Obituaries

Friday, January 30, 2015
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Margaret Anne Eggers

Margaret Anne Eggers passed peacefully from this plane on Saturday morning, Jan. 10, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in 1929 on the Mesabi Iron range in Duluth, Minn. to the late Harold and Jane Montgomery. Preceded in death by her big sister Betty Rowe and twin sister Maya Oakes, she is survived by her baby sister Nancy Linton, her sons and daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many dear friends she considered family.

Grandma Mickey lived a life of travel and adventure touching many souls throughout her joyous existence. She truly was that "good egg" who helped many in need. "The Chief", as she was affectionately known, could also be a tough bird when necessary as her thankful family and friends will attest. Above all else, Mickey was the kind of person who got things done. This she did with love and tolerance. There will be a celebration of her life at Salute on the beach in Key West on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. Please come and share your memories of this veritable Grand Dame. This summer she will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband of 55 years, the late Brigadier General George Dewey Eggers, Jr.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Margaret Anne Eggers

Margaret Anne Eggers passed peacefully from this plane on Saturday morning, Jan. 10, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in 1929 on the Mesabi Iron range in Duluth, Minn. to the late Harold and Jane Montgomery.

Preceded in death by her big sister Betty Rowe and twin sister Maya Oakes, she is survived by her baby sister Nancy Linton, her sons and daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many dear friends she considered family.

Grandma Mickey lived a life of travel and adventure touching many souls throughout her joyous existence. She truly was that "good egg" who helped many in need. "The Chief", as she was affectionately known, could also be a tough bird when necessary as her thankful family and friends will attest. Above all else, Mickey was the kind of person who got things done. This she did with love and tolerance.

There will be a celebration of her life at Salute on the beach in Key West on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. Please come and share your memories of this veritable Grand Dame.

This summer she will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband of 55 years, the late Brigadier General George Dewey Eggers, Jr.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Frances Louise Benson

Frances Louise Benson "Louise" (née Dresbach) passed away at Sterling House in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 25, 2015 at the age of 94.

Louise is survived by her daughter Pamela Jean Larsen living in Oregon, two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren living in Oklahoma; three siblings, Celia Zeigler of Hallsville, Ohio, Blanche Downs also at Sterling House and Carl Dresbach of Zanesville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents Iva Mae and Walter Dresbach; her husband Lawrence Benson; and her siblings Ralph Dresbach, Genevieve Dresbach and Fred Dresbach precede her in death.

Louise was born on Oct. 12, 1920 on the farm near Hallsville, Ohio as the fourth child in a family of seven. She graduated from the Dresbach grade school and Centralia HS in 1939 and married Lawrence Benson in 1941. While he was in WWII, Louise worked at the National Fireworks and after the war they both worked for the Mead Corporation and lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. In 1950 they welcomed their daughter Pam into their home.

In 1953 Louise and Lawrence got the entrepreneurial spirit and bought a Dairy Queen in Zanesville OH and took over management in 1954. It was very successful because of their outgoing nature and Louise's great cooking of items like chicken salad sandwiches and Sloppy Joes. They also started spending winter months in Florida, eventually buying a place on Big Pine Key with Blanche and John Downs, Louise's sister and brother-in-law. They gradually retired in the late 1970's and 80's, bought a house in Nashport, Ohio and became snowbirds; six months in Ohio and otherwise in Florida. Louise was an enthusiastic boater, fisherwomen, motorcycle and bicycle rider, traveled the country in a fifth wheel and enjoyed her large, extended family.

Lawrence and John died in the early 1990's and Louise and Blanche with their dogs and cats moved to side-by-side houses in Frazeysburg, Ohio and continued their snowbird lifestyle until last spring when Alzheimer's Disease forced them to move back to Ohio permanently.

A memorial service will be held in the spring and all will be welcome to attend and celebrate Louise's life. If you wish to be informed when the memorial service is scheduled, please send your contact information to debdowns@razouk.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. Condolences can be sent to Pamela at lovingspirit1950@yahoo.com or 2151 Three Lakes Rd. SE #73, Albany OR 97322. The family would like to thank the Sterling House staff, hospice care and Wendy Eadler for their care and dedication.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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JOHN ALEXANDER FITCH

John Alexander Fitch, age 77, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

John was a "Conch," born in Key West, Fla. on Aug. 7, 1937 to Etta Elizabeth (Sands) and George Parks Fitch, and the island was always his home.

He is preceded in death by his brother George Fitch, Jr., sisters Etta LaGracia Fitch and Gracie Fitch and his beloved grandson, Jon Michel Henton.

John is survived by the love of his life for nearly 60 years, Martha, with whom he will forever share his heart and soul; his two adoring daughters Elaine (Guerry) Thompson and Kathy Peters (former husband Joel Peters); his six grandchildren: Jamie Lynn (Lisa Jersild) Henton, Jason (Lydia) Henton and great granddaughters McKinnley and Savannah; Tobias (Felicia) Peters and great granddaughters Kaitlynn, Kiley and Kennedy; Joshua (Tiffini) Peters; Corey (Tammy) Peters and great granddaughters Lilliana, Caroline Elinor and Kailey-Anne and his first great-grandson Corey, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws; and many loving extended "family" and friends.

John was a humble, hard-working man of the highest integrity and dedication to his craft, earning the respect of everyone around him; a master boat builder, master carpenter and commercial fisherman.

He was known for demanding "only the best" of himself and any job to which his name would be attached, no matter the time involved or the extra work to make it right. He passed along his exemplary carpentry skills to many young men throughout his lifetime and his fine carpentry work will continue to be seen on the island of Key West for many, many years to come.

John and his father, George, were also master boat builders, a truly God-given gift and almost lost trade. He and his Dad would sit at John's kitchen table with pencils and rulers in hands, and draw to scale the highest quality commercial fishing boats, such as the "Sheila Ann" and "Surprise," which fished in Keys waters for years. John and his Dad also built a commercial fishing boat at a local boatyard, from the drawing of the plans to the resulting legendary commercial fishing boat. The boatyard later made molds from that boat, and produced commercial fishing boats that were sold all over the country.

John worked at the original Turtle Kraals as a young man when the turtle harvesting industry was in full swing in Key West. He also fished commercially for years, often while holding multiple other jobs, to provide for his family. His wife and daughters would often meet the boat when it returned to the A&B fish house to see the "catch" and watch for hours as they picked the mackerel out of the nets or unloaded crawfish.

John taught his daughters and his grandsons how to throw a cast net and how to fish with a "yo-yo" (hand-line), and would often take his "tomboy" daughter, Kathy, with him to the boatyard to "help" build crawfish traps.

John worked hard all his life on numerous construction jobs throughout Key West and his craftsmanship can be seen in numerous buildings all over the island. John worked for many years at Naval Air Station Boca Chica, where he made many lifetime friends and earned the respect of those he worked with side-by-side, before retiring from the Civil Service in 1999.

John was known for his always forgiving heart, with never a harsh word about anyone, and for having the patience of Job, never rushing life but rather taking the time to do the job right, to savor a good meal, to notice new buds appearing on a fruit tree, or the patience to get birds to eat grub worms from his hands; all the simple, little things that often go unnoticed as we rush through life.

He was also well known for his coconut candy, which he made from scratch, picking and cleaning the fresh coconuts he would gather, then proudly distributing the candy to friends and family, jokingly keeping his special recipe a secret from all.

John's departure will leave a big hole in the lives of the many people to whom he devoted his life, namely his beloved wife, Martha, his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all those whose lives he touched.

We will ALWAYS remember what he taught us by his example; to have a forgiving heart, to slow down, to take time for the "little things," to love unconditionally and family always comes first. He will be with us always, as he filled our hearts and lives with all the good things in life, the important things, and his goodness will continue through the love he left in each of us.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 413 Simonton St., Key West. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1311 5th St., Key West, Fla. Graveside services will follow at the family plot in the Key West Cemetery followed by a reception back at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to Fifth Street Baptist Church to fulfill a need at the church, which will be memorialized in his name.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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CONCHITA ROSE ALONZO

Feb. 18, 1931 to Jan. 18, 2015

Conchita Rose Alonzo, 83, of The Villages passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Conchita was born to Manuel and Enriqueta Varela in Key West, Fla. on Feb. 18, 1931. She would remain a resident of Key West for many years until moving to The Villages with her husband in their later years.

Conchita was a very loving and caring mother who raised three daughters and still managed to make time to have a 30-year career in the banking industry. Her greatest joys came from her many travels throughout the world and doting on her two amazing granddaughters.

Conchita was a beautiful lady and like a true lady, she always knew when to leave the party.

She will be missed by many. Conchita will be laid to rest with her loving husband Andy Alonzo at Florida National Cemetery.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Joan Marie Barr Colasurdo

Joan Marie Barr Colasurdo passed away Jan. 22, 2015 at the age of 85. She was born in New Brunswick, N.J., daughter of John Barr and Margaret (Roeder) Barr ,and grew up in Edison, N.J. with older brother Robert. She graduated from New Brunswick High School where she established many lifelong friendships. She married her soulmate and love of her life Michael Colasurdo in 1950. They worked together to build their first home in Edison, N.J., brick by brick. She and Mike were often referred to as joined at the hip as you seldom saw one without the other. Her many talents included sewing custom made clothing, teaching ceramics, braiding her own rugs, needlepoint and cross stitch designs. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, swimming, diving, skiing and travel. Joan loved to entertain and opened her heart and home to others.

She became the "super mother" of daughter Lynn and son Michael. Joan always put her family first, and was a dedicated caregiver to both her mother and father, husband Mike , brother Bob, as well as aunts and uncles that needed her. She had endless energy when there was a need to meet and nurtured all that needed her.

Joan and her husband Mike entered the restaurant business with her brother Bob Barr in Lakewood, N.J. in the 1970's. They found success through their hard work and dedication. Joan was a natural manager/owner and the business thrived. Shortly thereafter Joan's brother Bob became ill and passed away. She and Mike decided to sell the "White Elephant" and focus on Bob's other restaurant the "Fore 'n Aft" in South Seaside Park, N.J. They invited their son Michael and his wife Diane to join them. The four family members enjoyed success and retired in 1987. Joan and Mike then moved to their beloved Summerland Key home where she resided for 27 years.

Retirement for Joan meant more time to get involved with her new community and she stepped right up. Joan was a community organizer and volunteered to establish the Summerland Cove Civic Association, serving as its' first president and most recently treasurer. She also organized the monthly Ladies Birthday luncheon, and the annual February food drive. Joan and husband Mike managed the planting of hundreds of foxtail palms lining the streets of Summerland Cove after the devastation of Hurricane Georges in 1998. She worked against incorporation of the Lower Keys and against short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. She volunteered for "Citizens not Serf's" in the fight against FEMA inspections of downstairs enclosures. Joan's mission was to maintain the quality of life on beautiful Summerland Key. After the loss of her husband Mike of fifty-six years she immersed herself in volunteering at Sugarloaf school and became the volunteer of the year for her service and dedication to the students and faculty of the school. She was a volunteer at her church, St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal, where she continued to make many new friends. She loved the Keys and her life here. Joan was a most gracious, kind and beautiful person. She will endure in our hearts forever.

Joan is survived by her son Michael, (wife Diane), of Big Pine Key, Fla., grandsons Clinton and Curtis Colasurdo of Big Pine Key, Fla., grandson Robin Irizarry of San Francisco, Calif. ; nieces Alice Molferi of Las Vegas, Nev., Joan Schultz of Leesburg Fla., and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael and daughter Lynn. A memorial will be held for Joan Feb. 21, 2015, 10 a.m. at St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church, 1600 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Francis in the Keys in Joan's memory.

Monday, January 26, 2015
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Edith Singleton Gardner

Edith Singleton Gardner, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the family compound where she resided for the past 58 years. She was surrounded by family and was able to spend her final days with the joy of her life, the three generations that survive her.

Edith was born a fourth generation Conch to Joseph and Lillie Singleton on July 18, 1920, on Peacon Lane, living her entire life in Key West, Florida. Edith was a dedicated employee of City Electric (now Keys Energy) for 37 years. Upon retirement, she was really able to enjoy being the matriarch of the family compound. She was blessed with always being surrounded by family and friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, William Gardner; daughter, Sheila Freeman; and grandsons, Chas Freeman and Billy Freeman.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou (Jerry) Hughes; grandchildren, Joey (Jennifer) Hughes, Erica (Randy) Sterling, Heather (Jay) Thompson; son-in-law, Chuck Freeman; great-grandchildren, Skye and Sierra Sterling, Tori and Tanner Thompson, Jennelle Palomino, Andrew and Cade Freeman, William Zachery Freeman, and his mother, Debbie Freeman Crone; her sister, Alvania Morales; sister-in-law Louise Singleton; nephews Ricky (Crissy) Gardner and Stan (Jeanie) Singleton; niece, Patricia (Bob) Kieltyka; and her beloved American Bulldog, Roscoe.

Edith was a lifelong member of "Old Stone" First United Methodist Church, where services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm, followed by burial in the family plot located at the Key West Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude and thanks to Dr. John Calleja for his care and compassion, Randy and Maria Sterling, and Hospice Visiting Nurses Association. All arrangements have been entrusted to Dean Lopez Funeral Home.

Monday, January 26, 2015
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ALAN P. CARRON

Alan Philip Carron 66, 0f Key West, FL passed away on Thursday January 22, 2015 at his home in Key West. He was born on March 28, 1949 at Buffalo, NY to Philip and Patricia (Sellers) Carron. Alan moved to Key West 31 years ago from Buffalo, NY. He was a mechanic for Friendly Cab and Five 6's Cab. Surviving is his wife Patti Lynne Carron of Key West; sons Anthony Carron of Hawaii, Jason Carron of Key West, Peter Carron of Iowa; brother John Carron of Olean, NY; sister Eileen Richmond of Charleston, SC; nieces Dr. Amy Johnson and Angela Roberts. Alan was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday January 28, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, FL. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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CECELIA C. CARUSO

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Cecelia C. Caruso passed away Jan. 7, 2015, at age 69.

Born Cecelia J. Curry in Key West on Dec. 29, 1945, she graduated from Key West High School in 1964 and from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's of Education in 1967. She married Paul J. Caruso on April 22, 1967. After college, Cecelia moved to Rome, N.Y. She taught gradeschool briefly before becoming a homemaker with the arrival of her first child in 1970. She later lived in northern Georgia and moved to Boynton Beach in 1999.

Cecelia was an avid genealogist and traced her family's history back many generations over hundreds of years. She believed in preserving family stories for future generations and wrote down as many as she could.

Cecelia was preceded in death by parents Cecil Curry in 1982 and Hollis Curry in 2013. She is survived by her husband Paul of Boynton Beach; son Jeffrey Caruso and his wife Claudine of Saint James, N.Y.; daughter Laura Cole and her husband Ricky of Lake Worth; grandchildren Paul and Elena Caruso; and brother Patrick Curry and his wife Linda of Key West.

A memorial gathering is scheduled for Jan. 31 in Boca Raton. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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MARJORIE VIOLET "VI" SCHWICKER

April 1, 1919 - Jan. 22, 2015

Vi Schwicker passed from this world on Jan. 22 at The Hermitage in Dillsboro, N.C., due to complications of old age, after a 20-year residence in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The second of three children of German and English parents, she was raised on a strawberry farm in a small town on The Finger Lakes in upstate New York. As a child she learned literary appreciation and piano from her mother, diligence and attention to detail from her father and the American agrarian work ethic from both. She and her older sister often rode the family's work horses to school in winter, and both worked the fields in summer.

Vi graduated from State University at New York, "Geneseo," with a teaching degree in 1939.

She was hired to teach gifted children in the school system at Seaford, Long Island, N.Y.,where she met her husband, William Schwicker, Jr. They were married in the summer of 1941 and moved two years later to Ft. Belvoir, Va., where Vi was a battalion commander's secretary.

She returned to Seaford and gave birth to a son, William III, in 1944 while her husband served two years as a platoon leader in the construction of the Ledo Road across northern Burma.

After the war the family settled on Long Island, but wanderlust eventually overtook them. They made a chancy move to the Florida Keys, arriving in 1960, three months after Hurricane Donna.

They settled on Big Pine Key and Vi immediately began teaching fourth grade at the Sue M. Moore School in Marathon. Two years later she switched to the Truman Avenue School in Key West, and later to Sugarloaf Elementary in its inaugural year.

She taught at Sugarloaf, where she enjoyed being handed the most difficult children, until retirement in the late '70s.

Vi was a fine and loyal wife, a strict and loving mother, and an excellent schoolteacher, as many older residents today can testify. She often said teaching fourth grade was not difficult, "you have to make rules, give the kids expectations, listen to their questions, and answer them."

Vi was an accomplished organist, playing at First Baptist in Sylva, N.C. until age 90. Many Key Westers will remember her playing the great pipe organ Sundays at the Old Stone Methodist Church, and from 1982 to '94 (with director Joe Wilt), the annual Christmas presentation of Handel's "Messiah," a packed event attended by a complete cross-section of the Key West populace. It was her favorite piece.

Husband Bill predeceased Vi in 2004, but the 35 years they spent together on Big Pine, and later Lower Sugarloaf, she often called "the happiest days of our lives." She was a true honorary Key Wester, who loved the backcountry from Snipes Point through Content Keys, forever amazed by the clarity and beauty of those waters and islands.

She is survived by her son, William, (Capt. Billy), of Dillsboro, N.C., who fondly looked after her until the end. He thanks the staff at The Hermitage for their compassionate, professional dedication.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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JOHN ALEXANDER FITCH

John Alexander Fitch, age 77, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

John was a "Conch," born in Key West, Fla. on Aug. 7, 1937 to Etta Elizabeth (Sands) and George Parks Fitch, and the island was always his home.

He is preceded in death by his brother George Fitch, Jr., sisters Etta LaGracia Fitch and Gracie Fitch and his beloved grandson, Jon Michel Henton.

John is survived by the love of his life for nearly 60 years, Martha, with whom he will forever share his heart and soul; his two adoring daughters Elaine (Guerry) Thompson and Kathy Peters (former husband Joel Peters); his six grandchildren: Jamie Lynn (Lisa Jersild) Henton, Jason (Lydia) Henton and great granddaughters McKinnley and Savannah; Tobias (Felicia) Peters and great granddaughters Kaitlynn, Kiley and Kennedy; Joshua (Tiffini) Peters; Corey (Tammy) Peters and great granddaughters Lilliana, Caroline Elinor and Kailey-Anne and his first great-grandson Corey, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws; and many loving extended "family" and friends.

John was a humble, hard-working man of the highest integrity and dedication to his craft, earning the respect of everyone around him; a master boat builder, master carpenter and commercial fisherman.

He was known for demanding "only the best" of himself and any job to which his name would be attached, no matter the time involved or the extra work to make it right. He passed along his exemplary carpentry skills to many young men throughout his lifetime and his fine carpentry work will continue to be seen on the island of Key West for many, many years to come.

John and his father, George, were also master boat builders, a truly God-given gift and almost lost trade. He and his Dad would sit at John's kitchen table with pencils and rulers in hands, and draw to scale the highest quality commercial fishing boats, such as the "Sheila Ann" and "Surprise," which fished in Keys waters for years. John and his Dad also built a commercial fishing boat at a local boatyard, from the drawing of the plans to the resulting legendary commercial fishing boat. The boatyard later made molds from that boat, and produced commercial fishing boats that were sold all over the country.

John worked at the original Turtle Kraals as a young man when the turtle harvesting industry was in full swing in Key West. He also fished commercially for years, often while holding multiple other jobs, to provide for his family. His wife and daughters would often meet the boat when it returned to the A&B fish house to see the "catch" and watch for hours as they picked the mackerel out of the nets or unloaded crawfish.

John taught his daughters and his grandsons how to throw a cast net and how to fish with a "yo-yo" (hand-line), and would often take his "tomboy" daughter, Kathy, with him to the boatyard to "help" build crawfish traps.

John worked hard all his life on numerous construction jobs throughout Key West and his craftsmanship can be seen in numerous buildings all over the island. John worked for many years at Naval Air Station Boca Chica, where he made many lifetime friends and earned the respect of those he worked with side-by-side, before retiring from the Civil Service in 1999.

John was known for his always forgiving heart, with never a harsh word about anyone, and for having the patience of Job, never rushing life but rather taking the time to do the job right, to savor a good meal, to notice new buds appearing on a fruit tree, or the patience to get birds to eat grub worms from his hands; all the simple, little things that often go unnoticed as we rush through life.

He was also well known for his coconut candy, which he made from scratch, picking and cleaning the fresh coconuts he would gather, then proudly distributing the candy to friends and family, jokingly keeping his special recipe a secret from all.

John's departure will leave a big hole in the lives of the many people to whom he devoted his life, namely his beloved wife, Martha, his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all those whose lives he touched.

We will ALWAYS remember what he taught us by his example; to have a forgiving heart, to slow down, to take time for the "little things," to love unconditionally and family always comes first. He will be with us always, as he filled our hearts and lives with all the good things in life, the important things, and his goodness will continue through the love he left in each of us.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 413 Simonton St., Key West. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1311 5th St., Key West, Fla. Graveside services will follow at the family plot in the Key West Cemetery followed by a reception back at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to Fifth Street Baptist Church to fulfill a need at the church, which will be memorialized in his name.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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CONCHITA ROSE ALONZO

Feb. 18, 1931 to Jan. 18, 2015

Conchita Rose Alonzo, 83, of The Villages passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Conchita was born to Manuel and Enriqueta Varela in Key West, Fla. on Feb. 18, 1931. She would remain a resident of Key West for many years until moving to The Villages with her husband in their later years.

Conchita was a very loving and caring mother who raised three daughters and still managed to make time to have a 30-year career in the banking industry. Her greatest joys came from her many travels throughout the world and doting on her two amazing granddaughters.

Conchita was a beautiful lady and like a true lady, she always knew when to leave the party.

She will be missed by many. Conchita will be laid to rest with her loving husband Andy Alonzo at Florida National Cemetery.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Edith Singleton Gardner

Edith Singleton Gardner, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the family compound where she resided for the past 58 years. She was surrounded by family and was able to spend her final days with the joy of her life, the three generations that survive her.

Edith was born a fourth generation Conch to Joseph and Lillie Singleton on July 18, 1920, on Peacon Lane, living her entire life in Key West, Florida. Edith was a dedicated employee of City Electric (now Keys Energy) for 37 years. Upon retirement, she was really able to enjoy being the matriarch of the family compound. She was blessed with always being surrounded by family and friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, William Gardner; daughter, Sheila Freeman; and grandsons, Chas Freeman and Billy Freeman.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou (Jerry) Hughes; grandchildren, Joey (Jennifer) Hughes, Erica (Randy) Sterling, Heather (Jay) Thompson; son-in-law, Chuck Freeman; great-grandchildren, Skye and Sierra Sterling, Tori and Tanner Thompson, Jennelle Palomino, Andrew and Cade Freeman, William Zachery Freeman, and his mother, Debbie Freeman Crone; her sister, Alvania Morales; sister-in-law Louise Singleton; nephews Ricky (Crissy) Gardner and Stan (Jeanie) Singleton; niece, Patricia (Bob) Kieltyka; and her beloved American Bulldog, Roscoe.

Edith was a lifelong member of "Old Stone" First United Methodist Church, where services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm, followed by burial in the family plot located at the Key West Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude and thanks to Dr. John Calleja for his care and compassion, Randy and Maria Sterling, and Hospice Visiting Nurses Association. All arrangements have been entrusted to Dean Lopez Funeral Home.