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Dr. Stanley W. Lipinski | October 6th, 1924 - October 25th, 2014 90 Years

Stanley W. Lipinski, 90 Orthopedic Surgeon Bradenton- Stanley W. Lipinski passed away of natural causes on October 25, 2014. He had just turned 90, but it had been a remarkable 90 years. He was born on October 6, 1924 outside of Winnipeg, Canada to his father, a Prussian immigrant named Stanislaus Wnuk Lipinski, and his mother Caroline Spraka whose family had con from Czechoslovakia. The youngest of three children, his life was forever altered by the death of his father when he was 6 mont ... Read more

Prena Thomas | August 29th, 1926 - October 19th, 2014 88 Years

Prena J. Thomas, 88 Lakeland: Prena J. Thomas, 88, of Lakeland, died on October 19, 2014 from natural causes. She was born on August 29, 1926 in Crystal Falls Township, Michigan to Andrew and Pauline Saundri. She proudly worked for Jimbo’s for 42 years. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1945. She served as an Eucharistic Minister, President of the Women’s Catholic Association, and 1995 St Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women; Woman of the Year. Prena was 1 o ... Read more

Rowena M. Lansing | September 30th, 1919 - October 17th, 2014 95 Years

Rowena Lansing, 95 Cosmetic Buyer Lakeland – Rowena Lansing, 95, of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 17, 2014 from natural causes. She was born September 30, 1919 in Warsaw, Indiana. She loved to play golf, paint, and play bridge. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Lansing. She is survived by her son Robert J. McMorran, Jr. (Patricia), grandson Scott McMorran (Carolyn), granddaughter Lisa Wheeler (Scott), great-grandsons Logan and Wyatt, sister Margaret Hendricks (Joh ... Read more

Christopher David Rogers | April 21st, 1991 - October 17th, 2014 23 Years

Christopher David Rogers, 23 Lakeland-Christopher David Rogers, 23, left to be in the arms of our Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014. Christopher was born, April 21, 1991, in Winter Park, FL, grew up in Apopka, FL, and moved with his mother to Lakeland, FL, in 2000. He graduated from Harrison School of the Arts and had attended Polk State. He was a loving son and brother and was always there for his family and friends in so many ways. Christopher was a quiet and private person who ... Read more

Christopher Brian Earl | December 10th, 1937 - October 16th, 2014 76 Years

Christopher Brian Earl, 76 Lakeland- Christopher Brian Earl, 76, passed away of complications from pancreatitis on October 16, 2014 while surrounded by his family. The youngest of six children, Chris was born in Morden, Surrey, England. He graduated from Wimbledon College and Borough Polytechnic in London. Chris, his wife, Pauline, and their young children emigrated to Lakeland in 1965 after accepting a chemical engineering job with Wellman Lord. As a professional engineer, he designed ... Read more

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. | December 12th, 1920 - October 16th, 2014 93 Years

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr., 93 Lakeland: Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. died October 16, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Mr. Hornsby was born December 12, 1920 in Ashburn, GA and later moved to Lakeland with his family. He was owner-operator of Winston Farms for over 55 years. Ranching for most of his life, he also was a general contractor having built many homes in Lakeland during the late 1950's and early 1960's. He was a member of St. Joseph' s Catholic Church and the Florida C ... Read more

Virginia L. Thompson | June 1st, 1921 - October 15th, 2014 93 Years

Virginia L. Thompson, 93 Lakeland, Virginia L. Thompson, 93, of Lakeland, FL, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, William, sons Ronald and Kerry. She is survived by her son's Richard and wife Sue, David and wife Carol, daughter Linda Garrett and husband Raymond and daughter in law Lesley, sister, Jean Terry, 16 grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson was born in LaP ... Read more

Irma Z. King | November 1st, 1920 - October 11th, 2014 93 Years

Irma Z. King, 93 Teacher Lakeland – Mrs. Irma Z. King, 93 of Lakeland passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 from a heart failure. She was born in Plant City, Fl. Mrs. King is preceded by her husband Captain James Paul King and son Dr. James Robin King. She is survived by daughter Paula Simpson, granddaughters Jamie McGee & husband Mark, Samantha Brawley & husband Carson, great-granddaughter Finley Alexis McGee and Sister Alva Swilley. She graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor’s of Scien ... Read more

William Heston Heilman | October 21st, 1915 - October 10th, 2014 98 Years

William Heston Heilman, 98 William was born October 21, 1915 in Evansville, IN, and died October 10, 2014, of natural causes in Lakeland. He married Janet Aikman in 1942. He graduated from Indiana University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Temple University School of Theology. As an ordained Presbyterian minister he served as pastor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. He was also the administrator of Christian Education for the Synod of New Jersey, and from 1970-1988 he and ... Read more

Jerry Clinton Bennett | April 18th, 1941 - October 10th, 2014 73 Years

Jerry Clinton Bennett, 73, of Lakeland, FL, passed from his earthly life on Friday, October 10th, 2014, after suffering from the effects of a Glioblastoma brain tumor diagnosed in January 2012. Jerry was the second child and only son of Dorrys (Dot) and Ophelia Jordan Bennett born on April 18th, 1941 in Roanoke Rapids, NC. He was in the Boy Scouts, played sports, including baseball and football. He was musically talented and sang, played the piano, trumpet, and mellophone. He enjoyed bui ... Read more

Pauline S. " Polly " Murphy | November 24th, 1921 - October 10th, 2014 92 Years

Pauline S. "Polly" Murphy, 92 Pauline Slaughter Murphy was born November 24, 1921 and died of natural causes October 10, 2014 in Lakeland, FL. Polly was born in Denver, CO. Then lived in the Austin TX area before returning to Denver in 1927. The family moved to Washington, DC in 1937 where she graduated high school. She had the honor of being an invitee to FDR's third inauguration in January, 1941. During WWII she worked in the Western Union office in Washington, DC. She married James ... Read more

Jeffrey Wells | February 15th, 1963 - October 9th, 2014 51 Years

Jeffrey Wells, 51 Automotive Painter Lakeland – Jeffrey Wells died on October 9, 2014, due to natural causes. He was born on February 15, 1963, in East Liverpool, Ohio. Jeffrey loved classic cars & fishing. Jeffrey was preceded by his father Fred Wells. He is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Wells, sister, Emily Wells, niece Jordan Wells and great nephew Carter Ragland. A private service was held. ... Read more

Thelma Crutchfield Kells | January 30th, 1910 - October 8th, 2014 104 Years

Thelma Crutchfield Kells, 104 Thelma Crutchfield Kells, a lifetime resident of Lakeland passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 8, at the age of 104 of natural causes. She was born on January 30, 1910 to Thomas Hervey and Mary Kathryn Crutchfield. Thelma graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Florida Southern College. She married Charles Borland Kells, an attorney, first in 1929 (secretly) and then again in 1930. They were married 50 years when he passed aw ... Read more

John Hart MacDonald | November 22nd, 1946 - October 6th, 2014 67 Years

John Hart MacDonald, 67 Business Manager Lakeland – Mr. John Hart MacDonald, 67 of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 from a heart attack. He was born in Sikeston, Missouri. John was a veteran of the United States Navy, an avid golfer, and a business manager for Lazy Days RV. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, son, John and daughter Amy Elizabeth, 2 sisters and 1 grandson. A visitation will be held at Heath Funeral Chapel at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 9, 2014. Me ... Read more

 
 

Burial Options & Personalization

Funeral Burial Services Florida

The traditional funeral with pallbearers, visitation, and a memorial service that follows is the most commonly chosen service. A Heath hearse will transport the casket to the funeral site and cemetery for a burial or entombment. If you have selected cremation, you may take the ashes in a beautiful urn.

Traditional funerals involve more services, so they usually cost more. You can select from a variety of services that include the casket, flowers, embalming, dressing, room rentals and extra vehicles to transport family members. The costs of a cemetery plots or crypt are other options, but Heath can help with everything you need.

Things to think about:

  • Casket selection
  • Transfer of the deceased to our funeral home. Call us anytime, day or night. We have staff on duty 24/7 and we can help.
  • Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
  • Professional support and administrative staff assistance. We’ve got answers, checklists and information to help.
  • Death certificates and other paperwork to look for
  • Notifying relatives
  • Obituary information
  • Memory tables, bulletin boards and videos
  • Selecting the best fit for a visitation room and/or service
  • General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
  • Funeral service
  • Use of funeral coach
  • Limousine
  • Utility car
  • Special music
  • Registry book
  • Memorial folders or prayer cards
  • Acknowledgment cards

You may want to have a special clergy or another family friend conduct the service. Family members often take part by giving a reading, singing or helping the clergy. It’s all part of celebrating a life well lived and a person well loved.

Why the Traditional Service is So Popular
A traditional service for burial, entombment or cremation is a way to get family, friends and associates together to remember, grieve−and celebrate a life well lived. Whatever service style you prefer, it is the beginning of closure; it is the emotional side of accepting that someone we love is gone.

Direct Burial
You may prefer to have the burial shortly after death. We offer simple containers, and because there is no viewing or visitation, no embalming is required. You choose whether to have a memorial service. Costs include the basic service fee as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt.

Green Burials
Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to offer families the option of a green burial. We are a member of the Green Burial CouncilHeath is the only funeral home in Polk County to be recognized as a green funeral home and the first funeral home in the state of Florida to have obtained the Council’s highest standard of “Three Leafs.” If you or a loved one is interested in a green burial, call us at 863-682-0111 or our toll free number (800) 330-0111. Click here to learn more about green burials.

Cremation
A growing number of people choose cremation, today. The reasons are widespread, and include preferring to spend less on a funeral, leave more to family or charity, wanting to support the “green” environmental concerns of future land scarcity and more. It’s an option, it’s personal, and the choice is yours.

Obituaries

Dr. Stanley W. Lipinski

October 6th, 1924 - October 25th, 2014 90 Years

Obit pic Stanley W. Lipinski, 90 Orthopedic Surgeon Bradenton- Stanley W. Lipinski passed away of natural causes on October 25, 2014. He had just turned 9... Read more

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Prena Thomas

August 29th, 1926 - October 19th, 2014 88 Years

Obit pic Prena J. Thomas, 88 Lakeland: Prena J. Thomas, 88, of Lakeland, died on October 19, 2014 from natural causes. She was born on August 29, 1926 in ... Read more

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Rowena M. Lansing

September 30th, 1919 - October 17th, 2014 95 Years

Obit pic Rowena Lansing, 95 Cosmetic Buyer Lakeland – Rowena Lansing, 95, of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 17, 2014 from natural causes. She was b... Read more

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Christopher David Rogers

April 21st, 1991 - October 17th, 2014 23 Years

Obit pic Christopher David Rogers, 23 Lakeland-Christopher David Rogers, 23, left to be in the arms of our Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014. Christophe... Read more

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Christopher Brian Earl

December 10th, 1937 - October 16th, 2014 76 Years

Obit pic Christopher Brian Earl, 76 Lakeland- Christopher Brian Earl, 76, passed away of complications from pancreatitis on October 16, 2014 while sur... Read more

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Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr.

December 12th, 1920 - October 16th, 2014 93 Years

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr., 93 Lakeland: Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. died October 16, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Mr. Hornsby was ... Read more

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Virginia L. Thompson

June 1st, 1921 - October 15th, 2014 93 Years

Obit pic Virginia L. Thompson, 93 Lakeland, Virginia L. Thompson, 93, of Lakeland, FL, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 of natural causes.... Read more

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Irma Z. King

November 1st, 1920 - October 11th, 2014 93 Years

Obit pic Irma Z. King, 93 Teacher Lakeland – Mrs. Irma Z. King, 93 of Lakeland passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 from a heart failure. She was born ... Read more

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William Heston Heilman

October 21st, 1915 - October 10th, 2014 98 Years

Obit pic William Heston Heilman, 98 William was born October 21, 1915 in Evansville, IN, and died October 10, 2014, of natural causes in Lakeland. He marrie... Read more

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Jerry Clinton Bennett

April 18th, 1941 - October 10th, 2014 73 Years

Obit pic Jerry Clinton Bennett, 73, of Lakeland, FL, passed from his earthly life on Friday, October 10th, 2014, after suffering from the effects of a Glioblas... Read more

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Pauline S. " Polly " Murphy

November 24th, 1921 - October 10th, 2014 92 Years

Obit pic Pauline S. "Polly" Murphy, 92 Pauline Slaughter Murphy was born November 24, 1921 and died of natural causes October 10, 2014 in Lakeland, FL. P... Read more

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Jeffrey Wells

February 15th, 1963 - October 9th, 2014 51 Years

Obit pic Jeffrey Wells, 51 Automotive Painter Lakeland – Jeffrey Wells died on October 9, 2014, due to natural causes. He was born on February 15, 1963,... Read more

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