Obituaries

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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NORA L. KENT

Nora Luchia Kent, 62, of Key West, Florida, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Lower Keys Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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FR. EVELIO J. HERNANDEZ

Fr. Evelio J. Hernandez went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was ordained by and belonged to the Anglican Catholic Church, Penitent Order of Franciscan Servants (POFS). He was born in Key West, Florida, on Sept. 18, 1922, to Enrique and Ynez (“Nena”) Padron Hernandez. Upon graduation from Key West High School in 1942, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with his last duty station being Pearl Harbor. He later retired from Naval Station Key West after serving over 20 years as a civil service employee and supervisor in the supply department. He had a great love for teaching and tutored students for many years. He taught ESL at KWHS for those who came during the Mariel Boat Lift. He had a “green thumb” and a special love for his orchid plants. He took great pleasure in seeing fruit-bearing trees in bloom, such as mangoes, avocados, sour sops, mamey, key limes, etc. 

He is survived by his children, Veronica (Michael) Corum and Charles Hernandez; two grandsons, Daniel Thomas Hernandez and Jessie Alexander Hernandez; as well as three great-grandchildren: Evan Matthew, Emily Lynn and Chase Alexander Hernandez; niece Jeannette Hernandez (Tony) Roque and nephew Billy (Wilma) Johnson and numerous other nieces and nephews. Extended family includes Lala Shindle, Irma Bairstow and Patricia Gibson. Special thanks to his caregiver, Beverly Relaford, as well as the nurses, aides and staff of the VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys. He was predeceased by his wife of 32 years, Felicia (Carbonell) Hernandez; two brothers, Henry and Ernest Hernandez, and two sisters, Tina and Elvira; and his faithful friend, Fr. Charles W. Lord. He was a lifetime member of the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday Sept. 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary on Truman Street in Key West. Burial will be in the Key West City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers it was his wish that donations be made to the VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys or a charitable organization of your choice.  Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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JONATHAN MICHAEL KRUSE

Jonathan Michael Kruse, 28, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2015. A viewing will be held today, Sept. 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. at 5th Street Baptist Church with a memorial service following. Castillo and Thurston Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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REV. CURT HAESSNER VON DORNHEIM

The Reverend Curt Haessner von Dornheim was born on May 11, 1935. For his entire adult life he was a professional organist, organ teacher, choirmaster, non-denominational minister and author of many e-books pertaining to creative consciousness. He was past officer of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the London Chapter of the Theatre Organist society. His last organ student was Patricio Molina. He was born in New Jersey and lived for many years in New Hope, Pennslyvania and also in Key West, Florida. He is survived by his cousin Lorraine Larsen and her husband Steve and their children, Maggie and Nick. He died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 in Pennsylvania. Interment was on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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WALTER J CULLEN JR.

Oct. 17, 1944

to Aug. 20, 2015

Walter J (Mike) Cullen Jr., Capt. USMC (ret.), passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at his home in Key West, Florida.

Mike was the son of the late Walter and Catherine (Hartnett) Cullen. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Darlene Cullen of Key West, Florida, daughters Christine (David) Allen of Phoenix, Arizona, and Katie (Eric) Wilda of Kaneola, Hawaii, and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Trudy Cullen of Danvers, Cathy and Paul Gareri of Beverly, Thomas Cullen of Danvers, Peter and Yevgeniya Cullen of Danvers, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his younger brother, Gerry Cullen.

Mike graduated from St John’s Prep and Colby College where he was an outstanding member of the baseball and ice hockey teams. Mike served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corp as a captain during the Vietnam War. He had a successful career as a certified financial planner and retired from Key West Insurance in 2003. Mike loved his life in Key West.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike’s name to the VFW at 220 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, Florida.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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ROSE MARIE BARRETT

Rose Marie Barrett, a proud honorary Conch and friend to many, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2015. She was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on Jan. 24, 1931. Rose Marie married the love of her life Walter Barrett in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent many wonderful years with him traveling the world. They fell in love with Key West and moved here in 1969. Rose Marie was active in local real estate investments and was fiercely independent. She never met a stranger. Rose Marie was preceded in death by her husband Walter Barrett and brothers Wallace and Reed McCartney. She is survived by her sister Florence Knight and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends who loved her dearly. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Thursday Sept. 3, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, P.O. Box 5816, Key West, FL. 33045. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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ROBERT ALLEN CHRISTENSEN

Robert Allen Christensen, 65, of Clermont, Florida, passed away Aug. 23, 2015. Robert is survived by his wife Michelle Christensen, and his son Joshua Christensen. To view full obituary and leave condolences for the family visit www.brewerfuneral.com.

Brewer and Sons Clermont Chapel (352) 394-8500.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Eldred Jean Curry

Eldred Jean Curry went to be with her lord, Aug. 25, 2015 at the age of 81.

She was born Oct. 30, 1933 to Raymond Pumphrey and Mable Kropke Pumphrey

Preceding her, are her parents, brother Raymond Pumphrey sister Louise Lowe, son Raymond Scott Creel, nephew Michael Pumphrey, father and mother in laws, Charles and Emila Curry and son in law Alcio Bravo.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Donald Curry, daughters, Denise Bravo, Letricia Creel and Donna Curry. Granddaughters, Donnie (Jason) Yarbrough, Alyssa and Alexa Noya. Grandsons, Cory Fernandez , Erick and Cameron Smith, Jarrod (Sara) Shawn (Kiley) and Matthew Ramseur, Danny and Jessie Hernandez. Brother in law Richard (Lynda) Curry, sister in law, Cheryl (Richard) Bervaldi. She also leaves behind two nieces , Linda Tarra and Byrne Mannis, two cousins Carl Micky Gardner and Carol Farrant.

Jean is also survived by 13 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, each one of them had a special place in her heart.

Jean was a longtime parishioner of St. Pauls and the President of the Episcopal Church of Women.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015 at St. Pauls Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. with a gathering to follow in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ECW of St. Pauls in memory of Jean Curry.

Our Rock has Spread her wings, fly high you will be missed we love you!

All arrangements entrusted to Castillo & Thurston’s Key West Mortuary and cremation center.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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CARIDAD VELASQUEZ

Caridad Velasquez 89, of Key West, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at Key West Health and Rehabilitation. She was born in Key West, Florida, on April 22, 1926. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015
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ELIZABETH E. SCRIBNER

Elizabeth E. Scribner, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), 79, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Oct. 26, 1935, and died at her summer home in Blairsville, Georgia on July 23, 2015.

She joined the Army in 1954, and served with distinction. After her retirement in 1975, she resided in Santa Rosa, California, Blairsville, and Key West, Florida.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving partner, Lila Jo Miller, her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Pingree of Dover-Foxcroft, her brother, Sheldon Scribner of Clifton Park, New York, her nieces, Julie Pingree and Margie Burnett (Rob), nephew Michael Pingree, great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Tyler Burnett, and by a miniature schnauzer named Laurie.

A memorial service was held in Blairsville, on Aug. 15, 2015, and a graveside service was held Aug. 28 in Dover-Foxcroft. At a later date, there will be a memorial service in Key West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity, or to the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in Liz’s memory.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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ROSE MARIE BARRETT

Rose Marie Barrett, a proud honorary Conch and friend to many, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2015. Born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on Jan. 24, 1931. Rose Marie married the love of her life, Walter Barrett in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent many wonderful years with him traveling the world. They fell in love with Key West and moved here in 1969. Rose Marie was active in local real estate investments and was fiercely independent. She never met a stranger. Rose Marie was preceded in death by her husband Walter Barrett and brothers Wallace and Reed McCartney. She is survived by her sister Florence Knight and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends that loved her dearly. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Thursday Sept. 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys P.O. Box 5816 Key West, FL. 33045. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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MICHAEL ROBERT HORN

Sadly & suddenly on Aug. 22, 2015 Michael Robert Horn passed away at his home on Cudjoe Key. There will be more information in regard to a celebration of life at a later date, as final arrangements are necessary for his next of kin in New Hampshire. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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ELIZABETH E. SCRIBNER

Elizabeth E. Scribner, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), 79, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Oct. 26, 1935, and died at her summer home in Blairsville, Georgia on July 23, 2015.

She joined the Army in 1954, and served with distinction. After her retirement in 1975, she resided in Santa Rosa, California, Blairsville, and Key West, Florida.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving partner, Lila Jo Miller, her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Pingree of Dover-Foxcroft, her brother, Sheldon Scribner of Clifton Park, New York, her nieces, Julie Pingree and Margie Burnett (Rob), nephew Michael Pingree, great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Tyler Burnett, and by a miniature schnauzer named Laurie.

A memorial service was held in Blairsville, on Aug. 15, 2015, and a graveside service was held Aug. 28 in Dover-Foxcroft. At a later date, there will be a memorial service in Key West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity, or to the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in Liz’s memory.

Friday, August 28, 2015
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ANNA CATHERINE CANADY SOMMERFELDT

Anna Catherine Canady Sommerfeldt, 36, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 after a car accident in Key West, Florida. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 10, 1978, to Horace and Helen Tuttle Canady (Macy and Bubba). She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, graduated from Spring Valley High School, and later received a degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. A resident of Key West since 2005, she was employed as office manager at Eagle Brands Key West. She was married to Daniel “Digger” Jacob Sommerfeldt on April 6, 2013. In her leisure time she enjoyed boating and fishing with Digger near their home, as well as running, diving, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Catherine is survived by her husband, of Key West; parents and brother, James Bowman Canady, of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Horace and Roberta Masters Canady, and James Mason and France Pulford Tuttle. Catherine will be remembered for her playful spirit, individuality, genuineness, love for others and her tender heart.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 2 p.m., with a visitation at 1 p.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223. A service will also be held in Key West at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northeast Presbyterian Church; Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 S.W. 104th Street, Miami, FL 33156; or The Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050.

Please sign the online guest book by visiting our website at www.kornegayandmoseley.com.

Friday, August 28, 2015
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ELIZABETH E. SCRIBNER

Elizabeth E. Scribner, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), 79, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Oct. 26, 1935, and died at her summer home in Blairsville, Georgia on July 23, 2015.

She joined the Army in 1954, and served with distinction. After her retirement in 1975, she resided in Santa Rosa, California, Blairsville, and Key West, Florida.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving partner, Lila Jo Miller, her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Pingree of Dover-Foxcroft, her brother, Sheldon Scribner of Clifton Park, New York, her nieces, Julie Pingree and Margie Burnett (Rob), nephew Michael Pingree, great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Tyler Burnett, and by a miniature schnauzer named Laurie.

A memorial service was held in Blairsville, on Aug. 15, 2015, and a graveside service will be held today in Dover-Foxcroft. At a later date, there will be a memorial service in Key West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity, or to the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in Liz’s memory.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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REV. CURT HAESSNER VON DORNHEIM

The Rev. Curt Haessner von Dornheim was born on May 11, 1935. For his entire adult life he was a professional organist, organ teacher, choirmaster, non-denominational minister and author of many e-books pertaining to creative consciousness. He was past officer of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the London Chapter of the Theatre Organist society. His last organ student was Patricio Molina. He was born in New Jersey and lived for many years in New Hope, Pennsylvania and also in Key West, Florida. He is survived by his cousin Lorraine Larsen and her husband Steve and their children, Maggie and Nick. He died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 in Pennsylvania. Interment will be on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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ELIZABETH HELEN LUMB

Elizabeth Helen Lumb joined her husband, Richard Allen and extended family in the Sweet By and By on Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2015.

 “Liz” was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in the winter of 1926. She came to her beloved island in the 1950s and never left. Liz was a barmaid extraordinaire and garnered many friends and admirers. She spent years behind the bar in The Mermaid Lounge at The LaConcha Hotel,  where she served such luminaries as Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Jimmy Hoffa. Her last gig was the BOQ at Trumbo Point.

Liz will be remembered for her easy smile, quick wit and somewhat sardonic sense of humor. She was a true and loyal friend to those who knew her. She leaves behind her faithful companion “Tipsey” and her nemesis “Satan” the Amazon parrot. Elizabeth is survived by her niece and nephew, Jeff and Connie Hurst of Key West, her great nephew Steven (Stacie) Dallas of DeLand, Florida and great nephew Reid (Lela) Winsjansen of Lawndale, North Carolina, as well as her spiritual grandsons, Michael J. and Robert S. Hartley of Key West, Florida. Elizabeth will be missed by countless friends and family near and far. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at The First Congregational Church at 523 William St. in Key West. The family welcomes all who wish to attend to come and share love and remembrances. Donations to The Florida Keys SPCA or charity of choice is requested in lieu of flowers. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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MARISA YVETTE WILDER

Marisa Yvette Wilder, 34, passed away Aug. 18, 2015 at Lower Keys Medical Center. A viewing will take place Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southernmost Prayer and Faith Center, 729 Fleming St., Key West, Florida 33040. Funeral services will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. Pastor B.J. Hicks officiating. Burial to follow in the family plot of the Key West City Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston’s Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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JOHN KAMINSKI

A Memorial Mass for the late John Kaminski will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. The Basilica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West, Florida 33040.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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MARIA “SUSIE” PHELPS

Maria “Susie” Phelps, 54, of Key West, began her spiritual journey on Aug. 7, 2015.

Born in Cuba, Susie came to the United States as a child and was a lifelong resident of Key West. Always lively and animated, Susie loved the outdoors and was passionate about boating, fishing, and enjoying the islands and sandbars of the Keys with her family. Susie is survived by her loving husband Jimmy; son Jimmy Jr; daughter and son-in-law Glicy and Sean; her mother Mercedes Hernandez; brother Ramon; sisters Maggie and Mercy; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her father Ramon Hernandez, and her sister, Olga Hernandez.

A beautiful soul inside and out, Susie’s energetic laugh and smile will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service is schedule for Aug. 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea church. Maria’s ashes will be interned at the family plot in Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key

Castillo and Thurston’s Key West Mortuary and cremation center are entrusted with all arrangements.