In Memory: Aug. 13

Maria and Isidoro Delapaz, Fellsmere

Maria J., 73, and Isidoro Delapaz, 78, both of Fellsmere, passed away on Aug. 10 and 13, respectively, at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 2-5 p.m. at Seawinds Funeral Home, 735 S. Fleming Street, Sebastian.

Due to COVID-19, only 10 people are allowed inside the funeral home at a time.  A Service will follow at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the funeral home.

Face Masks are required to be properly worn for all people attending while on the funeral home property and social distancing is strongly encouraged.


Michael Joseph LaPorte, 80, Sebastian

Michael Joseph LaPorte, 80, of Sebastian, left this life on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Mike was born July 13, 1940, to the late Bernadette “Barnie” Gervais and George LaPorte in Matheson, Ontario, Canada.

After 40 years of enduring the Canadian weather, he jumped on the opportunity to transfer his work in the construction industry to South Florida, where he would remain for the rest of his life.  He quickly found a bluegrass connection through the band Sourwood.

Hardworking, honest and always devoted to family, Mike will forever be remembered for his kind, generous, inviting and joyful personality.  He believed in the religion of happiness.  He loved to laugh and have fun.  He loved a great story.  He loved to “pick” and sing and make beautiful harmonies.  “Crazy legs” welcomed everyone in.  He was a member of the Orioles #272 and enjoyed playing there on a regular basis.  His special gifts were translated through his music and he united everyone through his passion for playing.  Always positive, he once said “ I don’t even understand sadness”.

It is certain that Mike is now “pickin”and singing in heaven with his Mom and brother Shep.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Gail (nee Milne); his loving daughter, Wendy Cooper (husband, Reg), his son Mark (Amy), his son-in-law Kenneth “Sam” Farrell (wife, Judy), and his step-children David (wife, Laura), Michael, Peter (wife, France), Lee-Ann (husband, John).  He also leaves behind five treasured grandchildren, Kenneth Farrell (Kate), Jeffrey and Adam LaPorte, Kim and Reggie Cooper; and several nieces and nephews. His fur babies Sebastian, April, Maggie and the late Bridgette will miss him greatly.

Mike was preceded in death by his first wife, Doreen (Woods); his second wife, Nancy (Allen); eldest daughter, Kimberly; brothers, Darcy and Shep; sisters, Hazel, Margorie, Doris and Dolly; and grandson, Andrew.

Mike’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be no visitation; instead, a celebration of his life and legacy will be held at a later date.  The family respectfully requests no flowers at this time.

Arrangements are entrusted to Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian.


Sadie Frances Paschette, 91, Sebastian

Sadie Frances Paschette, 91, of Sebastian, passed away Aug. 11, 2020, in Viera, Fla.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Sebastian for 30 years coming from Miami.

Survivors include daughters, Toni McCart and Sissy Wagner (Ralph), both of Sebastian; nephew, Gus Nowak, of Sebastian; grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric), Joseph, Megan, Sara and Isabella; and great-grandchildren, Aurora, Autumn and Auden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Vincent Paschette, her son, Bill Paschette and grandson Wesley Paschette Wagner.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian.

Jean M. Wright, 82, Vero Beach

Jean M. Wright, 82, of Vero Beach, formerly of Keeseville, N.Y., lost her year-long courageous hard-fought battle with cancer on Aug. 11, 2020, at her home with family. Jean was born in Ausable Forks, N.Y., to Harold and Charlotte Bola on Oct. 6, 1937.

She loved making quilts for her family, doing puzzles and time spent with family. Jean was a faithful member of St. Helen Catholic Church, for 40 years. Jean loved going to breakfast after mass with her best friend, Jane Lashua Ryan. She was a past member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Keeseville Fire Department.

Jean worked many years at Trebbers Manufacturing of Keeseville NY, Woolworths in Vero Beach, Unique Draperys in Vero Beach before becoming part owner of Wright Way Quilting with her daughter Bettina, where they made custom window treatments and bedding for select interior designers for over 30 years. Which she did daily up until 3 weeks ago. She always felt that the designers were family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother’s Harold Jr and Ricky, her husband of 54 years Everett Curtis Wright and great-granddaughter Paisley Driskell. She survived by her sister, Brenda Furnia of Ausable Forks NY; daughters, Bettina Driskell, Bonnie Driskell, Faylene Cook all of Vero Beach; and daughter, Tammy Seguin of Black Brook, NY; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A Mass will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church Vero Beach, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Due to COVID19, face coverings are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Helen Catholic Church, Outreach Ministry, 2085 Tallahassee Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

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