Obituaries

Robert Malpass
B: 1957-04-14
D: 2017-10-13
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Malpass, Robert
Kenneth Place
B: 1953-02-23
D: 2017-09-30
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Place, Kenneth
Raymond Moore
B: 1927-07-25
D: 2017-09-22
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Moore, Raymond
Victoria Kelly
B: 1948-01-04
D: 2017-09-17
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Kelly, Victoria
Edward La Barr
B: 1949-01-01
D: 2017-09-04
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La Barr, Edward
Beth Conway
B: 1950-12-16
D: 2017-09-03
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Conway, Beth
Garry Slater
B: 1951-07-05
D: 2017-08-25
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Slater, Garry
Joann Oxley
B: 1934-11-15
D: 2017-08-14
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Oxley, Joann
Charles Snyder
B: 1951-11-05
D: 2017-08-13
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Snyder, Charles
DeMarcus Lane
B: 2007-03-23
D: 2017-08-05
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Lane, DeMarcus
Kevin LaCross
B: 1961-06-25
D: 2017-07-12
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LaCross, Kevin
Karyn Welch (Schneider)
B: 1952-08-04
D: 2017-07-02
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Welch (Schneider), Karyn
George Quackenbush
B: 1950-01-30
D: 2017-06-23
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Quackenbush, George
Jeff King
B: 1968-03-29
D: 2017-05-31
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King, Jeff
Stavros Thomaides
B: 1933-10-14
D: 2017-04-30
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Thomaides, Stavros
Melissa Sleeper
B: 1960-04-21
D: 2017-04-29
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Sleeper, Melissa
John O'Brien
B: 1959-01-14
D: 2017-04-22
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O'Brien, John
John Kenney
B: 1940-08-09
D: 2017-04-22
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Kenney, John
Stephen Galusha
B: 1941-05-30
D: 2017-03-29
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Galusha, Stephen
Audrey Meineker
B: 1927-02-22
D: 2017-03-02
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Meineker, Audrey
Thomas Gizara
B: 1944-10-26
D: 2017-02-23
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Gizara, Thomas

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During the Funeral Service

A funeral service can present us with unique challenges. Here's a list of some of the things you may or may not know about funeral services:

  • Funeral homes do their best to provide adequate parking but spaces may be hard to find. Do your best to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Often, guests are asked to remain unseated until the family has taken their seats. Sometimes, ushers are provided to escort you to your seat. If you're unclear about what to do, just watch others or ask the funeral attendant.
  • Depending on the location, the ceremony may be officiated by a pastor, minister, celebrant, or funeral director.
  • The front seats are intended for immediate family members.
  • The funeral program details what will happen during the ceremony. It will outline hymns and readings. You may be asked to stand to sing a hymn or kneel in prayer; only participate to the degree you feel comfortable.
  • If the service is less traditional and more a celebration-of-life, you may be asked to participate. We suggest doing only as much as you feel comfortable doing.

How to Leave the Funeral

The funeral officiant will make it very clear that the funeral service is over. They will invite the immediate family and close friends to leave the building first. Guests are expected to wait for the rows in front of them to empty before stepping into the aisle.

Guests and family may collect outside the location for some quiet conversation. If you choose to follow the hearse and casket to the cemetery or crematory, you'll be given clear directions by members of the funeral home staff. You can also choose to leave at this point.

Make a point of contacting the family in a week or so. Ask them if they would like to talk or whether they need some help with anything. Know that even if they decline your offer, they will appreciate knowing that you care about them.

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If you have specific questions about what to expect during a funeral service, give us a call at 518-273-3500.