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M. Kathleen Lock
B: 1917-06-27
D: 2017-10-21
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Lock, M. Kathleen
Sieteske "Sita" Sloterdyk
B: 1934-04-11
D: 2017-10-19
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Sloterdyk, Sieteske "Sita"
James Henderson
B: 1944-09-02
D: 2017-10-19
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Henderson, James
Lois Patterson
B: 1945-01-03
D: 2017-10-18
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Patterson, Lois
David Lawrence
B: 1970-01-26
D: 2017-10-18
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Lawrence, David
John Cannon
B: 1953-09-14
D: 2017-10-18
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Cannon, John
Scott B. Emmerson
B: 1956-10-26
D: 2017-10-18
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Emmerson, Scott B.
Daniel VanNorman
B: 1981-01-10
D: 2017-10-17
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VanNorman, Daniel
Cindy Walda
B: 1965-07-12
D: 2017-10-16
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Walda, Cindy
Nova-Leigh Goulden
B: 2017-10-09
D: 2017-10-15
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Goulden, Nova-Leigh
Roger Farr
B: 1935-04-25
D: 2017-10-15
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Farr, Roger
Ronald Figg
B: 1925-08-31
D: 2017-10-14
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Figg, Ronald
William Hutton
B: 1948-11-05
D: 2017-10-14
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Hutton, William
Jane Brunsdon
B: 1954-01-03
D: 2017-10-12
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Brunsdon, Jane
Robert Turner
B: 1955-02-22
D: 2017-10-10
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Turner, Robert
Geraldine Henry
B: 1926-06-05
D: 2017-10-10
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Henry, Geraldine
Ruth Corbett
B: 1932-05-15
D: 2017-10-07
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Corbett, Ruth
Michael Voogt
B: 1962-02-28
D: 2017-10-06
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Voogt, Michael
James Holden
B: 1946-08-03
D: 2017-10-05
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Holden, James
Beatrice Taylor
B: 1925-10-01
D: 2017-10-03
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Taylor, Beatrice
Stanley (Sierd) Triemstra
B: 1931-10-03
D: 2017-10-02
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Triemstra, Stanley (Sierd)

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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.
  • 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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