Obituaries

Eleanor Fabbri
B: 1917-01-14
D: 2017-12-13
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Fabbri, Eleanor
Janet Taylor
B: 1928-05-19
D: 2017-12-09
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Taylor, Janet
Robert Gardella
B: 1962-03-30
D: 2017-12-04
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Gardella, Robert
Michael McNichol
B: 1953-08-16
D: 2017-12-03
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McNichol, Michael
Mary Simonin
B: 1929-06-29
D: 2017-12-02
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Simonin, Mary
Steven Jepson
B: 1967-07-28
D: 2017-12-01
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Jepson, Steven
Susan Anderson
B: 1925-12-22
D: 2017-11-28
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Anderson, Susan
Elmira Bastianello
B: 1920-02-23
D: 2017-11-24
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Bastianello, Elmira
Deirdre Hubbard
B: 1960-01-01
D: 2017-11-24
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Hubbard, Deirdre
Mildred Wheeler
B: 1912-11-02
D: 2017-11-20
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Wheeler, Mildred
Francis Barry
B: 1928-08-20
D: 2017-11-20
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Barry, Francis
William Shanley
B: 1951-03-07
D: 2017-11-06
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Shanley, William
Anton Kimball
B: 1939-03-19
D: 2017-11-03
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Kimball, Anton
Annette McDonald
B: 1924-11-06
D: 2017-11-02
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McDonald, Annette
Tyler Warren
B: 1995-01-30
D: 2017-10-31
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Warren, Tyler
Joseph Vallely
B: 1944-10-19
D: 2017-10-27
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Vallely, Joseph
Donatien M'Sadoques
B: 1921-03-19
D: 2017-10-18
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M'Sadoques, Donatien
Walter Jennings
B: 1942-03-15
D: 2017-10-17
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Jennings, Walter
Janet Weik
B: 1930-02-02
D: 2017-10-14
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Weik, Janet
Ruth Howland
B: 1929-10-07
D: 2017-10-08
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Howland, Ruth
Robert Donahue
B: 1946-11-06
D: 2017-10-06
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Donahue, Robert

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When You Meet with the Funeral Home

You will most likely meet with us within the first 24 hours of your loved one’s death to begin the funeral arrangements.

Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. Yet, it’s comforting to know every member of the funeral home staff will be there to do their utmost to make this difficult time a little bit easier. We will guide you in making all the necessary decisions.


Would You Like Someone to Go with You?

Perhaps you’d like another member of the family to come along with you. Or maybe you’d rather have a friend, or close neighbor join you in the first visit to the funeral home. While it’s not necessary to bring someone with you for moral support, it can be very beneficial.

Please don’t hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honored at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time. When you ask, be sure to tell them that if they do not feel comfortable doing so, you’ll understand.
 

Who is Responsible for Making the Decisions?

It’s important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the funeral arrangement decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is commonly as follows:

  • Legal Spouse/Partner
  • Surviving Adult Child/Children
  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling
  • Parent of Minor Child

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence, or are unclear as to who is the responsible person in funeral planning, call us.


Should Someone Else be Included in Making the Arrangements?

While assigning responsibility is an important part of funeral planning, it’s also very important to include any children, friends, or other family who would like to be a part of arranging the funeral, and perhaps share in the cost of a funeral. Despite the fact that they may not have any legal decision-making rights, their input could be very valuable to the process.

Assisting in making the final funeral arrangement decisions can be very empowering, and help someone come to terms with the loss. If there are people in your life who you feel should be asked to participate, make sure you ask them. They can always decline.


Have You Gathered the Necessary Documents?

Life and death are full of legalities. When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. The Funeral Director will tell you that the first step in caring for your loved one involves completing, and filing, the Death Certificate and Burial or Cremation permit. If you would like to complete the required Vital Statistic's Information prior to coming in, please click here.


To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it’s helpful to bring some of the following things with you:

  • Deceased's Military Discharge papers (necessary for obtaining Veterans' Benefits)
  • Deceased's Funeral pre-arrangements documents (if made with another funeral home)
  • A Photo to use in the Obituary and Memorial Cards/Register Book
  • Clothing
  • Notes about special accomplishments or hobbies/interests to assist in helping to write the obituary

If you’ve got questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please contact us.