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BAIRD, ISABELLE, 66, of New Port Richey, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Hudson. Born in New York, she came here five years ago from the Bronx, N.Y. and was a food server. She was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Huber, New Port Richey; two sisters, Fran Buckley, Nebraska, and Gloria Zimmerman, New Jersey; and five grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

BAREL, EVERETT, 75, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 18 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired jewelry manufacturer and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He volunteered at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He was a member of the Summer Tree Golf League and the West Pasco Jewish Community Center. Survivors include his wife, Alice; a son, Miles, Danbury, Conn.; a daughter, Terri Eisenberg, Newton, Mass.; two sisters, Barbara Kass, Philadelphia, and Dorothy Hanzin, Tamarac; and five grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.

BEDNARZ, JOSEPH C., 89, of Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at Kindred Hospital Central in Tampa. Born in Passaic, N.J., he came here 24 years ago from Bozrah, Conn. He was a machinist for Pratt & Whitney and was a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nellie; two daughters, Jean Becotte, Hudson, and Marian Groncki, Park Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Agnes Kolodziej, Sun City, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

CASSANI, SAVERIA T., 84, of Holiday, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. She came here in 1972 from her native Brockton, Mass. She was owner/operator of an Italian restaurant. She was a member of T.A.T. Association and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, both of Holiday. Survivors include two sons, Vincent, New Port Richey, and Donald, Brockton; a sister, Rose MacPherson, Galt, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.

ELVIN, JOHN W., 85, of Port Richey, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) at Tandem Health Care of Bayonet Point. Born in Paterson, N.J., he came here in 1981 from Riverdale, N.J. He was an inspector in the aeronautical division for the Curtis-Wright Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion. He was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, John W. Elvin Jr., Carolina Shores, N.C., and Keith, Kinnelon, N.J.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

FAGERT, FRANCIS EUGENE "GENE," 83, of Port Richey, formerly of Spring Hill and New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at the Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson. Born in Hannibal, Ohio, he moved to New Port Richey in 1979 from Weirton, W. Va., moved from New Port Richey to Spring Hill in 1993, and in 2001 moved to Port Richey. He retired as a millwright and electrician from National Steel Corp. with more than 36 years of service. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union and the River Road Church of Christ of New Port Richey. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Juanita; two daughters, Deanna K. Young, Port Richey, and Kathie J. Monroe, New Port Richey; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson.

FREDLUND, HELEN G., 96, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at Tandem Health Care of Bayonet Point. Born in New York, she came here 30 years ago from South Bend, Ind. She was a volunteer at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital and active with the Lunch Bunch at Southgate in New Port Richey. She was Methodist. Survivors include her daughter, Joyce E. Clark, New Port Richey; a brother, William Wartel, Sun City, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

FUHRMAN, WILHELMENA OR, 90, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at home. Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, she came to Florida in 1966 from Ontario and was a retired registered nurse. She was Presbyterian. Survivors include two sons, Gary Dunham, New Port Richey, and Lance Dunham, California; a daughter, Duaine W. Campbell, Palm Harbor; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

GRAY, BILLIE M., 54, of Hudson, formerly of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at home. He came here 39 years ago from his native Zephyrhills. He was a self-employed painter and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was Baptist. Survivors include a son, John, and two daughters, Susan Rasberry and Shelly Zillio, all of Hudson; his mother, Clara Mae Hicks, Tarpon Springs; a sister, Debbie Gray, Germany; and 10 grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.

GREGORY, GEORGE H., 73, of Holiday, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he came here 11 years ago from Old Saybrook, Conn., where he was a superintendent for Fenwick Golf Course with 20 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Chapel of Pinellas Park. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; four sons, Raymond Desjardins and Gregory Desjardins, both of Connecticut, Andrew Gregory, Pennsylvania, and George Gregory, Holiday; six daughters, Lorraine Wendt, Virginia, Karen Grasmick, Maryland, Sharon Gaucher, California, Roxanne Provencher, Connecticut, Joanne Wechter, Fort Lauderdale, and Lisa Morris, Orlando; a brother, Bruce, Tarpon Springs; a sister, Karin Clark, Spring Hill; 25 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

GRISWOLD, SHARON DIANE, 59, of Tampa, formerly of Port Richey, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at home under the care of Lifepath Hospice. Born in Decatur, Ill., she moved to Tampa in 2000 from Port Richey, where she lived since 1968. She was a St. Petersburg Times carrier with 21 years of service. She had a career as a certified nursing assistant and owned an adult care home. Survivors include her husband, Bruce Clark; a son, Timothy M., Port Richey; a daughter, Michaelle D. Cooper, Tampa; her mother, Betty Knefley, and a brother, Gary Alverson, both of Fredericktown, Ohio; a sister, Linda Montgomery, Rockford, Ill.; and one grandchild. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

HAMMOND, ROBERT ADDISON, 85, of Zephyrhills, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) in Zephyrhills. Born in Alameda, Calif., he came here in 1973 from Oklahoma City, Okla., and was a pilot for a charter airline. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Betty N.; five sons, Phillip Jack Hammond, Del City, Okla., Ronald Richard Hammond and Keith D. Hammond, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., Robert A. Hammond Jr. and James Scott, both of Edmond, Okla.; a stepson, Danny Alfred Draper, Bethany, Okla.; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

MASON, MAE, 79, of Port Richey, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Philadelphia, she came here seven years ago from Fairless Hills, Pa. She worked at St. Mary Hospital and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Ron, Port Richey, and John, Newark, Del.; a daughter, Nancy Becer, Holland, Pa.; and three sisters, Florence Day, Bensalem, Pa., Gertrude Speranza and Joan Graham, both of Fairless Hills; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

MIGLIN, JOHN E., 70, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Sharon, Pa., he came here in 1989 from Akron, Ohio. He was a design draftsman for Westinghouse Electric and Babcock & Wilcox. Survivors include two sons, John F. and Robert, both of Ohio; a daughter, Lorilee Baggott, Tampa; a brother, James, Hicksville, Ohio; a sister, Doris Dermond, Sharon, Pa.; seven nephews and one niece; five great-nephews and eight great-nieces; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

MUMMA, KENNETH E., 80, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Springfield, Ohio, he came here one year ago from Middletown, Pa. He was a systems analyst for the federal government and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 594. Survivors include two sons, Gary L., Lancaster, Pa., and James A., Middletown; a daughter, Nancy Gutierrez, New Port Richey; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

RIDDLE, VIRGINIA E., 84, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at home. Born in Cheyenne, Wy., she came here 33 years ago from Mitchellville, Iowa and was a homemaker. She was Christian. Survivors include four daughters, Sherry Burke, Corpus Christi, Texas, Sandra DeSosa and Denice Diller Pebler, both of New Port Richey, and Gae Lee Spaulding, Junction City, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.

RUSSELL, GRACE ISABELL, 90, of Zephyrhills, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) in Zephyrhills. Born in Westfield, N.Y., she came here in 1982 from Utica, N.Y. and worked as a lab technician for General Electric. She was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Robert F.; two sisters, Bernice Springer, Whitney Point, N.Y., and Elva Petrie, West Winfield, N.Y.; and a brother, Eugene Doremus, West Winfield. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.

SZYMANSKI, THEODORE, 88, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Pittsburgh, he came here 24 years ago from Dearborn, Mich. He was a retired engineer employed by Chrysler Corp. in Hamtramck, Mich. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 3. He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Polish-American Pulaski Association Holiday and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen M.; two sons, Robert H., Highland, Mich., and Raymond T., Cocoa; a brother, Richard, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; a sister, Louise Wrobel, California; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

VAN BUMBLE, JOHN A., 69, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at home. Born in Schenectady, N.Y., He came here in 1978 from Cleveland. He was a supervisor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was an ordained deacon at Victory Worship Church. Survivors include two daughters, Kim Noto, Tarpon Springs, and Christine Van Bumble, Hudson; two sons, Alvin J., Weaverville, N.C., and Scott, Hudson; and nine grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.

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