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BALCH, CHARLES FREDERICK, 80, of Hernando, died Friday (March 16, 2001) in Crystal River. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here 21 years ago from Fort Lauderdale. He was a retired carpenter for Broward County and an Army veteran of World War II. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Mary Dick; a daughter, Catherine Marie Edwards, Oviedo; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inverness.

HAMLET, ROBERT "BOB," 69, of Citrus Springs, died Wednesday (March 14, 2001) at home. Born in Ferndale, Mich., he came here two years ago from Clawson, Mich., after being a winter resident here since 1988. He was an inspector with 46 years of service for Master Gage of Berkley, Mich. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church, Southfield, Mich., and Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, Lecanto. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dorcas; three sons, Robert James, Cadillac, Mich., Todd Douglas, Tustin, Mich., and Steven Mark, Jenison, Mich.; his mother, Priscilla Gauthier, Manistique, Mich.; a brother, Raymond Newell, Lake City, Mich.; a sister, Deneice Monroe, Manistique; many nephews and nieces; and 11 grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Dunnellon.

HILL, MARY L., 75, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (March 14, 2001) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Dickerson Run, Pa., she came here 10 years ago from Miami and was a seamstress. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Robert; a daughter, Vicki Lynn Sullivan, Brooksville; a sister, Anna Bell Coffman, Connellsville, Pa.; and two grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.

LUDWIG, GARNER SAMUEL, 86, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at the Hospice Unit, Brooksville Health Care Center. Born in Twin Rocks, Pa., he moved here 17 years ago from Pittsburgh. He was a retired machinist for Westinghouse Electric. He was an Army veteran of World War II and earned a Purple Heart award. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Thomas, Edinboro, Pa.; three daughters, Jane Broudy, Pittsburgh, Helen Morgan, Chevy Chase, Md., and Patti Beymer, Naperville, Ill.; a brother, William, Irwin, Pa.; a sister, Thelma Zimmerman, Greensburg, Pa.; and five grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

MINNAR, VICTORIA M., 71, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (March 13, 2001) at Oak Hill Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, she came here last June from Tampa. She was retired from Environmental Services for the city of Phoenix, Ariz. She was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa and Victoria E., both of Spring Hill; two brothers, Frank Bounasis, Sommers Point, N.J., and Jay Jay Bounasis, Philadelphia; a sister, Elizabeth Kelly, Philadelphia; and three grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

MOZINGO, DANIEL "DAN" WILLIAM JR., 78, of Homosassa, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) in Crystal River. Born in Ripley, W.Va., he came here 11 years ago from Wierton, W.Va. He was a retired steel worker with 30 years of service for Weirton Steel and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of West Virginia Trappers Association, Ohio Valley Bass Fisherman's Association, Colliers Hunting Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Weirton, and member of Eagles Aerie, Follensbee, W.Va. He was a member of the Christian Church, Colliers, W.Va. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marie McDonald; a son, Ronald, Weirton, W.Va.; two daughters, Danna Beamen, Weirton, and Marlene Swiger, Homosassa; a brother, Ora James, Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Eleanor, Fairpoint, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory, Homosassa.

MURRAY, GWENDOLYN F., 76, of Inverness, died Wednesday (March 14, 2001) at home. Born in Islesboro, Maine, she came here seven years ago from Milford, Conn. She retired with 33 years of service from Schick Razor Co. in Milford. She was Baptist. Survivors include a daughter, Maureen Armour, Milford; a brother, Winslow Smith, Princeville, Ore.; a sister, Barbara Hamilton, DeRidder, La.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

NELLIS, VIRINIA G., 72, of Spring Hill, died Friday (March 16, 2001) at Brooksville Health Care Center. under the care of her husband and hospice. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here six years ago from Brentwood, N.Y. She was a retired office manager for Packard Flooring Supply with 30 years of service. She was a member of ROCA Ladies Auxiliary of Regency Oaks. She was a greeter and member at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. She is survived by her husband, William; two brothers, George Jidoun, Pasadena, Calif., and Edward Jidoun, Bronx, N.Y. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Spring Hill.

RUBIN, DAVID "DAVE," 80, of Spring Hill, died Friday (March 16, 2001) at Oak Hill Hospital. Born in Mount Clemens, Mich., he came here 14 years ago from Silver Spring, Md. He was in the food industry and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Moose, a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and past officer of the Disabled American Veterans in Maryland. He was a member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Connie; two sons, David II, Manhattan, N.Y., and Jeffrey Rubin, Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Louis, Chevy Chase, Md.; three sisters, Fannie, Costa Mesa, Calif., Betty Cave, Cape Coral, and Eve, Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Brewer Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Spring Hill.

SMUSS, MARGARETE, 96, of Inverness, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in Danzig, Poland, she came here 25 years ago from Ocala. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Michael J., Israel; a daughter, Frieda Larson, Inverness; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

WATT, WILLIAM H., 83, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at home. Born in Madison County, Tenn., he moved here 20 years ago from Jackson, Tenn. He was a retired inspector for General Motors, an Army veteran of World War II and member of First Christian Church of Spring Hill. Survivors include his wife, May M.; a son, William Charles, Weeki Wachee; two daughters, Virginia Robinson, Georgetown, Texas, and Margery Ann Watkins, Brooksville; a sister, Edna Younger, Medina, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

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