Obituaries

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Larry Robert Rodriguez

Dec. 29, 1936 - Oct. 26, 2014

Key West lost a big part of itself, on Sunday morning Oct. 26, 2014. Larry Rodriguez, retired police chief, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer for over a year.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Celia and Heriberto Rodriguez, and his son, Larry "Robbie" Rodriguez Jr. Larry was survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Gwen Rodriguez, his brother, Joseph (Tom) Rodriguez, his daughter, Louanna (David) Williams, his son's wife, Mercedes Rodriguez, his grandchildren, Darrell Williams, Samantha (Aaron) Williams, Jason (April) Rodriguez, Sarah (William) Pierce, Melanie Suarez and Melissa (Jason) Gutierrez. Also survived by Larry are five great-grandchildren and his and Gwen's beloved pup, Baby.

Larry's life began on Amelia Street in "The Alley," on Dec. 29, 1936, in a historic conch house where he was born, lived and grew up horsing around amongst friends, cousins and his younger brother, Joe. His first job was at the old Islander Drive-In on Stock Island, in the 1950s.

Larry later became a Key West city policeman who also served as acting city manager and public safety director; he was then promoted to Chief of Police in 1982 and served as such until retirement in 1987.

He told of old Key West fondly and often, pointing out to later generations his old hangouts, pastimes and many friends whom he would come across on regular car rides around town. Larry immensely enjoyed the glorious climate of Key West and his lifelong passion of fishing. Larry was forever devoted to his wife and family, and was a proud third generation Conch. Larry thrived on serving his community and wanted to preserve the meaningful history of his hometown. He will be missed by many.

A funeral ceremony to celebrate Larry's life will take place at Dean Lopez Funeral home (418 Simonton St., Key West) on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. with a small ceremony immediately following at the Key West Cemetery at the family plot, or as Larry so often called "his condo."

Following the ceremonies family will be honored to have visitors at Louanna and David's house, 24 Amaryllis Drive, on Key Haven. Those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Paula A. Schnare

Spencer, MA - Paula A. (Toupin) Schnare, 64, passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her husband David F. Schnare; a daughter Renee and her husband Thomas Little of Worcester; a son Wayne Schnare of Fitchburg; nine grandchildren, Dino, Shawn, Dominic, Taylor, Megan, Brittany, Sarah, Jessica, and Kimberly; seven great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Luna, Jayden, Gabriella, Shawn Jr., Roman and Jacob; three brothers- Bill Toupin and his wife Joan, Kevin Toupin and his wife Eleanor, and David Toupin; three sisters, Joan and her husband Pat Nevue, Jean and her husband Tom Smith, and Linda and her husband Carter Lloyd; one sister-in-law, Barbara Toupin and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter Sandra Schnare and two brothers- John and Bobby Toupin. She treasured spending time with her family and had a gift of making each and every moment memorable. She will be terribly missed by all including her loyal cockerpoo companion, Beanie.

Paula was born in Worcester on Sept. 25, 1950, daughter of the late George and Anna (Lindberg) Toupin. She graduated from Notre Dame High School, earned her Nursing degree from Quinsigamond Community College, and later graduated from Anna Maria College with a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences. Her adventurous spirit landed her various jobs with the Navy in Key West, Fla., and multiple government positions in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She later worked as a Human Resources Manager for L&R Sales in Worcester for many years. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, cooking, antiquing, sewing, photography, and interior decorating. She was an avid reader and a history buff. As part of her love for history and adventure, she traveled by auto to all 49 continental United States and explored the roads less traveled. Although she had many favorites, she loved the sounds and smells of the ocean and spent many wonderful days in her Wellfleet and Key West homes. Despite all the wonderful places she called home, none compared to her beloved Browning Pond.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nordgren Memorial Chapel 300 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Rural Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Paula's memory may be made to Common Ground Land Trust, P.O. Box 400, Leicester, MA 01524. To leave an online condolence message, please visit: NordgrenMemorialChapel.com.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Emigdio Antonio Gil II

Emigdio Antonio Gil II, 48 of Key West, Fla., passed away suddenly on Oct. 23, 2014. (Tony) was born on May 11, 1966 in Key West, Fla. to his late Father Emigdio A. Gil. Emigdio, known to everyone as (Tony), loved the ocean and was an avid fisherman, adventurous treasure diver and loved watching the sunsets. He is survived by his mother April Menendez Gil (Larry) of Orlando, his three children Amanda Gil, of Chiefland, Fla., Anthony and Michael Gil of Key West, Fla., (Step-daughter) Erica Brown (Eric), sisters Danise D. Henriquez (Ralph) of Key West, Fla., Christina Naranjo of Orlando, Fla., former spouse Yami Carmona, uncles Antonio Gil (Melba), Bobby Menendez (Cathy), Aunts Gladys Poindexter of Tampa, Fla., June McDowell (Bob) of Jacksonville Fla. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who loved Tony's Charm.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Nov. 3, 2014 at Dean Lopez Funeral Home at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to help ensure the future of our oceans to Mote Marine Lab-TRL, PO Box 4693 Key West, Fla. 33041

Tony, Son, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend, you will be missed by all. God Bless.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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JIMMY MANTZ

Jimmy Mantz, 69, born James Arthur Barrowman, died Oct. 16 of lung cancer at his home in Louisville, Ky., with his wife, Susan Smith and his border collie, Max, at his side. He spent most of his life in Key West, Fla. and was an avid pilot and fisherman. He worked for many years as a contract C-130 pilot for the CIA and spent his down time sportfishing the beautiful waters surrounding Key West, fishing with many Key West captains. In Louisville he could often be found flying out of the Bowman Field airport with friends. He was the founding member of Smuggler's Blues Charter's "Team Fool" and was preceded in death by that team's "China" Paul Lee. Before living in Key West he was a member of the Stuntmen's Association, working for many of the major motion picture studios on films such as Reds and 1941 and T.V. series such as Dukes of Hazard. He is survived by his wife, Susan Smith and his son, Zachary Barrington, of San Diego, Calif. He attended Miami Military Academy and the Burnside-Ott Aviation School in Ft.Lauderdale. Jimmy now stands at the far side of Miami International's runway 26L, thumbing his nose at the CIA and Department of Defense and planning his next fishing trip. It was Jimmy's wish for his ashes to be spread off Wood's Wall, a favorite fishing spot and a memorial celebration will be held in Key West in May, 2015. Condolences can be sent to threebordercollies@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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DEBORAH CHARLOTTE DANTZER

Deborah Charlotte Dantzer, 65, died on October 1, 2014 following a long illness with her long time friend and caregiver, Gary Hardinson, at her side.

She is survived by her son, Kurt Schachner, mother, Lottie Rhoads, and sister, Deni Elliott. Donations in her memory may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 6161 Blue Lagoon Dr., Miami, FL 33126.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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GEORGE "VITI"

ANTHONY VIDAL

George Anthony "Viti" Vidal passed away peacefully at 88 years old in Key West, Fla. in his Home with His Wife Erme and Son Vidal.

He was born Feb. 6, 1926 to Bernardo "Tita" and Natalia Vidal in Key West. Viti was a true Conch and loved everyone and the Island. He grew up to play Pro Baseball, his passion, all over Latin America and Cuba. He later settled back to Key West to live out his childhood dream of Fire Fighting. He retired from the Key West Fire Department after 31 year and forged true bonds and brotherhoods of a lifetime!

Viti was baptized, confirmed and married in the Basilica of St. Mary's. Viti was a lifetime member. Left to grieve his passing is his devoted, loving wife and caretaker of 56 years Erme, and his Son Vidal. Godson (who he loved as his own son) Omar (Mia) Garcia and their sons Anthony and Armani.

Son George (Cindy) Vidal Jr. of Lakeland, Grand Children Jennifer Vidal Sheetz, Matthew Vidal and Natalie (Reginald III) Neuwien, Great Grand Children Samantha, Sarabeth and Sydney Neuwien. Amazingly loving and close Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Nephews ... and the host of caring Cousins!

Mass will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea. Burial immediately after the mass at Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key. In lieu of flowers donations made be given to the Basilica of St. Marys's or the charity of your choice.

Special thanks to Father Eric and Father Baker and the Sisters of the Holy Name. Dr. Calleja, Dr. Catana, Island Health Care, the loving care of Martha Barrios, and Hospice. Special thank you to all who stopped by to see Viti to visit and pray while he was sill alive. A true sense of Community and all the wonderful memories that will last for a lifetime. Now he has seen the face of God.

Castillo Thurston Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Cheeca Joyce Anglea

There will be a memorial service for Cheeca Joyce Anglea at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Keys Presbyterian Church, 1000 Coppitt Road, MM 9.75.

Friday, October 24, 2014
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Richard F. Farkas, Sr.

Richard F. Farkas, Sr., of Key West, Fla., passed away on July 16, 2014. He moved his family to Key West in 1971 and ran his charter boat "We Five" out of Geiger Key Marina until he opened Seaside Marina where he operated a lucrative business until 1982. He was Director of Facilities at DePoo Hospital and Lower Keys Medical Center when he retired 12 years ago. He was an active member of the Lions Club and many organizations in the Key West Community. He followed his adventurous heart and became a traveling man with many friends and hobbies. Family was his first love and fishing was second. He was an Alaskan gold miner, Arizona meteor hunter and an avid fisherman in Santa Rosalia, Mexico "The Cove", where he lived with Dora Gonzalez. He is survived by his wife, Beverly M. Farkas; daughters, Beverly June Gregory (Dana), Sandra Lynn Averette (Alan); son, Richard F. Farkas, Jr. (Shauna); and sister, Susan Chouinard (Bob); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. He is loved by many and will be missed very much. A memorial service will be held at Geiger Key Marina on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, October 24, 2014
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GEORGE "VITI"

ANTHONY VIDAL

George Anthony "Viti" Vidal passed away peacefully at 88 years old in Key West, Fla. in his Home with His Wife Erme and Son Vidal.

He was born Feb. 6, 1926 to Bernardo "Tita" and Natalia Vidal in Key West. Viti was a true Conch and loved everyone and the Island. He grew up to play Pro Baseball, his passion, all over Latin America and Cuba. He later settled back to Key West to live out his childhood dream of Fire Fighting. He retired from the Key West Fire Department after 31 year and forged true bonds and brotherhoods of a lifetime!

Viti was baptized, confirmed and married in the Basilica of St. Mary's. Viti was a lifetime member. Left to grieve his passing is his devoted, loving wife and caretaker of 56 years Erme, and his Son Vidal. Godson (who he loved as his own son) Omar (Mia) Garcia and their sons Anthony and Armani.

Son George (Cindy) Vidal Jr. of Lakeland, Grand Children Jennifer Vidal Sheetz, Matthew Vidal and Natalie (Reginald III) Neuwien, Great Grand Children Samantha, Sarabeth and Sydney Neuwien. Amazingly loving and close Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Nephews ... and the host of caring Cousins!

Mass will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea. Burial immediately after the mass at Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key. In lieu of flowers donations made be given to the Basilica of St. Marys's or the charity of your choice.

Special thanks to Father Eric and Father Baker and the Sisters of the Holy Name. Dr. Calleja, Dr. Catana, Island Health Care, the loving care of Martha Barrios, and Hospice. Special thank you to all who stopped by to see Viti to visit and pray while he was sill alive. A true sense of Community and all the wonderful memories that will last for a lifetime. Now he has seen the face of God.

Castillo Thurston Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.