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

Make a Memorial Contribution to the Selected Educational Trust
Honor the memory of a loved one or someone for whom you have a deep and abiding respect by making a memorial contribution to the Selected Educational Trust. Contact Stefanie Favia, Senior Director of Development, or call 888-70-TRUST to learn more.

Robert Frederick Groff, Jr.

Robert Frederick Groff, Jr. – November 2, 2023

Word has been received that Robert Frederick Groff, Jr.; father of R. Fred Groff III (President of Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, Inc. in New Holland, PA), Lisa Groff (President of The Groff Family Funeral & Cremation Services of Lancaster, PA) and David Groff (Vice President and co-owner of The Groff Family Funeral & Cremation Services), and former NSM Board Member; died Thursday, November 2. In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests that a memorial contribution be made in Bob’s name to any organization that does positive things in our community or world. Bob believed deeply in this.

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Patricia M. Dulligan Heald

Patricia M. (Dulligan) Heald – October 13, 2023

Word has been received that Patricia M. (Dulligan) Heald; mother of John Heald, General Manager of the Funeral Home Channel at Preferred Partner; died Friday, October 13. Memorials may be given to Saint Mary's Parish: 20 Summer St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545; or Saint Cecilia's Parish: 18 Belvidere St, Boston, MA 02115.

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John Wild, Sr.

John Wild, Sr. – October 12, 2023

Word has been received that John Wild, Sr.; father of John Wild, a member of the Selected Educational Trust Board of Trustees; died Thursday, October 12.

Memorials may be given to Christ the King Catholic Church: 5711 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315; or The Jimmy Fund (A pediatric cancer fund sponsored by the Boston Red Sox).

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Pat Iles

Pat Iles – September 28, 2023

Word has been received that Pat Iles; mother of Mark and Mike Iles, President and Chief Financial Officer, respectively, of Iles Funeral Homes, Inc.-Dunn's Funeral Home and Crematory in Des Moines, IA; and grandmother of David Iles, the firm's Assistant General Manager; died Thursday, September 28. Memorials may be given to any of the following:

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Karlen M. Fellows

Karlen M. Fellows – September 24, 2023

Word has been received that Karlen M. Fellows; mother-in-law of Selected Board Member Dave Moore of Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapels in Mason City, IA; died Sunday, September 24. Memorials may be given to Estes Park Middle School: 1500 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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Betty Irene Pollard

Betty Irene Pollard – September 16, 2023

Word has been received that Betty Irene Pollard; wife of the late Kenneth H. Pollard, Founder of Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen, MA, and mother of the firm's past President, Michael N. Pollard; died Saturday, September 16. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family, please visit the firm's Sympathy Store.

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