In Memoriam: Dec. 6

Genevieve Amber Cousins-Goodfellow, 40, Vero Beach

Genevieve “Genny” Amber Cousins-Goodfellow, 40, passed away holding tightly to her loving mother’s hand on Sunday Dec. 2, 2017, in Vero Beach. Genevieve was born Nov. 14, 1977, in West Palm Beach and graduated from Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer High School in 1996.

She dedicated herself to Jehovah and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1997 at the age of 19. In 1998 she married Joshua Goodfellow and gave birth to her son Jonah Harrison Goodfellow in 2004. She was a devoted full time mother.

Genevieve had tremendous artistic talent and enjoyed spending afternoons cooking in her kitchen whipping up delicious meals to share with her loved ones. She had a natural sweetness and a warm smile that she shared with the world right up until her final moments.

She will be remembered as a bright, shining light to all who knew and loved her. Despite having to overcome many recent hardships, especially her failing health, she remained steadfast in her faith and her love for her family throughout her life.

Genevieve is survived by her son, Jonah Goodfellow, 13; and her mother, Cindy Cousins; and her grandparents, Lemuel and Crystal Marie Cousins, of North Carolina.

She was predeceased by her father, Howard Cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at Seawinds Funeral Home, 735 South Fleming St., Sebastian.


Alexander Peter Curtis, 34, Vero Beach

Alexander “Alex” Peter Curtis, 34, of Vero Beach, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Alex was born in Park Ridge, Ill., in 1982.

Alex graduated from Sebastian River High School in the International Baccalaureate Program in 2001 and attended the University of Florida.

Alex was a truly wonderful son in every way. He was kind, gentle and loved his family very much. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Ned and Carmen Curtis, of Vero Beach; sisters, Stephanie Yousefzadeh (Jonson), of Austin, Texas, Laura Wilsnack (Robert) of Pace, Fla.; grandmother Mary Cucuz, of Vero Beach; and his beloved yellow lab, Buddy.

At the request of the family, local services will be private. Burial will be next to his beloved grandfather at St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Cemetery & Monastery located in Libertyville, Ill., on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

Family suggests donations be made to the Mental Health Association of Indian River County, 820 37th Place, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.


David E. Johnson, 50, Vero Beach

David E. Johnson, 50, of Vero Beach, owner/operator of DJ’s Pool Service, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. He was born May, 22, 1967.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his son, David J. Johnson; mother, Carol Johnson; sister, Robin (Larry) Bevilacqua; and nieces, Lauryn Johnson and Alayna Losito.

He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Johnson; and brother, Lenny Losito.



Dennis Andrew Scherrer, 71, Vero Beach

Dennis Andrew Scherrer, 71, son of the late Reinhold and Eleanor Scherrer, of Vero Beach, was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., and died suddenly Nov. 25 in Vero Beach.

Dennis served proudly in the United States Army in Vietnam. He worked hard his entire life mainly in the Car Business and Service Centers.

He loved people and was very customer service oriented to the public. He was a loyal friend and did his best as a father and grandfather.

He loved his news programs, and would DVR all the networks not to miss a story.

He is survived by his three daughters, Lauri (Craig) Dahlem, Kim (Bill) Moran, Cindi (Wayne) Gootee; three grandchildren, Teale Moran, Tristan Moran and Paige Gootee; brothers, Ron (Linda) Scherrer, Thomas Scherrer; sister, Marianne (Rick) Quesnelle; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He will forever be loved and missed!



Dean L. Smith, 93, Vero Beach

Dean L. “Cotton” Smith, 93, of Vero Beach, died Dec. 5, 2017, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Dean was born in Arlington Heights, Ohio, and lived in Vero Beach for 87 years coming from Onward, Ind. He graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1942. After graduation Dean joined the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

After the service Dean returned home to Vero Beach to work in the family business, S.R. Smith and Sons, Inc., with his father as a building contractor where he remained for 66 years until his retirement in 1996 at the age of 72.

Dean was a member of King’s Baptist Church, Vero Beach. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time in the outdoors.

Survivors include sons, Jerry D. Smith (Sherry) of New Smyrna Beach, Daniel B. Smith (Amber), John C. Smith, Paul B. Smith and Mark R. Smith, all of Vero Beach; brother, David Smith, of Haynes City; sister, Martha Sue Smith, of Tampa; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Ruby C. Smith; brothers, Jack Smith, Sam Smith, Eldon Smith, Raymond Smith, Jr. and Bill Smith; and his sister, Judy Bracaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 in memory of Dean L. Smith.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at Strunk Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach.


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