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Alonso, Josephine "Jo," 81, of Tampa, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006). She was a member of the first graduating class of Florida State University in 1948. She served in protective services for 31 years. Survivors include her husband, Elio; a son, Ramon II; a daughter, Regina Rubio; and two grandchildren. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.

Abramo, Louis C., 90, of Spring Hill, formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006) at home. Born in New York City, he moved to Tampa from New Hyde Park, N.Y., then to Spring Hill. For 43 years he was a photo engraver for the New York Times. He was a member of the Elks Lodge Spring Hill and Catholic. He was a handyman who enjoyed repairing items. Survivors include his wife, Anna; two daughters, Marie Castagan, Tampa, and Ann Abramo, Jacksonville; two sisters, Theresa Lieberman and Angelina Castellano, both of Deer Park, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Brewer &Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.

Burnett, Robert M., 69, of Valrico, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) in Brandon. He was an Air Force veteran of 23 years and worked for TECO Transport and Trade for 13 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge 2417 Buckhead Ridge, Okeechobee. He loved fishing, family fish fries, sports of any kind and reading Louis L'Amour westerns. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Glenda; two daughters, Lynn Colicci and Carol McIntyre; two sons, Thomas and Howard; a sister, Nancy Carol Reynolds, Georgia; and 12 grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

Catron, Helena Ruth, 94, of Brandon, died Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2006). Born in Tazewell County, Va., she owned and operated a day care center before moving to Seffner in 1972. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Whitt, Hattie Lee Eaton and Shirley Ann Albright; a son, Eugene; two brothers, Ray and Quincy Wimmer; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, Riverview.

Elliott, Peifen, 45, of Tampa, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006). She was a native of Taiwan, and lived here since 1990. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband, Julian; three children, Rebecca, Jess and Sarah; her mother; and several brothers and sisters. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

Flisch, Robert, 83, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2006) at Palm Terrace of St. Petersburg. He was born in Homosassa, and moved to St. Petersburg from Tampa in 1982. He retired after 20 years with the St. Petersburg Times. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and member of the American Legion. He enjoyed golf and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Tessie; a son, David, a daughter, Melissa Chonsky, two stepsons, Jon and Phil Catalan, a sister, Elizabeth, Flisch, and three grandchildren, all of St. Petersburg. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Flynn, Franklin Preston Jr., 59, of Apollo Beach, died Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2006). Survivors include his wife, Janice; a son, Franklin P. III; a daughter, Sylvia Smith; a brother, Tommy; a sister, Faye Camors; his step-mother, Ila Flynn; and two grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

Prugh, Terry Lee, 62, of Tampa, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006). He came here in 1980 from his native Dayton, Ohio, where he served 14 years with the Dayton Police Department. Locally, he worked four years with the Largo Police Department. Since 2003, he worked as a business manager at the Mendez Foundation. He was an avid sports fan and loved to bowl and play tennis and cards. He was a member of the Northdale Men's Golf Association. He graduated from the Dayton Police Academy in 1967 and attended Sinclair Community College and Hillsborough Community College. He was Phi Theta Kappa. He was a Navy veteran yeoman 2nd class. He got his first hole-in-one on July 29, 2006. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Sara Sopkin Prugh; a son, Brian; a brother, Timothy L.; and many other family members. D. Alan Moore Funeral Home, Bradenton. D. Alan Moore, licensed funeral director, Bradenton.

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