Thomas J. Nomina

Thomas J. Nomina, 77, of Estero, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019.  He was born December 27, 1941 in Delphos, OH.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.

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Lyle Conrad Schmitt

Lyle Conrad Schmitt, 94, of Fort Myers, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019.  He was born September 11, 1924 in Leonore, IL and moved to Fort Myers in 1960.  He worked for the Lee County School District in the Supply Department for 11 years.  He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Mr. Schmitt was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Betty, in 2013.  To cherish his memory, Lyle leaves behind his older brother, Dale Schmitt of Charlotte, FL; two sons: Thomas L. Schmitt (Hillary) of Augustam WV and Jerry R. Schmitt (Jencye) of Fort Myers; his grandchildren: Jamie (Jennie), Katrina, Jerrad (Megan), Alyssa, Jesse (Molly), Nickolaus and his four great grandchildren: Alexa, Hayden, Lincoln and Lyle.  He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Lyle was a loving father, papa, great papa and friend.  He will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 21, 2019 in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.  Friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.  Following services, entombment will take place in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Villas Community Center, 2316 Sunrise Blvd., Fort Myers, after services.  Online condolences may be offered at:


Edward Carl Tanzer

Edward Carl Tanzer, loving husband and father of two children, a Vietnam War Veteran and resident of Ave Maria, Florida, entered eternal rest on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the age of 76.

Ed was born on August 5, 1942 in Everett, MA to Mildred and Robert Tanzer. Ed attended Everett High School and enjoyed restoring fast cars, playing football, and being an avid ham radio operator (W4PNG) which he enjoyed throughout his life. He joined the Air Force in 1962.

Ed loved the Air Force, which gave him the opportunity to travel and enjoy new adventures and served honorably for 20 years. Ed’s first assignment after basic training was a radar site in Winthrop, Ma., close to home. He was then assigned to Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Fl. From 64-65, Ed worked as a radar navigation specialist in Ubon, Thailand, during the Vietnam War and was a purple heart recipient. Ed’s next assignment was at Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL. Following Homestead, Ed was stationed at Kessler Air Force Base as an instructor for Foreign students; Denver for schooling before heading to his next assignment Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, AK; Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah; Bucks Harbor Radar Site, Mathias, Maine; and finally, Langley AFB where he worked with the F15 program until he retired. Ed enjoyed being a ham radio operator during his military service and beyond.

Before retiring, Ed wanted to learn how to sail and took lessons at the Coast Guard Base in Yorktown. He bought his first sailboat, a 23′ Ranger, and his sailing adventures began. Ed sold the ranger and bought a beautiful 35′ Pearson and called it “Yours Truly”. After many years of sailing the Chesapeake Bay, Ed got the Blue Water fever and bought a 32’ Westsail and did his circumnavigation. Then he bought his beloved Swan, on which he had many sailing adventures crossing the blue waters

In 2008, Ed met Jan Sherbert, and it was a perfect union — they were married July 3, 2010 at Herrington Harbor Yacht Club on the Chesapeake Bay – They made their home on their boat in Herrington Harbor South Marina in Rosehaven, Maryland. In November they decided to purchase a motor yacht and found their new home – 53’ Hatteras — M/V JJFlyGirl and enjoyed many adventures on the Chesapeake Bay. The bitter cold weather in MD was too much and they decided to head south. They set sail in April 2012 and 30 days later they arrived at their new marina in Lighthouse Point, Fl — For Jan, this was the adventure of a lifetime! Ed’s failing health forced them to go on land and purchased a home in Coral Springs, FL in December 2013. Naples area was calling and they then purchased a home in Del Webb in Ave Maria, Florida where they resided at the time of his death

Rob’s memory: “Dad was a great father to me. When he was away on TDY, he would always write long letters telling me all about his day – I really looked forward to his letters. He was really like a big kid – when I got old enough to drive, we had really cool cars like a 67 Mustang, a dune buggy with big chrome wheels, a small MG Midget. He softly kicked me out of the nest when I went off to college and was always there for support when I needed it. He had a full adventurous life and I feel so proud of him. I loved him so much”.

Nik’s memory: “My dad was my “go to” person for practical solutions and a safe haven! I had a wonderful childhood with my mom and dad. They instilled a love of nature, camping and adventures! I remember swimming in the ocean with my dad as a kid and riding on his back, he made me feel safe and loved. Dad taught me Morse code, that I wish I still remembered. He taught me about taking care of my cars and making safe plans. During high school he always made sure he knew when I was leaving work and coming home; he had to know the time and the route I would take. One day I was broken down on the side of the road and was not home when I should have been, sure enough my dad, my hero, came to save me. Being in the Air Force, we had to rely on each other and learn about many different important things in life that have served me

well, including unconditional love and tolerance. I was always proud of him, “Fair winds and following seas, dad! ​“

Ed was preceded in death by his father, Robert; his mother, Mildred; and his brother, Frank and two cats – Cherokee and Cheyenne whom they loved dearly. He is survived by his loving wife Jan Sherbert-Tanzer and their two cats – Chloe and Cooper; his two children, Robert D. Tanzer (Fanny) of Kingsmill, OH and Nikki M. Tanzer of San Antonio, TX from his first wife, Vivian; and his cousin Susan Goldberg (Michael) and their three children, Joshua, Jonathan and Rebecca; and loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 21st , 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm at Del Webb Club House , 6010 Del Webb Way, Ave Maria, Florida. Flowers may be sent to Jan Sherbert-Tanzer, 5942 Plymouth Place, Ave Maria, FL 34142.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a Veteran’s organization of your choice and/or The Humane Society

Richard A. Martin

Richard A. Martin, 87 of Ft. Myers, Fl. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Ft. Myers, Fl. surrounded by his family. He was born October 22, 1931 in Hancock, NY; son of the late Ralph and Neva (Whitaker) Martin, and predeceased by his sister, Helen Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.

Dick was a Navy Veteran, longtime Chrysler‐Plymouth‐Dodge dealer in Deposit, NY, Rotarian, Tomar Mountain Gun Club and Hancock Speculators Club member, as well as former president of Coach Light Manor Association (FL). He was a lifelong sports enthusiast; excelling at football, baseball, and basketball for Hancock HS; followed by many years of bowling and golf (Founding member of Hancock GC). While in Florida, he loved a good game of Dominos, puzzles and a trip to his favorite pub at the flea market; along with his front row seat at every FGCU Girls/Boys college basketball home game, and NY & SF Giant games on TV.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his nine devoted children, twelve grandchildren, and four great grandchildren: Robert S. Martin (Mary Lou), Blaine Martin (Maribeth) and Trevor. Sandra Martin Greenman (Edwin Jr.), Joshua Greenman (Joanna), twins Zoey Marie and Emelia Joy; Jessica Carson (Nick), Lucas. Robert E. Schaeffer (Cathy), Karen, Cory, Jason and Katherine. Jeffrey O. Schaeffer (Rhona), Christopher and Danielle. Michael V. Schaeffer (AnnMarie), Michael (Christina), Thomas and Mariah. Donald P. Schaeffer. Douglas C. Schaeffer (Lisa), Grady. Lori C. Schaeffer‐Scalise, Hannah and Olivia. Phillip D. Schaeffer (Amanda), Abby. Numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Most of all, Dick will be remembered as a highly respected and loved man, with a quiet, positive spirit and wonderful sense of humor.

A graveside service will be held in Hancock, NY in May, 2019.

Arrangements for final care have been entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936‐ 0555. To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer a condolence at this difficult time, please visit and sign the guest book.

George William Croft

George William Croft died on February 10, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida.  Mr. Croft was almost 91 years old at the time of his death.  A funeral mass will be celebrated for him at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Fort Myers where he was a member.

Mr. Croft was born in Creston, Iowa on April 28, 1928.  His fondest childhood memories were the many days he spent on his grandparent’s orchard and farm in Madison County.  The orchard was home to the world’s first red delicious apple tree.

Mr. Croft’s parents eventually moved to the south side of Des Moines.  He graduated from Lincoln High, and joined the Navy when he turned 18.  In addition to the Navy, Mr. Croft was also in the Air Force and the Iowa Air National Guard where he retired as a Major.

Mr. Croft also served the citizens of Iowa through his long career at the Social Security Administration.  Initially he traveled the State helping people receive benefits, and in later years he did Federal-State liaison work, and helped manage all the Social Security field offices in Iowa.  Among his awards was a rarely given Commissioner Citation in 1974, which is the agency’s highest honor award.

Mr. Croft was happily married to his childhood sweetheart Bobbe (Darnes) for almost 50 years until her death in 1997.  They raised their three children in Des Moines where they had a wide circle of family and friends.  Mr. Croft was a long-time member of the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder.

During their high school reunion, Mr. Croft reaquainted with a former classmate, Martha (“Marty”) Mcloughlin, who had also lost her spouse.  They married in 2002 and had a happy “second act” life together traveling, and splitting their time between homes in Pekin, Illinois, and the Fort Myers area.  They eventually lived full-time in Fort Myers at the Shell Point retirement community.

Along with his wife Martha, Mr. Croft is survived by his children Karen Clayton, Jon Croft (Debra), and Kelly Croft (Mary); Martha’s children David Mcloughlin (Karen), Steve McLoughlin (Sue), and Marjorie Locker; grandchildren Jeff Clayton, Jenna Knox (Izaah), and Jordan Croft; 4 great grandchildren; and his brother Robert Croft (Linda).

The family requests that any memorial gifts be directed in Mr. Croft’s name to the St. Joseph Catholic School, 300 South 6th Street, in Pekin, Illinois (61554).

Senopha Choute

Senopha Choute, 64, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 in Ft. Myers, FL.  He was born June 12, 1954 in Haiti to Fabius and Serafine Choute, now deceased.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Daniels Road Baptist Church, 5878 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912.  The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 9:00 AM until the service time at church.

Anthony C. Stuart, Esq.

Ft. Myers – Anthony Charles Stuart, 87, a Fort Myers resident since 2014, formerly of Venice, FL beloved husband of the late Anne Stuart, joined his sweetheart in heaven on Valentine’s Day. He was born March 10, 1931 in Newport, Wales to the late Leslie and Ellen (Purnell) Stuart. He was raised in Newport, joined the Merchant Marines and then immigrated to the United States. Anthony proudly served his country in the army during the Korean War. Afterwards, he worked for the Royal Globe Insurance Company. Anthony graduated from Seton Hall University, B.A. and Seton Hall University, J.D. While living in Venice, Anthony was an active member of the Saint Andrew’s Society and of the choir. After moving to Fort Myers, he became a parishioner of St. Francis Catholic Church. He enjoyed working hard, cooking and socializing with family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anne Catherine (Talty) Stuart and survived by four children, Elizabeth Holmes (James) of Bricktown, Anthony Stuart, Jr (Sharman) of Hanford, CA, Ellen Clyatt (Steve) of Fort Myers, FL, and David Stuart of West Palm Beach, FL; eleven grandchildren; as well as ten great grandchildren. A Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 2057 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL. Entombment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fort Myers, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice (

Judith Ann La Rose

Judith Ann La Rose of Fort Myers, Florida passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was 77 years old when she joined her husband in Heaven.

Judith was born in Rockville, Connecticut on September 21, 1941, daughter of Dolores (Whalen) and Wilbur Schlichting. She married Henry Robert La Rose on August 26, 1961 at St. Catherine’s Church in Broad Brook, Connecticut. Henry and Judy exemplified a loving marriage and raised four daughters: Judy, Dianne, Nola and Sarah.

Judy and Henry stayed in Connecticut after they were married and started their family. They lived in Colorado, Delaware and in 1976, they relocated and settled down in Fort Myers, Florida. While raising her children, Judith received her Associate Degree from Edison Community College and continued her education at USF.

Family was important to Judy her entire life. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. If you were Judy’s friend, you were friends for life. She had a positive attitude and a fantastic sense of humor. She and her husband loved hosting parties and dinners in their home for family and friends. They surrounded themselves with their loved ones and always made people feel welcome in their home.

Judy and Henry enjoyed camping and camped at Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. Several family vacations with their children were spent camping and exploring. In retirement, they travelled across the country spanning from Florida to Alaska to Newfoundland and many places between.

She loved traveling, camping, bike riding, canoeing, hiking, reading, games, cards, bridge, crosswords, exercise classes, Facebook with her friends and tea parties. She and Henry loved to get dressed up and go out dancing. They frequently attended dances hosted at their church and danced into the night.

Judy retired from Saint Francis Xavier Services for the Elderly. She and Henry were Eucharistic Ministers and members of the church choir for many years. They performed with Gulf Coast Opera in many performances, including Fiddler on the Roof.

Judy leaves to cherish her loving memory her daughters Judy Boutiette (Robert) of Tennessee, Dianne McFadden (Kevin) of Florida, Nola La Rose (Steve Pawlowski) of Florida, and Sarah La Rose-Holland (Mark Holland) of Minnesota, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Judy is also survived by two grandchildren, Lindsey Boutiette and Bryce McFadden. Judy was preceded in death by her husband Henry La Rose and precious infant twins Justine & Jessica, her parents Dolores (Whalen), Wilbur Schlichting and her step father Frederick Stack.

Judy was one of the first to move into the American House Senior Living Community in May of 2018. She started making friends there immediately. They helped to bring back the beautiful sparkle in her eyes that we hadn’t seen since her loving husband Henry had passed in 2017. She loved spending time with all the residents and staff at American House. They were like a second family to her. Her family also enjoys the friends they have made at the American House and appreciate all they have contributed to the final months of Judy’s life.

Judith Ann La Rose lived a beautiful and long life with her husband and their children and grandchildren. She loved adventure, a delicious meal and dessert, laughed frequently and made friends everywhere she went. She won people’s affection with her positivity, delightful sense of humor, charming wit and generous heart. She will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass in Judy’s honor will be held at Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Judy’s life at a reception in the Parish Hall immediately following the mass. The church is located at 5632 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (12468 Brantley Commons Court Ft. Myers, FL 33907), Hope Hospice (9470 Healthpark Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908) or Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Church.

To share a story, leave a tribute, or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time, please visit Judy’s memorial webpage at and sign her guestbook.


Richard F. Truax

Richard F. “Dick’ Truax, 80, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019. He was born to the late James Farmer and Gertrude Josephine Truax Farmer on October 13th, 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of St Mary’s High School and he was later inducted into the St Mary’s Varsity Club for sports excellence. Richard was also a United States Marine.
Richard grew up in Lynn, MA and became a City of Lynn Firefighter, advancing to Captain with the Lynn Fire Department. He assisted his wife, Barbara, with Travel Agents International/All Ports Cruise Co. in Lynn MA for 16 years. Owned and operated for many years, the Baker Manor Rest home also in Lynn.
Mr. Truax made his FL move to Lehigh Acres in 2003 for 9 years and later moved to Fort Myers.
Now retired, Richard enjoyed being a member of the Tice and Shores Moose Lodge and The American Legion. Also a member of AOH Div 10, Lynn MA, and past union president of Firefighters Local 739. For numerous years “Coach Truax” also shared his passion and knowledge of sports, with countless Lynn youth programs, including East Lynn Little League, East Lynn Pop Warner, Post 6 Legion baseball, St. Mary’s High School football and baseball, where he eventually took on the post of Athletic Director.

Mr. Richard Truax leaves behind his beautiful, caring wife, Barbara, of 35 years. He will be missed dearly by all of his family including children, Brian Truax(Lynn MA), Susan Reddy and husband Michael(Lynn MA), Kerry Desmond and her husband Michael(Nahant MA), and Brendan Truax(Lynn MA).
Richard also leaves grandchildren Christopher Truax, Shannon Reddy and Jacqueline & Michael Desmond. Richard is preceded in death by his precious grandson Patrick Reddy and brother Edwin Farmer. Richard will be sadly missed by his sister Gertrude Baranski, brother & sister-in-law, Ed & Terri Redwinski, nephews Jason & Ed Redwinski, and many other loved nieces and nephews. Mr. Truax also leaves behind his loving furry friends, Starsky, Tayla and Charlie Brown.

A visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th from 6PM to 8PM at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33907.
In addition, a memorial service followed by military honors is scheduled for 10AM on Friday, February 22nd at New Life Assembly of God, 5146 Leonard Blvd S., Lehigh Acres, FL 33973.
A gathering for Lynn friends will take place at a date later this year.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. 1589 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239)936-0555. Online condolences can be viewed and shared at

Katherine Veronica Cordero

Katherine Veronica Cordero of Fort Myers, Florida passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, February 9, 2019 following a tragic motor vehicle accident which ultimately claimed her life.  She was 27 years old.

Katherine was born in the Bronx, New York on June 5, 1997, the beautiful daughter to Elsa Beronica Garcia Montepeque and Samuel Cordero.  She was a long-time employee at Global Motor Company of Fort Myers where she worked as an office administrator and manager.  She was the loving wife to Briton Payami whom she leaves to cherish her memory.  She also leaves behind a number of family members and extended relatives along with countless others she met along life’s pathway and became a friend.  She was warmly loved and shall be fondly remembered by everyone she knew.

A Funeral Service for Katherine will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  Friends will be received for Visitation for two hours preceding this ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM also inside the funeral home chapel.  At the conclusion of these services, friends and family will recess to adjacent Memorial Gardens Cemetery where Katherine will be laid to rest inside the Meditation Garden.

To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Katherine’s memorial webpage at and sign her guestbook.

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