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Originally published in The Batavian December 9, 2016
H.E. Turner Funeral Homes held its annual Service of Remembrance last night at Grace Baptist Church in Batavia. The candlelight service is a chance for members of the community to come together and reflect on loved ones who have passed in the previous year.
Originally published in The Batavian December 2, 2016
On Friday, Dec. 2, funeral directors Justin Calarco-Smith, Joshua Smith and Steven Johnson of the H.E. Turner & Co., Bohm-Calarco-Smith, and Burdett & Sanford Funeral Homes were honored to present a check in the amount of $1,000 to Jim Neider and Tom Cecere of the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County.
This donation was made in the names of the 31 area veterans who the funeral home group was privileged to arrange funeral services for in the past year.
The Joint Veterans Honor Guard is a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of veterans from across our county. They provide funeral honors to our fallen. The honors include a color guard, the playing of TAPS, and a firing squad. This year, they have rendered honors to more than 60 fallen veterans throughout Genesee County.
One of only a handful of such organizations statewide, Genesee County is extremely fortunate to have selfless volunteers who are at the ready in a moment’s notice. They stand, without complaint, in the heat, cold, wind, snow and rain to pay final tribute to their comrades.
“We are humbled by the members of our community who selflessly served this great nation. Additionally, we consider it a privilege to care for our veterans and their families when called upon,” said Funeral Director Justin Calarco-Smith, who along Joshua Smith, Randy McIntire, James Smith and Steven Johnson operate H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Homes in Batavia and Bergen, Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home in Batavia, and the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
“This donation will allow us to continue to honor and serve Genesee County’s veterans in the manner they deserve for a long time to come,” said Jim Neider, commander of the Honor Guard.
The funeral homes plan to honor the veterans they care for annually by making similar donations to a local veterans organization each year.
Photo: Steven Johnson, Tom Cecere, Joshua Smith, Jim Neider and Justin Calarco-Smith.
Originally published in The Batavian December 8, 2015
H.E. Turner & Co., along with Bohm-Calarco-Smith and Burdett & Sanford, held their annual candlelight remembrance service at Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia on Monday evening.
Originally published in The Batavian December 9, 2014
A service of prayer and remembrance was held tonight at Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, hosted by H.E. Turner Funeral Home.
The annual service is a chance for those who lost loved ones during the year to honor their memories.
Originally published in The Batavian December 5, 2013
H.E. Turner Funeral Home hosted its annual service of prayer and remembrance at Grace Baptist Church tonight for those who lost loved ones during the past year.
Above, Pastor Donald Shirk.
Originally published in The Batavian December 6, 2012
H.E. Turner Funeral Homes hosted their annual Service of Prayer and Remembrance this evening at Grace Baptist Church, Batavia. The service is a chance for local families to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on in the last year. A candle is lit for each of the departed and family members are encouraged to take the candle home and light it on Christmas morning.
Pastor Donal Shirk spoke briefly during the service, which featured hymns and prayers.
Originally published in The Batavian December 9, 2010
Hundreds of local residents gathered at Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia on Wednesday evening for "A Service of Prayer and Remembrance."
The annual service sponsored by funeral home company H.E. Turner and Co., is a chance for people to remember loved ones who have passed and light a candle in their honor. The candles can then be taken home and relit on Christmas Day.
Rev. Greg Brotzman and Rev. Donald Shirk (pictured at the microphone below) participated in the service, which included music and a memorial sermon.
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