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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MASSENA – Mr. Virgil L. Alred, 78, of 117 Beach Street, passed away Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 at his home. Virgil was born October 17, 1934 in Arthurs, Tennessee the son of the late Harding and Nell Thorton Alred. He graduated from high school in Everett, Kentucky in 1953. On July 24, 1956, he entered the US Army where he served until being honorably discharged on July 23, 1959. On September 1, 1957, Virgil married Mary Lynn Prosper Hartman at the First United Methodist Church in Massena with Rev. Robert U. Holmes, officiating. Mary Lynn predeceased him on June 16, 2010. After his discharge from the Army, he went to work for a short time at General Motors. He later went to work at Reynolds Metals, where he became the supervisor in the cast house. Virgil retired in 1993 after 32 years of service. He also painted and tended bar on the side for many years. He was an active member of the Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post #4, Massena, where he enjoyed morning coffee with his buddies and afternoons with the guys at the Massena Moose Lodge #1110 of which he was a member. He also enjoyed lunches with his Reynolds Retirees Group. Virgil also enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, camping, and traveling. Virgil is survived by his children, David Alred of Massena; Jennifer Alred Bunnell of Massena; Richard Alred of New Jersey; Karen and Marty Mossow of Massena; and Jeffrey Alred of Charlotte, North Carolina; his four grandchildren, Jesse Bunnell, Christian Mossow; Danielle Alred; and Elijah Davis; his sisters, Lois Hayes of Soddy Daisy, TN and Genette Ellis of West Chester, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four brothers, Eugene, Ray, Kyle, and John Alred. Friends may call Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday 1-3 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM. The members of the AMVETS will conduct memorial rituals at 7:15 Monday and the member of the Moose Lodge will meet at 7:30 for their memorial ritual. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Massena Moose Lodge #1110, 4 Ames Street, Massena, NY 13662 to sponsor a Little League Team in Virgil’s name.
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