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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUDY KNIGHT, 71, of Vero Beach passed away Sept. 12, 2014. Strunk Funeral Home – Services and arrangements to be announced. (9/14/14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEORGE ROBERT WEBSTER, 87, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at VNA Hospice House.George was born February 28, 1927 in New York City and had been resident of Indian River County for 34 years, coming from Pembroke Pines, FL. Prior to retirement he was Sales Manager for Sun Plastics in Hallandale, FL and then owner of Graph-Plex Signs in Vero Beach. George was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during WWII. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce E. Webster; son, Robert Lee (Denise) Webster of Sebastian; daughters, Caren (Clovis) Tondo of Parkland, FL and Lauren Marshall of Jacksonville, FL; 4 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, brother, John (Gertrude) Webster of Vero Beach; and sister, Dorothy Jensen of San Diego, CA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18th at St. Paul’s Church, 4700 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL. Interment will be at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com/ (9/13/14)

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

 

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PETER BAKER, loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Baker and children Sharon Merlier, Petrina Resch and Kirk Baker. Peter was a wonderful man with great vision, head of the R&D Division of American Can Company who later moved on to general contracting and, in retirement, worked for the Martin County School Board. In life, Peter enjoyed many things from flying planes to gardening and fishing, but his favorite thing of all was working with his hands, he was an excellent machinist who could make just about anything from a piece of metal or wood and loved to tinker in his workshop. He greatly enjoyed fixing things and one of his favorite comments when something was very difficult was, “If it’s impossible it will just take me a little longer!” Peter was strong in every aspect of his life and his life was incredible. The people he has left behind have learned a lot of their personal strengths from him, he was a great man who knew so many things but even better, he understood when he didn’t know something and listened intently if he thought you had an answer he sought. We wish you could’ve stayed a little while longer! We had more to learn. We love you so much Papa, Pop, Daddy, Papa Bear, Grandpa! Thanks for everything you taught us. You made the world a better place for us and we will miss you always, until we meet again… In Loving Memory Your family Visitation will be held 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. A Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William M. Finnin Jr., officiating. Interment with Military Honors will take place at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida. Strunk Funeral Home (8/30/14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTHUR EDMUND “ED” FROST of Vero Beach, Florida and Putnam Valley, New York died on August 27, 2014 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born on March 24, 1925 to Elizabeth (Denike) and Arthur E. Frost, Sr. in Peekskill, N. Y. He is survived by daughters, Mary Ellen Frost of Vero Beach, Fl., Elizabeth Frost of Peekskill, N.Y., Lorraine DeLorenzo of Maricopa, Az., Theresa Gordon of Delray Beach, Fl., and Margaret Kappus of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and sons, James of Putnam Valley, N.Y. and Thomas of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., 13 grandchildren and 10-1/2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife of 61 years, Joan, daughter, Catherine and brother, Clarence. Ed retired from the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company as Produce Manager. Ed moved to North Miami Beach 31 years ago where he enjoyed frequent visits to Haulover Beach. He was an avid sports fan particularly fond of college football and Duke basketball. He especially enjoyed games at West Point Military Academy and tailgate gatherings. Later in life, Ed began playing golf and proudly scored a hole-in-one. While living in Putnam Valley, Ed would get together with friends and throw a mean horseshoe at the Spruce Hill Inn and along side his brook. He also was an excellent swimmer teaching all his children to swim in Lake Oscawana.  He was an active member of the volunteer fire department in earlier years. Arrangements are being handled by Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, Fl. and Dorsey Funeral Home in Peekskill, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at North American Martyrs Church on Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, N.Y. at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Fl., Big Brothers/Big Sisters or VNA Hospice. Vero Beach, Fl. Strunk Funeral Home (8/30/14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

JAMES AUBRIN KELLEY, 66, of Sebastian, Florida passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. Jim, son of the late Aubrin and Jesse (nee Goldie) Kelley, was born in Montclair, New Jersey and moved to Sebastian ten years ago from his birthplace. Jim had retired from the US Postal service after serving as a letter carrier for 35 years in Montclair, NJ. Upon his “retirement” to Florida he began working for Home Depot in Sebastian as a Pro-Loader where he served 9 years. He was of the Presbyterian faith and found great tranquility in being able to fish the surrounding waters of Sebastian. Survivors include his loving wife, Joan M. Kelley of Sebastian, a sister, Caryl Wood of Caldwell, New Jersey, and nephews and nieces, William Wood, Robert Wood, Chrissie Wood and Suzanne Teper. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284. The family will receive friends 10-11 AM, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian with a Life Celebration Service for Jim beginning at 11 AM at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, FL. Strunk Funeral Home (8/19/14)

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

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

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

LORETTA G. (CAPOBIANCO) LOTZ, 95, Born June 7th, 1919 deceased August 16th, 2014. Predeceased by husband William (Bill) Lotz and her four siblings and their spouses: Angelo and Margie Capobianco, Daniel and Lucy Capobianco, Albert and Madeline Capobianco and Erwin (Hank) and Rose (Capobianco) Holst. She is survived by her daughters Georgia A. Lotz of Dallas, Texas and Patricia A. Presnell (Craig Albrecht) of Fort Pierce, Florida as well as 3 step-grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 16 loving nieces and nephews, especially her devoted godsons Tiny and Perry. Loretta was a devout Catholic, involved in every parish in which she lived, including: St. Rocco’s in Glen Cove, N.Y., St. Mary’s in Roslyn, N.Y., St. Edward’s in Syosset, N.Y. and Holy Cross and St. John of the Cross both of Vero Beach, FL. Loretta worked at Altman’s and C.W. Post College (L. I. University) and after her daughters graduated from college, she attended Nassau Community College. She always had a love for learning. She was a consummate home maker, a fabulous cook, and highly creative – extending to crewel work, dress making and creative, exquisite beaded flowers. She and Bill raised their family in Glenwood Landing and after 25 years moved to Syosset, NY. They both enjoyed being members of the Bay Club and working with the Parkinson’s support group. In 1988 they retired to Vero Beach FL to enjoy their new life near the boardwalk. After Bill’s passing Loretta moved to Indian River Estates (ACTS) where she continued to follow her creative pursuits. She started the “Curio Cabinet” display and for 9 years directed the display of the resident’s art work and collectables. Loretta enjoyed being a Red Hat Lady and was affectionately called by this community the “beaded flower lady”. In lieu of flowers friends are encouraged to plant a tree or donate to Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association, 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960.The family will receive friends 4-8 PM, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 with a 6 PM Prayer Service at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2012 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL. After the interment a reception for family and friends will take place at Indian River Estates Multi Purpose Room. A guest book is available at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (8/19/14)

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

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

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

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

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

ALMA JEAN PROTH, 87, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on August 26, 2014. Mrs. Proth was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1926, daughter of the late Clyde D. and Lillie Bell (Goodbar) Hicks. She lived in Sebastian, FL for 44 years. She was predeceased by her Husband Albert and bother Patrick Hicks. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Fetkenher of Vero Beach, FL; sons, Albert Proth of Sebastian, FL; and David Proth of Orlando, FL; 3 grandsons; and 3 great grandsons and 1 great great granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Sampson of Cambridge, MD and a brother, James Hicks of Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Proth loved spending time with her family and her loving ways will be missed. She will also greatly be missed by her 4 legged companion, Katie Cakes. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in her memory to the VNA Hospice 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 3296-4801. Arrangements are under the directions of the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (8/30/14)

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

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

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

MARGARET “TUDDA” MOORE was born October 2, 1942 in Macon, Georgia to Edward and Adele Moore. She later moved to St. Simons Island, Ga in 1974, where she raised her two sons Slade and Staton Grant and began her career as a travel agent. In 1985, the family moved to Vero Beach, Fl where Tudda remained until her death on August 15, 2014 surrounded by her two sons, her best friend, Peggy Telford, and her granddaughter. Tudda was well known for her strong southern drawl and ability to do anything she put her mind to. She had a love for decorating and re-doing homes. She was always rearranging floor plans, laying tile, decorating kitchens, and reupholstering furniture. One of her favorite past times was making ceramics. She had her own kiln, and made life-sized nativity scenes for several local churches in Vero. More than anything, she was a very giving, selfless mother, grandmother, and aunt. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her sons Slade Grant and Staton Grant along with his wife Tabitha Grant and her granddaughters, Jada and Nila Grant, as well as, her nephew Michael Weaver, his wife Wendy Weaver and their children Michael, Gareth, and Tristan. Tudda was pre seeded in death by her parents and sister, Adele Moore. She is survived by her two sons, Slade Grant and Staton Grant his wife Tabitha Grant and their daughters Jada and Nila Grant; her brother, Edward Moore and his children Edward Moore and Anna Blackmon Moore; and her sisters remaining family Clay, Kenny, and Julie Weaver along with their spouses and children. There will be a gathering from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home. (8/19/14)

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

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

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

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

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



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



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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

CHARLES J. SCHMIDT, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away August 17, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. Upon moving to Vero Beach in 1969 to raise his family, he purchased Miller Brothers Egg Farm. After retirement, he and his wife, Donna, moved to Leoma, TN. They resided in “paradise” for 10 years before returning to Vero Beach to be closer to family due to his declining health.Charles was a man of great faith and devoted to his family. His generosity and kind heart was an inspiration to his family & friends. He lived his life with integrity, dignity, love & laughter – which are also all attributes he projected to anyone that met him. Charles was a good man with a kind soul, wonderful sense of humor and unending love. Charles enjoyed fishing, Nascar and big Ford Trucks. He was known for wearing white rubber boots, because after all, they matched everything. Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the love of his life, Donna Schmidt; children, Charlie Schmidt, Cheryl Cooper, Janet Cobb, Jill Kimbrough, Richard Schmidt, Judy Moore, Tommy Schmidt, Truman Patterson and Eugene Patterson; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 siblings and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A gathering of family and friends will be held 5-8 pm, Thursday August 28th at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com. (8/19/14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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