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Centeno’s death came two nights before the supermoon, as the full moon made its closest approach to Earth. With little wind that Friday night, it shone brightly on the glistening lake.
Still, the couple whose 17-foot runabout ran over Centeno’s boat later told the sheriff they never saw him anchored two miles from shore on Shaw’s Reef.
Centeno was known to always turn on his white anchor light, but it couldn’t be found after the crash and it may never be known if it was on at the time, said Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren.
Centeno’s body was recovered the next afternoon.
On many mornings at 5 a.m., channel neighbor Lisa Longerbone would sit on her swing sipping coffee and watching Centeno cruise by to go fishing. She’ll miss that smile most, Longerbone said.
“It will be sad to be up there this weekend and not see him coming around the corner with his smile and his wave,” she said.
In addition to Mary, survivors include children Michael Centeno and Maria Millburn; mother Martina; sister Lee; stepsons Danny and Bryan Elliott; and a grandson.
Next Sunday, Centeno’s friends will hold a benefit from noon to 2 p.m. at Fisherman’s Wharf campground for Mary Centeno. Local businesses and friends in Mille Lacs and the Twin Cities are donating prizes, including Twins tickets, for a silent auction and raffles.
Joy Powell • 612-673-7750