Obituaries

Ruth Mittelstaedt
B: 1924-09-12
D: 2018-08-15
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Mittelstaedt, Ruth
Mary Camarda
B: 1930-05-30
D: 2018-08-10
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Camarda, Mary
Maureen Magliazzo
B: 1942-10-22
D: 2018-07-24
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Magliazzo, Maureen
Michele Anastasi
B: 1966-09-09
D: 2018-07-24
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Anastasi, Michele
Marie Doane
B: 1946-06-13
D: 2018-07-22
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Doane, Marie
George Casewell
B: 1930-10-18
D: 2018-07-20
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Casewell, George
Justina Bell
B: 1933-05-13
D: 2018-07-20
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Bell, Justina
Maxine Davignon
B: 1942-10-15
D: 2018-07-09
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Davignon, Maxine
Gary Stango
B: 1950-12-06
D: 2018-07-02
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Stango, Gary
Gerald Barber
B: 1932-06-17
D: 2018-06-22
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Barber, Gerald
Kim Roberson
B: 1953-06-03
D: 2018-06-19
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Roberson, Kim
Mayvis Dawson
B: 1929-05-17
D: 2018-06-15
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Dawson, Mayvis
Bonnie Grunzweig
B: 1926-03-05
D: 2018-06-08
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Grunzweig, Bonnie
Mary Mann
B: 1932-02-28
D: 2018-06-06
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Mann, Mary
James Tutak
B: 1947-07-13
D: 2018-06-01
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Tutak, James
John Chank
B: 1967-01-06
D: 2018-05-13
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Chank, John
Virginia Marzec-Montesanti
B: 1932-12-08
D: 2018-05-09
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Marzec-Montesanti, Virginia
Edwin Crespo
B: 1960-11-13
D: 2018-05-03
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Crespo, Edwin
Virginia Wilhelm
B: 1938-04-17
D: 2018-05-02
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Wilhelm, Virginia
George Burgasser
B: 1954-06-02
D: 2018-04-29
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Burgasser, George
Alexander Vogt
B: 1944-09-30
D: 2018-04-24
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Vogt, Alexander

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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.