STEPHEN WAREN BECKER of Vero Beach, FL and Hendersonville, NC passed away on April 16, 2014 of complications during heart surgery.
He is survived by Grace Marie Becker, his wife of 56 years, and by his son, Stephen Nelson Becker, his daughter-in-law Sara Granley Becker and his 3 grandchildren, John Sidbury Becker, Sarah Grace Becker and Evan Granley Becker, all of McLean VA. He was predeceased by his brother, Philip D Becker.
Becker was born June 12, 1926 in Bayside, Queens. He was a World War Two veteran, having served as a first mate in the Navy in the Pacific theater. He subsequently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from American University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He worked as director of research for several Wall Street investment firms before starting a mutual fund, the Becker Fund, in 1969. After selling the fund, he was an investment manager for Goldman Sachs and subsequently retired from McCowan Associates. He was very fond of his weekends in East Hampton, NY where his hobbies including gardening, fishing and golf.
Following his retirement, he moved to Stuart, FL and subsequently to Vero Beach, FL, and also maintained a summer home in Hendersonville, NC.
He was a devoted husband, a terrific father and a loving grandfather. Despite many health challenges over the years, he was always upbeat. He was sharp, witty and fully engaged with everyone he met.
There will be a private celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Spondylitis Association of America (www.spondylitis.org). www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/22/14)
DOLORES CANNON of Vero Beach passed away on April 18, 2014. Dolores was born in Richmond Hill, NY. She married William Cannon of East Meadow, Long Island on September 22, 1956 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage. After raising two children on Long Island, NY, Dolores and Bill Cannon retired to Vero Beach and have enjoyed residency here since 1997.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Cannon and two children, William Cannon and Maureen Cannon of New York.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home. www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/22/14)
GRACE ANN GREEN (SMITH), a94, of Vero Beach, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 18, 2014.
She is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Edward E. Green. She is survived by her children; Phil, Jim, Karen and Kathy, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. A prayer service will follow at 7PM. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 10AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please share condolences at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (4/22/14)
WILLIAM “TIMMY” MCCULLERS, 54, of Vero Beach, Florida lost his battle with lung cancer Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Timmy was born April 12, 1960 in Vero Beach, FL to BJ McCullers Sr. and Roberta Peterson McCullers. Timmy completed up to the 10th grade at Tabernacle Church. He then went to work for his father.
Timmy became a well-known local business man for over 30 years. He was a mud racer, loved to ski and loved the river. His main goal in life was supporting his family and raising his children. He became involved with the Vero Beach Senior High School band in 2002, which became another part of his life. He volunteered with local charities around Vero for the last 13 years. Timmy had a BIG heart and gave help whenever he was needed. He was also a member of The First Baptist Church of Vero Beach.
Timmy was survived by his wife of 28 years Holly Romine McCullers, his three children; Allison McCullers Bartlett (Teresa), Joshua McCullers (Tracey) and Angela Joy McCullers, all of Vero Beach. Siblings Jimmy McCullers (Cindy) of Okeechobee, FL and Deborah Bryant (Doug) of Troy, AL. He was pre-deceased by two sons Steven William and Gary Lee as well as his granddaughter Destiny Lee, who we believed took him home as she would have been 5 this month. We love and miss him dearly. He will always be in each of our hearts. Bless him and keep him.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fighting Indians Band Boosters, P.O Box 5124 Vero Beach, FL 32961. Please make checks payable to Fighting Indians Band Boosters. A Celebration of Life will begin at 10AM, Saturday April 26, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL. www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/22/14)
GEORGE ALBERT PATTON, III, 49, of Vero Beach, Florida died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born April 2, 1965 in Canton, Ohio and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 34 years. George attended Vero Beach High School. He worked in kitchen sales at the Sebastian Home Depot for the past 7 years. George enjoyed anything outdoors from camping, boating to fishing and he was an avid poker player. He was known animal lover and especially loved wild squirrels.
George is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth Patton; children, Dustin, Kyle and Alyssa Patton; parents, George and Donna Patton, Jr.; brothers, Keith Patton, Brian (Aimee) Patton; sister, Brenda (Laruen) Patton; sister-in-law, Stephanie (Rob) Errett ; mother-in-law, Donna Brown and his beloved dog, Kiwi and bird, Poco.
A memorial service will be held at Living Lord Lutheran Church in the near future. 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 (4/22/14)
CHARLES RICHARD APPLEGATE III, 89, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Charles was born March 1, 1925 in Freehold, New Jersey to C. Richard and Mary Thompson Applegate, II. He graduated from Freehold High School and the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey before attending Princeton University where he was in the Officers Training V12 Program. During WW II he served in the US Marine Corps and was sent to China, the South Pacific and Okinawa. It was during this time that he received a Purple Heart for his unselfish service to the Corps. Upon his release from active duty he married Patricia Palmer. During their marriage of 67 years they had homes in Colts Neck and Harvey Cedars, New Jersey before moving to Vero Beach in 1973. Charles was a third generation apple and peach grower, owning and operating Wemrock Orchards, Inc. in Freehold for over 25 years with his father. He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Freehold, the First Presbyterian Church in Redbank and presently a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. He was also a former member of the Freehold Rotary Club, Garden State Fruit Growers Association and the Battleground Country Club in Freehold.In addition to his beloved wife Patricia, he is survived by two daughters, Constance A. Whidden of Freehold and Deborah A. Applegate of Vero Beach; two granddaughters, Cynthia W. Russo, and her husband Antonio, and Kimberly W. Fusco; great-grandchildren Nicholas Russo and Sofia Russo; sisters, Ruth A. Buffett and Lois Ann DeStefano. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or VNA/Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A memorial service with military honors for Charles will begin at 11AM, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, Dr. Timothy Womack officiating, with a reception following at the church. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Freehold. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/15/14)
ROBERT CHARLES BINNION JR., was born October 20, 1927, in San Marcos, TX, the son of Robert C. and Evelyn Schutts Binnion, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Schutts of Forth Worth, TX. Mr. Binnion, a graduate of R. L. Paschal High School, Fort Worth, studied engineering at North Texas Agricultural College before receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with the class of 1950. Upon graduation he married his hometown sweetheart, Janie Cotten, and was assigned to destroyer duty aboard USS Bausell DD845. He saw action during the Korean War and was subsequently assigned to the staff of Vice Admiral Frank G. Fahrion, Commander Amphibious Forces Atlantic Fleet. Mr. Binnion left the Navy in 1954 and joined The Trane Company, of La Crosse, WI, manufacturing engineers of heating, air conditioning, and special heat transfer equipment, serving first in sales in Dallas and later in the home office. In 1960, he left Trane’s employment to establish Binnion Trane Associates, in Philadelphia, representing Trane in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Binnion Trane was purchased by the Trane Company in 1983 and the Binnion’s relocated to Banner Elk, NC, and La Romana, Dominican Republic. In 1990, they relocated permanently to Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Binnion was active in business and civic affairs serving on the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and various boards. He was a member of The Union League, the American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers, and a Past President of Waynesboro Country Club. Mr. Binnion served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grandfather Home for Children, North Carolina and was a Charter Member of Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janie; daughters, Alexa (Frank) MacPherson of Hohenschaeftlarn, Germany and Anne Binnion Farbstein of Phoenixville, PA; grandsons, Ian of Charlotte, NC, Jesse and Max of Phoenixville, PA; granddaughters, Jennifer of Hohenschaeftlarn, Germany, Leah and Marlee of Phoenixville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s honor may be made to Grandfather Home for Children, P.O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Memorial service details will be announced at a later date. www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/12/14)
ETHEL M. WEIDMAN BRATTON, 97, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Florida Baptist Retirement Center, Vero Beach. She was born in 1917 in Detroit, MI and lived in Vero Beach for the past 32 years, coming from the Chicago area. Mrs. Bratton was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, decorating, reading, gardening and painting. She was a past member of the Vero Beach Garden Club and volunteered at the Center for the Arts of Vero Beach. She was a 1980 graduate of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Survivors include her daughter, Susan B. (Keith) Taylor of Vero Beach; son, Stephen W. Bratton of Vero Beach; brother, Thomas Weidman of Plymouth, MI; sister, Ruth Stevens of Livonia, MI and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, in 1974, William James Bratton; two brothers and two sisters. Her family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to her long time caregiver, Regina Bartee, who treated her like her own family. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. No services are planned. Interment will take place a Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. 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. (4/20/14)
CHARLES CHESNEY, 89, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on April 11, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL http://coxgiffordseawinds.com (4/15/14)
RAY ALLEN CHURCH, 50, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home in Vero Beach. Ray was born in Fort Pierce, Florida and was a lifelong resident of Vero Beach. He had worked in the roofing industry and had worked for Bud’s Roofing Service in Fort Pierce. Ray had attended the Tabernacle School in Vero Beach and was known to enjoy the simplicity of life, finding great entertainment from listening to country music and watching his favorite TV shows. Survivors include his mother Rita Louise Paul of Vero Beach; daughters Crystal Church and Tamara Church of Pennsylvania; his first wife Tammy Church of Pennsylvania; sisters Darlene (Steve) Nesbitt of Vero Beach and Lisa (Manace) Gonzalez of Fellsmere, Florida, and Melinda and Geneva Church of Virginia; and grandchildren Vanessa and Anthony of Pennsylvania; and four nieces and nephews Vann, Cory, Junby and Alyssa. Ray was preceded in death by his father Ray Newton Church, grandmother Louise Stanley, and his aunts, Martha Davis and Wanda Bell. Memorial contributions may be made to Tabernacle Ministries, 51 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL 32962. A Life Celebration Memorial Service will be at held 2:00 PM on Friday April 18, 2014 at Tabernacle Ministries in Vero Beach with Pastor Dave Foster officiating. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/15/14)
JANET “JAN” COOK, passed away at Indian River Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Westville, IL on September 16, 1936 to John and Marcel (Birmont) Stimac, she was raised in IL and graduated from Westville High School in 1954. Jan worked as an Executive Secretary at General Motors, where she met her husband, Thomas W. Cook. Tom and Jan were married on September 8, 1962 and enjoyed 51 years of happy marriage. Jan followed her husband through several job transfers that took them to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Georgia, Michigan, and Illinois before finally settling in Vero Beach. Jan found something to enjoy about each location but especially loved Florida. She enjoyed travel, cooking, and for many years, playing golf. She leaves behind her brother, Donald Stimac, of Danville, IL, devoted husband, Tom; children Bryan (his wife Amy) of Whitinsville, MA and Leslie (her husband, William Houston) of Crown Point, IN, as well as grandchildren Zachary, Ashley, Abigail and Joshua Cook. Jan will be missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of Vero Beach at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 25, 2014 followed by a reception at the John’s Island Club. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 http://www.vnatc.com. www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/18/14)
NICOLE KATHLEEN DERRICK, 41, passed away on April 7, 2014 at her home in Vero Beach, FL. She was born on May 21, 1972, the daughter of Karl and Linda Russ. Nicole was a beautiful lady and a great, loving wife. She will be missed by many, including her husband with whom she had a loving relationship with for over 15 years. Nicole was a woman with a special light about her. She was always seen with a smile upon her face and always giving her whole heart into every project she was completing. She enjoyed many hands on activities such as gardening and ceramics. She also enjoyed carpentry. Along with her husband, they built a workshop for their many artistries that they enjoyed together. Nicole had a love for custom jewelry creation. The many pieces that she created will emit the great love that she gave into the project. www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/11/14)
PEGGY POWERS FORD died peacefully April 7th 2014 at her home in Vero Beach, Florida. She was born August 16, 1919 at Harper Hospital, Detroit to Ernest L. Powers and Harriet Ekren Powers. They lived in Port Huron and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1929. She attended Grosse Pointe Country Day School, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and Sarah Lawrence College. She married Lawrence Gotfredson, Jr. in 1942 and John B. Ford, III in 1980. Peggy is survived by her children: Lawrence Gotfredson, III (Kathie) and Christian Gotfredson; her grandchildren Kelly Gotfredson Mathews (Mark), Lawrence Gotfredson, IV (Jody), Hannah Gotfredson, and Trevor Gotfredson and four great grandchildren. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Association since 1932, The Garden Club of Michigan since 1970; She was president from 1978-1980, Zone Chairman X, Medal of Merit 2008, Helen Stark Smith Memorial Award 1986, Edith Stanton Newberry Award 1979 (as Peggy Gotfredson), GCA 50th Anniversary Bowl 1973 (as Peggy Gotfredson). She was also a member of The Johns Island Garden Club and a supporter of McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach, FL. She was a member of The Johns Island Club, where she spent her winters, The Country Club of Detroit, The Grosse Pointe Club, The Little Harbor Club, and The Harbor Pointe Association in Harbor Springs, Michigan where she spent her summers. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Sigma Gamma Association or The Garden Club of Michigan. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A guestbook is available online at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/15/14)
ROBERT HIRSCENKO, died April 3, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. He was born in Passaic, NJ, lived in Garfield, NJ and moved to Vero Beach from Fairlawn, NJ in 2003. Robert was a member of the Catholic Faith and was a talented and wonderful artist. Survivors include brother Richard and sister-in-law Maureen Hriscenko of Vero Beach and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Robert will be remembered as a loving and caring brother, brother-in-law, cousin and uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Rose Hriscenko. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/8/14)
EDNA P. KRAJEWSKI, 86, died April 10, 2014 at her residence in Sebastian. She was born in Fort Kent, Maine and lived in Sebastian four years coming from Pinellas Park, FL . She retired after many years with General Electric in Plainville, CT. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include her children John Krajewski (Donna), of Sebastian, FL, Vera Haesche (James) of Vero Beach, FL, Tina Bunnell (James) of Bristol, CT, Roy Krajewski of Terryville, CT, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Anthony Krajewski and a sister Lena Spielman. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Terryville,CT. A Prayer service will be held 7:00 PM on Friday April 11, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in Terryville, CT. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/12/14)
MARY ELLEN (JUDY) KRAVEC KREUL went to a better life on April14, 2014. She was born to George and Mary (Tomechek) Kravec in Smilno, Slovakia on January 30, 1922. Mary moved to the United States when she was 7. She married her beloved husband Jack in1943. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and loved “going to business”. Mary, Jack, and their daughter, Jacqueline lived in Yonkers and Brewster, New York. Mary and Jack moved to Vero Beach in 1979. Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John L. Kreul; a sister, Helen Nealy; and a niece, Mary Elizabeth Nealy. Surviving relatives include her daughter, Jacqueline J. Davis; grandchildren, Amanda J. Brown and Kenneth J. Reul; sister, Agnes Chrysogelos; two nieces and three nephews. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 16 at Hillcrest Cemetary at 3 p.m. www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/15/14)
JAMES ALBERT LADWIG, Grammy Award winning designer and six time nominee for packaging, died from cancer in his Vero Beach home on April 2, 2014. Jim was born March 9, 1934 in Oak Park, IL to Elsie Clara Meyer and William Carl Ladwig. His father’s passing at a young age and his being raised by a hard working mother influenced choices that he made throughout his life and helped him to become the wonderful man he was. Working from a young age he caught the eye of a local businessman who was interested as to what he planned for the future. Jim’s response that he liked to draw led to his showing him his work. It was suggested that he pursue this in school and try and make a living in art. After college he found out about an opening in the art department at Mercury Records, so he designed an album cover to add to his portfolio and the rest is history. Jim was drafted into the Army while at Mercury Records where his curiosity and love of people and places really began to take off. While at boot camp in Ft. Huachuca, AZ a friend received his orders for France. How Jim got to go doesn’t need to be told but his crossing and arrival in Bremerhaven, Germany on Christmas Eve 1957 was a sign as to the charmed life he could make for himself. Stationed in La Rochelle, France he took every opportunity to travel and explore. Standing in the rain at Le Mans in 1958 sparked an already existing fascination with cars and speed that would remain and grow throughout his life. He also learned to appreciate chicory coffee, oysters and ‘love’… precious to him always. With his discharge in 1959, PFC Ladwig returned to Chicago but Mercury Records no longer had an art department. He was referred to Norman Graphics where the work was being done and rose to the position of Art & Advertising Director. Mercury pioneered “black sound” under the brilliance of co-founder Irvin Green so Jim’s job was demanding. He designed albums for Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, The Platters and Louis Armstrong. Mercury also had it’s share of pop singers such as Vic Damone and The Four Seasons and artists like Frankie Lane, Patti Paige and The Smothers Brothers. The list is endless and so was the pressure, so when Jim was approached by a printing vendor with an idea, Jim listened. In 1968, Don Kosterka’s idea to broker printing jobs for clients in the music business became a reality and Album Graphics was started. Even with Jim’s creative abilities and Don’s business and printing expertise the fledgling company needed more. The third partner, Richard Block, solidified what would turn out to be an amazing success story. To backtrack though, Irwin Steinberg, then chairman of Polygram labels called Jim one day with a proposal. If Album Graphics would provide all their album artwork on a budgeted basis, he would give them all their printing. This solid foundation allowed Jim to build an amazing creative staff in LA, NYC and Chicago. The company gained a reputation that spread from coast to coast as a manufacturer that delivered quality goods no matter how complicated or unusual. They attracted great people, Design and Grammy Award winners, and Jim loved his collaboration with these talented artists within and outside of the company. These are just a few album designs by this group and printed by AGI… The Eagles:Hotel California; Fleetwood Mac:Rumors; Supertramp:Breakfast in America; Strange Days:The Doors; The Rolling Stones:Tatoo You, Emotional Rescue, Some Girls; Rod Stewart:Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A Dull Moment, Gasoline Alley; The Faces:Ooh La La; Ohio Players:Angel, Fire, Honey. Some of the creative community whose work he admired or who meant so much to Jim have also passed away but some are still out there. Jim always felt honored to work with you… Ed Careaff, Kim Champagne, Peter Corriston, John Craig, Bob Defrin, Andy Engel, Jeff Gold, Jeri Heiden, Bob Heimal, Joe Kotleba, Ed Lee, Richard Mantel, Basil Pao, Tommy Steele, Dez Strobel, Storm Thorgerson, Ed Thrasher, Rick Valencenti, Roland Young… again, just to name a few. To Rod Stewart and Quincy Jones, know that he appreciated and always remembered his time with you in those early years . The company changed a lot since the days when Ed Dwyer was in charge of the LA office and Richard Block was in NYC, but Jim never let change do anything but inspire him. During his career, he was nominated for six Grammy Awards for packaging: his 1st while at Mercury in 1963 for Bach’s Greatest Hits. In 1973 Jim designed Ooh La La for the Faces from a photo of Gastone, a character in top hat from an Italian opera. The eyes rolled and the mouth opened into a strange smile when you pressed down on the top of the cover… that was Jim’s 2nd nomination. The Ohio Players were recording an album for STAX records and Jim was approached to come up with a design. The song ‘Honey’ was written because of that design and he won the Grammy for best album cover for this erotic gatefold jacket in 1975. In 1986 Jim created the Digipak with AGI, a plastic alternative to the standard plastic jewel box for CDs. Unlike so many, Jim loved the CD format and as major labels repackaged their back catalogs, reissues were often enclosed in Digipaks. In the 60′s, Album Graphics had turned a square 12′ record jacket into endless possibilities for designers to express themselves. Now, the molded tray became the art directors first choice due to the flexibility that the Digipak allowed. Jim was inspired by Japan Sleeve’s beautiful work which resulted in the first CD special package for R.E.M. on Warner Bros. Jim became the premier designer for ‘limited edition special packaging’ which he loved doing because once again, he got to throw around ideas and work with great companies and people. He received his 4th nomination in 1990 for Special Edition Anita Baker:Compositions and his 5th in 1993 for R.E.M.:Automatic For The People. Jim was nominated in 1996 for the 6th time for Frank Sinatra’s Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. The 20 CD’s came housed in a miniature trunk that stands a foot high, weighs 10 lbs and is covered by vinyl that resembles actual leather. Jim wanted the travel motif to represent Sinatra’s journey to success from Hoboken to Hollywood. His efforts in the advancement of entertainment related packaging design, won Jim an ‘Alex Packaging Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2005. He said “I am humbled by this honor… it’s a nice closure for this career and gives me a chance to go over all this stuff and remember all the wonderful relationships”. Jim believed in something that his partner, Richard, had read years ago… “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education is not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Determination and persistence alone are omnipotent.” Jim never thought of himself as talented… just in the right place at the right time… 100% ready to jump in with both feet. Jim was up before dawn each day of his life… anticipating a great day. Before work he would go to the East Bank Club in Chicago or run at the Lakefront or around Central Park in NYC. As his knees started talking he would cycle between Lincoln Park and Evanston or the bridges in Vero. Time and age could never stop his desire to be outside each morning. Over the years he had buddies that he would meet at 6:30am at Peet’s in Chicago or Panera in Vero… something he so enjoyed. He loved cars and vintage raced at Road America, Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Daytona & Sebring. He joined Targa66, started by Vero’s Brian Redman, and enjoyed his time on the track at Moroso Raceway and Roebling Road. He and his wife enjoyed various rallies with ‘the Chicago Gang’ and participated in the Copperstate 1000, the California Mille, and the Colorado Grand where they eventually were awarded ’2003 Prime Motoring Fools’. Jim got pleasure from all his cars but he most often would be behind the wheel of one Porsche or another. Most of all he loved to travel, planned or on the fly… the U.S. or Europe or Asia. He loved to drive the twisting roads; hop on trains, busses or metros; walk the streets of cities and villages. He was always open and fearless and thrilled by each new experience no matter where… and of course… always up at dawn! He loved living in Chicago where he had so many ties and friends… just sailing on Lake Michigan or going to the Art Institute, Grant Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo or the theater. He always considered Chicago home but never wanted to leave Vero once he got settled there. Weeks after taking delivery of a 20′ Grady White Tournament he headed through the locks with the Grady Bunch for a west coast adventure… and that was it. He embraced boating and the people he met and couldn’t have enjoyed his time more. Over the years he joined the Riverside Theatre, the Vero Beach Museum, the Jazz Society, the Lyric, the Sunrise Theater, McKee Gardens, the Moorings Yacht Club and the VBYC. Jim’s youthful exuberance, his keen interest for anything and everything worthwhile, his curious and gentle manner, and the loyalty and appreciation he has always shown will be his true legacy. He is survived by his wife, Paula Bisacca-Ladwig; his son, Michael W./daughter-in-law, Theresa Peters/grandchildren, Connor and Taylor; his son, David P./daughter-in-law, Kate Roth/grandson, Charlie; and his daughter, Jennifer L. He was an amazing father, grandfather, husband, friend, mentor, innovator, collaborator, designer. Donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society for research in Glioblastoma(GBM). http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/8/14)
LENA S. LORE-SMARZ, age 92, passed into God’s hands on Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Vero Beach, FL. She was a dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful example of faith and love! Lena S. Lore-Smarz was born on July 4, 1921, in Olean, New York to Michael and Angelina DeFazio. She grew up in Niagara Falls, NY with her eight brothers and sisters.
She married Angelo Michael Lore, Sr. on December 2, 1939, and together they had four beautiful children. They made their home in Niagara Falls, NY, until moving the family to Vero Beach, FL in 1965. In Vero Beach, Lena worked for 20 years at the McDonalds on US-1, and for many of those years she worked alongside her youngest daughter, MaryAnn. Lena was a woman of faith and devoted parishioner of St. Helen Catholic Church for nearly 50 years. Lena’s biggest achievement in life was her family, whom she showered with constant love and affection. She always had her rosary beads handy, prayed daily for her family, and put all things in God’s hands. She is survived by her sisters Rose Hannahs and Francis Archie; daughters Juanita Burns of Vero Beach, Carrie Shields and husband Bob Shields of Austin, TX, and MaryAnn Conrado and husband Joe Conrado of Vero Beach; her grandchildren Angelo Lore of Niagara Falls, NY, Parris Lore and wife Nadine of Vero Beach, Carl Burns and husband Richard Bohner, Jr. of Vero Beach, Robert Shields and wife Teresa of Apple Valley, MN, Jason Odom and wife Brooke of Vero Beach, Jeremy Odom and wife Jamie of Vero Beach, Stefanie Conrado of Port St. Lucie, Vanessa Shields of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren Angela and Peter Lore of Niagara Falls, NY, Chloe Lore of Vero Beach, Ariana, Bryce, and Grayson Shields of Apple Valley, MN, Ava Odom, Caroline Odom, and Graham Odom of Vero Beach, and Finley and Harper Odom of Vero Beach; and many nieces and nephews from all over the country. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Angelo M. Lore, Sr., husband Michael Smarz, son Angelo M. Lore, Jr., and son-in-law Carl F. Burns. There will be a viewing at Lowther Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. Helen Catholic Church at 12:00 p.m., with post-Mass internment at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach, Florida. www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/15/14)
MELVIN EDWARD LOUDERMILK JR., 74, of Fort White, FL died April 4, 2014 at his home in Fort White. Melvin was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in Fort White, FL 10 years coming from Fellsmere, FL. He worked as a Machinist for Piper Aircraft, Vero Beach, FL before his retirement. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eva Loudermilk of Fort White, FL; sons, Melvin Ray Loudermilk of Vero Beach, FL, Alan Loudermilk of West Palm Beach, FL and Patrick Loudermilk of Costa Rica; daughter, Tina Crockett of Columbus, OH; brother, Mike Loudermilk of Vero Beach, FL; sister Jeanette Suit of Palm Bay, FL; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Melvin was preceded in death by his brothers Kenny and Fred Loudermilk. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Funeral Service will be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian with Rev. Dennis Loury, South Babcock Baptist Church, Palm Bay, FL officiating. Interment will follow in Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay, FL.www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/11/14)
EUGENE GORDON MOODY passed away at home in Vero Beach, Florida on April 8, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1925. After serving in the US Army during WW II in Japan, he was married to Lois McAllister in Oak Park, Illinois. They were married for 53 years and raised three children. Lois predeceased him in 2003 and they are survived by their daughters Martha Moody Glassmeyer and Janet Moore of Vero Beach and Patricia Moody of Raleigh, North Carolina, and two grandchildren Andrew Gordon McCullagh and Porter Ellen Moore. He is also predeceased by a brother, William Moody. Gene graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He was a lifelong Michigan fan where he lettered in Track and Field every year and graduated with academic honors. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan in 1949. He served as City Manager of Freemont, Michigan and of Bloomington, Illinois. In 1964 he was elected President of the Illinois City Managers Association. He was an active member of his community having been President of the Rotary Club of Bloomington, Elder in his church and referee of high school basketball and baseball games. The family moved to the St. Louis Area where he was Executive Director of the St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois Council of Government for ten years. The Moodys spent their retirment years in Hendersonville, North Carolina. After his wife’s passing, Gene moved to Vero Beach to be closer to family. He volunteered at the local hospital, was a member of the First United Methodist Church and participated as a Range Rider for the Florida City and County Management Association. Gene was a stellar husband, father and human being. He traveled widely, read voraciously, and was unfaillingly respectful of everyone he encountered. He contributed greatly to the progress and public life of every community he lived in. He is missed by his grateful family. There will be a private celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First United Methodist Church, 1750 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the charity of one’s choice. www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/11/14)
HELEN NICHOLSON, 97, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in her home. Helen was born July 27, 1916 in Camden, NJ, the daughter of Walter and Bertha Read. She graduated from Camden High School in 1936 and immediately joined the work force. She became a bookkeeper and worked for a bank and Mobil Oil for 25 years before retiring in 1971 from its Philadelphia Offices. On September 4, 1954, Helen married Charles D. Nicholson, Jr., a blessed union of 53 years. When Charlie retired in 1979 they sold their house in Cherry Hill, NJ and moved, in September 1980, to the Village Green community, Poinciana, in Vero Beach where she lived for 30 years. Helen lived in the Isles of Vero Beach for 4 years. Helen is survived by her dear friends, Richard and Ruth Horton. She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie in 2007. In remembrance of Helen, please consider donations to VNA Hospice Foundation of Vero Beach. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory of Vero Beach. Private service will be held at the Veterans Island of Riverside Park in Vero Beach, FL at a later time. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/11/14)
JOHN A. O’BRIEN, 80, died April 6, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived in Sebastian for 30 years coming from Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania. He retired from Exxon Corporation as a Gas Station Manager. Survivors include wife Anne E. O’Brien of Sebastian, sons John A. O’brien of Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania and John Dill of Stockholm, New Jersey, daughters Diane Debella of Effort, Pennsylvania, Liz Sita of Jersey City, New Jersey, Peggy Cutrie of West Caldwell, New Jersey and Nancy Matos, 21 Grand Children and six Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas O’Brien.www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/11/14)
GLORIA O’DOWD, 81, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born May 20, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, was raised in Brooklyn, NY and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1988, coming from Glen Cove, Long Island. Prior to retirement, Mrs. O’Dowd worked as a commercial scheduler at WOR-TV in New York. Gloria was an avid Bingo player at Ft. Pierce Bingo. She enjoyed crochet and was a former member of the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her husband, Patrick S. O’Dowd; daughter, Kathiann Paolillo; sons, Robert Harold Cornman, Jr. and Stephen William Cornman; step-daughters, Janey Carney and Maureen Manley; 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Cornman in 1972; great-grandson, Nicholas and step-son, Patrick O’Dowd. A visitation will be held 4-6pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home followed by a 6pm, wake service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/12/14)
PETER F. OSTERMAN SR., 87, of New Egypt, NJ died Monday, April 14 at home with his family by his side. Born in Orange, NJ he was previously a resident of South River, NJ and Sebastian, Florida before moving to New Egypt, NJ in 2013. Peter served in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific theatre of operations from April 1945 to Dec 1946, and was retired from a 30 year career as a computer systems analyst who designed and implemented brokerage applications for various Wall Street firms. He loved country western music, fishing, boating, singing, and playing his guitar. He played rhythm guitar in the country western band Pete Mann & the Cowhands in the 1950’s, and while retired in Florida made many new musical friends through several groups he joined. Peter was predeceased by his wife Cecelia (Mechalakos), his son Peter Jr., and his daughter, Barbara Tomaszewski. He is survived by his daughter Candace Verrastro and husband David, his son Mark and wife Tracey, his son-in-law Tommy, his grandchildren Tiphani Tomaszewski, Tania Tomaszewski, Michelle Osterman, Maggie Farr, and great grandchildren Joseph Andress Jr., Dominick Genoese, and Mara Farr. Funeral services for Peter will be held on Friday, April 25 at 1:00 PM at the Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian, FL with burial to immediately follow in the Sebastian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peter’s memory (http://stj.convio.net/goto/Peter_Osterman) may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Tributes Group, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/18/14)
ANN MARIE PUZA, 68, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014.www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/9/14)
PATRICIA LORENE ROY, 71, of Vero Beach, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1942 in Baltimore, MD and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1981, coming from Lavonia, MI. Patricia was a retired teacher and member of First Church of the Nazarene, where she was a volunteer at their homework center. She had also volunteered at the Auxiliary of IRMC. Patricia is survived by her husband, Clyde Roy; daughters, Mary-Margaret Sievers of Champaign, IL and Sharon Moore of Naples, FL; step-daughter, Rose Nicholas of San Diego, CA; son, William Moore of Land O Lakes, FL; sisters, Peggy Blount (Patricia’s twin) and Betty Ann Plott both of Tampa, FL and 4 grandchildren. Patricia was predeceased by husband, William Barton Moore. A memorial service will be held at Noon, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at First Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Hugh King, officiating. Donations in Patricia’s name may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, 2215 E. Henry Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/9/14)
RUTH A. SCHAMING, 92, of Spanish Lakes, Fort Pierce, FL passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at her home. Ruth was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania and moved to Spanish Lakes in 1984 from Pompano Beach, FL. She had been a teacher in Pennsylvania prior to her retirement.Survivors include her son Chris of Spanish Lakes. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1994. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helen Catholic Church, 2000 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 Services will be private. www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/11/14)
SUZANNE SOMERSALL ROBERTS SCRANTON, 89, the widow of Donald H. Roberts and S.Samuel Scranton, Jr., died of natural causes on April 14, 2014 at her residence at Clare Bridge of Vero Beach, FL. Born Suzanne Somersall Outerbridge on October 23, 1924 on the island of Bermuda, she was the daughter of Ira Stuart Outerbridge and Mary Trott Outerbridge. Through her parents, Mrs. Scranton was a direct descendant of two of the island’s oldest families which had settled in Bermuda in the 17th Century. Growing up in Bermuda in the 1920′s and 1930′s, Mrs. Scranton recalled idyllic childhood days(prior to cars on Bermuda’s roads) filled with swimming, biking, sailing and playing tennis with her numerous island cousins and friends. In 1939, Mrs. Scranton enrolled as a boarder at Dwight School for Girls(Englewood, NJ). There Mrs. Scranton made a number of life-long friends and developed a great love for America and New York City. After graduation from Dwight in June, 1943 as President of Dwight’s Boarding Department, Mrs. Scranton returned to Bermuda. Shortly thereafter, she met and became engaged to her first husband and the father of her three children, Donald Roberts. Mr. Roberts, a First Lieutenant in the US Navy, was stationed in Bermuda with the USS Hamul prior to its departure in late 1944 to the Pacific. After their marriage ceremony in 1946, the couple moved to America where Mr. Roberts pursued a career as a senior sales executive with Fieldcrest Mills and later as the Executive Director of the National Association of Bath, Bed and Linen Manufacturers, both headquartered in New York City. For 30 years, the couple lived in Summit, NJ where they raised their children. After Mr. Roberts’ retirement in 1992, the couple moved to Vero Beach, FL. In 1996, Mr. Roberts died shortly after they had celebrated 50 years of marriage. In 2001, Mrs. Scranton married her second husband, Samuel Scranton, a widower and a retired business executive living in Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Scranton died in 2011. Mrs. Scranton was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church(Vero Beach) where she was active with the Altar Guild. Mrs. Scranton was also a member of the Riomar Country Club (Vero Beach) and Coral Beach & Tennis Club(Bermuda). Mrs. Scranton is survived by her three children: Margaret Roberts Murphy, Charlottesville, VA.; Stuart O. Roberts, Steamboat Springs, CO; Donald H. Roberts, Jr., Philadelphia, PA; and by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Dwight-Englewood School 315 East Palisade Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631 or Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150 Vero Beach, FL. 32960 Private funeral service at a later date. www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/18/14)
J. ROBERT WHITEMORE, 93, of Vero Beach, died after a brief illness on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. He was born on November 19, 1920 in Erie, PA, but was raised in Watertown, NY and then lived in NJ for 40 years where he and his wife raised their children, prior to moving to Vero Beach shortly after his retirement. “Bob” is survived by his children, James R. Whitmore and his wife Doreen of Hackettstown, NJ, Kathleen Modrow and her husband Douglas of Newton, NJ, Michael W. Whitmore and his wife Vicki of Vonore, TN and John F. Whitmore and his wife Marilyn of Savannah, GA; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren, and a brother Rev. Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore in Watertown, NY. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Margaret nee Monahan and grand-daughter Debbie Ann Modrow-Snook. He graduated for Fordham University, served in World War II as a First Lieutenant, and worked for Suburban Propane Gas Corp. for 36 ½ years prior to retiring as Vice President in charge of Taxes and Insurance. Bob had been active in community affairs serving with the Boy Scouts for many years in Morris Plains, NJ; the Homeowners Assoc. and Golf Club boards in Panther Valley in NJ; the Men’s Golf Assoc. and Civic Assoc. at Vista Royale; and an active member in St. Helen Catholic Church with the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Harvest Festival and the Parish Council. Memorial Contributions should be made to St. Helen Catholic Church. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church and entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (4/8/14)
DR. ENOCH JAMES VANN, JR., Lovingly called Jim, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center of Vero Beach. Dr Vann’s obituary will be updated when service details are available. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/18/14)
WARREN HOWEY WINCHESTER, 82, of Vero Beach, FL, died April 12, 2014. Charlotte, his loving wife of 56 years, was by his side and helped him go peacefully to heaven. He was born April 7, 1932, in Waxhaw, NC, to the late Albert Ney and Stella Irene Winchester; he was preceded in death by his brother Douglas Winchester and sister Sarah Winchester Lowe. Mr. Winchester, a graduate of Mineral Springs High School, NC, attended Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC, from 1951-53 where he received an Associate Arts degree. Following his boyhood dream of flying, he joined the U.S. Navy in August 1953 as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Mr. Winchester had a successful 26 year naval career, retiring in 1979 at the rank of Captain. His naval career began as an airship pilot and later he transitioned to flying helicopters during which flew many antisubmarine missions and piloted the helicopter that retrieved the Gemini III astronauts Grissom and Young from the Atlantic Ocean in March 1965. During his naval career he also obtained a degree in engineering, was a flight instructor, did an exchange tour with the Royal Canadian Navy, was a distinguished graduate (1973) of the Naval War College and served as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Tripoli. He was awarded several medals and honors, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal. In his early career, while stationed in Lakehurst, NJ, he met his wonderful wife, Charlotte Gehlhaus Winchester. After searching up and down Florida’s sun coast for just the right community where they felt at home and could live out the next half of their lives, the Winchesters knew their search was complete when they found beautiful Vero Beach in 1983. After settling in to Vero life, Mr. Winchester worked initially as a realtor for several years and later briefly as office manager at Carter Associates. For over thirty years Mr. Winchester worked tirelessly to serve the community of Vero Beach. He served on the Vero Beach City Council from 1987-1989 and 1994-1996 and as Mayor from 1995-1996. After retiring from political life he remained active in numerous political and civic affairs because he felt everyone should be involved in the business of their community and help do some good when they can. Among his community activities, he served as president of the Republican Men’s Club, Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast and Riverside Children’s Theatre. He was also very active in the Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and was canonized by the Central Florida Diocese Bishop John Howe. In the later years of life, Mr. Winchester would often say that as a simple North Carolina farm boy who grew up in a house without electricity, running water, or the niceties of an inside bathroom, he could hardly have envisioned the paths that his life would take. Mr. Winchester greatly enjoyed boating on the Indian River, especially taking sunset rides with his family and in his younger days waterskiing and occasional fishing. Being a grandfather brought much joy to his life and he looked forward to the arrival of another granddaughter in July. We say good-bye to this wonderful man knowing that he lived a full life, loved his family dearly, and served God, his community and country with great honesty, integrity and strong conviction. Mr. Winchester is survived by sons John Winchester and wife Rayleen of Lancaster, CA, and Erik Winchester and wife Sylwia of Washington, DC; daughter Catherine Corker and granddaughter Ashley of Beavedrdam, VA; daughter Barbara Dulac, husband Ronald and grandson John Edward Quigley of Vero Beach, FL; brother Wayne Winchester and wife Anne of Monroe, NC; and numerous loving nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., April 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32506.To share remembrances please go to www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/18/14)
LOUISE ADAMS, 70, of Vero Beach, died April 2, 2014 at her home in Vero Beach. Louise was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has been a lifetime resident of Indian River County. She was a citrus fruit packer for Gracewood Citrus, Inc. for 25 years before her retirement in 1995. Louise was a member of New Hope Ministries, Winter Beach. Survivors include her son, Curtis F. Washington of Sebastian; daughters, Donna Washington and Sharon Jenkins both of Vero Beach; grandchildren, Amanda Lynn Biggles, Ashley Nicole Owens, Dustin Jenkins, Joshua Timothy Hall and Caleb Lavaughn Hall; great-grandchildren; Micaela Biggles, Candace Powers, Koryl Lee Washington, Kieria Hall, Dylan Biggles, Christopher Powers and Josiah Hall; sisters, Mary Ann Jolly of Vero Beach and Odessa Loudermilk of Missouri; brothers, Johnny Thomas of Virginia, Dewey Thomas of Kentucky and Albert Thomas of Florida. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Allen Washington. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Sunday April 6, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A funeral service will be held 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home with Rev. Jeannie McDaniel officiating. Interment will be in Winter Beach Cemetery, Winter Beach. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/4/14)
LAURA HELSETH ASHLEY, 56, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on March 17th of complications associated with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Laurie was owner of Design Point Homes, a building construction firm, and had previously owned Tre Sorelle boutique, both in Tallahassee. She is survived by her loving family: husband Tom Ashley, and daughters Katie (Tampa), Meredith (Tampa), and Elizabeth (Tallahassee). Laurie was born in Vero Beach, Florida February 13, 1958 to loving parents Arnold and Julia Helseth, both deceased. She was the youngest of three children: Joe Helseth (deceased), and Susan Helseth Roberson, both of Vero Beach. A 1976 graduate of Vero Beach High School, Laurie graduated from FSU in 1980 with a degree in interior design and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority (Iota chapter). Upon graduation, she returned to Vero Beach and began her career at Richard Plummer Interior Design and eventually opened her own business, Laurie’s Design Studio. She married husband Tom in 1982 and they moved to Tallahassee in 1994. Laurie took time to rear their three beautiful daughters and then obtained her building construction license in 2004, opening Design Point Homes. Laurie was first and foremost a devoted, loving, and amazing mother of her three daughters. Rearing and loving her children was her greatest pride and joy. Family was extremely important to her and she adored her parents, brother and sister, and nieces Kaley Roberson Stone of Vero Beach (husband Robby) and Megan Roberson Hall (husband Colin) of Ft. Pierce. Also, nephews Christopher Helseth (wife Tina) of Vero Beach, Patrick Helseth of Orlando, Mark Roberson (wife Angie) of Port St. Lucie, and Brian Roberson (wife Loretta) of Leesburg. Laurie also leaves behind three great nephews, Garrett Helseth, Blake Roberson, Tristan Roberson and four great nieces Krista Helseth, Julia and Olivia Roberson, and Jordan Marx. She is also survived by father-in-law Bill Ashley of Pickens, SC (deceased mother-in-law Betty) and two brothers-in-law, Jim Ashley (wife Debbie and daughters Jennifer and Pamela), of Greenville, WV, and Brad Ashley (wife Cindy with daughters Amy Brister and Amanda Paholsky) of Sebastian, FL. Visitation will be held in Vero Beach on Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Strunk Funeral Home on 17th St. Laurie’s funeral is scheduled for 11 am Monday at First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association of Florida, or Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee, in Laurie’s memory. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/20/14)
DUANE “BUD” BACKSTROM, 78, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 6:00pm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/4/14)
CARL W. BALLERSTEIN, 82, went home to Our Lord on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Vero Beach, FL. He was born on December 21, 1931, in Wellsville, NY. He was a devoted husband and father, and beloved by his large close family. Carl served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Alfred Tech College and was in Hospital Administration in Lockport, NY, East Liverpool, OH and Romney, WV. He retired to Whitesville, NY and then to Vero Beach, FL in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Charlotte; daughters, Carol (Frank) of Federal Way, WA; Gail (Rich) of Vero Beach, FL; Karen (Anthony) of Crestview, FL; sons, Alan of Wellsville, OH; Kurt (Tracey) of Clyde, NY; stepson, Mark (Debbie) Bonner of Williamsville, NY; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his only remaining sister, Ruth Stisser of Wellsville, NY and his friend Tammy. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dorothea Ballerstein, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960.The family request that memorial contributions be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 or VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/21/14)
MICHELLE BARRY, 47, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on March 22, 2014. Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/2/14)
JOANN S. BERRY, 79, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at VNA Hospice House with her loving family at her side. She was born December 30, 1934 in Frostproof, FL and had been a resident of the Treasure Coast for 20 years. Joann worked 25 years for 7-Eleven convenience stores and retired as store manager. She was an animal lover and enjoyed crafts. She especially liked to crochet blankets and caps for babies. She is survived by her daughter, Karen L. Morris; son, Timothy Case, both of Vero Beach; brothers, Billy (Edna) Stewart of Cocoa Beach and Donald (Emily) Stewart of Georgia; grandchildren, Mallory Case, Shawn Wolfe and Jennifer Wolfe all of Vero Beach. At the request of the family, services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (3/31/14)
ESNOCK BERTHIER, 54, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on March 24, 2014. Sarah’s Memorial Chapel, Fort Pierce, Florida http://www.sarahsmemorial.com (3/27/14)
PATILLA ANN BINNS, 79, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born December 12, 1934 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and had been a reisent of Vero Beach since 1978 coming from Indianapolis, Indiana. Patilla was a Homemaker and an incredible mom. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Vero Beach and volunteered with the Care House associated with the church. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles of Vero Beach; 3 sons, Larry Binns of Vero Beach; Mark Riley of Indianapolis, Indiana and James Binns of West Palm Beach; 2 daughters, Patty Bunn and Paula Cantlon both of Vero Beach; brother, Larry Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana and sister, Evelyn Clark of Vero Beach; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 1 PM at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home with Pastor Tracy Moore of the Church of Christ, Vero Beach officiating. Donations may be made to the Church of Christ, Vero Beach in her name.http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/4/14)
VICTOR BLARDINELLI, 97, went home to Our Lord on March 16, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born August 30, 1916 in Greenville, MS, he grew up in Shaw, MS with one brother and three sisters; Delia, Josephine, Roy and Mary. He was a devoted husband and father, beloved by his large, close family. Vic served our country in the Pacific during WWII in the U.S. Army, Ohio Buckeye Division. He spent many years working as a mechanic in the aviation industry. Since 1978, he and his sweetheart, Pat, married for 67 years, enjoyed life together in Vero Beach. He is survived by his wife Pat; daughter Vicki Glenn (John); son Jeff (Mary), sisters Jo Allen of Loxahatchee, FL and Mary Poetsche (Eddie) of Pembroke Pines, FL; four grandchildren Tracy Anderson of Blairsville of GA, Jenifer Baumgardner and Patricia Blardinelli Vero Beach and John Bryan Glenn of Andrews, NC; six great grandchildren Lauren and Lindsey Baumgardner, Rachel and Tucker of Blairsville, GA, Morgan Glenn of Andrews, NC and Evan Adams. He will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members as well as his numerous friends. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home, 1950 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Family and friends may gather after the service at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Mary Blardinelli, 1420 SW 55th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32968. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/20/14)
CATHERINE (KAY) MACATEE BOSWELL, 78, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Sebastian, Florida. Kay was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and ultimately moved to Sebastian in 1987. She was an active member of the choir at her church, St Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. She loved many things, including collecting bears, teacups and teapots, dancing, traveling and spending time with her large family. Kay is survived by her husband Benjamin W. Boswell, Jr. of Sebastian, her sister, Ginny McFee, daughters Dianne Abrams, Debbie Farrell and Cathy Heronemus, sons, Jim Magee. Michael Magee, and Bobby Magee, grandchildren, Jenny and Donnie Abrams, Megan Heronemus and Katie Miller, Kimberly Copes and Jonathan Magee, Chrissy Troup and Kelly Magee, Patrick and Timmy Magee and great grandchildren, Davonte, Malik, Jayden, Joey, Scarlett, Ben and Luke. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James W. Magee, Sr. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Choir Fund. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on March 18, 2014 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 475 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida. An interment ceremony will be held at a later date at the same church, as will another memorial service in Delaware for friends and family unable to attend the services in Florida. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
RONALD CECIL BOYDSTON, 87,Vero Beach died Monday, March 31st 2014 at the VNA Hospice, Vero Beach, Florida. He was the loving spouse of Helene Kolling for 27 years, who passed away on July 9th, 2013.Ronald was born January 30th, 1927 in Hammond, Indiana to Thomas S. Boydston and Hazel Templin Dill. He attended Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Nebraska and University of Nebraska. He was an avid Athlete who played Baseball, Basketball and was a National Roller Skating Champion. He was an outstanding Veteran who served his country starting with a brief career in the US Navy in 1945 and then joined the US Air Force in 1947. During his Air Force career his promotion was to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and served for 20 years with an additional 10 years in the Air Force reserve. Ronald received multiple medals of commendation for his service in both the Berlin airlift and the Korean War. In his leisure time throughout his Air Force career, he was actively involved in playing and coaching Squadron Basketball teams that resulted in many Base Championships on various Air Force bases. Towards the end of his active career he was part of the 2045th Communications Group at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He played a significant role in monitoring Air Force One during the Kennedy Assassination in November 1963. After retiring from the Air Force due to his love of golf, he went back to college and acquired an Agronomy degree and became the Golf Course Superintendent at Rockland Country Club, Sparkhill, New York. He later retired and relocated to Florida. He was a member of the St John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Florida. Survivors include one sister, Helen Gleason (Jim), of Centennial, CO, three daughters, Nancy L. (Myles) Rothwell of Cheltenham, PA, Tina C. (Mike) Roach of Martinsburg, WV, Lisa C. Carone, two sons, Ronnie T. Boydston of Lehigh Acres, Fl, Robert H. (Stephanie) Boydston of Merritt Island, FL, six grandchildren, Shannon, Casey, Courtney, Robert, Jacob and Patrick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John of the Cross, Vero Beach, Florida on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 11:00am. Arrangements are under the care of Aycock Funeral home, Fort Pierce, Fl. (4/6/14)
JOAN SAMMON BURKE, of Vero Beach, crossed the river Jordan on April 3, 2014. Joan and her husband Bill were born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and lived in many cosmopolitan areas from Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and London before retiring to their beloved Vero Beach. Joan graduated from Mount St. Vincent with a B.S. degree in Nursing, which often came in handy raising ten children. She married the love of her life Bill Burke, in 1951. The extended family includes 24 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Bill and Joan taught Cana classes in the 1960’s and were actively involved in the Second Ecumenical Council. They were fortunate enough to circumnavigate the globe, traveling on every major river in the world, dining in all the capitals and visiting every continent. Joan had a deep appreciation for the arts and volunteered for 17 years in the role of Eleventh Hour Support at Vero’s Hospice, and serendipitously ended up in their caring hands. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 5 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach from 5-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, April 6 at 2:30pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Friends are invited to continue the celebration of Joan’s life following mass at Caledon Shores where a reception will be held.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the Visiting Nurse Association 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the Alzheimer’s Association (480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 – http:/www.alz.org) “Now Bill …” http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/6/14)
JUDITY ANN CARTER, 63, of Vero Beach, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 26, 1950 in Jacksonville, FL, and lived in Vero Beach for 40 years, coming from Jacksonville. Prior to the illness she was a Legal assistant for 5 years for John Moore Attorney. She is survived by her husband, of 40 years, Burney Carter of Vero Beach, FL; sons, Marshall of Chicago, IL, Nathan Carter of Ft. Mitchell, KY and Jack Carter of Tallahassee, FL; daughter, Lauren Carter of Denver, CO; and sister, Carolyn Bolick of Jacksonville, FL. A Celebration of life will be held at the First Church of God in Vero Beach at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Foundation 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the First Church of God 1105 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent to www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (3/31/14)
ROBERT CHAPMAN, 95, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on March 26, 2014. Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home & nCrematory, Stuart, Florida http://www.treasurecoastseawinds.com (3/27/14)
VIRGINIA GAFFNEY COONEY of Vero Beach, FL and a former resident of Manorville, NY and Bethpage, NY, passed on March 13, 2014 at her residence in Vero Beach. She is survived by her husband James and five daughters, Virginia Anne Rinehart (Tom), Carol Lynn Cohan (George), Janet Mary Rayve (Mark), Anne Teresa Hartmann (Eric), Audrey Catherine Watkins (George). She was the loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren, Sarah and Rachel Rinehart, Erin and Gregory Cohan, Emily, Hannah, James and Daniel Rayve, Eve and Ethan Hartmann, and Margaret, Olivia and Sophie Watkins. She was the loving sister of Joan Price (James) of Ft. Washington, MD, Barbara Gillman (John) of Brooklyn, NY, Joseph Gaffney, deceased (Mary), Arlene Barbini, deceased (Edward). She was the loving aunt of many cherished nieces and nephews. Virginia attended the Fashion Institute of Technology at Manhattan, NY and was followed at that college by three daughters and one granddaughter, working artists all. Virginia was employed for many years in the textile industry as a textile designer, art director and colorist for several major textile firms at Manhattan, NY. She shifted careers to be closer to her five daughters and became an EKG Technician at Central General/ North Shore Hospital at Plainview, NY. Virginia and Jim relocated to Vero Beach in 1989 and she became a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Indian River Visiting Nurse Association. She also volunteered at Indian River Memorial Hospital and was a mentor for reading comprehension with the Indian River School District. She was an active member of the Holy Cross, RC Church Choir for years. The family will receive friends from 2-5 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, with a prayer service at 4PM. Mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday, March 17, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery, in Calverton, NY. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
JOHN “JOHNNY” R. CONNIFF, 38, died March 31, 2014 at his home in Barefoot Bay. Johnny was born in Vero Beach and has been a lifetime resident of the Sebastian area. He was a graduate of Palm Bay High School He worked as a Commercial Fisherman and Clammer for most of his life on the Indian River. Survivors include his parents, Jun and Betty Conniff of Micco; uncles, Alfred Conniff and Sears Conniff (Shirley) both of Vero Beach, Raymond Ginsbach of Spearfish, South Dakota and Bob Gordon (Frances) of Gillette, Wyoming. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/3/14)
BETTYLEE CORNELL of Vero Beach passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 27, 2014, with her son by her side. BettyLee was born August 7, 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her husband, Merrill Cornell, predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by her son, Chip Woody, of Vero Beach, and her daughter Betsey Woody of Berkley, CA. She has two grandsons, Mason and Logan Woody, and a granddaughter, Embley Fuchs. BettyLee graduated from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, MD. She attended Beaver College and graduated from Towson State University Suma Cum Laude. BettyLee moved to Vero Beach in 2002 where she met and married her husband, Merrill Cornell. She was a member of the John’s Island Club and a previous member of the Elkridge Club and Baltimore Country Club. BettyLee’s love of French Culture sparked the desire to speak French fluently and share her gift with others.A celebration of BettyLee’s life will be held in her honor for family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the VNA, the address 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/1/14)
ROSE DALESSIO passed away on March 28 , 2014 at Harbor Chase of Vero Beach. Born in 1924, to Agnes and Giachino Cannella, in New York City where she grew up with her late sister, Vivian. While attending Julia Richmond H. S.,she participated in a Cooperative Job Program which gave her the opportunity to work at Macy’s on 34th Street. After high school, she worked at the Lexington School for the Deaf. After marrying her late husband of 55 years, Anthony Dalessio, and staying home with her daughter, Rose returned to work for Planter’s Peanuts followed by the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. She then started her progressive career with Canada Dry for 16 years and retired as an Executive Secretary at their HQ in Manhattan. After retiring, Rose and her husband traveled extensively throughout the USA and wintered in Florida until 1994, when they moved to Vero Beach. Over the years, she volunteered at the Arthritis Foundation, the VNA, the Vero Beach Museum and the Riverside Theatre. She was a member of the Holy Cross Women’s Guild and was very active for years with the Holy Cross Handcrafters, where she did beautiful embroidery and needlework projects. Rose was a loving mother and best friend to her daughter Carol Tromba of Vero Beach, and thought of her son-in-law, Tony Tromba as a son. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Mandina; the Nurses and Care Managers who treated Rose with compassion and care above and beyond; and to the VNA/Hospice who helped make her final months comfortable. The family will receive friends from 2-6PM on Sunday, March 30 , 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a prayer service at 5:30PM. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Monday, March 31, 2014 at Holy Cross Church. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
JENN DESROSIERS, 47, of Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her residence. She was born November 30, 1966 in Portland, Maine and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 17 years, coming from Maine. Jenn worked as a veterinarian technician for several practices in Vero Beach. She operated a pet sitting service also in Vero Beach and was a lover of animals. Jenn is survived by her mother and father, Bob and Jill Desrosiers of Vero Beach; sister and brother-in- law, Katherine and Bill Robinson of Gray, Maine; maternal grandmother,Jean Casparius of Massachusetts; and niece and nephew, Sophie and Conner Robinson of Gray, Maine. A the request of the family there will be no services. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
NATALIE OBERHOUS EDWARDS, passed away peacefully on March 16 in Vero Beach, FL, after a valiant 28-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of Dr. Jay Edwards, and mother to four children who adored her. She and her husband moved to Vero Beach in 1998 after enjoying much of their married life in Wethersfield, CT. Throughout their life together, Natalie and Jay enjoyed traveling in the US and abroad, playing golf with their friends and family, and appreciating their expanding family. Natalie enjoyed cooking, often whipping up extravagant dishes from the James Beard cookbook, playing bridge, reading, and doing exquisite needlework. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she also tried her hand at woodcarving and basketmaking. Natalie was an accomplished golfer at Wethersfield Country Club, and instilled a love of golf in her children. Many Sunday dinners were spent in front of the television, rooting her oldest son Bruce, a professional PGA Tour caddy, and Tom Watson on to victory. Natalie graduated from the Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, CT and from the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her future husband. She worked as a dental hygienist in Connecticut and then as her husband’s office manager for years. However, her greatest joy was being a supportive and loving wife, a stay-at-home mom, Nana to seven grandchildren, and friend to countless. She was preceded in death by her son Bruce, who died from ALS in 2004. Survivors include husband Jay, daughter Gwyn Dieterle and her husband Leonard of Franklin, MA; son Dr. Brian Edwards and his wife Laurie of Steamboat Springs, CO; daughter Christine Edwards and her husband John Cutcher of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren Meghan, Madeleine and Jay Dieterle, Natalie, Christopher and Alisa Cutcher, and Kresta Venning; and her brother, A. Edward Oberhaus of Bronxville, NY. A celebration of her life will be held on May 10, 2014, 10:00 am, at the Community Church of Vero Beach. Friends of Natalie are encouraged to take their mothers or good friends to lunch and enjoy their time together in her memory. Donations can be made to either the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research, Vivian Thompson, Treasurer, P.O. Box 37, Crownsville, MD 21032, http://www.BruceEdwardsFoundation.org, 410-923-0506, or the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, http://www.parkinson.org, 800-473-4636. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/21/14)
W. ALLEN FISHER, 94, made his peaceful journey to join his late loved ones on March 8, 2014. Born in Philadelphia, Pa, he was part of the “Greatest Generation”. After graduating from West Chester University in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and was in the European Campaign in Normandy & Central Europe. He was very proud to be a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was very involved with his unit until recent years. After his discharge, he became a Designing Engineer and spent his career living in Delaware County, Pa. But his first love was music. He studied piano and organ growing up. He will probably be most remembered for his musical talent. Directing and playing for church, local theaters, and bands was a real passion for him. Allen later retired and moved to Vero Beach, FL. where his musical interest continued and he played and directed in his new church and community until he was 93. He is survived by his daughter, Margo Eisenhower and son, Robert Fisher, granddaughters, Shannon Malmstrom and Michele Skolny. He also has 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Grandson, Paul Murtaugh, Jr., and wives, Myra Jones Fisher and Mary L. Fisher. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Date to be determined. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/17/14)
ROBERT FREEMON, 67, of Vero Beach passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. Robert was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Vero Beach 7 years ago, coming from New York State. Having a very entrepreneurial spirit, Robert, was a self-taught jewelry designer and goldsmith. He was a member of the Airmasters R.C. Club of Sebastian where he loved to build and fly model planes. Robert is survived by his wife of 46 years, Robin Fremon; son, Keith Fremon; son-in-law, Raul Frisneda and many loved friends. At the request of the family, services will be private. The family request that any desired donations be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of the arrangements. Please share condolences at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/21/14)
JOSEPH EDWARD GALARDI, 86, died March 27, 2014 at Indian River Medical center in Vero Beach, FL. He was born in Mason, Michigan and lived in Vero Beach and Sebastian since 1978 coming from Utica, Michigan. Mr. Galardi was a Marine Corps veteran. He was employed by Velde Ford for more than 30 Years, most recently as Sales Manager. He was a former member of the Elks in Michigan. Survivors include wife Sharon Galardi of Sebastian, and survived by the following children and step children: son Mark Galardi of Walled Lake, Michigan, daughters Sheila Galardi-Hodge of Fenton, Michigan, Patricia Cormier (Edward) of Tucson, Arizona, Mari Modesto (Anthony) of Billerica, Massachusetts, Karen Jensen Foran (William) of Pembroke Pines, FL, Janet Jensen Meyer (Jeff) of Vero Beach and Susan Pamela Killingsworth (Kirk) of Missouri City, Texas, Mark (Paula) Mills, Kevin (Sharon) Mills, Ted (Jennifer) Mills, and Kelly (Eric) Kinder from Michigan, twenty Grandchildren, three Great Grandsons and three sisters, Mary, Irene and Georgina. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284 or the American Cancer Society, 3375 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Joseph E. Galardi. A gathering of family and friends will be held 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday April, 5, 2014 with a brief service at 5:00 PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
DIANA MARIE GILLESPIE, 68, died March 16, 2014 at her residence in Sebastian. She was born in Beckley, West Virginia and lived in Sebastian coming from Orlando. She was most recently in real estate sales at the Collier Club in Sebastian. She attended Calvary Chapel of Sebastian. Survivors include daughter Lisa Durrant of Sebastian, grandsons Derek Durrant of Tallahassee, Brandon Durrant of Vero Beach, Michael Durrant of Sebastian and Shawn Durrant of Sebastian, granddaughter Ashley Wolack of Sebastian, great-granddaughters Skyler Wolack of Sebastian and Kaylee Durrant of Vero Beach, great-grandson Bryson Durrant of Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961, H.A.L.O. Animal Rescue, 710 Jackson Street, Sebastian, Florida 32958. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/20/14)
JANICE LEE GREENE, 79 passed away on April 1. Jan spent her final days on this earth surrounded by the love and devotion of her children and grandchildren and the peaceful sounds of the ocean. After marrying Thomas P. Koby in 1954 they began raising a busy family of seven children in Ohio. In 1979, they fulfilled their longtime dream when they moved their family to Merritt Island, and later loved living in Vero Beach. They were married for 43 years full of love and family until his death in 1996. Jan was again blessed when she fell in love and married Jack I. Greene in 2000. He was a true southern gentleman and they shared five and a half very loving years together until his death in 2006. Together, they made all of our lives richer and with more precious memories to treasure. Jan will be always be loved and remembered by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as a very smart and strong woman. She ministered to countless others throughout her lifetime; including Cub Scouts, Sunday School, volunteer work at Children’s Homes, housing foster children, and countless other organizations. This ministry continued later in her life when she joined First United Methodist Church, shared her talents in the choir and worked together with some very special friends to create a group called The Tough Old Birds. They worked together to provide Christian fellowship, encouragement, and support for those that suffered the loss of a loved one. Her sense of humor, her determination, love of all things cooking, and always listening with a nonjudgmental and loving ear are what her family will remember and treasure as true blessings. At Jan’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Her family will celebrate her life with a private memorial. The family requests that Memorial Contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Vero Beach 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32960.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/4/14)
BARBARA G. GUTMANN, 82 died March 29, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL. Mrs. Gutmann was a resident of Vero Beach and lived in her home of Moreland Hills, OH for many years. Mrs. Gutmann attended Denison University and was a member of Alpha Phi Beta Kappa Sorority. She graduated from Mather College part of Western Reserve University. She was an English and Drama teacher and received her Master’s degree from John Carroll University. Mrs. Gutmann also was a member of the Panhellenic Council. She was President of several organizations both in Cleveland, OH and Nashville, TN where she also resided for 10 years. She was active in Red Cross, Traveler’s Aide, Cleveland Clinc Women’s Health, Garden Club and many other charity organizations. She was an avid golfer and was a member of Richland Country Club, Shaker Country Club, and The Moorings Golf Club. She was also on the Board at the Moorings in Vero Beach. On June 16, 2014, she would have been married to her husband for 60 years. She is survived by her husband Phillip W. Gutmann, son Kirk Gutmann, daughter Jill Massey and her husband Terence; Her brother Bill Griffith and sister-in-Law Nancy; granddaughters Jaclyn Triplett and her husband Louis, Kristin Gutmann, Barbara Gutmann, and Jillian Massey; Grandsons, Alexander and Zachary Massey. The family will receive friends 1-2 PM, Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach with a funeral service beginning at 2 PM. She will then be taken to Brown-Forward Funeral Home 17022 Chagrin Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44120 where visitation will take place 10-11 AM, Saturday, April 5, 2014 and a funeral service beginning at 11 AM. A private interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. The family requests that a memorial contribution be made in her name to the McKee Botanical Gardens 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32962. (www.mckeegarden.org) Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (4/1/14)
ANDREE MARIE HANNIGAN, 80, died March 13, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. She was born in Queens, New York and lived in Sebastian 19 years coming from Cairo, NY. She retired after 19 years as a teacher with the Greenville NY School District. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include daughter, Patricia Ransom Holdridge of Sebastian; sons, William Hennigan, Jr. of West Covina, California and Timothy Hennigan of Spring Hill, Florida; sister, Carol Rebentisch of Bellmore, LI, New York; 9 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Hennigan in 2012. SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Friday March 21, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Inurnment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
DOROTHY S. HART, 98, of Vero Beach, died Friday, March 28, 2014 at Willowbrooke Court at Indian River Estates. She was born July 19, 1915 in Caledonia, New York to Raymond G. and Della Cox Snapp. Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Diana Breslav and Mary Della Orticelli; four grandchildren, Alison Breslav, Gordon W. Breslav, Sr., Michael L. Orticelli and Marlene P. Orticelli; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands, Walter W. Paris and Dr. James C. Hart. Condolences may be made at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (4/1/14)/14)
CAROLYN HENDERSON, 73, died March 15, 2014 at Atlantic Healthcare Center in Vero Beach. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, attended Queen College, lived in New York City and moved to Sebastian, FL in 1981 from Pigeon Forge, TN. Carolyn was the Supervisor of Teletype Communications with Capital Airlines in New York City and later as a design consultant at Louver Drapes by Valerie in Vero Beach. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach and was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Eastern Star. Survivors include daughter Traci Preuss (Adam) of Sebastian, grandchildren Hanna & Natalie and son James Henderson (Jessica Alton) of Asheville, NC. Carolyn loved her family and faith deeply. She lived her life fully. She shared her love of Broadway musicals with her children. We hope there is Coca-Cola in heaven. Memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, Central & Northern Florida, 1053 North Orlando Avenue Ste. 1, Maitland, FL 32751 or Shriners Hospital for Crippled & Burned Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 31356. SERVICES: Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL. Funeral Services will follow at 7:00 PM at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Pigeon Forge, TN at a later date. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/20/14)
MICHAEL FRANCIS HOLDEN, 80 of Vero Beach, passed away on Wednesday March 2, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. No services are planned at this time. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/21/14)
HOYT M. HOWARD JR., 66, of Vero Beach, died March 26, 2014 at his home in Vero Beach. He was born in Vero Beach, FL and has been a lifetime resident of Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. Hoyt was a graduate of Vero Beach High School, Class of 1965. He worked for Egan Groves, Ft. Pierce for 27 years and later for Pantuso, Inc. for 12 years. Survivors include wife of 45 years, Pamela Howard of Vero Beach; daughters, Michelle (Michael) Hawkins of Atlanta, Georgia, Amanda (Bryan) Divita of Atlanta, Georgia and Meredith(Trevor) Krensle of Littleton, Colorado; mother, Ann Sahina Howard of Vero Beach; brothers, David (Adele) Howard of Vero Beach, James (Kim) Howard of Sebastian and Tom (Katherine) Howard of Sebastian; sisters, Debbie Howard Dobeck of Vero Beach and Karen Howard Mansfield of Vero Beach and grandchildren, MJ Hawkins, Isabella and Willa Divita and Chloe Krensle. Hoyt was preceded in death by his father, Hoyt M. Howard, Sr. Memorial contributions may be made to Indian River State College Foundation-Agriculture Scholarship Fund, 3209 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL 34981 in memory of Hoyt M. Howard, Jr. There will be a gathering for family and friends from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
ROBERTA R. JANKOWSKI, of Vero Beach, FL passed away at home on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. She was born October 3, 1935 in Schenectady, NY and lived in Vero Beach for the past 12 years. She was the daughter of Rosemary and Edward Jankowski.Roberta worked for the General Electric Company for 28 years as a product and program manager in a variety of locations throughout the company. She also worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for 13 years at the Lally School of Management and Technology in Management Development and as manager of International Programs. In Vero Beach, Roberta volunteered as an usher at the Riverside Theater and at the County Library Gift Shop. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie A. Crispino of Scotia, NY; nephews, James E. Crispino and Robert (Michelle) Crispino both of Scotia; great nephews, Michael V. and Anthony E. Crispino of Ballston Spa, NY and several cousins. A funeral mass will be held 10am, Monday, March 24, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach. Donations may be made to the VNA Hospice House, Friends of the Library or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/20/14)
WILLIAM CHARLES JANSEN, 74, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Bill was born in Saginaw, Michigan and moved to Vero Beach in 1984 from Turner, Michigan. Bill served in the US Navy for twenty-three years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served aboard SWIFT boats in Vietnam, and also served aboard the USS Macandlas, of which he is a plank owner, and the USS Papago. Upon retiring from the US Navy he went to work for AR Utilities as an underground installer. In recent years he had been calling BINGO at St. John of the Cross BINGO nights. Survivors include his wife Adeline Joyce Jansen of Vero Beach, daughters Robin (Randy) Doyle of Clio, Michigan, Teresa Jansen of Farwell, Michigan and Lou Ellen (Grant) Maynard of Farwell, Michigan, sons Jeff (Lisa) Jansen of Farwell, Michigan, Johnny (Patty) Jansen of Farwell, Michigan, William (Tammy) Jansen, Jr. of Farwell, Michigan and Warren Jansen of Farwell, Michigan, stepsons Joseph (Maryann) McCurdy of Vero Beach and Benjamin (Holly) McCurdy of Burch Tree, Missouri, stepdaughters Janette (Pat) Provost of Ellsworth, Michigan, Ann Marie Vincent of Houghton Lake, Michigan, Patricia (Craig) Berry of Sterling, Michigan and Virginia (Chris) Henson of Nampa, Idaho, brother Newell Jansen of Hale, Michigan, twenty-eight grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Cornelius and Ruth Jansen, and his sisters Mary, Johanna, Joyce, and Maxine. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 SERVICES: The family will receive friends 10-11 AM, Thursday, March 27, at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a Life Celebration Service beginning at 11 AM at the funeral home.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/26/14)
JAMES COOLIDGE JUDAH, 90, passed away March 20, 2014 at his home in Sebastian. He was born October 25, 1923 to Bascomb and Bessie Leila Judah in Holmes County, Florida and has lived in Sebastian for 75 years coming from his birthplace. Coolidge Judah was one of the founding commercial fisherman of the Indian River. Along with his father and brothers they opened Judah and Sons Fish Market in 1949. Sixty-five years later, he stilled owned and operated this timeless family tradition. He was a loved father, grandfather and great grandfather who was a genuine soul that took pride in providing for his family while doing what he loved most, living his life on the river. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Viola S. Judah; children, Linda Colvin, Bobby Judah, Vicki Birch, and Kevin Judah; stepchildren, Diane Lloyd, Kathy Siebert, Margaret Goodwin and Joe Warren all of Sebastian; sister, Kathleen Baird of Palm Bay; 17 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Coolidge was preceded in death by three siblings; a grandson and a nephew. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 4360 North Lake Boulevard Suite 109, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 in memory of James C. Judah. Visitation will be held from 1 – 3 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A Funeral Service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/21/14)
BEULAH JANE JOURNEY passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 at her home in Harbor Chase, Vero Beach, Florida. Born in 1917 in Missouri, the daughter of James A and Jessie Park, She attended Central Missouri State College. She married Kelso Journey in 1936 and they enjoyed 66 years of life together. During WWII, the family was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Vero Beach for 2 years. Their twin daughters were born in Ft. Pierce during that time. Jane worked several different jobs while her husband finished law school but spent the rest of her life looking after her family and their farm. She was a loving mother, a wonderful seamstress, and a great gardener. Her home was always a gathering spot for friends as well as family. Jane is survived by 4 children: Sandra (Randy) of Vero Beach,Sharen Pate, Clinton, MO, Karen Smith, Raytown, MO, and James K. Journey (Rachelle), Clinton, MO. She enjoyed nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the Staff of Harbor Chase, and her long time caregivers: Janet (Hazel) Carson, Norma Washington, Debbie Crooks & Dana Wilson, who treated her like their own family; and to VNA Hospice who made her final months comfortable. Strunk Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Clinton Missouri, April 6, 2014, 2 pm at the Bradley Hadley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Carpenter Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Vero Beach 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32960. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
JAMES EDWARD KIRCHNER, 80, of Vero Beach passed away peacefully with his family and priest at his bedside Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. Jim was born in Miami, Florida and lived in Dayton, Ohio before returning to Florida in 1984, first living on South Beach, Fort Pierce then moving to Vero Beach. Jim co-owned Kirchner’s Unfinished Furniture and Finishing Shop on Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach. He was very active in the RV-Mobile Home Industry. Jim owned Diamond Jim’s Warehouse Distributors in Dayton and Edinburg, OH for 28 years. He was one of the founders of the Warehouse Distribution Association, a role he was proud of, and was voted WDA Man of th Year in 1982. He was a faithful member of St. Helen Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Jail Minister. Jim was a member of the Vero Beach Masonic Lodge #250; Scottish Rite, Shriners, Opitmist Club in Ohio and Kiwanis Club in Vero Beach and the Newport Club. Jim was the love of Linda’s life and she to him, and together they traveled to many different countries. He enjoyed any activitiy on the water including scuba diving, boating and fishing. Survivors include his wife Linda; children Rudy, Mame, Katie, Jim Jr., Karl, John, Leasa and Stacey; 21 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Rudolph, son Walter and three brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Chrildrens Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 27, at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a prayer service at 7 PM. Mass will be celebrated 12 Noon, Friday, March 28 at St. Helen Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/24/14)
JOHNNIE MAE LIGHTNER, 86, of Wabasso, FL, passed away on March 23, 2014. Johnnie Mae Gardner Lightner died March 23, 2014 in Gainesville, FL. She was born 89 years ago in Dothan AL., to the late Mr. Auther Gardner and Mrs. Mary Eliza Mills. In 1951 she married her late husband Reuben Lightner. In 1952 her family moved to Wabasso Fl., where she raised her children and grand children. Her doors were always open to the kids in the neighborhood. Johnnie was a housewife, devoted mother and loving grand, great-grand, and great-great grandmother. Mrs. Lightner joined Faith Temple Evangelistic Church where she served faithfully until she moved. Mrs. Lightner and her late husband Reuben Lightner moved to Gainesville in 1998 to live with their daughter Carolyn. Left to cherish their memories are: Two sons Jerome Lightner of Melbourne, FL., Lamar Lightner of Vero Beach, FL., Six daughters Johnnie Lee Thomas of Vero Beach, FL., Annie Bea Crocton of Melbourne, FL., Sharon(Jerome) Bishop of Vero Beach, FL., Valara Lightner (Martinello) of Melbourne, FL., Valardine (Harold) Jukes of West Palm Beach, FL., Carolyn Lightner of Gainesville, FL., Judy Lightner Mulins and Anglee Lightner (deceased), Two sister Dorothy McElroy of New York and Charlie Mae Williams of Connecticut. A host of grands and great- grands . Also special caregivers Pamela Clark Cohen and James Hines. Hortense/Mills Memorial Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Florida http://www.hmmemorials.com (3/27/14)
EVELYN MATULONIS, 87, of Vero Beach, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014. Mrs. Matulonis had been a resident of Vero Beach for 26 years, coming from Massapequa Park, NY. Prior to her retirement, she was a Registered Nurse, working for Dr. Edward Underwood in Massapequa, NY. She was a lover of nature, a birdwatcher and organic gardener and of course, a great cook! Evelyn was the widow of Anthony Matulonis (married 61 years); her survivors include three loving children, Sandra, Mark and Paul; sister-in-law, Helen Matulonis of Maspeth, NY; and grandchildren, Erica, Dustan, Braden and Justin. No services have been scheduled at this time. www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/21/14)
DONALD HOWARD MCBRIDE, 82, of Vero Beach, FL passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center. Don was born in Monmouth, Illinois and moved to Vero Beach in 1997 from Monmouth, IL. Don had attended Monmouth High School and Monmouth College. He had served in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired from Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, IL as Food Service Manager. Don was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Monmouth American Legion. He loved golf and was in general a great sports enthusiast. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Susan B. McBride; daughter Connie McBride of Perry, FL; son Buck McBride of Vero Beach; and a brother Jerry McBride of Littelton, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents Andy and Blanche McBride; brothers Andy McBride and Jack McBride; and a sister Jean Moore. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion 1110 N 11th St, Monmouth, IL 61462. SERVICES: Services will be in Monmouth. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/20/14)
MARGARET K. MCCRACKEN, 65, died March 19, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Trenton City, New Jersey and lived in Sebastian for 25 years coming from Groveville, New Jersey. Margie worked as a nurse for 14 years in the Sebastian area. After her retirement from nursing she managed the Pink Corner Gift Shop at Indian River Medical Center for 9 years. Survivors include husband of 29 years, Dennis McCracken of Sebastian; sister, Wendy Jopko of Sebastian; brother, Arthur Williams of Monrow Township, New Jersey; nephews, Kristofer Jopko, Daniel Williams and Joseph Williams and niece, Megan Williams. At the family’s request there are no services scheduled at this time. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/21/14)
MARGARET (PEGGY) LEE MACLEAN, 65 of Sebastian passed away after a brief illness on March 29, 2014. Born in Hatboro, PA in 1956 her family moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 1980 she moved to Sebastian, FL where she lived with her husband of 29 years. Peggy was the packing house manager for Hale Groves from 1981 to 2005. She worked for Indian River Medical Center as an admitting clerk. She was a breast cancer survivor since 1993 and was known for her kindness; infectious personality and her love towards mankind. She is survived by her sisters, Gail Carrasco, Doris Lee; nephew & niece, Jonathan & Jessica Carrasco; step-daughter, Karen Medlin; grandson, Dereck Medlin; granddaughter, Kimberly Mellace and great granddaughter, Avaline Mellace. A Mass will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Her family invites you to join them in celebrating Peggy’s life following Mass at LeSage Hall Donations may be made to the Halo Animal Rescue, 710 Jackson Street, Sebastian, FL 32958.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/2/14)
JUDY MORGAN, 76, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 27, 2014 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Judy is survived by her seven children, Charlie Schmidt, Cheryl Cooper, Janet Cobb, Jill Kimbrough, Richard Schmidt, Judy Moore and Tommy Schmidt all of Vero Beach; step-children, Rodney Morgan, Noreen Henty, Candice Marconi, Theresa Kidd all of New York, Andy Morgan and Monica Morgan both of Lakeland, FL; 28 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and sister, Penny Saxton. She was predeceased by her husband, Herb Morgan and her parents. Judy was a simple lady of faith filled with gratitude & sincerity for her family. Judy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a homemaker her entire life holding many “titles” such as: Home Room Mother, Den Mother, School Volunteer, Lunch Packer, Homework Helper, Seamstress, Cook, Rule Maker and Referee to sibling disagreements. Judy devoted her entire life to her family, which to her, was her biggest achievement in life. The blessings and richness she felt when her family surrounded her with love and laughter made her days complete. Judy leaves her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with the knowledge that they were truly loved. A gathering of family and friends will be held 5-7pm, Monday, March 31 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home followed by a memorial service at 7pm.www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (3/31/14)
GORDON MURPHY passed away March 31, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach after a long battle with cancer. Gordon was born to John and Marguarite Royal Murphy on April 16, 1933 in Champaign, Illinois. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley, daughter Dawn Redstone of Vero beach, son Doug Murphy (Marcia) of Sebastian, and son David Murphy (Irene) of Orlando, nine grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He graduated from St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin going on to attend the University of Illinois and Arizona State University. Gordon graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Marketing. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict until 1955. He worked with his father in the family store, Murphy’s Men’s Clothing in Champaign before moving operations to Vero Beach as Murphy’s Menswear on Sexton Plaza in 1958. Gordon moved the family back to Vero Beach in 1969 and once again joined his father at Murphy’s Men’s Wear. After selling the store, he became a Real Estate Broker. He also worked and retired from the Florida Lottery and the Indian River County Property Appraisers office. He was President of the Vero Beach Rotary Club 1982 – 1983 and President of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce in 1978. He served with the Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad for over ten years. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers, physicians and medical personnel that have cared for him during his long battle. An most recently, we would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the VNA Hospice House for his care during his final days. A memorial service will be held at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, 3755 Highway A-1-A, Vero Beach, Florida 32963 or to a charity of your choice. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/3/14)
HELEN AMANDA NAUS, 90, died March 10, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. She was born in Smithtown, New York and lived in Sebastian coming from Holtsville, LI, NY in 1984. Helen was a riveter during WWII, worked for the Kings Park Hospital, Kings Park, NY in the mental ward and then in the nursery and, a school bus driver for 15 years for the Sachem School District on Long Island. She attended the Community Baptist Church of Sebastian. Survivors include daughter Lorraine Hoffman of Sebastian, sons Fred Hoffman of Selden, New York, William Hoffman of Centereach, New York and David Hoffman of Sebastian, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and step-son, Teeo Naus of Pamona, California. She was preceded in death by husbands Fred Hoffman and Ted Naus. SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Community Baptist Church, Roseland Road, Sebastian, FL with Rev. Ron Barber, officiating. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
JOHN NEAL, 92, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on March 29, 2014. Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Sebastian, FL http://seawindsfh.com/ (4/2/14)
ROBERT OBERMEIER, 93, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on March 28, 2014. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL http://coxgiffordseawinds.com (4/2/14)
BERTHA R. OGLETHORPE, 96, died on March 24, 2014 at Grace Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach. She was born in Scottdale, Pennsylvania as one of eleven siblings and lived in Vero Beach for 14 years after moving from Tucson, Arizona where she had lived previously for 33 years. Bertha was an avid duplicate bridge player and major league baseball fan. Survivors include her sons Raymond J. Oglethorpe, Jr. of Vero Beach, FL and Terry L. Oglethorpe of Cleveland, North Carolina and their children, David L. Oglethorpe, Jennifer L. Oglethorpe, Tracey L. Oglethorpe, Katherine E. Toole, and Kimberly A. Oglethorpe. She had four great grandchildren, Harper Q. Oglethorpe, Kailee A. Webster, Raymond W. Toole, and Davis B. Toole. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years who served in WWII and Korea, Raymond J. Oglethorpe. Memorial contributions may be made to The Learning Alliance, PO Box 643446, Vero Beach, FL 32964 or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. Internment will be at South Lawn Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona at a later date. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
JOSEPH A. OKAILY, 41, of Vero Beach, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. Joseph was born in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Vero Beach 10 months ago from West Palm Beach, FL, where he enjoyed working as a salesperson at Walgreens. He is survived by his parent’s, Okaily A.M. and Lois Okaily; brother, Lawrence Okaily and numerous aunts and uncles. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, 1950 20th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960. The family request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 3709 W. Jetton Ave., Tampa, FL 33629. Please share online condolences at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/31/14)
JAMES GRANT PRICE, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 9 years, coming from Boca Raton, FL. He was a Vice President and Trust Officer of Suntrust for over 40 years. Mr. Price is survived by his daughter, Susan (Timothy) Maierhofer of Elon, N.C., son, Daniel (Sandra) Price of Boca Raton, FL; 5 Grandchildren, Kimberly and Steven Maierhofer of Elon; Grant, Spencer and Leila Price of Boca Raton. He is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Lois Ann Price. A private memorial service, for immediate family, will be held 2:30 PM, Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. Donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960, in memory of James G. Price. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/27/14)
LT. COL. RUBEN D. QUINONES, 74, of Vero Beach, FL passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Ruben was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico moved to Vero Beach in 2006 from Pembroke Pines, FL. He was a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Lt. Col. Quiñones retired from the US Army after 22 years of service. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he received the Bronze Star with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Metal, Army Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Vietnam Service Metal. Upon retiring from the US Army Lt. Col. Quiñones went to work for the FAA where he served as the Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security and as the Senior Representative for Latin America and the Carribean, retiring after 20 years of service. Survivors include wife Esther G. Quiñones of Vero Beach, daughters Yolanda M. Rodriguez of Orlando, Muriel E. Plemons of the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Texas and Veronica T. Quiñones of Miami, and son Ruben F. Quiñones of Sanford, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 5011 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. SERVICES: The family will receive friends 5-7 PM, Wednesday, March 26 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Mass will be celebrated 10 AM, Thursday, March 27 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Interment with military honors will follow at 1:15 PM at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/26/14)
CLAUDELL N. RILEY, 73, of Vero Beach, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. Claudell was born in McKees Rocks, PA. She was a graduate of the class of 1958 of Sto-Rox High School. She moved to Vero Beach with her family 35 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA. She retired from Wachovia Bank. She was an active member of the Republican Women of Indian River County and she volunteered at the Republican Headquarters. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Sposato; son, Michael (Rachel) Riley; sister, Beverly Minear; 4 grandsons and 1 great-grandson. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. Please share online condolences at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (4/6/14)
COLONEL HOWARD W. ROTH, JR., USA, Retired, 76, passed away on March 28th at Treasure Coast Hospice in Ft. Pierce, Florida. He was born on March 19, 1938 in New York City to Howard and Mary (Russell) Roth. He was a career military officer and government contracts expert who loved his family, the great outdoors, the sea, and especially sailing and boating. Howard grew up in Elbridge, New York. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse in 1956. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, with a degree in History in 1960 and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Army Second Lieutenant Infantry officer. Howard had a distinguished 24 year military career. Following infantry officer and airborne parachute training, he served in Germany during the Berlin crisis with the 3rd Infantry Division. He transferred to the Ordnance officer branch, was promoted to Captain, and commanded a company of soldiers in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his leadership accomplishments, to include actions following an aircraft crash. After service in Vietnam, Howard worked on the program to upgrade the M16 rifle at the Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) in Michigan and was promoted to Major. He then earned a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Detroit and served on the general staff of the Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Howard attended the Army Command and General Staff College and graduated in 1972. A year later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1975 he studied French at the Defense Foreign Language Institute in Monterey, California. He returned to Europe and directed the upgrades to the Army main battle tank on the Czech border and commanded a battalion of 1,000 soldiers in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1980 he received an advanced degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC. Howard then joined the Department of the Army General Staff at the Pentagon. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel and was selected to serve as program manager to develop large military vehicles and trucks at TACOM. These are used to this day by the Army’s soldiers around the world. After successfully developing the Army’s new heavy trucks for use by the Army, Howard retired in 1984. His medals and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Joint Services Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Army General Staff Badge as well as an award from the Republic of Vietnam. Following Army retirement, Howard began work for Lockheed Martin as a program and contracts manager in Orlando, Florida. He retired in 1996 after 12 years. He worked on construction and service contracts to include construction of new rocket manufacturing facilities. Howard married Nancy in 1982 in a beautiful chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. They were happily married ever since. Howard was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. He loved the great outdoors, and especially boats and sailing. Howard and Nancy lived on a beautiful sailboat and later a cruiser traveling the intercostal waterway from the Chesapeake Bay to Key West and the Bahamas. Survivors include his wife Nancy Roth of North Hutchison Island, sons Howard W. Roth III and Jill of Seattle, Washington and Christopher J. Roth and Angel Entwistle of Vashon, Washington, daughters Laura Griffith and husband, Russell of Fairfield, Connecticut, Helen Bassell and husband, Gary of Atlanta, Georgia and Karen Harman and husband, Chuck of Portland, Oregon, brothers Richard Roth, Kenneth Roth, Vincent Roth and Peter Roth, sisters Mary Lou Bradley and Colleen Pucko, grandchildren Mary Roth, Bill Roth, Robert Roth, Sarah Griffith, Emily Griffith, Brandon Bassell, Julia Bassell and Rose Harman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Rd #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or St. Lucie Hospice House c/o Treasure Coast Hospice 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997. Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Monday April 7, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach followed by a reception at The Plaza Reception Center, 884 17th St, Vero Beach, FL.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/31/14)
MARIAN ROSE SCHAFER, 84, died, March 10, 2014 at Palms Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Palm Bay. She was born in Plymouth, Michigan and lived in Micco, FL for 21 years. Marian attended Nursing School in Chicago, Illinois and worked as a Dental Assistant in Ludington, Michigan and St.Louis, Missouri. She was a member of Sebastian United Methodist Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include husband, Shelby Jacob Schafer of Micco; son, Richard Rowe of Sebastian; daughter, Barbara Hassey of Orlando; step-daughters, Shelby Pekinpaugh of Micco and Catherine Schutte of Indianapolis, Indiana and 3 grandchildren. Marian was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Rowe and sisters, Lois Aster and Clara Ament. Services will be held at a later date in Michigan. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
MARY MCALUGHLIN SCHNEIDER, 90 years old, peacefully passed away on March 23. She moved to Miami from Pittsburgh in 1946. After her husband, Nicholas passed in 1952; she went to nursing school and raised sons, Nicholas and Patrick. She is survived by sons, Nicholas and Patrick; her loving grandson, Erik; sister, Eileen and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/26/14)
FRANK SOLLECITO, 85, of Vero Beach, Florida died, March 17, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center.He was born February 5, 1929 in Providence, RI and served in the United States Navy. Mr. Sollecito was of the Catholic Faith. He worked most of his career as a self-employed plastering contractor in North Providence and Grand Cayman. Mr. Sollecito retired to Vero Beach in 2001 and most recently worked at the Hampton Inn. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his retirement years traveling and golfing. He was a former member of the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI. Mr. Sollecito is survived by his sons, Tom Sollecito and his wife Valerie of North Providence, RI and Frank Sollecito, Jr. of Florida; sister, Esther Dingman and nephew, Dennis Dingman both of Vero Beach; grandchildren, Thomas Sollecito, Jr., Genna M. Sollecito, Frank Sollecito, III, and Stephen Sollecito. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy M. Sollecito in 1983; daughter, Gina Marie Sollecito; sisters, Madeline Beretta and Elsie Decristofaro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in North Providence at a later date. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/21/14)
FRANK SULLIVAN, 74, died March 20, 2014 at his residence in Sebastian. Mr. Sullivan was born in Belfry, KY. He was a longtime resident of Lakewood Park and has lived in Sebastian for the past 8 years. He worked for General Motors where he was a fork lift operator for 8 years before his retirement in 1971. Mr. Sullivan was affiliated with Cornerstone Baptist Fellowship, Sebastian, FL. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1822, Vero Beach, FL. Survivors include wife of 55 years, Sandra Sullivan of Sebastian; son, David Sullivan and wife, Tammy of Bonifay, FL and Danny Sullivan and his wife, Lisa of Portland, Indiana; daughter, Debbie Sullivan Combs of Sebastian, daughter-in-law Christy Jefford; granddaughters, Danielle Sullivan, Dana Sullivan, Shannon Randall and Tara Carson; grandsons, Preston Sullivan, Caleb Sullivan and Joel Randall; great grandsons, Dustin Reed, David Lawson and Chaseten Reed; brothers, Carl Sullivan, Troy Sullivan and Roy Sullivan, sisters Barbara Hohl, Brenda Wells and Connie Harris. He was preceded in death by his son, Doug Sullivan; grandson, Josh Carver; brother, Wayne Sullivan; sisters, Frances Blackburn and Donna Bloomfield. At the request of the family services will be private. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/21/14)
LINDA STROUSE TAYLOR, 61, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became a resident of Vero Beach in 1969. Mrs. Taylor will be missed by so many, including her husband, Ed, of over 27 years. Linda was a very good, kind woman and a strong person who believed in “family first.” She was a devoted mother who was a 100% giver. The love she had for her daughters knew no bounds. Out of her many pleasures, caregiving, especially of her elderly in-laws was a delight to her which consumed a great deal of her time prior to her untimely death. Some of her many joys were displayed through her love of the theatre. She was a devout Christian and for numerous years was the Minister of Drama and Performing Arts for the First Church of God in Vero Beach and directed many productions of Broadway caliber. She was active for many years in the Vero Beach Theatre Guild and won awards for both her acting abilities and hard work behind the scenes. She had also been a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker since the early 1980’s. She had a love for raising butterflies and helping animals in distress until they could fend for themselves. Her various butterfly gardens, scattered throughout the yard, along with the care and attention she gave to all of her many Monarch butterflies that she raised from caterpillars, indicate the passion that she had for them. Linda was often asked to speak at various elementary schools about how butterflies were created. Her love for gardening will be remembered by many who have been able to see the stunning creation of her butterfly gardens. Mrs. Taylor leaves her husband, Ed Taylor; her daughters, Duska Fedick and Delta Harris; brother, Richard Strouse; father-in-law, Harvey Taylor; mother-in-law, Juanita Taylor, brother-in-law, David Taylor; and her beloved golden retriever, Maxwell. Linda was predeceased by her father, Fred Bennett and mother, Dorothy Bennett. A gathering will be held at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at noon. She will be missed greatly by her family and the many close friends she made in Vero Beach. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/25/14)
PATRICIA “TRISHA” ROSE THOMAS, 64, of Vero Beach, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. She was born on October 25, 1949 in Washington, MO and lived in Vero Beach for the past 37 years, Mrs. Thomas worked as an Administrator at the Indian River County Library and was of the Christian faith. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Michael Thomas; daughter, Stefanie Thomas; son, Bryan Thomas and Grandchildren, Christopher Barbieri, Joshua Thomas, Brooke Thomas, Hailey Mahoney and Jayden Mahoney. Visitation will be held 5 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, followed by a Memorial Service at 6 PM at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the VNA Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com (3/17/14)
RUTH E. UNDERWOOD, 84, died March 14, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. She was born in Haralson County, GA and lived in Vero Beach. She retired after numerous years as a Citrus Packer . She was a member of Twentieth Avenue Church of God. Survivors include her daughter Barbara Caudill of Vero Beach. SERVICES: Services will be held at 10:00 AM on March 19, 2014 Twentieth Avenue Church of God, Vero Beach followed by interment at Winter Beach Cemetery. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/20/14)
STELLA VIVONA, 85, of Vero Beach, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Florida Baptist Retirement Center Nursing Home. She was born on October 14, 1928 in Newark, NJ, and lived in Vero Beach for 20 years, coming from Union, NJ. Mrs. Vivona was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. She is survived by her sons, David (Rosanne) Vivona, Michael (Margaret) Vivona and William (Vera) Vivona, III; daughter, Sharyn (Wayne) Doutt; sister, Janet (Al) Lonczak; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home follow by a service at 5:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent to www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (4/1/14)
DOROTHY VONASEK, of Barefoot Bay was 93 years young, born on December 1, 1920 sadly passed away on March 13, 2014. She is survived by her son John and daughter in law Janice, her daughter Dee (Dorothy) and son in law Donald, grandchildren, Lisa and husband Scott, great- grandchildren Taigan and Conner, Robbie and Kallie and God daughter Susan. Dorothy was also loved by wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, John Vonasek. She was a very “Special Lady” who touched many lives with her beautiful heart, laughter and positive outlook on life which she shared with everyone through her Rose colored glasses. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 18th and also on Long Island, N.Y. at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, “Memorial Program”, Memphis, TN 38105. She will forever be in our hearts. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
RONALD STEPHEN WALCZAK, 84, died March 21, 2014 at Atlantic Healthcare Center in Vero Beach. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived in Sebastian coming from Raleigh, NC in 2010 . Ron was an Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He retired from Griffith Laboratories after 15 years as an accountant. Survivors include his daughter Elizabeth Lawrence of Sebastian, sons David Walczak of Newport, NC, Thomas Walczak of Minneapolis, MN and Christopher Walczak of Montpelier, VT. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norbert Walczak. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961 in memory of Ronald S. Walczak. SERVICES: A Celebration of Life will be held in Chicago at a later date.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/24/14)
FRANCES WILLARD (WILL) WHITEHEAD, JR., 67, died March 13, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Winchester, VA and lived in Sebastian coming from Greencastle, PA . Was a graduate of Clear Spring High School, Clearspring, MD. He was a member of United Church of Sebastian, Sebastian, FL. Will was a holder of 46 freshwater fishing hall of fame records for various species; founder and charter member of the Maryland Bass Federation; member of the freshwater hall fame, life member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. He hosted tightlines fishing show; recipient of 350 local State and National fishing awards; he was active during hunting season looking for the best buck; special events manager for Keystone Ford, Chambersburg, PA which greatly supported the Troops; active in Grace United Church with the March of Dimes and other charity events; he enjoyed pen and ink artwork that would be used for fundraising or gifts to family and friends. Survivors include wife of 18 years, Patsy A. Fisher-Whitehead of Sebastian; stepson, Ty Fisher and his wife, Laura; granddaughter, Amanda Fisher; daughters, Sherry Zeigler and Christy Fryman; grandson; Jarrett Sellers; sisters, Carol McMillan and Patsy Mackereth; brother, David Whitehead. Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Sebastian, 1251 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian, FL 32958 or American Diabetes Association, 1101 N Lake Destiny Rd # 415, Maitland, FL 32751 in memory of F. Willard Whitehead Jr. SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at United Church of Sebastian followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ryan Maschhoff and Rev. Gary R. Moore, officiating. Reception will follow in the hall. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/18/14)
JOAN M. FOLMSBEE WILCOX, passed away peacefully at the age of 75, on March 12, 2014. She was born in Troy, New York, the daughter of the late Harold and Margaret Folmsbee. Joan and her family moved to Vero Beach in 1972, where she was a secretary in the real estate business and later with her husband, in his construction business. She is survived by sons, Donald S. (Mary) Wilcox of Vero Beach and David S. (Donna) Wilcox of Morganton, GA; 4 grandchildren, Austin, Allyson, Tamrin and Christopher; and her brother, Paul Folmsbee of Troy. Joan was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Warren Wilcox; daughter, Donna S. Wilcox; and brothers, H. Raymond and Roger S. Folmsbee. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16th at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 34th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960; who provided compassionate and skilled care during her final weeks. http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com (3/17/14)
PETER EUGENE ZACRCONE, 82, died March 18, 2014 at his home in Micco, FL. Mr. Zarcone was born in Islip, New York and lived in Micco for 25 years coming from Long Island, New York. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. Mr. Zarcone was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include wife of 59 years, Joan Zarcone of Micco; sons, Peter Zarcone (Karen) of Long Island, New York and Thomas Zarcone of Micco, Florida; daughter, Diane Zarcone of South Carolina; brother, John Zarcone (Darcy) of Palm Coast, FL; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Mr. Zarcone was preceded in death by his daughters, Carol and Nancy. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 3375 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Peter Eugene Zarcone. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Strunk Funeral home.http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (3/21/14)
DANIEL WEST ZUGELTER, 88, died peacefully on April 1, 2014 at Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida surrounded by the love of his adoring family. He was born on November 21, 1925 to George and Janette (West) Zugelter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Ann Zugelter, his son, Tom, his ‘daughter’-in-law, Joyce (Walk) Zugelter, and his two beloved grandsons, Kyle and Austen; all of Vero Beach, Florida. He is preceded in death by his son, Ted Austin Zugelter and served as an advocate for the voiceless victims of mental illness in his son’s memory. After his military service in World War II, Dan graduated from the University of Cincinnati, with extended international economics studies at the University of Birmingham, England and the University of Leyden, Holland. A born entrepreneur, he began his career in the wholesale automotive oil and parts distribution business in Cincinnati, Ohio, growing the business from zero investment to the 3rd largest Cincinnati distributor in less than ten years. After dedicating many years to the business, he moved his family to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to enjoy more time with his two sons, Tom and Ted and to pursue his love of boating. Although his intention was to semi-retire, he was persuaded to accept the position of overseeing the conversion of Lawrence Rockefeller’s luxury hotel into a college preparatory school; subsidized by Leon Hess to offer his top Hess Oil Refinery executives a quality education for their children. He also served as the CFO, responsible for monitoring the school’s funding. Dan soon discovered his talent for and love of construction. As the Good Hope School enrollment grew, so did the need for the construction of additional buildings, the greatest challenge was the expansion of the Ward Canady Library. His zeal for building led him to found Zugelter Construction Company and he subsequently began the construction of high-end homes, built in the authentic Caribbean-Georgian style. After 16 years of island living, St. Croix’s rising crime rate forced Dan to move his family and Zugelter Construction Co. North to Florida, first to Palm Beach County in 1981 and then to Vero Beach in 1988. It was here that he and his son, Tom, continued the work of Zugelter Construction Corp. After a long and successful career of custom home building, Dan retired at age 75, eager to pursue his other passion, the creation of a 20’ x 30’ model railroad, HO scale replica of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, in the era of the Golden Age of Steam. His model layout replicated steam engine operations and trackage in the New River Division around the town of Hinton, West Virginia, circa 1938. When completed, it became highly regarded as one of the Top 10 model railroad layouts in the United States, resulting in a featured presentation on PBS and many articles in the various model railroader magazines. He also wrote a book, Chesapeake & Ohio, Steam in Color as Modeled by Dan Zugelter and produced a movie as a companion, to share his passion and artistry with fellow model train enthusiasts. Recently, his railroad was dismantled and transported to a museum in Hinton, West Virginia; becoming one of the few layouts of its kind to ever be successfully transported. In his remaining years, Dan had time to indulge his appreciation for the marvel and complexity of nature. Dan and Ann’s home, one of the five original residences in Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, provided a perfect observation point from which he could contemplate the miracle of the Creator’s divine order. Dan’s greatest happiness, however, was spending time with his family; his love for them and his pleasure in their accomplishments provided his greatest happiness. His grandsons, Kyle and Austen were his pride and joy. Dan was loved for his humility, innate good manners, highly honed sense of humor and his unwavering optimism. He will be missed by many, but above all, by his adoring family, as he was their ideal exemplar of a true gentleman, an intellectual and a man of integrity. Per Dan’s wishes, a private, family celebration of life service will be held at a future date in May. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name and in memory of his son, Ted Austin Zugelter, may be sent to the Suncoast Mental Health Center, 2814 US 1, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34982. His family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to everyone at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, Angels Amongst Us, for the loving care that helped make Dan’s passage so very peaceful. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com (4/3/14)