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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Anne F. Benz, 77, a longtime resident of Spring Lake, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2017, surrounded by family in her home overlooking Lake Como. Anne was born in Spring Lake, N.J. to Rose and Vincent Salemme. She graduated from St. Rose High School and then attended St. Frances School of Nursing. Anne started her career as a successful realtor in Bucks County, PA and later became an Administrative Assistant at AT&T, working in various roles within the Bell System including one assignment in Tehran, Iran. After retiring with her husband Bud, Anne created The Hamilton House Inn, a very popular Bed and Breakfast in Spring Lake. She was well-known for her amazing cooking skills and was the author of three cookbooks. Anne was a communicant of St. Catharine and St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church. She was an active participant in many community activities and organizations including The Women's Club of Spring Lake Inc., was a founding member of Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake, a member of the Spring Lake Historical Society, contributor to the Knit Wits (knitting tiny baby caps for the local NICU), a passionate Mahjong player, taught Bridge classes at the Essex and Sussex and also was the Commissioner of the Ludlow Avenue Bocce League. Anne is survived by her husband Charles "Bud" of 58 years, four sons and their wives: Charles and Barbara, William and Gail, Vincent and Bonnie, and Kevin and Susan. She was also a devoted grandmother to nine grandchildren: Chad, Zack, Rob, Justin, Devon, Jordyn, Sara, Emily and Max and her loving dog Beau. Visitation will take place at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Thursday, March 23rd from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catharine Roman Catholic Church, Spring Lake, on Friday, March 24th, at 10:30 am, followed by interment at St. Catharine Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and can also be mailed to AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, 77 Academy Street, Newark NJ 07102 – (http://aidsresource.org/).
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