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Vincent J. Voplatel, 85, of Vero Beach, FL, died unexpectedly on July 31, 2000, at Indian River Hospital, Vero Beach. He was born March 5, 1915 in New York, NY and moved to Vero Beach in 1983 from Port Washington.

Mr. Voplatel spent his entire career in the marine industry, retiring from International Paint Co. in New York. He was a director of the NY Trades Association and was a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Mr. Voplatel served as a special investigator with the US Naval Intelligence during WWII. He was a member of the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington and The Mooring Club in Vero Beach. He was also a member of the Community Church - United Church of Christ, Vero Beach.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years Dorothy; two daughters, Krisa Corwin of Charlotte, NC, and Tina Akam of Port Washington; five grandchildren, Douglas Corwin of Charlotte, Elizabeth Corwin of Boone, NC, John V. Kowchefski III of Iron Station, NC, Jill Kowchefski of Port Washington and Kristen Akam of Port Washington; and one great grandchild, Kassidy Kowchefski of Iron Station.

At the family's request, there was no repose of visitation. A memorial service was held at the Community Church - United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made VNA Hospice, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, FL Arrangements were under the direction of Indian River Cremations, Vero Beach.

Leonard J. Seifts passed away on Aug. 16, 2000, in Salt Lake City, UT. He was born July 18, 1924 and was a long time resident of Port Washington and Chester, VT. He was the son of John Louis Seifts and Elizabeth McCrea Seifts. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Brennan Seifts and daughters, Margaret Seifts Brodre of Seattle, WA, Mary Seifts Ritucci of Park City, UT and Maureen Seifts Elting of N. Bethesda, MD and sons-in-law, Ron Bodre, Dr. Jeffrey Elting , Col. US Army and Brian Ritucci. Grandfather of Gillian, Allison and Caroline Elting and Michael and Mara Ritucci.

Mr. Seifts served in WWII with Gen. George Patton in the 3rd Army in Normandy Beach, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Czechoslovakia and helped build the Palace of Justice. He was a 55-year member of the PW Fire Dept. As a member of Protection Engine Co. #1, he served as a volunteer ambulance driver, Road Runner, assistant foreman, foreman and chief. He was also a volunteer blood donor at St. Francis Hospital.

Mr. Seifts attended St. Peter's School, Port Washington, and was a member of St. Peter's Church and St. Joseph's Church in Chester. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Neil O'Donnell Funeral Home, Salt Lake City and a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Village Chapel in Salt Lake City. The family asks that donations be made to the PW Fire Dept. in lieu of flowers.


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