Obituaries

Carolyn Sauer
B: 1927-03-15
D: 2019-08-16
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Sauer, Carolyn
Vatche Benguian
B: 1956-11-14
D: 2019-08-08
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Benguian, Vatche
Donald Anderson
B: 1922-05-17
D: 2019-08-07
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Anderson, Donald
Betty Catoe
B: 1935-04-12
D: 2019-08-06
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Catoe, Betty
Ester Martinez Sagatume
B: 2019-02-22
D: 2019-08-04
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Martinez Sagatume, Ester
James Ford
B: 1927-01-17
D: 2019-08-01
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Ford, James
Elizabeth Stapleton
B: 1921-05-08
D: 2019-07-28
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Stapleton, Elizabeth
Robert Aguiar
B: 1943-09-13
D: 2019-07-26
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Aguiar, Robert
George Wang
B: 1918-09-19
D: 2019-07-24
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Wang, George
Jose Cruz
B: 1951-12-01
D: 2019-07-21
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Cruz, Jose
Armoni CarterMyers
B: 2015-03-04
D: 2019-07-18
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CarterMyers, Armoni
Stanley Knight
B: 1983-09-09
D: 2019-07-16
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Knight, Stanley
Viktor Butorin
B: 1964-01-18
D: 2019-07-15
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Butorin, Viktor
Ronald Jones
B: 1943-05-10
D: 2019-07-14
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Jones, Ronald
Dorothy Barnes
B: 1922-12-11
D: 2019-07-13
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Barnes, Dorothy
Fernando Torres
B: 1967-12-17
D: 2019-07-12
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Torres, Fernando
Gerard Connolly
B: 1939-09-30
D: 2019-07-11
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Connolly, Gerard
Babak Soleimanifar
B: 1957-12-28
D: 2019-07-10
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Soleimanifar, Babak
Ana Pascual Mejia
B: 1987-03-20
D: 2019-07-07
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Pascual Mejia, Ana
Nissy Pascual Mejia
B: 2006-11-06
D: 2019-07-07
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Pascual Mejia, Nissy
Betty Ball
B: 1931-09-07
D: 2019-07-03
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Ball, Betty

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Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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