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Vol. 17 No. 32 - May 24, 2017


Barbara A. Rodocker

Barbara A. Rodocker, 86, of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and born in Lansing, Mich., to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Swift, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

After moving to Longboat Key, Fla. with her family in 1972, Barbara became a successful leader in the hotel industry for more than 40 years.

Barbara was known for her sense of humor, love of life and could often be heard telling stories in jest about being a brain surgeon or riding her invisible motorcycle, which made others laugh at her lightheartedness. She deeply loved and trusted God, was passionate about being a mother and grandmother and took pride in helping others. She is greatly remembered for her compassionate and giving nature.

Barbara is survived by her children, Deanna Gardner, Scott (Sandy) Rodocker, Angela (Craig) VanNortwick, Renee Nelson and their father, Paul Richard Rodocker, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren; siblings Treva Canfield, Forest Swift, Eleanor Rossow, Ruth Johnson, Charlene McCallum and an abundance of loving in-laws, nephews and nieces.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James Swift and Ivan Swift, niece Cheryl Swift and nephew Craig Swift.

A public memorial service will be held Saturday, June 3, 201 at 11 a.m. at Bayside Community Church, 15800 SR 64 East, Bradenton, Florida, 34212. A celebration of life open house will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Barbara's wishes, donations may be made to Bayside Community Church at the address listed above; notate Missions Scholarships; Nextgen.

George Pete Patellis

George Pete Patellis, 87, Holmes Beach, died May 19, 2017. Born in Clairton, Pa., he moved to Holmes Beach in 1989 from Great Falls, Va. He attended California State College in Pennsylvania and Lewis Food & Hospitality Vocational School. George was an entrepreneur in dry cleaning/tailoring and food business. He was a member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, former president of the Parish Council and he was chairman of the Glendi. Predeceased by parents, Pandeli and Sophia (Liapis) his brothers, Nomikos, Andronikos, Theodore, Anagiros and Demosthenes; survived by wife, Jennie (Safos); daughters, Sophia (Wayne) Dunn, Alexandria (Neil) Winsten and Irene (Bruce) Klores; grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg), George (Christin), Megan (Nick), Jason (Catherine), Molly and Steven; great-grandchildren, Davis Dunn and Marlow Winsten. Visitation was 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. Condolences may be made to

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