In Memory: July 22

Carmella Aspromonte, 89, Vero Beach

Carmella “Millie” Aspromonte (nee, Luppino) 89, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. She was a loving, caring mother who put others before herself.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., on Oct. 27, 1930, to Mary and Antonio Luppino. Before moving to Vero Beach in 1989, she resided in Fair Lawn, N.J., where she raised her family.

Surviving are son, Tom (wife, Cindy); daughter, Debbie (husband, John) Ribardo; grandchildren, Christina Aspromonte and Johnny Ribardo; great-grandchildren, Max and Lana Aspromonte; son-in-law, Mark Wojcik and sister-in-law, Anna Luppino.

Millie is predeceased by her beloved husband, Salvatore Aspromonte (1996); her daughter, Rosalind Wojcik (2016); grandson, Anthony Aspromonte (2016); and companion, Ernest Califano (2012). She was sister to the late Louis, Tony, Joseph Luppino and Mary Heck.

A Graveside Service will be held at Crestlawn Cemetery Vero Beach on July 30 at 11 a.m.

Rev. Philip T. MacGown, 98, Vero Beach

Rev. Philip T. MacGown, 98, of Vero Beach, formerly of Saginaw, Mich., passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Philip was born in Turner, Maine, to the late Guy and Helen (Mitchell) MacGown.

He served in Patton’s Third Army in World War II where he received the Good Conduct Medal. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he was ordained as a pastor in Michigan, where he served in pastoral ministries at several churches in mid-Michigan.

He was a teacher for Saginaw Public Schools for many years and was chaplain at the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw for a number of years, where his ministry touched many lives. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bridgeport for over 50 years.

He is survived by his children, David (Rebecca) MacGown, Lila Leland, Jonathan (Tessa) MacGown; daughter-in-law, Bonnie MacGown; his sister, Mary DelVecchio;10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years Ruby (Browning) MacGown and by a son Stephen MacGown.

A military committal will take place at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery with burial to follow. A memorial service will be held on August 14, 2020 at 1:00 at Immanuel Bible Church, 5433 N. Center Rd., Saginaw, MI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to City Rescue Mission of Saginaw.


Grace J. Nowiski, 76, Sebastian

Grace J. Nowiski, 76, of Sebastian, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.

Grace was born in Hot Springs, Ark., to the late Ann Gauthier and Arthur Judson.  She and her husband, Brian, moved to Sebastian 30 years ago from Simsbury, Ct.

She had been a Pharmacy Technician at the Walmart in Sebastian.

Grace was an avid reader, knitter, and video games on her tablet.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Brian Nowiski, of Sebastian; daughters, Wendy Hoyt (David), of Manvel, Texas, and Laura Salmonsen, of Granby, Ct.; sister, Clara Arnott, of Ada, Okla.; grandchildren, Julie, Melissa, Jeana, Nicky, Danny, and Coleman; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Logan; father and mother-in-law, David and Linda Deyette, of Sebastian; and her beloved dog, Lillyanne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, no immediate services are planned.


Clemente Deletta Perpetua, 88, Sebastian

Clemente “Clem” Deletta Perpetua, 88, of Sebastian, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Cleveland Clinic of Indian River.

Clem was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 14, 1932, to Camillo and Theresa (Policastro) Perpetua.

Being raised in a traditional Italian Catholic home his parents instilled strong family values, respect of others and love for the Lord.  He and his younger brother Edmond had a humble but memorable childhood having fun fishing with their father and learning valuable skills as they grew up.

He joined the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean War. In addition to serving, he played the saxophone in the Army Band keeping our troops entertained. One of his proudest moments was performing for President Eisenhower. After being honorably discharged as a Corporal AUS in 1954, he continued his studies in Architecture and Music. During this time, you could catch him playing the saxophone with various singers and big bands. His grandson Antonio was so inspired by him, that he chose to play the saxophone too.

A lifelong avid and competitive fisherman, he was a member of the Striped Bass Fishing Club. Many years were enjoyed with his fishing buddies on the shores of Cape Cod surf fishing to see who could catch the biggest Striped Bass while setting several records.

After marrying Aida Morgan in 1964 and settling in Brooklyn he began his career with the New York Telephone Company. They adopted two daughters, Theresa and Monica. Clem’s girls were the apple of his eye even though they gave him a run for his money as they grew up. Non the less they adored their father. Even after separating from their mother and remarrying, Clem and Aida remained the best of friends. Many holidays and special occasions were enjoyed with our blended and extended families.

In 1983 he married the love of his life Phyllis Talbot at St. Sebastian’s Church in Brooklyn, NY. On the day they met it was love at first sight, she said at that moment I am going to marry him! He gained two sons Eddie and William and the rest is history. Clem was a huge fan of all things Asian, Chinatown, NYC  was a top destination, even serving as the site of their wedding reception. As they loved to travel, on their many trips to Boston and Florida, he was never afraid to show off his beautiful wife and always said what a wonderful woman she was inside and out. That no one could ever love him like she did. Moving to Sebastian, Fl in 1994 was a dream come true. Building their home, close to ocean with year-round fishing was paradise. As a lover of antiques and artwork they spent many days browsing around looking for that perfect new addition to their home.

He loved the Lord with all his heart and spent his life trying to help others and followed the teachings of the Lord. As an active member of St. Sebastian Church, he served as Head Usher at the 11:30 Mass and as a Member of the Holy Name Society. Even as one of his last wishes, he asked to make sure that his final resting place could be close enough to the church where he could see it.

Clem had the biggest heart for helping those in need especially children and the elderly. He served his community during the Hurricanes and volunteered with the American Red Cross at the local shelter doing whatever he could to help. He was also a member of The American Legion.

His absolute favorite times were during the Holidays where we would all get together! He loved having a full house with lots of music, family and food. We had to make sure dinner was ready exactly on time no matter what.

When the grandkids were younger, they would refer to his house as a museum, because there were too many things that could break. But that did not stop them from enjoying their time with him. He was truly happy when he was able to tell a story or teach a lesson to the grandkids.

Once they got older, sometimes (okay maybe often) the stories may have taken on a different tone and they would all crack up together. He was so proud of them all and shared a special bond with each of them.

Passing down his faith, stories, financial advice, love of food, music, fishing and of course how to be a gentleman. Lifelong lessons they will remember forever. He also shared a special bond with his two son in laws. Sharing stories about life, love and how they should treat his daughters.

I am sure they had stories about those conversations.  If you were lucky enough to truly understand him, you knew you were loved by a man with the hugest heart.

He loved life, his family and the Lord. His smile could light up a room. He was a wonderful and generous husband, father, grandpa, father in law, great grandpa, uncle and friend. We know you are in paradise and at peace in the arms of Jesus. You will truly be missed by everyone.

Raising our glasses we toast you one more time Salud, Dinero, Amore!

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Perpetua of Sebastian, Fl. daughter Monica Perpetua of Barefoot Bay, Fl. daughter and son in law Theresa and Jesus Rivera of Deltona, Fl. Stepsons: Eddie Niola of Brooklyn, NY and William Niola of Staten Island. Grandsons: Antonio (Daisy) Rivera of Deltona, FL.  Jason (Adriana) Rivera of DeLand, Fl. Matthew (Elisha) Rivera of Jacksonville, NC and Michael (Stephanie) Rivera of Converse, TX, Christopher (Shane) McDaniel of Shreveport, LA, Granddaughters: Veronica Rivera of Bronx, NY and Vanessa (Edwin) Cherena of Gainesville, Fl. Great Grandchildren: Tomas, Christian, Alonzo, Cassandra and Leovanni. Ex- wife Aida Moore of Barefoot Bay, Fl. Sister in laws Annette Perpetua of Pembrooke Pines, Fl and Edith Talbot of Brooklyn, NY. Nephew Ed (Mayuko)Perpetua of Staten Island, NY, Nieces: Jill (Kenny)Martinez of Davie, FL and Jane (Mark)Giudice of Manalapan, NJ as well as many other family members and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents Camillo and Theresa Perpetua, brother Edmond, and son in law Steve Pettigrossi

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 27th at 1:00 PM at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church,  13075 US-1, Sebastian, FL 32958. Social distancing will be practiced as well as everyone must wear a face mask to enter the church. Holy Communion will be offered to those that choose to receive it.

Military Burial will follow the Mass at Sebastian Cemetery  1921 N Central Ave, Sebastian, FL 32958 conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans’ Honor Guard.

Due to the current situation, there will be a private closed casket gathering for just immediate family.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made in his name to Wounded Warriors Project to help those that have given so much for others.


Beverly Jean Widenhofer, 73, Vero Beach

Beverly Jean Widenhofer, 73, of Vero Beach, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

She was born in Butler, Pa., on Dec. 22, 1946.

Beverly retired after 40 years spent working at Butler Memorial Hospital and upon retirement moved to Vero Beach.

She faithfully attended Ryanwood Fellowship, Vero Beach.

Beverly volunteered her time at Tabernacle Christian School and Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, both of Vero Beach.

She is survived by her daughter, Tina Louise Hamilton; four brothers, Dennis, Jim, Bill, and John; five sisters, Judy, Mary Ann, Patsy, Duffy, and Lisa; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Beverly was predeceased by her father, Jake Widenhofer, mother, Tillie Widenhofer, and brother, Darryl Widenhofer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tabernacle Christian School, 51 Old Dixie Hwy., Vero Beach, FL  32962.

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