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In light of recent events, we have decided to modify our practices here at Ottawa Funeral Home. It is very important to us that we keep everyone, families and employees, safe and healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the guidelines based on the Phase 4 plan: 

The CDC and other health officials recommend social gatherings, including funerals, graveside services, and family memorials, be limited to 50 people in the building at one time. Most churches in the area have opened back up, but we continue to follow their individual rules on a case by case basis. For all funerals, we still must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. 

Every family member we assist is part of our family at Ottawa Funeral Home, and we understand the importance of grieving. Grief does not stop in the midst of a pandemic, and we will work with each and every family through their grieving process. Those individuals in our care will remain in the safe and caring hands of the funeral home during this time.  

It takes an entire community to come together at a time like this. Reach out to your loved ones and friends during their time of loss, and remember you are not alone.  

As more information becomes available, we will update our website and Facebook page. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please call the Ottawa Funeral Home at 815-433-0300.  

Sincerely, Nelson and Karen Nussbaum 


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Our Services


When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honor your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.  


Cremation Services

Contrary to what most people believe, cremation does not limit one's choices. The choice of cremation does not eliminate a funeral service. A funeral service followed by cremation does not need to be any different than a traditional funeral service. Following the funeral service and cremation, your loved one may be placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing or new family burial plot, interred in a niche, or placed in a cemetery columbarium.

For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. This allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived and that has touched others.

What options are available for cremation?

Cremation does not limit, but in fact increases the options available. The options for ceremonies prior to or following the cremation can include the selection of a casket or an urn, visitation with the body present (or memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point), a display of photographs or personal effects and awards, the location of the funeral ceremony and selection of music.

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Personalized Services

All of our services can be customized to meet your needs or wishes. We find families want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute of their loved one. We are always available to help you plan and design a memorial that fully reflects your wishes.

A memorial celebrates a life lived, and can take many forms. We will make sure that any memorial you choose meets all your specifications. Every funeral service should be a memorable, warm reflection of the person who has passed away.

A special song, motorcycle, tractor, or even a school bus can be incorporated into the funeral service to make it more meaningful. You tell us what it is that made your loved one special and we'll give you ideas for personalizing the service.

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Traditional Services

What Kind of Funeral Would You Like?

Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Our caring staff here at the Ottawa Funeral Home will provide you and your family a meaningful, personalized, and respectful funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence if there will be a visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and if your loved one will be buried or cremated.

Traditional Full Service Funeral

This type of funeral usually includes a visitation and formal funeral service, use of a funeral coach to transport the body to their final resting place. In addition to the funeral home's basic services fee, costs often include embalming and dressing the body; visitation and or funeral service; and use of our vehicle to transport the family. The costs of a cemetery plot, crypt, vault, and other funeral goods and services also must be factored in.

Direct Burial

The body is buried shortly after death. No visitation is involved, therefore embalming may not be necessary. A memorial service may be held at the funeral home or graveside. Costs include the funeral home's basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of your loved one. The cost of a cemetery plot, crypt, vault, and other funeral goods and services must be factored in.

Direct Cremation

The body is cremated shortly after death, without embalming. A memorial service may be held, with or without your cremated loved one present. They can be kept in the home, placed in a niche, or buried at a cemetery. Costs include the funeral home's basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body. The crematorium will be an additional expense.

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