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Vol. 14 No. 47 - September 17, 2014


Samuel F. McDowell

Samuel F. McDowell, 78, of Bradenton, formerly of Anna Maria, died on Aug. 26, 2014.

Sam was a veteran of the Island Players as an actor.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept 17, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with inurnment to follow.

Richard F. Schluederberg Sr.

Richard F. Schluederberg Sr., 91, died peacefully in his home in Holmes Beach on Sept 10, 2014.

Mr. Schluederberg was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

A WWII veteran, he served in the U.S. Army’s 66th (Black Panther) Infantry Division in the Northern France Campaign, fighting and holding pockets of Nazi forces near the fortified port of St. Nazaire until the surrender of Germany. His unit was moved to Marseille before being transferred to the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division occupational forces.

Mr. Schluederberg began his life-long career in security analysis and portfolio management in 1949 at Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. and Naess and Thomas in Baltimore. He moved to New York City in 1962, where he worked for investment counseling firms Brundage Story & Rose and Lionel D. Edie & Co. In 1976, he returned to Baltimore to join Maryland National Bank as senior portfolio manager and retired in 1991 as senior vice president, Bank of America.

An avid sailor, he was a member of sailing teams at Cornell University and Ohio State University and a lifetime member of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association. He raced cruising class boats on Long Island Sound for Noroton Bay Yacht Club and on Chesapeake Bay for Potapskut Sailing Association and Gibson Island Yacht Squadron, his yacht Serendipity winning the CBYRA 1960 C Class High Point Trophy. He served as helmsman in numerous Newport to Bermuda races.

He competed on varsity track teams at Cornell and Ohio State and participated in the 1945 athletic games organized by General Patton in Nuremberg, Germany. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ann Snider Schluederberg; five children: Suzanne Schluederberg, of Ann Arbor Mich., Richard Schluederberg Jr., of Florida, C. Jeffrey Schluederberg, of Bel Air Md., Peter Schluederberg, of San Elijo Hills Calif., and Scott Schluederberg of Elkridge Md.; and seven grandchildren: Rachelle Lesko, Eric, Evan, Katie, Quinton, Kelly and Lauren Schluederberg.

A memorial service will be held on Gibson Island, Md.

Condolences for the family may be made online at

Sandra Lou Owen Wilson

Sandra Lou Owen Wilson, beloved mother and grandmother, departed this world, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

“Sandy” to family and friends, was born July 19, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. Sandra and Frank relocated to Manatee County, Fla., in 1963, living on Anna Maria Island with their six children. The family later moved to Bradenton, where Sandra and her family attended Westminster Presbyterian Church while the children were growing up. Sandra started attending Sara Bay Baptist Church in the mid 1970s. Sandra worked for Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota, Beall’s Department Store, and retired from Manatee County Sheriff’s Department in 1996 after 22 years of service. Sandra and Alex Laurie traveled the United States and Canada for 15 years after her retirement. Sandra was known for her sewing skills, creating many outfits, gowns, baby clothes, baby blankets and doll clothes for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Grandma Sandy’s hand sewn and crocheted items have become treasured family heirlooms. Sandra was preceded in death by her son, Gregory S. Wilson, her parents, Seward E. Owen and Evelyn A. Owen, and her husband, Frank A. Wilson, Jr. Sandra leaves behind her brother, S. E. “Ben” Owen and wife Dar, sister Suella Owen James and husband Gary. Also included are her children, Stuart and wife Barbara, Christine and husband Donald Bowling, Clifford and wife Robin, A. Bryant and wife Tamara, Evelyn, daughter-in-law Cathy Wilson and a stepson Bill Voss and wife Dara. The family includes eleven grandchildren, Wendy Wilson, Holly Wilson Johnson and husband Alan, Jonathon Wilson, Jameson Wilson and wife Lynndsey, Dawn Wilson Simmons and husband Rob, Stuart A. Wilson, Jr. and wife Nichole, A. Nichole Curley and husband Matthew, Cliff Wilson, Jr., Madison Wilson , Misti Wilson Keith and husband Jim, Tucker Wilson, Gregory Petrillo, and Owen Petrillo, and eleven great-grandchildren. Sandra leaves behind Alex Laurie her traveling partner for over 19 years, who started as a companion and became her fiancé. Also included are his family: son Johnny and wife Shelley, their children, Tatra Casey and husband Joe, John Laurie and wife Beth, and daughter Jeni Laurie Dunbar; daughter Kathryn Flatt and husband Gary, sons Sean and Hunter, and daughter Samantha; Peter Pollock, son-in-law, daughter Melanie, and Alex’s 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m., at Sara Bay Baptist Church, 415 67th Ave. W, Bradenton, FL, followed by a graveside commitment service at Manasota Memorial Garden, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL.In lieu of flowers the family is asking donations be made to The National Stroke Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of Sandy.


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