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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 10 years ago


We remember

Sara ‘Sally’ King Brakmann, 81, of Orlando, precious wife, mother, and friend entered eternity with her Savior on Sunday, July 31, 2011. She was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando.

She was born March 27, 1930 in Okolona, Miss., to Florence and Albert King. She was one of four children and was baptized and raised in the protestant faith. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, and is survived by a brother, Charlie King of Egypt, Mississippi.

Sally was the beloved wife and best friend of Henry Edward “Bud” with whom she shared more than 53 wonderful years. They were married in the First Methodist Church in Okolona, Miss.

She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a degree in Elementary Education and her career took her to Winter Haven, Fla., where she met her husband, Bud. They married three years later following his discharge from the Air Force. Orlando became their home in 1961, and her career became that of homemaker. She was busy in the lives and interests of her children, and until 2003 was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She faithfully served in many capacities, including the Board of Deacons, Women of the Church, shut in visitation and as an afterschool mentor for inner city children. For many years she was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, and most recently, a volunteer with IDignity. Through her faithful and loving service, she made a difference in the lives of many people.

She lived a life of service to her family, friends, church and community. She treasured her many friendships and enjoyed her participation in The Rosalind Club of Orlando, the College Park luncheon group, “Happy Talk”, and the Lake Adair Garden Club. She also loved to travel, and after her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed many years of travel, often in the company of dear friends.

While Sally had many passions, none compared to her love for her Lord. Her faithful resolve was evident throughout her life as she fought the good fight, finished the race and now enjoys the sweet fellowship of Heaven.

Sally is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Bud, and her children and their spouses, Kathy and Steve Daniel (Winter Haven) and Ed and Kim Brakmann (Orlando). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Robert Brakmann Daniel, Sara Elizabeth Brakmann, Charlotte Kate Brakmann, Steven Brakmann Daniel, and Emily Kathryn Daniel. She will also be remembered and missed by many who knew her as “Dee Dee” and Aunt Sally.

Sally loved the worship service at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. A memorial service was held Aug. 6. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to IDignity, 424 E. Central Blvd. #199, Orlando, FL 32801.

Gloria M. Zayas, age 85, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 in Winter Park, Fla. She was born in 1926 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Gloria was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Houston, Texas, and recently relocated to Apopka, Fla., to be near family. She is preceded in death by her son Ismael Zayas Jr. Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Ismael Zayas, three daughters: Gloria Sanchez, Aida M. Rodriguez and Edna M. Zayas; two siblings: Raul and Ana Medero; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A memorial was held Aug. 10.

Mavis L. Klein, 71, of Maitland, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Mavis was born in Oakland, Calif., to Morrel and Anna Mae (Davis) Reed. She is survived by her daughter Tracy Wild of Maitland. Memorial services were held Aug. 10 at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Chapel.

Linda Schwab, 53, of Oviedo, Fla., died on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Linda is survived by her three children, Michael, Sean, and Caitlin, her sister and brothers Lisa, Ed and Buddy and husband, Joe. Those wishing to pay their respects to Linda may do so on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, 501 East Mitchell Hammock Road. Family visitation is from 4-5 p.m., and friends’ visitation is from 5-7 p.m., followed by a short ceremony for Linda at 7 p.m.

She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends and those whom she touched throughout her live and her career as an RN. Linda grew up in Louisville, Ky., with her family and friends. Most of her working life was spent in health care. She worked as an EMT for Jefferson County in Kentucky and then decided to become an RN. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in nursing degree from Spaulding University in Louisville. After graduation, she began her nursing career in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and children’s ER at the Louisville children’s hospital. Linda continued her nursing career throughout her moves in Louisville, Monterey, Calif., Orlando, Valrico and finally Oviedo.

She worked in many positions as a nurse but enjoyed her time in the emergency room and as a Hospice nurse (Tampa and Orlando) the most. She had an unbelievable capacity for compassion and driving desire to help those in need. Her hospice patients and families whom she touched; her friends and neighbors who knew her; and most importantly her family will miss her greatly.

Even in death, Linda was able to continue to express her giving to other as an organ donor. Because of Linda, two additional lives will continue due to receipt of her donated kidneys.


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