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Otis Long
B: 1947-12-12
D: 2018-07-17
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Long, Otis
Robert Case
B: 1935-09-15
D: 2018-07-15
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Case, Robert
Mary Hines
B: 1928-11-09
D: 2018-07-11
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Hines, Mary
Nancy Lipman
B: 1933-02-14
D: 2018-07-10
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Lipman, Nancy
Christian Carter
B: 1969-08-03
D: 2018-07-09
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Carter, Christian
Florence Fudge-Hite
B: 1954-02-07
D: 2018-07-07
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Fudge-Hite, Florence
Clara Brown
B: 1932-01-10
D: 2018-07-06
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Brown, Clara
Darlene Saylor
B: 1931-02-12
D: 2018-07-06
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Saylor, Darlene
Robert Tritch
B: 1924-07-16
D: 2018-07-04
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Tritch, Robert
Michael Acre
B: 1924-09-14
D: 2018-06-30
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Acre, Michael
Terry Bloom
B: 1949-12-21
D: 2018-06-28
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Bloom, Terry
Eleanor Watts
B: 1940-05-01
D: 2018-06-27
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Watts, Eleanor
Nancy Whittington
B: 1945-11-19
D: 2018-06-25
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Whittington, Nancy
Melvin Weiss
B: 1936-01-27
D: 2018-06-25
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Weiss, Melvin
Crystal Sensenbaugh
B: 1967-08-20
D: 2018-06-24
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Sensenbaugh, Crystal
Joanne Sica
B: 1942-07-11
D: 2018-06-23
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Sica, Joanne
Mildred Cosens
B: 1936-07-16
D: 2018-06-21
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Cosens, Mildred
Catherine Pfeifer
B: 1918-03-31
D: 2018-06-20
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Pfeifer, Catherine
Connie Barnhouse
B: 1957-10-01
D: 2018-06-18
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Barnhouse, Connie
Timothy Garnes
B: 1956-09-17
D: 2018-06-16
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Garnes, Timothy
William Minnick
B: 1948-03-24
D: 2018-06-16
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Minnick, William

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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.
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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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