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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Arnold C. Fortner was born in Monroe on March 13, 1939. He was the son of the late Major and Montana (Sweat) Fortner. Arnold graduated from Monroe High with the Class of 1957. He then served his country honorably as a member of the United States Army from 1958-1961. Arnold married the love of his life, the former Phyllis Ridner, on May 19, 1963. From this union would come the birth of five children. Arnold supported his family working on the assembly line at the Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant. He retired after thirty years of service. Arnold received his spiritual nourishment at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post, as well as the Fraternal Order of Eagles both of Monroe. Arnold was a loving husband and a great father. Later in life he experienced the joy of grandchildren and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his eight and also the four great-grandchildren. He was patiently waiting for the arrival of any additional two great-grandchildren in 2014. Arnold also enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar, playing card games, and cooking his famous chicken and dumplings. Arnold Clarence Fortner, age 74 of Monroe was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 5, 2013. In addition to his parents, his passing was preceded by two beloved sons: Robert and Gary Fortner; and two sisters: Joyce Valentine and Donna Moody. To cherish his memory, Arnold leaves a loving wife of fifty years: Phyllis; three daughters: Connie (Bill) Giznsky, Vickie (Gary) Werner, and Kimberly Fortner; a daughter-in-law: Jennifer Fortner-Fischer (Matt); eight grandchildren: Rachel Giznsky, Melissa Giznsky, William (Chelsey) Giznsky III, Timothy (Cassie) Werner, Daniel (Karla) Werner, Joey Fortner, Aleah Fortner-Fischer, Megan Fortner-Fischer; and four great-grandchildren: Lucas and Kaelah Burns and Madison and Bella Giznsky. Friends may gather from 2:00-8:00pm, Monday, October 7, 2013 at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway (734) 241-7070 (formerly known as Bennett Funeral Services). He will lie in state from 12:00pm until a Celebration of His Life at 1:00pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, 14260 South Dixie Highway. Procession will follow to Roselawn where graveside services will be under the auspices of Monroe VFW Post 1138. Memorials for those who desire are suggested to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort, share a photo, or make a donation by visiting www.merklefs.com; Online Tributes page.
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