A couple who were married for more than 60 years will be buried together on Friday after dying of natural causes within days of each other.
A Jackson County Coroner’s Office official confirmed the two died of natural causes.
The double funeral is rare but not unheard-of, says Howard Crawshaw of Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro. He said in the 40 years he’s been in the business, a double funeral seems to happen about once every 10 years.
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“Usually the circumstances are where husbands and wives were both killed in accidents,” Crawshaw said.
The funeral director said the family is made of “really good people” and has been in the area for several generations. The Schirmers are survived by two daughters and other family members.
Visitation for JoAnn and Russell Schirmer will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawshaw Funeral Home, 1421 Walnut St. in Murphysboro. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.