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p'' ," .... 1 B' A S o 0o oo00o000o F L Diana "Dee" Magnanti Holley, 74, a member of St. Patrick Church in North Little Rock, died Jan. 4. She is survived by two sons, Frank E. Holley and Tony Holley; one daughter, Debbie Hallowell; two sisters, Elda Laurenti and Daniela Laurenti; and seven grandchildren. Jimmie wesley, 82, a member of St. Augustine Church in Dardanelle, died Dec. 16. He is smvived by his wife, Frances Wesley; one son, James Wesley of New Dixie; one brother, Frank Wesley of Dardanelle; and three grandchildren. Robert Mazzanfi, 83, a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Village, died Dec. 20. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia Mazzanti; two sons, Robert Mazzand Jr. of Monticello and Steve Mazzanti of Athens, Texas; two daughters, Barbara Myers of Marietta, Ca., and Mary Ann Tubbs of Fairfield Bay; nine brothers, Ned Mazzanti, Aldo Mazzanti, Fiore Mazzanti, joe Mazzanti and Henry Mazzand, all of Lake Village, Victor Mazzanfi of Vilonia, Gene Mazzanti of Maumelle, Frank Mazzanti of Crossett and Paul Mazzanti of Germantown, Tenn.; three sisters, Rose McEwen of Orange Park, Fla., and Gloria Morara and Catherine Talbot, both of Lake V'fllage; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grand- children; and one great-great-grandchild. Eiennore Tollerton (atom, 79, a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Moun- tain Home, died Dec. 21. She is survived by one son, one daughter, one sister, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Lula Weis, 98, a member of St. Mary Church in Batesville, died Dec. 19. She is survived by one son, Arvid Weis of Bethesda; one sister, Beatrice Reeves of New York; and two grandchildren. Mary Marche Ridder, 62, a member of SL Mary Church in North Little Rock, died Jan. 1. She is survived by four broth- ers, Frank Marchese and John Marchese, both of Kenner, La., Anthony Marchese of Metairie, La., and Sam Marchese of North Little Rock; and one sister, Ann Nicolosi of Pasadena, Texas. Charles Small Sr., 66, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, died Dec. 8. He is survived by his wife, Mary Small; one son, Charles Small Jr. of Bend, Ore.; two daughters, Charlette Harris of Pea Ridge, and Phyllis Cow of San Jose, Calif.; one sister, Frances Becker of Chesire, Conn.; and one grandchild. Irmay Mmm~, 78, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, died Nov. 27. She is survived by two sons, Mike Mauler of Rio Rancho, N.M., and David Maurer of Tucson, Ariz.; three daughters, Ann Maurer of Rogers, Joan Mauer of Springfield, Ill., and Sue Malaon of New Smyrna Beach, Fix; and four grandchildren. Anne Brown, 85, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, died Dec. 10. She is survived by one daughter, Amalie Orme of Woodland Hills, Calif.; and one grandchild. Elaine Zagomld, 87, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, died Dec. 16. She is survived by her husband, Walter Zagorski; two sons, Paul Zagorski of Pittsbmg, Kan., and Don Zagorski of Rogers; one ter, Mary Ann Martini of Iron Moun- taM, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Tom Dielmeit, 84, a member of St. V'mcent de Paul Church in Rogers, died Dec. 20. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Diekneit; three sons, Thomas DiekneitJr. of BeMdere, Ill., George Diekneit of Prospect, IlL, and Michael Diekneit of Lombard, Ill.; one daughter, Nancy Nudo of Holland, Ohio; one sister, Lucille Wheeler of Rogers; eight grandchildren; and four great randchildren. Mona Climer, 84, a member of St. Anne Church in North Little Rock, died Dec. 28. She is survived by three sons, Jerome Climer of Fairfax Stauon, Va., Michael Climer of North Litde Rock and Christo- pher Climer of Dallas; one daughter, Sheila Hearty of North Little Rock; three broth- ers, Gene Kresse of North Little Rock, Joe Kresse of Maxwell, Iowa, and Andrew Kresse of Conway; one sister, Emma Mayes of North Little Rock; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. W'dliam Lyons, 75, a member of St. Patrick Church in North Litde Rock, died Dec. 30. He is survived by his wife, I.eona Lyons; three daughters, Jerri Miller of Sherwood, Becky Caroll and Vicki Kaplon, both of North Little Rock; two sisters, Fayzola Calk of Dallas and Dynishia Gor- don of Little Rock; one brother, Billy Lyons of Maumelle; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Joe .Nash, 80, a member of Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton, died Dec. 20. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia Nash; two sons, Joseph Nash of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Greg Nash of Conway; two daughters, Dr. Kathleen Nash of Syracuse, N.Y., and MaryAnn Gros of Austin, Texas; and seven grandchildren. Mary Kaldch, 88, a member of Holy Redeemer Church in Clarksville, died Dec. 29. She is survived by three sons, Frank Kalcich Jr. of Sperry, Okla., John Kalcich of Lamar, and Phillip Kalcich of El Dorado; four daughters, Frances Hales of Rogers, Mary Kalcich of Tulsa, Okla., Johanna Simpson of Bixby, Okla., and Mildred Hall of Sacramento, Calif; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Wwginia Harrison, 77, a member of St. Mary Church in Hot Springs, died Dec. 23. She is survived by her husband, Orville Harrison; one son, Russell Harrison of Garland, Texas; one sister, Marge Deimel of Little Rock; and two grandchildren. Bridget Ann Flake, 591 a member of St Mary Church in North Little Rock, died Dec. 27. She is'.survived by one daughter, Bfita Bullard of Little Rock; two sons David Hake of-Cabot and Gary Flake 0t Sherwood; mother-in-law, Doris Flake d North Little Rock; two brothers, Dar Sarna of North Little Rock and Tob~ Sarna of Hot Springs; two sisters, Rit Schnebelen and Joana Rodriguez, bot of North Lktle Rock; and four grandchi~ dren. Julia Brown, 60, a member of St. Church in Arkadelphia, died Nov. 12. Sine is survived by her husband, Jimmy Brown one son, Moses Lopez of San Diego, Calif.' one daughter, Idell Duncan of H01 Springs; and one grandchild. Clarence Zehnder, 95, a member d St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff, died Dec. 27. There are no immediate vors. Margaret McGeorge, 82, a member d St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff, did Jan. 7. She is survived by her husband Wallace McGeorge Jr. of Pine Bluff; sons, Scott McGeorge and Wallaa McGeorge III, both of Pine Bluff; N~ Henderson of Seattle, Wash.; o# brother, James Boswell of Hot Spring seven grandchildren; and one gre# grandchild. Jack Hem, 89, a member of St. Pete; the Fisherman Church in Mount# Home, died Jan. 6. He is survived by l0 wife,Josephine Hem of Mountain Hora one son, John Hem of Crystal Lake, one daughter, Barbara Chirillo of cago; one sister, Ann Lindquist of Moa rain Home; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. see what felt right for me and this is where "I want the chance to teach my son J "It would be physically nice to walk ot~ Death Row Continued from page I Davis said he was raised Catholic but re- ligion isn't as important as a relationship with Jesus. Henderson is helping Williams in his conversion. came to Death Row to die," Hill said. "I didn't come down here to find God. Over the years that has changed." Williams said he would place himself in the category of atheist during his years on the streets. ~rhere was a void, a piece missing. I looked at a lot of different religions to I landed," he said. Freedom isn't their first Christmas wish. The men wanted salvation for themselves and their family and the hope that their children would make better decisions than they did. "I've seen 17 executions," Hill said. "It makes you wonder where those people are. I firmly believe there is a heaven and hell. I think I had one wish for Christ- mas, I want the assurance of eternal life." "I've got a family and grandkids out there and I'd love to know that they had salvation," Henderson said. rhis is just a short stop in the big scheme of things." and daughter the right way to live their life and give them a good understanding of who God is and Jesus Christ is," Davis said. While Mass is going on, Gardner stands at his cell door, waiting for the bishop to bring him communion. Gardner said Christmas is just like any other time during the year. rhere are some people who try to make it differ- ent," he said standing in his cell. After 12 years on Death Row, he doesn't think about freedom or serving life in prison. He said it's a "blessing" to be behind bars. but what would I do if I got out?" asked. "I've had 12 years here. I have bee able to prepare myseff for what is ine table." The inevitable --- death m has be0 part of King's ministry. He has served spiritual director to four men who been executed. The spiritual director[ the last person with the inmate bef0 execution. , "It's probably the hardest thing IN Ive ever done," he said. "I don't cheO doing it, but if someone asks me, I'll it. 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