Obituaries

Donna O'Loughlin
B: 1935-08-18
D: 2018-05-18
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O'Loughlin, Donna
Viola Finnegan
B: 1931-04-04
D: 2018-05-15
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Finnegan, Viola
Mark Miller
B: 1961-03-26
D: 2018-05-15
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Miller, Mark
Elizabeth Butters
B: 1939-05-18
D: 2018-05-15
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Butters, Elizabeth
Daniel Flack
B: 1962-07-04
D: 2018-05-14
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Flack, Daniel
Lucille Cottrell
B: 1927-09-01
D: 2018-04-30
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Cottrell, Lucille
Mary Tarpy
B: 1936-11-03
D: 2018-04-29
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Tarpy, Mary
James Rhea
B: 1947-12-23
D: 2018-04-18
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Rhea, James
Donavan Axtell
B: 1930-06-30
D: 2018-04-16
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Axtell, Donavan
Thomas Ratchford
B: 1936-11-25
D: 2018-04-10
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Ratchford, Thomas
Peggy Stevenson
B: 1942-06-24
D: 2018-04-03
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Stevenson, Peggy
Ned Johnson
B: 1957-10-14
D: 2018-03-31
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Johnson, Ned
Martha Neisen
B: 1984-04-12
D: 2018-03-31
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Neisen, Martha
Carol Kelley
B: 1924-05-12
D: 2018-03-30
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Kelley, Carol
Thomas McNamara
B: 1937-09-30
D: 2018-03-20
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McNamara, Thomas
Rita Ridder
B: 1951-12-02
D: 2018-03-15
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Ridder, Rita
Margaret Croal
B: 1935-07-28
D: 2018-03-03
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Croal, Margaret
Deleva Platt
B: 1932-06-16
D: 2018-03-03
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Platt, Deleva
Edwin Skripsky
D: 2018-02-28
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Skripsky, Edwin
Elva Prenosil
B: 1918-07-20
D: 2018-02-27
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Prenosil, Elva
Mildred Potts
B: 1924-08-05
D: 2018-02-21
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Potts, Mildred

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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 (319) 334-2501 to begin.

Online Sources:

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