Jeffrey R. Fisher, PharmD '09 (January 18, 2017)
MCPHS University mourns the loss of Dr. Jeffrey R. Fisher, class of 2009. Sidney, ME-- Dr. Jeffrey R. Fisher, 31, died on January 18, 2017, as the result of a snowmobile accident. He was born in Mount Kisco, New York on June 12, 1985, the son of William and Virginia (Sposato) Fisher. Jeffrey graduated from Brewster High School in New York and went on to earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. He was manager of CVS Pharmacy in Stamford, CT before moving to Maine. He was employed by Redington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, ME, Target in Augusta, ME and was working at Maine General ACH in Augusta, ME at the time of his death. Jeffrey was a former member of the Sidney Fire Department and a member of the N.R.A. Jeffrey loved the outdoors, especially fishing. He was so happy to be living in Maine. Surviving are his parents of Brewster, NY; his fiancée, Kirstie Ingmundson of Sidney, ME; and a brother, Tom Gusmano of Old Saybrook, CT. An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared on this page
Karen A. (Galotti) George, BSN '86 (January 16, 2017)
Karen A. (Galotti) George, lifelong resident of Braintree, passed away, January 16, 2017, at the age of 79. Wife of the late William "Bill" George, she was the loving mother of David M. George of Hanson, Michael A. George of Braintree, Denise Hughes of Rockland and Kirsten Noun of Abington; devoted sister of Nicholas Galotti of Braintree, the late Frank Galotti Jr.and William Galotti. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Karen was a graduate of Braintree High School, N.E. Deaconess School of Nursing and Mass College of Pharmacy. She had a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for 30 years at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Reposing at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington Street, Braintree. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 p.m. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Karens name to Cystic Fibrosis Fund (Mass Chapter), 220 North Main Street, Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760. For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, please visit this page
Shirley Lederman, BSP '48 (January 14, 2017)
LEDERMAN, Shirley G. (Albert) Of Brockton, MA, passed away on January 14, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Morris Lederman. Devoted mother of Diane Ilene Lederman and her partner Donna Cohn, Nancy Beth Finkelstein and her husband Art, and Lee Alberta Yonika and her husband Richard. Proud grandmother of Samantha Fay Yonika, Joshua Isaac Yonika, and Jonathan Whitley Lederman. Loving sister of the late Eleanor Perlmutter. Shirley is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Shirley was a graduate of MA College of Pharmacy 1948. A lifelong member of Brandeis and Hadassah. She and her husband Morris owned Lederman's Pharmacy from 1966-1995. The welfare of the Brockton community was truly important to them. Shirley enjoyed swimming, traveling, music, dancing and reading. She was a pioneer woman in many ways. She led a career life when many did not, and spoke her mind when many did not. Services at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington St., CANTON, MA, on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 11 am. Interment at Temple Israel of Brockton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice . Stanetsky Chapels Canton (781) 821-4600. Please visit this page
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Paul A. Tura, BSP '74 (January 9, 2017)
Paul A. Tura of Kingston passed away unexpectedly at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Boston, on January 9th, 2017 at the age of 74. He was the devoted husband of 46 years to Jean (Guidoboni) Tura of Kingston and loving father to sons Christopher and Michael Tura and their wives Jill (Garrison) and Hillary (Dana) Tura all of Nahant, son of the late Leon and Lucy Tura and brother to Thomas Tura. Paul graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1960. He received his associate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1962 from Wentworth Institute of Technology. After graduating he went on to a supervisory position at Hazeltine Corporation in Braintree until 1971. Paul furthered his education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and received his bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1974 when he joined his father at Tura’s Pharmacy. In 2015 he retired as a co-owner of the pharmacy which served the public continuously for over a century in Kingston Center. Please visit this page
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Robert A. Palmeri, BSP '57 (December 14, 2017)
Robert A. Palmeri, 81, a longtime resident of Haverhill, died Dec. 14, at Hannah Duston Health Center following an extended illness. Born in Wareham and raised and educated in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Doris (Borghi) Palmeri. A graduate of Holy Family High School in 1953, Palmeri went on to receive his bachelor’s from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston. He served in the U.S. Army as a pharmacy specialist 4 during the Vietnam War from 1958 until his honorable discharge 1964. Palmeri owned and operated Provost Pharmacy in Lafayette Square for more than 20 years and also worked as a pharmacist at Freedom Drug, Osco, Rite-Aid and Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital. Palmeri was an active member of All Saints Parish and the former St Joseph Parish, serving as a collector and was also a member and treasurer of the Haverhill Pharmaceutical Association. He enjoyed Square Dancing and Round Dancing as a member of Holly’s Barn and the NECCO Squares. He also enjoyed many years of traveling across the United States, Mexico and Canada in His R.V., as well as spending time and creating wonderful memories at the family cottage on Lake Attitash. An avid woodworker, he crafted many detailed holiday decorations and took great pride in his Christmas tree decorating every year. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Marie E. (Denoncourt) Palmeri; son Gerard A. Palmeri of Watertown; daughter and son-in-law, Anne-Marie and Philip Fontaine of Merrimac; three grandsons, David A. Fontaine of Manchester, and Joshua A. Fontaine and Robert A. Fontaine, of Merrimac; as well as many cousins and friends. Please visit this page
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Esther M. Wilkins, DHY '39 (December 12, 2016)
Esther M. Wilkins Gallagher, RDH, DMD, 100, formerly of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Laurel Place of Fairview Healthcare in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Gallagher, Jr., DMD. Esther was also the sister of the late Ruth Wilkins Colby. Dr. Wilkins is survived by a niece Elisabeth C. Tyrol of Pelham, NH; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, December 9, 1916, the daughter of the late Ernest and the late Edith (Packard) Wilkins, she attended Tyngsboro schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1934. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Simmons College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938. She then continued on to graduate from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in 1939 and then earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1949. In 1966 she earned a certificate in periodontology from Tufts as well. She was a Dental Educator and Professor Emeritus at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wilkins was known to have dedicated her life to her work. She traveled extensively and internationally mentoring and lecturing. She wrote and had published “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist” which was printed in 12 editions. It is known as the bible and roadmap to Dental Hygienists all over the world and was translated into six different languages. Please visit this page
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C. Fred Glidden, BSP '59 (November 23, 2016)
HOLYOKE - Charles Frederick Glidden, 84, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening at Mary's Meadow surrounded by his loving family. "Fred" Glidden was born in Holyoke, MA, and was a lifelong resident in the city he loved. He was son of the late William and Catherine (McConville) Glidden. He graduated from Saint Jerome's High School, served 4 years overseas in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and worked as a Registered Pharmacist for 57 years, retiring as the Director of Pharmacy of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. He was an avid sports fan of all the Boston franchises and enjoyed coaching and watching his children and grandchildren's games. Please visit this link
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Ronald M. Goldberg, BSP '67 (September 18, 2016)
MILFORD – Ronald M. Goldberg, 78, died on Sunday, September 18th, at the Milford Regional Medical Center after a short illness. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Rita (Sulkes) Goldberg; a son, Richard Goldberg, and his wife, Ann of Shrewsbury; a daughter, Stephanie Goldberg and her husband, Peter Padavano of Shrewsbury; a sister-in-law, Jude Sulkes of Wayland; and three grandchildren, Sarah and Kathryn Giusti and Ari Peter Padavano. He graduated Moses Brown Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Please visit this link
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Douglas H. Kay, 'BSP '53 (June 19, 2016)
BIDDEFORD - Dr. Douglas H. Kay passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Sunday June 19, 2016. He was born in West Paris Maine, the son of the late Edwin Kay M.D. and Ethel Jones. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy B Kay of 67 years. Together they had two children, Douglas J Kay (spouse Lucie) and Donna L Sexauer (spouse Dave); three grandchildren, James Kay of Manchester N.H., Deanna Kay of Lake Tahoe Calif., and David Sexauer Pittsburg, Pa. Doug earned his PhD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and continued teaching Organic Chemistry and later becoming the Dean of Students. He was there for over 30 years. Please visit this link
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Richard "Dick" Bresnahan, BSP '50 (August 1, 2017)
Richard "Dick" Bresnahan, age 89, of Duxbury, formerly of Scituate, passed away peacefully on August 1, at his home after a short illness. Dick was born on January 1, 1927 to Jeremiah and Marie Bresnahan in Scituate on the kitchen table as he used to like to tell people. Dick grew up in Scituate and graduated from Scituate High School. After a brief stint in the Army Air Corps, Dick graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Dick worked his entire career as a pharmacist until his retirement in 1989. Dick met his future wife Dorothy at his fathers pharmacy in North Scituate while she was visiting friends. Please read Richard Bresnahan's full obituary here.
Richard Francis Roscoe, BSP '52 (September 21, 2016)
FRANKLIN – Richard Francis Roscoe Sr., age 86, a former longtime Sherborn resident, died surrounded by family on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016, at his Franklin home after a long illness. Son of the late Zita Patricia (Monaghan) Roscoe, he was the loving husband of 43 years of Lucille (Perito) Roscoe, daughter of Sylvia (Ciavarra) Perito of Franklin, until her death in 2001. Mr. Roscoe was born, raised, and educated in Brockton and continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1952. He entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War and served as an Airman 1st Class at the 1100th USAF Hospital, Bolling AFB. Mr. Roscoe started his professional career as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Parke-Davis covering the Boston teaching Hospitals. After several promotions, he was made product manager for a quarter of the company’s product line, which included drugs like Benadryl. In the mid-1970s he went on to manage the marketing division of Portex Inc., which at the time was the world leader in the sale of airway management products. Promoted to Vice President of the company, Mr. Roscoe later served as President/CFO until his retirement in 1989. Please see the rest of Richard Francis Roscoe's obituary here
Gene F. Bruyette, BSP '51 (December 8, 2016)
Gene F. Bruyette, of Bloomfield, CT and Stuart, FL - patriarch, entrepreneur, and philanthropist - died on December 8th surrounded by his loving family. It was two days after his 90th birthday. He leaves his beloved wife of 62 years, Kathleen Barry Bruyette, his daughter Michelle Melander and husband Thomas of Concord, MA, daughter Barry O'Laughlin and partner Brian Davis of Weston, MA, grandson Michael Melander and wife Kellie and great-grandchildren Jack and Nora, grandson Matthew Melander and wife Beth, grandchildren Katie, Will, Jayme, and Michaela O'Laughlin, sister Janet Fitzgerald, sister-in-law Veronica O'Brien, 14 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews. After serving in the Pacific in the US Navy during World War II, Gene graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Please visit this page
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Florence S. Purpura, DHY '43 (July 1, 2017)
ORLEANS – Florence S. Purpura, age 92, passed away peacefully on July 1 at McCarthy Care Center after a short illness. She was born in So. Weymouth, MA to Marcus and Leona Tirrell and was one of the first babies to be born at South Shore Hospital. Florence was a Mayflower descendent of John and Priscilla Alden. She received an Associate's Degree from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and worked until starting a family. In 1947 she married the love of her life, Frank, and they shared many adventures together. Please visit this link to read Florence S. Purpura's full obituary
Alexander Richard Ferzoco, “Richy”, BSP '51 (September 28, 2016)
Alexander Richard Ferzoco, “Richy”, age 87. Lifelong resident of Readville, peacefully passed away on September 28, 2016. Born on December 14, 1928 to the late Alessandro and Agata (Tiberi) Ferzoco. He attended St. Anne School, was a graduate of Hyde Park School, then attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Served 4 years of active duty in the United States Coast Guard in the early 1950′s. In 1954, Richy became the sole proprietor of the Hyde Park Pharmacy. “In Business for your Health” was his motto and he brought the pharmaceutical industry to a whole new level. He dedicated his life to serving the people of the community. He turned the “corner drugstore” into a local landmark. It was his passion to share a cup of coffee, a story, fill your prescription, and without even knowing , making your day better. Richy operated the pharmacy for 58 years before his retirement in 2012. Visit this link
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Donna N. Laughlin, BSP '78 (August 12, 2017)
Donna N. Laughlin, 61, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. She was surrounded by the love of her family. Donna was born in Manchester on May 24, 1955, daughter of the late Michael and Jennie Ziomek. She graduated from Central High School Class of 1973 and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Class of 1978. She worked for eighteen years at Garrands Pharmacy until it closed in 1996. She then continued working in the pharmacy at Rite-Aide. Donna had a passion for many things, but first and foremost, her family. View Donna N. Laughlin's obituary here
Sidney D. Caplan, BSP '42 (September 20, 2016)
Sidney D. Caplan, Age 96, died peacefully at St. Patricks Manor surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Born in Stoughton, MA he was the husband of Natalie (Fluke) Caplan for 70 years. A resident of Framingham MA since 1955, Mr. Caplan was the owner for 28 years of the Pinefield Pharmacy in Saxonville. He was a graduate of Boston Latin School and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He also served as a medic in World War II attached to the 45th Infantry of the 2nd Chemical Battalion. He took part in three amphibious invasions and seven battles in North Africa, France and Italy receiving three Silver Stars and numerous other medals. His Division helped liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp. Please click here to read Mr. Caplan's full obituary
Warren Lawrence Austin, BSP '49 (February 19, 2017)
Warren Lawrence Austin, 92, of Orleans, VT, passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family on February 19, 2017. He was born on March 3, 1924 in Orleans to Carolyn (Perry) and Arthur Orlo Austin, the youngest of six children. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1942, served his country in Europe during WWII, earned his degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and joined his father Arthur and brother Perry at the family's drugstore in Orleans. Warren's wedding in 1948 to Lois Iona Drew was the beginning of a 66 year long marriage that produced three children: Richard, Lawrence and Ann. He served Orleans and the surrounding communities as a pharmacist at Austin's Drug Store, which opened in 1905, along side his father, his brother Perry and eventually his daughter Ann, until his retirement in 2004. Active in professional organizations, he served as president of the Vermont Board of Pharmacy and received many awards during his long career. Please visit this page
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Kevin M. Gill, BSP '77 (January 30, 2017)
Kevin M. Gill, 62, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in New Hampshire. He was born in Marlborough and had lived most of his life in Hudson and Baldwinville before moving to Manchester, N.H. His wife, April L. (Pelot) Gill, passed away in 2011. He leaves two children, Joel M. Gill and his wife Michele of Center Ossipee, N.H. and Aubrey M. Himmler and her husband Josh of Wells, Maine; his parents, John H. and Therese C. (Richer) Gill of Manchester, N.H. (longtime Hudson residents); four grandchildren, Bryn and Molly Gill and Connor and Jackson Himmler; his sister, Dianne M. Buczynski and her husband Michael of Manchester, N.H.; his niece, Patrice (Buczynski) Bosworth of Lake Orion, Mich.; his nephew, Michael Buczynski Jr. of Hudson, N.H.; his former wife, Sheila (Dearborn) Gill of Wells, Maine; five grand-nephews; a grand-niece; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant baby sister, Patrice, in 1963. Kevin was a 1977 graduate of the Mass College of Pharmacy and served as a pharmacist for many years in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He was the owner of Lucia Pharmacy on Main Street in Hudson for several years. He was a certified counselor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Kevin also taught Math and Science in the Winchendon public schools for 10 years. He was an avid New York Giants fan.
Robert (Bob) Lane, BSP '58
Bob Lane passed away on April 24th at Hoag Memorial Hospital from a pulmonary embolism following a bout of pneumonia. He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and moved to California to attend USC Graduate School in Pharmacy. For most of his career Bob was part owner of Medical Towers Pharmacy in Huntington Beach and continued to work part time with the subsequent owners there until he completely retired around his 80th birthday. Please visit this site
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Gary W. Humphrey, BSP '1969 (January 19, 2017)
HUMPHREY, Gary W. of Saint Petersburg, passed away January 19, 2017. He is survived by his spouse and partner of over 40 years, Michael Condon; his mother, Doris Humphrey; and two sisters, Deborah Burns and Linda Ladner. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip and his sister, Jane Ware. Gary was a remarkable and caring man with a sharp sense of humor. He will be forever loved and missed. He attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston. He was an information technology pharmacist at All Children's Hospital. He was a founding member of St. Aelreds Fellowship at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, a was a program facilitator for AIDS L.I.G.H.T. Retreats, active in The American Guild of Organists, and the TOGA Quilting Association. Funeral and interment services will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, starting at 11am, at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Hospice ASAP Program, or The SPCA Tampa Bay. Online condolences may be given on this page
Winifred G. McClallen, BSP '43 (January 25, 2017)
Winifred G. McClallen, 96, of Rutland, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Rutland. She was born in New Bedford, MA, Nov. 2, 1920, the daughter of Louis and Alma (Foisy) Guba. Winifred was a graduate of New Bedford High School and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. At college, she met Charles E. McClallen, of Rutland, and they were married on Aug. 30, 1942.
After graduating, they settled in Rutland. In 1959, they moved to Wallingford and opened McClallen's Pharmacy which Winifred ran until 1971 when they moved back to Rutland. She worked as a pharmacist at many local pharmacies, including Park Pharmacy and Wilcox Pharmacy. After retiring, she spent many years volunteering at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Please visit this page
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Maureen K. Forcier, 'DHY '1959 (February 6, 2017)
Maureen K. Forcier, 76, of Fairfax, VA passed away on February 6, 2016 of Alzheimer's disease. Maureen was born the daughter of Harold E. and Claire Daniels Kenyon on December 26, 1939. She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved brother, Charles E. Kenyon. Maureen is survived by her two daughters, Renee F. Herndon (David) and Jill F. Robinson (T. Wesley) six grandchildren, three nephews, her longtime companion, Clifford Warfield, his three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom Maureen loved as her own. Maureen was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She graduated with honors from Woonsocket High School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and earned a trip to New York City. Maureen attended Tufts University and earned a degree in Dental Hygiene. When asked why she chose the field of dentistry, Maureen answered that she "loves people and she enjoys helping them." Maureen worked as a Dental Hygienist and then as a Periodontal Specialist. She served as President of the Northern Virginia Dental Hygiene Association and president of the Virginia DHA. Maureen's family is convinced that she possessed a supernatural power to understand what her patients were saying while she was cleaning their teeth. She would then remember details of her patients' lives and inquire after their families and activities during future visits. Building relationships with her patients and co-workers was important to Maureen. Please visit this page to read Maureen Forcier's complete obituary.
Paul A. Joseph, BSP '49 (March 4, 2017)
Paul A. Joseph, 89, of the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 4, 2017. He passed into Eternal Life at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. He was born in Springfield on November 19, 1927, a beloved son of the late, Albert Joseph and Katherine J. (Lewis) Joseph. He was raised in Springfield, graduated from local schools and lived in the city for many years before moving to Feeding Hills in 1969. He furthered his education and in 1949, received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. Please visit this page
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Robert A. "Bobby" Joyal. BSP '55 (February 8, 2017)
Robert "Bobby" A. Joyal, 85, of North Smithfield, died February 8, 2017 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Jane (Perry) Joyal whom he married September 5, 1955. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Arthur and Adelaine (Archambault) Joyal. Mr. Joyal was a 1949 graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy and received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Bob worked as a Registered Pharmacist for the former Blackstone Pharmacy, the former Burrillville Prescription Center and Suburban Pharmacy, Warwick, retiring in 2003. He was a past Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus Freehill Council, a member of the Board of Directors for North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue and enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his beloved dog, Daisy. Besides his wife Jane, he is survived by three daughters, Barbara Joyal of Warwick, Christine Mathieu and her husband Keith of Woonsocket and Carol Joyal-Arcand of North Smithfield; a sister, Theresa Hill of North Smithfield; three grandchildren, Michelle LaFlamme, Dr. Keith Mathieu and Caitlin Arcand-Cortez, as well as, two great granddaughters, Abby LaFlamme and Ava Cortez. Please visit this page
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