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  • Ann B. Fletcher, wife of the late James H. Fletcher, owner of Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Thomaston, GA, and mother of Fletcher-Day Funeral Home co-owner Robert H. Fletcher, died October 25.
  • Pamela A. Murphy, wife of Francis J. Murphy, owner of Murphy Funeral Home, Salem, MA, died December 13.


  • French Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque, NM


Standing (L-R): Lexie Stygar of Bachman Hebble, Daniel Jones of Haven of Rest Ministries, Elisha Hodge of Plumeria Boutique, Phillip Owen of Haven of Rest Ministries, Deborah Risk of Edward Jones, Fred Bachman of Bachman Hebble. Seated (L-R): Barbara Larkin of Bachman Hebble, Teri Pearce of SafePlace, Velma Bassler of Santa’s Helpers, Amanda Hughes and Cathy Stoner of Alternatives.

Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, Battle Creek, MI, completed its annual Sweaters for Warmth community project during Thanksgiving. It began in October. “What a triumphant day it was when over 1,200 sweaters were passed to worthy organizations to disperse to the needy,” said Fred Bachman, President of the firm. “This collection was the second largest in the 22 years we’ve been doing it.” According to Bachman, the community knows the funeral home coordinates this project each year, so sweaters sometimes find their way to Bachman Hebble in summer for storage until the fall collection drive. To learn more about this community service project, contact Fred at 269-965-5145.

Jim Boulger

Jim Boulger, owner of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND, has been named to the 2017 Prairie Business Magazine “40 Under 40” which showcases the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the Northern Plains area. “These high achievers bring dynamism to our communities and their creativity helps our region prosper and grow,” said Tom Dennis, editor of Prairie Business. Jim recently has added technology upgrades to his firm, redesigned its website and modernized the facilities.



Kraft-Sussman Funeral and Cremation Services, Las Vegas, NV, was featured in an article in The New Yorker magazine after the shootings of October 1 on the Las Vegas Strip. The firm cared for several families after their loved ones were tragically slain. The full article detailing the funeral home’s efforts is available at In the article, reporter Amanda Fortini wrote, “Kraft-Sussman is one of the few independently-owned funeral homes in Las Vegas and also is one of the few in the country owned by women. Wendy Kraft and Laura Sussman take their founding ethos seriously—to provide compassionate, personal care.”

Jan Smith

Jan Smith, CFSP, Vice-President of Funeral Operations and Managing Director/Funeral Director at Flanner Buchanan, Indianapolis, IN, has been appointed to the 2017-2018 NFDA Spokesperson Team which speaks on behalf of the association to local, state and national media representatives and other audiences, providing insight and expertise on the importance of meaningful funeral and memorial services and the services funeral professionals provide to grieving families every day. “We are pleased that Jan has accepted her appointment,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE. “The team’s work in the coming year will help NFDA fulfill its mission of supporting funeral directors as they provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.”

Brad Speaks

Speaks Family Legacy Chapels, Independence, MO, has experienced success with its Facebook campaign. With one single post, they garnered 250,000 views, more than 4,000 shares, 1,600 post likes, 2,000 new page likes and about 550 comments. The firm has benefited from a concept called “gamification” and created buzz simply by offering tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs/Denver Broncos game. “We have consistently embraced Facebook and have worked to be a significant presence in our community,” said President & CEO Brad Speaks. “We are a go-to source for information and community news, and I have to admit, it’s a lot of fun!”


Eric Trimble

Trimble Funeral Home and Trimble Pointe Companies, Moline, IL, are partnering with Western Illinois University to create a prairie restoration area at its Trimble Pointe facility. The project ultimately will be a habitat for Monarch butterflies, pollinators and prairie flowers. “As the project develops, we will install interpretive signage to educate the public and highlight our partnership with Western Illinois University,” said President Eric Trimble.