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Sophia Strang

Sophia F. Strang, 88, of Sebastian, died May 28, 1998, at Indian River Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. She was born March 30, 1910, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Sebastian in 1979 from Brookline, Pa. Mrs. Strang was a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone for 40 years. She was a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers Club. Surviving is a sister, Frances Hucko, of Pittsburgh. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 1 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to St. Sebastian Catholic Church, P.0. Box 781212, Sebastian, Fla, 32978-1212, in Mrs. Strang's memory. The Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, was in charge of arrangements.

Arlene Borsody

Arlene A. Borsody, 57, of Sebastian, died unexpectedly May 25, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland. She was born Nov. 27, 1940, in Edison, N.J., and moved to Sebastian in 1985 from Palmerton, Pa. Ms. Borsody was a member of the Carvers Club in Sebastian. Surviving are her companion, Bernie O’Brien, of Sebastian; one daughter, Arlene Wolfe, of Moriarty, N.M.; and one granddaughter. At the family’s request, there will be no repose or visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Florida, 5730 Corporate Way, Suite 220, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407, in Ms. Borsody’s memory. Indian River Cremations Inc., Veto Beach is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Burd

Joseph Burd, 63, of Wabasso, died May 26, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland. Mr. Burd was born April 25, 1935, in Pennsylvania, and moved to Wabasso 12 years ago from Fort Lauderdale. He owned and operated Joe Burd Appliance, Wabasso, for 12 years prior to retirement. He was a past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge No. 2407 and a 32nd degree Mason with the Masonic Lodge, both in Fort Lauderdale. Surviving are three sons, Glenn Burd and Dale Burd, both of Lake City, and Paul Burd, of Fort Lauderdale; one daughter, Debra Whalen, of Gainesville; one brother, Glenn Burd, of Miami; one sister, Linda Townsend, of Warren, Ohio; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a friend, Evelyn Kuntz. A memorial service was held May 29 at Young and Prill Funeral Homes Chapel, Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Florida Elks, c/o Harry-ANA, Children’s Hospital, P. 0. Box 49, Umatilla, Fla. 32784, in Mr. Burd’s memory.

Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence Martin “Larry” Johnson Sr., 76, of Sebastian, died unexpectedly May 25, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland. He was born June 13, 1921, in Colts Neck, N.J., and moved to Sebastian in 1979 from Merritt Island. Mr. Johnson was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a veteran of World War II, and served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a life member and past chaplain of Sebastian Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10210; life member, adjutant, district adjutant and past post commander of Sebasnan American Legion Post No. 189; member and chaplain of Eagles Sebastian Inlet Aerie No. 4067, and Sebastian Moose Lodge Chapter No. 1767. Surviving are a son, Larry Johnson Jr., of Staten Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Peggy Miller, of Fort Lauderdale and AnnaMae Johnson, of Flushing, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was held May 29 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian. Interment followed at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay, with full military honors conducted by Sebastian American Legion Post No. 189 and Sebastian VFW Post No. 10210. Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, was in charge of arrangements.

Ann Jarvis

Ann Blessing Jarvis, 74, 712 W. Marlin Circle, Barefoot Bay, died May 30, 1998, in Pompano Beach. She was born March 4, 1924, in Providence, RI. Mrs. Jarvis was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Sebastian. Surviving are her husband, Walter; two sons, Tommy Jarvis and Michael Jarvis, both of Wilton Manors; eight daughters, Margaret Mary Dunne, of Fort Lauderdale, Nancy Tondorf, of Deland, Joann Jarvis, of Pompano Beach, Patricia Than, of Pompano Beach, Noreen George, of Charlotte, N.C., Donna Davis, of Kissimmee, Janet Jarvis, of Wilton Manors, and Sheila Nicastro, of Margate; and 24 grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery North, Pompano Beach. The family suggests donations be made to North Broward Medical Center's Vitas Hospice, 200 F. SampIe Road, Pompano Beach, Fla. 33064, in Mrs. Jarvis' memory. Forest Lawn Funeral Home North, Pompano Beach, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Hurlburt

I. Mary Hurlburt, 84, of Barefoot Bay, died June 4, 1998, at Palm Gardens Nursing Home, Vero Beach, after a prolonged illness. She was born April 19, 1914, in Danbury, Conn., and moved to Barefoot Bay 23 years ago from Sandy Hook, Conn. Mrs. Hurlburt was director of food services for the Brookfield School System, Brookfield, Conn., prior to retirement. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose, Sebastian. Surviving are one son, Carl Gray, of Quechee, Vt.; two daughters, Eleanor Morreale, of Sebastian, and Dorthy LaRoche, of Norwalk, Coun.; one stepson, Joseph S. Hurlburt, of Fort Pierce; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held June 8 at Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Palm Bay. Interment will be at a later date at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Micco Volunteer Fire Department, 301 Barefoot Blvd., Barefoot Bay, Fla. 32976, in Mrs. Hurlburt's memory.

Ruth Fiore

Ruth Semke Fiore, 75, of Sebastian, died June 5, 1998, at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 22, 1922, in McKeesport, Pa., and moved to Sebastian in 1993 from her birthplace. Mrs. Fiore was a homemaker. She was a member of Sebastian United Methodist Church and Active Singles Club of Vero Beach. Surviving are two sons, Terry Fiore, of North Palm Beach, and Dale Fiore, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one daughter, Bonnie Fiore, of Palm Beach Gardens; and her sister, Elsie Willison, of Greensboro, S.C. A funeral service was held June 8 at the Strunk Funeral Home chapel, Sebastian, with the Rev. Roy Harris officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to thc American Cancer Society, North Indian River County Unit, P.O. Box 1749, Sebastian, Fla. 32958, or Sebastian United Methodist Church. P.O. Box 780328, Sebastian, Fla. 32958, in Mrs. Fiore's memory.

Edna Burgess

Edna L. Burgess, 84, of Sebastian, died June 7, 1998, at Grand View Hospital in Sellersyille, Pa.. after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 1, 1913, in Philadelphia and moved to Sebastian from Salford Township, Pa., in 1972. Mrs. Burgess was a homemaker. She was active in the Dutch Country Playhouse in Salford Township. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank H.; a son-in-law, Mathias Schummer Jr., of Salford Township; and one granddaughter. Friends may call from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bergey Funeral Home, Harleysville, Pa. A memorial service was held June 10 at the Bergey Funeral Home, Harleyville, Pa., with the Rev. Charles H. Fiss Jr., of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sumneytown, Pa., officiating. The family suggests donations be made to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Mrs. Burgess' memory.

Clara Trainor

Clara J. Trainor, 67, of 1052 Sebastian Road, Barefoot Bay, died June 6, 1998, at Indian River Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Roebling, N.J. She. moved to Barefoot Bay several years ago. Mrs. Trainor was a member of the Polish-American Club, Mid-Atlantic Club and the Aerobics Club of Barefoot Bay. Survivors include her husband, Eugene; two daughters, Colleen Bowner, of New Hampshire, and Kimberly Gigantino, of New Jersey; and three grandchildren. There will be no services. Young & Prill Funeral Home, Sebastian, is in charge of arrangements.

William Rossell

William D. Rossell, 66, of Barefoot Bay, died June 6, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Brevard County in 1989 from Lindenhurst, N.Y. Mr. Rossell was an engineering expeditor for Stone & Webster Engineering in New York City. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Sebastian, the Knights of Columbus in Yonkers; the Korean War Vets Association, the Moose and Elks clubs, of Sebastian. He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, the St. Luke's Catholic Church Men's Club and the Sons & Daughters of Erin. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen; and a brother, John Rossell, of Yonkers. A funeral service was held June 10 at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay. Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, was in charge of arrangements.

Walter Jaxon

Walter Earl Jaxon, 82, 481 Mango Ave., Sebastian, died unexpectedly June 7, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland. He was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Cohos, N.Y., and moved to Sebastian in 1990 from Riviera Beach. Mr. Jaxon was the former owner of Lakeview Motor Lodge, Riviera Beach. Surviving is his wife, Mildred. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Fountainhead Funeral Home Chapel, Palm Bay. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Palm Bay. Interment will follow at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay.

John Jenkins

John R. Jenkins Jr., 72, of Sebas~ nan, died June 8, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland. He was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Brazil, Ind., and moved to Sebastian 16 years ago. Mr. Jenkins was an electronics engineer with RCA Corp., where he was instrumental in the installation of the U.S. defense radar system. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Anna; one daughter, Gloria Hausser, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one son, Robert L. McCallum, of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Velera Albright, of Brazil; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, North Indian River County Unit, P.O. Box 1749, Sebastian, Fla. 32958 in Mr. Jenkins' memory. Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Sidoti

Joseph Sidoni Sr., 85; 13176 10th St., Fellsmere, died June 9, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland, after a prolonged illness. He was born Dec. 18, 1912, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Fells- mere in 1985 from Merritt Island. Surviving are a daughter, Helen Cammalleri, of Mystic Island, N.J.; a son, Frank Sidoni, of Fellsmere; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Florida Memtirial Gardens, Rockledge. Florida Memorial Funeral Home, Rockledge, is in charge of arrangements.

Albert Colbert

Albert A. Colbert Sr., 81. of Barefoot Bay, died June 12, 1998, an his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Colbert was born Aug. 6, 1916, in Braddock, Pa., and moved to Barefoot Bay 13 years ago from Lantana. He was employed as superintendent for Russell Industries Corp., in Bridgeville, Pa., for 18 years. He was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church, Lake Worth. Surviving are his wife, Lillian; four sons, Albert A. Colbert Jr., Harry E. Colbert, William J. Colbert and George F. Colbert, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, LaRue L. Genest, of Melbourne, and Carol Alisesky, of Cecil, Pa.; two brothers, George Colbert, of Turtle Creek, Pa., and James McAdams, of Pittsburgh; one sister, Anna May Wymer, of Pittsburgh; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be 7 p.m. June 26 an First Christian Church, Cannonsburg, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Barefoot Bay Community Fund Inc., P.O. Box 779-186, Barefoot Bay, Fla. 32676; the Holmes Hospice Inc., 1900 Dairy Road, West Melbourne, Fla. 32909; or the First Christian Church, 120 Anderson Drive, Cannonsburg, Pa. 15317, in memory of Mr. Colbert. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

Una Erwig

Una M. Erwig, 64, of Barefoot Bay, died June 14, 1998, at her residence after a prolonged illness. She was born July 6,1933, in Hobucken, N.C., and moved to Barefoot Bay two years ago, from Swansboro, N.C. Mrs. Erwig was a postal clerk for 17 years. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Recreational Vehicle Club of Barefoot Bay. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Robert; three sons, Robert Erwig Jr., of. Dunedin, John Erwig, of Syosset, N.Y., and Stephen Erwig, of Barefoot Bay; two brothers; three sisters; and three grandchildren. At the family's request, there will be no visitation or local service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to the Gillespies Youth Group Home, 390 Cherry Lane, Satellite Beach, Fla. 32937, in memory of Mrs. Erwig. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian.

William Leighton

William D. Leighton, 75, of Sebastian, died June 18, 1998, at Carnegie Garden Nursing Home, Melbourne, after a prolonged illness. He was born Jan. 9,1923, in Quincy, Mass., and moved to Sebastian three years ago from Boston. Mr. Leighton was a member of the Indian River Cremation Society. Surviving are his wife, Joann; one brother, Jack Leighton, of Wakefield, Mass.; four children and four grandchildren, all of Massachusetts. At the family's request, there will be no repose or visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Massachusetts.

Bernard O'Brien

Bernard Patrick O'Brien, 79, of Sebastian, died unexpectedly June 19, 1998, at Palm Garden of Vero Beach. He was born March 17, 1919, in Bound Brook, N.J., and moved to Sebastian 12 years ago from Somerset, N.J. Mr. O'Brien was the owner and operator of O'Brien's Tavern, Somerset, N.J. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and former commander of American Legion Post No. 0363, South Bound Brook, N.J. He was a member of Sebastian American Legion Post No. 189; Sebastian Moose Lodge No. 1767; and Eagles Sebastian Inlet Aerie No. 4067. Surviving are two sons, Bernard O'Brien, of Sebastian, and Dennis O'Brien, of South Bound Brook, N.J.; three sisters, Anne Long, Lorretta Rash and Sister Mary Ellen O'Brien, all of New Jersey; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. O'Brien will be transferred to the Conroy Funeral Home, Bound Brook, for services and interment at Cedar Hills Cemetery, East Millstone, N.J. Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, is in charge of local arrangements.

Harry Mills

Harry "Sug" Mills, 84, of Wabasso, died June 19, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center after an extended illness. Mr. Mills was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Richmond, Ind., and moved to Wabasso 26 years ago from Indiana. Mr. Mills was a commercial orchid grower and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Wabasso. He was also a past president of the Vero Beach Orchid Society. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Patricia; one sister, Jeanne Witherby, of Melbourne; and one brother, Lowell P. Mills, of Greenville, Miss. A funeral service was held June 23 at the Cox-Gifford Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James C. Isaacson, of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Donations can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Fund, P.O. Box 55, Wabasso, Fla. 32970, in Mr. Mills' memory.

Rosanne Bissaillon

Rosanne Bissaillon, 74, of Barefoot Bay, died June 21, 1998, at Indian River Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. She was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Omaha, Neb., and moved to Barefoot Bay six years ago from Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Bissaillon worked in the personnel department for various hospitals in Pittsfield, Mass. She was a member of the Indian River Cremation Society. Surviving are two sons, Barry Bissaillon, of Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Michael Bissaillon, of Bonney Lake, Wash.; two daughters, Kathy Austin, of Allen, Texas, and Cherrie Francis, of Vero Beach; two sisters, Mary Dietrich, of Minneapolis, Mn., and Kate Schutz of Omaha; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. At the family's request, there will be no repose or visitation. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to VNA Hospice, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960, or to the American Cancer Society, 1401 21st St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960 in Mrs. Bissaillon's memory.