Kenneth L. Volk

Alfredo Maravilha “BIG AL”

BIG AL Maravilha, 48, passed away February 13, 2017.  He is pre-deceased by his parents Joao and Aida and nephew LJ.  He is survived by wife Linda; son Michael John; brothers Louis (June) and Victor (Isabelle) and many nieces and nephews around the world.

AL is described by his family as fun, goofy, a jokester,  loveable, reliable, kind hearted, giving, hilarious, determined, loving, unpredictable, brave and awesome!  He loved life and his family and dear friends that he considered “family”. He believed in working hard and playing harder.  He wanted to give his wife the world / everything her heart desired; which included giving her a child. For Michael, he was very proud to have a child that would be a gift to all.  He wanted only what was best for his son.  He wanted his son to know the world and see the world through loving eyes.  In the last two years of his life he lived out his dream.  He worked at a small family owned hotel on the beach and to make sure that his family would enjoy living life without being confined to the winter cold and snow and ice of Massachusetts and to live life and be free.  He encouraged everyone to live their dream and to work at making their dream a reality.

There will be a viewing on Monday February 20, 2017 at Faupel Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with a funeral service at 7:00 PM.  At 6:45 PM EST there will be a balloon release and the family encourages a release of a balloon at the same time all around the world.  In lieu of flowers contributions to the family are appreciated.

 

AL would encourage everyone along with his family to always hug one another, smile and say I love you because you never know when God will call you home.

Kathleen “Kay” Moore

Kathleen was born in the United Kingdom and was soon on her way to Ontario, Canada. Her stay in Ontario was short as the family migrated to Buffalo, New York and then to Detroit, Michigan.
 When eight year old Kay saw the little boy upstairs she asked her Mom if they could meet him. Soon Kay was telling her Mom that this little boy would be her husband and at 21 she and Henry were wed. Kay and Henry spent 51 years together and raised three children Marilyn, Ron and Sharon. Marilyn had three children William, Linda and Tiffany. Ron’s children are Scott and Lisa. Sharon’s sons are Steven, Jeff and Andrew. These Grandchildren grew up and started families. The legacy of Kay and Henry has grown to 16 great grandchildren and 17 great great grand children. On her 100th birthday celebration she was privileged to meet many of the great great grand kids.
Kathleen led and exemplary life and to everyone who knew her she was the lady with the smile on her face and a kind word for everyone she knew. She was loved by many and gave love too all that were in her life. Her charm and graciousness are legendary, she will be missed by so many people.
Kay’s great faith in God has been rewarded as she has gone home to be with her Savior and Lord. As we who are still here mourn her passing the halls of heaven are rejoicing at her homecoming. Kay as you rejoice in your reward please clear the path  for the rest of us so we will be in the presence of your love again.

There will be a time of visitation on Wednesday February 15, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  The funeral service will be at Faupel Funeral Home on Thursday February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

Gilbert Lee Koos

Gilbert Lee Koos, 77, passed away February 10, 2017.  Survived by his wife Pat; Children Todd (Kristi), Sheri, Jeff (Mary), Mike (Bonnie); brother Robert and 10 grandchildren.

There will be a Funeral Mass on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey, FL.  Military Honors and interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Richard Dwan

Lavona Kathryn Benoit

 

Lavona Benoit passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 7 at her home in Port Richey, Florida. Born March 19, 1946, Lavona was 70 at the time of her passing.

 

It is ironic that her heart failed, as throughout her life Lavona demonstrated an enormous capacity for love and affection.  As a wife, mother, grandmother, extended family member and friend she was a constant source of enthusiasm, encouragement, wisdom and joy.

 

Lavona began every day with prayer and scripture, inviting the Lord Jesus to direct her thinking and actions. She prayed everyday for the well-being of her family, and most especially her children and grandchildren.

 

Lavona lost her beloved parents, Bill Chicon and Erma Drury Chicon, when she was just 29. In 1967, while attending a friend’s wedding in Vermont, she met Albert Benoit of Wiliston, VT. They were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Williston on June 8, 1968.

 

With her marriage to ‘Bert’, Lavona became a much-loved and central figure in the large Benoit family of Vermont.  The phrase ‘in-law’ did not apply here,  as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews – and eventually a new generation of husbands, wives and grandchildren –  were all one loving family.  The frequent extended family gatherings at ‘camp’ on the shore of beautiful Lake Champlain – often over the course of several days or even weeks – became the setting to raise kids and share the easy company, wonderful meals and frequent laughter.

 

Lavona’s love for people shaped her professional life, which was spent as a nurse.  Much more a vocation than a job, she combined compassion with professionalism in over 40 years of service in Cape Girardeau, Missouri at St. Francis Hospital, with the private practice of Dr. Ron Robinson and lastly, with the American Red Cross.

 

Lavona and husband of 48 years ‘Bert’ retired to Port Richey, FL in 2008.  Lavona remained active throughout the community, especially at St. James The Apostle church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister delivering Holy Communion each week to several home-bound parishioners.

 

Lavona is survived by her husband Albert Benoit of 10623 Quimby, Port Richey, FL. 34668, and by her daughter Michaele Benoit (James) Riley of Cape Girardeau, MO. and her son Michael (Angie) Benoit of Waynesville, MO. She is also survived by grandchildren Luke Riley (Michaele) and Kolton Benoit (Michael) – as well as a long list of honorary grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom Lavona adopted as her own.  They include:

Michaele & Jim:  Anthony & Eliza Riley (Drake, James & Michael); Alyson     & Matt Shead (Leo, Jane); Hannah & Shawn Wheeler (Harrison).

Michael & Angie:  Nichole Bohnert and her fiancée Tyler Gluck; Aimee & Keith Eftink (Payton and Keaton) Jason Bohnert and Shane Bohnert.

 

A visitation will be held Sunday, February 12 from 2:00 – 4:00pm at Faupel Funeral Home, 7524 Ridge Road, Port Richey, FL. 34668.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00am Monday, February 13 at St. James The Apostle Catholic Church, 8400 Monarch Dr. in Port Richey, with Pastor Michael Cormier presiding.  An additional memorial service to be held in Missouri will be planned for late Spring.

 

The family requests memorials be made to the American Red Cross.