Obituaries

Joseph Gallagher
B: 1953-10-28
D: 2017-05-27
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Gallagher, Joseph
Elizabeth Friday
B: 1929-01-23
D: 2017-05-24
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Friday, Elizabeth
Celia Real
B: 1936-06-06
D: 2017-05-20
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Real, Celia
Joseph Slomiana
B: 1918-12-19
D: 2017-05-14
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Slomiana, Joseph
Caroline Morris
B: 1927-10-18
D: 2017-05-10
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Morris, Caroline
Jane Kron
B: 1957-03-28
D: 2017-05-09
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Kron, Jane
Donna Daroqui
B: 1953-03-28
D: 2017-05-03
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Daroqui, Donna
Rosalie Finocchio
B: 1943-02-24
D: 2017-05-03
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Finocchio, Rosalie
Sharron Restivo
B: 1944-09-12
D: 2017-04-29
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Restivo, Sharron
Nancy Dresser
D: 2017-04-26
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Dresser, Nancy
Mary Donato
B: 1915-02-14
D: 2017-04-25
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Donato, Mary
Thomas Petrosky
B: 1922-05-28
D: 2017-04-23
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Petrosky, Thomas
Gullan Kolok
B: 1938-11-03
D: 2017-04-19
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Kolok, Gullan
Robert Harriau
B: 1929-12-07
D: 2017-04-19
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Harriau, Robert
Frank Caruso
B: 1947-12-09
D: 2017-04-14
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Caruso, Frank
Frank Strazza
B: 1936-05-21
D: 2017-04-12
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Strazza, Frank
Septima McNamara
B: 1960-08-18
D: 2017-04-07
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McNamara, Septima
Richard Summers
B: 1930-10-19
D: 2017-03-31
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Summers, Richard
Susan Boccanfuso
B: 1949-04-28
D: 2017-03-29
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Boccanfuso, Susan
Richard Koellmer
B: 1937-01-16
D: 2017-03-16
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Koellmer, Richard
Shirley McHugh
B: 1938-08-19
D: 2017-03-15
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McHugh, Shirley

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Death Certificates

Perhaps the single most important document you’ll need in the coming weeks, the death certificate is important for:

Legal Reasons: The death certificate is a permanent legal record of the fact of death. State agencies always stipulate that a death certificate is to be filed. It provides important information about:  the decedent, the cause of death, and final disposition.  

This information is used in the application for insurance benefits, settlement of pension claims, and transfer of title of real and personal property.  The certificate is prima facie evidence of the fact of death and, therefore, can be introduced in court as evidence when a question about the death arises.

Personal Reasons: The death certificate in many cases provides family members with closure, peace-of-mind, and documentation of the cause of death. It also provides peace-of-mind by facilitating efficient processing of needed benefits as those described above.

Vital Statistics Reasons: The death certificate is the source for state and national mortality statistics.  It is needed for a variety of medical and health-related research efforts. It is used to determine which medical conditions receive research and development funding, to set public health goals and policies, and to measure health status at local, state, national, and international levels. This data is valuable as a research tool and by influencing research funding.

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate. You can order them from:

  1. Your Funeral Director
  2. The Registrar of Vital Statistics in your area

It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates, not photocopies.

In some cases, there may be a need to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate without a cause of death. These certificates are needed to transfer the title on a house, mobile home, and automobile or in some cases for court procedures. You should make this request when ordering the certified copies.

If you have questions about obtaining copies of a Death Certificate, please call us. We’re here to assist you.

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