In Memoriam: Jan. 3

Queenie Foster, Vero Beach

Queenie Foster passed away Nov. 6, 2017, at Hospice House Vero Beach of natural causes. She was a resident of Vero Beach for 57 years.

She received the 2012 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award at St. Frances Manor, where she resided for 11 years.

Queenie was married to Arthur Foster for 63 years. She is survived by her six children and many grandchildren.

Please join the family for a luncheon to celebrate Queenie at St Frances Manor’s community hall Sunday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.


Jane Burr Dailey Frost, 101, Vero Beach

Jane Burr Dailey Frost, 101, of Vero Beach, and Fairfield, Conn., died at her Vero home on Jan. 2, 2018. She was born in Darien, Conn., Dec. 4, 1916, and grew up in Manhattan.

Little in stature but possessing an enormous inner strength, Jane faced many of life’s challenges and hardships with great fortitude, grit and determination, while always looking beautiful and impeccably put together.

She married her brother’s roommate, Donald Frost, and he remained the love of her life for 63 years until his death. Together they partook in the glory days of the advertising business and all that it entailed during the “Mad Men” era.

An avid discount shopper, she spent many hours at her favorite haunts and never found a bargain she could resist.

But her favorite store was the hardware store. She was interested in how things work and loved to solve whatever puzzle might present itself.

The same was true with her daily New York Times, read cover to cover only after she’d completed the crossword puzzle in pen. She loved her thousands of books, but also loved Judge Judy and often planned her day around that broadcast.

She was a dedicated volunteer, serving on The Women’s Board of Norwalk Hospital for over 57 years and driving herself weekly down I-95 for work at the hospital’s Treasure House until she was 98.

She enjoyed sailing, tennis and golf and was a member of The Country Club of Fairfield, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, Hawk’s Nest Golf Club in its early years, Saugatuck Shores Beach Club, and a former member of Cedar Point Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club.

The granddaughter of New York Supreme Court Justice William P. Burr, Jane was predeceased by her husband Donald; her brother, Burr Dailey; and her son, Anthony Frost.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin Bessin (Stephen); daughter-in-law, Stephanie Frost; grandchildren, Christopher Dawson, Alexandra Dawson (Gregory Gricus), Ian Frost and Morgan Frost; and great-grandchildren, Penelope Gricus, Luke Dawson, Simon Gricus and Gabriella Dawson.

The family would like to thank her devoted caregivers Kathleen Leigh and Lenore Short.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to VNA, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Treasure House, 5 Isaacs St., Norwalk, CT 06850 would be appreciated.

A service will be scheduled at a later date.


Donald John Rainone, 74, Vero Beach

Donald John Rainone, of Vero Beach, passed peacefully on the evening of Dec. 28, 2017, at the age of 74, after a long illness. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life. Donald was born Sept. 25, 1943, in New York, N.Y.

He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Manhattan College. Donald started his career at IBM and retired from Dun & Bradstreet Corp as President of U.S. Sales.

Donald is remembered for his infectious laugh, sense of humor and love of life. He was a member of Quail Valley Club in Vero Beach.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Trudie; three children, Kimberly Rainone, of New York City, Danielle Rainone-Roofener, and her husband, Ted Roofener, of Westfield, N.J., and Donald Rainone, of Vero Beach; and two grandsons, Chase Roofener and Drew Roofener.

He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Kristen Marie; his parents, Luchina and Donato; his six older sisters; and other dear family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Alzheimer / Parkinson Association of Indian River County, 2300 Fifth Avenue, Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Senior Resources Association of Indian River County, 694 14th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Memorial services for Donald will be held at Fairchild Sons Funeral Chapel in Manhasset, N.Y. on Jan. 3-4 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset, N.Y. on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach on Friday, Feb. 16, at Noon.


Joseph Allen Sampson, 71, Vero Beach

Joseph Allen Sampson, 71, of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at home with his loving family at his side after a five-year battle with ALS.

Fondly known as Allen, he was born in Worcester and grew up in Shrewsbury, Mass., to the late Joseph P. and Delima (Dufour) Sampson.

Allen and Linda, his devoted wife of 50 years, moved to Vero Beach five years ago from Lunenburg, Mass.

He graduated from Shrewsbury High School (1964) and from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute (1966) as a machinist. He is fondly remembered by his family as a man who could and would fix anything.

Allen proudly served in the United States Air Force as an E4 Loadmaster making many trips to South East Asia in support American troops during the Vietnam War. Allen is a member of the American Legion.

Allen worked for over 30 years at Cains Foods in Ayer, Mass., retiring as Plant Manager/Engineer in 2012. He represented Cains Foods and the Town of Ayer on numerous Town boards and committees over the years.

With a tremendous love for the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, boating, water skiing, downhill skiing, and golfing. One of his greatest enjoyments was fishing, which he learned as a young boy from his grandfather on Lake Quinsigamond on the first day of fishing season each year.

In his spare time from sports, Allen could be found riding his Harley Davidson Softail from the back roads of New England to the sunny highways of Florida.

Family and friends enjoyed listening to him playing guitar and singing country music.

He leaves his wife, Linda (Jewell) Sampson; son, Joseph W. Sampson and granddaughter Ella Sampson, of Piedmont, S.Ca.; and son, David A. Sampson, of Gill, Mass., and grandchildren, Sophia Sampson, Josh Sampson and Emma Sampson, of Belchertown, Mass.; along with siblings, Shirley and her husband, John Shonle, of Amherst, N.H., David P. Sampson and fiancé, Beth Griffin, of Bourne, Mass., J.R. Courtman, of Bourne, Mass., John Sampson and his wife, Karen Nordstrom, of Charlton, Mass., A. Wayne Sampson and his wife, Catherine, of Pocasset, Mass., and Linda Sampson and her husband, Mark Mowery, of Kensington, Md.; along with over 40 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619.

A memorial service celebrating Allen’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Susan Hall Smith, 71, Vero Beach

Susan Hall Smith, 71, of Vero Beach, died on Dec. 31, 2017. She was born in Miami on Nov. 26, 1946.  She was the only child of Jesse Hall and Dorothy Metts Hall.

She moved to Vero Beach when she was 3 and graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1964.

She married Larry Smith in December 1964 and they were married for 53 years.

Susan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed traveling with her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Susan loved to cruise and travel with her friends.  She and Larry had a home in Sugarloaf Key for many years and there she loved to boat, fish and dive.  She never missed an event that included her grandchildren, attending every play, band event and school function.

Susan volunteered for over 10 years with the Guardian Ad Litem program helping many children separated from their families.

Susan is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughters, Stephanie Stawara (David) and Shannon Smith; and her grandchildren, Lilla Stawara, StellaRose Stawara and Collin Gonzalez.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

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