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John Hutton
B: 1929-05-13
D: 2017-03-24
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Hutton, John
Leo Dungan
B: 1927-01-29
D: 2017-03-24
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Dungan, Leo
Frank McNabb
B: 1936-04-10
D: 2017-03-21
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McNabb, Frank
Kathleen Bigras
B: 1933-01-31
D: 2017-03-20
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Bigras, Kathleen
Martin Phillips
B: 1926-02-04
D: 2017-03-19
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Phillips, Martin
Nelson Bearce
B: 1919-02-25
D: 2017-03-19
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Bearce, Nelson
Judith Griswold
B: 1939-02-28
D: 2017-03-19
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Griswold, Judith
Joseph Lavoie
B: 1936-08-21
D: 2017-03-16
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Lavoie, Joseph
Norman Poulin
B: 1933-10-27
D: 2017-03-15
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Poulin, Norman
Nicholas Juliano
B: 1926-07-31
D: 2017-03-13
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Juliano, Nicholas
Donna Belisle
B: 1955-12-20
D: 2017-03-13
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Belisle, Donna
Maureen Boyle
B: 1936-11-28
D: 2017-03-12
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Boyle, Maureen
Joan Gullen
B: 1939-05-13
D: 2017-03-11
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Gullen, Joan
Joseph Willis
B: 1928-08-25
D: 2017-03-10
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Willis, Joseph
Antoinette Audibert
B: 1931-12-02
D: 2017-03-10
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Audibert, Antoinette
Phillip Donihee
B: 1936-11-04
D: 2017-03-09
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Donihee, Phillip
Jane Ross
B: 1941-02-11
D: 2017-03-08
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Ross, Jane
Paul Blackwelder
B: 1925-08-06
D: 2017-03-07
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Blackwelder, Paul
James O'Neill
B: 1922-03-17
D: 2017-03-06
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O'Neill, James
Arnold Chassanoff
B: 1937-10-07
D: 2017-03-06
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Chassanoff, Arnold
Mary Courtemanche-Kelley
B: 1956-02-03
D: 2017-03-05
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Courtemanche-Kelley, Mary

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  • to hold your hand.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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