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Obituaries 3/9/23


Linda Jean Vidak
Linda J. Vidak, 76, of Clay County, Florida, passed away February 26, surrounded by her family.
She was born in New Milford Connecticut, the daughter of Daniel and Regina Malumphy, on January 2, 1947.
Over the years, Linda has resided in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Florida. She enjoyed gardening, reading magazines, working on word search puzzles, doing embroidery, and spending time with her family. She worked for many years at Maplebrook School in Amenia, NY. At Maplebrook School, she assisted children with disabilities to develop daily life skills. She last served on the board of directors for Pathways to Employment Inc., which assist individual with disabilities to obtain employment.
She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel Malumphy and Regina Murphy; her stepmother, Mary Malumphy; her husband, John Vidak of 32 years; son John Vidak lll; and her daughter-in-law, Jennifer. She is survived by her son, Jason Vidak and daughter-in-law Heidi; grandchildren, Laura Ansley, John Vidak IV, and Hannah Vidak; great-grandchildren, Mya Jacobs and Eli Ansley; her sister, Ann Chappuis; stepsiblings, Faye Squires and James Malumphy; and several nieces and nephews.

Herbert George Pfeiffer
Herbert George Pfeiffer, 91, of Fleming Island, FL, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Herb was born on October 28, 1931, to Max and Helena Pfeiffer.
Herb served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a radio operator and later went on to become a Mechanical Engineer.
Herb married Jacqualine Boylan and had three children: Gerald, Karan, and Michael.
As a retiree, Herb was a talented and avid tennis player and an active member of the Elks Club.
Herbert was predeceased by Jacqualine and Gerald. He is survived by Karan (Dane) Gilbert and Michael (Robin) Pfeiffer, and grandchildren Melissa Herman, Melinda Malkie, Gerald Pfeiffer Jr., and James Westerlind and all his amazing great grandchildren.
Herbert’s family will celebrate his life at a small, private gathering at the beach where he will be reunited with Jacqualine.

Larry Kenneth Beck
MIDDLEBURG - Larry Kenneth Beck of Middleburg, died January 9th at the age of 76 years. Larry was born February 22, 1946 in Kalamazoo, MI. Larry enjoyed watching the birds, music, cooking, cars, trains and fishing. He also enjoyed camping in the mountains.
Larry loved to have a good time and make people laugh. He was loved by his family and friends. He had a quick wit and laughed and joked with anyone.
Larry loved living in Lake Asbury, watching various birds and wildlife and smoking cigars in the screen room.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Beck of Middleburg; Christina (Rick) Buck, his daughter of Orange Park; and Kenneth Charles (Lesley) Beck of Middleburg; Larry has one grandson of Christina and Rick and two granddaughters of Kenneth and Lesley.

James Robert Booth
James Robert Booth, born February 18, 1946, stepped into heaven on February 23, 2023. Born in Jacksonville, Florida to Silas A Booth and Charlotte May Booth. Predeceased by his first wife, Mary Poppell Booth in 2014. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy; daughters Kristie Hunt (Tim) and Jennifer Dorney (John), son Keelan Stuart (Jen); grandchildren, Timothy Hunt, Jr., Lauren Hunt, Braedan Stuart, Kaleigh Stuart, Ava Dorney and John Dorney Jr. along with many other extended family members and friends.
Jim grew up in Doctor’s Inlet, attending Doctor’s Inlet Elementary, Reinhold Junior High in Green Cove Springs and graduated from Orange Park High School in 1964.
Jim’s love of community was evident from an early age by his participation in 4H, church activities, student council, ROTC, and football to name a few. As a star student on and off the field, Jim was recruited by the University of Florida, University of Kentucky, and the University of Miami. He chose to accept a football scholarship from the University of Miami. Jim transferred to the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in History and then completed his master’s degree of Physical Education. He earned the rank of II LT in ROTC in Louisiana and enlisted in the US Army upon graduation. Jim volunteered to go to Vietnam; however, God had other plans for him to come back to Clay County.
Jim chose to join the Army Reserves and was assigned to the 345th Combat Support Hospital based at USNAS, Jacksonville, finally completing his military career as a Major.
He began his professional career in the early 70’s with Clay County schools at Orange Park High where he taught history and coached. He was a member of the Clay County Shrine club and Masonic Lodge. In 1989, Jim completed his tenure at Orange Park High as Principal.He retired from Clay County Schools in 2000. He and Kathy moved to Clarkesville, Georgia upon his retirement. Jim missed the interaction with students, so he went back into the classroom teaching emotionally and behaviorally challenged students for 10 years.
In addition to his career in education, Jim served the community as a deacon at Island View Baptist Church, Middleburg First Baptist, Cleveland First Baptist Church (GA) and Helen First Baptist Church (GA). His passion for students and families helped him serve as a mentor and teacher to all ages.
loved gardening, woodworking and working on his tractor. His compassion, leadership skills and ability to make all those around him better will be sorely missed. Special thanks go to the caregivers, nurses and doctors at Concierge Care and Haven Hospice.