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Vol. 15 No. 4 - November 19, 2014


Nancy Rae Carter Bennett

Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, 76 of Anna Maria, passed away peacefully Nov. 12, 2014.

Nancy was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1972. She was retired from the Holmes Beach Police Department where she worked as a clerk. She volunteered several hours at the Island Community Center as softball coach, Tracey Vita School of Dance and Manatee High School Marching Band. She was known as ma and grandma by many.

She is survived by her beloved husband Mel; one son, Robert (Teri) Bennett; two daughters, Lezlie (Jeff) Nance, Kelly (Dale) Stephenson; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Kymberli, Alison, Abigail and Anabelle; and two great-grandchildren, Carter and Lyla.

Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Fla.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Manatee High School Marching Band and Auxiliary, P.O. Box 14465, Bradenton, Fl. 34280. Condolences for the family may be made online at

John Anthony Mehalko

John Anthony Mehalko, 50, departed this life Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Known as John, Johnny, brother, uncle and even homie/homey, he lived life on his own terms and left it the same way; he will be dearly missed by countless family members and friends on whose lives he undoubtedly made a tremendous impact. Born Saturday, April 25, 1964, John was raised in Suffolk Va. and later lived in Steamboat Springs Colo., Virginia Beach Va. and called several towns in the Tampa Bay Florida area home including Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and who knows where else.

John is survived by his son, Dillon; his siblings, George Mehalko, Andrew Mehalko, Joseph Mehalko, Curtis Mehalko, Anna Mehalko Byrum, and Mary-Evelyn Mehalko Sellars; and nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and friends far too numerous to list. John was predeceased by his parents, Andrew Michael Mehalko Sr. and Doris Evelyn Coleman Mehalko.

Friends and family in Florida had a beautiful, touching memorial for John on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 – All Saints Day.

The Virginia Mehalkos thank the Florida Mehalkos immensely for taking care of John ~ especially niece Andrea and brother Andrew. The family would also like to thank Tiffany Vader and Margaret Klages for their love and support. Our love for John and John’s love for us is not diminished by death or distance. He’s not in a grave; he’s on his next adventure. Condolences may be registered at



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