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Victor Coffey

Jul 28, 1966 - Dec 01, 2023

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Sarasota, FL

Victor Bruce Coffey, age 57, of Sarasota, Florida went to be with Jesus on Friday, December 1, 2023. He was born to a loving family as the third of four boys, to the late Douglas W. Coffey, Sr. and Carolyn Sue Coffey, on July 28, 1966 in Sarasota, Florida where he lived all his life. He enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and answering the puzzle before the contestants would. Football was always on whenever Bruce was around during season, especially if the Cowboys were playing, as that was his f...Read More

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Robert Charles Rose, Sr.

Sep 24, 1938 - Feb 05, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Robert Charles Rose, Sr. (Bob), 85, of Sarasota, Florida passed away February 5,2024 in Sarasota. Bob was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 24, 1938, to Edward Arthur Rose, Sr. and Margaret Theresa Keon Rose and enjoyed a full life, supporting the environment in many ways. Bob attended Falls Church High School and the University of Virginia (Class of 1960) and continued his education with graduate work at George Washington University. Bob spent more than 33 years at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. He pursued a variety of public volunteer and community services over the years concerning the environment and animal welfare. He notably enjoyed his many years volunteering at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. Bob also participated in numerous community board functions. In April 2021 Bob received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service through 2020. He has also established a Sustainable Environmental Grant Program for the benefit of future generations. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret and his son, Robert Charles Rose, Jr. He is survived by his daughter Debra Lynn Rose, brother Edward Arthur Rose, Jr., sister in-law Hilda Rose and niece and nephew, Margaret Rose, and Edward Arthur Rose, III. Bob is also survived by his dear friend of many years, Virginia Everett. A graveside service is scheduled at the National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia at 2:00pm on March 5, 2024.

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Florence Elizabeth Ford

Died : Feb 18, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Florence Elizabeth Ford, age 97, born and reared in Sarasota, Florida, transitioned serenely in the presence of her family on February 18, 2024. For approximately 45 years, Florence provided beauty and hair services to local residents in the Downtown area. She was truly a woman of class and virtue while providing for and loving on her family. Florence Elizabeth’s memories will be cherished by her children, son, Carl E. Maultsby of and daughter, Sherrina Y. Ford of Tampa, FL. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Samuel Lamar Wright, Jr., Samaria Elizabeth Wright of Tampa, FL., and Duane Maultsby of Tampa, FL.; a great-grand daughter, Diamond Maultsby; a great great-grandson Kai Maultsby; and a special nephew, Jerry Marshall of Tampa, FL., and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.The Viewing will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Bible Church. Immediately following the Viewing, Homegoing Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at 1680 18th Street, Sarasota, FL., 34234 with the Entombment at The Palm Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

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Wrilshxer Mendoza

Sep 07, 1970 - Feb 09, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Wrilshxer Mendoza went home on Friday, February 9, 2024. She was a native of California. Wrilshxer joined the Army right after high school She served for 22 years. She enjoyed being a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. The horror of the war stayed with her, she could never scrub her hands hard enough to remove those memories or the guilt of surviving. She did five tours in Afghanistan. She also suffered from chemicals that she was exposed to during the war. She earned many medals but did not like people to think of her as a hero.She was an amazing runner, and the L.A. Marathon was her favorite. She was a woman of loyalty, respect, integrity and she always did selfless service. She also had a passion for animal rescue and gardening.She is survived by her siblings, Connie, Lupe, Angie, Eladio, Stacey and Tatiana; brother-in-law, Steven, nieces and nephews, Consentina ,Alexia, DC, Joseph, John, Wil, Maya, Ryder, Lennon, Hunter McKenzie; her dog, Dottie and Cat Dog.A Graveside Service will be 11:30 AM, Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Florida 34241. There will be a luncheon following the ceremony at Der Dutchman restaurant in Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209, is in charge of arrangements. The Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the SPCA https://www.sfspca.org/ or Wounded Warriors Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or “Wrilshxer’s Magic Garden” donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 55504, Saint Petersburg, FL 33732.

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Matthew Grass

Mar 21, 1931 - Feb 18, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Matthew Grass died at his home on Siesta Key, FL. Matt was born in Philadelphia, and graduated high school in Wilmington, DE. He attended Temple University and was drafted to the Army in 1941. He was a radio operator on Okinawa, during the Korean War. Returning to the US in 1944, he completed his bachelors degree at Temple, and worked in advertising and writing. He lived in New York City for a year, trying his hand at the great American novel; he published a story “The Snake in the Closet” in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine. Moving to Baltimore MD around 1960, he worked for the federal government at the Social Security Administration and then Health, Education and Welfare. During this time he met Eleanor Tucker and they were married in 1963. They moved to Washington, DC in 1966 and had a son, Gregory, in 1968. They moved to Miami, FL in 1974 so Matt could obtain a Masters in Public Health. In the late 1970’s he managed communications for the opening of new Community Health Centers across the USA. Gregory had a collection of pennants on his bedroom wall from over 25 states which Matt brought from his travels. Matt staffed the Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Califano, during opening events for the new health centers. In 1981 he retired from the federal government and then sold real estate for the next thirty years. In the early 1980’s he and Eleanor were divorced and he later married Nancy Harris Goldstein in 1985. Nancy and Matt were happy together in DC and at a weekend home in Gettysburg, PA for 20 years. Nancy was a talented artist and also worked for FEMA. Nancy died of cancer in 2003. About a year later he met Michele Herzog, and together they moved to Sarasota, FL in 2010. While they parted ways in 2014, their friendship endured. Matt’s hobbies included collecting and selling antique pottery and fine china. He had a dry and ironic sense of humor. In later years he would quip “Getting old sucks, but it sure beats the alternative.” Matt is survived by his son Gregory Grass of Washington, DC.

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Henry L Maxwell

Mar 01, 1951 - Feb 24, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Henry L Maxwell, age 72, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Henry was born in Salt Lake City, UT.

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George J. Kertesz

May 28, 1928 - Feb 23, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

George J. Kertesz, age 95, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. George was born in Minneapolis.

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Lorette Cledo

Mar 02, 1957 - Feb 23, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Lorette Cledo, age 66, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Lorette was born in Haiti.

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Margaret Helen Collins Bennett

Feb 11, 1929 - Feb 21, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Marge Bennett, a gifted artist, teacher, scientist and beloved aunt, died Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Sarasota, Florida. She was 95. Born Margaret Helen Collins in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 11, 1929, Marge was the second of four children. She grew up in Parma, Ohio, during the Great Depression with her brothers Jim and Bob and sister Eileen. She had warm memories of childhood play, exploring the woods beyond her back door, and walking to her elementary school. She remembers fondly the manager of a nearby golf course, who let her family pick apples from his trees in the evening after the golfers had gone home. Her mom turned this free crop into pies, applesauce and apple kuchen. At 18, Marge entered the convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame, where she became Sister Phoebe. She taught chemistry and physics in the Sisters of Notre Dame high school and at Notre Dame College. With other sisters, she created an inner-city homework club that served neighborhood children and parents. Dispensed from her religious vows, she joined nine other former sisters to form an experimental religious community in Pueblo, Colorado. The women eventually went in different directions, but they shared a close bond all their lives. At a party with friends in Colorado, Marge ran into Fred Bennett whom she remembered from high school. Fred, a former priest, and Marge were married in 1972. He was the love of her life. Together, they were active in the arts and humanities, enjoyed spending time with their large families, and traveled widely. As an 80th birthday present to themselves, they traveled around the world in 80 days. Marge received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Denver and became a professor. After she and Fred moved to Florida, she worked as a chemist for the Florida Citrus Growers Association. She enjoyed having her own small grove of orange trees for research. Marge had always been drawn to art but had never studied it. One day, she signed up for two college art classes in Florida. An artist was born. Marge became a painter, working primarily in watercolor and acrylics. She once said of her works: “My art reflects my search for serenity and beauty. My heart wants color and light, my head requires balance and design.” Marge’s paintings received frequent awards and recognition. Her work is included in collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Marge was well known and loved in the arts community in Sarasota, Florida. She operated her own gallery in the Towles Court Art Center in Sarasota and later was shown at the Elizabeth Stevens Gallery at Towles Court. She was active in a number of arts organizations, including the Florida Watercolor Society, Women Contemporary Artists and the National League of Pen Women. She was also active in a local theater group. Marge was preceded in death by Fred, her beloved husband of 44 years, as well as her parents, Angela M. Collins and James F. Collins, and her siblings and their spouses, James and Eileen Collins, Robert and Anna Collins, and Eileen and William Lhotta. She is survived by many close friends and a passel of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, who count themselves blessed to have such a kind, creative and beautiful aunt.

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Doris P Benice

Feb 12, 1939 - Feb 20, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Doris P Benice, age 85, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. A graveside service for Doris will be held Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232.

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Jim L Limbaugh

Mar 08, 1963 - Feb 20, 2024

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Sarasota, FL

Jim L Limbaugh, age 60, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Jim was born in Louisville, KY. A vititation for Jim will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232. A funeral service will occur Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:00 AM, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232. A committal service will occur Monday, February 26, 2024 at 12:00 PM at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232.

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