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John Olivier
B: 1930-10-24
D: 2019-09-17
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Olivier, John
Minnie Mulder
B: 1911-12-28
D: 2019-09-14
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Mulder, Minnie
Edgar Oster
B: 1937-09-27
D: 2019-09-11
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Oster, Edgar
Lloyd Timmerman
B: 1953-02-23
D: 2019-09-01
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Timmerman, Lloyd
Donald Christensen
B: 1937-08-05
D: 2019-08-28
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Christensen, Donald
Martha Munneke
B: 1927-06-30
D: 2019-08-24
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Munneke, Martha
Lela Kruse
B: 1929-07-21
D: 2019-08-22
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Kruse, Lela
Harold Wright
B: 1934-03-20
D: 2019-08-20
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Wright, Harold
Glenn Blasius
B: 1938-05-12
D: 2019-08-13
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Blasius, Glenn
Gertrude Steffens
B: 1924-03-09
D: 2019-08-08
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Steffens, Gertrude
Phillip Konechne
B: 1932-09-23
D: 2019-08-08
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Konechne, Phillip
Marie Petula
B: 1920-05-11
D: 2019-08-03
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Petula, Marie
Shirley Wood
B: 1940-02-16
D: 2019-07-30
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Wood, Shirley
Patricia Hoffman
B: 1935-02-18
D: 2019-07-29
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Hoffman, Patricia
Rickey Smith
B: 1944-10-05
D: 2019-07-25
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Smith, Rickey
James Aune
B: 1948-05-20
D: 2019-07-05
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Aune, James
Elma Schroeder
B: 1931-12-16
D: 2019-07-03
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Schroeder, Elma
Ruth Burnham
B: 1925-02-20
D: 2019-07-03
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Burnham, Ruth
Donald Hoffman
B: 1931-07-20
D: 2019-07-03
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Hoffman, Donald
Patricia Nachtigal
B: 1939-03-25
D: 2019-06-20
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Nachtigal, Patricia
Betty Conway
B: 1936-03-11
D: 2019-06-14
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Conway, Betty

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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.
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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.
  • 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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