ANDREWS, Helga Martha (Rogers), 87, of St. Petersburg, died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Residence Club of Seminole in Seminole. Born in Muenster, Germany on Feb. 27, 1925, Helga worked for the German government as a translator until she met and married author J.A. Rogers in 1957 after a whirlwind romance in Paris, France, and subsequently moved to New York City in the United States. Helga continued to run Mr. Rogers' publishing business after his death in 1966. Through her efforts, Mr. Rogers' numerous titles on African American history remain available today. Helga later married Lewis M. Andrews Jr. in 1983 and settled in downtown St. Petersburg. Helga was a longtime member of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the "Salty Sisters." She enjoyed walking, exercising, fine dining, & traveling throughout the world. She was predeceased by her second husband, Lew, on Feb. 1, 2008. Helga loved children, and during her later years, came to love and be loved by Nicolas & Kady Cahill, her surrogate grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters, Marie-Luise Schulz and Inge - Margaret Biesenthal, both of Germany; her close friends: her attorney, Michael L. Cahill, and his wife, Katina Cahill. Anderson McQueen Funeral Home
CAFFREY, Eveline "[Betty Boardman]" born in Newcastle, England on Oct. 22, 1919, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 14, 2013 at age 93. She is survived by her son, Brain Caffrey (Debbie) of Waynesville, NC & daughter, Geraldine "Gigi" Daube (Dan) of Trenton, FL; 5 grandchildren, Dustin & Ryan Daube, [Aaron Caldwell], Arden & Anna Caffrey; and her 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Gerald Caffrey, a decorated Bronze Star and Purple Heart Army LT & educator. In addition to her family, some of her greatest achievements included becoming a US Citizen, serving as a WWII Army nurse & being a devoted public school educator. She was known by most as a wife, mother, caregiver, & friend with a kind, gentle way & uncanny sense of humor. Graveside service in St. Petersburg, at Memorial Park Cemetery to be at a future time. Those interested in attending, call Gigi at 352-493-9183. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Metropolitan Ministries 813-209-1000, St. Petersburg Free Clinic 727-821-1200, or Daystar Life Center 727-825-0442.
HOOD, [Jeanette M. Beasley] Florence 75, died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the Hospice House in Temple Terrace, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. From her birth on Aug. 31, 1937 to her death, she nourished people around her with love, faith, & wisdom. She was a full blooded Italian, born in the town of Troy, NY, to William and Florence "Patti" Martucci, and was the second youngest of five children. After graduating from Troy High School, she attended the State University of New York College at Cortland (formerly Cortland State) where she secured both her under-graduate and master's degree in education. Following her college training, she began her 39 year career as an educator and principal. As principal at Seminole Presbyterian School (now Cambridge Christian School), Jeanette attended night school to secure her second master's degree in Administration from the University of South Florida; this is a true testament on how dedicated & devoted Jeanette was to being the best principal she could be. She retired in 1997 from Seminole Presbyterian School as the lower school principal after 21 years of service. She touched many students, parents, & fellow colleagues' lived during her long tenure as principal. Left to honor Jeanette and remember her love, are her two children, Jennifer (Hood) Ellis and Bryan Hood; two grandchildren, Joshua Ellis & Kaitlyn Hood; her sister, [Deborah Coyle] (Martucci) [Louise Johnson]; her brother, Louis Martucci. Jeanette was preceded in death by both of her parents; her brother, William; and her sister, Adeline (Addy). Jeanette will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, as well as a dedicated professional, who was a bright, shining light in the education industry of which she served. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 3 pm, at Thonotosassa United Methodist Church, 11905 Fort King Hwy, Thonotosassa, with Rev. Dennis Roebuck officiating. If you choose to do so, flowers are graciously welcomed, please send to the church on the day of the memorial service, or, in lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Jeanette, made to either the America Cancer Society at www.Cancer.org or Hospice Care at www.hospicenet.org will be sincerely appreciated. Stowers Funeral Home www.stowersfh.com