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We express our sincere condolences to families within our association who have lost a loved one.

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Please use this Obituary Form to alert Headquarters of the death of an individual within the association so that we may inform all members. The completed form may be faxed to 847-236-9968 or emailed to

Roberta Hatch Bailey

Roberta Hatch Bailey - September 13, 2014

Roberta Hatch Bailey, Vice President, Secretary and co-owner of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, TX, died on September 13. Mrs. Bailey is survived at the firm by her husband, Arthur William Bailey, co-owner; son, Hatch Bailey, Funeral Director in Charge, President and co-owner; sons, Roy Bailey and Wes Bailey, also co-owners and grandson Baxter Bailey, Funeral Director's Assistant. Additional information and a place to leave condolences can be found at

William Jackson

William T. Jackson - August 19, 2014

William Thomas “Bill” Jackson, former Owner/Founder of Jackson Funeral Home, now Hurley Funeral Home, Pearsall, TX, died on August 19. Additional information and a place to leave condolences can be found at and at

Margaret Wise

Margaret L. Wise - August 7, 2014

Margaret L. Wise, mother of David Wise, President of Wise Funeral Service, Bucyrus, OH, died on August 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society serving Crawford County, OH. Additional information.

Nola Thomas

Nola B. Thomas - August 3, 2014

Nola Bernice Thomas, Director of J.E. Thomas Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. Meadow Lake, SK, Canada, died on August 3. Memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan 279–3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8 or to The Canadian Diabetes Association, Saskatchewan Division, 104–2301 Avenue C North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5Z5. Additional information.

Beverly Crawford

Beverly A. Crawford - July 22, 2014

Beverly A. Crawford, Accountant and Bookkeeper at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, Portland, ME and wife of President, Christopher Crawford, died on July 22. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME 04074, The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098, or The American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086. Additional information.

Richard Hauger

Richard E. Hauger - July 20, 2014

Richard E. Hauger, former owner of Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset, PA, and grandfather of Brian Zeigler, owner of the firm, died on July 20. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals-On-Wheels or the In-Touch Hospice House, Somerset. Additional information.

Rodney Stark

Rodney K. Stark - July 11, 2014

Rodney K. Stark, former owner of former Selected member firm, Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel, Ypsilanti, MI, and brother of Brad W. Stark, Owner and Funeral Director of the firm, died on July 11. Sympathy cards may be sent to the Stark Funeral Service, 101 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Additional information.

Robert Roan

Robert W. Roan - June 19, 2014

Robert W. "Bob" Roan, father-in-law of Anne Conley Roan, President of Conley Funeral Home, Brockton, MA, and father of her husband, Stephen Roan, died on June 19. Donations in Bob’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts-New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, or Hospice Services of Massachusetts, 2527 Cranberry Hwy Suite D, Wareham, MA 02571. Additional information.

Robert Mach

Robert G. Mach - June 5, 2014

Robert Gene Mach, Funeral Director at Mach Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Fond du Lac, WI died on June 5. Mr. Mach is survived by his son, Bruce W. Mach, President of the firm. Memorial contributions may be directed to Luther Memorial Church or the Fond du Lac County Historical Society, Galloway House and Village. Additional information.

Donald Dunn

Donald D. Dunn - May 14, 2014

Donald D. Dunn, Funeral Director and Clerk at Donald Dunn Funeral Home, Houlton, ME, died on May 14. Mr. Dunn is survived by family at the firm, including his father, Frank Dunn, Treasurer. Memorial contributions may be made to Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Additional information.

Elizabeth Mansfield

Elizabeth I. Mansfield - May 8, 2014

Elizabeth I. (Auger) Mansfield, mother of Richard S. Mansfield Jr., President of Miles Funeral Home, Holden, MA, died on May 8. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint John’s Food for Poor, 44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604. Additional information.

Joan Prescott

Joan P. Prescott - May 8, 2014

Joan P. Prescott, mother of Val A. Prescott, Managing Partner of Joiner Anderson Saxon Prescott Funeral Home, Waynesboro, GA died on May 8. Memorial contributions may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 220 Sardis, Georgia 30456. Additional information.

Angela Corrado

Angela F. Corrado - May 4, 2014

Angela F. "Tootie" Corrado, mother-in-law of Frederick N. Dello Russo Sr., President of Dello Russo Funeral Service, Medford, MA, and mother of Marie Dello Russo, died on May 4. Mrs. Corrado is survived by other family members working at the funeral home, including her grandsons, Frederick N. Dello Russo Jr. and David H. Dello Russo. Memorial contributions may be made in Tootie's name to St. Clement Schools, 71 Warner St., Medford, MA 02155. Additional information.

Robert Cress

W. Robert Cress - April 19, 2014

W. Robert "Bob" Cress, Retired Board Chairman of Cress Funeral & Cremation Service, Madison, WI, died on April 19. Mr. Cress is survived by family members working at the funeral home, including his son, William Cress Jr., President of the firm; daughter, Mary Cress Fose, Accounting; daughter, Carey Cress Fose, Vice President and Secretary; son-in-law, Dan Fose, also Vice President and Treasurer; daughter-in-law, Sherry Cress, Community Outreach and Office Assistant; and grandson, Matthew Cress, Funeral Director. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or to your local chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. Additional information.

Ann Bejma

Ann L. Bejma - April 12, 2014

Ann L. Bejma, mother of Jayne L. Bellows and mother-in-law of Bradford R. Bellows, Past President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and President of Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, RI, died on April 12. Mrs. Bejma also is survived by her grandson, Allan R. Bellows II, Vice President at the firm. Memorial contributions may be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2350 Post Road, Suite 201, Warwick, RI 02886. Additional information.

Ellen Christie

Ellen G. Christie - April 12, 2014

Ellen Griffith Christie, mother of William R. Pumphrey III, owner of Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, Bethesda-Chevy-Chase, Inc., Bethesda, MD, and grandmother of William A. Pumphrey, Vice President and General Manager of the firm, died on April 12. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockville Nursing Home, 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, MD 20850, or to a charity of choice. Additional information.

Robert Rosson Sr.

Robert T. Rosson Sr. - April 11, 2014

Robert Theron Rosson Sr., father of Bob Rosson Jr. and father-in-law of Beth Waller Rosson, co-managers of Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, MS, died April 11. He also is survived by two grandchildren at the firm, Sally Kate Walker and Brett Waller Rosson. Memorial contributions may be made to Madison United Methodist Church, 100 Post Oak Road, Madison, MS 39110. Additional information.

Thomas Holly

Thomas W. Holly - March 27, 2014

Thomas W. Holly, former owner of A.J. Holly & Sons, Waupaca, WI, died on March 27. Additional information.

Esther Rogers

Esther L. Rogers - March 27, 2014

Esther L. Rogers, mother of Debra S. Foster and mother-in-law of Paul E. Foster, President of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, NY, and Past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died March 27. She also is survived by her grandson, Dennis Goss, Vice President of the firm. Additional information.

Alfred Shia

Alfred J. Shia - March 25, 2014

Alfred Joseph Shia, grandfather of Alex Kepner, Funeral Director at Kepner Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV, died on March 25. Memorial contributions may be made to may be made to Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 2216 Eoff St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Additional information.

Helen Grotton

Helen P. Grotton - March 22, 2014

Helen P. Grotton, mother of Gary Smith, President of Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, Bangor, ME, died on March 22. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Additional information.

Joan Kepner

Joan B. Kepner - March 22, 2014

Joan "Jo" Brown Kepner, wife of John W. Kepner, retired President of Kepner Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV, and Past President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died on March 22. She also is survived by her sons Jim and John Kepner, Co-Presidents of the firm. Jim Kepner is a past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Additional information.

John Lumbard

John T. Lumbard - March 20, 2014

John Thomas (Jack) Lumbard, Past President of Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, Canada, died on March 20. Mr. Lumbard is survived by sons Wade Lumbard, President of the firm and Todd Lumbard, President of Speers Funeral Chapel, Regina, SK, Canada, and Past President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Flowers are gratefully accepted. Donations may be made in memory of Jack to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to St. Matthews Cathedral Building Fund, 403-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4P9. Additional information.


Jenny Thomas - March 2, 2014

Jenny Thomas, wife of Steve Thomas Sr., Past Chairman of Selected's European Group, died March 2. She also is survived by her sons, Stephen and Alex, two sisters and three grandchildren.

Ira Cannon

Ira W. Cannon - February 19, 2014

Ira Walter "Junior" Cannon, father of Greg Cannon, CEO of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, McDonough, GA, died February 19. Additional information.

Clarence Harden

Clarence Harden - February 12, 2014

Clarence Harden, Co-Founder of Harden-Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, FL, died on February 12. Memorial contributions may be made to Bay Street Baptist Church Building Fund, 37181 North SR 19, Umatilla, FL 32784. Additional information.

Daniel McGuire

Daniel E. McGuire - February 10, 2014

Daniel E. McGuire, father of Lee Belford and father-in-law of Tom Belford, President of John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and past President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died on February 10. Memorial contributions may be made to New Cassel Foundation. Additional information.

Margery Ann Fleming

Margery Ann Fleming - February 1, 2014

Margery Ann Fleming, wife of F. Glenn Fleming, Owner and President of Koch Funeral Home, State College, PA, died on February 1. Memorial contributions may be made to PEO Chapter S, in care of Kathy Harford, 1292 Haymaker Road, State College, PA 16801 or to the St. Andrew’s EFM Program, 208 West Foster Avenue, State College, PA 16801. Additional information.

John Doolittle

John D. Doolittle - January 29, 2014

John David Doolittle, former owner of Doolittle Funeral Service, Middletown, CT, died January 29. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, son, Jay, President and current owner of the firm, and daughter-in-law, Donna, Office Manager. Additional information.

Joseph Pascatello

Joseph A. Pescatello - January 20, 2014

Joseph A. “Pesky” Pescatello, father of Ken Pescatello, funeral director at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, Newington, CT, died January 20. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mark P. Pescatello Scholarship Fund c/o Heather Pescatello, 19 Greenmeadow Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379. Additional information.

Ryan Walter

Ryan J. Walter - January 4, 2014

Ryan James Walter, Manager of Finance at Speers Funeral Chapel, Regina, SK, Canada, died on January 4. A trust fund will be set up for Ryan and his wife Alicia's six children. Memorial contributions can be made at any credit union branch (make checks payable to Alicia Walter, and indicate Accent Credit Union transit #52118-889 on envelope) or make checks payable to Alicia Walter, c/o Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 1C5. Additional information.

Max Larkin

Max S. Larkin - January 3, 2014

Max S. Larkin, father of Lance Larkin, CEO/President of Larkin Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT, and President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died on January 3. Mr. Larkin is survived by his four children, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Additional information.


Christopher Williams - December 2, 2013

Christopher Williams, C. J. Williams Funeral Service, Telford, England, died suddenly on December 2. Donations will be divided between Holy Trinity Church in Dawley and the Telford & Wrekin Young Carers.

Jean Howe

Jean Howe - October 27, 2013

Jean Howe, former Secretary/Treasurer of Howe Mortuary, Longmont, CO, and mother of President and Owner, Geoffrey Howe, died on October 27. Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, c/o Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Additional information.

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