Obituaries

Georgina Ross
B: 1945-11-05
D: 2017-12-07
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Ross, Georgina
Susan Allen
B: 1960-07-31
D: 2017-12-03
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Allen, Susan
Pietro Oliana
B: 1938-09-30
D: 2017-12-03
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Oliana, Pietro
Valerie Armstrong
B: 1946-09-18
D: 2017-12-02
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Armstrong, Valerie
Charles DeSimon
B: 1943-02-18
D: 2017-11-29
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DeSimon, Charles
Douglas King
B: 1944-05-04
D: 2017-11-27
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King, Douglas
Brian LeClair
B: 1965-09-19
D: 2017-11-26
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LeClair, Brian
Ronald Ten Eyck
B: 1934-07-20
D: 2017-11-25
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Ten Eyck, Ronald
Marie Lacelle
B: 1958-11-30
D: 2017-11-23
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Lacelle, Marie
John Mancuso
B: 1942-07-26
D: 2017-11-22
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Mancuso, John
Francesco GUIDOCCIO
D: 2017-11-21
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GUIDOCCIO, Francesco
Donna Pluss
B: 1929-01-02
D: 2017-11-21
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Pluss, Donna
Mary Chikoski
B: 1923-06-28
D: 2017-11-20
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Chikoski, Mary
Rose LaBerge
B: 1936-11-25
D: 2017-11-17
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LaBerge, Rose
John Tyler
B: 1932-07-01
D: 2017-11-17
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Tyler, John
Richard Valentine
B: 1951-03-12
D: 2017-11-15
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Valentine, Richard
Elizabeth Merling
B: 1943-07-17
D: 2017-11-12
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Merling, Elizabeth
Barbara Nadon
B: 1942-04-04
D: 2017-11-09
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Nadon, Barbara
June Beith
B: 1953-08-06
D: 2017-11-09
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Beith, June
Joseph Dinsmore
B: 1935-08-07
D: 2017-11-08
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Dinsmore, Joseph
Virginia Lepage
B: 1957-06-30
D: 2017-11-06
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Lepage, Virginia

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Frequently-Asked-Questions

  What is a funeral?
Answer A funeral is a time when friends and family gather to celebrate a life and mourn the loss of a loved one. They occur in cultures and societies around the world, and have deep personal and social significance. We know a funeral is the starting point of the recovery process and the first step toward healing.
 
  How much does a funeral cost?
Answer The cost of a funeral depends entirely on your wishes for the funeral. Funeral costs are made up of professional services, charges for transporting the body and presentation of the body, casket costs, vehicle charges, and fees for the doctor, minister, or cremation. Personalizing a funeral is also a factor in the cost. While we have many options to help you memorialize your loved one in a meaningful way, those options all have costs attached.
 
  How do I make funeral arrangements?
Answer You can call a funeral director to make an appointment or plan it online. We offer this service free of charge, and without obligation.
 
  What is a pre-arranged funeral?
Answer A pre-arranged funeral is a funeral arrangement made prior to death. You can pre-arrange your own funeral or you can pre-arrange a funeral for a loved one. Pre-arrangement is a way for you to make sure your life is celebrated in a way that is meaningful to you. It also relieves your loved ones of the burden of arranging a funeral for you.
 
  How do I make funeral arrangements?
Answer You can call us at 705-759-8456 to make an appointment or plan it online. We offer this service free of charge.
 
  What type of funeral service should I have?
Answer The answer to that question is very personal – how would you like it to be? A funeral service can be open to the public or accessible by invitation only. You can choose a large service or a small one. And, if you’re deeply religious, you can follow the liturgy of your faith. 
Perhaps you want something completely out-of-the-ordinary, and that’s possible too. Our funeral directors are trained to provide you with support and guidance to help you plan a funeral that truly reflects your needs and desires.
 
  Can I personalize my funeral service?
Answer In a word, yes. We believe that each funeral should reflect the life of the deceased – and no two people are the same. We invite – no, we encourage –you to let us know exactly how you want you or your loved one to be remembered, and we will do our best to create a ceremony that will truly celebrate the life lived.
 
  Why should we have a public viewing?
Answer Not every tradition encourages a public viewing, but we believe that they serve a purpose. In making a viewing part of your funeral service, you provide a certain amount of closure to all in attendance. This isn’t just our opinion; studies show that viewing the body helps everyone recognize the reality of death which is an important stepping stone in the grieving process.
 
  What should I do if a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
Answer It’s simple: call us 705-759-8456. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate assistance, one of our funeral directors will be there.
 
  What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
Answer It’s comforting to know that our funeral directors can help you no matter where a death has occurred.  We’ll take care of everything from bringing your loved one back home; to helping you arrange the service. All you need to do is call us. We’ll take care of the rest.
 
  What happens if I have a problem with how a funeral was handled?
Answer If we handled the arrangements, please call us. We’ll do everything we can to resolve the issue. 

We take pride in caring for the families who trust us during this difficult time. But, we’re well aware that sometimes things can go wrong, and if they do, you need to tell us. 


 
 
  Why do we need an obituary notice?
Answer An obituary notice is helpful for friends and family of the deceased. It informs them that a death has occurred and gives them information about the service.  Obituaries can be placed in newspapers and online.
 
  What is included in an obituary?
Answer A basic obituary includes the deceased’s full name, age, date of birth, city and state they were living in when they passed away. It should also include the name of the deceased’s significant other, and the date, time and place of the viewing, burial, wake and memorial service. If you don't have this information yet, you can always write something such as, "Funeral arrangements are being made by the funeral home and will be announced at a later date."

You may wish to add additional details, such as the names of any children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, parents, other close relatives or special friends. You may wish to write about the deceased’s life, accomplishments and legacy. You may suggest preferred charities for memorial contributions and let people know if you would rather not receive flowers.
 
  What is embalming?
Answer Embalming is the temporary disinfection, preservation, and restoration of the body. During the embalming process, the body is washed and dressed and cosmetics are applied.
 
  Is embalming necessary?
Answer If the body has to be transported to a country that requires embalming, then yes, it is necessary. Otherwise the decision is up to you. Some religious traditions forbid embalming. If your religion allows it, we recommend embalming if there is a long wait before burial or cremation.
 
  What is involved in cremation?
Answer The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber where the temperature reaches 1,400-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2.5 hours, all organic material is consumed by heat and evaporation, and the bone fragments are left behind. These are known as the cremated remains, which are then carefully removed from the chamber and processed into fine particles to be placed in a container or urn for the family.
 
  Do I need a casket if I choose cremation?
Answer No, you do not need to purchase a traditional casket. But, for sanitary reasons, crematories usually require a combustible, leak-proof, covered container. Commonly, a relatively-inexpensive  cremation container is all you need to purchase. However there are other, more elegant options available as well. 
 
  Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Answer By all means, yes. We encourage families to have a gathering – whether it’s a simple visitation, or a more elaborate funeral or memorial service – to support the bereaved and begin to mend the social fabric, torn by the loss of a member of the community.
 
  What can be done with the cremated remains?
Answer

The cremated remains can be interred in a cemetery plot or retained by a family member -- usually in an urn, scattered on private property or at a place that was important to the deceased. 

There are also elegant ways to memorialize a loved one using small amounts of the cremated remains, including art glass, oil paintings, and man-made diamonds. Or you can take a small amount of the cremated remains to include in a piece of cremation jewelry. Please view our online cremation keepsakes and jewelry selection for inspiration.