Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg Obituaries - Eulogy Assistant (2024)

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About Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg A Legacy of Excellence Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg Ava Oletha (Spitzer) Lotts - September 16, 1923 - May 04, 2024 Barbara Catherine (Mooberry) Ritchie - May 25, 1955 - May 04, 2024 Curtis Warfield Breeden - March 23, 1932 - May 03, 2024 Stacy Dominguez-Zelaya - November 12, 2020 - May 02, 2024 Nathan Wade Wimer - January 04, 1941 - April 28, 2024 Diana Woodall - June 26, 1953 - April 28, 2024 Harold Franklin Sampson II - December 10, 1958 - April 28, 2024 Margaret Preston (Yarber) Good - November 27, 1937 - April 27, 2024 Alfred John Francfort - June 28, 1939 - April 26, 2024 Evelyn Wise - January 30, 1944 - April 25, 2024 Barbara Will - April 25, 1944 - April 25, 2024 Jean Katherine Brand - November 17, 1930 - April 22, 2024 Lynne´ "NayBaby" Patricia (Rexrode) Rhodes - June 27, 1959 - April 16, 2024 Wayne Kreider Lentz - February 25, 1935 - April 16, 2024 Kathy Bullman Neil - September 06, 1952 - April 16, 2024 Craig Nes Peterson - November 05, 1943 - April 15, 2024 Louise Belle Butler - April 04, 1949 - April 15, 2024 Roger W Rae - February 24, 1932 - April 11, 2024 Donald Kreider Burkhart - November 15, 1931 - April 10, 2024 Juanita Catherine Armentrout - April 12, 1928 - April 10, 2024 Betty Haney Engle - November 20, 1932 - April 08, 2024 Alma Lee Spitzer - November 04, 1932 - April 08, 2024 Jonathan Elwood Sadler - July 17, 1965 - April 07, 2024 Amos Lee McDorman - November 17, 1945 - April 05, 2024 Edwin Kelly McAvoy - October 02, 1939 - April 04, 2024 Funeral Services Offered Cremation Services Facilities and Amenities Community Involvement Staff Profile Why Choose Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg? Frequently Asked Questions What is an obituary? What is the purpose of an obituary? Who typically writes an obituary? What information should be included in an obituary? How long should an obituary be? Can I include photos or videos in an obituary? Is it necessary to publish an obituary in a newspaper? How much does it cost to publish an obituary? Can I write my own obituary? What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice? Can I include humor or personality in an obituary? How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper? Can I make corrections to an already-published obituary? How long will an online obituary remain available? Can I include links or URLs in an online obituary? What if I want to keep the funeral or memorial service private? Can I include charitable donation information in an obituary? How do I find old obituaries? Can I republish an old obituary on social media or online? What if I'm struggling to write an obituary? How do I handle sensitive or complicated family dynamics when writing an obituary? What if I want to create a memorial page or website for the deceased?

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  • About Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg
    • A Legacy of Excellence
      • Funeral Services Offered
        • Cremation Services
          • Facilities and Amenities
            • Community Involvement
              • Staff Profile
                • Why Choose Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg?
                  • Contact Information
                    • Frequently Asked Questions

                      About Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg

                      Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg is a trusted and respected funeral home located at 3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801. For generations, the dedicated team at Kyger Funeral Home has been providing compassionate and personalized funeral services to families in Harrisonburg and surrounding communities. With a long history of serving the local community, Kyger Funeral Home has established itself as a beacon of hope and support during difficult times.

                      A Legacy of Excellence

                      Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg has a rich history that dates back to [year]. Since its inception, the funeral home has been committed to providing exceptional service, comfort, and care to families who have lost a loved one. Over the years, the funeral home has built a reputation for its professionalism, empathy, and attention to detail. The team at Kyger Funeral Home understands that every family is unique, and they strive to create personalized funeral services that reflect the personality, spirit, and legacy of the deceased.

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                      Ava Oletha (Spitzer) Lotts - September 16, 1923 - May 04, 2024

                      Departed: 05/04/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Oletha Spitzer Lotts, 100, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Saturday May 4, 2024, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Home, after a brief stay. She was born September 16, 1923, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Ernest M. and Palma I. Spitzer. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Howard Spitzer, first husband and father of her three children, Robert H. Perry, II, second husband, Charles Ralph Lotts, and her beloved son, Robert H. Perry, III.Oletha graduated from Keezletown High School and attended Elon College, NC. She loved basketball and played on the Keezletown High School 1941 Rockingham County Basketball Championship team. She was employed for 40 plus years at F.W. Woolworths as a Department Manager and as Manager of their lunch counter and soda fountain.She loved to travel. Israel was her favorite trip because she was baptized in the Jordan River. She grew up in New Hope Christian Church and in 1999 became a member of Harrisonburg Nazarene Church where she served as greeter, money counter, visitation team and member of The Joy Group. She attended Women’s Bible Fellowship for many years and loved studying the Bible with friends. She reflected her love for the Lord by loving people and was a beloved friend by many.She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn A. Dean (Wayne) and Sandra L. Perry, who served as her dedicated and loving caretaker the last eight years of her life. Survived also by daughter-in-law, Maggi Perry; grandchildren, Kirby Dean (Regina), Scott, Robert IV, and Christopher Perry and Shana Beime; great-grandchildren; Maycee Dean, Stella and Madison Perry plus nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 1 p.m., with Pastors Jim Harrison and Joe Stoner officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be private.

                      Oletha Spitzer Lotts, 100, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Saturday May 4, 2024, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Home, after a brief stay. She was born September 16, 1923, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Ernest M. and Palma I. Spitzer. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Howard Spitzer, first husband and father of her three children, Robert H. Perry, II, second husband, Charles Ralph Lotts, and her beloved son, Robert H. Perry, III.

                      Oletha graduated from Keezletown High School and attended Elon College, NC. She loved basketball and played on the Keezletown High School 1941 Rockingham County Basketball Championship team. She was employed for 40 plus years at F.W. Woolworths as a Department Manager and as Manager of their lunch counter and soda fountain.

                      She loved to travel. Israel was her favorite trip because she was baptized in the Jordan River. She grew up in New Hope Christian Church and in 1999 became a member of Harrisonburg Nazarene Church where she served as greeter, money counter, visitation team and member of The Joy Group. She attended Women’s Bible Fellowship for many years and loved studying the Bible with friends. She reflected her love for the Lord by loving people and was a beloved friend by many.

                      She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn A. Dean (Wayne) and Sandra L. Perry, who served as her dedicated and loving caretaker the last eight years of her life. Survived also by daughter-in-law, Maggi Perry; grandchildren, Kirby Dean (Regina), Scott, Robert IV, and Christopher Perry and Shana Beime; great-grandchildren; Maycee Dean, Stella and Madison Perry plus nieces and nephews.

                      A memorial service will be held at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 1 p.m., with Pastors Jim Harrison and Joe Stoner officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be private.

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                      Barbara Catherine (Mooberry) Ritchie - May 25, 1955 - May 04, 2024

                      Departed: 05/04/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Curtis Warfield Breeden - March 23, 1932 - May 03, 2024

                      Departed: 05/03/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Curtis Worfield Breeden, 92, of McGaheysville, passed away, Friday, May 3, 2024, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.Mr. Breeden was born March 23, 1932, in Rockingham County, and was the son of the late, Raymond and Frances Hensley Breeden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Viands Breeden; a daughter, Enola Marshall, as well as three brothers, William “Billy”, Rudolph and Eugene Breeden.Curtis retired as a maintenance mechanic in the manufacturing industry. He spent his time in retirement raising peaco*cks, parrots, chickens and cattle. He also enjoyed tinkering and working on things around the house.He is survived by two sons, Curtis Breeden and wife, Syvilla, and James Breeden; grandchildren, Michael Breeden, Jonathan Marshall, Amy Hill, Wesley Breeden, Travis Breeden and Jenna Reid, as well as nine great-grandchildren.A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Carter Dean officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

                      Curtis Worfield Breeden, 92, of McGaheysville, passed away, Friday, May 3, 2024, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

                      Mr. Breeden was born March 23, 1932, in Rockingham County, and was the son of the late, Raymond and Frances Hensley Breeden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Viands Breeden; a daughter, Enola Marshall, as well as three brothers, William “Billy”, Rudolph and Eugene Breeden.

                      Curtis retired as a maintenance mechanic in the manufacturing industry. He spent his time in retirement raising peaco*cks, parrots, chickens and cattle. He also enjoyed tinkering and working on things around the house.

                      He is survived by two sons, Curtis Breeden and wife, Syvilla, and James Breeden; grandchildren, Michael Breeden, Jonathan Marshall, Amy Hill, Wesley Breeden, Travis Breeden and Jenna Reid, as well as nine great-grandchildren.

                      A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Carter Dean officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

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                      Stacy Dominguez-Zelaya - November 12, 2020 - May 02, 2024

                      Departed: 05/02/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Stacy Domínguez-Zelaya, de 3 años, de Harrisonburg, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2024 en el Centro Médico de la Universidad de Virginia.La señorita Domínguez-Zelaya nació el 12 de noviembre de 2020 en Charlottesville.Le sobreviven su madre, Suyapa Zelaya-Cruz; hermanas, María Zelaya, Alexa Zelaya; tío, José Cruz; prima, Lourdes Chirinos; madrina, Yaneth Chirinos; y las familias Cruz y Chirinos.La familia recibirá amigos el sábado 4 de mayo de 2024 de 4 p.m. a 8 p.m. en la funeraria Kyger en Harrisonburg.Stacy tu eras luz de toda la familia y siempre estaras en nuestros corazones y siempre seras recordada con esa felicidad que trasmitias hasta en los momentos malos siempre seras ese rayito de luz gracias por esas sonrisas y momentos que nos distes fuiste guerrera luchaste hasta el final y siempre con una sonrisaTu siempre serás recordada

                      Stacy Domínguez-Zelaya, de 3 años, de Harrisonburg, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2024 en el Centro Médico de la Universidad de Virginia.

                      La señorita Domínguez-Zelaya nació el 12 de noviembre de 2020 en Charlottesville.

                      Le sobreviven su madre, Suyapa Zelaya-Cruz; hermanas, María Zelaya, Alexa Zelaya; tío, José Cruz; prima, Lourdes Chirinos; madrina, Yaneth Chirinos; y las familias Cruz y Chirinos.

                      La familia recibirá amigos el sábado 4 de mayo de 2024 de 4 p.m. a 8 p.m. en la funeraria Kyger en Harrisonburg. Stacy tu eras luz de toda la familia y siempre estaras en nuestros corazones y siempre seras recordada con esa felicidad que trasmitias hasta en los momentos malos siempre seras ese rayito de luz gracias por esas sonrisas y momentos que nos distes fuiste guerrera luchaste hasta el final y siempre con una sonrisa Tu siempre serás recordada

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                      Nathan Wade Wimer - January 04, 1941 - April 28, 2024

                      Departed: 04/28/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Diana Woodall - June 26, 1953 - April 28, 2024

                      Departed: 04/28/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our sister, Diana Gail Woodall, after a long illness. Diana was well appreciated in her community in Virginia as a yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist. “Yoga is medicine for me, and hopefully for my students as well, more than it is a system of exercise or anything else”. Diana Woodall “I was the type always struggling with how to pursue my yogic practice considering I wanted to find an in-depth, well-informed class that would enable me to progress while being affordable by a college student. Diana was the hidden gem I was looking for!” Olivia V. “I have been attending Diana's classes for approximately 7 years. She is a well-trained and very experienced yoga teacher who takes time with each student to ensure that they have the opportunity to get the maximum benefit from each session.” Andrea K. She is survived by her mother, Elaine V. Woodall, York, PA; sister Marie W. Patureau (Jean-Pierre), St. Germain-en-Laye, France; brother Lawrence G. Woodall (Misako), Vancouver, Canada; sister-in-law Marcia S. Woodall, Goshen, NY; 7 nieces and nephews; 8 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Merle P. Woodall; her younger sister, Amy Claire Woodall, and half-sister, Joei Woodall Hendricks.Service will be held and announced at a later date.

                      It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our sister, Diana Gail Woodall, after a long illness. Diana was well appreciated in her community in Virginia as a yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist. “Yoga is medicine for me, and hopefully for my students as well, more than it is a system of exercise or anything else”. Diana Woodall

                      “I was the type always struggling with how to pursue my yogic practice considering I wanted to find an in-depth, well-informed class that would enable me to progress while being affordable by a college student. Diana was the hidden gem I was looking for!” Olivia V.

                      “I have been attending Diana's classes for approximately 7 years. She is a well-trained and very experienced yoga teacher who takes time with each student to ensure that they have the opportunity to get the maximum benefit from each session.” Andrea K.

                      She is survived by her mother, Elaine V. Woodall, York, PA; sister Marie W. Patureau (Jean-Pierre), St. Germain-en-Laye, France; brother Lawrence G. Woodall (Misako), Vancouver, Canada; sister-in-law Marcia S. Woodall, Goshen, NY; 7 nieces and nephews; 8 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Merle P. Woodall; her younger sister, Amy Claire Woodall, and half-sister, Joei Woodall Hendricks.

                      Service will be held and announced at a later date.

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                      Harold Franklin Sampson II - December 10, 1958 - April 28, 2024

                      Departed: 04/28/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Harold Franklin “Frankie” Sampson II, 65, of Shenandoah, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024, at his home. He was born December 10, 1958, in Page County, Virginia and was the son of the late Harold Franklin Sampson, Sr. and Gail Brown Sampson.Frankie loved to spend his time with family and friends playing games, listening to music, telling stories and entertaining. He loved the outdoors and spent much of his time being outside by the river or working around the house. He was a skilled carpenter working construction for most of his life. Frankie knew no stranger. He attended the Church of Faith for many years. He will be missed by all those who knew, loved and shared time with him.He is survived by his fiancée, Peggy Coppage; son, Harold Franklin “Frank” Sampson, III and wife, Katie; grandchildren, Emma, Evan and Ben Sampson; numerous cousins and extended family.A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rose Hensley officiating. Burial to follow at George Comer Cemetery in Shenandoah.Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the funeral home prior to the service.

                      Harold Franklin “Frankie” Sampson II, 65, of Shenandoah, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024, at his home. He was born December 10, 1958, in Page County, Virginia and was the son of the late Harold Franklin Sampson, Sr. and Gail Brown Sampson.

                      Frankie loved to spend his time with family and friends playing games, listening to music, telling stories and entertaining. He loved the outdoors and spent much of his time being outside by the river or working around the house. He was a skilled carpenter working construction for most of his life. Frankie knew no stranger. He attended the Church of Faith for many years.

                      He will be missed by all those who knew, loved and shared time with him.

                      He is survived by his fiancée, Peggy Coppage; son, Harold Franklin “Frank” Sampson, III and wife, Katie; grandchildren, Emma, Evan and Ben Sampson; numerous cousins and extended family.

                      A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rose Hensley officiating.

                      Burial to follow at George Comer Cemetery in Shenandoah.

                      Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the funeral home prior to the service.

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                      Margaret Preston (Yarber) Good - November 27, 1937 - April 27, 2024

                      Departed: 04/27/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Margaret Preston (Yarber) Good, 86, of Timberville, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at her residence.Mrs. Good was born on November 27, 1937, in Washington County, VA and was a daughter of the late Stanley and Beulah Mae (Heath) Yarber. Margaret worked as a caregiver for her entire career. She greatly enjoyed baking and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment came from taking care of her family and others. She was a member of the Harrisonburg Freewill Baptist Church. On August 20, 1961, she married John Monroe Good, who survives. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Good is survived by her children, Larry M. Good and wife, Cindy of Timberville, Teresa D. Ritchie and husband, Ralph of Timberville, and Ann M. Smith of Timberville; siblings, Allan Yarber, David Yarber, and Debbie Testerman; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs, Yappy and Bruster.Mrs. Good was also preceded in death by a son, Danny Watkins; eight brothers and two sisters.A celebration of Mrs. Good’s life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 11 a.m., at Harrisonburg Free Will Baptist Church with Pastors Paul Collins and Donnie Sherfey officiating. The burial will be held privately prior to the service.The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, May 2, 2024, from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger Funeral Home.

                      Margaret Preston (Yarber) Good, 86, of Timberville, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at her residence.

                      Mrs. Good was born on November 27, 1937, in Washington County, VA and was a daughter of the late Stanley and Beulah Mae (Heath) Yarber. Margaret worked as a caregiver for her entire career. She greatly enjoyed baking and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment came from taking care of her family and others. She was a member of the Harrisonburg Freewill Baptist Church.

                      On August 20, 1961, she married John Monroe Good, who survives.

                      In addition to her husband, Mrs. Good is survived by her children, Larry M. Good and wife, Cindy of Timberville, Teresa D. Ritchie and husband, Ralph of Timberville, and Ann M. Smith of Timberville; siblings, Allan Yarber, David Yarber, and Debbie Testerman; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs, Yappy and Bruster.

                      Mrs. Good was also preceded in death by a son, Danny Watkins; eight brothers and two sisters.

                      A celebration of Mrs. Good’s life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 11 a.m., at Harrisonburg Free Will Baptist Church with Pastors Paul Collins and Donnie Sherfey officiating. The burial will be held privately prior to the service.

                      The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, May 2, 2024, from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger Funeral Home.

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                      Alfred John Francfort - June 28, 1939 - April 26, 2024

                      Departed: 04/26/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Alfred (Al) was born in Washington, DC on June 28, 1939 the oldest of seven children of the late AlfredJ. Francfort and Lucille (Wall) Francfort. He graduated from St. Ann's Academy in New York City (now Archbishop Molloy High School).Al entered Monmouth College and graduated with a BS in business administration majoring in economics. He was granted a Fellowship to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he received a MA degree and PhD in economics. He began his career teaching as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Economics with tenure at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from 1972-1983. Taking a leave of absence from 1979 to 1980 he served as Faculty Fellow in Energy and Minerals Economics at the US General Accountability Office (GAO).Al served on the faculty of James Madison University as Professor of Finance in the College of Business from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. During the 26 years at JMU he was a Fulbright Scholar in Poland in 1987; he did research at the Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on a sabbatical leave where he developed contacts that led to the establishment of the International Exchange Program at the JMU College of Business; he was the Director of the International Business Exchange Programs from 1990 until 1997 initiating exchange programs with universities in Argentina, France, Germany and Hong-Kong; and he was Director of the Department of Finance and Business Law for nine years.A devoted husband to his wife Elisabeth (Lisel) since August 1968, he shared her love for travel and exploring the beauties and cultures of other countries. Before and after retirement, he and his wife spent part of the year at their home in Germany and used it as headquarters to follow their dream to travel extensively to many countries around the world.He is survived by several siblings and their families and extended families in Germany and Switzerland.A Christian service will be provided by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a private graveside service will be conducted at Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird, VA.Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Alfred (Al) was born in Washington, DC on June 28, 1939 the oldest of seven children of the late Alfred

                      J. Francfort and Lucille (Wall) Francfort. He graduated from St. Ann's Academy in New York City (now Archbishop Molloy High School).

                      Al entered Monmouth College and graduated with a BS in business administration majoring in economics. He was granted a Fellowship to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he received a MA degree and PhD in economics. He began his career teaching as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Economics with tenure at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from 1972-1983. Taking a leave of absence from 1979 to 1980 he served as Faculty Fellow in Energy and Minerals Economics at the US General Accountability Office (GAO).

                      Al served on the faculty of James Madison University as Professor of Finance in the College of Business from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. During the 26 years at JMU he was a Fulbright Scholar in Poland in 1987; he did research at the Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on a sabbatical leave where he developed contacts that led to the establishment of the International Exchange Program at the JMU College of Business; he was the Director of the International Business Exchange Programs from 1990 until 1997 initiating exchange programs with universities in Argentina, France, Germany and Hong-Kong; and he was Director of the Department of Finance and Business Law for nine years.

                      A devoted husband to his wife Elisabeth (Lisel) since August 1968, he shared her love for travel and exploring the beauties and cultures of other countries. Before and after retirement, he and his wife spent part of the year at their home in Germany and used it as headquarters to follow their dream to travel extensively to many countries around the world.

                      He is survived by several siblings and their families and extended families in Germany and Switzerland.

                      A Christian service will be provided by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a private graveside service will be conducted at Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird, VA.

                      Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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                      Evelyn Wise - January 30, 1944 - April 25, 2024

                      Departed: 04/25/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Evelyn Wise (nee Polka), 80 of Dayton, Virginia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at her home. Born January 30, 1944 in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Andrew Polka and Helen Knasko. She was preceded in death by her parents and older brothers Joseph Andrew Polka and Andrew Joseph Polka, Jr., and her son Marshall L. Wise, III. Surviving are her daughters Kimberley W. Atkins and husband Eric of Broadway and Pamela M. Mize and husband Kenneth of Dayton. Evelyn was affectionately called Mütti by her children. Her favorite past times were reading, cooking, and playing a competitive game of Scrabble. She will be remembered for her strong faith and compassion for others. Per her wishes, there will be no service, but her life will be celebrated privately by her family.

                      Evelyn Wise (nee Polka), 80 of Dayton, Virginia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at her home. Born January 30, 1944 in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Andrew Polka and Helen Knasko.

                      She was preceded in death by her parents and older brothers Joseph Andrew Polka and Andrew Joseph Polka, Jr., and her son Marshall L. Wise, III. Surviving are her daughters Kimberley W. Atkins and husband Eric of Broadway and Pamela M. Mize and husband Kenneth of Dayton.

                      Evelyn was affectionately called Mütti by her children. Her favorite past times were reading, cooking, and playing a competitive game of Scrabble. She will be remembered for her strong faith and compassion for others.

                      Per her wishes, there will be no service, but her life will be celebrated privately by her family.

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                      Barbara Will - April 25, 1944 - April 25, 2024

                      Departed: 04/25/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Jean Katherine Brand - November 17, 1930 - April 22, 2024

                      Departed: 04/22/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Lynne´ "NayBaby" Patricia (Rexrode) Rhodes - June 27, 1959 - April 16, 2024

                      Departed: 04/16/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Wayne Kreider Lentz - February 25, 1935 - April 16, 2024

                      Departed: 04/16/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Kathy Bullman Neil - September 06, 1952 - April 16, 2024

                      Departed: 04/16/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Craig Nes Peterson - November 05, 1943 - April 15, 2024

                      Departed: 04/15/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Louise Belle Butler - April 04, 1949 - April 15, 2024

                      Departed: 04/15/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Louise Belle Butler, 75, of McGaheysville, Virginia, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2024.Mrs. Butler was born April 4, 1949, in West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Loy Olin and Ottie Bell Ratcliff Whetzel. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Arley Whetzel, and three sisters, Marie Dahmer, Arvella Finnigan and Ardella Clear.Surviving are her husband, Joseph O’Neill Butler, Jr.; two sons, Tracy Butler and partner, Hannah Shepherd of Afton, and Michael Butler and wife, Rachel of Harrisonburg; a brother, Virgil Whetzel and wife, Gayle of Mt. Crawford; a sister, Luella Montgomery of Alexandria, as well as grandchildren, Sagan Butler, Dylan Butler, Vale Butler, and Zinnia Butler and numerous nieces and nephews.Louise was a graduate of Montevideo High School and a member of Mt. Olive Brethren Church in Pineville. She was employed most recently with Follett Bookstore at James Madison University. She enjoyed volunteering, birdwatching, gardening, and being with her family and friends.A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor David Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

                      Louise Belle Butler, 75, of McGaheysville, Virginia, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2024.

                      Mrs. Butler was born April 4, 1949, in West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Loy Olin and Ottie Bell Ratcliff Whetzel. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Arley Whetzel, and three sisters, Marie Dahmer, Arvella Finnigan and Ardella Clear.

                      Surviving are her husband, Joseph O’Neill Butler, Jr.; two sons, Tracy Butler and partner, Hannah Shepherd of Afton, and Michael Butler and wife, Rachel of Harrisonburg; a brother, Virgil Whetzel and wife, Gayle of Mt. Crawford; a sister, Luella Montgomery of Alexandria, as well as grandchildren, Sagan Butler, Dylan Butler, Vale Butler, and Zinnia Butler and numerous nieces and nephews.

                      Louise was a graduate of Montevideo High School and a member of Mt. Olive Brethren Church in Pineville. She was employed most recently with Follett Bookstore at James Madison University. She enjoyed volunteering, birdwatching, gardening, and being with her family and friends.

                      A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor David Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

                      The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

                      Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

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                      Roger W Rae - February 24, 1932 - April 11, 2024

                      Departed: 04/11/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Roger W. Rae, U.S. Navy retired, passed away at age 92 on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Nairobi West Hospital in Kenya, Africa. He caught a very aggressive sepsis infection which rapidly shut down most of his major organs. Roger spent the last two years of his life in Kenya under the care of his oldest daughter and her husband. Although this move was motivated by his dementia diagnosis, Roger took every opportunity to make new friends, enjoy life to its fullest and get better acquainted with great-grandchildren living in Nairobi.

                      Roger was born February of 1932 in Massachusetts. He was raised in Marblehead, MA and Laconia, NH, graduating from High School in 1950 just before the Korean War. In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1972 after serving 21 years. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Roger’s rank was Yeoman Petty Officer 1st Class. Roger’s hearing became severely impaired during his service. Since retiring from the U.S. Navy, Roger took on various administrative employment positions in Maryland, and later in Virginia. Off and on for many decades, Roger taught sign language classes in both States different times of his life...the latest at the Harrisonburg Community Activities Center. For a short time, he was chaplain for a local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a two-year member of the Weyers Cave, VA Lions Club and member of several U.S. Navy organizations.

                      In 1953, Roger married Jeanne Burleigh of Tilton, NH who remained by his side for 67 years before passing away January of 2020. This beautiful union produced four children. Surviving Roger are two daughters, Charlene Kingsbury (married to Charles) of Athi River Kenya, Luanne Rae-Hurd (married to Jeff) of Williamsport, MD, and the youngest son, Eric Rae of Harrisonburg, VA. Other survivors are one sister, Barbara Lessard of Clearwater, FL, six living grandchildren: Sarah, Joshua, Sam, Amanda, Melissa and Lindsey, and many great-grandchildren with his first great-great-granddaughter on the way.

                      In addition to his wife, Jeanne Rae, Roger was preceded in death by; his oldest son, Roger Rae, Jr. (known as Skip), Skip’s stillborn son and recently Skip’s wife, Susan Rae. Also preceding in death were one great-granddaughter, two other stillborn great-grandchildren, two sisters and both parents. He was loved by many and will be missed.

                      Roger will be cremated as per his request, and will be buried beside his wife at Culpeper National Cemetery. A service will be conducted there with full military honors.

                      Prior to burial, a memorial service will be conducted at People’s Baptist Church at 3523 Spotswood Trail (locally known as Route 33E), Penn Laird, VA. This is located just outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The date and time are yet to be announced.

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                      Donald Kreider Burkhart - November 15, 1931 - April 10, 2024

                      Departed: 04/10/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Juanita Catherine Armentrout - April 12, 1928 - April 10, 2024

                      Departed: 04/10/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Juanita Armentrout, 95, of Keezletown, passed away, Wednesday, April 10, 2024, following a stroke on April 9, 2024.Mrs. Armentrout was born April 12, 1928, to the late Jasper and Ola Davis Pirkey. Married on September 7, 1948, to her late husband, Warren Armentrout, they spent 73 years together.She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Warren; daughter, Susan Braunschmidt, son-in-law, Hans Braunschmidt; sister, Lorraine Hoover, and brothers, Eugene and Wilford “Bud” Pirkey.Surviving immediate family are her daughter, Janice Liskey; son-in-law, William Liskey; granddaughters, Amanda Liskey and Erin Williams, and a great-grandson, Donnell Williams.By her request, there will be no formal services.

                      Juanita Armentrout, 95, of Keezletown, passed away, Wednesday, April 10, 2024, following a stroke on April 9, 2024.

                      Mrs. Armentrout was born April 12, 1928, to the late Jasper and Ola Davis Pirkey. Married on September 7, 1948, to her late husband, Warren Armentrout, they spent 73 years together.

                      She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Warren; daughter, Susan Braunschmidt, son-in-law, Hans Braunschmidt; sister, Lorraine Hoover, and brothers, Eugene and Wilford “Bud” Pirkey.

                      Surviving immediate family are her daughter, Janice Liskey; son-in-law, William Liskey; granddaughters, Amanda Liskey and Erin Williams, and a great-grandson, Donnell Williams.

                      By her request, there will be no formal services.

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                      Betty Haney Engle - November 20, 1932 - April 08, 2024

                      Departed: 04/08/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Betty Haney Engle, 91, of Elkton, passed away Monday, April 8, 2024. Mrs. Engle was born November 20, 1932 in Harrisonburg, Va and was the daughter of the late Claude “Bud” Haney and Ruby Lucille Shifflett Haney.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John William “Jack” Engle on April 15, 2000 and a granddaughter, Sara Morris Hensley who passed away October 3, 2014.Betty was a member of Elkton Evangelical Presbyterian Church for many years. She loved camping with her family and enjoyed attending sporting events of the family. She retired as Senior Clerk for the town of Elkton in 1995 after 25 years of service. After her retirement, she opened BJ Party and Gifts in Elkton. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.She is survived by her son, Richard “Rick” Engle; daughter, Rebecca “Becki “Morris and husband, Ted; grandchildren, Sasha Gregory and husband, Vince, Kendra Plowman-See and husband, Corey; great-grandchildren, Peyton Gregory, Camdyn Gregory, Quinton Hensley, Wyatt Hensley, Sara See, Jameson See; as well as special caregivers, Brenda and Charles Shifflett, for their special attention and care that they showed Betty. She is also survived by her loving cat “Pumpkin”.A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2024, at Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elkton with Pastor Adam Snow, Rev. James B. Martin Sr. and Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Burial to follow at Elk Run Cemetery.Visitation will be 11 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2024, at the church prior to the service.

                      Betty Haney Engle, 91, of Elkton, passed away Monday, April 8, 2024. Mrs. Engle was born November 20, 1932 in Harrisonburg, Va and was the daughter of the late Claude “Bud” Haney and Ruby Lucille Shifflett Haney.

                      In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John William “Jack” Engle on April 15, 2000 and a granddaughter, Sara Morris Hensley who passed away October 3, 2014.

                      Betty was a member of Elkton Evangelical Presbyterian Church for many years. She loved camping with her family and enjoyed attending sporting events of the family. She retired as Senior Clerk for the town of Elkton in 1995 after 25 years of service. After her retirement, she opened BJ Party and Gifts in Elkton. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

                      She is survived by her son, Richard “Rick” Engle; daughter, Rebecca “Becki “Morris and husband, Ted; grandchildren, Sasha Gregory and husband, Vince, Kendra Plowman-See and husband, Corey; great-grandchildren, Peyton Gregory, Camdyn Gregory, Quinton Hensley, Wyatt Hensley, Sara See, Jameson See; as well as special caregivers, Brenda and Charles Shifflett, for their special attention and care that they showed Betty. She is also survived by her loving cat “Pumpkin”.

                      A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2024, at Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elkton with Pastor Adam Snow, Rev. James B. Martin Sr. and Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Burial to follow at Elk Run Cemetery.

                      Visitation will be 11 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2024, at the church prior to the service.

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                      Alma Lee Spitzer - November 04, 1932 - April 08, 2024

                      Departed: 04/08/2024 (Harrisonburg)

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                      Jonathan Elwood Sadler - July 17, 1965 - April 07, 2024

                      Departed: 04/07/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Jonathan Elwood Sadler, 58, of Broadway, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at his home.Jonathan was born July 17, 1965 to Allan Elwood and Barbara Lee Richardson Sadler of Virginia Beach.Jonathan grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Norfolk Christian School and Cox High School. He graduated from East Carolina University.Jonathan lived in many places over the years and eventually moved back to his home in Virginia where he met and married Sara Duling in 2018.Jon was a fisherman and fancied himself a gentleman farmer. He enjoyed tending his large vegetable garden and planting flowers. He was an avid reader and loved sharing books with his son. His favorite activity was riding the mower with his son, Wyatt.Jon never met a stranger; he was a great conversationalist who left an impression on everyone who met him.In addition to his parents, Jonathan is survived by his wife, Sara Sadler; a son, Wyatt Benjamin Sadler; a brother, Scott Sadler and wife, Tonie of Virginia Beach; father and mother-in-law, John and Jackie Duling of Penn Laird; brothers-in-law, Chris Duling and Jacob Duling, as well as nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Deans.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel.Condolences may be shared at kygers.com.

                      Jonathan Elwood Sadler, 58, of Broadway, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at his home.

                      Jonathan was born July 17, 1965 to Allan Elwood and Barbara Lee Richardson Sadler of Virginia Beach.

                      Jonathan grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Norfolk Christian School and Cox High School. He graduated from East Carolina University.

                      Jonathan lived in many places over the years and eventually moved back to his home in Virginia where he met and married Sara Duling in 2018.

                      Jon was a fisherman and fancied himself a gentleman farmer. He enjoyed tending his large vegetable garden and planting flowers. He was an avid reader and loved sharing books with his son. His favorite activity was riding the mower with his son, Wyatt.

                      Jon never met a stranger; he was a great conversationalist who left an impression on everyone who met him.

                      In addition to his parents, Jonathan is survived by his wife, Sara Sadler; a son, Wyatt Benjamin Sadler; a brother, Scott Sadler and wife, Tonie of Virginia Beach; father and mother-in-law, John and Jackie Duling of Penn Laird; brothers-in-law, Chris Duling and Jacob Duling, as well as nieces and nephews.

                      He was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Deans.

                      The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

                      A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel.

                      Condolences may be shared at kygers.com.

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                      Amos Lee McDorman - November 17, 1945 - April 05, 2024

                      Departed: 04/05/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Amos Lee “Sonny” McDorman,78, of Harrisonburg, Virginia passed away on April 5, 2024, at home. Mr. McDorman was born on November 17, 1945, in Shenandoah and was the son of the late Harry Lee McDorman and Rose Virginia Clem McDorman. Amos is survived by his wife, Lois “Jean” Moyers; brother, Harry “Buddy” McDorman and sisters, Sharon “Sherrie” Derrow, Rose Hensley, Tammy “Teina” Merica, Sandy Virginia McDorman, and Jenny Lynn McDorman. A private graveside service will be conducted at Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

                      Amos Lee “Sonny” McDorman,78, of Harrisonburg, Virginia passed away on April 5, 2024, at home. Mr. McDorman was born on November 17, 1945, in Shenandoah and was the son of the late Harry Lee McDorman and Rose Virginia Clem McDorman.

                      Amos is survived by his wife, Lois “Jean” Moyers; brother, Harry “Buddy” McDorman and sisters, Sharon “Sherrie” Derrow, Rose Hensley, Tammy “Teina” Merica, Sandy Virginia McDorman, and Jenny Lynn McDorman.

                      A private graveside service will be conducted at Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

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                      Edwin Kelly McAvoy - October 02, 1939 - April 04, 2024

                      Departed: 04/04/2024 (Harrisonburg)

                      Obituary Preview: Edwin “Kelly” McAvoy, 84, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2024, peacefully surrounded by his family. The son of the late Adam and Alethia Thompson McAvoy, he was born October 2, 1939, in Onego, West Virginia.Kelly grew up on a dairy farm in the Cross Keys area and attended Montevideo High School. He was employed with Riddleberger Brothers for 42 years until retirement and was a member of Mt. Olivet Christian Church in Elkton. In his spare time, Kelly enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and watching westerns. Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Carlene Hensley McAvoy. Also surviving are two sons, Steve McAvoy and life partner, Milly Stanley of Verona and Scott McAvoy and wife, Gina of Harrisonburg; three grandchildren, Troy McAvoy of Rawley Springs, Amanda Shultz and husband, Jeremiah of Harrisonburg and Adrianne Berry and wife, Trinity of Oceanside, California; three great-grandchildren, Lyla Wood, Desmond Berry and Westyn Shultz and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony McAvoy and Lincoln “Link” McAvoy.A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday, April 8, 2024, at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1999, Memphis, TN 38101.

                      Edwin “Kelly” McAvoy, 84, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2024, peacefully surrounded by his family. The son of the late Adam and Alethia Thompson McAvoy, he was born October 2, 1939, in Onego, West Virginia.

                      Kelly grew up on a dairy farm in the Cross Keys area and attended Montevideo High School. He was employed with Riddleberger Brothers for 42 years until retirement and was a member of Mt. Olivet Christian Church in Elkton. In his spare time, Kelly enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and watching westerns.

                      Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Carlene Hensley McAvoy. Also surviving are two sons, Steve McAvoy and life partner, Milly Stanley of Verona and Scott McAvoy and wife, Gina of Harrisonburg; three grandchildren, Troy McAvoy of Rawley Springs, Amanda Shultz and husband, Jeremiah of Harrisonburg and Adrianne Berry and wife, Trinity of Oceanside, California; three great-grandchildren, Lyla Wood, Desmond Berry and Westyn Shultz and several nieces and nephews.

                      In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony McAvoy and Lincoln “Link” McAvoy.

                      A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

                      The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday, April 8, 2024, at the funeral home.

                      Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1999, Memphis, TN 38101.

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                      Frequently Asked Questions

                      What is an obituary?

                      An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It is usually published in a newspaper, online obituary platform, or funeral home website to inform friends, family, and community members of the passing.

                      What is the purpose of an obituary?

                      The primary purpose of an obituary is to share the news of a person's passing with others, allowing them to pay their respects, offer condolences, and celebrate the person's life. It also serves as a way to announce funeral or memorial service details and provide information about charitable donations or other ways to honor the deceased.

                      Who typically writes an obituary?

                      Obituaries are often written by family members, close friends, or a funeral home professional. In some cases, the deceased may have written their own obituary in advance as part of their funeral planning.

                      What information should be included in an obituary?

                      A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include funeral or memorial service details, charitable donation information, and personal anecdotes.

                      How long should an obituary be?

                      The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Traditional newspaper obituaries are often limited to 200-300 words, while online obituaries can be longer and more detailed.

                      Can I include photos or videos in an obituary?

                      Yes, many online obituary platforms and funeral home websites allow you to upload photos and videos to accompany the obituary. This can help tell the story of the person's life and provide a more personal tribute.

                      Is it necessary to publish an obituary in a newspaper?

                      No, it is not necessary to publish an obituary in a newspaper. Many people choose to publish online obituaries instead, which can be more cost-effective and reach a wider audience.

                      How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

                      The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. Newspaper obituaries can range from $50 to $500 or more, while online obituaries may be free or low-cost.

                      Can I write my own obituary?

                      Yes, you can write your own obituary as part of your funeral planning. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life story is told accurately and authentically.

                      What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

                      A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, usually including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary is a more detailed notice that provides additional biographical information and context.

                      Can I include humor or personality in an obituary?

                      Absolutely! An obituary should reflect the personality and spirit of the person who has passed away. Including humorous anecdotes or quotes can help celebrate their life and make the obituary more engaging.

                      How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

                      You can usually submit an obituary to a newspaper by contacting their obituary department directly or through their website. Be prepared to provide the necessary information and payment for publication.

                      Can I make corrections to an already-published obituary?

                      If you need to make corrections to an already-published obituary, contact the publication or platform where it was published as soon as possible. They may be able to make changes or issue a correction notice.

                      How long will an online obituary remain available?

                      The duration that an online obituary remains available varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep them available indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period.

                      Can I include links or URLs in an online obituary?

                      Yes, many online obituary platforms allow you to include links or URLs to other websites, social media profiles, or memorial pages.

                      What if I want to keep the funeral or memorial service private?

                      If you prefer to keep the funeral or memorial service private, you can still publish an obituary without including service details. You can instead provide information about how friends and family can pay their respects privately.

                      Can I include charitable donation information in an obituary?

                      Yes, you can include information about charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary. This allows friends and family to make donations in memory of the deceased.

                      How do I find old obituaries?

                      You can search for old obituaries through online archives, genealogy websites, or local libraries. Many newspapers also maintain archives of past issues that can be searched.

                      Can I republish an old obituary on social media or online?

                      If you have permission from the original publisher or copyright holder, you can republish an old obituary on social media or online. Be sure to provide proper attribution and credit.

                      What if I'm struggling to write an obituary?

                      If you're having trouble writing an obituary, consider seeking help from a funeral home professional, friend, or family member. You can also find examples and templates online to guide you.

                      How do I handle sensitive or complicated family dynamics when writing an obituary?

                      If you're dealing with sensitive or complicated family dynamics when writing an obituary, try to focus on celebrating the person's life rather than dwelling on conflicts. You may also want to consult with other family members or a mediator for guidance.

                      Yes, social media can be a powerful tool for sharing an obituary and reaching a wider audience. You can share a link to the online obituary or post a summary with relevant details.

                      What if I want to create a memorial page or website for the deceased?

                      You can create a memorial page or website using various online platforms or tools. This allows friends and family to share memories, photos, and stories about the deceased in one place.

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