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Monday, June 19, 2017
She declined to open her door or accept their phone calls.In the meantime, the elderly man's body remained in the morgue at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for weeks, so long that the Delaware County health officer declared it a biohazard, giving the county coroner the authority to work with the Center Township trustee's office to bury the man at taxpayer expense.The people who deal with the disposition of the remains of the indigent and unwanted say it's a growing problem in Muncie. Fewer people have insurance or the money to pay for their own or a loved one's burial. More people are dying from drug overdoses or while estranged from their families.Center Township Trustee Kay Walker said her office has dealt with about a dozen of what used to be called "pauper" burials so far this year. Hand in hand with that number is the number of people who die with no next of kin, or at least none willing to take responsibility."Unclaimed bodies are becoming a bigger problem for us," Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said.David Cox, president of Meeks Mortuary, which handles many of the indigent burials, said, "We probably average three or four trustee services a month."It's a depressed area," Cox said. "People have no money to live and they have no money to die."Buried at taxpayer expenseThere's a section of Beech Grove Cemetery, the city-owned final resting place for thousands of people, where people are buried at taxpayer expense by the trustee's office. Some of the gr...Monday, June 19, 2017
Pipe Creek Cemetery, Union Bridge.A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 25, noon, at Sandtown Church of the Nazarene, 448 Willowgrove Road, Felton.Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “tribute wall” at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com.Monday, May 01, 2017
A slide show about Sharp’s life will begin at 3:30 p.m. Central Time or 4:30 p.m. locally.Sharp’s parents, Michele and John, traveled to Dover, Delaware Tuesday to receive his body. His father John wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday about the experience.‘“Dust to dust, ashes to ashes’ is a poetic expression I have often used at the time of a burial,” John Sharp wrote. “Now it is an apt description for what is happening to MJ’s body. Because the ‘dust-to-dust’ process was so far along, we did not have the option of viewing what was left of his body yesterday. So, in a Dover, Delaware, funeral home we sat by a borrowed coffin containing MJ’s remains. Here Michele had a healing mental conversation with MJ. Perhaps the bright sunshine softened our grief. But nothing tempered the autopsy report of MJ’s violent death. My anger compounded my grief, and so I carry this in my wounded spirit.“Because the exact date of death cannot be determined, we are choosing March 15. The ides of March seems a fitting context.”The memorial service, 4:00 PM, Saturday, April 15, will be livestreamed from a link on hesstonmc.org. A slide show will begin at 3:30.Sharp’s obituaryMichael Sharp’s obituary was posted to Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encylopedia Online. The obituary follows.“Michael Jesse “M. J.” Sharp: Mennonite Central Committee volunteer and United Nations contract employee, was born 29 October 1982 in Elkhart, Indiana, USA to John E. Sharp (15 July 1951- ) and Michele Lynn Miller Sharp (27 March 1954- ). Michael was the middle child in a family of two daughters and one son. Michael was kidnapped 12 March 2017, together with five other persons as part of a United Nations (UN) investigation into armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On 28 March 2017 his body, along with the body of UN colleague, Zaida Catalán of Sweden, was found in a shallow grave outside the city of Kananga in the DRC’s Kasaï-Central province.Michael Sharp was raised in the home of a pastor and historian, and grew up in Mennonite centers like Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Middlebury, Indiana and Goshen Indiana — locations where his father pastored and then served as Director of the Archives of the Mennonite Church-Goshen. His mother was a physician assistant. M. J. graduated from Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Indiana in 2001. He went on to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) where in 2005 he earned a BA in history, with a minor in German. He later earned a MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany.After graduating from EMU, Sharp worked for three years with the Military Counseling Network in Germany, a project of the Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskomitee to serve U.S. soldiers based in Europe who sought discharge from military service for conscientious objection or other reasons. From August 2006 to early fall 2008 he was coordinator of the project.From 2012 to 2015, Michael Sharp served as Eastern Congo Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. This included working with other agencies, such as the Peace and Reconciliation program of the Congolese Protestant Council of Churches, a program that sent people into the forest to ...Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Renovations started right away, with Eckelmann Brothers Construction of Delaware Township in charge. Flemington architect Chris Pickell designed the changes.The entire building is being done over, in stages, with some rooms joined and other re-purposed. Instead of on the side, the main entrance will be at the front, closest to Route 31, with ADA-complaint entrance ramp and parking spaces out there. Restrooms for those with handicaps will be installed, and various other changes made.They include a new area with caskets and vaults for burial and mausoleum entombment, as well as a cremation room with products specifically designed for cremation. A room for traditional all-wood construction products designed for those of the Jewish faith will be added as well.Ford and Wright both emphasized that the home will remain open all during the renovations. But if an extremely large funeral is planned, Flemington Baptist Church has offered use of its facilities for a viewing, service or both, regardless of the decedent's religious affiliation. Both men are appreciative of the community's support in that way."My father always said 'things always seem to find a way to work out,' " Ford recalled.Eventually the home will have a top-level video and sound system, allowing people to see a service from afar via the Internet. And facilities will be created to have, if families wish, a therapy dog present during visitations."We have them in hospitals and nursing homes, why shouldn't we have them at visitations?" is the way Wright explains the dogs.Robert L. Ford's great-grandfather was a funeral director in Elizabeth, opening his mortuary in 1860. After working elsewhere as a funeral director, Robert came to Flemington and built his funeral home. The original two-story section opened in 1958, with additions in 1965 and 1972.Now, "it's extremely dated," his son admitted. Especially the wood paneling — big in the 1970s — which is being removed.The intent, Wright said, is to "make it brighter, lighted and cheery." He doesn't want it to look like a funeral home, but rather so visitors "feel like they're in a home" and a nice one at that.Wright and Ford both have their hearts in the profession, calling it a ministry."This is not a business, it's not a job to me, it's a ministry, it always has been," is the way Wright put it.Terry Wright may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @njdotcom on Twitter. Find The Hunterdon County Democrat on Facebook.Saturday, April 08, 2017
Willsie-Daggett of Overland Park and Barbara Willsie-Hess of Wichita; a niece, Emily Daggett of Overland Park; two nephews, Grant Willsie of Omaha, Nebraska, and Dr. Philip Willsie of Wilmington, Delaware; and two great-nephews, Mac and Harvey Willsie of Wilmington, Delaware.Sandra graduated magna cum laude from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, biology and chemistry. She attended Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating magna cum laude, and received the Golden Stethoscope Award for Outstanding Graduate.As an osteopathic physician, with board certification in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, Sandra worked diligently for over 30 years to further scientific discovery and health care education. A National Institutes of Health-funded career academic awardee, a Macy Institute scholar and an invited faculty member on health care leadership at Harvard University, Sandra was very involved in academic medicine. She served as professor of medicine, interim chair of medicine and docent at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and as provost, dean, vice dean and department chair at Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine.Sandra earned a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy focusing on research ethics from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She made countless scholarly presentations and published regularly with active participation as a board member of the American College of Chest Physicians. Sandra once said “when you can’t breathe, ...
Delaware Funeral News
Saturday, June 10, 2017
A judge agreed to allow Arminda to serve her sentence first so Theodore could run the three cemeteries they own – one in Conewago Township and two in Ohio, according to The Delaware Gazette.But, on May 3, U.S. District Judge John Jones III revoked that order and moved Theodore's prison reporting date up to April 27 because he was a flight risk and posed a danger to another person or the community, according to court documents.Now, both Theodore and Arminda are in prison. And, according to Beecher, they left no one in charge of the cemetery and no solid plan for its maintenance and care.The cemetery's registration through the state Real Estate Commission had expired in January 2016, and the Martins' broker licenses to sell plots have been expired since May 2014.RELATED:Gettysburg cemetery owner alleged to have defrauded customersPlot owners and their family members don’t know who to call to take care of the maintenance they paid for. Funeral directors aren’t sure who to contact when someone needs to be buried.“It’s been a free-for-all,” Beecher said. “People are calling whoever. Nobody has any direct contacts or anyone saying, ‘I’m responsible for this or that.’”Unable to get in touch with anyone at Suburban Memorial Gardens, people started going to other cemeteries, like Prospect Hill Cemetery, for advice.Jack Sommer – manager of Prospect Hill Cemetery, who has been in the cemetery business in York County for more than 40 years – said it’s a challenging situation when no one is taking responsibility.Buy PhotoB...Saturday, April 08, 2017
Benjamin Funeral Service -------- Nowata, Oklahoma --------------- 918-273-2700..................................................Delmour Wesley Grissom, 81, of Delaware, Oklahoma, passed away Friday night, March 31, 2017 at the Osage Nursing Home, in Nowata.Delmour was born September 4, 1935 at Chelsea, Oklahoma to Charles Wesley Grissom and Nora (Brogdon) Grissom. He grew up and received his education in Alluwe, graduating Alluwe High School in 1954. As a young man, Delmour worked for cattle for several people. He then worked for Forrest & Layton Oil, Gordon Electric and several others, before owning & operating his own electrical shop, Grissom Electric. Delmour was a lifelong resident of Nowata County, living the last 58 years in Delaware. He was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and a lifetime member of AQHA. Delmour enjoyed breeding and raising horses, working cattle and loved spending time with family. He always had a good horse and a good dog.Survivors include, two sons, Brad Grissom and his wife, Linda of Ochelata, Oklahoma and Brian Grissom and his wife, Vickie of Wann, Oklahoma; one sister, Elizabeth McLaughlin and he...Monday, March 27, 2017
Photo: Photo courtesy of Joe Simon)Sgt. Steven Floyd Sr. was remembered Thursday as a family man and dedicated correctional officer.The father of two adult children and a 16-year veteran of the Delaware Department of Correction, Floyd was found dead at Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna after police stormed the prison, ending an 18-hour hostage standoff with inmates. Floyd, 47, was the lone death reported from the incident.Hours after the siege ended, the circumstances of Floyd's death remained unknown. Police have not revealed how he died or when.Correction officials said he was found unresponsive soon after police entered the building. He was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., they said.STORY: Details emerge from Smyrna prison siegeSTORY: Demonstrators show up at Delaware prison to support inmates, officersGeoff Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, portrayed Floyd as a hero who prevented other guards from being captured by inmates – an account that has not been substantiated by prison officials.During a press conference Thursday, which started with a moment of silence in remembrance of Floyd, the union president said the siege began when inmates staged a fight. Floyd, he said, sent an alert over the radio and then was thrown into a closet by the inmates."When the lieute...Monday, March 13, 2017
U.S. Navy as a Communications Technician. After retiring from the military, he worked for the state of Maryland. Paul moved to the Huntingtown area 32 years ago and was a member of the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc. He enjoyed repairing antique clocks, reading and refereeing soccer games. Paul was an avid supporter of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Capitals, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Washington Nationals. He was the beloved husband for over 50 years to Barbara (Drake) Hickin and the loving father of David Hickin and his wife Sandy and Diane Wainwright and her husband Paul. Paul was the devoted grandfather of Corrine, Cassie and Mathew Hickin and step-grandfather of Alyssa, Michael, Mathew, and Alyson Wainwright. He is also survived by his special companions- Sassy, Lexi, and Amarok, his Siberian Huskies. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.