In Memory: June 14

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Ronald Peter Nielsen, 89, Vero Beach

February 23, 1935 – June 11, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce Ronald Peter Nielsen, 89, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on June 11, 2024.

Ronald was born in New York City in 1935. He was the son of Egon Nielsen and Marion Nielsen (Benesch), and husband to Eleanor Nielsen (Hamel). After graduating from City University of New York with a degree in Civil Engineering, he began his professional career at Otis Elevator in Manhattan. Ronald and Eleanor moved to upstate New York where he continued his career at SUNY Cobleskill as Director of Safety.

A devout Catholic, Ronald was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis of Assisi in Astoria, Queens. Most recently, he was a communicant of St. John of the Cross in Vero Beach.

Ronald loved the New York Yankees and the New York Football Giants, and loved watching a good ballgame. As a fan of jazz music, his favorite artist was Dave Brubeck. Ronald was an amateur artist, creating many sketches and paintings over the years. In his 80s, he fulfilled a life-long dream by sky diving.

He was a member of numerous civic organizations, including the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association and the National Association of Safety Professionals. In retirement he wrote and edited various safety pamphlets and manuals for the SUNY system. He was the author of “OSHA Regulations and Guidelines – a Guide for Health Care Providers”.

Beyond his pursuits, Ronald was always a kind man to family, friends, and strangers alike, and he will always be remembered that way.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife Eleanor, his daughter Susan (Michael) Goldstein, his son Douglas (Donna), his sister Joan McNamara (Nielsen), his grandchildren Gregory Goldstein and David Goldstein, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Strunk Funeral Home at 916 17th Street in Vero Beach, Florida on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 starting at noon. At 1pm, there will be a prayer service and blessings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory of Ronald Nielsen to the American Heart Association at

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Marilyn June Arledge, 93, Vero Beach

January 8, 1931 – June 5, 2024

Mrs. Marilyn June Arledge, 93 of Vero Beach, passed away June 5, 2024 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Marilyn was born in Racine, Wisconsin and had lived in Florida since 1972 after her husband retired from the United States Air Force.

Marilyn was a devoted mother, secretary and successful business owner/operator. In her free time, she enjoyed taking her grandchildren and later her great grandchildren to the beach, pools, movies, ice cream trips and restaurants.  She was always ready for any adventure large or small with her family and friends.  Marilyn was very involved in her Church community and their weekly activities. She was always proud of her steadfast love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Survivors includes sister Janet McBride of Wisconsin: sons, Mel Paul Arledge of Kenansville, FL, Terrance Donahue Arledge (Gale Ann) of Florahome, FL and Ryan Bruce Ellsworth Arledge (Nancy) of Fort Pierce, FL; daughters Paula Jean Bailes (Emory J. II) of Vero Beach, FL and Patti Lynn O’Connell (Michael) of Floral City, FL. 14 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Hart and mother Irene Bartel Hart, husband Paul, 6 sisters and 1 great grandson, Wyatt.

Memorial contributions may be sent St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 in memory of Marilyn June Arledge.

Visitation will be held at 12pm, with the funeral service following at 1pm on Saturday June 15, 2024 at Cornerstone Community Church, 5950 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966.

Interment will be on Monday June 17, 2024 at 1:30pm at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, FL.

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Ricardo DeLeon-Gonzalez, 79, Vero Beach

April 2, 1945 – June 5, 2024

Mr. Ricardo DeLeon-Gonzalez, 79, died June 5, 2024 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Survivors include daughters Blanca DeLeon of Cocoa, Brenda DeLeon of Cocoa, Dalilah DeLeon and Maria DeLeon of Fellsmere, sons Angel DeLeon of Cocoa and Rodolfo De Leon of Fellsmere, 20 Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Josefa Garcia Martinez.

Visitation will be held 6:00 PM on Thursday June 13, 2024, Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Friday June 14, 2024, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 12896 County Road 512, Fellsmere, Florida 32948.

Interment will take place following the Mass at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian, Florida.

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

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Gil Whitford, 89

December 1, 1934 – June 12, 2024

Memorial Services will be held June 26, 2024, 11:00a.m. at Strunk Funeral Home’s Sebastian Chapel

Full obituary to come.

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Megan Sarasek, 39

Megan Sarasek was called home to heaven days before her 40th birthday, having bravely struggled with Covid-related and other chronic illnesses for months. Her father Peter and brother James, and outstanding medical and hospice teams, were with her as she passed peacefully in the I.C.U. at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida.

Megan was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the nearby suburb of Evanston, Illinois. She followed in the footsteps of her mother Peggy Lynch and received a masters’ degree in social work, from Loyola University of Chicago. She specialized in psychiatric social work, and achieved prominence in a number of areas in social work, including her work with the criminal court systems in northern Illinois.

Everyone who met and knew Megan was touched by the smile on her face, and the warmth of her caring personality. She had close friends not only in the US but in France as well. She always looked forward to traveling, having been to Europe frequently, and often to Mexico and the Caribbean, and to China. She enjoyed listening to music and attending summer concerts at Ravinia in Highland Park outside Chicago, and Lollapalooza along the Chicago lakefront. She was an animal-lover and cared for many cats and most recently her dog Bailey — who adored her — over the years. Megan left the Midwest a few years ago to be with her father in Florida, but always remained in active contact with the many friends she met and knew when she lived up north.

Megan was predeceased in the past few years by a number of immediate family members near and dear to her, including above all her mother Peggy, as well as her cousin Sarah Hansen, and her Uncle Pete Hansen. Survivors include her father Peter Sarasek and brother James Sarasek, and many wonderful aunts and uncles and cousins and other close friends scattered throughout the country.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Health Association of Indian River County, 820 37th PL, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or H.A.L.O. No Kill Rescue, 710 Jackson St., Sebastian, FL 32958.

A funeral Mass service will be held to celebrate her life at 11:00 AM (EDT) on Monday, July 1, 2024 at St. Sebastian Church, US Hwy 1, in Sebastian, Florida and will be accessible by video as well.

Arrangements are through Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, FL 32958.

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