Obituaries: September 20, 2013

Jan Steven Averill, 58, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on September 16, 2013. Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida. (9/20/13)

Marilyn Warden Ayers passed away in the arms of her son on September 18, 2013 at the age of 95. Born in Waverly, TN during WWI, she was the 4th of five children. Married to the late, Shirley Ayers during WWII when Marilyn worked inspecting rafts for the Navy Fleet. Having lived in many places as an air force wife including Tripoli, Libya where her first child, Sheryl was born and later settling in Orlando, Florida where their son, Timothy was born. Marilyn worked for the Navy Exchange until she retired at the age of 79. SERVICES: Visitations will be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2013 and 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Monday, September 23, 2013 at Woodbine Funeral Home with a funeral service following at 11:00 AM at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements through Woodbine Funeral Home, Nashville, TN.  (9/20/13)

Carlsen,BudE. W. “Bud” Carlsen succumbed to colon cancer on September 18, 2013. He was born in Atlanta, Ga. on May 7, 1938. 

His family moved to Lake Worth, FL in 1942 and to Vero Beach in 1946. He graduated from Vero Beach Senior High in 1956, where he was an all star athlete, lettering in four sports. 

He attended Florida Southern College, majoring in physical education and graduated in 1961. He returned to Vero and began his teaching career that same year. In 1976 he received his Masters degree in education from Nova University. 

He taught and coached at Vero Beach Junior High, was a guidance counselor at Gifford Middle Six, and ended his long career at Rosewood Elementary. 

He was president of the Indian River County Education Association in its earliest years and later served long term as their chief negotiator. His contributions to the educational system of this county were many and far reaching. He retired from teaching in 1994. 

He was twice named Teacher of the Year, being one of the earliest for the entire county in 1972, and again honored by Rosewood school in his last year, 1994. 

After retirement he returned to work as a custodian at Dodgertown Elementary for 2 ½ years and was named Employee of the Year. 

He was well known and respected for his integrity, honesty, compassion and wisdom along with his wonderful sense of humor. His positive influence was felt by thousands of young people in his long career. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Bill, his daughter, Hope, and his parents, Fred (former Mayor of Vero Beach) and Lois Carlsen. 

He is survived by his beloved family, his wife of 45 years, Pat, his sons Dirk and Erik, daughter-in-law Tiffany and granddaughter Brynleigh, his family by love, Alan and Laura Kauffmann, Scott and Ainsley Seeley, and Kiera Black and their children Bryce, Laura, Kade, Kelsie and Camden, all of Vero Beach. In addition he leaves his brother Fred Carlsen and his wife, Barbara, of Elkton, Florida, his sister Lueta Sellers and her husband Frank, of Edenton, North Carolina, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, and their spouses and children, plus many dear and loyal friends. 

He loved well and was much loved in return. He will be sorely missed. 

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m., at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach, on Saturday, September 21, 2013. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Environmental Learning Center. 

An online guestbook may be signed at (9/20/13)

Yannick MartinYannick Joseph Martin, former Chef-Owner of Cafe du Soir, passed away peacefully in his home, after battling cancer on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the age of 78 with his loving wife Valerie and daughters Kim and Kerrie by his side. Yannick was born in St. Servan, in the Brittany Region of Western France. And, grew up in Rennes and St. Malo, and attended the College of Architecture. He served 3-years in the French Foreign Legion and was stationed in Madagascar. In his younger years, he played on a traveling soccer team, played the bag pipes and drums, and was an avid sailor. In 1959, Yannick left France on-board a Norwegian cargo ship to America. He travelled cross-country from California to Massachusetts. During his lifetime, he was employed by and/or owned fine dining establishments in Boston, NYC and New Orleans before moving to Port St. Lucie, FL in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Yannick exercised his culinary skills as Executive Chef at “Sandpiper Bay”, “Ocean Village”, “Seaview Restaurant”, “Restaurant 41” and “Chez Yannick”. In 1988, Yannick and Valerie Martin fulfilled their lifetime dream and opened Cafe du Soir and served the Treasure Coast for 18 years. His last venture was “Maison Martinique”. Yannick was a kind, gentle, generous man. An extremely talented yet humble chef. A free spirit with a passion for travel. Proud of his Breton culture. Unconditional love for and dedication to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed. Yannick is survived by his wife, Valerie of 25-years; his daughters Kim Burgett (Mike) and Kerrie Fitzgerald (Frank); granddaughters Emily, Merrill and Audrey; grandson Sebastien. And, family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Anne; brother Erwan. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 22nd from 6-8PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 23rd at 10AM at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations “In Memory of Yannick Martin” may be made to the Human Society of Vero Beach, FL, PO Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961-0644.  (9/20/13)

Thomas Mergens, 78, passed away on September 18th, 2013 at his home. He was born in North Dakota on August 5th, 1935. Thomas is survived by his loving spouse, Carolyn. At this time, services have not been scheduled. Condolences may be shared at (9/20/13)

Elliott YoungElliott A. Young, 92 of Vero Beach, Fla. died peacefully in his sleep on September 15, 2013 
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa to Alice Mae and Wallace Young, he grew up in Avalon graduating from Avalon High School and attended the Reformed Presbyterian Church 
After graduating from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. in three years he enlisted in the Navy during WWII attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was charged with directing eight landing craft during eight different island invasions in the south Pacific. 
After returning from the war, he worked in sales at Williams Company Refrigeration in Pittsburgh, Pa. and in Florida for many years. 
In 1973 he met and married the love of his life Barbara Moorefield and they settled in Coral Gables, Fl. After retiring they relocated to Vero Beach and have resided there since the early eighties enjoying the lovely beaches. 
Predeceased by Barbara in 2003, Elliott is survived by his step-sons Harold & his wife Debbie Moorefield of Sugar Loaf Key, Fl. and Paul & his wife Laura Leigh Moorefield in New York City, NY and by his niece Charlotte Booth and husband Charles. He also leaves behind three step-granddaughters. 
He was a most generous man donating heavily to many charities. 
A celebration of life is planned at Mulligans Restaurant at 1025 Beachland Blvd, Vero Beach, Fl. on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. (9/20/13)

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