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OBITUARY: Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown, 64, died October 8, 2014, in Naples, FL. She was born on June 16, 1950, to Alexander and Leona (Michalak) Dasky. Growing up, Mary Beth lived in Auburn (Fisherville), MI, where she graduated from St. Joseph High School, Bay City in 1968. She is the beloved wife of Bob Brown, whom she married 40 years ago on April 20, 1974, and dear sister of Monica (Terry) Hus of Auburn, MI, Patti (Russ) Friebe of Nashport, OH, Marcia (Bill) Reder of Auburn, MI, and Carol (The late Jerry) Vincent of Matthews, NC. She also is survived by many ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Thelma B. Sargeant

Thelma B. Sargeant, 90, of Marco Island, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at 12:05 AM at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney, Ohio. She was born on March 29, 1924, in Sidney, OH, the daughter of the late Charles O. and Gladys (Hetzler) Middleton. On December 3, 1944, she married Robert C. Sargeant. Thelma was a homemaker and enjoyed china painting and motor home traveling. She loved spending time visiting with her family and friends. Bob and she spent their winters in Marco Island. Bob survives Thelma, along with two daughters, Marsha Jarvis and Lynn (husband Bruce) Lindsey, both of ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Farewell to Linda Greer

Linda Rae (Cowman) Greer, age 67 of Ludington, MI, and Marco Island, FL, passed away on July 27, 2014, at her home in Ludington, MI. She was born on July 18, 1947, in Ludington, MI, daughter of the late Gordon and Gladys “JoJo” (Huggins) Cowman. Linda attended Ludington High School, Grand Rapids Junior College and Northwest Michigan College of Nursing. She married Edward James Greer on December 14, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Ludington. Linda was self-employed as a private duty nurse, and she enjoyed birds, flowers, volunteering, animals, traveling and was actively involved with the Marco Island ... Read More »

OBIT: In Memorium: Lloyd ‘Stuart’ Curtis, Sr.

Lloyd “Stuart” Curtis, Sr. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Stuart Curtis has been with Curtis Machine Company for 68 years as he began sweeping the floors in our factory at the age of eight. At that time, the “factory” consisted of a few WWII surplus machines that were located behind the family home on Sunnyside Street in Dodge City, Kansas. The building was a chicken house that had been converted into a machining job shop. Stuart became an expert machinist and was night shift foreman at the age of 14. After finishing his tour of duty with the U.S. Army/Infantry, Stuart worked in the engineering department for the Martin ... Read More »

Thomas C. Garrison Sept 1928-April 2014

Thomas C. Garrison, beloved by family, died on April 12, 2014. Tom was born in Marion, Illinois on September 28, 1928, to Harmon E. and Ola P. Garrison. He had two brothers, Herbert and Norbert, and a sister, Jo Ann Wall Trosper, all of whom preceded him in death. Tom served in the Navy for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of ATO fraternity and is a past president of his Chapter at Urbana. He met his wife, Mary Alice, while at the University and married in 1951. Tom and Mary Alice moved ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Sans

Albert Einstein said, “Our death is not an end if we can live on in children and the younger generation.” Tony Sans wore many hats on Marco Island: lifeguard at Residents Beach, Parks and Recreation employee, Sports Camp counselor and Code enforcement compliance officer. It is with great sadness we report Tony passed away on Tuesday, April 22. Tony was born in Vietnam in December 1973. He was adopted by his parents Robert and Cynthia (nee Sattfield) Sans. He grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Naples in 2001. He is survived by his parents; brothers John Sans of Jackson, ... Read More »

Obituary: Tammie Lynn Yaeger

Our little Tammie Lynn Yaeger, beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014, in her home in Bandera, TX, surrounded by family and friends. Tammie bravely fought cancer for nearly a year and a half before her passing. Tammie was born January 8, 1963, in Copley, OH, to Harold and Lilly Bennett. Tammie moved to Marco Island at an early age, where she grew up with her four sisters and eventually met her husband, Harlow Alonzo Yaeger III (Lon). Tammie gave birth to the light of their lives, their son Harlow Yaeger IV, in 1987, ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Kevin McManus

Kevin Anthony McManus, 56, of Marco Island, FL and formerly of Washington, D.C. died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL. The cause of death was lung cancer. Mr. McManus began his career as a young man working in the U.S. Senate, first in the Mail Room, then operating the elevator service for Senators casting votes, and eventually, for the Broadcast Services of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. After leaving government service he joined NBC in Washington, D.C. and had a long career in broadcasting, serving as a videographer for NBC News and their affiliates. He ... Read More »

Local & Legendary Crabber: Frederick (Ricky) William Bauer, Jr.

Ricky Bauer was made for the water. He was a waterman, a Marine, an “eeler” and a crabber. The ocean was his life. Born on November 16, 1946, in New Brunswick, NJ, Ricky joined the Marines at an early age. Deployed to the war in Vietnam, he returned home in 1968. One year later, he began “eeling” in New Jersey. Using only an eight-foot pram, he sent many eels overseas. After he saved enough money, Ricky bought a bigger boat and began catching blue crabs. It has been said that the crabbing industry in New Jersey was “Bauerized” during Ricky’s ... Read More »


Harriet Kabat, 71, of Marco Island, FL and Coram, NY, passed away on October 8th. Daughter of the late Ann and Joseph Schneider of Long Island, NY she was born June 22, 1942. Harriet graduated from Herricks High School in 1960, and later attended Hofstra University. She married Leonard Kabat in 1964, and they lived together in Coram, before relocating to Marco Island in 2011. Harriet was the Executive Director of Kids for Kids, a children’s theater program on Long Island, for almost 25 years. She was passionate about providing theater education and performance opportunities for young people, to build ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Barbara S. Read

Goodland loses a remarkable friend “Babs” Barbara S. Read died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Goodland, FL. She was the daughter of William P. Spencer and Ethel Price, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her two brothers, William and Richard Spencer. Babs was married to Ted Read, who died in 1992. Together they raised nine surviving children; Susan, Chip, Hank, Amelia, Spencer, Jon, Cindy, Andrea and Stacy, as well as 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and years later earned her Masters in Special ... Read More »


Gayle C Henning, 76, passed away peacefully at her home on Marco Island, FL, on September 5, 2013. Gayle was born in Springfield, MA, where she met Richard Henning. They married and lived in southern California until Richard retired in 1991. Gayle was preceded in death by her son Kurt in 1995. Gayle is survived by her loving husband and many loving relatives and friends. Gayle will be honored with a graveside service on September 10th 11:00AM, at Hillcrest cemetery in Springfield, MA, where Gayle will be buried next to her son. May they be joined together for eternity. Read More »


Joseph C. Capilets, 91, of Naples, FL, formerly of Marco Island, FL and Amagansett, NY, passed away on September 1, 2013. He was the beloved husband of 69 years to the late Nina Capilets. “Joe” was born 3/19/22 in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant in Company D 396 Regiment 87 Infantry Division. He is a recipient of a bronze star. He was part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army during WWII. As a young man Joe was a minor league pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. At home he was an avid tennis ... Read More »

Bill Tiley Obituary says goodbye at 102

Submitted Only a few weeks ago, Coastal Breeze was pleased to write an article about “Grandpa Bill” Tiley celebrating his 102nd birthday in Marco Island, where he had lived for the past eight years with his daughter Dana Cleary until their recent move to the Tampa area. We are saddened to report that Bill passed away on August 12th after a fall at his home. He had looked forward to the day that he could join, in heaven, his wife Ginny to whom he had been married for 68 years. He made many friends while in Marco where he was ... Read More »

Funeral Services for Bedford Biles

Submitted Funeral services for Bedford Biles, 92, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 E. Elkcam Circle on Marco Island. The well-known World War II veteran passed away Sunday, July 28, two weeks after surgery on his foot at Physicians Regional Hospital. Biles was born on Jan. 31, 1921, in Stanley County, N.C., and moved to Concord, N.C., where he was a high-school football star. He then went to Duke University on a football scholarship. The team played in the Rose Bowl, which was played in Durham in fear that the Japanese ... Read More »

Obituary: Barry Elkins

Barry Alan Elkins, 69, of Marco Island, Florida passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2012. Born in Hemel Hempstead, England, Barry moved to Florida in 1980. He started a satellite installation company called Satellite Solutions. In 1983, Barry fell in love with his best friend, Peggy. They married on January 15, 1985. In the past 30 years shared together they had two daughters, which he adored. Barry’s passion was traveling. He loved to go on cruises and explore different countries. Barry also enjoyed boating, fishing, playing golf and most of all spending time with his girls. He was an avid ... Read More »

Obituary: Nina Capilets

Nina Capilets March 4, 1923 to Dec 20, 2012 Nina (Lazzara) Capilets of Naples, FL and Amagansett, NY, formerly of Marco Island, FL died peacefully on December 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Nina was born March 4, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY. She loved her summers in Amagansett, NY. Anyone who met her would see she was a “fashionista” and a master in the art of shopping. Known for her culinary talents, her marvelous meatballs were legendary. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Joseph. Her five daughters; Joanne (Timothy) Finnegan of Saratoga Springs, NY, Corinne ... Read More »

In Memory: Helen Tateo

1926-Nov. 11, 2012 She loved well and was loved by many. Modest in nature but strong in spirit, Helen will leave a legacy in her love and compassion for others. Helen and her husband, Vincent, came to Marco Island in 1966 with their three sons, Jess, Paul and Todd. Helen started an art gallery while her husband ran a sailing school. The couple were founding members of the Marco Island Art League and the Sailing Association of Marco Island. They went on to open their real estate business, Horizons by the Sea, in 1980. Helen was a member of St. ... Read More »


Bruce Greene, 77, passed in Peace, Thursday, September, 20, 2012. Born in Bristol, Conn., he was raised to observe, appreciate and respect all of nature, especially wildlife. On one of his many walks with his father, he found his first arrowhead, thus, began his curiosity and passion for all human cultures. Stationed in Sendi, Japan, as a meteorologist, he received his honorable discharge from the US Army Air Corp 1958. His interest and study of the Japanese culture was as natural as the beauty he found there. This began his career path in anthropology and archeology. Following college, he was ... Read More »

Obituary: Bonnie Douglass Menaker

Bonnie Douglass Menaker, JD, 73, a resident of Marco Island, died on September 11, 2012 at The Aristocrat Nursing Home of Naples, under the care of Vitas Hospice. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia in 1998. Bonnie was born in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of William Tyler Douglass, Jr., MD, and Mary Hicks Douglass. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, J. Thomas Menaker, JD; and her siblings: Jill M. Douglass, Kim A. Douglass, and William T. Douglass, III. Bonnie was known and admired for her vibrant personality, unabashed enthusiasm, wit and love of life. She was a ... Read More »