Obituary, Krass, Charles R.

Krass, Charles R.

Charles R. Krass passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, at the age of 92. He was born on June 7, 1925, to Marjorie and Frederick Krass. Charlie was born and raised in the Bronx. He married his childhood sweetheart, Helen, on July 23, 1944. She predeceased him in 2003.

Charlie was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Franklin and the USS Currituck in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Charlie was employed by the New York Central Railroad as a train conductor for 46 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Charlie was, above all, a dedicated family man. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Charlie is survived by his 3 children, Charles Jr. (Carol), Virginia Wolf (Douglas), and Patricia Kilkelly (Joseph); as well as 7 grandchildren, Colleen, Jacquelyn, Thomas, Colette, K.C., Sean, and Ryan; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Charlie will be remembered for his love for his family, his love of his country, and his quick sense of humor. He leaves us with many funny stories that will keep us laughing for years.

A memorial visitation for Charlie will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry on Monday, July, 24, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Inurnment will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 am at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Published in the The Journal News from July 22 to July 23, 2017

Obituary, Dominick D. Pierro, Sr.

Dominick D. Pierro, Sr., 92, died July 22, 2017 to his children and grandchildren he was a modern day hero. A good and decent man whose integrity, honesty, intelligence, morality and love for his family, community and his profession were the foundation of the principles that guided him through each step along his journey through life. Dominick was born on May 24, 1926 at 138 Washington Street a family home known as the old Giunta/Bambace homestead. From these humble beginnings, he was taught many lessons from his Parents and Grandparents that would become the cornerstone of his belief system. He always espoused those expressions from his childhood to his children, “Do good and forget it….Do bad and think on it.” Another favorite of his was “It’s the little things you do for people that make you special”, a lesson he learned from his late father, Michael A. Pierro, Sr. Right out of high school like so many of his classmates from Port Chester Senior High he joined the Navy to serve his Country in World War II. Dominick served in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Pittsburgh and later on the USS Franklin. After the war Dominick graduated from New York University and later Fordham Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1953. On September 11, 1949 he married Jennie Theresa Vitti (deceased) and together Dominick and Jennie had nine children, Michele Dumlao Bocchino, deceased (Sal), Donald A. Pierro, David M. Pierro, deceased (Dawn), Christopher J. Pierro, Patricia Pierro Carmody (Thom), Gina M. Pierro, Anita Pierro Killea (John), Dominick D. Pierro Jr. (Maria) Christina M. Pierro. They were further blessed with sixteen Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren. Dominick said many times over the years that he loved the practice of law, serving his community his church and his clients who relied on his time, talents and advice. Dominick served his Village of Port Chester as a former Village Prosecutor, Corporation Counsel and Village Justice. Additionally, He served as Rye Town Attorney, and later in his career he represented Portchester, Rye Brook, Rye Neck and Town of Harrison as a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, 6th District.

Had we the Heavens’ embroidered cloths, we would spread them at your feet. But we, still mortals, promise only this: To live our lives, as best we can, with all honor and dignity with which you lived yours….Children of Dominick D. Pierro.

Visitation will be 4-8PM on Thursday July 27, 2017 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM on Friday July 28, 2017 at Our Lady of Hope Church 8074 State Route 22 Copake Falls, NY. Interment to follow at St. Bridgets’ Cemetery

Craft Memorial Home, Inc.

40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY
Published in the The Journal News on July 25, 2017

Obituary, VanKleeck, Lionel B.

VanKleeck, Lionel B.

February 17, 1925 – August 10, 2017

Lionel Basil VanKleeck, always known as “Red”, age 92 years, 5 months and 24 days, passed into eternity on August 10, 2017 at home. Bereaved, his last years were lonely, yet spent in patient waiting for the Master’s call. He is now reunited with the love of his life, his wife Marie of 62 years, who passed away before him on February 27, 2009. Our beloved parents are together again. Together they had a son, Robert Lionel; and 2 daughters, Christine Marie and Karen Jean.

Lionel was born on the family farm, Brookside, in Dry Brook, Arkville, NY, February 17, 1925, the son of Basil Beal and Edith George VanKleeck. On July 21, 1946, he married the former Marie Berg at Lake Delaware, Delhi, NY.

As a young boy he packed brussel sprouts and cauliflower for his neighbor Nate Haynes. Red was a lifelong area resident. He attended Margaretville Central School and with the encouragement of his family earned his GED in 1973.

He proudly served his country from 1943-1945 in the US Navy during WW II. He was aboard the USS Franklin, CV13 (“The Ship That Wouldn’t Die”) as a gunner mate in the Pacific, receiving the Purple Heart and The Victory Medal. Following discharge from the Navy, he became a reservist in the Navy Reserve, US Air Force Reserve and then the Army National Guard from which he retired as Staff Sergeant. He loved this country and was honored to have served it.

Red was employed first at Crawford Brothers, following his discharge from the service. Red was a man of few words who let his hard work, high morals and strong values speak for themselves. He was an accomplished stone mason in his early years constructing many stone steps and fireplaces in the Walton and surrounding area. He also was a part-time patrolman for the Village of Walton. Red retired from New York State Water Supply as supervisor after 30 years of service. He was a longtime member for 70 years of the First United Methodist Church of Walton, serving as trustee, financial secretary, and head usher. He was a long time member of the Walton Fire Department Co. #3, serving as secretary and later as an honorary member. Red was a member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 270, serving as Commander and the Truman C. Toby Post 32 American Legion serving as Commander and Secretary. He was also a member of the Delhi Bird Club.

During his life, he was an avid hunter. Red was Cub Master for Boy Scout Troop #45. He loved to square dance with Marie and belonged to the Walton Swing Along and Putnam Prancers in Brewster. Red loved skiing with his family and playing cards and games with the grandchildren. After his retirement, he became involved in caning chairs for many people in the area.

Lionel will be remembered with love by his three children and their families, his daughter and constant companion since 2009, Christine VanKleeck of Walton, Robert (Karen) VanKleeck, of Chenango Bridge; and Karen (Erick) Van Wert, of Bethesda, MD; his grandchildren, Monica (Vincente) Martinez of Bethesda, MD, Michael VanKleeck (Staci Myers) of Binghamton, and Jennifer VanKleeck of Chenango Bridge; as well as his twin great-grandsons, Maximilian Basil and Erik Bartholomew Martinez, great-grandsons, Liam and Chase VanKleeck and great-granddaughter, Juliana Wayman. Also surviving is a special niece Carolyn Hayes and special nephew Mark Liddle and many other special nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Adele Berg, Oneonta.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Marie, of 62 years; two sisters, Vida Robbins and Jean VanKleeck, brother, George VanKleeck, grandson, Justin VanWert, sisters in-law and husband Aasta and Floyd Liddle, Borghild and Joe Huska, brothers in-law and wife Sverre Berg and Helen, Paul Berg, Edwin Berg, Kaare Berg and John and Anne Berg.

“The Great Commander called him home to sail the crystal sea, Where he will steer with steady hand throughout eternity, No longer will the high sea roll, The skies will be clear and every day will be a day of happiness and cheer, No storm shall cross his valiant prow and calm will be the sea, In that bright place where all is well and kindly is the breeze, He is at peace with his shipmates who have gone before”

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Methodist Church, 101 North Street, Walton, NY. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., with the Pastor Kent Terchunian. Lionel will be laid to rest in the Walton Cemetery near the Fountain of Memories which he helped construct with his friend Bill Cranston with full military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

Memorial contributions in Lionel’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Stained Glass Window Fund, 101 North Street, Walton, NY 13856, Walton Cemetery Fountain Plaque Fund, 55 Fancher Ave, P.O. Box 122 or the Walton Fire Department, 59 West Street.

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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Aug. 13, 2017

Obituary, Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee

Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee
Aug 14, 2017
GIBSONVILLE Rollin Lee Clapp, Jr. was a self- taught man of many talents with a wonderful sense of humor and a spontaneous personality. He loved life and kept it interesting and fun. He was 92 when he died on August 11, 2017, at the North Carolina State Veterans’ Home in Salisbury. A graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 16 at Lakeview Memorial Park with Reverend Jack Glen Flintom officiating. Rollin was one of nine children born in Guilford County to the late Rollin Lee and Lily Mae Ward Clapp Sr. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard USS LST-10 and USS Franklin CV-13 stationed primarily in Naples and Sicily. He married Jewel Owen Clapp who preceded him in death in 1984. Rollin possessed a grand sense of adventure and didn’t hesitate to explore something new. Being the self reliant man that he was he became quite competent in many fields. He taught himself to fly an airplane, build a house, play guitar and piano, paint, and farm. The latter was his favorite and first, he started raising pigs and then moved on to cows and always had a crop growing. He also loved to hunt and fish. Rollin and Jewel loved to dance and he could hardly listen to music without wanting to dance. He had a strong faith in God and was raised in Buffalo Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his sister and her husband, Nancy and Garland Coble of Greensboro; nieces, Jill Bittle, Suzanne Hicks, Melaney Jack, Reena Strickland, and Tammy Coble; nephew, Rev. Jack Glenn Flintom; cousins, Tom Isley, John, David, and Marvin Clapp; and special friend, Ardree Parrish. His siblings Harold, Rachel, Rebecca, Henrietta, Ada Marie and two infant siblings preceded Rollin in death. Rollin’s family is especially grateful to CNAs Linda Bumgarner and Karen Quinonez for their loving care, friend Dr. Kenneth Karb and his two bird dogs for their visits that always cheered Rollin up, neighbor and friends L.Q. and Carolyn Tickle and Reena’s husband, Tommy Oakley who were a constant source of strength for Rollin and Nancy through his illness. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Peacehaven Farm, 1458 NC-61, Whitsett, NC 27377 or Habitat for Humanity, 603-B N. Elm Street Greensboro, NC 27401. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the family.

Obituary, Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Wednesday.

He was born April 3, 1925, in Saint Clair, and resided for most of his life in Orwigsburg.

World War II Navy veteran, Austin served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin CV13.

He was also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was the quarterback for the football team and earned his master’s degree. Throughout his life, Austin was an educator. He spent more than 30 years teaching, coaching and being the principal of Blue Mountain Area High School. After retiring from education, Austin spent 13 years as the mayor of Orwigsburg. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Austin is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ann Machusky Scandiber; daughters, Cynthia Ann Wishire, Sandra Scandiber and Kathy Crow. He also leaves behind two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Austin’s remains will be inured at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

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16151 Lancaster Hwy Charlotte, NC 28277

Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 25, 2017

Obituary, Philip Richard Black

WEST LIBERTY – Philip Richard Black, 89, of West Liberty passed away at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Green Hills Care Center in West Liberty, Ohio. He was born in West Mansfield, Ohio on June 18, 1927 to the late Hobson and Esther (Fry) Black. He was also preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Marge Pickett; and two brothers, Robert and Herbert.
On March 12, 1949 Phil married his wife of 68 years, Betty Jo Rotroff, and she survives, along with their two daughters, Rebecca Jo (Ken) Curtis and Melinda Jo (Lon) Peters, three grandsons, Matthew (Julie) Curtis, Ryan (Natalie) Peters, and Adam (Rebecca) Peters, five great-grandchildren, Andrew Curtis, Audrey Peters, Vienna Peters, Aiden Peters, and Lilly Peters, and two sisters, Mary Eirich and Rachel Cool.
A U.S. Navy WWII veteran, Phil served on the U.S.S. Franklin. He was the owner of Black’s Garage and Philip R. Black Real Estate and Insurance Agency in West Liberty. He was a former West Liberty mayor, a member of the American Legion, Mad River Lodge #161 F&AM, West Liberty Business Men’s Association, Logan County Board of Realtors, and the United Church of Christ where he served as a deacon emeritus. Phil also served on the committee that developed and built Green Hills. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture making, and antiques.
The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 101 Zanesfield Road, West Liberty. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at the United Church of Christ, 212 Newell Street, West Liberty with Pastor Rose Michael officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio with military rites performed by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contribution may be made, in Phil’s memory, to Macochee Joint Ambulance District, 113 E. Newell Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357, United Church of Christ, 212 Newell Street, P.O. Box 427, West Liberty, Ohio 43357, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME in West Liberty and online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Obituary, Robert Leo Spriggs

Robert Leo Spriggs Friday, March 28, 1924 – Thursday, March 9, 2017
Morgantown, WV, formerly of Carpendale–

Robert Leo Spriggs, 92, of Morgantown, formerly of Carpendale, WV, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born March 28, 1924 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late William Percy Spriggs and Jessie May (Young) Spriggs.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret (Sharps) Spriggs, and a brother, William Spriggs.

Mr. Spriggs was a graduate of Ridgeley High School, where he played on the football team. He enlisted in the service immediately upon graduation.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier and the U.S.S. Albemarle. During his time in the service, Mr. Spriggs was promoted to Electrician’s Mate 1st. Class. Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, he was in 17 battles. U.S.S. Franklin CV-13 was attacked by Japanese bombers on March 19, 1945, resulting in the death of 914 sailors. Mr. Spriggs helped 12 of his fellow crewmen escape the explosions by rapelling down from the bridge of the ship using knotted microphone cables. Immediately, Mr. Spriggs re-boarded by climbing up the antenna of the badly listing ship, and remained to save the ship. The crew of 704 survivors brought the ship back to Brooklyn Shipyard, making it the most decorated ship of WWII.

Mr. Spriggs began his career working steam engines with the Western Maryland Railroad. He retired as a foreman with the Chessie System.

Bob was one of the founders of Carpendale, WV and he had served as a councilman. Never one to be idle, he installed electrical wiring in the Town Hall as well as many of the water and sewer lines in Carpendale.

He belonged to Centre Street United Methodist Church for 66 years. A life member of Gold Star Post #6452, V.F.W., he was an active member. He was a member of the Franklin 704 Club and of the Ridgeley High School Old Farts Club.

In 2016, he was honored by the West Virginia Legislature with an official Legislative Citation. He received a standing ovation in recognition of his service.

Mr. Spriggs’ hobbies included fishing, camping, and watching John Wayne movies. He took pride in making things with his hands, and had an extensive workshop in his basement.

The family would like to thank Nurse Courtney, Nurse Tabitha, and the staff of the Hospice of West Virginia Caring. They would also like to thank the staff of Mon General Hospital, the VA, Wedgewood Family Practice, Care Partners, and Interim HealthCare.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Spriggs Stratton, Morgantown; his son, Gary W. Spriggs and wife Tina, Grass Valley, CA; two granddaughters, Molly L. Stratton and Laurie Osborne; and, three great, grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 5-8 PM.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11 AM in the funeral home, with Rev. Ann Atkins, officiating.

Interment will be in M.S.V.C. Rocky Gap, where military honors will be accorded by Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centre Street United Methodist Church, 217 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. Tax deductible donations may also be made to an organization which helps veterans re-acclimate to civilian life, Operation Welcome Home, 452 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Obituary, John McKinney

McKinney April 1, 1926 – November 21, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY John Richard McKinney, 90, of OKC, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016. John was born on April 1, 1926 in Coalgate, OK to George and Jessie McKinney. John served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 33 years and 9 months of service as an aircraft mechanic foreman/unit chief. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Velma McKinney; children, Laura and Merle Kitchen, Jan and Bruce Brady, Johnny and Cindy McKinney, Donna and Kent Birch, Alex and Gwen McKinney, Paula and Charles Seegel, Brenda and Ronnie Morgan, Granger and Rhonda McKinney, Clay and Angela McKinney, Shane and Stephanie McKinney; 32 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services are 2:00PM, Friday, November 25, 2016, at Southgate Baptist Church, 740 SW 4th St., Moore, OK. Interment will follow to Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK.

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Obituary, John S. Hall

John S. Hall

San Angelo

John Samuel Hall was born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 4, 1927. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family on March 4, 2017. He fought a hard battle with Alzheimers for 10 years. His wife Mary Lou was by his side, caring for him with dignity and compassion. Most Friday nights they would eat dinner at Henry’s Restaurant sitting at their special table. He was drafted out of high school and he chose the US Marine Corp where he served aboard the USS Franklin during WWII. After returning to high school and graduating he entered the US Air Force where he served 22 years. During that time he served in the Korean War. He was a humble man and a proud American serving his country.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Hall. John and Mary Lou have 6 children. Sam Hall of Richardson, Texas, Susan Neighbors of San Angelo, Texas, John and Paula Hall of San Angelo, Texas, Ron and Wanda Hall of Opelika, Alabama, Wayne and Beverly Hall of Odessa, Texas and Kathy and John Wyatt of San Angelo, Texas. Grandchildren are Jeff Neighbors, Janet & Bryan Abernathy, Aaron Hall, Katie & Seth Summerlin, Daniel & Kim Hall, Tammy Hall, Christina & Lamar Lynn, Chad & Amanda Hall, Chase & Anna Hall, Clint & Noelle Hall, Jake Wyatt, Clay & Jill Wyatt, Wes & Stephanie Wyatt, and Boone & Juanita Wyatt. Great-grandchildren are Kaden Abernathy, Mary-Kate Abernathy, Everly Abernathy, Pippa Abernathy, Jackson Summerlin, Ryan Summerlin, Adelaide Summerlin, Olive Summerlin, Lily Lynn, Madison Hall, Reece Hall, Harper Hall, Grace Hall, Adalyn Hall, Taylor Wyatt, Peyton Wyatt, Jersey Wyatt and Kenadie Wyatt.

John was preceded in death by his son-in-law Phil Neighbors.

Visitation will be Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home. Graveside service is in Lawnhaven Cemetery Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. officiated by Taylor Sandlin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of San Angelo.

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Published in GoSanAngelo from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9, 2017
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Obituary, Richard Wayne Hendrix

Richard Wayne Hendrix

SPARTANBURG, SC– Richard Wayne Hendrix, 92, of Spartanburg, SC, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Dick (known affectionately to family members as ‘Daggie’) was born on April 28, 1924 in Spartanburg to parents Edna Vandora Barnett and William Earle Hendrix, Sr.
He attended high school in Spartanburg and obtained his GED in Corpus Christi, TX. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 2, 1941, in Charleston, SC, six months before Pearl Harbor. As an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, he served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Franklin and USS Bennington. While on the USS Bennington, he survived a kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa. He participated in operations in Saipan, Tinian, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and ‘The Tokyo Invasion’ when Japan surrendered. He earned The American Defense Service Medal, The American Theater Campaign Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with five Bronze Service Stars), The World War II Victory Medal, and The Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on November 20, 1945. Thereafter, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of South Carolina where he obtained his degree in Business Administration.
Dick was a retired businessman and investor. He was extremely inquisitive, always with a keen intellect, was a voracious reader, and was a lifelong student of history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He was a lifelong Gamecock fan and completely devoted to his family and country. He was especially known for his generosity to all the members of his family, whom he deeply loved. ‘Daggie’ was a strong man with a very big heart. In greeting family members, he was often heard to say, ‘Who loves you? Daggie does!’
Dick was married and devoted to his equally devoted and loving wife, Barbara Lynnwood Kennett Hendrix for 68 years. They had three children. He is survived by his two sons, Richard Wayne Hendrix II (Carol Anne) of Atlanta, GA and Mark Norwood Hendrix (Judy) of Cincinnati, OH; his five grandchildren, Richard Wayne Hendrix III, Elizabeth Hendrix, Katherine Hendrix, Ashley Lindsay Smith, and John Charles Lindsay II; five great-grandchildren, Crosland Lamb, Barrett Lamb, Grant Hendrix Smith, Haley Lindsay, and Jackson Lindsay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins scattered throughout the United States. He was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly Hendrix Lindsay; two brothers, Charles Norwood Hendrix (Spartanburg) and William Earle Hendrix II (Omaha); and sister, Margaret Elaine Wedding (Indian Hills, MD).
The family will receive friends 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. A service honoring his memory will follow at 12:00 noon at the Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dale Rawlings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to veterans or hospice organizations.
An online guest register is available at
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2017
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