Obituaries

Samuel Santiago Gonzalez
B: 1947-11-04
D: 2023-02-03
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Santiago Gonzalez, Samuel
Richard Kaufman
B: 1948-06-10
D: 2023-01-31
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Kaufman, Richard
Paula Cabrera
B: 1932-05-10
D: 2023-01-30
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Cabrera, Paula
John McDonald
B: 1942-05-15
D: 2023-01-30
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McDonald, John
Bienvenido Ramirez Tirado
B: 1941-03-25
D: 2023-01-24
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Ramirez Tirado , Bienvenido
Jorge Rodriguez Garcia
B: 2005-06-27
D: 2023-01-22
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Rodriguez Garcia, Jorge
Jose Ortiz Rodriguez
B: 1952-05-26
D: 2023-01-20
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Ortiz Rodriguez, Jose
Eric Ferrer
B: 1975-11-06
D: 2023-01-18
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Ferrer, Eric
Ruth Isenberg
B: 1926-06-08
D: 2023-01-14
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Isenberg, Ruth
Manuel DeJesus Arocho
B: 1945-10-08
D: 2023-01-12
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DeJesus Arocho, Manuel
Lionel Leon Rivera
B: 1956-12-03
D: 2023-01-12
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Leon Rivera, Lionel
Jose Echevarria
B: 1959-11-28
D: 2023-01-10
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Echevarria, Jose
Manuel Pastrana
B: 1993-11-15
D: 2023-01-08
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Pastrana, Manuel
Louise Columbo
B: 1943-04-10
D: 2023-01-02
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Columbo , Louise
Carmen Gonzalez Torres
B: 1947-11-17
D: 2022-12-30
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Gonzalez Torres, Carmen
Olga Uhler
B: 1923-03-28
D: 2022-12-29
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Uhler, Olga
Janette Colon Vasquez
B: 1970-03-18
D: 2022-12-28
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Colon Vasquez, Janette
Darlene Cook
B: 1919-10-20
D: 2022-12-28
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Cook, Darlene
Patricia DeLong
B: 1927-09-18
D: 2022-12-20
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DeLong, Patricia
Carlos Rivera Negron
B: 1945-04-20
D: 2022-12-19
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Rivera Negron, Carlos
Christopher Gonzalez
B: 1996-08-30
D: 2022-12-16
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Gonzalez, Christopher

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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 (610) 373-4500 to begin.

Online Sources:

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