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Carolyn Hartviksen
B: 1942-06-17
D: 2018-11-09
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Hartviksen, Carolyn
Agnes Boyle
B: 1920-12-31
D: 2018-11-08
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Boyle, Agnes
Maria Marasco
B: 1928-03-26
D: 2018-11-07
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Marasco, Maria
Jim Differ
B: 1956-08-11
D: 2018-11-07
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Differ, Jim
Elizabeth Hogan
B: 1926-04-04
D: 2018-11-06
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Hogan, Elizabeth
Valeriano Valente
B: 1930-07-07
D: 2018-11-06
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Valente, Valeriano
Deena Greaves
B: 1953-01-14
D: 2018-11-04
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Greaves, Deena
Ugo Provenzano
B: 1934-02-21
D: 2018-10-31
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Provenzano, Ugo
Jean Campbell
B: 1933-12-05
D: 2018-10-27
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Campbell, Jean
Garry Douglas
B: 1955-12-30
D: 2018-10-27
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Douglas, Garry
Lynda Warren
B: 1947-07-19
D: 2018-10-21
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Warren, Lynda
Anita Westerback
B: 1934-10-18
D: 2018-10-13
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Westerback, Anita
Korey Becker
B: 1994-12-14
D: 2018-10-12
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Becker, Korey
Harrison McQueen
B: 1942-07-20
D: 2018-10-12
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McQueen, Harrison
Ann Roach
B: 1922-05-02
D: 2018-10-12
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Roach, Ann
Janette Bernard
B: 1968-09-10
D: 2018-10-10
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Bernard, Janette
Donna Andersen
B: 1948-05-04
D: 2018-10-07
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Andersen, Donna
Michael Gatto
B: 1956-10-25
D: 2018-10-05
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Gatto, Michael
Heidi Pineau
B: 1959-11-13
D: 2018-10-04
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Pineau, Heidi
John De Jong
B: 1933-02-20
D: 2018-10-01
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De Jong, John
Lloyd Carlson
B: 1924-08-19
D: 2018-10-01
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Carlson, Lloyd

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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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