Recent Deaths Within
Our Family of Members
Selected Independent Funeral Homes expresses its condolences to families within
our association who have lost a loved one.
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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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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, 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.
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 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 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 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 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, 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, 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.
Remembering Those Who Passed Between
September 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013
Alert Us To A Death...
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