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'Hits close to home': Area funeral directors face emotional burden from flood of fatal overdoses - TribDem.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

Fentanyl.Matt Decort understands better than most.The Decort Funeral Home owner is 33 years old – just a few years shy of the age of the average Cambria County overdose victim last year.Decort said he has watched onetime classmates, old friends and Portage neighbors struggle with addiction.And sometimes they've ended up inside a coffin in his Main Street funeral parlor."When it's people you grew up with ... it hits close to home," Decort said.'The wrong thing'Decort said he tries to erase the stigmas that still follow overdose victims – that they all are impoverished, lonely and down on their luck."Every drug-related funeral I've had, they were people who came from great families," Decort said. "It's not as simple as people think."People from all walks of life struggle with addictions – whether it's alcoholism, hoarding or heroin, he said.It doesn't mean those addicts were bad people."They just got caught up in the wrong thing," Decort said.And too often "the wrong thing" wins out, Hoffman Funeral Home co-owner Chris Hoffman said."A lot of times, it's a young addict just out of rehab," Hoffman said. "They think they are clean – and their family thinks they are clean – and all of a sudden they are back to using again."They think they can just go back to the dose they were using."But this time, their bodies cannot take it, Hoffman said.Sometimes the young embrace the misguided notion that they are invincible, Hoffman said.Drugs such as heroin and Fentanyl beg to differ – and they don't discriminate, said William T. Hindman.Many times, drugs are claiming people well into middle-age – "people you would never think have this kind of problem. But they do," said Hindman, whose family operates funeral homes in Johnstown, Hastings and Hyndman, Bedford County."It's tragic," he said.'Slaves' to addictionHoffman said his family's Davidsville and Boswell locations handled funerals for five overdose victims last year.In the past six weeks, he's had three more.Harris said his Johnstown and Conemaugh funeral homes handled a doze...

RICHARD MORRIS - Indiana Gazette

Monday, December 26, 2016

Richard E. “Dick” Morris, 77, of Northern Cambria, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.Born Aug. 28, 1939, in Alverda, he was the son of Mertin and Madeline (McNulty) Morris.He was a U.S. Army veteran. “Skipper” worked many years as a truck driver hauling coal.Dick is survived by daughters Debra Talerico, of Northern Cambria; Jacquelyn Keith and partner Lee Good, of Heilwood; and Sandra, wife of Brian Winning Sr., of Colver; and grandchildren Trace, Emerson, Kaitlyn, Brian and Abby Winning and Gavin Good. He is also survived by sisters and brothers Lucille Croyle, Beverly Morley, LaRue Terlion, Thomas Morris, Margaret Morris, Virginia Valenti and Charles Morris; and half brothers Rodger, Henry, Larry, Eugene, Wayne, David, Danny and Ronnie Morris.He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers James and Harold; brother Phillip Morris; and son-in-law David Talerico.Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where a funeral servi...

OBITUARY: Jerome Stoddard, 93 - Iowa City Press Citizen

Monday, December 05, 2016

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.Jerome was born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Brookfield, MO., the son of Edward and Stella (Shepherd) Stoddard and graduated from New Cambria High School in New Cambria, MO. On June 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Helen Sebol in Linneus, MO. The couple lived in Missouri until moving to Iowa, where they lived in Luzerne and Blairstown for a number of years prior to settling in Watkins in 1956. Jerome owned and operated Stoddard Garage in Watkins for over 40 years.He is a member of the Norway Methodist Church. Jerome enjoyed tinkering with lawn mowers and engines, hunting and fishing, watching westerns and the Atlanta Braves on television.Jerome is survived by his wife Helen, Watkins; children, Loretta (Larry) Lemons, Fruitland, ID, Carol (Darrell) Schulte, Norway, Steve Stoddard, Watkins and James (Cindy) Stoddard, Watkins; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Dustin Stoddard and Matt Lemons; great-granddaughter, Kylie Zittergruen; great-great grandson, Levi George; brothers Gilbert, Russell, Leslie, Marion, Clifford and Robert; and sisters Elizabeth, Margaret, Geraldine and Velma.Read or Share this story: http://icp-c.com/2gDPm21...

John Rezmerski, poet, storyteller and Gustavus Adolphus professor, dies at age 74 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Monday, November 14, 2016

He loved to cook elaborate Chinese meals.”Rezmerski also enjoyed bringing poetry to the public. In addition to readings, he also helped organize an annual event in Cambria known as “Chairing of the Bard,” a poetry contest at which the winner was treated to a carved oaken chair. The event was based on a Welsh tradition that dates back centuries.Friends said Rezmerski had a lively imagination and a knack for turning the ordinary into poetry. An example below, also via Nelson, is from Word Play Festival 2015.“He loved wordplay and he loved the way that language connects us,” said poet Athena Kildegaard, who grew up in St. Peter and once worked as Rezmerski’s babysitter before studying with him at Gustavus.Kildegaard said one of her favorite poems of Rezmerski’s is “Grandmother,” from his collection “What Do I Know?”Here’s an excerpt:In her house I learned to listen to sea shells, a house full of the smells of raisin bread, chicken soup, blackberry wine, lavender sachet, laundry bluing and coal smoke. The smell of work ...Coming in from both coasts the family closes around her like a flower closing for the night. After the burial Friday morning, we open up and join each other’s company we have not had for so long. And settle her estate in an hour or so and keep what we had given her and sing and look through old photographs. And some who have been feuding for years sit down to dinner together. And I listen to sea shells in the attic. She has not stopped working.Said Kildegaard, “This is a poem that sort of acknowledges that people who have died continue to be with us. He wrote about things that mattered. He wrote about things that touched our hearts. But he was able to dance around what could be hokey, what could be clichéd about those topics. And part of that has to do with his love of language.”In addition to his wife, Rezmerski’s survivors include three adult...

Missing Queens woman, 43, found stabbed to death in her car - New York Daily News

Monday, November 07, 2016

Saturday near 137th Ave. and Farmers Blvd., near her home in Rochdale Village, police said.Cops are looking to question her ex-boyfriend Qwantrell Gilliam, 41, of Cambria Heights, sources said.“She leaves there. She's not seen again,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Tuesday.Roommate charged for fatally stabbing Queens woman, 25She was discovered dead in the driver’s seat of her black Chevrolet Equinox with Florida license plates parked near 122nd Ave. and Lakeview Lane next to Baisley Pond Park about 12:05 p.m. Monday, cops said.Cops found her using a grid search, sources said.“We then find her body in her car about 12 blocks from her home,” Boyce said. “We don't know if she went home first or if it happened right then and there.”Boyce said Corley had two small holes in the back of her skull. The Medical Examiner ruled she was stabbed to death.There have been no arrests. Cops are looking to question her ex-boyfriend Qwantrell Gilliam, 41, of Cambria Heights, sources said. He was last seen leaving his home at about 9 a.m. Sunday with another woman.“We do have someone we're looking at,” Boyce said, without naming Gilliam. “Someone that's known to her.”Early Monday, cops took police dogs and performed a search of his apartment, with the consent of a relative.Sources said Corley had told two friends that she was afraid of Gilliam...

STEPHEN SHEA - Indiana Gazette

Monday, October 24, 2016

Stephen W. Shea, 65, of Northern Cambria, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.He was the son of Steve and Helen (Roof) Shea, and was born May 22, 1951, in Spangler.Steve was a member of the Road Wolfs Motorcycle Club and a life member of the Harley Group.He loved to work on his cars and motorcycle, customizing them. Steve loved to go on rides with his friends and work at the motorcycle club.He was an avid hunter not only with a gun but with his camera.Steve in his early years loved to collect antiques with his parents. He had a kind heart and was loved by many and will be missed by all.He is survived by the Walter A. Roof family and the Edward Shea family.Steve was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Long-Contres Funeral Home, Northern Cambria. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Havener officiating.Interment will be made in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Northern Cambria.The...

Elizabeth Russell

Monday, October 10, 2016

Elizabeth H. (Cambria) Quinn Russell, 94, formerly of Shrewsbury, Brewster, East Dennis, Franklin and Sanibel, Island, FL died Friday, October 7, 2016 in Oak Knoll Healthcare Center in Framingham after a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born in Quincy, Massachusetts daughter of the late Arthur A. and Hazel J, (Cobb) Cambria. She attended Commerce High School and then entered and served her country proudly with the United States Army during W.W. II.She was proud to be a descendant of 5 Mayflower families.Elizabeth spent many wonderful years a tour director for Cape Cod Custom Tours which is a division of Hy-Line Cruises in Hyannis. Previously she had been employed in numerous administrative and retail management roles, including ownership of The Village Ivy Shoppe in Sturbridge. She leaves her loving daughter, Josephine A. “Joanne” (Quinn) Moffatt and her husband Kenneth W. of Hudson; two sisters Jacqueline K. Colecchi of Newton and M. Barbara Machinist and her husband Benjamin A. of...

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'Hits close to home': Area funeral directors face emotional burden from flood of fatal overdoses - TribDem.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

Fentanyl.Matt Decort understands better than most.The Decort Funeral Home owner is 33 years old – just a few years shy of the age of the average Cambria County overdose victim last year.Decort said he has watched onetime classmates, old friends and Portage neighbors struggle with addiction.And sometimes they've ended up inside a coffin in his Main Street funeral parlor."When it's people you grew up with ... it hits close to home," Decort said.'The wrong thing'Decort said he tries to erase the stigmas that still follow overdose victims – that they all are impoverished, lonely and down on their luck."Every drug-related funeral I've had, they were people who came from great families," Decort said. "It's not as simple as people think."People from all walks of life struggle with addictions – whether it's alcoholism, hoarding or heroin, he said.It doesn't mean those addicts were bad people."They just got caught up in the wrong thing," Decort said.And too often "the wrong thing" wins out, Hoffman Funeral Home co-owner Chris Hoffman said."A lot of times, it's a young addict just out of rehab," Hoffman said. "They think they are clean – and their family thinks they are clean – and all of a sudden they are back to using again."They think they can just go back to the dose they were using."But this time, their bodies cannot take it, Hoffman said.Sometimes the young embrace the misguided notion that they are invincible, Hoffman said.Drugs such as heroin and Fentanyl beg to differ – and they don't discriminate, said William T. Hindman.Many times, drugs are claiming people well into middle-age – "people you would never think have this kind of problem. But they do," said Hindman, whose family operates funeral homes in Johnstown, Hastings and Hyndman, Bedford County."It's tragic," he said.'Slaves' to addictionHoffman said his family's Davidsville and Boswell locations handled funerals for five overdose victims last year.In the past six weeks, he's had three more.Harris said his Johnstown and Conemaugh funeral homes handled a doze...

RICHARD MORRIS - Indiana Gazette

Monday, December 26, 2016

Richard E. “Dick” Morris, 77, of Northern Cambria, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.Born Aug. 28, 1939, in Alverda, he was the son of Mertin and Madeline (McNulty) Morris.He was a U.S. Army veteran. “Skipper” worked many years as a truck driver hauling coal.Dick is survived by daughters Debra Talerico, of Northern Cambria; Jacquelyn Keith and partner Lee Good, of Heilwood; and Sandra, wife of Brian Winning Sr., of Colver; and grandchildren Trace, Emerson, Kaitlyn, Brian and Abby Winning and Gavin Good. He is also survived by sisters and brothers Lucille Croyle, Beverly Morley, LaRue Terlion, Thomas Morris, Margaret Morris, Virginia Valenti and Charles Morris; and half brothers Rodger, Henry, Larry, Eugene, Wayne, David, Danny and Ronnie Morris.He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers James and Harold; brother Phillip Morris; and son-in-law David Talerico.Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where a funeral servi...

OBITUARY: Jerome Stoddard, 93 - Iowa City Press Citizen

Monday, December 05, 2016

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.Jerome was born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Brookfield, MO., the son of Edward and Stella (Shepherd) Stoddard and graduated from New Cambria High School in New Cambria, MO. On June 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Helen Sebol in Linneus, MO. The couple lived in Missouri until moving to Iowa, where they lived in Luzerne and Blairstown for a number of years prior to settling in Watkins in 1956. Jerome owned and operated Stoddard Garage in Watkins for over 40 years.He is a member of the Norway Methodist Church. Jerome enjoyed tinkering with lawn mowers and engines, hunting and fishing, watching westerns and the Atlanta Braves on television.Jerome is survived by his wife Helen, Watkins; children, Loretta (Larry) Lemons, Fruitland, ID, Carol (Darrell) Schulte, Norway, Steve Stoddard, Watkins and James (Cindy) Stoddard, Watkins; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Dustin Stoddard and Matt Lemons; great-granddaughter, Kylie Zittergruen; great-great grandson, Levi George; brothers Gilbert, Russell, Leslie, Marion, Clifford and Robert; and sisters Elizabeth, Margaret, Geraldine and Velma.Read or Share this story: http://icp-c.com/2gDPm21...

John Rezmerski, poet, storyteller and Gustavus Adolphus professor, dies at age 74 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Monday, November 14, 2016

He loved to cook elaborate Chinese meals.”Rezmerski also enjoyed bringing poetry to the public. In addition to readings, he also helped organize an annual event in Cambria known as “Chairing of the Bard,” a poetry contest at which the winner was treated to a carved oaken chair. The event was based on a Welsh tradition that dates back centuries.Friends said Rezmerski had a lively imagination and a knack for turning the ordinary into poetry. An example below, also via Nelson, is from Word Play Festival 2015.“He loved wordplay and he loved the way that language connects us,” said poet Athena Kildegaard, who grew up in St. Peter and once worked as Rezmerski’s babysitter before studying with him at Gustavus.Kildegaard said one of her favorite poems of Rezmerski’s is “Grandmother,” from his collection “What Do I Know?”Here’s an excerpt:In her house I learned to listen to sea shells, a house full of the smells of raisin bread, chicken soup, blackberry wine, lavender sachet, laundry bluing and coal smoke. The smell of work ...Coming in from both coasts the family closes around her like a flower closing for the night. After the burial Friday morning, we open up and join each other’s company we have not had for so long. And settle her estate in an hour or so and keep what we had given her and sing and look through old photographs. And some who have been feuding for years sit down to dinner together. And I listen to sea shells in the attic. She has not stopped working.Said Kildegaard, “This is a poem that sort of acknowledges that people who have died continue to be with us. He wrote about things that mattered. He wrote about things that touched our hearts. But he was able to dance around what could be hokey, what could be clichéd about those topics. And part of that has to do with his love of language.”In addition to his wife, Rezmerski’s survivors include three adult...

Missing Queens woman, 43, found stabbed to death in her car - New York Daily News

Monday, November 07, 2016

Saturday near 137th Ave. and Farmers Blvd., near her home in Rochdale Village, police said.Cops are looking to question her ex-boyfriend Qwantrell Gilliam, 41, of Cambria Heights, sources said.“She leaves there. She's not seen again,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Tuesday.Roommate charged for fatally stabbing Queens woman, 25She was discovered dead in the driver’s seat of her black Chevrolet Equinox with Florida license plates parked near 122nd Ave. and Lakeview Lane next to Baisley Pond Park about 12:05 p.m. Monday, cops said.Cops found her using a grid search, sources said.“We then find her body in her car about 12 blocks from her home,” Boyce said. “We don't know if she went home first or if it happened right then and there.”Boyce said Corley had two small holes in the back of her skull. The Medical Examiner ruled she was stabbed to death.There have been no arrests. Cops are looking to question her ex-boyfriend Qwantrell Gilliam, 41, of Cambria Heights, sources said. He was last seen leaving his home at about 9 a.m. Sunday with another woman.“We do have someone we're looking at,” Boyce said, without naming Gilliam. “Someone that's known to her.”Early Monday, cops took police dogs and performed a search of his apartment, with the consent of a relative.Sources said Corley had told two friends that she was afraid of Gilliam...

STEPHEN SHEA - Indiana Gazette

Monday, October 24, 2016

Stephen W. Shea, 65, of Northern Cambria, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.He was the son of Steve and Helen (Roof) Shea, and was born May 22, 1951, in Spangler.Steve was a member of the Road Wolfs Motorcycle Club and a life member of the Harley Group.He loved to work on his cars and motorcycle, customizing them. Steve loved to go on rides with his friends and work at the motorcycle club.He was an avid hunter not only with a gun but with his camera.Steve in his early years loved to collect antiques with his parents. He had a kind heart and was loved by many and will be missed by all.He is survived by the Walter A. Roof family and the Edward Shea family.Steve was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Long-Contres Funeral Home, Northern Cambria. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Havener officiating.Interment will be made in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Northern Cambria.The...

Elizabeth Russell

Monday, October 10, 2016

Elizabeth H. (Cambria) Quinn Russell, 94, formerly of Shrewsbury, Brewster, East Dennis, Franklin and Sanibel, Island, FL died Friday, October 7, 2016 in Oak Knoll Healthcare Center in Framingham after a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born in Quincy, Massachusetts daughter of the late Arthur A. and Hazel J, (Cobb) Cambria. She attended Commerce High School and then entered and served her country proudly with the United States Army during W.W. II.She was proud to be a descendant of 5 Mayflower families.Elizabeth spent many wonderful years a tour director for Cape Cod Custom Tours which is a division of Hy-Line Cruises in Hyannis. Previously she had been employed in numerous administrative and retail management roles, including ownership of The Village Ivy Shoppe in Sturbridge. She leaves her loving daughter, Josephine A. “Joanne” (Quinn) Moffatt and her husband Kenneth W. of Hudson; two sisters Jacqueline K. Colecchi of Newton and M. Barbara Machinist and her husband Benjamin A. of...