Obituaries

Catherine Carter Smith
B: 1980-02-16
D: 2022-05-16
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Carter Smith, Catherine
Constance Harvey
B: 1944-06-05
D: 2022-05-08
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Harvey, Constance
Robert Kelly
B: 1951-03-01
D: 2022-04-30
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Kelly, Robert
Debbie Halpin
B: 1963-05-09
D: 2022-04-27
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Halpin, Debbie
Barbara Chmiel
D: 2022-04-22
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Chmiel, Barbara
Stephanie Sawchak
B: 1963-04-18
D: 2022-04-18
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Sawchak, Stephanie
Philip McLaud
B: 1949-01-24
D: 2022-04-15
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McLaud, Philip
Christine Shiffer
B: 1971-12-04
D: 2022-04-14
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Shiffer, Christine
Lisa Martz Stalbird
B: 1963-11-06
D: 2022-04-12
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Martz Stalbird, Lisa
Rose Gabello Mroz
B: 1924-05-29
D: 2022-04-09
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Gabello Mroz, Rose
Vito Valenzano
B: 1927-06-30
D: 2022-04-05
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Valenzano, Vito
Thomas Andrejack
B: 1937-12-07
D: 2022-04-03
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Andrejack, Thomas
John Swift
B: 1925-10-06
D: 2022-04-02
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Swift, John
Caroline Nitch Jones
B: 1930-08-23
D: 2022-04-01
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Nitch Jones, Caroline
Gail Creegan
B: 1935-07-09
D: 2022-03-31
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Creegan, Gail
Leona Connolly
B: 1951-10-01
D: 2022-03-26
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Connolly, Leona
Lucetta Creavey
B: 1936-02-07
D: 2022-03-26
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Creavey, Lucetta
Robert Applegate
B: 1958-04-01
D: 2022-03-24
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Applegate, Robert
Robert Benzeleski
B: 1950-06-22
D: 2022-03-24
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Benzeleski, Robert
Phillip Sarti
B: 1969-10-07
D: 2022-03-23
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Sarti, Phillip
Julio Ortiz
B: 1960-04-12
D: 2022-03-21
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Ortiz, Julio

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