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Genevieve McAnally
B: 1927-11-08
D: 2018-10-15
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McAnally, Genevieve
Robert DeBeck
B: 1935-09-27
D: 2018-10-06
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DeBeck, Robert
Nicholas D'Alonzo
B: 1941-04-13
D: 2018-10-05
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D'Alonzo, Nicholas
Charles Chamuras
B: 1941-12-09
D: 2018-10-04
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Chamuras, Charles
Robert DeLong
B: 1928-12-31
D: 2018-10-02
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DeLong, Robert
John Wentzel
D: 2018-10-02
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Wentzel, John
Larry Hensley
B: 1949-07-05
D: 2018-09-29
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Hensley, Larry
Pearl Nagle
B: 1930-02-08
D: 2018-09-27
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Nagle, Pearl
Terry Dowling
B: 1952-12-06
D: 2018-09-24
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Dowling, Terry
Mary Ryan
B: 1940-08-26
D: 2018-09-22
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Ryan, Mary
Arlene Unger
B: 1931-12-12
D: 2018-09-21
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Unger, Arlene
Ann Mazzo
B: 1940-10-19
D: 2018-09-21
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Mazzo, Ann
Mary Koren
B: 1931-11-10
D: 2018-09-18
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Koren, Mary
Winston Blackwood
B: 1955-04-10
D: 2018-09-14
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Blackwood, Winston
Kathryn Hoffert
B: 1944-06-24
D: 2018-09-14
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Hoffert, Kathryn
Mary Borell
B: 1921-06-25
D: 2018-09-10
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Borell, Mary
Margaret Hart
B: 1933-05-15
D: 2018-09-09
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Hart, Margaret
Frank Nagle
B: 1929-03-13
D: 2018-09-08
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Nagle, Frank
Barry Bingaman
B: 1935-05-14
D: 2018-09-04
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Bingaman, Barry
Doris Slater
B: 1937-12-01
D: 2018-09-01
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Slater, Doris
Barry McGowan
B: 1964-01-31
D: 2018-09-01
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McGowan, Barry

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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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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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