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August 15, 1998

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ Roselle Como, wife of entertainer Perry Como, died Tuesday of a heart attack. She was 84.

The Comos celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 31. They married in 1933, as Mr. Como left barbering to sing with Freddie Corlone’s orchestra. Mrs. Como convinced her husband to pursue his career.

Helen Hoakalei Kamauu

HONOLULU (AP) _ Helen Hoakalei Kamauu, a hula dancer credited with leading the revival of kahiko, or ancient hula, in the late 1960′s, died Aug. 6. She was 68.

She was a chanter who took part in 23 Aloha Week Festival parades and founded the Halau Hula O Hoakalei, a hula troupe.

The State Council on Hawaiian Heritage and the State Foundation on Culture asked Kamauu in 1969 to help revive ancient hula, and she insisted her students precisely follow the kahiko steps and chants.

Robert M. Luby

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Robert M. ``Bob″ Luby, who founded the Luby’s Cafeteria empire 51 years ago in the basement of a San Antonio building, died Thursday from heart complications. He was 88.

Luby owned several cafeterias that he sold when he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to the business with his cousin. The company they founded now has 231 cafeterias in 11 states.

Nobuhito ``Mike″ Matoba

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ Nobuhito ``Mike″ Matoba, who sculpted U.S. presidents and industry leaders in bronze, died Thursday of stomach cancer. He was 62.

Matoba, a native of Japan, made busts and statues of former presidents Lyndon Johnson, Ford, Carter and Reagan. Other sculptures included those of former Coca-Cola Co. chairman Robert W. Woodruff, the late Shah of Iran, trumpeter Louis Armstrong and Atlanta Olympics organizer Billy Payne.

Chalmers Wylie

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Retired Rep. Chalmers Wylie, a banking expert who helped plan the bailout of failed savings and loans, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 77.

Wylie retired in 1992 after 13 terms, citing frustration as a Republican in a House then controlled by Democrats.

In 1989 he helped retool President Bush’s savings and loan bailout plan so it would make it through the opposition-controlled House. In 1990, Wylie was an architect of the first major overhaul since 1974 of housing programs for the poor.

Wylie was the ranking Republican on the House Banking Committee and one of 355 members of Congress who overdrew accounts in the House’s now-defunct private bank.

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