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This report covers the first week of March 2011, partial listing for February 2011, and one from January 2011 and one December 2010. This is an incomplete report but the writer will strive to make the additional submission as they are ready to catch up. We want to continue to honor our Gulf War Veterans and recognize their early deaths, it has only been 20 years since the Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm. WE are concerned that they are dying too early and still call for national registries of diagnosed illness deaths and the undiagnosed illnesses. This data could prove helpful to health care providers, medical researchers, and the veterans and their families in being proactive in their health concerns.

We at VT are paying close attention! WE do all we can to further health concerns of the Gulf War Veterans. We honor them by continuing to focus and push for adequate health tracking, diagnosis, care, research, and compensation. We shall not forget!

So far,

March 2011- 7

Stats available:  Ages: 37(2), 45(1), 47(1), 64(1), 72(1), 85(1) . USAF, NG, USMC, USA(2), Merchant Marine, USN, one VN and ODS, at least one Cardiac and one cancer.

1. James Neil Jimmy Babb, 37, USAF, March 6,VA

 

2. Billy Farmer,72, passed at VA MC March 5, Operation Desert Storm as a member of the Illinois National Guard, 1244th Transportation Unit in Cairo, and he served in the Air Force.

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3. Kenneth A. Neidinger, 37, March 5, natural causes, He was a police officer for the E. Hempfield Twp. Police Department, and a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Heart Ass.

 

4. Michael Gross, 45, Aberdeen, Feb 28 at medical center, USAR

 

Daniel Ashman, age 85, of South Ridge Road, Conneaut, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Heartland Medical Center in Sebring, Fla, Merchant Marines

 

6. Stephen Glenn Landreth, 64, of Taylors, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, USN, VN and ODS, Heart Ass

 

7. Jon David McCann, 47, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011. Ssgt, USA, Ill, Cancer

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Stats:

February on this report 23,

USN(9), USMC(3), USA(9), USAF(4), 3 Vietnam and Gulf War, Ages 37(1), 40’s 11 (4 after 45), 50’s (8) (6 prior to 55), 60-61(3) Cancers-6, scleroderma-1, Diabetes(1), hospital(2), short ill(1), unexpected (5), home(1), natural(1)

8. D.M. “Milo” Hendrickson, Capt. USN, ret., passed away on Feb. 27, 2011.

 

9. Bart Iverson, 42, passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, after an incredibly courageous battle with cancer , USMC

 

10. Robert Bourdon Heartwell, 55, peacefully passed away Feb. 23, 2011 in his brother’s home. USN, USS San Jacinito, esophageal Cancer

11. James “Jay” Arthur Fortier, 49, of Enfield, beloved husband of Violet (Galazka) Fortier, passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, Mass, USN

 

12. James Franklin “Frank” Graw, 59, of Odum died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his residence after a short illness, USA

 

13. Danny Michael Hardy, 54, died peacefully at his home on Monday, February 28, 2011. USA, 82nd Airborne, Cancer

 

14. R. Joseph “Joey” Seidler, 37, a resident of North Chelmsford died unexpectedly Friday February 25, 2011 at his home. USAF Turkey

 

15. Daiber, MSgt Daniel C., USAF died at his home on February 21, 2011, with his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer-He was an aircraft mechanic with the 315th Organizational Maintenance Squadron, a Flight Engineer on the C-141 with the 707th Airlift Squadron and transferred to the 701st Airlift Squadron after flying Operation Desert Storm combat missions. He became an Instructor Loadmaster on the C-17, flying worldwide support for Operations ENDURING & IRAQI FREEDOM up until his illness. Dan returned to flying after his triumph over pancreatic cancer.

 

16. Wayne Paul Gibbs, 44, died Feb. 19, 2011, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
US A, and Vermont National Guard

 

17. Joe Victor Gonzales passed into his Lord’s hands on February 19, 2011 at the age of 61 , USAF, VN and ODS

 

18. Martin Matthew Rodriguez,45, made a peaceful transition early on the afternoon of Saturday, February 19, 2011 after a sudden battle with cancer, USN

 

19. LAMB, Donald E. Donald E. Lamb, 60, of Ashford, died Saturday, (February 19, 2011) at home after a brief battle with cancer. US Army and served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division. After his discharge, he reenlisted in the US Air Force and served all over the world. He rose to the rank of Senior Master Sargeant, and after a tour in Desert Storm and 23 years of service, he retired.

 

20. Richard Paul Messer, 46, of Hudson died Friday, February 18, 2011. USA

 

21. Marion Leon “Sandy” Sanders, Jr., 51, of Summerville, SC, an IT Specialist for SPAWAR, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2011. USN, Diabetes

 

22. Charles J. Murphy February 23, 2011 Charles J. “Chuck” Murphy, 61, died Wednesday, February 23. Mr. Murphy retired from the U.S. Army in 1991, having served in Vietnam and in Desert Storm.

 

23. William Dennis Brzezinski, 7/25/1955 – 2/18/2011, 55, Born July 25, 1955 and passed away suddenly. USA, Chinook Helicopters-maintenance on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters. He was highly decorated; “The Army Commendation Medal”, “Good Conduct Medal”, “Southwest Asia Service Medal”, “Bronze Service Star”, “Humanitarian Service Medal” and “The Kuwait Liberation Medal”.
He was instrumental in “Operation Joint Endeavor” and “Joint Guard in a Peace Keeping Mission in Bosnia”, “Provide Comfort Operation” with Kurdish Refugees, “Operation Silent Echo” that supported the nuclear assurity mission and in the latter years of his career he was actively involved in Desert Storm. His leadership ensured the successful completion of all these real world assignments. Bill retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service as Sergeant First Class-A Company-5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment. After retirement, he went to Balad for 2 years in support of “Operation Iraqi’s Freedom” as a Raytheon Contractor.

 

24. Michael Alan Anderson was born on February 5, 1967 in Bellingham, WA. He went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2011. He served in the Army for three years as an E-4 Corporal doing his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. He completed a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.

 

25. William Owen Payne, 42, of Twin Falls, Idaho, died February 13, 2011, at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho. USA

 

26. Overacker, Howard K. February 10, 2011, age 50, in Vicenza, Italy, 82nd Airborne, USA

 

27. Michael P. Cataldi, LTCol.,49, of Tempe passed away February 2, 2011 in Tempe, AZ, USMC

 

28. MARTONE, JOHN P.; age 50; died unexpectedly. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey January 12, 1961. Served as a Chief in the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Reservist at Selfridge Air Force Base. He was a veteran of the Libyan Crisis and the Gulf War, serving on the U.S.S. Guadalcanal

 

29.William Douglas , Age 43, passed away unexpectedly on February 24, 2011 at his home in Cincinnati. Doug was born on December 28, 1967 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. . He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1990-1994, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf

 

30. Steven L. Mata, 41, of Lindsay, who passed away February 5, 2011, USMC
31. MADDEN, Hugh Patrick, M.D. October 2, 1954- February 18, 2011,43, Dr. Hugh P. Madden, eldest son of Kathryn and Meredith Madden of El Cajon, CA passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles, CA on February 18, 2011 after a lengthy battle with systemic scleroderma. Hugh graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1982 and specialized in general surgery. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as Ships Surgeon on the USS Forrestal during Desert Storm. ..

32. Bruce J. Lacoste (USN ret.) died of natural causes peacefully , USS Missouri,February 24, 2011

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Jan -46-USN, hospital

33. Anchorage resident Mark Hennessey, 46, died Jan. 18, 2011, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore.
USN, USS Ranger

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Dec-USN, 43, sudden

34. Darin Scott Hunt, 43 of Lindsay, who passed away suddenly on December 12, 2010.USN

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James N. Babb SUFFOLK

James Neil “Jimmy” Babb, 37, passed away March 6, 2011. He was born in Suffolk, the son of John Rudolph Babb and the late Lakie Morris Babb. James was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during Desert Storm. He retired from the transportation department at Western Tidewater Regional Jail and currently worked as a store manager for Best Way Rent to Own. He was a huge Giants football fan. James is survived by his father; his wife, Amanda L. Babb; son, Gage Pierce; stepdaughter, Karen Rae Phippins; a sister; and a brother; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and numerous friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk, VA 23434 with the Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. Interment of the ashes with military honors will follow at Holly Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on March 8, 2011

Billy Farmer

|MARION — Billy Joe Farmer, 72, formerly of Cairo and Villa Ridge, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, in VA Medical Center in Marion. Billy Joe was born March 20, 1938, in Cairo, the son of Fay and Roseland (Dauksch) Bradbury.

He was a former Alexander County deputy and retired from law enforcement as police chief for the city of Mounds. He also worked as a coal miner. Billy Joe served in Operation Desert Storm as a member of the Illinois National Guard, 1244th Transportation Unit in Cairo, and he served in the Air Force.

He was a member of Cairo VFW Post 2649, American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge, Cairo Masonic Lodge 237 and Kim Shrine Club in Cairo. He married Martha (Jackson) Durham in 1987, and she preceded him in death in 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Greg (Simone) Farmer and Brad (Melissa) Farmer, all of Johnston City, and Tim Farmer and partner Dawn Johnson of Du Quoin; daughter, Pam (Robert) Yost of Marion; sister, Carolyn (Fred) Dickerson of Troy, Tenn.; brother-in-law, William O’Guin of Charleston, Mo.; stepdaughter, Pandora (Joe) Taylor of Makanda; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two stepgrandsons, Curtis and Nick Taylor; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends; and his beloved pet, Raven. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Brenda Bradbury and Linda (Bradbury) O’Guin; and brother, Robert Bradbury. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Ralph Kaufman officiating. Interment will be in Mound City National Cemetery with full military honors conducted by members of the Illinois National Guard Honors Details and area veterans. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from March 6 to March 7, 2011

Kenneth A. Neidinger

Kenneth A. Neidinger, 37, of 202 Farmland Drive, Elizabethtown, unexpectedly entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at his home of natural causes.
He was born on July 17, 1973, in Harrisburg and is the son of Marlene Herneisey Neidinger of Elizabethtown and Kenneth C. and wife Rebecca Neidinger of Rheems.
He was a police officer for the E. Hempfield Twp. Police Department, and a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
He was baptized at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown. Ken was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Red Rose Lodge #16, Moose Lodge Post #596 , VFW Post # 5667, American Legion Post #329, Friendship Fire & Hose Co. No.1 all of Elizabethtown, Susquehanna Fire & Rescue Co.No.4, of Columbia
Ken enjoyed motorcycles, NASCAR, bowling, and billiards.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a two brothers; Matthew R. husband of Jennifer Neidinger of Strasburg; Michael C. Neidinger of Mt. Joy; sister; Faithann Neidinger of Middletown; paternal grandfather, Clyde Neidinger of Lancaster; two nephews, Andrew and Ryan Neidinger of Strasburg; niece, Ashley Turri of Strasburg.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Ann and S. Catherine Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Nancy Lee Goff officiating.
Burial with military honors will be in the Middletown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday at the church.
The family asked that instead of flowers memorial contributions be sent to the American Heart Association , 4999 Louise Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
The Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown is handling arrangements.
Published in Patriot-News on March 8, 2011

Michael Gross

March 06, 2011

Aberdeen: Memorial service for Michael Gross, 45, Aberdeen, will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen. Pastor Tom Haggar will officiate.

Michael died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D.

A time of remembrance will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 3-7 p.m., with family present 5-7 p.m. and a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen.

Michael Steele Gross was born on March 17, 1965, in Milbank, S.D., to Dennis and Patricia (Morrison) Gross. The family moved to the Aberdeen area in 1976. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School with the class of 1983.

He entered the Army Reserves, where he served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm until 1993, earning a medal for the Liberation of Kuwait. On Jan. 29, 1984, he married Sheilah Klapkin in Aberdeen. Michael worked at various places in Aberdeen.

Michael was a disabled veteran and he was very active in BMX racing, traveling around the country as a team manager for Mike’s Bikes. One could often find Mike behind a long line of BMX racers waiting for him to fix their bikes. His greatest joy was helping out others. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting. Mike really loved his grandchildren and his family.

Grateful for having shared Mike’s life are his wife, Sheilah Gross, of Aberdeen; children, Jacey (Brent) Weig and Jordan Gross; grandchildren, Madyson, Peyton and Kaleigh, all of Aberdeen; parents, Dennis and Patricia Gross of Aberdeen; siblings, Mark (Anne) Gross of Sioux Falls, Melissa (Craig) Adam, Fullerton, N.D., Matthew Gross of Aberdeen.

Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Marion McCracken, Bud Morrison, Doc and Effie Gross; niece, Jillian Adam; nephew, Shay Adam; and cousins, Jeff Gold and Jill Steinle. spitzerfuneralhome.com

Daniel Ashman

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Tue Feb 22, 2011, 09:00 AM EST

SEBRING, Fla. — Daniel Ashman, age 85, of South Ridge Road, Conneaut, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Heartland Medical Center in Sebring, Fla., where they spent the winters.

He was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late William J. and May (Bradshaw) Ashman.

Mr. Ashman was a U.S. Veteran Merchant Marine serving in W.W.II and Operation Desert Storm. Employed with U.S. Steel, he sailed the Great Lakes on the Steamer Anderson, where he worked from 1948 until his retirement in 1986 as chief engineer. He was proud of his travels during that time. Daniel was a member of New Leaf United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Christian Family Class and the American Legion Cowle Post #151. He enjoyed woodworking and sports.

Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Beverly, whom he married Jan. 18, 1947; daughter, Bunny (James) Muchiarone of North Kingsville; son, Sam Ashman of Woodland Park, Colo.; grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Muchiarone-Simpson, James P. (Jill) Muchiarone, Tamara Muchiarone, Jennifer (Edward) Bertolosio and Jason (Katie) Cox; great-grandchildren, Alex, Tyler, Joshua Bertolosio, Roxie Simpson and Ava Muchiarone; sister, Beulah (Floyd) Austin of N. Syracuse, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan Cox; son, Daniel Ashman; and a sister, Hilda Breckenridge.Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, at New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Jan Walsh officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, where Military Rites will be performed by the American Legion Cowle Post #151. Calling Hour will be held at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the New Leaf United Methodist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church or at the Funeral Home. Cards may be sent to Bunny Muchiarone at 3015 Katie Jane Lane, Conneaut, Ohio 44030. THOMPSON-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 345 Main St., Conneaut, is handling arrangements. Online obituary and guestbook at www.thompson-smithfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.

Stephen Landreth (1946 – 2011)

Taylors

Stephen Glenn Landreth, 64, of Taylors, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late William Walter Landreth and Sadie Schwartz Landreth. Mr. Landreth served for seventeen active years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. He leaves behind a loving wife, Deborah Smith Landreth; two daughters, Stephanie Elaine Latta and Melanie Anne Rodriguez; two stepdaughters, Deborah Denise Ashley and Sherry Elaine Cook; thirteen grandchildren; a great grandchild; and a cousin, Martin Jacobs. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest with visitation from 1:30 ? 2:45 pm prior to the service. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association , 3535 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615. Published in The Greenville News on March 4, 2011

Jon McCann

BENTON — Jon David McCann, 47, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at his mother’s home. Mr. McCann was born Feb. 26, 1964, in Benton, the son of Charles Edward and Shirley (Ryan) McCann. Jon was a staff sergeant serving in Germany, Korea and Desert Storm. He retired from active duty and returned to Southern Illinois.  Surviving relatives include two sons, Jon Bradley McCann and Jacob Charles McCann, who reside with their mother, Gini McCann, in Sesser; his mother, Shirley McCann of Benton; one brother, Christopher E. McCann of Coulterville; two sisters, Lorrie G. McCann of Middletown, Va., and Holly L. McCann of Kensington, N.H.; an aunt, Mary Tisdale; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. McCann was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Charles Ryan McCann; maternal grandparents, Robert Percy and Leota (Doty) Ryan; and paternal grandmother, Lucille (Webb) McCann. Private services will be in Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, with military honors performed by the Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or American Cancer Society . Visit www.hobbsjohnson.comto sign the memorial guestbook. Published in The Southern Illinoisan on March 5, 2011

D.M. “Milo” Hendrickson

HENDRICKSON Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com D.M. “Milo” Hendrickson, Capt. USN, ret., passed away on Feb. 27, 2011. Born and raised in California. Graduated University of California, Davis in 1966. Commissioned naval aviator in November 1968. Commands included COIXO VA-46, CO VA-174, CLAW 1, and CAG 17. Awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, seven Air Medals, and various awards and campaign ribbons from service in Vietnam and Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and their husbands, five grandchildren, and his mother. Services will be private. Please share his life story atwww.oxleyheard.com . Oxley Heard Funeral Directors.
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Bart Iverson

CARY – Bart Iverson, 42, passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, after an incredibly courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family and cherished friends.

He was born Feb. 21, 1969, in Harvard, to Gordon and Barbara (Kuhl) Iverson. He graduated from Harvard High School in 1987. He was a proud Marine, serving his country from 1987-91, and a veteran of the Gulf War. He received an associates degree from McHenry County College and a bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix. The majority of his professional career was with Brake Parts in McHenry.
He was a true sports enthusiast. He played in the Harvard Boys League, high school football, basketball, baseball and track. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, refereed high school football, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He had a true love for golf, with a hole-in-one to show for it. He met his wife on the softball field and proposed on the golf course. They had a wonderful honeymoon snorkeling in Mexico. He enjoyed playing any and all sports with his children, ranging from T-ball and soccer with his son to ice skating and swimming with his daughter. He loved life, and he will be missed and forever loved.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne (Podpora); his children, Brooke, 6, and Brock, 3; his parents, Gordon and Jan Iverson; his brothers, Bret and Bill; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws; his best friend, Todd; and many other wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Kuhl; a brother, Marty Halverson; and cousins, Gunner Iverson, Jim Morris and Matt Hawley.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. The visitation will continue from 10 a.m. Friday, March 4, until the 11 a.m. service at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front St., Harvard. Interment will be in Jerome Cemetery, Harvard. Military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Iverson Benefit Fund in care of the Harvard State Bank, or to Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-0063.

Robert Heartwell

Published in the Northwest Herald from March 1 to March 3, 2011

Robert B. Heartwell VIRGINIA BEACH – Robert Bourdon Heartwell, 55, peacefully passed away Feb. 23, 2011 in his brother’s home. Bobby was born Aug. 12, 1955 in Portsmouth. Bobby (or Robert as many of his friends called him) was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the last 13 years. Bobby was in the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years honorable service. During Desert Storm Bobby was the USS San Jacinto (CG-56). After retiring from the Navy, Robert experimented with a number of jobs (“bookeeper,” accountant, tax preparer, etc.) in a wide range of locations (Florida, California, Nevada and Virginia). Robert was working at his civil service job at the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Rosslyn Branch in Springfield, Va., when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Robert is the son of the late Floyd Young Heartwell of McKenney, Va., and the late Elizabeth Hillsman Heartwell Belcher of Farmville, Va. Bobby is survived by two sisters, Betty McCraw Whitehead and her husband Edgar Wade Whitehead of Bristol, Va., Jo Harrison Monahan and her husband Robert Patrick Monahan of Sterling, Va.; and three brothers, Floyd Young Heartwell Jr. of Conyers, Ga., William Hillsman Heartwell of Chesapeake and James Blanton Heartwell of Virginia Beach; nieces and nephews, Edgar Wade Whitehead Jr. his wife Robbie, their children Jack and Grace, Scott Alan Whitehead his wife Beth, their children Emory and Connor, Dana Lyndsay Heartwell, Colleen Anne Dobbs her husband Aaron, Kathleen Elizabeth Draughon her husband Brandon, Christopher Whitley Heartwell, and Brian Joseph Heartwell. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m. in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road Chapel. The family will receive guests following the ceremony in the chapel and later at 729 12th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society . Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 24, 2011

James Arthur “Jay” Fortier|

James “Jay” Arthur Fortier, 49, of Enfield, beloved husband of Violet (Galazka) Fortier, passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.

Born in Southington, son of Arthur Fortier of Calabash, N.C., and the late Elaine (Duffy) Fortier, he grew up in Southington and lived in East Windsor before moving to Enfield six years ago. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War.

In addition to his father and his loving wife, Jay is survived by his sister, Debra Guglielmo and her husband, Luigi, of Durham; two brothers, Steven Fortier of Southington and Jeffrey Fortier of Cheshire; two nephews, Jason and Ryan; two nieces, Christy and Alyssa; two great-nephews, Kody and Jack; a great niece, Harper; his mother-in-law, Christine Boudle and her husband, Bob; his father-in-law, Tony Galazka and his wife, Margaret; a sister-in-law, Kryssy Carlson and her husband, Kenny; and other extended family members and close friends. He also leaves his two dogs, Bella and Bandit.

Jay’s passion, besides his wife, dogs, and family, were the Red Sox, and fishing with his best buddies, Barry Bennett, Ronnie Iverson, Johnny Aligata, and several more, too many to mention. His passing leaves us with memories of a kind, gentle, loving man with a wonderful sense of humor and many, many stories to share in the years to come.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. directly at SS Cyril & Methodist Church, 61 Popieluszko Court, Hartford. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours.Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.South Green Memorial Home in Hartford is caring for the arrangements. Published in Journal Inquirer from February 26 to March 2, 2011

James Franklin “Frank” Graw

James Franklin “Frank” Graw, 59, of Odum died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his residence after a short illness.
The Camden County native had lived in Wayne County the past 17 years and attended House of Worship and Ministries. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran (21 years) serving in Desert Storm, receiving numerous awards including a Bronze Star. He was an avid motorcycle rider and loved to hunt.
He was predeceased by a son, William “B.J.” Beardsley, and his father, James H. Graw.
Survivors are his wife, Christy Fore’ Graw of Odum; three daughters, Shereen Graw of Mobile, Ala., Amber Graw of Lufton, Texas, and McKenzie St. Thomas Graw of Odum; a son, Trinidy St. Thomas Graw of Odum; his mother, Doris (Farley) Strickland of St. Marys; two brothers, Roger Graw of Kingsland and Gene Graw of Shelbyville, Ky.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home in Jesup. Private interment services will be in the Georgia Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Program or The Wounded Warrior Program, 7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Coastal Courier from March 1 to March 8, 2011

Danny Michael Hardy

GREENSBORO — Danny Michael Hardy, 54, died peacefully at his home on Monday, February 28, 2011.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at George Brothers Funeral Service with burial in the veterans section of Forest Lawn Cemetery with military honors.

Mr. Hardy was born January 27, 1957 in Greensboro to the late Dewey and Dot Hardy. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. Danny was a twenty-two year veteran of the military where he was a devoted member of the 82nd Airborne proudly serving in both Desert Storm and the Persian Gulf. He will be missed greatly by all.

Along with his parents, Danny is preceded in death by his brother, Dicky Hardy.

He is survived by his son Michael Johnson Hardy and daughter, Christina Hardy; sister, Diane Hardy McDaniel and her husband, Tommy; aunt, Viola Hardy Matherly; grandchildren, Andrew Johnson, Leala Hardy, and Iceland Johnson; nieces, Kathy Fulk, Betsy May and husband Toby, and Georgiana Hardy; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; and companion, Gloria D. Crews.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home and other times at 1809 Lees Chapel Road, home of Danny’s sister.

Flowers are welcome and memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 4 Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407. Offer condolences at www.news-record.com/obituaries/ Published in News Record on March 3, 2011

R. Joseph “Joey” Seidler
of N. Chelmsford; 37

N. CHELMSFORD — R. Joseph “Joey” Seidler, 37, a resident of North Chelmsford died unexpectedly Friday February 25, 2011 at his home. Joey was born in Miami, Florida on July 2, 1973.

In 1992 Joey enlisted in the United States Air Force having served in during the Gulf war more specifically Operation Desert Storm at Incirlik AB, Turkey.

Joey had been employed as a bartender at the City Bar located inside the Westin Hotel in Boston. Survivors include his sons, Christian Seidler of Lowell and Chandler Carothers of Woodsfield, Ohio; his parents, Dottie and the late Raymond DeJesus, Jeff and Joellen Seidler; his girlfriend Pam Psoinos-Furey; his former wife, Claire Yi-Pellegrino; siblings, Krisstina DeJesus, Jason Seidler, Jordan Seidler, Teresa Wise; Grandmothers Betty Manley, Leah Feasel and Nerine Seidler; Aunt and Uncle Sandy and Joe Perebzak, Aunt Angie Bashline and family, Uncle Ed Knott and family ; Cousin Sandee Wise.

SEIDLER — Relatives and friends may call at the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell from 4 until 8 PM on Wednesday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM in St. Michael Church, Lowell at 10 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Christian Seidler Trust, attn: of Attorney Jeff Higgins, 227 Chelmsford Street, Suite B, Chelmsford, MA. 01824. For directions or condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com

Published in Lowell Sun on March 1, 2011

MSgt Daniel C. Daiber

|Daiber, MSgt Daniel C., USAF died at his home on February 21, 2011, with his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Services: Visitation will be Wednesday, February 23 at St John’s the Beloved Catholic Church at 28 Sumter Avenue in Summerville, SC from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. A Catholic Burial Mass will be on Thursday, February 24th at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Dorchester Memory Gardens Summerville, SC. Dan and Mary Daiber moved to Summerville from St Louis, MO in 1983. He worked at Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly until 2003. Dan served in the Civil Air Patrol, as a pilot. He was an aircraft mechanic with the 315th Organizational Maintenance Squadron, a Flight Engineer on the C-141 with the 707th Airlift Squadron and transferred to the 701st Airlift Squadron after flying Operation Desert Storm combat missions. He became an Instructor Loadmaster on the C-17, flying worldwide support for Operations ENDURING & IRAQI FREEDOM up until his illness. Dan returned to flying after his triumph over pancreatic cancer. Most importantly, Dan adored his family, loved his country, and fought valiantly for both. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Daiber; his daughter and son-in-law Sara and Paul Whitaker; his sons Ryan and Alex Daiber; his mother Anna Daiber; sister Deanna Krekeler; brother Roland Daiber; parentsin-law John and Laura Kersting (Mr. K); sisters and brothers-inlaw John and Barbara Kersting, James and Missy Kersting, Erin and John Clapp, Lois Kersting and Leigh Ellen Kersting. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, and his Air Force family. He was predeceased by his father, Roland Daiber. The family is requesting donations be made in Dan’s memory to: The Brain Tumor Research Fund, Department of Neurosurgery MUSC, 96 Jonathon Lucas St., 428CSB, Charleston, SC 29425. Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, Summerville, SC.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on February 23, 2011

Wayne P. Gibbs

NORTH CLARENDON – Wayne Paul Gibbs, 44, died Feb. 19, 2011, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Rutland Feb. 23, 1966, the son of Gordon and Sarah (Manning) Gibbs Sr.

He was a graduate of Springfield High School and a member of Vermont National Guard in Springfield and Rutland. Mr. Gibbs was a U.S.Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

He was employed as a mechanic with U.S. Smica and Metro Group. Survivors include his wife, April (Cota) Gibbs of North Clarendon; his parents of Springfield; a son, Zachary Gibbs of North Clarendon; two daughters, Kristian Gibbs of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and Letisha Gibbs of North Clarendon; a sister, Tina Gibbs of Poultney; three brothers, Gordon Jr., Allen, both of Poultney, and Leon Gibbs of Bennington; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Gibbs. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne Gibbs Memorial Fund, PO Box 352, North Clarendon, VT 05759. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland. Published in Rutland Herald from February 21 to February 22, 2011

Joe Gonzales

GONZALES
Joe Victor Gonzales passed into his Lord’s hands on February 19, 2011 at the age of 61 years. He was preceded in death by his father Joe Perez Gonzales and survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Dianne V. Gonzales, son Anthony Carmona and daughter-in-law Lena, daughter Melissa Britten and husband Cal, mother Maria Belia Gonzales, granddaughters; Alexandra Layman, Briana Prescott; grandson Chaz Gatewood; sisters; Yolanda Rieger, Diana Padilla and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Joe proudly served his country for 22 years as a member of the U.S.A.F. during which time he served in Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
SERVICES
Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 2:00P.M.-9:00P.M. with a rosary at 7:00P.M. at Brookehill Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00A.M. at St. Monica Catholic Church with interment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

Published in Express-News on February 27, 2011

Martin Matthew Rodriguez

Martin Matthew Rodriguez

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 6, 2011

Donald E. LAMB

LAMB, Donald E. Donald E. Lamb, 60, of Ashford, died Saturday, (February 19, 2011) at home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Hartford, CT on My 20, 1950, son of the late Richard and Elaine Lamb. He was raised in East Hartford, CT and graduated from East Hartford High School. After graduation, he joined the US Army and served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division. After his discharge, he reenlisted in the US Air Force and served all over the world. He rose to the rank of Senior Master Sargeant, and after a tour in Desert Storm and 23 years of service, he retired. While serving in the US Airforce, he took advantage of further education, graduating with a BS Degree in Vocational Education from Southern Illinois University. Embarking on a new career, he opened his own business as Lamb’s Ceramic Tile. He worked his business successfully until his retirement in 2007. He was a Life Member of Post 2046, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as a member of the Rockville CT Elks and the British American Club. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Carol; and daughters, Stacy Handshumaker (husband Rob) and Lisa Foster (husband Corey) both of South Dakota; his brother Rich (wife Atsuko) of Colorado; his sister Connie (husband Paul) of Maine; his sister Barbara of Kentucky; and five wonderful grandchildren, Shelby, Warren, Alex, Kennedy, and Jacob. Funeral services with militay honors will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family.

Published in The Hartford Courant on February 22, 2011

Richard Paul Messer

March 14, 1964 – February 18, 2011

Visitation/Services Obituary

Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 | 11:00am

Pendry’s Chapel

Richard Paul Messer, 46, of Hudson died Friday, February 18, 2011.

Mr. Messer was born in Caldwell County to the late Paul Richard Messer and Shirley Kidd Messer Hudson of Morganton. He was also preceded in death by an aunt, Audrey Bristol. He was a self-employed contractor, a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Desert Storm and the Gulf War and was a bronze service star’s recipient and was a member of Abundant Life Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include a son, Jared Richard Messer of Lenoir; a daughter, Elizabeth Michelle Messer of Lenoir; his fiancé’, Lisa Shoun of Morganton; brothers, Dwayne Messer, Christopher and Christian Messer all of Lenoir; sisters, Regina Messer, Jana Messer and Jessica Dellinger all of Lenoir and his grandmother, Hazel Kidd of Lenoir. He is also survived by 2 nieces and 8 nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Pendry’s Chapel Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Michael Allen, Reverend David McNeil, Reverend Mike Greene and Reverend Brian Craig officiating. Burial will be at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends Monday, February 28, 2011 at Pendry’s Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the VA Hospital in Asheville, NC.
Online condolences to the family may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Marion L. Sanders Jr.

Marion L. Sanders, Jr. SUMMERVILLE – Marion Leon “Sandy” Sanders, Jr., 51, of Summerville, SC, an IT Specialist for SPAWAR, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2011. All services will be private according to DIAL-MURRAY FUNERAL HOME, MONCKS CORNER. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 2711 Middleburg Drive Kittrell Center, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29204. Mr. Sanders was born December 25, 1959, in Charleston, SC, a son of Marion Leon Sanders and Margaret McDaniel Sanders. He was a charter member of Tall Pines Baptist Church and was a Navy veteran of Desert Storm. Sandy was a graduate of Berkeley High School and was formerly employed as an IT Specialist for CNN and ESPN. He loved being outdoors and working in his yard. Surviving are, his wife, Judy Gonya Sanders; his mother of Moncks Corner; a step-son, Daniel Wildman of Summerville; a sister, Barbara S. Pratt and her husband, Sammy, of Pinopolis; two brothers, Gene Sanders and his wife, Harriet, and John Sanders and his wife, Wendy, all of Moncks Corner; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Edna Gonya of Cross, SC. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.dial-murrayfuneralhome.com. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on February 22, 2011

Charles J. Murphy

Charles J. Murphy February 23, 2011 Charles J. “Chuck” Murphy, 61, died Wednesday, February 23. Mr. Murphy retired from the U.S. Army in 1991, having served in Vietnam and in Desert Storm. Following graduation from OCC and Columbia College, he worked for the NYS Senate as a legislative aide in the office of Senator DeFrancisco. Mr. Murphy was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a NY member at large of the VFW and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Surviving are his daughter, Dana Murphy of Germany; two grandsons, Joel and Lennard; sisters, Janet M. (Rex) Franklin, Janice M. (Smitty) Smith and Patricia M. (Fred) Herr; brothers, Daniel E. (Gail) and Robert J. (Cindy) Murphy and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 in North Syracuse Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Friends may greet the family Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 South Main Street, North Syracuse. Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, HSC c/o L. Wilson, 800 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Fergerson Funeral Home, Inc.Published in Syracuse Post Standard on March 2, 2011

William Dennis Brzezinski (1955 – 2011)

Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on March 1, 2011

William Dennis Brzezinski
7/25/1955 – 2/18/2011

Born July 25, 1955 and passed away suddenly, in peace, at his home in North Highlands, Calif. Preceeded in death by his father, Raymond. His memory will live on through his beloved family, including his son Christopher (Briana), daughter Nicole (Terrence Powell), mother Daphne, his pride and joy in life, grandson Tristan, sister Dianne (Don Wiflord), brother Rob (Kalli) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill as a boy who loved sports, a young man who loved his country and a mature man who loved his family”.
Graduated in 1973, from Foothill High in Sacramento. He was a very mechanical person who loved to tinker and build things. As a child he loved to build toy models, as a teenager custom furniture and as an adult he loved Harley’s and fast cars!
In 1974 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Stationed worldwide, as flight platoon Supervisor he actively engaged in the maintenance on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters. He was highly decorated; “The Army Commendation Medal”, “Good Conduct Medal”, “Southwest Asia Service Medal”, “Bronze Service Star”, “Humanitarian Service Medal” and “The Kuwait Liberation Medal”.
He was instrumental in “Operation Joint Endeavor” and “Joint Guard in a Peace Keeping Mission in Bosnia”, “Provide Comfort Operation” with Kurdish Refugees, “Operation Silent Echo” that supported the nuclear assurity mission and in the latter years of his career he was actively involved in Desert Storm. His leadership ensured the successful completion of all these real world assignments. Bill retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service as Sergeant First Class-A Company-5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment. After retirement, he went to Balad for 2 years in support of “Operation Iraqi’s Freedom” as a Raytheon Contractor.
Bill was a very fun loving and caring person who enjoyed being with his family and friends. Most of all, Bill was an American Patriot. He served our country, so we as Americans could have the Freedom that we have today. Thank You Bill. You will be greatly missed and remembered by all.
Private graveside service at New Auburn Cemetery on March 1, 2011.

MICHAEL ALAN ANDERSON

Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home

Michael Alan Anderson was born on February 5, 1967 in Bellingham, WA. He went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2011. He served in the Army for three years as an E-4 Corporal doing his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. He completed a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.

Michael spent his free time with his family retelling stories of the past. He loved playing Frisbee golf, camping, hiking and being outdoors. He loved walking the fields behind his home so much that he was given the nickname of Fieldboy. He would find golf balls on his walk and would spend time hitting them. Then there was always the rousing game of Farkle. He was enjoying going to church and loved the Lord. Survivors include his son Anthony; daughter Stephanie; father Delmar; 4 brothers Richard, Arden, Daniel, and Timothy; 4 sisters April, Tammy, Jennifer and Sandra and many nieces and nephews as well as many other family members that will miss him very much. There will be a celebration of his life at Pasco Christian Church on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a viewing at Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home on February 22, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family invites you to sign their online guest book at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com. Published in Tri-City Herald on February 22, 2011

William Owen Payne (1968-2011)

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO – William Owen Payne, 42, of Twin Falls, Idaho, died February 13, 2011, at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Owen was born in New Albany, Ind., on August 29, 1968, the son of William Payne, Jr. and Patricia (Owens) Payne.

He grew up and attended schools, graduating from Blackford, High School in 1987. He joined the United States Armyand was deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged from Ft. Lewis, Washington and then returned home to Indiana. He worked there at various jobs until 2002, when he moved and settled in Twin Falls, Idaho. He worked for Jiffy-Lube as a manager, and then he went to work for St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls in 2005. He worked as a security guard for them until his passing. He also had part-time employment with the Filer City Police Dept. as an officer.

When he wasn’t working, Owen enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, boating, traveling, baseball and football and spending time with his children and his family.

Surviving Owen are his children, son, William Clark Payne of Ft. Benning, Ga., daughter, Lillian Payne of Twin Falls, Idaho, wife, Tracy Payne of Twin Falls, Idaho, father, William Payne of Hazelton, Idaho, mother, Patricia Payne of New Hampton, Iowa, sister, Elizabeth (Dwight) Esopenko of Texas, and nephew, Chazz (Jennifer) Shrader of Indiana.
Funeral services for Owen were on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home 2551 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, Idaho, with Mike Parke officiating. A visitation for Owen was on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, from 5 to 7 pm. at the funeral home.Interment followed the services at the Twin Falls Cemetery in Twin Falls, Idaho.All services and arrangements were under the direction of the Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home of Twin Falls, Idaho.Those wishing to share condolences may do so at www.magicvalleyfuneralhome.com

Howard K. Overacker

Published in Hartford City News Times from February 25 to March 25, 2011

Overacker, Howard K. February 10, 2011, age 50, in Vicenza, Italy. Formerly of New Hope, Howard attended Copper High School and the U. of M. He was preceded in death by parents, LeRoy and Edwina Overacker, and his brother Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Giustina, and children Vincent and Victoria. Howard served 20 years in the 82nd Airborne. He fought in Operation Desert Storm and in the invasion of Panama where he was wounded. His wife Giustina is a native of Italy, and the family has lived there since 2001. His ashes were interred on Feb. 17th in Monticello Conte Otto, Vicenza, Italy.

Michael P. Cataldi

Published in Star Tribune on February 27, 2011
Michael P. Cataldi, 49, of Tempe passed away February 2, 2011 in Tempe, AZ. Mr. Cataldi was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Jerome and Patricia Cataldi. Mr. Cataldi worked as an attorney with the USMC JAG. His military service included Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. He continued to work as an attorney after his military retirement. Surviving him is a son, Mitchell Cataldi; daughter, Fiona Cataldi; brothers, Christopher J. Cataldi, Craig M. Cataldi and Mark R. Cataldi. Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Dr. in Tempe. Burial with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m., at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Tempe Mortuary.

Mark Hennessey

Anchorage resident Mark Hennessey, 46, died Jan. 18, 2011, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore.

A celebration of life with family and friends will be held at a later date. Mark was born June 9, 1964, in Fort Dix, N.J., to Richard and Gloria Hennessey.He moved to Alaska in June 1979. He graduated from Service High School in 1982.

Mark joined the Navy and served on the USS Ranger in the Persian Gulf War. He left the Navy with an honorable discharge and was a disabled veteran.

Mark returned to Alaska, where he worked at the airport as a supervisor for several different airlines. Most recently, he worked in construction. Mark will be dearly missed by his family, especially his daughter Alysha. The time they spent together was all about joking around, cooking and having fun. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with his family. Mark’s passion for cooking made him an excellent cook. He loved to prepare meals for family and friends and watch them enjoy the food. Mark is survived by his wife, Lizi Hennessey; his daughters, Alysha and Krista Hennessey; his father and mother, Richard and Gloria Hennessey; his sisters, Marcia (Bryan) Coggins and Linda (Toney) Hannah; his brother, Patrick (Sara) Hennessey; his nephews, Cody Coggins and Dawson Hennessey; his niece, Aspen Hennessey; and numerous family members and friends.Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Gladys Moger and Joe Hennessey; and his nephew, Robert Yost.Published in adn.com from February 19 to February 20, 2011

John P. Martone

MARTONE, JOHN P.; age 50; died unexpectedly. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey January 12, 1961. Served as a Chief in the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Reservist at Selfridge Air Force Base. He was a veteran of the Libyan Crisis and the Gulf War, serving on the U.S.S. Guadalcanal. Father of Andrew, Adam, Seth, Trey, Chad, and Liam of Romeo; brother of Robert, Jr., Bryan (Victoria), Andrea, and Christine Nichols (Jeff); uncle of Antonio and Francesca. Son of the late Robert and Arlene. Family will receive friends Saturday 6 p.m. until Memorial Service at 8 p.m. at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road (between Maple and Big Beaver). Memorial Tributes to Animal Advocates of Troy. View obituary and share memories at
www.DesmondFuneralHome.com

Published in The Oakland Press on February 25, 2011

William WILLIAMS (1967 – 2011)

William Douglas , Age 43, passed away unexpectedly on February 24, 2011 at his home in Cincinnati. Doug was born on December 28, 1967 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He graduated from Titusville High School in Titusville, Florida. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1990-1994, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf. After returning from the Gulf War, he married Melissa Peterson on January 25th, 1992. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his wife Melissa and his son, Alec, his mother, Sharon Betzing of Vancouver, Washington, his father Bill and stepmother Sandra Williams of Melbourne, Florida, brother Jonathan Williams of Germantown, Maryland along with many family members of northern Kentucky, Ohio and Florida. He loved computers, photography, traveling and spending time with his family. He was and will always be loved by his family, friends and all who knew him. A time of visitation will be held at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 W. Main St. in Amelia on Tuesday, March 1 from 7-9 PM. Graveside service on Wednesday, March 2 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North at 11 AM. www.ecnurre.com Donations in Doug’s name can be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on February 28, 2011

Steven L. Mata (1969-2011)

Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Wednesday, February 9 at 9:00 A.M. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Porterville and Prayer of the Holy Rosary will be on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lindsay for Steven L. Mata, 41, of Lindsay, who passed away February 5, 2011. Interment will be at Lindsay Strathmore Cemetery following Wednesday, Mass.

Steven was born December 21, 1969 in Lindsay to Miguel (Mike) and Aurora Mata and was raised and attended elementary school here and junior high at St. Anne’s Catholic School and then he graduated from Lindsay High School with the Class of 1988. Steven served his country in the United States Marines during the Persian Gulf conflict in Desert Storm. He was employed as a corrections officer. He enjoyed traveling, playing soccer, working out and spending time with his family and friends.

Steven was preceded in death by his father Mike Mata and by a brother Jimmy Mata.
He is survived by his mother Aurora Mata of Lindsay; his children Arielle Prince-Mata, Willard (Willie) Prince-Mata and Aniessa Prince-Mata all of Lindsay; sisters Diana Mata and Leticia Mata all of Lindsay; his girlfriend Alana Boss of Corcoran; 1 grandson Zion Paul as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. At the families request, no visitation is planned. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.webbsandersfuneralhome.com.Webb Sanders Funeral Home is charge of all arrangements. Published in The Porterville Recorder from February 8, 2011 to February 7, 2012

Hugh Patrick MADDEN M.D.

MADDEN, Hugh Patrick, M.D. October 2, 1954- February 18, 2011 Dr. Hugh P. Madden, eldest son of Kathryn and Meredith Madden of El Cajon, CA passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles, CA on February 18, 2011 after a lengthy battle with systemic scleroderma. Hugh graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1982 and specialized in general surgery. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as Ships Surgeon on the USS Forrestal during Desert Storm. He went on to serve others as a General Surgeon in private practice and as a Medical Consultant for the State of California. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Jayne, and their children, Courtney Ebara (Shota) and Aaron Madden. Hugh will be greatly missed by his many family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation Southern California, 10319 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 or to Boys and Girls Town at [email protected] Angeleno Valley Mortuary (818) 753-7880

Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 22, 2011

Bruce J. Lacoste

ICC Bruce J. Lacoste (USN ret.) died of natural causes peacefully in his home Saturday morning. He is survived by his three children Christopher Lacoste, Elizabeth White, and Daniel Lacoste, as well as four grandchildren.
He served 20 honorable years in the United States Navy, including a deployment aboard the USS Missouri during Operation Desert Storm.
He was well loved by those who knew him. Always a passionate enthusiast of Drive-in Theaters, he was forever working towards his dream of a drive-in theater museum in Branson, Missouri. Funeral Services will be private. Memorial services are being planned for sometime in April. For information, please contact Chris Lacoste at
[email protected]

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on February 24, 2011

Darin Scott Hunt (1967-2010)

Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 10 AM at Lindsay Strathmore Public Cemetery for Darin Scott Hunt, 43 of Lindsay, who passed away suddenly on December 12, 2010. Pastor Marvin Donaldson will officiate and interment will follow.

Darin was born June 15, 1967 in Lindsay to Bruce and Beverly Hunt and was raised and attended school here. He graduated from Lindsay High School with the class of 1985. He served his country in the United States Navy during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Darin married Melissa Ferguson in Porterville on February 16, 2002. He worked for Kraft Foods as a licensed pasteurizer in the whey maintenance division until becoming disabled. Darin loved football and was a devoted Raiders fan. He also enjoyed bar-b-que’s with his family and spending time with his kids; he coached peewee football, softball and also enjoyed camping trips. He also loved going to church and served as one of the lay-ministers there.

Darin was preceded in death by a infant son Ronald Franklin Hunt; his maternal grandfather Hubert Hurt and paternal grandparent John and Verna Hunt.

He is survived by his wife Melissa Hunt; his parents Bruce and Beverly Hunt and his maternal grandmother Wilba Hurt all of Lindsay; his children Heather Hunt and friend Jason Bentley, Nathan Hunt and wife Bobbi, Corey Hunt, Alex Hunt, Aaron Hunt, Austyn Hunt and Selena Hunt; his granddaughter Ezmurelda Hunt as well as his parents-in-law Jim and Nancy Ferguson of Porterville and numerous friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 1:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.webbsandersfuneralhome.com.

Webb Sanders Funeral Home is charge of all arrangements.

Published in The Porterville Recorder from December 16, 2010 to December 15, 2011

Martin Matthew Rodriguez, beloved husband, father, son, grandson, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend, made a peaceful transition early on the afternoon of Saturday, February 19, 2011 after a sudden battle with cancer. Matthew was most adored for his humor, sense of self, adventurous spirit, and honest originality. Whether surfing the beaches of California, camping with his family and friends to their favorite destinations, kayaking and mountain biking where most would not dare, strumming one of his many guitars to his favorite Bob Marley tunes, playing the sport of Frisbee golf whom his brother introduced him to, or grilling for family and friends, Matthew was at home in this world and made many friends in it. Matthew was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on January 1, 1966. He attended and in 1986 graduated from B.F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas, where he enjoyed art and music. He attended Wharton County Junior College for a year. He later joined the Navy where he proudly served our country being based out of Camp Pendleton and served duties in Desert Storm as part of the Iraqi War. While in the Navy he met his loving wife Marlese and they married in 1991. They completed their loving family with the addition of their daughter Zoe in 1993. Later they settled in Round Rock, Texas in 1995. Soon after arriving in the Austin area Matthew began working for the University of Texas. Matthew has been employed for 15 years at UT building the trust and love of many co-workers whom became some of his dearest friends. Matthew is survived by his Wife Marlese Alles Rodriguez and daughter Zoe Rodriguez of Round Rock, TX; parents, Martin and Lydia Rodriguez of Richmond, TX; grandmother Christina Rodriguez of Rosenberg, TX; siblings, Kimberly Rodriguez of Houston, TX, Mark Rodriguez of Houston, TX, Marly Rodriguez Diaz and husband Russell of Wharton, TX; nieces Carissa Diaz and Jordan Diaz; and nephews Christopher Diaz and Xavier Diaz; along with beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins throughout Texas and beyond. A Celebration of Life will be held in Austin, Texas during March 2011 (date TBD and all concerned will be advised of date). In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Lighthouse Hospice-Altenheim in Round Rock, TX or another non-profit organization in Matthew’s name.

 

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