In Memory: March 5

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

John Gash Jr., 65, Vero Beach

May 16, 1955 – February 23, 2021

John Gash, Jr., age 65, of Vero Beach, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

He was born May 16, 1955 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to parents, John Sr. and Irene Erdos Gash.

John had worked in the transportation industry.

John was a big man with an even bigger personality. He enjoyed good food and conversation with friends.

John will be laid to rest with his father, at Van Liew Cemetery, North Brunswick Township, New Jersey.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Diane Patricia Johnson, 79

October 7, 1941 – March 2, 2021

Diane Patricia Johnson, age 79, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021. Born on October 7,1941 to Marylou and Patrick Murray in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Diane was an amazing mother, the most terrific Mammy, and a loyal friend to many. She enjoyed celebrating her Irish heritage, loved to travel, dance, attend a good party, and to entertain. For many years Diane worked as a nurse at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Her philosophy in life was “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Her zest for life was palpable.  Diane was extremely thoughtful and had a generous heart.  She kept the United States Postal Service in business with the millions of cards that she sent for every holiday and birthday to her many friends and family. She loved her church family at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church where she often donated her time, attended weekly services, and bible study classes. Diane is survived by her loving partner Daroyl Weaver, her four children: Dawn Wallace, Timothy Conrad, Sandy Johnson, Syndy Patzlaff, her sister Gerri Moshell, her thirteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her husband Dewey Johnson, daughter Lana Conrad, and her siblings Cynthia Middaugh, Wendy Van Fleet, and Brian Murray.

Please join us in celebrating her life on Saturday March 6, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Home at 1623 North Central Ave, Sebastian, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice/Visiting Nurses Association and the Humane Society of Vero Beach, Florida.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Olive Meade, 94, Vero Beach

January 15, 1927 – February 19, 2021

Olive Meade, 94, of Vero Beach Florida was called to her heavenly home on February 19, 2021 and is now in the Glorious presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She left this world peacefully in the comfort of her home with family by her side.

Olive was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1927. Her greatest memories in New Jersey were times spent with her Aunts, Uncles, her dear Cousins, Morningside Terrace and the backyard garden, along with the extended Meade family.

Olive’s greatest joy in life was spending time with and taking care of her family and home. She also cherished the memories that were made with her extended Florida family known as “The Gang”, with all their New Year Celebrations, time spent boating on the Indian River, Super Bowl parties and many other memorable gatherings.

Through her devout faith, Olive also cherished ministering at Life for Youth Camp, where great memories were created with her granddaughter and the many other children day campers. She also ministered to the children at the Fort Pierce Detention Center, the homeless at The Source, many lady’s prayer groups and local congregations just to name a few. Her genuine love and concern for everyone’s Salvation and Life in Jesus our Savior was evident through Christ’s boundless love in her.

Olive leaves behind her three children, Jeff, his wife Lisa, Mark & Cheryl, her granddaughter Lyndsey Meade, and many family members that will continue to hold Olive close in their hearts and cherish the memories that were made with her.

A private family graveside service will be held at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach, Florida where Olive’s ashes will be laid to rest beside her mother, Mary Miller.

Olive’s legacy is in the many lives she touched. Since a public memorial/service will not be held, where we would all gather together and share memories, please feel free to share your own memory or photos here online for all of us to read. You know she would want to tell each and every one of you, that she loves you very much. And if there were telephones in heaven! You know she would be calling you herself to say it.

In lieu of sending flowers, Olive would prefer that you donate to:

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Lee Weldy Dana, 90

July 25, 1930 – February 25, 2021

Lee Weldy Dana died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, February 25, 2021, after a long illness.

He was born July 25, 1930 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1948 and entered the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953. Upon his return to Seattle, he finished his education at the University of Washington with a B.S. in Engineering. He then sailed with his uncle Dave Dana on his sailboat, Argus, from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale, through the Panama Canal. It was at Bahia Mar Yacht Basin in Ft. Lauderdale where he met his wife of 66 years, Estelle Lowe Dana.

Lee loved the sea. He was a naval architect and marine engineer and went on to become Senior Vice President of Bertram Yacht, where he worked for 29 years. In 1989 he started his own marine consulting firm, Lee Dana & Associates. From then until 2010, he worked with motorsailing and commercial vessels.

During his career, Lee served as Chair of the Southeast Section of the Society for Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Member and Director of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s (ABYC) Technical Board, Trustee of the Miami Maritime Museum, and Affiliate of the American Arbitration Association.

He was predeceased by his parents Lee Weldy Dana, Sr. and Elizabeth Molony Dana, both of Seattle, WA, as well as brothers Robert Dana of Seattleand Richard Dana of Lake Oswego, OR. He is survived by his wife Estellehis son Jeff Dana (Leslie Dengler) of Plantation, Florida, and daughter Diane Dana (John Tracy) of North Easton, Massachusetts.

A Celebration of Lee’s Life will be held at a later date.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Ann-Elisa W. Black, 88, Vero Beach

September 27, 1932 – February 27, 2021

Ann-Elisa Wetherald Black of Vero Beach, FL and formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI passed away peacefully at home on February 27, 2021.

Ann-Elisa was born on September 27, 1932 in Gloucester, MA and raised by Dorothy P. Wetherald in Swampscott, MA and later Brookline, MA.  She attended the Tower School and The Winsor School (1951).  Ann-Elisa graduated from Smith College in 1955.

Ann-Elisa married the love of her life, the late Dwight Priest Black, on June 18, 1954 and raised their three children Donald (Wanda), Lisa, and Pam in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and Opelika, AL.  She is also survived by five grandchildren (Dylan, Gregory, Chelsea, Stan, and Henry) and two great grandchildren (Avery and Stuart).

Ann-Elisa enjoyed golf, sailing, travel, the Arts, and gardening.  She and Dwight were avid bridge players and competed in many tournaments together.  Their love of ballroom dancing led to a chance first meeting at a dinner dance in 1950 at the Cambridge Boat Club. Ann-Elisa was a member of the Garden Clubs of Grosse Pointe and Vero Beach, the Junior League, and a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you reach out to a loved one or friend whose day you can brighten.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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