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FAITH, FAMILY SUSTAIN WOMAN AT 104

Florence Schaub Wilson of Dunedin celebrated her 104th birthday the afternoon of Aug. 20 with a party at Mease Continuing Care.

Mrs. Wilson was born Aug. 20, 1905, in Indianapolis to parents of German descent, Julia Winklehouse and Frederick Schaub. She had a younger sister, Frances, and an older brother, Edward, with whom she was very close. Both are now deceased.

She graduated from high school in Indianapolis, and it was in that city she met and married Blake Wilson in the 1940s.

Mrs. Wilson worked 30 years as a bookkeeper for American United Insurance Co.

After Mr. Wilson's death in the 1960s and her retirement in the early 1970s, she made the move to Florida on her own.

She is a devout Christian. As a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Clearwater, she taught Sunday school, was active in the church and had many friends.

She and her girlfriends liked to spend time at the beach, took church-related trips, and even cruised to Hawaii and the Bahamas.

She no longer sees very well and eagerly waits monthly visits from her niece, Sally Schaub. Together they read the Bible and pray.

The Gospel of John is Mrs. Wilson's most frequent request.

Mrs. Wilson does not have children, but is aunt to four great-nephews; three grandnieces; 13 great-great-nieces and nephews; and has a great-great-great-niece.

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In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Ed and Marlene Schenk of Tarpon Springs renewed their vows and took a five-day cruise to Cozumel with 47 friends and relatives.

The Schenks wed Aug. 8, 1959, in Cleveland.

The came to Tarpon Springs in April 1978.

He is the owner of Edmar Outfitters, Tarpon Springs. He's also been a wrestling official for 27 years.

She owns Tarpon Springs Realty.

Mr. Schenk is a member of the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, president of the Tarpon Springs Lions Club, serves on the board of directors of the Open University of Israel, and is an official with the Sunshine Officials Association of Wrestling.

Mrs. Schenk is president of the Women's Guild at St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, New Port Richey. In addition to being active in the church, she enjoys making wedding cakes and reading.

They attend St. Ignatius Parish, Tarpon Springs, and St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church.

The Schenks have four children, and five grandchildren.

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To commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary, Michael and Junita "Cookie" Manning of Palm Harbor plan a November cruise to the Panama Canal with their family.

The Mannings married Sept. 6, 1959, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The couple came here in 1977 from Staten Island, N.Y.

He was employed as a New York City fireman.

She worked for the Department of the Navy as a secretary.

They belong to the Highland Lakes Club and are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor.

Mrs. Manning is an accomplished tap dancer.

Mr. Manning keeps busy on his computer.

So far, the couple has taken 10 cruises together. They also go out with friends once a month to try different restaurants.

The Mannings have three children and three grandchildren.

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Sebastien Rhodes of Largo was named a winner in Olive Garden's 13th annual Pasta Tales essay writing contest. The question posed to students in first through 12th grade was, "How Would You Use the Internet to Change Your Community For the Better?"

Sebastien, a student at St. Paul's School in Clearwater, submitted a detailed essay explaining his idea to create a recycling Web page for his community.

Entries were judged on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by Olive Garden and the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Iowa. A winner was announced in each of 12 grade categories and Rhodes' essay was selected by judges as the best written by a sixth-grader.

The 12 year old, along with other winners, receives a $500 savings bond and dinner with his family at their local Olive Garden.

He is the son of Kevin and Tanya Rhodes of Largo.

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