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James Adair Sr.
D: 2017-09-11
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Adair Sr., James
Rachel Hayes
D: 2017-09-11
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Hayes, Rachel
John Logan
D: 2017-09-10
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Logan, John
Magdalina DuMontier
D: 2017-09-10
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DuMontier, Magdalina
Shane Madsen
D: 2017-09-07
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Madsen, Shane
Darlene Hofeldt
D: 2017-09-06
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Hofeldt, Darlene
Esther Chessin
B: 1964-10-01
D: 2017-09-05
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Chessin, Esther
David Wittenberg
D: 2017-09-03
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Wittenberg, David
Richard Anderson
D: 2017-09-01
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Anderson, Richard
Dana Brown
D: 2017-08-31
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Brown, Dana
Edward Burghardt
B: 1935-05-09
D: 2017-08-30
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Burghardt, Edward
Alice Beck
D: 2017-08-29
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Beck, Alice
Constance Peterson
B: 1933-11-21
D: 2017-08-28
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Peterson, Constance
Margaret Sterling
B: 1942-08-21
D: 2017-08-27
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Sterling, Margaret
Merlyn Amick
D: 2017-08-27
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Amick, Merlyn
Walter Clark
B: 1931-09-20
D: 2017-08-25
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Clark, Walter
Christine Cartwright
B: 1960-06-11
D: 2017-08-25
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Cartwright, Christine
Thomas Yost
D: 2017-08-24
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Yost, Thomas
Gunda Vandermars
B: 1929-12-08
D: 2017-08-24
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Vandermars, Gunda
Jay Powers
B: 1955-03-28
D: 2017-08-23
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Powers, Jay
Garland Thayer
B: 1969-05-06
D: 2017-08-23
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Thayer, Garland

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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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