In Memoriam: Dec. 23-28

Marjorie “Margo” Ann Arnold, 63, Vero Beach

Marjorie “Margo” Ann Arnold, 63, of Vero Beach, passed away Sunday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Margo was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Vero Beach in 1964. She graduated from Vero Beach High School 1972, attended Indian River Community College, and ultimately earned a BA in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University.

She received her private pilot’s license by the age of 21 and enjoyed a long history of participation with the 4-H Club of Indian River County.

Margo had a life-time passion for all things horses, but especially English Hunter-Jumpers. She rarely attended a horseshow where she was unable to identify the most important participants (The horses, silly! Not the riders).

Survivors include her sister Dottie (Jim) Mueller, of Vero Beach; brother, Flip Arnold of Chicago, Ill.; nephew, J.P. Mueller; nieces Rory Mueller, Lauren Arnold Melrose, and Jody (Eric) Lowd; step-brothers Bradley Soash, of Canton, Mich., Norman Soash, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., and Don Soash, of New Port Richey, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip J. Arnold, Jr., and Marjorie Arnold Soash; step-father, Evan Soash; and brother, Jim Arnold.

Margo helped create the business model for Jimmy’s Tree Service and she worked there with her sister and brother-in-law as their Information Technology guru.

After facing a breast cancer diagnosis, Margo rose phoenix-like to enjoy the best years of her life. She was the best sister, best aunt, best friend, and best business partner anyone could want.

Margo was also an avid dog-owner whose taste in canines ranged far and wide. In the last years of her life she was inseparable from “Ice,” her mini Australian Sheppard whom Margo had rescued to celebrate her success in overcoming life’s challenges.

Margo was a private person, a voracious reader, and a lover of crossword puzzles and word games. She was also a committed beach walker and sea glass enthusiast. Her favorite time of day was sunrise. Armed only with a smartphone, Margo would start her day by capturing and sharing the beauty of the world as seen from the tide line.

Like her footprints in the sand during one of those sunrise walks, she imprinted her beauty on our hearts and souls.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A gathering time for friends and family to celebrate her life will be 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach.

 

Nina K. Borgis, Fellsmere

Nina K Borgis of Fellsmere, passed away Dec. 25, 2017.

Nina was born in Jacksonville, Fla.

She married Raymond L. Borgis. She worked at the North County Library for 15 years and retired in 2007.

She is survived by her daughter, Denise Nichelson (Tom) Nichelson; five grandchildren, Kelly, JD, Tommy, Frankie and Ronnie and; 10 great-grandchildren.

No service is planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Friends of the North County Library.

 

John Vanderveer Gibson, 82, Vero Beach

John Vanderveer Gibson, 82, of Vero Beach, formerly of Bay Shore, Long Island, N.Y., departed this life Dec. 28, 2017. He was born June 15, 1935.

He had resided in Vero Beach since 2004.

He is survived by his sons, John Vanderveer (Tammy) Gibson, Jr., and Robert Charles (Monica) Gibson; grandchildren, Derek, Kelly, Allison, Stephanie, Robert, Jessica and Julia; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Betty Lee (Schroeder) Gibson; and his parents, John J. Gibson, Jr. and Cornelia Lott (Vanderveer) Gibson.

A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford Conn., and Colby College, Waterville, Maine, Van started his career with The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and retired after 25 years as a vice president.

While employed with Chase, Van traveled extensively worldwide and thoroughly enjoyed his career.

In his spare time he loved deep sea fishing and playing golf.

He will remembered for his philanthropy and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

The family will receive friends 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Bay Shore Historical Society, 22 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706.

 

 

Norma C. Givens, 88, Vero Beach

Norma C. “Pinky” Givens, 88, of Vero Beach, and formally of Laurel, Del., passed on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

Pinky was the daughter of the late Ernest and Golda Collins of Sharptown, Md.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Minos Givens; her son, Bret Givens; and a daughter-in-law, Dawn Givens.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to HALO RESCUE, 710 Jackson St., Sebastian, FL 32958.

 

Lois May King, 87, Vero Beach

Lois May King, 87, of Vero Beach, passed away on Dec. 25, 2017. She moved to Florida as a teen from Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her parents, Robert and Juanita Drake.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, John “Roger” King; her children, Mitchell (Paula) Martin of Brooksville, Fla., Michael H. Martin, Mitzi (Jack) Joyce, Robert D. Martin, and Merri Kay Bennett, all of Vero Beach. Lois has 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 29, at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home 2-4 p.m. with a Funeral Service to follow.

 

 

Veve Elizabeth Douglass L’Engle, 82, Vero Beach

Veve Elizabeth Douglass L’Engle, 82, passed peacefully from this life to be with her Savior on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. She was at home, as she desired to be, with her family when she died.

She is survived by her loving husband of more than 58 years, John Claude L’Engle, of Vero Beach; her daughters, Claudia Hafling (J. Michael), of Port St. Lucie; Catherine Rorick, of Lake Worth; Claire Jessup (Todd), of Sebastian; and Carolyn Gutierrez (Steven), of Palm Beach Gardens.

Veve was born the daughter of Albert Douglass and Jessie Sandlin Douglass, of Lake City and Jacksonville.

She met her husband, Claude, in Jacksonville in 1958, and they married on March 7, 1959, at First Presbyterian Church of Lake City, Fla.

They made their home in Jacksonville and remained there until 1971, when they moved to Lake Worth. Later homes included Orlando and her present residence in Vero Beach.

A full-time housewife and mother and a longtime volunteer with such organizations as the Girl Scouts of America, American Heart Association, and most recently the Humane Society, Veve had a kind and giving heart and great compassion for those in need. In Indian River County, she and her husband had become supporters of Epic Missions, Inc., and other Christian and civic charities.

In addition to her daughters and husband, she is also survived by her very dear and devoted sister, Dorothy Douglass Cathey (Robert), of Jacksonville; brother, David Douglass (Joyce), of Ft. Pierce; grandchildren, Christopher Hafling, Jessica and Jamie Rorick, Shannon Jessup and Elizabeth Bolen; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Hafling, Brittany, Bianca and Chris Gutierrez; great-grandson, Justin Rorick; sister-in-law, Harriet L’Engle (Bonnie Coons); nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

She was pre-deceased by her brother, Wiley Cone Douglass; and granddaughter Jacquelyn Marie Rorick.

Funeral services were held in Vero Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m., at Strunk Funeral Home, with a small graveside service following.

 

Richard Warner Paull, 93, Vero Beach

Richard Warner Paull, 93, of Vero Beach, and formerly of Marion, died peacefully on Dec. 16, 2017, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late John Paull, of Edgartown, and Grace (Warner) Paull of Taunton.

Dick, or as he was known by many as “Richie”, was a respected attorney in Marion and throughout Southeastern Massachusetts until his retirement and relocation to Florida in the mid-1990s.

Dick proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II after attending Military School in Florida. His active duty career included time aboard a Navy Landing Tank Ship in the North Atlantic.

Following his service in the Navy, Dick worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation after receiving training in Quantico, Va., before deciding to switch careers and attend law school.

Dick gave back a considerable amount of his time to the Marion and Vero Beach communities. He was a founding member of the Marion Historical Society. He was President of the local Boy Scouts Council (what is now the Narragansett Council) and was active with the Troop in New Bedford. He was one of the founding members of the Indian River Land Trust in Vero Beach in order to preserve land along the Indian River.

Dick was very active in local and county politics and liked nothing better than engaging in spirited dinner conversations with friends and family. Dick was every bit a gentleman. He will be remembered for his quick wit, ready smile and good nature.

His stepmother, Catherine Paull, of Edgartown, of whom he was very fond, predeceased him.

Survivors include his dear friend and companion, Carol Buffum, of Vero Beach; numerous cousins including Peter L. Paull, Jr., of Westport, James B. Paull, of Andover, Dorothy P. Tongue, Jonathan E. Paull and Nancy P. Moxon, all of Westport, Lynn Carter, II, of Bedford, N.H., David P. Carter, of East Providence, R.I., Susanne Carter Peck, of Aspen, Colo., Richard Cary Paull, of Englewood, Fla.; and numerous good friends and associates including Michelle O’ Grady, of Edgartown.

 

 

Thomas M. Quincer, 60, Vero Beach

Thomas M. Quincer, 60, of Vero Beach, passed away Dec. 22, 2017, at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

Thomas was an auto body technician in the automotive industry.

 

Kaitlyn Michelle Regan, 31, Vero Beach

Kaitlyn Michelle Regan, 31, of Vero Beach, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Kaitlyn was born Dec. 31, 1985, in Winchester, Mass., and moved to Vero Beach in 1991.

Kaitlyn attended St. Helen Catholic School, was a graduate of Vero Beach High School in 2004, and graduated from Flagler College in 2008.

Kaitlyn worked with her family, in their businesses.

Kaitlyn is survived by her parents, Susan and Jack Regan, of Vero Beach; brother, Ryan (Melissa) Regan, of Vero Beach; sister, Kelli Regan (Mark) Walker, of Vero Beach; nephew, Chris Walker, of Vero Beach; paternal grandmother, Ruth Regan, of Burlington, Mass.; her best friend, Dutchess; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

She is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Richard and Helen O’Neill, and paternal grandfather, John Regan.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home in Vero Beach with a wake to be held at 6 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach.

 

Daniel A. Sanftleben, Jr., Vero Beach

Daniel A. Sanftleben, Jr. died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, after a short stay at Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was the son of Daniel A. Sanftleben, Sr. who left his birthplace of Jamaica, West Indies, to attend Clemson Agricultural College at age 16. Dan’s mother was Irene Martin, of Martin County, N.Y.

Dan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., at Peck Memorial Hospital, then later moved to Teaneck, N.J.

He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, graduating in 1954. He was in the Army for two years, stationed in Japan.

“Devon Dan” worked for Airco Industrial Gases for 36 years until his retirement in 1992.

Dan is survived by two daughters from his first marriage, Linda Fallow; grandsons, Nicolas and Jacob Fallow; and great-grandson Jacob; and Leslie Jane Foster; granddaughter, Danielle Foster.

Dan remarried in 1969 to Elsie Axford Sanftleben and had daughter, Amanda Sanftleben Rambo; two granddaughters, Ashley and Allison Rambo; and grandson, Ryan Daniel Rambo.

Dan also had two stepsons and one stepdaughter, Josh, David and Liza Niles, along with 8 step-grandchildren.

The Sanftlebens raised their children in Devon, Pa. Dan enjoyed playing tennis and spending summers down the shore at Long Beach Island, N.J. He was a member of and played tennis regularly at the Foundation for the Arts in Loveladies, N.J.

Some games, especially with Arnold “The Viking” were rather unorthodox, with opera arias being sung on the court and numerous quips exchanged. “It’s out! Foot fault! C’mon Danny!”

Dan was one-of-a-kind, a sweet and wonderful guy. He was always reliable and punctual, a man of routine and reliability.

Dan and Elsie retired to Vero Beach, in 1995 where he continued playing tennis and loved reading and being on the beach. Eventually he moved poolside, closer to home, shooting the breeze with his buddies.

“Vero Tan Dan” was always happy being in the sun. He was a courier for over 20 years following his “retirement,” enjoying his many acquaintances made throughout the years.

He also loved to plan trips abroad for himself and Elsie. He was intrigued with the layouts of planes and spent hours and hours researching.

He will be greatly missed and always cherished.

Donations in memory of Dan may be made to:

Salvation Army, PO Box 2864, Vero Beach, FL 32961-2864; or to Hospice House Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

 

Norbert A. Schultz, Jr, 70, Vero Beach

Norbert “Fred” A. Schultz, Jr, 70, of Vero Beach, passed away at home on Dec. 22, 2017.  Fred was born to the late Norbert A. and Alice P. Schultz, Sr. in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 4, 1947.

He graduated from Northwestern in 1966 and then entered the US Army where he served his country during the Vietnam War. Following his enlistment in the Army, he started his career at General Motors retiring in 1998 as a Second Level Supervisor of Engineering in Flint, Mich.

He spent his time in Michigan on Lake Fenton enjoying boating and fishing with friends and family. After his retirement, he moved to Vero Beach. He was an animal lover and spent his retirement working at The Village Pet Inn walking dogs and being “Mr. Fix it” for the facility.

Fred was a very private man but loved dearly by those who were close to him.

Fred is predeceased by his parents Norbert and Alice Schultz; and his wife, Linda Jayne Schultz, who he adored and missed terribly.

He is survived by his brother, James (Becky) Schultz, of Flushing, Mich.; children, Jeffrey (Marla) Schultz, of Fenton, Mich., and Michael Schultz, of Fenton, Mich., Korri (Pieter) van Dalen, of Vero Beach, Kristi Wheatley, of Fellsmere, and Brooke Martin, of Fenton, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His wish was to be cremated and be spread with Linda in the Keys. There will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Humane Society of Vero Beach.

 

Karen Colleen Smith, 65, Vero Beach

Surrounded by her loving family, Karen Colleen Smith, of Vero Beach, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at the age of 65. Colleen lost her 14-year-long battle with breast cancer at Indian River Medical Center. She was born at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Charles Grady Smith and Eloise Smith Hawthorne, of Bridgeport Ala., on Oct. 25, 1952.

She was the youngest of their four children. Her brothers, Charles Smith, Jr. and Lanny Smith, preceded her in death. Her sister, Kay (Smith) Brown, resides in Higdon, Alabama.

Colleen graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1971 and married William Edward Smith, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., on Aug. 12, 1972.

She is survived by her husband, William; four daughters, Misty Smith, Melinda Gallant, Angela Bosman, and Rebecca Smith; seven grandchildren, Christina Jones, Kylie Mitchell, Allie Mitchell, Danica Gallant, Braegan Gallant, Christian Hampton, William Bosman, Charleigh Bosman; and one great-grandson, Eli Owens.

There will be a celebration of life on Dec. 30, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church at 475 43rd Ave., Vero Beach, from 5 to 7 p.m.

She will be laid to rest this summer at Hooker Cemetery in Wildwood, Ga.

Details to follow.

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