Obituaries

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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JOHN CORTESE

John Cortese passed away peacefully at his home in Houghton Lake, Mich., on Aug. 8, 2014.

John was predeceased by his parents, Al and June Cortese, and is survived by his sister, Anne Santarone (Mike), and niece, Kristen of Jacksonville, Fla.

John was a Florida State General Contractor and a commercial fisherman while living in Cudjoe Key. He enjoyed many friends throughout the Lower Keys.

He also leaves behind his life partner of 27 years, Joe Garvin, formerly of Cudjoe Key.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. Eternal Reefs will be both of their final resting place.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
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EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ, SR.

Dec. 6, 1943 - Aug. 18, 2014

Eduardo Rodriguez passed away on August 18, 2014 at the age of 70. Eduardo came to the U.S. from Cuba with his wife, Anastasia Grecia Rodriguez, and his thirteen year old son, Eduardo (Eddie) "Antonio" Rodriguez, in 1980. In Cuba, Eduardo worked very hard for many years as a baker to save up the money to come to the U.S. and give his family a better life. In Key West he worked as a baker at La Dichosa bakery on White Street until he retired. He could often be found at Sandy's hanging out and talking with his many friends. Eduardo was a wonderful man with a warm heart and smile. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was beloved by his wife who survives him, Anastasia Grecia, and his only son, Eduardo (Eddie) "Antonio" Rodriguez. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jackson Anthony Rodriguez, age 23, (Tipton, Ind.) and Alaina Noelle Rodriguez, age 18, (Key West and UCF college), who will miss their Abuelo dearly. He is also survived by Jackson's and Alaina's mother, Lori Bervaldi Tucker, and many relatives who still reside in Cuba. Eduardo's two grandchildren, Jackson and Alaina, are relatives of Ralph Waldo Emerson, so this quote is befitting to the precious life that Eduardo Rodriguez lived: "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." -Ralph Waldo Emerson. A private cremation will be held. Eduardo's wife resides at the Senior Citizen Plaza in Key West and would appreciate any condolences.

EDUARDO RODRÃçGUEZ, SR.

6 de diciembre de 1943 - 18 de agosto de 2014

Eduardo Rodríguez falleció el 18 de agosto de 2014 a la edad de 70 años. Eduardo llegó a los Estados Unidos procedente de Cuba con su esposa Anastasia Grecia Rodríguez, y su único hijo, Eduardo (Eddie) "Antonio" Rodríguez, en 1980. En Cuba, Eduardo trabajó muy duro durante muchos años como un panadero para guardar el dinero para venir a los EE.UU. y dar a su familia una vida major. En Key West, trabajó como panadero en la panadería La Dichosa en White St. hasta que se jubiló. El podia ser encontrado a menudo en el café de Sandy pasando el rato y hablando con muchos de sus amigos. Eduardo era un hombre maravilloso de gran corazón y cálida sonrisa. Fue un buen esposo, padre y abuelo. Fue amado por su esposa, que lo sobrevive, Anastasia Grecia y su único hijo, Eduardo (Eddie) "Antonio" Rodríguez. También por sus nietos, Jackson Anthony Rodríguez, de 23 años de edad (Tipton, Ind.) y Alaina Noelle Rodríguez, de 18 años de edad (Key West y UCF college), que echarán de menos a su "Abuelo" extremadamente. También lo sobreviven Lori Beraldi Tucker, la madre de Jackson y Alaina, y muchos parientes que residen todavía en Cuba. Los nietos de Eduardo, Jackson y Alaina son parientes de Ralph Waldo Emerson, de modo que esta porción está en acorde con la preciosa vida que Eduardo vivió: "reir a menudo y mucho; para ganar el respeto de personas inteligentes y el afecto de los niños; para ganar el reconocimiento de los críticos sinceros y soportar la traición de falsos amigos; apreciar la belleza, encontrar lo major en otros, para dejar el mundo un poco major, ya sea por un niño sano, un jardín o una condición social redimida; saber incluso que una vida ha respirado más fácil porque has vivido. Esto es tener éxito." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. La viuda de Eduardo reside en la Plaza Para Ciudadanos de la Tercera Edad en Key West, y agradecería cualquier sentido pésame.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
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ROBERT M. "BOB" BURGER

Robert M. "Bob" Burger, 88, of Perrysburg, died on August 21, 2014, peacefully at home under Hospice care. He was born on February 13, 1926, in Tiffin, Ohio, to Roman J. and Helen L. (Schultz) Burger. Bob was a 1944 Valedictorian graduate of Calvert High school. In February 1944, while still in school, Bob proudly joined the U.S. Navy, although he remained inactive until graduation. He later served before and after WWII as a special advanced radioman, who was responsible for the messages sent to all ships in the Pacific that the war had ended with Japan. He was discharged in 1946. He later attended St. Jospeh's college from 1946-1948, Detroit University from 1948-1949, and Detroit University Law School from 1949 to 1952 receiving his LLB also in 1952, before attending New York University and receiving a Master's Degree in Tax Law. Following law school Bob took up practice with Fuller, Henry, Seney and Smith in Toledo, Ohio, and later Williams, Dell and Burger in Tiffin, where he became a partner. Bob eventually opened his own practice, Robert M. Burger, Attorney, in Fostoria, Ohio, where he practiced for over fifty years, specializing in probate, real estate and tax law.

Bob was proud owner of Cedar Creek Farm, established in 1974 in Perrysburg, Ohio. He bred, raised and trained World and National Champion Morgan Horses. In the late 1980's and early 1990's he owned the top rated stallion in the Morgan breed, I Will Command. For his many years of involvement with Morgan Horses, he was inducted into the American Morgan Horse Hall of Fame in 2006 and the American Morgan Horse Breeders Hall of Fame in 2009. He also served on the board of the World Morgan Futurity and served as a legal advisor on the AMHA Grievance Committee.

Bob loved sports, starting in high school where he was the only three year letterman in both football and basketball. He was Norte Dame University's biggest fan and he never missed a game. He was an avid skier in his middle age and loved the many trips to Aspen, Snow Mass and Vail. He had a passion for travel and saw much of the world in the past few years, visiting Europe, England, Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, the Caribbean, Alaska and as recently as late July he enjoyed visiting friends in Cape Cod. One of his greatest joys was the time he spent at a winter home in Key West, Florida. He loved the island and was there for over 25 years.

Bob was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Ohio Bar Association, American Morgan House Association, United States Equestrian Federation the American Horse Council, as well as a longtime member of St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Bob is survived by his life partner of 41 years, Larry Bolen, sisters, Margaret Kromer and Dorothy Frank, brother-in-law, James Crowner, sisters-in-law, Marian Burger and Marjorie Burger, very special friend, Connie Wolford, 28 nieces and nephews and his beloved terriers, Sydney, Chloe and Sophie. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Alice Jean Crowner, Dr. Thomas Burger and John Burger, nephew, Robert Frank, brothers-in-law, Ottie Frank and Bernard Kromer.

Friends will be received on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary St., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 (419-874-3133) where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 at St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 East Front St., Perrysburg. We will meet for burial on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Tiffin, Ohio, at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery (South Washington St. and St. Francis Ave, Tiffin, Ohio 44883) with burial time to be announced during visitation and mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Senior Independence Hospice, St. Rose Catholic Church, scholarship fund and Calvert High School scholarship fund. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Senior Independence Hospice, especially to nurse Kris Romp. Condolences may be made to the family at www.witzlershank.com.

Friday, August 22, 2014
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MICHAEL R. JOINER

On July 20, Michael R. Joiner, "Mike," age 51, passed on from this earthly realm in the city of his birth, Charleston, S.C.

Mike loved and lived in the Florida Keys from 1973 to 2004 when he moved to the mainland. He was most at home in or on the sea. He spent his childhood collecting shells at Bahia Honda and his nickname was "Jacques Cousteau." Throughout his life he had many sea adventures scuba diving and fishing in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. He loved camping at Marvin Keys, eating mangoes and seafood. He was a talented chef who had worked at The Pier House, Louie's Back Yard and Kyushu where he prepared gourmet meals for the rich and famous who visited Key West. He loved classic rock music and was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins. Win or lose he bled aqua and orange every football season. Mike would never know how much he was loved and respected in this life and how much he will be missed by his friends and family.

"So now we mourn for Michael, and our tears fall down like rain. We would cry for him an ocean full to swim back home to us again."

Mike is survived by his mother, Lorine Fernandes and stepfather Louis, formerly of Key Colony Beach and now of Charleston, S.C., and his brother Mark Joiner and Leanne Silverman of Cudjoe Key; his beloved daughter, Emily Joiner, and estranged wife, Stephanie, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.