Obituaries

Irene Adkins
B: 1933-03-07
D: 2020-03-26
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Adkins, Irene
Joan Starr
B: 1944-02-23
D: 2020-03-25
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Starr, Joan
Ernest Willis
B: 1937-12-17
D: 2020-03-22
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Willis, Ernest
Steven Sisson
B: 1961-08-01
D: 2020-03-22
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Sisson, Steven
Shaun Eshelman
B: 1981-05-15
D: 2020-03-16
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Eshelman, Shaun
Paul Kovach
B: 1941-07-27
D: 2020-03-15
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Kovach, Paul
Rita Zehe
B: 1930-03-19
D: 2020-03-14
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Zehe, Rita
Linda Taraba
B: 1946-10-22
D: 2020-03-13
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Taraba, Linda
Mary Grantham
B: 1952-07-25
D: 2020-03-12
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Grantham, Mary
John Wilson
B: 1928-07-29
D: 2020-03-10
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Wilson, John
Thomas Lauer
B: 1957-02-20
D: 2020-03-09
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Lauer, Thomas
Debra Gandolf
B: 1959-01-29
D: 2020-03-08
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Gandolf, Debra
Bradley Kushlan
B: 1954-06-30
D: 2020-03-08
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Kushlan, Bradley
Kathaleen Young
B: 1947-05-27
D: 2020-03-07
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Young, Kathaleen
Nancy McGuire
B: 1946-11-30
D: 2020-03-07
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McGuire, Nancy
Richard Sherwood
B: 1943-10-08
D: 2020-03-06
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Sherwood, Richard
John Forsberg
B: 1933-11-13
D: 2020-03-05
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Forsberg, John
Beverly Sapatka
B: 1934-12-29
D: 2020-03-05
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Sapatka, Beverly
Maureen Antonick
B: 1942-12-15
D: 2020-03-05
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Antonick, Maureen
Lynda Gurewicz
B: 1956-03-16
D: 2020-03-05
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Gurewicz, Lynda
Mitchell Allen
B: 1958-11-13
D: 2020-03-03
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Allen, Mitchell

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Memorial Services

Unlike a traditional funeralmemorial service is a gathering where the body of the deceased is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). While a funeral needs to be held in a relatively timely way due to the expected decomposition of the physical remains, a memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can look very much like a funeral because there are many of the same elements. In both cases, the location could be a church, the funeral home, or a community hall. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy delivered by a close friend or family member. Memorial services with a significant amount of personalization can quickly turn into celebration-of-life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience as funeral professionals has taught us that many of today's families want more meaning than what is provided by the traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. We advise families that by simply displaying personal photographs or staging the event around a preferred pastime, a memorial service can become more deeply personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service format best suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions since they will be the framework for our conversation:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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Knowing how difficult it can be to think clearly after a loved one has died, we don't expect you to have more than a vague idea of what you'd like to do in tribute to their life. Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to co-create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at (440) 942-0700 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.

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