Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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November 1, 2001

Mary C. Skoda  
Mary C. Skoda, age 66, passed away on Oct. 29, 2001 after a short illness. 

She was born on April 4, 1935 in Gloversville, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Agnes Cassedy; the granddaughter of Fredrick and Della Duesbury and Rt. Honorable Edward and Capitola Cassedy.

Mary was a graduate of Gloversville High School, Class of 1953. She attended St. Lawrence University from 1953 to 1955. She transferred to Mildred Elley Secretarial School, graduated in 1956.

She married Robert L. Kennedy on Feb. 24, 1956 and they moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Pentagon for the Department of the Air Force.

Her son Tom was born on Sept. 14, 1957 in Alexandria, Va. She returned to Gloversville in September 1957. Her daughter Tara was born on Nov. 13, 1958 and son Jay, on Sept. 24, 1960.

She returned to college in 1968 and obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating Cum Laude in May 1971.

She accepted a teaching position at Fonda-Fultonville Central School in 1971, retiring in 1991 after 20 years as an American history teacher.

She met Charles T. Skoda, a retired foreign service officer, originally of Johnstown, N.Y., and they were married April 3. 1982. This marriage brought three grown children to the family, Leslie McCalley and husband Mark, of Tucson, Ariz.; Thomas Skoda and wife Sally, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Barrie Foster and husband Stephen, of Memphis, Tenn.

In 1984 she became involved in developing a Hospice chapter in Gloversville. As a founding member and later president of the Fulton County Hospice, her early efforts and commitment insured the eventual success of the agency that now serves a multi-county area in upstate N.Y., now known as Mountain Valley Hospice.

Her son Jay married Susan Diana in 1986. They reside in Queensbury, N.Y.

In 1991 after her retirement, Mary and Charles wintered at Vista Royal in Vero Beach, Fla., where she was involved as a Hospice volunteer.

Her son Thomas married Bonnie DelCostello in 1997. They reside in Charlotte, N.C. 

In 1998 Mary and Charles relocated to Vero Beach, Fla. from Gloversville.

Mary and Charles organized and sponsored family reunions in Gloversville, 1997; Townsend, Tenn., 1999; and Phoenix, Ariz., 2001. These reunions were attended by their entire immediate and extended family.

Husband Charles, six children, 12 grandchildren, cousins Dr. Samuel Wait and wife Carol, and Edward Cassedy and wife Pat survive her.

Her mother Agnes Cassedy, married George N. Jackson in 1955. George's son Stanley (deceased) and wife Eleanor Jackson, who resides in Ballston Spa, N.Y., is mother to five sons.

Interment will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. 
 

Esther H. Berner  
Esther H. Berner, 84, died today at St. Johnsville Nursing Home, where he had resided since April 17, 1997, after a long illness.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1917 in Gloversville, the daughter of Elmer and Mildred Forbes Hine. She graduated from Gloversville High School and Dana Hall Finishing School, Wellesley, Mass., and Mildred Elley Albany School of Business. She was a lifelong area resident.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville.

Survivors include two sons, Lauren C. Berner Jr. of Gloversville and Charles Anthony Berner of Fort Johnson, N.Y.; one sister, Carolyn Little of Manchester, Vt.; three grandchildren, Tracey Berner of Gloversville, Kristi-Anne Berner of Clifton Park and Laurie McFarland of Cambridge, Mass.; one grandchild, Corbett Godwin of Gloversville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lauren Berner Sr., vice president of Leavitt Berner Tanning Corp., Johnstown, whom she married in 1939 and who died on April 29, 1981; one son, Keith D. Berner; and one sister, Beverly Washburn.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206, or charity of choice. 
 

Victoria Iris Bradt  
Mrs. Victoria Iris Bradt, 76, of Trackside Homes, Robin Circle, Johnstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, at home after being stricken.

She was born on Oct. 10, 1925 in Ilford, England, the daughter of Albert Victor and May Nellie Spencer Harper. 

Mr. Bradt was a member of the veterans group at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County.

She served with the British Army during World War II. 

Mrs. Bradt was employed as a waitress at several local restaurants including the former Johnstown Hotel, Union Hall, Holiday Inn, retiring from the White Holland House in 1989.

Survivors include one son, David Bradt of Gloversville; three daughters, Denise Kennedy and Robin Bradt, both of Saratoga Springs and Dorothy Dettenrieder of Rockwood; two sisters, Carol Chapman of England and Vera Coulson of Ft. St. John, B.C., Canada; one niece, Vickie Steinmetz of Florida; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was an English war bride, marrying Robert E. Bradt on July 12, 1946 and he died on Aug. 7, 1996.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Dorothy Okray will officiate. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Disabled American Veterans, or to the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 
 

James A. Simon  
James A. Simon, 75, of Houston, died Oct. 30.

He was born in Gloversville, N.Y. He had been a resident of Houston for 50 years. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he came to Houston in 1951 to take the position of principal percussionist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until his retirement in 1985. He was hired by then conductor Efrem Kurtz.

He went on to perform under many of the Symphony's greatest conductors, which included Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli and Andre Previn, as well as with many of the world's finest musicians. Throughout much of his career with the Houston Symphony, he also led the city's most accomplished dance band, the Jimmy Simon Orchestra. 

He served his country in World War II as a member of the Navy. A graduate of Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C., he served in the Pacific Theater and was stationed on the island of Saipan. He spent much of his retirement at his summer home on Caroga Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. 

He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Holmes and husband, Clayton; Lydia Feazell and husband, Thomas; Patricia Richardson and husband, Jassen, and his son, Christopher J. Simon and wife, Judy, all of Houston, as well as six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Robert E. Simon of Rockville, Md., and his sister, Barbara A. Sarvis of Gaithersburg, Md. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Heaton Simon. 

Pallbearers: Clayton Holmes, Thomas Feazell, Jassen Richardson, Joshua Feazell, Reece Anderson, Joseph Birkofer, Peter Slover. Honorary pallbearers: Robert E. Simon, Ernest Abdella, Paul Schmitt, Ned Battista, Milton Meinen, Jack Holmes. 

The family will be present to receive friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at J.B. Earthman-Tanglewood Funeral Directors, 5740 San Felipe at Bering Drive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment to follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Houston Hospice, 8811 Gaylord, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024, or Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 
November 2, 2001

Josephine LaRonca  
Josephine LaRonca, 91, of Clifton Park, died Oct. 30 at Samaritan Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1910, in Schenectady. She resided in Clifton Park for the past five years, having previously lived in Gloversville.

She worked for St. Thomas Co. in Gloversville as a bookkeeper and for Reale's in Schenectady. She retired in 1971.

Survivors include one son, John LaRonca of Clifton Park and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank H. LaRonca.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park. Burial will take place at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospital Geriatrics Psychiatry Department. 
 

Anita Wadsworth  
Mrs. Anita E. Wadsworth, 100, formerly of Fourth Avenue, Gloversville, died Thursday at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, where she resided since 1995.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1901 in Mayfield, the daughter of Rufus and Katherine Mead Cleveland. She was educated in the old Mayfield one-room schoolhouse. 

She was a glove worker. She at one time worked at Meyers Glove Co., Gloversville and the former Bachmo-Postman Glove Co. and retired in 1940.

Survivors include one sister, Edith Kramnich of Gloversville; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; two nephews and four nieces. She was married on July 5, 1933 to James Wadsworth, who died in 1981. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Lois Fox; three sisters, Eva Kuehner, Dorothy Weaver and Freida Cleveland; and two brothers, Gordon and Richard Cleveland. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Burial will take place at King Cemetery, Northampton. 
 

Richard Wessels  
Richard Wessels, 58, of Old State Road, Johnstown, died Thursday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness. 

He was born on Feb. 2, 1943 in Gloversville, the son of Alvin and Betty Swedberg Wessels. He attended area schools. 

He worked at UNI Distribution Corp. of Gloversville until the time of his illness.

He was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, Johnstown congregation.

He is survived by one brother, Robert Sponenberg of Leominster, Mass.; and one sister, Ann Ackley of Johnstown. 

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall, 2802 Route 29, Johnstown. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, Johnstown. 
 
November 3, 2001

Mary Ellen Boel  
Mary Ellen (Bent) Boel, formerly of the Gloversville area, died Wednesday after a brief illness at Memorial Hospital. 

She was the widow of the late Lawrence Boel; beloved mother of Shirley A. Bicknell of Beverly, Mass., Beverly Warner of Syracuse, Margaret Rudes of Gloversville, James Bent of Fultonville and Charles Bent of Gloversville; sister of Ruth Case of Scotia, Charles E. Heckman Jr. of Hobe Sound, Fla., Asbury Heckman of Delanson, Willis Heckman of Lucerine Mines, Pa. and Paul Heckman of McIntyre, Pa.; stepdaughter of Joseph Wojton of Cobleskill. She was also survived by 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at 10 a.m. today at Family of God Nazarene Community Church, 361 Krumkil Road, Albany. Interment will take place in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Colonie. Arrangements are by Rockefeller Funeral Home. 
 

Robert J. De Luke  
Mr. Robert J. De Luke, 78, of Sacandaga Road, Scotia, died Thursday afternoon at Ellis Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. De Luke was born and educated in Schenectady, attending Nott Terrace High School. Mr. De Luke served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. De Luke worked in the family business De Luke Realty on Clinton and State streets in Schenectady, where he was a licensed real estate broker for many years. Mr. De Luke owned Mother Ferro's Restaurant on Barrett Street for several years. Mr. De Luke was a partner with his brother in De Luke Ready Mix and De Luke Sand and Gravel in Scotia for over 25 years. Mr. De Luke was a homebuilder and contractor for over five years. Mr. De Luke worked for New York State Division of Equalization and Assessment on State Street in Albany for several years. He also operated De Luke Appraisal business in Scotia for five years before he retired.

Mr. De Luke was past Schenectady County chairman of the Conservative Party.

Mr. De Luke was a former communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Scotia, and was involved in the construction of their former school. Mr. De Luke was past president and former coach of the Beukenendaal Baseball League. In 1967, Mr. De Luke was a founder of Scotia Connie Mack Baseball League. A longtime member of Schenectady Board of Realtors. 

Mr. De Luke was a founder of St. Michael's Chapel in Glenmont and a communicant of St. Pius the X Church in Hudson Falls, N.Y.

Mr. De Luke was the husband of the late Audrie Bedford De Luke whom he married on April 15, 1950 and who died Jan. 4, 1999.

Survivors include his four sons, Mark and Keith De Luke, both of Scotia; R.J. De Luke Jr. of Saratoga Springs and Matthew De Luke of Wake Forest, N.C.; three daughters, Maureen De Luke of Saratoga, Janice Lindsay of Scotia and Donna De Luke of Saratoga Springs. Also survived by 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at N. Rossi & Sons Funeral Home, Union at North Jay streets, Schenectady. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home and then to St. Peter's Church, Fifth and Hutton streets, Troy, where a Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial fund at St. Pius the X Church, 100 Boulevard, Hudson Falls, NY 12839. 
 

Maria A. De Paola  
Mrs. Maria A. De Paola, 92, of Gloversville, died Friday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness. 

She was born on March 25, 1909 in Little Falls, N.Y., the daughter of Michael A. and Filomena Salina Nunno. She moved to Italy at the age of 5. In 1938 she moved to the Bronx, N.Y. and in 1960 to Queens, N.Y. before settling in Gloversville in 1975. 

A housewife, Mrs. De Paola, was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. 

Survived by one daughter, Lena De Paola of Gloversville; a brother, Pasquale Nunno of Gloversville; a sister, Margherita Nunno of Gloversville; four grandchildren; nieces and a nephew. On April 21, 1931, she married Rocco De Paola, who died in 1988.

Viewing hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St., Gloversville A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund.
 
November 4, 2001

Gladys Colvin Mason 
Mrs. Gladys Colvin Mason, 94 of Snow Road, "Horton Hill", Town of Day, died Friday evening at the home of her son following a long illness.

She was born in West Day, N.Y., on April 3, 1907. She was the daughter of Henry Albert and Della Elizabeth Horton Colvin. Mrs. Mason attended the first eight grades in rural schools and graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1926. She graduated from Oneonta Normal School in 1932 and received her B.S. degree from the State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1952.

She taught for 37 years in the towns of Hartford, Hadley and Edinburg (Fox Hill) and the last 17 years at Northville Central School. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Northville and a member of the steadfast class. She also was the historian and a member of Juanita Chapter O.E.S. for 40 years.

She married George Henry Mason on June 28, 1941. He passed away in 1992. Survivors include one son, Kearney L. Mason and wife Dale of Hadley; one half-brother, Donald Colvin of Vermont; one sister-in-law, Pearl Colvin of Gloversville; one cousin, Maeona Tompkins of Queensbury; four step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Grace Winnona Mickittrick and three brothers; William Horton Colvin, Henry Colvin Jr. and Donald Colvin.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Northville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery.
 
November 5, 2001

Florence Hunter Craig 
Florence Hunter Craig, 107, of Fayville Road, Barkersville, N.Y., at Wells House, Johnstown, N.Y., where she had been a resident.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1894 in Providence, N.Y. She had resided there for her complete life.

Mrs. Craig taught in various district one-room schools from 1913 until 1949.

She was a member and treasurer of the Barkersville Christian Church for 60 years. Mrs. Craig was an election commissioner for the town of Providence for 60 years.

Survivors include three nephews and cousins. She was married to the late Percy Craig (1924 -1986).

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, Galway Village, N.Y. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Barkersville Christian Church, Barkersville Road, Middlegrove, N.Y. The service shall be conducted by the Rev. Pat Atwell, pastor of Barkersville Christian Church, and a nephew, Terry Sutfin, chaplain of the VA Hospital, Bath, N.Y. Interment immediately following the service at the Barkersville Cemetery. Those wishing may donate to the Barkersville Christian Church, Middlegrove, NY 12850 in Mrs. Craig's memory. 
 

John H. Male Jr.  
John H. Male Jr., 76, of Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, passed away early Sunday at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility after a lengthy illness. 

He was born on Aug. 13, 1925 in Amsterdam, a son of John H. Sr. and Gertrude Astel Male. He was a lifelong resident, attending local schools.

He was employed for Bigelow Sanford Carpet Co. for a time, and later for 35 years for the Spentenbush Towing Co. out of New York City, where he worked on tugboats for the Merchant Marines. He retired in 1987.

During World War II, he served with the Navy as a sonarman third class.

Mr. Male was of the Episcopal faith.

He married the former June T. Conley on May 30, 1946. In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves his children: Sons, John H. (Jack) Male III of Alpharetta, Ga., Richard T. Male of Narragansett R.I., and Ronald E. Male of Broadalbin; his daughters, June M. Siegenthaler of Johnstown, Donna L. McNamara of Hagaman, Kathleen P. McMartin of Amsterdam and Tammy L. Dwyer of Gloversville. Eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy Male in 1960. 

Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill. Contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Amsterdam in care of the funeral home. 
 

Gladys Colvin Mason  
Mrs. Gladys Colvin Mason, 94, of Snow Road, "Horton Hill," town of Day, died Friday evening at the home of her son following a long illness. 

She was born on April 3, 1907 in West Day, N.Y. She was the daughter of Henry Albert and Della Elizabeth Horton Colvin. Mrs. Mason attended the first eight grades in rural schools and graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1926. She graduated from Oneonta Normal School in 1932 and received her B.S. degree from the State University at Oneonta in 1952. 

She taught for 37 years in the towns of Hartford, Hadley, Edinburg "Fox Hill" and the last 17 years at the Northville Central School. 

She was a member the United Presbyterian Church in Northville and a member of the Steadfast Class. She also was the historian and a member of Juanita Chapter O.E.S. for 40 years. 

Survivors include one son, Kearney L. Mason and wife, Dale, of Hadley; one half brother, Donald Colvin of Vermont; sister-in-law, Pearl Colvin of Gloversville; niece, Christine Novak of Florida; cousin, Maeona Tompkins of Queensbury; four step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She married George Henry Mason on June 28, 1941, who passed away in 1992. She was predeceased by a half sister, Grace Winnona Mickittrick; brother, William Horton Colvin; and half brother, Henry Colvin Jr. Also predeceased by her stepmother, Alice Brown Colvin. 

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Northville Funeral Service Inc., 401 Bridge St. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral home. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery. 
 

Roy D. Phillips  
Roy D. Phillips, 84, of Cranes Hollow Road, Amsterdam, passed away Sunday morning at his home.

He was born on Sept. 18, 1917 in Cranesville, a son of George W. and Ethel DeForest Phillips. He was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and the Albany Business College. 

For 48 years he was employed as secretary-treasurer of the Standard Engineering Corp. of Albany before he retired. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps, And the 11th Bombardment group in the Hawaiian Islands. 

He was an active member, elder and treasurer of the Cranesville Reformed Church and at one time was superintendent of the Sunday School and a teacher. Mr. Phillips was a charter member and past chief of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department. He served as treasurer of the Camp Fowler & Retreat Center in Speculator and was treasurer of the Albany Bridge Corp. and the Amsterdam Clergy Association. He was a member of the Johnstown Eagles and Moose Lodge, and the BPO Elks Lodge of Guilderland. Mr. Phillips was a well known "master of ceremonies" for many area organizations for many years.

He married the former Marie E. Lamphier on Jan. 12, 1946. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Boersma of Sturgis, Mich. and Lisa Flaherty of Gloversville; four grandchildren also survive, Jeffery Boersma of Toledo, Ohio, O. Jeanne Miller of San Marcos, Calif., Megan Morrison of Gloversville and Conor Flaherty who is completing his basic training at the Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois; five great-grandchildren; two nephews and one niece.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. Services will be held at noon Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Jake Marvel will officiate. Interment will take place in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill. Contributions may be made to the Cranesville Reformed Church, the Volunteer Fire Department, Camp Fowler, or the Community Hospice of Amsterdam, all in care of the funeral home. 
 

Dorcas Jean Shaw Shelters 
Dorcas Jean Shaw Shelters, age 82, of Mayfield, N.Y., died Friday morning at home while attending to daily activities. She suffered a cardiac arrest.

Mrs. Shelters was born on May 30, 1919 in Broadalbin, N.Y., the daughter of James and Ethel Van Derwerker Shaw. She graduated from the Nathan Littauer School of Nursing, and enjoyed a long and dedicated career as a registered nurse. She worked at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, and Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh. She retired as charge nurse from the Wells House in Johnstown.

Jean was an avid gardener and spent many hours beautifying the yard at her home. 

She is survived by her son, Robert W. Shelters of Mayfield, as well as three nephews and many friends. She was married to Francis C. Shelters, who died in 1989.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Broadalbin Mayfield Rural Cemetery, Broadalbin. The Rev. Paul Moyer will officiate. Arrangements are by Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home, Broadalbin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nathan Littauer Nurses Alumni Association, c/o 13 Academy Place, Gloversville, NY 12078. A private visitation will take place at the convenience of the family.


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