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Barbara Pretlac
B: 1937-01-26
D: 2018-05-18
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Pretlac, Barbara
Isabella Ross
B: 1927-10-03
D: 2018-05-17
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Ross, Isabella
Alfredo Coccimiglio
B: 1940-11-11
D: 2018-05-14
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Coccimiglio, Alfredo
Tauno Laine
B: 1925-04-29
D: 2018-05-14
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Laine, Tauno
Gary Gusul
B: 1947-12-03
D: 2018-05-12
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Gusul, Gary
Raymond Kwandibence
B: 1964-03-23
D: 2018-05-11
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Kwandibence, Raymond
Joanne Hargreaaves
B: 1951-07-11
D: 2018-05-09
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Hargreaaves, Joanne
Zlatan Sabo
B: 1960-07-23
D: 2018-05-07
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Sabo, Zlatan
Arlene Gatto
B: 1957-03-20
D: 2018-05-04
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Gatto, Arlene
Richard Fontaine
B: 1948-06-12
D: 2018-04-30
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Fontaine, Richard
David Douglas
B: 1937-02-28
D: 2018-04-30
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Douglas, David
Olive Zegil
B: 1927-06-10
D: 2018-04-25
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Zegil, Olive
Joseph Luby
B: 1951-05-11
D: 2018-04-24
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Luby, Joseph
Gary Oja
B: 1953-12-15
D: 2018-04-22
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Oja, Gary
Eileen Madunic
B: 1940-08-14
D: 2018-04-21
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Madunic, Eileen
Peter Bruni
B: 1932-12-12
D: 2018-04-19
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Bruni, Peter
Vesa Vanska
B: 1958-03-10
D: 2018-04-18
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Vanska, Vesa
James Viklen
B: 1945-08-28
D: 2018-04-13
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Viklen, James
Beatrice Lyrette
B: 1928-03-21
D: 2018-04-09
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Lyrette, Beatrice
Donald Harris
B: 1938-05-07
D: 2018-04-08
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Harris, Donald
Anna Ruberto
B: 1939-06-08
D: 2018-04-06
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Ruberto, Anna

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Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

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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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