Obituaries

Maurice Schumacher
B: 1926-03-29
D: 2017-10-08
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Schumacher, Maurice
Roberta Kohl
B: 1929-02-07
D: 2017-10-04
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Kohl, Roberta
Farrell Hake
B: 1966-11-04
D: 2017-09-30
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Hake, Farrell
John Cody
B: 1930-06-10
D: 2017-09-27
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Cody, John
Peggy Hays
B: 1937-02-04
D: 2017-09-24
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Hays, Peggy
Joann Stephens
B: 1955-04-24
D: 2017-09-20
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Stephens, Joann
Kenneth Romenesko
B: 1924-08-03
D: 2017-09-20
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Romenesko, Kenneth
Benjamin Graves
D: 2017-09-17
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Graves, Benjamin
Lawrence Huebner
B: 1931-09-15
D: 2017-09-16
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Huebner, Lawrence
Walter Wise
B: 1932-08-11
D: 2017-09-16
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Wise, Walter
Donald Young
B: 1933-12-04
D: 2017-09-16
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Young, Donald
Marjorie Sawyers
B: 1927-09-16
D: 2017-09-13
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Sawyers, Marjorie
Jeffrey Wohlrabe
B: 1973-11-28
D: 2017-09-08
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Wohlrabe, Jeffrey
Wilhelm Wiesner
B: 1939-11-03
D: 2017-09-07
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Wiesner, Wilhelm
Marguerite Hughes
B: 1921-03-05
D: 2017-09-03
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Hughes, Marguerite
Joan Zellmer
B: 1936-05-12
D: 2017-08-30
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Zellmer, Joan
Glenn Taggart
B: 1928-03-02
D: 2017-08-29
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Taggart, Glenn
Sandra Raasch
B: 1944-02-27
D: 2017-08-29
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Raasch, Sandra
Alton Olson
B: 1937-06-24
D: 2017-08-28
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Olson, Alton
Martin Roth
B: 1929-03-16
D: 2017-08-14
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Roth, Martin
Anene Gieschen
B: 1967-07-21
D: 2017-08-04
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Gieschen, Anene

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Explanations that may Not be Helpful

Outlined below are explanations of why the person a child loved has died.  Unfortunately, simple but dishonest answers can only serve to increase the fear and uncertainty that the child is feeling. Children tend to be very literal – if an adult says that “Grandpa/Grandma died because they were old and tired.”, the child may wonder when they too will be too old and they certainly get tired.  How tired is tired enough to die?

Below are some explanations that should not be given when talking about death with a child.

  • “Grandpa/Grandma will sleep in peace forever.” This explanation may result in the child’s fear of going to bed or to sleep.
  • “It is God’s will”. The child will not understand a God who takes a loved one because He needs that person Himself. “God took him because he was so good.” The child may decide to be bad so God won’t take him too.
  • “Daddy/Mommy went on a long trip and won’t be back for a long time.” The child may wonder why the person left without saying goodbye. Eventually they will realize Daddy/Mommy isn’t coming back and feel that something they did caused Daddy/Mommy to leave.
  • “John was sick and went to the hospital where he died.” The child will need an explanation about “little” and “big” sicknesses.  Otherwise, they may be extremely fearful it they or someone they love has to go to the hospital in the future.