Obituaries

Robert Ellison
B: 1922-11-21
D: 2017-08-13
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Ellison, Robert
Elaine Bresnahan
B: 1958-06-27
D: 2017-08-11
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Bresnahan, Elaine
Ruth Gregoire
B: 1937-07-01
D: 2017-08-09
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Gregoire, Ruth
Violet Stuart
B: 1935-04-28
D: 2017-08-07
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Stuart, Violet
Katherine Pendergast
B: 1930-02-19
D: 2017-08-04
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Pendergast, Katherine
Madelyn Adams
B: 1944-03-23
D: 2017-08-03
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Adams, Madelyn
Jean Nolan
B: 1935-04-25
D: 2017-07-31
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Nolan, Jean
Margaret Koomey
B: 1928-09-21
D: 2017-07-28
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Koomey, Margaret
John McCabe
B: 1951-04-24
D: 2017-07-27
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McCabe, John
Paul Sulminski
B: 1932-01-25
D: 2017-07-25
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Sulminski, Paul
Bill Hart
B: 1947-01-07
D: 2017-07-14
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Hart, Bill
Lorena Ikenberry
B: 1944-07-13
D: 2017-07-13
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Ikenberry, Lorena
Nancy Nordberg
B: 1936-09-29
D: 2017-07-11
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Nordberg, Nancy
Theresa Deiana
B: 1939-09-28
D: 2017-07-09
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Deiana, Theresa
Shirley Fields
B: 1924-12-09
D: 2017-07-08
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Fields, Shirley
Megan Kauppila
D: 2017-07-05
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Kauppila, Megan
Mary Lippe
B: 1930-08-10
D: 2017-07-01
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Lippe, Mary
Anna McAuley
B: 1923-10-04
D: 2017-06-30
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McAuley, Anna
Elizabeth Sante
B: 1932-12-20
D: 2017-06-26
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Sante, Elizabeth
William Ward
B: 1938-05-09
D: 2017-06-23
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Ward, William
Paul Kehler
B: 1931-03-05
D: 2017-06-22
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Kehler, Paul

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (508) 839-4491 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014