Obituaries

Gary Haas
B: 1951-03-30
D: 2017-04-27
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Haas, Gary
Odella Dippner
B: 1932-02-12
D: 2017-04-25
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Dippner, Odella
Edna Zimmerman
B: 1914-06-13
D: 2017-04-25
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Zimmerman, Edna
Thelma Messner
B: 1939-01-12
D: 2017-04-22
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Messner, Thelma
Arvella Rutter
B: 1927-05-23
D: 2017-04-21
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Rutter, Arvella
Dominic Esposito
B: 1932-07-08
D: 2017-04-18
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Esposito, Dominic
Glendine White
B: 1922-09-22
D: 2017-04-18
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White, Glendine
Margaret Verbeke
B: 1928-07-17
D: 2017-04-17
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Verbeke, Margaret
Paul McWilliams
B: 1983-02-02
D: 2017-04-17
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McWilliams, Paul
Harold Groff
B: 1939-10-15
D: 2017-04-13
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Groff, Harold
Melvin Zimmerman
B: 1956-06-19
D: 2017-04-13
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Zimmerman, Melvin
Charlotte Beavers
B: 1938-04-02
D: 2017-04-11
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Beavers, Charlotte
Timothy Demeritt
B: 1994-07-19
D: 2017-04-09
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Demeritt, Timothy
Carlos Santos
B: 1982-08-11
D: 2017-04-03
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Santos, Carlos
James Steffy
B: 1928-05-23
D: 2017-03-30
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Steffy, James
Alma Ressler
B: 1922-08-17
D: 2017-03-23
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Ressler, Alma
Mary Martin
B: 1929-06-20
D: 2017-03-23
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Martin, Mary
Edith Houck
B: 1924-10-02
D: 2017-03-22
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Houck, Edith
Michelle McLemore
B: 1968-08-13
D: 2017-03-20
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McLemore, Michelle
Arlene Landau
B: 1925-09-13
D: 2017-03-18
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Landau, Arlene
Phares Rutt
B: 1924-09-01
D: 2017-03-17
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Rutt, Phares

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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 717-354-0444 to begin.

Online Sources:

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

 

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