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JEFF BARTON, who retired from the Indian River Clerk of Court in 2012, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Jeff began his career teaching college and working in the banking industry and moved to Indian River County in 1970 from Palm Beach County. Jeff served on the City of Vero Beach Council from December 1980 until March 1984, ARC board from August 1991 until August 1999 (including Chairman from 1998-1999), American Cancer Society Board from October 1999 until present, Florida Association of Court Clerks Service Corporation Board from November 1993 until June 2006 (including Vice Chairman and Chairman positions), Clerk of Court Operations Corporation as Secretary and Treasurer from July 2006 through June 2008, Florida Local Government Investment Trust as Vice Chairman and Chairman from September 2005 through September 2011, Florida League of Cities Insurance Fund Trustee from 1981 to 1983.

Jeff was a member of the Rotary Club from February 2008 to present, Kiwanis Club of Vero Beach from June 1971 through December 1992, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council 1981 to 1982, and the United Way Volunteer Board for Special Allocations. Jeff held the following positions with Indian River County: Finance Director for the Clerk of Circuit Court from April 1978 through June 1983, Budget Director for Indian River County from July 1983 to September 1985, and Assistant Director of Utilities from September 1985 to December 1988. Jeff was elected Clerk of Circuit Court in December 1988 and held the position until his retirement in June 2012. Jeff’s enthusiasm, commitment and guidance to Indian River County and its citizens, Clerk of the Court employees, and fellow constitutional officers provided a positive impact to local and state government. Service information regarding a November 22nd service will be shared when available. Lowther Funeral Home (10/23/14)

 

WILLIAM “BILL” HURT, 78, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.Bill was born in Norfolk, Virginia and moved to Vero Beach in 1992 from Lexington, Kentucky. He received a Master’s Degree from Sewanee:The University of the South. Bill was a veteran, serving in the USAF, and had been an Air Traffic Controller for the Air Force before his retirement. Upon moving to Vero Beach he began working as an Alchohol and Drug Counselor for CORE in Indian River County. Bill was a member of Calvary Chapel of Vero Beach, a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and AMARA.

Survivors include wife of 44 years Alma G. Hurt of Vero Beach, son Walter Hurt of Oklahoma, daughter Tina (Tom) Haney of Madison, Mississippi, sons Michael (Stefani) Hurt and Mark (Michele) Hurt of Lexington, daughter Deborah Hurt of Lexington, grandchildren Teresa, Jasmine, Caitlin, Lilly and Christian, great-granddaughter Brooklyn, and a brother Steve Hurt of Atlanta, Georgia.

Memorial contributions may be made to VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life is pending. Strunk Funeral Home (10/23/14)

 

ANNALEE I. MACNAB, 91, died October 20, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan and lived in Sebastian since 2005 coming from her birthplace. Annalee was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #10210, Sebastian, FL.

Survivors include son, Dan R. MacNab and daughter-in-law, Janina of Sebastian, FL; grandsons, Jeff Bridges of Columbia, Maryland and Matt Willet of Muskegon, Michigan; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.  May Annalee rest in peace with her husband of 67 years, Richard MacNab who passed in 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Annalee I. MacNab.  No services are planned at this time.

 

PATRICIA ANN O’REILLY, 85, passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, October 21, at 1:33 pm. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Phillip A. O’Reilly, and her children Martin Gordon and his wife Anna, Phillip, jr, and his wife Kristen, daughter Ann, Robert and his wife Sophia, Regan and his wife Teri, and nine grandchildren, Regan, Emmy, Sara, Matthew, Jackie, Jessica, Aidan, Shane, and Connor. Patricia was born on October 11, 1929, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She met her brother’s friend from college, Phil, the handsome captain of the Purdue football team, and they were married on June 28, 1952. Patricia gave up teaching school to raise their family, and they moved seven times, each time building a new home and settling their 5 children. She had an eye for antiques, and passed her knowledge and passion to all her children.

Patricia’s two main passions were her family and her enduring faith. She was a devoted member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of St. John of the Cross Community. She gently influenced those around her by her unending devotion to her Catholic faith. She never stopped praying for and believing in her beloved family, and was a source of strength to her care givers, family, and friends. Her glowing spirit, along with her beautiful and loving smile touched the lives of countless people.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 5-7 pm, at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Friday, October 24th at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetary in Chicago, Illinois on November 1st, 2014. Strunk Funeal Home (10/23/14)

 

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HAROLD BRILL, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.   Harold was born December 28, 1941 in Oldenburg, Germany to the late Albert and Annalise Brill. He spent his childhood in Germany and had worked as the head mechanic for Mercedes Benz. He then joined the Polizi in Germany where he began his law enforcement career. Harold than moved to Kaonah, New York, USA in 1984 where he continued working as a mechanic for Mercedes Benz before he then entered the US Army during the Vietnam War. After he was discharged from the US Army Harald went to West Chester County New York where he worked in the Department of Corrections before joining the New Rochelle Police Department in New York rising from patrol officer to uniform to swat officer, where he was the unit sniper, and then moved on to become a a K-9 officer. He was a member of Lutheran Faith. Harold was a member of the Vero Beach Yacht Club, PBA, the Hundred Club, Vero Beach Masonic Lodge #250, a 32nd Degree Mason and member of AMARA Temple Scottish Rite Bodies, American Legion Post 39, and K-9 Officers. Survivors include beloved Eva Regan of Vero Beach, daughters Sandie Conn of New Milford, Connecticut and Vero Beach and Michelle Brill of New Milford, Connecticut, sister Inga Meyer and brother Karl Heinz both of Germany, son-in-law Alan Conn of Vero Beach, grandchildren Brandon Conn, Brittany Conn and Alexis Brill of New Milford, Connecticut He was preceded in death by his wife Linda Brill. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Center, 6200 20th Street, #160, Vero Beach, FL 32966.  Celebration of Life will begin at 3:00 PM on Sunday October 26, 2014 at the Vero Beach Masonic Lodge #250 with a Christian Celebration led by Rev. Gary Moore followed by a Masonic Memorial Service conducted by Vero Beach Lodge #250 and Military Honors by the Honor Guard of American Legion of Post #39 Strunk Funeral Home (10/22/14)

STEWARD CARLTON, 92, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on October 18, 2014. Stewart was born on April 12, 1922 in Florala, Alabama to Methodist minister Arthur Bennett Carlton and wife Myra Stewart Carlton. He studied at Birmingham Southern College before enlisting in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. After being honorably discharged at the end of WWII, Stewart resumed his studies receiving a B.A. at Birmingham Southern. He later continued his studies at Peabody College, now part of Vanderbilt University, and achieved a Masters in Public Administration. Stewart was a natural athlete pursuing all manner of sports throughout his life. He met and married Joyce Jackson Carlton while both were teachers in Sylacauga, Alabama. They married in 1949 and they were happily married for 65 years. In 1952, they moved to Vero Beach, FL where they taught and served in the public school system until they retired in 1981. Early in his career, Stewart taught physical education and coached several varsity sports. For most of his career Stewart served as a middle school and junior high school principal, where his calm manner and generous spirit inspired teachers, and administrators. Since retirement Stewart and Joyce enjoyed traveling and spending their summers in the North Carolina mountains. They especially enjoyed being doting grandparents to their three granddaughters. Stewart is predeceased by sisters Luella, Lorene, and brother Marvin. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Carlton of Vero Beach, sons Gary Carlton, and Steve Carlton (Lisa) of Jupiter, FL, granddaughters Lindsey Carlton-LeRoy (Evan), Jessica Carlton and Stephanie Carlton, brother Arthur Carlton, Fairhope, AL, nieces Patricia Carlton (Dinakur) of Pasadena, CA, Kay Carlton, Durham, NC, Marjorie Jo Mock, Houston, TX, and nephews Arthur Carlton, Jr. (Pat) Fairhope, AL, Charles Carlton, (Kelly) Birmingham, AL, and Jay Bishop (Lanelle), Naples, FL. A visitation will be held in Vero Beach, FL at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street in Vero Beach on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm. A celebration of Stewart’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1750 20th St, Vero Beach, FL on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will occur later at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to consider a donation in memory of Stewart Carlton to Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County info@SFIndianRiver.org) which provides need-based assistance to deserving Indian River County students seeking to attend college, or to the charity of their choice. Strunk Funeral Home (10/21/14)

COLE COPPOLA, 16, born Sept 25, 1998, passed away in the early morning hours of Sept 28th after a tragic accident in Vero Beach. Cole was the beloved son of Dr. Nicholas and Elaine Coppola and brother to sisters Melanie and Mary. He is survived by his grandparents, Pat and Mary Lou Ciambriello; his uncles, Dr. Christopher Coppola, Bob Sordelet, Tino Ciambriello and a multitude of loving family members. He was a true friend to hundreds of fellow classmates and faculty at John Carroll High School and the fellowship at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Vero Beach and Saint Anastasia in Fort Pierce where he was an Altar Server. His family wishes everyone to remember how fully Cole lived life rather than the way he died. His friends have set up #LiveLikeCole to honor Cole’s happy and joyful spirit. His family knows Cole would not have wanted this to be a sad occasion but rather a celebration of the time he was able to spend with us until we see him again with God. In life, Cole was able to heal other’s with his enveloping hugs and if he was here right now he would wrap his arms around all of those grieving to bring one more smile to their faces. Cole’s optimism was a precious rarity in a teenager but he was blessed with a deep connection to his family, his faith and to many friends who have shown a continuous outpouring of support. His beautiful heart was a direct reflection on being raised by his devoted parents in a house full of love and happiness. He was a sophomore, Junior Varsity football player #22 and on the track team at John Carroll High School. He was a member of Youth on a Mission with St. Helen’s Catholic Church and an avid fisherman who would play any sport just to be outdoors. Cole also loved animals so much he even drafted his grandfather to volunteer at the Humane Society since he was not old enough to go on his own. He said he dreamed of one day being a veterinarian in practice with his sister who shared that passion with him. There will be a memorial mass at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct 2nd at St. Anastasia Church hosted by John Carroll High School. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 5th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, October 6th at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Celebrants are asked to wear bright orange and pink to honor Cole’s favorite colors. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Indian River County, St. Helen’s Youth on a Mission or any agency which gives cares to animals. (10/1/14)

ELLEN ELIZABETH DEC CRUCE, 81, died October 5, 2014 at her home in Vero Beach. She was born in Tennessee and lived in Vero Beach for most of her life.She was a member of Central Assembly of God, Vero Beach. Survivors include sons Glenn McLaughlin of Vero Beach and Joseph Jeahrome Cruce (Robin) of Tennessee, daughters Roxy Tice of Live Oak, Katherine Poppell of Melbourne, Rena Walton of Bell, Katrina Pacot of Melbourne, 18 Grandchildren, 26 Great Grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph M. Cruce in 2006. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Assembly, Youth Programs, 6767 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966 or any cancer research organization of your choice. Visitation will be held 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Thursday October 9, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. Funeral Services will follow at the funeral home chapel at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Winter Beach Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Home 10/15/14

HELEN LOUISE DUNDON, 80, of Vero Beach passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center. She was a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She lived in Cleveland, OH before moving to Vero Beach. Helen was a High School Teacher. She later owned and operated her own Ladies Boutique. Helen was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Thomas R. Dundon; daughter, Molly Leighton; 3 sons, Dr. Thomas (Linda) Dundon, Mark (Anne) Dundon and Sean (Patti) Dundon as well as 9 grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 1950 20th St. Vero Beach, FL. A vigil service will follow at 7 PM. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 10th at 10 AM at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church,the Service will be in the Chapel, 7550 26th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966. The family request that donations be made to St. John of the Cross Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (10/7/14)

BRENDA J. ELSO, 71, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away October 15, 2014 at her home. She was born August 9, 1943 in London, KY and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1961, coming from Corbin, KY. Brenda was the developer and original owner of Tanglewood Village with her late husband, Tony Elso. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Elso and Monica (Michael) Edwards; husband, Thomas Gould; sisters, Rosa Mae (Conrad) Hedrick, Edith Hickey; brother, James “Onzie” (Cora) Hill; sisters, Joan Wilson, Jeanette Ellison, Marlene (Rob) Robbins and Tenna (David) Sprinkle; grandchildren, Daniel and Ashley Edwards; 20 nieces and nephews, 38 great nieces and nephews and 41 great-great nieces and nephews. At the request of the family, services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Homeless Family Shelter, 490 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL 32962 or to ARC of Indian River County, 1375 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (10/19/14)

BRIAN NEAL EMERSON, of Vero Beach, Florida, died on October 18, 2014 at age 77. Brian was born in Englewood, New Jersey to Harold Emerson and Helen McKim Emerson.

A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, he worked with Traveler’s Insurance Company and DOW Corp, where he served as company president until 2001. Brian raised Thoroughbred horses and Black Angus cattle at his home in Sempronius, New York. He cultivated orchids in Vero Beach.

Brian is survived by his wife, Betsy Stevens Emerson; his daughters, Susan Emerson and Katharine Waite; and six grandchildren. He is deeply loved and missed. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Brian Emerson. Strunk Funeral Home (10/21/14)

ROBERT S. ENOS – Robert was born in Somerville, MA on May, 8 1932. He spent his childhood in Medford, MA and attended the Medford school system. He lived in Billerica, MA for many years before moving to Vero Beach. Robert was a Truck Driver for the Teamsters Local 25 for many years and had served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen Theresa Enos, they had just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on July 28, 2014. Survivors also include brothers, George and his wife Sally of Haverhill, MA, Earl Enos of West Palm Beach, FL and Lee and his wife Nancy of Medford, MA; brothers-in-law, Harold Allen of Malden, MA and Howard Allen and his wife Carroll of New Durham, NH. He also leaves behind his godmother Nancy Ruggiero of Woburn, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Loretta Chambers and brother Harry Enos. Bob always enjoyed his coffee breaks with his veteran friends of Billerica, MA. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Harvest Food Outreach Center, 1050 Old Dixie Highway SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Thursday October 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. (9/29/14)

ESTHER ALICE FLANAGAN, 95, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away October 8, 2014, at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, FL. Esther was a native of Scranton, PA, and moved to Vero Beach, FL, 33 years ago from Yonkers, NY. Esther was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL, and a former member of the Irish American Club. Survivors include her two daughters, Patricia Mandell and Lynn Borlas both of Sebastian, FL and her son, James Flanagan of Upper Nyack, NY. Survivors also include her grandchildren, Matthew Flanagan and wife Cindy, Scott Flanagan, Christopher Borlas, Danielle Borlas, Sean Mandell and Justin Mandell, as well as one great-granddaugter, Melody Flanagan. Her husband of 65 years, James Flanagan, predeceased Esther in 2011. Esther was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a selfless person, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She will be deeply missed. To quote a close family friend, “Esther was an angel on earth and is now one in heaven. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, most adorable women I have ever met…everyone who ever knew her loved her.” A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. The family request that donations be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. A guest book may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (10/15/14)

WILLIAM FURPHY, 76, passed away October 13, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. He was born in Bronx, NY and lived in Sebastian, FL coming from Haworth, NJ. William was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Local Union #28, NY; charter member of the Dumont Elks Lodge #2593, NJ; retired member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Knight of Columbus Council #8009. Survivors include wife of 54 years, Joan M. Furphy of Sebastian, FL; sons, William Furphy Jr. (Esther) of New Bern, NC, John Furphy (Delia) of Las Vegas, NV, Andrew Furphy (Deborah) of Aberdeen, NJ, Daniel Furphy (Scott) of Fairlawn, NJ and Michael Furphy (Kelly) of Sebastian, FL; sister, Margaret Fitzgerald (John) of North Hollywood, CA; 8 Grandchildren; 4 Great-Grandchildren. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of William Furphy. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (10/15/14)

PEGGY GENTILE, 70, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. Peggy was born August 7th, 1944 in New York and moved to Vero Beach in 2004. Peggy is survived by her sons, Michael, Vincent and Daniel as well as a daughter, Linda. Also surviving is her brother, Edward and sisters, Betty and Rita, and three grandchildren, Kelsie, James and Justin and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in her hometown, Riverdale, NY. A guest book may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (10/15/14)

MICHAEL K. HARVEY (MIKE) went home on September 26, 2014. He was born February 4, 1959 in Vero Beach, FL. Survivors include wife,Cynthia sons, Michael and Daniel Harvey(Natashia), stepchildren, Amber Drane(Martin) and Joshua Gregory, mother, Ruth Harvey, brothers, Steve and Paul(Val)5 grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6-8PM at the Freedom/Immanuel Church-455 58th Ave SW, Vero Beach. Lowther Funeral Home (10/2/14)

DOLORES MAY HILL, age 80, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on October 4, 2014, at Consulate Health Care in Vero Beach. She was born on November 5, 1933, in Chicago, IL, and was preceded in death by her brother, Leroy Beldin. 

Hill is survived by her sisters, Genevieve Sellers and Marcella Sellers; children, John Chezum, Jocelyn Bileddo, and Pat Moon; grandchildren, Andrea Chezum, Tonya Chezum, Diamand Gulley, Melantha Rannie, Amber Rannie, John Rivas, Holly Chezum, Amanda Lindberg, Gretchen Chezum, Lacey Chezum, Jessica Martin, and Jaclyn Moon; and 27 great-grandchildren. 

Hill moved to Sebastian, FL, in 1957 from Fairfield, IA, and has been a resident of Indian River County ever since. She owned and operated Orchid Island Orchids, a Vero Beach orchid nursery and retail store, for over 20 years and retired from the business in 2007. 

Hill was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Vero Beach. A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on Thursday, October 9, at 11:00am at Faith Baptist Church at 7966 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL, 32966. Memorial donations to the church may be made in her name and can be mailed to the church address or placed online at http://www.faithbaptistvb.com. Lowther Funeral Home (10/7/14)

LOUISE A. JACH, 75, died October 5, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach. Louise was born in Rocky River, OH and has been a winter resident of Vero Beach since 1995, moving to Vero Beach permanently in 2005 from Muscatine, IA. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Garvase J. Jach of Vero Beach; son, Kevin Jach and his wife, Shannon of Eden Prairie, MN; daughter, Leslie Bodell and her husband, Gerard of Plymouth, MN; grandchildren, Michael Bodell, Maddie Bodell, Ryan Jach, Lauren Jach, Aaryn Sutton, Amber Sutton, Austin Sutton; brother, Jim Sellgren of Bloomfield Hills, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 in memory of Louise A. Jach. Visitation will be held from 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home with Rev. Joel Reif, officiating. A private interment will be in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Strunk Funeral Home (10/7/14)

MADELINE CAROL JONES, 88, died October 8, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Bronx, New York and lived in Barefoot Bay coming from Kings Park, L.I., New York in 1996. Madeline retired from Kings Park Central School District after 27 years as school secretary. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Barefoot, Bay, FL. She was also a member of the St. Luke Ladies Guild and volunteered at South Mainland Library, Barefoot Bay. Survivors include daughter Barbara Jones Layden of Barefoot Bay, son Steven Jones and his wife, Denise, of Fairfield, Connecticut; grandson Joshua Jones and granddaughters Megan Kate Jones and Sarah Beth Talbot (Timothy); and great-grandson Benjamin Robert Talbot. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Emerson Jones. Memorial contributions may be made to Kings Park High School Scholarship Fund, 200 Rt. 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754. Phone number 631-269-3345. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. Interment will be in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, L.I., New York.

MILDRED P. KEANE, 88 of Vero Beach passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. She is survived by her sons Thomas McHugh of Boston, MA and Michael J. McHugh of Palisades Park, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. John of The Cross Catholic Church. Strunk Funeral Home (10/22/14)

MARIANNE SUMMA KOST, 71, died October 3, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Marianne was born in Westbury, Long Island, NY and lived in Vero Beach for 23 years coming from Uniondale, Long Island, NY. 

She was the Cafeteria Food Director for the Babylon School District in the Village of Babylon, NY for 20 years before her retirement in 1990. In Vero Beach, Marianne worked as the cafeteria director for the Indian River Christian School for 5 years. 

She was a member of Central Assembly of God, Vero Beach.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Charles A. Kost of Vero Beach; son and daughter-in-law, Charles A. Kost III and Gina Kost of Vero Beach; daughter, Dorianne Farnham of Monroe, CT; grandsons, Charles A. Kost IV of Vero Beach, Jonathan C. Farnham of Monroe, CT and Anthony C. Kost of Vero Beach; granddaughters, Katherine A. Farnham and Julianne T. Farnham both of Monroe, CT and Gianna Marie Kost of Vero Beach and sister Rosalie Gillis of Lititz, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Marianne Kost.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Central Assembly of God, Vero Beach with Rev. Larry Boan officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (10/7/14)

KAREN E. LEONARD, 66, died October 13, 2014 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, FL. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Barefoot Bay, FL coming from Palm City, FL.She was a Customer Service Manager for Walmart for many years and attended St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include her daughter, Jill Leonard of Vero Beach, FL; sons, Bo Leonard of Sebastian, FL, Kevin Leonard (Jill) of Matthews, NC; granddaughters, Jordan Fleishman, Brooke Fleishman, Morgan Leonard and grandsons, Cole Leonard, Austin Leonard and Shawn Leonard and an aunt, Betty Zaleski of Long Island, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Prayer Service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday at the funeral home chapel. Strunk Funeral Home (10/15/14)

MAGGIE JO LOHMAN, 84, took the stairway to heaven on October 4, 2014. Maggie was born on September 15, 1930 in Louisburg, North Carolina to Furney and Lizzie Strother. In 1948, she graduated from Park View School of Nursing in Rocky Mountain, NC. Always dedicated and determined, she ranked 6th in her class. She was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in December 1953 and spent three years serving our country as a Navy nurse. Her service set the conditions for spending the rest of her life doing what she loved most, taking care of others. Maggie Jo married Albert Sigmond Lohmann on September 6, 1956. Together they welcomed three beautiful children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Maggie leaves behind her husband of fifty-eight years, children Michael (Shelly) Lohmann, Paula (Joe) Pedone, Richard (Debbie) Lohmann, Sister, Marie Ernesti, Brother, Harry (Vanessa) Strother. Grandchildren, Amber (David) Giganti, Crystal (Robert) Swiatek, Justin Pedone, Kathryn Pedone, Jessica (Brian) Phillips, and Great Grandchildren Griffin and Emma Giganti. Maggie was reunited with her parents as well as five of her brothers and sisters. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the Davis Seawinds Funeral Home in Melbourne, FL from 9 AM to 11 AM. A service will follow at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital; a foundation close to Maggie’s big heart. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (10/7/14)

DOROTHY EMILY LYONS, 84, died October 9, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and lived in Sebastian coming from Scotch Plains, New Jersey in 1986. Dorothy retired as a bookkeeper for United Parcel Service. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include her son Richard Joseph Lyons of Sebastian, brother Melvin McClatchy, Jr. of Jacksonville, sisters Gerri McClatchy and Melva Saiter both of Maryville, Tennessee and Shirley Bayous of Middlesex, New Jersey, three Grandchildren, five Great Grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lyons, mother, Elsie DeWolf and daughter, Bonnie Lee Hertack. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM on Thursday October 16, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL with Father Dave Newhart, St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (10/15/14)

GEORGE “DAVID” MALSBARY passed away October 13, 2014 after his year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Romney, Indiana on March 1, 1941. He graduated from Purdue University then served in the U.S. Army being stationed in San Francisco, CA. Leaving the military as a captain he went on to receive his MBA from Indiana University. His career began in the Agricultural Division of Monsanto. It was then that he attended the Executive Management Program at Columbia University in Rye, NY. His career took him around the world where he was able to meet people of all cultures and ideas. The knowledge gave his family invaluable lessons in humanity. He left Monsanto as Vice President of the Agriculture Division and moved on to Avon, CT as President of the Darworth Co. Dave achieved his goal of retiring at age 55, vowing to never shave again and went back to his roots of farming in Indiana. Farming was his greatest joy especially at sunset when he would stop the tractor, turn on some classical music and have a fine cigar while watching the sun go down. When not farming, he served as President of AFB international outside St. Louis. After retiring from AFB, he and his wife moved to Vero Beach, FL. They spent the years traveling to exotic places such as Brazil, Turkey, Spain and Africa, always making time to watch their grandson Play football. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anne Gabbard Malsbary; his daughter, Christie “Little Dave” Soileau; her husband, Brannon Soileau; and his grandson, Clayton Soileau who was the apple of his eye. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret Christiansen; MaryJane Adair and her husband, Frederick; his brother, Samuel Malsbary and his wife Martha; plus several nephews and nieces. David lived a full life with many travels and adventures. He had stories which we will miss but always treasure. He took life seriously but remembered to throw in some fun! A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32960 on November 8 at 10:00 am. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 243, Stevenson, Maryland, 21153 or to the Vero Beach VNA Hospice at 1110 35th Lane, #1 Vero Beach, FL, 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (10/21/14)

JOE MIDDLETON went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2014. He was proud owner and operator of Middleton’s Fish Camp on Blue Cypress Lake in SW Indian River County for over 51 years! Born in Lexington, TN, Joe brought his family to Blue Cypress Lake from Okeechobee. He fell in love with the beautiful lake and purchased the bait and tackle business 3 days later and raised a family there. Many stories, mostly all true have been told about those early days. The tackle shop porch was home to many folks from everywhere. Joe married the love of his life Jeanne 20 years ago and they operated the fish camp together until he went to find out first hand where Heaven was and to be welcomed by our Lord and Savior and those he would see again there. Joe leaves his wife Jeanne, 7 children; JoAnn, Joyce, Debbie, Diane, Gary, Jimmy and April; 2 stepsons John and Mark Patterson; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 brother; a sister and 2 precious sisters in law and a brother in law all of Auburndale, FL; and many friends that are too numerous to count. A memorial service will be held at 3PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Ft. Drum Community Church 32415 U.S. 441, Okeechobee, FL 34972 with Pastor Fred Hodges officiating. A second celebration of Joe’s life will be held at Blue Cypress Lake Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10AM, at which time his ashes will be cast on the lake that he loved with all his heart and soul. At the request of the Middleton family, no flowers please. Contributions as a memorial of love may be made to Ft. Drum Community Church in Joe’s memory. Strunk Funeral Home (10/22/14)

JOSEPH B. MOBLEY, 92, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014, in the VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, FL. Joseph was a native of Kernersville, NC, and moved to Vero Beach from High Point, NC in 1961. Prior to retirement he worked for Piper Aircraft as a machinist. Joseph was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Lee Mobley of Vero Beach, FL, a son, Jerry Mobley of Vero Beach, FL, and daughters, Candice McKinny and Elsia Chandler both of Vero Beach, FL, and he was also adored by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Tabernacle Ministries 51 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, with military honors to follow with the VFW Post #3918. A guest book may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (10/21/14)

IRMA ANNETTE OLSZEWSKI, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 10th at Palm Gardens of Vero Beach. She was the devoted wife of Carl Olszewski, and loving mother to Elaine, Ronald, and David. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Irma lived in Rhode Island for 77 years before moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 2006. She was an avid cook and baker, and will be remembered as the vibrant hostess of the family gatherings. Irma loved music and was a self-proclaimed “Krafty Lady,” as she had talents for jewelry making, floral arranging, sewing, crocheting, and painting. While living in Rhode Island, she also devoted her time as a volunteer to local nursing homes. In addition to wife and mother, Irma was the beloved grandmother to Michelle of Warwick, RI, Michael and Bridget of Orlando, FL, and Tara and James of Cranston, RI and the adoring great-grandmother to Cameron. She was a loving aunt, caring cousin, and friend to many. Arrangements will take place in Vero Beach and will be held privately. The family of Irma would like to extend a special “thank you” to the staff at Palm Gardens and to Treasure Coast Hospice for the loving care that they provided. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (10/15/14)

ROBERT W. PARVIN, 82, of Vero Beach, Florida met his Lord on October 6, 2014. He was born December 10, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Jacksonville, FL. Bob loved the water, whether on his sailboats or as a professional diver. He spent 10 years on a NOAA research ship as diver and the operator of government computer #002. Bob also designed many subdivisions in his hometown of Jacksonville. Most of all, Bob loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Dorie; daughters, Sandra Estes, Nancy (Steve) Bell and Dona Parvin; step-son, Gene (Pam) Brunell; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson. Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Lynda Davis; grandson, Jason Bell and his sister, Joan Hawkins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Cornerstone Christian Church, 5950 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (10/15/14)

JULIE ANN PEREZ, 46, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. Julie was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and she was a member of a Military Family. Julie spent her School years in Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Florida in 1991. Survivors include, her husband, Abraham Perez of Vero Beach, FL, and her parents Tom and Diana O’Leary of Vero Beach, FL., her sister, Kristi Lynn Schryver of Port Saint Lucie, FL. Funeral Services will be private with the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (10/15/14)

IRENE RITGER RATHBUN passed away peacefully on October 18th at Florida Baptist Retirement Center. 

Born in Montclair, N.J. on November 2nd 1935, Irene graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1956, and was employed as a Registered Nurse by various hospitals and physicians including Mountainside Hospital and Montclair Neurological Group in Montclair, NJ; St. Vincent’s Hospital, Gracie Square Hospital and New York Infirmary in New York. Following this, Irene was employed as a Registered Nurse involved in home health care and with the Neurology Group of Drs. Tobin, Zwiebel, Aptman & Meloff in Miami, FL. In 1980, Irene graduated from the University of Miami’s Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner program. In 1986 she became a Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Irene worked in this capacity at the Chronic Disease Center, Cedars Medical Center in Miami, and then for Robert Jacobson, MD in his Neurosurgical Practice. In 1982 Irene moved to the Geriatric Center at Cedars Medical Center, Miami FL as a primary care provider. She was beloved by many patients and colleagues. From 1990 to 1998 Irene worked as a Nurse Practitioner for the State of Florida, Dept of Correction, Physicians Geriatric Services in Brooksville and then at Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital, in Vero Beach. She practiced with a number of private doctors in the Vero Beach area before her retirement in 1999. In 2002 Irene was appointed by the Governor of Florida as a Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman and served as a volunteer in this capacity until her retirement in 2011. She was voted Outstanding Ombudsman of the Year in 2005 by the Ombudsman Council of the Treasure Coast. Irene was a member of the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association, The American Nurses Association and The Florida Nurses Association. Irene is survived by her husband of 50 years Richard, daughter Michele R. Snyder (David), her son Richard M. Rathbun (Lisa) and three grandsons, David and Richard Snyder and Richard Allyn Rathbun.

A gathering of friends to celebrate the life of Irene will be held on Friday, October 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at The Plaza – 884 17th Street, Vero Beach next to Strunk Funeral Home. Refreshments will be served.

No memorial service is planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Irene’s name may be made to Florida Baptist Retirement Center – 1006 33rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (10/21/14)

RALPH ROBINSON, 89, of Sebastian, Florida passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his home. Ralph was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and moved to Sebastian in 2004 from Kingston, Jamaica. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Sebastian. Ralph was a Cane Farmer in Jamaica and had an extensive sugar cane crop. Ralph was a member of the Masonic Lodge English Constitution in Jamaica. Survivors include his beloved wife of 31 years, Sheila Robinson of Sebastian; sons Howard Robinson of Washington, DC, Peter Robinson of West Palm Beach, FL and Steven Robinson of Montreal, Canada; daughters Traci Ann Robinson of Miami, FL and Crystal Robinson of Washington, DC; son Julian Forbes of Miami, FL; daughter Marsha Waters of Washington, DC; and eight grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer/Parkinson Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Celebration of Life for Ralph will begin at 2 PM, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Sebastian. Strunk Funeral Home (10/21/14)

ELSIE V. STURNS, 92, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away, Monday, October 20, 2014. at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Elsie was a native of Burtonsville, Maryland and she moved to Vero Beach, FL in 1973 from Laurel, Maryland.  Prior to retirement she and her husband, Edward owned their own farm in Laurel, MD. Elsie is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Edward H. Sturms in 2013. Survivors include, her daughter, Barbara A. Madison of Vero Beach, FL, her granddaughter, Paula Stratton and her husband, Joe, of Pasadena, MD, two great grandchildren, Ami Bowers, and her husband, Nick of Pasadena, MD, and Gary Stratton of Pasadena, MD, and one great great grandson, Cason Joshua Bowers of Pasadena, MD, and her son-in-law, Charles Madison of Titusville, FL. Elsie will be taken back to Laurel, MD, and a Service will be held in Laurel, MD. The Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A guest book may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (10/22/14)

ARNE TORALV TARANGER, 53, passed away suddenly at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center on October 6, 2014. Arne was born May 4, 1961 at the US Army Hospital at Landstuhl, West Germany. He graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1980 and worked as a retail jeweler for many years. He earned his BS in Business Administration from Indian River State College. Since December 26, 2001, he has worked as the Safety Officer for the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. Arne is survived by his parents, Anders and Esther Taranger, of Vero Beach; sisters, Kitty T. Rodgers, of Vero Beach and Anna T. Demelio, of Barefoot Bay; brother, Nils C. Taranger, of Kissimmee. He is also survived by many other friends and family members, including his work “family”. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew his kind spirit, experienced his great sense of humor, and who let him pour a glass of wine he chose just for them. An informal Memorial Service will be held for Arne on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. Everyone is invited to share their favorite memory or story about Arne. Strunk Funeral Home (10/15/14)

WILLIAM RUSSELL TAYLOR, JR., 66, died October 3, 2014 at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

He was born in Glens Falls, New York and lived in Sebastian coming from Auburn, New York.

Bill was a US Air Force veteran and received the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and many others. He retired after 21 years of service. He also worked 15 years for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of VFW Post #10210, Sebastian, FL, American Legion Post 117, Palm Bay, FL, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sebastian, FL, Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest 272, Micco, FL and the Italian American Club of Sebastian, FL. Survivors include wife Janice Taylor of Sebastian, daughters Christina Thrower (Doug), Stacia Lee (Tim) of Petersburg, Virginia, son Tommy McNeil (Jodie) of Barefoot Bay, granddaughters Trinity and Rilynn Lee of Prince George, Virginia and Haley Graham of Chesterfield, Virginia, brother Jack Taylor, Sr., uncle Ronald Hall (Barbara) and aunt Evelyn Robichaud, all of Glens Falls, New York. 

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Hunter Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Veterans and Families, the Disabled American Legion Riders or the charity of your choice. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian, FL at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 8, 2014. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest 272, Sebastian, FL at 6:00 PM, Thursday, October 9, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (9/15/14)

GARRY EUGENE TAYLOR, 78, passed away, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida.

Garry was born in Chicago, Illinois but lived most of his life in Iowa. He and his wife Audrey moved to Florida in 2001 and since then have been snow birds sharing their lives between Vero Beach, Florida and Holiday Lake, Iowa.

Before retiring he owned and operated Custom Floor Covering Service in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. GT enjoyed planning, drawing and building things with his own hands. He also loved teaching younger people how to build things as well. He was always very proud of his work. Among the many things he accomplished, he was especially proud that he planned, drew, and built their cabin at Holiday Lake, and taught his grandson how to build a floating dock. He had a very happy life and felt that he was blessed to be able to share his love with so many and blessed to have to the opportunity to tell all those he loved how grateful he was for their part in his beautiful life.

GT was an active member of Riverside Church of Sebastian, Florida and the Grace Community Church in Grinnell, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, of 56 years, Audrey Taylor, daughter, Doreatha (Ann) Taylor and her husband, Scott Howell, of Vero Beach, FL; grandsons Sebastian Howell and Finn Howell of Vero Beach, FL; brother, Tot Taylor and his wife Sharon of Oxford Junction, IA; sister, Darlene Taylor of Mesa, AZ; brothers and sisters in-laws, Sharon & Don Irwin of Davenport, IA, David & Judy Heath of Vero Beach, FL, Becky and Danny Wuflekuhle of Edgewood, IA, Gladys Taylor of Tipton, IA; many nieces and nephews, many many surrogate sons & daughters, grandkids and a lifetime of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Taylor, and Mary Ducy Taylor, and his brother, Gregg Taylor. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to “Bus Fund” c/o Riverside Church, 11205 Roseland Road, Sebastian, FL 32958 in memory of Garry Taylor. 

The family will receive friends at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Riverside Church, Sebastian, FL with a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be at at 11:00 AM with Rev. Grant Foster, officiating. A reception will follow at the church.

The family would like to thank the caring staff and volunteers of VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach and Lawnwood Regional Pavillion in Ft. Pierce. Strunk Funeral Home (9/15/14)

KAREN MARIE VANDEVOORDE, 68, passed away October 13, 2014, at her residence in Sebastian with her loving family by her side. She was born in Miami, Florida and graduated from Immaculata Academy in Coconut Grove. Earning a community foundation-based scholarship, she attended the University of Florida with interest in studying law and majored in Political Science, graduating with honors in 1968. While there, she met her husband, René G. VanDeVoorde, whom she married in 1969. She earned her teaching certificate and taught in Miami and Chiefland, Florida for a few years before relocating to Sebastian with her husband after he graduated from law school. Karen first taught social studies at Gifford Middle School before becoming an original faculty member at Sebastian River Middle Junior High School. While teaching, she went back to being a student herself in the evenings and on weekends, earning a Masters in Education from the University of Central Florida. She served as dean at Vero Beach High School, as assistant principal at Sebastian River Middle Junior High School, before rising to Executive Director of Secondary Education and Instructional Programs for Indian River County School District. Karen had a passion for volunteering and giving back to her community, and was dedicated to many philanthropic endeavors. Recognizing that a similar organization allowed her to attend college at a time when university scholarships were not widely available, she served on the Board for Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County, now known as the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County, Inc. for more than 25 years. She was also an active member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastian, serving previously as a lector, special minister of the Eucharist, and catechism teacher while most recently as a member of the Parish Council. Through the years, she has been involved as a founding member of the Sebastian River Junior Woman’s Club and on the Board of the Samaritan Center in Vero Beach. After her retirement from the School District of Indian River County, Karen continued to volunteer with various school testing programs and as a volunteer with Winners Walk Tall at Liberty Magnet Elementary, while acting as an officer and active member of the Retired Educators of Indian River County and a volunteering regularly at the Roseland United Methodist Church Thrift Shop. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, René G. VanDeVoorde of Sebastian, FL; son, Dr. René G. VanDeVoorde III (Nicole) of Cincinnati, OH; daughters, Cynthia VanDeVoorde Hall (Martin) of Sebastian, and Rachel M. VanDeVoorde of Longwood, FL; and 4 grandchildren, Julianna, Eleanor, Oliver, and William. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County, Inc., VanDeVoorde Family Scholarship Award, P.O. Box 1820, Vero Beach, FL 32961 in lieu of flowers. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM, Thursday, October 16 at Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL with a prayer service being held at 6:30 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 AM, Friday, October 17 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church with Father John Morrissey, celebrant. Interment will be at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian, FL. A guest book is available at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com. Strunk Funeral Home (10/15/14)

KENNETH J. WHALEN of Dorset, Vermont and Vero Beach, Florida, died September 29, 2014 in Vero Beach after a brief illness. He was born in Whitehall, N.Y. in 1923. An accomplished athlete, he attended Whitehall High School, Dartmouth College and graduated from Union College in 1949. He was a member of the 1949 Eastern College All Star football team which defeated the New York Giants in the 11th annual Fresh Air Fund Game. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Stockdale, a destroyer escort which saw action in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters, and participated in the search for Amelia Earhart. He retired from AT&T in 1984 as an Executive Vice President after a 34 year career in the Bell Telephone Company.  He served on the boards of a number of companies, including Warner Lambert, American Motors, Manulife and Core Industries. He and his wife of 65 years, Bette Whalen, were active supporters of numerous civic, charitable and academic organizations, including Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont.  A lifelong Catholic, he worshipped at The Church of the Holy Cross in Vero Beach and at St. Paul’s in Manchester, Vermont. He was a Knight of Malta. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Whalen, and their oldest son, Richard J. Whalen. Survivors include daughter Jean Carosi of Newburyport, MA.; sons Dan Whalen of Rockport, MA and Tom Whalen of McKinney, TX; grandsons Derek Carosi of Denver, CO., Brendan Carosi of Malta, N.Y., John Whalen of London, England and Tim Whalen of NY, NY, and granddaughters Kate Whalen-Vuylsteke of Wemmel, Belgium and Eileen Partridge of Madison, WI. He also leaves five great grandchildren. Interment will be at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Whitehall, N. Y. (10/2/14)

HARRY WOODHOUSE, 83, of Ft. Pierce, Florida passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at Indian River Medical Center. He was born in Buffalo, NY and raised his family in Hamburg, NY before moving to Camp Hill, PA. Harry was a graduate of Leigh University and attended the University of Virginia. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel as an Industrial Engineer. Mr. Woodhouse served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach and degreed Mason and Shriner.  Harry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claudia Batt Woodhouse; daughter, Deborah L. (Perry) Bishop of South Elgin, IL; son, David H. Woodhouse of Ft. Pierce, FL; sister, Marcia Woodhouse-Irish of Clarence, NY; brother, Dr. Oliver (Carolyn) Woodhouse-Grin of Grand Rapids, MI; granddaughters, Amanda G. and Kaitlin V. Denler and great-grandson, Kyden Hudson. Services will be held at later date. Memorial contributions may be made to SunUp ARC, 1375 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (10/19/14)

WARREN T. ZEUCH, III, “Skeet” died at home with his dog, Cody, by his side. 

He fought a valiant battle with cancer and diabetes. He was unable to work for several years and incurred enormous medical bills. 

Before his illness, he was a bus driver for Midnight Sun and spent years as a deputy for Indian River County and a Martin County deputy. He also had driven a bus for Indian River County school transportation department. 

Skeet was an avid reader and in his youth a “beach boy”. 

He enjoyed his work, in years past, as a Shriner. He is survived by his step-mother, Molly Zeuch; brother, Ray (Mary) Zeuch; sisters, Judy (Richard) Bartlett and Earline (Richard) Batiste; and many friends. 

He was predeceased in death by his father, Warren T. Zeuch, Jr.; mother, Marjorie Kersey Zeuch; and brother, Michael A. Zeuch. 

When it comes to remembering him, he really cared about our county and the world. 

Donations may be mailed to the family: Ray Zeuch, 6466 4th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32968. 

There are currently no service details. Lowther Funeral Home (10/15/14)

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MARGARET M. ANDERSON, 83, of Vero Beach, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Margaret was born in Fords, NJ to the late Frank and Rose Ann Edley. She was of the Catholic faith. She worked as a training officer for the Department of Army in Warrenton, VA for 20 years. She and Royce, her husband of 59 years moved to Vero Beach 4 years ago from Greenville, N.C. She is predeceased by her husband, Royce. She is survived by a son, Michael Anderson of Manassas, VA; 3 daughters, Donna L. Jones, of Leesburg, VA, Shelly Joyner, of Greenville, NC and Bonnie Walker, of Vero Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Frank Edley, Jr of Ft. Pierce, FL and Jimmy Edley of PA; sister, Charlotte Grecco of Mesa, AZ as well as 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. There will be memorial service held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM the Isles of Vero Beach, 1700 Waterford Dr., Vero Beach, FL 32966. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (9/30/14)

RIVERS McNEILL ANDERSON JR., 95, of Vero Beach passed away on Sept 8, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (9/14/14)

JOHN WILSON ATKINSON, 79, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2014. Born in Pinner, England on June 5, 1935 to Alan and Margaret Atkinson, he leaves behind his wife, Nancy, whom he adored, and children, Holly(Richard), Randall(Trisha) and Bradley(Janie), Jane(Billy), Nicola(Ray) and John(Irene); grandchildren, Spencer, Brett, Zach, Matthew, Beau, Tyler, Kayla, Kristan, Julian, Sean, Sam, Meave, Rachel, Kolin and James. John was a very honest and loyal English gentleman with a great sense of humor. His great passions in life were taking care of Nancy and their beloved poodle Sasha, golf as well as being an avid reader. He also leaves behind many friends in Jamaica where he lived and worked as a Chartered Accountant for PMM (KPMG) for 35 years and as a Partner from 1964-1978 and family in England. There are no services planned at this time. He will be greatly missed. Strunk Funeral Home (9/11/14)

EDNA G. BACHMANN, 87, died September 10, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian, FL. Edna was born in Beverly, MA and lived in Vero Beach, FL coming from Everett, MA in 2001. Edna worked with AT&T for 26 years as a clerk of communications. Survivors include sons, Jeffrey Bachmann of Salem, MA, Joseph David Bachmann of New Bedford, MA and John E. Bachmann, Sr. of Peabody, MA; daughter, Julianne Howland of Haverhill, MA; sisters, Priscilla Rowand of Beverly, MA and Virginia Starkey of China, ME; loving companion, David Culhane of Vero Beach, FL; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Prest and brother, Raymond Attwood . Visitation will be held 2:30 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, September 13, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A prayer service will be held 5:30 PM, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL with Deacon John Dunlop, celebrant. Interment will be in Central Cemetery, Beverly, MA at a later date. Strunk Funeral Home (9/11/14)

FLOYD BOWERMAN, 102, died September 17, 2014, at the Atlantic Nursing Home in Vero Beach. Floyd was born in Niles, Michigan, to Floyd and Florence Bowerman on June 7, 1912. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana, where he attended Central High School. He graduated from Hanover College and McCormick Theological Seminary, and was ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. in 1942, and served Presbyterian churches in Vincennes, Indiana; Albion, Indiana; Rockfield-Burroughs, Indiana; Morning Sun, Iowa; and Ashton, Iowa. After his retirement in 1978, he and wife, Millicent, became active in a non-denominational church at an RV park in Florida; and Floyd eventually assumed the duties of minister. He remained an ordained minister all of his life, and performed marriage ceremonies at the age of 97 and participated in his granddaughter’s wedding at the age of 98. Floyd and Millicent met at a basketball game at Hanover College, and were married in August 1941. They had 4 children: two sons – Ronald (Eileen), of Des Moines, Iowa, and James (Dru), of Vero Beach, and two daughters – Janet Lynn and Joyce Ann. Floyd loved to travel, and had a lifelong interest in automobiles and mechanical objects, often designing and creating his own tools. He played the piano and clarinet, and loved to sing, and was a longtime member of a barbershop chorus and quartet. Floyd is survived by his sons, Ronald and James; daughters-in-law, Eileen and Dru; grandson – Chandler; granddaughter – Kimberly; step-grandchildren – Andrew and Vanessa, whom Floyd and Millicent thought of as their own grandchildren; and great-grandchild – Jude. He was preceded in death by wife Millicent in 2007, his parents, sister Gladys, and daughters Janet Lynn and Joyce Ann. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of choice. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (9/22/14)

JO-ANN BURNHAM – passed away peacefully on September 28th in her home in Vero Beach, Florida at age 79.  Jo-Ann loved her family and friends most of all. She also loved art and sculpture, musical theater, a good joke, fresh flowers, good novels and traveling. She adored Christmas time, sunsets at Mountain Beach, and Champagne.  Jo-Ann was born March 21st in 1935 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where she grew up and attended Academy of the Sacred Heart. Jo-Ann continued her education at Michigan State University where she majored in education. As a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Jo-Ann sang in their chorus and continued her lifelong avocation as a volunteer to help those in need. In 1956 She married Robert Burnham and together they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and had five children: Heidi (Nick) Leone, Susan Burnham, Robert Burnham, Amy Elizabeth (Bobby) Tsironis and Catherine O’Connor. Jo-Ann was an extraordinary and ambitious “domestic engineer”; running a chaotic and dynamic household while simultaneously managing to make valuable contributions to many other children’s lives, as well. For many years, she was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, she held a post on the PTA, and volunteered time to help with sporting and cultural events at her children’s schools. Jo-Ann was renowned in the neighborhood for her formidable baking skills, and she also enjoyed tennis, golf, snow-skiing and summers at Mountain Beach on Lake Michigan with her family. In 1968 Jo-Ann began a 17 year career in the Human Resources department at Mazda Great Lakes, where she built lasting friendships. During this time she also became a Eucharistic Minister at the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids. She continued to volunteer time to help others at The United Way. Jo-Ann loved to travel; after excursions to Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland Mexico and France, she loved to come home to sunny Florida where she put her feet in the warm sand. Jo-Ann moved to Vero Beach in 1992 and joined The Holy Cross Catholic Church and their Women’s Guild. She volunteered to became an usher at the Sunrise Theatre and enjoyed the cultural benefits of this position for five years. During this period Jo-Ann also made charitable contributions with her time to the Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice House. Jo-Ann was blessed to have a close and loving relationship with her Grandparents, who taught her so much about laughter and love. During her lifetime, Jo-Ann cherished and nourished loving relationships with her own children and grandchildren. She established and built lifelong friendships in high school, at MSU, Mazda Great Lakes, Mountain Beach and in Florida. In Sept of 2012 Jo-Ann was diagnosed with cancer, and became a member of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance. She braved through the next two years of chemo therapy treatments together with her loving daughter Susie, and support from family and friends, especially her very dear friend Mike Andochick. Jo-Ann was preceded in death by her parents James and Margaret Sharkey. She is survived by her siblings Sharon Bolen and James Sharkey, her five children, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Jo-Ann has touched many lives with her loving generosity, and in the end, inspired those who were closest, with the peace of Jesus in her heart and bright light shining from her eyes. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday October 3, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach. A memorial service will also be held on Columbus Day, October 13th at 9am at St. Robert’s Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of the Treasure Coast Group c/o Nancy Dustin at 412 West Temple Court, SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968. Strunk Funeral Home (9/30/14)

ROBERT JEROME CLEVELAND, SR., 87, of Vero Beach, FL passed away at his home on September 15, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He was born June 1, 1927 in Nutley, NJ and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 24 years, coming from Millington, NJ. Mr. Cleveland is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn A. Cleveland; daughters, Patricia Cantalupo, Cathy (Dale) Ballinger and Deborah (Michael) Robel; son, Robert Cleveland, Jr.; sister, Lillian Magruder; brother, George Cleveland; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Edith Long. A memorial service will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Vero Beach in October 2014. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (9/22/14)

HERBERT W. DEAN passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 23rd at Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 96 years old. He is survived by his son, Richard, daughter-in-law Ann, grandsons Bill and Charlie, great grandson Connor and great granddaughter Elle. Mr. Dean was born in 1917 and grew up in Rochester, New York. He attended Irondequoit High School where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving honorably as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He had a long and distinguished career at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, retiring in 1982 as Director of Worldwide Office Operations after 43 years of continuous service. He sat on the Boards of numerous civic and business organizations including the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, The American Management Association, the Syracuse University School of Management and Delta Upsilon fraternity. He was an avid golfer and past President of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. He was also a 36-year resident and member of The Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 4th at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach FL, 32960. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to “Music at Trinity” at the above address in Mr. Dean’s memory. (9/29/14)

CINDY EARMAN – In loving memory of Cindy Earman. Cindy ended her valiant year and a half battle with cancer and went to heaven Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. 

Cindy was born June 8th, 1959 in Moline, IL to James and Ragna Christensen. She was raised in Bloomington, IL with her eleven siblings. 

Cindy was known to friends and family as Cindy-Lu, a nickname given to her by her daughter Lori and this name carried over to her devoted dog Lucy. Cindy and her beloved husband, John D. Earman, were high school sweethearts in Bloomington who lost touch after graduation and reconnected after 20 years. They were married in October of 1999, merging their two families, and built their home in Vero Beach. 

Cindy took to the Florida life style like a fish to water, and as a result became an avid fisherman; almost always out-fishing the others on the boat. Cindy loved gardening, baking, reading, rooting for her Gators and spending time with family, including her adopted sons Tito and George, and especially the grandkids! She is survived by her husband, her mother and father in law; William and Mary, five children; Lori Formosa (Chris), John Eslinger, John Earman II (Tiffany), Travis Eslinger (Erin) and Tessa Eslinger, and six grandchildren; Morgan, Brynn, John III, Caleb, Ansley, and Lydia. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Mark. 

A memorial service will be held at 10AM Saturday, September 20th at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. 

The family would like to thank VNA/Hospice of Vero Beach for their kind, compassionate care for Cindy. 

CINDY ANN EARMAN – Bringer of Light – “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear…” Psalms 27:1 Lowther Funeral Home (9/22/14)

FRANCIS PAUL FINLON passed away in Vero Beach September 1, 2014, one day shy of his 90th birthday. Known as Frank to his friends and family, he was born September 2, 1924 in Carbondale, PA. His parents were Hugh Finlon and the former Rose Tammany. Hugh and Rose also had three other sons—Joseph, Paul, and Robert, and two daughters—Mary and Agnes. His report cards from elementary school in Carbondale are peppered with remarks like “inattentive”, “wastes time”, and “whispers too much”. However, he found his stride in education as by the time he graduated from the Carbondale high school in 1942, he was class valedictorian. He began his college education as an engineer immediately after high school with classes at the University of Scranton and the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. By 1944, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN and Los Alamos, NM where he was part of the team that developed the atomic bomb that ended WWII. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1946. After serving in the military, Frank continued his education with BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State in 1947 and 1948, respectively. He also did graduate work in applied mathematics at Brown University in 1949-50. While attending school, he married Mary Martha Henzi in November of 1947. They had three children—Dick Finlon of Denver, CO; Dave Finlon of Charlotte, NC; and Debra Finlon of San Diego, CA. His extended family included two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He spent virtually his entire career at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University—from 1947 until 1983. Frank started as a Research Assistant and was Professor of Engineering Research and Associate Director of ARL at the time of his retirement. His work focused on basic and applied research of underwater sensors and weapons systems for the US Navy. After leaving Penn State, he worked for two years in State College, PA for Vitro Corporation where he was a Senior Resident Representative. By 1985, he and Mary Martha decided the time was right to retire to Florida. They lived in a condo just off the beach in Ft Pierce, FL until 2000. At that time, they moved to the ACTS Retirement Life Community in Vero Beach, FL. In 2006, Frank’s wife of 59 years, Mary Martha Finlon, died. He subsequently met another resident of the ACTS community, Josephine (Jay) Herter and they were married in November 2009. Jay continues to live in the ACTS community. Frank had many interests including golf at the Centre Hills Country Club, card games, and all things Penn State. Frank and Mary Martha also helped to found the Centre Squares square dancing group. They spent many enjoyable hours practicing this art and participated in the annual competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, winning numerous ribbons. He was devoted to his family, his work, and the Catholic Church. The family will hold a memorial service in the near future. Strunk Funeral Home (9/9/14)

JIM FOREST, formerly of Sea Girt, NJ and Brick, NJ, passed away suddenly in Fort Pierce, FL. Jim was born in Neptune, NJ and spent his formative years in Sea Girt, where he amassed great friendships and became an avid surfer. He attended Manasquan High School and Niagara University before working for the FBI and Merrill Lynch.Jim and family moved to Fort Pierce after many years in Brick and began working for Liberty Medical Supply. He leaves behind his wife, Joyce (nee Carabin); daughter, Stacy and son, James. He is survived by parents, Harry and Helen Foerst (Sea Girt); brother, Michael and his wife, Jena (Palm Harbor, FL) and brother Drew and his wife, Christina (Sea Girt), as well as a niece, Lara, nephews, Michael, Matthew, Joseph and Andrew and in-laws Ralph, Jeannine and Michelle Carabin. Jim was an accomplished builder; musician and computer technician and he shared his talents freely. Jim dedicated most of his time to his family. They were his world. Contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the American Heart Association. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (9/7/14)

LUELLA ELEANOR GESTRICH, 84, of Vero Beach, Fl, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014, at her residence. Luella was a native of Canton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gestrich in 2012. Survivors include her sons, Dr Eric Gestrich, Kevin Gestrich , Marc Gestrich and Todd Gestrich, daughters, Gayle Sudeck and Lisa Polaske, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be private. Condolences may be sent through http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com(9/1/14)

BERNICE O. GRIFFIN, 82, of Vero Beach, Florida died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach. 
She was born in the town of Portland in Walton County Florida on March 13, 1932 and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1976 coming from Ft. Pierce, FL. 
Bernice was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her children, John Michael Griffin (Erica), Jane Ford (Bobby), Jason Griffin (Wendy); Sister – Kitturah Amison and multiple grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years in 2013 J.C. Griffin, her parents Edward Harley Hamilton and Maggie Jane (Fountain) Hamilton, brothers Ottis Hamilton, Olin Hamilton and Fletcher Hamilton, Sister Ophelia Bianchi. Lowther Funeral Home (9/4/14)

PHILIP LEROY HALL, 82, of Vero Beach, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Hall was a native Weirsdale, FL Survivors include his daughter, Beverly Rimes of Vero Beach, FL. The Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may leave condolences at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/19/14)

AlALVIN “LEROY” HIERS, 69, passed away peacefully September 11, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born in Moultrie, Georgia and lived in Fellsmere for most of his life. Leroy was the owner/operator of United Irrigation. He was a member of Sebastian River Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL, past master of the Sebastian Masonic Lodge, the Brevard Shriners Club and was very involved in the Frog Leg Festival and many other activities in the Fellsmere community. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara of Fellsmere, son Bobby Joe Hiers (Meghan) of Vero Beach, daughter Barbie Lynn Hiers-Spaulding (David) of Fellsmere, grandsons Zachary Hiers, Bobby Joe Hiers and Cody Spaulding, granddaughters Kylie Hiers and Caley Spaulding, sister Tiney White of Sebastian, brothers Bobby Hiers of Vero Beach, Lloyd Hiers of Melbourne and Dennis Hiers of Melbourne. He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 Attention: Development Office. Visitation will be 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Thursday September, 18, 2014 at Central Assembly of God, Vero Beach, FL. A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM on Thursday September 18, 2014 at Central Assembly of God. Strunk Funeral Home (9/13/14)

JEANNE TOWNSEND HOLMES, 91, passed away September 4, 2014 under the care of VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, Fl. following an emergency surgery. 

Jeanne was born Feb. 10th, 1923, in Jackson, Michigan to parents Robert Laten Townsend & Florence Woodworth Townsend. 

She came to Fl .as a child & resided in Lake Worth, later Ft.Pierce,Fl.where she met her husband of 63 yrs., M. L. “Larry” Holmes, who predeceased her on Feb 17, 2006. She was married to Larry at First Methodist Church in Ft. Pierce, Fl, Nov. 21,1942 shortly before he left to join the Marines in WWII. 

Years later, they moved to Vero Beach. She was a devout Christian & an active member of many area churches. They spent summers at their home in Otto,NC. 

She is survived by her sons, D. R. “Bud” Holmes & wife Cindy,of St. Lucie West, Fl, Richard A. Holmes & wife Pam, of Ft Pierce, Fl.,daughter,Barbara Holmes Butler of Vero Beach, Fl.,brother, Robert L. Townsend & wife Marilyn of Orlando,Fl. 5 Grandchildren, Kim Klenotich of Vero Beach, Scott Holmes of Ft. Pierce, Kelley Holmes, Keith Holmes,& Adam Holmes, all of Pt.St. Lucie, 16 great grandchildren & two great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Carey. 

Jeanne was an accomplished genealogist who traveled extensively with her husband, compiling information about her ancestors. She was a member of the Indian River Genealogy Society for many years. A gifted artist, she shared her gift with family & friends. She made her own greeting cards,& never forgot anyone. She is remembered most for her unconditional love for her family, her wonderful advice, support & her happy outlook. 

Her greatest treasure was her family. Every one of us loved her dearly. 

A private family service will be held graveside in Winter Beach,Fl. under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home & Rev. Mary Rosendahl. 

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at The Brennity at Pointe West in Vero Beach,State Rd 60,Sunday, Sept.14, 2014 at 4PM. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to VNA Hospice House, 901 37th St.,Vero Beach, Fl 32960 Strunk Funeral Home (9/9/14)

ELEANOR HUMBER HULL, 92, of Vero Beach, Florida, went Home to be with her Lord on September 8, 2014. She was born August 29, 1922 in Coscob, CT and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1995, coming from Stamford, CT.Mrs. Hull was of the Episcopal faith. She served as a foster mother and babysitter for many years. She is a loving mother of seven children, Barbara Bryant (John, Jr.), Beverly Holmes Richardson (John), Elaine Improta (Michael), Eleanor Concilio (Dom), Nancy Morgani (Jack), William B. Hull, Jr. (Jane); 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, William B. Hull; mother, Florence Humber; 2 sisters and 4 brothers. A memorial service and inurnment will be held in Connecticut at a later date.Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (9/11/14)

DONALD B. HYER passed away on September 25, 2014, at the age of 88, after a four-year battle with cancer, at Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, Florida Don was born at Womens Hospital, in New York City. He grew up in Mount Vernon and attended area schools. Don served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. Prior to his military service, he was employed at Standard Oil of New Jersey. He returned to Standard Oil, working during the day and attending New York University at night. He obtained his degree in Business Administration in 1949, and continued to work at Standard Oil in New York City, until January of 1961, whereupon he transferred to Coral Gables, Florida, to continue his career as a Benefits Specialist in the Latin American Affiliate of Esso InterAmerica. Don was introduced to boating while living in South Florida and with his family spent many happy days on Biscayne Bay and many other of the beautiful water wonderlands in South Florida. He always had a special dog in his life. His disposition was never other than sunny as his family and many friends can attest to. Don is survived by his wife, Jean; one daughter, Janice Payne (Ray) of Jasper, Georgia; and two stepdaughters, Marta Stewart of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Wende Stewart of Overland Park, Kansas. His beloved son, Greg Hyer, predeceased him in 2006. Strunk Funeral Home will take care of arrangements for cremation, and a burial will take place at a later date. Don was an active member of the Vero Beach community, including the Community Church, and the United States Power Squadron, the Yacht Club. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., in the Community Church chapel, located at 1901 23rd Street, in Vero Beach, with a reception to follow. Donations can be made to the Vero Beach Humane Society,Treasure Coast Hospice or to The Community Church of Vero Beach. (9/29/14)

JUDY WILLIAMS KNIGHT, 71, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at her home in Vero Beach. Judy was born in Auburn, New York to the late Harold and Clara (nee Stuttle) Williams and moved to Vero Beach in 1966 from Winter Park, Florida. She had worked for IFAS for the University of Florida, retiring after 39 years of service as a Research Entomologist. Judy was a graduate of Winter Park High School, Class of 1961, and FSU, Class of 1965. It was after graduating from FSU and accepting employment with IFAS in Vero Beach that she met her husband to be Wesley “Pete” Knight. They married in 1968. Their family began to grow with the birth of a daughter Lori and a son Joel. Judy had been a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Vero Beach and had many hobbies. She was quite “creative” working with ceramics and different pottery designs, and loved her time gardening. Judy had such a creative eye that she created and designed plans for both family homes in Vero Beach. Survivors include her husband Pete Knight of Vero Beach, daughter Lori Knight Van Roekel of Vero Beach, son Joel Wesley Knight of Vero Beach, grandson Daniel Joseph Knight of Vero Beach, three sisters Beverly Phillips of Sumter, South Carolina, and Diane Encinias and Sharon Marble Loetz of Spindale, North Carolina. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. The family will receive friends 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A Life Celebration Service will begin at 11 AM with Rev. John Kerry of Asbury United Methodist Church, Vero Beach officiating. (9/14/14)

MARTHA HOWARD LAKE, age 59, passed away suddenly on September 20, 2014. Born in Plainfield, N.J., she was a longtime resident of Vero Beach, where she and her husband Denny owned and operated The Red Onion restaurants. Martha’s large and growing family—her beloved husband Denny, her three wonderful children Megan Ferris (Jedd), Kevin Berry (Stephanie) and Craig Berry (Gabrielle), her stepdaughter Dawn Van Dorne and her seven grandchildren—was the center of her life. She is also survived by her mother Mary Howard, four sisters, 34 cousins and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. It was clear to all who knew her that she was extremely proud of her family, and she loved each and every member with her whole heart. Martha possessed an amazing ability to make everyone around her feel special. A kind and outspoken nature let her easily connect with all kinds of people, and her contagious laugh brought humor and joy to almost any situation. With creative talents, unwavering faith and a genuine passion in all her endeavors, she brought an energetic spirit to all her pursuits. Martha generously gave all of herself to others and she will forever be deeply missed and loved. A celebration of Martha’s life will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you help a neighbor in need, give someone a warm, sincere hug or have a friendly conversation with a stranger. That was Martha’s way, each and every day. Strunk Funeral Home (9/24/14)

LAURA FRANCES LINDSEY, 87, a lifelong resident of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her home. Laura was born September 17, 1926 to the late Wiley and Fannie (nee Croft) Cox. A graduate of Vero Beach High School, Laura met her husband to be, Ralph J. Lindsey, while she was working at Naval Air Station Vero Beach during WW II. Ralph was in Vero as part of his Naval training. Their marriage was blessed to span 64 years until his death in 2010. Laura had owned and operated a preschool in the early days of her marriage before she went to work as a bookkeeper at the law firm of Mitchell, Smith and Mitchell in Vero Beach. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach and served as the pianist for one of the Junior High Sunday School Classes for many years as well as any civic group that might need her skills. Laura was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Survivors include son Bobby J. Lindsey, daughters Patricia L. Hayes and Jean Lindsey, grandchildren Robb Linsdsey, Julie Kastensmidt, Ralna Reel, Craig Hayes, Brian Hayes, Laura Sadler, Ross Partee, eighteen greatgrandchildren, and her dog Honey who was always at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph J. Lindsey and a sister Clemmie Louise Tripp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, 1015 Sikes Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815 A Life Celebration Memorial Service will begin at 11 AM, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. A reception will follow at the Family Life Center at the church. Laura will be laid to rest with her husband at Winter Beach Cemetery in Winter Beach, Florida. Strunk Funeral Home (9/11/14)

ARMANDO HEREDIA LOZANO, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away September 3, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. A Funeral Mass will be held 2 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (9/7/14)

ANNIE MAE MANN, 85, went to be with the Lord on September 10, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian, FL. She was born in Tarpon Springs, FL and lived in Sebastian, FL for 33 years coming from Miami, FL. Annie was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Fellowship, Sebastian, FL. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother with a generous and caring heart, always showing concern for others. Survivors include sons, Phillip D. Mann of Sebastian, FL, Daniel Mann and his wife, Marie of Keystone Heights, FL and William D. Mann and his wife, Denise of Lakeland, FL; daughters, Martha Kaszok and her husband, Stanley of Palm Bay, FL and Wanda Arma and her husband, Alberto of Sebastian, FL; 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Rodney Mann, Sr.; sons, Arthur Rodney Mann, Jr. and Robert Mann. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 in memory of Annie Mae Mann. Visitation will be held 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Monday, September 15, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. Funeral Service will be held 12:00 Noon, Monday, September 15, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Patricia Heffernan, VNA Hospice, officiating. Interment will be at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (9/13/14)

FRANCIS J. MEJSTRICK 95 of Vero Beach peacefully took his last breath on Wednesday September 10 at high noon surrounded by his family. Frank was born in New York City on September 24, 1918 to parents Francis and Philomena. His family moved to northern New Jersey. He attended high school in Paterson New Jersey followed by 2 years of night school at Pace Institute in New York. In March 1942 he enlisted in the Navy. He attended Midshipman School at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1944. As fate would have it, he met this lovely young lady Edla from Rockford Illinois. They had a wartime romance, but marriage waited because immediately after Ensign Mejstrick finished Midshipman school he received orders to the South Pacific. Frank was released from the service in 1946. He and Edla married and settled in East Orange New Jersey. Frank attended college at Seton Hall University at night and earned his B.S. in Accounting followed by an MBA. While he was busy working during the day and attending college at night Edla was busy with two children Peter and Carol. The family moved to Morris County New Jersey and Frank was employed by Suburban Propane Corporation in Whippany New Jersey. After more than 35 years, he retired as Vice President. Edla and Frank moved to Vero Beach in 1991 residing in Forest Park where they enjoyed life. Edla passed away in 2002 and Frank moved to The Lakes at Pointe West 2005 now known as the Brennity. Frank served many years as a hospital volunteer, he was active in the Vero Beach Exchange Club where he served as Treasurer for a time, and he was active in the residents council at the Lakes. Frank is survived by his two children Peter Mejstrick of Missoula Montana and Carol Lewis of Chipley Florida. Peter’s family includes his wife Loraine, a daughter Indigo, and two sons Soren and Anders. Carol’s family includes husband Michael, sons Morgan and Trevor, and daughters Caila and Abigail. Arrangements include a Memorial Service at the Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home on Tuesday September 16 at 2:30 pm followed by a reception at the Brennity at Pointe West at 4:00 pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a charitable contribution be made to the American Heart Association. A guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (9/13/14)

GLORIA MARY MILAM, 90, died September 19, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Washington, DC and lived in Sebastian, FL coming from Queens, NY in 1975. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include son, John Harding Milam and his wife, Vivian of Sebastian, FL. She was preceded in death by husband, Lacy Harding Milam; brother, John Raymond Butler and sister, Nellie Heath Corsaro.Visitation will be held 4:00 – 5:00 PM PM, Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, September 22, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL with Father Michael Martin, celebrant. Interment will be at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (9/22/14)

ERNEST “ERNIE: RICHARD MULHALL, 71 of Vero Beach, FL and Manchester, NJ, passed away on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Ernie was born on August 6, 1943 in Irvington, NJ to John and Virginia Mulhall. He started working for Public Service Electric and Gas Company in their headquarters in Newark, NJ upon graduation from high school in 1961. After he graduated from Rutgers University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, he was promoted to Assistance Chief Clerk at New Brunswick Electric Division. He spent 19 years working in Electric for the company and was transferred to the Gas Division in Trenton, NJ in 1981. He moved to various locations and positions in the company throughout his 40 year career, retiring in February of 2002 as District Office Administrator at Burlington Gas Division. Ernie married the love of his life, Marilyn Anne Eckert, in 1967. Together they were very active in Marriage Encounter in the 70’s. As a team couple, they gave talks on weekends, helping married couples learn to communicate and deepen their already good marriages. They had the privilege of being sent to New Orleans as an admin couple to give a weekend there. He and his wife were Eucharistic Ministers in their parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Piscataway, NJ. He moved to Jackson, NJ in 1977 and lived there for 28 years before retiring and moving to Renaissance at Manchester, NJ, where he spent his summers, wintering in beautiful Vero Beach, FL. He was an avid reader and loved to travel. Ernie loved to help people in any way he could and will be greatly missed. He was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL and St. John’s Church in Lakehurst, NJ. Ernie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilyn Eckert Mulhall. He has two children, Timothy and his wife Sharlene Mulhall of Forked River, NJ and MaryBeth Mulhall of Jackson, NJ. He found great joy with his grandchildren, Michael Grobosky Mulhall, Donovan Mulhall and Brendan Mulhall. He is also survived by his brother John Mulhall of Tamarac, Florida and sister Ginny (Bill) Meyer of Howell, NJ. A memorial service to celebrate his life, will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 PM at Oliverie Funeral Home in Manchester, NJ. There will be a funeral mass at St. John’s Church, Chestnut St., Lakehurst, NJ at 10 o’clock A.M. on Monday September 15th, 2014 followed by burial of his ashes at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 56-80 Cedar Grove Road, Toms River, NJ. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (9/7/14)

RITA OLSEN (QUENNIE) has left is to go to paradise at age 89. 
Leaving behind brother, Charles; sister, Pat; son, Larry; daughter, Pam; 7 grandkids; 9 great grandkids and 1 great great grandchild. 

Special thanks to all at Consulate Health Care for their wonderful care. 

At a later date may be a celebration of life for family and friends. Strunk Funeral Home (9/22/14)

JAMES G. PARKER, 90, passed away September 13, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach, FL. James was born in Parkertown, NJ on October 10th 1923. He proudly served in the United Sates Navy during WWII, he was one of only 13 survivors when his boat sank. James worked for the Garden State Parkway in District 5 located in Barnegate, NJ for 30 years, never missing a days work, retired with perfect attendance. He was a member of the Lacey Elks Lodge #2518 in Forked River, Moose Lodge #1575 in Beach Haven, Mystic Island American Legion Post #493 in Little Egg Harbor, VFW Post #316 in Tuckerton. Survived by his son James F. Parker and his wife Cynthia of Manahawkin, NJ; grandsons, James R. Parker, Jonathan W. Parker and Jared M. Parker; granddaughter, Amanda M. Parker; great-grandson, Shane M. Parker; great-granddaughters, Haley E. Parker and Ava Liszawski. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Eleanor M. Parker who passed away in 1999. Strunk Funeral Home (9/22/14)

ANN PELLEGRINO, 101, of Vero Beach, Fl, passed away peacefully on 8/30/14 at 400A East Waverly Place in Vero Beach, with family and caregivers by her side. She was born on October 23, 1912 in New Haven, Ct and lived in Vero Beach for 31 years after coming from Meriden, Ct in 1984. 



Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and godmother. Ann lived her life caring for, loving, spending time and helping her family and friends. Her beautiful smile, gentle personality, generous and kind heart were an inspiration to everyone. 



Ann loved and was so proud of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sports, academic and extracurricular activities. She was also a bigtime Boston Red Sox, UCONN Husky Men’s and UCONN Husky Women’s Basketball fan. And, to say Ann tremendously enjoyed reading, cooking Italian meals for others, gardening in her yard, holiday decorating and playing cards with her friends, would be an understatement. 
She volunteered in several civic activities: the Kiwanis Club in Meriden and The Riverside Theatre and Waverly Place Homeowners Association of Vero Beach; and, was a parish member of Holy Cross Church of Vero Beach and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Meriden. 


Survivors include her son James Pellegrino and daughter-in-law Veronica both of Meriden, Ct; three grandchildren Jeff and Jim Pellegrino both of Meriden, Ct and Linda Barmore of Southington, Ct; eight great-grandchildren: Stephen, Alexandra and Samantha Barmore; Jeffrey, James, Juliann, Eric and Ryan Pellegrino; sisters Dorothy Sebastian of Meriden and Rose Kerr of Wethersfield, Ct, and many nieces and nephews. 



Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 50 yrs Albert Pellegrino, her sister Teresa and nine brothers. 

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral service to be held on Friday, September 5, 2014, at 12:30pm at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St, Meriden, CT. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden. Calling hours will be on Friday morning prior to the service from 10:30 to 12:30pm. 

Arrangements are under the direction of JJ Ferry Funeral Home of Meriden, Ct 06450. Strunk Funeral Home (9/4/14)

PAM PERRY SR., 82, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 11, 2014. Visitation Friday August 15, 4 to 7PM Stone Brothers Funeral Chapel, Gifford. The funeral service will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 11AM at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 4221 28th Avenue, Gifford, FL. Burial will follow at the Gifford Cemetery. Stone Brothers Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. (8/14/14)

MARK PRANGE passed away on September 24, 2014 at Indian River Memorial Center, Vero Beach. 

Mark is a lifelong resident of Vero Beach. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. He had also attended Indian River State College where he earned a Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science Degree. Survivors include his mother, Peggy Prange of Orlando, FL; sisters, Kim White of Warner Robins, GA, Kay Monroe of Orlando, FL, Kris Altman of Port St. Lucie, FL, Lynn Hutchinson of Sturbridge, MA; nieces, Cheryl Fan, Tamara Monroe, Kirstie Altman, Brittany Altman; and nephew, Davin Monroe. 

He was predeceased by his father, Edwin Prange. 
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014 with a service following at 11 a.m. at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. (9/25/14)

CHARLES PRASSO, 72, of Vero Beach passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, with his loving wife, Helen by his side. Charles was born in Newport, RI, and lived in Troy, NY, Reisterstown, MD, Rocky Hill, CT, Naperville, IL, East Windsor, CT, Royal Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Vero Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his father, Albert Prasso and mother, Mary Prasso of Newport, RI and North Palm Beach, FL and his late wife, Susan Schick, of Schenectady, NY. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Helen Keefe Marcella Prasso formerly of Hull and Marshfield, MA; two children; Sheridan Prasso of Hong Kong and David Prasso of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Michael Prasso of North Palm Beach, FL; aunt, Connie Gramolini of Smithfield, RI; four step-children; Michael Marcella, Sean (Jeannie) Marcella, Bryan (Donna) Marcella and Faith (Jason) Dernier and nine step-grandchildren all of MA and NY. He was a member of the ROTC at Rogers High School, Newport, RI. After graduating Charles attended RPI where he was a member of the ΣΦΕ fraternity. During his 34 year career with GE-Industrial Risk Insurers based in Hartford, CT he was a member of the NFPA, SFPE, IEEE and ICEB. He was also an active member of Village Green and St. John of the Cross Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Inurnment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Relay for Life, Village People, 3375 20th Street Suite #100, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Online condolences may be shared at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (9/22/14)

PHILIP RUBIN – After a short illness, on September 24th, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his children Seth (Heidi Helf) Rubin, Ferne (George) Uschold, and Cliff Rubin; granddaughters Carissa Uschold, Rebecca (Dave) Vincent, Amanda Uschold, Madelyn (Matt) Ziino, Sara Uschold, and Lisa Rubin; great grandsons Jackson and Henry Vincent; brothers Jack (Phyllis) Rubin and Al (Arlene) Rubin; as well as many dear family and friends. Philip grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MD from the State University of New York, College of Medicine in New York City. He did his residency in Therapeutic Radiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After heading the Radiation Therapy Service at the National Cancer Institute he was recruited to the University of Rochester where he founded and chaired the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1957 to 1996. During his career he received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the Gold Medal from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in 1984. His passion for the field will leave a lasting imprint through his more than 250 articles, landmark text publications and notably, the founding of The International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics [‘The Red Journal’]. As dedicated as Philip was to his professional work, he also brought great zeal to his sporting interests including tennis, skiing, and sailing. He and his wife, Barbara, loved the arts, and were avid world travelers who embraced the multicultural experience with enthusiasm.  His fervent desire to explore and discover in his field and life will be carried on through all those he has taught and loved during his time. A special thank you to the wonderful aides from Douglas Health Services in Vero Beach who took care of him in his final days. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 2nd, 4:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester. Donations in his honor can be made to the Department of Radiation Oncology, and sent to attention of Monica Lewis, Wilmot Cancer Institute, 300 East River Rd. Box 278996, Rochester NY 14627. Lowther Funeral Home (9/30/14)

WILLIAM J. RITTMASTER – After a lengthy, courageous battle against lymphoma, William J. Rittmaster, 88, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 13th at Sebastian River Medical Center in the loving care of Treasure Coast Hospice. 

Bill was a Veteran of World War II where he proudly served his Country as a Signalman aboard the Victory Ship USS George Powell, losing the majority of his hearing from gunfire during battle while fighting his way across the Pacific, and in so doing, earning the American Theatre Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal. In recent years, he was thrilled to be included in the Honor Flight to Washington, and given a grand, officer-escorted tour of our Nation’s war memorials. Upon repatriation in l945, Bill married and thereafter became a Father to daughter Jody (Richard) Eiden (1950) who resides in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and son John (Anne) Rittmaster (l957) living in San Ramon, California, who went on to gift him with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. After attending art school in New York, Bill was hired by Hanley Studios as a commercial artist, and drew such beloved characters as Bert & Harry Piel for Piel’s Beer, among other print ads. In the 60s, he left advertising and embarked on a career in printing and lithography — first in Peekskill, New York, and then later opening his own business, WJR Printers, in Thornwood, New York. It wasn’t until he retired and moved to Vero nine years ago that he suddenly rediscovered his inner artist and took up watercolor painting in a big way, becoming a member of the Vero Beach Art Club and proudly exhibiting and selling his pieces at the annual “Art By The Sea” exhibit at the Museum. Bill was a “man’s man” who deeply loved the outdoors and nature. An avid deer hunter until only a few years ago, rarely a season went by without his stocking the freezer full of venison. Fishing was right up there with hunting, and he chased and caught the big ones in Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Canada, Alaska, and California. For many years, he and wife, Leila, kept a small boat in Greenwich, Connecticut, where they fished and enjoyed lobstering on the Long Island Sound. His friendships lasted for decades, the greatest tragedy being the loneliness of outliving most of them. 

Lastly, but certainly not least, Bill loved his pets — all his pets. Top winners in the show ring, and pitiful two-toed losers; it just didn’t matter. He rescued many a frog, bunny, and snake from the pool, giving them a second chance at life. Bill leaves behind Leila, his beloved wife of 42 years, daughter, Jody, son, John, grandchildren Julie, Tricia, Roxanne, and Ian, and great-grandchildren Kate, George, and Savannah, as well as scores of friends who will miss him. 

There will be a private burial at sea with military honors in November. 

Anchors aweigh, dear sweet sailor. Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home. 

You will always be our one-of-a-kind. 

Gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Strunk Funeral Home (9/22/14)

FERDINAND RANKEL, 88, of Vero Beach passed away on Sept 10, 2014. Lowther Funeral Home (9/14/14)

MAE LUCY REED, 85, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 4, 2014. Hortense & Mills Memorial Funeral Home. (8/14/14)

MARY PATRICIA ROGERS, 90, of Vero Beach, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Willowbrooke Court at Indian River Estates. Mrs. Rogers was born in Mount Vernon, NY to the late James and Anna Philson. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. She moved to Vero Beach in 1986 from Pelham, NY. Mrs. Rogers is survived by son, John M. Rogers; 5 daughters; Therese R. Elliott of Vero Beach, FL, Jeanne R. Mudge of Vero Beach, FL, Donna R. Keller of Winter Park, FL, Antoinette R. Nelson of Prescott, WI and Leigh R. Peterson of Vero Beach, FL; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her grandson Derek Paul. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2085 Tallahassee Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A reception will follow at the church. Mrs. Rogers will be interred with her late husband, John, at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach. The Family request that donations be made to VNA Hospice at 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (9/29/14)

WILLIAM SCHULTZ, 99, of Vero Beach, Fl, passed away September 22, 2014, at VNA Hospice House, in Vero Beach, FL. William was a native of Buhl, Minnesota. Survivors include, a daughter, Elaine Groff of Vero Beach, FL, and a son, Kenneth W. Schultz of Sebastian, FL. Friends may sign the guest book at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (9/24/14)

HAROLD “JERRY” SCOTT, 58, passed away on September 18, 2014 in Vero Beach. 

He was born on May 29, 1956 in Savannah, GA. 

Survivors include his wife, Debra E. Scott; son, Zach (Katy) Scott; granddaughter, Madalyne Scott; parents, Dymple and Quinton Royals; grandmother, Sarah Young; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

A visitation will be held from 1-2 pm, with a service following at 2 pm, on Sunday, September21, 2014 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. (9/22/14)

JOAN M. SEMKOV, 82, of Fort Pierce, FL, passed away on Sept. 22, 2014, at Grace Rehabilitation Center of Vero Beach. Joan was a native of New York, New York. She was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Semkow of Fort Pierce, FL, a son, Danny Semkow of Vero Beach, FL and a grandson, Jon Friedberg of Delray Beach, FL. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 10:00am at St Helen’s Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. A guest book may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the directions of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (9/24/14)

STANLEY STRAIGHT, 89, of Vero Beach, Fl, passed away September 22, 2014, at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, FL. Stanley was a native of Mannington, West Virginia and moved to Vero Beach 20 years ago from West Palm Beach, FL. Stanley was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during World War II. Stanley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna of Vero Beach, FL, son, Richard Straight of Bartow, FL, daughter, Johanna Straight of Winter Haven, FL and a brother, Edward Straight of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral Services will be held in Jewitt, Ohio under the directions of Blackburn Funeral Home , http://www.blackburnfuneralhomes.coM. A guest book may be signed at http://www.coxgifordseawinds.com. Th Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. (9/24/14)

RALPH SEXTON passed away peacefully at the VNA Hospice on September 11, 2014 with his beloved wife Chris Dale Sexton and devoted poodle, Pierre at his side. Born September 13, 1927, he was just two days shy of his 87th birthday which was declared Ralph Sexton Day by the Vero Beach City Council in 2006. Sexton leaves behind four children, his son, Sean Sexton (Sharon), daughters, Katie McCall (Kevin), Hilary Kloska (Rob) and Jennifer Scent (Clyde), along with nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Ralph Sexton was the oldest son of Elsebeth and Waldo E. Sexton (deceased) and was the last surviving brother of three other siblings, Randy Sexton, Barbara Tripson and Jacquelyn Daley who is now the only living sister. He was the patriarch of a large varied family who lived under the unmatched stature of Waldo whose presence is still felt in many of Vero Beach’s predominant landmarks. Among the creations built by Ralph’s father were the Ocean Grill, The Patio Restaurant, Szechuan Palace, McKee Botanical Gardens and the Driftwood Inn as well as the infamous Waldo’s Mountain. Ralph assisted building these enterprises with his father as a young boy of just twelve years of age. He earned his agricultural degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Florida and was a rare breed of men who combined book learned knowledge with the sweat equity of hard work. He was happy to continue to manage his beloved Treasure Hammock Ranch with his son Sean and grandson Mike Sexton. He started off each day at his kitchen table conferring with them about the ranch and their cattle before being driven to his office by his son-in-law, Clyde Scent at Oslo Citrus each day. He continued working at both the packing house office as well as stood occasional sentry at the ranch until just this year. Sexton was a passionate advocate for keeping the land and character of Indian River County as beautiful as it continues to be today. He was on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 22 years; championed beach re-nourishment through the decades and worked with the county to save agricultural lands from encroaching development. Beyond his many business and community accomplishments, Sexton was a trusted and honest friend to so many and protector of all. His down to earth humor and his willingness to listen made him a father figure and best friend to everyone he met. Although few may not know the name of Waldo Sexton, no person who ever met Ralph will forget him. His protective and welcoming personality was admired as much as was his unbroken ethic of hard work to accomplish his many goals. He will be most missed at the numerous gatherings he and Chris held with family and friends to relive the days of their entwined lives or talk over the day’s happenings. Each person would always defer to his memory for any detail or forgotten name that will now go unrecalled. A service to remember his life will be held at Community Church on Wednesday, September 17th at 3 pm. His family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to VNA Hospice, the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation or the Indian River Charter High School Ralph Sexton Scholarship Fund. Strunk Funeral Home (9/13/14)

ROSEMARY ANN SHARNET, 91, died September 7, 2014 at Palm Garden of Vero Beach in Vero Beach. Rosemary was born in Elmhurst, NY and lived in Vero Beach for 15 years coming from Kingston, NY. Survivors include her granddaughters, Jillian Miller of Vero Beach; Tara Sharnet of Kingston, NY, Michelle Saures of Kingston, NY and Janai Cooper of Vero Beach; sister, Ellen Houck of Delray Beach, FL and 9 great-grandchildren. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Paul Sharnet; sons, Gary and Bruce Sharnet and daughter, Karen A. Miller. Strunk Funeral Home (9/11/14)

DELORES A. SKALASKI, 85, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach, FL. Delores was a native of Chicago, Illinois. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (9/4/14)

BILL STELZ – Retired NYC Firefighter and Vietnam Veteran Bill Stelz passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 16, 2014 with his wife Pat; son Matt, sister Pat and Brother in Law Ted Rice at his side. Bill was an adoring husband, proud father and true American Patriot who participated in the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3918 color guard in Indian River County for many events over the years since he moved here from New York in 2004. After serving in Vietnam, a time his friends heard him refer to many times as “My Senior Class Trip”, Bill was a member of the FDNY for 25 years serving in the Bronx. Other survivors are his brother Jerry (Barbara); daughter Jennifer (Tim) Cassidy, their 2 children, nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to a viewing Thursday, September 18, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach. Services will be held September 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Vero Beach. A celebration of Life will be held following September 30 services at the Elks Club on 26th Street in Vero Beach. Donations may be sent in memory of William (Bill) R. Stelz to the New York City Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, 21 Asch Loop, Bronx, NY 10475. Strunk Funeral Home (9/22/14)

ANTHONY P. STOMBOLI, JR., 83, of Ft. Pierce, Florida, died Friday August 29, 2014 at his home. He was born November 12, 1930 in New Haven, CT and had been a resident of Ft. Pierce for 17 years, coming from Branford, CT. Prior to retirement, Mr. Stomboli worked 27 years with the United States Postal Servic. Mr. Stomboli was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Katherine Stomboli; son, Robert Stomboli of Ft. Pierce; daughter, Mary Stomboli of Vero Beach and son, Mark Stomboli of Branford, CT. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank Stomboli. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (9/4/14)

JEANNE STRONG,100, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 8, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/15/14)

CAPTAIN THOMAS J. TAYLOR, 77, of Sebastian, Florida, passed away August 31, 2014. Captain Taylor graduated in 1958 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Port, NY. The first year after graduation, he worked as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy, running troop ships into Germany and delivering the Turkish United Nations contingent to Korea. He then went to work for Gulf Oil, where he spent the next 24 years as Captain of several tankers, including the Gulf Supertanker, American Independence. After retiring from Gulf in 1983, he spent the next few years running yachts and managing the marinas at the Boca Raton Resort and at Bahia Mar, the largest marina on the East Coast. Captain Taylor received the Silver mariner Award in 1998 from the US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association in recognition of his successful 25 plus year career at sea as Captain and Master. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen Taylor of Sebastian, FL; son, Tom Taylor and wife, Wendi of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Eileen Jernigan and husband, Randy of Sebastian, FL; grandchildren, Nicole Stone of Timberlake, NC, Keith Taylor of Atlanta, GA, Jamie Powers of Clendenin, WV; great-grandchildren, Haley McKinnon of Ocala, FL and Damian Kelley of Timberlake, NC; brother, Joseph Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. 

The family will have a private celebration of his life this coming weekend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation in his name. Strunk Funeral Home (9/4/14)

JAMES W. TITLEMAN, beloved husband of Roberta Fischer Titelman, died peacefully at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two grandchildren Eric Bennett Falcone of Cambridge, MA and Laura Elizabeth Falcone of Brookline, MA. He was preceded in death by his only child, Elizabeth Titelman Falcone. Jim was born in Atlantic City and lived in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania before moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 1970. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and after serving in WW II, completed his education at the University of Pennsylvania. After a 25 year career with the family business, Puritan Sportswear, Jim decided he could have a lot more fun in the stock market and spent his remaining years as a private investor. Jim was a long-time director of Mid-State Bank in Pennsylvania and the founding Vice President of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, PA. One of his greatest joys in life was collecting art. He was very knowledgeable about art and was truly thrilled to have had the opportunity to donate the Titelman Gallery to the Vero Beach Museum of Art. He served on the museum’s Board of Directors for many years and especially enjoyed working on its permanent collection. The family will receive friends at The Carlton Clubhouse from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, September 11th. A burial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 or The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PO Box 9, Loretto, PA 15940. Strunk Funeral Home (9/4/14)

CLAUDE BRUCE TROUTMAN, 75, of Vero Beach, Florida died in his home on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 after a long illness. Bruce was employed for many years as a Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent in Florida and North Carolina after serving in the US Army in Korea. He was born March 20, 1939 in a log cabin on Roan Mountain, Mitchell County, Bakersville, North Carolina to Robert ClaudeTroutman and Dovie (Ledford) Troutman who preceded him in death as well as a brother Steve Henderson and a sister Hettie Mae “Toots” Troutman Reed. Survivors include a son Bruce Kevin Troutman of Nebo, North Carolina and a daughter Karen Troutman of Vero Beach, Fl., grandsons David and Bryan Troutman of Nebo, North Carolina, brothers Ed Troutman of Burnsville, North Carolina and Allen Troutman of Vero Beach, Fl., sister Bonnie Troutman King of Three Springs, Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews, A Life Celebration Service for Bruce will begin at 2 PM, Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. Strunk Funeral Home (9/9/14)

GENE A. TUMPLIN, 84, died September 7, 2014 at Vitas Hospice at Courtenay Springs in Merritt Island. He was born in Moultrie, Florida and lived in Palm Bay coming from Titusville, FL in 2004. Gene was a retired US Army veteran. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fellsmere, Fellsmere, FL where he was active as a Deacon. Survivors include his wife Inez Tumblin of Palm Bay, FL; stepson, Bobby Stone of Fort Pierce, FL; stepdaughters, Glenda Bortel of Vero Beach, FL and Karen Stone of Palm Bay, FL; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brother, Cecil Tumblin of Pace, FL. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Stone; brothers, Jerome B. Tumblin and William D. Tumlin Jr.; sister, Mary (Dot) Fredell. Visitation will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Fellsmere, Fellsmere, FL. A Funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM, with Rev. David Johns, officiating. Interment will be at Sebastian Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Home (9/11/14)

GEORGE ROBERT WEBSTER, 87, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at VNA Hospice House.George was born February 28, 1927 in New York City and had been resident of Indian River County for 34 years, coming from Pembroke Pines, FL. Prior to retirement he was Sales Manager for Sun Plastics in Hallandale, FL and then owner of Graph-Plex Signs in Vero Beach. George was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during WWII. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce E. Webster; son, Robert Lee (Denise) Webster of Sebastian; daughters, Caren (Clovis) Tondo of Parkland, FL and Lauren Marshall of Jacksonville, FL; 4 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, brother, John (Gertrude) Webster of Vero Beach; and sister, Dorothy Jensen of San Diego, CA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18th at St. Paul’s Church, 4700 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL. Interment will be at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL Memorial contributions 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 & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com/ (9/13/14)

PATRICIA “PAT” MARIE WATSON, 73, of Sebastian, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Pat was born in Covington, KY to the late William and Jessie Brockman Conley. She attended high school in Covington and moved to Sebastian in 2002 from her place of birth. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastian. The color pink was the favorite color of Pat and she enjoyed listening to music by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Survivors include daughter Robin (Steve) Raiff of Sebastian; son Steven (Gerald Green) Kraus of Sebastian; son Michael Watson of Sebastian; daughter Melissa Day of Lexington, KY; son Ronald (Amy) Kraus, Jr. of Columbus, OH; sister Sharon Yancey of Covington, KY; sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Watson, Sr. and a son, Ralph “Butch” Watson, Jr.. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Patricia Marie Watson. The family will receive friends 10-11 AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian. A Prayer service will follow at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the Strunk Funeral Home Chapel in Sebastian with Deacon John Dunlop as Celebrant. Strunk Funeral Home (9/25/14)

MARY JOSEPHINE D’HULST WEGNER, 90, died Sept. 2, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. She was born in Lake Forest, IL, and graduated from Lake Forest High School. Mary worked in the payroll department of Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. She met and married Gerald Wegner in 1944. Mary was active in the American Legion (Post 264) Auxiliary for 3 decades. Mary and Jerry resided in Lake Forest until 1980, when they moved to Vero Beach. Mary was preceded in death by her mother Alida, brothers Jerome and Frank, and her husband Gerald. She is survived by her son, Gerald Sterling Wegner (Debbie) of Dublin, OH and grandchildren Elizabeth A. Wegner and David A. Wegner. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (9/4/14)

EARL EUGENE WENZEL, 68, passed away September 1, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian surrounded by his family. Earl was born in Ridgway, IL on September 19, 1945 to the late Earl Edward and Hazel Louise Wenzel. He was a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Vietnam war. Earl had been a resident of Florida since he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Earl was employed by the City of Kissimmee as a Treatment Plant Operator for over 15 years before his retirement in 2007.Earl was a member of the VFW Post 3851, Carmi, IL. He was an expert wood worker and enjoyed cruising. His favorite cruise destination was Costa Rica. Survivors include wife of 25 years, Carolyn Wenzel of Vero Beach; daughter, Elizabeth Bridges of Waynesville, NC; stepsons, Chris Allsbury of Fort Worth, TX, Sean Allsbury (Lisa) of Kissimmee, FL and Zachary Allsbury of Vero Beach, FL; brothers, Mick Wenzel of Carmi, IL and Kenneth Wenzel of Carmi, IL; sister, Judy Wilson of St. Petersburg, FL; grandsons, Kyle Hamilton of Waynesville, NC and Mason Allsbury of Fort Worth, TX; granddaughter, Meadow Allsbury of Vero Beach, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, KS 66675 in memory of Mr. Earl E. Wenzel. Visitation will be held 5 – 7 PM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A prayer service will be held 7 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. Interment will be in Ridgway, IL on Friday, September 19, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (9/9/14)

ROBERT “BOB” WHEELER, whose ancestral roots extend back to the Mayflower, died peacefully on September 1, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach, FL. Born in Brockton, MA, Bob spent much of his childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area City of Burlingame a neighborhood he remembered fondly throughout his life. He later moved to Queens, NY where he met and married his wife, Betty Trainor, who survives him and with whom he was about to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Bob is also survived by his loving children, Scott Wheeler of Barefoot Bay, FL, Carole Russo of Garden City, NY and Barbara Arms (Ken) of Ocala, FL.; and his only sibling, Edith Baker of West Hempstead, NY. Bob was a devoted grandfather to his granddaughters, Nicole Russo, Jessica Arms, Amanda Arms and Melissa Arms. After serving in the United States Merchant Marine during WWII, Bob joined Trans World Airlines (TWA). While few people ever discover the work they love, Bob did just that and enjoyed a 36 year career with TWA. During the 1950’s, Bob was part of a “pioneer” group of TWAers who established the company’s international operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. During this period, Bob and Betty lived in a number of foreign cities including Bombay and Cairo. Living abroad, Bob and Betty cultivated many lifelong friendships. After retiring from TWA in 1983, Bob and Betty moved to Deerfield Beach, FL before settling in Sebastian, FL in 2002. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. David G. Newhart, Rector, St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Strunk Funeral Home (9/4/14) In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for donations in Bob’s memory to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, Fl 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (9/4/14)

RICHARD CLYDE WILLIAMS, 74, died September 27, 2014 at Consulate Health Care of Vero Beach in Vero Beach. He was born in Vero Beach on January 21, 1940 and was a lifetime resident. Richard was the gardener, landscaper and all around handyman for Pine Tree Condominiums for 38 years. Survivors include his wife, Carleen Williams of Vero Beach, daughter Latoshia Hubert of Niagara Falls, New York, sons Rodney Williams of Fort Pierce, Craig Williams of Palm Beach and Richard Williams, Jr. (Gloria Robinson) of Fort Pierce, granddaughters Clarissa Williams and Jennifer Taylor (Antonio), grandsons Terell Hubert, Rodney Williams, Richard Williams, II (Savanna) and Demontraye Jordan (Helena), seven Great-grandchildren, sister Elizabeth Gibson,sister-in-law Rose Gibson, special friends Glenn Simmons, Candy McKenzie and Sheila Kline He was preceded in death by his sister Leola Cummings and mother Francis Hogan. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 PM on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home.  (9/30/14)

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