In Memory: May 27

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Brenda Ann Shamblin, 74, Sebastian

February 22, 1950 – March 5, 2024

Brenda Ann Shamblin 74, of Sebastian, Florida, formerly of Islamorada, Florida, passed away, Tuesday, March 5th, 2024.

Born February 22, 1950 at Gallipolis, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ray Van Shamblin & Lita Ann Grover Shamblin.

A woman of faith, Brenda was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Dora and of the First Baptist Church of Islamorada.

She served her community every chance available, notably by serving on the board of the Florida Keys Chamber of Commerce as well as the Upper Keys Domestic Abuse Shelter.

A Homemaker first & foremost, Brenda’s employment history varied greatly and surely left her with some interesting stories to share. She owned & operated Monroe Sign & Crane in the 80’s, then serving as a Loan Officer for the next two decades; before retiring in 2016 from Paradies LLc in Palm Beach, specifically Brooks Brothers & Brighton Collectables.

Whether singing her heart out in the church choir or rooting on the Miami Hurricanes & Cincinnati Bengals, Brenda was passionate about the things she loved, especially her friends and family.  She loved life, from traveling to Scottland or simply hanging on the beach it didn’t matter.

She is survived by her loving children, Brandy L Bryant and Travis Silcott; a brother, Rocky Shamblin; her dearest granddaughter, Caitlynn Leanne Bryant or “Catie-bug” as her grandmother affectionately called her; and many other loving family & friends.

Private services are to be held.

Arrangements are entrusted to Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

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Robert Scott Massengill, 61, Vero Beach

July 25, 1962 – May 11, 2024

Robert Scott Massengill, 61, of Vero Beach, Florida and Summit, New Jersey passed away in his Vero Beach home on May 11, 2024, after a courageous and inspiring battle with ALS.

Born on July 25, 1962 in Washington, D.C. to Roy and Leigh Massengill, Scott grew up in Brookside, New Jersey.  A proud alum of Delbarton School, Scott then graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1984.  As a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, he developed a strong bond with a group of lifelong friends.   After receiving an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Scott began his distinguished finance career at ExxonMobil. While there, he worked in New York City, Hong Kong, and Dallas, where he met Linda Burdt, his wife of 28 years.  Scott tested her love for him by accepting a job in New Jersey while they were engaged.

As always, Scott made the right decision as they chose their home to be in Summit, an ideal place to make lasting friendships and raise their children, Carter and Kayleigh.  Whether being their sports coach when they were young or an avid fan when they competed in high school and college, Carter and Kayleigh were Scott’s primary source of joy and pride.  His most recent cherished memories came from attending Carter’s football games at Middlebury College and Kayleigh’s water polo matches at Boston College, playing golf and bodysurfing with Carter, and strolling with Kayleigh on the boardwalk near their Sea Girt home.

After holding management positions in treasury at Allied Signal, Bristol-Myers Squibb and American Standard, Scott moved his family from the Garden State to Tyler, Texas.  There, he was CFO for the domestic residential heating and air conditioning division of Trane, Inc.  After three years, Scott and his family returned to New Jersey where he spent 13 years at The Hertz Corporation, retiring as Senior Vice President & Treasurer in 2021.

Scott was known for his tireless work ethic and his significant role in Hertz’s emergence from bankruptcy in 2021.  More importantly, Scott will be remembered for supporting his colleagues and building enduring relationships with them.  He instantly earned their respect through his intellect, leadership, and sense of humor.  While Scott mentored numerous coworkers on the nuances of corporate finance, it was the less tangible skills he possessed that stood out:  his integrity, humility and patience.  The foundation of Scott’s success, personally and professionally, was rooted in treating every person fairly and always choosing to “Do the right thing.”

Scott was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2021, but he never lost his memorable smile, the sparkle and sincerity in his eyes or his unwavering commitment to his loved ones. His positivity and courage inspired everyone he encountered. Symbolic of his humility and deep concern for others, Scott never once complained about his condition. He maximized his time with family and friends, continuing to provide support and constantly putting others first.  Despite his limited strength, Scott demonstrated his resilience by achieving some of his lowest ever golf scores.  After losing his ability to play golf, Scott brought his enthusiasm to the bridge table and entertained the other players with his wit and cheerfulness. He also became deeply connected to his faith during his conversion to Catholicism and after his Confirmation in 2022.

Scott, who is predeceased by his beloved father, Roy Massengill, will be deeply missed by his surviving wife Linda and his children, Carter and Kayleigh; his mother, Leigh Massengill; his brother, Dave Massengill and his wife Beth; his seven Burdt in-laws and their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews who held a special place in Scott’s heart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:45 am on Saturday, May 18 at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ. The services will be live streamed, and you may view from the following link: Service Link  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott’s memory using this link:  Memorial Link. Please include Scott’s name on your donation so it will be used to honor his desire to provide family bonding activities for those struggling with ALS.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida.

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Natalie Kuczek, 77, Vero Beach

May 7, 1947 – May 15, 2024

Natalie Kuczek, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15th , 2024.

She was born in Utica, NY on May 7, 1947 to Julio and Mary Mutolo.

Natalie had a career as a registered nurse for over 30 years.

She leaves her husband John Kuczek, sister Mae Mutolo, brother Joseph Mutolo, sister-in-law Darlene Mutolo, brother-in-law Jim Kuczek, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service is being held at First Methodist Church, 1750 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL on May 30th at 10am.

Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL.

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David R. Lee, 64, Vero Beach

David R. Lee


David R. Lee, 64, passed away peacefully Tuesday May 14, 2024, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

David was born January 20, 1960, in Knoxville, Tennessee to Larry E. Lee and Sondra F. Lee.  He grew up in Vero Beach, Fl and also Boone, NC.  He attended College at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC and also Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. where he majored in Business.

After college he worked for the F.W. Woolworth Co. for over 13 years.  He helped to manage three stores during his career.  Starting in Lenoir, NC, he then transferred to Mobile, AL, and then the last store brought him back to Vero Beach where he also lived as a child.  There he stayed with the company until its closing in the early 90’s.  He then went to work for the local paper, the Vero Beach Press Journal, as an Advertising Representative for over a decade.  He held various other positions until he stopped working in 2020.

In his spare time, David enjoyed boating and fishing as well as working in his yard and just being outdoors.  On Sunday’s during football season, you could always find him watching his favorite team the Miami Dolphins!

He was preceded in death by his Mother Sondra Faulkner Lee, Father Larry E. Lee and Brother Jeff Lee.

He is survived by his loving children Eric Lee and Brittany Lee of Vero Beach, and his sister Cynthia Scott of Tennessee. He is also survived by his Aunts Phyllis, Marlene and Mary and many cousins.

The family will have a private Celebration of Life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach in David’s memory.

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Thomas Paul Lancaster, 77, Florida

November 3, 1946 – May 18, 2024

Thomas Paul Lancaster, age 77, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024 at his home.

Mr. Lancaster was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia to the late Joe Brown Lancaster and Beatrice (Taylor) Lancaster.

He worked for the Homerville, GA Police Department before moving to Florida.

Mr. Paul, or “Gator” as he was affectionately known, was the long-time owner and operator of Gator’s Sod in Fellsmere, FL. He loved his work and talking to people.

In addition to his parents, Paul was proceeded in death by his daughter, Tammy Rena Lancaster; sister, Mary Joyce (Simpson) Toth, and two brothers, James D. “Bo” Simpson and Jessie W. “J.W.” Simpson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Cindy Parrish Lancaster of Fellsmere, FL; the mother of his children, Sheryl Johnson of Vero Beach, FL; four sons, Joseph (Marcella Johnson) Lancaster of Vero Beach, Anthony (Stephanie) Lancaster of Millen, GA, John Lancaster and Tom Parrish, both of Vero Beach, FL; three sisters, Robbie Jo Stalvey and Barbara Jean Mercier of Vero Beach and Nina Fay (Kenny) Mote of Alabama; 14 grandchildren; Amber Lancaster, Audrey Lancaster, Alexandra Mixell, Caitlin (Cameron Barefield) Lancaster, Josh Lancaster, Alden Lancaster, Austin Parrish, Tom Parrish III, Cella Dorsey, Michale Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Megan Johnson, Vanessa Lowery, Steven Lowery;  nine great-grandchildren, Avery, Brantley, Juliana, Teagan, Willow, Waylon, Evelyn, Gabriella and Rowan; and many other loving family & friends.

Visitation will be held on May 22, 2024 at Temple of Truth & Life, 4380 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32967 at 11:00am with Funeral Services to follow at 12:00pm with Brother James Lupo officiating. Burial will be in Winter Beach Cemetery at 2:00pm.

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