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.

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.