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Richard Olson
D: 2017-04-28
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Olson, Richard
Steve Evans
B: 1950-08-10
D: 2017-04-25
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Evans, Steve
Angela Schicchi
D: 2017-04-23
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Schicchi, Angela
Brenda Robertson-Johnson
B: 1952-12-02
D: 2017-04-21
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Robertson-Johnson, Brenda
Vincent Chellemi
D: 2017-04-20
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Chellemi, Vincent
Agnes Matassa
D: 2017-04-20
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Matassa, Agnes
Edward Trocciola
D: 2017-04-19
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Trocciola, Edward
Mary Bruno
D: 2017-04-17
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Bruno, Mary
William Blaise
B: 1949-11-30
D: 2017-04-17
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Blaise, William
Fannie Napolitano
D: 2017-04-17
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Napolitano, Fannie
Michael Riccio
D: 2017-04-17
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Riccio, Michael
Clif Chapman Jr.
B: 1937-10-11
D: 2017-04-17
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Chapman Jr., Clif
Chrispin Pierre
B: 1947-11-18
D: 2017-04-15
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Pierre, Chrispin
Olga Washington
B: 1927-10-28
D: 2017-04-13
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Washington, Olga
Paul Forestiere
D: 2017-04-12
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Forestiere, Paul
Renato Zanotti
D: 2017-04-12
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Zanotti, Renato
Camille Caiazza
D: 2017-04-11
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Caiazza, Camille
Anthony DeCaul
B: 1955-09-22
D: 2017-04-11
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DeCaul, Anthony
Vincent Lo Biondo
D: 2017-04-10
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Lo Biondo, Vincent
Annamaria Fattorusso
D: 2017-04-09
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Fattorusso, Annamaria
Anthony Soscia
D: 2017-04-09
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Soscia, Anthony

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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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