Stanhope, Elizabeth Mary Wheeler

Elizabeth Mary Wheeler Stanhope of Hudson, FL, passed away on Aug 8, 2018 at the age of 96. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on Nov 6, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Irene C. (Albaugh) Wheeler. She was the second of seven children. After high school she completed nurses training and worked as a Registered Nurse until her marriage. She married Thomas F. Stanhope in 1947 and moved to Aliquippa, PA where they raised their family. When the children were older, she returned to nursing at a skilled nursing facility in Aliquippa, PA. After retirement Elizabeth and Thomas moved to New Port Richey in 1983. Elizabeth was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church and was active in the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas, a daughter, Janet L. Gray, and two sons-in-law, James Blair and David Macerelli. Elizabeth is survived by three sons and four daughters: Mary E. Macerelli of Blakeslee PA, Barbara A. (Thomas) D’Annibale of Fairfax VA, Thomas F. (Janet) Stanhope Jr. of New Port Richey FL, Laura J. Blair of Imperial PA, Irene C. (Daniel) Hickey of Batavia NY, James F. (Mary) Stanhope of Plymouth MI, John A. (Mary) Stanhope of Canton GA, and a son-in-law Timothy S. Gray of Aliquippa PA. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a sister Catherine Courtwright of Mahwah NJ, two sisters-in-law: Rose (Sweeney) Wheeler of Verona PA and Joan (Werneth) Wheeler of Virginia Beach VA, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was always a very active member of the Greatest Generation and an inspiration to her family until the day of her death. She is sorely missed by her family and friends.


Short, Linda G.

Linda G. Short, 67 of Port Richey, passed away on June 13, 2018.  She is survived by her husband, Harry, son, David (Jennifer) Campogn, stepsons, Chad and Mike Short and grandsons, Cory and Brady.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., service at 11:00 with burial to take place at Florida National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

D’Ovidio, Michelle Marie

Michelle Marie D’Ovidio, 49, of Wesley Chapel passed away on June 11, 2018.  She is survived by her husband, Michael, Sr., sons, Michael and Nicholas and brother, Joseph Diaz.  Visitation will be held 9:00-10:00 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 with Mass to follow at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Land O’Lakes, FL.

Rhinehart, Kenneth Lester

Kenneth Lester Rhinehart, 81, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away on May 31, 2018. He was born on August 8, 1936, to Lester and Mary Rhinehart, and was raised in Circleville, NY. Ken was predeceased in death by his wife of 49 years, Alice Towers. He is survived by wife, Mary Clark; his daughters, Debra Williams and Jodi Rhinehart-Doty (David); brother, William Rhinehart (Lyn); numerous nieces; extended family; and three grandchildren, Harrison Williams, Kendall Doty, and Kelsey Doty.

Ken graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, NY, in 1955. He worked at Dairylea Milk Products in New York until he relocated to St. Petersburg, FL in 1977. In Florida he established his own lawn maintenance company.

In New York, Ken was an officer and an active member of the Washington Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid auto racing fan, loved camping, exploring new places, and enjoyed college football, especially the Florida State Seminoles. He also loved to spend time with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel in New Port Richey, FL on Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations in tribute be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,


Petit, Meryle Sue

Meryle Sue Petit, 61, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away on April 1, 2018.  She is survived by her son, Keith Barker, daughters, Andie Karr, Cristy Barker and Samantha Petit, brother, Martin Merrill, sister, Meme Hogue and significant other, Bob.

Don & Betty Hilbert

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 12th, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 130 Losey Boulevard South.  Interment and a Celebration of Life reception in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Don and Betty’s names to the charity or Hospice of your choice.  Online condolences may be sent to

Stamison, Ann Marie

Ann Marie Stamison (Sager, Gaffney) was born March 26, 1934 in New York, NY, to the late Kathryn Rivers and George Sager. A graduate of Bergenfield High School (NJ) and Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing (Teaneck, NJ) with an RN, she worked at both NY Presbyterian Hospital and Rutgers University, and spent her early adulthood in New York and New Jersey raising her family. After relocating to Florida, she worked at HCA Community Hospital in New Port Richey from 1975-2003, 18 years of which she spent as the Head Nurse of the telemetry unit. 

Ann grew up loving the beach, enjoyed music, reading, playing cards with her friends, and playing the piano. She was a member of the NPR Junior Service League, the Red Hat Society, and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Ann died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 31, surrounded by her loving family. She is predeceased by her husband George Stamison, son Stephen Gaffney, infant daughter Teresa Gaffney, brother Evan Sager, and longtime sweetheart Ray Gorman. She is survived by her children James and wife Becky Gaffney, Tom and wife Kay Gaffney, Kathryn Gaffney, Patricia and husband Ferdia Burke, and grandchildren Matthew, Elisabeth, and Esmerylda, along with nieces Karyn and Kate Seibel, sister-in-law Patty Sager, niece and nephew Penny and Pat Hajduk, and beloved friend and partner in crime June Rodopoulos.

Stamison, Ann M.

Ann M. Stamison, 84 of New Port Richey, passed away on March 31, 2018.  She is survived by her sons, James and Thomas Gaffney, daughters, Kathryn Gaffney and Patricia Burke and 3 grandchildren.  Visitation will be held at Morgan Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m.

Podsiad, Helga Ruth

Helga Ruth Podsiad, 89 of New Port Richey, FL passed away on March 29, 2018 at Orchard Ridge Nursing Home.

Born in Germany where she lived until she moved to England and Canada before coming  to The United States in 1961. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Singer Kearfott, Woodland Park, NJ. She then moved to Florida in 1984 when her husband retired.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Stanislaw, in 1991.

While in Florida, she enjoyed knitting and playing cards and going to bingo.

Helga is survived by her four loving children, Carmen Vivino and her husband, John (Jack) of Wayne, NJ; Sylvia Innocent and her husband, Anthony  of Totowa, NJ; Lydia Gialanella of Williams Township, PA, and Michael Podsiad and his wife, Karen of Plant City, FL.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren:  Diane  (Brent) Ireland; Lorraine (Brian) Nassan; John (Christine) Vivino; Claudia Innocent; Denise (Scott) Charles; Claire Innocent; Vincent (Lucia) Innocent; Nicholas (Victoria) Gialanella; Alex Gialanella; Megan Podsiad; Kevin Podsiad and Kristin Podsiad.

In addition, surviving are 14 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Morgan Funeral Home on Friday, April 6th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Friday, April 6th at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) or St. Jude’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.

Hicks, Joseph Douglas

Joseph Douglas Hicks passed away on March 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on July 10, 1942 to Joseph and Goldie Hicks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Joseph was predeceased in death by his wife of 42 years, Marcia Hicks.   He is survived by his children Debbie and Chad,  grand-children Alyssa, Sarina and Gavin.  Joseph was also devoted to his supportive, loving and special friend, Bonnie.   Joseph had many caring people in his life and he was very generous and never hesitated to help a friend.  Joseph was one-of-a kind and heaven has received another incredible angel.  He will be forever missed, but we have faith that we will all meet again in our forever Heaven home.  We will be holding Joseph’s “Celebration of Life” on Saturday March 24, 2018 starting at 2pm, at his daughter’s home located at 8551 Linebrook Dr., Trinity Fl 34655.  Everyone that has known and loved Joseph is welcome to come and remember his beautiful life.  RIP Joseph, your family and friends love and miss you beyond words…until we ALL meet again.  Hospice helped Joseph and the family during his final days and we will be forever grateful.  Contributions can be made in memory of Joseph Hicks to Gulfside Hospice or any Hospice of choice.