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Longboat Key Obituaries: Oct. 19, 2017

Dorothy Cole, Jodie Grossman, Jadwiga Zofia Mues, Bettye Chumley Boyer, Roland Carroll, Neva Kelley-Paesani and Pearl Kushner died.
by: Katie Johns Community Editor

Dorothy M. Cole

Dorothy Cole, of Longboat Key, died June 11.

Mrs. Cole married John Arnold Cole , a U.S. Air Force veteran and WWII prisoner of war. Together, the two raised their family in suburban New York. Mrs. Cole earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees, was a dedicated teacher certified in three subjects, enjoyed sports and traveling and was an active volunteer in various organizations.

In 1988, Mrs. Cole moved to Florida, where she served on the Selby Public Library board, was a member of Bird Key Yacht Club and a supporter of the arts. She was also an active member of All Angles by the Sea Episcopal Church, where she was involved in the choir, vestry and ECW.

Mrs. Cole is survived by her daughters, Helen Micchelli and Barbara Sparks; their spouses; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road.

Donations in memory of Mrs. Cole can be made to All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Pines of Sarasota Foundation, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, or Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.


Jodie Grossman

Jodie Grossman, 62, of Boston and Sarasota, died July 11.

Art came as naturally to Ms. Grossman as breathing did. She started making family greeting cards as early as kindergarten. Ms. Grossman almost flunked the third grade because she preferred drawing over arithmetic. She started writing poetry when she was 8, and her work was accepted in several publications.

Starting at the age of 8, Ms. Grossman was heavily influenced by John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. She commemorated the anniversary of each of their deaths with a poem or portrait.

She was caught up in “Camelot” and set her own goal in life to become the first female, first Jewish and youngest president of the United States. Her campaign button declared “A woman’s place is in the house — the White House.”

She had a 25-year legal practice that was devoted to poverty law, which fulfilled her promise to herself in serving those less fortunate.

During her free time, Ms. Grossman perfected her calligraphy skills and combined that with her love of Judaism and created Jewish holiday cards.

Ms. Grossman is survived by her parents, Bib and Al Grossman.

Memorial donations can be made to the Jodie Grossman Bone Marrow Transplant Program; Attn: Dr. Thomas Spitzer, 100 Cambridge St., #310, Boston, MA 02114.

A memorial service is scheduled to take place in November at Temple Beth Israel.


Jadwiga Zofia Mues

Jadwiga Zofia Mues, 96, of Greenville, S.C., died Oct. 6.

Mrs. Mues was born in Poznan, Poland, to Otton and Marie Pehr.

Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Mrs. Mues and her family were included in the mass deportation to forced labor camps in northeastern Russia. For 28 days, the family traveled in a cattle car, and they were interned for 18 months.

After Hitler attacked Russia in 1941, the Polish internees were released to find their way out of Russia. By fall 1942, Mrs. Mues and her family were in Tehran, Persia, now Iran.

During her journey to Persia, Mrs. Mues met and married Lt. Adam Pikor, who was also recently freed from a Russian camp. After seven months in Tehran, she joined the Polish army, which was attached to the British 8th Army. During her time of service, she served as a staff sergeant in North Africa and throughout the Italian campaign.

Because she had been attached to the British Forces, Mrs. Mues was eligible for education benefits, and she and her husband moved to London. After four years of study, she received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of London.

In 1950, the Mrs. Mues and Mr. Pikor sailed to New York City on the Queen Mary and settled in Summit, N.J. Mrs. Mues was the director of research and development for Reichhold Chemicals Inc. until her retirement in 1985.

In 1986, Adam Pikor died and in 1989, Mrs. Mues married Edward F. Mues in Summit, N.J.

In 1994, Mr. and Mrs. Mues moved to Longboat Key. There, they became active in cultural, social and charitable pursuits. They also began extensive world travel with annual trips and excursions. Their last adventure was in 2012, when they visited Poland, Vienna and Berlin.

In 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Mues moved to Greenville, S.C., to be near family.

Mrs. Mue is survived by her husband, Edward; stepchildren E. Craig Mues, Kathryn Spidel and Robert Mues; their spouses; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621


Bettye Chumley Boyer

Bettye Chumley Boyer, 86, of Bradenton, died Aug. 30.

She was born in Ozona to William Chester and Thelma Revels Roberts on Nov. 19, 1930.

She graduated from Sarasota High School in 1947 and then attended Ringling College of Art and Design, where she met her husband, John Chumley. The couple settled in Middletown, Va., with their four children. There, Mrs. Chumley taught art in the Frederick County school system.

In 1983, Mrs. Chumley opened Shenandoah Fine Arts Gallery. Following Mr. Chumley’s death in 1984, Mrs. Chumley continued growing the business.

In 1994, Mrs. Chumley married Charles “Chuck” Boyer. Together, they enjoyed ballroom dancing and extensive travel. Eventually, they relocated to Longboat Key.

Mrs. Chumley Boyer was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William A. Roberts.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck; brother Wayne Roberts; sons Wesley and Jeff Chumley; daughters Kathy Noffke and Bonnie Horst; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at


Roland E. Carroll

Roland Ellis Carroll, 84, of Sarasota, died Oct. 7.

Mr. Carroll was a retired firefighter and EMT from the Longboat Key Fire Department. He was a war veteran and served in the Army, Air Force and the Navy.

Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by his son, Matthew.

Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Margaret; son Patrick; daughter-in-law Cindy; granddaughter Abigail; and daughter-in-law Gini Smith.


Neva Kelley-Paesani

Neva Huber Kelley- Paesani, 80, of Rockford, Ill., died Oct. 5.

She was born on April 22, 1937, in Coffeen, Ill., to John and Mildred Huber.

Mrs. Kelley-Paesani graduated from Coffeen High School in 1955 and then attended Springfield College.

There, she met James Kelley. The two wed on June 22, 1957. In 1966, they moved to Rockford and owned Rockford Mercantile Agency from 1966 to 1993. The couple enjoyed traveling before Mr. Kelley’s death in 1992.

On Sept. 17, 1997, she married Peter A. Paesani on Longboat Key. They spent many winters on Longboat Key before Mr. Paesani’s death in January.

Mrs. Kelley-Paesani was involved in the Rockford Women’s Club, Rockford Garden Club and Holy Family Catholic Church. She made many friends in her Stitchers and Birthday groups.

Mrs. Kelley-Paesani was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Greg Lindmark.

She is survived by her children; Sheryl Lindmark and Sheila Eckermann; three grandchildren; sister Jane Mitchell; stepchildren Paula Paesani Blum, Peter Paesani and Patricia Paesani; and one step-grandchild.

Memorial donations can be made to OSF Healthcare, 5666 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108.

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