Obituaries

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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ANGELA HERNANDEZ

Angela "Angie" Hernandez, of Key West, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 28, 2014 in Conyers, Ga., at the home of her dear niece Cindy Cole. Angela was born in Key West on Nov. 2, 1927 to Guillermina and Amado Hernandez, as one of 10 siblings. She is survived by sisters Josephine Wade and Alice Dehmer of Minnesota. She is preceded in death by siblings Chino, Cheli, Fermin, Josie, Rose Hernandez, Lucretia Carey and Eloina (Ella) Means.

Angela had no children but was dearly loved by numerous nieces, nephews and all that knew her. The family extends a special thanks to her niece Cynthia and Bob who cared for her exceptionally in her last years. She will be dearly missed by all of us who loved her. The service is to be set at a later date in Key West.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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ERNEST LINDSEY SCOTT

Ernest Lindsey Scott (7/24/16 - 7/21/14) was an only child born to Lillian and Lamar Scott. He didn't have a privileged life, but he was loved by his mother and father and specifically his aunts Martha and Francis, to whom he was their child too. He also had loving uncles, so his early life was full of love.

Ernie loved old cars, and since his dad was a mechanic, his youth was spent working on cars with his father and enjoying drag races and car shows. He also loved Jimmy Buffett music and anything to do with the ocean.

He married Janice Taylor Scott on May 26, 1979 and they spent 35 loving years together. Once their son, Brent Suddeth, graduated from high school and was in college, they both embarked on an adventure neither will ever forget or regret.

Nearly 13 years were spent living their dreams in Key West, Fla. Ernie started out working at the La Concha Hotel, then the Casa Marina Hotel and Sheraton Suites. He then worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, first in the jail and later as a background investigator. He achieved the rank of sergeant in the Monroe County Sheriff's Reserve (Auxiliary) Division. This experience in law enforcement was the highlight of his life and the people he met there are people he will always love.

In 2005, after two years of really bad hurricane seasons, Ernie and Jan moved back to Georgia. Brent and his wife had just given the Scotts their first grandchild on the morning that Katrina blew through Key West on her way to New Orleans. By early January 2006, Ernie was retired and both were living in Cartersville, Ga., then eventually Canton, Ga.

In February 2014 they were given the news that Ernie was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. He passed away peacefully on July 21, 2014 at age 67.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Janice, their children Brent and Marci Suddeth and grandchildren Shayna, Eli and Lila Suddeth. Also surviving are uncles, aunts and cousins. In Key West, his surrogate son/brother Joey Finch, and surrogate sister Kristy Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, lbda.org, in Ernie's name.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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JOSE DEL LA CRUZ

Jose del la Cruz, 92, of Key West, Fla. passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at his home in Key West. He was born on March 6, 1922 at San Carlos, Pang. Philippines to the late Lorenzo and Petra (Rosario) del la Cruz.

Jose served in the United States Navy as a steward. He served on the USS Bushnell during the Korean and Vietnam Tour. He received the Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from the Navy as an E-6. Jose was a professional chef and enjoyed cooking, gardening and fishing. He and his wife owned and operated the Key Garden Apartments. He is a member of the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Jose was preceded in death by his parents; wife Estela del la Cruz; brother Celo Delacruz; sisters Transing Quesata and Lordes Austra. He is survived by sons Romulo (Mary) Delacruz of Baltimore, Md., Jose Delacruz, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughters Marcelina (Richard) Kilborn of Hartselle, Ala., Josephine Delacruz of San Francisco, Calif., Elizabeth (Paul) McNulty of Key West, Fla.; brothers Juanito (Millie) Delacruz of Mich., Esleo Delacruz of the Philippines and grandchildren Amy, Christina, Teresa and David Kilborn, Jackie and Jenna Vendil.

A memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday July 23, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea.

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

Sunday, July 20, 2014
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ANGELA HERNANDEZ

Angela "Angie" Hernandez, of Key West, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 28, 2014 in Conyers, Ga., at the home of her dear niece Cindy Cole. Angela was born in Key West on November 2, 1927 to Guillermina and Amando Hernandez, as one of 10 siblings. She is survived by sisters Josephine Wade and Alice Dehmer of Minnesota. She is proceeded in death by siblings China, Cheli, Fermen, Josie, Rose Hernandez, Lucretia Carey and Eloina (Ella) Means.

Angela had no children by was dearly loved by numerous nieces, nephews and all that knew her. The family extends a special thanks to her niece Cynthia and Bob who cared for her exceptionally in her last years. She will be dearly missed by all of us who loved her. The service is to be set at a later date in Key West.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
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GISELDA CALLEJA OSBORNE

Giselda (Gisi) Osborne, 84, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on July 18, 2014. Gisi was born September 13, 1929, in Key West, Fla., to the late Carlos and Grace Calleja. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, William E. Osborne, and her brother Carlos Calleja.

Gisi attended Brevard Community College and Florida State University. She retired from Brevard County Public Schools in 1991 while serving as cafeteria manager of Turner Elementary.

She is survived by her sister Hortensia "Tenchy" (Erasto) Perez and brother Dr. John (Alice) Calleja, of Key West. Her children Catherine (Michael) Moore, Victoria Champion, Debra (Walter) Burrows and Ed Osborne. All reside in Melbourne.

Her many grandchildren include Barbara (Dave Wilkerson) Whiting, Walter "JR" (Billie Jo) Burrows, Rebecca (Timothy) Thibert, Stephen (Nina) Champion, Michael D. Moore (deceased), Christopher Burrows, Catalina Moore, Aurora Moore, Anna Osborne and William Osborne. Great-grandchildren include Dalton, Kaleb, Malcolm, Isaiah, Ryan, Tyler, Alex and Kira.

Calling hours are from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 and the service will commence at 6 p.m. at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home of Melbourne.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Florida Wildlife Hospital, www.floridawildlifehospital.org. Gisi will be laid to rest, with her parents, in Key West, Fla.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
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GERALD SCHNAEDELBACH

Gerald "Jerry" Schnaedelbach, age 87, of the Liberty Community in White Plains, Ga., died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Mr. Schnaedelbach was born in St. Louis, Mo. on February 20, 1927 to the late Armin Schnaedelbach and Jessamyn Ferguson Schnaedelbach. He graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Mo. and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and completed courses at submarine school, submarine radar school and fleet sonar school with subsequent duty at sea aboard the USS Capitaine (SS 336) followed by duty on the USS Trumpetfish (SS 424). He spent the rest of his working career as a Civil Service Engineer, Private Pilot, FAA examiner, Pilot and Ground School Instructor, Seaplane and Biplane pilot, Ski Instructor and Commercial Captain on his own fishing boat. He moved to Lake Oconee in Green County 20 years ago from Key West, Fla. after retiring from Air Florida as a pilot.

Jerry was always involved in civic and community affairs. After retiring to Lake Oconee, he was the Airport Authority Manager and Fire Chief of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.

He was a dog lover and his many interests included water skiing, fishing, hunting, flying and boating. In 2004 he received the Greene County Citizen of the Year Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his children, Peter Schnaedelbach, (Houston) Susan Cabanas, (Key West) Sara Ryland (Orlando) and David Cook (Tampa). Jerry is also survived by a sister, Ann Funk (St. Louis). He has thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Zack. He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Michael Schnaedelbach and Kathryn Johnson and wife, Wendy Schnaedelbach.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday July 23, 2014. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, Ga, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. You can visit their website, www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com, to sign the online register. There will also be a service in Key West to be announced at a later date.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
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SIR PETER ANDERSON

Our beloved Secretary General of the Conch Republic, Sir Peter Anderson, passed away from lung cancer at age 67 in his sleep at 9:18 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16th. He was surrounded by his daughter Mikaela Anderson, former wife Judith Anderson, and former girlfriend Kate Miano while peacefully lying in his own luxurious king-sized bed. Sir Peter was not only a treasured part of this community, but he worked hard to protect the community's integrity and best interests.

Born in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12th, 1947, he was raised on the eastern shore of Maryland. In his early 20's he moved to the Big Sur coastline in California and started working designing and building homes for many wealthy and well-known people including the late David Carradine. He traveled the world as a builder most of his life, and made himself a part of history nearly everywhere he traveled. He attended the first space shuttle launch in 1981, coined the phrase "cotton center panel" instead of "cotton crotch" (they were seriously going to call the cotton panel in women's pantyhose the "cotton crotch"), and made important connections wherever he went.

An avid, salty, and skilled sailor, Sir Peter had a love for the high seas and the fascinating creatures that called it home. He was dedicated to conserving and protecting marine life and showed his commitment over and over again through his efforts as both a member, and later the President of Reef Relief. Most notably he was successful in encouraging cruise ships to give up dumping raw sewage into the ocean offshore, and install waste water treatment facilities on their ships.

Appointed by Capt. Tony Tarracino (mayor of Key West at the time) as the Secretary General of the Conch Republic in 1990, he developed not only the brand of the Conch Republic, but he also created one of the city's most important and profitable annual events, the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, leading the parade down Duval St. for 25 years (including this year). With his famously great sense of humor, he also devised and was the sole purveyor of the souvenir Conch Republic passports, and appointed countless ambassadorships and consulates worldwide through his work as the Secretary General. The foreign policy was founded on the mitigation of world tension through the exercise of humor, warmth and respect in a world we find in sore need of all three.

Sir Peter was an advocate for many causes including the 7-mile bridge restoration project, founding the Conch Republic Foster Children's Fund, and becoming the founding president of Habitat for Humanity. He also served in many organizations which included the Navy League, Conch Republic Navy, Conch Republic Air Force, CIA Shhhh!, Propeller Club, and Sons of Italy. He was also awarded the title of Honorary Fire Chief by the Baltimore County Fire Department, was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, and was knighted by the Government of Solaria as the Knight of Freedom.

Sir Peter was predeceased by his mother Ann Elizabeth Cissel-Anderson, father Richard Dabney Anderson, and sister Hannah Jean Anderson. He is survived by his daughter Mikaela Elizabeth Anderson (26), sister Jane Patricia Anderson (58), and brother Jack Philip Anderson (60).

Saturday, July 19, 2014
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CELIA BELLO DIECIDUE

At 98, although blind, she was still very self-sufficient, alert and had incredible Betty Grable legs. Born in Key West, as a young girl she made cigars and performed in Marlo Sanchez's plays. She later moved and lived in Miami for most of her adult life where she was an exceptional seamstress and a union organizer for the LGWU, until she was 88. She traveled the world and was a stanch Democrat with strong opinions. As a political activist she met presidents, governors and senators. She was a smart, hardworking, independent, fun loving, kind woman who never had a mean word for anyone. Those that knew her couldn't help but admire her.

She was also a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt.

She was always extremely proud of her five grandsons and their spouses and her many great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews with whom she had a close relationship.

She is in heaven now with her sight restored looking down on us all and praying for us as we will for her.

She loved to dance, especially the Tango. So, dance on Mom. Have fun with your friends, head down on to Heaven's version of the Habana Madrid with your ten-cent dime store shoes and kick up your heels.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dolores Garcia-Menocal and Jose Tranquilino Bello, both of Key West, husbands Benjamin Alvarez, Hannen Leeds, Ovello Moreno and Joseph Diecidue, brothers Armando Mato Menocal, Oscar Mato Menocal and Mario Mato Menocal, sisters Dalia Soriano, Violeta Garcia and Dolores Bello, nephews Lionel Soriano, Louis Garcia and George Garcia, nieces Noelia Garcia, Marta Menendez, Dolores Soriano, Nellie Garcia, Ofelia Mato, Onelia Mato and Zenaida Garcia.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Alvarez Sellers and caring son-in-law George, five grandsons, who she adored and who treated her with much love and respect, George Jr. Sellers (Gina), John Sellers, Mark Sellers (Mary Jo), Eric Sellers, Keith Sellers (Misti), great-grandchildren Cassie Sellers Dziatlik, Ethan Sellers, Caroline Sellers, Evan Sellers, Mark Sellers, Makaela Sellers, Eric Sellers, Bailey Sellers, Sierra Sellers and great-great-granddaughter Lola Smith, step-great-grandchildren Gus Alfonso, Amanda Alfonso, Jack Walker, Rachel Roberts, Gussy Alfonso, Lilly Roberts, and Lincoln Roberts, her loved step-sons Lou Diecidue (Janet) and Donald Diecidue (Gale), sister-in-law: Lolita Menocal, grand-nieces and great-grand nieces and nephews Oscar Menocal Jr., Mario Menocal, Geraldo Rojas (Zenida), Gilda Rojas (Dale) Yvette Valdez (Gerardo) Maida Garcia, Irida Garcia, Helen Garcia, Lila Garcia, Jolean Miller, Ray Ray Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Jerry Rojas, Brandy Bishop, Lionel Soriano, Odalis Soriano, Leonella Soriano, Elisa Soriano, Emilio Garcia Jr., Eddie Cisneros, Estella Cisneros and Elena Schoneck.

The family thanks the medical staff of LKMC, Dr. Boros, Dr. Byselow, Dr. Norris, VNA Hospice, Total Home Health (Al, Pam, Maida) Father John and the volunteers of St. Mary's. A memorial service will be held at a future date at The Basilica of St. Mary's Star of The Sea.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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GEORGE AUGUSTUS STOUT III

George Augustus Stout, III, 65, of Key West, Fla., died while sleeping July 9, 2014.

He was born to George A. Stout, Jr., and Pia (Dalporto) Stout in Springhouse, Pa., on Aug. 13, 1948. He grew up in Chestnut Hill and Doylestown, Pa. George graduated with his BSME from Villanova University.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Phyllis (Wolf) Stout. They were married in the Old Stone Church in Key West. Also, survived by their daughter, Christina Stout, her husband Nate Bacon, and their children, his dear grandchildren, Suzannah Skye and Wendell Arcturus Cove Bacon, who reside in Twisp, Wash. They were the true loves of his life.

George was blessed to have 10 extraordinary brothers and sisters that he loved beyond words. He is survived by Pia (Alan) Fair, Catherine Stout, John (FuMei) Stout, Joseph (Mary) Stout, Ann Dalporto, Mary (Tom) Caputi, Stephen (Debbie) Stout, Vincent (Liz) Stout, sisters-in-law Theresa Stout and Marita Stout. He is predeceased by David and Mark Stout.

George is survived by his mother-in-law, Lois Wolf and sister-in-law, Cathy Wolf. He is predeceased by his father-in-law, Philip Wolf and brother-in-law, David Wolf. Through the 34 years he was truly a son and brother to them and loved immensely.

George is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. They are Jason Donnelly, Cori Maffett, Alexander Garfield, John Jr and Ann Stout, Elizabeth Corbin, Dana Zampanti, Ben Beirs, Risica and Hannah Caputi, Stephen Jr and Stacy Stout, Bess Greway, Vincent Jr, Chris and Patrick Stout, Amanda, Rachel, and Sarah Stout, Jennifer Gill, Monica, Matt and Maggie Stout and their families.

Predeceased by many friends, George is also survived by many. Family friend, Cheryl Radcliff, has been there sharing all. His early morning Key West group and his Hobucken, N.C., back porch sunset friends gave him joy and good conversation.

George moved to the Keys in 1974 and started his business, Commercial Refrigeration Services, Inc. soon after. He served his customers for the next 38 years from Key West to South Africa with his expertise and respect for the commercial fishing and seafood industry. Many of his customers became long time friends.

George had a love for life and all in it. The freedom of the expansive waters, limitless quest for knowledge, meticulous workmanship, cooking and caring for his family and friends were his passions. He will be missed by many and live on through his family, his designs and creations.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014. Both services will take place at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the American Diabetes Association or Florida Keys SPCA. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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CELIA BELLO DIECIDUE

At 98, although blind, she was still very self-sufficient, alert and had incredible Betty Grable legs. Born in Key West, as a young girl she made cigars and performed in Marlo Sanchez's plays. She later moved and lived in Miami for most of her adult life where she was an exceptional seamstress and a union organizer for the LGWU, until she was 88. She traveled the world and was a stanch Democrat with strong opinions. As a political activist she met presidents, governors and senators. She was a smart, hardworking, independent, fun loving, kind woman who never had a mean word for anyone. Those that knew her couldn't help but admire her.

She was also a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt.

She was always extremely proud of her five grandsons and their spouses and her many great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews with whom she had a close relationship.

She is in heaven now with her sight restored looking down on us all and praying for us as we will for her.

She loved to dance, especially the Tango. The family hopes she is having fun with her friends, head on down to Heaven's version of the Habana Madrid with her ten-cent dime store shoes, kicking up her heels.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dolores Garcia-Menocal and Jose Tranquilino Bello, both of Key West, husbands Benjamin Alvarel, Hannen Leeds, Ovello Moreno and Joseph Diecidue, brothers Armando Mato Menocal, Oscar Mato Menocal and Mario Mato Menocal, sisters Dalia Soriano, Vloleta Garcia and Dolores Bello, nephews Lionel Soriano, Louis Garcia and George Garcia, nieces Noelia Garcia, Marta Menendez, Dolores Soriano, Nellie Garcia, Ofelia Mato, Onella Mato and Zenaida Garcia.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Alvarez Sellers and caring son-in-law George, five grandsons, who she adored and who treated her with much love and respect, George Jr. Sellers (Gina), John Sellers, Mark Sellers (Mary Jo), Eric Sellers, Keith Sellers, great-grandchildren Cassie Sellers Dziatllk, Ethan Sellers, Caroline Sellers, Evan Sellers, Mark Sellers, Makaela Sellers, Eric Sellers, Bailey Sellers, Sierra Sellers and great-great-granddaughter Lola Smith, step-great-grandchildren Gus Alfonso, Amanda Alfonso, Jack Walker, Rachel Roberts, Gussy Alfonso, Lilly Roberts, and Lincoln Roberts, her loved step-sons Lou Diecldue (Janet) and Donald Olecldue (Gale), sister-in-law: Lolita Menocal, grand nieces and great-grand nieces and nephews Oscar Menocal Jr., Marlo Menoea, Geraldo Rojas (Zenlda), Gilda Rojas (Dale) Yvette Valdez (Gerardo) Maida Garcia, Irlda Garcia, Helen Garcia, Lila Garcia, Jolean Miller, Ray Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Jerry Rojas, Brandy Bishop, Lionel Soriano, Odalis Soriano, Leonella Soriano, Elisa Soriano, Emilio Garcia Jr., Eddie Cisneros, Estella Cisneros and Elena Schoneck.

The family thanks the medical staff of LKMC, Dr. Boros, Dr. Byselow, Dr. Norris, VNA Hospice, Total Home Health (AI, Pam, Maida) Father John and the volunteers of St. Mary's. A memorial service will be held at a future date at The Basilica of St Mary's Star of The Sea.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Cynthia Leigh Peterson

After a valiant 11 year battle with breast cancer, Cindy passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 15, 2014.

She was born in Durand, Wis. April 12, 1950 and was preceded in death by her mother and father, Verena and William Komro, her sister Dorothy Forsythe, and brother Ric Komro.

She will be missed dearly by those she left behind. She is survived by her husband, Michael Peterson of Little Torch Key, Fla., son Jeremy Peterson of Marathon, Fla., daughter and son-in-law Tanya and Richard Darden of Charleston, S.C., and her six grandchildren Abigail and Isabelle Peterson, Allen, John, Shelby, and Richard Darden. She is also survived by an extensive family of Lorraine Komro, sister Pat Prissel and brothers Don Komro and Joe Renneke, Bill and Pat Komro, Jack and Carole Komro, Jerry Komro, and Jim and Millie Komro as well as her many friends from her times in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and the Florida Keys.

She leaves the family business of Overseas Outfitters in the hands of Mike, Jeremy, Porter and Max. After cremation, her ashes will be spread locally in a private family service. A visitation with the family is being hosted by Cindy's colleagues of the Business and Professional Women Federation of Florida on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Overseas Outfitters, 1700 Overseas Highway in Marathon, Fla. A Celebration of Cindy's Life will be held in Wisconsin at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a BPW Memorial for an adult education scholarship being established in Cindy's name (donations can be sent to BPW Marathon, P.O. Box 522450, Marathon Shores, FL 33052-2450; 305-393-9501).

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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LAVERE ROBERTS

Mrs. Lavere Roberts, 85, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Lower Keys Medical Center.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, July 19 at noon. Both services will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 717 Simonton St. The burial will follow in the Key West Cemetery. All arrangements entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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PURITAN ELIZABETH FARRINGTON

Mrs. Puritan Elizabeth Farrington, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Charltin Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Calling hours will be Friday July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel of Castillo and Thurston's, 328 Truman Ave. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday July 19 at the Southernmost Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1006 Thomas St. The burial will follow in the Key West City Cemetery. All arrangements entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.