In Memoriam: Sept. 5

Reinhart Thomas Anderson, Sr., 77, Vero Beach

Reinhart Thomas Anderson, Sr., 77, of Vero Beach, peacefully ended his 21 year battle with COPD, on Sept. 2, 2018, at the VNA Hospice House with his loving family by his side.

Reinhart was born on April 16, 1941, in Rahway, N.J., to Norwood and Emily (Thorsen) Anderson.

He was active in the New Jersey Labor Union Local 569 for over 25 years, before retiring to Sebastian with his family 27 years ago.

Reinhart then began working with his sons in their landscaping business, until his health no longer allowed him to work outdoors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan (Fink) Anderson; proud sons, Reinhart, Jr. (Shelly), Mark (Cathy), and Scott (Jennifer); four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Norma, and James (Marcia); sister-in-law, Ann; and many nieces and nephews.

Reinhart was predeceased by his parents, Norwood and Emily; and siblings, Radie and Norwood, Jr.

Funeral Services and Burial will be private, per Reinhart’s request.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Reinhart’s name to VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Lillie May Barton, 92, Sebastian

Lillie May Barton, 92, of Sebastian, passed away on Aug. 31, 2018, from complications from surgery. Lillie was born in Camden, N.J., on April 23, 1926.

She worked as a clerk typist throughout her life. She started at RCA when she was a young woman and ended her career at The State of Rhode Island, department of taxation.

She is survived by her daughter, Miriam (husband, Thomas), her stepson, John Barton; and her stepdaughter, Marie Russell; her grandchildren, Russell Short, Kate Short, Quentin Cookson, and Craig Cookson; and her great-granddaughters, Kassidy Cookson and Samantha Short.

Family and friends will honor and celebrate Lillie’s life by gathering for a Memorial Service at Friendship Christian Community Church, 611 Schumann Dr., Sebastian, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Friendship Christian Community Church, where she shared in a loving community in the final years of her life.


William (Bill) Ellery Bright III, 96, Vero Beach

William (Bill) Ellery Bright III, 96, passed away peacefully at Somerset House, in Oak Harbor, Vero Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Bill suffered with dementia for the last nine years, however, never lost his irrepressible wit and humor

He was born in Worcester, Mass., to William Ellery Bright Jr. and Margaret Norcross Denholm on March 6, 1922.

He graduated from Middlesex School in 1940, and attended Harvard University, Class of 1944. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp, precursor to the U.S. Air Force, in 1942, graduating as an Aerial Navigator in 1943. He became a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Army Air Force, based in Bury St. Edmund, England, the “Family” seat of the Brights.

On March 18, 1944, his B-17, “The Little Audrey” was on its 14th bombing run over Munich, and his plane was struck by an incendiary bomb from a US B-17 flying out of formation.

Bill had the awareness to act quickly and kicked out the front escape hatch, parachuting with four others to farmland in Aschein, Germany. Seven of the 10 crew of the “Little Audrey” survived and were transferred to Stalag Luft III, a day after The Great Escape, for the remaining 13 months of the war.

In 1946, he married Elizabeth (Bunny) Trumbull Barton (d. 2004). They resided in Worcester, Mass. Bill held executive positions at Crompton Knowles Corporation, Rice Barton Corporation, and White and Bagley Company.

They moved to Vero Beach in 1991, to enjoy their passion, Golf, as members of the Moorings Club and Oak Harbor Club.

He leaves behind three children, Elizabeth (Lisa) Trumbull Bright, married to Philip B. Smith, Jr., of Vero Beach, FL, William (Terry) Ellery Bright IV, married to Lynn Hulen Bright, and their two children, Whitney Hulen Bright, of Cherry Hills Village, CO, and William(Will) Ellery Bright V, married to Todd Bright-Frare, their son Lincoln, of Denver, CO, and Jeffery(Jay) Bright, of New Orleans.

The family wishes to thank all his Nurses, and the staff at Somerset House, Oak Harbor for all their care and love.

A Service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, in Worcester, MA, later this fall. The family request that contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to VNA of The Treasure Coast.


Harold James Eastman, 82, Vero Beach

On Sept. 1, 2018, Harold James Eastman, 82, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his beautiful wife and family members. Harold was born on July 31, 1935 in Jersey City, N.J.

He attended grade school at St. Johnland located in Kings Park, Long Island, N.Y., and attended high school Waltham, Mass.

At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1984 with 31 years of service. During a tour of duty on Guam, he flew missions aboard Super Connies as flight engineer to track typhoons in the Pacific Ocean. His missions also included operations relating to the Vietnam War.

He had fond memories on board the USS Forrestal from May 1975 to May 1978. He had the honor of being onboard the ship as President Gerald Ford rang a commemorative bell for the 1976 bicentennial celebration in the New York harbor.

Naval Awards include: Brown Star Service Award, Three Air Medals,The Navy Commendation Medal, The National Defense Medal and The Armed Forces Expediciary Service Medal for Vietnam and Korea.

He continued serving for the next 20 years in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary out of Portsmouth, Va., and Cape Coral, Fla.

He was delighted to teach others using his knowledge of navigation, search and rescue. His volunteer efforts included search and rescue missions from boat and airplane in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Harold leaves behind his beloved wife, Soula Hronis Eastman. He also leaves behind his four loving children, Scott, Mark, Susan and Andy; and cherished grandchildren, Shannon, Colin, Brett, and Kevin.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Strunk Funeral Home located at 916 17th Street, Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower Ste 400 Atlanta, GA 30328 or online at


Andrew Andy Joseph Herbst, 72, Sebastian

Andrew Andy Joseph Herbst, 72, of Sebastian, born on Jan. 16, 1946, in Albany, N.Y., to the late Christine Herbst and the late Andrew H. Herbst, passed into the arms of Jesus on Sept. 4, 2018.

He was a pressman in the Master Printer industry until retiring in 2008. Andrew was married to Anita L. Herbst, for 53 years.

He is survived by his son, Christopher Herbst (Jody Herbst); daughter, Laurie Herbst Cyr (Edward Cyr); grandchildren, Rachel, Zachary, Cassie, Tristan, and Christian; and great-grandchild, Ian.

He is most remembered for his love and devotion to his wife and children and his quick wit and sense of humor.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life, officiated by Pastor Ronald Thomas, on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Christian Community Church, 611 Schumann Dr., Sebastian.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Christian Church Outreach.


Joyce Mary Nephew, 84, Sebastian

Joyce Mary (nee Perrier) Nephew, 84, born on March 31, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Donald and Mary Perrier, passed away on Aug. 29, 2018, peacefully under VNA Hospice care, with family by her side in Sebastian.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Warren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Podlaski. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Donald Perrier; sons, Scott (Denise) Nephew and Dean Nephew (girlfriend, Erin Haskin); daughters, Patricia (Harold) Schenavar and Cheryl (Michael) Zelesky; and grandchildren, Kyle Schenavar, Mary Schenavar, Max Schenavar, Keith Schenavar, Kelley(Jacob) Vanover, Royce Nephew, Brenna Nephew, Grace Zelesky, Nick Nephew, and Joey Nephew; and great-grandson, Jensen.

She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church. If someone could build the perfect mother it would be the one we all called our Mom. No one had a brighter, more contagious smile, positive attitude or uplifting spirit. She committed her life to Jesus and family and loved them with all of her heart.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, after a private graveside service, the family invites friends and neighbors to join them at 7618 133rd Square, in Sebastian between the hours of Noon to 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of Joyce.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of Joyce Nephew to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 would be appreciated.


Rachel Holmes Ryall, 90, Vero Beach

Rachel Holmes Ryall, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Vero Beach on Aug. 30, 2018. Rachel was born to Mary Lee and Joseph Stiles Holmes, of Vero Beach.

She was an Indian River County resident her entire life, a graduate of Vero Beach High School and Massey Business College in Jacksonville.

She was married for 60 years to life-long Indian River County resident and citrus grower Nesbitt Bernard Ryall, Jr., son of N.B. and Helen Kroegel Ryall.

Rachel was a homemaker, and she also worked with N.B. in their family citrus business performing bookkeeping duties as well as even driving a tractor and helping him to clear land.

She was a member of the Indian River County school board, a league bowler, and an avid golfer at Vero Beach Country Club where she served on the board.

Rachel was a proud member of the Indian River County Garden Club, Hibiscus Circle.

Her home was always surrounded by a rose garden, and a cutting garden where she potted numerous specimens for her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Harrell Holmes.

She is survived by her sister, Gladys Holmes Earman; her daughter, Judy Ryall Carter (Gregg), of Vero Beach, and their children, David (Eunice) Carter, of New Smyrna, and Daniel Carter, of Vero Beach.

Rachel is also survived by her son, Alan (Christine) Ryall, of Vero Beach, and their children, Lauren (Jordan) Coyle, of Arlington, Va.; Nathan (Reena) Ryall, of Ft. Worth, Texas; and Alyson Ryall, of Birmingham, Ala.; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah Ryall Coyle, Caroline Alice Coyle, and Graham Isaac Coyle, Eleanor Rachel Ryall, and Chloe Ann Carter.

Family, flowers, and food were focal points for Rachel who was a gracious hostess and a talented cook who loved serving a carefully prepared meal to her extended family.

A funeral service will be held in the Community Church Grace Chapel in Vero Beach on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

A private interment will be in Sebastian next to her beloved husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation or The Garden Club of Indian River County.

God created the rose in the likeness of a woman.
The rose represents her beauty.
The stem represents her strength.
The petals are soft as her delicate skin,
The fragrance so pure and so sweet.
The leaves represent her arms outstretched, always loving and giving, and for perfection

— He made her heart of pure gold.


Donald W. Wright, 71, Sebastian

Donald W. Wright, 71, of Sebastian, passed away peacefully on Friday Aug. 31, 2018, surrounded by family.  He was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Trenton, N.J.

Donald is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Beverly Wright.

He is pre-deceased by his father, Austin Wright; his mother, Mary Wright; his brother, Austin Wright; his beloved daughter, Crystal Wright Lynch.

He is survived by his son, Donald W. Wright, Jr.; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his brother, Robert Wright, of Massachusetts.

Private services will be held by his family.

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