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Effie Troyer

May 24, 1927 - Nov 11, 2023

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Goshen, IN

Effie Troyer, 96, a longtime resident of Greencroft, Goshen, passed away Saturday, November 11 at her daughter's home in Milford where she had moved to shortly before her death. She was born May 24, 1927 in LaGrange to Tobias and Ada (Mast) Yoder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Perry Troyer on May 15, 1978; a daughter, Barbara Troyer on November 14, 2014; five brothers Ervin, Amos, Raymond, Dan and Levi Yoder and four sisters, Susie Lehman, Mary Troyer, Anna Yod...Read More

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Phyllis Elaine Leininger

Sep 20, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Phyllis Elaine (Mahan) Leininger, pianist, teacher, Pastor’s spouse, author, and long-time Camp Mack Office Manager, passed away at Greencroft Retirement Center on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was 80 years old. Born at the hospital at Warren, Ohio, she grew up in the country, drinking milk from the family goats until the goat flock grew enough to provide funds to purchase cows. She never remembered a time that she was not afraid of chickens. Her brother loved to chase her with chickens. A chicken under his arm, he even chased her into the house. Phyllis would run to her mother for protection. If her mother were sewing, Phyllis would try to hide in front of her mother’s feet under the sewing machine. Phyllis attended all 12 grades (there was no kindergarten) at Bristol School. She played for choirs and accompanied many soloists for contests. As a 7th grader, at age 12, she became the Sunday morning worship pianist for the Bristolville Church of the Brethren. She first played for a wedding at age 14 when an old pump organ was moved into the church for the occasion. By her senior year of high school she was teaching private piano students at her home. While a music major at the Defiance College, Phyllis taught piano to non-music majors whom faculty referred to her when their schedules were full.During the fall of her freshman year at the Defiance College, she was playing the organ at the Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren near Defiance, Ohio on a Sunday morning when Verne Henry Leininger, home for the weekend from Bethany Theological Seminary, saw her at his home church. That was the beginning of a long relationship and over fifty years together in ministry. After their wedding on June 22, 1963, and their graduations from Seminary and College, they served eight different congregations in Ohio, Maryland and Indiana. Phyllis taught music for grades one through four at Ada Ohio Exempted Village School during their first pastorate. She taught music in grades five through eight during their time in the Southern Ohio District, and then in Garrett County Maryland she taught kindergarten and first grades at Broadford Elementary. Wherever she lived, Phyllis always had a number of piano students after school and/or on Saturdays.All three of their children were born to Phyllis and Verne during their first two pastorates. Sons, Verne Edward Leininger and John Henry Leininger were born at Bluffton, Ohio during the County Line Pastorate. Barbara Jean Leininger) was born at Greenville, Ohio during the Prices Creek Pastorate. These first two pastorates provided parsonages next to the church. With no indoor church restrooms when we arrived at County Line, being close to the parsonage with a bathroom helped in “baby emergencies.” With full church schedules, there was a good amount of going back and forth. Time consuming trips winding through the mountains on the way to church and school was later common during the family’s time in western Maryland.When Phyllis and Verne moved to Indiana, Phyllis soon discovered she had too much teaching experience to compete with recent graduates on the public school pay scale. During its last year of being open, Leininger taught grades one through four at the Milford Christian Church School. Besides doing their regular lessons, she and her twelve students put on a science fair, performed a musical, and created a small yearbook with original poetry and writings by the students. When she accepted a position in the office at the Church of the Brethren Camp Alexander Mack, she had no idea that she would be there a little over 25 years. She continued to hope for a public school position. Then one rainy, muddy morning on the way to work at Camp, Leininger passed two children waiting at a bus stop. They were tussling, wallowing in the ground’s mud. “Well,” Phyllis thought, “at least they won’t be bringing their muddy selves into my classroom.” Leininger’s appreciation for her current position grew that morning.For Camp’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2000, Leininger wrote her first book, the children’s picture book, The Cornfield that Grows People. At this anniversary celebration she shared a table at the back of Camp Mack’s Quinter-Miller Auditorium with Ambassador Andrew Young, the guest speaker of the day. Lines formed in front of the table as persons waited for their turn to have the Ambassador and Leininger to sign their books.The Leininger’s retired from Camp Mack on December 31, 2013.They then moved to Greencroft Retirement Center in December 2018. Pastor Verne died the following October. With many Greencroft activities shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Phyllis used the year 2020 when she was basically shut in to write her book of over 500 pages called, TOGETHER: Memoirs of a Pastor’s Wife, that was published on Amazon in January 2021. When the book was completed, she applied and was a 2021 winner in Greencroft’s Dream Contest. Her dream of making a CD of herself playing the piano was fulfilled in August, 2021 when she was recorded at Rieth Recital Hall at Goshen College playing a number of religious and classical numbers.Survivors include three children, Verne (Kathleen Martin) Leininger, Timberville, Virginia, John (Alice Peters) Leininger, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Barbara (Robert) Leininger Dickason, Addison, Texas; seven grandchildren Sarah (Matt) Katz, Caleb (Amanda Basham) Leininger, Micah, Leah, and Dylan Leininger, Sean (Joselyn Haldeman) Dickason, and Morgan (David Besel) Dickason; and four great grandchildren, Amelia, Everett, and Rhys Dickason, and Violet Aria Besel.Also surviving are five siblings, Carol (Dennis) Shirey, Sharon Tolla, Fred (Nancy) Mahan, Karen (Joe) Beran and Betty (Jim) Koehler, all of Ohio.Visitation is scheduled at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8pm on Friday, February 23, 2024. A memorial service is planned for the Goshen City Church of the Brethren at 11am on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Burial will be on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Poplar Ridge Cemetery near Defiance Ohio. Memorials may be designated for Camp Alexander Mack or the Goshen City Church of the Brethren.

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Dean Clark McMurray

Jun 18, 1939 - Feb 20, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Dean Clark McMurray, 84, of Goshen and formerly of Naples, FL, peacefully went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Majestic Care of Goshen. An obituary for Dean will be posted soon. To to the family or in memory of Dean Clark McMurray, please

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Lola Mildred Kauffmann

Dec 23, 1924 - Feb 15, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Lola Mildred Kauffmann, 99, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Greencroft Healthcare.She was born December 23, 1924 in Stanford, Illinois to Alvin and Bessie (Kaufman) Good. Lola grew up on farms in central Illinois with her parents and seven siblings. Family, farm, friends and church filled her life. From age 12, Lola felt a call to serve Christ and the church.On May 23, 1946 she married Ivan J. Kauffmann who became a pastor, so she worked out her call as the wife of a pastor. Lola used her skills to teach Bible classes and children’s Sunday school classes. She participated in the Women’s Missionary and Service Commission, serving as Illinois state WMSC President for two years. Lola and Ivan moved multiple times: rural Hopedale Illinois, suburban Lombard Illinois, Chicago Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, and finally Goshen. Lola shared that moving to new locations was not always easy but “they were growing experiences in understanding myself, the world around me, and the church. I was often reminded of the verse in Isaiah 43.19 ‘Behold, I will do a new thing.’” Through the moves, she was active in Mennonite Churches: Hopedale MC, Lombard MC, Oak Park MC and most recently College Mennonite Church in Goshen. In 1989, Lola wrote “Simple living, responsibility and faith in God are my heritage and I am deeply grateful to God, my family and the Church.”Lola always had some sewing or quilting project going. She sewed clothes, stuffed animals and quilts as gifts for grandchildren. Quilts were her passion, and she pieced and quilted those as well as wall hangings and comforters for family and for Mennonite Central Committee. Gardening was both a passion and a necessity, raising vegetables and fruit for her family of six children, as well as flowers for enjoyment and beauty.Volunteering was a way of life for Lola. While living at Greencroft Goshen, she volunteered more than 3000 hours, including quilting, Library Committee, and serving evening meals in Manor IV. She is survived by five children, Paul (Patti Borom) Kauffmann, Columbus, Georgia, John (Suzi Wilgus) Kauffmann, Knoxville, Tennessee, Mary (Jon) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, Ruth (Brian Roots) Kauffmann, Goshen, and James ( Deb Sawatsky) Kauffmann, Oak Grove, Minnesota; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Geiser Kauffmann, Goshen; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen Nafziger, Illinois and Marilyn Kauffmann, South Carolina, and a brother, Walter (Lorene) Good, Illinois.Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joel Kauffmann; a granddaughter, Angela Kauffmann; three sisters, Helen Mumaw, Marcella Kossen, and Oleta Bachman, and a brother John Good. A service to celebrate Lola’s 99 years of life will take place on April 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. The service will be live streamed.Memorials may be given to Goshen College and designated for The Joel Kauffmann Scholarship Fund in memory of Lola Kauffmann. Lola’s cremated remains will be scattered at Greencroft Goshen Memorial Garden.

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Melvin Lewis Hoover

May 28, 1937 - Feb 16, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Melvin “Mel” Lewis Hoover, 86, of Goshen, went to his heavenly home on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Elkhart General Hospital, after suffering a massive heart attack. He was born at home on May 28, 1937, in Harrison Township, IN, to the late George E. and Kathryn (Schmucker) Hoover. On March 23, 1957, Mel married the love of his life, Georgia May Mattern. Mel is survived by his children, Melodie (Richard) England of West Des Moines, IA, Kathleen (Sergio) Scataglini of Mesa, AZ, Lynette (Earl) DeYoung of Geneva, IL, Timothy (Kimberly) Hoover of Marshall, WI, and Philip (Joy) Hoover of Covington, LA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; siblings, Thelma Martin, Ruth Richards, Eva (Basil) Borntreger, Marie (Ronald) Troyer, Lois Martin, Floyd Hoover, and William (Nancy) Hoover; close friends, Stephen Spite and John Mullet; his beloved “Breakfast Buddies”; and a host of extended family, friends, and church family. Mel was preceded in death by his loving wife, Georgia Hoover, of 62 years; parents; brother, John Hoover; foster sisters, Shirley Reichelt, and Gladys Hoover; and siblings-in-law, Rufus Martin, Frank Richards, Marty Martin, Arthur Hoover, and Esther Hoover. Services for Mel will be held at Ironwood United Pentecostal Church, 4609 S Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN 46614, with visitation on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 5 to 8 PM. On Friday, February 23, 2024, visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM and the funeral service following at 11 AM. Burial and graveside services will follow at Olive West Cemetery. Pastor Clint Walker will officiate. Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart is handling arrangements for the family. Mel, along with his wife, owned Hoover’s Cabinet Place for over 30 years, working to remodel many kitchens, baths, and homes throughout the area. The pair were also members of Elkhart Life Church, where Mel served as head usher and board member, and Ironwood United Pentecostal Church for many years. Mel and Georgia were thrilled to have been able to build their own home from the ground up, and to have visited the Holy Land. In recent years, Mel spent a lot of time with his “Breakfast Buddies”, appreciating the company and laughs that they shared each morning. Mel will best be remembered as a man who was passionate about his faith and the Bible; he loved a good joke, and enjoyed telling stories and reading his poems to anyone who would listen. He will be missed. Memorial donations can be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, 1801 E Main St, Tupelo, MS, 38804. To to the family or in memory of Melvin Lewis "Mel" Hoover, please

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Allen G. Myers

Jun 20, 1948 - Feb 17, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Allen G. Myers, 75 of Goshen, died Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Elkhart General Hospital.He was born June 20, 1948 in Charleston, West Virginia to Gordon and Omie “Pauley” Myers.On March 14, 1970 he married Laura Yoder in Warsaw.She survives along with two sons, Gordon (Karen) Myers, of Texas, and David (Shelly) Myers of North Webster; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny, Raymond and Daniel Myers, and an infant brother, Albert Myers.Mr. Myers retired as a repairman for Starcraft Industries. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.Allen was a car enthusiast, whether he was working on vehicles or going to car shows.Visitation will be Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10 a.m. until the 12-noon memorial service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.Burial of cremated remains will be at New Paris Cemetery, at a later date.Memorial gifts may be directed to the American Heart Association; https://www.heart.org.

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Dennis Edward Debelak

Nov 12, 1949 - Feb 17, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Dennis Edward Debelak, age 74 of Nappanee, IN, passed away at 1:10 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. He was born on November 12, 1949 in Berwyn, IL to Henry and Paula (Heynen) Debelak. Dennis was a 1967 Argo High School (Argo, IL) graduate and he received his Bachelors in Physical Therapy in 1972 from the Chicago Medical School. On April 9, 1972 Dennis married Dianne Bonomo in Summit, IL. Dennis practiced physical therapy for 40+ years and was a member of the American Physical Therapists Association. He practiced for many years in the Burbank, IL area, and then in Kendallville, IN as a part of the Parkview Medical Group, after moving to the Nappanee area in 1994. Dennis and Dianne owned and operated the Homespun Country Inn in Nappanee from 1994-2017. He was very proud of their B&B and he was a member and past board member of the Indiana B&B Association. Dennis was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church and was an active volunteer in the church. He served on the trustee board and volunteered at the Thrift Shop; he was only the second man to volunteer in the church thrift shop and was very proud of his work there. Most of all, Dennis loved his family and was a devoted, husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Dianne Debelak of Nappanee; 2 children: Dana (Tom) Parciak of Nappanee and David Debelak of Worth, IL; 2 grandchildren: Hannah (James) Benson of Corunna, IN and Max Parciak of Nappanee. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers: Ken and Henry Debelak; and 1 sister, Paula Loomis. Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 11 am – Noon on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. A funeral service will then begin at Noon on Saturday at the Nappanee United Methodist Church with Pastors Candy and Byron Kaiser officiating. At Dennis’ request, cremation will follow services. As his last gift of life, Dennis was a donor for the Indiana Donor Network. Memorial contributions in his name can be given to the Nappanee United Methodist Church Thrift Shop or the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

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Daryll Lee Warner

Apr 09, 1958 - Feb 13, 2023

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Goshen, IN

Daryll Lee “Bud” Warner, 65, of Goshen, died Tuesday, February 13, 2023.He was born April 9, 1958 in Elkhart to Hugh E. and Anna F. (Skidmore) Warner.On February 14, 1988 he married Tammy Eskins in Goshen.She survives along with a step-son, Ric Applegate, Goshen; two sisters, Alice Sloan, North Liberty and Sylvia (Don Sr.) Mason, Fort Wayne, and a brother, William (Cheryl) Warner, Goshen.An Air Force veteran, Bud worked as a correction officer for the Elkhart County Sheriff Department. He attended Calvary Assembly of God, Elkhart.A memorial service with military honors will take place Monday, February 19, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Pastor Brian Whidden will officiate.Memorial contributions may be directed to The Widows’ Group at Calvary Assembly of God.Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com

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Ruth Alderfer Wismer Cender

Mar 15, 1928 - Feb 07, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Ruth Alderfer Wismer Cender, with her loving husband, Milton at her side, passed away February 7, 2024 in Goshen, IN at the age of 95 years and 11 months. Ruth’s life began in Harleysville, PA on March 15, 1928, the firstborn child to Leroy and Alice Wismer. As a child in Souderton, PA, she became the older sister to Lois (Lowell Bishop), Mary and Paul (Sue). She had a strong faith and commitment to Christ her whole life.Ruth attended Eastern Mennonite College and graduated from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. She began teaching in Rantoul, IL where she met her future husband, Milton Cender from Dewey, IL. They were married August 18, 1957 and made Gibson City, IL their home. Their family grew to four with the births of Karl and Greta. Ruth taught elementary students at Rantoul, Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley schools during her teaching career of more than 25 years. Ruth used her talent as an artist to create posters and illustrations for her students and paintings for her home. She was musically inclined, singing in a traveling quartet during her teenage years, in college choirs and at East Bend Mennonite church, Fisher, IL, where she was a member. She used her teaching skills for Sunday School and Bible School instruction of many children. Ruth also participated in the Mennonite Women group at the church. Ruth enjoyed sewing, baking and hosting many people at her home for meals and conversation. Upon retiring in 1991, Ruth applied her seamstress skills to become an accomplished quilter. Working with others from her chuch, she created many quilts that were auctioned for charities through Mennonite Central Committee. She made quilts, table runners and wall hangings for her home, her children and grandchildren. Ruth relished time with family, Karl and Wilma (Ressler),Valparaiso, IN, their children, Emily (Matt Burgess), Indianapolis, IN and Eric of Valparaiso, IN and Greta and James (Poplett) of Plymouth, MN, their children, Alicia and Katrina of Minneapolis, MN.After 51 years of living in Gibson City, Ruth moved with Milton to Goshen, IN in 2008. During her years in Goshen, she enjoyed many musical events at Goshen College. She was also an active member of College Mennonite Church and participated in numerous activities there. In her later years, Ruth suffered from Alzheimer’s and then a stroke in June of 2021, after which she was cared for by staff at Greencroft Communities nursing facility until her passing. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary Wismer, and her daughter-in-law, Wilma Cender. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at College Mennonite Church, 1900 South Main Street, Goshen, IN. Memorial donations can be made in Ruth’s memory to: College Mennonite Church or a charity of your choice.

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Wilmetta M. Maust

Nov 21, 1941 - Feb 07, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Wilmetta M. Maust, 82, of Goshen passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at her home surrounded by family.She was born November 21, 1941 in Topeka to Gerald and Maggie (Yoder) Yoder.On June 2, 1962 she married Norman A. Maust in Goshen.He survives along with three children, Janell Maust of Goshen, Joy (Rodney) Holmes of Middlebury, and James (Crystal) Maust of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren, Grace (Sam) Johnson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Isaac, Rachel and Karis Maust of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Waneta (Stephen) Riegsecker of Sturgis, Michigan, and Wealtha (Dave) Helland of Rockford, Illinois; and two brothers, Warren (Janet) Yoder and Wes (Ruthie) Yoder, both of Goshen.Mrs. Maust was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She attended Goshen College for one year and then worked in Elkhart at the Mennonite Board of Missions office. Following marriage, she and Norm served with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Colorado.Wilmetta made many lasting relationships at Bethany Christian High School, where she worked for many years in the front office, often the first person greeting students in the mornings.In retirement she enjoyed time with her family, volunteering at The Depot in Goshen, and exercising with friends at Beacon Health. She expressed her love for her family and others through baking, cooking, sewing, knitting and crocheting.Visitation will be Friday, February 16, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, GoshenA memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 17 at Pleasant View Church, 58529 C.R. 23, Goshen, where Wilmetta was a long time member.A private burial will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery, Goshen.Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee; https://mcc.org/ or Pleasant View Church; https://www.mypv.org/.

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Kathleen McClone

Mar 17, 1946 - Feb 07, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Kathleen McClone Obituary Kathleen McClone, 77 years old, passed away at 8:37 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. She was born on March 17, 1946 in South Bend and was the only child born to Alice and Ivan McClone. She describes a happy childhood. Kathleen lived with her parents until their deaths (Alice in 1976 and Ivan in 1986). Due to her mild intellectual disability and vulnerability to exploitation, Kathy struggled living in a place of her own. Finally, in 1999, with the help of Logan Protective Services, Kathy’s cousins, Janet Pike and Betty Wesolowski, were able to place her in the safety of Portage Manor. While there, she enjoyed a commitment ceremony to her beloved, Nick Unowicz, who also lived there. Kathy had to move away from the Portage Manor community to a nursing home in 2018. After Nick also had to leave Portage Manor for medical reasons in 2022, Kathy asked to transfer to his nice, little nursing home, the Waters of Syracuse. They were united again! Kathy was an unfailingly sweet and considerate woman. As her heart failed, we learned just how brave she was as well. Kathy is survived by her cousin, Betty Wesolowski; her mate, Nick Unowicz; and her Guardianship Caseworker from Logan Protective Services, Matt Costello. Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel is assisting the family. A private burial will be held at Sumption Prairie Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her parents. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kathy may be donated to Logan Community Resources, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615. Online condolences may be offered at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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