Debra Ann Lawrence

Debra Ann Lawrence of Lehigh Acres passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly, on Friday, July 13, 2018.  She was 59 years old.

Debra was born on March 31, 1959 in Fort Myers, Florida, the beautiful daughter to Patsy Ruth (Wooten) and Donnie D. Bogard Sr.  She was a life-long resident of the Fort Myers area and worked for a number of years as a clerical and administrative support employee for several local companies.  She was a known by many and was a friend to all she met.  She will be greatly missed.

Debra leaves to cherish her loving memory her children Patsy A. Taggett (Jon) of North Carolina and Jesse L. Lawrence Jr. of Fort Myers; her grandchildren Sarah E. Taggett and DeeAnna L. Taggett of North Carolina and her brothers William G. Albury Jr. of Fort Myers, Donnie D. Bogard Jr. (Kim) of Fort Myers and Steven A. Hutto of Fort Myers.  Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents Donnie and Patsy.  She also leaves behind a number of adopted children and grandchildren along with many extended family members and others who were proud to have met her on life’s journey.

A Memorial Service for Debra will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the International Worship Center, 940 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers, Florida 33903, (239) 995-0400.  In lieu of flowers for this service, the family instead recommends a donation in memory of Debra be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105, (800) 822-6344, www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html

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

 


Nuel E. Smock, Jr.

Nuel E. Smock, Jr., 89, of Naples, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018 following an extended illness.  He was born February 7, 1929 in Ann Arbor, MI to the late Nuel E. Smock, Sr. and Martha (Newberry) Smock.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Laura M. Smock.

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 made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Harvey Angelson

Harvey Angelson, 90, of Fort Myers, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 following a brief illness.  He was born October 20, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to Albert and Sarah (Weiderlight) Angelson.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra Angelson.

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 made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Frederick Warren Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D

Frederick Warren Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D., our beloved husband and father passed away on July 14, 2018 after a courageous and very public battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Fred was born February 10, 1951 in Basel, Switzerland to Herman Hersch Schaerf, M.D. and Gabriella Elsa von Pidoll Schaerf. His father, Herman, had escaped the holocaust through Basel, ultimately graduating with an M.D. from the University of Basel, eventually working as a chest physician at a Jewish hospital. It was there that he hired Gabriella, a nurse, who not being Jewish, was able to work on Friday night and Saturdays. In 1953, they boarded the Queen Mary with young Frederick immigrating to America in hopes of finding a better and safer life. They eventually settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where Fred was raised. He was the oldest of three children, two sons and one daughter.

Although growing up was difficult at times, due in part to the lingering emotional effects of the war that plagued his father, he was nevertheless proud of his Swiss heritage, all the while keeping the nobility and family history of his mother’s family, a well-guarded secret. Graduating high school in 1969, at the height of the Vietnam war, with a very low draft lottery number, he enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard, eventually serving a total of nearly 10 years, providing medical care to an attack helicopter company, discharged as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps. As well, after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Science in 1974, he obtained a NIH Predoctoral Fellowship with internationally known Dr. Cornelia Channing, studying Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Maryland

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School of Medicine, receiving a Ph.D. in 1980, followed by an M.D. in 1983. Fred then had what he described as being given the greatest educational gift in his life, an internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, under Chairman Dr. Paul McHugh. At Johns Hopkins he was Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences before being appointed as an Assistant Professor in the same department in 1987. This was the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and Fred was instrumental in starting a psychiatric service at Johns Hopkins dedicated to the care and treatment of those infected with the HIV virus. He also worked with Dr. Fred Berlin, evaluating and treating men with sexual disorders. Fred was Board Certified in Adult, Forensic and Geriatric Psychiatry and was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

In 1989, Fred moved to Fort Myers, Florida and established Neuropsychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida, providing state of the art psychiatric care to well over 28,000 patients for over 28 years. Additionally, in 2001, Fred founded the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, which has become a nationally and internationally recognized clinical research site, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders.

Fred always took a strong leadership role and was a tireless advocate, educating the leadership of Southwest Florida in psychiatric principles and promoting improvements in the psychiatric care of the citizens of Southwest Florida. A few of his many positions of leadership included Medical Director of the Ruth Cooper Center (now Salus Care and obtaining JCAHO

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accreditation for the first and only time during his tenure in the 1990’s), Assistant Medical Director of Charter Glade Hospital, member of Governor Appointed Local Advocacy Council and Board Member of the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

The year 1994 was the highlight of Fred’s life, when he met and fell in love with Melissa, always describing her as the blessing that saved his life.  They married in 1998 and welcomed with great love, their first daughter, Alexandra in 1999, followed by a son, Frederick II in 2002.  Of all of Fred’s accomplishments, none has brought him more happiness and fulfillment than his loving wife, Melissa, his incredible daughter, Alexandra and his beloved son, Frederick II. Family time was spent boating, snow skiing, working on collector cars and traveling.

While we are heartbroken and can’t imagine life without Fred, we are overwhelmed by the love, support, friendship and affection by family, friends, colleagues and patients.

Fred is survived by his wife and life preserver, Melissa, his loving, caring daughter Alexandra and his beloved son, Frederick as well as his brother Daniel, sister Heidi, father in law William (and Doris Ann) Chaires, brother in law Billy (and Christie) Chaires, cousin Doris (Steven) Field as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Fred’s life will be held Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2 P.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers.   In lieu of flowers, it was Fred’s wish that contributions in his name be made to either the Alzheimers Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter or the Frederick W. Schaerf M.D., Ph.D. Neuroscience Scholarship at Bishop Verot High School.

 


Paul Joseph Steinmiller

Paul Joseph Steinmiller, 67, of Lehigh Acres, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018.  He was born August 31, 1950 in Oak Park, IL to George and Marie (Rocco) Steinmiller.  He is survived by his wife, Janet A. (Moran) Steinmiller.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20 at St. Rafael Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971.

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 made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Eunice M. Foss

Eunice M. Foss, 88, a Ft. Myers resident since 1997, formerly of Rockford, IL passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.  She was born in Rice Lake, WI on December 25, 1929 to Guy and June (nee Lindsly) Claudy, now deceased.

Eunice was very active in the community where she lived; she was the “life of the party,” nobody was a stranger to Eunice, everyone was a friend and if not a friend they were family.   Eunice left an everlasting imprint on so many hearts and will be missed dearly by all.

She is survived by her companion for the last 15 years, Ernie Chionopoulos of Ft. Myers, FL; two children, Virgil Foss (Toni) of AZ and Linda Schaefer of Ft. Myers, FL; four grandchildren, Timmy Foss (Kari), Dennis Tillett (Jamie), Clayton Tillett and Cory Tillett (Laura); 10 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; as well as many extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Foss; son, Dennis Foss; and son-in-law, Keith Schaefer.

Eunice’s wishes were to have her memorial service be held in the hearts and souls of those who loved her, her final resting place will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Rockford, IL.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.


Nannie “Nan” Johnson

Nannie “Nan” Johnson of Fort Myers Florida passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, July 13, 2018 following some recent health challenges.  She was 94 years old.

Nan was born on September 15, 1923 in Inman, Virginia, the beautiful daughter to Minnie M. (Fields) and Wilson W. Doby.  She spent her working life as a seamstress and was the devoted wife to Howard J. Johnson who preceded her in death in 2004.  She was also a loving mother to five wonderful children.  Nan was known to be stubborn but was greatly respected by all who knew her.  She was kind to friend and stranger alike and was loved by her family.  She will be greatly missed.

Nan leaves to cherish her memory her children Debra Bush (Ron) of Fort Myers, Betty Seward (Gary) of North Fort Myers and H. Jay Johnson (Dianne) of Cape Coral.  She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her siblings Betty Jo France, Donald Doby, Wanda Faye Roop and Mickey Sue Creech and her daughter-in-law Barbara M. Johnson.  Sadly, Nan was predeceased by her parents; husband; children, Jerry L. Johnson and LaDonna G. Kisner; one grandchild; one great-grandchild and her siblings Hobert Lee Doby, Pete Doby, Dovey Jean Goins and an infant baby brother.

A Funeral Service for Nan will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  Visitation for Nan will be conducted for an hour preceding this ceremony beginning at 10:00 AM also inside the funeral home chapel.  Following the conclusion of these ceremonies, friends and family will recess to adjacent Memorial Gardens Cemetery where Nan will be laid to rest alongside her departed husband Howard inside the Mausoleum located at the Garden of Serenity.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you instead consider a contribution in Nan’s memory to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 482-4673.

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


Lawrence E. Jewell

Lawrence E. Jewell, 81, of Lexington, Kentucky peacefully passed away on Tuesday at his home in Fort Myers, Florida. Larry was born September 23, 1936 in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of the late Mattie Gourley and James Madison Jewell.

He graduated from Pineville High School, where he was co-captain of the undefeated 1953 SEKC Champion Mountain Lion football team and where he met his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth “Tan” Neel Jewell. Larry attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Triangle Fraternity. He went on to become a Civil Engineer (P.E.). Larry served in the United States Army in Japan as a surveyor and maps specialist where he and Tan enjoyed many adventures and his son Michael Kevin Jewell was born. Upon their return to the U.S., they lived briefly in Berea where their daughter Jane Jewell Lowe was born before the family moved to Lexington. Larry worked for the Kentucky Department of Transportation for more than 30 years and retired as Assistant Director of Construction in 1997. He was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Larry is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Tan” Jewell; his son Michael Kevin “Mike” Jewell (wife Cindy); his daughter Jane Jewell Lowe (husband Tim); and 4 grandchildren, Matthew, Luke and Sarah Grace Jewell, and Tucker “TJ” Lowe.

Visitation will be held August 4, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM  with a Memorial Service immediately following at Clark Legacy Center, 601 E Brannon Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts in Larry’s memory be given to Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502  or Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or online at https://donate.hopehcs.org/.

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


Betty Jo Hood

Betty Jo Hood of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 following some recent health challenges.  She was 86 years old.

Betty was born in Tallahassee, Florida on August 25, 1931 to Edward and Alberta Becton.  She grew up in Madison, Florida and then moved to Pensacola, Florida where she performed secretarial work.

She then met her eventual husband of 64 years –  Wayne K. Hood, Jr. – a consequent Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Korean and Vietnam Wars with over 20 years of service.  Their sons are Wayne K. Hood III (Jean), Marc W. Hood and Lance K. Hood (Sue).

After extensive travels abroad and in the United States, Betty and Wayne settled in Florida again in 2004.  She was proud of her two grandsons in Arizona and two granddaughters in Massachusetts.

Betty was always loving and compliant with the Lord and was gifted with teaching and directing small children.

A Memorial Service for Betty will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 15, 2018 inside the Chapel of Memories located on the grounds of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  Betty will be laid to rest in the Meditation Garden section of the cemetery during a private ceremony,

Arrangements for Betty’s final care have been entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Betty’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign her guestbook.


Luis Barrientes Hernandez

Luis Barrientes Hernandez of Cape Coral, Florida passed away with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 following some recent health challenges.  He was 60 years old.

Luis was born on December 5, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas, the proud son of Ruth (Barrientes) and Daniel Hernandez.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was the Owner of Hernandez Used Appliances in Fort Myers.  Luis was also an active member of the 1st Christian Church of Cape Coral.  He was married to and leaves behind his devoted wife Malinda (Suarez) Hernandez.  He also leaves to cherish his memory his mother Ruth; children Nino Hernandez (Angela) and Amanda Hernandez (Nicholas Scalingi); grandchildren Nicholas Scalingi, Natalia Scalingi and Gianna Hernandez; his brother Sgt Maj. (USMC Ret.) Tony Hernandez Matias (Sonia) and sister Marcie Rivera (Rudy).  Sadly, he was preceded in death by his father Daniel.

A Visitation for Luis will be conducted from 3:00-5:00 PM on Thursday, July 19, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  Cremation rites will be accorded following this service.  A Committal Service with Military Honors provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8463 of Cape Coral will take place at 2:00 PM the following day, Friday, July 20, 2018 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery after which his urn will be laid to rest in the Field of Honor section.

In lieu of flowers, the family instead suggests a memorial contribution in honor of Luis be made to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33916, (239) 332-0364.  

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


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