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Raymond Riedel
B: 1931-11-01
D: 2018-02-21
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Riedel, Raymond
Anthony Stagliano
B: 1922-02-08
D: 2018-02-20
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Stagliano, Anthony
Richard Duesler
B: 1936-01-03
D: 2018-02-18
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Duesler, Richard
Rhonda McNamara
B: 1963-03-25
D: 2018-02-16
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McNamara, Rhonda
Daniel Schoff
B: 1968-01-17
D: 2018-02-13
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Schoff, Daniel
Hazel Selvetti
B: 1934-07-16
D: 2018-02-12
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Selvetti, Hazel
Leokadya Kowal
B: 1932-12-30
D: 2018-02-11
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Kowal, Leokadya
Josephine Finn
B: 1925-03-19
D: 2018-02-10
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Finn, Josephine
Brenda Mellace
B: 1963-07-30
D: 2018-02-10
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Mellace, Brenda
Charles Sharrow
B: 1933-10-18
D: 2018-02-07
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Sharrow, Charles
Willis Horth
B: 1947-12-12
D: 2018-01-30
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Horth, Willis
Robert Viereck
B: 1936-12-30
D: 2018-01-27
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Viereck, Robert
Angeline Giardino
B: 1925-03-30
D: 2018-01-26
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Giardino, Angeline
Susan Marsh
B: 1958-05-16
D: 2018-01-23
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Marsh, Susan
Mary Chmielewski
B: 1930-06-19
D: 2018-01-22
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Chmielewski, Mary
Karen Northey
B: 1938-04-06
D: 2018-01-20
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Northey, Karen
Wilson Ballister
B: 1939-03-28
D: 2018-01-17
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Ballister, Wilson
Geoffrey Brady
B: 1957-12-23
D: 2018-01-16
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Brady, Geoffrey
Lois Martin
B: 1929-10-29
D: 2018-01-15
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Martin, Lois
Mary Ensenat
B: 1929-11-22
D: 2018-01-13
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Ensenat, Mary
Wayne Roux
B: 1937-05-07
D: 2018-01-12
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Roux, Wayne

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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