Obituaries

Susan Locascio
B: 1939-01-13
D: 2019-01-18
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Locascio, Susan
Barbara Pluta
B: 1943-06-15
D: 2019-01-09
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Pluta, Barbara
Shirley Leonard
B: 1923-07-25
D: 2019-01-06
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Leonard, Shirley
Joseph Cafaro
D: 2019-01-06
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Cafaro, Joseph
Benniey Alimonti
B: 1930-03-27
D: 2019-01-02
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Alimonti, Benniey
Salvatore Petruccelli
B: 1947-12-24
D: 2019-01-01
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Petruccelli, Salvatore
Andrew Gioia, Esq.
D: 2018-12-30
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Gioia, Esq., Andrew
Ailish Campanile
B: 2002-10-23
D: 2018-12-15
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Campanile, Ailish
Donald Reeves
B: 1941-01-03
D: 2018-12-12
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Reeves, Donald
Jerry Bonnetti
B: 1940-03-03
D: 2018-12-03
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Bonnetti, Jerry
Leonilda Ruggiero
B: 1926-01-22
D: 2018-12-06
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Ruggiero, Leonilda
Julia Ciemniecki Lemke
D: 2018-11-25
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Ciemniecki Lemke, Julia
Robert Dannevig
B: 1933-07-11
D: 2018-11-16
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Dannevig, Robert
Robert Loepsinger
D: 2018-11-12
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Loepsinger, Robert
Evelyn Pinkham
B: 1927-05-08
D: 2018-11-11
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Pinkham, Evelyn
Mary "Molly" Aloia
B: 1934-01-21
D: 2018-11-06
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Aloia, Mary "Molly"
Patricia Byrnes
D: 2018-11-04
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Byrnes, Patricia
Rev. Msgr. Francis Houghton
B: 1925-09-02
D: 2018-10-31
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Houghton, Rev. Msgr. Francis
Barbara Christoff
B: 1928-03-21
D: 2018-09-28
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Christoff, Barbara
Lois Steinberg
B: 1930-01-11
D: 2018-10-11
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Steinberg, Lois
Gabriel Petruccelli
B: 1931-07-13
D: 2018-10-11
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Petruccelli, Gabriel

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at 908-233-0255 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014