Obituaries

Debra Panzica
B: 1954-03-17
D: 2017-06-18
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Panzica, Debra
Suzanne Kleber
B: 1954-09-09
D: 2017-06-18
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Kleber, Suzanne
Derek Ooms
B: 1976-07-25
D: 2017-06-18
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Ooms, Derek
Virginia Hansum
B: 1954-01-17
D: 2017-06-17
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Hansum, Virginia
Helen Borgman-Dorn
B: 1928-10-18
D: 2017-06-17
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Borgman-Dorn, Helen
Catherine Schultz
B: 1949-03-06
D: 2017-06-16
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Schultz, Catherine
Calvin Singletary
B: 1947-01-03
D: 2017-06-15
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Singletary, Calvin
Daniel Kelly
B: 1931-08-07
D: 2017-06-15
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Kelly, Daniel
Edward Jankowski
B: 1958-08-22
D: 2017-06-15
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Jankowski, Edward
Anna Giles
B: 1933-09-20
D: 2017-06-14
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Giles, Anna
Dagoberto Ramos
B: 1928-01-31
D: 2017-06-12
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Ramos, Dagoberto
Cindy Speelman
B: 1959-10-28
D: 2017-06-11
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Speelman, Cindy
Antoinette Jonjevic
B: 1918-01-11
D: 2017-05-26
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Jonjevic, Antoinette
Louis Wierenga
B: 1956-05-12
D: 2017-05-26
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Wierenga, Louis
Ophelia Ortiz
B: 1929-10-07
D: 2017-05-25
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Ortiz, Ophelia
Daniel Uelman
B: 1942-07-30
D: 2017-05-24
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Uelman, Daniel
Marvin Boerema
B: 1929-12-01
D: 2017-05-21
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Boerema, Marvin
Douglas Whitlow
B: 1946-11-29
D: 2017-05-20
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Whitlow, Douglas
Ruth Jacobsma
B: 1933-10-10
D: 2017-05-19
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Jacobsma, Ruth
Thomas Hoekstra
B: 1934-12-26
D: 2017-05-18
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Hoekstra, Thomas
Matthew Beintum
B: 1978-12-13
D: 2017-05-17
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Beintum, Matthew

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