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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)

 

JAMES AUBRIN KELLEY, 66, of Sebastian, Florida passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. Jim, son of the late Aubrin and Jesse (nee Goldie) Kelley, was born in Montclair, New Jersey and moved to Sebastian ten years ago from his birthplace. Jim had retired from the US Postal service after serving as a letter carrier for 35 years in Montclair, NJ. Upon his “retirement” to Florida he began working for Home Depot in Sebastian as a Pro-Loader where he served 9 years. He was of the Presbyterian faith and found great tranquility in being able to fish the surrounding waters of Sebastian.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joan M. Kelley of Sebastian, a sister, Caryl Wood of Caldwell, New Jersey, and nephews and nieces, William Wood, Robert Wood, Chrissie Wood and Suzanne Teper.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284. The family will receive friends 10-11 AM, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian with a Life Celebration Service for Jim beginning at 11 AM at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (8/19/14)

 

LORETTA G. (CAPOBIANCO) LOTZ, 95, Born June 7th, 1919 deceased August 16th, 2014. Predeceased by husband William (Bill) Lotz and her four siblings and their spouses: Angelo and Margie Capobianco, Daniel and Lucy Capobianco, Albert and Madeline Capobianco and Erwin (Hank) and Rose (Capobianco) Holst.

She is survived by her daughters Georgia A. Lotz of Dallas, Texas and Patricia A. Presnell (Craig Albrecht) of Fort Pierce, Florida as well as 3 step-grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 16 loving nieces and nephews, especially her devoted godsons Tiny and Perry.

Loretta was a devout Catholic, involved in every parish in which she lived, including: St. Rocco’s in Glen Cove, N.Y., St. Mary’s in Roslyn, N.Y., St. Edward’s in Syosset, N.Y. and Holy Cross and St. John of the Cross both of Vero Beach, FL.
Loretta worked at Altman’s and C.W. Post College (L. I. University) and after her daughters graduated from college, she attended Nassau Community College. She always had a love for learning. She was a consummate home maker, a fabulous cook, and highly creative – extending to crewel work, dress making and creative, exquisite beaded flowers. She and Bill raised their family in Glenwood Landing and after 25 years moved to Syosset, NY. They both enjoyed being members of the Bay Club and working with the Parkinson’s support group. In 1988 they retired to Vero Beach FL to enjoy their new life near the boardwalk.

After Bill’s passing Loretta moved to Indian River Estates (ACTS) where she continued to follow her creative pursuits. She started the “Curio Cabinet” display and for 9 years directed the display of the resident’s art work and collectables. Loretta enjoyed being a Red Hat Lady and was affectionately called by this community the “beaded flower lady”.

In lieu of flowers friends are encouraged to plant a tree or donate to Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960.The family will receive friends 4-8 PM, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 with a 6 PM Prayer Service at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2012 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL. After the interment a reception for family and friends will take place at Indian River Estates Multi Purpose Room. A guest book is available at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (8/19/14)

 

JOHN BRIAN McGOWAN, 68, of Fort Pierce, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. Mr McGowan was a native of New York, New York. Survivors include his son, Brian McGowan of Vero Beach, FL. Funeral Services will be private. Arrangements are under the directions of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. Friends may leave a condolences at website at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/19/14)

 

MARGARET “TUDDA” MOORE was born October 2, 1942 in Macon, Georgia to Edward and Adele Moore. She later moved to St. Simons Island, Ga in 1974, where she raised her two sons Slade and Staton Grant and began her career as a travel agent. In 1985, the family moved to Vero Beach, Fl where Tudda remained until her death on August 15, 2014 surrounded by her two sons, her best friend, Peggy Telford, and her granddaughter. Tudda was well known for her strong southern drawl and ability to do anything she put her mind to. She had a love for decorating and re-doing homes. She was always rearranging floor plans, laying tile, decorating kitchens, and reupholstering furniture. One of her favorite past times was making ceramics. She had her own kiln, and made life-sized nativity scenes for several local churches in Vero. More than anything, she was a very giving, selfless mother, grandmother, and aunt. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her sons Slade Grant and Staton Grant along with his wife Tabitha Grant and her granddaughters, Jada and Nila Grant, as well as, her nephew Michael Weaver, his wife Wendy Weaver and their children Michael, Gareth, and Tristan.

Tudda was pre seeded in death by her parents and sister, Adele Moore. She is survived by her two sons, Slade Grant and Staton Grant his wife Tabitha Grant and their daughters Jada and Nila Grant; her brother, Edward Moore and his children Edward Moore and Anna Blackmon Moore; and her sisters remaining family Clay, Kenny, and Julie Weaver along with their spouses and children.

There will be a gathering from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. (8/19/14)

 

CHARLES J. SCHMIDT, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away August 17, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. Upon moving to Vero Beach in 1969 to raise his family, he purchased Miller Brothers Egg Farm. After retirement, he and his wife, Donna, moved to Leoma, TN. They resided in “paradise” for 10 years before returning to Vero Beach to be closer to family due to his declining health.Charles was a man of great faith and devoted to his family. His generosity and kind heart was an inspiration to his family & friends. He lived his life with integrity, dignity, love & laughter – which are also all attributes he projected to anyone that met him. Charles was a good man with a kind soul, wonderful sense of humor and unending love. Charles enjoyed fishing, Nascar and big Ford Trucks. He was known for wearing white rubber boots, because after all, they matched everything. Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the love of his life, Donna Schmidt; children, Charlie Schmidt, Cheryl Cooper, Janet Cobb, Jill Kimbrough, Richard Schmidt, Judy Moore, Tommy Schmidt, Truman Patterson and Eugene Patterson; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 siblings and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 5-8 pm, Thursday August 28th at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/19/14)

 

WILLIAM H. SIMON, of Vero Beach passed away August 15, 2014. A memorial service will be held 7:00 pm on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Vero Christian Church, 3250 9th St SW (Oslo Rd), Vero Beach, FL 32968. Lowther Funeral Home (8/19/14)

 

RECENT:

EDWARD R. BALLOTIN, 90, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 9, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. (8/12/14)

DONALD CATHER, 67, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 11, 2014. Service Information: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 12 Noon at St. Helen Catholic Church. Contribution: VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/15/14)

NEIL KENNETH DAVIDSON, 76, of Vero Beach, died August 6, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Neil was born in Meadville, PA and lived in Vero Beach for 60 years coming from his birth place.He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School, Class of 1956. Neil worked as a carpenter for the Netto Construction Company, Vero Beach for 30 years before his retirement in 2003. He was a charter member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1822 in Vero Beach. Survivors include wife of 58 years, Barbara Davison of Vero Beach; son, Walter Davison of Vero Beach; grandson, Robert Davison of Fort Pierce; granddaughters, Debbera Davison Ortiz and Carrie Davison both of Vero Beach; great-grandsons, Connor Davison of Middleburg, FL and Brian Ortiz of Vero Beach; great-granddaughters, Cassie Davison of Middleburg, FL, Morgan Davison, Lannie Davison and Shawnna Davison all of Vero Beach; brothers, Ronald Davison of Castleberry and Richard Davison of Vero Beach and brother-in-laws, Eddie Horne of Salem, FL and Jerry Horne (Brenda) of Vero Beach. Neil was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Davison. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach with Rev. John Kerry officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (8/11/14)

EVELYNE H. DEVEREAUX, 99, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 7, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. (8/12/14)

STEPHANIE DYBO, 91, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 10, 2014. Lowther Cremation Service, Inc. (8/12/14)

WILLIAM ELLIOTT, 95, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 8, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. (8/12/14)

RHONDA GEE GERVASIO, 61, passed away August 11, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Rhonda was born to Robert and Mary Belcher Gee on February 1, 1953, in New Castle, Indiana. She relocated to Vero Beach in 1975 and met her soul mate and love of her life, Tony Gervasio, Sr.. During her life she worked as a dental hygienist, waitress and office manager for her husband, Tony. They worked together for over twenty-five years in the electrical contracting business. She was truly the wind beneath his wings, always encouraging and supporting him through their life together. She is survived by and will always be in the hearts of her loving husband of thirty-six years, Tony, daughter Mellissa Gervasio, son Anthony (Christy) Gervasio, Jr.; her brother Gary (Pam) Gee; grandchildren Paul Washington, Emily(Josh) Patton, and Mia Gervasio, two great children, sister-in-law Donna (Charles) Festo, her brother-in law Ralph (Jacquie) Gervasio, Jr., and many nieces and nephews. At her request there will be no memorial services. Friends and family are encouraged to make donations to the VNA of the Treasure Coast in her memory. (8/14/14)

HAROLD W. GORE (HAL) of Vero Beach and Sky Valley, Georgia left us on August 8, 2014 after an excruciating but swift battle with 2 simultaneous cancers. He was born May 16, 1931 in Watertown, N.Y. the only beloved son of Harold W. Gore Sr. and Edna McNulty Gore. Hal served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1953 and returned to Watertown to begin his 60 year Broadcasting career, spinning records at station WWNY ultimately becoming station manager. He then moved to Rochester NY as GM for station WRVM (1961 – 1965). Then on to WRTH in St. Louis (1965 – 1969) becoming Executive VP for Sudbrink FM Broadcasting Corp. based in Fort Lauderdale Fl. (1969 – 1978). In 1978 Hal established Gore Broadcasting Inc. and owned & operated numerous radio properties over the years. He also began a new career as a radio broker. From 1984 (to August, 2014) he was Chairman and CEO of Gore Overgaard Broadcasting Corp. From 1991 to 1995 he was President of WTLK TV in Atlanta Ga. In 1993 he formed Force Communications, Media Brokers. Hal and Jane have loved living in Sky Valley, Ga since 1978 and also had homes in Atlanta for a number of years. They resided in Vero Beach 1995 to 2010 and recently returned to their “Village by the Sea”. He was a member of the National Assn. of Broadcasters and American Broadcast Pioneers, National Assn. of Religious Broadcasters and National Assn. of Media Brokers. He was also an original “Delta Airlines Colonel”. Hal is mourned and deeply missed by his wife, Jane, of 36 years of marriage where every day was a “holiday” and his daughter, Lenay of Washington D.C., sons Brett and Christopher, granddaughters Michele and Kim and great grandsons Reed& Dale. He is predeceased by his first wife, Doris Croyle Gore and son, Terry. Funeral services will be at Christ Church by the Sea, 3755 Hwy. A1A Vero Beach Fla. 32963 on Saturday, August 23rd at 11:00 AM. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Sky Valley in the fall, where his ashes will be interred in the columbarium alongside a niche for Jane. Special thanks to Katrina of V.N.A. Hospice of Indian River County and our caretakers Allan and Fitzroy. Charitable donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: The Broadcasters Foundation of America, 125 West 55th St. N.Y. N.Y. 10019-8254 or Hospice of Indian River County, Fla. (8/13/14)

EARL E. KIRCHNER, 86, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on August 9, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center of Vero Beach. Mr. Kirchner was born April 3, 1928 in St. Paul, MN to John and Florence Kirchner. He moved to Vero Beach from Mendota Heights, MN a little over 17 years ago. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ila Kirchner. Daughter Virginia Kirchner; sons, Stephen, Bruce, Brian, and Richard; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach, Fl. A memorial service will be held in Minnesota at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association at http://www.heart.org/Donate. Arrangements are by Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory. An online guest book is available at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/14/14)

WILLIAM MARTIN, 91, of Roseland, FL, passed away on July 27, 2014. Lowther Funeral Home (8/13/14)

FRANCISCO LOPEZ MARTINEZ, 68, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his residence. Francisco was a native of Santa Elena Zacatecas, Mexico. Francisco worked for Quality Fruit Packer for ten years in Vero Beach, FL. Francisco was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. Survivors include, his wife of 48 years, Maria, Vero Beach, FL, sons, Javier Lopez, Vero Beach, FL, Francisco Lopez, Jr, Mexico, Emiliano Lopez, Fellsmere, FL, Juan Carlos Lopez of Vero Beach, FL, Ismael Lopez of Vero Beach, FL, daughters, Petra Lopez of Vero Beach, FL, Alma Rosa Lopez, Vero Beach, FL, Maria Del-Carmen, Vasquez, CT, Maria Gloria Juarez of Vero Beach, FL, Thirty Grandchildren and many great grandchildren; sisters, Delfina Lopez and Lila Penington both of CA, brothers, Antonio Lopez, Adolfo Lopez, Norberto Lopez and Jose Heraldo Lopez , all of CA. A viewing will be on Friday, Aug. 15th, from 6-8pm at the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16th, 12:00 pm at St Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Fl. With burial to follow at Winter Beach Cemetery in Vero Beach. Arrangements are being handled by the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL A guestbook my be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/12/14)

UDDA” MOORE, 72, of Vero Beach passed away August 14, 2014. There will be a gathering from 6-8 p.m on Friday, August 22 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. (8/17/14)

RICHARD “RICH” THOMAS MULLER, 76 passed away at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL on August 14, 2014 following complications from a brain injury. Rich was born in New York City, NY on January 6, 1938 to William and Grace Muller. Following graduation from Long Island’s Hofstra University, he began a career with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1963 and lived and worked at numerous locations in Europe, Asia and Latin America where he served with distinction as an Intelligence Officer. Rich moved to Vero Beach, FL following his retirement while continuing to serve in training positions for the Federal Government. Rich was a qualified pilot and a sailboat enthusiast, sailing out of Ft. Pierce, FL for many years. He was also a very active player with the tennis community of Timber Ridge in Vero Beach. He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years Jacqueline; daughters Nancy (John) Caterina, Cathleen(Larry) Muller-Reed and Jennifer (Mark) Ballard; granddaughters Carly Beals, Jennifer Lynn Caterina, Jessica Caterina and Madison Reed, all of Tennessee; one brother Louis (Madeline) and sister Elizabeth Detlefsen, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Rich was preceded in death by his brother Robert (Madeline). A celebration of Rich’s life will be held from 3-6pm Saturday, August 30, 2014 at The Vero Beach Tennis Club at Timber Ridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rich’s name to Vero Beach Meals-On-Wheels, 604 14th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960, where Richard volunteered his services; or to VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. (8/17/14)

JAMES F. MURPHY, 80, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on August 9, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Murphy was born February 1, 1934, in Milwaukee, WI to James and Margaret Murphy. He was a resident of Vero Beach, for 18 years, coming from Wisconsin. James graduated with a degree in journalism from Marquette University and started his career with Catholic Publications Hi-Time Magazine. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Joann Murphy. Survivors include sons, Joseph B. Murphy, Martin P. Murphy, Matthew K. Murphy, and Pat Murphy; daughter, Mary C. Murphy; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A Prayer Service will be held at 11:00am, Friday, August 15, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach. Arrangements are by Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory. An online guest book is available at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/14/14)

JOSEPH VINCENT PASCHETTE, 84, died August 11, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Roosevelt, New York and lived in Sebastian for 24 years coming from Miami, FL. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sadie Paschette of Sebastian, FL; daughters, Toni McCart and Sissy Wagner (Ralph) both of Sebastian; nephew, Gus Nowak of Sebastian; 6 grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Paschette and his grandson, Wesley Wagner. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A prayer service will be held 7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Military honors will be conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans’ Honor Guard. (8/13/14)

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)

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

PAUL W. SHOEMAKER, beloved husband of Mildred Ann (Dolly) Shoemaker served a 40 year career in Aviation as a Navy test pilot and an executive of United Airlines. He was born in Pennsylvania, educated at Susquehanna University, US Navy Flight School and American Air Lines Command School. Paul was a lifetime member of Flagler Museum of Palm Beach, a member of the Masonic Order and the Shriners. He was of the Protestant faith. Private services will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial contributions may be made to Moody Bible Institute, 820 North LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60610. Strunk Funeral Home (8/14/14)

WILLIAM H. SIMON of Vero Beach passed away August 15, 2014.  A memorial service will be held 7:00 pm on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Vero Christian Church, 3250 9th St SW (Oslo Rd), Vero Beach, FL 32968. (8/17/14)

TERRY SMITH, 63, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 8, 2014. Lowther Cremation Service, Inc., Vero Beach. (8/12/14)

PAULLINE STAFFIERI, 85, of Vero Beach, passed away August 9,2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born August 12, 1928, in New York, New York and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 13 years, coming from Belmont, NY. Mrs. Staffieri was a member of the St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and making silk flower arrangements. Pauline is survived by her sons, Dominick, Joseph Jr., and Robert; sister, Gemma Parrosti; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Joseph Staffieri and her daughter, Tina Ann Staffieri. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home Chapel, Vero Beach, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 noon, Monday August 18, 2014 at St Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Ft. Pierce, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Volunteer Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 2240, Vero Beach, Florida 32961. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/14/14)

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

HENRY “HANK” TACKWELL, 88, passed away on August 17, 2014 at Somerset House, Oak Harbor, in Vero Beach, FL. Hank was born in Grand Tower, Illinois on January 10, 1926, but grew up in Alton, Illinois. He attended Alton High School and was a World War II Veteran, serving as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 8th Air Force, 206th Bomber Group, 368th Squadron. Based in England, he stayed in Europe for a year after the war ended as an Aerial Photographer surveying war damage. Hank attended Shurtleff College (now part of Southern Illinois University) in Alton on the G.I. Bill and was an All-American halfback on the Shurtleff football team. After serving overseas, Hank married Peggy Sue Oliver of Jackson, Tennessee on November 22, 1946. He was a Fiscal Manager for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company (based in St. Louis) for his entire professional career. He was transferred to the McDonnell Douglas plant in Titusville, FL in 1966, but returned to work in St. Louis for several years as a consultant before retiring, when he and Peggy moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The couple moved to Vero Beach to be closer to family in 2006. Hank was an avid golfer and bridge player. He loved jazz, gin martinis, and the University of Florida Gator football team. Hank never complained as he coped with Heart Disease, an aneurysm and finally Lung Cancer, earning a solid reputation among his family and doctors as an incredibly tough guy. His best advice to his only daughter, Kyle Lynn Tackwell Ball, always delivered with a finger wag and a wink was, “Nobody likes a smart aleck!” In addition to Kyle, Hank is survived by his son-in-law, Chuck Ball, whom he loved as a son. He was incredibly proud of grandson Joshua Edward Ball (wife Liz) of Atlanta and granddaughter Tracy Oliver Ball of Chicago, and his great granddaughters, Peyton Laurel and Lillian Elizabeth Ball of Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his parents, Addie Rhodes Tackwell and William “Bert” Tackwell. His beloved wife of fifty years, Peggy, died on October 24, 2006. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Fern, and two brothers, Billy and Charles. Hank and Peggy lost two children at birth, Tracy and Leslie. Hank’s family wishes to especially thank the wonderful staff at Somerset House, Oak Harbor, Vero Beach, FL for their devoted care of him for almost two years, as well as the VNA Hospice nurses who also cared for him in his last weeks of life. They are truly an amazing group of people. No services are planned. Charitable contributions can be made in Hank’s memory to VNA & Hospice Foundation of Treasure Coast online at http://www.vnatc.com/foundation or by check at 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (8/18/14)

JEAN ZAKUTANSKY, 86, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 14, 2014. Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. (8/15/14)

 

PAST MONTH:

HENRY ADOLPHUS, 75, of Vero Beach, passed away on Monday July 28, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center.He was born on March 27, 1939 in Clarendon, Jamaica and has been a resident of Indian River County since 1987. Henry retired from the Windsor Properties. He was a member of Grant Church of God in Jamaica where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Musician.  He loved playing the guitar. Henry enjoyed farming, music and cooking. Henry survivors include his sons, Paul Maxwell, Percival Maxwell of Detroit, MI; daughters, Clovia Maxwell of Brandon, FL; Mulvina Maxwell of Vero Beach, FL; Tracy Maxwell of Detroit, MI; brothers, Benjamin Maxwell of Jamaica; sisters, Rachel Willis, Burnetta Edwards, Noami Faulknor, Gwendolyn McLeod, Dora Gayle, and Madgeline Moore all of Jamaica, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anita Brown and Norman Maxwell, and brother, Walva Maxwell. Visitation will be held 4-7pm, Friday, August 8 and a funeral service to be held 1:30pm, Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Stone Brothers Funeral Chapel, Vero Beach, Florida. Burial will immediate following services at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Stone Brothers Funeral Home (8/7/14)

JUANITA SUZANNE ALBINO, 76, of Vero Beach, Fl, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Mrs. Albino was born June 12, 1938 in Lima, Peru. She had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1987, coming from Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to retirement, she was a CNA and worked as a Private Duty Nurse in Indian River County since 1987. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include a daughter, Maria Simpkins of Vero Beach, Fl; two sons, Don “Cato” Dubois and David Dubois, both of Vero Beach, FL; four grandchildren, Brittney, Jade, Alayiah and Jalayiah; sisters, Tulia Jarret of Cincinnati, Oh, Alejandrina Albino, Dina Albino, Lola Albino, Flona Albino and Aurora Albino; brothers, German Albino and Vicente Albino and one niece and nephew, and her former husband, Don. A visitation will be held 5:00 till 8:00pm, Friday, Aug. 1st at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00am, Saturday, August 2nd, at St Helen Catholic Church and burial will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach, FL  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA, 22311. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL, 32960. (7/29/14)

ERKKI (ERIC) ALESTALO, passed away on June 25, 2014 at the age of 90 years. He was a self-made man. His start in life was not easy given given the times in Finland.  Eric was a soldier in the Finnish Army and fought against the Russian Army. There were few opportunities post WWII for a young man. He found jobs on freighters and traveled the world. The stories he could tell from his adventures! Eric returned to Finland and married Maire Tuulikki Sederholm in 1952, and immigrated to the USA in 1955 with his wife and young son, Erkki (Jr). In 1956, his second son, Eric was born. Eric lived the “American Dream” with his family; establishing a successful home building business. He retired to his much loved Vero Beach in 1984. The ocean drew him, but also his many friends at “Cravings,” whom he joined each morning. Eric is survived by his two sons, and their wives, Erkki & Sharon and Eric & Barbara; as well as grandchildren, Elizabeth & Ryan Baxter, Sarah Alestalo and Kristofer Alestalo; his great grandchildren, Jack and Lily Baxter were his most recent joys. He maintained close ties with his nephew and nieces in Finland, as well. A “Remembrance Opportunity” will be held 7:30 a.m. till 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 3rd, at Cravings, on Vero’s Beach. Eric had a good long run, filled with adventures, family, and many friends. He will be missed. Lowther Funeral Home (7/1/14)

CASPER T. BACCARELLA, 85, of Vero Beach, FL died July 28, 2014 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach. He was born March 20, 1929 in Farmingdale, NY and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1986, coming from Massapequa, Long Island. Mr. Baccarella was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he worked as a carpenter and was the owner of C & B Overhead Garage Doors in Massapequa. He is survived by his wife, Mary Baccarella; sons, Thomas and his wife, Lenore, of Bellmore, NY and Robert and his wife, Denise, of Long Pond, PA; sister, Jean and her husband, Jay Salzberg of Greenlawn, NY and four grandchildren, Matthew, Victoria, Brianne and Brandon. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Jennie Baccarella. A viewing will be held 3-5pm, Thursday, July 31, 2014 followed by a 5 pm prayer service at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/29/14)

CYNTHIA ROSE BAKER, 79, died July 1, 2014 at her residence in Roseland. She was born in Campbell County, Kentucky and lived in Roseland coming from Ohio in 1962. She retired in 1999 from the food service department at Sebastian River Medical Center. She was a former member of New Hope Ministries in Winter Beach until her health kept her at home where she faithfully followed the SBN ministries on television. Survivors include her daughter Barbara Schardt of Roseland, son Daniel D. Baker of Roseland, brother Jack Hanks of Roseland, sister Nancy Watts of Harrison, Arkansas, four Grandchildren and ten Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Steven W. Baker and her husband Harold V. Baker. Memorial contributions may be made to SBN Ministries or American Diabetes Foundation. Visitation will be 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday July 7, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be held 1:00 PM on Monday July 7, 2014 Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Strunk Funeral Home (7/3/14)

DR. OMAR N. BARTH, age 97, a resident of Vero Beach for 27 years, passed away on July 1 following a brief illness. He was a retired American Baptist minister, serving four churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. He was born September 1, 1916 and was the only child of Warren and Olive Barth. He enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in chemical engineering. He felt called into the Christian ministry and transferred to Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1937. Studies continued at Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. This was followed by a Master’s degree from Temple University. Further graduate studies continued at NYU. During a three-year student pastorate in Clinton, NJ, he married the former Margaret E. Moore of Port Huron, Michigan. They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in September 2013. In 1942 the Barths were called to the First Baptist Church of Newtown Square, PA. In 1950 they accepted an invitation to pastor the Calvary Baptist Church in Salem, OR. Six years later he became senior minister of the Broadway Baptist Church in Paterson, NJ, serving there for almost 24 years until retirement in 1979. Dr. Barth served on the Board of Eastern Baptist Seminary and Eastern College. The latter institution conferred on him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1959. Throughout his ministry Dr. Barth was deeply concerned for the outreach of the church, both locally and beyond, and served on the Boards of National and International Missions of his denomination. Calvary Baptist in Salem was recognized for devoting half of its total income one year to missions. While serving in Salem, he made two around-the-world trips via prop plane, visiting Baptist missions, and filming his travels. He created three travelogues that were screened over the years for hundreds of church audiences. Along with his special gift for preaching and teaching, Dr. Barth was a true Pastor. His love and concern for each member of his congregation was experienced by all. One theme in particular was expressed in the many letters written to him at the time of his resignation, “You were always there.” During retirement Dr. Barth served as interim pastor at four churches. He and Margaret also delivered Meals on Wheels every week for more than 20 years and operated an antique books and collectibles business. Dr. Barth was an avid traveler. In addition to his round-the-world journeys, he led half a dozen church group tours to the Holy Land and Europe. In retirement he and Margaret continued their world travels, visiting more than 20 countries, as well as travelling extensively in the U.S. Other interests included U.S. history, especially the Civil War era and Lincoln, miniature golf, and baseball. He was a devoted Yankees fan. In addition to his wife, Margaret, Dr. Barth is survived by three children, Dr. Barbara Barth Frink of Bethesda, Maryland; Barry N. Barth and his wife, Lynn Bock, of Takoma Park, Maryland; and Bruce W. Barth and his wife, Linda, of Glen Rock, New Jersey; six grandchildren, Nathaniel and David Frink, Samuel and Molly Barth, and David and Steven Barth. He has four great grandchildren, Lucas Frink, and Isabella, Abigail, and Madeline Frink. There will be a Memorial Service Tuesday, July 8th at 10:30 AM at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. Those who wish to honor Dr. Barth are encouraged to donate to the church or charity of their choice in his memory. Strunk Funeral Home (7/4/14)

WILLIAM BAYSURA passed away peacefully on Monday morning, July 14, 2014. William was a Combat Wounded Purple Heart recipient and veteran of the Korean War and accomplished golfer from the Pittsburgh PA area. William was a founding member of Seven Oaks C.C. in Beaver Falls, PA. Among his many titles, his back to back City of Pittsburgh Golf Championships 1952-1953 were his favorite. It was played on Schenley Park Golf course where he caddied as a boy. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline of Vero Beach, children William Jr. (Kelly) of Vero Beach, Jacqueline Runk (Tom) of Wall, NJ, grandchildren William III “Liam” and Ava Baysura of Vero Beach, Brandon and Jordan Baysura of Wall. A memorial service will be held 10 AM, Thursday, July 17, at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero. (7/16/14)

SHELBY ASPDEN BECKHAM, 32, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was born and raised in Vero Beach, FL. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, dancing eyes and her contagious laugh. She had a way of brightening up everyone’s day. Where ever she went, she brought happiness and a positive spirit. She was a shining example of how to love others and appreciate what you have. While working at Winn-Dixie, she would spread her joy as her customers came through her line. Shelby graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2000 and played volleyball and softball. She had such a passion for her cats. She is survived by her husband Jack, Mother Candee Knight Aspden and Lonnie Lugo, sister Nicole Aspden Garvey and brother in law Trevor Garvey, sister Kelly Aspden Sullivan and brother and sister in law, Morgan and Terri Beckham. She also has several nieces and nephews-Elizabeth Sullivan, Kaily Sullivan, Caden Addeo, Kira Garvey, Kate Garvey, Timothy Garvey and Morgan Beckham, as well as several aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Wayne Aspden. Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Vero Beach on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 AM with a reception immediately following at the Family Life Center. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (7/22/14)

FREDERICK E. BEDFORD, 93, passed away at VNA Hospice House on 7/1/14, surrounded by his family. He was a Vero Beach resident since 1961, who lived an active full life. He was UNAF, WWII, B17, Flight Engineer Veteran, builder, bowler and boating enthusiast. He is survived by his children, Rick and Ellen Bedford; daughter-in law, Karen; sister, Doris Bedford, and 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was married for 62 yrs. The Family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to VNA Hospice House at 1110 35th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960. Please share online condolences at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/4/14)

MARGARET ELIZABETH BEEBE, 63, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014, at her residence. Margaret was born in Yonkers, NY, and moved to Vero Beach fourteen years ago from Schenectady, NY. Margaret was a veteran of the United State Army. Prior to retirement Margaret worked for Indian River County as a Maintenance worker. Margaret was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/5/14)

GEORGE F. BIGGS, 72, of Vero Beach, FL passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. Gordon was a longtime resident of the Battleboro, VT area until he and his wife moved to the Vero Beach, FL area. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elaine Briggs; 2 daughters, Kelli Beane (Scott), Janet Briggs (Tommy Davis); one son, Randy Briggs (Susan), 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11AM at the Countryside at Vero Beach Club House, 8775 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Memorial contributions may be made to: VNA Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Online condolences may be expressed at: http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/9/14)

RET. COL. RICHARD A. BOAMAN. USAF, 74, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away July 23, 2014 at the Brennity. He was born April 24, 1940 in Reading, PA and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 10 years, coming from Lady Lake, FL. Mr. Boaman retired from the United States Air Force after 28 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Ann D. Boaman; daughter, Kathleen Stouder; mother, Rita Boaman; brothers, Martin Boaman and Gregory Boaman; sister, Candy Brown and granddaughter, Courtney Putzel. He was predeceased by his father, Richard A. Boaman, Sr. At the request of the family, services will be private. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MDA for ALS Research, http://mda.org/disease/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/research Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/25/14)

HANS BOEGEL, 84, of Vero Beach, FL died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at VNA Hospice House.
He was born January 15, 1930 in Stettin, Germany and moved to Florida 23 years ago, coming from Monroe, NY. Mr. Boegel is survived by his son, Ralph Boegel, wife, Sharon, of Marlborough, MA; daughter, Vera Byrd, husband, Lee, of Chatham, NJ; brother, Alfred Boegel of Schwabstedt, Germany and five grandchildren.A memorial service will be held in Chatham, NJ at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/23/14)

LORI BURNS, 78, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on June 30, 2014. All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Treasure Coast Chapel, Stuart, FL http://www.allcounty.com (7/8/14)

JOHN C. BUYER, 85 years, passed away Sunday night at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach. John was born in Winameg, Ohio, son of the late Vern and Mable (Derby) Buyer. John spent his early years working on the family farm and always talked about those days with great pride. He married Lavonne “Bonnie” in July 1965. He retired from Willie’s Jeep in Ohio, and moved to Vero Beach where he worked for Piper Aircraft for approximately 20 yrs, followed by Publix for 21 yrs. John always stayed busy and loved living in Vero Beach. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Republican Executive Committee of Indian River County. He had passion for working in the yard and loved to reminisce of about his glory days as a high school track star. John will be missed by all that loved him. John is survived by his step-son Rick Lamb and one sister, Bonnie Mandley of Delta Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavonne “Bonnie”; son, Michael ;three brothers, Haldon, Merlin, and Bob Buyer; four sisters, Alene Pfund, Neva Sharp, Doral Moll and LaVerne Hammersmith. At the request of the family, services will be private. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making contributions to the charity of their choice. Condolences may be shared at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/5/14)

WALTRAUD “SAM” BYRNE passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, after a long struggle with cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held 12 noon, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. A memorial service will held in Chicago, IL at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, www.vnatc.com. (7/4/14)

KATHERINE CALVERT, 91, of Vero Beach, passed away on July 31, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral (8/5/14)

SUSAN L. CARMICHAEL, 62, died August 7, 2014 at her residence in Barefoot Bay. She was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts and lived in Barefoot Bay since March of 2014 coming from Abington, Massachusetts. She retired as an Office Manager in an Accounting Firm. Survivors include husband of 29 years, Scott Carmichael of Barefoot Bay; daughter, Kimberly Nichols of Stannard, Vermont; son, Eric Cosman of Barefoot Bay; sister, Joan Callahan of Clayton, North Carolina; brothers, Casey Richard of Weymouth, Massachusetts and Mark Richard of Quincy, Massachusetts; 2 Granddaughters. She preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be held on 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Prayer Service will be held 7:00 PM on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon John Dunlop, officiating. (8/8/14)

ANTHONY P. CARRANO, 59, of Vero Beach, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 1, 2014 from battling cancer for 6 months. He had lived in Norwalk, CT for most of his life and has lived in Vero Beach, FL for the past 19 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Tess Carrano, a brother, Neil Carrano, Jr. and a great-grandson, Jaiden. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Carrano; son, Shaun Bratsenis; 2 daughters, Dodie Ledford and Melanie Bratsenis; 5 grandchildren, Brandon, Ryan, Laura-Nicole and Tyler; 3 great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Jacelyn and Aaliyah. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a best friend to everyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed by all. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 5PM to 8PM at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, 1950 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL. Condolences may be shared at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/4/14)

VELMA COPPAGE, 81, went to be with her Lord on August 6, 2014 at. She was the beloved wife of Rev. Raymond Coppage for 59 years and loving mother of her children and grandchildren. She was born to Eston and Nina Milton on December 13, 1932 in Quitman, GA. Velma was a beloved pastor’s wife and loved by all as she ministered and loved others. She was the church secretary at King’s Baptist Church for 20 plus years. She was very involved in the women’s mission groups at King’s Baptist. Her great love was teaching preschoolers in Sunday school. She is survived by her children, Debbie (Richard) Gaffney and Ray (Carol) Coppage both of Vero Beach, FL, Jennie (Randy) Berry of Dahlonega, GA, and Ruth (Kevin) Ross of Auburn, AL; brother, Alton Milton of Quitman, GA., 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Rev. Raymond Coppage, brothers Glenn and Leroy Milton; grandson, Andrew “Andy” Ross and great grandson Dorian Gaffney. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6-8 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach and funeral services on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Strunk Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Strunk Funeral Home (8/7/14)

EDDIE DARRISAW, JR., 82, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 23, 2014. On November 23, 1931 in Tennille, GA a bubbling baby boy was born to the late Ruby and the late Eddie Darrisaw, Sr. They named him Eddie Jr. Eddie attended the school systems of Washington County. On June 23, 1948, Eddie was united in holy matrimony to Mary Ella Brown. To this union seven children were born, Emory, Mary, Gloria, Ruby, Leroy, Marvin, and Carolyn. In 1950 Eddie and his family relocated to Vero Beach, Fl. Eddie as he was known to by many as Eddie Jr. and Jr. was employed by Airlite Processing Company where he was an operating engineer for fifty years before his retirement. On July 23, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center, Eddie Life book came to a close. Eddie Jr. is preceded in death by son Emory. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife, Mary Ella, Five daughters, Mary Brunson, Gloria Lewis, Ruby Darrisaw, and Carolyn McNeal (Anthony) all of Vero Beach and Sharon Dobson of Pensacola, FL ; Two sons , Leroy Darrisaw of Pompano Beach and Marvin Darrisaw of Vero Beach; his stepmother, Christine Hunter, Vero Beach, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, fifteen great-great grandchildren; four sister in laws, Ernestine Miller (Willie Lee), Macon, GA, Gloria Hunter, Boston, Ma, Annie Lee Williams and Hattie Hagans both of Vero Beach; one brother in law James Hagans of Wabasso, FL; and a host of cousins and friends. Hortense & Mills Memorial Funeral Home (7/31/14)

CAPTAIN DANIEL CHASE DENNISON, USN (Ret.), 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Vero Beach on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Born on April 13, 1973 in Belleview, Iowa to John R. and Arlisle Dennison, he graduated “with distinction” from the US Naval Academy in 1955. Sea duty included Fire Control Officer, USS Los Angeles (CA-135), XO USS Lucid (MSO-458), Weapons Officer USS Fiske (DD-842), XO USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709), Weapons Officer USS Newport News (CA-148) and CO USS Vesole (DD- 878). Shore duty included US Naval Postgraduate School, University of Iowa, Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of the Navy; special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower); Armed Forces Staff College; Force Operations Officer US Naval Forces Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal; Military Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Intelligence); and Staff Chief of Naval Education and Training. Due to health issues, he retired for disability in 1977. He has lived in Vero Beach since 1984 and was a member of Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club and Vero Beach Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Ann Fuller Dennison, formally of Sands Point, NY; daughter, Dr. Anne Dennison (Dr. Russell) Oakley of Spokane, WA; sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey of Wilmington, NC; brother, David Dennison of Vero Beach and two grandchildren, Merrill and Grant. He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnne Snead, mother of his children. At the request of the family, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VNA and Hospice Foundation of Indian River County or the Humane Society of Indian River County. 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. (6/30/14)

THOMAS CHOQUET, 81, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 20, 2014. Seawinds Funeral Home, Sebastian. (7/27/14)

JOHN JOSEPH CUSSON passed away at his home on July 16, 2014 surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 85. 

He will be remembered for his gregarious personality, generous spirit, love of family and willingness to share wisdom candidly. 

John was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 21, 1929 to Roosevelt and Marion Gearin Cusson. He was a graduate of Concord College and the Medical College of Virginia. His education was provided through the GI Bill in honor of his service in the US Navy. Highlights of his physical therapy career include acting as Chief of Physical Therapy at Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa and Director of Easter Seal Center in Melbourne, Florida. He served as Chief of Physical Therapy at Indian River Memorial Hospital and later operated several physical therapy clinics before retiring. John and Marion were married on December 29, 1954 in Orlando, Florida and have been residents of Vero Beach since 1972. It was there that they raised their five children and delighted in their time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was an avid golfer and was active in various fitness activities. Throughout his life, he encouraged family and friends to stay active, and his passion for a healthy lifestyle continued well into his later years. 

In retirement, John and Marion enjoyed spending their summers at their home in Land Harbor, North Carolina. Some of his volunteer activities included mentoring to youth through The Medical Explorers and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was Past President of the Sunrise Chapter of the Rotary Club. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 60 years, Marion Judge Cusson, his five children Teresa Dohmen (Walter), John Bryan Cusson, Pamela Caine (Col. Scott), Jamie Moffatt (Scott), and Jeffrey Cusson (Kelly Musselwhite); his nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, William R. Cusson of Massachusetts and Paul R. Cusson of Connecticut, and two sisters Jean M. Foley of New Hampshire and Marilyn Ciullo of Illinois. A celebration of John’s 85 full years of life will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00am. 

Friends and family are welcome to visit Monday, July 21, 2014 from 5-7pm at Strunk Funeral Home. A Prayer service will be held 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Samaritan Center of Vero Beach, 3650 41st St, Vero Beach, FL 32967, in John’s honor. Strunk Funeral Home (7/20/14)

ARTHUR DEGRAZIA, 83, of Vero Beach died June 25, 2014 at Florida Baptist Retirement Center, Vero Beach. Mr. DeGrazia was born in Central City, PA and lived in Vero Beach for 35 years coming from Waterford, MI. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart for his service. Mr. DeGrazia was a retired electrician. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a member of First Church of God, Vero Beach. Mr. DeGrazia was a life time member of the National Rifle Association. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Eleanor De Grazia of Vero Beach; sons, Kenneth DeGrazia (Lori) and Ronald DeGrazia both of Vero Beach; daughter, Lori Shortness of Bolling Brook, IL; brothers, Frank DeGrazia of Castro Valley, CA and Louis DeGrazia of Iowa City, IA; sisters, Delphine Lampert of Oceanside, CA, Ann Johnson of Arrayo Grande, CA, Connie Koski of Santa Maria, CA and Carol Turner of Livermore, CA and 6 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Baptist Retirement Center, 1006 33rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Arthur DeGrazia. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Satruday June 28, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday June 29, 2014 at the First Church of God, Vero Beach with Rev Tom Bates officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (6/30/14)

RICHARD DULAC, 86, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach. 

He was born March 24, 1928 in Lebanon, NH and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 35 years coming from his birthplace. 

He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. 
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Richard worked as a Woodworker for 30 years with the family business, Dulac Woodworking and Hardwood in Lebanon, NH. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anita Dulac of Vero Beach; daughter, Jill Dulac of Vero Beach; 3 sons, Greg Dulac of Lebanon, NH; Gary and Ron Dulac both of Vero Beach; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son Rick Dulac. 

On behalf of the family there will be no services. Lowther Funeral Home (7/22/14)

DIANA DUVE was born May 27, 1988 in Moldova. She was raised as a child in Moldova and moved at the age of 13 with her mother Lena Andrews to the United States. She was a bright and cheerful child, always smiling. Being the only child, she brought much joy to her parents and her grandparents. Diana spent her teenage years living in Vero Beach, FL. She lived with her loving mother and stepfather, Bill Andrews. She went to Vero Beach High School where she made friends easily. May 2007 she graduated VBHS. When asked to describe Diana, all would speak of her kind, fun spirit and clever personality. After high school she moved to Gainesville, FL where she studied for nursing school at Santa Fe Community College. August 2009 she was accepted into the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing. She always worked hard to make her parents proud. Diana graduated nursing school August 2011 and became a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida. She spent two years working as an Oncology nurse at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Diana loved coming home to Vero Beach on her days off and spending time with family and friends. She cared deeply for her loved ones and was always having fun. Fall of 2013 she was excited to move back to Vero Beach and began working at Sebastian Medical Center. Diana was a beautiful, adventurous and brave woman. She loved traveling and being outdoors. She was funny, intelligent and genuine. Co-workers described Diana as a great nurse. She touched more lives than she even knew. She recently obtained her state of California nursing licenses in hopes of moving to California in the near future to start a new adventure and grow as a nurse. Her life was taken tragically at the age of 26. Diana Duve will be immensely missed as a daughter, granddaughter, niece, friend and colleague. Diana’s spirit will always remain bright in our hearts. Memorial contributions may be made to Safe Space, PO Box 2822, Vero Beach, FL 32961 in memory of Diana Duve. Funeral services for Diana will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Community Church, Vero Beach. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Strunk Funeral Home (7/3/14)

REV. DR. GEORGE LIVINGSTON EARNSHAW JR., age 90, of Sebastian, FL died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.  He was born in Glen Ridge, NJ to Grace Stockton and George Livingston Earnshaw, who pitched for the Phillies earning a win with his 1929 World Series start. He grew up in Swarthmore, PA and moved to Sebastian in 2004 from Preble, NY.  Dr. Earnshaw was a graduate of Penn State University, University of Rochester, The Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and Syracuse University. He served in the US Army during World War II. He was a Campus pastor at the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University and at Syracuse University. For the last eight years he was on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, FL. Surviving are his wife Jinny Griswold Earnshaw of Sebastian; daughters Hellen Burt (Steve) of Preble, NY, Joni Brown of Skaneateles, NY, Joyce Newkirk (Art) of Blue Hill, ME and Dale Champlin (George) of Hillsboro, OR; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Barbara West of Winston Salem, NC and Elizabeth Voetch of Jacksonville, FL. A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (7/9/14)

GERALDINE M. FERSCH, 95, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 in Greeneville, TN. She had moved to Vero Beach in 1937 from Daytona Beach. FL. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include daughters Carol Fersch Hofmann (Al) of Greenville, SC and Darlene Marie Srigley (Ken) of Greeneville, TN, three grandchildren Robin Hofmann Kennington (Scott) of Simpsonville, SC, Sean Erwin Srigley (Niki) of Vero Beach and Jennifer Srigley (Keith Erfurt) of Panama City Beach, FL, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William Erwin Fersch. Memorial contributions may be made to Smoky Mountain Hospice of Greeneville, TN, 1117 Tusoulum Boulevard, Greenville, TN 37745. The family will receive friends 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach and her Life Celebration Service beginning at 11 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Joel Reif of The Community Church of Vero Beach officiating. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach. Strunk Funeral Home (7/10/14)

IVER FITSCHEN, 96, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on June 20, 2014. Service Information: A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (7/24/14)

BARBARA BEACH FLEMMING, 82, passed away peacefully July 14, 2014 at her home in Vero Beach. She was born in Westfield, New Jesey and has lived in Vero Beach since 1961. Barbara was a Volunteer at the VNA Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop, Vero Beach, and volunteered at the Lagoon Greenway. Survivors include her daughter Elizabeth Mangan (Michael) of Vero Beach, sisters Penney Barker (Will) and Susan Manson (Bill), four grand-children, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews who all miss her greatly. She was preceded in death by husband Fred Flemming and son Robert D. Shofner. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or The Source, P.O. Box 2458, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Strunk Funeral Home (7/20/14)

CHAUNCEY EARL FOLLETT JR., 83, died July 8, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and lived in Sebastian coming from Massachusetts in 1990 . He was a Army veteran having served during the Korean conflict. He retired from Owner/Operator Seafood Follett Conley and C. Follett Sons. He was a member of Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland, FL. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, #1767, Sebastian, FL and Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest 272, Micco, FL. Survivors include wife, Grace M. Follett of Sebastian; sons, Chauncy E. Follett III of Damariscotta, Maine, Charles Follett of Sebastian, Wallace Lee Follett of Thompson, Maine and Charles Follett of Sebastian; daughters, Nancy Leger of East Falmouth, Massachusetts and Jacqueline Pfalzgraf of Gainesville; stepdaughter, Susan Lermond and her husband, Carole of Damariscotta, Maine; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Kromer. Memorial contributions may be made to Roseland United Methodist Church, 12962 Roseland Road, POB 157 Roseland, Florida 32957 in memory of Earl Follett. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland, FL with Reverend Anne Godbold, officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (7/10/14)

MARJORIE ANN FORD, 65, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 4, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (8/9/14)

PETER E. GARST, 80, of Vero Beach, FL, died July 24, 2014 at Consulate Health Care of Vero Beach. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he had lived in Vero Beach for 30 years coming from Crestwood, New York. 

He was a parishioner at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, 

Survivors include his wife, Nancy A. Garst of Vero Beach; three sons, Peter D. Garst of West New York, NJ, Stephen C. Garst of Stamford, CT, and Edward L. Garst of Jupiter, FL; daughters, Mary Helen Garst of Stamford, CT, and Dorothy L. Cividanes of Fort Pierce, FL; brother, George Clark of Cape Canaveral, FL; and seven grandchildren. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014 Strunk funeral Home (7/27/14)

FRANCIS E. (FRANK) GIBBONS of Vero Beach passed away on July 29, 2014 due to complications following a fall at home on July 10th, his 82nd birthday. Frank was born in Chicago, IL, in 1932, one of seven children of the late Mary and Redmond Gibbons of County Mayo, Ireland.As a seventeen year old high school graduate, Frank eagerly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sent to Korea during the war and proudly served his country. Memories of those years and his fellow Marines always remained close to his heart. Following his discharge, Frank attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with honors in 1958 and caught that “Fighting Irish Spirit” that lasts a lifetime and made every football season special! Frank returned to Chicago and received his law degree from De Paul University in 1961. He applied to and was accepted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Special Agent training in Quantico, VA. Frank’s first FBI office assignment, Philadelphia, PA would prove to be a turning point in his life when he met and later married his “forever sweetheart,” Janet Doherty. Their marriage was blessed with three wonderful children who have always been grateful for their Dad’s active involvement in every phase of their lives. Frank’s twenty years with the FBI were challenging and rewarding. His expertise was dealing with complex foreign counter-intelligence cases. He retired from the FBI in 1981 and practiced immigration and real estate law in Miami, FL, which was home for forty years until Frank and Janet moved to Vero Beach in 2007. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janet; children Michael (Ivana), Daniel, and Katie; grandchildren Daniel, Brooke, Gabriella, Rafaella, Becky, Elijah, and William. He is also survived by three brothers: John (Margaret), James (Gayle), and Richard; and two sisters: Marie (Robert) Luebke and Kathryn Alesia. Frank also leaves behind in-laws Joan and Larry Page, Donna and Joseph Sullivan and Richard and Michaela Doherty as well as many nieces and nephews and special friends and neighbors. Frank was pre-deceased by his sister Sally and brother-in-law James Alesia. Frank faced many serious medical challenges after the age of 55, and his Catholic faith was a great source of strength for him. He was a member of St. John of the Cross Church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 4th, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening, August 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home: 1950 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL. Burial services will be held on Tuesday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn/Caballero Cemetery in Miami, FL: 11655 S.W. 117 Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Frank’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/3/14)

JOHN C. GIGUERE SR., 77, of Vero Beach, died June 24, 2014 at his home in Vero Beach. John was born in Englewood, NJ and lived in Vero Beach for 25 years coming from Sterling, Pennsylvania. He was an Air Force veteran and a well known builder in the Vero Beach area. John was an avid golfer and amateur war historian. Survivors include his wife, Alonda Giguere of Vero Beach; son, John C. Giguere, Jr. (Susan) of Jefferson Township, PA; daughter, Renee C. England (John) of Hellertown, PA; grandson, John Michael Giguere of Jefferson Township, PA; stepson, Scott Shipley of Vero Beach and stepdaughter, Kimberly Sheridan of Vero Beach. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the funeral home with Rev. John Kerry officiating. Strunk Funeral Home (6/30/14)

ANNE C. GRAHAM, 95 of Vero Beach, formerly of Worchester, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Fort Pierce, FL. She is survived by two sons: Francis L. Graham (Joan) and Richard G. Graham (Linda), three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A gathering will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, 1950 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 from 2PM to 4PM. Inurnment will be held at a later time in Massachusetts. The family request that memorials be made to the American Heart Association at www.donate.heart.org Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/20/14)

RICHARD “DICKIE” GRAUL, 65, passed away on Saturday June 28, 2014. He was born 04-03-1949 to Chester and Maxine Graul of Punxsutawney, PA. Richard and family moved to Vero in 1954. Growing up he enjoyed and was well known for his love of skating. He graduated Vero Beach High School with the class of 1967. He was employed by Walt Disney World and Deggeller Attractions for many years where he travelled the country bringing smiles to faces and meeting many friends. He enjoyed travel, especially cruises, and loved to talk about all of his life’s adventures. Richard is survived by his brother Tim Graul Sr of Vero Beach and two nephews, Tim Graul Jr of St Paul, MN and Steve Graul of Vero Beach. A celebration of life will be held from 1:30 pm til 5:00 pm, Saturday July 12, 2014 at Tropic Villas Clubhouse, 1170 6th Avenue, Vero Beach. Please stop by and visit with friends and family to share a story and a bite to eat. Lowther Funeral Home (7/9/14)

HUGUETTE C GUILBAULT passed away on July 3, 2014. Spending her youth in Tunisia and Morocco, Huguette came to the United States as a 20 year-old bride. Fluent in French and Spanish, she taught herself English and remained conversant in all three languages throughout her life. Vivid memories of American troops liberating Northern Africa in WW II were often shared with family along with strong patriotic values. Her years as a military wife exposed her to many US cities and foreign countries and she counted at least 30 moves in her lifetime. She excelled at making a home quickly and efficiently with an eye for color and design. Huguette was an excellent cook and her menu often reflected the diverse cultural cuisine she had seen in her many travels. Similarly, her home reflected the treasures she had gathered from all over the world and expressed a deep appreciation and affection for different cultural histories. She was a beloved grandmother who always had a beautifully furnished room full of books and artifacts waiting for her grandchildren. Huguette was a life long Democrat and a champion of civil rights. She was a strong voice for the welfare of the military families left behind when sailors were out to sea. She was always well dressed, loved the Broadway theater and enjoyed music and dancing. Reading was a favorite pastime and her interest ranged from Jane Austen, of whom she was a big fan, to American history, notably the founding fathers. Over the years she organized and led several book clubs. She took particular joy in introducing people to some of her favorite books. With her husband, Admiral Roland Guilbault, they chose to settle in Vero Beach 15 years ago. They sought out a space on the sea full of light and a place reminiscent of her childhood days on the shores of the Mediterranean. A visitation will be held at the Strunk Funeral home on Wednesday, July 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Later this year, a private family service will be held in Arlington, Virginia where Huguette will be interred next to her husband of over 30 years. She leaves behind two sons, Kim G Davis of New York, and Lance C. Thomson of Chapel Hill, NC and five grandchildren, Drew Davis and Loren Davis, Peri Thomson, Anna Thomson and Emma Thomson of Chapel Hill, NC as well as three step children, Mark Guilbault of Washington DC, Paul Guilbault of Madison, WI and Michelle Guilbault of Seattle, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach, Florida. Strunk Funeral Home (7/7/14)

SAMUEL STONER GOLLADAY died on June 26, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born on June 13, 1944 to Thomas Raymond and Emma Lou Stoner Golladay in Woodstock, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Diane and his two sons Brian (Patricia) and Jason (Angela) of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren, James, Abigail, Anthony and Lilliana; and one brother, John Stoner Golladay (Joyce) of Sebastian, Florida. He is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Lew Golladay. Golladay was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from AT&T in 1998 after 32 years. An inurnment will take place at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the VNA Hospice, 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. (6/30/14)

RALPH H. HAMILTON, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20th, 2014. He was born in Quay (Winter Beach), FL on January 7th, 1924 to Jesse James Perrill “J.J.P” Hamilton and Ruth E. Hinton and was a lifelong resident of Indian River County. He worked for Indian River Exchange Packers for more than 50 years, was an avid fisherman, gardener and storyteller. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Edna Armstrong and siblings Perry Hamilton, Eugene Hamilton, and Eunice Walker preceded him in death. He is survived by children Druscilla Skinner, Paul Hamilton; wife Kathy and Tommy Hamilton; wife Darlene. Grandchildren: Shannon Skinner, Julie Kelly; husband Chad, Deanna Hamilton, Chad Hamilton, Kari Skinner and Brittany Hamilton. Great Grandchildren: Steven, Cody, Grace, Rachel, Maci, Lea, Caroline, Suzanna, Meredith and Carson. A memorial service will be held by Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory on Saturday, June 26th at 11 a.m. with Pastor Michael Ashburn officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shining Light Garden Foundation or the VNA of the Treasure Coast. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/23/14)

JERRY LEE HAMMER – Jerry was born November 17, 1964 in Zanesville, Ohio and was son of the late Jerry Hammer of Fellsmere, Florida and Juanita Sue Bookman Hammer of Crooksville, Ohio. Jerry was a graduate of Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Kentucky. A mechanic by trade, Jerry was well known for his mechanic abilities.  He was at the top of his field as an ASE Master Technician. He had a love for fishing and football.  Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his step-mom Jenny Spears Hammer of Vero Beach; sisters Vickie Covert (Darrell) of Rushville, Ohio, Jennifer Hammer (Glynn Young) of Fellsmere, Florida and Shannon Rooney of Lehigh Acres, Florida; and brother Jason Hammer (Amie Richmond) of Vero Beach. Jerry also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service commemorating Jerry’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (7/29/14)

CHARLES HARRISON, 93, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Charlie was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was a winter visitor to Sebastian from Ventnor, NJ since 1990, moving permanently to Vero Beach in 2001. He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the Army Air Corps. Following WW II, Charlie remained in France in a Civil Service position. Prior to his retirement he had owned Frank’s Café in Baltimore, MD and New Consel House in Baltimore Highlands, MD. Charlie was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Vero Beach and a member of Jewish War Veterans Post 39 in Ventnor. He was a founding member of Jewish War Veterans Post 506 in Vero Beach. Though he enjoyed playing cards, musical shows, Opera & spending time with his family Charlie was most fond of the time he could spend with his loving wife, Theresa. Survivors include his wife Theresa J.Harrison, daughter Ava Georgian Harrison, and her husband Charles H. Parrish, of St. Augustine, and a sister Dorothy Kafemen of Baltimore, MD. He was preceded in death by a daughter Diane Harrison, brothers Harry and Alexander Harrison, and a sister Lillian Berman. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Shalom, 365 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32968 or DaVita Dialysis Center, 2150 45Th St, Unit 102, Vero Beach, FL 32967. Interment with military honors will be at 10:15 am, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at South Florida National Cemetery and followed by a memorial service for Charlie at 2 PM, at Temple Beth Shalom and then a reception at the Temple. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Thursday July 10, 2014, 2:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom Click for Map and Directions GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Thursday July 10, 2014, 10:15 AM at South FLorida National Cemetery  Click for Map and Directions Strunk Funeral Home (7/9/14)

MARION HAYTH, 94 of Vero Beach entered eternal life on Monday, June 30, 2014. Her amazing journey started in Babylon, NY on October 29, 1919 when she blessed the lives of her parents Margaret (Maggie) and Tracey Pearsall. Her spirit and love is carried on by her two sons and daughter-in-laws, John Hayth Jr. (wife Ellen) of Vero Beach and William T. Hayth (wife Theresa) of Califon, NJ / Vero Beach, FL, her five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, brother Richard Pearsall (wife Flo), sister-in-law Alice Pearsall, and an extended family of relatives and friends from every walk of life. Her love of life and her contagious laugh will be missed by all of her loved ones and those that were lucky enough to know her. Marion is a graduate of Babylon High School in NY. She went on to work in the Babylon High School System. Marion was involved in many community activities in NY, including the Babylon Fire Department (Argyle Hose Co.). Marion’s big heart and larger than life personality was fueled by her love of sweets. She loved to sing, laugh, cook and was so proud of her adoring family. Marion is preceded in death by her husband John Hayth, her loving parents, brother John (Sonny) Pearsall, his wife Taffy Pearsall and brother Donald Pearsall. A celebration of her life will be held at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, from 12 to 2 pm on Thursday, July 3, 2014, With a Prayer Service beginning at 2:00 PM. Marion will be laid to rest immediately following the funeral service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to VNA Hospice Foundation 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32960. The family of Marion (Mom, Grandma, Grams) wishes to thank the staff at Atlantic Healthcare Center of Vero Beach and Hospice. Strunk Funeral Home (7/2/14)

MARY HELEN GUPTON HAZEL died peacefully August 1, 2014 at Dixie Oak Manor in Vero Beach, Florida at the age of 95.   She was born in 1918 in Henderson, North Carolina.  Mary was the second child of Sarah and Percy Gupton of Louisburg, North Carolina.  She grew up in Henderson, but left there in her early twenties to move to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she found a secretarial position and also volunteered at the USO.  It was in West Palm Beach that she met her future husband, now deceased, Robert H. “Pat” Hazel, who had just returned from serving in World War II at Guadalcanal.  After meeting and dating for almost a year, Pat moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a degree in Journalism.  Shortly thereafter, Mary, deeply in love, followed Pat to California where they were married December 7, 1946.  Their first child, Daniel Todd, was born in 1947. Mary and Pat moved to Vero Beach in 1949 where Pat went to work for the Press Journal and Mary was a stay-at-home mom.  Their second child, Mary Ann, was born in 1950 in Henderson, North Carolina where Mary had traveled to care for her ailing mother.  Two more children followed: David Wirt, born in Vero in 1953, and Robert Mark, born in Vero in 1960. During her early years in Vero Beach, Mary made extra money for the family by crafting handmade doll clothes to sell.  Mary became very active in local activities in Vero Beach joining the Vero Beach Junior Women’s Club, the local Garden Club, and the First Baptist Church.  She will best be remembered for her achievements with the Vero Beach Build Freedom with Youth project, for which she was chairwoman.  The group raised over $25,000 to build two parks including playground equipment, picnic tables and grills, bathrooms, hard-surfaced courts, seating and lights, in Gifford, Florida.  They also formed a Garden Club for the black women in Gifford, which assisted in the beautification of the parks.  Additionally, they were also responsible for starting a pre-natal clinic in Gifford.  In 1963, the project, which included 35 separate projects, won second place in the National Freedom Foundation Community Service Awards.  Mary traveled to Miami to receive the award which was televised on WTVJ. Mary went to work for the Indian River Sheriff’s Department in 1963.  She eventually became the head of the records division, and in 1983 received the distinct honor of becoming the department’s first woman lieutenant.  Said Sheriff Tim Dobeck, “It’s refreshing that I do not have to worry because I know that Mary is doing it right.”  She retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 1985.  Her husband, Pat, died nine years later in 1994. Though Mary lived alone for the next 17 years, her house was always full of family, children and grandchildren, and friends.  In 2011, she was moved to an assisted living facility where she lived out the remainder of her days.  Her family will remember her for her gentle and loving spirit, her love of the Lord, and her ability to always find good in everyone and every situation. Mary is survived by her son, D. Todd Hazel of Sevierville, TN; daughter, Mary Ann Maney of Seattle, WA, and granddaughter Cristi Ledford, husband Mike Ledford, and great granddaughter, Sarah Ledford of Mars Hill, NC;  grandson Chipper Maney, wife Kelsie Maney, and great grandson, Wilder Christie of Seattle, WA; son, David W. Hazel, wife Debbie Hazel, grandson Ben Hazel, wife, Crissy Hazel and great grandchildren Matthew, Isabelle, and Brayden; grandson Brett Hazel; son R. Mark Hazel, and wife Kathy Hazel; granddaughter Meredith Hazel Greer, husband Tyrone Greer; and grandson Alex Hazel. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 9, 2014  at Strunk Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6) Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com (8/4/14)

ETHEN HENSON, 86, died July 22, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Smyrna, South Carolina and lived in Sebastian since 2008 coming from Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and South Carolina. She retired after 20 years from General Motors in Flint, Michigan and was a long time member of the United Auto Workers Union. Survivors include son Jack Odom and his wife, Sue of Sebastian, granddaughters Christine Odom of Sebastian, Jessica Odom of Sebastian and Courtney Henson of Flint, Michigan, grandsons Ryan Henson of Flint, Michigan, Eric Odom and Ronald Harris both of California. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henson and son Ron Harris. Memorial contributions may be made to H.A.L.O. Animal Rescue, 710 Jackson Street, Sebastian, Florida 32958. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A Memorial Service will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home chapel. Strunk Funeral Home (7/26/14)

PAUL HEIDT, 71, died peacefully with his family at his side after a courageous fight with cancer, July 9, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Flushing, New York and lived in Sebastian since 1987 coming from Calverton, NY. Paul was a US Army veteran and served during the Viet Nam era. He retired from the US Postal Service in January. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include wife Nancy E. Heidt of Sebastian, sons Christopher Heidt of Cary, North Carolina and Paul Daniel Heidt of San Antonio, Texas, brother Daniel Heidt of Las Vegas, Nevada, granddaughter Jennifer Heidt of Cary, North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Ethel Heidt and brother, William Heidt. Visitation will be 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 14, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (7/11/14)

RICHARD HERSHBERGER, 58, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 5, 2014. Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, FL (8/8/14)

RICHARD P. (HOPPY) HOPKINS, 86, died June 25, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Bronx, New York and lived in Sebastian for 21 years coming from his birthplace. Hoppy was a graduate of Ohio State University and was a US Army veteran of WWII. He retired from the New York State Insurance Bureau in 1993. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian Elks Lodge #2714, Sebastian, FL; American Legion Post 189, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include his brother, Joseph Ventimigila of Patten, Maine; sister, Dorothy Collins, Massapequa, NY; nephews, Peter P. La Rosa and his wife Rene and Thomas Brady; niece, Alice La Rosa all of Sebastian, and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Marion, Joan, Betty & Alice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hoppy’s favorite charity in memory of his late nephew, The Anthony M. La Rosa memorial scholarship – S.R.H.S. – 124 Friar Court, Sebastian, FL 32958. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Interment will follow in Sebastian Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Home (6/30/14)

GEORGE W. HORTON IV, 84, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 10, 2014. The family will receive friends 4-6PM, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 with a prayer service beginning at 5:30PM at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. Contributions can be made to (ARC) Abilities Resource Center, 1375 16th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960 . (7/12/14)

KEVIN J. HOWE, 30, died July 31, 2014 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. He was born in Plantation, Florida and lived in Vero Beach.  A visitation will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 2-3 PM at the funeral home.
Funeral Services will follow at 3PM at the funeral home.  Strunk Funeral Home (8/3/14)

JAMES HUDSON, JR., 67, of Vero Beach, FL, died July 15, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. He was born to the late Mr. James A. Hudson Sr and Eula Penny. Left with his memories to cherish is his loving wife Gracie Hudson. His son: Leroy Jackson of Palatka, FL, and his sisters Susan Ruffin and Priscilla Hudson both of Vero Beach, and a host of family and friends. Hortense & Mills Memorial Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Florida http://hmmemorials.com (7/24/14)

EVELYN L. HYATT, 85, of Vero Beach, FL died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. She was born March 21, 1929 in Waynesboro, PA and had been a resident of Indian River County for 28 years, coming from Falls Church, VA. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Hyatt worked 30 years with the United States Department of Labor. She was a member of Unity Church, where she served as a volunteer. She was also a member of Stepping Stone Quilters of Sebastian. Mrs. Hyatt is survived by her husband of 64 years, Woodrow G. Hyatt; daughters, Susan Follot of Sebastian and Cindy Pillitteri of Pickerington, OH; son, Michael Hyatt of Vero Beach; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, David Hyatt in 1992 and her sister, Jane Burke. A memorial service will be held 11am, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Unity Church, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Unity Church. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/25/14)

RALPH JENKINS, 80, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 20, 2014. Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, Florida http://www.aycock-hillcrest.com. (7/24/14)

DORIS JORGENSEN, 92, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 21, 2014. Service Information: A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, July 30th at Seawinds Funeral Home, 735 S. Fleming Street, Sebastian. Contribution: Memorial contributions in Doris’s name may be sent to the Sebastian Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 781348, Sebastian, Florida 32978. Seawinds Funeral Home, Sebastian. (7/27/14)

CHARLES P. “CHUCK” KERSEY, 62, died July 14, 2014 at his residence in Vero Beach. 

He was born in Vero Beach and was a lifetime resident. Chuck worked for Murphy Construction as a bridge builder. 

Survivors include his wife, Trude of Vero Beach, Daughter Taryn Thimmer of Sebastian, brothers Robert Kersey of Vero Beach and Rudolph Kersey, Jr. of West Palm Beach, niece Deidre Bradford of Fort Pierce, nephew Allen Cooler of Vero Beach and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his brother Pat and sisters Beverly, Connie and Sandra. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association, NRA PROCESSING CENTER, P. O. BOX 420648, PALM COAST, FL 32142-0648 in memory of Charles P. Kersey. 

A Memorial service will be held 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. (7/16/14)

WILLIAM RICHARD (BROTHER BILL) KINLEY – Minister William Richard (Brother Bill) Kinley passed on July 29, 2014. He was a radio minister for WJFP 91.1 F.M. in Fort Pierce, FL for 10 years. He served as a volunteer chaplain for the St. Lucie County jail at Rock Road for 5 years. Brother Bill also volunteered at Common Ground Ministries as a intricate part of their food ministry. Brother Bill’s ministry span through our Tri county area, with much emphasis on drug addiction. He will be sadly missed by the tri-county community along with Rev. Pauline W Kinley, four daughters; Susan Jackson, Bernice Hasan, Voydnita Jethroe, and Keisha Rentz and two sons; Eddie Anderson and Calvin Johnson. His Mentors Ron and Carol Batty.Hortense & Mills Memorial Funeral Home (7/31/14)

JEANINE ALYCE KINNEY, 77, died peacefully July 25, 2014 in her home surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. VNA Hospice provided wonderful care throughout this journey and we are forever thankful. Jeanine was born on February 13, 1937 in Chicago, IL and resided in Lombard, IL before moving to Vero Beach, FL in 1976. She raised four children and ran Combs Insurance Agency in Vero Beach. Jeanine is survived by her husband, John, of Vero Beach, FL; son, John Kinney, Jr. (Renae) of Cary, IL; daughter, Kathleen Taylor (John) of North Palm Beach, FL; son, Kevin Kinney (Robin) of Vero Beach, FL; daughter, Jennifer Plym (Randy) of Charlotte, NC; and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Kasak (Dick) of St. Simon’s Island, GA and many nieces and nephews. Visitation: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:00-7:00 pm at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Funeral Service: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:00am Mass of a Christian Burial at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2085 Tallahassee Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960.  In lieu of flowers the family requests charitable donations made to: VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. We love you. Strunk Funeral Home (7/29/14)

DOREEN J. KOCH, 97, passed away August 7, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Doreen was born May 14th 1917 in Newark, New Jersey. Mrs. Koch moved to Vero Beach in 1982 coming from Skaneateles, NY. Before retirment, Mrs. Koch worked for the state of New York as an Examiner with the Workers Compensation Board in Syracuse. She traveled with her husband during WW II until he was sent over-seas. Doreen was an active volunteer with the Vero Beach Museum of Art and Indian River Medical Center. She belonged to MOAA as a charter member and Welcome Wagon. Survivors are her son Ronald, daughter-in-law, Jan Detar; grandchildren, Natalie and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her parents Elsa and Joseph Gottsman; husband, Augustus A. Koch and step father Earl Lynch. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County Florida. PO Box 644 Vero Beach, FL 32961-0644 or hsvb.org. At the request of the family, there will be no services. Strunk Funeral Home (8/8/14)

PAUL KREWSON, 47, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 24, 2014. Seawinds Funeral Home, Sebastian. (7/27/14)

GEORGE LEADER, 83, of Vero Beach, Florida died July 30, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. No services have been scheduled at this time. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (8/3/14)

ABRAHAM “ABE” LEVINE, 96 and Winnie Jo Levine, age 84, were reunited on June 23, 2014 when Abe passed away peacefully at Grace Rehab Center. Abe was predeceased by his wife, Winnie Jo Levine, who passed in her sleep at home on April 16, 2014. Married for 54 years, they were inseparable and lovingly devoted to the other. They simply couldn’t live without each other! Abe was a World War II veteran honorably discharged from the US Navy in September 1945 as a lieutenant commander. After graduating with Honors from UT-Chattanooga as a chemistry major, he and his uncle purchased the popular “Murray’s Grill” in Chattanooga. He later opened (and operated for many years until retirement) what became the famous college bar/restaurant known as “JoJo’s” on Brainerd Road which he had named after his wife. They moved to Vero Beach in 1986 where they made many friends around town, at Village Green and more recently at The Club. Having a love of tennis, Abe began working for the City’s Recreation Department in July 1989 and could be found at the tennis courts at Riverside Racquet Complex, Leisure Square or the Vero Beach Community Center until late April of this year when he finally retired at age 96 after 25 years! JoJo also worked part-time for the City of Vero Beach and had been very active with Beta Sigma Phi since the early 60’s. She had many wonderful BSP sorority sisters that she considered her family. Abe is survived by his daughter, Sharon LeVine, of Seattle, WA, a sister, Mickey Leventhal of Chattanooga, TN, a nephew, Dr. Marvin (Kris) Leventhal of Memphis, TN and a niece, Robin (Rob) Leventhal of Chattanooga, TN. They were also survived by many close and special friends in Vero, including but certainly not limited to JoJo’s BSP sisters, their goddaughter Cindy Cox and good friends, Gaby Dwyer, Barbara Gary and Clara Lou Lockwood. Much thanks to their doctors (including but not limited to Drs. Hendley, Rosato and Shau) and all of the ladies at The Club for looking after them for the past few years and to Grace Rehab for the wonderful care and love they provided Abe over the last couple of months. At Abe and Jo’s request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions in their memory may be made to a charity of your choice, VNA/Hospice of the Treasure Coast or HALO Animal Rescue. Condolences may be left at http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com. (6/30/14)

BERTHA M. LEMPERLY died peacefully at home on July 1, 2014. She was 93 and a resident of Vero Beach, Florida. Born in 1920 in New Cumberland, West Virginia, Mrs. Lemperly grew up with five siblings on a farm where one of the first oil wells in the United States was discovered. Her father, Charles Abrams, operated the oil rig. She attended a local one room schoolhouse through high school, and then obtained her nursing degree. After early employment in Ohio, she moved to Chicago where she worked at the Wesley Memorial Hospital for nine years, rising to the position of Head Nurse. While living in Chicago, Illinois, she met and married Charles L. Lemperly. After their marriage in 1950, they moved to Flossmoor, where they raised their family. Mrs. Lemperly retired from nursing, but continued to use her skills while volunteering at the Baby Station run by the Infant Welfare League of Chicago. In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Lemperly discovered Vero Beach, initially on a seasonal basis. They found a new home and enjoyed a wonderful new life here. After a few years, they moved to Seagrove on the ocean, and then, after Charles died, Mrs. Lemperly moved to Oak Harbor. Mrs. Lemperly loved her many friends at Oak Harbor and in Vero Beach, and enjoyed her beautiful home. Mrs. Lemperly was active in Vero Beach. She was an enthusiastic member of the Riomar Yacht and Tennis Club, Christies Health Club, the Vero Beach Country Club, and most recently, the Oak Harbor Club. She also enjoyed accumulating master points at the Vero Beach Bridge Center. Her survivors include her daughter Barbara, son Robert, son-in-law Frederic, granddaughter Eva, brother Wayne, and Jack, Hope, Rachael, Jacob, and Lizzie Andrews, and Karen and Don Ziegler. A celebration of the life of Bertha Lemperly and memorial will be held at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, starting at 11:30 a.m. All friends are welcome. Please r.s.v.p. to the Oak Harbor Concierge. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bertha Lemperly may be made to The Hibiscus Children’s Center in Vero Beach.  Strunk Funeral Home (7/7/14)

JOAN LEWIS, 81, of Vero Beach, died July 7, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Joan was born in New Haven, CT and lived in Indian River County for 42 years coming from Ellington, CT. Survivors include daughter; Jill Lewis-Whiting (Dale A.)and Jane Holman both of Vero Beach; grandchildren, Casey, Thomas and Steven and nephew Deane Clarke and family, as well as other nieces and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Bill Lewis and brother Neil Clark. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961, or the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Joan E. Lewis. Visitation will be held from 4- 7 PM, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday July 15, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home with Dr. G. Timothy Womack officiating. An online guest book is available at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (7/13/14)

GLADYS ROSE LIEFFORT, 77 of Vero Beach, FL entered into Eternal Life with her Lord and Savior on June 23, 2014 with her loving family at her side. Gladys was born in Wisconsin on February 14th, 1937 to Agnes and Oscar Neuser. She entered into marriage with Berwyn (Bub) Lieffort in 1959 and was blessed with five children. Jim (Kathy) Lieffort, FL, Dave (Carol) Lieffort of Colfax, WI, her deceased Daughter , Martha Lieffort, Bob (Mary) Lieffort, FL and Michael Lieffort (special friend Kim) of FL. She is also survived by 6 loving Grandchildren, Sierra and Dan Lieffort (Mother, Darlene Lieffort) of FL., Meghan, Heidi and Hunter Lieffort of Colfax, Wi. and Madison (Mother, Laura) of FL. She is also survived by 2 Sisters, Helen Scheuer and Agnes Baer of WI, her 2 Brothers, Chuck (Lois) Neuser , and Francis (Dolores) Neuser of WI and, her brother-in-law and wife, John and Elsa Lieffort of FL. She was pre-deceased by two Sisters and Brother-in-Laws, Margaret and Jim Kleiber and Marion and Lee Counard of WI and one Brother and Sister-in-law, Fr. Robert and Sandra Lieffort of Sebastian, FL. She is survived by 28 Nieces and Nephews and a deceased Niece, Lisa Jurek. Gladys was an active member of St. Helen’s Parish in Vero Beach and it’s Rosary Group and appreciated all of her friends support and prayers. She and Bub are also members of St. Joseph’s Parish in Sturgeon Bay, WI. and the Rosary Group there. Gladys and Bub have a summer home in Sturgeon Bay, WI and have enjoyed many years there with wonderful neighbors and friends. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. Helens in Vero Beach, FL or St. Joseph’s in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The family also wants to thank Hospice of Vero Beach and Dr. William McGarry. A Memorial Mass will be held 12 noon, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph’s Parish at a later date. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (6/30//14)

FRANCIS “RICHIE” LUCE, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully with his family and friends at his bedside.  Richie was born in Bayonne, New Jersey to the late Frank and Jean Luce and moved to Vero Beach in 1990 from Marlboro, Massachusetts with his wife, Elizabeth Miga Luce, who predeceased him in 1990. Richie was a graduate of Rutgers University and had worked for George E. Warren, Corp. in Vero Beach.  He was a member of the Italian American Club and the Elks Lodge in Vero Beach. Survivors include  his daughters Eve Marie Eklund (Matthew) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Danaan Fasano of Bloomfield, New Jersey and Libette Luce (Jason) of Bedminster, New Jersey; sisters Claire Konopka (Joseph) and Geraldine Calabrese (Frank) of Bayonne, New Jersey; his life partner of 24 years Carolann McDevitt of Vero Beach; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addItion to his wife Elizabeth, Richie was preceded in death by his brother Robert. Richie was one of the most intelligent, witty, worldly and charismatic men ever.  He lived the life that people could only dream.  He touched so many lives and had so many friends.  Richie will be greatly missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Inc., 3230 Commerce Place, Suite B, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. The family will receive friends 3-7 PM, Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach.  Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Monday, August 4, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach.  Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, Florida. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (8/2/14)

OSCAR GORDON LOUDERMILK, 86, died August 2, 2014 at Consulate Health Care of Vero Beach in Vero Beach. He was born in Port Salerno, Florida and moved to Sebastian, FL in 1957 and then to Fellsmere, FL in 2000. He was a Army veteran having served during WWII. He retired from Carpenter Union Carpenter’s Local Union #1685. He was a member of Sebastian River Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL and First Baptist Church of Fellsmere, FL. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Local Union #1685, Jaycee’s, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Post #10210, Sebastian, FL, American Legion Post 189, Sebastian, FL, Masonic Temple Lodge No 232, Sebastian, Florida and TOPS. Survivors include sons, Dave Loudermilk of Roanoke, Virginia, Doug Loudermilk of Lawndale, North Carolina and Willis Loudermilk of Fellsmere; daughters, Eddi Winter of Micco, Rebecca Loudermilk Tillis of Vero Beach and Joyce Cline of Fellsmere; 12 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna Pearl Loudermilk and granddaughter, Judy Anne Loudermilk. In lieu of flowers contributions made be made to March of Dimes Greater Blue Ridge Division, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 102A, Roanoke, VA 24018 or Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing A Graveside service will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Sebastian Cemetery with Rev. Edwin Creel, officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans’ Guard. Strunk Funeral Home (8/9/14)

L. NOVA SCHULTZ-MARSHALL, 84, died peacefully August 7, 2014 at VNA Hospice House after a prolonged illness with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Loudon, Tennessee, and moved to Prophetstown, Illinois in 1965. She worked for 15 years as an independent contractor for Home Interiors and Gifts before moving to Sebastian in 1990, where she retired. Nova was a member of King’s Baptist Church, Vero Beach, Florida where she served on many committees. She served as chairman of the Kitchen Committee for 17 years. She loved her church and all the people she served all those years. She loved spending time with her precious family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. Survivors include her husband, Alvin (Al) Marshall; sons, Ronald Williams, Roger Williams and Larry Williams; sisters, Faye Bledsoe and Zula Hall; brothers, Bill Milsaps, Don Milsaps and Wallace Milsaps; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.She was predeceased by her husband, Bob Schultz; sisters, Dama Milsaps and Mary Caldwell; brothers, Lloyd Milsaps, Howard Milsaps, Henry Milsaps and Tommy Milsaps. A memorial service will be held at the King’s Baptist Church, Vero Beach, August 19th, 2014 at 4:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. A Funeral will be held at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with interment in Riverside Cemetery. Local 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. (8/8/14)

HELEN EMMA MCCULLERS, 87, died June 27, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born March 12, 1927 in Winter Beach, FL the daughter of Luther and Josie Dukes. Survivors include daughters, Elaine McCullers of Winter Beach, FL and Sue (Jose) Morales of Winter Beach, FL; sons, Jack (Carol Jean) McCullers of Reagan, TN and Johnny (Polly) McCullers of Vero Beach, FL; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by special nieces, De Dukes and Rebecca Hampton and their families. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter and her husband of 66 years Elder Donald McCullers . Visitation will be Monday June 30, 2014 from 6-8 PM at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM on Tuesday July 1, 2014 at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Winter Beach, FL. Interment will follow in Winter Beach Cemetery, Winter Beach, FL. Strunk Funereal Home (7/1/14)

CHAD G. MCDANIEL, 48, of Vero Beach, Florida died July 22, 2014 at Holmes Regional Medical Center. He was born December 14, 1965 in Covington, Louisiana. Chad was a 1983 graduate of Vero Beach High School. He worked 25 years for the City of Vero Beach and most recently worked as a Supervisor at the Vero Beach Power Plant. Chad was known as an outdoors man and was an avid hunter. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sandy McDaniel; daughter, Tiffany McDaniel; son, Hunter McDaniel; father, Gene McDaniel and two sisters, Kelly Crosby and Andi Ellis. He was predeceased by his mother, Carol McDaniel and his brother, Brad McDaniel. A celebration of life will be held 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. (7/24/14)

MARVIN G. MESSEX – The family and friends of Marvin G. Messex mourn his death. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He died in Vero Beach, Florida on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from his long struggle with cancer. Marvin was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 8, 1933. He moved, as a young man, to California where he received his Bachelor degree from California State University, San Francisco and a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. In his long career working for the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, he made many contributions in the fields of both mental and public health. He worked to improve the lives of those who were suffering from mental health disorders while incarcerated. Throughout his life Marvin enjoyed many sports, including tennis, racquetball, boules and was a croquet enthusiast. During his years at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, he played in many competitions. He won his tenth singles croquet championship at age 80! He spent summers with his wife, Jean, at her family’s place “Larchwood” in Blue Hill, Maine, where they were members of the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club and the Blue Hill Country Club, where he served as president from 1992-1995. In Maine, Marvin was often seen fishing in Blue Hill Bay and was famous for his smoked mackerel. Marvin is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Jean (Palmer); his older brother Monte Messex (Shan); his two sons from a previous marriage: Montgomery Messex (Kim) their children Bela and Max; Michael Messex (Tina) their children Jacob, Luella and Megan; Jean’s six children from her previous marriage: Hanna Henderson (Kris) their children Morgan, Whitney and Emma Claire; Lindsay McCrum; Elizabeth McCrum; Arlington Bliss (Bo) McCrum III (Barbara) their children Kathryn, Hanna and Matthew; Kate Boleyn; and William Palmer McCrum and his son Jacob. Marvin’s first two marriages ended in divorce. Marvin’s wife and family would like to express their deep appreciation to the caring doctors and nurses who helped Marvin in his 17 year “Journey Through Cancer”. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Indian River Memorial Hospital or the Visiting Nurses Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida or the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill, Maine. A private service will be held in Blue Hill, Maine at a later date. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/16/14)

RAYMOND MARIUS MONTEROSSO, 84, of Vero Beach, Florid passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Palm Garden of Vero Beach. Ray was born in New Haven, Connecticut and moved to the Treasure Coast in 1977 from Bramford, Connecticut. He has lived in Spanish Lakes Fairways, Palm Bay and Vero Beach. Ray was a veteran of the Korean War during which time he served in the Army Corp of Engineers 34th Infantry Division. A member of IBEW Local #90, Ray had worked for electric power companies both in the northeast and Vero Beach. In Vero he had become the Electrical Supervisor for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Port St. Lucie before his retirement. He was of the Catholic faith. Ray was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of Day Spring #30 Masonic Lodge, Hamden, Connecticut and a Past Worthy Patron of Alice Chapter No. 76 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a lifemember of VFW Post 4206 in Melbourne, Florida and enjoyed fishing when he wasn’t working or enjoying his favorite pasttime of being with his family. Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years Johanna C. Monterosso of Vero Beach, loving children Richard John (Robin) Monterosso of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Ronald Brian (Shirley) Monterosso of Fort Pierce, Jacqueline Elizabeth (Eric) Monterosso-Olsen of Vero Beach and Raymond William Monterosso of Ormond By The Sea. Brothers David John (Beverly) Monterosso of Oakville, Connecticut and Thomas Monterosso of Hamden, Connecticut, grandson Jodan Monterosso, granddaughter Melissa Monterosso, and great-granddaughter Madison Monterosso Memorial contributions may be made to HALO, 710 Jackson St, Sebastian, FL 32958 or HaloNoKillRescue@gmail.com. The family will receive friends 10-11 AM, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with Masonic Honors by Vero Beach Masonic Lodge #250 and a Prayer Service celebrating Ray’s life beginning at 11 AM at the funeral home. A graveside service with military honors will begin at 2:30 PM at Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, Florida. Strunk Funeral Home (7/23/14)

THOMAS (TOMMY) FRANKLIN MORGAN passed away July 24, 2014 at his home in Vero Beach. He was born July 17, 1954 in Lake Wales, Florida. He moved to Vero Beach in 1996. He was a graduate of Lake Wales High School and received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College. He was in the packaging business for 40 years serving primarily the citrus and produce industries. He traveled all over the southeast selling boxes and made many lifetime friends and customers. He was an avid golfer and was a past member of the Lake Wales Country Club and the Vero Beach Country Club. He is survived by his Wife of 37 years, Gail Morgan of Vero Beach; Daughter, Kimberly Kieffer (Tygar) of Lake Wales; Son, Michael Morgan (Holley) of Vero Beach; Grandchildren, Kegan Kieffer of Lake Wales, Florida, Kaitlyn Kieffer of Lake Wales, and Michael Thomas of Vero Beach. In addition, he is survived by brothers, Jerry Morgan (Linda) of Lakeland, Florida and Terry Morgan of Rome, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his parents Lester and Louise Morgan and a brother, Robert Morgan. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, 3755 Hwy A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 or VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.   Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/26/14)

RUTH FREEMAN “AHMAMA” MORTON, 98, passed away on Sunday, June 29 at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach. Ruth has been a resident of Vero Beach for 7 years coming from her beloved home of 61 years, Scottsville, KY. Ruth was born May 7, 1916 in Long Creek, TN. She was an active and faithful member of First United Methodist Church, Scottsville, KY. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, traveling and was still participating in water aerobics the week before her passing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her great grandkids. Ruth is survived by her daughters, Ann Spencer, of Vero Beach, FL and Beth Perlo (Bruce), of Sugar Hill, NH; 2 grandchildren Holly Ohs (Cortney) of Vero Beach, George Freeman Spencer (Julie) of Nashville, TN; 4 great grandchildren, Spencer, Sydney and Brogan Ohs and Kolby Spencer. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, George Morton and one granddaughter, Blayne Perlo. The family will return to Scottsville, KY for a memorial service August 7 at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 400 East Main Street, Scottsville, KY 42164. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/3/14)

GILBERT MURDOCK, 84, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 20, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (7/24/14)

RONALD NALL, 71, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 2, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Florida http://strunkfuneralhome.com (7/8/14)

ROGER CARHART NEACH,75, passed away unexpectedly July 10, 2014 at his home. He was the only child of Donald “Dobber” Fredrick and Bernice Carhart Neach. His claim to fame was that he was born in Cooperstown, NY, on March 25, 1939. His family moved to Vero Beach in 1956 and opened Dobber’s Men’s Wear. Roger owned and operated Dobber’s for 44-years until its closing in 2000. He attended Suffield Academy and graduated from Vero Beach High School, class of 1958.He was a much beloved husband, father and friend. Roger easily made friends and will be missed by many. As an avid fan of both the San Fransico Giants and New York Giants he never missed listening to or watching a game. In his lifetime, he was a member of Vero Beach Planning and Zoning Board, the Riverside Theater, Jaycees, Indian River Exchange Club, Riomar Bay Yacht Club and a 50-year member and past president of Vero Beach Country Club. He loved golf and had a hole-in-one at Bent Pine Country Club on the 13th Hole. Roger is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia LaLime Neach; children, Jeffrey, Bethany Fretwell, Pamela Vocelle and Zander of Vero Beach and Paige Rhodes of Pelehatchie, MS; grandchildren, Quay, Summer and Derrick Neach, Trevor, Jacob and Tucker Fretwell, Hannah, Morgan and Tanner Rhodes; great-grandsons Jayden Ramsey and Brantley Fretwell. He is predeceased by his parents Dobber and Bernice; granddaughters Candice Neach, Paxton Rhodes and an infant grandson. Services will be held at Calvary Chapel, 941-18th Street, Vero Beach, FL, on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider Dogs for Life of Indian River County, P.O. Box 650023, Vero Beach, FL 32965 and St Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Strunk Funeral Home (7/14/14)

BERNADETTE D. NORTON, 88, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on July 31, 2014. She was a resident of Vero Beach formerly of Buena, NJ. Bernadette was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, traveling and cross-stitching. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Albert J. Norton; son, Donald Norton (Susan), of Huntington Beach, CA; daughter, Donna Dandrea ( Frank), of Estell Manor, NJ; 2 sisters; granddaughter, Sara Guzman (Bernard), of Islip, NY and 2 great-granddaughters, Lia and Ali Guzman. A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 1PM to 3PM at the Village Green Poinciana Club House. The family suggest that donations be made to VNA Hospice at 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/1/14)

RAY OSMUNDSEN, 81, of Vero Beach, passed away August 5, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. No services have been scheduled at this time. Memorial donations may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110, 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (8/7/14)

MICHAEL PATTERSON, 40, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 2, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (7/7/14)

RUTH PELLETIER, 81, wife of the late William Pelletier, mother of Pamela Bartling and Mark Pelletier, passed away on July 19, 2014. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on July 24, 2014. Donations may be made to Hospice of Indian River county. Lowther Funeral Home (7/23/14)

RUTH MAE POWELL, 99, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Saturday, June 21 at Palm Garden of Vero Beach. Ruth was born May 17, 1915 in Holmes County, Florida to Jason Clayton and Anna Lee Kirkland Peterson. Ruth and her husband Daniel Rufus Powell moved to Vero Beach, FL in 1931. They were married for 52 years. She worked for the Indian River County School District, Rice’s Laundry and Indian River Associates Packing. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Daniel “Rufus” Powell and her sons; James “Edwin” Powell, Charles “Clayton” Powell and Ralph Allen Powell, her daughter, Verne Bartolucci, sister, Jewel Peterson Powell, one grandson and 8 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son Robert “Daniel” Powell and daughter, Dorothy “Jean” Grenier grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren. A loving memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2 PM at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home with Pastor, Larry Boan of Central Assembly of God, officiating. Lowther Funeral Home (6/30/14)

JACQUELINE “JACKIE” OUELLETTE, 87, died July 10, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Frenchville, Maine and lived in Sebastian, coming from Newington, Connecticut in 1992. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Paul Armand Ouellette of Sebastian; daughters, Doreen Bolnick of Topsfield, Massachusetts and Diane Brooks of Deep River, Connecticut; son, Matthew Ouellette of East Haddam, Connecticut; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Ouellette. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 1, 2014 St. Sebastian Catholic Church with Father John Morrissey, celebrant. Strunk Funeral Home (7/11/14)

ALFRED L. ROTHFUSS, (83) born in Marion, Ohio, a long term resident of Warwick, Rhode Island and presently a resident of Vero Beach, Florida died tragically and unexpectedly on July 12, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Rothfuss, his beloved children Lori Hoffman of Vero beach, Alan Rothfuss of Warwick Rhode Island, Mark Rothfuss of Brockton Massachusetts, Melissa Rothfuss of Sebastian Florida; his grandchildren, Chelsea Monte, Kyle Rothfuss, Peter Hoffman and Emily Rothfuss; his brother David Rothfuss of Coventry, Rhode Island and his beloved dog Maxx. 

An active boater and lover of the water, he spent many years with his wife and kids summering on Johnsons’ Pond in Coventry, Rhode Island and boating on Narragansett Bay. He loved boating, fishing and spear fishing and was called by his family the “Tautog” Hunter. A consummate family man, he and his family annually camped around the country in true “Brady Bunch” style. He was a devoted church member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Warwick, Rhode Island. 
A Comptroller at Kenney Manufacturing in Warwick Rhode Island for 38 years, he retired and RV’ed with his wife for many years exploring the country and travelling abroad before finally retiring in Vero Beach. He was a volunteer of the Indian River North County Library as Treasurer for the Friends of the Library. He was an active member of Sebastian United Methodist Church and a familiar friendly smile when he volunteered at the Church Thrift store. 

A kind compassionate soul and a gentle spirit, he was loved by all who met him. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sebastian United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, or the local chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving. 

A memorial service will be held at Sebastian United Methodist Church, 1029 Main Street, Sebastian, Florida 32958 on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 2:00PM. Strunk Funeral Home (7/16/14)

MARGARET “PEG” RUGE, 90, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away June 28, She was receded in death by husband Andrew Ruge and grandson Christian Ruge, and is survived and loved by children, Betty Donohue (Gerry), Kathy Ruge, Dan Ruge (Kathy K.), Bill Ruge (Tish), Patti Ruge-Ritchie (Sherman), Trudy Richard (Larry) and Tom Ruge (Melissa); twelve grandchildren, and nine and a half great-grandchildren. Good-bye, we love and miss you “Mom”, “Grandma”, “G.G”. Mass will be celebrated 10 AM, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach followed by a reception at Indian River Estates – Willowbrook Court. In lieu of flowers please make donations to ADA Research Foundation, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 http://www.diabetes.org/donate/ways-to-donate-give/donate-by-mail.html in memory of Margaret Ruge. Strunk Funeral Home (7/2/14)

PHILIP PETER RUSSO, 77, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Harbor Chase of Vero Beach. Philip was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Felice and Rose Russo. He attended Brooklyn College where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. He served as the Director of Personnel for both the Manhattan District and the North Atlantic Region of the Internal Revenue Service. He was a charter member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. Philip was also appointed as the Assistant Director of Personnel and Taxpayer Service. Upon retirement from Federal service, he was a Consultant to the National Academy of Public Administration, traveling to Europe, Egypt and Jamaica on various projects. Philip and his wife Susan moved to Vero Beach in 1996 where he became certified as a Master Gardener. He also served on the Tree and Beautification Committee for many years and was a past member of the Indian River Genealogy Society. Philip was an artist, loved to travel and self-published two books of historical fiction. Survivors include his wife of 20 years Susan J. Trempe, daughters, Jeanne Russo Avila (Gregory) of Waterford, Virginia, and Rosanne Russo (Gregory Funkhouser) of Lake Ridge, Virginia, and three grandchildren Christopher, Stephanie and Darin. He was preceded in death by his brothers Anthony and Gerard Russo. No services are planned locally at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Strunk Funeral Home (6/30/14)

JULIA BECKER SCHAEFER, 89, died July 12, 2014 at Indian River Estates Medical Center in Vero Beach. Julia was born in Lynch, Kentucky to the late Frank William Becker and Emma Sedges Becker. She graduated from Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, NJ and had worked as a bookkeeper for Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County. She first moved to Vero Beach nearly 30 years ago from Berkeley Heights, NJ. She lived in several locations in this area before moving to Newberry, FL. Julia eventually returned to Vero to live at Indian River Estates in 2004. Survivors include her sister Ruthann B. Hodgson, and her husband Claude, of Newberry, FL; a brother Howard C. Becker, husband of the late Gertrude Becker, of Deltona, FL; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband William Schaefer, Sr., and sons William Schaefer, Jr. and Bruce Schaefer. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960 The family will receive friends 10 – 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach followed by a graveside service at 11:30 AM at the Mausoleum of Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (7/16/14)

MARIE G. SCHUYLER, (nee Whitman), 93, of Vero Beach, FL died on July 20, 2014. Marie was born in Wells, NY to the late George L. and Edith Warner Whitman. She was predeceased by her siblings: Clifton, Ruth, Leonard, Elsie, and Ilean. Marie moved to Florida in the late 1950s and worked for Winn Dixie Supermarkets for a number of years. She retired after many years of service with Bayer AG. She is survived by her son, Michael A. Schuyler of Phoenix, AZ and a daughter, Carol G. Daffron of Vero Beach, FL. Many grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial contributions to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 would be appreciated. At Marie’s request there are to be no formal services. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/22/14)

DORIS “Dee” L. SMITH, 70, of Indian River Shores, FL, passed away on July 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of James P. Smith, Jr., to whom she was married 50 years. Dee was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of the late William and Margaret LaHiff. She attended Marymount College and graduated from Harriman College and the University of Rhode Island where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling. With a lifelong love for teaching young children, Dee taught at St. Paul’s School in New York City, NY; at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI; at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT; and was the Head of the Lower School at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. In addition to her husband, Dee is survived by her two daughters, Jacqueline L. Smith (Terry E. Smith) of Dallas, TX and Lauren M. Smith of South Natick, MA and her son James P. Smith (Anne L. Smith) of Mill Valley, CA. She also leaves her six grandchildren, Caitlin N. Smith, Christine M. Smith, Theodore S. Brown II, Alexander L. Brown, Kelly M. Smith, and William L. Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Lane, Vero Beach, FL. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Strunk Funeral Home (7/7/14)

TREVOR EDWARD SMITH, born in Birmingham, England, was tragically taken from us at age 74, on Tuesday July 1, 2014. He earned a Professional Qualification as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, and worked in a variety of accounting roles in the UK, France and Belgium, before being relocated in 1977 to the US and promoted to Senior Vice President of Transamerica Leasing, a subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation. Since retiring in 1998 Trevor has been a resident of Indian River County, where he is an active member of the community. Trevor was a passionate community leader and served on many committees throughout the County. He was currently serving as the Treasurer on the Indian River Hospital District and was an active member of the Bent Pine Golf Club and Vero Beach Bridge Center. Trevor is survived by his loving wife and best friend Geraldine McPherson Smith, daughter Joanne Grady, son David Smith(Frances), brother Mike Smith(Rosie), sister Lynn Smith, stepdaughter, Cheryl McPherson, and the stars of his life, his three grandsons, Joey, Patrick and Shane. Trevor is preceded in death by his late wife Veronica. He was adored by everyone that knew him and admired by his family. He was always thought of as the “life of the party”, and lived life to the fullest every day. He loved traveling and exploring new adventures both here and abroad. He is cherished by his family, enjoyed gardening, and was an avid reader and bridge player. Trevor was a loving and extraordinary husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be deeply and sorrowfully missed by his friends, family and community. A viewing will be held at Cox Gifford Funeral Home on Wednesday July 9, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to your local United Way, http://www.unitedway.org/, or the Vero Beach Bridge Club, 1520 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960, in memory of Mr. Trevor Smith. Cox Gifford Funeral Home (7/4/14)

MEL SOWERS, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away July 2, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1942 in Wayne County, Michigan and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1999, coming from West land, MI. Mr. Sowers was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked 33 years with the Ford Motor Company, Livonia, MI, as a factory worker. Mr. Sowers is survived by his sons, Patrick Sowers of Murfreesboro, TN and David Sowers of Vero Beach and 3 grandchildren, Donovan, Briana and Kameron. He was predeceased by his wife, Darlene in 2010. A viewing will be held 6-9pm, Monday, July 7 and 6-9pm, Tuesday, July 8th with a service provided by the VFW at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VFW Post 3918, 1535 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (7/4/14)

EVELYN “EV” STANKO, age 86 passed away peacefully at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida on Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2014. She was born to James and Annie Brown the youngest of six children in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania and lived in Pittsburgh until 1985 when she retired to Barefoot Bay, Florida; her beloved home for the past 30 years. Ev worked as an “authentic” switchboard operator for Bell Telephone in the 1950’s and after raising her family; she retired from the Westinghouse Airbrake as a Stock Room Attendant. Her hobbies were collecting jewelry, bargain shopping, tending to her precious dog and watching Fox Network to stay up on current events. She was a member of St. Luke’s Church and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Her late husband, Sgt. Robert “Bob” J. Stanko of the Pennsylvania State Police whom she married on September 26, 1959, passed away on November 18, 2008. Ev is survived by her three children, Roberta Fowler (David) of Boca Raton, Florida; Roselle Colapietro (Ralph) of St. Cloud, Florida and David Stanko of New York City, NY, and her four grandchildren, Brandon and Lauren Humphreys, Alyssa King and Rachel Zewe. She has one surviving brother, Desmond Brown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Evelyn’s name to William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, Florida 32907. William Childs Hospice was also the final resting place of her dear husband, Bob. A private memorial is being held for family only; however a Celebration of Life Service open to the public will be held at a later date. Announcements are forthcoming. Strunk Funeral Home (7/23/14)

GERALDINE “GERI” D’ACUNTO STAPLES passed away at the age of 66 on July 17, at the Sebastian Medical Center. A 17 year resident of Sebastian, Geri was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She graduated with a cosmetology certificate from J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford and opened her own salon, Geri’s Coiffures, at the age of 20. She successfully operated that business for 27 years until retiring to Florida. A loving presence to all who knew her, Geri was third in a family of 7 brothers and sisters. She was the keeper of all things family, and could be depended on to keep everyone abreast of the myriad goings on of a far flung group of siblings and their families. To her three cherished grandchildren she was grandma, and the greatest pleasure of her last years were the many hours she spent caring for and enjoying them. Geri is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Staples. She leaves behind her daughters Paige Newinski and Robyn Krajewski, son in law Todd Krajewski, grandsons Quintin Newinski, Ian Krajewski and granddaughter Emily Krajewski, all of Sebastian Florida. She is survived by brothers: Richard Carlo of Deep River, Connecticut; Joseph D’Acunto of Barefoot Bay, Florida; Phillip D’Acunto of Manchester, New Hampshire and sisters Patricia Hair of Port Charlotte, Florida; Jessica Bray of Lake Wales, Florida; and Betsy D’Acunto of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach, 6230 77th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32967. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL with Father Dave Newhart, officiating. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (7/20/14)

ROBERT “JAKE” DALE STUMBERG, 84, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Palm Garden of Vero Beach. Jake was born in Grundy Center, Iowa and moved to Vero Beach 51 years ago from Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Air Force. Jake had been a receiving engineer for Piper Aircraft in Vero before his retirement. A good family man, Jake enjoyed taking his wife fishing so she could catch dinner. He was the consummate worker and spent any extra time with family activities. Jake enjoyed watering his plants, real or artificial. Survivors include his son Steven R. Stumberg (Phyllis) of Orlando; grandchildren Christopher, Matthew, Destine, Daisy and Alizah; and extended family in Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Jean Stumberg and a son Randy Stumberg. The family will receive friends 4-7 PM, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A graveside service with military honors will begin at 1 PM, Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce. (7/17/14)

WILLIAM CORBIN STEPHENS, SR., of Vero Beach, went to Heaven on June 23, 2014. Known as “Bill,” he was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on August 11, 1946 to John and Beulah Stephens. He graduated from Jones College, June 23, 1977 with a Bachelors degree in business. He served in the United States Army. Bill had worked at Piper Aircraft for 32 years. He was a member of 20th Avenue Church of God. Bill leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 48 years, Carole Stephens; his three children and their spouses, Kim and Bill Graham, Corbin and Cindy Stephens, Tina and Jon Durant; he had 9 wonderful grandchildren, Chandler, Tre, Alex, Mardoche, Tyler, Dallas, Jarrett, Abby, Xander; brothers John R. Stephens, Layne Stephens, John W. Stephens Jr. and his sister, Jean Haun. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers and sisters, Ralph Stephens, Rufus Stephens, Raymond Stephens, Bea Nonamaker, Edith (Nana) Williams, Yaudean Stephens, Wallace Stephens and Connie Morris. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 5 p.m. at 20th Avenue Church of God. 775 20th Avenue Vero Beach, Fl 32960 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Lowther Funeral Home (6/30/14)

EILEEN R. STRUNK, 96, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Sunday, June 30, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.  Eileen was born in Mason, West Virginia and moved to Vero Beach nearly eleven years ago from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She received her teaching certificate from Marshall University and after a brief teaching career, followed by several years as an accountant for the State of West Virginia, she chose to be a stay at home mom for her family. Eileen always displayed a sharp and shrewd keenness for numbers which led her to a great fondness for bridge. She also enjoyed her time playing golf. Survivors include her husband of 70 years William G. Strunk of Vero Beach, son Henry G. Strunk, and his wife Diane W., of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 2655 5th St. SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962 There will be a Life Celebration Service at 10 AM, Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center followed by a graveside service at 4 pm, at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach with Rev. Paul Mace, Chaplain of the Baptist Retirement Center officiating. Memorial Service: Saturday July 5, 2014, 10:00AM at Florida Baptist Retirement Center. Graveside Service: Saturday July 5, 2014, 4:00 PM at Crestlawn Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Home (7/4/14)

CLEO ELIZABETH “BETTY” BRADLEY THOMPSON, 85, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Betty was born in Washington, DC to the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (nee Perry) Bradley and moved to Vero Beach in 1990 from Short Hills, New Jersey. She attended William and Mary College where she met her husband to be Thomas Wright Thompson, an outstanding athlete on the football team. Betty had been a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. She was an avid reader and enjoyed beach outings, but her greatest hobbies were doting on her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters Gail Elizabeth Wilkinson of Aiken, South Carolina, Elizabeth B. Leveton of Vero Beach and Susan T. Riley of Tallahassee, grandchildren Kellie, Jacqueline, David, Katie, Emily, Ian, Ryan and Chris, great-grandchildren Colton and Lilly Grace, a sister Suzanne (Alan) Hardy of Dripping Springs, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and of course her faithful companion Ziggy. She was preceded in death by her first husband Lt. JG Charles E. Hopper, who died during the Korean War serving his country, and her second husband Thomas Wright Thompson. Betty was also predeceased by a son Thomas W. Thompson, Jr., a brother Kenneth R. Bradley and a sister Nancy McCready. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960 or the Newport Club, 2536 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. A memorial service will take place in Richmond, Virginia in the fall. Strunk Funeral Home (6/30/14

EDWARD A. TILLIS, of Vero Beach, passed away on August 2, 2014. Services will be held Monday, August 11 at 6 p.m. at Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/5/14)

PIETER C. VAN DALEN, 89, of Vero Beach, FL and Lima, Peru, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Pieter was born in Holland to Wilhemus and Jacoba Van Dalen. He was a mechanical engineer for Volvo until his retirement. He was a Master Mason and a Shriner. He also served in the military during WW II. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Teresa; a daughter, Dolly Van Dalen (Don McGuifan); a son, Pieter Van Dalen (Korri); 2 grandchildren, Alyssa and Alex and six brother’s and sisters. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11AM at the Templo Cristiano Magdiel, 125 27th Avenue S.W. Vero Beach, FL. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please share condolences at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (7/12/14)

DONALD A. WADDELL, 70, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 4, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL (8/7/14)

GEORGE MICHAEL WALSH, JR., 72, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida. George was born in Yonkers, New York and moved to Vero Beach in the early 80’s coming from Monroe, New York. He was a graduate of Nathaniel Hawthorne High School in Yonkers and John Jay College in New York City. George had been a police officer with the City of New York prior to his retirement. He was of the Catholic faith and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Marine Corps. George was a seriously AVID baseball fan. His passion and training as an umpire allowed him to umpire local high school games and serving as an umpire for the Dodger’s Spring Training Games and Florida Marlins during the umpire strike. He was a member of the VFW in New York and played trumpet in many local bands. George enjoyed going to the Polish American Club where he loved to dance. Survivors include daughters Kelly Gugliemo and her husband Jimmy of Montgomery, New York, Kathy Cancel and her husband Pat of Middletown, New York, sons Tim Walsh and his wife India of Rockhill, New York, Matt Walsh of Guilderland, New York, grandsons Ryan Walsh of Guilderland, New York and Cody Walsh and Hawk Walsh of Rockhill, New York, granddaughter Kloud Walsh of Rockhill, New York, brothers Michael Walsh and his wife Nancy of Texas, John Walsh and his wife Marguerite of New York , sisters Helen Piemonte of Florida, Kathy Adolph and her husband Tom of Florida, Patty Duck and her husband Tom of California, Peggy Williams and her husband Mike of Florida, and Mary Evans and her husband Mike of New York. He was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Ruff of Georgia. The family will receive friends 1-3 PM, Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with military honors and a prayer service at 3 PM. Strunk Funeral Home (7/20/14)

TIM E. WEBB passed away on August 4, 2014, from a very lengthy illness. 

He was a surveyor by trade for many years and from 1994-2007 he owned and operated The Steam Thing Carpet Cleaners. 

Tim is survived by his wife, Paula; sister, Shirley Harris of Palm City and brother, Billy Webb of Georgia. He also leaves behind two sons, Tate and Ty Webb both of Florida, two grandsons, two step-sons and four step-grandchildren. 

Private services will be conducted by the family at a later date. Lowther Funeral Home (8/6/14)

KATHLEEN ANNE KIMMINS WESTBROOK, born in the Brooklyn Naval Yard September 13, 1945, lived in Elmhurst, New York, Dayton, Ohio, Pittsburgh PA, Orlando, FL and Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 8, 2014. She started her banking career at Pittsburgh National Bank in 1965 and spent 30 years in banking in Florida. On February 28, 2013 she retired as a Vice President and Trust Administrator at Northern Trust after 20 years with the organization. She is survived by her husband Parris Westbrook, sister Judith Murphy, three daughters, Shana Whitehead, Corry Westbrook, and Jessica Westbrook, as well as three grandsons. She was pre-deceased by her father and mother, Robert and Helen Kimmins, and by her sister Debra Kimmins Morrone. Kathy was one of the kindest people to ever walk the Earth. Services will be held at Strunk Funeral Home at 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Family and friends will begin to gather at 3 pm with a service at 4 pm, followed with a celebration of life reception at The Plaza located adjacent to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to Gifford Youth Activity Center/Kathleen A. Westbrook Scholarship Fund, 4875 43rd Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32967 or Humane Society of Vero Beach/Indian River County, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Strunk Funeral Home (7/10/14)

ROBERT EARL WILCOX, 78, of Vero Beach, Florida died July 18, 2014 at his home. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, at a later date. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/20/14)

MARIAN WINGERT, 94, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on July 6, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, August 9th, 2014 at Indian River Estates, main pavilion, Vero Beach, FL. Burial has taken place in Pennsylvania. Arrangements were handled by All County Funeral Home & Cremation. (7/27/14)

JANE FLOYD WISSEL passed away peacefully in Vero Beach, FL on July 9, 2014, with her family by her side. She was 88 and had lived in Vero Beach since 1985. Born in Ether, NC to Walter Claude Floyd and Josephine Wallace Floyd, Jane was one of nine children. She attended Pheiffer College in Misenheimer, NC, but it was in Ether that she met her future husband Ernest Wissel, there on military maneuvers. In 1950, Jane and Ernest married and settled in Virginia. She was an office manager for a Washington, DC area developer. She raised her family in Alexandria, VA, where she had many friends and adventures. Jane is survived by her daughter Jean, son Roy and daughter-in-law Tish, grandsons Jerry and Tim, sisters Catherine, Francis and Betty, and her two beloved dogs Sparky and Daisy.  She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest, brothers Hoyt, WC and Jack, and sisters Mitchell and Virginia. Jane had an especially wonderful personality, being kind, generous, encouraging and with a sense of humor that was unmatched. She always had a kind word and compliment for everyone she met. She enjoyed gardening, bridge and caring for her two precious dogs. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Humane Society of Vero Beach/Indian River County, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Strunk Funeral Home (7/11/14)

PAUL NICHOLAS WYHER, Born in Rome, New York on October 10, 1909 to George Nicholas Wyher and Sarah Jane Pickerell Wyher. They were missionaries to Africa. Paul was a builder by trade, he married his wife, Peggy in April 1941. During WWII Paul was employed by Griffiss Air Force Base and was the recipient of an award for the invention of a spanner wrench. In 1984 Paul and Peggy made their home in Vero Beach. He was an avid tennis player evidenced by the fact that the tennis court at 7300 Village Green was named in his honor. Paul was known by his friends for his great Christian Faith. Mr. Wyher passed into his Savior’s presence on Wednesday, July 16th. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Peggy, two daughters: Carole Sisco and Lorry Sutherland, and two sons: David Arthur, and Paul Christian, and preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Anne Marie. A memorial service will be held on August 8th at the Cornerstone Church of Skippack, PA. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home (7/20/14)

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