Paul Onesi,whose 80-year marriage to Mary Onesi...


Paul Onesi,whose 80-year marriage to Mary Onesi was hailed as the longest in the United States, died Thursday in Niagara Falls, N.Y., at age 101. A group called "Worldwide Marriage Encounter", which runs marriage renewal programs, recognized the Onesis in 1995 as the longest-married couple in the country. He was 21 and she was 13 when they wed in Clymer, Pa., in 1917. They moved to Niagara Falls in 1927.

Gene Raymond,89, an actor who played second leads in major films and had starring roles in B pictures in the 1930s and '40s, died Sunday in Los Angeles of pneumonia. In his later years, Raymond was best known as the husband of Jeanette MacDonald. His most notable films in the 1930s were "Red Dust" with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, "Ex-Lady" with Bette Davis, "Zoo in Budapest" with Loretta Young, "Sadie McKee" with Joan Crawford and "Brief Moment" with Carole Lombard.

Tom Gaskins,89, founder of an offbeat museum of cypress roots that got him on "The Tonight Show," died Saturday in Palmdale, Fla., from Alzheimer's disease.

Anselmo Valencia,who gained recognition for the Pascua Yaqui Indians and led them into lucrative gambling operations as well as new homes, died Saturday in Tucson.

James L. Caldwell,77, a former Mississippi state senator, died in Batesville, Miss., Saturday of heart failure.

Gojko Susak,53, Croatia's defense minister and a close ally of President Franjo Tudjman, died Sunday night in Zagreb. Susak was treated for lung cancer in 1995, underwent surgery in 1997 and had appendix and ulcer operations earlier this year.

Ray Fink,75, an artist who was a member of a group of Chicago artists known as the "Monster Roster," died April 27 in Phoenix.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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