Yes the purge and install of sshfs worked around the “held” sshfs. Thank You.
When combining the purge of sshfs during the time of current recent upgrades
I think it became necessary to install sshfs prior to applying upgrades .. the libpcre2-posix0:amd64 needed something to happen first before applying its upgrade. I think it was the sshfs package install prior that allowed it to complete. it was something first .. machine upgraded small groups of upgrades and all succeeded in the order I got lucky enough to choose. it means machine history list has it narrowed down but i don’t know which one was interacting with libpcre2-posix0. All is well.