Jan. 29, 2005

Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 9:51 p.m.

Joseph C. Lajoie

  • Joseph C. Lajoie of Starke died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 78.
    Mr. Lajoie was born in Bangor, Maine, and moved to Florida from New Hampshire in 1969. He was a retired correctional officer for Florida State Prison.
    Survivors include daughters Paremelie Lajoie of Keystone Heights and Vickie Sweat of Starke; sons Donald Lajoie of Middleburg and David Lajoie of Santa Monica, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Virginia D. Lancaster

  • Virginia D. Lancaster of Trenton died Friday at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton. She was 86.
    Mrs. Lancaster was born in Okeechobee and was a longtime resident of Trenton. She was a homemaker. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She also was a founding member of the Trenton Woman's Club and the Trenton Garden Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Trenton, where she was the former director of the children's nursery.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Howell E. Lancaster Sr., and daughters Margaret Lancaster and Charlotte Lancaster.
    Survivors include a daughter, Linda L. Parrish of Windermere; a son, Howell E. Lancaster Jr. of Trenton; three grandchildren; and four great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home in Trenton.

    Wesley Hyrman Petty

  • Wesley Hyrman Petty of Old Town died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 86.
    Mr. Petty moved to Dixie County from Orlando in 1962. He worked in the construction industry as a home builder. He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 325 and the Bass Masters Association. He was a member of McCrabb Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Mildred L. Petty of Old Town; sons Wesley Dwain Petty of Chokoloskee, Lawrence Dwight Petty of Old Town; daughters Joyce Virginia Harris of Fernandina Beach and Wanda Cornelia Duck of Chiefland and Mildred Gail Grissett of Old Town; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Noelle Richardson

  • Noelle Richardson of Gainesville died Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida from breast cancer. She was 49.
    Mrs. Richardson was born in Marlborough, N.H., and moved to Gainesville from Albany, N.Y., more than four years ago. She was a nurse at Hospice of North Central Florida. She was a devotee of Syda yoga. She was a supporter of the Humane Society and other area pet rescue organizations. She was a member of Kanapaha Presbyterian Church.
    Survivors include her husband, David Vowell of Gainesville; her mother, Priscilla Richardson of Marlborough; a brother, Clifford Richardson Jr. of Albuquerque; and sisters Amy Richardson and Christina Richardson, both of Marlborough.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Goldie Alberta Stevens

  • Goldie Alberta Stevens of Chelsea, Mich., died Sunday at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was 82.
    Mrs. Stevens was born in Zanesfield, Ohio, and moved to Michigan from Gainesville in 1995. She retired from the Michigan Division of Allstate Insurance Co. in 1983, where she worked as a payroll supervisor. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
    Survivors include her husband, Vincent William Stevens of Chelsea; a son, Mark H. Stevens of Orange Park and Karen J. Dalton of Romulus, Mich.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea, Mich.

    William Clifford Thompson

  • William Clifford Thompson of Silver Springs died Wednesday at Ocala Regional Medical Center. He was 73.
    Mr. Thompson was born in Nimishillen, Ohio, and moved to Silver Springs from Warren, Ohio, in 1966. He was a former banker and small business owner and served in the U.S. Air Force.
    Local survivors include a daughter, Diana Darr of Gainesville; and three grand- children.
    Arrangements by Hiers Funeral Home in Ocala.

    Ruth Marler Vandergriff

  • Ruth Marler Vandergriff of Hawthorne died Thursday in Gainesville. She was 88.
    Mrs. Vandergriff was born in Dayton, Tenn., and moved to Hawthorne from Raiford in 1980. She was a retired secretary for the federal civil service and worked in various locations in the United States. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Hawthorne.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Edward F. "Buck" Vandergriff.
    Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Dyksterhouse of High Springs; a twin sister, Ruby Delashmitt of Anchorage and a sister, Audry Harris of Nashville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Hawthorne Funeral Home.
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