Obituaries Reply


THOMAS EDWARD BEERS, 72, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 25, 2015. Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/28/15)

MARCY AARON CHESNUT, 69, of Lakewood Park, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. Marcy was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and moved to Lakewood Park in 1967 from his place of birth. He had been a Pipe-Fitter for FPL at the Hutchinson Island Power Plant. Survivors include son Kenneth Chesnut of Wabasso, Florida; daughter Candy L. Bornman of Deltona, Florida and Dean A. Chesnut of Vero Beach, Florida; grandchildren Heath C. Chesnut of Wabasso and Mark and Tyler Chesnut of Vero Beach; sister Margaret F. Higggins of Lisbon, Ohio; brothers Reginald K. Chesnut of Glenmoor, Ohio and Melvin L. Chesnut, Jr. of Fort Walton, Florida; half-brother Larry Howl and half-sister Teresa Vereen both of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin L. and Della Wilson Chesnut, and a half-brother C. Kenneth Scate who died in the Vietnam War. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at (2/28/15)

VINLET VIRGINIA DANT, of Vero Beach, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at VNA Hospice House. She was born December 24, 1925 in Warrior, AL and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1980.  She was the former owner of Kountry Kitchen With Love until her retirement in 1998. Mrs. Dant is survived by her husband of 23 years, Kenneth Dant; daughter, Sue (Alan) Jackson; son, Larry (Connie) Love, all of Vero Beach; sister, LaVerne Rickles of Kimberly, AL; 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Harry Love, Jr. and 10 siblings. A memorial service will be held 4 pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 at the First Church of God in Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at (2/28/15)

LELAND T “LEE” GOSS, 71, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 24, 2015 at the  VNA Hospice House Lee regularly attended services at Vero Christian Church and was a friend of the congregation at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. He was a volunteer driver with IRC Volunteer Ambulance Squad and he often drove for the Humane Society to deliver injured wildlife to the rescue hospital in Melbourne. Lee enjoyed playing golf, kayaking, riding his bike, walking his poodle, Missy and traveling with Sally. Lee is survived by his wife of six years, Sally Ann Wilson of Vero Beach . Daughter, Kimberly Feliciano (Rick) of Sebastian, FL, sons; Steven Goss (Debbie) of Port St. Lucie, FL and Kevin Goss (Trina Lloyd) of Melbourne, FL, and by his four grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Kirsten, Zachary and Diamond. Lee was predeceased by his first wife Yvonne Pope Goss Celebration of Life services will be held at Vero Christian Church in the near future and at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach on Sunday, April, 12, 2015. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach, Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad. Online condolences may be expressed at (2/28/15)

JANET TERESA SCHAUER Nearing the end of a joyous and fulfilling life, Janet was admitted to the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach where she was attended to by exceptional care givers in a warm and hospitable atmosphere. She was given to the Lord at sunrise on February 26 after a prolonged battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was born in 1932 in Maybee, MI, the last of eleven brothers and sisters. Upon reflection on this long line of siblings, her favorite family tale was that her parents kept looking for the perfect child and finally found one upon her birth. Janet was a graduate of Girl’s Catholic Central High School in Detroit, MI and attended Wayne State University thereafter. Later, encouraged by a mentor who suggested she should travel the world by joining the airline industry, she became a stewardess with United Airlines domiciled first in New Jersey and subsequently in Chicago. A notable highlight was a UAL flight out of Midway Airport in 1955 containing many Chicago personalities that was the first to land at newly created O’Hare Field. Janet was selected to serve as director of stewardess service aboard that inaugural flight. At a football game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, Janet met her future husband, Warren, whom she married in 1955. After ending her employment with United, she was active in Clipped Wings, a national organization of former and current UAL flight attendants, helping to form the O’Hare Chapter, and assisted in their primary endeavor, Special Olympics, raising funds and attending Olympic events both in the USA and abroad. Additionally, she taught the Edmark reading program for many years at Countryside Center for People with Disabilities in Palatine, IL and also served on their board of directors. Amongst these activities, she managed to successfully raise four sons following them through their primary educational years through an assortment of volunteer duties. Janet was a devoted mother, inspiring and instilling in her children a love of nature, science and philanthropy. After moving to Florida in 1991, she continued her interest in education by mentoring young students at Beachland Elementary School. Her devotion to volunteer work included many years as a member of the Auxiliary of the Indian River Medical Center. She is a past member of the Moorings Club and the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Janet will always be remembered as a woman of deep and unwavering faith who nurtured and uplifted everyone around her. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. Janet leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Warren, and 4 sons, Robert (MaryJo), Dr. Mark (Cynthia), Dr. Jon (Anastasia), Joel (Katherine), ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. She will be greeted in Heaven with unrestrained enthusiasm by her eleventh grandchild, Anastasia. In lieu of flowers, she may be remembered with donations to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960. Visitation will be held from 5- 7PM on Sunday, March 1 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 2. Interment will be private at the Crestlawn Cemetary in Vero Beach. A guestbook is available online at  (2/28/15)


JOYCE ANASTOS-SPARROW, 87, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 24, 2015. Strunk Funeral Home (2/26/15)

PATRICIA ELIZABETH BRADY, 73, of Heron Cay in Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Pat was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Rene J. and Lorraine E. (nee Bailey) Rathe. In Beverly, Massachusetts she met her husband to be Richard H. Brady, who she wed September 27, 1958. They moved to Heron Cay six years ago from Alton Bay, New Hampshire. Though raising and caring for her children was her passion, Pat still found time to be active in the business world. She began working as an administrative assistant for Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Beverly and as time would permit she worked as a sales associate for a few different retail sales companies. She was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach and an active member of the Heron Cay community. Pat loved boating, time at the beach, and hours spent on Lake Winnipesaukee. Survivors include her husband Richard H. Brady; mother Lorraine Rathe of Ipswich, Massachusetts; daughters Leslie Sheehan (James) of Salem, New Hampshire, Barbara Brady of Haverhill, Massachusetts and Jennifer Perreault, brother Richard Rathe of Beverly, Massachusetts; sister Jane Phillips of Beverly, Massachusetts; brothers George Rathe of Ipswich, Massachusetts and Michael Rathe of Ipswich, Massachusetts; sister Mary Murray of New Jersey; and granddaughters Lindsey Sheehan and Jaclyn Sheehan; grandson Nicholas Genthner; great-grandchildren Dylan and Landon. As well as extended family including numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Rene J. Rathe. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960 or at The family will receive friends 5-7 PM, Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. (2/27/15)

LYDA BETTY DEAN died at Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL after a short battle with illness. She was the widow of Donald Dean and the mother of six children: Mike, Mark, Phil, Scott, Todd and Melissa. She has sixteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Her home was in New Castle until the time of her retirement from Telephone Company and moving to Florida. While in New Castle, she was a member of Highland United Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be arranged at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Donald Jacob Dean, a Korean War Veteran. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15)

PAUL J. FEMMEL, 94, died February 21, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.Paul was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Vero Beach for 33 years coming from East Rockaway, New York. He was a United States Navy veteran having served during World War II. Paul retired from the New York City Fire Department as Batallion Chief in 1979 after 30 years of service.He was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, FL Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Arline Femmel of Vero Beach; son, Paul Femmel of Danbury, CT; daughters, Lisa Messineo and her husband Joe of Spencer, WV and Thea Femmel of Vero Beach; grandchildren, Christopher and his wife Karina, Rachel, Jason, Ethan and Arline and great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Katya and Kira.Paul was preceded in death by his grandson, Patrick Warner and brothers, Edward Femmel and Henry Femmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.Interment with Military Honors will follow in South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL at 2:15 p.m. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15)

BRUCE K. FISHER, 83, of Indian River Shores passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness. He was born August 18, 1931 in Bridgeton, New Jersey, son of the late Nathan Fisher and the late Jessie Fisher. Mr. Fisher was a graduate of Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and received a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama. He was a Korean War Veteran, having served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. During his lifetime he devoted twenty-two years of pro bono public service in many roles including Board of Education member in Cumberland County NJ, Chairman of the Indian River Shores Planning, Zoning, and Variance Board for thirteen years until March 2002, and as the first Chairman of the Indian River County Citizens Advisory Board. Mr. Fisher was a mason and a founding member of Brotherhood Chapter 292 in Vineland, New Jersey. He was the owner of several successful businesses in Miami and retired as a stockbroker in 1984. He became a Florida resident in 1969, having lived in Coral Gables and South Miami prior to relocating to Indian River Shores in 1986. Mr. Fisher was an avid fisherman, boater, tennis player, and a certified scuba diver. He delighted in traveling the world with his cherished wife and was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years Jennie, three loving daughters, Susan Fisher of New York, Sally Hays of Sebastian, and Nanci Robinson (Robbie) also of Sebastian, three grandsons, Nicholas, Matthew, and Thomas, brother Allen Fisher of West Palm Beach, and nephews Gregg, Michael, David, and Andrew. He was predeceased by his parents Nathan and Jessie, and sister Carol Balin of Fort Lauderdale. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 1:30pm-2pm at Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL. A Graveside service will follow at 2:00pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Aycock Funeral Home (2/24/15)

WILLIAM GUNTHER, 71, of Sebastian, FL, passed away on February 21, 2015. Seawinds Funeral Home (2/26/15)

MARGUERITE HAYES passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 22nd 2015 aged nearly 89 years at Hospice House, Vero Beach, Florida. Her birthday would have been on March 1st. She is survived by her daughter Kitty Kennedy and her son-in-law Stuart Kennedy. She was born in New York City to William Ahearn and Anne Hayes. She also lived in upstate New York, Washington D.C. and Sarasota, Florida. Throughout her life as a wife, daughter and mother she worked to support her family and had an untiring capacity to search and find the truth in any situation. Marguerite was a strong and brave woman who had many interests and skills and will continue to be remembered by many people who keep her within their hearts. She moved from Upstate New York to Vero Beach in 2005. There will be a Celebration of her Life on Thursday, March 5th at 11:00am at Thomas Lowther Funeral Home, 1655 27th St, in Vero Beach followed by a reception.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA Hospice House, (1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960).(2/27/15)

VIRGINIA BROPHY HENNESSY, “SISSY,” passed away on February 16, 2015 at the age of 91 in Vero Beach, Florida, with family at her side.Sissy was born Virginia Katherine Ward on September 2, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Harry T. Ward Sr. and Virginia K. Smith. When Sissy was young the family moved to Detroit where she graduated from Cooley High School. She went on to Michigan State University, graduated with a degree in Social Work and later taught Home Economics at Columbus Elementary School in Detroit.Sissy married Rex L. Brophy in 1948 and they shared 52 years of loving marriage before his death in February of 2000. Sissy and Rex resided in Grosse Pointe Shores for many years, and later in Grosse Pointe Farms. In the 1970’s they discovered the allure of John’s Island. For years they spent part of every winter there enjoying golf and the company of many wonderful friends. Sissy and Rex moved to John’s Island permanently in the late 1990’s. After Rex died, Sissy met the second love of her life, Matthew Joseph Hennessey. Sissy and Matt shared a love of world travel and a wonderful marriage for 10 years before Matt’s death in 2011. Sissy enjoyed skiing, golf, travel and especially people. She nurtured many life-long friendships. Known for her warmth, caring attention to friends, sharp wit and easy sense of humor, Sissy was loved for the manner in which she lit up a room. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Detroit Golf Club, the Otsego Ski Club, the John’s Island Golf Club and the Bent Pine Golf Club. Sissy was a devoted wife, sister, aunt and great aunt to her extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harry T. Ward Jr. and husbands Rex Brophy and Matt Hennessey. Sissy is survived by sister-in-law Carol Ward; brother and sister-in-law, James and Margaret Brophy; 7 nieces and nephews; and 16 great nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Ln., Vero Beach, Fla. 32963, on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:30pm. A private funeral mass with the family will be celebrated later. Donations in Sissy’s memory may be sent to Holy Cross Catholic Church. Strunk Funeral Home (2/25/15)

JOSEPH (JOE) MAGUIRE, 77, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 21, 2015.  He is survived by his wife Veronica (Kelly) Maguire of Vero Beach; daughters Maureen Maguire Connolly of Port Jefferson, NY, Kathleen Maguire of New York, NY and Eileen Maguire Galbraith of Tarpon Springs, FL; sons, Sean Maguire of Austin, TX and Michael Maguire of Brentwood, CA; and ten grandchildren. Joe was born in Manhattan, NY. Joe and Kelly split their time between Vero Beach and Calabash, NC for the past 16 years, coming from Lindenhurst, NY and then Manorville, NY. Joe was a United States Marine veteran and a retired Lieutenant of the NYFD. Joe and Kelly were married for 57 years. Throughout his life, Joe had a love of boating and the water, and in retirement, golfing and sharing time with his family and many friends. He loved keeping physically fit by walking the SR 60 bridge most days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th, at St. Helen Catholic Church at 12pm at 2000 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.Strunk Funeral Home (2/25/15)

MADELINE MCGOWAN passed away on February 21 , after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born, along with her twin sister Mary, in Broooklyn on April 22, 1925, Madeline lost her father as a young child. She grew up in Flatbush, attending Catholic schools, and graduating from St. Joseph’s College in 1946 with a degree in mathematics. Childhood summers were spent in Bayhead on the Jersey shore. In 1941, she met Bill McGowan. The pair corresponded during Bill’s military service in World War II, and were married in 1948. Madeline worked for the Grumman Aircraft Corporation and the Equitable Insurance Company until the birth, in 1949, Barbara the first of her seven children (five girls and two boys. The family lived in Malverne and Hampton Bays (during the summers) on Long Island. The early death of her twin sister in 1960 was the great sorrow of her life, just as her husband and children were its great joy. In 1981 Bill and Madeline moved with their daughter Kathy and Madeline’s mother, Edith Bainton Martin, to Vero Beach to be near the Dodgers and the ocean. Her husband Bill passed away in 1987. Madeline was an avid reader, a good bridge player, a Scrabble whiz, and was an active volunteer in the local community. Once diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she fought the disease with courage and grace during twelve hard years that also had their moments of joy. She is survived by seven children, Barbara McGowan, Patricia McGowan, John McGowan, Kevin McGowan, Mary McGowan, Jane McGowan, and Kathleen McGowan, and by seven grandchildren.  The funeral services will be held in St. Helen’s Church in Vero Beach on February 27th at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation ( would be appreciated. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15)

DORITA BEHAR PRINDEVILLE, 81, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 18, 2015. Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home (2/22/15)

ELIZABETH RICOTTA, 90, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 19, 2015. Aycock Funeral Home (2/26/15)

CHARLES PERRY ROWAN, 76, died February 24 at his home in Vero Beach.

Charles was born in Valdosta, Georgia and retired to Vero Beach coming from Plantation, FL.

He was the owner of Rowan Construction Company in Broward County for over 50 years. Survivors include daughters, Robin (Robert) Schaffer of Vero Beach, Carol (Warren) Jewell of Valkaria and Cindy (Larry) Marsh of Okeechobee; sisters, Nancy Regina Gaeta of Blue Ridge, GA and Hellen Whittington of Micanopy; brothers, Raymond Rowan of Pompano Beach and Alton Rowan of Alapaha, GA; 11 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Linda Sue Rowan in 2010 and brothers, James, Thomas and Ronald. Visitation will be held 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. Funeral Services will be held 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the funeral home chapel. Strunk Funeral Home (2/27/15)

HERBERT “SONNY” URIAH SANDS II, 51, died February 21, 2015 at his residence in Micco, FL. He was a lifelong resident of Indian River County. Sonny worked for Oyster Bay Resort for 16 years as their Dock Master.He was an member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sebastian, FL where he was an Officer since 2002 and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, #1767, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include companion of 13 1/2 years, Cindy Weirich of Micco, FL; sisters, Frances Padgett of Georgia, Velma Vaughn of Sebastian, FL and Carol Griffin of Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 1:30 – 2:30 PM PM on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:30 PM in the funeral home chapel with Reverend David Duncan Davis Sr., River of Life Church of God, officiating. Interment will follow immediately after the service at Winter Beach Cemetery, Winter Beach, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15)

LOIS SAPARITO, 83, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 23, 2015. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/26/15)

BEVERLY SIRES, 87, of Vero Beach, passed away on January 31, 2015. All County Funeral Home (2/26/15)

MARY CIACCI SNOWEDN, 51, of Vero Beach, FL passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at her home. She was born March 9, 1963 in Vero Beach, FL the daughter of the late Edward and Shirley Mae Roske. Mary worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Home Health in Vero Beach. She attended St. Helen Catholic Church. Ms. Snowden is survived by one son; Reed Snowden of Vero Beach; two sisters and three bothers; Marlene Roske, of Vero Beach and Karen Ciacci of Clarksville, GA. Mike, Ray and John Roske all of Vero Beach. Former husband Scott Snowden of Vero Beach also survives. She was preceded in death by one brother, Eddie Roske.Friends may come to the visitation from 1 – 2pm on Saturday, February 28, at the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, with a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 PM, Saturday February 28, 2015 at Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory in Vero Beach with interment to follow in Crestlawn Cemetery.The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Diabetes Society.  Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/25/15)

CHRISTINA TOUSSAINT, 43, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 15, 2015. Stone Brothers Funeral Home (2/26/15)

EDNA WALKER, 90, of Vero Beach, passed away on February 18, 2015. Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home (2/22/15)

ALLEN WATTERS, JR., 68, died February 20, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Allen was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and soon after was adopted by his parents, Dr. D.A. Watters, Sr, and Mary Stanaland, of Vero Beach. A life-long resident of Vero Beach, he attended Vero Beach High School, graduating in 1964. He subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Embry-Riddle University in Dayton Beach, Florida. Following college graduation, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and saw action in Vietnam. After returning to Vero Beach, he attended Flight Safety Academy where he trained as a commercial pilot, earning his instrument rating for single and multi-engine airplanes and status as a flight instructor. In 1971, he and Dianne Abrams were married, and in 1978 their only son, D. Allen Watters III was born. Allen Jr., was a devoted and loving father and husband. Allen donated his time to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a leader for his son’s pack and troop; during his time as a scout volunteer, he proudly supported his son’s efforts in achieving Eagle Scout.  After 30 years of service as an Environmental Inspector, he retired in 2009 from the Indian River County Health Department. In his retirement, he enjoyed camping, traveling, watching any kind of Florida Gator sports, taking naps, photography, nature, animals, visiting his son, reading and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Dianne Watters of Vero Beach, FL; son D. Allen Watters, III (Stephen Szutenbach) of Orlando, FL; mother-in-law, Mary Abrams of Vero Beach, FL; cousin Chuck Schmeer (Denise); cousin Beth Stanaland (Bill); cousin Mary Jane Tippett (Henry); and numerous members of his extended family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Ste 104, Washington, DC 20037, or American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284 in memory of D. Allen Watters, Jr.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15)

DALE A. WETHERHOLT, 68, of Vero Beach, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Dale was very charismatic and giving, he loved everyone. Dale worked very hard and had the most fun. Dale is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 17 years, his sister and brother-in- law Georgina and Bob Bradshaw, two nephews Aaron and Kenny Bradshaw of California. Dale is survived by 8 children Jerry, Tony, Stefane, Jeremy, Gary, Brian and Brittany. Dale was predeceased by his son Jon, his mother Arvazine Smith Wetherholt, and his father Arby Wetherholt. Dale is also survived by 5 grandchildren. Dale was a very strong and jovial man. He is loved by many, but he will be missed by all. Arrangements made by All County Funeral Home & Crematory. (2/26/15)

EDWARD G. ZERBE, 90, of Vero Beach, passed away February 19, 2015. He was born January 30, 1925 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Mr. Zerbe was a United States Navy veteran of WWII. He had worked with Piper Aircraft, and Hammermill Paper Corp., both of Lock Haven and finally with Piper Aircraft, Vero Beach. Mr. Zerbe was with Piper for approx. 50 years. He had attended the Methodist Church, Lock Haven. Mr. Zerbe organized and built the Little League Baseball Field in Woolrich, PA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Orma L. Zerbe; daughters, Bonnie Zerbe of Vero Beach and Debra K. (John) Romano of Sebastian, FL, granddaughters, Sarah K. Romano of Sebastian, Jennifer L. Romano of Sebastian and Laural Zerbe of Lock Haven; great-granddaughter, Olivia Schreckengast of Lock Haven; loved and devoted daughter-in law, Rebecca Zerbe of Lock Haven. Mr. Zerbe was predeceased by his grandson, Steven Michal Zerbe of Vero Beach; son, Robert Guy Zerbe of Lock Haven; sister, Margaret Bowes of Lock Haven; brother, Arthur Zerbe of Lock Haven; father, James Zerbe Sr. of Lock Haven; brother, James Zerbe Jr. of Vero Beach; and his mother, Hazel Lynn of Lock Haven.  The family will greet friends beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27th, at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, with a service to follow at 6 p.m.  Thomas J. Lowther Funeral Home (2/24/15)

Archived Obituaries

DOROTHY WAHLIN BENSON, 98, died February 11, 2015 at Indian River Estates Medical Center in Vero Beach. Dorothy was born in Mason City, IA and spent her early childhood in Redwing, MN. She moved to Vero Beach 25 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL where she and her late husband Rev. Caryl Benson had retired after serving the Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, CT. Survivors include her son, Daniel Wahlin Benson (Julie) of Vero Beach, FL; daughter, Janetha Benson (Russell DeJong) of Belgrade, ME; grandchildren, Elissan Benson Maguire (Mark), Amanda Segura (Spencer), Nigel William Wahlin Benson, Sarah DeJong and Mark DeJong; great-grandchildren, Camden, Colin, Mitchell and Shane Mcguire and Spencer and Genevieve Segura. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Rev. Caryl Benson in 1997. A memorial service will be held at the Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, CT later in the spring. Strunk Funeral Home (2/14/15)

JAMES D. BUNTON, 74, passed away on February 13, 2015. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/17/15)

MELVIN RUSSELL COX, JR., 67, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Melvin was born in Joplin, Missouri to the late Melvin and Nadiene Cox. He spent his early years in California and Kansas before joining the US Marine Corps while still in high school, which he completed while in the service. He served two tours in Vietnam from October 6, 1964- January 30, 1969. During his second tour he was severely wounded and thus awarded a Purple Heart. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal and The Presidential Unit Citation. After his time in the service, Melvin became the owner and operator of a Mobil Home Park from which he eventually retired. He and his wife Janet had been seasonal residents of Vero Beach for many years, sharing time at their home in Washington, Illinois, before settling in Vero Beach just months ago. He was of the Baptist faith, a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. Melvin had enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail as well as time fishing and playing BINGO with his wife Janet. Together they travelled throughout North and Central America. Survivors include his wife of nearly 30 years, Janet K. Cox; stepson Robert Friend of Pekin, Illinois; brother Merl (Brenda) Cox of Gainesville, Missort; niece Kayla Cox of Blairstown; and nephew Jason Cox of Blairstown, Missouri No services are planned at this time. Strunk Funeral Home (2/17/15)

NICHOLAS ALFRED CUTRONE: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Nicholas A. Cutrone on February 3, 2015, after complications arose from a brain tumor. Mr. Cutrone was born on March 20, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 1977, where he lived for the rest of his life.Mr. Cutrone worked in the transportation department within the school district for 14 years as a bus driver and 2 years as an assistant. He loved kids and became well known as “Mr. Nick.” He was very proud of his job and took great pride in the work that he did. He enjoyed his coworkers and loved the students as his own.He leaves behind three children and their families: Survivors include her daughter Nadine Cutrone Council and her husband Tom of Vero Beach and their daughter Jennifer (Ronaldo)Crespoand, grandchildren Ariana and great-grandchildren RJ, Shawn Marie Council and Lindsey Council;  daughter Lisa Al’Khammash of Vero Beach and her daughter Anyssa (Jason) Beattie and granddaughter Gracelynn and one on the way;  son Nicholas T. (Amy) Cutrone of Hugo, MN and their children Claire,Samson and Leo; and a sister Theresa Purpura.  A memorial service with military honors was held at Strunk Funeral Home on Friday, February 13, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or school supplies that will be donated to a local school in honor of “Mr. Nick, Route 9.” (2/14/15)

JOHN WESLEY DEVANE, SR. passed away on February 11, 2015, in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, January 25, 1937, a third generation native of Florida. He was the youngest son of Emery and Fern Osborn DeVane. Graduating from Vero Beach High School in 1955. A life long Commercial Fisherman and a long standing member of Organized Fisherman of Florida. He enjoyed being a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Fraternal Organizations of the Orioles and Eagles. Survived by his wife Karen Galligan DeVane of Sebastian. His son John DeVane, Jr and two daughters Joyce DeVane Mallory and Roxanne DeVane Mackey of Micco, brother Jerry DeVane of White City, Florida. His 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at Fisherman Landing in Sebastian on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1pm. (2/15/15)

JOY LOUISE DIVEN, 81, died February 17, 2015 at her residence in Sebastian. She was born in Lindenwold, New Jersey and lived in the Fellsmere and Sebastian area since 1998 coming from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Joy graduated from Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA. She attended of Shiloh Tabernacle Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include husband, Fred Diven; daughter, Gwen and husband Chris H. Oliva Jr. , of Sebastian; son, Douglas Diven and wife, Christy of Danville, Pennsylvania; grandsons, Richard Eisenmann, Daniel Eisenmann, Christian Oliva, all of Sebastian and Jaydon Diven of Danville, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Kayla Eisenmann, Candice Eisenmann, both of Sebastian, Madison Diven and Payton Diven, both of Danville, Pennsylvania; great granddaughter, Alexis Oliva of Sebastian; sister, Pearl VanDerVeer of Stratford, New Jersey; brother, George Mundell, Jr. of Edgewater, Florida. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Heather Nicole Oliva and sister, June Mundell. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Shiloh Youth Ranch, Sebastian, Florida. Interment will be at Fellsmere Brookside Historic Cemetery at 3:30 PM following the service. Strunk Funeral Home (2/20/15)

SIDNEY DIFFEY died at the age of 90 on February 11, 2015 at IRMC, Vero Beach, Florida. Sidney was born in Arkansas. He was currently a resident of Vero Beach, after having lived most of his life in Granite City, Illinois. Sidney was a member of the Vero Beach Church of Christ and had served as an Elder in the Granite City Church of Christ. Sidney served in the Navy during WWII. He spent his lifelong career at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Sid enjoyed Church, Music, Western movies, and spending time with beloved family and friends. He was survived by his wife of 66 years, Clara Hazel Diffey, his daughter Reida and Son in Law Gene Lewis, Grandchildren John and Dawn Calcagno, Todd and Holly Lewis, Great Grandchildren: Ashley, Calley, Bayley, John (Jr.) Calcagno, Andrea and Josh Mix, Jared and Lee Callihan, Great great grandchildren, Paxton Mix. His youngest brother, Richard Leon, Several nieces and nephews and many other wonderful friends also survive. The Family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Christian Home and Bible School in Mt. Dora in memory of Sid. The address is 301 W. 13th Avenue, Mt. Dora, FL, 32757.  Memorial services will be at a later date. Thomas L. Lowther Funeral Home (2/14/15)

ARTHUR FIDALGO, 90, of Ludlow was called home peacefully on February 7, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Sebastian, Florida. He was born May 3rd 1924 and was a lifelong resident of Ludlow. Art proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army. He was a long time member of the Ludlow Country Club and a member of the Portuguese American Citizens Club. Art was the beloved husband of 56 years to Philomena “Fannie” (Bernardo) Fidalgo. A loving father to Art Fidalgo and wife Sandy of Suffield CT and Roslyn LaBonte and husband Dave of Sebastian FL. A cherished Papa to Erin LaBonte, Kristen Lansner and husband Jeff, David LaBonte, Andy Fidalgo and Great-Granddaughter Audriana Wright. He also leaves his sister Celia Desilets of Ludlow and many loving extended family members. Sadly, he was predeceased by his brothers Joseph and Limpio Fidalgo and sisters Mary Sa Nogueira, Willie Sorcinelli and Diolinda Breault. Memorial Services celebrating Art’s life will be held in Ludlow, MA at a later date. Donations in Art’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation 1463 Highland Ave. Cheshire, CT 06410. Strunk Funeral Home (2/14/15)

PRUDENCIA MARIA DIAZ FIGUEREO, 84, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on February 17, 2015. Seawinds Funeral Home (2/19/15)

WAYNE FOX,  84, of Sebastian, FL, passed away on February 12, 2015. Seawinds Funeral Home (2/17/15)

MARGUERITE “PEGGY” B. GATES, 90, of The Brennity in Vero Beach passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. Peggy was born in Richford, Vermont to the late William C. and Hazel (nee Wright) Bliss. After graduation from high school, she attended and graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Following graduation Peggy worked as a medical technologist. But while in Worcester, Massachusetts she met her love Ralph Gates and together they forged a marriage that spanned 68 years. Peggy and Ralph became seasonal residents of the Treasure Coast in 1988 coming from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They first lived in Spanish Lakes Country Club Village before moving to Campbridge Park which led them to The Brennity at Pointe West as full time residents. Peggy was a member of Community Church in Vero Beach and a member of the PEO Chapter L in Pittsfield. She was a Square and Round Dancer and recently she and Ralph enjoyed ballroom dancing at The Brennity. Peggy was always appreciative of the art community as she herself was known as an accomplished water color artist. Survivors include her loving husband Ralph L. Gates; beloved sons and daughter-in-laws Richard W. and Eileen Gates of Blandford, Massachusetts and David A. and Louise Gates of Surry, New Hampshire; adored grandchildren Gregory Gates and Audrey Gordon; precious great-grandson Desmond Gates; dear brother Frederick W. Bliss of Georgia, Vermont and her dearest friend and sister Carol and brother-in-law Richard Morrison of Vero Beach. A Life Celebration Service for Peggy will begin at 11 AM, Friday, February 27, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a reception following at The Plaza Reception Center in Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Church, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 Strunk Funeral Home (2/25/15)

NEIL BOST GLENN, 83, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on February 14, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 8, 1931 in Burlington, North Carolina, Neil was the son of Ross William Glenn and Alice Hawn Glenn. He received a B.S.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953. Upon graduation, he joined the Atlanta office of the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., now known as KPMG. He was transferred to the firm’s Greensboro, North Carolina office later that year. Neil was the president of the Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce, known as the Jaycees, from 1962 to 1963. While president, he was involved in the Jaycees’ annual sponsorship of the Greater Greensboro Open, now known as the Wyndham Championship, a regular tournament on the P.G.A. tour. In recognition of his devotion to the Jaycees, Neil was named a Life Member of the Greensboro Jaycees and a member of the Green Coat Club, now known as the Founders Club. In 1963, Neil moved to New Jersey and was admitted to the Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. partnership. He was the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Newark office tax practice from 1963 to 1970 and served as the office’s managing partner from 1970 to 1976. In 1976, Neil was transferred to the firm’s New York City Executive Office to become Vice Chairman – Tax. He served in this position until his retirement from the firm in 1987. Under his leadership, the firm’s tax practice experienced an unprecedented period of growth. In the early 1980s, Neil recognized the potential impact of computer technology on the accounting profession. As a result of his vision, devotion and perseverance, the personal computer was introduced in the firm’s tax practice in 1982, and with it the firm’s first standardized electronic mail system was implemented. While in New York, Neil also chaired the firm’s strategic planning committee that developed and implemented a firm-wide strategic plan and strategic management process that led to the worldwide merger of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and Klynveld Main Goerdeler, which at the time was the largest accounting firm merger in history. In addition, he served as the chairman of the firm’s tax practice committee and its professional practice review committee – tax, and he served on the board of directors and operating committee. Neil supported his alma mater throughout his life by establishing an endowment for the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and by supporting the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School as a member of the 1919 Society. Neil served in various roles in numerous civic and charitable organizations in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Florida. He was also a member of many social and business clubs and organizations, including The Economic Club of New York. Neil is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Virginia Glenn, whom he met at Carolina Beach, North Carolina in the summer of 1950. He was the proud father of Neil Bost Glenn, Jr. (Cindi) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Linda Glenn Boyle (Jay) of Cary, North Carolina, William Anderson Glenn (Jane) of Charlotte, North Carolina and grandfather to Shannon, Kathleen and Caroline Boyle, Emily, Juliana and William Glenn and Anna and Grace Glenn. Neil enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, playing golf, challenging himself by learning new things and encouraging those around him to excel. He will be remembered for his generosity and strong work ethic that will live on in his children and grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Neil’s devoted caregivers and the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach for their support and care in his final days. Neil will be remembered at a memorial service in Mount Olive, North Carolina at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the church or charity of your choice. Strunk Funeral Home (2/18/15)

CHARLES (PAT) L. GLOVER went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2015 in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born in Hornell, New York on St Patrick’s Day 1925, the son of Wilson C. Grover and Irma Smith Grover. Preceding him to eternal life were three wives, Pauline Hotaling Grover, Alice Dunham Grover, and Martha (Joann) Glenn Grover. He is survived by two sons, Paul Grover (Diane) of Chester VA and Brian Grover (Cindy) of Bradford NY. In addition he leaves behind grandchildren Amy Hilliard (Norman) of Richmond VA, Rebecca Grover of Chester VA, Kevin Grover (Caryn) of Bradford and Colleen Ryan (Bryan) of Bradford and twelve great grandchildren. A WW II veteran, he retired as a supervisory auditor after a long career at Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post NY. Pat was an accomplished tennis player, bowler, golfer and fisherman and a huge Yankee fan. A service will be held at Lowther Funeral Home 1655 27th St. in Vero Beach with a burial ceremony in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport NY at a later date. (2/12/15)

JAMES GORDON, 61, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on February 16, 2015. Hortense and Mills Funeral Home (2/19/15)

JOHN L GRAY, 74, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at Rosewood Manor in Vero Beach. John was born in Trenton, Georgia to the late William Harmon and Opha Irene (nee Gaddis) Gray and moved to Vero Beach in 1956 from Trenton, Georgia. John had worked at Piper Aircraft before working as a pipefitter at the Hutchinson Island Power Plant. He was a proud member of Local Union 630 and a member of First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include wife of 50 years Molly Young Gray of Vero Beach, son Michael (Karen) Gray of Vero Beach; daughter Gretchen M. (Robert) Nelson of Durham, North Carolina; sisters Vera Morris of Vero Beach and Martha (Elton) Mitchell of Sand Mountain, Georgia; grandchildren Taylor, Kennedy, Cooper, Cameron and Robby; and his beloved dog Scooter. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960. The family will receive friends 1-2 PM Friday, February 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Vero Beach with a Life Celebration Service beginning at 2 PM at the Church. A reception will follow in Wesley Hall at the church. Strunk Funeral Home (2/17/15)

ALICE LORRAINE HAGUE, 96, of Sebastian, passed away on February 14, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM on Sat, February 28, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian. Memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian, 1403 Louisiana Ave, PO Box 781689, Sebastian, FL 32958 or American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284. Strunk Funeral Home (2/20/15)

LYNETT M. HEANEY, 65, died February 7, 2015 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Levittown, NY prior to moving to Barefoot Bay, FL in 2011.Lynette was the Vice Chairman of the real estate firm of Dennis Heaney & Associates and was a Master Gardener for Indian River County.She attended St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include husband, Dennis T. Heaney of Barefoot Bay, FL; son, Dennis Heaney and his wife, Ann Marie of Wantagh, NY; daughter, Katherine Heaney of East Northport, NY and granddaughters, Nicole and Madison Heaney of Wantagh, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Lynette M. Heaney. Visitation will be Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian with a Prayer service held at 6:30 PM in the Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, February 13, 2015 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Sebastian Cemetery. (2/12/15)

CHARLES FRANKLIN INGLE, age 81, passed away February 16, 2015. Charles was born in Alabama, grew up in new Smyrna Beach, and resided in Vero Beach. Mr. Ingle was a Marine and Marine band trombonist, a 25 year Indian River County Fire Dept. firefighter and lieutenant, retired since 1991. He loved going out daily, with his wife, to local restaurants where several of their regular servers became “adopted” family members. An avid wood worker, he enjoyed a wood working ministry, with his wife, to benefit the church food pantry. Through the years, he has played trombone in the church band and sang tenor in the choir. Charles loved Jesus and studying God’s Word, enjoyed working out in the yard and family get togethers. An Avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan, his favorite phrase, “Roll Tide”!!! He is survived by devoted wife of 32 years, Carole Owen Ingle; brother, Thomas; sister, Mary Ruth; first wife, and mother of his daughters, Arlene Ingle; daughters, Laurie Floyd and Tracy Bayle; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; loving step-children, Carrie and David Mace, Lisa and Dave Milton, and Laurie and Dale Dunayzan; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and loving pet Lil’ Daisy Darlin’. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church (disciples) of Vero Beach Food Pantry.  A memorial service will be held 1:00pm, February 28, 2015 at First Christian Church of Vero Beach, 1927 20th Street. Thomas L. Lowther Funeral Home (2/18/15)

ALICE CEALIA JELEN, 89, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Palm Garden of Vero Beach in Vero Beach, FL. Alice was born in Chicago, IL and had been a resident of Sebastian for 7 years coming from Hemet, CA. Prior to retirement Alice had worked at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA for over 20 years. Alice enjoyed reading and crafts. She was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include her daughters, Carol Spears (Frank), of Sebastian, FL, Kathy Podolski, of Fort Collins, CO, Laurie Jespersen, of Riverton, UT, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL. (2/21/15)

JAMES HAROLD JOINES, 89, of Vero Beach passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center. Harold was born on Feb. 23, 1925 in Thomasville, GA. He lived in Winter Haven and Vero Beach. He was a veteran of WW II serving as a marine. He is predeceased by his wife, Eileen. He is survived by his children, Alice Arrington (Boyd), Terry Turner (Scott) and Jim Joines all of Vero Beach, brother Robert Joines of Gainesville, GA and four grandchildren Tucker Joines, Hillary Joines, Austin Turner and Alexis Turner. A funeral will be held at 10 AM on Saturday Feb. 21st at Community Church United Church of Christ Grace Chapel. Interment will be in Crestlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Community Church United Church of Christ, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or H.A.L.O. Animal Rescue, 710 Jackson Street, Sebastian, FL 32958. Strunk Funeral Home (2/18/15)

CARROLL B. “CB” KECK, 93, of Vero Beach, passed away February 14, 2015 at VNA Hospice House. He was born March 14, 1921 in Coalport, PA.  Mr. Keck had been a seasonal resident of Vero Beach since 1974, moving here full time in 1983, coming from Panther Valley, NJ. He had attended schools in KY and PA. He graduated from Doylestown, PA, High School Class of 1938 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1955. Mr. Keck went into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1942, graduating from Pensacola in Feb. 1944 and attending fighter training school in Sanford, FL. He served in both the South Pacific in WWII as a fighter pilot off the Santee and again in the Pacific during the Korean War. Mr. Keck retired from the Navy in 1964 and went with Global Airlines as Vice President of Operations. In 1967, he went with Flight Safety as program manager to develop a new corp. training program for a new model corporate jet aircraft, the Falcon Jet. He continued with Flight Safety, serving as Director of Training and Center Manager at Teterboro Jet Training Center. Mr. Keck was one of the first civilians designated as a FAA Corporate Jet Examiner. He retired from Flight Safety in 1986, but remained as a consultant until 1992. Mr. Keck logged over 19,500 hours in his 53 years of flying. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Hexter of New Port Richey, FL; his son, Kim W. “KW” Keck of Vero Beach; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Keck was predeceased by his wife, Bert. A graveside service will be held at FL National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home (2/18/15)

ANDREW KELLER, 53, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on February 5, 2015. He was born in Manhattan and grew up in Pleasantville, New York. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Andy began his life long career in culinary arts that spanned over 30 years. He was a phenomenal chef and loved sharing his talent with others.Andy touched the lives of many with his witty sense of humor, generous heart and charismatic personality. He was a loving father and grandfather and is survived by his partner and girlfriend, Robin Renteria and children Tyler and Kaitlyn Keller of Vero Beach, FL, his daughter and son in law, Lauren (Keller) and Bobby Greene and grandchildren Skyler, Lucas, Robbie and Riley Greene of Anthem, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Rita Keller of West Palm Beach, FL. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm followed by a celebration of his life at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960. (2/12/15)

JOHN EDWARD KELLY: After a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, the love of my life John-Edward Kelly has departed this world. Kelly was born in California and spent most of his adult life in Europe. His life as a performing musician brought him to many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and music festivals, where he performed as soloist with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. He gave the world-premières of over 200 new works written for him by leading composers from around the world; performed for kings and queens; and was praised in the international press as “the uncrowned king of his instrument”. His work is documented in 36 commercial recordings. For over a decade John-Edward Kelly was an internationally respected professor of music, first at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf, and then at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. He guest-lectured at many of the world’s leading music academies, including Vienna’s University of Music, New York’s Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, King’s College in London, the Musikhochschulen of Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart and the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 1999 he was unanimously elected a member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Music. One of Kelly’s crowning professional achievements was his 2005 founding of the extraordinary Arcos Orchestra of New York, which by 2012 was already celebrated by one of the world’s leading music critics as “undoubtedly one of the best chamber orchestras in the world”. Kelly’s programming philosophy for the Arcos Orchestra was the same he had used his entire performing career: wonderful new music which hasn’t had a fair chance and great older music that has fallen by the wayside of history. He was an avid champion of the music by the Dutchman Tristan Keuris (1946-1996) and the Swede Anders Eliasson (1947-2013), and enjoyed friendships with such renowned composers as Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) and Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994), whose last work begun was a concerto for John-Edward Kelly. The son of an Air Force pilot and JAG officer (military attorney), Kelly turned down an appointment to the Air Force Academy to pursue his love of music, but he remained an aviation enthusiast his entire life as a pilot and flight instructor. He was proud of having been a Son of the American Revolution on both sides of his family and that a paternal forefather had served with George Washington at Valley Forge. Despite his rich list of professional accomplishments, John-Edward Kelly took his greatest delight in his family. He is survived by his wife, Kristin Kelly, and their four young children aged 5 months to 9 years of age. He was a completely devoted husband and father who will be sorely missed. Kelly died on February 12, 2015 in Vero Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers you may make a contribution to “The Kelly Children Donation Account” for future education, in care of Chase Bank (Leidys C. Lorenzo, 772 569 3356). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Florida. Strunk Funeral Homes (2/18/15)

ELEANOR LOUISE KENNEDY, 87, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Indian River Medical Center February 15, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Robert, and daughters Sally, Amy, Susan, and Rebecca, and their spouses, and her grandchildren, Caitlin and Jeffrey. She was a registered nurse and attended Fairmont State College and West Virginia University. She supervised the pediatric ward at Fairmont General Hospital. After raising her family in Western Pennsylvania she was the health coordinator for Project Head Start of Westmoreland County PA. She was an active member of the Democratic Women’s Club, Parkinson’s Association, and member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. Among her many adventures, her most cherished time was spent was living on a sailboat with her husband. They were first mates and only mates for life. A memorial service will be held on April 10, 2015 at 2PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. Donations can be made for Parkinson’s research by donating to the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County.  (2/19/15)

MICHAEL E. KINCHEN, 54, died February 6, 2015 at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He was born in Miami, Florida and lived in the Sebastian area for 29 years coming from south Florida. He worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Martin County and volunteered with the Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad.Survivors include wife Linda Kinchen of Sebastian, mother Charmaine Morris of Fellsmere, stepdaughter Tammy Cates of Tyler, Texas, sister Bridgette Christoffersen of Fellsmere, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew. He was preceded in death by father James Kinchen, maternal grandmother Jessie Downie and his maternal grandfather Stanford Morris. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Visitation will be held 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM on Friday February 13, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, Funeral Service will be held 2:30 PM on Friday February 13, 2015 Strunk Funeral Home, FL. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery. (2/12/15)

STELLA A. KINGHORN (nee Stefania Anastasia Franek) 91, died February 6, 2015 at Grace Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach, Florida with her family at her side. She was born October 19, 1923 in Dudley, MA daughter of the late Valentin and Carolina Franek. She united in marriage to Clifford R. Kinghorn, Sr. September 4, 1944. He preceded her in death May 16, 2003 after 59 years of marriage.Stella was a loving and caring person who always put her family and friends first. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John of the Cross. She was an active member of the Ladies Guild. Stella spent many hours as a volunteer at Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen and was an excellent craftsperson who loved to sew, quilt, crochet and knit. Stella is survived by two daughters and one son; Carolyn and husband Edward Richardson of Vero Beach, Pamela and husband David Whiting of Townsend, MA and Joseph Kinghorn and wife Deborah of Westford, MA, three sisters-in-law; Dorothy Franek of Ft. Myers, FL, Lily Kinghorn of Lowell, MA and Shirley and husband Kenneth Skinner of Bedford, MA. Stella is also survived by 8 grand-children and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grand-child and one great-grandchild. Several nieces and nephews and many other wonderful friends also survive. A private Memorial Service will be held in Merrimack, NH at a later date. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Our Father’s Soup Kitchen at 4221 28th Avenue in Vero Beach, FL., 32967. An online Guestbook may be signed at (2/12/15)

JOHN LEGER LALIME passed away suddenly at IRMC on February 6, 2015. He was born April 10, 1952 and moved to Vero Beach in 1959 from Redding, CT with his parents Theophile J. and Gertrude Quay LaLime. John Graduated from Sanford Naval Academy and Jacksonville Jr. College. He is survived by siblings, Robert Quay and Peter Gordon LaLime and Patricia Neach. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Jeffrey and Zander Neach, Bethany Fretwell, Paige Rhodes, Pamela Vocelle, Christopher and Nicole LaLime and Matthew and Ana LaLime. Private Family services will be at a later date. (2/12/15)

HAZEL LECKONBY, 85, died February 9, 2015 at her home in Port St. Lucie, Florida with her family at her side. She was born October 4, 1929 in Worcester, MA daughter of the late Levi and Gladys Reynolds. She united in marriage to Ray Leckonby, February 16, 1980. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2010. Hazel is survived by three sons and two daughters; John Letzelter of Ft. Lauderdale, Linda Merhige of Hudson, NY, Joyce Marrone of Port St. Lucie, David Letzelter of Ft. Meyers, and Alfred Letzelter of Troy, NY. Two step-children; Janice Leckonby and James Leckonby both of Troy, NY. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Treasure Coast Hospice House in Port St. Lucie. An online Guestbook may be signed at (2/12/15)

NINA T. LEWIS, 71, passed away on February 17, 2015. Nina was born in Suffolk, Virginia and has been a resident of Vero Beach for the past 14 years. Nina is survived by sons, Robert, Tim, Ronny, and Todd; 15 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life, 2:00-5:00 PM, Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2940 58th Court, Vero Beach, Florida 32966. Thomas J. Lowther Funeral Home (2/21/15)

ROBERT FRANK LONGBINE, 90 of Vero Beach, FL passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center. Bob was born on September 13, 1924 in Rochester, NY to Edward and Loretta Longbine. He graduated from Irondequoit High School in 1942 where he was the President of the student body, a member of the National Honor Society, and captained numerous sports teams. He went on to attend Syracuse University for one year on a football scholarship then transferred to and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of a Navy training program. After graduation, he was commissioned and served in the US Navy during World War II. Later, he was recalled during the Korean Conflict where he served as a cryptographer in Washington, DC. His career was in the pulp and paper industry where he started as a Paper Production Manager, then held various positions, which culminated in being named President, COO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Champion International. Bob served on numerous corporate boards, community boards and advisory councils. After retirement in 1987, Bob and his wife, Jerry, settled at John’s Island in Vero Beach. He continued his love of golf (having played since he was 10) and riding his horses. In addition, Bob was an avid duplicate bridge player and an active member in the Vero Beach Bridge Center. He was also a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Geraldine H. Longbine in 2013, his parents and three siblings, June Jackson, Kenneth Longbine and Ralph Longbine. He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Larry ) Ownbey of Seneca, SC, Laurie (Robert) Puccini of Savannah, GA, Karen (Mac) Jordan of Johns Creek, GA and Ellen (Steve) Waugh of Easton, CT; 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob had a stellar career, but his real legacy was his genuine love of family and friends. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met because he took a sincere interest in all of them. He championed education and encouraged not only his progeny, but all youth to develop their talents. He was straightforward, kind, generous, had a wonderful sense of humor and could capture an audience recounting his life experiences – truly epitomized “the greatest generation.” A celebration of Bob’s life will take place at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are entrusted to Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home; an online guestbook may be signed (2/21/15)

PATRICIA A. MAJKA, 63, of Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2015 at her home. Pat was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Vero Beach 23 years ago. She was an Administrative Assistant for Carter & Associates. Survivors include daughters Nicole Srigley (Sean) of Vero Beach, Jana Sorrell (Matthew) of Vero Beach and Erin Majka of Sebastian; sister Jo Gray of Glen Haven, Colorado; brother George Cutich of Vero Beach; grandchildren Ryan and Garrett Srigley; Drennan, Justin, Bryan and Cayden Sorrell; and Jada Overstreet. She was preceded in death by her husband, and the love of her life, Thomas J. Majka. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. The family will receive friends from 10 – 11:30 AM on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Jack Diehl officiating. Interment will be at Crestlawn Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Homes (2/18/15)

HOWARD C. MASSEY of Vero Beach passed from this life into eternal life on February 16, 2015. Born near Thomasville, Georgia October 21, 1925, Mr. Massey served two and a half years with the United States Navy during World War II. He moved to the greater Miami area in 1949. Mr. Massey operated his own plumbing business in Metropolitan Dade County for some 15 years. He then worked as a plumbing plans examiner and assistant plumbing chief for Metropolitan Dade County Florida for 14 years. He retired in 1985 to devote full-time to writing. Mr. Massey is the author of six technical plumbing books, one non-fiction book and two novels. His technical books are used in vocational schools nationally. “Plumbers Handbook” and “Basic Plumbing with Illustrations” and “International Plumbing and Fuel Gas Codes” are perhaps the most used of the six. His novels include “Through the Eyes of Jesus” and “Deep Woods”. The non-fiction work is “America’s Ragged Edge”. Mr. Massey is a member of First Church of God, the Gideons International, Authors Guild, and is included in the 59th and 61st editions of “Who’s Who in America”. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Hilda Massey; a daughter, Sondra Massey Siegel, and her husband Paul, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a son, Richard C. Massey of Vero Beach, FL; grandson, Richard H. Massey of Hollywood, FL; one sister, Shirley Gandy of Thomasville, Georgia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1pm at First Church of God, 1105 58th Ave, Vero Beach, Florida, with Pastor Greg Sempsrott officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gideons International Memorial Bible Fund, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214. Strunk Funeral Home (2/19/15)

WILLIAM H. MCCLURE, JR., 63, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Bill was born November 6, 1951 in Dyersburg, Tennessee son of William H. McClure, Sr., and Glenn B. McClure. Bill graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1969. He attended Georgia Tech University and Indian River State College. Bill worked for Cox, Gifford, Baldwin Funeral Home and for the Indian River Sheriff’s Department for more than 10 years. After his retirement, Bill enjoyed walking his dog Chrissy, and talking with the neighbors. Bill is predeceased by his mother, Glenn B. McClure. He is survived by his father, William H. McClure, Sr., his sister, Suzanne McClure Wilk (Robert), two uncles, Major James H. McClure of Dyersburg, TN and Dr. Jere P. McClure of Littleton, CO. He is also survived by close friends, Bill and Martha Kulp of Vero Beach. At Bill’s request, no services will be held. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/14/15)

ROSE M. MCMANUS, 94, of Wakefield and Vero Beach, Florida, died on Sunday, February 15 at the Newfield House in Plymouth. Born in Framingham on March 3, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jerome R. and MaryAnn (O’Connell) White. Mrs. McManus was a graduate of Our Lady of the Assumption High School in Wellesley and Mrs. Faye Secretarial School in Boston. She had been a Wakefield resident from 1952 to 2006 and a Vero Beach resident from 1986 to 2012. Mrs. McManus was the wife of the late Thomas L. McManus. She is survived by her son Thomas L. McManus, Jr. of Coral Gables, FL, her two daughters: Diane McManus of Plymouth and Linda McManus of Scituate and her two granddaughters: Carling and Kelby McManus. Mrs. McManus was predeceased by her brother Hugh R. White and her sister Mary T. Marshall. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Athanasius Church 300 Haverhill St., Reading on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11AM. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. There is no period of visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rose’s name can be made to Riverbrook Residence, 4 Ice Glen Rd., Stockbridge, MA 01262. (2/20/15)

ROY FRANK MISEK,  84, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on February 19, 2015. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/21/15)

LEONARD A. MULLER died February 6, 2015 at the VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 86 years old.Born in Detroit, Michigan, June 5 ,1928 to his parents Dorothy and Leonard Henry Muller, “Len” graduated from The Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1945, attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, prior to receiving his Congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md in 1946. He graduated with the Class of 1950 as a member of the 19th Company. Immediately following graduation. he represented the Naval Academy in the Academy yawl Royono’s second place finish in the 1950 Newport, R.I. to Bermuda sailing race, following which he served in USS Greenwood (DDE 479) before entering the Submarine School in New London, Ct. He then held numerous positions in several submarines. His submarine service, included a tour as Flag Lieutenant and Aide to the admiral commanding the U. S. Atlantic Submarine Fleet, at which time he participated in the first dive of the world’s first atomic submarine, the Nautilus. Mr. Muller was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He resigned his commission in 1956 to attend the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University, Cambridge,, Mass. where he was named a Baker Scholar and awarded a Master In Business Administration Degree, “With High Distinction”. After joining IBM in 1958, he moved up from computer sales to Advanced Systems Administrator; Manager of Planning; and then Assistant to Thomas J. Watson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. He subsequently held several senior IBM executive positions, including General Manager of the Instructional Systems Development Division and director of IBM’s total marketing efforts to the Communications and Electric Utility Industries, worldwide. In 1969, Mr. Muller became a Senior Vice President of the Sylvania Corporation, and was thereafter elected President, accomplishment gained him international recognition within the global telecommunications industry, and accelerated the arrival of total worldwide digital telephony transmission.. In 1978, International Telephone and Telegraph recruited Mr. Muller to oversee the worldwide development of ITT’s next generation switching systems. Reporting directly to ITT’s chief executive officer, he was also given responsibility to introduce marketing into its multi-billion dollar telecommunications sector. In this capacity, he also developed ITT’s first coordinated international business strategy. Subsequent to this role in ITT, Mr. Muller transferred his attention to the field of small company development. During the 1980’s, he was directly responsible for the founding and financing of several new public and private companies. GTE Information Systems, a subsidiary of General Telephone & Electronics Corporation. In 1974 he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Stromberg Carlson Corporation, where he initiated a major restructuring of this Fortune 500 Company. During his tenure, Stromberg was successfully converted from a 10,000 employee, 2 million square feet manufacturer of electromechanical telecommunications equipment, into a modern producer of sophisticated computer-based electronics systems. At this time, he was credited with redirecting Stromberg into the world’s first successful developer, manufacturer, and installer of a digital Class 5 telephone “central office switch”. This During the five year period from 1989 to 1994, Mr. Muller was a senior partner in the Investment firm of John B. Poindexter & Company. As a Senior Partner, he was responsible for the direct management of the six manufacturing companies owned by this partnership. In this role he held the title of Chief Executive Officer of each of these companies: Leer Corporation, the country’s largest manufacturer of pick up truck caps; Morgan Corporation, the largest truck body manufacturer in the United States; Lowy Distributors, the largest floor covering distributor in the Mid West and its affiliate Blue Ridge Carpets, a major manufacturer of commercial carpeting; the EFP Company, a manufacturer of expanded foam products; and Magnetic Instruments corporation, a manufacturer of high precision tools for the international oil exploration industry. Mr. Muller played a major role in the successful issuance in 1994 of a $100 million public traded bond, the proceeds of which were used to finance the future growth of this group of companies. Under Mr. Muller’s management, each of these heavily leveraged companies maintained rapid sales and profit growth, even through the difficult recession of the early nineties, with combined stockholder equity rising positively during this five year period from a negative $1.1 million to over $20 million and total sales approximating $400 million. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothee, his sons Leonard A. Muller Jr and Scott Muller (Janet) and daughter Kimberly Crossman (Richard). He is also survived by his step-children Glenn Drake (Denise), Kimber-Liegh West and Todd Drake in addition to 11 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VNR Hospice House of Vero Beach, FL. Donations may be made to VNA Hospice 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960-4801. A guest book may be signed at (2/12/15)

TERRY LEE OWENS, 54, died February 14, 2015 at his residence in Sebastian. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and lived in Sebastian since 2000 coming from Miami, Florida. Survivors include sisters, Deborah Owens of Vero Beach, Florida, Karen Mayrand (Chris) of Dearborn Heights, Michigan and Cheryl Noe (Frank) of Delta, Ohio; brothers, Jeffery E. Owens (Sherrie) of Vero Beach, Florida and John Owens (Judy) of Houston, Texas and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Owens and parents Kenneth and Sharon L. Owens. Strunk Funeral Home (2/17/15)

MELVIN LYNDON PATTON, 76, of Sebastian, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 in Sebastian. Born on March 28, 1938, to Willie F. and Madge May (Dills) Patton. He was united in marriage to Roberta Dianne Hamilton, who survives him at the home. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Melvin had retired from the Ford Motor Company Claycomo Assembly Plant in Claycomo, MO, after 30 years of service. Survivors are his wife of nearly 54 years, Roberta Patton of Sebastian, a son and daughter-in- law; Melvin and Kim Patton of Independence, MO, six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, three brothers and one sister and numerous other family. Preceding him in death were a son, Paul Baker, his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 22, at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo and on Monday, Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trenton Church of the Nazarene in Trenton, MO. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the church, with burial with military honors in Hamilton Cemetery, Modena, MO. Arrangements by: Gowing Funeral Home, Orrick, MO Ph: 816-770-3331. (2/20/15)

HARRIETT L. PERKINS, There will be a service 11:00 am, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Riverview Baptist Church, 4601 N. Old Dixie Hwy., Ft. Pierce. 34946 Additional obituary information will be added shortly. Please check back or call the funeral home (772-778-3233) with any questions you might have. Thank you, Beverly Lowther Thomas L. Lowther Funeral Home (2/18/15)

DINAH PITTMAN, 81, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on February 14, 2015. Hortense and Mills Funeral Home (2/19/15)

VIRGINIA ANN RICKEY, 86, of Vero Beach, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at VNA Hospice House. Virginia was born November 8, 1928 in Ripley, OH to Morgan and Della Ross. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Ripley, OH. Virginia moved to Vero Beach 22 years ago coming from Denver, Colorado. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charles S. Rickey; daughter, Rebecca Rickey (Gary Embrey) of Vero Beach; brother, Morgan S. Ross, Jr of Ripley, OH; sister in law, Ruth Ellen Fulton of Cherry Fork, OH and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services and Interment will take place in Ripley, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are entrusted to Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and an online guestbook may be signed at (2/18/15)

BRIGITTE M. RUGGIERO, 65, of Vero Beach, FL and Enfield, CT passed away suddenly at the Indian River Medical Center on Friday, February 13, 2015. Brigitte was born in Speyer, Germany. Her happiest years were spent with her husband raising their children and watching their grandchildren grow. Over the years, she touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Brigitte was one of the most thoughtful people you could have ever known. She never missed a birthday or special occasion and had a way of bringing a smile to the faces of everyone around her. She was a true friend to all those who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 47 years, Ronald Ruggiero; Son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jeannie Ruggiero; Sister, Hannelore Mertz; Sister-in-law, Linda Ruggiero; Father-in-law, Carmine Ruggiero; 7 grandchildren, (whom she adored) Josh, Emma, Alexis, Trevor, Taylor, Meghan, and Sophie; and a large extended family. Brigitte is preceded in death by her Son, Daniel Ruggiero; and Parents, Katharina and Georg Reiss. A small memorial will be held at The Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach on Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 10am. There will also be a Mass and Funeral held in Enfield, CT during the Summer (date and time to be announced later).  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Brigitte’s memory to be made to The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association at Strunk Funeral Home (2/16/15)

BOBBY ELLWOOD SMITH, 90, of Sebastian, FL, passed away on February 13, 2015. Seawinds Funeral Home (2/20/15)

GLORIA J. SMITH, 73, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. Gloria was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 31, 1941. Gloria is survived by her husband, Dale Smith; daughter, Jante Bartholomew, son, J.V. Smith; her sisters, Lois, Kathy, Judy, Mary Jane; brothers, Donald, Gerald, James, David, Thomas and Glen; 2 grandchildren, Emerald Ameho, Blake Bartholomew and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sophia and father, Rupert Dettlaff; brother, Robert; sisters, Dorothy, Jean, Pat, Marlyn and Ruth(Sister Merryn). Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Indian River County. Arrangements have been entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home in Fort Pierce,FL. (2/21/15)

RONALD JOSEPH SOUZA, 72 of Yee Haw Junction, FL died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Ronald was born in Fall River, MA and lived Yee Haw Junction for 9 years coming from Vero Beach. He was a founding member of the Indian River Soccer Association, Vero Beach. Survivors include wife of 42 years, Beverly Jean Souza of Yee Haw Junction; sons, Jason Souza, Mark Souza both of Vero Beach and Ronald Souza of Sommerset, MA; daughter, Leslie Ellinwood of Swansea, MA; brother, Joseph Souza of Naples, ME; sister, Eleanor Dupont of Vero Beach; 8 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 in memory of Ronald Joseph Souza. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 23, 2015 with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. (2/21/15)

EDWIN B. STARRETT, designer of precision tools who progressed to become the Chief Engineer of the L.S. Starrett Company, died on Saturday, February 7, at the Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach, FL, with his family by his side. Born on March 17, 1920, the son of Emogene and William Starrett, he grew up with his sister and three brothers in Athol Massachusetts. He was united in marriage to Evelyne Faulkner of White Plains, NY, in 1943. After joining the U.S. Navy in WW II, he served with distinction on board the USS Spangenberg, DE 223, and saw duty in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, completing his service as Machinists Mate First Class. Returning to Athol, MA, to begin his career with the Starrett Company after his Naval service, he was active in community affairs, providing leadership to the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, Public Works and the School Board. An avid boater, he built and then raced a sailboat with the Lake Monomonac Sailing Association during summers in Rindge, NH. He also enjoyed skiing and served on the volunteer ski patrol at Stratton Mountain. Upon retirement in 1978, he and his wife relocated to Vero Beach. They enjoyed international travel in Europe and the Caribbean. He also enjoyed working on antique cars, and was accompanied by his son, Thomas, on a trip in his For Model A Panel Truck which he had restored. They drove from Vero Beach to Hershey,PA, and on to Essex, CT. He is survived by his wife, Evelyne Starrett and daughter, Martha Lynn Cormier, of Vero Beach, Florida, his son Thomas Starrett, of Punta Gorda, FL, his sister Emogene Anderson of Marshifield, MA, granddaughters Kim Pasonski of Duluth, GA, and Kara Tusia of Rindge, NH, as well as his four great grandchildren. Private services will be held at a future date in Athol, MA. A guestbook can be signed at (2/12/15)

CANDACE LEE TANKSLEY, 64, passed away Feb. 14 after a yearlong battle with cancer. She is survived by her sister Judy Freeman, Daughter Carol A. Shaver, son in law Mark A. Shaver, grandchildren Robert, Allen, Marcus, Daniel, Timothy, Sarah, Andrew, Joseph, and Benjamin, her son David E. May II, daughter in law Mellisa A. May, grandchildren Desiree, David (III), and Christian. Candance (Candy) was a loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. She has suffered long enough and she is now with her loving husband Paul, they are both in heaven dancing on Valentine’s Day! A Mother is someone who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. We will miss you both very much. Strunk Funeral Home (2/18/15)

BERT WADE, 77, died on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 4:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church 1150 41st Ave, Vero Beach with Pastor Luttman, officiating. Burial will be in the Church Garden. Bert Wade was born on August 18, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, son of William and Daisy (Bennett) Wade. He served his country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.. From there he worked for Swift & company, in Green Bay, WI, a security company in Waukesha, WI, Brownberry Ovens as a baker and at Watertown Metals. On September 19, 1975, Bert married Joleen Pilgrim in Oconomowoc, WI. He loved being with is family. Survivors include his wife, Joleen, his children, Carrie Wade and Shannon Lanning of Vero Beach, three grandchildren, Graclyn, Tyson and Aiden. He is preceded in death by his mother, Daisy, two brothers, Fred and Bill, and two sisters, Lorraine Watts and Shirley Patterson. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (2/17/15)

RANDALL S, WARREN, 52, died February 13, 2015 at his residence in Sebastian. He was born in Searcy, Arkansas and lived in Sebastian for 11 years coming from Fort Pierce. Randy was a US Army veteran. He was employed by Imperial Electric and served the company in many various capacities. Survivors include his daughter Stephanie Warren of Germany, son, Colton Shayne Warren and his mother, Dawn, of Vero Beach, mother Virginia Morgan, father Shelby Ray Warren, brothers, Ray Warren and his wife Karen, Bruce Warren and wife Sheri, Wes Warren, Don Warren, John Warren, Justin Warren and sister Amanda Obley. Strunk Funeral Home (2/16/15)

ERNEST C. YOST was born in Canton, MA on Aug. 19, 1922, the second son of Laura I. (Brooks) Yost and Ernest C. Yost. Educated in Sharon, MA public schools, he worked in the area until serving in the Army Air Corp. during the war as an MP.  “Ernie” went to A&E (Air frame & Engine) school after service under the G.i. Bill. He married Eleanor F. Freeman on June 2, 1947 and they were married nearly 65 years when Eleanor passed from us, May 23, 2012. Ernest C. Yost is survived by his three children, Sandra (David) Ruest, E. Charles (Carla) Yost, and Laural Williams, ten grand children, fifteen great-grand children and a large host of friends/family who were touched by his legacy of love. Donations to VNA Hospice 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, February 13, 2015, at 4:00pm at Ernest ‘s home. (2/12/15)


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