Obituaries

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
Andrew Rigney
B: 1967-12-01
D: 2017-02-12
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Rigney, Andrew
Thomas Collins
B: 1957-11-23
D: 2017-02-03
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Collins, Thomas
Ralph King
B: 1945-05-09
D: 2017-01-07
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King, Ralph
Wayne DiDonna
B: 1950-12-02
D: 2017-01-04
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DiDonna, Wayne
Joseph Feldmann
B: 1958-02-22
D: 2016-12-04
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Feldmann, Joseph
Anthony Debenedetto
B: 1955-04-29
D: 2016-11-30
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Debenedetto, Anthony
Francis Danforth
B: 1948-03-24
D: 2016-11-25
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Danforth, Francis
Francis Danforth
B: 1948-03-24
D: 2016-11-25
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Danforth, Francis
Margaret Grigg
B: 1925-06-19
D: 2016-11-10
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Grigg, Margaret

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How to Plan a Memorial Service

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, also known as a memorial service, and provide support in designing a celebration-of-life that is as unique as the life of their loved one. 

Steps to Planning a Memorial Service

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.
  • 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 518-273-3500.