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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


Patricia Anne C. Striffler - August 30, 2015

Patricia Anne Connelly Striffler, wife of the late Frank Striffler, Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Company, Inc./Striffler Family Funeral Homes, McKeesport, PA, died August 30. Mrs. Striffler is survived at the firm by her chrildren, Sue Striffler Galaski, Owner/President; Edgar Patrick Striffler, Owner/Vice-President; and grandson Adam Striffler Galaski, staff member. Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 or the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132. Additional information.

Serena Stevens

Serena J. Stevens - August 29, 2015

Serena J. Stevens, wife of Joseph “Joe” Stevens, Chairman of Stevens Mortuary, Inc., Altoona, PA, and Past President of NSM, died August 29.Mrs. Stevens also is survived by three children including Joseph J. Stevens III, President and CEO of the firm, and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Independent Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, 3618 5th Ave., Suite 1, Altoona, PA 16602; Altoona Community Theatre, PO Box 908, Altoona, PA 16603; or Blair Concert Chorale, PO Box 722, Altoona, PA 16603. Additional information.

Charles Wiseman

Charles E. Wiseman - August 21, 2015

Charles Everette Wiseman, grandfather of Sarah Pojanowski, General Counsel at Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died August 21. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 487, Purcellville, VA 20134 or to the Ebenezer Cemetery, P.O. Box 174, Purcellville, VA 20134. Additional information.

Bill Bailey

A.W. Bailey Jr. - August 19, 2015

A.W. “Bill” Bailey Jr., owner of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, TX, died August 19. He is survived at the firm by his sons, Hatch Bailey, Funeral Director in Charge, President and co-owner; Roy Bailey, co-owner, and his wife, Tina; Wes Bailey, co-owner, and his wife, Rebecca; ten grandchildren including Baxter Bailey, Funeral Director's Assistant; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Waco Endowment Fund, 500 Webster, Waco TX 76706; The Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture Series in Christian Ethics at the George W. Truett Seminary, 1 Bear Place #97126, Waco, TX 76798; Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, 100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd, attn: Rhonda Luker, Waco, TX 76712, and the Bill and Roberta Bailey Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University, 1 Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798. Additional information.

Susan Hoaglund

Susan Hoaglund - August 5, 2015

Susan Hoaglund, wife of Bob Hoaglund, VP Sales & Marketing at Messenger, LLC, and Trustee for the Selected Educational Trust, died on August 5. Mrs. Hoaglund also is survived by a daughter, a son and a grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Community Church, The Junior League of Fort Wayne, IN, or The New Lenox Public Library, New Lenox, IL. Additional information.

Betty Miller

Betty P. Miller - August 1, 2015

Betty P. Miller, wife of the late Dr. Frank W. Miller, former Executive Director of NSM, died August 1. She is survived by two children and two grandchildren. Additional information.

James McMullen

James A. McMullen Sr. - July 26, 2015

James Allen McMullen Sr., CEO at McMullen Funeral Home, Columbus, GA, died July 26. Heis survived by his wife, Cecille; son, James Allen Jr., President at the firm; daughter, Lisa McMullen Allen, and her husband, Stan; and four grandchildren. Flowers will be accepted and memorial contributions may be made to Beallwood Baptist Church, 4650 Veterans Pkwy., Columbus, GA 31904. Additional information.

Shirley Gunderson

Shirley M. Gunderson - July 23, 2015

Shirley M. Gunderson, Gunderson Funeral and Cremation Care, Madison, WI, died July 23. For 65 years, she supported her late husband, Robert E. Gunderson; son, Peter J. Gunderson, President; daughter-in-law Vicki, Secretary Treasurer, and grandchildren with the operation of their family owned firm. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago St., Madison, WI 53704. Additional information.

Marjorie Johnson

Marjorie Johnson - July 18, 2015

Marjorie Johnson, mother of Peter Johnson, Managing Director of Peter Johnson Funerals Ltd., South Shields, England, died July 18. Mrs. Johnson also is survived by her husband, Douglas. Donations may be sent to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in care of Joan Stephenson, 54 Lawe Road, South Shields, NE33 2AL.

Robert Bastien

Robert Bastien - July 3, 2015

Robert "Bob" Bastien, retired Funeral Director and Embalmer at West Funeral Home, Weaverville, NC, died on July 3. Memorial contributions may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. Additional information.

Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith - June 28, 2015

Barbara Smith, wife of Gary W. Smith, President at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, Bangor, ME, died June 28. Mrs. Smith also is survived by her daughter, Holly Smith Fernald, Secretary at the firm; son-in-law, Jim Fernald, Treasurer at the firm; and granddaughter, Caroline Barbara Smith Fernald. Memorial contributions may be made to Lafayette Family Cancer Center C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402, or to PEO, Program for Continuing Education, (provides financial need based scholarships for women to continue their education). Mail to: PEO Chapter B-ME, Linda Allen, Treasurer, P.O. Box 662, Bangor, ME 04402. Additional information.

Mindy Harris

Mindy G. Harris - June 11, 2015

Mindy G. Harris, wife of Michael Harris, Manager and Funeral Director at Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Rochester, NY, died June 11. Mrs. Harris also is survived by her children, Emily and Michael. At the firm, she is survived by her father-in-law, Richard P. Harris, President and co-owner; mother-in-law, Billie Harris, Vice-President and co-owner; and brother-in-law, Rick Harris, Manager. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Kateri at Christ the King Church, 445 Kings Hwy S., Rochester, NY 14617. Additional information.

Telitha Lindquist

Telitha Lindquist - June 7, 2015

Telitha Lindquist of Lindquist Mortuaries, Ogden, UT, wife of the late John A. Lindquist, Past-President of Selected, died June 7. Mrs. Lindquist is survived by her children, Kathryn, Robert (President of Cemeteries at the firm), John (President of Mortuaries at the firm), Steven, Laurie, Peter and Telitha; twenty-nine grandchildren, including the firm's Assistant General Manager, McClain, and a Funeral Director at the firm, Robert; forty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to a non-profit of choice or to the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University, 4018 University Circle, Ogden, UT 84408. Additional information.

Melody Anderson

Melody S. Anderson - May 27, 2015

Melody S. Anderson, aunt to Rebekah Giuffre, Funeral Director at Anderson Funeral Home, Franklin, OH, and sister-in-law to Charles Anderson, President of the firm, died May 27. Mrs. Anderson also is survived by her husband Bruce Anderson and their family including her son, Michael Anderson, and nephew Tyler Anderson, both of The Outlook Group. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club, 351 Ashley Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45215; Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church; or the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231. Additional information.

Ken Williams

Ken Williams - May 27, 2015

Ken Williams, Funeral Director at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, AZ, died on May 27.He is survived by his wife, Trish; daughters,Leslie and Nicole; son, David; and three grandchildren. Additional information.

Alysia Porter

Alysia D. Porter - May 21, 2015

Alysia Danielle "Dani" Porter, Vice-President of A.D. Porter & Sons, Inc., Louisville, KY, died May 21. She is survived by her father, Woodford R. Porter Jr., CEO of the firm; mother, Diane; and siblings, Hamilton Chase, Woodford R. III and Alexis Dominique. A scholarship fund will be established with the YMCA Black Achievers program in Dani’s honor. Additional information.

Steve Aldridge Jr.

Steve Aldridge Jr. - May 16, 2015

Steve Aldridge Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Stanly Funeral Home, Inc., Albemarle, NC, and father of Stephen Aldridge III, President and Manager of the firm, died May 16. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 24361 S. Bus. 52, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to the charity of the donor's choice. Additional information.

Lois Geib

Lois E. Geib - May 16, 2015

Lois Elaine Geib, mother of Richard Geib II, former President of Geib Funeral Homes, Crematories & Remembrance Centers, New Philadelphia, OH, and grandmother of Anne Geib, President of the firm, died May 16. Memorial contributions may be made to Geib Family Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization created by Rich and the Geib Family in 2004 for the benefit of the community, in the care of Huntington National Bank, PO Box 100, Dover, OH 44622 or to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. Additional information.

Richard Harris

Richard T. Harris - April 26, 2015

Richard T. "Dick" Harris, Powell Funeral Home & Crematory, Southern Pines, NC, died April 26. He is survived by four children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387 and FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374. Additional information.

Marcene Busch

Marcene W. Busch - April 16, 2015

Marcene "Marcy" Werner Busch, wife of Past Selected Secretary-Treasurer John Busch, Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Cleveland, OH, died April 16. Mrs. Busch also is survived by her children, James, President of the firm and Secretary-Treasurer of Selected, and his wife, Becky; J. Mark, Vice-President at the firm and his wife, Jennifer; Julie Ann and her husband, Joseph; Catherine and her husband, Kent; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cleveland Chapter of A.A.U.W., (American Association of University Women) in memory of Marcene Busch. Additional information.

Lee Allen

Lee P. Allen - March 12, 2015

Lee Patterson Allen, mother of Jack Allen, President at Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Cumming, GA, died March 12. Memorial contributions may be made to Atlanta Youth Academy, Polycystic Kidney Foundation or Canine Assistants. Additional information.

Fonda Stuhr

Fonda W. Stuhr - March 11, 2015

Fonda Wrenn Stuhr, wife of William "Sandy" Stuhr Sr., CEO of J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant, SC, and Past Board Member of National Selected Morticians, died March 11. Mrs. Stuhr is also survived by her children, William "Sandy" Stuhr Jr., Secretary/Treasurer, and his wife, Lynne; Catherine Stuhr, Vice-President, and her husband, Alan Toporek; Timothy W. Stuhr and his wife, Pam; Carol S. Kays and her husband, Dr. Chuck Kays; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also of the firm is William "Sandy" Stuhr's cousin, President John A. Stuhr. Additional information.

Maurene Dunning

Maurene Dunning - March 5, 2015

Maurene Dunning, mother of Kristin Sellers, Secretary of William F. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA, and mother-in-law of William F. "Bill" Sellers, President/Owner of the firm, died March 5. Mrs. Dunning also is survived by her daughter, Kimberly, and two grandsons.

Eugene Chandler

Eugene Chandler - March 2, 2015

Eugene Chandler, father of Dana Chandler, President of Chandler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, South Paris, ME, died on March 2. Mr. Chandler also is survived by his grandson, Marc Chandler, practitioner/trainee at the firm. Memorial contributions may be made to Tyrian Lodge No. 73, AF & AM, P.O. Box 151, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256. Additional information.

J. William Dolan

J. William Dolan - February 26, 2015

J. William Dolan, brother of W. Craig Dolan, President, and Paul Dolan, Vice-President, of Dolan Funeral Home, Milton, MA, died February 26. Mr. Dolan also is survived by his nephew, Frederick "Jed" Dolan, funeral director at the firm. Memorial contributions may be made to The Resident Activity Fund, Tremont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 605 Main St., Wareham, MA 02571. Additional information.

Gerald Barbieri

Gerald L. Barbieri - January 8, 2015

Gerald L. “Jerry” Barbieri, father of Andrea Horan and father-in-law of John Horan, President and CEO at Horan & McConaty Funeral Service/Cremation, Aurora, CO, and Past President of Selected, died on January 8. Mr. Barbieri also is survived by his wife, Margery; son, John; grandchildren, Melyssa, Gabriella, Isabella, Laura, Sarah, John Luke, Katie and her husband Luke Densow of Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes; and great-grandchild, Nixie Rose. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Therese Catholic School, 1200 Kenton Street, Aurora, CO 80010. Additional information.

Kathryn Harris

Kathryn P. Harris - November 30, 2014

Kathryn P. Harris, mother of Barbara Farris, Owner and Vice President of Farris Funeral Service, Inc., Abingdon, VA, died November 30. Her son-in-law, David Farris, Owner and member of the board at the firm, is a Selected (NSM) Past President. Her granddaughter, Kim Farris Luke, is President of the firm. Flowers are welcome, and memorial contributions may be made to Abingdon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 101 East Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, or to Ecumenical Faith in Action, Crisis Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 2419, Abingdon, VA 24212. Additional information.

Pat Garvie-Tannahill

Patricia N. Garvie-Tannahill - November 25, 2014

Patricia N. "Pat" Garvie-Tannahill, wife of Bruce Tannahill, Past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected and President of Tannahill Funeral Home Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, died November 25. Memorial contributions may be made to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation “Oncology." Additional information.

Thomas Chamberlain

Thomas J. Chamberlain - November 24, 2014

Thomas J. Chamberlain, grandfather of Rob Paterkiewicz, Executive Director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, died yesterday, November 24. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association. Additional information.

Donald Temrowski

Donald S. Temrowski - November 11, 2014

Donald S. Temrowski, Owner, Chairman and Treasurer of D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, Warren, MI, died on November 11. He is survived at the firm by his wife Beverly, Co-Owner and Secretary; and sons, David, Co-Owner and Funeral Director and Daniel, also Co-Owner and Funeral Director. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul of the Cross Retreat House, 23333 Schoolcraft Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48223. Additional information.

Leo Basler

Leo C. Basler Jr. - October 28, 2014

Leo C. "Chipper" Basler Jr., President and Treasurer of Basler Funeral Home, Ste. Genevieve, MO, died on October 28. Mr. Bassler is survived by his wife, Carolyn, Vice President and Secretary of the firm; son, Eric, Manager; and daughter-in-law, Julie, Office Manager. Memorial contributions may be made to Valle Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 255, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670, or Friends of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, 800 Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670. Additional information.

Don Boone

Donald R. Boone - October 26, 2014

Donald Ray Boone, owner of Selected Preferred Partner HES Management Consultants, Asheville, NC, died October 26. He is survived by his wife, Laura; daughter, Donna Boone Parsons, also of HES Management Consultants; and granddaughter, Katherine. Memorial contributions may be made to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806 or to Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church, Community Services Fund, 375 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Additional information.

Helen Epley

Helen M. Epley - October 26, 2014

Helen Mangum Epley, mother of Pat Epley, Administrative Assistant for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust, died October 26. Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County, 575 Airport Rd., Marion, NC 28752, or WMU Ladies of West Court Baptist Church, 355 W. Court St., Marion, NC 28752. Additional information.

Marion DeGutis

Marion Gladys B. DeGutis - October 24, 2014

Marion Gladys Burnette DeGutis died October 24. She is survived by her grandson, Co-CEO of Broussard's Mortuary, Beaumont, TX, and Past President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Tom Broussard; her daughter, Marie Broussard; and grandchildren, Dale Broussard, David Broussard and Marian Broussard-West. Additional information.

Frank Jilot

Frank W. Jilot - September 21, 2014

Frank W. Jilot, father of Susie Schinkten and father-in-law of Joe Schinkten, President of Ryan Funeral Home, Inc., DePere, WI, died on September 21. Additional information.

Roberta Hatch Bailey

Roberta H. Bailey - September 13, 2014

Roberta Hatch Bailey, Vice President, Secretary and co-owner of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, TX, died on September 13. Mrs. Bailey is survived at the firm by her husband, Arthur William Bailey, co-owner; son, Hatch Bailey, Funeral Director in Charge, President and co-owner; sons, Roy Bailey and Wes Bailey, also co-owners and grandson Baxter Bailey, Funeral Director's Assistant. Additional information and a place to leave condolences can be found at

Gordon Garrett

Gordon B. Garrett - September 10, 2014

Gordon B. Garrett, former President of Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, Titusville, PA, died September 10. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and four children. His son, Todd C. Garrett, is Supervisor and President of the firm. His daughter, Leigh G. Anderson, is Office Administrator. And his grandson, Joseph S. Anderson, is a funeral director at the firm. Additional information.

Remembering Those Who Died Between Oct. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014