In Memory: Feb. 20

Anthony Thomas Lepore, 89, Vero Beach

Anthony “Tony” Thomas Lepore, 89, well respected and loved, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 18, 2020.

Tony and his loving wife, Lucille, have resided in Vero Beach for the past 16 years and are involved in their church and community.

Tony served as a eucharistic minister, a Knight of Columbus, and was an avid bowler for many years.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Lucille Lepore; and children, Maria Occihipinti, Celeste Sylvia, Colette Henry and Anthony M. Lepore.

A Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, 1655 27th St., Vero Beach. The Visitation will conclude with a Prayer Service around 6:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2000 20th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A secondary Visitation will take place 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at T. M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, 7001 NW 4th St., Plantation. A secondary Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1401 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs. Inurnment will take place at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, N. Lauderdale.


Linda Carol McEwan, 78 Vero Beach

Linda Carol McEwan, 78, of Vero Beach, passed away Feb. 16, 2020. Born Jan. 29, 1942, in Vero Beach, she was a daughter of the late Hershel McEwan and Olive Harp McEwan.

She was a proud member of The Arc of Indian River County.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Dorothy McEwan; her longtime caregivers, Rena Baker and Kim Webb-Meadows; and many other loving family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her three siblings, Fred, Joan and Mary.

There are no formal services scheduled at this time.

Memorials may be made on Linda’s belhalf to: The Arc of Indian River County, 1375 16th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Gerald W. Oltman, 94, Sebastian

Gerald W. Oltman, 94, died Feb. 16, 2020, at his residence in Sebastian. He was born in Pekin, Ill., Dec. 7, 1925, and moved to Sebastian in 1974 coming from his birthplace.

Jerry graduated from Pekin High School in 1943, attended Centre College in Danville, Ky., and received his BS/BA from Bradley University in 1950.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Force, after enlisting while still in high school as an aviation cadet in 1943 and was honorably discharged in November 1945.

Jerry was married to Virginia Comfort July 7, 1960 who passed away in Sebastian November of 1993.

While still in college and many years thereafter, he was self-employed in the food and beverage business. Jerry was also a district manager for the Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors Corporation.

Before moving to Florida in 1974, he was part owner and Vice President/General Manager of Capital Chrysler Plymouth in Springfield, Ill.

After he moved to Florida, Jerry was co-owner of Sunshine Gardens of Grant, Fla., and served as President of the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers Association and served three years on the Board of Directors of the association. He also served three years on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Sebastian.

Jerry was a lifetime member of Sebastian Elks Lodge BPOE 2714 and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as a Past Exalted Ruler. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his companion of 18 years, Mary Fox, of Sebastian; stepdaughters, Mary Comfort and Janie Comfort; and step-granddaughters, Tammy Calvetti and Teresa Pinkwitz (Jeff).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; parents, Eugene and Anna (Kriel) Oltman; and stepdaughter, Janet Olt.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the Sebastian Elks Lodge BPOE 2714, 731 South Fleming St, Sebastian, FL 32958.

At the request of the family, no services are planned at this time.


Sarah Frances Smith, 101, Vero Beach

Sarah Frances “Sally” Smith, 101, died Feb. 15, 2020, at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach. Born May 18, 1918, she grew up in Hinton, W. Va., the daughter of late Nellie and James W. Wallace.

She is a World War II veteran, having served her Country as a Wave. She met her late husband Warren “Smitty” Smith when she enlisted. They were married in 1945 and enjoyed 65 years together.

They had one daughter, Sharon; and two grandchildren, Tonya and Tami, who preceded them in death.

Sally and Smitty loved traveling and travelled to many places in the world together. She loved to entertain and was a gourmet cook and seamstress.

Survivors include two nieces, Mary Margaret “Peggy” Perkins (Eddie), and Patricia Ann “Patty” Farley (Ronnie); nephew, Gary Wallace (Allison); and a special grandnephew, Tyler Fredeking.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Wallace; a sister, Mary Grace Benning; and a nephew, Tim Fredeking.

The family wishes to thank Indian River Estates and VNA (Hospice House) for their excellent care and compassion.

Services will be held at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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