Obituaries

William Cowie
B: 1920-10-04
D: 2017-04-19
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Cowie, William
Dale Pepper
B: 1980-06-20
D: 2017-04-15
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Pepper, Dale
Carl Wolf
B: 1919-11-04
D: 2017-04-12
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Wolf, Carl
Geraldine Kennedy
B: 1931-05-25
D: 2017-04-12
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Kennedy, Geraldine
Janice Viscusi
B: 1947-06-08
D: 2017-04-10
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Viscusi, Janice
Leona Micheli
B: 1927-12-23
D: 2017-04-09
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Micheli, Leona
Doris Murtagh
B: 1931-01-11
D: 2017-04-06
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Murtagh, Doris
Elsie Livingston
B: 1919-07-23
D: 2017-04-04
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Livingston, Elsie
Allen Minehardt
B: 1947-04-10
D: 2017-04-04
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Minehardt, Allen
Ooturdai Ali
B: 1932-01-19
D: 2017-03-31
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Ali, Ooturdai
Glen Mastro
B: 1924-02-06
D: 2017-03-25
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Mastro, Glen
Gino Zampa
D: 2017-03-25
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Zampa, Gino
Marilyn Mead
B: 1932-07-14
D: 2017-03-24
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Mead, Marilyn
Daulina Taylor
B: 1941-06-01
D: 2017-03-24
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Taylor, Daulina
Melva Curtis
B: 1928-06-02
D: 2017-03-20
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Curtis, Melva
Betty Snyder
B: 1927-06-16
D: 2017-03-20
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Snyder, Betty
Emmanuel Humphreys
B: 1980-06-21
D: 2017-03-19
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Humphreys, Emmanuel
Richard Machia
B: 1932-03-27
D: 2017-03-17
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Machia, Richard
Augustine Ruzzo
B: 1935-05-23
D: 2017-03-15
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Ruzzo, Augustine
Kathleen Rocco
B: 1948-11-16
D: 2017-03-14
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Rocco, Kathleen
Virginia Dedrick
B: 1988-01-04
D: 2017-03-14
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Dedrick, Virginia

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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