Obituaries

Gladys Wood
B: 1925-09-08
D: 2014-10-29
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Wood, Gladys
Lynette Halvorson
B: 1935-11-12
D: 2014-10-22
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Halvorson, Lynette
Arthur Bartsch
B: 1934-05-15
D: 2014-10-18
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Bartsch, Arthur
Violet Burd
B: 1940-10-22
D: 2014-10-09
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Burd, Violet
Robert Picard
B: 1937-10-02
D: 2014-09-29
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Picard, Robert
Robert Knight
B: 1974-09-23
D: 2014-09-27
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Knight, Robert
Kenneth Pinch
B: 1934-05-10
D: 2014-09-25
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Pinch, Kenneth
Shirley Heisler
B: 1935-01-18
D: 2014-09-24
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Heisler, Shirley
James Towers
B: 1945-10-01
D: 2014-09-22
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Towers, James
Peter Drygas
D: 2014-09-22
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Drygas, Peter
Kevin Dunham
B: 1966-12-19
D: 2014-09-21
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Dunham, Kevin
Denise Nesplak
B: 1954-06-27
D: 2014-09-20
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Nesplak, Denise
Alexander Kokal
B: 1943-10-28
D: 2014-09-18
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Kokal, Alexander
Lindsey Valleau
B: 1928-11-16
D: 2014-09-04
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Valleau, Lindsey
Fred Mantic
B: 1932-04-13
D: 2014-08-21
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Mantic, Fred
Arthur Brendle
B: 1941-06-16
D: 2014-08-08
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Brendle, Arthur
Andrew Horsley
B: 1990-09-19
D: 2014-08-04
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Horsley, Andrew
Susan Baldeo
B: 1960-08-30
D: 2014-08-02
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Baldeo, Susan
Mary Heidenreich
B: 1928-08-13
D: 2014-07-30
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Heidenreich, Mary
Kathleen Smith
B: 1920-10-21
D: 2014-07-30
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Smith, Kathleen
Gian Sangha
B: 1932-01-15
D: 2014-07-28
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Sangha, Gian

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While they may feel that they should be the one to make these choices, the law doesn’t recognize them as such – and so their voice can become effectively silenced.

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, formally called the “order of precedence”) is commonly as follows:

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The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you are unclear as to who is the responsible person in planning a funeral for your loved one, call us.

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If your loved one has yet to specify who they wish to be in control of their funeral service planning, and they are clear-headed enough to do so, now is the perfect time to take care of that.

This is especially important if they think their relatives will not honor their funeral wishes, or if they are on bad terms with relatives, do not know where they are, or do not have any relatives living.

And appointing a specific person to arrange their funeral who is not a family member is a good way to ensure that their final wishes are carried out.

They can designate their choice by completing an Advance Health Care Directive, or the easy-to-read 5 Wishes guide from Aging with Dignity. Should you have questions about doing so, call us, or speak with your family attorney.

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