Obituaries

Friday, October 31, 2014
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Larry Robert Rodriguez

Dec. 29, 1936 - Oct. 26, 2014

Key West lost a big part of itself, on Sunday morning Oct. 26, 2014. Larry Rodriguez, retired police chief, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer for over a year.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Celia and Heriberto Rodriguez and his son Larry "Robbie" Rodriguez Jr. Larry was survived by his loving wife of over 40 years Gwen Rodriguez, his brother Joseph (Tom) Rodriguez, his daughter Louanna (David) Williams, his son's wife Mercedes Rodriguez, his grandchildren Darrell Williams, Samantha (Aaron) Williams, Jason (April) Rodriguez, Sarah (William) Pierce, Melanie Suarez and Melissa (Jason) Gutierrez. Also survived by Larry are five great-grandchildren and his and Gwen's beloved pup, Baby.

Larry's life began on Amelia Street in "The Alley," on Dec. 29, 1936 in a historic conch house where he was born, lived and grew up horsing around amongst friends, cousins and his younger brother, Joe. His first job was at the old Islander Drive-In on Stock Island, in the 1950s. Larry later became a Key West city policeman, who also served as acting city manager and public safety director; he was then promoted to Chief of Police in 1982 and served as such until retirement in 1987.

He told of old Key West fondly and often, pointing out to later generations his old hangouts, pastimes and many friends whom he would come across on regular car rides around town. Larry immensely enjoyed the glorious climate of Key West and his lifelong passion of fishing. Larry was forever devoted to his wife and family, and was a proud third generation Conch. Larry thrived on serving his community and wanted to preserve the meaningful history of his hometown, he will be missed by many.

A funeral ceremony to celebrate Larry's life will take place at Dean Lopez Funeral home (418 Simonton St., Key West) on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a small ceremony immediately following at the Key West Cemetery at the family plot, or as Larry so often called "his condo." Following the ceremonies family will be honored to have visitors at Louanna and David's house, 24 Amaryllis Drive, on Key Haven. Those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Friday, October 31, 2014
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Annie Olshansky

Long time Florida Keys resident Annie Olshansky, 53, of Big Pine Key, passed away on Oct. 26 2014. Annie was diagnosed with cancer 11 months prior and fought hard during her final days. Annie is survived by fiancé and life partner Mike DeLaCerda, daughter Tess Olshansky Weber, son-in-law Ryan Weber, dearest friends Shelly and Jeff Woessner and older brother John Wood. As well as a lifetime of family and friends, that she influenced with her warm smile, and unconditional heart.

Annie was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 24, 1961. She is the daughter of the late Eloise Kerr and Kenneth Wood.

Annie's life in the keys, like most, is one to remember. Annie's previous employment before her diagnosis was at South Florida Workforce as a Job Developer. Annie's goal was to help those in need around the keys to find jobs and do what she could to help out local businesses. Annie, like her mother, was an active member of United Methodist Church in Marathon.

A celebration of life service and luncheon will be held at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park at the Sunset Pavilion at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Heron-Peacock Supported Living 67 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon, FL 33050.

Annie will truly be missed but most importantly she will be remembered and admired by all. Her fight against cancer was admirable, graceful and full of strength.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Larry Robert Rodriguez

Dec. 29, 1936 - Oct. 26, 2014

Key West lost a big part of itself, on Sunday morning Oct. 26, 2014. Larry Rodriguez, retired police chief, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer for over a year.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Celia and Heriberto Rodriguez and his son Larry "Robbie" Rodriguez Jr. Larry was survived by his loving wife of over 40 years Gwen Rodriguez, his brother Joseph (Tom) Rodriguez, his daughter Louanna (David) Williams, his son's wife Mercedes Rodriguez, his grandchildren Darrell Williams, Samantha (Aaron) Williams, Jason (April) Rodriguez, Sarah (William) Pierce, Melanie Suarez and Melissa (Jason) Gutierrez. Also survived by Larry are five great-grandchildren and his and Gwen's beloved pup, Baby.

Larry's life began on Amelia Street in "The Alley," on Dec. 29, 1936 in a historic conch house where he was born, lived and grew up horsing around amongst friends, cousins and his younger brother, Joe. His first job was at the old Islander Drive-In on Stock Island, in the 1950s. Larry later became a Key West city policeman, who also served as acting city manager and public safety director; he was then promoted to Chief of Police in 1982 and served as such until retirement in 1987.

He told of old Key West fondly and often, pointing out to later generations his old hangouts, pastimes and many friends whom he would come across on regular car rides around town. Larry immensely enjoyed the glorious climate of Key West and his lifelong passion of fishing. Larry was forever devoted to his wife and family, and was a proud third generation Conch. Larry thrived on serving his community and wanted to preserve the meaningful history of his hometown, he will be missed by many.

A funeral ceremony to celebrate Larry's life will take place at Dean Lopez Funeral home (418 Simonton St., Key West) on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a small ceremony immediately following at the Key West Cemetery at the family plot, or as Larry so often called "his condo." Following the ceremonies family will be honored to have visitors at Louanna and David's house, 24 Amaryllis Drive, on Key Haven. Those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Juanita Mingo

Juanita Mingo, 76, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Kindred Hospital South Miami, Fla. The family will receive friends for visitation and a rosary service, Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Burial to follow in the family plot at Key West City Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Annie Olshansky

Longtime Florida Keys resident Annie Olshansky, 53, of Big Pine Key, passed away on Oct. 26 2014. Annie was diagnosed with cancer 11 months prior and fought hard during her final days. Annie is survived by fiancé and life partner Mike DeLaCerda, daughter Tess Olshansky Weber, son-in-law Ryan Weber, dearest friends Shelly and Jeff Woessner and older brother John Wood. As well as a lifetime of family and friends, that she influenced with her warm smile, and unconditional heart.

Annie was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 24, 1961. She is the daughter of the late Eloise Kerr and Kenneth Wood.

Annie's life in the Keys, like most, is one to remember. Annie's previous employment before her diagnosis was at South Florida Workforce as a Job Developer. Annie's goal was to help those in need around the Keys to find jobs and do what she could to help out local businesses. Annie, like her mother, was an active member of United Methodist Church in Marathon.

A celebration of life service and luncheon will be held at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park at the Sunset Pavilion at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Heron-Peacock Supported Living, 67 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon, FL 33050.

Annie will truly be missed but most importantly she will be remembered and admired by all. Her fight against cancer was admirable, graceful and full of strength.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Larry Robert Rodriguez

Dec. 29, 1936 - Oct. 26, 2014

Key West lost a big part of itself, on Sunday morning Oct. 26, 2014. Larry Rodriguez, retired police chief, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer for over a year.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Celia and Heriberto Rodriguez, and his son, Larry "Robbie" Rodriguez Jr. Larry was survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Gwen Rodriguez, his brother, Joseph (Tom) Rodriguez, his daughter, Louanna (David) Williams, his son's wife, Mercedes Rodriguez, his grandchildren, Darrell Williams, Samantha (Aaron) Williams, Jason (April) Rodriguez, Sarah (William) Pierce, Melanie Suarez and Melissa (Jason) Gutierrez. Also survived by Larry are five great-grandchildren and his and Gwen's beloved pup, Baby.

Larry's life began on Amelia Street in "The Alley," on Dec. 29, 1936, in a historic conch house where he was born, lived and grew up horsing around amongst friends, cousins and his younger brother, Joe. His first job was at the old Islander Drive-In on Stock Island, in the 1950s.

Larry later became a Key West city policeman who also served as acting city manager and public safety director; he was then promoted to Chief of Police in 1982 and served as such until retirement in 1987.

He told of old Key West fondly and often, pointing out to later generations his old hangouts, pastimes and many friends whom he would come across on regular car rides around town. Larry immensely enjoyed the glorious climate of Key West and his lifelong passion of fishing. Larry was forever devoted to his wife and family, and was a proud third generation Conch. Larry thrived on serving his community and wanted to preserve the meaningful history of his hometown. He will be missed by many.

A funeral ceremony to celebrate Larry's life will take place at Dean Lopez Funeral home (418 Simonton St., Key West) on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. with a small ceremony immediately following at the Key West Cemetery at the family plot, or as Larry so often called "his condo."

Following the ceremonies family will be honored to have visitors at Louanna and David's house, 24 Amaryllis Drive, on Key Haven. Those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Paula A. Schnare

Spencer, MA - Paula A. (Toupin) Schnare, 64, passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her husband David F. Schnare; a daughter Renee and her husband Thomas Little of Worcester; a son Wayne Schnare of Fitchburg; nine grandchildren, Dino, Shawn, Dominic, Taylor, Megan, Brittany, Sarah, Jessica, and Kimberly; seven great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Luna, Jayden, Gabriella, Shawn Jr., Roman and Jacob; three brothers- Bill Toupin and his wife Joan, Kevin Toupin and his wife Eleanor, and David Toupin; three sisters, Joan and her husband Pat Nevue, Jean and her husband Tom Smith, and Linda and her husband Carter Lloyd; one sister-in-law, Barbara Toupin and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter Sandra Schnare and two brothers- John and Bobby Toupin. She treasured spending time with her family and had a gift of making each and every moment memorable. She will be terribly missed by all including her loyal cockerpoo companion, Beanie.

Paula was born in Worcester on Sept. 25, 1950, daughter of the late George and Anna (Lindberg) Toupin. She graduated from Notre Dame High School, earned her Nursing degree from Quinsigamond Community College, and later graduated from Anna Maria College with a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences. Her adventurous spirit landed her various jobs with the Navy in Key West, Fla., and multiple government positions in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She later worked as a Human Resources Manager for L&R Sales in Worcester for many years. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, cooking, antiquing, sewing, photography, and interior decorating. She was an avid reader and a history buff. As part of her love for history and adventure, she traveled by auto to all 49 continental United States and explored the roads less traveled. Although she had many favorites, she loved the sounds and smells of the ocean and spent many wonderful days in her Wellfleet and Key West homes. Despite all the wonderful places she called home, none compared to her beloved Browning Pond.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nordgren Memorial Chapel 300 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Rural Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Paula's memory may be made to Common Ground Land Trust, P.O. Box 400, Leicester, MA 01524. To leave an online condolence message, please visit: NordgrenMemorialChapel.com.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Emigdio Antonio Gil II

Emigdio Antonio Gil II, 48 of Key West, Fla., passed away suddenly on Oct. 23, 2014. (Tony) was born on May 11, 1966 in Key West, Fla. to his late Father Emigdio A. Gil. Emigdio, known to everyone as (Tony), loved the ocean and was an avid fisherman, adventurous treasure diver and loved watching the sunsets. He is survived by his mother April Menendez Gil (Larry) of Orlando, his three children Amanda Gil, of Chiefland, Fla., Anthony and Michael Gil of Key West, Fla., (Step-daughter) Erica Brown (Eric), sisters Danise D. Henriquez (Ralph) of Key West, Fla., Christina Naranjo of Orlando, Fla., former spouse Yami Carmona, uncles Antonio Gil (Melba), Bobby Menendez (Cathy), Aunts Gladys Poindexter of Tampa, Fla., June McDowell (Bob) of Jacksonville Fla. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who loved Tony's Charm.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Nov. 3, 2014 at Dean Lopez Funeral Home at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to help ensure the future of our oceans to Mote Marine Lab-TRL, PO Box 4693 Key West, Fla. 33041

Tony, Son, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend, you will be missed by all. God Bless.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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JIMMY MANTZ

Jimmy Mantz, 69, born James Arthur Barrowman, died Oct. 16 of lung cancer at his home in Louisville, Ky., with his wife, Susan Smith and his border collie, Max, at his side. He spent most of his life in Key West, Fla. and was an avid pilot and fisherman. He worked for many years as a contract C-130 pilot for the CIA and spent his down time sportfishing the beautiful waters surrounding Key West, fishing with many Key West captains. In Louisville he could often be found flying out of the Bowman Field airport with friends. He was the founding member of Smuggler's Blues Charter's "Team Fool" and was preceded in death by that team's "China" Paul Lee. Before living in Key West he was a member of the Stuntmen's Association, working for many of the major motion picture studios on films such as Reds and 1941 and T.V. series such as Dukes of Hazard. He is survived by his wife, Susan Smith and his son, Zachary Barrington, of San Diego, Calif. He attended Miami Military Academy and the Burnside-Ott Aviation School in Ft.Lauderdale. Jimmy now stands at the far side of Miami International's runway 26L, thumbing his nose at the CIA and Department of Defense and planning his next fishing trip. It was Jimmy's wish for his ashes to be spread off Wood's Wall, a favorite fishing spot and a memorial celebration will be held in Key West in May, 2015. Condolences can be sent to threebordercollies@gmail.com.