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Paul Gerome Istvan, 86, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Nov. 24, 2012, at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, Fla.

Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Hughesville, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mamie M. (Buckler) Istvan.

He served in the Army during World War II. Later, he became an assistant manager for Safeway in Maryland and retired after 31 years of service. His favorite pastimes were golfing, spending time with family and friends, sharing his famous stories and catching and eating seafood.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Anna, Betty, Joseph, Dorothy, Teresa, Johnny, Thelma, Cecelia and Jimmy.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Myrtle Lee (Atkins) Istvan of Cape Coral; son, Stephen Istvan of Crofton; two daughters, Carol Istvan of Cape Coral and Teresa Dickson of Mechanicsville; sister, Doris Hintze of Waldorf; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall. A Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Bryantown Catholic Church in Bryantown. The Rev. Rory Conley will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ross Istvan, Todd Swann, Alan Hintze, George Dickson IV, Brad Dickson and Tim Lee.