Obituaries

Bernice Simmons
B: 1919-09-03
D: 2017-08-11
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Simmons, Bernice
Muriel DeCicco
B: 1937-09-07
D: 2017-07-29
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DeCicco, Muriel
Virginia Kiernan
B: 1926-05-09
D: 2017-07-27
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Kiernan, Virginia
Fawn Beadle
B: 1962-06-18
D: 2017-07-23
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Beadle, Fawn
Sara Hart
B: 1935-06-07
D: 2017-07-18
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Hart, Sara
Helen Landes
B: 1929-12-24
D: 2017-07-18
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Landes, Helen
Jan Van Heusen
B: 1943-02-21
D: 2017-07-11
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Van Heusen, Jan
Robert Harjes
B: 1939-06-17
D: 2017-07-02
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Harjes, Robert
John Becker
B: 1956-01-26
D: 2017-06-24
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Becker, John
Gary Overlee
B: 1947-04-07
D: 2017-06-18
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Overlee, Gary
Patrick Kane
B: 1963-02-11
D: 2017-06-17
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Kane, Patrick
Charles Black
B: 1962-02-22
D: 2017-05-22
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Black, Charles
Annette Matera
B: 1929-01-21
D: 2017-05-21
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Matera, Annette
Peter Holmes
B: 1939-02-06
D: 2017-05-12
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Holmes, Peter
Aurora Decker
B: 2014-04-15
D: 2017-05-11
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Decker, Aurora
Dr. William Van Kleeck, Jr. DO
B: 1929-01-29
D: 2017-05-04
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Van Kleeck, Jr. DO, Dr. William
Michael Ferrante
B: 1960-12-17
D: 2017-05-01
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Ferrante, Michael
Brandon DeBold
B: 1984-10-30
D: 2017-04-04
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DeBold, Brandon
Patrick Bogert
B: 1958-08-13
D: 2017-03-31
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Bogert, Patrick
Francis Baumgaertner
B: 1936-12-28
D: 2017-03-26
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Baumgaertner, Francis
James Parkes
B: 1930-07-20
D: 2017-02-27
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Parkes, James

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It really depends on how and where the death occurred. Where a death has been anticipated, call your attending physician.

If the death is unexpected, call emergency services first. If there are no emergency services or doctor available in your area, or you are concerned or uncertain about the circumstances surrounding a death, contact your local coroner’s office or the Office of the Chief Coroner.

The other first calls you should make include:

1. The funeral home
2. Immediate family members
3. Employers
4. Your Pastor
5. Your close friends

When you think about it, these calls are being made for two distinct reasons:

  • To notify the authorities and obtain assistance in dealing with the body
  • To notify the social circle, and gather family and friends together for support

Naturally the first of those reasons takes priority, because it is your responsibility to care for your loved one. In fact, we think of this as one of the final acts of love that you can take. Placing their body in the care of professionals can be a relief, and will give you the space to make those calls involved in the second category of outreach: the purely social notifications that will surround you with support.

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