Obituaries

Friday, April 24, 2015
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FAOUZI YOUSSEF NAJD

Faouzi Youssef Najd, 85, of Cudjoe Key, Florida passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the University of Miami. He was born on June 16, 1929 in Ain Anoub, Lebanon to the late Youssef and Nazek Najd. He was a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was a former grand master of the Masonic Lodge. Rest in peace baba ... you fought the good fight. Time to rest now ... Thank you for enriching our lives and teaching us great lessons in life. You're a self-made man, with a zeal for knowledge, well traveled, admired by many, always helping the less fortunate, with a great deal of accomplishments and raising a beautiful family that loves and cares about you and was with you to the end. 86 years ... that's quite an adventure. Allah Yirhamak ya baba ...

Surviving are his daughters Omaya N. (Tarik) Saad of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Alissar N. (Michael) Langworthy of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Maha Najd of Cudjoe Key, Florida; son Akram F. Najd of Key West, Florida; brother Amin Najd of New Jersey; grandchildren Amira, Nadine, Yasmeen and Carina Saad, Nadia and Katie Langworthy. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nadia Najd; brothers Afif Najd, Abdallah Najd; sisters Fatineh Saab, Salma Carter.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, Florida. Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Florida from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to the make a wish foundation in Faouzi Najd name. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Friday, April 24, 2015
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CLAUDE DANIEL VALDEZ

Claude Daniel Valdez, 86, lifetime resident of Key West, Florida passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his residents in Key West. He was born on April 13, 1929 in Key West, Florida to the late Claudio and Ana Valdez. Claude was a graduate of Key West High School class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Claude worked for the U.S. Civil Service, retiring with 35 years and reaching rank of GS14 supervisor. He was instrumental in the government administration for U.S. Civil Service during the Mariel Boat Lift and was a trusted government employee. He was a staff account for the Monroe County School Board for 13 years. Served as a sports official for basketball, football and his greatest passion, baseball. Claude was most proud of designing the Key West flag in 1968. Claude had a love for children that ran deep. He would create Key West's largest collection of Christmas lights and hire someone to be Santa Claus each night so every child could see Santa. His front yard and house looked like Santa Claus land. Most Key West families would start their ride to see Christmas lights at his home.

Claude's philosophy and the way his lived his life was to laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

He was a beloved son, husband and father. Claude was preceded in death by his parents and wife Virginia Gibson Valdez in 2002. Surviving is his son Christopher D. Valdez; daughter Christine Valdez both of Key West; brother-in-law Ben (Suzette) Gibson; sister-in-law Ruth (John) Jones; family friend and caregiver Mary Mack. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the 5th Street Baptist Church with burial in the Key West City Cemetery.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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FAOUZI YOUSSEF NAJD

Faouzi Youssef Najd, 85, of Cudjoe Key, Florida passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the University of Miami.

He was born on June 16, 1929 at Ain Anoub, Lebanon to the late Youssef and Nazek Najd. He was a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather.

He was a former grand master of the Masonic Lodge. Rest in peace baba ... you fought the good fight. Time to rest now ... Thank you for enriching our lives and teaching us great lessons in life. You're a self-made man, with a zeal for knowledge, well traveled, admired by many, always helping the less fortunate, with a great deal of accomplishments and raising a beautiful family that loves and cares about you and was with you to the end. 86 years... that's quite an adventure. Allah Yirhamak ya baba ...

Surviving are his daughters Omaya N. (Tarik) Saad of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Alissar N. (Michael) Langworthy of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Maha Najd of Cudjoe Key, Florida; son Akram F. Najd of Key West, Florida; brother Amin Najd of New Jersey; grandchildren Amira, Nadine, Yasmeen and Carina Saad, Nadia and Katie Langworthy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nadia Najd; brothers Afif Najd, Abdallah Najd; sisters Fatineh Saab, Salma Carter.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, Florida. Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West, Florida from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the make a wish foundation in Faouzi Najd name. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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JAMES F. WELSH

James F. Welsh passed away on April 15, 2015 from a chronic illness.

He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the beloved husband of Marie Welsh, son of Anna Marie and Joseph P. Welsh. Brother to Anne Welsh, Patricia A. Brooks, Thomas Welsh, and the late Robert and Joseph Welsh.

James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for the U.S. government, the Treasury Department and the U.S. Customs Service for 25 years.

He was commander of the Greenbelt, Maryland, American Legion Post 136 from 1998 to 1999.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, with burial in the Southern Keys Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Florida from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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SYLVIA (SIB) LEONA KOENIG

Sylvia (Sib) Leona Koenig was born Oct. 25, 1925 to Leon Sawyer and Maude Swain in Key West, Florida.

She graduated from Key West High School and during WWII worked as a bicycle messenger at the KW Naval Base where she met a handsome sailor from Chicago, George Koenig, a very lucky guy. They married in 1944 at St. Mary Star of the Sea church and were best friends and partners for more than 50 years, the beautiful conch meets Chicago tough-guy.

Returning to Chicago, Sib and George started a family in 1946 which eventually included brothers Rick, Ray and Russ, who all, like their Dad, honorably served their country when called, not very easy for Mom.

Sylvia shared many laughs and some tears with her immediate family: sister Dorothy, mom-in-law Alice, Marie+Rudy, Babe+Don, Donna, Anna Mae, Charles+Jackie, Kathy and Pat were all there to support her and party a little, which she appreciated very much.

She adored her nieces and nephews: Gary+Dianne, David, Butch+Kitty, Jackie, Lynda+Eric, Randy, Danny, Buddy+Gina, Cece+Steve, and Denny and Bobby.

Sylvia was so proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Eric, Nate, Shawn+Stephanie, Keith, Shelley, Chris+Tom, Kathy+Craig, Kevin, Caeligh, Bridget, Ethan, Kelsy, Declan, Emily, Sara, Brendan, Alex, Kim, Ashli, Jordan, Luna, Opal, Jayden and Ever.

And Sibbie could never forget the love of her incredible friends: Cathy+Judy, Ginny, Betty, Darlene, Rosie, Shirley, Trudy, Anne, Jean, Rose, Alice, Rich+Betty, Irene+Bob, Larry+Ellie and so many, many more, from Johnson+Johnson to National Can Corp to Bank of Key West, Mom met some wonderful people she would cherish her entire life, very cool indeed.

Sylvia died in April 2014. Her love and compassion will be missed by everyone she touched, but she will be remembered in our hearts forever.

You made the Earth a better place for everyone you met, Mom. Godspeed on your next journey.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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SY KRINSKY

Samuel "Sy" Krinsky, world traveler, eternal optimist, foodie, voracious reader, joke teller and theater-goer died on Monday, April 20, 2015 at age 89.

Sy was well-known throughout Key West for his affable, outgoing nature. Sy could often be found at the local library, the theater, Congregation B'nai Zion, or Alonzo's, and he was fond of exploring the island by foot, making new friends as he went, or coaxing old friends to keep walking "just one more block."

Born Feb. 21, 1926, Sy was a retired physical education teacher from New York, who retained the boundless energy of his teaching days. He and his wife Mary Krinsky (née Evanoff), also deceased, travelled the world on summer vacations before settling down to spend winters in Key West 29 years ago.

Sy spent much of his life in Ardsley, New York, before moving to Key West full time in 2014. Sy is survived by his sister-in-law and closest friend Catherine Wolf, her husband Joseph Wolf, and his two loving nephews, Benjamin Wolf and David Wolf, their wives Stefanie and Cynthia, whom he called his nieces, and their children, Eliana, Aviva, Nathan and Ari.

To those who loved him, Sy will always be remembered for his optimism, his generosity and for encouraging others to live their lives to the fullest.

Congregation B'nai Zion will honor Sy's memory with a Kiddush on Saturday, May 2 following morning services, and CBZ members are invited to attend commemorative prayers at 7 p.m. on April 29.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Waterfront Playhouse Capital Campaign or Friends of the Monroe County Public Library in Key West can be made in Sy's honor through justgive.org/UncleSy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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JONATHAN ZACHERY WELLS

Jonathan Zachery Wells aka "Shock" went to play for the Lord's Varsity baseball team on April 15, 2015. Jonathan was born Oct. 2, 2000 in Key West, Florida to Steve and Denise Wells. He was the youngest of their four children.

Jonathan attended Horace O'Bryant Middle School as an eighth grader, but spent his sixth- and seventh-grade years at Sigsbee Charter. He enjoyed football, but his true passions were basketball and baseball.

He was a member of the HOB basketball team (one of which he was very proud to be on), he played baseball in the KWLCB league on the Key West Fire Fighter Giants and travel baseball. Jonathan was a member of the 2013 U12 state championship team.

His time spent here with us was short but certainly sweet. There wasn't a day in Jonathan's life that he didn't tell his family and friends how much he loved them. He was so caring, thoughtful, genuine, kind and very strong. As much love as Jonathan gave he received in return from all his family and friends. He was always reminded how special he was.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his sisters Andrea and Lauren Wells (Marlon Briones); brother Steven Wells Jr.; his aka brother Tommy Morales Jr.; nephew Cameron Briones. Aunts and uncles Robyn Wells, Michele Atwell, Melody (Marc) Palka and Chuck Wells (Gene Tripp). Maternal grandmother, Angelia Rodriguez. Paternal grandmother, Judith Wells. Cousins Michael and Matthew Palka, Shane Wells, Brandon and Bradley Atwell and several other cousins, along with so many cherished friends.

He is awaited in heaven by his abuela Coralia, papa Charlie, nana, abuelo Jorge, tio Cameron and cousin MJ.

Services will begin at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane.

Following, all guest are welcomed to celebrate Jonathan's life at the Grand Key Double Tree ballroom.

A family grave side burial will be private following services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Jonathan Wells at Southernmost Federal Credit Union to the J. Wells Foundation.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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FAOUZI YOUSSEF NAJD

Faouzi Youssef Najd, 85, of Cudjoe Key, Florida, passed away on Saturday April 18, 2015, at the University of Miami.

He was born on June 16, 1929 in Ain Anoub, Lebanon, to the late Youssef and Nazek Najd. He was a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather.

He was a former grand master of the Masonic Lodge. Rest in peace baba ... you fought the good fight. Time to rest now ... Thank you for enriching or lives and teaching us great lessons in life. You're a self-made man, with a zeal for knowledge, well traveled, admired by many, always helping the less fortunate, with a great deal of accomplishments and raising a beautiful family that loves and cares about you and was with you to the end. 86 years ... that's quite an adventure. Allah Yirhamak ya baba...

Surviving are his daughters Omaya N. (Tarik) Saad of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Alissar N. (Michael) Langworthy of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Maha Najd of Cudjoe Key, Florida; son Akram F. Najd of Key West, Florida; brother Amin Najd of New Jersey; grandchildren Amira, Nadine, Yasmeen and Carina Saad, Nadia and Katie Langworthy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nadia Najd; brothers Afif Najd, Abdallah Najd; sisters Fatineh Saab, Salma Carter.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, Florida. Visitation will be held Friday April 24, 2015, at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Florida from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the make a wish foundation in Faouzi Najd name. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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JAMES F. WELSH

James F. Welsh passed away on April 15, 2015, from a chronic illness. He was born and raised in Philadelphia.

He was the beloved husband of Marie Welsh, son of Anna Marie & Joseph P. Welsh. Brother to Anne Welsh, Patricia A. Brooks, Thomas Welsh, and the late Robert and Joseph Welsh.

James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for the U.S. government, the Treasury Department and the U.S. Customs Service for 25 years.

He was commander of the Greenbelt, Maryland, American Legion Post 136 from 1998 to 1999.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, with burial in the Southern Keys Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Florida from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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JONATHAN ZACHERY WELLS

Jonathan Zachery Wells aka "Shock" went to play for the Lord's varsity baseball team on April 15, 2015. Jonathan was born October 2, 2000 in Key West, FL to Steve and Denise Wells. He was the youngest of their four children.

Jonathan attended Horace O'Bryant Middle School as an eighth-grader but spent his sixth- and seventh-grade years at Sigsbee Charter. He enjoyed football but his true passions were basketball and baseball. He was a member of the HOB basketball team (one of which he was very proud to be on), he played baseball in the KWLCB league on the Key West Fire Fighter Giants and travel baseball. Jonathan was a member of the 2013 U12 state championship team.

His time spent here with us was short but certainly sweet. There wasn't a day in Jonathan's life that he didn't tell his family and friends how much he loved them. He was so caring, thoughtful, genuine, kind and very strong. As much love as Jonathan gave he received in return from all his family and friends. He was always reminded how special he was.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his sisters; Andrea and Lauren Wells (Marlon Briones), brother; Steven Wells Jr. His aka brother, Tommy Morales Jr. Nephew; Cameron Briones. Aunts/uncles; Robyn Wells, Michele Atwell, Melody (Marc) Palka and Chuck Wells (Gene Tripp). Maternal grandmother, Angelia Rodriguez. Paternal grandmother, Judith Wells. Cousins; Michael and Matthew Palka, Shane Wells, Brandon and Bradley Atwell and numerous others cousins along with so many cherished friends.

He is awaited in heaven by his abuela Coralia, papa Charlie, nana, abuelo Jorge, tio Cameron and cousin MJ.

Services will begin at 4 p.m., Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane. Following, all guests are welcomed to celebrate Jonathan's life at the Grand Key Double Tree ballroom. A family grave side burial will be private following services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in the name of Jonathan Wells at Southernmost Federal Credit Union to the j.wells foundation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Rich Earhardt

On Sunday April 19, 2015 there was a gathering to say farewell to a good friend, Rick Earhardt

He came from Tennessee where he farmed, worked in taverns and drove trucks. In Key West he worked for EEG Beach Cleanup, drove food trucks and often helped in the soup kitchen at St. Marys Church, and most recently drove a pedicab. He loved to read, fish and talk to people and was often seen at White Street Pier doing just that.The demons he battled won on April 12, 2015, just short of his 57th birthday on April 23. He will be sadly missed by many, many friends who frequent White Street Pier.

Monday, April 20, 2015
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ANGEL PEDRO Garcia

Angel Pedro Garcia, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16 while surrounded by family at Lower Keys Medical Center.

Angel was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Sagua de Tanamo, Cuba. Angel was preceded in death by his mother Trinidad Gongara Garcia; his father Jose Garcia; and his daughter Maria Garcia.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years Miriam; children Jose Garcia, Olga Brown (John), Miriam Price (David); grandchildren George Perez (Ailieah), David Price Jr., Daniel Perez (Katy), Kaylynn Price, Stephanie Brown (William), Samantha Brown; and several great grandchildren.

Angel was called "Bo" by his great/grandchildren and "Viejito" affectionately by his family. All who knew Angel will remember him as a respectful, proud and honest man. Angel will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 20 immediately followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel of Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary, 328 Truman Ave, Key West, Florida. Interment will follow at Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key. No te preocupes Viejito todo esta bien.

All services entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and cremation center.