Loretta J. Cullen
SARASOTA, Fla. — Loretta J. Cullen, 78, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at the Hospice House of Sarasota.
She was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Ellenville, N.Y., the daughter of Harry and Cecelia (Gabrial) Christian. Mrs. Cullen was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Palms, and the Glenwood Chapter 303 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Bladensburg.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph J. Cullen;
a son, Jerry Cullen of Sarasota, Fla.; five daughters, Bonnie Jo Kitzmiller and
Christine McDevitt, both of Sarasota, Fla., Patricia Wehler of Grants Pass, Ore.,
and Cynthia Rae Gutridge and Wendy Marie Busenburg, both of Howard; 12 grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Christian of Kerhonkson, N.Y.; and a
half sister, Candice Mantone of Ellenville, N.Y.
The funeral will be Wednesday at noon in the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. This obituary and guest registry may be viewed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Walter L. Hicks
UTICA — Walter L. Hicks, 83, of Utica died Feb. 5, 2004, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 5, 1920, at Bridgeport, the son of Robert and Lanora V. (Runyon) Hicks Sr. He was retired from Velvet Ice Cream and was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Alice G. (Gray) Hicks of Utica; daughters, Susan Hyatt of Utica, Patricia Henry of Mount Vernon and Barb (Melvin) Gruber of Utica; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, James Robert Hicks, who died April 15, 1988; four brothers, Bill, Robert Jr., Melvern and Fred Hicks; and a sister, Alretta Plues.
Calling hours will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, where the funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Jimmie Boubary will officiate. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens.
Mildred Ann McKee
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Mildred Ann McKee passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She had been a resident of Lake Havasu City for the past 26 years.
Mildred, “Billie” to family and friends, was born in Richmond, Va., in October 1915 to Otis and Rosalie Thompson. As one of six children, she moved with her family to Mount Vernon, where she enjoyed her childhood, schools and youth.
A beautiful young woman in the early 1930s, Mildred was a capable vocalist of hit music of the time. She sang with well-known bands such as Little Jack Little at Ohio’s popular Buckeye Lake Pavilion. In retirement at Lake Havasu, she enjoyed boating, square dancing, RV travel, tennis and many other local activities.
Billie was married for 64 years to Wendell McKee who passed away in 2002. As the wife of a career U.S. Navy officer, Mildred joined the work force producing military munitions during World War II. Joining her husband on most assignments, she was able to enjoy living in many parts of the United States. She also delighted in a two-year residence in Japan.
Mildred is survived by three children, Wally Baker of Woodland Hills, Calif., Marilyn Robertson of Fullerton, Calif., and Stephen McKee of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She also leaves behind a brother, Ernest Thompson of Sun City, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. at the Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, 21 Riviera Blvd., Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Interment will be in Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.