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Gregory Ballinger
B: 1991-05-12
D: 2018-07-18
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Ballinger, Gregory
Frederick Reigle
B: 1945-07-04
D: 2018-07-15
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Reigle, Frederick
Damian Famalaro
B: 1993-09-19
D: 2018-07-14
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Famalaro, Damian
Rosalind Heinly
B: 1948-02-26
D: 2018-07-13
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Heinly, Rosalind
Randall Reich
B: 1948-06-03
D: 2018-07-13
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Reich, Randall
Clifford Steinruck
B: 1933-07-23
D: 2018-07-12
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Steinruck, Clifford
Linda Renninger
B: 1947-06-11
D: 2018-07-05
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Renninger, Linda
Cynthia Styer
B: 1948-02-10
D: 2018-07-05
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Styer, Cynthia
Jeffrey Banks
B: 1958-12-02
D: 2018-06-29
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Banks, Jeffrey
Raul Lovera
B: 1949-01-21
D: 2018-06-25
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Lovera, Raul
Gladys Knabb
B: 1925-09-24
D: 2018-06-22
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Knabb, Gladys
Robert Kramer
B: 1963-04-13
D: 2018-06-21
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Kramer, Robert
John Gaul
B: 1924-09-01
D: 2018-06-20
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Gaul, John
Kathryn Seidel
B: 1929-12-13
D: 2018-06-18
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Seidel, Kathryn
Herbert Shuman
B: 1933-05-06
D: 2018-06-18
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Shuman, Herbert
Irene Salks
B: 1923-03-21
D: 2018-06-16
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Salks, Irene
Betty Spatz
B: 1930-06-10
D: 2018-06-14
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Spatz, Betty
Victoria Rodriguez
B: 2018-06-14
D: 2018-06-14
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Rodriguez, Victoria
Virginia Buchanan
B: 1933-06-06
D: 2018-06-12
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Buchanan, Virginia
Lawrence Miller
B: 1943-07-21
D: 2018-06-08
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Miller, Lawrence
Jeannine Wilfert
B: 1929-03-16
D: 2018-06-06
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Wilfert, Jeannine

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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.
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  • 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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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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