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June 27, 2001
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

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

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  • BONELLO, SAVIOUR J. SR., 74, of Inverness, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) while visiting New York. Born in Sengia, Malta, he came to Inverness in 1972 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired telephone supervisor for New York Bell with 30 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Malta and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Bebe (Jumrati), Sunnyside, N.Y.; four sons, Saviour J. Jr., Jacksonville, John, Orlando, Phillip, Inverness, and Anthony, Brattleboro, Vt.; a daughter, Theresa, Inverness; a brother, Joseph, Canada; three sisters, Doris Zemit, Fort Lauderdale, Carmilla Spiteri, Canada, and Mary Spiteri, Inverness; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inverness.
  • DARLEY, RUTH A., 69, of Homosassa, died Friday (June 22, 2001) at Brentwood Health Care Center in Lecanto. Born in Wall Springs, she came here 28 years ago from Tarpon Springs. She was a member of the Solid Rock Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, Larry and Danny, both of Homosassa, and Steve, Dunedin; four brothers, Horace, Harry and Johnny Ammons, all of Palm Harbor, and Leslie Ammons, Trenton; two sisters, Jeannette Roberts, Trenton, and Jewel Douglas, New Port Richey; and two grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • DEMPSEY, RAYMOND N., 68, of Homosassa, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) in Lecanto. Born in Teachy, N.C., he resided in St. Petersburg where he was owner/operator of Dempsey Electric. Later, he returned to North Carolina, then moved to Homosassa in 1994. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, LeAnn S.; two sons, Michael Kyner and Mark Kyner, both of Ohio; three daughters, Cherryl D. Sima, Phoenix, and Jacqueline Williams, Oklahoma, and Kelly Czyzewicz, Pennsylvania. Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa.
  • FOSTER, FRANK III, 66, of Inglis, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River. Born in Quincy, Mass., he was a winter resident here from the Panama Canal Zone and became a permanent resident one year ago. He retired as chief marine engineer at the Panama Canal Zone and was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a member of the Lions Club and Elks Club in Panama. Survivors include his mother, Alice P., Inglis; and three sisters, Sherry Reid and Pam Naja, both of Inglis, and Judy Nelson, Eureka, Calif. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • MERRIHUE, VIRGINIA ELIZABETH, 87, of Inverness, died Friday (June 22, 2001) at a result of an automobile crash in Lecanto. Born in High Bridge, N.J., she came here in 1971 from Hampton, N.J. She was a licensed practical nurse and member of the Inverness Congregation of Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include her niece, Donna Moffo, Sciota, Pa., and a nephew, Ernest Morgan, New Port Richey. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • REAGAN, BRUCE, 91, of Brooksville, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Sevier County, Tenn., he came here 43 years ago from Pinellas Park. He was a dairy farmer and a Hernando County school bus driver. He was a member of Strawhill Baptist Church, Cleveland, Tenn. Survivors include his son, Bruce, Homosassa; two daughters, Laurel Terrell, Brooksville, and Gail Trowell, Clearwater; a brother, Charlie, and a sister, Mary Lou Hall, both of Cleveland, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
  • STEVENSON, HARMON C., 79, of Inverness, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) in Inverness. Born in Elfers, he came here 31 years ago from St. Petersburg and became a permanent resident after his retirement from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department with 27 years of service. He was a Coast Guard Veteran of World War II, a member of Sunshine Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason in St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, he was a coach and manager in the Northwest Little League Program. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria Kelly Stevenson; two sons, Harmon, Floral City, and Wilmon, Inverness; two daughters, Patricia Stevenson and Brenda Bergman, both of Inverness; two brothers, Wilmon and Richard, both of New Port Richey; two sisters, Gertrude Burgess, Seffner, and Hazel Uzzle, New Port Richey; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • USHERWOOD, EVELYN A., 80, of Beverly Hills, died Monday (June 25, 2001) in Lecanto. Born in Elmhurst, N.Y., she came here in 1982 from Esopus, N.Y. She was a homemaker and member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Club and the Widows Outreach program. Survivors include three daughters, Merrily Gorsline and Tiffany Bruno, both of Beverly Hills, and Lynnette Gerard, Lecanto; a brother, Warren Kempf, Freehold, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory, Beverly Hills.
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  • GRUBER, ROBERT BRUCE, 78, of Brooksville, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Ord, Neb., he came here nine years ago from St. Petersburg. He spent 33 years as a missionary in Peru with South America Mission and taught English as a second language for Hernando County Adult Education. He was an Army veteran of World War II and member of Community Bible Church. Survivors include his wife, Ernesteen; a son, Stephen P., Brooksville; a daughter, Gail MacLean, Milan, Italy; and a brother, Vincent, California . Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
  • SOKOLOWSKI, THERESE MARGARET, 85, of Spring Hill, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Hernando Pasco Hospital in Spring Hill. She came here 20 years ago from her native Pittsburgh and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Leonard; a son, Lee Tremel, Wexford, Pa.; a daughter, Therese Brandl, Pittsburgh; two brothers, George Riggs, South Carolina, and Richard Riggs, Pittsburgh; two sisters, Dorothy McTague and Rose Roehrig, both of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Robert and Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill.
  • WALLMAN, BETTY B., 71, of Spring Hill, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at her residence under the care of her family and hospice. Born in Irvington, N.J., she came here 18 years ago from Lincroft, N.J. She retired as a service representative with New Jersey Bell after nearly 15 years of service. She was a volunteer with Day Star and attended St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Robert M.; a son, Robert, Fair Haven, N.J.; two daughters, Debra Miles, Atlanta, and Colleen Dwight, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Spring Hill.
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  • ANDERSON, GRACE MURIEL, 95, of Crystal River, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (June 22, 2001) at Cypress Cove Care Center, Crystal River. Born in Hammond, Ind., she moved to Crystal River two years ago from Tampa. She was Protestant. Survivors include her son, William W., Minnetonka, Minn.; two daughters, Carol A. McNally, Crystal River, and Jean S. Morrison, Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great great-grandchild. Brown Funeral Home, Crystal River and Lecanto.
  • ANGEL, TOMMIE CARMELA, 66, of Tampa, died Tuesday (June 19, 2001) at home. Born in Memphis, she came here 12 years ago from Houston. She was a clerk at a coin laundry and was Catholic. Survivor includes her husband, Rodolfo Yuca Angel. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
  • APPLEBY, ADDIE LEE, 91, of Apollo Beach, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at South Bay Hospital. Born in Colbert, Ga., she came to the Tampa area in 1968 from Fayetteville, N.C. She was a homemaker and was Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Willodean Hix, Hull, Ga. and Brenda P. Bradley, Apollo Beach; and four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • BRICE, ALMA, 83, of Brooksville, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at Brooksville Health Care Hospice Unit. Born in Brooksville, she returned there eight months ago from Tampa. Survivors include a son, Lester Brown, Sr., Brooksville; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Community Funeral Service, Brooksville.
  • BROWN, HARRY, 90, of Tampa, died Thursday (June 14, 2001) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He was born in Russia. He served as an Army master sergeant during World War II and the Korean War. A highly decorated soldier, he earned the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and two D-Day landing decorations. Survivors include two sons, Harry L. Brown, Tampa and Harry J. Brown, Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Marsicano -- B. Marion Reed -- Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • BROWN, RICHARD A., 69, of Tampa, died Tuesday (June 12, 2001). He was an Army veteran and was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Barbara White, Portland, Maine; a brother, Judson A. Brown, Gorham, Maine. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
  • CARRILLO, TYLER RAINE, infant son of Guillermo and Kimberly Carrillo, of Plant City, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. He was a Tampa native and lifelong resident. Survivors include his maternal grandparents, Linda and John Uttley, Valrico; maternal grandfather, Bobby Singletary, Atlanta; paternal grandparents, Guillermo G. and Maria A. Carrillo, Texas; great-grandmothers, Arlene Flannery, Brandon and Sarah Jarvoe, Riverview; and great-grandparents, Crescencio and Katalina Moya, Zephyrhills. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • COHLHEPP, JOHN HENRY, 74, of Tampa, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at home under the care of LifePath Hospice. Born in Vandergrift, Pa., he came here in 1993 from Cooperstown, Pa. He was retired after 40 years from U.S. Steel in West Mifflin, Pa., as a motor inspector group leader. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in Germany and throughout Europe in the 17th Calvary. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Patricia Ann; daughter, Charlene Antoinette Woods, Dravosburg, Pa.; three sons, Mark Cohlhepp and Timothy Lee Cohlhepp, both of Dravosburg, Pa., and Kevin Paul Cohlhepp, Port Vue, Pa.; his mother, Retha Cohlhepp, Port Vue; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
  • DEMELLO, ROSE, 57, of Tampa, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, she came here in 1967 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a homemaker, a member of Moose Lodge 85, a member of Ark of Reconciliation Church and was Catholic. Survivors include five daughters, Christina Fernandes, JoAnna DeMello, Courtney McGuire, and Deborah Crockett, all of Tampa, and Lisa DeMello, Ludlow, Mass.; seven sons, Gilbert DeMello Jr., James DeMello, John DeMello, and Steven DeMello, all of Tampa, Robert DeMello and Howard Groffel, both of Richmond, Va., and Henry Groffel, Ludlow, Mass.; a brother, Al Belsor, Inverness; five sisters, Ruth Hoff and Dorothy Hoff, both of New York, Roberta Ross, Tampa, Lillian Palmer, Queensbury, N.Y., and Joan Turpin, Speedwell, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • MYERS, JESSE LEROY, 84, of Tampa, died Tuesday (June 19, 2001) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Camilla, Ga., he came here over 81 years ago. A Navy veteran, he was a retired head mail clerk at a local bank, former employee of Warren DeSota Cleaners where he was a presser. He was a member of Harris United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and served as a trustee. He was also one of the founders of the church. Survivors include his wife, Rhodell Myers; and three daughters, Dr. Marie M. Thornton, California, Diane Friday, and Judy Myers; eight sons, Hewitt Myers, Dr. Charles Myers, Tampa, Dr. Harvey Myers, Michigan, Dr. Manuel Myers, Rudolph Myers, Michael Myers, Eric Myers, and Ronald Myers. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • SCHILDHAUER, FREDERICK H., "FRED," 62, of Tampa and Oldsmar, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at home. Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to Tampa in 1986. He retired in 2000 as a civil engineer for the city of Oldsmar, a member of AARP, Lafayette Lodge 0483 F&AM, Cincinnati Florida Engineering Society, and was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Ann Schildhauer; a daughter, Patricia Kitchen, Jackson, Ohio; two granddaughters, Crystal Ann Linville, Grove City, Ohio, and Kimberly K. Kelly, Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • SEXTON, JR., OWEN "BUDDY" 61, of Plant City, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) in Plant City. He was a Tampa native and lifelong resident of the area. He was a pipefitter. Survivors include his wife, Sonja Sexton; a son, Tim Sexton, Plant City; two daughters, Tonya Sexton and Tina Cooper, both of Plant City; a sister, Shirley Scarlott, Valrico; two brothers, Fred Sexton, Brandon and Jimmy Sexton, Altha; and eight grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • SHIRLEY, CHARLES G., 70, of Dover, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at University Community Hospital in Tampa. Born in Turnerville, Ga., he came here in 1952 from Georgia. He was a salesman for B.J. Jewelry. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Shirley; a son, Carl Danny Shirley, Dover; two daughters, Cathy D. Ellison and Brenda "Susie" Shirley, both of Dover; a sister, Lois Reedy, Alabama; and seven grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • WARHURST, RANDALL C. "RANDY," 25, of Tampa, formerly of New Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at home in Tampa. Born in Memphis, Tenn., he came here in 1997 from New Port Richey. He was an electronic technician at Your Tech Communications and a cook at A.J. Catfish, both in Tampa. He was a 1997 graduate of Tampa Technical Institute and of the Nazarene Faith. Survivors include his mother, Marsha Leonardo, New Port Richey; his father, Terry, Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Samantha, Land O'Lakes; paternal grandmother, Betty Dedmon, Brownsville, Tenn., and maternal grandfather, Noah J. Dominique, Saundertown, R.I. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
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  • FOGLE, JESSIE RUTH, 101, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at Southern Pines Nursing Center, New Port Richey. Born in Excelsior Springs, Mo., She was a retired benefits coordinator for housing and urban development. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Survivors include a son, James B. Seaman, Easton, Md.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • JAMES, HARVEY F., 86, of Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Harborside Health Care Gulf Coast in New Port Richey. Born in Ashville, N.Y., he came here 22 years ago from Jamestown, N.Y. He was a machinist for Blackstone Corporation and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a prisoner of war and received the Purple Heart. He was an active life member of Fluvanna Volunteer Fire Department in New York. He was a Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Jennie; a son, Dennis, Bemus Point, N.Y.; two daughters, Susan Johnson, New Port Richey, and Judith Matteson, Westfield, N.Y.; a brother, Charles, San Fernando, Calif.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • LANGLEY, ROSE C., 95, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) at Southern Pines Nursing Home in New Port Richey. Born in Ashland, Maine, she came here eight years ago from Vernon, Conn., and was a homemaker. She was a Catholic. Survivors include a son, Norman, Vernon; a daughter, Florence Matthews, New Port Richey; a brother, Richard Carney, Ashland; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • MORROW, WILLIAM FORREST, 81, of New Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Born in Elmwood, N.C., he came here in 1958 from Troutman, N.C. He was the owner of Forrest TV Sales and Service in New Port Richey and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Violet; two sons, William F. Jr., New Port Richey, and Ernest J., Monticello; two daughters, Dianna Gail Burton, Sarasota, and Karen M. Wetherington, Chiefland; a brother, Harold, Land O'Lakes; three sisters, Jetty Sue Parker and Betty Jo Brown, both of Statesville, N.C., and Willie Fay Freeze, Troutman; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • PICKERAL, GLENN L.M., 47, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) as a result of an automobile accident in Port Richey. Born in Trenton, N.J., he came here three years ago from Albuquerque, N.M. He was a manager of IT administration at Eckerd Corp. and an Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, having served a mission to Tonga. Survivors include his wife, Lauren, three sons, Kyle, Klane and Kaelyn; two daughters, Kelly and Kristy; his mother, Sonya; a sister, Nancy Padova; all of New Port Richey; two brothers, Jerry Pickeral, New Port Richey, and Robert Utter, Jacksonville; and a granddaughter. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • RICHTER, ARTHUR J., 87, of Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at his daughter's home in New Port Richey. He came here 28 years ago from his native Chicago and was retired from public relations. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Loretta; a daughter, Joyce Koleduk, New Port Richey; a brother, Richard, Jackson, Mich.; and a grandchild. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • RUZBARSKY, HELEN M., of Port Richey, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at North Bay Medical Center in New Port Richey. Born in New York City, she came here 24 years ago from Astoria, N.Y., and was employed in the accounting department of General Motors. She was a Protestant. Survivors include a sister, Marie Lukies, Port Richey. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • SCATURRO, MARION, 65, of Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Tandem Health Care Center of New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here 12 years ago from Selden, N.Y. She was a homemaker and member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hudson. Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Larry and Joseph, both of Port Richey; two daughters, Diane Eastty, Port Richey, and Fran DiBernedetto, New Port Richey; two sisters, Rose Puma and Diane Kemprowski, both of Port Richey; and four grandchildren. Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • SEGEDY, ANNE, 86, of Holiday, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Berlin, N.H., she came here in 1982 from Trumbull, Conn. She retired as secretary employed by Sea-Land Steamship after 20 years of service. Survivors include two daughters, Lesley Andrea, San Francisco, and Julie Anne, Oakland, Calif.; and a brother, Paul Molochko, Port Orange. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • STRASSBERGER, MARIE S., 88, of Holiday, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Heather Hill Nursing Home in New Port Richey. Born in Poland, she came here 28 years ago from Detroit, where she was owner/operator of Marie's Beauty Shop. She was a Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Roman L.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • WARHURST, RANDALL C. "RANDY," 25, of Tampa, formerly of New Port Richey, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at home in Tampa. Born in Memphis, Tenn., he moved to Tampa in 1997 from New Port Richey. He was an electronic technician at Your Tech Communications and a cook at A.J. Catfish, both in Tampa. He was a 1997 graduate of Tampa Technical Institute and was of the Nazarene faith. Survivors include his mother, Marsha Leonardo, New Port Richey; his father, Terry, Memphis; a sister, Samantha, Land O'Lakes; his paternal grandmother, Betty Dedmon, Brownsville, Tenn., and his maternal grandfather, Noah J. Dominique, Saundertown, R.I. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • WIDEMAN, JOHN M., 76, of Holiday, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at home. Born in Bonfire, Mo., he came here 23 years ago from Granite City, Ill. He was a retired heavy-equipment inspector with the Corps of Engineers and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Rita; three sons, Ross S. and Larry R., both of New Port Richey, and Daniel, Holiday; two daughters, Sandra Wideman and Margaret Goodchild, both of New Port Richey; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Tarpon Springs.
  • WILLIAMS, CAROL A., 59, of Wesley Chapel, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here more than 15 years ago from Inverness. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Charles D. and George P., both of Tennessee; her mother, Mary Booth, Wesley Chapel; three sisters, Patricia Baker, Temple Terrace, Georgine McGeoch, Crystal River and Donna L. Brewer, Wesley Chapel; two aunts and uncles, Anthony and Margaret Morlando, Punta Gorda, and William T. and Rosamond Reisen, Bethel, Conn.; five nieces and two nephews; and seven grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
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    Clearwater

    • JOHNS, MARY, 65, of Apollo Beach, formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at South Bay Hospital, Sun City. She was born in Kosciusko, Miss., and came here in 1995 from Fort Lauderdale. She was a homemaker and Greek Orthodox. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Steve; two daughters, Linda Johns, Apollo Beach, and Loretta Johnson, Hollywood, Fla.; two sons, Johnny and Tommy, both of Apollo Beach; three sisters, Millie Stevens, Baltimore, and Sara Miller and Annie Johns, both of Chicago; a brother, Steve Johns, Chicago; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Johns, Apollo Beach. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • LERENMAN, CATHERINE, 91, of Clearwater, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and came here in 1971 from Ohio, where she retired as an officer for Huntington Bank. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and the church's Women's Guild, Clearwater. Survivors include two nieces, Bonnie Nied, Hot Springs, Ark., and Mary Dugan, New Philadelphia; and four nephews, Robert Evans, Sandwich, Mass., Thomas Evans, Anaheim, Calif., Eugene Evans, Dundee, Ohio, and Joseph Evans, Gloucester, Mass. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.
    • LOW, JOHN L., 61, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at home. He was born in Canton, Ohio, and came here in 1990 from North Canton, Ohio. He worked for many years in material management for an Ohio railroad and was an Army veteran. He was Presbyterian and a member of the Suncoast Corvette Club. Survivors include his companion, Bruce Gilbert, Clearwater. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • McPHERSON, JOSEPHINE V., 83, of Clearwater Beach, died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1993 from her native Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church and the church's Women's Guild, Clearwater. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Johnson, Clearwater Beach, and Beverly Briner, Cape Coral; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.
    • MORRIS, HENRY P., 82, of Clearwater died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) at Illinois Masonic Hospital while visiting in Chicago. He was born in Minneapolis and came here in 1977 from Chicago, where he retired as vice president of Valspar Paint Manufacturing Co. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel, Clearwater, Khurum-Sunlight Lodge 112 F&AM, Minneapolis,and Scottish Rite, Schreiner-Zuhrah Temple, Minneapolis. He was a former board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County and the Golda Meir Center, Clearwater, and was a volunteer tax preparer for senior citizens. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rivian; a son, Michael, Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Martha Friedman, Fort Myers, and Kathy Morris, Chicago; a sister, Harriet Share, Englewood, N.J.; and seven grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • PETTIT, NANCY, 92, of Clearwater, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Bayview Gardens Retirement Village. She was born in England and came here in 1962 from Trenton, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Rosella Wojtowicz, a granddaughter, Debi Krajcsovics, and a great-granddaughter, all of Allentown, N.J. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • POSUCH, MADELINE, 80, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Glen Oaks Health Care Center, Clearwater. She was born in Chicago and came here in 1976 from Cicero, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Asher, Clearwater; a son, Edward K., Aurora, Ill.; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • APICELLO, JAMES ANTHONY, 90, of Largo, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at home. He came here in1957 from his native Bridgeport, Conn. He worked as production manager for General Electric for 37 years. He was an avid golfer and basketball player and a member of the Patterson Club of Fairfield, Conn., and the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Club in Connecticut. Survivors include his wife, Norma A.; a daughter, Anne R. Auray, Fairfield; a sister, Angeline Kierman; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • CURTIS, MARY ELLA, 72, of Largo, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1953 from her native Media, Pa. She was a retired teacher and taught at Forest Hills Elementary School, St. Petersburg, and Mildred Helms Elementary School, Largo. She was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, David; and a sister, Gertrude Fritz, and niece, Katherine Hosier, both of Media. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • KERSHNER, GORDON, 65, of Largo, died Sunday (June 17, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here in 1989 from his native Jamestown, Pa. He worked as a roofer and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was Lutheran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Survivors include a daughter, Sue Ann Warrick, Largo; a brother, Ward, Palmertown, Pa.; and a grandchild. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MAZZAROPPI, JACK P., 87, of Largo, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., and came here in 1985 from Fairhaven, N.J. He was a big band musician and played for more than 60 years with the Tune Toppers. Up until this year he performed for the annual July 4 program at Franklin Park, West Long Branch, N.J. He was Catholic and a member of Musicians Local 399. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served as a staff sergeant with the 144th Infantry Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart and three Battle Stars. Survivors include his wife, Lillian Cardno; two daughters, Adella Busch of South Carolina and Gloria Moran of Florida; two sons, Ronald, Hoboken, N.J., and Gary, Fairhaven; two stepdaughters, Robin Grondin and Holly Thomas, both of Michigan; a brother, Tom, Belford, N.J.; three sisters, Bessie Lopresti, Mission Vallejo, Calif., Maryann Menna, Red Bank, N.J., and Alice Kaney, Huber Heights, Ohio; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and a great-great-grandson. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole and John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, N.J.
    • MEENAN, FRANCIS, 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) at Tierra Pines Health Care Center, Largo. There are no known survivors. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • SHERK, ANN F., 92, of Fort Lauderdale and formerly of Largo, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Fort Lauderdale Health and Rehab. She was born in Minneapolis and retired as a supervisor for Ohio Bell Telephone Co. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, and Telephone Pioneers of America. Survivors include a brother, J. William Hraha, Isle, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • WENTLAND, JOHN J., 78, of Largo, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Michigan City, Ind., and came here in 1957 from Bushnell, Ill. He worked as a block layer and plasterer and was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include two daughters, Teena Stidham, Clearwater, and Judith Kennedy, Brookville, Pa.; a son, Terry, Gig Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Dorothy Henrich, Michigan City; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • WIANT, MARYANNA, 76, of Largo, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area-St.Petersburg. She was born in Marion, Ohio, and came here in 1987 from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and was active in the Largo Crackers Quilters Club. She was a Florida and Michigan master gardener and an officer of the Florida Herb Society, and she was formerly active in the Junior League in Grosse Pointe. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Marion; two sons, Mark, Kettle Falls, Wash., and Thomas, Bastrop, Texas; a daughter Mary Beth Jackson, Dover, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • ZIEGLER, ARTHUR W., 104, of Largo, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Princeton, Ind., and came here in 1962 from Short Hills, N.J. He was an electrical engineer and retired after 40 years in research and development for Bell Telephone Labs, where he held 17 patents in his name. He was a Navy officer veteran of World War I and was recognized as one of the oldest naval aviators in the country. On his 100th birthday, the National Museum of Naval Aviation honored him with a plaque. He graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Anona United Methodist Church of Largo, Gothic Lodge 852, F&AM, Belleville, Ill., and Eta Kappa Nu and the Airman's Aero Club of Largo. Survivors include his care-giver and sister-in-law, Eileen Ziegler, Largo; and 10 nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

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    Pinellas Park

    • CLEVELAND, ONALEE, 81, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Camden, Mich., and came here in 1955 from Lansing, Mich. She was a real estate agent and was Protestant. Survivors include a brother, Walter Spieth, Muncie, Ind.; a nephew, Stephen Spieth; and a niece, Marilyn Spieth, Muncie. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • BOEDEWIG, LOUIS F. SR., 92, of Seminole, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Tandem Health Care of St. Petersburg at Seminole. He came here in 1972 from his native Philadelphia, where he retired as a foreman with Curtis Publishing Co. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; three sons, Dennis H., Louis F. Jr. and John P.; and two grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • HUDSON, LINDA ANN, 49, of Seminole, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She came here in 1978 from her native Toledo, Ohio. She owned and operated a day care center. She attended St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo, and enjoyed gardening. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Paul M. Hudson; two daughters, Jadah Hudson and Carah Hudson, both of Seminole; her father, Donald Dankert, Bonita Springs; two brothers, Rick, Tierra Verde, and Randy, Brandon; and a sister, Judy Potter, Seattle. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • LaROSE, JUDY S., 75, of Seminole, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Bristol, Conn., and came here in 1961 from Dallas. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church of Largo, and the Order of the Eastern Star in Dallas. Survivors include a son, Noel L. III "Skip," Winston-Salem, N.C. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    St. Petersburg

    • BAKER, DWIGHT, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Colonial Care Center. He came here in 1967 from Sterling, Ill. He was a mason with Local No. 2 in Tampa. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was Lutheran. He was a member of AMVETS Post 7467 in Pinellas Park. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Arneda; two sons, Michael D., St. Petersburg, and Gerald L., North Carolina; three grandsons; and a great-grandson. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • CHRISTIAN, MATTHEW MICHAEL, infant son of Nancy M. and Shawn M. Christian of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 21, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Other survivors include his maternal grandparents, Susan and Duane Bunn and Thomas D. Tibbetts, all of Seminole; his paternal grandparents, Nancy and Herbert Christian, his maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Tibbetts, and his paternal great-grandmother, Carolyn Adams, all of Largo; his paternal great-grandparents, Patty and Herbert Christian, and his paternal great-grandfather, Frank Crum, all of Ironton, Ohio. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • DEMPSEY, RAYMOND N., 68, of Homosassa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) in Lecanto. Born in Teachey, N.C., he resided in St. Petersburg, where he was the owner and operator of Dempsey Electric. He moved back to North Carolina before moving to to Homosassa in 1994. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, LeAnn S.; two sons, Michael Kyner and Mark Kyner, both of Ohio; three daughters, Cherryl D. Sima, Phoenix, Jacqueline Williams, Oklahoma, and Kelly Czyzewicz, Pennsylvania.. Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa.
    • FARAGASSO, NAT JOSEPH, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Italy, he came here in 1972 from Palisades Park, N.J. He was a department manager for DuPont Co. He was Roman Catholic and a Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the destroyer USS Gosslin. Survivors include two sons, Frank, Alexandria, Va., and Robert, San Francisco; a grandson, Devin Faragasso, Charlottesville, Va.; and a granddaughter, Meaghan Faragasso, Alexandria. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.
    • FEASTER, JOHN P., 80, of Gainesville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001). A St. Petersburg native, he moved to Gainesville in 1951. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. He served on the graduate faculty of the University of Florida for 31 years, as a professor and biochemist. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served for three years with the 309th General Hospital in Tinian and Japan. He was a member of the Southwest United Methodist Church, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and several scientific societies. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Marian; a son, John W., Gainesville; two daughters, Pamela Fouts, Marietta, Ga., and Deborah Hargis, Palm Harbor; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes, Gainesville.
    • GILBERT, EDITH MARASA, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at her daughter's home in Tampa. She came here in 1958 from her native Charleston, W.Va. She was a member of the Sons of Italy and a former member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Laura F. Blake, Tampa, and Nina A. Gray, St. Petersburg; a son, Frank M., Apopka; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; a and niece, a nephew and two great-nephews. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • GRUBER, ROBERT BRUCE, 78, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Ord, Neb., he moved to Brooksville nine years ago from St. Petersburg. He spent 33 years as a missionary in Peru with South America Mission and taught English as a second language for Hernando County Adult Education. He was an Army veteran of World War II and member of Community Bible Church. Survivors include his wife, Ernersteen; a son, Stephen P., Brooksville; a daughter, Gail MacLean, Milan, Italy; and a brother, Vincent, California. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
    • HARRISON, JEAN, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Sidney, Australia, she came here in 1995 from Charlotte, N.C. She was a retired dance instructor and former owner of a dance school. She was a member of Church of England. Survivors include a daughter, Marcia Crenshaw, Charlotte; a son, Wayne Mize, South Pasadena; six brothers and sisters in Australia; two grandsons, Andrew Pruitte and Nathan Mize; and a great-grandson. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • HAWTHORNE, ELMA ELVERA, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Born in New Castle, Pa., she came here 17 years ago from Frederick, Md. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Eric James Hawthorne, Largo, and Russell Thomas Hawthorne, Frederick; a daughter, Arline M. Stahlnecker, Ocala; a sister, Juliana Benson, Santa Barbara, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. American Burial and Cremation Service, Palm Harbor.
    • HICKS, VERNON W., 76, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was a St. Petersburg native. He was a Navy veteran and was Protestant. He was a member of the VFW in St. Petersburg and the shuffleboard club in Gateway Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Ruth; two sons, Dwight Pollock, St. Petersburg, and Bud Pollock, Rochester, Ind.; a daughter, Linda Evans, Ocala; six grandchildren; and seven grandsons. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Seminole.
    • LIGNARE, HELEN F., 95, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Greenbrook Nursing Center. Born in Pittsburgh, she moved here in 1966 from Philadelphia and was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include a grandson, Frank Cosentino, Orlando; and a granddaughter, Susan Walczak, Philadelphia. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • MADDEN, ELLA MAE, 103, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2001) at the Health and Rehabilitation Center at Dolphins' View. Born in Cobb, Wis., she was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Alice Stubbendick, Janesville, Wis.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • MORTON, JOSEPH X., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) at IHS Nursing Home of St. Petersburg. Born in Faison, N.C., he came here 10 years ago from Ritchie, Md. He was a member of Park Street Baptist Church and was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Reba; three sons, Gene Heatwolfe, Oldsmar, David Heatwolfe, St. Petersburg, and Richard Heatwolfe, Candler, N.C.; three daughters, Mary Jane Heatwolfe, St. Petersburg, Sandra Morgan, North Beach, Md., and Joann Murray, Burlington, N.C.; a brother, Edwin Morton, Smithfield, N.C.; and 13 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • NEY, THELMA ELIZABETH, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at home. She came here in 1947 from Cincinnati. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole and a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels. There are no known survivors. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • PRCHAL, JOSEPH B., 80, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Chicago, he moved here in 1990 from Tampa. He retired in 1983 from Sunshine Foodway in Naples, Fla., after many years of service. He was an Army sergeant and was stationed in India during World War II. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was an avid letter writer to pen pals in England, Canada and the United States. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John J. and Nacene Prchal, Tallahassee. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • ROSS, AGNES GUSTURE BOWLES, 72, of Kings Mountain, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg and Tampa, died Wednesday (June 20, 2001) at home. She was born in Banks County, Ga. She worked for White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain and was a member of Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. Survivors include a son, Clifford, Tarpon Springs; a brother, William Daniel Bowles, Kings Mountain; four granddaughters, Samantha Peterson, Tampa, Melody Thomey, Denver, and Jayme Bowles and Meghan Bowles, both of Tarpon Springs; and a grandson, Michael Bowles, Tarpon Springs. Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, N.C.
    • SCHELM, WILHELMINA J. CONNELL, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Bon Secours-Maria Manor. Born in Newark Valley, N.Y., she came here in 1959 from Washington, D.C. She was a registered nurse, working for Columbia Hospital for Women in Endicott, N.Y., for 15 years and for several years at Mound Park Hospital. She worked for several years in human resources at Maas Brothers department store in downtown St. Petersburg and also was a store nurse. Survivors include a sister, Mayford M. Curtis, Vesta, N.Y. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SMITH, JAMES C., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital. Born here, he lived in Live Oak for most of his youth and returned here in 1958. He was a former forklift operator for Cox Lumber Co. for more than 30 years. He was a member of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Trustee Board and Men's Ministry. Survivors include a daughter, Jeanette Smith, St. Petersburg; his mother, LueVennia, Live Oak; four sisters, Rosa S. Jones and Annie Lee Davis, both of St. Petersburg, Laura L. Gordon, Galena, Mo., and Mary G. Smith, Live Oak; and a granddaughter. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • STEVENSON, HARMON C., 79, of Inverness, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (June 23, 2001) in Inverness. Born in Elfers, he became a seasonal resident of Inverness 31 years ago. He moved from St. Petersburg and became a permanent Inverness resident after his retirement from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department. He was a former member of the Florida Highway Patrol, which he joined in 1946 as a driver's license examiner after leaving World War II service in the Coast Guard. He left the FHP in 1953 to join the Clearwater Police Department and became a member of the Pinellas County Traffic Patrol in 1954. He was Protestant. In St. Petersburg he was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Sunshine Lodge. He was a coach and manager in the Northwest Little League. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria Kelly Stevenson; two sons, Harmon, Floral City, and Wilmon, Inverness; two daughters, Patricia Stevenson and Brenda Bergman, both of Inverness; two brothers, Wilmon and Richard, both of New Port Richey; two sisters, Gertrude Burgess, Seffner, and Hazel Uzzle, New Port Richey; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
    • VAUGHAN, ALICE, 97, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 18, 2001) at Colonial Care Center. Born in Barren County, Ky., she came here in 1955 from Indianapolis. Locally, she was a member of the Salvation Army Home League and was the former manager of the Sandman and Flamingo motels in St. Petersburg. Survivors include four nieces, Ethel Cotton, Helen Stofer and Phyllis Breedon, all of Indianapolis, and Carole Wohlford, Indiana; and a nephew, Omer Earl Taylor, Indianapolis. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Treasure Island

    • KYLE, THOMAS ALLEN, 69, of Treasure Island, died Sunday (June 24, 2001) at home. Born in Huntington, W.Va., he came here in 1972. He graduated from Marshall University in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He began his career with the National Cash Register Co. in Dayton, Ohio, and worked for ECI Inc. in St. Petersburg. He was vice president of programs for the communications manufacturing division of E-Systems. He had a lifelong interest in cars and was a member of the Porsche 356 Florida Owners Group. He was a member of Pasadena Community Church. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Louise; a daughter, Connie Kyle Viator, Cincinnati; a son, Mark, Seattle; and six grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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