Dahlia C. Barreda

Dahlia C. Barreda, 71, of Tampa and formerly Bradenton Beach, died Jan 9. Mrs. Barreda was a Florida native. She and her family moved to Bradenton Beach in the early 1970s, and she was elected to the city commission for one term in 1986. “She was a lovely lady, a dear friend and a pleasure to work with,” said Doris Silverthorn, former Bradenton Beach city clerk. “Dahlia did a great job as commissioner. She did her homework, and every item up for vote was studied until she was confident she was making the best decision for her city. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was someone who listened to everyone. She surely will be missed by her family and her friends.” “She was a great person,” remembered Alice Baird, Anna Maria city clerk and also a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach. “I enjoyed being around her.” Baird said she remembered a party for city employees where Mrs. Barreda brought in “a huge bowl of paella, with chicken and all sorts of stuff. I have no idea how long it took her to make it, but we loved it.” “She brought in a lot of sunshine to clean up Bradenton Beach,” said former resident Joe Kane, who was active in a drive to oust the sitting city commissioners in the late 1980s. “She was straightforward, and looked at you like she was your mother.” “It was very satisfying to her to raise her family and live for many years on Anna Maria Island,” said son Mark. Mrs. Barreda attended San Carlos, St. Josephs and OLPH schools and was a nursing student at St. Elizabeth hospital in Elizabeth, N.J. Her contributions continued in service and love to her communities in Tampa and Anna Maria Island. She was an early supporter of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. She was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church,Tampa. Memorial services were Jan. 13 and a Funeral Mass Jan. 14 in Tampa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rafael J., MD, and her father, A. Manolo Alvarez. She is survived by sons Ralph J., Peter T. and wife Marisela, and Mark A.; daughter Julie Barreda Bruyn and husband John; brother Peter; sisters Dionisia, Norma and Shirley: grandchildren Emily C., Maria N, Benjamin A. and A. Zoe; and mother Mercedes B. Guerra.

Scott B. King

Scott B. King, 32, of Holmes Beach, died Jan 10. Formerly of Durant, Miss., Mr. King moved to Holmes Beach in 1990. No services were planned. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. He is survived by son Alex of Anna Maria; sisters Stacy Gandy and Cynthia Calcote, both of Brooksville; parents Calvin and Susan of Anna Maria; and fiance Sarah Wildey.

Samuel ‘Poppop’ Riddell

Samuel “Poppop” Riddell, 97, of Holmes Beach, died Jan 8. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Riddell moved to Florida from Havertown, Pa., in 1967. He was a structural engineer with Bellmont Iron Works and later worked for Welman-Lord in Lakeland before moving to Holmes Beach 36 years ago. He was a graduate of Upper Darby High School and Drexel University. Memorial services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. He is survived by daughters Lois DeBona and husband James, Judith O’Donnell and husband Bill, and Susan Curtin and husband Gerry; grandsons Cole Bowers, Mark Bowers, Kenny Bowers, Matthew Bowers, Kevin Curtin, Chris Curtin, Jason Riggs and Jeffrey Riggs; eight grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Gladys Fern Smith

Gladys Fern Smith, 91, of Osceola, Ind., and Anna Maria Island, died Jan 6. Born in Wakarusa, Ind., Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She was a 1936 graduate of Mishawaka High School, Ind. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross in the Chicago area. She was a member of the Faith Fellowship Church in Irons, Mich., and Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship Church, 8889 W. Six Mile Road, Irons MI 49644. She is survived by husband Russell W. of Osceola; sister Dorothy E. Gillaspy of Elkhart, Ind.; niece Barbara Robinia of Atlanta, Ga.; and nephew Robert Raymond of Osceola.

Jean Vesely

Jean Victoria Vesely, 78, of Holmes Beach, died Jan 7. Visitation was Jan. 10, and services Jan. 11 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She is survived by husband, Bob; daughters Gail Arnost, Lori, Jill Kingure and Beth Terlizzi; son Mark; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Passed On

Marion L. MacVicar

Marion L. MacVicar, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and formerly Holmes Beach, died Dec 30. Mrs. MacVicar was born in Altmont, Mich., and spent most of her adult life in Flint, Mich. She retired to Florida in 1980, then moved back to Kalamazoo in 2006. Locally, she was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church and the Key Royale Club. A local memorial service will be announced. A celebration of her life was held on Jan. 4 in Kalamazoo and online guestbook comments are welcome at She is survived by sons James and wife Nancy of Holmes Beach, and Dean and wife Linda of Kalamazoo; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

William G. ‘Bill’ Olsen

William G. “Bill” Olsen, 93, of Bradenton, died Jan 5. Formerly of New Jersey, Mr. Olsen moved to Florida in 1979, and to Bradenton in 2002. He worked in New Jersey for 50 years before his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Roser Memorial Community Church for 25 years and was active in the Men’s Club, served as an usher and Deacon, and was responsible for many church dinners, with the pancake breakfasts being his favorite. A memorial service will be held at 10 am Friday, Jan 11, at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Edwina; son Bill and wife Barbara of Texas; daughter Kris and husband Rick of New Jersey; and grandchildren Blake of Texas, Hillary and husband Adam of Colorado, and David and Jessie of New Jersey.

Ruth A. Rousseau

Ruth A. Rousseau, 78, of Bradenton and formerly of Brattleboro, Vt., died Jan 2. Mrs. Rousseau moved to Manatee County in 1994. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. She worked in customer service with Cheshire County Savings Bank, and volunteered in libraries of several elementary schools. She was a member of the American Red Cross and the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Southwest Florida Chapter, 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota FL 34232. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. She is survived by husband Richard; son Peter of Hanoi, North Vietnam; daughter Ann Morris Of Sewanee, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.

Harold Winer

Harold Winer, 94, of Longboat Key, died Jan 3. Mr. Winer moved to the area in 1972. He was a self-taught artist, and was featured at the former Salon Gallery on Longboat Key. He was known for sending handmade Christmas and Jewish New Year cards to friends and admirers, of which many resided on Anna Maria Island. He worked with teens at the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center, helping youth learn of art as a tool to change their lives, as well as with Manatee Glens Adolescent Recovery Center. He was named artist of the year in 1993 by the Sarasota Visual Art Center. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236; the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center, 1803 Fifth St W, Bradenton FL 34205; or Manatee Glens Adolescent Recovery Center, 1819 Fifth St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. He is survived by daughters Sandi Cooper of Longboat Key and Ann Arbor, Mich., and Shana Ross of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; son Kalman of Burkettville, Maine; close friend Claire Stern of Sarasota; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.