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Two dead found in Madeira Beach were 65-year-old couple

MADEIRA BEACH — Neighbors say the man and woman were one of the most popular couples in the community.

The wife, a former nurse, was vice president of the Madeira Beach Yacht Club's board of directors. Her husband, a retired businessman, was handy with tools and had recently renovated the complex clubhouse.

It didn't come as a surprise when no one heard from them for the past few weeks.

The active couple, who neighbors described as classic car enthusiasts, had mentioned taking a trip to a car show.

But when they still hadn't made an appearance in time for a board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, their friends got concerned and decided to check.

They found the couple, identified Thursday as Edwin and Louise Kaczmarski, both 65, dead in their condominium.

Authorities have not determined how the couple died and won't know for sure until toxicology tests are complete. There were no signs of violence in their unit.

There was a group at the complex sick with the flu about three weeks ago, said Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office.

One resident was tested for the N1H1 flu, or swine flu, but the result came back negative, he said.

"I still can't believe it," said neighbor Tess Orlando, who served on the board with Mrs. Kaczmarski. "It's awful."

Orlando, a longtime resident, said she last heard from the couple on May 21 when Mrs. Kaczmarski sent an e-mail saying she had the flu.

"She said she felt awful," Orlando said.

But authorities say another witness who spoke to the couple between May 25 and 27 has told them that the Kaczmarskis didn't complain about being sick at all.

The bodies appeared to have been in the house "for days," Pellan said.

When investigators found them, they were severely decomposed.

Pellan said it will take a while before toxicology test results are in.

"It's so sad," said Orlando, who added that the couple often volunteered around the community, a 286-unit complex that's home to a mixture of renters, snowbirds and permanent residents.

"I just can't say anything bad about them," she said.

The couple's family declined to comment.

Times staff writer Jamal Thalji contributed to this report. Kameel Stanley can be reached at (727) 893-8643 or kstanley@sptimes.com.

Two dead found in Madeira Beach were 65-year-old couple 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:05pm]
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