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John Semakula
B: 1947-05-08
D: 2017-09-23
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Semakula, John
Angus Taylor
B: 1930-03-20
D: 2017-09-22
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Taylor, Angus
Maria Torres
B: 1928-05-07
D: 2017-09-22
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Torres, Maria
Anthony Mitchell
B: 1967-04-13
D: 2017-09-22
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Mitchell, Anthony
Lucia Forestieri
B: 1926-10-09
D: 2017-09-21
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Forestieri, Lucia
Aquila "Gilda" Russo
B: 1946-08-08
D: 2017-09-21
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Russo, Aquila "Gilda"
Nancy Gaudaur
B: 1949-02-16
D: 2017-09-21
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Gaudaur, Nancy
Gracia Amirthanathan
B: 1925-01-18
D: 2017-09-21
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Amirthanathan, Gracia
Dorothy Antonides
B: 1932-05-18
D: 2017-09-20
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Antonides, Dorothy
Mario Filice
B: 1925-04-27
D: 2017-09-19
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Filice, Mario
Robert Williams
B: 1951-07-13
D: 2017-09-19
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Williams, Robert
Alfonso Silvestri
B: 1931-10-14
D: 2017-09-19
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Silvestri, Alfonso
Pompeo Troiani
B: 1926-10-02
D: 2017-09-18
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Troiani, Pompeo
Madonna Bennett-Gyertson
B: 1938-05-10
D: 2017-09-18
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Bennett-Gyertson, Madonna
Isobel Graham
B: 1926-07-01
D: 2017-09-17
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Graham, Isobel
Quiteria Ramos
B: 1938-02-05
D: 2017-09-17
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Ramos, Quiteria
Everett Douglas
B: 1930-10-21
D: 2017-09-17
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Douglas, Everett
Maureen Defazio
B: 1959-07-09
D: 2017-09-17
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Defazio, Maureen
Maria Perez
B: 1941-03-08
D: 2017-09-16
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Perez, Maria
Catherine McIntyre
B: 1935-01-16
D: 2017-09-16
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McIntyre, Catherine
Everone "Paul" Mitchell
B: 1963-08-19
D: 2017-09-16
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Mitchell, Everone "Paul"

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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.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • 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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