updated 3/15/2011 6:25:44 AM ET 2011-03-15T10:25:44

The family of seven children killed in a fire that ripped through their south-central Pennsylvania farmhouse is preparing for their joint funeral.

The Clouse siblings ranged in age from 9 months to 11 years. Their funeral is planned for Tuesday at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center in Elliottsburg, about 30 miles northwest of Harrisburg.

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Their burials will follow at the Living Christ Cemetery in Loysville, near the family's home.

The children's father, Ted Clouse, was on a milk delivery run when the fire erupted last week. Their mother, Janelle Clouse, was milking cows in a barn. One sibling, a 3-year-old girl, ran to alert her mother and was unharmed.

The father says neighbors and friends are helping to tear down the gutted farmhouse so a new one can be built.

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