Obituaries: January 21, 2013

Gayle Anderstrom, 99, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL, after a short illness.  She was born in Adams, Nebraska on August 14, 1915 to Clifford (C.R.) and Eva Caley.  Gayle graduated from Springfield, NE High School in 1933 and from the University of Nebraska in 1937 with a major in mathematics and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In 1938 she married Dale Anderstrom.  They resided in Ashton, NE from the beginning of their marriage until 1972 at which time they moved to Naples, FL.   After Dale’s passing she moved to Vero Beach, FL where she resided at the time of her death. Gayle, besides producing 4 daughters, taught mathematics and English at Ashton High School, Loup City High School and North Loup High School in Nebraska and also at Naples High School in Florida in the 1970s.  She was a member and Grand Matron of Eastern Star, a member of Palm River Country Club in Naples and remained an active Alpha Chi Omega alum for 75+ years.   She was an avid sportster, playing golf in to her 90s and tennis well into her 80s.  In the 1930s she was the first female on the inter-high school tennis team in the state of Nebraska.    In the 1950s she took up golf and soon lined her bookshelves with trophy winnings from both sports.  There was no televised sport that escaped her interest.  Her favorite was college football.  She knew the coaches, the players, the Heisman winners, the greats and not-so-greats through the years and she judged every college team by their history of wins and losses to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  She also loved movies and hardly ever missed an Oscar-nominated movie during her adult years. Gayle enjoyed duplicate bridge at the Vero Beach Bridge Center until her eyesight failed in the last few years of her life.  Being a mathematician, she and her partners had many winning games and she was especially proud of an article about her in the Bridge Center newsletter. She was preceded in death by husband, Dale, and her parents and siblings, and one granddaughter.  She is survived by her daughters, Judy Hargarten and husband, Paul of Vero Beach, Joan Kehn and husband Brent of Eugene, OR, Susie Smith of Vero Beach and Cheryl Bryer and husband Daryl of Lincoln, NE, 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.   She will be fondly remembered for her razor-sharp memory and regaling listeners with stories of some of her life’s hilarious events. Memorial donations may be made to Vero Beach VNA Hospice, 901 37th St, Vero Beach, FL, 32960 (www.vnatc.com) where she received such remarkable care at the end of her life.  Services are pending interment in Nebraska.Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.  A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (1/21/14)

Dale Atcheson, 77, of Vero Beach, died January 17, 2014 at VNA Hospice House. A visitation will be held 5-7 pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A funeral service will be held 11 am, Thursday, January 23 at the Cox Gifford Seawinds funeral home, officiated by Chaplain Jim Ogden. The interment will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach.  Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (1/21/14)

Garretson,Roberta0001Roberta Jane Garretson, 86, of Vero Beach, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center. She was born on October 8, 1927 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and had been a resident of Vero Beach since moving from Bay Head, NJ in 1994. Upon their arrival to Vero Beach, they settled into a home on the water in the community of Cache Cay where they  developed many dear friendships. Roberta was a member of the Jasmine Circle of the Vero Beach Garden Club where she enjoyed the company of the members and participating in it’s activities.  Roberta was the daughter of Roy and Maude Latham. Roberta was pre-deceased by her two older brothers, Ken, who died in WWII, and Ralph. She was also pre-deceased by her husband, Alan, daughter, Suzanne, and son, Peter. Roberta grew up in the same town she was born and met her husband of 61 years, Alan Garretson, in 1943. They married in 1950 and raised their children in East Millstone, NJ. Together, the family owned and operated a trucking company based in East Millstone, NJ.  Roberta leaves her daughter, Shelley Krauszer, and her husband, Joseph, of Vero Beach; son-in-law, Robert Stillman; brother-in-law, Robert Garretson, and his wife, Helen; granddaughter-in-law, Mary; five grandchildren, Kris, Jon, Jak, Garrett and Laura and two great grandchildren, August and Maggie Krauszer; as well as close nieces and nephews. Roberta was a very good, kind woman and a strong person who believed in “family first”.  She will be missed greatly by her family and the many close friends she made in Vero Beach.A gathering will be held at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach, on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with a service to follow at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Source, PO Box 2458 Vero Beach, FL 32961. http://www.lowthercremationservice.com (1/21/14)

Griesinger, TheadoreTed Griesinger, 84, of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 11, 2014. He was the son of Theodore and Mary Griesinger and grew up in Penn Yan, NY. A gifted athlete, Ted had an opportunity to pitch for the New York Giants but instead enrolled at West Point. After graduating in 1951, he attended the Artillery School at Fort Sill, Ok., Airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., then joined the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY.  In 1953, Ted was posted to the 5th Regimental Combat Team in Korea, serving as Battery Commander in the 555 Field Artillery Battalion, and was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. Returning from Korea, Ted began a business career. Recruited by a Booz Allen subsidiary, Ted relocated to Abadan, Iran serving as Technical Advisor to the Managing Director of the Iranian Oil Company. In 1963, he moved to London to supervise consulting engineering companies in the design of a deep-water crude oil terminal in the Persian Gulf. He later founded his own engineering company providing engineering services principally to the middle-east oil producing countries for over a decade. After relocating his family back to the U.S. in Needham MA, Ted formed International Training and Education Company (ITECO) providing education and training programs in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. His love of the Finger Lakes Region inspired him to invest in Glenora Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake, and serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Keuka College where he was awarded an honorary Ph.D.  He also served on the Board of Trustees of Boston University as well as Chairman of the Board of the Maguire Group, Inc. Ted is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of 57 years; daughter, Sharon Rossi-Ashton (Stephen) of Somerset, UK and granddaughter Rebecca; daughter, Cynthia Stocker (Wendell) of Bennington, NH; son, Paul Griesinger (Leann) of Concord, MA; sister, Gretchen Butkus of Melbourne FL; brother, Fredric Griesinger of Santa Barbara CA; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 24h at noon St. Augustine Of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 75 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32968.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to VNA Hospice Care, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL or Veterans Council Vero Beach, 1800 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.lowthercremationservice.com (1/21/14)

Jean M. Sirianni, 87, of Vero Beach, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later time in Wisconsin. Please check back for more details in the near future.  Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. (1/21/13)

Carl Whhite_picCarl L. White, 86, died January 16, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian. He was born in Conesus, NY and lived in Sebastian coming from McLean, NY in 1975. Carl served in the US Army for 30 years, participating in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Among his many duties, Carl was proud to be a paratrooper. He was a member of the American Legion Post #189, VFW Post #10210, Cooties; Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and 40 & 8. Survivors include daughters, Carole Layne of Georgia, Linda L. Pugh and Pamela Diane Arnodes both of Florida and Patricia Lynn Edwards of Arizona, stepdaughter, Christine A. Darling of New York; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, C/O Michael Giarraffa, 362 South West Nativity Terrace, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984 in memory of Carl L. White. SERVICES: Visitation will be held at 11:00 PM – 1:00 PM on January 22, 2014 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL with a Funeral service at 1:00 PM with Rev. Clifton Cooley, officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans’ Honor Guard.  www.strunkfuneralhome.com. (1/21/14)

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