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February 25, 2000

Edward R. Querzoli

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) _ Edward R. Querzoli, a former managing editor of The Patriot Ledger, died Monday after a lengthy illness. He was 68.

Querzoli began his journalism career as a reporter for the Taunton Daily Gazette and as an editor for the Bridgewater Keynote. He joined the Ledger in Quincy in 1962 and worked his way up.

He was named managing editor in 1974 and held that position until 1985, when he stepped down because of a heart ailment. He then became the Ledger’s first ombudsman, answering complaints from readers and improving their access to the newspaper.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Miriam; five sons; eight daughters; a sister; and 24 grandchildren.

Mary Sorrentino

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Sorrentino, who was one of the city’s last restaurateurs with links to Palm Springs’ movie colony days, died Tuesday of cancer. She was 78.

Sorrentino and ex-husband Bill Sorrentino opened their first restaurant in Toluca Lake, on the edge of Los Angeles, in 1944. Bob and Dolores Hope were among their first customers and they remained friends when the Sorrentinos opened their Palm Springs seafood house in 1966.

Frank Sinatra developed his Steak Sinatra recipe with Bill Sorrentino and it is still served at the restaurant. Sinatra celebrated his 60th birthday at Sorrentinos and often visited the kitchen staff when he dined there.

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