Obituaries

William Cairns
B: 1933-06-12
D: 2017-06-21
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Cairns, William
Warren Wissman
B: 1936-08-29
D: 2017-06-19
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Wissman, Warren
Ross Hirst
B: 1952-02-19
D: 2017-06-17
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Hirst, Ross
Richard Wardeiner
B: 1930-01-29
D: 2017-06-17
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Wardeiner, Richard
Anne Gase
B: 1912-07-20
D: 2017-06-16
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Gase, Anne
Joan King
B: 1929-02-28
D: 2017-06-16
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King, Joan
Roger Loos
B: 1928-10-14
D: 2017-06-15
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Loos, Roger
Edward Boyd
B: 1940-04-26
D: 2017-06-15
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Boyd, Edward
Richard Henson
B: 1930-07-03
D: 2017-06-14
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Henson, Richard
Diane Remner
B: 1941-07-17
D: 2017-06-10
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Remner, Diane
Joanne Lowe
B: 1929-06-20
D: 2017-06-10
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Lowe, Joanne
Eleanor Podboy
B: 1930-09-16
D: 2017-06-08
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Podboy, Eleanor
John Fiorilli
B: 1932-07-19
D: 2017-06-07
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Fiorilli, John
Richard George
B: 1928-07-12
D: 2017-06-06
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George, Richard
Albert Then
D: 2017-06-04
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Then, Albert
Lisa Coyne
B: 1966-10-18
D: 2017-06-03
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Coyne, Lisa
Frank Terdan
B: 1925-12-27
D: 2017-06-03
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Terdan, Frank
Betty Koelliker
B: 1925-08-12
D: 2017-05-31
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Koelliker, Betty
Gloria Rogers
B: 1945-06-29
D: 2017-05-30
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Rogers, Gloria
Richard Rhoa
B: 1950-06-18
D: 2017-05-28
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Rhoa, Richard
Bruno Novak
B: 1933-09-17
D: 2017-05-28
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Novak, Bruno

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Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

We've put together this funeral pre-planning checklist to jumpstart your planning efforts. It's a set of directives you should take to ensure your assets are handled properly and questions to ask yourself about the type of funeral services you most prefer.

Unlike the planning we do in other areas of our lives, funeral pre-planning forces us to contemplate the seemingly impossible: that we are, one day, no longer going to be alive. At that point, we will obviously no longer be able to make decisions, either for ourselves or for those we love. Because the issues involved are so important, these are decisions to be made with both your head and your heart.

Taking Care of Finances and Property

  • Create a contact list of everyone who should be notified in a medical emergency or death including the name of your selected funeral home.
  • Provide the person or persons you designate as your executor with a copy of your will and the contact list.
  • Provide your executor(s) with a list of bank and investment accounts, creditors, mortgage or lien information, insurance policies, retirement plans, safe deposit boxes, real and personal properties of value, and all related telephone numbers.
  • If you are receiving benefits from Social Security or the Veterans' Administration, provide your executor with that information so they can contact them to suspend benefit payments.
  • Select someone you trust to deal with your online accounts: email, online memberships, and social media. Include all relevant information and whether or not they should delete, close, or sustain each of the accounts.

Taking Care of Funeral-Related Details

While tasks in the first section were fact-oriented, this next section is where everything is more heart-oriented. We suggest you do the following:

  • Make note of all the details you want mentioned in your obituary. You could even take this one step further and write your own obituary. (See the page "How to Write an Obituary" for further details.)
  • Consider and clearly state in writing your preferences regarding burial or cremation.
  • If burial is preferred, be sure to provide the details of the cemetery arrangements you've made. If you have not purchased a burial plot, this is the time to do so.
  • If you've opted for burial, what type of casket would you like? Should it be made of wood, metal, or composite materials?
  • If cremation was your stated preference, what do you want done with your cremated remains?
  • What type of service would you like? Would you like a traditional funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life?
  • If you'd like a celebration-of-life, what location would you suggest for this event?
  • What special activities would you prefer at this celebration-of-life?
  • What musical selections or special readings would you prefer?
  • What type and colors of flowers would you prefer?
  • If you do not wish to have floral tributes, would you like to select a charitable organization to receive donations in lieu of flowers?
  • If you're a veteran, would you like to receive full military honors as part of your service? Would you like to be interred in the grounds of a veterans' cemetery?

Taking Care of Your Pets

If you share your life with animal companions, you should think about who you would like to take care of your pets. Consult with the person to see if this is something they are interested in doing for you and then write down your intentions and include all contact information for your designated pet care provider. This should be signed and witnessed, and then provided to your executor along with the other pertinent documents.

Final Tasks in Funeral Pre-Planning

In addition to your will, the contact list, and the list of all your online account login details and related directives should be provided with a copy of your funeral pre-planning documents to your executor.

Finally, if you wish to lock in the current price for funeral goods and services, consider paying for your pre-need funeral plan ahead of time. Speak with your funeral professional to learn how your pre-payment monies will be handled.

Before You Leave

We know the tasks on this funeral pre-planning checklist aren't very exciting but they are necessary. We don't want you to make the mistake of avoiding pre-need planning altogether or delaying it until a time when you think you'll need it. After all, life is full of surprises, both good and bad; the need may arise sooner than you think. 

Also, you should have the satisfaction of knowing you've taken care of everything – both for you and your family. You'll have the peace-of-mind knowing all the details are written down and there can be no mistaking your desires and intentions. If you need help - we're here for you.

Call us today at (440) 942-0700 to discover how we can assist you in preparing a thoughtful, complete funeral pre-need plan. And, if you'd like to pre-pay for your funeral expenses, we can help you with that as well.

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