In Memory: Sept 7

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Sandra Adair Poe, 82, Sebastian

March 22, 1941 – August 31, 2023

Sandra Adair Poe, of Sebastian, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia began the journey to her heavenly home on August 31, 2023.

She was born March 22, 1941, in Warrenton, Virginia to Harry H. and Dorothy H. Robinson

Sandra graduated from Warrenton High School and enrolled in Patricia Stevens School of Modeling in Washington, D.C. in 1959. She married Thomas L. Poe, of Hume, Virginia on June 25, 1960.

Mrs. Poe was a loving mother of two children, Daryl (his wife, Kathryn) Poe of Fort Collins, Colorado and Kimberly (husband, Doug) Schirtzinger of Greenfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Virginia, Sebastian, Ely, Lauren and Shelby (husband, Rafael); great-grandson, Kael; sister, Judy Eisler; and nephew, David Eisler.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Harry Robinson, Jr.

As a lover of Christian and gospel music, Sandy was a dedicated attendee of Christ by the Sea Church. She was an athlete, artist, an event planner, a fashion model, a musician, and a tennis pro shop manager.

She was adept at interacting with other people and made friends easily. She dearly loved ocean cruises and traveling to new destinations.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 23, 2024, with more details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to The Environmental Learning Center, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 where she greatly enjoyed her volunteer work or to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 who provided superb care at the end of her earthly journey.

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

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Cindy Howard, 58, Vero Beach

April 02, 1965 – September 04, 2023

Cindy Howard, 58, passed peacefully on September 4, 2023, at the VNA Treasure Coast Hospice House.

Cindy was born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 2, 1965 to George and Linda Coleman.  She spent much of her childhood growing up in Central Florida where Linda worked and where her special Granny lived.  Much time was spent with her only brother, Jeff Davids, and her Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Cindy graduated from Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fl.

Cindy met the love of her life, David Howard, while they were both working at Walt Disney World.  They became serious quickly and were engaged by the end of that summer.  Cindy completed her AA degree from Florida Junior College in Jacksonville while living with her “second mother” Pat Howard, and David finished his agriculture studies at the University of Florida.

Cindy and David married in Jacksonville on May 10, 1986, and moved to Port St. Lucie where David began work in the citrus industry.  She continued her studies in accounting at Florida Atlantic University.  A gifted student and dedicated worker led her to graduate with a Masters Degree with Honors in Accounting.  Shortly thereafter Cindy received her license as a Certified Public Accountant and began work in Vero Beach with the KPMG accounting firm.  Several years of work at KPMG led to a fulfilling accounting career with numerous positions at citrus firms, construction companies, and local businesses in Vero Beach.

Cindy’s greatest passion came with her marriage to David and becoming a mother.  In 1994 they were blessed to have a son Cody (Sarah), her first grandchild James in 2022, and in 1996 a daughter Samantha (Nathan).  Having children and being a mother was the most rewarding role of her life.  A doting mother who was always involved in extracurricular and classroom volunteering gave her ultimate satisfaction.  To know that each of their children had achieved both academic success at the University of Florida and work success in engineering and architecture made her the proudest mother.

A celebration of life will be held in the near future.  Donations in memory of Cindy may be sent to the Alzheimers/Parkinson Association of Vero Beach,, or the Visiting Nurses Association of the Treasure Coast,

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

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Michelle E. Smith, 79, Vero Beach

January 01, 1944 – August 31, 2023

Michelle E. Smith, age 79, passed away at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL.

She was born in Grayslake, Illinois and resided in New York prior to retiring in Florida.

Michelle was an avid sewer and enjoyed painting in her younger years. Her love for animals stayed with her throughout her life and she volunteered at the Indian River County Humane Society and supported “Dogs for Life”.

She was a member of Pathway Church.

Michelle is survived by her sons Wayne (Rebecca) and Dale (Melanie) Borchardt; brother Steve (Marlene) Tuchten; grandchildren Hannah, Daniel, Jessica, John, Correy, Leanne, Anthony Jorge, Heather, and Holly; as well as many loving great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents Sidney and Shirly Tuchten.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Pathway Church, Vero Beach at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the VNA Hospice House

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

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Wanda Lee Cato Asafaylo, 88, Vero Beach

July 10, 1935 – September 05, 2023

Wanda Lee Cato Asafaylo, born and raised in Vero Beach, passed away in the city of her birth on September 5, 2023. Wanda was born July 10, 1935, just a bit before the doctor arrived, and was welcomed into the world by several aunts in attendance. Her loving parents were Ivey and Madie Lee Cato. She was joined by big sister, Janice, and sometime later gained two more sisters, Marilyn and susan.

Wanda attended all twelve years in the Vero Beach School system, graduating in 1954. “Tots”, her family nickname, was a true-blue Vero Beach Fighting Indian, immersed in all the activities of the school, including Glee Club and National Honor Society. Always Courteous and outgoing, she garnered many friends, and was blessed with many fun cousins. It was during this time of her life that she was committed her life to Christ and was very active in the church life of First Covenant Church in Vero.

In 1955, Wanda married Michael Asafaylo. They had four children: Steven, Robin, Paul, and Amy. True to form, she was always involved with her children’s school and church activities.

In her adult life, she worked in the insurance industry and served as a “Girl Friday” in several other offices.  Wherever she went, she always made, and kept friends.

Wanda suffered a stroke in 2014, beginning a long slow decline. However, the Assisted Living Facilities where she lived during that time, all loved her because she was so kind and courteous.

Wanda was predeceased by her parents, Ivey and Madie Lee Cato and her son, Paul. She is survived by her son, Steve (Sandy) daughter Robin DeSantis (Edward) and daughter Amy Prez, and sisters, Janice Johnson, Marilyn Anderson, and Susan Humanes (Otis), seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Burial will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach.

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


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