Obituaries

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

Alert Us to a Death

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 info@selectedfuneralhomes.org.

Beverly Ludwick

Beverly M. Ludwick - September 7, 2019

Beverly M. Ludwick, former secretary of Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, PA, and mother of Jim Ludwick, Owner and President of the firm, died September 7. Memorial contributions may be made to Moravian College c/o Roy and Beverly Ludwick Scholarship Fund, 1200 N. Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Additional information.


Sylvia Mothe

Sylvia C. Mothe - September 6, 2019

Sylvia C. Mothe, wife of Boyd L. Mothe Sr., Chairman of the Board and Funeral Director at Mothe Funeral Homes, LLC, died September 6. She also is survived by her three children including Boyd Jr., President, CEO, Funeral Director and Embalmer at the firm; and Laurie, Secretary Treasurer and Funeral Director at the firm; eight grandchildren including Nicole, Funeral Director at the firm; Kathryn, Funeral Director at the firm; Boyd III, Funeral Director and Embalmer at the firm; and eight great grandchildren. Additional information.


Brian Horne

Brian R.H. Horne - September 1, 2019

Brian R.H. Horne, Funeral Director and President of Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, VA. died September 1. He is survived by his wife, Amy, four daughters, his father at the firm, Richard H. Horne. Memorial contributions may be made to the children’s trust fund under Brian Horne Memorial Fund at American National Bank & Trust; 2950 Market St; Christiansburg VA 24073 or the Christiansburg Volunteer Fire Department. Additional information.


Kathleen Curtis

Kathleen K. Curtis - August 28, 2019

Kathleen K. “Kitty” Curtis, Co-President-Treasurer of Platt’s Funeral Home, Inc., Augusta, GA, died August 28. She is survived by her children, Stephen and Elizabeth; brother, Michael; sister, Corinne, Co-President-Secretary at the firm and Past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected; and her grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200; Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Additional information.


Sandy Mullen

Sandy Mullen - August 25, 2019

Sandy Mullen, mother of David Mullen, Owner of A. Millard George Funeral Home, London, ON, Canada, died August 25. Memorial contributions may be made to London Community Foundation, Covent Garden Market, 130 King Street, London, ON N6A 1C5. Additional information.


Norman Hall

Norman E. Hall - August 20, 2019

Norman E. Hall, funeral director and former owner of Davis Funeral Home, Nashua, NH, died August 20. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children, including Andrew Hall, funeral director/embalmer at the firm; and his grandchildren. Memorials may be made to The First Church, Nashua UCC, Ministers Discretionary Fund, One Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064 or Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756. Additional information.


Joan Pierson

Joan Pierson - August 20, 2019

Joan Pierson, mother of Michael Pierson, President of Pierson's Funeral Service, Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada, died 20. She also is survived by her husband, Chesley, and six other children including Rose Lynn Root and Julie Orr of the firm; 41 grandchildren, including David Root and Rebecca Walker of the firm; and 76 great grandchildren. Additional information.


Adam Robonson Jr.

Adam B. Robinson Jr. - August 8, 2019

Adam B. Robinson Jr., President of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., Pine Bluff, AR, and Past President of Selected (2012-2013), died August 8. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons, Scott, Vice President of the firm, and William; and two granddaughter. Memorials may be made in Adam’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Additional information.


Timothy Ryan

Timothy E. Ryan - August 7, 2019

Timothy E. Ryan, President of Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Toms River, NJ, died August 7. He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter Erin, Certified Celebrant at the firm; and sisters, Mary, Office Manager at the firm, and Alice, Accounting Executive at the firm. Memorials may be made to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation or New Jersey Golden Retriever Rescue. Additional information.


Perry Denton

Perry Denton - July 23, 2019

Perry Denton, former owner of Denton-Wood Funeral Home, Carlsbad, NM, died July 23. Additional information.


Woodford Porter

Woodford R. Porter Jr. - June 24, 2019

Woodford R. “Woody” Porter Jr, Owner and CEO of A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, Louisville, KY, died June 24. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Hamilton, Woodford III, Christian, and Whitney; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to One West, 2028 W. Broadway Suite 104, Louisville, KY 40203 and the Woodford R. Porter, Jr. scholarship fund at Simmons College of Kentucky, 1000 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40203. Additional information.


Jim Groesbeck

James Van Groesbeck - June 22, 2019

James “Jim” Van Groesbeck, Owner, Operator and Funeral Director of Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service, Sand Springs, OK, died June 22. Memorial contributions may be made to UCO Foundation Funeral Service Department, 100 North University, Edmond, OK 73034. Additional information.


Ian Strathie

Ian Strathie - June 13, 2019

Ian Strathie, owner of Wray Owen Funeral Directors, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, died June 13. He is survived by his wife, Kath, and their children and grandchildren. Additional information.


LeeRoy Halley

LeeRoy A. Halley - June 11, 2019

LeeRoy A. Halley, former owner of Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funerals and Cremations, Lancaster, CA, died June 11. Additional information.


Gordon Bakker

Gordon A. Bakker - June 4, 2019

Gordon A. Bakker, brother of Selected’s Director of Meetings and Education, Amy Hunt, died June 4. Additional information.


Charles Roderick

Charles Roderick - April 30, 2019

Charles Roderick, former Vice President of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service, Hamden & Meriden, CT, died April 30. Additional information.


Richard Peterson

Richard Peterson - April 29, 2019

Richard Peterson, retired Funeral Director at Gunderson Funeral & Cremation Care, Madison, WI, died April 29. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church - Endowment Fund, 5101 Schofield St., Monona, WI 53716. Additional information.


Hal Tumbleson

Hal D. Tumbleson - April 20, 2019

Hal D. Tumbleson, founder of The Springs Funeral Services, Colorado Springs, CO. died April 20. He is survived by his wife, Cindy. Memorial contributions may be made to the The Ryan Wall Memorial Employee Assistance Fund. Please call to make donations at 719-328- 1793 or mail to The Springs Funeral Services. Additional information.


Eugene Snider

Eugene M. Snider - March 22, 2019

Eugene M. “Gene” Snider, father of Rick Snider, President of Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, Dayton, OH, died March 22. He also is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; and at the firm by his daughter-in-law and Vice-President, Brenda Snider; grand-daughter and Funeral Director, Abby Snider-Robinson and her husband and Crematory Specialist, Brett Robinson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Miami Valley Chapter, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Antioch Shrine Foundation or Ohio Hospice of Miami County in Gene’s memory. Additional information.


Thomas Broussard

Thomas A. Broussard - March 18, 2019

Thomas Alex Broussard, Co-CEO of Broussard’s Mortuary, Beaumont, TX, and Past President of Selected (2009), died March 18. Memorial contributions may be made to the Garth House, 1895 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, TX 77701. Additional information.


Bennett Goldstein

Bennett Goldstein - March 12, 2019

Bennett Goldstein, President of Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphel-Sacks, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, and Vice President of Operations at Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel, Atlantic City, NJ, died March 12. He is the father of Bruce and Carl Goldstein, supervisors for the Philadelphia chapel. His grandson, Jason Goldstein, is Manager for the Atlantic City chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to Abramson Senior Care, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454 or to Beth Sholom Congregation. Additional information.


Allan Bellows

Allan R. Bellows - February 9, 2019

Allan R. Bellows, Chairman of the Board of Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, RI, and Past President of NSM (1973), died February 9. He is survived by his wife, Lois Tubman; son, Bradford Bellows, President of the firm and Past President of Selected (2007); and grandson, Allan R. Bellows II, Vice-President. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 102 High Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904-9826. Additional information.


Harold Rediske

Harold L. Rediske Jr. - January 14, 2019

Harold L. Rediske Jr., retired President of Uht Funeral Home, Westland, MI, died January 14. He is survived by his wife, Claudia; son, Harold “Howie” II, owner/director of the firm; daughter, Heidi; and granddaughter, Mackenzie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angela Hospice, Livonia, MI, or John Bolde Food Depot at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wayne, MI. Additional information.


Melba Wages

Melba C. Wages - January 6, 2019

Melba Clack Wages, wife of the late Billy K. Wages Sr. of Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Lawrenceville, GA died January 6. She is survived by two daughters and two sons, nine grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church, 3000 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 or Yaarab Shrine Hospital Fund, 400 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308. Additional information.


Stella Lodge

Stella Lodge - January 1, 2019

Stella Lodge, wife of John Lodge, Lodge Brothers, Feltham, London, England, died January 1. Memorials may be made to The Children’s Society. Additional information.


Larry Gantt

L. Wayne Gantt - December 14, 2018

Larry Wayne Gantt, President and owner of Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Greenwood, SC, died December 14. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Larry and Stephen, Vice-President of the firm; five grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Hannah Gantt, also of the firm. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 722 Grace Street, Greenwood, SC 29649 or to the charity of one’s choice. Additional information.


Betty Rader

Betty W. Rader - December 8, 2018

Betty W. Rader, mother of Charles Rader, President and Owner of LeRoy Rader Funeral Home, Inc., Longview, TX, died December 8, 2018. She also is survived at the firm by her grandson, Preston Rader. Memorial donations may be made to the Longview Evangelical Presbyterian Church or to a charity of your choice. Additional information.


Michael St.Pierre

Michael R. St.Pierre - December 6, 2018

Michael R. St. Pierre, CFSP, Chairman of the Board of Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood, IN, and Past President of National Selected Morticians, died December 6. He is survived at the firm by his son, President and Selected Board Member, Paul; daughter and Crematory Manager, Michelle; and daughter-in-law and Advanced Planning Manager, Kristin. He also is survived by his wife, Betty; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 205, Deerfield, IL 60015; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Additional information.


Paul Norstrud

Paul M. Norstrud - October 27, 2018

Paul M. Norstrud, funeral director at Amos Family Funeral Home, Shawnee, KS, died October 27. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, KS 66215. Additional information.


Judy Williams

Judy K. Williams - October 24, 2018

Judy Williams, mother of David Cox, President and Co-Owner of The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Muncie, IN, died October 24. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie IN 47303. Additional information.


F. Keith Stillinger

F. Keith Stillinger - October 8, 2018

F. Keith Stillinger, father of David Stillinger, President and Owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield, IN, died October 8. Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock Regional Hospice, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Additional information.


Arlen Brown

Arlen J. Brown - October 6, 2018

Arlen Brown, The Springs Funeral Services, Colorado Springs, CO, died October 6. He is survived at the firm by his wife, Terri Flores-Brown, President, daughter, Shelby Calleja, Operations Coordinator. Mr. Brown is also survived by four other daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The family loves flowers. However, should you prefer, memorial contributions may be made to The Ryan Wall Memorial Employee Assistance Fund by calling 719-328-1793 or mailing to The Springs Funeral Services. Additional information.