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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 »

In Loving Memory of Elvis

Over the years Elvis has always been a fixture here, on Marco Island. We came to this island 14 1/2 years ago because of Elvis… We looked for a vacation where we could have a little puppy with us and The Boat House Motel is where we ended up. Desiree & Nick were wonderful to him. They grew to love him just as everyone else on the Island did. He loved Marco and we moved here eventually. We are so heartbroken to let everyone know that our baby Elvis passed away on September 4th. He went into Congestive Heart Failure ... Read More »


Richard A. Washak, Sr. 12/1/32 – 7/14/12 Richard A. Washak of East Bridgewater, MA died July 14, at the age of 79. Richard was the loving son of the late Edward and Helen (Keleher) Washak and was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 and served in the reserves until 1972. Richard was proud of his service and retired as a chief petty officer. Richard moved to East Bridgewater in 1991. Richard’s father founded Ever-Hot All Copper, a water heating company in South Boston where Richard worked for many years. Richard later ... Read More »

Obituary: William “Bill” George Rogowski

William “Bill” George Rogowski, 81 of Marco Island, FL passed away peacefully Thursdays, May 31, 2012 at Avow Hospice of Naples after having a stroke two days before. Bill was a man who graced all with love and kindness. A man who would help a stranger, never complain, and a strong work ethic. A man who worked hard all his life, adored his family, and loved his precious wife of 58 years, Joan. This world would be a better place if we could learn a little from such a wonderful man. After serving customers for over 30 years in the ... Read More »

Richard M. Medura

Richard M. Medura of Marco Island, Florida passed away on May 21st, 2012. He was the husband of the late Gertrude C. Medura and the son of the late Mary C. and Melchior D. Medura. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Richard attended the local school system and later moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts where he resided until moving to Marco Island. He attended American International College and graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Chemistry. After a stint in the US Marine Corps during the Korean conflict he taught secondary science in West Springfield Massachusetts High School. ... Read More »

William L. “Bill” Himsel

William L. “Bill” Himsel Himsel, William L. “Bill” age 66, passed away on May 10, 2012. After living in New Jersey and Massachusetts, he called Marco Island, FL his home. He is survived by Joyce, his wife of 25 years. They had two children, Jeff (Susanne) and Rick, and two grandchildren, Sophia and Anya. Billwas born in Marshfield, WI and was raised inMadison, Wisconsin, and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was a member of the United States Army Reserves for six years. After graduation, Bill ... Read More »

Marcel E. LeFrancois

His soul went to heaven on April 2nd 2012 following a long illness but his memory lives on. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years (Lorraine Blouin), a daughter Susan (Mrs. Anthony Puleo), a son Kenneth and (Mrs. Stephanie LeFrancois), 3 grandchildren (Amanda, Shayne and Kayti), 3 sisters, a brother-predeceased and several nieces and nephews. Originally from Salem, MA, he was employed by GE for 27 years as a Computer Systems Analyst. He retired and moved to Florida in 1991 with his wife Lorraine. Marcel was a strong influence in preserving and restoring the first church on Marco Island ... Read More »