."

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James David Small

Feb 17, 1948 - Feb 22, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

"James David Small, 76, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Thursday February 22nd 2024 in Clearwater, Florida. He was born February 17th 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida to Albert E. and Penny Small. James graduated from Paxon High School in Jacksonville in 1966. A year later in 1967, he joined the United States Navy as an electronics technician, which he continued to do for 7 years. After his service in the military, James went on to do construction work, primarily painting and drywall. In his spare time, James’s hobbies included boats, riding motorcycles, and enjoying the company of his dog Scooter. Surviving is his son, David Scott (Bridget) Small, of Deltona, Florida. James was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Penny Small, and his three brothers- Michael, Joseph, and Vernon Small. James will be laid to rest in the Jacksonville National Cemetery located at 4083 Lannie Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218."

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Andris Ivars Ritums

Jan 30, 1936 - Feb 19, 2024

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Clearwater, FL

"ANDRIS IVARS RITUMS \u0026quot;Andy\u0026quot;, 88, of Clearwater, FL, was called to his eternal home on Feb. 19, 2024. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years (Mara L.); two sons (Andris E. and Viktors E.); one daughter (Aleksandra M.); four grandchildren; and his sister, Aija Norbergs, and her family. By profession, he was a businessman – an “internationalist.” He held a B.S. in economics from Temple University, and had also taken courses at the Wharton School and at the Univ. of Oklahoma (while completing his military service at Fort Sill). He started his career at the U.S. Pipe \u0026amp; Foundry Co., initially working in its New Jersey and New York City sales offices. After being appointed General Sales Manager for its New England district, Andris became instrumental in orienting the company toward foreign markets and in creating an “export sales” division. In the meantime, negotiations were already in progress for the acquisition of U.S. Pipe by Jim Walter Industries, headquartered in Tampa, Fl. Andris was offered the position of General Manager of what would become “Jim Walter International,” incorporated in 1984, and on its way to becoming a major trading company. He accepted. Andris was active at the local business level as well. The Tampa Bay International Trade Council (TBIC) nominated him as its “1991 Businessman of the Year.” He became the Council’s chairman 3 years later. Because of his Latvian heritage (Andris was born in Riga, Latvia), he was also actively involved in Latvian-American organizations in the U.S., starting with the presidency of its youth group, later serving a term as vice president of the American Latvian Assoc. (ALA), working for a while at the Voice of America to assist on broadcasts in the Latvian language, and particularly, and especially after moving to Florida, undertaking a succession of roles and duties on behalf of the Latvian Association of St. Petersburg \u0026amp; vicinity. Sharing a Latvian heritage also generally means sharing a love of vocal music – of singing. Although small in size, Latvia is known for its periodic song and dance festivals at which it is not the public that is counted in the thousands, but the performers themselves! Andris was blessed with a resonant baritone and very much enjoyed group singing - whether in a choir, or in a social setting. He was already well into middle age when he decided to also start voice lessons! They gave him the courage to venture into some solo repertoire and even performance. A man of true faith, Andris was active in the Latvian Lutheran Congregation of St. Petersburg. In addition to holding positions on the church council, he also studied to become a lay pastor and led services when the pastor was unavailable. By his departure, Andris takes with him a genuine love of people, a quick wit and sense of humor, and a zest for life, despite its hardships and vicissitudes. A Memorial Service for Andy will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 2pm, in the Faith Lutheran Church, 2601 49th St. St. Petersburg FL."

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