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Located at 151 South Hwy 17-92, Longwood, FL, 32750, Tri County Cremation & Funeral Home is a trusted and respected funeral service provider in the community. With a commitment to providing compassionate and professional care, the funeral home has established itself as a beacon of hope for families during their most difficult times.

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Tri County Cremation & Funeral Home has built a reputation for excellence and trust over the years. The funeral home's team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalized and dignified funeral services that honor the memory of loved ones. From traditional funerals to cremations, the funeral home offers a range of options to cater to the unique needs and preferences of each family.

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Address: 151 South Hwy 17-92, Longwood, FL, 32750
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Patricia Mary Kelly - March 24, 1963 - April 28, 2024

Departed: 04/28/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: In Loving Memory of Patricia “Trish” Mary Kelly
Trish Kelly, a loyal wife, amazing mother, cherished sister, and dear friend, passed away on April 28, 2024, in Orlando, Florida, after bravely battling triple negative breast cancer. She was 61 years old.
Trish was born on March 24, 1963, in Buffalo, New York, to the late John Patrick Sullivan and Shirley Elizabeth Sullivan. The youngest of four, she grew up in West Seneca, New York, and spent most of her summers in Sherkston, Ontario, where she met her husband, Gregory “Greg” Joseph Kelly. In 1988, the couple relocated to Orlando, Florida, where Trish went on to earn her master’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida.
Trish dedicated over 20 years of her life to guiding and supporting students as a compassionate guidance counselor at the high and middle school levels across Central Florida, including at Dr. Phillips High School and William R. Boone High School most recently. Her dedication and kindness touched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and families.
Trish found great joy in spending time at home on Lake Conway, always appreciating the beauty of nature and wildlife. Her love for nature reflected her gentle and nurturing spirit.
Trish is survived by her husband of 37 years (Greg Kelly); her loving daughters (Laura Kelly and Allison Kelly); two sisters (Annie Young and Susan “Susie” Sullivan); a brother (Lawrence “Larry” Sullivan), and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Known for her abundant kindness, generosity, and excellent sense of humor, Trish was the ultimate peacekeeper and an incredible “helper” to all who knew her. She earned a multitude of nicknames that warmly reflected her various qualities. Trish was called Tech Mom due to her enthusiasm for learning new technology, Mapquest Mom for her exceptional navigation skills, Meteorologist Mom for her ability to comment on all forms of weather patterns and Kelly Helper for her constant desire to assist others in any way possible. Trish enthusiastically joined in every project, task, and activity, always insisting it would be “fun,” and because of her brilliant spirit, she truly turned the endeavor into a joyful experience for all. One of her favorite mantras, “If it’s my time, it’s my time,” reflected her grace and acceptance in facing life’s challenges.
A memorial service to celebrate Trish’s life, including her Irish heritage and her love of beer, will be held on May 11, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Harp & Celt Irish Pub in Orlando, Florida.
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Lisa G Cain - October 29, 1961 - April 28, 2024

Departed: 04/28/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Lisa G. Cain, 62, of Port Orange, FL., passed away on April 28, 2024 at her home.
Lisa was born on October 30, 1061 in Memphis, TN. to Bobby and Cecil (Waldrup) Cain.
Linda enjoyed her occupation in the networking industry in a business she set up and ran.
She leaves behind a sister, Michele Ferrell, and many loving friends to mourn her passing.
Lisa was preceded in death by her partner, Robin Duzane, who passed away in December of 2016.
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Raymond Charles Berns, Jr. - July 14, 1953 - April 25, 2024

Departed: 04/25/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Raymond “Bud” Charles Berns, Jr. (1953–2024)
Raymond “Bud” Berns, a beloved father and loyal friend, passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 25, 2024, due to a pre-existing health condition.
Born on July 14, 1953, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Raymond was the son of Raymond Berns, Sr. and Bette (DeWitt) Leach. His formative years were spent in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan, where he cultivated lifelong friendships, before moving to Boyne City, Michigan, then Port Orange, Florida.
Raymond, also known as “Bud,” possessed a generous spirit that touched the lives of everyone he encountered. His warm smile and kind heart touched the lives of everyone he met. Whether it was lending a helping hand to a neighbor or sharing a laugh with his bowling league buddies, Bud’s presence brightened the room.
An avid outdoorsman, Bud found solace in nature. Fishing trips with his daughters and hunting expeditions with friends created cherished memories. Bud’s talents extended beyond the wilderness. He was an exceptional cook, delighting friends and family with his appetizers, smoked meats, and mouthwatering desserts.
Bud is survived by his two daughters: Amy Stanton (Jesse) and Rebecca Holbrook (Ryan). His former spouse, Melissa Berns, also mourns his passing. Bud’s legacy lives on through his beloved grandchildren: Reagan and Wyatt Stanton, and Adelynn, Taylor, and Grayson Holbrook. Siblings Cheryl Agosta, Judy Poff (Robert), Debbie Berns, and David Berns share in the grief, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Raymond Berns, Sr., and Bette Leach, as well as other cherished relatives and close friends.
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Charlene Leevern Gurganious - June 08, 1946 - April 04, 2024

Departed: 04/04/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Charlene "Weenie" Gurganious born June 8, 1946, in Daytona Beach, FL. to Alvetta Mae Goodrich and William Edward Goodrich.
On April 4, 2024, Charlene passed away peacefully in Deltona, FL.
Charlene grew up in Oak Hill, Fl., eventually settling in Massachusetts where she became a stay-at-home mom to her four daughters. Later in life returning to her hometown of Oak Hill, FL which she loved.
Charlene loved cooking and could create a meal from any ingredient. There were many hobbies she loved, but collecting everyone's dead plants and bringing them back to life brought her the most joy. Going to the casino, sitting by the ocean or river, and playing a competitive game of baseball at a family cookout were most enjoyable to her.
There wasn't a song she didn't know sang by Elvis. She was his #1 fan.
Charlene was welcomed in heaven with open arms by her Mom, Alvetta Mae Goodrich, Dad, William Edward Goodrich and many brothers. Harry (Jake) Goodrich William (Bud) Goodrich James (Babe) Goodrich Calvin Goodrich Carl (Pee Wee) Goodrich Leaving behind her 4 daughters Patricia Wooden, husband James Karen Nicholson, husband Albert Penny Casey, husband Steven Holly Scott, husband Herbert 11 grandchildren David, Teresa, John, Joshua, Stacey, Alanna, Brianna, Ashley, Andrew, Charlene, Gary 19 great grandchildren Brother Daniel (Danny) Goodrich, wife Kathryn (Kat)
Sister Loretta (Flossie) Kerney.
She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and friends. "Always say later, it's never goodbye, goodbye is forever"
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Ida Emma Velazquez - February 18, 1958 - March 14, 2024

Departed: 03/14/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Ida Emma Velazquez, born on February 18, 1958, in Chicago, peacefully passed away in her sleep on March 14, 2024, at her home in Winter Springs. She is survived by her three beloved children, Rafael, Jose, and Yanira, and cherished by her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Raised in Puerto Rico, she was the proud daughter of Georgina Del Valle and Miguel Angel Velazquez. She was the youngest of three sisters; Mirna Cuevas and Norma Cuevas de Ayuso.
Ida earned her certifications at Instituto de Banca in Rio Piedras, PR and worked in the banking industry for many years before moving to North Carolina and devoting her life to raising her children. She loved dancing, bowling, trips to the beach and cooking. She re-entered the work force in the 2000’s and became a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Florida.
Her legacy of selflessness and unconditional love will forever resonate in the hearts of those she leaves behind.
Ida was a vibrant soul, exuding life in every moment. Her smile could illuminate any room, and her laughter was a melody to all who were fortunate enough to hear it.
A service in memory of Ida will be held at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, FL on April 5, 2024 at 10 A.M. A second service will be held in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico at Parroquia María Madre de la Misericordia on April 21, 2024 at 6:30 P.M.
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Kay Joan Rogero - April 07, 1937 - March 11, 2024

Departed: 03/11/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Kay Joan Rogero, 86, of Sanford Florida, passed away on March 11, 2024 after a prolonged illness.
Kay was born on April 7, 1937 to Jack and Cleo (Fix) Johnson in Melbern, Ohio. She graduated from Defiance High School in 1956 and went on to study education at Defiance College where she served as president of Chi Omega Sorority.
While she had many careers throughout her life, her favorite position was working as University Administrator of Northwood University.
Kay enjoyed traveling, cooking and art but her biggest passion was creating a sense of family. Her door was always open for anyone who needed a hug, a meal or just someone to listen.
She married Warren John Rogero in 1984 and immediately became a combination mom/best friend to his three children, Julie, Jeff and Regan.
Kay was predeceased by husband Warren Rogero, grandson Jonathan Rogero, sister Barbara Kochensparger and brother Royal “Fuzz” Ward.
She is survived by sister, Janet Brown, children Julie, Jeff and Regan, granddaughters Amanda and her husband Josh, Sarah and her husband John, Nicole, and Emily, great-grandson Wade and great-granddaughter Roselyn along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In keeping with Kay’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.
Donations may be made in her memory to Autism Speaks or American Cancer Society.
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Gerald Lee Roy - September 09, 1946 - March 02, 2024

Departed: 03/02/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Gerald Lee Roy, (Jerry), of Winter Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
He was born and raised in Jennings, Louisiana by parents Wallace and Lucille Roy.
He was the father of Joshua B. Roy and Amber E. Roy, grandfather of Grayson J. Roy, brother of now deceased Burnett Roy, brother Ronnie Roy who lives in Louisiana; Sandra A. Gautreau, ex-wife and mother of his children.
He proudly served in the Marine Reserves, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and worked mostly in sales.
He will be missed by his family and remembered forever by them.
He will be inurned at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.
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Warren Scott Greenly - July 16, 1939 - February 25, 2024

Departed: 02/25/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Warren Scott Greenly of Casselberry, Florida, passed away suddenly on February 25, 2024. He is survived by his loving family: children Kenneth S. Greenly, Gayle Connors, Gary Greenly and spouse Julie, Melissa Greenly, Karen Scherer and spouse Scott; brothers Glenn and Timothy Greenly, their spouses Marie and Andresa and niece Robin, nephews Kraig, Robert and Dale Greenly; grandchildren Alexander KJ Greenly, Kyle and Skyler Scherer, Dugan, Derek and Kayla Connors, Jantzen and Jennis; and stepmother Gail Greenly.
Scott Greenly worked as an electronic technician for Churchill Downs, Inc., in the sports wagering industry for approximately 30 years, was retired in sunny Florida.
Family and friends will gather for services on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 2pm-4pm, at Tri-County Cremation and Funeral Home, 151 South US Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL. 32750, followed by a celebration of life to be announced at a future date.
At the request of the family, please send any well wishes to the family at Tri-County Cremation and Funeral Home, either online at or by mail, 151 South US Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL. 32750.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Heart Association.
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Marjorie T. Daly - April 05, 1933 - February 15, 2024

Departed: 02/15/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: M. Tess Daly died on February 15th, 2024. Her husband, Albert P. Daly, preceded her in death on November 24th, 2010. Their daughter Mary T. Daly, known as “Snookie,” lived at The Duval Home & died on December 19th, 2019.
Tess was born in England in 1933. Her sister, Elizabeth, & her brother, Peter, are still in England. Tess emigrated to Canada in 1955, & then to the U.S. in 1959. She became a citizen in 1991. She married Albert in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1960 & they worked & traveled the world together.
On Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 at 10:00 AM, mass at St. Peter’s R.C. Church in DeLand will be celebrated in Tess’s honor. After the mass, a Celebration of Life will follow in St. Theresa’s Hall.
Per Tess’s request, no flowers - but any memorials may be sent to the Duvall Home (827 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand, FL 32720). Thank you. Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home is in charge.
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William Manget Johnson - January 30, 1951 - February 08, 2024

Departed: 02/08/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: William Manget Johnson, 73, of Daytona Beach, passed away at home on February 8, 2024. He will be missed by his friends, neighbors and all he brought cheer to.
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Janis Ann Williams - March 20, 1948 - February 07, 2024

Departed: 02/07/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Janis Ann Williams, 75, of Daytona Beach, FL., passed away peacefully at home on February 7, 2024. Janis was born in San Diego, CA on March 20, 1948 to parents, Louis and Eleanor (Eichel) Saghy. Janis loved being a Professional Cake Decorator.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Williams, son Randolph of Pollock Pines, CA and sister Pam Whiteman. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
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John Charles Cole - January 25, 1959 - February 05, 2024

Departed: 02/05/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: John Charles Cole, 65, of Geneva, FL., passed away on February 5, 2024 at his home. He was born on January 25, 1959. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and all whom he brought joy to.
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Patrick Allen Wells - July 22, 1955 - January 28, 2024

Departed: 01/28/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Patrick Allen Wells, 68, of Longwood, Florida, passed away on January 28, 2024. Born on July 22, 1955, in Miami Beach, Florida, Patrick was a beloved father, grandfather, husband, son, and brother.
Patrick was known for his sense of humor, gentle nature, and selflessness. He always put others before himself and was a considerate, thoughtful, and forgiving person. His charisma and loving personality endeared him to all who knew him. Patrick had a passion for making people happy, and he had a special talent for bringing joy to those around him.
In his free time, Patrick enjoyed indulging in his love for music and food. He was a true foodie and had a deep appreciation for all types of cuisine. Patrick also had a passion for fantasy fiction and was an avid reader. He loved diving into the world of imagination and getting lost in the pages of his favorite books. Additionally, he was a fan of the game show Jeopardy and had an impressive knowledge of trivia. Patrick was also a history buff and enjoyed expanding his knowledge on the subject. Puzzles were another favorite pastime of his, as they provided him with a sense of relaxation and satisfaction.
One of Patrick's favorite activities was fishing. He found solace in spending time by the water, casting his line, and enjoying the tranquility of nature. He also cherished taking naps in a cozy recliner, wrapped in a warm blanket. These moments of peaceful rest brought him much comfort and contentment.
Patrick is survived by his mother, Norma, wife Michele, his sons Shaun and Rolly, daughters Taylor and Amanda, daughter in law Kristine, brother David, and sisters Virginia, Cathy, and Mary. He was a loving grandfather to his grandson Shaun Jr. (SJ) and had a special bond with him. Patrick was predeceased by his father, Alvin Lewis Wells, Jr.
Patrick's professional career was centered around his passion for cooking. He worked as a former chef and cook, delighting countless people with his culinary creations. His talent in the kitchen was unmatched, and he had a natural ability to bring flavors to life. Patrick's dedication to his craft was evident in every dish he prepared.
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Michael Lee Neudigate - September 15, 1962 - January 23, 2024

Departed: 01/23/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: MICHEAL LEE NEUDIGATE September 15, 1962 To January 23, 2024 Michael is survived by his loving Wife, Cindy Sons: Alex (Emily), Justin, BJ, Mikey Daughters – Crystal (Steven), Mary Ann Sisters – Becky (Jim), Tammy (Mike), Debbie Brother – Richard (Fran) 18 Grandchildren
Mike was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather. Mike’s hobbies including fishing, golf and football. He enjoyed attending the Miami Dolphin games and watching the Miami Dolphins games and eating wings at Froggers with his brother, Richard, family and friends.
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Floyd Junior Rhue - July 11, 1933 - January 09, 2024

Departed: 01/09/2024 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Floyd Junior "Red" Rhue, 90, of Winter Park, FL., formerly of DeLand, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Floyd was born on July 11, 1933 in Wilmington, N.C. to parents George and Thelma (Kennedy) Rhue.
He enjoyed fishing, coin collecting and especially looking forward to his favorite snack, Oatmeal Creme Pies. He proudly served in the United States Army.
He is survived by his niece, Julianne Foyil and nephew, Clayton Sandley.
Floyd will be missed by everyone that was blessed to be part of his life.
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Charles Howard Babb - October 10, 1943 - December 29, 2023

Departed: 12/29/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Charles H Babb Father, Grandfather, Friend, and Mentor October 10, 1943 – December 29, 2023
Charles H Babb (80) of Altamonte Springs, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 29, 2023.
Born October 10th, 1943 to Herbert and Mildred Babb, Charlie spent his young life learning how to live a fully seasoned life in a hard-working, fiercely loyal, early-Florida citrus pioneer household in Umatilla.
After completing an Agriculture degree from the University of Florida, he then served in the United States Navy as a Dispersing Officer on the USS Canberra during the Vietnam War. He was a proud Veteran and his love for country was evident in both words and deeds.
Charlie was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart, a mentoring spirit, and wonderful sense of family leadership. His children will tell you that he was always present when needed and taught many valuable lessons. He was an ingenious problem solver and was filled with knowledge gained through his life experiences: rattlesnake milker, crocodile charmer, military officer, boat-builder, two-stepper, printer, entrepreneur, innovator, contractor- he could fix or build anything. He loved being outdoors and, on the water, growing plants, fruits, vegetables, fishing, scuba diving, camping, and taking pictures of nature (sunrises were his favorite). His last words were "I'll see you in the morning," which provides a glimpse into his favorite time of day. He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with friends and family. He is survived by his ex-wife Roseanne Babb, his brothers Herbie and Richard Babb, his three children Jason Babb, Wendy Babb Boyer, and Derrick Babb, son-in-law Bryce Boyer and two grandchildren Macey and Marley Boyer (his M&M's). When his time came, he carried himself with dignity, strength, and full of love for those who went before and will follow him. "Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."
Charlie's wishes were that no "stuffy" services should be planned. His ashes will be scattered in various favorite bodies of water by his children. Godspeed Charlie, you will be missed dearly.
Fair winds and following seas. Rest in peace, Shipmate Charles. We have the watch.
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Irena Brown - April 13, 1935 - December 28, 2023

Departed: 12/28/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Irena Brown, 80, of DeLand, FL., passed away at her home on December 28, 2023. Irena was born in Gavia, Poland on April 13, 1943 to parents Vinc and Maria (Mordas) Giecewicz. She was a homemaker, the whole while enjoying baking, sewing, quilting, reading and being an artist with very vibrant colors. She was always the life of the party. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara Myers of Paisley, FL.
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Ana Delia Millan - November 23, 1936 - December 18, 2023

Departed: 12/18/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Ana Delia Millan "Yindi" (87)
Born November 23, 1936 to Francisco Millan and Aniana Melendez in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Ana passed away on December 18, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones after a battle with Alzheimer's at her home in Altamonte Springs. She is survived by her sons, Hector and Juan; Grandchildren, Alex, Jessica, Hector G., Christian and Adriana; Great-grandchildren, Matthew, Cataleya and Luna; Sisters, Nilda and Angelica and brother, Francisco.
She was a very happy person, great mother, grandmother and friend that brought a smile to everyone around her.
The funeral will be a private ceremony with only close family members in attendance.
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Mary Lee Connor - August 14, 1943 - November 27, 2023

Departed: 11/27/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Mary Lee Connor was a child of God who lived a long fruitful life, though those close to her feel she left too soon. She lived to serve living creatures of all types from her career with the State of Florida, to her friends and family and most of all her beloved animals.
She was passionate about her garden and loved all her beautiful plants and spent her time painting things that always made people smile. Her animals were very dear to her which was evident due to the many animals she cared for over her lifetime. She contributed to many charities for children and animals alike.
She leaves behind her adorable Yorkshire, Toby, her son John Jay Connor, Grandchildren Kyle and Karina Connor, along with her great- grandson Xander whom she loved and cared for very much.
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Leo Charles Footer - March 13, 1949 - November 05, 2023

Departed: 11/05/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Leo Charles Footer 74, of Ormond Beach Florida passed away peacefully on November 5, 2023.
He was born to Stanley and Elizabeth Footer (McAvoy) in Manhattan NY and was raised in Massapequa Park, Long Island NY and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Ponca Military academy in Tulsa, OK and then went back north to
Newton Junior College for computer engineering in 1969 in Newton, Mass.
Brother of deceased Margot Lafferty of Newton, MA, Michele Mingione of West Babylon, NY and Paula Footer of Long Island NY.
Father of Melanie Beaudet (Footer)of Hopkinton, MA and Christopher Hanley of Northampton, MA. Grandfather to 3 grandchildren.
Early in his career, he was in high tech sales in Boston in companies like HP and Honeywell. Then a Medical Salesman in NYC at Medtronic and Johnson and Johnson. He was well spoken and a natural salesman but wanted to do something in the arts. He attended Cochran University in DC and became a Graphic Designer. He worked as graphic designer at the American Cancer Society in New York City.
In his later years he ran a livery business in Mastic Beach LI.
He was a lover of the arts. opera and Broadway. As a young child, he had the opportunity to sing and perform in Carnegie Hall. In adulthood, he often sang in dinner theater in Greenwich Village. He entertained many with his talents and if you were lucky, you got a serenade of songs while he was strumming on his acoustical guitar.
In his later years, he found love again with Patricia Kenna in Mastic Beach, NY and together they spent 20+ years by the sea until her death. After her passing, he was heartbroken and moved to Florida, a place they visited annually for the rest of his golden years.
He was a brave soul that had his struggles but spent his days always connecting with others. Ultimately, he passed after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was at peace knowing he was loved and that he was blessed.
He will be missed by his family.
Thank you to the staff at Gentiva Hospice that gave him great care when he needed it the most.
Funeral Services will be held in Patchogue New York at St Joseph’s the Worker Church at 10am on February 3rd with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram LI.
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David Delano Gardner - May 14, 1948 - September 30, 2023

Departed: 09/30/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: David D. Gardner (75) of Umatilla, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family, friends and his three fur babies on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
David was born in Akron, Ohio on May 14, 1948, to Edward and Helen (Cruise) Gardner.
David will be remembered for his love of life, and his ability to turn any situation into a positive by using his sense of humor. David will also be remembered for his intense love for his family, his fur babies (and his grand fur baby) as well as his many friends. Before becoming ill, David loved playing golf, traveling, and attending hockey games with Krystal and PJ as well as his grandchildren, Emma and Braiden. David could be found teaching Emma how to drive in his beloved car, Pearl, and watching YouTube with his grandson, Braiden.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, his children, David Jr. and his wife Sharon, Steven and his wife Cathy, Keri and her husband Michael, and Krystal and her husband PJ. David was predeceased by his son Thomas Clifford.
In addition to David’s children, he leaves behind six grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah, Harrison, Evan, Emma and Braiden. David also leaves behind his sisters Vicki and Connie as well as his brother Danny. David’s brother Mark, passed on October 4, 2023.
David will be remembered lovingly by his many nieces and nephews. David also leaves behind his lifelong friend Mickey Femino and his wife Susan.
In addition to being predeceased by his son, David is predeceased by his parents, his mother-in-law, Majorie (Mickey) and his brothers, Stanley and Edwin.
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Chester Francis Rutkowski, Jr. - January 18, 1952 - September 23, 2023

Departed: 09/23/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Chester Francis Rutkowski, Jr., 71, from Altamonte Springs, FL., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Chester was born in Buffalo, New York, to parents Chester and Rose Marie (Ponczynski) Rutkowski.
Chester worked as an Auto Mechanic and enjoyed his hobby racing and working on cars.
He is survived by his children; Jason Rutkowski, Melissa and her husband Bill Hudd, Kyle and his wife Deidre Rutkowski, Scott Rutkowski and Caitlin Rutkowski; 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and a step-granddaughter.
He will be missed by his family, friends, and those who came to know him.
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Rhoda Phillips - October 11, 1926 - September 12, 2023

Departed: 09/12/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Rhoda Phillips, 96, of Longwood, FL., passed away peacefully on Monday, September 11, 2023. Rhoda was born on October 11, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to Harry and Beatrice (Lampert) Kramer.
Rhoda was an accomplished artist, potter, and designer. She loved to play socialized games, especially Mahjong & Canasta. She was also an Environmentalist and let nothing go to waste. She composted before it was a popular thing to do. She was also a proud Democrat.
She lived in The Springs of Longwood for 40 wonderful years and then loved residing at Cascade Heights in Longwood where she enjoyed the many events, wonderful staff and the many friends she met there including a special love from and to Jack Leavitt who passed away April 2021. He was 103.
Rhoda was preceded in death in 1995 by her loving husband, Paul Phillips. She was married to him for 48 years.
She is survived by: her three daughters, Lynne (Leonard, dec. 1/1/2020) LaCroix of Saint Petersburg, FL., Bonnie (Robert) Murphy of Athens, GA. and Lorrie (Phil) Megow of New Smyrna Beach, FL.: granddaughters, Halle (Lance) Renzulli and Maya (Jeff) Davis: grandsons, Darren Mazur, Danny (Frank) Salamida and Thomas Megow: great-granddaughters, Alexandria Renzulli and Mackenzie (Renzulli) Lucero along with great-great grandson Reau Lucero.
You are loved by many and missed by all. You are gone but you will never be forgotten.
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Betty Jo Travis - September 22, 1937 - August 14, 2023

Departed: 08/14/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: Betty Jo (Peggy) Travis, 85, of Casselberry, FL., passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023 at her home. She was predeceased by husband, Eddie Ray Travis. She leaves behind a son, Randy Lee Travis and his wife Sheila, 3 grandchildren, 13 great-grands, 6 great-great grands, a sister, Barbara Thackstor of Greer, S.C., and several loving nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Core Faith Church, 50 W. Magnolia St., Oviedo, FL..
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William Robert Wheeler - June 29, 1941 - August 12, 2023

Departed: 08/12/2023 (Longwood)
Obituary Preview: William Robert “Bob” Wheeler of New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away peacefully August 12, 2023, at Halifax Hospice, Edgewater, FL.
Bob was born June 29, 1941, in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of the late H. C. and Marjorie B. Wheeler. He is survived by his significant other, Donna Hinkle and beloved dog, LizzieLilly, along with children Courtney Wheeler, Angie Hannan, Allison Mayo, Chuck Knight, grandson William Wheeler, cousins Peggy Butler and Sherry Ellis (Randy) and his trusted friend and business assistant Tracy Sargent.
Bob grew up in Norfolk, VA, where he played baseball, basketball and was a member of the “lost class of 1959” and the Pilot Lunch Group. He graduated from Old Dominion University and served in the U.S. Army (1964-1966.) He began his professional career as an account executive with Reuben H. Donnelley Yellow Pages. He then founded National Directory Advertising and Page One Graphics in Virginia Beach, VA. Bob was an incurable optimist which was the foundation of how he lived his life. He believed in following “the impossible dream,” an inspiration from his hero Don Quixote and used his optimism to help children and adults facing adversity. He supported many charities throughout his life and especially enjoyed volunteering at Under the Stars Mission in New Smyrna Beach. Bob also enjoyed playing poker with his buddies and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. Family and friends were always welcome at his home.
A memorial service will be held in Bob’s honor on Thursday, November 9, 2023, 11am- 2pm (beach attire appropriate) at Sea Winds Condo Unit I- 4875 South Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL . Dinner beginning at 5pm will follow at Caffe Vesuvios 701 E 3rd Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL. An additional celebration will be on the following day, Friday, November 10, 2023, beginning at 4pm at garlic & blu bar, 556 East 3rd Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL. The family would like to thank all the private caregivers and doctors that assisted with his care over the years – too many to individually name. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Bob to Under the Stars Missions, 1111 South Orange Ave. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 or to Make A Wish Foundation (online or via mail.)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It's usually published in a newspaper, online obituary platform, or funeral home website to inform friends, family, and community of the person's passing.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to honor and remember the deceased, while also providing important information to those who knew them. They help to notify people of the passing, share details about the funeral or memorial service, and offer a chance for loved ones to pay tribute and celebrate the person's life.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, the family of the deceased or a close friend writes the obituary. In some cases, a funeral home or obituary writer may assist with writing the obituary. The writer should be someone who knew the person well and can provide accurate and meaningful information about their life.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include details about the funeral or memorial service, charity donations, or other relevant information.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from a few sentences to a short paragraph. Some online platforms may allow for longer obituaries or even full-length articles.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a nice way to personalize the tribute and help readers connect with the person who has passed.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to ask about their submission process and deadlines. You may need to provide the written obituary, along with any photos or other materials, by email or through an online portal.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance as a way to take control of how they want to be remembered. This can also help alleviate the burden on loved ones during a difficult time.

What is an online obituary?

An online obituary is a digital version of a traditional print obituary. It's published on a website or platform specifically designed for sharing obituaries and allows users to leave condolences, share memories, and access information about the deceased.

How long do online obituaries stay online?

The duration that an online obituary remains available varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep them online indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period of time.

Can I edit an online obituary after it's been published?

Policies regarding edits to online obituaries vary by platform. Some may allow you to make changes or corrections, while others may not. It's best to check with the specific platform or website for their policies.

What is a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, typically including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. It's often used when a full obituary is not desired or possible.

What is the difference between an obituary and a eulogy?

An obituary is a written notice announcing someone's death and providing biographical information. A eulogy is a speech or written tribute delivered at a funeral or memorial service to celebrate the person's life and share personal anecdotes.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Yes, it's perfectly acceptable to inject some humor into an obituary if it was a characteristic of the person who has passed. This can help make the tribute more personal and relatable.

How do I handle sensitive or private information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive or private aspects of the person's life that you'd rather not share publicly, it's best to omit them from the obituary. Focus on sharing positive and uplifting information that celebrates their life.

Can I include charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Yes, many families choose to include this information in the obituary as a way to honor their loved one's memory and support a meaningful cause.

What if I'm unsure about what to write in an obituary?

If you're struggling to write an obituary, consider seeking guidance from a funeral home director, grief counselor, or trusted friend or family member. You can also find examples online or use templates as inspiration.

How soon after someone passes away should an obituary be published?

The timing of publishing an obituary varies depending on cultural traditions and personal preferences. Typically, it's published within a few days of the person's passing, but it can be delayed if necessary.

Can I republish an obituary at a later date?

In some cases, you may want to republish an obituary on special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays. Check with the original publication or platform for their policies on republication.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for someone who was young or died unexpectedly?

When writing an obituary for someone who died young or unexpectedly, focus on celebrating their life and accomplishments. Be sensitive to the emotional impact on loved ones and avoid sensational language.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, including meaningful quotes or song lyrics can add depth and personality to an obituary. Choose words that resonate with the person's spirit and values.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

To ensure accuracy, verify facts with multiple sources whenever possible. Double-check dates, names, and spellings before submitting the obituary for publication.

What if I need help paying for an obituary?

If you're facing financial difficulties in publishing an obituary, consider reaching out to local non-profit organizations or crowdfunding platforms for assistance. Some funeral homes may also offer financial guidance or resources.

Can I create my own custom design for an online obituary?

Some online platforms offer customizable templates or design options for creating unique and personalized tributes. Check with individual websites for their capabilities and features.

How do I know if an online obituary has been viewed by others?

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.