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Joseph Edward Dusard
B: 1989-02-12
D: 2017-03-20
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Dusard, Joseph Edward
John Paul Helms
B: 1961-10-17
D: 2017-03-20
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Helms, John Paul
Velma L. Mahaffey
B: 1920-11-20
D: 2017-03-18
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Mahaffey, Velma L.
Steven DeLano
B: 1948-10-24
D: 2017-03-18
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DeLano, Steven
Thomas Merrill
B: 1944-01-30
D: 2017-03-17
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Merrill, Thomas
Sheryl Rude-Jones
B: 1962-07-01
D: 2017-03-17
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Rude-Jones, Sheryl
Charles David "Chuck" O'Neal
B: 1942-05-10
D: 2017-03-15
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O'Neal, Charles David "Chuck"
Iva "Joyce" Swindell
B: 1936-03-21
D: 2017-03-15
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Swindell, Iva "Joyce"
Randall Pelfree
B: 1957-11-30
D: 2017-03-14
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Pelfree, Randall
Shirley Ann Byers
B: 1936-01-13
D: 2017-03-09
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Byers, Shirley Ann
William Harden
B: 1937-09-21
D: 2017-03-09
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Harden, William
Marvin Dale Shields
B: 1940-11-08
D: 2017-03-08
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Shields, Marvin Dale
Leonard Fleener
B: 1928-08-02
D: 2017-03-07
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Fleener, Leonard
Shannon Wampler Fiscus
B: 1954-06-01
D: 2017-03-06
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Fiscus, Shannon Wampler
James E. North
B: 1938-08-14
D: 2017-03-05
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North, James E.
Lucian Hale
B: 1932-08-04
D: 2017-03-05
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Hale, Lucian
Phillip "Bud" Edgar Bales
B: 1931-03-18
D: 2017-03-05
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Edgar Bales, Phillip "Bud"
Jean Ruth Nitz
B: 1932-01-02
D: 2017-03-04
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Nitz, Jean Ruth
James Stogsdill
B: 1943-03-19
D: 2017-03-03
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Stogsdill, James
Ruth Combs Hash Shackelford
B: 1921-11-15
D: 2017-03-03
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Shackelford, Ruth Combs Hash
Carol (Fishback) Hudson
B: 1917-01-13
D: 2017-03-01
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(Fishback) Hudson, Carol

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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
Fax: 812-333-4445
Patricia Fleener
In Memory of
Patricia D.
Fleener
1932 - 2017

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A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • 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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