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Roger "Swede" Eshelman

July 21, 1950 - August 25, 2017

Roger "Swede" James Eshelman, age 67 of Morrison, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at his home. Roger was born on July 21, 1950, in Dixon, IL, the son of Eugene and Lucille Eshelman. He married Ruth Dykstra on July 21, 1970, in Fulton. Roger was a United States Army Veteran. Stationed in Germany, he served during the War in Vietnam from 1970-1972. Roger taught in the auto body department at...
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Willard D. Van Zuiden

December 10, 1938 - August 15, 2017

Willard D. Van Zuiden, 78, of Albany, died on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 at his home. Willard was born on December 10, 1938 in Morrison to William J. and Fannie (Ven Huizen) Van Zuiden. He married Evelyn Wiersema on October 5, 1956 in Fulton. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2013. Willard worked for his brother at Van Zuiden Trucking in Albany for 11 years later purchasing...
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Nancy L. Bennett

April 24, 1947 - May 8, 2017

Nancy L. Bennett, 70, of Albany, died Monday, May 8, 2017 at University Hospital in Iowa City. Nancy was born on April 24, 1947 in Sheldon, Wisc., a daughter of Fay and Mabel (Appleman) Dickau. She married Paul E. Bennett on April 22, 1967 in Fulton. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2003. Nancy was a tool crib attendant for 23 years with Drives, Inc. Later she drove a tractor trailer...
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Christopher Dean Collins

August 21, 1992 - April 14, 2017

Christopher Dean Collins, age 24 of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Christopher was born on August 21, 1992 in Clinton, the son of Paul and Terri (Anderson) Collins. He is survived by his parents of Fulton; his two sisters, Tabatha Collins of Roanoke, VA and Megan Collins (Devon Foster) of Fulton; his brother, Mark (Ann) Collins of...
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Wayne L. Van Zuiden

January 19, 1933 - April 6, 2017

Wayne L. Van Zuiden, 84, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center East, Davenport, IA. Wayne was born January 19, 1933, in Newton Township, Rural Albany, IL, the son of William J. and Fannie (VenHuizen) Van Zuiden. He married Leslie Peterson on July 13, 1952, in Hillsdale, IL. She preceded him in death on April 22, 1988. He later married Sara L. Fisher on July 3...
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Ken W. Matthew

June 17, 1930 - January 6, 2017

Ken W. Matthew, 86 of Fulton, died Friday, January 06, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton. Ken was born on June 17, 1930 in Clinton, the son of William and Marie (Hyer) Matthew. He was a United States Navy Veteran. He married Joan R. Balk on July 8, 1950 in Fulton. Ken worked for millwright union 2158 in Bettendorf, IA, retiring in 1992. He was a former volunteer fireman for the...
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Judith Ann Larkins

July 22, 1943 - August 18, 2016

Judith Ann Larkins, age 73 of Clinton, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Center South. Judith was born on July 22, 1943 in Morrison, the daughter of Gerald and Marian (Tessman) Rummel. She married Richard Larkins on December 7, 1963 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Judith loved to cook, spend time with her family and enjoyed being outdoors. She was a member of the Clinton...
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John R. Nagel

August 19, 1927 - July 7, 2016

John R. Nagel of Morrison, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 88, but his kind heart and strong will shall not be forgotten. He was born at home at 1293 Bluff Street, on August 19, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa and was the fourth of six children of Arthur Eugene and Margaret M. (Aureden) Nagel. John attended St. Mary's Grade School in Dubuque and graduated from...
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Myron L. Van Buskirk

April 29, 1955 - July 4, 2016

Myron L. Van Buskirk, 61, of Albany, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home. Born April 29, 1955 in Savanna, he was a son of Robert and Virginia (Thompson) Van Buskirk. He married Marlene Rose on January 11, 1986 in Clinton, Iowa. Myron worked for ADM/EMS for 12 years as a Tool Crib Attendant and was a US Navy veteran. He enjoyed doing auto body work and painting cars, working in his yard...
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Russell N. Garrett

May 23, 1930 - June 30, 2016

Russell N. Garrett, age 86 of Fulton, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his home. Russell was born on May 23, 1930 in Breckenridge, MN, the son of William and Zelma (McDougal) Garrett. He married Dorothy Dahlberg on July 29, 1950 in Breckenridge. She died in May 1999. He was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as a superintendent after 36 years of service. ...
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Mary Elaine Gibson

September 29, 1937 - June 11, 2016

Mary Elaine Gibson, 78, of Thomson, died Saturday morning, June 11, 2016 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. Born September 29, 1937 in Clinton, Iowa she was a daughter of Robert and Marie (Kelly) McGowan. She married George Leland Gibson on September 1, 1956 in Villa Park. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2000. Mary was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing...
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Belva J. Bielema

July 20, 1925 - May 25, 2016

Belva Jean Bielema, 90, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness. Born July 20, 1925 in Clinton, IA, she was a daughter of Albert Norman and Lucille Wierenga. Belva lived in the Fulton house her father, Albert "Bat" Norman, built for her and her husband from 1947 through 2012. She loved doing small things for others and...
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Carol E. Gallagher

November 5, 1940 - January 10, 2016

Carol E. Gallagher, 75, of Rock Falls, died Sunday morning, January 10, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living in Rock Falls. Born November 5, 1940 in Chicago she was a daughter of Claude and Barbara (Goetz) Johnson. She was of the Catholic faith. Those left to honor her memory include her daughter Kim Randall and her partner Derrick Carter of Sterling; her son Chris Peterson of Naperville, and...
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George N. Ziegler

September 13, 1926 - January 9, 2016

George N. Ziegler, age 89, of Fulton died Saturday, January 09, 2016, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL. George was born September 13, 1926, in Luana, IA; the son of George H. and Clara C. (Nelson) Ziegler. He married Genevive I. Brown on in June of 1947, in Morrison. She preceded him in death by August 10, 2009. George served in the US Army during the WWII, from 1944 โ€“ 1946 in...
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John Alan VanKampen

December 9, 1944 - December 22, 2015

John Alan VanKampen, age 71 of Fulton, died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. John was born on December 9, 1944; the son of Roy and Marie (Gretencord) VanKampen. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer for 36 years before retirement. John was a United States Air Force Veteran. He had a love for cars and enjoyed being outdoors, playing pool and...
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Evelyn "Jean" Parker

July 25, 1920 - November 16, 2015

Evelyn "Jean" Parker, age 95, of Fulton, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at The Alverno Health Care Facility. Jean was born July 25, 1920 in Albany the daughter of William and Mary (Leahy) Hurley. She married James F. Parker on November 17, 1945 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1993. She was employed as a cook at Fulton Middle School for 15 years. Jean was a lifetime member...
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Lorna G. Thayer

June 8, 1947 - November 14, 2015

Lorna G. Thayer, 68, of Fulton, died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Born June 8, 1947 in Tuscola, IL she was the daughter of Loran and Gueretta (Anglen) Lewis. She was united in marriage to Dale F. Thayer on June 7, 1970 in Villa Grove. Lorna was a teacher at Fulton High School from 1985 until her retirement in 2004. She previously taught at St. Mary's...
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Robert Doescher, Sr.

June 21, 1927 - August 25, 2015

Robert Doescher, Sr., age 88 of Fulton, died Tuesday, August 26, 2015 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton. Robert was born on June 21, 1927 in Lyons, Iowa; the son of William and Ida (Winkel) Doescher. He married Kathryn Huizenga on April 20, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2013. He was employed by the Department of Transportation as a toll booth operator for many years. He...
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William "Bill" R. Remrey

October 15, 1953 - April 8, 2015

William "Bill" R. Remrey, Jr., age 61, of Clinton, IA, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Bill was born October 15, 1953 to William "Bob" and Lucille (Sullivan) Remrey at St. Joseph Hospital of Clinton, IA. Bill was an avid NASCAR fan #3 and New England Patriots fan. He loved to drag race his 1970 Chevelle "The Procrastinator". Bill enjoyed...
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Gerald Ray Barsema

May 14, 1950 - February 18, 2015

Gerald Ray Barsema, age 64 of Fulton, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home. Gerald was born on May 14, 1950 in Clinton, the son of Zepe and Charlotte Bell (Remrey) Barsema. On October 25, 1969, he married Phyllis Oberheim in Fulton. Gerald worked as a supervisor at Schafer's Fisheries for many years. He also owned and operated Barsema's Fireworks in Thomson and Barsema's Pumpkins in...
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Marlies L. Anglese

December 12, 1940 - February 17, 2015

Marlies L. Anglese, age 74, of Albany, IL, died on Feb. 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Visitation (no viewing) will be at the Albany Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Another visitation will be held at the church on Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service led by Pastor Nancy Weingartner starting at 11:30 a.m. Private...
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Katherine M. Cox

December 6, 1925 - February 10, 2015

Katherine Marie Cox, age 89 of Fulton, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the University Hospital in Iowa City. Katherine was born on December 6, 1925 in Jerseyville, IL to Robert and Florence (Clain) Suttler. She married Thomas Cox on January 27, 1942; he preceded her in death on March 16, 2010. Katherine enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, traveling and most of all spending time with her...
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Leonard West Thweatt

August 19, 1942 - December 18, 2014

Leonard West Thweatt, age 72 of Morrison departed this life Thursday, December 18, 2014. Leonard was born August 19, 1942 to Jesse Hobart and Jimmie (West) Thweatt who were tobacco farmers in the mountains of beautiful Smithville, TN. The fourth of seven children, he attended a one room school house as a boy, before moving to Memphis, TN. Enlisting in the US Army in 1961, he enjoyed being...
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Catherine Nancy Ryder

March 6, 1938 - June 29, 2014

Catherine Nancy Ryder, 76, of Albany, IL, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Nancy was born March 6, 1938, in Clinton, IA the daughter of Keith John and Ellen Loretta (Dolan) Higgins. She married Donald E. "Tim" Ryder on August 6, 1960, in Fulton, IL; he preceded her in death on January 23, 2010. Nancy was educated in the Albany Grade School and...
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Pat A. Folkers

February 8, 1946 - May 4, 2014

Patricia "Pat" A. Folkers, age 68 of rural Lyndon died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Pat was born February 8, 1946 in Morrison the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Whitmore) Daniels. She married Gary Folkers on December 10, 1966 in rural Sterling. Pat worked as a book keeper at Morrison Telephone Company and Mills Motor Ford Dealership in Morrison. She and Gary...
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Robert J. "Bob" Wiersema

November 10, 1961 - April 2, 2014

Robert J. "Bob" Wiersema, age 52 of Albany died Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at this home. Bob was born November 10, 1961 in Clinton, IA the son of John and Beatrice (VanHouten) Wiersema. He married Gail Doescher on May 30, 1981 in Fulton. Bob worked at Exelon Nuclear for 32 years. He was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton and also served as a Deacon in the church. Bob enjoyed...
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Donald "Gene" Kelly

August 18, 1933 - February 14, 2014

Donald "Gene" Kelly, age 80 of Fulton, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Gene was born on August 18, 1933 in Butte, Montana to William A. and Evelyn G. (Raguet) Kelly. He attended school in several Western states until settling in East Peoria in 1945. He was a 1952 graduate of East Peoria High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1952...
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Anastacio Hernandez, Jr.

January 22, 1956 - January 1, 2014

Anastacio Hernandez, Jr., age 57 of Fulton died Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Anastacio was born January 22, 1956 in Willacy County, TX the son of Anastacio and Guadalupe (Carrisclesz) Hernandez, Sr. He worked at the Pallet Recovery Company in Fulton. Survivors include his mother Guadalupe of Erie, three daughters Katrina of CA, Anastacia Gallardo of CA, and Montana Hernandez of Fulton,...
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Wilda K. Dietschweiler

June 28, 1942 - August 16, 2013

Wilda K. Dietschweiler, age 71 of Fulton, passed away peacefully Friday, August 16, 2013 at Eagle Point Nursing and Rehab in Clinton. Wilda was born on June 28, 1942 in Bellingham, Wash to Willard and Verla (Wastwet) Kohler. Survivors include four sons, Lee (Jeannie) Haigwood of Albany, Illinois, Mark (Darcie) Haigwood of Boise, Idaho, Shawn (Pegeen) Haigwood of Iowa City, Iowa and Justin M....
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James V. Burden

May 23, 1920 - June 18, 2013

James V. Burden, age 93 of Rock Island, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island. James was born on May 23, 1920 in Albany, IL to Vincent R. and Frances (Devine) Burden. He was a WWII veteran who saw action and participated in D-Day on Omaha Beach. James was a past member of the Albany American Legion Post. He worked as an Ironworker until being injured on the job...
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Pamela Therese Bush

January 24, 1954 - April 28, 2013

MORRISON, IL โ€“ Pamela T. Bush, 59, of Morrison, IL, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her residence. Pamela was born January 24, 1954, in Queens, NY; the daughter of Edgar F. and Joan (Klink) Bailey. She graduated from Morris Catholic High School, Denville, NJ, in 1972, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1976, with a Bachelor's Degree in Health and...
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Frederick R. Berg

June 1, 1929 - April 25, 2013

Frederick R. Berg, age 83, died Thursday at his home in Fulton, IL. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 Tuesday, April 30th at Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton, IL. The Rev. David Austin will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A Rosary will be said at 7 pm. Burial will be in the Calvary Hill Catholic Cemetery in Fulton. ...
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Lena Rozeboom

May 25, 1914 - April 10, 2013

Lena Rozeboom, 98, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Lena was born May 25, 1914, in Thomson, IL, to Garrett and Susie (Hamstra) Bolhous. She was educated in the Thomson Grade School and graduated from Thomson High School in 1932. She worked in her father's grocery store and at the Thomson Newspaper after high school. She married...
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Larry E. Gann

October 11, 1940 - April 9, 2013

Larry E. Gann, age 72, formerly of Mt. Morris, died Tuesday April 9, 2013 at Big Meadow Nursing Home in Savanna. Larry was born on October 11, 1940 in Freeport the son of Walter and Lota (Osborne) Gann. He married Esther Wiersema on April 29, 1974 in Rockford. Larry was employed with the Belvidere Chrysler Assembly Plant for 30 years retiring in 1995. Surviving is his wife, Esther of...
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Mary E. Rose

November 26, 1922 - March 1, 2013

Mary E. Rose, age 90, of Clinton formally of Fulton, died Friday, March 01, 2013 at Eagle Point Nursing Home and Rehab. Mary was born November 26, 1922, in Fulton, the daughter of George W. and Dianne (Kopenga) Stanger. She worked at the Toy Factory, Fulton Public Schools, cleaned private homes all in Fulton, General Electric in Morrison, Greeks Candy Kitchen, and Bennett Box and Climax all of...
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Clifford Barry

September 20, 1935 - February 15, 2013

MORRISON โ€“ Clifford L. Barry, age 77, of Morrison died Friday, February 15, 2013 at his home. Clifford was born September 20, 1935 in Ethel, Mo. the son of Kenneth D. and Opha M. (Peavler) Barry. He was united in marriage to Leona Wallace on July 9, 1955 in Kirksville, Mo.. Clifford was employed with Common Wealth Edison Nuclear Plant in Cordova retiring in 1992 and was a member of the...
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George VanLoo

June 1, 1931 - February 14, 2013

George L. VanLoo George L. VanLoo, age 81, of Fulton, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. George was born June 1, 1931 in Sheffield the son of August and Elma (Bohart) VanLoo. He married Julia Giltner on April 14, 1951 in Sheffield. He was employed by Standard Oil for 25 years, most recently as District Manager, and retired in 1980. George was...
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Vernon R. Collins

February 2, 1944 - February 11, 2013

Vernon R. Collins, 69, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Vern was born on February 2, 1944, in Savanna, IL, the son of Radke V. and Gladys L. (Petersen) Collins. He graduated from Sabula High School, Sabula, IA in 1962, and earned his BA Degree from Western Illinois University in 1984. He served in the U.S. Navy during the...
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Robert Constant Bull

March 29, 1926 - February 5, 2013

Robert Constant Bull, age 86, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013. He was born in Morrison, Illinois on March 29, 1926 to James A. and Rinette Abel Bull. He attended Morrison schools, played in the high school band, and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After the war he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He returned to Morrison to join his father and brother Wilson at J....
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Barbara Bell Hand

October 20, 1926 - January 28, 2013

Barbara B. Hand, 86 of Fulton, died Monday January 28, 2013 at Amanda's Care Home, Mesa, AZ. She was born on October 20, 1926 in Clinton, IA the daughter of Calvin and Helen (Matthews) Schumaker. She married LaVerne Vogel. He died. She married Thomas J. Hand on March 15, 1989 in Fulton. She worked as a cosmetologist for 42 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton...
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Virginia M. Goodenough

February 2, 1918 - January 22, 2013

Virginia M. Goodenough, age 94, of Morrison died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Pleasant View Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Morrison. She was only 11 days from her 95th birthday. Virginia was born February 2, 1918 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Bert and Ida (Preston) Goodenough. She graduated from Prairie Center grade school, and was active in her youth at The Morrison United Methodist...
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Mary Bolhous

September 3, 1922 - November 10, 2012

FULTON, IL - Mary L. (Busz) Bolhous, formerly of Fulton, and currently of Delavan, WI, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 10 in Janesville WI after a three year battle with bone cancer. Mary was born September 3, 1922 in Fulton IL. She completed her education in the Fulton School System as well as Scovill Business School in Clinton. Her working career began as the secretary and...
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Dorothy J. Pannell

November 7, 1937 - August 14, 2012

Dorothy J. Pannell, 74, of Thomson, IL, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Mercy Living Center, Clinton, IA. Dorothy was born November 7, 1937, the daughter of J. Edward and Bernadette (Foreman) Kustes. She married Robert Pannell on April 23, 1960, in Fulton, IL. She was educated in the Smith rural school and graduated from Fulton High School. Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Fulton,...
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