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KATHERINE WRIGHT ENJOYS HER 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Katherine Wright celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of family, friends and residents of Highland Terrace Assisted Living Facility, Clearwater.

Mrs. Wright and her guests were treated to cake, ice cream and punch, and Dan Barlow entertained with his guitar. She was also showered with birthday cards from friends at Friendship United Methodist Church.

She was born Aug. 27, 1909, in White Plains, N.Y.

A cafeteria employee for 30 years, the centenarian moved to this area from Scarsdale, N.Y.

Patricia Toban, activity director for Highland Terrace, said Mrs. Wright never married or had children. The 100-year-old has also never spent a full night in a hospital.

She has lost some of her hearing and sight, and recently quit playing bingo, but she still participates in other games.

She has been a resident of Highland Terrace Assisted Living Facility since July 2004.

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James and Jean Throne of Dunedin were surprised with a 50th anniversary party given by their children and grandchildren from California and Miami.

The Thrones married Aug. 2, 1959, at the First Congregational Church, North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Mr. Throne is the owner of Sherwood Technologies, an international plastics processing consultancy he founded in 1985.

Mrs. Throne retired as a registered nurse and critical case manager from Aetna in 2000, and from Wellcare in 2002.

The couple lived in Brazil for some time during the 1970s and came here in May 2001 from Hinckley, Ohio.

They are members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dunedin.

He is coordinator and she is secretary of the Dunedin Community Emergency Response Team. He is also a member of the Creative Artists Guild.

The couple recently visited Thailand and, because of Mr. Throne's business, has had the opportunity to visit most European countries.

They have a son, Michael Throne, public works director, American Canyon, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Jean Calam, assistant U.S. attorney, Miami; and four grandchildren.

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Thomas E. "Gene" and Dolores Murphy of Largo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in mid August at a private clubhouse with hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing and fun in the company of 130 family members and friends.

Mr. Murphy and the former Dolores King, a native of St. Petersburg, wed Aug. 26, 1949, at Mirror Lake Christian Church, St. Petersburg.

He is a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and later worked as a general contractor.

She was a school secretary and also worked in real estate.

The Murphys had fun over the years traveling in their motor home and as passengers on many cruises together. They like playing bridge and board games with friends.

They have three children.

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Gus D. and Sonja B. Stefanadis of Clearwater married Aug. 30, 1959, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Warren, Ohio.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 30 at Matheos Hall of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Clearwater, with family and friends from around the country.

The came here in 1970 from New Jersey, where they were founding members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wyckoff, N.J.

He was a partner in two catering houses.

She was a teacher in the Washington Township school system.

Locally, they served as active members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; he on the Parish Council and she as both president of the Philoptochos and as supervisor of the Sunday school.

They were both involved in the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. Mr. Stefanadis served as supreme vice-president and she as the grand president of the ladies auxiliary, the Daughters of Penelope. As the founding president of the Daughters of Penelope Foundation, she now serves as president emerita.

They are active with the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America, at the local and national level. Mr. Stefanadis held the position of supreme president and then chairman of the Pan-Icarian Foundation. Mrs. Stefanadis has served in all offices and currently serves as supreme president.

In Florida, Mrs. Stefanadis was a teacher with the Pinellas County school system and in 1984 joined the staff of Rep. Michael Bilirakis. She currently serves on the staff of Rep. Gus Bilirakis, specializing in immigration. Mrs. Stefanadis was also honored at Ellis Island, N.Y., with the Medal of Honor as a Hellenic community leader for perpetuating the Hellenic culture.

The couple also owned and operated a family business, Smalley's Pit Bar-B-Que, in Pinellas Park.

The Stephanadises agree that they are proudest of their three children and seven grandchildren.

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