Obituaries

Jerry Stiles
B: 1945-06-10
D: 2017-04-26
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Stiles, Jerry
Helen Richter
B: 1916-12-11
D: 2017-04-25
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Richter, Helen
Joseph Tuccitto
B: 1925-01-20
D: 2017-04-23
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Tuccitto, Joseph
Arnold Zack
B: 1937-04-08
D: 2017-04-17
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Zack, Arnold
June Tiedemann
B: 1926-06-28
D: 2017-04-17
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Tiedemann, June
Meghan McGarthwaite
B: 1984-07-16
D: 2017-04-15
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McGarthwaite, Meghan
Catherine Coleman
B: 1924-01-09
D: 2017-04-14
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Coleman, Catherine
Robert Skoog
B: 1950-08-09
D: 2017-04-12
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Skoog, Robert
Dennis DuBois
B: 1940-07-09
D: 2017-04-10
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DuBois, Dennis
Charlotte Burket
B: 1943-03-12
D: 2017-04-10
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Burket, Charlotte
Charlotte Lampe
B: 1945-04-30
D: 2017-04-08
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Lampe, Charlotte
Mildred Studtmann
B: 1927-07-23
D: 2017-04-07
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Studtmann, Mildred
Matthew Brown
B: 1969-10-09
D: 2017-04-06
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Brown, Matthew
Pallmer Anderson
B: 1930-06-25
D: 2017-04-05
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Anderson, Pallmer
Josephine Nelson
B: 1929-03-19
D: 2017-04-05
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Nelson, Josephine
James Metry
D: 2017-04-04
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Metry, James
Fr. Eugene Michel, O.F.M.
B: 1935-11-26
D: 2017-04-03
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Michel, O.F.M., Fr. Eugene
Nayeli Lara
B: 2015-07-08
D: 2017-04-02
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Lara, Nayeli
Warren Teichroew
B: 1926-07-14
D: 2017-04-02
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Teichroew, Warren
Richard Healy
B: 1952-01-15
D: 2017-04-01
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Healy, Richard
Rochelle Beatson
B: 1953-07-09
D: 2017-03-31
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Beatson, Rochelle

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Cremation Services

Cremation is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, through the process of heat and fire.
 
Cremation is becoming a more popular choice. Roughly half of all the services Mueller Memorial oversees are now are cremation  We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need.  With cremation rates steadily on the rise, it begs the question "Will there still be traditional burial in 50 years?"  Each funeral is as unique as the individual so our answer is yes.  Families will continue to follow in the traditions of their previous generations and we will continue to serve our families in whichever capacity they need us.
 
We're frequently asked what's involved in cremation. To describe it technically, burial is the decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) by the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation through the application of heat. That which remains is processed and delivered to the family as what are commonly referred to as "ashes."
 
A full casket is not legally required for cremation, just an alternative container which is strong enough to hold the body. We use a container that is simple, looks pleasant, and protects the body as well as our staff which comes into contact with it.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:
  • The remains can be kept by the family
  • You may take the remains in the simple plastic box supplied by the crematory or purchase a convenient scattering tube and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can usually be buried in the same plot occupied by one other family member.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why People Choose Cremation

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body. In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation. In the US, the rate is already over 50%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Other Reasons You Might Choose Cremation

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.
  • Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be reduced quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • You have environmental concerns
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a casketed burial funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Who will do the cremation (a firm that specializes in direct cremation is still a funeral home, but with limited services)
  • What to use as a container for the remains (some cremation urns and containers are very creative)
  • What to do with the remains
  • If you are distributing the remains
  • If you're allowed to scatter the remains in the place that you want
Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can choose to scatter ashes while on a walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.
 
Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property, and it is illegal to scatter remains at all National Parks.
 
What about using the remains to support new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one. If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.