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Renee Velez

Apr 21, 1967 - Nov 29, 2023

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Palm Bay, FL

Renee Marie Velez, age 56, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Renee was born in Staten Island, New York. A celebration of life for Renee will be held Friday, December 8, 2023 at 1:30 PM at Fountainhead Funeral Home, 7359 Babcock St SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909. A visitation will occur Friday, December 8, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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Palm Bay, FL

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Palm Bay, FL

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Palm Bay, FL

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Palm Bay, FL

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