February 1, 2017

A Partnership to Carry on the
      Norman Dean Tradition

In 1958, NASA was formed, Bobby Fischer won the US Chess Championship, Ricky Nelson and Elvis were all the rage, and Hula Hoops were the hottest craze. It is also the year that Norman Dean opened his Home for Services, in the heart of Denville, NJ, population 6,500. Nearly 60 years later, the successful business is now owned and operated by son Tom Dean, and while the address is the same, the changes within the front doors are many.

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November 15, 2016

Are you faced with helping an aging parent move or with closing a deceased parent's home?

As a service to our families, we would like to introduce you to Caring Transitions, a senior relocation and downsizing company with a local office right next door in Rockaway, NJ.

"Caring Transitions is North America's largest professional resource for household liquidation and relocation services. Caring Transitions offers a range of services including right-sizing, downsizing, document organization, estate sales, online auctions, total household liquidations and senior relocation and resettling. A majority of our clients are seniors and their families, but Caring Transitions also serves empty nesters and individuals facing a major transition in their lives, such as death, divorce or job relocation."

For more information please visit their web site at www.CaringTransitionsRockawayNJ.com or call them at (973) 525-7099. 179 Route 46 West, Suite 15 Rockaway, NJ 07866

September 22, 2016

VERY IMPORTANT--Do you know, legally, who has the right to control your funeral?

Do not let control of your funeral to chance. Outside the law, there is no guarantee your funeral will be controlled by the person of your choosing. Complete details about the precedence of wills, surviving spouses or domestic partners, and estranged or disagreeing family members, and the handling of details for active duty military members can be viewed here or, for the letter of the law... N.J.S.A. 45:27-22 Right to Control. This is a very important issue in which you can protect yourself and guarantee your wishes are followed!

July 28, 2016

See if you have unclaimed money or assets by searching MissingMoney.com.

Easily search MissingMoney.com to see if you have any unclaimed money or assets. MissingMoney.com claims that one in ten people do! Simply enter your name and state to search. If you have a less common last name, leave the "First Name" field blank to search for your entire family. (Though if your last name is common this may produce too many results.) Businesses can search as well.

From their website:
"MissingMoney.com is a database of governmental unclaimed property records." and "Searches and claiming are always FREE. Information goes securely and directly to the state/provincial unclaimed property office."

"Common types of unclaimed property include:
    Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
    Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
    Uncashed checks and wages
    Insurance policies, CD's, trust funds
    Utility deposits, escrow accounts"

July 19, 2016

We have a new "Wall of Honor", created to honor our Veterans!

Please visit our new "Veterans' Wall of Honor" created to honor our Veterans, in appreciation of their service and sacrifice! It can currently be found by using our UPCOMING SERVICES, OBITUARIES link above. While we can't add service information for all prior families, we have added information for our Veterans who have passed beginning with 2016. We hope to improve the listed order in the future to make searching easier.

June 2016

Beware of New Social Security Number Scam

Scammers are reportedly gathering information from funeral home websites or obituaries, finding names of recently deceased individuals and then contacting surviving family members by telephone posing as funeral home staff or funeral directors. The callers claim that the funeral home is in need of the surviving family member’s Social Security Number(s) in order to complete necessary paperwork. Thinking they are speaking with a funeral home representative, families may unknowingly be providing sensitive information to the scammers.

Criminals often try to use public information found on a company website, in an obituary or on a social media posting to launch these types of identity theft scams. They can be very convincing and often dupe families into providing personal information.

The Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) will electronically provide the deceased’s Social Security Number to the Social Security Administration. In addition, the collection of survivors’ information is limited and usually does not include Social Security Numbers.

If you are suspicious or do not recognize the telephone number or the person you are speaking with, please end the call and call us back on our main line at (973) 627-1880. This is not an inconvenience to us and we would rather your information remain safe.