Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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PFC Joseph "Joe" Charles Filip USMC, 20, of Windsor Locks, passed away unexpectedly in Japan surrounded by his loving parents. Joe was born on April 6, 1985 in Springfield, MA son of Paul Filip and Debora Bonsel. Joe was a graduate of Windsor Locks High School class of 2003. Upon graduating Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He performed his basic training in Parris Island. Upon graduating basic training he was stationed in Japan at Futenma Air Base with MALS-36 where he worked as an Aviation Supply Specialist. Joe was a loving young man, he was hardworking, and his smile could light up a room. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and loved the beaches in Cape Cod. He was also an extremely athletic person, he enjoyed football and soccer. He was known for his great love of life, always laughing and fun to be around. Joe will be sadly missed by his parents: Paul and Donna Filip of Windsor Locks and Debora and Melvin Bonsel of Clinton, NY. His grandparents: Edwin Filip of Windsor Locks, Charles and Marge Moe of AZ, Thomas and Joan Durkin of Windsor Locks, and Melvin and Sue Bonsel of FL. Three brothers: Sean and Paul Filip of Windsor Locks, and Luke Thompson of Paris Hill, NY along with two sisters: Jade and Jorden Bonsel of Clinton, NY. Six Aunts: Kelly Williams of Clinton, NY, Kristin and Michael Thompkins of AZ, Deane Filip-Picard, Josephine Filip, and Terri and Bob Pilecki all of Windsor Locks and Esther and David Wargat of Colchester, CT. Three uncles: Michael and Brooke Bonsel of Westmoreland, NY, Steven and Michelle Moe of MO, and Thomas and Terry Durkin of Suffield. Two very special friends: Craig Smith and Nathan Boatright along with numerous cousins and friends. Joe is preceded in death by his grandmother, Julianne Filip. Family and friends will gather at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring Street, Windsor Locks on Friday, May 6, 2005 at 11:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Mary's Church in Windsor Locks at 1:00 pm. Full military honors will be rendered following the funeral mass outside of the church. Cremation and interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Joe's family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, May 5, 2005 between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions in Joe's honor may be directed to the Joseph Charles Filip Scholarship Fund, envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.
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