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North Pinellas Good For You: a Dunedin centenarian and generous karaoke singers

Garnet Victorine Stuler of Dunedin celebrated her 101st birthday Dec. 7 at Queens Pizza with friends and family, including son Allan Stuler of Clearwater, daughter Betty Jane Otero of Pensacola, granddaughter Leigh Ann Stuler of Palm Harbor and grandson Tracy Van Stuler of Clearwater. Stuler also has a second grandson, Justin LoFquest of St. Louis.

Garnet V. Roupe was born Dec. 5, 1912, to Katherine Conklin Roupe and Randall David Roupe in Washington, Pa. The family included four brothers and six sisters.

Stuler's only remaining sibling, Lois Friend, lives in Zephyrhills.

At age 24 she married Louis Stuler on May 12, 1937, in Maryland. The couple lived in Washington, Pa., for a time before they moved to Brownsville, Pa., then to Carmichaels, Pa., where Mr. Stuler passed away at the age of 48.

A homemaker, Stuler came to Dunedin in 1992.

The centenarian exercises daily, a practice she believes has contributed to her longevity.

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For the ninth consecutive Christmas, dozens of singers from a local weekly karaoke show have given hundreds of holiday gifts to the children and families aided by Isaiah's Inn Inc., a Clearwater charitable ministry that houses dozens of families.

The singers, some of whom have been performing for 18 years at Ann Mione Purser's weekly shows, began the practice in 2005 after rethinking their tradition of exchanging gifts among themselves.

Because Isaiah's Inn provides short-term assistance to families who are motivated to become economically self-sufficient, Purser's group prefers to provide gifts of things to do, rather than things to have, although fun things for kids are an important part of the giving as well.

The group collected more than 350 gifts including guitars, microscope/telescopes, music/video players, media players/cameras, sports equipment and games, wristwatches, skateboards, children's toys and bicycles. Gifts were also provided for the older children of Isaiah's families and included bath sets, makeup, wallets, purses and costume jewelry.

The presents were picked up by the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City for distribution.

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North Pinellas Good For You: a Dunedin centenarian and generous karaoke singers 12/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 1:59pm]
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