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Barbara Lang
D: 2017-08-18
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Lang, Barbara
Paul Dwight
D: 2017-08-17
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Dwight, Paul
Theodore Jacobs
D: 2017-08-17
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Jacobs, Theodore
Louis Dryden
D: 2017-08-16
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Dryden, Louis
Mark Maughan
B: 1938-04-18
D: 2017-08-16
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Maughan, Mark
Ronald Needles
D: 2017-08-15
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Needles, Ronald
Russell Klingler
B: 1930-11-09
D: 2017-08-12
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Klingler, Russell
Philip Barnett
D: 2017-08-12
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Barnett, Philip
Bonnie Mendenhall
B: 1947-05-28
D: 2017-08-11
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Mendenhall, Bonnie
Valerie Lockridge
D: 2017-08-07
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Lockridge, Valerie
Vannessa Batt
B: 1984-03-17
D: 2017-08-05
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Batt, Vannessa
Franz Kernreich
B: 1933-04-09
D: 2017-08-04
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Kernreich, Franz
Willadene Donaldson
B: 1932-09-28
D: 2017-08-03
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Donaldson, Willadene
Jean Weldele
D: 2017-08-03
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Weldele, Jean
Mason Skerbeck
D: 2017-08-03
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Skerbeck, Mason
Herbert Osorio
B: 1924-04-13
D: 2017-08-01
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Osorio, Herbert
John Frey
D: 2017-07-29
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Frey, John
Leo Dameron
B: 2017-01-24
D: 2017-07-29
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Dameron, Leo
Irene Morris
B: 1925-03-17
D: 2017-07-28
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Morris, Irene
Vern Ginn
B: 1955-01-13
D: 2017-07-28
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Ginn, Vern
Neil Shook
B: 1926-03-01
D: 2017-07-27
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Shook, Neil

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A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • 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.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • 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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