May 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of 5 1/2 years died unexpectedly. Like so many other Americans, he didn't have life insurance or any money to cover his funeral. For the last 2 1/2 years, I provided the primary financial support when he came and lived with me. His mother made the decisions about the casket and service. She asked that money instead of flowers be given to help pay for the cost of the funeral. Around $4,000 is still owed. She now says the remaining cost should be divided among her, her ex-husband, and me. I don't think I should be obligated to assume a third of the funeral costs.
February 18, 2016 |
Justice Antonin Scalia's body will lie in repose Friday at the Supreme Court, followed by a funeral service Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church. Scalia's casket will be on public view in the court's Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, court officials said. A private ceremony will take place at the court at 9:30 a.m. Current and retired justices are expected to line the marble steps as the casket is carried through the court's main entrance, below the inscription "Equal Justice Under Law. " The funeral Mass Saturday will take place at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
September 2, 2015 |
A funeral home in West Philadelphia was being investigated Monday for operating without a license and improper handling of bodies and organs, police said. Three bodies and a bag containing human organs were found Monday afternoon inside Hawkins Funeral Services at 53d and Vine Streets, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. One body, awaiting cremation after a recent funeral, was still in a casket and beginning to decompose, Walker said. Two other bodies had not been embalmed or kept in refrigeration and were decomposing, Walker said.
June 4, 2015 |
Peter H. Gers, 94, of Ambler, a longtime funeral director who was present at the 1962 canonical inspection of Bishop John Neumann's remains prior to the future saint's beatification, has died. Mr. Gers died at Dock Terrace in Lansdale on Saturday, May 30, due to complications from a fall. He first worked for the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home in Philadelphia. In 1947, he opened his own funeral parlor in Olney, and then moved to East Oak Lane. Mr. Gers sold the property in 1989 and moved to Ambler, taking a job as a funeral director at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home.
October 23, 2014 |
TINDLEY TEMPLE United Methodist Church's stained-glass windows vibrated around Kyrell Tyler's casket as hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles revved outside on Broad Street yesterday, ready to roll for one of their own. Tyler, 23, a well-known stunt rider known as "DirtbikeRell" on various social-media sites, was shot and killed on Oct. 14. His body was found in a Chevy Monte Carlo near 60th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia....
September 18, 2014 |
From the time they were teenagers, triplets Adam, Brian, and Jonathon knew the envelope was always there on the desk. "Everything you need to know is in there," their father, owner of Joseph Levine & Sons Funeral Home, would tell them before he left for a trip. "If I don't come back, you'll know what to do. " "We all understood that our father needed to do that because that's the kind of man he is. Totally responsible, totally committed, not just to his business, but to us," said Brian.
December 8, 2013 |
Standing at the pulpit, Mariah Loper recalled, in a small shaking voice, the day she went to the airport to greet her older cousin, a Marine fighting in Afghanistan. Her hero was finally home. "I still remember holding up the 'Welcome Home Timmy' sign," Mariah Loper said Friday, looking down at the casket draped in an American flag. "I cherished every moment we spent together. . . . He made us so proud, and he will always be our Marine. " Timothy Loper Jr. was laid to rest Friday after a packed funeral attended by family, friends, community members, and fellow servicemen.
December 7, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA For more than a century, the plot of land centered at 24th and Diamond Streets served as the final resting place for a Civil War hero, a labor leader, and about 85,000 Philadelphians. But in 1950, city officials announced plans to move the denizens of the Odd Fellows Cemetery elsewhere in the city to make room for the Raymond Rosen housing project and a new public school. The Rosen project is long gone, torn down in 1995 after years of crime, overcrowding, and disrepair, but the William Dick Elementary School, built in 1954, has remained - and so, apparently, have some of those interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which opened in 1849.
December 5, 2013
NORTH PHILA. - Philadelphia Water Department workers unearthed several caskets and, possibly, headstones behind a North Philadelphia school Wednesday, police said. Shortly after 2 p.m., crews discovered the caskets while excavating a playground behind the William Dicks Elementary School, in the 2400 block of West Diamond Street, police said. There was no immediate word on whether human remains were found. The site until 1950 was the Odd Fellows Cemetery. After the city obtained the property, all the remains were supposedly moved to two other Odd Fellows cemeteries.