Miscellaneous DeSoto and Sarasota Counties, Florida Obituaries

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Doris Black Arena
Doris Black Arena, 64, Sarasota, died Nov. 8, 2000.
She was born Nov. 18, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Sarasota 23 years ago from Naples.
She graduated from Linden Hall College in Pennsylvania. She was a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Bruno N.; three daughters, Nancy Del Moro and Karen Reed, both of Sarasota; and Gail D. O'Keefe of Mahwah, N.J.; two sons, Robert B. of Florida, N.Y., and Andrew A. of Tampa; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Frances Louise Arnold
Frances Louise Arnold, 81, Sarasota, died Nov. 8, 2000.
She was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Osprey and was a teacher in Old Laurel Elementary School. She graduated from Duke University and Ringling School of Art and Design School.
Survivors include a son, Norman of Sarasota; and a sister, Dorothy Beebe of Sarasota.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Burial will be in Osprey Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Manasota Theatre Organ Society, 5733 Augusta Circle, Sarasota, FL 34241.

Phyllis M. Barlow
Phyllis M. Barlow, 70, Nokomis, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born June 9, 1930, in Wilmerding, Pa., and came to Nokomis in 1988 from Grafton, Ohio. She was a window clerk for the Postal Service in Elyria, Ohio. She was a member of Live Wires Stroke Club of Venice. She was a Catholic and a member of Epiphany Cathedral.
Survivors include her husband, Don A.; a daughter, Jone B. Weist of Sarasota; and a sister, Donna J. Bittner of Oklahoma City.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with a service to follow, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Burial will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be made to National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Englewood, FL 80112; or to American Stroke Association, 2975 Bee Ridge Road, Unit B, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Dorothy E. Foster
Dorothy E. Foster, 86, Englewood, died Nov. 9, 2000.
She was born April 27, 1914, in Marquette, Mich., and came to Englewood 20 years ago from Grosse Pointe, Mich. She was an Episcopalian.
Survivors include her husband, Allan: a daughter, Suzanne Cervi of Canton, Mich.; two sons, Robert of Nokomis and Stephen of Sevierville, Tenn.; and a sister, Bernice Murphy of Black Lake, Mich.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a service to follow, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel.

Marilyn Sexton Gabriele
A memorial Mass for Marilyn Sexton Gabriele, a Venice resident who died Oct. 8, 2000, will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Chapel in Venice.

Jack W. Hakspacher
Jack W. Hakspacher, 84, Venice, died Oct. 5, 2000.
He was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Philadelphia and came to Venice in 1980 from Troy, Mich. He worked for General Motors since 1937, where he started as a mail boy and spent 43 years with Chevrolet as a draftsman, project engineer and staff engineer. He was a life member of Elks, a member of Jacaranda West Country Club and the American Society of Body Engineers. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, James of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice. Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel, is in charge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 36105-1905.

Malcolm McCallum Hirsh
Malcolm McCallum Hirsh, 78cq, Bradenton
He was born April 14, 1922, in Glen Ridgecq, N.J., and came to Longboat Key 14 years ago from Hot Springscq, Va. He founded Bacova Guild Ltd. in 1965 and retired in 1983. He was a member of the Florida Chapter of the Rolls Royce Collectors Club. He graduated from Washington and Lee University. He was an Army Air

Edward Leggett
Edward "Scotty" Leggett, 84, Sarasota, died Nov. 9, 2000.
He was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to Sarasota in 1974 from Connecticut. He retired as a tool and die maker for Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, Conn. He was in the British Navy during World War II and served in Italy and in the Atlantic. He was a founding member of St. Andrew's Society in Sarasota, a Candyman for the First Church of God, and a soldier in the Salvation Army. He was a member of Meadowland Worship Center of the First Church of God. He received a distinguished volunteer award from Christian Camping Association.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores; a son, Edward of St. Petersburg; a sister, Catherine Nicoles of Toronto, Canada; a brother, Douglas of Aberdeen, Scotland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Meadowland Worship Center of First Church of God. National Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Meadowland Worship Center of First Church of God, 8893 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34240.

Robert E. McVicker
Robert E. McVicker, 75, Sarasota, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born July 30, 1925, in Clarksburg, W.Va., and came to Sarasota five years ago from Alexandria, Va. He graduated from George Washington University and was a sales representative with Kollsman Instrument Corp. in Washington. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a prisoner of war and received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation, Knights of Columbus and St. Martha's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley A.; two daughters, Karen M. Higgason of Bishopville, Md., and Kelly R. of Aptos, Calif.; a son, Eric W. of Alexandria; and a granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel. A liturgy will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Martha's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha's New School Fund, 200 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236.

C.A. Reiter
C.A. "Chuck" Reiter, 86, Venice, died Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born Sept. 14, 1914, in Niles, Ohio, and came to Venice 53 years ago from there. He was a retired agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance. He was a life member of Venice Lions Club and was the announcer for Venice High School football games for 25 years. He was a member of Epiphany Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; three daughters, Carole Hodges of Macon, Ga., and Linda Thompson and Susan Horton, both of Venice; a son, Tom of Boyne City, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Ewing Funeral Home. A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Epiphany Cathedral Chapel. Burial will be in Gulf Pines Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be made to Venice Little League Inc., P.O. Box 2154, Venice, FL 34284; or to Epiphany Cathedral School, 316 Sarasota St., Venice, FL 34285.

Marie M. Schall
Marie M. Schall, 86, Sarasota, died Nov. 8, 2000.
She was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Longboat Key in 1960 from there. She and her late husband, Harry H., were former owners of the Aloha Motel. She was a Realtor with Helene Anderson Realty Co. in Sarasota. She was a volunteer docent at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and its secretary for several years.
Survivors include two sons, Michael R. and Jerry H., both of Sarasota; two daughters, Sandra S. French of Arizona and Patricia S. Kicklighter of Colorado; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Forest Lawn Cremation, Port Charlotte, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239; or to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Margaret A. Snyder
Margaret A. Snyder, 90, Sarasota, died Nov. 5, 2000.
She was born Dec. 12, 1909, in New York City and came to Sarasota from there. She earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1932 and was a travel agency owner for many years in New York City. She was a docent at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and was active with Asolo Theatre. She was a member of the New Opera Garden Club, Bird Key Yacht Club and University Club. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth A. C. Shepard of Castleton, Vt.; and a son, Harold R. Colvin Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa.
Services will be private. Burial will be later at Sarasota Memorial Park. National Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Sarasota Opera Association, 61 N. Pineapple St., Sarasota, FL 34236.

Max R. Snyder
Max R. Snyder, 86, Sarasota, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born April 12, 1914, in Monroe City, Ind., and came to Sarasota 21 years ago from Chappaqua, N.Y. He retired in 1979 as a commodity buyer for General Foods Corp. and was vice president of Morris Trading Corp. in Sarasota. He graduated from Carthage College and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was active in the Boy Scouts and was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and a former board member of Lakeview Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich. He was a member of Vamo United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sara; a daughter, Sara J. Crumpacker of Melbourne; a son, Thomas M. of Beloit, Wis.; a sister, Mary R. Payson of Millis, Mass.; a brother, William R. of Rockford, Ill.; and a grandson.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Vamo United Methodist Church. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Vamo United Methodist Church, 8521 Vamo Road, Sarasota, FL 34231; or to a favorite charity.

Ruth J. Farland
Ruth J. Farland, 86, Port Charlotte, died Nov. 6, 2000.
She was born April 1, 1914, in Burlington, Vt. She was a photographer for 40 years before retiring in 1985. She was a member of Sable Trace Country Club. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a son, Craig M. of Raleigh, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Bryant, Jason, Adam and Ashley.
Services will be later in Vermont. Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to American Parkinson's Disease Association, 201 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064.

William Kamarek
William Kamarek, Lake Suzy, died Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born and raised in Illinois. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a chemist in the Philadelphia area for 25 years. He retired to Florida in the mid-1970s and lived in the Port Charlotte and Lake Suzy area. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte.
Survivors include his wife, Gail G.; a daughter, Kathleen Reynolds of Bear, Del.; a son, William G. of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte. Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718-3208; or to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Alice Lawrence
Alice Lawrence, 73, Port Charlotte, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Waynesburg, Ohio, and came to Port Charlotte 20 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa. She retired as a bank teller in Pittsburgh.
Survivors include two sons, William O. of Merced, Calif., and Michael of Port Charlotte; four sisters, Eileen, May, Geri and Jane, all of Canton, Ohio; a brother, Daniel of Canton; and four grandchildren.
National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte chapter, is in charge.

John Steven Montgomery
John Steven Montgomery, 46, Kennesaw, Ga., and formerly of Boca Grande, died Nov. 4, 2000, in Kennesaw.
He was born Oct. 7, 1954, in Chicago and came to Boca Grande in 1969 from New Orleans. He was a software quality engineer for Lockheed Martin. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta, Ga. He was a member of LEAA and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; a son, Brett of Kennesaw; a daughter, Shannon of Kennesaw; his parents, John and Jean of Venice; a brother, Ricky of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Karen Scileny of Seminole and Maureen Henry of Sarasota; and a granddaughter.
Visitation was Thursday at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. A Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel in Boca Grande, with burial to follow at Venice Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15587, Sarasota, FL 34277-1587.

Angelo Nicholas Rupelli
Angelo Nicholas Rupelli, 80, Port Charlotte, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born July 21, 1920, in New York City and came to Port Charlotte 13 years ago from there. He was a retired owner and operator of a retail store in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5399, both of Port Charlotte.
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Gray of San Francisco, Angella Rupelli-Hirsch of New York City and Irene Zimmerman of Westport, Conn.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel, is in charge.

Bessie Mae Burnham
Bessie Mae Burnham, 82, Arcadia, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born Sept. 27, 1918, in Altha and lived her life in DeSoto County. She was a bookkeeper for Florida Power & Light Co. in Arcadia for 11 years. She was a member of Arcadia First Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Richard "Dick" H. Sr.; a daughter, Ann West of Arcadia; a son, Richard H. Jr. of Arcadia; a brother, Louis G. Stewart of Arcadia; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with services at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Burial will be in Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia.

Beverly Duncan Bahr
Beverly Duncan Bahr, 84, Bradenton, died Nov. 8, 2000.
She was born Aug. 24, 1916, in Jefferson, Iowa, and came to Manatee County in 1974 from Appleton, Wis. She was a homemaker. She was an active member of Congregational United Church of Christ in Bradenton. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Oneco Elementary School.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Gordon C.; a daughter, Nancy of Dallas; two sons, Gordon Jr. of Appleton and Duncan M. of Rockford, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.
A service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Congregational United Church of Christ. Inurnment will be in the Memorial Gardens at the church. National Cremation Society is in charge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregational United Church of Christ Memorial Gardens, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

Isabella V. Deem
Isabella V. Deem, 82, Bradenton, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born April 24, 1918, in Parkersburg, W.Va., and came to Manatee County in 1953 from West Virginia. She was a homemaker. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Y. Sr.; a daughter, Kaye Backett of Cocoa; a son, Donald Y. Jr. of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be no local service. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery. National Cremation Society is in charge.

Opal M. Doss
Opal M. Doss, 92, Bradenton, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born Feb. 28, 1908, in Island, Ky., and came to Manatee County 60 years ago from Kentucky. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Bradenton.
Survivors include her personal representative, Barbara Fuess of Bradenton; and a son, Albert Wayne of Inverness.
No services are planned. Burial will be later in Manasota Memorial Park. National Cremation Society is in charge.

George W. Dowdy
George W. Dowdy, 79, Bradenton, died Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born March 12, 1921, in Trenton, Ky., and came to Manatee County in 1986 from Hopkinsville, Ky. He was a retired supervisor for Home Insurance Co. in Madisonville, Ky., and National Grange Co. in Auburn, Mass. He was a member of the Hopkinsville Country Club, River Club in Bradenton and the Elks Lodge in Hopkinsville. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Protestant.
Survivors include his companion, Judy M. Smith; a daughter, Jennifer Cox of Lowell, Mass.; a sister, Gladys Thigpen of Hopkinsville; and a grandchild.
Visitation will be private for the family. All services will be in Hopkinsville. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to the Society of PSP, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Green Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.

Jacob Feenstra
Jacob Feenstra, 93, Bradenton, died Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born Nov. 26, 1906, in the Netherlands and came to Manatee County in 1972 from Clifton, N.J. He was a retired custodian for Fritchie Brothers Co., in Clifton. He was a member of Christian Reformed Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Klaziena DeGraan of Bradenton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, with service to follow at 2 p.m. at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Manatee County Inc., 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Robert W. Forker
Robert W. Forker, 77, Bradenton, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Zanesville, Ohio, and came to Manatee County in 1992 from there. He was a district agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and was the founder and past president of The Forker Co,. an employee benefits company, both in Zanesville.
He was a member of the Bradenton Rotary Club and Bradenton Country Club and was a board member of The First National Bank of Zanesville. He was a graduate of Columbia University in New York City. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Zanesville.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy T.; four sons, Robert W. Jr. of Frazeysburg, Ohio, Douglas Y. of Zanesville, R. Sean Lapp of Chicago and Dr. Eric C. Lapp of Baltimore; a sister, Geraldine Andrews of Bend, Ore.; and four grandchildren.
There will be no local visitation or service. Committal services will be private at Frazeysburg Cemetery in Ohio. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1179, Bradenton, FL 34206, or Bradenton Hospice House, c/o Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Malcolm McCallum Hirsh
Malcolm McCallum Hirsh, 78, Bradenton, and formerly of Longboat Key, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born April 14, 1922, in Glen Ridge, N.J., and came to Longboat Key 14 years ago from Hot Springs, Va. He founded Bacova Guild Ltd. in 1965, and retired in 1983. He was a member of the Florida Chapter of the Rolls Royce Collectors Club. He graduated from Washington and Lee University. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota.
Survivors include his wife, Jane S.; two daughters, Paget T. Bennett of Chester Springs, Pa., and Margaretta H. of Seattle; four sons, Douglas P. of Warm Springs, Va., Malcolm M. Jr. of Needham, Mass., Geoffrey T. of Cincinnati and Courtney R. of Brownsville, Md.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234.

Joseph A. Poulin Jr.
Joseph A. Poulin Jr., 61, Bradenton, died Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Brunswick, Maine, and came to Manatee County in 1969 from Livermore Falls, Maine. He was a self-employed property manager. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. He attended Mill Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lura A.; two daughters, Terry Shaw and Toni Sinclair, both of Turner, Maine; two stepdaughters, Sandra Grabowski and Linda Hoffman, both of Bradenton; two sons, Randy and Rick, both of Turner; a stepson, Randy Alley of Parrish; two sisters, Annette Roseberry of Palmetto and Peggy Dakin of Ellenton; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, with service to follow at 2 p.m. at Shannon Funeral Home, Town Chapel. Burial will be in Fogartyville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church, 12713 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, FL 34202.

Edwin Arthur Poulter
Edwin Arthur Poulter, 78, Bradenton, died Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born Dec. 5, 1921, in New York City and came to Manatee County in 1990 from Merrick, N.Y. He was a retired underwriter for Home Insurance Co. in Manhattan, N.Y. He was a Mason. He was a former coach and secretary of Little League in Merrick. He was a member of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24 of Bradenton. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn M.; three sons, Edwin K. of Merrick, William A. of New Orleans and Michael J. of Maui, Hawaii; and four grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Faith United Methodist Church. A committal service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Faith United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209.

Amanda L. Van Cott
Amanda L. Van Cott, 16, Bradenton, died Nov. 7, 2000.
She was born Feb. 19, 1984, in Augusta, Maine, and came to Manatee County in 1987 from Winthrop, Maine. She was a student at Manatee Technical Institute and was a member of the Teenage Parenting Program.
Survivors include her parents, Stephan and Mona; a daughter, Aryanna of Bradenton; two sisters, Rebecca and Mary, both of Bradenton; her maternal grandparents, Mary Goyette of Freemont, N.H., and Billy Horn of CasaDella, Ariz.; and her paternal grandparents, Warren and Clara of Port Charlotte.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 6 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Covell Cremation and Funeral Center, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to the Amanda Van Cott Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America-Alex Karras Lincoln Mercury, 6760 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.


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