In Memory: Oct. 20

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Edward Joseph O’Rourke, 89, Vero Beach

February 26, 1932 – October 12, 2021

Edward Joseph O’Rourke, age 89, died peacefully Tuesday, October 12 at VNA Hospice House.

Ed was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. A Brooklyn Dodgers fan as a boy, after the team broke his heart and left his native Brooklyn, Ed eventually became a lifelong Mets and Jets fan, teaching his only child, Margaret, how to accurately keep a scorecard, play call for a 3rd and long, and live with the heartache of losing seasons.

He had been a passionate reader, hand and paddle ballplayer, saltwater fisherman, pinochle enthusiast and, in retirement, an avid bridge player. Those who knew him well enjoyed his sense of humor. Ed’s kind, generous spirit was fueled by a desire to serve – an attentive only child to Edward Francis and Florence (Tighe) O’Rourke, Ed went on to proudly serve his nation in the United States Coast Guard.  After that, he bravely served his community, first as a member of the NYPD for five years, then as a member of the FDNY’s H&L 101 for 27 years.  A devout Catholic, Edward served his God through his humble, prayerful life.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret (McGrath) to whom he was married 50 years. They resided on Long Island, NY prior to retiring to Vero Beach.

Edward doted on his daughter, Margaret, son-in-law Stefan, and, most especially, his grandson William.  His legacy of generosity of spirit lives on in them. For nearly 20 years breakfast out with Margaret and Will on their visits to Vero was a highlight for Ed, and Will’s bringing breakfast to him in his final years a testament to the special place that time together held in the hearts of all three.

Due to Covid, arrangements are private.  In lieu of flowers, make time to take a loved one to breakfast.

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Sharon Ann Liguori, 91, Vero Beach

April 16, 1930 – October 12, 2021

Sharon Ann Liguori, 91, of Vero Beach, formerly of Demarest, New Jersey, passed away, Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.

She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Anthony Liguori; and is survived by her children, Ann Liguori Luke and Jim Liguori; and her beloved shelter cat Marco.

Services are to be private.

Memorials may be made to the Indian River County Humane Society or VNA Hospice Foundation.

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Ronald Ellis Tovey, 84

August 26, 1937 – October 17, 2021

Ronald Ellis Tovey, 84, passed away October 17, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic – Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, FL.

The family will received friends on October 22, 2021 from 2:30 – 3:15pm at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach.

A funeral service will immediately follow.

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Maria Elia Vasquez, 42, Fellsmere

December 23, 1978 – October 15, 2021

Mrs. Maria Elia Vasquez, 42, entered rest on October 15, 2021 with her loving family and friends by her side.

She was born in Vero Beach, Florida and lived in Fellsmere, Florida her entire life.

Elia earned her high school diploma from Indian River Estate College, Vero Beach, FL, she earned her associates degree in Theology from Mizpa Christian University.

Mrs. Vasquez was employed with the City of Fellsmere in the building and permits department where she loved to greet her customers with a friendly smile that would illuminate the room.

Elia was a member of Iglesia New Life / Nueva Vida, Fellsmere, Florida.

Survivors include husband of 26 years, Erasmo Vasquez, daughter, Julianna Vasquez; parents, Ramiro and Maria Carmen Solis; sister, Noelia Raya, Asalia Gonzalez, Velia Solis, Evelia Chavez; brother, Ramiro Solis, Jr. all of Fellsmere; 17 nieces and nephew and a host of extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Erasmo Vasquez Jr. in 1996.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Iglesia New Life / Nueva Vida, 10076 Esperanza Circle Unit A-4, Fellsmere, Florida 32948  in loving memory of Maria Elia Vasquez.

Visitation will be held 6:00 PM – 8:00PM on Thursday October 21, 2021 at Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

A Celebration of Elia Life will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday October 22, 2021 at Riverside Church Assembly of God, 11205 Roseland Road, Roseland, Florida 32958. Immediately following the service burial will take place at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, Florida.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Sebastian, Florida.

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From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Sheila Frances (Meagher) Bosworth, 82, Vero Beach

September 22, 1939 – October 18, 2021

Sheila Frances (Meagher) Bosworth, aged 82, passed away on October 18, 2021 after a long and brave struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Born and raised in South Boston, Massachusetts on September 22, 1939, she was the beloved daughter of the late John and Margaret (Connolly) Meagher.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, William (Bill) Bosworth, daughter Jennifer Taylor and her husband John (JT) and son Christopher, all of Vero Beach, Florida. She was the beloved Grandmother (Bubba) of Zachary, Margaret and Aidan Taylor.

Sheila raised her family in Peabody, Massachusetts before ultimately moving to Vero Beach in 2002 to be near her grandchildren whom she adored, never missing any of their school or sporting events. She was a member of the Holy Cross Woman’s Guild, a frequent volunteer at Saint Frances Manor and a loyal communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Sheila was a career employee of New England Telephone (later AT&T) beginning in high school and off and on throughout the raising of her children.

Sheila will be remembered for her kindness and her loyalty to her family and friends. “Once her friend, always her friend.” She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. A special thank you to Hazel Carson and Eyvette Fletcher for the love and care they showed Sheila and her family throughout her illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated AT 10:00 AM on Friday, October 22nd at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Lane, Vero Beach, FL. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CurePSP at www.psp.org.

Online condolences may be shared at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com

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James Lamar Bell, 89, Sebastian

December 30, 1931 – October 05, 2021

James Lamar Bell, 89, of Sebastian, passed away Tuesday, October 5. Lamar, the youngest of three children was born to the late Toy and Mary Bell on December 30, 1931 in Rossville, GA. After he graduated from Rossville High School in 1949, Lamar met the love of his life, Lois Phillips of Chattanooga, TN. They were married in 1952 and settled in Rossville where they had three sons; James Jr, Daniel, and Timothy. In 1960 they moved to West Palm Beach, FL. Lamar served in the Army National Guard and was an electrician by trade. In 1961, he joined the City of West Palm Beach Fire Department where he worked for 25 years. Lamar held a number of positions including Assistant Chief in charge of training and ultimately rose up the ranks to Chief. After retiring in 1986 he moved to Sebastian, FL for the quiet small town life.

Lamar enjoyed fishing in the Sebastian River with his boys, summering in Crossville, TN, and shocking his grandchildren with stories from his childhood in rural Georgia; no indoor plumbing, outhouses, and pumping water from a well. He is preceded by his oldest son James Jr. (Linda) and his granddaughter Staci who are rejoicing together in Heaven.

Lamar is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois; sons Daniel (Cathy) of West Palm Beach, FL, and Timothy (Jeannine) of Indian Harbour Beach, FL. He is also survived by grandchildren; Amy, Keith, Craig (Jackie), Emily (Nick), and great grandchildren; Colby, Heidi, Blake, and Everly.

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F. Margaret Guthrie, 92, Sebastian

August 04, 1929 – October 14, 2021

F. Margaret Guthrie, 92, of Sebastian, Fl,  passed away Oct. 14, 2021.  She was born Aug 4, 1929 in Chipley, Fl, to Franklin J Jones and Mary Leila Peel Jones.  Margaret grew up in Tampa, but graduated from Chipley High School.  Margaret went to FSU where she received her Teaching Degree. There she met Eddie Guthrie and they were married in 1949.  They moved to West Palm Beach where she started her teaching career.  They had 3 children.  She taught in WPB from 1951 to 1960.  In 1960, they moved to Boca Raton.  Margaret taught 1st and 2nd Grade at Boca Elementary School from 1960-1968, and also attended FAU, where she attained her Master’s Degree in Education in 1967. Margaret transferred to Addison Mizner Elementary School in 1968 and taught 1st Grade there until 1977, when they decided to move to Sebastian.  Margaret taught 3rd Grade at Osceola Elementary School in Vero until she retired in 1984.  Margaret enjoyed spending time with family, spending summers in N Carolina, camping trips with friends, watching FSU football games, sewing, and doing crossword puzzles with Eddie.  She was an amazing cook, famous for her Rum Cake, and enjoyed being involved in the SOS Cookie Group in Sebastian, making cookies once a month and sending them to soldiers overseas.  She was active in ADK and Retired Teachers Assoc for many years.

Margaret is survived by her three children, Glenn Guthrie of Sebastian, Nancy Wood (Steve) of Vero Beach, and Doug Guthrie (Nancy) of Hobe Sound, seven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren with one on the way.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Eddie, parents Frank & Leila Jones, and sister Mary Jo Hargrove.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct 22 at Sebastian Municipal Cemetery, 1921 N Central Av.  In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in her memory to VNA Hospice of Vero Beach.

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