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Margaret E. Thompson

Margaret E. (Hiss) Thompson, 63, of Kissimmee and formerly of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 with her husband “boyfriend” of 41 years lovingly at her side.

She was born June 9, 1950, in Garrett, Ind., to Robert and Anna (Felke) Hiss.

She married Richard Thompson on June 1, 1973.

Together they built and nurtured a blended family with sons Rick (Glenda) Thompson, Kerry (Dawn) Thompson, Kristopher (Laurie) Thompson, Mark (Jacqui) Pedley and son-in-law Bob Storlie. Their daughters include Tina Thompson, Kristie (Maurice) Conley and Kelli Storlie.


Vilma Ruiz Velez

Vilma Ivette Ruiz Velez was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother. She is the eldest child of Hector Ruiz and Rosa (Rosita) Velez Gonzalez. She was passionate about family welfare and she earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico. She married her high school sweetheart Edwin Zayas-Oliver on September 14, 1979. They moved to Kissimmee, Florida in the summer of 1992 where they raised their 3 daughters. She divorced in 2005 and moved back to her home town in Salinas, Puerto Rico to help care for her mother who was suffering from liver cancer.


Dorothea Jane Bachowski Freeman

Dorothea "Jane" (Bachowski) Freeman from Boynton Beach, Florida passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, December 22, 2014. She was 74 years old. Jane had resided in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania from 1974 ~ 1985.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1940, daughter of Dimitri and Dorothea (Franks) Bachowski. Jane graduated from Temple University and received her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoyed reading and loved visiting the beach.


Frederick Nyle Parker

Parents Albert Earl and Lucy Botsford Parker


Paul A Goforth

Paul A. Goforth, age 72, of New Haven, Gallatin, Illinois, passed away Monday, December 25,2006 at his home after an extended illness. Paul was born in New Haven, on March 8, 1934 to the late Clyde and Flossie (Melton) Goforth. He was married to the former Judith (Brown) who survives. Paul had retired from the Olin Corporation in Alton and was a member of the Machinist Union there. Paul loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and really loved grafting and raising Pecan Trees.


Paul Willis Strange

Son of Thomas Edward and Alice


Robert Erhart

Robert John Erhart was the type of person you met once and you couldn't help but immediately like him. Funny, silly, smart, crazy, polite, respectful...all these words are descriptions of Robbie, but none of them can sum up the amazing young man he was. Robbie was born in Buffalo, New York on March 14th, 1990, to Lea and Terry. Although his parents divorced when Rob was eight-years-old, he had plenty of love in his life from his family.


Paul Winston Oetting

PAUL WINSTON OETTING, 34, Enka Avenue, Orlando, died Monday, Oct. 14. Mr. Oetting was an entertainment technician for Walt Disney World. Born in Fort Eustis, Va., he moved to Central Florida in 1990. He was Protestant and a member of IATSE No. 631 and the King's Players. Survivors: wife, Marcea; son, Bret S., Orlando; parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert, Miramar; brother, Karl D., Griffin, Ga.; sister, Dawn, Miramar. Dobbs Funeral Home, West Orlando Chapel.


William "Bill" White

Bill White was the "Baron of Bourbon Street" at Church Street Station - Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium for over 10 years. His tribute to Satchmo and his rendition of "Wonderful World" were favorites of visitors to Rosie's. Bill can be seen in a marketing video now posted on You can see and hear Bill at about 1:35 into the video


Kent Anthony Abreo

Kent Abreo was part of Rosie O'Gradys Goodtime Jazz Band at Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida during its heyday. No obituary has been found, just basic information on his date of birth: April 2, 1941 and his date of death: April 28, 2010.

Former band member Dave Gannett on his website had this remarkable bit of trivia about Kent: Kent Abreo felt that regular reeds were too flimsy. He played on reed BLANKS to the utter consternation and amazement of the other reed players!


George W. Palmer

Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band member, George W. Palmer, Jr., of Orlando, passed away on July 13, 2014.

George was a beloved Husband, Father, Brother, and friend to the hundreds of musicians he worked and played with throughout his life. He was born on November 2, 1934, in Glens Falls, NY, to George and Doris Palmer of Lake Luzerne, NY.


Donald Keith Lord

Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band's own Donald Keith Lord passed away on September 1, 2009. Don was born August 20, 1931, in a farmhouse in Gilead, Maine. In his early years, he received 13 pins for perfect attendance in Sunday school – one for each year. He started playing the trumpet at age 7 and at the age of 12 he began playing for dances with his mother and father in Lord’s Orchestra. He continued to play with Lord’s Orchestra until college in 1949.