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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What is a Memorial Service?

Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • 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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Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at 413-443-9151 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.