Obituaries

Brian DeGroot
B: 1971-07-22
D: 2017-09-19
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DeGroot, Brian
Diane Lotter
D: 2017-09-16
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Lotter, Diane
Dorothy Neerdaels
B: 1931-04-26
D: 2017-09-13
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Neerdaels, Dorothy
Richard Northway
B: 1940-12-18
D: 2017-09-08
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Northway, Richard
Nancy Hofkes
B: 1936-05-08
D: 2017-09-08
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Hofkes, Nancy
Donald Kuchenbecker
B: 1949-05-24
D: 2017-09-07
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Kuchenbecker, Donald
Richard Murphy
B: 1936-11-24
D: 2017-09-05
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Murphy, Richard
Marian Kiley
B: 1930-09-02
D: 2017-09-03
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Kiley, Marian
Norman McClintock
B: 1932-07-17
D: 2017-09-03
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McClintock, Norman
Dean Kennedy
B: 1953-06-21
D: 2017-08-31
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Kennedy, Dean
Eileen Longlais
B: 1922-09-08
D: 2017-08-30
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Longlais, Eileen
Peter Fleck
B: 1942-06-03
D: 2017-08-26
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Fleck, Peter
Patricia O'Neill
B: 1943-09-14
D: 2017-08-26
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O'Neill, Patricia
Lowell De Greef
B: 1945-04-15
D: 2017-08-25
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De Greef, Lowell
Judy Reinhart
B: 1930-08-10
D: 2017-08-24
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Reinhart, Judy
Darla Stephenson
B: 1951-06-28
D: 2017-08-22
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Stephenson, Darla
Florence Biegert
B: 1942-11-21
D: 2017-08-21
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Biegert, Florence
William Roebke
B: 1940-08-27
D: 2017-08-21
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Roebke, William
Rebecca Pennenberg
B: 1972-10-28
D: 2017-08-17
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Pennenberg, Rebecca
Raelia Pennenberg
B: 1999-05-06
D: 2017-08-17
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Pennenberg, Raelia
Elaine Kozlovsky
B: 1939-01-03
D: 2017-08-16
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Kozlovsky, Elaine

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Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

funeral planning checklist flowerAt Cotter Funeral Home, we know there is a lot to go into planning a funeral in such a short period of time. If you are thinking of pre-planning your own funeral, here is a funeral planning checklist, tips and a guide to help you plan. When you're ready to start the funeral pre-planning process, you may really appreciate this step-by-step funeral pre-arrangement checklist. 

 

The Basics of Planning & Pre-Planning a Funeral

  • Set goals
  • Review limitations
  • Look at available options
  • Weigh the pros and cons of each option
  • Talk to others about the best options
  • Arrive at a final decision

 

Taking Care of Finances and Property

  • Create a contact list of everyone who should be notified in a medical emergency or death including the name of your funeral home.
  • Give your executor(s) a copy of your will and the contact list.
  • Give your executor(s) a list of bank and investment accounts, creditors, mortgage or lien information, insurance policies, retirement plans, safe deposit boxes, real and personal properties of value and all related telephone numbers.
  • If you are receiving benefits from Social Security or the Veterans' Administration, your executor needs that information to suspend benefit payments.
  • Select someone you trust to deal with your online accounts: email, online memberships, and social media. Include all relevant information and whether or not they should delete, close, or keep any of the accounts.

 

Taking Care of Funeral-Related Details

  • Make note of all the details you want mentioned in your obituary. You could even take this one step further and write your own obituary.
  • State, in writing, your preferences for burial or cremation.
  • If burial is preferred, provide the details of the cemetery arrangements. If you have not purchased a burial plot, this is the time to do so.
  • If you have chosen burial, what type of casket would you like? Should it be made of wood, metal, or composite materials?
  • If you choose cremation, what do you want done with the ashes?
  • Would you like a traditional funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life?
  • If you'd like a celebration-of-life, what location would you suggest for this event?
  • What special activities would you prefer at a celebration-of-life?
  • What music or special readings would you prefer?
  • What type and colors of flowers would you prefer?
  • Would you like to select a charitable organization to receive donations in your name?
  • If you're a veteran, would you like to receive full military honors as part of your service? Would you like to be buried in the grounds of a veterans' cemetery?

 

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Taking Care of Your Pets

If you share your life with animal companions, you should think about who you would like to take care of your pets. Consult with the person to see if this is something they are interested in doing for you and then write down your intentions and include all contact information. This should be signed and witnessed, and then given to your executor.

Final Tasks in the Pre-Planning Checklist

Write out your plan with as many details as possible, and send it to your funeral home. In addition to your will, the contact list, and the list of all your online account login details and related documents should be provided to your executor.

Finally, you may want to consider paying ahead of time for your funeral choices. Speak to us about how your pre-payment monies will be handled.

Using the Online Pre-Planning Tool

This website features Pre-Arrange Online, a step-by-step interactive form that can be used to record your end-of-life plan and send the completed form to our staff for safekeeping. You'll be asked to create an account with a username and password so you can login at any time to complete or change the plan.

Before You Leave

You will have the peace-of-mind knowing all the details are written down and there can be no mistaking your wishes. Explore your options and see what others are saying about their commitment for end of life planning, before making a decision on different types of funeral services offered. If you need help - we're here for you. If this pre-planning checklist isn't enough - Call us today at 920-336-8702.
 

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