January 20, 2006


Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 10:58 p.m.

Rogers Brown

Elder Rogers Brown of Miami died Sunday at Northshore Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. He was 74.
Mr. Brown was born in Gainesville. He moved to Miami in the early 1950s.
He was a licensed tile-setter with Seminole Tile Co. and also formed an independent company, Spectra tile.
He was a member and later the pastor of the Hialeah Temple Church of God in Christ, which was renamed the Atkins Memorial Church of God in Christ at his suggestion. He served as chairman of the South Miami District of the Church of God in Christ for more than 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Brown of Miami; sons Ronald Brown of Florence, S.C., Marvin Brown of Gainesville, Ricky Brown of Miami, Levon Brown of Pascagoula, Miss., Rogers Brown Jr. and Nathaniel Austin Brown, both of Miami, and Christopher Brown of Atlanta; a daughter, Andrea Harris of Miami; a sister, Dorothy Brown Myers of Rutledge; brothers Callen Brown and Curlee Brown, both of Rutledge; 21 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Range Funeral Home in Miami.

Katherine Jones Danzy

Katherine Jones Danzy of Gainesville died Monday. She was 63.
Mrs. Danzy was born in Melrose and moved to Gainesville in the 1970s from Rochelle.
She was a retired cottage parent at Tacachale.
She was a member of University Deliverance Outreach Ministries, where she was a Mother of the church.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas L. Danzy of Gainesville; sons Darryl L. Jackson of Aiken, S.C., the Rev. Robert L. Willingham Jr. of Alachua and Elder Rodney Mosley of Gainesville; a daughter, Patricia Mosley of Alachua; stepsons Tray Danzy of Gainesville and Traven White of Lima, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Lakeisha White of Lima; a brother, Johnnie L. Barker of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and 11 stepgrandchildren.
Arrangements by Duncan Brothers' Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Rose Holtzman

Rose Holtzman of Atlanta died Jan. 5. She was 93.
Mrs. Holtzman was born in South Fallsburg, N.Y. She lived in Gainesville during the 1980s and 1990s. She moved to Atlanta after retiring.
While in Gainesville, she was the housemother for Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at the University of Florida for 15 years, and she received the Public Citizens Award from the Gainesville Police Department for her promotion of more lighting and safety on campus due to an increase in sexual assaults.
When she retired to Atlanta, she worked as a receptionist at her granddaughter's company, Mature Mart.
She was a founding member of the Fallsburg chapter of Hadassah and a member of the Fallsburg Chapter of B'nai Brith.
She loved reading and was active in politics.
Survivors include daughters Phyllis Abramson and Jane Weinstein both of Atlanta; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son in Atlanta.

Richard L. Keifer

Retired Master Sgt. Richard L. Keifer of Lake City died Wednesday at Lake City Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 78.
Master Sgt. Keifer was born in Nappanee, Ind., and moved to Lake City in August from Elkhart, Ind.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, and then in the U.S. Army from 1946-1968. He served in World War II and the Korean War.
He then worked for 20 years as a mechanic for Lochmandy Buick in Elkhart.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Elkhart.
He enjoyed working with leather. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Erma Jean Keifer of Lake City; a son, Richard Larry Keifer of Lake City; and a grandson.
Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.
The Gainesville Sun, January 20, 2006

Florence Maresca

  • Florence Maresca of Gainesville died Wednesday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 79.
    Mrs. Maresca was born in Teaneck, N.J., and moved to Gainesville in 1969.
    She was a retired secretary for Shands at the University of Florida.
    She was a Protestant. She enjoyed sewing. Survivors include a son, Michael Maresca of High Springs; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Alethea Kathryn Paul

    Alethea Kathryn Paul of Gainesville died Wednesday. She was 80.
    Mrs. Paul was born in Wheaton, Ill., and moved to Gainesville in 1994 from Cortland, N.Y.
    She was a member of the Naval Intelligence Service in the 1950s and worked at SHAPE headquarters in Paris. She was also a yeoman for Adm. Hyman G. Rickover and received the National Defense Service Medal, the European Occupation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
    She was a Lutheran. Survivors include her husband, Fritz Paul of Gainesville; daughters Anna-Lisa Paul of Gainesville and Karen Taylor of New York; a brother, Ralph Seel of Orlando; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Mildred Alice Spence

    Mildred Alice Spence of Gainesville died Wednesday at her home. She was 89.
    Mrs. Spence was born in Jasper and moved to Gainesville in 1940 from Jacksonville.
    She retired after 23 years from the Florida Department of Agriculture, and she also volunteered for the American Cancer Society for nine years.
    She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, George Spence Sr., and a daughter, Shirley Ann Harris.
    Survivors include a son, George Spence of Gainesville; brothers Andrew J. McGhin of DeLand and Harry McGhin of St. George Island; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Mary Wagner

    Mary Wagner of Rochester, Minn., died Dec. 18 at the Mayo Clinic-St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness. She was 82.
    Mrs. Wagner was born in Chicago. She grew up in Chicago and moved to Gainesville in 1970. She moved to Rochester in 1999 after retiring.
    She was an administrative assistant in the law office at the University of Florida. She retired in 1995.
    She was a Gator football fan, and enjoyed traveling and reading.
    She was preceded in death by husbands James Brodie and Francis P. Wagner.
    Survivors include sons Terrace Wagner of Bradley, Ill., Paul Wagner of Decatur, Ga., and Mark Wagner of Palm Harbor; a daughter, Suzanne Lagerwaard of Rochester; a sister, Louise Clarke of Rochester; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Macken Funeral Home in Rochester.

    Emilie R. Werner

    Emilie R. Werner of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 88.
    Mrs. Werner was born in Chicago and moved to Gainesville seven years ago from Oviedo.
    She was a retired licensed practical nurse.
    She was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Craig Werner of Gainesville; a daughter, Bernita McKinney of Gainesville; brothers Rudy Riemer and Willie Riemer, both of Park Ridge, Ill., and David Riemer of Houston; sisters Wilma Limper of Chicago and Mary Abbott of Park Ridge; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Charles Arthur Yahrling

    Charles Arthur Yahrling of Glendale, Ariz., died Monday. He was 89.
    Mr. Yahrling was born in Pittsburgh, and moved to Arizona in 2005 from Keystone Heights.
    He was a retired salesman. He served in the U.S. Army and he was a member of Keystone United Methodist Church.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Virginia Yahrling.
    Survivors include daughters Bettelou Watson of Glendale and Linda Calvert of Pittsburgh.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

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