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Marjorie Morgan

Marjorie J. Morgan, 69, a lifelong resident of Kankakee County, died Monday afternoon (May 17, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center following an illness of several months.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a wake service at 4 p.m., at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Kan-kakee.
The Rev. Anthony Tas-chetta will officiate and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to St. Teresa Church.
Mrs. Morgan was born Feb. 8, 1930 in Kankakee to Anthony and Viola Bires.
She was married Aug. 27, 1965 to Jerome ''Jerry'' Morgan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kankakee.
Survivors are her husband, Jerry; two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Wendy Morgan of Joliet and Paul and Julie Morgan of Bradley; two granddaughters, Cassie Ann and Callie Briann Morgan, also of Bradley; a sister-in-law, Shirley Hosek of Manteno; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her parents; a brother, Edward Sr.; and a nephew, Edward Jr., are deceased.
Mrs. Morgan, a graduate of Kankakee High School, had been employed by Turk Furniture Co. and the Bond's clothing store, both in downtown Kankakee, and also had been a secretary for the Kankakee Area Chamber of Commerce.
She also had been employed by Kankakee Community College at its adult education center in Kankakee and part-time by the Dr. King Daycare Center, also in Kankakee. She also was a former employee of Central Christian Church.
A member of St. Teresa Church, she also was a member of its Council of Catholic Women.
Mrs. Morgan was a member of the Tuesday Afternoon Book Review Club, the Kankakee-Iroquois Education Office Personnel and the Women of the Moose of Bradley.
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Loretta Bridges

MOMENCE - Loretta Fisk Bridges, 95, of Momence, died Monday (May 17, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home in Momence.
Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Denis White at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made to the Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
She was born May 2, 1904 in Woodstock, the daughter of William and Angela DesJardines Fisk. She was a descendant of the only living survivor of the Jamestown Massacre.
Her husband, Fred Bridges, whom she married Sept. 4, 1925 in Joliet, died Dec. 31, 1978.
Mrs. Bridges was a retired chemist and spectrographer for USX Steel in South Chicago Heights.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Henry Engels of Momence; one son, Robert B. Bridges of Branson, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Deborah Ruthenbeck, Veronica Harvey, George Ewing, Kenneth Ewing, Kathleen Ewing, Loretta Dobbins, Patrick Engels, Michael Engels, Timothy Engels, Robert Bridges and Fred Bridges; 16 great-grandchildren, William Dingee, Krista Ruthenbeck, Michael Ewing, Kalina Dobbins, Gage Dobbins, Jacob Bridges, Lori Bridges, Julie Bridges, Colt Bridges, Mark Engels, Scott Engels, Bradford Engels, Jill Engels, Christopher Engels, Erin Engels and Joseph Engels; and one great-great- granddaughter, Kari Ann Engels.
Deceased are two sisters, Veronica Maria Fisk and Irene Jeanette Fisk; two daughters, Marie Therese Bridges and Deloris Ewing Getz; and one son, Richard William Bridges.
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Mary Gonzales

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Mary Gonzales, 82, of Chebanse, was from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee. The Rev. Anthony Taschetta officiated.
Burial will be private at Mat-ernity Cemetery in Bourbonnais.
Mrs. Gonzales died Friday (May 14, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
She was born Feb. 9, 1917 in Monterrey, Mexico, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Sotelo.
Her first husband, Leonard Mejia died in 1973 and her second husband Ignatious Gonzales died in 1977.
Mrs. Gonzales was an LPN at Kankakee State Hospital (now Shapiro) for over 20 years.
She was a member of St. Teresa Church, Kankakee.
Surviving are one son, Anthony Mejia of Brea, Calif.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sunday and Mike Mezo of Chebanse and Lupe Simms of Orifina, Idaho; one stepson, David Mejia of Chicago; and one stepdaughter, Rita Chalifoux of Kankakee; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; 3 step-grandchildren; five step-great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
She enjoyed bowling, at Gala Lanes, and crocheting.
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Thomas Racz

CRETE - Thomas M. Racz, 48, of Crete Township, formerly of Chicago's Roseland Neighborhood, died Monday (May 17, 1999) at Munster Community Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Crete Funeral Home, whre services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Earl Ferguson of Deer Creek Christian Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born July 6, 1955 in Chicago, the son of Robert J. and Madeline C. Bourne Racz. His mother resides in Tinley Park and his father and setpmother, Robert and Nina Racz, reside in North Carolina.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Debra L. Searight, residing in Crete Township; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Robin and Paul Bolton of DeKalb and Cheri and Bill Donnelly of Lafayette, Ind.; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Robin Racz of Grant Park; two aunts, Norma and Jane; and an uncle, Tom.
Mr. Racz was a 17-year route salesman with the Kraft Pizza Company (Tombstone Pizza) of Tinley Park.
He was a 1973 graduate of Crete Monee High School.

Eldon Giertz

CHEBANSE - Eldon Giertz, 77, of Comanche, Okla., formerly of Chebanse, died Saturday (May 15, 1999).
Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Duncan, Okla.
Burial of cremains will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
He was born Dec. 11, 1921 in Chebanse, the son of Frederick and Matilda Giertz.
A veteran of World War II, he was a retired farmer and enjoyd gardening.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lorraine Hartman, whom he married June 24, 1945; three sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Linda Giertz of N. Tonowanda, N.Y., Eldon and Bula Giertz of Liberal, Mo., John Giertz of Kankakee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Norman Clemen of Web City, Mo. and Vicky and Kenneth Pearce of Nixa, Mo.; eight grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mardell and Francis Kruse of Herscher and Ilene and Marvin Rahn of Chebanse; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Alfred and Vernon, and an infant daughter.

Steven Risk

Steven Risk, 42, of Kankakee, died Sunday (May 16, 1999) in Chicago.
There will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded at a later date.
Arrangements were by the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
He was born March 7, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Robert and Sha-ron Lyme Risk.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bonnie Hengl, whom he married Nov. 21, 1993 in Kankakee; one son and one daughter, Steven Lynn Risk and Sarah Mae Risk, both of Indiana; one grandchild; his mother and step-father, Sharon and William Cummings of Indiana; his father and step-mom, Robert and Elizabeth Risk of Indiana.
One brother, Robert Risk, is deceased.
Mr.Risk was self-employed in construction.
He served in the Air Force.
He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Kankakee.
Mr. Risk enjoyed capming, fishing, shooting pool and the outdoors.

John Butcher

WILMINGTON - Visitation for John Paul Butcher, 65, of Wilmington, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Mark Strothmann will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington or the Joliet Area Community Hospice.
Mr. Butcher died Sunday (May 16, 1999) at his home.
He was born July 17, 1933 in Aurora, the son of John Walter and Alma Marie Paul Butcher.
Mr. Butcher had farmed in the local area for more than 40 years. He was owner and operator of Starvation Hill Farm in Wilmington. He retired from Suburban Teamsters Local 179 in Joliet.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 802 in Bradley and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5422, Wilmington.
Surviving are his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Richard Wade and one nephew, Paul Wade, all of Laguna Beach, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Patricia Sue Evans Butcher.
He enjoyed touring the countryside and attending auto races.

Wanda Kernagis

PIPER CITY - WANDA L. Kernagis, 72, of Piper City, died Saturday (May 15, 1999) at Chatsworth.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and after 8 a.m. Thursday, with another prayer service at 10:45 a.m., all at Karanovich Funeral Home, Clinton, Ind.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Kelley, at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church, Clinton.
Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Clinton.
She was born March 13, 1927 in Clinton, the daughter of James A. and Hazel Dahlen Hixon.
Surviving are her husband, John A. Kernagis, whom she married Jan. 19, 1945; one son, John M. Kernagis of Greenfield, Ind.; three daughters, Sharon Cunningham of Latham, Susan Innaimo of Fraser, Mich. and Linda Kernagis of Piper City; two sisters, Marilyn Yowell and Marcella Yates, both of Clinton; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents; a brother, Richard Hixon; and a grandson, John Edward Kernagis.

Aaron Burger

COAL CITY - Cpl. Aaron Burger, 21, of Coal City, died Friday (May 14, 1999) while stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejuene, N.C.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the U.S. Marine Corps. Brent Davy will be an honorary pallbearer.
Military graveside services will be provided by Battery E. 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, U.S. Marine Corps of Joliet.
He was born Nov. 2, 1977 in Joliet, the son of Terry and Debora Williams Burger. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Coal City.
He was a 1995 graduate of Coal City High School. In May of 1996 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Frank and Carol Williams of Coal City; paternal grandparents, Claudette and Eric Muetlein of Florida and Lyle and Marion Burger of Mazon; maternal great-grandfather, Frank Lohmar of Coal City; paternal great-grandmothesr, Pauline Dearth of Coal City and Illa Burger of Dwight; special aunts and uncle, Mary Farrell and Donna and Jeff Halliday; three cousins of Coal City; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
His great-grandmother Ann Lohmar; an uncle Thomas Williams; and an aunt, Loretta Farmer are deceased.

Robert Tanner

Robert H. Tanner, 75, of Bradley, died Tuesday (May 18, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, following a short illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, where he was a member.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Parkinson's Foundation.
He was born Dec. 17, 1923 in Kankakee, the son of Herman and Carrie Gonderman Tanner, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marietta E. Boudreau, whom he married Nov. 7, 1942 at Maternity BVM Church; one son, Terry Tanner of Robesonia, Pa.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Ronald Schierenbeck of Bradley and Judy and Dan Harrington and Sandra and Chuck Wilcox, all of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Betty Tanner of Bourbonnais; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Debra Brannock, and two grandchildren, Corey Brannock and Leslie Harrington, are deceased.
Mr. Tanner at one time had worked at General Foods. He also farmed and worked at Kankakee Molding, retiring in 1982.
He cut grass and maintained fields for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Little League.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers.
He was a member of Friends of Bradley Library, B-B Senior Citizens, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and the Bradley American Legion and VFW.

Kalvin Stevens

Kalvin Stevens, 41, of Thompson, Iowa, formerly of Hopkins Park, died Sunday (May 16, 1999).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Winter Funeral Home, 414 First Street NE, Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Buffalo Center.
Burial will be in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 29 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Kankakee.
He was born Oct. 25, 1957 in Chicago, the son of Richard and Beatrice Prince Stevens. He grew up in Hopkins Park.
Surviving are his wife, the former Juanita Murra, whom he married Nov. 11, 1996 and a son, Jedidiah Noble Stevens, both of Thompson; a daughter Kalvina; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert and Shirley Seymore, Richard Stevens and Miller Prince Jr.; five sisters three brothers-in-law, Theresa Stevens, Nadine Stevens, Geneva and Robert Smith, Connie and Mike Hodges and Stacy and Eddie Scott; three brothers-in- law and spouses, Jeffrey Murra, Jerry and Kim Murra and Jason and Christy Murra; his mother-in-law, Janola Murra of Buffalo Center; several aunts and uncles; and 27 nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents, his father-in-law, James Murra and a brother, Edward Harris.
He was of the Baptist faith.

Clara White

Clara Dorothy White, 91, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (May 18, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Capt. Kevin VanZee will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Cemetery, St. Anne.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, where she was a member and past cord treasurer and Home League correspondent.
She was born Jan. 15, 1908 in Chebanse, the daughter of William and Anna Clausen Morrical.
Her husband, Ralph Benjamin White, whom she married Oct. 15, 1926 in Kankakee, died in 1967.
Mrs. White worked in the laundry department at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Shirley White of Bark River, Mich., Major Leonard and Evelyn White of Cornell, Mich., and Wayne and Anita White of St. Anne; two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Leo Parks of Goreville and Alice and Dave Tower of Bradley; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Howard, Frank and Wilbert; and four sisters, Ethel, Dorothy, Edna and Darlene.
She was in senior citizens groups and quilters and enjoyed crafts.

James Huff

PIPER CITY - James Edward Huff, 67, of Land O'Lakes, Fla., formerly of Piper City, died Saturday (May 15, 1999) at University Community Hospital, Tampa, Fla.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. Kelly Memorial Funeral Home, Zephyrhills, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
A trust fund has been set up at Nations Bank in his wife's name, Florence Huff, Nations Bank, 22850 State Road 54, Land O'Lakes, Fla. 34539, Attention: Janet Felder.
He was born June 2, 1031 in Johnson, Ind., the son of Edgar and Edith Wright Huff.
Surviving are his wife, the former Florence Marie Picou; four sons, James Huff of Zephyrhills, Brian Huff of Kempton, Michael and Brad Huff, both of Land O'Lakes; nine daughters and spouses, Mary McCoy and Patricia and Gary Seep, all of Forrest, Pamela and Dave Opperman and Kelly and John Wilson, all of Piper City, Francis Stauffer of Bellflower, Kimberly Smith and Penny and Johnny Blues, all of Land O'Lakes, Belinda and Grant Aitken of Lutz, Fla., and Jennifer Davis of Tampa; three brothers, Howard Huff of Fort Branch, Ind., Charles Huff of Paoli, Ind., and Marvin Huff of Metropolis; 28 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, a son, Fred, and a brother, Gene.

Lois Metcalf

ONARGA - Lois Ludwick Metcalf, 97, of Earl Park, Ind., formerly of Onarga, died Tuesday (May 18, 1999) at the Jennie E. Caldwell Memorial Home, Earl Park, Ind.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11:30 a.m. services at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga. The Rev. Charles Shelquist will officiate.
Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Jennie Caldwell Memorial Home, Earl Park, Ind.
She was born Jan. 8, 1902, in Grand Ridge, the daughter of William and Ora Hornick Gleim.
Her first husband, Claude H. Ludwick, whom she married Feb. 12, 1952, in Streator, died Aug. 25, 1925.
Her second husband, Dr. W.G. Metcalf, whom she married in 1976, is deceased.
Surviving are two daughters, Claudia Zuege of Fowler, Ind.; and Barbara Gossrow of Springfield; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one sister.
Mrs. Metcalf was a retired schoolteacher, having taught school at Wood River, Ill. and at Streator High School.
She was a graduate of Knox College in 1923 and a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Mrs. Metcalf was a member of the Presbyterian Church and served as the church organist for many years.
She was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Kings Daughters, Onarga Women's Club, and Onarga Music Club.

Mary Ann Byrne

A memorial service for Mary Ann Byrne, 70, a Bradley native, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 22) at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kankakee, where she was a former member.
Mrs. Byrne died April 5, 1999 in Mountain Home, Ark.
She was born April 13, 1928 in Bradley, the daughter of Walter and Lela Christensen.
A graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and Olivet Nazarene University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree, and the University of Illinois, where she earned her master of educaton degree, she taught at Bishop McNamara High School and at Central High School in Clifton.

Thomas Racz

CRETE - Visitation for Thomas M. Racz, 43, of Crete Township, formerly of Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, will be from 2-9 p.m. today at Crete Funeral Home, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Earl Ferguson of Deer Creek Christian Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Racz died Monday (May 17, 1999) at Munster Community Hospital.
He was born July 6, 1955 in Chicago, the son of Robert J. and Madeline C. Bourne Racz. His mother resides in Tinley Park and his father and stepmother, Robert and Nina Racz, reside in North Carolina.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Debra L. Searight, residing in Crete Township; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Robin and Paul Bolton of DeKalb and Cheri and Bill Donnelly of Lafayette, Ind.; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Robin Racz of Grant Park; two aunts, Norma and Jane; and an uncle, Tom.
Mr. Racz was a 17-year route salesman with the Kraft Pizza Company (Tombstone Pizza) of Tinley Park.
He was a 1973 graduate of Crete Monee High School.

John McPherson

MOMENCE - John McPherson, 71, of Momence, died Sunday (May 16, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
He was born Nov. 9, 1927 in Brownsville, Tenn., the son of Jim and Jessie Mae McPherson.
A resident of the area for 24 years, he retired as a steel mill worker.
Surviving are one nephew, Willis Luckes Jr. of Chicago; one sister-in- law and brother-in-law, Virgie and Daniel Threat of Hopkins Park; and special friends, Spencer Knighton, Bob Pope, Charles Childs, Sharon Farrow and Deborah Embery.
Two sisters and two brothers are deceased.
He enjoyed gardening and raising animals.

Norman Vonderheid

FREEPORT - Norman Walter Vonderheid, 84, of Freeport, died Monday (May 17, 1999) at Stephenson Nursing Center.
Mr. Vonderheid was a Lutheran elementary school teacher, serving in Iowa, Wisconsin and Kankakee, for 15 years. He also was a teacher in Hoopeston Public Schools for 21 years, retiring in May of 1980. He moved to Freeport in 1988.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. today until the 11 a.m. services at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Freeport, where he was a member. The Rev. Willis Schwichtenberg officiated.
Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to his church or to Immanuel Lutheran School.
Walker Mortuary, Freeport, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 5, 1915 in Merrill, Wis. the son of Henry and Emilia Steineger Vonderheid.
He graduated from St. John's Lutheran School and Merrill High School, both in Merrill, Wis. In 1945 he graduated from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, which is now Concordia University.
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen E. Jones, whom he married Aug. 7, 1943 in Chicago; one daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Carl Beichel and one son, Jerold W. Vonderheid, all of Freeport; one sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and John Koschmann of Stevens Point, Wis.; two nieces; and two nephews.
He was a member of the National Educators Association; American Association Teachers of German; DANK (a German heritage organization; and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Ronald Basham

BRAIDWOOD - Ronald Charles Basham, 50, of Braidwood, died Tuesday (May 18, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Thursday until the 8 p.m. services at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. George Hendricks will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded with inurnment in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington, at a later date.
He was born July 23, 1948 in Joliet, the son of Charles and Gertrude Housman Basham. His father is deceased and his mother, Gertrude Hanson resides in Forsyth, Mo.
Also surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Rhonda and Jeff Derr of Godley, Darcy and Antonio Duran of Braidwood and Amanda Brown of St. Anne; one brother, John Basham of Kankakee; one sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Donnie Cote of St. Anne; and a special friend, Kathy Baker of Joliet.
Mr. Basham was employed for several years at Hileman's Motor Mart in Braidwood.


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