Obituaries: August 13, 2013

Dennis Michael KennedyMr. Dennis Michael Kennedy, 59, died August 9, 2013 at his residence in Barefoot Bay. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived in Barefoot Bay, FL coming from New Jersey in 2004. He retired as a Fork Lift Operator for CARQUEST doing store setups. He was also a licensed Captain and avid boater – fisherman upon his boat “A Fishin Tale Charters”. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL.  Survivors include wife of 20 years, Helen A. Kennedy of Barefoot Bay; stepdaughters, Terri Urban of Raleigh, North Carolina and Katie Beckett (Michael) of Houston, Texas; brothers, William Kennedy of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Robert Kennedy of Illinois; grandchildren, Kaela, Kamy, Hayden and Thomas, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Hugh and Muriel Kennedy; brothers, Hugh, James and Thomas Kennedy. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics of Indian River-Palm Beach, P.O. Box 6896, Vero Beach, FL 32961 or Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, Melbourne, FL 32904 in memory of Dennis Kennedy. SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on August 17, 2013 St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL with Father Father Sabas Mallya, officiating. http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com  (8/13/13)

Joseph O'NeillJoseph Anthony O’Neill, 86, died August 8, 2013 at his residence in Vero Beach, Florida. 

Joe was born in Elmhurst, New York, on September 1, 1926, the son of Francis Xavier and Margaret O’Neill. He attended Fordham Preparatory in New York, graduating in 1944. He enlisted in the US Navy and served from September, 1944 until he was honorably discharged in 1946. During that time he served aboard the minesweeper USS Staff in the Pacific theater and was involved in combat operations during the battle of Okinawa. Achieving the rank of Radarman Second Class, his service medals include the Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 2 stars. 

After the war, he attended Fordham University, graduating with a degree in Chemistry. He married the love of his life, Patricia Harrington in 1951. They had four children together and remained joyfully married for 62 years until his passing. Joe was a devout Catholic all of his life and a loving husband, father and family man. He served actively in Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ. An avid sailor all his life he enjoyed sailing with his family on Chesapeake Bay. A world traveler, he and his wife Pat enjoyed travel to many of the world’s continents. 

He retired from Exxon Chemical Company in 1988 after nearly 30 years of service. Joe and Pat later moved to Vero Beach, Florida where they were members of the Moorings Club and were active members on Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

Survivors include his wife Patricia Mary, his daughter Kathleen, son Joseph Jr. and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by his son Hugh and his daughter Mary. 

SERVICES: Visitation will be held at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ on Wednesday, August 14 at 9:30AM, with funeral mass following at Immaculate Conception Church at 11:00AM http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com  (8/13/13)

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