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Sue A. Styers, 74, Bradenton, died Aug 29, 2014. Born in Lancaster, OH she moved to Bradenton in 1968 and was a member of the Church at Bradenton. 

Survived by sons, Richard K. Starowesky of North Port, FL and Sean A. Starowesky of Bradenton, FL; brother, Ralph Smith of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Madison and Jordan; and best friend, Jan Baither.

Funeral Services 11AM Saturday, Sept 6, 2014 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel with Burial to follow at Fogartyville Cemetery. Memorial donations to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.


Joseph Charles Dabek, 87, died Aug 20, 2014. He was born in Pittsburg, PA, and lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Ingrid and two daughters, Susan and Tiffany. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon.

He received a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from UCLA and University of Hartford. He was employed by United Technologies as a service marketing engineer in the aviation industry, taking him around the world from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran. During the Korean War he spent one year in Japan as a technical advisor to the U.S. Air Force.

A Funeral Service will be held 9:30 AM Thurs, Aug 28, in the Chapel at St Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. Arrangements by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel. Burial Services will be at 12:30PM Thurs, Aug 28, at Sarasota National Cemetery. A private reception will follow. Condolences made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Thelma M. Bowlby, passed away August 17, 2014 at Westminster Towers in Bradenton, FL. She was born 93 years ago in Muscatine, Iowa, growing up in a family with six siblings. Married to Orrin D. Bowlby, they retired to Bradenton in 1980 from Austin, MN where they had a successful CPA firm for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clyde and Alice Albrecht; her husband, Orrin Bowlby; five siblings; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces. She is survived by her three children, Rev. William Bowlby, Portland OR, Shirley Smith, (Dr. Theodore Smith) Ruskin, FL and Douglas Bowlby, Rochester, MN, seven grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She loved her church and was a faithful member of Emmanuel Methodist Church. Most of her adult life she was an art teacher; a porcelain artist, she taught many students through the years including several family members. Loving to share, many homes are graced with her artwork. She was loved by many and will be missed.

The family is most grateful for the care she received at Westminster Towers, as was she. She came to love and appreciate many of the caregivers there. Our heartfelt thanks to them. 

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge of arrangements. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.


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