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NORTH PINELLAS

CHADWELL, JOHN BRYANT, 91, of Belleair Bluffs, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Anniston, Ala., and came here in 1952 from Detroit. He worked for the U.S. Foreign Service and was an engineer. He was a Presbyterian. Woodlawn Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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DAVIS, ELIZABETH F., 73, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at Clearwater Community Hospital. She was born in Westbury, N.Y., and came here in 1988 from Glen Cove, N.Y. She worked 30 years for Esselte Pendaflex, Garden City, N.Y. She was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Old Westbury, N.Y. Survivors include two sisters, Mary Kuster, Westbury, and Ollie Kaplan, Glen Cove; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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ELLIS, ANNA G., 90, of Tarpon Springs, died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1992) at Manor Care Dunedin. She was born in Paterson, N.J., and came here in 1982 from Miami. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a niece, Eleanor Heinbeck, Tarpon Springs. North Funeral Home & Meadowlawn Cemetery, Tarpon Springs.

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GAUSE, HAROLD P., 79, of Tampa, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at home. He moved from his native Tarpon Springs to Tampa in 1941. He was a maintenance worker for the city of Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Janie; two brothers, Carl, Clearwater, and George, Tarpon Springs; and two sisters, Grace Kleinfeld, Tarpon Springs, and Alice Davis, Dunedin. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

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GIFFORD, W. LESLIE, 78, of Largo, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Edmunds, Maine, and came here in 1975 from Vestal, N.Y. He worked 35 years as a cost estimator for IBM, Owego, N.Y. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three sons, George, Big Flats, N.Y., Robert, Rockville, Md., and Craig, Manassas, Va.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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HARGIS, WOODROW WILSON, 79, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was born in Pulaski County, Ky., and came here in 1987 from Indianapolis. He was an automobile mechanic and a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Harriette; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Scott, Martinsville, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Carol V. Case, Oldsmar; a stepson, George Wilmington, Indianapolis; a sister, Ona Marie Dyar, Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn McCullough Funeral Home, Dunedin.

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LOWE, FRANK DAVID, 85, of Largo, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and came here in 1988 from Fayetteville, N.C. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Clementine; two sons, James Pezzuto, Fayetteville, and William Pezzuto, Norfolk, Va.; a daughter, Helen Gaskey, Treasure Island; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. All Faiths Funeral Home & Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

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McCLAIN, AUTUMN ANN, infant, diedThursday (Oct. 8, 1992) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. Survivors include her parents, Stephanie and Larry McClain, Palm Harbor; two brothers, Erick McClain and Dustin McClain, both of Palm Harbor; paternal grandparents, Joyce and Bob Allison, Dunedin; maternal grandmother, Shirley Fisher, Palm Harbor; maternal grandfather, Steve Fisher, Palm Harbor; paternal great-grandparents, Marie and Ernest Dunnam, Ripley, Miss.; paternal great-grandparents, Leland and Nina McClain, Ripley; and maternal great-grandmother, Octa Ball, Indianapolis. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

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McCLAIN, SUMMER MARIE, infant, died Thursday (Oct. 8, 1992) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. Survivors include her parents, Stephanie and Larry McClain, Palm Harbor; two brothers, Erick McClain and Dustin McClain, both of Palm Harbor; maternal grandmother, Shirley Fisher, Palm Harbor; maternal grandfather, Steve Fisher, Palm Harbor; paternal grandparents, Joyce and Bob Allison, Dunedin; paternal great-grandparents, Marie and Ernest Dunnam, Ripley, Miss.; paternal great-grandparents, Leland and Vivian McClain, Ripley; and maternal great-grandmother, Octa Ball, Indianapolis. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

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McNAMARA, JOHN G., 74, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1987 from Blue Point, N.Y. He was a plumber, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Grace; a son, John G. Jr., Seminole; a daughter, Pat Cooke, Largo; a brother, George, Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Dorothy Donnelly and Martha Samuelson, both of Long Island; and two grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.

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POWELL, MADOLIN GLADYS "MATTIE," 85, of Belleair Beach, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Boston and came here in 1950 from Westboro, Mass. She was a schoolteacher. She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association and the Quincy Teachers Association, Quincy, Mass. Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs.

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ROMERO, JOHN SOTOMAYOR, 89, of Dunedin, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was born in Cuba and came here in 1969 from Weehawken, N.J. He worked as a restaurant manager for J. P. Morgan Bank, New York City. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Knights of Columbus Council 5635, both in Dunedin. Survivors include his wife, Alice; two nieces, Mary Ann Uzzi and Cathie Waltz; and five nephews, David Eliassen, Thomas Eliassen, John Eliassen, Mark Eliassen and Erik Eliassen. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

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STANFORD, PAUL E., 62, of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. He was born in Newark, N.J., and came here in 1986 from Clifton, N.J. He was a mechanical engineer. Survivors include his wife, Jayne; two sons, James, Nutley, N.J., and John, Laurel, Md.; a daughter, Gail Sirotnak, East Orange, N.J.; a brother, William, Langhorne, Pa.; two sisters, Helen Diller, Bedminster, N.J., and Peggy Sowers, Lakewood, N.J.; and four grandchildren. A Dignified Funeral Alternative, New Port Richey.

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SUNDE, DOROTHY A., 88, of Clearwater, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Clearwater Community Hospital. She was born in Norway and came here in 1966 from Park Ridge, Ill. She was a real estate saleswoman and a Lutheran. She was a member of the Norwegian Singing Society, Chicago, and Sons of Norway Suncoast Lodge 562. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Marie Sunde, Fort Myers; several brothers and sisters in Norway; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Baty Funeral Home, Safety Harbor.

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TAGG, ILA O., 100, of Clearwater, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo. She was born in Odessa, Ontario, and came here in 1955 from Rochester, N.Y. She was a registered nurse and worked for the Genessee Hospital, Rochester. She was a member of the Federated Women's Club. Survivors include a son, John, Largo; a sister, Verne Clickner, Rochester; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

SOUTH PINELLAS

ATKINSON, IRENE W., 68, of Madeira Beach, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at home. Born in Betsy Layne, Ky., and came here in 1952 from Fort Worth, Texas. She was former owner of a restaurant on John's Pass and a news stand at Madeira Way. She was also a real estate broker. She attended Church By the Sea and was a member of St. Petersburg Garden Club. Survivors include four brothers, Thomas Wright, Michigan, Frank Wright, Ohio, and Price and Billy Wright of Kentucky; and two sisters, Phyllis Dillon, Ohio, and Jenny Mae Webb, Kentucky. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral home, Seminole.

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BIRDSALL, WENDELL J., 86, of Detroit, formerly of Sea Towers, Madeira Beach, died Friday (Oct. 9, 1992). Born in Tecumseh, Mich., he came here in 1978 from Grosse Pointe, Mich., moving to Detroit to 1989. He was a Realtor. Locally, he was a member of Seminole United Methodist Church and the Gulf beaches Kiwanas Club. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Clarisse (Winfield); a son, Wendell J. Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Frank J. Calcaterra Funeral Home, Detroit.

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CHRISTMAN, FLOYD M., 68, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born in Columbus, Ind., and came here in 1976 from Folsom, Pa. He retired from Atlantic Richfield Co., Philadelphia, after 20 years and was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include two sons, Clifford A., Upper Darby, Pa., and Christopher A., Folsom; a daughter, Sandra A. Stewart, Folsom; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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CHOPIE, WILLIAM J., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at Suncoast Nursing Home. He was born in Philadelphia and was a civilian guard at Griffiths Air Force Base. Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine R. Cataldo, Rome, N.Y. International Chapels, Pinellas Park.

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CORKRAN, M. BLAIR, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992). He came here in 1933 from his native Lutherville, Md. A retired stockbroker, he worked for several local investment companies and was a member of St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Christine; a son, M. Blair Jr., Washington, D.C.; and two grandsons. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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CRICHTON, BEATRICE I., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992). She was born in Toronto, Ontario, and came here in 1969 from Coral Gables. Locally, she attended First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a nephew, Gary Babox, St. Catharines, Ontario. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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ELEFF, JEAN, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at Greenbrook Nursing Center. Born in New York City, she came here in 1979 from Elizabeth, N.J., where she was an examiner at the unemployment claims office for the state of New Jersey. She was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and belonged to Hadassah. Survivors include two sons, Stanley H., Tampa, and Dr. Michael K., Winnipeg, Manitoba; a sister, Ann Freedman, Arlington, Texas; and six grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

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FLYNN, T. CURTIS, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Oct. 9, 1992) at home. He came here in 1972 from his native Palmyra, N.J., where he retired as owner of Flynn Camden Electrical Supply Co. in Camden and Cherry Hill, N.J. He attended St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; a son, T. Curtis Jr., a daughter, Abby Flynn Slutsky, and three granddaughters, Alison, Audrey and Robin. Mathews-Palms Memorial Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg.

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GUTHRIE, WILLIAM RONALD, 40, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1992) at TLC St. Petersburg Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Tampa and came here from Manatee County. He was a shrimper. Survivors include two brothers, Thomas, Seffner, and Richard, La Belle. International Chapels Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

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HALDEMAN, HAZEL, 101, of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Central Park Lodge. She was born in La Crosse, Kan., and came here in 1977 from Bradenton. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a niece, Vesta Potter, Largo. Shannon Funeral Home, Town Chapel, Bradenton.

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HARDIN, AMELIA T., 98, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at home. She was born in Annapolis, Md., and came here in 1988 from Dexter, N.M. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Creswell, St. Petersburg, Violet Betz, Dexter, and Marie Martin, Flatwoods, Ky.; a son, Daniel, Glen Burnie, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Richard E. Sorensen, Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

HEYNDRICKX, CESAR, 100, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at home. He was born in Belgium and came here in 1962 from Medford, Mass. He was a retired shipping administrator and a member of Robert Lash Masonic Lodge, Chelsea, Mass. Survivors include his wife, Julia; a son, Robert, Clearwater; a daughter, Julia Lenard, Maui, Hawaii, five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

KEMBLE, RUTH A., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at Swanholm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Penn, Pa., and came here from Orlando, where she had lived 13 years and was an active member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Arthur R. Jr., St. Petersburg; a brother, Clyde F. Crowell, Springfield, Pa.; three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren. Newcommers White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone, Mo.

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KROUSE, M. JOYCE, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at home. She was born in Massillon, Ohio, and came here in 1921 from Twin Lakes, Wis. She was a bookkeeper at the former Union Trust Bank, now NationsBank. Survivors include three sons, Charles E. III, St. Petersburg, James J., Warwick, R.I., and Michael J., Gulfport; a daughter, Mary J. Krouse, Gulfport; two sisters, Constance Stewart, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Gloria Mangin, San Diego; a brother, John J. Cappelen; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Royal Palm Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

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LEWTER, VERNA ILENE, 90, of Kenneth City, died Thursday (Oct. 8, 1992) at Colonial Care Center. She came here in 1954 from her native Columbia, N.C. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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MACKLEY, MARY, 78, of South Pasadena, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She was born in Providence, R.I., and came here in 1986 from San Diego. She was a bookkeeper and a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include two daughters, Marion Carrier, Kenneth City, and Stephanie Cronin, Warwick, R.I.; a sister, Anna Lipsky, Warwick; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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NICOL, LILLY J., 96, of 8701 49th St. N, Pinellas Park, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at Central Park Lodge. Born in Adrian, Mich., she came here in 1970 from Toledo, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include a niece, Marilyn Ruth Jones, Sarasota; and a nephew, Lewis Sanderson, Toledo. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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SHAFFNER, TINA L., 25, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at Bayfront Medical Center of injuries from being struck by a car while trying to rescue her dog. She came here in 1970 from her native Sidney, Ohio, and was a courtesy clerk at Publix Supermarkets. She was a member of Lake Maggiore Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Joyce Shaffner, two brothers, Terry Lee and Randy Eugene Shaffner of St. Petersburg; two sisters, Brenda Anne Gehring, St. Petersburg, and Tammy Kay Ross, Omaho, Neb.; and her maternal grandparents, Robert and Mildred Baker of Edgewater. All Faiths Funeral Home & Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

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TAYLOR, AGNES, 99, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at home. A native of Largo, she lived in the St. Petersburg area most of her life and was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. She was a church organist for a local Baptist church and a member of Southern Study Women's Club. Survivors include three cousins, Elsie McMullen Miller, Gainesville, Louise McMullen Jenkins, Clearwater, and Sarah Miller Brown, Gainesville. Mathews-Palms Memorial Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg.

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TORGERSEN, HILDUR, 103, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1992) at Bon Secours-Maria Manor. She was born in Finland and came here in 1970 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Irene Duffy, St. Petersburg; a granddaughter, Joan Corwin, Garden City, N.Y.; and five great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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VonFOSSEN, RALPH J., 74, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in Beardstown, Ill., and came here in 1959 from Bloomington, Ill. A graduate of University of Illinois, he was an agent for State Farm Insurance in St. Petersburg, retiring in January after 32 years. He was an Army Air Forces first lieutenant during World War II and was a Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jane Ann; a daughter, Susan V. Cassens, West Lafayette, Ind.; a son, Ralph J. III, Tallahassee; two grandchildren, Louis and Laura Cassens, West Lafayette; and a sister, Marian L. Totten, St. Petersburg. Christian Cremation Socity, St. Petersburg.

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WATSON, EDITH L., 81, of Rochester, N.H., and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1992) at Clipper Nursing Home in Rochester. Born in Portsmouth, N.H., she lived here for many years before moving to Rochester in 1989. She was a former waitress. During World War II, she served in Japan as a corporal in the Women's Army Corps and was a member of American Legion 305 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of St. Petersburg. She was a past member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4, Newington, N.H. Survivors include a brother, Robert Stickles, Dover, N.H.; a sister, Dorothy Pridham, Brentwood, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. Wilson-Cooper Funeral Home, Kittery, Maine.

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WESSLING, LILLIAN L., 90, of Brandon, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1992) at West Bay Nursing Center, Oldsmar. She came here in 1974 from her native Chicago and was a Protestant. Survivors include a son, Robert W., Brandon; a daughter, Marion R. Slobodnik, Streamwood, Ill.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. C. E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

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WILLIAMS, ROBERT G., 62, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1992) at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was born in Statesville, N.C., and came here in 1969 from Montgomery, Ala. He retired as an Air Force master sergeant after 21 years, and served in the Korean War. He was a member of Air Force Sergeants Association. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eileen; two sons, Col. Glenn, Quantico, Va., and John, Denver; two daughters, Anne Jones, Pinellas Park, and Loretta Williams, Largo; and five grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.

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