Obituaries Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

Hailee Elizabeth Agnew

Amazing girl who touched so many people

Hailee Elizabeth Agnew, 20, of Washington, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Washington Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 16, 1993, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of James K. and Luann Fonte Agnew of Washington.

Miss Agnew attended The Day School at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, where she was scheduled to graduate in June.

She was very proud to have transitioned to the United Cerebral Palsy Class of Pittsburgh.

Miss Agnew was one of the original members of Adaptive Sports Inc., where she played baseball and other sports and enjoyed bowling and other activities.

She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, Steelers football and Penguins hockey fan.

Volunteering at the Veterans Administration Hospital on Wednesdays in Oakland brought her a great deal of satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment.

Miss Agnew also attended Camp Laughalot for more than 15 years and loved shopping and going out to eat and spending time with her BFFs Josh and Missy.

She was an amazing girl who touched so many people.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are paternal grandmother, Sonna K. Agnew of Washington; twin sister, Korynn Agnew at home; a sister, Alyssa (Kelly) Blackburn of Washington; an aunt, Janet Roth of Meadow Lands; two nephews, Jadyn Edward and Jacob David Blackburn; and several great-aunts, uncles and cousins.

She had a special place in her heart for her dog, “Maddie”.

Deceased are her paternal grandfather, Denny Agnew and her maternal grandparents, Edward and Helen Vito Fonte.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home at 1290 Jefferson Avenue in Washington. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in The Church of the Covenant at 267 East Beau Street, Washington. The service will be co-officiated by the Rev. Stewart Broberg and the Rev. Donald Austin. If attending the service, please meet at the church. Memorial contributions can be made directly to the family or to The Day School at the Children’s Institute at

Lawrence J. Champagne

Enjoyed life

Lawrence J. “Larry” Champagne, 63, of Eighty Four, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, in his home, with his family by his side.

He was born December 20, 1950, in Cass City, Mich., a son of the late Kenneth J. and Norma Feldman Champagne.

Mr. Champagne served in the U.S. Army from 1969 until he was faithfully and honorably retired in 1972, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, shooting pool and life itself.

Surviving are two sons, Larry W. Champagne and Jason M. (Haley) Champagne; a sister, Donna (Al) Sampson; three brothers, Kenneth (Deborah) Champagne, David (Linda) Champagne and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Champagne; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and family.

Also surviving is his faithful companion, Chico.

Deceased is a brother, Norman Champagne.

Arrangements entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home. Friends are invited to attend military honors at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please add tributes at

Joyce Elaine Bitz Emerick

Enjoyed garage sales and flea markets

Joyce Elaine Bitz Emerick, 71, of Marianna, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, in Washington Hospital.

She was born July 14, 1942, in Washington, a daughter of Frank and Mary Semple Bitz.

Mrs. Emerick was baptized in St. Patrick Parish.

She enjoyed garage sales, flea markets and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are four children, Rhonda Jaquay (Tim Bradburn) of West Mifflin, Keith Emerick (Barbara) of Washington, Kevin Emerick (Lori) of Lone Pine and Frank Emerick Jr. (Sandee) of Westland; 15 grandchildren, Robert, Charissa, Christopher, Shawn, Preston, Sheldon, Briandasha, Storm and Skylar Jaquay, Kevin Emerick Jr., Anastasia Emerick, Jessica Stallard and Jalacie, Eli and Caleb Emerick; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Robert William Bitz of Eighty Four; and her ex-husband, Robert L. Emerick.

A grandson, Christopher Stallard, is deceased.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, February 1, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, with the Rev. Melanie Davis officiating. Condolences may be left at

Charles Arden Eustis

WWII veteran was active and independent

Charles Arden Eustis, 91, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y.

He was born October 16, 1922, in Whitney, a son of Albert and Vista White Eustis. He was raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, and graduated from Washington High School in 1940.

Mr. Eustis was married to Shirley Haught in 1947. Their happy marriage lasted 53 years until her death in 2000.

Immediately after graduating from high school, he began work as an automobile mechanic.

Drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1942, he served in the 94th Division as a wire man, attaining the rank of corporal. His service awards included the Expert Infantry Badge, the Presidential Unit Service Medal, Bronze Star with Gold Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantry Badge, the European Theater Medal with four combat stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Medal of Occupation in Germany. After his discharge, he received a medal from the Province of Normandy and a medal for the Cold War occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Following World War II, Mr. Eustis returned to his job in Washington, but soon after took a position as an automobile insurance claims adjuster. He relocated to Yonkers, N.Y., in 1954, and subsequently was employed as managing editor of automotive repair manuals for Hearst Corp. He retired in 1986.

As young adults, he and his wife built a house in West Nyack, N.Y. Mrs. Eustis worked as a nurse and they raised their sons, Harold and Gary.

Mr. Eustis was very active in community life, serving as president of the boards of the West Nyack Library and West Nyack Little League.

He was strongly committed to his church, serving as deacon and elder in both the Chapel in Yonkers and the Clarkstown Reformed Church in West Nyack.

In 1989, he and his wife relocated to Delhi, N.Y. At that time, he became very involved in the Donald W. Gleason American Legion Post 190. In 2010, he was honored to receive the French Legion of Honor medal, presented at the French Embassy in New York City. He was also selected by New York State Senator John Bonacic to receive recognition in the New York State Senators Veterans Hall of Fame.

Mr. Eustis was fortunate to remain active and independent throughout his life. In retirement, he built beautiful dollhouses, which were replicas of homes he loved. He and his wife took their camper across the country and enjoyed a trip to Europe, to revisit places he had seen in the war. He pursued the study of both World War II history and the Eustis family genealogy, providing his relatives with an extensive family tree. He was an avid coin collector and especially enjoyed being outside on his lawn mower.

Mr. Eustis had great respect for the American flag and its presentation in the community. He also was a tireless advocate for the restoration and care of local cemeteries.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Deceased are his siblings; wife Shirley; and a son, Gary.

Surviving are a son, Harold, daughter-in-law, Jane Curley and grandson Colin, all of Delhi; stepgranddaughter Emily of Zaragoza, Spain; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to greet the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi, N.Y. A service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, February 3, in First Presbyterian Church, Delhi, with the Rev. Sarah Hooker officiating. Burial will take place in the spring in Woodland Cemetery, Delhi. Contributions in his memory are asked to be made to First Presbyterian Church of Delhi, Donald W. Gleason American Legion Post 190, or O’Connor Hospital. Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so at Arrangements are with MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.

Sara Ann Gavazzi

Owned and operated Kountry Korners

Sara Ann Gavazzi, 71, of Scenery Hill, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, in the home of her daughter in Amherst, Ohio.

She was born June 25, 1942, in Charleroi, a daughter of the late Manual and Mary Perez.

Mrs. Gavazzi was a 1961 graduate of Mon Valley Catholic High School and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy.

For several years, she worked as a hairdresser and later owned and operated Kountry Korners, a craft shop in Scenery Hill, for 26 years and was a participating vendor in the Houston Pumpkin Festival for 15 years. She also was employed by Fox’s Pizza in Bentleyville for 15 years.

Mrs. Gavazzi enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and particularly enjoyed attending any event in which her grandchildren participated.

She attended Ave Maria Parish in Bentleyville.

Surviving are a daughter, Diane Gavazzi Medve (Steven) of Amherst; three grandchildren, Alexandra, Steven and Helena Medve, all of Amherst; a sister, Patricia Gamble of Charleroi; a brother, Robert Perez of Hickory; her longtime companion, Charles Myers, of Scenery Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a sister, Diane Marie Perez, and a brother, Robert Richard Perez.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Barbara A. Johnson

Considered a second mother to many

Barbara A. Johnson, 75, of Washington, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in Washington Hospital, following a short illness.

She was born November 4, 1938, in Washington, a daughter of the late Robert Coleman and Rosa Lee.

Mrs. Johnson was a 1956 graduate of Washington High School.

She was retired as a foreman and group leader of the former RCA plant in Meadow Lands, where she worked for 20 years.

Mrs. Johnson belonged to Eastern Star Chapter 36 and Sphinx Lodge for more than 20 years and sang in the John Wesley United Methodist Church Choir.

She enjoyed dancing, going to the casino, gossiping with her friends and belonging to the local YWCA. She was considered a second mother to many.

Surviving are two sons, John R. (Monika Mims) Williams Jr. and Aaron L. (Sherri McBride) Williams, both of Washington; a daughter, Rhee Williams Ellis of Washington; seven grandchildren, Ledean Williams, Devin Sadler, Jamie Ellis, John Aaron Ellis, Jamie Hargrove, Asia Chandler and John Williams III; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is her husband, Edward Johnson.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. She will be cremated and later buried in Washington Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home Inc., 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor and Douglas M. Jones, funeral director with the Rev. Joseph Wheeler officiating. Messages of condolence may be left at

Bradley Nolan Kersey

Remembered for his warm smile and big heart

Bradley Nolan Kersey, 37, of Avella, formerly of London, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 27, 2014, in Washington Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born March 18, 1976, in Columbus, Ohio, a son of Steven and Sheila Hampp Kersey of Lancaster, Ohio, and James and Helen VanScyoc of Mt Vernon, Ohio.

Mr. Kersey grew up in Columbus and graduated from Bishop Ready High School in 1994.

He worked for Alex Paris Contracting as a mechanic.

For Mr. Kersey, family always came first. He will always be remembered for his warm smile and big heart. He also enjoyed camping and had a passion for cars.

On May 25, 1996, he married his high-school sweetheart, Danielle Nicholas, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are four children, Haley Nicole, Hannah Ivalisa, Dylan Matthew and Logan Scott Kersey; a brother, Mark Kersey of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Jennifer Capretta of Lancaster and Courtney Bennett of Galloway, Ohio; 16 nephews; and six nieces.

Friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2514 Eldersville Road, Follansbee, W.Va., where services will be held at 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Kersey Children Fund, 452 Lilyfield Lane, Galloway, OH 43119.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown.

George C. Kott

Retired coal miner

George C. Kott, 76, of Muse, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg, following an extended illness.

He was born April 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Pearl Trappen Kott.

Mr. Kott was employed as a coal miner with Consolidation Coal Co. at Bailey Mine, prior to his retirement.

He lived in Muse most of his life.

On October 8, 1960, he married Irene (Tootsie) Yamka, who passed away July 27, 1989.

Surviving are a daughter, Diana (Patrick) Moody of Muse; a son, George C. Kott of West Finley; two grandchildren, Dana (Chris) Hamel and Chelsey Moody; two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Christopher; a sister, Judy Armstrong; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Private family services will be held Friday, January 31, in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray, with the Rev. George T. DeVille officiating. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Antoinette Kozloff

Loved spending time with her family and baking

Antoinette “Tona” Kozloff, 96, of Canfield, Ohio, formerly of Marianna, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in Peace of the Valley Nursing Home, Boardman, Ohio.

She was born August 16, 1917, in Marianna, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Dragasic Shimrock.

Mrs. Kozloff attended Marianna schools.

She was a member of Saints Mary and Ann Catholic Church of Marianna and more recently attended Wickliffe Presbyterian Church in Austintown, Ohio.

Mrs. Kozloff lived to serve others. She loved spending time with family, baking, especially her famous nut rolls, and being a caregiver for her many family members. She also enjoyed helping at Jet Orsatti’s grocery store and American Legion Auxiliary Post 744.

On July 17, 1937, she married Mike Kozloff, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage before his death December 16, 2002.

Surviving are three children, Michael (Leona) Kozloff of Bentleyville, John Kozloff of Topeka, Kan., and Shirley (Dennis) McMahon of Canfield; a brother, Norman Shimrock of Cleveland, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are 10 siblings.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna. A guest book may be signed at

Jacqueline Lynn Lancaster

Enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren

Jacqueline Lynn Lancaster, 45, of Bentleyville, formerly of Fredericktown, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 11, 1968, in Washington, a daughter of Jody Richards and Elizabeth Sebetich, both of Vestaburg, who survives.

Mrs. Lancaster was a 1987 graduate of Beth-Center High School and graduated from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy as a cosmetologist in 1991.

She was also a certified nursing assistant, working for several health care organizations and later worked mostly as a private duty care taker.

Mrs. Lancaster attended the Calvary Chapel in ?Fredericktown.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping, the outdoors and nature. She was a very loving person and was always willing to help anyone she could.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a son, John H. Lancaster Jr. (Nicole) of Bentleyville ; daughter, Heather Lindsey Lancaster of West Brownsville; four grandchildren, Jayden Lancaster, Julian White, John Lancaster III and Kyleigh Emery; paternal grandmother, Earlene Richards of Vestaburg; three brothers, Martin Frenden of Harrisburg, Clarence Frenden (Faith) of Finleyville and Josh Richards (Amy) of Uniontown; four sisters, Christy Frenden of Vestaburg, Emma Frenden of Bentleyville, Jodi Gaso (Danny) of Bentleyville and Falisha Fiedler (Matt) of Marianna; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, with the Rev. Paul Peternel officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lancaster family, c/o Greenlee Funeral Home, P.O. Box 11, Beallsville, PA 15313. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Jean L. Lyons

Jean L. Lyons, 84, of Claysville, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, after a short illness, while under the care of her daughter, Connie Rienke and her family in Hayes, Va.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.

A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

Edward Charles Mellars Jr.

Enjoyed artwork and yard work

Edward Charles Mellars Jr., 61, of Washington, died Friday, January 24, 2014, in Donnell House.

He was born May 16, 1952, in Washington, a son of the late Edward C. Mellars Sr. and Helen Marie Hutter Mellars.

A graduate of Washington High School, he was an avid sportsman during his younger years.

Mr. Mellars worked in home remodeling and roofing.

He enjoyed artwork, painting, yard work and crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed playing league pool and adult league softball.

Mr. Mellars was Catholic.

Surviving are a son, Shane Mellars and two daughters, Jessica Mellars and Shannon Mellars, all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his companion of many years, Barbara Dombrowski; a brother, John Mellars of Washington; a sister, Sharon Mellars of Washington; an aunt, Janie Mellars; several cousins, including Jamie Ward; and several nieces and nephews, including Stacie (Terry) Tennant, Shellie Mellars, Lindsey Mellars and Cody Mellars.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Darla Mellars.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., the time of memorial service, Friday, January 31, in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Wilburt Moore

Loved life

Wilburt “Jade” Moore, 75, of Fairview, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in his home.

He was born June 10, 1938, in Daybrook, W.Va., a son of the late John Russell and Dorothy Gail Haught Moore.

Mr. Moore was retired from Eastern Coal Co. Fed. No. 1 Mine in Grant Town, W.Va., and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

He attended Daybrook United Methodist Church and was a former timber consultant.

Mr. Moore truly loved life. He enjoyed West Virginia University sports, hunting with his grandchildren and getting together with his entire family.

Surviving are his wife, Dottie Wilson Reesman Moore of Fairview; children Jaretta Gail Finch, Charles Wendell Moore and wife Patricia Lynn, Kendal Lee Moore and wife Michelle, Jason Timothy Moore and wife Kara, all of Fairview, Cindy Donaldson and husband Paul of Walton, Ky.; three brothers, Royal “Measle” Moore and wife Joann of Fairview, Roger Moore of Morgantown, W.Va., and Johnny Moore and wife Sandy of Daybrook; four sisters, Rose Moore of Daybrook, Nancy Statler and husband Albert of Mooresville, W.Va., Judith “Bird” Sine of Daybrook and Carolyn “Kay” Wilson and husband Leonard of Daybrook; 12 grandchildren, Eric and Levi Finch, Marissa and Hunter Moore, Evan, Aaron, and Allison Moore, Karson and Kirston Moore and Kilee, Benjamen, and Kelsey Donaldson; a special caregiver, Barbie Barr; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Domico Funeral Home, Curry Chapel in Fairview. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in Daybrook United Methodist Church. The service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Fred Eddy officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Fairview. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Margaret Anne Sarkett

Active member of Calvin U.P. Church

Margaret Anne Sarkett, 94, of Washington, formerly of Brownsville, Low Hill, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in her home.

She was born December 16, 1919, in King, W.Va., a daughter of the late Andrew and Rose Kosa Bodnar.

Mrs. Sarkett was a 1937 graduate of Brownsville High School.

For more than 10 years, she worked as assistant manger for G.C. Murphy Store in Brownsville, and for more than 40 years, she and her husband operated the family farm in Low Hill.

Mrs. Sarkett was a very active lifelong member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Brownsville, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and organized and led many of the fundraisers of the church. She also was a member of the Ladies Aid and the Lydia Circle of the Church.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and canning. Spending time with her family, and particularly with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought her much joy.

On September 21, 1946, she married Joseph Sarkett, who died March 27, 1993.

Surviving are three daughters, Margaret “Peg” Foreman (Kenneth) and Susan Kucera (Louis), both of Washington, and Joann Naser of Canonsburg; seven grandchildren, William Joseph Foreman (Belinda), Todd Kenneth Foreman (Laura), Paul Louis Kucera, Eric David Kucera (Lisa), Joseph Aaron Kucera (Valerie), Jonathan Bennett Naser and Elizabeth Rose Naser; seven great-grandchildren, Joseph Noah Kucera, Haley Faith Kucera, Megan Kucera, Emma Marie Foreman, Eric Kucera III, Aaron Lynch and Maria Lynch; a sister, Elsie Fusco of Uniontown; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a son, Joseph Paul Sarkett, who died March 27, 1963; a sister, Rose Kovacs; a brother, Andy Bodnar; and son-in-law, James Bennett Naser, who died November 19, 2007.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 3, followed by a service at 11 a.m. in Calvin United Presbyterian Church, 307 Spring Street, Brownsville, with the Rev. Aleda Menchyk officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Calvin United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 142, Brownsville, PA 15417. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Norbert Stumpf

Enjoyed traveling and riding motorcycles

Norbert Stumpf, 77, of Peters Township, formerly of Cecil Township, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, surrounded by family.

He was born June 18, 1936, in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Stumpf served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

On August 2, 1958, he married Joanne Caliguire, who is deceased.

Surviving are three sons, Norbert Stumpf Jr. (Cynthia) of Washington, Eric (Dana) Stumpf of Washington and Lance Stumpf of Cecil; grandchildren Samantha, Joshua, Zayne, Ian and Zoey; sister Barb and Frank Pikutis; sister-in-law Ann Stumpf of Savannah, Ga, two brothers-in-law, John and Betty Vietmeier and Howard and Dolores Schutte; and father Anthony and Virginia Seng Stumpf.

A brother, Richard Stumpf, is deceased.

He worked for Elevator and Escalator Construction Local 6. After retirement, he delivered cars for South Hills Honda.

Mr. Stumpf enjoyed being with family and friends, traveling and riding motorcycles for 60 years.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no services. Interment is private in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Nichole Whitlock

Additional information has been received for the obituary of Nichole Whitlock, published Tuesday.

Also surviving is a brother, Nicholas Whitlock.



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