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Introduction to Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.

Located in the heart of Wayland, New York, Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. has been providing compassionate and professional funeral services to families in need for generations. With a rich history and a commitment to excellence, this esteemed funeral home has earned a reputation as a trusted and caring partner during life's most difficult moments.

A Legacy of Excellence

Founded on a foundation of respect, dignity, and compassion, Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. has built a legacy of excellence in the funeral industry. The funeral home's experienced staff is dedicated to providing personalized service, attention to detail, and unwavering support to families as they navigate the grieving process. From traditional funeral services to cremations and memorial ceremonies, the team at Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. is committed to honoring the lives of loved ones with dignity and respect.

Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.

Address: 300 W. Naples St., Wayland, NY, 14572
Phone Number: (585) 728-2600
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Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.

Address: 300 West Naples St, P.O. Box 336, Wayland, NY, 14572
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Marlene S. Tweddell - July 20, 1942 - May 16, 2024

Departed: 05/16/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Marlene “Molly” S. Tweddell, age 81 of Wayland, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at the Vincent House.
Molly was born on July 20, 1942 in Springwater to the late Milton & Louita (Wetmore) Brooks. After graduating from high school, Molly earned her Associate’s Degree. Molly married Richard “Dick” Tweddell on October 28, 1961 and together raised two daughters, Lauri & Terri.
She started her working career as a cashier in the school lunchroom and retired as the Wayland-Cohocton School Treasurer. She and Dick retired on the same day: July 1, 1997. In her younger years, Molly was involved in the local 4-H Club and cheerleading. She was a past board member of the Wayland Free Library, an active member of the Springwater Historical Society and former Brownie/Girl Scout Leader.
Molly enjoyed being busy and was very active in the community. She was the first female Master of the Springwater Grange; she was a life member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ where she was part of the choir and Women’s Guild; and was also a member of the Lowell Club.
In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and doing jigsaw puzzles; she loved to crochet, knit, sew & cross-stitch; she & Dick loved to travel and would often do so with each other and other couples; she loved nothing more than spending time with her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved very much.
In addition to her parents, Molly is predeceased by her daughter, Lauri; and her siblings: Anita Louise, Donald & Steven.
Molly will be sorely missed by her husband, Richard “Dick” Tweddell; her daughter, Terri (David) Moir; her granddaughter, Genny (Jacques Begin) Stephens; her grandson, Colton Moir; her great-grandchildren: Brock, Chloe & JD; and her sisters-in-law: Jean Ann Drum and Sally Gutterman.
Friends & family are invited to call from 3pm – 6pm on Friday, May 24, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. Funeral services will take place privately. Burial will overlook Loon Lake at Lakeside Cemetery.
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Lisa R. Bortle - December 15, 1968 - May 06, 2024

Departed: 05/06/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Lisa R. Bortle, age 55 of Dansville, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 6, 2024.
Lisa was born on December 15, 1968 in Elyria, Ohio. She met the love of her life, Glenn R. Bortle, on April 7, 1984 and were married on November 6, 1993. Together, Lisa and Glenn celebrated 22 years of marriage and raised two daughters. Glenn predeceased Lisa on September 24, 2016. We take solace in knowing that Lisa has been reunited with her soulmate.
In addition to her husband, Lisa is predeceased by her parents, in-laws, and a beloved sister-in-law and brother-in-law.
After graduating high school, Lisa went into the banking industry and worked her way up to a mortgage lending officer at Community Bank in Dansville. Lisa always had a smile on her face and made friends everywhere she went. She and Glenn took immense pride in their daughters and loved nothing more than spending time with family. Lisa was especially proud of her new title as "Grandma" and her granddaughter, Quinn.
Lisa is survived by her daughters: Rhiannon (Ryan) Stewart & Hannah (Tyler) Hickok; her granddaughter, Quinn Stewart; her siblings: Jamie Stevens, Michael & Terri Bisgrove, Lonzo & Rose Bisgrove, Dorothy Powe-Derrenbacher, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Family & friends may call from 4pm – 7pm on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 11 at the funeral home. Burial will take place following the funeral at Erwin Cemetery in Springwater next to Glenn.
The family has invited everyone for a time of sharing memories, food & fellowship at the Wayland American Legion following Saturday’s services.
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Raymond A. Inscho - January 25, 1937 - April 25, 2024

Departed: 04/25/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Raymond A. Inscho, age 87 of Wayland, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2024 surrounded by family at home.
Ray was born on January 25, 1937 in Wayland to the late Chester & Lola (Wheaton) Inscho. Ray was a car man- always working on cars and he loved driving old cop cars. He was a friendly gentleman who would help anyone He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Ray is predeceased in life by his parents, Chester & Lola Inscho; three brothers: Wendel, Jeffrey & Nelson; his sister, Kathleen Watkins; and his ex-wife, Susan Wood.
Ray is survived by his loving daughters: Judy (Joe Delio) Inscho & Jody (Andy Miller) Dodge; his grandchildren: Trisha (David), Jeffrey, Alexandria (Chris), Tyler, & Diana (Megan); his great-grandchildren: Hailey, Savannah, Jane, Khaila, Aiden, Luke, Leland, Bodie & Cooper; his brothers: Howard Inscho, Edward Inscho, Austin (Randa) Inscho, Glenn (Lynn) Inscho, Dale (Shelly) Inscho, Terry (Violet) Inscho & Rex (Mary) Inscho; his sisters: Waneta (Bernard) Fox, Virginia (David) Wood, Elsie (Albert) Bennett & Glenna (Jerome) Johantgen; and several nieces, nephews & cousins.
Friends may call from 4pm – 6pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland where funeral services will be held at 6pm.
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David L. Williams - August 08, 1940 - April 25, 2024

Departed: 04/25/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: David L. Williams, 83, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2024.
David was the eldest child of George Lewis Williams and Lillian Mae (Reed) Williams born August 8,1940 in Batavia, New York. David was raised on a small farm in LeRoy, New York with his brother Reed and sisters Claudette and Lauretta. David graduated from LeRoy High School in 1959, and Alfred State College in 1961.
David had a long career as a general contractor in the Monroe County area earning an exceptional business reputation over more than 40 years. One of few African American business owners specializing in commercial construction, David was the general contractor for Powder Mill Office Park, Pittsford Village Green, the Grain Tower at Schoen Place, Park Central at Linden Oaks, and the Box Factory. David also oversaw construction of The Park at Allens Creek.
David was a beloved father, brother, uncle, stand-in father figure, husband and good friend. He will be remembered by his children for the life lessons he taught through his example of hard work and personal responsibility just as he learned from his parents and grandparents. David will also be fondly remembered by those he worked with over the years including those who got a second chance at gainful employment because of David’s willingness to extend a helping hand.
David enjoyed life at his home in Springwater, New York tending to his garden, chickens and ducks, his dogs, birdwatching and welcoming family and friends for visits. David was predeceased by his first wife Sheila V. (McHardy) Williams, his second wife Nancy J. (Gannon) Williams, and his brother Reed Williams of Los Angeles.
David is survived by his five children from his first marriage, on March 23,1962, to Sheila V. (McHardy) Williams: Jeffery D. Williams and spouse Debbie Ward of Washington, DC; Marcie Williams and spouse Rich Hamer of Alexandria, VA; Shanda Williams of Batavia; Brendon Williams and spouse Emily Fearnside of Hickory, NC; Heather Williams of LeRoy; and eleven grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews. David is also survived by his sisters Claudette Tardy of Bergen and Loretta Smythe (and her spouse John) of Hillsboro, Oregon, and David’s step children Lisa (Gannon) Woodard (and her spouse Troy) of Naples and Robert Gannon (and his spouse Ann) of Canandaigua. The family will hold a private service and requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Teresa House in Geneseo.
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Sergeant Craig A. Allen - November 26, 1984 - April 12, 2024

Departed: 04/12/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Sergeant Craig A. Allen (Ret.)
Craig Anthony Allen passed away suddenly April 12, 2024, at Noyes Memorial Hospital. He was 39 years old.
He was born November 26, 1984 in Dansville, New York to Michael and Carol (Rawleigh) Allen, who survive.
After graduating from high school, Craig moved to Florida and attended Full Sail University. He earned degrees in Audio Engineering and Music Production. Shortly after the completion of his studies, he chose to enter into service to his country and joined the United States Army. Craig attended and completed boot camp at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and received recognition for marksmanship and physical fitness. Boot camp was followed by Advanced Individual Training where he became a paralegal specialist. From there he went to the United States Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia and completed special training to become a proud member of the 82 nd Airborne. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the JAG office and then deployed to Afghanistan with a Special Forces unit. Craig was a very dedicated and decorated soldier. After six years of service with excellence and distinction, Craig was honorably and medically discharged after becoming seriously injured in a parachuting
Craig’s lifelong passion was music. He was a gifted and exceptional musician and songwriter and was a member of several bands over the years as a lead guitarist.
Craig was predeceased by his grandparents, Dewitt and Helen Rawleigh, Al and Millie Allen, and brother Jamin Allen. Surviving are brothers Eric Allen and Seth (Denise Collins) Allen, sisters Leah (Dan) Hayward, Mariah (Derek) Sutherland and JoAnnah Allen (Michael Wallace), nieces and nephews (who called him Uncle Cracky), aunts, uncles and many close friends. Also surviving are his loyal and faithful dogs, Lucky, (who never left his side for 14 years) and Maui, his newest pup.
Calling hours are from 4pm - 7pm onThursday, April 18 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland, New York. The funeral will be Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton with a luncheon to follow. A committal service with full military honors will take place at 2:00 pm at the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, New York.
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Joyce E. Uhl - May 03, 1949 - March 29, 2024

Departed: 03/29/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Joyce E. Uhl, age 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2024 in Canandaigua.
Mrs. Uhl was born on May 3, 1949 in Lyons to the late Abe & Elizabeth (Hermenet) DeMeyers. She married the late James Uhl on August 20, 1966. He predeceased Joyce on June 22, 2018.
Joyce worked as a study hall monitor and in the school library at Wayland-Cohocton Central for many years prior to retirement. She enjoyed watching Sunday football with Jim and spending time with her son and grandchildren.
Joyce is survived by her son, Eric (Katheryne) Uhl; and her grandchildren: Jillian Uhl & Ethan Uhl.
Family and friends are invited to call from 11am - 1pm on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland where funeral services will be held at 1pm. Burial will take place in Village Cemetery, Wayland, next to Jim.
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Beverly "Jane" Thomas - October 16, 1932 - March 28, 2024

Departed: 03/28/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Beverly "Jane" Thomas, 91, born Oct. 16, 1932, formally of Springwater, NY passed away peacefully on March 28, 2024.She is predeceased by her husband, William Thomas and her sons, Daniel Thomas and David Thomas. She is also predeceased by her parents Raymond and Edrie Pecht and her sisters Jackie and Jeanette.She leaves behind her loving children: Marie (James) Craig, Timothy (Carol) Thomas, Connie (George) Snyder and Susan (James) Farrell; grandchildren: Amy (Tyler) Henson, Phillip (Sarah) Craig, Kevin (Mariel) Thomas, Jason (Laura) Thomas, Michael (Hannah) Snyder, Jennifer Snyder, Cory (Jenille) Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Kasey (Tom) Jamison, Charles Farrell; great-grandchildren: Eleanor, Cooper and Thomas Henson, Oliver, Alice and Theodore Craig, Keagan, Tobin and Violet Thomas, William Thomas, Leo Snyder, Gemma and Grant Thomas, Ross and Brenna Jamison.
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Harmon L. Pifer Jr. - January 05, 1956 - March 12, 2024

Departed: 03/12/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Harmon “Herk” L. Pifer Jr., age 68 of Dansville, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
Herk was born on January 5, 1956 in Wayland to the late Harmon & Sylvia (Harter) Pifer Sr. He graduated high school and attended Alfred Tech. Herk was an upholsterer at the Gunlocke Chair Factory for many years prior to retirement.
In his free time, Herk loved to be outdoors, especially hunting and spending time with his grandson, Reese. He was a big fan of the Buffalo Bills and an avid bowler in his younger years.
In addition to his parents, Herk is also predeceased by his parents-in-law, Robert & Elsie Carson; and his brother-in-law, Ron Beuter.
Herk is survived by his wife, Diane; his daughter, Amy Hunt; his grandson, Reese (Logan Johnson) Hunt; his great-grandson, Chayse Hunt; his siblings: Anna (Jim McMahon) Kline, Linda Beuter, George (Liz) Pifer, & Daniel (Shirley) Pifer; siblings-in-law: Bob (Kathy) Carson, Debbie (John) Perkins, Alan Carson, Kristie (Tim) Clancy; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
Family & friends are invited to call from 4pm – 7pm on Friday, March 15, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. Herk’s funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Pleasant Valley West Cemetery on Moose Road.
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Gilbert Castro - September 26, 1958 - March 07, 2024

Departed: 03/07/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Gilbert Castro, age 65 of Avoca, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, March 7, 2024.
Gilbert was born on September 26, 1958 in New York City to Cesar & Irma Parrales. Gil attended and graduated from PS 17 in New York City. He joined the US Army immediately after high school and proudly served his country for 12 years; upon release from Active Duty, Gil continued to serve his community by joining the Veterans Administration as a Drug & Alcohol counselor where he assisted countless veterans over a 30 year career.
Gil was a family man who served his country and then served those who had served. He enjoyed life! He brought smiles to those around him as indicated by the laughter that could always be heard when he was near. Gil loved his family, friends and rooting for his NY Giants.
In addition to his father, Cesar Parrales; Gil is predeceased by his brothers: Arturo Castro & Ricardo Castro; and his in-laws, George & Margaret Jackson.
Gil is survived by his wife, Donna Castro; his children: Christopher Castro, Jayden Castro, Patrick Castro, Samatha Castro, & Vanessa Castro; his granddaughters: Lexi Castro & Zariah Castro; and his grandson, Alder.
Family & friends are invited to call from 4pm - 6pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland where full military honors will be presented at 6pm.
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Raymond T. O'Dea - December 14, 1950 - February 29, 2024

Departed: 02/29/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Raymond “Max” Thomas O’Dea, age 73 of Springwater, passed away at home surrounded by family on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Max was born on December 14, 1950 in Rochester to the late John & Mary (Brairton) O’Dea. He earned his Associate's Degree from Finger Lakes Community College in horticulture and honorably served in the United States Army.
Max was the landscaping supervisor for many years at the Conesus golf course. In his free time, Max loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and visiting local legions where he had many friends. He also loved to spend time outdoors fishing and was an avid hunter.
Max is survived by his loving companion, Cindy Wright; his children: Corrie (Patrick) Magee & Brandon O’dea; his grandson, Wyatt William O’dea; his sisters: Marianne (Leo) Batin & Suzie (Bob) Slough; several cousins; and his dog, Scooter.
Per the family’s request, funeral services will be held privately.
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Larry Rodney Barnhart - November 13, 1938 - February 16, 2024

Departed: 02/16/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Larry “Skip” Rodney Barnhart, age 85 of Cohocton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Center after battling bladder cancer.
Skip was born on November 13, 1938 at home in Wayland to the late Martin & Evelyn (Dann) Barnhart. Skip went on to serve in the United States Air Force and later working a verity of jobs, ending a long career of farming for 20 years at Votypka Farms in Wayland. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing and working at his snowmobile shop in his younger years, spending time in his garage tinkering with things in his later years. His greatest pleasure was spending time with William.
In addition to his parents, Skip is predeceased by his grandchildren: Joshua George, Heather George & Mirella Young; and his siblings: Dale Barnhart, Dana Barnhart, Patricia Barnhart & Judy Marble.
Skip is survived by his children: Linda George, Stacy (Nick) Hagadon, Melissa (Tom) Shaffer, Tracy (Naomie) Young Jr. & William (Breanna Sabins) Young; 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
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Brian R. Leaty - April 21, 1967 - February 07, 2024

Departed: 02/07/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Brian R. Leaty of Hemlock, NY passed away on February 7, 2024, at the age of 56.
Brian was born on April 21, 1967 in Canandaigua, NY to Orlanda and Don Stoddard.
Brian was an avid outdoorsman, with a love for animals. His favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing, and golfing with his close friends and family. Brian was a dedicated member of the Hemlock Sportsmans Club. He enjoyed surrounding himself with people who shared his love for the outdoors. Brian enjoyed sharing memories and making those around him laugh. He loved to talk about his mother, and how proud he was of his children.
Brian is predeceased by his father Donald Stoddard Sr., and niece Deseree Stoddard. Brian is survived by his children Brittany and Brady Leaty; mother, Orlanda Stoddard; siblings, Donald (Tina) Stoddard, Chuck (Barb) Leaty, Patty Stoddard, and Mary Stoddard; nieces, Danelle (Mike) Woods, Ashlee Stoddard, Branagan, Jerrika, and Burgundee Leaty; nephews, Cutler Leaty, Steven Stoddard, Austin Dingman, and Dalton Braley; several great nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date, updates will be posted when they become available.
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Diane E. Platt - November 06, 1937 - February 06, 2024

Departed: 02/06/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Diane E. Platt, age 86 of Wayland, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
Diane was born on November 6, 1937 in Wayland to the late James & Catherine (Miller) Fronk. She graduated from Bath Haverling High School and was a Proof Operator for Bath National Bank for many years. Long before emergency services were available via 911, Diane was a “Fire Phone” operator and dispatched fire and ambulance personnel.
Diane loved to play Bingo and enjoyed going to the casino. She was an avid reader and was known for posting jokes daily on Facebook. She was a master at knitting, crocheting and jigsaw puzzles. Diane loved a good party and always had a joke ready. She was a great cook but most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.
Predeceasing Diane are her parents: Catherine (Thurston) Carlson and James (Marge) Fronk; her grandparents: Myrtle & Willard Fronk and Ferne Geunsey; her step-brother, Jonathan Fronk; her sister, Ingra Fasching; and her aunt & uncle, Marion & Arthur Cummings.
Diane is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Platt; her children: Cynthia J. (Stephen) Washburn, Jennifer Ebert, Michael W. Platt; her grandchildren: James R. (Shelly) Washburn, Melissa K. (Alex) Harter, Micheal (Ammon) Morphy, Kevin Ebert, Eric Ebert & Ryan Ebert; her great-grandchildren: Evelyn R. Washburn, Dylan J. Washburn, Karen Morphy & Mathias Morphy; her siblings: Colleen (Nelson) Hobbs & Thomas (Charleen) Carlson; her cousin, Doris Rider; and several nieces, nephews, & cousins.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Diane’s life from 4p -7p on Friday, February 9, 2024 at the Wayland Fire Hall, 14 E. Naples St., Wayland. A private graveside service was held at Village Cemetery.
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Robert Thomas Mark - August 03, 1954 - January 29, 2024

Departed: 01/29/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Robert “Bob” Thomas Mark, age 69 of Cohocton, passed away at home on Monday, January 29, 2024.
Bob was born on August 3, 1954 in Wayland to the late Robert J. & Leona R. (Engel) Mark. He graduated from Wayland Central School, studied at Genesee Community College, and retired from Gunlocke as a supervisor in 2019 after a successful 42-year career.
First and foremost, Bob was a family man. He loved his wife, children, grandkids (and the pigs & chickens) very, very much! He enjoyed watching professional sports- (Go Red Sox!) and traveling. He was always available to tell a joke, make someone laugh, bring a smile to everyone’s face, and gave the best hugs. Bob was a happy man who loved to smile and have a good time. He was proud of his family and loved both hosting and attending family events and was affectionately known as, “The Grill Master” and “Papa with the chickens.” Bob enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his wife, kids & grandkids and also looked forward to date night and traveling with his wife, Dena and trying new food and drinks.
He loved old TV movies and series, music, and always looked forward to a new “good” show on TV. Bob had a very tender heart and would occasionally cry at commercials.
Bob was kind and was always thinking of others. He was great at picking out gifts and would often do so “just because.” Bob was a strong man at work & at home, constantly taking care of others before himself.
Bob is survived by his loving & devoted wife, Dena Mark; his beautiful daughters: Stacey Mark, Lindsey (Andrea) Mark, Kristie (Brian) Avery; his grandchildren: Austin, Riley, Mia, Noah & Piper; his siblings: Linda (Mert) Phillips, Barb (Fran) Schubmehl, Paul (Kelly) Mark & Amy (Todd) Conrad; his step-children: Jessica Keeney, Michelle (Adrian) Keeney, Stewart Keeney; his step-grandchildren: Faith, Allen, Emily, Kayleigh, Avah, Abigail, Jaycie, Kellsie, Aubrey, Kenneth, Caulin, Able, Jenni, Logan & Joey; and his great-grandson, Ty.
In addition to his parents, Bob is also predeceased by his siblings: Mary Tilley, Jon Mark, Michael Mark; his mother-in-law, Ethel; step-children: Mickey Keeney & Jennifer Keeney; and his granddaughter, Annamarie.
Friends are invited to call from 4pm – 7pm on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services & burial will take place privately and at the convenience of the family.
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Shannon Suanne Yeoman - June 05, 1977 - January 21, 2024

Departed: 01/21/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Shannon Suanne Yeoman, age 46 of Bath, passed away surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer, on Sunday, January 21, 2024 in Rochester.
Shannon was born on June 5, 1977 in Rome NY to Randy Yeoman & Doreen Gates Bigley.
Shannon was a friend to anyone, and a best friend to many. She loved her fur babies Gracie and Onyx, and was always spoiling them. She was the best therapist to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her and many could call her anytime and she was there to uplift and encourage. She had a contagious smile and obnoxious laugh and was the glue of the family after the passing of her mom. Every night she would call her “Daddio” to make sure he took his medicine and never failed to check up on him to make sure he was ok. Shannon was always willing to help others in any way she could and remained positive through all of life's trials. She fought a long battle with cancer and never let it hold her back from loving others with her whole heart. She always made sure that family pictures got taken to try to save the moment because family was everything to her. Shannon made many beautiful friends who turned into family, from her years of incarceration, who she continued to support and encourage even after being released. She spent her time serving others at Fresh Start Church in Hornell, NY and enjoyed volunteering at Clothes by God's Grace, who provides free clothing to those in need. She was an active participant in her weekly bible study and wanted to share her faith with the world through her social media. She liked crocheting, drawing and painting, playing BINGO and reading her JESUS calling book.
Shannon is predeceased by her mother & stepfather: Doreen Gates Bigley & Larry Bigley; and her stepmother, Brenda Yeoman.
Shannon is survived by her son, Brandon Yeoman; her father, Randy Yeoman; her 5 brothers: Brian (Wendy) Yeoman, Christopher (Crystal) Yeoman, James Bigley, Eric Bigley, Tory (Allison) DiGennaro; her 3 sisters: Mindy (Scott) Henderson, Flo DiGeenaro (Derek) Reed, Marcia Margeson and many nieces, nephews & cousins.
Friends are invited to call from 4pm – 6pm on THURSDAY, January 25, 2024 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. All are welcome to attend the gathering at the Jackson Hose, 13 Clara Barton St., Dansville from 6pm – til.
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Henry L. Peck - October 07, 1940 - January 18, 2024

Departed: 01/18/2024 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Henry L. Peck, age 83 of Atlanta, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, early on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at the Vincent House in Wayland.Henry was born on October 7, 1940 in N. Cohocton to the late Adrian & Mildred (Sauerbier) Peck. He graduated from Wayland Central School in 1957.
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Sally M. Bosley - December 19, 1946 - December 26, 2023

Departed: 12/26/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Sally M. Bosley, age 77 of Wayland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.
Sally was born on December 19, 1946 in Rochester to the late Martin & Florence Ruddy. She was a Nurses’ Aid for most of her life. Sally was a collector of everything but loved records, movies and trinkets. She has a passion for Elvis Presley but loved nothing more than spending time with her children, grandchildren, & great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Sally is predeceased by her husband, Charles; and all of her siblings.
Sally is survived by her children: Tammy Bosley, Eric (Brandy) Bosley & Adam (Beth George) Bosley: her grandchildren: Jim Bob, Brandon, Jasmina, Jamie, Melesa, Chase, Jadyn, Justin George, Sadie, Shelby, Seirra & Chloe; and many nieces, nephews & cousins.
A graveside burial is being planned in the spring at Village Cemetery, Wayland.
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Henry Martin Schultheiss - August 06, 1932 - December 25, 2023

Departed: 12/25/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Henry Martin Schultheiss, was called home to be with our Lord on December 25, 2023. Henry was born on August 6, 1932 to the late Martin & Mae (Fox) Schultheiss. He married Ilean Werth on November 22, 1961
Henry’s life passion was the farm. He owned and operated Sandyway Farms in Cohocton since the early 1950s. He did not have many hobbies but enjoyed making maple syrup, spending time with his grandchildren & great-grandchildren and cheering on the Buffalo Bills! He was a Lifetime Communicate Member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he held many positions on the council over the years and was a Lifetime Member of the Cohocton Fire Department. Henry also served as an officer in the German Mutual Insurance Company.
Henry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ilean; his son, Edward (Cameo Stevens) Schultheiss; three daughters: Joanne (Steven) Wilkinson, Linda (Raymond) VanBuren & Susan (Brent) Bixby; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his sister, Janet (George) Walter; and many nieces, nephews & cousins.
In addition to his parents, Henry is predeceased by his sisters: Edith (Ernest) Kauer and Mary (Lyman) Wood.
There will not be prior calling hours. Everyone is invited to Henry’s funeral service at 11am on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 97 Maple Avenue, Cohocton NY 14826. Burial will take place in Mapleview Cemetery.
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Dennis Ronald Caughill - December 04, 1948 - December 14, 2023

Departed: 12/14/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Dennis “Denny” Ronald Caughill, age 75 of Dansville NY, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY.Denny was born on December 4, 1948 in Buffalo NY to the late Charles & Audrey Caughill. Dennis served in the US Army and enlisted in December of 1967 and he served in Vietnam in multiple roles. During his tour he also was a tunnel rat. Dennis received an honorable discharge in June of 1972. After his time in the service, Denny worked at the Syracuse VA Hospital for over 20 years.Dennis is survived by his children: Jessica & Christa and their children; and his brothers: Michael, Randy & Gordon.Family & friends are invited to call from 4pm - 6pm on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. A graveside service with full military honors will begin at 10am on Friday, December 22, 2023 at the Bath National Cemetery in Bath.
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Dorothea M. Bradish - February 16, 1936 - December 01, 2023

Departed: 12/01/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Dorothea M. Bradish, age 87 of Cohocton, passed away unexpectedly at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville on Friday, December 1, 2023.
Dorothea was born on February 16, 1936 in Rochester. She leaves behind her husband, Ralph “Jim” Bradish and many family members.
Per’s Dorothea’s request, services will be private.
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Robert M. Schwingel - November 06, 1957 - November 17, 2023

Departed: 11/17/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Robert M. “Bob” Schwingel, kind, loving, hardworking husband, father, farmer & friend, age 66 of Cohocton, left us to be with Jesus on Friday, November 17, 2023.
This year has been one trial after another for Bob and his health. In July of 2022, Bob was treated for Prostate cancer and in January of this year, he suffered a major stroke; with God’s grace, he recovered well and completed 5 months of therapy while enjoying his time at home working on the garden and outdoor projects. In September, he was treated for jaundice, and tests found pancreatic cancer on November 10, he had major surgery to remove the affected areas of the cancer. Bob was expected to be discharged but while walking hand-in-hand with his wife, Bob collapsed and it is believed he had either massive clots to his lungs or had multiple strokes. Though the hospital staff was able to resuscitate Bob, he never regained consciousness and passed away around 7:30 pm on Friday, leaving his family devastated.
Bob was born on November 6, 1957, in Bath to the late James & Joyce (Polmateer) Schwingel. He graduated in 1975 as valedictorian from Cohocton Central School and later earned his Associate’s Degree from Alfred Ag/Tech in Agri-Business & Animal Husbandry.
Bob pursued his love of farming over his lifetime; first working and then later owning his family’s multigenerational dairy farm. Later, he sold his dairy herd and went to work at Rathbun Farms, Inc. where Bob became an integral part of the organization’s operations and was greatly missed when the effects of his stroke forced him to retire this year.
Bob was an adored husband, beloved father, and grandfather, known as “Papa” to many children who came into his life, and most of all, a devout follower of Christ. In addition to his family, his other loves were his many dogs, his goats, and his flock of chickens. Bob was a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan through their highs and lows. He also served his congregation as a willing handyman helping the pastor with many projects and assisting in the construction and assembly of many stage designs with his wife, Judy. He loved to work with his hands both in home improvements and often helping others.
In addition to his parents, Bob is predeceased by his Uncle Roger & Aunt Eleanor Schwingel.
Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy (Wagner) Schwingel; his children: Mark (Ashley Wilkinson) Schwingel, & Kate Schwingel and her partner Michael Duffy; grandchildren: Shelby, Blake & Brayden; his siblings: Deborah (James) Muccigrosso & Ruth Didas; nieces: Nicole (Daniel) Didas & Kristin (Adam) Kline; nephew: Michael; and great-nieces/nephews: Grace & Madeline Kline and Caleb & Ethan Didas.
Friends & family may call from 3 pm – 5 pm on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the Lighthouse Wesleyan Church, 101 S. Lackawanna St., Wayland NY.
Funeral services will be held in the church at 5 pm, and all are invited to a time with food & fellowship after the funeral.
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Savannah L. Rawleigh - December 12, 1984 - November 13, 2023

Departed: 11/13/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Savannah L. “Vanna” Rawleigh, age 38 of Wayland, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Monday, November 13, 2023.
Vanna was born on December 12, 1984 in Hornell. She was a Wayland-Cohocton Central School graduate and worked as a Corrections Officer for New York State for 13 years.
Vanna was always the life of the party- she brought immeasurable laughs and fun wherever she went; she was the type of person who lived life to the fullest and she cared deeply for those who she surrounded herself with.
In her spare time, Vanna loved to golf, go fishing, play softball and go on vacation. She was very devoted to her friends and family and always made them a priority, especially her daughter, Peyton. Vanna was also a foster parent and believed in helping and taking care of people however she could.
Vanna is survived by her wife, Kristy and her daughter, Peyton Rawleigh; her parents: Brenda Thurston, Diane & Dana (passed earlier in 2023) Bowker, Jeffrey & Imelda Rawleigh; her siblings: Chris (Bobby Jo) Simms, Mat (Misty) Simms, Tonya Rawleigh, Barbara (Daniel) Gardner, Nick (Brandy Kessler) Rawleigh, Dana (Casey) Rawleigh, Breannah (Corey) Perkins, Zach Thurston, Nate Thurston, Bobbi (Eric) Smalt, Miranda Mathieu; her nieces & nephews: Dalton, Molly & Keaton Simms, Corin, Carissa & Colby Simms, Johannah Gardner, Emma & David Rawleigh, Jaylynn & Raelynn Rawleigh, Samantha & Nathan Smalt, Alexa & Piper Perkins; her parents-in-law, Karen & Paul Benoit; siblings-in-law: Kara & John Andrade, Kasey Murphy & Kyle Shadd, Sean & Sara Sullivan and their children: Shingi Andrade & Madison, Colin, Caroline Sullivan &; The “Hooker” Group: Kathy Snyder, Kelly Wester, Holley Smalt & Katy “D” Wilson; and many cousins, extended family, colleagues & friends- all of whom Vanna loved and cared for deeply.
Friends and family are invited to call from 4pm - 8pm on Friday, November 17, 2023 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 W. Naples St., Wayland.
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Geraldine Bolster - February 24, 1920 - November 10, 2023

Departed: 11/10/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Geraldine Fairbrother Bolster passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2023 at the age of 103 years old. She was born on February 24, 1920 to Fanny (Striker) and Daniel Fairbrother. She grew up in Atlanta NY, but lived her married life in Cohocton.
Geraldine and her twin, Kathleen Fairbrother Zeh, were Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their class at the North Cohocton Atlanta School in 1938. While she spent a majority of her time keeping her house running smoothly, Geraldine was remembered by many for her years as The Lunch Lady at Cohocton Central School. In addition to her cafeteria duties, she took pride in volunteering in her children's classes as "Grade Mother" or wherever a volunteer was needed.
In 1939, Geraldine married Theodore Bolster Jr. Together they celebrated 69 years of marriage, before his passing in 2008.
Geraldine was an active lifelong member of the Cohocton Presbyterian Church and all of its organizations. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and crafts. She and Theodore enjoyed travelling around the country, visiting friends and family along the way. Geraldine was an avid sports fan and devout Yankees fan.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by twin Kathleen (Orlo) Zeh and siblings Daniel Fairbrother Jr., Gerard (Molly) Fairbrother, Laura (Benjamin) Emmons, Betty (Bob) Gonyea, Joyce (Maurice) Guerrette, Ernestine (Edward) Schubmehl, Wilma (Clarence) Gibson, Charles Fairbrother, Donald (Edna) Fairbrother, brother-in-law Jay Flint, sister-in-law Donna Fairbrother and son-in-law Dale Lindsey.
She is survived by siblings Dona Flint and Glen Fairbrother and sister in law Shirley Fairbrother; and four generations: children Judy Lindsey, Gene (Jean) Bolster, and Larry (Gail) Bolster; grandchildren Terry (Debra) Lindsey, Michelle (David) Maker, Suzette (Martin) Kimmel, Jennifer (Gabor) Balazs, Emily (David) Carter, Aaron (Kimberly) Bolster, David (Annette) Bolster, Todd (Melissa) Bolster, Sarah (Stephen) Spatz; fifteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.
Friends and family may call on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Baird Funeral Home, W. Naples St., Wayland. Funeral services and burial will be on Monday, November 20 at 11:00 am.
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Brenda S. Yeoman - July 11, 1953 - November 07, 2023

Departed: 11/07/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Brenda Sharon Yeoman (née Bushaw) left this world on November 7, 2023, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was described as a “mother to many” in a recent oral tribute.
Brenda was a self-taught artist who learned the skills of weaving, quilting, pen-and-ink drawings, calligraphy, and other talents. Passionate about history and genealogy, she researched and validated local Atlanta history and self-published a book entitled “Blood’s Depot.” Her love of antiques and primitives is evident in her collection of countless treasures she proudly displayed in her home and shared with others. Brenda founded and served as a member of the “We Wear History” group and was noted for her portrayal of Rebecca Roberts. She also served the local community as the Director of the E. J. Cottrell Memorial Library for over 15 years and as an EMT.
Brenda was born to Donna (née Ferris) and George Bushaw on July 11, 1953, in Rome, NY, and was raised by Donna and Edwin (Ted) Harrison. She leaves behind a doting husband, Randy Yeoman, and two loving sisters, Belinda Schuler and Betrina Knox. Brenda had seven children: Shelly, Florence DiGennaro Reed (Derek), Salvatore DiGennaro (Alison), Melinda (née DiGennaro) Henderson (Scott), Shannon Yeoman, Brian Yeoman, and Chris Yeoman. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren [Brandon Yeoman, Brittany Henderson, Destyni (née Henderson) Walker, Alexis (née Henderson) Ford, Peyton Henderson, Jaiden DiGennaro, Joseph DiGennaro, Brandon Duprey, Tyler Duprey, Austin Duprey, Cassidy (nee Duprey) Doss, Ian Carter, Amie Yeoman, Emily Yeoman, and Giovanni Reed] and 14 great-grandchildren.
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Barbara Louise Gross - May 13, 1947 - October 31, 2023

Departed: 10/31/2023 (Wayland)
Obituary Preview: Barbara Louise Gross, also known as Barb, peacefully passed away on October 31, 2023, at the age of 76, in Dansville, NY.
She was born on May 13, 1947, in Dansville, NY, to the late Alan and Jennie Perrine.
Barb was a beloved mother to three daughters: Kim Crane, Barbara (Scott) Sedore, and Michelle Williams. She was also a cherished sister to Linda (Richard) Selbig. Barb was a loving grandmother and leaves behind many grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
Barb was known for her kind and caring nature. She always put her family first and was a source of love and support to those around her. Her warm smile and gentle spirit will be remembered by all who knew her.
In addition to her family, Barb shared a significant and fulfilling 34-year companionship with Michael Coniglio.
Barbara Louise Gross will be deeply missed by her family and friends. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Friends & family are invited to celebrate Barb’s life from 4pm - 5pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland where a memorial service will be held at 5pm.
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The funeral home's facility, located at 300 W. Naples St., Wayland, NY 14572, is designed to provide a comforting and serene environment for families to gather, share memories, and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. The spacious chapel, elegant reception areas, and beautifully landscaped grounds all contribute to an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, allowing families to focus on what matters most – saying goodbye and celebrating the life of their loved one.

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At Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., every family is treated with the utmost care and respect. The funeral home's experienced staff takes the time to understand each family's unique needs and preferences, tailoring funeral services to reflect the personality, interests, and accomplishments of their loved one. From traditional funerals with military honors to celebration-of-life ceremonies featuring personalized music and multimedia presentations, the team at Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. is dedicated to creating meaningful and memorable tributes that honor the lives of those who have passed.

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Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. understands that planning ahead can be a wise decision for individuals who want to ensure their final wishes are respected and alleviate the burden on their loved ones. The funeral home's pre-planning services allow individuals to make informed decisions about their funeral arrangements in advance, including selecting merchandise, choosing cemetery property, and specifying service details. By pre-planning with Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., individuals can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their wishes will be carried out with precision and care.

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As an integral part of the Wayland community, Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. is committed to giving back through various outreach programs and charitable initiatives. The funeral home regularly partners with local organizations to host educational seminars, support groups, and fundraising events that benefit area residents. By engaging with the community in meaningful ways, Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. demonstrates its dedication to building strong relationships and improving the lives of those it serves.

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Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.'s commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of its operations. From its state-of-the-art facilities to its highly trained staff, the funeral home strives for perfection in all it does. By maintaining high standards of quality, integrity, and compassion, Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. has earned a reputation as one of the region's most trusted and respected funeral homes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It is usually published in a newspaper, online, or in a funeral program to inform friends, family, and acquaintances of the deceased's passing.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to honor and remember the deceased, while also providing essential information to those who need to know about the funeral arrangements, memorial services, and other details. They can also be a valuable resource for genealogists and historians.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, a family member or close friend of the deceased writes the obituary. However, some funeral homes or newspapers may offer assistance with writing and publishing the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A standard obituary usually includes the deceased's full name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service (if applicable), surviving family members, and funeral or memorial service details.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from 100 to 500 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos of the deceased with the obituary. This can help personalize the tribute and make it more meaningful to readers.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, usually including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and legacy.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and guidelines. Some newspapers may have online forms or email addresses for submitting obituaries.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, there are many online platforms and websites that allow you to publish an obituary. These may include funeral home websites, social media platforms, or dedicated obituary websites.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. Some newspapers or websites may charge by the word or line, while others may offer package deals or free services.

Can I edit an obituary after it has been published?

In most cases, it is difficult or impossible to make changes to an obituary once it has been published in print. Online obituaries may be easier to edit or update.

What if I want to keep my loved one's obituary private?

If you prefer not to share your loved one's passing publicly, you can choose not to publish an obituary at all. Alternatively, you can restrict access to the online obituary by requiring login credentials or password protection.

Can I include humor or personal anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! An obituary should reflect the personality and spirit of the deceased. Including humorous stories or personal touches can make the tribute more engaging and memorable.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive issues related to the deceased's life or death, it's best to exercise discretion when deciding what information to include in the obituary. Consult with family members or close friends before making any decisions.

What if I'm unsure about certain details in the obituary?

If you're unsure about specific facts or dates related to the deceased's life, try consulting with other family members, friends, or official documents like birth certificates or passports.

Can I include charitable donations or memorial funds in an obituary?

Yes! Many families choose to include information about charitable donations or memorial funds in lieu of flowers. This can be a meaningful way to honor the deceased's legacy.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The time frame for publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. Online obituaries are often published immediately, while print newspapers may take several days or weeks.

Can I republish an old obituary?

If you want to republish an old obituary for any reason (e.g., anniversary of passing), you can usually do so by contacting the original publication or platform where it was first published.

Are there any specific rules for writing an obituary for a child or infant?

When writing an obituary for a child or infant, it's essential to be sensitive and compassionate. Consider including special memories, nicknames, or personal qualities that made them unique.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Absolutely! Quotes, poems, or lyrics that resonate with the deceased's personality or spirit can add depth and meaning to the tribute.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

What if I need help writing an obituary?

If you're struggling to write an obituary or need guidance on structure and content, consider consulting with a funeral director, grief counselor, or professional writer who specializes in obituaries.

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Yes! Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be effective ways to share news of a loved one's passing with a wider audience. You can share a link to the online obituaries or create a post with essential details.

How long will an online obituaries remain available?

The duration for which an online obituaries remains available varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep obituaries archived indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.