Josephine Carpenter

Carpenter, Josephine “Jo” Angeline (Vitali), 83 years old, of Palm Harbor, FL, formerly of Chisholm and Roseville, MN, passed away peacefully on 2/1/15 surrounded by family.

Josephine was born in Chisholm, MN, and graduated from high school in the class of 1949.  She attended Hibbing Junior College, and received her degree in teaching from the College of St. Catherine’s in 1953.  She taught Physical Education and English in Pine City, MN.  She married the love of her life, Roland Carpenter, in 1953 and they raised 7 wonderful children. Josephine was an avid sports fan and loved to play sports of every kind.  She loved fishing and golfing.  She worked as a girls high school Volleyball and Basketball referee for many years in MN, and had the honor of refereeing games in the State High School Tournament.  As she reached her golden years her interest switched to bowling. Jo was a very competitive bowler and enjoyed playing up to 3 times a week until she was 81 years old.  She competed in State and National Tournaments, and won in the single and double categories. She also loved to play games with family and friends, especially Bingo, cards, dominoes, and board games.  There was always an opportunity for some type of a wager during these games. Jo enjoyed creating her own fun and dressing up for an occasion – in costume of course.

She loved the internet and was known for keeping family and friends entertained by the many jokes she would forward on a daily basis. She always had her eye on the weather radar across the country and we were always guaranteed a call from her when there was a hint of bad weather in our area!   She lived a full and wonderful life and we miss her dearly.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Roland, son Allen, grandson Michael Tumini, son-in-law John Barnum, parents Joseph & Anna Vitali, 2 infant siblings, brothers & sisters: Righetta Pagliacetti, Alexander Vitali, Dominica (Kotonias) Vercellino, Attilia Maturi, Mary Bachnik, Catherine Chiodi, Elvira Hooper, Rudolph Vitali, and Julio Vitali.

Survived by loving children: Therese (Gary) Dumer of Union Grove, AL, Margaret Barnum of Falcon Heights, MN Jeffrey (Shawn) Carpenter of Cottage Grove, MN, Caroline (James) Tumini of Crystal, MN, Lisa (Jackie) Russell of Chattanooga, TN, and Roland II of Summerville, GA; 18 Grandchildren & 16 Great-Grandchildren; Sisters Zelinda Hendrickson of CA, and Anita Vovk of MN; and dearly missed by many nieces and nephews, family and friends. Special thanks to nephew, Lewis Carpenter, and the many neighbors and friends in Florida for their assistance in helping care for our Mother so she could remain in her home over these past years.  Her Florida friends were like her second family. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Tuesday, 7/14/15 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2131 Fairview Avenue N., Roseville, MN with visitation one hour prior at the church.  Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. New
Port Richey, FL 727-847-3999

Bobe, Lema E.

Lema E. Bobe, 95 years old, passed away quietly on Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ernest H. Bobe.

Lema was the love loving mother of Diane L. Lupia (Eugene) and Mattie Elaine Switzer (James). Her grandchildren are Peter Lupia (Elizabeth), Christopher Lupia (Suzanne), Julie Snyder (Dan), and Kristie Switzer (Dennis Hamilton). Her great-grandchildren are Olivia and Ellis Lupia; Leopold Lupia; Abiligail and Davis Snyder; and Dylan Hamilton.

In the early 1950’s the Bobes’ moved to Colorado Springs, CO making their home there for 20 years. Lema was the owner and operator of the Little Dears Preschool. She was known as “mom” to the many USAFA cadets the family hosted for many years. She was Volunteer of the Year many times. Her joys came from being with/helping young people and assisting those in need.

The Bobes’ moved back to Florida in 1971 residing in Gulf Harbors, New Port Richey for more than 30 years. Lema’s favorite past times became boating, fishing and bingo. She proudly displayed fishing trophies she won in local tournaments.

In her later years Lema lived with her daughters in Tampa and Wesley Chapel enjoying her time with friends and family whenever possible.

A funeral mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 2801 Curlew Road, Clearwater, FL 33761, on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Lifepath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637.

We will always remember her warm smile, big heart and joyful ways forever.

Starling, Priscilla M.

Priscilla M. Starling, 66, of New Port Richey, passed away on May 29, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Harvey, mother Barbara Wallace, sons, Adam, Brady and Cody Arnold, Skyler Starling, step-daughter, Malinda Quattlebaum, step-sons, Wayne and John Starling, brother, Arron Wallace, sisters, Tracy Tarrant, Melissa Jones and Robin Newland, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Memorial service will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Sitek, Larry J.

Larry Joseph Sitek, of New Port Richey, was called home on May 2, 2015 at the age of 62. Born in Michigan, he moved down to Florida in the seventies and had lived in New Port Richey for over 30 years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Helen.  Larry is survived by his wife, Natalie, his three children Amanda Stewart (Abraham) of Wesley Chapel, Jessica Haider (Jeremy) and Jessica Meredith (Eric), also of New Port Richey, four beautiful grandsons, three sisters, Lynn Sitek (Gary) of Southgate, MI, Patricia Derry (Chuck) of Dexter, MI, and Margaret Hardwick (James) of China, MI, and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Larry worked in the restaurant business for most of his life, most notably with Sonny’s BBQ.  After working several years at the Palm Harbor location, Larry helped to open the New Port Richey location in 1998, with one of his childhood friends, Paul.  He loved all sports, and spent a lot of his time cheering on his Tampa Bay teams.  Being from the Detroit area, his love of hockey started young, and he made sure to instill that same love of game in his family, all Tampa Bay Lightning fans.  Larry was there in the arena when the Bolts won the cup in 2004.  He was an excellent golfer but played every sport throughout his life.

Larry could always be counted on to bring a smile to anyone’s face.  He was full of good humor and had a sharp wit.  He sang out loud.  He wanted to teach whatever he knew to whoever wanted to learn and he always strived to learn more himself.  He gave sound advice to family, friends, and employees who needed guidance.  He told his family that he had no regrets and that he lived a full and happy life.  He adored his grandsons, cherished his daughters, and loved his wife with everything he had.   He will always be loved and never be forgotten.

Cogswell, Ty

Ty Cogswell, 83, of New Port Richey, died April 28, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Carol, children, Colleen Naso, Shelly Rotili and Ty Cogswell, step-children, Carole Hutchins, Michael Rabone and Johna Swanson, sister, Wanda Joseph, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization and/or Kiski Fund.

Guy, Christina Lee

Guy, Christina Lee, 57, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away at her home on March 24, 2015.

She was born on November 13, 1957 in Charlotte, North Carolina to David and Terry Baldwin and lived in various areas of Maryland and Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob H. Guy. She is survived by her 4 children, James Persinger of New Port Richey, FL, Jacob Persinger of Atlanta, GA, Justin Guy of Omaha, NE, and Susan (Guy) Damien of Ocala, FL. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren residing in Nebraska and Florida.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:30 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and cremation will take place at Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey. She will be interred alongside her husband Jacob H. Guy at Arlington National Cemetery.

Montero, Luis A.

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Luis A. Montero went to be with God at the age of 75. Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico he lived in New York City, Long Island, and finally New Port Richey for the past 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria. Luis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anna Esther Mercado Montero, his brother Jay, his daughter Esther Kelly, and his sons Louis, Anthony, and Mario, and his grandchildren Tara, Sean, Kerin, LA, James, Brian, and Anthony.

He was a business owner and professional flooring and carpet installer for more than 50 years. Luis loved sports especially captaining his winning Bullets softball team, coaching Little League for his sons, and winning numerous bowling tournaments. He was an avid reader and loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.

Luis was a rock solid friend whose fierce loyalty and determination were relied on by many people, especially in times of need. He was loved by all for his easy going nature and ability to have a good time. He was a great father and a wonderful husband who will be forever loved and never forgotten.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2/28/2015 @ 9:00 AM at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old Country Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34653. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Gulfside Hospice at Southern Pines, online:

Yarnall, Sandra

Sandra Ann Yarnall, 68 of Port Richey, passed away on January 22, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Richard Miszewski, sons, William and Patrick Yarnall, daughter, Tammy Yarnall, sister, Karen Payne and 4 grandchildren.

Rock, Stephen

Stephen Peter Rock, 87 passed away January 22, 2015.  Pre-deceased by his son, Stephen, Jr.  Survived by his wife, Alice, son, Lawrence, daughters Patricia and Kathleen (Joseph) Luke, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  Visition is 2-6 Sunday at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 am. at Morgan Funeral Home with interment to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Freda, Ralph G.

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015,  Ralph G. Freda lost his battle with cancer, passing away at his home in New Port Richey, Florida at the age of 69.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Francis Freda and sister Marie Saporito.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen D. Freda, his daughter Marissa Freda Brown, and his brother Zach Freda. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Anthony, Breanna, and Joseph, seven nieces, and three nephews.   

Born in Hoboken New Jersey on June 28, 1945, Ralph obtained an engineering degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked for a number of reputable companies over the years, eventually resulting in him moving to Birmingham, Alabama in 1993 where he lived before eventually moving to his dream house in Florida.

He was an avid builder of model boats and loved creating new worlds with his Lionel Trains.  He loved to fish and some of his favorite times were on his boat.  He traveled often with his wife, spending time in locations such as Barbados, Italy, and Las Vegas.  One of his favorite vacation spots was Walt Disney World, which he visited frequently with his wife and daughter and had the opportunity to revisit later in life with his grandchildren. 

He was loved by all who met him and touched many of lives over his 69 years on this earth.  He will forever be loved and never be forgotten.  In lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Ralph Freda memorial fund. 

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