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Katie Stoltzfus
B: 1926-01-09
D: 2017-09-22
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Stoltzfus, Katie
Anna Mary Horst
B: 1928-07-31
D: 2017-09-21
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Horst, Anna Mary
Ida Martin Musser
B: 1941-12-09
D: 2017-09-21
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Martin Musser, Ida
Linda Winn
B: 1950-11-05
D: 2017-09-21
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Winn, Linda
Larry Groff
B: 1944-08-31
D: 2017-09-19
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Groff, Larry
Mary Trout
B: 1948-05-10
D: 2017-09-16
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Trout, Mary
Emma Good
B: 1929-10-03
D: 2017-09-14
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Good, Emma
Charlotte Daugherty
B: 1924-02-27
D: 2017-09-14
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Daugherty, Charlotte
Miriam Hartranft
B: 1929-12-14
D: 2017-09-12
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Hartranft, Miriam
Ruth Burkhart
B: 1922-10-07
D: 2017-09-11
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Burkhart, Ruth
Carol Weaver
B: 1955-06-22
D: 2017-09-08
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Weaver, Carol
Edna Sensenig
B: 1933-03-17
D: 2017-09-04
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Sensenig, Edna
Tina Cook
B: 1957-08-03
D: 2017-09-04
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Cook, Tina
Lillian Frankhouser
B: 1928-10-27
D: 2017-08-31
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Frankhouser, Lillian
David Herbert
B: 1953-11-19
D: 2017-08-31
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Herbert, David
Irene Weaver
B: 1927-04-21
D: 2017-08-29
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Weaver, Irene
Charles Witwer
B: 1927-10-23
D: 2017-08-28
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Witwer, Charles
Alice Horst
B: 1927-02-01
D: 2017-08-26
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Horst, Alice
Norman Hahn
B: 1936-08-03
D: 2017-08-18
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Hahn, Norman
Irene Kilmer
B: 1941-07-24
D: 2017-08-18
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Kilmer, Irene
Mary Parmer
B: 1928-02-24
D: 2017-08-17
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Parmer, Mary

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  • 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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