Memorial Memories Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Memorial Memories 32 32 Castle, Donald O. Jr. 1949-2021 St. Joseph, Mo. | Obituaries Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000

Donald O. Castle, Jr. was born on March 8, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio to Donald O. Castle Sr. and Mary Ann Taylor Castle.

As a member of a US Air Force family, he lived in Ankara, Turkey, Washington DC and Oslo, Norway, where he attended the Boy Scout World Jamboree before returning to St. Joseph in 1963 and continuing with Boy Scouts.

Don graduated from Central High School in 1967 where he was a member of the ROTC.

He joined the US Air Force in 1967 and served five years at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam and at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany.

After working on cable television in Kansas City, he returned to St. Joseph and attended Missouri Westerns for two years.

Don worked for Walnut Woods in St. Joseph for many years and traveled with her softball team to national tournaments. When Walnut Woods was closing, he was working for St Joe Surgical Supply.

As a Vietnam vet, Don had been a proud member of the VFW since 1668, serving as the post commander, helping veterans find merit, representing his posts at district meetings, and attending Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies.

Don was an avid crossword puzzle solver.

Survived by: Mother, Mary Ann Castle of St. Joseph; Sister Susan Castle Kimberlin Wilton Manors, Florida; Brother, Doug (Donna) Castle, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sister, Candace Castle, St. Joseph; Niece Becky Castle Miller, Northern Seminary Wheaton, Illinois; Nephew Zach Castle, on behalf of the US Embassy in Georgia; and nephew Daniel Castle, instructor at USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.

He is buried in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the disabled American veterans. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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Esther Reiter | Obituaries | Sat, 25 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000

Esther Reiter

WARREN – Esther Marie Rider, 93, formerly of North Webster, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Heritage Pointe Retirement Home in Warren where she had lived for the past few years. She was born on May 27, 1927 in Troy Township of Whitley County, Indiana, to Delbert and Irene (Wright) Martin.

She graduated from Larwill High School with the class from 1945.

On September 28, 1945, she married Arden Rider.

Esther worked for International Harvester in Fort Wayne and retired from Wawasee High School.

She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church and a past member of the Etna United Methodist Church and the Backwater Friends Home Economic Club.

She is survived by her 75-year-old loving husband, Arden Rider; Daughter Cheryl (Jack Lapinsky) Reiter; Brother Gail “Speedy” (Carol) Martin; Daughters-in-law Nora Kametani and Beth Rider; eight grandchildren, Sean Vyain, Alison Vyain, Justin Rider, Kate (Mike) Parks, Michaela Kametani-Rider, Aaron Kametani-Rider, Cheyenne Kametani-Rider, and Dustin Rider; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Vyain and Reeder Vyain.

Her parents preceded her in death; and sons, David Paul Rider and Aaron Craig Rider; and sister Hilda Gaerte.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10-11 a.m. at the DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with a public memorial service at 11 a.m.

Sharon Brockhaus takes over the funeral service.

Esther was buried in Scott-Keister Cemetery in rural Whitley County in November 2020.

Visit to express their condolences online to Esther’s family or sign up for the online guest book.

George Haggenjos

COLUMBIA CITY – George “Butch” Jacob Haggenjos, 90, of Columbia City, Indiana, died at his home at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021, after suffering from cancer for seven months.

Smith and Sons Funeral Home takes care of the arrangements.

James Pale

COLUMBIA CITY – James “Jim” Fahl, 75, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday night, September 21, 2021.

He was born on June 25, 1946 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Fritz and Eileen (Meyer) Fahl.

He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the class of 1964.

On August 6, 1966, he married his high school girlfriend, Vickie O’Brien.

In addition to being a lifelong farmer, Jim worked for Dana from 1966 until he retired in 2002. He also worked for Stumps in South Whitley over the winter for more than 15 years, helping his son with Fahl Colors Landscaping.

He loved playing bowling, being outside, mowing, cycling Whitley County, horse riding, camping, and cutting firewood. Most of all, he loved watching his grandchildren play sports.

Jim leaves behind his 55-year-old, loving wife, Vickie Fahl; Twin daughters Gia (Mike) Reed and Tina (Jamie) Vandersaul; Son, Chad (Maggie) Wan; Brothers Frank (Donna) Fahl and Mike (Carol) Fahl; Sisters Vada (Ken) Gaff, Rhonda Pearson, and Sara (Randy) Tester; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

The tour will take place on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on 600 Countryside Drive in Columbia City.

The funeral service begins on Monday, September 27th, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Commemorative donations may be made in memory of the Humane Society of Whitley County, or at the donor’s choice.

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Austin Eckert

COLUMBIA CITY – Austin H. Eckert, 89, of Columbia City, Indiana, died on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Parkview Hospital.

Born on August 24, 1932 in Huntington, Indiana, he was the son of Paul and Agnes (Campbell) Eckert.

He grew up in Huntington County before his family moved to Whitley County in 1947.

Austin graduated from Washington Center High School with the 1951 class and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On June 9, 1970, he married Linda (Rider) Gambrell in Columbia City.

Austin was a trained carpenter and has been the general contractor and owner of Bower and Eckert Construction for more than 40 years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 98.

Austin enjoyed having a cup of coffee with his friends and watching sports, especially soccer and basketball. He found relaxation during a visit to his family in Kentucky for a month or two in the summer.

Austin leaves behind his 51-year-old loving wife, Linda Eckert; Son, Greg (Laura) Eckert; Daughter Kathy (Randy) Fryback; Stepson Tim (Susie) Gambrell; Stepdaughter Jennifer (Jamie) Hankins; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Apart from his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Kelly F. Clark; Brothers Earl Eckert and DeWayne Eckert; and sister Phyllis Reith.

Commemorative donations may be made in memory of Austin at the donor’s choice.

Donations can be made to DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

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Tiffin Mullenax Jr.

ABILENE, Texas – Tiffin Rinehart Mullenax Jr., 81, of Abilene, Texas, passed away in Abilene, Texas on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas.

Services will also be held in Columbia City, Indiana, conducted by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, and Central Valley, California, both dates to be set.

Tiffin R. Mullenax “Junior” was born on April 7, 1940 in Arborvale, West Virginia, to Tiffin R. Mullenax Sr. and Letha V. Armentrout.

Born in West By God, Virginia, the youngest of six children in a farming family, he moved to Larwill, Indiana, in 1950.

In 1958 he graduated from Larwill High School, where he was President of the FFA and a member of the ECV Mountain Charlie Chapter.

Tiffin joined the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961.

He met the love of his life, Alice Oryall, after just one blind date in San Francisco on May 13, 1961 in Beaufort, North Carolina, and married her.

From 1968 to 2000 he worked as a mechanic in San Francisco, California, for United Airlines.

Tiffin had unmatched love, devotion, and enthusiasm for God, family, friends, country, and a hell of a good time. He was loved, admired and respected by everyone who knew him. His many interests and preferences have included vintage cars, semi-pro motorcycle racing, camping, white water rafting, and taking his family on road trips to show them this beautiful country he loved.

His brother Thorald Tiffin (February 4, 1928 – December 30, 1947) preceded him in death; Father, Tiffin Sr. (September 4, 1894 – January 10, 1984); Mother Letha V. Armentrout (December 13, 1905 – February 16, 1983); Brother William Kay on February 28, 2007; and sister Letha Carol Waybright on August 31, 2007.

Tiffin leaves behind his wife Alice Oryall; Son, Tiffin “Chanse” III; Daughter Tonya and husband Eric Rendon; Daughter Tamara and husband Glenn Edwards Jr .; Brother George Fry of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sister Fannie Margaret Davenport of Graff, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Sandra Johnson

COLUMBIA CITY – Sandra “Sandy” E. Johnson, 83 years old, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:00 am at her home town.

She was born on June 27, 1938 in DeKalb County, Indiana, to Basil and Vera (Hills) Bickel.

Sandy grew up in Garrett, Indiana, attended local schools, and graduated from Garrett High School with the 1956 class.

Sandy married Duane Johnson on August 24, 1957 in Garrett, Indiana. They moved from Indiana to California before moving to Texas in 1965.

She attended the College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. Sandy earned her Certified Property Manager Certificate and worked in Houston until she retired.

In 2000, they moved to the Johnson family farm near Columbia City.

Sandy was a housewife, in addition to her work for the Bank of the Southwest, managed several bank-owned properties and helped set up a Unitarian Universalist Church in Clear Lake City, Texas.

Sandy loved music, quilting, gardening, stained glass and was also an artist.

Sandy attended Lake Chapel United Methodist Church in Allen County, Indiana, where she served as a pianist.

She was a member of the Master Gardeners of Whitley County and the Houston Horizon Chorus in Texas.

Survivors include her loving husband of 64, Duane Johnson of Columbia City; Daughters Denise (Mark) Gilliland from Columbia City, Kathie Johnson Daily from Lafayette, and Pam (Rev. Steve) Bahrt from north Manchester; Grandsons, Matt Daily, Erin Bahrt, Garrett Daily, Wesley Gilliland, Lindsey Bahrt, Weaver Gilliland, and Jason (Cassie) Bahrt; Great-grandchildren, Janelle, Matthias and Zara; and Sister Sheila Meyer of Clarksville, Indiana.

Her parents preceded her in death; and siblings, Barbara Brown, Marcia Shellenbarger, Basil Bickel, Bob Bickel, and Dick Bickel.

A memorial service for Sandy will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with memorial calls from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The funeral at a later date will take place in the Eel River Cemetery in Churubusco.

Memorial donations in memory of Sandy can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Gabby Petito Funeral Arrangements Announced While Search For Brian Laundrie Continues – CBS New York Sat, 25 Sep 2021 03:05:00 +0000

BLUE POINT, NY (CBSNewYork) Funeral arrangements have been announced for Gabby Petito.

The funeral will take place on Sunday at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook, NY, and will be open to the public from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Petito’s family asked for donations through the Johnny Mac Foundation to be sent to the Future Gabby Petito Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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On Friday evening, people in Blue Point lit candles at the end of their driveways and along the sidewalk to remember Petito as part of a “Light the Night” event.

Meanwhile, Florida search teams made their way through the vast Carlton Reservation again to look for her missing fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

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“It’s hot. It’s wet out there. But they work really hard,” said Joe Fussell, North Port Police Commander.

The search was completed on Friday evening.

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A federal arrest warrant was issued against Laundrie on Thursday. The charges do not relate to Petito’s death, which has been classified as a homicide. The warrant relates to charges of using a bank card, but it could be an indication that prosecutors are trying to bring a major lawsuit against Laundrie.

“Well, the warrant doesn’t change anything for us. We’re working as hard to find him now as we were on the first day, ”said Fussell. “That burdens everyone. Everyone has some level of stress. Everyone has the urge, and that’s what really gets us going is the urge to find Brian and try to close this investigation. “

The US District Court in Wyoming issued the warrant following an indictment by the grand jury.

It is alleged that between August 30 and September 1, Laundrie used a debit card and PIN that did not belong to him to collect fees in excess of $ 1,000.

The couple documented a seemingly fairytale cross-country adventure until it disappeared and he fell silent.

The couple planned to land in Portland, Oregon to visit family friend Noreen Gibbon. She is shocked by Petito’s death.

“I had no idea. No idea. Couldn’t say. I mean, check out the van on the video. This is how she presented herself. I had no idea, ”she said.

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Finding Laundrie on the reservation was a challenge, Fussell said.

“We search through wooded areas. We search through waters. We search swampy areas and use the resources to do so, ”added Fussell. “We use every resource to get through every terrain that we encounter in our search areas.”

Fussell said the Carlton Reserve search was based on the information they developed.

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“We don’t waste time out here. We are doing our due diligence to find Brian in an area that intelligence agencies have taken us to that he could possibly be, ”said Fussell.

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District officials discuss homework-free weekends and future psychological support Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:51:55 +0000

As the school nears the end of the first quarter, discussions about changes to homework have been circulating in board meetings of key district officials.

On September 13th, the Board of Trustees of the MVLA decided to revise the previous rules for homework, especially with regard to mental health.

The board’s original intent was to have three homework-free weekends year-round, one for Homecoming weekend, Memorial Day weekend, and March’s quarterly break.

MVHS teacher David Campbell spoke at the board meeting to bring to light certain issues related to student mental health. Rather than pushing three times for less homework, he primarily focuses on the stress that taking too many AP classes can put on students.

Students do homework during the tutorial

“If we really want to change anything, we need to limit the number of AP classes our students take,” said Campbell.

Campbell conducted a survey of over 200 responses about attitudes towards mental health support from MVHS. The survey was answered by a wide variety of teachers, school psychologists, and seniors.

Through the answers given, Campbell created a case for a psychosocial support overhaul in the school.

“The unfortunate reality of MVHS mental health support is that it is largely based on crisis response rather than preventive measures,” Campbell said.

Due to recent calendar changes, the MVHS and LAHS schedules were not aligned during the homecoming weekend. If the homework weekend had been homework-free, MVHS would have 4 days homework-free weekend, while LAHS would only have 2 days.

With this in mind, the Board decided to skip the homework weekend weekend off and promised to resume discussion of academic mental health issues in future meetings.

“Just because a student’s testimonial shows all ones doesn’t mean the student is fine, safe, and healthy,” said Campbell.

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What to Know Before Buying a Fridge Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:14:27 +0000

Are you thinking of getting a new refrigerator? Replacing such a large device shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our FAQ will tell you everything you need to know about buying a new refrigerator the right way.

When is it time to replace a refrigerator?

If you’re happy with your current refrigerator, it’s a good idea to keep using it until it starts to fail. You may notice strange clicking or rumbling noises (a sign that the AC components are having problems), or features such as the water dispenser or lights have stopped working.

For more information, see our guide to device lifespan, but a refrigerator can typically last anywhere from 14 to 19 years. The less cool air that escapes from the refrigerator, the longer it will last, so the design and use have an important influence.

What Are The Best Fridge Brands?

For more information, check out our guide to the best refrigerator manufacturers. However, some of the brands we rate the highest include Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, and GE. Which brand is best for you depends on a number of factors including how much money you want to spend (some brands are known for lower prices than others) and how many smart features you want in the refrigerator. You may also want to have all of your devices from the same manufacturer to narrow down your search.

How can you make sure a new refrigerator will fit?

Always measure before buying! Take a tape measure and measure the width and height of your refrigerator – don’t measure the refrigerator yourself as space is much more important. If any drawers or doors bump into the refrigerator, you should also measure the depth. Then you know what to look for when researching refrigerator models. The dimensions of each refrigerator should be noted in the specifications section on the product page (or on the product card if you are shopping in person).

Standard depth refrigerators are generally 30 to 34 inches wide and about 70 inches high. Each model can vary in exact dimensions, and since cold rooms in kitchens can be tight, it is important to get exact numbers. When measuring depth, be aware that depth indications are often broken down into with / without handles for more precise information. Keep in mind that many single door refrigerators have doors that can be reversed to open from either the right or left.

There are counter-depth refrigerators that are much shallower than standard models and stay flush with your counters for a smoother look. If your refrigerator is on one of the counter depth setups, make sure the replacement is also a counter depth refrigerator of the correct dimensions.

What does a new refrigerator cost?

Whirlpool refrigerator in the kitchen with the door open.

That really depends on the size of the refrigerator (how many cubic feet of space it has), additional features, the type of freezer, and similar factors. The cheapest fridges generally cost $ 800 to $ 1,000, although small fridges can be even lower. Other standard refrigerators start at around $ 1,500 to $ 2,500. Larger models with many smart features can cost several thousand dollars or more. In our guide to the best refrigerators you can get an idea of ​​the current price ranges.

Should you buy a refrigerator online?

You sure can. Many websites have an excellent collection of refrigerator models including Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, and more. Refrigerators don’t usually come with many surprises, so shopping online is usually a safe option and an easy way to compare prices.

However, there are also a few reasons to visit a brick and mortar store before buying. There may be offers or additional packages that are available in person and cannot be found online. You may also want to open up the fridge and freezer and see how easy they are to use.

Does the fridge style play a role?

As long as the model fits into the space provided in your kitchen, it’s entirely up to you. It’s a good idea to explore other styles, although some will work better than others for your needs. Common options include:

  • side by side: This option has two vertical doors, one for the refrigerator and one for the freezer. It’s a very versatile design, but it can also waste a lot of energy if managed incorrectly.
  • french door: These models have a two-door refrigerator on top and a pull-out freezer that covers the bottom third of the refrigerator. They’re spacious and efficient, but they take up a little more space than other styles.
  • Freezer downstairs: This model has a single large door for the refrigerator at the top and a freezer drawer at the bottom. With such a model, it is important to note which way the large door swings. Compact versions of this style are a great way to save money and energy.
  • Freezer upstairs: Here the smaller freezer door is at the top and the larger refrigerator door is at the bottom (both usually open the same way). A top freezer is often easily accessible and a good choice if you use the freezer frequently.
  • Quadruple door: These refrigerators divide both the refrigerator and the freezer into two separate areas, there are a total of four doors, which are often divided into cooling zones or other functions.

Which smart features are important in refrigerators?

Samsung Family Hub fridge with touch screen.

Smart quality of life features can be a huge benefit when using a refrigerator. Look for things like the ability to monitor indoor temperatures and control them with an app, advanced temperature sensors in every area of ​​the refrigerator, or doors that lock automatically or sound an alarm when they are left ajar. Many refrigerators also let you connect to them via Wi-Fi to receive notifications about replacing filters or performing diagnostics. Quick cooling sections are a nice bonus too.

You can find more unusual functions on a smart refrigerator. Compatibility with voice assistants, refrigerator cameras (to see what ingredients you have left) and integrated touchscreens for smart shopping are innovative ideas but have less everyday value.

What do I have to do for the installation?

We strongly recommend adding an installation package to your purchase for a small fee that includes the delivery, mounting and removal of your old refrigerator, saving you a lot of hassle.

On the day of delivery, empty your fridge and freezer completely – it’s good to have a cooler box for this project as the delivery windows can be quite wide and you don’t want anything to melt or spoil. Finally, pull out your refrigerator to reveal the space behind (you don’t have to separate it) and quickly vacuum up any dust and debris so this isn’t a problem later. Installers should be able to take care of the rest: removing refrigerator door handles or even entrance doors during installation is common.

Where can I find offers for refrigerators?

A good start: Our guide to cheap refrigerator deals is constantly updated and is the perfect way to keep an eye on the latest deals. Otherwise go shopping in spring and late summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day are both great times to look for deals. Black Friday offers discounts too, but competition for limited inventory can be fierce.

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Cathie Sommers Obituary (2021) – Coplay, PA Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:10:09 +0000 Cathie A. Sommers, 63, from Effort, died on September 24, 2021 at the Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospice House. She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Sommers, with whom she would have celebrated 11 years of wonderful marriage on October 23. She was born in Bethlehem and was the daughter of the late Louis and Marion (Peters) Hegedus. Cathie graduated from Freedom High School in Bethlehem in 1976 and later worked for Hudson News as a regional supervisor for many years. Cathie had a creative heart and enjoyed spending time doing handicrafts. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her four-legged children Mindy, Max, Dakota, and Bear. In addition to her loving husband Paul, she has children, David Sommers and wife Jennifer of Chapman; and Tiffany Barbara and husband Roy from FL; Brother Keith Hegedus and wife Carol of North Carolina; Grandson, Lindsey, Riley, Emily, RJ, and Violet; and two nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her beloved St. Bernard, Daisy. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc., 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, PA 18037. A visit will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The funeral will take place after the service at Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Allentown. Donations can be made in memory of Cathie at Peaceable Kingdom at 1049 MacArthur Rd, Whitehall, PA 18052. Online condolences can be recorded at

Posted by Morning Call on September 25, 2021.

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Funeral procession through Lee County, serving FHP Trooper who died of COVID-19 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:03:00 +0000


The Florida Highway Patrol honors the life of trooper Brian J. Pingry with a funeral procession on Friday morning.

Pingry, a seven-year FHP veteran and a Lee County resident, died Sunday of COVID-19 complications. The procession begins at 8:15 am at Gendron Funeral Home on 2701 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres and ends at Next Level Church on 11081 Gateway Boulevard in Fort Myers.

The processional route begins in the western lanes of Lee Boulevard to Gunnery Road, continues south on Gunnery Road to Daniels Parkway, and from there turns right onto Gateway Boulevard, where it ends at Next Level Church. Short traffic delays are to be expected.

A link to the FHP Facebook livestream of the funeral service will be posted below as soon as it begins.

Procession route time (expected start at 8:15 a.m.):

  • WB Lee Boulevard to Gunnery Road (turn left) * Estimated departure 8:15 am
  • SB Gunnery Road to Daniels Parkway (straight ahead) * Approximately 8:20 am
  • WB Daniels Parkway to Gateway Boulevard (turn right) * Approximately 8:25 am
  • NB Gateway Boulevard to Next Level Church – East (turn right) * Approximately 8:30 am

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York ME Cemetery installs final resting place for US flags Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:03:39 +0000

The vault will contain about 50 years of ashes from American flags that adorned veteran tombstones.


YORK, Maine – Each year around Memorial Day, approximately 1,000 flags are placed on the graves of veterans in First Parish Cemetery. The flags stay all summer, fluttering in the wind and fading in the sun.

Then, shortly after Veterans Day each year, the flags are again collected and sent for proper retirement and cremation, according to Cemetery Superintendent Todd Fredrick.

But now the ashes from American flags that adorned headstones in First Parish Cemetery have a final resting place nearby.

To better honor the American flags posted on the veterans ‘graves at First Parish Cemetery, Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home, the York Committee of Veterans’ Affairs and the cemetery came together to create a new home.

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A two-and-a-half-foot hole was dug in the cemetery grounds on September 15 to create a concrete vault that would provide space to fill about half a century of ashes.

“It worried me what the life cycle of flags was when they were retired … when these flags are retired, they should be properly retired. I’m glad to be just a small part of it, ”said Frederick.

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The US Flag Act states that if a flag “is in a state where it is no longer an appropriate emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by incineration.”

When the flags fall from the tombstones in November, the cemetery attendant will flatten the flags and then transport them to the funeral home, who will prepare them in a cremation box. This cardboard box with a wooden floor is then taken to a crematorium, which returns the ashes in an urn to the cemetery, in order to then pour them into the vault.

The vault is located in the back of the cemetery and is covered by a polymer cover that is fastened with fasteners. Once the polymer cover is removed, Frederick opens a hatch that is about 16 inches wide.

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More of these vaults will likely be placed in the same area of ​​the cemetery decades in the future, but that will be the decision of the next superintendent, Frederick said.

The safe was $ 400 and was paid for and installed by the cemetery, he said.

The Veterans Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 28th and decide on which important day the flags will be ceremonially burned: either Veterans Day on November 11th or Flag Day on June 14th.

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Another plaque is coming that will tell the story of the vault, said Frederick. The Veterans Affairs Committee intends to have York schools compete in a joint competition to engage students and help with formulation.

“I think it shows that the veterans who live in our town certainly have respect and honor, and it’s wonderful to see,” said Frederick.

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Terri J. Cogar Fri, 24 Sep 2021 00:59:54 +0000

Terri J. Cogar, 44, of Buckhannon, died at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

She was born on October 4, 1976 in Buckhannon to Charles Thomas of Somerset, Pennsylvania and Teddi Burr-Seidl of Philippi. On September 30, 2011, she was married to Jeffery J. Cogar, who survived. In addition to her parents and husband, she leaves two daughters: Liberty Snyder and husband Austin Metz and Korri Snyder, both from the house; a son of Dakota Snyder of the house; two stepsons: Ben and Bryce Cogar, both from Abbott; a sister Alethea Seidl and husband Hunter Chapman from California; and a brother Donnie Thomas from French Creek.

In death she was preceded by a brother, Stephen Seidl.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and planning outings for the whole family. Terri loved hunting, fishing, and driving four-wheelers. She was an avid reader and a talented pool player.

The corpse is cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Laurel Fork United Methodist Church, French Creek.

Our condolences can be expressed to the family online at The family entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service with the arrangements.

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F. MCLAUGHLIN Obituary (2021) – Revere, MA Thu, 23 Sep 2021 20:17:00 +0000 McLAUGHLIN, F. Phyllis (O’Hara) life-long Revere Resident, died peacefully on September 22 at the age of 85. Devoted 61-year-old wife to the late Robert F. McLaughlin. Loving mother of John R. McLaughlin & wife Danae von Stoneham, Scott A. McLaughlin & wife Katherine von Melrose, Stephen M. McLaughlin & mate Becky Tamburino of North Billerica & the late Robert McLaughlin. Cherished and proud grandmother of Ryan McLaughlin & wife Katie from North Providence, RI, Kaci L. McLaughlin from Seattle, WA & Christen M. McLaughlin & fiance Andrew Legget from Danvers. Dear sister of the late Marjorie E. Robertson & husband James R., Mary Racca & husband James S. “Brother”, Dorothy Minichino, Helen Botta & husband Frank & John O’Hara. Special aunt of Karen Santilli from Revere. Also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, friends, neighbors & extended families. Family and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), REVERE on Monday, September 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A funeral service is held in the burial house at 5.15 p.m. Burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody will be private. For the safety of all visitors, please wear mouth and nose protection during services. Instead of flowers, memories of the Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135, can be commemorated. To send condolences or for more information, please visit

Published by Boston Globe September 23-26, 2021.

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