Obituaries 5/23/19

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Dorothy K. Nodland Harmeling
Dorothy K. Nodland Harmeling, 79, passed away on Friday May 17, 2019. Dorothy was born on January 25, 1940 in Springfield Gardens, NY.
Dorothy gave guitar lessons while her three children were school-aged in order to be a stay at home mom. Once her children were older, Dorothy moved into the workforce and capped off her career as a purchasing manager for a popular vitamin manufacturer. Dorothy will also be remembered for her sharp wit and easy laugh. She was a matriarch who handled life’s challenges with efficiency and astuteness.
She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Karl and Johanna Nodland, her husband of 58 years John F. Harmeling, brothers: Stanley, Karl, and Norman, sisters: Ruth, and Sonja, and daughter Corinne M. Harmeling.
She is survived by her older sister Christine and younger brother Eric, her sons Craig and Kurt Harmeling, sister-in-law Madeline Harmeling and partner Patricia McClellan, daughter-in-law Kristen, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Six grandsons: KJ, Kyler, Kristian, Kevin, Kyle, and Kooper. Three granddaughters: Kamryn, Kierstyn, and Kendyl. One great granddaughter, Holly.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in the Broadus-Raines Chapel with Dr. Tim McDaniel officiating. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held immediately after at Magnolia Point Country Club. Many thanks to St. Vincents Hospital and ultimately Haven Hospice for the loving care of Dorothy. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Haven Hospice, Orange Park, Florida.
Please sign the online guest book at www.broadusraines.com. Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043, (904) 284-4000.

Thomas Marcy
Thomas Marcy, 72, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019.
He was born September 15, 1946 at Jacksonville Naval Air Station to the late Joseph R. Marcy and the late Jennie Plocharski Marcy. Tommy graduated from Clay High School in 1964. He spent most of his career in the recreational vehicle and pre-manufactured home industries. He started off as a plant worker in Green Cove Springs, advancing to salesman and then plant manager before retiring as operations manager at Chariot Eagle in Ocala in 2009 after 15 years of service.
Tommy was a self-taught mechanic who loved tinkering with cars throughout his life. Hunting, fishing and NASCAR were other favorite pastimes of his. He was a member of the Clay County Cruzers, through which he met many new people that Tommy would come to call dear friends.
Tommy is preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister; Dorothy Marcy Stemmler.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anne Lambert Marcy; sons Thomas Matthew Marcy and John Ryan Marcy; his sisters; Christine Marcy Pacetti (Jay), Linda Marcy Ledbetter (Steve), Jeanie Marcy Browning, and Patty Marcy Bennett (George). He is also survived by his close nephew Eric Stemmler (Kathy), dear and lifelong friend Eddie Knight (Cathy) and a host of other nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Tommy’s free advice and sense of humor will be missed by all that knew him.
Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Lake Asbury Baptist Church with Pastor Len Schowalter officiating. A visitation will was held at 10:00 a.m. until the start of the service. Burial followed in Russell Haven of Rest.
Arrangements under the care of Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1811 Idlewild Avenue, SR 16, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043. 904-284-9696 www.helmgallagherfh.com

Kenneth Don Taylor
Kenneth Don Taylor, 81, of Fleming Island, FL passed away May 15, 2019
Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 2335 Sandridge Road
Green Cove Springs, FL  32043 904-284-7720. www.RHRFH.com

Kenneth Anthony Houston
Kenneth Anthony Houston, 64, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away May 16, 2019.
Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 2335 Sandridge Road
Green Cove Springs, FL  32043 904-284-7720 www.RHRFH.com

Trena Tuten

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Trena Tuten, 74, loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to all those whose lives she touched.  She left us on April 27, 2019, while sleeping peacefully at the beautiful Community Hospice facility in Jacksonville, Florida.  She was 74 years old.
She was predeceased by her devoted husband Jimmy; sisters, Patty, and Myrtle; father and mother, Herschel and Lillian. Trena is survived by her sisters, Vicky, Libby, and Bobbie; brother, Teddy; her son, Danny, his wife Jackie and her only grandchild, Lily. Trena would’ve wanted a special thank you for her niece Dinah, whose help during her last years cannot be overstated.
Trena lived a full life as a wonderful mother and homemaker, who loved playing music as much as she loved listening to it. She also loved dances of all kinds, from cutting up a rug with Jimmy to seeing her granddaughter perform ballet onstage. She told tales of making tea with pecan leaves while a little girl in Georgia, and spending time at her aunt’s drug store in Jacksonville, where she’d stop by for a soda after school. She had a passion for antiques, and loved to decorate, her Christmas trees were works of art. She enjoyed giving, whether it was a special gift for her granddaughter or offering a home to a stray kitten. Most of all she loved her family and instilled in them a love for embracing the small things in life, like one of her favorite pastimes, enjoying her beautiful roses. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
A private celebration of Trena’s life was held by her family.  We ask if you would like to honor her, please send a donation to the Alzheimer Foundation or Community Hospice.
Services entrusted to Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Gerald Mergan, Jr
Gerald Mergan, Jr., 59, of Green Cove Springs, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720

Vincent L. Downs

On Friday, May 3, 2019, Vincent L. Downs, loving father of five children, passed away at the age of 87 in Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Vince was born on November 25, 1931 in New York City to Charles and Helen (Norkus) Downs. On October 30, 1953, he married Eva St. Clair. They raised four daughters and one son. He received his BS in Industrial Management through a General Electric work study program from the University of Cincinnati in 1955.
Vince had a passion for helping others and spent much of his adult life volunteering through a host of ministries sponsored by his local church. He was known for his sense of humor, generous spirit and dedication in both his personal life and his lifelong career at General Electric. Vince retired from the position of Employee Relations Manager in 1991, after 41 years at GE. Following retirement, Vince and Eva relocated from Arkansas City, KS to Neptune Beach, FL, where he reconnected to his childhood love of the ocean.
Vince was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and his mother, Helen, wife Eva and three older brothers, Robert, Charles and Eugene.
He is survived by daughters, Kathy York and her husband Rick of Arkansas City, KS, Linda Guyer and her husband Duane of Moundridge, KS, Karen Holtgrewe and her husband Dave of Lawrenceville, GA, Laurie Osborn and her husband Randy of Neptune Beach, FL; one son, Tom Downs of Neptune Beach, FL; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 3rd, 2019 in the Chapel of Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, 3600 3rd St. South, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vince’s name to Redeemer Church Benevolence Fund.
Mail donations to: Redeemer Church, 190 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.
Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home.

Christine O. Brown
Christine O. Brown passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Charles Kenneth Blackwell

Charles Kenneth Blackwell, 71, of Middleburg, FL, passed away May 19, 2019. Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

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