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Perna Sr., Theodore R.  
Theodore R. Perna Sr. Theodore R. Perna Sr. Passed away peacefully on June 17th 2016. He was preceded in death by Eileen D Perna. He is survived by his son Theodore R Perna Jr. and his daughter Kimberly Perna Cornell and his three grandchildren Gina, Sebastian and Roman Perna. Theodore (Ted) was born in Princeton NJ February 13 1926. He was a graduate of the Hun School of Princeton. Served in the Army Air Force during WW2 and earned a degree at Rutgers University. Graveside services will be held at 9:30am June 25th 2016 at St Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. 45 Beach City Rd Hilton Head SC. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet on June 24, 2016

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Allen, Paul Dean - Charleston  
Paul Dean Allen Paul Dean Allen, 81 of Bluffton, SC passed away on June 16, 2016 in the Hilton Head Hospital, Hilton Head Island, SC. Mr. Allen was born on February 23, 1935 in Acme, West Virginia to the late William Morgan Allen and Mary Ellen Totten Allen. Mr. Allen was a graduate of East Bank High School where he was a Letterman in three sports. A graduate of the University of Charleston, West Virginia; West Virginia School of Banking and the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. Mr. Allen was a member of the Bluffton United Methodist Church; enjoyed all sports, especially golf and served in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Barbara Slack Allen of Bluffton; daughters, Kathy Dunigan (Michael) of Ridgeland, SC and Linda Smith (Brendan) of Bluffton, SC; brothers, Richard Allen (Earlene) of Bluffton, SC and Jack Allen (Gail) of Dover, Delaware; grandchild, Shannon Pike (Aaron) and great grandchildren, Morgan, Paul and Elizabeth Pike all of Layton, Utah. He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Allen and sisters, Phyllis Bussard and Frances Crowl. Memorial donations may be sent to the Bluffton United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 368 Bluffton, SC, 29910.
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Published in The Island Packet on June 21, 2016
Brownfield, Lori Marie  
Lori Marie Brownfield Lori Marie Brownfield, 48, of Hilton Head Island died suddenly June 7, 2016. Lori was born in Akron, Ohio on February 2, 1968 and moved to Hilton Head in 1976. She was predeceased by her father, Jack. Lori was a long-time resident of the Island and worked as a chef and caterer for many Island businesses and parties. Lori is survived by her loving partner of 16 years, Erik Kitchens, mother Carol Keller (Alan) of Hilton Head; sisters Lisa (Steve) Plowden of Hilton Head, Sally Brownfield of Charleston, SC, and Toni Roberson of Richmond, VA; nieces and nephews Cassidy and Jesse Plowden, and Hunter Roberson; Aunt Pat (Larry) Barger of Copley, OH, and cousin Shelly Krampf. Lori loved Erik, spending time with family, her cat, the beach, and helping others. Some of our families' favorite posts on Facebook have helped us through this difficult time and gave us perfect descriptions of our beloved. We share the ones that truly explain her loving way and giving heart: "She gave great hugs", "that unconquerable laugh", "that smile." The family will put her to rest in the lowcountry waters that she loved so much in a private memorial service. A celebration of her life will be held at the Spanish Wells Club from 7 to 9pm June 23rd, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Lori's name to the Hilton Head Humane Association, P.O. Box 21790, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29925 or Osprey Village, P.O. Box 3155 Bluffton, SC 29926, or Program for Exceptional People, 10 Oak Park Dr, Bldg C-1 Box 2 Hilton Head, SC 29926. Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in The Island Packet from June 11 to June 22, 2016
Buchman, Shirley H.  
Shirley H. Buchman Shirley H. Buchman, of Lady's Island and formerly of Dataw Island, died June 17, 2016, at the age of 86. Born July 9, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was a daughter of Ruth C. Deatrick and Merrill Holsopple.A Pittsburgh native, Shirley and David made their home in McMurray, PA for 27 years before moving to Dataw Island in 1988, after David's retirement from Alcoa. An artist, Shirley attended Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She had a fun loving sense of humor with a smile that lit up her face. Shirley was a fabulous cook who loved to entertain, especially during the holidays.She was a devoted wife and mother, who made her family a priority. Shirley enjoyed traveling, and volunteering as a docent at St Helena's Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David A. Buchman, Sr., and her brother, Merrill Holsopple. Shirley is survived by her sons, David A. Buchman Jr. (Sherry) of Jacksonville, Florida, Mark W. Buchman of Columbia, SC; her daughters, Susan E. Buchman of Lady's Island and Barbara B. McNaughton (David) of Old Tappan, NJ; her sister, Louise Shepherd of Morgantown, WV, as well as grandchildren, Sarah (Justin), Jennifer (Mitchell), Matthew, Alex, Savannah, Katherine, Emma, Meredith and Abigail, and great-grandchildren, Madison and Jackson. The funeral service will be held at 11o'clock Friday morning, June 24, 2016, at The Parish Church of St. Helena. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Preservation Trust for Historic St. Helena's Church Post Office Box 1043, Beaufort, S. C. 29901. Please share your stories about Shirley and her life by visiting www.copelandfuneralservice.com .
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Published in The Island Packet on June 23, 2016
Cassidy, Patricia Ann  
Patricia Ann Cassidy Patricia Ann Cassidy, age 77, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of Shelton, CT died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Cassidy was born on March 9, 1939 in Portland, OR, the daughter of the late George Larson and Dorothy Getty Larson. She worked as a paralegal in Connecticut for many years until retiring to Sun City-Hilton Head, SC where she was very active in the community. She was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Mrs. Cassidy was preceded in death by her son, Kevin E. Cassidy and her brother, Larry Larson. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Matt J. Cassidy and their son, John P. Cassidy and wife Maryann. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910 with inurnment following at Lowcountry Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
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Published in The Island Packet on June 22, 2016
Fordham, Barton - Columbia  
Barton Woodrow Fordham Barton W. Fordham Jr. 84 of Columbia passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 after a long illness. A memorial will be held at St. Martin's in the Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue, Columbia, SC 29206 where he was a longtime member on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2PM. The only son of Barton W. Sr. and Olive Brown Fordham, Bart was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina where he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He entered the US Naval Academy in 1951 and graduated in the class of 1955. Later that same year, while attending flight school at Pensacola Naval Air Station, he met his first wife Carolyn Jean Pinney. They were married 42 years before she passed away in 1999. Upon completing pilot training, Ensign Fordham was deployed to the Fleet. Bart spent the majority of his naval career flying Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft from the decks of aircraft carriers. Among the many assignments during his 20 years of naval service, he spent several years serving with the Royal Canadian Navy and flew combat missions in Vietnam; spending almost nine years deployed and away from his family during his career. Bart retired from naval service as a LCDR in June of 1975. After leaving the Navy, he attended USC Law School and graduated in December 1977. He practiced law in Columbia for more than 25 years, before retiring. He is survived by his second wife Eugenia, two sons Doug and Barton, a daughter Charlotte, three grandchildren, William, Connor and Harper, two great grandchildren, Coleton and Caroline and two daughters-in-law, Terry Daniels Fordham and Karen Wallace Fordham; In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post #6 or the American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund. Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park is assisting the family. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The Island Packet on June 21, 2016
Fromme, Joseph Thomas  
Joseph Thomas Fromme Joseph Thomas Fromme, 92 years young, passed peacefully at his home in Palmetto Dunes on Friday, June 10th. He was the beloved husband of Virginia Ann McCahill Fromme, his high school sweetheart, who pre-deceased Joe on December 5, 2010. He was the devoted father of Joseph Thomas Fromme, II (wife Kathy) of Hilton Head and Susan Ray (husband Drew) of Huntington Beach, California. He was affectionately known by his friends and family as "Papa Joe". Papa Joe was the son of Joseph Fromme and Mabel Fennel, his wife. He was born on July 16, 1923 in Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School where he became a high hurdles champion of Philadelphia. He and Virginia were married on February 16, 1944, and immediately Joe was sent to serve with the 5th Army, 85th Infantry 229th Regiment in Italy during World War II. Papa Joe achieved the rank of sergeant as a machine gunner and squad leader, and he was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded twice in the Italian Campaign. Upon Papa Joe's return from the War, he attended and received a degree in Forestry from Penn State's Mont Alto School of Forestry. Joe later went on to serve as the Assistant Forest Ranger for the Allegheny National Forest and then as the Forest Ranger for the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Papa Joe often mentioned his work as the Forest Ranger was one of the best of many highlights of his career. Later his career took him and his family to Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Department of Interior preparing federal impact statements on projects such as the extension of I-66 into D.C. He retired as a federal employee in May of 1986 after a long and successful career with the Department of Interior. In 1991, he and Virginia retired to Hilton Head where they enjoyed many activities including golf and bridge as members of the Palmetto Dunes Club, gardening and traveling throughout the world. Throughout his retirement, Joe continued to be an active member and officer of the Polar Bear Association of World War II. Joe loved people and had a gift of making everyone feel special. Joe adored his many friends of all ages, and he continued to make new friends up until the very end of his life here on earth. He often opened his home to friends and visitors, and shared his many Amaryllis plants with his neighbors and friends on Hilton Head Island. Joe truly was one of a kind who will be missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his son Thomas, daughter Susan, and cousins Alice and Charlotte Heimbacher of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania and James Harvey of Norfolk, Virginia and Bette McLamb of Dunedin, Florida. He had a trademark smile and always freely called out "Cheers!' to all. A celebration of life will be held at a later date followed by a burial at the National Cemetery in Beauford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following causes; Paralyzed Veterans of America at www.pva.org , the USO at www.uso.org/donate , Hilton Head Animal Humane Association at www.hhhumane.org , or the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society at www.hiltonheadaudubon.org
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Published in The Island Packet on June 21, 2016
Hill, Robert Francis  
Robert Francis Hill Robert Francis Hill, 65, of Bluffton, SC passed away suddenly on June 15, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, GA after a good fight battling MDS. Robert was born and grew up in Orange, CT and graduated from University of New Haven in 1974 after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Marge; sons, Jonathan Robert Hill (Liberty) of Apex, NC, Andrew Louis Hill (Erin) of Broomfield, CO and daughter, Emily Frances Thompson (Ryan) of Thornton, CO. Robert was the beloved grandfather of Harrison, Nathan, Aubrey and Josie. He is also survived by his brother, Stephen and wife Jo Ann of Tempe, AZ. Robert was an avid golfer and enjoyed retirement in his Sun City Community. He was a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and will have a Funeral Mass there on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anderson Cancer Center, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404 or St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29909.
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Published in The Island Packet on June 21, 2016
Milbrandt Jr., Benjamin William  
Benjamin William Milbrandt, Jr. Benjamin William Milbrandt, Jr., 69, passed away on June 18, 2016 in his home in Bluffton, SC from complications due to cancer. He was the widower of Catherine Milbrandt. They shared 25 years of marriage together filled with many adventures and happy memories. Born in Urbana, Illinois, he was the son of Marion (Owens) Milbrandt and Benjamin Milbrandt, Sr. He graduated from Rantoul High School in 1965, and from University of Illinois in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. He was at the forefront of the Electronic Data Interchange era, writing one of the first published manuals: EDI: Making Business More Efficient (1987, Automated Graphic Systems), and bringing his skills to places such as Logistics Management Institute, Consolidated Freightways, Navistar International Transportation Corporation and Intel. He had an avid interest in genealogy, tracing his family tree back to themid-1700s. Since retiring, he was an active member of the Sun City Hilton Head community. He found great joy working with the crew at H&R Block, spending time with neighbors, playing softball with the H&R Block and Rockets teams, as well as playing Pickleball with the Long Points Group, crabbing at Riverbend, and fishing with those he loved. Service was a large part of his life. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13 as a member of Troop 28, First Methodist Church in Rantoul, IL. At the age of 15, he received the Order of DeMolay Distinguished Service Medal. He was initiated into the Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity in 1966. He was a 33rd Degree Mason. He made over 100 donations to the American Red Cross Blood Bank, volunteered as an IRS tax preparer for low income individuals, and in Folsom, CA spent countless weekends in over a year's time to save a local lake from the invasive plant the water hyacinth. He will be remembered most for his brilliant mind, dry wit, willingness to lend a hand, affinity for all things math (including taxes!), ability to teach others and his fun-loving personality. He is survived by his sister Vivian Snyder, brother Roy Milbrandt, son Eric Milbrandt (Kristin), daughter Natalie Hamrick (Brett), and grandchildren Sarah, Ben, Rachel, and Hannah Milbrandt, and Joshua and Noah Hamrick. He was predeceased by his wife Catherine Milbrandt, and his parents Marion Milbrandt and Benjamin Milbrandt, Sr. The memorial service to celebrate his life and homecoming will be Saturday June 25 at 10am at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Rd, Bluffton, SC. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Gabriel House of Care 4599 Worrall Way, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (online https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gabrielhouseofcare ) or the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 (online https://donate.cancer.org/index ).
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Published in The Island Packet on June 22, 2016
Mirabito, Nancy Whelan - Hilton Head  
Nancy Whelan Mirabito Nancy Whelan Mirabito of Hilton Head SC, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on June 17, 2016. She was born July 18, 1937 in New York City, New York to William J. Whelan and Anne O'Connor Whelan. She was a graduate of St. Mary's School and New London High School in New London, CT. She graduated in 1958 from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Worcester, MA. She worked for many years as a registered nurse at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. On January 31, 1974 she married John F. Mirabito at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in New London, CT. She became a young bride and a stepmother to John's three children. Nancy was a previous member of the Thames River Garden Club and the Auxiliary of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. Upon John's retirement from Lawrence and Memorial Hospital they moved to Hilton Head, SC. Nancy continued to volunteer on Hilton Head Island with a local charity group inoculating children, St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church and was a member of the Windmill Harbour Association. Nancy truly dedicated herself to her family, friends and her best friend and husband John. She enjoyed entertaining, loved to cook, and was an avid New York Giants fan. They have had many happy years together. She survived by her husband John F. Mirabito, stepson Michael J. Mirabito and his wife Claudie Gel‚-Mirabito and stepdaughter Dorea Mirabito Santos. Four grandchildren, Brittany A.Howard and husband Bryan, Raleigh J. Caruso, John C. Mirabito, Mitchell J. Mirabito and one great-grandchild, Van Howard. She is also survived by her brother William J. Whelan Jr. and his wife Cecelia, nephew William (Billy) Whelan III his wife Orleny and daughter Valentina. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Mary Whelan Clark, and stepdaughter Susan Mirabito Caruso. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 25 from 11 am to 12 noon at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers Nancy would prefer to donate to St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet on June 21, 2016
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