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Miami AZ Obituaries and Death Notices

Morton Rosenberg

Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Samaritan Hospice for their compassionate help. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Morton’s name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or to the Beth Israel Synagogue, 920 Franklin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24016. The Rosenberg Family is being served by the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem, VA Telephone (540) 389-5441.

Mary Carolyn Bistline - Mysanfordherald

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bistline was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved as a baby to the family farm in Central, South Carolina (now Clemson), where her brother, Leland Stansell, was born.The small family then moved to Miami, Florida, where Carolyn spent her formative years until attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.Carolyn met Frederick Bistline at Florida Southern and married him in 1949, shortly after he graduated from there with his degree in Horticulture / Citrus. A year later, she graduated from Florida Southern herself with a degree in Early Childhood Education. At Florida Southern, Carolyn was very active in Alpha Delta Pi. One of her fondest memories of the college was seeing and talking with Frank Lloyd Wright as he walked the small campus in his flowing dark attire.Carolyn and Fred settled in Longwood, Florida, on Bistline family land. They raised four children under the big oaks and tall pines. For many years, the family was active at First Presbyterian Church of Sanford and the Farm Bureau of Central Florida. In their retirement years, Carolyn and Fred became members of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.Carolyn taught in many Seminole County Schools. She also founded the Oak Tree Kindergarten in Longwood. She was active in the Seminole Education Associat...

Obituaries for Wednesday, April 26 - Fresno Bee

Monday, May 01, 2017

He sold life insurance for 21 years. Service: 11 a.m. April 29 at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home. Remembrances: National Parkinson Foundation, 206 SE First St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or donor’s favorite charity.

Eminent Florida history professor Michael Gannon dies at 89 - Miami Herald

Monday, May 01, 2017

Great Cross.”Gannon, who was born in Oklahoma and moved to St. Augustine in 1941, received his doctorate in history from UF.He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Haugen.Here is a look back in the Miami Herald archives in 1996, when a Florida history book edited by Gannon was published:A major new history of Florida has just been published, the first in 25 years, and this one gives the common folk a break.The New History of Florida, a 480-page book written by 22 leading scholars and edited by University of Florida history Professor Michael Gannon, makes many corrections in the understanding of Florida's past 10,000 years. From musty, 450-year-old documents in archives in Spain to layers of dirt preserving the record of the American Indians who lived here before Europeans came, the experts have uncovered thousands of new facts. They know now that Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine, came primarily to establish the New World's first agribusiness empire, and kicking the French out of Florida was secondary. The Spanish got to Florida first. But 50 years later, the French horned in, setting up a major colony, Fort Caroline, at the mouth of the St. Johns River north of Jacksonville. Historians have long assumed that removing the French was Menendez's mission to Florida. But deep in the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain, Flagler College's Eugene Lyon discovered that Menendez came primarily as a speculator in Florida agriculture, forestry and shipbuilding. Menendez and King Philip II of Spain signed the contract before they had a clue the French were already here. Menendez founded St. Augustine, fended off a French attack, captured Fort Caroline and got on with his business of trying to make a fortune in Florida. And Lyon also found out a lot about regular Joes, like Alonso de Olmos. Olmos, a simple tailor who sewed the suits of cotton armor that Menendez's soldiers wore, now shows up in history alongside Menendez, Hernando de Soto and other luminaries of Spanish conquest. Who knows? Without tailoring by Olmos, St. Augustine might have been just another failed European settlement on the Atlantic coast instead of the oldest permanent city in North America, Gannon said. The New History of Floridareflects the explosion of Florida historical research made by the buildup of history departments at state universities, Gannon said. Faculty at eight state universities are among the authors. The University Press of Florida published The New History of Florida to celebrate the 150th anniversary of statehood. The big events have always been the outline of Florida history are there: conquest, statehood, the Civil War, railroads, the land boom of the 1920s, the military buildup of World War II, the influx of Northern retirees, the rise of tourism, the Cuban ...

Robert Heinrich

Saturday, April 08, 2017

United States Army. He married Willa Dean Stucker and together they had two boys, Joe Brent and Robert Dean. He married Mary Lou Stockton on January 15, 1965 in Miami, Oklahoma, and they made their home in Enid before moving to Billings in 1969, where he farmed and also owned the Allis Chalmers Implement Dealership, was a dirt contractor for the oilfield, and was also a crop insurance adjuster. They had three children, Michael, Melodie and Deidra. Following retirement, Robert enjoyed gardening, preferring vegetables over flowers.Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Emma Heinrich; daughter, Deidra Whitchurch; granddaughter Hannah Whitchurch; two brothers, Filmore Heinrich; Cletus Heinrich; and sister Imogene Harris. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, of the home in Hunter; four children, Joe Heinrich and wife Linda, of Billings; Michael Heinrich and wife Hui Chong, of Bellvue, WA; Melodie Frazier, of Oklahoma City, OK; son in law Bill Whitchurch, of Billings; brother Bob Heinrich and wife Denise, of Garber; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Jake.Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to the Enid Seventh Day Adventist Church with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. Condolences may be made and the services viewed online at

Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90 - Washington Post

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mr. Rickles himself. His reputation was established in 1957, when he noticed the often-combative Frank Sinatra in the audience at a nightclub in Miami Beach.Mr. Rickles poked fun at a recent movie Sinatra had made, then said, “Hey, Frank, make yourself at home. Hit somebody!”Sinatra burst out laughing, became one of Mr. Rickles’s biggest supporters, and a career was launched.Mr. Rickles did not tell jokes with traditional punchlines, did not make topical comments about the news and did not use crude profanity. Every show was spontaneous, built largely around his caustic observations about members of the audience. “There’s something truly artful about his delivery,” director Martin Scorsese — who hired Mr. Rickles to play a Las Vegas casino manager in the 1995 film “Casino” — once told the New York Times. “Many other comedians who practice insult humor are either way too broad or they hide behind a character,” Scorsese added, “but Rickles keeps this balance between levity and relentlessness. And it’s all improvised, which is really the hardest thing to do, and he makes it look like the easiest, most graceful thing in the world.”Short, bald and stocky, Mr. Rickles walked on the stage “looking like a snapping turtle surfacing in a pond,” as a New Yorker profile put it in 2004. He glanced around the room at his prey. Overweight people, men accompanied by younger women, racial and ethnic minorities — all were subject to his relentless barrage of smart-aleck buckshot.[Don Rickles was politically incorrect before it was incorrect. And at 90, he’s still going.]Mr. Rickles’s chief comedic weapons were exaggeration and ridicule, deployed in a rapid, sharp-tongued style that stacked one quip on top of another until audiences were helpless with laughter. He especially delighted in tweaking the rich and mighty and became renowned for his biting performances at celebrity roasts.“The bigger a person is,” Mr. Rickles told the Newark Star-Ledger in 1993, “the more pleasure I take in knocking them down a notch.”At a tribute to Clint Eastwood, Mr. Rickles said, “Clint, I’m sorry, but I just gotta say what’s on everybody’s mind here tonight: You’re a terrible actor.”While filming “Casino,” Mr. Rickles decided to needle the film’s star, Robert De Niro, who had twice won Academy Awards. “They warned me what a serious guy De Niro is,” Mr. Rickles told the New York Daily News. “They warned me not to make jokes. So the third day of shooting, I looked him straight in the face and told him: ‘I can’t work with you. You can’t act.’ The guy fell on the floor. He didn’t stop laughing for 18 weeks. Scorsese fell on the floor too, but he’s so small we couldn’t find him.”Mr. Rickles developed a persona that was a carefully crafted combination of cocksure wiseguy, playground bully and naughty, insecure child who just pulled the dog’s tail. In the 1950s, he was working in Washington at a cr...

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Christian Norris

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017. He was born on June 22, 1990 in Tulsa to David L. and Shelly D. (Renfro) Norris. Christian graduated from Ketchum High School in 2009, then attended NEO A&M College in Miami, where he received his Associates Degree, he was currently attending NSU in Broken Arrow and was finishing his last classes this semester for his degree. Christian was an employee of Carter’s Grocery Store in Vinita. He was also a very dedicated writer, and was planning to be a professional writer. Christian had belonged to the drama club, writing club, academic club, and played saxophone in the band while in school. He was an avid gamer, writer and movie connoisseur. Christian also loved to watch his favorite football team the Miami Dolphins.The family includes; his parents, David and Shelly Norris of the home; his brothers, Caleb A. Norris of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania and Noah A. Norris of Ketchum; his grandparents, Dorothy and Bob Renfro of Ketchum, Elaine and Billy Kerns of Ramona, Fred and Jackie Norris of Tulsa.The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita.The funeral service will held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM, in the Luginbuel Chapel, with Pastor Tommy Scott officiating. Interment will follow at the K...

Rita Woodward

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Survivors include: her loving husband of 46 years, Harold Woodward; three sons, Justin Reed Woodward (wife Janelle) of Miami, Fl., Matthew Duane Woodward (wife Jennifer) of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and Brian Wayne Woodward of Kansas City, Mo.; her mother, Mary Jane Hansen of Scotia, Nebraska; three brothers, Galen Stanley Hansen (wife Lois) of Scotia, Nebraska, Gary Hansen (wife Cathy) of Scotia, Nebraska, and Harlan Hansen (wife Colleen) of Scotia, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Cole, Reed and Lyle Woodward of Miami, Fl. and Grayson, Harper, and Thatcher Woodward of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.She was preceded in death by her father, Duane Hansen in 1985 and her daughter, Dianna Lynn Woodward on September 16, 2006.Visitation will be held at Concord Baptist Church from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Concord Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Monte Shinkle officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Scotia, Nebraska.Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Concord Baptist Church, 3724 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, Mo. 65109. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

Don Rickles, Comedy's Equal Opportunity Offender, Dies at 90 - New York Times

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mr. Rickles got his first break, the story goes, when Sinatra and some of his friends came to see him perform in 1957 — in Hollywood, according to most sources, although Mr. Rickles said it was in Miami. “Make yourself at home, Frank,” Mr. Rickles said to Sinatra, whom he had never met. “Hit somebody.” Sinatra laughed so hard, he fell out of his seat.Mr. Rickles was soon being championed by Sinatra, Dean Martin and the other members of the show business circle known as the Rat Pack. Steady work in Las Vegas followed. But he was hardly an overnight success: He spent a decade in the comedy trenches before he broke through to a national audience.In 1965, he made the first of numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show,” treating Johnny Carson with his trademark disdain to the audience’s (and Carson’s) delight. He also became a regular on Dean Martin’s televised roasts, where no celebrity was safe from his onslaughts. (“What’s Bob Hope doing here? Is the war over?”)Mr. Rickles’s wife, who he said “likes to lie in bed, signaling ships with her jewelry,” was not immune to his attacks. Neither was his mother, Etta, whom he referred to as “the Jewish Patton.” But off the stage, he didn’t hesitate to express his gratitude to his mother for unflaggingly believing in his talent, even when he himself wasn’t so sure.“She had a tremendous drive,” he recalled in “Mr. Warmth.” “Drove me crazy. But she was like the driving force for me.”He shared an apartment with his mother and did not marry until he was almost 40. After marrying Barbara Sklar in 1965, he saw to it that his mother had the apartment next door. His wife survives him, as do a daughter, Mindy Mann, and two grandchildren. Mr. Rickles’s son, Lawrence, died in 2011.Donald Jay Rickles was born in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens on May 8, 1926, to Max Rickles, an insurance salesman, and the former Etta Feldman. During World War II, he honed his comedic skills while serving in the Navy. (“On the ship that I went over to the Philippines,” he told The New York Times in 2015, “out of 300 men I was the class comedian.”) After being discharged, he followed his father into the insurance business, but when he had trouble getting his customers to sign on the dotted line, decided to try acting.He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, an experience that he later said gave him a greater sense of himself. But he found it difficult to get acting jobs and turned to stand-up comedy.For a while, he pursued acting and comedy simultaneously. He did his stand-up act at Catskills resorts and in strip clubs, and his movie career got off to an auspicious start with a small part in the 1958 submarine drama “Run Silent, Run Deep,” starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. But the bulk of his film work in the 1960s was in low-budget beach movies: “Bikini Beach,” “Muscle Beach Party” and “Pajama Party,” all in 1964, and “Beach Blanket Bingo” in 1965.By that time, his comedy career had begun gathering momentum. Focusing less on prepared material and more on interaction with his audience, he had found his voice. He was not the first insult comedian — and in fact an earlier master of the comic insult, Jack E. Leonard, was known to complain that Mr. Rickles’s act was too similar to his — but he soon became far and away the most successful.Bookings in the late 1950s at the Slate Brothers nightc...

Ernest 'Cotton' Young (1947-2017) - Independent reporter

Monday, March 27, 2017

Leon First Baptist Church.Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Leon First Baptist Church, 914 N. Main, Leon, Kan. 67074, or the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, Fla. 33134, or Interim Hospice, 9920 East Harry, Wichita, Kan. 67207 in care of the funeral home.Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Cotton at