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BLOCK, BETTY, 90, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at home. Born in Russia, she came here in 1984 from Irvington, N.J. and was a food server. She was Jewish. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Kelly, Holiday; a brother, Max Kasen, Tucson, Ariz.; and a granddaughter. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.

BURNELL, ALICE GERTRUDE, 100, of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. She was born in Goodells, Mich., and was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Gerald C., Parsonsburg, Md.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

CIRNIGLIARO, MICHELANGELA, 97, of Hudson, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Italy, she came here in 1998 from Long Island, N.Y. and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Matteo, Italy, Salvatore and Claudio, both of Hudson; a daughter, Giovanna Blangiaido, Long Island; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.

COOK, FREDA M., 92, of Port Richey, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson. Born in Hayward, Wis., she came here 10 years ago from Tampa. She was a waitress and member of First Baptist Church of Port Richey. Survivors include a son, Glen Patterson, Port Richey; a sister, Irene Bundies, St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

GIDDINGS, CLIFFORD JAMES JR. "C.J.," 58, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (March 17, 2002) at home. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. He was a foreman in the construction industry and an Army veteran. He was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Noel; his mother, Margaret, Zephyrhills; and two sisters, Judith Kerman, New Port Richey, and Holly Fox, Barnegat, N.J. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

GILL, CAROLINE, 97, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at home. Born in Troy, N.Y., she came here in 1992 from New York. She was a railroad maintenance worker and member St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include three granddaughters, Joanne Sudler, New Port Richey, Rosemarie King, Daytona Beach, and Denise Miure, Lake Mary; and a grandson, Tony Manzolillo, Orange City. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.

HARRIS, LOIS E., 82, of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (March 16, 2002) at home. Born in Owosso, Mich., she was a winter resident here for several years. She was the owner/operator of a motel. Survivors include a daughter, Donna VanWieren, Zephyrhills. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

KEMBLOWSKI, LORRAINE A., 68, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at home. She came here 22 years ago from her native Chicago and was a homemaker. She was Lutheran. Survivors include a daughter, Denise Kemblowski, New Port Richey; a sister, Karen Burke, St. Petersburg; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

LIEBLANG, HELEN J., 87, of Holiday, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center in New Port Richey. Born in Croswell, Mich., she came here in 1976 from Detroit. She was a retired salesperson for Singer Sewing Machine Co. with 28 years of service. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, John J.; two daughters, Mary Ellen Caruso, New Port Richey, and Eleanor May Meyer, Holiday; a son, Donald J., Roseville, Mich.; a sister, Frances Baranowski; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.

MOSES, LINDA LOU, 54, of New Port Richey, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (March 21, 2002) at home. She moved to Largo 15 years ago from her native Indianapolis and recently came here to be with family. She was a clerk for Circle K in Palm Harbor. She attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Herbranson, Port Richey, Renee Holsombach, Holiday, and Ramona Skinner, New Port Richey; three brothers, James Scrougham, Paul and Chato Dominquez, all of Indianapolis; three sisters, Lucy Hunter and Becky Benales, both of Indianapolis, and Carla Fisher, Panama City Beach; and 10 grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

OWEN, ROSA LEE, 73, of Dade City, died Monday (March 18, 2002) in Somerville, Tenn. Born in Hardeman County, Tenn., she was a 40-year resident of Dade City, returning to Tennessee recently to be with family. She retired from the Holiday Inn Brooksville as food and beverage manager. She was a former bookstore owner, and was an elementary school and substitute teacher. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dade City. Survivors include two daughters, Cheri Nobles, Brooksville, and Deborah Owen, and a son, Harris E. Owen III, and a sister, Frances Jones, all of Somerville; a grandson; two granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters. Coleman & Ferguson Funral Homes, Dade City.

RANKIN, ALLAN P., 83, of Dade City, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Pasco Regional Medical Cetner in Dade City. Born in Lancaster, Ky., he came here in 1983 from Tallahassee. He was an Air Force veteran, achieving the rank of colonel. He served as a fighter pilot during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Glenn; three sons, David, Tampa, Allan C., Panacea, and Robert L., Nashville; three daughters, Kay Dyal, Tampa, Carol Rankin, San Antonio, Texas, and Nancy Rankin, Dade City; and 10 grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

ROSS, BLYNN B., 80, of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. Born in Phillips, Maine, he was a 44-year winter resident from Strong, Maine. He was the owner/operator of a retail store. Survivors include his wife, Zello; two sons, John, Mercer, Maine, and Thomas, South Thomaston, Maine; a daughter, Marilyn Howe, Kingfield, Maine; a sister, Marilyn Walker, New Hampshire; and six grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

SIMSON, ALFRED H., 71, of Holiday, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs. Born in Saugus, Mass., he came here in 1990 from Bellingham, Mass. He was a retired truck driver for Budweiser Distribution with over 30 years of service, and member of Teamsters Local 170, Worcester, Mass. He was a Navy veteran serving as a firefighter on the USS Gatling. He was a life member VFW of Bellingham, member Elks of Tarpon Springs and former president of Holiday Lakes Security Patrol. He was a Protestant and attended the Holiday Church of Christ Congregation. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; four daughters, Elizabeth Demerest, Port Jervis, N.Y., Susan Brennan, Spring Hill, Nancy Moser, Foxboro, Mass., and Jacquelyn Briggs, Holiday; four sons, Benjamin, South Kingston, R.I., Shad, Woonsocket, R.I., Michael Palmer, Chichester, N.H., and Daniel Palmer, Holiday; two brothers, Alfred Twitchel, Issaquah, Wash., and Frank Twitchel, Ocala; paternal aunt, Beatrice Simson, Merrimack, N.H.; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Clearwater.

SIVAK, MARGARET E., 85, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (March 21, 2002) at home. Born in Northampton, Pa., she came here 34 years ago from Lester, Pa. She was a ward secretary at Community Hospital of New Port Richey and member Buchanan Baptist Church of Tampa. Survivors include three sons, Frank Sivak, Tarpon Springs, Frederick J. Watson, Sewell, N.J., and Earl C. Watson, New Port Richey; two daughters, Margaret T. Restaneo, England, and Dorothy J. Knudsen, New Port Richey; a brother, Joseph Somy, Frederica, Del.; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

SMITH, MELVIN V., 80, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (March 21, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in McHenry County, N.D., he came here in 1977 from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a retired master mechanic working for the U.S. government in Panama for 21 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Elks, AARP and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Miriam; two sons, Bill, Rolesville, N.C., and Russell, State College, Pa.; five brothers and four sisters; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

THRASHER, DAISY, 92, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. Born in Ashboro, Ind., she came here in 1980 from South Bend, Ind. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include a niece, Bessie M. Lehman, and a niece, Nancy Lovelace, both of Dugger, Ind. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.

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