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Mary Jane Volesky
D: 2018-11-12
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Volesky, Mary Jane
Robert Hassett
B: 1935-08-28
D: 2018-11-09
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Hassett, Robert
Ralph Yeager
B: 1922-02-23
D: 2018-11-08
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Yeager, Ralph
Donald Dukowitz
B: 1924-07-23
D: 2018-11-05
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Dukowitz, Donald
Henry Mattson
B: 1940-09-09
D: 2018-11-02
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Mattson, Henry
Beverly VanVickle
B: 1947-12-25
D: 2018-10-30
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VanVickle, Beverly
Marjorie Evans
B: 1928-10-20
D: 2018-10-27
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Evans, Marjorie
Rockne Anderson
B: 1939-06-23
D: 2018-10-22
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Anderson, Rockne
Wallace Soper
B: 1937-05-05
D: 2018-10-20
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Soper, Wallace
Rose Hanson
B: 1928-05-31
D: 2018-10-19
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Hanson, Rose
Amos Loving
B: 1926-08-13
D: 2018-10-19
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Loving, Amos
Nona Lach
B: 1931-12-15
D: 2018-10-18
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Lach, Nona
Angela Wallin
B: 1966-05-31
D: 2018-10-14
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Wallin, Angela
Virginia Kalis
D: 2018-10-12
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Kalis, Virginia
Carol Halda
B: 1924-12-08
D: 2018-10-10
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Halda, Carol
Elaine Cherro
B: 1934-04-02
D: 2018-10-07
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Cherro, Elaine
Adeline Murphy
B: 1921-05-16
D: 2018-10-01
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Murphy, Adeline
Olive Lafer
D: 2018-09-29
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Lafer, Olive
Evelyn Holmberg
B: 1928-02-01
D: 2018-09-29
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Holmberg, Evelyn
Donald Dague
D: 2018-09-26
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Dague, Donald
Walter Colvin
B: 1936-07-11
D: 2018-09-26
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Colvin, Walter

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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.
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  • 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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