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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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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CARMEN K. FULLER

Carmen K. Fuller was born on January 26, 1945 and passed away peacefully on October 15, 2014.

Carmen was survived by her husband Henry Fuller, daughter Laura King, sons Daniel Sifling and William H. Fuller, and three grandchildren, Christopher Yuhas, Heather Yuhas and Annalisa Ruffo.

A memorial service has been planned in her honor at The Basilica of St. Mary Star Of The Sea Catholic Church, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, by Father John Baker, where she has been a member since 1999, a devoted Catholic and volunteer at T.L.C. School where she was honored by all involved, especially her children.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Lodge following the memorial service.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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NORMA ALPIZAR DISDIEL

Norma A. Disdiel, 89, of Key West, Fla., passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, voted "Best Mom" in the world, by her family.

She was born in Tampa on Nov. 24, 1924 to the late Caridad and Rafael Alpizar. She was a longtime resident of Key West. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Armando Disdiel, brother Ralph Alpizar, and sisters Olga Morales and Lina Diaz. She assisted her husband Armando (Jerry) Disdiel in running Diamond T.V. from the mid 1950's until they retired.

Norma is survived by her daughter Nora and son-in-law Pedro Fraga, grandchildren Robin Black and Peter (Becky) Fraga, great grandchildren Bryce, Maleah, and Ty Fraga, and Dane and Dillon Black, all of Key West, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews, Dave Black, and loving friends. Norma had a special bond with the family dog "Bella". She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Norma enjoyed doing things with her family. She enjoyed going to the ballpark to watch her great-grandchildren play baseball. She was very proud of them, and their accomplishments.

She will be laid to rest during a private family service. Dean Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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GEORGE "VITI"

ANTHONY VIDAL

George Anthnoy "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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Richard F. Farkas

Richard F. Farkas, Sr. died on July 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held from 10 to 12 p.m. at Geiger Key Marina on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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CATHERINE A. PLOWMAN

Catherine A. Plowman, 91 of Key West, Fla. passed away on Sunday Oct. 19, 2014 at her home in Key West. She was born on December 16, 1922 in Key West, Fla. to the late Raquel and Helena (Sawyer) Ybarmea. Catherine was a lifetime resident of Key West. She was a member of The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, and the Catholic Daughters. Catherine worked as an operator for Bellsouth and with the Monroe County School System, she also worked for Percy and Betty Curry at Curry Printing and for Bill and Mary Kay Murray's automotive garage. Catherine most of all loved her weekly lunches with all her friends. Surviving is her son Houston (Susie) Plowman of Key West; grandchildren Philip (Bettina) Plowman, Patrick Plowman, Michael (Joe Bove) Plowman; great-grandchildren Douglas and Ryan Plowman. Nephew Tom Ybarmea and sister in law Peggy Ybarmea. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Plowman, son Dennis Michael Plowman, brother George Ybarmea.

Memorial mass will be held on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. In lieu of flowers donations made be given to The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea or Catholic Daughters. A special thank you to Father Eric Zegeer and Sisters Mary, Marietha, Euphemia for visiting Catherine on a regular basis, she always looked forward to their visits. The family would also like to thank Sheri Forbes of Island Home Care who so lovingly took care of Catherine. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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Athena McEwan (Marie Robinson)

Athena (Marie) passed away surrounded by family, friends and loved ones on Oct. 11, 2014 in Mill Valley, Calif. Athena lived on Petronia Street in Key West before moving to California. She worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and for herself at Petronia Productions in Key West. She was an avid runner and member of the Key West Southernmost Runners Club. Athena traveled the world to run in marathons. She is survived by her husband Arthur Ruda, her daughter Christabel Zamor, her son and wife Ruy/Thu Garcia-Zamor, and brothers Frank McEwan and Bill McEwan. Athena adored her three grandchildren Chloe (7), Ruy Jr. (5) and Liam (2) Garcia-Zamor. Athena is loved and respected for her strength, passion and intellect, her radiant beam of light will always be with us. A memorial service will be held in Key West at a later date, please make donations in Athena's name to a charity of your choice.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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James Martin

James Martin, 64 years old, of Cudjoe Key, passed away Oct. 10, 2014. James was born on May 25, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany in a U.S. occupied territory. He was preceded in death by his father Major James Martin and his grandparents George Kabades and grandmother Androniki Christis. He is survived by his mother Aphrodite (Dolly) Martin and Mr. Charles Fogle, her life partner of 42 years. James' children, Haley Nicole Martin and James Pireaus (JP) Martin were always the sparkle in his eyes, with a gleaming proudness for the love of them both. James and Sally were married in Key West on Jan. 27, 1990. Sally was his best friend, soulmate and wife. And his love for Sally was infinite. James was a man who wore many hats. Before landing in Key West in 1987 aboard the sailing vessel Shanty Girl, he enjoyed many years in the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire as well as the western Maine mountains. He was an avid snow skier and a well known solo guitarist and singer that toured small venues in the area. James also spent some time as a forest fire ranger with his late friend and mentor Stub Eastman. James was also one of the original guerrilla growers in the area. James also spent some quality summer time aboard the sailing vessel Squally, sailing around Penobscot and Casco Bay along the Maine coast. Sally and James left paradise for a business opportunity to own an established restaurant, "The Chat and Chew," in Frederick, Md. He worked side by side with his mother and Charles Fogle. Their venture lasted 10 years and then they returned to their forever home, "The Keys." Upon their return, James worked at Little Palm Island for five years and then for Group Transportation. James' artistic talent and his love of animals is shown throughout his home. As word spreads of his passing we will all remember him in many ways. Celebration of James life will be announced at a later time. Donations may be sent to the SPCA of Key West, Fla.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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ROBERT FREDERICK PFEFFLE

1940-2014

Robert Frederick Pfeffle of Pensacola, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 15, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Pfeffle was born April 5, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Dr. Henry C. and Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle. He attended St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis and Regis College in Denver, CO before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry. In 1965, he married Suzanne Elizabeth Brefeld of Trenton, IL. After a tour in the United States Air Force from 1965-1967, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career in dentistry in St. Louis alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed retirement in Key West, FL for many years and recently moved to Pensacola to be closer to family. He was member and leader of the Kirkwood, MO chapter of Optimist International, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an avid scholar of Russian history and a world traveler. He was a member of Key West Yacht Club and Pensacola Country Club.

Dr. Pfeffle was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henry C. & Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle and his brother, Dr. Henry J. Pfeffle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne (Brefeld); his son, Dr. Robert C. (Kristin) Pfeffle of Mobile, AL and his daughters, Kristen (Jason) Stout of Marin County, CA and Nicole (James) Lonano of Port St. Lucie, FL. He has 5 grandchildren, Jordan Leigh Fabing Pfeffle, Kathleen Elizabeth Brefeld Pfeffle, Lily Ann Stout, Gabriella Ann Pfeffle Lonano and Lucas Robert Pfeffle Lonano. He has several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, FL, with Fr. Joe Callipare celebrant.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Rosemary Zetting

Rosemany Zetting, loved mother of Steven, Mark, Marcia, Dennis, Rosemary Jr., Sandra, Edward Jr., John, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister of George Steber. Preceded in death by husband Edward J. Zetting, Sr. Thank you for the care and comfort provided by staff at Key West Health and Rehab, Island Home Health Care, Visiting Nurses Association and Lower Keys Medical Center. She will be missed by her family and many friends in Wisconsin and Florida and her neighbors at the Henry V. Haskins Senior Center in Key West, Fla.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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James Martin

James Martin, 64 years old, of Cudjoe Key, passed away Oct. 10, 2014. James was born on May 25, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany in a U.S. occupied territory. He was preceded in death by his father Major James Martin and his grandparents George Kabades and grandmother Androniki Christis. He is survived by his mother Aphrodite (Dolly) Martin and Mr. Charles Fogle, her life partner of 42 years. James' children, Haley Nicole Martin and James Pireaus (JP) Martin were always the sparkle in his eyes, with a gleaming proudness for the love of them both. James and Sally were married in Key West on Jan. 27, 1990. Sally was his best friend, soulmate and wife. And his love for Sally was infinite. James was a man who wore many hats. Before landing in Key West in 1987 aboard the sailing vessel Shanty Girl, he enjoyed many years in the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire as well as the western Maine mountains. He was an avid snow skier and a well known solo guitarist and singer that toured small venues in the area. James also spent some time as a forest fire ranger with his late friend and mentor Stub Eastman. James was also one of the original guerrilla growers in the area. James also spent some quality summer time aboard the sailing vessel Squally, sailing around Penobscot and Casco Bay along the Maine coast. Sally and James left paradise for a business opportunity to own an established restaurant, "The Chat and Chew," in Frederick, Md. He worked side by side with his mother and Charles Fogle. Their venture lasted 10 years and then they returned to their forever home, "The Keys." Upon their return, James worked at Little Palm Island for five years and then for Group Transportation. James' artistic talent and his love of animals is shown throughout his home. As word spreads of his passing we will all remember him in many ways. Celebration of James life will be announced at a later time. Donations may be sent to the SPCA of Key West, Fla.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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ROBERT FREDERICK PFEFFLE

1940-2014

Robert Frederick Pfeffle of Pensacola, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 15, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Pfeffle was born April 5, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Dr. Henry C. and Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle. He attended St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis and Regis College in Denver, CO before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry. In 1965, he married Suzanne Elizabeth Brefeld of Trenton, IL. After a tour in the United States Air Force from 1965-1967, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career in dentistry in St. Louis alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed retirement in Key West, FL for many years and recently moved to Pensacola to be closer to family. He was member and leader of the Kirkwood, MO chapter of Optimist International, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an avid scholar of Russian history and a world traveler. He was a member of Key West Yacht Club and Pensacola Country Club.

Dr. Pfeffle was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henry C. & Miriam (Stockhus) Pfeffle and his brother, Dr. Henry J. Pfeffle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne (Brefeld); his son, Dr. Robert C. (Kristin) Pfeffle of Mobile, AL and his daughters, Kristen (Jason) Stout of Marin County, CA and Nicole (James) Lonano of Port St. Lucie, FL. He has 5 grandchildren, Jordan Leigh Fabing Pfeffle, Kathleen Elizabeth Brefeld Pfeffle, Lily Ann Stout, Gabriella Ann Pfeffle Lonano and Lucas Robert Pfeffle Lonano. He has several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, FL, with Fr. Joe Callipare celebrant.