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Deaths in South Florida: 5/17

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Harriet Lewis-Mooney of Boca Raton, FL passed away May 11, 2018. Beloved wife of Robert; cherished sister of Judie Rappaport Musson, and Allen Rappaport (Marian); aunt of Brendan Mooney, Kimberlee Capodiferro (Tom), Paul Rappaport (Sarah), David Rappaport (Carine), Mark Rappaport (Jenny); great-aunt of Nicholas and Giacomo Capodiferro; Cole, Laura, Tessa, Wells, Ella and Myah Rappaport; sister-in-law of Steven X. Mooney. Harriet was a founding member of the Lewis, Stroud, and Deutsch Law Firm. She was a highly regarded litigator, focusing on defending First Responders. She was also a cherished friend to many; always ready with a smile and hug, and always offering help and comfort to those she cared about, often at her own expense. Harriet's personal mission was animal rescue. She was Past Chair of the Tri-County Animal Rescue of Boca Raton and a passionate supporter of Pets in Distress. Harriet worked diligently to save animals from harm whenever she was needed – day or night. She was the devoted Mom of 8 wonderful dogs and 4 cats. Whether 2 legged or 4 legged, all who knew her grieve her loss and miss her. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in Harriet's memory to Pets in Distress, Inc., 521 SW 59th Street, Ocala, FL 34471Visitation on Friday, May 18th from 10 – 1 with a eulogy to take place at 11 at the Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home, 217 E Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Graveside service to follow at 2:30 at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 State Road 7, Lake Worth.

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Theobald, Virginia (Ginny) Veronica, 89, died on May 13, 2018 at her home in Weston Florida with her family by her side. Ginny was born in Kearny, NJ on January 29, 1929 to Alexander and Veronica Levin. She moved from New Jersey in 1959 to Plantation FL with her husband George to expand the Theobald family business. As an avid tennis and card player, Ginny's real and abiding passions were her family and friends. She was the matriarch of the Theobald family keeping everyone in check and always providing nurturing support and unconditional love. At the center of this love was her deep Catholic faith and lifelong love filled relationship with Jesus Christ. Ginny is a 30+ year parishioner of St. Bonaventure Church in Davie FL and was well known and loved by the congregation for her enduring devotion to the Church.Ginny is survived by her three children, Georgette Walsh, Graig and Glen Theobald; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ginny was predeceased in death by her husband George; son, George Theobald Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Sally TheobaldIn lieu of flowers please provide donations to Covenant House of Florida, 733 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, Phone: (954) 561-5559, http://www.covenanthousefl.org/Funeral services will be held at St. Bonaventure Church on Tuesday May 29th at 9:30am, 1301 SW 136th Ave, Davie, FL 33325, http://www.stbonaventurechurch.com/

60, of West Park, died May 14, 2018. 954-989-9900

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Nina Jo Pace Walters, age 74, of Hollywood, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seasons Hospice, Hollywood, Florida.

BATZER, Kenneth Strong, of Lighthouse Point, Florida since 1960, died peacefully on May 13th at Trustbridge, a hospice facility in Boca Raton, FL. He was born as Hal Kenneth Strong in Ft Lauderdale, FL on July 21, 1945 to the late Norma Mager Strong and the late Harold B. Strong, Jr. After the untimely death of his father, Norma later married Bryce Nesbitt Batzer in February, 1948 and moved to White Plains, NY, where Ken was adopted and became Kenneth Strong Batzer. In September 1960, the Batzer family, and Plastiline, their family business, moved to Pompano Beach, FL. Ken attended Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL and graduated in 1963. Ken graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University in 1968 where he met and later married Marsha Barr. Ken was an avid sailor and was well-known among sailing circles. Besides being a great competitor, he was also instrumental in organizing many local events. Ken enjoyed any time he could get on the water and spent many summers cruising in the Bahamas with his family and friends. In October 2005, Ken was predeceased by his wife Marsha of 37 years. He is survived by his son, Barr and his wife Suzy and their children, Noah and Zachary. He is also survived by his brother, David and his wife Florence, and by his sister Judy and her husband Bob Hander, and several nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, May 20th at The First Presbyterian Church of Pompano "The Pink Church" 2331 NE 26th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken's name can be made to: Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation, Inc. (Etchells Youth Team) and mailed to: PO Box 720 Oyster Bay, NY 11771 or Trustbridge Hospice Foundation 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

Evelyn Difloria, 83, of Hollywood, FL, passed away on May 13th, 2018. Evelyn Difloria was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on March 25, 1935. Evelyn was married to her late husband, Salvatore Difloria in Waterbury, Connecticut. Evelyn worked as a Secretary for AAA Modern Air since its opening in 1973. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and most all spending time with her family. Evelyn is survived by her Son Sal Difloria and his wife Alda Difloria, her male companion Bob Mancuso, grandchildren Michael and Kate Difloria, Jenni and Joshua Kressin, and her 4 Great-Grandchildren Gianna, Michael, Jayla, and Angelina. Family and Friends Gathering will be held on May 19, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Funeral Home 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024. Memorial Service will be held at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Humane Society of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Please visit www.fredhunters.com for further details.

Fort Lauderdale pioneer and longtime educator Catherine "Shang" Bradwell Pratt, 95, peacefully transitioned to her Heavenly home on Friday, May 11, 2018. Catherine was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 17, 1922. She was the beloved daughter of proud parents, John and Henrietta Bradwell. Catherine matriculated through Broward County Schools, graduating from Fort Lauderdale's Dillard High School with the class of 1941. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from the Tuskegee Institute and Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from Indiana University. Catherine's goal was to serve her area community, so she worked at Florida's Lanier Junior High in Hallandale, Wingate Junior High and Everglades Middle (now William Dandy Middle School), both in Fort Lauderdale. She also served as a guidance counselor at Plantation High School. Catherine retired in 1985; however, after one year, she re-entered the workforce to serve as a BRACE Advisor at Dillard High School.. She retired from the Broward County School system after 43 years of dedicated service. After retiring, Catherine, whose mind remained sharp and witty, was active in several local civic organizations, such as the Baccalaureate, YMCA, and Northwest Federated Women's Club. One of Catherine's fondest lifelong pastimes stemmed from her love of playing basketball while in high school. She was ardent sports fan and was particularly fond of the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami. The Miami Heat's Chis Bosh and Dwyane Wade were her favorite players.Catherine Bradwell was married to the late Charles William Pratt. She leaves to mourn her daughter, Shawn Pratt-Allen, current principal at Lloyd Estates Elementary School, along with a host of dear relatives, former students and devoted friendsA wake will be held on Friday, May 18, from 5-8 p.m. at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, 2351 NW 26th Street, Oakland Park, Florida. The homegoing service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11 a.m., also at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the H.W. Lewis Scholarship Fund at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church in the name of Catherine Pratt.Arrangements under the direction of Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Service, 1305 NW 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311; (954)467-3426.

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Mrs. Patrice Pecora, born on November 28,1936 in South Carolina, passed away peacefully at her home after a brief illness at the age of 81 on April 26, 2018 in Hollywood, Florida. Beloved wife of Frank and loving mother of Denise, Frank, Maria, Chris, Lisa and dogs Sunshine and Polly, Grandmother of Megan,Frankie, Mike and Alexandra, Sister of Shelby and Betty and a loving friend to many. She brought so much joy, laughter and spirit everywhere she went. Her hobbies included traveling, golfing, playing cards, reading and bowling. She was passionate about animals and nature. We will all love and miss her dearly.

ACKERMAN---Pastor Verle Ackerman, 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 11, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. He was born in Menasha, Wisconsin, on July 4, 1925 and was preceded in death by his wife Lucille Ackerman in 2013 after 68 years of marriage. Pastor Ackerman can best be described as a true servant of the Lord. After graduating from Seminary in 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas, he served as the music director at churches in Tyler, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri. He then answered the Lord's call to join longtime friends, Rev. Al and Elinor Janney at the New Testament Baptist Church in Miami, Florida. After 12 years of ministry in Miami, he became the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in West Hollywood, Florida where he pastored for over 20 years. A driving theme of his church was that there would always be a place for everyone to seek God, from people with special needs, to children, to senior adults, everyone! After he retired, he served for several years in various roles at the First Coast Baptist Church/Christian School ministries in Jacksonville, Florida. Although he started his ministry by serving through music, he was also a great pastor, Christian educator, counselor, husband, father, and friend to all. He had a heart for missions and loved working with young people just starting out in the ministry. He was a visionary and was never held back by the idea of "that's the way it's always been done," but was a champion of moving the work of the Lord forward by employing more contemporary ideas and methods. He consistently reached out to those in need and was always caring and kind to all. He was passionate about pointing people to Jesus and always worked at letting his light shine before all, reflecting what God had done in his own life. He lived a life of selfless service in humility for his Lord, and we take great comfort in knowing that he was welcomed home to Heaven by the Lord saying, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." He is survived by his loving daughter, Catherine Fitzhugh and son Richard Ackerman; sister JoAnne Meyer: brothers Bill and Russ Ackerman: 3 grandchildren Celeste, Rusty and Richie; 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, May 18 at the Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 19 at the First Coast Baptist Church, 7587 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32244, followed by internment at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073. A reception will follow for out-of-town guests and family at the First Coast Baptist Church.

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