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Lois Ann Boruff
B: 1941-09-18
D: 2017-02-21
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Boruff, Lois Ann
Madonna Swafford
B: 1930-11-01
D: 2017-02-19
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Swafford, Madonna
Jewell Alford
B: 1928-01-24
D: 2017-02-13
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Alford, Jewell
Jack Bryan Barrow
B: 1957-07-22
D: 2017-02-09
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Barrow, Jack Bryan
Patricia Fleener
B: 1932-09-28
D: 2017-02-07
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Fleener, Patricia
Dr. Robert (Bob) Hall
B: 1941-03-21
D: 2017-02-02
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Hall, Dr. Robert (Bob)
Michael Hendrickson
B: 1951-08-24
D: 2017-01-30
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Hendrickson, Michael
Janice Rafferty
B: 1944-11-17
D: 2017-01-29
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Rafferty, Janice
Maryrose Pratter
B: 1921-02-13
D: 2017-01-29
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Pratter, Maryrose
Marjorie Ann Shaw
B: 1925-07-04
D: 2017-01-29
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Shaw, Marjorie Ann
Marvin Deckard
B: 1934-09-29
D: 2017-01-28
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Deckard, Marvin
Max Robertson
B: 1932-01-31
D: 2017-01-28
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Robertson, Max
Calvin Cain
B: 1955-09-21
D: 2017-01-27
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Cain, Calvin
Thomas Tracy Eakins
B: 1965-10-04
D: 2017-01-25
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Eakins, Thomas Tracy
Marilyn Fulford
B: 1945-04-30
D: 2017-01-24
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Fulford, Marilyn
Peggy Zonkle
B: 1947-02-22
D: 2017-01-22
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Zonkle, Peggy
Gerald "Jerry" Fleming
B: 1944-07-22
D: 2017-01-19
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Fleming, Gerald "Jerry"
Lloyd George Mosier
B: 1926-11-03
D: 2017-01-17
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Mosier, Lloyd George
Wendell L. "Sonny" Koons
B: 1929-07-27
D: 2017-01-17
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Koons, Wendell L. "Sonny"
Mildred "Mid" (Thrasher) Boruff
B: 1922-08-12
D: 2017-01-16
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(Thrasher) Boruff, Mildred "Mid"
Calvin Southern
B: 1943-11-18
D: 2017-01-14
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Southern, Calvin

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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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  • 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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