In Memoriam: Feb. 8

Valerie Mary Treffeisen Hammel, 59, Sebastian

Valerie Mary Treffeisen Hammel, 59, of Sebastian, died Feb. 4, 2018, at Sebastian River Medical Center. She was born Sept. 5, 1958, in Queens, N.Y., and lived in Sebastian. She previously resided in New York and New Jersey.

She was a diamond cutter, an artist, a scholar, a gardener, a cook, a bowler, a skier, pool and dart player, among many other passions and professions. She volunteered at the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas P. Hammel; son, Eric E. Hammel, of Sebastian; daughter, Jennifer L. Hammel, of Bonita Springs; brother, Robert R. Treffeisen, of Milwaukee; and sisters, Nancy J. Treffeisen, of New York, and Dawn P. Treffeisen, of Tampa.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary E. Levinsky Treffeisen; and her father, Arthur R. Treffeisen.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Humane Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 13075 US 1, Sebastian, with Father Marcos Zamora, celebrant.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian.

There will be a future memorial service in the coming months in Breezy Point, N.Y.


Neal Walter Richardson, Sr., Vero Beach

Neal Walter Richardson Sr., of Vero Beach, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, of cardiac arrest.

He was a World War II veteran having served 1943-1945 as a Photographers Mate First Class. He was an engineer with Southern Bell Telephone Company. He was active in girl scouting and an officer of the Vero Beach Power Squadron.

His avocations were accomplished with enthusiasm and quality and included skeet shooting, wood working, stained glass, gem cutting, and counted cross stitch. He was an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rita Borah Richardson; his children, Susan Richardson Komives (Ralph) and Neal W. Richardson Jr. (Gaye); his stepchildren, Renee Moon Hanna (Jeffrey), Eva Moon (Gladys), and Samuel Edward Richardson Moon (Lilly); 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Grace Warren Richardson; his parents, J. Williard Richardson and Pauline Maddocks Richardson; and his brothers, James W. Richardson Jr., and Carl M. Richardson.

A memorial service will be held at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America.

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