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John Sirgey
B: 1943-01-23
D: 2018-08-10
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Sirgey, John
Marriah Franklin
B: 2017-05-24
D: 2018-07-31
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Franklin, Marriah
Nathaniel Swartz
B: 2018-01-26
D: 2018-07-28
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Swartz, Nathaniel
Linda Shaw
B: 1963-03-08
D: 2018-07-27
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Shaw, Linda
Albert Strohecker
B: 1931-11-02
D: 2018-07-26
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Strohecker, Albert
Nicole Hile-O'Rourke
B: 1974-10-09
D: 2018-07-23
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Hile-O'Rourke, Nicole
Gayle Black
B: 1934-06-04
D: 2018-07-21
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Black, Gayle
Sharon Moore
B: 1947-08-02
D: 2018-07-18
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Moore, Sharon
David Cohen
B: 1919-10-31
D: 2018-07-18
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Cohen, David
Clayton Wert
B: 1948-11-20
D: 2018-07-14
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Wert, Clayton
Nancy Criswell
B: 1944-11-25
D: 2018-07-09
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Criswell, Nancy
Elsie Weaver
B: 1940-06-10
D: 2018-07-08
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Weaver, Elsie
Tammy Sconyers
B: 1964-12-07
D: 2018-07-07
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Sconyers, Tammy
Richard Beamenderfer
B: 1965-01-24
D: 2018-07-02
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Beamenderfer, Richard
Susan Varner
B: 1944-11-07
D: 2018-07-01
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Varner, Susan
Carol Brinson
B: 1969-06-28
D: 2018-06-27
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Brinson, Carol
Carol Smith
B: 1943-08-04
D: 2018-06-26
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Smith, Carol
Lisa Ruble
B: 1967-08-03
D: 2018-06-25
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Ruble, Lisa
Robert Lynch
B: 1931-04-04
D: 2018-06-25
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Lynch, Robert
Joey Brumbaugh
B: 1955-05-31
D: 2018-06-24
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Brumbaugh, Joey
James Lilly
B: 1961-11-16
D: 2018-06-23
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Lilly, James

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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.
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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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