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Mountain View Funeral & Cemetery Celebrating the Milestones of Life

  December 07, 2018
Since 1951, when Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery was founded by the Coury family, we have held one important belief: “helping the families in our community.” This goes much further than assisting families in time of grief and sorrow. It means always having involvement in our community. So, often we hear a family member say it takes a funeral to get us all together, and sadly it’s often true. So, we want to bring families and community together for the good times, too.

Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery is family owned and located in Mesa. Driving into our cemetery, as you enter the gates you first notice the waterfall, behind it is the very well-maintained lawn and a tranquil peacefulness, with driving paths lined with huge pine trees creating a shade canopy throughout most of the grounds. Following the path toward the chapel and office, you’ll come to a large grass knoll we call our Field of Celebration, it’s where we come together with the community to gather and celebrate many events like our pet blessings or honoring our veterans. We also have lots of celebrations and events at our other locations, Superstition Cremation and Funeral Services in Apache Junction and San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek.

Community involvement is one way we can give back and help out various groups, organizations, and non-profits that have touched our lives or the lives of families who have trusted us with helping them during their most difficult times. We want to walk you through our events and explain why they are important to us. If you have an idea for an event, please share it with us; we love to try new things! The way we look at it, this is just one more way we can serve our community and enjoy being an active part of getting to know everyone and making great memories. We want our community to know that everyone is welcome at our events.

Love
This past year, we hosted a Valentine’s Day Luncheon for people that have lost a spouse or significant other. Valentine’s Day can be a very rough holiday after a loss, and this was our way of letting them know we are thinking of them and understand the isolation they feel on this type of special day. The families we have the privilege of serving need to know that even though their services are completed, we are still here for them. On our first Valentine’s Day Luncheon, we served a catered lunch to 42 guests! They enjoyed musical entertainment, shared stories, and played a couple of games. Everyone loved it, and the best part is that several people walked away having made new friends.

We are looking forward to doing this event again next year.

Nostalgia

Another February event is the Amaranth Car Show hosted at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. We once served a family who lost a loved one who had a love for classic cars. Each year, they ask to use our Field of Celebration so they can raise money for diabetes. This is one of our best-attended events. If you love cars or know someone that loves cars, make sure to come on out.

Service to our country
Memorial Day is the biggest event that we hold on our Field of Celebration. Each year, this event just keeps growing. This past Memorial Day event was attended by over 550 people. The VFW Post 27 coordinates the participants, including the AJ Mounted Rangers and many organizations within all military branches, and we always start with a flyover from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). It is a beautiful day to remember those we have lost. This past year, we asked for donations of toiletries for the local homeless veterans; the community was so generous! After the drive was complete, volunteers helped sort and pack items. We had enough donations to fill 120 bags that were delivered to our local vets and another 20 boxes of hygiene items were delivered to a local veteran’s group.

Family and health
Sharing Down Syndrome is very near and dear to our hearts. We love being a sponsor and attending their events. This year was their 19th  annual fundraising walk! Sharing Down Syndrome of Arizona is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by Gina Johnson, with a mission to educate and empower, but especially give hope to individuals who have Down Syndrome to become independent self-advocates.

Faithful fur family
Every October we have our Annual Pet Blessing at Mountain View Funeral Home. All animals are welcome as long as they are on a leash or crated. It is so much fun to see all the household pets and honor such an important part of your family. Father Pinti from St. George’s Catholic Church officiates the service and blesses the animals. Everyone that attends is able to take home a paw print. Make sure you put this on your calendar for next year; it will be on Friday, October 4, 2019.
 
Fun
Bingo! What? Yep, we host bingo a couple of times a year at our Queen Creek and Apache Junction locations. This event just keeps growing. People often say this is an odd place to have Bingo! Yes, it is, and again we say, “it is about bringing community together and people having a great time.” We have some wonderful prizes, thanks to businesses in our community that we have the honor of partnering with throughout the year. People are always asking when the next Bingo is going to be! You will have to come and play. Make sure you like our Facebook pages and check our websites.

Food
In November, we have a free lunch at our Superstition location. This is an outdoor event since the weather is so beautiful. Our staff is outside grilling hotdogs and having a great time with people in the community. Who doesn’t love a free lunch? This is just a fun day — we are here to meet great people in our community. It reminds our team how lucky we are to be part of a great community. It is our chance to give back.

Cherishing memories
Christmas is coming up and we know that can be an extremely hard time for families that have lost a loved one. Every year, we welcome everyone to attend the Tree of Remembrance Service. After each service, snacks and refreshments will be served. This year we will have three different services, one at each location. Contact Hilary or visit our website for additional information.

Support
Grief support is available to everyone in the community. Our free-of-charge meetings are held at both Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa and San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek. Please feel free to call us for dates and times if you or someone you know is interested.

Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery • San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home
Superstition Cremation and Funeral Services

Contact Hilary at 480-832-2850 • hsamples@mvfuneralhome.com

Websites:
www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com • www.superstitioncremationandfuneralservices.com • www.santanmountainviewfuneralhome.com and follow us on Facebook
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December 07, 2018
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