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Vol. 17 No. 28 - April 26, 2017


Duane R. Benedict

Duane R. Benedict, 82, Holmes Beach, died April 21, 2017. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Holmes Beach in 1997 from Gahanna, Ohio. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was active in the Boy Scouts in his youth and was a member of Lance's Cruizin to the Hops.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wayne A. and Sylvia K. (Frohnauer) Benedict; survived by wife of 55 years, Janet, of Holmes Beach; son, Richard Todd Benedict, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; daughter, Michele (Marc) McMurphy, of Henniker, N.H.; sister, Beverly Reed, of Bradenton; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. Condolences may be made to

Edward Lawrence Mihm

Edward Lawrence Mihm, 96, of Bradenton Beach, Fla., died April 20, 2017. 

Ed was born in Philadelphia, Penn. on Nov. 28, 1920. During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ashtabula as a ship fitter. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After the war, Ed worked for the U.S. Navy as a civilian until his retirement in 1976, when he moved to Bradenton Beach. 

During his retirement years, he and his wife loved to travel and spent their summers in Chama, N. M. 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Hoover Mihm; son, Edward Mihm, of Lewes, Del.; and son, William Mihm, of Palmetto, Fla. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Amy Ulla Young

Amy Ulla Young, 86, of Bradenton, passed away on March 18, 2017, at Tidewell Hospice.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1962, where she first stayed at her uncle's Rod and Reel Pier, then she moved to Bradenton. Amy worked as the head bookkeeper at Ellis Bank before becoming office manager at Jim Boast Dodge where she retired in 1977. This was right after she married George Young. Amy had always loved to travel, and while living in Denmark she spent every summer travelling through Europe, especially Italy. Amy and George spent their summers in Vermont and the winters on Holmes Beach while still managing to travel all the continents until George passed away in 1992.

Amy continued to travel the world with her sister and brother-in-law, best friend Bessie Sands and niece Delinda, while enjoying sailing and boating with her many friends from Bradenton Yacht Club, which she joined as the first single female member in 1972. She also enjoyed playing golf at the Key Royale with her golf friends every week. Amy was always on the go, but still managed to get together with her many friends to play a mean game of rummy on Sunday afternoon. She was an avid theater goer and enjoyed both the Manatee Players, Island Players and Asolo Theater, as well as going to the symphony. Amy was the master of entertaining and a great cook, and the people lucky enough to get invited to her house, especially one of her three annual Christmas parties, can attest to that. Everyone she encountered enjoyed her company. Amy was a gem, and she will be sorely missed.

Amy is predeceased by her beloved husband, George, and her wonderful dog Georgee Boy. She is survived by her sister, Birgitte Runge-Goings (Jonathan); her grandsons, Adam, Alex and Jesse (Kate) Young; as well as stepson Michael Young. Amy is also survived by her cousin, Pat Higinbotham (Dale), her special niece, Delinda Crampton; and Holly Pascarella.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Tidewell Hospice or The National Kidney Foundation . A special thanks to her physician, Dr. Robert Koser, her friends at Fresenius Dialysis Center, Dr. Ram and all her neighbors who so lovingly looked out for Amy. A celebration of Amy's life was held on Sunday, April 23, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, where Amy spent the last 45 years hanging out Friday evenings with friends and family. Online condolences may be made to


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