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Sheryl Bowman
B: 1960-10-28
D: 2017-06-20
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Bowman, Sheryl
William Smith
B: 1931-10-27
D: 2017-06-18
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Smith, William
Albert Schmitz
B: 1923-04-04
D: 2017-06-17
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Schmitz, Albert
Noel Vaughn
B: 1937-12-15
D: 2017-06-10
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Vaughn, Noel
Grace McWhirter
B: 1937-09-18
D: 2017-06-08
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McWhirter, Grace
Joyce Sult
B: 1943-06-02
D: 2017-06-04
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Sult, Joyce
Deborah Altman
B: 1968-06-01
D: 2017-06-04
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Altman, Deborah
Elizabeth Kopf
B: 1926-09-15
D: 2017-06-04
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Kopf, Elizabeth
Jerry Crawford
B: 1935-12-13
D: 2017-06-03
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Crawford, Jerry
William Ganger
B: 1928-02-05
D: 2017-05-31
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Ganger, William
Jane Schwenkel
B: 1921-04-02
D: 2017-05-26
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Schwenkel, Jane
Brian Hall
B: 1957-09-26
D: 2017-05-25
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Hall, Brian
Mary Landis
B: 1931-05-27
D: 2017-05-24
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Landis, Mary
Ann Booher
B: 1929-08-11
D: 2017-05-23
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Booher, Ann
Douglas Sollenberger
B: 1944-10-15
D: 2017-05-18
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Sollenberger, Douglas
Randolph Geel
B: 1947-04-04
D: 2017-05-18
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Geel, Randolph
Richard Shell
B: 1922-10-14
D: 2017-05-16
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Shell, Richard
Stanley Maschino
B: 1933-04-08
D: 2017-05-13
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Maschino, Stanley
Betty Miller
B: 1925-12-02
D: 2017-05-10
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Miller, Betty
Thomas Workman
D: 2017-05-10
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Workman, Thomas
Roberta Trick
B: 1918-12-03
D: 2017-05-04
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Trick, Roberta

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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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