Obituaries

Curtis Svarstad
B: 1954-03-04
D: 2018-08-07
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Svarstad, Curtis
Lois Ellefson
B: 1928-09-05
D: 2018-08-05
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Ellefson, Lois
Olive Learing
B: 1921-11-22
D: 2018-08-04
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Learing, Olive
Ethan Crossman
B: 2011-07-29
D: 2018-07-28
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Crossman, Ethan
Warren Broderson
B: 1938-02-13
D: 2018-07-22
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Broderson, Warren
Denise Naslund
B: 1954-08-29
D: 2018-07-21
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Naslund, Denise
Vaughn Connely
B: 1925-06-24
D: 2018-07-07
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Connely, Vaughn
Palmer Erickson
B: 1921-12-12
D: 2018-07-03
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Erickson, Palmer
Karla Harnois
B: 1960-08-11
D: 2018-06-24
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Harnois, Karla
Russell Husby
B: 1947-01-19
D: 2018-06-22
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Husby, Russell
Dennis Sletten
B: 1930-10-10
D: 2018-06-11
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Sletten, Dennis
Udyene Christopherson
B: 1920-06-14
D: 2018-05-31
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Christopherson, Udyene
Geraldine Olsen
B: 1939-08-26
D: 2018-05-29
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Olsen, Geraldine
Sterling Peterson
B: 1940-07-26
D: 2018-05-23
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Peterson, Sterling
Beth Simmons
B: 1955-02-03
D: 2018-05-17
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Simmons, Beth
Terry Harkness
B: 1946-08-28
D: 2018-05-17
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Harkness, Terry
Wayne Hawley
B: 1935-10-03
D: 2018-05-15
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Hawley, Wayne
David Peterson
B: 1947-06-13
D: 2018-05-08
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Peterson, David
Martin Madsen
B: 1952-07-17
D: 2018-05-03
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Madsen , Martin
Ronald Ryken
B: 1932-08-10
D: 2018-04-27
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Ryken, Ronald
Bruce Brockmueller
B: 1940-08-05
D: 2018-04-21
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Brockmueller, Bruce

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What is a Memorial Service?

Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at 605-624-2829 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.