Obituaries

Paul Smith
B: 1931-11-22
D: 2019-06-12
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Smith , Paul
Sidney Miller
B: 1931-09-09
D: 2019-06-09
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Miller, Sidney
Melody Torres
B: 1974-12-25
D: 2019-06-06
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Torres, Melody
Esquirino Ynfante
B: 1940-02-20
D: 2019-06-04
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Ynfante, Esquirino
Petra Cotto
B: 1930-07-20
D: 2019-06-02
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Cotto , Petra
Jose Caraballo-Martinez
B: 1954-02-15
D: 2019-06-02
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Caraballo-Martinez, Jose
Lorraine Van Luvender
B: 1933-05-19
D: 2019-05-31
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Van Luvender, Lorraine
Lissette Molina
B: 1983-02-02
D: 2019-05-26
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Molina, Lissette
Frank Lantz
B: 1922-08-02
D: 2019-05-25
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Lantz, Frank
Robert Bellman
B: 1918-04-27
D: 2019-05-17
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Bellman, Robert
Lawrence Cataldi
B: 1925-11-06
D: 2019-05-09
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Cataldi , Lawrence
William Haas
B: 1939-08-01
D: 2019-05-03
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Haas, William
Joaquina Feliciano
B: 1936-08-09
D: 2019-04-23
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Feliciano , Joaquina
Jeremiah Garcia
B: 1996-03-08
D: 2019-04-22
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Garcia, Jeremiah
Yandry Casanova
B: 1972-12-02
D: 2019-04-16
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Casanova, Yandry
Iris Velez
B: 1945-09-27
D: 2019-04-15
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Velez, Iris
Carmen Nieves
B: 1953-10-04
D: 2019-04-13
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Nieves, Carmen
Denise Adler
B: 1966-06-18
D: 2019-04-12
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Adler, Denise
Stanley Kalnoski
B: 1920-05-07
D: 2019-04-11
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Kalnoski, Stanley
Daniel Fleming
B: 1943-12-04
D: 2019-04-10
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Fleming, Daniel
Rafael Espaillat
B: 1974-10-24
D: 2019-04-10
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Espaillat, Rafael

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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