Friday, April 15, 2016

Obituaries - Raul Grimaldo, Gladys Stanford

Raul "Rudy" Grimaldo, age 70, of LaBelle, passed away April 10, 2016 in Lehigh Acres. He was born Feb. 24, 1946 in Encinal, TX, to the late Cixto Castillo and the late Manuela Grimaldo.

Rudy was a baseball and football coach for more than 20 years and was known as coach Rudy to many kids in LaBelle. He also loved to fish.

He is survived by his loving wife: Carmela (Espinosa) Grimaldo, two sons: Raul Grimaldo, Jr. (Vicki) and Eric Grimaldo (Danielle), grandchildren: Manny, Joshua, Dixon, Dayne, Kaden, Jenna and great grandchildren, Addison, Braelynne and Kynsley.

Rudy received a lung transplant over fifteen years ago and the family would like to express the importance of organ donation, because it allowed them to have another fifteen years together.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 am at Life Ministries Church, LaBelle with Pastor Jorge Rodriguez officiating.

Gladys Bessie Stanford, age 95, of Moore Haven died on April 12, 2016 in her daughter's home with her family at her side.

She was born Dec. 23, 1920 in Riverview, FL, to James F and Bessie (Fussell) Sweat. She married James B. Stanford; he preceded her in death on October 17, 1995. She worked as a switchboard operator for United States Sugar Corporation for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and sister who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gladys leaves behind three daughters: Janice Hamburg of Clewiston, FL Phyllis Butler of Columbus, GA and Sandra S. McClenithan of LaBelle, FL., one brother: James C Sweat of Riverview, FL and one sister: Velma Newman of Riverview, FL., elven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her son; Dale Broward Stanford who passed away on March 13, 2015.

Celebration of Gladys' life will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Charley Watts officiating. Interment in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Visitation will be Saturday from 10a.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

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