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CARLSON, JANE G., 83, of Dunedin, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. She was born in Paterson, N.J., and came here in 1959 from Fanwood, N.J. She was a homemaker, a member of Northwood Presbyterian Church, Clearwater, and a past president of the Women's Association of Highland Presbyterian Church of Largo. She was a member of the board of trustees of Lakeland General Hospital, past president of Florida Hospital Auxiliaries, and a former volunteer at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington. Survivors include her husband, J. Howard; two daughters, Linda Pedersen, Dunedin, and Judy Bessette, Tampa; and four granddaughters, Karla Pedersen, Dunedin, Heather Bessette and Sharon Pedersen, both of Tampa, and Karen Bessette, Jacksonville. Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

MAYER, BETTY JANE, 65, of Dunedin, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at home. She was born in Navarre, Ohio, and came here in 1991 from Waukegan, Ill. She was a member of Silent Unity Church of Florida. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth J., Palm Harbor, and Jerry Mayer III, Tallahassee; a sister, Martha Fannen, McKeesport, Pa.; a granddaughter, Cindy Mayer, Palm Harbor; a grandson, Jerry Mayer IV, Tallahassee; and former husband, Jerome Mayer, Lindenhurst, Ill. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

MULHEIR, MARGUERITE, 91, of Dunedin, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at Spanish Gardens Nursing and Convalescent Center, Dunedin. She came here in 1971 from her native Nahant, Mass., where she was a wholesale floral business administrator. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, Sodality St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Nahant, and the Catholic Daughters of America, Safety Harbor. Survivors include four cousins, Mary Mangan and Winifred Green, both of Beverly, Mass., Joe Dooley, Bedford, Mass., and Frank Dooley, Dennis, Mass. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

SAYERS, JOHN, 79, of Dunedin, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at home. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1975 from Ardmore, Pa. He worked as a marketing manager for ARCO in Philadelphia. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Northbay Community Church, Palm Harbor, Silver Beaver Troop Boy Scouts of America and Rotary Club, both of Ardmore, Pa., and Distributive Education Club of America DECA in Pennsylvania. Survivors include two sons, David, Tarpon Springs, and John F. III, Ardmore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel and Cemetery North, St. Petersburg.

SMITH, ROBERT R., 80, of Dunedin, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at home. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and came here in 1970 from Annandale, Va. He was the owner-operator of Dunedin Bowling Lanes for 21 years. He was an Air Force command pilot who flew 100 combat missions in 100 days, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3 and Stalag 7-S. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart and the Croix de Guerre with Vermeil. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen; a son, Cotton W., Largo; a daughter, Tracey J. Smith, Palm Harbor; a sister, Audrey McArdle, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and six grandsons. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

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INSELMANN, VIRGINIA M., 84, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Mease Hospital Countryside, Safety Harbor. She was born in New York City and came here in 1980 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was a member of Neighborly Senior Citizens of Palm Harbor. Survivors include a sister, Rose Spano, Gulfport; a brother, Ben Shiro, Texas; and three nieces. Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.