In Memory: Jan. 5

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

William “Bill” T. Grider, 91, Vero Beach

January 24, 1929 – December 31, 2020

William Thomas “Bill” Grider, age 91, of Vero Beach, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at his home.

Bill was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 24, 1929 and moved to Vero Beach from his birthplace.

He had served as a fireman in the United States Navy Reserves.

Bill had worked with Dehler Brothers, as a purchasing agent and partial owner of the company, in Louisville.

He was a member of Christ By the Sea United Methodist Church, Vero Beach. Bill volunteered at his church as a sound technician and had been singing in the choir for more than 25 years.

Bill is survived by his sons, Harold Grider (Cathy), Howard Grider (Julie), and Doug Grider (Diana); daughter, Donna Henn (John); brother, Sam Grider; sister, Carolyn Fountain; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Armstrong; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Bill was predeceased by his mother, Dewell Grider, his father, William B. Grider, and his wife, Jean Bennett Grider.

Memorial contributions may be made to London’s Lights, 1001 Ash Circle, La Vergne, TN  37086.

Arrangements by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

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Ernest “Gene” McDaniel, 74, Winter Beach

September 19, 1946 – December 29, 2020

Ernest “Gene” McDaniel, age 74, passed away December 29, 2020, at home, in Winter Beach.

Gene was born and raised in Winter Beach and has been a lifetime resident.

As Lead Carpenter for the City of Vero Beach, Gene retired after 25 years of service.

He was a member of Cornerstone Christian Church, Vero Beach.

Gene is survived by his daughters, Kelly Crosby (Kenny) and Andrea McDaniel-Ferguson (Michael); grandchildren, Genia Tulikangas (Owen), Colt Crosby (Crystal), Tiffany Flanary (Jack), James Neff (Rachel), Shelbie Hollingsworth (Casey), Wyatt McDaniel (Savannah), Hunter McDaniel (Marissa), Felton McDaniel, Morgan Ellis and Megan Ellis; great-grandchildren,  Rachael, Molly, Olivia, Chloe, Jonni, Case, Peyton, Joshua, Gabriel and Laynee; sisters, Bonnie McGowan, Euthabell Taylor, and Esther Sowell; brother, Donnie Wynn; also many close nieces and nephews; as well as sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law that have remained close to Gene.

Gene was predeceased by his wife, Carol McDaniel, and sons, Chad McDaniel, and Brad McDaniel.

Dad was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.”  He was an avid hunter; turkey season was his favorite!  He took great pride in everything he built, and he was recognized for his amazing craftmanship throughout his career.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 9, 2021, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 5950 12th St., Vero Beach, FL.,  32966.

Memorial contributions in Mr. McDaniel’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN., 38105.

Arrangements by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Eleanor Jane Moulton, 74, Vero Beach

May 18, 1946 – January 3, 2021

Eleanor Jane Moulton passed away peacefully on January 3, 2021, at her home in Vero Beach, Florida.

She was born in Pearson, Georgia and moved with her family to Vero Beach, Florida, when she was 1-years-old.

Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper for many years.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Vero Beach.

Survivors include husband Wayne Moulton of Vero Beach; daughter Tammi Topolski (Eric Topolski) of Vero Beach; daughter Tiffany Moulton of Vero Beach; grandson Alex Topolski of Orlando, Florida and sister Elizabeth Marcum of Boone, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Naomi Londeree and her brother Bill Londeree.

A viewing will be held at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach on Monday, January 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a funeral service will be held at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach on Tuesday, January 12 at 11 a.m.

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Drew Ann Dunigan, 59, Vero Beach

May 31, 1961 – January 2, 2021

On January 2, 2021, Drew Ann Dunigan, beloved wife of 34 years to Andrew Campanella and mother of Julia Campanella, passed away in Vero Beach, FL.

Drew was 59 years old, and had been valiantly battling a degenerative brain disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, for nine years.

Born in Rumson, N.J. to John Dunigan and Elizabeth Donald Dunigan Kerekesh, Drew graduated from Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School and then attended Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Gemological Institute of America in New York City where she studied jewelry design.

After working for several renowned jewelry designers in New York, Drew launched her own line of fine jewelry in 1988 – collections in sterling silver, vermeil, and precious stones that were sold in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus across the U.S.

Drew and Andy married in 1987 and lived in NYC for several years before moving to Fair Haven, N.J., where they bought and renovated a home…thus starting a long line of house renovations that Drew loved doing. Drew was a member of the Fair Haven Town Council for several years and opened a jewelry workshop and store in town.

In 2001, Drew, Andy and Julia moved to Vermont where they lived full-time for 15 wonderful and happy years. Their lives in Vermont centered around Dorset and Manchester, where they bought and renovated several homes. Drew was active in the Dorset community and had her jewelry workshop and store on the Dorset town square. Her talents for design expanded from jewelry to home furnishings and she created collections for Chandler 4 Corners. Over the years, Drew, Andy and Julia also welcomed into their home, students from around the world who were attending Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester.

Drew was a creator and maker of beautiful things – homes, jewelry, interior furnishings and decor, but there was no more beautiful or important creation than her family and her love for Andy and Julia. Drew is survived by a large and loving circle of family…her husband, Andrew Campanella, her daughter, Julia Campanella, her sister, Patricia Dunigan, her brothers, John Dunigan and Michael Dunigan, her mother-in-law, Lucy Campanella, her sisters-in-law Patricia Dunigan and Elizabeth Dunigan, her brother-in-law Alfred Campanella and spouse Carolyn Campanella, sister-in-law Lucy Mascola and spouse John Mascola, sister-in-law Felicia Campanella and spouse James Anderson and 11 beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Drew Ann will be held on Monday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Church in Rumson, N.J. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VNA in memory of Drew Ann Dunigan; vnatc.com, 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach, Florida.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Frederick George Ferber, Jr., 94, Vero Beach

August 7, 1926 – January 1, 2021

Frederick G. Ferber, Jr., 94, passed away on January 1, 2021 in Vero Beach, FL. He was one of five children of Frederick G. and Elizabeth (Reese) Ferber born in Scranton, PA., where he received his secondary education.

Upon graduation from Scranton Central High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, following basic training, was assigned to a Naval combat Demolition Unit in Fort Pierce, FL. His group was renamed an Underwater Demolition Team and transferred to Maui, HI., for further training and then served in the Pacific Theater of operations throughout the remainder of World War II.

The Underwater Demolition Teams were the predecessors of the U.S. Navy SEALs. After discharge from the Navy, he attended Lehigh University, the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and The Executive Management Program at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ferber joined the Prudential Insurance Company as an investment analyst where he rose to become a vice president. He then moved to the company’s investment bank, Prudential Securities, as a Managing Director, where he remained until he retired.

He continued as a consultant to the investment bank for a few years thereafter.

He lived in Basking Ridge, N.J., where he was the Chairman of a Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop and served as a Boy Scout District Commissioner. He coached a Little League Baseball team and officiated at Little League games.

He also coached a wrestling team an intramural league. He then moved to Summit, N.J., where he remained until building a home in Indian River Shores where he and his wife lived until moving to Vero Beach in 2019.

Ferber served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of what is now The Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce for a 10-year period. He was a member of The Asa Packer Society of Lehigh University, The Columbia University and Penn Clubs of New York, The UDT-SEAL Association of Virginia Beach, The Navy SEAL Museum, The Moorings Yacht & Country Club since its acquisition of Hawk’s Nest Golf Club where he had been a member and The Oak Harbor Club.

Mr. Ferber was predeceased by two of his sisters and brother, and is survived by his wife, Renee; his children, Elizabeth of Boulder, CO.; Jon of London, U.K.; Todd of Stamford, CT.; seven grandchildren, Hunter and Heather Mack; Matthew, Nicole, Maxwell Ferber and Kaitlyn and Christopher Ferber and a sister, Elizabeth Westcott of Doylestown, PA.

His ashes will be buried at sea by the Navy SEAls.

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