Obituaries

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Jeanette Toomer Cooper

Jeanette Toomer Cooper was born on Sept. 20, 1923 in Savannah, Georgia to George Leonard Nieuwstraten and Lillian Stalls Nieuwstraten. 

Jeanette spent her childhood in Savannah, her early adulthood as homemaker and mother of six, her midlife years as an entrepreneur within the seafood industry, her early senior years traveling and enjoying saltwater sport fishing, and her final years a captive to the constraints of Alzheimer’s disease. 

She is recognized for her activities in seafood conservation efforts and served as the only female president of the Southeastern Fisheries Association. She participated in community and political affairs and was active in the Presbyterian Church. 

Her hobbies included gardening and painting. After spending 50 years as a resident of Key West, she came to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Gene and Jeanie Roberts of Inverness, in 2005. 

She subsequently died in the home they shared on May 26, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. 

She is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Earl J. Toomer, Jr. of 34 years and her husband Samuel Cooper of 30 years; her sisters Lillian Cecile Orrel and Margaret Ann Williams; her brother George L. Nieuwstraten, Jr; and her son Earl J. Toomer, III. 

She is survived by three sons, Edwin G. Toomer and his wife Andrea of Englewood, Florida, Roy K. Toomer and his wife Virginia of Pledger, Texas and Richard E. Toomer of Key West; two daughters Jeanie T. Roberts and husband Gene of Inverness, Florida, and Colleen L. Gartenmayer and husband Edward of Key West; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and an ever-growing number of great-great grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life and Tribute to Jeanette will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, with Pastor Dan Lyman, Hospice Chaplain officiating. 

The family will greet friends in visitation from 2 p.m. until the hour of service. A reception for those attending will be held immediately following the ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to your favorite charity.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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CYNTHIA Y. LYONS

Cynthia Yvette Lyons, 41, of Key West, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton St., Key West. Burial will be in the Key West City Cemetery. 

Visitation starts at noon and continues until the service begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Kyoko Oropeza

11-1-1937 to 5-8-2015

On the evening of May 8, 2015,  Kyoko Oropeza passed away peacefully at a nursing facility in Fort Lauderdale. 

She will always be remembered to many as “Mamasan,” “Kyokosan,” “The Barbecue Lady,” “The Avon Lady”, but to us she was an incredible giving, warm-hearted mother. 

She strived to make everyone happy, either by way of jokes, generosity or her amazing cooking. She was an energetic, extremely hard working entrepreneur. She showed her love through hard work for her family, often working 16 hour days to provide for her family as they were growing up — and as she had also done to help her mother with her younger siblings back in Kyushu, Japan. 

The oldest of five children, Kyoko had to quit school at an early age to help her mother provide for the family. Our father, Javier Oropeza, met our mother in Japan while stationed there with the U.S. Army. 

She was 18 when they married and moved back to Key West to start a family. She is more than a “Fresh Water Conch” — to many locals she was a “Conch — with a touch of soy sauce.”  Her personality was as spicy as her cooking. She will be missed by all that knew her. We will see you again in heaven, Mamasan/Obaasan.

She was preceded in death by her father Agio, mother Tomia, Brother Satoto Uno. Survived by sisters Telico, Helico, Kunichio Uno, Kozico Uno, niece Michia. Also survived by Javier Oropeza (husband), sons Micheal (Hilda), Glenn, Steve (Pam). Grandchildren: Sophia, Christina, Hunter, and Savannah Oropeza.

Service will be held at 3 p.m. at Old Stone Methodist Church 600 Eaton St. on Friday, May 29, 2015. Celebration of life reception following service at 3540 Eagle Ave., Key West.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Jefferson Thomas Caldwell

Jefferson Thomas Caldwell, 53, died May 16, 2015. 

He was a classic example of a one of a kind person, a good friend, loving boyfriend, good son and uncle and a great boat captain. 

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial will be held at Shana Key on Sunday, May 31 at 2 pm. Donations to Seasons Hospice are welcomed.