Jan. 4, 2003


Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 3, 2003 at 10:05 p.m.

Bonita Westberry Carstens

Bonita Westberry "Bonnie" Carstens of Gainesville died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 77.
Mrs. Carstens was born in Mayo and came here from Bethesda, Md., in 1959. She was a retired payroll manager at the University of Florida. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Robert H. Carstens III of Melrose; sisters Pat Fields of Tallahassee, Bernice Edwards and Shirley Cutrer, both of Perry, and Barbara Jean Blackmon of Sumter, S.C.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Johnny Dawson

HIGH SPRINGS - Johnny Dawson died at his home Friday from cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Dawson was born in Alachua and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was shift leader at the Energizer Battery Plant.
He was a 1958 graduate of Santa Fe High School and a member of New Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a Bible scholar.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Dawson of High Springs; a son, Glenn Dawson of High Springs; a daughter, Diana Hall of High Springs; a sister, Mary Frances Jones of Alachua; five grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

James P. Hart Sr.

LIVE OAK - James P. Hart Sr. died Friday at his home after a long illness. He was 84.
Mr. Hart was born in Suwannee County and retired from Live Oak Tractor Co. after 18 years as parts manager. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Westwood Baptist Church in Live Oak.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hart of Live Oak; daughters Marshal Hitchock, Nancy Warren and Shirley Hurst, all of Live Oak; a son, James P. Hart Jr. of Live Oak; sisters Mandy Ward of Jacksonville and Carrie Hingson of Live Oak; nine grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home.

Anne L. Hornberger

Anne L. Hornberger of Gainesville died Friday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 71.
Mrs. Hornberger was born in New London, Conn., and came to Gainesville from Brewer, Maine, in 1969. She was an occupational therapist and social worker.
She graduated from Oberlin College and was active in peace, social justice and hospice movements. She was a board member of Florida Free Speech Forum, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Memorial Society of Alachua County. She greatly admired the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Dr. Robert H. Hornberger of Gainesville; a daughter, Lynn D. Hinely of Gainesville; a son, Todd L. Hornberger of Gainesville; a brother, William W. Lyman of York Harbor, Maine; sisters Arabelle Stearns of Falls Church, Va., and Jean Lanxner of Silver Spring, Md.; and one grandchild.
Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.

Lillian Elizabeth McGaughey

Lillian Elizabeth McGaughey of Gainesville died Tuesday. She was 90.
Mrs. McGaughey was born in Bedford, Va., and moved to Gainesville from Eustis in 2001. She was a lunchroom worker and homemaker.
She was a 60-year member of First United Methodist Church of Eustis.
Survivors include daughters Rhea McGaughey of Gainesville and Gail Adams of Ocoee; a brother, Jack Patterson of Bedford, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Directors.

Elsie Mildred Messerschmidt

Elsie Mildred Messerschmidt of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 87.
Mrs. Messerschmidt was born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and came here from Hendersonville, N.C., in 1987. She was a retired bookkeeper with Kiegel Trucking, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Messerschmidt.
Survivors include sons David Messerschmidt of Baltimore and Daniel Messerschmidt of Lynchburg, Va.; a daughter, Dianne Buhr of Gainesville; sisters Edna Boll of Walnut, Iowa and Celia Bargenquast of Shelby, Iowa; a brother, Carl Kiesel of Shelby, Iowa; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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