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Elizabeth Corning
B: 1929-03-31
D: 2017-09-19
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Corning, Elizabeth
Edward Fichera
B: 1976-04-25
D: 2017-09-17
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Fichera, Edward
Fiorinda Porretta
B: 1919-08-07
D: 2017-09-16
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Porretta, Fiorinda
Doris Peterson Strong
B: 1930-02-26
D: 2017-09-15
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Peterson Strong, Doris
Angélica Vieira de Sousa
B: 1932-08-31
D: 2017-09-05
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Vieira de Sousa, Angélica
Mary "Polly" Cunningham
B: 1921-12-22
D: 2017-09-04
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Cunningham, Mary "Polly"
Denise Dunne
B: 1954-10-04
D: 2017-09-02
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Dunne, Denise
Jonathan Stent
B: 1962-12-16
D: 2017-08-30
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Stent, Jonathan
Albano Marcelino
B: 1937-11-29
D: 2017-08-28
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Marcelino, Albano
Ronald Nelson
B: 1963-03-21
D: 2017-08-28
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Nelson, Ronald
Robert McCaffrey
B: 1964-06-02
D: 2017-08-25
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McCaffrey, Robert
Michelangelo Zullo
B: 1962-09-27
D: 2017-08-13
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Zullo, Michelangelo
Jeannine Burkard
B: 1948-11-06
D: 2017-08-12
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Burkard, Jeannine
Karl Domeisen
B: 1922-09-29
D: 2017-08-04
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Domeisen, Karl
Anita Monahan
B: 1936-01-20
D: 2017-08-02
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Monahan, Anita
Timothy Confessore
B: 1961-10-18
D: 2017-08-02
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Confessore, Timothy
Henry Otte
B: 1928-12-20
D: 2017-07-29
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Otte, Henry
John McTigue
B: 1943-07-11
D: 2017-07-27
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McTigue, John
Joseph Harrigan
B: 1947-10-28
D: 2017-07-25
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Harrigan, Joseph
Rita Lickwar
B: 1922-12-07
D: 2017-07-23
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Lickwar, Rita
Col. (Ret) Edmund Smith
B: 1932-02-26
D: 2017-07-19
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Smith, Col. (Ret) Edmund

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  • to hold your hand.
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  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
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