Obituaries

Mary Gouin
B: 1930-12-21
D: 2018-04-23
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Gouin, Mary
Martha Plummer
B: 1925-01-15
D: 2018-04-22
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Plummer, Martha
Patricia Fitzell
B: 1933-01-15
D: 2018-04-12
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Fitzell, Patricia
Harold Stancle
B: 1937-06-28
D: 2018-04-08
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Stancle, Harold
John Conner
B: 1935-05-01
D: 2018-04-04
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Conner, John
Maurice Burke
B: 1929-02-17
D: 2018-04-03
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Burke, Maurice
Thomas Ely
B: 1930-12-05
D: 2018-04-02
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Ely, Thomas
Edna Carpenter
B: 1936-11-08
D: 2018-04-01
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Carpenter, Edna
Mary Godfrey
B: 1940-11-07
D: 2018-04-01
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Godfrey, Mary
Luana Gilbert
B: 1950-04-17
D: 2018-03-26
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Gilbert, Luana
Ladislav Hanka
B: 1920-07-31
D: 2018-03-26
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Hanka, Ladislav
Jon Rice
B: 1942-03-25
D: 2018-03-24
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Rice, Jon
Barbara Damvelt
B: 1933-04-11
D: 2018-03-23
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Damvelt, Barbara
Frances Graham
B: 1917-02-01
D: 2018-03-22
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Graham, Frances
David Boyce
B: 1935-04-07
D: 2018-03-21
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Boyce, David
John Guetschow
B: 1951-05-10
D: 2018-03-19
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Guetschow, John
Lloy Haw
B: 1932-10-28
D: 2018-03-18
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Haw, Lloy
Jo Betz
B: 1933-08-28
D: 2018-03-15
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Betz, Jo
Harold Bowman
B: 1932-07-11
D: 2018-03-14
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Bowman, Harold
Jean Weber
B: 1927-03-22
D: 2018-03-06
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Weber, Jean
Douglas Hewitt
B: 1958-07-18
D: 2018-03-06
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Hewitt, Douglas

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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 269-679-5622 to begin.

Online Sources:

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