Obituaries

Margie Decrevel
B: 1939-11-23
D: 2017-02-19
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Decrevel, Margie
Dorothy Bucher
B: 1951-04-14
D: 2017-02-18
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Bucher, Dorothy
John Wurtsbaugh
B: 1927-06-16
D: 2017-02-16
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Wurtsbaugh, John
Mary Jo Anderson
B: 1925-05-26
D: 2017-02-16
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Anderson, Mary Jo
Ryan Raines
B: 1990-09-08
D: 2017-02-16
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Raines, Ryan
Harold Rich
B: 1922-05-16
D: 2017-02-15
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Rich, Harold
June L. (Reagan) Rhodebeck
B: 1931-02-08
D: 2017-02-15
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(Reagan) Rhodebeck, June L.
Waneta Williams
B: 1918-01-08
D: 2017-02-12
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Williams, Waneta
Thomas Kowalski
B: 1941-11-01
D: 2017-02-12
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Kowalski, Thomas
Kathy Riedel
B: 1951-04-12
D: 2017-02-12
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Riedel, Kathy
Billy Gardner
B: 1929-11-23
D: 2017-02-12
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Gardner, Billy
Charles Adams
D: 2017-02-12
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Adams , Charles
Irene Gintautas
B: 1925-02-18
D: 2017-02-11
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Gintautas, Irene
Daniel Moxey
B: 1946-08-05
D: 2017-02-11
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Moxey, Daniel
Florence Lotz
B: 1916-09-04
D: 2017-02-10
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Lotz, Florence
Eden Calvin
B: 2017-02-08
D: 2017-02-08
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Calvin, Eden
Dennis Wrigley
B: 1942-02-04
D: 2017-02-07
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Wrigley, Dennis
Velma Pastor
B: 1918-07-08
D: 2017-02-04
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Pastor, Velma
James Gray
B: 1943-03-31
D: 2017-02-03
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Gray, James
Dolores Fernandez
B: 1930-11-16
D: 2017-02-03
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Fernandez, Dolores
Martha Bandy
B: 1928-03-08
D: 2017-02-02
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Bandy, Martha

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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.

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