Deaths in South Florida: 6/7

Kathleen "Kate" Alexander, 74, of Davie, FL, passed away on May 31st at her home. Kate was born in Queens, NY to Patrick and Patricia McGee on October 17th, 1944. A graduate of St. John’s University, Kate became a lifelong educator until her retirement from the Broward County school system after over 30 years teaching at multiple institutions, including Nova High, Western High, and Seagull Alternative High School; as well as various adult education centers where she taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Never one to rest, Kate was active in the Florida Renaissance Festival and The American Sewing Guild. She was also an accomplished painter and sculptor; and frequently volunteered for the Broward County Library, Broward Teachers Union, and retired teachers organizations. An avid amature fencer in her youth, Kate medaled in countless events, including the Florida Sunshine State Games. In 1976, she competed in the Olympic trials where she earned a spot as an alternate. Bestowed the moniker "Kate the Great" by her many friends, she was a loving, compassionate lady who found great satisfaction through giving to others, especially those closest to her. She will be sorely missed by us all. Kate was predeceased by her father Patrick and brother Pat. She is survived by her children, Tamara and Keith; brothers Donald and Max; sisters Margaret, Mary Ellen, Sara, Theresa, and Suzanne; as well as her mother, Patricia, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Sarah. In lieu of formal services, Kate’s wishes were for a celebration, which will be scheduled in early July. Details will be posted on her Facebook page or email your contact info to Superchunk5000@yahoo.com and you will be notified.

Christopher Argenziano, 58, passed away on Friday, May 31. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl Argenziano and the adored grandfather ("Papa") of Michael, Jordan, Jacob, Emily and Maddie. The son of John and Anne Argenziano, he was the brother of Ramona (Bunny) Cotter, Maria Argenziano, Jack Argenziano, Guy Argenziano, and James Argenziano (deceased) as well as brothers-in-law Jim Tunkey and Brian Silbon. A private Mass and memorial service will be held at a date TBA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris’s name to the "Chris Argenziano Memorial" at gofundme.com.

John Horace Wittenborn lll died on Memorial Day, May 27,2019 at Broward Health, the same hospital where he was born on January 24th, 1960. He attended Fort Lauderdale and Dillard High Schools and the Atlantic Foundation of the Performing Arts and studied dance with Revell Shaw and Ruth Petronovitch before performing with the Cincinnati Ballet and at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. He danced for Jean Ann Ryan on cruise ships, at the Lido in Paris and the Olympics in Korea. He worked with June Taylor as artistic director and choreographer for "The Show Offs" a non profit troupe that dances for charitable causes. An integral part of Miami Fashion Week, he was also the lead choreographer for Leadership Broward Foundation’s Lip Sync Battle. Johnny and his Dad Jack toured South Florida for 7 years as the fabulous singing duo "Two of a Kind" with his Mom Joan as president of their fan club.Tall and handsome, his many talents took him to exotic locations across the globe, making lasting friendships wherever he went, but mostly he enjoyed being home with his friends and family.He is very much missed.A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday June 23 at 2 PM at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale. All are welcome! In lieu of flowers, donations made to ArtServewill be used to repair the dance studio floor.

Joyce Vesuvio died on March 25, 2019 surrounded by her family in Gainesville, Fl.Joyce was a long time resident of Planation Florida for more than 50 years. She and her husband, Vincent Vesuvio, were active in many causes and groups: Planation High Boosters, PAL, Boy Scouts, St. Gregory’s Church religious instruction, Matthew 25 and others. Born Joyce Frances Hauck in 1933 in New Jersey, she graduated from Bound Brook High School and worked for the Bound Brook Currier News until her marriage to Vince, of Plainfield. She is survived by her three children, Denise Vesuvio (Frank Bailey), of Columbia, Maryland, Vincent Vesuvio, Jr. (Kelli Master Brew), of Gainesville, Florida and Mark Vesuvio (Pam Persnell), of Tallahassee, Florida; her four grandchildren, Anna Bailey, Dominick Vesuvio, Connor Katris and Evan Bell, and her three sisters, Barbara Pyle of Bound Brook, Judy Bonnessen of Warren and Norma Klotzbach Manchester. Her loving husband, Vince, preceded Joyce in death.A funeral mass for Joyce is set for Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Plantation, Florida. The family has requested donations be made in Joyce’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Victor Cohen, of Boca Raton, FL, and formerly of Baltimore, MD, passed away on June 4, 2019 at the age of 92. He is survived by his children, Lawrence Cohen and Barbara (Kenneth) Berman, and a grandson, A. Ryan Berman. Mr. Cohen was predeceased by his brothers, the late Sidney H. Cohen and S. Harold Cohen, and his parents, M. Zellic and Anna Cohen.Funeral services and interment will be held at United Hebrew Cemetery, Baltimore, MD on Friday, June 7, at 1 pm. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 10305 Wetherburn Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Arrangements by SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC. sollevinson.com

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