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Cake, serenading for Cornelia Husgen's 101st birthday

Cornelia Husgen of Dunedin celebrated her 101st birthday with residents and staff of Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility. Rosewood's own John Mucciolo serenaded the centenarian as she blew out the candles on a birthday cake adorned with pretty peach flowers.

She was born April 21, 1908, in Delft, Holland. She and her brothers lost their parents at an early age and were sent to live with other family members in Indonesia, where she developed an appreciation for Thai cuisine.

Mrs. Husgen's husband, Milford, was in the import business. They became the parents of a son, Paul, in 1939. Business dealings brought the family to the United States in 1950, coming first to Texas and eventually to Florida.

After her husband's passing, Mrs. Husgen lived in Stratford Court in Palm Harbor for a time before relocating to Rosewood House II.

She enjoys socializing with the other residents and looks forward to visits from her grandsons, Eric and Christopher.

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Joseph and Lettie Cseh of Dunedin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows in January at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg and attended a special Mass in May at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater.

The couple's anniversary was recently honored with a surprise party hosted by their daughter and her husband, Joanne and Jeffrey Hill, on Mother's Day at the Columbia Restaurant in St. Petersburg. Relatives came from Stuart, Tampa and Bradenton.

The Csehs met in 1948 on a blind date arranged by friends. They became engaged that same year and married May 14, 1949, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Cleveland.

Before meeting his wife-to-be, the Army veteran served his country during World War II and while fighting in Europe, went missing in action and ultimately ended up a prisoner of war in Germany. Liberated in 1945, he returned to the United States and spent some time in Miami before his discharge.

After the wedding, the couple drove to Florida and honeymooned in Clearwater and Miami. They spent time in Havana, Cuba, as well. They liked the Clearwater area so much they planned to move here after retirement. Several harsh Midwestern winters prompted the Csehs to relocate sooner than expected, and they became full-time Clearwater residents in 1955.

After retiring from Sperry Rand in Oldsmar, Mr. Cseh owned and operated J & L Engraving and North Summerdale Warehousing and Storage in Clearwater.

Mrs. Cseh retired from the County Clerk's office in Clearwater.

He is a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 11, in Clearwater.

She belongs to the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War and St. Michael's Council of Catholic Women of Clearwater.

Both attend St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

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James "JR" Ronacher Jr., son of James and Annmarie Ronacher of Dunedin, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 484 in Clearwater.

For his Eagle Scout project, James refurbished a section of Hammock Park by planting trees and laying mulch, shelling a trail and installing a park map kiosk.

James is an International Baccalaureate student at Clearwater Central Catholic and a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the Science Club.

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