Obituaries

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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ARMANDO "MUNDY" CHAVEZ

Armando "Mundy" Chavez, 86, a long time resident of Key West passed away on February 18, 2015. He is preceded in death by his wife Beneranda "Benny" Chavez, sons, Mario and Armando Jr Chavez, daughter Dolores Cioli, sister Regina Chavez, brothers Rogelio "Buddy" Chavez and Mario Cabrero. He is survived by daughter, Denise Maddox; brother Joseph "Chichi" (Evelyn) Botella; sisters, Martha de Campo, Elouise "Vita" Ammariti. Mundy loved being on his boat, out on the waters fishing. He loved his music, also to dance and play his maracas. Mundy was a carpenter and fisherman by trade. Mundy will be greatly missed by his brother "Chichi" and family and friends. We love you and are going to miss you. He was cremated and put to rest in the family plot.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
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DAVID ALAN DUNN

David Alan Dunn, born August 23, 1937, in Miami, Oklahoma, son of William C. Dunn and Helen Mc Carthy Dunn, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia.

David grew up in El Paso, Texas. He attended Stephen F. Austin High School, where the faculty bestowed on him their highest honor. Following graduation from Austin High in 1955, David attended Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He had a very distinguished undergraduate career at Princeton, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation Summa Cum Laude from Princeton in 1959, David was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. David studied for three years at Queens College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England. He was on the Rowing Team for Queens College. While at Oxford, David was elected Chairman of the Junior Members Council of the University. This Council included the Junior Council Presidents of each of the 30 colleges at Oxford. David was the first American student at Oxford to be elected to this position.

Following graduation from Oxford, David entered the United States Army, He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. David was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Captain on June 15, 1965. He then returned to Princeton University, where he studied at the Woodrow Wilson School for two years, and was awarded a Masters Degree. In 1967, David began working at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. During his distinguished World Bank career, David contributed significantly to The Bank's development efforts in a large number of countries in Asia and Africa, including India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Kenya, and Somalia. He served in the late 1970's and early 1980's as Chief of the Bangladesh Division within The World Bank. His work was always characterized by compassion for and understanding of the problems of poverty in developing countries. His tactfulness and diplomatic skills made him a valuable asset for The Bank and the countries he was helping. He made major contributions in his work and he made many friends in the developing countries and at The Bank. Upon his retirement from The World Bank in 1994, David split his time between homes in Provincetown, Massachusetts; Key West, Florida, and visiting friends and relatives in the Washington, D.C, New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma City areas. David was a passionate collector of American Art Glass, especially Tiffany and Steuben, and he loved the theater and ballet. He did extensive genealogical research on his family.

David was preceded in death by his parents, by his only brother, Clyde Dunn, by his cousins, Mary Eddleman, D'Wayne Dunn, and Marolyn Story, and by a good friend, Richard M. Tomko. He is survived by his niece, Melanie A. Dunn, of New York City; his sister-in-law, Jeanine Dunn, of Tucson, Arizona; cousins: Martha Minnis (husband Michael), of Edmond, Oklahoma; Debbie Kirksey (husband Jerry), of Norman, Oklahoma; Carolyn Hassan, of Oklahoma City, and Michael Mc Carthy (wife Toni), of Monument, Colorado. His very good friend of 37 years, Bruce W. Boyd, of Arlington, Virginia, also survives him, as do many friends in the United States and around the world.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
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SHERI ANNE BERMAN

After losing her battle with cancer Sheryl Anne Berman left this world March 20, 2015 to join her beloved husband Jeffery in the best of places. Sheri, 61, was born in Key West Sept. 15,1953 to her late parents Clifford and Martha Reed. A true Conch, she was a product of our local school system, completing her primary education as a member of the Class of '71.

Upon completion of her high school years, Sheri embarked on her professional career, attending cosmetology school, where she earned her degree. Entering the work force as a hairdresser she met her lifelong friend, Tilly, who introduced Sheri to her knight in shining armor and husband-to-be, Jeff.

Intrigued by the banking business, Sheri decided on a career change and found employment with First Federal of the Florida Keys. She continued in banking through many changes and finishing with what she considered her second family at BB&T.

Sheri was a devoted daughter, wife and a special mother to her daughter, Britney Rose, an awesome grandmother to her two little angels Laycee Rose and AJ. They were the love of her life. She was their Mimi.

To know Sheri was to love her. She had an infectious, bubbly personality that one immediately liked. One just fell in love with her. In the dictionary next to the word "lady," there is a picture of Sheri. A more deserving woman of that title one will not find.

We love you and will miss you. Her second love was traveling; Sheri and Jeff would take off to the Bahamas, Las Vegas or other foreign port. They even celebrated Britney's 21st birthday in Las Vegas with many friends. She would take great joy in recounting her travel stories with all.

Sheri is survived by her JAP Britney Rose (Argelio "Chacho") Alayon. Two grandkids Laycee Rose and AJ. Sisters-in-law Belinda (Charles) Scudder and Roberta (Tommy) Brazeal. She is also survived by the many friends she embraced as family.

Her family invites her friends to a celebration of her life at the Rusty Anchor on Stock Island from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
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RICHARD FRANKLIN CARPENTER

Richard Franklin Carpenter, 65, of White City, Florida, passed on March 14, 2015, in Fort Pierce, Florida where he and his wife retired in 2006.

Richard was born December 22, 1949, in Key West, Florida, to Richard and Anita Carpenter. Richard moved from of the Keys at a young age with his parents and after graduating Rollins College he returned to the Florida Keys to teach at Sugarloaf Elementary/Middle School for 30+ years. Richard enjoyed teaching and was loved by students and faculty alike.

Richard is survived by his wife, Juanita Carpenter in White City: children: Lauren (Lynne) Rennicks, Mari (Chris) Ross and Brandi (Bill) McNeilley, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; siblings: Mikel (Mary), Christopher, Melody and his faithful companions: three dogs (Juan Topaz, Valentine and Rose Blossom).

Richard is preceded in death by his daughter, Alice Carpenter and parents, Richard and Anita Carpenter.

Richard was cremated in accordance with his wishes by Strunk Funeral Home of Vero Beach.

Friday, March 27, 2015
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JUANA V. ORAMAS

Juana V. Oramas 92, passed away Wednesday March 25, 2015. Funeral services will take place Friday March 27, 2015 at 11 am at the Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Father John Baker officiating. Burial to follow in the family plot at the Key West City Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.

Friday, March 27, 2015
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DOROTHY EUGENIA HIGHTOWER

Dorothy Eugenia Hightower 86, passed away Friday March 20, 2015 at Lower Keys Medical Center. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel Saturday March 28, 2015 at 11 am. Pastor Quinton Roberts officiating. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.