July 2022 obituaries


July 29, 2022

PAULA M. PARKER, 60, Apopka, died Saturday, July 16. Mrs. Parker was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Survivors: children, Brad, Brett, Ashley, Paige DiCiero; eight grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

SPENCER LOUIS GALMITZ, 42, Apopka, died Saturday, July 23. Mr. Galmitz was born in Wisconsin. He graduated from Apopka High School. He enjoyed the outdoors, swimming, and fishing, as well as his family. Survivors: mother and stepfather, Elaine and Bill Cooper, Apopka; father, Arthur Galmitz, Leesburg; children, Destiny, Louis, Aden, Conner, Cameron, Nicole; sisters, Heather Miller, Apopka, Rachel, Gainesville; brother, Jonas.

July 22, 2022

MAUDE “EVELYN” EVANS, 86, Apopka, died Tuesday, July 12. Mrs. Evans was born in Lyons, Georgia. She grew up in Florida and Georgia, attending school in Waresboro, Georgia. Her family moved to Apopka in 1952. She worked at Mulford Florida Plants where she met Samuel “Paul” Evans, whom she married in 1953. She was a Christian and loved to teach the Bible for many years at New England Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Apopka. Survivors: husband, Paul; children, Marsha Wendt, Carol Suggs, David; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

ERNESTO GORDILS, 72, Apopka, died Tuesday, July 5. Mr. Gordils was born in New York City, New York. Suvivors: wife, Isabel; children, Vanessa, Dionex Cardona, Alex Cardona; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

ELIZABETH AILEEN SWEETEN, 57, Apopka, died Saturday, July 9. Mrs. Sweeten was born in Apopka. Survivors: children, Ronnie C. Jr., Andrew R.; sisters, Diane Smith, Mary D. Barnes; three grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.


July 15, 2022

WARREN (ED) FARLEY, 66, Rome, Georgia, died Tuesday, July 5. Mr. Farley was born in Nutley, New Jersey. He was a mail carrier in Apopka for 27
years, and was the union steward for the Apopka branch of the
National Association of Letter Carriers. Survivors: Joey Martin-Farley, Logan Underhill, Adrian Underhill, Isaac, Anthony Chambers, Adeline, Sydney Barron, Elena Goode.

73, of Apopka, Florida passed away on Friday, July 8.  Mr. O’Connell was born on July 11, 1948, in Rockaway, New York. Mr. O’Connell is preceded in death by his father, Walter Francis O’Connell. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret O’Connell; children Michael (Alicia) O’Connell and Christine (Chris) Forbrick; mother Marion O’Connell; sib-
lings Thomas Francis O’Connell, Patricia Hall, Kathy Corbett; 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren. Loomis Funeral Home, Apopka.

MICHAEL LEON GRANGER, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 7. Mr. Granger was born on June 6, 1947, in Apopka. He graduated from Apopka High School in 1966, attended Manatee Jr. College and then Florida State University, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Business Administration. He joined ROTC at FSU, attended the US Army Adjutant General School in 1973, and graduated AAG with the rank of Captain. He joined the Army reserves and was honorably discharged in 1980. He is survived by his beloved children: Julie (Kyle) Kritz, of Atlanta; Greg (Lindsay) Granger of Tallahassee; five grandchildren; three siblings, Lajuaua, Thomas, Carol.

ELEANOR MARY LORETAN, 91, Apopka, died Monday, July 4. Mrs. Loretan was born in New York City, New York. She and her husband, John, celebrated their 68th anniversary on June 26. Mrs. Loretan was a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora. Survivors: husband, John; siblings, Charles Menzer, Judith Raab; three children; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis.

KATHY L. KELLIHER, 64, Apopka, died Monday, May 16. Mrs. Kelliher was born in Columbia, SC. She and her husband Patrick were married in 2003. Survivors are husband Patrick; children Rodney Dixon (Debbie), Casey Dixon, Kayla Dixon; and siblings Judy Palmer, Terry Phillips, Debra Jackson, Wayne Hill; nine grandchildren. Mrs. Kelliher was predeceased by Harold Hill, Doris Hill and Robert (Slim) Palmer.

July 8, 2022

JUANITA WEST ORTON, 83, Apopka, died Saturday, June 18. Mrs. Orton was born in Eufaula, Alabama. Survivors: children, Wylee W., Yvonne Orton-Pitts, Nina VanCooney; sister, Sara Welska; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

JOHN LESLIE BOWERS SR., 78, Apopka, died Saturday, June 11. Mr. Bowers was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Winter Springs in 1973 and then to Apopka. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked in the food brokerage business. He enjoyed playing golf. Survivors: wife, Sally; children, John L. Jr., Scott; step-children, Jennifer Hayes, Melissa Murphy, Randy Murphy; 10 grandchildren.

LLOYD (ADRIAN) GOFFINET, 83, Apopka, died Saturday, June 25. Mr. Goffinet was born in Tell City, Indiana. He enjoyed being with people and many dear friends. Survivors: wife, Karin; sister, Joyce Greenwood; brothers, Paul, David, John.

July 1, 2022

ARCHIE A. KIFER, 73, Apopka, died Wednesday, June 22. Mr. Kifer was born in Evansville, Indiana, and moved to Central Florida as a young boy. He graduated from Apopka Memorial High School in 1966. He was in the construction business, building apartment complexes and foliage greenhouses. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping, along with spending time with his grandchildren. He served in the Florida Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. Survivors: wife, Gail P.; daughters, Lori Johnson, Winter Park, Carie Dahin, Altamonte Springs; three grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

CHARLES TEMPLE “TIM” LANDERS, 64, Apopka, died Thursday, June 23. Mr. Landers was born in Anniston, Alabama. He graduated from Anniston High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1980, majoring in ornamental horticulture. Mr. Landers had a 40-year career in the indoor foliage industry. He and his wife, Maureen, owned Benchmark Foliage, Inc., in Apopka from 1996-2010 and most recently, he was the head grower for AG 3, Inc., in Eustis. Mr. Landers served as president of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005-2006 and was president of the Action Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association from 1997-1998. He also enjoyed playing music as a bass player and member of Johnny and the Moondogs. Mr. Landers had a passion for Auburn University football, and enjoyed the outdoors. Survivors: wife, Maureen, Apopka; daughter, Lisa, Savannah, Georgia; brother, Mark, Charlotte, North Carolina. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.