Obituaries

Robert Stahle
B: 1944-12-01
D: 2019-09-18
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Stahle, Robert
Kelsey DeJesus
B: 1990-04-12
D: 2019-09-16
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DeJesus, Kelsey
Kenneth Steffy
B: 1932-08-18
D: 2019-09-13
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Steffy, Kenneth
Jennie Kuperus
B: 1933-05-19
D: 2019-09-11
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Kuperus, Jennie
Muriel Valecz
B: 1925-04-06
D: 2019-09-08
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Valecz, Muriel
Steven Kilby
B: 1970-08-30
D: 2019-09-05
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Kilby, Steven
Bronson DePue
B: 1943-01-25
D: 2019-09-05
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DePue, Bronson
Allan Eisenecker
B: 1931-08-12
D: 2019-09-05
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Eisenecker, Allan
John Brooks
B: 1940-12-24
D: 2019-09-01
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Brooks, John
William Varcadipane
B: 1942-01-24
D: 2019-08-31
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Varcadipane, William
Berend Douma
B: 1948-04-12
D: 2019-08-31
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Douma, Berend
Florence Kowalski
B: 1930-10-27
D: 2019-08-28
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Kowalski, Florence
Carol Bicsak
B: 1948-02-19
D: 2019-08-28
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Bicsak, Carol
Antonio Lostrangio
B: 1925-02-15
D: 2019-08-24
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Lostrangio, Antonio
Helen Terhune
B: 1930-02-26
D: 2019-08-23
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Terhune, Helen
Joanne Dahl
B: 1939-10-22
D: 2019-08-22
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Dahl, Joanne
Douglas Havens
B: 1933-05-06
D: 2019-08-21
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Havens, Douglas
Ruth Fahrenfeld
B: 1922-06-10
D: 2019-08-20
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Fahrenfeld, Ruth
Joseph Polyi
B: 1940-09-21
D: 2019-08-19
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Polyi, Joseph
Jessica Watt
B: 1976-04-21
D: 2019-08-05
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Watt, Jessica
Percell Holmes
B: 1942-05-28
D: 2019-08-05
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Holmes, Percell

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Tips on Writing a Message of Condolence

You may not know exactly what you want to say in your Book of Memories™ condolence message. In fact, this may be the first time you've ever been faced with sharing your feelings or offering comforting words to someone who is grieving a loss. Whether it's the first time, or the fifth, we're here to offer some assistance. We've compiled some tips, and brought together a list of expressive words you can use in your condolences.

Tip #1: Be sincere. It's important to mean what you say, on the deepest emotional level. Yes, we know, "saying what you mean" can be harder - that's why we're here.

Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

Tip #3: Don't tell them you know how they feel. Because you can't really know; even if you've endured the loss of a loved one in the past - your grief was yours, and this is theirs.

Tip #4: Share how you felt when you heard the news. Perhaps you were shocked, disbelieving, or deeply saddened. Let them know how the passing affected you personally.

Tip #5: Share Remind them that you will always hold the memory of their loved one close to you. It will be a comfort to them to know that their loved one will be remembered.

A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

After writing and posting a message of condolence to the family, you may also wish to make a memorial donation as a tribute to their loved one, or send flowers to the family home or memorial service. However you choose to express your concern and pay tribute, please know this: it will be deeply appreciated.