In Memory: June 4

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Mary Barbara Casper, 103, Vero Beach

August 1, 1920 – May 20, 2024

Mary Barbara Casper, age 103 (2 months shy of her 104th birthday), of Vero Beach died Tuesday, May 20, 2024, with her family by her side.

Mary was born on August 1, 1920, in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Washington High School & some college in South Bend, Indiana. She was married to the late James Casper, a highly decorated Air Force veteran. They lived together in South Bend until relocating to Florida.

Mary was an auditor for the state of Indiana, a bank teller and a reservationist at a well-known Florida resort before retiring at the age of 92. Her hobbies included needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crochet, ceramics, gardening, line dancing and she was an excellent cook and baker. Mary also

attempted golf, quickly realizing it would be a short-lived hobby.

Mary was an excellent example of ‘the greatest generation’. Like her favorite singer Frank Sinatra, she did it her way!

Mary is survived by her daughter Barbara Casper of Vero Beach, FL. She is also survived by her favorite grand-cat, Evander!

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Raymond Rampino, 77

March 28, 1947 – May 22, 2024

Raymond Rampino, husband, father, and proud American, passed away surrounded by his family on May 22, 2024. Raymond was born on March 28, 1947, in Cambridge, MA, Raymond led a life marked by service, dedication, and love.

Raymond married the love of his life, Nancy Rampino, on December 28, 1968. Their bond spanned over five decades. From 1965 to 1972, Raymond served his country with honor in Vietnam as a member of the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a lifelong member of AMVETS, where he was deeply involved in numerous charitable endeavors.

Following his honorable discharge, Raymond pursued his passion for aeronautics by attending the Wentworth Institute. His career saw him at Merck, where he was crucial in delivering medication shipments and ensuring vital medical supplies reached those in need.

In retirement, Raymond found joy in gardening and driving his golf cart. He was an active volunteer for the St. Rocco Festival. He took great pride in preparing, cooking, and delivering holiday meals to elderly community members in Countryside. Raymond always had a project going on.

He is survived by his cherished children: Kristen, Greg and Courtney. His family is grateful for the exceptional end-of-life care provided by the professionals at Comfort Keepers and VNA Hospice. As Raymond reunites with his beloved Nancy, let us remember him for his legacy of love, service, and dedication to family and country.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM, Tuesday May 28, 2024 at St. John of The Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.

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Karen Deacon, 70, Florida

July 2, 1953 – May 31, 2024

Today I lost my soul mate and the love of my life.

Karen was born July 2, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended The Lincoln for girls and summered in Matunuck, RI, where she loved to surf. She graduated in 1975 from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This was the same year she moved to Florida and received her Master’s degree (summa cum laud) in guidance and counseling at the University of Miami. We met in 1979 in West Palm Beach and married in1981 and we took our first cruise. It would certainly not be our last.

Karen could have been an architect. She designed and had our first house built in the Acreage in 1983. She could have been an engineer; there was nothing she couldn’t assemble, nothing she could not fix. Thankfully she became a teacher and over a thirty year career, mostly at Wellington Elementary, she touched the lives of hundreds of children, many of whom still stay in touch via Facebook, etc.

Sometime in the early 2000’s she got the travel bug. She researched and set up dozens of road trips, train trips, and cruises. We were able to see so much of this beautiful country. All planned by an expert (Karen). Next she set her sights on seeing the World by cruise ship. We went around the World many times and amassed nearly 4 years of sea days cruising the seven seas. The best part was Karen researched almost every port, decided what we wanted to see, reached out to local guides, and set up small excursions. My contribution was getting out of bed. How cool is that!

Karen is survived by her siblings Jack McHenry of Viera, FL Jeanne Helma of Wakefield,RI and Hutchinsin Island, FL Steve McHenry of Park City, UT and Annie Cook of Charleston, RI.

There is no service planned. We are using Cox-Gifford of Vero Beach. When my time comes our ashes will be scattered at our happy place on North Hutchinson Island. To all of you, who have met my girl, know that, like me you have been touched by an angel.

“And I think to myself
What a wonderful world”
Louis Armstrong

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George Clifford Siebert, 94

June 27, 1929 – May 27, 2024

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Juanita Roscoe, 82

September 26, 1942 – June 1, 2024

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