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Updated: 11/06/2013 11:03:18AM

Burchert-Kelly, a ‘Grande Dame,’ passes away

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY RENEE DEES

Ruth Burchert-Kelly, regarded as a business pioneer in Venice, is shown here in Italy, which was her favorite place to visit.

By ROGER BUTTON

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Merchants downtown on the island lost a colleague last week who they said set high standards in all she undertook.

Ruth Burchert-Kelly is regarded as a pioneer because she had the ability to bring the fashion conscious high rollers from Sarasota and South County to what was originally just a “main street” but is now a thriving historic district with a diverse culture and businesses, said those who knew her.

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