In Memory

Andrew John “Drew” Lundquist, II

May 15, 1969 – November 27, 2020

Andrew John Lundquist, II, age 51, of New Port Richey, passed away very unexpectedly on Friday, November 27, 2020. He was a wonderful, loving, kind, and giving son, brother, uncle, and friend to so many. Born in Largo on May 15, 1969, he was raised and lived in New Port Richey for most of his life, aside from the years spent in Virginia Beach. It was evident from an early age that he was quite talented. He loved music and had a wonderful voice. He acted in several productions with Richey Suncoast Theatre and the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center throughout the years. He brought joy and humor to his roles. He was an avid movie attendee and loved comic heroes, especially Wonder Woman. Drew was an avid fitness enthusiast and participated in many 5ks and half marathons to raise money for his community. He was very humble and private, but was always thinking of others. He was the crematory manager for Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home and took great pride and care in his work, something passed down to him from his father, Andy, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Bette Lundquist; sister, Chrissy Lent (Scott); his niece, Heather Gmitter, and his great nephew, Hunter Degraff, whom he affectionately dubbed as “Monkey”; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved his family so much and was our rock. There are so many beautiful memories we will always carry with us. He is deeply loved and missed. Visitation hours were held on Friday, December 4th from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm, with service at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Wounded Warrior, one of the theaters listed above, or a charity of your choice in Drew’s name.

Andrew J. “Andy” Lundquist

February 15, 1941 – February 20, 2018

Andrew J. “Andy” Lundquist, 77, of New Port Richey, FL went to heaven on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He was born in Waukesha, WI on February 15, 1941 to his parents, Al and Thelma Breska. When his loving mother went to heaven after his birth, he was blessed to be raised and cared for by his aunt and uncle, Dorothy (Breska) and Reuben Lundquist, who became his parents.  As a child he lived a life of adventure traveling the country and living many different places. He went to mortuary school in Milwaukee, WI, where he met his beautiful and caring wife of more than 52 years, Bette (Powell).  He was the cofounder of Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home in New Port Richey and spent his years in service to our community.  He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in New Port Richey since 1959 where he served as a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister for many years.  He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus #5869 and of the New Port Richey Jaycees, and a member of the Sertoma Club, Greater New Port Richey Chamber of Commerce, and he actively volunteered in the Chasco Fiesta.

Andy is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dolores Breska and Dorothy Maule; and two brothers, Thomas and James Breska.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Bette; his son, Andrew J. “Drew” Lundquist, II of New Port Richey; his daughter, Christine “Chrissy” (Scott) Lent of Port Richey; his granddaughter, Heather Gmitter (Richard Degraff) of Port Richey; his adorable great grandson, Hunter Degraff of Port Richey; his sister, Helen (Duane) Roeseler of Hustisford, WI; and many nieces and nephews.  To his nieces Susie, Sallie, Sandi, & Sarah, he was their “big brother.”

Andy had a wonderful sense of humor and words cannot describe his compassion and caring for his family and fellow man.  We will truly miss our “Husband”, “Daddy”, “Uncle Andy”, “GrandPAL”, and “Great GrandPAL.”

Visitation for Andy was held at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 3-6pm with a small service to commence at 6pm.  A funeral mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10am.  Andy was laid to rest privately at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.

Roger Eugene Michels

July 30, 1935 – May 7, 2018

Roger Eugene Michels, 82, of New Port Richey, passed away May 7, 2018. Born in Chicago, IL to Oris and Lucille Michels, he attended Bangor High School before graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in June 1956. Roger served in the United States Army in the Counter Intelligence Corporation and attended the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Hollibird, Maryland.

Roger moved to New Port Richey, Florida 40 years ago and since then has spent a great deal of time serving his community. He served on the Ordinance Review Board for the city of New Port Richey; in 1965, he established the New Port Richey Sertoma Club and served as their second President.

In 1977, he was a founding member of the Holiday Rotary Club and over the years has served as President, Secretary and as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Roger was past President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, served as Chasco Fiesta Street parade chairman for many years, established the New Port Richey chapter of the March of Dimes where he served as Chairman for 15 years, established the first Salvation Army Thrift store on Grand Blvd and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association and the American Cancer Society as well as chaired fund raising for the Boy Scouts of America. He was past President of Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. He also was chosen as King Chasco twice, years 1970 and 1980.

Roger was a member of many fraternal organizations including the Moose, the Elks, the Masons where he is a twice Past Master, and the New Port Richey Shrine Club, serving as Past Potentate of the Egypt Temple in Tampa.

He is a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Roger enjoyed boating, fishing, bowling, golfing, and outside lawn work. He was a true pillar of this community and will be remembered fondly by those he served.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Robin; his daughters, Kylie Marie and Stephanie; his son, Timothy; his step-daughters, Kellie Burkey and Michelle Schneider; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation for Roger was be held on Thursday, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home. Masonic rites were given during the evening visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated 10:30am Friday at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church with entombment at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.