Obituaries

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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JOE FLOWERS

Joe Flowers, longtime resident and maintenance man of AIDS Help of Key West, passed way peacefully April 15, 2014 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Celebration of Joe's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Grace Funeral Home in Miami, Fla., and 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Trinity Presbyterian Church 717 Simonton St., Key West.

Monday, April 21, 2014
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JOHN COY LEWIS

Mr. John Coy Lewis 84, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Lower Keys Medical Center. Lewis was a lifelong resident of Key West, Fla. and worked many years ago at Adams Dairy Milkman, RBC Lumber Yard and Scottys.

Mr Lewis was preceded in passing by his parents, two brothers, Joseph and George Lewis; three sisters Myrna McKillip, Thelma Atwell and Morjorie Atwell Lopez Tift. Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife Joyce of Key West; five nieces Terri Guttery, Rhonda Amato, Julie Kennedy, Carol Favors and Peggy Trout; two nephews Christopher Gibson and Allen McKillip; sister-in-law Patricia Gibson; brother-in-law John McKilip and too many great nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members to mention.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Dean Lopez Chapel, 418 Simonton St., Key West, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. the same day in the chapel. Burial will be in the family plot in Key West Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Dean-Lopez Funeral Home.

Monday, April 21, 2014
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Dana R. Wenant

Dana Wenant, 66, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home in Key West after a brave fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his very close friends. ¬ 

Dana was born in Boston, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Louise Wenant as well as his sister Dianne Jenkins.

Dana graduated from Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. and from the University of New Hampshire. ¬ 

Dana lived for 30 years in Key West, Fla., where he worked and operated The Carriage Trade with his mentor and good friend Bill Gaiser. He was living the life he dreamed, running theiInn and enjoying life to its fullest. Prior to living in Key West, Dana had lived and worked in Boston, New York City, Chicago and Denver managing restaurants for the Stouffer's Corporation. He was a brother, uncle and good friend. No task was too great for Dana. He was a hard worker, amazing cook and a blast to be around. His ability to tell stories was unmatched. ¬ 

Members of his family include his sisters Jan Creps and her husband Lee, from Freedom, N.H.; Jean Herrick and her husband Chad of Amesbury, Mass.; Christine Heifetz and her husband, Steven of Concord, N.H. Nieces and nephews include Julie Sauer and her husband, Samuel of Pensacola, Fla.; Rebecca Sanderson and her husband Alan of Salt Lake City, Utah; Matthew Creps of Dover, N.H.; Erik Creps and his wife Stephanie of Somersworth, N.H.; Zachary Creps of Dover, N.H.; Abigail Avery and her husband Devin of Madbury, N.H.; Tyler Creps of Dover, N.H.; Allison Herrick of West Medford, Mass.; Bradley Herrick of Amesbury, Mass. and Ben Heifetz of Concord, N.H.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Carriage Trade Restaurant.

Services have been entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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WILLIAM PICKETT

William Pickett of Key West passed away on April 8, 2014 at Sunrise Health and Rehab nursing home in Sunrise Florida. William was born in East Scituate, Rhode Island in 1928. William and his life partner, Ralf Harmer, came to Key West in the 1970s after William retired from a career as the choir and chorus director at Arts High School in Newark, N.J. Among his many distinguished students was Melba Moore. William was a child prodigy on the organ and served as organist at the cathedral in Providence, R.I. beginning at age 14. He graduated from the New England Conservatory before going on to obtain his Master of Music degree at Yale University. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Music from Union College in New York City. William was also a leading baritone in various opera companies in New York and New Jersey. He staged the New Jersey premier of the Ballad of Baby Doe in 1962.

Upon retiring to Key West, William continued sharing his music by giving solo recitals and playing in churches. He also gave voice lessons as well as piano and organ lessons to many Key West music students. He formed Opera Miniatures of Key West which staged full performances of Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana and Romeo and Juliet by Gounod at the San Carlos Opera House. His productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Old Stone Church and at St. Pauls were enjoyed by the entire community. He was a favorite of Wilhelmina Harvey for playing at her birthday parties at the Key West Womens Club.

William will be remembered as a generous teacher by all of the many students whose lives he touched by sharing his remarkable musical gifts. For many his musical influence was transformative and will continue to reverberate around the community. A celebration of William's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Please visit the memorial website below for more information and to share. http://serenityfuneralhomeandcremation.com/book-of-memories/1845017/Pick...

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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ANNE BELL CHALLENDER KEARNS

March 27, 2014

Anne C. Kearns, 87, resident of Alexandria Bay and Key West, Fla. passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the home of her son, Matt, with whom she resided.

She was born February 3, 1927 in Hot Springs, Virginia, daughter of Willard Franklin and Alice Bell Challender. She attended Mary Washington College in Virginia and completed her Masters in Early Education from Potsdam University. Early in her teaching career, Anne taught at LaFargeville Elementary and later taught for many years at Sigsbee Elementary School, in Key West, Florida. A marriage to Edward Kearns ended in divorce.

Anne is survived by her two children: son, Matthew, Alexandria Bay, and daughter, Dolores Duffy, Montvale Virginia, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her three sisters and one brother predeceased her.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
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KENT ENGLE

Kent Engle of Key West passed away on April 14, 2014. Born September 24, 1963 in Topeka, Kan. Kent was the son of Robert and Wanda (Spicer) Engle. A 1982 graduate of Abilene High School, he set state records in track and field, which earned him a Hutchinson Community College scholarship.

Kent lived in Key West for the past 19 years working construction, laying tile and carpet. He was happiest with his two favorite girls, Tracey Ann McGuire and their beloved dog, Ginger Ann. His favorite days were spent with them on a boat at a sandbar. He enjoyed target shooting, was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, an avid drummer and loved dancing and listening to 80's Rock. He enjoyed his Tuesday night bocce league and all the people he met. We will all miss his big smile, gentle soul and great sense of humor.

Kent is survived by his son Tyler Engle and his wife Nicole, his grandson Gavin, and a grandchild due in October; parents Bob and Wanda Engle and sister Shawna Landers and her husband Kevin. He leaves behind his love, Tracey Ann McGuire, and many friends in Key West and Kanas

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the outside bar of Don's Million Dollar Bar. There will be a pig roast so feel free to bring a side dish or dessert and photos to share.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made in Kent's name to the Abilene High School Endowment Fund for Track and Field, along with condolences for the family at: www.martinbeckercarlson.com. Family members have requested "Kent stories" if you would like to share.

Friday, April 18, 2014
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KENT ENGLE

September 24, 1963 - April 14, 2014

Please join us in a Celebration of Life for Kent Engle on Saturday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the outside bar of Don's Million Dollar Bar. In honor of Kent, there will be a pig roast so feel free to bring a side dish or dessert and photos to share.

Friday, April 18, 2014
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BROOK VALDEZ RANNE

Brook Valdez Ranne, 32, passed away suddenly on March 28, 2014. A 4th generation conch and 2000 Key West High graduate, Brook recently relocated to Chicago to pursue a career as a computer analysis.

Brook is survived by her husband Joe Ranne, mother Debbie Valdez, sister Jennifer Valdez and brother George Valdez III. Survivors include numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father George Valdez Jr. Brook will be in our hearts always and forever. We will miss her kindness and loving heart may the lord bless you and keep you safe by his side until we meet again.

A celebration of life will be held 1 to 4 p.m. on April 26, 2014 at 1255 Kenworth Dr., Apopka, Fla.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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DOLORES (nee) BLANK ARMACOST EGGERS

In our most eloquent words we would like to announce our amazingly strong beautiful mother Dolores R. Eggers has lost her battle with cancer. Today we celebrate a women who overcame adversity and never let it get in her way. She was a strong unselfish, courageous and loving mother and wife.

She is survived by her husband William F. Eggers of Key West, two daughters Kymberly Bowling of Cincinnati and Tamatha Peeler and husband Robert D. Peeler of Cornelius, N.C. Many grandchildren Connor Duncan, Ryann Duncan, Dalys Peeler, Blake Peeler, Tommy Bowling, Logan Bowling and step grandchildren Justin Bowling and Jami Bowling and great grandchild Cali Fields.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leo Blank and Mary Blank and son Troy Eggers, and her oldest brother Don Blank. She is also survived by her siblings Leo (Barbara) Blank, Bill (Gloria) Blank, Mary (Bill) Sweeney, and Kathy Chapman. She was also loved by many extended family members and friends.

She spent many years working for Jake Sweeney Chevrolet and Subzero until she retired in 2008. From a favorite Jim Croche song, "If I could make days last forever, If I could make wishes come true, I'd save everyday like a treasure and then, Again I would spend them with you."

There will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers or donations we ask only for a fond remembrances and love. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.