Obituaries: December 11, 2013

ArsenalutAime Arthur Arsenault, 83, passed away December 9, 2013 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. He was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island to Aime and Aline Arsenault. Mr. Arsenault graduated from the Sacred Heart Academy in Rhode Island in 1948. He served in the United States Navy on several aircraft carriers during the Korean War. Mr. Arsenault attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated from the College of Electrical Engineering. He began his career at Massachusetts Electric working in Palmer and Worcester and served as Vice President during his tenure at Narragansett Electric in Rhode Island. Prior to retiring, he served as Director of Transmission and Distribution for the parent company, New England Electric in Westborough, MA. Mr. Arsenault was a longtime member of the Wannamoisett Country Club and the Aurora Civic Association in Rhode Island, and is a current member of the Bent Pine Golf Club, the Vero Beach Yacht Club, the Vero Beach Bridge Center and St. John of The Cross Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife; LeeAnn Arsenault of Vero Beach, son; Paul Arsenault (Sue) of Woonsocket, RI, daughters; Denyse Conrad of Newport, RI and Kathleen Pirri (Gary) of Marshfield, MA, sister; Vivian Boutin of Palm Beach, grandchildren; Donna and Laura Arsenault and Jake, Benjamin and Emma Pirri, great-grandchildren; Olivia, Logan and Jayden. Mr. Arsenault was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Mary Elizabeth (Betty) and two sisters; Jean Mearle and Yvette Landry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, got@woundedwarriorproject.or g. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 AM December 12, 2013 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach with Military Honors to follow. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at (12/11/13)

BendelTheresa “Terry” M. Bendel, 68, of Vero Beach, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Indian River Medical Center.She was born on November 26, 1945 in New York City, NY and lived in Vero Beach for the past 13 years, coming here from Vernon, NJ. Mrs. Bendel was an organ recipient and gave back the Gift of Life through Donation and was a member of the St. Helen Catholic Church.Survivors include her husband, of 49 ½ years, Michael Bendel of Vero Beach, FL; daughters, Deborah Bendel, Joanne Bendel and Christine Kays and her husband Lanny; sisters, Ethel Francis, Francis Ryan, Marge Collins, and Ruth Favata; brother, Thomas Lorentz; grand-daughter, Abigail Kays; sister-in-laws, Irene Weckerle and Beverly McCarton. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home at 3:00p.m. Family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the United Network for Organ Sharing at Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, FL. Online condolences may be sent at

Troy Earl Gay, 60, died December 7, 2013 at his home in Vero Beach. Troy was born January 27, 1953 in Vero Beach and was a lifelong resident. He attended Vero Beach High School and had worked as a heavy equipment operator for several companies including Danella Construction and Barbirus Ranch on the Treasure Coast. Troy was an AVID fisherman and outdoorsman who also enjoyed gardening. Survivors include his loving wife Patricia “Trish” Gay of Vero Beach, sons Justin Gay of Vero Beach and Troy Gay, Jr. of Staley, North Carolina, stepsons Shane Culp of Vero Beach and Christopher Culp of the US Army in North Carolina, brother Bo Gay of Vero Beach, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his three beloved dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents Marcus and Mary Catherine Forbes Gay. SERVICES: Services are private. www.strunkfuneralhome. (12/11/13)

HuntMrs. Nancy Jean Hunt, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Nancy was born October 8, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was in Massachusetts that she met her husband Harold Hunt and together they started their home in Sterling, Massachusetts. After retiring from her career in Property Management eight years ago, she moved to Vero Beach where she became a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Nancy had been a member of the Garden Club of Indian River County where she was an active volunteer and had also been a volunteer at the Riverside Theatre. Nancy greatly enjoyed the theatre and listening to live orchestra music. Survivors include her loving daughter Kimberly J. Wicknertz and her husband Peter of Vero Beach, cherished granddaughter Samantha Jean Wicknertz of Vero Beach, step-daughters Terri Stevens of Ft. Lauderdale, Sheila Rose of Inverness, brothers William T. Joyce of Tampa and Michael J. Joyce and his wife Judy of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Regina Zekkey Joyce, husband Harold Hunt. Memorial contributions may be made to Garden Club of Indian River County, 2526 17th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963. SERVICES: Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 14, 2013 Holy Cross Catholic Church. www.strunkfuneralhome. (12/11/13)

JayMary Lou Jay, 85, passed away on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, FL. Mary Lou was born in Clearfield, PA and has been a resident of Vero Beach for 30 years coming from Clearfield, PA. Prior to retirement, Mary Lou was a registered nurse at Clearfield Hospital in Clearfield, PA for 20 years. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross and enjoyed knitting and sewing. Mary Lou was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include her daughter, Joan Jay, of Lawrenceville, GA, brother, Thomas McDowell, of Las Vegas, NV and granddaughter, Julie Jay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Jay and son, James Jay. No services are scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Lou’s memory to Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice Foundation 1111 36th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960 Arrangements are under the care of Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL. (12/11/13)

Newburger, Charles0001Charles “Chuck” Neuberger was born January 26, 1931 to Charles & Leona Neuberger of Patterson, New Jersey. 

He was an electrician by trade and owned Neuberger Electric, of Vero Beach & Sebastian. 

Chuck served one term on the Sebastian City Council and was also a former Mayor of the City of Sebastian. 

He will be missed by his family: wife, Joyce; sons, Robert of Vero Beach, Chuck of Fort Myers, Will of Vero Beach, and Tommy of Mississippi; daughters, Caaren of Vero Beach, Connie of North Carolina, Tammy of Vero Beach, and Linda of Illinois; and brother, Art of Banner Elk, NC. He will also be missed by his twenty-two loving grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, January 2, 2013 at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m., at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Sebastian. There will be a reception at the church also. (12/11/13)

Robinson, ElmerElmer “Robbie” Robinson, Sr. passed away December 8th, 2013 at the age of 79, after a life well lived. 
Robbie moved to Vero Beach in the early 1960’s from New Castle, Indiana. 

He worked at Piper Aircraft, owned his own business, Courtesy Auto Service, Vero Beach, and taught for the Indian River County School District. 

Robbie was a member of the Vero Beach Masonic Lodge No. 250, where he served as Past Master twice. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Pam Jones, Chuck (Tracey) Wellmaker, 
Chip (Monica) Wellmaker, Craig (Sally) Wellmaker, Suzanne (George) Davis, and Robbie (Nanci) Robinson, Jr.; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many treasured nieces and nephews. 

Robbie was predeceased in death by his daughter, Donna Woods and his son-in-law, Robert “B.J.” Jones. 

Robbie was loved by the many students and friends whose lives he touched. 

A gathering will be from 2 p.m., with a service to be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, December 15th, at the Fellsmere Community Bible Church, located at the corner of S.R. 512 and Hickory Street. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Fellsmere Community Bible Church, P.O. Box 608, Fellsmere, FL 32948. (12/11/13)

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