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Thomas Gollick
B: 1956-02-07
D: 2021-02-28
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Gollick, Thomas
Howard Cowan
B: 1934-07-12
D: 2021-02-27
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Cowan, Howard
Elza Kilby
B: 1932-01-04
D: 2021-02-22
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Kilby, Elza
Dorothy Benner
B: 1940-01-26
D: 2021-02-20
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Benner, Dorothy
Lois Potter
B: 1953-10-18
D: 2021-02-14
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Potter, Lois
Judith Foster
B: 1946-11-05
D: 2021-02-12
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Foster, Judith
Randy Milliken
B: 1958-04-13
D: 2021-02-11
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Milliken, Randy
Dennis Van Horn
B: 1958-05-04
D: 2021-02-08
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Van Horn, Dennis
Linda McCormick
B: 1957-10-10
D: 2021-02-07
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McCormick, Linda
Ronald Zimmerman
B: 1942-03-19
D: 2021-02-05
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Zimmerman, Ronald
Linda Bossert
B: 1951-08-28
D: 2021-02-04
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Bossert, Linda
Ratana McKeever
B: 1951-05-13
D: 2021-01-31
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McKeever, Ratana
Jonathan Boyer
B: 1939-06-20
D: 2021-01-28
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Boyer, Jonathan
Esther Rhine
B: 1928-04-13
D: 2021-01-23
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Rhine, Esther
Carrie Shirk
B: 1932-07-07
D: 2021-01-22
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Shirk, Carrie
Patricia Reid
B: 1940-07-10
D: 2021-01-22
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Reid, Patricia
Kathryn Stuck
B: 1934-09-19
D: 2021-01-19
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Stuck, Kathryn
M. Kathleen Ronk
B: 1930-10-20
D: 2021-01-18
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Ronk, M. Kathleen
Herbert Nace
B: 1928-11-08
D: 2021-01-16
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Nace, Herbert
Robert Stong
B: 1959-11-30
D: 2021-01-15
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Stong, Robert
Clayton Goodling
B: 1946-12-07
D: 2021-01-14
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Goodling, Clayton

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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.
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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.
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  • 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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