Obituaries for the week of Oct. 29, 2020 | The Observer Information (South Shore | Riverview

Published on: October 29, 2020

Robert J. “Pete” Coleman

Robert J. “Pete” Coleman, 79, passed away on October 10, 2020 at his home in the Sun City Center. Fla., After a period of dwindling health. He was born and lived in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 17, 1941 until he moved to the Sun City Center in 2005. Pete spent his professional career as a pharmaceutical agent. He was an avid canoeist and enjoyed working with wood.

Pete is survived by his wife Gerry; Son Brian (Peter); Stepson Christopher (Kristy) Crissler; Stepdaughter Katrina (Jerald) Prater; and grandson Colin Crissler. He is also survived by his sisters Julie Coleman and Sally (Steve) Saks.

A memorial service is planned for a later date. Commemorative donations can be made to the LifePath Hospice.

Keith is cheating

Keith Connes, 94, died of cancer on October 5, 2020 at his home in the Sun City Center. Keith was born on January 24, 1926 in Manhattan, New York City. He is survived by Fely, his lovable and affectionate, caring wife. He is also survived by his son Lee Connes; and grandchildren, Brandon and Nicole, in North Carolina.

Keith Connes attended Ithaca College and studied theater and music. He was an advertising professional in New York City, left the corporate world to freelance and immigrated to California. He also performed and wrote plays about his life. He experienced life from the height of piloting small airplanes, including hot air balloons, as well as the depths of the ocean through diving. Keith has written several books, most recently via voice-to-text, and he has written a book and taught classes about it. When the cancer reappeared, he tried to fully publish his latest book about our vice presidents becoming presidents. Keith has been active in Toastmasters, the Computer Club, several writing groups, and the History Society of Kings Point where he has given presentations. Keith embraced his life with strength and enthusiasm.

His family and friends miss his intelligence and wit and appreciate the legacy of his published works. Memories of him bring a smile. Keith Connes was a talented performer and storyteller, a dynamic and interesting person. What a life!

According to his wishes, there was no funeral service.

Evelyn Kimball Gates

Evelyn Kimball Gates died peacefully on October 14, aged 99, at the Sun City Center in Florida, where she and her husband Harold have lived for recent years. Her long and fulfilling life was filled with a loving family, a broad circle of friends, a dedicated teaching career, and participation and leadership in her community.

She was born on March 26, 1921 in Natick, Massachusetts, to Hosmer and Florence (Felt) Kimball. She lived in Ashland for most of her life, where she attended public schools and graduated with an economics degree from Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass in 1943. After an early graduation due to the wartime needs of World War II, Evelyn worked for Lever Brothers in Boston. She soon married her husband Harold, a returning Air Force pilot from World War II, and they began a happy 76-year marriage filled with four child activities, work, and travel.

Evelyn has always been interested in education and has taught first grade in the Ashland public schools for 24 years. “She embodied what a teacher should be: patient, fair, empathetic, consistent and firm. All children can learn. “During those years she and her husband enjoyed traveling and often took off with Harold, who piloted his private plane, to explore new places and make friends in the US.

After retiring from teaching, she embarked on a new career at Ashland Directions, a community newsletter, where she served as editor. Their warmth and respect for others encouraged them to join this public effort. Because of her successful teaching career and community service, Evelyn was honored to be selected for Ashland’s Wall of Fame, where Ashland High School graduates are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the American way of life.

Above all, Evelyn had great love for family and friends. She was warm and engaging, and really enjoyed meeting people. Her 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren appreciated the time she spent splashing in the family pool or visiting family camp in Maine. She was valued by everyone who had the pleasure to know her.

She is survived by her husband Harold; and their four children and their families: Beverly and Joseph Gracia von Mattapoisett and their children: Caroline, Glynnis and Joseph; Wendell and Mary Elise von Mashpee and their children Jeffrey and Kimberly; Carol and Michael Rice from Plymouth and their daughters Gretchen and Rebecca; Emily and Richard Brown from Dartmouth and their daughters: Carrie, Alison and Deborah. She is also survived by her brother Russell Kimball (Beverly Heaton) of Eastham; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Evelyn’s family would like to thank everyone who has been so kind and caring over the past few years, especially Teresa Rowe-Wilson, her friend and carer, who has given her loving and respectful attention for many months.

Due to COVID-19, a family grave service will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers, commemorative contributions can be made to: Ashland Public Library, Attn. Paula Bonetti, Director, 66 Front St., Ashland, MA 01721.

Funeral Home John A. Matarese, 325 Main St., Ashland, MA 01721, phone 508-881-1444.

Lois E. Hawbaker

Lois Elisabeth (‘Libby’) Hawbaker, 99, of Sun City Center, Florida, peacefully passed into eternal life on October 6, 2020. Libby was born on July 23, 1921 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, to William Frederick Rotzler and Mary Elizabeth Miller Rotzler. Her husband, over 73 years old, Libby and George made Sun City Center their home in 1981 and moved to Sun Towers in 2010.

Libby loved her master, her family, and had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was elected May Queen in college and graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania as the valedictorian of her class with a major in English and a minor in music. After graduation, Libby began teaching English and music. When World War II ended, she married her college sweetheart George and they settled in Hagerstown. Md. Libby was very involved with the schools and their families, as well as with many organizations that helped improve the community. You and George have received several visitors from abroad as part of local programs. When George made his career working for the US State Department, Libby was George’s best asset. She learned Portuguese and the culture before being transferred to her first country in South America, Brazil. Libby also supported George in his later offices in the African countries Nigeria, Zambia and Mauritania. She got involved in the communities and often taught English in one of the local high schools or as a second language. She also chatted to support her husband’s responsibility. Libby also endeavored to help the local ladies prepare healthy, nutritious meals for their families and to care for their babies and toddlers.

Libby is survived by her daughter Ruth Rowe of Winter Springs, Florida; Son of Lynn Hawbaker (Maryellen) from Bettendorf, Iowa; Brother-in-law David S. Hawbaker of Allison Park, PA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many dear relatives and friends. Her beloved husband, George D. Hawbaker of the Sun City Center, had preceded her death in 2019. and her three siblings: William Rotzler of Marshall, Texas; Ruth Rotzler of Sun City Center, Florida; and Paul Rotzler from Greensburg, PA.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date in Pennsylvania, where both Libby and George will be buried. The family encourages anyone who wishes to make a donation in memory of Libby to do so to the church that Libby and George loved and attended, Friendship Baptist Church, 1511 El Rancho Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please give yours Name and address to with any donations so that the family can thank you personally.

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