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MOST PERSONALIZED SERVICE OR MEMORIAL WINNERS

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home & cemetery: Butterfly Blankets Program • Cedar rapids, iowa

 In October 2014, Annie Harrison, a funeral director for Cedar Memorial, experienced a miscarriage. Determined to overcome this loss, Annie set out to not only become her own support, but support for others who have gone through a loss of their unborn child. With the support of Cedar Memorial’s owner and Chairman of the Board, C. John Linge, she and her associates developed the “Butterfly Blankets Program.” In this program, Annie made handkerchief-sized blankets that could easily fold and be placed inside a support pack. Also included in the pack is a sun catcher crystal to remind that brighter days are coming; a butterfly charm to represent the loss; a GriefCare Line brochure with a 24-hour private phone number to certified grief counselors; and two books, “Empty Cradle, Broken Heart” by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., and “A Guide for Fathers when a Baby Dies” by Tim Nelson. These packs are not only given to the families who contact Cedar Memorial about their loss, but are delivered to local hospitals, bereavement groups, and obstetrician-gynecologist offices, offering those in need the knowledge that they are not alone. John, Annie and several associates collaborated to create a garden at Cedar Memorial with flowering bushes that attract butterflies. Inside the garden, families have the option to purchase a personalized bronze butterfly that can be attached to the granite boulders within the garden, making this a place to honor the memory of their unknown child.

Honorable Mention

Loyless Funeral Homes: Les Brown’s Memorial Service• Tampa, Florida

 

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Pray Funeral Home: The Celebration of Evan Adams • Charlotte, Michigan

When Pray Funeral Home received the call to create a service for Evan Adams, they knew they wanted to create a memorial service that would have Evan’s family and friends participating in his favorite sports and hobbies. Featuring a full-sized pool table, a single golf course setup and bowling balls and pins, this exceptional memorial service encouraged Evan’s loved ones to celebrate his life and to share their memories.

Honorable Mention

Mountain View Funeral Home: Memorial for Princess Kaia Howard • Lakewood, Washington

 

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home: “Live, Laugh, Love… Don’t Panic” Memorial for Patricia • Bradenton, Florida

Unlike any service the Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home has ever done, the “Live, Laugh, Love… Don’t Panic” service was a beach oasis for the family remembering their lvoed one, Patricia. Over 250 guests were greeted with Hawaiian leis as they entered the funeral home. 2,000 pounds of sand was used as decoration for this service as guests could play games, lounge on patio furniture and partake in the photo booth while listening to their loved one’s favorite music. Over 150 biodegradable balloons were released in the honor of Patricia.

Honorable Mention

Evergreen Washelli: Remembering Chase • Seattle, Washington

When Chase, a creative, free-spirited young man unexpectedly passed away, Evergreen crafted a memorial to highlight parts of Chase’s life that truly made him unique. Evergreen set enlarged photos of Chase on easels as works of art around the service with Chase’s favorite foods and desserts being served. The programs for the memorial were customized trifolds, something Evergreen has never done before. Inside the program was a “set list” for the order of service and a poem that Chase wrote. The memorial included a microphone for opening sharing as well as a live band. As keepsakes for family and friends, they created a custom concert badge on a lanyard with a collage of Chase’s interests and a poem. A DVD of Chase’s life played during the memorial, while family and friends could write their signatures on a large board.

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

SCI/Striffler-Hamby at Park Hill Cemetery: Personalization for a Young Fisherman’s Visitation • Columbus, Georgia

When a young man was killed in a car wreck, Striffler-Hamby at Parkhill created a unique display to showcase his love for fishing during the visitation. They asked the family to display the man’s favorite fishing rods, hats and tacklebox set around an old fishing boat. Since the man also had a love of Mountain Dew and skateboarding, there was also a tub of Mountain Dew and a picture gallery of him skateboarding next to his skateboard. The family was overwhelmed by the detail that went into the visitation display and the guests were impressed by the attention to detail.

 

First Place

MKJ Marketing: Service for Nanlyn Pace Jones • Largo, FL

Nanlyn Pace Jones had two very important parts to her life; family and faith. Naturally, when she passed, her memorial service would focus on the two areas of her life that she felt closest to. Serenity Funeral Home partitioned off different areas of the funeral home to illustrate these areas with photographs, scrapbooks and letters on display. Several round tables were available for visit to view some of her favorite personal items, such as her sewing machine, where she often created aprons and outfits for her family. A pianist played her favorite hymns on a grand piano during visitation and the service. Her Bible was on a pedestal by her casket, opened to her favorite scripture. Uplighting in pink set an uplifting mood of remembrance for Nanlyn Pace Jones, who gave so much to her family.

Honorable Mention

Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association: Service for Armando Peraza featuring Carlos Santana • Colma, CA

Armando Santana, managing funeral director at Cypress Lawn combination funeral home, is the nephew of to the legendary Latin jazz musician, Carlos Santana. When one of Carlos’ former band members, Armando Peraza, passed away, the family turned to Armando to conduct the funeral. Working with family and band members, they organized a funeral concert with the body present and several personal touches that Armando Santana orchestrated.

 

First Place & Grand Prize Winner

El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley Chapel: Benedict Marfori Service • San Diego, CA

Benedict Marfori had a lifelong passion for aircraft so when he was diagnosed with cancer and told he had 6 months to live he decided to spend his days building model airplanes. He defied odds and lived three years beyond his diagnosis, during which time he built over 500 model airplanes. His family wanted an over-the- top service that would leave them with a joyous memory. El Camino Memorial had his casket placed in front of a 20-foot custom painted airplane backdrop and was surrounded by his many model airplanes. During the service a DVD played that showcased Benedict with every plane he had built and every military base he had visited. During the visitation and service, “Danger Zone,” the theme from Top Gun, was playing. Frequently services at El Camino are paused due to jets flying over. In this instance, Benedict’s service was not paused, as the family believed it was a special fly-over just for Benedict.

Honorable Mention

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home: Mr. Clayton’s Service • Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Clayton died unexpectedly one afternoon while working in his garden. His wife, physically, mentally and emotionally drained from grief and making arrangements, fell and broke her hip the very next day. The family was overwhelmed to discover that their mother’s emergency surgery was scheduled for the very day as Mr. Clayton’s service and that she would not be able to pay final respects to her husband of 59 years. In an incredible act of orchestrated personal care, the funeral home and the hospital devised a plan to accommodate these circumstances. The funeral home created a customized casket to pay tribute to Mr. Clayton’s service in the coast guard during WWII. On the way to the cemetery the hearse took a quick detour at the hospital where Mrs. Clayton was recuperating. The hospital had reserved twenty parking spaces for the procession and had created a “makeshift funeral parlor” where Mrs. Clayton was finally able to say her parting goodbyes.

 

First Place

Pray Funeral Home • Charlotte, Michigan

The services for Timothy “Coop” Cooper were held at Dart Auditorium on the campus of Lansing Community College in Lansing Michigan where Coop was an instructor in the EMS program and had touched over 29,000 lives. The family had several ideas, the foremost being Tim’s comment “I don’t want to ride in a hearse; I want an ambulance to take me to the cemetery.” Pray Funeral Home decided to include as many people and entities in the service as possible to represent how Cooper had influenced so many lives. Incorporating the many different facets of his life without overwhelming the guests was a personalization challenge. The funeral home staff developed numerous items for the service including: a video tribute; a memorial booklet designed to look like the paramedic textbook that Cooper used in his teaching and a static cling window decal.
On the day of the service, guests were able to take a self-guided tour through the Emergency Service Training Lab Cooper developed at LCC, as well as look at the various facets of his life that were on display in the auditorium. After the service, an ambulance was waiting to carry Cooper to his final resting place, where two local buglers played Echo Taps and a Med-Evac helicopter slowly circled the gravesite before flying away into the distance. www.prayfuneral.com

Honorable Mentions

Spring Grove Cemetery • Cincinnati, Ohio

Four years ago, John Neeb visited Spring Grove Cemetery to arrange the placement of his father’s cremated remains. Neeb wanted to replicate the submarine that his father, Lewis Herman Neeb, captained in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. This would be a final gift to his father and a multi-generational memorial for past, present and future Neeb family members. Constructing this 45,000 pound monument was no easy feat. John and Katherine Neeb, Spring Grove’s design team and Rock of Ages in Vermont worked tirelessly to ensure each and every detail was perfect, down the etched waves and propeller angles. Each step of the way, fellow submariners were contacted for input.
In October 2012, the monument was finally ready to be unveiled to family and friends at a heartfelt memorial for Captain Lewis and Bess Neeb. The majestic, granite submarine monument now stands in an area of the cemetery known as “Neeb’s Corner.” www.springgrove.org

Reichmuth Funeral Home • Elkhorn, Nebraska

Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn, Nebraska, had the privilege of serving the family of Jim Janvosky, a career employee of the Union Pacific Railroad and a longtime train engineer. His service was going to be held in a small town where the railroad is a way of life and most of the exits out of town require passing over the railroad tracks.
Janvosky’s visitation and  funeral were held at a local church and, working with the local priest, Jon Reichmuth and his staff were able to set up two memory tables to display his many awards and memorabilia, as well as an area to show a video depicting the happy times in his life. They were also able to personalize a funeral folder with a picture of Janvosky and his family in front of a railroad engine and the casket spray was made out of his wife’s wedding dress. Reichmuth also arranged for two train engines to be positioned on the tracks near the depot that Janvosky worked out of. As the funeral procession passed by the trains sounded their horns as a final goodbye to Jim. www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com

 

First Place & Grand Prize Winner

Pray Funeral Home • Charlotte, Michigan

Charlotte, Michigan, high school teacher Barbara “B.C.” Collinsworth-Johnson was a vibrant personality in her community. Her students, family and friends wanted her to go out in style, and Pray Funeral Home obliged. B.C.’s casket was custom painted in her favorite color, royal metallic purple, at a local auto body shop. She directed numerous school plays, so the service was held at the new Charlotte Performing Arts Center, which she helped design. The format of the service was divided into three “acts” separated by video interludes of photos from her life. Before entering the darkened auditorium, attendees were presented with pins featuring drama masks and her nickname “B.C.” on them as well as the Playbill-inspired service program that told her life story as the acts in a play, with the service participants listed on the back page as the cast of characters. Marquee posters featuring her favorite caricature and posters from many of the plays she directed flanked the entrance to the auditorium. In dramatic fashion, the gleaming casket was spotlighted on the left side of the stage. As the service began, the curtains parted to reveal an empty purple director’s chair with B.C.’s initials along with poster-sized photos spotlighted on stage. As a celebration of her life, an alumni choir and jazz band performed between the many eulogists who shared their remembrances and told how her dreams would live on in her students. The service concluded with the Michigan State cheerleaders and mascot, “Sparty” flooding the stage during the MSU fight song and leading the crowd to the luncheon in the adjoining cafeteria, while along the way they were presented with B.C.’s favorite snack: popcorn served in purple cups. The services were recorded and edited together with interviews of family and friends and presented to B.C.’s family as Pray’s exclusive “Remember a Life Well Lived” video after the event. They chose to order numerous additional copies to be sent out to family and friends as remembrances. www.prayfuneral.com

Honorable Mentions

Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory • Apollo, Pennsylvania

Chas Armitage, Laura Stettmier and Mike Garrone, owners of three well known local businesses, passed away in a tragic plane crash in West Virginia. Funeral Director James Kunkle and certified celebrant Norman Connors coordinated the services for Chas and Laura. Kunkle worked with the family to plan the funeral while Connors had meetings with the families and friends of each of the decedants. From those interactions, Connors collected a multitude of information that he could put to use during the services. He used Facebook, his personal e-mail address and a page on the funeral home’s website where people could share memories. Special-made folders created by the Curran staff, which included their photos and obituaries, were handed out to attendees. Personalized portraits of Chas and Laura were presented to their families after the services. James Kunkle and owner Art Kunkle coordinated with the families to ensure Chas’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle was present during the service as were throw blankets brandished with Harley-Davidson images. Laura’s memorial service included a detailed celebration of life, a dove release, a distribution of Laura’s favorite candy (Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies) and a shot of Jack Daniel’s for everyone to enjoy as a toast at the end of the day. www.curranfuneralhome.com

Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery • Nashville, Tennessee

John Christian Phifer received a call from a social worker attempting to find a funeral home who could do something out of the ordinary for a family who was about to lose their 11-year-old girl, who was diagnosed early in life with Batten Disease. The story can be wrapped up in one statement from her mother: “I’ll never be able to give my daughter a fairytale wedding so I want to give her a fairytale funeral.” The girl was dressed in a white flower girl dress adorned with pink bows. Cinderella slippers rested near her feet and she wore a crystal tiara. A four-poster princess-style canopy bed was created to use in place of a coffin. Throughout the halls you could hear Disney classics such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella playing. Visitors commented, “I’ve never seen anything like it,” while some just cried and smiled with no words. www.springhillfh.com

 

First Place & Grand Prize Winner

Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service • Columbus, Ohio

A community in central Ohio was stunned when a mom, her son and a family friend were murdered. The family turned to Schoedinger Funeral Home, who saw it as their challenge to help the healing process begin for the remaining daughter, family, friends and neighbors. They planned a service that reflected on the lives of Tina, the mother, and Kody, the son, and not on the circumstances of their deaths. Schoedinger’s staff displayed matching red rose sprays atop each casket and used large photos of Tina and Kody as the focal point in the room. A DVD reflecting memories of happier times played while people struggled to make sense of the loss. Kody’s favorite sport was baseball and his mother loved sunflowers, so baseballs decorated by cheerleaders from Kody’s school and sunflowers were handed out to all who attended. A bereavement care specialist helped children write messages on baseball cutouts and place them on a memory board during visitation periods. The family received hundreds of special memory cards. More than 220 visitors lit candles and shared memories on the funeral home’s website. Balloons were released at the cemetery. In his closing remarks the minister emphasized the need for the town to keep carrying on in honor of Tina and Kody, saying “We still need to pick up the ball, and we still need to throw it. They would want us to.” www.schoedinger.com

Honorable Mentions

Pray Funeral Home • Charlotte, Michigan

Dorwin “Dade” Schultz was a gentle giant known as a horseman across the Midwest. For his funeral, Pray Funeral Home arranged for a wagon train from the funeral home to the cemetery with Dade’s own mules carrying his wooden casket, which was made by his Amish craftsmen friends. The procession attracted a great deal of media attention, allowing his family and friends to further share memories of Dade with those who may not have known him. www.prayfuneral.com

Omps Funeral Home • Winchester, Virginia

Patrick Harrison was a devoted husband, loving father and loyal Anheuser-Busch distributor who was struck down at just 39 years of age. Patrick spent his career owning and managing distributorships throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. To express his longtime dedication, in just three days Omps Funeral Home was able to work with Anheuser-Busch to insert a special cap panel inside of his casket and to arrange for a retired Budweiser Clydesdale to be present outside of all services. This was only the seventh time one of the horses has appeared at a funeral for someone outside of the Busch family. The Anheuser-Busch chief executive officer was in attendance for the services and later that year, at an annual stockholder meeting, he spotlighted Harrison’s services as an impressive expression of the life of a fallen comrade. www.ompsfuneralhome.com

 

First Place & Grand Prize Winner

Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory • Sun City, California

When Betty Billings, beloved wife and mother and admirer of the work of painter Thomas Kinkade, passed away suddenly, her family turned to Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory to arrange a meaningful celebration of her life. They said that they will “always remember her in her favorite La-Z-Boy chair adorned with Kinkade art, with her Kinkade blanket, Kinkade painting and personal bedside poem.” Miller-Jones arranged for all of these things to be transported to the mortuary and included in the viewing presentation, with Billings lain out in her favorite chair instead of a casket, with her blanket and other favorite artwork near her. The family was comforted by the innovative idea and appreciated the opportunity to create a final family photo in this setting.

Honorable Mention

Reichmuth Funeral Homes • Elkhorn, Nebraska

Jack Rittenhouse was 38-year-old man whose heritage was deeply rooted in rural life, farming and volunteer firefighting. To memorialize him, Reichmuth Funeral Homes incorporated ears of corn, fire department emblems and miniature farm implements into the bouquets and decorations. Reichmuth also coordinated with various fire departments from around the state, and 23 fire apparatus vehicles led the procession from the funeral home to the cemetery. Rittenhouse’s local fire department formed a corridor for the walk to the grave, and more than 100 guest firemen formed an honor guard near the grave. The Nebraska Fire Fighters Response Team provided a burial flag, which was folded by six members of the Waterloo Fire Department; two bagpipers played “Amazing Grace;” and the local 911 center issued a “last call” over the entire system commemorating his death.

 

First Place

Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery • Thornton, Colorado

Known as “the life of the party,” David Byerly wanted to go out in style. Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery helped his family arrange a service that included music from Phantom of the Opera, Kid Rock and Motley Crue, along with cigars, Denver Broncos paraphernalia, huge floral displays, skiing and golf equipment and guitars. Byerly’s final resting place is a handpainted martini glass that serves as an urn.

Honorable Mention

Busch Funeral & Crematory Services • Cleveland, Ohio

Capt. Michael Medders was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. The funeral home arranged for video footage to be taken of the processional route to and from the airport and through the town where his father was chief of police. Local news covered the events. The two-hour funeral mass was broadcast via the Internet to Capt. Medders’ fellow troops in Iraq and at the Army base where he was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. More than 3,000 attended his visitation at a local high school while more than 1,500 attended his mass. Over 80 agencies, organizations and communities assisted the funeral home in their efforts.

Miller-Jones Mortuary and Menifee Valley Memorial Park • Hemet, California

Veronica Calderon was a member of an equestrian group and an avid horse rider. Following a chapel memorial service, her equestrian troupe presented a “Spanish Walk” march in parade formation, carrying flags and accompanied by a “banda” style brass band and an elaborately dressed vocalist. Charro attire was worn by performers. Her horse performed a “piaffe” dance to say goodbye. Family and friends returned to the reception house and memorial park to enjoy traditional Spanish foods.

First Place

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Services • Columbus, Ohio

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service in Columbus, Ohio, helped to facilitate the funeral for Harold Runnion at the Ohio Theatre—the first for the theater—due to Runnion’s life-long dedication to the theater after four decades of service. The theater’s historic 1928 organ was brought to life to play show tunes and a video tribute was shown in the theater lobby featuring Runnion’s many contributions to the restoration of the facility. Toward the end of the ceremony, Runnion’s name appeared in lights on the Ohio Theatre’s marquee, simply stating, “Celebrating Harold Runnion.”

Honorable Mentions

Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery • Littleton, Colorado

Olinger Chapel Hill in Littleton, Colorado, personalized a moving memorial service for self-proclaimed cowboy, 20-year-old Luke Tiger, who died in a tragic accident at work. Olinger Chapel worked closely with Tiger’s family to personalize the service, creating a “cowboy” environment with upbeat cowboy/Western songs that were Tiger’s favorites. A video tribute and Tiger’s personal cowboy items were used to create a loving display along with flowers, photos and childhood belongings.

Darroch Memorial Chapel • Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Darroch Memorial Chapel created a highly personalized atmosphere to emulate as best as possible the deceased mother’s home in Pacentro, Italy. The funeral home paid attention to every detail to recreate the home’s ambiance, using photos to build a look-a-like room model. Funeral attendees commented on how touching this was, claiming the reproduction looked just like the woman’s home in Italy and that they felt as if they were in her home vs. a funeral home.

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Bringhurst Funeral Home/West Laurel Hill Cemetery • Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Bringhurst Funeral Home provided extensive personalized service for the family of a young girl who died in a car accident. Staff extended their hours to assist the family and provided additional rooms for family and friends to eat, sleep and grieve. Message boards, memory cards, and notebooks were made available for family and friends to write thoughts and memories.

Honorable Mention

Miller-Jones Mortuary Inc. • Hemet, California

After the tragic deaths of four Forest Service firefighters battling the Esperanza Wildfire, Miller Jones Mortuary erected temporary memorial walls on the front lawns of their six mortuaries and created an online memorial Website. The funeral home also provided a personalized service for one of the fallen firefighters, incorporating a popcorn machine, memorial t-shirts, a stuffed bear and quilt.

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

St. Michael’s Cemetery • East Elmhurst, New York

St. Michael’s Cemetery created a memorial for the Queen’s firefighters who died on 9/11. Inscribed with Memory Medallions containing the stories and photos of all those listed, the memorial is a tribute to the lives of the firefighters lost on that day. With the push of a button, visitors to the memorial can see photos of their loved ones and their personal histories.

Honorable Mentions

Anderson McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers • St. Petersburg, Florida

Anderson McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers provided a personalized service for Dr. David K. Davis by incorporating all aspects of his life: banker, investor, aviator, golfer, Mr. Fix-it, artist, dad and husband. They created a gallery of Dr. Davis’s life by removing all furniture from the chapel and replacing it with many of his items of memorabilia, including his golf cart, oil paints, tools, uniforms and other items.

Bronleewe Inc., Oregon Memorials • Hillsboro, Oregon

Artist Hibiki Miyazaki created two beautiful memorials that tied for honorable mention. The first memorial was designed for a couple’s young daughter, Brittany, and was a replica of a needlepoint project she and her mother created together, depicting an angel with a flowing gown reaching her hand out to a girl. Miyazaki straightened the girl’s hair to look more like Brittany’s and placed the two figures on the edge of Heaven, with the angel leading her there. The second memorial is a diamond-etched pictorial narrative of a young man’s life, using family photos as a guide. On the center of the memorial is the scene of Cory fishing at his favorite spot. On either side are pictures of him with the first and last deer he had caught and the dates.

 

First Place

Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery • Cala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

In November 2004, “Mrs. W.” died on a Thursday morning. The visitation was on the following Monday, and a church service followed on Tuesday. The arrangements organized during this short time frame included obtaining a pen-and-ink drawing of the mausoleum to be displayed at the service, displaying art created by Mrs. W., distributing calla lilies and pink breast cancer ribbons to attendees, taking photographs of all the floral arrangements and creating 25-slide personal DVDs with audio, which were played during the visitation on three televisions.

Honorable Mention

Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association • Colma, California

The remains of 97 unidentified men, women and children who were buried in the mid-1880s in San Francisco’s first public cemetery were discovered in the late 1990s by construction workers erecting the city’s Main Library and Asian Art Museum. Cypress Lawn donated a $56,000 burial plot to the city and re-interred the remains in their Pioneer Garden. The service in November 2004 was attended by state and local dignitaries.

 

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service • Columbus, Ohio

Schoedinger held an individual memorial service for a Native American, working with the family to arrange the ceremony on the deceased’s land following a home visitation in his cabin.

Honorable Mention

Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park Co. • Seattle, Washington

Evergreen-Washelli held a personalized memorial service by incorporating the deceased’s 30-year tow truck career and love of John Deere tractors into the ceremony. Evergreen-Washelli used their fully restored 1938 John Deere tractor and caisson to lead the funeral procession.

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