Recent Deaths Within
Our Family of Members

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

Emma Crowe

Emma S. Crowe - July 4

Emma Sherman Crowe, wife of Jerry Crowe, retired Managing Director of Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, KY, died July 4. Memorial donations may be made to Meadow Lands Elementary School Family Resource Center, 3500 Hayden Road, Owensboro, KY 42303, or the Settle Memorial UMC Pre-School, 201 E. 4th St., Owensboro, KY 42303. Additional information.

Sara Heslop

Sara Jo Heslop - May 23

Sara Jo Heslop, retired secretary and administrative assistant of Heslop Funeral Home, Martins Ferry, OH, died May 23. She is survived by her husband, Wilbur R. Heslop Jr., retired Vice President, son, R. Gregory Heslop, President, and his wife, Sandra; and two daughters, Cindi Dietlin and Heidi Burns. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Additional information.

Richard Pridemore

Richard G. Pridemore - May 5

Richard “Rich” G. Pridemore, long-time owner and operator of Hippensteel Funeral Home, Lafayette, IN, died May 5. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and son, Scott, Owner and General Manager of the firm. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lake Freeman Fireworks Fund or the American Diabetes Association. Additional information.

Charles Mayer Sr.

Charles T. Mayer Sr. - April 25

Charles Thompson Mayer Sr. of Mayer Funeral Home, Georgetown, SC, died April 25. Memorial contributions may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or the charity of one's choice. Additional information.

Lorna Cuddy

Lorna Cuddy - April 24

Lorna Cuddy, mother of Mark Cuddy, Selected's Membership Development Director, died April 24. Memorial contributions may be made in Lorna’s name to the Catholic Women’s Council, c/o St. Joseph’s Church, 503 North Chestnut St., Jefferson, IA 50129 or in c/o Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, 119 W. Lincoln Way Jefferson, IA 50129. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lorna Cuddy, please visit the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home Sympathy Store. Additional information.

Mary Andrews

Mary R. Andrews - April 22

Mary Rose Peacock Andrews, wife of Richard Andrews, President of Andrews Mortuary, Inc., Wilmington, NC, Past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected and a Trustee for the Educational Trust, died April 22. Memorial contributions may be made to She Rocks Ovarian Cancer Research, PO Box 215, Wilmington, NC 28402, or St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401. Additional information.

Bill DeWeese

William DeWeese - March 29

William “Bill” DeWeese, father of Vicki West and father-in-law of Gary West, co-owners of West Funeral Home, Weaverville, NC, died March 29. Additional information.

Claire Ham

Claire P. Ham - March 12

Claire Purcell Ham, mother of Leadership Academy Dean and friend of Selected, Marguerite Ham, died March 12. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 315 1st Street, Westfield, NJ 07090. Additional information.

Marian Conley

Marian E. Conley - March 10

Marian E. Conley, mother of Anne Roan and Jane Lukasiewicz, Conley Funeral and Cremation Service, Brockton, MA, died March 10. Memorial donations may be made in Marian's name to Alice's House, PO Box 681, Humarock, MA 02047; or the Charity Guild, Inc., PO Box 2372, Brockton, MA 02305-2372. Additional information.

Frances Bryant

Frances V. Bryant - February 24

Frances V. Bryant, wife of NSM Past President, the late Donald G. Bryant, Charlotte, NC, died February 24. Memorial donations may be made to InReach, 4530 Park Rd., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209; The Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, 741 Kenilworth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; and Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207. Additional information.

Paul Weicht

Paul E. Weicht - February 11

Paul Eugene “Gene” Weicht, Chairman of Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, IN, died February 11. He is survived at the firm by his wife, Susan; his sons, John and Jeffrey; his daughter, Beth Weicht Lee; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Steuben County Cancer Association, PO Box 28, Angola, IN 46703; Cameron Hospice and Home Health, 416 E. Maumee Street, Angola, IN 46703 or to the donor’s choice. Additional information.

George Dodge

George B. Dodge Jr. - January 29

George B. “Mike” Dodge Jr. died January 29. He is the father of Debbie Dodge, President of Dodge Company, a Selected Preferred Partner. Memorial contributions can be made to Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556, or to a charity of your choice. Additional information.

Amy Olson

Amy J. Olson - January 17

Amy Joy Olson, daughter of former Selected Headquarters Office Manager, Diane Sundblom, died January 17. Memorial contributions may be made to Lemons of Love, 433 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016. Additional information.

Shelton Ennis

L. Shelton Ennis - January 4

L. Shelton Ennis, former owner and V.P. of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC, died January 4. Additional information.

Henry and Ann Jordan

Henry H. Jordan Jr. and Ann F. Jordan - December 19, 2016

Henry H. Jordan Jr., owner of Jordan Funeral Home, Kosciusko, MS, and his wife, Ann, both died December 19. They are survived by their sons, Henry Hunter Jordan III, Manager of the firm, and his wife, Rosalind; Jackson Firestone Jordan and his wife, Julie; and four grandchildren. Additional information for Mr. Jordan. Additional information for Mrs. Jordan.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn M. Smith - November 12, 2016

Kathryn Marie Smith, mother of Linda Carmon and mother-in-law of John (Jay) Carmon, President of Carmon Community Funeral Homes, Windsor, CT, died November 12. Contributions may be made to Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children and Families, 6 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095. Additional information.

Hope Larkin

Hope M. Larkin - October 31, 2016

Hope Melissa Larkin, daughter of Nicholas and Melissa Larkin, Larkin Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT, died October 31. Additional information.

Deona Pierce

Deona L. Pierce - October 31, 2016

Deona L. “Dee” Pierce, mother of Steve Pierce, owner of Muehlebach Funeral Care, Kansas City, MO, died October 31. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of her to the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205, Deerfield, IL 60015. Additional information.

William Calhoun

William E. Calhoun - October 21, 2016

William E. Calhoun, President of Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Akron, OH, died October 21. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann; son, Byron, President of firm, and his wife, Alison; daughters, Allison Calhoun Brown (Paul) and Adina Calhoun Walker (Greg); and six grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. Additional information.

Steve Pierce

R. Stephen Pierce - October 9, 2016

R. Stephen Pierce, father of Steve Pierce, owner of Muehlebach Funeral Care, Kansas City, MO, died October 9. Memorial contributions may be made to Selected Independent Funeral Homes' Educational Trust, c/o R. Stephen Pierce, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205, Deerfield, IL 60015. Additional information.

David Byers

David P. Byers - September 22, 2016

David P. Byers, Assistant Vice President and Location Manager of Goldfinch Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet, SC, died September 22. Memorial contributions may be made to: Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, c/o Celeste Ridgway, 147 Hillcrest Dr. Little Hocking, OH 45752. Additional information.

 Lillie Hoy

Lillie M. Hoy – September 19, 2016

Lillie Mae Hoy, mother of honorary Selected member, Dr. William "Bill" Hoy, owner of Selected Preferred Partner, Grief Connect, Inc., died September 19. Additional information.

Joyce Frankowski

John J. Berg - August 31, 2016

John J. Berg, Funeral Director at Allnut Funeral Service, Greeley, CO, died August 31. Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Canada Ave., Green Valley, AZ 85614; to the USO; or to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Additional information.

Jeremiah O'Keefe III

Jeremiah J. O’Keefe III - August 23, 2016

Jeremiah J. “Jerry” O’Keefe III, former owner of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes, Ocean Springs, MS, died August 23. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, P.O. Box 248, Biloxi, MS 39532. Additional information.

Remembering Those Who Died Between Sep. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016