BURCH – Gregory Lee Burch, aka Burchy, age 62, passed away January 21, 2015 at Pruitt Nursing Home under hospice care in Savannah, Georgia. [he rather have died while he was living then lived when he was dead] quote from Jimmy Buffett.
CHRISTIAN – Paul Christian, 83, was born in Caretta, West Virginia on May 21, 1931 to James and Helena Dean Christian and went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2015. Paul and his family moved to Kissimmee in 1963 as a part owner in a stainless steel kitchen equipment business called Schatz Kitchen Equipment. In 1971, he opened Florida Custom Fabricators, Inc. They built kitchens for schools, restaurants and businesses all over Florida. He was a craftsman, pilot, enjoyed hunting and fishing, going on cruises and being with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Mike, brother Robert Christian, sisters Fay Lewis and Linda Christian and his special friend Joyce MacArthur. He is survived by sisters Ruth Parrish, OH; Elsie Drayer, SC; and Pat Carter, VA; daughters Cathy (Rusty) Thacker; Karen (Bob) Gray; and son Phil (Tammy) Christian; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean War. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Kissimmee Jaycees.
Services will be Friday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m., at Conrad Thompson Funeral Home, 511 West Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida, with the Rev. Dr. Barbara Riddle, officiating. Graveside services will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors by the Osceola County Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751 or Cornerstone Assisted Living Facility, 480 East Church Avenue, Longwood, FL 32750
The Christian family is being cared for by Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett St., Kissimmee, FL 34741.
NEWELL – Lefi Newell, a resident of St. Cloud, Florida passed away on January 25th to her forever home in heaven. She had a strong faith, loved Jesus, and attended Cornerstone Family Church prior to her illness.
She was born to Olga and Angelo Joseph in Korce, Albania on September 9, 1927 and traveled to America with her family in 1929. In her earlier years she was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. For over 20 years she was in retail sales at Sears in Leominster, Massachusetts until her retirement.
Lefi leaves behind a sister, Helen Condon (Buzzy) of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She is enjoying a joyous reunion in heaven with her mother and father as well as her two sisters Marie Andrellos and Nancy Fleet. She leaves three children; daughters Dee Frechette (Roger) of St. Cloud and Cher Lindahl of Spencer, Iowa, and a son Steven Newell (Tammy) of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Lefi also leaves five dear grandchildren; Tyler, Krista, Hayden, Marriah, and Steven. The joys of her life were her three great-grandchildren Trey, Javen, and Anna. She loved spending time with them in both Iowa and Florida. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. Everyone who knew Lefi loved her humor and warm personality. Wherever she went giggles and laughter could be heard. Her family wishes to express deep gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff of Silver Springs Assisted Living Facility of St. Cloud as well as the VITAS Hospice staff. Lefi will be honored with a joyous memorial celebration of her life at a later date.
Arrangements under the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory, 2000 13th Street Saint Cloud, FL 34769.