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Good for you: 'Eat well, be skeptical' to live to 100

Victoria Rita Di Sabatino, a 25-year resident of Palm Harbor, celebrated her 100th birthday at her Countrybrook home in the company of family and friends.

Mrs. Di Sabatino was born Aug. 22, 1908, to Anthony and Laura Celeberti in Philadelphia. Two brothers make their home in the Northeast, and a third brother, Joseph, lives in Palm Harbor.

She graduated from high school in Philadelphia and became an accomplished dressmaker. She also liked to knit.

In 1937, she married Roland Di Sabatino in Philadelphia. He was an engineer with RCA and retired in 1970. The couple spent 58 years together until Mr. Di Sabatino's passing in 1995.

The birthday girl's philosophy on a long, happy life is simple, "Eat well and be skeptical."

She has three sons, Roland, now deceased, Gregory and Joseph; and four grandchildren.

Anniversaries

Arthur and Audrey Esterbrook of Clearwater were honored with a 50th anniversary party given by their children and attended by many local friends.

They were married Sept. 6, 1958, in Rochelle Park, N.J.

He worked 30 years for Alcoa Aluminum in administration, marketing and southeast regional sales management.

She worked as a secretary to Bill Leonard, commentator and interviewer at CBS Radio and Television before becoming a full-time homemaker.

The couple lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York before coming to Clearwater in 1977.

The Esterbrooks belong to Heritage United Methodist Church, Clearwater.

Both are active members of Countryside Country Club where they play tennis and are involved socially.

They have two daughters, Laurie Counsel and Suzy Gaudin, and three grandchildren, Eric Counsel, Brett Counsel and Rachel Munroe.

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In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, Bob and Mae Mutimer of Palm Harbor celebrated by having dinner out with family.

They tied the knot Sept. 6, 1958, in Rockford, Ill.

The couple came to Dunedin in 1973 from Roscoe, Ill., and moved to Palm Harbor in 1989.

Both are still working. Mr. Mutimer has owned Mutimer Painting Inc. since 1974 and Mrs. Mutimer is office manager.

They were involved with Little League for many years

He likes all sports, particularly bowling.

She is an animal lover.

The Mutimers have three sons, and five grandchildren.

Job, master's study come after graduation

Thomas "TJ" Kell Jr., son of Paula Kell of Oldsmar, graduated from a five-year program at Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), Flint, Mich., with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He is employed as a M&I combustion design engineer with General Electric Aviation, near Cincinnati.

Kell is pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering.

He is a 2003 graduate of East Lake High School.

Museum project leads to Eagle Scout award

Christopher R. Gustafson was presented with his Eagle Scout badge at a Court of Honor ceremony at the Lutheran Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor.

A member of Troop 416, Gustafson earned 44 merit badges and was a junior assistant scoutmaster.

His project consisted of a fenced-in enclosure for trash and a brick patio for the North Pinellas Historical Museum.

The Dunedin High graduate is the son of John and Cathy Gustafson of Palm Harbor.

He is currently attending the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

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Good for you: 'Eat well, be skeptical' to live to 100 09/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:11pm]
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