Obituaries

Mary Smith
B: 1934-04-09
D: 2019-10-08
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Smith, Mary
Felix Cruz
B: 1949-12-22
D: 2019-09-30
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Cruz, Felix
Daniel Reed
B: 1951-01-14
D: 2019-09-30
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Reed, Daniel
Elpidio Rivas Tapia
B: 1947-11-16
D: 2019-09-29
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Rivas Tapia, Elpidio
Rafael Paulino-Gomez
B: 1974-08-12
D: 2019-09-28
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Paulino-Gomez, Rafael
Raquel Otero
B: 1949-12-28
D: 2019-09-28
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Otero , Raquel
Barbara Schneiderman
B: 1924-09-24
D: 2019-09-26
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Schneiderman, Barbara
Kathryn Kaufman
B: 1926-03-02
D: 2019-09-20
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Kaufman, Kathryn
Theresa Kemp
B: 1942-03-07
D: 2019-09-11
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Kemp , Theresa
Jessica Acosta Cabrera
B: 1976-06-25
D: 2019-09-11
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Acosta Cabrera, Jessica
Luis Oneill-Martin
B: 1936-10-11
D: 2019-09-11
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Oneill-Martin , Luis
Julio Cruz Santos
B: 1978-07-29
D: 2019-09-10
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Cruz Santos, Julio
Wendy Lutz
B: 1971-09-11
D: 2019-09-06
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Lutz, Wendy
Mary Lou Stover
B: 1931-09-09
D: 2019-08-28
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Stover, Mary Lou
Miriam Fogelman
B: 1922-01-13
D: 2019-08-27
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Fogelman, Miriam
Luke Martinez
B: 1978-05-02
D: 2019-08-25
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Martinez, Luke
Blanca Martorell Santiago
D: 2019-08-16
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Martorell Santiago , Blanca
Jose Huertas-Lopez
B: 1956-05-16
D: 2019-08-16
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Huertas-Lopez, Jose
Harry Knoblauch
B: 1920-12-11
D: 2019-08-15
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Knoblauch , Harry
Linda Barnett
B: 1950-09-01
D: 2019-08-02
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Barnett, Linda
Gloria Meletiche
B: 1933-01-19
D: 2019-08-02
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Meletiche, Gloria

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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