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Robert Ellison
B: 1922-11-21
D: 2017-08-13
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Ellison, Robert
Elaine Bresnahan
B: 1958-06-27
D: 2017-08-11
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Bresnahan, Elaine
Ruth Gregoire
B: 1937-07-01
D: 2017-08-09
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Gregoire, Ruth
Violet Stuart
B: 1935-04-28
D: 2017-08-07
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Stuart, Violet
Katherine Pendergast
B: 1930-02-19
D: 2017-08-04
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Pendergast, Katherine
Madelyn Adams
B: 1944-03-23
D: 2017-08-03
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Adams, Madelyn
Jean Nolan
B: 1935-04-25
D: 2017-07-31
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Nolan, Jean
Margaret Koomey
B: 1928-09-21
D: 2017-07-28
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Koomey, Margaret
John McCabe
B: 1951-04-24
D: 2017-07-27
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McCabe, John
Paul Sulminski
B: 1932-01-25
D: 2017-07-25
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Sulminski, Paul
Bill Hart
B: 1947-01-07
D: 2017-07-14
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Hart, Bill
Lorena Ikenberry
B: 1944-07-13
D: 2017-07-13
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Ikenberry, Lorena
Nancy Nordberg
B: 1936-09-29
D: 2017-07-11
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Nordberg, Nancy
Theresa Deiana
B: 1939-09-28
D: 2017-07-09
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Deiana, Theresa
Shirley Fields
B: 1924-12-09
D: 2017-07-08
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Fields, Shirley
Megan Kauppila
D: 2017-07-05
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Kauppila, Megan
Mary Lippe
B: 1930-08-10
D: 2017-07-01
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Lippe, Mary
Anna McAuley
B: 1923-10-04
D: 2017-06-30
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McAuley, Anna
Elizabeth Sante
B: 1932-12-20
D: 2017-06-26
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Sante, Elizabeth
William Ward
B: 1938-05-09
D: 2017-06-23
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Ward, William
Paul Kehler
B: 1931-03-05
D: 2017-06-22
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Kehler, Paul

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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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  • 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.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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