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Originally published Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 6:15 AM

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A roundup of the week's notable obituaries

Lena Horne, 92, the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died last Sunday in New York City.

The Rt. Rev. Robert Hume Cochrane, 85, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Washington from 1976 to 1990 who is remembered for his openness and support, his warmth and sense of humor, died May 7 in Seattle of bile-duct cancer.

Robert Hansen, 58, a Rainier Beach High School graduate and a Real Change vendor since 1995 who became a beloved fixture at the Seward Park PCC market, watching dogs, greeting customers and bringing in shopping carts, died April 28 in his pickup, where he lived. He had been hospitalized recently for internal bleeding.

Ruth Miller, 90, a longtime manager who rose to become state district food supervisor at Manning's, the coffee and cafeteria company that started at the Pike Place Market, died of Alzheimer's-related illness May 8 in Seattle.

Walter J. Hickel, 90, a two-time Alaska governor who served as Interior secretary under President Nixon until he was dismissed for objecting to the treatment of Vietnam War protesters, died of natural causes May 7 in Anchorage.

Frank Frazetta, 82, a fantasy artist who created covers and illustrations for more than 150 books and comic books, along with album covers, movie posters and original paintings, died of a stroke Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Erica Blasberg, 25, a Southern California native who was in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, was found dead last Sunday at her home in suburban Las Vegas. A ruling on a cause of death was awaiting tests.

Dave Fisher, 69, the lead singer of the Highwaymen, the 1960s folk group whose hit song "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" soared to the top of the music charts, died May 7 in Rye, N.Y., of a bone-marrow disease.

Edward Uhl, 92, who helped invent the bazooka while in the Army during World War II and later led the aerospace company Fairchild Industries, died of stroke complications last Sunday in Oxford, Md.

Doris Eaton Travis, 106, the last of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes in lavish Broadway productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday. Her public-relations firm did not say where she died.

Mildred Ellen Orton, 99, co-founder of The Vermont Country Store mail-order company, died May 6 in Weston, Vt.

Giuliana Coen Camerino, 90, designer of handbags carried by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and other icons of style, died Monday night in Venice, Italy.

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