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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Carolyn M. Strong, 66, of Rushville, IL entered into eternal life Monday morning, May 27, 2013 at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital. She was born Tuesday, January 21, 1947 in Erie, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents the late Steve J. & Helen Victorski Mihalovic. Carolyn married the late Honorable Arthur R. Strong on Saturday, August 6, 1983 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter, Ashley Strong, of Erie & Rushville and her sister, Janet A. Mihalovic and brother-in-law, Rex E. Andrews of Rushville as well as several aunts and many cousins. She graduated from St. Benedict Academy in 1964 and studied Hotel/Restaurant Management at Mercyhurst College. She pursued a career in Hotel/Restaurant Management at Holiday Inn/Oakdale Corp. and the Erie Hilton until her marriage in 1983. After Carolyn moved to Rushville she worked on behalf of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital raising funds for the Russell R. Dohner Medical Arts Building. She was previously Executive Director for the Phoenix Opera House and currently enjoyed seasonal employment at Boehm’s Lawn & Garden Center. Carolyn was a member of various organizations, including P. E. O. Illinois Chapter AL, serving as president from 2010 – 2012, the Springfield Symphony Guild, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the Board of Directors for the Schuyler Counseling and Health Service and on the Schuyler County Community Foundation as President. She was a member of P.R.I.D.E. and a past board member of the Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Board. Carolyn loved gardening, helping out in the community, and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to prayer services there on Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m.. Burial will be in Mount of Olives Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, 130 West 8th St., Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501 or to St. Boniface School, 9363 Wattsburg Road, Erie, 16509
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