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DEATCHER, MARY, 97, of Spring Hill, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Oct. 24, 2003) at Forest Oaks ALF. Born in Paisley, Scotland, she came to Pinellas Park in 1969 from Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Spring Hill six years ago. She was a retired baker for the New York School System with more than 15 years of service. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Ronald E., Spring Hill; a daughter, Marlene Pavesi, Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.

HALL, MARIANNE, 66, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Germany, she came here in 1977 from El Paso, Texas. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. She was a volunteer for the Florida International Museum. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle C. Hall, Clearwater; a son, Jason M. Hall, Pinellas Park; and a sister, Inga Voit, and a brother, Werner Voit, both of Germany. National Cremation Society, Largo.

KELLEY, SARAH, 76, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2003) at home. Born in Birmingham, Ala., she came here in 1971 from Pensacola. She was a homemaker and a member of Pasadena Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. She attended Gulfpark College in Gulfport, Miss. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Harold; two sons, Harold Kelley Jr., Tierra Verde, and Tom Kelley, Tampa; two daughters, Sherre Duroure, Destin, and Jacqueline Mendoza, Winter Park; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

ALDERMAN, CONNIE S., 29, of Flagstaff, Ariz., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Oct. 24, 2003) at home. Born in St. Petersburg, she moved to Flagstaff in 2002. Survivors include two sons, Brandon Allan Ariola, Ash Flat, Ark., and Ryan Keith Bickford, St. Petersburg; her father, Lytle Alderman, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; her mother and stepfather, Vickie and Glen Massengill, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Paul Allan Alderman, St. Petersburg, and Eric Massengill, Largo; her maternal grandparents, Ron and Julie Nickum, St. Petersburg; and her paternal grandfather, Jack Alderman. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BYRGE, THOMAS PORTER "TOM," 57, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Middlesboro, Ky., he moved here in 1965 from Bermuda. He graduated summa cum laude from St. Petersburg College with an associate of arts degree. He was a dependency counselor with the Salvation Army for more than seven years. He was a 14-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous and a Buddhist. Survivors include his wife, Debra Bennett; three sons, Thomas Allen Whitman, Valrico, Andrew Colin McDannold, Newton, N.C., and Joshua Wayne Byrge, Grand Ridge; a daughter, Sara Ellen Byrge, Grand Ridge; his parents, Neal B. and Mona Geraldine Byrge, and a brother, David O'Neal Byrge, all of Tampa; two sisters, Mona Marlene Angelo, Orlando, and Lucy L'Dona Tackett, Tampa; and six grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

CLARK, BOBBY, 64, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2003) at Shore Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Dublin, Ga. He was a former co-owner of Sweet Soul's Place restaurant and formerly helped run Florida Sparkle-Crete Inc. He was a member of Greater Mount Zion AME Church, where he sang with the men's choir. Survivors include his wife, Demetria; three sons, Ricardo, Lester and Dondray, all of St. Petersburg; five stepsons, Jebrea Crawford, Kweshawn Seymore and Richard Crawford, all of St. Petersburg, Zaynus Crawford, Jacksonville, and James Warren, Malone; two daughters, Angel Clark, Sarasota, and Rose Ann Clark, St. Petersburg; two stepdaughters, Trifina Quinn and Kwametha Clark, two sisters, Shirley Jones and June Franklin, and a brother, David Johnson, all of St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

FOLEY, STELLA L., 78, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 27, 2003). She came here from Chicago 30 years ago. Survivors include three sons, John Parchman, St. Petersburg, Richard Parchman, Carthage, Mo., and Bobby Carman, Grand Junction, Colo.; and a daughter, Dianna Love, Chicago. Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo.

HARRIS, DOROTHY M., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at Tandem Healthcare in St. Petersburg. Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., she came here in 1992 from Key West. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Pinellas Park. Survivors include two sons, Terry L. Carden, St. Petersburg, and Paul W. Carden, Milroy, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

LeBLANC, LOUISE ELIZABETH, 63, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at home. Born in Providence, R.I., she came here in 1997 from North Providence, R.I., where she co-owned Allendale Leasing Co. She was a former cashier at the Publix supermarket in Madeira Beach. She was Protestant. She was a former Girl Scout leader and volunteer for the Westside Little League. She enjoyed bowling and traveling. Survivors include a son, Joseph E. Pierce Jr., and two daughters, Donna L. Varone and Deborah A. Bradford, all of North Providence; a sister, Elaine Hobson, St. Petersburg; and her companion, Walter Mello; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

PAULSEN, CARL E., 89, of Plant City, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Oct. 27, 2003) at home. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he moved to St. Petersburg in 1921, and to Tampa several years ago. He was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a St. Petersburg reserve police officer for 26 years and retired from Pinellas Lumber Co. after 25 years. He was a member of Cork United Methodist Church and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sybil O'Dean Black; two daughters, Nancy Ann Paulsen Grauer and Carol Sue Paulsen Matthai; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

MAMUS, BASIL, 72, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at home. Born in Plavocha, Ukraine, he came here in 2001 from Clearwater. He was a maintenance worker with Pan American Airways in New York and retired after 22 years. He was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Ukraine Catholic Church, active with bingo at his church and a member of Organization for the Freedom of Ukraine. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Irene; a daughter, Sonia Rudolph, St. Petersburg; two sons, Steven Mamus, Orlando, and John Mamus, Roslyn Heights, N.Y.; a brother, Nick Mamus, Ukraine; and five grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MARTIN, HARRIS "TICK," 51, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was a St. Petersburg native and formerly worked for the city. Survivors include his wife, Brenda; a son, Curtis Martin, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Harriet Martin, Shakita Martin and Jasmine Martin, all of Clearwater; his mother, Minnie Mae Martin, and a brother, Willie Ree Martin, both of St. Petersburg; six sisters, Ethel Gallup, Sherby Hazley, Dana Mack, Johnnie Wright and Wendy Martin, all of St. Petersburg, and Deborah Bell, Tampa; and four granddaughters. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

PITTMAN, VERDIA J., 54, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was a St. Petersburg native. She owned It's a Small World Daycare Center. She was a member of Mount Carmel Primitive Baptist Church and was a missionary and president of the matron department. She was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the adult choir. She was a 1968 graduate of Gibbs High School. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Joseph A. Sr.; and a son, Joseph A. Jr., two stepdaughters, Lavette Hicks and Shaunta Hammond, her mother, Gertrude Haughbrook, four brothers, Elder James Earl Haughbrook, Vernon Haughbrook, Robert Haughbrook and Sherman Haughbrook, and a sister, Betty Haughbrook, all of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

RUPPEL, CLARENCE EDWIN "FRITZ," 81, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at home under the care of hospice. Born in Flushing, Mich., he came here in 1971 from Albion, Mich. He was an Army quartermaster during World War II. He was a member of Local 552 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Moving Picture Tech Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. He and his wife ran a booth at the 49er Flea Market for 15 years. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Thelma Pauline; two sons, David F., Tampa, and Frederick P., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Nancy K. Gamble, St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WALL, EVELYN REICHOW, 90, of Inverness, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at Mariner Health Care of Inverness. Born in St. Paul, Minn., she moved to Inverness three years ago from Ocala. She lived here from 1955 to 1973. She was a retired real estate secretary and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. She was Presbyterian. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Kay O'Hanlon, and a granddaughter, Deborah Kay O'Hanlon, both of Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.

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