In Memoriam: Feb. 28

Donald Gilbert Bockman, 88, Sebastian

Donald Gilbert Bockman, 88, died Feb. 24, 2018, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., lived in Warminster, Pa., prior to moving to Sebastian in 2015.

Don was a US Army veteran and received the WWII Victory Medal.

He retired as a manager from Bell Telephone Company where he also worked as a chauffeur for the Vice President of the company.

Don loved life and sports cars.

Survivors include his daughter, Bonnie (Glenn) Gardner, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; sons, Donald (Tracey) Bockman, of Warrington, Pa., Robert (Kim) Bockman, of Warminster, Pa., and Christopher (Teresa) Bockman, of Bluffton, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian.


Veda J. Powell Creamer, 83, Sebastian

Veda J. Powell Creamer, 83, died Feb. 26, 2018, at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. She was born in Fort Meade, Fla., and lived in Sebastian, coming from Fort Meade in 1952.

Veda retired from the Indian River County School District after working 12 years as a bus driver. She then went to work for Graves Brothers Packing House for four years until her retirement.

She was a member of Church of God in Fellsmere.

Survivors include her sons, Roger E. (Sylvia) Clark, of Vero Beach, and James Clark, of Germany; sisters, Mary Johnston, of Asworth, Ga., and Myrtle Hays, of Sebastian; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe Elmor and Veda Powell; brother, Arthur Powell.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian, Florida.


Mary A. Dempsey, 81, Vero Beach

Mary A. Dempsey, 81, passed away on Feb. 24, 2018, at home in Vero Beach. She was born on Feb. 9, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Angelo and Adelina Passaro.

Prior to her retirement, Mary enjoyed her many years of work as an executive assistant in the legal field.

Survivors include her daughter, Maureen Dempsey; sons, Robert and Timothy (Therese) Dempsey; grandchildren, Harrison and Isabel; sisters, Lilly (John) Silberman, Pat (Peter) Falco, and Linda (Brad) Feeney.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Harold and her son, John.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3375 20th Street, #100, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the Humane Society of Vero Beach, 6230 77th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32967.


Francois “Louis” Hannot, 80, Sebastian

Francois “Louis” Hannot, 80, of Sebastian, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Francois came to the United States at the age of 13.

He honorably and faithfully served his country in the US Air Force. While stationed in Sculthorpe, England, he met the love of his life, Valerie Hill. They were married on Jan. 11, 1958, and later moved to Panama City, Fla.

After serving in the USAF, they settled in Brentwood, N.Y., where they raised their two children, Arleen and Edward.

They loved to travel and went on many adventures all over the world. He loved talking to people and truly enjoyed sharing his many stories. Louis had a true zest for life and made friends wherever he went.

He and his wife lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures such as get-togethers with family and friends, gardening and watching old movies. However, his biggest passion was his family; especially his two grandsons who brought him such pride and joy.

Louis was a kind and generous man who gave without expecting anything in return. He will be deeply missed by all. Nous t’aimons.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Valerie (nee Hill); daughter Arleen (Nicholas) Fusilli, of Manasquan, N.J., son, Edward (Diana) Hannot, of Orlando; grandsons, Nicholas Fusilli, of Neptune City, N.J., Michael (Corine) Fusilli, of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.; his dear sister, Elisabeth “Lily” Hannot Michiels, of Gijzenzele, Belgium; and all of his adored nieces, nephews and friends.

A viewing will be held 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Seawinds Funeral Home, 735 S. Fleming St., Sebastian, with a funeral service immediately following at 4 p.m. in the Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make donations in memory of Francois to the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County, Inc. at or to a charity of your choice.


Eileen M. Sheridan, Vero Beach

Eileen M. Sheridan, of Vero Beach, passed away on Feb. 24, 2018. She grew up in Forest Hills, N.Y., with four older brothers.

After graduating from Mary Louis Academy and Katherine Gibbs, she married Joseph Stanley Sheridan, also from Forest Hills, and began a wonderful marriage of 59 years.

Raising her family in Franklin Lakes, N.J., Eileen enjoyed a host of volunteer projects at Valley Hospital as well as working for ten years at Western Union Corporation in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Eileen continued her volunteer work after retiring to Vero Beach at organizations such as The Holy Cross Church Guild, Vero Beach Medical Center, The Samaritan Center and so many other organizations that supported the community.

Eileen’s motto in life was “you can meet nice people everywhere” and she was so thankful for the friendships she had throughout her life.

She was the beloved wife to Stan; adored mother to Mark, Sue Ellen, Michael, Jean, Amy; grandmother to eight; and great-grandmother to two.

The family will be holding a private memorial at a later date and is grateful for the compassionate care their mother received from the wonderful staff at Indian River Estates and VNA Hospice of the Treasure Coast.

For those who wish, contributions in memory of Eileen can be made to VNA Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960


Earnest Albert Strahosky, 91, Vero Beach

Earnest Albert Strahosky, 91, of Vero Beach, died on Feb. 23, 2018, at St. Lucie Hospice House. He was born in Bay Village, Ohio, on Dec. 22, 1926, the middle child, during the depression.

Ernie graduated from Euclid Shore High School. He joined the Merchant Marines and served on a hospital ship bringing wounded soldiers home. Later he served in the U.S. Army.

Ernie was a star basketball player in the class A division in Cleveland, Ohio.

He met his wife Mary, in Mentor, Ohio. They were married Nov. 27, 1948.

Ernie’s happiest times were spent fishing. He fished all the way from Canada to Key West and he always caught something.

Ernie and his wife owned and operated a Mom and Pop grocery store, the Bedford Heights Superette in Ohio.

In 1962, they moved to Miami Beach where they owned and operated the Beachwood Apartments for 25 years.

He also worked as a machinist and retired from the City of Miami Beach.

After retirement they moved to Rio Rancho, N.M. They traveled throughout the west, Hawaii and Alaska. In 1992, they moved to Vero Beach.

Ernie attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years Mary; daughter, Dr. Susan (James Roberts) Strahosky, of Auburn, N.H.; son, Capt. Mel (Suzanne) Strahosky, of Key West; grandson, Miles Roberts, of Brighton, Mass.; granddaughter, Nadia Roberts, of Auburn, N.H.; brother-in-law, Steve (Helen) Batko, of Stow, Ohio; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church with Father Michael Goldberg, officiating.

Ernie’s final resting place will be the ocean, where he spent many happy hours.

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