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Helen Mierzejewski
B: 1926-02-18
D: 2017-11-21
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Mierzejewski, Helen
Maria Emilia Duarte
B: 1927-10-25
D: 2017-11-20
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Duarte, Maria Emilia
Antonio Vale da Serra
B: 1940-01-20
D: 2017-11-18
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Vale da Serra, Antonio
Anna Malootian
B: 1919-05-30
D: 2017-11-16
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Malootian, Anna
Deborah Wood
B: 1955-09-24
D: 2017-11-12
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Wood, Deborah
Gilbette Anderson
B: 1919-08-21
D: 2017-11-11
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Anderson, Gilbette
Anthony Mattera
B: 1932-01-29
D: 2017-11-10
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Mattera, Anthony
Celine Turley
B: 1925-04-30
D: 2017-11-09
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Turley, Celine
Angelo Louro
B: 1935-07-05
D: 2017-11-08
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Louro, Angelo
John Garcao
B: 1965-10-31
D: 2017-11-04
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Garcao, John
Sister Elizabeth Travers
B: 1921-04-15
D: 2017-11-02
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Travers, Sister Elizabeth
Gerard Tardif
B: 1926-07-21
D: 2017-11-01
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Tardif, Gerard
Barbara Jane (Egan) Gasparini
B: 1923-08-20
D: 2017-10-27
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(Egan) Gasparini, Barbara Jane
Claire Clyde (Fiut)
B: 1930-09-04
D: 2017-10-27
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Clyde (Fiut), Claire
Raymond Hanson
B: 1919-10-05
D: 2017-10-26
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Hanson, Raymond
Tyler Claflin
B: 1983-06-25
D: 2017-10-26
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Claflin, Tyler
Bruce Santoro
B: 1952-03-09
D: 2017-10-20
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Santoro, Bruce
Louis "Lou" Corbidge
B: 1943-08-30
D: 2017-10-11
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Corbidge, Louis "Lou"
Mary DeVecchis
B: 1916-10-24
D: 2017-10-07
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DeVecchis, Mary
George McClay
B: 1946-03-30
D: 2017-10-06
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McClay, George
William Reardon
B: 1932-02-23
D: 2017-10-04
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Reardon, William

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