Loftus, Michael Patrick (Wally)

Michael Patrick Loftus (Wally), age 67 of Holiday, Florida, died on March 15, 2016.  He was born in Corona, Queens, New York and lived in East Patchogue, New York before moving to Florida in the late 1970’s.  Graduate of Bellport High School in the Class of 1966.  He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 – 1970.  He worked as an auto mechanic before retiring.  Michael is survived by his sisters, Kathleen and husband Bob Murray, JoAnne and husband, Dan Quinn, Helen and husband Pete Steininger, brothers, James and wife Penny Loftus and Thomas Loftus.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel.


Pina, Karen Amelia (Rogers)

Karen Amelia Pina passed away on March 4, 2016 in New Port Richey, Florida.  She was born in June of 1969.  Karen was the beloved daughter of Charles and Jean Rogers.  She was also the beloved mother of Brittany and Mitchell Pina. She is also survived by her brother Steven Rogers and sister, Faith Rogers, nieces, Margaret Aubel and Emma Rogers and nephew, Charles Rogers.

Karen attended Brockport Central High School in New York and graduated in the class of 1987.  Karen was a civilian employee of the Rochester Police Department from 2001 to 2014, where she performed various administrative duties, including coordinating the school crosssing guard program.

Karen’s sources of enjoyment included fast cars, fashion, 80’s rock, candy, family, pets, traveling, theme parks, gardening and feeding the wild birds.  After Karen moved to Florida, she became a true Floridian, who loved the sunshine and beaches.

Karen passed away at home after a two year illness.  Karen faced many obstacles, but her heart was set on her children of whom she was so proud of.

A final positive note: Karen donated her eyes, so now two people can see.

There will be at visitation at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 11th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with a service at noon and burial to follow at East Elfers Cemetery.


Blanden, Tina D.

Tina D. Blanden, 63, of Fort Myers, died February 23, 2016. She is survived by her father, David Blanden and brother, Thomas Blanden.

There will be a visitation at the First Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers on Saturday, February 27th starting at 11:00 a.m. and Service will be held at Noon. 

There will also be a visitation at Asbury United Methodist Church of New Port Richey on Monday, February 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Service at 11:00 a.m.  Burial to follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Fort Myer’s Christian School.


Freeman, Roger K.

Roger K. Freeman, 87 of New Port Richey, passed away on February 17, 2016.  He is survived by his son, Dwight and daughter, Pamela May Freeman Trudel and two grandchildren.  Memorial donations may be made to Community Congregational Church, Gulfside Hospice or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

HEFFRON, Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer Heffron, age 87, passed away peacefully Monday, February 15, 2016 at HPH Hospice in New Port Richey, FL.

Ruth was born June 10, 1929 in Vernon, Alabama to Pearlie Robertson Palmer and Robert Daniel Palmer. After high school she moved with her sister, Marie, to Washington, D.C. She lived there until meeting and marrying Louis Heffron, her husband of 37 years. They moved to the Virgin Islands where she worked as an optician assistant for many years. Later in life they relocated back to the states and settled in the panhandle of Florida where they had several business endeavors. After a time they moved to Sebring, FL then to New Port Richey where she resumed her work as an optician assistant. Ruth had a passion for animals, especially cats and was always taking care of the homeless cats in her neighborhood. She also loved flowers and gardening, enjoying the lush tropical plants in the Caribbean where she and her husband spent most of their married life.

She is survived by her sister, Marie Myrick, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Murphy M. Palmer, Columbus, MS and Reuben Palmer, Saraland, AL, husband, Louis, and brother-in-law George Myrick.

A memorial Mass in celebration of Ruth Heffron will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10 a.m., High Street, New Port Ritchey. Her cremains will be buried with her husband, Louis, at later graveside services, Lovejoy Cemetery, Beaverton, Alabama. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey, Florida and Norwood Funeral Home, Guin, Alabama are assisting the family with arrangements. Please leave messages of condolences at and In lieu of flowers please offer a contribution to your local animal shelter in honor of Ruth Heffron.

Campbell, James A., Sr.

James A. Campbell, Sr., 82 of Port Richey, passed away on January 5, 2016.  He is survived by his sons, Michael Stephan, Thomas Stephan, James Campbell, John Campbell and Joseph Campbell, daughter, Maureen Hoeler and sister, Sister Grace Campbell.  He also is survived by 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  Mass will be held on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida at 12:30 p.m. on January 11, 2016.

Bushke, Stephen L.

Stephen Louis Bushke

June 26, 1941 – January 4, 2016

Steve Bushke passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 in New Port Richey, Florida, after a multiple-year battle with cancer. Mr. Bushke was born on June 26, 1941 to Clifford and Annette Bushke and grew up in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, where he was an avid sportsman, graduating from Fox Lake High School in 1959. He received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his master’s degree in education administration from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Throughout his 30+ year career in education, he served the community as a volunteer, teacher, principal, and superintendent at several locations throughout Wisconsin, including Iowa-Grant School District and Southwestern Wisconsin Community School District; concluding his career at Mayville Community School District.

Mr. Bushke married Erna Jean Hermann on October 21, 1961, and together they had five children and six grandchildren. In addition to teaching and spending time with his children, Mr. Bushke enjoyed golfing, hunting, and being a fan to his grandchildren’s many sports activities.

Mr. Bushke is preceded in death by his son, Bradley Louis Bushke, and his parents Clifford and Annette Doornek Bushke. Mr. Bushke will live on through his many family and friends, including his wife of 54 years Erna Hermann Bushke (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); children Beth Bushke (St. Louis, Missouri), Bart and Jina Bushke (Kiel, Wisconsin), Burt and Tammy Bushke (Mayville, Wisconsin), and Becky Bushke and David Bloedow (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); grandchildren Cassie Biertzer, Madison and Taylor Bushke, and Kayla, Morgan, and Bradley Bushke; and sister DiAnn Bushke Hillerman. Mr. Bushke was a well-loved brother-in-law, uncle, and dear friend to many.

Arrangements pending at Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Fox Lake, Wisconsin (

Valluzzi, Vickie Rae

Vickie Rae Valluzzi, 52 of Holiday, passed away on December 26, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Richard, daughters, Valerie and Rachel, parents, Wayne Foshee and Wanda Crowe and brother, Hal Foshee.


Kaval, Helen D.

Helen D. Kaval, 85, of New Port Richey, passed away on December 7, 2015. She is survived by sons, Keith and Kenny Kaval, daughters, Lorraine Gifford, Barbara Steinberg, Debra Tenore, Suzanne Myette, Sharon Abrams, Lisa Abinette, Linda Burke, sisters, Jean Warwick, Gail Merkle and Peggy Della, 24 grandchildren and 8  great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her husband, Charles and sons Charles and Mark.

Memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel.

Hall, Minnie R.

Minnie R. Hall, 88, of Port St. Lucie, formerly of New Port Richey, passed away on November 29, 2015.  She is survived by her son, William and his wife, Barbara, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters. She is predeceased by her daughter, Vickie Maresca.

Memorial Service will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. with Internment at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.