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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ELKHART – Paul G. Atwater, 92, of Elkhart passed away at 12:46 PM on January 30, 2013 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born on August 25, 1920 in Elkhart, to Ross and Beulah Atwater. On December 14th, 1946, he married Emma Jean Lund, of Elkhart, who preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2006. He is survived by his youngest brother, Vernon Atwater, of Elkhart, his oldest daughter Kay Nichols, of Elkhart, and his youngest son, Kirby Atwater, of Barrington, IL. He also is survived by grandsons, Brad Nichols, of Goshen, Jeff Balyeat, of Goshen, Casey Balyeat of Aurora, CO, and Sean Atwater of Barrington, and granddaughter Sheridan Atwater of Barrington, as well as five great grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his middle brother Dale Atwater of Goshen, his first son, John Ross Atwater, his youngest daughter, Karen Balyeat, and her son, Kelly Balyeat. Paul graduated from Elkhart High School in 1939. His first job out of high school was at C.G. Conn as an assembly line worker and that summer, played baseball in a semi-professional league for Conn. In the spring of 1940 he was signed to a professional contract by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. During his tenure with the Cardinals, he played in West Virginia in the Mountain State League, then later in Columbus, GA in the South Atlantic League. He worked for the New York Central Railroad beginning in 1941. After the beginning of World War II, Paul enlisted in the United States Navy in the fall of 1942, and served until his discharge in 1946. He continued working for the railroad, as his father did, until his retirement in August of 1983. He was proud of his career as an engineer. Paul adored all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He played golf for many years and loved to watch professional golf and baseball as a die-hard Cub fan. He was an avid reader of history, science and aerospace. Travel was one of his most enjoyable activities, and he loved to go on cruises, and spending some summer weeks in Myrtle Beach. He took his family in their RV on many trips all across the country and visited the majority of the United States during his travels. At Paul’s request, there will be no viewing and cremation will take place. Graveside services will be on Saturday at Rice Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
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