Obituaries

John Powers
B: 1935-02-20
D: 2017-11-15
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Powers, John
Horace Lipkin
B: 1919-07-18
D: 2017-11-11
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Lipkin, Horace
Greta Hylton
B: 1924-12-09
D: 2017-11-07
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Hylton, Greta
John Dodge
B: 1931-05-14
D: 2017-11-06
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Dodge, John
David Nelson
B: 1926-12-19
D: 2017-11-03
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Nelson, David
Frederik van Vonno
B: 1951-05-07
D: 2017-11-02
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van Vonno, Frederik
Caroline Melley
B: 1945-10-23
D: 2017-11-02
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Melley, Caroline
Karl Salo
B: 1936-03-11
D: 2017-10-30
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Salo, Karl
Eugene Raymond
B: 1946-06-21
D: 2017-10-29
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Raymond, Eugene
Agnes Baker
B: 1932-07-03
D: 2017-10-28
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Baker, Agnes
Anthony Montenegro
B: 1929-12-20
D: 2017-10-27
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Montenegro, Anthony
W. Robert White
B: 1940-01-02
D: 2017-10-27
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White, W. Robert
Edward Jergens
B: 1921-06-11
D: 2017-10-26
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Jergens, Edward
Donald Fiebach
B: 1926-04-20
D: 2017-10-22
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Fiebach, Donald
Warren Nitsche
B: 1921-07-29
D: 2017-10-21
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Nitsche, Warren
Forrest Kelly
B: 1923-05-29
D: 2017-10-19
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Kelly, Forrest
Anita Lewen Custen
B: 1923-09-26
D: 2017-10-16
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Lewen Custen, Anita
Dorothy Burtoft
B: 1920-06-20
D: 2017-10-16
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Burtoft, Dorothy
Hargreaves Nairne
B: 1930-12-08
D: 2017-10-15
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Nairne, Hargreaves
Jacqueline Natalino
B: 1931-11-14
D: 2017-10-14
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Natalino, Jacqueline
Bernard Braskamp
B: 1931-10-07
D: 2017-10-12
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Braskamp, Bernard

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Forest Hills Staff

Our professional staff is here to guide you in choosing the type of funeral or cremation arrangements that truly celebrate the life of your loved one.


Susan R. Niemi, Funeral Home Manager / Funeral Director & Embalmer
Email: sniem@stonemor.com

Susan is a native of Massachusetts and has lived in Florida since 1990. She received her mortuary science degree from St. Petersburg’s Junior College. She joined our company in 1999 and is currently our location manager. She has three daughters and two grandchildren.

James H. Ostrand, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Email: jostr@stonemor.com

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jim moved to Florida in 1989. He has been a funeral director since 1969 both in Florida and New York, and joined our team in 1998. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie. Jim and his wife Karen have six children and 12 grandchildren.

Gerald Perlick, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Email: gperl@stonemor.com

Jerry has been a funeral director for more than 30 years. As a young child he moved to Venice, FL, from Wisconsin and considers himself a Florida native. He attended Miami Dade Community College School of Mortuary Sciences. Jerry and his wife, Diane, have two daughters and three grandchildren. His favorite activities are spending time with family, traveling & camping.

Antonio Jackson, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Email: ajack@stonemor.com

Antonio, also known as Tony, feels being a mortician isn’t simply a choice, but more of a calling. He began his career after graduating with honors from the William Philbruck School of Mortuary Science at Miami-Dade College. He spent nine years working at his family’s funeral home in his hometown of Fort Pierce, but continued to further his education.

Karina Danessi, Community Outreach Coordinator
Email: kadan@stonemor.com
Office Phone: 772-287-8484
Mobile Phone: 772-205-8926

Karina was born in Lima, Peru. She moved to New Jersey in 1990 and relocated to Florida in 2011. She and her daughter are members of Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, and both enjoy volunteering in the community.

Deborah Jurgenson, Funeral Administrator
Email: djurg@stonemor.com

Debbie joined the funeral home staff in January 1999. She is a longtime resident of Stuart, and enjoys golfing, swimming and walking.

Kimberly Pratt, Funeral Administrative Assistant
Email: kprat@stonemor.com

Kimberly began her funeral industry career when she joined the Forest Hills staff in 2007. The New Hampshire native has served as a Hospice Patient Volunteer since 2009.

L.C. Campbell Jr., Chaplain

For 40 years, L. C. has been a fixture along the Treasure Coast. He has provided counsel, encouragement, grief recovery, crisis intervention and pastoral care. He served as Director of Chaplaincy Services with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. During that time, he was called to provide support and immediate counsel to families experiencing sudden loss.

Jeffrey Bagnasco, Funeral Assistant

Mary Lou Cannata, Funeral Assistant

Mary Lou joined the staff in March 2005. She feels blessed that her job allows her to assist families during a very difficult time, and believes her work has made her view life in a very different way. The New York native has lived in Port St. Lucie since 2004.

Steven A. Cannata, Funeral Assistant

Steven has worked at Forest Hills since March 2005. He and his wife, Mary Lou, work together and are often a family's first contact with the funeral home following the death of a loved one. He feels fortunate to be able to serve them during their time of need with the courtesy and respect they deserve.

Vincent Cerverizzo, Funeral Assistant

Frank Saxton, Funeral Assistant

CEMETERY STAFF

Helen Posey, Family Service Manager
Email: hpose@stonemor.com

Helen joined our staff in 2000 and feels honored to provide assistance to families during their time of loss. She enjoys helping people get peace of mind as she guides them through the pre-planning process. The Stuart resident attends St. Andrew Catholic Church and is a member of the Stuart Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta.

Shelly Pennell, Cemetery Administrator
Email: mpenn@stonemor.com

Sheilla Ladanyi, Cemetery Administrative Assistant
Email: slada@stonemor.com

Bridget Childers, Family Service Advisor
Email: bchil@stonemor.com

Linda Olson, Family Service Advisor
Email: lolso@stonemor.com

Rena Rodriquez White, Family Service Advisor
Email: rrodr@stonemor.com

Rena began helping families at Forest Hills Memorial Park in 2011, but has more than 14 years of experience in this industry. She is a resident of Port St. Lucie and enjoys carpentry, crocheting and cooking, but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Martin Zientz, Family Service Advisor
Email: mzien@stonemor.com

Marty joined our staff in March 2015. He enjoys that this work allows him to help families with difficult decisions. He is a native of New York and a graduate of Sul Ross State University. He moved to Florida in 1976 and has called Port St. Lucie home since 1986. He belongs to Grace Family Church  and is active with the Palm City Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Dianne, have three sons, Mitchell, Matthew, and Michael. In his free time, Marty enjoys music, church activities and social media.

Letisha Washington, Family Service Advisor
Email: lwash@stonemor.com

Brock Lessard, Cemetery Superintendent
Email: bless@stonemor.com

Wayne English, Cemetery Maintenance

Eusebio Lozano, Cemetery Maintenance

Joe Nicholls, Cemetery Maintenance

James Payne, Cemetery Maintenance

IN MEMORIAM: John H. Byrd

John loving served families in their time of need for almost four decades. A lifelong resident of Ft. Pierce, he passed away May 23, 2015 at Martin North Medical Center in Stuart. John graduated from Ft. Pierce Central in 1973 before joining the U.S. Air Force.

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