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Sarah Ann Aileen Rowell
B: 1930-10-29
D: 2019-08-20
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Rowell, Sarah Ann Aileen
Margaret Switenky
D: 2019-08-15
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Switenky , Margaret
Joanne Gordyn
B: 1941-04-22
D: 2019-08-15
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Gordyn, Joanne
Ewald Gollan
B: 1939-12-08
D: 2019-08-13
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Gollan, Ewald
David Washnuk
B: 1944-08-14
D: 2019-08-13
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Washnuk, David
Joseph Leslie
B: 1924-04-15
D: 2019-08-11
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Leslie, Joseph
Dolores Cleaver
B: 1941-10-28
D: 2019-08-10
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Cleaver, Dolores
Shirley Maybrey
B: 1937-05-06
D: 2019-08-08
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Maybrey, Shirley
Vincent Caron
B: 1942-08-04
D: 2019-08-07
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Caron , Vincent
David McLean
B: 1959-06-02
D: 2019-08-01
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McLean, David
Leana Sweet
B: 1960-06-17
D: 2019-08-01
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Sweet, Leana
Kenneth Edge
B: 1926-06-16
D: 2019-07-29
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Edge, Kenneth
Rose Dummer
B: 1928-06-07
D: 2019-07-28
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Dummer, Rose
Yvon Rochon
B: 1931-03-13
D: 2019-07-28
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Rochon, Yvon
Silvio Gomez Chavez
B: 1978-02-14
D: 2019-07-27
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Gomez Chavez, Silvio
Dina Castellano
B: 1923-01-23
D: 2019-07-26
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Castellano, Dina
David Craig
B: 1945-10-02
D: 2019-07-25
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Craig, David
Sr. Petra Klotz, SSND
B: 1925-01-06
D: 2019-07-24
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Klotz, SSND, Sr. Petra
Bernice Johnson
B: 1922-09-09
D: 2019-07-20
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Johnson, Bernice
Eleanor Roussel
B: 1943-09-27
D: 2019-07-19
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Roussel, Eleanor
Arimands Valters
B: 1937-07-23
D: 2019-07-18
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Valters, Arimands

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  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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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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