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Clearwater

DREWES, MELBA A., 76, of Clearwater, died Monday (Nov. 3, 1997) at Glen Oaks Health Care Center, Clearwater. She was a lifelong Clearwater resident. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

KARAMBELAS, BRITA E. GOSELL, of Chicago, formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) in Chicago. She came here in 1986 from her native Chicago and returned in 1996. Survivors include four sons, James, George, Robert and Christ; a daughter, Susan; a stepdaughter, Terry Strousas; two sisters, Ruth Zirves and Mary Ghies; a brother, Paul; and five grandchildren. Benson Funeral Home, Chicago.

Largo

JASTRZEBSKI, CORNELIA MARIE, 70, of Largo, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at home. She came here in 1960 from her native Natrona, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, C. John; a son, John E., Bar Harbor, Maine; a brother, Clement R., Largo; and a sister, Dorothy Gorsha, New Kingston, Pa. National Cremation Society, Largo.

WALTMIRE, AGNES MARIE, 86, of Union, Conn., formerly of Largo, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, Conn. She was born in Pickford, Mich., and lived in New Castle, Ind., and Largo, before moving in 1995 to Union. She was a volunteer at Columbia Largo Medical Center and a member of Faith Presbyterian Church of Seminole. Survivors include two sons, Richard D., Union, and Charles, Kettering, Ohio; a brother, Earl Clegg, Lansing, Mich.; four grandchildren; three great-grand-children; and several nieces and nephews. Introvigne Funeral Home, Stafford Springs, Conn.

Pinellas Park

RALSTON, BILLY D., 59, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home. He came here 15 years ago from his native Calhoun, Ga. He was a carpet layer. Survivors include his wife, Michelle; a son, Richard, and two daughters, Darlene Ralston and Rena Ralston, all of California; a sister, Alma Rae, Ranger, Ga.; and a brother, Junior Ralston, Georgia. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

TATRO, RAYMOND J., 54, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at Personacare. Born in Newburyport, Mass., he came here seven years ago from Honolulu. He was a tool and die maker and a goldsmith for private industry. He was a Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Tatro, Massachusetts, and Michelle Monahan, Honolulu; his mother, Elizabeth Pickering, Pinellas Park; a sister, Doris Lavoie, Honolulu; and two brothers, Albert, Fullerton, Calif., and Richard, Pinellas Park. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Safety Harbor

HAMILTON, GEORGE NELSON, 90, of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at home. He came here in 1954 from his native Philadelphia. He worked for Gulf Coast Industrial Supply, St. Petersburg, and was an organist for 20 years at First Presbyterian Church in Glenolden, Pa. Survivors include his wife, Marlene. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Lakeview Chapel-Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg

BEATTY, ELAINE H., 69, of Niles, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 6, 1997) at her daughter's home in St. Petersburg. Born in Warren, Ohio, she came here three weeks ago from Niles, where she was a custodian for 15 years with the Niles school system. She attended Niles Christian Assembly Church and was a member of AMVETS Post 106 Women's Auxiliary, the Army-Navy Auxiliary Post 252 and the Eagles Auxiliary. Survivors include a son, Andrew Pirigyi, Warren; a stepson, James Pirigyi, Niles; three daughters, Susanna Irvin, Warren, Bonita Ferro, Niles, and Marcia Robison, St. Petersburg; a stepdaughter, Joyce Crank, Niles; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BENNETT, EDWARD PETER, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) in New Orleans. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1975 from Massapequa, N.Y. He retired as a conductor after 39 years with the Long Island Railroad and was a 50-year member of United Transportation Union Local 645. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines with the 749th Railroad Battalion. He was a member of DAV Chapter 91, Pinellas Park, a former president of the Boca Ciega Point Social Club and Condo Association, an officer for the Pinellas County supervisor of elections and a member of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, where he was a volunteer. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen; a son, Brother Edward, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Darlene Seaver, Rye, N.Y.; three brothers; a sister; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Raymond M. Hook & Son Funeral Home, Seminole.

BRYANT, MARGIE, 41, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at home under hospice care. She came here in 1987 from her native Union, S.C. She worked for a maid service. Survivors include her mother, Vera Cheney, St. Petersburg; a son, Daryl Moss, Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Abbigale Moss, Jonesville, S.C.; four brothers, Donald and Terry Millwood, both of St. Petersburg, Steve Millwood, Woodruff, S.C., and Billy Millwood, Union; and a grandchild. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

BYERLY, WINIFRED L., 87, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 6, 1997) at home. She came here in 1968 from Lyndonville, N.Y., where she retired after 30 years as a Latin teacher for the Lyndonville Central School. She was a member of Lyndonville Presbyterian Church and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include a son, Edward N. "Ted," Columbiana, Ohio; a daughter, Mary A. Anderson, St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. North American Cremation Society, Deerfield Beach.

CARRAWAY, ETHELL MAE, 94, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at Brooksville Nursing Center. Born in Muncie, Ind., she moved to Brooksville nine years ago from St. Petersburg. She was an interior decorator and a member of the Unity Church. Survivors include two nephews and seven nieces, including Roberta Miller, Brooksville. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

COOPER, CHARLES MARION, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at Boca Ciega Center, Gulfport. He came here in 1939 from his native Georgia. He was a construction worker and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include three sons, Norman Howard, St. Petersburg, Elmore Cooper, Orlando, and Charles M. Cooper Jr., Mississippi; a daughter; and 12 grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, Dr. M.L. King Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

CRANE, WARREN, 40, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 3, 1997) at home. He came here in 1980 from his native Jackson, Mich. He was a street sweeper for St. Pete Beach and attended Graham Rogall worship services. Survivors include his mother, Jean Miller, Hillsdale, Mich.; a brother, Gary, and a sister, Robin Crane-Warniment, both of Pinellas Park; and several nieces and nephews. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

DOYLE, ARTHUR WILLIAM, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at Columbia Edward White Hospital. He came here in 1982 from his native Rochester, N.Y., where he was a shipper for Eastman Kodak. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 158, Treasure Island. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Anne; two daughters, Maureen Doyle and Karen Brown, both of Rochester; and five grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

FAHEY, HELEN, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at the Arbors at St. Petersburg, Seminole. Born in Worcester, Mass., she came here about 15 years ago from the Boston area. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a nephew, Frank Halas, Lynnfield, Mass. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

FOWLER, HEBBIE, 99, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997). Born in Cairo, Ga., she came here in 1984 from Miami. She was a member of First Baptist Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include a son, Robert L. Jr., St. Petersburg; and a sister, Minna Anderson, Whigham, Ga. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

GILES, RUTH G., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in 1945 from her native Baltimore. She was a secretary for North Shore Elementary School for 20 years. She attended Northeast Park Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert P. Jr.; a son, Robert P. III, Seminole; a daughter, Rebecca E. Wing, Brooksville; a sister, Lois Wilkerson, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

GORE, ANN L., of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at home. She was a retired seamstress and tailor for E.W. Edwards Department Store, Rochester. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Rochester. Survivors include four sisters, Mable W. Jones and Beatrice L. Williams, both of St. Petersburg, and Willa L. Mapp and Juanita White, both of Rochester. Latimer & Son Funeral Home, Rochester, N.Y.

GREEN, ORA LEE, 76, of Harlem, New York City, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, New York. Born in Live Oak, she lived here before moving to New York 50 years ago. She was a licensed practical nurse and a beautician and owner of a hair salon. Survivors include three sons, John Jr. and Ernest, both of St. Petersburg, and James, New York City; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

KLEPPINGER, FRANCES L., 69, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 1997) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Allentown, Pa., she came here in 1977 from Harrisburg, Pa., where she was a key-punch operator for 12 years with the state of Pennsylvania. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include a brother, William R. Kleppinger, Ormond-by-the-Sea. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

LOWRY, RUTH W., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997). She came here in 1935 from her native Knoxville, Tenn. She retired in 1975 after 20 years as a real estate agent with Tourtelot Bros. Realty. She was a member and past president of the American Business Woman's Association, St. Petersburg Chapter, and received its Woman of the Year award. She was a member of OES Bethlehem Chapter and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Lowry and Barbara Lowry O'Malley, a son, Jerry, and three grandchildren, all of St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MERCER, JACK, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in England and was an owner of a restaurant. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary; a daughter, Karen Covey, St. Petersburg; and a grandson. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

NEWELL, GRACE B., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at Mansion By the Bay ACLF. She came here in 1957 from her native Springfield, Mass. She was a real estate bookkeeper and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Wayne A., St. Petersburg; two granddaughters, Amy Newell, Largo, and Jennifer Newell, Lakeland; and three great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Alan R. McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

MACKEY, JAMES E., 72, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Nov. 5, 1997) at home. He was born in Peckville, Pa., and came here in 1973 from Woodbridge, N.J. He worked as a civilian employee in the records and administration department of the St. Petersburg Police Department. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He attended St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo, and was a member of Knights of Pythias in Perth Amboy, N.J., and the American Legion in Englishtown, N.J. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Mackey, Seminole, and Connie Bareford, Springfield, N.J.; three brothers, Donald, Robert and William, all of Peckville; a sister, Clara Vail, Old Bridge, N.J.; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

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