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Douglas Erickson
B: 1929-08-20
D: 2017-12-11
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Erickson, Douglas
Gladys Henderson
B: 1935-06-19
D: 2017-12-09
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Henderson, Gladys
Francis Adams
B: 1923-03-16
D: 2017-12-09
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Adams, Francis
Deborah Wurzer
B: 1938-08-26
D: 2017-12-08
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Wurzer, Deborah
Lois Emerson
B: 1920-11-23
D: 2017-12-08
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Emerson, Lois
Ray Languell
D: 2017-12-06
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Languell, Ray
Milada LeGere
B: 1931-03-12
D: 2017-12-05
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LeGere, Milada
Gladys Tooley
B: 1923-07-10
D: 2017-12-03
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Tooley, Gladys
Lois Guerra
B: 1936-02-27
D: 2017-11-29
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Guerra, Lois
Wanda Neff
B: 1920-09-11
D: 2017-11-28
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Neff, Wanda
Arthur Feuz
B: 1923-02-07
D: 2017-11-18
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Feuz, Arthur
Phyllis Coppola
B: 1937-06-20
D: 2017-11-17
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Coppola, Phyllis
Anthony Doti
B: 1944-02-07
D: 2017-11-17
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Doti, Anthony
Ruth LaFreniere
B: 1923-04-14
D: 2017-11-15
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LaFreniere, Ruth
Audrey Yanchunis
B: 1950-06-07
D: 2017-11-12
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Yanchunis, Audrey
Anna Allen
B: 1922-04-26
D: 2017-11-07
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Allen, Anna
Albert Califano
B: 1917-10-25
D: 2017-11-05
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Califano, Albert
Merlin Tolles
B: 1936-05-31
D: 2017-11-05
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Tolles, Merlin
Raymond Bergen
B: 1934-10-09
D: 2017-11-03
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Bergen, Raymond
Milica Writer
B: 1936-07-25
D: 2017-10-30
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Writer, Milica
Donald Burns
B: 1952-03-15
D: 2017-10-28
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Burns, Donald

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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.
  • 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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