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PETER BAKER, loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Baker and children Sharon Merlier, Petrina Resch and Kirk Baker. Peter was a wonderful man with great vision, head of the R&D Division of American Can Company who later moved on to general contracting and, in retirement, worked for the Martin County School Board. In life, Peter enjoyed many things from flying planes to gardening and fishing, but his favorite thing of all was working with his hands, he was an excellent machinist who could make just about anything from a piece of metal or wood and loved to tinker in his workshop. He greatly enjoyed fixing things and one of his favorite comments when something was very difficult was, “If it’s impossible it will just take me a little longer!”

Peter was strong in every aspect of his life and his life was incredible. The people he has left behind have learned a lot of their personal strengths from him, he was a great man who knew so many things but even better, he understood when he didn’t know something and listened intently if he thought you had an answer he sought. We wish you could’ve stayed a little while longer! We had more to learn.

We love you so much Papa, Pop, Daddy, Papa Bear, Grandpa! Thanks for everything you taught us. You made the world a better place for us and we will miss you always, until we meet again…

In Loving Memory

Your family

Visitation will be held 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William M. Finnin Jr., officiating. Interment with Military Honors will take place at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida. Strunk Funeral Home (8/30/14)

 

ARTHUR EDMUND “ED” FROST of Vero Beach, Florida and Putnam Valley, New York died on August 27, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born on March 24, 1925 to Elizabeth (Denike) and Arthur E. Frost, Sr. in Peekskill, N. Y.

He is survived by daughters, Mary Ellen Frost of Vero Beach, Fl., Elizabeth Frost of Peekskill, N.Y., Lorraine DeLorenzo of Maricopa, Az., Theresa Gordon of Delray Beach, Fl., and Margaret Kappus of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and sons, James of Putnam Valley, N.Y. and Thomas of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., 13 grandchildren and 10-1/2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife of 61 years, Joan, daughter, Catherine and brother, Clarence.

Ed retired from the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company as Produce Manager. Ed moved to North Miami Beach 31 years ago where he enjoyed frequent visits to Haulover Beach. He was an avid sports fan particularly fond of college football and Duke basketball. He especially enjoyed games at West Point Military Academy and tailgate gatherings. Later in life, Ed began playing golf and proudly scored a hole-in-one. While living in Putnam Valley, Ed would get together with friends and throw a mean horseshoe at the Spruce Hill Inn and along side his brook. He also was an excellent swimmer teaching all his children to swim in Lake Oscawana.  He was an active member of the volunteer fire department in earlier years.

Arrangements are being handled by Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, Fl. and Dorsey Funeral Home in Peekskill, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at North American Martyrs Church on Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, N.Y. at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Fl., Big Brothers/Big Sisters or VNA Hospice. Vero Beach, Fl. Strunk Funeral Home (8/30/14)

 

ALMA JEAN PROTH, 87, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on August 26, 2014. Mrs. Proth was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1926, daughter of the late Clyde D. and Lillie Bell (Goodbar) Hicks. She lived in Sebastian, FL for 44 years. She was predeceased by her Husband Albert and bother Patrick Hicks.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Fetkenher of Vero Beach, FL; sons, Albert Proth of Sebastian, FL; and David Proth of Orlando, FL; 3 grandsons; and 3 great grandsons and 1 great great granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Sampson of Cambridge, MD and a brother, James Hicks of Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Proth loved spending time with her family and her loving ways will be missed. She will also greatly be missed by her 4 legged companion, Katie Cakes.

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in her memory to the VNA Hospice 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 3296-4801. Arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/30/14)

 

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RAYMOND PAUL BENDER, 73, died August 21, 2014 while cruising in the Caribbean. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived on North Hutchison Island coming from Mount Pocono and Easton, Pennsylvania. Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from his business, Classic Design Homes, Mount Pocano, Pennsylvania. He was an avid fisherman and boater traveling to and fishing in many places such as Cuba, Bimini, Key West, Dry Tortugas and many others. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Pamela of North Hutchinson Island, sisters Grace Sylvester of Sebastian and Kathleen Pickard of New Jersey, brother-in-law Michael Gilotti (Angela) of Avon, Connecticut, many special nieces and nephews and his very special grand- nephew Russell Gilotti. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 3375 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960, American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284 Visitation will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home from 5pm to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Church t 10:30 am on September 2, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

GILBERT “JILL” BERRY (FOURNIER) 63 Passed August 19 2014. My wonderful wife lost a short battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Erna Fournier of Livermore Falls Maine. And is survived by Nathan Berry her husband of 40 years a daughter Rebecca Berry of Vero Beach and Granddaughters, Quinn and Aubree. Brother Gerhard Fournier and wife Chris of Livermore Maine.  She Moved to Vero Beach in 2006 from Maine. Jill worked as an educator, counselor, and Retail Manager and religious education. She loved being a wife and mother and was overjoyed to be Nana. She enjoyed exploring Florida, flowers and gardening and picnics on the boat. She was a kind caring and compassionate person that affected everybody she met. The internment will be at the South Florida National Cemetery.  Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

JUDY FRANCIS CRANE BROWN left this world on August 21, 2014 to be with her Heavenly Father. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also loved to cook for her family and play computer games. She had a laugh and a smile that would light up a room. We will all miss her great sense of humor and loving ways. Judy spent many years working at Cato Fashions and was a long time member of Kings Baptist Church of Vero Beach. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Monroe Brown. She leaves behind her 2 daughters, Dorla Baker (Randy), and Patricia Roddenberry (Joe) as well as her son Dale Brown (Missi). Judy also leaves her grandsons, Dale, Jr., James, Joey and Kenney as well as her granddaughters, Celeste, Kristin and Heather. She also had a great granddaughter, Kaylee and great grandson, Jaylin. Judy also leaves her brother Dale Crane. Her care has been entrusted to Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory. Please sign the online guestbook at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. A celebration of her life is planned for a later date. (8/27/14)

FRANK  deROBERTIS died on August 21, 2014, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born Francesco Raul deRobertis in Rocca di Papa, commune of Rome, Italy, on October 25, 1923, to Gaetano Antonio deRobertis, an artist, and Michelina Maria Michelle Calderaro deRobertis. He was the youngest of seven children, having five sisters and a brother. As a young man, Frank served in the Italian navy until the German army occupied Rome. Following the American liberation of Italy and the close of World War II, he moved to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Having a strong desire to become an American, he sailed to New York City and took a job as an accountant, and later as a financial officer with Alitalia Airlines, where he worked for over twenty years. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen as Frank deRobertis in 1964. While based in New York, he traveled between the U.S. and Italy with Alitalia, and managed finance for Alitalia offices in 27 states and regional offices in Miami and Atlanta. In 1968, he met his wife, Patricia Rouse, who was working for Alitalia in Atlanta, and they married on August 8, 1970. Their residences and work experiences took them from Key Biscayne to Dallas, Coral Gables, Birmingham, and Atlanta, and they loved traveling the world together extensively, making nine trips to Honolulu in their first year of marriage alone. In 1984, they dedicated their lives to founding and operating an Atlanta-based business, Italian Connection, that imported fine Italian gold and jewelry. Also in the early 1980s, they adopted a rescued Bichon named Wooly, who was Frank’s constant companion and an unspoken partner in the family business until his passing in 1997. In 2003, Frank and Pat retired together to Vero Beach, where he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. He was a member of the Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, and he enjoyed fishing and was an avid model sailboat operator. Throughout his life, he was a loving husband, a caring uncle, a kind and thoughtful friend, a shrewd businessman, and a well-traveled citizen of the world. He spoke five languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English), read French and Italian newspapers, and was a serious reader of nonfiction, including books on travel, politics, military history, and American and European history. He was recently engrossed in biographies of Howard Hughes and Genghis Khan. He is survived by his wife Pat of 44 years; his niece Loretta Parisi of Montreal, Canada; and his nephews: Marco Parisi of Forli, Italy; Ezio Quiriconi of San Vito Lo Capo, Italy; and Luciano Quiriconi of Rome, Italy. There will be a model sailboat regatta this fall in his honor. Lowther Funeral Home (8/27/14)

ALLEN J. DUNN, 75, of Vero Beach, passed away August 21, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL Mr. Dunn was a native of Baltimore, MD. Survivors include his exspouse, Mujgan “Mitzi” of Vero Beach, FL. Arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/27/14)

JAMES E. GIBSON, noted architect, died on August 24 at age 92. He was born in McMinnville, Oregon, earned a music degree from the University of Oregon and then joined the Army. He served as a combat infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhine Crossing. After the war, he earned a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. In a career spanning 60 years, Gibson rose to be Vice President of Harley, Ellington, Cowin & Stirton (now Harley, Ellington, Pierce, Yee & Associates) with commissions including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the U.S. State Department Building in Washington DC, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, and numerous other public buildings. In 1969, he came to Florida to be the resident architect for the prestigious John’s Island community. A world recognized authority on classical Georgian architecture, Gibson went on to design homes in England and throughout the United States. His firm, Gibson and Associates, Architects, Inc. had offices in Vero Beach, Charleston SC, and San Francisco. He has been called “the Father of Vero Beach Architecture” for the numerous homes, clubs and office buildings in the area.  An important supporter of the arts in his community, Gibson designed and donated the plans for Riverside Theater and the Vero Beach Museum of Art (then known as the Center for the Arts). He also gave greatly of his time to the community, performing in the Baptist Church Messiah for 18 years as lead violin, as well as serving as president of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the Treasure Coast Opera, and the Vero Beach Concert Association. Jim Gibson was married twice, to June Bosson Gibson and Suzan Brand Gibson. He was a loving father to three sons, Graeme, Randolph and James Gibson; his stepchildren Jay Brown, Talie Brown, Frank Brown and Susannah Kavanaugh, and his three grandchildren, Audra, Phillip and Jacob Gibson. A memorial service will be held at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church at 475 43rd Avenue on Saturday, August 30th, at 11 a.m. A separate gathering celebrating his life will be held at later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to “The Exchange Club of Vero Beach Scholarship Trust” in memory of James E. Gibson, c/o The Exchange Club of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 1982, Vero Beach FL, 32961. Lowther Funeral Home (8/27/14)

LESTER E. MCANULTY, 100, died August 22, 2014 at Veta’s ALF in Sebastian. He was born in Spruce, PA and lived in Roseland since 1975 coming from Erie, PA where he retired from GE company. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastian. Survivors include sons, Leslye D. McAnulty, Barefoot Bay, Bryan P McAnulty of Thailand, daughters, Ida Mae Loomis and Kathleen J Masterson both of Erie, PA; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Geneva Isabelle McAnulty in 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 13075 US Highway 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 in memory of Lester E. McAnulty. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

MARGARET J. MCAREE, 74, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her residence. She was a native of Rome, NY and moved to Sebastian, Fl in 1984 from Rome. Prior to retirement she worked in the Medical field as an Office Manager for a doctor’s office. Survivors include, three sons, Christopher McAree of Vero Beach, FL, Douglas McAree of Peekskill, NY and Robert McAree of Rome, NY, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, and a sister, Barbara Melioris of Mesa, AZ. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Robert McAree. Funeral Services will be private and the arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. Friends may sign the guest book at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (8/29/14

HELEN KELLY MERCIER, 84, of Vero Beach, FL passed away Sunday August 24, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born December 6, 1929 in Chicopee, Massachusetts and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 16 years, and resided previously in Glastonbury, CT for 31 years. Mrs. Mercier was of the Catholic Faith and a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. She retired from the State of Connecticut Health Department after working many years as a Registered Nurse. She volunteered at Indian River Medical Center after relocating to Vero Beach. Mrs. Mercier is survived by her son, Michael P. Mercier of Middleburg, FL; daughter, Maureen M. Childree and her husband, Eugene of Vernon, CT; sister, Mary C. Roberts of Chicopee and granddaughters, Angelina R. Childree of Vernon, CT and Amber M. Dipasquale of Fairfax, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Mercier and son, Daniel Mercier. A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, August 30th at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 am, Saturday, September 6th at Holy Name Church at Assumption Church, 97 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/29/14)

ERNEST MATTHEW SHERWIN, 94, died August 22, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. Mr. Sherwin was born in Barnesboro, PA and lived in Sebastian for 35 years coming from Warren, MI. He was a truck driver for Sears for 31 years and a member of the Teamsters before his retirement in 1979. Mr. Sherwin was a member of Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland, FL and a longtime member of their Friday Morning Prayer Breakfast. He was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Eureka Lodge 594, Warren, MI where he served as Chaplain and was a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Thorne of Jacksonville, FL; grandson, Jim Thorne of Jacksonville, FL; great-granddaughters, Addison Thorne and Nicole Thorne both of Jacksonville, FL and brothers, Barry Sherwin of Denver, CO and Ike Sherwin of Cleveland, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Gladys L. Sherwin in 2001. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Roseland United Methodist Church with Rev. M. Anne Godbold officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Sebastian Cemetery. Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

MICHAEL H. STARCKX passed away on August 23, 2014 at the age of 70. Known as “Big Mike”, he was a long time resident of Vero Beach. He was the only child of Henri and Doris Starckx, born on May 13, 1944 in Hopkinton, MA. He moved to Vero Beach in his late teens where he began his career path by pumping gas at Stile Gas Station. He opened Indian River Auto Salvage in 1964 and quickly became a fixture in the community. He enjoyed photography, traveling and all types of car/truck races. He is survived by his four children, Michelle Holzapfel of Vero Beach, Michael D. Starckx of Vero Beach, Laura McDonald of Golden, MS and Lisa Nesbitt of Reidsville, GA. He will be lovingly remembered as “PapPap” by his 8 grandchildren and 4 great grand-children. He is preceded in death by his wife Pamela Starckx and both parents. There will be a memorial service held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. The family asks for donations to be made to the VNA Hospice House in lieu of flowers. (8/27/14)

DEBRA THOMAS, 57, died August 22, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Framingham, Massachusetts and lived in Sebastian since 2012 coming from Fort Pierce, FL. Debra was a member of Freedom Church of Vero Beach. Survivors include her husband, Andrew Thomas of Sebastian, mother Alice Cifizzari of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, son Matthew D’Allessandro of 29 Palms, California, daughter Jennifer Ellis (Craig) of Vero Beach, Stephanie Provencal (Dave) of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, sisters Louise Moulico of North Smithfield, Rhode Island and Marianne Staples of Mansfield, Massachusetts, grandchildren Nicole and Dave Provencal and Craig and Aubrey Ellis. She was preceded in death by her father Louis Cifizzari. Memorial contributions may be made In lieu of flowers to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at wwW5.komen.org A Memorial Service will be held at Freedom Church, 455 58th Avenue SW, Vero Beach, 12:00 PM on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

KATHERINE J. VERNAM, 91, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center. She was a native of Rochester, NY and moved to Vero Beach in 1992 from Rochester with her husband James. Prior to retirement Katherine worked as a Medical Lab Technology Supervisor. She is survived by daughters Kathleen (Jean), and Laurie, son Greg (Carol) Vernam, daughter in law Sue Vernam and grandchildren Monica and Christian Vernam. She is predeceased by her husband, Jim and her son, Marc. Kaye loved life and her family, and was loved in return. Her relaxation of choice was time spent at sea on a cruise ship. After retirement, she enjoyed a second career as a collector and dealer of antiques in upstate New York, and logged thousands of hours as a volunteer Auxillian at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Her last few years were lived at Grace Rehabilitation Center where she was well cared for by the entire staff. If you wish to honor Kaye’s memory, you may donate to the Employee Benefit Fund at Grace in her name. Grace Rehabilitation of Vero Beach, 2180 10th Ave, Vero Beach FL 32960. Kaye touched many people’s lives and hearts, feel free to share your stories or memories here. (8/29/14)

PATRICIA WOLFF, 72, of Roseland, FL died August 23, 2014 at SRMC. She was born in Blue Island, IL and lived in Roseland for 44 years coming from Oak Forest, IL. Mrs. Wolff has been employed by Farhat J. Khawaja, M.D. for 37 years. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL; a founding member of the Roseland Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by her children Paula Witt (Greg) of Sebastian; Pauline Cobble of Roseland; Paul Wolff (Katie) of Roseland; Patrick Wolff (Nicole) of Kissimmee, a sister Lois Myers (Wayne), a brother Merle Bishop (Barbara); 8 grandchildren with another due Jan 2015, and 1 great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband Paul R Wolff in 2008; a daughter Paulette, and a sister MaryLou Irby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Thursday August 28, 2014 at St Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Mrs. Wolff will be transferred to Illinois for burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Cancer Society or any charity of your choice in her name.Sunday, August 31, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home (8/27/14)

 

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

KEVIN W. HAMBLIN, JR. (Little Kevin) passed away on Sunday morning August 17, 2014. Kevin loved the outdoors, was an accomplished chef and avid fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family. He was a very passionate and loving father, son, brother, uncle. He is survived by his longtime companion Heather Mitchell and their two sons, Mitchell and Grant, mother and stepfather Michelle & Bill Romano, father and stepmother Kevin & Renne Hamblin, brothers Michael Hamblin and T.J. Sparks and Zach Cox, grandmothers Sallie Piedmont and Jane Hamblin, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews from the Hamblin and Piedmont families. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Heart Association in remembrance of Kevin. The family is planning a celebration of life event for Kevin on Oct. 25th and all friends and family are welcome to attend. This event will start at 2:00 pm with the spreading of his ashes at D.J. Wilcox Nature Area (info available at http://floridahikes.com/djwilcox) just south of Vero Beach along the Indian River Lagoon where Kevin spent much of his time fishing. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Ellis & Teri Smith residence (8765 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL) for the celebration of Kevin’s life. Lowther Funeral Home (8/22/14)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

KATHERINE LOUISE LEE, age 93, passed away on August 17, 2014, in Vero Beach, with her daughter, Nancy Lee Gill and son-in-law Thomas Gill by her side. She was born on March 21, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri to Wilbur E. Graham and Augusta K. Graham. She married Bernard Lee when she was 18 years old and he was 22 years old. They both attended high school in Kansas City, Missouri. They were married for over 69 years before he passed away in 2009. Bernard and Katherine moved from Mission, Kansas to Deerfield Beach, Florida in 1993 to be closer to their daughter and family. They attended the Countryside Christian Church in Mission, Kansas for many years. Katherine was an accomplished pianist. She was a loving wife, daughter, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She was vibrant in life and will be greatly missed by her family. Katherine was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Verne Lee, Jr. and her son, Gary Michael Lee. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lee Gill, her son-in-law Thomas Gill; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Graham and his wife Bette Graham. Strunk Funeral Home (8/20/14)

JOHN N. LEMASTERS, III of Vero Beach, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the age of 81. John was born on August 3, 1933, in Akron, Ohio, to the late Helen (nee Crosby) and John N. Lemasters II. He grew up in the Ocala, Florida area where he attended high school. He went on to graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958. During the Korean War, he served in the Army as an instructor. John’s professional career spanned over 40 years, in which he was President and CEO of Contel in Atlanta, GA, and Computer Products in Boca Raton, FL. Before that he was Vice President of Harris Corp. in Melbourne, FL, where he started the Satellite Communications Division. After retirement, he served on the board of several communication companies. He was an active member of Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach where he played clarinet in the church orchestra. His hobbies included golf and piloting his airplane. In later years, he traded his airplane cockpit for his home flight simulator. Survivors include son Craig Lemasters (Dr. Laurel) of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter Lindi Lewis (Jan Lawrence) of Oakton, VA; grandchildren Will and Drew Lewis, and Steven, Kerry Anna, David and Corrie Lemasters; brother Steve Lemasters (Aloma); step-mother Shelby Lemasters; and four nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Christ By The Sea Music Ministry, 3755 Highway A-1-A, Vero Beach, Florida 32963. A memorial service celebrating John’s life will begin at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. A reception will follow. Strunk Funeral Home (8/22/14)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

ESTHER LOUISE PARKS, 93, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away August 19, 2014 at Consulate Health Care.She was born January 25, 1921 in Chester, WV and had been a resident of Miami, FL for 50 years prior to moving to Vero Beach 11 years ago. Mrs. Parks is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth (Terry) Lucas of Vero Beach; son, David (Kathy) Parks of Davie, FL; brother, Feral Beebout of West Virginia; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson . She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Jerome Parks; sons, Richard Parks and Bernard Parks; sisters, Thelma Dawson and Doris Blatchford; brother, Kenneth Beebout and a grandson. A funeral service and interment will be held 11 am, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Caballero Kendall Funeral Home and Woodlawn Park Cemetery South, 11655 S.W. 117th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33186. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/22/14)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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. Lowther Funeral Home (8/19/14)

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

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)

CYNTHIA LOUISE SPINKS (CINDY), 58, of Sebastian (formerly Boynton Beach), passed peacefully on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Cindy fought a brave and hard battle against Leukemia. Cindy was a loving and true friend to many. She had the most caring heart and would do without to help others in need. She most cherished her large anloving family. Cindy was born on April 28, 1956 in Binghamton, NY. Her family moved to Boca Raton from Vestal, NY when she was 11. She attended Boca High and graduated from Boca Prep School in 1974. She worked in the casual furniture business for many years. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for many years. Cindy is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Randell; parents Frank and Betty Lou Sanzo; daughter, Kari Dennis and friend George Johnson; Sister Beth Larson, her husband Charlie; two brothers, Frank Sanzo and wife Shari, Steven Sanzo and Michelle; grandsons, Bailey Dennis, Tylar and Charles Dennis; nieces and nephews, Charlie, Jr. (Tiffany), Lindsay (Matt), Frankie, Jr. , (Lindsay) , Tawny (James), Kirstie and Andrew; Uncle Bob Purtell and beloved cousins, Debbie Purtell, Becky Palmer, Linda Spruill and David Purtell. Cindy’s family is grateful to God for her life on earth, her friendships, and for your kindness and prayers. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 26, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 901 Clearmont St., Sebastian, FL with Father Dave Newhart, officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Cindy’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2 Oakwood Blvd. Ste. 200 , Hollywood, FL 33020 or VNA Hospice House, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960. Strunk Funeral Home (8/22/14)

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)

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)

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)

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)

CHERYL DAWN TILLIS, 55, of Vero Beach, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. Cheryl was born in Ft. Belvoir, VA on November 10, 1958 and liked to say she was an “Army Brat.” Her father was in the military and the family traveled extensively, finally settling in Vero Beach in 1968. Cheryl attended Citrus Elementary and was a graduate of Vero Beach High School, Class of 1976. Her first job was as a waitress at the old “Fat Boys” restaurant on US1. She then went into home health care as a CNA for many years until she retired. Cheryl was an outdoor gal. She loved to camp, fish and ride horses. She is survived by her father, Rufus and stepmother, Alice Tillis of Vero Beach; her twin brother, Michael of Gatesville, TX and several nieces and nephews. Cheryl was predeceased by her mother, Gwendolyn Lowenstein and brother, Ronald Tillis. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Crestlawn Cemetery. Lowther Funeral Home (8/22/14)

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)

RICHARD WOLFE, 75, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away August 20, 2014, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Wolfe was a native of Providence, RI. Survivors include his wife, Mary and a son, Richard Wolfe of Warwixk, RI. Arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. A guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/22/14)

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)

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)

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

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