In Memory: April 18

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Jaime Leah Scott-Owens, 46

February 08, 1977 – April 04, 2023

Jaime Leah Scott-Owens joined her husband on April 4, 2023, in Vero Beach, FL.

Jaime was born and raised in Vero Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Owens

She is survived by her mother, Donna Scott, father, Alfred Scott, sisters, Peggy and Liane, daughter, Isabella, nieces, Allison and Sarah, and nephews, Michael and Alex.

Jaime had a great love for others throughout her life and would do anything for others. She demonstrated this all throughout the community. Jaime was employed at the Indian River County Tax Collector’s office, where she enjoyed serving her community.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 4:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2023, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2023, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donation in Jaime’s name to St. John of the Cross Building Fund.

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

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Robert Allan “Bobby” Pennell, 65, Vero Beach

January 20, 1958 – April 03, 2023

Robert Allan “Bobby” Pennell, age 65, of Vero Beach, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2023.

Bobby was born on January 20, 1958, in Glen Cove, NY to parents, Alfred Gardner Pennell and Barbara Ann Connolly Pennell.

Bobby loved horses and rode all his life, especially enjoying himself as a kid with his dad and family. He was a member of Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Vero Beach, where he rode his favorite horse, “Scotchie.”

Bobby is survived by his sister, Donna; niece, Caron (Eddie) and grandnephew, Jackson; brother, Alfred (Maureen); niece, Melissa (PJ) and grandnieces, Payton & Taylor; niece, Sarah (Josh) and grandniece, Isabella & grandnephew, Quentin; and nephew, Kyle (Jamie) and grandnephew, Killian & grandniece, McKenzie.

Bobby was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Ann Pennell and his father, Alfred “Herbie” Pennell.

Bobby had many friends at The ARC.   He loved so many.  And he loved his room in his new house.

Memorial contributions in Bobby’s name may be made to The ARC of Indian River County, Inc., 1375 16th Ave., Vero Beach, FL  32960.


to Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (SETC) through their web site: or mail: SETC, PO Box 651312, Vero Beach, FL 32965.

Throughout our lives, there are people who touch our hearts and horses who change us forever. We are so thankful.

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

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Michelle Milliken, 55, Florida

March 13, 1968 – April 10, 2023

Michelle Milliken was born the baby daughter of Bonnie and William Milliken on March 13th, 1968. The family was part of a Brewer, Maine community. She was the baby sister, that had to fight siblings Melanie, Mary Ellen, Carol and Billy for the warmest jacket, the best pair of mittens or boots. She grew up fast knowing anything she really wanted, she’d have to get it herself and nothing could keep her from getting it. The family relocated to Florida and then Michelle Moved to New Hampshire where she raised her three daughters, worked and eventually buying her own businesses, Piketty Place, Restaurant, and gift shops with her then husband Keith. She moved back to Florida she started a new business. Michelle never slowed down. This is where she formed many new friendships and fond memories.

She is survived by her mother, Bonnie Milliken of Sarasota, Florida. Her daughters Amber with her children Aleah, Anthony, Amileah, Andrew, Alex, and Asher. Daughter Ashley, with her son Oliver and daughter Amanda all from Nashua New Hampshire area. Sisters Melanie Roberts of Trinity Florida, Mary Ellen Schlitt and husband Michael, Carol Beth and partner Ron of Vero Beach Florida, and brother William Milliken of Jonesport Maine. Michelle Milliken’s energy, spark, life, and love were shared with many other beloved family and friends. Her time with us was taken way too soon. She passed on April 10th, 2023.

Let’s all celebrate the funny, fearless, feisty, and fast paced ‘Michelle’, a beautiful woman we all loved and admired.

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

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Constance Love, 72, Vero Beach

September 01, 1950 – April 10, 2023

How can I repay the Lord for His goodness to me? Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servant… You have freed me from my chains.

– Psalm 116:12; 15-16

Surrounded by her loving family, Constance Ann Love was promoted to glory on Easter night, 2023.

Connie was born September 1, 1950, in Waukegan, IL. She graduated from Zion Benton Township High School, then attended and taught Sunday school for many years at Trinity Assembly of God in Zion, IL. Most recently a resident of Vero Beach, FL and attended Calvary Chapel Vero Beach.

Ever the Midwesterner, Connie knew if the Cubs would win by the bottom of the first inning, and was warmly hospitable to everyone she met, even if they were Packers fans. After retiring as a medical transcriptionist, her hobbies and interests included loving and serving others—known affectionately by many as “Gramma.”

A beloved daughter, sister, wife, and mother, Connie will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Love; mother, Charlotte Ruperd; children, Benjamin and Marieliza Love, and John and Abigail Stone; and seven siblings. Her greatest joy, however, was her ten grandchildren, Hope and Seth LaTour; Isabella, Jesse, Eli, Annabeth, and Josephine Stone; and William, Gabriella, and Ronan Love.

Connie was preceded in death by her beloved father, Jesse A. Ruperd (USMC), and her loving brother, Kevin D. Ruperd.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 15 at 11:00am at Calvary Chapel Vero Beach, 941 18th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassion International (

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

– Matthew 25:40

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

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Sheryl A. MacDougal, 74, Vero Beach

August 02, 1948 – April 05, 2023

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Sheryl A. MacDougal, 74 of Vero Beach, Florida. Sheryl passed away at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on April 5, 2023, with her loved ones, by her side.

Sheryl was born in Plattsburgh, NY, on August 2, 1948, to June Martin (Donoghue-Squires) and Michael Mastic, Sr. Later adopted by John “Bob” Donoghue, who went on to raise her with June.

Sheryl graduated from Saranac Central High School in Saranac, NY.  She attended North Country Community College, where she completed the Practical Nursing (LPN) program. Continuing her education, Sheryl received her bachelor’s & master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Plattsburgh State University College (SUNY) Plattsburgh, NY.

She worked as a nurse for many years at Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown, NY, retiring early, due to an injury on the job.

Sheryl is survived by her best friend of 32 years, Dr. Charles Moisan, MD.  Daughters: Tammy Kelly (Charlie Schilff), Lila Kelly, Lauren (Cody) Hagerman and Heidi Birchmeyer. Siblings: John “Bobby” Donoghue, Beth (Arnie) Pavone, Kevin (Jennifer) Donoghue, Betty Donoghue and brother, Michael Mastic.  Grandchildren: Tyler, Seanna, Michaela, Ayden Wyatt, Carlee, Sophia, Gemma, Skylar, Carmine, and Joliette.  Extended family: several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and dear friends.

Sheryl was predeceased by her mother: June Donoghue-Squires, her father’s: John “Bob” Donoghue and James Mastic, Sr. and a brother James Mastic, Jr.

In her younger years, Sheryl enjoyed singing in a band, she was an avid runner, even participating in a marathon in NY City. She attended modeling school in NY City and partook in Kellogg’s and Martini and Rossi commercials. She enjoyed running on the beach. She loved her yacht, the “LITAM” named after her two daughters at the time: Lila and Tammy. Sheryl would joke about how she would wave to her neighbors across the canal: Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, when living in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Sheryl loved the Adirondack Mountains. She spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors, and hunting. She achieved bragging rights while hunting with her companion at the time, Dr. Charles Moisan, after shooting a 9 pt., 245 lbs. buck on Raven Mountain in Lewis, NY. Sheryl also looked forward to her many trips to Maine with Dr. Moisan.

Sheryl enjoyed sitting on her porch, sipping tea, and taking in the smell and beauty of her favorite flowers: lilies, tulips, lilacs, irises, and roses.

Sheryl had a soft spot for dogs. Stray dogs would be seen, showing up at her house in the evening, looking for food. Although she said, “she wasn’t feeding them” with a giggle, we knew better.

Sheryl was a beautiful soul, always wanting to help the homeless and the less fortunate. She couldn’t pass by a homeless person without giving them money or bringing back food and water.

Sheryl’s pride and joy, whom she was most proud of, and lived her life for, up to her dying moment, were her children and grandchildren. Life was all about them. Sheryl, was fortunate to have her youngest daughter Heidi, devoted to her care weeks leading up to her passing and they were able to share very special moments, which included having sleepovers in the hospital and hospice house, late night treats, and deep conversations. These final memories Heidi will hold onto for the rest of her life. Sheryl was overly loved and spoiled even at her final breath, while all her children held her hand as she transitioned into Heavens Gates.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Elizabethtown, NY, followed by burial at her final resting place in the Black River Cemetery in Westport, NY.

Donation ideas: periodic masses for Sheryl, donate in her name to the North Country SPCA, 7700 State Hwy 9N, Elizabethtown, NY 12932 or

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

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David Carl Steffen, 81, Vero Beach

July 12, 1941 – April 09, 2023

David Carl Steffen, 81, was taken into the arms of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023. David, the son of the late Carl M. Steffen and Ann (Heyen) Steffen was born July 12, 1941 in Chicago, IL. He had many happy boyhood memories and enjoyed Illinois’ rural life with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

David’s family moved to Dania, FL in the mid 1950’s. After high School , David attended the University of Florida for three years, then attended and graduated from Florida State, with his BA teaching Degree, in 1963. After teaching at a private school in Amacaskin N.J., David moved to Granite City, IL in 1966.

He taught at Washington Elementary School for two years. While in Granite City, David met his wife Sharon. They married on June 8, 1968, and moved to Dania, FL.

David Continued teaching, for 30 years, in the Broward Co. School system, retiring in June 1998. David and Sharon were blessed with a beautiful life and family. They enjoyed their 54 years of marriage living in South Florida, Homosassa, FL and finally, Vero Beach, FL.

David always enjoyed and respected nature. He loved backpacking in the Smokey Mountains. He loved working in his yard and enjoyed the quiet solitude of sitting on the back porch.

David was kind, honest, decent, and hard working. He loved Jesus, most of all, David loved and adored his family. He loved being “Yaya” to his grandkids. Our family will miss him more than the words can describe. Our family is thankful that David is now at Peace.

He is survived and missed by his wife, Sharon, his children Erich Steffen, Gretchen (David) Dawson, and Kirsten (Clark) Piper. His grandchildren, Luke and Kayla Dawson, and Clark David and Kelsea Piper, sisters-in-law, Janice Stallings and Pamela Wieser and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

David is preceded in death by his parents Carl M. Steffen and Ann (Heyen) Steffen and his grandson Marc David Dawson.

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

Contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would be greatly appreciated.

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

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Donald L. Palmer, 92

May 11, 1930 – April 15, 2023

Donald L. Palmer, age 92, passed away on April 15th, 2023, in Vero Beach, Florida.

An ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Those who knew him will agree.

Don and his wife Donna were a match made in heaven and left an indelible mark on everyone they met.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters (Ohio), his nephew (Georgia), and his wife Donna.

He is survived by his daughters Mickie and Chris, both from Vero Beach.

Per his request, there will be no formal service. Instead, to celebrate his life he suggests you take a drive for no reason, travel, explore new places, have coffee, lunch, or dinner with friends, laugh and tell stories. Listen to music and dance. Make time to stop and take in the wonders of nature, lend a hand whenever possible, share a smile and make the most of every precious moment you are given.

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

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Jeffrey Crane Pfister, 77, Vero Beach

October 16, 1945 – April 01, 2023

Jeffrey Crane Pfister, born on October 16, 1945, in Brooklyn NY passed away Saturday April 1, 2023, in Vero Beach, FL at the age of 77. The oldest child of Robert K. and Doris C. Pfister, Jeff spent his childhood in Millburn, NJ. After High School he attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he was a 2x All-American Swimmer in backstroke. At University, he met his wife Karen Anne (née Bishop), the two married on July 6, 1968 and raised 3 sons in New Providence, NJ. Long time resident of New Providence Jeff was active in the community, serving with the Lions Club for many years, as well as an avid golfer as member of Canoe Brook Country Club. Professionally Jeff worked for AT&T in Middletown NJ for 15+ years as a Global Operations Sales Representative, along with other global telecommunications companies completing an accomplished 47 year career. Jeff traveled the world for work and leisure, he visited each continent during many trips with Karen along with family and friends. After retirement they moved to Vero Beach, FL and West Chester, PA to spend time with family, maintain an active life as a member of the Moorings Country Club and Hershey Mills Golf Club, was an accomplished bridge player, and continued to travel. Jeff was also inducted into the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Honor as a member of the 2019 class.

He was a loving husband, caring father, proud grandfather, devoted brother, kind uncle, and a terrific friend to all. He is survived by his wife Karen; sons Keith Crane, Craig Jeffrey (Stephanie Deiger), and David Bishop; grandchildren Gwendolyn Kay, Colin Jeffrey, and Tyler Samuel. Jeff is also survived by his siblings Carol L. (James), Richard A. (Kathryn), Nancy K. (Vincent), and Greg A. (Anita) and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Forever in our hearts.

Family and friends are invited to join the family for services at Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ on Friday, May 5, 2023, at 10:00 AM.

Donations in Jeff’s name can be made to New Providence Lions Club by sending a check to NP Lion’s Club, PO Box 854 New Providence, NJ 07974.

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

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Kevin C. Grant, 74, Vero Beach

July 10, 1948 – April 07, 2023

Kevin C. Grant, 74, of Vero Beach, FL passed away unexpectedly on April 7, 2023.

Kevin was born to Wilmon B. and Mary W. Grant of South Boston, MA on July 10, 1948. He graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School in 1966 before enlisting with the US Navy. Serving 3 years before being Honorably Discharged.

On December 6, 1969, at age 21, Kevin married his wife of 53 years, Linda Donovan, age 19 at the time, of Braintree, MA.  They met at a very young age at a BC High School dance.

Throughout his life, Kevin wore many hats and had many accomplishments. In his professional journey he worked for the New England Phone Company for 35 years, before he retired. After moving to Florida in 2000, Kevin realized he had more to give and began work at the Vero Beach Police Department as a dispatch officer. He worked there for 10 years before moving on to his final endeavor as the Head Croquet Instructor for the Moorings Yacht Club in Vero Beach, FL.  I should add he was Croquet Master #54 in the entire country. A fact Kevin was very proud of.

In 2020 he was diagnosed with Cancer and valiantly fought and beat his diagnosis.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents Wilmon B. and Mary W. Grant and his brothers, Bill and Phillip Grant.

He is survived by his wife Linda; son Brian; daughters Eileen Marsh and Laura Kelcourse; his sisters, Mary Davenport, Patricia Hurley and Madonna Davey; his many nieces and nephews; As well as his beloved granddaughters, Ashley Grant, Haley Bonin, Emily Bonin and Piper Marsh and rounding out his family is his youngest grandchild and only grandson, Greyson Marsh.

The Family is planning a Memorial Service in Massachusetts date: TBD

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

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Robert William Buwen, 84, Vero Beach

March 27, 1939 – April 16, 2023

Robert William Buwen, age 84, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on April 16th, 2023 at Cleveland Clinic- Indian River Hospital.

Robert was retired from the U.S. Capitol Police Department and was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in Stutguant, Germany as a Combat Engineer.

He resided in Scranton, PA; Nutley, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and White Township, New Jersey; before retiring to Vero Beach.

Robert was a long-standing member of Saint John of the Cross, Knights of Columbus, Italian American Club, and the American Legion of Vero Beach Chapter.

Robert is Survived by a son Michael of Hacketstown, New Jersey and son Thomas of Vero Beach, Florida; Brothers John of Manchester, New Jersey and James of Sunrise, Florida; sisters Ann Aquilone of Fishers, Indiana; Rose Cafro of Sebastian, Florida; and Cecelia Aquilone of Vero Beach, Florida; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased in death by his parents John Buwen, Mother Cecelia Clarke Buwen, and Brother Peter Buwen.

A visitation will be held on Friday April 21st, 2023, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John of the Cross on Saturday April 22nd, 2023, at 1:00 PM.

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

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