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Mary McDowell
D: 2017-08-18
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McDowell, Mary
Kenneth Drozdzal
B: 1957-08-01
D: 2017-08-17
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Drozdzal, Kenneth
Harold Roberts
B: 1937-01-01
D: 2017-08-15
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Roberts, Harold
Constance Burkart
B: 1950-01-09
D: 2017-08-11
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Burkart, Constance
Benjamin Karz, Jr.
B: 1941-05-11
D: 2017-08-10
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Karz, Jr., Benjamin
John Dana
B: 1932-05-02
D: 2017-07-25
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Dana, John
Preston Robinson
B: 1922-09-07
D: 2017-07-24
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Robinson, Preston
Wendy Hornberger
D: 2017-07-22
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Hornberger, Wendy
David Spenziero, Sr.
B: 1963-03-25
D: 2017-07-21
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Spenziero, Sr., David
Edward Furlani
B: 1982-02-24
D: 2017-07-19
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Furlani, Edward
Joseph Annello, Jr.
B: 1935-08-14
D: 2017-07-13
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Annello, Jr., Joseph
Nancy Brooks
B: 1936-03-12
D: 2017-07-12
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Brooks, Nancy
Nancy Warner
B: 1946-07-09
D: 2017-07-10
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Warner, Nancy
Quentin Wilburn
B: 1925-10-18
D: 2017-07-09
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Wilburn, Quentin
Loraine Farrell
B: 1930-12-05
D: 2017-07-07
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Farrell, Loraine
Vincent Janenka
B: 1921-12-30
D: 2017-07-05
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Janenka, Vincent
Maureen Sleasman
B: 1940-11-04
D: 2017-07-03
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Sleasman, Maureen
Sr. Joyce Ross, RSM
D: 2017-06-19
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Ross, RSM, Sr. Joyce
Eleanor Hill
D: 2017-06-15
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Hill, Eleanor
Jeffrey Salisbury
B: 1959-04-26
D: 2017-06-13
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Salisbury, Jeffrey
Dolores Pratt
B: 1935-07-03
D: 2017-06-10
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Pratt, Dolores

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Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

Tip #3: Don't tell them you know how they feel. Because you can't really know; even if you've endured the loss of a loved one in the past - your grief was yours, and this is theirs.

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Tip #5: Share Remind them that you will always hold the memory of their loved one close to you. It will be a comfort to them to know that their loved one will be remembered.

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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