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MINNESOTA - Fillmore County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from 1998 - 18

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Date: Friday, 28 August 2009, at 9:32 p.m.

Vincent Claire Tabor, 82, of Wykoff
Vincent Claire Tabor, 82, of Wykoff, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.
He was born April 26, 1916, in rural Spring Valley, the son of Earl A. and Marion (Winslow) Tabor. He lived on his family's farm until his marriage to Caroline Jane Sutherland on Feb. 21, 1931, in Rochester. The couple made their home on farms in rural Fillmore County, where he farmed and worked as a mechanic in Spring Valley and Chatfield. In 1972 they moved to Wykoff, where he worked as a custodian for the Wykoff school district. He became a resident of the Preston Good Samaritan Center in February of 1997.
He was an avid horseman.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Evie and Gene Schueller of Rochester, Cherie and Ken Singer of Brookfield, Wis., and Debbie and Richard Bell of Wykoff; one son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Dotty Tabor of Rochester, 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Luverne Eickhoff of Glenwood, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his wife on March 28, 1989, and one sister.
The memorial service was Saturday, Aug. 22, at Wykoff United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Kandels officiating. Inurnment in Washington Cemetery in rural Spring Valley.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff was in charge of arrangements.

Gilman I. Tangen, 62, formerly of Hesper
Gilman I. Tangen, 62, of Des Moines and formerly of the Hesper area, died Monday, April 20, 1998, in Des Moines.
He was born on July 16, 1935, in Ridgeway, Iowa, to Julius and Julianna (Hill) Tangen. He attended area schools and from 1955 to 1969 he served in the United States Air Force. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a crew chief stationed in various locations including North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. In 1958 he married Pauline Blaess. They later divorced. After the Air Force, he ran a small farm and worked at the Midland Cooperative in Mabel and for six years at Northeast Farm Service in Mabel before moving to Des Moines in 1989.
Mr. Tangen is survived by three sons, Gary (Jo Ann) of Sikeston, Mo., Randy (Lisa) of Decorah and Jeff of Hesper; four grandchildren; and a sister Hazel (Mrs. Marvin) Berson of Ridgeway, Iowa. His parents, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Memorial services were on Saturday at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper with the Rev. Hans Floan officiating. Military honors by the Mabel Legion Post 299 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.

Merlin S. Tangen, 70, formerly of Fountain
Merlin S. Tangen, 70, Chatfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at MeritCare Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., where he had been a patient for two weeks.
He was born June 6, 1928, in rural Fountain, where he attended a Rice Creek District 84 grade school and graduated from Chatfield High School. On April 10, 1954, he married Lucille Rathbone at Pilot Mound Lutheran Church in rural Chatfield and they lived in rural Fountain until moving into Chatfield in 1997. He was a fourth generation farmer on the Tangen Century Farm. In addition, he worked for Kappers Construction of Spring Valley for three years and for the Fillmore County Highway Department for 14 years. He served as clerk of Chatfield Township for 16 years, as Chatfield Township treasurer for 15 years, supervisor of Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District for 15 years, and served on the Resource Conservation Development committee and the Fillmore County Water Quality committee. A lifetime member of Root Prairie Lutheran Church, he served on the church council, was church custodian for many years and was currently serving on the Root Prairie Cemetery Association Board. He was a volunteer driver for Semcac and RSVP volunteers, and enjoyed traveling, fishing and playing cards with the Pilot Mound card players group.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael of Fountain; three daughters, Vicky (Mrs. Gene) Topness, rural Whalan, Vonnie (Mrs. Charles) Aug, Preston and Genie (Mrs. Nick) Sprau of Zumbro Falls; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Orville of Chatfield. Two brothers preceded him in death.
The funeral was Friday, Nov. 27, at Root Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Fountain, with burial in the church cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis A. Theiss, 66, formerly of Wykoff
Phyllis A. Theiss, 66, of Rochester, formerly of Wykoff, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Phyllis A. Evers was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Fillmore County and grew up in Wykoff. On April 19, 1952, she married Harry Theiss at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and they farmed in the Wykoff area. After her husband's death on Oct. 24, 1981, she continued to live in Wykoff until moving to Rochester eight years ago. She was active in the Rochester Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed square dancing, fishing and playing bingo and cards.
Survivors include three daughters, Rita (Mrs. James) Welhaven and Charlotte (Mrs. Craig Hansen, both of Rochester, and Judy J. (Mrs. Dan) Lange of LaCrosse, Wis.; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy LeFevere of Spring Valley, Anita Kirtz of Austin and Audrey Sands of St. Marie, Mont.; a brother, Carroll Evers of Wykoff; and special friend, Irvin Schwier of Wykoff. A sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
The funeral was Monday at Zumbro Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lester Horntvedt officiating. A graveside service was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Wykoff.
Macken Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roy M. Thoen, 83, formerly of Lanesboro
Roy M. Thoen, 83, of Mankato, a musician and inventor, died Friday morning, April 24, 1998, at Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato.
Born Feb. 11, 1915, near Lanesboro, he grew up in the area, attended Rochester Vocational School and was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. On Sept. 14, 1940, he married Lucille L. Haugstad in Lanesboro. From Sept. 22, 1943, to April 3, 1946, he served in the Army. He was a machine shop supervisor for Kato Engineering and retired from VibraKing Corp., a division of North Star Concrete. In 1961, he placed third in the Redwood Falls Inventors Congress, was the inventor of the Railbird, and held patents on numerous items in the United States and Canada. As a youth and senior he participated in fiddle contests, received top honors at Norsk Hostfest in Minot, N.D., in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991,. and 1992 and was a member of the Jolly Aces Band which played throughout southern Minnesota. He received the volunteer award from Mankato Lutheran Home in 1983. Mr. Thoen was a member of the Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Thoen of Plymouth, Minn. and Debra Thoen (Mrs. David) Melgaard of Detroit Lakes, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato with the Rev. Kathy Gauger officiating. A graveside service was held in the Lanesboro Cemetery.
Mankato Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Lillie Thompson, 99, formerly of Mabel
Lillie I. Thompson, 99, formerly of Mabel, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at the Martin Luther Manor nursing home in Bloomington.
Mrs. Thompson was born on Jan. 3, 1899, in Mabel to Jacob and Alida (Sand) Amdahl. She attended country schools and on March 24, 1921, she married Cyrus Thompson in Mabel. The couple farmed in the Mabel area until moving into Mabel. He died in 1977. In 1983 she moved to the Twin Cities to be closer to her daughter. In 1993 she moved into the Martin Luther Manor in Bloomington and has resided there since. She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by two daughters, Audrey (Roger E.) Freiberg of Edina and Alida (James) Morrison of Charlotte Hall, Maryland; two grandsons, Brad J. and Mark R. (Jane Pederson) Freiberg; and two great-grandsons, David and John. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyrus; four brothers, Burnett, James, Melvin and Irvin; and three sisters, Alice (Mrs. Alton) Harkness, Eva (Mrs. Clifford) Thompson and Viola (Mrs. William) Wiger.
Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mabel First Lutheran Church with Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Mabel First Lutheran Church or Martin Luther Manor.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is in charge of arrangements.

Warren G. (John) Thompson, 73, Preston
Warren G. (John) Thompson, 73, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at his home in Preston.
Warren Thompson was born April 7, 1925, in Greene County, Indiana, the son of Clyde and Maysel (Archer) Thompson. The family moved to rural Ft. Dodge. He grew up in the Wright County area in Iowa. In 1943 he enlisted in the Marines and served in Tinian and Midway during WWII. He was discharged in 1946. On Feb. 3, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lois Braylon in Iowa. They farmed for 10 years at Livermore, Iowa, and then moved to Lime Springs, Iowa, and then to Preston, Minn. In Preston he worked as a truck driver and retired in 1982 from Ruan Transport Company. He was a member of the Preston American Legion and the VFW Clubs. He also belonged to the Teamsters Local 160.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Wayne (Janet) of Goodhue, Brian (Jodie), Galen (Brenda), and Mark (Wendy) all of Zumbrota; five daughters, Aileen (Dave) Dubbels of Kasson, Minn.; Cheryl (Steve) Rahn of Lanesboro; Sharon (Steve) Paulson of Rushford; Janis (Kevin) Rain, and Shirley (Roger) Hareldson of Preston; 27 grandchildren; his father, Clyde of Ridgeway, Iowa, one brother, Milford (Kate) of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; and one sister, and Vivian Markman of Hardy, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by two sons, one granddaughter, his mother, and one sister.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston with the Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Burial was in the United Methodist Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of arrangements.

Violet Tieskotter, 86, of Canton
Violet Rose Tieskotter, 86, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wis., after a short stay.
She was born Feb. 12, 1912, the daughter of John and Mary Ella Nash, in Lincoln, Neb. As a result of hard times, she and her two sisters, Opal and Margaret, (both deceased) were taken from their parents and placed in the orphanage in Toledo, Iowa. At age 11, she moved to Decorah to live with Arthur and Alma Ellingson. She was united in marriage with Harvey Arthur Bigler Dec. 25, 1934, at St. John's Church in Locust. They resided on their farm northeast of Decorah. Mr. Bigler died in November of 1962.
Mrs. Tieskotter worked at the Decorah Retirement Center for 15 years until retirement. She moved to Canton after marriage to her former husband, Arnold Tieskotter.
Mrs. Tieskotter was presented the "Volunteer of the Year Award" by the governor of Minnesota. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, flowers and playing cards with friends including Bessie Gillund and Johnny Haugstad.
Survivors include her children, Ernest and Harry Bigler, Beverly Orton, Sharon Holtan, Dianne and Bob Peterson, Sandra and Mike Schultz and Linda and Steve Janechek. Grandchildren surviving are Mike, Rebecca and MeLisa; Tim Holtan and wife, Sarah Rybick, Liz and husband, Jerome Hilscher, and Nathan Rider; and step-grandchildren Mike, John and David Rider, Andrew and Benjamin, Jenny Nehs and Diane Bremmer. Great-grandchildren are Amanda Connor and Ellie Hilscher.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 25, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, with the Rev. Paul Hasvold officiating. Interment was at the Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah.
The French & Balik Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Warmka Timmons, 55, formerly of SV
Kathleen Warmka Timmons, 55, of Edmonds, Wash., died Aug. 18, 1998, peacefully in her bed.
She was born and raised in Southwest Minnesota on a farm. She attended Spring Valley High School. She met Randall Timmons in Rochester, Minn., in 1965 where she worked as a nurses aide at Saint Marys Hospital. In 1965 she moved to Oceanside, Calif., where she and Randall were married. They moved to Edmonds in 1975. She worked for AGLOW Fellowship International and currently GEO Cities Web pages where she made it safe and secure for children to surf the Internet. She was an avid collector.
Loving wife of Randall; loving mother of Victor (Tina) Timmons, Aaron (Tamara) Timmons, and Elisa Timmons; grandchildren, Anthony and Drewanna; her parents, Bernard and Mary Warmka; sister Marjorie Reutzel.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Warmka.
She leaves many friends around the world.
The funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Beck's Funeral Homes, Edmonds, Wash.

Jeffrey Michael Truman, 42, of Spring Valley
Jeffrey Michael Truman, 42, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, as a result of a motor vehicle accident in rural Preston.
He was born Oct. 20, 1955, in Rochester, the son of Thomas and Carol (Rogers) Truman. The family moved to Florida where he graduated from Sandalwood High School in 1973. He was a yacht captain for 14-1/2 years out of Florida and California. He married Jennifer Lamping and the couple were later divorced. He moved back to Minnesota in 1994 and had worked for Sorum Construction, and Staggmeyer trucking.
He is survived by one daughter, Samantha Lynne Truman of New York; his parents, Thomas and Carol Truman, Whalan; one brother, Aaron Paul Truman, Tampa, Fla.; niece, Tiffany Marie Truman, of Tampa, and special friend, Debra Lee of Spring Valley.
The funeral Mass was Thursday, July 2, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, rural Canton.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

Harriet Trygstad, 90, formerly of Spring Grove
Harriet S. Trygstad, 90, of Rochester, a former teacher, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at Samaritan Bethany Heights following a short illness.
Harriet S. Sylling was born Dec. 1, 1907, in Sheyenne, N.D., moved to Spring Grove with her family, and attended Spring Grove schools and graduated from high school in 1925. After attending normal teacher training in Spring Grove, she taught in area rural schools for several years and then returned to college and graduated from Winona Teachers College in 1929. She taught in Engen School in rural Byron for a year and at Bamber Valley School in Rochester from 1934 until her marriage. On June 9, 1934, she married Leonard G. Trygstad in Spring Grove. She lived in the Rock Dell area from the time of her marriage until moving to Rochester after her retirement in 1966. She was a member of East St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
Survivors include four daughters; Kathryn (Mrs. Charles) Espe of New Richland, Minn., Sharon (Mrs. David) Guenzel of Shoreview, Minn., Judith (Mrs. Ben) Hedlund of Fridley, Minn., and Marjorie (Mrs. Allen) Satter of Chanhassen, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Genora Rauk of Spring Grove. Her husband preceded her in death.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, with the Revs. Douglas Westlund and Frezil Daniel-Westerlund co-officiating. Burial will be in East St. Olaf Cemetery.
Ranfranz Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to World Hunger or a charity of the donor's choice.

Matthew and William Tucker of Lanesboro
A private graveside service was held Wednesday in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester for Matthew Joe Tucker and William Scott Tucker, infant sons of Jennifer and Christopher Tucker of Lanesboro.
They died Monday, June 1, 1998, at Rochester Methodist Hospital following their premature births.
Macken Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.

Earl G. Turner, 86, of Lanesboro
Earl G. Turner, a retired rural Lanesboro farmer, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, of cancer at Harmony Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since Jan. 21.
He was born Oct. 15, 1911, in rural Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1929. On Oct. 24, 1936, he married Cora Bothun. She died on Sept. 24, 1984. On Nov. 24, 1989, he married Lillian Hoiness Jones in Tucson, Ariz. She survives. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Preston Township Board, Ambassadors of Harmony and Sons of Norway.
Survivors also include a daughter, Elaine Turner of Wykoff; two stepchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and two sisters, Lucille (Mrs. Gust) Kiehne, and Verna Wead, both of Harmony. A brother and a sister also preceded him in death.
The funeral was Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating. Spring burial will be in Lanesboro Cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.

Eva Margurite Turner, 91, Canton native
Eva Margurite Turner, 91, of Blooming Prairie, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.Eva Margurite Armstrong was born Feb. 6, 1906, in Canton and lived there until her marriage to Warden Turner in 1925. They lived in Harmony until 1937 and then Chatfield until moving to Blooming Prairie in 1941. Mrs. Turner continued to live in Blooming Prairie until 1987 and then lived in Kasson until entering the nursing home in September 1995. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson and St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie.Survivors include three daughters, Delores Sletvold of Temecula, Calif., Joanne (Mrs Maynard) Sathre of Austin and Yvonne Rogers of Rochester; six sons, Norman of Austin, Larry, Dennis and James, all of Kasson, Robert of Alexandria, Va., and Dean of Lake Hiawatha, N.J.; 34 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, a daughter, four brothers, and two sisters.A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday at St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie with the Revs. Richard Dernek and Charles Collins co-officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Arrangements were by the Blooming Prairie Funeral Home.

Maynard Jerry Turner, 84, of Elba
Maynard Jerry Turner, 84, of Elba, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Saint. Marys Hospital, Rochester.
He was born Dec. 31, 1913, at Beaver Creek in Winona County. He married Selma Brunner on Feb. 28, 1950. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Patterson Quarries and later worked at Whitewater State Park. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, John Brunner of Wabasha, Albert Brunner of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Gene Turner of Elba and Donald Brunner of Spokane, Wash; three daughters, Vivian (Mrs. Elmo) Reineccius of Preston, Gert (Mrs. Dick) Wilson of Rochester and Lana (Mrs. Richard) Lange of St. Charles; two granddaughters whom he raised, Tammy Halpaus Spriggle of Nelson, Wis., and Shelly Halpaus Snyder of Preston; 27 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, one brother and one sister.
The funeral was Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles.
Hoff Funeral Home-St. Charles Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Maynard W. Underbakke, 79, of Fountain
Maynard W. Underbakke, 79, of Fountain, died Monday, May 4, 1998, at his home.
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Root River Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Frances Townsend officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Maynard Ward Underbakke was born on May 1, 1919, in Burr Oak Township, Iowa, the son of Louie and Violet (Wilbur) Ward Underbakke. He attended Winneshiek County rural school Burr Oak #6 and graduated from Decorah High School. In 1942 he obtained his degree in forestry from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He worked for the U.S. Geodetic Survey in Baltimore, Md., before joining the Marine Corps and serving in Guam during WWII. He was married to Anna Bella Carr from 1945 to 1963. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Mississippi, and in the Smoky Mountains Pisgah Forest of North Carolina until they moved to a dairy farm near Fountain in 1953; they began selling Christmas trees the following year.
Even as a boy, he was happy when he could be in the woods. He was a Minnesota district forester from 1955-1985. From 1963 to 1972 he was an appraiser for the Minnesota Hardwood Forest, obtaining land to start the project. As a forestry consultant and hardwood nursery operator, he helped people plant, raise and harvest trees. In 1972 he married Marvel Mae Broadwater; she died in 1985. He continued to be a reforestation resource for the region and managed is consultation and nursery business until his recent illness.
He is survived by his four children and their spouses; Bonita Ann of Fountain; Louis Larson of Denver, Colo.; Delon Robert and Gail of Madison, Wis.; Maynard Michael and Sandra of Rochester; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; five siblings and their spouses: Opal Underbakke of Burr Oak, Iowa; Robert and Frank Sever of Tower, Minn; Robert and Donna Underbakke, Canton; Dale and Eleanor Underbakke of Burr Oak; and Shyrlee and Craig Hill of Ellsworth, Iowa; two aunts, Mae Ward of Decorah, and Evelyn Underbakke of Burr Oak. Also numerous nephews and nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
Visitation is Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m. at Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and also at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be a Masonic service held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Vadheim, 70, formerly of Preston
Marilyn G. Grinnell Vadheim, 70, of Mahtomedi, a Preston native, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, at her home after a long illness.
Marilyn G. Grinnell was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Preston, graduated from Preston High School in 1945, and completed the University of Minnesota cadet nursing program in 1948. In 1950, she married J. Roger Vadheim and they lived in Tyler, Minn., where she served on the school board and library board and pursued volunteer activities. They retired to Mahtomedi in 1986. Her husband died in 1991. She was an active member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
Survivors include two daughters, Marta (Mrs. Norman) Vanderpan of East Grand Forks, Minn., and Kirsten Vadheim of Brookeville, Md.; a son, John of Kirkland, Wash., and two grandchildren. A granddaughter preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. A private burial service was held in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Howard Vail, brother of Canton woman
Howard Blair Vail died June 11, 1998, in San Benito, Calif.
A native of Canton, Minn., he moved to San Benito in 1978 from Canton, Ohio, where he was an executive of a small business conglomerate. A Christian believing in "doing good," Vail served in World War II and was a world traveler, member of the Society of Mayflower descendants, Thomas Rogers.
Vail was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and three brothers. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Ethel Vail Black of Canton, several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
His body was donated to science.
Thomas-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito was in charge of the arrangements.

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