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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Zavarella, Stephie J.

Stephie J. Zavarella, 91, of New Port Richey, passed away on January 7, 2015. She is survived by her sons, William, Jr., Stephen and Thomas, daughter, Janis Butler, sisters, Josephine Burnham and Katherine Kuitz, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Tracy, Richard Wayne

Richard Wayne Tracy, April 19, 1945 – December 13, 2014

Richard Wayne Tracy, 69,  was born to Paul Tracy Sr. and Victoria Gotreau in Chelsea Massachusetts. Richard served in the United States Navy 1962 – 1963. He retired from Metal Container/Anheuser Busch in Columbus, Ohio where he worked as a machinist. He moved to Florida in 1989 where he started a second career in Food and Nutritional Services. He worked with many local hospitals, the last being Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point. He was a member of the New Port Richey Seventh Day Adventist Church, the VFW Post 4412 and the American Legion Post 0173. He is preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his step father, Richard Graninger of Lindehurst, Illinois, loving and caring wife of 26 years, Carole Jean (Wonycott) Tracy of Hudson, Florida, brother Paul Jr. (Beverly) Tracy of Groveport, Ohio, step-sister Susan (Mark) D’Aloia of Gray Lakes, Illinois, brother in law Terry (Jessie) Wonycott of Belpre, Ohio, sister in law Angela Wonycott of Parkersburg, WV. Daughter Lisa (Matt) Henry of Sunbury, Ohio, step-sons Tod Beckett of Hudson Florida, Eric (Rose) Beckett of Washington, WV, Brett and Craig Athey of Huntington Beach, Ca, step grandson Anthony Eric Beckett, Richard enjoyed his home and rock gardens, fishing, cruising, music and karaoke – especially Doo Wop. Richard had a warm and open heart. He looked out for his neighbors and loved ones, always putting them before himself. He will be missed by many. Friends and family may call on Richard Wednesday December 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the New Port Richey SDA Church 6424 Trouble Creek Rd. New Port Richey, Florida Friends are invited to join in a meal after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to HPH Hospice Foundation 12107 Majestic Blvd. Hudson, FL 34667

Kasprzak, Gloria

Gloria Kasprzak, 76, of Hudson, passed away on November 25, 2014.  She is survived by her sisters, Jeri Reimer and Agnes Valkenburg.