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Graettinger, Iowa Obituaries and News
Paula Jean (King) Adams January 31, 2017

Paula graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, and furthered her education at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and the University of Omaha. She married Fritz Adams on Dec. 26, 1951. They lived on a dairy farm near Graettinger, Iowa, before purchasing ... (Channel 3000)

Graettinger name to dean’s list January 06, 2017

BROOKINGS, South Dakota — Annabel Lee Graettinger has been named to the dean's list for academic excellence during the Fall 2016 semester at South Dakota State University, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. To earn dean's list distinctions ... (Muscatine Journal)

Roger Christensen of Lohrville December 26, 2016

5 grandchildren….1 great grandchild…his mother: Leatrice Christensen of Vincent….a brother: Ron of Graettinger….and his sisters: Laverna Schmidt and Lois Hawn, both of Spirit Lake, and Laura Vogel of Oklahoma. (CBC Online 1380 KCIM)

Obituary: Marcella A. Simington November 25, 2016

After venturing out to California for two years, Paul and Marcella moved back to Iowa, this time in Graettinger, where they resided ... Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. Obituaries submitted by family ... (Chippewa Herald)

Haley Hansen November 07, 2016

Hansen of Graettinger, Iowa; a sister, Mercedes (Dean) Thompson of Livermore, Iowa; nephews and nieces, Nicholas and Alyssa Hansen, Addison and Brooklyn Hansen and Lawton and Bridger Thompson; her grandparents, Jerry and Darlene Godbold of Estherville and ... (Fremont Tribune)


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Funeral Home Reviews
Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
WANT TO SIGN A COMMENT FOR DECEASED JAMES HUCK CANT FIND ONE TO SIGN ON LINE
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Horrible, devastating experience. Wish they had negative marks for funeral directors.
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Ames, Iowa
My parents passed away recently. We used stevens funeral home both times. For my fathers memorial they rushed us and cut the memorial short by 35 minutes. People showed up after we were rushed out of there... They didnt allow people to get up and speak about my father because they were in such a hurry for us to leave early. We paid ahead of time for burial of the urns... After 3 months there is still no name on the burial site, even though plaques were paid for ahead of time.... Wish we would have gone elsewhere! Very unhappy! Also the building is very small and not well set up to have a funeral.
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Jacksonville, Florida
I can only speak for my own personal experience; our family member died unexpectedly and penniless. Unfortunately, we had to go thru the indigent program for our family member's end of life plans. --This mortuary treated us like less than second class citizens and worthless bums. -- They didn't return phone calls in a timely manner, if at all. Treated us as if they were personally doing us a favor. Paid nearly no attention to details. No empathy, concern or even the slightest bit of professionalism exhibited by the pretentious undertaker who was very aloof and uncaring as well as the administrative assistant who was just down right rude and very defensive and acted as if we were bothering her or taking up her time. -- The mortuary itself, is smelly, dirty and extremely out-dated.
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Battle Creek, Michigan
My father passed in July. When the funeral home directors came to collect his remains, I informed them that I – as next of kin – should be consulted regarding the arrangements, as opposed to my stepsister. The following day my husband and I went to the funeral home to finalize arrangements for my father’s services. The director assigned to us, Andrew Emerson, told us that my stepsister had the authority, through legal documents, to make all the decisions regarding my father’s services. After having been asked to produce those papers, he consulted with his supervisor and returned with a Durable Power of Attorney appointing my stepsister as my father’s agent. He told us that his supervisor reviewed the document, and the document did NOT apply to the funeral arrangements. (The document includes “However, the POA ceases at the moment of the death of the principal.”) All through the discussion regarding the arrangements, Mr. Emerson kept referring to my stepsister. I told him very clearly that what my stepsister had proposed had no bearing on the matter, and further, that my stepsister’s family should make arrangements for a separate memorial service, because the funeral was to be a quiet remembrance for my father’s biological family and friends. Mr. Emerson offered to contact my stepsister regarding my wishes, and I accepted. The following day I spoke with Mr. Emerson. He told me he had contacted my stepsister and that she understood the arrangements were out of her hands, and that my stepsister said her family would be attending the funeral. I informed Mr. Emerson that attendance was unacceptable, and that I would inform my stepsister personally so that the information would be accurately conveyed. I left a very clear message on my stepsister’s voicemail that the funeral was for my father’s biological family and friends, and suggested that my stepsister’s family conduct a separate memorial service. In that way, she could have total control over the arrangements at her services, and there would not be any drama at my father’s funeral. I know my stepsister received the information, because her niece commented on the matter to my son via Facebook. When the pastor I selected as officiate came to visit, he told me he had visited with my stepsister regarding the services. Why my stepsister was informed of my choice of officiate is beyond my understanding. Throughout our conversation, it became clear that my stepsister had given him information regarding the relationship between her and me that was irrelevant to the situation. In the end, the eulogy revolved around my stepsister’s family, and the pastor stumbled awkwardly over the information I provided to give comfort to my aunts and uncles. This would not have happened had the funeral home not provided information to my stepsister. When my family and I arrived at the funeral home the day of the services, I found the chapel full of items brought by my stepsister. I informed Mr. Emerson that most of those items were to be removed. At that point, Mr. Emerson informed me that my stepsister’s family would be attending the services. Another employee of the funeral home inserted herself into the conversation and told me I could not pick and choose who could attend the funeral, because I didn’t specify that the services were to be private. At no point during the planning stage did anyone at the funeral home advise me of the possibility of making the services private! Next, Mr. Emerson told me three persons would be delivering tributes to my father. This was the first time I had been informed of this decision. At the end of the services, I had planned to announce that friends and family were welcome to attend a dinner in my father’s honor at a local restaurant. Because of all the last minute surprises, I was at a loss for how to make the announcement, and there was confusion on the part of the pastor and Mr. Emerson as to who was to make the announcement. As a result, there were twelve people attending an affair arranged for 40 people. Due to the circumstances, it was necessary for me to pay as though all 40 were in attendance. (The restaurant did give me a slight discount due to the lack of attendees.) The appreciation cards provided for mailing after the services referenced only “friends” – nothing about family. I was not consulted on the selection of sentiments in the card. I believe funeral home put my stepsister’s wishes above mine because the president of the company (although now deceased?) used to be a neighbor of my stepsister, and his daughter, who also works at the company, was a playmate of my stepsister when she was young.
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