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.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Joshua Matthew Gerber, 28, of McAlisterville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in Snyder County. Josh was born in Lebanon on June 19, 1981. He was an employee of SCS Express, Palmyra, where he worked as an independent contractor. He was a 2000 graduate of Ephrata High School and an exemplary honor student graduating from Mt. Joy School of Technology where he studied mechanics and tool making. Josh attended St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Derry Twp. Throughout his life he was extremely involved and passionate about church and his relationship with God, involved in youth group and ministry. He was a member of the Young Marines while he attended school. Josh also lived to hunt and fish, especially when he bagged his first buck with his Grandpa at the Dutchman Hunting and Fishing Camp in Tioga County. He was a true nature and animal lover; he greatly enjoyed taking care of the animals on his farm. Josh never took life for granted and made sure that his wife, daughters, and all of his family knew how much he loved them. Josh is survived by his wife, whom he married on June 28, 2008, Heather Star Miller Gerber; two daughters, Payge V. Miller and Karly M. Morio both at home; father, Dennis A. Gerber husband of Lisa A.; his mother, Teressa “Tess” E. Carpenter Hartsough companion of James C. Wright, Sr.; one brother, Adam K. Hartsough; two sisters, Sarah E. Cranford and her daughter Kimber Zerbe, and Katherine E. Hartsough; one step-brother, Lee A. Randler husband of Rachel and their daughter Kearsten; paternal grandparents, Carl A. and Gloria S. Albert Gerber, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Glenn R. and Katherine M. Seubert Carpenter; father-in-law, Ted M. Miller; grandmother-in-law, Betty L. Miller; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; his Waldeck Warriors, and many friends. Josh will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Christopher J. Carpenter. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 5, 2010, at 11 AM in the St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 850 Hill Church Road, Hummelstown, with The Rev. George M. Minick, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Sand Hill Church Cemetery, Hummelstown. Viewings will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 6 to 8 PM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, and Friday in the church’s narthex from 10 AM until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Josh’s memory to his wife and daughters, 1607 Dunn Valley Road, McAlisterville, PA 17049. Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com
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