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Arnold Anthony Cecchini, 75

August 09, 1948 – February 21, 2024

Arnold Anthony Cecchini, age 75, passed away February 21, 2024 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

He was born August 9, 1948 in Poughkeepsie, New York to the late Arnold Edward and Vickie G. Cecchini.

Mr. Cecchini served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He also served as the Manager of the West Point Museum of Armor and at the West Point Library.

He was a writer of fiction and a lover of Celtic music.

Survivors include his sister, Lorelei Kile; and nieces, Victoria Fitzsimmons (Cody) and Arionne Medici (Leopoldo Longoni).

He was predeceased by his sister, Sabrina M. Hathaway.

A Gathering to meet with friends and family will be held 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach.

Memorial Service with friends and family will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach.

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

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Charles Evans Haselton, 95

July 02, 1928 – February 25, 2024

Charles was born to the late Willard Haselton and Laura Emogene (Lawrence) on July 2, 1928 at his parents’ family farm in Wilmington, NY. Growing up during the Great Depression shaped Charles’s formative years and resulted in him being a lifelong “miser and keeper of things.” Indeed, to this day, he has the fountain pen that he used in high school on his desk.

Charles’s early education was a one room schoolhouse, two miles from home, on a dirt road, no running water, no electricity, wood stove in the middle of the room for heat, and stinking chemical toilets that were inside the building, which he says was better than some who had to go to the outside “privy.”

Born third of seven children, Charles has fond memories of life growing up on the homestead. Watching his parents work as hard as they did to make a comfortable and loving home for him and his siblings taught Charles the value of hard work and doing the “right thing” for the common good. It also instilled in him a fascination and sentimentality for “all things old.” Charles has always had a love of antiques, collecting many old tools, old clocks, old engines, and old cars through the years. He is intrigued by the ingenuity his ancestors had to survive. He and Erma enjoyed many years traveling in the old car circuit and showing their beautiful antique cars.

With a large family growing up and money being tight, Charles learned to be proactive and industrious at an early age. Wanting a bicycle as a kid and not having two nickels to rub together, Charles would take catalogs to price out the parts to make a bike for himself. During World War II when bicycles were scarce, a family friend told him of a place 150 miles away that had some bikes available. Not short on moxie, and having saved enough money from working odd jobs, young Charles hopped on a train by himself and traveled from Lake Placid, NY to Utica, NY to buy himself a new bicycle. He then got on a train back to Lake Placid, with his bike, and rode the bicycle home (about 15 miles). His senior year of High School, Charles stayed at the Marcy Hotel in Lake Placid NY over the Christmas holiday to work as a busboy to earn enough money to attend his senior trip to New York City. Charles is proof that where there is a will, there is a way.

Charles’s parents “dragged” him and his siblings to services at the Wilmington Church of the Nazarene each Sunday morning and evening, and Wednesday evenings. As a result, Charles claims he didn’t have much time to get into trouble growing up. Fortunately for him, his parents’ dedication to the church helped secure him a spot at Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, MA, where one fateful afternoon he would meet the love of his life, Erma Jean (Leasure). Chapel services at E.N.C. were mandatory and the seating was arranged alphabetically. With Charles an “H” and Erma an “L” their paths may never have crossed, except one day Erma was late to chapel and with all other seats taken, had to take a seat in the “H” section, right next to Charles. Erma may have never taken a second glance at Charles, except for the fact that she was an enthusiastic participant in the hymn singing, and Charles never uttered a note. This perplexed Erma so much that she just had to know what was the matter with him. That was it. They were inseparable from then on and enjoyed over 70 years of wedded bliss before Erma was called home to be with her Lord in April, 2020.

A strong believer in the “Protestant Ethic” and the “spirit of Capitalism,” Charles did any odd job he could find to work his way through college, allowing him to graduate debt free in 1952 with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Charles says the secret to his success is being thorough, accurate, prompt, and neat, and always trying to do a little bit extra, rather than “just enough”. This philosophy of hard work has served him well through the years. After graduating from college, Charles was sent a telegram from his father asking him to come home to Wilmington, NY and help run the family business, Haselton Lumber Company. The business advice his father gave him then was simply to, “be fair to the other fellow” and to follow the motto, “A greedy man loses in the end,” words of wisdom Charles has always strived to live by. Starting at $80 a week, Charles stayed with the lumber company for 38 years. He handed over the reins to his children Sam and Pam upon his retirement as President in 1990.

Charles was active in the community of his birth for many years. He participated in the Chamber of Commerce and was a member and treasurer for the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department for a time. Charles was a member of the Rotary Club in Ausable Forks, NY for 29 years, 11 months, and two weeks, boasting twenty-eight years of perfect attendance, and has been a member of the Elks for 37 years. He says he is going to continue to pay his dues to the Elks so he can be the oldest member of the Saranac Lake (NY) BPOE 1508. Charles has been a resident of Vero Beach FL for almost 30 years and currently resides at Indian Oaks, where he is continuously impressed by the staff and enormously grateful for the friends and camaraderie he has there.

Charles is survived by his son Daniel (Carolyn) Haselton of Lebanon, NH; daughter Pamela (Robert) Gray of Wilmington, NY; son Samuel (Pamela) Haselton of Wilmington, NY; daughter Beth (Fred) Adames of Orlando, FL; grandchildren Erin, Kathryn, Ryan, James, Matthew, Sarah, Alison, Emily, Danielle, Daniel, David, and Laura; great-grandchildren Lakota, River, William, Alexander, Olivia, Grace, Hope, Evan, Ava, Gavin, Shelby, Lola, Rylee, Bella, Logan, T.J., Bowie, and Gabriel. Charles hopes he convinced at least one of them to “drive the damn bus and don’t be a passenger.” He is also survived by his brother Frank Haselton of Virginia, brother Timothy Haselton of New York, sister Shirley (George) Krause of New Jersey, sister Esther Eppler of Kansas, and brother Stephen Haselton of Alabama. Besides his beloved wife Erma, Charles is predeceased by his brother Walter Haselton of NY.

Charles will be interred next to his wife in Haselton Cemetery in Wilmington, NY. It states on his gravestone, “He tried”, but we think he did much better than that. His is a life well lived, measured not by the material “things” that he has collected over the years, but by the love he shares with his family and friends, and most importantly his best friend, wife, and lover, Erma Jean for over 70 years. Charles has lived his life intentionally, not on autopilot, taking advantage of every day, creating cherished memories, and grateful for each day he remains “vertical.” A life well lived, indeed.

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

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Shirley Webb, 87

February 27, 1936 – February 05, 2024

Shirley Webb, 87 years of age, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2024 in Stuart, Florida.

She was born on February 27, 1936 to Stanley & Helen Gudz in Stamford, Connecticut.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at The Crossing’s Community Church beginning at 5:00 PM (8103 Indrio Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951).

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

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Teresa Sue (Jones) Bogener, 71, Vero Beach

November 28, 1952 – February 24, 2024

Teresa Sue (Jones) Bogener, 71, of Vero Beach, FL died peacefully at Vero Beach VNA Hospice House on February 24, 2024 after a prolonged illness. She was born on November 28, 1952 to Wayne and Dorothy Jones. Teresa spent most of her childhood in Alexandria, MO. She graduated from Clark County High School in 1970 and subsequently attended Southeast Iowa Community College where she obtained her Associates of Arts degree. She worked at A&W Restaurant in Keokuk, IA and as a visiting home health aid for Lee County Home Health. Teresa married James Edward Bogener and they had one son, James Winston. She was a founding member and president of the ILL-IA-MO chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, and she worked as a substitute school teacher for the Gorin School District.  Teresa obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan University in 1992. She was passionate about early childhood education and intervention and worked as the Parents as Teachers coordinator in Clark County.  She also worked to help people who had not finished high school to complete their GED. Each year, she would make and deliver Thanksgiving dinner to the inmates housed at the Clark County Jail. Later in life, she moved to Newton, KS and traveled the United States, seeing all lower 48 states.  She then moved with her friend Debbie from Kansas to Florida, where she lived until her death. There she met her companion Walter Poole.  They enjoyed traveling back to Kansas and Missouri to see her grandchildren. Walter’s love and care brought her great joy and he was a tremendous blessing in her life. “Meemaw” loved being a grandmother and would make her grandchildren crafts each birthday and Christmas. She was tremendously proud of her family.  She enjoyed sewing, macrame, and quilling, was a proud lifelong Democrat and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Vero Beach.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Dorothy Jones and by her friend Walter. She is survived by her son James, his wife Megan, and her four grandchildren Ava, Aiden, Finley, and Ellis, all of Chicago, as well as by her sister Carolyn Galbraith and niece Abby Galbraith, both of Wayland, MO.

Per Teresa’s wishes, no memorial service will be held.  The family requests no flowers or memorial gifts at this time.

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

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Rosemary Falcon Audette, 76, Merrimack, New Hampshire

March 09, 1947 – February 26, 2024

Rosemary Falcon Audette of Merrimack, New Hampshire grew wings and flew to meet her maker from Vero Beach, FL on February 26, 2024 after a courageous 4-year battle with cancer.  Rosemary was the daughter of Arthur S. and Grace Falcon and was born in Lawrence, MA on March 9, 1947. She graduated from Lawrence High school in 1964 with honors and later earned a BS Cum Laude in Applied Sciences Management from UMass Lowell.

Rosemary had a vast range of career adventures which exercised her writing skills. Among them were positions as Technical Editor/Writer for RCA and Raytheon, computer consultant for Adams-Russell in Massachusetts and as Software Quality Assurance Engineer for Lockheed Sanders in Nashua, NH. One of her favorite endeavors was writing for the WSMN 1590 Broadcaster, where working in advertising and sales she created and wrote the column The Chubby Gourmet, which had its obvious benefits.

Rosemary followed those diverse vocations with a very successful 26-year career in Real estate sales, earning many awards. She was a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, served on the NH Real Estate Board of Ethics and represented the Nashua real estate industry on the local chapter of Business Network International.

In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering and participating in the communities where she lived and served on the Boards of Directors for the White Dory Bay Condominium in Provincetown, MA., and the Vista Harbor Condominium in Vero Beach, FL. Rosemary was also an officer of the Disabled American Veterans Unit 7 in Nashua, NH. Rosemary worshiped at St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, NH, where she often worked preparing overseas packages for underdeveloped and needy nations.

Rosemary loved to do artwork and travel. Wintering in Florida, she and her Husband were members of the Disney Vacation Club and enjoyed their cruises, all the parks and various festivals, and general travel around the state. Rosemary was an avid Mah Jong and Bridge player and was teacher of a Mah Jong group.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 41 years, David C. Audette, two nieces, Jennifer Falcon of Worcester, MA and Dr. Rachael Falcon of Albuquerque, NM, her Uncle Roy Arsenault of Hingham, MA, a sister Linda McLennan of Hampton, NH and many cousins.  Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, her Aunt Mary (Mae) Arsenault, and her Brother Arthur F. Falcon. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nashua DAVA Unit 7, 1 Leewood Trail c/o Diane Mellor, Nashua, NH 03062.

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

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