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Myrtle Feuchter

Myrtle M. Feuchter, 89, 7875 126th St., Sebastian, died Jan. 27, 1998, at Integrated Health Services of Palm Bay after a prolonged illness. She was born July 4, 1908, in Holt, and moved to Sebastian in 1972 from Venice. Mrs. Feuchter was a member of First Baptist Church, Micco. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Dunbar, of Melbourne, and Mary Garvin, of Roseland; three sisters, Elsie Fechter , of Miami, Margie DeBusschere, of Tennessee, and Betty Marzec, of Jensen Beach; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Jan. 30 in the memorial chapel at the Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, with the Rev. Erich Hamm officiating. Interment followed at Belleview Cemetery, Belleview. The family suggests donations be made to the charity of one's choice in Mrs. Feuchter's memory.

Peggy Licitra

Peggy Michelina Licitra, 69, 414 Lloyd St., Sebastian, died Jan. 27, 1998, at her residence after a prolonged illness. She was born Oct. 7,1928, in Pittston, Pa., and moved to Sebastian in 1990 from Jackson, N.J. Mrs. Licitra was a St. Sebastian Catholic Church communicant. Surviving are her husband, Mario; two sons, John Licitra, of Howell, NJ.., and Michael Licitra, of Sebastian; two daughters, Donna Scarcella, of Sebastian, and Michelle Kinsley, of Vero Beach; one brother, Charles Insalaco, of Pomona Park; four sisters, Josephine Darbenzio, of Hughestown, Pa., Lucy Butera, of West Pittston, Pa., Angeline Cencetti, of Pittston, and Leah Onorati, of Hazelton, Pa.; and seven grandchildren. A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 Friday at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, with the Rev. Ramon Echeverria officiating. Interment will follow at Fountain- head Memorial Park, Palm Bay. Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home, Palm Bay, was in charge of arrangements.

Francis Reitz

Francis L."Jake" Reitz, 71, of Barefoot Bay, died Jan. 27, 1998, at his residence after a prolonged illness. He was born June 15, 1926, in Sunbury, Pa., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1990 from Belvidere, N.J. Mr. Reitz was a manager for Prudential Insurance Co., Belvidere. He was a member of Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland; Belvidere Masonic Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a former member of the Belvidere Lion's Club and a founding member of the Belvidere Commu- nity Pool. He was a member of the Barefoot Bay Yacht Club, Baytones, Mid-Atlantic Club, Barefoot Bay Investment Club and Friday Morning Shuffleboard Club, all of Barefoot Bay. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Betty; one son, Bradley Reitz, of Henderson, Nev.; one daughter, Beverly Ervin, of Boca Raton; one brother, Donald Reitz, of Cottonwood, Ariz.; one sister, Nancy Petersen, of Annandale, N.J.; and four grandchildren. The funeral was held Jan. 30 in the Strunk Funeral Home chapel, Sebastian, with the Revs. Ralph Rivers and Carl Bray officiating. Interment followed at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, the family sug- gests donations be made to Roseland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 157, Roseland, Fla. 32957, or to Holmes Regional Hospice Inc., 1900 Dairy Road, Melbourne, Fla. 32904 in Mr. Reitz's memory.

Nettie Carpenter

Nettie R. Carpenter, 85, of Sebastian, died Jan. 31, 1998, at Integrated Health Services of Vero Beach after an extended illness. Mrs. Carpenter was born Dec. 7, 1912, in Dale County, Ala., and had been a resident of Sebastian for 63 years, moving here from her birthplace. She worked for over 40 years as a packer and grader for Graves Brothers Citrus in Wabasso prior to her retirement. She is survived by one daughter, Judy Chesnutt, of Vero Beach; one sister, Ruby Haydon, of Merritt Island; and 3 grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Cox-Gifford Funeral Home, Vero Beach. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sebastian City Cemetery, Sebastian, with the Pastor James Newsome, of First Baptist Church, Vero Beach, officiating.

Hattie Roland

Hattie C. Roland, 85, of Barefoot Bay, died Jan. 30, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland, after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 26, 1912, in Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1976 from Reidsville, N.C. Mrs. Roland was the nursing director at Annie-Penn Hospital in Reidsville. She was a member of the League of Nursing and North Carolina Hospital Association, and a member of Rockingham County Mental Health Association and Women's League of Voters. Surviving are her husband, James; her son, James Clinton, of Barefoot Bay; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Feb. 3 at First Baptist Church of Barefoot Bay with the Rev. Millard L. Fraumann officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian.

Laurence Tallman

Laurence C. Tallman, 87, of Sebastian, died Jan. 28, 1998, at Sebastian River,Medical Center, Roseland, after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Epson, N.H., and moved to Sebastian 13 years ago from Rochester, N.Y. Mr. Tallman was a design engineer. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Vero Beach. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Marguerite; two daughters, Priscilla Fortiner, of Tacoma, Wash., and Diane E. Hall, of Jordan, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers and a sister. A memorial service was held Feb. 3 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, with the Rev. Andrew C. Jack Diehl III officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family sug- gests donations be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, 1850 Sixth Ave., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960, in Mr. Tallman's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian.

Harriet Wilson

Harriet E. Wilson, 82, of Wabasso, died Jan. 31, 1998, at her home after a prolonged illness. Ms. Wilson was born July 20, 1915, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and moved to Vero Beach 28 years ago from Miami. She was a dairy-farm executive in Florida for many years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Wabasso. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, and the American Association of University Women, and Upper Florida Milk Producers. Surviving are one brother, Stuart D. Wilson, of Wabasso; and two sisters, Esther W. Dildine, of Bloomington, Ill., and Dorothy W. Nordquist, of Minneapolis, Minn. A funeral service was held Feb. 4 at the Cox-Gifford Funeral Home with the Revs. James C. Isaacson and Charles Scragg of Grace United Methodist Church officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 8799 50th Ave., Wabasso, Fla. 32970.

George Kutilek

George Kutilek, 78, 1027 Barefoot Circle, Barefoot Bay, died Jan. 29, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland, after a prolonged illness. He was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1990 from his birthplace. Mr. Kutilek was a member of American Legion Post No. 366, Barefoot Bay. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chicago. Surviving are his wife, Helen; one stepson, Ron Wirt, of Barefoot Bay; and one brother, Joe Kutilek, of Safety Harbor. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Joseph's Polish National Catholic Church, Davie. Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, is in charge of arrangements.

Francis Bartelson

Francis Robert "Bob" Bartelson, 68, of Barefoot Bay, died Feb. 2, 1998, at his residence after a prolonged illness. He was born Sept. 7, 1929, in Providence, R.I., and had been a resident of Barefoot Bay since l991, moving from Riverside, RI. Mr. Bartelson was an accountant for International Harvester, a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Barefoot Bay, and St. Brendah Parish, Riverside. He was a member of the Scandinavia Club and a former member of the New England Club, both of Barefoot Bay. Mr. Bartelson was a 1952 graduate of Providence College, a member of the Providence Alumni Association, a charter member of the Dillon Council of the Knights of Columbus in North Providence, R.I., and a member of Moose Lodge No. 1767, Sebastian. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Jeanette; and a sister, V. Ann Bartelson of North Providence. Friends may call l0:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian. A funeral Mass will be celebrated noon Thursday at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Holmes Regional Hospice Inc., 1900 Dairy Road, Melbourne, Fla. 32904; the St. Luke's Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 779-114, Barefoot Bay, Fla., 32976; or to the Micco Fire and Rescue Department, 301 Barefoot Blvd., Micco, Fla. 32976, in memory of Mr. Bartelson.

Lillian Baron

Lillian F. (Viera) Baron, 83, of Sebastian, died Feb. 5, 1998, at her son's home in Bristol, RI. after a brief illness. Mrs. Baron was born Oct. 2, 1914, in Portsmouth, R.I., and moved to Sebastian nine years ago from Warren, RI. She was a member of St. Sebastian Cath- olic Church, Sebastian, and its Women's Guild; and a former member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Warren. Mrs. Baron was a former member of the First Friday Club in Bristol County, R.I,, the St. Sebastian Widows, Widowers, and Singles social group and the Bunko Card Game Group, both in Sebastian. Surviving are her son, Adam J. Baron, of Bristol; two brothers, Albert Viera, of Barefoot Bay, and George Viera, of Miramar; four sisters, Olivia Souza and Frances Lawrence, both of Warren, Dorothy Paiva, of Swansea, Mass., and Caroline Couto, of Grant; and four grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bristol. Burial followed in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery in Warren, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice-Visiting Nurse Health Services of Newpqrt County, P.O. Box 690, 1184 F. Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I. 02871. Arrangements are under the direction of Sansone Funeral Home, Bristol, RI.

Ross Gillespie

Ross Ladd Gillespie, 56, of Sebastian, died unexpectedly Feb. 7, 1998, at the Sebastian River Medical Center. Mr. Gillespie was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Galesburg, Ill., and had moved to Sebastian six years ago from Virginia Beach, Va. He was a Press Journal route driver for four years. Mr. Gillespie is survived by two sons, Geoffrey Gillespie, of Virgina Beach, and David Gillespie, of Sebastian; one daughter, Jennifer Derrick of Virginia Beach; his mother, Myrthe Gillespie of Sebastian; two sisters, Deborah Inness of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Paula Danko of Granite Springs, N.Y.; and one brother, Stephen Gillespie, of Norfolk, Ark. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Young & Lowther Funeral Home, Sebastian, is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Fowler

Theodore S. Fowler, 66, 1058 W. Wren Circle, Barefoot Bay, died Feb. 4, 1998, at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, after a brief illness. He was born May 8, 1931, in Haverhill, Mass., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1993 from Lawrence, Mass. Mr. Fowler was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a chef for Phillips Abbott Academy, Andover, Mass. He was a member of Sebastian American Legion, Barefoot Bay Smoothies Dance Club and Barefoot Bay Singles on the Move. He was a part-time volunteer at the Roseland United Methodist Church thrift shbp. Surviving are one brother, Charles Fowler, of Barefoot Bay; and one sister, Alice Murray, of Kingston, N.H. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Mon- day at Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland. Interment will be at a later date at Mount Vernon Cemetery, West Boxford, Mass. The family suggests flowers be sent to Roseland United Methodist Church, 12962 Roseland Road, Roseland, Fla. 32958 in Mr. Fowler's memory. Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, is in charge of arrangements.

Leslie Bendekovic

Leslie N. Bendekovic, 23, of Orlando, died unexpectedly Feb. 5, 1998, in Orlando. She was born Nov. 14, 1974, in Fort Lauderdale and moved to Sebastian in 1983 from Colorado Springs, Cob. Ms. Bendekovic graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1993, where she played on the volleyball team. She graduated from Valencia Community College in Orlando with an associate degree in liberal arts. She worked in Orlando for a bowling supply company. Surviving are her mother and father, Maureen "Mo" Bendekovic and Gary Bendekovic, of Sebastian; her paternal grandmother, Auretta Chaplow, of Micco; and her maternal grandparents, Burton and Peggy O'Neil, of Ocala. A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at Young & Lowther Funeral Home chapel, Sebastian, with the Rev. Roy Harris of First United Methodist Church of Sebastian officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Association of the Palm Beaches, 3361 Belvedere Road Suite A, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33406 in Ms. Bendekovic's memory.

Ralph Stoker

Ralph W. Stoker Sr., 90, 706 Fir St., Barefoot Bay, died unexpectedly Feb. 6, 1998, at his caregiver's home in Boca Raton. He was born Dec. 3, 1907, in Everett, Mass., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1977 from Hull, Mass. Surviving are his wife, Claire Stoker, ot Boca Raton; one daughter, Claire E. Luciano, of Chelmsford, Mass.; one son, Ralph W. Stoker Jr. of Exton, Pa.; one brother, John Stoker, of Connecticut; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Feb. 9 at Fountainhead Funeral Home Chapel in Palm Bay with Deacon Gordon Crane of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Melbourne officiating. Burial will be in Fountainhead Memorial Park Cemetery, Palm Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fountainhead Funeral Home, 7303 Babcock Sr., Palm Bay, Fla. 32909.


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