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Clearwater woman celebrates 100th birthday

Good for you | by Nova Beall

Aurelia Louise Pears of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 23 with family and friends at Freedom Inn, Countryside. Two mariachis provided entertainment and played Pears' favorite song, Always.

She was born Jan. 23, 1913, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the only child of Clifford and Clara Ehrmantraut. She attended the University of Cincinnati and was a 50-year member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

In 1936, she married Murval Matthew Pears and the couple settled in Pittsburgh, Pa.

They have a daughter, Carol Jane Hopkins; three grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The centenarian was an avid bridge player in her younger years and enjoyed taking road trips with her husband. A gourmet cook, she developed a taste for Mexican food while living for a time with her daughter in Houston, and enjoys cooking classes at Freedom Inn.

The couple, known as Mickey and Matt to their friends, came to Clearwater in 1983. They were an active part of their grandchildren's lives, attending birthday parties, sporting events and church activities.

The Pears celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2006, before Murval passed away.

Pears' advice on living a long life is to make lots of friends and care for them when they're in need, to have fun with your grandchildren and eat lots of chocolate candy and ice cream.

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John and Kathleen Wacker of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 18, 2012, in the company of their children and their families. They were treated to a professional photography session, a photo presentation of their marital history prepared by their daughter and a dinner at Besa Grill, Clearwater.

The couple married Nov. 24, 1962, in Bagley, Minn.

They met as church choir participants and continue the activity at Grace Lutheran Church, Clearwater.

They came here in 1971 from Fridley, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minn.

He worked 39 years as an engineer for Honeywell in Minnesota and Florida.

She worked part-time for 18 years as a registered nurse at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.

For 19 years, he has donated platelets at Florida Blood Services and has reached the 74-gallon level. He also plays the french horn in two local volunteer instrumental groups.

The couple have three children and four grandsons.

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At UPARC's most recent board of trustees meeting, board President Jerry Figurski presented volunteer Georgine Brancato with a gift in appreciation for her many years of dedication to the UPARC Foundation.

Brancato, who recently stepped down as a board member after her final term in office, was board president from 2010-2011.

She has served as chairperson for numerous Foundation events including the Festival of Trees and Just Desserts, and served as a committee member for the fashion show, nominating committee, bylaws committee, prayer breakfast and the Legacy Society reception. She also played an important role in organizing the "Esprit d'Esperance" premiere gala.

Brancato will continue to volunteer as time allows.

Mail Good For You items to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email

Clearwater woman celebrates 100th birthday 01/29/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:11pm]
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