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OBITS 1-23-98

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OBITS 1-23-98


Alan Smith

Chapel services for Alan B. Smith, 80, Stuart, Fla., formerly of Rock Island,
will be 10 a.m. today at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island.

Mr. Smith died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, at home in Stuart, Fla.

He was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Connecticut, to Frederick and Reba Bennett Smith.
He was married to Harriett Hess Smith.

He owned Gold Coast Cabinets in Stuart until 1990 when he retired. He owned
the Circus Lounge in Moline. He also worked for Marandos in Milan and
Consumers Ready Mix in Rock Island. He was a member of the Catfish Jazz

He was a WW II Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Reba Lou
Smith and his parents.

Mary Staub

Mary Louise Hiller Staub, 54, of 2300 79th Ave. West, Lot 91, Rock Island,
formerly of Andover, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Trinity West, Rock
Island, after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Andover Methodist Church.
Burial is in the Andover Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Kirk,
Huggins and Esterdahl in Orion. Memorials may be left for the family.

She was born Nov. 6, 1943, in Sterling, the daughter of John H. and Ruby V.
James Hiller. She married Andrew W. Staub Sept. 24, 1988, in Andover.

She worked for Olan Mills Photography, and in earlier years she worked for the
Scott County Humane Society, Davenport.

She was a member of Andover Methodist Church. She was also a member of the
Andover Card Club and the "Birthday Group.'' Her loves included animals,
shopping and especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, LeAnn and Kevin
Cummings Erbst, Atkinson; a son, John Cummings, Vancouver, Wash.;
grandchildren, Amanda Cummings, Geneseo, and Brandon and Bridget Erbst,
Atkinson; stepdaughters, Diane Stout, Hillsdale, and Deborah Gaughan, Ottawa;
and stepsons, David and Daniel Staub, Cambridge, and Michael Staub, Rock
Island. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Robert Hixson

There will be no services for Robert E. Hixson, 79, of Milan. The body has
been cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Heart and Lung
Association. Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of

Mr. Hixson died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Trinity Medical Center-West, Rock

He was born May 27, 1918, in Geneseo, to Clark and Mary Nicely Hixson. He
married LaVerle Ridenour on Dec. 6, 1955, in Rock Island.

Robert worked as a foreman for Bear Manufacturing for 25 years, retiring in
1981. He was a member of Milan American Legion 569. He was a WW II US Army
veteran and was attached to General Patton's Army, which liberated Paris. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing and small engine repair.

Survivors include the widow; stepson and daughter-in-law, Harold "Butch'' and
Marianne Reynolds, Milan; a son, Robert Hixson Cross, Rock Island; daughters,
Layne, Pueblo, Colo., and Skeet, Big Sur, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, including
Cali Reynolds, Milan; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty White, Milan;
half-sisters, Joyce Andrews, Milan, and Shirley George, Baskin, La.; and
half-brothers, Roy Andrews, Elk Grove Village, and Donald Andrews, Palatine.


L.A. `Jack' DeFraties

L.A. "Jack'' DeFraties, 82, formerly of Moline, died Friday, Jan. 16, 1998,
in Laurie, Mo.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael & All
Angels Episcopal Church, 67th & Nall, Mission, Kan., where he was a member. In
lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

He and his late wife of 57 years formerly owned the Dairy Queen franchise for
Jackson and Clay Counties, Mo., and had other local business interests. He was
an accomplished amateur tennis player in the 1930s and 1940s and continued to
play until health problems intervened.

Survivors include a sister, Halcyon Swenson, Worthington, Ohio; sons, Kent
DeFraties, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Terry DeFraties, Raytown, Mo.; and a
grandson, Jim DeFraties.

Stella Van Lancker

Stella M. Van Lancker, 82, of 2903 24th Ave., Moline, died Wednesday, Jan. 21,
1998, at her residence.

Services are 9 a.m. Saturday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 9:30 a.m. at
Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Burial is in St. Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline.

A Christian wake service will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday at DeRoo Funeral Home.
Visitation is 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at DeRoo Funeral Home. A combined rosary
will be recited at 3 p.m. by Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society and National
Catholic Society of Foresters Sacred Heart Court 956. Memorials may be made to
Sacred Heart Church, Alleman High School and Visiting Nurses and Home

She was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Hillsdale, Ill., the daughter of Alfons and
Marie Laethem Van Landuit. She married Arthur Van Lancker May 7, 1940, in
Rapids City. He died March 3, 1984.

She was employed as an office manager at Model Printers, Moline, for 21 years,
retiring in 1982.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar & Rosary Society; past
treasurer of National Catholic Society of Foresters; Sacred Heart Retirees;
and Center of Belgian Culture.

She enjoyed golf, cards, traveling, gardening, baking and her grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters and spouses, Barbara Jo Michalek, Moline, Beverly
and Dr. Gerald Hull, Bradford, Pa., Mary Beth and Patrick Murphy, Moline, and
Julie and David Dailey, Moline; a son and spouse, Steven and Christine Van
Lancker, Moline; grandchildren, Amy Johannsen, Morrison, Brian Michalek,
Bremerton, Wash., Annette Hanson, Dallas, Texas, Anita Ley, Ankeny, Iowa, Alan
Michalek, Madisonville, Ky., Kate Parisot, Mike Murphy, Tim Murphy, Elizabeth
Daily, John Daily, Sarah Daily and Ann Daily, all of Moline; and seven


Edith DeWalsche

Memorial services for Edith DeWalsche, 84, of 606 4th Ave., East Moline, are
2:30 p.m. Saturday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Private
inurnment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.

There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Genesis VNA, 1225 E. River
Drive, Davenport, IA 52803; Meals on Wheels, c/o Rock Island County Senior
Center, 415 19th St., Rock Island 61201; or Visiting Nurse and Homemaker
Association, 500 42nd St., Suite 8, Rock Island 61201.

Mrs. DeWalsche died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline.

She was born Feb. 20, 1913, in Leeds, N.D., the daughter of Albert and Ida
Hookland Nelson. She married Fred DeWalsche Nov. 22, 1936, in Glasgow, Mont.
He died May 18, 1994.

Edith was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Moline, and the Martha's

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Charles Neff, East
Moline; sons and daughters-in-law, Monte and Frieda DeWalsche, Port Byron, and
Tom and Jane DeWalsche, Eldridge, Iowa; six grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; sisters, Adeline Bomsta, Spokane, Wash., Alma Jensen and
Darlene Jones, both of Hinsdale, Mont.; a brother, Tom Nelson, also of
Hinsdale; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. DeWalsche is preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, David Neff; a
great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Neff; and a sister, Esther Lacock.

Georgia Howard

Funeral services for Georgia P. Howard, 94, of East Moline, will be 11 a.m.
Saturday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be
at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the
family. Mrs. Howard died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at River Park Healthcare
Center, Rock Island.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1903, the daughter of George and Carrie Voyle Rote.
She married Woodrow W. Howard Oct. 12, 1940, in Clinton, Iowa. He died on
April 13, 1985. She loved to crochet. She was a member of the Whole Truth
Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and William Ruhnow,
Geneseo, Genevive Eby, Silvis, Sharon and Marvin Beeson, East Moline; 31
grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Mildred Sable

Mildred Sable, 91, East Moline, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Golden Acres
Jewish Home, Dallas, Texas.

Graveside services are at 1 p.m. today at Rock Island Hebrew Cemetery, with
Rabbi Stanley Herman officiating. There is no visitation. Memorials may be
made to Tri City Jewish Center. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in
charge of arrangements.

The former Mildred Kessler was born Sept. 15, 1906, in Worcester, Mass., the
daughter of Abraham and Ada Reva Kulp Kessler. She married Sam Sable Oct. 22,
1939, in Davenport. He died June 10, 1988.

She and her husband, Sam, operated Sable's Jewelry Store in East Moline for 50

She was a member of Tri-City Jewish Center, Beth Israel Sisterhood, Hadassah,
Jewish Women International, Eastern Star, East Moline Woman's Club. In early
years, she served as president of the PTA at John Deere Elementary School, was
a former member of Temple Emanuel, Davenport, a supporter of Quad-City Music
Guild, Quad-City Symphony Orchestra and served on the board of the former
Community Nursing Services.

Surviving are daughters, Adele Taxon, Dallas, Texas, and Erna Geifman,
Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Gloria Kreitman and Adrienne Taxon, Dallas,
Morris Taxon, Los Angeles, Calif., Alisa Geifman, Phoenix, Bonnie Dickason and
Bradley Geifman, both of Tucson; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law,
Ester Gavatin, Chicago; special niece, Ruth Brenner, Homewood, Ill. She was
preceded in death by brothers, Leo and William Kessler.


Lonnie Bert

Services for Lonnie J. Bert, 81, Silvis, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis, where he was a member. Entombment is in St.
Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East
Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 6.

Mr. Bert died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at home.

He was born June 11, 1916, in East Moline, the son of Alphonse and Johanna
DePauw Bert. He married Elizabeth "Betty'' Naeger Sept. 4, 1948, in Ste.
Genevieve, Mo.

Lonnie retired in 1977 from John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, as a
sheet metal worker, after 40 years.

Mr. Bert was a member of the Fr. Pro Club at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, was
chaplain for the Silvis VFW Post 1933, and a member of East Moline American
Legion Post 227. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed volunteering for anything
from being an election judge to coaching Babe Ruth baseball. Mr. Bert served
in WWII in the 79th Infantry Division. He served at the Battle of Normandy,
and was wounded June 26, 1944. During his service he received three Bronze
Stars and the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Roger Kenney,
Seaton, Ill., and Joan and Ken McBurney, Golden, Colo.; sons and
daughters-in-law, James and Bev Bert, Fort Collins, Colo., and Jerome and Deb
Bert, Moline; grandchildren, Lisa Doyle, Thaddeus J. and Jennifer Bert, Jason
and Aaron Kenney and Karlie and Lauren Bert; and brothers, Herman, Morro Bay,
Calif., Elmer, Ste. Genevieve, and Archie, Rock Island. He was preceded in
death by three sisters and two brothers.


Velma Adams

Velma Eileen Adams, 79, of 91 Tampico Road, Tampico, died Thursday, Jan. 22,
1998, at home.

Prayer services 9:30 a.m. Monday at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, followed by
Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's, Tampico. Burial is in St.
Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral
home, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials to Tampico Historical Society or
Tampico Library.

She was born July 10, 1918, to William and Grace Renner Connelly. She married
Robert Adams Feb. 12, 1944.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Robert, Edelstein, Ill., Douglas,
Tampico, Michael, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Gregory, Rock Falls, Francis,
Silvis, and David, Atkinson; daughters, Marjorie Saathoff, Sterling, and Julie
Adams, Walnut; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Van
Dorpe, Princeton, Ill.; and a brother, William, Morrison.

Ralph Cramer

Ralph E. Cramer, 78, Galesburg, formerly of Woodhull, died Wednesday, Jan. 21,
1998, at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville.
Burial is in Knoxville Cemetery, with military rites conducted. He was a WW II
veteran. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials may go to the nursing
home or Alzheimers Research Association.

He was born Dec. 20, 1919, to Leon and Cora Crouse Cramer. He married Bettie
Burford Sept. 20, 1941.

He had worked at Caterpillar, Rock Island Arsenal, Admiral Corporation, Butler
Manufacturing Co., and Gates Rubber Co., all in Galesburg.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Karen Tarochione, Knoxville, and Judie
Ramirez, Moline; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sisters,
Charlotte Kennedy, Knoxville, and Arlene Lavely, Galesburg.

Terry Davison

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Terry J. Davison, 56,
Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Aledo. Reiser-Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo, is in
charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Davison died suddenly Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, in St. Louis, Mo., where he
was working.

Terry was born Jan. 31, 1941, in Aledo, the son of Raymond and Reta Stevens
Davison. He was employed by Souper Salad, Inc., as a construction
superintendent. He had a speical love for Corvettes.

Survivors include sons, T.S. Davison, of Seattle, Wash., and Troy Davison, of
Las Vegas, Nev.; a granddaughter, Tabbath Davison, of Seattle; a brother and
sister-in-law, Barry and Pat Davison, of Moline and Apache Junction, Ariz.;
his stepmother, Margaret Davison, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and special friend,
Blanche Riggins, of Glendale, Ariz.

Robert Guinn

Robert D. Guinn, 60, of Erie, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Trinity
Medical Center, Rock Island.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Burial
will be in Cordova Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to an education fund for his daughter Jessica.

Mr. Guinn was born April 28, 1937, in Cordova, the son of John and Alma
Reynolds Guinn. He married Mary Poston Coers Nov. 17, 1979, in Erie. He
retired from Deere & Co. Plow Planter Works in 1989 after 30 years of service.
He had served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Guinn was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the
Cordova Boat Club and Waterfowl USA. He enjoyed carving ducks and decoys,
fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica Guinn, at home,
Denise and Larry Dreifurst of Moline and their children, Destiny and Lisa,
Debra Guinn of Cordova and her children, Amber, William, Nicole and Nolan,
Beth and Bill Covemaker of Moline and their children, Abbie, Cassie and Ryan,
Chris and Dan Ford of Fulton and their children, Preston, Ryan and Joey; sons
and daughters-in-law, Harold and Pam Coers of Cordova and their children,
Lucas, Lance, Austin and Phillip, Robert and Kristin Coers and their children,
Brittany and Heather; his mother, Alma Guinn of Cordova; brothers and
sisters-in-law, Adon and Pat Guinn, Port Byron, and Jack and Marilyn Guinn,
Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father; sisters, Maxine,
Barbara and Kay; and a grandson, Joseph.

Harriet Helmer

Harriet Browne Helmer, 89, Chicago, died Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, at home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic
Church, Kewanee. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation
will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home,
Kewanee. Officiating will be Rev. Richard Zang, C.S.C. Memorials may be made
to the Kewanee Public Library.

She was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Kewanee, the daughter of Dr. Philip and Eleanor
Browne Helmer.

She joined the Chicago offices of Doubleday & Co. Publishers, and remained in
the publishing field and was editorial assistant in the offices of J.G.
Ferguson & Associates in Chicago.

Survivors include many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a
brother, James Helmer.

Hazel Johnson

Hazel E. Johnson, 93, formerly of Andover, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at
Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, where she was a resident.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.
Burial will be in Andover Cemetery. The Rev. Ted Grandquiest will officiate.
Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home,
Cambridge. Memorials may be made to Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover, or
Good Samaritan Activity Fund, Geneseo.

The former Hazel Kling was born Feb. 4, 1904, in New Windsor, the daughter of
August and Minnie Peterson Kling. She married Roy C. Johnson Nov. 15, 1924, in
Monmouth. He died May 17, 1971.

She worked at Andover Children's Home for 22 years until retiring when the
home closed in 1970.

Mrs. Johnson's memberships included: Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover,
WELCA, and Grace Circle of the church, Andover American Legion Auxiliary,
Royal Neighbors of America, Andover Historical Society, AARP and the Andover
Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Marshall, Orion; daughter and
son-in-law, Marlene and Robert Schwartz, Colona; son and daughter-in-law,
Wayne and Lucille Johnson, Plainfield, Ind., son, Robert Dean Johnson,
Cheyenne, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a
great-great-grandson; and special family friends, Larry and Sally Reinhart,
Larissa and Gina, all of Andover. She was preceded in death by her husband, a
sister and four brothers.

Susie Peterson

Susie B. Peterson, 88, Marigold Healthcare Center, formerly of Galva, died
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at the center.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Burial is in
Evergreen Memory Garden, Kewanee. Visitation is 9 a.m. to service time.
Memorials to Grace United Methodist or the center.

She was born Sept. 18, 1909, in Flasher, N.D., to George and Sadie Klinger
Janssen. She married Oliver Anderson in 1932. He died in 1956. She married
Raymond Peterson in 1959. He died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Stambaugh, Galva; a son, Keith
Anderson, Shelton, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several
great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Tourand, Bakersfield, Calif., and
Louise Cox, Eldorado, Calif.; brothers, Henry, Pecatonica, Floyd, Loves Park,
and Edward, Pacific Junction, Iowa.


Ted `Top Cat' Carroll

Ted L. "Top Cat'' Carroll finally found peace from cancer with his family at
his bed side on Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998.

Ted requested that he be cremated and no funeral services be held, but there
will be a memorial held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, Davenport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davenport Retired Police Officers
Benevolent Fund. Runge Mortuary, Davenport, handled arrangements.

He was born in 1937 in Omaha to C. Claytom and Ruby Hart Carroll Shibles.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; daughters, Kimberly Scherer, Eldridge, Keia
Miller, Davenport; a son, Kelly, Davenport; seven grandchildren; a sister,
Sandi Walker, Omaha. He was preceded by his parents, a stepfather, Ralph
Shibles, a half-brother, Ralph Shibles, and his grandmother, Estelle

Anne Crecelius

Services for Anne Crecelius, 73, Davenport, are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St.
Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.
Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. today at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home,
Davenport. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Genesis Visiting Nurses
Association, St. Anthony Care and Share or Genesis Medical Center, Oncology

Mrs. Crecelius died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Genesis, West Campus, after
an extended illness.

She was born March 16, 1924, in Davenport, to Max and Selma Kroeger Schwarz.
She married Jack Crecelius June 27, 1946, in Davenport.

She looked forward to going on her many annual trips to Chicago.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Kim Crecelius, a son, John, both of
Davenport; grandchildren, Dawn and Josh Crecelius; and a sister, Helen
Hinrichs, Davenport.

Merle Ebberson

Merle W. Ebberson, 58, Davenport, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Genesis
Medical Center East Campus, Davenport.

Arrangements are pending at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass Funeral Home,

Mark Linville

Mark W. Linville, 44, Davenport, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, in Muscatine as
a result of an auto accident.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation
is 3 to 8 p.m. today at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Memorials may go to the

He was born Jan. 14, 1954, in Davenport, to Dean and Marilynn Linville. He
married Robin Kinzer April 10, 1982.

Surviving are his wife; daughter, Whitney; sons, Heath, Luke and David, a
sister, Marcia Gray-Lossing, and brothers, Kirk, Brian and Cory, all of
Davenport. He was preceded by his mother in March 1996 and his father Dec. 31,

Melba Mapes

Melba Mapes, 91, Davenport, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at home.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday.

Further arrangements are pending.

Pearl Houseal Yoder

Pearl Yoder, 86, Davenport, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Good Samaritan
Nursing Center, Davenport.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in
Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials
may be made to Genesis Visiting Nurse Hospice or Good Samaritan Nursing

The former Pearl Meeker was born Sept. 19, 1911, in Louisa County, Iowa. She
married Clyde Houseal Oct. 20, 1928. He died March 10, 1963. She married Menno
Yoder in 1968, in Rock Island. He died in 1975.

She had worked for the Kay Bee store in Davenport for 34 years.

Survivors include a son, Vernon Houseal, Davenport; daughters, Evelyn Cook,
Davenport, and Mary Lou Hedberg, Lexington, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; 25
great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Meeker, Columbus Junction, Iowa.

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