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Louis Savery
B: 1930-05-03
D: 2018-12-10
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Savery, Louis
William Van Alstine
B: 1923-01-22
D: 2018-12-09
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Van Alstine, William
John Purcell
B: 1944-05-29
D: 2018-12-08
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Purcell, John
Concetta Ford
B: 1930-04-12
D: 2018-12-03
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Ford, Concetta
John Fisk
B: 1942-08-10
D: 2018-12-01
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Fisk, John
Kathleen Smith
B: 1944-01-30
D: 2018-11-25
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Smith, Kathleen
Wesley Hutchins
B: 1935-01-29
D: 2018-11-24
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Hutchins, Wesley
Marjorie Gregoire
B: 1941-06-05
D: 2018-11-22
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Gregoire, Marjorie
Suzanne Walker
B: 1946-09-27
D: 2018-11-22
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Walker, Suzanne
Virginia Schoonmaker
B: 1945-07-20
D: 2018-11-16
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Schoonmaker, Virginia
Marie Douglas
B: 1943-02-07
D: 2018-11-12
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Douglas, Marie
Matthew Crispell
B: 1969-02-28
D: 2018-11-11
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Crispell, Matthew
Carolyn Gottfried
B: 1941-06-12
D: 2018-11-10
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Gottfried, Carolyn
Robert Gauthier
B: 1955-05-23
D: 2018-11-09
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Gauthier, Robert
Catherine Valenti
B: 1960-05-07
D: 2018-10-26
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Valenti, Catherine
Lori McNamara-Pokeda
B: 1966-05-31
D: 2018-10-26
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McNamara-Pokeda, Lori
James Spretty
B: 1948-07-26
D: 2018-10-23
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Spretty, James
Stanley Horrocks
B: 1930-09-20
D: 2018-10-20
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Horrocks, Stanley
Mary Becker
B: 1927-05-25
D: 2018-10-16
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Becker, Mary
Carol Fredette
B: 1938-01-10
D: 2018-10-15
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Fredette, Carol
Edward Colton
B: 1942-11-16
D: 2018-10-15
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Colton, Edward

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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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