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At 100, she's still cooking and typing

By Nova Beall
Published February 27, 2007


Mary H. Harvey does her own cooking, can type 60 words per minute and celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 29.

Mary's family gathered for a celebratory dinner at Kally K's in Dunedin. Four family members flew in from Massachusetts, including a 3-year-old great-grandson who calls his great-grandmother "Gigi," and thinks she "lives in the clouds" because of his flying experiences.

Mary came to the United States from Hungary when she was 8 and passed through Ellis Island with her mother, two brothers and "a few pennies" in her mother's purse. Mary's father had arrived earlier to provide a home for his family.

She worked as a secretary for a department store executive and kept her driver's license until she was 90.

Mary's daughter, Joan Holmes of Palm Harbor, said, "My mother lives with me but still misses snowy Saratoga County in New York."

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Donald and Alice Moore of Largo celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 24, 2006.

The couple wed in 1944 in Ridgewood, N.J., and lived there until coming to the area in 1976.

Alice took care of their home while Don worked in the construction industry. Together they raised six children and have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They are of the Episcopal faith.

At 85, Don is still building large rocking toys for craft shows, a hobby he's had since 1982.

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The Korfanta family recently gathered to help Herman and Edith Korfanta of Clearwater celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family portrait and dinner.

The Korfantas were married on Feb. 15, 1947, in Springfield, Ill. In 1956 they moved to Naples, and began a slow trek up Florida's gulf coast, moving to Bradenton in 1963, and finding their way to Clearwater in 1979.

Herman was the owner of two print shops and Edith took care of the office work.

The couple enjoy sending e-mails to keep in touch with family and friends. They also enjoy crafts and watching television - especially cooking shows.

Herman is a Mason and a Shriner, and a member of the Lions Club and a computer club. Edith is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The Korfantas have two daughters, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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John and Dolores Bernard of Clearwater celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a weekend and dinner at Walt Disney World's Boardwalk Resort in Orlando.

They were married on Jan. 26, 1952, in Coatsville, Pa., and moved here in 1976 from Wilmington, Del.

John worked 38 years with Lukens Steel Co. in Coatsville, and Dolores was a homemaker.

The Bernards are members of Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater.

The couple have a son, a daughter, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For information or an anniversary form, call 727 445-4221. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax forms to (717) 441-4119, or e-mail

[Last modified February 26, 2007, 23:46:05]

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