Diane Elizabeth Burdette Diane Elizabeth Wentz Burdette, age 57, passed away peacefully May 11, 2019. She was born August 14, 1961 in Olmito Tx, where she was adopted and raised by her loving parents Bud and Jenny Wentz. Diane met and married the love of her life, Tony Burdette, in Houston Texas in 1982. They then moved to Mt. Dora, FL where Diane’s love for children flourished. She not only was a wonderful mother to her two children, she also shared her love with the neighborhood children and all of the kids at Waterman Childcare Center where she worked for 18 years. Diane treasured her role as ‘Gammy’ to three grandchildren, whom she adored. Diane’s beautiful smile and sweet personality will be forever missed. She is survived by her devoted Husband Tony Burdette, loving children, Son Tony Burdette, Daughters Danielle Folgore and Jessica Burdette, Son in law Phillip Marques, cherished Grandchildren, Niya Folgore, Gino Folgore, and Zaiden Marques, Brother Bill Wentz, Niece Christy Wentz, and four Nephews. Sadly Diane was preceded in death by her Father Bud Wentz, Mother Jenny Wentz, Brother David Wentz, and Son in law Vinny Folgore. Services were held at Allen J. Harden funeral home and she was laid to rest in the Pine Forest Cemetery, in Mt. Dora, FL. Diane won her battle with breast cancer yet still was taken too soon. Knowing this cause was near to her heart the family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Diane’s name to the Cancer Care Center at Advent Health Waterman.
Justine Bell Meadows Justine Meadows, 93 years young, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning of May 24th, 2019. Justine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and faithful servant to God. She was preceded in death by her mother Lucinda Norwood Carraway, her stepfather Walter Carraway and her father Lloyd Bell. Her loving family remembers her dearly: Husband Edward Lee "Bud" Meadows, son Lee Meadows, daughter Cindy Meadows, son Jon Meadows (Lisa), granddaughters Delane Meadows and Bailey Meadows and their mother Vicki. While growing up in the Orlando area, she met Bud Meadows and followed him to Texas where they were married before he left for the war. After the war, they lived in Gainesville, Florida where she supported her husband while he attended the University of Florida. After graduation, they moved back to Orlando for a short time before moving to Tallahassee. Justine worked as a legislative assistant, taught Sunday School at the First Baptist Church but mainly devoted her time to her family. After her husband’s retirement, they traveled frequently including several trips to Europe and to Israel, her favorite location. She took great joy in categorizing the dozens of birds which visited her yard, cataloging the family history with numerous pictures and newspaper clippings and raising butterflies from caterpillars. Like one of the hundreds of butterflies she released, she now has her wings. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee. Flowers are welcome and can be sent to Abbey Funeral Home in Tallahassee, FL, or a memorial donation can be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 or at https://billygraham.org/checkout/give-honor-memorial.php.
Loida R. Alvarez Loida R. Alvarez, age 83, of Orlando, passed away May 29, 2019. Visitation Tues. June 4 from 11AM-1PM. Funeral service at 1PM at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals, and Receptions-East Orlando Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando. Newcomer Funeral Home 407-277-4227
Eva Maria Brinson Eva Maria Brinson, a native of Germany, survived World War II and cancer, married an American GI and spent much of her career working with disabled children and adults. She loved swimming, gardening, travel, children and Scotch whiskey. She died May 16 in Orlando at age 96. She had lived in Orlando since 1959. She was born Eva Maria Rupprecht in Berlin on March 11, 1923. During World War II, she was assigned to a torpedo research plant. As the war ended, living conditions turned bleak. The back of the family’s house had been sheered off by bombing, and she remembered 10 frightening days after Russian soldiers overran Berlin but before it was partitioned by the Allies. After the war, Brinson went to work in a Berlin hospital. In 1948, she met her husband, Sgt. John Brinson, an American soldier. She had learned a bit of English, much of it by watching cowboy movies, but when John first proposed, she didn’t understand and said no. Later she said yes, and they married in a hurry because John’s mother was ill, and he rushed home to Indiana. Several months later, she left to join him, strapping on a parachute — mandatory equipment — so she could fly in a small plane through Russian-controlled East German airspace. Brinson lived on a variety of U.S. military bases, including those in Turkey, France, Guam and Orlando, where she and her husband retired. She taught kindergarten and for 17 years worked in a laboratory at Sunland Hospital, an Orlando home for disabled children and adults and a place she loved. In retirement, the couple traveled the U.S., Canada and Mexico by motor home. In 1985 she and John both were diagnosed with cancer. He died on July 4, four months after his diagnosis. She continued to travel and toured Africa, India, China, the Galapagos Islands and Peru, often with friend Irma Scudder. Brinson had a lifelong love of water sports. When she was six months old, her parents took her on her first outing in a row boat. She recalled that as a young child, she sat in the bow and served as coxswain then, at about age 12, swapped places with her mother. She taught children and adults how to swim at military bases where she and John were posted and at age 40, she took a Red Cross lifesaving course. The couple lived for years in a house on Middle Lake Conway, where she swam every day and where she and John taught neighborhood children to water ski. Brinson was a long-time member of First Unitarian Church of Orlando, a volunteer for more than a decade at Leu Gardens, and an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood. In 1990-91 she was named a member of the President’s Medallion Society at the University of Central Florida, where she was a major donor. She is survived by her sister, three nieces, a nephew, and several grand nieces and nephews, all of Germany. A memorial service and reception will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 3:30 P.M. at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The address is 1901 East Robinson Street, Orlando, Florida 32803.
Barbara Freda Hoover Freda Hoover, 88, peacefully passed away May 29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.A Memorial of Life will be held at Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church in Apopka, Florida on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3 p.m.
William Everett Parks Jr. William Everett "Bill" Parks Jr., 69, of Winter Garden, FL passed peacefully May 8, 2019. He was born in Hartford City, IN on June 20, 1949 the son of William Everett Parks Sr. and Helen June Markin Birch. He was a Methodist. A graduate of Eastbrook High School in 1967 and attended Ball State University. Bill had a long successful career in retail management. Loving father and foster parent, he was most proud of the title of "dad." Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Jennifer Parks of Winter Garden; daughters Willow and Meadow Parks and their mother Andrea Brown Parks; two grandchildren Jackson and Camryn whom he dearly loved and enjoyed.; Jason’s mother Barbara and her husband Randy St. Clair; siblings Diana Parks Barnes, Kathy Parks, Wendy Birch King and Gene Parks all of IN. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons William Henry and Benjamin Patrick. The family will be holding a private ceremony celebrating his life at a future date in accordance with his wishes.
Rita Theresa Paley Mrs. Rita Theresa Paley of Zellwood, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 surrounded by her family and friends.Rita was born to parents Alfred and Florida Bazin on December 12, 1931 in Milbury, Massachusetts. She grew up as the eldest of three children. Rita is survived by her brothers Roland Bazin and Armand Bazin. Rita had three children, Paul Hendrickson, Robert Hendrickson (deceased) and Lisa Raboud. In addition, Rita is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Rita married the love of her life and best friend, Donald A. Paley on March 17, 1980.There will be a mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora, FL on June 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. followed by a small reception at the church.In lieu of flowers the family has requested a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her honor.
Michael Jay Rose Michael J. Rose, 59, of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Michael was born on July 26, 1959 in Beverly, Massachusetts. He is survived by his three children: Ethan, Kailey and Trevor, all of Texas; his brother William C. Rose, of Orlando; his sister Julie Ellen Rose of Phoenix, Arizona; his sister Sally Ann Rose of Massachusetts; and his loving mother, Frances E. Reynolds, of Orlando. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Please Visit Acommunityfuneralhome.com for further information.
Matthew Christopher Condono Matthew Christopher Condono, age 48, passed into the arms of the Lord on 5/27/2019 at his parents’ home, after a 19 month battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his parents Pamela Wasmundt, Darrell Carter, and Robert Wasmundt, his wife Elaine Condono, daughters Andrea and Erin, his brother Anthony Jones and family, his sister Amy Kreitemeyer and family, his sister Jackie Pratt and family, and sister Laura Thompson and family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Brent Wasmundt.Matthew was born in Portsmouth, OH, but later moved to Racine, WI where he attended Racine Christian Academy. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served upon the USS Nimitz during the Persian Gulf War. Upon returning to the US, he attended Surry Community College in Dobson, NC where he earned his initial EMS certification. Matthew served as a paramedic in numerous areas, including Effingham and Peoria, IL, and Fulton County, VA. Later he continued his public service by achieving law enforcement certification from Daytona Beach Community College. Matthew served the community of Daytona Shores, FL in the capacity of a public safety officer, which combined law enforcement, firefighter, and paramedic certifications. He trained and was proficient in multiple skills, and served as SWAT and undercover narcotics task force for the State of Florida. During the early 2000’s he also served as crew chief for Rural Metro ambulance service.In addition to his law enforcement and paramedic service, Matthew owned and operated The Condono Group, INC, a private investigation and personal risk/security firm in the Orlando area. Matthew was elected Vice President of the Florida Association of Private Investigators in 2006. Following the events of 9-11-2001, Matthew further served his country by enlisting with private military contract agencies, including Blackwater, Inc and Triple Canopy, Inc. Matthew served 4 tours in Iraq, as a security specialist and combat medic. He was attached to Special Operations Command in Camp Victory in Iraq, and among other duties was responsible for the security of the US Ambassador. He was awarded the rank of GS-15, the civilian rank of Colonel, during his 4 tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most of his missions remain classified. He remained a military consultant until nearly the end of his life.Memorial services will be held on June 6, 2019 at Wilson’s Landing Park in Sanford, FL at 4:00 PM.
Elvira Clara Romo Elvira Romo, age 95, passed away in Longwood, Florida on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was born on August 12, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. A full obituary will be available online. Please visit www.NewcomerOrlando.com to leave a message of condolence. Newcomer Funeral Home (407) 260-5400
Roger Kiddoo Murray Roger Kiddoo Murray, age 90, died May 28, 2019. Roger was born and raised in Mt Lebanon, PA. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College and proudly served in the U.S. Army. Roger is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne Blair Murray and his daughters, Pamela Edith Godin, Kimberly Murray Thompson, Jennifer (Tom) Murray Klusman. His life was enhanced with seventeen grandchildren and great grandchildren. Roger’s life will be celebrated with a greeting reception on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., Cascade Heights, 160 Islander Court, Longwood FL, 32750
Kathleen McKenzie Kathleen (Kay) McKenzie of Longwood, Florida passed away May 29, 2019. Kay was the daughter of Agnes and Cornelius Bresnahan and was born in Holyoke, MA. She was proud of her 100% Irish Ancestry and always said her Mother and Father were right off the boat.She married Frederick W. McKenzie in Holyoke in 1955. Then moved to Michigan after her husband was discharged from the Air Force. Kay, Fred and their three children moved to Longwood, Florida in 1961 and have lived in the same house until death.She was a former president of the DeMolay Mothers’ club of Winter Park. Kay was also Vice President of the Altamonte Springs Homemakers club. Kay is survived by her husband, Frederick W. McKenzie, son David of Asia, son Stephen of Longwood and daughter Bonnie of Melbourne, Florida, James (Jim) Kiss, son in law and two granddaughters, Carolyn and Jennifer. Carolyn and Jennifer affectionally knew her as Grandma Bubbles. She is also survived by two of her six siblings. Mary Buchanan of Westfield, MA and Maurice Bresnahan of Holyoke, MA.
Gregory C Markham Gregory C. Markham, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2019. Greg was known as "Sparky" to his friends and was a native Floridian born in Eau Gallie, Florida on March 1, 1969. He currently resided in New Smyrna Beach, Florida but had ties to the Seminole County, Florida area. He graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1986. He was in the Insurance and real estate businesses. Greg enjoyed golfing, fishing, and was a talented baseball pitcher in his younger years. He is survived by his mother Jane Markham of Longwood, Florida and his brother Jeff Markham of Apopka, Florida. Greg will be missed by his family and friends. A private family service has already been held.
Beverly J. Feith 85, of Longwood died May 20, 2019. Survived by children Richard M. Calkins, Jr. (Andrea), Deborah Lewandowski (Jan), Michael Calkins (Deborah), Katherine Calkins, and Lee Calkins (Michelle). Also survived by brother Gordon Wilson (Betty), 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Burial in Bradford, PA.