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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Melody Marcheta Gates, 61, of Donley Rd., Waterville, NY, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford, NY. She was born October 18, 1949 in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Russell R. and Margie R. Casto Carpenter, and received her education in local schools. Melody was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps from 1970 until 1972 when she was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal. On June 10, 1995, she married Bruce Gates, her best friend and loving companion of 22 years in Whitestown, NY. Melody had worked at AFSA (Bank of America) in Utica. She was a dedicated, family oriented person whose life revolved around her family. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed playing video games. Surviving are her husband, Bruce; her children, Bruce W., Jr. and Valerie Gates, Fulton, NY; Shawn and Erin Gates, Graham, NC; Erin and John Ulrich, Yorkville, NY; sisters and brother-in-law, Judith Crocker, Atlanta, GA; Sandra Fuller, Lynchburg, VA; Vally and Darrell Rose, Nettie WV; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Vivian Carpenter, San Diego CA; David and Connie Carpenter, Gates, NC; 10 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three sisters, Betty Sue Shoemaker, Dawn Smith and Frances Parmelve; and three brothers, Jimmy, Jacob and Jerry Carpenter. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Monday, August 29, 2011 from the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 East Main St., Waterville, NY, followed by interment with military honors in the Fairview Cemetery, Bridgewater, NY. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5-7 pm. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org
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