HOORNSTRA, Edward Hanzel born on Oct. 10, 1921, in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, passed away peacefully at his home in Clearwater on Jan. 24, 2013, under the care of Suncoast Hospice while surrounded by his loving family. As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army and served in WWII, including the D-Day invasion with a landing on Omaha Beach, and later at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Upon his discharge, he was a pioneer in the convenience store industry, building and operating stores in both Louisiana and Florida. Until his retirement, he continued to work in the corporate world eventually serving as CEO of General Host Corporation in NYC. Upon his retirement, he continued to be interested in business and finance, but also had more time for his passion for travel, gardening and family. He and his wife were members of St. Catherine's Church for many years. He is survived and will be missed greatly by his wife, Micki. They recently celebrated 71 years of marriage; two children, Sharon Hoornstra of Sunnyvale, CA and son, Edward Hoornstra, Jr. (Jean) of Tampa; four grandchildren, Jennifer Parlapiano (David) of Orlando, Edward Hoornstra III (Tracy) of Asheville, NC, Eric Hoornstra (Rhonda) of Tampa and David Zonoun of Sunnyvale, CA; eight great-grandchildren, Meghan Hoornstra, Taylor Hoornstra, Skyler Hoornstra and Bryson Hoornstra, all of Tampa, Edward Hoornstra IV and Nathan Hoornstra, both of Asheville, NC, and Andrew Parlapiano and Charlotte Parlapiano, both of Orlando. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Mary (Steve) Loesch and Ted Hoornstra (Leanne), both of St. Petersburg. Funeral services will be held at St. Catherine of the Sienna Church on Tuesday, Jan. 29 followed by interment at Sylvan Abby, both in Clearwater. The Family is requesting donations to St. Catherine Catholic Church, Suncoast Hospice or
, in lieu of flowers. He will live on in all of our hearts as a beacon of light and love in this stormy sea. Heaven above opens its arms to him.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 27, 2013