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Deaths in Central Florida: 2/20

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LAKE

Barbara Laux Barbara Robertson Laux was born in Hartford, Ct. in 1926. She grew up in the small Connecticut town of Coventry and graduated from Manchester, CT high school in 1944. She was one of six children of Lawrence and Isobel Gall Robertson. Barbara attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs and worked there from 1945 - 1952. She was secretary to the dean of the liberal arts college when she married James M. Laux in 1952. She and her husband, a professor of history, lived in Cincinnati, OH from 1957 - 1995. In these years she worked as an assistant to the vice president of finance of the Lunkenheimer valve company and volunteered extensively at the local public radio station, at Bethesda Hospital, and at the League of Women Voters. The Laux’s had three sons: Robert J. and his wife Zakina, who now live in London, England, Stephen A. and his wife Marianne, who live in West Chester, OH, and Fritz L. and his wife Liliana who live in Tulsa, OK. After Jim’s retirement in 1995, the Laux’s moved to Mount Dora, FL, where Barbara was active in the Hospice organization and in the Friends of the Library.

ORANGE

Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Kenneth Cooksey Jim was born in Louisa, Kentucky on July 10, 1937, to June Cooksey and Lafe Cooksey, Jr. He is survived by his wife Kay and son Jimmie of Orlando, daughter Elizabeth Paolero, (Anthony), grandchildren Maddie and A.J. of Portsmoth, RI, sister Marybeth Goodburn (Paul) of Deerfield Beach Island, FL, and extended family, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary King of KY, and Mathew Butler of GA. Although Jim battled lung cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam since 2007, complications following a hip surgery were the cause of his death. Jim’s memorial service will be held at 10 am Saturday, February 23, at Colonial Chapel/Carey Hand: 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL, 32806. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Full Obituary at careyhand.com/obituariesIn lieu of flowers, please support the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, 1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730, Chicago, IL 60601 (800-377-3978) https://dystonia-foundation.org/donate

Jean Curtis Yothers Jean Curtis Yothers, native Orlandoan, popular columnist and local historian, died Feb 15, 2019 at the age of 95. She came from the pioneer Joseph Bumby family who came to Orlando from England in 1873.The original Bumby Hardware store, the first brick building in Orlando, still stands on Church Street Station. JY was a beloved friend, aunt and sister. Miss Yothers was a celebrated local in the community, first as an Orlando Sentinel columnist (1954-1973) and then as the director of the Orange County Historical Museum (Loch Haven Park), forerunner to the Orange County Regional History Center, from 1976-1986. She was born on Dec. 5, 1923, to Ada Bumby Yothers and William W. Yothers. She attended Delaney grammar school, Cherokee Junior High, and Orlando High School before going to Florida State College for Women. After graduating from college in 1945, she became an integral part of the Women’s Department at the Orlando Sentinel. It was then that her literary skills and humor were recognized and she was assigned the daily challenge of a newsy, human interest column, “On the Town.” It became the highlight of the social scene, laced with humorous anecdotes, bits of local color, feature stories and interviews with presidents and celebrities like Elvis Presley and Cary Grant. After retiring from the Sentinel, she became Curator at the Orange County Historical Museum, bringing her wit, wisdom and passion for local history. Under her guidance at the museum, the Leu House Restoration project was fulfilled and the historic house in Leu Gardens opened to the public. In 1986, she was honored by the Orange County Board of Commission for her dedication and contribution to the preservation of Orange County’s history.She has been the recipient of the Donald Cheney Award in 1992 for “outstanding contributions to the preservation and memory of Central Florida,” the Downtown Women’s Achievement Award in 1972 in the “professions” category and in 1976 in the “arts” category, and Best Column and Best Feature awards from the Sentinel in the 1960s and 1970s. She was a member of the Rosalind Club, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Alumnae Club, Junior League, Antiquarian Society, Orlando Country Club, and the 1st Tuesday Book Club.Her survivors include sister, Eleanor Yothers Fisher, Winter Park, nephews Dr. William Fisher (Houston), Lawrence Curtis Fisher (Stacey), Apopka, and nieces Julie Jean Fisher (Longwood), Judy Scharffs, (Salt Lake City), great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Services to be held at the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, downtown at 11:00 on Feb. 25. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801) or Vitas Hospice Care (2201 Lucien Way Suite 100 Maitland, FL 32751).

Edward F. Esposito Edward F. Esposito, 98 of Orlando, Florida passed away February 14, 2019. Mr. Esposito was born January 5, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles and Josephine Esposito. He is survived by many loving family and friends. DeGusipe Funeral Home 407-695-CARE(2273)

Jean Kostik Jean Dawson Kostik, age 96, died Saturday, February 16, 2019 at her home. Born 5 Aug, 1922 in Orlando to the late Robert Bartelle Dawson (Secretary/Treasurer of Datson Dairies and Commodore of the Orlando Yacht Club on Lake Conway) and Nell Mae (Datson) Dawson, Jean was the granddaughter of early Orlando resident and dairyman, Burton Clarence Datson, who began B.C. Datson & Sons Cloverleaf Dairy in Orlando in 1915, which later became Datson Dairies until it was sold to Borden’s in 1951. It was the first commercial dairy in Central Florida. Jean started her schooling at Delaney Elementary, which is now the Beardall Center, then went on to Cherokee Junior High. She graduated from Orlando High School, now Howard, in 1941 and attended Sullins College in Bristol, VA majoring in Home Economics. Longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Jean was also active in the PineCastle Garden Club, and philanthropist, among them American Red Cross, CBN, and Salvation Army. Her joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by son, William John (Marlene C.) Kostik, Jr and daughters, Jeanell Dawson Kostik (Hayes S.) Ball, both in Orlando, and Sheila Kostik (David L.) Jackson, Glenside, PA; grandchildren, Neilie B. Ball (Kurt W.) Hamby, Orlando, Michael David (Claudia L.) Jackson, Philadelphia, Katrina Marie Kostik (David R.) Garcia, Atlanta, and John Peter Kostik, Orlando; and great grandchildren, Gabriel David Jackson, Neil Alexander Hamby, Julianna Olivia Hamby, and Sebastian David Garcia. She was predeceased by her husband, Lt. Cdr. William John Kostik (USN - a Navy Ace in WWII), who died in 1986 and her grandson, Christopher Mark Jackson, who died in 2011.

Janet S. May Janet S. May, of Orlando, FL, left her earthly home here in Orlando on February 17, 2019 to be with her Lord and Savior and loved ones who have passed on. She was born in Cumberland, Maryland, on July 24, 1927, to James B. and Naomi Pyle. She graduated from Parsons High School in West Virginia and Frostburg State University, Maryland, fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher. She taught in Maryland, North Carolina, California, West Virginia and Florida. She married her favorite Marine, Ron May and they had one son Ronald James May. When Ron was discharged from the Marines, and completed his education at West Virginia University, they moved to Florida and Janet resumed teaching. She taught in Orlando until her retirement after thirty-two years. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and working with children for many years at East Orlando Baptist Church. She and Ron later moved their membership to Dover Shores Baptist. Janet was predeceased by her parents and one brother, James B. Pyle and his wife Madeline of N.C.She is survived by her loving husband Ron, her son and his wife, Ron and Vicki May of Tarpon Springs, two granddaughters, Ashley May and Taylor McDermott (Patrick), one grandson, Greyson May (Melissa) and one great grandson, Kaleb May. She is also survived by three nieces, one nephew and many friends. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.

SEMINOLE

Juliana M. Boesch Juliana M. Boesch, 85 of Winter Springs, Florida passed away February 17, 2019. Ms. Boesch was born May 15, 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio to James and Juliet Meek. She is survived by many loving family and friends. DeGusipe Funeral Home 407-695-CARE(2273)

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