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

Music performed live at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, by Molly Parden.

John Michelotti

John J. Michelotti - November 18, 2019

John J. Michelotti, President of former Selected-member firm, Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary & Crematory, Billings, MT, and Past President of NSM, died November 18. Additional information.

Ted Westgor

Ted W. Westgor - November 9, 2019

Ted W. Westgor, former president of Westgor Funeral Homes, Neenah, WI, and Past Selected Board member, died November 9. The Westgor family will be establishing memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Calvary Chapel Gulf Coast, Avow Hospice of Naples and the Alzheimer’s Association. Additional information.

Wanda Sue Weatherford

Wanda Sue Weatherford - November 5, 2019

Wanda Sue Weatherford, mother of Jason Winters, President of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home, Okmulgee, OK, died November 5. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe D. Weatherford Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Funeral Service, c/o The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034, or in care of the funeral home. Additional information.

Cheryl McKenzie

Cheryl McKenzie - October 25, 2019

Cheryl McKenzie, wife of Grant McKenzie, past Selected Board member and partner in former Selected member firm McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd., Sarnia, ON, Canada, died October 25. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street N., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W3, Canada; Dr. Linda Bowring Music Therapy Program, c/o Bluewater Health, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 6S3, Canada; Cystic Fibrosis Canada; or the charity of their choice. Additional information.

Jacquelyn Taylor

Jacquelyn S. Taylor, Ph.D - October 20, 2019

Jacquelyn S. Taylor, Ph.D, funeral director, embalmer, teacher, scholar, thinking coach, and Selected friend and supporter, died October 20. Memorial contributions may be made to United Church Walpole Capital Fund, P.O. Box 287, Walpole, MA 02081. Additional information.

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, New Orleans, LA, 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.