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David Vanata
B: 1953-02-12
D: 2018-02-09
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Vanata, David
Mary Hoffman
B: 1944-08-30
D: 2018-02-07
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Hoffman, Mary
John Harkiss
B: 1937-10-07
D: 2018-02-03
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Harkiss, John
Madeline Shay
B: 1925-04-28
D: 2018-01-30
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Shay, Madeline
Helen Mallett
B: 1927-07-29
D: 2018-01-25
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Mallett, Helen
Samuel White
B: 1929-02-15
D: 2018-01-19
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White, Samuel
Kenneth Austin
B: 1929-02-07
D: 2018-01-18
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Austin, Kenneth
Andrew Tang
B: 1940-03-10
D: 2018-01-17
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Tang, Andrew
Jean Burton
B: 1925-05-03
D: 2018-01-04
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Burton, Jean
Norman Buller
B: 1934-05-29
D: 2018-01-04
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Buller, Norman
Grace Brooks
B: 1926-04-15
D: 2018-01-03
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Brooks, Grace
George Kadwell
B: 1928-06-24
D: 2017-12-30
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Kadwell, George
Gerald Ross
B: 1935-03-20
D: 2017-12-25
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Ross, Gerald
Robin Keats
B: 1938-11-08
D: 2017-12-24
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Keats, Robin
Mary Mortimer
B: 1931-03-29
D: 2017-12-23
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Mortimer, Mary
Marion Miller
B: 1931-05-08
D: 2017-12-22
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Miller, Marion
Shirley Stables
B: 1923-10-30
D: 2017-12-14
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Stables, Shirley
Ernest Holmes
B: 1950-07-02
D: 2017-12-11
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Holmes, Ernest
Evelyn Arrowsmith
B: 1921-09-21
D: 2017-12-08
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Arrowsmith, Evelyn
Dr. Terence Chute
B: 1948-09-10
D: 2017-12-06
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Chute, Dr. Terence
Mildred Chambers
B: 1931-11-30
D: 2017-12-05
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Chambers, Mildred

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  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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  • 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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