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Rita Fleischman
B: 1928-02-10
D: 2020-02-20
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Fleischman, Rita
Peter Knippelberg
B: 1946-10-29
D: 2020-02-19
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Knippelberg, Peter
Reverend Canon Scott McNaughton
B: 1957-06-21
D: 2020-02-17
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McNaughton, Reverend Canon Scott
Nadia Olijnyk
B: 1923-08-05
D: 2020-02-16
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Olijnyk, Nadia
Lena Todd
B: 1933-08-27
D: 2020-02-14
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Todd, Lena
Marion O'Connor
B: 1939-03-20
D: 2020-02-14
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O'Connor, Marion
Inge Cimadamore
B: 1932-06-13
D: 2020-02-14
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Cimadamore, Inge
Katherine Peake
B: 1955-07-21
D: 2020-02-13
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Peake, Katherine
Teresa Baldassarre
B: 1925-03-03
D: 2020-02-12
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Baldassarre, Teresa
Sergio Tignanelli
B: 1948-03-22
D: 2020-02-11
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Tignanelli, Sergio
Brodie Nicholls
B: 1996-05-30
D: 2020-02-10
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Nicholls, Brodie
Josephine Densmore
B: 1927-06-05
D: 2020-02-09
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Densmore, Josephine
Patricia Purchase
B: 1931-09-06
D: 2020-02-07
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Purchase, Patricia
Eleanor Vignault
B: 1925-10-05
D: 2020-02-05
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Vignault, Eleanor
Susan Massie
B: 1947-11-09
D: 2020-02-05
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Massie, Susan
Rev. Fr. Timothy Hingston
B: 1962-03-24
D: 2020-02-04
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Hingston, Rev. Fr. Timothy
Shirley Ball
B: 1938-03-14
D: 2020-02-04
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Ball, Shirley
Sigrid Knippelberg
B: 1949-07-31
D: 2020-02-03
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Knippelberg, Sigrid
Meta Stahl
B: 1931-12-05
D: 2020-02-01
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Stahl, Meta
Adelio Mattiacci
B: 1923-06-03
D: 2020-01-30
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Mattiacci, Adelio
David Fabbri
B: 1936-01-15
D: 2020-01-30
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Fabbri, David

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