Obituaries

Elna Castonguay
B: 1946-11-03
D: 2017-09-18
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Castonguay, Elna
Joseph Hall
B: 1945-02-15
D: 2017-09-16
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Hall, Joseph
Linda Melchiori
B: 1969-12-16
D: 2017-09-15
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Melchiori, Linda
Sandra Yankey
B: 1963-12-28
D: 2017-09-15
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Yankey, Sandra
Frances Salvi
B: 1922-11-12
D: 2017-09-11
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Salvi, Frances
Gene Ellsworth
B: 2017-06-12
D: 2017-09-09
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Ellsworth, Gene
James Schafer
B: 1943-12-29
D: 2017-09-09
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Schafer, James
Rita Real-Hagen
B: 1923-02-18
D: 2017-09-08
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Real-Hagen, Rita
Lorraine Newton
B: 1936-06-04
D: 2017-09-07
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Newton, Lorraine
Frank Maffuccio
B: 1927-11-26
D: 2017-09-07
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Maffuccio, Frank
Robert Stanton
B: 1955-11-21
D: 2017-09-06
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Stanton, Robert
Daniel Gillis
B: 1980-11-02
D: 2017-09-01
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Gillis , Daniel
Lois Couture
B: 1935-12-27
D: 2017-09-01
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Couture, Lois
William Athanasulis
B: 1966-05-04
D: 2017-08-30
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Athanasulis, William
Charlotte Melle
B: 1921-07-24
D: 2017-08-30
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Melle, Charlotte
Charlene Engwer
B: 1938-05-12
D: 2017-08-29
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Engwer, Charlene
Isaac Crawford
B: 1924-06-25
D: 2017-08-27
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Crawford, Isaac
Ralph Biagini
B: 1941-07-16
D: 2017-08-26
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Biagini, Ralph
Peter Vacchina
B: 1926-08-08
D: 2017-08-26
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Vacchina, Peter
Geaneve Herzog
B: 1925-10-30
D: 2017-08-25
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Herzog, Geaneve
Norma Chase
B: 1925-07-10
D: 2017-08-25
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Chase, Norma

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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 413-443-9151 to begin.

Online Sources:

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