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Lillian Kim Alford

June 8, 1997 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 20)
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A candle was lit by aunt carolyn on January 18, 2018 12:59 PM
Message from Boston MA
January 18, 2018 4:02 PM

Bill, Michelle, and Patrick: we are so very sorry. Lillian’s smile and giggle, running around campus and in our backyard is a sweet memory. We are heartbroken for you. Alison Fox and Marc, Molly and Claire Reinganum
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A candle was lit by Susan DeMarco on January 18, 2018 7:33 PM
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A candle was lit by Robin Hepburn on January 18, 2018 9:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Margaret (Shea) and Emil Plunkett and Family on January 18, 2018 9:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Bernie and Mike Van Uiter on January 19, 2018 8:02 AM
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A candle was lit by Jim, Joanne, Michael and Kenny Smart on January 19, 2018 8:32 AM
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A candle was lit by The Smart' on January 19, 2018 8:42 AM
Bill, Michelle and Patrick,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Lillian. It breaks my heart and we want you to know that we will be praying for her and for all of you!
Here is a little poem called "The Lent Child" that has comforted my family when we had similar passing's in our family. I hope it helps:

I’ll lend you for a little while a child of mine, God said,
For you to love her while she lives, and mourn for when she’s dead.

It may be six or seven years, or only twenty;
But will you, till I call her back, take good care of her for me?

I’ll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
You’ll have the lovely memories as a solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return;
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.

I’ve searched the whole world over, for teachers kind and true;
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lane I have chosen you…

Now will you give her all your love? Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me should the angels call, to take this child back again?

To which the parents did reply, Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joys thy child will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness, We’ll love her while we may…
For all the love this child will bring, forever grateful we will stay.

But should the Angels call for her much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
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A Traditional Funeral Basket was ordered on January 19, 2018

Message from Schwab Kettenburg Family
January 19, 2018 10:53 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers during this sorrow filled time ... fond memories of Lilly at PPC in her Christmas Dresses & of course you all in song. Sending love, Emily Kettenburg, Ryan & Rangely Schwab
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A Grandma's Garden Table Basket was ordered on January 19, 2018

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A candle was lit by Etta Bray on January 19, 2018 12:34 PM
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A candle was lit by Mary Monaghan on January 19, 2018 12:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Nancy Ronquist on January 19, 2018 12:57 PM
Message from Nancy Ronquist
January 19, 2018 12:59 PM

Michele, Bill and Patrick -- My heart is broken with yours, my dear dear friends. Please lean on everyone around you, as you have given so much of your support to others over your lives. I am so, so sorry.
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A candle was lit by The Nagy Family on January 19, 2018 1:00 PM
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A candle was lit by The Mickens family on January 19, 2018 1:18 PM
Message from Meaghan Tonkin
January 19, 2018 1:19 PM

Oh, sweet girl. This is the most heartbreaking news. I cannot know what happened in your last hours on earth, but I do know your time here was far too short. Rest in peace, my friend. Your beautiful soul lives on in the memories that all of us have of your bright smile and infectious enthusiasm.
Message from Aryn Gabai
January 19, 2018 1:29 PM

What a tragic loss. Our condolences to you all, and know we are carrying a special prayer to remember Lilian's blessings. With love and sorrow, the Gabais
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A candle was lit by Scranton PA on January 19, 2018 1:35 PM
Lillian will be missed by so many! Her smile and laughter and goofiness will never be forgotten here at Marywood! May she Rest In Peace, fly high Lillian!
Message from Cecilia Frankel
January 19, 2018 1:38 PM

Dearest Michele,
My heart is broken for you I’m so sorry for this devastation Lillian’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. xoxoxo Cecilia Frankel
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A candle was lit by Laquidara-Kolvek Family on January 19, 2018 2:35 PM
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A Tropical Dish Garden with Fresh Flowers was ordered on January 19, 2018

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A candle was lit by Shannon McGarry on January 19, 2018 4:45 PM
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A Garden Path Vase was sent on January 19, 2018

May you be comforted by the memories of her bright smile and the joy she brought to the people around her. Our deepest condolences. Fondly, Julia Wakin and her family.

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A Pedestal Arrangement was ordered on January 19, 2018

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A candle was lit by Jayne Sponenberg Mangino on January 19, 2018 6:22 PM
Message from Vena Murphy
January 19, 2018 7:05 PM

Bill, Michelle, and Patrick
I can not begin to understand the depth of your heartache at the lose of Lillian. However, I can remember the depth of your love for her. She was a blessing that filled your hearts and lives with joy. I pray you will be comforted by her love and joy and sustained by God's grace and your faith. Prayers, love, and blessings of Peace, Vena
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A candle was lit by Brynne Zachow on January 19, 2018 7:24 PM
Message from Katlynn Whitaker
January 19, 2018 7:41 PM

I was Lillian's resident assistant at Marywood during the last semester of her freshman year. I was really nervous to become an RA, but Lillian was one of the first of my residents I met and her kindness really eased my nerves. I enjoyed getting to know her through our programs and hall activities. When I heard of her passing my heart sank and I cannot imagine what you all are going through. I wanted to express my condolences and let you know that I am praying for you all. Lillian will truly be missed by myself and everyone at Marywood who had the pleasure of meeting her.
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A candle was lit by Chandra and Bob Long on January 19, 2018 7:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Nancy Repsher and Amanda Mollis on January 19, 2018 8:36 PM
Message from Joel & Getrude Luchun
January 19, 2018 9:21 PM

Oue hearts are full of sorrow for your loss. Lillian and our granddaughter, Annamarie, were dorm mates and formed a friendship that was so special. We had the pleasure of enjoying Lillian's smile and sparkle over dinner with Annamarie. As parents, we know your pain and feel your never ending loss. We can only trust in God and hope he heals your pain. We will keep you, your familly, and Lillian in our prayers. May God bless you all.
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A candle was lit by Ellen Tseng on January 19, 2018 9:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Michelle Hamilton, Jeff Hoagland and family on January 19, 2018 9:28 PM
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An A Garden Path was sent on January 19, 2018

We were distraught to learn of your loss. Lillian was such a wonderful person. Words are of no help in expressing the sorrow we feel at this moment. With our most sincere condolences, Corrina and Petra

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A candle was lit by The Torrens Family on January 20, 2018 3:20 AM
Message from Gwen & Raul Torrens
January 20, 2018 3:28 AM

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter, Lily. Gone way too soon but she will be forever remembered in our hearts. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Sung Woo Huh'06 & Yeji Kim Huh on January 20, 2018 6:41 AM
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A candle was lit by Johns family on January 20, 2018 8:30 AM
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A Garden Path Vase was ordered on January 20, 2018

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An Azalea Plant was sent on January 20, 2018

Dearest Michele, Bill and Patrick- Be assured of our love and prayers during this very difficult time. We will always remember Lillian's beautiful and joyful spirit. Hugs, Hugs, Hugs sweet cousins! Love- Margaret, Emil and Family

Message from David and Nishat Lehmkuhl
January 20, 2018 10:27 AM

No words. No words. Losing a child has to be the hardest thing. Bill and Michele, we are heartbroken by this tragic news. We send you our love.
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A candle was lit by Artemis Basile on January 20, 2018 1:18 PM
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A candle was lit by The Coppins Family on January 20, 2018 1:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Eileen & Louis Capozzi on January 20, 2018 1:26 PM
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A candle was lit by with love, Lisa Houston, Jason Harding, Will and Lucy on January 20, 2018 1:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Lori DiGaetano on January 20, 2018 2:25 PM
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A Rays of Summer Sunshine was sent on January 20, 2018

Rest in peace Lily You were a great friend to me and Im gonna miss you so much. You had the most contagious smile and laugh. You were just like a sunflower, growing above heights no one else could reach. I will love you always and cherish your memory forever.

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A candle was lit by The Silva's - Catherine, Joe, Jacqueline, Chris & Julianna on January 20, 2018 3:37 PM
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A Garden Path Vase was sent by Anna Marie Betkavsky on January 20, 2018

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A candle was lit by Melanie and Andy Parsons on January 20, 2018 6:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Nora Burrows on January 20, 2018 6:35 PM
I was lucky to meet Lillian while we were both volunteering for the Special Olympics our Junior Year in High School. I wanted to share with her loved ones something my Nana recently said to me, that those taken too soon from this world were too pure for it. God needed them with Him as company and guardians for those who sins keep them earthly. Only our own human greed keeps us wanting Lillian on earth and not in heaven with God. I promise you she is in good company. And you are being watched and protected by the most generous of Angels. My sincere condolences. May the light of God and protection of Lillian keep you going.
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A candle was lit by Roberta & George Maurer on January 20, 2018 7:14 PM
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A candle was lit by Grace Clarke on January 20, 2018 8:32 PM
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A candle was lit by The Turi Family. With deep condolences on January 20, 2018 8:55 PM
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A candle was lit by Kimberly Evans on January 20, 2018 9:12 PM
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A candle was lit by The Lee Family - David, Patricia, Grace and Justin on January 20, 2018 9:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Carrie Bonfield '15 on January 20, 2018 10:28 PM
Message from Carrie Bonfield
January 20, 2018 10:32 PM

Lily and I were in the same grade and swam on the Pennington swim team together before she went to Hopewell. She was such a ray of sunshine and optimism anytime I saw her on campus. Her beautiful soul will be missed.
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A candle was lit by SungJun Park on January 21, 2018 7:54 AM
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A candle was lit by Bridget McLoughlin and family. on January 21, 2018 9:09 AM
Message from Maria Weaver
January 21, 2018 12:45 PM

Dear Bill, Michelle, and Patrick:
I am so sorry for the deep loss you and your entire family are going through. Please know that Kent and I are just heartbroken and wish you all our love. Peace be with you and I know your love will help you find some peace.
We love you,
Love,
Maria
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A candle was lit by Maria and Kent on January 21, 2018 12:45 PM
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A candle was lit by The Close Family on January 21, 2018 12:55 PM
Message from The Close Family
January 21, 2018 12:59 PM

Dear Bill, Michelle and Patrick,
We are so sorry for your loss. Lillian was such a wonderful girl with such a warm and beautiful smile. I will surely miss the conversations that we had and her kindness. You are all in our prayers during this time of sadness.

Tiernan Close
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A candle was lit by Karen and Mark Pino on January 21, 2018 1:42 PM
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A Monet's Garden Table Basket was sent on January 21, 2018

Lillian, We have grown along side you, we have made music with you, and we have laughed with you. Thank you for being a friend and a light for so many people. Your kind acts and loving nature will continue to spread positivity in this world for a long time to come. -Georgia and Sophia Lemaire

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A candle was lit by Mary Litherland on January 21, 2018 3:48 PM
Message from Maralind Krejci (Matt's Grandmom)
January 21, 2018 4:18 PM

Dearest Lillian....I was only beginning to know you through my Grandson Matt and on Facebook. I knew after a few posts back and forth that you were a sweet and loving girl and I was pleased that you were in Matt's life. A grandmother always hopes that their Grandson will find a special person to be with and I could tell that you were that person. I am so sorry that I wasn't able to meet you in person. I am sorry for you and Matt that God for some reason needed you to come home to Him. Please watch over Matt and give him reassurance that you are at peace and that you will always be with him in spirit. You were his world and he loved you dearly. May we all meet one day in Heaven. Love...Gmom Krejci
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A Dignity in White Pedestal Arrangement was sent on January 21, 2018

Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. With Love, Gloria Lang & Family

Message from Irene Allesee
January 21, 2018 6:58 PM

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I remember Michele going through the adoption process and sharing the joy of her daughter with us at CNJAOSA workshops.
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A candle was lit by Clay, Robin and Adrienne Ervin on January 21, 2018 8:27 PM
Message from Carol Fleming Sonntag
January 21, 2018 8:48 PM

My deepest sympathies to the Alfred Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May her memory be eternal.
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A candle was lit by Curtis, Diane, Alex, and Cameron Scott on January 21, 2018 10:56 PM
Message from The Scott Family
January 21, 2018 11:09 PM

Dearest Michele and Bill, We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this profoundly sad time. We wish you strength and love.
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A candle was lit by Ms Heather, Ms Bonnie and Ms Jacque on January 22, 2018 11:44 AM
Message from Heather Campbell
January 22, 2018 11:49 AM

I was so heartbroken to hear the news of Lillian's passing. She was a student in my preschool class over fifteen years ago but one could never forget that sweet smile of hers. She was also a helper to my neighbor in the Special Olympics and I sent her a hello message through Facebook. It's always nice when a preschooler remembers you.. She will be missed by so many and I hope the beautiful memories will bring you comfort. Thinking of her family and friends.
Message from Robert Scarpa
January 22, 2018 2:30 PM

I had the pleasure of hosting Lillian and her classmates two years ago when Marywood visited Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity over their spring break. She was very memorable. Always with her camera and a smile. My heart is heavy, even broke by the news. But, as a Christian, I am 100% CONFIDENT that Lillian was greeted at the gates of heaven with open arms and a "Welcome My Child".

May comfort come.
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A candle was lit by Robert Scarpa on January 22, 2018 2:30 PM
Message from Ann Marie Anthony, Dunedin, FL
January 22, 2018 5:19 PM

Hi Michelle
I was on FB for the first time in a few days and saw this. I am shocked and saddened for you. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I know what a wonderful teacher you are and I am sure you were a wonderful mother to your daughter. I hope many wonderful memories of her growing up years will sustain you at this very difficult time. My prayers and good thoughts are with you. I can’t even imagine your grief.
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A candle was lit by LouAnne Griffiths on January 22, 2018 7:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Jill and Tom on January 22, 2018 10:51 PM
Dear Michele, Bill and Patrick, I wish I had the right words to ease just a tiny bit of your pain. Tom and I are deeply sorry for the loss of beautiful Lillian. Please know that we are here for you to listen and offer gentle support. We keep you in our prayers. Love, Jill and Tom
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A candle was lit by The Gardineer Family on January 23, 2018 8:20 PM
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A candle was lit by The Orzechowski family on January 24, 2018 9:14 AM
Message from David Glenn and MSTFP family
January 25, 2018 8:16 PM

Patrick and family - the Montezuma School to Farm Project family extends our thoughts and sympathy to you all.
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A candle was lit by Christa H. McGuire on January 25, 2018 10:11 PM
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A candle was lit by The Criscuolo and Switzer Family on January 26, 2018 1:09 PM
We were saddened to here this sad news of the passing of Lillian. We are all so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers for her and your family.
The Switzer and Criscuolo Families
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A candle was lit by The Long Family on January 26, 2018 2:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Ann Marie Anthony on January 26, 2018 4:05 PM
Message from Linda Hoski
January 29, 2018 7:41 PM

Dear Mr. And Mrs. Sheenan And Family, Our HeartFelt Sympathy,Thoughts And Prayers Are With All Of You In Your Time Of Sorrow.
Fondly,The Hoski Children
Message from Dawn W
January 30, 2018 9:35 AM

Bill and Michele, I do not know you personally but I am a parent and would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of your daughter. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but when it is someone so young, it is heartbreaking!! But may your family, friends and most of all, Almighty God be with and strengthen you in the days and months ahead.(Isaiah 41:10, 13, Psalms 83:18) Please try to obtain the brochure “When Someone you Love Dies”(jw.org). It was very comforting to me during my time of lost. Again, my condolences.
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A candle was lit by Rosanne Caro PhilbinLillia on January 31, 2018 9:19 PM
Michelle and Bill,
I am so sorry for your loss - I found out after Lillian had services over. My heart hurts for both of you - I pray for you - she is in heaven
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A candle was lit by Brigid Tevis, EMT on February 3, 2018 10:14 AM
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A candle was lit by The Martinez Family on February 27, 2018 12:36 PM
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A candle was lit by Colin on February 28, 2018 10:55 PM
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