Obituaries

Donavan Axtell
B: 1930-06-30
D: 2018-04-16
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Axtell, Donavan
Thomas Ratchford
B: 1936-11-25
D: 2018-04-10
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Ratchford, Thomas
Peggy Stevenson
B: 1942-06-24
D: 2018-04-03
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Stevenson, Peggy
Ned Johnson
B: 1957-10-14
D: 2018-03-31
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Johnson, Ned
Martha Neisen
B: 1984-04-12
D: 2018-03-31
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Neisen, Martha
Carol Kelley
B: 1924-05-12
D: 2018-03-30
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Kelley, Carol
Thomas McNamara
B: 1937-09-30
D: 2018-03-20
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McNamara, Thomas
Rita Ridder
B: 1951-12-02
D: 2018-03-15
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Ridder, Rita
Margaret Croal
B: 1935-07-28
D: 2018-03-03
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Croal, Margaret
Deleva Platt
B: 1932-06-16
D: 2018-03-03
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Platt, Deleva
Edwin Skripsky
D: 2018-02-28
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Skripsky, Edwin
Elva Prenosil
B: 1918-07-20
D: 2018-02-27
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Prenosil, Elva
Mildred Potts
B: 1924-08-05
D: 2018-02-21
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Potts, Mildred
Orlie Rawson
B: 1939-10-07
D: 2018-02-18
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Rawson, Orlie
Louis Fischels
B: 1929-11-20
D: 2018-02-17
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Fischels, Louis
Virginia Sleeper
B: 1938-07-28
D: 2018-02-15
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Sleeper, Virginia
Henry Snyder
B: 1938-03-05
D: 2018-02-13
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Snyder, Henry
Barbara Smith
B: 1934-04-27
D: 2018-02-13
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Smith, Barbara
Thomas O'Connell
B: 1953-12-31
D: 2018-01-28
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O'Connell, Thomas
Alice Kelley
B: 1921-03-22
D: 2018-01-24
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Kelley, Alice
Donald Boies
B: 1926-09-11
D: 2018-01-03
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Boies, Donald

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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 (319) 334-2501 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.