Obituaries

Joe Walker
B: 1938-03-23
D: 2017-09-22
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Walker, Joe
Norma Burrows
B: 1929-08-24
D: 2017-09-21
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Burrows, Norma
Don Ward Needham
B: 1940-06-02
D: 2017-09-21
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Needham, Don Ward
Connor Lacy
D: 2017-09-20
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Lacy, Connor
Betty McDonald
B: 1928-11-08
D: 2017-09-18
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McDonald, Betty
Francis F.J. "Papa" Staff
B: 1924-12-14
D: 2017-09-16
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Staff, Francis F.J. "Papa"
Elizabeth Broyles - Pettey
B: 1924-12-24
D: 2017-09-14
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Broyles - Pettey, Elizabeth
Karen Daugbjerg
B: 1958-11-02
D: 2017-09-14
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Daugbjerg, Karen
Richard Kenny
D: 2017-09-14
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Kenny, Richard
Cecelia Syptak
B: 1931-10-24
D: 2017-09-13
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Syptak, Cecelia
Chow Woo
B: 1926-11-21
D: 2017-09-13
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Woo, Chow
Dale Ledet
B: 1939-10-16
D: 2017-09-03
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Ledet, Dale
John Bingham O'Heeron
B: 1941-10-28
D: 2017-09-01
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O'Heeron, John Bingham
Mrs. Willien Matzke Plackemeier
B: 1925-12-15
D: 2017-08-31
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Plackemeier, Mrs. Willien Matzke
Mary Ann Hagemeister
B: 1927-05-01
D: 2017-08-31
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Hagemeister, Mary Ann
Windell Dunn
B: 1938-02-18
D: 2017-08-29
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Dunn, Windell
Pedro Munoz
B: 1936-06-21
D: 2017-08-29
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Munoz, Pedro
Kenneth Attebery
B: 1934-10-31
D: 2017-08-28
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Attebery, Kenneth
Irma Hubel Williams
B: 1925-06-07
D: 2017-08-26
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Williams, Irma Hubel
Eusebio Martinez
B: 1961-08-14
D: 2017-08-25
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Martinez, Eusebio
Mary Morgan
B: 1938-03-10
D: 2017-08-25
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Morgan, Mary

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Burial & Graveside Service Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?
 
2. Is it required for the decreased to be embalmed prior to burial?
 
3. What is the cost of a casket?
 
4. What is a burial vault? Do I need to buy one?
 
5. What is involved in a cemetery burial?
 
6. Am I required to buy a headstone or grave marker?
 
7. Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?
 
8. What is direct burial?
 
9. Is direct burial right for my loved one?
 
10. What services are provided when choosing direct burial?
 
11. What is a graveside service?
 
12. What additional fees or charges should I expect to pay?
 
13. When is payment expected?
 
14. Do I write my loved one’s obituary, or will someone else do it?
 
15. Should I request memorial donations instead of flowers?
 

Question #1What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?
Answer:Burial costs include several factors, including the cost of the burial plot itself, opening/closing of the gravesite, and any fees required to obtain necessary permits for cemetery files and records, as well as fees for use of special equipment and graveside services. There’s also a fee for headstone or marker installation, and a one-time perpetual care, or endowment care, fee for maintenance.

Question #2Is it required for the decreased to be embalmed prior to burial?
Answer:As a rule, embalming is not necessary or required by law for burial. However, if you plan on having a viewing or visitation, embalming is a good way to make the deceased look as good and lifelike as possible for loved ones.

Question #3What is the cost of a casket?
Answer:The average cost of a casket is around two thousand dollars; however, a broad range of casket types, sizes, and specifications create a wide variance in cost when it comes to purchasing a casket for your deceased loved one.

Question #4What is a burial vault? Do I need to buy one?
Answer:A burial vault helps safeguard against signs of burial plots settling, or sinking, preserving the pristine view and visiting experience at the cemetery grounds. The primary role of a burial vault is aesthetic.

Question #5What is involved in a cemetery burial?
Answer:If no funeral plans have been made prior to your loved one’s passing, it will fall to you to choose the location of their interment within burial grounds. You’ll choose a casket and burial vault, as well as the clothing and any special items you’d like to be placed in the casket. Once payment is received, the date and time of interment will be agreed upon and groundskeepers will handle opening and closing of the site as well as placement of the burial vault.

Question #6Am I required to buy a headstone or grave marker?
Answer:The cemetery provides an identification marker for your loved one’s grave, but it is meant as a placeholder until a permanent headstone or grave marker is furnished by the family. Without a permanent marker, the grave will eventually become ‘unmarked’ as the temporary marker becomes illegible.

Question #7Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?
Answer:Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery maintains excellent relationships with monument companies. When you’re ready to purchase a grave marker, we will assist in its selection, manufacture, and placement.

Question #8What is direct burial?
Answer:A direct burial is an expedited interment, meaning that there will be no memorial or funeral services for the deceased. We provide for the physical care of the deceased, then escort the casket to the cemetery for immediate burial.

Question #9Is direct burial right for my loved one?
Answer:If there are few mourners or your loved one expressed the desire for a simple interment, direct burial can be a good option. Discuss the possibility with a funeral director to explore the idea and discuss options.

Question #10What services are provided when choosing direct burial?
Answer:The funeral director will complete and file the death certificate along with any required signatures for permits and authorizations. They will help with casket and vault selection, and oversee the physical care and dressing of the deceased. Then your loved one will be escorted to the cemetery for immediate burial.

Question #11What is a graveside service?
Answer:Some families choose to gather solely at the cemetery, rather than having a separate service in a church or funeral home chapel. A clergy member or celebrant will direct services at the gravesite, and witness the in-ground committal of your loved one’s casket.

Question #12What additional fees or charges should I expect to pay?
Answer:One of the most common fees is the cost levied by the newspaper to print your loved one’s obituary. In addition, you’ll need to plan for clergy or musician fees where applicable, floral arrangements, reception needs such as food and beverages, and facility rental.

Question #13When is payment expected?
Answer:It depends, but generally you can expect to pay at the time the service contract is signed.  

Question #14Do I write my loved one’s obituary, or will someone else do it?
Answer:Anyone who knew your loved one can write their obituary, or the responsibility may be passed to the funeral director.

Question #15Should I request memorial donations instead of flowers?
Answer:There’s no correct answer here; it depends on the expressed desires of the deceased, as well as the family’s need and preference.

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