2009 Family Obituaries for the Class of 1965

Henry D'Amico

 Henry D'Amico of Rockledge and loving husband of Martha "Jean" D'Amico, entered into rest Sunday, January 25, 2009. Mr. D'Amico served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps, where he flew B-47s. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1950 receiving his bachelors degree in Architecture and had his own company for 40 years. He was also a member of the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, and member of Elks Lodge #1532 in Cocoa, FL. Mr. D'Amico was also a ten gallon blood donor. Mr. D'Amico is survived by his loving wife of 63-1/2 years, Martha "Jean" D'Amico of Rockledge; two sons, Lawrence H. (Linda) D'Amico of West End, NC, William G. (Luanne) of Alachua, FL; two daughters, Paula (Steven) Kohler of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Katherine (Mark) Mathis of Ball Ground, GA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a brother, Dan D'Amico of Rhode Island. A Memorial service will be held Friday, January 30, 2009 at 11 a.m., at Rockledge Presbyterian Church.


Florence Wolking

Florence Wolking Merritt Island Florence Josephine Bennett Wolking, 93, of Merritt Island, Florida died Thursday, January 29, 2009. She was a home maker and mother. Florence was born on April 29, 1915 and proudly considered herself a Florida native. She lived on Merritt Island for the past 54 years and before that primarily resided in the Orlando area. She cherished the birds, plants, animals and changeable skies of her beloved Florida. She was a charter member of the Windswept Garden Club and belonged to several bridge groups until she was 91. She was a Junior Scout Troop leader, Red Cross volunteer, and was well known in the community for her ribbon roses as well as other crafts that she delighted in sharing with elementary school children. Florence will be lovingly remembered by her companion, Tom Berliner; daughter, Barbara Ann, wife of Paul L. Rose of New Jersey; two sons, Henry and his wife Lois of Salt Lake City and Frank of Melbourne, FL; grand daughter, Tova, wife of Scott Williams; grandsons, Andrew, Tyler and their mother, Cheri R. Camp, and Cordell and his companion Leigh Anne Fincher; sister, Barbara Edwards; as well as many nieces, nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Clifford; son, James Andrew and six sisters. A memorial celebration is planned for Saturday, April 11th. Please direct inquiries to: FlorenceWolking@gmail.com


Rose OShea

Rose OShea Cocoa Beach A mother lost; an angel gained. Rose M. OShea, 87, was called home to God on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. We are grateful that she left peacefully. Rose was born on September 24, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY and was wisely named by her parents, Vincent and Soccorsa Costa. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas C. OShea in 1986, and her beloved son, John T. OShea in 2008. She leaves six devoted children to mourn her passing, Gina Hodgson (Bruce), Kathy Pickard (Mark), Tommy OShea, Eileen Stafford (Bill), Christine Richardson (Michael), Gerry OShea and her daughter-in-law, Sandy. Rose was also a grand mother to Jim, Karen, Mark, Stacy, Brian, Todd, Rachel, Zack, Cassidy, Courtnei, T.C., Shannon, Robbie, Samantha, Ryan, Taylor and Reef. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Josh, Hannah, Shane, Jacob, Kylee, Shane, Mikey, Rilke and Kaden. Rose was also the dear sister of Estelle, Ellen,Vinnie (Joan) and an aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. Rose lived the last 48 years in the Brevard County area and was a faithful and active member of Our Saviours Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach. As we celebrate her life and the miracle it was, Rose will always be remembered as a strong woman of faith, but first and foremost as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and the guiding light of a large and loving family who will carry her within their hearts forever. We were blessed to have her in our lives and we will miss her more than we yet know. We wish to thank all who reached out to our mother and our family these last months. Services will be celebrated in her honor on Monday, February 23rd, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Saviours Catholic Church, 5301 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach. Donations can be made in Roses honor to the American Heart Association.

Jack Buckert

Jack Buchert Rockledge Jack E. Buchert, 88, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009. He came to Brevard County in 1957 from Covington, Kentucky. Jack was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and served in World War II. Jack was a world traveler with his wife, Ruth, and was a millwright at PanAm for 27 years at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Mr. Buchert is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth; two daughters, Becky (Phil) Ainsworth and Debbie (Arnie) Dean; two grandchildren, Kelley (Royce) Bartlett and Brandy (Brian) Kilcommons; and three great- grandchildren, Jackson Parker, Bailey Kilcommons, and Hunter Bartlett. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association in Jacks Memory.


Mr. Louis Christian Jensen, Jr., 87, passed away Monday, March 23rd, 2009 In Williston, Florida. Lou began his career in the Army Medical Corps at the end of WWII and was a family practice doctor for over 55 years.
He Is survived by his wife, Joy; son, Julian; daughters, Holly, and Heidi, six grandchildren, and one dog.
A man of a different age, Dr. Jensen made house calls into his 80s and never tired of retelling of the terror he delivered upon his parents and neighbors by eating ice cream outside in the dead of the Minnesota winter. An avid musician, Lou delighted in playing the piano, sax, and clarinet with his family and friends. The thought of never again hearing him play Honeysuckle Rose just before dinner is tough to bear. He was also a great friend of animals, and the many dogs of Williston have lost a true friend. Most importantly, Lou was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. In times of difficulty, his family and friends never had any question that Lou would be by their side. He will be missed dearly.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 213 West Noble Ave. Williston, FL 352-528-3636. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Arrangements are under the care and direction of ICS Cremation and Funeral Home, 357 NW Wilks Lane, Lake City, Florida, 386-752-3436.

COCOA Ruth Catherine Pessaro, 81, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2008. Mrs. Pessaro came to Brevard County in 1961 from Baltimore, MD. She was an artist retired from Gannett Corporation. She was a volunteer Librarian for the Asbury Arms, Secretary to the Citizens Board Asbury Arms and Share Volunteer. She performed a lot of volunteer work for the Emory Bennett Foundation and wrote numerous articles for Brevard Mosquito Beaters. She was a poet and artist of extraordinary talent and a loving wife and mother. Mrs. Pessaro is survived by her children, Daria A. Hockenbury of Port St. John, Victor A. Pessaro of Melbourne, Michael A. Pessaro of Jacksonville and Gina M. Chestnutt of Cocoa; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred N. Pessaro, Sr. in 1990 and a son, Anthony J. Pessaro in 2003. Arrangements by Atlantic Mortuary in Rockledge, FL.