In Memory: Oct. 19

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Carolyn J. Bradley, 61, Vero Beach

July 06, 1961 – September 28, 2022

Carolyn J. Bradley, age 61, passed away September 28, 2022 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida.

She was born July 6, 1961 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Carolyn graduated high school at Vero Beach High School in 1979. She attended Florida State College (1979-1981) and studied Nursing School at Union University (1983-1985).

Carolyn worked for the Indian River County Property Appraisers Office for over 17 years. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer M. Thornton of Vero Beach, Florida; son-in-law, Jody L. Thornton of Vero Beach, Florida; brother, John W. Bradley of Vero Beach, Florida; sister-in-law, Diane Bradley of Vero Beach Florida; brother, James (Jim) Bradley of Vero Beach, Florida; and two Grandchildren of Vero Beach, Florida: Gracie L. Thornton and Wyatt T. Thornton.

She was predeceased by son, Bradley Adam White of Vero Beach, Florida; mother, Marjorie L. Bradley of Vero Beach, Florida and father, John W. Bradley of Vero Beach, Florida.

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

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Donald Charles Mann, 80, Vero Beach

June 21, 1942 – October 12, 2022

Donald Charles Mann, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on October 12, 2022, at the age of 80.

Donald was born on June 21, 1942, in Elizabeth, NJ to Lillian and Herman Mann. After growing-up in Elizabeth, Don went on to complete his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and his postgraduate studies at Seton Hall University. In 1968, Donald married Dorothy Menegus and raised their family in both Totowa and Mountain Lakes, NJ. Together they had three children, Keith Mann (Mara), Megan Hildebrandt (Michael) and Lindsey Kerkela (Leif). After Dorothy’s passing in 1988, Donald worked tirelessly to ensure Keith, Megan and Lindsey were surrounded by love and raised in Dorothy’s spirit and continued to do so throughout his entire life. From this first chapter Don also leaves behind his loving brother-in-law Herb Menegus, his wife Cathy, and beloved niece and nephew Claire and Dominic.

When Don married Sandra Cid in 1997, the second part of his wonderful life began. Donald and Sandy relocated from Mountain Lakes, NJ to Indian River Shores, Florida shortly after their marriage where they immediately became integral members of the local community and found amazing, lifelong friends.

Donald had a very successful 33-year career at Prudential Financial, where he retired from his role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 1998. However, Don’s work did not stop there as he went on to volunteer for multiple organizations throughout his retirement. For well over a decade, Don served as a Guardian ad Litem for Indian River County, helping countless children and families. Don also served for many years, in varying capacities, at Literacy Services of Indian River County. Don’s tireless work through this organization had a tremendous impact on the Literacy Services community and he will forever be remembered for his hard work and dedication.

While his life’s work was important to Don, nothing was as precious to him as his family. From traveling with them around the world to spending summers at the Jersey Shore or in Maine, Don loved Sandy and his three children immensely. His love for family only grew as his children went on to marry and have children of their own. Don leaves behind six adored grandchildren, Lucas and Jake (Keith & Mara), Charlie and Caroline (Megan & Michael) and Charlotte and Nora (Lindsey & Leif), all of whom will miss their loving Grandpa terribly.

Lastly, we couldn’t possibly fail to mention the love Don had for his Cavaliers, better known as his “babies.” He adored Brad and Rosie Pie and they loved being hand-fed and spoiled by him on a daily basis!

The loss of Don is immeasurable to his dear friends and cherished family, yet anyone who knew Don will find comfort in their memories of him as a warm, funny, kind, generous and loving man.

A private Celebration of Life to honor Don will be held in November.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for anyone interested in memorial donations to please consider Literacy Services of Indian River County, or any charity of your choice.

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

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Juanita May Smith, 93, Vero Beach

May 31, 1930 – October 19, 2022

Juanita May Smith, age 93, died October 19, 2022, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fl.

As Juanita passed away peacefully, she wore her beloved Tom Brady jersey.

In lieu of flowers, pray Rob Gronkowski un-retires to help Tommy with another Super Bowl ring.

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

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Clara Bryant, 84, Vero Beach

May 3, 1938 – October 18, 2022

Mrs. Clara Bryant, 84, of Vero Beach passed away October 18, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Pensacola, Florida on May 3, 1938 to Effie and Rosalee Scott.

During her early years, her family moved to the Vero Beach area. Clara would stay there and raise her family.

Clara retired as Sous Chef; cooking was her passion. She was also very strong in her faith. She was a member of World of Fire Revivals Church.

In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her daughter Shirley Ann Scott Hawkins; and six siblings.

She is survived by her two sons, Percy, and Allan Scott; four grandchildren, Regina Hawkins, Percy Scott Jr., Kendra Parrish, and Marquita Williams; one sister, Aniece Clinton and one brother Lonnie Scott, Sr.; Numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving extended family members.

A celebration of Clara’s life will take place at 11:00am on Friday, October 28th 2022 at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach with David and Lekanjale Phillips officiating. A committal service will immediately follow at Crestlawn Cemetery.

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From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

John Milton Dreher Jr., 71, Vero Beach

June 7, 1951 – October 5, 2022

John Milton Dreher Jr., age 71, of Vero Beach, FL passed away on October 5th, 2022.
John was born on June 7th, 1951, to his parents John M. Dreher Sr. and Elizabeth Wellington in Bridgeport, CT. In 1992, John met Celerina while in the Philippines. He and Celerina went on to have two children, Sherrylyn and Vanessa.
John was an accomplished Eagle Scout Master. In his youth, he was many things: a scuba diver, soccer and tennis player, a tinkerer, and a gardener just to list a few. John received his associates degree and worked as an electronic sales engineer. After retirement, John enjoyed spending his time outdoors. He was always out with his chickens, spending time in his garden or researching new plants. John was constantly on the lookout for new gadgets or technology to try. He was a creative problem solver and was the first person his kids would go to for help. He was both a lifetime learner and a wealth of knowledge. John often found humor in even the worst of situations and brought light to every room he went to.
He is survived by his wife, Celerina, children, Sherrylyn and Vanessa, mother, Elizabeth Wellington, and sister, Elizabeth Toomey. He will always be loved and will be heavily missed by his family.
Dad, we are so thankful for every moment we were able to spend with you. From marriage and birth, you were a dedicated partner in our lives and our rock. Thank you for leading us through every hardship before now and for celebrating every win we have had in life. You were our voice of reason, our cheerleader, and in some cases our enabler for major decisions in our lives. You are so loved and will be in our thoughts and hearts every day.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2002, at Strunk Funeral Home & Crematory, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

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From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory
Kevin D. Bies, 58, Vero Beach

May 19, 1964 – October 13, 2022

Kevin D. Bies, 58 years old, passed away unexpectedly on October 13th, 2022, in his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

Kevin is survived by his mother, Marjorie Montag of Minnetonka, MN. His sister, Lori Thomas of Minnetonka, MN. His nephew, Jamel Thomas (Danielle) of Minnetonka, MN.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Jerome Bies of Mankato. His step-father, William Montag of Mankato. His grandparents, Helen and Peter Bies of St.Paul, MN. Maternal Grandmother, Erva Haugen of Kenyon, MN.

Kevin graduated from Mankato East High School in 1982. He enlisted in The United States Army in July of 1983. His basic training was in Fort Sill, OK. He then served his remaining time stationed in Germany.

Kevin was an all around exceptional athlete, loved to play golf, and always had a home for a stray dog or cat. Kevin made his career in heating and air conditioning in Vero Beach and owned his own business, Killer Bies Air Conditioning, Inc.

He was loved very much by his family and will always be our KiKi.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, at Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory at 2:00 PM.

If you wish, a memorial may be given in Kevin’s name to the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County.

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