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SUNCOAST DEATHS

Thursday, April 27, 2000

This list is extracted from the
regional editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

Citrus| Hernando | Hillsborough | Pasco
North Pinellas | South Pinellas

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  • COMEAU, LOIS, 64, of Lecanto, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. Born in Pearl River, N.Y., she came here 13 years ago from Hialeah and was a retired waitress. She was Protestant. Survivors include a son, Frank, Rock Harbor; a daughter, April Brooks, Palatka; her mother, Frances Monette, Key Largo; a brother, Rodney Towt, Plantation Key; three grandchildren; and a companion, Everett Vaughn, Lecanto. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • DELLAGLIO, LILLIAN PELLEGRINO, 93, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at the Life Care Center. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she came here seven years ago from Coral Springs. She was banquet manager for a restaurant in New Jersey and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Homosassa. Survivors include a son, Ron Pellegrino, Sugarmill Woods; two daughters, Gloria Shore, Toms River, N.J., and Fran Chabak, Boca Raton; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • JENKINS, GARY HAROLD, 66, of Hernando, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Born in Wichita, Kan., he came here one year ago from Stony Brook, N.Y. He was a retired manager of a yacht club restaurant and an Army veteran. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Jong Ja; four sons, Andre, Middle Island, N.Y., Keith, Sound Beach, N.Y., Marcus, Stony Brook, and Reuven, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; a daughter, Lisa Jenkins, New York City; a sister, Janlee G. Viands, Hagerstown, Md.; and one grandchild. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • LOKEY, HALLIE MAIE, 87, of Inverness, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000). Born in Hopkins, N.C., she came here seven years ago from Salisbury, Md. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Inverness, and the Ruth Sunday School Class. Survivors include a sister, Louise Greene Matthews, Istachatta; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • MCCULLERS, WOODROW W. "WOODY," 76, of Spring Hill, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa. Born in Live Oak, he came here 16 years ago from Jacksonville, where he was former owner of Woody's Auto Parts and Speed Equipment. He was Protestant. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4, the Masons and the Shriners. Survivors include his wife, Pauline; a son, David Day Jr., Spring Hill; two daughters, Sharyn Williams, Boynton Beach, and Paula Suzanne Day, Spring Hill; two brothers, Chuck, Tampa, and Billy, Orlando; four sisters, Rose've Clark, Crystal River, Irma Northrop, Brandon, Norma Garrett, Tampa, and Alta Ratliff, Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Loyless Funeral Home, Lutz/Land O'Lakes
  • MICHNIEWICZ, KAREN, 45, of Hernando, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. Born in Bayonne, N.J., she came here two years ago from Tuckerton, N.J., and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Jack; three sons, Kevin V. Cansian, Tuckerton, John A. and Kenny S. Michniewicz, both of Hernando; three brothers, James Sorochen, Sewaren, N.J., Kenneth Sorochen, Inverness, and Alan Sorochen, Middletown, N.J.; and a sister, Jane Broom Smith, Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • PSZYBYLSKI, ROBERT V., 69, of Beverly Hills, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000). Born in River Rouge, Mich., he came here 15 years ago from Brentwood, N.Y. He was a laborer and member of St. Paul's Polish National Catholic Church, Bellview. He was an Air Force veteran and member of the American Legion Post 155, Crystal River. Survivors include his wife, Anna M. Davis; a son, Robert J., St. James, N.Y.; three daughters, Patricia McGinley, Round Rock, Texas, Ann D. Stevens, Islip, N.Y., and Jane H. Pszybylski, Ridge, N.Y.; a sister, Dorothy Rodzik, Brighton, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • Hernando County Back to top

  • GIBSON, GERTRUDE GREEN, 75, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at home. Born in Barbados, she came here four years ago from New York City and was a homemaker. She was Seventh-day Adventist. Survivors include two sisters, Bernice James, Spring Hill, and Rosa Hinds, Panama. Turner Cremation & Memorial Chapel, Spring Hill.
  • NEUSCHAEFER, EARL C., 59, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at home. Born in Chicago, he came here 30 years ago from Illinois and worked at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Meta; a son, Kevin, two daughters, Tracey and Heather, his parents, Earl J. and Louise Neuschaefer, a brother, Wayne, and a sister, Marcy Dill, all of Florida; and seven grandchildren. Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Spring Hill.
  • PAXSON, CHARLES H., 84, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Vencor Hospital, Tampa. Born in Brownsburg, Pa., he came here 11 years ago from Medford, N.J. He was a service representative for General Motors Corp. Survivors include his wife, Mary; seven daughters, Eleanor Scheb, Philadelphia, Betsy Cash, Charlotte, N.C., Barbara Paxson, Rock Hill, S.C., Charlene Miller, Ridge Manor, Patricia Gramlich, New Hope, Pa., Sandi Raffaele, St. Petersburg, and Wendy Schlight, Oley, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
  • SHAKE, RICHARD EDWIN, 70, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. He came here 21 years ago from his native Indianapolis. He was a retired engineer in the automotive industry and member of New Market Christian Church, New Market, Ind., the Murat Shrine, Scottish Rite, Prospect Lodge 714, the Eastern Star Corinthian Chapter 456 and the United Auto Workers Union 933, all of Indianapolis. He was also a member and president of the Heather Bowling League, Spring Hill, a member of the Thursday Night Wellington Seven Hills Poker Club and the Hobson Memorial Society, Charleston, S.C. Survivors include his wife, Delores; two daughters, Lisa Steinmetz, Oldsmar, and Dru Kuhlman, Medina, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.
  • VANINGEN, SHIRLEY ANN, 64, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at home. Born in Rochester, N.Y., she had been a winter resident here for two years from Marion, N.Y. She was a homemaker and member of St. Stanlaus Catholic Church, Rochester, N.Y., the Moose Club 449, Palmyra, N.Y., and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 428, Ontario, N.Y. Survivors include her husband, Alton; four brothers, Robert and John Pelcher, both of Rochester, Daniel Pelcher, Hunt, N.Y., and Thomas Pelcher, Ontario; and a sister, Lilan Weasley, Rochester. Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.
  • WILLIAMS, DORIS L., 66, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Spring Hill Regional Medical Center. Born in Raleigh, N.C., she came here 22 years ago from Tampa. She was head baker for Citrus Park Elementary School. Survivors include a son, Earl R. Harrell, Zephyrhills; two daughters, Terry P. Smith, Spring Hill, and Donna E. Harrell, Dunedin; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • Hillsborough County Back to top

  • ESCOBIO, DINORA, 69, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in Tampa, she lived here all her life. She was a retired head baker for the Hillsborough School Board. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Anthony; a daughter, Roxanne Escobio; a brother, Albert Salgueiro; a sister, Brenda Fernandez; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • FARMER, AGNES W., 89, of Plant City, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Crystal Springs Nursing Home. Born in Walterboro, S.C., she came here in 1943. She was a homemaker. She was a member of East Thonotosassa Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Joseph, Lutz, and Robert, Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Millie Tyre, Vidalia, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • KIRCHNER, FRIEDA, 69, of Valrico, died Sunday (April 23, 2000) at a relative's residence. Born in Point Cedar, Ark., she came here 25 years ago. She was an office receptionist. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Hot Springs, Ark. Survivors include her husband, Leroy; a son, Steven Lee, Hot Springs; a brother, Terral Harrison, Hot Springs; and a grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • KOSSEN, IRENE "MOLLIE," 53, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at University Community Hospital. Born in Hiawassi, Va., she came here 20 years ago from South Amboy, N.J. She was a cake decorator for Publix Super Markets. She volunteered for the March of Dimes and was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Walter; two daughters, Christina A. Cooper, Winter Park, and Ericka K. Armenia, Odessa; two brothers, Frank and Herman Lyons, both of Hiawassi; four sisters, Irene Koeniger, Ocala, Frankie Grafton, Brooklyn, N.Y., Bethel, Jacksonville, and Diane Lyons, Hiawassi; and two grandchildren. Trinity Gardens Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • MORGAN, EVELYN C., 58, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) in Tampa. Born in Waltham, Mass., she came here 23 years ago from Millington, Tenn. She was a teacher and recently retired from Adams Middle School where she was named teacher of the year. She was Christian. Survivors include two sons, John A. Jr. and Matthew J., both of Tampa; two stepsons, Dennis A., Tampa, and Michael D., Tupelo, Miss.; a stepdaughter, Denise Seagraves, Caledonia, Miss.; a brother, John P. Carlson, New Port Richey; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and her companion, Aubrey Allmond, Sun City Center. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
  • POPHAM, JILL IRENE, 42, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) in Tampa. Born in Annapolis, Md., she came here 11 years ago from Severna Park, Md. She was a volunteer at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church Day Care and School. Survivors include her parents, A.C. George and Nancy Popham, both of Tampa; two brothers, Jeffrey Popham, Warren, R.I., and Andrew Popham, Tooele, Utah; and a sister, Melinda Popham, Annapolis. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
  • SHUMATE, REESE LITTLE, 88, of Tampa, died Friday (April 21, 2000) in Alaska. Born in Live Oak, she came here in 1952. She was a member of North Rome Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Fred Little, Trapper Creek, Alaska; a daughter, Judy Humphries, St. Petersburg; a brother, Robert Morris Porter, Fort Walton Beach; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Nebraska Chapel, Tampa.
  • ZAIDMAN, ROSE R., 80, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) in Puerto Rico. She was born in New York City. She was a homemaker. She was a former member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Bernard Stephan, Greenville, S.C., and Ernest Gary, Springfield, Va.; two daughters, Barbara Susan Altman, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Irma Zaidman, Tampa; and nine grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
  • Pasco County Back to top

  • BALDREE, AMY KIMBERLY, 25, of Hudson, died Monday (April 24, 2000), as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Monroe, Mich., she came here 20 years ago from Detroit. She was a hospitality worker for Westin Innisbrook Resort, Tarpon Springs, and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hudson. Survivors include her husband, Robert L. "Rob"; a son, Robert Steven, and a daughter, Kimberly Alexandria, both of Hudson; her parents, James T. and MaryAnn Logan, Holiday; two brothers, Tim P. Logan, New Port Richey, and Ken J. Logan, Jacksonville; two sisters, Kelly A. Cavanaugh, Kenneth City, and Tammy J. Weiser, Danielsville, Ga.; and her maternal grandmother, Agnes Taylor, New Port Richey. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.
  • BETTINGER, ANNA PAULINE, 67, of Holiday, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Community Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Little Rock, Ark., she came here this year from Lilburn, Ga. She was a retired registered nurse and member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Lawrenceville, Ga., and the American Mensa. Survivors include her husband, Robert; two sons, John Selak and Robert Selak; two daughters, Anne S. Robinson and Kathryn S. Weeks; two stepsons, Donald Bettinger and Michael Bettinger; two brothers, Eugene Williams and Michael Williams; two sisters, Bennie Permenter and Alice Myracle; and nine grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.
  • BURRELL, JAMES ARTHUR, 72, of Port Richey, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. Born in Boston, he came here one year ago from West Yarmouth, Mass. He was a retired utility worker for Bay State Gas Co. and a Protestant. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, West Yarmouth. Survivors include a son, James H. "Jim," New Port Richey; three daughters, Susan, Deborah and Kathleen, all of Massachusetts; and five grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.
  • DIEFFENWIERTH, THELMA JOHNSON, 85, of Pinellas Park, formerly of Dade City, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in Darby, she moved to Pinellas Park 23 years ago from Dade City. She was a retired registered nurse and member of Spring Lake United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Marthelle Lowen, Pinellas Park; a brother, Jay C. Johnson, Tampa; a sister, Leola Joiner, St. Cloud; and a granddaughter. Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • HAMMOND, LLOYD R., 80, of Hudson, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. Born in Oswego, N.Y., he came here 34 years ago from Fort Bragg, N.C., and was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was Methodist. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Pasco County Sheriff's Youth Ranch for 25 years. Survivors include a son, Robert J., Fayetteville, N.C.; three daughters, Jo Anne M. Nortrup, Cathlamet, Wash., Jeanne H. Winstead, Fayetteville, and Mary J. Burriss, New Port Richey; a sister, Lucille Buske, Minetto, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home and Cemetery, Hudson.
  • MARTIN, KEITH D., 49, of Holiday, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. Born in Gary, Ind., he came here 25 years ago from Highland, Ind. He was owner and certified land surveyor of Keith D. Martin Land Surveying, Holiday, and member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Highland, and the Board of Professional Land Surveyors. Survivors include his wife, Linda L.; two sons, Jeffrey and Daniel, both of Holiday; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Fasce, Holiday, and Lodie Vaporis, Tarpon Springs; his mother and stepfather, Shirley Faith and Robert Martin, Highland; two sisters, Lauren Baer, Akron, Ohio, and Teryl Martin, Highland; and five grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
  • RILEY, BESSIE EMMA, 74, of Dade City, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at Heritage Park Specialty Care Center, Dade City. She came here five years ago from her native Gladwin, Mich., and was a homemaker. She was Lutheran. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Press, Trilby, and Neila Harbuck, Eufaula, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • RUEBEL, JOHN A. 71, of Hudson, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he came here seven years ago from Bountiful, Utah. He retired from the U.S. Army and was an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Utah. Survivors include his wife, Corrine; three daughters, Cheri M. Reubel and Jerri Jean Johnson, both of Ogden, Utah, and Karri A. Jensen, Sandy, Utah; and three grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hudson/Bayonet Point.
  • SARDONE, JAMES G., 39, of Port Richey, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice House, Hudson. Born in Long Island, N.Y., he came 13 years ago and was a registered nurse in the emergency room at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He was a graduate of C.W. Post University in New York and Pasco Hernando Community College, where he earned his registered nurse degree. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Karen; three daughters, Michelle, Danielle and Alexandra; his mother, Jeanette; and a brother, Michael. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • SOULE, ROBERT, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. He came here nine years ago from his native New Orleans, where he was owner of Bob Soule Furniture and Appliance. He was Presbyterian. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War IIand a member of the Marine Corps League 567, New Port Richey, and an American Legion post in New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Phyllis Lips, Kenner, La., and Barbara Grady, Tampa; and three grandchildren. Dignified Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • SWEETMAN, BLANCHE VIVIAN, 85, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at the Marietta Center. Born in Wexford County, Mich., she moved to Marietta from Zephyrhills 10 years ago. She was a sales clerk for W.T. Grant in Michigan and a member of Senior Citizens and AARP in Florida. Survivors include three sons, Jack Kidd, Bothell, Wash., Earl C. Ray, Coral Springs, and Jesse W. Ray, Marietta; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, Marietta, Ohio.
  • North Pinellas Back to top

  • CAROZZO, JOSEPHINE LOVELLO, 78, of Belleair, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She came to St. Petersburg in 1960 from Philadelphia and recently moved to Belleair. She was a homemaker and a seasonal worker at Derby Lane. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the church's Ladies Guild, a member of Lodge 1145 Women of the Moose, the Riviera Bay Civic Association, and a committeewoman and poll worker, all in St. Petersburg, and a past member of Elks Lodge 708, Tampa. Survivors include two daughters, Gertrude Miller, Belleair, and Jeanne Spatafora, Seminole; a sister, Regina Lovello, Philadelphia; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
  • WALL, PATTERSON "PAT," 68, of Belleair, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., lived in Detroit and Birmingham, Mich., and came here in 1972 from Louisville, Ky. He graduated in 1953 from Duke University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He worked in management with General Motors Corp. in Detroit and South Bend, Ind., until 1957 when he was disabled in motor scooter accident while vacationing in Bermuda. Locally, he was an honorary member of the Belleair Park Board and was known for his efforts to beautify the boulevards of Belleair by collecting funds to plant and replace trees. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and a Duke University basketball team booster. Survivors include his mother, Ruth, Belleair; two brothers, Barry L., St. Petersburg, and James T., Arlington, Va.; a sister, Ruth Alves, St. Petersburg; and several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
  • Belleair Bluffs
  • MACK, MARY JANE EDNA, 87, of Belleair Bluffs, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at Beverly Healthcare, Largo. She was born in Clover, Pa., and came here in 1947 from Malden, Mass. She retired as a supervisor with a grocery chain. Survivors include a son, Richard Mansur, Bristol, Maine; a nephew, Cleon Mack, Clearwater; and a granddaughter, Tracie Spillane, Oriental, N.C. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.
  • Clearwater

    • BABBITT, HELEN D., 103, of Clearwater, formerly of Brandon, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Glen Oaks Health Care Center, Clearwater. She came to the Limona/Brandon area in 1919 from her native New York City and moved here several years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of the Limona Village United Methodist Church, and a charter member and past worthy matron of Linsley Chapter 152 OES. Survivors include a daughter, Olive Swilley, Largo; a son, John, Brandon; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
    • BURWELL, HELEN E., 86, of Clearwater, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Decatur, Ill., and came here in 1957. She was a member of United Church of the Oaks at Oak Retirement Center. Survivors include two sons, Robert A., Clearwater, and Thomas C., Huntersville, N.C.; a daughter, Sherie Lee Stuecher, Swannanoa, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.
    • CIEZKOWSKI, STANLEY, 76, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at home. He was born in Wilmington, Del., and came here in 1962 from Long Island. He retired as a head mechanic for a sign manufacturing company. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was Catholic and a member of the VFW. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Carole Mills, Clearwater, and Deborah LaMorder, Oldsmar; a son, Joe, Danville, Va.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • Indian Shores
    • RUSSELL, BRADY BARNES, 75, of Indian Shores, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was born in Midland, Ky., and came here in 1972 from Indianapolis. He retired with the rank of sergeant major after 27 years in the Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked as a fiscal clerk at the Tampa Veterans Administration. Survivors include his wife, Anna J.; four daughters, Pamela S. Odom, Jayne Martinez, Barbara Freeman and Kimberly Lillie, all of Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hook Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Largo

    • SWANSON, LUCILLE DOROTHY, 84, of Largo, died Friday (April 21, 2000) at Divernon, Ill. She was born in Chicago and came here several years ago. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Victoria Swanson, Springfield, Ill. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Madeira Beach

    • D'URSO, EVELYN L., 77, of Madeira Beach, died Sunday (April 23, 2000) at Ardent Court ACLF, Seminole. Born in Haverhill, Mass., she came here in 1956 from Lawrence, Mass. She retired as a secretary for Sperry Rand Corp., Oldsmar, and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole. She was a volunteer for 13 years at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Survivors include a son, Larry Jr., St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hook Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • JANES, CAROL A. SONTAG, 64, of Milwaukee, a seasonal resident of Madeira Beach, died Wednesday (April 19, 2000) of cancer aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Imagination. She worked as an executive secretary for the S.J. Janis Construction Co., Milwaukee, for 14 years. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Jeff Sontag, Oconomowoc, Wis., and Raymond Sontag, Union Grove, Wis.; three daughters, Catherine Goulet, Butternut, Wis., Paula Latham, Oconomowoc, and Susan Macias, Milwaukee; three sisters, June Sturgulewski and Kathy Klopp, both of Milwaukee, and Linda Mrotek, Muskego, Wis.; and 11 grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Pinellas Park

    • DIEFFENWIERTH, THELMA JOHNSON, 85, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Edward White Hospital. A native of Darby, she moved to Pinellas Park 23 years ago from Dade City. She retired as a registered nurse, having worked for local hospitals. She was a member of Spring Lake United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Marthelle Lowen, Pinellas Park; a brother, Jay C. Johnson, Tampa; a sister, Leola Joiner, St. Cloud; and a granddaughter, Carol King, Greensburg, Pa. Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home, Dade City.
    • KUCINSKY, HELEN, 81, of North Richland Hills, Texas, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at a Texas hospital. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1992 from Coloma, Mich., where she was a co-owner of a lakefront restaurant and bar. She moved to Texas in 1997. Survivors include her husband, Andrew; a son, Scott; two grandchildren, Brooke and Kristy; a sister-in-law, Helen Hoffman, Westchester, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. Shannon Funeral Chapel, Watauga, Texas.
    • POST, WILLIAM CARL, 65, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here many years ago from his native Michigan. He was owner-operator of a tree service and was known as the "Tree Man." He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a paratrooper. Survivors include a son, Douglas, Davenport; and three daughters, Debra Post, St. Petersburg, Loretta Brooker, Shady Hills, and Teresa Hartman, Pasadena, Texas. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

    St. Petersburg

    • CAROZZO, JOSEPHINE LOVELLO, 78, of Belleair, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at home. She came to St. Petersburg in 1960 from Philadelphia and recently moved to Belleair. She was a homemaker and a seasonal worker at Derby Lane. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its Ladies Guild, Women of the Moose Lodge 1145 and Riviera Bay Civic Association. She was a poll worker in St. Petersburg and a past member of Elks Lodge 708, Tampa. Survivors include two daughters, Gertrude Miller, Belleair, and Jeanne Spatafora, Seminole; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • COCHRIAN, CHARLES CLIFTON, 56, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 17, 2000) at home. Born in Georgia, he moved to Manatee County many years ago from New York and later moved to St. Petersburg. He worked as a laborer and was an Army veteran. He was Methodist. Survivors include his mother, Cora Lee Cochrian, Atlanta; two sisters, Ruthie Daniels, New York, and Betty Richardson, Bradenton; and a brother, Hilton Mabrey, Georgia. Riggins & Daughter Funeral Home, Bradenton.
    • DRAYTON, MARCUS BERNARD, 14, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center's emergency room. A St. Petersburg native, he was in the eighth grade at Tyrone Middle School. He played football with the Li'l Green Devils and Gibbs Gladiators Little League teams and baseball with the Woodlawn Little League team. He was a member of New Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, where he sang in the Youth Choir. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon Robinson Johnson and Jevery Johnson, a brother, Marquel Robinson; three sisters, LaShawn Ross, Tykeisha Drayton and Xenia Clark, a stepbrother, Jermery Johnson, and his maternal grandparents, George and Catherine Robinson, all of St. Petersburg; and his great-great-grandmother, Erma James, Ocala. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • FREEMAN, SHELBY L. SR., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at home. He came here in 1978 from his native Mason City, Iowa. He was a manager with True Value Hardware, Treasure Island. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Madonna L.; two sons, Shelby L. Jr., Clearwater, and Steve R., Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Sandra J. Showalter, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Ila J. Fish, Mason City, and Louise Freeman, Pinellas Park; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • GRIFFITH, WILLIAM C., 53, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. He came to St. Petersburg in 1995 from his native Washington, D.C., and moved to Brooksville in 1997. He was a photographer with the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, and was an Army veteran. Survivors include a sister, Joretta L. Albright, Pinellas Park. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Woodlawn Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HANGARTNER, ERIK J., 29, of Sarasota, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) in a Bayflite helicopter crash near Weedon Island, St. Petersburg. Born in Peoria, Ill., he came here in 1992 from Sarasota. He returned to Sarasota in February. A paramedic and fire fighter with the Indian Rocks Fire Department, he also worked for Bayflite for the last year. He was a graduate of Sarasota County Technical Institute and Pinellas Fire Academy at PTEC. He had worked part time as a paramedic with Bayfront Medical Center and was an alternate critical care paramedic and field training officer with American Medical Response. He also taught at continuing education courses for emergency medical technicians at St. Petersburg Junior College. He was a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of nearly 10 years, Tara; two sons, Dalton and Austin, and two daughters, Samantha and Cheyenne Hangartner, and his parents, Robert and Jeri Hangartner, all of Sarasota; two brothers, Gary J., Kent, Ohio, and Dale B., Sarasota; a sister, Lisa B. Aung-Din, Sarasota; and several nieces and nephews. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KYNE, KRISTA J. "KRIS," 44, of Seminole, formerly of St. Petersburg died Sunday (April 23, 2000) at home. She was found in the family pool. Born in Atlanta, she came to St. Petersburg in 1956 and attended St. Petersburg High School. She moved to Seminole in 1994. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Bill; three daughters, Anita and Rebecca Kyne, both of Seminole, and Kerstin Parsch, San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Nick and Jeremy, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Kay Dutton, St. Petersburg, Karen Hudson, Texas, and Yevette Crumpbley, Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • MARTINEZ, LUIS MANUEL, 34, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he came here in 1992 from Atlantic City, N.J. He was a warehouse worker for Castle Supply Co. and was Catholic. Survivors include his companion, Trina Mills; three daughters, Jasmine Mills, Blanca Martinez and Sierra Martinez, all of Largo; his mother, Blanca I. Torres, Pleasantville, N.J.; his stepfather, Paul Torres, Atlantic City, N.J.; four brothers, Marcelino Martinez, St. Petersburg, Felix Martinez, Largo, Jose Ortiz, Okeechobee, and Michael Ellis, St. Petersburg; and two sisters, Carmen Lydia Ellis, St. Petersburg, and Eilla K. Torres, Pleasantville. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • TAYLOR, HARRIS P. JR., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Baileyville, Maine, he came here in 1973 from Great Bend, N.Y. He retired as a roll changer after 46 years with St. Regis Paper Co., Deferiet, N.Y., and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was United Methodist and a member of Bethany Masonic Lodge 821, Black River, N.Y., and OES Adah Chapter 219, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of four years, Edith J.; a sister, Grace H. Taylor, Auburn, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Gloria Turner, Nova Scotia; a niece, Grace T. Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • UMBERTO, GEORGE JOHN, of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. Born in Queens, N.Y., he moved to this area in 1979. He worked as a video editor at Modern Talking Picture Service, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Betty; two sons, George, Largo, and William, St. Petersburg; a sister, Geraldine Leone, Queens; and two nieces. Creal Funeral Home, Dr. M.L. King Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • WALSH, W. KENNETH, 63, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. Born in Warrington, England, he moved to Binghamton, N.Y., in 1977 and to this area three years ago. He worked as a vocalist and band leader in northwest England, performing with the Hollies and the Searchers. More recently, he performed as a solo artist and made guest appearances with many local groups, include the Jazz Exchange and Rico Zizzi. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Betty Walsh; two sons, Stephen, St. Petersburg, and Christopher G., Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Jayne Felton, Binghamton, N.Y.; a brother, Keven, New Castle, England; a sister, Joan Pell, Sidney, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

    Treasure Island

    • FREELAND, DAVID LEROY SR., 63, of Live Oak, formerly of Treasure Island, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at Houston Medical Center. Born in Vassar, Mich., he retired as a mechanic with the city of Treasure Island. He was a former member and president of Illinois Jaycees and worked for Vassar public schools for 10 years. He was a member of Wildwood United Methodist Church and served with the Army National Guard. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, James D., Live Oak, Michael D., Clearwater, and David L. II, Bushnell; two daughters, Dawn Jescke, Sumterville, and Joan Morbidelli, Bonair, Ga.; two sisters, JoAnn R. Freeland, Caro, Mich., and Dorothy J. Hoover, Fairgrove, Mich.; a brother, Wright "Bud," Barrington, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

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  • D'URSO, EVELYN L., 77, of Madeira Beach, died Sunday (April 23, 2000) at Ardent Court ACLF, Seminole. Born in Haverhill, Mass., she came here in 1956 from Lawrence, Mass. She retired as a secretary for Sperry Rand Corp., Oldsmar, and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole. She was a volunteer for 13 years at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Survivors include a son, Larry Jr., St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hook Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.
  • JANES, CAROL A. SONTAG, 64, of Milwaukee, a seasonal resident of Madeira Beach, died Wednesday (April 19, 2000) of cancer aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Imagination. She worked as an executive secretary for the S.J. Janis Construction Co., Milwaukee, for 14 years. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Jeff Sontag, Oconomowoc, Wis., and Raymond Sontag, Union Grove, Wis.; three daughters, Catherine Goulet, Butternut, Wis., Paula Latham, Oconomowoc, and Susan Macias, Milwaukee; three sisters, June Sturgulewski and Kathy Klopp, both of Milwaukee, and Linda Mrotek, Muskego, Wis.; and 11 grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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    • DIEFFENWIERTH, THELMA JOHNSON, 85, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Edward White Hospital. A native of Darby, she moved to Pinellas Park 23 years ago from Dade City. She retired as a registered nurse, having worked for local hospitals. She was a member of Spring Lake United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Marthelle Lowen, Pinellas Park; a brother, Jay C. Johnson, Tampa; a sister, Leola Joiner, St. Cloud; and a granddaughter, Carol King, Greensburg, Pa. Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home, Dade City.
    • KUCINSKY, HELEN, 81, of North Richland Hills, Texas, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at a Texas hospital. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1992 from Coloma, Mich., where she was a co-owner of a lakefront restaurant and bar. She moved to Texas in 1997. Survivors include her husband, Andrew; a son, Scott; two grandchildren, Brooke and Kristy; a sister-in-law, Helen Hoffman, Westchester, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. Shannon Funeral Chapel, Watauga, Texas.
    • POST, WILLIAM CARL, 65, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here many years ago from his native Michigan. He was owner-operator of a tree service and was known as the "Tree Man." He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a paratrooper. Survivors include a son, Douglas, Davenport; and three daughters, Debra Post, St. Petersburg, Loretta Brooker, Shady Hills, and Teresa Hartman, Pasadena, Texas. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

    St. Petersburg

    • CAROZZO, JOSEPHINE LOVELLO, 78, of Belleair, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at home. She came to St. Petersburg in 1960 from Philadelphia and recently moved to Belleair. She was a homemaker and a seasonal worker at Derby Lane. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its Ladies Guild, Women of the Moose Lodge 1145 and Riviera Bay Civic Association. She was a poll worker in St. Petersburg and a past member of Elks Lodge 708, Tampa. Survivors include two daughters, Gertrude Miller, Belleair, and Jeanne Spatafora, Seminole; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • COCHRIAN, CHARLES CLIFTON, 56, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 17, 2000) at home. Born in Georgia, he moved to Manatee County many years ago from New York and later moved to St. Petersburg. He worked as a laborer and was an Army veteran. He was Methodist. Survivors include his mother, Cora Lee Cochrian, Atlanta; two sisters, Ruthie Daniels, New York, and Betty Richardson, Bradenton; and a brother, Hilton Mabrey, Georgia. Riggins & Daughter Funeral Home, Bradenton.
    • DRAYTON, MARCUS BERNARD, 14, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center's emergency room. A St. Petersburg native, he was in the eighth grade at Tyrone Middle School. He played football with the Li'l Green Devils and Gibbs Gladiators Little League teams and baseball with the Woodlawn Little League team. He was a member of New Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, where he sang in the Youth Choir. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon Robinson Johnson and Jevery Johnson, a brother, Marquel Robinson; three sisters, LaShawn Ross, Tykeisha Drayton and Xenia Clark, a stepbrother, Jermery Johnson, and his maternal grandparents, George and Catherine Robinson, all of St. Petersburg; and his great-great-grandmother, Erma James, Ocala. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • FREEMAN, SHELBY L. SR., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 26, 2000) at home. He came here in 1978 from his native Mason City, Iowa. He was a manager with True Value Hardware, Treasure Island. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Madonna L.; two sons, Shelby L. Jr., Clearwater, and Steve R., Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Sandra J. Showalter, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Ila J. Fish, Mason City, and Louise Freeman, Pinellas Park; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • GRIFFITH, WILLIAM C., 53, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. He came to St. Petersburg in 1995 from his native Washington, D.C., and moved to Brooksville in 1997. He was a photographer with the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, and was an Army veteran. Survivors include a sister, Joretta L. Albright, Pinellas Park. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Woodlawn Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HANGARTNER, ERIK J., 29, of Sarasota, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) in a Bayflite helicopter crash near Weedon Island, St. Petersburg. Born in Peoria, Ill., he came here in 1992 from Sarasota. He returned to Sarasota in February. A paramedic and fire fighter with the Indian Rocks Fire Department, he also worked for Bayflite for the last year. He was a graduate of Sarasota County Technical Institute and Pinellas Fire Academy at PTEC. He had worked part time as a paramedic with Bayfront Medical Center and was an alternate critical care paramedic and field training officer with American Medical Response. He also taught at continuing education courses for emergency medical technicians at St. Petersburg Junior College. He was a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of nearly 10 years, Tara; two sons, Dalton and Austin, and two daughters, Samantha and Cheyenne Hangartner, and his parents, Robert and Jeri Hangartner, all of Sarasota; two brothers, Gary J., Kent, Ohio, and Dale B., Sarasota; a sister, Lisa B. Aung-Din, Sarasota; and several nieces and nephews. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KYNE, KRISTA J. "KRIS," 44, of Seminole, formerly of St. Petersburg died Sunday (April 23, 2000) at home. She was found in the family pool. Born in Atlanta, she came to St. Petersburg in 1956 and attended St. Petersburg High School. She moved to Seminole in 1994. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Bill; three daughters, Anita and Rebecca Kyne, both of Seminole, and Kerstin Parsch, San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Nick and Jeremy, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Kay Dutton, St. Petersburg, Karen Hudson, Texas, and Yevette Crumpbley, Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • MARTINEZ, LUIS MANUEL, 34, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he came here in 1992 from Atlantic City, N.J. He was a warehouse worker for Castle Supply Co. and was Catholic. Survivors include his companion, Trina Mills; three daughters, Jasmine Mills, Blanca Martinez and Sierra Martinez, all of Largo; his mother, Blanca I. Torres, Pleasantville, N.J.; his stepfather, Paul Torres, Atlantic City, N.J.; four brothers, Marcelino Martinez, St. Petersburg, Felix Martinez, Largo, Jose Ortiz, Okeechobee, and Michael Ellis, St. Petersburg; and two sisters, Carmen Lydia Ellis, St. Petersburg, and Eilla K. Torres, Pleasantville. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • TAYLOR, HARRIS P. JR., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Baileyville, Maine, he came here in 1973 from Great Bend, N.Y. He retired as a roll changer after 46 years with St. Regis Paper Co., Deferiet, N.Y., and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was United Methodist and a member of Bethany Masonic Lodge 821, Black River, N.Y., and OES Adah Chapter 219, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of four years, Edith J.; a sister, Grace H. Taylor, Auburn, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Gloria Turner, Nova Scotia; a niece, Grace T. Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • UMBERTO, GEORGE JOHN, of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. Born in Queens, N.Y., he moved to this area in 1979. He worked as a video editor at Modern Talking Picture Service, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Betty; two sons, George, Largo, and William, St. Petersburg; a sister, Geraldine Leone, Queens; and two nieces. Creal Funeral Home, Dr. M.L. King Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • WALSH, W. KENNETH, 63, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (April 24, 2000) at home. Born in Warrington, England, he moved to Binghamton, N.Y., in 1977 and to this area three years ago. He worked as a vocalist and band leader in northwest England, performing with the Hollies and the Searchers. More recently, he performed as a solo artist and made guest appearances with many local groups, include the Jazz Exchange and Rico Zizzi. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Betty Walsh; two sons, Stephen, St. Petersburg, and Christopher G., Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Jayne Felton, Binghamton, N.Y.; a brother, Keven, New Castle, England; a sister, Joan Pell, Sidney, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

    Treasure Island

    • FREELAND, DAVID LEROY SR., 63, of Live Oak, formerly of Treasure Island, died Saturday (April 22, 2000) at Houston Medical Center. Born in Vassar, Mich., he retired as a mechanic with the city of Treasure Island. He was a former member and president of Illinois Jaycees and worked for Vassar public schools for 10 years. He was a member of Wildwood United Methodist Church and served with the Army National Guard. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, James D., Live Oak, Michael D., Clearwater, and David L. II, Bushnell; two daughters, Dawn Jescke, Sumterville, and Joan Morbidelli, Bonair, Ga.; two sisters, JoAnn R. Freeland, Caro, Mich., and Dorothy J. Hoover, Fairgrove, Mich.; a brother, Wright "Bud," Barrington, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
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