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In Loving Memory of Steve Hubbard

Obituary published on Legacy.com by Jowett Family Funeral Home - Benzonia from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2023. Stephan "Steve" Hubbard, of Frankfort, took his last ride Sunday, December 3, 2023. Steve was never scared to take on new opportunities and did everything with honesty and integrity. He was the owner of Bayshore Tire and Auto in Elberta and then opening in Frankfort. He was clever and filled to the brim with knowledge gained through all his life experiences: he could fix or build anyt

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Planning the Ceremony

Ministers with experience performing other rites, especially those who have worked as wedding officiants, might be surprised by how similar planning a funeral or memorial ceremony can be. But if you’re new to these skills, don’t worry, they all get easier with practice. Remember, there’s a reason you were asked!  Meet with the deceased’s friends and family  First, meet with the deceased’s friends and family. A helpful place to begin is determining what the tone and feel of the ceremony

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What role does a minister play at a funeral or memorial service?

The role of a minister / officiant at a funeral or memorial service is to help friends and family honor the life and death of a loved one. Ministers give friends and family an opportunity to mourn in whatever way they need to in order to heal. They do this by practicing compassion, listening carefully, and showing up prepared, ready to deliver an authentic and meaningful eulogy. Being able to gracefully navigate last minute changes, difficult emotions, and unexpected mishaps is also essential.

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What’s the difference between a funeral, a memorial service, a viewing, and a wake?

All of these terms are common, but what do they really mean?  Memorial services are remembrances of the deceased. Bodies, caskets, and cremated remains are not present at memorials. They’re often held before or after a formal funeral or burial (or in place of a funeral service). These ceremonies are usually a mix of formal and informal elements, and can be solemn occasions or celebrations of the deceased’s life. Anyone can lead a memorial service.  Funeral services are usually formal a

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In Loving Memory of Joyce Ethelee Lehman

Lehman, Joyce Ethelee (Rauschert) of Davison, MI, age 84, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023.  A Funeral Service will be held at 1pm Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church found at 706 West Flint Street, Davison, MI 48423.  Pastor Todd I. Frusti officiating. Private interment in Flint Memorial Park Cemetary; The family will receive visitors 4-8PM Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home located at 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 pm Thursday June 22 2023 at T

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All You Need To Know About Memorial Services

This ceremony is held after the body has been buried or cremated and can take place any time after the death, from a week to a year. Memorial Service Location Memorial services may be held in any location. Many people choose locations with personal significance, such as a favorite beach, park, or family home, or locations that can accommodate a large group, such as a religious place of worship, a favorite restaurant, a banquet hall, or other event space. If you will be following a

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In Loving Memory of Chuck Wardlaw

Wardlaw, Chuck – Of Fenton, age 69, was born on September 7th, 1953 and passed away on Friday, January 13th, 2023 as a result of unknown complications. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars tha

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In Loving Memory of Brian Michael Doyle

DOYLE, Brian Michael – Of Grand Blanc, age 42, was born in Flint, Michigan on October 29, 1979 and passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 as a result of an auto accident involving a drunk driver. Memorial visitation 1 p.m. and Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road. Cremation has taken place. He was raised in Swartz Creek, Michigan and graduated from Swartz Creek High School in 1998. Brian worked as an electri

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What You Need To Know About Eulogies, Tributes, And Other Speeches

A eulogy is a speech given at a funeral to fondly remember the life of the person who died. If you have a eulogy to write, we send you our deepest condolences as you will have recently lost someone you were close to.  At what can be one of the most challenging times of your life, the additional pressure to write a eulogy that perfectly captures the essence of your loved one can weigh heavy.  A common worry around writing a eulogy is, ‘what if I don’t do them justice?’ With this in mind, we

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How to Perform a Funeral

All cultures and belief systems around the world have distinct traditions for marking the passage of life into death. Funerals ceremonies honor the passing of a loved one, allowing family members and friends to share stories, express grief, and pay tribute to the person who has died. In many cultures, it serves as a final goodbye. The occasion also provides an outlet for communal sadness and builds a platform from which healing can begin. Performing a funeral is one of the most complex cere

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Officiating a Funeral

The person officiating a funeral service is called a funeral celebrant. This person may or may not be a minister of a religion, so understanding how to lead a funeral service is an important skill for both religious and civil leaders. Here are some important aspects of how to officiate a funeral. Guide to Officiating a Funeral The funeral celebrant presides over the memorial service itself. The officiant carries the task of memorializing the life of the deceased and coordinates all of

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Funeral Ceremony Template 01

For the (First and Last Name) Family Obituary: We are here to honor the life of ____________________.  He was born…  It is a privilege and honor for me to share a few words with you today.  Funerals are difficult.  They usually come at a time when we least expect it, taking someone too young, or perhaps wishing we had more time with that person.    I am often reminded of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 where it says, To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under

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How To Conduct A Funeral

A good funeral requires the sensitivity and comfort only a minister can provide. Families have just lost loved ones, either tragically taken or have suffered through long illnesses.  They are searching for comfort. No matter how old a person has lived or how long a family has prepared for the departure of their loved ones, it is still "too sudden" for many family members. There are times in the minister’s life when they called upon him to comfort the family.  These may be during times of di

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Planning the Funeral Ceremony

Ministers with experience performing other rites, especially those who have worked as wedding officiants, might be surprised by how similar planning a funeral or memorial ceremony can be. But if you’re new to these skills, don’t worry, they all get easier with practice. Remember, there’s a reason you were asked!  Meet with the deceased’s friends and family  First, meet with the deceased’s friends and family. A helpful place to begin is determining what the tone and feel of the ceremony

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Tips for Writing a Sermon

Below are some tips for creating a suitable sermon. Make an Outline Creating an outline for your sermon will make organizing your ideas much easier. Here is a sample outline: Introduction – introduce the topic you will be writing about What is the angle you will be taking? What should the reader expect? Body paragraph(s) – go into detail on certain aspect(s) of your topic Has this issue evolved over time? How is it relevant to us today?

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How to Deliver a Sermon

Delivering a Sermon for the First Time A sermon is a special type of message meant to deliver a particular spiritual lesson or to explore a theme with spiritual or religious relevance. Though sermons are usually spoken in front of a congregation or gathering of worshipers, they are sometimes also disseminated online and in newsletters. Sermons are prominently placed within the religious service and may last anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes, depending on the nature of the service and the time a

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In loving memory of Gerald J. Merritt Jr. (Jimmy)

Gerald J. Merritt was born on February 15, 1967 and passed away on May 13, 2022 It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Gerald J. Merritt Jr. (Grand Blanc, Michigan), who passed away at the age of 55, on May 13, 2022. Services at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, Michigan Visitation will be held on May 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm Visitation Before Service will be held on

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In loving memory of Michael J. Zgleszewski, Jr.

September 16, 1977 - January 20, 2022 Michael J. Zgleszewski, Jr., a resident of Canton, passed from this life on January 20, 2022, at the age of 44. Michael was the beloved longtime boyfriend of Cindy Weaver and loving stepfather of Luke Weaver. He was the cherished son of Michael and Kathleen Zgleszewski and the dear brother of David (Laura) Zgleszewski, who are all residents of Delaware. I personally know Michael working at Ally in the Global Command Center as the Manager at Al

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In Loving Memory of Deborah Michelle Dickson

Deborah Michelle Dickson, age 55 of Canton passed away on December 31, 2021. She was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma to her parents, Doug (Ann) Schroeder and Carole (Rick) Brown. Deborah is the loving and devoted mother of Ryan and Hannah; dearest sister of Curt (Margot) Schroeder, Cindy (Greg) Maurer, Chris (Kelly) Schroeder and Jen Schroeder. She is also survived by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Betty Dickson and her brother-in-law, Greg (Ingrid) Dickson. She is the most carin

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In loving memory of Daniel Hunt

July 7, 1961 - March 12, 2021 Born July 7, 1961, Daniel (“Dan”) Brian Hunt in Ferndale, Michigan, Dan suddenly passed away Friday, March 12, 2021 from cardiac arrest. Dan graduated Boston University with a bachelor’s in computer science major. He used his training to launch a small personal computer distribution company. Soon after, he learned he was meant to leave the business aspects to others and work solely with computers and their users. Dan spent the remainder of his career at va

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In Loving Memory of Charles Albert Hosang Jr

May 19, 1932 - July 1, 2020 If you knew him, you loved him.  Was the most kind and loving man you would meet.  My earliest memories of my Uncle Chuck was while he was living on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. He was working on an old Model A restoring it to factory condition.  It was beautiful when he was done.  He enjoyed putting them together more than driving them. Obituary Charles Albert Hosang, Jr, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born

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In Loving Memory of Brian Leon Weston

Brian Leon Weston; age 60 of Waterford. Passed away suddenly on October 5, 2019. Loving father of Morgan Weston, Brittany Weston (Steve Romano) and Alex Barr; cherished grandfather of Alexis, Cesar, Lucia and Autumn; son of the late Leon and Darlene Weston; brother of Linda (Ruben) Reyes, Kathy Czygan, Sandy (the late Jack) Kelley, Gail (Dennis Lang) Rice, Laura (Paul) Dupell, Bruce (Cheryl) Weston and the late Paul (Pam) Weston. Brian loved camping and fishing, but most of all spendin

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In loving memory of Brian Joseph Bennett

MARCH 06, 1962 - MAY 06, 2019 Brian Joseph Bennett passed away May 6th, 2019 at the age of 57. Beloved husband of Gayle. Loving father of Sean, Chloe, Mallory & Seamus. Dearest son of Rita & the late Joseph Bennett.  Dear brother of Linda(Adam)Lucas. Catherine Culbertson, Gregory Bennett & Daniel Bennett. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. Visitation Friday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM & Saturday 10:00 AM until time of funeral service 11:00 AM at t

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In Loving Memory of Kenneth Ray Hosang

FEBRUARY 1, 1935 – MARCH 23, 2019 Ever since I can remember we always went to my Uncle Ken and Aunt Sue's for holidays and summer time we took advantage of them having a pool.  During holidays they would have a large dining room table full of family sitting in front of the fancy china that Aunt Sue would pull out for special occasions and holidays. While dinner's being cooked the guys would play pool in the basement with a drink or two. Uncle Ken had a laugh that no one will ever

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