Obituaries

Dennis Lee
B: 1966-07-08
D: 2017-10-12
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Lee, Dennis
Amelia Franco
B: 1931-12-01
D: 2017-10-07
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Franco, Amelia
Haruo Ito
B: 1912-04-15
D: 2017-10-03
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Ito, Haruo
Julia Melendez
B: 1919-04-02
D: 2017-09-29
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Melendez, Julia
Carlos Heredia
B: 1952-04-13
D: 2017-09-29
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Heredia, Carlos
Mary Keppel
B: 1916-06-22
D: 2017-09-26
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Keppel, Mary
Candido Garcia
B: 1930-10-03
D: 2017-09-26
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Garcia, Candido
Sandra Accardi
B: 1944-12-28
D: 2017-09-25
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Accardi, Sandra
Gladys Rivera
B: 1926-09-22
D: 2017-09-24
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Rivera, Gladys
George Rosado
B: 1939-11-27
D: 2017-09-22
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Rosado, George
Fanya Khentov
B: 1925-01-07
D: 2017-09-20
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Khentov, Fanya
Lucy Lopez
B: 1947-08-13
D: 2017-09-19
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Lopez, Lucy
Delois Rios
B: 1946-11-25
D: 2017-09-13
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Rios, Delois
George Xiradakis
B: 1934-03-29
D: 2017-09-13
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Xiradakis, George
Eddie Rivera
B: 1961-08-24
D: 2017-09-07
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Rivera, Eddie
Gladys Rago
B: 1929-09-27
D: 2017-09-06
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Rago, Gladys
Norma Gonzalez
B: 1936-07-01
D: 2017-09-03
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Gonzalez, Norma
Michele Calvo Ortiz
B: 1951-02-05
D: 2017-09-01
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Calvo Ortiz, Michele
Anthony Montefusco
B: 1943-06-29
D: 2017-08-29
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Montefusco, Anthony
Lucy Garfinkle
B: 1928-05-28
D: 2017-08-28
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Garfinkle, Lucy
Marie Guevara
B: 1931-00-00
D: 2017-08-25
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Guevara, Marie

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How to Order a Death Certificate

Order a death certificate after the loss of a loved onePerhaps the single most important document you’ll need surrounding the loss of a loved one, ordering a death certificate is an integral part of the entire process.

Why Do I Need to Order a Death Certificate?

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.

Where Can I Order a Death Certificate?

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:

  • Your Funeral Director
  • The Registrar of Vital Statistics in your area

It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates and not photocopies.

In some cases, there may be a need to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate without a cause of death. These certificates are needed to transfer the title on a house, mobile home, and automobile or in some cases for court procedures. You should make this request when ordering the certified copies.

If you have questions about how to order a Death Certificate, please call us at 212-473-2220. We’re here to assist you.