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ECKERT, DOROTHY L., 48, of Dunedin, died Monday (Dec. 25, 2000) at home. She was born in Trenton, Mich. and came here in 1970 from Michigan. She was a hairdresser and a member of First United Methodist Church of Dunedin. Survivors include two sons, Richard and Dean, both of Florida; and a brother, David Michael Gorman, Trenton. National Cremation Society, Largo.

JESSUP, DEBORAH J., 43, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Dec. 24, 2000) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She was born in Corbin, Ky., and came here in 1998 from Tarpon Springs. She was a secretary at Mease Dunedin Hospital after retiring as a secretary for Lucent Technologies, Orlando. She served in the Air Force for four years. Survivors include her husband, Kevin R.; a foster son, Jan Pedersen, New Port Richey; her father, Stanfort Smith, Corbin; her mother, Patsy DeLong, Royal Oak, Mich.; a brother, John E. Smith, Nuremburg, Germany; three sisters, Peggy L. Walsh, Clarkston, Mich., Sandra K. Phipps, Trenton, Ohio, and Lucretia L. Thornton, Holly, Mich.; several aunts and uncles; and several nieces and nephews. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday

LENIART, JOSEPH, 88, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 27, 2000) at Mease Continuing Care, Dunedin. He was born in Poland and came here 1995 from Wethersfield, Conn. He worked as a gunsmith for Colt Firearms. He was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Peter, Clearwater, and Joseph, Oakton, Va.; two brothers, Walter, East Hartford, Conn., and Valerian, Windsor, Conn.; a sister, Stella Roraback, Windsor; and four grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

Palm Harbor

CASTELO, ROBERT E., 84, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Dec. 26, 2000) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He had been a winter resident since 1972 and moved here in 1988 from his native Champaign, Ill. He retired as a general agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. after 45 years. He was a coast guard veteran of World War II. He was Presbyterian. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and supported its athletic association. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Egyptian Shrine Temple, Illinois. He was a member of Innisbrook Golf Resort. Survivors include two daughters, Julia Jane Castelo, Palm Harbor, and Martha Lynn Castelo, Denver; a son, Robert E. Jr., Champaign; a sister, Clara Elizabeth Castelo, Champaign; two grandchildren, Amanda Jane Girello, Palm Harbor, and Shane Castelo, Champaign. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

EMPEY, EARLE R., 79, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (Dec. 27, 2000) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Boston and came here in 1976 from Hudson, N.H. He worked as a plumber for John Hancock Co. He was Protestant and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Elsie; a son, Richard, Hudson; a stepson, Bill Action, Gainesville; a stepdaughter, Diane Rice, St. Petersburg; a brother, Warren, Lexington, Mass.; a sister, Florence Spurr, Dunedin; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

SCIACCA, PETER F., 76, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Dec. 26, 2000) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1977 from his native Rochester, N.Y, where he owned a hair salon. He was a retired hairdresser and an Army veteran. He was an active member of the Italian American Club, Clearwater, Knights of Columbus and Elks. He was a bowler and woodworker. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Josephine; two sons, Angelo, Ossining, N.Y., and Peter F. Jr., Rochester; two daughters, Sandra Glidden, Rochester, and Jo Anne Houghton, Palm Harbor; a sister, Marion Borrelli, Rochester; and six grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Tarpon Springs

BALLANTYNE, QUINTEN WILSON, 79, of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Dec. 25, 2000) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. He was born in Sebring, Ohio, and was a winter visitor from Cleveland since 1990. He owned and operated Custom Clutch Joint & Hydraulic for 31 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Garfield Memorial Methodist Church, Pepper Pike, Ohio. He was a member of the Automotive Boosters, Woods and Waters Club, Chagrin Valley Country Club, Cleveland, International Gamefish Association and a 38-year member of Innisbrook Resort. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, David, Novelty, Ohio; a daughter, Donna Bastien, Castle Rock, Colo.; and five grandchildren.