Obituaries for the week of Oct. 29, 2020 | The Observer Information (South Shore | Riverview
Published on: October 29, 2020
Robert J. “Pete” Coleman
Robert J. “Pete” Coleman, 79, passed away on October 10, 2020, at his home in Sun City Center. Fla., After a period of health decline. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, April 17, 1941, and remained there until he moved to the Sun City Center in 2005. Pete held his job as a medical representative. He loved to paddle a boat and loved woodworking.
Pete is survived by his wife, Gerry; son Brian (Peter); founder, Christopher (Kristy) Crissler; stepdaughter, Katrina (Jerald) Prater; and grandson, Colin Crissler. He also leaves behind his sisters, Julie Coleman and Sally (Steve) Saks.
A memorial service will be held later. Memorial donations can be made to LifePath Hospice.
Keith Connes, 94, died of cancer on October 5, 2020, at his home in Sun City Center. Keith was born in Manhattan, New York City, on January 24, 1926. He is survived by his wife, Fely, and a loving and caring wife. They also leave behind their son, Lee Connes; and grandchildren, Brandon and Nicole, in North Carolina.
Keith Connes went to Ithaca College to study sports and music. He was a businessman in New York City, leaving his corporate career to become a freelancer and moving to California. He also performed and wrote plays throughout his life. He experienced life from small airplanes, including hot blocks, and the deep depth of the sea swimming in the water. Keith has written a number of books, most recently through word-for-word, and has written books and taught classes on this. With the recurrence of cancer, he is trying to complete the publication of his most recent book about our Vice President who became President. Keith has worked for Toastmasters, a computer team, several writing teams and the History Society of Kings Point where he presents the shows. Keith hugged his life tightly and enthusiastically.
His relatives and friends miss his point and are fascinated by what he wrote. Remembering him brings a smile. Keith Connes was a great musician and storyteller, a strong and fun person. What a wonderful life!
According to his wishes, no funeral was held.
Evelyn Kimball Gates
Evelyn Kimball Gates died peacefully at the age of 99 on October 14, at Sun City Center, Florida, where she and her husband Harold have been living in recent years. Her long and full life was filled with a loving family, many friends, a commitment to teaching and participation and leadership in her community.
Born in Natick, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1921, the daughter of Hosmer and Florence (Felt) Kimball lived for a long time in Ashland, where she attended public school and continued her studies in economics, class 1943, from Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. Shortly after graduating from WWII, Evelyn worked for Lever Brothers in Boston. She soon married her husband Harold, a returning Air Force WWII pilot, and began a happy 76-year-old marriage together filled with the experience of four children, careers and travels.
Not interested in education, Evelyn taught first grade at Ashland public schools for 24 years. “She stood for what teachers should be: patient, fair, compassionate, consistent and consistent. All children can learn.” During these years she and her husband enjoy traveling and time. he often travels with Harold on a flight to explore new destinations and take his friends to the United States.
After resigning from the teaching profession, he started a new career with Ashland Directions, a local issue, where he became its editor. His love and respect for others motivated them to join him in this work. For her excellent work in educating and helping the community, Evelyn was honored to be nominated for the “Wall of Fame” in Ashland where the graduates of Ashland High School are known for their unique role in American practice.
Above all, Evelyn dearly loved family and friends. She was warm and friendly and very happy to keep in touch with people. Her 10 great-grandchildren enjoyed spending time bathing in the pool or visiting a family camp in Maine. He was precious to all who had the joy of knowing him.
He leaves his wife Harold; and her four children and their families: Beverly and Joseph Gracia of Mattapoisett and their children: Caroline, Glynnis and Joseph; Wendell and Mary Elise of Mashpee and their children, Jeffrey and Kimberly; Carol and Michael Rice of Plymouth with their daughters, Gretchen and Rebecca; Emily and Richard Brown of Dartmouth with their daughters: Carrie, Alison and Deborah. He also leaves behind his brother, Russell Kimball (Beverly Heaton) of Eastham; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many grandchildren. Evelyn’s family would like to thank all those who have been kind and caring for her during her last years, especially Teresa Rowe-Wilson, a friend and caregiver, who has cared for her lovingly and respectfully for months.
Thanks to COVID-19, a family funeral will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Ashland Public Library, Attn. Paula Bonetti, director, 66 Front St., Ashland, MA 01721.
A John A. Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St., Ashland, MA 01721, tel 508-881-1444.
Lois E. Hawbaker
Lois Elisabeth (‘Libby’) Hawbaker, 99, of Sun City Center, Fla., Passed on peacefully to eternal life on October 6, 2020. Libby was born July 23, 1921, in New Brighton, Pa., To William Frederick Rotzler and Mary Elizabeth Miller Rotzler. Libby and George, their husbands over 73, made Sun City Center their home in 1981 and relocated to Sun Towers in 2010.
Libby loved her Master, her family, and she was smiling and kind words to everyone. She was selected May Queen in college and graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., As a valedictorian in her class with English and a few songs. After graduation, Libby taught English and music. After World War II, she married her college sweetheart, George, and settled in Hagerstown, Md. He and George received a number of international visitors through local programs. After George changed jobs, working in the US State department, Libby was the best in George. They dove pigeons to learn Portuguese and their culture before being sent to their first country in South America, Brazil. Libby also assisted George in his role in Africa, Nigeria, Zambia and Mauritania. They participated in the circuits, often teaching English in a secondary or second language. They were also happy to support their husbands’ responsibilities. Libby is also committed to helping local women learn how to create a balanced diet, provide health for their families and take care of their children and young children.
Libby is survived by his daughter, Ruth Rowe of Winter Springs, Fla .; son, Lynn Hawbaker (Maryellen) of Bettendorf, Iowa; his brother-in-law, David S. Hawbaker of Allison Park, Pa .; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many dear family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George D. Hawbaker, of the Sun City Center in 2019; and his three siblings: William Rotzler of Marshall, Texas; Ruth Rotzler of Sun City Center, Fla .; and Paul Rotzler of Greensburg, Pa.
A life celebration will take place later in Pennsylvania where both Libby and George will be buried. The family asks that anyone who wants to donate money in memory of Libby can go to the church that Libby and George loved and go to, Friendship Baptist Church, 1511 El Rancho Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please enter your name and address and any donations to thank the family personally. .