Obituaries

Katia Raskolnikov
B: 1965-04-12
D: 2015-02-27
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Raskolnikov, Katia
Margaret Borelli
B: 1919-05-08
D: 2015-02-26
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Borelli, Margaret
Mary O'Gara
B: 1916-01-19
D: 2015-02-24
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O'Gara, Mary
William Walsh
B: 1941-10-22
D: 2015-02-21
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Walsh, William
Helen Knox
B: 1927-10-10
D: 2015-02-13
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Knox, Helen
James Beltran
B: 1931-03-24
D: 2015-02-12
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Beltran, James
Faye Plume
B: 1938-10-28
D: 2015-02-08
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Plume, Faye
Arthur Egensteiner
B: 1928-04-26
D: 2015-02-05
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Egensteiner, Arthur
William Richer
B: 1942-08-05
D: 2015-02-05
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Richer, William
Joseph Nadol, III
B: 1972-09-19
D: 2015-02-03
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Nadol, III, Joseph
Roy Salanitro
B: 1921-05-10
D: 2015-02-03
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Salanitro, Roy
Howard Zwiefel
B: 1924-12-21
D: 2015-02-01
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Zwiefel, Howard
June Halliday
B: 1931-06-20
D: 2015-02-01
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Halliday, June
Shane Howe
B: 1997-05-27
D: 2015-01-31
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Howe, Shane
Italo Amodio
B: 1922-07-18
D: 2015-01-31
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Amodio, Italo
Maria Donato
B: 1920-08-19
D: 2015-01-30
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Donato, Maria
Helen Povall
B: 1921-08-21
D: 2015-01-30
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Povall, Helen
Patrick Dugan
B: 1922-05-20
D: 2015-01-28
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Dugan, Patrick
Jeanne Maroney
B: 1928-06-23
D: 2015-01-27
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Maroney, Jeanne
Rose Mary Mulholland
B: 1930-02-07
D: 2015-01-24
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Mulholland, Rose Mary
Leonard Shon
B: 1955-06-22
D: 2015-01-21
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Shon, Leonard

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Embalming

What is the purpose of embalming?
 
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death.
 
Is embalming mandatory by law?
 
No. But, certain factors of time, health and possible legal requirements might make embalming either appropriate or necessary. Please note that embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air to another country where local laws need be observed.
 
Is embalming necessary?
 
No, but the factors of time, health and possible legal regulations and religious beliefs might make embalming prior to cremation either appropriate or necessary. As a point of information, heart pacemakers or similar devices should be removed, because they may become dangerous when subjected to the extreme heat of the cremation chamber.