January 21, 2006


Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Alan Robert Bechtold

  • Alan Robert Bechtold of Gainesville died Sunday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 59.
    Mr. Bechtold was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville in 2000 from Miami.
    He owned a printing company in Miami and worked as a Realtor.
    He enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Patricia R. Bechtold of Gainesville; a daughter, Rebecca Heinzmann of Gainesville; a son, Robert Bechtold of St. Augustine; his mother, Rita Bechtold of Gainesville; a sister, Judy Whyte of Ottawa, Canada; a brother, Peter Bechtold of Mililani, Hawaii; and one granddaughter.
    Arrangements by a Direct Cremations in Gainesville.

    Carolyn Elizabeth Bruning

  • Carolyn Elizabeth Bruning of Hawthorne died Friday in Gainesville. She was 94.
    Mrs. Bruning was born in New Haven, Conn., and moved to Gainesville 35 years ago. She recently moved to Hawthorne.
    She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Cosmos Club and made pillows for heart patients for 25 years in affiliation with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry John Bruning.
    Survivors include sons Henry Bruning of Gainesville, Christopher Bruning of Hawthorne and Brian Bruning of Rochester, N.Y.; a brother, William F. Gunther of Lady Lake; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Richard Dale Friedrich

  • Richard Dale Friedrich of Interlachen died Tuesday at Roberts Hospice Care Center following an extended illness. He was 67.
    Mr. Friedrich was born in Redwood Falls, Minn., and moved to Interlachen 20 years ago from Henderson, Texas.
    He served in the U.S. Army with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. He was a retired master carpenter and did carpentry jobs around Palatka and Interlachen.
    He was a Lutheran. He enjoyed fishing. Survivors include a daughter, Carla Friedrich Polaszek of Fort Lauderdale; sons Tyrone Reedus of Satsuma and Richard Dale Friedrich Jr. of East
    Palatka; the mother of his children, Nancy Friedrich Blevins of East Palatka; brothers Jerry Friedrich and David Friedrich, both of Vallejo, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

    Curtis Odell Jones

  • Curtis Odell "Mutt" Jones of Starke died Thursday at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center after an extended illness. He was 82.
    Mr. Jones was born in Green Cove Springs and was raised in Bradford County.
    He was a heavy equipment operator with Owens-Illinois.
    He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Jones of Starke; daughters Teresa Gainey of Ponte Vedra, Linda Crites of Crystal Lake, Cheryl Deese of St. Augustine and Debbie Rosier and Ginger Rosier, both of Lawtey; sons Ernest R. "Dick" Jones of St. Augustine and Robert W. Jones of Florahome; stepson Jimmy Starling of Starke; stepdaughters Janna Samon and Julie Martin, both of Starke; 26 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home in Starke.

    Sally Ann Brannon Turner Lauer

  • Sally Ann Brannon Turner Lauer of Gainesville died Jan. 14 at Park Meadows Health and Rehab in Gainesville. She was 53.
    Mrs. Lauer was born in Miami and lived most of her life in the Gainesville area.
    She worked in the fiscal office of the University of Florida Department of Zoology.
    Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Berg of Whitefield, N.H.; a brother, Todd Brannon of Keystone Heights; sisters Patty Smellen of Cross Creek and Sharon Sheets of Gainesville; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    John Thomas McNeill

  • John Thomas McNeill of Gainesville died Thursday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 55.
    Mr. McNeill was born in Clearwater and moved to Gainesville 42 years ago from Kansas.
    He was a courier for Mike's Book Store in Gainesville.
    Survivors include his father and stepmother, John and Martha McNeill of Archer; a brother, Sean McNeill of Gainesville; and a sister, Phyllis McNeill of McIntosh.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Pauline Law Smith

  • Pauline Law Smith of Cape Coral died Wednesday. She was 95.
    Mrs. Smith was born in Owensboro, Ky., and moved to Cape Coral in 1998 from Gainesville.
    She was a retired pediatric registered nurse.
    She was a member of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Gainesville Senior Center.
    She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by husbands James Courts Law and C.R. Smith Sr., and a son, James Donald Law Sr.
    Survivors include a son, Tom Law of St. Augustine; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers Funeral Home in Ocala.

    Mark H. Thompson

  • Mark H. Thompson of Cedar Key died Monday at Shands at the University of Florida after a lengthy illness. He was 44.
    Mr. Thompson was born in Duluth, Minn., and moved to Cedar Key more than eight years ago from Fitzgerald, Ga.
    He was a boat captain for Island Hopper Boat Tours in Cedar Key.
    He enjoyed gardening and fishing. Survivors include brothers Rick Thompson of Ocklawaha, Ray Thompson of Leesburg and Ralph Thompson of Astatula; and a sister, Jan-Marie Bagley of Fitzgerald.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Margie Brown Whitfield

  • Margie Brown Whitfield of Starke died Thursday at Shands at AGH of natural causes. She was 84.
    Mrs. Whitfield was born in Graham and moved to Starke 17 years ago from Tampa.
    She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Drew Whitfield, and a son, Gary Whitfield.
    Survivors include a daughter, Debby Husted of Starke; a son, Robert Whitfield of Punta Gorda; sisters Frances Keene and Tommie Edison, both of Tampa; a brother, D.O. Brown of Lawtey; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

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