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Janis Larobardiere
B: 1949-07-30
D: 2017-06-19
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Larobardiere, Janis
Howard Winchell
B: 1924-11-12
D: 2017-06-17
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Winchell, Howard
David Springgate
B: 1959-11-04
D: 2017-06-16
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Springgate, David
Albert Hosner
B: 1928-07-14
D: 2017-06-11
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Hosner, Albert
William Klein
B: 1933-12-21
D: 2017-06-10
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Klein, William
Lillis McWethy
B: 1927-05-29
D: 2017-06-09
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McWethy, Lillis
Frederick Patchett
B: 1926-10-29
D: 2017-06-02
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Patchett, Frederick
Linda Harris
B: 1937-05-30
D: 2017-05-13
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Harris, Linda
James Proxmire
B: 1942-03-06
D: 2017-05-13
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Proxmire, James
Dennis Burgess
B: 1928-11-17
D: 2017-05-12
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Burgess, Dennis
Etola Segerdahl
B: 1931-04-10
D: 2017-05-11
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Segerdahl, Etola
Ruth Weinberg
B: 1922-06-17
D: 2017-05-10
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Weinberg, Ruth
William Gleason
B: 1925-10-16
D: 2017-05-07
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Gleason, William
Lois Stuck
B: 1926-04-05
D: 2017-05-05
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Stuck, Lois
Harold Cutcher
B: 1929-09-06
D: 2017-05-05
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Cutcher, Harold
Douglas Popp
B: 1952-06-25
D: 2017-04-30
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Popp, Douglas
June Heasley
B: 1921-06-12
D: 2017-04-28
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Heasley, June
Margaret Garvelink
B: 1918-06-08
D: 2017-04-26
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Garvelink, Margaret
Mary Weaver
B: 1930-04-09
D: 2017-04-26
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Weaver, Mary
Harold Van Heuvelen
B: 1919-03-30
D: 2017-04-26
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Van Heuvelen, Harold
Ardith Bowman
B: 1919-12-12
D: 2017-04-26
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Bowman, Ardith

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  • to hold your hand.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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