Mary Lee Lyons
Mary Lee Lyons, 82, of Longboat Key, died April 27.
She was a homemaker and served as team-leader volunteer at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum. She enjoyed fishing, boating and walking. She was an avid needle-pointer and loved stone crabs.
Barbara Stevens Patterson
Barbara Stevens Patterson, 80, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died April 27. She was the wife of the late Longboat Key mayor and retired U.S. Army Major Gen. James “Jim” Patterson. She was involved with volunteer and charity work with the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and Project Literacy. She was an avid tennis player at the Longboat Key Club and Resort and Bird Key Yacht Club and enjoyed traveling, cooking, sailing, involvement with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and spending time with her grandchildren.
Alan George Braxton
Alan George Braxton, 72, of Longboat Key and formerly of University Park and Lehigh-on-Sea, England, died May 2. Mr. Braxton was a retired chartered accountant and enjoyed playing tennis and his clarinet.
Miriam Kellner Bazelon Knox
Miriam Kellner Bazelon Knox, 96, of Washington, D.C., and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 21. She founded the first nonsectarian interracial child guidance clinic in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Jewish Social Services Agency, of which she served as the first female president. She was a founding staff member of Head Start and also established one of the country’s first children’s reading festivals in Sarasota.
Dorothea Hall, 83, of Bradenton and formerly of Philadelphia, Cape Point May, N.J., and Longboat Key, died May 29. She was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton and a longtime volunteer for Woman’s Exchange Inc. She was a resident of Freedom Village in Bradenton.
Charles Koblentz, 93, of Longboat Key, died April 30. He began his career working in government, but his career was cut short when he was investigated in the late 1940s by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on grounds of guilt by association, charges of which he was acquitted. He later became vice president of the American Trading and Production Co. He enjoyed traveling and long walks.
Kathryn White Stewart
Kathryn White Stewart, 93, of Hilton Head, S.C., and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 2. Mrs. Stewart was one of the few women of her generation to earn a master’s degree and was an avid world-traveler. She lived in India for 19 years and also lived in Spain and Saudi Arabia for a brief period.
Robert ‘Bob’ Twyman
Robert “Bob” Twyman, 88, of Longboat Key, died May 9. Twyman was a Longboat Harbour resident since 1984 and served on the Longboat Key Town Commission from 1991 to 1993 and was instrumental in guiding the search for a new town manager. He served as president of the Republican Club of Longboat Key and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key.
John Spanos, 83, of Erie, Pa., and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 2. He was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young and retired from the partnership in September 1998. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Longboat Key Club and Resort.
Willie Jackson Jr.
Willie Jackson Jr., 60, of Sarasota, died June 7. He served for 20 years as a Longboat Key police officer and was honored as the 2009 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Police Officer of the Year.
Andrew Scherman, 52, of St. Petersburg and formerly of Sarasota, died June 8. He worked at the state attorney’s office in Sarasota and went on to run a private practice for 14 years. After retiring from law, he became a professional chess coach/teacher and tournament organizer. He was the son of Annette Scherman and stepson of former Longboat Key Mayor Robert Drohlich.
Cornelia Huff Cosbar
Cornelia Huff Cosbar, 68, of Longboat Key and formerly of Larchmont, N.Y., died June 13. She graduated from Centenary College for Women in Hackensack, N.J. She was a past member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and a longtime member of the Junior League.
David Cohen, 81, of Longboat Key, died June 18. He worked in the leather industry with the former Fermon Leather Co., in Peabody, Mass., and later became president and owner of North Shore Medical Transcriptions Inc., in Peabody. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel.
Robert Story Schley Sr.
Robert Story Schley Sr., 89, of Fox Point, Wis., and Longboat Key, died June 19. He founded Robert S. Schley & Associates, a real-estate appraiser firm, in 1950. He was a board member of the Whitney Beach Association and a founding member of Cedars Tennis Club.
Estella Lilly, 85, of Sarasota Bay Club and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 24. Mrs. Lilly and her husband, Jim, moved in 1957 to Longboat Key and converted a fruit stand into The Beach Cart, which was the island’s only full-service grocery store for many years. Over the next three decades, the couple built the Sea Stable, a sportswear shop, along with rental properties. Mrs. Lilly played piano at many places, including the Longboat Island Chapel when it was located at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
June Peterson Beigbeder
June Peterson Beigbeder, 72, of Longboat Key, died June 26. She was a former resident of Dedham, Mass.
Irving Eison, 84, of Longboat Key, died June 25. He worked for 25 years at Dunkin’ Donuts, ultimately becoming vice president of product marketing and development as the company expanded its menu beyond doughnuts and coffee. In 1972, he saw the waste of the dough from the hole of the doughnut as a marketing opportunity and created the still-popular “Dunkin’ Munchkin,” of which more than 70 million are sold every year. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel and volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Mote Marine Aquarium.
Lois Rosenthal, 81, of Longboat Key, died June 26. She was a former resident of Buffalo, N.Y., and Cincinnati.
Shirley Jean Schneider-Behrendt
Shirley Jean Schneider-Behrendt, 82, of Longboat Key, died July 14. She was a former resident of Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Mary Louise Redding
Mary Louise Redding, 99, Longboat Key, died July 16. She was a former resident of Mount Lebanon, Pa.
Dolores Ann Kapernarnos
Dolores Ann Kapernarnos, 81, of Longboat Key, died July 18. She is remembered as a loving mother, spouse and grandmother.
Elaine Rutledge Hover
Elaine Rutledge Hover, formerly of Longboat Key, died July 22.
Marguerita Ann ‘Peggy’ Myford Gadoury
Marguerita Ann “Peggy” Myford Gadoury, 63, of Longboat Key, died July 24. She was a former resident of St. Petersburg.
John ‘Dutch’ Martin Arends
John “Dutch” Martin Arends, 86, of Longboat Key, died July 30. He joined the Dutch Resistance as a teenager during World War II and was later recognized for his courageous efforts. He immigrated in 1952 to the U.S. and established five retail home appliance operations in the Fort Lauderdale area that were for many years known as “Dutch’s.” He served as president of the Longbeach Village Association and the Longboat Key Garden Club and was a longtime volunteer at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
Loris Birnkrant, 92, of Longboat Key and Birmingham, Mich., died July 30. She was a volunteer with the Sarasota Music Festival and active in the Sarasota Opera, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. She enjoyed walking the beach and exploring Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Col. Clarence Henry ‘C.H.’ Kemp
Col. Clarence Henry “C.H.” Kemp, 94, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 1. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army in a career that took him to Korea and Vietnam before his final duty station in Washington, D.C. He served as executive director of First Step of Sarasota from 1976 to 1991. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key and St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.
Robert Louis Schroeder
Robert Louis Schroeder, 84, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 3. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Longboat Island Chapel and the Republican Club of Longboat Key and sat on the board of directors for Junior Achievement.
Ruth Meyfarth, 95, of Longboat Key and Bradenton, died Aug. 14. She was a secretary for an insurance company until she had children. She was active in the Republican Women’s Club and garden clubs and volunteered at a veterans hospital.
Betty Corn, 89, of Longboat Key and Sioux City, Iowa, and Langhorne, Pa., died Aug. 23. She joined the U.S. Navy as a nurse in 1945. It was there that she met her husband, Herman, a dentist. She and her husband enjoyed traveling abroad, often as Dr. Corn lectured on periodontics. The Corns were active in Temple Beth Sholom and the Wellness Foundation.
Marie Barr, 88, of Plymouth Harbor and formerly of Highland Park, Ill., and Bennington, Vt., died Aug. 28. Mrs. Barr was born in Budapest and founded Barr Electric Corp. with her husband, Stephen, in 1962. She was a member of the G.WIZ — The Science Museum Board of Directors and a former umpire for the USTA.
Florence Mann, 91, of Canton, Mass., and formerly of New Bedford, Mass., and Longboat Key, died Sept. 1. She graduated from Simmons College, in Boston, and owned and operated women’s apparel stores in New Bedford with her husband, Howard.
Joseph Corben, 85, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 10. His service in the U.S. Army earned him a Combat Infantry Badge, a European Theater Badge with three battle stars and Bronze Star. He received a Purple Heart for an injury he sustained during the Battle of the Bulge. He went on to become an accountant and, later, a partner in a public relations firm. Earlier this year, the French government awarded Mr. Corben the Legion of Honor medal in recognition of his fighting for the liberation of France during World War II.
Lenore Benderly, 80, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 18. She was a former resident of Potomac, Md.
Sol Levites, 96, of Sarasota, died Sept. 22.
Allen Barkey, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 24. Born in Istanbul, Mr. Barkey immigrated to the United States at 17. He served in the U.S. Army and ran Barkey Importing Co. with his wife, Henrietta. The company introduced the United States to Turkish apricots. Mr. Barkey was fluent in five languages and loved to travel. He was an opera buff and an avid history reader who loved swimming in the ocean and riding his three-wheel recumbent bike.
Alice Louise Barton
Alice Louise Barton, 88, of Sarasota, died Sept. 30. She was a former resident of Ohio, Michigan and Longboat Key.
Caleb Livingston Batten
Caleb Livingston Batten, 90, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 6.
Hermine Silver, 79, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 7. She was a former resident of Franklin, Mich.
Fred Martin, 92, of Sarasota, died Oct. 11. He was a former resident of St. Joseph, Mich., and Flint, Mich.
Dr. James Henry Allison
Dr. James Henry Allison, 92, of Bradenton, died Oct. 12. He was a former resident of Longboat Key and Gettysburg, Pa.
Harriet Dorothy Hanover Glasspiegel
Harriet Dorothy Hanover Glasspiegel, 93, of Longboat Key and formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., died Oct. 13. She and her late husband, Jerry, enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. In retirement, Mrs. Glasspiegel enjoyed tennis, painting and volunteer work.
Robert Oliver Hughes
Robert Oliver Hughes, 95, of Bradenton and formerly of Flint, Mich., died Oct. 13. He was a former engineer for General Motors and a member of Longboat Island Chapel.
Jim Brown, 90, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 14. He was a journalist for 64 years who began his career in Jackson, Mich., where he met his wife, Marjorie. The Browns lived in Milwaukee, Omaha, Neb., and Dallas before moving in 1976 to Longboat Key. He served six years on the Longboat Key Town Commission, including four years as mayor, and championed projects such as the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and beach renourishment. Brown received the 1992 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key “Citizen of the Year Award.” He spent the past 12 years highlighting Key issues as an editorial writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Daniel Curran, 81, of Longboat Key and formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Cincinnati, died Oct. 18. He was an active volunteer with SPARCC for many years.
Stuart Curtiss Allen
Stuart Curtiss Allen, 102, of Bradenton, died Oct. 19. He was a former resident of Longboat Key.
Pamela Mary Guthrie
Pamela Mary Guthrie, 85, of Sarasota, died Oct. 24. She was a former resident of London and Longboat Key.
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