Saturday, April 22, 2017

Karen Ruth Laisch

Karen Ruth Laisch, 72, of Orlando, passed away Monday, April 17th, 2017 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. She was born in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late Clara and William Strelow and was employed as a restaurant server and clerical worker.

She is predeceased by P.J. Laisch (2015) and leaves to cherish her memory, husband Frank Laisch of Orlando; three daughters, Angela (David) Cole, Paige Morgan,  Amy (George) Stockman all of Orlando; three sons, Tony (Beccy) Laisch, of St. Cloud, Frank Laisch, III of Orlando,  Mark (Janet) Laisch of Washington, DC; and 11 grandchildren.   

A memorial services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church located at 7900 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am.   



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Josephine Mary (Joanne) Hunting

Dearest Mummy of Sarah
A loving Grandma,
Mother-in-law and a wonderful friend to many.

Joanne age 75, passed away April 9, 2017 in Coggesshall, Essex with her daughter by her side, to join her beloved husband Denis in Heaven.


The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday April 27, 2017 at St. Peter ad Vincula, Church Green, Coggeshall,  Essex.  Joanne will be laid to rest at Wigston Cemetery, Welford Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE183TE, at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 28,2017.

Flowers or donations received for Farleigh Hospice c/o A Birkin & Sons, Market End, Coggeshall, Essex CO61NH.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ralph Vincent Porto

Ralph Porto, age 89 of Orlando, passed away on April 17, 2017.  He was born in Aurora, IL and has lived in Orlando since the 1950's.  He enjoyed playing pool, golfing, traveling, singing kareoke with his friends and rooting on his New York Yankees.  He was a life member of Aurora, IL Moose International Lodge #400, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Orlando Post 19 American Legion.  He is survived by his sisters, Helen Langford of Orlando, Mary (Larry) Hayes of Springfield, IL; brother Dominick Porto of Jacksonville, FL.; and nephew Richard Langford of Atlanta, GA.  Public visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando at 9:30 am, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 am.  Interment will be at Glen Abbey Cemetery in Auburndale, FL at 1:30 pm.   

Mahadeo Persaud

Mahadeo Persaud, age 88 passed away April 13, 2017.  He was born in Helenaz, Guyana the son of Bagatsaran and Jasmatie Persaud. Mahadeo was employed as an agricultural manager.

Mahadeo leaves to cherish his memory, 10 children, Merl, Davo, Dia, Nehru, Ann, Haimo, Chaits, Mandod, Moni and Shoba; 4 daughter-in-laws Jasmin, Lorna Shanta, Debbie; 6 son-in-laws Jaggie, Vish, Ricky, Victor, Guy, Pradeep; 21 grandchildren Renee, Shammy, Anand, Christina, Prabha, Vidushi, Amlata, Yunita, Devi, Vandana, Priya, Eshani, Renita, Pravish, Davida, Victoria, Yinka, Tony, Izzat, Stephanie, Andrew; 14 great grandchildren Saurav, Shreya, Sudhir, Amisha, Avani, Adhiraj, Malcolm Vidyanand, Ajai, Aara, Liam, Mila, Kaizen, Vanya, Payden.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm and followed by the funeral service on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 9:00 until 11:00 am at Dobbs Funeral Home.   Interment will follow the service on Tuesday at Metro Crematory in Ocoee.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cathryn Elizabeth Bryant

Cathryn Elizabeth Bryant of Winter Garden, Florida went home to be with the Lord after her battle with brain cancer on April 5 at 7:50 PM.

Cathy was born in Texas on March 25, 1963.  She moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, at age 12 with her sister (Cindi) and parents (WB and Martha Cox).  There she met and married her high school sweetheart and husband of 34 years.  Bart and Cathy have two daughters (Kristen and Michelle) and two son-in-laws (Zach and Justin).  They also have two grandsons (Rylan and Shea) and one granddaughter on the way (Aubrey).

Cathy had a passion for children’s ministry and worked on staff at the First Baptist Church of Windermere until she decided to travel with Bart full-time on the PGA Tour.

Cathy was extremely outgoing and had the gift of hospitality.  She had a natural way of reaching out to everyone.  She always remembered names!  She loved to laugh.  She loved her family deeply.  She loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind and strength.  Cathy, your friends and family miss you so much but are glad that today you are truly healed!  And we celebrate your new life!

Cathy’s Celebration of Life Ceremony will be at the Church at the Cross in Orlando on Monday, April 10, at 2:00 pm.

Receiving line starts at 1:00 pm.

Reception following the service. 

In lieu of flowers any donations should be made to The House of Hope Orlando, would be appreciated.  P.O. Box 560484, Orlando FL 32856.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Charlene Courtenay Blanton

Charlene Courtenay Blanton, 83, Orlando, passed away Tuesday, April 4. Born in Cornelia, GA, she was the daughter of the late Alene McCorvey Courtenay and William Calvin Courtenay.  She is survived by her devoted family, daughters Belinda Blanton Gowen and Vicki Blanton, grandchildren Joshua DeLoach, Angela Gowen, Elijah DeLoach, Karen Gowen and six great grandchildren, and brother Dr Bradley Courtenay. 

She was formerly with Canteen Food Services and a member of the Pinecastle Garden Club.  She was a longtime member of the Concord St Church of Christ. Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 6 at 11:30 at the Concord St Church of Christ downtown Orlando.  She will be buried  at Sunset Hill in Valdosta, GA. Graveside service to be held at 11:30 Saturday, April 8.   Arrangements coordinated by Dobbs Funeral Home, Orlando and McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta, GA.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cecilia Denise Warrington

Cecilia Denise Warrington, age 54, of Orlando passed away Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. She was born in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of Annie (Rogers) and Leroy Smith, Jr.and was a wife and homemaker.

Cecilia is predeceased by her daughter Heaven Warrington (2001) and leaves to cherish her memory husband, Jerome Warrington; two daughters, Jessica Smith, Joanna Warrington all of Orlando; two sons Jamel Smith of Okeechobee,  Darren Warrington of Orlando; sister Valerie Singleton of Philadelphia; and 6 grandchildren

The funeral service will be held 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at Dobbs Funeral Home. 

Regina Barbara Yuskoski Graeber

Regina Barbara Yuskoski Graeber passed unexpectedly in her peaceful sleep in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the age of 100 and a half.  Regina was born on September 15, 1916 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, to grocery store owners (of 49 years) Edna & Louis Yuskoski. Regina witnessed in her early years a parade celebrating the end of World War I, a local speech by Thomas Edison, and survived the Great Depression.  She graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1932 and married the (late) Robert Graeber Sr.  In 1940 she moved to Shamokin, Pennsylvania where she lived in the same house on the side of a mountain for 74 years, raising six children.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Her family was blessed to have witnessed the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Regina and Robert decades ago. 

Regina was active in Shamokin community activities, including the choir of Mother Cabrini Church, Choraleers, the Polka Mass Choir, the St Edwards/ Mother Cabrini Church and Funeral Mass Choirs.  She was a devoted wife and mother and a prayerful devout Catholic all her life (she would make 7 lemon meringue pies at a time for church events).  She was also known for her fabulous garden which bloomed especially bright in the spring with daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocuses. The last 22 years of her life she called Shamokin, PA and also Orlando, FL home (to be more involved with family).  She even joined the church choir at Holy Family in Orlando.  Her love of music has inspired and touched family and friends for generations.  Regina started playing electric guitar at the age of 57!  In her final years she started painting and also did quite well! 

Her 100th birthday celebration in September of 2016 brought her family together for a joyful centennial celebration of her life.  In her 100 years, Regina Graeber brought life and love to countless people, including her immediate family: her late husband, Robert Graeber Sr; daughter Barbara Braubitz (of Auburn, NY), and her three children and two grandchildren; daughter Margaret Combe Barstow (of Southlake, Texas) and her three children and seven grandchildren; daughter (late) Gloria Graeber; son Robert Graeber Jr. (of Lititz, PA) and his two children and one grandchild; son Bruce Graeber (of Washington, DC) and his two children; and daughter Laura Wideman (of Orlando, FL) and her four children and two grandchildren—and a baby on the way!

Even at 100 years old, Regina Graeber’s eyes sparkled to hear and tell stories and events about the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that were passed along through the “Graeber-vine.”  Regina didn’t miss a beat! She loved to share wisdom and family stories, past and present, and in her sweet sing-song Eastern accent would say, “Oh honey, I’ll tell ya…”  Regina is singing with the choir of angels now, and our loss is heaven’s gain!

The family will be receiving friends from 9:30 - 10:30 am, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL with Father Leo Hodges officiating.


Shirley Delores Edwards

Shirley Delores Edwards was born in Brewton, Alabama on December 19, 1943 and died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. She was the second of seven children born to the late Prince Albert Edwards and the late Evangelist Rosie Beth Edwards.  

She attended Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. Professionally, she worked in various occupations as a mixologist, a geriatrics nurse’s assistant, an international model, and a professional secretary for many years.   

Shirl or Shelly who her dad and close friends sometimes called her, often was the life of a social gathering.  She had a passion for dancing, listening to oldies music, and movies.  She often spoke of her favorite sport, wrestling (The Rock, The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin were some of her favorites).  She had a God given talent for fashion, interior decorating, cooking, being a make-up artist, but most of all, being a grandmother.   She was a phenomenal hair stylist and taught many women how to use make-up, and wear and take care of a wig.     

Shirley loved the word of God as she read and studied her bible daily.  Her beautiful smile, warm heart, and gentle touch often was illustrated in her giving as she helped people as much as she could.   

Shirley leaves to cherish her memory, two children: Kerwin V. Edwards and Ruth Edwards Scandrett (Stanley); six grandchildren: Ronald Paramore, Angelette Washington, Rodrick Paramore, Brandon Paramore, El’Keturah Scandrett, and Stanley Elijah Scandrett; three great grandchildren: Gregory, Alvin, and Aden; five sisters: Carrie J. Heard, Mary E. Sanders, Lillie R. Farmer, Glenda L. Baker, and Brenda M. Edwards; one brother, Albert L. Edwards (deceased) and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, and friends.   

In lieu of flowers, honorary donations may be made in Shirley’s' name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marc William Durocher

Marc William Durocher, age 7, of Orlando, FL passed away Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.   Marc was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Haiti on September 26, 2009, the son of Eloge (Eveillard)  and David Durocher.   He was a student at Pine Hills Elementary, member of Church at the Cross and Children in Harmony.  

Marc leaves to cherish his memory, parents Eloge and David Durocher;  two brothers, Howard Durocher , Rocky Hendy Durocher all of Orlando;  paternal grandmother Isenalie Angerville; maternal grandmother  Ertha Simeon both of Haiti.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at Church at the Cross  with Pastor Clayton Cloer officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service on Saturday at Winter Garden Cemetery. 

Linda Kay Legler Mueller

Linda Kay Legler Mueller, age 66, originally of Monroe,WI, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at her home in Orlando, Florida, with her loving husband at her side. She is predeceased by both parents, Harold Legler and Ethel Stopka Legler,  and two brothers, Ricky Allen Legler and John David Legler,  all of Monroe. She is survived by her husband DuWayne Kenneth Mueller, originally of Falls Creek, WI, her step-mother, Agnes (Leuzinger) Legler, one brother Raymond Keith Legler (Ruth), and two sisters, Vickie Lynn Legler Huston (Wayne, deceased), and Sherrie Sue Legler Tschannen (Peter), all of Monroe, and a sister, Cindy Lee Legler Rodriguez (Arturo) of Sugar Grove, IL, three step-sisters, Terri Joyner of Colorado, Lauri Gutzmer (Phil), and Wendi Thoman (Guy) , both of Monticello, WI, several loving aunts, an uncle, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Linda was an active member of First Baptist Church of Central Florida and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  


Memorial services will be at Church at the Cross – Orlando at 11:00 am Saturday, April 1, 2017. For more information on Church At The Cross Orlando, click on this link - http://catcorlando.com/