Obituaries

Kenneth Cooke
B: 1937-01-08
D: 2018-01-19
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Cooke, Kenneth
Thomas Raymond Chaput
B: 1953-03-30
D: 2018-01-15
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Chaput, Thomas Raymond
Patricia Gardner
B: 1947-03-16
D: 2018-01-14
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Gardner, Patricia
Susan Lessard
B: 1963-01-20
D: 2018-01-13
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Lessard, Susan
Esther Layman
B: 1915-09-02
D: 2018-01-12
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Layman, Esther
Lucy Elizabeth Krueger
B: 1944-12-12
D: 2018-01-12
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Krueger, Lucy Elizabeth
James Redmond Whittle
B: 1954-08-29
D: 2018-01-12
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Whittle, James Redmond
Gilbert Jansen
B: 1931-09-08
D: 2018-01-10
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Jansen, Gilbert
Peter William Leach
B: 1964-12-02
D: 2018-01-05
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Leach, Peter William
Catherine Leah Reynard
B: 1934-06-10
D: 2018-01-05
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Reynard, Catherine Leah
Elizabeth Jean Nash
B: 1936-03-08
D: 2018-01-04
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Nash, Elizabeth Jean
Donald Lewis Green
B: 1927-03-13
D: 2018-01-04
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Green, Donald Lewis
David Lewis Cracknell
B: 1939-06-30
D: 2017-12-26
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Cracknell, David Lewis
Lillian Ella Whitmore
B: 1924-03-23
D: 2017-12-25
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Whitmore, Lillian Ella
Don Woermke
B: 1939-07-26
D: 2017-12-20
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Woermke, Don
Karen Ann Leclair
D: 2017-12-20
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Leclair, Karen Ann
Edith Joyce Popke
B: 1942-12-10
D: 2017-12-19
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Popke, Edith Joyce
Kathleen Roop
B: 1935-03-01
D: 2017-12-13
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Roop, Kathleen
Roger Bouffard
B: 1933-07-07
D: 2017-12-11
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Bouffard, Roger
Patrick Brennan
B: 1919-09-25
D: 2017-12-07
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Brennan, Patrick
Camille Jema Stevens
B: 1923-11-30
D: 2017-12-06
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Stevens, Camille Jema

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Visitation

A viewing means to have an open casket.

A is when the body is laid out in the casket (which may be open or closed) before the service so that mourners may come to "visit."

A visitation offers a chance for people to "pay their final respects" to the dead person.

Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.

You can schedule a visitation for as little as half an hour on the day of the service, or it can last for several days before the service.

The visitation can be restricted to just close friends and family, or be open to the public. You can even have a combination of private and public hours.

Is there a special ceremony?

As part of the visitation, you can arrange a formal ceremony, an informal ceremony, or none at all. The formal ceremony might be a brief service with the saying of the rosary (for Catholics) or prayers for the dead led by a mourner or member of the clergy.

The term wake is sometimes used to describe the reception after the funeral or memorial service.

Traditionally, though, a wake means the friends and family keeping watch by the body before it is safely buried