Obituaries

Erma Klein
B: 1927-11-07
D: 2018-04-05
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Klein, Erma
Richard Postma
B: 1935-04-20
D: 2018-04-03
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Postma, Richard
Willard Stanforth
B: 1922-03-11
D: 2018-04-01
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Stanforth, Willard
Becky Hohn
B: 1947-11-10
D: 2018-03-20
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Hohn, Becky
Janice Scott
B: 1931-08-11
D: 2018-03-16
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Scott, Janice
Marie Ells
B: 1924-10-02
D: 2018-03-04
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Ells, Marie
Anna Vanderheiden
B: 1931-09-24
D: 2018-03-01
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Vanderheiden, Anna
Ramona Munneke
B: 1944-05-25
D: 2018-02-28
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Munneke, Ramona
Holly Fite
B: 1984-07-10
D: 2018-02-25
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Fite, Holly
Cecilia Vander Heiden
B: 1924-02-04
D: 2018-02-16
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Vander Heiden, Cecilia
Esther Hoekman
B: 1921-03-28
D: 2018-02-13
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Hoekman, Esther
Allen Polly
B: 1927-10-07
D: 2018-01-29
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Polly, Allen
Joyce Nedved
B: 1943-01-29
D: 2018-01-27
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Nedved, Joyce
Gary Brink
B: 1949-01-16
D: 2018-01-27
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Brink, Gary
Albert Delany
B: 1937-11-20
D: 2018-01-26
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Delany, Albert
Gary Nachtigal
B: 1949-02-23
D: 2018-01-25
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Nachtigal, Gary
Eleanor Lieuwen
B: 1923-02-23
D: 2018-01-24
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Lieuwen, Eleanor
Walter Wulf
B: 1920-09-05
D: 2018-01-23
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Wulf, Walter
Ronald Sternburg
B: 1934-08-31
D: 2018-01-22
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Sternburg, Ronald
Cornelius Lieuwen
B: 1922-12-25
D: 2018-01-16
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Lieuwen, Cornelius
Virginia Kelty
B: 1936-05-01
D: 2018-01-09
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Kelty, Virginia

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What is a Memorial Service?

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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Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at 605-337-3857 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.