Obituaries

Jared Gunnels
B: 1987-07-17
D: 2015-08-27
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Gunnels, Jared
Melvin Oestmann
B: 1932-03-12
D: 2015-08-24
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Oestmann, Melvin
Karen Rueter
B: 1941-05-23
D: 2015-08-07
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Rueter, Karen
Chad Thomas
B: 1975-04-17
D: 2015-07-31
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Thomas, Chad
John Spidell
B: 1972-01-14
D: 2015-07-15
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Spidell, John
James Wiles
B: 1916-01-05
D: 2015-07-05
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Wiles, James
John Conley
B: 1952-01-16
D: 2015-06-19
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Conley, John
Ruth Stoner
B: 1937-05-20
D: 2015-06-19
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Stoner, Ruth
Dianne Mogensen
B: 1953-01-27
D: 2015-06-15
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Mogensen, Dianne
Justin Sorensen
B: 1980-02-10
D: 2015-06-10
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Sorensen, Justin
Marie McNellis
B: 1949-09-23
D: 2015-05-25
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McNellis, Marie
Walter Kassube
B: 1941-03-19
D: 2015-05-15
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Kassube, Walter
Dale Hall
B: 1930-12-05
D: 2015-04-25
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Hall, Dale
Winifred Bruns
B: 1928-09-16
D: 2015-04-20
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Bruns, Winifred
Danny Custard
B: 1930-04-11
D: 2015-04-13
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Custard, Danny
Charles Shrader
B: 1928-09-06
D: 2015-04-03
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Shrader, Charles
Sharon Stoll
B: 1943-09-15
D: 2015-03-29
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Stoll, Sharon
Margaret Robinette
B: 1928-12-01
D: 2015-03-23
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Robinette, Margaret
Catherine Michelsen
B: 1923-10-04
D: 2015-02-14
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Michelsen, Catherine
Walter Stander
B: 1928-09-02
D: 2015-02-04
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Stander, Walter
Nora Meyer
B: 1924-12-24
D: 2015-01-27
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Meyer, Nora

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Cremation Options

Families selecting cremation have many options for services. Some regard cremation as an alternative to a funeral, when in reality, it is an method for preparing the body for final placement. The same options available with earth burial are available with cremation. Some of these choices include: the type of casket, the location of the funeral service, the selection of music, an open casket, and a display of photographs, awards or personal effects. Generally, the same visitation and service is held and then, instead of going to the cemetery, we proceed to the crematorium. Cremation doesn't limit the opportunity for gathering, viewing and a service, whether it be formal or contemporary. Most religions and cultures prefer this. It is important to remember that cremation is just the initial means of disposition. The final disposition must also take place when cremation has been selected. The cremated body is often placed in an urn which is interred in the ground or placed in columbarium. In rare cases, where religion, legislation and bylaws allow, the cremated body is scattered upon private property. This does not allow for a formal place of memorialization. Since the cremated remains are in fact, the body in a different form, they will always be treated with reverence.

Cremation Process

Cremation is the process by which a body is exposed to extreme heat, usually 1800 - 2000 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. Through this process the body is reduced to its basic elements, which are referred to as the "cremated body" or "cremated remains". Cremation occurs at a crematorium in a special kind of furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. It may surprise many to learn that ashes are not the final result since cremated remains have neither the appearance nor the chemical properties of ashes. They are, in fact, bone fragments. These fragments are further reduced in size through a mechanical process. After preparation, these elements are placed in a temporary container that is suitable for transport. Depending upon the size of the body, there are normally three to nine pounds of fragments resulting. Nebraska regulations allow only one cremation to take place at a time in a retort.

A separate site which delves into more detail regarding cremation options is available through www.cremation-options.com.