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100-year-old marks day with three parties

Madaline Limegrover Krater, of Largo, was treated to three birthday bashes to celebrate reaching the century mark.

The first was Thanksgiving Day at the Largo home of her niece and namesake, Madelon Speer; the second was Friday at Shepherd's Restaurant on Clearwater Beach with out-of-town relatives; and the third, an open house, on Tuesday, Madaline's actual birthday, was at Barrington Terrace, her home for many years.

Madaline and her identical twin, Florence, were born in Pittsburgh on Nov. 28, 1906, to Catherine and Joseph Limegrover.

Madaline studied business and graduated from Miss Connelly's School for Girls in Pittsburgh, and to this day, writes herself notes in shorthand.

While Madaline went into federal government office work, Florence earned a registered nursing degree from Pittsburgh Hospital.

From 1925 to 1949 Madaline worked as a court reporter, was secretary to the Administrator of Defense Solid Fuels in Altoona, Pa., and for the Veterans Administration.

In 1929, she married F. Wallace "Wally" Krater, and the couple moved to Hollidaysburg, Pa. In the early 1930s, Madaline and Wally, along with Florence and her family, co-owned and operated Campbells Mills Park, a popular vacation resort 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The Great Johnstown Flood of 1936, brought the idyllic venture to an end. It forced them to give up their damaged property to the Pennsylvania Flood Control Agency.

In 1975, the Kraters came to this area to be near Florence, who moved here in 1973. They settled in the Palm Hill Country Club area of Largo and traveled frequently. Wally was the choir director at St. Cecelia Church in Largo and active in Kiwanis until he died in 1986.

Madaline lived independently in Largo until 1999, then moved to Pinecrest Place and later to Barrington Terrace.

Ten years ago during a 90th birthday television interview, the twins confused the camera as they had their friends in their youth by wearing matching clothing.

Florence died three years later.

Not one for idle hands, Madaline still keeps her sewing machine humming and she resumed piano lessons at 89. She drove her car until the age of 92.

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Woman celebrates 106th birthday

Dorothy Fulton Burt, a resident of On Top of the World in Clearwater for 37 years, who grew up in Tarpon Springs, had a very special reason to give thanks on Thursday - she reached the remarkable age of 106 that day.

Dorothy's birthday was officially celebrated Nov. 21 at On Top of the World, at a party hosted by next door neighbors Ted and Patty Forman.

Along with traditional birthday gifts and candy, Dorothy was surprised by a bouquet of multi-colored roses from her neighbors in the Old World Spanish building, where she and her husband moved to in 1969.

Born Nov. 23, 1900, in Burgettstown, Pa., Dorothy came to Tarpon Springs in 1910. Her parents brought her and eight siblings to 10 acres on the north side of Anclote River. They established and operated the Riverside Dairy ranch until the Great Depression.

Dorothy studied at Florida State College for Women (now Florida State) in Tallahassee until the money ran out. Undaunted, she achieved a teaching certificate at the University of Florida and taught elementary school for two years in Gainesville until she realized that her real calling was nursing.

She graduated magna cum laude from nursing school and worked for the federal government as a nurse in the Panama Canal Zone, where she met her husband, Donald George Burt. He was a graduate and instructor of naval engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, then serving at the canal. They had a daughter, Edith Annette, and a son, Donald G. Jr.

After leaving the Canal Zone, the Burts traveled to several states before settling in Moorestown, N.J.

In 1957, Dorothy and her husband came to Tarpon Springs, and she worked several more years as a nurse for the Pinellas County Health Department, before moving in 1969 to Clearwater.

After Donald died in 1972, Dorothy remained in her apartment at On Top of the World, where she still lives independently with the help of her granddaughter, Beth O'Malley, and great-granddaughter, Sara, who live nearby - and her neighbors, who are more than willing to help.

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Couple celebrate 65 years of marriage

Romeo and Nora Scerbo of Dunedin gathered with close to 100 friends and family at the Countryside Country Club to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Guests traveled from as far away as Norway to attend. The Scerbo daughters, Janis Beal and Linda Rhea, both of Palm Harbor, and Sally Morris, of New Port Richey, hosted the celebration.

Romeo and Nora are both natives of North Adams, Mass., where they were wed Nov. 19, 1941, in the First Congregational Church. They came to Dunedin in 1950.

Romeo retired in 1978 after 23 years as the Tampa branch service manager for Pitney Bowes.

Nora retired in 1987 after 20 years as a cafeteria manager for Pinellas County Schools. She also worked for H & R Block in Dunedin, where she retired in 2002 after 20 years with that company.

Both are members of Union Street United Methodist Church of Dunedin and have been active in Dunedin OES Chapter 132 for close to 50 years.

Besides their three daughters, the Scerbos had another daughter, the late Susan Ray, and they have a son, Bernie, who now lives in Henderson, N.C., seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Nova Beall contributed to this report. For information or an anniversary form, call (727) 445-4109. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to (717) 441-4119, or e-mail paulet@sptimes.com.

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