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BODELL, FREDERICK P. "FRED," 60, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (July 23, 2002) at home. He was born in Bristol, R.I., and came here in 1979 from Hatfield, Pa. He was a machinist and toolmaker. Since 1994 he worked as a nuclear field technician for BCP Technical Services, Dunedin. He graduated in 1959 from Oxford Academy, Pleasantville, N.J. He was a Merchant Marine, a boater and marksman, gun and knife collector, and a member of the National Rifle Association and the Mayflower Society. Survivors include his wife, Joan; three sons, Stephen F. Sudbury, Mass., Scott P., Tiverton, R.I., and Phillip T., Fairport, N.Y.; his mother, Jane P. Bodell, Bristol; and a sister, Frances Bodell, Wickford, R.I.; and six grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

KELLERBERG, DOLORES J., 77, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (July 23, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. She was born in Monongahela, Pa., and came here in 1981 from Pittsburgh. She owned and operated Fragrance Fair, Oldsmar, and was Syrian Orthodox. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Bill; three daughters, Talana Kellerberg, Dunedin, Daryl Kellerberg, Palm Harbor, and Colette Lewis, Monroeville, Pa.; two sisters, Norma Jean Solomon, Monongahela, and Jacqueline Pogoda, Charleroi, Pa.; and a grandson. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

MOOMAW, LELAND L., 98, of Dunedin, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He came here in 1987 from his native Indiana, where he retired as a pasteurizer for a dairy. There are no known survivors. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Palm Harbor

LESLIE, RALPH I., 83, of Palm Harbor, died Monday (July 22, 2002). He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here after he retired from the Air Force. He served 30 years on active duty and five years in the Reserves. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a B-24 pilot in the European Theater. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and he logged more than 10,00 flying hours. He was twice awarded the Legion of Merit and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous air and campaign medals. He was an active volunteer at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, a member of Lutheran Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor, Egypt Shrine Temple of Tampa, Tampa QBs (Quiet Birdmen), Clearwater Sojourners, Tokyo Masonic Lodge, and membership chairman of the Order of the Daedalians. He recently was named honorary search and rescue pilot at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bette; two sons, Ralph, Seattle, and Bryan, Clearwater; a daughter, Virginia, Chapel Hill, N.C.; two brothers, Kenneth and David, both of New York; and a grandson. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

ROBERTS, BETTE S., 61, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (July 23, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Columbia, Mo., moved to Miami in 1972 from Dallas and moved here in 1978. She worked as a consultant with Limited Edition Interior Design, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Martin "Marty;" two daughters, Renate Foley and Kelley Howell, both of Palm Harbor; her parents, Ella Mae and James D. Meyers, and a sister, Connie Ann Grant, all of Columbia; and four grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

WERTZ, CHARLES ROBERT, 78, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (July 24, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He came here in 1958 from his native Chicago, and retired after 35 years as construction superintendent for Clark & Logan Construction. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; five daughters, Susan Guss, Clearwater, Diane Hall and Susan Norsworthy, both of Palm Harbor, Barbara Usher, Orlando, and Patricia Russell, Ocala; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Tarpon Springs

THOMAS, RUTH M., 93, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. She was born in Brunswick, Ohio, and came here in 1977 from Strongsville, Ohio. She worked as an office manager for Simplex Wire and Cable Co., Cleveland, and was Baptist. Survivors include a sister, Louise Sanderson, and a nephew, Russell Sanderson Jr., both of Berea, Ohio. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.