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RONALD BERT son of the late Bert and Marion Bacon, died June 14, 2016 after a lengthy battle with ALS. He is survived by his partner of seven years, Michael Klann and his five siblings; sisters Sharon Trapnell (husband Lanny), Beverly Ghesquiere (husband Fred), Betty Gilchrist (husband Bob), brother Paul Bacon (wife Michele), and sister Linda Castleman. He is also survived by a very dear and loving family friend of 46 years, Carl Misiak. Ron was a special uncle to twelve nieces and nephews and ten great nieces and nephews. Ron owned his own design business, "R B Bacon Associates, Inc." designing interiors and landscaping for homes and businesses for 36 years. One of the many interests Ron had was his love of cars; he was an avid classic car collector. He had a special love for music of all kinds and especially enjoyed dancing. Both he and Michael joined the R & B line dance group and danced whenever possible at the Town Squares in The Villages. His love for golf became very evident when after getting a Hole-in-One Ron designed a logo for clothing on which people could display their own Hole-in-One record.
On September 29th Judy Frohman lost her battle with cancer. She was with her girls, her dad and Linda. As Linda said, she joined the angle delegation. Although we only knew her a short time, she gave us lessons of bravery, generosity and love. You taught us how to appreciate each day while you silently struggled.
Yvonne Hosking took this picture the day she picked Judy and Linda up from the airport to bring them back to The Villages. Linda had hand painted their names on the house sign. They were so excited to be back here to visit. Judy had purchased this home from her mom and was proud to call it her second home. Yvonne remembers the conversation the three of them had in the living room and all she can say is how special it was to get to know them better.
We were truly blessed to have her in our lives and profoundly saddened that she has left us. You are an angel Judy.................. Linda, our thoughts and prayers go out to you, her family and all those who loved her.
Kathleen M. Happ, a retired Anne Arundel Community College educator who was an active member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on Bolton Hill, died Sept. 19 of lung cancer at Villages Hospice in The Villages, Fla.
A former resident of the city's Lake Montebello neighborhood, Ms. Happ was 69.
"Kathy was a truly remarkable and exceedingly talented professional. She had integrity, was always positive and a professional in her field," said Martha A. "Marty" Smith, who headed the college from 1994 until 2012, when she retired. "She had it all."
The daughter of John Happ, a businessman, and Kittyfae Nuttall Happ, a teacher and a violinist, Kathleen Moragan Happ was born in Beaumont, Texas, and raised in San Antonio, where she graduated from high school.
After earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1969 from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, she was recruited by the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn to learn computer programming, and helped write code for the original Medicare program.
Ms. Happ worked briefly as an indexer for the Alternative Press Center before becoming a full-time faculty member in 1979 at Anne Arundel Community College.
"She had quit Social Security and was eager to do something different," said Shirley Parry, a former professor of English and women's studies at the college.
"I suggested she think about teaching computer science at the community college level," Dr. Parry said. "She was a very thoughtful person, and I knew she was a natural teacher. She took to it like a duck to water, and the students loved her."
Ms. Happ rose to become department chair and then assistant dean of the college's computer engineering technology division.
In 1993, she earned a master's degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University. Three years later, she completed Leadership Anne Arundel, a nine-month civic information and leadership development program.
The Annapolis/Anne Arundel County YWCA honored her in 1998 with its Tribute to Women in Industry Award, presented to women who have made significant contributions to their companies and communities.
In 1999, Ms. Happ was appointed dean of Anne Arundel Community College's School of Business, Computing and Technical Studies, a position she held until retiring in 2009. She also served as interim dean of the School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education from 2002 to 2005.
"Kathy was heading two different schools at the same time and had the ability to relate to all kinds of people and bring them together," said Dr. Smith. "She just had innate leadership and management skills. Plus, she always had a 'can-do' attitude."
As dean, Ms. Happ helped design the college's $21.2 million Center for Applied Learning and Technology, which opened in 2005. She played an instrumental role in the development of the college's Homeland Security Management degree program.
"When we had problems, I'd turn to the college's vice president and say, 'Let's put Kathy's mind on this,' " said Dr. Smith. "And she could bring people together to accomplish goals."
"Her legacy lives on for the hundreds and hundreds of students who passed through college programs she helped develop for her department. That's quite an astounding legacy, and that's how it should be," she said.
"What she loved most about her life's work was mentoring students and faculty and the opportunity to make a difference in their lives," said her partner of 30 years, Laura Filipp, who retired as associate director of finance policy for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
The couple were married last year in Towson. In 2010, they moved to The Villages.
Ms. Happ was a longtime member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she had been an elder and was involved in the church's El Salvador mission and in peace and justice work.
In the mid-1980s, she played a leadership role in the process that led Brown Memorial to approve ordaining lesbians and gays, which at the time was a challenge to national church policy. She was active in the movement to use gender-inclusive language in all services.
"She really made a difference in so many ways in her church work," said Elden E. Schneider, who served with Ms. Happ on the Session.
He said Ms. Happ was active and fought for human rights, civil rights, transgender issues, gender issues, gay rights and sexual equality.
"She devoted herself to these issues. She was passionate about them, and acted on that passion. These were the many colors on her palette," he said. "She was just totally involved and a wonderful human being.
"She was fun-loving and had an excellent sense of humor. She loved politics, the Orioles and Ravens," Mr. Schneider said. "She's the kind of person you always want to be with."
"She loved life and lived it with gusto," said Dr. Parry. "She was a gourmet cook, an ardent sports fan, animal lover and an enthusiastic golfer."
Plans for a memorial service to be held in Florida are incomplete.
In addition to Ms. Filipp, she is survived by a sister, Patricia Briggs of The Villages; and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy was born in N.Y., summered in Connecticut, went to Florida to attend college and stayed here. Nancy worked as a Microsoft rep for several years and then at The Villages Hospital as a lab tech. She loved golf, softball, reading by the pool, and most of all her dog Ripley.
Ms. Creitz was born and raised in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lehighton High School in 1953. She moved to The Villages from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2004. Shirley was a radiologist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown and then a nuclear medicine technologist and head of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton, PA for 19 years. Shirley loved animals, working in her yard and enjoyed her friends and being a member of the Rainbow Club.
Moved from Burlington, VT. Loved by everyone he met, he is truly missed by his partner, Daniel Szurgyjlo. Dave enjoyed his life in the Villages, and helping out with the Rainbow Club whenever he was needed.
Al was born in Pottsville, PA and moved to the Villages in 2004 from Montgomeryville, PA. He was active in The Rainbow Family Club and enjoyed arts and crafts and watching old movies. Survivors include his companion, John L. Mabus; son Mark Petrosky, from Bennington VT; and borther Robert Petrosky from Reno NV.
Life Partner: Diane Lamontagn
Survived by her partner, Pam Costello and two brothers. May we all remember Jean's ready smile, her lovely alto voice, her love for animals, and her gentle spirit.
Mary Jane “MJ” Wardle left us too soon on December 24, in The Villages, FL. She was a lovely person with a dazzling smile who loved her family, parents Bill and Judy, brothers John(Robin), Jay (Meridith), and nieces and nephew Crystal, Courtney, Annika, Eva, and Jack, partner Jill and of course her “canine son” Colby Jack. Born May 30, 1964, MJ led a fabulously full life in her 50 short years. An ardent Steelers and Pirates fan, she was never happier than while sitting on the third base line at PNC Park.
Born and raised in Boardman, OH, she went on to be a loyal Bobcat attending her beloved Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. While there, she was a member of both the softball team and ARMY ROTC. She took her love of sports and turned it into a career working for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Pittsburgh Pirates and was instrumental in the inception of the First Women’s Professional Softball League in Charlotte, NC. Mary Jane later worked passionately as the South Carolina Director of Communications for the American Cancer Society before relocating to Florida where she started her own Sports Image franchise business and was currently a supervisor with The Villages Community Watch.
MJ’s proudest accomplishment was her six years of service in the US Army where she achieved the rank of Captain. She was an Army paratrooper with 69 jumps in the esteemed 82nd Airborne Division, including international jumps into Honduras, Nicaragua, and Canada. She was a pioneer as one of the first female Jumpmasters with that unit. AIRBORNE!! She was very proud of her work during Operation Desert Shield as the Assistant Public Relations Officer for the 82nd, where she was responsible for Stateside communications during that crucial time. She later continued her dedication to service as the Commander of the Worldwide Airborne Club in The Villages.
She loved her dog, the beach, the people in her life, “All you can eat crab leg night”, golf, ESPN, and so much more. One of her favorite things to do was to watch a peaceful sunset. The sun has now set on this beautiful person’s life here on earth, but her spirit will remain in us all.
Wendy M. Neff of The Villages, Florida, died at her home on September 27, 2014. Wendy died peacefully after living with cancer for more than two years. Wendy was originally from New York but considered Vermont her home. She moved to The Villages in 1999. Before moving to The Villages, Wendy served her country as a decorated Major in the United States Air Force. Many will remember Wendy as a terrific softball player. She will also be remembered for her deep love of animals, which included caring for other people's pets and rescuing dogs in need. No doubt, she will have many dogs greeting her at the Rainbow Bridge. Wendy was a woman who lived life with integrity and on her own terms. She was kind and courageous and set a great example for others on how to be true to oneself. Wendy remained aware and in charge until she took the final step of her journey. Wendy requested that there be no Celebration of Life or memorial service. Instead, please remember Wendy's favorite charity, the Leesburg Humane Society, 41250 Emeralda Island Road, Leesburg Florida 34788 .
Mary Martha "Marti" Ziegler, 62, of The Villages, FL, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was born in Covington, KY, on October 2, 1951, graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Florida State University and a Masters from Nova Southeastern University. She was a self-employed CPA, long-time employee of Palm Beach Media Group, and an instructor of Accounting at Rasmussen and Webster Universities. She was adventurous, loved the outdoors and loved to travel.
Transitioned on June 21, 2014. She was the fifth of six children born to the late Mary and Ray Cockrill of what was then rural Fairfax County. Cathy grew up working on the family farm and excelling at school athletics. She graduated from James Madison University and held a Master's degree from George Washington University. Cathy was an educator in Fairfax County for more than 30 years. She began as a high school teacher and girls' athletic coach, became a guidance counselor, and then an administrator as Director of Guidance at Langley High School in McLean. Cathy was also a national pioneer in the field of Career Education. She developed the K-12 curriculum for Fairfax County and became the first Director of Career Education. As a lifelong advocate for social justice she was enthusiastic about women's rights, gay rights and racial equality. When she moved from NoVA to Long Island in 1992 she joined the Long Island NAACP. As its Education Chairperson she achieved her goal of making equal access to computer literacy available to all students. In 2011 Cathy moved to The Villages, FL where she joined longtime friends from Northern Virginia. She also happily embraced new friends and was known for her skills at golf and her generous spirit. Cathy was an unassuming and unpretentious leader. She led by example. She did not preach values, she lived them. She is survived by her brother Richard (Bobbi) Cockrill of Purcellville, VA and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be deeply missed by her longtime friends from the Washington, DC area and Long Island. A Celebration of her Life is planned for a later time.
Come walk with me along the sea
Where dusk sits on the land,
And search with me for shells are free
And treasures hide in sand
On February 22, 2015, two days after her 68th birthday, the world lost Connie Kay. She left behind daughters Katie Alonzo and Kristin Parker; grandchildren Abby, Jonah, Alex, and Lucas; sisters Zara Kelly and Mary Goss; 11 nieces and nephews; and legions of friends whose lives she touched. She now has left her broken body and wheelchair and is sprinting into the arms of her life partner, Beverly.
LIBYA J. HALL
Libby, age 73, died peacefully on her birthday, Flag Day, 6/14/2016, leaving her close and dear friend Cookie Cook. Libby was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army. She had many loving cousins from Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as lots of friends in The Villages. She also leaves her precious dog Scruffy, and her friend Cookie asks that donations be made in Libby's name to the: Leesburg Humane Society.
Jeananne Holbert, 64, (of The Villages, FL) closed her eyes to be with God on Tuesday May 10th, 2016. She was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan by her parents Harold and Catherine Holbert. She taught P.E./Health Studies in Clio, MI for 25 years, coaching tennis, swimming, State Champion golf and cross country teams. An accomplished athlete herself, she was a collegiate runner and basketball player at Central Michigan University, and later became a competitive triathlete, pioneering and supporting many women's races in Michigan. She "retired" to full time golf in Bonita Springs, FL in 2001 before settling in The Villages in 2013. Jean realized her dreams and passions: Inducted into the Michigan Coaching Hall of Fame in 2014, remarkably holding 7 hole-in-ones in her lifetime, she was a dedicated teammate and outstanding golfer to her last day! Above all, she loved to spend time with her only son Mark Ryan Holbert of Tampa. Jean was his biggest hockey fan, and later in life joined in his races and exploration of the US and the world. She is survived by her son, Mark (& fiancé Meghan Lane), but also by her many friends who are truly part of our family. There will be private services held as a celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to "Human Rights Campaign" in her honor.
ALICE J. DEYOE
Alice Jean Deyoe (Jean Deyoe), 87, of The Villages, FL passed away peacefully Friday, June 10, 2016. She was born in St. Paul, MN on May 7, 1929.
Jean graduated from Boston University and received her Masters from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She worked at Arkansas State College, Briar Cliff College in New York and as a Guidance Counselor for the Montgomery County District in Maryland where she retired and then moved to Corea, Maine. Aunt Jean was the first President for the Paul Bunyan Road Association of land owners, and was appointed by the Governor of Maine to be a member of the task force on improving access to prescription drugs for the elderly, and volunteered for many organizations.
If you ever wanted to know anything that was going on in the world, Aunt Jean knew it. She read everything and watched everything. She was very knowledgeable and opinionated which sometimes rubbed people the wrong way. She knew what she wanted and when she wanted it. She stood up and took charge of herself, and those less fortunate. She loved animals. At some point, I believe she had four dogs and 11 cats all under one roof. She adored them all and took in strays of all kinds.
She had a life-long partner, Barbara Riley, who predeceased her. In addition to Barbara, she was predeceased by her parents, Caroline and Alan Deyoe, and her sister, Carolyn Bonsall. She is survived by her brothers, Alan M. Deyoe, Jr. and J. David
Deyoe. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews,
grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and her dear friend George H. Odom and his wife, Claire Gore.
DEBORAH J. TULIPANO
The Villages, FL, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Born in Youngstown, OH, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Betty (Thompson) Tulipano.
Deborah was a retired manager for AT&T in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area. She retired in 2014 after a 42 year career.
Deborah also served and retired as a staff sergeant from the U. S. Army Reserves. She came to The Villages from Washington, DC in 2014.
Deborah was a world-wide traveler who enjoyed experiencing new places, cultures, ideas and especially people. She enjoyed golf and woodworking.
She leaves her wife and life partner, Deborah A. Shea; brothers, William Hanley, Thomas Tulipano both of Florida and Anthony Tulipano (Susie) of Youngstown, OH. Led by niece Gayle Hilton Deborah was “Aunt Deb” to numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held in The Villages and in Youngstown, OH at a later date.