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Louis C. LiVecche Sr., 78, of Panama City, Fla., a former North Collins grocer who became a nursing home administrator in Florida, died unexpectedly Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) in Bay Memorial Hospital, Panama City.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of North Collins High School and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed in Sioux Falls, S.D.

After the war, he owned and operated LiVecche Grocery on Main Street in North Collins. He sold the business in 1961. He then worked as a salesman for New York Life Insurance Co. and helped his brother-in-law, Frank Tripi, operate Delaware Nursing Home.

After moving to Panama City in 1969, he worked as an administrator at several nursing homes and in recent years served as a consultant and interim administrator. He continued working until just before his death.

Respected as an administrator, he founded ombudsman committees at his nursing homes and provided the impetus for a Florida law that requires regular doctor visits for those in nursing homes.

An amateur vocalist, he and his late brother George, a pianist who toured with big bands, regularly entertained nursing home residents.

He was a former commander of North Collins Post, American Legion.

He and his wife, Elizabeth McDonald LiVecche, were married in 1945.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Terrie Prime of North Collins, Cheryl Ann Geary of Lawtons, Beth Wright of Panama City and Dawn Coceano of Portland, Texas; four sons, Louis C. Jr. of Lakeville, Minn., and Anthony, Dana and Kraig, all of Panama City; an adopted daughter, Cindy Rosebush of Panama City; a sister, Lucy LaManna of Hamburg; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery, Panama City. A memorial service will be scheduled in North Collins.


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