In Memory: March 8

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Roberto E. Díaz, 56

August 15, 1964 – March 05, 2021

Roberto Elman Díaz, age 56 passed away Friday, March 5, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital with his father by his side.

He was born to Roberto and Yolanda Díaz on August 15, 1964 in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America. Roberto attended Vero Beach High School.

Roberto was an entrepreneur early in life, owning an auto mechanic shop, Southern Mustang located in Vero Beach.

Roberto enjoyed traveling to places such as Helen, Georgia and loved being with his family.

He was happiest at family gatherings.

Roberto is survived by his parents, Roberto and Yolanda Díaz; sisters, Yolanda Díaz, Maritza Díaz Al-Khatib, Maybel Díaz Escobar; bother-in-law, Wbaldo Escobar; nephews and nieces, Robert William Acevedo, Mary Elisabeth Acevedo, Monica Guillen, Jose Guillen, Amira Al-Khatib, Anthony Acevedo, Arty Escobar, Rami Al-Khatib, Stephanie Escobar; and 8 great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brother, Elman Antonio Díaz and niece, Hannah Al-Khatib.

A Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023.

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

John Wilson Burns, 79, Florida

February 07, 1942 – March 02, 2021

John Wilson Burns, 79, died on March 2, 2021 in Okeechobee, Florida. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio and moved to Florida from Beluga, Alaska.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served from 1960-1963 and was deployed to Germany during his service time.

He retired from Cyber Electric of Florida in Okeechobee.

He loved animals and was always known for fighting for animal rights. He was also artistic and loved to paint; and was an avid pool player.

Survivors include his daughter, Shawna (Brian) Mackin of Okeechobee; son, Tony Burns of Okeechobee; daughter, Brianna (Chris) Myers of Vero Beach; brother, Steve Burns of Tennessee; and sister, Joan Karsmizki of Tennessee; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Hazel Eileen Parrot, and his sister, Barbara Jean.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Valeria Aureila Hart, 87

March 13, 1933 – February 26, 2021

Valerie Aurelia Hart was born in Georgetown, British Guiana, on March 13th, 1933. Her Father was Joseph Nathaniel Paul and her mother was Tirzah Chen Paul. Her siblings were Eugene, Nita, Lance, Dennis, Enid, Sheila, and Honora Iris (“Honey”) who preceded her in death, as well as Gloria and Terrance who are both still living.

She was married to Harry Arthur Hart in 1952 and took on the roles of a wife, a rancher and a mother. She helped Harry run their ranch and also served as a political activist. Even as a young adult woman, she was voted to represent the Rupununi ranchers and Amerindians in Guianese Parliament. She negotiated and lobbied on behalf of the people she represented for medical facilities, educational programs and schools to be provided and built in the Rupununi region of British Guiana.

Valerie accepted Jesus Christ while watching a Billy Graham crusade on television. In that moment, her purpose in life changed. It became one of expanding the Kingdom of God instead of expanding a ranching empire. She walked this purpose out daily by her devoted love towards her family. Pouring herself into building up and encouraging those who were hurting and lost to seek after Jesus was a major facet of her life mission.

Valerie also had a rich love for music and singing. She could sing with anyone or with any choir. For years she faithfully did this every Sunday at church and instilled a love for music in her children and grandchildren.

The Lord welcomed Valerie home on Friday, February 26th. She is survived by her five children: Sharon Purser, Suzanne Markosky (Thomas), Anthony Hart (Lynell), Ingrid Demilio (Norman) and Nigel Hart (Tracy); her four grandchildren: Katherine Morris (Adam), Dominique Hart, Matthew Markosky, Samantha Hart; and three great-grandchildren: Asher Morris, Ariella Morris and Annabella Morri.

Visitation will be held from 10-11AM, Thursday, March 11. 2021 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Celebration of her Life will begin at 11AM in the funeral home chapel. Chapel services will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on March 12, 2021 at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Cemetery South located at 11655 SW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33186.

From Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Sandra P. VanHousen, 58, Sebastian

November 20, 1962 – March 03, 2021

Sandra P. VanHousen, 58, of Sebastian, Florida, passed away on March 3, 2021.

She is survived by her husband Charles VanHousen III and two sons, William and Charles IV.

From Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Thelma Dylen Lewin, 89, Sebastian

April 27, 1931 – March 02, 2021

Thelma Lewin, 89, of Sebastian, FL. passed away March 2, 2021.

From Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Catherine Bastone, 85, Palm Bay

January 17, 1936 – March 03, 2021

Catherine Bastone, 85, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away March 3, 2021.

Services will be Saturday, March 13 at 1:00pm at the Seawinds Funeral Home chapel. Following, will be a committal service at Winter Beach Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to services 12:00pm.

Formal obituary to follow.

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