Obituaries

John Flegel
B: 1930-09-10
D: 2019-02-15
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Flegel, John
Neil Herndier
B: 1945-03-10
D: 2019-02-15
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Herndier, Neil
Elmer Schmidt
B: 1935-08-30
D: 2019-02-13
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Schmidt, Elmer
James McCaw
B: 1936-05-04
D: 2019-02-08
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McCaw, James
Brenda Koenigbaur
B: 1981-10-20
D: 2019-02-04
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Koenigbaur, Brenda
Eleanor Lubachowski
B: 1930-03-22
D: 2019-02-03
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Lubachowski, Eleanor
Kenneth Schick
B: 1933-09-15
D: 2019-01-31
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Schick, Kenneth
Katherine Beckman
B: 1917-10-27
D: 2019-01-29
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Beckman, Katherine
Hugo Mitrenga
B: 1927-07-13
D: 2019-01-24
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Mitrenga, Hugo
Harvey Tubman
B: 1935-06-02
D: 2019-01-07
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Tubman, Harvey
Andrew Famulak
B: 1933-09-23
D: 2019-01-05
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Famulak, Andrew
Joan Jordens
B: 1923-07-25
D: 2019-01-04
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Jordens, Joan
Denise Cooper
B: 1939-12-06
D: 2019-01-04
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Cooper, Denise
Robert Hill
B: 1932-04-08
D: 2019-01-03
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Hill, Robert
Archie Luhtala
B: 1927-05-02
D: 2018-12-29
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Luhtala, Archie
June Yeadon
B: 1938-06-18
D: 2018-12-29
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Yeadon, June
Christine Keller
B: 1967-10-03
D: 2018-12-25
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Keller, Christine
Teagen Hollinger
B: 2002-05-03
D: 2018-12-25
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Hollinger, Teagen
Louis Fritzke
B: 1938-09-07
D: 2018-12-19
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Fritzke, Louis
Isadore Huber
B: 1939-08-21
D: 2018-12-16
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Huber, Isadore
Eugene Cymbalisty
B: 1924-04-15
D: 2018-12-11
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Cymbalisty, Eugene

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Cremation Services

Simply put, cremation is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, through the process of heat and fire.
 
There are many misconceptions about cremation such as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial.  We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need. 
 
Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.
 
No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of raw lumber, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:
  • The remains can be stored by the family
  • You may take the remains in the simple box supplied by the crematorium and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Reasons You Might Choose Cremation

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.
  • Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • You have environmental concerns
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space
  • You want to keep the costs down. However, selecting cremation does not necessarily mean that you will have an inexpensive funeral.  You might still choose a casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains
  • If you are distributing the remains. Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director