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Monday, October 20, 2014
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Athena McEwan (Marie Robinson)

Athena (Marie) passed away surrounded by family, friends and loved ones on Oct. 11, 2014 in Mill Valley, Calif. Athena lived on Petronia Street in Key West before moving to California. She worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and for herself at Petronia Productions in Key West. She was an avid runner and member of the Key West Southernmost Runners Club. Athena traveled the world to run in marathons. She is survived by her husband Arthur Ruda, her daughter Christabel Zamor, her son and wife Ruy/Thu Garcia-Zamor, and brothers Frank McEwan and Bill McEwan. Athena adored her three grandchildren Chloe (7), Ruy Jr. (5) and Liam (2) Garcia-Zamor. Athena is loved and respected for her strength, passion and intellect, her radiant beam of light will always be with us. A memorial service will be held in Key West at a later date, please make donations in Athena's name to a charity of your choice.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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James Martin

James Martin, 64 years old, of Cudjoe Key, passed away Oct. 10, 2014. James was born on May 25, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany in a U.S. occupied territory. He was preceded in death by his father Major James Martin and his grandparents George Kabades and grandmother Androniki Christis. He is survived by his mother Aphrodite (Dolly) Martin and Mr. Charles Fogle, her life partner of 42 years. James' children, Haley Nicole Martin and James Pireaus (JP) Martin were always the sparkle in his eyes, with a gleaming proudness for the love of them both. James and Sally were married in Key West on Jan. 27, 1990. Sally was his best friend, soulmate and wife. And his love for Sally was infinite. James was a man who wore many hats. Before landing in Key West in 1987 aboard the sailing vessel Shanty Girl, he enjoyed many years in the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire as well as the western Maine mountains. He was an avid snow skier and a well known solo guitarist and singer that toured small venues in the area. James also spent some time as a forest fire ranger with his late friend and mentor Stub Eastman. James was also one of the original guerrilla growers in the area. James also spent some quality summer time aboard the sailing vessel Squally, sailing around Penobscot and Casco Bay along the Maine coast. Sally and James left paradise for a business opportunity to own an established restaurant, "The Chat and Chew," in Frederick, Md. He worked side by side with his mother and Charles Fogle. Their venture lasted 10 years and then they returned to their forever home, "The Keys." Upon their return, James worked at Little Palm Island for five years and then for Group Transportation. James' artistic talent and his love of animals is shown throughout his home. As word spreads of his passing we will all remember him in many ways. Celebration of James life will be announced at a later time. Donations may be sent to the SPCA of Key West, Fla.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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ROBERT FREDERICK PFEFFLE

1940-2014

Robert Frederick Pfeffle of Pensacola, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 15, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Pfeffle was born April 5, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Dr. Henry C. and Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle. He attended St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis and Regis College in Denver, CO before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry. In 1965, he married Suzanne Elizabeth Brefeld of Trenton, IL. After a tour in the United States Air Force from 1965-1967, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career in dentistry in St. Louis alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed retirement in Key West, FL for many years and recently moved to Pensacola to be closer to family. He was member and leader of the Kirkwood, MO chapter of Optimist International, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an avid scholar of Russian history and a world traveler. He was a member of Key West Yacht Club and Pensacola Country Club.

Dr. Pfeffle was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henry C. & Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle and his brother, Dr. Henry J. Pfeffle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne (Brefeld); his son, Dr. Robert C. (Kristin) Pfeffle of Mobile, AL and his daughters, Kristen (Jason) Stout of Marin County, CA and Nicole (James) Lonano of Port St. Lucie, FL. He has 5 grandchildren, Jordan Leigh Fabing Pfeffle, Kathleen Elizabeth Brefeld Pfeffle, Lily Ann Stout, Gabriella Ann Pfeffle Lonano and Lucas Robert Pfeffle Lonano. He has several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, FL, with Fr. Joe Callipare celebrant.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Rosemary Zetting

Rosemany Zetting, loved mother of Steven, Mark, Marcia, Dennis, Rosemary Jr., Sandra, Edward Jr., John, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister of George Steber. Preceded in death by husband Edward J. Zetting, Sr. Thank you for the care and comfort provided by staff at Key West Health and Rehab, Island Home Health Care, Visiting Nurses Association and Lower Keys Medical Center. She will be missed by her family and many friends in Wisconsin and Florida and her neighbors at the Henry V. Haskins Senior Center in Key West, Fla.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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James Martin

James Martin, 64 years old, of Cudjoe Key, passed away Oct. 10, 2014. James was born on May 25, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany in a U.S. occupied territory. He was preceded in death by his father Major James Martin and his grandparents George Kabades and grandmother Androniki Christis. He is survived by his mother Aphrodite (Dolly) Martin and Mr. Charles Fogle, her life partner of 42 years. James' children, Haley Nicole Martin and James Pireaus (JP) Martin were always the sparkle in his eyes, with a gleaming proudness for the love of them both. James and Sally were married in Key West on Jan. 27, 1990. Sally was his best friend, soulmate and wife. And his love for Sally was infinite. James was a man who wore many hats. Before landing in Key West in 1987 aboard the sailing vessel Shanty Girl, he enjoyed many years in the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire as well as the western Maine mountains. He was an avid snow skier and a well known solo guitarist and singer that toured small venues in the area. James also spent some time as a forest fire ranger with his late friend and mentor Stub Eastman. James was also one of the original guerrilla growers in the area. James also spent some quality summer time aboard the sailing vessel Squally, sailing around Penobscot and Casco Bay along the Maine coast. Sally and James left paradise for a business opportunity to own an established restaurant, "The Chat and Chew," in Frederick, Md. He worked side by side with his mother and Charles Fogle. Their venture lasted 10 years and then they returned to their forever home, "The Keys." Upon their return, James worked at Little Palm Island for five years and then for Group Transportation. James' artistic talent and his love of animals is shown throughout his home. As word spreads of his passing we will all remember him in many ways. Celebration of James life will be announced at a later time. Donations may be sent to the SPCA of Key West, Fla.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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ROBERT FREDERICK PFEFFLE

1940-2014

Robert Frederick Pfeffle of Pensacola, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 15, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Pfeffle was born April 5, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Dr. Henry C. and Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle. He attended St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis and Regis College in Denver, CO before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry. In 1965, he married Suzanne Elizabeth Brefeld of Trenton, IL. After a tour in the United States Air Force from 1965-1967, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career in dentistry in St. Louis alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed retirement in Key West, FL for many years and recently moved to Pensacola to be closer to family. He was member and leader of the Kirkwood, MO chapter of Optimist International, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an avid scholar of Russian history and a world traveler. He was a member of Key West Yacht Club and Pensacola Country Club.

Dr. Pfeffle was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henry C. & Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle and his brother, Dr. Henry J. Pfeffle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne (Brefeld); his son, Dr. Robert C. (Kristin) Pfeffle of Mobile, AL and his daughters, Kristen (Jason) Stout of Marin County, CA and Nicole (James) Lonano of Port St. Lucie, FL. He has 5 grandchildren, Jordan Leigh Fabing Pfeffle, Kathleen Elizabeth Brefeld Pfeffle, Lily Ann Stout, Gabriella Ann Pfeffle Lonano and Lucas Robert Pfeffle Lonano. He has several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, FL, with Fr. Joe Callipare celebrant.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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James Martin

James Martin, 64 years old, of Cudjoe Key, passed away Oct. 10, 2014. James was born on May 25, 1950, in Frankfurt, Germany in a U.S. occupied territory. He was preceded in death by his father Major James Martin and his grandparents George Kabades and grandmother Androniki Christis. He is survived by his mother Aphrodite (Dolly) Martin and Mr. Charles Fogle, her life partner of 42 years. James' children, Haley Nicole Martin and James Pireaus (JP) Martin were always the sparkle in his eyes, with a gleaming proudness for the love of them both. James and Sally were married in Key West on Jan. 27, 1990. Sally was his best friend, soulmate and wife. And his love for Sally was infinite. James was a man who wore many hats. Before landing in Key West in 1987 aboard the sailing vessel Shanty Girl, he enjoyed many years in the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire area as well as the western Maine mountains. He was an avid snow skier and a well known solo guitarist and singer that toured small venues in the area. James also spent some time as a forest fire ranger with his late friend and mentor Stub Eastman. James was also one of the original guerrilla growers in the area. James also spent some quality summer time aboard the sailing vessel Squally, sailing around Penobscot and Casco Bay along the Maine coast. Sally and James left paradise for a business opportunity to own an established restaurant, "The Chat and Chew," in Frederick, Md. He worked side by side with his mother and Charles Fogle. Their venture lasted 10 years and then they returned to their forever home, "The Keys." Upon their return, James worked at Little Palm Island for five years and then for Group Transportation. James' artistic talent and his love of animals is shown throughout his home. As word spreads of his passing we will all remember him in many ways. Celebration of James' life will be announced at a later time. Donations may be sent to the SPCA of Key West, Fla.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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ROBERT FREDERICK PFEFFLE

1940-2014

Robert Frederick Pfeffle of Pensacola, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 15, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Pfeffle was born April 5, 1940, in St. Louis, MO, to Dr. Henry C. and Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle. He attended St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis and Regis College in Denver, CO before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry. In 1965, he married Suzanne Elizabeth Brefeld of Trenton, IL. After a tour in the United States Air Force from 1965-1967, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career in dentistry in St. Louis alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed retirement in Key West, FL for many years and recently moved to Pensacola to be closer to family. He was a member and leader of the Kirkwood, MO chapter of Optimist International, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an avid scholar of Russian history and a world traveler. He was a member of Key West Yacht Club and Pensacola Country Club.

Dr. Pfeffle was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henry C. & Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle and his brother, Dr. Henry J. Pfeffle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne (Brefeld); his son, Dr. Robert C. (Kristin) Pfeffle of Mobile, AL and his daughters, Kristen (Jason) Stout of Marin County, CA and Nicole (James) Lonano of Port St. Lucie, FL. He has 5 grandchildren, Jordan Leigh Fabing Pfeffle, Kathleen Elizabeth Brefeld Pfeffle, Lily Ann Stout, Gabriella Ann Pfeffle Lonano and Lucas Robert Pfeffle Lonano. He has several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, FL, with Fr. Joe Callipare celebrant.

Friday, October 17, 2014
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Sara Jane Carey

Sara Jane Carey, age 69, died on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Trinity Mother Francis hospital following a brain aneurysm.

Born on December 15, 1944, in Falmouth, MA to John and Betty Patten, Sara was a free spirit with a desire for adventure. She graduated from Wareham High School in Wareham, Mass., and became a licensed cosmetologist after moving cross-country to San Francisco, Calif., with her sister, Nancy, in 1962. Sara was compassionate, loving, generous, and very empathetic towards others. These attributes blessed many when she volunteered at Florida Keys Memorial hospital for several years. Sara loved animals and contributed to the Humane Society and National Wildlife Federation. She also donated to the Alzheimer's Association and the Parkinson's and Arthritis Foundations.

She and her husband, Timothy Otis Carey, moved to Whitehouse, Texas, in 2013 after spending most of their 31 years together in Key West, Fla. Tim plans to remain in East Texas to be near extended family as they had originally planned. Survivors include her siblings, Nancy Parker of Tiburon, Calif., Bob Patten of Plantation, Fla., and Deborah Ellman of Seattle, Wash., two children from a previous marriage, Susan Orta and Michael Contini, three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Camp Tyler lodge in Whitehouse, Texas, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Flowers may be sent c/o Steve Carey, 407 Shelley Dr., Whitehouse, Texas 75791.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Elmo S. Maloney

Elmo S. "Lety," "Grouper," Maloney, 93, passed away peacefully on Oct. 12, 2014. He was born in Key West, Fla., on Dec. 5, 1920.

Living in Key West his entire life, he loved being on the ocean. He was a carpenter by trade and also had a passion for boat building. You could always find him at White Street Pier fishing or hanging with his buddies at Higgs Beach. He was a devoted family man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles S. Maloney and Sadie E. Baker, Maloney and his brother, Charles Stuart Maloney Jr.

He is survived by his sister, Eva Maloney Rivas of Key West, his nephew Bo (Joanne) Rivas of Key West, his great niece, Amber Rivas (David) Brannon of Alpharetta, Ga., his great nephew, Jordan Rivas of New York City, his niece, Carole Rivas (Fred) Henning of Orange Park, Fla., his great-nieces. Theresa Henning (Nat) Hughs, Veronica Henning (Joe) Biscardi, Debra Henning (Mike) Keene, all of Orange Park, Fla., and many great-great-nieces and nephews.

His love was shared by many and he will be truly missed.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Key West Health and Rehabilitation and Hospice of the Florida Keys for their kindness and support.

Castillo and Thurston Funeral Home are entrusted of arrangements.

Due to his wishes, there will be no services.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Luciana "Mary/Nena" Fernandez

Luciana "Mary/Nena" Fernandez left this world on Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2014, in Ocala, Fla. and is now with God whom she worshiped and prayed to daily. Many knew her as Mary, (English-speaking friends) and Nena (Spanish-speaking friends). Nena was born on Jan. 7, 1930, at Monroe General Hospital in Key West, Fla., to Sofia Ferreira and Edelmiro Rivera. Her parents, four siblings, nieces and a nephew precede her in death.

Nena married Jose Fernandez Jr. on June 26 1948. She grew up and lived in Key West for most of her life, until this past January, when due to health issues, moved to Ocala, Fla. She was very committed and deeply cared about her whole family. She tried to send a birthday card with a present every year to everyone she could, including all her many cousins, nieces, their children and grandchildren. She always loved to dance and socialize with her family and friends; there are many great memories of how happy she was with all her family and friends together. Family came from many places to the parties that lasted all night and sometimes for two or three days, on Amelia Street and on Old Boca Chica Road.

Her passions were dancing the night away at the Cuban Club and Mallory Square and for new clothes and jewelry. Everyone one that knew her, knew she must match from head to toe and also looked dressed to the "T". Nena worked at Apples Clothing Store, on Duval Street, for many years until she ventured out into the small business world. She purchased and operated Tropical Fashions in Kinos Plaza for about 10 years before she retired.

Nena is survived by her husband: Jose Fernandez who has lost his one true love, partner and best friend of 66 plus years, her two sons Jose Fernandez III (Loan), Ocala, Fla., David Fernandez (Linda) Lilburn, Ga. Four grandchildren Donnie Jean Yarbrough (Jason) Key West, Fla., Cory Fernandez, Norfolk, Va., Kaitlyn Klein (David) Tucson, Ariz., and Kylie Fernandez, Lilburn, Ga. Four great-grandchildren she loved and adored with all her heart; Jazlyn and Jason Yarbrough, Key West, Fla., Kortnie Fernandez, Norfolk, Va. and Joseph David Klein, Tucson, Ariz. Two nieces China Davis and Chomi Oropeza. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and many friends she called family. She was full of life and was loved by all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in the Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, FL. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.