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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

Joyce Frankowski

Joyce M. Frankowski - August 3, 2016

Joyce Marie Frankowski, mother of Selected's Creative/Design Manager, Marc Frankowski, died August 3. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Remember Betty (providing direct support for breast cancer patients and survivors) and The American Heart Association: Go Red for Women. Additional information.

William Coffey

William E. Coffey - July 30, 2016

William Earle "Bill" Coffey Sr. died July 30 at Baylor, Scott and White Medical Center in Irving, TX. He is the father-in-law of Dr. William G. "Bill" Hoy, owner of Selected Preferred Partner Grief Connect and longtime friend of Selected. Additional information.

Warren Van Zandt

Warren E. Van Zandt - July 27, 2016

Warren Eugene Van Zandt, father-in-law of Fred Bachman of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, Battle Creek, MI died July 27. Donations may be made to Bronson at Home Hospice, Calhoun County Animal Center or the American Legion #298. Additional information.

Robert Ainscow

Robert Ainscow - July 16, 2016

Robert Ainscow, former owner of Davis Funeral Home, Nashua, NH, died July 16. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston and can be mailed to Bektash Shriners, P.O. Box 4086, Concord, NH 03302. Additional information.

Beverly Wisbon

Beverly J. Wisbon - July 13, 2016

Beverly Jean Eagan Wisbon, mother of Claudia Kepner and mother-in-law of John Kepner, Co-President of Kepner Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV, died July 13. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Additional information.

Dorothy Peterson

Dorothy M. Peterson - July 1, 2016

Dorothy Mae "Dottie" Peterson, wife of the late Joseph Peterson, Past NSM Secretary/Treasurer, and mother of Kerrie Peterson, President/CEO of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Dearborn, MI, died July 1. Memorial contributions may be made to Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, University of Michigan, c/o Stephanie Peterson, Associate Director of Development, 1000 Oakbrook Dr., Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Additional information.

Janet M. Shamburger

Janet M. Shamburger - May 31, 2016

Janet Marie Shamburger, mother of Carlton Shamburger (Karen), owner of Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage, TX, died May 31. Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Carthage or Heartsway Hospice. Additional information.

Betty Mills

Betty L. Mills - May 21, 2016

Betty L. Mills, co-owner of Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, IN, died May 21. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Mills, co-owner and funeral director of the firm; daughter, Beth Lydick, co-owner of the firm; son-in-law, David Lydick, co-owner and funeral director of the firm; and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew Lydick. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Fellowship Community for the Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) Program, 2030 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374; Richmond Symphony Orchestra, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374; or Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374. Additional information.

Betty Behm

Martha E. Behm - May 20, 2016

Martha E. "Betty" Behm of The Behm Family Funeral Homes, Madison, OH, died May 20. She is survived by her children, Valerie, Marcine (Ray), Michael (Eileen), Timothy (Jeanette) of the firm, and Wilford "Ford" (Deborah) also of the firm; 12 grandchildren, including Trevor Behm, President of the firm and his wife Julie, Vice President of the firm; 18 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, Madison, OH 44057. In memo line please include "Gram's Children Fund." Additional information.

Mary Arnold

Mary L. Arnold - May 11, 2016

Mary L. Arnold, mother of John L. Arnold, President of Arnold Funeral Home, Canton, OH died May 11. She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Arnold, and survived by her children, Lynda and Doug Prather, Elizabeth and Don Cooper, Nancy and Bill Byrd; Joan Arnold, and John L. and Debbie Arnold, sister Marlene Adkins and nine grandchildren. Additional information.

Charles Bristow Jr.

Charles M. Bristow Jr. - May 6, 2016

Charles Melvin Bristow, Jr., President of Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda, VA, died May 6. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Cyndy; son, Reggie, also of the firm, and his wife, Judy; and three grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton St., Richmond, VA 23220. Additional information.

Jay Cooper

Jay Cooper - April 6, 2016

Jay Cooper, co-founder of Selected Preferred Partner Internet Ad Pros died April 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mutual Musician's Foundation, Junior Achievement of Middle America, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, or the charity of your choice. Additional information.

Jean Janes

Jean T. Janes - March 31, 2016

Jean Tucker Janes, mother of Barbara Janes Trimble, Vice President of Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory, Moline, IL, died March 31. Jean also is survived by her son-in-law, Eric Trimble, President of the firm; her granddaughter, Amy Trimble, Secretary of the firm; her grandson, Reid Trimble, Treasurer of the firm, and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. Additional information.

Robert Schildmeyer

Robert P. Schildmeyer - March 29, 2016

Robert P. Schildmeyer, Chairman of Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland, OH, died March 29. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, Board Member of the firm; son, Lawrence, CFO/President of the firm and Selected Educational Trust Board Trustee (wife, Carol); son, Terry, C.O.O. of the firm (wife, Margaret); grandson, Larry, Vice-President of the firm (wife, Kim), two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Symmes Firefighters Association or St. Columban Parish. Additional information.

Frances Sandifer

Frances A. Sandifer - March 24, 2016

Frances Annette Ballard Sandifer, Co-Founder of Sandifer Funeral Home, Westminster, SC, died March 24. She is survived by her husband, Cecil, Co-Owner of the firm; son, Cecil Jr., President of the firm; sons Greg and Jeff; daughters, Cecilia, Becky, Rosalyn and Mimi; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cecil and Frances Sandifer Scholarship Fund, Connie Maxwell Children's Home, P. O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648-1178. Additional information.

R. Barton Hammond

R. Barton Hammond - March 5, 2016

R. Barton Hammond, former owner of Wichmann Funeral Home, (Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes) and a Past Board Member of NSM, died March 5. He is survived by his wife, Greta; daughter, Christy Jo Hammond (Tom Kalinosky); son, David Hammond (Karen Hering); and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hammond Family Charitable Trust in the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, P.O. Box 563, Appleton, WI 54912; or Parfreyville United Methodist Church. Additional information.

Harriett Miller

Harriett R. Miller - March 1, 2016

Harriett R. “Peg” Miller, wife of Jack Miller of Benchmark Group, former Management Assistance Program consultant, died on March 1. She also is survived by her sons Bart (wife, Karen), editor of the Selected Bulletin and former Headquarters staff member, and Tod (wife, Carole), also of Benchmark Group; grandchildren, Eric, Chris and Katelyn; and great-grandchild, Chace. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, Anderson, IN, with memorial service following. Memorial contributions may be made to the Selected Educational Trust. Additional information.

Winifred Gutleber

Winifred S. Gutleber - February 16, 2016

Winifred (Parker) Streeter Gutleber, mother of Beverly Mansfield and mother-in-law of Richard Mansfield, President of Miles Funeral Home, Holden, MA, died February 16. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church of Westminster, P.O. Box 477, Westminster, MA 01473. Additional information.

Barbara Tully

Barbara J.Tully - February 7, 2016

Barbara J.Tully, wife of Paul Tully, former owner of Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Portland, ME, died February 7. Additional information.

Nellie Hymel

Nellie A. Hymel - January 27, 2016

Nellie A. Hymel, manager at Broussard's Mortuary, Beaumont, TX, died January 27. She is survived by her children and grandchildren. Additional information.

S. Elmo Weeks

S. Elmo Weeks - January 17, 2016

S. Elmo Weeks, Chairman Emeritus of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Savannah, GA, died January 17. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, Stephen and James, Co-Presidents of the firm, and Carl; daughter, Elizabeth; and grandsons, James and Scott, both Vice- Presidents of the firm. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Mission, 120 Fahm St., Savannah, GA 31401 or Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401. Additional information.

Dolores Smith

Dolores F. Smith - January 10, 2016

Dolores F. Smith, mother of Bob Smith Jr., owner of Robert J. Smith Funeral Homes (Smith-Corcoran Funeral Homes), Chicago, IL, died January 10. Mrs. Smith also is survived by her children Charles, Jeanne Marie and Karen; six grandchildren including Kelly and Robert “Jay” of the firm; and a great-grandchild. Additional information.

Alan Radke

Alan W. Radke - January 4, 2016

Alan William Radke, husband of Janine Radke, Advanced Planning Counselor, Porter Loring Mortuaries, San Antonio, TX, died January 4. Mr. Radke also is survived by his sister, Lynn Loring; brother-in-law, Porter Loring III, CEO of the firm and former President of Selected; niece, Helen Loring Dear, President of the firm, and her husband, Jonathan. Memorial contributions may be made to Greehey Children's Cancer Institute, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229. Additional information.

Arnold Schneider

Arnold Schneider - January 3, 2016

Arnold Schneider, father of Rick Schneider, owner of Binkley's Shaunavon, Shaunavon, SK, Canada, died January 3. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sherbrooke Foundation, 401 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 2E7. Additional information.

Donald Beane

Donald F. Beane - December 24, 2015

Donald Francis Beane, Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Laconia, NH, died December 24. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Dana (Fereshteh), Gary (Adriana) and President of the firm, Russell (Carol Ann); eight grandchildren, including Craig, Vice President of the firm and his wife Sarah; and eight great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Laconia Congregational Church Building Fund, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia NH 03246. Additional information.

Bruce Hadley

Bruce A. Hadley - December 21, 2015

Bruce A. Hadley, President and Secretary of Hadley Funeral Home, Inc., Windsor, MO, died December 21. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, Vice President and Treasurer of the firm, and their three children, Lauren, Erin and Robb. Additional information.

Bill Shannon

William L. “Bill” Shannon - December 20, 2015

Bill Shannon, Chairman of the Board, Shannon Funeral Service, Inc., Shelbyville, KY, died December 20. He is survived by his sons, John, President of the firm; Robert Lee, Secretary/Treasurer; daughters, Peggy, Jane, Nancy, Mary and Virginia; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to Shelbyville First Baptist Church/Complete the Journey Fund, 1516 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, KY 40065; Shelby County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 672, Shelbyville, KY 40066; and Shelbyville Rotary Student Loan Program, c/o Erin Ratliff, P.O. Box 1059, Shelbyville, KY 40061. Additional information.

Lela Kellaway

Lela I. Kellaway - December 15, 2015

Lela Irene Kellaway, former director at H.N. Olsen Funerals Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia, died December 15. She is survived by her husband, Peter, former Director at the firm; sons, Stephen, Managing Director; Guy, Director; and daughter, Fiona. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Council Australia. Additional information.

Marian  Guyton

Marian H. Guyton - December 2, 2015

Marian H. Guyton, mother of Anne Dunbar, Vice-President, and mother-in-law of Rick Dunbar, President, co-owners of Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home, Springfield, OH, died December 2. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 409 E. High St., Springfield, OH 45505, or Clark State Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund, PO Box 570, Springfield, OH 45501. Additional information.

Richard Andrews Sr.

Richard C. Andrews Sr. - November 15, 2015

Richard C. “Dick” Andrews Sr., retired owner of Andrews Mortuary, Inc., Wilmington, NC, died November 15. He is survived by his wife, Joan Van Horn Andrews, and their three children, Richard C. Andrews Jr., President of the firm and past Selected Secretary/Treasurer of Selected; J. Scot Andrews, Vice President of the firm; and Laura Andrews Gainey, office manager; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice or the Salvation Army. Additional information.

Merle Mahn

Merle A. Mahn - November 7, 2015

Merle Ann Mahn, mother of John Mahn, Owner, and David Mahn, President/Funeral Director, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Inc., Red Wing, MN, died November 7. Mrs. Mahn also is survived by her grandson and Vice-President/Funeral Director, Joe Mahn. Additional information.

Jeanette McQuillen

Jeanette O. McQuillen - October 31, 2015

Jeanette O. McQuillen, mother of Patricia Billow and mother-in-law of Selected Board of Directors Group 2 Representative Chip Billow, President/CEO of The Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory, Akron, OH, died October 31. Mrs. McQuillen also is survived by her daughter, Betty, and five grandchildren. Additional information.


Harriet H. McAfee - October 21, 2015

Harriet H. McAfee, wife of Thomas McAfee III, President Emeritus of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Greenville, SC, died October 21. Mrs. McAfee also is survived by her sons, Thomas McAfee IV, President of the firm, and his wife, Lois; John McAfee, Vice President of the firm, and his wife, Preston; William McAfee; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Harriet H. McAfee Memorial Fund, 1209 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors, SC 29687. Additional information.

Ellen Hewitt

Ellen Hewitt - September 12, 2015

Ellen Hewitt, mother of Robin Bibber and mother-in-law of Doug Bibber, funeral director at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk, ME, died September 12. Mrs. Hewitt is also survived by her son, Mark Hewitt; daughter-in-law, Miriam; and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Kennebunk Fuel Fund, c/o Town of Kennebunk, One Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or the Community Energy Fund of Lincoln County, PO Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539. Additional information.

Remembering Those Who Died Between Sep. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015