GUNNINGHAM – Catherine Gunningham of Saint Cloud, Florida passed away in Hospice care on Friday, June 12, 2015. She was 88 years old. Catherine was born in Staten Island, NY to Ann and Andrew Keir of West Brighton, Staten Island, NY on July 28, 1926. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles and daughter, Frances. She is survived by her daughter Florence, two sons, Andrew and Charles and by her brother John. She and her husband Charles lived on Staten Island where they raised their four children. Catherine was a 50 year member of The Order Of The Eastern Star, Tompkins Rebecca Chapter of Staten Island, New York.
At one time or other she held various offices and she served as Matron three times. She was also the District Deputy, representing the Richmond District for the state of New York. Catherine moved to Saint Cloud when she retired from Morgan Guaranty Trust of New York City where she worked for 20 years in the Stock Transfer division.
She really enjoyed taking the Staten Island Ferry and then walking uptown just past the World Trade Center with her friends each morning. And, during those walks to work and back again she had many adventures; windstorms, floods, blizzards and being on board the ferry when it was blown off course in the fog. But the most interesting adventure was meeting King Kong when they were filming the movie near the Twin Towers in New York City. Here in Saint Cloud, Catherine was a Saint Cloud Hospital Pink Lady for nearly 25 years. During that time she earned approximately 13,000 plus volunteer hours. She worked in the medical records department and in various other areas around the hospital floors and loved every minute of it. She spoke to and was friendly with everyone: the doctors and nurses, the other volunteers, the cafeteria staff and the custodial folks, everyone. Catherine is remembered as being small in stature and having a big smile, a positive attitude and always ready to do whatever needed to be done.
Those who knew her well, knew that she was never afraid to speak her mind. Her friends at the hospital, workers and volunteers alike, became her adopted family here in Florida. Catherine’s favorite activities were caring for her home and driving around town doing her errands and shopping. She enjoyed talking with her neighbors and visiting friends and was always grateful for the help they gave her. She was fiercely independent. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to: Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16th with a 7:00 p.m. Eastern Star Service to be held at Fisk Funeral Home in Saint Cloud. Interment will he at Fairview Cemetery on Staten Island, NY. Arrangements under the care of Fisk Funeral Home, 1107 Massachusetts Avenue, Saint Cloud, FL 34769.
HOUGHTON – Betty Jane Houghton, Betty’s prayers were answered Tuesday evening June 16, 2015 when she was ushered into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. Waiting for her were her husband, Welbie and eldest son, William, brother, Dale Clark; as well as her parents Charles and Mary Elizabeth Clark. She is survived by daughters Daya Jane Patton (Gary) of Rochester, N.Y.; Jay Elizabeth Woosley (Carlos) of Land of Lakes, FL; son, John Clark Houghton (Elly) of Kissimmee, FL; daughter-in-law Linda Houghton of Bartow, FL; sister Mildred McFall of Ithaca, N.Y.; Also, grandchildren, Jeffrey, Christopher, Joshua, Amy, Jeremy, Fawn, Jill, Carmen, Will, Welbie and 16 great-grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews.
Betty was born December 27, 1923 in Jersey Shore, PA. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior as a young girl. Betty served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She and her husband served the Lord in many capacities over the years working with children in VBS, camp counselor, youth groups, Sunday School teacher and even Senior Saints directors. We are confident the Lord gave her 93 years to be a faithful prayer warrior, especially for her family.
At the time of her death she was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Kissimmee, FL and was faithful at Grace Bible Church, Temple Terrace, FL during her stay at an extended care home. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Jack and Dee Scaglione and caregivers for their love and compassion shown to Mom.
Friends are invited to call Monday, June 22, 2015 at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Kissimmee, FL from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service officiated by Rev. Rick Flowers.
Internment with full Military Honors will be at 2:30 p.m., at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to either Grace Bible Church, 12101 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, FL, 33637 or Bible Baptist Church, 1500 E. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 34744.
MATREJEK – Eugene Jacob Matrejek, Sr., 96, of Kissimmee, passed away on June 13, 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida. He was born on October 26, 1918 to Jacob and Josephine (Ragulbuitch) Matrejek in Brooklyn, New York. He attended school in Cooper Union, New York City, New York and College at Augistana in Rock Island, Illinois. Gene worked as a Commercial Designer and was a lifelong Art enthusiast. He also was a creative Inventor.
Eugene faithfully served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as an Enlisted Man and Officer. On May 27, 1988 he married Rosemary Vick in Kissimmee, Florida. Eugene was a member of the Elks Lodge Post 1873 in Kissimmee and Machinist Union in New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by his fist wife Dorothy Matrejek. Gene is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Rosemary, daughter, Diane Maffey of Holmdel, New Jersey; son, Eugene Jacob Matrejek, Jr. of Hazllet, New Jersey; 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family received friends on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Kissimmee Chapel, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Keyport, New Jersey under the direction of Bedle Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made In Loving Memory of Eugene Jacob Matrejek, Sr. to The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center 105 West Vine Street Kissimmee, FL 34741, www.salvationarmy.org. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Poinciana Chapel.
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SHARP – Charles Ray Sharp – 08-03-38 – 06-23-14
One year ago you left us and all the great times. We love and miss you.
Penny, Tanya & Natalie
STIDHAM – September 24, 1938 -June 10, 2015
On Wednesday June 10, 2015 Bessie Mae (Bess) Gebhart-Stidham, age 76, went peacefully in her St. Cloud home of natural causes. She was born September 24, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio to William and Mary Gebhart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and wife to Robert (Earl) Stidham. She is survived by her husband, and children Debra, Tammy, Cynthia, Rhoñda, Melinda & Roger. Grand children; Robert, Diana, Brandy, Nanette, Gabrielle, Tabatha, Danielle, Taylor, Landon, and 13 great-grandchildren. Deondra, Nila, Nicolín, Emma, Jazmyn, Autumn, Clinton, Lucien, Maylee, Tristan, Braden, Kylar, and one on the way and Sister Rebecca Gebhart. Join her family at the Elks Lodge (1655 Kings Hwy., Kissimmee, FL) on Saturday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m., to celebrate and joyfully remember her life.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fisk Funeral Home, 1107 Massachusetts Avenue, St. Cloud, FL 34769
(407) 892-2155 www.Fiskfh.com