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Daniel McDonald
D: 2017-04-22
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McDonald, Daniel
Anna Rothenberger
D: 2017-04-20
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Rothenberger, Anna
Frederick Diloreto
B: 1923-01-10
D: 2017-04-18
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Diloreto, Frederick
Joseph Tonkonogy
B: 1925-10-22
D: 2017-04-15
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Tonkonogy, Joseph
Francis Ryan
B: 1950-10-01
D: 2017-04-12
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Ryan, Francis
Carlos Nieves
B: 1965-10-06
D: 2017-04-07
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Nieves, Carlos
Geraldine Kizer
B: 1940-09-01
D: 2017-04-07
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Kizer, Geraldine
Marian Rodgers
D: 2017-04-05
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Rodgers, Marian
Robert Bernard
B: 1958-01-19
D: 2017-04-05
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Bernard, Robert
Kevin Giblin
B: 1950-11-08
D: 2017-04-03
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Giblin, Kevin
Nancy Li
B: 1915-06-24
D: 2017-03-28
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Li, Nancy
Penelope Tarplin
B: 1925-03-11
D: 2017-03-28
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Tarplin, Penelope
Helen Congdon
B: 1920-12-31
D: 2017-03-22
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Congdon, Helen
Carl Kasierski
B: 1935-04-27
D: 2017-03-19
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Kasierski, Carl
William Phelan
B: 1933-02-07
D: 2017-03-16
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Phelan, William
William Leland
B: 1929-07-10
D: 2017-03-14
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Leland, William
Marynoel Durkin
B: 1929-12-25
D: 2017-03-13
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Durkin, Marynoel
Cheryl Chambers
B: 1953-11-25
D: 2017-03-11
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Chambers, Cheryl
Beatrice Stirk
D: 2017-02-22
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Stirk, Beatrice
Dolores Weaver
D: 2017-02-22
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Weaver, Dolores
Sanford Russell
B: 1931-01-13
D: 2017-02-21
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Russell, Sanford

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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 (508) 393-6591 to begin.

Online Sources:

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