In Memoriam: Oct. 12

Jeanne Gascoigne, 95, Sebastian

Jeanne Gascoigne, 95, died Oct. 8, 2017, at Florida Baptist Retirement Center, Inc. in Vero Beach. She was born in Lorain, Ohio, and lived in Sebastian since 1988 coming from her birthplace.

Jeanne was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Lorain, Ohio, 1939, and the Dyke School of Commerce in1941. She retired in 1988 from the Lorain County Board of MR/DD and worked for 15 years as a seasonal employee in the LA Dodger ticket office.

She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, in Sebastian, and was a member of their Women’s Guild.

Survivors include nieces Jane Rose, Lynn Vajda and Molly Gascoigne, nephews Joseph, James and Lawrence Gascoigne, sister-in-law Theresa Gascoigne, cousin Mrs. Linda Graham.

She was preceded in death by her nephews John & Christopher Gascoigne, sister-in-law, Ruth Gascoigne and brother, Joseph A. Gascoigne.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian Outreach Program, 13075 U.S. #1, Sebastian, FL 32958 in memory of Jeanne Gascoigne.

Visitation will be Friday Oct. 13, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church.


Mary Joan (Cutler) Graham, 97, Vero Beach

Mary Joan (Cutler) Graham, of Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.  She would have been 98 on Oct. 25. Born and raised in New York, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd R. and Helen (Smith) Cutler and is predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon F. Graham as well as her brother and his wife, Timothy R. and Sheelagh R. Cutler.

Joan attended Wilson College in Pennsylvania. During her career, she held various positions with NBC at Rockefeller Center in New York City where she particularly enjoyed her experience with the news hour program under John W. Vandercook.

Joan and her husband retired to Vero Beach to be closer to family. They enjoyed making memories traveling. Among their many travels Positano, Italy, held a special place in her heart.

She is survived by her nieces and nephew: Sheryl and Robert Trezise of Amesbury, Mass.; Amanda and Colin Batson of Kennebunk, Maine; Timothy and Penny Cutler of East Amherst, N.Y.; and their children and grandchildren.

By Joan’s request, there will be no visitation. A graveside service for family will be held at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association for the Hospice Foundation online at (please be sure to note in the comments it is for the Hospice Foundation) or by calling 1-866-705-6681.


John L. Hankins, Jr., 78, Orchid

John L. Hankins, Jr., 78, of Hopwood, Pa., and Orchid, lived his life with a unique energy and optimism that made an indelible impact on everyone he touched. On Aug. 25, 2017, his fight against an unrelenting cancer ended, at the same time Heaven, no doubt, was infused with a newfound spirit of caring, love and laughter.

Born in Pittsburgh, the son of the late John L Hankins Sr. and Margaret Miller Hankins, John grew up in Uniontown, Pa., attended Allegheny College and was married to the love of his life, Carol P. Hankins, for 55 years.

Together they raised, as he so proudly declared, “three perfect children”, John, Holly and Amy, who together blessed them with six grandchildren, Sarah, Clare, Cramer, Caroline, Ellie and Pearse, ranging in age from fifteen to twenty-three. John is survived also by his sisters, Nancy Vernon (James) and Margaret Curry (Phillip) and their families.

John was the owner of Fayette Fuel, Inc. and LawnKare Landscaping in Uniontown, Pa., served as President of the Pittsburgh Petroleum Association and was an active member of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Board, the Uniontown Hospital Board, and the Uniontown Health Resources Board. He proudly served on the Laurel Highlands School Board of Directors, the Uniontown Motor Club Board and the Fayette County Development Council of Uniontown. He was also a lifelong member of the Uniontown Country Club and member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Retiring to Orchid, John continued generously sharing his time while serving as Golf Chairman on the Board of Governors at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club and was a member of The Community Church of Vero Beach. His passion for golf and the Pittsburgh Steelers was rivaled only by his genuine caring and love for his wife and family and the people he met along the wonderful path that was his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Community Church of Vero Beach located at 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club located at 1 Beachside Drive, Orchid, FL 32963.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Uniontown Public Library, 24 Jefferson Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 or Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 79 West Fayette Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 or The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Glenn Stephen, 86, Vero Beach

Glenn Stephen, 86, of Vero Beach, passed away with family by his side at the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. He was born Jan. 22, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wis., to the late Clyde and Mildred Stephan.

After serving four years in the U.S. Navy and graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career with Piper Aircraft Corporation where he started as a Design Engineer and worked his way up to Chief Project Engineer. While working a decade as a lead investigator of aircraft accidents for USAIG, he launched and maintained a successful auto repair and body shop business, until his retirement in 2000.

He was a faithful and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach and the Elk’s Lodge #1774. A devoted father and husband, he was known for his sense of humor and his passion for boating, fishing, and model trains.

He is survived by his wife, Mavis Stephen; daughter, Patti Yount and son-in-law, Matthew Yount, all of Vero Beach; his son David Stephen, from New York City, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Clyde Stephan and his mother Mildred Huenink Stephan, both of Sheboygan, Wis.; his sister Sandra Ferlenda of Syracuse, N.Y.; and his brother Raymond Stephan of Sheboygan, Wis.

A Gathering of Remembrance will be held at Strunk Funeral Home Vero Beach, on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to VNA Hospice House at:


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