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       Fort Myers News-Press, November 27, 2012 - Robert "Bob" Valente, age79, passed away on November 22, 2012. Formerly of Walled Lake, MI, he was a resident of Florida since 1978. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1951. Bob was an active member of the American Legion in Michigan. He leaves to cherish his memories, loving wife of 60 years, Shirley; daughters, Rhonda Valente of Cape Coral, FL, Catherine Phillips of Wixom, MI,; son, Steven Valente of Redford, MI; grandchildren, Shantelle Huff, Sheena Droke both of Florida, Heather Phillips, Scott Phillips both of Michigan and Justin Valente, Ashley Valente both of Michigan. Bob was preceded in death by son, Charles Valente. A private inurnment will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers, FL.
    Hipolito Valentin, 80, of North Fort Myers, passed away April 3, 2012.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, April 9, 2012 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.  Online condolences may be made at:
    Dominick Valeo passed away on Monday July 2 at his home in Fort Myers. He was born on December 6, 1920 in Borgia, Italy. He was 91. Mr. Valeo was a WW veteran having received the Purple Heart and other medals for injuries sustained in the Normandy beach invasion.  He lived with his beloved wife Vita for 60 years until her passing in 2005 since moving to florida from Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1997. Dominick is survived by his daughter Lucia Zaikov, grandson Justin and brothers Roy, Sam and sisters Catherine Virginio and Connie Chiarella. Viewing will be at St. Columbkille catholic church on Iona road Thursday evening at 7:00-8:30.  A mass will be held there on 11:00 on Friday followed by burial at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens on Colonial Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope Health Care Services, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908.
   Fort Myers News-Press, August 17, 2005 - Vita F. Valeo, 84, of Fort Myers passed away August 14, 2005. She is survived by her loving husband Domenick, devoted daughter Lucia (Stuart) Zaikov, cherished sister Josephine Borbone, 3 grandchildren Justin, David and Bonnie and 2 great-grandchildren Nicole and Ashley. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Wednesday (TODAY) August 17, 2005 at Horizon Funeral Home, 1605 Colonial Blvd. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, August 18, 2005 at St. Columbkille Church, 12171 Iona Rd. with entombment to follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to HealthPark Children's Hospital, 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Horizon Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

   Fort Myers News-Press May 7, 2008 Robert "Bobby" L. Vallandingham, 66, of Cape Coral passed Tuesday May 6, 2008. He was born November 2, 1941 in St. Mary's County's, MD to his parents, the late, William L and Mary H. Robert married Audrey in 1964 in Washington, D.C., A former resident of Owings, MD, he worked for many years as a popular Meat Cutter at Florida Avenue Market.Robert moved to Cape Coral in 1987. He continued to work as a Meat Cutter until he retired from A&C Pork Store in Cape Coral. He enjoyed boating, fishing with the family, especially the time he passed with his sons and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a fun loving person who never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by many. "Cabana Boy" will be missed by his girls. Survivors include his wife Audrey, three sons and their wives; Larry (Stefanie), David (Angie), and Gary (Debbie), five brothers, four sisters, six grandchildren; Danny, Sadie, Matt, Miranda, Chance, and Kayla. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. A memorial service will be celebrated Friday May 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM at the Metz Funeral Chapel.
    Fort Myers News-Press, November 22, 2012 - Josephine Vallini, 91, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on November 20, 2012. She is survived by her children Joseph (Diana) and Richard (Roberta) and Grandson Richard. Visitation will be at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park 12777 State Road 82 Ft. Myers, FL 33913 on Friday November 23, 2012 from 3 - 5PM and 7 - 9PM and Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 11 - 12PM with the funeral service and burial to follow at 12PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to Hope Hospice 9470 Healthpark Cir Ft. Myers, FL 33908
    Elizabeth "Lizzie" Margaret (Yerk) Valver, age 64, passed away after a courageously fought battle with cancer on Wednesday August 1, 2012 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida. Lizzie was born on December 11, 1947 in Queens, New York and moved to Cape Coral, Florida with her family in 1978. She retired after 31 years from Lee County Government – Community Development. Lizzie leaves to cherish her memory; loving mother, Lillian Yerk and father Charlie "Poppy" Yerk (D); devoted daughters, Christine Hodges (Randy) of Fort Myers and Marie Boutwell (Tom) of Cape Coral; brother Charlie Yerk (Sandy) of Muse, Florida; the apple of her eye, grandson Jonathan Hodges; her beloved nieces and nephews, Jason Yerk (Melanie), Meredith Yerk, Caitlin DeVall (Scott) and Cody Yerk; great nieces and nephew, Alexandria, Connor, and Lillian DeVall. Lizzie's favorite past-time was crocheting colorful, beautiful baby blankets. Many infants of family and friends were welcomed into this world wrapped in the loving warmth of her creations. Lizzie's life was truly blessed in the love of her wonderful family and many friends. Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913, on Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm. Funeral services will follow on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11am at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after the service. For information, please call (239)334-4880.
    Daisy Katharyn Vanaman, infant daughter of Nicholas D. and Jana Penny Vanaman, of Fort Myers, Florida died August 7, 2012 at HealthPark Hospital in Fort Myers, FL. Daisy is survived by her parents, Nicholas and Jana Penny Vanaman of Fort Myers, FL; a sister, Dana Christine Vanaman of Fort Myers, FL; Paternal grandparents, Pastor David and Christine Vanaman of Ft. Myers, FL; paternal great grandmother, Jean Vanaman of Clarkston, MI; Maternal grandparents, Gerald and Katha Penny and maternal great grandparents, Ernie and Nancy Penny all of Santa Maria, CA; maternal great grandparents, John Henderson of Tulsa, OK and Carol Rhoda of Big Fork, MT;  Several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Pastor David J. Vanaman, of Crossway Baptist Church, Ft. Myers, FL will officiate.  Interment will follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
    Betty Jean Van Camp, 89, of North Fort Myers, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday morning, October 9, 2013 after valiantly battling several health issues. At the time of her death she was surrounded by her husband and three of her five children. Betty was born in May 1924 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After high school she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked for the FBI and the Naval Research Center. After the war was ended, she moved to Washington State to be close to her parents and her sister. This is where she met and married Vernon Van Camp, her husband of 63 years. Vern and Betty had 5 children: Rick, Wanda, Vern, Tom and Jim and 11 grandchildren: Kim, Scott, Greg, Mike, Keith, Sarah, Kaleb, Damien, Colby, Griffin and Gareth; and 13 great grandchildren: Hayden, Carmen, Madison, Olivia, Tristan, Little Luc, Khloe, Audrey, Matthew, Noelani, Josh, Noah, and Liam. Betty and her husband, Vern, raised their children in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Betty was a mother, homemaker and part-time kindergarten teacher. In 1965 she went to work at U.S. Bank in Klamath Falls and retired after 20 years. Betty and her husband then moved to Brookings, Oregon upon their retirement. Then, after snowbirding to Ft. Myers, Florida for a couple of years during the winter months, they decided to sell their condo in Brookings and move here permanently. Before moving to Ft. Myers, Betty and Vern were able to do some traveling and visited Hawaii, Mexico, Germany, England and Scotland. They also took several cruises in the Caribbean. Betty had many hobbies among which were sewing, needlepoint, creating Christmas tree ornaments, reading, gardening and creating floral arrangements. She was also an excellent cook and baker. Betty is survived by her husband, Vern, her sister, Dorothy, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother – she was greatly loved by all and will be terribly missed. Her funeral mass will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, N. Ft, Myers on October 30th at 11:00 am. Her ashes will be interned at Coral Ridge Cemetery in Cape Coral, Florida. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her name to: Good Shepherd Circle St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School P. O. Box 610 Thoreau, NM 87323-0610

Fort Myers News-Press, August 21, 1935 - Dr. C. W. Van Diver, 65-year-old retired physician, died last night at the Lee memorial hospital where he was taken late in the afternoon suffering from a heart attack. He had returned to Fort Myers recently from LaBelle where he was employed by the FERA. Dr. Van Diver had lived in Fort Myers for the greater part of the last 20 years, and for considerable time served as clerk at the Bradford hotel. He is survived by his wife, who is in Jaffert, Va., and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Wellington Van Diver of Talladega, Ala. Funeral arrangements will be made by Lawrence A. Powell.
    Fort Myers News-Press, November 1, 2013 - Violet Naomi Vandivier, born May 17th, 1927 in Illinois and raised in Franklin, Indiana died Saturday, October 26th, 2013 in Acworth, Georgia where she had been living with her daughter, Lynn. Naomi and her husband Ralph moved to Fort Myers in 1958 where they raised 3 daughters and made a warm, loving home. Naomi was mother & homemaker first, later becoming an Avon representative and selling Avon all over the Fort Myers area for over 25 years. She was active in her church, Villas Wesleyan, of which she was a charter member. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ralph Bradford Vandivier. She is survived by her two remaining brothers Kenneth (Linda) Rash & William Rash, and many nieces & nephews all of Indiana. Her daughters, Lynn (Jim) Yates of Acworth, Georgia, Beth Ann (Randy) Swanson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Betty Jo (Randy) Kensell of Fort Myers, Florida. Her Grandchildren Amy Yates, Matthew (Tami) Kensell, Caleb (Anne) Swanson, Jacob Swanson, James Yates, Holly Yates, Wesley Kensell, Jessie Kensell & Emily Yates. Her great grandchildren, Cayden Kensell, Kiarra Kensell & Lucy Swanson. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, November 4, 2013 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 - 4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at: .

Fort Myers News-Press, October 13, 1935 - The Rev. Cornelius Van Gulick, 64, died yesterday after an illness of two weeks because of a heart ailment. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Warren H. Orr of Roslyn, Washington, The body will be shipped to East Millstone, New Jersey and Lawrence A. Powell is in charge of arrangements.

Fort Myers News Press, 6 Feb 2006 -- Catherine (Kitty) Haines VanWaus born September 22, 1922 passed from this world February 2, 2006. She was residing at Hope Hospice South, Lee County, Florida. Preceded in death by her mother, Florence Pomeroy, her sister Anne Haines Flint, her nephew Leonard Earl (Bud) Daniels, and her children, Kenneth (4 days old), Barbara (3 months old) and the love of her life and twinkle in her eyes, Richard Dean (Rick) Titus, 42 years old. Survived by her granddaughter, Lori Lynne Ravitz, Lori's husband, Steven Ravitz and their children, Christopher Blair Ravitz, and Alexander W. Ravitz, as well as her nephews children, Sean Blayne Daniles, his wife Mikki and their daughter Chelsea, Kristine Paige, Byron and Tyler Bush, Dawn, Danny, Jennifer and Craig Thomas. She lived in Fort Myers her entire life and worked in various jobs; the lunch counter at the cafe' Buckingham Air Field during WWII as well as a 30 year career at Harts Dairy as a Laboratory Supervisor and Laboratory Technician. Upon retirement in 1989 she resumed a lifelong passion for gardening. She studied with the Lee County Horticulture Extension Services, attaining a certification of master gardener. She volunteered her knowledge and hands to projects such as the Burroughs Home, Edison's Centenial Park and anywhere she could bring color and be in the company of love and warmth. Her heart never recovered from the passing of her cherished son, Rick, who was takedn from us at age 42. She died of a broken heart and lsot soul with far too many losses for one lifetime. May your journey bring you peace and comfort that you could not find on this earth. I L U Services were held Sunday, February 5, 2006 at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home. By request of the family, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 12, 2012 - Lucien A. Varda, Jr., 72, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born January 23, 1939 in Long Island, NY and moved to Fort Myers in 1954. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Association) and the Civil Air Patrol. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 18 years, Mary Anne Varda; his children: Cecile Clark (Michael) of Lehigh Acres, Mike Varda (Rebecca) of Estero, Jeannine Varda of Lehigh Acres, Amy Varda of Fort Myers; his step-children: Elizabeth Mackey (Dwayne) of Boaz, AL, Franklin L. Weeks (Becky) of Charlotte, NC, Jimmy Weeks (Robin) of Bonita Springs, Deborah Griffin of Albertville, AL, Lisa Quinn (Rajesh) of Fort Myers and Robin Campbell (Mark) of Rhodesville, VA; his sister, Valerie Reedy (Tom) of North Fort Myers and seven grandchildren, fourteen step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren and fifteen step-great grandchildren. Also surviving is his former wife, Patricia Varda of Lehigh Acres. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien A. and Hilda Varda, Sr. and his step-granddaughter, Jennifer Hall in 2004. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with entombment to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to defray the costs of funeral services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at:
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 20, 2007 - Lovia L. Varn, 86, of N. Fort Myers passed away Wednesday October 17, 2007. She was born in Mayo, FL. the daughter of the late Jackson and Bonnie Snyder. She was a lifelong resident of Florida and was preceded in death by her loving husband Albert, her brother Barney and daughter in law Gloria. Lovia is survived by her three children; Becky (Charles) McCullough, Richard (Pat) Varn and Frank Varn, also six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends Sunday October 21st from 2pm to 4pm at the Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home 1600 Colonial Boulevard. Funeral Services will be conducted Monday 11am at the Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Fort Myers City Cemetery.
    NewsZapFL, June 27, 2014 - Margie Ann (Akins) Varnadore died June 24, 2014. She was born April 13, 1938 in Clewiston to Thomas Lee and Velma Swan Akins. A resident of Okeechobee for 48 years, she was the owner/operator of Kid's Korner for 25 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. She loved to travel, spend time with her grandkids and care for her orchids from her greenhouse. Mrs. Varnadore is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill Varnadore, Sr.; son, Joe Varnadore, Jr. (Christy) all of Okeechobee; daughter, April Michele Garcia (Hubert) of Brooksville; five grandchildren, Conner, Chandler, Skyler, Garrett and Justin; nieces, Marie Pittman of Okeechobee and Missy Farnam of Moore Haven. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ortona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.
    Antonio Vasquez, Sr., 61, of Fort Myers passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012. He was born May 4, 1951 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Manuel and Amelia (Ortiz) Vasquez.  He was predeceased by his wife Lydia (Ramirez) Vasquez in 2009.  He leaves to cherish his loving memory his daughter Peggy Yslas; his son Cesar Vasquez; his daughter Vickie Vasquez and his son Antonio Vasquez Jr.  Antonio was always eager to lend a hand to his family and his friends. He was forever a person of great concern, care and comfort. Those who got to know Antonio were truly luckier for the experience. He will be greatly missed by the multitude of people who were fortunate enough to call him Dad, Grandpa or friend.  Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-9pm on Fri., June 15, 2012 at Anderson-Patterson, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers. Funeral services will begin at 11am on Sat., June 16, 2012 with burial following at Fort Myers Cemetery. There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. Those who wish offer condolences to the family at this difficult time should visit Antonio's memorial webpage at and sign the guestbook.
    Anderson-Patterson Funeral Home, Lehigh Acres, FL - Maria Vasquez, 58, of Lehigh Acres, FL passed away on Mon., Nov. 10, 2014. She was born in Guyama, Puerto Rico on May 27, 1956 the daughter of Ismael and Miriam Lebron Lopez. She was the beloved wife and mother of David, Emeline and Bobby; grandmother to Maiakai, Reuben, Alex, Emeline Maria and Alina Marie; sister to Angel, Damaris, Roberto, Celia, Joe and Ana; and sister in law to Manny, Migdalia and Brad. She sleeps now in Christ...we will see you soon! Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10-11am on Fri., Nov. 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, 205 Joel Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL with Pastor Hector Gomes officiating the funeral services at 11am. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, SR 82, Fort Myers, FL. Please express condolences to the family by signing Maria's guest book. 2 Corinthians 5:8 To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Caloosa Belle, March 22, 2007 - Pascuala Mendez Vasquez, 34, her daughter Luciana Vasquez, 13, and son Rodrigo Carrillo Mendez, 6, died in a fire, on March 4, 2007. The blaze is under investigation as arson.Pascuala was born in Aldea Ical Colotenango, Hueguentena, Guatemala and worked as a housecleaner. Luciana was born in Georgia and was a student at Immokalee Middle School. Rodrigo was born in Lehigh Acres and was a student at Highlands Elementary School.Pascuala is survived by her son, Wilder Vasquez, who was also burned in the fire and is in Tampa Hospital; her parents, Rodrigo Mendez and Maria Sanchez Diaz of Aldea Ical Colot, Guatemala, two brothers, in-laws and many friends in Immokalee. Luciana is survived by her brother Wilder, grandparents and father, Victoriano Vasquez-Lopez of Guatemala and father-figure Bonifacio Carrillo Lopez of Immokalee, along with many friends and classmates.Rodrigo leaves behind his father, Bonifacio Carrillo Lopez, half-brother Wilder Vasquez, along with his friends and classmates.Visitation services were held March 14, 2007 at Bethel Assembly of God Church with Pastor Josue Rincon officiating. All three members of the family were buried at Colotenango Cemetery, Aldea Ical Colot, Huehuetenango, Guatemala and will be dearly missed by their extended family members, teachers, many friends and the Immokalee community.Care was entrusted to the Brister Funeral Home of Immokalee.
      Fort Myers News-Press, January 24, 1990 - Born in 1900 in a small wooden house off Old Bayshore Road, Ida Mae Vath's longing for a simple country living kept her in the rural Fort Myers area all of her life. Mrs. Vath died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 89. A quiet, gentle woman, she was happiest growing vegetables in her garden, making her own can syrup and, most important, caring for her family. "When we were growing up, we never went to the store," daughter Geneva Dyess remembers. "We had our own garden for vegetables and Daddy would kill about two beefs a week for meat." Mrs. Vath prided herself in the closeness of her family. "We had a good simple family life. She taught us the meaning of love, respect and together-ness," Dyess said. "What we learned from her we passed onto our children." Throughout her life, Mrs. Vath worked at several jobs, including the Shell Factory in Bonita Springs before it burned and was rebuilt in North Fort Myers. "When I think of her, I just think of love," Dyess said. Mrs. Vath is survived by her husband, Joe Vath, three daughters, Elouise Guinn, Jannie Acuff and Geneva Dyess, all of Fort Myers; two sisters, Beaulah Lowe and Stella Burdett of Punta Gorda; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services for Mrs. Vath were Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home. She was buried at Fort Myers Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press, August 1, 1934 - Lee Vath, 39 years old, dropped dead yesterday afternoon in the yard of his residence on Palm Ave., in East End. Mr. Vath had been in ill health for nearly two years. He is survived by his father, Louis Vath, a brother Joe and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Sheffield, Mrs. Ephrien Naught of New York, Mrs. Stella Poole and Mrs. Morris Welzel of New Orleans. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. The body is in charge of Lawrence A. Powell, Inc.

Fort Myers News-Press, April 28, 2004 - On April 26, 2004, Doris Hires Vaughan, age 84 of LaBelle, went to be with her Lord. She was born Apr. 3, 1920 in Ft. Denaud to Alto Hires and Mamie Graham Hires. She was a native of LaBelle, residing on Ft. Denaud Rd. her entire life. She leaves behind her son: Tommy Vaughan (Dawn) daughter: Jayne Womack, grandchildren: Tom Vaughan, Jr. (Susan), Jason Womack (Melissa), Amanda Brown (BJ), Kasey Womack, Sharon Wilson (Jeff), Melanie Seals (Ron) and Ricky Hansen and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Wayne Vaughan, son; Richard Hansen and stepdaughter Nancy Kuntz. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 2:00 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Pastor Bob Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Denaud Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.
    Fort Myers News-Press, April 18-20, 2015 - Margaret “Peggy” Ann Vecchiotti went peacefully to be with the Lord on April 15, 2015. She was born in Washington D.C. to Paul and Edna Jenkinson on September 17, 1928. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Vecchiotti, son, Paul Amason, and step-daughter, Valerie Vecchiotti. Peggy grew up in Arlington, VA and attended Columbia and Corcoran Schools of Arts. She eventually took up permanent residence in South Fort Myers, Florida with her family, after several moves up and down the East Coast. She loved working as an artist, gardening, decorating her home, and making frequent trips to the beach to snorkel, read books, and walk in the sand. She also enjoyed traveling to the mountains of North Carolina in the summer and fall. She is survived by her children, Guy Amason III (Jeryi), Linda Burgess (James), and David Amason (Bunny), her step children, FloAnn Rolleri (Donald), Deanna Corona (Joseph), and Lisa Schiano-Denis, her brother, Paul Jenkinson (Barbara), her sister, Pat Jones (Al), and sister-in-law, Joan Jenkinson. Peggy is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Her loving heart and kind spirit will be greatly missed. There will be a visitation from 1:30-2:00 p.m. and a funeral service celebrating her life at 2 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Chapel on Colonial Boulevard. Interment to follow.
     Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL - Florence Claire (Nicastro) Vega, 90, of Cape Coral died at 6:50 PM, Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Winkler Court in Fort Myers, FL. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday August 28, 2014, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907. Family will gather with friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials: Dubin Alzheimer Resource Center, 12468 Brantley Commons Ct., Fort Myers, FL 33907. Florence was born November 23, 1923 in Passaic, NJ, the daughter of John and Anna (Curcio) Nicastro. During March of 1946, in Atlantic City, she married Ignatius Vega. She enjoyed taking care of her family, housekeeping, cooking, and making ceramics. She worked at Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood, NJ as a Dietary Technician. Mrs Vega leaves behind two sons Robert Vega of Cape Coral, FL, Kenneth Vega and his wife Laura of Lehigh Acres, FL; one brother John Nicastro of Alton, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Shawn Viscardi, Dawn Reitemeyer, Darlene Price Michael Vega, Edmond Crabtree; great grandchildren, Scott Reitemeyer, Paige Reitemeyer, Trent Crabtree, Salvatore Crabtree, Chloe Crabtree, Brieanne Kadeg, Ryan Kadeg, Jackie Kadeg, Ashley Viscardi and Shawn Viscardi, Jr. Preceding in death are her parents, husband Ignatius,and daughter Nancy Viscardi.
    Fort Myers News-Press, May 4, 2010 - Ignatius T. Vega, 87, of Fort Myers died Saturday, May 1, 2010. He leaves his wife of 67 years, Florence Vega; his daughter, Nancy A. Viscardi and two sons, Kenneth and Robert Vega, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Visitation at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 10-12.
    Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, Lehigh Acres, FL - Maria Belen Vega, age 93, of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away on February 7, 2013 with her loving family by her side. Funeral services are private. Burial will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida. Arrangements for final care have been entrusted to Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, 2701 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971, (239) 368-7080. Those who wish to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time are urged to visit her memorial webpage at and sign the guestbook.
     Caloosa Belle, January 6, 2005 - Elida Espinoza Vela, age 80, of LaBelle, passed away December 15, 2004, in Fort Myers. She was born September 25, 1924, in Dr. Coss, NL, Mexico to Edelmiro Espinoza and Paulita Bazan Espinoza. She was a resident of LaBelle for the past 32 years.Survivors include her husband: Pedro Vela Ramirez of LaBelle; children: Paulita Gonzalez, Pedro Vela Jr. and Edelmiro Vela, all of LaBelle; sister: Entiqueta Espinoza of Edinberg, TX; and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held December 18 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Edrique Valdomino officiating. Interment followed at the Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle.Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 27, 2008 - Hector Velazquez, 57, of Fort Myers passed away on August 24, 2008. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he lived in Fort Myers since 1982, spent most of his working years in agriculture, loved working with his hands and fishing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marta; sons, Hector L. Velazquez and David (Jessica) Velazquez; daughter, Marta (Joseph) D'Agostino; his mother, Edith Velazquez; brothers, Reinaldo (Theresa) Velazquez and Georgie Velazquez; sister, Edith (Enrique) Martinez; and 6 grandchildren, Laciey, Nicole and Joey D'Agostino and Aliyah, David and Matthew Velazquez. He was predeceased by his father and four brothers. Visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., on Thursday, August 28, 2008 from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 9:30 am with burial following at Lee Memorial Park.

Caloosa Belle, January 5, 2006 - Christine Mizell Venezia, 82, a pioneer of Pahokee, suffered a massive stroke and died at J.F.K. Hospital on Dec. 26, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Julia Mizell. She is survived by the father of her two daughters, Earle Pitts; two daughters Beverly Vann (Earl), Amanda Howle (Paul-former son-in-law); five grandchildren, Patricia Campbell (Eddie), Lynn Hewitt (Steve), Hal Vann (Tina), Blane Kohr (Nadine) and Marnae Pelham (Kip); 10 great grandchildren; Ronnie Fripp, Justin Mclntosh (Meritssy), Jonathan McIntos, Jr. Gordon, Tiffany and Will Vann, Aliyah and Marcus Kohr Paige and Peyton Pelham; and one great-great grandchild, Kathryn Faith Fripp. She was a true survivor and pioneer of Pahokee. Her father, Jim Mizell, built their house on Bacom Point Rd., and farmed in Pahokee in 1928, just before the hurricane — she was five years old. Often she would talk about the good times and old pioneers of Pahokee that are gone now. She thought the house was tried and true to survive another hurricane, so she wanted to stay throughout Hurricane Wilma. But, when the roof came off and wall came down (while standing there in it) her faith in Jesus Christ, knowing he could keep us safe while the storm passed by, kept us from dying. Her heart was broken, as she had no home. Her faith never wavered, but her body was too weak. She was a victim of Hurricane Wilma. It not only took her home, it took her too.Her love for playing the piano at church through the years and teaching Sunday School will be remembered by all that heard her. She had such a loving spirit. But, maybe most all of you will remember all the pounds you put on from her delicious cooking. She won the prize for baking one year at the Grassy Waters Festival. She talked of all the preachers she had fed through the years in that old house. She will truly be missed.Friends and family visited at Glades Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 and funeral services were held at the Church of the Nazarene in Okeechobee, with Rev. Jim Hudson, pastor officiating on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005. Interment following at Port Mayaca Cemetery. All arrangements by Glades Funeral Chapel of Belle Glade
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 13, 2010 - Joseph P Venezia, Lt. Colonel, Retired, 94, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010. He was born on March 2, 1915 in Tuxedo, NY. Joe was the youngest of six children of Sabino and Angelina Venezia. All of his siblings have predeceased him. He is survived by his dear wife of 65 years, Mary; two daughters, Katherine (Ron) Yankee and JoAnne Venezia; two sons, Paul (Nina) Venezia and John (his partner Laura Skowron); one grandson, Joseph; and many nieces and nephews. Joseph graduated from Virginia Tech in 1938 and went on active duty in the U.S. Army in 1941; where he went on to serve for over twenty years in the Philippines, Korea, Alaska and other stateside post and retiring as a LT Col. In 1962. In 1953 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Following his active duty service he worked another 15 years in Civil Service for the Army at Fort Drum in New York. Retiring a second time in 1977 when Joe and Mary moved to Cape Coral. Joseph was a 33 year communicant at St. Andrews' Catholic Church and an over 50 year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. In 1987 he was distinguished as "Elk of the Year" at B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 2596, Cape Coral. Joe was an avid golfer, bowler, gardener and father. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 14th from 3pm to 5pm at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb 15th at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Entombment with Full Military Honors provided by the US Army will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit to leave online thoughts and condolences. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904.  Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 16, 2012 - Mary K. (Bortree) Venezia, 89 formally of Cape Coral, Fl. passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born in Tuxedo, NY on August 9, 1923. Mary was the oldest daughter of Clesson and Katherine Bortree. Both her sisters have predeceased her as well as her beloved husband, Joseph of 66 years. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Katherine (Ron) Yankee, JoAnne Venezia, and 2 sons, Paul (Nina) and John (Laura) and her only grandchild Joseph. Mary graduated from Thevenet Hall in Highland Mill, NY in 1941 and went on to NYC doing secretarial work until her marriage in 1944. Her husband, Joe was a career army officer and for the next 28 years they traveled half the world with new Army assignments and raised 4 children. Mary went back to work in 1960 and did various secretarial work for several banks and a US Congressman until her husband and she retired to Cape Coral, Fl. in 1977. They enjoyed 33 happy years of Florida retirement. These last years without her dear husband have been difficult, and while her family will miss her, she is now back in company of her life partner and at peace. Mary was a devoted Roman Catholic and daily mass participant for most of her adult life. She was an avid and prolific knitter, seamstress, and reader. Mary was active in the Catholic women's group at the St. Andrews, Ladies of the Elks, and St. Vincent DePaul Society. Visitation will be on Monday December 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday December 18 at 11:30 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, with entombment to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, 2004-08-12 David and Dale Veneziano of Cape Coral passed away at home on August 9, 2004. David was born on December 31, 1947 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to Joseph A. and Catherine Veneziano. Dale was born on March 31, 1943 in Leominster, Massachusetts to Timothy and Cecelia Dionne Sultan. David and Dale were married in July 1984 in Las Vegas, where they returned every five years to celebrate their lives together. They loved family, traveling and playing together. Dale was an avid cookbook reader and often created many experimental dishes from cookbooks, she also enjoyed free cell, video poker, Skip Bo and Charades. Holidays were made special by her cooking and singing. David was an avid golfer, enjoying the company of Dale when she would ride along on the golf cart. David practiced very hard to beat his two older brothers on the Belle Glade Golf Course where they would meet, eat and play two rounds of golf. Dale was employed as Fort Myers Clerk of Courts for many years. David was self-employed as a painting contractor. Surviving are a daughter, Tracy & Ronald Acuff of Cape Coral; three grandchildren, K'Aira, Timothy and Ryan.; David's mother, Catherine Veneziano of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; David's sister, Rose Briggs of Ringe, New Hampshire; and David's two brother's, Joseph & Jeanne Veneziano of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Paul & Fran Veneziano of Vero Beach, Florida. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday August 13, 2004 at 10 A.M. at St. Andrew Catholic Church. The family will receive friends TONIGHT from 6 to 8 P.M. in the Chapel of the Cape Coral Memorial Funeral Home, 3740 Del Prado Boulevard, where a Scripture Service will be celebrated at 7 P.M.. Condolences may be made on-line at Memorials in David and Dale's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL. 33901. Should hurricane weather conditions exist on Friday morning, the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 14, 2004 at 12 Noon at St. Andrew Catholic Church, conditions pemitting.

Fort Myers News-Press, December 2, 1989 - William John Venn, 36, of 1224 Presque Isle Drive, Port Charlotte, funeral services Monday, arrangements by Kays-Ponger funeral Home, Punta Gorda.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, January 30, 2010 - Benedetta "Betty" Ventimiglia, of Cape Coral died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Formerly of Queens, N.Y. she had resided here since 1992. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Tony; two daughters, Cathy Gerakoulis and her husband Bill; Maria Eisinger and her husband Joe; three grandchildren Joseph, Nicole, Maria; one brother, Tony Leto and her sister, Mary Rizzo. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway Cape Coral, FL 33909.

       Fort Myers News-Press, June 26, 2013 - Longtime Lee County elementary school teacher Edna M. Verrone passed away early Saturday morning at her home in Ft. Myers. Born in Brooklyn, New York, December 8, 1932, Edna attended St. Pancras School and Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, New York. She received her bachelor of arts and masters of science from Hunter College in Manhattan. On August 20, 1955 she married Pat Verrone and together they raised three children. She taught elementary school in New York City until her family moved to Ft. Myers in 1971. She continued her teaching career for the Lee County School District for the rest of her life. She also worked for three years for the City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department as a Special Populations educator. She was an active member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Community. In 2008 she became an Alumni Initiate of Delta Pi Delta of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity and currently served as its corresponding secretary. She was also a member of the Southwest Florida Film Society. A  breast cancer   survivor, she enjoyed reading, traveling, and classic cinema. Edna is survived by her husband of 57 years; three children, Patric (wife Maiya), Phyllis, and Michael; sister-in-law Anne; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren Patric, Marianne, and Teddy, and granddogs Roxy and Oliver. Friends and family will be received at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, and Friday from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 10 pm. Funeral mass will take place at 11 am on Saturday, June 29 at St. Cecilia's, 5632 Sunrise Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edna's name to Alpha Chi Omega or to Lee County Animal Services.
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, September 28, 2010 - John Vertichio, 89, of Cape Coral passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Mr. Vertichio was born Nov. 11, 1920, in New York, N.Y., a son of John and Carmen Colon Vertichio Sr. He worked at Republic Gruman and Fairchild Aviation as an aeronautical engineer. He helped engineer the lunar module and his name is in the capsule on the moon. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral and a former member, elder and Sunday School superintendent of Brentwood Presbyterian Church on Long Island, N.Y. He also taught night classes in trig and algebra in Freeport, N.Y. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Babylon Rod and Gun Club on Long island. He was also a member of the German American Club of Cape Coral. Preceding him in death besides his parents was a brother, Gabriel. He s survived by his wife, Gertrude Vertichio of Cape Coral; his children, Joyce (Jim) Chizick, John (DeeDee) Vertichio III and Jayne (Joe) Mele; grandchildren, Jonathan, Jenee, Jarrett, Jordan, John Paul, Antonia, Joseph and John, also Randy, Crystal, Joshua, Jerrica, Alexdandria and Antonia; great-granddaughters, Braelan, Ridley, Larsen and Livia and Emma; and his brother, Joseph (Peggy) Vertichio and family. Funeral services will be held Saturday,Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Coral Ridge Funeral Home. Rev. Jonathan Lange will officiate. Entombment will follow in Coral Ridge Cemetery.
    Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, FL - Dolores K. (Ingraham) Vespia, 84, of Leigh Acres, FL and East Greenwich, RI, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015. For 64 years, she was the loving wife of Thomas R. Vespia. Born in Providence, RI, on August 17, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Chester O. and Mary M. (Remiszewski) Ingraham. As a young woman, Dolores worked as a telephone operator; later she worked at Metropolitan Insurance Company in Warwick, RI. Dolores worked with her husband operating Sun Valley Service in East Greenwich, RI for over 20 years. For over 25 years, she was known by many as "The Tupperware Lady". Dolores was a talented seamstress who enjoyed making clothes for her children and grandchildren, especially their Halloween costumes. Knitting, tatting and cake decorating were also some of her pastimes. She was a founding member of East Greenwich Fire Department #2 Auxiliary. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich, RI and St. Raphael's Church, Lehigh Acres, FL. She is survived by her daughter, Donna M. Horan and (late) Stephen of East Greenwich, RI; and four sons, Richard T. Vespia of Deerfield Beach, FL; Ronald J. Vespia and Karen of Anderson, SC; Robert J. Vespia and Elaine of East Greenwich, RI and Roland J. Vespia and Michelle of West Warwick, RI. She was the sister of Jean Ingraham of North Providence, RI and the late Jane St. Denis. Dolores is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to visit at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Rd 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913 on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 3:00-6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Lehigh Acres, Florida on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00am with entombment to follow in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Myers, Florida. For information, please call (239)334-4880. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Hospice by the Sea Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Donations may be made by phone: 561-494-6887 or Online at:
    Fort Myers News-Press, April 29, 2013 - Gladys Vetter, 92 of Cape Coral, FL passed away on April 26, 2013. She was born on August 27, 1920 to Herman and Ella Fischer Brandt. She moved to Cape Coral from Hinckley, Ohio in 1979. Mrs. Vetter was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cape Coral and the Sportsman Yacht and Sailing Club.  She is survived by her loving family including her husband of 67 years, William Vetter; children, William (Bonnie) Vetter, Walter Vetter, Lillian (Stanley) Herron, Warren (Charlotte Waterson-fiance) Vetter; nine grandchildren, Robert (Jane) Vetter, Shelley (Monty) Reid, Adam (Linda) Vetter, Jason Vetter, Tiffany (Josh) Zellner, Joyce (Wolf) Kruger, Richard (Missy) Imars, Cassie (Adam) Garn, Seth Vetter; 22 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter. She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Dawn Hrdlicka.  Funeral Services will be at 1 pm on Tuesday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 am. Please visit to leave thoughts and memories for her family.
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, December 12, 2013 - William Karl Vetter, 96, of Cape Coral passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was born March 10, 1917, to Emil and Caroline Doll Vetter in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Maritime Service. He moved to Cape Coral from Hinckley, Ohio, in 1979. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cape Coral, and the Sportsman Yacht and Sailing Club. He is survived by his loving family including his children, William (Bonnie) Vetter, Walter Vetter, Lillian (Stanley) Herron and Warren (Charlotte) Vetter; 10 grandchildren, Robert (Jane) Vetter, Shelley (Monty) Reid, Adam (Linda) Vetter, Jason Vetter, Tiffany (Josh) Zellner, Joyce (Wolf) Kruger, Richard (Missy) Imars, Cassie (Adam) Garn, Seth Vetter and Andrew Herron; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Gladys, and granddaughter, Dawn Hrdlicka. A funeral will be at 11 a.m., today, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.
   Fort Myers News-Press, March 15, 2000 - Edward D. Vickers, 70, of Fort Myers, passed away March 13, 2000. He was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Coffee Co., GA. He had been a resident since 1953. He worked at Cement Ind. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. of Fort Myers; sons, Donald (aka Duck) (Cyndie) of Sebring, FL, Larry (Brenda) of Martinez, GA; daughter, Karen (Gene) Overbee of Fort Myers; three grandchildren, Kim Magers, Shawn Overbee, and Shelby Vickers; one great-grandson, Justin Magers; sisters, Marjorie Merritt, Tonnie Harper and brother Melvin Vickers of Ambrose, GA.Visitation will be Wednesday, March 15, from 6 - 8 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12777 State Rd. 82, Fort Myers, FL 33913.334-4880
    Fort Myers News-Press, Wed., Aug 30, 1967---Miss Leona E. Vickers, 54, d. Tuesday morning, August 29, 1967 at Avon Park, FL. She was a registered nurse at Walker Memorial Hospital. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Charles Rickett of Fort Myers, brothers, James Vickers of Boca Raton, Carl H. Hickers of the U. S. Army in Vietnam, and Donald Vickers; her mother, Mrs. Lillie Belle Vickers of Fort Myers. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Funeral service will be held Thurs. at 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Ch. with Elder W. P.Lawrence and Elder Robert Kerr officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cem. Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
  Fort Myers News-Press, Tues., July 1, 1969 - Lillie Bell (Hadley)Vickers of Tice St. died Sunday. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Virginia V. Rickett of Fort Myers; sons, James O. Vickers of Boca Raton, S/Sgt. Carl H. Vickers of Fort Riley, Kan., and Donald C. Vickers of Fort Myers. Funeral service will be Wednesday, at 3 p.m. at Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with pastor W. P. Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery.

  Fort Myers News-Press May 7, 2008 Our beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather Joel Ray Vickery went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2008. He was born May 7, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama and as a young man relocated to Immokalee with his family and later the Fort Myers area.He was a father and friend who was admired by all as hardworking and the funniest man you would want to be around. He loved fishing, hunting, enjoyed the beauty of Florida's natural environment. He was also known in the Immokalee area as a drag racer. He was a man of many trades including professional butcher, heavy equipment operator, mechanic and owner of a land clearing company.He is survived by his wife Debbie McPahil Vickery of Fort Myers, mother Novella Vickery, sister Frances Nair, sister Marchia Kirkland of Arcadia, brother Roy (Vivian) Vickery of Immokalee, daughter Melissa (Evan) Robinson of Indianapolis, Indiana, son Danny Vickery (Pam), grandson Joel Lee, granddaughter Cayley Hughes of Fort Myers, son James (Jane) Byars, grandchildren; Brittany, Ashley, Taylor, Jason of Naples, stepson Doy McPhail of Fort Myers, stepdaughter Dawn (Ray) Keller of Bonita Springs, Deanna McPhail of N. Fort Myers. He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Roy Vickery, brother Cecil Vickery, granddaughter Ashley Vickery, and great-granddaughter Kayla Vickery. He will be missed by all.A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, May 9th at the Living Word Ministries, Old US 41, next to the Shell Factory, N. Fort Myers.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, January 14, 2012 - Justina Viera, 86, of Cape Coral passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. She was born on Feb. 14, 1925, in Morovis, Puerto Rico. She is survived by her loving family, including her children, Diana (Edward) Contreras of Fort Lauderdale, Iris Betty Barbarito (Ari) of Long Island, N.Y., Brunilda (Michael) Alvarez of Cape Coral, Maritsa (Adolfo) Cartaya of Cape Coral, Brenda (William) Cafaro of Long Island, N.Y., and Venessa (Toby) Vetrano of Cape Coral; 10 grandchildren, Daniel Contreras, Elena Pitter, Jennifer Alvarez, Jillian Arciniega, Christina Cartaya Blanco, Melissa Cartaya, Victor Cafaro, Louis Cafaro, Ashley Vetrano and Christopher Vetrano; and five great-grandchildren, Noah Arciniega, Lila Arciniega, Isabella Gonzalez, Sebastian Blanco, Aviana Pitter. Visitation will be from noon Friday, Jan. 13, until the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit  to leave thoughts and memories for her family.
    Fort Myers News-Press, May 11, 2006 - Linda M. Vierk, born on May 17, 1917, passed away peacefully at Hospice North after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rocco Randazzo and Edward Vierk. Cherishing her memory is her loving family; her children, Marie Vetter and husband, Joe, Richard Randazzo and wife, Jan and Joseph Randazzo and wife, Rita; her grandchildren, Hendrik and Gerard Kouwenhoven, Rene and Tony Randazzo and great granddaughter, Melissa; her sister, Amelia Bicknese and many nieces and nephews. Linda is lovingly remembered by her dear friends in Cape Coral and Heritage Cove. The family would like to thank the staff at both Alterra Sterling House of Cape Coral and Hope Hospice for their care. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, May 12, 2006 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 AM Saturday, May 13, 2006 at The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord, 8121 Cypress Lake Dr. Memorial contributions to Hope Hospice of Lee County, 9470 HealthPark Circle,, Fort Myers, FL 33908 in Linda's memory are appreciated.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 12, 2007-Dr. Miguel A. Villalobos 89, of Fort Myers passed away on March 10, 2007. He was born in San Antonio Rio Blanco, Cuba on August 02, 1917 to Plutarco and Amelia Villalobos. Miguel moved to Fort Myers from Cuba in 1960. He has a PhD in philosophy and was always teaching. Miguel loved to read and will always be remembered for the stories he would tell. His parents Plutarco and Amelia predeceased Miguel and his wife Eduardina who passed away in 2005 also predeceased him. Miguel is survived by his son P. Michael and Gisela Villalobos. Miguel leaves his grand daughter Delyah. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday March 13, 2007 at 10:00AM at St. Francis Xavier Church burial will follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday March 12, 2007 from 6:00PM - 10:00PM at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens 936-0555
    The News-Press on September 22, 2009--Miguel Angel Villanueva, 61, of Fort Myers passed away Sept. 19, 2009. Mr. Villanueva retired from the Lee County School Board where he worked as a security officer. He is survived by his loving wife, Millie, his son, Christopher, 5 stepchildren, 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister and many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held at Lee Memorial Park Wed. from 7:00 - 9:00 PM followed by a 10:00 AM committal service on Thursday.

Fort Myers News-Press, January 13, 2010 - Mary Louise (Mullen) Villarreal passed away on August 30, 2010 at Hope Hospice after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Mary was born June 29, 1967 and lived in East Rockaway, NY prior to moving ten years ago to Fort Myers. she was the accounting director for Eye Centers of Florida. Mary graduated from Rosemont College, PA; Loyola University, New Orleans; and Adelphi University, NY. She worshiped with family and friends at Blessed Pope John XXIII, volunteered for special events at the Noonan Schools, and found joy in her daughters' after school activities. Mary was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.Mary is survived by her husband, Omar, and their three young daughters: Oliva (7), Cecilia (5), and Eva (2); her parents Michael and Donna Ann (nee Lachler) Mullen; her sister and brother-in-law, Heather and Daniel McHale; brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Jennifer Mullen. She will be missed by her nephews; Sean and Joseph McHale and her nieces Katherine McHale and Cailtlin and Meghan Mullen. Mary is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Marguerite Lachler; and aunt, Arleen McMaster. Mary loved life and she tried to make life better for others during her brief 43 years. A Memorial Mass will be offered on September 7th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Pope John XXIII. All friends and co-workers are welcomed to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Donna Ann Mullen for the creation of a college fund for Mary's daughters.
    Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL - Simonsita  (Ozuna) Villarreal, age 68, of LaBelle, passed away October 2, 2014 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Aug. 1, 1946 in Edinburg, TX, to the late Ramon Salas Ozuna and the late Juventina (Trevino) Ozuna. Survivors include three sons: Omero Villarreal, Edward Villarreal, Romero Villarreal and one daughter: Betsy Villarreal, grandchildren: Homer Villarreal, Justin Villarreal, Alex Villarreal, Jordan Villarreal, Amanda Reyna, Brandon Villarreal, Matthew Reyna, Julie Villarreal, Edward Villarreal, Michael Villarreal, Taylor Villarreal and Jade Villarreal, great-grandchildren: Kristopher Villarreal, Jordan Michael Villarreal and Nathaniel Villarreal and brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her grandson: Zachary Reyna. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Pastor Mitchell Wills officiating. Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 28, 2010 – Roselle M Viola, 84, passed away after a battle with cancer which she fought with courage and grace. She joins her beloved husband of 54 years, Leo C. Viola Sr. Survivors include her son Leo C. Viola Jr. (Nancy), her daughter Ann Marie Phetterplace. Her grandchildren Dean W. Phetterplace Jr. ( Peggy), Leo C. Viola III, (Noumay), and Tracylee Droomer, Her great grandchildren Alexis Rose, Carly, Dean III, Amanda and Nicholas. Roselle was born in Rochester, New York and was a resident of Cape Coral FL, for 40 years. A friend to all who knew her. She was a devout Catholic and faithful parishioner at St. Andrew Church. A Memorial Mass will be held in her name at St Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Boulevard, Cape Coral FL, on Saturday March 6, 2010 at 1:00PM In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Hope Hospice 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Arrangements by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL, 239-936-0555.
     Fort Myers News-Press, May 8, 1961 - Funeral services for Miss Josephine D. Vivas, 73, a daughter of Joseph Delores Vivas, one of the first two settlers of Fort Myers, will be held this afternoon at 2 at the Leo Engelhardt Funeral Home. Miss Vivas died Friday at Lee Memorial Hospital.She was born on Aug. 26, 1887 and has lived in Fort Myers most of her life. Until recently when the home property was sold, Josephine and her sister, Lenora, lived in the two-story frame house that their father built in 1883 with materials he brought from Cedar Key. The house on Lee Street, sold some time ago as a business building site, has been razed.Miss Vivas was a member and faithful worker in the First Methodist Church which her parents helped found. She was also a member of the Wesleyan Service Guild. For many years she was employed with Stone, Andel and Goff Jewelry firms.Survivors include two sisters, Lenora, Fort Myers, and Mrs. Annie J. Bourne, Jacksonville; four nephews and three nieces.The Rev. John J. Rooks will officiate at the services. Pallbearers will be Earl Hord, F. E. Starnes, Charlie Stebbins, Charles Vivas, Robert Foxworthy and Joe Tooke. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press,  December 4, 2005 - Jennifer Anne (Reeves) Vives, 33, of Fort Myers, passed away suddenly on December 1, 2005, in the presence of her beloved family. Jennifer was born March 4, 1972, at Lee Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Fort Myers High School and Edison Community College, and was a member of McGregor Baptist Church. She previously worked as an office manager for the Corbin Henderson Company. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping, and above everything else, she devoted her life to her husband and daughter. She was a longtime resident of the area, and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, Mauricio, daughter, Natalie, and step-daughter, Shaina, of Minnesota; mother, Ella Jean Reeves; father, Antone Reeves, of Sarasota; sisters, Jeannine Bruner (Jay) of Biloxi, MI and Amy Elizabeth Earl (Steve) (FMHS 1989) of Orlando; brother, Mark Reeves; grandmother, Jeannette Reeves, Norcross, GA; six adored nieces and three loved nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., on Monday evening, December 5, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday morning, December 6, at 10:30 AM.
    Fort Myers News-Press, May 21, 2015 – Constantine George “Dino” Vlahos, 62, of Cape Coral died Tuesday May 19, 2015 a Hope Hospice. He was born in N.W. Indiana in 1952 to George C. & Priscilla Vlahos. He attended Purdue University where he met his wife Rebecca whom he married in 1976. Dino lived in St. John, IN before moving to Cape Coral in 1992. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his wife Becky of Cape Coral, his parents in N.W. Indiana, three children; Annessa Hornbuckle, Jamie (Steve) Bangeman, and George (Elizabeth) Vlahos all of Cape Coral, four grandchildren; Evan Hornbuckle, Drew Bangeman, Constantine & Alexandra Vlahos, two sisters; Mantia (John) Cotromanes of IL, and Georgene (Joe) Beiriger of IN, along with several wonderful nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:00 AM Friday May 22, 2015 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Ft. Myers, Fl 33919. Burial will follow at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for viewing Thursday (Tonight) evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Cape Coral's Fuller Metz Funeral Home. Please visit to view Dino's Life Tribute and share a condolence.
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 22, 2014 - Virginia C. (Schrecengost) Volk was born on January 9, 1929 in McKees Rocks, PA to her parents Alex H. and Rose Marie (Bohaski) Schrecengost. She passed away on July 19, 2014 in Cape Coral, FL. She is survived by her children Virginia (Jenna) Mueller, Cathy Reuss, Michael Volk, and Robert Volk; grandchildren Kenny and Karen Mueller, Susan and Patty Reuss, Terry Jordan, Robert Volk II, and Erica Volk; great grandchildren Sean Frasier, Robert and Steven Pensoneau and Jarritt Jordan. She is preceded in death by her husband the Late Col. James Paul Volk, USAF, daughter Theresa Jordan, son James Paul Volk II, grandsons John Reuss and Troy Jordan. A very special Thanks to Virginia, Sabino, and all of the loving staff who helped care for our mother. Please help us rejoice in the celebration of the life of Virginia C. Volk who has been received into the loving arms of our Father and welcomed into Heaven by countless loved ones. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:00 am at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. Burial will follow services privately at Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive guests following the celebration at the Volk residence. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hope Hospice. Please visit to leave the family a condolence.

Fort Myers News-Press, December 20, 2004 - Joseph Michael Volker, 27, Cape Coral, died accidentally on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Cape Coral. He moved to Florida from Minnesota in 1996. We will remember him for bringing laughter to all our lives. Joe made lifelong friends wherever he went and brought loudness and laughter to every room he ever entered. We'll miss his stories that were full of tales from the wild side. He lived with no regrets, as if each day were his last. As a brother, son, husband, father and friend, he will be missed terribly, but his spirit and energy will remain with us forever. Joe is survived by his wife, Evette; a daughter, Kiersten; his mother, Kathleen; a brother, Michael as well as his many friends and loved ones. Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 239-936-0555.

Fort Myers News-Press, Friday, August 31, 1934 - Funeral services for William J. Volkman, 69, who died in Tampa Tuesday, will be held at 10 o'clock this morning in the Lawrence A. Powell chapel. The Rev. William I. Wishart of the Presbyterian church will conduct the service. Pallbearers are Harry Laycock, J. L. Lofton, Jim Clark, Harry McCabe, Yaster Yent and Mannie Stern.

Fort Myers News-Press, January 28, 1938 - Martin Volkomer, 57-year-old retired mounted policeman from Woodhaven, Long Island, N.Y., died yesterday afternoon at his residence in Lovejoy court. He had been in Fort Myers for the past two months and had spent the last three winters here. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anne Volkomer, and a son, Martin, jr. of St. Albans, N. Y. The body will be shipped to Long Island for interment and services.
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 20, 2001 - David R. Volland, 50, peacefully passed on at his home in Cape Coral on Feb. 16, 2001. Dave was born in Gettysburg, PA and moved here in 1999. He was a superb hunter, avid fisherman and had a love for the Florida waters. He was known for his down-to-earth and relaxed attitude that always accompanied with a smile. Dave is survived by his mother, Margaret Ramsey (Lynn) of Chambersburg, PA; father Robert of LaBelle; sisters, Kathie Barbush of Dillsburg, PA and Susan Doney (Gary) of Cape Coral; nephews, Jason Barbush and Buster Doney; nieces, Beth Barbush and Melissa Doney. Daves life will be celebrated at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park on Hwy 82. Dave was and still is loved by all and will remain in our hearts forever. We love you!!! In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to American Heart Association. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Lehigh Acres, 2701 Lee Blvd.
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 18, 2011 - Richard P. Volpe, 62, passed away December 5, 2011. He was born May 5, 1949 in Queens, NY to the late Peter and Marion (Montana) Volpe. He and his wife moved to Lee County in 2005 from New Jersey. He was a member of Local 638 Steamfitters Union in New York City. One of Richard's accomplishments during his career was to provide fire protection in the World Trade Center buildings. Richard loved to spread joy and make people happy. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and fishing. Interment to was in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be left online at
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 15, 2007 - Gertrude D. Vonada, 97, of Lehigh Acres died March 12, 2007. Gertrude was born in Camden, NJ, a daughter of the late Harry and Ida Fravel, she moved to the area from Mansfield, Ohio in 1965. Gertrude was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rebecca's, Trinity Baptist Church. She volunteered at the Lehigh Senior Friendship Day Care, she enjoyed doing needle work Mrs. Vonada is survived by her two nephews John Fravel of Merit Island, FL, George H. Fravel, Downingtown, PA and her caregiver for many years Dorothy Ingle of Lehigh Acres. A funeral service celebrating her life will be conducted in the Farley Funeral Home on Friday at 1 PM, a visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, friends are invited to attend. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park.
    Fort Myers News-Press, April 7, 2003 - Robert A. "'Bob" Vosney, 60, of Ft. Myers died April 5, 2003, he was born in Hartford, CT., a son of the late Stanley W. and Aihleen V. Vosney. He moved to Ft. Myers from California in 1955, he attended Ft. Myers High School. Bob worked in his father's business Stan's Coffee Service servicing many businesses in the area with beverages for their offices. He was a member of St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church. Mr. Vosney is survived by his wife of 30 years Betty V., his children Jacqueline M. Vosney of Castleberry, Alan R. Vosney of Lake Mary, Sean C. Vosney of Lehigh Acres, his step children Donna J. Adkins of Brooksville, Donald E. Ammann of Ft. Myers, Frank A. Ammann of Lehigh Acres, his brother William S. 'Bill' Vosney of Ft. Myers and 11 grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 AM, friends are invited to attend. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5-7 PM. Interment will be in Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
   Fort Myers News-Press, June 23, 2011 - Madeleine M. Vraniak, 89, Cape Coral passed away June 21, 2011. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 20 years, Louis, daughter; Lillian, 3 step-grandsons. Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday June 24, 2011 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home 1630 SE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00AM. Entombment Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family wishes memorial contributions to be made to Hope Hospice. Please visit to share in Madeleine's life and leave online thoughts and memories for her family.


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