Aurelia Burns BURNS, Aurelia, 92, of Ridge Manor, passed away Nov. 12, 2017, in Zephyrhills under the care of Gulfside Regional Hospice. She was born March 10, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Giovanni and Catherine Dell’Agnolo Facchin. She was proud to be the first American born in her family after her mother fled Italy and arrived through Ellis Island, New York. She attended the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York City. Aurelia is survived by four children, Mary Burns (Edward) Rogers, Thomas Burns, Joanna Burns (Harold) Hebert and John (Frances) Burns; six grandchildren, Philip (Deanna) Burns IV, Darla (Josh) Cornett, Bobby (Katherine) Hebert, Adam Hebert, James (Ceja) Burns and Misty (Jerry) Peterson; three in-laws, Louisa Bisogno, Tom Bisogno and Madeline Facchin; 13 great-grandchildren; four nieces and two nephews. Her husband, Philip Burns Jr., preceded her in death along with a son, Philip Burns III; her mother, Catherine Facchin; two brothers, Arduino Facchin and Joseph Facchin; and a nephew, Glenn Bisogno. A memorial gathering was held Nov. 19 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home.
Christina Dove DOVE, Christina, 43, of Haines City, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017, at her home. Christina was born in Lakeland to Leon Dove and Dorothy (Tipton) Dove. She attended both elementary and middle school in Dade City and was a lifelong resident of Central Florida. Her grandmother, Mary Tipton, survives along with four sons; one sister; and one grandson. Her grandfather, James Tipton, preceded her in death in 2013. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Denise A. Midili MIDILI, Denise A., 79, of San Antonio, passed away in her home on Nov. 16, 2017, after a brave, prolonged battle with cancer. A lifelong Catholic, she was born on Oct. 29, 1938, in Worcester, Mass., but moved to Florida as a child. She was preceded in death by an older brother, Ronnie O’Leary, and by a daughter-in-law, Susan Midili, in 2009. Her loving husband of 55 years, Paul Midili, survives along with four devoted sons, Joseph (Kristen), Patrick (Tatyana), John and James (Veronessa); five grandchilddren, Danny Strickland, Paull G. Midili and Giuliana, Marco and Leonardo Rojas; great-grandchildren, including Kyle Worsham, Mackenzie Piotrowski and Kylie Sue Strickland. She is also survived by a sister, Judy (Bill) Jarrett of Clearwater and numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation and Rosary will be on Nov. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio. A Funeral Mass will be held on Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider donations to St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church Building Fund, St. Anthony School or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Sondra Gail Haynie Moore MOORE, Sondra Gail Haynie, 76, passed away on Nov. 2, 2017, at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C. Sondra was born in Shreveport, La., and was the daughter of the late Rufus and Allie Brasher Haynie. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Moore. She is survived by one sister, Molly Malone and her husband, Loren, of Jacksonville, N.C.; one niece, Jennifer Turner; and two great-nieces. A graveside service was held on Nov. 28 at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery in Dade City. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Robert Earl Pickett PICKETT, Robert Earl, 67, was born March 18, 1950, in Shorterville, Ala., to Everline and Early Lee Pickett. Robert departed this life on Nov. 8, 2017. Robert attended school in Henry County, Ala. He started his career path by enlisting in Job Corps during the 1960s. Later he started working for Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville, N.Y., until he retired in 2009. Shortly thereafter he moved back to Florida. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Linda Pickett; and brothers, Gene and James Pickett. His one son, Rashad “R.J.” Pickett of Syracuse, N.Y., survives along with one daughter, Angela Pickett of Syracuse, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Wisdom of Syracuse, N.Y.; one sister, Betty “Sue” Pickett of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, J.R. Sanders of Syracuse, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of life was held Nov. 18 at The Glorious Worship Center. Milton Funeral Home handled arrangements.
L. V. Wells WELLS, L.V., 80, departed this life on Nov. 11, 2017. He was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Burbin, Miss., to Willie Wells and Luvenia Thomas Wells, who preceded him in death. He came to Dade City on a pickup truck in 1957 and became employed that same week taking Mexicans to work. He learned the Spanish language and loved watching Spanish movies. Before his retirement, he was employed as a long-distance truck driver and was employed with Townsend Incorporated. His truck-driving skills afforded him the opportunity to travel all over the United States. He was also a heavy equipment operator on a ranch. Mr. L.V. is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Chaplain Hazel Wells; a step-son, David (Karen) Perkins; a step-daughter, Tara Perkins; a step-grandson, Drew Gomez; four daughters, Christine Breedlove, Olivia Harris of Greenville, Miss., Mary Louise Wells of Dade City and Angelina (Melvin) Brown of Brooksville; two sons, Levesta Wells of California and Jimmy Wells of St. Petersburg; two sisters, Lucille Williams of Greenville, Miss. and Louise Wells of Greenville, Miss.; three brothers, Jesse Lee (Patricia) Wells of Chicago, Ill., Jesse Carter Wells of Chicago, Ill. and Charles Wells of Greenville, Miss.; 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren; two god children, Johnny and Gina Hambrick of Lacoochee; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and sorrowing friends. Services were held Nov. 18 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Milton Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Elizabeth J. Campbell CAMPBELL, Elizabeth J., 94, passed away Nov. 13, 2017. Her daughter, Donna Cisco, survives along with a grandson, Daniel Cisco. Her son, James Campbell, preceded her in death. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Carl P. Civiletti CIVILETTI, Carl P., 79, of Zephyrhills, passed away on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. Carl was a 25-year Air Force veteran. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Dolores J. (Armison) Civiletti; children, Sandra Kirkland of Miami, Fla., Alex W. (Josette) Civiletti of Hamburg, N.Y. and Richard F. (Rhonda) Civiletti of Palmyra Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted Nov. 18 at Fellowship Bible Church in Zephyrhills with full military honors. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Charles Huffman Jr. HUFFMAN, Charles, Jr., 59, passed away Nov. 12, 2017. The family received friends on Nov. 16 at Whitfield Funeral Home.
Walter ‘Rush’ Kowerduck KOWERDUCK, Walter “Rush”, 100, passed away on Nov. 7, 2017, in Spring Hill. Rush was born May 11, 1917, in St. Joseph, Mich., to Lydia and Dimitri Kowerduck. He married Geraldine Conklin in 1937. They were married for just short of 75 years when Geri passed away at the age of 91 in 2012. Rush lived in St. Joseph and worked at Whirlpool Corp. as an industrial mechanic. He moved to Zephyrhills following retirement. Lifetime highlights included roller-skating, speedboat racing and doing civilian work with the police department. He started Higman Park Roller Rink, K&K Marine and was a lifetime member of Fraternal Order of Police Chapter #96. As “The Can Man” he organized donations that were given to HPH Hospice of Dade City in Pasco County. Many friends and relatives will remember his amusing personality. Four daughters, Nancy Hogerheide, Judy Granger, Shirley Kowerduck and Mary Jane (William) Hoskin survive along with four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and one sister, Bernice Benford. In addition to his parents, his wife, Geraldine, and seven siblings, Elsie, Harold, Ann, Ruth, Esther, Robert, and Janice preceded Walter in death. Services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Zephyrhills on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to HPH Hospice Foundation, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667-2455.
James Lee May MAY, James Lee, 74, passed away Nov. 13, 2017. Services were held Nov. 15 at Charity Baptist Church. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Ronald S. Smith SMITH, Ronald S., 65, passed away peacefully at his Zephyrhills home on Nov. 13, 2017. Ronald was born Jan. 2, 1952, in Fair Haven, N.Y., to Stanley and Arlene (LaDue) Smith. Ronald was proud to spent 30 years serving his community as a volunteer firefighter. He most recently worked for Manheim Automobile Auction in St. Petersburg. His beloved wife, Nancy L. Smith, preceded him in death. His father, Stanley L. Smith of Fair Haven N.Y., survives along with his mother-in-law, Mary Philipsen of Zephyrhills; a son, Travis R. Smith; a daughter, Shannon A. Smith; a brother, Peter Smith; and a sister, Kathy Parsons of Fair Haven, N.Y. He was a beloved father who was loved and respected by many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gulfside Hospice. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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