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February 2016

Honoring the Memories of a Lifetime

Around The Town Enewsletter

FEBRUARY 2016

 

Lititz Funeral Home Joins The Buch Funeral Family

A Brief History of the Buch~Heisey Funeral Home

Milanof-Schock Library Offers Program on the Civil War

Handling the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Passing

Paul Gardner Named President of Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce

 

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Lititz Funeral Home Joins The Buch Funeral Family

 Three Locations Now Serve the Lancaster Area

 

Buch~Heisey Funeral Home - Lititz, PAThe Buch Family of Funeral Homes has grown by one as of January 4th, 2016. Theodore “Ted” Beck announced that the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home on Broad Street in Lititz has joined the Buch Family of Funeral Homes. After 40 years of serving Lititz and the surrounding community, Dick and Marilyn Heisey passed along ownership of the funeral home to Ted Beck and Aaron Abbott to continue their legacy.

 

The new Buch~Heisey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lititz joined the existing Buch Family of Funeral Home locations in Manheim and Mount Joy. “By adding the Lititz funeral home, we believe that we are giving families in this area a real choice,” explained Ted Beck. “We’re doing improvements to ensure that our facility, along with the services we offer, are second to none.”

 

The purchase is a reunification of a funeral service legacy founded by Thaddeus S. Beck in 1898. At the time, the Lititz funeral home and the Manheim location were both under the ownership of Thaddeus Beck.

 

Ted Beck, Supervisor at the Lititz funeral home, will serve families at both the Manheim and Lititz locations. Aaron Abbott has been promoted to Supervisor of the Manheim location and will also serve as a licensed director in Lititz. Anne Heisey Brubaker will continue to help families as Service Coordinator. Dick and Marilyn Heisey will help out when needed.

 

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Brief History of the Buch~Heisey Funeral Home

 

Lititz, PAThe Buch~Heisey Funeral Home & Cremation Services has a rich history in the Lititz community. We have been proud to serve the Lititz and surrounding areas ever since 1898 when Thaddeus S. Beck and David W. Hummer started a furniture and undertaking business called Beck and Hummer. In 1899, they expanded and opened a second funeral home in Manheim, PA.

When Mr. Hummer retired in 1912, the funeral home became a family business when Thaddeus Beck’s son, Elmer B. Beck joined the firm, now named T.S. Beck and Son. Eventually, Thaddeus retired and his other son Paul joined Elmer as a partner, creating the Beck Bros. Funeral Home. The third Beck brother, Abram, who started as an assistant at the Lititz location, took over management from 1947 until 1973. That year, Richard Heisey became the owner and director of the Lititz location until 2016.

The funeral homes remained separated until 2016, when the Heisey Funeral Home became part of the Buch Family of Funeral Homes. Richard Heisey entrusted Theodore J. “Ted” Beck and Aaron Abbott to continue the funeral home’s tradition as the Buch-Heisey Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., successfully rejoining the Manheim and Lititz locations under one name again.

 

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Milanof-Schock Library Offers Program on the Civil War


General Ulysses S. Grant will be making an appearance at the Milanoff-Schock Library on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 for a talk on his experiences during the Civil War. The part of General Grant will be played by Kenneth J. Serfass, a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant who has traveled the country since 2009 in the persona of the late general and President Grant.

The program is free and co-sponsored by the library and Buch Family of Funeral Homes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (717) 653-1510 or stopping in to the library to register. 

 

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Handling the Anniversary of a Loved One's Passing

 

Misconceptions About GriefAs anyone who has lost a loved one will tell you, grief does not have an expiration date to it. We are often faced with the grief over our loss again and again as time goes on. There are many things throughout the year that can trigger these feelings. One very common trigger for feelings of grief is the anniversary of a loved one’s death.

It is important not to view this wave of grief as a setback, but rather a reminder of how important your loved one was to you. If you are worried about the upcoming anniversary, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

Plan for the Anniversary
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to acknowledge the day is here. By trying to ignore it, you may find your feelings of grief increasing or you may experience feelings of guilt for not doing something to show that your loved one mattered to you.

Decide How to Acknowledge the Day
The anniversary is important to you, but be careful not to have expectations that everyone is going to remember the significance of the date. Instead, decide whose support is important to you and remind them of what day is coming up. This allows you and them time to think about and decide on what support you need. This could be as simple as them calling you to check in or as elaborate as them helping you plan a gathering of friends and loved ones. Either way, it helps remove the fear that your loved one has been forgotten.

Understand What to Expect When Grief Returns
Just as with fresh grief, returning grief does not have a set timeline that every person follows. You may grieve again for a few days or for a few weeks. Just know that it is okay to feel these emotions even years after the loss. Planning ahead, reminiscing, connecting with others are all things you can do to help you through the difficult time.

 

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Paul Gardner Named President of
Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce

 

Paul GardnerPaul Gardner, Supervisor at the Buch Funeral Home in Mount Joy, was named the President of the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Paul’s term as Chamber President is for two years. He previously served as the Vice President of the board and took over duties as the President in January, 2016.

The Mount Joy chamber of Commerce exists to promote, educate, and represent surrounding businesses and organizations in the Mount Joy area. The Mount Joy Chamber seeks to attract new businesses and organizations into Mount Joy, as well as provide a forum to help existing businesses and organizations grow and prosper.

 

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