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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 16, 2004
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - As residents hardest hit by Hurricane Charley's devastating wallop began to clean up amid sweltering heat, President Bush flew here early yesterday to assure storm victims in this vacation city that federal assistance was already on the way. From his helicopter, Marine One, Bush could see debris from trailer park homes strewn across fields and roofs that had been torn off hangars at a nearby airport. "A lot of people's lives are turned upside down," the president said after walking along a street, consoling storm victims.
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March 2, 2006
LEE DAMRON KEMP, 76, of Towson and Punta Gorda, FL died Feb. 15, 2006 at the Florida State Veterans Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 12, 1929 and died from lung cancer and Alzheimer's. She was a hairdresser and shop owner for 30 years in Towson and later president of her own advertising agency in Florida. She was a Kentucky native and a decorated US Army Veteran of the Korean War. She is survived by her husband, Charles Bonn Kemp, a Maryland native, now of Punta Gorda, Florida and a brother, Dannie Damron of Huntington, WV.
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By Jen DeGregorio and Jen DeGregorio,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michelle Marvin couldn't sleep. The Ellicott City mother of two was out of bed Friday and glued to her television by 6 a.m. Hurricane Charley was moving up the west coast of Florida, and her daughters - Tory, 11, and Carly, 6 - were visiting their grandmother in Punta Gorda. Michelle called her mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Marvin, a few hours later to check on her and the girls. What's it like down there? she asked. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, Mary Ellen said. No sign of a storm.
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By Jen DeGregorio and Jen DeGregorio,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michelle Marvin couldn't sleep. The Ellicott City mother of two was out of bed Friday and glued to her television by 6 a.m. Hurricane Charley was moving up the west coast of Florida, and her daughters - Tory, 11, and Carly, 6 - were visiting their grandmother in Punta Gorda. Michelle called her mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Marvin, a few hours later to check on her and the girls. What's it like down there? she asked. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, Mary Ellen said. No sign of a storm.
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June 3, 2004
On Saturday, May 29, 2004 CHARLES EDWARD SHANE, JR., of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Baltimore, MD; loving husband of Sherry Shane of Punta Gorda; two daughters and one son. Memorial service will be held at 4 P.M. on July 1, 2004 at the Chesapeake Yacht Club. The family suggests that memorial donations in Mr. Shane's name be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
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September 11, 2003
John William Vargo Sr., a retired security officer who worked at General Motors' Broening Highway plant for more than three decades, died of cancer Sept. 3 at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 67. A longtime Edgemere resident, Mr. Vargo was born and raised in Uniontown, Pa., and served in the Navy before moving to Baltimore and going to work for GM in the early 1950s. He retired and moved to Florida in 1989. He was an avid fisherman. No funeral was planned. Mr. Vargo is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Janet Hurst; a son, John W. Vargo Jr. of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Rhonda L. Jennette of Owings Mills and Tami A. Marques of Punta Gorda; three brothers, Paul Vargo of Uniontown and Frank Vargo and Kenneth Vargo, both of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two sisters, Patty Taylor and Evie Hobie, both of Detroit; and four grandchildren.
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March 2, 2006
LEE DAMRON KEMP, 76, of Towson and Punta Gorda, FL died Feb. 15, 2006 at the Florida State Veterans Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 12, 1929 and died from lung cancer and Alzheimer's. She was a hairdresser and shop owner for 30 years in Towson and later president of her own advertising agency in Florida. She was a Kentucky native and a decorated US Army Veteran of the Korean War. She is survived by her husband, Charles Bonn Kemp, a Maryland native, now of Punta Gorda, Florida and a brother, Dannie Damron of Huntington, WV.
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April 8, 2003
On Thursday, April 3, 2003, C. MARTIN "MARTY" WEBER, age 81. Born May 27, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY; beloved son of Charles F. and Margaret (nee Holder) Weber. He moved to Punta Gorda in 1991, coming from Baltimore, MD. Marty retired from Masse-Ferguson, Inc of Baltimore. He enjoyed being active in the communities where he lived and was a member of Deep Creek Elks, American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte, F&AM Lamoka Lodge 0463 of Tyrone, NY., and Order of Easter Star Chapter 612 also of Tyrone, NY. Marty was a WWII Army Veteran and also loved to fly and loved boating.
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January 13, 2003
Andrew G. Kummelmann, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee, died Wednesday of heart failure at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, Mr. Kummelmann worked many years for BGE and held jobs in sales before retiring as a store manager in Bel Air in the early 1980s. He resided in Baltimore's Hamilton community for about 40 years before moving to Punta Gorda about 15 years ago, and to nearby Port Charlotte a year and a half ago. Mr. Kummelmann was a past master of the Masons' Sincerity Lodge 181 in Cockeysville.
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July 24, 2002
Paul Taylor Hughes, a retired YMCA official and former Presbyterian church leader, died Monday of pulmonary arrest at the Life Care Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 93 and had lived in Northeast Baltimore. From 1944 to 1972, when he retired, he was vice president and controller of the YMCA of Metropolitan Baltimore. Born in Greenville, Ohio, he earned a degree in business administration in 1931 from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, where he played center on the school football team.
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By Jen DeGregorio and Jen DeGregorio,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michelle Marvin couldn't sleep. The Ellicott City mother of two was out of bed Friday and glued to her television by 6 a.m. Hurricane Charley was moving up the west coast of Florida, and her daughters - Tory, 11, and Carly, 6 - were visiting their grandmother in Punta Gorda. Michelle called her mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Marvin, a few hours later to check on her and the girls. What's it like down there? she asked. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, Mary Ellen said. No sign of a storm.
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By Alfonso A. Castillo and Alfonso A. Castillo,NEWSDAY | August 17, 2004
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The line seemed to form just as soon as the pair of women took seats behind two small desks in a parking lot next to the office of Peeples Agency. Joan Aucoin, who has worked for the real estate insurance agency for 22 years, reached over two packs of Doral cigarettes on her desk to grab another claim form, in a bin under a roll of paper towels. "OK, your total loss is ... ?" she asked an elderly man at the front of the line. "Everything," he responded. She and the rest of the small staff here would go on to hear stories like this all day yesterday.
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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 16, 2004
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - As residents hardest hit by Hurricane Charley's devastating wallop began to clean up amid sweltering heat, President Bush flew here early yesterday to assure storm victims in this vacation city that federal assistance was already on the way. From his helicopter, Marine One, Bush could see debris from trailer park homes strewn across fields and roofs that had been torn off hangars at a nearby airport. "A lot of people's lives are turned upside down," the president said after walking along a street, consoling storm victims.
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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 15, 2004
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- She knew Hurricane Charley had devastated her neighborhood and that the two trailers she owned were probably destroyed, but Cindy Vallier wasn't prepared for the shocking sight in her yard when she returned home late Friday. Two elderly neighbors were dead in her front yard, lying swaddled in blankets amid a twisted mix of metal and wood. "There they were, covered in blankets in my yard by the time police let me back to my house," Vallier said. "She was up against a truck, and he was up against his wheelchair.
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June 3, 2004
On Saturday, May 29, 2004 CHARLES EDWARD SHANE, JR., of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Baltimore, MD; loving husband of Sherry Shane of Punta Gorda; two daughters and one son. Memorial service will be held at 4 P.M. on July 1, 2004 at the Chesapeake Yacht Club. The family suggests that memorial donations in Mr. Shane's name be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
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September 11, 2003
John William Vargo Sr., a retired security officer who worked at General Motors' Broening Highway plant for more than three decades, died of cancer Sept. 3 at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 67. A longtime Edgemere resident, Mr. Vargo was born and raised in Uniontown, Pa., and served in the Navy before moving to Baltimore and going to work for GM in the early 1950s. He retired and moved to Florida in 1989. He was an avid fisherman. No funeral was planned. Mr. Vargo is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Janet Hurst; a son, John W. Vargo Jr. of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Rhonda L. Jennette of Owings Mills and Tami A. Marques of Punta Gorda; three brothers, Paul Vargo of Uniontown and Frank Vargo and Kenneth Vargo, both of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two sisters, Patty Taylor and Evie Hobie, both of Detroit; and four grandchildren.
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By Jen DeGregorio and Jen DeGregorio,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michelle Marvin couldn't sleep. The Ellicott City mother of two was out of bed Friday and glued to her television by 6 a.m. Hurricane Charley was moving up the west coast of Florida, and her daughters - Tory, 11, and Carly, 6 - were visiting their grandmother in Punta Gorda. Michelle called her mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Marvin, a few hours later to check on her and the girls. What's it like down there? she asked. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, Mary Ellen said. No sign of a storm.
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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 15, 2004
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- She knew Hurricane Charley had devastated her neighborhood and that the two trailers she owned were probably destroyed, but Cindy Vallier wasn't prepared for the shocking sight in her yard when she returned home late Friday. Two elderly neighbors were dead in her front yard, lying swaddled in blankets amid a twisted mix of metal and wood. "There they were, covered in blankets in my yard by the time police let me back to my house," Vallier said. "She was up against a truck, and he was up against his wheelchair.
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April 8, 2003
On Thursday, April 3, 2003, C. MARTIN "MARTY" WEBER, age 81. Born May 27, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY; beloved son of Charles F. and Margaret (nee Holder) Weber. He moved to Punta Gorda in 1991, coming from Baltimore, MD. Marty retired from Masse-Ferguson, Inc of Baltimore. He enjoyed being active in the communities where he lived and was a member of Deep Creek Elks, American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte, F&AM Lamoka Lodge 0463 of Tyrone, NY., and Order of Easter Star Chapter 612 also of Tyrone, NY. Marty was a WWII Army Veteran and also loved to fly and loved boating.
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January 13, 2003
Andrew G. Kummelmann, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee, died Wednesday of heart failure at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, Mr. Kummelmann worked many years for BGE and held jobs in sales before retiring as a store manager in Bel Air in the early 1980s. He resided in Baltimore's Hamilton community for about 40 years before moving to Punta Gorda about 15 years ago, and to nearby Port Charlotte a year and a half ago. Mr. Kummelmann was a past master of the Masons' Sincerity Lodge 181 in Cockeysville.
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