Feb. 1, 2004


Published: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 9:30 p.m.

William George Altsman

William George Altsman of Gainesville died Friday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. He was 80.

Mr. Altsman was born in Beaver Falls, Pa., and moved to Gainesville

in 1983.

He owned a trucking business and was a member of Beaver Falls Elks and Civil Conservation Corp. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of High Springs.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ellen Altsman of Gainesville; daughters Barbara Ellen Shumaker of Cranberry Township, Pa., and Jodi Lorraine Rall of Nashville, Tenn.; sons James Altsman of Ellwood City, Pa., and Fred Altsman of Fombell, Pa.; sisters Laura Osman of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Mary Jane Thompson of New Brighton, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Leola Mabel Duncan

Leola Mabel Duncan of Bradenton died Thursday at Bradenton Health Care. She was 81.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Waldo. She lived most of her life in Gainesville and moved to Bradenton five years ago.

She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Joseph Duncan.

Survivors include daughters Linda Martin of Bradenton and Barbara Jean Littlefield of Gainesville; a son, Donald James Duncan of Brandon; brothers Claude Leonard White, Robert L. "Bob" White and Richard White, all of Gainesville, and Teddy White of Louisville, Ky.; sisters Ann Marie White of Gainesville and Mildred Hunter of Hague; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

Foy Mae Hilton

Foy Mae Hilton of Williston died Friday at her daughter's residence. She was 64.

Mrs. Hilton was born in Fort White and moved to the Williston area more than 35 years ago from Miami.

She was a Wal-Mart associate for more than 15 years at the Archer Road Store in Gainesville. She enjoyed her animals, gardening and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her longtime companion Gilbert Guitterez of Bronson; a son, Charles Orlo Hilton Jr. of Lake Panasoffkee; daughters Cheryl Ann Johnson of Bushnell, Lynn Coviello of Williston, Gwen Williams of Williston and Charlene Ashley of Archer; a brother, Teddy McCormick of Ocala; sisters Katherine Brooks of Dothan, Ala., and Bonnie Faye of Dunnellon and Carolyn Mack of Archer; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.

George Elmo Lewis

George Elmo Lewis of Alachua died Saturday at the Woodlands Care Center. He was 89.

Mr. Lewis was a lifelong resident of Alachua. He was a retired farmer and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Inez Lewis of Alachua; a daughter, Norma Valdes of Alachua; a son, Edward Lewis of Ocala; a brother, Lonnie Lewis of Alachua; a sister, Madyoline Love of Alachua; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

William Frederick Ganskopp

William Frederick Ganskopp of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 88.

Mr. Ganskopp was born in Nanticoke, Pa., and moved to Gainesville from Tryon, N.C., in 1978.

He was an engineer, an inventor and an entrepreneur. He received a degree in physics from Lafayette College Easton in Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of World War II and a captain of the 703rd Engineers.

He was a career engineer, a natural gas executive and a primary price negotiator for Exxon Corp. He also was founder and chairman of Gan-Ed Corp., and was a co-inventor and patentee of Kangaroo Katty brands of motorized golf carts.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Neale I. Ganskopp, and a daughter, Jennifer Freeman.

Survivors include his wife, Bertelle Ganskopp of Gainesville; a son, Daryl Ganskopp of Waynesville, N.C.; stepdaughters Linda Myrick of Gainesville and Patti Right of Westminster, Colo.; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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