Obituaries

Virginia M. Smith
B: 1921-12-01
D: 2017-04-23
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Smith, Virginia M.
Bernice Katz Jones
B: 1932-12-21
D: 2017-04-21
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Katz Jones, Bernice
Francis R. Fagan
B: 1942-07-31
D: 2017-04-19
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Fagan, Francis R.
Barry E. Williams
B: 1944-09-04
D: 2017-04-19
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Williams, Barry E.
Mary O'Sullivan
B: 1935-09-21
D: 2017-04-19
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O'Sullivan, Mary
Muriel A. DeMont
B: 1928-04-29
D: 2017-04-16
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DeMont, Muriel A.
Muriel Conroy
B: 1917-07-30
D: 2017-04-16
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Conroy, Muriel
Katherine L. Swigar
B: 1935-06-07
D: 2017-04-15
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Swigar, Katherine L.
Victoria Swift
B: 1945-01-24
D: 2017-04-12
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Swift, Victoria
Amy Winder
B: 1969-01-28
D: 2017-04-12
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Winder, Amy
Thomas McDermott
B: 1930-04-03
D: 2017-04-10
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McDermott, Thomas
Deborah A. Billings
B: 1961-05-22
D: 2017-04-10
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Billings, Deborah A.
Constance M. McManus
B: 1928-10-28
D: 2017-04-09
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McManus, Constance M.
Marcia C. Scott
B: 1931-04-07
D: 2017-04-09
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Scott, Marcia C.
John R. Simpson
B: 1939-06-29
D: 2017-04-09
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Simpson, John R.
Robert "David" Hogan
B: 1947-06-07
D: 2017-04-08
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Hogan, Robert "David"
Damon Jace Coughlin
B: 2017-04-04
D: 2017-04-08
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Coughlin, Damon Jace
William Ford
B: 1938-08-16
D: 2017-04-07
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Ford, William
Francis A. Botte
B: 1922-09-30
D: 2017-04-06
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Botte, Francis A.
Eleanor J. Howe
B: 1917-05-12
D: 2017-04-06
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Howe, Eleanor J.
Aileen T. Crowley
B: 1931-12-12
D: 2017-04-04
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Crowley, Aileen T.

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