Betty J. Rider

Betty J. Rider, 90, of Cape Coral, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018.  She was born November 9, 1927 in Stillwell, IN to Elmer Bert and Hazel Marie (Cable) Walker.  She moved to Cape Coral from Dade City, FL in 1983.  For 20 years, she worked at Shell Point Village Retirement Community as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Mrs. Rider is survived by her children: Linda Ferrand, Hazel Nall (Larry), Paul Rider (Norma), Rick Rider (Joan), Donna Mears, Randy Rider (Kristine) and Danny Rider; her sister: Joanne Exbedski (Ralph); her grandchildren: Jennifer, Chris, John, Clif, Kevin, Jason, Debbie, Dawn, Jay, Michael, Morgan, Shawn, Nikki, Michael, Nicole, C.J., Aaron Jessie and Randy Jr. and several great and great, great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmie George Rider in 1964.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.  Online condolences may be offered at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Anthony George Mourgis

Anthony George Mourgis, 44, of Omaha, NE, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the home of his parents, where he had been staying while receiving treatment for his illness.  He was born August 12, 1974 in Boston, MA.  He had been a pilot for U.S. Airways and most recently, Jet Linx in Omaha, NE.  He was a member of All Saints Orthodox Church in Omaha and attended St. Peter Orthodox Church while living in Florida.

Tony is survived by his wife, June Mourgis of Omaha, NE; his children: Eleni Mourgis and Evan Mourgis, both of Omaha; his parents: Maria and George Mourgis of Cape Coral; his brother, John Mourgis of Cape Coral; his aunts and uncles: Demetra Chrisoulis (Bill) of Peraeus, Greece, his Godmother, Loula Dougias (Theodore) of Athens, Greece, Demetra Taji (Richard) of Cape Coral and Rick Mourgis of Randolph, MA.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at St. Peter Orthodox Church, 24850 Old 41, #6, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 with entombment to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.  Immediately following funeral services, the Makaria will be held at Plaka II Restaurant, 15271 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Orthodox Church Building Fund at the above listed address.

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 may be offered at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Arthur Raymond Shiner, Sr

Arthur Raymond Shiner Sr.

Arthur R Shiner Sr. 68, a Cape Coral resident since 2015 passed away on September 19, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born January 14, 1950 in Wilkes Barre, PA. He was preceded in death by his Father Arthur G. Shiner and Janet (Petkosek) Shiner, his wife of 28 years.

Formerly of Painesville, Ohio, he was a member of St Marys’ Church, a Scoutmaster, Sports coach, member of the Knights of Columbus and many other activities with his sons. Art was a Graduate of Mentor High School and in August attended his 50th Class of 1968 Reunion.

Art retired in 2015 from Yardmaster after 22 years of service.

He served his country in the U.S.Army during the Viet Nam War. He will be buried with full military honors.

He is survived by his 2 sons Arthur (Loretta) Shiner of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio and Andrew J. Shiner of Painesville, Ohio, His Mother Irene Shiner of Cape Coral, FL, and by 5 siblings. Robert (Patricia) Shiner of The Villages, FL, Helen (Lee) Shiner-Eitutis of Cape Coral, FL, Edwin (Roxanne) Shiner of Mentor, Ohio, Robin (Tom) Alborn of Cape Coral, FL, KallyShiner-Nunes of Cape Coral, FL, many nieces,nephews and cousins.

He will be missed by Family and Friends.

Graveside services and internment will be October 4 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens, Ft Myers, FL.

A Celebration of life service will be held in Ohio on October 13, 2018 for Family and Friends also.


Diana Lynn Rewekant

Diana Lynn Rewekant, 61, of Cape Coral, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018.  She was born December 11, 1956 in Maryville, MO to Junior and Joyce (Smitley) Chesnut.  She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Larry M. Rewekant.

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 may be offered at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


James Robert Black Jr., “Bob”

James Robert Black Jr., more commonly known as “Bob” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Thursday, September 20, 2018 following some recent medical challenges.  He was 83 years old.

Bob was born on June 10, 1935 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the proud son of Josephine E. (Hammel) and James R. Black Sr.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and spent his working life as a Surveyor and Engineer in the construction field.  He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Freida D. (Gill) Black; loving sons James R. Black III and Jeffrey L. Black; son-in-law Larry J. Laferriere; treasured grandchildren Landon Black, Amanda Black, Rachel D. (Laferriere) Drake, Kevin Laferriere, Christopher Black and Kayla Black; three great grandchildren Avonlea Drake, Scarlett Drake and Beau Drake and his brother Larry Dale Black (Janet).  Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela Sue Laferriere who passed away in 2016.

A Memorial Service for Bob will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday September 29, 2018 at Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL  33966.  Guests will be received for an hour preceding this ceremony beginning at 10:00 AM also at the church.  Bob will be laid to rest during a private service at the mausoleum located inside the Garden of Peace at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fort Myers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Bob’s honor be directed to the Benevolent Fund at Gulf Coast Church of Christ or to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL  33908.

Arrangements for Bob’s 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 condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Bob’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign his guestbook.


Laura Stickles

Laura Stickles of Estero, Florida passed away peacefully following some recent medical challenges on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 with her loving family near her bedside.  She was 96 years old.

Laura was born on August 30, 1922  in Newark, New Jersey, the beautiful daughter to Stefania (Liwosz) Anthony Krause.  She worked as a Registered Nurse and was the loving wife to George Stickles who sadly preceded her in death in 2016.

A Funeral Service for Laura will be celebrated by Deacon Rich Spiro at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 24, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  Immediately following this ceremony, friends and family will recess to adjacent Memorial Gardens Cemetery where Laura will be laid to rest alongside her husband George inside the Mausoleum located at the Garden of Peace.

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


Paula Dillon

Paula Dillon, 51, went to be with the Lord Monday night, September 17, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was recently diagnosed with an extremely aggressive cancer that took her life before anyone was ready for it. We are so thankful to know that she is no longer in any pain and partying with Jesus.

Karen Paula Howze was born on February 3, 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida to Hazel and Aaron Howze. Having 3 older sisters, her father was sure he would have a boy to name after himself, Aaron Paul. When he was wrong, they gave her the name Karen Paula. This became an issue in the house due to the names being so similar, so she started going by Paula.

She graduated from North Fort Myers High School in 1985. No one loved the North Fort Myers Red Knights more than Paula. She met Jeff Dillon in high school and married him on November 12, 1988 and had 3 beautiful children, Alyssa, Mallory and Blake.

Paula was always committed and loyal to whatever she put her mind too. For the past 10 years, she poured her heart and soul into Fort Myers Christian School as the Administrative Assistant to Mel Mitchell. She loved creating and organizing all the events and fundraisers for the school. Many friends and parents loved to help Paula with these events. Paula loved holidays and time with her family. She enjoyed cruises and traveling. She was fascinated by Hurricanes. Unlike all the coffee drinkers, she started each morning with a large Pepsi over crushed ice. Paula loved Jesus more than anything and shared that love with her children and all those who came in contact with her.

She was dearly loved and will be missed by her children, Alyssa, Mallory and Blake Dillon, her mother, Hazel Howze, her sisters, Brenda (George) Propps, Janice (Ed) Zarick, her nieces and nephews, Jason (Sheena) and Julia, Brianne (Drew) and Sloane (Josh), Eddie (Rafaella) and Dusty (Melony), her great nieces and nephews, Peyton, Emma and Tice, Riley, and Adeline, and her boyfriend Chey Winkler. She is reunited in Heaven with her dad, Aaron Howze, and her sister and brother in law, Trish and Michael Salisbury.

A Visitation for Paula will be conducted from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2018 inside the main sanctuary at First Assembly of God Church, 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33919, (239) 936-6277.  A Funeral Service will be celebrated the following day, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM also inside the main sanctuary at the church.  Paula will thereafter be laid to rest inside the Prayer Garden located at Memorial Gardens Cemetery during a private ceremony.

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


Louis Emil D’Amico

Louis Emil D’Amico, 86, a resident of Ft. Myers, FL since 2007, formerly of Stamford, CT passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Ft. Myers, FL.  He was born October 28, 1931 in Stamford, CT to Philip and Theresa (Panico) D’Amico, now deceased.

Lou was a United States Army Veteran.  He owned and operated the Deli Bake for 40 years with his two brothers.  Lou always had a passion for cooking.  He enjoyed spending his time with family and friends; especially horseshoes with his brothers and canasta with his wife and her friends.

Lou is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Grace Ann D’Amico of Ft. Myers, FL; four children, Ronald Louis D’Amico (Sharon) of Murrells Inlet, SC, Theresa Lynn Vitatoe (Rick) of Cape Coral, FL, Janice Ann D’Amico Bemonte (William) of Stamford, CT and Phillip Peter D’Amico of Stamford, CT; brother, Philip D’Amico (Patricia) of Stamford, CT; 12 grandchildren, John, Megan, Rachel, Ryan, Phillip, Michael, Bianca, Frank, Jeffrey, Alec, Jennifer and Christa; one great grandson, Colin; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Lou was preceded in death by his five siblings, Nancy, Josie, Dorothy, Rosalie and Peter.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33907.

Arrangements for Sweet Lou’s 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 Sweet Lou’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign his guestbook.

 


Felicia Ruth Gearhart

Felicia Ruth Gearhart, 87, a Lee County resident since 1992, formerly of Hershey, PA passed away, Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Ft. Myers, FL.  She was born September 21, 1930 in Homestead, PA to Harry and Rebecca Smith, now deceased.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Pamela Shanfelter (Austin) of Ft. Myers, FL; one granddaughter, Meghan Akin (Garrett) of Shawnee, OK; one sister, Sheila Seaholm (Bob) of Vandergrift, PA; as well as one brother, Leslie Smith (Joann) of The Villages, FL.

A Memorial Service will take place at a later date both in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Arrangements for Bryan’s 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 Felicia’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign his guestbook.


Marguerite M. Hassel

Marguerite M. Hassel of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Saturday, September 15, 2018 following some recent health challenges.  She was 80 years old.

Marguerite was born on December 16, 1937 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the beautiful daughter of Mildred (Barone) and Michael Palumbo.  She leaves behind her loving husband Francis Hassel, daughter Beth Wallace, son Daniel Hobart; four grandsons Michael Hobart, Jonathan Hobart, MacKenzie Wallace, Cameron Wallace; great-granddaughter Madison Hobart; Zina Usubian, beloved caregiver; her dog, Junior, who was her constant companion;  a number of extended family members and a great many people who were proud to call her a friend.

A Memorial Mass for Marguerite will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 6, 2018 inside the Sanctuary at Saint John XXIII Parish (Blessed Pope John XXIII), 13060 Palomino Lane, Fort Myers, FL  33912, (239) 561-2245.  She will thereafter be laid to rest at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Cremation Garden located inside Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33907, (239) 936-0555.

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


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