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    MARY LOUISE WINSTON   Los Angeles, California

    MARY LOUISE WINSTON of Los Angeles, CA died November 27, 2021 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director, she served as president and CEO of the House of Winston Mortuary until she retired and sold the funeral home. Winston was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Associa-tion, and was past president of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service Inc and the National Ladies Auxilia-ry. She served as Mother of the Nu Chapter of...

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    SUZANNE MARIE "SUE" GEBEL   Urbandale, Iowa

    SUZANNE MARIE "SUE" GEBEL of Urbandale, IA died November 25, 2021 at the age of 55. For the past seventeen years, she dedicated her life to promot-ing and supporting funeral service excellence. In 2004, Gebel became the executive director for the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, having served on its board of governors and funeral services of Iowa. Board. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and was elected by her...

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    JERRE WIRT BLANK   Northumberland, Pennsylvania

    JERRE WIRT BLANK of Northumberland, PA died November 22, 2021 at the age of 82. A fourth-generation funeral director, he took over the funeral business from his mother, Ethel M. Blank and his aunt., E. Jane (Wirt) Macdonald Wetzel in 1968. Blank graduated from the Eckels School of Mortuary Science.

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    ROBERT BRUCE BURKE   Oxford, Ohio

    ROBERT BRUCE BURKE of Oxford, OH died No-vember 21, 2021 at the age of 56. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Homes. Burke graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010.

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    PAUL J CARBONNEAU   Barre, Vermont

    PAUL J. CARBONNEAU of Barre, VT died No-vember 21, 2021 at the age of 87. A funeral director, he spent his entire career at the Pruneau-Polli Funer-al Home in Barre, which he started in 1946. Car-bonneau was a member of the National Funerals Di-rectors Association

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    RICHARD "RICK" CRANK   Cross Lanes, West Virginia

    RICHARD "RICK" CRANK of Cross Lanes, WV died November 15, 2021 at the age of 80. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he worked for many funeral homes in the West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio areas.

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    STANLEY ANDREW SZPINDOR   Trooper, Pennsylvania

    STANLEY ANDREW SZPINDOR of Trooper, PA died November 15, 2021 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Szpindor Funeral Home for forty years. Szpindor graduated from the American Academy McAllister Insti-tute of Funeral Service.

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    DAVID STEPHEN ALTUM   Chattanooga, Tennessee

    DAVID STEPHEN ALTUM of Chattanooga, TN died November 14, 2021 at the age of 57. A funeral director, he worked many years at Williamson and Sons Funeral Home in Soddy Daisy, Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home in Calhoun, GA and most recently at Lane Funeral Home and Crematory South Crest Chapel.

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    THOMAS RAY MILLS   Longs, South Carolina

    THOMAS RAY MILLS of Longs, SC died Novem-ber 14, 2021 at the age of 83. He worked as a funeral director with Goldfinch Funeral Home until his re-tirement.

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    FRANKLIN J FORSYTHE   New Lenox, Illinois

    FRANKLIN J. FORSYTHE of New Lenox, formerly of Manhattan, IL died November 13, 2021 at the age of 97. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for seventy-four years, he founded an ambulance service and Forsythe Funeral Home. A 1947 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was the recip-ient of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association 50 years of Distinctive Service Award.

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    HAROLD WARREN SR   Columbia, Missouri

    HAROLD WARREN SR of Columbia, MO died November 13, 2021 at the age of 89. A licensed Mis-souri funeral director and embalmer, he worked at Stuart Funeral Home in Columbia. Eventually, War-ren and his wife, Helen, purchased the firm, renam-ing it Warren Funeral Chapel. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

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    DAVID A GARDNER   Windsor, Connecticut

    DAVID A. GARDNER of Windsor, CT died No-vember 11, 2021 at the age of 66. He served the South Windsor, Enfield, Windsor Locks and Somers communities for almost forty years as a funeral direc-tor. A graduate of the Mount Ida Mortuary College, Gardner was a member of the Connecticut Funeral Di-rectors Association.

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    STEVEN MICHAEL MACK   Van Wert, Ohio

    STEVEN MICHAEL MACK of Van Wert, OH died November 10, 2021 at the age of 66. A retired funer-al director, he worked at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home for thirty-three years. A 1979 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a mem-ber of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association District 3.

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    RICHARD A. FERRIS   Lititz, Pennsylvania

    RICHARD A. FERRIS of Lititz, PA died November 9, 2021 at the age of 81. He was the co-founder and then owner of R. A. Ferris & Co, Inc., a funeral di-rector's cremation service in West Chester, PA. Ferris earned his funeral licenses from Eckels College of Mor-tuary Science and worked for many funeral homes in Delaware County before establishing the crematory in 1974.

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    MELVIN "MEL" DEAN LARSON   Shoreview, Minnesota

    MELVIN "MEL" DEAN LARSON of Shoreview, MN died November 9, 2021 at the age of 85. He was a funeral director for nearly sixty years.

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    VANDERLYN R. PINE   New Paltz, New York

    DR. VANDERLYN R. PINE, a lifelong resident of New Paltz, NY died November 9, 2021 at the age of 83. Upon his father's death in 1957, Pine left Dart-mouth College to help operate Pine Funeral Home. In 1970 he formed Research and Analysis Associates to carry out his appointment as management consultant for NFDA. A college professor at SUNY, Dr. Pine published articles and books, as well as presented seminars, on the sociology of death, grief and...

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    BOOKER T. HOGAN , JR   Brenham, Texas

    BOOKER T. HOGAN JR of Brenham, TX died November 5, 2021 at the age of 86. A third-generation funeral director, he was the owner and op-erator of the Hogan Funeral Home.

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    ROBERT L. "BOB" PARKS   Enfield, Connecticut

    ROBERT L. "BOB" PARKS of Enfield, CT died November 1, 2021 at the age of 90. He owned and operated Parks Superior Sales Inc in Somers from 1952 until 2010.

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    BRIAN REESE GILLESPIE   Bellefontaine, Ohio

    BRIAN REESE GILLESPIE of Bellefontaine, OH died October 31, 2021 at the age of 65. He was a long-time sales representative for Batesville Casket Company, covering as a sales trainee in the states of North Dakota, eastern Montana and western Minnesota. In 1980, Gillespie accepted a sales territory in central Pennsylvania. Following an additional seven years of service with Batesville, he completed his career as an advanced planning coordinator...

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    JOHN STEPHEN SMITH   North Little Rock, Arkansas

    JOHN STEPHEN SMITH of North Little Rock, AR died October 28, 2021 at the age of 78. He was president of the North Little Rock Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Clifford Smith in 1955. For the next forty-five years, Smith and his wife Kay, worked to build the funeral home to be one of the largest and most respected funeral homes in the state. Together, John and Kay were elected Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year. In 2010, he...

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