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Barbara Brophy
B: 1942-06-13
D: 2018-12-13
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Brophy, Barbara
Lawrence Wells
B: 1938-02-24
D: 2018-12-12
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Wells, Lawrence
Dorothy Laframboise
B: 1947-11-04
D: 2018-12-10
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Laframboise, Dorothy
Patricia Millette
B: 1939-09-24
D: 2018-12-08
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Millette, Patricia
David Cooke
B: 1940-03-09
D: 2018-12-03
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Cooke, David
Eleanor Squires
B: 1929-12-28
D: 2018-12-03
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Squires, Eleanor
Carmelo Maffuccio
B: 1931-07-16
D: 2018-12-02
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Maffuccio, Carmelo
Rev. Thomas Begley
B: 1934-04-25
D: 2018-12-02
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Begley, Rev. Thomas
Steven Phelps
B: 1959-08-02
D: 2018-12-01
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Phelps, Steven
Teresa Came
B: 1930-03-24
D: 2018-11-28
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Came, Teresa
Lauri Klefos
B: 1956-02-26
D: 2018-11-28
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Klefos, Lauri
Maryann Penna
B: 1924-11-17
D: 2018-11-28
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Penna, Maryann
Paul Pettibone
B: 1928-04-07
D: 2018-11-27
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Pettibone, Paul
Joseph Powers
B: 1923-10-14
D: 2018-11-27
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Powers, Joseph
Michelle Lee
B: 1942-11-27
D: 2018-11-26
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Lee, Michelle
Richard Roraback
B: 1947-05-15
D: 2018-11-24
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Roraback, Richard
George Maynard
D: 2018-11-24
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Maynard, George
Arthur DeCandia
B: 1933-01-22
D: 2018-11-22
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DeCandia, Arthur
Paul Trumbull
B: 1961-04-06
D: 2018-11-18
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Trumbull, Paul
Michael Janchuk
B: 1959-11-10
D: 2018-11-18
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Janchuk, Michael
Patricia Daly
B: 1951-02-21
D: 2018-11-17
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Daly, Patricia

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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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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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