Although her eyesight and hearing have declined in the past year, 107-year old Ella Dietz still reminds her daughter, Ruth Adams, of relative's birthdays, special occasions and even when to take out the garbage.
In reasonably good health, she still gets around with the assistance of a three-wheeled walker, said daughter Ruth of Palm Harbor, with whom Mrs. Dietz shares a home.
The centenarian-plus didn't want "any fuss" on her birthday, but a small gathering of neighbors and friends, a visit by her daughter, Mickey McKinney of Virginia, and a surprise appearance by her grandson Mark Nothacker and his family from California, made the June 30 picnic-style dinner party very special.
The eldest of 13 children, Mrs. Dietz was born Ella Freidrich on June 30, 1902, in Bavaria, Germany.
She came to Florida at the age of 50 and was widowed twice, in 1965 and 1992.
In addition to her two daughters, Mrs. Dietz has seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She claims a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and "cooking from scratch" contribute to her longevity.
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Alfred "Reed" and Josephine "Josie" Yeasted of Largo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a seven-day cruise in February to the eastern Caribbean with friends from Ranchero Village, then with a dinner dance in March with 215 friends and family members at Ranchero Village's Hacienda Clubhouse.
June 14, the couple celebrated five decades of marriage during the 10:30 a.m. Mass officiated by Monsignor Begolly at Mount St. Peter Church, New Kensington, Pa. A reception and luncheon followed for 80 family members and friends at Hoffstot's Cafe Monaco in Oakmont, Pa.
The couple wed June 13, 1959, at Mount St. Peter Church, New Kensington.
A native of Breckenridge, Pa., and a 1954 graduate of Tarentum High School, Mr. Yeasted served in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1958.
He worked in banking for more than 10 years, then for six years as treasurer for the New Kensington Parking Authority. He later worked for the Water Authority in Oakmont, Pa., and retired after 29 years.
For the past three years he has been employed as a part-time courier for Centaur Associates for Bay City Bank, Tampa.
Mrs. Yeasted was born and raised in Arnold, Pa., where she graduated from high school in 1957. Before marriage, Mrs. Yeasted worked for Beneficial Finance Co, and the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Employment Security, both in New Kensington.
After Mrs. Yeasted's children reached school age, she held positions with J.C. Penney and Westmoreland Insurance Services, both in Lower Burell, Pa.; the New Kensington-Arnold School District; and the Riverview School District, Oakmont.
Both retired in June 1998 and moved to Ranchero Village in Largo, where they have been very active. Mr. Yeasted served as president of the Ranchero Village Homeowners Association; and when the village became resident-owned in 2006, he was again elected president of the new co-op until the end of his term.
The couple enjoy participating in park functions, and their hobbies include crafts, dancing, swimming, shuffleboard, darts, baseball and bocce ball.
They are members of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and American Legion Post 7, both in Clearwater.
He is a member of the Ranchero Village Men's Club and enjoys being on the shuffle and bocce leagues, and has played dart baseball.
She belongs to the Rowdy Rubies Red Hat Society of Ranchero Village.
The Yeasteds have four children, Mark Yeasted of Tarentum, Bill Yeasted of Berlin, Pa., Debbie Yeasted of Winter Springs, and Michael Yeasted of New Kensington; and four grandchildren.
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Bob and Lynn Ciarlone of Largo were married on July 18, 1959, in New Britain, Conn. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Starlight Majesty ship in the company of their family.
The Ciarlones are semiretired. He works for Kay Jewelers and she works at Ace Hardware.
Mr. Ciarlone is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Both are members of the Largo Community Center.
The Ciarlones enjoy singing karaoke and perform all around the Largo/Clearwater area.
They have two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
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Clearwater Countryside Kiwanis Club named Dr. Craig Cowart the Clearwater Free Clinic's 2008 Physician of the Year for his service to low-income, uninsured residents of the community. The Kiwanis Club award came with a $1,000 check made out to the Clearwater Free Clinic in honor of Dr. Cowart's community service.
Dr. Cowart is a Florida native who grew up in Jacksonville and attended undergraduate school at Florida State University and the University of Florida. He earned his medical degree and did his residency at the University of South Florida.
The doctor is board-certified in both internal and emergency room medicine and is assistant medical director of Pinellas County EMS and a physician at the Palm Harbor Walk-In-Clinic.
He has volunteered at the free clinic every Monday for the past five years.
Dr. Cowart enjoys reading, traveling, boating and fishing.
He and his wife, Valerie, have four children and four grandchildren.
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