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Longboat Key Obituaries

Aram Avanoglu, John Lewis, Anthony Marrelli, Robert Patrick Rahaim, Richard Joseph Sennott, Alberta Sherman and Madge D. Thomas died.

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Aram Avanoglu

Aram Avanoglu, 95, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 20.


Thomas Patrick Greeley

Thomas Patrick Greeley, 37, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 25.

He was born in Neptune, N.J., and moved to Longboat Key in 2002.

He was a graduate of St. Rose Grammar School and St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J., and attended Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

Mr. Greeley was an avid reader and enjoyed scuba diving, fishing, soccer and movies. He owned Key Video Store.

He is survived by parents, Thomas and Judith; twin brother Timothy; sister-in-law Lauren; two nieces; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


John Lewis

John “Jack” Lewis of Longboat Key, and formerly Chicago, died Jan. 3.

Jack was a former employee of the Chicago Title and Trust Co. and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie, and children Thomas and Margaret.

He is survived by his granddaughter, Jaina Shaw; grandson Marcus Lewis; their spouses; and great-grandson Thomas Shaw.


Anthony Marrelli

Anthony Marrelli, 95, of Sarasota, died Dec. 12. 

He was born in Glasco, N.Y., one of nine children.

He was a Korean War veteran, a professional skater and an accomplished businessman. He owned several business including the Spring Lake Roller Rink in Kingston, N.Y..

He moved to the area with his wife, Melania, in 1977. He ran a personal service, drove cars and worked at Seaplace on Longboat Key. He retired at age 93 saying “work was his hobby.”

He is survived by his children, Barbara Peterson, Karen Bomar and Stephen Madison; their spouses; nephew Thomas Misasi; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Robert Patrick Rahaim

Robert Rahaim, 77, of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., died Dec. 6. 

He was born on Nov. 25, 1939, to Samuel and Rosemund Rahaim.

He was an avid boater and enjoyed spending his summers on Lake St. Clair and his winters on Longboat Key. His passion was spending time with his family, especially around the holidays.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Patricia.

He is survived by sons, Robert and Douglas; daughter, Kimberly Llaneza; sister, Ann Bradley; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Richard Joseph Sennott

Richard Sennott, 90, of Longboat Key and formerly, Northfield, Ill., died Dec. 23.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; children, Richard Steven, Arthur Christopher, Robert Bradley and Jeffrey Douglas; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, 60660.


Alberta Sherman

Alberta Sherman, 87, of Harleysville, Pa., died Jan. 3.

She was born in Philadelphia to the late Michael and Tekla Prokopovich.

She worked as a commercial artist at Sterns Printing in Philadelphia and was an avid painter and woodcarver.

Alberta spent her winters on Longboat Key and was involved with the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. She loved to travel with her husband, but her true passion was her family and spending time with them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; son Michael Mark Sherman; brother John Prokop; and sisters Gertrude Bunadona and Albina Sikora. She is survived by her daughters; Joyce Anne Sherman and Carol Jeanette Sherman; their spouses; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, P. O. Box 222, Conshohocken, Pa., 19428.


Madge D. Thomas

Madge Thomas of Warren, Mich., and formerly, Longboat Key, died Dec. 18.

Madge was a high-fashion model in the Detroit area in the late 1950s and early 1960s with her identical twin sister, Margie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reid and Marie Rice; and her husband, Daniel P. Thomas.

She is survived by her children, Wendy Monkowski and Daniel Thomas Jr.; their spouses; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


H. Alan Timm

H. Alan Timm, 90, died  Jan. 3. 

He was raised in New Haven, Conn., by Anne and Henry Timm. He attended Brown University, the University of New Haven and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In 1950, he married Barbara Belle, and they moved to Maine in 1959 so he could start working at First National Granite Bank. The bank later became the Bank of Maine, and he was president and CEO until 1984.

He then became director of the Maine State Lottery until 1987. He was also president of the Augusta Board of Trade, trustee of the Maine Maritime Academy and served in many other leadership roles throughout the state.

He believed that being a husband and dad were the most important jobs. He and Barbara spent their time traveling to Russia, China, the Caribbean and Europe. Later in their lives, the couple split their time between Maine and Longboat Key.

He was preceded in death by Barbara and granddaughter Melissa Timm.

He is survived by his daughter, Betsy; her sons, Douglas and Jeffrey; their spouses; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Friends of Cobbossee Watershed, P.O. Box 5003, August, Maine, 04330.



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