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Richard Colasurd

Apr 01, 1928 - Nov 16, 2023

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Fort Myers, FL

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Nancy Lee Rhodes

Nov 10, 1950 - Feb 23, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"Nancy Lee Rhodes, 73, of Fort Myers, Fl sadly passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. She was born on November 10, 1950, in Dalton, GA to Joseph William “Bill” Weeks and Beatrice Sutton. She was a wonderful wife, mother, granny and great grandmother who was always there when we needed her. She is survived by her husband, James Malcolm Rhodes, to whom she was married to for fifty-four years; children, Thad (Toni) Rhodes, Stephanie (Eric) Lewis, April (Marcus) Ide; grandchildren, Payton Rhodes, Destiny Lewis, Trent Lewis, Colton Ide and Landon Ide; great grandchild; Carter Rhodes; brother, Joseph Mike (Christine) Weeks. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elizabeth Kelley. After a little over twenty years in the medical field as an office manager, Granny retired to enjoy providing daycare for her grandchildren. She loved to go camping and fishing with family and friends. She was Granny to many more kids other than her own grandchildren. As time went on and the grandchildren grew up you could find her at whatever sporting event the grandkids had that day. She loved being around her family. A memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Nancy Lee Rhodes will be held on March 2, 2024, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Fort Myers, Florida. The visitation will be from 1:00-2:00pm and the service will begin at 2:00pm. Granny will forever be in our hearts!"

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Barbara W. Heflin

Aug 23, 1935 - Feb 25, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"Barbara W. Heflin, 88, a longtime Fort Myers, FL resident passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 25, 2024 under the care of Hope Hospice. She was born August 23, 1935 in Lexington, KY to the late Robert and Irene (nee Johnson) Wilson. A Memorial Service will be held in March, please check back for the full details. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL."

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William A. Starks

Sep 19, 1940 - Feb 22, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"William A. Starks, 83, of Fort Myers, passed away peacefully on February 22nd, 2024. Bill was born in Buffalo, NY, The son of William and Mildred Starks. Bill was raised in Miami, FL where he graduated high school as a member of a state title winning basketball team. He then attended Miami-Dade Junior College then Nova University in Davie, Fl and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Bill had a very successful 27-year career at the City of Miami Police Department, where he rose in rank from Officer to Assistant Chief of Police at retirement. Bill enjoyed several career highlights, including helping the very first K-9 team setup in Fort Myers. Bill also was successful in recruiting his wife, Gloria, to join him at the department for 17 of those years. Bill enjoyed watching the Miami Dolphins, and while he enjoyed serving extra duty at the Orange Bowl during the Dolphins early years, he equally enjoyed watching them on TV for over 50 years. He also enjoyed watching college football and Monday Night Football. Bill loved to go boating, fishing and canoeing throughout the Everglades, the nearby waters of Biscayne Bay and the peaceful rivers of southwest Florida. He loved to read – he had accumulated so many books that when the family moved in the early 1990’s he donated hundreds of books to the local library. Later in life, he started painting as a hobby and became fairly good in his depictions. Thank you to the caring, wonderful care provided at Discovery Village at the Forum. Bill will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Gloria, and his extended family. Services will be private, and a memorial page is being established for online remembrances. The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite police charity. Bill\u0027s family has entrusted Fort Myers memorial Gardens with the tender care of his final arrangements."

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Carolyn Malone Sherman

Mar 20, 1937 - Feb 18, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"Carolyn Malone Sherman, 86, passed away on February 18th, 2024 at Barrington Terrace in Fort Myers, Florida. Born March 20th, 1937 in Canton Ohio, she was the only child of the late Charles Franklin Malone and Vera Crim Malone. She married the love of her life, M Dean Sherman, on June 18th, 1955 in Galion Ohio and they moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 1973 with their daughters. Dean proceeded her in death in September, 1991. Carolyn was a 1955 graduate of Galion High School. She worked for the School District of Lee County Florida as a kindergarten assistant at Villas Elementary School. She retired in 1999 but continued to substitute when needed. Many fond memories and stories came from these working years where she was touched by daily life with these children. Carolyn was a woman of faith in Jesus. Her family knew her love through frequent visits, phone calls, and hand written notes in the mail for every possible occasion...usually with a half folded five dollar bill taped inside. Carolyn was supportive and loved her people immensely and unconditionally and she always reached out to those less fortunate. Her love for family and passion for everyone sticking together was unmatched. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with family, shopping, dancing and reading a good book. Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Lee Ann (John) Goss, Fort Myers, FL; and Kay Lynn (Ralph) Leigh , Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren, Jason (Ashley) Goss, Jaime (Matt) Butcher, Jordan (Shannon) Leigh and Jessica Leigh; great grandchildren, Linley, Annie, Luke, Silas, Harper and Charlie. She is also survived by sister-in-law Peggy Yuhas Sherman, Sandra Carson and a brother-in-law Russell Carson. A great grandson, Elijah Butcher, and a brother-in-law, Darrell Sherman, proceeded her in death The family would like to thank the staff at Barrington Terrace and the staff at VITAS Healthcare for their exceptional care she received in the last few months. A service and celebration of life will be held in Galion, Ohio on July 26th, 2024 and burial will be at Crawford County Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to Dwelling Place Project, a 501c3 organization, which was near and dear to her heart, in honor of her great grandson Elijah. Please note \u0026quot;for Carolyn\u0026quot; in the donation process. Dwellingplaceproject.org/donate To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time, please visit Carolyn\u0027s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign her guestbook."

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Charles Wendell Haynes

Feb 29, 1940 - Feb 14, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"Charles Wendell Haynes, 83, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2024. He was born on February 29, 1940, in Lakeland, Florida, to Felton and Olga (née Belz) Haynes. He is survived by his wife, Carol Martin Haynes, to whom he was married for forty-four years; children from his first marriage, Dennis (Missy) Haynes, Lorie Anne (Andy) Bryant, and Byron (Patty) Haynes; his wife’s daughters, Lori (David) Browne and Caroline (Bernard) Shucavage; his grandchildren, Cody Haynes, Kelly (Duncan) Rady, Nick, Natalie, and Naomi Bryant, Kellsey (Josh) DeLong, and Alesia, Lauren, Jonathan, and Grant Shucavage; and two great-granddaughters, Delilah DeLong and Emersyn Shucavage. He is preceded in death by his parents. After graduating from Collegedale Academy in 1959, Charles worked at several auto repair shops until he took over Sam’s Auto Repair on the corner of Edison Avenue and Fowler Street in 1979, which he owned and operated for 40 years. Upon his retirement, he still kept his hand in auto-mechanics by mentoring his grandson Grant at his auto repair shop, Southwest Florida Motorsports, up until six months before he passed away. Charles was very involved in the Fort Myers Seventh-Day Adventist Church, of which he was a member for 66 years. He dedicated much of his time as a Pathfinders leader and choir director. He was especially passionate about music, always singing and playing the piano whenever he could. He and his father started a quartet with two other men from their church in the early 1970s. In his last several years on earth, he sang baritone in a church quintet called The King’s Men, which brought him so much joy and happiness. Out of all the roles that Charles filled, being a grandfather was his favorite. He never said no to playing kickball and riding scooters with his grandchildren, chasing them around as the “tickle monster,” or giving them advice. He exemplified the love of Jesus to everyone he met and had a servant’s heart, giving freely to those around him. He will be greatly missed. His family looks forward to that wonderful day when all are reunited with each other in heaven. A memorial service to honor his life will be held at the Fort Myers Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3451 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida, on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Charles’s name to the Fort Myers Seventh-Day Adventist Church for the music department."

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John Michael Kays

Aug 18, 1940 - Feb 14, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

"John Michael Kays, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend bid his earthly adieu and ascended on Ash Wednesday 2024 at the age of 83. Born to Harold and Anna Mae Kays and growing up in Edwardsville, IL, John\u0027s journey through life was a symphony of achievements and “Let’s Go” adventures that spanned the oceans and touched the hearts of many. John\u0027s early years were marked by a love of sports, excelling in baseball and football, earning him a football scholarship to the prestigious Northwestern University playing under Hall of Famer, Ara Parseghian. Graduating from the Kellogg School of Management with a minor in Theology, John\u0027s academic prowess was complemented by his commitment to the Sigma Chi Fraternity brotherhood, a bond he cherished for a lifetime and passed to his sons and \u0026quot;now his brothers.” \u0026quot;Hollywood Handsome\u0026quot; with a charisma that could light up a room, John briefly ventured into modeling, gracing billboards across Chicago and catalogues nationally. However, destiny called him to serve his country, leading him to join the Navy, where he sailed the Seven Seas as a gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Jonas Ingram DD-938. His naval service instilled in him a love of the sea and an unwavering passion for the land and country he served. After the Navy, John embarked on a 35.5-year journey with 3M, earning the moniker \u0026quot;Big Typhoon\u0026quot; as he traversed the globe, bringing sandpaper to the farthest corners. His leadership and drive were crucial in the creation of the new Micro-Abrasives Division that has fueled the growth of our modern internet- powered era. From Florida to New York, from Illinois to Oklahoma, from Minnesota to California, John\u0027s career was as diverse as the friendships he cultivated, especially at the White Bear Yacht Club in Dellwood, MN, where he anchored his life in camaraderie, golf, tennis, cross country skiing and the occasional wood chopping session. A lover of music, John\u0027s banjo skills were showcased in various forums, including the Buffalo Banjo Band. His musical tastes were eclectic, from building his own \u0027Gut Bucket\u0027 to singing \u0026quot;The Impossible Dream\u0026quot;; to dancing, and marching friends and family around their home to the \u0026quot;Saints Go Marching In.\u0026quot; Retirement beckoned, leading John to his \u0026quot;new home\u0026quot; in Florida. He revisited the coastal waters on his Albin 28\u0027 aptly named \u0026quot;Let\u0027s Go\u0026quot;. \u0026quot;Let\u0027s Go\u0026quot; succinctly defined the core of the man, his driving force. His love for Key West, cultivated during his Navy days, became a frequent escape. Stays at the Curry Mansion, long walks on Duval Street and dining well only added joy to his retirement rhythm. John\u0027s thirst for new adventures was unquenchable. Cunard Cruise line opened up new worlds for him to explore along with meaningful land adventures. A Master Captain certification, volunteer work with the Cape Coral Police, and Robert Service-inspired camping trips to the Yukon and Alaska reflected John\u0027s zest for life. As a big brother to \u0026quot;Kev,\u0026quot; John\u0027s bond was unbreakable, marked by laughter, and unwavering support. Known as \u0026quot;KZ\u0026quot; to many, he was a loving father to John Jr., Jeff, and Karen, embracing his role as \u0026quot;Papa\u0026quot; to 11 grandchildren with enthusiasm, sharing in their educational, musical, and sporting adventures. Yet, the true pinnacle of John Kays\u0027 life was his 61-year marriage to his college sweetheart Judy, a love that transcended time and space. Together, they illuminated the world with their adventures, showcasing a love that stood as a testament to the Divine. John Michael Kays has left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him. As we bid him farewell, we celebrate a life well-lived, rich with love, laughter, and the everlasting echoes of the \u0026quot;Saints Go Marching In.\u0026quot; May his “Let’s Go” spirit continue to guide us, just as his light will forever shine in our memories. John will be laid to rest in a National Cemetery later this year. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association."

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William James Keese

Oct 28, 1959 - Feb 26, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

William James Keese, age 64, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. A visitation for William will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, FL 33913, followed by a memorial service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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William John Eckert

Jan 25, 1947 - Feb 25, 2024

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Fort Myers, FL

William John Eckert, age 77, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. William was born in Akron, Ohio.

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Marie Banicki

Jul 26, 1930 - Feb 28, 2024

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Fort Myers Beach, FL

Marie Banicki, 93, of Fort Myers Beach, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024.Marie was born on July 26th, 1930, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Gerald and Josephine (Carls) Caraher. She was a 1948 alumna of Aquinas Dominican High School, in Chicago IL, and later earned her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, Chicago. Marie had a successful career as a Marketing Director at various organizations across the Shenango Valley.In her spare time, Marie traveled throughout the country and all over the world with her late husband, Fred. Their favorite trip was their Alaskan cruise. She also loved spending quality time with her grandchildren. In addition to her travels and family time, Marie had a fondness for long walks on the beach in Florida. Ever the fashionista, she took great pride in her impeccable sense of style and loved having her nails done.Marie is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Fred Banicki, and her parents Gerald and Josephine.She is survived by her brother, Jerry Caraher; a sister, Jo Caraher; two sons, Charles F. Banicki, of Asbury Park, NJ, and Allen J. (Julie) Banicki, of Howland, OH; two daughters, Diane M. (Peter) Kasula, of Hubbard, OH, and Carol B. (Richard) Gasior, of Howland, OH; five grandchildren, Katelyn (Josh) Kasula-Grzywana, John Kasula, Joey Gasior, James Banicki, and Vincent (Paige) Freedman; and four great-grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be directed to Patriot Hospice, 986 Tibbetts Wick Rd, Girard, OH 44420.A private celebration of life and Christian burial will be held with close family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.comInterment: St. Rose Cemetery Mausoleum, Hermitage.Arrangements are being handled by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State St., Sharon.

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Judith A. Ruben

Mar 11, 1937 - Feb 15, 2024

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North Fort Myers, FL

Winthrop/North Fort Meyers FL - Judith A. Ruben, 86, peacefully passed away in the comfort of her home on February 15, 2024, with her loving daughter Julie and granddaughter Lydia by her side. Arrangements are entrusted to Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop and following Judiths wishes there will be no services at this time. Her family will honor her life privately. Born at home in Holland Patent, NY on March 11, 1937, to the late Paul and Marjorie (Darrow) Kidder, Judith lived a life filled with joy, laughter, and unwavering love for her family. She pursued her education, earning a High School Diploma before embarking on a career as a secretary for Clarkson University's Chemical Engineering Department. She retired after 40 dedicated years. Throughout her life, Judith found solace in simple pleasures, spending her free time playing cards with friends, reading, knitting, and basking in the sun at her home in N. Fort Myers, Florida. She cherished moments spent with her loved ones, especially her husband Robert G. Ruben, whom she married on September 7th, 1957, after falling in love with her high school sweetheart. He was captain of the basketball team where she was the head of the cheerleading squad. Bob passed away on July 18, 2003. Judith's love for her family knew no bounds, and she found true happiness in their presence. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Ruben of Winthrop, daughter - in - law Laurie Ruben of Ames, IA; grandchildren Dr. Lydia Hagelund and her husband Peter Dempf, Gretchen Zengler and her husband Brian of Portland, OR.; Robert Paul Ruben and his wife Danielle of Ames, IA.; great grandsons, Samuel Ruben, Calvin Ruben, and Ethan Zengler; and great-great granddaughter, Stella Zengler. Survivors also include her; brothers, William "Bill" (Shirley) Kidder of Estero, FL., Paul "Butch" (Karen) Kidder of Caroga Lake, NY., and N. Fort Meyers; sister, Marjorie "Peggy" (late William) Buell of N. Fort Myers; brother - in - law Pete (Maureen) Ruben of Holland Patent, and sister - in - law Barbara (Gordon) Dailey of Holland Patent/Stuart, FL., and her precious dog Phoebe. Always close to her heart is the memory of her son, Robert A. "Robbie" Ruben who passed away on June 20th, 2015. Judith A. Ruben will forever be remembered for her unwavering love, gentle spirit, and the joy she brought to those around her. May she rest in peace, reunited with her loved ones who have gone before her. Memories and condolences can be shared with Judy's family at www.hammillfh.com

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