Walter H. Anthony
August 9th, 1920 - January 19th, 2013 92 Years
Walter H. Anthony, 92
Carmen for C & O Railroad
Lakeland- Mr. Walter H. Anthony
died on January 19, 2013 at Valencia Hills Nursing Home. He was born August 9, 1920 in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Anthony was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a 50 year volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, 20 year volunteer with Polk County Schools, and a 10 year volunteer with Good Shepherd Hospice. He retired in 1980 from C & O Railroad after 44 years of service.
Predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Olive K. Anthony. Survivors include son, Carl (Bud) Anthony and his wife, Sharon, daughter, Carol Ann Green and husband John, 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
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BMCM CARL KALLASSY USNR RETIRED on January 25th, 2013 - 3:03 pm said:
We are all feeling the loss of a fellow service member. And one that passed on the ideals of Service to Country to family is missed even more. I am sorry I could not attend the funeral in uniform to show proper respect for the loss of fellow military member. Even though we never met, the loss is felt and the eyes are wet. We will remember him with pride and the respect he earned serving this great land when it was needed most. \"FAIR WIND AND FOLLOWING SEAS, SHIPMATE\"
Debbie Czompi Chotkevys on January 25th, 2013 - 8:25 am said:
Olive and Walter will always have a special place in my heart as very kind, generous, and influential adults during my childhood. I have such wonderful memories of growing up at Zion Lutheran Church. Olive was my piano teacher, and she helped me find my life-long career of being a church organist. Both Olive and Walter made this world a better place to live for me and many others.
Terry and Carol Mathews Enon, Ohio on January 24th, 2013 - 8:09 pm said:
Carol and Johnny - We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Steve Owsinski on January 23rd, 2013 - 2:11 pm said:
Grandpa, I can not muster enough words to express how grateful I am to you for instilling the perpetual hope, happiness, loving spirit, and deeply-sincere friendship in my darling daughter, Lauren. Her visits with you, riding upon the golf cart together, observing you smile with glee, and your humorous wit remain with her today...from which she beams with pride and time-honored appreciation for a wonderful man who always gave selflessly...a wisdomful being unlike any other. Rest in peace, Grandpa...and kindly hug your soulmate, Olive, for us.
Krista-RIFCU on January 23rd, 2013 - 1:12 pm said:
Mr. Anthony was such an inspiration to me. I looked forward to his weekly visits to our credit union. He always shared a kind word and his smiles and laughter were contagious. He loved his family, his church, his friends and the opportunity to volunteer in many areas. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I know he will be very missed.
Terry Price on January 23rd, 2013 - 8:06 am said:
Sorry for your loss , but will always remember all the good times and lots of laughs we had at muirfield, never forget the antics of the DADS.
Doug and Mary Jane Hubbard on January 23rd, 2013 - 7:32 am said:
We will be praying for you during in the days and weeks to come.
John Schlosser on January 22nd, 2013 - 12:25 pm said:
Uncle Walter. It was great to see you recently and great to talk about the times we shared. I will always remember the 2 pair of work boots at your garage door. Love you and tell Mom (Jane) we are doing well.
John Schlosser on January 22nd, 2013 - 11:55 am said:
Uncle Walter. It was great to see you recently and great to talk about the times we shared. I will always remember the 2 pair of work boots at your garage door. Love you and tell Mom (Jane) we are doing well.
Isabelle Baker on January 22nd, 2013 - 11:53 am said:
Dear Walter, Such a loss for us; but such a blessing for heaven! You left us with a reminder to love Jesus, be a faithful friend, to serve, love and laugh! When we last spoke you were so looking forward to heaven and to being reunited with your beloved Olive. What a beautiful legacy of love, service and friendship you have left for us to aspire! You have a lovely, faithful family. Thank you for your service and for your friendship! Isy
Beth Boryk on January 22nd, 2013 - 8:39 am said:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I remember meeting him at the office and what a great person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with and you family at this difficult time.
Kristi Guerra on January 22nd, 2013 - 8:32 am said:
My grandpa, my hero! No words can describe how blessed I was to have you in my life! I will cherish our weekly visits forever! You will be soo missed, but I know now I have one more angel looking down on me, I loved you yesterday I love you still I always have and I always will!
Helen Roop on January 22nd, 2013 - 7:29 am said:
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember several times when your Dad came up to the office to visit and some of the stories that you would tell about him. My thought and prayers are with you at this time.
Ken & Maggie Winsbro on January 22nd, 2013 - 7:04 am said:
I have great memories of playing golf with Walter, Carl, John, Mike and Steve at MacDill. And of Carl arranging for my Dad and I to meet Walter for lunch one day. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
Kayla on January 21st, 2013 - 7:46 pm said:
Grandpa was an amazing man who always shared his stories from church to the war. He always talked about his love for grandma and how he cared so deeply for her. I know she was there meeting him at the gates of heaven. Even though we won\'t hear anymore of these stories over a Wendy\'s chili and hamburger they are stories we will carry with us for the rest of lives. We had hour long talks on how proud of not only me but my sisters he was and I know he wouldn\'t want us to mourn on the loss of him but to celebrate the 92 years he lived on this earth. He isn\'t suffering anymore and that couldn\'t make any of us happier. Mya saw a shooting star and swore it was grandpa that\'s just a sign he will continue to walk this crazy life with us and we will do nothing but make him proud in all of the decisions we make for our future. He taught us so many different things and each of us have that special memory we will keep with us. I will always cherish the memory\'s I have of him and he is deeply missed.
Lauren on January 21st, 2013 - 7:30 pm said:
I dont know where to start. I can still remember the first time meeting you.Your big bright smile, always made the room glow. You had a special gift that you delievered to each of us.Grandpa put a light in every dark room
Flo macklin on January 21st, 2013 - 3:18 pm said:
A fun interesting cousin with an excellent memory. Hope you recorded some of the family and war history. He had a long and relatively good life.
Charlie & Diane Boren on January 21st, 2013 - 12:25 pm said:
The many good memories will always be present with us. The good times of playing golf with Walt & my Dad and their many other friends. The Muirfield times in the early days of the tournament and all of the bad weather we endured. All of the Muirfield parties we had to pick the winner of the tournament and and the fun we had at the after Muirfield parties when we shared the many laughs of the week. We are sorry we cannot be with you during this time, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Paula Crouse on January 21st, 2013 - 10:34 am said:
I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Anthony\'s passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Schaefer on January 21st, 2013 - 10:03 am said:
Uncle Walter - you will be missed. You had a wonderful life and you were full of life. God be with you!
Vivian and John Lackey on January 21st, 2013 - 7:52 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Johnnie Green on January 20th, 2013 - 5:18 pm said:
Walt you were an awesome Father-in-law, we had some great times together, especially building our storage shed in the back yard and our trips to Fantasy of Flight. You will be greatly missed.
James J. Apel
December 14th, 1925 - January 14th, 2013 87 Years
James J. Apel, 87
James J. Apel, age 87, passed away on January 14, 2013 due to natural causes. He was born in Detroit, MI. to Clarence & Alma Apel. He was a US Navy Veteran. He was a policeman for the Detroit police dept. for 28 years, the last 10 as a detective sergeant. After retirement from the city, he worked for General Motors for 10 years. After leaving the work force, he & his loving wife Charlotte moved to Lakeland, FL. He is survived by his wife, his sisters Lorraine & Marylyn. His children Cathleen (William) Moore, Steven, Susan (Robert) Kuzilla, Barbara (James) Dunn and Michael (Sherry) Apel. Also four grand children and 3 great grand children. Preceded in death by 2 brothers... Read more
Chris Sanders on January 25th, 2013 - 5:26 pm said:
Dear Cathy, Bill and all of the family, I have so enjoyed listening to your cherished childhood memories, Cathy. What a tribute to your mom and dad! I don\'t think a better legacy could be left. My sincere condolences to you and yours at this difficult time.
Frances Heath Jones
November 16th, 1916 - January 12th, 2013 96 Years
Frances H. Jones, age 96, of Givens Estates, Asheville, N.C., passed away January 12, 2013. She was the only daughter born to George and Lena Waller Heath of Swainsboro, Georgia and was sister to 7 brothers; one, a twin named Frank. Early in her childhood, the Heath family moved to Ft. Meade, Florida where Mrs. Jones was raised. Last year, her two remaining brothers Charles Heath of Wauchula, and Foster Heath, founder/owner of Heath Funeral Chapel, died respectively in March and April. Mrs. Jones was the remaining sibling.
In 1938, she met and married Murrell E. Jones, her husband of 35 years. After serving in World War II, Mr. Jones became a life insurance agen... Read more
Darla Olive on March 13th, 2013 - 12:16 am said:
Continuing to think of you both and pondering what our \"Frances\'s\" are talking about. Making joyful noise I\'m sure now that they are free from worry and pain. Sounds good to me! Hope you are finding comfort from friends and loved ones. Your Mom was so full of grace and stood for a time that, unfortunately, seems long gone by these days. Both of you are testimonies to her spirit and faith and I know she is looking down on you with pride and smiles of joy. You will always be like family to us DeShong girls. Wish we could all get together for some fun memory talk! Please take care and know I send my thoughts, prayers but most of all, my love. Take care. Love, Darla
Julie Love-Asaad on March 5th, 2013 - 9:43 pm said:
My heart goes out to Mrs. Jones\' youngest daughter, Cindy. Your mother was a very dear and beautiful woman. I can remember our Nancy Drew Book Club meetings where she served us refreshments on real china and made us fourth graders feel like grown ups coming to have tea with the queen. She was an elegant reminder of a more gentile time in American history. She was someone you truly wanted to make proud. Cindy, my friend, you made her so proud. She loved you with all her heart and you were always a beautiful reflection of your parents\' good values and grace. The world lost a precious light with her passing. Heaven is rejoicing! My love to you and your family.
Nancy & William Greene, Asheville, NC on January 14th, 2013 - 11:41 am said:
Our deepest sympathy and love to all, Nancy & Willie
Ellie Pinkham on January 14th, 2013 - 8:55 am said:
Your Mother was a beautiful and gracious lady. It was an honor to know her.
Shon Norris on January 14th, 2013 - 8:33 am said:
Cindy, Julie and I send our thoughts and prayers and will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Shella DeShong Black on January 13th, 2013 - 2:01 pm said:
Full of spirit, warmth and hospitality to the end, you lived a life of purpose and joy. I will miss you, elegant and beautiful friend. You were a strong presence in our family through the years. I am comforted that you raised two beautiful girls, watched three grandsons grow up into successful young men and witnessed the births of two great-grandchildren before you left. Not many would ask for more. I also know you will have a wonderful \"homecoming\" as Murrell, your parents, siblings, relatives and the \"other Frances\" - my mother - welcome you in the land beyond pain and suffering. Rest in Peace, sweet friend, and smile down on us now and then. Suzanne and Cindy - Darla and I stand prayerfully beside you a short heartbeat away and send you our love.
Harold Cole on January 12th, 2013 - 12:38 pm said:
I would just like to offer my condolences to Cindy and her siblings and other family members, and to her husband, Ed, and to her sons, Heath and Frank.
Billie Corley Wheeler
October 22nd, 1919 - January 12th, 2013 93 Years
Billie Corley Wheeler, 93
Credit Bureau Manager
Lakeland- Mrs. Billie Corley Wheeler died on January 12, 2013 at Highlands Lake Center. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina on October 22, 1919 and moved to Lakeland, Florida as a child. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Wheeler was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, L.S. Wheeler, Sr. and brother, Robert Corley. Survivors include her sons, Louis S. Wheeler, Jr., Knoxville, TN., Scott (Billie) Wheeler, Lakeland, daughter, Nancy L. (David) Pipkin, Lakeland, 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and sister, Betty Pollner, Jacksonville, FL.
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Teresa Kennedy Allen on January 17th, 2013 - 5:16 am said:
Nancy, So sorry to hear about your mother. I have always thought the world of her and had the pleasure of working with her for several years. She actually gave me my \"first\" real job. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Teresa Allen
March 9th, 1925 - January 11th, 2013 87 Years
Wesley Courson, 87
Lakeland – Wesley Courson, 87, was born in Douglas, GA on March 9, 1925 and passed away on January 11, 2013 due to heart failure.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Courson, his son, Ronald Courson, his mother, grandmother, and three brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Courson, his son, Tommy Courson (Margo), his daughter, Wanda Gartrell (David), seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
He served in the military during World War II in Germany, earning the Bronze Star, Good Conduct medal, World War II Victory medal, American Theater Ribbon, and Eamet Service Medal. He was a surgical tech in the U.S. Army.
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Frances Courson Cliett Abshire, Augusta Ga. on January 14th, 2013 - 9:17 am said:
I am deeply saddened to learn of my Uncle Wesley's passing. He was a wonderful Uncle, and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with the Family during this difficult time.
melinda doyle on January 13th, 2013 - 4:33 pm said:
Tommy,Margo,and family so sorry to hear of your father passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Philip Garnett on January 13th, 2013 - 1:06 pm said:
Thoughts and prayers to the Courson family.
Elaine Dallas and Family on January 13th, 2013 - 7:32 am said:
My dear Dot and Family, I \'m so sorry about Wes, he was a fine man and will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Roe Gene Fields on January 12th, 2013 - 7:37 pm said:
Condolcenses and love .
Jerry and Bridgett Courson, Douglas, GA on January 12th, 2013 - 11:13 am said:
Our deepest sympathies to the Wesley Courson family. We were so very sad to hear about Uncle Wesley\'s passing. He was such a wonderful man, husband and father throughout all his years. When it hurts too much to look back and you may feel scared to go forward, just take a look beside you to see your family and best of friends will be there. Although we know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Warren and Debra Walker on January 12th, 2013 - 8:44 am said:
We will pray for you all that the Lord will help you bear the pain and grief of not having Wes with you in the here and now, and that He will remind you of the confident assurance of having Wes with you eternally in the presence of the Lord one day. This truth has much power. May it uplift you all.
James Stanley Sargeant
February 8th, 1921 - January 11th, 2013 91 Years
James Stanley Sargeant, 91
James Stanley Sargeant, born in Birmingham, Alabama, February 8, 1921, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2013 at 91 years old. He is survived by his son Jamie and daughters, Janet and Sherry; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley and his three brothers, John, Ralph and Joe. He was the youngest of four sons of Joseph C. Sargeant and Mattie P. Sargeant, in the dairy farming business in Lakeland starting in the 1920’s. Stanley was a citrus grower and processor for many years in Lakeland and throughout Florida, as well as a member of the Florida Citrus Commission and president of his class at Lakeland High Sc... Read more
Robert Alan Skillman
March 29th, 1950 - January 8th, 2013 62 Years
Robert Alan Skillman, 62
Lakeland: Robert Alan Skillman, 62, of Lakeland, died January 8, 2013. He was born on March 29, 1950 in Lakeland. He was retired from the Polk County School System after 30 years teaching at Oscar J. Pope Elementary. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Jerry Skillman; survived by one daughter Jennifer (Russ) Maul; one brother Mike Skillman; two sisters Debbie (Marc) Steinberg and Sandy (Mike) Pyron; one granddaughter Emily Maul and one niece and one nephew. A visitation will be held on Monday January 14, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel... Read more
Karen Smith on January 14th, 2013 - 4:28 pm said:
Bob was the most calm, amazingly patient, principled, professional educator, inspiring teacher, and loyal, stable male presence to so many throughout his teacher career. I was blessed & fortunate to be his coworker & friend, to meet his mom, and his beautiful daughter Jenny & her husband, Russ. My heartfelt sincerest sympathy & condolences to all his wonderful family as it\'s such a shock & loss for us all!!! Bob will always be an angel to me!
Howard Buss on January 14th, 2013 - 6:58 am said:
I send my heartfelt condolences to the Skillman family. I worked with Bob at Oscar J. Pope for many years. He always impressed me with his sincere love for children and dedication to his job. His classroom was a special place, full of interesting science projects, laughter, and permeated by an atmosphere of love and kindness. He was a special man and will be missed by all who knew him.
Nicole Grebinger on January 13th, 2013 - 8:58 am said:
My heart and prayers go out to his family. Mr.Skillman taught my brother and myself at Oscar Pope in the 80\'s. He was a wonderful teacher.
april huggins on January 12th, 2013 - 5:10 pm said:
me and both of my boys had mr.skillman as our second grade teacher.he taught us alot especially me.i could never figure out where north south east or west was.he put little signs over the areas where each direction was.he was a very kind and loving man who loved to help children.he will be sadly missed.rest in peace mr.skillman
Bob Brodie on January 12th, 2013 - 4:47 pm said:
It\'s hard to pick one special thing or event for someone you\'ve known since you were five years old. I think that saying he was truely a class act will be about the best I can do. We sure had fun together, played hard together and got our rear ends torn up together. As kids if you do that you\'ve had a great time getting in mischief. I suppose the one thing that stands out in my mind most was when Ed, Mike, Bobby and I thought we were grown up enough to gather the eggs, which was Grandma Jo\'s job. As with most plans by kids it started out well. We didn\'t expect the eggs to break in our pockets. After that we decided to get rid of the rest of the evidence throwing the eggs in the hole in the outhouse. The trouble was our aim wasn\'t good. I know it\'s been awhile since we\'ve spent much time together, but it sure was fun when when got together. The last time we saw Bobby I was picking on him telling Jennifer I knew him when he was cute. He sure was a special cousin.
howard smith on January 12th, 2013 - 4:13 pm said:
bobby and i were classmates at LHS class of 68. sorry to hear of his passing. way too young.
Betsy on January 11th, 2013 - 11:10 pm said:
Will miss you!
Mary B. Padbury
November 21st, 1916 - January 6th, 2013 96 Years
Mary B. Padbury, 96
Elementary School Principal
Lakeland- Mrs. Mary B. Padbury died January 6, 2013 at Consulate Healthcare of Lakeland. She was born November 21, 1916 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Mrs. Padbury was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 61 year member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, G. Dale Padbury. Survivors include her daughter, Ann M. (Charles) Rienks, Lakeland, son, Dr. Allan D. Padbury, Jackson, MI, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, Fl. 33801 or to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fl. 3... Read more
Deanna McCormick Shrable on January 17th, 2013 - 4:20 pm said:
I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Padbury was my principal for seven years at Westside Elementary in Niles. I\\\'m sure she will be remembered for many many years by all of the children whose lives she touched.
Cherie Sisk Francis on January 17th, 2013 - 2:50 pm said:
I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Padbury has passed. I have often wondered what happened to her since she lived in Ballard Hills. She was a great lady who loved teaching kids and it showed! I am so glad that she was the first person in authority at Westside Elementary! May she rest in peace!
Barbara (Fackelman) Dempsey on January 12th, 2013 - 10:16 pm said:
Mary was my fourth grade teacher at Edwardsburg and I just loved her. I last saw her in 2000 at our 40-year EHS class reunion and so enjoyed talking with her. My condolances to you both, Ann and Allan, and to your families.
Harriet Hollis on January 11th, 2013 - 10:38 am said:
Lindsey,I pray that you and your family are able to be consoled by remembering the good times you shared with your great-grandmother. May God continuously bless and keep you all! Please let us know if there\'s anything we can do to help...humbly, Your Co-workers!!
Elaine Jones on January 9th, 2013 - 7:15 pm said:
Ann and Chuck, my thought and prayers are with you. May God sustain you during this period of sorrow. Your other friends at Lakeland Automall also send their sincere sympathies.
Lisa Schifferer, Granddaughter on January 9th, 2013 - 6:03 pm said:
Grandma and Grandpa are having \"Happy Hour\" and dancing together, finally. Thank you for wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas memories at 1459 Sioux Trail! Love to you both!
Jim and Pat Bishop on January 9th, 2013 - 10:55 am said:
Our heartfelt condolences to Ann and Chuck and Allan, and family. We have many fond memories of Mary. She was a wonderful person and always delighted in sharing stories of her family with us. May she rest in peace, together again with Dale.
Lindsey Abernathy (Great Granddaughter) on January 8th, 2013 - 3:07 pm said:
Grandpa has been waiting for a long time, now 2 beautiful souls can once again be together in the kingdom of heaven!
George and Diane Warnock on January 8th, 2013 - 7:00 am said:
We want to extend our sympathy to Ann and Chuck and of course, the whole family. Mary and Dale were wonderful neighbors for many years.
Robbie Lucille Brannen Donnelly
July 11th, 1918 - January 6th, 2013 94 Years
Robbie Lucille Brannen Donnelly, 94
Lakeland: Robbie Lucille Brannen Donnelly, 94, of Lakeland, died January 6, 2013 from natural causes. She was born on July 11, 1918 in Enterprise, AL and married to Ferron L. Don Donnelly 71 ½ years who preceded her in death. Robbie was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland and a member of the Home Builders Sunday School class. Robbie was previously a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and taught Red Cross Life Savings and Swimming and enjoyed china painting, crochet, and knitting. She was preceded in death by her brother James Griffin Brannen, of Carlsbad, NM; sister Doris Eileen Prewitt of Brandon, FL and her parents Robert Branne... Read more
Don L. Donnelly & Robert M. Donnelly on January 12th, 2013 - 9:04 am said:
You were a wonderful wife to dad and an absolute gem to us. We will always miss you and you will be forever in our hearts.
Frances (Edwards) Williams on January 9th, 2013 - 9:25 am said:
Robert, so sorry for your loss, your mother was beautiful and looks like she lived a long wonderful life, thoughts and prayers for your family! Frances
Milan Mickey Horvate, Jr.
March 21st, 1933 - January 6th, 2013 79 Years
Milan “Mickey” P. Horvate, 79
Lakeland - Mickey Horvate, age 79, died January 6, 2013 renal failure. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the oldest of five children. He graduated from West Division High School in Milwaukee and Marquette University.
Mickey was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Gonzalez Horvate; his brothers George and Jerome Horvate. He is survived: by two children, Jeff Horvate and Christine Heath of Lakeland; two grandchildren, Michael Heath and Ashley Wallace, also of Lakeland; two sisters, Anna Mae Krajenka of Deltona and Judy Letter of Indiana. Mickey was involved with many civic organizations including the Milwaukee Speaker’s Bureau where he gav... Read more
Jean and David Bunch on January 11th, 2013 - 1:33 pm said:
Jeff--Wish we could have been with you for the service this morning. We\'ve been thinking about you and hope to see you on Sunday
Amanda Jeanne on January 10th, 2013 - 7:31 am said:
I was so sorry when I heard of your father\'s passing. I find it comforting to reflect on comforting Bible passages during times like these. Here is one of my favorites: Psalm 34: 18, \"Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves.\" I hope this verse brings you some comfort during this time. With Deepest Sympathy
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