Obituaries

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Marta Lou Murin

Marta Lou Murin, 61, died in her home surrounded by her M.A.R.C. House family on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Marta was born in Akron Ohio on July 27, 1953 to Joseph and Florence Murin and spent most of her early years in Ohio until her mother moved to the Upper Keys upon the passing of her father, Joseph.

Marta participated in the Sunland Day Training Program until the age of 18. Marta attended the Upper Keys Day program from 1987 until her mother died in 1995 when she became one of MARC's first Supported Living clients.

She resided in Supported Living until three years ago when she moved into the Von Phister Group home due to health issues.

Marta left behind many friends at MARC and in the community, which remember her fondly for her wonderful spirit, infectious laugh and love of "Walker" Texas Ranger.

An informal service and celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00AM at St Mary's Basilica Catholic Church in Key West.

Refreshments will follow the celebration at the Rainbow Café, 1401 Seminary Street

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to M.A.R.C. Inc. Box 428 Key West, Fl. 33041.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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HOMER B. CASSADA,M.D.

Homer B. Cassada, M.D., passed away peacefully in his sleep at 11:11 pm on February 11, 2015, in his home on Sugarloaf Key, FL, with his loving wife, Shirley, by his side. He was 68 years old and had practiced medicine par excellence for over 40 years. He had worked in the Emergency Department at Jackson Hospital in Miami, FL, for over 20 years as well as being the medical director of the ED at the Lower Keys Memorial Hospital in the mid 1980's.

Homer is survived by his adoring wife of 40 years, Shirley Wells Cassada, M.D., and his beloved son, Jessup Wells Cassada (April). His first and only grandchild, Asher Wells Cassada, was born in Springfield, Missouri, on February 10, 2015, the day before Homer passed away.

He is also survived his brother, Jim (Marsha), his sister Anita (Jose), and his nephews Jarod (Shelley) and Roy (Stephanie) and their families in Oklahoma. He is also survived by his beloved mother in law, Johanna Wells, of Muskogee, OK, and his brother in law, Gene Wells and his family of Rogersville, Missouri.

Homer was a true patriot having served in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam in the late 1960's. He also served as a physician, paratrooper, and flight surgeon in the United States Army after he finished medical school at the University of Oklahoma in 1977.

His military career gave Homer and Shirley the opportunity to live and make friends in many places around the world.

He was an avid golfer, boater-fisherman, snow skier, and an all-around excellent sportsman.

He loved to play the blues on his guitar, and he was a voracious reader.

Homer was dearly loved and respected by more people than he ever knew.

He had family, friends, and colleagues around the world that will always remember him and hold him in high esteem. His death is a great loss to those of us who were honored to know him.

As per Homer's request there will be no formal funeral services. He was cremated and will eventually be buried in the National Cemetery in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma.

Homer was a remarkable man and, if you knew him, you will never forget him.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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CHARLES SEITZ

Charles Seitz 49, passed away on Thursday, February 26th. He was survived by his wife Valerie, his 14 year old son Nicholas, his mother Peggy, his brother Daniel, sister Karen, and a numerous family members. He was a boat captain in Key West and he will always be remembered for his great heart, smile and sense of humor. He will be missed. A Memorial mass will be done on Wednesday, March 4th, at 5pm at Saint Mary Star of the Sea for all friends and family.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Miguel Angel Rivera I

During the evening of Monday, February 23rd, 2015 Miguel Angel Rivera I, aged 93, surrendered his fight with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease after a brief stay at the Key West Health and Rehabilitation Center. He chose to rejoin his beloved wife Violet Suarez-Rivera, his daughter Sandra Rivera-Rhyne, and his many nieces and nephews awaiting him with open arms in Heaven.

Miguel was born on November 21st, 1921 in Tampa, Florida. He was one of four children, to Antonio Raphael Rivera and Blanca Rivera. His sisters were Nena, Mary, and brother Alex. At age 3, he lost his father to disease. Miguel attended George Washington Junior High School, Tampa, FL until 9th grade choosing a life in baseball. Later in life, Miguel joined the United States military with the 3rd Army in 1940. He fought in WW2 serving through the African/Italian campaigns, until retiring as a Sergeant from active duty in 1945 at war's end. Returning to Tampa, Fl and the love of his life Violet (born Dec 1922). Marrying in 1948, they gave birth to blessed children, Sandra Rivera, graduate of the University of Florida, (born May 1949) and Michael Angelo Rivera II (born September 1953). He worked for many establishments between Tampa/Jacksonville/Tallahassee area as a hotel/restaurant manager until the unfortunate diagnosis that befell his wife Violet in 1967. Moving back to Tampa, he worked for the State of Florida as a Food and Beverage Inspector while making time to get his wife to dialysis three times a week. In June of 1976, they welcomed their first grandchild, Michelle Allison Rivera. In April 1980, they welcomed the birth of their grandson Michael Angelo Rivera III. In November 1980, their daughter, Sandy Rivera-Rhyne, died suddenly at the age 30 while working out at a gym in Gainesville, FL; leaving behind young grandchild, Alex Rhyne (born Sept 1980, Gainesville, FL) who was only six weeks old.

In 1985, at the behest of their son Michael, Miguel and Violet relocated to Key West and made it their final home. Their son, Michael, worked in the medical field at DePoo Hospital and was able to help with Violet's conditions. 1986 was when Miguel received his diagnosis with COPD due to years of heavy smoking. He quit immediately. During that year and after being blind for 14 years due to health treatments, his wife was granted eyesight. Seeing Miguel and their son for the first time in years and her grandson, Michael III, for the first time ever. In 1987, she had decided that her fight with illness had gone on long enough and Miguel stayed by her side as she passed at the Lower Keys Medical Center. He bravely continued on to see the birth of another grandson, Andrew Vincent Rivera (born November 1990), working shifts at the Key West International Airport gift shop, and was a mainstay at the Peary Court softball field following his son, Michael II. He could also be found for breakfasts at Dennis Pharmacy, Woolworths, McDonald's, Searstown Barbershop and Higgs Beach benches talking with the locals. Evenings, Miguel could be found at Peary Court/Shelby's Shack, El Siboney, B's Restaurant and La Lechonera. When Peary Court closed Miguel followed it over to the newer Wickers Softball Fields. Prostate cancer struck him in 1995, received treatment and beat it. In 1997, Miguel survived blood clots in his lungs from his prostate cancer treatments. As Miguel's grandkids grew he guided them through their formative years and attended his grandson Michael III's KWHS graduation in 1998. In 2004, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Miguel proceeded to guide Michael III to achieving college degrees (2006 FKCC, 2008 St. Leo) and rooted for his grandson Drew, pitcher for Key West High School (06-09) at Rex Weech Field. In 2009, he attended the graduation of Andrew from KWHS. During 2010, he received a heart valve replacement surgery at the age of 89, continuing to be here with his family. After nearly five years of the constant battle of COPD, he finally had enough of life.

Favorites of Miguel included playing cards, ping pong, pool, watching sports, socializing and food. He was an avid watcher of boxing, westerns, University of Florida football, the Tampa Bay Bucs, Florida Marlins baseball, Food Network and Travel Channel.

Miguel did not wish to have a funeral or a gathering as he was a modest man. If you have any memories or stories you would like to share with his family, please e-mail them to MRintheKeys@gmail.com or please visit with his son, Michael. Miguel Angel Rivera I will be interred in Key West Cemetery with his wife Violet and daughter, Sandy.

He is survived by his son Michael Angelo Rivera II and his loving wife, Noi Rivera. His grandsons, Michael Angelo Rivera III, Andrew Vincent Rivera, Alex Rhyne and great grandchild Alice Rhyne. His granddaughter Allison Michelle Moore and great grandchildren Dylan and Reagan Moore. Brother in law, Rene Suarez and many nephews including Steve Suarez, Keith Suarez, and Debbie Suarez. Jim Zambito, Mark Zambito, and Vivian Zambito. Larry Sabella, his son Larry Sabella Jr. and Toni Melinda-Blair.

He will be missed by his loved ones eternally. What he would ask of you, if you knew him, is to just simply remember him as the devoting husband, caring father/grandfather, and one of the kindest souls to ever grace us. To those of you that didn't have the pleasure of meeting him, he would simply ask of you to remind the ones that are close to you, just how much you love them. We all will miss him dearly.

"Great men are never mourned. They are celebrated and cherished."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Marta Lou Murin

Marta Lou Murin, 61, died in her home surrounded by her M.A.R.C. House family on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Marta was born in Akron Ohio on July 27, 1953 to Joseph and Florence Murin and spent most of her early years in Ohio until her mother moved to the Upper Keys upon the passing of her father, Joseph. Marta participated in the Sunland Day Training Program until the age of 18. Marta attended the Upper Keys Day program from 1987 until her mother died in 1995 when she became one of MARC's first Supported Living clients. She resided in Supported Living until three years ago when she moved into the Von Phister Group home due to health issues.

Marta left behind many friends at MARC and in the community, which remember her fondly for her wonderful spirit, infectious laugh and love of "Walker" Texas Ranger.

An informal service and celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00AM at St Mary's Basilica Catholic Church in Key West. Refreshments will follow the celebration at the Rainbow Café, 1401 Seminary Street

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to M.A.R.C. Inc. Box 428 Key West, Fl. 33041.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Alice Hammond Godfrey Wimer

Alice Hammond Godfrey Wimer, 94, passed away at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover, MA on February 23, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. William E. Wimer, shortly after celebrating their 70th anniversary. For nearly four decades, she served as the executive director for charitable and religious organizations. For longer still, Alice was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, advocate for peace and justice, staunch liberal, caring and witty friend, and cribbage enthusiast.

Alice was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 3, 1920. Like prior generations of strong women in her family, she attended college and graduate school, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalaster College in 1942 and thereafter attending Yale Divinity School. As one of the first women at Yale, Alice was concerned that she would find herself studying beside only "colorless, pious" men. Instead, she met Bill Wimer, a fellow Yale Divinity student who, in her words, was "bright, charming, never dull, often funny, with lots of cultural interests, and concerned about the peace and justice issues to which I was committed." So began a prolific partnership devoted to those principles. They were married in St. Paul in December 1944.

From the outset Alice was the rock of that relationship, as well as in her professional life. She initially worked with the YWCA in New Haven and the World Student Service Fund in New York. Bill was ordained in 1945 as a minister in what became the United Church of Christ, and the couple served parishes in Beverly, MA and Kingston, RI. After the arrival of their three children, Alice resumed employment, first as the Executive Director of the Hemlock Girl Scout Council in Harrisburg, PA (1957-1963), and later as the Executive Director of the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County, New Jersey (1963-1968).

From 1968-72, a period of widespread social unrest, Alice served as the Executive Director of the greater New York City YWCA. One day during her tenure they received more than thirty bomb threats at their branches, some of which were real. Dealing with the militants making these threats was a challenge that drew upon her exceptional poise, calm confidence, and keen listening and negotiating skills.

Her leadership brought Alice to the attention of the the National Council of Churches, where she served from 1973-1980 as Director on International Affairs. In this role she worked with, and often visited, church dignitaries behind the Iron Curtain. Alice was appointed to the Steering Committee for the World Council of Churches and to the vice-presidency of the Christian Peace Conference, where her focus was on human rights. As she observed with a smile, she had the distinction of being one of the few women in her time to be followed by both the KGB and the FBI. At the end of her illustrious career, she returned to the Girl Scouts, serving as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Girl Scout Council. After retiring in 1985, she and Bill moved back to the East Coast to be near their children.

Throughout their energetic lives, Alice and Bill shared a tireless commitment to promoting peace, and to the search for justice, civil rights, and equality of opportunity for every race, gender, and sexual orientation. True to the promise first found at Yale, their home was full of guests and animated political and artistic dialogue. The couple complemented each other perfectly: Bill's lively, creative, impulsive and free-flowing thoughts were shaped to best effect by Alice's patience, clarity, good humor, and sound judgment. The skills that made her a successful leader in her professional life also made her the person others were drawn to socially, for she provided a calm harbor and thoughtful sounding board. Alice did not flinch at difficulty, relying on her faith and strength of character to see her through the most challenging situations, and mentoring others to have the same courage.

Alice is survived by her children: Allan Wimer (wife Robin Weiss) of Key West, FL; William E. Wimer, IV, of West Yarmouth, MA; and Alice (Wimer) Erickson (husband Ken Erickson) of Gloucester, MA: grandchildren, Jeffery Wimer (wife Julie Braun Wimer) of Scotch Plains, N.J. and Christopher Wimer of New York, NY; and great-grandchild, Alyssa Wimer of Scotch Plains, N.J.

A memorial service will be held in South Church, 41 Central Street, Andover, MA 01810 on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Church. For online condolences please visit our website at www.contefuneralhomes.com

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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WALTER ERNEST DAVENPORT

Walter Ernest Davenport, a man of impeccable style and audacious wit, passed away at his home in Portland, Maine, on January 8, 2015. He was sixty-nine years old.

Walter was born in Rumford, Maine, on Nov. 25, 1945, the son of Virgil and Barbara Morse Davenport. He spent his early childhood in Oquossoc, Maine, at his parent's hunting and fishing camp, Bemis, on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. After moving with his family to Connecticut, he graduated from Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

Walter also attended Fryeburg Academy and graduated from Center College in Louisville, Ky. He attended University of Louisville Law School until he was drafted. During the Viet Nam War, he served as an officer in the Air Force. He was a second lieutenant.

Walter returned to Mooselookmeguntic Lake and Rangeley, Maine, after his discharge, was a founding member of The Wounded Galaxy and local businessman. He continued to come home to the region throughout his life to enjoy many happy hours out on the water or around a campfire with family and friends. He found great peace at the lake, in the mountains and treasured his memories of his childhood and family and friends.

Walter loved the arts, especially theater and was very proud of his accomplishments in productions in both New York and Key West, Florida. He lived in Key West for many years and is remembered there for his contributions to organizing the annual Fantasy Fest and his tenure as manager of the famous Pink Taxis.

In Portland, Maine, Walter was the proprietor of Elite Taxi in partnership with his sister Linda McCarroll.

Walter is survived by his sister Susan Koob and her husband, Larry, of Oquossoc, Maine; his sister Linda McCarroll, of Portland, Maine; his brother Jim Davenport, Sr., and his wife Christine, of New Milford Conn., and their families. A private internment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Marta Lou Murin

Marta Lou Murin, 61, died in her home surrounded by her M.A.R.C. House family on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Marta was born in Akron Ohio on July 27, 1953 to Joseph and Florence Murin and spent most of her early years in Ohio until her mother moved to the Upper Keys upon the passing of her father, Joseph. Marta participated in the Sunland Day Training Program until the age of 18. Marta attended the Upper Keys Day program from 1987 until her mother died in 1995 when she became one of MARC's first Supported Living clients. She resided in Supported Living until three years ago when she moved into the Von Phister Group home due to health issues.

Marta left behind many friends at MARC and in the community, which remember her fondly for her wonderful spirit, infectious laugh and love of "Walker" Texas Ranger.

An informal service and celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00AM at St Mary's Basilica Catholic Church in Key West. Refreshments will follow the celebration at the Rainbow Café, 1401 Seminary Street

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to M.A.R.C. Inc. Box 428 Key West, Fl. 33041.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Oriol Jose Estrada

Oriol Jose Estrada, 75, passed away peacefully on February 25 at the Veteran's Hospital in Miami, Fla. He was born on April 16,1939 in Matanzas, Cuba, and was a resident of Key West for the last 53 years.

He will be cremated and spread along the waters of his beloved Key West, where he enjoyed fishing in his earlier years.

He is survived by his mother Oilda Linares, his brother Orestes Estrada, his sister Omaida Cruz, three daughters Elizabeth Cottar, Elena Dominguez, and Tania Farrand, 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews who all loved and will miss him very much.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Laurie Ann (Frazer) Frantzen

Laurie Ann (Frazer) Frantzen lost her long and brave battle with breast cancer, with her loving husband, Brian Frantzen, by her side -- passing away peacefully, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2005. She was 50 years old.

It was the laid back lyrics of Jimmy Buffett, promising tropical breezes through the hair, hot sand between the toes, and a salt rimmed 'rita in your hand that lured Laurie to the island originally in the early '90s -- up and quitting her government job in Minnesota to make a new life for herself in "Paradise." Thankfully, when the cassette tape wore out, it was the loving atmosphere and island living that kept her here to make Key West her true home. It didn't take long for her Minnesota memories to melt away, as she became a fishing expert, masetering the method of Cuban yoyo fishing and spending time as a commerical fisherman. As friends can attest, fishing stayed in her blood, no matter what her occupation that paid the bills. Among the many companies she worked for, making friends at every turn, were Fury Catamarans, The Loo Key Tiki Bar, and TIB Bank. More recently, she could be found tending bar at The Moose Lodge.

Laurie was a true friend to all who knew her -- never one to see a friend down and out, she was quick to offer up a couch to sleep on and a hot meal when needed, but perhaps the true love her life, apart from Brian, was any pet or animal she came across. When it came to this group, Laurie never met a stranger, either.

She is preceded in dreath by her parents, Norbert and Virginia Frazer, both of Minnesota. She is survived by husband Brian, and a host of friends from all over the globe, who can consider themselves all the more blessed for having the fortune to meet her.

A Celebration of Life has been scheduled at The Moose Lodge on Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. This is open to all.

In lieu of flowers, Brian has requested a donation to be made in her name to either the Xena Fund, here in Key West, or The SPCA of the Florida Keys, to keep her love of animals an on going tribute to her. In the meantime, order a drink at the bar, take the coozie from your back pocket and toast her wonderful life that was lived to the fullest.

No tears -- Laurie wouldn't want that, only good stories and laughs and, as anyone of her friends can tell you, she offered, had and created plenty of those.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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GEORGINA "DIDDY" HENSON

Georgina "Diddy" Henson, 90, passed away on February 23, 2015 at Capital Regional Medical Center, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Key West on September 20, 1924 and was the daughter of Alberto and Sarah Angueira. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Roy, who passed away in 2005.

Diddy was a very special, loving, caring person. She loved life and was confident in herself and knew exactly what she wanted out of her life, that was to be a housewife and mother. She was satisfied with the simple things in life. She loved living in Key West. She and Roy loved to ride around the boulevard, go to dairy queen, and cruise Duval Street in their earlier and later years in life. Life was simple back then, but she knew who she was and she had a very strong personality to go with it. In her earlier years she loved the sororities, she loved to cook, of which she truly specialized in making the best flan in Key West. They had a wonderful group of friends and they loved eating in nice restaurants and just enjoying life.

She truly was special and made friends very easily, she never met a stranger. Roy was her world and she is now at last with him for eternity. She dearly loved her two children, and would do anything for them. The kindest person you will ever know, a good woman with lots of values and character. The whole family was blessed to have her. She would make you laugh at the drop of a hat. She was always proud to be a true native, Key West Conch! She also had a strong faith in God.

Diddy is survived by her two children, Steve Henson (Deborah) and Janis Maloney (Steve); her brother, Louis (Tito) Angueira (Yvonne); She is also survived by her 4 Grandchildren, Jennifer Grandal (Robert), Brian Maloney (Kristin); Troy Henson; Erik Henson (Lisa); 8 Great Grandchildren, Brittany and Tory Henson, Elle and Raelyn Henson, Ellie and Isabelle Grandal, Ansley and Brianna Maloney, niece, Badette Kinsey (Paul), great nieces, Tyler Jarest, Brianna Kinsey and great-great niece, Charleigh, along with many many beloved cousins.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Key West Baptist Temple 5727 2nd Avenue, Key West, FL at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. and burial at the Key West Cemetery, immediately after the funeral.

Flowers are appreciated or a donation can be made in Georgina Henson's honor to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at donors@stjudes.org. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.