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Jacqueline "Jaci" L. Erickson a long time resident of Hillsboro Beach passed away on February 8, 2018 at the age of 86. She had been coming to Ft Lauderdale and Hillsboro Beach since 1967 and moved here permanently in 1985. Her beloved father, Jack Erickson, was Mayor of Hillsboro Beach in the 1970s. She loved it here. She was an avid diver, snorkeler, and fierce in her protection of the environment, especially the ocean and beaches. She had a long and brilliant career that spanned New York City, Washington DC and Boca Raton. She loved life and lived a lot of life in her 86 years – traveled the world, scuba dived in most, if not all, of the Caribbean. She had an incredible thirst for knowledge, always reading, always learning. She read the Wall Street Journal from cover to cover and never missed a cross word puzzle. She is survived by 2 nephews and 5 nieces and 2 very close friends. We will miss our beloved Jaci.

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Mary Jane Lacy, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Deerfield Beach, Florida on January 10, 2018. Mary Jane was born in Trenton, NJ on February 19, 1944. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Starin, parents John R. and Mary Lacy, brother, Jack Lacy, and her twin sister, Donna Mae Passarelli. She is survived by her nephew, Ralph W. Passarelli, III, M.D., niece, Christine Passarelli, great nephews, Luke and Eli, and great niece, Ava-Margaret. She is also survived by her niece, Shannon Lacy and her daughter, Roan. Mary Jane graduated from Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Trenton, New Jersey. She worked tirelessly as a Registered Nurse for over forty years. She retired as a Nurse Case Manager and enjoyed her retirement with Maggie, her constant canine companion and her many loyal friends. Mary Jane loved her life. She enjoyed working in her yard, reading, and walking her dog. She spent many wonderful moments with her family and friends. She will truly be missed and her memory will be eternal. The family will have a private gathering with close family and friends. In-lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in memory of her twin sister, Donna Mae Passarelli.

Alma Wilf Reibstein of Pompano Beach, Fla., died peacefully on Feb. 22, 2018. Predeceased by her loving husband Albert and cherished daughter Roslyn. Survived by her sons, Robert and Richard, daughter-in-law, Susan, and her grandchildren, Marissa and Reed. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Bessie and Benjamin Wilf and sister of Mervin. Alma was extremely active in philanthropic and religious activities. From 1962 to 1965, she was president of the Ruth Marks Magilner chapter of B’nai B’rith, which was then the largest chapter in Philadelphia. Alma also worked as a travel agent for 40 years in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale. After moving to Florida in the 1970s, she became a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Bat Yam in East Fort Lauderdale. A memorial service was held on Feb. 23 at Temple Bat Yam. Graveside funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, 12 p.m. at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pa. Contributions in Alma’s memory may be made to Temple Bat Yam, 5151 NE 14th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 (954-928-0410).

Henry Craig Lyko, 63, of Tamarac passed away February 12, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and dedicated his life to cancer research, painting and writing. He was survived by his parents Hank and Shirley and siblings Linda and David.

Paula S. Pereira, 51, of (Harbordale), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, passed away on February 16, 2018. She was born in Canada on December 2, 1966 and moved to Florida as an infant. She was the daughter of the late John H. Pereira of Ft. Lauderdale and the late Ruth Pereira of Dania Beach. Paula spent her childhood in Dania Beach and graduated from South Broward High School where she was on the girl’s water polo team. She was in the Real Estate Business and owned and operated several properties and served with the Harbordale Civic Assoc. She was always cheerful, generous, and loved life. Paula was a team leader with the Citizens on Patrol, Fort Lauderdale P.D., where she was admired by everyone and will be missed by all. Paula suffered most of her adult life with Crohn’s disease and passed away from complications of surgery. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fred Hunter Funeral Home, 718 S. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale.

Nancy McMillian Peggs, 92 of Ft. Lauderdale passed away Feb. 23, 2018 Please visit

Patricia Mary Quandt, 59, of Wilton Manors, Fl. passed away on February 21,2018.

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Ronald J. Schmid, 70, of Davie, passed away February 16, 2018. Survived by sister, Pattie (Skip) Stokes; brother, Robert (Rita) Schmid; niece, Joyce and nephews, Michael, Jesse & Andy. Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, March 3, 10:00 AM at Saint David Catholic Church. Please sign online guestbook,

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Eugene Lawrence Viglione died of a heart attack in Charlotte,North Carolina on Feb.15, 2018. He was 86. "Gene" was a fun loving adventurer who thought nothing of moving over 80 times in his life, with wife and 4 children in tow, staying in each place until he got a "better offer". He was a salesman for the Ford Motor Company in New Jersey, Germany, California, Hawaii and Florida and retired from Lexus Beverly Hills. He was married for 24 years twice, first to Vera Yonkers, mother of his four children, Victoria, David, Valerie and Vanessa, second time to Billie. He is also survived by grandchildren: Gaur, Amber and David and great grandchildren: Sophia, Anthony, Ewan and Elle.He was a pilot. Rotarian, minister,Light Bringer, gourmand, story teller and master of disguise.Memorials will be taking place worldwide wherever his friends and family gather.Online condolences may be shared at

Brian C Connelly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida passed away on January 11,2018 at Holy Cross Hospital of renal failureBrian was born on September 17, 1947 in New York and was the youngest child of 6 children born to Dorothy and Gene Connelly. Brian is survived by his 2 brothers-Kevin and Barry and by his 3 sisters Moira, Lynn and Tara.Brian was a US Navy Veteran and served aboard Destroyers in the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean. Brian served his community as a Police Officer and later established his own security service for the business community in Ft Lauderdale.Brian was a warm and loving person. He always had a story or a joke to brighten up any occasion, but Heaven has gained a bright new light. Brian requested that those who would like to honor his memory make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project who helps soldiers that have lost a limb in the service to our Country. Brian’s ashes will be spread at sea and a memorial Plaque will be installed at Sarasota National Cemetery in his honor.

Millar, William Rodney “Rod” – Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, January 31, 1943. Died at home, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, February 17, 2018 following a brief illness.True to his extraordinary strength of will and un-wavering love and commitment to family and friends, Rod fought hard until the end. Survived by his wife Cheryl; daughters, Kelly (Scott Wainman), Katherine (Scott Wilson); adoring grandchildren, Mackenzie, Tye, Payton, Reid; special brother Lenny and sister Deborah.There are simply no words to describe the emptiness his passing will leave in the lives of all that loved and knew him well. Later this Summer, Rod will be remembered with a “toast and a tale” at his home in Chester, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory to a charity of your choice.

Harold W. Hearn, aka Johnny Keyes of Pompano Beach, FL passed peacefully on February 16, 2018 at the age of 92. Navy Veteran of World War II, Musical Entertainer for 35 years. Faithful servant of God at Sonrise Mission in Fort Lauderdale for 24 years. Beloved husband of Marta after 62 years of marriage. Devoted father to Mark, Jocelyn, and Tracy. Loving grandfather to Benjamin, Michael, Brittney, and Carly. Memorial Services to be held on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at New Covenant Church on the Lake, 1101 NW 33rd St, Pompano Beach, Fl 33064.

James G. Brewer (Jim) of Wilton Manorsdied on February 13, 2018. He will be missed byhis sisters Vicki & Karen and his many friends.Online condolences are available at Barbara

Margie Turner-Boudreau died in Lauderhill, FL on February 22, 2018. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Bob Boudreau; stepchildren, Stephanie and Bobby; sisters, Terry Rousse, Robin Turner, and Krista Bedenblah; nephews, nieces, and grandson. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, February 26 from 2-5pm at Barbara Falowski Funeral Home in Ft. Lauderdale.

Charles W. Clark (Chuck) 91, of Tamarac, FL went to be with his Lord on February 17, 2018. Chuck was the foster son of the late Frank and Nellie Becker of Darien, NY. Chuck studied at Eastman School of Music in Buffalo, NY. He also studied modern dance and performed in various Broadway shows. Chuck danced on top TV shows including the Perry Como Show. Between shows he did many television commercials and was a professional model. After moving to Florida, Chuck went on to sing in the night club circuit in the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami area. Chuck was one of Florida’s top floral designers, teaching floral design and working with many leading designers. Chuck was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir for many years. He always believed in doing what he loved most and to the very best of his ability. Visitation: 5-7 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Fred Hunter Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Home, 718 S. Federal Hwy. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 901 NE 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale.

Susanne M. Porter (89) passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018. Born in Berlin, Germany, trained as a watchmaker, she emigrated to Canada in 1951. She moved to California in 1964, where she had a successful life and a career as a real estate broker. In 2002, she moved to South Florida with the love of her life, Sidney. They enjoyed traveling all over the world to the locations of her military children. She was proud to share her story of an immigrant who had four children serving in the United States Air Force. Susanne leaves behind her loving husband, Sidney, children: Jeanette (Brian) Weinberg, Andrew (Cecilia) Heydeck, Patricia Frosch, and Caroline Drummond. She will also be missed by seven grandsons, Andrew (Tracey), Kyle (Adriana), Eli (Regan), Westley (Rachel), Andrew, Brandon, and Derek (Si), and her delights, great granddaughters Aubrie and Evalie.A Remembrance Service will be held at John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, March 14 at 3:00 p.m. Susanne will be laid to rest at the Williamsburg Memorial Park, VA. In honor of Susanne, who enjoyed the birds on the lake, those who desire may make memorial donations to the Maggie Goetz Bird Fund at John Knox Village Foundation, 651 SW 6th Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

Philip Fisher, 94, of Delray Beach, FL passed away on Tuesday, February 20. He is survived by his loving nephews Dr. Eric Udoff (Ronni) of Marietta GA, Sol, Louis, and Moshe Danoff of Israel, four great-nephews and one great-niece, and special friend Sharon Hickey of Kendall, FL.

Myra (Rosen) Spolter, devoted wife, mother, and “Nana” died in January at the age of 82. She will be remembered by her sons Loring and Randy, daughter-in-law Ellen, granddaughters, Leila and Hayley, as well as many friends in North Miami Beach, Boynton Beach, and throughout the region. Myra moved to South Florida from Newark, NJ at the age of 16, and attended Miami Beach High. She was married to Gerald Spolter for fifty years, and they raised a family in NMB. Myra went back to school where she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Barry Univ. and a Master of Social Work from FIU. In addition to being a social worker, Myra was a life member of Hadassah, avid reader, world traveler, mah jongg player, and BMW enthusiast. Memorial donations may be made to Hadassah or the American Cancer Society.

Cohen, Audrey Broodson, 83, of Boynton Beach passed away February 22, 2018. Beth Israel Boynton Chapel.

Leonard Cobrin, a retired Philadelphia realtor passed away February 19, 2018.Leonard was born at home on January 26, 1920 in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. He was one of four siblings and moved to Wynnefield Pennsylvania two years later where he would spend the majority of his life with the exception of three years which he spent overseas.He attended Overbrook High School and in 1942 entered the Army Reserve. Mr Cobrin shipped out the following year and was stationed in Salpan in the Pacific Theater for the duration of World War II. Upon his exit from the service in 1946, he worked for his father’s real estate company, Benjamin Cobrin and Company. Later that year he became president of the business which he would lead until its sale in 1992. He stayed on as a consultant until his retirement in 2008. In his 60 years in the business, he was known as a staunch advocate for equal opportunity housing. One of his proudest accomplishments as a realtor was his role in helping to create a relationship between the Pennsylvania real estate industry and the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Human Relations Commissions. In addition to his term as the president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors in 1969, he also served on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. He is remembered as a patron of the arts with a special interest in musical theatre.Mr. Cobrin is survived by his son Jeffrey and his partner of 32 years Sondra Gittis as well as her 3 daughters, 3 son-in-laws and 7 grandchildren.There will be a memorial held at a later date.

William B. Koren 6 May 1935 – 16 February 2018Loving Father, brother, mentor and friend passed away peacefully after 82 years of life. Born in Washington, Bill was the oldest of three children born to Andrew and Marvel Koren. Bill lived a wonderful and eventful life serving in the US Navy conducting anti-submarine patrols and US Coast Guard conducting rescue operations and ice berg patrols as a pilot upon graduation from The California Maritime Academy. After completion of his service, Bill served as a pilot for Pan American Airlines for 27 years, conducting not only passenger operations, but troop transport flights during the Vietnam War. Bill completed his airline career with United Airlines. Bill is survived by his sister, four children and four grandchildren.

Thomas Albert Kubler of Helen Ga. passed away Friday Jan. 26th 2018, born June 20th 1950 in Englewood N.J. Graduated 1969 from Fort Lauderdale High school. Preceded in death by father Albert Kubler,and son William Kubler. Survivors include mother Nadine Kubler, brother and sister in law, John and Sharon Kubler, daughter Susan Kubler, and grandchildren Bradley and Nickolas Sullens, William and Patrick Sorrows.

Merwin James (Jim) Nabit passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the age of 95 years. He was the husband of Dorothy E. Nabit (deceased) and father of Charles J. Nabit. Born in Trenton, N.J., he was the son of Charles and Jenny Nabutovsky and loving brother to Beatrice, Audrey and Allen. Jim Nabit was a life long entrepreneur, and possessed a keen intellect and a tireless work ethic. He was a successful executive in the healthcare field, having developed and operated many different specialty properties from nursing homes to psychiatric hospitals. He served as President of American Health Services, a publically-traded company. Jim Nabit is survived by his son, Charles Nabit, as well as daughter-in-law Mary Kathryn Nabit, and grandchildren Anna Grace and John Alexander. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 1:00PM at the Temple Beth El Mausoleum, Boca Raton, FL.

Carroll Sue (Collins) Miller died suddenly on February 21, 2018 in Sarasota Florida at the age of 79. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Paul G Miller. Carroll was born to Jesse Marie (Wilson) Collins and James Edward Collins on May 21, 1938 in Rivesville West Virginia. She is survived by her four children; son Paul Edward Miller and his wife Sonya Smith of Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, daughters Sheila Marie Parsons and her husband Theodore Parsons Junior of Sterling Connecticut, Diana Lynn Saadoun and her husband Herve Saadoun of Nokesville Virginia and Stephanie Joan Miller of Coral Springs Florida, as well as nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty Joan Schauffner and Shelby Elaine Headley of Danville Virginia and her brothers William Headley of Danville Virginia and Brad Headley of Mount Morris Pennsylvania. A joint service will be held for interment of the ashes of Carroll and Paul at the South Florida National Cemetery at a later date.

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