In Memoriam: July 17

Suzanne Wilder Carpenter, 83, Vero Beach

Suzanne Wilder Carpenter, 83, of Vero Beach, died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at VNA Hospice House. She was born on July 7, 1936, in Hartshorne, Okla., to Horace Wilder and Opal Hunter.

She was raised by her much-loved grandmother, Nora Hunter. Suzanne graduated from Hartshorne High School in 1954. She earned a BSA from Michigan State University in 1973 and taught elementary school in Michigan, Maryland, and Florida.

Suzanne married William David Carpenter in 1955 in Alabama. They lived in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland and then they enjoyed a long retirement in Vero Beach.

Suzanne and David loved to travel to see other countries and the USA.

Suzanne was a talented artist. She painted murals at Pelican Island Elementary School in Sebastian where she taught school and also a large Noah’s Ark mural at Community Church.

She volunteered by teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Community Church.

Suzanne and David lived at Vista Royale and had many happy years with their friends and neighbors.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, William David Carpenter; and her children, Linda (Robert) Sausser and George (Donna) Carpenter; grandchildren, Jonathan (Kristin) Sausser, Joseph (Katelyn) Sausser, Jason (Lindsey) Sausser, Jacob Carpenter, and Nicole Carpenter; and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ava and Mya Sausser.

A private memorial service celebrating Suzanne’s life has taken place. Anyone wishing to send the family a message or share a story is asked to visit Suzanne’s memorial page at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach,


Jacqueline Josephine Jaros, 83, Sebastian

Jacqueline Josephine (nee Depasse) Jaros, 83, Sebastian, passed away on July 13, 2019. Jackie was born to the late Theresa (Gaboury) and Joseph Depasse on Oct. 4, 1935, in Providence, R.I.

She graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, Ct., with honors. She took some college courses throughout her life.

She married Stanley C. Jaros on Sept. 2, 1957. This September would have been their 62nd year anniversary.

Jackie was a stay-at-home mother for several years then worked at Key Mart in Webster. She later worked in the payroll department and then as an Administrative Assistant to the head of security at Norton Company in Worcester, Mass.

She lived in Dudley, Mass., until she and Stan retired to Florida in 1991. Jackie had many activities, she loved to read, knit, cook, bake, including pie day, canning foods, paint, braided rugs, and sew. She loved to travel especially cruises.

She was very active in her churches throughout her life with the following activities of prayer groups, Bible studies, visitations to the nursing home, and assisting with the running of the senior center.

Her mission was passing out of the “Our Daily Bread” books to assist with the spreading of God’s words. Her objective in life was all her family members would give their lives to Jesus Christ.

She had the most contagious laugh and was full of life. She had a big heart and was always there for others in person and in prayers.

Jackie is survived by her children, Charlene (spouse, Dennis) Carr, Lois (spouse, Jeff) Carr, Gregory (spouse, Leslie) Jaros; granddaughters, Stefanie, Cassandra, Jacqueline, Emily, Rachel, and Anna; great-grandchildren, Montaria, Carter, and Claire; her sister, Elaine Toohey; her brothers, Lee (spouse, Carol), Kevin (spouse, Jeanne), and Gari (spouse, Colleen) Depasse; several nieces and nephews.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 91: whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord “he is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the Fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow of the day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness; nor the plaque that destroys the midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishments of the wicked. If you say “The Lord is my refuge”,and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. Because he loves me,”says the Lord, “I will rescue him, I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. he will call on me, and I will answer him;I will be with him when in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

A memorial service will be held at Riverside Church in Sebastian on Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. with a reception following in the church hall.

Anyone wishing to send the family a message or share a story is asked to visit Jackie’s memorial page at


James F. Johnston Sr. 91, Vero Beach

James F. Johnston Sr. 91, died July 10, 2019 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, following complications from a heart attack on June 28, 2019. He was born on June 21, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he spent his youth until joining the US Navy.

He was stationed in South Carolina and Florida and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After serving for 20 years he retired and worked various jobs and sales.

He was co-owner of Scooter’s Barkery in Wabasso for 14 years. His passion was his family and sports.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janice H Johnston; two sons Jim (Laura), and Gary (Sally); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Vero Beach.


Walter K. Lentz, 86, Vero Beach

Walter K. Lentz, 86, of Vero Beach, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Walter was born in Utica, N.Y., and moved to Vero Beach in 2010 from Cocoa Beach, Fla.

He served in the US Air Force as a gunner on a B-29 during the Korean War and was shot-down by a Russian Mig, forcing the plane to be abandoned when reentering Japanese air space.

Following his time in the military, Walter worked as a Field Engineer for NASA before his retirement. But Walter loved his job so much that he claimed he never went to work.

He was avid surfer and a regular “Mr. Fix-It” repairing toasters, guitars, and computers to Lunar Landers.

Survivors include his wife, Susan L. Cerdan; daughter, Ariana (Stewart Arrojo) Obregon-Arrojo, of Wellington; and a grandson, Aiden. Memorial contributions may be made to the favorite charity of own choice.

No services are planned at this time.


Rose Marie Doty Michael, 64, Vero Beach

Rose Marie (Adkins) Doty Michael (Rie), 64, passed away July 15, 2019, in Vero Beach.

She was born at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and grew up in Hampshire/Pingree Grove, Ill. She resided in Elgin, Ill., for 24 years prior to moving to Vero Beach in January 2018.

Rose was a caring person who always helped those in need and loved spending time with her family.

Rose is survived by her husband of 23 years, John Michael; three children, Shawn (Erin) Doty, Shane (Heather) Doty, Jennifer Michael (Isaac Johnson); grandchildren, Emily, Dylan, Nadia, Christian, Alexander, Aubrey, Alex, Ava, Amoryss, and Giana; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Mateo; brother John Adkins; and sister, Mary Adkins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Shana Doty; mother, Marion Adkins; and brother, Wayne Adkins.


Arlene Marie Baldwin Velasco, 61, Vero Beach

Arlene Marie Baldwin Velasco, 61, of Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born in New Jersey and moved to Fort Lauderdale at the age of 2.

Arlene was a former volunteer of Meals on Wheels. She was a graduate of Northeast High School, Oakland Park, Fla.

Arlene is survived by her life partner, Jeanie Ledford; daughters, Christina Moccio and Adriana Velasco; grandchildren, Ayana, Christian, Isabella, and Vincenzo; sister, Linda Stewart; her beloved dog, Maggie; and an abundance of dear friends and family.

Arlene was predeceased in death by her father, mother, and late husband, Arturo.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach.


George W. Youngerman, IV, 82, Vero Beach

George W. Youngerman, IV, 82, of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. Born in New Haven, Ct., George was the son of the late George W. Youngerman, III, and Elizabeth Estey. George grew up in Chatham, N.J., and attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

After retiring from a career in chemical sales, George relocated to Vero Beach in 2004.

He enjoyed playing bridge, antique collecting, and loved spending time with his four grandchildren. He also never met a dog or cat he did not like.

George’s presence and smile will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

George, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith; daughters, Marcy (Tim) Hanna, of Greenwich, Ct., and Jennifer Youngerman, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; grandchildren, Alex, Drew and Will Hanna; granddaughter, Taylor Cooper; his nephews, Darren, Brett and Todd Youngerman; and brother-in-law, Ron (Jeannine) Smith.

George was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Youngerman.

The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, with a prayer service celebrating his life beginning at 11 a.m.

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

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