Obituaries

Mark Gaston
B: 1951-01-11
D: 2015-06-22
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Gaston, Mark
Nick Spyraes
D: 2015-06-20
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Spyraes, Nick
Kathleen Pyzynski
B: 1956-01-17
D: 2015-06-20
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Pyzynski, Kathleen
Elvira Manzo
B: 1923-01-01
D: 2015-06-19
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Manzo, Elvira
Edythe DeHaen
B: 1950-10-29
D: 2015-06-17
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DeHaen, Edythe
Edwin Maurice
B: 1938-03-28
D: 2015-06-16
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Maurice, Edwin
Catherine McGirl
B: 1914-03-21
D: 2015-06-12
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McGirl, Catherine
John McGuire
B: 1939-11-02
D: 2015-06-07
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McGuire, John
Joseph Ponturo
B: 1922-10-16
D: 2015-06-03
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Ponturo, Joseph
Louise Valuck
B: 1942-05-09
D: 2015-05-30
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Valuck, Louise
Marcella Vannucci
B: 1921-04-30
D: 2015-05-23
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Vannucci, Marcella
Clarence Ducharme
B: 1926-10-28
D: 2015-05-20
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Ducharme, Clarence
James Sullivan
B: 1942-01-20
D: 2015-05-13
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Sullivan, James
Frank Bastone
B: 1941-02-28
D: 2015-05-12
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Bastone, Frank
Josephine Reina
B: 1922-07-01
D: 2015-05-12
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Reina, Josephine
Thomas McConnell
B: 1922-05-09
D: 2015-05-08
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McConnell, Thomas
Jeanne Beaumont
B: 1928-01-05
D: 2015-05-01
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Beaumont, Jeanne
Maureen Russo
B: 1937-10-30
D: 2015-04-28
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Russo, Maureen
Sr. Mary Moan, O.P.
B: 1917-06-28
D: 2015-04-23
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Moan, O.P., Sr. Mary
Bonnie Dahan
B: 1942-04-17
D: 2015-04-22
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Dahan, Bonnie
Ruth Pearson
B: 1924-07-04
D: 2015-04-20
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Pearson, Ruth

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Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Visitation

A "viewing" means to have an open casket.

A "visitation" is when your loved one is placed 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 deceased. 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  prayers for the dead led by a mourner or member of the clergy.

Traditionally, though, a wake means the friends and family keeping watch by the body before it is safely buried. (Hence the term "wake.") In some families, there is much feasting and storytelling during the vigil.

For those who are comfortable with it, an informal storytelling session can be a wonderful way to remember the person.

The stories don't all have to be solemn, nor do they all have to show the person as a saint. We often love people as much for their flaws as for their strengths.

Remember, too, that laughter is as much a sign of strong emotion as tears or anger.

And if the person had a good sense of humor, there are bound to be some funny stories.

This sharing can be a rich and powerful experience. You might even want to record this event to play it again later.