Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage

by ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM

EPOCH is a depository of information that will be held for future generations of researchers and genealogists. Family and friends of the deceased can submit detailed obituaries as a tribute to their loved ones, and in doing so help build a meaningful history of the residents of the community.

Latest Tributes

Florence Eleanor Gildea

FLORENCE E. GILDEA

Miss Florence E. Gildea, 81, died Saturday at Oceanside Nursing Center after a long illness.

A native of Savannah, she served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during World War II. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4392 and American Legion Post 154.

Surviving are a sister, Sister Mary Daria Gildea, R. S. M., of Savannah; four nephews, John H. Fischer, Neil J. Fischer, Francis J. Fischer and Charles E. Fischer; and a number of great-nephews and great-nieces.

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George Abdulkerim Saraf

George Abdulkerim Saraf was murdered in his shop on Friday, June 13, 1941.

Savannah Morning News: Saturday, June 14, 1941 – Page Fourteen
MERCHANT SLAIN IN W. BROAD STORE
Geo. A. Saraf Victim of Gunmen Last Night
FOUND BEHIND COUNTER
Four Negroes Seen Fleeing From Vicinity

George A. Saraf, operator of a small bar and confectionery store at the northeast corner of Duffy and West Broad streets, was shot and killed shortly after 10 o’clock last night.

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DONALD EDWARD BELLANGER

Donald Edward Bellanger, of Stuyvesant NY, went to be with his Lord at his home on June 18, 2015 after bravely battling against bladder cancer complicated by kidney failure. He was born in West Springfield, MA on Sep 19, 1932 to the late John and Grace (Gladden) Bellanger.

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Suzanne "Suzy" Angele Reno

Suzanne Angele Reno of Sanford Florida, 82 years young, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 11 June 2015.

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John Sobik, Jr. founder of Sobik's Subs

John Sobik Jr., founder of Sobik's Subs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19 in Albany, New York at the age of 76.

He was born on June 4, 1938 in Rome, New York to John and Mary Karash Sobik.

John Sobik Jr., was a street smart, successful entrepreneur, self-made – yet humble; a devoted Rotarian, a family man with a big heart and an active and caring member of his community.

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James John Cofino

James John Cofino (birth name Vincenzo) was born on Monday, May 16, 1910 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was the second child of Anna Gaudiello and Luigi Cofino, immigrants from Sarno, Italy and their first born in the United States. In 1911, the small family moved to New Rochelle, NY and later to Port Chester, NY. It was there that his younger siblings, Anthony, Margaret and Neil were born and where he and his older brother, Joe spent their childhood years.

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