Obituaries

Eric Petraitis
B: 1991-01-25
D: 2017-03-20
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Petraitis, Eric
Frederick Wilson
B: 1957-04-25
D: 2017-03-19
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Wilson, Frederick
Jeffery Olson
B: 1961-06-01
D: 2017-03-18
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Olson, Jeffery
Richard Kooy
B: 1928-08-01
D: 2017-03-15
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Kooy, Richard
Gertrude Hulford
B: 1957-04-08
D: 2017-03-14
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Hulford, Gertrude
Paul Alkema
B: 1954-11-16
D: 2017-03-14
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Alkema, Paul
Suzanne Modrick
B: 1962-10-10
D: 2017-03-14
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Modrick, Suzanne
Amy Borgman
B: 1985-03-02
D: 2017-03-13
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Borgman, Amy
Irene Czajkowski
B: 1931-10-27
D: 2017-03-13
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Czajkowski, Irene
Dorothy Eckberg
B: 1923-01-04
D: 2017-03-10
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Eckberg, Dorothy
Peter Ouwenga
B: 1951-09-15
D: 2017-03-08
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Ouwenga, Peter
Erna Josupait
B: 1933-03-03
D: 2017-03-07
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Josupait, Erna
Eugene Kress
B: 1927-02-28
D: 2017-03-05
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Kress, Eugene
Justin Tweedy
B: 1996-08-01
D: 2017-03-04
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Tweedy, Justin
Henry Kamp
B: 1933-02-22
D: 2017-03-03
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Kamp, Henry
Ruby Trela
B: 1926-06-15
D: 2017-03-01
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Trela, Ruby
Brent Keating
B: 1974-04-28
D: 2017-02-26
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Keating, Brent
Elsie Simonec
B: 1923-12-07
D: 2017-02-24
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Simonec, Elsie
Gloria Linhart
B: 1925-03-02
D: 2017-02-24
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Linhart, Gloria
Jeanne Roon
B: 1939-02-25
D: 2017-02-20
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Roon, Jeanne
Rosemary Maus
B: 1925-06-22
D: 2017-02-19
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Maus, Rosemary

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