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O-G's FAMILY STORIES...

Here is a collection of Family Stories-- 

Genealogy with not much backstory and Stories from our Family About 

Our Family/from the Internet-- the Theo Zirkwitz & Ruth Ritter-

FraserRempel & Catherine Sanders lines 


Verna Mae McDonald-Sanders My maternal grandmother, 1902-1983                                                       

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