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Hope Healthcare Offers Grief Support

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2021) – Hope Healthcare is offering a support group for adults age 18 and over who have lost a loved one as a result of COVID-19. Open to the community at no cost, the support group provides an opportunity to discuss emotions such as anger, guilt, blame or resentment and learn from the experiences of others.

Despite COVID-19’s continued presence in the community, participants can discover positive healthy steps that lead toward healing by creating meaningful rituals and receiving validation for the experience of loss. Hosted by Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Mary Lisa Grimmer, the group is held weekly on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Registration is required. To sign up, contact Mary Lisa Grimmer at 239-489-9184 or email

With generous community support, Hope Healthcare is able to offer additional counseling programs including grief support for adults​​​​​​​, teens and children, bereaved parents, and those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. To learn more, visit

Hope Healthcare, which includes Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care programs, is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit

Obituaries - Paniagua, Thielen, Knowles-Sifert, Waybright

Luis Enrique Paniagua, age 57, of Clewiston, passed away October 5, 2021 in Weston.
He was born June 11, 1964 in Mexico to the late Rey Paniagua and the late Maria Marina Jimenez.

He was an Equipment Operator for US Sugar.

Survivors include his wife: Ricarda (Grimaldo) Paniagua
son: Rey Enrique Paniagua
two daughters: Marina Paniagua and Cassandra Paniagua
four brothers: Ubaldo Paniagua, Juan Paniagua, Natividad Paniagua and Rey Paniagua
sister: Maria Martina Paniagua
grandchildren: Yadiel Lee Snow and Lissandra Marie Paniagua

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 10:00 am at Saint Margaret's Catholic Church, Clewiston. with Father Jean Woady Louis officiating.

Interment will be Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Margie N Thielen, age 94, of Moore Haven, passed away October 3, 2021 in Delray Beach.
She was born July 23, 1927 in Nashville, GA, to the late Sam and the late Effie Lee (Lewis) Cook.

Survivors include one son: Raymond Donald Thielen Jr.
2 daughters: Regina Marie Brown and Mary Theresa Prescott
9 Grandchildren.14 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren,

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10:00 am at Ortona Cemetery Pavillion, Moore Haven with Father Marcial Garcia officiating.

Visitation will be Monday from 9 to 10 AM at Ortona Cemetery Pavillion, Moore Haven, FL.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Carol L Knowles-Sifert, age 60, of Lehigh Acres, passed away October 3, 2021.
She was born Dec. 13, 1960 in Elmira, NY, to the late Robert and the late Dorothy (Cross) Howell.

Survivors include her husband: Victor Sifert
daughter: Kristen Knowles
two brothers: Paul Howell and Robert Howell
one sister: Dorothy "Joy" Howell

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:00 am at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

Russell Leon Waybright, age 78, went to be with the Lord Friday, October 1, 2021. He was born on June 28, 1943, in Big Sandy-Magisterial District, Kanawha, WVA.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife Imo Jean Waybright. His parents Mark Keetley and Maggie Alice Waybright: siblings; Delmer (Barbara) Waybright and Freda (Richard) White, and Ellen (James) Payne.

He is survived by first wife Carolyn Sue Bevard Waybright Crowley- the beloved mother of his surviving children; Kimberly (Rick) Pierce and Mark (Paula) Waybright, step-children; Jason and Raymond Harrell. Grandchildren; Joshua Strine, Kyle Strine, Kelsey (Spencer) Ward, Tonya (Jill) Pierce, Mark Robert Waybright, Jr (Taylor Oglesby). Great grandchildren; Kinsely, Karter, Isabella, Elliot, and Kassadie, numerous nieces and nephews and other family members and friends. Siblings; Delbert Waybright (Josaine), Delores Swartz, Wilma (Edward) Johnson, Dorothy (JR) Strickland.

Russ had great faith in God and beliefs of his Pentecostal religion. He was active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 3938 Lehigh Acres, Florida, and member of the Moose Lodge # 2398 LaBelle, Florida. He was ace of all trades, owning and managing several businesses – JC Penny Automotive Center, Nelson Frame and Axle, LaBelle Brake and Alignment, Crazy Dads Fish Worm Farm, owner of a ceramic shop, Aluminum vinyl Specialist and Elite Construction of Southwest Florida, with his son Mark Robert Waybright for over 20 years, which they enjoyed their working relationship together.

He was the best father working over 80 hours a week at times to provide every want and need for his family. He still found time to spend with his family camping, boating, fishing, and vacationing.

Russ passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Florida, surrounded by his son and daughter, their spouses and grandson Mark (Taylor) and fiancé Carolyn Bain. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, We love you Dad!

A celebration of Russ’ life will be held from 1-4 p.m. on October 23, 2021 at the Eagles of Lehigh Acres located at 607 Williams Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, you can give online at or send a check made payable to Hope Hospice to: Hope Development Department 9470 Health Park Circle Fort Myers, Florida 33908

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.


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