Russo, Aurelia “Dolly”

Aurelia “Dolly” Russo, 94 of New Port Richey, passed away on November 12, 2015.  She is survived by a son, Tony (Gayle), daughter, Lucille Ricker (Frank), grandchildren Heather, Joanna and Deana and 5 great-grandchildren.


Pearson, Ray J.

Ray J. Pearson, 88 of Port Richey, passed away on November 23, 2015.  He is survived by his wife, Greta, daughter, Gale Burns, brother, James, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by daughter, Lynn Johnson.

Ray was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He was a building contractor and also served in the U.S. Navy.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Pallative Care, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, FL  34639-9978.


Spoonster, Mabel A.

Mabel A. (Dreier) Spoonster, 92, died peacefully on November 9, 2015 in New Port Richey, FL.

Mabel is survived by her four children: Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz (Stanley), Pawcutuk, CT, Patricia Whitlam of Brunswick, OH, Dr. Janet M. Litzel (Jack), New Port Richey, FL, and Timothy Spoonster, Hamilton, OH; and a sister, Daena Miller.  She is proceeded in death by her husband Robert Spoonster and her son Terrance Spoonster, Sharon Center, OH.  She has 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mabel was born in Wadsworth, OH to parents Louis and Martha Dreier.

Mabel was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary, Steven Springs Garden Club and S.O.L.V.E.  She was a thirty-eight year resident of Seven Springs Golf and Country Club.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, New Port Richey, FL.

A special thank you to the staff at Trinity Rehab Center and HPH Hospice for her excellent and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Seven Springs Garden Club, 3535 Trophy Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL  34655.



Sudzina, Edward

Mr. Edward Sudzina passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 81.   Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Callie, and his sister, Sylvia Ann Perhacs.  Ed had three children: Michael (Karla) of Greenwood, Indiana; Donna (John) Graham of Algonquin, Illinois; and Edward Charles Sudzina of Clarkston, Michigan.  Ed was the proud grandfather of six; all of whom will dearly miss their loving papou.

Ed was born in 1934 in Cechov, Czechoslovakia to Michael and Anna Sudzina.  He moved to Youngstown, Ohio in 1937 with his parents and relatives. Aside from raising three children with Callie, Ed had a successful business career in the supermarket industry as a sales and marketing executive with National Tea, Kroger, and Great Scott! supermarket chains.  Following his retirement in 1992, Ed and Callie settled in Florida where Ed quickly resumed his penchant for leadership while simultaneously giving back to his community as a Council Member in his beloved St. Anne Parish, as Grand Knight and later Financial Secretary of the Fr. Felix Ullrich Council of the Knights of Columbus, and as President of the East Lake Woodlands Condo Association.

In spite of a lifetime of professional achievements, Mr. Sudzina deeply cherished the personal relationships he fostered over the years.  The loss of Ed is a shock to his countless friends and to those in the community in which he served.  He was tireless in his pursuit to serve the greater good and his fellow man.

But most of all, Ed was proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather.  Always stressing the importance of family over all else, Ed loved his family with his whole heart and demonstrated his love and devotion to them every day of his rich life.

Ed Sudzina will be dearly missed, but we are comforted with the knowledge that he is with our gracious Lord in His heavenly kingdom.

Ed will be laid in state at Morgan Funeral Home on Monday, October 12 from 4pm to 8pm with the traditional Parastas beginning at 5pm. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10am on Tuesday, October 13 at St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church at 7120 Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ed’s name to St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church.

Alberti, John P.

Former Rochester, PA resident, John P. Alberti, 78, died peacefully October 7, 2015 at his home in Tarpon Springs, FL.  Mr. Alberti was born April 24, 1937 in Rochester, PA to John Joseph Alberti and Marie Rosepiler. He is survived by his wife Joanne Fidanzata Alberti, 4 children, Lisa Use’ of Nashville, TN, Jonna Turner of New Orleans, LA, Richard Boyles of Las Vegas, NV and Danielle Miller of Pittsburgh, PA, along with 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard and George Alberti and sister, Maryanne Guy.  He is predeceased by brothers Charles and Robert (Bob).  He serviced in the United States Army from 1959 through 1962.  John was a very active man. As one of the founding members of the Beaver Valley Skydiving club, he made over 400 jumps.  He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  In his later years, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle cross country.  He will forever be loved and missed by his family.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 with service to follow.  Burial will be Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Stone, Johnie

On Tuesday August 25, 2015, Johnie Stone, 75, of Hudson FL peacefully went to heaven while surrounded by his loving wife and son. Johnie was born in Shady Hills West Virginia on October 30, 1939. After serving in the United States Army, he moved to the Washington DC area and began his civilian career. He then went to work for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters in Washington, D.C., starting in the mailroom and working his way up, he ultimately served in an executive capacity the majority of his career. He then became an entrepreneur, establishing several successful businesses until his retirement in 2008. Among his many accomplishments were Fas-Fax courier service in Alexandria Virginia, the Germantown Inn in Germantown MD, and Crabby Dicks restaurant in Key West FL. He became a 3rd degree Freemason in Baltimore in 1992, then received his 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite, and finally a Shriner in 1993. Johnie believed strongly in the morals and principles of the fraternity, and was very proud to be a part of the charitable works of the hospitals of the shrine. Johnie was not only a gentleman, but also loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, and being outdoors. He was always willing to give a helping hand to his family and friends even through his illnesses in later years. Johnie was very strong emotionally and physically, and loved to see people laugh. He would always have a smile to share for others accomplishments, and provide a shoulder to lean on when things weren’t so good.

Being survived by his wife Deanna Stone, son John G. Stone Jr., step sons; Joseph A. Gallo, Frank A. Gallo, Michael S Gallo, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many friends, he will be missed dearly by all. 

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the Morgan Funeral Home on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM 6025 Trouble Creek Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34653 (727) 847-3999. Immediately following will be entombmented at Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children on Johnies behalf. Donations can be forwarded to Donations Department at the Shriners Hospital, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612.


Hughes, Jr., Rev. John W.

Rev. John W. Hughes, Jr., 86, of Spring Hill, passed away on July 14, 2015.  He is survived by sons, John, Mark, Dwight and Daren, sister, Geneva Mackey and brothers Wilbur and Kenneth, 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  There will be a Memorial Service held on at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at Hudson Church of God, 7631 New York Avenue, Hudson, Florida  34667.

Griffin, Raymond P.

Raymond P. Griffin died on June 22, 2015, in New Port Richey, Florida, after a long battle with dementia. Ray lived a long and rich life as a proud and decorated World War II veteran and had traveled the world in his retirement. He was 90 years old.


Ray was born in Buffalo, N.Y. It was there that he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, where he served three years in infantry as a rifleman during WW II. He received numerous awards, including the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. He retired as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984.


He graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1949. He was the first in his family to attend college. Ray went on to be employed as a pharmacist until 1963 and was the owner of Lane Drugs on Grand Island from 1955 to 1963. He returned to the pharmacy in 1981 where he worked for Rite Aid until 1989.


Ray was elected Supervisor of the Town of Grand Island in 1964, and served the town for 16 years. During his stint at supervisor, he was appointed to several Erie County and Niagara County planning boards.


Ray married Noreen Griffin in 1948. He is survived by Noreen and his five children, Patricia (Randy) Salois, Paul (Debbi) Griffin, Laurie (Ed) Dyl, Brian (Kathy) Griffin, Raymond (Diane) Griffin, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The oldest and youngest of his grandchildren followed in his footsteps into the service of this great country – Semper Paratus, Kristi, and Sempi Fi, Derek.


Ray married Donna Randolph Griffin in 1989. The two traveled the world together and spent many winters on the beach in Destin, Fla. Donna passed away in 2005.


He moved to New Port Richey, Fla., to be closer to his family in 2003. Ray never cared much for Florida – not the heat, or the bugs or most of all the red state politics. He lived and died as an old school liberal democrat, just slightly left of Ted Kennedy, and was proud of it.
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Payne, Robert L.

Robert L. Payne, 67, of Port Richey, passed away on July 11, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, son, Paul and sisters Paula and Teresa.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran and owner of an Advertising firm.

Tynion, Diane

Diane Christine Tynion, 72, of Land O’Lakes, passed away on July 12, 2015.  She is survived by her son, Kevin McCabe, daughters, Karen Baum, Kim Reed and Kelly buckingham, sister, Edith Mauro (Frank), brother, Kenneth Olsen, 7 grandchildren.  Visitation will be held at Morgan Funeral Home on Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.