Wagers, Dr. Larry R.

WAGERS, Dr. Larry R.
Passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 80 in New Port Richey, Fla. Larry was born January 24, 1937 in Salem, Indiana to Steve and Lola Wagers. He was preceded by childhood sweetheart, Dr. Phyllis Wagers, on September 11, 2016 after 61 years of joyous marriage. He is survived by his son Scott (Stacey) and daughter Julie (Mike), grandchildren Luke, Lola, Adam, and Allison, and brother Harold.
Larry graduated from Salem High School in 1955 and served in the United States Army. He attended the University of Tampa on a basketball scholarship and earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, and a Doctoral degree in Education (Ed.D) from Nova Southeastern University.  
Larry and Phyllis served Hillsborough County Schools for 55 years combined. Phyllis retired as Principal from Clair Mel Elementary. Larry started out as a teacher and coach at Leto High, served as Dean at Madison Middle School, Assistance Principal and Athletic Director at Plant High, Assistance Campus Director and Athletic Director at Hillsborough Community College, and Director of Administration for the Hillsborough County School System; Larry retired as General Director of Operations.
Larry was a basketball fanatic, appeared in the senior games regularly, and played throughout his 70’s. He enjoyed playing one-on-one basketball with his son Scott, current USF Assistant Coach, and always looked at those times fondly and as a tremendous bonding experience.  
Morgan Funeral Home is providing cremation services. Per his request there will be no formal memorial service as one was provided by the Hospice Chaplin in-home with immediate family.


Amundson, Merle

Merle Amundson, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in New Port Richey, Florida.

Merle was born on February 21, 1950 in Mayville, North Dakota. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cherise Amundson.   They moved to New Port Richey, Florida in 1979.  They had three children, Sarah (husband Nate), Amanda, and John (wife Colleen).   There are also four grandchildren – Mariah, Samantha, Andrew and Owen.  He is also survived by his three brothers and sister – Ron, Lyle, Gary, and Renae, and their families.

If you ever had a chance to meet Merle, you would certainly never forget him. He had a smile that could light up a room and a soul that would draw you in. Merle opened his heart to everyone he met. He was the center of every party and had a story for every occasion. (most of us have heard them a few times!)

Merle was a constant thinker and dreamer. He would always have multiple projects underway and others on deck. Whether it was a vehicle restoration, a shooting range, or an invention, he would make sure it was perfect before receiving his seal of approval.

In his work, he excelled as well. Always taking the extra steps that others deemed too difficult or time consuming. His personality and wit allowed him to flourish throughout multiple career fields. He easily turned colleagues into lifelong friends and left an enduring mark on all who know him.

But Merle was most content when he was with his family and friends. If you ever wanted to see a man in a total state of peace and prosperity, you would look for Merle surrounded by the ones that love him. If you knew Merle, you would know that he never talked about himself. Yet, he never stopped talking about his family. His family was his legacy. When you remember Merle, remember one thing…. that he loved his family and friends more than himself.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 12th from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm at Morgan Funeral Home. The address is 6025 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, 34653. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 10 am with reception to follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, located at 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey, 34653. We Love you Merle and will miss you!!!


Burnham, Josephine “Jay”

Josephine K. Burnham (“Jay”)
Born April 5, 1921 –  Died December 23, 2017 at the age of 96.

Survived by Horace, her loving husband of 73 years, and sons, Roger and David (his wife, Beth) along with grand daughters Katherine and Laura. Jay is also survived by many loving extended family members including nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, their spouses and even great-great nephews and nieces.
Pre-deceased by son Gerald.

Jay was a long-time employee of the Tolland Savings Bank (CT), and teacher of Sunday School for many years at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Vernon, CT.  She loved to paint with oils and was an excellent seamstress and baker. She enjoyed bowling with her sisters and traveling with her husband and friends.  Her favorite times were with family, especially sisters, and friends in CT and in FL.  Proud of her Polish heritage, she loved to tell her grand daughters the stories of her parents journey to this country and life on Snipsic Street growing up in Rockville, CT.

Visiting hours will be held at Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey on Sunday, January 14 from 2:00-4:00.  A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New Port Richey Monday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m.

Contributions in her memory can be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, New Port Richey or to a charity of your choice.

Wright, Sherry M.

Services for Mrs. Sherry M. Wright will be held on Friday, December 29th.  Fellowship and a celebration of life gathering will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. followed by a formal service from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Home, located at 6026 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL  34653.  In lieu of Flowers the family asks for donations to be made to either St. Jude or Hospice. 

Sánchez, Juan José

Juan José Sánchez passed away on Tuesday December 19th 2017.  He was a loving husband to Gladys of nearly 56 years.  Wonderful father to Carmen, Mercy, Juan and Josué.  Loved by his three grandchildren, Marisol, Maritza and Caleb and two great grandchildren, Dylan and Ari.

Juan was a loving husband, father and friend. He lived his life in a way that he will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, fairness, character, faith in the Almighty, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life.  He will be dearly missed. Love You now and always

Osborne, David William

David William Osborne, 61, formerly of Mashpee, MA, husband of Janet L. (LeBlanc) Osborne, died Monday, December 18, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Tampa, FL. after succumbing to pulmonary arrest.

Dave and his brother Ted were born to Theodore M. Osborne and Judith D. (Wormwood) Osborne Leonard. They made their home in Burlington, MA and later the family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where he graduated in 1974 from Balboa H.S. Dave served as a welder in the United States Navy from 1975-1979.

Dave married Janet in 2005, and made their home in Mashpee, MA before retiring to New Port Richey, FL. Dave spent his career as an IT Systems Analyst, Manager and Director for HP, Baltimore Technologies, Computer Vision, EMC, Cape Cod Hospital and Pasco Hernando State College. Dave hated school, but was able to teach himself almost anything from building a computer to building an addition. Dave loved spending time with his kids, as well as goofing around with his faithful fury companions Porter and Miller. He enjoyed cooking, grilling, smoking meats, and sharing meals with friends and family. Dave found nothing more relaxing than hanging with friends with a good cigar and a glass of Crown Royal.

Dave is survived by his wife Janet L. (LeBlanc), and his children Scott V. Osborne and Chelsea D. Osborne. He is also survived by his brother, Theodore (Ted) Osborne and his wife Colette; step-father, John Leonard and his wife Colleen; brother-in-law, Roger LeBlanc and his wife Lillian; and sister-in-law Phyllis (LeBlanc) Anderson and her husband Philip. He is also survived by a step-sister, step-brothers, many nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved tormenting. He is predeceased by his mother, Judith D. (Wormwood) Osborne Leonard and father, Theodore M. Osborne.

At the request of David, no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society.

For online guestbook, please visit www.morganfuneralhome.com.

Kurtz, Josephine

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor passed away on Friday, November 10th, 2017.  May she rest in God’s love and peace.  She will be forever missed by her friends and family.  A beautiful woman we will always remember, a beloved family member and friend we’ll never forget.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, the 6th of January 2018, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. in Spring Hill, Florida.

Hauslein, Thomas J.

Thomas J. Hauslein, 65, passed away on December 7, 2017. He was born in Chicago, IL on Feb. 23, 1952 and has made his home in Holiday, FL since 1977. He is survived by his loving wife Laura Ann Hauslein (Shopshear). He will be greatly missed by his family, his sister, sisters and brother-in-laws, children and their spouses, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Tom and his wife are owners of JMT Auto and L&T Sales of New Port Richey, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Vangsness, Helen May (Davies)

Helen May (Davies) Vangsness, of New Port Richey, FL and a former long-time resident of Westfield and Auburn, MA, died Monday, November 20th, 2017 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, FL from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on November 11th. She was 77 years old.

Helen was born in Long Branch, New Jersey to Blanche Brooks and Albert Davies.  She is predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Kenneth E. Vangsness and survived by her children Cheryll L. (Vangsness) and her husband Ken Dupree of N. Attleboro, MA, Scott A. Vangsness of Worcester, MA, Sharon K. (Vangsness) Lavallee-Lawrence of Dover, DE, and Kristen A. Vangsness of Auburn, MA; grandchildren Matthew R. Lavallee of Oxford, MA and Amber L. Lawrence of Dover, DE; sister Greta (Maki) and her husband Stephen Zielinski of West Springfield, MA, and four brothers and their wives: Ronald and Marguerite Davies of New Port Richey, FL, Thomas and Patricia Davies of Waterbury, CT, Albert and Janet Davies of Springfield, MA, and William and Colleen Maki of Vernon, CT.

Helen enjoyed a 30 year career with New England Telephone Company/NYNEX as a sales manager. After retiring, she had a second career as a realtor for Century 21 Maher Realty in Auburn for more than 20 years where she received multiple achievement awards. The family is planning a celebration of life and private burial.

Fowler, Sharron J. “Ron”

Ron Fowler, 84, of New Port Richey passed away December 3, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Ron was born in Belleville, IL on May 23, 1933.  He was the son of the late Russell and Helen Fowler, beloved husband of Susan Prescher Fowler, dear father of Karen Fowler (David Pease), stepfather of Sandi Christie Gustke (John) and Gary Prescher, loving grandfather of Kenneth Coffman and dear brother of Jack Fowler (Diana).

Ron was an avid “car guy” who built his first hot rod in high school. He restored a 1948 Mercury coupe, a 1933 Ford coupe and was recently working on a 1952 Chevy pickup truck.  He also enjoyed scuba diving, bowling and spending time with his cats.  Ron will be dearly missed by all.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday December 9th at Morgan Funeral Home, 6025 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653. Family will receive friends from 1-2 PM with a service following.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity or church.