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BRUCE, VIOLET M., 74, of New Port Richey, died Friday (March 14, 1997) at North Bay Medical Center, New Port Richey. Born in Sedalia, Mo., she came here 14 years ago from Detroit. She was a cashier for Ross Supermarket, Detroit, and a member of Faith Lutheran Church, New Port Richey. Survivors include her husband, Warren O.; a son, Larry W., Chelsea, Mich.; a brother, Ulysses "Pete" Wheeler, Holly, Mich.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

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CELESTI, IRENE E., 71, of New Port Richey, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at home. Born in New York City, she came here 17 years ago from Flushing, N.Y. She was a retired manager for New York Telephone Co. and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; two daughters, Judy Reynolds and Nancy McAleer, both of Elmont, N.Y.; a sister, Eleanor Van Brunt, New Port Richey; and five grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

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DIAZ, FRANCES, 74, of New Port Richey, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice House. Born in New York City, she came here 19 years ago from Smithtown, N.Y. She was a clerical employee for Kings Park State Hospital, Kings Park, N.Y., and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, New Port Richey. Survivors include a daughter, Lydia Trotta, Holtsville, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

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DUSH, JOSEPH FRANKLIN, 81, of Willard, Ohio, died Sunday (March 16, 1997). Born in Newark, Ohio, he was a winter visitor to New Port Richey. He was a retired lawyer in Willard and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Willard. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Rotary Club, the American Antiquarian Society and the Ohio Historical Society. Survivors include a son, Thomas Shone, Glasgow, Ky.; two daughters, Connie R. Hollinger, New Port Richey, and Carole A. Schloemer, Eaton, Ohio; a brother, Robert; two sisters, Martha Millican, Alexandria, Ind., and Mary, Columbus, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.

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HUFF, GEORGE LEE JR., 56, of Port Richey, died Saturday (March 15, 1997) at Columbia Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here three years ago from Orchard Park, N.Y. He was a retired heavy-equipment engineer for Kimmins Inc. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and Operating Engineers Local 17. Survivors include his wife, Sophie H.; two sons, Kenneth, Blasdell, N.Y., and Gregory, Derby, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.

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LOMBARDI, SANTA, 68, of Port Richey, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at home. Born in Italy, she came here 16 years ago from Franklin, N.Y. She was an employee in the alterations department for JCPenney and was a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Port Richey. Survivors include her husband, Ralph; two sons, Louis, Fountain Hill, Ariz., and Joseph, New Port Richey; a daughter, Camille, New Port Richey; a brother, Leonard Mariano, and a sister, Maria Marrara, both of Franklin Square, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

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MAILE, IRMA S., 84, of Holiday, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) at home. She came here 26 years ago from her native Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a retired saleswoman for Wurzaburg Department Store, Grand Rapids, and attended the Christian Science Church, New Port Richey. She was a member of Tahitian Aloha Tiki Association, Holiday, and the Fire Lassies of the Pasco County Fire Department. Survivors include two sons, Lawrence G., Newaygo, Mich., and Robert A., Gardner, Kan.; a daughter, Barbara Newton, Kent City, Mich.; a sister, Louise Nagele, Holiday; 18 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.

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MENGEL, MURIEL EVELYN, 86, of Hudson, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at Columbia Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point. Born in Watertown, N.Y., she came here 28 years ago from Potsdam, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Eastern Star Vega Chapter 98, Potsdam. Survivors include a daughter, Caroline, Hudson; a son, Peter W., Middletown, Ohio; a brother, Wallace Jewett, Watertown; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.

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RUGGLES, CLAYTON W., 89, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (March 15, 1997) at home. Born in Palmyra, Ohio, he came here 25 years ago from South Euclid, Ohio. He was an engineer. Survivors include his wife, Ruth M.; a son, Willis C., Cleveland; a brother, Cecil, Ravenna, Ohio; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. American Burial and Cremation, Dunedin.

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SANTIAGO, JOHN M., 70, of Port Richey, died Friday (March 14, 1997) at home. Born in Puerto Rico, he came here six years ago from New York City. He was a maintenance employee for an apartment building and was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; two daughters, Diane Santiago and Alice Malacos, both of Port Richey; his stepfather, Gustavo Soto, Lawndale, Calif.; five sisters, Romona Garcia, Los Angeles, and Lucy Santana, Rosey Vasquez, Carmen Lopez and Frances Casiano, all of Lawndale; and three grandchildren. Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

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SHERMAN, LILLIAN L., 77, of Zephyrhills, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here six years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was an electronics assembler and a member of First Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include two daughters, Laura Henry and Susan Bedell, both of Zephyrhills; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Kelly Memorial Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

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SMITH, JUSTIN, 5, of Wesley Chapel, died Friday (March 14, 1997) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. Born in Tampa, he came here two years ago. He was a student at Woodland Elementary School, Zephyrhills and was Protestant. Survivors include his father, David, Dover; his mother and stepfather, Melinda and William Rawls, Wesley Chapel; four brothers, D. J., Bradley, Cristofer and Aaron; and two sisters, Constance and Shayna. Coleman and Ferguson Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

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TRUBIC, MARY A., 84, of Hudson, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at Columbia New Port Richey Hospital. She came here 17 years ago from her native Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Michael; two brothers, George Tesla, Montgomery, Ala., and William Tesla, Harlingen, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.

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VINTUS, JEAN A., 86, of Richmond, Ind., formerly of Port Richey, died Sunday (March 9, 1997) at Reid Hospital, Richmond. She was born in Endeavor, Wis., and was a former employee for Marshall Fields, Oak Park, Ill. She was a member of Community Congregational Church, New Port Richey. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra L. Schwartz, Richmond; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

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WENDHAUSEN, LOIS M., 74, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (March 12, 1997) at home. Born in Worth, Ill., she came here eight years ago from Aurora, Ill. She was a night auditor for Comfort Inn, Port Richey, and was German Lutheran. Survivors include a son, Larry, and a daughter, Linda, both of New Port Richey; and a sister, Lucille Warning, Minneapolis. Kelly Memorial Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

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WINCHESTER, GLADYS E., 79, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) at Hospice House of New Port Richey. Born in Mineral Point, Wis., she came here 25 years ago from Madison, Wis. She was a retired inspector for a hospital equipment manufacturer. Survivors include a brother, William Kail, Laguna Beach, Calif.; and a sister, Betty Lawinger, Mineral Point. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.

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