Obituaries

William Van Alstine
B: 1923-01-22
D: 2018-12-09
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Van Alstine, William
John Purcell
B: 1944-05-29
D: 2018-12-08
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Purcell, John
Concetta Ford
B: 1930-04-12
D: 2018-12-03
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Ford, Concetta
John Fisk
B: 1942-08-10
D: 2018-12-01
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Fisk, John
Kathleen Smith
B: 1944-01-30
D: 2018-11-25
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Smith, Kathleen
Wesley Hutchins
B: 1935-01-29
D: 2018-11-24
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Hutchins, Wesley
Marjorie Gregoire
B: 1941-06-05
D: 2018-11-22
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Gregoire, Marjorie
Suzanne Walker
B: 1946-09-27
D: 2018-11-22
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Walker, Suzanne
Virginia Schoonmaker
B: 1945-07-20
D: 2018-11-16
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Schoonmaker, Virginia
Marie Douglas
B: 1943-02-07
D: 2018-11-12
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Douglas, Marie
Matthew Crispell
B: 1969-02-28
D: 2018-11-11
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Crispell, Matthew
Carolyn Gottfried
B: 1941-06-12
D: 2018-11-10
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Gottfried, Carolyn
Robert Gauthier
B: 1955-05-23
D: 2018-11-09
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Gauthier, Robert
Catherine Valenti
B: 1960-05-07
D: 2018-10-26
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Valenti, Catherine
Lori McNamara-Pokeda
B: 1966-05-31
D: 2018-10-26
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McNamara-Pokeda, Lori
James Spretty
B: 1948-07-26
D: 2018-10-23
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Spretty, James
Stanley Horrocks
B: 1930-09-20
D: 2018-10-20
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Horrocks, Stanley
Mary Becker
B: 1927-05-25
D: 2018-10-16
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Becker, Mary
Carol Fredette
B: 1938-01-10
D: 2018-10-15
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Fredette, Carol
Edward Colton
B: 1942-11-16
D: 2018-10-15
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Colton, Edward
Giovanni Lewis
B: 2018-10-13
D: 2018-10-13
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Lewis, Giovanni

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What to Know When Choosing Burial

For thousands of years, burial has been a traditional means of caring for the physical remains of a loved one. Historical precedence is one thing, but for you, burial may simply be the tradition of your family. When burial is chosen, your loved one may be:

  • Interred in the ground in a regulated cemetery, or if local legislation allows, on private property
  • Entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum
     

It’s a Deeply Personal Decision

Even if it isn’t what your family has commonly done over the years, there are many personal reasons you may have to choose burial over cremation. These could include:

  • Religious or geographical preferences
  • An aversion to the cremation practice of using flame and mechanical processing to reduce the remains to ash
  • Cremation is a too final, immediate and irreversible process. You prefer to keep the whole person's remains together and in one place.
  • You wish to erect a monument in honor of your loved one
  • You wish to have a natural location where you can visit, graced with trees and open spaces

    
Things to Consider

If you think that burial is the right choice for your family, there are some important decisions you must make. For example:

  • Are you going to have a viewing and/or will it be several days before the burial can take place. If so the body will need to be embalmed.
  • What kind of casket and burial vault would you prefer?
  • Which cemetery would you select, and where will your graves be in the cemetery?
  • What type of monument, headstone or grave marker would you like?
  • What words would you like to put on the headstone, marker, or monument?

Remember that each of these decisions involve related costs which may impact your final decision. These include:

  • Selection of the casket and protective burial vault required by the cemetery
  • The purchase of a cemetery plot, if your family doesn’t already have the rights to one.
  • The headstone or grave marker, and the cemetery's charge for a concrete foundation.

You should also know that each cemetery is governed by their own board of directors therefore prices and guidelines differ from one cemetery to the next.

We know this is a lot to absorb – that’s why we make ourselves available to you and your family night or day. It is our responsibility to guide you in caring for your loved one. Call us with any questions you may have.