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Frances Marlene Denhardt, 91

June 16, 1933 – June 21, 2024

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Jacqueline DeGance, 75, Vero Beach

November 6, 1948 – June 23, 2024

Jacqueline DeGance, age 75, of Vero Beach, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Born on November 6, 1948, in Gainesville, FL, she was the beloved daughter of Philip and Helen Warsyck Jansen. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Jacqueline played a nurturing role as the oldest of four children.

At the age of 15, her life changed when she met a 16-year-old boy in Catholic Youth Organization. A few years later, she’d marry that boy and stay married to him for 56 wonderful years. Her marriage to Joseph DeGance was a powerful witness of love to their six children and 21 grandchildren. A devoted follower of Jesus, Jacqueline and Joseph cultivated a home life and marriage where prayer, their Catholic faith, and daily Mass played a central role.

For more than 35 years, Jacqueline worked side-by-side with Joseph as a legal secretary in her husband’s law practice. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and strong work ethic made her invaluable in their professional success.

Christian love and service played a quiet and prominent part of her own rule of life. Few knew that while her own young children still lived in the home, Jacqueline would venture out to teach the faith to incarcerated girls in the local jail. Jackie and her husband continued prison ministry throughout their marriage. Saturdays were often spent waking up early and supporting the Missionaries of Charity’s mission to the homeless in Miami.

A dedicated member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Jacqueline was deeply involved in her parish community. She generously volunteered at the church’s summer camp, where she shared her faith and joy with children, creating lasting memories and enriching their lives. She also participated in the parish outreach programs, tirelessly working to help those in need and making a positive impact on the lives of many.

Jacqueline was also a true lady. Her outward appearance was a reflection of her inner dignity and poise. She carried herself with a quiet strength and an unassuming confidence that made a lasting impression on everyone she met. Her impeccable style and refined manners were matched by her kind and generous spirit.

As a loving mother, Jacqueline’s dedication to her family was evident in everything she did. She worked tirelessly to ensure her home was a place of warmth and comfort. Nicknamed – the Great Planner – her ability to balance work and family life was legendary. She always ensured the family ate dinner together each evening and the family rosary would typically follow.

Jacqueline’s involvement in her children’s lives extended beyond the home. She took on the role of coach for her children’s sports teams, offering her time and energy to support their interests and encourage their growth. Her involvement in their activities showcased her commitment to being an active and engaged parent, fostering a spirit of teamwork, perseverance, and love in her children.

Jacqueline’s efforts in the home and in Christian service touched many lives and were animated by her love of God.

Two years ago, Jacqueline and her husband moved to Vero Beach, seeking a new chapter in their lives. Prior to this, they had lived in Pompano Beach, FL, for 46 years, where they built a life together filled with cherished memories and strong community ties. Their move to Vero Beach was a continuation of their journey, embracing new opportunities while carrying forward the love and legacy they had built over the decades.

Jacqueline is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Lamonte DeGance; children, Joseph DeGance, Jr. and his wife Margrethe of Jacksonville, FL, Christopher DeGance and his wife Heather of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Danielle Smith of Vero Beach, FL, Fr. Matthew DeGance of Vero Beach, FL, John-Paul DeGance and his wife Christina of Woodbridge, VA, and Mark DeGance and his wife Leticia of Parkland, FL. She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Justin Green, Jacqueline Grullon and her husband John, Brianna Smith, Joshua Smith, Dante DeSouza, Devonne Corpuz and her husband Josie, Dominique DeGance, Nicolas DeGance, Christopher DeGance, Amanda DeGance, John-Paul DeGance, II, Luke DeGance, Anastasia DeGance, Cecilia DeGance, Matthew DeGance, Perpetua DeGance, Ignatius DeGance, Lucy DeGance, Adrianna DeGance, Samantha DeGance, and Mark DeGance, Jr. Jacqueline was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 10:00 AM at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2000 20th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960, with Fr. Matthew DeGance celebrating. A committal service will follow at 2:30 PM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 S. State Rd. 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 26th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM, at the church.

Jacqueline’s love for children and her dedication to the St. Helen School, Pre-K Program, were truly inspiring. In her memory, contributions can be made to the program she cared so deeply about, ensuring her legacy of nurturing young minds continues.  St. Helen School, Pre-K Program, 2025 20th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960

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George John Horky, Jr., 92

February 21, 1932 – June 25, 2024

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Maria Frances Brideau, 84
June 25, 1940 – June 23, 2024
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Janice Roberts, 91, Vero Beach

February 1, 1933 – June 26, 2024

Janice Roberts went home to be with our Lord on June 26, 2024. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin and friend. She was, to every person she met, a lighted path to Jesus Christ. If you were known by her, you most probably were prayed for by her. We are at peace knowing that she was ready to leave her earthly body and join our many loved ones already in heaven.

She was born in Dalton, GA on February 1, 1933, to the late Roy and Margaret Willoughby. After graduating from high school, she was accepted into nursing school, but before she started, she met William Roberts (Bill) and was married on September 17, 1951and moved to his hometown of Key West. They were married for over 50 years until his passing in 2001. Many of those years were lived in Key West, where they raised six children, before moving to Kissimmee in1999. For the past five years, Janice lived with her son George and daughter-in-law, Jackie, in Vero Beach.

Janice spent her working career as a civil servant for the United States Navy. She was promoted many times throughout her tenure and retired from her position managing the Supply Department at The Naval Air Station Boca Chica.

She had a servant’s heart and served in many ministries over the years. In Key West, she was a member of Fifth Street Baptist Church where she was actively involved in children’s ministries where she taught Sunday School and missions (GA’s, RA’s, Vacation Bible School). She also taught a special needs Sunday School class for members of the adult men’s home (MARC House) for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

When she moved to Kissimmee, she joined South Orlando Baptist Church working in the nursery, Children’s Church and VBS. In 2008 she moved her membership to First Baptist Church of Kissimmee to be closer to her home. Again, her love of missions, lead her to be active with the Children’s ministries including reading to local elementary school children and serving weekly in the Osceola Homeless Shelter.

Her love and devotion to her family will be forever remembered by all of us blessed to have her in our lives. She was a prayer warrior and so many were the benefactor of her loving care and continuous and earnest prayer. She ended many a conversation with “God bless you today”, and that is exactly what she was to us, a blessing.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband, William Roberts Sr; her sons, William Roberts Jr and Joseph Roberts; her daughter, Patricia Carvajal; her grandson, Juan Carlos Carvajal and her sister, Jeanette Harper.

Janice is survived by three of her children George (Jackie) Roberts of Vero Beach; Peggy (Carl) Sousa of Orlando; and John Roberts of Kissimmee. She is also survived by her 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church Kissimmee on August 10, 2024 at 11am in the Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to one of the children’s ministries supported by First Baptist Church Kissimmee ( or MARC House of Key West (

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Gerda Elisabeth Smith, 97

October 31, 1926 – July 1, 2024

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