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William Black
B: 1928-02-26
D: 2017-11-02
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Black, William
Willard Robinson
B: 1933-06-05
D: 2017-10-31
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Robinson, Willard
Phillip Zurbuchen
B: 1947-01-01
D: 2017-10-26
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Zurbuchen, Phillip
Delores Hole
B: 1933-10-19
D: 2017-10-20
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Hole, Delores
Lois Gjertsen
B: 1927-08-15
D: 2017-10-09
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Gjertsen, Lois
Everett Johnson
B: 1926-10-07
D: 2017-09-24
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Johnson, Everett
Adrain Poff
B: 1988-04-17
D: 2017-07-13
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Poff, Adrain
David Broers
B: 1942-01-08
D: 2017-07-08
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Broers, David
Raymond Grandt
B: 1931-02-04
D: 2017-06-27
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Grandt, Raymond
Renato Travelli
B: 1931-03-13
D: 2017-06-19
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Travelli, Renato
Caitlen Kennedy
B: 1991-05-01
D: 2017-06-11
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Kennedy, Caitlen
Marian Rebhan
B: 1923-11-24
D: 2017-06-03
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Rebhan, Marian
Lorraine Schmitt
B: 1940-11-16
D: 2017-05-17
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Schmitt, Lorraine
Elaine Nelsestuen
B: 1920-09-09
D: 2017-03-25
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Nelsestuen, Elaine
Lola Chalsma
B: 1922-09-21
D: 2017-03-19
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Chalsma, Lola
Sandra Halderson
B: 1941-06-07
D: 2017-01-23
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Halderson, Sandra
Donnie Whitewater-Schaitel
B: 1964-07-30
D: 2016-11-15
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Whitewater-Schaitel, Donnie
David Kennedy
B: 1948-06-19
D: 2016-10-27
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Kennedy, David
Keith Dahlby
B: 1964-10-31
D: 2016-10-06
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Dahlby, Keith
Eleanor Voigt
B: 1925-09-25
D: 2016-09-30
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Voigt, Eleanor
Sharon Cronk
B: 1940-02-09
D: 2016-07-17
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Cronk, Sharon

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  • 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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