Obituaries

Mary Benedick
B: 1936-06-27
D: 2019-01-18
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Benedick, Mary
Delma Appleby
B: 1921-07-05
D: 2019-01-16
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Appleby, Delma
Connie Piper
B: 1943-04-25
D: 2019-01-16
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Piper, Connie
Thomas Marshall
B: 1926-07-22
D: 2019-01-15
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Marshall, Thomas
Jack Bowen
B: 1926-07-22
D: 2019-01-12
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Bowen, Jack
James Miller
B: 1969-12-16
D: 2019-01-12
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Miller, James
Margaret McGee
B: 1926-05-25
D: 2019-01-11
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McGee, Margaret
Delores Flory
B: 1939-12-03
D: 2019-01-10
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Flory, Delores
Jane Crist
B: 1937-03-06
D: 2019-01-10
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Crist, Jane
Dolores Flood
B: 1921-04-05
D: 2019-01-09
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Flood, Dolores
Ralph Dice
B: 1946-05-14
D: 2019-01-09
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Dice, Ralph
Martha Shaw
B: 1936-07-09
D: 2019-01-07
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Shaw, Martha
Nancy Kantner
B: 1950-10-05
D: 2019-01-06
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Kantner, Nancy
William Musser
B: 1940-08-01
D: 2019-01-05
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Musser, William
Virginia Sauter
B: 1935-05-20
D: 2019-01-03
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Sauter, Virginia
Michael Nunley
B: 1979-02-03
D: 2019-01-02
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Nunley, Michael
Walter Heeger
B: 1935-01-25
D: 2019-01-01
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Heeger, Walter
Patricia Sollenberger
B: 1925-04-18
D: 2019-01-01
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Sollenberger, Patricia
Jae Potteiger
B: 1948-12-30
D: 2018-12-31
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Potteiger, Jae
Charles Farris
B: 1933-06-15
D: 2018-12-31
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Farris, Charles
John Fetchen
B: 1949-11-29
D: 2018-12-30
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Fetchen, John

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Funeral Services

what is a funeral

For the past four generations, our family has proudly offered funeral services 
in Chambersburg PA. We understand the pain that comes from losing a loved one. As a family-owned funeral home, we pledge to help you plan a funeral service that provides you with the closure and support you need. As a leading provider of funeral services in PA, we understand that every family is unique and will tailor a service that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

What Is a Funeral?

Funeral services are typically held at a funeral home, church, or local cemetery. This type of service is often structured into four different parts and can occur over 1 or multiple days. The four steps of a funeral service include: the visitation, funeral ceremony, committal service and reception.

Visitation

The visitation occurs before the funeral service begins. Some families choose to hold it on the same day as the service and others will hold it the day or night before. The visitation is a chance for guests to come and view the body, and spend time comforting the bereaved.

Funeral Service

The funeral service is a formal ceremony where guests gather to honor the deceased and say goodbye. Every service is different but most include: a eulogy, readings of religious passages or poems, music, and the singing of hymns.

Committal Service

If the family of the deceased plans to bury their loved one’s remains, the committal service is when the casket is lowered into the ground at the cemetery. It often includes a short service at the cemetery where a prayer is said as loved ones say their final goodbye.

Funeral Reception

The final part of a funeral service is the reception. This is a chance for guests to enjoy snacks and refreshments. It is a special time for everyone to gather and share stories, memories and laughter while celebrating the life of the deceased.
 
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How to Plan a Funeral

When it comes to planning a funeral service, there are many decisions to be made. Below is a checklist of the many different steps that go into funeral planning. 
 
Once a budget has been determined you can begin to plan the perfect service. As you work your way through the list, each item presents the opportunity to be creative. Gathering the core participants, selecting from your loved one’s closest friends or family members; choosing the music and readings, setting the menu for the reception, writing the obituary and the eulogy; each of those things offers you a chance to truly personalize your loved one’s service.
 
The real reward from funeral planning comes from knowing you “got it right”. As you personalize each aspect to pay tribute to your loved one, you know in your heart that you are helping many people say a loving and meaningful goodbye.
  • How would you like the deceased to be cared for (burial or cremation)?
  • Would you prefer a funeral service before the remains are cared for or a memorial service afterwards?
  • Will the service include a visitation?
  • Where would you like the service to take place?
  • Who will speak during the service?
  • What prayers or reading would you like included with the service?
  • Is there a charity or organization you would like donations made to?

Funeral Services in PA

No matter the reason for choosing a traditional funeral service, our cordial and professional staff would be happy to assist you. We are proud to be the trusted provider of traditional funeral services in Chambersburg for hundreds of area families. To learn more about our funeral services and how we can help you honor a loved one, please contact us today.