Our Obituaries

SANFORD B. EPSTEIN

June 4, 2014

SANFORD B. EPSTEIN of Parsippany-Morris Plains, NJ previously of Irvington, NJ died June 4, 2014 at the age of 78. He was the manager and caretaker of the Newark Jewish Cemeteries and Beth David Memorial Park. He formed Sanford B. Epstein, Inc., headquartered in Kenilworth, and joined his mother, Ida Margolis Epstein in forming I Epstein and Son, a maintenance and caretaking company for the Union...
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GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER

May 28, 2014

GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER of Jackson, MI died May 28, 2014 at the age of 92. He and his wife, Mildred, owned and operated the Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline for several years before selling it to Jim Robinson in 1984. The Bahnmillers purchased the funeral home from Francis and Alice Lockwood in 1961. He attended Wayne State University where he studied mortuary science. He was a member of...
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H. CRAIG MANN

May 24, 2014

H. CRAIG MANN of Philadelphia, PA died May 24, 2014 at the age of 66. He was president of Mann Funeral Home Inc in Olney for many years, which was established by his father, Henry in 1909. He became supervisor of the family business when his father died in 1993. He was a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan.
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ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT

May 21, 2014

ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT of Osage, IA died May 21, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a longtime funeral director, serving families in El Cajon since 1953. He served his internship under the direction of Milton Paris of Paris Mortuary. Elmer then moved to Lewis Colonial Mortuary where he served as a funeral director for several years. In 1961, he returned to manage Paris Mortuary, which eventually became...
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KEVIN FRANCIS MONAGHAN

May 14, 2014

KEVIN FRANCIS MONAGHAN of Mechanicsville, VA died May 14, 2014 at the age of 51. In 2000, he founded Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery. In 2007, he partnered with his brother Jerry to found Monaghan Funeral Home & Cremation Services. He was a graduate of Mid-America College of Mortuary Service in Jeffersonville, IN.
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ROBERT C. PASTORIUS

May 13, 2014

ROBERT C. PASTORIUS of Wexford, PA, formerly of Shaler, PA died May 13, 2014 at the age of 65. He was a longtime Pittsburgh funeral director, and was past board member and secretary of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association.
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GERTRUDE L. HEYWARD

May 8, 2014

GERTRUDE L. HEYWARD of Charleston, SC died May 8, 2014 at the age of 96. She was a licensed funeral director at G. W. Heyward's Mortuary, which was founded by her father in 1924. She assumed ownership of the firm in 1978, and at the time of her passing was the oldest living African-American licensed embalmer in South Carolina. She was a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in...
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AGNES MOBILE SCOTT HAIRSTON

May 6, 2014

AGNES MOBILE SCOTT HAIRSTON of Martinsville, VA died May 6, 2014 at the age of 88. She was a licensed Virginia and North Carolina funeral director, embalmer, former owner and chairman emeritus of Hairston Funeral Home. She graduated from the John Tyler Community College, where she served as program head for mortuary science for four years. She was president of both the Virginia Morticians...
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MILTON H. WILLIAMS III

May 6, 2014

MILTON H. WILLIAMS III of Marshall, TX died May 6, 2014 at the age of 68. He worked as a third generation funeral director, manager, mortician and president of Peoples Funeral Home.
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JOE DUDLEY DENTON

May 3, 2014

JOE DUDLEY DENTON of Flemingsburg, KY died May 3, 2014 at the age of 71. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and former owner of Denton Funeral Home. He served eight terms for a total of 29 years as a coroner for Fleming County.
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GARY LYN MURLEY

April 29, 2014

GARY LYN MURLEY of Helenwood, TN died April 29, 2014 at the age of 64. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Indiana. He established Collins-Murley Mortuary before purchasing the West Funeral Home from the Vernon West family in the 1970's. The firm later became known as the West-Murley Funeral Home. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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TERRY L. GORACKE

April 27, 2014

TERRY L. GORACKE of Tacoma, WA died April 27, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years.
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RICHARD W. "DICK" DELL, SR

April 21, 2014

RICHARD W. "DICK" DELL SR of Latrobe, PA died April 21, 2014 at the age of 86. In 1954, he established the Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe. When he sold the business in 1988, he continued working at funeral homes in Latrobe and Greensburg. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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W. ROBERT CRESS

April 19, 2014

W. ROBERT CRESS of Madison, WI died April 19, 2014 at the age of 89. In 1977, he and his wife, Hazel purchased the Frautschi Funeral Home, renaming it The Cress Funeral & Cremation Service. He previously worked as a funeral director at an Eau Claire funeral home, and later took a sales job with the Belmont Casket Company in Columbus, OH. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science...
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HARRY O. HARMAN, JR

April 18, 2014

HARRY O. HARMAN JR of Lexington, SC died April 18, 2014 at the age of 79. In 1961, he established the Harman Funeral Home, which became Caughman-Harman Funeral Home. He spent nearly 50 years as a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He served as Lexington County's coroner since 1977. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1959. He was a member of the South Carolina...
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THOMAS ED PEACOCK

April 18, 2014

THOMAS ED PEACOCK of Quincy, FL died April 18, 2014 at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director 60 years.
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GAYLE W. O'NEIL

April 18, 2014

GAYLE W. O'NEIL of Corbin, KY died April18, 2014 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of O'Neil Funeral Home, now known as the O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home.
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REX GEORGE ROBBINS

April 18, 2014

REX GEORGE ROBBINS of Ashland, OH died April 18, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a licensed funeral director and partner in the Heyl-Robbins Funeral Home for numerous years. He went on to become a representative for the prestigious Marsellus Casket Company in 1968, located in Syracuse, NY. He retired after more than 25 years of service in 1993. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Embalming....
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ADOLPHOUS G. BULLOCK

April 17, 2014

ADOLPHOUS G. BULLOCK of Dorchester, MA died April 17, 2014 at the age of 92. He worked alongside his wife, Toni in the operation of the Bullock Funeral Homes in Boston, which they owned for 40 years. In 1973, they opened a second firm in Mattapan. The firm closed in 1999.
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RICHARD E. "DICK" COLLINS

April 14, 2014

RICHARD E. "DICK" COLLINS of Fonda, NY died April 14, 2014 at the age of 87. He worked for three generations of the Jackson family who owned funeral homes in Fonda and Fultonville. He later continued working for the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home in Fultonville. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service.
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CLIFFORD ABRAMS

April 12, 2014

CLIFFORD ABRAMS of North White Plains, NY, formerly of Mt. Vernon, NY died April 12, 2014 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director at Riverside Memorial Chapels in both New York City and Mt. Vernon.
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JOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAM EPLER

April 5, 2014

JOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAM EPLER of Northumberland, PA died April 5, 2014 at the age of 76. In 1979 he established the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, which he operated until his retirement in 2007. Following his retirement, he continued to assist new owners, Michael and Veronica Splain. From 1969-1979 he was a branch superintendent with National Casket Company in Philadelphia. He graduated from the...
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R. PETER HODGE

April 5, 2014

R. PETER HODGE of Princeton, NJ died April 5, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1971, he established the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, where he served as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator. In 1976, he acquired the M. J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction. He was a member of the Mercer County Funeral Directors Association and past president of the State Board of Mortuary Science of New...
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ROBERT CHARLES ADKINS

April 4, 2014

ROBERT CHARLES ADKINS of Jacksonville, FL died April 4, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a licensed funeral director and manager of a funeral home in Folkston that he co-owned with his father for twenty-two years. After selling the funeral business, he began working as a management consultant in Jacksonville for American Society of Funeral Directors, which he purchased in 1982. He sold the firm and...
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GENA L. SMITH

April 1, 2014

GENA L. SMITH of Pardeeville, WI died April 1, 2014 at the age of 45. She was a funeral director, owner and operator at the Smith-Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. She worked alongside her father in the family's business, Smith Funeral Home and Furniture Store. She obtained a degree in mortuary science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She was a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors...
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EUGENE J. SUJKOWSKI, JR

March 31, 2014

EUGENE J. SUJKOWSKI JR of Perrysburg Township, OH died March 31, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer for 40 years at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford which he purchased alongside his wife, Marcia in 1976. During this time, he also worked at his family's funeral home, which was established by his great-grandfather, William K. Sujkowski in 1888. He...
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BERNARD H. "BERNIE" SUESS

March 31, 2014

BERNARD H. "BERNIE" SUESS of Perkasie, PA died March 31, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a funeral director at Kirk & Nice Funeral Home in Philadelphia before, along with his wife, Joan C. Suess, purchasing the former Benner Funeral Home in Perkasie in 1960. The firm became known as the Benner-Suess Funeral Home, and later the Bernard Suess Funeral Home. He retired in 1999. He was a member of the...
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EDDIE BECKWITH, JR

March 27, 2014

EDDIE BECKWITH JR of Tallulah, LA died March 27, 2014 at the age of 64. He served as chief director of operation at the Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home in Tallulah.
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VIRGINIA BURGE STROUP

March 27, 2014

VIRGINIA BURGE STROUP of Gallatin, MO died March 27, 2014 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, Virgil as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Stroup Funeral Home in Winston, and Missouri.
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WILLIAM F. "DIGGER" YOUNG, JR

March 25, 2014

WILLIAM F. "DIGGER" YOUNG JR of Butler, PA died March 25, 2014 at the age of 81. He was a lifelong funeral director. He was became a partner with his father in the Young Funeral Home in West Sunbury in 1963, after buying his uncle's share in the business. In 1970, he purchased the Atwell Funeral Home in Butler, which became Young Funeral Home, Ltd where he continued to work up until his death. He...
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ROBERT M. BRUNSON

March 25, 2014

ROBERT M. BRUNSON JR of Richmond, VA died March 25, 2014 at the age of 47. He co-founded Brunson's Funeral Chapel alongside his father, Robert M. Brunson, Sr. His wife, Elicia Vaughter Brunson and son, Brandon Brunson will take over operation of the firm. He became the youngest licensed funeral director and embalmer in Virginia at the age of 23. He attended the John Tyler Community College.
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ELIZABETH "LIZ" STEGALL

March 21, 2014

ELIZABETH "LIZ" STEGALL of Wake Forest, NC died March 21, 2014. She worked as a administrative services supervisor at the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service for over 20 years. Her husband, Larry F. Stegall, is the executive director of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
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MATTHEW R. BRUCE

March 21, 2014

MATTHEW R. BRUCE of Northborough, MA died March 21, 2014 at the age of 26. He was a licensed funeral director at Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel in Worcester, MA. He previously worked at Hays Funeral Home in Northborough and Rand-Harper-Pickering Funeral Home in Westborough as an apprentice. He enrolled in the funeral service pro-gram at Mount Ida College, graduating in 2007.
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SAMUEL BOOKER MARSHALL

March 15, 2014

REV. DR. SAMUEL BOOKER MARSHALL of Holly Hills, SC died March 15, 2014 at the age of 92. In 1949, he, his wife, Naomi, and his father-in-law, the late Abraham Madison Shuler, formed the Shuler-Marshall Funeral Home. He later became the sole proprietor of the business, which today is run by his daughter, Samuetta "Sam" Marshall.
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EDWARD P. MAZUR

March 15, 2014

EDWARD P. MAZUR of Ludlow, MA and Stratton Mountain, VT died March 15, 2014 at the age of 55. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at his family's business, Kapinos Funeral Home for many years. In 1984, the firm was renamed Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home to reflect the heritage ownership. He also worked for several area funeral homes as member of their adjunct staff. He was a member of the...
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WILLIAM C. "BILLY" HARWELL

March 14, 2014

WILLIAM C. "BILLY" HARWELL of Covington, GA died March 14, 2014 at the age of 74. He worked alongside his father, Charles Harwell and his brother Jack as a fourth generation funeral director at J. C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home, a company established by his great grandfather in 1893. After his father retired, he owned and operated the family business until his retirement in 2003. He graduated from...
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YNOCENCIO B. "GARY" MONNSERATT

March 13, 2014

YNOCENCIO B. "GARY" MONNSERATT of Anchorage, Alaska died March 13, 2104 at the age of 82. He worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Kehl's Forest Lawn Funeral Home from the mid 1950s until the late 1990s.
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FREDERICK F. FEISER

March 12, 2014

FREDERICK F. FEISER of New Oxford, PA died March 12, 2014 at the age of 95. He was a licensed funeral director, founder and former owner of Feiser Funeral Home Inc. He served as past president of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and the Capital City Funeral Directors Association.
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RICHARD G. THOMAS

March 11, 2014

RICHARD G. THOMAS of Hughesville, PA died March 11, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1972, he partnered with the Gordon D. McCarthy Funeral Home, forming the McCarthy-Thomas Funeral Home. He served the families of Hughesville and the surrounding communities for over 35 years, retiring in 2007. He was a life member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, with over 50 years of continued...
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ROBERT W. BROULLIRE

March 10, 2014

ROBERT W. BROULLIRE of Manistique, MI died March 10, 2014 at the age of 88. He was a funeral director at Erickson Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and later the Morton Funeral Home in Manistique. In 1951, he and his classmate Donald E. Messier of Escanaba purchased the Morton home in Manistique and in 1961 established the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique and Garden. He became the sole...
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HENRY A. KOSTANSKI

March 7, 2014

HENRY A. KOSTANSKI of Holyoke, MA died March 7, 2014 at the age of 86. In 1951, he established the Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield and in 1952, he and his brother, Walter, opened a second firm in Turners Falls. He served as a registered embalmer and funeral director until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Massachusetts Funeral...
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ASHTON B.T. SMITH, JR

March 7, 2014

ASHTON B.T. SMITH, JR of West Chester, PA and Montana died March 7, 2014 at the age of 79. He was a fourth generation funeral director, owner and operator of the Joseph B. Smith & Son Funeral Home, which was established by his great-grandfather, Joseph B. Smith in 1875.He took over operation of the business after his father's death in 1970. In 1994, he merged the business with the Riley &...
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RAYMOND C. NEVILLE

March 1, 2014

RAYMOND C. NEVILLE of Gulf Port, FL and formerly of Toledo, OH died March 1, 2014 at the age of 89. He and his wife, Barbara opened Neville Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in 1953. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years. He graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in 1948. He served as president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 1976.
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ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III

February 28, 2014

ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III of South Yarmouth, MA died February 28, 2014 at the age of 80. He was a second generation funeral director at Menard Funeral Home, now known as the Menard-Lacoture Funeral Home, where he worked alongside his late father who founded the firm in Manville, RI in 1935. In 1956, they expanded their firm to include a branch in Woonsocket, RI. He continued to serve...
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DARCIE D. SIMS

February 27, 2014

DARCIE D. SIMS, PhD., CHT, CT, GMS of Puyallup, WA died February 27, 2014 at her home. She was a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and president and co-founder of Grief, Inc. She was the director of the American Grief Academy® and also the director of training and...
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THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE

February 23, 2014

THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE of Easley, SC died February 23, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a retired licensed funeral director and embalmer at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, SC. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1997.
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HARWELL BARBER

February 22, 2014

HARWELL BARBER of Abilene, TX died February 22, 2014 at the age of 87. He was chairman of board of Rita Barber, Inc., a tribute fashion business started by his mother, Rita Barber.
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GEORGE J. MOYLAN, JR

February 15, 2014

GEORGE J. MOYLAN JR of Rosendale, NY died February 15, 2014 at the age of 61. He was a second generation funeral director, owner and president of the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc in Rosendale and Stone Ridge. He became licensed in 1977 and assumed operation of the family business in 1995. He was a member of the Dutchess Putnum Ulster Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY

February 14, 2014

JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY of Sevierville, TN died February 14, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a longtime funeral director at Atchley Funeral Home.
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DANIEL B. GARRITY

February 13, 2014

DANIEL B. GARRITY of Bloomington, MN died February 13, 2014 at the age of 67. He was a funeral director and embalmer for several firms, and was an established casket and vault salesman working for Aurora, Artco and most recently Brown Wilbert. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mortuary Science.
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WILLIAM G. MALLOY

February 12, 2014

WILLIAM G. MALLOY of Northeast Philadelphia, PA died February 12, 2014 at the age of 90. In 1951, he established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton. He attended the H. E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science.
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EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB

February 12, 2014

EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB of St. Paul, MN died February 12, 2014 at the age of 98. He was a longtime St. Paul funeral director at the A. E. Henry Funeral Home, caring for and serving families since 1935. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program.
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VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR

February 11, 2014

VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR of East Bernard, TX, formerly of Richmond, TX died February 11, 2014 at the age of 87. In 1960, he partnered with John Garmany, forming the Garmany & Company Funer-al Home with locations in Richmond and Needville. In 1970, he purchased Garmany's interest and expanded the funeral home business to include locations in Missouri City and East Bernard, becoming known as the...
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KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE

February 8, 2014

KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE of Lenexa, KS died February 8, 2014 at the age of 76. She was the secretary and treasurer of Artco Casket Company, Inc, and served as co-owner of the family firm alongside her husband, Roger.
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ELLIS GENE MELTON

February 7, 2014

ELLIS GENE MELTON of North Little Rock, AR died February 7, 2014 at the age of 97. He was a funeral director at Melton Company, Inc, previously known as the Funeral Supply and Equipment Company, where he worked as a sales representative. The firm is now under the leadership of Ellis' son Presley Melton and now his grandsons Mark and Adam Melton, and has been in operation for 68 years. He...
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DAVID I. DEFRIEST

February 6, 2014

DAVID I. DEFRIEST of Southold, NY and Flagler Beach, FL died February 6, 2014 at the age of 97. In 1940, he established the DeFriest Funeral Home in Southold, which later grew to include locations in Mattituck and Shelter Island. He served as a licensed funeral director and was past president of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.
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THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY

February 5, 2014

THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY of Erlanger, KY, formerly of Covington, KY died February 5, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director at Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc in Covington and Taylor Mill, KY.
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ROGER C. THOMPSON

February 1, 2014

ROGER C. THOMPSON of Kissimmee, FL died February 1, 2014 at the age of 71. In 1967, he purchased half-interest in what is now Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. He later became sole owner of the firm, alongside his wife, Jean. He was a member and past president of the Central Florida Funeral Directors Association, a member of the International order of the Golden Rule, National Funeral Directors...
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RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE

February 1, 2014

RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE of Wells, ME died February 1, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Watson Funeral Home in Cambridge, MA, Dickinson Streeter Funeral Home in Springfield and Wilhelm Funeral Home in Miami, FL. In 1959, he purchased his own business, LaFramboise Funeral Home in Winchendon, MA. He sold the business in 1972, and began working for Royal Bond in Saint...
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EDWARD J. CAHILL, JR

January 31, 2014

EDWARD J. CAHILL JR of Peabody, MA died January 31, 2014 at the age of 64. He was employed as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the P.M. Cahill & Son Funeral Home. He was also involved with trade embalming at some North Shore funeral homes for several years. He graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming and Funeral Directing
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WESLEY C. BUD HALL

January 29, 2014

WESLEY C. BUD HALL of Lafayette, NY died January 29, 2014. He was the owner and operator of Hall Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Clifford Hall in 1924. He was also the owner of Briggs-Hall Memorial Home in Homer, NY as well as Whall Brockway. He was a member of the Central New York Funeral Directors Association, and was the state director of the Onondaga-Oswego Funeral...
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ROY B. WATSON

January 28, 2014

ROY B. WATSON of Winchester, TN died January 28, 2014 at the age of 90. He owned the Watson Funeral Home, previously known as the Steed-Anderson Funeral Home, before selling it to Jeff Gamble in 1981. He graduated from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in 1947.
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LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER

January 25, 2014

LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER of Paulding, OH died January 25, 2014 at the age of 94. She was a funeral director at Den Herder Funeral Home for over 40 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES W. PEPPEY

January 19, 2014

JAMES W. PEPPEY of Greenfield, WI died January 19, 2014 at the age of 91. He was a funeral director for more than 50 years at Tebo-Peppey-Klemmer Funeral Home, a firm he co-founded alongside John Klemmer in 1965. The firm is now known as Heritage Funeral Home. He retired at the age of 70.
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DELMAS TYLER PRESTON

January 18, 2014

DELMAS TYLER PRESTON of Westwood, KY died January 18, 2014 at the age of 33. He was a licensed funeral director and vice president of Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland, KY.
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WILLIAM H. BUD KRESGE

January 13, 2014

WILLIAM H. BUD KRESGE of Brodheadsville, PA died January 13, 2014 at the age of 96. He was a third generation funeral director, working alongside his father, Eugene, in operating the William H. Kresge Funeral Home, a business started by his grandfather, William A. Kresge in 1880. He assumed ownership of the firm after his father's death in 1948. He operated the firm for almost 40 years before...
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WALDO EDWARDS "ED" PORTER II

January 12, 2014

WALDO EDWARDS "ED" PORTER II of Anderson, IN died January 12, 2014 at the age of 60. He was a well-loved Anderson funeral director for 23 years, and later served more than 15 years with Flanner and Buchanan. He was past president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, a policy member of the National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Madison County Funeral Directors...
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MICHAEL C. CRAIG GRAY

January 11, 2014

MICHAEL C. CRAIG GRAY of Fergus Falls, formerly of Duluth, MN died January 11, 2014 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director, working part time at Boschert-Norman Funeral Home. He previously worked at Vigen Funeral Chapel in Hawley, and later went on to work at West Kjos Funeral Home in De-troit Lakes. He moved to Fergus Falls in 2006 and began working at Glende-Nilson Funeral Homes...
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HAROLD SANSON, JR

January 11, 2014

HAROLD SANSON JR of Bowling Green, KY died January 11, 2014 at the age of 69. He was a licensed funeral director at J. C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapels and served as Warren County deputy coroner since 1984.
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ULPIANA P. SIMS

January 9, 2014

ULPIANA P. SIMS of Meridian, MS died January 9, 2014 at the age of 86. She was the CEO, president and owner of Berry and Gardner Funeral Homes, Inc in Meridian and Quitman. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Mississippi Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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NICHOLAS A. LANDOLFI, JR

January 7, 2014

NICHOLAS A. LANDOLFI JR of Neptune, NJ formerly of Belleville, NJ died January 7, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Landolfi Home for Funerals in Belleville for many years. He was associated with the Megaro Memorial Home in Newark and Belleville for more than 50 years.
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ROBERT H. HALVERSON

January 7, 2014

ROBERT H. HALVERSON of Somerset, PA died January 7, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director, owner and operator of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home from 1958 until 1998 and served as Somerset's first County Coroner from 1954 until 1974. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania...
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WILLIAM "BILLY" McHARGUE, JR

January 5, 2014

WILLIAM "BILLY" McHARGUE, JR of Shepherdsville, KY and Tarpon Springs, FL died January 5, 2014. He was a retired funeral director and embalmer, a Kentucky Colonel and a former Jefferson County Deputy. He was appointed by then Gov. John Y. Brown to serve on the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers from 1983 until 1987.
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MAX STARK LARKIN

January 3, 2014

MAX STARK LARKIN of Salt Lake City, UT died January 3, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a sixth generation funeral director and part owner of Larkin Mortuary, the oldest family-owned business in Utah. He operated the firm alongside his brother, Alma James "Jay" Larkin, Jr for five decades. He served as president of the Utah Funeral Directors Association and the Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
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HECTOR DAVID ESTEVEZ

December 31, 2013

HECTOR DAVID ESTEVEZ of Tampa, FL died December 31, 2013 at the age of 79. He had been a funeral director at A. P. Boza Funeral Home for 50 years.
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STEPHEN E. CARPENTER

December 26, 2013

STEPHEN E. CARPENTER of North Providence, RI died December 26, 2013 at the age of 64. He was a fifth generation funeral director, and embalmer at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, which was established by his great grandfather, the late Rev. Hugh B. Carpenter in 1914. After the death of his grandfather, Linn M. Carpenter, in 1976, he became a partner with his uncle, H. William Carpenter, and was...
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KATHLEEN NICHOLAS

December 25, 2013

KATHLEEN NICHOLAS of Clarksville, AR died December 25, 2013 at the age of 87. She was the owner and operator of Hardwicke Funeral Home for the past 64 years. She took over operation of the firm after her first husband, L.D. "Red" Hardwicke died in 1962. Her first husband bought the funeral home in 1949. The Johnson county funeral home has closed after more than six decades of service.
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STEPHEN JOSEPH LYONS, JR

December 24, 2013

STEPHEN JOSEPH LYONS, JR of White River Junction, VT died December 24, 2013 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and owner of Lyons Funeral Home, which he operated alongside his father for over 20 years. He sold the business in 1982. He graduated from the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service.
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GENE E. STEINKE

December 23, 2013

GENE E. STEINKE of Denver, CO died December 23, 2013 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery for many years. After retiring, he remained a senior consultant for the firm until he passed away. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1948.
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ROBERT DEAN MIMS

December 20, 2013

ROBERT DEAN MIMS of Griffin, GA died December 20, 2013 at the age of 80. He was the owner and operator of Cherokee Casket Company until his retirement, allocating ownership of the firm to his son, Michael. He was a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
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JOHN PATRICK MULLIN

December 18, 2013

JOHN PATRICK MULLIN of Tinton Falls, NJ died December 18, 2013 at the age of 87. He was a funeral director and owner of the L. V. Mullin and Son Funeral Home in Newark and Union for many years before retiring. He attended Eckles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, PA.
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JOHN C "JACK" VANDER PLAAT

December 18, 2013

JOHN C "JACK" VANDER PLAAT of Wyckoff, NJ died December 18, 2013 at the age of 87. He was a licensed New Jersey funeral director and embalmer. He joined his father, John J. Vander Plaat, in the operation of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Garfield which his grandfather established in 1894. In 1952, he and his father opened a second location in Wyckoff. He served as president of the Bergen County...
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PAUL CUTRUPI

December 15, 2013

PAUL CUTRUPI of Fishkill, NY formerly of Valhalla, NY died December 15, 2013 at the age of 68. He was a licensed funeral director at McElroy-Flynn Funeral Home in Elmsford and Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco for nearly 40 years. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service.
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PAUL F. LEONARD

December 12, 2013

PAUL F. LEONARD of Pittston, PA died December 12, 2013 at the age of 81. He was a funeral director, owner and operator of the Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home for more than 50 years. He also worked as a deputy coroner for Luzerne County. He graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
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JOYCE B. TUCKER

December 11, 2013

JOYCE B. TUCKER of Petersburg, VA died December 11, 2013. She was the owner and operator of Tuckers Funeral Home, which her late husband, A. A. Tucker established. She served as the fourth female president and member of the National Funeral Directors and Mortician Association, a member of the Virginia Morticians Association, and a life member of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc.
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RICHARD "DICK" PASCO

December 10, 2013

RICHARD "DICK" PASCO of Greenfield, IN died December 10, 2013 at the age of 66. He was a fourth generation funeral director and former owner of Pasco Memorial Mortuary, which he operated alongside his brother, David Pasco for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, and served as charter president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Indiana. He...
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THOMAS M. JANUSZ

December 9, 2013

THOMAS M. JANUSZ of South Holland, IL and Marco Island, FL, formerly of Dolton, IL died December 9, 2013 at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and founder of the Thornridge Funeral Homes, LTD, Inc in Dolotn, South Holland and Orlando Park for over 40 years.
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JOHN P. "JACK" HENRY, JR

December 3, 2013

JOHN P. "JACK" HENRY JR of Honey Grove, PA died December 3, 2013 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of Henry Funeral Home for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science.
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LYSLE P. BASH

December 3, 2013

LYSLE P. BASH of Delmont, PA died December 3, 2013 at the age of 94. He established Lysle P. Bash Funeral Home in 1949, and served as a funeral director for 64 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, the Westmoreland County Funeral Directors Association, the Indiana County Funeral Directors Association...
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RICHARD L. "RICK" WIEGAND

December 2, 2013

RICHARD L. "RICK" WIEGAND of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Cleveland, OH died December 2, 2013 at the age of 68. He was the founder of Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home and served as a funeral director in Sarasota and Manatee counties for 40 years.
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RONALD D. CIERPIAL

November 28, 2013

RONALD D. CIERPIAL of Chicopee, MA died November 28, 2013 at the age of 72. He was the owner of the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Homes in Chicopee and Chicopee Falls. He worked for his father, Alexander A. Cierpial until he and his wife, Maryanne, bought the business in 1987. He worked for several funeral homes in the area including Ascher-Zimmerman Memorial Chapel, Afawam Funeral Home, Firtion...
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WILLIAM K "BILL" EDWARDS

November 27, 2013

WILLIAM K "BILL" EDWARDS of Massillon, OH died November 27, 2013 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and worked at Batesville Casket Company for 10 years. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1970.
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WILLIAM J. DENGLER

November 22, 2013

WILLIAM J. DENGLER of Amherst, NY died November 22, 2013 at the age of 86. He was the founder of Dengler Funeral Homes, which was first located on Leroy Avenue in Buffalo.
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BERNARD F. SLAUGHTER

November 13, 2013

BERNARD F. SLAUGHTER SR of Chicago, IL died November 13, 2013. In 1972, he established Slaughter Funeral Home, later renamed Slaughter & Sons Funeral Home after his children, Benita and Bernard Slaughter Jr., joined the business. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1948. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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BRENNA RAE ALLEN

November 11, 2013

BRENNA RAE ALLEN of Rockford, IL died November 11, 2013 at the age of 39. She was a licensed funeral director at several funeral homes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. She obtained her bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University.
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JOHN W. AMEY

November 8, 2013

JOHN W. AMEY of Austin, TX died November 8, 2013 at the age of 76. In 1976, he purchased Wilke-Clay Funeral Home on South Congress. He worked alongside his wife, Linda for nearly 20 years as a funeral director at Wilke-Amey-Clay Funeral Home and later at Amey Funeral Home in northwest Austin. He began his career at Cook Funeral Home when the firm was located downtown. His mentors were funeral...
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MARY McENTIRE

November 5, 2013

MARY McENTIRE of Cayce, SC died November 5, 2013 at the age of 89. She retired from Capital City Casket Company, which she owned alongside her late husband, James.
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JAMES "JIM ED" E. LAWRENCE

November 4, 2013

JAMES "JIM ED" E. LAWRENCE of Harrison, TN died November 4, 2013 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Chattanooga Funeral Home, retiring in 2011. He graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1956.
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CHARLES J. FRANKLIN

October 31, 2013

CHARLES J. FRANKLIN of Floresville, TX died October 31, 2013 at the age of 76. He was a funeral director and owner of Franklin Funeral Home and was the former vice president of Mission Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.
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JOE VANCEL

October 31, 2013

JOE VANCEL of Lafayette, IN died October 31, 2013 at the age of 80. He was a funeral director at Reece Funeral Home in Harrogate, TN.
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