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Vol. 17 No. 36 - June 21, 2017


Rex Hagen

Bernard "Rex" Hagen, 89, left this world on his own terms surrounded by family at his Florida home on Anna Maria Island June 17, 2017. Rex was born in Morocco, Ind. to Ross and Elizabeth Hagen on June 29, 1927. There he married Helen Stone on May 13, 1951. Rex proudly served in the Navy during WW II and the Air Force during the Korean conflict. A self-made business owner, he started Superior Sample Company in 1957 in Ligonier, Ind. He enjoyed traveling the world, playing and watching tennis, golf, motorcycles and fast cars. He was a graduate and life-long supporter of Purdue University, a member of many fraternal organizations including the Moose, Elks, Shriners, VFW and American Legion. He was preceded in death by wife Helen, sisters Gracie Rice and Betty Kessler, brothers John and Vic Hagen. He is survived by daughter Nancy (Rich) Stage, of Big Sky, Mont., and son Mark (Jeanna) Hagen, of Cromwell, Ind., along with five grandchildren. A grave side service will be held in Indiana at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.

Doris Della Hudson

Doris Della (Gilbertson) Hudson, 75, Anna Maria Island, died June 12, 2017.

Born in Duluth, Minn., she moved to Anna Maria Island in 2014 from Waynesville, N.C. She also lived in Tampa for many years and was a graduate of Hillsborough High School and the University of South Florida. Doris was a retired Social Worker and an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

Predeceased by parents, Floris Gilbertson and Doraine Thompson; husband, William Ashby Hudson; brothers, Larry and Kirby and sister, Janet: survived by daughters, Sheila (Catherine Massey) Kazar, of Pennsylvania, Sheryl Freed, of Tampa, Fla., Stacey (Kevin) Van Voorhis, of North Carolina and Sonya Hudson, of Tampa, Fla.; brothers, Fred Gilbertson, of Tampa, Fla,. and Mickey Gilbertson, of Georgia; grandchildren, Kayla, Luke, Jordan, Sarah and Anna; and her dog, Daisy.

A memorial service was on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Roser Memorial Community Church. Condolences to

Michelle R. Szakacs

Michelle R. Szakacs, 60, Holmes Beach, Fla., died June 9, 2017. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she moved to Holmes Beach in January 2017 from Mahwah, N.J. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert; son, Jeffrey; daughters, Dana, Alison (Kyle) Douglass and Nicole and one granddaughter. Grave side services were held on Wednesday, June 14, at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Glenn A. Vergason

Glenn A. Vergason, 87, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away June 10, 2017. He was born Jan. 19, 1930, in Bartow, Fla.

He is predeceased by his son, Lee; his brother, Warren, and his sister, Jan. He is survived by his loving wife, BJ, of 65 years; his three children and spouses, Linda and Ray, Ralph and Connie, Lynne and Tony; five grandchildren, David, Shannon, Matthew, Kristen, Megan; and two great grandsons, Trevein and Kylen. 

Glenn and BJ moved to Atlanta, Ga., in 1965 and remained at their family farm until 2000, where they later moved to Holmes Beach, and spent 10 years on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Glenn and BJ became residents of Freedom Village in 2010. 

Glenn received a bachelors and master's from FSU then received an Ed. D in special education from George Peabody College. He began the department of special education at Georgia State University and was chairman for 10 years. Glenn dedicated 40 years to special education. He retired as professor emeritus of Georgia State University with many awards for distinguished alumni and Who's Who. Glenn authored books and published numerous articles on special education. He held positions on the council for exceptional children and other special education committees.

A celebration of Glenn's life was held on Saturday June 17, in the auditorium at Freedom Village. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Bob Judd, Bradenton, FL 34209 or Faith Methodist Church Choir, 7215 First Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34209.

Leslie 'Todd' Farkas

Leslie "Todd" Farkas, 43, of Vale, N.C., passed away June 11, 2017. He was born Aug. 25, 1973. in Pompton Plains, N.J., the son of Leslie Farkas and Jaunita Wycoff Zawackis. Arrangements are incomplete with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

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