Judith F. Griffin

Judith F. Griffin, 68, of Cape Coral, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at her home.  She was born October 21, 1949 in McMinnville, TN to Ezra Tatum Underhill and Imogene Johnson Underhill.  She moved to Cape Coral from Marshville, NC in 1993.  She was a member of McGregor Baptist Church.

Mrs. Griffin had an illustrious career in the transportation industry.  She was the Owner/Operator/President of Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc., Owner/President of Bluebird Mobility of Lee County, Inc., Co-Owner of MBA Airport Transportation, LLC, Owner/President of Yellow Cab of Lee County, Inc., Owner/President of Checker Airport Transportation, Inc., Owner/President of Checker Cab of Lee County, Inc. and Owner/President of Bluebird Taxi of Lee County, Inc.

She was very involved in various professional organizations which include: Florida Taxi Association, TLPA Steering Committee, Women in Transportation Committee, TLPA Mentoring Committee, Airport Grounds Transportation Association, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, My Florida Marketplace and Taxi, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA).

Judith is survived by her husband of 37 years, Phillip J. Griffin; her children: Angela J. Gwyn (Trey) of Swannanoa, NC, Jodie L. Dacy (Nick) of Del Rio, TX, Michael Griffin (Jackie) of Cape Coral, John Mercer (Kate) of Nashville, TN and Michelle Griffin of Myrtle Beach, SC; her grandchildren: Tatum Lee Gwyn, Judith Alden Gwyn, Nathan Hiatt Gwyn, Ethan Joseph Corbett, Aris James Corbett, Brea Blanchard Mercer, Jack Griffin Mercer, and Caroline Rose Griffin; her mother, Imogene Johnson Underhill of Marshville, NC and her siblings: Nancy Jean Lance (Jeff), Debbie West (Ralph), Diane Crouch (Will) and Johnny Smartt, Jr. (Kelli).  She was preceded in death by her father, Ezra Tatum Underhill in 1977 and her sister, Charlene Griffin in 1990.

A celebration of Judith’s life will take place on Thursday  May 24th at 7:00 p.m. at McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.  Friends will be received from 6:00 p.m. until the time of the service.  Following local services, Mrs. Griffin will be transported to Marshville, NC where she will be laid to rest.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.  To share a memory or offer condolences to the family, please visit Judith’s memorial webpage at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to McGregor Baptist Church, Marshville Presbyterian Church, or The Humane Society.


Walter Dickinson II

SANIBEL, FLORIDA.  It is with great sadness the family of Walter Dickinson II announce his passing on May 11, 2018 at the age of 85, after a brief illness. Walt was surrounded by the family he deeply loved. A native of Staten Island NY, and graduate of Staten Island Academy and Duke University, Walter was a Sanibel resident for over 30 years; he was formerly of Hollywood FL.

Walter was the son of the late Betsy Slade Frieze Dickinson and Henry R McMurray Dickinson. He was a retired HVAC Engineer/Owner of Associated Air Products, Inc.; ASHRAE member and Miami Chapter Past President 1972-1973;  active member of Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis; and Sanibel Wildlife Committee member.

Walter, having served as an officer and navigator in the United States Air Force and later in Reserves, will be recognized with military honors. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity to others, and for being considered by most all as “one of the good guys”.

Family includes his beloved wife, Lucille Ann Dickinson of Sanibel, FL; son Walter Clifford Dickinson (sp. Janice Dickinson) of Weston FL and daughter Donna Marie DiBiase (sp.Tony DiBiase) of Sanibel FL; sister Mary Furth of Greenville NC; sister Betsy McDaniel (deceased) of Atlanta GA; seven grandchildren- Cpt. Chris DiBiase, US Army (sp.Lauren Pellecchia), Sara DiBiase, Maritime Cdt. Ken DiBiase, Cdt. Matt DiBiase USMA, Dr. Brittany Dickinson, Dr. Lauren Dickinson and Alexander Walter Dickinson. Walter truly cherished being involved in the lives of all of his beloved children and grandchildren.

Mass services for friends and family will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Gates at 11 AM on June 16, 2018 at St Isabel Catholic Church 3559 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel FL with a reception for all immediately following for at St Isabel Parish Hall. Burial Services will take place at Belmont Abbey Cemetery in Belmont, NY.  Lucille and Walter were married at Belmont Abbey September 24, 1955. Walter loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, golden retrievers, and baseball.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Award Fund which has been established and named in Walter Dickinson’s honor. Mail support and/or communications to Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Foundation, PO Box 1, Sanibel FL 33957.   Online condolences may be left at www.fortmyersmemorial.com by signing Walter’s guestbook.


Mary Lou Stephenson

Mary Lou Stephenson of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 following some recent health challenges.  She was 82 years old.  Mary was born on February 18, 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia, the beautiful daughter of Frances M. (Woolford) and William T. Martin.  She was the loving wife to Sheldon R. Stephenson who sadly preceded her in passing in 2004.

A Graveside Committal for Mary will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at which time she will be laid to rest alongside her departed husband Sheldon inside the Fountain Garden at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 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 Mary’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign her guestbook.


Michael Wayne “Smiley” Johns

Michael Wayne “Smiley” Johns, 55, a lifelong resident of Lee County passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at his residence.  He was born in Ft. Myers, FL on February 9th, 1963.

Michael graduated from North Fort Myers High school. He was an Electrician for 37 years, and worked throughout Lee and Collier counties during his career.  He was an avid Nascar fan, and loved Dale Earnhardt Senior above all. He rarely missed a Dallas Cowboy’s football game, and would root for any team playing against the Washington Redskins. He loved the outdoors, and grew up camping, hunting, and off-road four wheeling. If there was mud, he wanted to drive through it.

Around the household, he loved exercising his surprisingly green-thumb and often tried to garden in any free-standing container he could find. He relished showing up to dinner with his own home-grown tomatoes and bell peppers and they never failed to satisfy. His softer sides often came out around the family pets. He would often be found lovingly carrying around a cat and quoting Tony Montana (“Say hello to my little friend!”). He was an easy-going and laid back man who enjoyed kicking his feet up and cracking open an ice-cold beer with his loved ones. He will be dearly missed by all. Right now, he is up in heaven hanging with his best buds Gary, Marty, and Tim enjoying some cold ones.

He is survived by his loving wife Angela Johns of N. Ft. Myers, FL; three children, Nathan Johns of TN, Kailyn Johns of FL and Madison Johns of FL; parents, Denny and Carole Johns of GA; one brother, Norman Johns of TX; one sister, Jennifer Fox of GA; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33907.  Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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


David Sanchez

David Sanchez of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly, with his loving family by his side on Friday, May 18, 2018 after some recent health challenges.  He was 71 years old.

David was born on February 9, 1947 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the proud son of Maria (Arrocho) and Ignacio Sanchez.  He was the loving husband to and leaves behind his cherished wife Yvonne (Alverio) Sanchez and his beloved children Eileen Patat, David Sanchez and Jessica Sanchez.  David will also be greatly missed by his large extended family and the many other people he knew along life’s pathway and who were proud to call him a friend.

A Visitation for David will take place from 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  A Funeral Service will be celebrated immediately following the Visitation at 3:00 PM also inside the funeral home chapel.  At the conclusion of this ceremony, friends and family will recess to adjacent Memorial Gardens Cemetery where David will be laid to rest at the Mausoleum located inside the Garden of Serenity.

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


Dorothy Feduke

Dorothy Feduke, 89, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018.  She was born May 31, 1928 in Binghamton, NY.  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.

 


Theresa Copping

Theresa Copping of North Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly, with her loving family by her side on Friday, May 18, 2018 after some recent health challenges.  She was 86 years old.

Theresa was born on January 19, 1932 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, the beautiful daughter of Maria (Bonfadini) and John Casalini.  She was the loving wife to Darrell W. Copping, and the happy couple was married for almost 50 years at the time of her passing.

A Visitation for Theresa will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  A Funeral Service will be celebrated the following day, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM also inside the funeral home chapel.  At the conclusion of this ceremony, Theresa will be laid to rest during a private service at the Mausoleum located inside the Garden of Peace at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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


Paul Barrie Currie

Paul Barrie Currie, 65, of Cape Coral, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 following an extended illness. He was born May 1, 1953 in Detroit, MI to James Kelly and Helen (Gagnon) Currie.  He is survived by his wife, Lynn Currie and their two children.

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 expressed at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.


Roine “Ron” Carlson

Roine Paige Carlson, 70, passed away suddenly on May 15, 2018. In the last year he split his time between Ft. Myers and DeLand, Florida caring for his ailing wife of 49 years, until her passing on February 22, 2018.

Ron was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on November 30, 1947 to John and Signe Carlson. He joined the Coast Guard and served his country from 1965 – 1969, stationed in both Juno, Alaska and Boston, Massachusetts. He met his wife, Maria de Lourdes Carlson, on a blind date in Boston, and so began their 49 year adventure together.  Through the years, they lived in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, Mexico City, Mexico, Minnesota, until finally calling Fort Myers, Florida home.

Ron worked for several airlines, including Allied Aviation, Midway, and Frontier Airlines. He also worked for a brief period as a proofreader for a large newspaper in Mexico City, Mexico in the mid-70s.

Ron spent the last 30 years of his working career with the United States Postal Service on Sanibel Island, Florida. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2016 after with 30 years of dedicated service. Ron took much pride in his daily work and in the relationships he shared with his coworkers and the residents of Sanibel Island.

Ron enjoyed traveling, line dancing, succulent gardening, long-distance walking, bicycling, music, cooking, and movies.  All who knew Ron will miss his laughter, his infectious personality, and warm eyes, and kind smile.

Ron will be remembered as a brother, husband, father, grandfather, good friend, hard worker, and confidant.  He is survived by his daughter Natasha Watts (Mark) DeLand, Florida, Son Nathan Carlson (Kara) Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and his four grandchildren Baylor, Grace, Maya, and Nicholas. He is also survived by his sister, Elin Mark (Harry) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and their children, Diane, David, Dale, and Donna. Ron is also survived by his nieces and nephews Cindy Driscoll, Karen Ragan, James Stewart and their children and grandchildren in Western Pennsylvania.

A Memorial Service for Ron will be celebrated by Pastor Bob Lockwood at 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2018 inside the Chapel at 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 Ron’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign his guestbook.


Anna Marie Perciasepe

Anna Marie Perciasepe of Fort Myers, Florida passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the aftermath of a traffic accident which ultimately claimed her life.  She was 79 years old.

Anna was born in the Bronx, New York on June 11, 1938, the beautiful daughter of Concetta (Sudezza) and Raffaele Cerbone.  In 1960, she married the love of her life Frank R. Perciasepe and settled in Larchmont, New York.  She helped Frank manage and grow the restaurant business he founded and the couple proudly became a family with the birth of their son Peter in 1961.  In 1978, they relocated to Fort Myers, Florida and established Birdie’s Pizza, which they operated until 1992 when they sold to enjoy retired life. Anna was very active in her church and attended mass regularly. She leaves behind her son Peter Perciasepe of Norwalk, Connecticut, a number of extended family members and a great many friends.

A Visitation for Anna will be conducted from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 21, 2018 inside the Chapel at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM the following day, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Church of the Resurrection of our Lord, 8121 Cypress Lake Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33919, (239) 481-7171.  Following conclusion of the liturgy, family and friends will travel to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery where Anna will be laid to rest in the Field of Honor Section alongside Frank her beloved husband of 54 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time, please visit Anna’s memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign her guestbook.

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