Obituaries

Clair Dowd
B: 1977-01-16
D: 2018-04-23
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Dowd, Clair
Carl Markel
B: 1938-07-09
D: 2018-04-19
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Markel, Carl
Allan McLaughlin
B: 1940-06-11
D: 2018-04-18
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McLaughlin, Allan
Irene Lanese
B: 1936-03-03
D: 2018-04-16
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Lanese, Irene
Jerome Deinhart
B: 1929-07-03
D: 2018-04-13
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Deinhart, Jerome
Gizella Bird
B: 1925-08-30
D: 2018-04-13
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Bird, Gizella
Angeline Marotta
B: 1923-12-19
D: 2018-04-13
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Marotta, Angeline
Ann Thompkins
B: 1931-09-10
D: 2018-04-10
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Thompkins, Ann
Alan Stillisano
B: 1950-05-16
D: 2018-04-08
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Stillisano, Alan
Earl Thorne
B: 1928-06-09
D: 2018-04-06
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Thorne, Earl
George Shoda
B: 1937-10-25
D: 2018-04-05
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Shoda, George
Mary Kilroy
B: 1924-03-25
D: 2018-04-04
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Kilroy, Mary
Michael Foster
B: 1940-02-08
D: 2018-03-31
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Foster, Michael
Hickory Durfee
B: 1942-03-13
D: 2018-03-30
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Durfee, Hickory
Dr. William Musser
B: 1968-03-18
D: 2018-03-30
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Musser, Dr. William
Marian Bishop
B: 1920-01-20
D: 2018-03-29
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Bishop, Marian
Rita Kerber
B: 1919-09-13
D: 2018-03-28
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Kerber, Rita
Joy Distefano
B: 1939-01-10
D: 2018-03-27
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Distefano, Joy
Brian Mullin
B: 1937-04-28
D: 2018-03-23
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Mullin, Brian
Ruth Pierce
B: 1934-10-22
D: 2018-03-21
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Pierce, Ruth
Mary Graham
B: 1923-04-18
D: 2018-03-19
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Graham, Mary

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Celebrations-of-Life

Many families today want a service which celebrates the life of their loved one. We introduce them to the concept of a celebration-of-life, and provide support in designing a celebration-of-life that is as unique as the life of their loved one.  In addition to reviewing the points below; if you'd like to learn more about celebrations-of-life, we invite you to read the section celebrate a life

How to Plan a Celebration-of-Life

When making arrangements for a celebration-of-life, it might help to imagine how they might answer the question, "What would you like us to do in celebration of your life?"

  • Use their favorite music as the background to the event. You could also create a mixed CD of these selections to give guests.
  • Pick a location that had meaning to the deceased. A favorite restaurant, beach, or the 18th hole of a golf course.
  • Incorporate a favorite sports team, author, vacation destination, or television show within the celebration. We've heard of celebrations-of-life where everyone was asked to wear Hawaiian shirts or team jerseys.
  • Ask everyone to share one memory of the deceased. It can be a funny moment, an observation, or a lesson learned.
  • Use photos or home videos in a slideshow or tribute video. You can also showcase photos in the room or venue.
  • If you are serving food, feature the foods or beverages they enjoyed in the menu. Eating and sharing special foods can be very comforting.
  • Display special objects of the deceased. Perhaps it's their collection of china tea cups, hand-tied fishing lures, or model trains.

Celebrations-of-life are intended to lift everyone's spirits by focusing on positive memories. And as we wrote in the above introduction, if you'd like to learn more about celebrations-of-life, we invite you to read the section celebrate a life. There you'll discover how our experience in arranging and hosting celebrations-of-life will guide you in the process. Give us a call at (440) 942-0700.

 

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