Obituaries

Roy Fierro
B: 1922-10-09
D: 2017-11-20
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Fierro, Roy
Doris Wienk
B: 1941-03-08
D: 2017-11-19
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Wienk, Doris
Rebecca Garcia
B: 1928-08-10
D: 2017-11-02
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Garcia, Rebecca
Maria Tollefson
B: 1940-04-04
D: 2017-11-02
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Tollefson, Maria
Herlinda Lara
B: 1954-12-30
D: 2017-11-02
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Lara, Herlinda
Ana Maria Rodriguez
B: 1937-02-20
D: 2017-11-01
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Rodriguez, Ana Maria
Hatsuko Nededog
B: 1929-11-15
D: 2017-10-15
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Nededog, Hatsuko
Gladys Wade
B: 1937-05-23
D: 2017-10-09
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Wade, Gladys
Gilbert Portillo
B: 1942-10-03
D: 2017-10-08
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Portillo, Gilbert
Troy Merrill
B: 1964-07-28
D: 2017-10-08
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Merrill, Troy
Marie Fuentes
B: 1925-03-15
D: 2017-10-03
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Fuentes, Marie
Malcolm Strow
B: 1919-03-17
D: 2017-10-02
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Strow, Malcolm
Christine Smith
B: 1941-12-15
D: 2017-09-28
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Smith, Christine
Rosalba Luna
B: 1941-12-16
D: 2017-09-27
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Luna, Rosalba
Ricardo Borrego
B: 1976-10-30
D: 2017-09-27
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Borrego, Ricardo
Scott Clapham
B: 1962-03-28
D: 2017-09-26
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Clapham, Scott
Donald Duffy
B: 1939-10-27
D: 2017-09-25
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Duffy, Donald
Gloria Gonzalez
B: 1929-08-22
D: 2017-09-18
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Gonzalez, Gloria
Milagros Legaspi
B: 1947-11-10
D: 2017-09-16
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Legaspi, Milagros
Maria Meza Juarez
B: 1943-07-20
D: 2017-09-12
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Meza Juarez, Maria
Juan Paulino
B: 1938-12-19
D: 2017-09-05
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Paulino, Juan

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Death Certificates

Death Certificates

Perhaps the single most important document you’ll need in the coming weeks, the death certificate is important for:

Legal Reasons: The death certificate is a permanent legal record of the fact of death. State agencies always stipulate that a death certificate is to be filed. It provides important information about:  the decedent, the cause of death, and final disposition.  

This information is used in the application for insurance benefits, settlement of pension claims, and transfer of title of real and personal property.  The certificate is prima facie evidence of the fact of death and, therefore, can be introduced in court as evidence when a question about the death arises.

Personal Reasons: The death certificate in many cases provides family members with closure, peace-of-mind, and documentation of the cause of death. It also provides peace-of-mind by facilitating efficient processing of needed benefits as those described above.

Vital Statistics Reasons: The death certificate is the source for state and national mortality statistics.  It is needed for a variety of medical and health-related research efforts. It is used to determine which medical conditions receive research and development funding, to set public health goals and policies, and to measure health status at local, state, national, and international levels. This data is valuable as a research tool and by influencing research funding.

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate. You can order them from:

  1. Your Funeral Director
  2. The Registrar of Vital Statistics in your area.

Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates, however, call to confirm requirements; some may accept a photocopy, saving you the expense of providing a certified copy.

If you have questions about obtaining copies of a Death Certificate, please call us. We’re here to assist you.