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Viktoria Brezhnev, the rarely seen widow of former Soviet leader Leonid Bre

July 7, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Viktoria Brezhnev, the rarely seen widow of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, died Wednesday at 87. She had suffered from diabetes and recently from gangrene.

Although Leonid Brezhnev led the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982, she shunned the limelight and was rarely mentioned in the Soviet press.

Angelo Joaquin Sr.

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) _ Angelo Joaquin Sr., who presided over the Tohono O’odham tribe during a turbulent time, died Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 66.

Joaquin was elected tribal vice chairman in 1987. In 1989, tribal lawmakers accused him and Chairman Enis Francisco Jr., of gross neglect of duty. They later dismissed the eight charges against Joaquin but impeached Francisco. Joaquin became chairman and served his term until 1991.

He is credited with extending health insurance and other benefits to tribal employees.

As founder of the Joaquin Brothers band, he helped spread a traditional polka-style social dance music known as ``waila″ or ``chicken scratch.″

For 35 years the band played venues ranging from small O’odham villages to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Virginia’s Wolf Trap Park.

Aziz Nesin

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Aziz Nesin, a prolific writer whose leftist views landed him in jail and whose outspoken atheism made him a target of Islamic extremists, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 80.

In 1993, Nesin published parts of Salman Rushdie’s ``Satanic Verses″ in a newspaper he used to edit. Muslim fundamentalists tried to kill him in an arson attack at a hotel in the central city of Sivas.

Nesin escaped the fire, which killed 37 writers, poets and intellectuals who had gathered to commemorate the death of a 16th-century poet hanged for his opposition to religious oppression.

He wrote some 100 books, mainly novels of biting political and social criticism. They were translated into nine languages and sold in 42 countries.

He opposed autocratic rulers in the 1950s and 1960s with satire and spent five years in jail.

Nesin used his literary earnings to run a home for needy children near Istanbul.

George A. Vukelich

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ George A. Vukelich, a poetry-reading radio host, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 67.

From the early 1960s through much of the ’70s, he worked at WIBA radio and was known for reading his poetry between music as Papa Hambone.

Later, he became host of a public radio Sunday night show called ``North Country Notebook,″ which was still running at the time of his death.

Before his radio career, Vukelich had a stint as a packing plant laborer which developed into ``The Scale Room,″ a story published in the Atlantic magazine in 1954 and anthologized in ``The Best American Short Stories: 1955.″

He wrote a couple of plays for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., taught writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and edited a food service trade magazine.

His novel, ``Fisherman’s Beach,″ published in 1962, was based partly on family experiences in Two Rivers.

Vukelich is survived by his wife, Helen, and six children.

Raeford Wells

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Raeford Wells, who played center and forward for the New York Knicks in 1958, died Monday after a long illness. He was 59.

Wells was superintendent of the Vail Elementary School District in Tucson from 1970-1981.

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