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Senior Citizen Prepays Tab To Transport Friends To His Funeral

February 12, 1985

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) _ Henry Tweith loved to help other old folks - even after he died.

Tweith, 85, who died of throat cancer Saturday, has arranged to pick up the tab for his elderly friends to ride to his funeral.

Ever since he moved into Gateway Tower, a high-rise apartment for the elderly, 11 years ago he was a Good Samaritan, neighbors say.

When he wasn’t calling bingo, having a dinner party or driving someone to the doctor, he was showing up with some sinfully good baked goods.

Wednesday afternoon, a chartered bus will shuttle a group of senior citizens from the high-rise to Bell Brothers Funeral Home for a service Tweith planned down to the last hymn.

″He put money away years ago for his funeral,″ said Tweith’s daughter, Lillian Olund. ″It was clear exactly what he wanted. The ministers, the songs, he had everything planned. He said, ‘I’ll hire one bus, two buses, whatever it takes.’ ″

About 25 of Tweith’s neighbors have signed up for the ride, said Lillian Kellett, a Gateway Tower’s residents.

″So many people here are old and don’t get out,″ said Ms. Kellett, who’ll turn 86 in July. ″They’re afraid of falling. I myself don’t like to go out when it’s slippery.″

″He worried these people might try to come to the funeral and that the day might be bad,″ said his daughter. ″He didn’t want to take any chances.″

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