Obituaries

Susan Bechtel
B: 1946-04-14
D: 2017-04-27
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Bechtel, Susan
Pauline Schubert
B: 1918-11-29
D: 2017-04-27
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Schubert, Pauline
Fernando Chequita
B: 1928-03-07
D: 2017-04-26
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Chequita, Fernando
Roy Cranston
B: 1920-10-30
D: 2017-04-26
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Cranston, Roy
Louis Mayer
B: 1936-08-26
D: 2017-04-24
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Mayer, Louis
Peter Braid
B: 1942-06-19
D: 2017-04-22
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Braid, Peter
Raymond Spencer
B: 1938-07-19
D: 2017-04-19
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Spencer, Raymond
James Brooks
B: 1934-09-15
D: 2017-04-19
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Brooks, James
Kathleen Sleeth
B: 1927-03-18
D: 2017-04-18
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Sleeth, Kathleen
Vicki Campbell
B: 1950-09-25
D: 2017-04-17
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Campbell, Vicki
Robert Elliot
B: 1965-10-19
D: 2017-04-16
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Elliot, Robert
Giulio Tullio
B: 1926-11-11
D: 2017-04-15
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Tullio, Giulio
Laura Keirans
B: 1954-02-20
D: 2017-04-15
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Keirans, Laura
Ruth McPherson
D: 2017-04-12
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McPherson, Ruth
Andrew Johnson
B: 1926-02-28
D: 2017-04-10
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Johnson, Andrew
Lothar Stahl
D: 2017-04-10
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Stahl, Lothar
Matti Ruuska
B: 1922-02-08
D: 2017-04-07
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Ruuska, Matti
Robert Aucoin-Thomson
B: 1993-07-12
D: 2017-04-07
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Aucoin-Thomson, Robert
Giuseppa Ciommo
B: 1933-02-27
D: 2017-04-04
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Ciommo, Giuseppa
Jeffrey Coles
B: 1973-04-04
D: 2017-04-04
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Coles, Jeffrey
Thomas White
B: 1948-05-18
D: 2017-04-02
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White, Thomas

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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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  • Surviving Adult Child/Children
  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling
  • Ex-Spouse
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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 task.

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

And, you might mention that appointing a specific person to arrange their funeral who is not a family member, but is deeply trusted, is a good way to ensure that their final wishes are carried out.